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D’Tigers Overtakes Angola, Tunisia as Biggest Climber on FIBA Rankings

first_imgFemi SolajaThe national men’s basketball team, the D’Tigers who performed below par at the just concluded Rio Olympics basketball event but they have emerged better than they were before the Games as figures released by the sport’s world governing body, FIBA show.According to the monthly ranking just released by FIBA, Nigeria emerged the biggest climbers on the ranking from 25th before the Games to 16th now, just below Venezuela, another country that improved tremendously on the table to 15 from their previous 22. By this Ranking, Nigeria is now the highest ranked African team, overtaking perpetual rivals Angola who incidentally also fell to the D’Tigers at last year’s Afrobasket in Tunisia while Tunisia who were however, not at the Olympics also gained two steps to now occupy the 21st position from 23rd, ahead of Angola who fell 8 steps from 15th to 23rd.After Nigeria and Venezuela who were the biggest climbers, Serbia who lost the Olympic gold to the USA also climbed three spots from 6th to 3rd while Brazil gained two steps to now occupy the 7th spot.The USA remain top of the Ranking and are followed by Spain, semi final losers at the Olympics. Serbia, France, Lithuania, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and Australia make up the top 10 countries in that order.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cold Cash Available to Help Make your Home Energy Efficient, Putting…

first_imgSubmitted by Energy Efficiency FirstIt’s freezing outside and your home may be feeling cold, drafty, and downright uncomfortable. With energy costs going through the roof, you’d probably like to find ways to prevent the air you pay to heat from going through the roof, literally, as well as from going through the walls, floor, and the HVAC duct work of your home.Energy Efficiency First can help find energy-efficiency and building-durability solutions, as well as help you receive generous rebates for work needing to be done from Thurston Energy and Puget Sound Energy.Knowing how your energy uses and loses energy is the first step.  Without it, you could waste a lot of money shooting in the dark, making often expensive changes that provide little return on investment.Thurston Energy is offering Thurston County residents $200 toward the cost of a “HomePLUS Energy Evaluation.”  This is a full diagnostic energy audit designed to identify your home’s energy performance and offer cost-effective solutions to reduce energy costs and make your home more comfortable and durable.Puget Sound Energy also offers an energy assessment.  While it’s not as comprehensive as a full-diagnostic energy audit, it is FREE, and it does provide a basic overview of the systems in your home that can contribute to unnecessary energy usage – such as low insulation levels, outdated appliances, and inefficient lighting.  Best of all, with a “PSE HomePrint Assessment,” you’ll walk away with 50 free compact fluorescent light bulbs and two low-flow showerheads if your home needs them.As a TE auditor and a PSE HomePrint Specialist, can provide you with one, or both, services.  Call us at 360.236.9684.When doing a TE HomePLUS Evaluation, we use high-tech diagnostics such as a blower-door test and infrared thermography to identify air leaks and heat loss. We provide you with a thorough report detailing targeted, cost-effective strategies to improve your home’s energy efficiency.We work with you to make sure you understand our recommendations and why we make them.  If air intrusion is part of the problem, we’ll tell you how and why your home’s building envelope needs to be air sealed.  When we give you a recommendation, we make sure you understand origin and implementation.  For example, if we recommend air sealing, we’ll explain that there is too much airflow leaking from the outside to the inside of the building through cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings.  You’ll see our infrared photographs that, literally, show you the cold air flowing in through the gaps and cracks in your home.  We can show you pictures of the insulation that may be dirty because it has been filtering soil from air blowing through it through the walls or, worse, from the crawl space.  We’ll explain any air quality issues to you and what can be done to solve them.  Sometimes air quality issues are as simple as installing a new ventilation fan or sealing up a large hole between a crawl space and the living space that nobody knew was there.We out infrared camera, we can also detect insulation levels in your walls and ceilings.  We can evaluate areas that cannot, otherwise, be inspected due to access limitations.  We can find hidden moisture that could be from a leaking roof, plumbing issues, or condensation. If your insulation is wet, it’s not working effectively.  Worse, hidden moisture can cause serious building durability issues.  With infrared technology, we can identify these issues for you.During an energy audit, we also inspect the home’s mechanical systems, such as the water heater and HVAC systems.  We evaluate your lighting, your windows, and any appliances of special concern.At the end of the audit, we use software developed by Earth Advantage to crunch the data from your home and provide you with an Energy Performance Score, which is like an MPG-rating for the home.  Our report states how each suggested upgrade can reduce your energy consumption.  Our report will also provide a list of improvements and upgrades in priority order.  We can then help you find the independent resources you need to make the needed changes.After the TE audit rebate, the cost to the homeowner for the audit can range from $100 – $300, depending on the square footage of the home.  This investment will trigger a homeowner’s eligibility for up to $2,000 of additional rebates for needed weatherization and HVAC improvements.  This sweet deal is available only through April 30, 2013.In addition, while the offers last, PSE customers are eligible for up to $1,700 in insulation and duct sealing rebates, up to $1,500 toward replacement windows in electric homes, $1,200 for each ductless heat pump installed, and up to $800 toward an electric heat-pump water heating tank.  While rebates last, or through June 30, 2013, the Smart Water Heater Project is offering a $1,000 rebate toward this amazingly energy efficient water heater.Even more good news is that on January 3, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extending energy tax credits that benefit homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements.  Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover the material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years.The credit is redeemable if upgrades are installed by the end of this year.  Those who claimed a $500 or more tax credit in prior years, may not claim additional credits.  For those that remain eligible, the tax credit can be applied to any of the following upgrades: * Insulation * EnergyStar Windows, Skylights, and Doors * Home Air Sealing to Reduce Air Infiltration * Air-Source Heat Pumps * High Efficiency Natural Gas, Propane, or Oil Water Heaters.With these great incentives, and the cold weather outside, it is a fantastic time to schedule a home energy evaluation that will show you ways to reduce your home’s energy load and put dollars in your pocket.Call us.  We can help.  Energy Efficiency First is in partnership with Quality Renovation and Carpentry LLC, a local green remodeling firm and energy-performance general contractor.  Our goal is to deliver comfort and energy savings, making both you and the planet happy. 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IPL 2019 Final: Deepak Chahar dismisses brother Rahul in grand title clash

first_imgDeepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar are cousins but their familial bond was not going to get in the way when the two faced off against each other in the IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Sunday.Deepak Chahar plays for Chennai Super Kings and has enjoyed his best ever stint in an IPL season this year. He finished with 22 wickets from 17 matches for CSK in IPL 2019 and picked figures of 3 for 26 off 4 overs to rock Mumbai Indians in the title clash on Sunday.Deepak Chahar was a little expensive to start with when Quinton de Kock hit him for 3 sixes. However, he came back strongly to pick the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and his brother Rahul.Deepak and Rahul Chahar are key for CSK and MI respectively. While Deepak bowls pace and has done a commendable job for the Super Kings in the powerplay this year, young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has been a revelation for Mumbai Indians.Several brothers – Pathans, Pandyas and the McCullums – have made an impact on the Indian Premier League.In fact in the final, 2 pairs of brothers had taken the field. While Hardik and Krunal Pandya turned up for Mumbai Indians, Deepak and Rahul Chahar, cousins, faced off against each other.Rahul Chahar walked out to bat after the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket. However, he lasted only 2 balls after he hit a fullish ball to Faf du Plessis at mid-off.Deepak and Rahul Chahar played together in Agra before moving out to puruse cricket professionallly. While Deepak has already played for India, Rahul Chahar continues to impress with every opportunity he has got with Mumbai Indians.advertisementAlso Read | IPL Final: MI vs CSK in 2015 to MI vs CSK 2019: What has changed in 4 yearsAlso Read | IPL final win in 2015 very special: Rohit Sharma recalls celebration with Ritika SajdehAlso Seelast_img read more