Dr Reginald Koettlitz (1860-1916): Arctic and Antarctic explorer

first_imgReginald Koettlitz was born in Ostend but moved to England as a child and qualified at Guy’s Hospital. He was a general practitioner in County Durham for eight years before serving as doctor and geologist to the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to Franz-Josef Land in 1894–97. Thereafter he made further expeditions to Somaliland, Abyssinia and the Amazon before joining Captain Scott’s Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic in 1901–04 as surgeon and botanist. After the expedition he emigrated to South Africa, where he worked as a general practitioner, dying in 1916.last_img

Weekly success at Cocopah has Toth confident before first competitive trip to Super Nationals

first_imgHOLTVILLE, Calif. – Chris Toth crewed for Lance Mari and Jason Noll when he made his first trip to Boone Speedway last September.He’ll bring his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod along when he returns with MRT Race Cars teammate Mari for the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“Last year was the first year I went and I crewed for Lance and Jason. I was really impressed with the number of people that were there and all the racing,” Toth said. “We talked about it on the way home and I decided I would bring my car this year.The Holtville, Calif., driver has run a limited schedule this season, with three feature wins in 11 starts at home track Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. He’s the point leader and eligible to qualify for the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions.“When we first started this class at Cocopah, we were getting eight or nine cars. Now it’s closer to 20,” said Toth. “I feel good about going to Boone. I would be happy to make the qualifier either night. To make the Saturday night main event would be the ultimate goal.”Toth ran a pure stock and then a Modified before expense in general and two blown engines the same weekend prompted him to convert the car to a Northern SportMod.He also won three features last season and ended with a couple satisfactory showings in his two Duel In The Desert qualifiers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.“I really enjoy the open wheel classes. The SportMods are fun to drive and they’re economical,” Toth said. “Around here, we’ve got a bunch of cars that can run up front. They’re competitive and that’s what I enjoy most about this class.”He’ll enjoy racing more often and against more cars in upcoming seasons, as more Arizona tracks phase out similar classes and sanction the IMCA division.Toth’s primary sponsors are MRT Race Cars and SBS Suspension, both of Imperial; CT Floor Covering of Holtville; Axis Metal Fabrication of El Centro; the Radco Company of Brawley; and Wells Design of Ogalla, Neb.last_img read more

Birds Excel in Distance, Harmony

first_imgBird feats are outstanding.  Two notable cases were announced this week:Air Marathon:  The longest animal migration in the animal kingdom is performed by the sooty shearwater, reported National Geographic News.  They migrate 40,000 miles a year from New Zealand to the North Pacific, in complex figure-eight patterns that touch the coasts of South America, California Alaska, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and almost to Antarctica.  When crossing the equator they can fly 640 miles in a single day.Choral Wrens:  National Geographic also reported that tropical “Plain-tailed wrens sing what is perhaps the most complex and coordinated birdsong known.”  Groups sing antiphonal renditions of a-b-c-d patterns with 15 variations per phrase.  The males and females alternate the parts.  Researchers found seven birds participating in one of the choruses.  They “are so precise that a casual listener wouldn’t realize there was more than one singer, experts say.” See a picture and description of the sooty shearwater at WhatBird.com.  The NG article on wrens includes a sound recording of their complex concerts.If birds kept natural history guides, would they publish amazing facts about human feats in airline flight and choral music?  If so, they might remark how wasteful and inefficient our jets are, or how dull and slow our singing is.  But they still might be impressed at how hard we try.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts international media

first_imgLow-cost fibreglass dish, an earlySKA prototype, at the HartRAOobservatory, west of Johannesburg. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabanebriefed the group on South Africa’spreparations for COP17. The Gautrain station in Sandton.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael GaylardActing MD, HartRAO+27 12 301 3100• Tshepo NkosiBSA communications manager+27 11 483 0122MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterBrand South Africa recently played host to a group of international journalists from three continents, who were  here to gain exposure to South African business, government and citizens, as well as experience the local culture and way of life and learn of the latest technological developments.The tour’s aim was to build solid, constructive relationships with the media in target markets, especially where BSA does not have an office. The visiting journalists hailed from Angola, Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The expected outcome of the tour is a more positive perception of South Africa internationally, and, through reporting in overseas media, a greater global awareness of the progress made in education, health, infrastructure and other key aspects.The group was officially welcomed on 27 September by Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, and prominent government representatives, at a dinner at the Lekgotla Restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.Matola spoke of the Play Your Part campaign, a countrywide initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute towards caring for themselves, their fellow citizens, and the environment.“We hope to encourage all South Africans to listen to their social conscience and get involved in activities that will make a positive difference to the environment,” he said.On behalf of Brand South Africa, he asked the journalists to “continue to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the continent’s reputation, image and competitiveness.”“South Africa is on an aggressive economic development drive, evolving for the future,” said Soni. “Improved technology and infrastructure facilitates global competitiveness and creates an enabling trade and investment environment.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule closed off the evening, saying: “Through Brand South Africa, the government will use this platform to share our varied yet aligned messages to garner support from you, our media partners, so that you can experience our country and tell our story from an informed perspective.”On 28 September the group started the day with a business breakfast with representatives from the Banking Association of South Africa. Here they learned more about South Africa’s robust banking system, rated as one of the best and most secure in the world.Afterwards they again experienced the comfort and convenience of the Gautrain, racing at speed from Johannesburg to Pretoria.On arrival in South Africa they had travelled on the high-speed train from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton, a trip that takes about 15 minutes but which could take up to an hour or more on the road.Addressing climate changeA visit to the offices of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was next on the cards.Here the group met with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who briefed them on South Africa’s preparations to host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban in November.Mashabane is the incoming president of the gathering, and assured the group that preparations were on track and progressing well.“Climate change is one of the most [pressing issues affecting us today,” she said. “We are striving for a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious result in Durban.”The minister said that one of the priorities would be to work through unresolved issues from the 2007 gathering in Bali. She also mentioned that the implementation of adaptation activities is key, and that the conference is also hoping to reach finalisation on the Green Climate Fund.“We are expecting about 30 000 delegates, 20 000 of whom are from official delegations,” she said.After a lively question and answer session, an indication of the interest from the media in this important event, the group departed for the offices of the health ministry in central Pretoria.National Health Insurance questions answeredHealth minister Aaron Motsaoledi did not mince his words as he described the present chaotic state of South Africa’s health system, and emphasised that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme cannot be held off any longer if the majority of citizens are to get access to decenthealthcare.“South Africa makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, but it carries 17% of the HIV/Aids burden,” he said. “With tuberculosis, we are top of the list of all countries in terms of the percentage of population infected. We have a huge disease profile, but we don’t have the resources to properly address it.”The minister said that a national health insurance scheme is not a new concept, but that it had been under consideration since before the apartheid government came into power in the late 1940s.However, the new regime wasn’t interested in an equal system of healthcare and the idea was shelved until the arrival of a democratic government in 1994.Over-commercialisation of the private healthcare system was a big problem today. “It’s all about the return on investment,” he said. “These private clinics are run with more concern on the profits than on treating sick or injured people.”In terms of section 27 of South Africa’s constitution, no person may be refused access to emergency care.“But now, unless you have private health insurance you can die from your injuries if you have an accident outside the door of a private clinic, as they will refuse to even touch you if you can’t pay thousands up front.”This was totally unacceptable, said Motsoaledi, because it was discriminatory. The NHI would help to bridge this gap by making it possible for all citizens to have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they were.Looking into space for answersFrom Pretoria, the group paid a visit to HartRAO, the radio astronomy observatory at Hartebeesthoek, 50km west of Johannesburg. The facility started up as Nasa’s Deep Space Instrumentation Facility 51.Here they were given an overview of South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that will be able to peer deep into the universe and answer many unresolved questions.The SKA will comprise an array of radio telescopes that together provide a reception area of a square kilometre. It will stretch over much of Southern Africa and will involve eight countries in the region.Dr Michael Gaylard, the facility’s acting MD, showed the journalists some of the important equipment operated and maintained by scientists at the observatory. A 26m telescope built by Nasa in the 1950s has been converted to receive radio signals and is used to track pulsar timing. Ownership of the dish has now passed to South Africa.HartRAO also operates a Nasa-owned satellite laser ranger that accurately measures the orbits of satellites, including positioning satellites. Finally, the group was introduced to the first prototype of the low-cost radio telescope designed in South Africa for the SKA and its precursors, the Meerkat and Kat-7 arrays.From Gauteng, the group headed to Cape Town, where they inspected renewable energy production at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, visited a successful wine farm, and experienced other sights and sounds of the Cape peninsula.last_img read more

South African business chambers

first_img Mpumalanga: Mokpane Business Chamber: www.mokopanebusiness.co.zaPolokwane Chamber of Business: www.pcob.co.zaSoutspansberg Chamber of Commerce: www.soutspansbergchamber.co.za Website: www.businessleadership.org.za Durban Chamber of Commerce: www.durbanchamber.co.zaEstcourt Umtshezi Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.ecci.co.zaIlembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism: www.ilembechamber.co.zaNewcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.ncci.org.zaPietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Foundation: An association of South Africa’s largest corporations and major multinational companies with a significant presence in South Africa. Members are committed to addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. South Africa’s national, regional and local business associations, chambers and foundations all work to promote growth and investment, build new enterprises, forge stronger links between the country’s business communities.Business foundations Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nocci Kimberly): www.nocci.co.zaNorthern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nocci Upington): www.nocci.co.za KwaZulu-Natal: Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce Benoni Chamber of Commerce and Industries: www.benonicci.co.zaEastern Gauteng (Springs) Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.easterngautengchamber.co.zaEkhurhuleni North Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.encci.orgGreater Boksburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry: gbcci.co.zaHeidleberg Chamber of Business: www.heidelberggauteng.co.zaMogale Chamber of Business and Tourism: www.thewestrand.co.zaRandburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.rcci.co.zaRoodepoort Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.rocci.orgVaal Chamber of Commerce and Industry: vaalchamber.sacci.org.za Website: www.sacci.org.za Regional business chambers Eastern Cape: Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber: www.nmbbusinesschamber.co.zaBorder Kei Chamber of Business: www.bkcob.co.zaSterkspruit Chamber of Commerce and Industrywww.st-cci.co.za Western Cape: Website: www.gibs.co.za Wesvaal Chamber of Business: www.wesvaalchamber.co.za Fabcos affiliated sector associations: African Builders Association, the African Farmers Association, the African Hair and Beauty Association, the Black Association of Travel Agents, the Foundation for Informal Business Association, the National Cottage and Textiles Association, the National Traders Association, the SA Taverners Association, and “The Profs”, an association for black professionals. South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry: SACCI is the country’s largest business organisation, with a membership of close to 20 000 businesses, from the largest corporations in South Africa to sector-specific business associations. It has almost 50 constituent chambers. SACCI addresses economic, social and political issues affecting the business community. It also publishes the monthly Business Confidence Index. SACCI was formerly known as the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob). The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce: Nafcoc is an independent business support organisation that primarily, but not exclusively, serves the interests of black economic empowerment companies and small businesses. Gold Fields Chamber of Commerce: www.fgfchamber.co.zaManguang Chamber of Commerce and Industry: http://www.bcci.co.za Website: www.minara.org.za National Small Business Chamber: The NSBC represents South Africa’s small- and medium-sized business sector. It offers expert advice and other benefits to self-employed and small-business owners, and publishes a weekly e- magazine. Runs the annual Small Business Champion awards. Website: www.nsbc.org.za Business Unity SA: The Black Business Council and Business South Africa merged in October 2003 to create Business Unity South Africa (Busa), the country’s first properly unified business organisation. Busa is a confederation of South African chambers of commerce and industry, professional and corporate associations, and unisectoral employers’ organisations. The body is the main representative of SA business, tackling macro-economic and high-level issues affecting it at national and international levels. SouthAfrica.info reporter Reviewed: 13 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism: www.lcbt.co.zaMiddelburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.middelburginfo.com Northern Cape: Minara Chamber of Commerce: The Minara Chamber of Commerce represents and assists South African Muslim businesses and entrepreneurs. The constitution and workings are based on an adherence to an Islamic code of conduct and ethics. Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services: Fabcos, established in 1988, aims to ensure that informal black business becomes part of the mainstream of the South African economy. It focuses on township and rural-based formal and informal businesses. Financially independent, it operates a number of companies as a means of intervening for the benefit of its members. Fabcos is a member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Website: www.fabasa.co.za Website: www.busa.org.za Website: www.ahi.co.za Limpopo: Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut: The AHI is a multisectoral employers’ organisation involved in most sectors of South Africa’s economy. It helps guide members through an extensive network, aiming to “create sustainable prosperity”. It runs an annual entrepreneur of the year award. Gordon Institute of Business Science: Based at the University of Pretoria, GIBS aims to significantly improve the competitive performance of individuals and organisations through business education, supplying a wide range of activities and programmes. Free State: Gauteng: Family Business Association of Southern Africa: Fabasa acts as the official mouthpiece of family-owned business in Southern Africa, and promotes the overall interests of this economic sector. Website: www.fabcos.co.za National business associations Website: www.nafcoc.org.za Cape Town Chamber of Commerce: www.capechamber.co.zaGeorge Business Chamber: www.georgechamber.co.zaKnysna Chamber of Business: www.knysnabusiness.orgOudtshoorn Chamber of Business: www.odnchamber.co.zaThe Business Connection: www.bizzconnect.co.za North West: last_img read more

Sourcingmap Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp Clip – Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it

first_imgA gift to your fiancee, wife, mother, couple or just a friend and will bring them nothing but joy No slip grip technology holds styles on any hair type A very pretty and nicely sized hair claw. One of a number in my collection and always a joy to wear. Very nice clip – would highly recommend. The clip is strong and holds hair neatly. The price is unbelievable and was very well packaged for delivery. Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it. It was a lovely clip however it did break quite quickly. I can’t complain too much as it was very cheap and i have very long hair so these types of clips dontvlast long with me anyway. Larger than expected and heavy so unless you have really thick hair, it slips out. Interlocking teeth for secure grip; Holds hair while cutting or styling Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it Ideal for tousled hair casual styles A joy to wear! Features of Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp ClipSize : 8.5 x 5 x 4cm / 3.3″ x 1.9″ x 1.6″ (L*W*T)No slip grip technology holds styles on any hair typeInterlocking teeth for secure grip; Holds hair while cutting or stylingIdeal for tousled hair casual stylesA gift to your fiancee, wife, mother, couple or just a friend and will bring them nothing but joySize : 8.5 x 5 x 4cm / 3.3″ x 1.9″ x 1.6″ (L*W*T) It was a lovely clip however it did break quite SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-07-14 03:42:10Reviewed Item Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp ClipRating 4.8 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviews Posted on July 14, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags Sourcingmaplast_img read more

Watters honored as International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program and American Society of Agronomy have named Harold Watters of Ohio the 2018 ICCA of the Year.Harold Watters, leftThe award recognizes a CCA who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, shows leadership, and contributes substantially to the exchange of ideas and transfer of agronomic knowledge.Watters was recognized at the Commodity Classic on Feb. 28. He will also be recognized at the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Annual Meeting in November.“Growers and the fellow agronomists submit the nominations. We are proud to honor Watters on a stage surrounded by those individuals,” said Luther Smith, Director of Certification. “His contributions highlight the many science-informed decisions applied to agriculture.”Watters’ work as an associate professor in Extension at The Ohio State University puts him at the center of a communication hub. Weekly newsletters, monthly columns, field days, academic papers, and presentations at various conferences are part of his repertoire. Experimentation on the 400-acre university research farm (and informally on Watters’ own 200-acre farm) gives growers confidence.In Ohio, growers with more than 50 acres need to be certified in fertilizer application — a training Watters helped spearhead. Approximately 17,600 producers were trained in four whirlwind years to comply with new Ohio legislation. In addition, employees at more than 40 retail locations were certified in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program (right source of nutrients, at the right rate and right time, in the right place).These opportunities don’t stop at the state line for Watters. Over the last six years, he’s taken his agronomic expertise to Ukraine through a USAID program.“I’ve learned in Ukraine that you’ve got to ask good questions. Find out what are the limitations. Is it something to do with economics, or equipment? It’s made me a better observer here at home,” Watters said. “We’re all in this together. I don’t expect the U.S. alone is going to be able to feed the world. If they have capacity in Ukraine, Argentina, or Brazil, we need to work together and share the knowledge. We all need to do better, including here.”Watters has been a CCA and Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) since 1994. He has been active in the CCA community since.  He served on the Ohio and North Central Boards and Continuing Education Committee and as a mentor in the undergraduate Greenfield Scholars program. Ohio State and Wilmington College students may recognize him for his campus visits to promote the CCA program and pre-exam training seminars.Becoming a CCA requires hours of study and a focus on providing the latest science-based advice to growers. Most CCAs continue to develop their skills and knowledge throughout their careers for the betterment of growers and agriculture.The ICCA of the Year Award consists of hotel and travel expenses to both meetings, $2,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and a one-year membership in ASA. The award celebrates a level of proficiency that belongs to an individual and not to a company.ICCA is the largest, most recognized agriculture certification program in North America. Its professional standards are widely respected by industry, academia, and government. For more information on ICCA, visit https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/.last_img read more

CES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based Music

first_imgHow long have you been hearing about both Apple’s and Google’s much-anticipated cloud music and media offerings? While we spent much of 2010 waiting to see which of the two Internet giants would get there first, another player was lurking in the background and is now stepping into the fray with an offering of its own. RealNetworks, the company behind RealPlayer, previewed Unifi at the Consumer Electronics Show today and we think that its device- and platform-agnostic offering could give the other guys a run for their money.We sat down with Peter Kellogg-Smith, VP of emerging products with RealNetworks, who showed us around the cloud-based music and media offering that it plans to release in early 2011.According to Kellogg-Smith, RealNetworks recently surveyed 1,000 of its users and found that difficulties with organizing media between devices and syncing mobile devices were two of the biggest complaints. Many mobile users still have to tether their device to sync, rather than transmitting content wirelessly, leaving photos and music files often stranded on the device where they were purchased or taken. At the same time, these users often own multiple devices and can’t remember where and on what device a piece of content may reside. Unifi is RealNetwork’s attempt at solving this problem and, as an owner of multiple devices, it looked like a tool I would want to use.Here’s how it works: A “librarian” app catalogs all of your various music and image files, creates a master list and compiles it into a cloud-based master list. This librarian app is a program on your desktop computer and an app on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet computer. Each device takes an inventory and reports its findings to this master list. You then choose exactly which content you want made available on the cloud and the service syncs it for you. You can not only control this synchronization directly from the device you’re using, but from a remote device as well. That is, if your laptop is running and connected at home and you’re out with your smartphone, you can look at the catalog, find the media you want on your home computer, and ask Unifi to sync and make it available to you wherever you are. If the laptop isn’t on and running, it will sync that content the next time it is turned on and connected. The other big feature, aside from syncing to the cloud, is directly downloading content from the cloud to any device for offline access. Essentially, Unifi gives Apple users a way to wirelessly synch their media. The only problem, of course, is that iTunes cannot be used to access this content. Instead, the Unifi app must be used to play or view downloaded content.“Our goal,” Kellog-Smith told us, “is to be ubiquitous across all devices.” Indeed, he showed us how a user could buy different parts of the same album across different devices and media stores and then have it show up as a single album within Unifi. In addition to your standard media files, the service will also initially allow users to sync photos from Facebook and Snapfish, with more services on the horizon.As opposed to the expected cloud media offerings by Apple or Google, Kellog-Smith said that Unifi will allow users the ability to manage all media across all devices and not just in the walled garden of a single platform. Upon release, Unifi will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices, on Google TV and on Windows and Mac devices. The company expects to release apps for both WP7 and Blackberry in the second quarter of 2011. He also said that RealNetworks is in talks with device manufacturers to offer the service as an embedded feature and as an app in connected cars in late 2011 or early 2012.The app itself will be free with storage up to 2 GB and paid offerings of 10, 30, 60 and 150 GB will be available. While we’re sure that Apple and Google fans, who have a lot invested in each of these ecosystems, will continue to hold their breath for native offerings, RealNetworks’ Unifi seems to step up the game in terms of cloud-based media services. What do you think? Does Unifi sound like it’s for you? 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#CES 2011#cloud computing#conferences#mobile#Multimedia#music#news#NYT#web center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

Energy Star Homes Must Comply with Version 3 Guidelines Now

first_imgSince the Energy Star team first released the Version 3 guidelines over two years ago, they made several revisions and have adjusted the implementation schedule. Currently, they’re up to Revision 5 of Version 3, and some items have been delayed, but Version 3 kicked in for good on Sunday. Really! If the house you’re hoping to qualify for Version 2.5 was permitted before 2012 and had its final inspection by the end of Saturday, 30 June 2012, you’re golden. If you’ve slopped over into July, it’s Version 3 for you!I’ve included the Energy Star Version 3 implementation schedule graphic here, and you can see that since we’re now in July, it’s all Version 3, no matter when the house was permitted or finished. What to watch out forSo, now that it’s really here, what are the big issues with qualifying new homes under Energy Star Version 3? There are a few, and they add up. We’ve qualified a lot of V2.5 homes and a few V3 homes through Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings, our HERS rating providership, and here are three obstacles that we’re seeing:Bath fans – Energy Star Version 3 requires bath fans to be able to exhaust 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air. The HERS rater has to measure it, too, so when builders put in 50 cfm bath fans, they’re probably not going to pass. The typical bath fan moves only half its rated air flow, so a 50 cfm fan generally won’t cut it for Energy Star. One problem is the duct that makes an immediate 180° turn (as shown in the photo below), but there are other reasons bath fans underperform, too.HVAC contractors – Energy Star Version 3 expects a lot of HVAC contractors. On the whole, they had great difficulty with the minimal V2 program requirements (Manual J, properly sized cooling system, coils matched according to AHRI standards). Now they have to do full HVAC design and commissioning and get certified through the Quality Assurance program of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). The fees for that are over $1000 to get started and then about $820 per year (not including ACCA membership) to continue. Not many have done it yet. There are only 12 Georgia HVAC contractors listed on the ACCA website as of today. Even in Texas, which has probably had more homes qualify for Energy Star than any other state, only 63 HVAC contractors are listed.Cost – Energy Star has a document that shows their projections for the extra costs and savings (pdf) associated with qualifying a home for Version 3 versus having it meet the 2009 IECC. They say it will cost a home builder in the range of about $3500 to over $9000, depending on location, to qualify for Energy Star Version 3. The problem is that the builder doesn’t realize the savings; the homeowner does. Also, they’re comparing Version 3 costs to the costs to build to the 2009 IECC, which not everyone is doing yet.Of course, these aren’t the only things that builders are balking at and getting stuck on. The requirement that all homes must have mechanical ventilation systems and Grade I insulation installation (or continuous insulation) are a couple of others.So, now that the new guidelines are here, what happens next? Energy Star Version 3 is no longer an entry level energy efficiency program. Getting the Energy Star label on your home will be a lot more meaningful now that Version 3 is mandatory.What are you seeing out in the field? Builders, are you sticking with the program? HVAC contractors, why aren’t you jumping in yet? HERS raters, what other hangups have you found? RELATED ARTICLES Efficiency Programs Struggle to Stay Ahead of Energy Codes The Energy Star Homes Program Raises the Bar with Version 3Energy Star Version 3 Version 2 had a fixed HERS Index requirement of 85 (or 80 in the far North); Version 3 has a variable HERS Index target, which is usually in the low 70s.Version 2 had one checklist for the HERS rater: Version 3 has 4 checklists: 2 for the HERS rater, 1 for the HVAC contractor, and 1 for the home builder.Large houses have to get to a lower HERS Index because of the new Size Adjustment Factor.All parts of the building envelope must have Grade I insulation or continuous insulation.All Version 3 homes must have mechanical ventilation systems that meet the requirements of ASHRAE 62.2.center_img On the 1st of this month, the Energy Star new homes program moved fully (well, almost) into the much more rigorous set of guidelines called Version 3. There’s been a lot of discussion on the the transition for the past three years, when the Energy Star team at the U.S. EPA first started vetting the update with HERS raters and home builders. In case you’ve ignored or haven’t heard much about it yet, here’s a quick overview of what’s new: Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.last_img read more

Celtics Irving may miss date with Raptors over fracture

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alab + Puso View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Team personnel assist Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Irving took an elbow to the face and left the game. APBOSTON, United States — Boston’s Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a facial fracture and could miss Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, where the Celtics will be seeking to win their 12th straight game.The minor fracture to Irving is just the latest health problem for the Celtics, who are one of the hottest teams in the NBA despite the rash of injuries. The loss of Irving means Boston is without all of its Big Three which also comprises Gordon Hayward (out for season) and Al Horford (concussion). Rookie Jayson Tatum is nursing a sore ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Irving suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday’s game at the Boston Garden, when he took an accidental elbow to the mouth from teammate Aron Baynes. After the hit, Irving fell to the floor holding his face.Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face. He was also checked for a concussion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think this team has a chance to be one of those teams that just kind of fights through adversity all the way,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.Backup point guard Shane Larkin could be pressed into duty if Irving is out Sunday. /cbb CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Nextlast_img read more