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

WATCH: Stunning goal straight from kick-off in Brazilian league

first_imgGOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÇO DO MEIO-CAMPO DE LUIZ CARLOS IMPERADOR! [Via @Esp_Interativo]— Futebol News (@_FuteNews2) February 27, 2016 Check out this brilliant Brazilian strike below! 1center_img As consolation goals go, there can’t be many better than this!With his side 3-0 down, 35-year-old Brazilian striker Luiz Carlos took aim straight from kick-off with this speculative drive, which resulted in what is sure to be a contender for this season’s Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.Unfortunately the strike couldn’t spark a comeback, with Ceara winning 3-1 against Guarany de Sobral, but the veteran forward will surely be fairly smug about his stunning effort.Check out the sensational goal below!last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

InniBos: Lowveld Arts Festival

first_img25 June 2004A bright new star shines in South Africa’s arts festival circuit. The Lowveld National Arts Festival, InniBos (literally: In the Bush), takes place in Nelspruit from 30 June to 3 July, with over 60 productions set to take place amid the Lowveld’s magnificent scenery and amazing winter climate.InniBos is based on the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and Aardklop Festival, but with its own unique packaging.In essence, InniBos is an Afrikaans arts festival – though with a strong Portuguese component, due to the fact that the Lowveld is situated ideally to serve the Mozambican and Gauteng Portuguese-speaking market.Other South African cultures will be involved in some of the productions, like jazz and classical music productions that pay no heed to cultural borders.A symphony concert, Afrikaans rock and satirical acts also feature among over 60 productions in 12 different venues. There will also be an extended arts and flea market, and multiple open stages to supply endless entertainment to festival goers.For more information on the festival programme, venues, bookings, accommodation and bushveld adventures on the side, visit the InniBos website – available in Afrikaans, Portuguese and reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with Capricorn FM for the 9th youth seminar on entrepreneurship

first_imgBrand South Africa partnered with Capricorn FM for the 9th annual youth seminar, which took place on 24 June.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker (Image: Brand South Africa)Ntombi NtanziIn celebration of Youth Month, Brand South Africa in partnership with Capricorn FM hosted the 9th annual youth seminar at the Meropa Casino in Limpopo on Saturday 24 June 2017. The seminar saw over five hundred aspiring and well-established entrepreneurs attend the event to engage and exchange ideas on the latest global business trends and opportunities.The seminar was in line with Brand South Africa’s domestic objective to positively position the Nation Brand through business opportunities as well as celebrate Youth Month to drive nation pride in the business of tourism.“Brand South Africa’s involvement in the youth seminar provided an opportunity to share insights on perceptions of the country’s tourism offerings, which shape and impact directly on the overarching reputation of the country. A country’s reputation plays a key role in influencing tourists and visitors to the country”, said Ms Leigh-Gail Petersen, Brand South Africa’s Researcher.Influential speakers imparted business knowledge, experiences through presentations and panel discussions as well as an emphasis on the importance of young people playing their role in contributing to the country’s economy through authentically South African businesses.ABSA’s retail CEO, Jan Moganwa was the surprise motivational speaker that concluded the seminar and received a standing ovation, “success is not limited to a certain group of people”, said Mr Moganwa.Some social media conversations on the seminar included:#CapricornFmSeminarAfter the seminar I’m feeling more positive…Madikolo Travel and Tours is going to raise the Flag.— SirMogalza Ramoshaba (@SirMogalza) June 24, 2017Thank you @CapricornFM for the wonderful and Inspiring talks we had at the #CapricornFMSeminar Much Appreciated! ??— Kabelo S Komane ? (@kabelo_kayb) June 24, 2017‘If you want to go far, work with others’ #JanMoganwa #capricornfmseminar— (IG @HellenSeabi (@HellenSeabi) June 24, 2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_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

To Prove a Point, Melt Some Ice

first_imgA second round in SeattleEarlier this month, The Ice Box Challenge moved 142 miles south and set up shop at Occidental Park in Seattle, where a similar “ice reveal” was planned for today (September 28).This time, the contest pits the Passive House standard against Seattle’s building code. During the 20-day melt-down, visitors could take a peek through windows in the sides of the small buildings to see how the 1,200-pound blocks of ice were faring.Brittany Porter, a project architect at NK Architects, one of the primary sponsors of the event, said that the idea for bringing the demonstration to Seattle was hatched at a Passive House conference in the spring attended by a number of people from the Canadian Passive House group. Similar demonstrations have taken place in Europe, where Passive House construction is more common, and the face-off seemed like a good way of introducing more people in the Northwest to Passive House features.The houses are basically the same, with a few notable exceptions. The code-compliant building has 2×6 framing and is insulated with Roxul mineral wool cavity insulation to R-21. It has double-pane windows. The Passive House version has 2×12 framing plus cavity insulation and a continuous exterior layer of Roxul insulation for a total R-38 envelope. It gets triple-pane windows, higher quality air-sealing tapes, and a more careful window installation.Blocks of ice with an aggregate weight of about 1,200 pounds have been melting inside specially designed demonstration enclosures in Seattle, a repeat of the Ice Box Challenge that took place earlier in the year in Vancouver, British Columbia.Porter says that the buildings were run through standard energy modeling to make sure they would comply with their respective standards (but there were no blower door tests).NK Architects and Passive House Northwest weren’t offering any prizes for the best guess on the ice melt, but Porter said that public interest has been high nonetheless.“Luckily it’s in Occidental Park where there are food trucks and a live music in the summer,” she said by phone. “It’s sort of the happening spot for lunch time. There are always people checking it out and asking questions. The biggest question is always, ‘What’s the difference between the two boxes?’ Everyone is always pretty impressed: There is more insulation, better construction quality with the taping and the air sealing and another pane of glass. That’s really all there is.” RELATED ARTICLES Passive House advocates in the Pacific Northwest have organized an unusual public demonstration aimed at proving just how much energy can be saved with superinsulation and airtight design, a contest not unlike a county fair come-on where visitors are asked to guess how many pebbles will fit into a one-gallon jar.Only in this case it’s how much of an original ton of ice will be left after sitting inside an unrefrigerated building in the middle of summer for several weeks.Earlier this year, Passive House Canada (with the backing of a number of other sponsors) built two small structures and placed them on a sidewalk in Vancouver, British Columbia. One was constructed to meet the Passive House building standard, the second to the provincial building code.Just under a metric ton (1,000 kilograms) of ice was placed in each one, and after 18 days the enclosures were removed to expose what was left. According to Canadian Consulting Engineer, the remaining ice in the Passive House structure weighed 639 kilograms, compared to the 407 kg of ice in the BC code-compliant enclosure, when the event ended on August 14. Prizes offered to the people whose guesses were the closest included tours of Passive House buildings in the Whistler and Vancouver areas. Passivhaus For BeginnersAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?A Passivhaus Rebuttal: In Defense of the StandardNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhauscenter_img The backdrop is a new zoning law that will eventually require all new houses in the city be built to the Passive House standard, Business Vancouver reported. Good timingSponsors managed to squeeze in the project between the Seattle Design Festival opening on September 9 and this weekend’s North American Passive House Network Conference (which promotes the German-based Passivhaus standard rather than a similar standard published by the Passive House Institute U.S.) Results of what Porter calls a “public science demonstration” will be revealed just as the conference gets up to speed.“It’s just a nice visual way for the public to see some of the ways in which designing a better building can save up to 75% in energy use — and I expect that will be the difference in ice melt — about 75% more ice melt in the code-built building,” she said.Seattle’s Ice Box Challenge follows by a year a demonstration staged by Olson Kundig Architects on the same spot: the melting of a 10-ton block of ice to mimic how the Earth’s ice caps are melting.“I’m hoping this is sort of a hopeful, optimistic type of installation,” she said. “Last year was meant to be a shock-and-awe thing, but done very beautifully. We’re in the same location, in the same amount of time, and we’re coming in with this piece that’s just proposing a solution, and a really achievable solution. That’s why we’re really excited.”Next year the exhibit travels to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.last_img read more

Rahul, Yechury demand action on Chandigarh stalking case

first_imgLeader of various parties have condemned the stalking of a woman in Chandigarh by the son of the president of the BJP State unit.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh [Chandigarh]. BJP Govt mst [must] punish the guilty; not collude W/ [with] culprits & mindset they represent.”Congress leader Manish Tewari said that under political pressure, steps were being taken to safeguard the accused, while adding that irrespective of the fact that the legal process in the case was being stymied, strict action should be taken and an example needs to be set by bringing the guilty to justice. “The law was tightened in wake of the Nirbhaya incident. There is a need to apply it without fear or favour,” he said.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were “silent” over the incident. He tweeted that “someone” was helping the accused.last_img read more

Mamata refutes BJP charges

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday refuted the charges of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other Hindutva organisations that they were denied state-owned auditoriums. Ms. Banerjee said they were deliberately trying to stir up a controversy.“Some people are doing a drama… they love to spread canards and indulge in mudslinging on every single point,” she said, while participating in an event of State government employees at Nazrul Mancha. Ms. Banerjee contended that even the State government did not get access to the Netaji Indoor Stadium for their own meeting during the day.last_img read more