Arcata High point guard Vanessa Holland signs letter of intent to play at Chico State

first_imgArcata >> Even before playing a collegiate game, Vanessa Holland can say she’s as familiar with the friendly confines of Lumberjack Arena as any high school player can get.She’s played in four Dick Niclai Tournament title games. She’s watched endless amounts of games as she’s grown up and gone to high school just a few minutes away.Come next season, though, Holland will be sitting in a different place come what has seemingly become her annual trip to play a game at Lumberjack Arena — the …last_img read more

Ryan Lee, Sept. 14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I think we’re probably looking at the end of the week to roll. We welcomed the rain we got because the farm we have that is the closest to ready needed a little time to even out. The rain will help some of the later beans and it will help get them headed in the right direction. When you get a rain this time of year it always seems like it helps those beans turn a little faster. I don’t know if there is any science behind that or not. Maybe it is just because the rain knocks the leaves off.I don’t think the yields will be all that great this year — I am guessing below average. Some of our grain companies we deal with were interested in doing some yield checks and came out. I don’t think it will be a great year yield wise on corn. I am still hopeful for the beans. We’ll find out when we get to those later this week if it doesn’t rain.Unless we see ears dropping or stalks going down in the corn, we will probably stick with the beans once we start just because of our of our specialty beans we do. All of the bean bins are cleaned and ready to go.It looks to me like there is a lot more SDS out there than a lot of people thought. It has really revealed itself in the last three weeks. I have also seen fields hit pretty hard by frogeye as well.Our stalks aren’t quite mature yet. We got into this hot stretch and between the heat and the nitrogen deficiency, it seems like this corn is headed to maturity at a pretty quick pace.last_img read more

Google Apps for Government Addresses Cloud Security Concerns

first_imgTags:#cloud#news The LA Times reported over the weekend that Google had missed its deadline for implementing a the city’s new email system, in part because it had not fully responded to some of the LA Police Department’s security concerns.But Google announced this morning that it was introducing a new edition of Google Apps, Google Apps for Government, an indication that Google is still committed to making inroads into enterprise, schools, and now government.Google Apps boasts Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification from the U.S. Government – the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive it. The FISMA law applies to all systems utilized by federal government agencies, and Google’s accreditation means that the federal government has reviewed Google’s security controls. “This review,” says Google in the blog post announcing the Apps for Government edition, “makes it easier for federal agencies to compare our security features to those of their existing systems; most agencies we have worked with have found that Google Apps provides at least equivalent, if not better, security than they have today. This means government customers can move to the cloud with confidence.”Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a separate storage system housed state-side, one designed exclusively for Google’s government contractors. Google Apps for Government is available to any federal, state or local government in the U.S., and according to Google “should give governments an even stronger case for making the move to the cloud.”Whether or not it’s a strong enough case for the Los Angeles Police Department, and other skeptics, remains to be seen. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Android Market Nears for Google TV

first_imgEarlier this month, brave, screwdriver-wielding developers got an early jump on creating Android apps for Google TV when a group of hackers figured out a hardware root for the device. Now, the day they were waiting for – the opening of the Android Market for Google TV – looks to be one step closer. According to one keen-eyed developer, the Android Market servers received a Google TV-related update today and it could be a sign that the app marketplace is soon on its way.“#Android market servers seem to have had a @googletv related update. Publishers are now warned that ‘touchscreen’ is a filtering feature,” tweeted Al Sutton. Tags:#Internet TV#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Android Community and Boy Genius Reports both picked up on the story, with BGR writing that “Google has not yet confirmed that the new ‘android.hardware.touchscreen’ filter is directly related to Google TV, but the writing is certainly on the wall – or screen, as it may be.”Android Community notes that the new feature “checks whether an app requires a touchscreen; that’s something you’ll find on an Android smartphone, but not on a Google TV device such as Logitech’s Revue.”A Google spokesperson said “We’ve never given a specific timeline on access to the market, but we’re still on track with our overall plans to launch the market this year.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Solar Thermal is NOT Dead

first_img New Shelter magazine story.pdf Robert Starr et al – DOE report from 1984.pdf Robert Starr is a solar thermal advocate who lives in northeastern Vermont. He is president of the Radiantec Company, a supplier of underfloor radiant heating and solar heating products. The environmentNow, we are at the end of this economic analysis. I hope that I have made the case that PV-produced electricity is not really a less expensive way to make domestic hot water. I also hope that I have made the case that solar thermal is anything but dead and can be efficient, cost-effective, reliable, low-maintenance and even luxurious.But now, I want to make the case that solar thermal can help us meet important social responsibilities. Environmental concerns are hard to quantify in terms of money. But just because they are arguable and hard to quantify does not justify scoring them at zero. Where and how shall we score the fact that in a few decades, Glacier National Park will have no glaciers? I do not mean to belabor these environmental and moral issues, but I cannot ignore them totally either. (I am writing for Green Building Advisor.)Environmentalists are nearly unanimous in their perspective that we must not use utility-provided electrical energy frivolously. They say that the production of electrical energy has serious profound consequences now and well into the future. They note that most of our utility-generated electrical energy is made out of either coal or uranium. It may be OK to use electrical energy in small amounts for end uses that cannot be readily made by lesser fuels. But it is not OK to use electrical energy in large quantities to perform simple thermal tasks that could be done with any other fuel at lower cost and lower environmental impact.It is important to understand that unless you live in the woods, off the grid, we are all interconnected. The PV energy that we make goes into a common pool. If we use utility-provided electricity for any purpose, we will cause some utility somewhere to burn coal. If we do not consume wantonly, the utility can reduce coal-generated pollution. It means that even if you have a photovoltaic panel, you cannot honorably use utility-provided electrical energy to make bathwater. After all, if you did not use electrical energy to make bathwater, that energy could have gone back to the utility to reduce pollution or could be used for another more appropriate purpose.Good electric vehicles are available now. Elon Musk, the green business magnate, tells us that attractive PV roofing materials will be available in October 2017 (but they will not be cheap). So use PV electricity to run your car, or run your computer, or your lights or your television, but use solar thermal to make your bathwater.Either way, free solar energy is yours; take it. Heat-pump water heaters take heat from the ambient airThere is at least one efficiency problem with heat-pump water heaters: They rob Peter to pay Paul. The First Law of Thermodynamics informs us that energy can be neither created nor destroyed (but it can be moved). Accordingly, the heat that is produced for domestic water is moved from the ambient air and must eventually be replaced by the space heating system.Martin’s analysis compared the performance of solar thermal systems, making domestic hot water only with PV panels operating at 20% of tilt and just making energy. They are not comparable. PV panels at this tilt will be covered with snow all winter and would do little even if they were not. We must compare PV systems with solar thermal systems operating under the same conditions in order to learn anything. Radiant underfloor heating with solar thermal: a major improvementWe have time in this space to look at one particular solar thermal application that is ideal for residential applications and in combination with DHW uses. I ask you to set aside what you may have heard previously about solar thermal and solar space heating and take a new look. It is just possible that when solar thermal is combined directly with radiant underfloor heating, there are significant benefits that have been underappreciated in the past.A glycol solution which is warmed in the solar collector flows to the DHW heat exchanger and also to a radiant panel floor. When space heating is no longer wanted, a thermostat turns off the flow to the floor. Simple as that.The main reason that radiant underfloor heating goes together so well with solar thermal is because it is a very low temperature use and low temperatures lead to higher efficiency in the solar collector because less heat is lost to the outside air. Solar collectors that can operate at lower temperatures will harvest significantly more energy than if they must run at higher temperatures.What we are proposing here is a hybrid solar space heating system that combines the relative advantages of active approaches (solar collectors and pumps) with the advantages of passive designs (using the natural materials and design) and yet leaves their respective disadvantages behind. It might be called “an Active Charge/Passive Discharge Solar Heating System” where the solar energy is collected and brought into the building in an active manner and then stored and delivered in a passive manner.Active design approaches can collect the solar energy with excellent efficiency and do not lose energy during periods when they are not operational (as passive collectors do). But the usefulness of purely active systems has been compromised by the cost and complexity of the various mechanical systems needed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy.Passive approaches reduce cost and complexity by using conventional building components to collect, store, and distribute solar energy, but the overall usefulness is compromised when the collection element is a part of the building envelope and loses heat at night. Passive approaches can be very demanding in terms of architecture and orientation.It can be seen that the hybrid design will be low in cost because of its simplicity and highly efficient because of its low operating temperature. “The solar collectors operate at the highest possible efficiency because they operate at the lowest possible temperature” (second stage evaluation by National Bureau of Standards).The very high efficiency caused by the low operating temperatures enables a small amount of cloudy day performance and a considerable improvement in partly cloudy and morning and afternoon performance. The “slab on grade” construction element provides enormous thermal storage at almost no cost. Antifreeze-based systems are more reliableIn my humble opinion, a solar thermal system should run on antifreeze, even in Florida. Key West, Florida is the only city in the continental United States that has never suffered a freezing event. Antifreeze will prevent freezing, boiling over, and corrosion. Glycol systems cost a little more than drain-backs and drain-downs, but they are worth it because of the avoided problems and higher efficiency.Antifreeze in a solar thermal system does not need to be replaced every two years as in an automobile because there is no exposure to ambient air. The solar thermal system using glycol has only one moving part, the pump, and the glycol lubricates the pump for very long service life. Glycol solutions have been lasting more than 25 years. If a glycol solar thermal system fails (or if the power goes out), it goes to a fail-safe condition. The only true maintenance item with solar thermal systems has been exterior pipe insulation which seems to last about 20 years if it has UV inhibitors. Glycol systems can also be used for other things as well as DHW.Installation should cost about $1,500. If no one will do it for that, then do it yourself. If you buy a good kit and you have a good installation manual and you are a reasonably competent do-it-yourselfer, the results will be excellent. Martin seems to have counted the cost of the storage tank twice in his comparison between solar thermal and heat-pump powered DHW. Let me first discuss the comparison between solar thermal and PV and then discuss the potential of solar thermal in general. Maintenance in solar thermal is minorMartin mentioned maintenance problems in his comparison between PV and solar thermal. Here, we have to be careful not to confuse true maintenance with the cost of correcting mistakes. We all know of solar thermal systems that freeze up, boil over, leak, etc. But this is not the fault of solar thermal in general.If you select a proven design and install it according to the manual and with care, a solar thermal system will be a pleasure to own for the life of the building.On the other hand, if you create something experimental, and don’t consider every single thing, and then cut some corners, it can and will bite you. Your solar thermal system can be like a good refrigerator; it will run quietly and without maintenance for a very long time.center_img PV panels produce electricity; solar thermal collectors make heatTo be fair, PV panels produce electrical energy and electricity is wonderful stuff. It has a much higher value than simple thermal energy. It can be used for all kinds of things and our lives would be much poorer without it, but my point is that PV is just not a good way to make bathwater or space heat. It is inherently wasteful.The conversion efficiency or so called “heat rate” of electrical utility generation is about 33%. The only reason that electric cars make sense is because the efficiency of the internal combustion engine is much less than that (20%).Thermal energy is also useful to us and we need a lot of it. Between space heating, domestic warm water production, clothes drying, and cooking, a major portion of residential energy consumption is thermal. The remainder that really requires the higher quality of electricity is actually quite small. Environmentalists are telling us that “If you want electricity, then PV is a good way to do that, but if all you want is simple thermal, then you should go with simple thermal solar collectors in the first place because they are much more efficient and environmentally appropriate.”Much is being said about PV costs having come down. It is true and a wonderful thing that PV costs have come down dramatically in recent times, but they still cost more than solar thermal collectors and they produce so much less useful energy. There is really no indication that PV costs will continue to come down. In fact the current low costs of PV seem to be related to predatory pricing practices in the world markets and they may not be sustainable, but let us hope.Martin used a system cost of about $10,000 for a solar thermal water heater in his first article. That is too high. In a later analysis he offered the option of using $6,000. I find that more reasonable. It is arguable what a two-panel solar thermal water heater should cost, but if you give me your credit card number, I will send one out for $5,361.48. This will buy you the materials, in kit form, for a glycol-based solar domestic water heater, which is the preferred method. An article written by Martin Holladay, “Solar Thermal is Dead,” was published by GBA on March 23, 2012, and another article titled “Solar Thermal is Really, Really Dead” followed it on December 26, 2014. The premise of these articles is that solar thermal is dead because “It’s now cheaper to use a photovoltaic system to heat domestic hot water.” These two articles have been very widely circulated and remain very much with us today. As one example, I recently Googled “solar domestic water heater” and these articles came up #2.It is my duty, as a fervent solar thermal advocate, to offer the other side. [Editor’s note: The author owns a company that sells equipment for solar thermal systems and radiant floor heating systems.]Martin’s articles miss the mark in some important areas.First of all, Martin’s broad statement that “Solar Thermal is Really, Really Dead,” based upon one domestic hot water comparison, goes way too far. Even if the analysis was correct (and it is not), solar thermal encompasses production of domestic hot water (DHW), space heating, radiant underfloor heating, snow melting, root zone heating for gardens, compost production, crop drying, pool heating, and more. Martin is speaking for the talents and creativity of many people, and while I personally admire Martin’s many contributions to green energy in this space, these two articles are not among them. RELATED ARTICLES Solar Thermal is DeadSolar Thermal Is Really, Really DeadAnother Solar Myth Bites the DustSolar Hot WaterSolar Hot Water System Maintenance CostsDomestic Hot Water: No Perfect SolutionHeat-Pump Water Heaters Come of AgeHeat Pump Water HeatersAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsPV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap A DOE reportThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) thoroughly studied one such design and published a report titled “Technical Evaluation of a Solar Heating System Having Conventional Hydronic Solar Collectors and a Radiant Panel Slab.” The report concluded that the hybrid design which costs only half as much as referenced active systems collected about twice as much solar energy and delivered it into the building. From that point, the building’s very low heat loss and the building’s high thermal storage ability enabled high solar heating fractions in the difficult Northern Vermont climate.The radiant heat will be appreciated with all floor types, but if the flooring and the structure beneath is capable of storing lots of heat energy (slab on grade construction), a significant solar heating fraction can be the result.In comparison with any other active or passive solar heating system, the use of this hybrid solar heating method greatly increases efficiency, greatly lowers cost, improves performance, and improves architectural flexibility. Investment performance is improved accordingly.Investment value in Boston considering energy saved and reduction in the cost of the conventional heating system and not considering tax credits was calculated to be 14% per year tax free.A layman’s language description of the hybrid design was provided by Fred Langa, Senior Editor of New Shelter magazine.The effectiveness of the passive solar storage element (the radiant floor) will be dependent upon what it is made out of and where the insulation is placed and how energy-efficient the building above is. Certainly slab-on-grade construction will store a great deal more heat than wooden floor joist construction. If you construct a building with very low heat loss (superinsulated), and then if you incorporate a high level of thermal mass (slab on grade), you can expect to see a solar heating fraction in excess of 90% in a poor climate like Northeastern Vermont. You will need 7 or 8 solar panels for a 1,500 square foot house. If you want wood joist floor construction, or if you only want 4 or 5 solar panels, you can expect a 50-60% solar heating fraction. On most days of the year, you will have all of the heat that you want and you will enjoy radiant comfort every day. On most days of the year, you will have all of the DHW that you want.Bear in mind that Northeastern Vermont is about the poorest place in the country for solar heating. If you live anywhere else, these numbers will change for the better and you do not need to go to the superinsulated level.A warm floor will lose more heat downward than an ice-cold floor, so proper insulation is important, but the floor will not lose more heat downward than other radiant floor systems. Other solar thermal usesLet’s think about some of the other benefits of solar thermal.If you have a solar DHW heater it will produce more heat than the absolute minimum that you require on many days. This is not a bad thing. It is called luxury and abundance. Most people cannot have all of the hot water that they want without guilt.You can water your garden with extra warm water and not set your plants back a week with ice cold water. Speaking of gardening, you can put a couple of extra heating loops in the garden. Your garden will get off to an early start and last a couple of weeks longer. Your flowers and vegetables will be larger than everyone else’s.You can put a loop in the compost heap and get more compost sooner. You can put a loop in the driveway or walkway for deicing and snowmelt. It will work efficiently because of very low operating temperatures. You will track less salt and sand into the house and it will be safer. You can use excess solar energy to heat your pool. Solar thermal is more efficientTo begin with, solar thermal collectors are about five times more efficient than PV panels, and that is a very important consideration. There are many different ways to view the relative efficiencies of PV panels and thermal collectors. One method is to look at peak performance, or what the collectors do under ideal conditions. The other way is to apply a “performance factor” which accounts for the fact that collectors do not always operate under ideal conditions.The peaking performance of the typical PV panel is about 16%. The peaking performance of the typical flat-plate solar collector is about 76%, according to Wikipedia. That is 475% better.If we apply the performance factor then we will see what will happen in the real world. The performance factor for PV is about 65% and the performance factor for solar thermal is also 65% at fairly low residential operating temperatures. All of that means that we will get to keep about 10.4% of the solar resource with PV panels and about 50% with thermal collectors.Either way, solar thermal collectors harvest about five times as much energy as PV. It means that if we want to make useful energy from the sun, it will take almost five times the solar panel area with PV as it will with solar thermal. This matters because there is only so much good south-facing area on a typical building.If solar thermal panels cost about the same as PV panels, it will cost almost five times as much money. These simple efficiency observations are not the whole story of the comparison between PV and solar thermal but they are certainly the beginning. Then, we must consider the money value of the energy produced, the effectiveness of its utilization, the ability of the energy to be stored and other important factors. But this snapshot of efficiency tells us something about what PV is up against.It is also clear that we do not get a tremendous amount of energy from solar collectors of either kind. The sun is a gentle form of energy to begin with and we only get 11% of it in the case of PV. We must use it wisely and efficiently, but it does work, both economically and technically. Combined uses help utilizationMartin correctly notes that solar energy must be effectively utilized or it is not very useful. A major advantage of PV systems is their utilization rate which can approach 100% because the electricity that exceeds the immediate demand can be sent back to the utility where it can be used for other purposes.The benefits of solar thermal are “site-specific.” If you cannot use the solar thermal energy at the time that it is produced on site, it may be wasted at best and may even be a nuisance. But it is true that you can (and should) improve utilization of the solar energy with end uses that can be valuable and even fun.It is incorrect to compare PV panels with utility-combined uses with solar thermal without combined uses. One of the most attractive combined uses for solar thermal energy is for underfloor radiant heating, and we will use it as one example where solar thermal is certainly “not dead.”last_img read more

Dhoni’s dropped catches

first_imgDhoni trying to take a catch in India match against Ireland at DelhiA day after India’s final over loss to South Africa at Nagpur, a Mumbai friend smsed Sachin Tendulkar in Marathi, “Aplache daant aani aplache aont, dosh kunala dweicha (It’s your teeth, your lips, whom will you blame).”Tendulkar had expressed disgust at the way India’s middle-order batsmen had thrown away their wickets. He also did not like the last over bloomer by Ashish Nehra and felt Harbhajan Singh was a natural choice for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The master blaster’s reply to his friend was a terse “yes”.Under fire for choosing Nehra, Dhoni played with a straight bat when attacked at the post-match press conference. Then he locked himself up. He was visibly upset and even suggested that he could carry a cellphone next time he stepped on to the ground so that India’s cricket experts (read fans and reporters) could tweet and post remarks on facebook.The speculation over Dhoni’s combination for the game and the team’s commitment continued for more than 48 hours after the defeat. “I sincerely don’t know what Nehra is doing in the team because he is unfit most of the time. He hasn’t had enough match practice,” says former wicket-keeper and chief selector Kiran More. “In Delhi, Nehra bowled only one over.””Once many called his decisions his natural instinct, now it is his obstinacy that is causing problems for the side,” says former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has already panned the side and its chances for the World Cup as a midsummer night’s dream. Consider some of Dhoni’s mistakes.advertisementOver-confidence In the World Twenty20 in 2007, Joginder Sharma bowled the final over when Pakistan needed 13 runs. It worked. But it did not work with Nehra who was preferred over Harbhajan Singh against South Africa.The Piyush factor He continues to back Piyush Chawla, the leg spinner, over a competent R. Ashwin who has the support of the selection board.Disorder within The batting order is messy. What is the ideal order? Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as openers, followed by Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni himself. But the move to switch Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli from their designated slots failed against England and South Africa. The tinkering is not working.All bowled out It’s no secret that bowling is a huge cause of worry. The captain keeps defensive fields and allows the batsmen to milk the bowlers for easy singles. There is no pressure on the batsmen to play rash shots.The selectors are somewhat reconciled to the captain’s plan that Suresh Raina will replace Yusuf Pathan but they don’t agree with the skipper over his persistence with Chawla. The selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth backed Ashwin right from the beginning of the World Cup and doesn’t want Chawla’s presence in the side.There are many who are wondering why Dhoni is toying with the batting order. “The middle order should definitely be more rigid because this is a crucial chunk for any team,” former Indian captain Kapil Dev told a television channel.Team insiders say Dhoni is determined to stick to his own theory on how to run India’s World Cup campaign and appears fairly confident that the boys can bounce back. Many, of course, feel the boys-as their body language suggests-will not be able to withstand the pressure. The Nagpur loss rattled the team so much that many skipped breakfast the next day. India will know if Dhoni’s boys have recovered enough to beat the West Indies on March 20 at Chennai. The venue is also home to chief selector Srikkanth and N. Srinivasan, bcci’s all-powerful secretary.last_img read more

Anfield won’t just be the home of Liverpool FC after this…

first_imgAdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty Images.After much consideration, the Liverpool City Council’s planning committee approved the application for music concerts to be held at Liverpool’s home stadium.According to a council spokesman, the stadium had been given a temporary two-year licence for six concerts a year.Plans to use the site for events such as American and Gaelic football matches were rejected by the council last month on the grounds they would have a harmful effect on residents and the transport and road network.A meeting was held by the planning committee sometime during August and the club was asked to provide more information on proposals to hold concerts at the ground and to confirm what had been done to contact with residents.It had initially asked for permission to hold 10 events a year but after concerns were raised by residents dropped the number to six.Under the plans, the stadium – which was expanded in 2016 – will hold music concerts or other events such as boxing for crowds of about 50,000 at the end of the football season.The proposals were met with 57 objections from locals.Complaints included that the Sir Paul McCartney concert, held at the stadium in 2008, caused problems including drowning out the television.In a statement, councillor Jane Corbett said: “The local residents usually have respite from the football matches at ‘the end of the season’.“This extended use of the stadium will mean that, in effect, there will no longer be an ‘end to the season’.”She also cited problems with people urinating and littering when attending the stadium.In the past, the ground has bore witness to other events – American evangelist Billy Graham preached to crowds at the stadium for a week in 1984 and in the 1950s, basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters played an exhibition match there.Read Also: Football: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are renewing their vows Advertisementlast_img read more

24 days agoWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goal

first_imgWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Record number of nominations for APTN National News

first_imgAPTN NewsAPTN National News and APTN Investigates have been nominated for nine awards presented by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).The annual awards are presented for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for the previous year. Recipients will be announced on May 5 at the CAJ gala and conference in Toronto.“My whole team works tirelessly to tell those stories which are important to Indigenous people and all Canadians. The work they do every day is changing the landscape of Canada, by educating the public and building a new understanding of the country we live in,” said Karyn Pugliese, executive director of News and Currents Affairs. “It is so rewarding to see their hard work recognized by their peers at the Canadian Association of Journalists.“Congratulations APTN nominees,” she added.Journalists Kenneth Jackson and Willow Fiddler are recognized for their work in the Scoop Category for bringing forward new information on the case of teen Tammy Keeash who drowned in Thunder Bay.Fiddler has also been nominated for the CAJ’s new Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award for her heartbreaking story about a Thunder Bay woman who was given weeks to live after she was struck with a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle.Jackson also got the nod for Daily Excellence, for his story about the deaths of three young Indigenous girls at Ontario group homes.Journalist Kathleen Martens was also nominated for two entries, both APTN Investigates episodes. Article 23 explored at the inequality of employment in Nunavut was nominated in the CWA CANADA/CAJ award for Labour reporting.Martens’ Truth? Or Reconciliation an hour-long special about how the Indian Residential Schools Settlement failed survivors is up for the Open Broadcast News award. She shares the nomination with APTN Investigates executive producer Paul Barnsley and producer Holly Moore.Trina Roache appears in the JHR/Human Rights reporting category for In the Shadow of the Dam, her take on the Muskrat Falls protests- her first episode for APTN Investigates.Cullen Crozier is also recognized for Against their Will  in the same category.  In his APTN Investigates episode, Crozier exposed the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in a Saskatoon hospital that has now led to a class action lawsuit representing more than 50 women.Veteran APTN Investigates video journalist Rob Smith is also recognized in the Open Media category for Killer Pain which goes street level to the opiod crisis in Vancouver.Moore is also in the Open Media category for The cure was worse, bringing the total number of nominations for Investigates to six.“I’m incredibly proud of all the nominees and once again grateful for the opportunity APTN has provided to create and manage its investigative team.” said Barnsley. “I think today proves the talent pool of Indigenous journalists is deep.”“We’ve had several hugely talented and highly valued team players move on to other roles at APTN and yet the show keeps improving and punching far above its weight as reinforcements arrive and add their talent and passion to the mix.”[email protected]last_img read more

In NHL Playoffs Plan For a Quick Overtime

As the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were locked in an epic double-overtime struggle Wednesday night, I wondered about the likelihood of such a prolonged NHL battle. What are the odds of an OT playoff game ending after a given number of minutes had elapsed?I dug into Hockey-Reference.com’s Game Finder tool (using goalie minutes to determine how long a game lasted) and gathered the numbers on all playoff games that went into sudden-death mode since 1988. Here are the results over that span, tracing the probability that a game will have ended by the time a certain duration into OT is achieved:Of course, the thrilling end-to-end playing style of Wednesday’s game would seem to make goal-scoring more likely, thereby increasing the chance of the game concluding earlier. To that end, I speculated that the amount of total scoring by both teams through the end of regulation might clue us in to the overall offensive environment of the game, and therefore play a role in whether “death” would come more or less suddenly.That hypothesis is true, although the difference is fairly small. The red curve in the chart above represents games where the total number of regulation goals by both teams was six or greater; the blue curve represents games with four or fewer combined goals in regulation. That the red line is higher than the blue for most of the chart means that, at a given number of elapsed minutes of overtime, a higher-scoring game was more likely to have ended than a lower-scoring one. (This isn’t exactly surprising, but it’s still interesting to prove it with data.) Whichever type of overtime game we’re watching, though, there’s a better than 50-50 chance that it will end less than 10 minutes into the extra frame, and more than a 75 percent probability it will end before double OT.And that’s another sense in which Wednesday’s Blackhawks-Kings game was a rare treat. Based on history, there was only about a 17 percent chance that an OT game between two teams that had been high-scoring in regulation would last 22 minutes before someone scored. It was exciting, unlikely extra hockey, and hopefully we see even more drama in Game 6 on Friday night. read more