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Pattaya Sport Club Golf Schedule – September 06, 2019 – September…

first_imgLewiinski’sSiam Old Coures PSC The Players Lounge Sugar ShackTBA Crystal Bay GreenwoodPattaviaCrystal BayPleasant Valley Growling Swan PattanaGreen ValleyKhao Kheow The LinksKhao Kheow The Players Lounge PlutalungEastern StarBangpakong Plutaluang Pattavia Green ValleyGreenwoodTreasure HillSilky Oak PattayaC.C. TBA Treasure Hill Valley View HackersGreen Valley GreenwoodKhaoKheowBangpraPleasant Valley GreenwoodPleasant ValleyTreasure Hill Billabong GolfBurapha Cafe Kronborg Le KataiPleasant Valley Sugar ShackTBA Apple’s IrishTreasure Hill Colin’s Golf Pattana TBA Le KataiPleasant Valley The Golf ClubSilky Oak The Golf ClubParichat Harry’s Golf Harry’s Golf Siam Old CouresSiam Old Coures Green Valley Tropical GolfPattavia Bunker BoysPattaya C.C. LaemChabangEastern StarTreasure Hill Siam Country Retox Game OnTreasure Hillcenter_img DATE: Fri13Set 14Sun15Mon16Tue17Wed18Thu19Fri20 PhoenixGreen ValleyBurapha Billabong GolfBurapha DATE: Fri06Set 07Sun08Mon09Tue10Wed11Thu12Fri13 Green ValleyGreen ValleyGreen Valley BangpraEastern StarGreenwood Pattaya C.C. TBA Apple’s IrishEastern Star Bunker BoysKhao Kheow I Rovers Pattavia Bangpra Lewiinski’sSiam Old Coures PhoenixGreen ValleyBurapha Green ValleyPattaviaEastern StarParichat Retox Game OnPattana The LinksPattana Green Valley Pattavia The next PSC monthly tournament is a2-ball better-ball event at Eastern Star on Thursday, Sept. 19 I Rovers TBA Growling Swan Colin’s Golf GreenwoodBangpraPattana Siam Old CouresSiam Old Coures TBATBATBA Valley View HackersGreen Valley Tropical GolfPleasant Valley TBATBATBA Outback Golf Bar Cafe Kronborg Siam Country Royal Lakeside Outback Golf Bar Green ValleyGreen ValleyGreen Valley The Bunker Boys meet at Woody’s Bar on Soi Skaw Beach for golf outings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (www.bunkersociety.com) or call 094368 3580, 081 788 2338 or 087 693 7803. Transportation leaves from Cafe Kronborg on Soi Diana Inn at 8:15 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, (contact Dave on tel. 038 602 2117). Colin’s Bar plays golf Sun/Mon/Wed & Fri (www.colinsbar.com). The Growling Swan plays golf on Monday & Thursday (www.thegrowlingswan.com). Lewinski’s in Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3), play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Transport is available, call Marcus on 089 503 9179 for further information and booking. The Pattaya Links Hotel Golf Society departs from Soi Buakhao on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call Phil on 0625 933 380 or visit www.thelinkshotelpattaya.com. The Golf Club is located on Soij LK Metro. Call Phil on 090 769 3778.  Tropical Golf meets at BJ’s Holiday Lodge at 8am on Tuesday’ & Friday. Call Derek on 089 034 0629. Retox Golf – Tel. (Paul) 0923744276, Email [email protected]last_img read more

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Horizons Enrichment Program Co-founder Honored by NJ First Lady

first_imgRUMSON – New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie presented the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero award on Wednesday afternoon to Lore Macdonald, the co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at the Rumson Country Day School.Macdonald was honored for her commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for area children.New Jersey Heroes is an initiative of the state’s first lady to highlight the work of people and organizations that impact New Jersey and their communities.last_img

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Whitewater Ski Swap goes Sunday at Hume Elementary

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWant to find a good deal?Simply head on down to the Hume Elementary Gymnasium on Nelson Avenue Sunday for the 19th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap. The event is the annual major fundraiser for the Whitewater Ski Team.Snowboard, telemark and touring and ski gear and clothing can be dropped off at Hume between 9-11 a.m.Twenty percent of sold items goes to the Ski Team with a $3 charge on all unsold items (maximum $10).The swap runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Pick-up and payout goes between 4:30-6 p.m.The Whitewater Ski Team is a non-profit organization that develops ski racers’ skills and promotes the fun in skiing through competition.The youngest skiers on the team (six to 11 years) compete on the Nancy Greene Racers. The skiers learn agility, balance and coordination from certified coaches who focus on fun and technical instruction on varied snow conditions.The Nancy Greene skiers train Saturdays from January through to March and race Sundays at local ski hills, including Phoenix near Grand Forks, Salmo, Whitewater, Summit Lake near Nakusp and Rossland’s Red Mountain. The Advanced Racers Program (11-16 years) emphasizes strong technical skiing and fun through training and competition, with coaches promoting mountain safety and technical instruction. For more information, contact Paul Osak at [email protected] or 250.352.0305 or check www.skiwhitewater.com/[email protected]last_img read more

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First Lizard Was 100% Lizard

first_imgEvolutionists celebrate the earliest fossil lizard, but have to push back the origin of lizards by 75 million years.CT scans of a fossil found in the early 2000’s has revealed it to be a lizard. Its location in the Dolomite mountains in Italy requires evolutionists to date it at 240 million Darwin Years. That, however, pushes the origin of lizards 75 million years earlier than evolutionists thought. From the bones, the artwork and the text, though, nothing reveals this animal to be a transitional form. It looks like a lizard one might find scampering about today.The press release from University of Bristol includes a video clip of the discovery and analysis. Good scientific work was done on the fossil, but support for its evolutionary status appears strained. The researchers assert it evolved, and that all subsequent squamates (lizards and snakes) evolved from it, but no evidence is presented to support that view. Instead, they speculate that the ancestor of lizards must have evolved earlier.Megachirella. Credit: Davide Bonadonna, Univ of BristolThe 240-million-year-old fossil, Megachirella wachtleri, is the most ancient ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes, known as squamates, the new study, published today in the journal Nature, shows.The fossil, along with data from both living and extinct reptiles —which involved anatomical data drawn from CT scans and DNA— suggests the origin of squamates is even older, taking place in the late Permian period, more than 250 million years ago.Tiago Simões, Lead author and PhD student from the University of Alberta in Canada, said: “The specimen is 75 million years older than what we thought were the oldest fossil lizards in the entire world and provides valuable information for understanding the evolution of both living and extinct squamates.”Why doesn’t this fossil provide “valuable information for understanding” that lizards did not evolve? The only reason is that Darwinians require lizards (and all organisms) to have bacteria ancestors. As many previous posts have shown, however, various groups are seen in the fossil record to have appeared earlier than expected.Currently, there are 10,000 species of lizards and snakes around the world—twice as many different species as mammals. Despite this modern diversity, scientists did not know much about the early stages of their evolution.It appears now, with this fossil, that they know even less about lizard evolution. This fossil was not a pre-lizard; it was a lizard. To an evolutionist, finding a true lizard 240 million Darwin Years old must seem unbelievable.Co-author Dr Randall Nydam of the Midwestern University in Arizona, said: “At first I did not think Megachirella was a true lizard, but the empirical evidence uncovered in this study is substantial and can lead to no other conclusion.”In science, one should question a theory when evidence contradicts it. Rather than question evolution, though, these Darwinian scientists are only altering details of evolutionary theory. It forces them, however, to believe that lizard evolution occurred in less time than they thought. “The restudy of Megachirella wachtleri fossil allowed the authors to re-write the history of all fossil and living lizards and snakes,” the press release says. One can be sure that they will only re-write that history in Darwinian terms, despite the evidence against it.Update 5/30/18: Live Science tends to write its own material rather than regurgitate press releases, but reporter Mindy Waisberger could not bring herself to critique what the press release says. She calls Megachirella “the mother of all lizards” that is helping scientists “to understand its placement in the evolutionary tree of reptiles.” Said understanding, though, always resides in the future, to give Darwinians job security:“What we are discovering is the tip of the iceberg, and much further work needs to be done to understand the early evolution of squamates,” he [Simões] said.Caribbean Lizard DiversificationAnother example of twisting data into an evolutionary mindset comes from Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Islands contain a remarkable diversity of anole lizards, including some varieties that prefer particular microclimates on the same tree. A press release from the University of Missouri hails this as a triumph of evolutionary theory:The islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica — collectively known as the Greater Antilles — are home to more than 100 species of Anolis lizards.The success of this colorful group of reptiles is often attributed to the evolution of distinct body shapes and behaviors that allow species to occupy different ecological niches.A new study from the lab of Dr. Manuel Leal with the Division of Biological Sciences reports that the evolution of physiological differences that allow these lizards to take advantage of different microclimates (e.g., sun vs. shade) may have been just as important as these physical differences.The observed variations in these lizards would make a young-earth creationist yawn. These are not just lizards; they are Anolis lizards. Yet the press release, and the Royal Society paper behind it, celebrate the measurements of these lizards as somehow supporting Darwinism. At the same time, the findings provide job security for evolutionists by letting them take more Caribbean vacations to try to tease out nuances of Darwinian evolution that the data seem to contradict.Dr Leal, evolutionary biologist, in comfortable Caribbean attire.For scientists, the Greater Antillean anoles represent a classic example of an evolutionary process known as adaptive radiation. After appearing on each of the four islands about 50 million years ago, the colorful lizards quickly diversified to exploit different niches on the island’s trees, including the canopy, trunk near the ground, mid-trunk, and other twigs. Each new species developed its own distinct body type, called an ecomorph, adapted to the niche where it lived. According to Leal, this focus on differences in appearance leaves some important questions unanswered.“How can similar species coexist without outcompeting one another? One of the tenants [sic, tenets] of evolutionary ecology is that when a structural niche is filled, species diversification should either slow or come to an end due to competition. There must be some other way they are sharing that habitat to avoid competition,” he said.The researchers hypothesized that the evolution of physiological traits related to temperature tolerance also facilitated the maintenance of biological diversity by providing an additional axis of co-existence.Adaptive radiation is not a “process.” It is a name given to an observation. Calling it a process implies causation; it would be like calling the ringing of a phone the cause of a phone call.A skeptical observer of this quote would also have to chuckle at the evolutionists’ quandary over the lack of competition. Competition – the struggle for existence – was the old Darwinian ethic that led to so much suffering under Social Darwinism (eugenics, world wars, etc.). Here, a large number of lizard varieties seem to get along just fine in the same space. Solving that puzzle will undoubtedly give Dr Leal some time between work observations to sample his own shady niche under an umbrella on some Caribbean beach to see if he evolves his own ecomorph – a round belly, perhaps – until some buff competitor walks by kicking sand in his face. (Visited 554 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

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Ex-Google China Chief Now Working With Startups, Launching Venture Firm

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Kai-fu Lee, who announced his departure from Google China last week, has cause the Internet to erupt with speculation on the reasons for his departure and future plans.News on this hot topic has been difficult to report, as many original sources are difficult or impossible for tech bloggers with limited resources to translate. However, according to a Reuters report, the former president of Google China is planning to start an angel investment firm with the equivalent of $117 million.Lee confirmed his plans on his verified Twitter account, and this blog post seems to speak to his desire to “provide [a] business platform that provides angel investment funds and to assist and guide young entrepreneurs.”UPDATE: Since we published this post, we’ve been directed by one of our readers, Thomas Fahrnholz, to this more accurate and readable translation of Lee’s post:The job I want to do is providing a business platform that provides angel investment fund and assist and guide young entrepreneurs. To do this work a wealth of business management experience, industry insight, human resources and consulting capacity is necessary. I am convinced that it would be difficult to find someone more suitable than me to do this job.During the last two periods I was working hard to set up Google China and the Microsoft China Research Institute. The reason for my hard work was not because I was poor, but because of my passion. I believe that the reason for the success and efforts of entrepreneurs is their passion, rather than their poverty.In my new company, I can create a new world from scratch, and I will be happy to work hard every day. In fact, the past week I work on average 20 hours a day and my friends called me the ‘Iron Man.’As for cost, I took other people’s hard-earned money, but they again are confident that my money will start a new business. So how would it be possible to not save costs? You can inquire that in the past few weeks, I did all the negotiating myself, no matter if it was for the domain name purchase, office rent, legal fees, in order to achieve amazing low quotations.Lee also quashed any speculation that he might be joining IdeaLabs or that Google China is in any kind of trouble. “My reason for leaving is simple,” he writes. “My new job is just too exciting!”Recent tweets suggest that Lee is already shopping his new company to analysts and media. He will hold a press conference Monday to give more details on the investment firm.We and the rest of the tech world wait with bated breath to hear more about Lee’s new venture and what it will mean for the startup ecosystem in China. Tags:#start#startups center_img Related Posts jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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A Construction Trade Fair in Germany

first_imgMagic boxesThe integration of systems that have traditionally been engineered separately was a common theme in the displays for heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment. Stiebel Eltron showcased a compact “4-in-1” unit that provides heating, cooling, domestic water heating, and ventilation.The appliance promises high efficiency and is Passivhaus-certified. Education and trainingJudging only by appearances, the show’s attendees seemed to represent a broad cross-section of the building industry. Outfits varied from business-formal to straight-from-the-job-site. I was surprised to see many groups of teenagers roaming the halls. It could be they heard there would be free beer, but my guess is that attending the trade show was part of their formal training in the trades. A number of these youths wore the traditional outfit of the German Zimmermann, or timber framer.At the booths of various trade guilds and associations, artisans were demonstrating their craft. Several exhibits featured young Zimmermänner laying out, cutting and assembling timber roof structures. [A heat-pump water heater paired with PV]The structure of electricity rates in Germany encourages decentralized power producers to use as much of the electricity produced on site as possible, rather than feeding it into the grid.The other major manufacturers all offered various packages of conventional heating/cooling systems integrated with renewable energy production. Buderus featured several systems that combined roof-top solar thermal with gas-fired boilers, heat-recovery ventilation and web-based control systems. I recently attended BauTec, a trade fair for the construction industry that is held annually in Berlin. According to the show’s marketers, BauTec is “the year’s most important trade industry event.” I found the show to be impressive, inspiring, and overwhelming.Each of ten large halls at Berlin’s International Conference Center was filled with exhibits and booths dedicated to a different segment of the construction industry: Windows/Doors/Glazing, Plumbing/Heating/Cooling, etc. I ended up visiting the show on three different days to attend seminars being held in tandem with the trade show, and to walk the trade show floor. Construction softwarePerhaps because it’s been a while since I have attended a trade show like BauTec, I was surprised at the number and breadth of software companies represented. There was CAD-CAM software such as Dietrich’s AG and MegaCAD. Programs produced by Hottgenroth Software and others are geared toward mechanical system design, renewable energy systems, and energy audits.WinWorker was one of several companies providing integrated suites aimed at small and medium-sized contracting companies. Their software purportedly handles all aspects of running a construction company, including documenting projects from the initial proposal to close-out. WinWorker offers a module that facilitates automatically modelling existing buildings and generating takeoffs with input from laser measuring devices. The same module also allows for doing building takeoffs from photos of facades. As generally seems to be the trend in software development, WinWorker’s programs are designed with mobility — tablets and smart phones — in mind. Using reeds as a building materialSeveral presentations at the seminar were more esoteric. One summarized recent research into bio-based plastics, in which cellulose is combined with other materials to create plastic. Another described research into using wetland reeds as a raw material for fire-resistant panels.Yet another presentation (which I found myself dismissing as alarmist) warned of the dangers of VOCs emitted from certain woods — particularly spruce — when used in residential construction.While the seminars gave me plenty to think about, my head really started to spin when I hit the trade show floor. I lasted about an hour before deciding that I would be better off returning the next day with renewed energy. I was impressed by the quality and authenticity of the simulator: turn the crane arm around too quickly, and the load on the screen starts swinging like a pendulum. When my time was up, the representative informed me that I had scored a 29. That didn’t sound bad to me until I asked about the high score. It was 625. This retrofit was a pilot project for a research project called TES Energy Facade that is jointly funded by Germany, Norway and Finland. The goal of the research is to develop innovative methods for retrofitting existing buildings using wood-framed elements. Free beerI arrived back at the show at 10:00 the next morning. The first thing I noticed was that at the food kiosk just inside the entrance, groups of visitors were fortifying themselves with tall glasses of Berliner Kindl, the preferred local pilsner. In my subsequent wandering through the halls, I would find that some companies were offering free beer at their exhibits. In fact, some of the larger booths were set up like bars, with draft beer served by busy barmaids. North American trade show exhibitors, take note!After walking the exhibit halls for a couple of hours, I myself had developed a powerful thirst, but I resisted the urge to head for a booth bar, opting instead for the sparkling water and large, butter-filled pretzels offered at the booth of Germany’s national energy agency, DENA.I can’t do justice to the breadth and depth of the show in this article, because there were simply too many products on display. I didn’t have the time or energy to delve into the differences between the dozens of high-performance window companies represented, or to compare and contrast the many ventilation systems on display, but these products generally seem to be getting decent coverage in Green Building Advisor and other forums. The following notes describe what I found to be most interesting and noteworthy at the show. RELATED ARTICLES Visiting a District Heating Plant in AustriaA Visit to a German Home CenterA German Deep-Energy RetrofitGermany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany Crane simulatorMy favorite exhibit was one of several sponsored by organizations that provide training in the use of heavy construction equipment. The booth included a simulator for the tower cranes that are ubiquitous on job sites here in Germany. [Cogeneration unit by EC Power]Small-scall cogeneration unitsThe booths of the major mechanical systems manufacturers — companies like Buderus, Viessmann, Junkers, and Vaillant — were some of the largest and most elaborate at the show. I was impressed by two trends at these booths: mini cogeneration plants, and the integration of heating/cooling systems with renewable energy components.In Germany, cogeneration plants that produce both electricity and space heating have been common for many years. Typically natural gas is burned in an engine that powers a generator to produce electricity.Waste heat from the power generation is captured and used for space heating. Utility-scale combined heat and power (CHP) systems are used widely in Germany — in fact, CHP plants provide power and heat to a significant portion of Berlin. At the trade show, several smaller-scale versions of these so-called Blockheizkraftwerke (BHKW), or block heating and power plants, were on display. These included “micro” systems in the 1-3 kW range that might be suitable for a single home, and “mini” systems in the 5-500 kW range that are used for large buildings or groups of buildings.One BHKW manufacturer with a strong presence at BauTec was EG Power. Their mini cogeneration plants have been widely deployed in Germany, including by the contracting arm of the large natural gas company GASAG. The company LichtBlick manufacturers mini and micro BHKW powered by Volkswagen motors. They market these units as “ZuhauseKraftwerke,” or In-House Power Plants.Small-scale cogeneration systems are particularly well suited to locations where natural gas is readily available, electricity costs are high, and there is a consistently strong demand for both electricity and heat or hot water.In small-scale installations, disposing of waste heat during the summer months can apparently be challenging.One of the salespersons with whom I spoke acknowledged that BHKW units can be a tough sell for individual homes: “To tell you the truth,” he said, “installing PV is usually a better investment.”I saw several cogeneration units on display at the large booths of various mechanical system manufacturers. At the Buderus exhibit, for example, a block heating and power plant aimed at commercial applications was displayed as part of a system that also included high efficiency gas boilers and an integrated control system. An exterior retrofit using prefabricated wood-framed panelsOn the first day of the show, I attended a seminar, “Building with Renewable Materials,” sponsored by the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR), or Institute for Renewable Materials. The focus of the seminar was on wood as a construction material, although other materials were discussed in a half dozen presentations. The manufacturer of FoamGlas insulation had a polished display showing the product being used in demanding applications such as pool enclosures and parking garages.I saw only one booth dedicated to cellulose insulation. The rep with whom I spoke said that as far as he knew, cellulose represents less than 5% of the insulation market in Germany. When I asked why cellulose was not more widely used, he said he thought it was because most buildings in Germany have masonry walls, which don’t easily lend themselves to the installation of blown cellulose.I expected to see more manufacturers of high-performance tapes and membranes represented at BauTec. The company Pro Clima did have an informative booth where the reps were handing out a hefty tome that included not only all of Pro Clima’s products and their installation as integrated systems, but also a primer on building science. I saw a few miscellaneous tapes and caulks at other booths, but not the other manufacturers of air-sealing systems that I had anticipated finding. Various improvements to the design of the existing building, including re-working the exterior balconies and the common areas, resulted in the exterior wood-frame solution being more viable than the EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing system) systems that are typically used for this type of retrofit. [A marketing photo of urethane insulation panels being installed on a roof]An insulating product favored by many manufacturers of prefabricated homes in Germany is called Holzfaserdämmplatten, or wood fiber insulating panels. Several brands of these panels were represented at BauTec, including Steico-flex (“Passivhaus Zertifiziert”) and Kronotherm. One of the initial presentations described the construction of a five-story apartment building in downtown Berlin using cross laminated timber (CLT) panels. While I am not aware of this material being used much in the U.S., I have come across numerous examples of CLT projects in Germany, Austria, and Italy. These thick solid-wood panels lend themselves to rapid prefabricated construction. Using so much wood to create wall and roof elements that do not themselves have a particularly high insulating value does not make intuitive sense to me, but this system is apparently advantageous for certain applications.Another presentation that captured my interest described the retrofit a 1950s-era concrete apartment building using a system of prefabricated wood-framed exterior wall panels. The existing building was stripped down to its concrete shell, a new perimeter foundation was poured around the building, and the prefabricated exterior wall sections — complete with insulation, windows and siding — were installed on the new foundation. Stiebel Eltron also displayed a heat pump water heater that could be purchased with photovoltaic panels and a control system to optimize the use of self-produced electricity for power needs and domestic hot water. Insulation and air sealing productsI may not qualify as an energy nerd, but I do get excited about insulation and air sealing. BauTec’s offerings in this area surprised me on several counts.My informal surveying of insulation used in and around Berlin suggests that expanded polystyrene (EPS) — typically applied as panels to the exterior of buildings — is the most common type of insulation. Dense batts of rock wool would be second, and extruded polystyrene (XPS), used outside foundations and under slabs, would be third. To my surprise, I did not see any of these products displayed prominently at BauTec. I did come across several booths offering systems based on polyurethane foam panels for insulating above the roof framing of existing buildings and new construction. Various training centers and “Fachhochschule” — institutions for applied science — had exhibits describing their programs. Germany’s system for trades education and certification is highly evolved. It is also in transition as the countries within Europe work to bring their varied training systems into alignment. The hemp-based insulation Thermo-Hanf was featured at a couple of booths.I understand that the R-value of this insulation is about 3.5 per inch. The cutoffs are not smokeable. [Roof insulation mock-ups with polyurethane foam]I was assured that the blowing agents used were “environmentally friendly.” I did not see any systems of spray foam insulation on display at the show. The R-value of these panels is apparently around 3.0 per inch. The panels are promoted as having the capacity to act as hygric buffers, readily absorbing and releasing moisture. I spoke with several tradespeople at the show who said they preferred wood fiber panels to rock wool because the wood fiber was more pleasant to work with. If Viessmann’s booth was representative, the company may be in a better position than Buderus with regard to their respective bets on renewable technologies, because Viessmann’s displays of integrated systems included photovoltaic panels, rather than solar thermal collectors.Although I think of Viessmann primarily as a manufacturer of boilers, the company’s displays generally showed PV integrated with heat pumps. In fact, one of the systems Viessmann showcased did not include any heating or cooling appliances at all; it consisted simply of PV panels integrated with battery storage and two inverters.In a recent GBA blog, mechanical engineer Marc Rosenbaum wrote, “One thing I really like about the minisplits [a type of heating/cooling system] is how they are packaged systems from a single supplier, and are highly engineered as a system and therefore very reliable.” The manufacturers of other types of mechanical systems seem to be catching on to the advantages of comprehensively engineered, integrated systems, as evidenced by the packages on display at BauTec.I saw many other interesting systems and materials at BauTec, including LVL beams made of finish-quality beech, wall paint that radiates electric heat, drywall constructed with phase-change materials, and numerous products for sound attenuation in buildings. The trade show reinforced my impression that innovative construction is alive and well in Germany. Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin.last_img read more

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NAB 2014: AJA Unveils 4K CION Camera

first_imgAJA enters the camera world with their new 4K CION, announced at the 2014 NAB Show.Before Blackmagic released the BMPC they were fierce rivals with AJA, a company dedicated to creating equipment related to film and video production. However, with a recent announcement at NAB 2014, AJA is trying to enter into the camera world. AJA already created everything behind the camera so it was only natural that they created their own…say hello to the CION.AJA CIONOnly a little bit is known about the CION, but here is what we do know so far. The camera is designed to be a intermediate level camera between high-end cameras like the red epic and lower end prosumer cameras such as DSLR’s.The camera is utilizing an APS-C CMOS sensor with global shutter. It can output 4K at up to 120 fps via 3G-SDI and can output 4K signal via  Thunderbolt at 30fps. It is designed for PL mount lenses and in-camera ProRes recording. Still not convinced? Check out this features video by AJA:AJA Known Specs Video Resolution4K, Ultra-HD, 2K, HD Dynamic Range12 stops Monitors1 small built-in monitor RecordingCardsAJA Pack Media InputTimecode, SDI. Power4-pin XLR power connector Audio Inputs2 XLR inputs with phantom powercenter_img Chroma SubsamplingUp to 4:4:4 Frame Rateup to 120 fps via SDI output Pricing and AvailabilityThe CION projected to be priced at $8,995 and won’t be ready to ship until summer 2014.We will be interested to see how this competes with the Blackmagic URSA, a camera that is scheduled to be released this summer too.What do you think of the AJA? Is it a good alternative to the Blackmagic or is it too late to the game? Share in the comments below. Output3G-SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt SensorAPS-C CMOS with Global Shutter Recording CodecApple ProReslast_img read more

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Kevin Durant’s menacing defense leads the way for Warriors

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s not as sexy, but it’s important.”RELATED VIDEOGolden State Warriors celebrate NBA Championship2.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV NBA: Netizens react to Steph Curry’s ‘napping’ during Game 2 Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, center, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant is growing a little tired of questions about his ability to play defense.“Underrated?” Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D. “My coaches don’t feel like that.”ADVERTISEMENT Neither does he, and KD’s menacing, 6-foot-9 presence from the paint to the perimeter is a big reason unbeaten Golden State is closing in on its second championship in three years.While best known for his sensational scoring and shot-making from every corner of the court, Durant has been tough on LeBron James so far in these NBA Finals by smothering the Cavs superstar. The Warriors are two wins from a title going into Game 3 at Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant is chasing his first championship and seems determined to do whatever it takes.So versatile with his length and ability to alter shots, he even played center during Sunday’s Game 2 when Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble in the 132-113 victory.center_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I’ve gotten better, and 2013 is when I feel I really turned the corner as a defender. Around 2012, that’s when coaches stopped thinking they could go at me and get a basket or get me in foul trouble,” Durant said. “But I don’t expect anybody on the outside who really doesn’t know the game to look at me as a defender because once you’re labeled something that’s what you’re going to be. But I feel the last four or five years I’ve definitely continued to get better and better, and smarter. I have the physical tools, but it’s also about mentally knowing what to do.”Sure, James still notched his record-tying eighth career Finals triple-double and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had big nights. Yet Durant, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and the others kept the pressure on the Cavs.Durant blocked five shots to go with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists after going off for 38 points and eight assists in Thursday’s Game 1.“His defense was amazing, and we needed it. Especially with Draymond out,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s a small game and you got shooters everywhere and you have to be able protect the rim with LeBron coming downhill, with Love posting up and Draymond’s on the bench. So that’s a pretty scary proposition for us. I thought that Kev’s defense was unreal, and it was probably the key to the whole game.”It could be that Durant’s defense will quiet the critics at last, especially if he comes out a winner after that scrutinized move from Oklahoma City last July to join the super-Warriors.“I don’t feel like I get picked on or people call sets just to try to score on me. That hasn’t happened in a while,” he said. “I’ve grown leaps and bounds from where I was. I feel like I’ve been a solid defender in this league for a while.”With all of their offensive firepower, the Warriors often turn a stretch of timely defensive stops into scoring spurts that can swing the momentum. Or, in many cases, give them just the jolt they need to put a game out of reach for good.“I operate under the assumption that our guys know what to do and they know their system,” Golden State assistant and defensive specialist Ron Adams said. “We have an eclectic system. There’s freedom offensively, and we have some freedom defensively, and we’re good at it.”When the Warriors added Durant, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West to a roster that blew a 3-1 Finals lead to James and fell short of a repeat last year, many wondered if they would have enough in the middle to defend the rim.“It was a question mark for some people going into the season, losing (Andrew) Bogut and some other guys,” general manager Bob Myers said. “Ron is interesting. He’s always had good defensive teams. And we take pride in it, we care about it. I know the offense gets most of the attention but our players, they work at it, collectively, individually. They want to be a good defensive team. We try to do it all year. Sometimes it’s better than other times, but this is the time of year you really need it the most. For us, we view it as important as our offense. LATEST STORIES “I don’t think there’s many teams in the league who their backup is better than their starter,” Green said. “So I think that’s a luxury that we have with KD here, and when I went out with foul trouble, obviously he — to say pick up the slack is kind of a ridiculous term, because he’s a great player, an MVP, one of the best players in the world. So just the way he played on the defensive end, the way he played on the offensive end, he’s been doing it all playoffs long, but in these Finals, he’s really picked it up, and it’s been huge for us.”Durant and Green have set the tone all season on the defensive end, establishing an intensity and toughness — and the rest of the Warriors had no choice but to do more during Durant’s 19-game absence this spring with a knee injury.“If we’re locked in on the defensive end, we’ll score enough points,” Green said. “Even on an off night, we’ll score enough points.”After his NBA Finals failure five years ago against James and the Heat, Durant vowed to become a legitimate, respected defender who could make nearly as much of an impact blocking shots and crashing the boards.He insists he can do even more.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell’s 3rd hundred delivers historic T20I series win for Australia vs India

first_imgBrief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Glenn Maxwell (113*), D’Arcy Short (40), Vijay Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsGlenn Maxwell starred with the bat again as Australia defeated India by 7 wickets to win the T20I series 2-0. Chasing 191, Maxwell (113 not out) hit his third T20I hundred while D’Arcy Short scored 40 as Australia gunned down 191 on Wednesday.The Aussies had also won the first T20I in Vizag by three wickets on Sunday.Like in Vizag, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl in Bengaluru. The M Chinnaswamy stadium pitch had more runs to offer and KL Rahul got India off to another explosive start before he fell for a 26-ball 47. Shikhar Dhawan, who replaced Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant failed to deliver and the onus was on India skipper Virat Kohli.In the company of MS Dhoni, Kohli added 100 for the fourth wicket. Both men also hit their 50th sixes in T20 Internationals and took the attack to the Australian bowlers. It also became abundantly clear that the pitch was not as flat as it looked before the start of the match.AUSSIES WIN! Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable hundred leads Australia to victory with two balls to spare and they claim the T20 series 2-0! https://t.co/Ds9N8SpH3V #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/RmTAW2o05Wcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 27, 2019But the experience and class of Kohli and Dhoni meant Australia were under pressure. The two came together in the 11th over and the pair was seperated in the final over of the innings when MS Dhoni fell to Pat Cummins for a 23-ball 40. His innings was laced with three fours and three sixes.advertisementThe bulk of the work, however, was done by Virat Kohli. He remained unbeaten on 72 off 38 balls including two fours and six sixes as India finished with 190 for four off 20 overs.India’s team selection for the series decider was questioned by experts. In Vizag, they had played only three specialist batsmen. In Bengaluru, they played only three specialist bowlers – SIddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. Vijay Shankar, who did not bowl in the T20I series in New Zealand, was tasked with bowling 4 overs on a flat pitch while Krunal Pandya was the fifth option.As it turned out, Chahal was the more expensive of the two spinners – he gave away 47 runs off his 4 overs while Krunal went for 33. Vijay Shankar bowled well and had two wickets to show for his efforts. Kaul, who last played for India in September 2018, gave India their first breakthrough but Jasprit Bumrah was nowhere as effective as he was in Vizag where India nearly defended a low total.At the end of the night. Maxwell was just too good for the Indian bowlers. He had scored a gutsy 56 in Vizag and on Wednesday, he continued his excellent form to deliver a historic series win for Australia.Maxwell faced 55 deliveries and smashed 7 boundaries and 9 sixes to lead the team to victory. He had shared a 73-run partnership with Short and then added 99 runs for the fourth wicket with Peter Handscomb, who made just 20 runs in the stand to inflict the fourth bilateral T20I series loss at home on India.Also Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni stretches 2.14 metres to foil Handscomb stumping attemptAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 InternationalsAlso Read | India vs Australia: Shikhar Dhawan 6th Indian to feature in 50 T20IsAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra question India’s team selection in 2nd T20Ilast_img read more

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