“The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,” he wrote.In a pair of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Biden and Harris.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo were also among those to congratulate Harris on her historic achievement.In a statement, Merkel added, “Congratulations! The American citizens have made their decision,” Merkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with President Biden in the future. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to master the great challenges of our time.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote, “Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”In a statement, the Canadian leader said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world”. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Biden, calling him a “strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.“US leadership is as important as ever in an unpredictable world, and I look forward to working very closely with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the new administration to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe,” he said.“A strong NATO is good for North America and good for Europe.”European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she “warmly” congratulated Biden in a statement on Twitter and said, “The European Commission stands ready to intensify cooperation with the new Administration and the new Congress to address pressing challenges we face.”French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet: “The Americans have chosen their President. We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”And in Paris, the city’s mayor reacted on Twitter by writing “Welcome back America!”“While we are about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to act together more than ever, in view of climate emergency,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote.From the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan congratulated Biden and Harris on Saturday via tweet.“Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on winning the U.S. elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” the Crown Prince wrote.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also congratulated America’s newest administration and wrote on Twitter, “Our friendship becomes only stronger!”Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, congratulated America’s next leaders and said he hopes to speak to president-elect Biden soon.“On behalf of the Dutch cabinet I would like to congratulate with their election victory after a close race,” Rutte added on Twitter.President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga tweeted a picture of Biden and Harris and wrote in English, German and French her congratulations.“This is a strong signal,” Sommaruga wrote, adding that the Swiss and U.S. relationship will “continue to develop and thrive under the new administration.”CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. Modi said of Harris, who is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, that her “success is pathbreaking.” He also added that her success was of immense pride for all Indian-Americans.“I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership,” Modi wrote.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Leaders from around the world congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Saturday.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations, calling Harris’ accomplishment of becoming the first woman and person of color elected to the vice presidency a “historic achievement.”- Advertisement –
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Syracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacy
2. What does Syracuse have to do to beat Dayton?S.B.: This is a matchup of two teams trending in the wrong direction. Syracuse has lost five of six in the ACC. Dayton, almost untouchable for the first part of the season, lost four of its past eight games. The Flyers are a tremendous defensive team, but it does allow its opponents to score from beyond the arc. Though both teams are struggling, the Orange needs to break out of it with the 3-point ball to beat the Flyers.J.D.: Make the Flyers pay for whatever lineup it chooses. It seems that Archie Miller will either go very small and use two 6-foot-6 players as a pseudo frontcourt, or put four smaller players around 6-foot-11 freshman center Steven McElvene. With the first lineup, Dayton can turn up the pressure in its already-aggressive man-to-man defense. With the second, McElvene is a proven rim protector that’s made the Flyers one of the best in the country at defending 2-point shots. If Miller goes small, SU can’t be afraid to work it inside. If McElvene is on the floor, the Orange has to try and get him away from the basket. If SU doesn’t find a way to make the Flyers uncomfortable in all situations, consistent lineups could likely lead to comfortability on offense and a long day for the Syracuse zone.M.S.: According to Kenpom.com, Dayton ranks 21st in the country in defending 2-point shots. If Syracuse can’t get scoring from the interior, it’ll sure have to hope that two of its three perimeter players (at least) get hot in spurts or else the Orange will fall victim to another NCAA Tournament exit at the hands of Miller’s team. McElvene will be an imposing figure in the paint for SU’s bigs to attack and dynamic guards Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke will certainly keep up with Syracuse’s guards. But if Trevor Cooney, the ever-polarizing Trevor Cooney, can hit a couple from deep and Malachi Richardson can knock down a couple long balls against his high school teammate (Cooke), then Syracuse sets itself up well to advance.MORE COVERAGE:Breaking down the Syracuse-Dayton matchupWhat did Jim Boeheim say at his Selection Sunday press conference?VIDEO: Watch Syracuse erupt after receiving NCAA Tournament bid Published on March 15, 2016 at 8:36 am No. 10 seed Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) on Friday at 12:15 p.m. After sitting on the bubble leading up to the reveal of the bracket, the Orange avoided being placed in a play-in game. SU will start play in the Round of 64 against the team that knocked it out in 2014, the last time Syracuse played in the Tournament.With the season reaching its pinnacle, beat writers Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman discuss three questions surrounding the Orange.1. Is the fact that SU played Dayton as its last opponent in the NCAA Tournament overblown?Sam Blum: Absolutely not. Four out of Dayton’s top five scorers this season were also on the team that beat Syracuse two years ago. If there had been more of a gap, then it might be overblown, but it’s a similar team. Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije were also contributors to that team and may agree with me. Getting revenge against Dayton is something that I’m sure is front of mind heading into Friday.Jesse Dougherty: My first inclination is to say yes, but I could imagine that guys like Cooney and Gbinije, who each played 20-plus minutes in that game, may disagree. It doesn’t seem like a game from 2014 calls for a big “revenge” storyline, but if it’s going to inspire the Syracuse players to any extent then there is some merit to that. One would think that simply playing as an underdog in the tournament is inspiring enough, but it’s no secret that revenge can be a great motivator.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: When Cooney leaned into the microphone on Sunday, smirked and simply said “yes” when asked if Dayton being Syracuse’s first opponent adds anything to the matchup, it was a clear indication that Syracuse wants revenge. The common opponent from the Orange’s last NCAA Tournament game isn’t overblown at all and you can be sure that when SU saw the Flyers next to its name in the draw, that sour taste from a 55-53 upset tingled back to the taste buds of those who suffered a premature end to a season that started 25-0 in 2014. Daily Orange File Photo 3. Given that Trevor Cooney’s miss against Pitt and SU’s failures against Dayton in 2014 weight heavily on Cooney’s legacy, is this game a shot at redemption for his legacy?S.B.: That’s an easy yes. A really easy yes. Trevor Cooney will define his legacy in this Tournament. Obviously he’ll always be one of the best scorers and 3-point shooters in Syracuse history, but postseason success while he’s in a position of leadership will go a long way when determining how he’s remembered. And he did himself no favors — fairly or otherwise — by missing at the buzzer against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.J.D.: I don’t necessarily think that Dayton game really defines Cooney in any way. He played horribly, but that team was led by Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair first and foremost, and it was Ennis who opted to take a deep mid-range shot at the end. With that said, this is Cooney’s “last shot at redemption” given the way this season ended this year. Shameless plug: Read this story I wrote for more on this.M.S.: Even after Cooney missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer against Pittsburgh in the ACC tournament, he still thought Syracuse had a good shot to get into the Tournament. He didn’t think his legacy would be capped off in the NIT and thankfully for him, it won’t. His miss against Pitt looms heavier in the public eye than anything he did against Dayton in 2014, but if he can get hot early, in the middle of the game, or in a close game late, it’ll be the first step at closing out his career on a high note even with the little time he has left. Comments Related Stories Rapid thoughts on Syracuse-Dayton NCAA Tournament matchup3 things Jim Boeheim said at his Selection Sunday press conferenceTrevor Cooney on making the NCAA Tournament: ‘It’s almost everything’VIDEO: Syracuse erupts in team room after receiving NCAA Tournament bid Facebook Twitter Google+
View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made almost all of the noise, roaring their team forward.Lozano, a 22-year-old forward from the Dutch league nicknamed “Chucky,” got Mexico going with a deflected shot over the bar in the first minute. That set the tone for Mexico to torment Germany on the counterattack, with Lozano taking full advantage of right back Joshua Kimmich’s tendency to go forward.In his first competitive start since Sept. 16 because of injury, Neuer was kept busy saving a stinging long shot from Hector Herrera in the 10th, then a header shortly after a free kick.Timo Werner could have scored when he picked up a ball near the penalty spot, but his shot went straight to Ochoa.With key players tiring in the second half, Mexico pulled back and substituted both Lozano and Carlos Vela. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MOSCOW — Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0 Sunday.Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know if it’s the biggest victory in (Mexico’s) history, but one of the biggest for sure,” Lozano said. “It’s great to start on the right foot when you are playing the world champions.”France in 2002 and Spain in 2014 were the other defending champions to lose their opening matches. Neither of those teams advanced from the group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfter Lozano’s goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score even, palming Toni Kroos’ shot onto the crossbar.The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962. They hadn’t lost an opening game since the then-West Germany succumbed 2-1 to Algeria in 1982. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup.KEYS TO SUCCESSKimmich’s charging runs far up the field can be a blessing and a curse for Germany.Lozano reveled in the space left for him on Mexico’s left flank and was a constant threat on the counterattack. Kimmich’s absence meant Ozil was left trying to stop Lozano for Mexico’s opening goal.Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico’s 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa.GROUP DYNAMICSGermany needs points from matches against Sweden on Saturday and South Korea on June 27 to avoid elimination.Mexico’s next opponent is South Korea. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
The human ear has an extraordinarily large sensitivity range of a trillion to one, allowing us to hear a rocket launch or the footfalls of a cat on a carpet. According to Werner Gitt, the ear is our highest-precision sense organ, capable of responding over twelve orders of magnitude without switching (The Wonder of Man, p.21). Some of this sensitivity is amplified by the eardrum and middle ear ossicles, but the paper reported above shows even more fine-tuning inside the cochlea. Gitt’s book is highly recommended for generating a profound feeling of awe over the design of our senses. Proverbs said, “The seeing eye, and the hearing ear, the Lord has made them both” (Prov. 20:12).(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The cochlea, that spiral-shaped structure in the inner ear, is filled with fluid. In this fluid, tiny hair cells called stereocilia are positioned in bundles along the length of the structure. These bundles sense vibrations transmitted into the fluid from the bony levers of the inner ear. The vibrations picked up by the hair cell bundles, each tuned to its own frequency, mechanically transduce the sound impulses by opening ion channels that set up electrical impulses in the auditory nerve, that travel to the brain. But motion in fluid creates friction known as viscous drag. How do the hair cell bundles overcome it? Scientists have figured out that the hair cells in the bundles are not only finely tuned to reduce viscous drag, but actually to employ it for even higher sensitivity to sound. Publishing in Nature,1 scientists from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, with help from European academies, explained the problem of viscous drag, and two ways the ear deals with it: The detection of sound begins when energy derived from an acoustic stimulus deflects the hair bundles on top of hair cells. As hair bundles move, the viscous friction between stereocilia and the surrounding liquid poses a fundamental physical challenge to the ear’s high sensitivity and sharp frequency selectivity. Part of the solution to this problem lies in the active process that uses energy for frequency-selective sound amplification. Here we demonstrate that a complementary part of the solution involves the fluid-structure interaction between the liquid within the hair bundle and the stereocilia. What they found is that the positioning of the individual stereocilia causes them to move in concert, so that viscous drag within the bundle is dramatically reduced: “We find that the close apposition of stereocilia effectively immobilizes the liquid between them, which reduces the drag and suppresses the relative squeezing but not the sliding mode of stereociliary motion.” They can thus slide as the bundle bends without stirring up the liquid. Further, “The obliquely oriented tip links couple the mechanotransduction channels to this least dissipative coherent mode, whereas the elastic horizontal top connectors that stabilize the structure further reduce the drag.” The relative motion is reduced to just a fraction of a billionth of a meter (nanometer). Their opening paragraph provides a picturesque view of the workings of this remarkable organ: A hair bundle is a microscopic array of quasi-rigid, cylindrical stereocilia separated by small gaps filled with viscous endolymph. Like an array of organ pipes, the stereocilia vary monotonically in length across the hair bundle…. The tip of each short stereocilium is attached to the side of the longest adjacent stereocilium by a tip link, the tension in which controls the opening and closing of transduction channels. Adjacent stereocilia are also interconnected along all three hexagonal axes by horizontal top connectors. At the tall edge of the bundle in many species stands a single kinocilium, the process to which mechanical stimuli are applied and that is ligated to the adjacent stereocilia by kinociliary links. Why are the stereocilia arranged in bundles? “The small difference between the drag coefficients for a single stereocilium and for an entire hair bundle reveals the striking advantage that grouping stereocilia in a tightly packed array offers to the auditory system.” Using models from a bullfrog inner ear magnified 12,000 times and various mathematical techniques, they were able to measure the viscous drag of the coherently-arranged stereocilia. Their conclusion explains how the findings contribute to understanding the remarkable sensitivity of the ear: In conclusion, because all stereocilia and the liquid between them move in unison over the whole auditory spectrum, with the relative motions apparent only on a sub-nanometre scale, most stereocilia inside the hair bundle are shielded from the external liquid and experience little viscous drag. Although viscous forces might be thought to impair sensitivity and frequency selectivity, the hair bundle’s structure actually minimizes energy dissipation, making it easier for the active process to keep the ear tuned. The tight clustering of stereocilia even transforms liquid viscosity into an asset by using it as a simple means of activating numerous mechanosensitive ion channels in concert. The authors made no attempt to explain how this arrangement might have evolved. 1. Koslov, Baumgart et al., “Forces between clustered stereocilia minimize friction in the ear on a subnanometre scale,” Nature 474 (16 June 2011), pp. 376–379, doi:10.1038/nature10073.
The above infographic disproves some of the myths people believe about breast cancer and the threats it poses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Breast cancer awareness month is under way this month in South Africa and the rest of the world, when organisations, corporations and the public help to spread awareness and information about the disease.Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among South African women and the second most prevalent of all cancers among women of all races around the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.According to the 2009 National Cancer Registry, one in 33 South African women will suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives.“The designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private health care structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures,” the Department of Health said in announcing the event.With health care forming an integral part of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) it is important that South Africans are informed about how to ensure their wellbeing as well as of those for whom they are responsible.Raising awareness of breast cancer and arming people with a working knowledge of the disease ties in with meeting the NDP’s health care pillar.“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health, including cervical and breast cancer, HIV and Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” said Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady.Madiba-Zuma was speaking in New York City on 27 and 28 September, where she used her attendance at the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly to promote women’s health awareness. “It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda.”AT RISKMany people believe that they have no risk of breast cancer for a number of reasons, such as the idea that if there is no known history of the disease in their family, they will not get it. Although having a history of breast cancer in your family does increase your chances of developing the disease, however, the absence of cancer in your family does not mean you are not at risk.Many people are under the impression that breast cancer is only a threat to women; contrary to popular belief, men can contract the disease as well, although they are less likely to do so than women. One in 1 249 men worldwide will get breast cancer during their lifetimes.This is because men have far less breast tissue than women and thus run less of a risk of developing cancerous cells in their breast – but that does not mean it cannot happen.Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer. (Image: ICON)EARLY DIAGNOSISThroughout October, organisations such as Cansa and the Pink Drive are raising awareness of the disease. They are encouraging people to care for their health as well as support those who have the illness.Best health practices are promoted during breast cancer awareness month, and people are encouraged to undergo regular routine checks to identify the development of cancerous cells early on and take measures to reduce risk.“Early diagnosis gives the cancer patient a higher chance of complete cure and less extensive surgery,” explains Dr Sheldon Godinho, the president of the Radiological Society of South Africa. “Early detection is a critically important factor in winning the battle against breast cancer.”Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer.As International Breast Cancer Month continues through October, people of all ages and genders should take the time to support those suffering from breast cancer and ensure their own health and wellness.
Windows 7 or Vista: C:[username]AppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPad Software Updates (or iPhone/iPod Software Updates) Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#Features#How To#NYT#web Windows XP: C:Documents and Settings[username]Application DataApple ComputeriTunesiPad Software Updates (or iPhone/iPod Software Updates)Redsn0w should now say that the IPSW file was successfully identified. On the following screen, check “Install Cydia” then click “Next.”With the iOS device powered off and plugged into the computer, click “Next” again.Redsn0w will now provide instructions on how to put your device into DFU mode. This is a combination of key presses, that are as follows: Hold the Power button for 1 second, then without releasing it, hold the Home button for 10 seconds. Finally, release Power but keep holding Home for 15 seconds.One in DFU mode, the jailbreak will proceed automatically.Compatibility notes: This jailbreak works on all devices. On iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3 and 4, iPad and iPod Touch 2 (MC model) it will be tethered. On iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS (older bootroom), and iPod Touch 2 (older model) it’s not tethered. iPhone unlockers should NOT jailbreak!As always, please proceed with jailbreaking at your own risk. Although relatively easy, it is a form of hacking and things can go wrong, break, crash or just not work at all. Back up your iOS device before jailbreaking in case you need to restore and make sure that critical data (contacts, notes, etc.) is also safely stored elsewhere than on your PC. sarah perez Related Posts On Monday, Apple shipped its long-awaited iOS 4.2.1 update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, which was the first major upgrade for the iPad since its launch earlier this year. Finally, iPad users have access to features like multitasking, app folders, threaded messaging and a Unified Inbox, thanks to this update. It also delivered new features called AirPrint and AirPlay to all iOS devices, the former for printing from mobile devices and the latter for streaming between mobile devices and Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled hardware.But for iPhone jailbreakers, there’s only one question that comes to mind when a new upgrade is released: can you jailbreak it?The answer this time is yes you can – and there’s no waiting to do so! However, iPhone users may want to hold off on this one. Here’s why: Although the 4.2.1 software can be jailbroken using the iPhone Dev Team’s redsn0w hacking tool, this time around it’s what’s known as a “tethered” jailbreak, at least on newer Apple devices. What that means is that if your phone ever loses power or you need to reboot your device, you have to connect it to your computer (i.e. “tether” it) in order to keep the device jailbroken. Failure to do so will result in the device resetting to an un-jailbroken state. If, for some reason, you aren’t able to reboot the device while tethered, you can still recover your jailbreak by connecting it again to your computer and then booting it using redsn0w.Simply put, it’s a huge pain.So unless you really need 4.2.1’s AirPlay or AirPrint features, we would suggest iPhone users hold off on this one, as an untethered (read: “normal”) jailbreak is in the works now. Being “tethered” is less of a hassle on iPod Touch and iPad, however, as maintaining a jailbreak isn’t as mission-critical on these devices. Nor are these devices as likely to be completely drained of battery juice like the iPhone is, especially if you make a lot of phone calls. In other words, it’s up to you on this one – jailbreak if you must or wait to upgrade.The good news is that you can still upgrade your iPad to iOS 4.2.1 to take advantage of all the new features but not have to install the same software on your iPhone. iTunes will prompt you when you connect an iPad to your computer to upgrade and you can proceed normally. When you connect your iPhone, you can just say “no” to the same prompt with no harm done. You can continue using your iPhone as usual, syncing files, etc., while still maintaining the jailbreak you already have.However, if you’re determined to proceed with the jailbreak, despite our warnings, here’s how you do it:Download the redsn0w software: Mac or Windows version (more mirrors are listed on the Dev Team blog)Upgrade to iTunes 10.1 if you haven’t already.Install the iOS 4.2.1 firmware via iTunes as usual.Run the redsn0w software executable.Redsn0w will ask you to select your IPSW file for your current firmware. Point it to one of the following, depending on your OS:Mac OS X: /~/Library/iTunes/iPad Software Updates (or iPhone/iPod Software Updates, as the case may be) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
In a post from last summer on LEED for Homes, I mused on the ineffectiveness and confusion surrounding the required Durability Planning process, the preparation of a project-specific Durability Checklist, and third-party inspection of this work.The general consensus among green raters I know is that the entire Durability Planning process in LEED for Homes is confusing, arbitrary, and extremely difficult for most construction teams to get their heads around. Each project team is supposed to fill out a risk assessment form that ranks each principal durability risk as either low, medium, or high, based on the project design and climate. Issues to be ranked include Exterior Water, Interior Moisture Loads, Air Infiltration, Interstitial Condensation, Heat Loss, Ultraviolet Radiation, Pests, and Natural Disasters.While each issue is critical in high-performance homes, I believe that asking the project team to assess the risk level of each and then come up with lists of specific measures to alleviate these risks is counterproductive to creating durable buildings. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to DoEqual-Opportunity Feather Ruffling Almost all other green building programs have checklists of requirements and extra-point items that address durability. Simple process: You do it, check it off, meet the prerequisites or get your points. But not LEED for Homes. They need to create a “process” that the team must go through to make sure that the specific items they include in their project match the specific needs of the project and the climate.In theory, this process may be good, but in practice, teams typically miss critical items, include excessive amounts of items that are marginally effective, and throw in a few that don’t relate to the specific risk. The amount of time spent addressing the durability plan often exceeds the value it brings to a project.In case you didn’t think it was complicated enoughSo, I was on a LEED for Homes conference call this week that included an extended discussion of new clarifications on the Durability Planning process bestowed on us from the USGBC gods in Washington, D.C. The durability plan can provide a bonus of three full points for project teams if they are able to have all their listed measures verified by a third party.The new ruling determines that to obtain the third-party verification points, the Durability Inspection Checklist must have at least 18 to 20 specific items on it (excluding up to six prerequisites that are required to be on the list anyway). So, you now must figure out how to distinguish between prerequisites and regular durability measures, assemble the list with not too many but not too few items on it, and make sure that all of them are independently verified to get your extra points.Almost no one understood it before, so why complicate it further?I have to admit that trying to explain to project teams how to create their durability forms, and reviewing them for accuracy during the process, verges on the comical. In theory, engaging the team to work together to come up with high-performance building specifications is an intriguing idea; in practice, it is like trying to herd cats and ducks together, all of whom would rather be out doing what they normally do. Most green raters are just beginning to get their under-educated project teams to figure out this particular process, when BOOM! The USGBC adds this extra layer of complexity on it.Why can’t they just act like other programs and put together a list of measures to use if they apply to your project? I do believe that most of the people working in D.C. are well-intentioned and honestly do want to make the program better, but there seems to be a lack of focus and leadership when edicts come down that do little more than make minor adjustments and add layers of complexity.It reminds me of doctors who prescribe medicine for one condition, which creates side effects, for which they prescribe another medicine. Eventually, most of the medications are only taken to correct side effects, and no one ever considers taking a holistic view of the situation.I feel like every ruling that comes down from the USGBC is designed to correct a small problem, usually creating other unintended consequences of its own, which then need to be fixed with another ruling. When will someone take a step back and give this program the big-picture overview that it desperately deserves?One final rantI also learned that the USGBC is planning to develop an online checklist for the LEED for Homes program, apparently modeled after the NAHB scoring sheet for their green building program. Anyone who has been following me for a while probably has heard me whine about that online scoring tool. While it is comprehensive and lacks many of the obtuse complexities of the LEED checklist, it is so painfully slow that it makes the NAHB program more rather than less difficult to manage. Incidentally, the NAHB has just come out with an offline, Excel-based version of their checklist, which works quite well, due mostly to push-back from verifiers including myself.While there is no love lost for the LEED for Homes Excel spreadsheet, I am really concerned that, based on previous behavior, moving this particular part of the program to an online tool — if it isn’t thought through completely and systemically from the very beginning — may very possibly make things worse, rather than better.I once saw some brilliant graffiti at a bar: “Eschew obfuscation.” We would all be well served if this was taken to heart.
At an age when youngsters usually prepare to take admission in colleges, Shiva Thapa, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, has a much bigger task to handle.When the quadrennial sports extravaganza begins in London next month, Thapa, 18, will be one of the boxers touted as a strong medal prospect, that too in a category (56kg category) which is considered as the most competitive in the sport.Thapa is aware of the enormity of the task he is expected to handle in London. But he says philosophically he will deliver his 100 per cent and the rewards will automatically come his way.”Every Olympian goes into the Olympics with an aim to win a medal and my target is also the same. Whenever in the ring, I give my 100 per cent and that has always helped me achieve whatever I have so far. I’ll do the same thing at the Olympics and I believe if I play up to my potential I can get a reward in form of a medal,” Thapa told Mail Today.Does he feel nervous going into the Olympics at 18? “It’s going to be my first Olympics, but there’s always a first time in whatever you do. I’m not nervous, but determine to do my best and leave the best impression,” he said.”Before the qualification my father used to say that 18 is too young an age to qualify for the Olympics. But I told him that at this age boxers have won Olympic gold. I take inspiration from young achievers in order to keep my morale high,” he said.advertisementThapa first hogged headlines when he won the silver at the Youth World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Then, in his first senior tournament in 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia, he created a bigger flutter by showing the door to world champion Delakliev Detelin of Bulgaria on way to clinching the gold.The victory made him a sensation. When seasoned boxerAkhil Kumar failed to make it to the Olympics in the first qualifying tournament, the Indian Boxing Federation selected Thapa for the second and the final qualifier. In one of his most inspiring display of talent, he upset a stellar field and qualified for the Olympics with a gold medal.Thapa says he will not let such victories go in vain and will take an inspiration from them. “I have beaten some of the toughest boxers and that has given me a psychological edge at a young age. I am sure I won’t feel nervous if I fight against them in London. But I am not complacent. I know those who I beat are eager to take revenge. So, I’m doing my level best to prepare.”With less than 40 days to go for the Games, he is trying to avoid all kind of distractions. “Qualifying for the Olympics is bound to attract a lot of attention and a lot of people want to communicate with me. But, for the time being, I want to have limited interaction with the outside world as it will help me keep the preparations on track,” he said.To give his preparations finishing touches, Thapa, as part of the India team, is now in Dublin, Ireland, on a training-cum-competition trip. After spending a few days at home, the team will go to London. “Ireland and London trips are very timely. Since both the places have cold weather, the trips are expected to help us adjust to the local conditions that we are expecting during the Olympics,” he said.It will be interesting to see if Thapa becomes the youngest Indian medallist in boxing – and make history.
State Rep. Martin Howrylak last week introduced a bipartisan measure requiring the governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to open all of their meetings to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students that university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”Rep. Howrylak said informal meetings allow public university governing boards to meet in private with a voting quorum in order to make collective decisions without the input of the public. House Joint Resolution O will add language to the constitution to ensure that these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.Rep. Howrylak said: “This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan. This will help ensure that the boards partner with residents and students in crafting the highest quality public policy.”The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR O has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for consideration.### Categories: Howrylak News 24Apr Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities