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UC Davis is developing technology using current air conditioning systems to combat the effects of climate change and power grid issues

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Uc Davis Is Developing Technology Using Current Air Conditioning Systems To Combat The Effects Of Climate Change And Power Grid Issues
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DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) — The Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis is trying to develop new air technology that solves grid problems and the challenges of climate change using our current AC systems.

This research would address the issue of peak energy consumption on hot days.

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“The network is stressed in the late afternoon and what happens is that there is too much demand for electricity. One way to remedy this is to use a battery. This new technology at the instead of using a battery uses a liquid that absorbs moisture and by using this liquid that absorbs moisture it acts like a battery but costs a lot less than a battery to do the same thing,” said Mark Modera , the former director of the Cooling Efficiency Center.

And it’s much more environmentally friendly. And if you think you have a smart thermostat now, wait to see what they develop.

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There is a chamber in the laboratory which simulates the ventilation of a small building. They are working on integrating the Air Quality Index and weather forecast with your thermostat and air purifier to pre-cool and pre-ventilate your home before the smoke arrives.

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Orioles reset: After unpredictable season, Baltimore will enter 2023 with ‘promising’ rotation outlook

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Orioles Reset: After Unpredictable Season, Baltimore Will Enter 2023 With ‘Promising’ Rotation Outlook
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If not for Tyler Wells’ entry and exit from a pair of injuries, the Orioles’ rotation would have largely remained the same over the latter portion of the season. But even manager Brandon Hyde didn’t see this group being the one to provide that consistency.

“If you would have told me that our rotation is this at this time of year,” Hyde said earlier this month, “I would have been a little confused.”

Aside from veteran Jordan Lyles, the Orioles’ end-of-season rotation looks far different from how it began the year and even what would have been reasonably projected at this time. Opening day starter John Means made two appearances before undergoing season-ending Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. A Grade 2 lat muscle strain kept top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez from what was expected to be a midseason debut. Fellow top minor league arm DL Hall is working out of Baltimore’s bullpen to manage his innings coming off a 2021 campaign in which he was limited by a stress fracture in his pitching elbow.

But this week showed that even though the Orioles are ending the season with a rotation that features only one pitcher who started the year in it, Baltimore can enter the offseason with confidence in its starting pitching options for 2023.

The lone holdover, Lyles, pitched a one-run complete game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in what might prove to be his final home start at Camden Yards; the contract he signed last offseason with Baltimore includes an $11 million team option for next year.

Following his lead, Kyle Bradish, a rookie who has impressed since returning from right shoulder inflammation, struck out 10 with no walks in 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the American League-best Houston Astros. The next day, Dean Kremer, who was set to open the year in the bullpen before suffering an oblique injury while warming up for his first outing, tossed a shutout. The pair has combined for a 2.93 ERA in 31 outings, all but one a start, since their respective injured list stints.

“I think it’s very promising,” Hyde said. “These two guys, it’s been a pleasure watching them and watching young pitchers, it makes you really excited about the future with the ability these guys have. And there’s still room for improvement, and they’re having great years, so fun to watch the progress they’ve made and really excited about them going forward into next year.”

Add in a solid spot start from rookie Mike Baumann in Wells’ place and five effective innings from Austin Voth over the weekend, and the Orioles received their best turn through their rotation in years. And all but Lyles are guaranteed to contend for a rotation spot next spring.

Among those joining them will be Rodriguez and Hall. Rodriguez will make his last start before the end of the Triple-A season Monday, his sixth outing since returning from the lat strain. It’s not out of the question he gets a start with Baltimore before the season ends. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has said Hall will enter next spring as a starter, though it’s not yet known whether he’ll work in that role in the majors or minors.

Wells’ first season as a major league starter ended sooner than he hoped it would, but he showed enough in the role for Hyde to say he expects him back in it come spring. Voth, a 30-year-old inserted into the rotation out of need after being claimed from the Washington Nationals, has been a revelation, with a 2.77 ERA working mostly out of the rotation for Baltimore. Like Bradish and Kremer — who he combined with to allow three earned runs in 44 1/3 innings against the 101-win Astros — Voth has earned the opportunity to start for the Orioles next year, especially given they’ll begin the season awaiting Means’ return.

“He’s put himself on the map for us for sure of a guy that can do multiple things,” Hyde said.

Spenser Watkins and Bruce Zimmermann both got extended looks in the Orioles’ rotation this year and, by remaining on the 40-man roster, could factor into next season’s plans. With Elias saying he expects the Orioles’ payroll to increase, it should be expected for the club to add at least one starter over the winter, whether it be through free agency or by trading from a stockpile of talented hitting prospects.

Hyde said the ideal situation is to enter spring training “with eight or nine starting pitching candidates.” The past week exemplified that it’s plausible the Orioles go into the offseason with that many.

What’s to come?

The last road trip of the year could feature history, a clinch and the end of postseason hopes, all at the Orioles’ expense.

Baltimore’s playoff possibilities could be dashed during a week that begins with a four-game visit to the Boston Red Sox and closes with three road games against the New York Yankees, who are on the verge of clinching the American League East and could do so before the Orioles arrive. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is also on the precipice of setting the AL record for home runs, and should the Toronto Blue Jays avoid surrendering it, he could accomplish the feat against Baltimore.

What was good?

Adley Rutschman’s debut was the turning point in Baltimore’s season. Gunnar Henderson provided a late-season jolt. But no Oriole has been as consistently impactful as Anthony Santander.

That continued last week as two home runs Saturday gave him 29 on the year, a total that entered Sunday as the most in the majors among switch-hitters. A switch-hitting Oriole hasn’t reached 30 home runs since Eddie Murray in 1987. Santander has markedly improved on each significant offensive metric after an injury-slowed 2021 season, slashing .246/.322/.449 with a career-best 8.4% walk rate.

“He’s had a really consistent year,” Hyde said. “The switch-hitting power ability is pretty rare. … When you have 29 homers right now, it’s hard to be quiet about it. I think that he’s had a really good year, and hopefully, he can finish strong.”

What wasn’t?

It was a week of missed opportunities for the Orioles. They looked listless in their first two games against the cellar-dwelling Tigers, dropping the series to the AL Central’s last-place team. They of course responded with three fantastic starts, only to close the week with consecutive losses to Houston. The time to make a push is running out.

On the farm

High-A Aberdeen came a game shy of a South Atlantic League championship, with the IronBirds’ runner-up finish bringing an end to Heston Kjerstad’s long-awaited professional debut.

The second overall pick in the 2020 draft, Kjerstad missed all of 2021 while recovering from the heart condition myocarditis. His start to this season was delayed by a hamstring strain suffered in spring training. When the 23-year-old outfielder finally took the field for Low-A Delmarva, he thrived to get a promotion to Aberdeen. His numbers dipped there, but a cumulative final line of .305/.389/.455 between the regular season and playoffs, with a stint in the Arizona Fall League still to come, is most welcome after Kjerstad went two years between being drafted and playing in an official game.

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ASK IRA: Will the eye test be a factor at Heat training camp?

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Ask Ira: Will The Eye Test Be A Factor At Heat Training Camp?
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Q: Ira, I’ve seen the Tyler Herro pictures and Kyle Lowry videos. But how do the Heat keep them in shape? – Larry.

A: And that is the aspect that many overlook when it comes to players having months during the offseason to prepare for camp. Even last season, after grueling work that also saw him bulk up, Tyler Herro acknowledged he needed to add more muscle to his base. And there hardly was question about Kyle Lowry’s conditioning before he began to miss time last season for family reasons. In fact, more than those two, it will be interesting to see where Caleb Martin stands, now that he is expected to play more in the power rotation. Same with Haywood Highsmith. And even Duncan Robinson spoke of continuing to work on his frame. So while the initial focus might be on Herro and Lowry, there might be more significant gains that had to be made during the offseason.

Q: I wouldn’t be mad if the Heat’s starting power forward is Haywood Highsmith. He offers spacing and he’s a switchable defender, also a sneaky rim protector. – Doc.

A: I’m not saying this is going to happen, only not to overlook him when considering those who could receive minutes in the Heat power rotation. A year ago at this time, no one was talking about Caleb Martin being a rotation player.

Q: What’s going to happen with Jae Crowder? – Seth.

A: This sounds more like a “Ask Suns” question. Because while Jae Crowder might not be enamored with the possibility of the Suns moving him out of their starting lineup in favor of Cam Johnson, there still does not appear to be a realistic avenue, because of the salary cap, for Jae 2.0 with the Heat. At least not at the moment.


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Difficulties remain for Ukrainian city emerging from occupation

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IZIUM, Ukraine — Rainwater is for showers and washing up. Reclaimed wood is for cooking fires. But almost nothing protects against the autumn cold in houses without windows.

Russian forces controlled Izium for six months before being forced to retreat two weeks ago during a Ukrainian counteroffensive. On one of the last days of the battle, a grad rocket exploded in Margaryta Tkachenko’s yard. His carcass is still there, something new to his children and a reminder of the terrible six months the family endured.

The house was damaged beyond recognition months ago.

“I remember planes flying, mines whistling, tapes (rockets) exploding,” said his son Mykyta, the eldest of three children.

“We came out of the basement and the house was gone,” Tkachenko said. She kept the kids in the basement and did her best to clean up the mess above.

“The children hadn’t washed for several days,” she said. “We hadn’t eaten for several days. The little one ate a spoonful of honey and the boy ate a spoonful of rice. I didn’t eat anything for two days.

Its roof is a charred shell, and the upstairs windows that overlook the Sievierodonetsk River are open to the weather. She and her three children – aged 9 months, 7 and 10 years – now live in a dark corner on the ground floor, sleeping together on a mattress that takes up the entire room and looking for what they need once the sun comes out. lying.

The city has had no gas, electricity, running water or internet since March. No one has been able to predict when that might change, but regional officials have urged residents who left at the start of the war not to return. Too difficult and – with countless mines scattered around – too dangerous.

But Tkachenko was among the thousands waiting for the Russians.

As dusk set in on Sunday, she hoisted the baby onto her hip, told her daughter to fetch drinking water and, with her idle hand, crumpled some paper, neatly piled kindling , lit the fire and placed the kettle on the grill. The smell of wood smoke fills the air. Her eldest daughter slowly turned a thin stick into embers, removing the tip every few seconds to watch it burn in the growing darkness.

The warmed water went into a bottle with formula, then it was time to milk the goat.

The small vegetable garden has a handful of cherry tomatoes on the vine, but the family relies mainly on humanitarian aid to get by. At night, after the fire was out, her 10-year-old deftly pulled out a finger of cotton padding, twisted it, and poured sunflower oil over it to soak in a plate. With a few wicks already in place from other nights, the makeshift oil lamp was almost bright enough to read.

Tkachenko does not know when his two eldest will be able to resume their studies. Many schools in Izium were used as bases by the Russians and all suffered damage. At least three were completely destroyed by Ukrainian missiles as they attempted to retake the city.

“I can’t predict what will happen next. Winter is the scariest. We have no wood. How are we going to heat? asked Tkachenko. She had no answers.


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Wilder Foundation plans to proceed with sale of Stillwater area land to Catholic youth organization

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Wilder Foundation Plans To Proceed With Sale Of Stillwater Area Land To Catholic Youth Organization
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Even after learning that the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation planned to sell 600 acres of land it owns in northern Washington County to a Catholic youth organization, River Grove elementary school officials held out hope last week that a deal could be reached to allow the school to stay on site.

But a letter to school officials sent Friday by Judy Kishel, chairwoman of the Wilder board, made it clear that sale of the land to the Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership will proceed.

“We arrived at our decision after careful consideration of all factors — including the significant impact it would have on the River Grove community,” Kishel wrote. “We had hoped that after several years of partnership and open communication Wilder and River Grove could have come to an arrangement that would provide for the school’s permanent location while meeting the obligations of our board. We are disappointed this is not the case, yet we remain resolute in our decision.”

The board is “not in a position to amend the sale terms now that we have received a good faith offer,” Kishel wrote.

Kishel’s letter was sent in response to a letter sent Monday by the River Grove board of directors. In the letter, the board expressed its “surprise” and “extreme disappointment” in learning that Wilder planned to sell the land to “an outside buyer.”

“We feel blind-sided by this announcement, which seems capricious and not in keeping with Wilder’s vision of a ‘vibrant community where all individuals, families and neighborhoods can prosper, with opportunities to work, to be engaged in their communities, to live in decent housing, to attend good schools and to receive support during times of need,’ ” Board Chairwoman Jessica Hansen wrote. “If the proposed sale of Wilder Forest goes forward, it will be devastating to our school and the larger community, especially in the wake of a two-year COVID pandemic.”

Kishel took issue with River Grove’s portrayal and said the foundation’s decision to proceed with a sale to the Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership was in keeping with the intentions Wilder had communicated to River Grove and the community for more than a decade.

“We can appreciate a level of surprise to know that a buyer came forward with an offer that met Wilder’s criteria for a sale of the property, but we do not accept your characterization of our actions as ‘capricious’ or outside our organization’s mission or vision,” Kishel wrote. “We feel strongly that we have acted as a good faith partner at every turn, and we will continue to do so.”


Plans call for the land, the former Wilder Forest, to be used as a summer camp for up to 200 Catholic middle-school campers a week starting in 2024. During the winter, retreats serving a mix of high-school and middle-school students are planned, said Tim Healy, president of the Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership, which is partnering with Damascus, an Ohio-based Catholic organization, to expand programming for parishes and schools in and around the metro area.

The organization spent more than 2 ½ years looking at possible sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Healy said. The former Wilder Forest site is a perfect fit because of its pristine natural beauty and its proximity to the metro area, he said.

“The more (kids) experience nature, it’s just such a natural progression to experience faith and God,” he said. “God is in nature; God is nature. It’s His creation. When you’re out in nature, you can really focus on His creation, and take out all of the noise, with the cell phones and social media. When you’re staring at nature, you really are staring right at God. That’s what we want to promote.”

Partnership officials hope to receive the necessary approvals from May Township officials to begin working on the land as soon as the River Grove lease expires at the end of June 2023, he said.

The River Grove school, known officially as Marine Area Community School, is housed in several cottages that used to be leased by Concordia Language Villages.

“We’re taking it back to what it was built for,” Healy said. “It was built as a nature-retreat center.”

River Grove officials on Friday said they disputed many of the assertions in the letter sent by Wilder.

“Our board remains highly concerned about Wilder’s lack of transparency and collaboration with the school on this transaction — a decision that will ultimately cause extreme hardship to our school community and the students we serve,” said Drew Goodson, the school’s director. “Wilder’s continued lack of willingness to find an amicable solution that does not displace our students, families and staff from a campus they love continues to be disturbing, especially considering the history of this community and Wilder’s stated mission of being ‘Here for Good.’ ”


River Grove parent and school board member Angie Hong expressed dismay about “closing a public school that is free and open to all, and replacing it with a private religious institution.”

Hong also questioned the timing of the announcement of the sale — just months before the K-6 charter school would be legally allowed to make a purchase offer on the land. The school, which will complete its sixth year of operation in June, could purchase property through the formation of “an affiliated building company” following the completion of their sixth year, school officials said.

“At minimum, we ask that the Wilder Foundation reserve the portion of the Wilder Forest where our school campus is located until we are able to form an affiliated building company to purchase the land and buildings next year,” school officials wrote in the letter to Wilder.

Hong, whose son is a fifth grader at the school, said River Grove officials will continue to work with officials from the Manitou Fund, which owns the adjacent former Warner Nature Center land, also in May Township, on a possible solution. Manitou Fund and Wilder officials in 2017 entered into a purchase agreement for the Wilder Forest property, but Manitou officials decided not to move forward with the agreement.

In June, Wilder informed officials from the Manitou Fund, Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership and River Grove that there were two parties interested in purchasing the property, and Wilder shared the appraised value of the property with Manitou Fund and Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership.

Partnership officials presented Wilder with a letter of intent to purchase the property; Manitou Fund officials provided their verbal opinion on the value of the property, which was significantly less than the appraised value, Wilder officials said.

On Friday, Goodson said officials from the Manitou Fund have given school officials “every indication that they are still interested in the property and are actively trying to find a way to further the conversation with Wilder.”

In a letter sent to the Wilder Foundation on Saturday, River Grove’s chairwoman Jessica Hansen wrote that Manitou officials were never given the opportunity to respond to the Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership’s proposal and never presented “a formal offer” for the land.

“The first written communication River Grove received related to this decision is dated September 1, 2022, when we were cc’d on a letter sent to May Township staff which stated that you were ‘finalizing the terms of the sale’ with an ‘interested party,’ ” Hansen said. “In fact, the letter we received on this Friday, Sept. 23rd, is the first direct written communication River Grove’s board or administration has received from the Wilder Foundation about this sale. We are hopeful that the Wilder Foundation would not wish to finalize such a far-reaching and impactful decision based on the current informal and exclusive process.”

River Grove officials have requested a meeting with Wilder officials to discuss the sale.

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Poor IPO stock performance weighs more on new issue market

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Recently, public companies have been among the worst performers in this year’s stock market rout, contributing to a deep freeze in the IPO market that shows few signs of thawing.

According to Dealogic, about 87% of companies that went public in the United States last year are trading below their offer prices, down more than 49% on average at Friday’s close. In rough comparison, the S&P 500 is down 23% this year, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is down 31%.


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Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will cost over Rs 10.45 Lakh

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Maruti Suzuki has started retail sales of NEXA’s new flagship offering, the Grand Vitara.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced Grand Vitara prices starting from Rs 10.45 lakh to Rs 17.05 lakh, ex-showroom. The Grand Vitara smart electric hybrid is said to cost between Rs 17.9 lakhs and Rs 19.65 lakhs.

The company also launched special introductory prices. He said the Grand Vitara could also be owned through Maruti Suzuki Subscribe for an all-inclusive monthly subscription starting at Rs 27,000.

Maruti Suzuki began retail sales of NEXA’s new flagship offering, the Grand Vitara, on Monday. The top-of-the-range SUV “Grand Vitara” offers different choices of powertrains.

The company said: “Grand Vitara’s intelligent hybrid-electric powertrain with best-in-class fuel efficiency, intelligent progressive hybrid technology and Suzuki ALLGRIP SELECT technology is designed to appeal to a diverse customer base.”

The firm said the Grand Vitara Intelligent Electric Hybrid offers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 km/litre. The Vitara ALLGRIP SELECT is fitted with Suzuki’s Progressive Smart Hybrid technology as standard and has a fuel consumption of 19.38 km/litre.

The company said: “To encourage faster adoption of cleaner and greener hybrid electric vehicles as a pathway to electrification in the country, the Grand Vitara Intelligent Electric Hybrid comes with a special introductory package including a warranty. extended up to five years / 1 lakh km and a PRISTINE Genuine NEXA Accessory Pack. This special introductory pack is worth over Rs 67,000.”

Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, said, “The Grand Vitara has received an overwhelming response from customers with over 57,000 reservations, and reviewers have raved about it.”

It is one of the last offerings in the hybrid SUV segment apart from the Toyota Hyryder and MG Hector hybrids. The Grand Vitara Progressive Smart Hybrid is available with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options.

“The Grand Vitara is leading the way to a cleaner, greener, sustainable and carbon-neutral world. To ensure we can do just that, the Grand Vitara has been launched at a very competitive starting price of Rs 10.45 lakh We are confident that it will set a new benchmark for SUV enthusiasts in the country and enhance the ‘joy of mobility’ for our customers,” Takeuchi said.


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