Jessica Sandral

first_imgJess’ passion for travel is only matched by her love of all things digital. She is at home backpacking through India or discussing the vagaries of the world of IT.Contact:Airline Ratings PTY Ltd.Newspaper House, 50 Hasler Rd.Osborne Park, 6017Western AustraliaPhone: +61 41 7936610Email:[email protected]last_img

Solar Decathlon 2011: The Re_home from Illinois

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s ShowThe team originally considered using structural insulated panels for the roof, exterior walls, and floor, but instead went with a stick-frame system because of concerns that re-channeling SIPs to accommodate modifications in the home’s wiring or plumbing might prove too cumbersome. The R-41.2 walls are insulated with 3 in. of spray foam on the inside and 4 in. of rigid foam outside the oriented strand board sheathing. Exterior paneling is a composite – 60% rice husks, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil – that the team says can be personalized with different finishes. The bays of the roof’s 10-in. trusses, which are tapered a quarter-inch per foot to give the top surface a slight drainage pitch, are filled with 6 in. of spray foam that is covered on the inside with 5/8-in. OSB and 5/8-in. drywall. A 5/8-in. layer of OSB on top of the roof trusses is covered with Sure-White EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), bringing the total R value to R-37. A flood, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake might dissipate relatively quickly, but the damage it causes can last for years. That concern is at the heart of Re_home, the Solar Decathlon project developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Re_home is essentially two rectangular modules compact enough for transport on a single-flatbed truck. Photovoltaic panels preinstalled on the modules’ flat roofs can be lowered to make transport easier and, once the modules reach their destination, the panels can then be raised on their mounting racks for optimal solar exposure. The modules themselves can be assembled quickly into a 780-sq.-ft. two-bedroom single-family home. The University of Illinois team says the rapid-deployment strategy for Re_home, and its affordability and energy efficiency, make it “an immediate and sustainable solution for a family left without a home. By combining good design, smart planning, and low-cost solutions, the Re_ home responds to the physical and emotional needs of impacted families while bringing environmentally aware living to the forefront of a community-led recovery effort.” Land of Lincoln, tornadoes, and a prefab prototype With its front porch and canopied entry, Re_home is a linear, modernized take on Midwestern architectural tradition. Canopies also shade deck areas on the east and west sides of the structure, whose two main modules were built in part at a plant operated by prefabrication specialist Homeway Homes, based in Peoria. In mid-May, the modules were trucked to the Urbana-Champaign campus, where construction continued. MORE INFORMATION Re_home Web page DOE Web page for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon The R-40 floor also is built on 10-in. trusses (minus the taper), with 3/4-in. rigid foam on the underside. Should it prove necessary, a layer of spray foam could be added to the system to further insulate and seal the floor, the team points out. Power, comfort, and price Twenty-four SunPower E18:230 photovoltaic modules and six Sanyo HIT Double bifacial modules provide a total capacity of 5.52 kW and 1.17 kW, respectively. Some of the panels double as a shading canopy on the south-facing portion of the house. An air-source heat pump and an energy recovery ventilator will serve the home’s HVAC needs. Because Illinois is among the nation’s most tornado-prone parts of the country, there is a real possibility that, after its debut in the Decathlon, Re_home could be offered to a family displaced by one of the storms. That, at least, would fulfill the team’s primary vision for the house, the second Decathlon entry for University of Illinois, whose Gable House took second place overall in the 2009 contest. Another goal for the current project is to come in strong in the Decathlon’s affordability contest, which awards as many as 100 points for homes whose construction costs come in at $250,000 or less. Back in January, the Team Illinois project manager, Beth Newman, told Fine Homebuilding that Re_home costs were at that point well under the $250,000 mark. “The lower we can get our price, the better,” Newman said.last_img read more

Warriors Hang On To Stay Alive, Win Game 5 Of NBA Finals

first_imgTORONTO — The Golden State Warriors aren’t letting go of the NBA title just yet.Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.“They’re amazing. They’re amazing competitors, great shooters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.The Warriors lost Kevin Durant barely a quarter after getting him back but got the win, cutting Toronto’s lead to 3-2 and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Draymond Green.The two-time defending champion Warriors were minutes away from their title reign ending, having lost Durant and a 14-point lead during an emotionally exhausting game. They had controlled Leonard for three quarters, but he scored 10 straight Toronto points in the fourth and the Raptors were close to their first championship and a celebration that would have stretched coast to coast in Canada.But even after everything the Warriors had lost, they still had two of the best perimeter shooters in the world on the floor. Thompson hit a 3, and Curry followed with one to tie it at 103. Golden State got it back to Thompson and the Raptors lost sight of him just long enough for the tiebreaking shot with 57 seconds to go.Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the last seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday June 10, 2019. Golden State won 106-105. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto cut it to one when Kyle Lowry was credited with a basket and the Raptors got a final chance when DeMarcus Cousins was called for an illegal screen. Leonard had the ball but the Warriors forced him to pass and it ended up in the corner to Lowry, who was way off as the buzzer sounded.Cousins had 14 points for the Warriors and Green finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Golden State is the only team to lose a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, when Cleveland came back to win in 2016.Now the Warriors have a chance to pull off the feat themselves, but it became more difficult after Durant limped off in the second quarter after he had missed the previous nine games with a strained right calf.He was attempting to dribble past Serge Ibaka early in the second quarter when he suddenly came to a stop, lost the ball and limped sideways before grabbing at his lower right calf as he fell to the court.Fans at first cheered but then, spurred in part by some Raptors players, chanted “KD! KD!” as he was helped to the locker room area joined by Curry, Andre Iguodala and general manager Bob Myers.Durant left the arena on crutches and the Warriors said he would get an MRI on Tuesday.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) vie for the ball during first-half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)They were initially OK without him because Cousins — who returned from injury himself in this series — came off the bench to score their next seven points before feeding Green for a layup that gave them a 48-37 lead. It got as high as 13 on Curry’s four-point play, and Golden State led 62-56 at halftime.But eventually it would come down to Curry and Thompson, who both logged more than 41 minutes and will have to be ready to go again Thursday in what will be the final game in Oracle Arena.Lowry had 18 points and Marc Gasol scored 17 for the Raptors, who were trying to give Canada its first championship in one of the traditional major sports since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.Fans had been waiting through on-and-off rain all day — some since Sunday — to watch at one of the outdoor watch parties that have popped up in and around Toronto. The crowd inside the arena that included hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and former Raptors star Vince Carter thought it would witness history as Leonard powered past his defenders repeatedly in the fourth quarter.But the Raptors needed one more basket, and the only way the local fans can see them win in person is if it goes the full seven games and Toronto wins it at home on Sunday.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State also lost Kevon Looney again after he aggravated his injury to upper body cartilage. … Durant finished with 11 points. He came in averaging 31.7 points per game in the NBA Finals, trailing only Rick Barry and Michael Jordan on the career list.Raptors: Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 11 off Toronto’s bench.UP NEXTGolden State hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report suggests growing gap between greenhouse gas projections and promises

first_imgA recently released federal report suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction promises and what its policies are likely to achieve.The news comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia — a move critics say would push Canada’s emissions even higher.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining its progress on reaching targets agreed to in the Paris Accord to fight climate change. Canada has promised to reduce those emissions to the equivalent of 517 megatonnes of carbon dioxide.In 2016, Ottawa made a similar report to the UN acknowledging that both its current and planned policies would likely leave the country 44 megatonnes short of its target.But in the recent report, Canada notes the gap between its commitments and the likely result of its policies has grown to 66 megatonnes — a 50 per cent increase in only 18 months.Environment Canada was unable to immediately explain that expanding shortfall. Figures for greenhouse gas emissions in the report are only given up to 2015 and are reported to have been largely stable for several years previously.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said the increasing gap between promises and probable results is likely due to increasing energy production.“There might be some changes from demographic growth, but I can’t believe there’s been a huge change in those projections in a year and a half,” he said. “I think the main factor here is oil and gas.”Figures from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers suggest overall oil production declined by 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016. Production from the oilsands, the most carbon-intensive form of production, increased 12 per cent over that time.Stewart said Canada should not be considering a new pipeline to move more of that high-carbon production at a time when the country is falling further behind its commitments. Pipeline critics say building more infrastructure to move the product will only increase production.“Another pipeline is just going to dig an even deeper hole,” he said.Simon Fraser University energy economist Mark Jaccard said, overall, Canada’s climate change policies aren’t tough enough to meet its targets.“We would need much higher stringency of any package of the intended policies to achieve Paris (targets),” he said.Higher carbon taxes, though politically difficult, are one method. Others include a lower overall emissions cap on the oilsands, tighter rules on methane emissions, quicker phase-out of coal-generated power that leans more on renewables than natural gas and a clean fuel standard.“We can do it all with only carbon taxes. We can do it all with only regulations. We can do it all with a combination.”A “package” of policies is called for, he said.In its report, Environment Canada offered few specifics on how the 66 missing megatonnes of carbon might be made up.It said greater reductions might come from investments in public transit and clean technology. Calculations of the capacity of forests and wetlands to store carbon may also increase, the report says.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Many in Bahamas Public Sector going home near broke

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 28, 2017 – Civil Servants wants government to relax its policy on how much of their salary can be assigned to lending institutions; it is currently set at 75% and Marlon Johnson, at the Ministry of Finance says the measure is in place so that government workers do not increasingly become the working poor.Johnson told media he is inundated with requests waive the 25% and that a recent memorandum to Permanent Secretaries of the various ministries was designed to reinforce the policy and to state that it would only be bypassed for medical emergencies.  Johnson said when the measure was established, some government workers were taking home less than $50 a month.The acting Financial Secretary says this is a problem, “Many Bahamians have fallen into the so-called ‘debt trap’, where the ‘take home’ portion of their salaries is minimal because so much has already been committed to salary deductions that service loan payments to banks and other lenders.This leaves them unable to afford basic, every day necessities essential for living, such as food and water, and the payment of utility bills”  The 75 per cent ‘limit’, “means that at a minimum your non-committed salary should be at least 25 per cent of your gross earnings”, had been in place for “at least 20 years” across successive administrations. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Were not legends yet – Gerrard

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard insists he and his players are not legends yet as they stand on the brink of an European record.Victory or a draw against Spartak Moscow on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League and this current team will reach 11 successive European games unbeaten in a single season, surpassing the record set by Walter Smith’s team of 1992/93 campaign.Gerrard insists his side are nowhere near the level of the great Rangers teams of the past, however, his only concern is that the team remain top of their Europa League group at the halfway point after games against Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak.Speaking about the chance to make a small slice of history, Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail:‘I wasn’t aware of that stat. It’s news to me, to be honest.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Milestones like that are always nice, but it’s not our focus.”“And listen, we’re not ready to be spoken about in the same breath as successful teams in the past.”“We are nowhere near ready to be put on a par with teams like that. We cannot be spoken about in the same breath as that. We have a long, long way to go.”“We are on the back of a nice run in Europe. We need to protect that and try and extend it for as long as possible. But in terms of putting us back alongside teams of ten years ago or 20 years ago then we’re not ready for that yet.”last_img read more

On the Nature of Technology Transitions

first_imgTwo significant industry conferences in the last couple of weeks were dominated by the question of whether print is dead. At the American Magazine Conference two weeks ago, Ben Horowitz, co-founder, Andreessen Horowitz, said this:“Babies born now will never read anything in print. At the same time, people in their 40s and 50s will never stop reading print. Face the reality that print will eventually go away.” (You may recall that Mark Andreessen and some college classmates invented the browser that became Netscape in 1994.) Similarly at the AMC, Jeffery Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC said this: “Some magazines will always remain in print. Especially those with strong design principles. However, the majority will see their print roots begin to completely break down by the end of the decade.”(It’s worth noting that a futurist who heads “The Center for the Digital Future” would probably be fired for predicting the print business model will prevail into the future.)In a fiery opening speech at the AMC, the new CEO of MPA, Mary Brener, said the old-line magazine industry can prevail if it has “chutzpah and balls.”“I love magazines and I believe in magazines. I believe that magazines—on both print and digital platforms—have a bright future. I am pissed that we as an industry have allowed others to hijack our story, our narrative.  A narrative that is now dismissive of print magazines.”But I say the whole definition of the argument—print versus digital—misses the point. It frames the question inaccurately. Of course we’re both.Berner also said, “We are not in the printing business. We are in the content business.” That reminded me of all the times I’ve heard industry prognosticators describe the supposedly fatal error of the railroad industry early in the last century. Railroads thought they were in the railroad business, the thinking went, when they actually were in the transportation business. Well, the truth is the railroads—with their thousands of miles of track and their expensive, highly specialized locomotives and heavy equipment—were in the railroad business. And railroads got superseded by better technologies in the form of cars and airplanes. That they didn’t transform was not their fault. It was unrealistic to think they could. This pattern has been repeated countless times in the history of enterprise.But: Berner is right in saying the media companies are in the content business, and as such, should not be tied to a particular distribution form. At the other conference, the ACT III Experience at Samir Husni’s Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, the keynoter, ASME’s Sid Holt, correctly said that no one really knows what the future will bring in media. Anyone who says they do is bluffing. But we do know this: Those who say print in its current form will live on, and ignores the opportunities and threats in new technologies, are playing a risky game.There are plenty of positive statistics presented by Berner and others:• The number of brands advertising in magazine media
has increased by 57 percent since 2009.• Combined unduplicated magazine media audiences, 
across print and online, have increased by 4 percent.• 91 percent of U.S. adults read magazines.• 96 percent of adults 18-24 read magazines.• The top driver of Web search is print magazines.But for every stat along those lines, there are other, unclear signals:• Magazine ad pages for the first half of 2012 are down 8.8 percent, according to PIB, following declines in consecutive prior years. • Ad spending on magazine media is declining. • Spending on marketers’ own Web sites is dramatically increasing. • Technologies have emerged that connect buyers more directly to sellers, meaning the role of traditional media must evolve. At the ACT III conference, Bob Sacks said the loss of dominance doesn’t necessarily equal death. But the truth is, sometimes it does equal death. New technologies frequently totally replace older ones. Has anyone bought a typewriter lately? Or a word processor? Horses supplied human land transportation for 6,000 years. They don’t anymore. Have you bought an LP lately? Or film for your camera?And transitions can take a long time. Johannes Gutenberg gets credit for inventing the printing press, but the Phaistos Disk, discovered on Crete 104 years ago, is the earliest known printed document, dating to 1700 B.C., 3,100 years before Gutenberg. Why didn’t printing take hold earlier? Because the technology was not enough of an improvement on existing technologies to cause people to change.And Nikolaus Otto built the first internal-combustion gas engine in 1866. But it wasn’t’t until the third decade of the 20th Century, nearly 70 years later, that cars became ubiquitous. And you can bet that at annual horse-and-buggy conferences and trade shows for every one of those 70 years, prognosticators were insisting there would always be a role for the horse and buggy. Bob Sacks is right. We’re in an era of realignment. And realignments can take a long time. In the meantime, we can better understand our customers, innovate, iterate and reinvent our businesses before someone else does for us.last_img read more

Baby dies in womb after doctor gives wrong injection to mother

first_imgKolkata: Family members of a pregnant woman on Wednesday alleged that the baby in her womb died because of medical negligence of doctors in the Kharagpur Chandmari Sub-divisional hospital. But the hospital authorities denied the charge.The incident had triggered tension among the patients undergoing treatment in the hospital following the incident. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital campus creating chaos. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The demonstration was lifted by the family members following the intervention of the senior police officers who assured them that the matter would be looked into.The family members of the woman Jhunu Patra, a resident of Benapur area, said was brought to the hospital on Saturday. She complained of labour pain on Tuesday night. It was alleged that the on duty nurses called up the doctor under whom the patient was admitted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The doctor allegedly told the nurses to administer an injection on the patient. The family members of the patient alleged that she felt relieved after she was administered the injection but stopped feeling any movement of the baby following the incident. When the caesarean delivery was performed on the patient, the baby was found dead.This infuriated the family members of the victim. They staged a demonstration alleging negligence on the part of the hospital. They also demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. They questioned the authority and said why would the doctor instruct an on-duty nursing staff over phone to administer a particular injection without seeing the condition of the patient. The baby died in the mother’s womb as wrong injection was administered on the patient, alleged the family members of the victim.A senior official of the hospital said the death of the baby could be due to many other reasons. He also denied the charges of medical negligence. The doctors in the hospital might have been trying for a normal delivery of the dead baby, he said. Post-mortem of the dead baby may be done to ascertain the real reason for the death.last_img read more