Attendance up at Vermont historic sites, Bennington, Coolidge lead the way

first_imgVermont’s State Historic Sites posted a one-and-a-half percent increase in attendance for the 2010 season, with officials crediting more family-oriented events and improved promotion.A total of 66,900 people visited the state’s 10 historic sites during the 2010 season, which ran from May to October, up 1,012 from last year’s 65,888 visitors.The increase would have been even bigger had the state not been forced to close one site due to construction activity; when adjusted for that, the total attendance at the remaining sites was up six percent.‘We had a number of interactive and innovative special events at the sites ‘ like the star-gazing at the Hubbardton Battlefield ‘ that really appealed to families,’ said John Dumville, historic sites operations chief at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. ‘And we also expanded our efforts to publicize them, including radio ads in partnership with the Tourism Department and on Facebook.’Attendance figures at the two most popular sites ‘ the Bennington Battle Monument and the President Calvin Coolidge site in Plymouth Notch ‘ were up 7 and 8 percent respectively.The iconic monument ‘ which also opens earlier and stays open later than the other sites ‘ recorded 35,030 visits, while the Coolidge site saw 21,502 people stop in, including a crowd of over 700 people at the grand opening of the new President Coolidge Museum and Education Center in August.The attendance increase is especially impressive, Dumville said, because the Chimney Point State site in Addison was closed on June 14 over safety concerns caused by the reconstruction of the adjacent Champlain Bridge, which was closed due to structural problems in October 2009 and was demolished using explosives in December, 2009.That resulted in only 143 visitors to the site between its opening over the Memorial Day weekend and its closure, compared to nearly 3,000 who went to Chimney Point during 2009.Dumville said officials were hoping to re-open the Chimney Point site for the 2011 season, but would have to evaluate the status of the Champlain Bridge reconstruction in the spring, adding, ‘Obviously, the safety of the public has to come first.’The final event of 2010 is the Holiday Open House at the Coolidge site on December 11, which Dumville said is ‘always very popular.’Source: Vermont Tourism Dept. 12.8.2010For more information, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites(link is external) or visit the sites on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Montpelier-VT/Vermont-State-Historic-Si…(link is external)last_img read more

5 Epic Mountain Bike Trails in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

first_imgVirginia’s Blue Ridge is an incredible destination for those who love to rip a trail on a mountain bike.With over 300 miles of trails for mountain biking, there are options for bikers of all skill levels, including some thrilling rides that will put your ability to the test. If you’re ready, let’s roll through America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital.Here are five epic trail systems to conquer during your next adventure!1. Carvins CoveJust 10 miles from downtown Roanoke, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is a 12,500-acre paradise for those who love the outdoors and was recently featured by Singletracks for having some of the best trails in the Southeast. There are nearly 60 miles of trails for mountain biking, but some of the most popular advanced routes include The Gauntlet, Rattlin’ Run, and Hemlock Tunnel. [Carvins Cove Trail Map]2. Dragon’s Back & North MountainRide the rocky ridge of North Mountain and you’ll understand why it’s called Dragon’s Back. Coming in at around 12 miles in length, the elevation fluctuates from 1,750 feet to a high of 3,051 feet with plenty of technical rock climbing along the way.3. Mill Mountain Full PullMill Mountain is a “must visit” for anyone coming to Roanoke for any reason. It’s where you’ll find our iconic Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain Zoo. It’s also a pretty great trail system that’s open to mountain bikes. Oh, and it’s within the Roanoke City limits.The Full Pull is the entirety of the trail system, starting and ending at UnderDog Bikes at the base of the mountain. Expect to cover 13.5 miles and tackle more than 2,100 feet of elevation. Fun times with lots of climbs! [Mill Mountain Park Trail Map]4. Roaring Run Hoop Hole TrailThe Roaring Run Recreation Area is more known for its easy waterfall hike, but mountain bikers can take advantage of the challenging Hoop Hole Trail Systems. The Upper Hoop Hole ride provides nearly 6 miles of trails that require riders to conquer over 2,500 feet of elevation change.5. Potts Mountain Jeep TrailKnown for being a popular spot for 4×4 off-roading, the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is also a thrilling challenge for mountain bikers. It’s a technical ride along the ridgeline over rock outcroppings and boulders, but you’ll also encounter a few scenic spots that provide a view of West Virginia on the horizon during your 7.5 mile trek.Want a guide for your biking adventure? The pros at Roanoke Mountain Adventures can get you set with bike rentals, shuttle service, trail info, and much more.Need something a little easier? We also have a list of 20 Easy Mountain Bike Trails in Virginia’s Blue Ridge full of family-friendly rides.Visit the Biking section of Virginia’s Blue Ridge website for trail maps and more great information to help you plan your Blue Ridge Day.last_img read more

Amazon Great Indian Festival ‘Finale Days’ Sale: Top Deals and Offers This Week

first_imgBuy now for: Rs. 22,499 (MRP Rs. 28,999)OnePlus 8 (Rs. 39,999)OnePlus 8 (6GB, 128GB) is still selling at Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999) on Amazon during the Great Indian Festival 2020 sale this week. State Bank of India credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth 10 percent. Amazon is also bundling its exchange offer that can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 16,400.Buy now for: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999)- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Redmi Note 9 Pro, the affordable Xiaomi phone, is down to Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. You can exchange an old mobile phone and receive another additional discount of up to Rs. 11,950. Redmi 9 Pro comes with a large 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Oppo A52 (Rs. 15,990)Oppo A52 is still down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990) on Amazon during the final phase of the Great Indian Festival sale. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 11,950. The phone features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a hole-punch display design. The camera setup includes a 12-megapixel quad rear camera along with a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Oppo A52 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990)Amazon Great Indian Festival sale – Best deals on Amazon devicesFire TV Stick models (Rs. 2,099 onwards)Fire TV Stick Lite is down to Rs. 2,099 (MRP Rs. 3,999) while the all-new Fire TV Stick model is selling at Rs. 2,499 (MRP Rs. 4,999). If you’ve got a 4K TV, grab the Fire TV Stick 4K instead at a discounted price of Rs. 3,599 (MRP Rs. 5,999). Fire TV Sticks are a great way to convert your dumb TV into a smart one. You can install and run just about any major online streaming app on the platform, as well as games and other apps too.Buy now for: Starts at Rs. 2,099Echo smart speakers (Rs. 2,249 onwards)Amazon’s Echo lineup of smart speakers is also available with attractive discounts during the Great Indian Festival sale right now. The third-generation Echo Dot is down to Rs. 2,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499). The all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation) is down to Rs. 3,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499) on Amazon right now. Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are powered by the company’s Alexa virtual assistant.Buy now: Starts at Rs. 2,249Kindle e-readers (Rs. 6,499 onwards)Amazon is also offering discounts on its Kindle e-readers during the Great Indian Festival sale this week. Kindle Paperwhite is available for Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999). This variant comes with a built-in light and it’s waterproof. The 10th generation Kindle with built-in light is also down to Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 7,999). Kindle e-readers are perfect if you love to read, especially when you’re on the move. They’re also perfect for gifting purposes, with Diwali around the corner.Buy now: Starting at Rs. 6,499Amazon Great Indian Festival – Best offers on electronicsJabra Elite 65t TWS earphones (Rs. 3,999)Jabra’s Elite 65t TWS earphones are still available at their lowest price this year, at Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499). These true wireless earbuds come with a charging case, and a promised total battery life of up to 15 hours.Buy now for: Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499)Apple Watch Series 3 42mm (Rs. 18,900)Apple Watch Series 3 is still available at a discounted price of Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900) during the last phase of the Great Indian Festival sale this week. You can avail additional discounts with bank offers, along with no-cost EMI options available with major payment methods. In case you’re unwilling to spend nearly double the amount on the new Apple Watch SE, the Series 3 model is still a pretty decent option at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900)Sony DSC-RX100M3 Cybershot (Rs. 38,990)The Sony DSC-RX100M33 Cybershot point-and-shoot camera is down to Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890) in a Lightning Deal on Amazon right now. The camera features a 20.1-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, and is powered by the Bionz X chipset. It also comes with an LCD display that can be rotated by up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies.Buy now for: Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890)LG 43-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 34,990)LG’s 43-inch 4K smart LED TV is selling at Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990) on Amazon this week. The bundled exchange offer comes with another instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,000. The TV includes three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale has now entered its final week. The festive season sale kicked off last month with hundreds of deals and offers on a large selection of mobile phones, laptops, TVs, Amazon devices, and other electronics. In case you missed the initial few phases of the sale, you still have time to pick up something for yourself or gifts for your loved ones until November 13. Amazon is calling this edition of the Great Indian Festival sale ‘Finale Days’.In its final week, Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale will offer 10 percent instant discount to SBI credit card holders (capped at Rs. 1,500 per card). We’ve handpicked the best deals and bundled offers that are available in the last phase of Amazon’s Diwali 2020 special sale.Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale – Best mobile phone offers on the last day- Advertisement – iPhone 11 (Rs. 50,999)Apple’s iPhone 11 is now selling at Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900) during the Great Indian Festival sale’s ‘Finale Days’ phase on Amazon. The listing assures EarPods and wall charger in the box. In case you missed the deal earlier, you have another chance to grab the iPhone 11 at a discounted price.Buy now for: Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900)Samsung Galaxy M51 (Rs. 22,499)Samsung’s Galaxy M51 is down to its lowest price ever on Amazon right now. The phone is listed at Rs. 22,499 and SBI credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth Rs. 3,000, bringing the overall effective price below Rs. 20,000. You can also swap an old mobile phone and receive another discount worth up to Rs. 16,400.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Millen: I’m not the right man

first_img Press Association “I honestly felt when it was 1-0 that we could get something from the game, even before the sending off – that we had enough chances in the game to be at least level and the players deserved that. “I enjoyed the whole experience, but I was disappointed we didn’t get something from the game because we deserved it.” While Palace do not yet have a permanent manager in place, that has not stopped the club tying key players down to new deals. Damien Delaney penned a new contract until 2015 on Wednesday, while Millen confirmed a new contract for captain Mile Jedinak is edging ever closer. “I think it is agreed, I don’t know where we are exactly with it,” he said of the Australia international, whose current deal runs out next June. “Mile has been a great servant for the club. He is the captain, he is a leader and we want him to stay. “We know he is happy at Crystal Palace and, while it has not been signed yet, I think it has almost been agreed. “I am delighted for Damien. He has worked hard for it. “He was a big part of the team last year that got promoted and he stepped up to the Premier League and has done well. “He is back in the international fold, playing for Ireland, so he deserves it. “He has an ankle issue at the moment that we’re managing, but he is the sort of player who wants to play every game and he is the type of player you need around the place.” The Hawthorns encounter may well prove to be the former Bristol City manager’s last at the helm, with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish hoping to appoint a new boss by the start of next week. Tony Pulis, Chris Coleman and Martin O’Neill are the bookmakers’ favourites for a job which Millen will not be applying for. While proud to be in temporary charge and keen to manage again, the ex-defender accepts he is not right man for the south London club. “Probably the type of manager that needs to come in to look at this group from the outside would be a fresh view on what is needed, maybe some different ideas,” Millen said. “I have worked closely with the players now for a long time and I enjoy it, but I think someone from the outside coming in will give us a little bit more of a lift. It is right that I don’t put myself forward for the job. “I loved it, I really did and I have missed it, but I enjoy coaching the players as well. “To be in charge of Crystal Palace in the Premier League was a dream come true. “But when the game gets going, you want to win the game and I wasn’t on the touchline there with a smile on my face thinking ‘this is enjoyable’ because we were losing after 47 minutes. The Croydon-born assistant manager, who played for the club as a teenager, was thrust into the Eagles hot seat for the meeting with Arsenal following Ian Holloway’s departure last week. Palace impressed despite the match ending 2-0 to the leaders and Millen will again take the reins for Saturday’s trip to West Brom. Taking charge of Crystal Palace last weekend was a dream come true for Keith Millen, but the caretaker boss accepts he is not the right man for the club going forward.last_img read more

GTBank/Ogun State Principal’s Cup Final Holds Thursday

first_imgThe final of the 2017 edition of the GTBank/Ogun State Principal’s Cup will hold today at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, as first-time finalists take on former champions.The curtain raiser for the day will be the finals in the female category between two-time winners, Muslim High School, Isolu and Iko Gateway Grammar School, Idi-Iroko. In the male category, Ipara Community Secondary School, Ipara will hope to spring an upset as they take on title favourites, Pakoto High School, Ayede-Ifo who won the trophy in 2015.The matches are bound to produce historic moments for two of the four schools as both jostle to win the trophy for the first time ever.Outstanding players to watch out for in the male category of this year’s final include Olalekan Toheeb of Pakoto High School, who is the leading scorer of the tournament with three goals, and Sodiya Olaoluwa of Ipara Community Secondary School who won the Most Valuable Player award in the semifinals.Winners in both categories will be rewarded with the sum of N1,000, 000 each, while the first, second and third runners-up will be given N750,000, N500,000, and N350,000 respectively.Commenting on the finals, the MD/CEO of GTBank , Segun Agbaje, said, “We are proud to lead this initiative that provides an avenue for students to showcase their talents and passion for the game of football even as they remain committed to their academics.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Sunday competition on the 16th of October was won by Garvin Toye 20 with 44 pts. Runner up was Vlad Bautris 19 with 38 pts. The gross winner was Enda Kennedy 0 with 35 pts.Third place was John Casey 9 with 37 pts bot.The Generations Cup presented by Lady Captain Mary Devlin took place on Saturday 15th October on the Old Tom Morris Links. The winners with a 64 nett were Mick Gallagher Jnr & Ronan Gallagher.Runners up were Seimi Connor & Lorcan Connor with 65.5 nett.1st Ladies section – Suzanne Gallagher & Bronagh Gallagher 78.5 nett.Category 1 winners were Pat Boyce & Conor Boyce 68.5 nett. Category 2 winners were Padraig & Pauric McGinty with 74.5 nett.Front 9 winners were Ben McNutt Jnr and Ben McBride Snr with 33.5 nett.Back 9 winners were Charlie McBride & Connor Meehan with 34 nett.The Centenary Cup (aggregate stableford score any combination Ladies/Gents) will take place on the Old Tom Morris Links this Sunday 23rd of October.The Ladies & Gents Seiko competitions will take place on the Old Tom Morris Links on Saturday the 29th of October. Six inch placing not nearer the hole on fairways only will come into play from Friday the 21st of October on both golf courses.Members must book a tee time on a Saturday & Sunday to avoid disappointment and to allow the first tee to operate efficiently.Cutting in at the 10th tee on the Old Links is strictly not permitted at any time at weekends.Tee times can be booked via the Pavilion Golf Shop between 8am & 4pm everyday. The Sandy Hills Links is strictly green fee only and all players must check in with the Pavilion Golf Shop before play.The Pavilion Restaurant is open on Saturday & Sunday night.The new Sunday night set menu is available this Sunday from 4.30pm – 8.00pm with two courses for 20e, three courses for 25e.Contact 074-915-5000 for reservations.The Gents Captains Weekend to Ballyliffin G.C will take place on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th of November. Further details to follow.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground every Thursday and selected other days by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654.ENDS.ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more

Hitachi to buy South African IT company

first_imgHeadquartered in Johannesburg, Shoden has also established subsidiaries in the UK and in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as part of its continued expansion in sub-Saharan Africa. “The strength of Hitachi Data Systems solutions has been an integral part of this journey.” 6 October 2011 Shoden designs, provisions, deploys and supports products and technologies that simplify and optimise data centre environments to many enterprise customers in the region, including major banks, telecommunication companies and retail companies. Hitachi Data Systems said it intends to continue this relationship with TSS and is committed to building on the company’s adoption of the BEE framework should the competition authorities approve the proposed acquisition. Continuing growth across Africa “Together, as a united company, we are committed to continuing the outstanding support given to all of our customers and to continue to grow across Africa.” As such, Hitachi Data Systems Europe, Middle East and Africa general manager Niels Svenningsen pointed out that the proposed acquisition was a natural step in the relationship between the two companies. US-based Hitachi Data Systems is to acquire South Africa’s Shoden Data Systems, a leading provider of data centre technology solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, for an undisclosed sum, as part of its growth strategy on the continent. Shoden has been a dedicated supporter of black economic empowerment (BEE), in particular through its relationship with Tactical Software Systems (TSS), an IT company that provides business solutions for commercial and public enterprises in South Africa. The addition of Shoden will enable Hitachi Data Systems to better serve its growing customer base throughout the region by continuing to help customers reduce costs, carry out business innovation initiatives, improve service levels and deploy new applications and technologies more quickly and efficiently. “Shoden has achieved great success and leadership in South Africa, creating a strong customer base and building a skilled and motivated team,” Svenningsen said in a statement this week. “We share the same values and commitment to excellence and innovation. Hitachi Data Systems, a subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi, has enjoyed a successful 11-year partnership with Shoden, and Shoden’s growth over that period has enabled it to capture a significant share of the rapidly growing South African enterprise data storage market. “We are very excited about the prospect of joining the Hitachi Data Systems family,” said Shoden Data Systems MD Marc Trevenen. “We are proud of the proven expertise, reputation and local knowledge that we have developed over the past 11 years. Committed to black empowerment The acquisition is subject to approval from the South African Competition Commission and other relevant competition authorities in the African countries in which Hitachi Data Systems and Shoden conduct operations. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wolfe Island Passive: Building With Cross-Laminated Timber

first_imgAnd now for some heaving liftingThe delivery of our Wallnofer Walltherm stove, water tank, and solar thermal panels had been delayed by bad weather along the route from Nova Scotia, and we were not expecting them quite as soon as they arrived. We got just an hour’s notice at lunch that they would be arriving on the next ferry. It was barely enough time to get the backhoe/fork-lift.With the three pallets off the delivery truck, we faced the difficult job of getting the very heavy water tank, and even heavier stove, into the house. Because of the shipping delay, the doors had already been installed, meaning that clearance was limited. Luckily, the water tank’s insulation is designed incredibly conveniently so it zipped off. The tank itself was still 190 kg. (419 lb.), and big, too, but four of us managed to pass it over the sill of the tilt-and-slide door and get it onto a flat trolley inside the house (see Image #12, below). We could then move it into the utility space.The stove was smaller but, unbelievably, even heavier. We partly disassembled it, removing doors and as many of the fire bricks as we could, but we probably did not reduce its 300 kg. (661 lb.) by any more than 10%. To get it into the house and over the sill, Chris thought up an impromptu ramp and bridge. With two people pulling, two pushing, and all of us watching the balance of the stove, we managed it. Editor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. Each external wall and ceiling piece has a gasket on the edge so the structure will be airtight when complete. Each piece is joined to the others with 200 mm (about 7 3/4 inches) steel screws. By the end of the day we had done exactly what we had hoped and planned for: a complete first floor! (See Image #2, below.)The second day of our build brought another overcast sky but, thankfully, no rain. And we got even more done than we had hoped for (see Image #4, below), so that on the third day we we would only have to install the roof panels (see Image #6), saving a significant amount of money on overtime (for the crane and operator, at least). More important, we will have managed to do what fully trained crews in Germany and Austria do in just about the same amount of time.So, in two and a half days we completed the main CLT structure, and also tidied and rearranged the site to be ready for the next week’s work. Everyone did a fantastic job. A special thanks goes to Mike, the crane operator from C.A. Peters. He had to switch constantly between being bored for long periods of time and then having to do precision lifting. All the while he dealt with a whole lot of different people, not all of whom were experienced with big cranes and the signals needed for their operators. A week of windowsThe crew moved all of the windows into the house in preparation for the installation, and continued to build and install the 2×6 outer frames that would help support the windows in the insulation layer (see Image #7, below). Tomaz, a technician from Optiwin, the window manufacturer, flew in to train and supervise our crew.The windows are placed at a point roughly midway through the wall. The windows themselves are fairly deep, with the outer pane about 1 1/2 inch beyond the bucks. We put the windows as far out as we could given their weight, and made the calculations in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) in terms of any differences in solar gain.The total wall thickness is 17 inches: about 4 1/2 inches for the CLT, 11 inches for the insulation, and about 1 1/2 inch for the air gap and the siding. The outside of the windows are 10 1/2 inches from the inside of the wall structure.We started with easily liftable windows to get the techniques right before moving on to the bigger windows. We left the really big ones for the following day (see Image #8, below).It was a miserably wet night and the house was filling up with water. Despite protecting all the window openings and sealing many of the gaps, the areas where the walls join the roof and the floors had not been sealed, and rain was infiltrating everywhere.We didn’t have time to do more than vacuum up the worst areas as we still had a lot of windows to install. The rain continued throughout the morning until it turned to misty drizzle by the afternoon, which was the best kind of weather for installing windows. But, working into the darkness, we got all of them done except the long window over the stairs and the big tilt-and-slide door.The last day of window installation was much drier than the previous one! Our architect, Malcolm Isaacs, had been intending to take Tomaz back to Wakefield before heading down to Montreal Dorval Airport, but since we still had the big Motura tilt-and-slide door to do, they insisted on staying until they had it finished (see Image #11, below), and then headed directly to Dorval to get Tomaz on the plane.center_img Our plan for the cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction process was to do one floor a day. As days are short in December, and darkness comes soon after 4.30 p.m., we started as early as we could.Wall panels are 110 mm thick (about 4 3/8 inches), to be insulated on the outside with rigid wood fiberboard. We started with the west wall, which had to be braced until other walls were put into place. Pieces were moved into position with a crane, and placement was crucial. Every millimeter counted, so the crane operator was a very important part of the team. [Note: See the images below for an abbreviated look at how the building was assembled. For a more extensive photo library, check the Wolfe Island Passive House blog.]We had the wall and roof panels in a rack and stacked in piles. Keeping the process moving smoothly meant knowing where each one of them was located. RELATED ARTICLES Product Guide: Cross-Laminated TimberGeorgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise Trend ‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?All About Glazing OptionsPassivhaus Windows BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD Adding the InsulationWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction last_img read more

This Is How I Work

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now This is my riff on Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series.Location: Westerville, OhioCurrent computer: Macbook Pro 15 w/Retina Display (backup computer MacBook Air 11)Current mobile device(s): Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5sWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?For my money, Evernote is the indispensable app. I use Evernote for taking notes, for clipping articles, and for scanning every document that enters my life. I just bought the Evernote ScanSnap scanner from Evernote’s new marketplace.I love 37 Signals, and I use Highrise for my customer relationship manager and Basecamp for projects. Highrise is an untraditional customer relationship manager or sales force automation. It’s pretty simple, and it isn’t for managing a pipeline, but it works for me. Basecamp is perfect! I love sharing projects with my team and my clients.I like Dropbox, but I pay for Box.com. Box is a professional grade version of online storage. I sync a number of files across my computers, and I share a number of folders with my team and my clients.I just switched from Mail.app to Airmail. It’s a super-slick email application with a killer user interface. Mail.app and Gmail just don’t play nicely together anymore, so I had to find something that let’s me replicate the Mail Act-On functionality, particularly archiving email to certain tags with a keystroke.I also use 1Password as a password manager (on everything but the Note 3). I am really trying hard to use complex passwords and two-factor authentication wherever I can.What’s your workspace like?I have a Geekdesk with two 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt displays. I like to stand when I work on the telephone, and I like to sit down to write. My office is my library, and I am surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves (I am never more comfortable than when I am surrounded by books and coffee).What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?Capture everything you need to do in a trusted system (Thank you, David Allen). Hire a personal assistant (Thank you, Michael Hyatt). Outsource the work for which you are not the primary value creator (Inspired by Gerhard Gschwandtner).For my money, getting up before 5:00 AM and working until 7:00 AM on creative, psychic-RAM-draining tasks is the ultimate key to productivity.What everyday thing are you better than everyone else?I don’t know that I am better than anyone else at any everyday thing. But I can read for hours and hours.What’s your favorite to-do list manager?I love Omnifocus, but since I switched to an Android phone, I had to find something else (or at least I thought I did). I am currently using 2Do. It’s not as powerful, clean, or flexible as Omnifocus, but it’s the best-in-class if you need to manage tasks across platforms. Airmail’s newest update allows you to share emails striaght to 2Do, which helps tremendously.What do you listen to while you work?Nothing. At 4:30 AM, I am surrounded by and enveloped in my thoughts.What are you currently reading?Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers (the most important book of 2013) by Niraj Dawar and The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.What’s your sleep routine like?In bed and asleep at 10:00 PM (I normally fall asleep in seconds), up at 4:30 AM (except on weekends, then usually up by 5:45 AM).Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ___________ answer these same questions?He’s not quite as tech-nerdy as I am, but he’s running a close second: Charlie Green (who I am hoping will write his own response and name someone else).What’s the best advice you’re ever received?It’s a tough question. Let’s start with “Shut up. It isn’t about you.” Then maybe, “Stop worrying about politics and just make enough money to outrun the bastards.”last_img read more

Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH PSL: Stalzer steers Petron past Sta. Lucia in opening win “For Dindin, it’s just all about the mindset. I asked her and the PT and they said she’s 100 percent healed. Good thing she stepped up today,” said Abella, who made his head coaching debut in the PSL after replacing Serbian mentor Moro Branislav in the offseason. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img “It was okay. Of course, I’m happy because I was able to come back,” said Manabat in Filipino on Saturday.“I’m satisfied. It’s only the first game and I hope I can elevate my game more and it starts in training.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old Manabat had 14 points, including five service aces, and six excellent digs as she backed up American import Brooke Kranda, who fired a game-best 21 points in her professional debut.Foton head coach Rommel Abella liked what he saw from Manabat as he had no concerns over his team captain’s return after a long layoff following surgery. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Dindin Manabat of Foton vs Angeli Araneta of Generika-AyalaIt was almost a year ago when Dindin Santiago-Manabat suffered a season-ending knee injury.Manabat, however, put the past behind in her first game, helping Foton start its campaign with a win over Generika in the season opener of the 2018 Philippine Superliga.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more