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Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Ski resorts seek out renewable power sources

Ski resorts seek out renewable power sources

Four ski resorts across the country, from the Northeast to the Rockies, have made significant efforts toward producing renewable power, according to ESPN. As resorts require more and more power and heat to operate chair lifts and lodges throughout the winter, there is increased pressure on them to install or invest in renewable power sources. Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont, Mt. Abram in Maine, Park City Mountain in Utah and Aspen in Colorado have all experimented with some source of cleaner energy. “We believe it is important not only for ski resorts, but for all energy users to take some responsibility for their energy consumption,” Dan Maxon, the solar installation project manager at Smuggler’s Notch, told the news source. “There was a good confluence of energy and desire that made this project come together – we’d been looking at various renewable projects for six-seven years, but couldn’t pull them off. This one we could.” The solar tracker array at Smuggler’s Notch will provide enough energy to power most of the...

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Chicago-area golf courses dealing with drought

Chicago-area golf courses dealing with drought

Golf courses in the Chicago, Illinois, area are facing threats from dry weather but are still seeing business on the upswing, according to The Chicago Tribune. Although the severe lack of rain can pose a danger to the health of the grass and lawns, many courses have been compensating with extra sprinkling at night and watering harder-hit areas by hand during the day. “We carefully monitor and properly use water in the spring and fall, and it gives us a healthier turf plant and it’s able to withstand the heat stress that’s put on it now,” Bryan Stromme, regional director of agronomy for Billy Casper Golf, told the news source. The company manages courses in the Chicago Park District. The dry weather has provided positive returns in the form of filled up tee sheets. Officials cite the nice weather, and the lack of rain, as giving golfers more opportunities to make it out to the course. Players are also noticing positive aspects in their play from the drier, firmer...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Inmates rehabilitate with horses at Pulaski State Prison

Inmates rehabilitate with horses at Pulaski State Prison

Inmates at Pulaski State Prison for women are working with abused horses in a new rehabilitation program, according to WALB.com. The idea behind the program is to help prevent recurring inmates from returning to prison by giving them an education and improving work qualifications. The inmates work with the horses under the watch of a technical college instructor and learn under real college curriculums. “It’s basically horses helping inmates, and inmates helping horses,” Corey Gravey, the Georgia Department of Agriculture Field Supervisor, told the news outlet. “It works good for us. We get these horses in. We rehabilitate them, and then we auction them off. It’s just a great program for the state all around. It’s a win-win.” The therapeutic work performed by the inmates can often have life-saving results for the abused horses brought into the program. In return, working with the horses gives the inmates a passion to focus on, along with marketable skills. Prison officials say that only one inmate from the program has returned to...

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

NCAA relaxes recruiting restrictions on basketball coaches

NCAA relaxes recruiting restrictions on basketball coaches

Division I men’s basketball coaches will now be able to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to prospective recruits who have completed their sophomore year of high school, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association has relaxed its usually stringent rules on recruiting. According to ESPN.com, coaches will also be allowed to send private messages through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The new rules were adopted by the NCAA Board of Directors in October, as the organization came to grips with the fact that coaches were struggling to build relationships with recruits. These rules will allow coaches to spend even more time wooing students. “I really believe it will help,” said Memphis coach Josh Pastner. “I’m excited about it. And I think it’s going to be good, more so than the texts, just the ability to call and making sure to have that direct verbal communication.” The new ruling will also curb the amount of cheating and subversion that has occurred in collegiate sports recruiting for years....

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Two-way radios offer multiple benefits for road construction and paving industries

Two-way radios offer multiple benefits for road construction and paving industries

Numerous public and private sector organizations can benefit from the use of two-way radios, and perhaps none more than the road construction and paving industries. From the noise of the jobsite and hazards of tools and materials to the widespread nature of the workspace, the physical characteristics and signal capabilities of radios make them ideal under almost any circumstances. “There is not any way of pinning down the amount of money saved per day or per year by the use of radio,” noted John Weber, vice president and secretary of Fred Weber Contractor in St. Louis, Missouri, according to Concrete Construction Magazine. “If the total ever were able to be computed, it would be a tremendous amount and would make any contractor of businessman take notice.” The publication notes that Weber saved a significant amount by switching to radios such as the Motorola DTR650, a set of which can be much less expensive to maintain than a number of company-sponsored cellular phones. As a plan isn’t needed and the...

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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

South Texas economies to get boost from fracking

South Texas economies to get boost from fracking

Moody’s Investors Service has stated that local Texas economies should see an increase of nearly 38,000 full time jobs and an impressive $211 million in revenues for harder-hit local governments due to increased fracking across the state, according to Reuters. “Oil production in 2011 increased nearly seven times from 2010 figures and gas production more than doubled. Sales tax growth for rated issuers in the 14-county production region has outpaced the total sales tax growth for all cities across Texas,” claimed the university study. The study concluded fracking will provide a much-needed spark to local governments and should have a generally positive effect, despite the fact that it could be risky for issuers to grow accustomed to the higher levels of revenue. For those looking to capitalize on the booming fracking industry, it is important to have operations primed and ready to increase productions in what could be a volatile situation. Through trusted communication technology like Motorola two-way radios, companies can ensure that business accelerate to meet demand without...

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