Frigid November: Energy Assistance can keep Indiana homes warm

INDIANAPOLIS – Inches of snow and temperatures below zero are making it an especially frigid November in Indiana, which translates to higher heating bills.The Energy Assistance Program might be able to help cushion the blow for those who struggle to keep their homes warm.The program provides utility assistance to families with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, said Taura Edwards, director of community programs for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.“They can receive help with their regular utility bill,” she said. “If the family is in crisis or is up for disconnection, has been disconnected or out of deliverable fuel, they can receive a one-time benefit to support that utility cost.”The maximum benefit this year is $395, and last winter the program served more than 130,000 households. From Dec. 1 to March 15, natural gas utilities in the state do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in the program, known as “LIHEAP,” who fall behind on their bill.This is a good time of year for all homeowners to start thinking about energy conservation and ways to keep the cold air outside, Edwards said, adding that a few simple steps can make a difference.“Keep your curtains closed, create a barrier between your house and the window,” she said. “You’ll want to check your window to make sure that there’s no air seeping in within cracks. You’ll also want to look at your door sweeps to make sure there’s no air flowing in from a door.”For those with a fireplace, she suggested keeping the damper closed when not in use to prevent cold air from entering the house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning the thermostat down 15 degrees for eight hours while you are asleep or out of the house can save around 10 percent on heating and cooling bills.Mary Kuhlman read more

Women’s soccer preps for second-round matchup

first_imgRedshirt senior striker Alex Anthony scored 1 of USC’s 2 goals in the Trojans’ first-round win against Eastern Washington. Photo by Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAfter an uneven come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon against Eastern Washington, the No. 9 women’s soccer team (15-3-1) will travel to College Station, Tex., to face No. 23 Baylor (14-5-2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon.The Women of Troy struggled against Big Sky champion Eastern Washington last week, taking two overtime periods to down the Eagles thanks to goals from junior forward Erika Okuma and redshirt senior forward Alex Anthony.Despite the win, the Trojans were expected to handle their first-round opponents with ease — USC cruised past Eastern Washington 3-1 in the first round of last season’s NCAA tournament — and the team will have to regroup ahead of its matchup against Baylor and change its mentality at the start of the game.“We got to flesh this one a little bit and go back to what we have been able to do for a large part of the season,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We definitely have to be a lot more focused to start games, having our shot percentage be a lot better, and that will definitely be our focus [against Baylor].”USC will continue to rely on leading scorer Anthony to come up with the goals. Her score against Eastern Washington raised her tally to 9 this season, and she looks to continue spearheading the Trojan offense. She only scored 1 postseason goal during last year’s championship run, but it was a game-winning effort against Auburn in the quarterfinals.On the other side, Baylor comes off a 3-2 win over Rice in its first-round match. The game went back and forth, with both teams exchanging leads throughout the game. It was Rice that struck first in the 17th minute, but Baylor responded quickly.  2 goals in two minutes from senior defender Precious Akanyirige and senior midfielder Aline de Lima gave Baylor a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. A score by Rice in the 56th minute evened up the game once again, and it took until the 74th minute for Baylor to retake the lead. Sophomore forward Raegan Padgett netted the decisive goal, while junior forward Lauren Piercy provided the assist for all three Baylor goals.This season, the Bears are offensively led by de Lima, who has 7 goals and seven assists this season, and Piercy, who has 4 goals and three assists (all of her contributions have come off the bench). For the year, the team is averaging 19 shots per game — almost seven on target — and has scored 32 goals in 21 games.The Bears’ defense has also been impressive this season, only surrendering 13 goals and 8.8 shots per game. By comparison, USC’s defense has allowed 16 goals and 9.2 shots per game in 19 games this season.Baylor’s road to the NCAA playoff was a long and often unlikely one.  Finishing fifth in the Big 12 regular season standings, the Bears were not expected to go far in the conference tournament.  However, Baylor found its form in the tournament, overcoming No. 18 Texas in the first round, No. 17 Oklahoma State in the second round and TCU in the final to win the Big 12 championship.  Baylor outscored its opponents 7-2 and outshot them 57-32 in the process. The Bears’ most impressive performance came against Oklahoma State — the Big 12 regular-season champions — when they outshot the Cowboys 23-5 and came away with a 3-0 win.The Trojans will look to slow down the streaking Bears on Friday at 1:30 p.m. A win against Baylor would see the Trojans advance to the third round on Sunday, awaiting a matchup against the winner of No. 6 Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame.last_img read more

‘Shark Days’ allows kids to enjoy final days of Spring Break

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- Children enjoyed another year of sharks at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Thursday and Friday.Kids created hammerhead sharks, made shark arts and crafts, watched shark films, and of course played shark attack to celebrate the fish we don’t get to see up here. Children also performed mini science projects to learn about water and substances in the water that pertain to sharks. This the second year of this two day event which celebrates sharks and eases any fear that a child might have of these interesting fish.  Each session was made up of 20-30 children.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Meet the comedian behind the inaugural Paul Bunyan Comedy FestivalNext Families Opt Out Vacation for ‘Spring Break Workouts’last_img read more

World Cup in mind, Brazil obsesses over Neymar’s injury

first_imgThe father said the decision on surgery was up to PSG, not Neymar. “I’m not a doctor, so we have to wait for the club’s decision,” he said.According to the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, Neymar’s contract has a clause saying he must follow the club’s line regarding injuries. The news website UOL reported that those close to Neymar were believed to want him to have an operation in Brazil.– Words of support –As the star’s fate is being worked out, messages of support were flooding social networks.Brazilian football legend Pele — whose mantle Neymar is seen inheriting — tweeted: “Hey Neymar, all of Brazil hopes you will recover as quickly as last time! We have a World Cup to win, so get better fast!”There was also a poignant little Instagram post from his TV actress girlfriend Bruna Marquezine: “I love you and miss you.”Famous former striker Ronaldo put forth on Globo TV to draw on his experience as a player hit with injury before a World Cup.“It’s a shame that happened now. No recovery is easy. But I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to come back in form,” Ronaldo said.“It’s not a serious injury. There’s no danger of him not playing in the World Cup.”For Carlos Eduardo Mansur, commentator in the newspaper O Globo, “Neymar’s injury is not a tragedy because he’ll have the time to recover and maybe even go to the World Cup fresher, but it’s bad news for (Brazil national team manager) Tite, for whom the friendly matches in March were fundamental.”Due to the uncertainty thrown up by when Neymar and other players will be available, the Brazilian football federation has delayed naming its squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany in late March by 10 days.The last time the Selecao confronted Germany, Neymar was also injured. That was in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, when Brazil suffered its most humiliating defeat: a 7-1 loss on home ground.Share on: WhatsApp Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | In Brazil, the land where football is king, Neymar’s foot injury has unleashed sharp emotions and concern, rumors and speculation about the star player upon whom so many hopes rest for World Cup victory in Russia.“We just might have lost the World Cup last Sunday,” one radio commentator, Milton Neves of Bandnews FM, said early Wednesday.Sunday was the day when Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Marseille 3-0 — but with Neymar suffering a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle.That’s an injury that could cost dearly when talking about the world’s most expensive player, recruited by PSG for 222 million euros ($271 million) last August.Brazilians care little about the impact on the Paris club. Their attention is entirely trained on the World Cup, where they have ambitions of walking away with a sixth championship.Neymar’s father said Tuesday his son would be out for at least six weeks.If that holds, Neymar could still return to form for the World Cup, which starts mid-June. But an operation could see him miss the end of the European season with PSG.– ‘Haste to find a solution’ –In his home country, images of the fateful duel between “Ney” and Marseille player Bouna Sarr were being shown incessantly on TV, often in slo-mo, before the 26-year-old was stretchered off. Newspapers featured close-up illustrations detailing Neymar’s foot and ankle.In both Brazil and France, medical orthopedic and trauma specialists were getting considerable airplay as they weighed in on what should happen. Most recommended surgery.“I don’t think we can really talk about fears of him not being at the World Cup. But there is a noticeable haste to find a solution so that Neymar will have recovered in time,” an ESPN Brasil sports commentator, Mauro Cezar Pereira, told AFP.It was to that channel that Neymar Senior said on Tuesday: “PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not.”last_img read more

Arsenal are favourites but Fulham have a decent record against them

first_imgFulham entertain Arsenal after their disappointing result in the west London derby in midweek.And they have a good recent record against the Gunners – unbeaten in their last four against them, although three have been draws.The visitors are 3/4 favourites to condemn Martin Jol’s side to back-to-back home defeats, with the draw 29/10 and the Whites 4/1 to win.Arsenal have only won three of their last 13 London derbies away from home but there looks to be more resilience and steel about this current squad.A draw would be a good result for Fulham, who are 4/5 for a top-10 finish and 10/11 to finish in the bottom half.Peter Crouch may face his former club on Saturday but could he be a QPR player again next season?We think he might be and have slashed the odds on Crouch returning to Loftus Road this summer from 7/1 to 3s.Rangers have made several attempts to re-sign the striker in recent years – including during the previous transfer window – and we reckon they might eventually get their man.Rangers are now 1/66 to be relegated after their loss at Goodison and they must beat Stoke to have any chance of survival.Stoke have only scored seven goals in their last 13 league games and have lost their last six on the road. Indeed they would be bottom of the table had the season started on 1 January.The R’s are 13/10 to pick up all three points with Stoke 5/2 and the draw 23/10.Loic Remy is 22/5 to score the first goal and 31/20 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comBe luckyCharlielast_img read more

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Weekly Poll: Why are Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Popular with Startups?

first_imgRelated Posts alex williams Tags:#cloud#Trends A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We’ve been writing this past week about the overwhelming interest in startups using Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.Reasons are numerous, but there is a consensus that the plain vanilla offering such as what Amazon EC2 offers makes for lower costs, more productivity and better access to talent pools. But there is lots more to this story than those factors alone. Google App Engine has been cited with performance issues and there are feature limitations on Azure that make it less flexible for developers. But Heroku is a platform that is popular for startups and there are others such as Engine Yard that are popular for developers.And there is the fact that Windows Azure has cone down a lot in price. At PDC late last year they announced Extra Small Windows Azure Instance priced at 5 cents per compute hour in order to make the process of development, testing and trial easier and more affordable for developers. It’s also worth noting the Microsoft BizSpark program, designed to provide software startups the resources they need to build successful companies and connect them with a community of experts.And Google Apps has made numerous upgrades to improve performance.What do you think?center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more