Olympiakos beat Panionios to extend record ATHENS, Greece (AP): Olympiakos continued their perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away yesterday, extending their record run of consecutive wins to 16. Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiakos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equaliser for Panionios. Czech Republic beat Hewitt, Australia team BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Lleyton Hewitt lost just weeks away from his retirement as Czech Republic beat the Australia Gold team at the Hopman Cup mixed-teams event yesterday. Jiri Vesely defeated Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-7 (1) 6-4, before Karolina Pliskova came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat Jarmila Wolfe Gajdosova 7-5, 6-3 at Perth, Western Australia. The Czech team won the later mixed doubles 6-2, 7-5 to sweep the match 3-0. Sub Simons hits brace in 7-1 rout LONDON (CMC): Bermudian teenager Rai Simons struck twice as Chesterfield won their first English League One match since late October by crushing fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town 7-1 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Striker Simons, who turns 20 in nine days’ time, came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute with his side 3-1 up and got on the scoresheet a minute later when he punished some poor defending to notch his fourth goal of the season with a right-footed shot from 18 yards. Simons added to his tally when he struck again in the 88th minute after Shrewsbury had been reduced to 10 men when Junior Brown was sent off in the 81st minute for two yellow cards.
Google today announced that it plans to acquire On2, a Clifton Park, NY-based video compression developer in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $106.5 million. In its announcement, Google argues that this acquisition will help the company to “make the overall web experience better for users” and that “video compression technology should be part of the web platform.” On2 has a large number of customers for its compression technologies, and the latest version of its video codec, VP8, competes directly with H.264, the most popular format for high-quality video on the web right now.Maybe even more importantly, Adobe Flash uses On2’s older VP6 video codec and On2 continues to receive licensing fees for VP6, though the cost of these fees and On2’s licensing structure have driven a lot of customers to H.264.What Will Google Do With On2?Assuming this deal will get the green light from On2’s stockholders and government and industry regulators, it will be interesting to see what Google does with this technology. One theory that is being pushed by pundits right now is that Google will open-source at least some of On2’s codecs. One of On2’s earlier codecs became the basis for Ogg Theora, the video codec that the Mozilla foundation wanted to use as the standard video codec for HTML5. This project is on hold for now, but Google could still integrate one of On2’s current codecs into its Chrome browser.Google could also move YouTube to a new, potentially higher-quality format, though we don’t expect this to happen anytime soon. On2 also offers solutions for embedded and mobile devices – technologies that Google could potentially use for its mobile products. In addition, On2 offers encoding products for consumers. Judging from Google’s history, the company might just make these available to consumers for free in future.Maybe It’s Just About YouTubeHowever, we actually think that the real benefits for Google might be at the back-end. With YouTube, Google owns the Internet’s largest video service, and being able to bring more encoding know-how into the company might just save Google some money in electricity costs and server hardware. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Solar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work TogetherEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon FootprintEncouraging Progress on Carbon Reduction RELATED ARTICLES An award-winning programAPPA represents more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 49 million people or about 15% of the nation’s electricity consumers. Each year the organization grants awards to utilities that embody the spirit of APPA’s DEED program — a research and demonstration program that supports innovative energy and efficiency activities. The DEED program’s Energy Innovator Award recognizes utility programs that apply creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies, provide better service to electric customers, or increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency. “We look at utilities that are going above and beyond to power their communities in efficient and responsible ways,” says Tobias Sellier, director of media relations and communications at APPA. “Fort Collins definitely fit the bill.”This is actually the fourth APPA award for Fort Collins, which has been involved in the association’s DEED program since it began in the early 1980s. The judges for the award are experts from government, academia, and the energy industry, and in the past have included folks such as Michael Dukakis, Amory Lovins, and Buckminster Fuller. One important criterion for the judges is that the program has to be transferable to other utilities.Lessons learned from Fort Collins’ Efficiency Works Neighborhood program are applicable both to utilities that have efficiency programs and want to take the next step, as well as to utilities that are starting from scratch. “What Fort Collins is doing may not seem trailblazing or cutting edge, but it really is,” says Hyland. “The breadth of utilities that can learn from this project is large; it will transfer to hundreds of utilities around the country.” Pushing the envelopeUtilities around the country have efficiency programs; however, Fort Collins wanted to take its project to the next level. “Utilities started doing efficiency programs by implementing the low-hanging fruit. Now that they already have early adopters doing the easy projects, the question is how to take the next step, getting more people involved and getting to deeper savings,” says RMI manager Jacob Corvidae. “Fort Collins is doing that by taking the best practices from efficiency projects around the country and putting them in one streamlined process for their customers. It’s like having all the best flavors of ice cream in one bowl.”Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at APPA adds, “Utilities around the country have found that energy efficiency programs stall after enrolling the first tier of interested consumers. What Fort Collins did was take a step back to figure out how to remove the barriers keeping the rest of the consumers from joining.”To increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the model includes an audit by a third-party home performance expert that results in three package options that are presented in the same site visit: good, better, and best. Utilities selects a qualified contractor to complete the upgrades, which during the pilot could be financed up to 100% on the customer’s monthly bill without increasing the customer’s monthly costs. Successes and lessons learnedThe pilot program ran for a year and half, and was extremely successful, more than tripling the number of customers proceeding with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, with 60% greater carbon savings. Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins Utilities executive director, notes, “The Efficiency Works-Neighborhood pilot represents the culture of results and innovation that we are fostering in Fort Collins to support our community’s energy and climate goals.”The utility learned some valuable lessons from the pilot project; lessons that APPA feels are applicable to other utilities.(1) Simplify the process. Bundling and packaging the information and letting customers know which package option makes the most sense for them were critical to increasing participation. “Just providing rebates and a list of contractors is not going to achieve the kind of results that we as a community have as our goals,” says Phelan. “A more engaged approach is a benefit to us and to the customers. The customers need and want the help.” Corvidae adds, “At RMI we have found that one of the biggest barriers to efficiency upgrades is the very complicated process, which loses people along the way. Fort Collins Utilities streamlined that process for consumers, making it much closer to a one-step process.”(2) Remove the financial barrier. Fort Collins made the efficiency projects economical by financing them up to 100%, and allowing consumers to pay back the money on their electric bills over 20 years. “We are always trying to find innovative ways to get folks involved in energy efficiency,” says Hyland. “When we send out polls, 90% of people respond that they are interested, but when you put a price tag on it, it quickly drops down under a few percent. That’s one of the things this program really did: remove the financial barrier.”(3) Do targeted marketing. Using readily available information, utilities started targeting homes and neighborhoods that had the most potential to participate and to save energy. Starting with that group helped the program gain traction.(4) Work with contractors. Providing a steady stream of work for contractors provided stability, standardized pricing allowed package pricing, and vetting the contractors beforehand and conducting quality assurance provided confidence to the consumers. This helped the program work for everyone simultaneously. Setting ambitious goalsFort Collins Utilities (Utilities) is a municipal utility serving about 63,000 residential customers. In 2009, Utilities set out to improve the quality of home efficiency services available in the community. Through its Efficiency Works-Home program, Utilities created installation standards, a contractor network, and training programs so that homeowners could have confidence in the quality of work being done on their homes. However, Utilities realized that its Ã la carte approach didn’t work for all customers. Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins — a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado — had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette, the city decided to see if it could push that goal up by 20 years.Rocky Mountain Institute’s Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins’ Energy and Climate Goals report showed it was possible, and now the city is on its way to eliminating 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and eliminating them entirely by 2050. This impressive target is partly due to a pilot program born from a year-long RMI engagement with the city’s utility to design a new integrated utility services model to get more homes implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy. The successful project is now receiving the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA). “Continuing with the same results will not reach Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals; we need to make it vastly simpler for customers to participate,” says John Phelan, resource conservation manager at Fort Collins Utilities. “We had to scale the results and participation in the program without compromising quality.” So with RMI’s help, Utilities set out to increase the number of customers in its renewable energy and efficiency programs, and to create a program that would be a win-win-win for customers, Fort Collins Utilities, and contractors. This led to the Efficiency Works-Neighborhood Pilot. Laurie Guevara-Stone is a writer and editor at the Rocky Mountain Institute. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.
View comments MANILA, Philippines—It’s finally here.The UAAP’s most anticipated sport in the second semester is two weeks in and the action did not disappoint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDefending champion De La Salle is holding fort on the top seed with a 2-0 record while University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo are all knocking at the gates with identical 2-1 cards.It’s still early in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, but some players wasted little time in showcasing their chops. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Still when the occasion calls for it, Molde is not shy to deliver the punishment.Molde had a couple of games wherein she scored 11 and 13 points, solid production but not entirely explosive, but her season debut was utterly brilliant.Against University of the East in the season opener, Molde erupted for 23 points—at this point is still the most scored in a game—as she led the Lady Maroons to the 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlos had 20 points in UP’s loss to UST, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, while scoring 15 and 17 points in the Lady Maroons’ two victories.4. Milena Alessandrini (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s already mentioned that Rondina got some help in Season 81, and the first of whom was reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini.The second-year hitter already showed promise back in Season 80 but she missed a chunk of the tournament due to injury, but she’s now in full health to help the Golden Tigresses.Alessandrini is tied with another Golden Tigress in the fourth spot of the Best Scorers table but she got the higher nod in this list due to her brilliant turnaround from being pedestrian against Ateneo to being a speedster UST’s win against UP.After scoring just 10 points in UST’s loss to Ateneo, Alessandrini erupted for 22 points in the Golden Tigresses’ victory against the Lady Maroons.5. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s safe to say that Eya Laure has lived up to the hype.Tabbed as a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year plum even before the start of the tournament, Laure has shown that she can dance with the big girls.Laure was a winner of multiple awards in high school including the MVP and the Rookie of the Year and she’s so far translated that talent into the collegiate game. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT She’s tied with Alessandrini and UP’s Isa Molde at the fourth spot of the Best Scorers ladder, and she’s got to this level through sheer consistency and versatility.Laure’s lowest production in her first three games in the collegiate level is 12 points and that was in UST’s loss to Ateneo while her other games saw her put up 18 and 17 points.She’s also seventh in the Best Blockers category with an average of 0.62 kill blocks per set and fourth in the Best Spikers table with a success rate of 33.94 percent.6. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilling in the shoes of Kianna Dy is no small feat for a new Lady Spiker but rookie Jolina Dela Cruz has shown the moxie needed to make a name for herself in the illustrious De La Salle program.Dy was a one-time Finals MVP and owner of three titles with her role as La Salle’s opposite hitter for five years looming over anyone who would eventually take her place but Dela Cruz, well for the first two games, has shown she’s ready.Dela Cruz was steady for the Lady Spikers scoring a total of 21 points in her first two games, 11 of which came in their 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19 win over Ateneo in the opening weekend.With 17,166 fans watching her at Mall of Asia Arena, Dela Cruz displayed utter calm in an atmosphere that would easily rattle and break anyone let alone a rookie.7. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Isa Molde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCarlos and Molde are UP’s star pairing but there are times when Molde would take a backseat to the more physically imposing Carlos. 1. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s not called “Big Kat” for nothing.Kat Tolentino was Ateneo’s talisman for the first two weeks of the competition and she made it known that she’s a force to be reckoned with this year having totaled a league best 57 points after three games.After a small hiccup against De La Salle in Ateneo’s first game of the season, the Lady Eagles have since racked up two straight wins against UST and last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University wherein Tolentino showed her prowess.Tolentino put up 22 points in Ateneo’s four-set win against the Golden Tigresses, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, and she showed her heart and character in the next game.ADVERTISEMENT After scoring just two points after the first two sets, Tolentino lit up and finished with 19 points in the Lady Eagles’ comeback victory against the Lady Tamaraws, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina doesn’t have to do everything for UST this time, but the “Cherry Bomb” remains explosive as ever.UST’s captain is the second-leading scorer behind Tolentino with 54 points and has been consistent throughout the first three games for the Golden Tigresses.Rondina scored 17 points in the two UST wins before tallying 20 in a losing effort against Ateneo as she tried to cover up for some offensive lapses by her team.Needless to say, Rondina’s production is still in the upper echelon of the league despite having major support from rising stars Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure.3. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s the skipper of University of the Philippines and she’s showing why everything goes through her.Diana Carlos is the emotional leader of the Lady Maroons and she’s displayed her offensive abilities by taking the third spot in the Best Scorers table with a total of 52 points.Interestingly, Carlos is similar to Rondina in the sense that she’s produced the most points in a loss. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Japeth Aguilar proposes to girlfriend at the airport as Gilas arrives in Manila