EPL: Tammy Abraham, Mount seal vital victory for Blues

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Returning Tammy Abraham shone a light on a winning combination for Chelsea but they failed to make it easy despite limping over the line against Aston Villa in a vital victory at Stamford Bridge.Having seen West Ham nullify his side at the weekend, Frank Lampard was searching for some inspiration to break down Villa and it initially came in the form of Mateo Kovacic.The majestic Croatian assumed playmaking duties in the absence of Jorginho, sweeping the ball between the lines for Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount to scurry towards goal. Each move proved a little too intricate though, leading to the more obvious route at goal through Reece James.Relentless at advancing into the final third against West Ham – with a monstrous eight dribbles and nine crosses – James resumed that role in his third start in a week. It yielded the opener after Kovacic reset the play and found James, who, after a neat one-two with Willian, flipped it over the top for Abraham to cushion beyond a stranded Heaton.Villa’s enthusiasm did not dip though, with Jack Grealish always willing to receive the ball and the No 10 proved influential in the build-up to the equaliser with half-time approaching: feeding John McGinn on the edge of the area before Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross was fortuitously bundled in by Trezeguet.After a subdued first half, Mason Mount started the second half reinvigorated, lurking dangerously just inside the area, Abraham cushioned a cross into his path, which was swatted powerfully into the roof of the net. Another goal from the alertness of Abraham inside the box.Willian almost added breathing room for the hosts when his delightfully curled free-kick arrowed towards the top corner, only for Heaton to nudge it on to the post and back across goal. Villa scrambled it clear and when Abraham hobbled off they found their second wind, marching down the pitch and hoisting the ball into the area for Wesley to half-win, sparking chaos.A poorly-cleared corner dropped to Elmohamady on the half-volley, but his wild effort sailed into the away fans.There was time for one last scare as nerves spread like wildfire in the closing stages around the Bridge, but Kepa Arrizabalaga dropped low to deny a well-directed Douglas Luiz header and confirm a precious win. Tags: Christian PulisicPremier Leaguelast_img read more

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Gov Obaseki, Here’s Why You Need Ogbe Hard Court and Bendel…

first_imgThe rewards will be huge. I understand that as a businessman Obaseki may want to fully turn sports over to private business people, but that may not be the solution, especially in a country where we do not have tried and tested sports management companies. What should happen instead is a transparent partnership between the state and the private sector. For sports to be successful, facilities have to be brought up to decent contemporary standards and only the government can fund these, as Lagos State is beginning to do today. If Edo finds the right private sector partners, their investments will be repaid several times over. Even in the United States where there is no sports ministry and the industry is largely run as private enterprise, public sector infrastructural funding is still huge.So how can sports and the revival of Bendel Insurance and Ogbe Hard Court benefit Edo State? Let us look at the economic picture first. Imagine tens of thousands of people visiting Benin City every year to experience quality sports, imagine the boost to business for hotels, bars, local transportation, healthcare (sports medicine), eateries, suppliers of sports facilities, media, and tourism, as Benin City remains one of the best examples of Nigeria’s rich history and culture. Then add sponsorship and other forms of commerce. When they return to the top-flight, Bendel Insurance is a brand that can attract Nigerians in the diaspora. This can translate to a rich market for merchandising and broadcast rights. It all depends on the game you want to play. There is also more money in African football these days, with the CAF Champions League winners pocketing $2,500,000. Think about new jobs that will be created, boosting employment and disposable income as well as the state’s IGR. The club can also make a lot of money grooming and selling players to clubs around the world.Socio-culturally our young are in dire need of quality Nigerian heroes. Growing up our heroes were the Odizors and Kadiri Ikhanas. Who can forget the fever that gripped this nation when Odizor reached the last 16 of Wimbledon in 1984? Who can forget the Bendel Insurance heroes that crushed Rangers 3:0 in the 1978 Challenge Cup finals? Today, the heroes our children have are foreign. An Edo teenage boy may not know one player in Bendel Insurance but can name half the Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea squad. People miss the cultural damage this inflicts. Today we have a generation of young people who know little or care little about this country, and think they have to be western wannabes to matter, and these are our leaders of tomorrow.Sports also give cities character, the kind that Benin City needs to fight a lingering negative reputation for kidnappings, prostitution and student cult violence among others. These brands would serve to promote the state across the world. The culturally rich Benin City has for too long been in the shadows in Nigeria, and sports offer the one platform to bring it back to the center of national discourse. In addition, sports are a wonderful way to promote camaraderie and unify people. Edo, like most Nigerian states, needs this.The way forward is not just to play in sports as a social empowerment tool, but to play big as a huge business opportunity. We are talking of a global industry whose earnings were projected to reach $143b in 2015, according to global giants PwC. The challenge for the governor though will be to get the right management team for these brands in a country where political and clannish considerations are placed way ahead of competence and the greater good. For one, civil servants should not run sports.Ours is still a culture where local sportspeople enjoy little respect. I imagine it would be a no-no for a “not-very-educated” sportsman to earn more than a permanent secretary, yet we live in a world were Brazilian player Neymar earns 515,000 GBP per week, which is probably more money than many PHDs would earn in a lifetime.A state investing in sports should however not mean free money to political jobbers and mercenary dealmakers as seems to be the case in many state-run sports businesses in this country today. That is why governor Obaseki needs a crack team comprising savvy financial, marketing and sports executives. Beyond assembling this team must be a sound business plan drawn up by the likes of PwC, McKinsey & Co etc. (expensive stuff) that becomes not just a guide on how to turn these brands into big money spinners, but a leverage with top local and foreign business partners and major sponsors. Nothing, for instance, says Bendel Insurance cannot have a long-term strategic partnership with a top English club like Tottenham or Chelsea. It would probably cost a fortune to prepare the groundwork, but with good funding and close scrutiny, over a five to ten-year period, Benin City would be at the heart of Nigerian sports once again, while the economics would make any man of finance sleep easy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The relatively new governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is not your traditional politician. The 58-year-old made his name as a businessman playing the financial markets, before crossing over to politics. Hopefully this helps in the appreciation of my argument that Edo State should invest in bringing its once towering sports brands, Ogbe Hard Court and Bendel Insurance FC, back to life. Despite decades of neglect, both still rank among the best known brands in the entire country and should command a few billion naira in brand equity valuations. Bendel Insurance made their mark in football in the 70s to mid-80s, about the same time Ogbe Hard Court was arguably the most highly-rated tennis tournament in the country. The pair garnered a huge following back then when Nigerians passionately followed local sports. For my generation, who are now scattered around the planet, the sentiments linger. Though from Delta State, and the casualty of the decimation of this country into smaller, largely insolvent states, I still feel a deep connection to these brands. Ogbe Hard Court inspired many tennis stars from Bendel to rule our local tournaments and represent Nigeria creditably on the international stage. Among these stars were the likes of Nduka Odizor, widely regarded as Nigeria’s greatest tennis player to date, Veronica Oyibokia and David Imonitie. The exploits of Bendel Insurance remain the stuff of legend. Who can forget the Kadiri Ikhanas, the Felix Agbonifos, and the Henry Ogboes. These successes firmly planted Benin City in the national news for the right reasons: from secondary school competitions, through tertiary competitions, state and national competitions, the state, along with its Delta half, dominated or held its own against the best in the country.Those days may be long gone, but great brands hardly die easy. Even with successive administrations ignoring sports because of a failure to grasp the economic and socio-cultural value of the industry, a mention of any of these brands today still evokes deep nostalgic trips back in time. Few can doubt that the state would have lost plenty in financial and cultural terms by failing to leverage on these famous brands. Their slide into coma and the rise of foreign sports on our television, has done immeasurable damage to our country. However governor Obaseki has the power to change things, and the training to understand the economic and cultural benefits of this.last_img read more

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Feruz fires Chelsea’s youngsters to victory against Middlesbrough

first_imgIslam Feruz scored twice for Chelsea’s Under-21 side, with his late winner giving them a 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.Feruz levelled after Ryan Brobbel put Boro ahead and Adam Nditi had cleared off the line to prevent the Blues going further behind.Nditi won a penalty, which was converted by Lewis Baker, before Luke Williams then equalised for the visitors.Bur Feruz had the final word, finding the net from long range to give his team a deserved win.Click here for our Brentford v Chelsea quizYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Orange Army get the party started

first_img15 June 2010 Dutch fans are renowned for their flair off the pitch – wigs, clogs, dungarees, face-paint and flags all play a part in their arsenal. Clad from head to toe in bright orange, the Netherlands supporters ensured that Johannesburg’s Soccer City was even more orange than usual during their match against Denmark on Monday afternoon. Bianca Kalff is dressed in a wild orange outfit, with flag, wig and tights all adding to the effect. “Being a Netherlands supporter is about pride for your country, you have ‘Proudly South African’, well we are ‘Proudly Dutch’,” said Kalff. “It is more than a game for us.” “We are the greatest fans in the world,” said Kees Hommel, a Dutch fan who arrived in South Africa on Monday morning in his wooden clogs and wig. “Everywhere we go – Germany, Switzerland – people support us, because it is always a party, we are fun fans.” The Dutch fans sang and danced throughout the match, attracting the attention of other fans, who posed for photos or had a drink and a song with the Orange Army. Many Dutch fans travel the world, promoting their national fun-loving spirit wherever they go. Ernst and Ton Meyer are a father-and-son team who follow the Dutch to every major football event. “We have been all over with the team, we were in Germany for the last World Cup and now here in South Africa,” said Ernst Meyer. South African fans arrived in their droves, also sporting the bright orange kit. “It’s the party country,” said Alan-Bari Coetzer, a South African national dressed in orange overalls. “They just have a great time in the stands, and we like that.” “It’s their spirit,” said Etienne Raffner, who watched the Dutch team train at Wits University, where he studies. “They are such a great bunch of people, fun and excited about the sport, and the crazier you dress the more people like it.” However, the Dutch fans feel they may have met their match when it comes to the vuvuzela-blowing South African supporters who attend every match. “This is the best day of my life, after my daughter being born and and getting married, this game,” said Robert Willems. “The atmosphere here in Soccer City is fantastic with this African style of support with the noise.” Durban needs to get ready for the “Orange Army” invasion, as the Dutch fans prepare for their second match in five days’ time. “We are all coming to Durban,” said Kalff. “A train packed with orange people, and we hope people will join us for a party.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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International film productions boost South African economy, skills, says DTI

first_img24 February 2016More international film production should be encouraged in South Africa to strengthen the country’s economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at an event to publicise a current US television production in the country, the historical series Of Kings and Prophets.Minister Rob Davies at Of Kings & Prophets location, Stellenbosch. One of the production funded by the dti. pic.twitter.com/OzNWwRDOrr— Nelly Molokoane (@metlae1) September 10, 2015The rand-dollar exchange rate was a boon to foreign film production he said: “It means they have a huge advantage; it just makes it much cheaper for them.” But the minister was cautious to add that the training and experience for the local film production workforce, covering everything from acting to production and behind the scenes, was an immeasurable boost for the South African talent involved. Service providers and other industries also benefit from the investments.Since the introduction of its film incentive programme by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2004, 20% of preproduction and production spending by international film productions in South Africa had gone directly into the country and its workforce, the department said – even more if postproduction work (including using local visual effects and editing companies) was completed in South Africa.And the effects of this investment were being felt in all areas of the industry, according to a 2012 baseline report by Deloitte. It showed that the industry achieved an economic multiplier of 2.89 – for every rand spent in the industry, R1.89 was generated within the local economy. In total, since 2004, R15-billion has been invested in South Africa and its people.Boosting South African talentFilm and television production added R5-billion to Cape Town’s economy, according to the city, a city of choice for local and foreign film makers. More importantly, it added 35 000 new local jobs between 2011 and 2014. Productions include the Leonard DiCaprio hit Blood Diamond, Safe House starring Denzil Washington and, most recently, the acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.Johannesburg, not to be left out, has also enjoyed its fair share of Hollywood filmmaking glitz and financial boost as the backdrop to hit films such as District 9 and Chappie, a scene in the second Avengers movie and locals hits such as Jerusalema and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.South African storiesOver the last five years, the local film industry – telling original South Africa stories for film and television for local and international markets – has grown exponentially. Directors, writers, actors and hands-on production staff are taking the lessons learned from working on international productions and using these to tell local stories and build the industry.In 2011 to 2013, the industry produced 25 films for theatre release, generating 11% of industry-wide box-office takings, or R98-million (about $6.4-million) of R879-million.During the first half of 2014, more than a dozen local films accounted for R33- million of the R382-million total box office gross. These films covered diverse genres and fortunes: action, drama, comedy, documentary and art house.Successful movies such as Anant Singh’s epic Long Walk to Freedom, the Spud trilogy, numerous Afrikaans-language box office hits and, most recently, the sleeper success of the romantic drama Ayanda, have all benefited from the development of the local film industry via large international input.Of Kings and ProphetsOf Kings and Prophets, a production by the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said to rival the scope and success of other epics such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, is currently filming in Cape Town. It is officially, according to the DTI, the largest production to be filmed in South Africa. Direct production spend by ABC is estimated at over R450-million, with R391-million of that expenditure qualifying for a 20% rebate for the South African government.According to the DTI factsheet accompanying Davies’ visit to the production, estimated direct and indirect tax revenue for the local economy is estimated to be R70-million.Almost all of the crew on the production are South African, according to ABC, covering everything from costume design to casting and set construction.Of Kings and Prophets film set in Western Cape is entirely built by South Africans https://t.co/XtG1DTtpFF pic.twitter.com/OhHmLrWSJm— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 20, 2016Sets – interiors are in a Stellenbosch warehouse and exteriors are in Durbanville – are reputably some of the largest ever built in South Africa and were co-ordinated by a full South African workforce, headed by production design veteran Johnny Breedt. Breedt also worked on Long Walk To Freedom, Hotel Rwanda and the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.Of the 600 to 850 crew members working on the series, 50% were from “previously disadvantaged” groups, Davies said, including 26 South African trainees and film graduates in 12 production departments. Their training was provided by the local non-profit Film Industry Learner Mentorship (Film) programme and was financed by the DTI.A total of 829 local production vendors and service providers – including catering, manufacturing and hospitality assistance – have been used by the production.The series’ co-executive producer, Chris Brancato, praised the work ethic of the South African production team, highlighting the ethnic diversity of the crew, particularly in fulfilling various high-skill roles – something he called a rarity in Hollywood.Speaking to Business Day, Brancato said the assistance from the local industry and the government did not disappoint. Comparing the differences between the American and South African counterparts, he said seasoned Hollywood film industry members working on the Of Kings. production were incredibly impressed with the work ethic and skills level South Africans had shown, adding that it “is not a common response in Hollywood”.Another ABC production head, Gary French, reiterated the international film community’s enthusiasm for working in South Africa and with South Africa talent, telling Business Day’s Sue Blaine: “We couldn’t have done it without the South Africans who have come on to our show and become part of our family.”Of Kings and Prophets is the largest ABC production yet to be filmed in SA https://t.co/s22HlFShtb pic.twitter.com/vP22HBDPqM— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 19, 2016*Of Kings and Prophets, starring Ray Winston, premieres on US television in March 2016 and locally on DSTV Edge later in the year.Source: Bizcommunity, Business Daylast_img read more

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Listening In on Building Science Discussions in Maine

first_imgEach month in Portland, Maine, a group of building professionals gathers for an evening of serious Building Science banter. The topic is either focused on a specific aspect of building science or opens up a lively discussion of what a Pretty Good House (PGH) would do in our cold climate of Maine. (For more information on the Building Science Discussion Group in Maine, check out the links in the “Related Articles” box, below.)There is usually no consensus and definitely no set of metrics etched in stone. Everyone seems to learn something and make good networking connections. Often, people leave with more questions than they came with, and a beer or two in their belly.I’m Jason Peacock of Maine Green Building Supply, and I’ll try to recapture a recent evening as best I can. MacBeth (and building science) doth murder sleepDan Kolbert ended the evening by saying, “Building Science is a good excuse to never sleep again.”In summary, Wayne was very grateful for the time and advice shared by everyone. I think (maybe) that he left with some definitive answers to some of his questions. But I’ll also bet that he left with more questions than he arrived with – and therein lies the devil of building science.Till next month… High school students will be building a modular homeThe next discussion topic was the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology’s Vocational School Rotary House Project 2013. (Images #3, 4, and 5, below, show some details and plans.)Essentially, the school provides educational opportunities to high school students who build a house over a two-year period. They have two houses going at a time, with each house having two modules. The house is sold on the open market, so when they start building the house, they have no idea who the homeowner will be or where the home will end up.Wayne Hapgood is the teacher. Wayne initially talked about the inherent constraints which determine the design and process:A modular home, with each module 12 feet wideHeight must be less than 13’6”The house is built outdoors and must continuously stay weathertightBuilding envelope details needs to reflect current building “norms”Budget is a major factorThe house is built by teenagers.Wayne acknowledged that he was very brave to bring this project to the Building Science Discussion Group, knowing how knowledgeable and forward-thinking the group was regarding wall details and construction processes. He said that he was here with an open mind and was excited to learn.He also mentioned that over the last twenty years, the more he learned about building science, the less he felt he knew.He shared his current set of plans. He wanted advice on what to do better. He mentioned that working with 17-year-olds on a construction project is challenging, and that lessons needed to be hands-on and easy to understand. A majority of the students in his class have parents and family in the trades, so what they do in this class will definitely be discussed at the dinner table with dear old Dad.He mentioned that he’d like to know more about air sealing. Choosing rigid foamLiz Newman stressed that they should be using Advanced Framing techniques — an approach that allows builders to eliminate a portion of the wood normally used in framing. This saves money and allows for more insulation in the wall.Chris Briley of BriBurn Architecture (formerly Green Design Studio) discussed the differences between XPS (with its questionable fire retardant chemicals) and Thermax (a brand of polyiso). He suggested considering two layers of rigid foam with taped, staggered seams. Since rigid foam almost eliminates drying to the outside, it’s important to facilitate drying to the interior.Someone mentioned that recycled polyiso can be purchased from the Insulation Depot in Massachusetts. There was a brief discussion about dew-point calculations, and Wayne mentioned that he was concerned about condensation in the wall cavity. Someone mentioned a standard of 1:2 ratio of outside foam to inside cavity insulation, and then Chris Briley mentioned that the correct ratio was a 2:1 outside foam to inside cavity insulation. This would hint that more foam should be used on the outside to avoid having the possibility of condensation in the wall cavity. (For more information on this topic, see Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.)Dan Kolbert recommended following the Airtight Drywall Approach. Wayne was very interested. I mentioned that it’s important to hang your drywall on the ceiling, mud, tape and paint, before you build your interior partitions.There was a discussion about trying to get more insulation in the ceiling by field constructing a proper vented channel in-between the rafters instead of having the foam on the face of the rafters. This would enable thicker amounts of insulation near the eves. Several people were concerned that during transport the foam to air seal the ceiling may crack. Siga tape may be a better option. Reports from the NESEA conferenceThe evening started with a round of introductions among the approximately 30 or 40 attendees. This was followed by a brief discussion regarding things seen at the Building Energy 13 conference in Boston the week prior. RELATED ARTICLES Steve’s GarageVisiting Energy-Smart Designers and Builders in MaineThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2The Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard? Pros Benefit from Building Science Discussion Group How many blower door tests?Liz Newman said that she recommends doing five blower-door tests during the construction process and that it is such a good educational tool to embed air sealing into their way of thinking.There was a discussion about street orientation, and Wayne again mentioned that the design is not that fluid because they don’t know where the house is going when they start to build it.One builder mentioned that he’d recommend spray foaming near rafter tails after all the ProperVents were installed to make sure that it was airtight. He thought that the spray foam would help stiffen up the whole module for moving.Regarding the cavity insulation, the group was unanimous on getting the fiberglass batts out and using something else like blown-in cellulose. Charlie Huntington of I&S Insulation offered to lend the project his cellulose blower. Many people agreed that this would still be within the students’ abilities and that the house would perform a lot better.Wayne mentioned that he’d built his own house just five years ago and that he wishes he knew then what he knows now. Dan Kolbert similarly said that he can’t bear to go to any house he’d build over six months ago, because things are progressing so rapidly now in high-performance building.It was recommended that they still have Panasonic WhisperGreen fans in the bathrooms to help mitigate moisture in addition to the ERV or HRV. And with that it was a wrap. Envelope and ventilation detailsThe proposed wall construction will be a 2×6 wall with fiberglass batts and 1 1/2 inch of exterior Thermax foam (because it’s cheaper and has a better R-value that alternatives). The wall has no vapor barrier so that it can dry to the interior. The home will have an ERV (energy recovery ventilator).The ceiling has a 1/2-inch layer of rigid foam that is sealed at the perimeters with a small hand-held foam gun. The wall is R-31 and the ceiling R-51. (There will be 13 inches of cellulose above the 1/2 inch of foam).The roof is vented at the eaves and the ridge. One additional note: the students don’t assemble the two modules together, the buyer does. That means that the quality of the final air sealing job will be uncertain.Dan Kolbert mentioned that if the buyer is responsible for assembling the modules, then they should be presented with a checklist for air sealing properly.Tim Spang of Spang Builders in Kennebunkport agreed that air sealing was very critical. Tim, along with his son Clayton and project manager Norm, are all graduates of Biddeford’s vocational school. He said that over the years he’s hired 30 to 40 students from this program. He mentioned that they are currently in the process of building a net-zero house, with the aim of achieving a blower-door test result of 1.0 ach50 or lower. He said that they learned a lot on their most recent house, but hadn’t really been keenly focusing on air sealing in the past. He stressed how important it would be for him when hiring new staff to know that they were learning what is cutting-edge for our future, not just the norm.Diane Milliken of Horizon Maine brought up the fact that Keiser Homes, a modular builder in Maine, has done a really impressive job of air sealing their homes. She also mentioned that she’s worked with Westbrook Vocational School, and their double-stud wall project almost achieved the Passivhaus standard. She felt that the students were more interested because they felt they were on the cutting edge.Jim Godbout of Godbout Heating and Plumbing offered to donate his blower-door equipment to make sure the air sealing was done effectively. Dan Kolbert, a builder and our usual moderator, mentioned that he’d listened to presentations on research on a variety of heating strategies for small spaces, and whether or not leaving the bedroom doors open or closed made a big difference. The recommendations focused on simplifying overall heating systems and delivery.Liz Newman, an architect, mentioned that she’d been to a presentation about net zero buildings. The presentation focused on the big picture: “scaling up” for net zero cities, and how the Passivhaus standard will play a more prominent role in construction in the next ten years.Steve Konstantino, our host and the owner of Maine Green Building Supply, mentioned that this year’s expo had more of a spotlight on building envelope products and less on solar energy than in past years. There seemed to be an abundance of triple-pane windows and products, like Siga tapes, to assist in achieving Passivhaus and net-zero standards. HRVs versus ERVsI mentioned that if they were planning on drying to the inside, they’d be better off with an HRV instead of an ERV, and that an HRV would do better mitigating moisture from the house. Their plan was to not have bathroom fans and have the ERV pull stale humid air from the bathrooms.The next few minutes felt like a highly contested Senate debate with finger-pointing protests and spit-flying disagreements. You could say that not everyone agreed with me, and that for some reason there are still plenty of people, who will remain nameless, that still use ERVs in our cold climate.Dan Kolbert (at this point acting like the Speaker of the House) said, “If I hear ERV one more time, I’m ending the discussion group.” Maybe the ERV vs. HRV debate will be our next BSDG topic. Let the rotten tomatoes fly!last_img read more

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India’s folk culture showcased at Games opening

first_imgThe vividness of country’s folk culture was on its full display at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday when dancers from Ladakh to Kerala and Sikkim to Gujarat gave a scintillating performance. Celebrating the ‘spirit of India’, the performers from 18 states showcased the richness, vibrancy and diversity in the country’s folk culture. Titled ‘Celebration’, folk dancers from various corners of the country came together to rejoice and dance in celebration of the message of the Mahatma. Showcased were flower dance from Ladakh, Bihu dance from Assam, Bhagoria from Madhya Pradesh, Panthi from Chattisgarh, Ghantu from Sikkim, Bhangra from Punjab, Kalbelia from Rajasthan and Ghoomar from Haryana.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

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