Athletics players set, match career highs in win over Tigers

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s beat the Detroit Tigers, 10-2, on Saturday night.The bullpen was stretched pretty thin following Friday’s quasi-double-header. Chris Bassitt got the most out of his start, holding the Tigers to two runs through six innings. He stuck out a career-high 11 batters on 108 pitches.Matt Olson hit his 29th home run of the year, tying his 2018 high despite missing the first 35 games of the season as he recovered from hamate surgery. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI, it was his first …last_img read more

Brand South Africa launches the CEOs Know Campaign

first_imgBrand South Africa launches the CEOs Know Campaign Johannesburg, Monday 05 March 2018 –  Inspired by the need to build a positive  reputation for South Africa, Brand South Africa – the official marketing agency of the country , will today launch a digital campaign called CEO’s Know.The campaign is in  collaboration with Business Leadership South Africa  and will run for six weeks, with an objective of positioning South Africa as in ideal investment destination. The CEOs Know Campaign will feature various CEO’s from  multinational corporations based in South Africa, who will share insights behind their continued investment into South Africa.The campaign features amongst others, South African Tourism CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona; the Johannesburg Stock Exchange CEO, Ms Nicky Newton-King; MD and Partner of Goldman Sachs South Africa, Mr Colin Coleman; Executive Head of Anglo American South Africa, Mr Andile Sangqu; CEO of Shell Companies South Africa, Mr Hloniphizwe Mtolo, as well as Toyota South Africa Motors CEO and President, Mr Andrew Kirby.The campaign will probe into the overarching question ‘why invest in South Africa’ – and will showcase inspiring stories as  told by the respective CEOs, who uncover facts that are not  commonly known about investing in South Africa, thereby highlighting South Africa’s competitive strengths as an attractive foreign investment destination.Commenting on the campaign, Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “This campaign comes at a time which sees private and public sector in collaborative efforts to strengthen  and accelerate  progress in building a more prosperous and equitable South Africa.“For this campaign, we took a word of mouth approach with private sector CEOs, as it is a critical indicator in influencing business decisions to invest in any country. This translates to how their respective organisations then contribute and respond to South Africa’s economic growth and development”.Follow the conversation on  #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Pressure Reducing Valves Save Water and Prevent Problems

first_imgWhat is a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV)?PRVs have spring-loaded diaphragms that resist the incoming pressure of the water supply to a home. They are typically installed just after the water meter on the system side (see photo). PRVs usually come set at 45 pounds per square inch (PSI) but have a set-screw adjustment so that the PRV’s range of operation is from approximately 30 to 80 psi. PRVs cost around $80; installation costs may double the total cost, depending on installation circumstances (new or existing home, location of incoming line, ease of shutting off water service to the home, etc.).Why are PRVs included in the WaterSense new homes specification?The 2009 WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specification requirement is for static water pressure no greater than 60 psi. For homes with wells, a pressure tank must be installed as part of the domestic water system. For homes on municipal water distribution systems, you need either a PRV or a determination the home complies with the static pressure maximum (see the Inspection and Verification Guidance for WaterSense¯ Labeled New Homes).PRVs save water by reducing flow rates. The greater the water pressure, the greater the rate of flow for many plumbing fixtures. Reducing the system pressure by as little as 10 to 20 psi can save thousands of gallons a year in a typical home. Reflecting this benefit, it is not uncommon for PRV installations to be supported by water utilities. The City of Austin’s water utility gives a $100 rebate for PRV installations in homes with greater than 80 psi water pressure.But PRVs in homes with high water pressure are green and smart for other reasons. Many residential plumbing fixtures are engineered for pressures no greater than 75–80 psi; some manufacturers void their warranties if pressures are above this range. Fixtures such as storage-type water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerator icemakers, and pressure-assisted toilets can be particularly prone to reduced service life or leaks at pressures above 75–80 psi.Is high water pressure really that common?Municipal water systems vary tremendously in water-delivery pressure, depending on distance from water plant, elevation, and other factors. Pressures in excess of 100 psi are not unusual. In my own home, we measured water pressures ranging up to 110 psi routinely over a week-long period.It’s easy to test your water pressure—you can screw a pressure gauge right on to a hose bib (see photo). If pressures exceed 200 psi, two PRVs can be installed in series to manage the load. But leave the installation of the PRV to a plumbing professional, hopefully a green one.last_img read more

Citizenship Bill won’t directly benefit NRC excludees: Home Ministry official

first_imgNon-Muslims excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam would not immediately or directly benefit from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a senior Home Ministry official said.The comment by the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, comes as the Centre faces a backlash in the northeast, including in BJP-ruled Assam, over the Bill. Those vehemently opposed to the Bill fear that it would make it possible for the government to grant Indian citizenship mostly to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh in Assam, who came after March 1971, in violation of the agreement of the Assam Accord, 1985. Almost 40 lakh people were excluded from Assam’s final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on July 30 last year. The NRC is a Supreme Court monitored exercise that was carried out in the backdrop of the Assam Accord. Almost 30 lakh of those excluded from the NRC have filed claims to be included in the list of citizens. Government officials would now examine these claims and the final NRC would be published later.The future of those people whose nationality was “indeterminate” was yet to be decided, the official said.“Those who will not make it to the final NRC, does not mean they will immediately get citizenship,” the official asserted. “There will be legal hurdles because in their application for NRC they claimed to be Indians. You cannot suddenly change your stand. There won’t be a blanket citizenship offer.”The Intelligence Bureau (IB) told a joint parliamentary committee on the Citizenship Bill that those who have come to India from the three countries under reference due to religious persecution but have not declared so at the time of their arrival in India “will have to prove that they came to India due to religious persecution, if they had not declared so at that time of their arrival in India.”The law seeks to grant Indian citizenship to members of six communities — Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs — who came to India till December 31, 2014. It also reduces the mandatory requirement of 12 years stay in India to seven years to be eligible for citizenship if they do not possess any document.“The Bill is not only for Assam, it’s for the entire country. There are many people who came from the three countries due to religious persecution,” said the official.The official added that the application for citizenship would be approved only after the concerned State government cleared it.last_img read more