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Fishing the North Coast: Sport crab season set to open Saturday

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first_imgThe always-popular recreational Dungeness crab season will open state-wide this Saturday, with one big exception. State waters from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County (41° 8.00’ N. Latitude) north to the California/Oregon state line will remain closed due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. This closure, which will keep Crescent City anglers off the water, will remain in effect until domoic acid no longer poses a significant risk to public health.CDFW will continue to coordinate with CDPH and …last_img

Giants finally score after 17 innings, suffer second straight loss to open season

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first_imgSAN DIEGO–In the 136-year history of the franchise, the Giants had never been shut out twice in a row to start a season.History was nearly made at Petco Park on Friday, and the Giants were oh-so-close to being on the wrong side of it.After 17 scoreless innings to open the season, third baseman Evan Longoria finally put the team on the board in 2019 with a solo home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Longoria’s homer was much-needed for a discouraged Giants’ offense, but it was a rare …last_img

Report on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat Pump

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first_imgIt’s been pretty chilly outside, if you haven’t noticed. A number of people have asked me how our air-source heat pump is making out in the cold weather. I wrote about the system last fall, well before we had moved in. Is it keeping us warm? We’ve only been living in the house for a few weeks, but here’s a quick report.So far, so good. Our 18,000 Btu/hour Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump (MSZ FE18NA indoor unit and MUZ FE18 outdoor unit) is doing remarkably well in keeping us comfortable. We don’t have any oil or gas heating in the house, only the electric heat pump and a small wood stove that we’ve fired up twice so far. The indoor heat pump unit is mounted on a wall next to our kitchen, and it’s been operating pretty steadily in this cold weather. (Even though we’ve heated with wood for decades and have all the wood we could ever use, I’ve been curious how the house will do just on electricity, so have refrained from using the wood stove.)A thermometer in a bookcase on an outside wall diagonally across the kitchen-dining-living space from the heating unit is reading 66°F as I write this, with the outside temperature about 12°F. A thermometer in our upstairs bedroom read 70° when I got up this morning, and has typically been about 68° — and remarkably uniform. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Installing a Ductless Minisplit SystemTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpLooking for the Best Minisplit OptionMinisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsLoving My MinisplitsAre Seven Heads Better Than Three? Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Monitoring our energy consumptionWe have an eMonitor (made by PowerWise Systems of Blue Hill, Maine) installed to track the home’s overall electrical consumption as well as the consumption of a number of individual loads. The monitor has clips that clamp onto different circuits in the electrical panel as well as the electrical main coming into the panel, and it somehow measures electricity flow through those cables. We’re tracking consumption separately for our heat pump heating system, our heat-pump water heater, and our heat-recovery ventilator.Most of the time the air-source heat pump has been drawing about 2,500 watts, with very brief spikes up to about 3,400 watts (I suppose those spikes occur when a pump or fan kicks on). To put this in perspective, the 2,500 watts in the standard heating mode is about twice what our KitchenAid toaster draws (1,200 watts), though of course the toaster operates for only short periods of time.Since we hooked up the eMonitor and started collecting data (five days ago), our Mitsubishi heat pump has used 221 kWh of electricity — during a fairly cold stretch. This is about what the entire solar-electric system on our barn cranked out during this period — and roughly three times the output of that portion of our PV system allocated to the house. (It’s a “group-net-metered” system, with two-thirds of the output going to neighboring homes.)It will be interesting to look at this data over the course of months and years to see how the electricity consumption averages out over time and  how that compares to our solar production. Heat distribution with point-source heatingBecause our heat source is on a downstairs wall, I had been very curious how effectively heat would be distributed throughout our 1,600-square-foot house. The main kitchen-dining-living space keeps a fairly even temperature in the high-60s. A downstairs study or guest room at the far corner of the house and separated from the heat pump by a hallway and doors (with the door open) stays a little cooler, though watching a movie there last night was fine with a sweater.Upstairs, the bedroom on the north side of the house has maintained a remarkably constant 68-70°F on all but the coldest nights. When the outside temperature dipped to -6°F, our bedroom dropped to the mid-60s. Last night, with the outside temperature down to 7.5°F, we actually closed our door to keep the bedroom a bit cooler, and the temperature dropped from 70°F to 67.8 by morning.I don’t have a thermometer in the south bedroom, which is being used as a home office by my wife, but it feels about the same. There are two double-hung windows instead of a single casement window, so there is certainly more air leakage, but there is also solar gain through those windows. The bottom lineAll in all, we are very satisfied with the air-source heat pump. It works well, in large part because our house is so energy efficient. This is a superb heating option (and cooling, by the way) for a house with a very well-insulated building envelope. Once we install the low-e storm windows on the double-hung windows on the south and east sides of the house, we should do somewhat better. (With our superinsulated house, the south and east windows are a weak point, both relative to air leakage and R-value.)And on a cost per delivered BTU basis, with the air-source heat pump we’re spending just 58% of what we would spend on oil heat (assuming an Energy Star oil boiler operating at 83% efficiency with #2 heating oil at $3.91 per gallon vs. electric heat in an air-source heat pump with a coefficient of performance of 2.25 and electricity costing 15¢ per kWh). (You can plug in your own assumptions and compare fuels on BuildingGreen’s online calculator.)Plus, on an annual basis we should be producing as much electricity with solar as we consume — net-zero-energy. So we’re pretty happy. Warm and happy. When the mercury dropped to –6°F a few days ago, the house got colder. I saw one reading on the outside wall downstairs as low as 61°F and our bedroom got down to about 65°F. It was chilly enough that I fired up our small wood stove for the first time, and that fairly quickly raised the downstairs temperature to a comfortable 68°F. With our tight construction there are few drafts.last_img read more

What’s Behind the eBay-Intuit Anti-Compete Agreement?

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first_imgLast week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against eBay for a non-competition agreement it had signed with Intuit. The agreement prevents either company from trying to hire someone from the other’s staff. According to the Associated Press, the federal suit says Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay (now CEO at HP) and Scott Cook, Intuit founder, were involved in forming and enforcing the agreement. It was in place from 2006 to 2009. Intuit was not named in the lawsuit because it had already been listed in a suit and settlement from September 2010 over a series of similar agreements with other companies (Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel and Pixar) not to hire each other’s employees. The current eBay case grew from the 2010 one, but is being treated as a separate suit. Competition Doesn’t Hurt, But Limiting Opportunity DoesTech companies are in constant competition when trying to find qualified people to work for them. Acting Assistant Attorney General Joseph Waylan said in the DOJ’s press release that the department believes eBay violated antitrust laws by entering into this agreement because it “eliminated a significant form of competition to the detriment of affected employees who were likely deprived of access to better job opportunities and salaries.”By preventing Intuit, or any competitor, from trying to hire their employees, eBay is trying to limit the options for its employees and thus reduce their leverage. This means employees might not be able to negotiate raises or better benefits because there are fewer places for them to go if their requests aren’t met. Bad Practice, Good Business?These agreements are illegal, and clearly hurt employees. But it’s easy to understand why companies are tempted. After all, in most states, companies are allowed to develop these kinds of agreements directly with their employees, if not with other companies. They see this as a way of protecting an investment. Employers put a lot of money into training employees, not to mention the access given to confidential information and relationships. Non-compete agreements help prevent that investment from benefiting a competitor. Michael P. Elkon, a labor attorney with Fisher & Phillips LLP, says that knowing who the winners and losers are in these kinds of agreements is up for debate. On the one hand, these agreements can be seen as depressing wages and preventing the “cross-pollination of ideas.” On the other hand, “They allow companies to protect their investments in employees and thereby create a more business-friendly climate.” He noted that in 2009 Georgia passed a statue that made the law more favorable for the enforcement of this kind of contract. But right now, Massachusetts is considering a bill that will do the exact opposite, making the contracts harder to enforce. In California, non-compete contracts between employers and employees is prohibited, except in limited circumstances. That could be one reason for companies to make anti-competitive deals with others in their industry. California State Attorney General Kamala Harris is filing a State lawsuit – separate from the federal one – based on the State’s stronger protection against anti-competitive agreements. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#ebay#intuit#Jobs Related Posts christina ortiz 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Indian men’s 4X100m freestyle relay team in final

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first_imgLed by India’s biggest hope in swimming, Virdhawal Khade, the India quartet clocked 3:28.06 to make a cut for the final of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay, after they finished sixth in their event at SPM Aquatics Complex, in New Delhi on Monday.The other three members of the team are Aaron Dsouza, Arjun Jayaprakash and Anshul Kothari.India could make their presence felt in two more categories, even as most of them failed to advance further.In men’s 50m backstroke, Badrinath Melkote clocked 27.52 to qualify for the semifinals, while Subha Chittaranjan clocked 29.96 to enter the last four stage in women’s 50m butterfly.However, India put up a disappointing show in all other categories, including women’s 200m freestyle, men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 200m individual medley, men’s 200m butterfly, women’s 50m breaststroke, as none of the swimmers could qualify in these events.Meanwhile, a formidable Australian team, followed by England and Canada have already established their dominance in the pool.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more