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June 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img TAGSBallyneetyfatal crashGearoid Sheehy Ahernlimerick Advertisement Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick teen road victim named as tributes flow onlineBy Staff Reporter – March 21, 2018 3290 Twitter Previous articleAppeal to get Limerick stroke victim home from TurkeyNext articleTroy studios first clip takes flight Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Tubberquinn, Ballyneety with Limerick teen Gearoid Sheehy Aherne inste THE death of a 17-year-old Limerick teenager in a road traffic collision in Ballyneety has been referred to the Garda Siocahana Ombudsman for investigation after the vehicle in which the teenager was traveling in was involved in an earlier interaction with gardai.Gardai and GSOC are now investigating the full circumstances surrounding the fatal crash at Tubberyquinn, Ballyneety, just after midnight on Tuesday morning March 20 where Gearoid Sheehy Ahern lost his life. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The black car in which the Ballinacurra Weston teen was traveling in hit a ditch on the road it was traveling on and was catapulted almost 30 feet into an adjacent field.Tragically, the Greenmount Avenue teenager was fatally injured and three other males were injured, one seriously, when the black, 2005 Dublin registered Mazda 6, they were travelling in, struck a ditch.Three other injured teens all understood to be aged 17, were being treated at University Hospital Limerick with one believed to be in a serious condition. The incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission as a result of earlier interaction between the crashed car and Gardaí.Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are asking witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information, to contact them on 061 214340.Former Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh schoolmates of Gearoid have been paying tributes online to the young teen who lost his life in the crash.Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.See more Limerick news here Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

December 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former department head at Valley Stream North High School frequently made unsolicited passes at a pair of male colleagues and boasted about her past sexual triumphs, which created a “toxic” work environment for teachers and students, according to sexual harassment complaint filed Monday against the school district.The allegations against veteran social studies teacher Cecilia Sanossian, who became chair of the Social Studies Department in the 2009-2010 school year before recently stepping down, was the result of years of disregarded complaints and deafening silence from the Valley Stream Central School District, according to two social studies teachers bringing the complaint.“To see nothing be done about it…it really hurt, it really upset me,” Alphonso Daddino of Garden City said at Carle Place office of the law firm Leeds Brown Law PC.“We were getting ignored through every channel,” said John Brennan of Brooklyn, who claimed he was first sexually harassed during the 2009-2010 school year.Both men said they were victims of unwanted advances through the years and had to endure suggestive comments that disrupted the work environment and caused physical and emotional stress.Brennan, who is married, alleged that Sanossian would massage his shoulders and neck and caress his scalp even after he’d decline her offers, which made him feel powerless, he said.“I got to the point where I wouldn’t even go to our office anymore,” he said.In the complaint filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights, Daddino said he was touched inappropriately on his back, arms and shoulders. Sanossian also made lewd comments, such as “I give the best head,” explaining her preference for older men, and an admission that she and her sisters are known for their “great assess but not their breasts,” the complaint states.Brennan claimed that the sexual harassment would continue even after he had made official complaints to the administration. “Sanossian made comments to John such as: ‘I could just kiss you,’” and in one instance, invited him over to shower at her house, according to the complaint.Ten concerned members of the social studies department collectively wrote a letter to the high school principal last May detailing troubling comments and threats made against members of the department. Sanossian would openly brag about her sex life, including the time she broke her rib during a specific romp, the complaint states. She also referred to male members of the department as “FILF”—“fathers I would like to f**k,” according to the letter included in the complaint. Her fondness for one male colleague prompted Sanossian to compare him to a “hot fudge chocolate Sunday that students want to eat,” the letter states.Both men said on several occasions they explained their grievances to the school administration, including to the principal and assistant principal. Brennan’s first verbal complaint was made in 2010. Both men filed sexual harassment complaints, but corrective measures were never taken, according to the complaint.“She created a very toxic environment,” said Daddino. “I had to do something. I couldn’t let this continue.”Brennan agreed.“That’s why we’re at this point,” added Brennan. “We have to do what’s right.”Their attorney, Lenard Leeds, called the men “heroes” and said they’re trying to do what’s best for their colleagues and students. Leeds also suggested hypothetically that a similar complaint made by a female would perhaps attract a more aggressive response from the school district. Brennan, however, said they have not been shamed for speaking out and insisted that their colleagues have been supportive.Leeds called for disciplinary actions against Sanossian, who recently stepped down as chair and now works as a teacher. Leeds said he would leave it to a jury to determine how much the men should be awarded.“The district is aware of the allegations and is conducting an internal investigation,” Bill Heidenreich, Superintendent of Valley Stream Central High School District, said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “Due to matters of personnel, the district is not offering any further comment at this time.”It was unclear if Sanossian had hired an attorney.last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBirdwatching is more fun when you learn what’s going on in those feathered bodies.Record migration (PhysOrg): It’s been called “one of the most impressive bird migrations in the Americas.” The little Blackpolled Warbler, a gold-colored handsome bird that could fit in your hand, undertakes a migration each year from New England to South America. Scientists have banded and studied these little birds for 40 years now. “Migration is one of the most understudied, important, and perilous times in a songbird’s life cycle,” a researcher noted. The systems for navigation, metabolism and hazard avoidance must be incredible to fit into a bird that small.Pigeon leadership (Current Biology): In this dispatch, James Herbert-Read says, “A new study has decoded which birds become leaders in homing pigeon flocks, finding an unexpected benefit of leadership: faster birds emerge as leaders, and these leaders learn more about their environment than their followers.” There must be some benefit to the followers since there are so many of them.Parrot toolkit (PhysOrg): New evidence has been found that parrots can use tools. Psychologists watched ten parrots grind calcium from sea shells with pebbles. Not only that, they shared their pebbles with other parrots. “This behaviour, never before seen in this species, is the first evidence of a nonhuman using tools for grinding, and one of the few reports of nonhuman animals sharing tools directly.”How birds stay colorful (Science Daily): Because blue jays use structural color instead of pigments for their bright blues, those colors don’t fade. Understanding how they construct these patterns “could pave the way for the creation of paints and clothing colours that won’t fade over time.” What’s even more amazing is that the structures, made up of tiny holes in well-organized arrays, don’t become disorganized as the bird ages.The researchers found that the Jay is able to demonstrate amazing control over the size of the holes in this sponge-like structure and fix them at very particular sizes, determining the colour that we see reflected from the feather. This is because when light hits the feather the size of these holes determines how the light is scattered and therefore the colour that is reflected. As a result, larger holes mean a broader wavelength reflectance of light, which creates the colour white. Conversely, a smaller, more compact structure, results in the colour blue.How would you like jeans that stay as bright as when you bought them?“Current technology cannot make colour with this level of control and precision — we still use dyes and pigments. Now we’ve learnt how nature accomplishes it, we can start to develop new materials such as clothes or paints using these nanostructuring approaches. It would potentially mean that if we created a red jumper using this method, it would retain its colour and never fade in the wash.”Kestrel drone (Science Daily): Ever wonder how hunting birds can hover for long periods without moving their wings? Try building a glider that can do that. Australians are working on that problem, getting inspiration from how kestrels use updrafts efficiently by adjusting their wing feathers. Hovering without flapping allows these birds to focus their eyes precisely. If the engineers can mimic that on their micro-aerial vehicle (MAV), the technique could be “used for many tasks in urban environments, such as delivering packages, performing surveillance, and search and rescue,” the article says.Hummingbird thermostat (BBC News): Have you ever worried about your hummingbirds overheating at the feeder? All that fast flapping and zipping around would seem to make the little birds get heat exhaustion, especially on warm days. It turns out that they effectively shed excess heat in the feather-free “windows” around their eyes, shoulder joints, feet and legs. Scientists in Oregon found this out using thermal cameras.Penguin dinosaur (BBC News): Here’s another claim of “convergent evolution.” Long before penguins evolved, evolutionists are now saying, marine reptiles swam like them. Penguins literally “fly through the water” with their water wings, and that’s how plesiosaurs swam, according to new models, PhysOrg concurs. Speaking of plesiosaurs, an “enormous” fossil specimen has been found near Patagonia. Live Science tells the story of its discovery and excavation. The flippers alone are four feet long on this beast, estimated 23 feet in length. Most of the long-necked plesiosaurs have been found in North America, so this one seemed out of place.Huddle of the penguins: Speaking again of penguins, how many “March of the Penguins” movie fans knew that “Penguin huddling is more complicated than thought”? That’s a phenomenon PhysOrg tries to untangle. Who would have thought that the ones in the middle can overheat? It can get up to 100° in there! Scientists observed some of them eating snow, apparently in an effort to cool off. Outsiders try to break up the huddles, but the ones in the middle might feel trapped, wanting to get out.Watch the birdie evolve.  Nature tries to figure out “How Birds Spread Around the Globe.” Answer: They flew. Over at Live Science, Laura Geggel tells her readers that “Modern Birds Took Flight 95 Million Years Ago” as if she was there watching. “Birds began their evolutionary split from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period,” she drones. Nighty-night.Darwin’s finches under threat (BBC News): We end on a sad note; the finches of the Galapagos are under threat from parasitic flies that attack the young.  Scientists are trying various strategies because they don’t believe the birds can adapt or “evolve” in time. It makes one wonder how they got past other threats for millions of Darwin Years.Birdwatching is a fun hobby, without the ball and chain of Darwinian storytelling. The stories are like those annoying pop-ups when you want to watch a video that say, “You can skip this add in 5 seconds.” Just flap your arms for 5 seconds, click “Skip Ad” and get to the good stuff. (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSouth African poet laureate, political activist and academic Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile passed away on 3 January 2018 after a short illness. He was 79. Kgositsile became South Africa’s first poet laureate in 2006.Keorapetse Kgositsile intertwined politics, poetry and jazz to create a unique South African literary voice that will be remembered for generations to come. Kgositsile, South Africa’s first poet laureate, died on 3 January 2018, following a short illness. He was 79. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonBorn in Johannesburg in 1938, Kgositsile fell in love with literature and poetry at a young age, discovering the works of American poet and novelist Langston Hughes, and English writers Charles Dickens and DH Lawrence while still at school.On completing his schooling, he worked as a journalist and poet at the influential independent newspaper New Age; it closed in 1963 following its banning by the apartheid government. Kgositsile’s first original poems were lyrical and politically charged, attacking the apartheid government. While he was interested in writing long-form fiction, he felt poetry had an urgency and an anger that could inspire young people.The rhythms and structures of his poetry, particularly the scathing Dawn, were also influenced by African jazz tempos and the early American Beat Generation stream-of-consciousness aesthetic.A poet in exileA lifelong member of the ANC, Kgositsile’s political outspokenness in his poetry and activism drew the attention of the apartheid government and he was soon forced into exile, first to Tanzania and then to the United States. In the latter, he studied literature and creative writing at a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia University. Kgositsile published his first poetry collection, titled Spirits Unchained, in 1969.After graduating with a Master’s degree in fine arts, Kgositsile remained at Columbia where he began his teaching career. He also became a regular performer on New York’s spoken word circuit in the coffee shops and community centres of Greenwich Village and Harlem.While in New York, Kgositsile formed friendships with some of the leading jazz musicians and political activists of the era, including Nina Simone, Stokely Carmichael and Harry Belafonte. He considered the intertwining of jazz, politics and poetry an effective way to communicate the black experience, whether that be in Africa or the US, and as a way to escape the constrictions of a white-influenced cultural aesthetic.Elaborating on this idea in 1985, Kgositsile said: “There is nothing like art – in the oppressor’s sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of Sophiatown tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue. Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or mbaqanga. Anguished happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancer’s muscles.”He also used theatre and performance as a way to inspire revolutionary thought and political debate. He was one of the founders of the Black Arts Theatre in Harlem in the early 1970s, which brought together African and African-American poets, writers and artists. It offered them a platform to collaborate and formulate a modern black culture movement.Return to AfricaIn 1975, Kgositsile returned to Africa, teaching writing and poetry at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. He married fellow exile Baleka Mbete in 1978, and helped found the ANC-in-exile’s education and culture departments. Later, in a democratic South Africa, Mbete became the Speaker of the National Assembly and served as deputy president of the country for a short period.Kgositsile spent the 1980s teaching at schools and universities around Africa, including in Kenya and Botswana. In 1990, before returning to South Africa, he published his sixth collection of poetry, titled When the Clouds Clear. It was his first collection to be published in his country of birth.Returning to democratic South AfricaOn his return home, the poet became an outspoken cultural activist, particularly as the vice-president of the Congress of South African Writers. He helped to foster young creative minds through the  embracing of the black African voice. He was a fierce critic of the newly elected ANC government, which, he felt, had forgotten the important roles that art and artists played in the struggle against apartheid and their roles in voicing the hopes of a new, democratic country.During the 1990s, Kgositsile returned to the US as an honourary professor at a number of the universities where he had studied as a young man. He married for the third time, to respected US law professor Cheryl Harris. In 1994, they had a son (Kgositsile’s third child), Thebe Neruda Kgositsile. He went on to become an acclaimed hip-hop star known as Earl Sweatshirt. Kgositsile and Harris separated eight years later.thank yall for your thoughts and love pic.twitter.com/qhualj0fjL— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 4, 2018In the last decade of his life, Kgositsile remained active as a connection between politics and the arts.In 2013, he was made director of the South African Department of Arts and Culture, and was a committee member of the South Africa / China People’s Friendship Association, which helped to form cultural relationships between the two countries.Kgositsile won the Herman Charles Bosman literary prize and the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize (Brooks was a former US poet laureate). He was also awarded the South African National Order of Ikhamanga Silver for achievements and contributions to South African literature. Kgositsile published more than ten collections of poetry and writings in his lifetime.In his final years, he became a prominent fixture on the South African literary festival circuit, mentoring a new generation of writers at events such as the Jozi Book Fair, Abantu Book Festival and the InZync Poetry festival. Kgositsile was working as a cultural adviser in the office of Gauteng ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile when he died.Reaction to the death of Keorapetse KgositsileFollowing his death, South Africans expressed their appreciation for Kgositsile’s life and work in contributing to South African culture.President Jacob Zuma called him a South African ambassador. In his statement, the president said: “Today our country mourns the sad passing of one of the giants of our liberation struggle, who was renowned for his accomplishment as well in the education, arts and culture sectors. Kgositsile was highly regarded even beyond the borders of our country and was a celebrated arts intellectual in the continent. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa called Kgositsile South Africa’s most influential and exceptional poet, one whose works would never be forgotten.Parliament also issued a statement, calling the poet a champion for freedom, whose legacy would inspire future generations to use culture to develop South Africa. “Professor Kgositsile… distinguished himself as an academic, a poet par excellence, and a champion for freedom and social justice throughout his life in South Africa [and] while in exile in many countries of the world and on his return home. Through his sharp and progressive pen, he contributed [to] cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning in the country and abroad.”Tweets about Keorapetse Kgositsile Kgositsile is survived by his wife, seven children and several grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.Source: News24, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was a “dog-gone” good time at the first ever Eukanuba Performance Games, recently held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington. The games are a series of competitions that require a strong team bond between a dog and its handler for success.The Eukanuba Performance Games lasted four days from September 14 through 17. There were 1,300 registrants (and their dogs) at the event, traveling from as far as Florida and Washington to compete.“We are thrilled with the success of the first-ever Eukanuba Performance Games this year,” said Andrea Goldstein, external communications manager for Royal Canin USA. “We can’t imagine a better way to introduce the new Eukanuba Field and ROYAL CANIN RING event venues at The Roberts Centre. From the competitors and attendees, to the community and the venue, we were amazed by the response we received for the event in only its inaugural year.”The competition was split into six different divisions to test the dogs and their handlers’ skills. The Fast Cat division tested the dogs’ speed in a timed 100-yard dash. The dock diving event challenged dogs to jump off a dock as high or as far as they could into a body of water. Scent work competitions highlighted dogs’ ability to discern certain smells. Once a dog noticed a specific scent, he/she would alert their handler.Disc games featured and emphasized the bond between handler and dog, as they threw andConley and Dorothy also participated in the dock diving contest.caught discs in a variety of different games. The barn hunt competition promoted dogs’ predatory instincts, as they worked their way through a maze of straw and hay to locate rats that were enclosed in aeriated tubes. There were also agility games to test the dogs’ ability and willingness to work with their handlers. The dogs and handlers navigated through obstacle courses and completed tasks.Marla Conley and her border collie, Dorothy, of Delaware County participated in the inaugural contest. The team is fairly new to the sport, having just started this year.“We competed in disc events and in dock diving this year,” Conley said. “There are a few different games within the disc event. There is throw and go, which is essentially toss and fetch with your dog, and then there is a game called ‘fris-gility’ which is a series of obstacles the dog has to do before the dog catches the disc. You earn points by throwing the disc to different zones in a field. When you get points, you can win titles and then you can move through different levels too. The levels just kind of measure your competency and skill.”Marla Conley and her border collie, Dorothy, of Delaware County participated in the inaugural Eukanuba Performance Games in Wilmington. Photo by Taila Lewis.Most events are only split between two levels.“There were about 40 to 50 teams in the disc contest, and we were able to place tenth overall which was really exciting, especially since this is the first time they have held this event,” Conley said. “We competed in four different disc games over the four days and then they took our cumulative score to place us.”She and her dog Dorothy also placed second in the throw and go games at level 2, which is for teams that have advanced skill and competency.Preparing for the games required many hours of practice from both the handler and the dog.“I have to practice my accuracy and my distance with my disc throwing,” Conley said. “In the competition, you have to keep the disc inbounds on the field and then you’re aiming for the spots that give you higher points too. Dorothy and I will also practice together too. We practice a lot of communication skills together.”Conley and Dorothy also participated in the dock diving contest. Dorothy jumped a personal best of 24 feet and two inches. They also are working on learning to do free style, which is aThough they are a fairly new team to these kinds of events, Conley and Dorothy had a very successful outing. Photo by Taila Lewisroutine for the handler and the dog that involves tricks.“Right now Dorothy is able to do a few tricks,” Conley said. “She is able to do a flip in the air when she jumps. I just have to make sure she is safe and that we start slow.”Conley and Dorothy plan to participate in more dog shows throughout the year.“I love going to the shows because of all the great people you get to meet,” she said. “Everyone is so helpful and just really nice. It’s a competition but everyone is rooting for each other to do well.”Eukanuba and Royal Canin are already looking forward to hosting the games again in 2018 and, likely, for years to come.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn this special edition of the Weekly Wrapup, our weekly newsletter, we summarize our end-of-year series profiling the best web products of 2009. We also carried out a Reader Poll this week, asking our readers to select their favorite products of the year. We present the results of that poll here. Finally, this week we announced our 6th annual Best BigCo award. Read on to find out which big Internet company impressed us the most in 2009.Order The Real-Time Web and its FutureIf you think Twitter is big, get ready for the real-time Web by reading The Real-Time Web and its Future. We conducted interviews with 50 companies and innovators in real-time technology. “The report is excellent – a great synthesis of why the real-time Web is different, what changes, what doesn’t and what the industry needs to do in order to press forward.”– John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks“It blew our minds… inspiring.”– Favit“Recommended.”-Hewlett-Packard Official NewsWe’re flattered by the initial praise. You can download the report, take a look at the Table of Contents and this sample chapter, and keep an eye out for the 2-report package that allows you to save money on previous reports when you buy our latest installment. The print version is coming soon!Buy Now >>Reader Picks: Best Web Products of 2009 This week we ran a reader poll, asking for your votes on the top Web products of the year. Thousands of you voted for up to 10 products, from a list of 100 selected by the ReadWriteWeb authors over December. The poll has now closed and we’re pleased to present the ReadWriteWeb community’s Top 10 Web Products of 2009. Here is the final top 10:1. Twitter2. Google Chrome3. Google Maps4. Facebook5. WordPress6. iPhone platform7. Google Apps8. Adobe AIR9. Hulu10. TweetDeckFor more analysis, read our announcement post.Best BigCo 2009 In one of ReadWriteWeb’s longest-running traditions, every year we review the top Internet companies and their impact over the past 12 months. This week we announced the 6th annual Best BigCo, a.k.a. big Internet company. In 2008 the Best BigCo went to Apple, due largely to the iPhone and App Store. Facebook won in 2007, Google in 2006 and 2004, and Yahoo! in 2005. For 2009, the ReadWriteWeb team chose Google as our Best BigCo.In our top 100 products list for 2009, seven Google products made the cut: Tags:#2009 in Review#web#Weekly Wrap-ups#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Android platformGoogle App EngineGoogle Apps Google Chrome Google Maps Google Search Options and Rich Snippets Google VoiceAnd we didn’t even include Google Wave, its biggest launch of the year. We think Wave has a lot of potential, but it’s clearly at the experimental stage still. The web browser Chrome was probably the Google product that had the biggest impact this year. Read more about Google and the other nominees…Best Web Products of 2009In what’s become an annual tradition, every December ReadWriteWeb selects the best Web products of the past year. In a series of 10 articles, we examined the top web products in categories ranging from consumer web apps to RSS and syndication platforms.Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009We kicked off the series with a look at the top mobile web products of the past year. This is a subjective list of editorially selected products, but one which includes some of the biggest names in mobile web applications for 2009. Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009Every year at ReadWriteWeb, we look at hundreds of new web apps aimed at everyday users. Occasionally, we come across a service that stands out from the pack because it offers a novel solution, disrupts the way incumbent market leaders do business or changes the way we experience the Web. Here is our list of the top 10 consumer web apps of 2009.Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 20092009 has seen a lot of Semantic Web and structured data activity. Much of it has been driven by Linked Data, a W3C project which gained momentum this year. The 10 products we’ve picked out for this end-of-year review are ones that have done interesting things with data. Connecting to other data, building new applications with data, sharing data, and more. Top 10 International Web Products of 2009Thriving tech communities exist around the globe, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, and the success of internationally-based web products serve as a reminder to all of us that innovation knows no borders.Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009The web isn’t about pages any more. Now it’s about streams, feeds and syndication. Only one service makes a repeat appearance this year.Top 10 Enterprise Products of 20092009 may be remembered as the year that enterprises truly understood the importance of social software. This was manifested by the rise of enterprise collaboration services, cloud computing technologies and the growing importance of mobile technologies for the enterprise.Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009 2009 has been a turning point for the Internet of Things, when real world objects (such as lights, cars and packages) get connected to the Internet. This trend has added a significant amount of new data to the Web, so for that reason alone it is an important development. Top 10 Real-Time Technologies of 2009The real-time web was hot this year and it’s likely to become a standard expectation on sites all around the world next year. We’ve tracked this trend extensively with a face-to-face summit of industry leaders and an 84-page research report on The Real-Time Web and Its Future.Who were the big movers and shakers in real time this year? Check out our list of the top 10 to find out.Top 10 Startup Products of 2009There were a ton of great products launched in 2009 by big companies and startups alike, but in this post we focus on the best products released by startups.Top 10 Web Platforms of 20092009 has been a big year for mobile and real-time technologies, which is reflected in our selection of the top 10 Web platforms of the year.That’s a wrap for another week. Enjoy your weekend everyone and happy Christmas!last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIf I do that same calculation in the reverse order, the results are very different, as shown below. The R-45 exterior insulation will save 57 MMBTU per year, and the R-14 cavity insulation saves only 0.6 MMBTU per year. So the exterior insulation saves about 91 times as much energy as the cavity insulation here.Looking at it this way, you might say, “Hey, we’ve already got 98.9% of the savings with the R-45. Why don’t we just skip the cavity insulation? We’ll get almost the same performance.” Just by reversing the order, the payback for all insulation types, even the two “bad” ones, drops to less than 20 years. You have to go well past R-60 to hit 20 years, but the insulation should last 50 years or more.What R-value should you use?One other thing I pointed out about this issue is the actual R-value used. Wilson’s graph goes all the way up to R-60. Do you ever need to use that much? We know about the diminishing returns of adding more insulation. When does it make sense to stop? Well, we now have some good guidance from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). RELATED ARTICLESMore About Global Warming and Insulation The Misleading Numbers Behind the Global Warming Impact of InsulationAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the Planet What we want to know is the ratio of the savings when you calculate the R-45 exterior insulation first versus when you calculate it second. And those numbers are 57.3 MMBTU/year for R-45 first versus 6.54 MMBTU/year when you calculate the R-45 savings second. That ratio is shown at right.The conclusion here is that you get 8.8 times as much energy savings simply by calculating in the reversed order. Let’s apply that to Wilson’s results.Below is the graph Wilson presented for doing the calculation with the R-45 savings second. The effect on payback At the North American Passive House Conference in Philadelphia in September, I gave a presentation on the global warming impact of insulation, an issue I’ve discussed a few times since Alex Wilson wrote his paper on the topic back in 2010. In my presentation, I covered two different aspects of the issue: (i) the problem with Wilson’s payback calculations and (ii) using David White’s global warming impact calculator to make more informed decisions.I’ll discuss these two aspects of the issue in two articles, giving you the payback part here and the calculator in two weeks.Diminishing returns and paybackI don’t know why it took me so long to figure this part out, but I didn’t see it when I first wrote about Wilson’s payback calculations. Now it seems pretty clear. Let’s see if I can convince you.To calculate how many years it takes to pay back the cost of something, you need to know what the savings are per year. In this case, we’re not talking about money. We’re talking global warming emissions, but the principle of payback is the same. In Wilson’s calculations, he used a calculation method for energy savings that made two of the insulation types look really bad. (Those two were extruded polystyrene and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam.) That calculation method he used was to split the energy savings due to the highly insulated walls in their study into two parts. The initial energy savings went to the cellulose insulation in the 2×6 wall cavities, with a whole-wall R-value of R-14. Then they added more insulation of the various types they studied and calculated how much energy that “extra” insulation saved.That might make sense if you have an existing home with already-insulated 2×6 walls. But if you’re building a new home, I argue it doesn’t make sense. More on that in a bit.The reason that splitting the energy savings like that yields misleading results is due to diminishing returns. As you can see in the graph below, by the time a wall is insulated to R-14, it’s already got most of the energy savings it’s ever going to get. You can keep adding more, but you get less and less energy savings for each additional inch of insulation. The returns diminish. How do these results affect Wilson’s payback calculations? Let’s work through the calculation. The equation for simple payback is shown at right.Regardless of which order you use to calculate the energy savings, the cost in global warming impact should remain the same. The global warming emissions from the making of the insulation (all types) and the emissions from the blowing agents (foam) don’t change.So to calculate the effect of calculation order on payback, we need to adjust the denominator in that little equation. Calculating in a different orderLet’s take a look at some actual numbers. I used a total R-value of 59, split into two parts:  R-14 (representing the insulation in the cavities) and R-45 (the additional insulation on the exterior). When I calculate the amount of energy savings attributable to the R-14 first, I get the graph below. The cavity insulation saves about 51 MMBTU per year. The exterior insulation saves about 6.5 MMBTU per year. The cavity insulation saves 7.9 times as much energy as the exterior insulation. Calculating the R-45 savings first would lower all the lines on the graph by a factor of 8.8. Most of the insulation types are already really low so I didn’t adjust them. But if you lower the lines for extruded polystyrene (XPS) and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF), here’s what happens: The table at right shows the R-values needed to meet the PHIUS climate-specific standard in different climate zones. Up to Climate Zone 3, R-30 or less is all you need. For Climate Zones 4, 5, and 6, you can stop at about R-50. It’s only in the sparsely populated Climate Zones 7 and 8 that you need lots and lots of insulation, especially in Zone 8.When you look at graphs like Wilson’s, whether adjusted the way I’ve done or not, keep these numbers in mind.In case you’re wondering, the numbers I calculated above include only the energy savings due to heating.The baby and the bathwaterIf you buy into my argument, you should agree that Wilson’s conclusion to avoid XPS and ccSPF wasn’t warranted. If you don’t buy into my argument, please let me know why. I’m not saying those two materials are neutral in all respects in comparison to other insulation materials. There are certainly other issues to consider. But when we look just at energy savings and global warming impact, XPS and ccSPF aren’t as bad as it first seemed.Wilson’s study, however, is still important. As I pointed out in my last article on this topic, the real significance of what he did was to get us thinking about this issue and actually calculating global warming impact. David White of Right Environments in Brooklyn developed a spreadsheet calculator to do just this. And that’s the subject of the second part of my conference presentation, which I’ll discuss in my next article on this topic. Stay tuned. Download the slides from my North American Passive House Conference presentation Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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first_imgFulham boss Ranieri insists Kamara row now overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists his row with Aboubakar Kamara is now over.Ranieri says he has patched up his differences with Kamara over the penalty debacle in Fulham’s win over Huddersfield.He said, “Now everything is finished. He came to me after I called all the squad, all the people around us, and they (all) apologised. For me it’s finished.”The team is the first in my idea, if I need him he continues to play but he has to improve what I ask. He’s a good guy and I hope also the fans are behind him and all the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more