‘I told him to keep his composure’

first_imgWest Indies batsman Marlon Samuels said explaining to emerging Barbados all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite the importance of keeping his composure was key to the latter pulling off his last-over heroics against England during the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this week.Brathwaite hit four sixes off the first four deliveries of the 20th over to surpass the total of 155 for nine set by the English, sending West Indies fans into wild celebrations.”I told him to keep his composure,” stated Samuels when asked to relive the moments leading up to the final over.”(Ben) Stokes is not a good bowler at the death, as he tends to bowl a lot of full tosses,” Samuels said.He added: : “I was, in the meantime, at the other end, pressuring Stokes and telling him a lot of stuff so that I could get into his head and try to break his concentration.”The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who had represented the Caribbean side in two Tests, seven one-dayers, and eight Twenty20s before the tournament, ended unbeaten on 34 off just 10 balls during the dramatic end.Jamaican Samuels finished unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls to claim the Player of the Match award returned home on Tuesday.”It was overwhelming and wonderful to be in the situation where I could remind him (Brathwaite) that if he wanted to make a name for himself this is the over,” continued Samuels.Brathwaite, who made his one day and Twenty20 debut at age 22, scored a quick-fire 59 on Test debut away to Australia in Melbourne late last year.He then followed up that with a near run-a-ball 69 in the second Test in Sydney.Recognising his pugnacious talent, he was earlier this year picked up for a surprising US$620,000 by Dehli Daredevils, 14 times his original base price, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 player auction.The IPL is scheduled to start this weekend.last_img read more

2020 Tokyo Games to use hydrogen fuel to light cauldrons, torch during relay

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Propane gas was used to light the cauldron housing the Olympic flame during the previous Tokyo Olympics on Oct. 10, 1964. Yomiuri Shimbun file photoTOKYO — The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is planning to use the next-generation energy of hydrogen fuel to light the flames of the cauldrons and torch relay, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. If realized, the 2020 Games would be the first Olympics to use the alternative energy source for this purpose.Hydrogen produced at a state-of-the-art plant under construction in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, will be used, the sources said. The Athletes’ Village also will use hydrogen fuel as a power source.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum A trial production of the hydrogen-fueled torch has already started in cooperation with private enterprises, sources said.As hydrogen fuel does not emit carbon dioxide at the time of combustion and is a seemingly inexhaustible energy source on Earth, it is called the “ultimate clean energy.” Easier to transport or store compared to electricity, it is expected to be a new energy source for Japan, which has limited resources.The flame from burning hydrogen fuel is colorless, but with additive agents, various hues can be created, such as red, purple and green.A senior official of the organizing committee said that a torch displaying various colors “would expand the theatrical effect for the opening ceremony and torch relay.”Currently in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, the national New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), major industrial gas company Iwatani Corp. and other entities are building the hydrogen production plant that also will make use of solar power, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.ADVERTISEMENT The organizing committee intends to showcase Japan’s advanced technology with hydrogen and reconstruction as themes during the event.According to sources connected to the organizing committee, the committee is discussing using the hydrogen fuel for the torch at the start of the relay in Fukushima Prefecture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis torch is then used by the final torchbearer to light the cauldron at the new national stadium in Tokyo, the venue for the opening ceremony. Hydrogen fuel will be used for, among other things, another cauldron in the Daiba area of Tokyo to light the Olympic flame during the Games after the opening ceremony.For the ceremonial torch lighting by sunlight in Greece, the historic origin of the Olympics, the Tokyo organizing committee is also considering hydrogen fuel for that torch. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The aim is to start operations at the plant before the Games.By using hydrogen fuel from Fukushima Prefecture, the committee intends to spread the news to the global community about the region’s recovery since the 2011 disaster.At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, propane gas was used for the cauldron, making it a symbol of the “kitchen revolution” in which gas cooking ranges spread in Japan in place of kamado hearths.“We want to achieve a second energy revolution through the Olympics,” said a senior official of the Tokyo organizing committee.Additionally, the Tokyo metropolitan government plans to use hydrogen fuel cells to cover part of the electricity needs for accommodations in the Athletes’ Village in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, the sources said. It will also open a temporary hydrogen station nearby for fuel cell vehicles that will transport athletes and others related to the Games. The plan is for 100 FCVs to be running for these purposes in Tokyo by 2020.After the Games, the Athletes’ Village residences will turn into condominiums and rental apartments to house up to 12,000 people. The committee also has a plan to establish a permanent hydrogen station and provide hydrogen fuel to the common areas of these buildings and commercial facilities there.A senior official of the Tokyo government said, “We want to make the Athletes’ Village a showcase for a next-generation ‘hydrogen town.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fight Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Kippins crowned Miss Guyana Earth 2018

first_img23-year-old Xamiera Kippins of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) outshone her six rivals on Saturday evening to cop the title of Miss Earth Guyana 2018 when the competition was held at the National Cultural Centre.Kippins was a front-runner to the title during the preliminary competition, and her winning the coveted crown came as no surprise to many.Apart from the title, she received the accolade for the best Beauty for a CauseArtistic Director of the pageant, Melissa Payne, is being assisted by Managing Executive of the pageant, Dr Omesh Balmacoon, in crowning the new Miss Earth Guyana, Xamiera Kippins, at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday evening (Carl Croker photo)Project, which showcased the solutions to improper disposal of non-biodegradable waste through recycling.Coming in first runner-up was Luann Pellew, followed by Akisha Payne in the second runner-up spot, and Anita Baker copping the third runner-up position.Kipping is no stranger to pageantry, having participated in several, including Miss Guyana Universe. She would have outdone her fellow contestants in several segments on Saturday evening.Although, Kippins was favourite, sections of the small audience were not in agreement with the judges’ decision. Some thought that Payne should have beenThe newly crowned queen during the culture wear segmentcrowned the queen, but according to the newly crowned beauty ambassador, she worked hard from the time the pageant was launched to the night of the grand coronation, and believes that hard work truly deserves success.Kippins will represent Guyana at the international pageant slated for the later in the year in China.last_img read more

Reg 10 officials test PAC Chairman’s patience

first_img…unpreparedness leads to expulsion from hearingBy Jarryl BryanEven though Region 10 Regional Executive Officer (REO) Orrin Gordon walked with regional staff and his predecessor, they were unable to account for bypassing the lowest bidders for contracts and unprepared to answer questions leading to their expulsion from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).Predecessor and successor: Former REO and Engineer Gavin Clarke is followed by REO Orrin GordonInstances of the lowest bidders being rejected by the Region 10 administration were put under the microscope by the Committee. It is understood that the Regional Tender Board allegedly awarded millions of dollars in contracts to neither the lowest nor competitive bidders.According to former REO Gavin Clarke, the other companies were bypassed because they performed poorly on their evaluations. But the sitting quickly went south when Clarke could not provide the criteria used to evaluate these companies despite repeated requests from PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali.“In some cases you awarded to the sixth and seventh lowest bid. Can you explain to PAC the reasons not to have awarded the contract to sometimes up to the sixth lowest? For example, the Mackenzie Primary School repairs and maintenance work?” Ali asked.“Mr Chairman, on review of the evaluation report, along with the tender minutes, it was revealed that the sixth lowest bidder was awarded having obtained the highest evaluations score of 84 per cent,” Clarke responded.This did not bring much clarity to the issue, as Ali was trying to ascertain on what grounds the other companies were marked down. But despite repeated requests for specifics, Clarke continued to give general responses and percentages to Ali and the Committee.“The fifth lowest bidder obtained 74 per cent,” Clarke began, but was promptly stopped by Ali, who informed him that “percentages does not help us! The reasoning, what were the factors in the evaluation score? What were the criteria?”The Chairman even went so far as to outline examples of criteria to Clarke, such as National Insurance Scheme (NIS) compliance and experience, but to little avail. This prompted the Chairman to question whether attempts were being made to mislead the Committee.Absent evaluation reportAs Clarke had made reference to an evaluation report, it was thought that this could improve the process and so Ali requested it. After being asked repeatedly for the report and a thorough search of his desk, Clarke eventually claimed not to have come with it. Ali then asked Gordon if he had seen the report. At first, the REO fumbled.“REO, there’s no need to guess, you know! Your former REO is saying he had no criteria like that. REO, can you tell me the criteria?” Ali asked. Gordon related that there were issues with personnel, tools, and experience in the companies who received low scores.“So you saw the evaluation report, you saw the criteria; you saw the percentage at each criterion?” Ali further asked. Gordon responded in the affirmative. Ali, therefore, instructed the auditors present in the chambers to check for these reports.More tension would follow when Gordon was questioned over the overpayment of $394,962 to a contractor for the construction of a fence at the Coomacka Nursery School. Gordon could not even provide the Committee with the date the contract was signed. He merely gave estimations.Committee Member, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence pointed out that “accounting is an exact science: you don’t guess or say next week; it’s an exact science. The Chairman is asking for the date, you cannot go back and give him the same answer.”“Ask one of your officers to provide the information. If they don’t, then let them get up, go outside, and call the office, and get the date, and just ask the Chair if we can hold on the question while you get the answer.”When they returned without this information, Ali exclaimed: “This has to be unacceptable. You’re coming here and a simple question like the date a contract was signed, you cannot say? Did you walk with the contract?”When Gordon replied in the negative, Ali turned to the auditors who provided the date December 16. But when the Region 10 REO could not say when the final payment was made after being asked by the Chairman, things had gone too far.“Sir, sir, you’re testing my patience personally… You can’t look down at a paper, say you don’t have that and then proceed and just dismiss me like that. You were asked to bring all the information. I am feeling for the PS. You guys know the type of questions; you will sit out there and get your act together!”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S CONTINUE BRILLIANT RUN WITH EXCELLENT WIN OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgSt. Michael’s NotesAll County League Both teams were at home to Gweedore in the All County League Division1 and Division 1 Reserve on Saturday evening last and both recorded good victories.The Seniors inflicted Gweedore’s first defeat in the League this year winning on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 3-8 Gweedore 0-11.The St Michael’s Team and scorers were: Dean McColgan; Stephen Doak, Stephen Black, Michael Gallagher; Liam Paul Ferry, Michael McGinley, Michael Cannon (0-1); Ciaran Gallagher (0-1), Christy Toye (0-1); Ryan Langan, Colm McFadden (2-3, 1-0 penalty.1 f), Caolan McGee (0-1); Michael Langan, Andrew Kelly (0-1), Brian  McLaughlin (1-0).Subs: Daniel McLaughlin for M Langan 37; Oisin Langan for C McGee 49; Odhran McFadden for B McLaughlin 51; Michael Langan for A Kelly 56. The Reserves also recorded a very good victory winning on a scoreline of St. Michael’s 3-11 Gweedore 0-12.The St. Michael’s Team and scorers were: Dean Fleming, Patrick McFadden, Brendan Rodden, Peter Sweeney, Ruairi Friel 1-0, Jamie Hunter, Chris McElhinney 0-5, Paul Baird, Caolin Toye, Chris Carr, John McFadde, Daniel Doak, Hugh O’Donnell 2-0, Stephen Coyle 0-4, James Sharkey 0-1.  Subs: Denis Trearty for Chris Carr, Lee McColgan 0-1 for Daniel Doak, Stephen Horan for James Sharkey.There are no league matches this weekend.  The seniors and reserves are away to Naomh Conaill in Glenties on Saturday the 11th June with the throw ins at 6pm and 7.30pm.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 1,3,8,9,10,14.  Five people matched 5 Charlie Sweeney Swillybrin, Danny Langan Snr Creeslough, Patricia Hunter Ards, Sadie O’Donnell Annagry and Sheila Coyle Casey Dunfanaghy who won €20 each. This weeks Jackpot be €2300.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Tickets Donegal V FermanaghUlster Championship 1st Round versus Fermanagh, 12th June in Ballybofey. Any club member  requiring tickets for the above match, please note that the deadline for tickets for members buying through the club is this Thursday 2nd June at 2pm. Adult Terrace €15, Student/OAP Terrace €10 Under 16 Free.To Order please Text Moses Alcorn 0868832129 Patricia Kelly 0861239435. Email secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie or PM Facebook clg naomhmichael. St. Michael’s Bingo Session The €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was shared by Martin Keaveney Chapel Road Dunfanaghy and Margaret Brennan Massinas Creeslough, the winner of the €100 on the 10th Game was Charlotte Breslin Creeslough.Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2300.  The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 4th June Creeslough/Shandon Ciaran Gallagher, Dunfanaghy, Hugh Mc Gee/Daniel Mc Colgan; Saturday 11th June Creeslough/Shandon Hugh Carr, Dunfanaghy Brian Dolan/Manus Friel.Well DoneWell done to Kieran McGinley who was part of the Donegal Minor Team that defeated Antrim in Belfast on Sunday evening last.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardSafe Guarding CourseA Child safe guarding course has been organised in conjunction with Dunfanaghy Golf Club. This course will take place on Friday 3rd June at 7pm in Dunfanaghy Golf Club.It is vital that all people dealing with underage players have completed this course.To book your place on this course PM us. There is no charge for this course.Clg Naomh Micheál committed to providing a better place for our Underage players.Under 8’sOur under 8’s got off to the first blitz of the season last Saturday away to Naomh Colmcille in Newtowncunningham. The children all enjoyed themselves boosted by the good weather and thanks to our hosts for the hospitability and good organisation.  Our under 8’s are scheduled to play Robert Emmetts at home this Saturday June 4th.  The under 8’s’s are due to play Red Hughs on Saturday June 11th.Training takes place every Thursday evening at the Bridge from 6pm to 7pm, bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm, gumshields essential, 3 euro for bus. Any queries contact Bernard on 0872481402.Under 10’sOur under 10’s got off to the first blitz of the season last Saturday away to Naomh Colmcille in Newtowncunningham. The children all enjoyed themselves boosted by the good weather and thanks to our hosts for the hospitability and good organisation.  Our under 10’s are scheduled to play Robert Emmetts this Saturday June 4th.  More details at training.  The under 10’s are due to play Red Hughs on Saturday June 11th. The training for the Under 10’s Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm at the Bridge, bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm, 3 euro for the bus. gumshields essential. Any queries please contact Aidan on 0838017333.Under 12’sTraining continues on Tuesday evening at the Bridge.  Bus leaving corner of the garden at 5.15pm . Training is from 5.45pm to 7pm. 3 euros for bus. And any queries contact Brandon on 0860765703.Under 12 Go Games have started, throw in every Wednesday evening at 7pm.Our under 12’s were away to Cloughaneely last Wednesday; the A team were slightly ahead at half time but fell away in the second half and the hosts ran out the victors.The B team lost despite good individual performances.We are now scheduled to play Fanad Geals at home on Wednesday June 1st and Downings at home on June the 8th.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.Cul CampCul Camps are now available for booking online. St. Michaels is on from the 25th to the 29th July at the Bridge.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S CONTINUE BRILLIANT RUN WITH EXCELLENT WIN OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportSt Michaelslast_img read more

Gritters to be sent out again as freezing temperatures forecast

first_imgDonegal County Council is to once again send out its fleet of gritters today, Sunday.All routes across the county will be gritted from 4pm onwards as temperatures plunge once more.Donegal gritting route index as follows: 06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownGritters to be sent out again as freezing temperatures forecast was last modified: December 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgritterslast_img read more

Busy day on tap in the Big 5

first_imgThe Eureka Loggers will try to widen the gap at the top of the Big 5 today, while the Arcata Tigers will do their best to keep pace.The two frontrunners in league play will both be in action, with the Loggers hosting Del Norte in a doubleheader and Arcata playing two against McKinleyville.After four games, Eureka (13-1 overall) has yet to lose in the Big 5, currently holding a one-game lead over Arcata, which is off to a 3-1 start.The Tigers have a young team but are quickly developing a …last_img read more

From Theory to Reality: Building a Net-Zero Home

first_imgPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesMinisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhaus The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesA PhD and an Architect Build a Net-Zero HomeIs NIST Serious About Net-Zero-Energy Homes?California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects Taking an online courseAfter many hours online and just “one more click,” I found the Northeast Energy Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and HeatSpring sites where I was drawn to information on Marc Rosenbaum’s zero net energy homes course. This was our answer to the “how.” What better way to learn than to be guided by a widely recognized expert like Marc, who could provide speedy tips and practical knowledge based on actual experience, and to benefit from the lessons learned from others taking the course?Without hesitation, I signed up for this 10-week BuildingEnergy Masters Series course that covered everything from heat loss and energy modeling to solar energy, infiltration, and ventilation.But our dream was bigger than just building a net-zero energy house. We also wanted a house that was aesthetically pleasing. My wife Ann drew upon her art background and design experience from her current project management role at Wegmans to provide sound creative design direction focused on feng shui principles.Net-zero houses tend to be designed as simple boxes for efficiency reasons. However, it was important to us that our home be built in harmony with the environment and nurture our creative spirit. That’s why partnering with New Energy Works Timberframers (NEW), a company that shares our values, seemed like a perfect fit. Can you really build a net-zero-energy house based on information learned from an online course? The short answer is yes, and we have CreekSide Net Zero to prove it.My wife and I are often asked two questions: Why did we build a net zero energy house? How did we know how to build it?The “why” is really an evolution of our values — of “walking the talk.” We have always been eco-minded and dreamed of doing something with alternative energy to reduce our carbon footprint.Our first thought was simply to build an energy-efficient retirement home without completely understanding what that meant. Being family-focused, we chose property in Pulaski, New York, a few miles down the road from our daughter’s family and two energetic grandsons.As for the “how,” after I retired from Xerox in 2013, I spent a lot of time researching green building and high-performance houses. I visited informative websites such as Green Building Advisor, Fine Homebuilding, and Building Science Corporation. Coming from an engineering background of well-defined design methodologies, I was eager to explore and found it interesting how much discovery is still taking place in the field of building science. RELATED ARTICLES Blower door test: big successOne of the concerns with double wall construction is the risk of condensation building up and increasing the moisture content on the inside of the exterior sheathing. To address this concern, the Airtight Services team recommended that we modify the design to include a continuous vapor retarder membrane called INTELLO Plus on the outside surface of the inside wall.I supplemented what I learned from Marc’s course with HERS rater training at Performance Systems Development (PSD) in Ithaca, New York. Using new skills gained from this training, I did a blower-door test for our home. After installing windows and cellulose insulation and air-sealing our home, we achieved an infiltration rate of 0.28 ach50, which is 53% lower than the Passive House Institute U.S. target. Needless to say, this rating impressed our Passive House friends from Airtight Services.To help minimize our carbon footprint we were mindful about our material selection. We used LED lighting throughout the house, rubber roofing made from recycled tires, and harvested black cherry and white oak from our site for various counters, cabinets, and benches in our house. We also used reclaimed wood purchased from Pioneer Millworks, NEW’s sister company, for other millwork including beautiful elm flooring; single-track, mixed hardwood “barn” doors; and an accent wall. We also tried to select low-maintenance materials to facilitate aging in place in our home.We hope that our project inspires others to see the possibility of building their own net-zero-energy home, or that it at least provides others with ideas for how to be more energy-efficient and sustainable. I know that the skills I learned from Marc’s course, coupled with our passion to build a house with a soul, has allowed us to walk the talk and build our dream — our CreekSide Net Zero home.center_img The detailsHere are some of the details:Overview: 2,853 sq. ft. hybrid timber frame using Douglas fir for the frame, site-harvested black cherry and white oak for millwork by NEWwoodworks and Wisteria Wood Works; and reclaimed elm for flooring and cabinetry, by Pioneer Millworks and NEWwoodworks. Completed in 2016.The house was designed by architect Ty Allen at New Energy Works.Windows: Inline fiberglass frames with triple glazing (U-factors from 0.15 to 0.17; solar heat gain coefficient from 0.26 to 0.41).Insulation: Subslab, 4 in. EPS (R-16); foundation walls, 2 in. EPS and 4 in. Roxul mineral wool (R-24); 12-in.-thick double-stud walls (panelized) with dense-packed cellulose (R-40); roof assembly, 18-in. I-joists with dense-packed cellulose (R-60).Appliances and mechanicals: Zehnder ComfoAir 350 energy-recovery ventilator, Whirlpool heat-pump clothes dryer, GE GeoSpring heat-pump water heater.Renewable energy: 10.2-kW ground-mounted solar array consisting of 36 SolarWorld 285-watt panels and Enphase M250 micro-inverters. Projected PV production is 12,702 kWh per year.Heating and cooling: Mitsubishi MXZ Hyper-Heat three-zone condenser with M series air handler and two Hyper-Heat wall units (one mounted in workshop). A hybrid timber frameWe ultimately decided on a hybrid timber frame which combines traditional stick-building elements with the age-old craft of timber framing. We weren’t sure how to make it work, so this was the start of our CreekSide Net Zero House journey.We went to NEW with requirements and specifications on the envelope and overall design. This included wall and roof construction, site orientation, mechanicals, ventilation, and air-sealing concepts. Although NEW was already focused on building energy-efficient homes, they had never designed a net-zero-energy house. Equipped with my engineering background and newly gained knowledge from Marc’s class, I felt qualified to provide overall direction throughout the project.My primary focus was the envelope. One of the most important things I learned in Marc’s course is that the envelope design is critical to energy efficiency. Therefore, implementing a robust design with a good air barrier to enable a tight building envelope was key.We had multiple design enclosure meetings with the teams from NEW and Airtight Services, Inc., both experts in Passive House consulting, to collaborate on the implementation details for the envelope design. Throughout the design process, I utilized and updated Marc’s Zero Net Energy Model calculator to better understand the energy impacts of any design changes we made.Below is my initial sketch that illustrates the design concept that architect Ty Allen and the NEW team used to start developing more detailed drawings (see Image #2, below). Tom Lambert retired from Xerox in 2013 after 32 years in numerous roles, ultimately serving as manager of the worldwide launch organization and responsible for the introduction and delivery of new products. He has reinvented himself as owner of CreekSide Energy Solutions, a company he started to provide residential energy modeling and consulting services. Tom is a certified HERS rater and Energy Star Builder and currently consults with NEW as a program manager. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Building Energy, a publication of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.last_img read more

Stoned Fox Meme Rules Russian Internet

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Besides the hundreds of Photoshopped photos now populating the Russian Internet, Stoned Fox has made his way to YouTube, where he rides the properly taxidermied Cat Copter, the pixelated poptart kitty known as Nyan Cat, or barks like a dog barking like a chicken. Even the press secretary for Russian politician Alexei Navalny, Anna Veduta, is a fan of the Stoned Fox, as a photo of her wearing it on a t-shirt caused a mini-press scandal in late November.    Meanwhile, the buyer of the actual Stoned Fox is now asking for 40,000 rubles ($1,326) – which is a bargain considering some are calling the Stoned Fox a national treasure.       Tags:#social media Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img fruzsina eordogh Back in October, 26-year old British artist and taxidermist Adele Morse sold her badly mangled fox on eBay for 330 pounds ($536, or 16,000 Russian rubles). The fox died of natural causes, and the job wasn’t perfect… but he has character, Morse wrote in the eBay post, complete with multiple photographs of the failed attempt. Soon after, Morse found her inbox flooded with messages from Russia. Her old side project had become an Internet celebrity and meme almost over night, now known as the “drug-addicted (or Stoned) Fox.” As the Russian news broadcast below explains, the Stoned Fox has ripped the Russian Internet (specifically the Russian social network RuNet) apart, with the newspaper Metro even declaring it the winner of the Internet in 2012.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Months later, students at Moscow State University are now raising money to fly Morse to Moscow as well as buy the original Stoned Fox for a Stoned Fox meme exhibit in the Center for Contemporary Art “Winery” wing in 2013.  So far, students have raised 25,000 rubles for the project, which has gained national interest.last_img read more