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Cricket: Ghana leave it late, pay heavy price

Cricket: Ghana leave it late, pay heavy price

first_imgThe Ghana-Nigeria rivalry was rekindled on Saturday in day two of the ongoing Africa Cricket Association Northwest African Women’s tournament. Several missed chances to bury the game early saw the host nation losing by 3 runs to Nigeria. Ghana won the toss and chose to field first. Nigeria took up every opportunity that was thrown at them by their opponents, and by the 20th over, scored 128 runs for 6 wickets. The Nigerians came in full force when it was their turn to field.They had fielders at every nook and cranny around the boundaries to ensure the Ghanaian batters were kept at bay.Tried as they could, Ghana could not match up to the required 6.25 per over needed to boost their winning chances. In the end, they scored 124 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs, thus leaving Nigeria to win the second game by 3 runs. In the second game of the day, Sierra Leone made it 2 wins out of two matches. They played against a weaker Gambian side that scored 54 runs for 10 in 19.3 overs. The Sierra Leoneans needed only 8.3 overs to score 55 runs for 3, therefore winning by 7 wickets. The final games will be played at the Achimota Cricket Ovals A and B on Sunday, January 21. Ghana must beat Sierra Leone and hope that the Gambia also beat Nigeria to stand any chances of making it a host and win affair.last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Saturday, 5 p.m.

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ nationally televised preseason opener at new Chase Center against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (0-0) vs. Lakers (0-0) at Chase Center, Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: TNT, NBSBA.ODDS: Lakers -2.5 (opened at Lakers -1.5).2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST MEETING: Warriors d. Lakers, 108-90 on April 4, 2019. WARRIORS UPDATE: Golden State head into its first game already …last_img

Pressed into action, 49ers reserve Jullian Taylor comes up big

Pressed into action, 49ers reserve Jullian Taylor comes up big

first_imgLANDOVER, Md. – Jullian Taylor called it the most fun he’s ever had in a football game. It’s also probably the first game anyone has noticed the 49ers defensive lineman in the No. 77 jersey.Taylor, suiting up for the first time in four games, came through with two critical plays in the 49ers’ 9-0 shutout of Washington on Sunday.“It was just a great opportunity and just an honor to play with these guys,” Taylor said. “I love this team. It’s a privilege to be with this team.”With nose tackle …last_img read more

What’s Wrong With Our New Furnace?

What’s Wrong With Our New Furnace?

first_imgSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DHow to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation — Part 1How to Performa a Heat-Loss Calculation — Part 2All About Furnaces and Duct SystemsResidential CommissioningOut With The Old, In With The NewWhen Do I Need to Perform a Load Calculation?We Are the 99% — AND the 1%How to Use Climate Consultant 4 That process, he writes, should begin with Manual J and Manual D calculations to make sure the furnace is matched to the heating loads in the house, and that the ductwork is designed correctly. Following installation, the system should be commissioned to make sure it operates as intended.“There is a good chance that your contractor never performed steps one, two, or three, unfortunately,” Holladay says. “You should start by asking your contractor about these three steps. You may need to hire a home performance contractor to check your system if (as I suspect) your contractor doesn’t understand the three steps I listed.”Melichar suspects that Holladay has a point.“I wouldn’t be surprised if your suspicions about our contractor not completing those steps are right,” he says. “My conversation with the furnace installer hired by our contractor was limited to, ‘How big should it be? 60K BTU? 66K BTU?’ He said ’60.’ We were responsible for shopping for it. The contractor made a suggestion of a single-stage, single-speed blower system even though we stated we wanted the opposite, so I’m not sure how familiar they are with improved technologies.” RELATED ARTICLES Did the installer do his homework?GBA senior editor Martin Holladay’s first question is whether the heating contractor has taken all the necessary steps to ensure the furnace was specified and installed properly. Your new furnace is just plain too bigTo Dana Dorsett, the problem is more fundamental: The furnace is way too big for Melichar’s house.A typical house of that size framed with 2x4s, and one with clear glass double-pane windows or storm windows installed over single-pane windows, should show a heating load of 22,000 to 28,000 Btu/hour with an outdoor temperature of 0°F and the thermostat set at 68°F, Dorsett says. In a house with 2×6 framed walls insulated to R-20, the heating load would likely drop to between 19,000 and 24,000 Btu/hour, he adds.“So, is a 60,000 Btu/hr two-stage the optimal furnace for your house?” he asks. “I seriously doubt it.”“Odds are pretty good that even at it’s lowest firing rate the output is probably more than 3x oversized for your actual 99% heat load,” Dorsett continues. “A reasonably tight and insulated 2×4 house at 30°F would have a heat load of maybe 15,000 Btu/hr, 20,000 Btu/hr if it’s all single-panes with no storms — and even an uninsulated brick house would typically come in well under 40,000 But/hr.”If Melichar has access to records for fuel use, he can check the heating load at the actual outside design temperature (as established by ACCA’s Manual J Residential Load Calculation) based on heating degree-day data.In an exchange with Alan B, Dorsett’s defends the process by which he estimates Melichar’s heating loads, adding the new Goodman furnace could be as much as 10 times too big for the 500-square-foot zone, and as much as six times too big for the 1,000-square-foot part of the house, even when it’s burning on low.Even in cases where heat-load calculations have been performed, a variety of factors can throw them off, Dorsett says, including assumptions about R-values, air infiltration, and the effects of plug loads.“Seems there is not sufficient enforcement of California Title 24, which [if I remember correctly] requires Manual J heating and cooling load calculations even on replacement equipment, and may even require duct leakage testing and remediation (though that might only be for new construction),” Dorsett says. Here are some tweaks you can makeJon R suggests that the specifications for the furnace Melichar has installed don’t show much of a difference between high and low stage. But, he adds, there is an adjustment for air flow that would reduce the “high winds” the system seems to be producing now.“Also make sure that the thermostat supports two stages,” he adds. “Adjust zone dampers so that they never close to less than two-thirds.”“That’s interesting about the dampers not being closed more than two-thirds,” Melichar replies. “It makes sense to me and seems a route to consider given that we are expecting the furnace to sometimes heat the whole 1,500 square feet, most often the 1050-square-foot upstairs and sometimes only the 500-square-foot downstairs.“As you probably suspect, when the furnace is only heating the lower 500-square-foot zone, it is loud and fast!” he continues. “Reducing that cfm by leaving the upstairs damper upstairs makes sense.”Reid Baldwin adds that a zone controller, a device installed between the thermostats and the furnace, may be to blame.“Even if you have two-stage thermostats and a two-stage furnace, the zone controller may only be capable of single-stage logic,” Baldwin says. “When you use a single-stage controller with a two-stage furnace, the furnace is usually programmed to run on low stage for about 12 minutes and then to switch to high stage until the heat call ends. The furnace has no idea how many zones it is feeding. If you have a two-stage zone controller, it would have more sophisticated logic, like using low stage when only one zone is calling for heat and high stage when both are.” Another heating optionIf Melichar were to start over, Dorsett thinks a better approach, given the heating loads, would be to produce hot water with a condensing tank-style water heater and distribute the heat via a one-ton hydronic coil air handler, such as the Firstco 4CW.The Firstco is capable of delivering 13,700 Btu/hour with 120°F water and a pumping rate of 2 gallons per minute, and 19,200 Btu/hour with 140°F water.“That would deliver long comfortable low-cfm flow cycles,” Dorsett says. “The max flow on the Firstco 4CW is 400 cfm, which is lower than the lowest heating cfm setting on the Goodman GMVC960603BN (600 cfm, set to minus 10%.)“If air conditioning is a ‘must have,’” he adds, “doing the heating and cooling with minisplits might make more sense. But cooling loads are low enough on that side of the bay that most houses that size do just fine with a half-ton window-shaker for cooling.” John Melichar has upgraded the furnace in his two-level San Francisco home, one of several improvements that should have made the house more comfortable as well as more energy-efficient. The new furnace has the capacity recommended by his heating contractor, but so far the house seems less comfortable, not more comfortable.In a post at GBA’s Q&A forum, Melichar explains his concerns:“Our contractor told us to buy a 60K Btu/h furnace; we opted for 96% AFUE with two-stage variable blower — the Goodman GMVC960603BN.“We get high winds from the vents,” Melichar continues. “We thought that the variable blower and two stages meant that the unit would operate on a low flame and low fan (cubic feet per minute) level but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The furnace starts out slow then ramps up to gale storm.”These problems prompt Melichar to ask whether the furnace has been installed incorrectly. Maybe the contractor has recommended a furnace that’s too big for the house. Can some adjustments be made to improve its performance?Further complicating Melichar’s situation is a language barrier with the contractors who installed the furnace: He’s able to speak with only one of them.That’s the backdrop for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added these thoughts:I am going to build on Dana Dorsett’s comments on choosing another heating option. I think the series of images below from the free download software Climate Consultant is worth 1,000 words on what I feel is the completely misguided type of space conditioning system that was elected for this project. (For more information on Climate Consultant, see “How to Use Climate Consultant 4.”)To follow along, simply download Climate Consultant 6, enter the California zip code for John Melichar (94132) and use the drop-down list of charts. And note that the Climate Consultant starting page summary states, “Climate Consultant seeks to translate outdoor conditions into indoor comfort…”California Climate Zone 3 has about six months of low-grade space heating and then six months with just about zero active space conditioning need. As Dana explains and Climate Consultant 6 reinforces, it’s hard for forced-air systems to be as effective as an integrated package of other design and mechanical strategies.I think the oversizing and misapplication of the type of system means John should go after the HVAC contractor for such gross errors and then move, if he can, to a hydronic system (or hydro-air system) that allows him easily and effectively to combine his space heating and domestic hot water loads.last_img read more

5 Simple Tips for Shooting Better Corporate Videos

5 Simple Tips for Shooting Better Corporate Videos

first_imgFor a lot of us, professional video production means shooting and editing corporate videos. Whether you’ve been doing it for decades or are planning your first shoot, here are some tips to keep in mind on your next project.Top image via ShutterstockPersonally, I’ve found that I can enjoy corporate video on a level. You’re helping brands and people tell stories that they care about — but often don’t have the means (or time) to express it. It’s a good feeling to watch clients see themselves on the screen for the first time in a way they haven’t before.However, they’re not all going to be great projects. You’re going to have some ups and downs that are simply unavoidable. That being said, here are some ways to limit the downs and help your production run more smoothly.1. Script Your InterviewsImage via WikipediaWhen shooting corporate videos, the messaging is usually going to be very tightly dictated by the client. It’s not an open documentary where you have endless license to find the story. After talking with the client, you’ll know what needs to be said.When shooting talking head interviews, don’t waste time meandering around and away from the soundbites. Do your work ahead of time and script out what you want your subjects to say. This way you can go back and forth with the client to get it just right. You can still conduct a conversational interview, but know you’ll be able to lead your subject to an agreed upon (and preferably) practiced soundbite which you know you’ll be able to work with.2. Use a Two-Camera SetupImage from 12 Star MediaUnless you’re working with professional talent, the majority of your corporate videos are going to be with real people who are probably anxious and looking to get their on-air time over with — so why not help them out as best you can?Using a two-camera setup will give you much more leeway in post to make your subjects look and sound good. With two cameras, you can piece together the best parts of all their answers while cutting out all the “ummms” and awkward pauses. Trust me, you’ll be a hero to them when you turn some muttering, nervous wreck into the confident and coherent businessperson they’ll see in the final version.3. Hide Your Lapel MicAs a content-consuming society, we’ve become pretty accustomed to seeing the dark little spots on people’s collars as standard practice. While it’s forgivable, especially when rushed, it will make your video appear more professional if you can hide the lapel mic altogether. Plus, it really isn’t that hard. All you need is a little piece of gaff tape and the pluckiness to ask your subject to run it up their shirt to hide it completely from view.4. Bring Extra ClothesImage via ShutterstockWhen working with a video production company, we always told people to bring two extra shirts/outfits and two extra ties to the shoot. Unless you have room in the budget for a wardrobe department (if you do, congrats!), you’ll need to be prepared in case a subject shows up in clothing that won’t work on camera. Check all clothing for moiré patterns or awkward colors.5. Make It FunImage via Orion PicturesIn a way, your corporate video shoot will always be a fun break in your client’s usually routine (and very possibly boring) day. People will be awkward, nervous and have some very skewed premonitions of what being on camera is like. Your first goal when shooting is to get your subjects relaxed and engaged. Ask them familiar and easy questions at first, tell them a joke, bring an emergency stash of mini-wine bottles (half-joking). The more comfortable you can get them with you and the bright lights and cameras, the better they will be.Have any other tips for shooting corporate videos that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden

10 months agoCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden

first_imgCrystal Palace, Fulham go for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Isaac Haydenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWantaway Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden is ready to return to London.The 23-year-old former Arsenal midfielder has made it clear he wants to leave the North East.Crystal Palace are alerted to the fact he wants to play in the south with Fulham also watching closely.Hayden said: “It’s unchanged and the club have known that from day one. It wasn’t going to change. My family, my partner and daughter will always come first. Football is football, but family is more important.“The club have had conversations already. Hopefully a solution can be found. It wasn’t in the summer, but I was professional and got on with the job I have to do.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Transparency in payments price

Transparency in payments price

first_imgThe importance of the flow of capital into the power and housing sectors in India cannot be overemphasised. Recent developments in both sectors once again bring to the fore the critical issues of effective payment mechanisms and price transparency as vital factors in boosting the economy. Let us examine the issue in the two sectors separately. The Supreme Court striking down the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular giving stressed power companies more time to find resolutions outside the bankruptcy court has started debates around paths that are ideal for resolving woes of the power sector. Amid the din and noise, it is essential to not lose sight of the core issues at hand, i.e., the late and, in many cases, non-payment of dues by state-run power distribution companies (discoms) in India. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile not all the stressed assets of thermal power sector are attributable to non-payment issues from discoms, delayed payments are significant contributors to the mess. Late payments lead to debt servicing issues and major negative-working capital problems. The most critical aspect of the problem is that not just thermal power sector assets but energy sector assets in general, including the high-growth renewable energy sector, will face identical or similar issues in the foreseeable future unless the delayed payments issue is gradually sorted out. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor instance, in the solar energy sector, which is known for its high capital intensity with the majority of the capital expenditure required upfront, the entire business model is highly dependent on the power purchase agreement (PPA) being honoured. Given the fixed-income nature of payments, it is only natural that debt is utilised to fund a significant component of the business. Delays in payments from discoms will lead to solar energy developers facing debt-servicing issues and therefore, eventually adding to the non-performing assets (NPAs). The issues around debt-servicing and NPAs has serious ramifications from a cost of capital perspective. An improved payment mechanism, timely payment of interest coupons and lower-risk have the cascading positive effect of the lower cost of capital for any given sector. Hence, as the cost of capital in general declines, energy projects with a lower return on asset become viable. Therefore, a lowering of the cost of capital in the energy sector provides a significant boost to asset creation. The reverse holds true: when risk perceptions amongst investors for a sector rise, they reduce the flow of capital to the sector and thus render projects unviable. Resolving issues around discom payments is critical for India’s push towards renewable energy. While solutions will require some hard decisions to be made, the government must push in the right direction. Most importantly, the new sunrise sectors such as renewable energy must learn lessons from the thermal power sector of avoiding payment delays, excessive leverage and unsustainable tariffs. Issues in the thermal power sector provide a template of the pitfalls to avoid in energy sectors across the spectrum. The second sector of our concern here that has seen interesting developments of late is housing finance. Given the recent liquidity crunch faced by the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), the news that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a panel to review the development of the housing finance securitisation market is a welcome step. The broader aim of the panel is to facilitate the flow of high-quality capital to the NBFC sector to boost credit creation in India. Of all the steps towards the standardisation of the housing finance securitisation market, one that deserves most attention is ensuring a mechanism that allows for mark-to-market valuation of the securitised loans. In the long-run for the housing finance securitisation market to indeed facilitate the flow of sizeable quantities of capital and yet avoid major mishaps during periods of credit busts, access to constant pricing information in the market is vital. Standardisation of the pricing of debt-securities can be more challenging than that for equity-based securities. The difficulty arises from the fact that debt-based instruments are issued for multiple tenures as opposed to equity that does not have a maturity date. Hence, standardisation is harder in the case of debt-instruments. Lessons from credit markets in the developed economies in creating credit-based indices that assist the market in pricing loans in the secondary market are crucial. Going forward we must not lose focus on the core issues of “ensuring payment mechanisms” and “price transparency” to boost investor sentiment regarding the crucial power and housing markets in India. (The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

WhatsApp renames tweaks feature to ignore archives

WhatsApp renames tweaks feature to ignore archives

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is still developing its previously announced “Vacation Mode”, but has changed its name to “Ignore Archived Chats” and added certain tweaks to its functionality. As part of the further development of this feature, WhatsApp’s beta version for Android 2.19.101 shows that the “Ignore Archived Chats” feature would prevent the archived messages from coming on top of the chat if new messages on the chat arrived, WABetaInfo reported on Thursday. Currently, an archived chat automatically unarchives once a new message is recieved on that chat. Announced last October, the old test feature “Vacation Mode” prevented chats from getting unarchived only if the chat were muted. The instant messaging app is also working on also presenting a new “Archived” cell in the main Chats tab, that would appear on sliding down the chat list. Details about the official roll-out of the feature remain unknown. Lately, the messaging app has been testing and adding a plethora of new features for its over 1.5 billion global users. Recently, the app started allowing users to choose a total of 30 audio files to send at once. The platform is also testing the “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded Message” feature to check the spread of misinformation on its platform. The app is also working on the much-awaited iPad support.last_img read more

Cancer Society honors Dr Larry Caroll

Cancer Society honors Dr Larry Caroll

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Cancer Society of The Bahamas’ 16th Annual Gala Ball took place at the Melia Resort on Saturday. The theme for this year’s gala was “Celebrate! – Faith, Hope, Love.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the society’s Cancer Caring Expansion Project. The society presented two awards at the gala. Iris Pinder received the Susan Andrews Award while Dr. Larry Carroll was the Lifetime Commitment Honoree.  Recently, ALIV became the platinum sponsor of the gala.#MagneticMediaNews#CancerSocietyBall Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more