A’s give Mike Fiers Opening Day nod, pitching plans for Japan

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Mike Fiers was always the logical choice to start Opening Day for the A’s and now it has been made official.Before Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Bob Melvin announced that Fiers will take the mound March 20 when the A’s open the season against the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. It will be the first which will count as regular season games.Fiers, 33, has never been an Opening Day starter.“One guy on each team gets to start the season,” he …last_img

$40m wave energy plant for SA

first_img23 April 2007Canadian-based energy company Finavera Renewables has committed more than US$ 40-million to build a 20-megawatt wave-energy power plant off the coast of South Africa over the next five years.Finavera Renewables chief executive Jason Bak made the commitment at the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in New York late last year. Organisations are asked to generate innovative solutions to limit some of the world’s pressing problems as part of their commitment.The company stated last week that they had completed the initial site evaluation and selection process, identifying two sites off the western coast of South Africa.“This project represents our commitment to reduce energy poverty in South Africa and develop a clean source of renewable energy in the country. The site selection report confirms the strong wave resource off the coast of South Africa and identifies two areas for potential development,” he said.“Further work needs to be carried out before a final site selection is made, but we are well on our way to making this project a reality.”“A more sustainable energy model”According to the company, Southern Africa suffers from intermittent power disruptions as demand outstrips supply, and a serious power crisis is expected if investments in new energy projects are not madeWith South African energy demand projected to double over the next 10 years, the government has made a commitment to satisfy a portion of that demand with clean energy sources.“This type of project will help address the electricity needs of South Africa, parts of which are plagued by brownouts, and create a more sustainable energy model for developing countries,” said Bak.The project will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, save $2-million per year in fuel and avoid approximately 4 000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.In addition, the company said that a percentage of the return from the project will be used to alleviate energy poverty and will provide economic benefits to local communities through the creation of jobs.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 18, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes in our forecast this morning, but we are going to suggest a slightly better outlook for nearby over the state. We are allowing the heavier action today to stay farther south. There still will be some showers around, but we are pulling back on the overall totals. For today, we can see a .1”-.5” south and east of a line from Youngstown to Cincinnati. North and west of there, we cant rule out a shower or two, particularly in far NE Ohio, but the coverage will be nothing like the action farther south and east. Tomorrow should turn out mostly rain free, but we will likely see a few showers develop in the northern third of the state tomorrow late afternoon/evening.Overnight tomorrow night through Thursday another swath of moisture swings through, triggering rain totals of .25”-1.25” with 90% coverage. We look for the heaviest to come across central portions of the state, but in general we all have a pretty good chance of moisture. Friday should be dry over most of the state.For the weekend, scattered showers and thunderstorms will move through with at least 2, and perhaps 3 waves from Saturday through Sunday and early Monday. Combined weekend moisture will be from .5”-2” with coverage at 100% of the state. Some of the weekend thunderstorms, particularly overnight Saturday night into Sunday, can be strong to severe. Rain tapers off Monday midday, and we should be dry by Monday afternoon.We are looking to trend our forecast drier for next Tuesday, Wednesday and the first part of Thursday. Temps stay near normal, but the lack of precipitation should allow for good evaporation. Watch for some scattered showers to re-emerge later next Thursday afternoon.  An updated 10 day forecast map for total rainfall is at right.last_img read more

Good News, Everyone! It’s The 10 Best Inventions From Futurama

first_imgFuturama, the animated comedy from Simpsons creator Matt Groening and writer David X. Cohen, is unparalleled in its ability to mix lowbrow humor with high concept science and technology. But after an initial run on Fox from 1999 to 2003 and a glorious revival six years later, Comedy Central has pulled the plug and will end the show with its seventh season this summer.In keeping with ReadWrite’s mission to map the programmable universe, we figured that a roundup of some of the greatest inventions from the year 3000 was most definitely called for. Futurama, after all, was always at its best turning some recent technological development or scientific notion into farce.Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.Disclaimer: We decided to keep it light-hearted, so we apologize in advance to any fans of the infamous suicide booth.1. Smell-O-Scope Of all the Professor’s many doomsday devices, the Spheroboom was his favorite and the one device that he couldn’t part with when selling his stash to Hedonismbot in “Bender’s Big Score,” the straight-to-DVD film that became part one of season five. The Spheroboom appears to bend an object around its center until it implodes in an explosion of “doom radiation.”In a not-so-subtle jab at the National Rifle Association, the episode introduced the National Ray-Gun Association, which protested a three-day waiting period for mad scientists to purchase doomsday devices. When Fry was tasked with saving the universe from the Brainspawn in season four, he had to infiltrate their secret base, the Infosphere. Fry’s allies against the brains, the highly intelligent yet adorable Niblonians, gave him the Scooty-Puff, Jr. for the task. A wind-up contraption resembling a children’s toy, the Scooty-Puff, Jr. ended up falling apart when Fry tried to escape, leading him to request a more advanced vehicle — the larger, more impressive Scooty-Puff, Sr.3. Fing-Longer 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts The What-If Machine was a Professor Farnsworth device that could predict a scenario based on any “what if” question it was asked. After a series of events that pertain to each character on the crew and their respective “what if” questions, the Professor tosses the machine in the garbage, declaring it a failure due to the preposterous scenarios it generated. The whole episode turns on its head when everything is revealed to be one huge, layered simulation from the What-If Machine, generated when the Professor asks what if he had invented the Fing-Longer.6. eyePhone 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Invented by Professor Farnsworth in an alternative timeline — one he detected via the What-If Machine in the season two episode “Anthology of Interest I,” the Fing-Longer allowed the wearer to reach farther than normal — say, to press buttons. Not exactly groundbreaking, but who couldn’t love a name like the Fing-Longer? Not only does this device now actually exist as a Wii mote accessory, the idea of the Professor getting inspiration from himself provided an interesting philosophical conundrum. Can you be said to have invented something if the initial inspiration came from some external source, even if that external source is an alternate version of yourself? Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that.4. Mind-Switcher In the season two episode “A Clone Of Mine Own,” the Professor introduces his own 12-year-old clone, named Cubert. Created via the Professor’s Clone-O-Mat, Cubert gets named as the Professor’s heir.The Clone-O-Mat makes a return in the season four episode “Jurassic Bark,” one of the rare but emotionally powerful moments when Futurama shifted from comedy to animated drama. Nominated for an Emmy, the episode explores Fry’s anguish after discovering his former dog Seymour’s fossilized 21st century remains, a find that prompts Fry to agonize over whether or not to clone his long-lost animal companion.10. The Spheroboom Tags:#television center_img Invented by the Professor to give animals super intelligence, the Electronium Hat was a wearable device introduced in the season one episode “Mars University.” It used sunspots to produce “cognitive radiation,” whatever that means. The monkey Guenter gets uplifted by the hat and spends much of the episode quarrelling with Fry and lamenting the fact that he can’t live his natural life due to his unnatural super-smarts.9. The Clone-O-Mat The season six episode “The Prisoner of Benda” introduced this invention of Professor Farnsworth and Amy, the Mind-Switcher. After a dizzying number of mind switches, the whole crew is in disarray with everyone in someone else’s body. This episode generated what was apparently the first mathematical theorem created for a television show. Futurama writer Ken Keeler, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, wrote the Futurama Theorem as both a real-world theorem and the solution used in the show that proves “that regardless of how many mind switches between two bodies have been made, they can still all be restored to their original bodies using only two extra people, provided these two people have not had any mind switches prior.”5. What-If Machine nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… One of the few times Futurama took a swipe at real-world companies and products, the season six episode “Attack of the Killer App” introduced an obvious parody of a well-known Apple device. The writers envisioned a 31st Century eyePhone as an actual eye implant that projects a holographic screen in front of the user’s face. 7. Forwards Time Machine Featured in one of the show’s best episodes, “The Late Philip J. Fry,” the Forwards Time Machine is a Professor Farnsworth invention that only lets you move through time in one direction, specifically to avoid temporal paradoxes (a topic the show has explored in past episodes). Fry joins Bender and the Professor to take the machine one minute into the future, though of course they screw up and get thrown thousands of years forward. Ultimately, they have nowhere to go except the end of time. In true high-low concept fashion, Bender, Fry and the Professor couch it on lawn chairs, crack some beers and proceed to watch the universe end, only to realize that a new Big Bang begins to happen all over again. Turns out that idea is an actual scientific model, called the Big Bounce, that posits that the universe is forever oscillating through a cosmic boom-bust cycle.8. The Electronium Hat 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout In the show’s first season episode “A Big Piece Of Garbage,” the Smell-O-Scope was Professor Farnsworth’s seemingly useless space smelling invention. As he explained, “If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop.” It certainly came in handy when it detected a giant ball of garbage — a last-ditch effort by New York in the year 2020 to stave off overflowing landfills — that was hurling towards the Earth. The ensuing antics involved continuous spoofs on the 1998 film Armageddon. Turns out that in 2011, a small company actually invented a handheld Smell-O-Scope, although it dubbed it  the Nasal Ranger Field Olfactometer. Killjoys.2. Scooty-Puff, Jr.last_img read more