Yastrzemski homers in Fenway Park debut, Rodríguez finishes off 15-inning win

first_imgBOSTON — Hall of Fame slugger and Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski stood on the grass at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon and explained that the Giants were causing him to lose sleep.Carl insisted he watches all of his grandson Mike’s games with the San Francisco Giants until the final out and still wakes up at 6:30 every morning.The grandfather was thrilled to see Mike on Tuesday when the Giants arrived in the Eastern Time Zone, but Carl, 80, didn’t go to bed any earlier. The Giants and Red …last_img read more

South African authors honoured

first_img29 June 2015Author, political correspondent and commentator Jacob Dlamini and acclaimed fiction writer Damon Galgut were awarded top honours at the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards, at a dinner held at Summer Place in Sandton on 27 June.Dlamini received the prestigious Alan Paton Award for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media). It is a considered examination of South Africa after 20 years of democracy.“The judges called it an exceptionally brave, groundbreaking book, learned without being ponderous, with an insistent moral compass,” said Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor.Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer. Of the book, Williams said: “The judges found the novel to be a brilliant evocation of the life of EM Forster, from an author writing at the height of his powers.”The awards celebrate the best of South African fiction and non-fiction writing from the previous year. Each winner receives R100 000.“The entries for this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards were exceptionally strong, presenting our judges with a particularly tough challenge in choosing winners. There was decidedly more wheat than chaff to sort, but in the end, we have two standout books that will shape our literary conversation for years to come,” Williams concluded.The two were chosen from a combined shortlist, announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on 16 May, of 10 books – five for each prize.Dlamini’s book beat four others:Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser (Jonathan Ball Publishers);DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism by Lindie Koorts (Tafelberg);Postmortem: the Doctor Who Walked Away by Maria Phalime (Tafelberg); and,A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg (Jonathan Ball Publishers).The four other shortlisted books for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize were:Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi);The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga (Umuzi);The Savage Hour by Elaine Proctor (Quercus); and,October by Zoe Wicomb (Umuzi).“This year, the prize money for the awards has been increased to R100 000 each, which underscores the Sunday Times’ commitment to promoting the best of our literature,” said Williams.The Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, in its 26th year, recognises books that demonstrate “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”.The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, now in its 15th year, is awarded to “a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”.Source: Books Livelast_img read more

Weekly Case Study: A Story Often Told

first_imgTags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… GSC Consulting is a classic example of a company experiencing the pains of an enterprise environment that needs updating so it can grow effectively.To do that, GSC management turned to virtualization, which is inarguably the new foundational enterprise infrastructure for smaller sized companies.We see this story repeated often. It’s one of a small company that has developed its own enterprise. That’s the way more established companies have supported IT infrastructure over the years. They’ve kept it small for the most part. Today, starting a small business requires a different approach. In some respects, it means the established players can get caught in a pocket, where the enterprise is lacking in how it can support the overall organization.But there has been a shift in the past few years. It’s in large part due to the need for more server power to support modern applications that provide the operating capabilities for the business.Here’s their story:A Story Often Told Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

A Post-Passivhaus Paradigm for Energy-Efficient Design

first_imgElevating latent load to a new position of importanceSo it seems reasonable to approach energy design from a individually determined performance standard — that is, latent load — instead of an arbitrary value, like the mystical 4.75 kBtu.This provides a rational basis that hopefully avoids the rapidly diminishing return for extreme levels of insulation. RELATED ARTICLES A New Passivhaus Standard for North AmericaBuilding Science Corp. and PHIUS to CollaborateAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary? Reducing the small-house penaltyOf extreme importance is that it may tend to offset the penalty that Passivhaus imposes on smaller houses, where the higher ratio of wall area to floor area exacerbates the diminishing return phenomenon. Conversely, none of this negates the value of PHPP or WUFI-Passive as design tools.It was Deep Throat who said, “Follow the money.” When it comes to designing energy-efficient homes, it’s still good advice: to follow the money into the thickness of your walls, roof, and particularly your subslab insulation. But I think the real story is to “Follow the water vapor.” That is the key, in my book.So, thank you, Bill, for this epiphany. I’m eager to try this approach on the next project. It may be that the results will not be too far off from a straight-up Passivhaus analysis. I’ll keep you posted… The fatal flaw in the Passivhaus approachThis approach would be in contrast to Passivhaus methodology, where envelope and mechanical system design begins with the established value of 4.75 kBtu per square foot per year for specific heat demand.Generally speaking, using the Passivhaus system, the insulation values are beefed up until the predicted annual heat load is no greater than that value. In theory, that is the point at which the ventilation system — in our climate, a system based on an ERV — is capable of distributing not only sufficient fresh air, but also the heated air required for thermal comfort. At that point, as the theory goes, a conventional heating system can be eliminated — in turn saving enough construction cost to pay for the extremely high levels of insulation and other envelope components that were necessary to hit the magic 4.75.The fatal flaw of this system, however, is that even when the envelope is designed to achieve Passivhaus certification, the ventilation system may not be adequate to manage the latent load. So a conventional mechanical system remains necessary — and the higher levels of insulation required for Passive House provide what can then be considered unjustifiably diminished returns. Alan Abrams is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a Certified Passive House Builder, aCertified Green Professional (NAHB), and a Certified Professional Building Designer (American Institute of Building Designers). He is also the owner of Abrams Design Build in Takoma Park, Maryland. ARTICLES BY ALAN ABRAMS Makin’ WUFIA Shortcut To Sustainable Living: Downsize! Last night, I enjoyed an intense conversation with my friend Bill Updike. Bill, who has been closely following the developing partnership between PHIUS and Building Science Corporation, is the green building specialist at the Washington, D.C. Department of the Environment.We were talking about cost-effective energy-efficient design, and Bill tossed off a comment that the key to any design — at least in our mixed-humid climate here in Maryland — should be the latent load of the building. When he said that, my mind lit up like a pinball machine showing three cherries.Here’s why: The latent load of a building — in effect, the amount of humidity inside your home that has to be removed for you to feel comfortable — is largely independent of how much insulation you use in the floor, walls, and roof, as well as the qualities and disposition of the other components of the building envelope. You can thicken your insulation as much as you want, but you will not substantially reduce the latent load.So then, why not select the most efficient heat pump that will handle a given latent load, and then scale the envelope components to the point where that same heat pump can just handle the heating load during the winter months?last_img read more