Farmers market waiting to see results of move

first_imgThe weekly farmers market on University Avenue has yet to see an increase in sales since its move from Shrine Place, but with new sponsors and lower costs vendors are pleased with the overall situation.Fresh fruit · The farmers market formerly located on Shrine Place is now on University Avenue because of the lower costs and better location. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Steep rental costs from the Shrine Auditorium led USC and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council to become co-sponsors of the new farmers market that relocated to University Avenue at the beginning of the semester.USC and the neighborhood council helped the farmers market navigate negotiations with the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation and Parks and obtain its permit to operate on University Avenue, a public street.The new spot “has a great walking street and is underutilized as a community space,” said Shawn Simons, the president of the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council. “We helped get through the red tape to put the market there.”The move was largely a result of the economy. The Shrine charged the market nearly $700 a month to rent its space, but the new location costs only $250 after the market obtained a permit from Recreation and Parks.Simons said she heard the market was struggling and didn’t want it to disappear.“By moving the location, [we’ve] allowed it to grow and have a chance to blossom in the area,” she said. “Its last location was a tighter space; the new one is much more visible.”Although the new location hasn’t seen an immediate increase in traffic, the space, owned by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks but maintained by the university, is expected to bring more students and customers to the market.Helen Lee, the manager of the farmers market, said the biggest change and improvement was the shift in management.“With USC and the neighborhood council sponsoring it [now], it kind of brings together the whole point of being here, which is to bring the whole community together with the college,” she said.Though two of the market’s first three weeks at the new location were filled with rain, vendors said they are remaining optimistic.“There are more cars in this location, more people know it is here,” said Leesa Choi, a Santa Monica College student who runs her mother’s produce stand.Lee said it is still too early to tell if the market is faring better at its new location.“Right now it’s hard to say — it’s very new,” she said. “Everything needs time.”First time market-goer Katherine Cresto, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she thought the new location was accessible and convenient.“It’s a perfect break between classes and you don’t get fruit as fresh from Superior or Ralphs,” Cresto said.A few vendors have dropped out since the market’s move, but some of the other vendors said they were happy about it because their rental fees have decreased.“Now we can use the money that we put in for advertising, banners, things like that,” said Raul Arteaga, owner of R&L produce, one of the stands at the market.Though students have said they enjoy the farmers market, Alicia Matsumoto, a junior majoring in communication, said she wasn’t sure about its future.“I don’t know how many students actually stop. It seems like they mainly pass to go to class,” she said.Lee has put up fliers before to bring more customers in, but she said money has been tighter recently. She and the market vendors are hoping customers will see the high white tents and come by out of curiosity.Simons said she didn’t think the move would change the market too much.“It won’t be too dramatic,” she said. “Anyone who went to it at the Shrine is still going to go to it at its new location.”Lee said that she is concentrating on the individual vendors’ success.“Whether they make more money or not, if [the vendors] are happier, it’s successful,” she said.last_img read more

What Is It About Africa?

first_imgWhat’s wrong with Africa? The answer is, of course, nothing – at least not with the continent itself. Africa is a bountiful land of incredible diversity and productive potential, boasting the largest mammals, the great apes, geological diversity, vast panoramas of beauty, and numerous spectacular plants and animals. What comes to mind to many westerners, though, is starvation, drought, disease, war, genocide, and a long history of slavery, exploitation and corruption. For decades the charities have assaulted our emotions with heart-wrenching images of starving children with distended stomachs and flimsy arms, covered in flies and mosquitoes. Is Africa to blame? No; these are mostly human-caused problems, offering hope of solutions. A diverse continent with vastly different political systems, Africa offers striking contrasts of riches and horrors.Take farming. According to Science Daily, parts of Africa have some of the most nutrient-depleted soils in the world (and this speaking of land south of the Sahara Desert). The BBC News said, “Researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre say poor soil fertility is one of the main obstacles to improving food production in Africa.” Here’s a simple solution: plant trees. The BBC News said that planting the right kind of trees can bring back the soil: “Fertiliser tree systems (FTS) … help boost food security and play a role in ‘climate proofing‘ the region’s arable land”. Can this help forestall some of the desertification that worries scientists?  According to the Science Daily article, some 400,000 farmers are now benefiting from this simple, elegant solution so economical it grows on trees. Readers may remember the amazing Moringa tree, a literal “tree of life” that provides food, fuel, clean water and soil fertilizer (see 3/09/2010).Take the desert. A BBC News nature feature reported that a rocky, arid part of Niger is a literal Noah’s Ark for migrating wildlife. The photo gallery affirms that this part of Africa is “one of the most inhospitable deserts,” and yet biologists are calling for its protection, because it is a “biodiversity hotspot.” Who would have thought? In America, deserts are no hindrance to booming, thriving cities (Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and many others). Technologies are available to find and extract clean water, to derive energy, and to improve the standard of living for everyone – when there is the political will, the right principles, the right leadership and ability for the people to oust evil dictators.But the atrocities continue.  Recent news has called attention to America’s latest effort to help stop the misnamed “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by brutal bad guy Joseph Kony in Uganda, who sends children into villages to massacre everyone and tortures them if they don’t. South Sudan is trying to hold onto a flimsy new sovereignty after 15 years of civll war. Robert Mugabe destroyed once-productive Zimbabwe with his irrational, ego-driven policies. One of the worst sudden genocides happened in Rwanda just 17 years ago. Somalia remains a hotbed of death, piracy and terrorism. This is all recent history in “darkest Africa,” in spite of the fact that the old slave trade is gone, and the old colonial empires are gone. What’s wrong with Africa?Here’s what’s wrong: the widespread lack of Judeo-Christian values and principles, not just in Africa, but on every continent. Wherever godly people thrive, the land rejoices. Where they do not, the land mourns. Solomon said, “The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice” (Proverbs 13:23). Hosea described how injustice penetrates even the ecology: “There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away” (Hosea 4:1-3). America and Europe are coasting on the fumes of their Christian heritage, but are poised for horrors that have overtaken other nations that rejected God.You can plant all the Fertilizer Tree Systems you want, and the next Mugabe-like dictator will rip them out and make weapons out of them. You can bring in science and technology, and terrorists will use it destroy their neighbors. You can discover natural resources in abundance, but superstitious people will stick to their unhealthy ways out of fear. You can install clean water systems, but neighboring terrorists will destroy them. You can send everyone to school, and they will learn how to be more sophisticated crooks. You can install thousands of U.N. environmentalists, but poachers will continue to senselessly kill rare rhinos and elephants for their horns and tusks.That’s why missionary work is still the greatest gift that those living in freedom and plenty can give to any country besieged by poverty and injustice. Churches are mushrooming in parts of Africa. There’s no reason that Africa could not surpass the west in prosperity – even in sending out missionaries to call America back from its apostasy. Think what would happen if a vast majority of Africans really followed what Jesus taught: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” From that world view, from that perspective, flows a cornucopia of food, healing, safety, security, sharing, help, community, prosperity and love.(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Flatrock Passive: Firing Up the Heating System

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. Setting up the electricsIn addition to the Walltherm connection to the tank, we installed several 4500-watt electric elements to provide a grid-connected heating source. This provides much more flexibility than using wood alone. Electric elements can be used during the heating season when wood is not being burned and to keep the domestic hot water coil inside the tank ready for hot water use. We’ll use electricity when going on vacation and during the shoulder seasons when heating with wood will lead to overheating in the living space.The water inside the tank is highly stratified. Water at the top of the tank may be at 60°C (140°F) while the bottom may be at 25°C (77°F). This provides a way to heat (“charge”) the tank partially with hot water and leave “storage” room at the bottom for wood heat.I pre-designed the control system and my electricians (Trevor Leonard and Mike Molloy of 709 Electrical) made some modifications so it would conform to the electrical code. The control circuit is a little beyond the scope of the blog, so details are omitted for now.The manufacturer of the stove provides all the safety equipment needed for safe operation, including a 30 PSI pressure relief valve (see Image #8 below). This valve is plumbed from the stove to the outside. Should the water pressure ever increase beyond 30 PSI, the valve will evacuate the hot water to the exterior of the house.Likewise, if water hits 95°C (203°F) in the water jacket, a capillary temperature sensor opens a valve attached to a copper lance that is plumbed directly to 7°C (44.6°F) well water. The damper in the stove is controlled by a thermostatic control. As temperature rises, the stove damper (attached by a chain to the control arm of the thermostat) starts to close and air supply to the stove decreases.To extract heat from the stove, the boiler charging set (PAW, Grundfos Alpha 1 pump) is thermostatically controlled and starts around 68°C (154°F). The pump was tested before the initial burn by turning the thermostat dial down until the pump turned on. Initially, the pump was noisy ( a good sign there was still air in the lines.) We had to use higher pressure water to force air through the supply/return and into the Logix tank where it could escape through an automatic air vent.With all the testing and verification out of the way, it was time to light the stove. One issue we ran into with the stove is that the threads are made for European fittings. Although NPT threads fit fine, they bottom out completely once tightened since they are mating with a non-tapered fitting. The fittings required large amounts of teflon and leak lock to seal adequately and the results weren’t foolproof.Multiple attempts to pressurize the system with air presented leaks between mated fittings. A local company, Island Hose and Fittings, carries Dowty Bonded Seal meant for this application. A bonded seal is really just a washer with a rubber seal bonded to the center hole of the washer. We switched directions and used Dowty seals instead since they provide a more robust seal.The system was pressurized and remained pressurized over a weekend, so we felt that it was good to go for filling. The system was filled with water from the well using the automatic refill connected to the tank. It took almost 1.5 hours to fill the tank! At 243 gallons, plus the water needed to fill the distribution lines to each radiator, there is a lot of water! The well didn’t run dry so it’s a good sign that the well recovery flow rate recorded by the driller was probably pretty accurate.With the installation complete, it was time to test the system. Choosing radiatorsBefore getting into most of the particulars about the hydronic system and the Walltherm commissioning, I should discuss my choices of radiators. Nothing was available locally. Hydronic radiators are a specialty item so they had to be ordered regardless of brand name.Jaga makes low-temperature radiators. They have a large surface area and provide high BTU output at low temperatures. Some of them have ECM fans to boost output. The price was beyond the scope of my build, so I abandoned that idea fairly early after I decided that I wanted to use hydronic heating. My HVAC contractor (Adam Rickert of Hot Water Systems) recommended Softline radiators by Stelrad, a low-volume radiator (see Image #5 below). The BTU output from the radiators was determined from load calculations provided by Passive Design Solutions. Moving water around at lower temperatures leads to less energy loss in the distribution lines even when they are insulated so I sized the radiators based on 120°F water temperature.Controlling the temperature was the next question, and I had several options. Thermostats in each room with zone valves on a manifold would take up a lot of space in the mechanical room and required more controls and electronics than a simple TRV (Thermostatic Radiator Valves) controlled system. I decided that TRVs were a great option for a low-energy house and really simplified the distribution at the manifolds (see Image #6 below). They require no electricity and open and close based on temperature response. Coupled with a constant pressure pump (see Image #7 below), they provide all the same benefits as using variable-speed pumps and zone valves without all the electronics. Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseGreen Basics: Heating OptionsGreen Basics: Heat DistributionAll About Wood Stoves Time for a fireBuilding a fire is tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s not that hard. Everything depends on the bed of hot embers filling the area around the injector plate at the base of the firebox. The trick is to start with kindling and then add larger pieces of wood. After 20 to 25 minutes, the water in the boiler is about 50°C (122°F) and the flue temperature is over 400°C (752°F). Actuating the gasification process is just a matter of pulling a lever on the side of the stove and, Voila!The temperature in the water jacket starts to rise significantly and the pump comes on. The flue temperature drops to around 150°C (302°F) as heat from the flue gas is absorbed by the stove heat exchanger. Kindling and six pieces of wood burn about 2.5 hours. I estimated there was a temperature rise of 72°F based on the temperature gauges on the tank. This is equivalent of about 23 kWh of heated water.After this time, the whole tank has a temperature of about 149°F. Since the mixing valve tempers this water to around 95°F (at least during the spring) that is more than enough for heat and hot water for the next day. During a 2.5-hour burn, the house received about 5.6 kWh worth of space heat, so radiators on the main level won’t come on at all while the stove is burning. They typically come on the next day if it’s not sunny.Overall I am pleased with the system. The house is amazingly comfortable with the low-temperature radiators. The only thing I am sorry about is that it is almost the end of heating season for our house according to the WUFI model …. so it may be next year before I really get to use it extensively.center_img The Walltherm is the showcase of the Flatrock Passive House heating system. As mentioned in previous posts, it is a wood-fired gasification boiler. With a efficiency of 93%, it dumps about 12.5 kilowatts into hot water while only 2.5 kW is emitted to the room.It took four of us to move it with a hand truck into the living room. With the wall thimble already in place (see Image #2 below), there was only one place for the boiler to go. However, limitations in the lengths of double-wall stove pipe made the placement a little challenging. This being said, Excel ULTRABlack manufactured by ICC comes in a variety of different lengths, and they also have slip lengths to accommodate many set ups. So we placed the stove so the back was 10 inches away from the wall (minimum offset to combustibles, according to the manufacturer).With the stove in place it was time to plumb in the various connections (see Images #3 and #4 below). Adam Rickert was on site to do the work. Connections include a supply and return from the tank, a thermostat that turns the pump on and off, a temperature gauge, and a manometer. BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Laying Out the Mechanical System Framing and Insulating an Interior Service WallAir Sealing the PenetrationsBlower Door Test Comes Up RosesWrapping Up the Air BarrierInsulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Commissioning the systemCommissioning the system was a lengthy process. First, it had to be filled with water. Once the tank was filled, ball valves to the radiator distribution manifolds were opened and lines were filled with water. Because the radiators are controlled by TRVs, they had to be fully opened to allow water to enter the radiators. Once the radiators were filled, they had to be purged of air. Each radiator has a air bleeding valve installed for this purpose. With the TRVs opened, the pump was set to provide 14 feet of head. Each supply valve was adjusted at the manifold to give 1 gallon/minute since the calculated load in BTU/hour was based on that flow rate.When the wood stove is burning, the Logix24 tank could easily hit 80°C (176°F). Distributing high-temperature water is wasteful from an energy perspective and would lead to large temperature swings in each zone due to cycling of the radiators. The Taco iSeries outdoor reset mixing valve does two things to help solve this problem.First, since the hot water in the return manifold still contains useful energy, it can be reused. The valve mixes some of that water back into the supply manifold as hot water is drawn from the Logix 24 tank. Second, the valve also uses an outdoor reset sensor to determine how much water from the hydronic return manifold it needs to mix with hot water from the Logix24 tank to modulate distribution temperatures as outdoor temperature changes.As the temperature outside rises, the water temperature to the supply manifold decreases. As it gets colder, the water temperature rises. The system dynamically changes the radiator temperature in response to the energy loss in the building. This setup should be more efficient than a non-mixed system and temperature response should be more even. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

2014 State of Origin game times

first_imgThe countdown is on until the 2014 State of Origin Series, to be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September 2014. Please see below the times of the games:FridayGame One1.00pm – Women’s 30’s (Field One), Men’s 35’s (Field Two)1.50pm – Men’s 30’s (Field One), Women’s 35’s (Field Two), Men’s 45’s (Field Three)2.40pm – Women’s 20’s (Field One), Women’s 40’s (Field Two)3.30pm – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 40’s (Field Two), Men’s 50’s (Field Three)4.25pm – Mixed Open (Field One), Men’s 55’s (Field Two)5.20pm – Women’s Open6.10pm – Men’s Open SaturdayGame Two8.00am – Women’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 40’s (Field Two), Men’s 35’s (Field Five)8.55am – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 30’s (Field Two), Men’s 50’s (Field Five)9.50am – Mixed Open (Field One), Women’s 30’s (Field Two), Women’s 40’s (Field Three), Men’s 45’s (Field Four), Women’s 35’s (Field Five)10.45am – Women’s Open (Field One), Men’s 55’s (Field Two)11.40am – Men’s Open (Field One)Game Three1.30pm – Men’s 40’s (Field Three), Men’s 35’s (Field Four)2.25pm – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Women’s 20’s (Field Two), Men’s 30’s (Field Three), Women’s 30’s (Field Four), Women’s 40’s (Field Five)3.20pm – Mixed Open (Field One), Women’s 35’s (Field Two), Men’s 45’s (Field Three), Men’s 50’s (Field Four), Men’s 55’s (Field Five)4.15pm – Women’s Open5.10pm – Men’s Open Stay tuned to for all of the links to the live streaming of field one games of the 2014 State of Origin Series.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC) and State of Origin Series (SOO). The Touch Football Australia, NYC and SOO websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksSOO Game Timeslast_img read more

8 days agoEx-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be working

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be workingby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton says he would love to be working during the 2019/20 season.The Englishman was sacked the day after keeping Brighton in the Premier League at the end of last term.He said: “It is always difficult adjusting because you are doing something you haven’t done for four-and-a-half years and, of course, for periods before that.”In between jobs, I have had short breaks. It is something you don’t want to happen.”If I had a choice, then I would still be working. What you have to do is make the most if it.”I’m someone who generally has not found it too difficult to keep busy .”I think you sometimes have to go outside your comfort zone and this is a really good opportunity to watch a lot of games.” last_img read more

Photo: ‘Disappointed Michigan Fan’ Presented Mark Dantonio With ‘Play Of The Season’ Award

first_imgMichigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fan Chris Baldwin has become a household name – simply for his reaction to the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Last week, he was back on television, commiserating with fellow UM fans.ESPN, during it’s College Football Awards show, actually had Baldwin present the “Best Play of the Year” award to MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Jalen Watts-Jackson, the player who scored the game-winner for the Spartans, shared a cool photo of the moment on Facebook. At last night’s ESPN Awards. Glad they flew Chris Baldwin out for the show from Ann Arbor. He’s a good sport.Posted by Jalen Watts-Jackson on Friday, December 11, 2015In the end, the play wound up getting Michigan State into the playoff. It also might have knocked both Michigan and Ohio State out.[]last_img read more

SM Line to Enter the Market with Six Services

first_imgzoom South Korea’s newly established SM Line is making a bold entry into the container shipping trades with an initial suite of six services covering the North East Asia – South East Asia, Far East – India and Transpacific routes, Alphaliner informed.The company, which was incorporated on December 15, 2016 with a capital base of KRW 37 billion (USD 33 million), is scheduled to launch the new services successively over the months of March and April 2017.SM Line will operate an initial fleet of 11 ships of 1,100-6,600 TEU, six owned and five chartered units, which feature a total capacity of 41,381 TEU.This will place SM Line as the 37th largest container carrier in the world, according to Alphaliner’s carrier rankings.The company has acquired 12 containerships of 1,100-6,600 TEU, eight of which are intended for deployment on the carrier’s own services, including as replacements for chartered ships, while the remaining units are expected to be chartered out.SM Line will operate independently on its core services, covering the East Asia and Far East-US West Coast routes, while the shipping line will rely on slot charters from other carriers only on the Far East – India routes.last_img read more

Andy Murray Pulls Hunting Promos From Luxury Hotel

first_imgIf you’re looking for information on local hunting outings, you won’t find it at tennis superstar Andy Murray’s hotel!Unbeknownst to the Olympic gold medallist and US Open and Wimbledon champion, the website of his luxurious Cromlix Hotel, which is located 3 miles outside Dunblane, was until recently promoting these cruel activities. Of course, Murray knows that there’s nothing sporting about maiming and killing animals with high-powered guns or other weapons. And after being notified by PETA of the offensive promotions, Murray’s sports company, 77, quickly confirmed that all traces of hunting had been removed from the website.A British study of deer hunting found that 11 per cent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying. Unlike natural predators who help maintain wildlife populations by killing off only the sickest and weakest individuals, hunters kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace – including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong.“True sports involve competition and fair play between two consenting parties, something that can’t be said for the despicable individuals who torment and kill unwilling participants for fun”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Hunters would be arrested if their victims were cats or dogs, even though deer, pheasants and other animals experience fear and pain, just as all animals do.”This isn’t the first time that Murray has shown his animal-loving nature. Last year, he and renowned chef Albert Roux were awarded PETA’s foie gras–free certification for refusing to serve the imported, engorged livers of force-fed ducks and geese in the restaurant of the Cromlix Hotel.Other tennis aces who have backed life-saving campaigns by PETA UK or its international affiliates include Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe.last_img read more