More Passivhaus Site Visits in Washington State

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members This blog, a report on my three-day visit to Passivhaus construction sites and the Passive House Northwest conference in Washington state, picks up where last week’s blog left off.After leaving the North residence job site, we drove to the Freas house, another construction site in Olympia. The steep site has a dramatic view of Budd Inlet, an arm of Puget Sound, to the west. (Author’s postscript: On August 15, 2013, the New York Times published an article on the Freas house: “The Passive House: Sealed for Freshness.”)A design/build company from Olympia, The Artisans Group, is building a single-family Passivhaus on the site. Designed by architect Tessa Smith, the house conforms to a severely modern aesthetic: it’s a flat-roofed rectangle.Smith is proud to report that (with the possible exception of some gaskets here and there) it’s a no-foam house. The floors, walls, and ceiling are all insulated with blown-in fiberglass. After their insulation contractor had trouble achieving required densities while insulating sheathed walls at the North residence, Smith resolved to change their approach. “We’re not blowing any cavities blind anymore,” she said. “We’re blowing through netting.”Here’s a summary of the Freas house specs:To learn more about this house and the other sites mentioned in this blog, be sure to click on the photos and read the captions.In the late 1970s, the state of Washington embarked on an ambitious and financially disastrous plan to build a string of nuclear power plants, in spite of the fact that the region is blessed with abundant and cheap hydropower. The agency in charge of building the plants, the Washington Public Power Supply System, had an unfortunate acronym: WPPSS. Almost immediately, the acronym began being pronounced “Whoops.”Whoops indeed. A variety of factors —… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Exhibition matches in US: Shane Warne on why a great concept didn’t take off

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Their mutual respect even during epic on-field face-offs is well-documented but Shane Warne has claimed that his relations with Sachin Tendulkar took a hit in 2015-16 — reason being difference of opinion on the organisation of exhibition matches in the United States. In his recently-released autobiography ‘No Spin’, Warne recalled how a concept that he and Tendulkar thought of making an annual affair failed to take off after the first edition due to their differences on its management. Tendulkar declined comment on the issue when PTI reached out to his team for a response. The Legends Exhibition matches were held in New York, Houston and Los Angeles in 2015 with most of the top former players in the world taking part, including the likes of Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Sourav Ganguly among others. While Warne, in his book, made it clear that Tendulkar took care of all the expenses of the tournament, he was not impressed with the people that the Indian batting icon brought on board to manage the event. “Sachin had this guy there, Sanjay, who was very much a mentor and business advisor. I explained my concept and gave them a slide show. They loved it and flew in a guy called Ben Sturner from America. Sachin was adamant that his team of people run the whole thing,” Warne wrote in his book. Sturner is the CEO of a sports entertainment management company but the identity of Sanjay is not clear. He goes on to write: “I said, ‘Well it’s my idea. I know I can get the best players and I am prepared to go 50-50 with you. I suggest we pay experienced people to organise it and appoint two from each of our camps’.advertisement “Sachin said, “No I have to have Sanjay and Ben.” “I was uneasy with that but remained sure Sachin and I together would make it work, so I agreed. At the next meeting, he brought a couple of other guys along who seemed efficient and on the ball. “I figured, okay, I have known Sachin for 25 years and he’s done unbelievably well off the field, so he must have the business side of his life well organised. Relax and go with them,” Warne recollected. However, Warne said he ended up “regretting” it. “The organisation was not as it could, or should, have been, which was a real shame. They were decent guys but the event got too big for them,” Warne wrote about Tendulkar’s team. The pitch was a drop in one as it was played on a baseball ground and Warne felt that Tendulkar’s team didn’t strike the deal well. “The truth is, if you ask me, that they didn’t do the pitch/ground deal quite right and fell foul of that old line of the devil being in the detail of the contract. This, along with other small and important aspect of a top level event… was all very last minute and not slick as I had wanted.” Warne then spoke about the “Indian way”, which according to him is keeping everything for the last moment. “I think it’s because Indians leave everything so late, which they can make work at home, but it’s not easy to pull off in someone else’s country. Each day felt like they were flying by the seat of their pants and I didn’t like that at all. “Sachin got onto a guy called Raj, who, strangely, I knew a bit from poker and he came in at the very last moment, saving the day with his organizational skills and, most importantly, paying a heap of outstanding bills that helped us to go ahead,” Warne wrote. Warne wrote that Tendulkar took offence when the Australian legend gave his opinion about his team. “When we eventually met for a debrief, the first thing I said to Sachin was that size of the events overwhelmed a couple of his guys, Sanjay in particular and that we’d be better employing others for event management. He took offence at that, which was fair enough. “I suggested, we find an independent agent while at the same time offering my own manager, James Erskine, as an option to broker it all, because he’d previous success staging events in the entertainment industry.” “At the very least I said, let’s go with the two and two idea I had at the beginning. “Sachin said, ‘No, it has to be my people’.” Warne then recalled how the series of events led to a communication breakdown between the duo, which he blamed on “jealous people” around Tendulkar.advertisement “I rang him immediately but got nothing. In fact for a couple of months, he wouldn’t take my calls. I later found out he was under the impression that I was trying to do it without him but my instinct was to give him benefit of doubt on that one — there were a lot of jealous people out there, happy to turn us against each other, I thought.” “One of the players told me he was actually signing with Sachin, which caught me off guard. I said, “that’s cool, he has the right to do exactly as he wants as do you. But it can’t be under the All Stars banner — that’s mine,” Warne asserted. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

Mata warns Man Utd ‘haven’t won anything yet’

first_imgManchester United Mata warns Man Utd ‘haven’t won anything yet’ as Mourinho’s men march on Chris Burton 19:10 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils continue to set the Premier League title pace, alongside arch-rivals City, but they are aware that there is still a long way to go Juan Mata has warned that Manchester United “haven’t won anything yet” as excitement continues to build around Old Trafford.The Red Devils have enjoyed a positive opening to their 2017-18 campaign, both domestically and in Europe.Four wins and 13 points from five Premier League games have them setting the early title pace alongside arch-rivals Manchester City, while a return to the Champions League was marked by a 3-0 victory over Basel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mata concedes that there is plenty of cause for optimism at present, but the World Cup winner is also wary of getting swept up in the hype surrounding Jose Mourinho’s side so early in the season.He wrote in his personal blog on the back of a 4-0 victory over Everton: “We are happy, for sure, but we keep the euphoria away from the dressing room. Inside, we remain calm, with our feet firmly on the ground.“We haven’t won anything yet, this is just the beginning and with such a busy schedule there’s no time to slow down and relax.“This coming Wednesday we start the Carabao Cup, a new name for a competition in which we are the defending champions. We will be facing Burton Albion, a Championship club that will visit Old Trafford trying to play a historic game. They have just defeated Fulham and I’m sure they will try to surprise us.”United will head into that game buoyed by their showing against Everton.Juan Mata Manchester United won nothing yetMata was delighted with the performance put in by Mourinho’s side, with Antonio Valencia setting the tone with an early wonder strike which allowed the Red Devils to spoil Wayne Rooney’s return to the club.“We had a very strong start in the first half – by the way, what a superb goal from Antonio, the goal of the season so far! – and we kept the 1-0 advantage until the last few minutes, when we managed to score more goals to seal the victory,” added Mata.“I want to highlight Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford. He’s part of the Manchester United legend and the crowd gave him the ovation that he deserves when he was substituted.“Seeing that respect from our fans in the stadium to our former captain was really moving. It makes you feel proud of belonging to this club.“I think Wayne has still a lot of things to say in football and I wish him the best for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

Jake Fromm Wants Georgia To Break Out Its Black Uniforms

first_img Many Atlanta-area sports teams don a black jersey at least once a year. The Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, and Atlanta Hawks all have one, and even the Atlanta Braves sell them from time to time.Unfortunately, one of the biggest opponents of the black jerseys is the one who makes the most decisions: head coach Kirby Smart.Speaking to the media last year, Smart downplayed the importance of the black jerseys. While he wasn’t above using it for motivational and recruiting purposes, he just didn’t feel that they were important.“I’m not saying we’re not ever going to do it, I’m not saying that we are, that’s just really not what is important to me,” Smart said. “I believe in the guys going out and playing physical, playing hard; you don’t have to do things like that to get them fired up to do it, I really think they should want to do it.“It’s great for recruiting, though.”It looks like wearing a black jersey for a game is one wish that Fromm may never see fulfilled.He may have to settle for a third-straight SEC East title and College Football Playoff contention. Jake Fromm running onto the field.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has accomplished quite a lot in his two years as a starter. But with 2019 potentially his last year with the team, there’s one thing he wants to see the team do before he leaves.In an interview with 92.9 FM The Game via DawgNation, SEC sportscaster Brad Nessler revealed the details of a conversation he had with Fromm. Nessler said that Fromm hopes to wear the black jersey at least once in his Georgia career.“Jake mentioned that — I don’t know if I should say this, I haven’t told anyone this – ‘I think we should wear black jerseys.’”“I said you better get to work on that with Kirby right now because that’s getting close (the end of Fromm’s UGA career). He goes ‘I’d just like to wear them once.’ I go ‘You might not get another chance,’ because (Fromm is) not going to be around next year.Nessler was excited about the prospect, and has suggested that the team wear them for the night game against Notre Dame this September, for which he will be on the call.“I think the only way that it would be made better is that black jerseys would make that night perfect,” Nessler said.Georgia last donned the black jerseys for a game against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016 – the year before Fromm arrived. Prior to that they had been worn only sparingly, with their most widespread use coming between 2007 and 2008.last_img read more

Festival of the Dark Arts: the only brewfest with tattoos

first_img The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Oregon is home to many prestigious beer festivals. They range from the smallest beer and cheese gatherings, to the massive Oregon Brewer’s Fest that brings thousands to the waterfront. But every Valentine’s Day, beer drinkers everywhere are drawn in flocks to Astoria, a small town on the Oregon coast, for Festival of the Dark Arts, hosted by Fort George brewing.What makes this festival so dark? A large part of the ritual is the beer. Dozens of breweries bring their deepest, darkest, heaviest beers as an offering to the masses. Names range from international players like Mikkeler, Deschutes, Fat Heads, Stone, and Firestone Walker, all the way down to local heroes such as Baerlic, Upright, Breakside, and Block 15, and none of them pull any punches. As host, Fort George ensures a steady supply of its own stouts – fourteen of them this year.It’s not just run of the mill stouts, either. These breweries bring out the very best, like the Grand Marnier edition of Mikkeler Black, Firestone XIX Anniversary Ale, The Abyss from Deschutes, Avery’s Mephistopheles, Stone’s Nitro Xocoveza – I could go on, but it wouldn’t do the taplist justice.But the amazing beer is just a small part of what makes the festival so special, and there’s a wealth of activities to keep you entertained in between drinks. The day-long festival has a packed schedule of live music and entertainment. That means everything from performances by local bands, to belly dancers, burlesque, illusionists, and fire dancing.Even that’s commonplace at Oregon beer festivals, so Fort George steps things up with a selection of artists. That ranges from wood carvings and beer paintings, through the extravagant, like an ice dragon, carved and sculpted throughout the day, that breathes fire in the evening, or blacksmiths working hard at a forge. Want a more lasting reminder of the weekend? A real tattoo artist will give you one, assuming you haven’t had too much to drink first.If these all sound like the makings of the perfect beer fest (and they are, you can trust us on that), keep an eye on the Festival of the Dark Arts page later this year. Tickets usually go up for sale in October or November, but act fast, because they’re usually sold out by January, and this is one festival you can’t afford to miss.[Photos courtesy Fort George Brewery] The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Jamaicans Bid Farewell to Violet Moss Brown

first_img It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands.Just laughter and the sharing of heart-warming memories as family, friends and well-wishers from all across Jamaica gathered at the Duanvale Baptist Church in Trelawny on October 7 to celebrate the life of Violet Moss Brown, who was known simply to the people of Duanvale as “Aunt V”.The large crowd spilled from the halls of the church into the yard, with some persons accommodated in a tent erected outside.Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria.“My grandmother epitomised the meaning of the word love,” said Lilieth Fairweather, granddaughter and director of the Violet Moss Brown Foundation.“She was a unifier, not a divider. She was a musician, who played the organ here in this church for 40 years,” she noted.She said the world has lost “a real beacon of hope… a shining light on the hill… someone who knew how to work a room and make everybody happy”.Ms. Fairweather’s father and Mrs. Moss Brown’s son, Harland, passed earlier in the year at age 97, and was at one point the oldest living person, who had a parent alive.For Andrew Whyte, who met his great-grand-aunt only once for her birthday back in April, said “it was amazing that at 117 she still had all her faculties intact”.“I live in England, and so I came down with the rest of the family to celebrate Aunt V’s birthday. We were all in the room when she gathered us all around and prayed for us as a family. I playfully gave her my wallet and asked her to pray for it also. She was very jovial and was also very happy about meeting my children. I remembered her singing the song ‘I am blessed’ all the time,” he recalled.Raised by Christian parents, Mrs. Moss Brown, in addition to being the church organist, was a music teacher for more than 80 years.After her husband’s death in 1997, she took over his responsibilities and became a record keeper for the local cemetery, a job she continued well beyond her 100th birthday.“She has witnessed a lot of what you would call historical events,” noted grand-niece, Dr. Vanilyn Brown-Daley.“She also loved to tell stories, especially about Queen Victoria and the two world wars. She also used to tell us about the thrills of seeing a car and an aeroplane for the first time. Even at 117, she also would take a sip of red wine every now and again,” she laughed.Dr. Brown-Daley added that Mrs. Moss Brown never forgot her very humble upbringing and was a stickler for discipline and good manners.“She didn’t have it easy growing up, but she never used that as an excuse. Even until the very end, she loved to read her Bible and knew the scriptures well. She was also very fond of her Church and remembered names very well,” she said.For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life.“Don’t matter what your differences are, just take a page out of Aunt V’s book and remember how she has lived her life. And so I make a special appeal to you, make her proud, make Jamaica proud. And don’t do anything at all that will make you or anyone else ashamed,” Ms. Grange appealed.In April, Mrs. Moss Brown became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Italian Emma Morano in April 2017.On September 3, she was visited by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, who presented her with a citation and the 2018 edition of the book.Her body has been donated to the University of the West Indies (UWI) for scientific research. It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands. Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria. For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Anaklia Deep Sea Port Construction Contract Awarded

first_imgzoom The Anaklia Development Consortium LLC has been awarded the USD 2.5 billion contract to build and develop a deep sea port in Anaklia, thus establishing a new maritime corridor between China and Europe, helping restore the historic Silk Road.Construction on the project is scheduled to launch by the end of 2016, subject to completion of environmental reviews. The port will be operational three years after its groundbreaking and will have the capacity to process 100 million tons of cargo and generate 0.5% of GDP annually by 2025.The port, encompassing about 400 hectares of land, will provide deep-sea accessibility for ships up to post-Panamax size.Under the contract, the Anaklia Development Consortium is also receiving the right to develop a Free Industrial Zone on about 600 hectares of land adjacent to the port.The government of Georgia, which initiated the project, has committed to invest USD 100 million in ensuring its success.“The Anaklia project represents a one-of-a-kind investment in the restoration of the Silk Road that will pay dividends for generations of workers in Asia and Europe,” Mamuka Khazaradze, Founder and President of TBC Holding, said.The European Commission has predicted that a modernization of shipping services at Anaklia will save the EU’s economy up to EUR 10 billion by 2030 and reduce associated port costs by almost 7%.Located on the eastern edge of the Black Sea, Anaklia strategically sits on the shortest route from China to Europe. The route has recently become a focal point for USD 40 billion in Chinese infrastructure investments under the Silk Road Development Fund and already accounts for 26% of Chinese foreign trade volume.The Anaklia Development Consortium is a joint venture between TBC Holding LLC, which is based in Georgia, and Conti International LLC, a United States-based developer of infrastructure and capital projects. Other key partners include the port designer Moffatt & Nichol and port transaction advisor Maritime & Transport Business Solutions from the Netherlands.last_img read more

Launch Held at Special Ceremony

first_imgVeterans, students, MLAs, MPs and senators, members of the judiciary and the military gathered at Province House today, May 23, as Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons, paid tribute to Nova Scotia for introducing parliamentary democracy to Canada. Mr. Milliken, with Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, Nova Scotia’s three party leaders and Cecil Clarke, Speaker of the House of Assembly, kicked off next year’s 250th anniversary celebrations of Canada’s first representative government at a two-hour ceremony in the legislative chamber. The ceremony, which included the pipes and drums of the 78th Highlanders and songs by the Pictou District Honour Choir, focused on the importance of democracy and the valuable contribution of Canada’s military men and women to protect our freedoms. Democracy 250 co-chairs, former premiers Russell MacLellan and John Hamm, Mr. Milliken and Lt.-Gov Francis unveiled the symbol to promote next year’s celebrations. In his keynote address to the legislature, Mr. Milliken said Nova Scotia’s role in establishing Canada’s first parliamentary democracy was one of many pioneering achievements for the province. He said, beyond establishing Canada’s first representative government, Nova Scotia lead the way for freedom of the press and responsible government. The federal speaker also used the occasion to highlight the need for greater voter participation. “I am so proud to be here at the launch of the Democracy 250 initiative, especially so, as this is not just a Nova Scotian story but is one of national significance,” Mr. Milliken said. “It also comes at a time when attention cries out to be given to participation in the democratic process, meaning, at the very least, exercising the right to vote.” Mr. MacLellan and Dr. Hamm, said planning for next year’s celebrations has begun with event focal points being schools, local heritage sites, legions and community halls. Mr. MacLellan said the Democracy 250 Committee wants to involve as many Nova Scotians as possible in the celebrations. “We hope to actively engage young and old, everyone from boy scouts and girl guides to members of our Rotary and Kiwanis clubs,” Mr. MacLellan said. Dr. Hamm added that a key objective of the committee is to convey to Nova Scotians, particularly young Nova Scotians, why it is so important to vote. “Celebrating democracy is a reminder to all of us of the need to participate and to make our voices heard and views known to those who make decisions on our behalf,” Dr. Hamm said.last_img read more

Candidatures acceptées au Prix dalphabétisation du Conseil de la fédération

first_imgOn encourage les Néo-Écossais à reconnaître des apprenants pour leurs contributions à l’alphabétisation et à l’apprentissage grâce au Prix d’alphabétisation du Conseil de la fédération. Chaque année, les premiers ministres du Canada présentent à un apprenant adulte dans chaque province et territoire un prix pour les progrès effectués en matière d’apprentissage et de leadership dans sa communauté, son lieu de travail ou son école. Le prix reconnaît également le rôle que joue l’alphabétisation dans la santé sociale et économique des Canadiens. « L’amélioration du niveau d’alphabétisation et des compétences essentielles est la clé pour assurer une main-d’œuvre encore plus solide et mieux formée en Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. « Le plan ‘des emplois ICI’ et la stratégie sur la main-d’œuvre de la province visent à aider les Néo-Écossais à acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour trouver de bons emplois. Ce prix récompense ces efforts et encourage les Néo-Écossais à s’intéresser à l’alphabétisation et à leur propre éducation. » Les récipiendaires des prix sont choisis par un comité formé de représentants d’organismes des affaires, de la communauté et du monde de l’éducation. « Les récipiendaires sont reconnus pour tout le travail qu’ils ont effectué pour surmonter les obstacles à leur alphabétisation, a dit Leonard Preyra, ministre par intérim du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. J’encourage les Néo-Écossais à soumettre la candidature d’un apprenant dont l’engagement envers l’alphabétisation inspire les autres à adopter l’apprentissage continu. » Les récipiendaires recevront une médaille et un certificat de mérite du premier ministre lors d’une cérémonie qui aura lieu à l’automne. « Le fait de retourner à l’école pour terminer mes études secondaires après être restée à la maison pour élever quatre enfants pendant 18 ans a été tout un accomplissement pour moi, a dit Kimberlly Nielson (Connolly), récipiendaire du Prix d’alphabétisation de la Nouvelle-Écosse l’année dernière. Je suis très fière d’avoir reçu de prix. Enfin j’ai fait quelque chose pour moi-même plutôt que pour mes enfants ou pour mon conjoint. » Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles à l’adresse ou en composant le numéro sans frais 1-877-goNSSAL (466-7725). La date limite pour la soumission des candidatures est le lundi 22 avril.last_img read more

Expect stationery biz to get back to double digit growth from Dec

first_imgNew Delhi: Diversified ITC expects its stationery business to get back to double digit growth from December after dropping to single digit in the last six months due to economic slowdown and floods affecting sales, according to a senior company official. The company, which sells stationery primarily through its Rs 1,500-crore Classmate brand, is focussing on innovation of new products to push sales and tide over the current slowdown and overcome challenges during the off-season period from July to October. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The segment is not insulated from economic slowdown. There is primarily downtrading and postponement of purchases. In the last six months, in the context of the economy, we have grown in high single digit. It is not in double digits anymore,” ITC Ltd Chief Executive, Education and Stationary Products Business Division, Shailendra Tyagi said. Usually, he said, “When school sessions starts, students buy in bulks. What we are seeing is postponement in such purchases now”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAlso, when slowdown happens what gets hit is the rough notebooks which are used for tuitions or and other rough work, he said. Tyagi said due to floods in many parts of the country, which had forced closure of schools, sales were impacted as well but once the situation gets normal and schools reopen, sales will pick up. Expressing optimism of getting back to double digit growth, he said, “In the last six months, growth had come down for various reasons but by Decmber we should go back to double digits. The season for stationery starts from December (with the beginning of school sessions in different states). We are anticipating we should be able to grow back to double digits”. He said ITC is also focusing on product innovations to drive the growth. “When the industry is growing, you grow anyway. If we have accelerate further we have to take the route of product innovation so that what we bring to the table is differentiated,” Tyagi said. Recently, the company had launched its Classmate Pulse 3D Notebook, which provides “an immersive experience” through a 3-dimensional cover, enabled through a lenticular board. It had also introduced Classmate Pulse interchangeable notebooks, offering students the option to repeatedly change covers of the notebook and have a different cover whenever desired. The company had also brought the Classmate Pulse Selfie notebooks, allowing personalisation of notebooks with a selfie on the cover.last_img read more

Migration challenges must be met with conviction and compassion Prime Minister of

“We need to respond to this challenge, not with fear, not with dread, not by closing ourselves within walls. But with tenacity, conviction and compassion,” said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in his address to the General Assembly today. “This is what drives my country time and again to push for migration to be high on the agenda,” he added, emphasizing that Malta has been working tirelessly to address the concerns and challenges being presented. He further called for stepping up sharing of information, improved implementation of national enforcement policies and stronger penalties to punish human traffickers and smugglers, whom he equated to the worst category of criminals, to effectively address this challenge. The Prime Minister of Malta also stressed that this solution needs a collective approach and a global perspective, and highlighted that closer cooperation is essential for and among the countries of origin, transit and destination. Noting that the threat of terrorism continues to loom over countries and innocent civilians, he added: “No religion and no discrimination can ever be a defensible cause for maiming, terrorising, and killing others.” Prime Minister Muscat underscored his country’s belief that UN is central in the global fight against terrorism and said that as host to the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, Malta believes that the most effective way to counter terrorism is by empowering the rule of law and strengthening the judiciary in the States where such activity is gaining ground. He further noted that Malta is deeply committed to Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and cooperation and there can be no peace and security in Europe without peace and security in the Mediterranean. He added that this would be the vision that will drive its Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017. In conclusion, Mr. Muscat said that in spite of the atrocities the world has witnessed this past year, the international community must continue to hold on to the principles peace and security, development and human rights. “We must not allow fear to be the driving and at times paralyzing force. And we must continue to keep in mind the larger picture: to recognize that our diversity is our strength; that to understand each other fortifies our progress; and that one people’s concerns are collectively our concerns,” he emphasized. read more

Millions of babies mostly in South Asia risk brain damage from breathing

Number of babies (in millions) living in areas where air pollution exceeds World Health Organisation recommended limits (10µg/m3). Danger in the Air, notes that breathing in particulate air pollution can damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development – with lifelong implications and setbacks. “Not only do pollutants harm babies’ developing lungs – they can permanently damage their developing brains – and, thus, their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Satellite imagery reveals that South Asia has the largest proportion of babies under the age of one living in the worst-affected areas, with 12.2 million babies residing where outdoor air pollution exceeds six times international limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The East Asia and Pacific region is home to some 4.3 million babies living in areas that exceed six times the limit. “Protecting children from air pollution not only benefits children. It also benefits their societies – realized in reduced health care costs, increased productivity and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone,” he stressed. The paper shows that air pollution, like inadequate nutrition and stimulation, and exposure to violence during the critical first 1,000 days of life, can affect the development of their growing brains. It explains that ultrafine pollution particles are so small that they can enter the blood stream, travel to the brain, and damage the blood-brain barrier, which can cause neuro-inflammation. Number of babies (in thousands) living in the worst affected areas (=6 times World Health Organisation limits 60µg/m3) Some pollution particles can cause neurodegenerative diseases while others can damage brain areas for learning and development. A young child’s brain is vulnerable: by a smaller dosage of toxic chemicals, as compared to an adult’s; as they breathe more rapidly; and because their physical defences and immunities are not fully developed. The paper outlines urgent steps to reduce the impact of air pollution on babies’ growing brains, including immediate actions for parents to decrease children’s exposure at home to harmful fumes produced by tobacco products, cook stoves and heating fires. It also suggests investing in cleaner, renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuel combustion; provide affordable access to public transport; increase green spaces in urban areas; and provide better waste management options to prevent open burning of harmful chemicals.Danger in the Air advises reducing children’s exposure to pollutants by traveling during lower air pollution times of the day; providing appropriately fitting air filtration masks, in extreme cases; and creating smart urban planning so that major sources of pollution are not located near schools, clinics or hospitals. It further recommends improving children’s overall health to bolster their resilience, and promotes exclusive breastfeeding and good nutrition. Finally, as reducing children’s exposure begins with understanding the quality of air they are breathing, the report endorses improved knowledge and monitoring of air pollution. “No child should have to breathe dangerously polluted air – and no society can afford to ignore air pollution,” Mr. Lake concluded. read more

Ohio State defense ready to showcase improved skills against Navy

Then-sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) tackles a player during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorWith the first game of the 2014 season only days away, the Buckeyes are just recovering from one of the biggest overhauls of the offseason.Not only have they lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the year because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, but they’ve also seen a turnover at two defensive coaching positions — former co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers left for the head coaching position at James Madison University and former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel took a job with the Houston Texans as their linebackers coach.Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson were brought in to overhaul a defense that gave up a combined 115 points in its final three games last season, and the players have responded to the new defensive style.Ash was brought in after one season as defensive coordinator at Arkansas while Johnson was a member of the Penn State coaching staff for 18 years before joining Meyer’s crew in Columbus.“I think that the scheme change — playing a more aggressive defense — it’s a little bit easier to grasp and has helped us a lot,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said.Perry said the new aggressive style of play particularly helps the linebackers better play to their skill sets.“We have got some of those guys who played safety in high school. Kind of the hybrid guys who are a little bit lighter and they can hit which is really important,” Perry said. “We have got some of the other guys like (freshman Raekwon McMillan) and (senior Curtis Grant) and myself, who are a little bit of the bigger guys who can still run and cover.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said the new scheme has also helped out a secondary that let up an average of 378 yards passing in its final three games last season.“I am very excited,” Reeves said of the new defense. “Playing bump-and-run and playing physical, being able to use our skills — you got (redshirt-freshman Eli Apple), (redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley), (who are) big long corners, then you got me and (senior Doran Grant) that are really strong and really know how to manhandle the wide receivers.”Coach Urban Meyer said the corner position opposite Doran Grant is still up for grabs heading into the first game against Navy.“The other corner, it’s Eli and Gareon. They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign,” Meyer said. “They’ll both play.”Then-sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves prepares for a play during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoReeves said while the two young players continue to fight for playing time, they each have distinctive skills.“They both bring a different type of style to their game, but that’s what makes them special,” he said. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The new style of play is set to be tested against an uncommon offensive scheme with Navy, a team that runs a triple-option wishbone look which features the quarterback and wing backs in a run-heavy style offense.While playing against such an unusual offense would normally be a tough challenge, Perry said having the entire offseason to practice for it has helped.“The really good thing for us is we have had all camp to prepare,” Perry said. “Whereas you would come in on a typical game week and you really only have four or five days to prepare.”The attitude and toughness that comes with playing against a U.S. military academy is something the Buckeye defense have also been preparing for, Perry said.“That is something we talked about in meetings today. These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless,” he said. “They are trained to be relentless all the time. We know that we have to go full go the whole game.”The Buckeyes are set to play Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Most people want Nóirín OSullivan to resign or step aside as Garda

first_img By Órla Ryan Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan Monday 6 Mar 2017, 3:15 PM Share387 Tweet Email Most people want Nóirín O’Sullivan to resign or step aside as Garda Commissioner Seven in 10 people want her to step down or step aside while the Charleton Tribunal investigates an alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabe. MOST PEOPLE WANT Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to resign or step down while the Charleton Tribunal investigates an alleged smear campaign against whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.According to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, seven in 10 people (71%) want O’Sullivan to step aside – 34% of people surveyed said O’Sullivan should “resign now”, while 37% said she should “step aside until the tribunal concludes”.Some 17% of voters think the commissioner should stay in her role, while 13% are unsure.O’Sullivan has denied any wrongdoing. Speaking at a public meeting with the Policing Authority last month, she said: “A lot of inaccurate information goes into the public domain. We have to address whether we always balance it… 91 Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Mar 6th 2017, 3:15 PM Short URL 14,588 Views Unfortunately some of those inaccuracies we cannot correct at the moment and there needs to be an understanding of that from our own members.The opinion poll was conducted last Monday and Tuesday among a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 or over. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8%.Appeal for information Speaking at the opening of the Disclosures Tribunal last week, Justice Peter Charleton called on people with information pertinent to the probe into how whistleblowers have been treated by An Garda Síochána to provide written statements to the Tribunal solicitor Elizabeth Mullen.Charleton said the tribunal will look at how top officials in An Garda Síochána react when concerns are raised by whistleblowers:“The central concern is whether such reaction has, possibly, and this is now unknown, not only been one of distaste, but of active and thought-through malice whereby media briefings take place against individuals who rock the boat.As if that were not enough, there is an additional question as to whether those who air concerns about poor policing may also be targeted and attacked as to their family life and as to their adherence to basic standards of human decency.The first module will look at the response of O’Sullivan, her predecessor Martin Callinan and others at the highest command level to disclosures made by McCabe and, in particular, the manner in which his character may possibly have been “undermined by calumny or detraction”.Submissions will be heard, Justice Charleton explained, on whether there is privilege against disclosing instructions given by a client to their lawyer as to what is to be pursued in cross-examination.This relates to the O’Higgins Commission into allegations of garda malpractice in Bailieboro, Co Cavan, during which McCabe claims the Commissioner directed her counsel to discredit him.With reporting from Michelle Hennessy Read: Charleton: ‘Every lie told to this Tribunal will be a waste of what ordinary men and women have paid for’Read: The Policing Authority chair has a ‘degree of confidence’ in the Garda Commissioner Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program

first_img Despite all the warnings about climate change, a lot of data show that even among those that care, they don’t tend to talk about climate change all that often. And for those who are wondering what the point is if we’ve already passed the point of no return — harm reduction. Just because you’ve had two more shots than you should have, doesn’t mean you need to do another six. That said, the Trump administration is quietly shuttering some studies examining the effects of climate change. For years, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, has been collating all kinds of data about the planet’s carbon dioxide flows. But Trump has shuttered the program, Science reports.Just about every organization, including Trump’s own companies and the US military, agree that climate change is an imminent threat. Given the importance of NASA to the scientific community in general, this puts the entire scientific communities’ abilities to study and understand climate change in serious jeopardy.“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the [Paris Climate Agreement,” Kelly Sims Gallagher of Tufts University told Science. “The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA’s earth science budget, including the CMS, and cancellations of climate missions such as the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3). Although Congress fended off the budget and mission cuts, a spending deal signed in March made no mention of the CMS,” the piece reads. Because the US tends to require authorization of funding as well appropriations, by leaving the program out of the bill, the White House was able to nix it, according to Steve Cole, a NASA spokesperson. Last year, Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, making it, currently, the only nation on Earth that isn’t participating. Shuttering the CMS, though, is a massive doubling down, as it will effectively bar all other countries from the data they need to assess their emissions and understand how to effectively combat them. Thankfully, not all is lost. Europe has one carbon-monitoring satellite now, and more are coming. Still, it’s a serious dent in humanity’s collective ability to share and understand basic information about our planet. So yea, it sucks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img read more

Gattuso warns AC Milan We cant rely on Higuain for everything

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has warned the club that they cannot allow themselves to depend solely on Gonzalo Higuain to improve their fortunes this seasonThe Argentina international completed his move to the Rossoneri earlier this month as part of a swap deal alongside Juventus teammate Mattia Caldara with defender Leonardo Bonucci going the other way back to Turin.But it’s the arrival of Higuain that has captured the interest of the Milan supporters with his record of 111 goals in 177 appearances in the Serie A in his five years in Italy through spells with both Napoli and Juventus.And Higuain got off to a promising start for Milan by scoring against old club Real Madrid in a friendly at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.But, despite his emerging importance for Milan this season, Gattuso has cautioned against placing too many expectations on the 30-year-old.“We’re going nowhere if we just rely on one player, even if it is Higuain. It’s not enough,” said Gattuso, according to Goal.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“In order to be credible, you have to do the work throughout the week, encouraging your team-mates and not insulting them. I’ve seen all of that since he arrived here.”While Higuain had equalised for Milan, after Karim Benzema’s second-minute opener, it proved to be the only highlight of the game for the Serie A giants with Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral both scoring to secure Real a 3-1 win.“Last season our biggest problem was that we played some attractive football without bringing home a result, and now we’ve got the same regrets, so it’s something we need to improve,” continued Gattuso.“We’ve got to avoid conceding goals at the end of each half. It was a good performance overall, the side is in good shape and plays well. In general, I am happy, as we have strengthened this summer.“It’s true the gap with Juventus remains very large, but we are young and on the right track. If we continue like this, I don’t think it’ll take long to bridge that gap.”Milan will begin their Serie A campaign at home to Genoa on Sunday.last_img read more

2019 Commodity Classic Sees Second Highest Farmer Attendance in History

first_imgInitial reports indicate total attendance at last week’s 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando exceeded 9,100 including approximately 4,500 farmers. The farmer attendance figure ranks second highest in the 23-year history of Commodity Classic and total attendance ranks third. These numbers are still preliminary. Final attendance information will be available in 10 to 14 days.“Farmers across the country are using new challenges in the industry as a launchpad for innovation, and that was clear this year at Commodity Classic, where interest in the educational sessions and new technologies was elevated to a new level,” said Wade Cowan, a Texas soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic. “The energy and enthusiasm among farmers and agribusinesses alike made for some deep and engaging conversations and an overall very positive experience.”“Commodity Classic is where farmers come to gain knowledge and insight—and this year’s educational line-up was focused on helping farmers gain an edge in a time of uncertainty,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic.  “Every educational session is selected by farmers, for farmers—so the topics and speakers are relevant and important to a farmer’s bottom line.”Additional highlights of the 2019 Commodity Classic included:A huge trade show with 404 exhibiting companies comprising a total of 2,105 booth spaces, encompassing the latest in technology, equipment, inputs, services and innovation in agriculture.A keynote address by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who also greeted farmers during a walkaround on the trade show floorMore than 40 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics including soil health, farm policy, trade, yield barriers, farm transition and many moreA three-day showcase of innovation, technology, equipment and groundbreaking ideas that are changing the face of agriculture and food productionDozens of opportunities for farmers from across the nation to network and learn from each otherMeetings and policy development sessions involving the presenting commodity associationsThe 2020 Commodity Classic will be held February 27-29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.  Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

Future PLCs Digital Play

first_imgThe U.S. operation may be getting there more quickly, with digital advertising now representing 58 percent of total ad revenues of $14 million. But this is on the back of major print contraction. In fiscal 2012, which ended September 30, circulation revenue fell 25 percent, with the newsstand down 31 percent. Print subs were down 27 percent and print advertising was down 29 percent. Digital advertising for the U.S. group was up 14 percent, however. And through significant cost reductions throughout 2012, which included the shutdown of Playstation: The Official Magazine and Nintendo Power, the sell-off of its music group to NewBay Media and the elimination of 78 employees, EBITE losses improved by 44 percent from a negative $6.6 million in 2011 to a negative $3.7 million in 2012.Despite the print declines and negative profits, Wood says the U.S. operation is on track for profitability in 2013. “Our U.S. operations have been restructured and are heading for profit in 2013,” says Wood in a statement. “We are a leading publisher in tablet markets and our online audience has grown by 70 percent to more than 50 million uniques a month. These advances are opening new opportunities and we will accelerate Future’s digital transformation in the year ahead.”A bright spot for the company has been tablet edition sales, which now gross $1 million per month globally based on just over 100 titles in circulation. Global tablet product sales since Apple launched its Newsstand last October have been $9.6 million. In the U.S., MacLife has been Future’s best-selling title on the tablet with about 65,000 copies per month. The company says 90 percent of digital edition sales are to new customers, with 40 percent outside the core UK and U.S. markets. Sixty percent of those customers sign up for subscriptions and renewal rates are in the 60 percent range. Future plc, the UK-based enthusiast publisher that once relied heavily on print newsstand sales and subscriptions, has been in deep turnaround mode making digital a primary focus. And that challenge has been best illustrated in its struggling U.S.-based operations, where after a year of cost contraction through title sell-offs and closures and staff reductions, digital has become a strategic imperative.With the release of its year-end results, the company says digital advertising now accounts for 40 percent of overall ad revenues (UK and U.S.). Digital revenues were up 30 percent over fiscal 2011 to $33 million. According to Future CEO Mark Wood, the goal is to generate at least half of overall revenues from digital in the next four years. last_img read more