OAKLAND — Khris Davis hasn’t batted sixth in the A’s order since the 2016 season. But that’s where he’s hitting Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners as manager Bob Melvin hopes a different spot in the lineup can spark the A’s slumping designated hitter.With the A’s looking for their fifth straight win, Melvin has Davis hitting sixth in the order Wednesday, right behind Ramón Laureano, in the second of a two-game series against the Mariners at the Coliseum.Mark Canha will hit fourth …
A Habitat for Humanity chapter in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is among six “grand award” winners in a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home competition this year, proving that high performance doesn’t necessarily come with a high price tag. The annual contest recognizes innovative residential building in five categories, according to the DOE. Habitat Kalamazoo picked up the award for its entry in the Affordable Non-Profit category. Thrive Home Builders of Denver was the top winner in the Affordable For Profit category. In all, 23 builders from around the country earned innovation awards. The grand winners were announced in San Diego in October. Habitat for Humanity chapters in Venice, Florida, and Hickory, North Carolina, also were recognized.RELATED ARTICLESHabitat Chapter Sees an Energy-Efficient FutureHabitat for Humanity’s Net-Zero CommunityA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersEvery New Home Should be Zero-Energy ReadyFinally, a Right-Sized Furnace What separates Kalamazoo’s entry from the other top prize winners is its low cost, according to a post at LinkedIn by Philip Beere. While other winning entries carried price tags ranging from $400,000 to $1.6 million, Kalamazoo Habitat built its three-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot entry for less than $150,000. The design decisions that guide Kalamazoo’s building program are the work of Tom Tishler, the director of construction operations, who joined the program in 2008. At the time, the houses that the local chapter were building were Energy-Star-certified and had an average HERS Index of 78, meaning they were 22% more efficient that a code-complaint house, Beere writes. Now, Habitat Kalamazoo’s new homes get a HERS score of 50 or better. With certification from the Zero Energy Ready Home program, the houses should be able to hit net-zero performance with the addition of a renewable energy system (for example, a PV array). A push beyond Energy Star In a telephone call, Tishler said that the program had been building Energy Star homes until the Zero Energy Ready Home program came along. About the same time, Michigan updated its energy code, and Tishler realized that state codes and Energy Star weren’t all that different, meaning they had to try harder. “When I read through the Zero Energy Ready checklist, it was like we’re doing all but four things,” he said, “so it was not an easy jump, but it wasn’t a massive quantum leap for us, either. … We’ve always wanted to push a little big. We want to build really, really good homes for our homeowners.” The chapter built its first Zero Energy Ready home in 2015. Each of the four to six houses it builds each year are now built to that standard. Habitat for Humanity serves people without a lot of money, so low energy bills and high comfort makes an appealing package. For the prize-winning house, the Habitat crew built its own insulated concrete forms for the perimeter of the foundation with 2-inch thick foam donated by Dow, he said, and also placed 2 inches of foam under the slab. Walls are framed with staggered 2x4s, 24 inches on-center, on 2×6 top and bottom plates. Corners are reinforced with 1/2-inch CDX plywood, and the house is otherwise sheathed with 2-inch foam. The 5 1/2-inch thick walls cavities are insulated with 2 inches of rigid foam and R-13 fiberglass batts, for a total wall R-value of about 33. The roof is insulated with 18 inches of blown-in cellulose (the trusses have a 16-inch high energy heel). All penetrations through the ceiling are sealed with spray foam, Tishler said, an approach that has drastically reduced air leakage. A house the program just finished, for example, tested at 1.8 ach50 with a blower door. The house that won the award tested slightly higher than that. Tishler provided these additional building details: Windows: Pella 250 series with triple-pane argon-filled glazing (U-factor of 0.21 or 0.22). Siding: Vinyl attached with 3 1/2-inch long roofing nails driven through the exterior foam. Getting volunteers not to pound the nails too tightly into the foam can be a challenge, Tishler said, but the siding is easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Whole-house ventilation: A Venmar F8 heat-recovery ventilator provides 80 cubic feet per minute of fresh air. Tishler said that the program is likely to begin using a Broan model with slightly more capacity in the future (Broan has purchased Venmar). Although the Venmar unit provided enough outdoor air to meet ASHRAE recommendations, Tishler said he though the house might still be slightly underventilated. Domestic hot water: Navien model 150 gas-fired tankless. Gas-fired furnace over minisplit The house is heated with a gas-fired furnace made by Dettson, a Canadian company. That may come as a surprise to the many advocates of ductless minisplit heating and cooling systems, but Tishler had good reasons for the choice. Chief among them is heating capacity, or rather too much heating capacity. The program had been using Amana furnaces, but the smallest one they could find was rated at 30,000 Btu/h (21,000 Btu/h on low-fire), while the heating load at the house was just 13,000 Btu/h at a design temperature of 0° to 4°F. The “Chinook” model from Dettson modulates down to 5,000 to 6,000 Btu/h and comes with a fan that can run as low as 150 cubic feet per minute. The ductwork consists of an 8-inch round main trunk line that feeds 2 1/2-inch miniducts to individual rooms. The furnace runs almost continuously in winter. The heating contractor they use recently installed a Dettson system on a for-profit job for between $17,000 and $18,000. Although the furnaces aren’t cheap, Tishler said, the payback is quick, and the systems are very efficient. Last December, for example (the coldest December in Michigan in the last 75 years), a Habitat homeowner spent just $105 for heat and electricity. Tishler said that the Habitat chapter has used ductless minisplits in the past, with mixed results. “The big thing is the cost for the homeowner,” he said. “They’re super-efficient, but in the dead of winter the heating bills are outrageous. It’s so cold that those things are running continuously. The dirty little secret of those things is that they go into a defrost cycle. It’s like running a toaster, or a couple of toasters, nonstop 24 hours a day.” A family might get a heating bill for the month of $300. Summertime electricity use is very low, and a monthly budget plan might even out spikes like that. But when a low-income family gets a heating bill of $300, the result is “catastrophic.” The other issue with a ductless minisplit is uneven heat distribution, Tishler said. Homeowners complained that the main living area might be a balmy 70°F while bedrooms were a chilly 55°F. The program tried a number of fixes, including transfer grilles and using Panasonic bath fans to distribute warm air around the house. But in the end, switching to the Detttson furnace solved a lot of problems. Market cost of less than $150,000 Tishler said that they can build a house like the one that won the award for about $80,000. That figure does not include the $10,000 or so in donated materials that come from manufacturers such as Dow and Square D. And it doesn’t include a number for the volunteer labor the program gets, accounting for about 75% of the labor total. With that in mind, Tishler estimates the house could be built at market rates for under $150,000. Tishler said that he’s the kind of person who loves tinkering with WUFI software and actively looks for ways to make his houses better. He’s eyed the Passive House building standard, but recognizes that he probably won’t get all the way there on his very tight budget. The Kalamazoo program has been lowering the HERS scores for the houses it builds. The last house earned a score of 42. But, Tishler added, he’s becoming more focused on putting health, safety, and indoor air quality ahead of playing the “HERS point game.” “If your HERS rating is 5 points higher but we’re providing extra ventilation or something to help occupants’ health,” he said, “that’s the angle we’re taking now.”
“It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES
Forget movies, it’s the clash of the trailers this season.According to a leading daily, come August 15, trailers for both movies – Aamir Khan’s PK and Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year – will release. This reportedly, is also when Ajay Devgn’s Singham Returns hits theatres.The game only gets more tense considering both Khans last appeared in respective mega-grossers – Shah Rukh in Chennai Express and Aamir in Dhoom 3. Understandably, the two may already be planning a big launch for their respective movies’ trailers.Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh KhanInterestingly, Aamir’s PK is set to release on December 18, while Happy New Year will hit theatres on October 23. What plan does Aamir have up his sleeve this time?Remember back in 2008, when Shah Rukh’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi released on December 12? Aamir, whose movie at the time, Ghajini, was to release on Christmas, had usherers apparently sport the Ghajini hairstyle. Let the hunger games begin.
APTN National NewsOpposition MPs pounced on the Harper government following findings by the Office of Privacy Commissioner that Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada officials spied on First Nations children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock.Aboriginal Affairs was also recently called out for claiming the privacy watchdog didn’t plan on opening an investigation after receiving the department’s internal investigation in Blackstock’s allegations that federal officials were spying on her.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.
Mahatma Gandhi’s India suddenly started hearing the clamour about Godse for reasons that must be dissected to comprehend the polity pushed to the brink of crumbling in this just-concluded election season. Nathuram Godse was a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism belonging to RSS whose fundamentalism drove him to plot Mahatma Gandhi’s murder (along with seven others) and shoot him down at point-blank range in New Delhi January 30, 1948. He believed that Gandhi favoured the political demands of India’s Muslims during the Partition. This ideology is a crucial takeaway: intolerance for demands of Indian Muslims and allowing them a kind of privileged status. The ghost of this ideology, irrespective of who endorses it, haunts the culture of Indian politics even today. Muslim appeasement is a potent tool in electoral politics. When an entire community is reduced to a count of votes, they are already violated and parenthesised for their religion. Development and upliftment do not figure in this scheme of affairs. On the flipside, intolerance for this approach can be rationalised for diversion of resources. Either way, at the receiving end is the vote-bank community that continually has games played upon it. From the very inception, Muslim appeasement was an incorrect approach to perpetuate. Had there been genuine assimilation, the unsettling issue of appeasement through preferential treatment and (supposedly) positive discrimination of a significant part of society would not have been a tough struggle today. Also Read – A strong standpointGodse walked into the picture with Kamal Hassan, while campaigning in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi, when he said that “India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Nathuram Godse. Subsequently, 76 complaints are reported to have been received against him. At least two police complaints were filed against the actor-turned-politician and he was accused of “promoting enmity between different groups”. As expected, Hassan’s remark prompted sharp reactions from political parties. BJP and the ruling AIADMK said he was trying to “incite communal hatred in a Muslim-dominant area”. Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji, in reaction to this comment, said that Kamal Haasan’s “tongue should be cut off”. “Extremism has no religion, neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian,” he had said. It was also demanded that Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan should be sacked for such a comment. The Election Commission also denied permission to Kamal Haasan for campaigning in Sulur after Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, the state BJP chief, complained to the election body. On his part, Kamal Haasan denied the allegations and claimed that his speech was “misquoted with malafide intent”. He told the High Court that his comments on Nathuram Godse are a “historic fact”. He also said that in his seven-minute long speech, he had only attempted to explain that “extremists are in all religions” and that he was focusing on the need of “religious co-existence”. In agreement with Kamala Hassan, the comment on Nathuram Godse is indeed a historic fact and that extremism can exist anywhere irrespective of religion. Affirming this is the BJP’s controversial candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur, who praised Godse and hailed him a patriot. As is politically correct, she has been cornered by her fellow party members who are embarrassed by her senseless remark. Notwithstanding the level of discussions that has hit historical lows this time, peaceful co-existence and respect for difference and diversity are the needs of the hour.
Danish telco and cable operator TDC reported a year-on-year increase in TV revenues from its YouSee cable division, despite a sequential dip in TV average revenue per-user (ARPU). Announcing its third quarter results, TDC said that its domestic TV revenue was up 5.4% year-on-year to DKK1.028 billion (€138 million). TV revenues for the first nine months of the year were up 6.2% to DKK3.112 billion, compared to the same period last year.The firm attributed the nine-month increase to increased ARPU in both the TDC brand and YouSee following subscription fee increases at the beginning of 2013.However, compared to Q2, TV ARPU decreased by DKK6 “due to migration to smaller TV packages under the YouSee brand and the fact that Q2 included a one-off boost from a pay-per-view,” the firm said.Overall, in Q3, TDC’s revenue totalled DKK 6.069 billion, a decline of 4.4% compared to Q3 2012. Gross profit was down 3.3% to DKK4.448 billion.
A few summers ago in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, an economist named Anant Nyshadham was heading to lunch with some executives at a garment factory.”We walked through the factory floor on the way to the canteen,” he recalls. “And I thought, ‘Wow, this is really hot.’ “And this is a man who grew up in the state of Georgia. “But you know, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the heat and humidity [there],” he says, laughing. “And India is on a different level.”That is because in India, as in a lot of developing countries, garment factories generally don’t have air conditioning. Central air is only just beginning to spread to some homes and offices as the country has grown more prosperous. But it’s still considered prohibitively expensive to install in many factories, given the tight margins they operate on.Nyshadham, a professor at Boston College, had come to the factory to research an unrelated program to teach workers about financial literacy and other skills. But he found he couldn’t stop thinking about the heat — specifically its impact on both the workers and even on the company’s bottom line.”I mean, I can’t imagine being able to work for eight hours a day in this environment,” he says.Certainly, laboratory studies suggest that once the temperature rises above around 85 F degrees — what is sometimes referred to as the “heat stress threshold” — our bodies can no longer dissipate the heat fast enough to keep our core temperature stable. We start to warm up on the inside, and doing pretty much anything becomes more difficult.”But it’s a different thing to be able to show this in a real-world, working setting versus in a laboratory,” notes Nyshadham.Then Nyshadham hit on an unexpected way to do just that, when, he says, one of the executives at the garment factory mentioned: ” ‘Oh by the way, we’ve been rolling out this lighting change.’ “The company, Shahi Exports, has more than 50 factories, employs about 100,000 workers and supplies brands that include Gap, Uniqlo, Zara and H&M. Some of these brands had encouraged the company to be more environmentally responsible by switching out the fluorescent tube lights in its factories for LEDs that would consume about one-seventh the amount of energy.Nyshadham’s reaction: “Look, if you’re consuming a seventh of the energy, you’re probably dissipating something like a seventh of the heat as well.” This lighting switch was probably going to lower the temperature on the factory floor, too.”We realized, ‘Oh! We can use this as a natural experiment.’ “So over the next several years, Nyshadham started crunching the numbers – working with Achyuta Adhvaryu of University of Michigan and Namrata Kala of MIT Sloan School of Management. They compared the day-by-day relationship between the outside temperature and the number of garments produced at 26 factories before and after their lights were switched to LEDs.Anant Ahuja is one of the managers at Shahi Exports who helped get this data to Nyshadham.”I was thinking that maybe he was wasting his time looking into this,” Ahuja recalls with a chuckle.He says the view among company officials was essentially: This is India — we’re used to the heat. And besides, Bangalore isn’t even all that hot compared to other parts of the country.Then Ahuja saw the results. “I think all of us were kind of like, ‘Wow. That’s amazing,’ ” he says.The researchers found that at those 26 factories, the mercury spiked above the heat stress threshold (roughly 85 degrees inside the factory) one quarter of the time. And once the temperature passed that tipping point, for every extra degree it got hotter, productivity went down by 3 percent and profits went down by 2.2 percent.That can add up quickly, notes Nyshadham. “On the days it’s hot enough to matter — it matters a lot.”The findings have been featured on VoxDev.org, a platform that highlights research on economic policy in developing countries.One person who is not surprised to hear about the results is Manjula, a 34-year-old seamstress at one of Shahi’s factories. (Like many Indians, she goes by one name.)I reach her by phone as she is sitting at a long row of sewing machines, finishing up her shift. She tells me she has been putting the zippers on a set of jeans for H&M.Manjula has been doing this work for over a decade. She says it requires her “maximum concentration.””These are powerful machines,” she notes. “If I lose my concentration and don’t watch what I’m doing, I could break my finger — or my hand.”And not only is there no air conditioning, but there are also no fans. She recalls that on one particularly sweltering day, she and some colleagues asked the factory official charged with looking after worker welfare about putting in a few fans. “We were told, ‘No. This is a denim unit.’ ” A fan would kick up too much fluff and dust from the fabric. And that could cause respiratory problems.So when it gets really hot, Manjula says, the sweat starts pouring down her face, she starts feeling tired, and sometimes, she’ll need to take a break. Inevitably, production slows.But she says, ever since the tube lights were swapped for LEDs, she has noticed it’s not as hot. And the daily production targets?”We can achieve more of them,” she says.In fact, the study found that the LEDs reduced the temperature on the factory floor by over 4 degrees. And the resulting boost to profits covered the cost of swapping in the LEDs in less than eight months.These findings have implications well beyond this one company, says Rema Hanna, an economist at Harvard University who has researched various environmental impacts on labor in poor countries.”I was really impressed with this study,” she says. For one thing, it illuminates one of the challenges that developing countries face as they strive to lift their populations out of poverty. Worker wages are directly tied to productivity – and on average, workers in poor countries are substantially less productive than workers in wealthier ones. Lower levels of education and health are among the reasons. But poor countries also tend to be a lot hotter.”There have always been these theories that part of why the Northern Hemisphere grew faster than the Southern Hemisphere was because of temperature issues,” she notes. “So this starts to give some credence to that.”Just as significantly, it points to yet another downside of climate change: Namely how the expected rise in the frequency of extreme heat days could sap the productivity of businesses around the world.But there is a silver lining to this, says Hanna, because “it changes the conversation around climate policy.””There’s this idea that there is a trade-off between climate change policies and economic growth,” she explains, meaning that in order to be more environmentally responsible, businesses must sacrifice their profits. But, says Hanna, “if actually having stronger climate change policies reduces heat and that improves worker productivity, that suggests climate change policies can have positive effects on growth.”In other words, businesses actually have an incentive to lead the charge in adopting environmentally-friendly practices.Ahuja of Shahi Exports says officials at the company have already absorbed that message when it comes to designing their newest factories. They have committed to the principle of keeping their facilities a minimum of about 9 degrees lower than the outdoor temperature. And they believes it’s not necessary to do so with air conditioning, which is not only costly but also contributes to climate change by consuming so much energy.The findings on LEDs “gave us the conviction that there are all sorts of other ways to further reduce temperature,” says Ahuja. In contrast to its older factories — which tend to be multistory structures in hot, urban neighborhoods — Shahi is building many of its newest factories in the cooler countryside area. It is also keeping them to one-story structures with high ceilings that allow for greater air circulation and using construction materials that enable better insulation.Nyshadham, the researcher, says he hopes the study inspires other businesses to adopt a similar approach. After all, manufacturing plants are a major source of the emissions that are driving climate change.”When it really comes down to trying to bring down energy consumption, trying to affect the carbon footprint, industry is so important.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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What is it like to launch a startup? It’s a lot of hard work and getting started is the hardest part, according to Peter Butler, a 2014 MBA graduate of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management.While Butler was earning his MBA at Rady, he and his co-founder Greg Hoover started Bubbl. “Bubbl is an iPhone app that maps live activities and events to help people discover fun things happening around them in real-time,” explained Butler. However, it took Butler years to get to the point of taking the first step toward his business.In fact, getting started is such a well-known difficulty when it comes to startups that it has even been jargonized in the industry, and there’s really no easy fix according to Butler. He tried committing money as a catalyst and even used a “business model canvas” taught as part of Rady’s Market Lab—but at the end of the day, he says you just have to do it. “It sounds simple and it is,” said Butler. “Pick a place to start, any place, and just do it… The day I realized it’s that simple I committed myself, designed the first prototype and started interviewing anyone that would talk to me about Bubbl and event discovery.”Once Butler got started, he was able to plan his personal routines for the next six months, work on Bubbl during the evenings and weekends, and set about getting it off the ground. His first step was to find a co-founder, someone who could build his product idea. That’s when he was introduced to Greg Hoover, an engineering and robotics teacher at Jacobs. Hoover had the necessary experience that Butler needed, and together they were finally able to get Bubbl in production.Now, a year later, they’ve launched Bubbl version 2.0, and they’re experimenting at UC San Diego with incorporating campus events into the Bubbl map. Although time will tell whether or not the app will be successful, “We wouldn’t be anywhere had we not figured out that all we needed to do was pick a place to start,” said Butler. Rady MBA Graduate Talks the Startup Life regions: San Diego About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedReal Humans of the Rady School of Management MBA ProgramIn less than 20 years since opening in 2001, the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management has quickly cemented itself as one of the best up-and-coming business schools in California. Regarded as one of the 100 best business schools in the world by The Economist, with an…March 27, 2018In “Featured Home”Rady School Invests in an Alumnus’ Company CloudbedsThe Rady School of Management at the University of San Diego is down to invest through its Rady Venture Fund. Sometimes, the San Diego-based school even invests in companies founded by graduates—like Richard Castle. The 2013 alum co-founded Cloudbeds, a cloud-based hotel management software, alongside Adam Harris in 2012. This…September 11, 2017In “Featured Region”UC San Diego Rady School of Management: Developing the Entrepreneurs of the FutureSponsored Content It used to be the ideal result of an MBA was a job in a major corporation. In fact, between 2000-12, 91 percent of U.S. MBA alumni stated they worked for an employer, and only 5 percent were self-employed or a small-business owner. But that trend is changing.…January 10, 2017In “Advice”