Get Lara involved, advises Warne

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.last_img read more

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Using Rooftop Solar to Meet the Energy Code

first_imgThis index has a reference of 100 for a home designed to meet the 2006 IECC. Lower numbers are better. A home that just meets the 2009 IECC, for example, would come in at an index of about 85 or 90. The 2012 IECC drops that into the 70s. If you make the house as efficient as possible by building a Passive House, you’ll get down to an index of about 30.The scale keeps going lower, however, and it’s possible to go all the way down to zero or even negative numbers. You get there by adding some on-site power production. Usually that means rooftop solar. Throw some photovoltaic (PV) modules on the roof, and the house now produces some of the energy it uses. That production is included in the ERI calculation, so without some kind of backstop, home builders could leave out all of the efficiency details — you know: insulation, air sealing, and little things like that.Fortunately, the 2015 IECC did include a backstop. Here’s section R406.2:R406.2 Mandatory requirements.Compliance with this section requires that the provisions identified in Sections R401 through R404 labeled as “mandatory” and Section R403.5.3 be met. The building thermal envelope shall be greater than or equal to levels of efficiency and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient in Table 402.1.1 or 402.1.3 of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.But this is in the 2015 IECC. And yes, that says the backstop is the 2009 IECC for building enclosure requirements. In climate zone 3, that would mean you could go back to R-13 walls instead of having to do either R-20 walls or R-13 cavity plus R-5 continuous. You could insulate ceilings to R-30 instead of R-38. You could put in windows with U-values of 0.5 instead of 0.3.I’ve included the tables showing the building enclosure requirements for both the 2009 and 2015 energy codes. (See Image #2 and Image #3, below.) You can see what the difference might be in your climate zone.There’s some serious relaxation of requirements in that statement.Yeah, but would builders do it?First of all, hitting the ERI numbers in the 2015 code isn’t easy. They vary from 51 to 55. which is significantly lower than the number achieved just by following the prescriptive path. So even with the relaxed enclosure requirements, why would builders pay more to hit that lower number?The answer is that they might not have to pay more. The big players in the rooftop solar industry install their products for no cost sometimes. I heard a presentation by Solar City last week, and they were telling the builders in the room about their free PV deal.So there’s your answer. As a builder, you’d get to put in less insulation and cheaper windows. Then you get a lower ERI by getting the solar company to come in and install their stuff for free. Builders are business people. They understand profit. Why wouldn’t they take that deal?Will this be fixed in the 2018 IECC?This issue became a big deal in Florida this year during their code hearings. According to an article on the Code Watcher website, some at the Florida Building Commission were suggesting that the ERI calculation should exclude on-site power production entirely. After many hours of hearings, however, they reached a compromise. Rather than disallow any use of solar for energy code compliance, they set a new backstop. They changed from using the 2009 IECC as the minimum requirements to the 2015 IECC.At the national level, the International Code Council (yes, I just said that) made some changes, too. First, they raised the ERI requirements for each climate zone. Those ERIs in the 2015 IECC ranged from 51 to 55. Now they’re 5 to 8 points higher. (Remember, a lower ERI is better, so this makes it easier to achieve.) The other thing that got changed was the backstop. Just as Florida did, the IECC will now require the minimum enclosure levels in the 2015 IECC.I’m fine with the relaxed ERI numbers. I thought the initial requirements were too low. The change in the backstop, though, is the really important one in my opinion.This isn’t the end of the process. After the recent meetings in Kansas City, the voting members will vote again on the final changes. Assuming the changes I’ve described here get approved, the 2018 ERI compliance path will be a more robust option. And it may even get used. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, 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. Supply and demand are two different things. When you think of an energy code, say the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), you probably think of demand, not supply. Conserving energy, after all, means reducing demand. It’s related to supply only indirectly.As a result, you might expect an energy conservation code to have requirements that affect only the demand side of the equation. With the 2015 IECC, however, that’s not true anymore.Relaxed building enclosure requirements with the ERI pathThe 2015 IECC introduced a new pathway to compliance: the Energy Rating Index (ERI). It’s defined in a way that the HERS Index is pretty much the same thing, so home energy raters can help builders get their homes to comply. But there’s an important new element introduced into the IECC with the ERI path. (For more information on the ERI path, and the use of a PV system to improve a home’s ERI score, see States are Amending, then Adopting, the 2015 IECC.) RELATED ARTICLESStates are Amending, then Adopting, the 2015 IECCThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsNew Energy Code Helps Inform Home BuyersHow Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?last_img read more

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Petron repulses F2 Logistics in PSL Grand Prix finals rematch

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Blaze Spikers maintained their undefeated start in the conference, improving to a 6-0 record to lead the league while the Cargo Movers are in second at 5-1.From a slim 11-10 lead, Petron went on a late surge to take a 20-11 buffer but that was momentarily threatened by  Blaze Boosters’ own miscues and timely points by the Cargo Movers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Blaze Spikers committed three straight errors before Aby Maraño converted on a service ace that trimmed the gap to 4, 21-17.Stephanie Niemer and Remy Palma, however, scored on back-to-back hits to give Petron a 23-17 lead. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lindsay Stalzer, Petron’s previous player, had 21 points to lead the Cargo Movers while Rebecca Perry and Ara Galang had 12 and 10 points, respectively. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Petron recovered in time and halted F2 Logistics’ advances in four sets, 23-25, 25-14, 24-22, 25-18, in a rematch of last year’s finalists in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero Katherine Bell then soared for a back row kill to seal the victory.“We coaches know our players and we know that when they want to play great it’s possible to get the win,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.“We’re happy with the win because this was a test for us because F2 is one of the strongest teams in the PSL.”“The first set was a struggle for us but I told the players to use the first set as a warm up because we knew we can bounce back from it.Bell finished the match with 31 points, a season-high for her, while Niemer added 22.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more

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Dembele – NxGn Star of Russia

first_imgOusmane Dembélé Ousmane Dembele, the NxGn starlet supporting France’s endless attacking talent in Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy NxGn Dembele GFX Getty/Goal composite Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia France World Cup The Barcelona youngster has overcome his early injury issues in Spain and has everything required to be on of the stars of this year’s World Cup After moving from to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Ousmane Dembele did not enjoy the blockbuster season he and the Blaugrana were hoping for.A hamstring injury suffered in September forced the Frenchman to miss virtually the entire first half of the season, and further fitness woes combined with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in the winter transfer window saw the France international make a relatively meagre 17 league appearances as Ernesto Valverde’s side strolled to the La Liga title.The former Rennes attacker did manage nine goal involvements during his fleeting stints with the Barca first-team, but he will be hoping to completely rubbish any thought of stagnation when he arrives in Russia with an exciting France squad brimming with attacking talent. Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Dembele Samsung WC NxGn GFXDidier Deschamps has no end of elite attackers to choose from, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe providing competition that may prove to be too stiff for Dembele as far as a place in the starting line-up is concerned.But Dembele’s presence in the squad allows Deschamps to significantly change his personnel and approach in attack without losing anything in terms of quality. The former Juventus coach’s preference is to deploy Griezmann behind Olivier Giroud with Mbappe and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar situated out wide, but if that approach isn’t working then Dembele can be introduced, allowing Paris Saint-Germain’s golden boy to operate centrally as he did to great effect in a recent friendly against Russia.Despite featuring sporadically for Barcelona and the slight murmurings over his future, Dembele was still able to showcase his quality and effectiveness at the Camp Nou.He managed to complete 40 of his 68 dribbles and made 28 key passes in 17 La Liga matches; only Barca teammate Philippe Coutinho made more among players who featured in 20 games or less in Spain’s top tier.Ousmane Dembele FranceHis varied attacking style and relative freshness could prove invaluable to France, who had to rely a lot on in-game changes and individual moments of brilliance during their Euro 2016 campaign. With Deschamps’ side up against Denmark, Peru and Australia in one of the tournament’s tougher groups – judging by FIFA’s much-derided ranking system – Les Bleus may again encounter problems against opposition who may feel it necessary to focus more on containing the 1998 World Cup winners.France’s inefficacy in the face of compact defensive blocks was highlighted in the group stage of the Euros two years ago, when they required last minute heroics from Dimitri Payet and Griezmann to overcome Romania and Albania.Dembele may be tasked with emulating his compatriots if the French falter from the start in Russia, and the 21-year-old will no doubt intent on reminding everyone why Barcelona were willing to fork an inordinate amount of money for his services 12 months ago.Get Goal+ for your Samsung device now – it’s the ultimate stats app for fans that features real-time performance data and is now available on the hottest new mobile devicelast_img read more

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