Drake Wins More Weekly PFL Awards

first_imgFor the second-consecutive week, members of the Drake University football team have been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.Sophomore defensive back Alex Rogers (Racine, Wis.) was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week following his breakout performance in the 43-6 win at Morehead State. Kieran Severa earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his scoop-and-score of a blocked PAT attempt.Rogers’ honor marks the sixth PFL Defensive Player of the Week award for the Bulldogs’ nationally ranked defense. At Morehead State, Rogers led a defensive effort that surrendered just six points with a career-high 16 tackles. Eleven of his stops were solo tackles and he also added a team-high four tackles for loss. Severa, who earlier this season earned the PFL Defensive Player of the Week award, garnered Special Team Player of the Week honors for corralling Nathan Clayberg’s (Pella, Iowa) block of a PAT attempt and returning it the length of the field for two points. His scamper was the Bulldogs’ second PAT return for a score of the season and the block was the Bulldogs’ eighth this season. As a team, Drake ranks third nationally in blocked kicks this season. All told, the Bulldogs earned nine weekly PFL honors and finished the season with a 7-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the PFL to finish in a tie for second in the league. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

With the Rockets looming, the Warriors can’t mess around in Game 5

first_imgWATCH: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Steve Kerr on the Warriors upcoming Game 5 against the Lakers.Click here if you’re unable to view the video on your mobile device.The Warriors can read the writing on the wall. It’s been there since the moment the playoff bracket was set. You can argue it’s been clear since before the season even started.The Warriors are going to face the Rockets in the playoffs again. This year, the showdown between the two best teams in the Western …last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, June 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had 2.9 inches right at the farm last week and to the south we got 2.25. North or south from either of those two points the rain total started to drop pretty fast. The vast majority of our acres had right around three inches. We probably lost an inch of that either running off the top or down the cracks. Some areas of the fields were underwater but the ground was about dried off by the next afternoon.We haven’t had any leaf curling on the corn yet. We have been fortunate with that. I think that is partially due to our strip-till. The corn was still finding moisture. The corn was just sitting dormant for a little bit. It didn’t have enough moisture to grow but it was tolerating it. It seems like it grew a foot the day after the rain. Now everything is looking a whole lot better.We were planning on getting wheat started today but we got another little rain last night. Maybe tomorrow afternoon we’ll get out and see what the moisture level is. There is no visible disease pressure out there and it is pretty much all standing nicely. As long as we can get to it before something else comes along I am feeling pretty good about the wheat. I have seen some wheat go down in the area after the storm.We haven’t done double-crop beans in a long time but we are going to try again this year. We are getting a good early start.We have been fighting some ragweed coming through our pre-emerge in the beans. I have been touching up bean fields. I have sprayed about 400 acres of beans with Flexstar to clean up the ragweed. We blame a lot of that on the fact that we really hadn’t had any rain to activate that chemical.last_img read more

U.S. Government Offers Buzzword Alternatives

first_imgBuilders who specialize in net-zero, Passivhaus, or other types of high-performance houses may like nothing better than explaining the advantages of their approach, but lots of prospective customers apparently have no idea what they’re talking about.“Sure, it’s second nature for builders, architects and remodelers to talk about advanced framing and net-zero homes as if those terms are equally familiar to their customers,” Sharon O’Malley wrote in a recent post at ConstructionDive.“But like doctors talking about neuropathy (nerve disease) and TIAs (mini-strokes) with patients who don’t have a clue how to translate that medical jargon, contractors can equally confound their clients with the technical terms they use when they talk about green building features.”In a poll of 2,009 people, O’Malley continued, just 14 percent knew what a “high-performance home” was.Industry buzz words are great when you’re chatting with a building colleague, consultant Mike Rogers writes in a post, “but they generally do not lead to homeowner understanding or confidence, nor to signed contracts.”That’s the problem. Now, the government hopes it has an answer. Language that is ‘consistent, effective and inclusive’Let’s start with “high-performance” building, the phrase that baffles 86 out of 100 Americans.High-performance, the translator suggests, means energy efficiency plus quality installation plus performance.Likewise, “high-efficiency” shall mean a minimum of 15 percent above existing code, standard or business-as-usual. “Ultra-efficient” could be defined as 50 percent above existing standards.Don’t call it an “HVAC system.” Say “comfort system.”“HVAC equipment” should be “comfort equipment.”“HVAC ducts” might be better labeled “comfort delivery system [analogy: lungs of home].”A “HVAC thermostat” should be called “comfort control.”The translator goes on to list dozens of stock industry phrases plus alternatives that emphasize enhanced comfort, more efficient operation or greater durability. So, for example, the building science term might be “tight air-sealed home,” but consumers might have an easier time understanding “comprehensive draft protection” or “air containment sealing” or “moisture-sealed construction.”In addition to the translator, the DOE website also offers webinars on marketing high-performance homes.Sam Rashkin, chief architect of DOE’s Building Technologies Office, told O’Malley that using understandable language is essential in building sales. Three other important skills, he added, are asking buyers the right questions, showing rather than telling customer about the benefits of green features, and making sure that sales reps have a good technical grounding in green building. Department of Energy’s ‘translator’A year ago, the Department of Energy gathered an industry group active in the Zero Energy Ready Home and Building America programs to discuss the use of technical jargon. What they needed, the group decided, was a better way of explaining the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient building to people who weren’t in the business.After the meeting, the department began developing the Building Science Translator, which it describes as a “glossary of ‘power words’ for use across the industry.” It emphasizes the down-to-earth advantages for consumers, not engineering functions.The translator is now available as a download from DOE’s website.“Many stakeholders are frustrated that the transaction process fails to recognize the value associated with lower cost of ownership, greater comfort, improved health, ensured combustion safety, and more durability,” its introduction says. What the translator will do, it continues, is help builders emphasize the “improved consumer experience, rather than the engineering function.”last_img read more

After the Webinar: Summary of Key Resources

first_imgOn October 19, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph. D. shared a wealth of resources to supporting delivering intentional instruction through everyday interactions during the webinar “When Play is More than Just “Playing.”  In this video, Kristie provides a focused summary of key resources.If you haven’t viewed the webinar yet, you can access it here.last_img

Temple jewellery returns

first_imgModel Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian,Model Shruti Hari flaunts some antique temple jewelleryTraditional antique jewellery has made its way to the style charts with a bang, quite literally, this festive season.Apart from the typically north Indian Kundan and Jadau styles which Aishwarya Rai made so popular through the movie Jodhaa Akbar, the very South Indian ‘temple’ jewellery is also becoming a rage among the discerning jewellery enthusiasts. Interestingly, people are quite wanting to go back to the roots and are quite eager to sport antique jewllery depicting the ancient era.”Temple jewellery mainly consists of designs in kemp, uncut ruby and uncut diamond, although kemp is our best seller,” says Anwar Nissar, the store manager at Prince Jewellery, which was one of the first establishments to have introduced Chennai to antique jewellery with their dedicated line, Ancient Secrets. “There was always a demand. But over the last few years, it has increased and our customers are mostly young women,” he grins.Typically, the range begins at Rs 80,000 and can go up to anything. “It depends on the piece,” explains Anwar. “The older they are, the more expensive. We’ve sold necklaces for Rs 15-16 lakhs each,” he shrugs as he takes one out of the display counter. “This is one of our most popular pieces, the maanga maalai. Since it’s authentic, it would sell at roughly Rs 6 lakh.” The paisleys are exquisitely formed, studded with kemp and the rough sparkle of uncut diamonds. “The quality of workmanship is outstanding,” he adds and there really is no argument. Each piece in their collection can only be termed a work of art, an heirloom, a masterpiece.advertisement”It’s not like all these pieces have been previously owned by royalty,” he says, when questioned about the source. “Many middle class people back in the day would have sold jewellery like this without knowing its actual value. Even today, most people don’t understand the concept of antique jewellery,” he rues.”There was much more honesty and integrity back then. You’ll notice that in the quality of the stone, the gold and the design. There were no cost cuts or compromises – artisans just wanted to make a good product. You don’t get stuff like this anymore, which one of the reasons it’s priced the way it is.””I really love temple jewellery,” says Shruti Hari, one of the more popular faces in Chennai’s modelling circuit. “I learned dance when I was young, so I’ve grown up wearing it.” However, the market for the kemp studded earrings and the paisley shaped necklace isn’t restricted to the dancers anymore. There has been a visible metamorphosis not just in demand, but in design as well, particularly where the artificial variety is concerned.Artificial temple jewellery, which had once been regarded as nothing more than cheap imitation, has garnered a massive fan base of late, especially among young women.Apart from the more ostentatious pieces that are used purely for performances, there is a new hybrid collection that combines specific traditional features, such as the maanga with contemporary settings, and is quite a rage today.The design is modern but still manages to retain old world charm. Add to the fact that artificial jewellery doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket the way authentic jewellery does, and you’ve got a winner.There really are no limits when it comes to styling possibilities, either. It complements any skin colour, and can be paired with most outfits.”I’m wearing a piece right now” laughs Shruti. “It goes with anything. It’s subtle, but grand. I love it.”Elegant, beautiful and timeless, temple jewellery transcends fashion trends, making it the one must-flaunt not just this festive season, but any season. “It can never go out of fashion” she declares. We agree to that for sure. Shoppers stopPrince jewellery Address: No.13, Nageswara Raa Road, Panagal Park, T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017 Phone No : 044 4266 8181 Nathella’s Arcade 37, Tel: 2831111Narayana pearls No 75, Pondy Bazzaar, Next to Univercell, T.Nagar, Chennai -600 0017 Phone: 4212 3226Anokhi 85, “Chamiers”, Chamiers Road, Ra Puram Chennai, Tamilnadu 600028 42030734last_img read more