Nelson cleared by JRC

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson was on Tuesday cleared by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for his riding of highly-fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 19. Nelson rode the veteran campaigner to finish fifth to HOVER CRAFT over 1500 metres, but the stewards were not satisfied with his riding and summoned him to an inquiry. After hearing submissions from Nelson as well as his representative Ed Barnes, the stewards accepted the jockey’s submission that he had suffered an injury on the track on Friday, March 18 and had received medication from the doctor. They also accepted the argument that COMMANDING CHIEF displayed symptoms of breathing problems during the race, which affected his performance. Additionally, Nelson apologised to the stewards for his disrespectful behaviour in the scales area and in the vicinity of the Stewards’ Room. He was also cautioned regarding his conduct and what is expected of him as a professional jockey. Nelson, the leading rider with 22 wins so far this season, was second time lucky yesterday, when he successfully appealed the decision by the stewards to disqualify his mount, PAPER N LACE after winning division one of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820m on New Year’s Day. The horse was disqualified for causing interference to OH MY GRANDPA in the early stages of the event and the race was awarded  to GRAN CORAZON. PAPER N LACE was reinstated to first by the full Commission.last_img read more

Passive House Building in the Digital Age

first_img“Sweden panelizes 96% to 97% of all buildings,” Corson says. “The factories in Sweden are like brewing beer in Germany. Each town in Germany has its own little brewery, right? In Sweden, each town has its own house-building panelization factory.”He said that a small plant he visited across the street from the Swedish saw factory builds 25 to 30 houses per year. The space is smaller than Ecocor’s 14,000 square feet. He added, “There are companies in Sweden in shops this size that are building 100 houses a year, and we can do that here.”The building model perfected in Sweden can chop months off the production schedule for a site-built house of this complexity. Corson offered the rough timeline for the Albany house:Ecocor sends three people to do the site work for the foundation and run the sub-slab plumbing. Once that’s done, others follow to put in the sub-slab insulation and set the reinforcing steel for the foundation. A local contractor places the concrete.In another three to four weeks, with the house components finished, Ecocor loads everything on trucks, delivers the components, and hires a crane to set the panels. “Within 10 business days, working 40-hours weeks, we’ll have the house dried in, metal roof on, cladding on and the house will be blower-door tested to less than 0.6 ach50,” Corson says.What’s left is roughly 12 weeks of work to install plumbing, electrical, mechanicals, interior trim, cabinets, and finish. The first components for prefabricated Passive House homes are now rolling out the door of a small factory in Searsmont, Maine, where house building is sailing into the digital age.RPA-Ecocor, the joint venture between Ecocor’s Christian Corson and architect Richard Pedranti, launched in June 2016 with 11 model home designs. It’s now producing wall sections for a Passive House that will be erected in the Albany, New York, area later this year.It’s the beginning of what both Corson and Pedranti hope will be a turning point for high-performance building in the U.S. Houses will be produced in the controlled environment of a factory, much like modular and panelized buildings already are — but in this case they’ll be able to meet the energy-efficiency and airtightness requirements of Passive House construction.Houses use a wall section that Pedranti says is difficult and time-consuming to build in the field, but that comes together quickly with the help of digitized modeling tools and state-of-the-art equipment from Sweden.In time, Corson hopes to produce a house per month. If all goes well, carpenters will be able to leave their beloved worm-drive saws and tape measures on the truck. Shorter production timesIt’s early yet for the RPA-Ecocor venture, but Corson has been building Passive Houses since 2009 and panelizing them for the last three years. He estimates that components for the 2,100-square-foot house bound for Albany can be made in about a month. It will take some 20 to 25 wall sections and another eight to 10 roof sections to make the house — all of it fitting on two or three trailers that can be loaded by two workers in a half-hour each.Not much waste: The small pile of offcuts is the sum total of framing and strapping waste with about 70% of a 2,100-square-foot house complete. Working toward paperless productionEcocor’s Passive House designs start as digital files that Pedranti produces with Autodesk software called Revit. The Building Information Modeling (BIM) files allow Pedranti to produce 3-D models of houses, realistic enough to let clients wander through for a virtual tour and suggest changes based on what they see. The model homes the company offers are only a starting point. “We look at it as mass customization,” Pedranti says, “not mass production.”Alterations such as larger or smaller windows, reworked door placement, or a different roof slope are easy to make, and when a plan is revised the changes are instantly reflected everywhere in the database. For example, a change that Pedranti makes in the window schedule is updated everywhere else — on the floor plans, the 3-D renderings, and the elevations — in real time.To cut pieces for wall or roof panels, a technician uses a touch screen to extract digital instructions. The Swedish-made saw clamps the stock in place and cuts it to the right length and angle with a tolerance of about 4 thousands of an inch. “It’s like a virtual world,” Pedranti said recently as he and Corson led a tour of the Searsmont plant. “We’re looking at a real life-size virtual model of this building.”When plans are complete, Pedranti’s files are exported to Ecocor where they are translated into another digital language as Cadwork files. Sitting before two computer monitors in an office above the production floor, Greg Buzzell can open a file and add or subtract layers at will — with a single keystroke, away goes the cladding. With another, the rainscreen magically disappears, then the I-joists, the sheathing, and the insulation. Changes can be made at any step.At the same time, the software generates cost information that is precise down to the penny. More important, the digitized information becomes cutting and assembly instructions, and this is where Ecocor and conventional building part company.“Normally, I produce a set of paper drawings, and I give them to contractors and they price it out and we pick somebody and we build the house,” says Pedranti. “This is where the path really changes.”Pedranti won’t have to produce a set of construction drawings because carpenters using the digitally driven equipment on Ecocor’s assembly floor don’t need them.“This generates the instructions which would typically be a permitting set, and a set of construction drawings,” Corson says. “The goal moving forward is to try to eliminate some of that stuff and definitely eliminate the paper stream in our business.” Windows and insulation are nextTriple-glazed windows are installed in wall sections after they’ve been flipped over. Ecocor currently uses M Sora windows but plans to switch to CDM windows, which are manufactured in Poland. After window installation, the wall assemblies are moved, with the help of a hydraulic lift, to another staging area. There, a technician bores a series of 4-inch holes in the top of the I-joist cavity and packs it with cellulose.Stopping at one of these components during the tour, Corson pointed to where the insulation equipment had so powerfully packed in the cellulose that it stretched the Mento membrane and cracked a piece of strapping. The insulation is typically packed to a density of between 4 lbs. and 4 1/4 lbs. per cubic foot.The R-58.6 wall sections at this point are nearly ready to be loaded onto a truck and moved to the building site.Wall sections have been certified by Germany’s Passivhaus Institut. (The Passive House Institute U.S. does not have a corresponding certification program for prefabricated walls assemblies, Corson says.) But Corson is “agnostic” about whether the houses are ultimately certified under the PHI or PHIUS standard, and he’s happy to work with consultants from either organization. Reefer racks up the pieces one section at a time, and when he’s done the rack goes to the assembly area where two other carpenters are putting the pieces together. The “framing table” where the components are assembled will soon be equipped with multicolored lasers projecting lines on the work surface to guide placement of the pieces precisely.Layer by layer, the pair builds a wall component, beginning with the 2×4 structural wall, followed by the taped sheathing, the I-joists, the Mento Plus membrane, and finally the rainscreen. Framing tables come in pairs, called butterfly tables, that allow carpenters to flip an assembly over by simultaneously tilting two tables together like leaves of a book (or butterfly wings) until nearly upright. A wall assembly can then be transferred onto the facing table and lowered, allowing carpenters to work on the opposite face.On the day of the tour, Ecocor wasn’t producing roof panels, but the “Super Roof” panels are made essentially the same way as walls. They start with rafters made of dimensional lumber, followed by sheathing, and I-joists filled with cellulose. R-values vary depending on requirements of the climate zone where the house will be assembled.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Factories Gear Up for Passive House Building With NZE as an Option, a Modular Series Launches in MaineA Prefab Passive House in MichiganNext Generation Mobile HomesWhat’s Different About Unity Homes?Unity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy EfficiencyBensonwood Is Reinventing the HouseFactory-Built Wall PanelsAn Architect’s Take on Sweden’s Factory-Built HousesSustainability, Scandinavian Style Ecocor is small but could get biggerCorson has less than a dozen employees at the Searsmont factory, but that number could certainly grow. He and Pedranti have had plenty of inquiries about their houses, including one call from a woman in Palo Alto, California, who wants to order one.One limiting factor is likely to be labor.“The more houses we build, the more Passive Houses we build, the more we get out there as a company, the less expensive they become because our volume will increase,” Corson says. “The real limiting factor here, in a real rural state, is labor. We could run multiple shifts. We could run two shifts a day. There’s no reason the shop couldn’t be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.”But where will he find workers? In a “technologically deficient” state like Maine, he says, the brightest kids go to Boston or New York after graduating from high school, or they go to college just to get out of Maine. By building a “state of the art” facility, he adds, more young people may be tempted to stick around.Cost is another issue, not just for RPA-Ecocor but for high-performance buildings in general. Corson and Pedranti have published a price list for all 11 model homes, listing costs by region for turnkey or shell-only options. Prices for delivery and construction of a completed house in Maine run from $205 to $230 a square foot.In Palo Alto, and other parts of the country, that may be pretty cheap. But it’s still a barrier for many buyers.“Essentially, the early adopters pave the way for the future from a financial sense,” Corson says. “I wish there were another way to put it. I’ve always been mindful of cost and bringing this superinsulated assembly to the market at parity of what a normal custom builder would charge for a 2×6 wall with cellulose or fiberglass batts or whatever the insulation du jour is. But I’ll get there. It’ll take a little time.” Including the four weeks Pedranti needs to complete all the plans, it adds up to about 22 weeks, start to finish.Another advantage of this manufacturing process is a dramatic reduction in the amount of construction waste over conventional building. Carpenters working on a site-built house just chuck the off-cuts and other refuse into a dumpster. Here, the surprisingly small amount of waste is stacked in a corner or put on a shelf in one of the rolling racks where it can be picked over for re-use.Corson pointed to one small bundle of strapping and dimensional lumber and said it was all the waste from some 70% of a house. It would fit in the trunk of a small car. Digital files become cut lumberConstruction starts at the Swedish Randek saw installed along one wall of Ecocor’s main assembly floor. The saw is expensive — Corson won’t say exactly how much it cost — and has been in place for only a week. But George Reefer, the carpenter running the machine, doesn’t show any hesitation as he queues up a stack of 1×3 strapping and selects a cutting option on the saw’s eye-level console.He doesn’t have to measure anything or check a drawing because the instructions have already been sent downstairs from the Buzzell’s computer. A computer-controlled stop adjusts the length of the stock. The saw clamps the wood in place, racks it tightly against the fence, and seconds after a curved guard lowers into place the 28-inch (700 mm) saw blade emerges from the table and makes the cut.Reefer uses a black marker to label the pieces and slides them onto a portable rack, then moves onto the next layer of material. Larger pieces get an adhesive label produced by the saw. He’s building the wall section from the outside in — strapping for the rainscreen first, then the I-joists, then the studs. The saw, driven by a 3-phase, 480-volt motor, cuts to within 1/10th of 1 millimeter (about 4 thousands of an inch). Every cut looks perfect.Ultra-precision: The white line on the left side of the green Zip sheathing is a chalk line to guide placement of the tape that air-seals the sheathing. It’s emblematic of the precision that becomes possible in a digitized factory.last_img read more

Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, say he requested a trade

first_imgMOST READ Once that happened, they decided to trade the All-Star forward who was thought to be one of the key players for their future.“When he came in today, it was clear to us that it was time to pull the trigger on something,” Knicks President Steve Mills said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat was a seven-player swap with the Dallas Mavericks that also netted New York two future first-round draft picks and possibly enough room to afford two top free agents this summer.Porzingis has been sidelined for nearly a year after tearing his left ACL. The Knicks said recently he would undergo testing during the middle of February that could have determined if he would be able to return this season. If it does, it will be in Dallas, where he can form an intriguing international frontcourt with rookie Luka Doncic. Both played professionally in Spain before coming to the NBA as top-five picks.The Knicks acquired Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in the deal, while also sending guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee to Dallas. New York general manager Scott Perry said the Knicks would get an unprotected pick in 2021 and the other pick would be in 2023.“We feel like we did the right thing,” Mills said. “When you’re trying to think about how you want to build your team for the long term, you don’t want to commit a max (contract) to a player who clearly says to you he doesn’t want to be here,” Mills said.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in 2015 and averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in New York, where he was expected to be the Knicks’ franchise player for years. But they declined to give him a contract extension before this season — they say he was in agreement with that decision — and now by trading him and Hardaway seem instead to be gearing up to pursue players in free agency, with nearly $70 million in cap space.Hardaway has two more years and about $37 million left on his contract, and moving that was necessary if the Knicks were going to find a way to open the most cap space possible.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war New York (10-40) has the worst record in the NBA and is headed toward landing a high pick in the draft. Then the Knicks will be set up to be big spenders in a free agent market that could include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and more.But they won’t have Porzingis, who they once believed was the kind of talent who could help attract those players. The Latvian has 3-point range on offense and shot-blocking skills on defense, and had made his first All-Star team just before tearing his ACL after a dunk against Milwaukee on Feb. 6.He had been frustrated with the franchise before, skipping his exit meeting after his second season before returning to Europe for the summer. But Knicks coach David Fizdale had said Porzingis was frequently around the team even while he couldn’t play, taking part in meetings and some activities on the court.However, Mills and Perry saw otherwise, noticing how often Porzingis was in the gym and how long he stayed when he did come.He was there Thursday, and after a meeting the Knicks had their answers.“We wanted a confirmation from him whether he was completely in or out,” Mills said, “and he made it clear to us when he came in to meet with us that no longer wanted to be part of our group.”The most valuable player in the deal from the Knicks’ standpoint is likely Smith, the point guard they passed on with the No. 8 pick in 2017 when they instead took Frank Ntilikina. The Mavericks took Smith one pick later, and he posted the second triple-double of his career Wednesday when Dallas won at Madison Square Garden.Jordan is a former U.S. Olympian and top defensive center. The Knicks said they wanted to keep Jordan and Matthews, believing they could help their younger players.___ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Prelude to tough stretch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday,, in Denver. The Knicks agree to trade injured star Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)NEW YORK — The New York Knicks were having their doubts, wondering if Kristaps Porzingis truly wanted to be part of the franchise.On Thursday, they say he made it clear he didn’t.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IMPRESSIVE TURN OUT FOR IMPRESSIVE NEW PRIVATE AIRPORT IN TCI

first_img Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Recommended for you Related Items:airport, blue heron aviation, louis jennings, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – It was an impressive unveiling at the new FBO or private airport adjacent the Provo International Airport last night. Written on the faces of those attending the late day ribbon cutting ceremony was delight and approval which let tourism, business, police, civic and government leaders in for a tour of the fixed based operation which opened in November. The country’s leader and Tourism Minister, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing said he believes the addition of Blue Heron Aviation will help the Turks and Caicos to go from number three in the region for private air arrivals to number one. Louis Jennings, General Manager of Blue Heron and overseer of the 21 staff and 6,200 square feet of building space said the plan has always been to add to the luxury image of the TCI… his team he explained is the face of continuing that high standard. The FBO, financed by millions raised locally and which is a Signature Flight Support project, can accommodate as many as 40 medium to large corporate and private aircraft on the 12-acre tarmac. It also shows off a new side of Five Cays; taking visitors along a winding road just off South Dock road adjacent to CBMS, with a now cleaned up wetlands exposed. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

Turks and Caicos airline ICA now flies to Havana

first_img Recommended for you At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Cuban military crash leaves 8 dead Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – InterCaribbean Airways continues to fulfill its vision to connect the northern Caribbean and last week announced that it will begin flying into Cuba; making the move into the communist Caribbean country faster than any other airline. Trevor Sadler, CEO said the flights will begin in May to Havana, Cuba. The flights will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm and returning to Provo from Havana, which is one of the leading destinations within Cuba, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:10am. Lyndon R. Gardiner, Chairman of interCaribbean Airways in targeting visitors to the TCI said: “With the USA easing entry to Cuba, we look forward to welcoming aboard those who wish to enjoy two destination trips, and increase trade and travel between our Caribbean Countries.” InterCaribbean airways currently flies to 12 destinations in the Caribbean. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cuba, havana, Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airlinelast_img read more