Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: Navy Assists in Repatriation of 4 Indian Fishermen View post tag: Sri View post tag: Assists January 10, 2012 View post tag: Indian View post tag: Repatriation Sri Lanka: Navy Assists in Repatriation of 4 Indian Fishermen View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: 4 View post tag: Lanka Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 04 Indian fishermen on 09th January 2012.The fishermen and their fishing trawler bearing the registration number TN/10/MFB/168 were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship Vajra in the seas off Delft. Sri Lanka Naval Ship Ranadheera, assisted the mission.The four Indian fishermen were rescued by the Navy in Sri Lankan waters where their trawlers had developed mechanical problems.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; Image: mod
View post tag: French Navy View post tag: Rafale M Photo: Photo: French Navy View post tag: Rafale F3-R View post tag: Dassault Aviation The French Navy officially received its first Rafale M fighter jet upgraded to the F3-R standard in a ceremony at the Landivisiau Naval Air Base.The first flight of F3-R from Landivisiau took place on December 17, the defense ministry said.The aircraft was delivered after the upgrade was approved by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) on October 31, 2018. Dassault Aviation launched the development of this new standard at the end of 2013.The F3-R standard is an evolution of the Rafale F3 and will enable the Air Force and Navy Rafale aircraft to carry the MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).F3-R also includes Thales’ Talios new-generation laser designator pod used for air-to-ground strikes, and the laser homing version of the Safran AASM air-to-ground modular weapon.Additionally, the F3-R is the first French military aircraft to receive the the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS) which enhances the safety of pilots.The Rafale continuous improvement approach is now looking to the F4 standard, after a contract for the upgrade development was announced on January 14, 2019, during French defense minister Florence Parly’s visit to the Dassault Aviation Mérignac plant.The F4 standard will notably improve the connectivity of the Rafale and its ability to operate as part of a network. This will be enabled by new satellite and intra-patrol links, communication servers, and software defined radio.Upgrades to the radar sensors and front sector optronics, helmet-mounted display capabilities, and new weapons in the form of Mica NG air-to-air missiles and a 1,000-kg AASM air-to-ground modular weapon are also envisioned. Share this article
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?By Susan Stamper Brown FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?We catch glimpses of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption, things we humans need most, while watching old Christmas classics like “Scrooge,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” — probably because we can easily relate to what is the best and worst of who we are while watching. Surely, even the doubters among us find reason for pause upon hearing the great line from “Miracle on 34th Street:” “If you can’t believe, if you can’t accept anything by faith…then you’re doomed for a life dominated by doubt.”How true. Sometimes it just makes good sense to accept the unseen. Plugged in my basement is tiny device that I depend on with my life. It detects a toxic, invisible, and odorless gas I cannot see. Although I cannot see it, I believe carbon monoxide is real because of evidence proving its existence.So it is with Christmas and its true meaning. In his book, “Science Speaks, An Evaluation of Certain Christian Evidences,” Professor Peter Stoner lays out the statistical odds that one man, Jesus, could fulfill every Old Testament Messianic prophecy.Using only eight prophecies, Stoner found:– Micah 5:2 foretold the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and calculated the odds at one in 2.8 x ten to the fifth power.– Malachi 3:1 predicted the Bethlehem-born Messiah would have a “forerunner” sent to prepare the way, with odds at one in ten to the third power.– Zechariah 9:9 predicted this ruler who had a forerunner was born in Bethlehem, but entered Jerusalem as a king riding on a donkey — at one in ten to the second power.– Zechariah 11:12 said this ruler would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver — at one in ten to the third power.– Zechariah 11:13 predicted that remorse would inspire the betrayer to return the silver and the priests would use it to purchase a field from a potter, rather than return the blood money to the temple treasury — at ten to the fifth power.– Isaiah 53:7 predicted an innocent man who was betrayed, oppressed, and afflicted yet would remain silent during his trial — at one in ten to the third power.– Psalm 22:16 predicted the death of this innocent man by crucifixion, an execution method not yet invented — at one in ten to the fourth power.To illustrate the odds that all eight prophesies would be fulfilled in one man, Stoner translates the number, ten to the 17th power, in silver dollars, fully covering the state of Texas two feet deep. One silver dollar is then marked, dropped from an airplane, and stirred into the mass while a blindfolded man is instructed to travel the state for as long and far as he pleases, but at some point must pick up the marked silver dollar on his first try.Although there are more than 300 Old Testament Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus’ birth, some still doubt. As Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it,” so maybe we ask the wrong questions. Or, maybe our perception is so tainted with skepticism it’s impossible to believe historical and scientific facts.But for those of us who refuse to be “doomed for a life dominated by doubt,” let us draw close in the silence of this sacred moment in humble reverence that after 400 years of deafening quiet, post Old Testament final writings, God broke through the silence with his love in action. As Luke 2 describes: “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”Merry Christmas.
HOBOKEN – According to a press release from the city of Hoboken, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has determined that it will require NY Waterway to undergo a more vigorous and public vetting process prior to allowing work to commence at the former Union Dry Dock site.NY Waterway purchased the property in uptown Hoboken last November to become its ferry home port for maintenance, refueling, and repairs.Hoboken wants to acquire the property for public open space.The Army Corps decision was determined after Mayor Ravi Bhalla sent a letter to them requesting heightened scrutiny of the proposed use, a process that will allow for more public input and force NY Waterway to document the impact of the facility more thoroughly.The Army Corps issued a notice stating that the NYWW application will be subject to review as an “individual permit application” rather than a national permit application.An individual permit application requires a heightened level of scrutiny, a more open, transparent and public process, and the opportunity for a public hearing at the discretion of the Army Corps of Engineers at a location in near the project site.As part of this process, the Army Corps will also study more suitable alternative locations for the proposed use.“This is great news for Hoboken,” said Bhalla. “We have been advocating for an open and transparent process, so the voices of residents are heard and taken into account. I am grateful that the Army Corps of Engineers will take into consideration public input, including the well documented public detriments of the proposed use. This is a great step towards a regional solution that considers all legitimate interests.”As part of the review process, residents may submit comments and request a public hearing in Hoboken.“I am calling upon the [Army Corps] to convene a public hearing to take place in the City of Hoboken at a convenient day and time for residents,” said Bhalla. “There should be no barrier for our residents to voice their opinions. This is the public process we were promised earlier this year. The Army Corp of Engineers is to be commended for undertaking an open and transparent approach to this matter.”The individual permit application, as opposed to the less-thorough national permit application, also requires a study to determine the impact of the use on air, water, wildlife, recreation, public safety, and other relevant considerations. ×
Vibe & Direct have created a fresh new sound – with elements of funk and jazz that are refreshingly free from any conventions and restrictions. Their recently released disc, Chrysanthemum, is a dynamic encapsulation of the positive energy and soulful power the band brings to the world.Rising out of the Ohio music scene, Vibe & Direct have won over a dedicated fan base with expansive guitar lines, thumping bass, precise drum beats and an impressive flow between styles. Fellow Buckeye Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio hopped on-board to help shape Chrysanthemum into a seamless display of genre-spanning wonderment. Listen to the album below:Tracks like “Bull And The Minx” and “Queens And King” showcase their talent for ever-evolving sonic landscapes. Both tracks organically ebb and flow in not only tempo but in shape and form. Remarkably, Vibe & Direct’s influences seem to inform, not limit, their musical direction.The title track of Chrysanthemum is a tour de force for guitarist Mike Miller. He can seamlessly go from rhythm to lead to blistering solo without giving anything less than his best. Miller’s care and emotion come through with each note, whether in rise or fall.Danny Giannetto weaves fills in and around a clockwork beat in a way that is fascinating to observe. That rich pocket enables bassist Douglas Rab to explore patterns he couldn’t if he was shoring up the beat. Rab responds to that freedom happily, dropping in playful teases while keeping his own identity.“Wishing Well” shows their mastery of electronic bells and whistles, primarily in swirling loops of sound. Wisely, these effects are used as accents, not the basis of this song or any other. Vibe & Direct keep their studio work clean and wholly translatable to the stage.Chrysanthemum is a clear picture of a band challenging themselves to be the best they can be. The evolution of Vibe & Direct’s sound and skill is a direct result of the intricate sonic gymnastics they continually practice. With this level of talent, song-craft and performance skill at their disposal, Vibe & Direct have a promising road ahead of them. Check out the band on their website, and don’t miss them at the upcoming Alchemy Rising Music & Arts Festival this May!
It was an evening of raw and roll.More than 50 faculty members and guests gathered at the Harvard Faculty Club Thursday (Feb. 24) for “Fish Markets and the Art of Sushi Making,” a seminar and demonstration organized by the Office of the Provost.The event kicked off with Department of Anthropology Chair Ted Bestor giving a talk on Tsukiji, the largest fish market in the world. As the crowd munched on traditional Japanese foods such as mugwort soba noodles, sushi, and pickled vegetables, Bestor described the 400 species of seafood that pass through the market each day, and the stringent standards the traders there have for fish; they only take the best of the best.“No matter how good you think the tuna in Boston is, you have to realize when you eat tuna here that it’s been rejected,” Bestor joked. “That fish did not get into Harvard.”Later, Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services (HUHDS) Director for Culinary Operations Martin Breslin and John Borgo, sushi chef at O-Bento in Waltham, led the group in a lesson on how to roll sushi and make dashi, a soup stock that is one of the foundations of Japanese cooking. Faculty were suddenly students as they spread nori sheets with rice and attempted to roll fish and avocado inside using straw mats.“It’s not bad,” said Subir Sachdev, a physics professor, as he tried a piece of the slightly misshapen, yet tasty, sushi roll that he’d made with his wife, Usha Pasi.“I wish there were more opportunities like this to meet people from other departments,” he said.The event was the latest in a series organized by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D), designed to periodically gather faculty members in one place and get them talking.“With scholarship increasingly cross-disciplinary, it’s more important than ever to bring faculty together from across the University,” said Liza Cariaga-Lo, assistant provost for faculty development and diversity. “And food is one of those universal things that people can bond over, regardless of their academic background.”This year, FD&D is also turning its focus to more local and sustainable food events by working with the HUHDS’ Food Literacy Project. For example, information on the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery was offered at Thursday’s event. Starting in March, the Gloucester-based organization will be dropping off fish at Kirkland and Oxford streets as part of the Harvard Farmers’ Market.Additional food-related events for faculty are planned for the spring, and the FD&D plans to add information to its website about CSA shares and local farmers’ markets. In April, the Office of the Provost and the Food Literacy Project will partner to offer “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy,” an event for faculty that will feature a conversation with Walter Willett, chairman of the Department of Nutrition and Fredrick Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and renowned cook book author Mollie Katzen.
Welcome the new XPS 15 and 17 with a virtually borderless, 4-sided InfinityEdge display. (Check out 360° view of XPS 15 and XPS 17)Often imitated. Never duplicated. Highly anticipated. The new XPS 15 and XPS 17 are here! We’ve redesigned the XPS 15 and introduced an all-new XPS 17 with larger screen sizes so you can see and do more.While these new additions to the XPS family offer beautiful new designs and the latest technology innovations, there’s much more to XPS than meets the eye. It’s every little detail that makes up the entire XPS experience.Introducing the new XPS 17 (Check out an augmented reality demo of XPS 17 using your iOS or Android phone)After a near 10-year hiatus, the XPS 17 returns as the most powerful XPS laptop ever.1 But it’s not just about muscle, the XPS 17 is also the smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet2. The virtually borderless, 4-sided InfinityEdge display makes it smaller than 48% of 15-inch laptops available today3, putting the XPS 17 into a class of its own.More power for your creative projectsIntensive projects, gaming and VR are no match for the XPS 17 Designed to be the most powerful XPS laptop ever made, the XPS 17 features the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. Packing this much performance into a laptop of this size requires engineering ingenuity to keep the system performing smoothly. Under the hood, we’ve packed a unique thermal design for increased fan airflow4 to fuel demanding projects.Meet the redesigned XPS 15(Check out an augmented reality demo of XPS 15 using your iOS or Android phone)The redesigned XPS 15 is the smallest 15.6-inch performance class laptop5. But don’t let this compact footprint fool you! It’s got an immersive audiovisual experience like no other in its class, thanks to a larger 16:10 display and new up-firing speakers.XPS 15 strikes a balance between power and portability to fuel content creation at home or on-the-goWith the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics with Max-Q design and up to 25-hour battery life6, you can easily stream your favorite shows, edits photos for Instagram, render 4K videos or create original sounds and textures on your DAW.New experiential features extended across XPS 15 and 17Masterfully crafted from premium materials like CNC machined aluminum and aerospace-inspired carbon fiber. (XPS 17 pictured above)The XPS 15 and 17 are crafted from two pieces of machined aluminum, so they’re lightweight, yet strong and durable for folks on the move. We also designed a new hinge to make room for the new stunning 4-sided InfinityEdge display.Stunning color accuracy100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI P3 color gamut delivers saturated, bright and accurate colorWhether creating content or consuming it, the XPS systems have your back with immersive visuals. Optional 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) resolution provides pinpoint accuracy, precise detail and sharp images. And the XPS equipped with Eyesafe display technology reduces harmful blue light while maintaining the vivid color you need to deliver your best work. Ready to collaborate securelyDesigned into the new XPS is MaxxAudio® Pro by Waves, the suite of studio-quality audio and voice optimizations Our smallest ever HD webcam is discretely hidden at the top of the display, ready at your command for video meet-ups and virtual get-togethers. You’ll come across loud and clear thanks to top-mounted mics with advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction technologies.To make sure you’re not running late to virtual hangouts with friends and family, the XPS family features Windows Hello – a fingerprint reader built right into the power button – so you can safely unlock your PC and get to visiting without entering a password.Surround sound 3D audio XPS 15 and 17 audio architecture are tuned by multi-Grammy Award® winning producer, Jack Joseph PuigXPS 15 and 17 are the first-ever laptops7 featuring Waves Nx® 3D audio for speakers tuned by multi-Grammy Award® winning producer, Jack Joseph Puig. On headphones, Waves Nx® can track your head movement to align the direction of sound to your visual point-of-view, and on speakers, Nx® headtracking puts you in the best seat of the house.Unleash your creativity Laura Lawson Visconti, Professional PhotographerXPS 15 and XPS 17 badged with Creator Edition on Dell.com have been carefully selected to support hobbyists and creative enthusiasts like Laura Lawson Visconti, above, who uses her laptop for content creation. Laura told us, “Editing on my XPS15 has been a game-changer due to the speed and portability of the laptop. I take it everywhere with me!” These configurations are built with creative tools that speed high-resolution video editing and graphic design processes. Colby Brown, pictured below, stated: “For me, the XPS name represents performance, reliability and portability. Core elements that any photographer or creative needs in order to focus on what we do best…creating amazing content!” Colby Brown, Professional Photographer, Photo Educator and AuthorXPS sustainable packaging becomes more recyclable Every XPS 13, 15 and 17 arrives wrapped in a gift-box style package made from sustainably sourced materials (XPS 13 pictured above)On a planet with almost eight billion people, every action we take makes an impact. Dell has set a goal of using 100% sustainable packaging by 2030, made from recycled or renewable material. We have eliminated foam and single-use plastic bags8 with the new XPS family, getting us steps closer to that Moonshot Goal. You can toss the entire XPS box in the recycling bin without thinking twice since it contains recycled ocean-bound plastics, locally recycled plastic, sustainable materials and recycled corrugate.Final Words – it’s more than new productsThere’s more to XPS than meets the eye. While XPS devices speak for themselves, our customer’s journey goes well beyond the hardware. Here’s the software, support and services that complete the XPS experience. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:40Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. With Dell Mobile Connect, you can seamlessly integrate your XPS PC with your smartphone. Both Android and iOS users can now make calls, send texts, fully mirror your phone screen to use your apps, and get notifications and drag and drop files9 between your phone and XPS. Dell Mobile Connect is available to download for free from the Microsoft Store.Dell Migrate, a new, simple, do-it-yourself tool from Dell Technologies Services, moves important and hard to replace data and files from any Windows-based PC10 to your new XPS device—so you can get up and running fast. With the automated tool, customers can prioritize and move files with ease.Dell Technologies supports its customers with 24×7 phone support11, automated issues detection or onsite service after remote diagnosis12. Learn more about Dell Premium Support Plus services here.See below for more details on pricing and availability. Please share your comments with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.Pricing and availabilityXPS 15, starting at US $1,299.99, available in the U.S. and Canada today and across participating European and Asian countries throughout this week.XPS 17, starting at US $1,499.99, available in the U.S., Canada and participating European and Asian countries this summer.Dell Mobile Connect is available to download for free from the Microsoft Store and will come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems this spring.Dell Migrate, starting at US $39, is available in the U.S. for Dell XPS, Inspiron G Series and Alienware PC customers today. Meet the full family. Pictured left to right: XPS 17, XPS 15, XPS 13, XPS 13 2-in-11 Based on internal analysis, April 2020. 2 Smallest: Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, May 2020, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks. Full report found here. 3 Based on Principled Technologies research commissioned by Dell, comparing width of Dell XPS 17 to competitor laptops in the 15-inch class, April 2020. Full report found here. 4 Based on Dell analysis, April 2020, using direct flow bench testing to measure airflow with ISO Acoustics, and thermal testing to measure system temperature. Actual results will vary. 5 Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, April 2020, “Comparison of 15-inch Class Laptops”. The smallest performance class refers total surface area of the laptops with both H-class processors and discrete graphics. Full report found here.6 MobileMark 2014 battery benchmark: XPS 15 tested with 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel UHD graphics, FHD+ display and 86WHr battery. Based on testing using the Mobile Mark 2014 battery life benchmark test in April 2020. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time. 7 Based on third-party analysis, March 2020.8 The packaging features a molded tray made from recycled ocean-bound plastics (25%) and locally recycled plastic; unwrapped drop-in-the-box accessories (no plastic baggies); and a gift-box style package made from sustainably sourced materials. The outer shipping box is 100% recyclable cardboard corrugate.9 Dell Mobile Connect is available on all Bluetooth-enabled, Inspiron, Vostro, G-Series, Alienware and Consumer XPS devices with Windows 10, purchased after January 1st, 2018. Not available on Windows 10 in S Mode. Dell Mobile Connect’s smartphone Companion App must be downloaded from the App Store for your device, and requires Android 6 (or above) or iOS 11 (or above). For iOS devices, file transfer capabilities are limited to photos and videos.10 Compatible with Windows 8 and above.11 In some countries, support after local business hours may be provided in a language other than the local language.12 Onsite Service after Remote Diagnosis is determination by online/phone technician of cause of issue; may involve customer access to inside of system and multiple or extended sessions. If issue is covered by Limited Hardware Warranty and not resolved remotely, technician and/or part will be dispatched, usually in 1 or 2 business days following completion of Remote Diagnosis. Onsite Service is provided by Dell Marketing L.P. Availability varies. Other conditions apply. For complete details about Onsite Service, see www.dell.com/servicecontracts.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) FALCONER – A woman faces charges after Town of Ellicott Police responded to a reported fight at Falconer Park Saturday afternoon.Police charged Tina Schroeder, 19, with fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.Following an investigation, police say Schroeder allegedly damaged someone’s property in front of several children.She was issued an appearance ticket and is to be in the Town of Ellicott Court at a later date.
Dear EarthTalk: This winter is shaping up to be one of the coldest in recent memory where I live. What can I do to reduce my home heating bill now and in the future? — Eric Lenz, Seattle, WA Whether global warming is somehow to blame or not, much of the United States is getting walloped this winter. The Seattle area has suffered its most significant and lingering snowfall—and lower than average winter temperatures—in decades. Even Los Angeles is getting a nasty taste of winter, with several days topping out at the freezing mark on the thermometer. And other parts of the country more used to challenging winter weather have been getting an extra dose of wind, snow and ice this year as well. Besides the cold, another challenge this wintry weather presents, especially during such trying economic times, is higher heating bills. Heating typically accounts for about 28 percent of the average American home’s energy use, but this year staying warm might occupy a larger slice of the household expenditure pie. Homeowners who take a few simple steps to make their homes more weather-tight, though, just might be amazed to see their heating bills go down while they languish inside their toasty and warm homes. If you’re a handy person and your draft issues are minor, you might want to go around and assess just where cold air seems to be coming in—and then caulk, putty or insulate to your heart’s content. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC’s) green-living oriented SimpleSteps.org website, small gaps around windows, light fixtures and plumbing are easy to cover with caulk. Large drafty areas that are protected from moisture and sunlight can be covered with expanding foam sealant, while a little weather-stripping around door jambs goes a long way toward keeping the cold out. Beyond these easier fixes, adding or updating insulation can pay dividends on your utility bills. NRDC says that if you do it yourself, be careful not to cover or close up attic vents, as proper air flow is key to keeping indoor air quality good. Replacing single pane windows with sealed double or triple pane windows will also improve your home’s energy efficiency significantly. Other tips include insulating heating ducts and your hot water tank, and upgrading to a programmable thermostat which allows you to heat your home when you’re there and lower the temperature when you’re sleeping or at work. Switching ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction will help circulate warm air throughout your home. Older, inefficient furnaces can also lead to large heating bills. New models which qualify for the federal government’s Energy Star program will use far less gas or oil and reduce your utility bill handily. The non-profit American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rates different furnaces and boiler options and reports on their findings for free via the consumer guide section of its website. For those of us less qualified or less interested in doing our own home repair, bringing in a professional energy auditor might be just the ticket. Many local and regional utilities offer free basic energy audits. Meanwhile, the trade group Residential Energy Services Network, as well as the federal government’s Home Performance with Energy Star program, offer free searchable online databases of trustworthy local contractors with experience keeping homes in your area nice and warm. CONTACTS: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; ACEEE, www.aceee.org; Residential Energy Services Network, www.natresnet.org; Energy Star, www.energystar.gov. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail: [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php.
Dear Mountain Mama,Every year I make New Year’s resolutions I don’t keep. Last year I resolved to run a marathon. The year before, my goal was to finish a century bike ride. By the first cold day in February, I skip my run or ride. One day turns into a week. Weeks become months, and before I know it, I’ve spent more time on the couch than working toward my resolution. How do I summit my fitness goals and keep that New Year’s resolution?Yours,Goalless——————————————————-Dear Goalless,Resolving to run doesn’t mean finishing a marathon. Setting a goal to ride your bike shouldn’t always mean completing a century. Sounds like your highs are too high and your lows are too low. The real work of reaching your fitness resolutions happens somewhere in the middle. The hard work is not crossing the finish line, but showing up to training runs when there are no crowds cheering for you. Getting on your bike when you’d rather sit on the coach requires real grit.There will be days when the wind lashes at you, piercing through your layers like icicles. Run anyway. Feeling the cold will help you appreciate the joy of the warm sun. On the next bluebird day, you’ll roll back your shoulders and arch your back, basking in the sun. There will be days when you get the wind knocked out of you. Don’t let gasping for air be a reason to quit. The next breath will remind you of the sweetness of simply inhaling.Don’t confuse your own identify with your fitness goals. You are no better or worse of a person if you run a marathon or ride a century. You are not a PR, a race medal, a finish line, a hero, or a success story. Goalless, you are no more or no less than a person, made up of bones, muscles, and sweat. Lace up your running shoes and pump up your bike tires. Get outside not only to cross the eventual finish line, but to experience the joy of the warm sun and to remember the sweetness of simply breathing.Cheers!Mountain Mama