Ten Essential Steps to a Pretty Good House

first_imgMy friends up in Maine came up with the concept of the Pretty Good House a few years ago, and I love the idea! Not everyone can or wants to build a LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, Passive House. But a lot of architects, builders, and home buyers would like to design, build, and live in houses that are better than the barely legal, code-minimum houses that populate the market.The Pretty Good House, then, is the way to go.The 10 essential stepsIf you’re interested in designing, building, or living in a Pretty Good House, here are what I consider 10 essential steps you need to take to make it happen. Martin Holladay also came up with a list of 10 items in his article, Martin’s Pretty Good House Manifesto, but you’ll find the list here has a different flavor than his.It starts with applying the principles of building science, as I’ve been writing since I got into this field. Just put it all together, and you’ve got yourself a Pretty Good House.1. Spend more time on planning. This was my biggest mistake in the house I built. I got rushed and ended up spending more time building the house and it cost more money as a result. Take all the time you need to get the details right before you move any dirt or lift a hammer. It’ll pay off in the end. Think about everything: orientation on the site; window area, placement, and overhangs; doing things in the proper order… This is especially true for getting the HVAC done right. Most designs don’t leave enough room for proper distribution of heating, cooling, and ventilation. Integrated design is where it’s at! 2. Hire a third-party building science consultant. And get them involved from the very beginning. Choose one with knowledge and experience, someone who knows how to work with contractors and can stand up to them when necessary. A lot of good intentions and good designs get undermined by the crusty contractor who says, “We’ve been doing it this way for 30 years and we’re not going to change now.”3. Don’t cut corners on controlling water. Design and detail every aspect of the water control layers in your building enclosure. What materials are you going to use? Do you need a vented rainscreen? Do all assemblies have the ability to dry properly and not trap water? Most building failures are due to water.4. Make sure the building enclosure is airtight. That means you’ll need a blower door test. If testing for airtightness is new to you, do preliminary testing at the predrywall stage if possible. How tight is tight enough? Certainly no more than 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ach50), but Passive House builders are blowing past the 0.6 ach50 level required by that program.5. Get the most out of your insulation. One of my earliest articles (Is There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?) was about how badly your insulation can perform just by how it’s distributed. An extension of the same principle is that even a small weakness in your building enclosure’s insulation can have a mind-blowing effect on performance. In short, a uniform layer with a lower R-value beats really thick insulation interspersed with little to no insulation. It’s the thermal bridging, stupid! If you can get continuous insulation on all parts of the building enclosure, that’s a big step toward getting a Pretty Good House. (If you want to go deeper, learn about the layers and pathways of heat flow.)6. Pay extra attention to rough openings. Certainly this is true for controlling the flow of heat because windows have a lower R-value than the surrounding walls. Even more important, though, is that water leaks usually happen at the openings, so get those flashing details right! And of course, it’s easy to make a significant reduction in your air leakage by sealing the rough openings… or missing your target because you didn’t.7. Hire the right company to design your HVAC system. That company might be the same company that installs your HVAC system. There are a few out there that are competent at this. What happens way more often than it should, though, is that when the installer also designs, you end up with duct disasters like this. What you really want is something like the one shown in this link.8. Get the HVAC distribution systems inside the building enclosure. Forced air heating and cooling dominates the type of distribution in most homes in North America. Even with a perfectly designed and installed duct system, putting those ducts in an unconditioned attic can add 15% to your air conditioning bill. From a performance perspective, HVAC distribution needs to be inside the building enclosure. You can do it with ductless minisplits, plenum trusses, and other techniques. Just do it.9. Install a good whole-house ventilation system. Airtight homes need mechanical ventilation. Balanced ventilation, which both exhausts stale air from the house and brings in an equal amount of outdoor air, is the best. I wrote a pretty thorough article called Choosing a Ventilation Strategy in the Journal of Light Construction last year.10. Commission the building. Getting a good design is a start. Implementing that design is not the finish. Making sure that the the various assemblies and systems work as designed is where you end, and that process is called commissioning. Just because you can see caulk and spray foam in an enclosure doesn’t mean it’s airtight. (See above photo.) Just because a duct system is beautiful doesn’t mean it moves the right amount of air. These things and more need to be tested at the end of the construction process.I haven’t mentioned every single thing you need to do to build a Pretty Good House here. As always, the devil is in the details. Click on the links above and below to learn more about those details. If you follow these 10 steps, though, your chances of a good outcome are greatly improved. Disregard the advice here, and you end up with a house that makes it into one of my Halloween articles. Bwaahaaahaaahaaaahaaaaaaa! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good HouseIs the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Green Building for BeginnersBlower Door BasicsResidential Commissioninglast_img read more

Google Glass: Way Too Much Google For Its Own Good

first_imgIf Google is making us stupid, Google Glass is destined to make us even stupider. While consistent with Google’s mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google Glass may actually be too much of a good thing. Way too much.Jay Yarow describes Glass as “a product plagued by bugs, and of questionable use, that’s generating a lot of buzz because people want so desperately to have some new gadget to latch onto, and fear being wrong about the next major technology trend.” Perhaps. But whatever its faults (battery life, tends to cause headaches, etc.), Google Glass’ biggest fault may well be its biggest feature:Information overload.By constantly presenting Glass wearers with information, or the opportunity to get information, Google manages to over-deliver on its mission statement at a time when we actually rely on Google to filter out noise, rather than fill our lives with more noise. As I wrote in 2007, the secret to Google’s business model is to embrace the abundance of the Internet’s information overload but then remove the detritus and give me only what I want, when I want it, and serve up context-relevant advertising.But by sticking a computer on my face, always on and always connected, Google has ruined this model by giving me far more than I want, all the time, and diminishing my control of the flow of Google-provided information. Google Now gets the balance nearly perfect. Google Now anticipates my information needs based on where I’m going, what I have on my calendar, the time of day, etc. It’s genius, and it’s particularly useful because it lets me discover its magic on my own terms; that is, I have to actually look at my smartphone. Robert Scoble may see this as a downside, but it’s a serious upside. When I have to look, I’m in control of the information. When the information forces itself into my view, I’m a slave to it.Google Now is Google at its best. Google Glass? Perhaps Google at its worst, shoving information at me and never letting me disconnect from the Internet completely. Nor will it end here. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has stated that “We want Google to be the third half of your brain.” I doubt many people will be enthusiastic about this, no matter how much Google anticipates my wants and needs and serves up ads against them, 24×7. With Glass, Google has taken a step too far toward pushing information on its users rather than letting them control the flow of information. In short, Glass is way too much Google for most of us. And that is the major reason I expect it to fail. Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#abundance#Glass#Google#information overload Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Misguided Drive for Revenue Growth (A Note to the Entrepreneur)

first_imgTop-line growth is important. If your top-line isn’t growing as fast as the market you’re losing marketshare and losing opportunities. If your top-line is growing as fast (or faster) then your market your gaining market share, and that’s a really good thing.Revenue growth is an indicator as to how the business is doing–especially as a sales organization. But by itself revenue isn’t a great indicator of success. Much of the time it’s in indicator of something else: Ego.Look At Me! I’m Big!It’s easy to increase revenue. If you were to drop your price to something equal or less than your low price competitor, you could easily increase your revenue, couldn’t you? Your value proposition would be even more compelling at a lower price. You’d get the bragging rights that come with massive growth, and maybe even double digit growth. You get to talk about your revenue number and impress some people at dinner parties. A lot of your competitors would likely be impressed too.Revenue growth alone is not the best measurement of the performance of a company. It’s often a better measurement of ego.Big EnoughProfit is a better measurement of the success of a business.I’ve heard entrepreneurs say it this way: “Sales is vanity. Profits are sanity.” And that statement is true. Revenue may make you feel good because it allows you to proudly throw around a big number. But profit makes you feel even better.Profit is what fuels real growth. It’s what allows you to expand, to hire new people, and to create new value for more customers. Profit means you aren’t making empty sales.Profit is what gives you the security that you can survive a downturn in the market. Profit is what ensures that you can continue into the future.Profit is a greater representation of how you’re running your business. A higher gross profit number is an indication that you are both creating and capturing value. A higher net profit number likely indicates that you’re running a sound business.We talk about revenue, but we don’t talk about profit. Revenue is for bragging. Profit is personal.Beware the Giant DwarfsIt’s easy to be impressed by companies that measure their revenue in billions of dollars, especially when they talk about billions more in growth. But it’s much harder to be impressed when you look at companies generating billions in revenue who are unable to squeak out even a dollar of profit on the other end. Not even a single dollar? That’s more than vanity. It’s insanity.If you are a $3 billion dollar company and you can’t squeak out one dollar of profit, you’d be stronger as a $2 billion company making 100’s of millions in profit. This is as true for these giants dwarfs as it is for your business.The trick is to grow top-line and bottom-line at the same time. Then you’ve got an interesting business. But if you have to choose, give up some top-line growth for bottom-line growth. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Congress protests against border killings

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday protested the lack of response from the Defence Ministry following the killing of Indian soldiers and mutilation of their bodies at the Indo-Pak border.Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sunita Verenkar also wondered if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 56-inch chest has now shrunk to 56 millimetres. She said women party members were collecting bangles to presented them to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. She recalled that when Ms. Irani was in the Opposition, she had urged BJP workers to send bangles to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when India’s borders were being attacked. She said that the Congress women workers in Goa were collecting bangles to be sent to Irani, so that she sends them to Modi, who the Congress leader claimed had been ineffective to combat cross-border terror. “We are collecting bangles, sending it to her, so that she can fulfil her “Mann ki baat,” Ms. Verenkar said.She said, “I think it is shrinking. It has become 56 cm or 56 mm, we do not know, but we request him to protect our soldiers who are fighting at borders.” Ms. Verenkar also lamented that despite brutal attacks on Indian soldiers, the country had no full-time Defence Minister. She also ridiculed Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for surrendering his post of Defence Minister and returning to Goa.“We had a Defence Minister who fled to Goa, why we do not know. Perhaps he is more interested in eating fish, that is why he is back to Goa! We need a full time Defence Minister for India,” Ms. Verenkar said.last_img read more

J&K youth who topped BSF examalleges threat from militants

first_imgClose on the heels of the killing of Lt. Ummer Fayaz in the Kashmir Valley, a BSF assistant commandant from Jammu, who had topped the recruitment exam, has written to the government alleging that militants were threatening him and his sister. Nabeel Ahmed Wani, the topper of the All India Examination for BSF Assistant Commandant (Works) last year, said his sister, a civil engineering student in Chandigarh, had been staying in a hostel but the college authorities now want her to move elsewhere. Mr. Wani wrote to Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday (May 14) asking her to arrange for hostel facility for Nida Rafiq. “She was worried that she would not get a place to stay as a Kashmiri, especially with my background. I didn’t want to involve the BSF in a personal matter, so I wrote to the Minister,” Mr. Wani told PTI over phone from the BSF Training Academy a Tekanpur near Gwalior.Request for armsMr. Wani said he has spoken to his seniors in the BSF requesting them to allow personnel to carry their arms when they go on leave, especially in militant-affected areas, and also to secure their travel plans home. He said he will go home for his cousin’s wedding in next two months. “People like me and my family members are always under threat from militants. After the murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz, I am scared about my family’s security. My mother lives alone in Jammu while my sister is in Chandigarh. I worry, especially now, as terrorists are targeting our families,” said Mr. Wani. He topped the exam last year around the time the Valley was on the boil following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. He had written the mail to Ms. Gandhi on May 14 and got a response the very next day. “The Minister immediately took it up with the college authorities, who have now allowed Mr. Nabeel’s sister to stay in the hostel,” a senior official of the WCD Ministry said.Disturbing trendMr. Wani said: “I am now worried for all those Kashmiris who are serving in the Army or paramilitary forces. We (Kashmiris) join the forces despite a lot of opposition and now, with this trend of killing Kashmiris serving as soldiers, a sword hangs on all of us. This is very disturbing.” As for his sister, he is now comforted she will remain safe in the security of her hostel room. “She is safe for now. Pray for her, she wants to become the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to serve the Indian Army,” he said.last_img read more

18 youth held in Valley operations

first_imgEighteen youth associated with militant outfits were arrested in three separate operations of security forces, while five youth were weaned away from militancy in Kashmir, according to the police on Monday.The police said it successfully busted two modules of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Pulwama’s Awantipora and Khrew areas. “Ten of JeM associates were arrested in these operations,” police said.The police said a special team was constituted “in view of surge in terror attacks in Tral”.“A huge quantity of incriminating materials was recovered from this terror module, including gelatin sticks, detonators, materials for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and grenades. All the incriminating materials have been taken in case records to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” said the police.Gun snatching foiledThe police said eight militant accomplices were detained in north Kashmir’s Baramulla who were plotting to snatch service rifles.“Based on a credible input, a criminal conspiracy was hatched to snatch weapons from on-duty police personnel in Baramulla, Tangmarg and Srinagar areas,” said the police.In another incident, another special police team traced five missing boy from Srinagar. “Parents of these boys had received phone calls from their kids who had left for school in the morning, informing that they are going to join the militant ranks,” said the police.“They were brought back safely. All the five boys were counselled and handed over to the parents,” said the police. Meanwhile, militants and security forces exchanged fire in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama. Militants managed to break a cordon in Shopian, while Army personnel were fired upon at a check point from a car the militants were travelling in,” said the police.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Chanderpaul frustrates India with a defiant century

first_imgShivnarine Chanderpaul struck a defiant century to frustrate India’s victory march as West Indies reached 294 for eight at lunch on the fifth day of the third and final cricket Test here on Sunday.The veteran left-hander was batting on 105 at lunch, his 23rd Test century and sixth against India, and kept glued to one end as West Indies stretched their overall lead to 151 runs at the break.India, who have already taken an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series, will have to remove the two batsmen quickly at the post-lunch session if they are to win 2-0 for the first time in the West Indies.Chanderpaul reached his century by flicking Ishant Sharma for two and his milestone arrived in 356 minutes off 255 balls, inclusive of five fours.The Guyanese batsman frustrated the Indians with his 38-run ninth wicket stand with Fidel Edwards (16 batting) as the pair batted for nearly two hours and 22 overs together.West Indies, resuming at 224 for six, lost the wickets of overnight batsman Darren Sammy (17) and Ravi Rampaul (1) and both the dismissals generated heat among a seizable crowd at Windsor Park, the newest Test venue of the Caribbean.Sammy was given out caught at forward short leg off Harbhajan Singh when the ball had clearly gone off the pads.The West Indian skipper had looked good to play his first substantial innings of the series and put on 33 runs with Chanderpaul when umpire Richard Kettleborough intervened.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Lead Warriors to NBA Title

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP) — As a fresh NBA champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy, holding out his arms and hoisting it for everyone to see.From the Bay all the way to OKC.Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get. He scored 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night.“You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game. You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day,” Durant said. “I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me.”Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City.James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant’s only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.“I left everything on the floor every game,” James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden.Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. He hit a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away.Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July.The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State’s time again, with Durant as the prized addition.Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at .941.Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry — the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated — finished off a brilliant postseason. Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries.Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.Green had sat out this very game a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in this clincher.With a much-improved bench led by Iguodala, JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and West, that “Strength In Numbers” slogan that has become such a staple the past two seasons shined all season long, from Durant’s 19-game absence late in the regular season with a left knee injury to assistant coach Mike Brown stepping in for 11 postseason games to lead the way while Steve Kerr was ailing.Golden State used a 28-4 second-quarter run to take charge — just after it appeared Durant should have been called for a third foul on a basket by James — and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away.The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A’s finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.A year ago, these Warriors fell short after a record-setting season that included a 24-0 start and 73 victories at the end to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ wins mark.Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times.“I’m happy for him,” Curry said. “You’ve got to call Kevin Durant a champ now.”JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Madrid’s experience key in CL final – Gudjohnsen

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid experience backed to overpower Liverpool’s star trio by Gudjohnsen Iain Strachan 17:17 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Real Madrid Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been devastating in Europe’s top competition this term but the former striker expects a Spanish win Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen claims Liverpool have arguably the most dangerous attacking trio in European football, but has backed Real Madrid to win the Champions League final.Gudjohnsen, 39, lifted UEFA’s biggest club prize with Barca in 2008-09, and has assessed the chances of the Reds and Madrid, as the holders from Spain aim to capture the title for the third campaign in succession.The former Iceland international acknowledged the steady improvements Jurgen Klopp has made to his team, but Gudjohnsen expects Zinedine Zidane’s side to come out on top at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Liverpool have had a fantastic second part of the season… but Madrid have the experience, they have the know-how, they have players who can change games in one moment,” he told Omnisport, courtesy of Nissan, official UEFA Champions League sponsor.”I think with the experience over the last two years and the experience and the history of the club, Madrid will lift the trophy. It’s not easy to say, but it’s my opinion.”If the Premier League side are to spring an upset, Gudjohnsen knows the Reds’ dynamic forward line is sure to exert a decisive influence. “They [Liverpool] have a lot of variation in their game,” he said.”The key is the organisation at the back. The defence is much better this year than it has been in recent years.”But then you have the three players up front that can change any game. When [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino and [Mohamed] Salah are fit and playing together, they’re almost the most dangerous trio in European football.”last_img read more

SeaBird, TGS Pen 2D LOI for Mexico Projects

first_imgzoom SeaBird Exploration has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) to acquire up to 200,000 km of 2D seismic data in Mexico.The LOI provides TGS access to charter up to four seismic vessels from SeaBird over a period of approximately 36 months, estimated to commence Q4 2014. The LOI is subject to the issuance of seismic acquisition permits for the offshore waters in Mexico as well as securing required prefunding for the acquisition area. The expected contract value is approximately $110 – 115 million.In December 2013, Mexico’s Congress gave final approval to a historic energy reform bill that ends the 75-year state monopoly of the country’s oil and gas industry and invites foreign investment.“The publicly announced legislative changes will allow for outside investment in exploration projects in Mexico, including geophysical surveys. TGS is prepared to acquire a regional 2D program as soon as regulations are in place and permits are in-hand“, stated Rod Starr, Senior VP Western Hemisphere for TGS. sbexp, April 2, 2014last_img read more

Horizon Lines Under Investigation

first_imgzoom New York-based national securities firm Faruqi & Faruqi said it is investigating the Board of Directors of Horizon Lines, Inc., for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of the company to Matson, Inc.Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, will focus the investigation on whether Horizon’s Board of Directors failed to conduct a fair sales process, and whether and by how much this proposed transaction undervalues the company to the detriment of Horizon’s shareholders.In a written press release the firm stated that ”the company’s stockholders will only receive USD 0.72 for each share of Horizon common stock they own.”Last week Horizon said the company entered into definitive agreements for a series of transactions that will result in the sale of the entire company, the first being the sale of its Hawaii business to The Pasha Group, followed by Horizon Lines’ subsequent acquisition by Matson, Inc.In the same press release Horizon also said that the company will cease providing liner service between the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico by the end of 2014 due to continuing losses without the prospect of future profitability.Press Releaselast_img read more

Golar LNG Moves Ahead with Another LNGC Conversion

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Owner and operator of gas carriers Golar LNG is moving ahead with its plans to convert one of its LNG carriers into a floating liquefaction vessel (FLNG) to support its charter agreement with BP.As World Maritime News reported, the charter deal was inked in April 2018 with BP Mauritania Investments and BP Senegal Investments, in their capacity as block operators on the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyin field.Earlier today, Golar LNG was notified by BP to proceed with the provision of the FLNG vessel to support the development of Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim field, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. Golar added that discussions regarding a minority investment in the vessel are also being progressed.The vessel conversion would take place at Keppel Shipyard Ltd building on Keppel’s delivery of the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, utilizing Black and Veatch Corporation’s PRICO technology.FLNG Hilli Episeyo is the world’s first FLNG vessel that has been developed as a conversion project from an LNG carrier. Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 cubic meters at the Keppel Shipyard over a period of three years.Designed for a liquefaction capacity of about 2.4 million tons of LNG per year, the ship was delivered in October 2017, and now operate offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA.Under the deal,  BP also has an option on a second FLNG vessel.Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 licenselast_img read more

Former fertility doctor accused of impregnating more women with own sperm

first_imgOTTAWA – A law firm pursuing a class-action suit against a former Ottawa fertility doctor says it has evidence indicating he fathered 11 children by impregnating patients with his own sperm.Two years ago, an Ottawa family filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Dr. Norman Barwin, alleging he is the biological father of their daughter, now an adult.In a statement, law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne says DNA investigation now shows Barwin is the biological father in 11 cases where the intention was to use the sperm of the male of the couple or, in other cases, a specific anonymous sperm donor.The firm says it has also become aware of at least another 16 individuals conceived through Barwin’s practice who are not a biological match to the intended father.None of the allegations against Barwin has been proven in court.Karen Hamway, a lawyer for Barwin, had no comment on the latest accusations.last_img read more

A list of the new members named by Rideau Hall to the

first_imgOTTAWA – The Order of Canada is getting 99 new members in 2018. Here’s a list:Companions of the OrderRoberta Bondar, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., astronaut, educator.Beverley McLachlin, Ottawa, longest-serving chief justice of Canada.Lorne Michaels, Toronto and New York, TV and film producer, creator of Saturday Night Live. This is a promotion within the order.Officers of the OrderChristiane Ayotte, Montreal, biochemist, researcher, who has battled doping in sports.Perrin Beatty, Toronto, former politician, community and corporate leader.Chantal Benoit, Vaughan, Ont., advocate for inclusive sports, longtime promoter of wheelchair basketball.Lise Bissonnette, Montreal, journalist and author.Cindy Blackstock, Ottawa, longtime champion of Indigenous children’s rights.Alain Bouchard, Laval, Que., entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist.Gertrude Bourdon, Quebec City, hospital administrator.Gordon Muir Campbell, Vancouver, public service, former high commissioner to Britain.Matthew Coon Come, Mistissini, Que., advocate for Indigenous causes.Wendy Marion Craig, Kingston, Ont., anti-bullying research.Suzanne Fortier, Montreal, scientists, innovator, academic.Sheila Fraser, Ottawa, former federal auditor general.OntarioJulia Gersovitz, Montreal, architect known for heritage preservation.Jane Green, St. John’s, N.L., researcher in genetics.Deanna Hamilton, Kelowna, B.C., promoter of First Nations fiscal management and governance.Patricia Meirion Moore, Calgary, community volunteer, fundraiser.Louise Nadeau, Montreal, clinical psychologist and professor who worked on treating addiction.Annette M. O’Connor, Ottawa, researcher and champion of patient involvement in health care-related decisions.Peter Henry St George-Hyslop, Toronto, and Cambridge, U.K., researcher in neurodegenerative disorders, notably Alzheimer’s disease.Neil G. Turok, Waterloo, theoretical physicist whose models offer ways to test fundamental theories of the universe. This is an honorary appointment.Members of the OrderAndrea Baumann, Hamilton, nursing educator.Mohit Bhandari, Burlington, Ont., contributor to the field of orthopedic trauma and researcher into intimate partner violence.Eli Bornstein, Saskatoon, contemporary sculptor-painter.Robert Bothwell, Toronto, historian.Hedi Bouraoui, Toronto, poet, novelist and essayist.Beverley Busson, North Okanagan Region, B.C., a champion of public safety who has worked in multiple national and regional safety and justice initiatives.Barry Callaghan, Toronto, publisher and writer.David R. Cameron, Vancouver, scholar, academic, expert in federal negotiations and constitutional affairs.John Conly, Calgary, researcher into infection control who created national guidelines on the standard of care for infectious diseases.Francis R. Cook, North Augusta, Ont., expert in herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians.Thomas d’Aquino, Ottawa, philanthropist, leader in the cultural sector.Gary Michael Dault, Napanee, Ont., writer on arts.W. Dale Dauphinee, Montreal, medical educator.Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier, Okanese First Nation, Sask., longtime chief of her First Nation who worked to improve living conditions.Nan-b de Gaspe Beaubien, Montreal, a contributor to telecommunications and an advocate for family businesses across Canada and abroad.M. Jamal Deen, Hamilton, academic and specialist in electrical engineering and applied physics.Allan Steven Detsky, Toronto, expert in health care costs.Agnes Di Leonardi, Toronto, a leader in the automotive industry and a mentor for women through the International Women’s Forum of Canada.Peter J. Dillon, Peterborough, Ont., researcher into lake ecosystems.Jim Estill, Guelph, Ont., contributor to technology communities and philanthropist for refugees.Arthur Fogel, Ottawa and Beverly Hills, Calif., music, concert promoter.David Glenn Fountain, Halifax, contributor to the arts, education and charitable causes.David Fox, Toronto, actor and champion of Canadian theatre.Abraham Fuks, Montreal, medical researcher noted for work on type 1 diabetes and cancer immune-based therapies.Patsy Gallant, Campbellton, N.B. singer and actress.Laurier Gareau, Regina, a leader in developing the Franco-Saskatchewanian identity.Edward H. Garrard, Toronto, a leader in the charitable sector who has developed giving strategies in the fields of health care and education.Jack Gauldie, Hamilton, an immunologist specializing in gene therapy, aiding in the treatment of fatal diseases and contributing to the development of cancer vaccines.Nahum Gelber, Montreal, philanthropist in education and artistic culture.Jack Douglas Gerrow, Ottawa, who worked in accreditation and competencies in dentistry.Ronald D. Ghitter, Calgary, former politician and senator known for his commitment to human rights and social justice.Stephane Grenier, Val-des-Monts, Que., a retired lieutenant-colonel and a leader in mental health advocacy and programming for the military and general public.Mitchell Halperin, Toronto, a clinician, researcher and educator in nephrology, the study of kidneys and kidney disease.Peter Irwin, Guelph, Ont., a pioneer in the field of wind engineering.Beverley K. Jacobs, Brantford, Ont., a promoter of Indigenous women’s and girls’ rights, lead researcher of the Stolen Sisters report.David Trent Jaeger, Toronto, broadcaster and leader in music creation, performance and promotion.Rebecca Jamieson, Ohsweken, Ont., educator noted for her work in Indigenous education.Virendra K. Jha, Baie-d’Urfe, Que., engineer and administrator in the space industry.K. Wayne Johnston, Toronto, a surgeon, researcher and educator in vascular surgery.David I. Kent, Toronto, a publisher who supported Canadian literary and culinary writing.Dianne and Irving Kipnes, Edmonton, contributors to community building and philanthropists in the arts and health care.Jack Kitts, Ottawa, a leader in the development and implementation of patient-centred care.Jonathan Klassen, Toronto and Los Angeles, illustrator and author of children’s books.Burton Kramer, Toronto, noted graphic designer.Alan Latourelle, Ottawa, a longtime promoter of the country’s natural and historic wonders.Gilles Lavigne, Montreal, dentist and researcher noted for work on the interactions between pain and sleep disorders.Jean-Pierre Leger, Montreal, a business leader in the restaurant industry and a supporter of charitable causes.Rheal Leroux, Ottawa, organizer of major events in the National Capital Region.Paul-Andre Linteau, Montreal, historian.Jon E. Love, Toronto, business leader and philanthropist.Timothy E. MacDonald, Stratford, Ont., leader in southwestern Ontario business and community initiatives.Gabor Mate, Vancouver, physician, author and advocate in the fields of addictions and mental health.Seana McKenna, Stratford, Ont., actress noted for her work at the Stratford Festival.Bruce McManus, Vancouver, researcher in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and organ failure.Edmund Metatawabin, Fort Albany, Ont., advocate, author and teacher known for his advocacy on behalf of residential school survivors.Morton S. Minc, Montreal, worker on social rehabilitation and the creation of innovative programs at the Municipal Court of Montreal.David Morley, Toronto, a leader in international development.Frances Olson, Edmonton, a community activist and contributor to the University Hospital Foundation.Hilary Pearson, Montreal, president of the Philanthropic Foundations Canada.Sherry Porter, Halifax, a leader in establishing Pier 21 as a national museum.Lucienne Robillard, Chambly, Que., former politician who worked on improving public institutions.Calin Rovinescu, Montreal, a leader in charitable causes and humanitarian relief following several natural disasters.Jean-Claude Savoie, Saint-Quentin, N.B, an entrepreneur and innovator in the forestry sector and wood processing industry.Sharon Sholzberg-Gray, Ottawa, a leading advocate for access to publicly funded and accessible health care services by all Canadians.Yvonne Steinert, Montreal, a leading contributor to faculty development and new training approaches in medical education.Veronica Jane Strong-Boag, Vancouver, activist, historian and researcher who has made the history of women an integral part of the study of history in Canada.Mutsumi Takahashi, Montreal, broadcaster and supporter of various charitable causes.Bryce Taylor, Toronto, surgeon and advocate for improved surgical safety standards and patient care.Mark Thompson, Vancouver, academic arbitrator and author who has worked in industrial relations and public policy.Scott Thornley, Toronto, graphic and verbal designer.Michael J. Tims, Calgary, expert in corporate finance and investment, which has bettered Canadian business across the country.Mohamed Lamine Toure, Montreal, a leader in promoting African and Caribbean cultures in Canada.Dave Toycen, Mississauga, Ont., a promoter of humanitarian relief and international development.Aritha van Herk, Calgary, a novelist and essayist who has raised public awareness of the Western Canadian experience.James Patterson Waddell, Toronto, a leader in the field of orthopedic surgery.Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, London, Ont., a pioneer in developing the academic field of Canadian literature and a mentor to writers across the country.Barry Wellar, Ottawa, a major contributor to the development and advancement of the field of geographic information systems in Canada.Marjorie White, New Westminster, B.C. an advocate for improving the lives of Indigenous people in urban centres, notably through the establishment of friendship centres across the country.Ronald Franklin Williams, Pointe-Claire, Que., noted contributor to architecture as a designer and teacher.Gerald Wood, Calgary, an entrepreneur and philanthropist.Yiyan Wu Ottawa, a leading authority and scientist in digital TV and multimedia communications research.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Below, we have posted– a very interesting Facebook Post/Thread regarding this issue– Chantel’s interview on The National(Click Here to go directly to the Facebook post)Chantel’s interview starts at 13:19 Login/Register With: On November 7th, CBC’s The National aired a segment that included Canadian actresses speaking out about sexual harassment on a Toronto movie set.When Chantel Cousineau contacted ACTRA regarding Director James Toback … her complaints fell on deaf ears.A representative at ACTRA told “We have received 72 written complaints regarding that director … I suggest you leave it, at least you got the job.” Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Rahul Gandhi mocks PMs Make in India says Made in China rules

first_imgSalem (TN): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” slogan, saying the country’s market was now flooded with Chinese products.Addressing a poll rally here, he referred to unemployed youth of Tamil Nadu, saying Modi had hurt them in the last five years, giving “huge amounts of money from the banks to the richest people but not to them.” “He gave you an empty slogan called Make in India but wherever we look we see Made in China products,” he said. Be it phone, shoes or shirt “you see made in China,” he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Now we want real made in India and real made in Tamil Nadu,” Gandhi said. Under Modi, “Make in India” if a young Tamil entrepreneur wanted to start a business he had to knock on the doors of different government offices where “he had to pay bribes,” the Congress chief alleged. “By the time he got his permissions the business is already failed,” he said. Hence, the Congress came up with a new idea in its manifesto for entrepreneurs, he said adding “when you want to start a new business you will not have to take permission from any government department for three years.” They could take the permission once the business was established and till such time the focus could be on making the business work and consolidating it, Gandhi said. “Once your business is established take permission.” Terming the GST as Gabbar Singh Tax again, he said it comprised five different taxes and a tax rate of 28 per cent wherein “even weavers had to pay tax if they had to buy thread or material.” The moment his party was voted to power it will be removed and we will give you a “real GST, (envisaging) one tax, minimum tax and a simple tax.”last_img read more

Global militaries enlisted to combat climate change and save ozone layer –

20 November 2008The United Nations has recruited the help of militaries in several countries in a unique new partnership in the fight against climate change and the campaign to save the ozone layer. Australia, the Netherlands and the United States have offered their militaries’ assistance in the safe collection of stockpiles of unwanted, ozone-damaging substances, and their experts will provide advice on how to expedite the shipping of chemicals to disposal centres worldwide.This partnership, spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Defense, could potentially slash by two-thirds or more the cost of disposing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are highly damaging to the ozone layer, a thin layer of gas high in the air that filters out the sun’s harmful rays.“The military in many countries have been at the forefront of efforts to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS),” said Marco Gonzales, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Their experience can be invaluable for developing countries facing similar challenges.”Many militaries already have competitively-priced contracts in place for storing these chemicals in old air conditioning units and other equipment, and it is hoped that this will serve as an incentive for civilians to take part in these low-cost programmes.Over 90 per cent of these harmful substances have been phased out already, but significant quantities of them are still kept in old equipment.A UN-backed gathering of 150 governments which are party to the Montreal Protocol and the Vienna Convention, both of which seek to protect the ozone layer, wrapping up today in Doha, Qatar, was warned that these containers could release several billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2015. read more

Lessons learned since Mount Polley tailings pond collapse mining industry

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Mining Association of B.C. says much has been learned since the collapse of a tailings pond at a south-central B.C. mine, exactly one year ago.Association president Karina Brino says the Aug. 4, 2014 accident at the Mount Polley operation has forced the mining industry to take a close look at all practices surrounding the construction, maintenance and use of tailings ponds.She says accidents will happen, but adds investigators remain focused on the root causes of the collapse and mitigating risk is the industry’s biggest challenge.Roughly 24 million cubic metres of mine water and waste gushed into area waterways about 50 kilometres northwest of Williams Lake, when the pond failed because of what an independent report determined was poor dam design.Since then, Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which operates the gold and copper mine, has spent nearly $67-million stabilizing a creek and ensuring water in nearby Quesnel Lake meets provincial standards.The provincial government has spent $6-million on the clean up, and Imperial Metals was granted conditional approval to reopen last month, although it still needs further permits before it can operate fully. (CHNL) Lessons learned since Mount Polley tailings pond collapse: mining industry by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 9:21 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

1000 new UK jobs and £800m investment in Crewe for new Bentley

Bentley Motors has announced that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, the company’s fourth model line, at its Crewe facility from 2016. The SUV will create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK, with Bentley investing more than £800m in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models over the next three years.Bentley currently employs around 4,000 people at Crewe, which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The luxury car manufacturer exported over £1bn worth of goods in 2012, it is also the third largest R&D investor in the UK’s automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who joined Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group, for the announcement at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, said, “This £800 million investment and 1,000 new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy.”¨One sector that we know is sprinting ahead in the global race is our booming automotive industry.“One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and we have just launched the government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy to help continue this success for years to come.”¨I am delighted that Bentley will be building its new vehicle here, not only creating 1,000 jobs, but safeguarding many more, as well as increasing training opportunities for highly skilled apprentices.”Dr Winterkorn said, “The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful.”Business Secretary Vince Cable MP said, “This is a welcome commitment to the UK from a major international car maker. Our automotive industrial strategy proves this government’s commitment to working with world-class companies like Bentley to create jobs and promote exports.”Welcoming the news, SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton said, “This is great news for Bentley employees at Crewe and is another tremendous vote of confidence in the UK auto industry. We have a globally competitive base for automotive production with our highly-skilled, flexible workforce and advanced productivity levels. UK facilities are producing luxury, premium and volume vehicles, which are winning business in markets around the world.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio State – UNLV game preview

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) bounced back after its 31-16 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma, securing a 38-7 victory over Army at home in Week 3. Now hosting their third and final non-conference opponent, the Buckeyes hope to continue their winning ways and maintain momentum when UNLV (1-1) comes to Ohio Stadium Saturday at noon.Ohio State offense vs. UNLV defenseFacing a UNLV defense that has averaged 416.5 yards allowed per game and gave up 43 points in its season-opening loss to Football Championship Subdivision opponent Howard (1-2), Ohio State will attempt to work out some of its early season kinks in what is expected to be a blowout win.UNLV has allowed 216 rushing yards per game and 4.45 rush yards per carry, leading to a potentially poor matchup against an Ohio State offense that relies on its run game for the majority of its production (19th in the nation with 243 yards per game). The Rebels surrendered 309 rushing yards in their loss against Howard, though they did limit Idaho to just 123 yards on the ground in Week 2. The Rebels have been more effective at defending against the pass, limiting opponents to an average of 200.5 yards per game (50th among FBS teams) and have allowed just two passing touchdowns this season. However, their defense has yet to be thoroughly tested through the air as the only FBS team they’ve faced, Idaho, is 75th in passing offense (217.7 yards per game) and averages 50 yards fewer than Ohio State, which sits at 43rd with 267.7 yards per game. The Rebels’ only other opponent this season was Howard, an FCS team that averages just 187.7 passing yards per game and that ran all over UNLV for 309 rushing yards. For the Ohio State offense, this game is less about preparing for the UNLV defense as much as it is just focusing on ironing out some issues it has experienced early on this season. “We can’t necessarily focus on the opponent,” McLaurin said. “This week, we’re focusing on us. We’re focused on building on what we did last week, our horizontal game, taking some vertical shots, some complements, and I feel like that’s what’s going to help us get better when we start getting into Big Ten play.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass to junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe expectations for the Ohio State offense this week should be for it to work on connecting on some longer passes and trying to reach the next step in its progression this season. The Buckeyes made major strides in their offensive production Saturday by putting up 38 points against Army, but this week will be more of a test to see if Ohio State can do what it has to do and distribute its offensive production through the air and on the ground. And going up against a man-to-man defense — a look Ohio State players and coaches have frequently cited as the most commonly used defense in practice — rather than a zone defense for the first time this season should be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to start to find their rhythm.“This may be the first week we get a little press, so we see that a lot in practice,” McLaurin said. “We’re going to be ready for that just in case they come in a zero look, no deep, we practice that a lot in practice. So we’re just being accountable for everything, trying to build on what we already did and just be ready for our shots so we can take them.”Ohio State defense vs. UNLV offenseIf UNLV is going to find any success on the offensive side of the ball, it will come on the ground. The Rebels rank fourth among FBS teams with an average of 350.5 rushing yards per game and have scored seven of their nine offensive touchdowns on the ground. The team averages 7.3 yards per carry.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) sacks Army senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw during the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorUNLV’s key offensive threat has been running back Lexington Thomas. The junior from Houston has gained 341 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns on 38 attempts, averaging nine yards per carry. He has not been a threat in the passing game, however, serving almost exclusively as a running option.Through the air, the Rebels have been substantially less impressive. They average 206.5 passing yards per game, with only two touchdowns coming through the air. Redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers has completed 21-of-35 passes, but has been more of a threat on the ground, with 25 rushes for 168 yards.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is anticipating the Rebels put up points.“They have a very talented quarterback, they have a receiver who is really a good player, and they have a tailback who is small, but man is he electric. So they have weapons,” Schiano said. But while Rogers will provide Ohio State with a different look, there is little to indicate he will have much success against the Buckeyes. Rogers’ combination of inexperience and lack of success versus two teams with far less talent on the defensive side of the ball indicate Rogers could struggle to put up many points against Ohio State.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 54-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 46-0 read more