first_imgEureka 27 Ukiah 0Lamarie Dunn rushed for two touchdowns to lift Eureka High to its third consecutive win, 27-0 on the road at Ukiah Friday night.Quarterback Trevor Bell rushed for a touchdown and hit Josiah Graham for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the win, which moves Eureka to 3-3 on the year.Friday’s game also counts as Eureka’s first shutout win since the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs last season, a Dec. 1 game which saw the Loggers down Las Lomas 27-0.On the year …last_img

first_imgThe intelligence community is inputting data to the Web at an amazing rate. That mountain of data can be overwhelming to mere humans who are trying to read through pages and pages of information to pinpoint exactly what they’re after. Mark Rutherford of CNET News reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired a tech company to develop a reader that will scour the Web and render certain information and knowledge into a form that is more easily digested and usable.BBN Technologies was recently awarded a $29.7 million contract to develop a universal text engine that will capture intelligence and render it usable to humans as well as artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Officially called the Machine Reading Program, this new system will “automatically monitor the technological and political activities of nation states and transnational organizations – which could mean everything from al-Qaeda to the U.N.” for the US military. BBN expects there may also be many useful civilian applications for its new reader. The company has also developed a real-time audio stream called the the BBN Broadcast Monitoring System that automatically transcribes real-time audio streams and translates them into English. With this new project, BBN hopes to “develop techniques that can generalize across the linguistic structure and content of diverse documents to extract relations and axioms directly from text rather than relying on a knowledge engineer to encode such information.” Here’s how it will work: 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Although it is not immediately clear when (or if) this new machine reader will be available to civilians, we are certainly looking forward to trying something like this out. Some paranoid types will believe this is nothing more than “the man” trying to spy on us, but those people need to realize everything we do online is being watched by someone. If you are really concerned about your online privacy you should secure important data on your computer, call your government leaders and try to change privacy laws, or stay off the Web altogether. Researchers, medical professionals, consumers, students and others are all likely to benefit from such an application. Not having to spend unnecessary time searching through mountains of information on the Web for something relevant makes life easier and allows us to be more productive. Tags:#Knowledge Management#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout doug coleman 1 Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgAllison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. Whether you want to build a new home or fix an old one, the way to ensure that you get the best performance is to do the building envelope right. That means installing the right amount of insulation and installing it well, and it means having an air barrier with minimal leakage. But how do you know when you’ve done enough air sealing? How tight is tight enough?I get asked this question every once in a while, and I love to talk about the measures for air leakage anyway, so let’s dive in. First, of course, you have to be able to measure how much air leakage the house has. That’s what a blower door is for.About air leakage unitsFirst, you have to choose how you want to specify the air leakage. The most common unit used by blower door operators is ACH50, which stands for Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals. I prefer cfm50 per square foot of building envelope, or better, cfm50 per hundred square feet of building envelope (sfbe). (One cfm50 is a cubic foot per minute with a pressure difference of 50 Pascals between inside and outside.) RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door Basics Blower Door Testers Wanted — Scientists and Engineers PreferredQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersOne Air Barrier or Two?Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing BuckPinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineDuct Leakage Testing The two reasons for that choice are that (i) air leakage happens at the surface, not in the volume, and (ii) it’s the best unit, in my opinion, to express what a Blower Door is really good at — measuring the amount of air moving across the building envelope at elevated pressure.Please don’t talk to me about ACHnat (‘Natural’ Air Changes per Hour). I loathe that measure! If you’re using a blower door, you can’t measure it; the only ones who can are researchers using tracer gas analysis.Now we’re ready to discuss the actual question: How much air leakage should you aim for? OK, we’re not really there yet. I lied. First, we have to know about your house. Are you building new or fixing an existing home? If the latter, what’s your budget and how complex is the building envelope?New homesLet’s start with the easier one: new construction. The first rule here is that a house can never be too tight. The Passive House program takes houses about as far as you can go with air tightness, and their threshold is 0.6 ACH50. I tested a net-zero house a couple of weeks ago that had less than 200 cfm50 of air leakage, or about 0.5 ACH50. That’s really tight!A target that’s more achievable for anyone — and which the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will require for most climate zones (CZ 3 and higher) — is 3 ACH50. That’s also the level that Joe Lstiburek identified as a good target in his great article on blower door testing new homes, Just Right and Airtight.That number — 3 ACH50 — translates to about 0.25 cfm50 per square foot of envelope, or 25 cfm50 per hundred square feet of envelope. Since roofers have already abbreviated 100 square feet as 1 square, I like the latter form the best. It gets it into a whole number form and is easy to remember. Get your blower door number down to 25 cfm50 per square (or below), and you’ve got a tight house. The house I built ten years ago came in at 14 cfm50 per square (1.7 ACH50).But wait. I can hear you wondering, “Is he saying that this one number, 25 cfm50 per square, is good for every climate zone?” My friend David Butler says that we should consider cost effectiveness and not just apply a “one-size-fits-all” threshold. “We should always ask ourselves which combination of efficiency measures will provide the lowest energy usage within a given budget,” he wrote recently. “The cost-benefit of achieving 3.0 ACH50 would look very different in Buffalo than in Tucson, on multiple levels.”He does have a point, He went on to explain that “in hot climates, I’d rather fight to bring ducts inside (always challenge in non-basement homes) than to arbitrarily specify a 3-ACH50, especially in dry climates where latent loads are negligible.”Lstiburek, a Canadian who lives in New England, thinks the roughly equivalent 3 ACH50 is good because it’s achievable, and it solves a lot of comfort and efficiency problems associated with air leakage. I understand David’s point, but here in Georgia, home builders now have to pass a blower-door test and get their houses 7 ACH50 or below. What we’re finding is that a significant number of builders are getting down to 3 ACH50 in their attempt to meet the code target. Once builders get their crews trained, 3 ACH50 should cost them about the same as 5 or 7 ACH50. Now, if we can just get them to change the target to 25 cfm50 per square!Existing homesThis can of worms is really too big for the little article I’m writing here, but let me try to shed at least a little light on it. The amount of air sealing you’re going to be able to do in an existing home is limited — unless your budget isn’t. Generally, with a good attack on the holes, you can get about a 20% to 30% reduction in your Blower Door number (whether you specify it in cfm50, ACH50, or cfm50/sfbe). Sometimes you can get much more when you add surface area or volume by moving the building envelope.The first thing you want to know here, though, is: How leaky is your home to start with? If you’re already at 25 cfm50 per square, it’s going to be really hard to get a 20% reduction. If you’re at 100 cfm50 per square, it should be a snap to reduce it to 75 cfm50 per square or even lower. The higher that starting number is, the more big holes you probably have in your building envelope.If you’re starting at 100 cfm50 per square, however, don’t count on getting down to 25 cfm50 per square unless you’re doing a deep-energy retrofit. Sometimes deep-energy retrofits are called deep pockets retrofits, for obvious reasons. They cost a fortune! Check out Martin Holladay’s recent post called The High Cost of Deep Energy Retrofits here at GBA.I’ve done a number of air-sealing jobs when I was in the contracting business, and the results varied. Sometimes it was a frustrating 5-10% reduction, and other times it was an easy 20%. The most reduction I ever achieved was about 40% in a house that started with about 120 cfm50 per square. We encapsulated the crawl space and did a lot of work on the kneewalls and can lights on the upper floor.SummaryIf you’re looking to make your home tight and you really want some numbers to go after, here are my recommendations:New Homes:  25 cfm50 per hundred square feet of building envelope (or 3 ACH50)Existing Homes:  Get a blower door test, and try to reduce the number by 20% or more.last_img read more

first_imgBihar’s NDA government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has instructed district police officers to gather details on the functionaries and office-bearers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) along with those of other associate Sangh outfits. The RSS is the ideological parent of the BJP, which is a partner with Mr. Kumar’s JD(U) in the State’s ruling coalition.In a letter issued by the Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Special Branch of the Bihar police on May 28, the SP has asked all the branch’s district Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) to gather details on the functionaries and office-bearers of the RSS and its 18-associate organisations. Mr. Kumar, who holds the Home portfolio, had in 2016 — when the JD(U) was allied with the RJD and a member of the mahagathbandhan — called for a “Sangh-mukt Bharat (RSS free India)” which had invited sharp reactions from the State BJP leaders. The JD(U) also decided in May to refrain from joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second NDA government as their “proportional representation” offer was not met by the BJP.The Special Branch SP’s letter has now gone viral on social media.“Gather all details including names, addresses, telephone numbers and business associations of all office-bearers (presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers, joint secretaries or others, if any) of the RSS and its following associate organizations within a week,” the SP wrote. The 18 associate Sangh outfits named in the letter are the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Hindu Jagaran Samiti, Dharm Jagaran Samanvay Samiti, Hindu Rashtra Sena, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, Shiksha Bharti, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Durga Vahini, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Rail Sangh, ABVP, Akhil Bharatiya Shikshak Mahasangh, Hindu Mahasabha, Hindu Yuva Vahini and the Hindu Putra Sangh. “This must be taken as very important,” the officer wrote, with another senior police official appending his comments on the letter on June 3: “Please comply immediately”.While police officials contacted by The Hindu declined to comment on the letter, an officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, asserted “it’s a routine activity which the Special Branch officials do at regular intervals”.Leaders of the State BJP and the JD(U) too declined comment on the issue. “It’s a sensitive issue and needs to be addressed at a higher level of the party,” said a BJP official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Opposition RJD and Congress leaders were quick to see the letter as vindication that all was not well in the State’s ruling alliance.“Nitish Kumar has not only been sidelined but been bullied by the BJP’s top leadership after the Lok Sabha poll result,” asserted State Congress leader and MLC Prem Chandra Mishra. “He is not feeling comfortable at all in the alliance and so making his plans to retaliate,” Mr. Mishra added.last_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korea’s financially troubled Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has won a contract to build three very large crude carriers (VLCCs) for the Greek shipping company Maran Tankers, part of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group.The contract for the three 318,000 dwt tankers is valued at USD 250 million, DSME said.The 336-meter vessels will be delivered throughout 2018 and will feature high efficiency engines and the latest fuel saving technology to meet the IMO environmental regulations.This is the third time the Angelicoussis Group has placed an order for new vessels at DSME in the past eleven months. In June 2016, the company ordered two LNG carriers and two VLCCs, which was followed by an order for one LNG FSRU in December 2016.The Angelicoussis Group currently has 18 vessels under construction at DSME’s shipyards in South Korea and Romania.The new order comes shortly after DSME’s creditors announced a plan to inject further USD 2.6 billion into the struggling company as part of the restructuring process.However, the new funds will be provided only in return for stakeholders’ agreement on debt restructuring and DSME’s intensive self-rescue efforts.If stakeholders fail to agree on voluntary debt restructuring, DSME would turn to an alternative solution of so-called ‘Pre-packaged Plan’ (P-Plan) with creditors’ consent.Under the P-Plan, creditors are required to pre-arrange and submit a rescue plan in advance to a company’s filing for court receivership, and then a court would force a swift debt restructuring so that creditors can inject fresh capital in accordance with their plan for rehabilitation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

When Hakeem Olajuwon speaks, people listen. And what he had to say about the Denver Nuggets’ JaVale McGee was significant.“No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston. “That guy should dominate the league.”McGee has been working out with “The Dream,” and the Hall of Famer center known for his dazzling array of inside moves sees a lot in the athletic but unpolished Nugget.“He has tremendous talent,” Olajuwon said. “I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level.”Then he added: “McGee is incredible because he’s not just a seven-footer, he’s skilled. He’s very agile.”And Olajuwon said McGee’s range and mobility give him a skill set to blossom into a special player.“Most of my moves are designed from a shot-blockers perspective,” Olajuwon said. “I am a shot blocker. What are the moves most difficult for a shot blocker? I’m coming from inside out. This move is very difficult for a shot blocker to block.“The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy. With him, he’s agile. The move flows. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year.”Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said on a Denver radio station, “Hakeem told me he was just amazed at JaVale’s physical abilities and his athletic abilities. How long he is, how quick his feet are. I saw him working on keeping his feet away from each other and not tangling; just little things that you take for granted. He worked high on his jump hook and on getting his lift very high when he does that. He told him nobody can stop him, nobody is as big as him if he gets his lift and his hand up. There’s so many things Hakeem is teaching him, and we’re very pleased with his work.” read more

first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Broadway musical “Hamilton” continues to strike a chord with audiences everywhere it goes, even with audiences who aren’t that knowledgeable about the founding of the American Republic.On Thursday, nearly 3,000 high school students in San Diego County saw a performance of the hit musical for free at the Civic Center theater, as part of an education program inspired by the Tony award-winning musical.The program, which is also known as “EduHAM” is the brainchild of an educational non-profit in New York, in collaboration with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.In addition to studying the people and events that led to the creation of the new republic, students were encouraged to compose their own songs, poetry, rap and dramatic scenes about the period.That creative work was showcased on the Civic Center stage by student performers from 16 area high schools.Some work paid tribute to historical figures such as Crispus Attucks, Thomas Paine and Paul Revere. One student group upended the term, “Founding Fathers” with a homage to the women of the American Revolution.The education program was developed for high school history students attending Title I schools, which are schools with a large number of students who come from low income families. Posted: January 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Community, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda FacebookTwittercenter_img Taking history from the classroom to the stage: High school students perform work inspired by ‘Hamilton’ Updated: 10:55 PM January 11, 2018last_img read more