21 Dec

Latest: QPR 0 Leicester City 0 – Rangers go close and ‘Suarez’ holds up play

first_imgQPR made a lively start at Loftus Road, where the teams have had to contend with wet conditions – and a squirrel on the pitch that has twice held up play.Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved from Gary O’Neil following Matt Phillips’ low cross and the Leicester keeper also kept out a stinging drive from Niko Kranjcar.And after ‘Suarez’, as he was dubbed by the home fans, halted play for a second time, Clint Hill’s header from Phillips’ corner was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.Recent signing Yossi Benayoun is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Barton: Phillips, Kranjcar, O’Neil; Austin. Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18 Dec

Gas power to assist SA, Mozambique

first_img8 June 2012Plans for a gas-fired power plant to supply electricity to South Africa and Mozambique for two years have been unveiled by UK-based power specialist Aggreko and South African investment company Shanduka.“This is thought to be the first project by a private company to supply an interim cross-border power solution to two utilities in southern Africa, and underlines the potential benefits that can accrue to countries sharing resources,” the two companies said in a statement this week.The 107-megawatt plant in Ressano Garcia on the border of the two countries was approved by South African energy regulator Nersa and the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprises.It will be fuelled by gas from Sasol’s Temane gas field and will service Eskom and its Mozambican counterpart, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).It will be located in Ressano Garcia as it is in close proximity to the existing Sasol gas pipeline, which runs from northern Mozambique through to South Africa, as well as a 275 kV transmission corridor.In addition, Aggreko will install containerised power generation units, which will be shipped in from Dumbarton in Scotland, and build gas interconnections, a substation, and a 1.5 km 275 kV transmission line to the main network. This infrastructure will remain intact once the installation is dismantled.Power purchase agreements have been signed by both utilities and Eskom will utilise 92 megawatts of the available capacity, while EDM will use 15. The joint venture is expected to bring in revenues of about US$250-million over its operational period, which should begin in October and carry on until July 2014.Eskom is planning to use the power to bolster its base-load capacity ahead of the introduction of new generation capacity from the Medupi coal-fired power station, which is scheduled to begin operating towards the end of 2013. EDM has contracted with the facility to meet its daily peak demand.The project is expected to complement other alternative energy initiatives South Africa is embarking on, including a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 MW wind power project in Sere, outside Cape Town.Eskom is also currently building two major coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But until the completion of the stations, South Africa’s high energy demands are expected to continue to threaten the country’s supply.It is hoped that with the agreement this week, both South Africa and Mozambique will get much-needed additional power, with the project also underlining the importance of the two countries as energy hubs for the entire southern African region.According to Aggreko’s chief executive, Rupert Soames, the contract was not only important for South Africa and Mozambique but for southern Africa as a whole.“We also hope this project will be an example for other countries seeking to optimise their resources and manage the supply of regional power.”The companies envisage employment and training of about 100 locals with the procurement process tailored to benefit South African companies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

16 Dec

Deciphering the Tax Credits

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members The energy-efficiency tax credits and renewable-energy tax credits are better than tax deductions. The allowable credits aren’t just deductible expenses; they represent dollars subtracted directly from your tax bill. While the tax credit program includes illogical rules, the available tax credits can be significant.If you want to claim a tax credit on your 2009 income tax return for energy-efficiency improvements to your home, you should get the improvements installed before the end of the year. There’s really no need to rush, however, since the tax credits will remain available until the end of 2010 — or, in some cases, 2016. Energy-Efficiency CreditsThe energy-efficiency tax credits are available for air-sealing products, insulation, HVAC equipment, water heaters, windows, doors, and roofing. These tax credits were established on February 17, 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — President Obama’s stimulus bill.The following rules apply to the energy-efficiency tax credits:No tax credits are available for energy-efficiency improvements made in 2008. An earlier tax credit program (with different criteria) was available in 2006 and 2007; tax credits received for improvements in 2006 and 2007 are not counted towards the $1,500 limit on tax credits for 2009 and 2010 improvements.Renewable-Energy CreditsThe renewable-energy tax credits — credits for solar hot water systems, solar electric systems, ground-source heat pumps, wind turbines, and fuel cells — are separate from the energy-efficiency tax credits, and have different rules:The Most Bang For Your BuckIf you’re interested in making your home more energy efficient, and maybe claiming a tax credit while you’re at it, where should you start?For most homeowners, the first step should be a home energy audit. Ideally, this audit should be performed by an experienced RESNET-certified or BPI-certified home performance auditor equipped with a blower door. Unfortunately, no federal tax credits are available to cover any portion of the cost… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

16 Dec

Does R-Value Trump Thermal Mass?

first_imgWhat about ICFs for the whole house?Lizer is planning to use ICFs only for the foundation, not above grade. The double-stud exterior walls above grade will be insulated with blown-in fiberglass.“Fiberglass? Ugh,” Collignon says. “In my opinion, you’re headed down the wrong road.”Collignon e-mailed the thread to an old colleague, a professional engineer licensed in 20 states and one Canadian province, for a second opinion. According to Collignon, the engineer thinks Lizer would be better off building the whole house with ICFs. “Even with the double-stud configuration, unless he is using polystyrene foam in the wall, the old saying comes to mind, ‘fiberglass is a filter,’” Collignon quotes him as saying. “Air doesn’t blow through ICF walls.”There are two additional points raised by Collignon’s engineer: first, if the concern is higher R-values, Lizer can use ICFs with 4 in. of foam on the outside face and 2 in. inside; and second, the windows and doors are the real energy-wasters. “Windows are R-1,” the engineer pronounces. “They are the ‘hole in the bottom of the pail of water’ … all of the heat leaks out through the windows.”Hogwash, writes Dick Russell. No one building a superinsulated house is going to use single-pane (R-1) windows, he says, adding, “Statements like that detract from whatever other useful thoughts he may have offered.” Thermal mass vs. higher R-valueWith a core of concrete, the ICF wall has more mass than a wood-framed wall, and Mike Collignon thinks this benefit is worth considering. “This often doesn’t show up in R-value discussions,” he writes, “but it [is] quantifiable and does make a difference in reducing air infiltration.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA Green Home Tour: ICF House With Energy Star Rating RELATED ARTICLES All About Thermal MassGreen Basics: Insulated Concrete FormsDouble-Stud Walls Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this:There are a couple of key points to this issue:R-value and thermal mass in Zone 6. Yep, unless you have deep diurnal temperature swings, put your money and efforts towards insulation and air sealing in cold climates. And when I have been in well-designed passive solar homes with plenty of thermal mass in Santa Fe, New Mexico (a climate with nearly ideal diurnal swings) during the winter, I’ve concluded that it is best to expand your thermal comfort zone quite a bit in the early mornings until the sun catches up on that mass.Thermal mass and ICFs. Good catch on this one: All insulation, whether it be on one side of the concrete mass or the other, retards heat flow. ICF walls have interior rigid insulation that decouples the concrete mass of the ICF from the building’s interior, reducing whatever thermal mass effect it has.ICF and airtightness. While the airtightness of the field of an ICF wall is impressive, it’s not in the field of building assemblies (walls or roofs) where we get the bulk of our air leakage; that occurs at assembly transitions (for example, the transition between an ICF foundation and an above-grade wall, or the transition between an above-grade wall and the eave) and penetrations (windows, doors, plumbing stacks, chimneys). Really tight homes can be built of just about anything, but not without attention to these challenging spots, which are nearly as common in ICF assemblies as any other.Blown fiberglass and cellulose insulation and airtightness. Granted, the air permeability of cellulose is generally higher than spray fiberglass, but neither is airtight enough to qualify as an air barrier; BOTH require six-sided containment and a dedicated, continuous, air barrier system.Finally, I have never seen the open side of a walk-out basement with few enough openings and their configuration to really make any real structural advantage of an ICF over a framed wall. And boy, do they seem to get reconfigured over time as the use of the walk-out space changes. So, I really don’t see any real advantage, thermal or otherwise, to making the walk-out side out of ICF over any other assembly. ICF Block SystemAdded thermal mass, however, may not have much benefit in Lizer’s climate zone, Dick Russell says.“Bear in mind that the ‘thermal mass’ effect of concrete is most useful in climates where there is a lot of outside temperature swing above and below the inside temperature,” Russell writes. “In prolonged cold weather, the mass really doesn’t help with temperature profile. True, it can provide a very airtight wall, but that can be achieved easily with a framed wall also.”Philip Gross agrees, writing that the higher R-value of the framed wall has more advantages than the thermal mass of the concrete. One factor is that in an ICF wall, the mass of the concrete is wrapped in rigid foam insulation.“With thermal mass you can store the extra heat and release it during the night,” Gross says. “Also, it prevents the structure from overheating during the summer as long as you have cooler nights. However, I am not so sure about the benefits of the thermal mass in ICF walls because of the interior insulation. I don`t think you can effectively store solar energy in an ICF wall and release it when needed.”center_img Jesse Lizer’s plans for a new house in Climate Zone 6 call for a 60-foot long walkout basement wall on the north side. The three below-grade foundation walls will be built with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) with an R-value of roughly R-25.Lizer’s question, posted in GBA’s Q&A forum, concerns the exposed north wall of the foundation. Should it be built from ICFs like the rest of the foundation, or would he be better off framing it as a double-stud wall with an R-value of 40, like the rest of the house?With the wood-framed wall, he not only gets better thermal performance, but wood framing would also make it easier to put in windows and doors. “Plus,” he adds, “if a rough opening gets framed wrong or something changes, we are fixing wood and not concrete.”“Would it still make a better/stronger basement system if all the walls were ICF?” he asks. “I realize the length is quite long, which is why I am curious if it would even help make any difference or not.”The discussion is the topic for this week’s Q&A Spotlight. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE In defense of fiberglass insulationFiberglass insulation is frequently criticized, at least in batt form. But John Zito thinks some of the blasts are undeserved. “Air doesn’t blow through fiberglass when all sides are air sealed,” he writes. “While I’m not a big fan of fiberglass for a few reasons (I would have chosen cellulose), it is effective when air sealed.”On this count, Lizer seems to have done his homework. “Fiberglass, while not as ‘green’ (depending on your definition) as cellulose, it also has some advantages that make it the correct choice for me,” Lizer says. “When blown at pressures of 1.8-2+ psf, it has similar air convection current reductions as dense-packed cellulose, and at a slightly higher R per inch.”As to the recommendation that the whole house be built with ICFs, Lizer isn’t buying in. For one thing, any wood-framed wall can be just as tight as, if not tighter than, an ICF wall. Further, benefits of thermal mass are marginal in a heating-dominated climate, and ICFs with thicker foam on the exterior “greatly increases the price over an already expensive product.“I have priced out ICF all the way up to the trusses, and my materials cost nearly tripled for a wall with half the R-value,” he says. “Hitting similar R-values will make the price close to 5 times the cost of a double-stud shell.”last_img
17 Sep

Best and worst days of the week to buy gas

first_img May 2, 2018 Updated: 5:03 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — According to a study conducted by GasBuddy, “Gasoline prices are at their highest levels since 2014 and will continue to rise through Memorial Day.”Many metro areas are already seeing prices well over $3 a gallon, many places in San Diego County are even seeing prices higher than $4 a gallon.The new study  by GasBuddy has found the best and worst days of the weeks to buy gas to maximize savings at the pump and avoid the lines during the busy summer travel season. “The case of the Mondays” is not a thing when it comes to pumping gas. The study states, “Monday offers the lowest average gas price in 21 states, making it the best day to fill-up. Friday has the most expensive average and is the worst day to buy gas in 19 states.“Though there is variation in daily gas prices across different states, the consensus is that the earlier motorists fill-up during the week, the better,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Following Monday, Sunday is the cheapest day to fill-up. Conversely, Thursday follows Friday as the most expensive day to fill-up.”Furthermore, the study found that “gas stations across the country are least busy on Sundays, followed by Mondays. And Friday is the busiest day to fill-up your tank. Posted: May 2, 2018 Best and worst days of the week to buy gascenter_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

3 Sep

Surcharge on 2 cars 8000sq feet house

first_imgFinance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday proposed in the 2018-19 budget surcharge on individuals who own two motor cars or house property with  an aggregate area of 8,000 square feet in any city corporation.The existing rates of surcharge will remain unchanged, according to the minister’s proposal.He proposed a minimum surcharge of Tk 3,000, where net wealth of an individual exceeds Tk 22.5 million and a minimum surcharge of Tk 5,000 for individuals who have a net wealth exceeding Tk 100 million.He also said 2.5 per cent surcharge on the manufacturers of cigarette, bidi, zarda, gul and other tobacco products will remain unchanged.last_img read more

2 Sep

BaylorSt Lukes Hospital Hires New President A Native Houstonian

first_img Share CHI St. Luke’s HealthThe Baylor-St. Luke’s hospital in the Texas Medical Center is getting a new president. Gay Nord returns to her hometown of Houston from San Antonio, where she was president and CEO of Methodist Hospital.Baylor-St. Luke’s is part of a nonprofit chain of hospitals known as Catholic Health Initiatives. The hospital is currently housed in the old St. Luke’s tower in the Medical Center, but will eventually move to a new campus off Old Spanish Trail. That campus is currently under construction and will be finished in 2019. It will house the 650-bed hospital, doctor’s offices, research space, and the Texas Heart Institute.While at Methodist in San Antonio, Nord expanded the types of cardiac services offered at the hospital, adding a Cardio-Oncology program to help mitigate the damage that cancer treatments can have on the heart. She also added an Adult Congenital Heart Program and a Structural Heart Program.Before San Antonio, Nord worked for three hospitals that are owned by HCA, a for-profit hospital chain. Two of those were in Houston: Kingwood Medical Center and West Houston Medical Center.Nord received her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Houston, and a master’s in Health Care Administration from Texas Women’s University.last_img read more

30 Aug

3 Ways to Integrate Traffic Analytics Into Your Sales Management Platform

first_imgMarch 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Sales management is a priority for most businesses. We all strive for more sales, and the key to more sales involves setting up a productive sales management process. By utilizing all kinds of analytics reports, you can improve your sales process efficiency and maximize your team’s productivity by giving them visual tools to nurture, analyze and verify leads.Related: Helping Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Make the Digital TransformationHere are three ways you can provide your team with more insight by integrating various analytics reports into your sales management platforms.1. For SaaS and ecommerce: Pipedrive plus Ringostat.One of the most useful recent integrations, this one presents lots of exciting opportunities for businesses.Pipedrive is the sales management platform allowing you to capture leads, create an efficient lead nurturing and optimize the sales process to its full potential. Ringostat is the call analytics platform allowing you to increase the performance of your advertising campaigns and optimize business workflow.Together they provide powerful opportunities for small businesses, allowing them to capture incoming calls automatically, analyze which types of calls worked best for converting leads into customers and to identify what’s your company busiest and most successful time of the day, in terms of successful calls.The two tools will let you analyze and maximize your team efficiency by creating the most effective workflow.2. For B2B: Google Analytics into leads with Leadfeeder.People who have visited your site are your potential leads. They may remember your brand, and they will be more willing to discuss your offering.Leadfeeder is a solid B2B lead generation platform that recognizes that opportunity, turning your Google Analytics reports into a lead powerhouse. The tool identifies companies behind your Google Analytics sessions, verifying those leads for you based on how much time they spend on your site and how closely you are connected to their employees on Linkedin.Related: Tailoring Your Sales Pitch to Your Customer’s PersonalityLeadfeeder sorts your leads based on how often the person visited your site and how many pages they went through before exiting. The idea is that the more the web visitor is familiar with your site, the more chances you have to convert them into customers. Leadfeeder also has some neat project management tools, allowing you to set up alerts based on the traffic source and automatically share different types of leads with members of your team.It’s a good idea to create specific Leadfeeder filters to monitor leads that visit your lead generation pages, like video teasers, public case studies and ebook download pages. This way you’ll be able to measure the effectiveness of your landing pages as well as customize your pitch. 3. For Anyone: Salesforce plus Google Analytics into Cyfe.If you haven’t heard of Salesforce, you haven’t been listening. It’s everywhere these days. Salesforce is rumored to be interested in acquiring Twitter. There are a few cool integrations with Salesforce. My favorite is the ability to integrate it into my marketing monitoring dashboard. You can easily integrate their reports into a multi-feature business platform called Cyfe. Here are various types of Salesforce reports you can retrieve in your Cyfe dashboard.Related: How to Build the Best Marketing Strategy You Can Using Only Free ToolsThe beauty of using the business dashboard is that you can integrate all types of Google Analytics reports into the same dashboard and get the bird’s eye view of how your referrals work and how they result into sales.If your site runs on WordPress, you can create a similar dashboard right inside your WordPress admin backend. Colorlib has a detailed tutorial describing how you can build an HTML5 WordPress dashboard that would include various Google Analytics reports as well as sales stats inside. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more