You voted and we counted. And counted. And counted. Congratulations to Stuart, a.k.a. SpongeBob CachePants for pulling in a strong 106 votes to be named September’s Featured Geocacher of the Month.September Featured Geocacher of the Month, SpongeBob CachePantsSpongeBob CachePants is recognized for his ability to influence and encourage geocachers around him, and for his commitment to providing quality geocaches for his community. SpongeBob CachePants is also praised for his work on the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail Kickoff Event – a small community event that quickly became a Mega-Event.One geocacher casting a vote put it, “SpongeBob CachePants gets my vote. He has done a lot for the geocaching community and his local community. His efforts in the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail was a stellar. He brought his caching experience to help create a combination of history and locations to bring cachers together from all over the country. Not only did he recognize cachers when they attended the events, but he also sent personal e-mails to most attendees acknowledging their will attends. Now that is attention to detail.”SpongeBob CachePants will receive a collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Featured Geocacher of the Month IconThank you to the fellow September nominees and all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.The geocaching community is encouraged to re-nominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month. If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month.Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the October Featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Sunday, October 7th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top three candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedOctober Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 12, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”August Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 16, 2012In “Community”
Politics is such a slippery business it would be foolhardy to count on the American Clean Energy and Security Act – more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454 – finding its way into law in anything other than diminished form. By the time it was approved by the House in June, a key mandate of the legislation was weakened to require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and 83% by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system.More pertinent to the homebuilding industry, though, is Section 201 of the 1,200-page bill, which establishes a policy and schedule for the development and nationwide implementation of improved building energy codes. The provision gives code bodies, states, and localities a timetable for proposing and adopting residential and commercial codes on their own that meet or exceed the minimum requirements identified in the bill. The bill also gives the Department of Energy the power to enforce federal code in states that fail to comply. The states would have a year to develop their own codes and two years to demonstrate compliance.National code targetsAs the energy-efficiency advocacy group Alliance to Save Energy points out, Waxman-Markey, as passed by the House, would require the DOE to establish codes that achieve 30% savings within one year of enactment, 50% savings by the end of 2014 for homes and 2015 for commercial buildings, and an additional 5% savings every three years until 2030. DOE would also be required to give technical and financial assistance to the International Code Council and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to develop the codes, but would step in if the independent organizations did not meet the targets.Committees in the Senate are now working on versions of climate-change legislation that likely will hew even more to the interests of the utilities and industry groups – which include the National Association of Home Builders – that oppose H.R. 2454 and its substitute amendment, H.R. 2998. Given Capitol Hill’s current focus on health care reform, however, it’s unlikely any of the Senate measures, much less a bill hammered out by the Senate and House, will be brought to a vote anytime soon.As a recent analysis by corporate consultancy Gerson Lehrman Group points out, further action on climate-change legislation could easily get pushed into 2010, although those who oppose the Waxman-Markey bill should by no means consider the battle won.Sources of confusionOne byproduct of the debate about H.R. 2454 has been misinformation about its provisions for energy efficiency in homes. The Daily Green, a consumer-oriented site for green products and policies, asked FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, to address claims that the bill would require energy audits of all new and existing residential and commercial structures that go up for sale.For example, the House Minority Leader, John Boehner of Ohio, says On his website that should the bill become law, “your home will be subjected to a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program that will penalize you for older windows, original fixtures, and dated appliances.”FactCheck points out that there is no such provision in the bill. The group does note, however, that, in its original form, the bill would have authorized the DOE to create a building energy labeling program to “enable and encourage knowledge about building energy performance by owners and occupants and to inform efforts to reduce energy consumption nationwide.” The National Association of Realtors objected to the program, saying it would unfairly devalue older homes. NAR collaborated on a reworking of that provision, which now says a state “shall seek to ensure that labeled information be made accessible to the public in a manner so that owners, lenders, tenants, occupants, or other relevant parties can utilize it.”In his June 29 broadcast, radio host Rush Limbaugh went a bit beyond Boehner’s claims about audit requirements to say that “when you sell your house, environmental experts have to come in and do a survey to find out if you’ve got leaky windows, if all the environmental systems are correct, if you have relatively new appliances, and until you modernize in the way they say, you can’t sell – that’s in the bill.”FactCheck notes that the bill contains no point-of-sale upgrade requirement. The legislation does, however, provide funding for states “to offer financial incentives, such as loans or grants, for property owners to voluntarily decide to improve energy efficiency.” Since taxpayer money would support such a program, the state would have to verify that all upgrades were made according to program guidelines.It remains to be seen whether the building code provisions will attract quite the same level of politically charged attention. Seems unlikely. But the provisions are nonetheless under scrutiny, and it could be a while before we know their fate.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.
ARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)