Close to the chest, but a win nonetheless

first_imgEureka >> Just because a team wins one inning does not mean that team will win in the next, and that is why they say in baseball anything can happen.That was almost the case for the Humboldt B-52s in Friday night’s 4-3 victory over the visiting Santa Rosa Rosebuds.“It was a close one,” B-52s head coach Scott St. John said. “For the most part, take away one hit, everything worked out according to plan there at the end.”Before it got close, starting pitcher Brian Meyer threw a gem and limited …last_img

Klay Thompson appears unaffected with free-agency speculation, but what about Kevin Durant?

first_imgOAKLAND – As he stepped to the free throw-line, Klay Thompson heard a loud chant coming from the visiting Lakers fans in the upper deck. They did not boo him. They greeted him.“We want Thompson!!!” the Lakers fans yelled. Moments later, those same fans yelled to Kevin Durant, “We want KD!!!”The Lakers definitely want a lot of stars to join their team. Add New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to the mix after his public trade request this week that may or may not yield a deal before the …last_img

Where the San Francisco Giants stand on the morning of the trade deadline

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As Wednesday’s 4 p.m. EST trade deadline nears, the clock is ticking and baseball executives are frantically searching for the best possible deals for their respective clubs.Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is among those who planned to remain active in the hours leading up to the trade deadline, but it’s been a relatively quiet few days for the organization.Following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Phillies, first baseman Brandon Belt became the latest Giants …last_img

Social media could undermine the cattle class crush

first_imgAircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are helping reduce airline greenhouse emissions. The ability to access social media on aircraft will give airline passengers a greater voice in influencing the way cabins are configured, a senior Airbus executive believes.Head of A350 XWB marketing customer affairs Marisa Lucas-Ugena said wi-fi connectivity would give passengers a greater ability to praise or criticise aircraft interiors as they were flying.She said the Internet was also increasingly shaping the way passengers chose how to fly and agreed that the ability to tweet from aircraft could reverse the current trend to squeeze more people into economy class to maximise revenue.“Any passenger having a great experience in flight can report it real time,’’ she said. “And while a few years ago that report would be when you arrive and have a nice dinner with your family, today you can spread it all over the world with social media.’’Airlines have adopted new seat designs to cut seat pitch – the distance between a point on a seat and the same point on the seat behind it – and many are reducing seat width by adding a seat to each row in planes such as the Boeing 777.Airbus has been heavily pushing the fact that its planes are designed to maintain a  minimum seat width of 18 inches, a campaign rival Boeing  discounts as marketing hype.The cabin of the new A350 is six inches wider than the rival Boeing 787 and Airbus says this means it can offer a comfortable, wider seat in nine-abreast economy configuration as well as eight abreast in premium economy and four abreast in business class. Vertical wall panels and sophisticated lighting give a sense of space  and the airline has boosted this in business class by increasing the size of overhead lockers and doing away with the central bins.Like the rival Boeing 787, The A350 has higher cabin pressure and humidity that helps people better handle long trips and is significantly quieter than older aircraft.While the Lucas-Ugena said the 350 was not as quiet as upper cabin of the company’s Airbus A380 superjumbo, she claimed it was six decibels quieter than the 787’s interior. She said Airbus had focused on passenger comfort when it designed the A350 because of its long range of about 8,000nm (14,800km). “And that is a lot of time,’’ she told reporters at a briefing at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters on Thursday. “We don’t want to stay 17 hours in the office, we don’t want to stay 17 hours on our sofa at home and the office and the sofa are normally more comfortable than an airplane.“So that’s why at Airbus, and in particular on the A350, we are obsessed by comfort in the cabin.“This is one of the features we consider most important and it cannot be decoupled from efficiency and it cannot be decoupled from the range ability of the aircraft.’’The A350 is set to become a major player in the Asia-Pacific with big orders from airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Singapore has ordered 67 of the fuel efficient aircraft – including seven ultra long range aircraft – and is taking delivery of the sixth A350-900 on Friday. The delivery will be key milestone for the manufacturer becasue it also mark Airbus’s 10,000th aircraft delivery.The Singaporean carrier was instrumental in developing the ultra long range version of the A350-900 which it intends to use to re-launch flights on the Singapore-New York and Singapore-Los Angeles routes. It previously operated the flights using four-engine A340-500s but was forced to abandon the routes for economic reasons.The A350-900ULR provides an estimated 25 per cent improvement in efficiency and uses a modified fuel system and aerodynamic improvements to increase the range to about 8700 nautical miles and a flight time of about 19 hours. Operators can also switch the plane back to the standard long-haul A350-900 specification if necessary.Singapore’s head of sales marketing, Campbell Wilson, said the airline had yet to decide on the number of seats on the ULR or the exact cabin configuration, including what classes would be involved.Airbus is preparing to flight test a bigger version of the A350, the A350-1000, and Lucas-Ugena would not rule out the development of a long-range version.Steve Creedy travelled to Toulouse courtesy of Singapore Airlines.last_img read more

An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House

first_imgRounding up our Passive House teamI decided to contact Natalie Leonard, a professional engineer and a Certified Passive House Consultant. Natalie has been involved in over 40 projects to date and has been very successful. One of her architects, Mike Anderson, is the lead project designer. Mike has a degree in physics, which seems like a natural match for performance homes that involve a lot of physics. After several lengthy phone conversations, Natalie’s company was an obvious choice. It seemed like a natural match.I decided early in the game that I would have to complete the builders’ course offered by the Passive House Institute U.S. myself since there are no Passive House builders in Newfoundland/Labrador. Natalie was teaching the course at Ryerson University in Toronto in December, so I had the opportunity to complete the course and meet Natalie in person. I can say that it was an amazing course. Natalie did a great job teaching it and her knowledge of the content was obvious.I am glad that we have Passive Design Solutions working on this project with us. The contract spells out what is expected from me and what I can expect from them. All aspects of the building will be planned, from lighting to plumbing to ventilation, all optimized to minimize energy use. That being said, the first round of schematics, including lot placements, are completed. I’ll discuss lot placement and the house schematics next. There is a better wayNow, imagine living in a home where you have employed five guiding principles during design:(1) Super-efficient envelope: Superinsulated, thermal-bridge-free walls that are airtight.(2) Efficient layout of mechanicals: Energy-efficient wiring and efficient plumbing layouts.(3) Controlled ventilation: Use of a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator to control the amount of ventilation and recapture energy.(4) Integrating passive elements: Using large south-facing triple-glazed windows to capture solar energy.(5) Use of renewable energy: This could be anything from PV to solar thermal to a wood stove.If I told you that this home will use between 80% and 90% less heating energy than a code-built home, you would think I was off my rocker. If I told you that my hot water costs are now going to be the largest part of my electrical bill, you would say that’s not possible. Well, it is possible. I didn’t fall of the rocker. I stood up and started looking, and realized there is a whole lot of science that has gone into creating buildings with energy efficiencies you wouldn’t think were possible in a cold climate. Such a crazy standard does exist. It’s called Passivhaus and although the origins were in Canada, it was researched and refined in Germany.To put the power usage for a house like this in perspective, most homes around the size of our house are using up to 30,000 kWh of energy per year. It’s an early estimate, but we are expecting that our annual energy usage for the new home to be 8,000 kWh. That’s a whopping 75% reduction in energy usage. How is this possible? Science — and a lot of it. Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of posts by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province to be built to the Passive House standard. You can find Goodyear’s complete blog here. This post was originally published in January 2017. Do you need a Passive House consultant?A home is more than a floor plan. According to Passive House principles, there are a lot of details to get right beyond a simple floor plan. If you want a high-performance home that has predictable energy usage, it comes at a price. That premium is a small price to pay. The final outcome is a predictable home.Working with an architect and/or a Passive House consultant is probably the most important part of the project. Without their expertise, you’ll still end up with a superinsulated house, which will decrease your energy bill, but other details may be missed. Will overheating be a factor? Do you need extra overhangs to minimize solar gain during the summer? Do your north-facing windows lose more energy in the winter than the solar gains on the south face? These questions can be answered up front, before the home gets built. That’s the job of the Passive House consultant.We wanted to keep our business as local as possible. There are no Passive House consultants in Newfoundland and Labrador, so naturally we looked to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has made leaps and strides in implementing Passive House. There already are many Passive House buildings constructed. Nova Scotia’s provincial government has even funded Passive House projects for multifamily housing and provided up to $10,000 in incentives for homeowners wishing to build a Passive House.Forget about the minor insulation upgrades that we received from the Take Charge program in Newfoundland. These guys are going all the way. And I can understand why: Nova Scotia gets most of its power from burning coal. They have a time-of-use system for charging customers based on the time of the day. Their energy costs vary from $.08/kWh to $0.19/kWh. Cutting energy use is a huge mandate on the province’s list of “to-dos.”I doubt that we will see anything like this here anytime soon, given the state of Muskrat Falls. Giving people rebates so their power bills are lower just means that we’ll be paying less to pay for the cost of the project. Does a Passive House Use 90 Percent Less Energy?New Passive House Rules Take EffectCanadian First Nation Gets Active About Passive HousingA Practical Approach to Passive House Passivhaus Homes Are Extremely Tight and Energy-EfficientRedefining PassivhausAn Inside Look at the New PHIUS Standard So, after 8 1/2 years in our home, we have decided to move on. Well, not right away! We have quite a bit of planning ahead of us. With the likely onset of a 233% hike in the cost of electricity from Muskrat Falls (when compared to today’s rate of $0.0972/kWh), we decided it was time to take energy consumption seriously — before it’s too late to do anything about it.The land has been acquired, and the planning has started. I am planning on nipping my energy bill in the bud before it becomes a major sinkhole in my pocketbook.Upon investigating current building standards, I realized that the Canadian building code is below the standards necessary to really make a difference in energy consumption. There are some standards, such as R-2000, which can make a difference to total energy usage. A R-2000 home can use up to 50% less heating energy compared to a code-built home; if built properly. A blower-door test will reveal the truth about that. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils- DC win by 16 runs

first_imgHyderabad’s 169-run target proved to be too tough for Delhi as they lost this IPL match by 16 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Score | PhotosThe bulk of scoring from the Hyderabad camp was done by opener Sunny Shohal (62) and Kumar Sangakkara (49) who put on 92 runs for the second wicket.Delhi started their chase poorly looking wickets early. In fact, they lost their first wicket in the fourth over when the total was 28. Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag wanted to cut loose and he made room for that in Hyderabad medium-pacer Harmeet Singh’s over but ended up getting caught at point by Daniel Christian on 12.The last ball of the next over saw Naman Ojha too walk back. Christian trapped him leg-before on 2 to reduce Delhi to 33/2. New man Aaron Finch too did not stay at the crease for long and was sent back to the dugout by Harmeet on a nought. Delhi were 38/2 at the stage.Then David Warner and Venugopal Rao put on 52 runs for the fourth wicket and they were quick in their pursuit, scoring in boundaries, but Hyderabad leggi Amit Mishra ensured that their partnership did not last long. He got the better of Rao in the 13th over with Christian performing the final honours near the boundary. Rao fell for 21 and Delhi fell to 90/4.David Warner, who was going steady till now too departed. And it had to be Hyderabad part-time bowler Shikhar Dhawan who scripted his departure in the 15th over. Warner played a pull shot off him and D Ravi Taje pouched him at deep mid-wicket on 51. Delhi were reduced to 99/5 post his wicket.advertisementOn the first ball of the 16th over Irfan Pathan played a sweep off Hyderabad left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and the ball took the aerial route to land in Bharat Chipli’s hands at deep mid-wicket for 5. Delhi were 112/6 at the stage and were looking in trouble.Yogesh Nagar, who scored 22 before being bowled out by Christian in the last over, and James Hopes tried hard for a revival but failed as the team ended up losing the match by 16 runs.Hyderabad innings Opener Sunny Shohal and Kumar Sangakkara scored 92 runs for the second wicket as Hyderabad posted 168/4 in 20 overs against Delhi on Tuesday’s first IPL match.Earlier, Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat against the hosts at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium pitch and ended up losing their opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over of the innings to Delhi paceman Irfan Pathan. Hyderabad were 14/1 at the stage in the 19th match of the IPL.But, post that wicket captain Kumar Sangakkara and Sunny Sohal got on with a partnership to frustrate the opposition bowlers. The two put on 92 runs for the second wicket before a rush of blood saw Sangakkara taking the aerial route off Ashok Dinda on the last ball of the 12th over and Aaron Finch took a fine catch moving backwards. He didn’t move his eyes of the ball and pouched the ball nicely. Sngakkara fell on 49 and Hyderabad were 106/2.After his wicket, Sohal too lost his rhythm and fell to Shahbaz Nadeem in the 15th over. He scored a fien 62 that came off just 41 balls. Daniel Christian was the last wicket to fall for Hyderabad as Cameron White and Bharat Chipli scored an unbeaten 12 runs for the fith wicket as Hyderabad finished with a fine 168/4 on board in this IPL match against Delhi.last_img read more