Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Massachusetts’ 4D Home

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s ShowProject manager Spencer Culhane tells GBA that Team Massachusetts – a collaboration of students and faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – has designed 4D Home to perform to the Passivhaus standard. The stick-frame walls will be insulated to R-56.6 with 4 in. of closed-cell spray foam and 7 in. of blown-in fiberglass. The roof will be framed with 14-in. Nordic prefabricated I-joists and insulated to R-64.4 with 4 in. of spray foam and 10 in. of blown-in fiberglass. Zip System sheathing will be used on the exterior surfaces. The PV array as a source of shade and electric power Rather than mounting photovoltaic panels on the building’s standing-seam metal roof, the team has designed a trellis that raises the 6.7 kW (386 sq. ft.) Sunpower array above the south-facing roof surface, enhancing ventilation under the panels and shading the roof and (with the trellis assembly’s overhang) the front of the building during the warm months. MORE INFORMATION Team Massachusetts Web page DOE Web page for Team Massachusetts Team Massachusetts Facebook page GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Culhane points out that the team is using a SunDrum flat-plate solar thermal collector that attaches to the back of the array to both cool the panels and generate hot water. The house is also equipped with a dehumidifier and a heat pump for space heating and cooling. Aside from a Roto Frank skylight that will be mounted near the middle of the north side of the roof, Makrown 88 triple-glazed windows will be used throughout. A test build in Boston The team, about 60 people in all, is set to build its 4D Home this summer in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, test it for further improvements, and then begin deconstructing the building for transport to the National Mall. Culhane says the thermal envelope will ship in four sections, with the decking, which will be flat-packed, shipped separately. Based on the team’s last cost estimate, the home is currently priced at $260,000. Culhane adds, however, that “we are making design refinements to bring that number down to $250K for the competition.” After the competition, the team plans to sell the home and, as noted in a recent Boston Globe article, is already talking to prospective buyers. One of the key design variables in Team Massachusetts’ Solar Decathlon entry, 4D Home, is the configuration of its interior, which, with the repositioning of two sliding partitions, can be quickly altered to accommodate a variety of situations, from a dinner party attended by several guests to a permanent addition to the family. “The 4D Home is about a home that works in the fourth dimension, which is over time. Our target market is a family of three, preferably with a young child, and the idea is that this house can transform with the family over time and adapt to a family’s changing needs,” Evon Calabrese, an architectural designer from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink at the International Builders’ Show in January. With its gabled roof, 4D Home, at just under 1,000 sq. ft., takes a cue from New England’s traditional rural architecture, but its construction and performance goals are based on thoroughly contemporary precepts of energy efficiency and affordability.last_img read more

Five jawans injured in gun battle with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district

first_imgSukma, where Maoist insurgency and ancient myths dominate  The joint team, comprising personnel from STF, District Reserve Guard (DRG) and CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), was carrying out anti-Naxal operations in Chintagufa area, around 500 km from Raipur, he said. The team members were cordoning off a forest patch in southern part of Chintagufa when they came under fire from a group of Naxals, the IPS officer said. The security forces retaliated, triggering an exchange of fire, he said. The DIG said on getting information about the gun battle, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and efforts were on to evacuate the injured jawans. Further details were awaited, he added.On April 24, 2017, 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal ambush in Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station of limits of Sukma. Five special task force personnel were on June 24, 2017 injured in a fierce gun battle with Naxals in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. The encounter is still on, they added.The exchange of fire is under way between a joint team of security forces and ultras in the interior forests of Chintagufa police station area, DIG (Dantewada range) Sundarraj. P told PTI. “As per the preliminary information, five STF jawans have sustained injuries in the encounter,” he said.Also Readlast_img read more

Bulgarian boxer dies using cousin’s pro identity

first_imgP11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Isus, 21, told television channel bTV, Boris had been using his professional card for eight fights during the past year as he wanted to gain experience before using his own name publically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments Former NBA player, PBA import Andre Emmett killed in Dallas shooting This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A Bulgarian boxer who had been fighting professionally under his cousin’s identity for a year has died following a bout, the Bulgarian Boxing Federation said on Monday.The BBF had originally announced the death of Isus Velichkov before he posted on Facebook it was his relative Boris Velichkov who had passed away in hospital after fighting Albanian Ardit Murja in a featherweight contest on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

New Team India coach Ravi Shastri: The man of many World Cups

first_img“…and Dhoni finishes it off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the World Cup after 28 years and its been an Indian captain who’s been magnificent on the night…”Indians all over the country will recognise these words, and the voice that has come to be associated with that moment MS Dhoni launched Nuwan Kulasekara into the Wankhede stands for India to win the 2011 World Cup.That is how most cricket lovers now would know Ravi Shastri, as a commentator.Testament to that would be the fact his was again the voice to call the winning moment in MS Dhoni’s other World Cup win back in 2007.”…in the air…and Sreesanth takes it. India win…”His tryst with the Indian team and World Cups didn’t come to an end there.In 2014, he was appointed the director of Indian Cricket team for a period of two years from India’s tour of England till the World T20 2016.Shastri had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.But what about Shastri the player, little memory of which has lasted in the psyche of the nation given his commentating days.He made his Test debut in the first Test against New Zealand back in February 1981. He started his career as a specialist left-arm orthodox bowler batting at number 10 and by the time he was playing his last Test in December 1993 against South Africa, he had metamorphosed into an opening batsman while occasionally rolling his arm over.advertisementIn between playing a total of 80 Tests, he had amassed 3830 with the highest score of 206 which came against Australia.Signs of future leader can be traced back to his first success as captain, which came leading his school, Don Bosco High School (Matunga), to their first ever Giles Shield in 1977. The fact that the previous year he had lost the final as a player makes the win even more justifying in proving his mettle as a leader. And when he finally made his debut for the Bombay Ranji team, he was the youngest ever.He had established himself as a dependable opener by the time the 1983 World Cup came around. He partnered Krishnamachari Srikkanth, as Sunil Gavaskar was coming to the end of his playing days. He lifted India’s first World Cup trophy even though he didn’t get to play in the final.His next big success came in 1985 in ‘The Champion of Champions’ tournament. Shastri scored 182 runs and took 8 wickets, for which was he awarded the man of the series and won an Audi 100 car for his efforts.His stint with the English county side Glamorgan could do little to help his fledgling career at the time. He had become a notoriously slow batsman, slowing down dramatically while batting in the forties and nineties.As Kapil Dev’s reign as captain of the team started to wane, Dilip Vengsarkar had become one of the best batsmen in the side and was naturally seen as the replacement for captaincy.’Shastri eventually retired from international cricket in 1992 with 3108 runs and 129 wickets in 150 ODIs and 3830 runs and 151 wickets in 80 Test matches.last_img read more

KSAC to Continue Removal of Illegal Billboards

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will continue its drive to rid the Corporate Area of illegal billboards and signs that have been erected without the Corporation’s approval.This was stated by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, during Tuesday’s (July 9) monthly meeting of the KSAC, at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston.She noted that there are several cases that are long outstanding “and where we have several contacts without any seeming change in the status of these signs.”“In short order, we will move to the next phase of our programme, which entails the removal of signs for which persons have been given adequate notice and have failed to comply with the requirements,” she said, and encouraged persons to regularise their signs and billboards to avoid the penalties.The Mayor informed that internally, the Corporation continues to make changes to ensure that applications are completed within the shortest possible time. “At the last sitting of our Building and Town Planning Committee, decisions were made on 34 applications,” she said.She noted that the Corporation will continue to ensure that signs and billboards are sited in appropriate areas, are properly installed, do not pose a threat to the security of motorists and pedestrians alike, and do not detract from the aesthetics of the environs.“The additional revenue generated puts the KSAC in a better position to finance the many services we are called upon to provide, but most importantly we have to remain cognisant of our responsibilities to ensure that construction is done in accordance with industry standards, to prevent injuries to the public,” she said.In February this year, the KSAC commenced its drive to remove illegal billboards and signs in the city.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

NGO Calls On Maersk to Become True Leader for Safe Recycling

first_imgImage Courtesy: MaerskAfter the Danish shipping company Maersk admitted to duplicity in vessel recycling, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger has called on “the world’s leading ship owner to become a true leader for clean and safe ship recycling.”In order to do so, Heidegger said that the company should opt for “investing in and working with modern ship recycling yards off the beach that can guarantee the highest standard of environmental protection, hazardous waste treatment and occupational health and safety for workers.”She explained that, by practicing duplicity in vessel recycling, Maersk “created strong financial incentives for their business partners to scrap old ships in the beaching yards of Bangladesh and India.”“Maersk sorted out its fleet by selling older vessels to other ship owners, chartered the ships back immediately to keep them in their fleet as long as convenient – and then motivated the other owners do the dirty job,” according to Heidegger.Maersk earlier admitted that its own contracts from divestments “have not always guaranteed the intention” of the company’s recycling policy.The ship owner has thus tightened its procedures and contract requirements while also realizing that the solution “does not lie with clever contracts and that it may take a long time for a global agreement to become effective,” according to Annette Stube, Head of Maersk Group Sustainability.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Government Supports Community Accessibility Initiatives in Springhill

first_imgGovernment is supporting a project in the Municipality of Cumberland that will increase accessibility at a local community centre. Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced the support today, Oct. 26, at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, Springhill. The municipality is receiving $10,000 to aid in the construction of a natural accessible playground. The new playground will be beside the current playground and use pathways, the lay of the land and other natural elements to create accessible features for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families. It’s expected to be completed in the spring. The province’s Community Access-Ability Program provided the funding. The centre has a positive impact on the long-term well-being of residents in Springhill and surrounding areas of Cumberland County. “These grants are a great example of how communities and the province can work together to support families and make Nova Scotia more accessible,” said Mr. Farrell. “The community centre folks came up with a great way to make their play space one which children, families and adults with disabilities can enjoy. The provincial CAP grants provide the funding to make it happen. That’s true partnership.” Government has committed to introducing Nova Scotia’s first accessibility legislation in 2016. The Community Access-Ability Program offers grants to community groups for accessibility-related capital improvements, such as renovations to make entrances, doorways and washrooms accessible. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information visit read more

Three persons kill man over affair with niece

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two persons were arrested for allegedly killing a man as one of them suspected him of having an affair with his niece. Pramod (20), a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana and Prakash (22), a resident of Delhi’s Najafgarh, were held on Monday from Dwarka while the third accused is absconding, policesaid. “As per their plan, in the evening, they called Ankit to join them for a liquor party with them. When Ankit got intoxicated, they took him to Baghpat Industrial Area in UP in an inebriated condition. After reaching an isolated place in Baghpat Industrial area, they shot him at forehead and to conceal Ankit’s identification, they burnt his face,” said DCP Dwarka, Anto Alphonse. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThree days later, the partially burnt body of the victim was found at an isolated place in Niwara. As the body could not be identified, it was preserved in the hospital, the police said. Acting on a tip off, the two suspects, Pramod and Prakash were nabbed and two loaded country made pistols were recovered from them, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said. Pramod disclosed that he suspected Ankit of having an affair with his niece and hatched a plan to eliminate him. He roped in two of his associates including Prakash who arranged the pistols. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe disclosure about the murder information and arrest was shared with Police Station Kotwali Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh who confirmed about the recovery of an unidentified body from Niwara, Baghpat industrial area. Later Ankit’s family was informed who later identified the recovered body as their son Ankit. Family of Ankit was not aware of the missing of Ankit as the deceased was staying in Bahadurgarh, Haryana and used to visit his native home in months.last_img read more

Lanka Catholic churches stop public mass for now

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches on Thursday suspended all public services until the security situation improves as the head of the church urged politicians to leave aside differences to rebuild the country struck by the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the local Catholic church, said that Easter Sunday’s attacks were coordinated by an organised group with powerful nations behind them and also noted that these attackers had no religion. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAll Catholic churches were asked to stop public mass until the security situation improves, Cardinal Ranjith’s office quoted him as saying. “There will be no public mass said until further notice,” an official said. He urged the government to leave aside all political differences and work together at this time to rebuild the country again. Sri Lankan media and some ministers have criticised the rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after it emerged that authorities had prior intelligence from India and the US about the possible attacks by the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) jihadist group.last_img read more

Petition Calls on King Mohammed VI to Allow Castration of Pedophiles

Rabat – Following the tragic story of the little boy Imran who was subject to a sexual and physical abuse, a Moroccan mother launched an online petition on addressed to King Mohammed VI, calling for the adoption of the death penalty against pedophiles.“I am a mother and I am traumatized after what happened to the little boy Imran,” wrote Ghita B., the author of the petition.“I do not feel safe in my country. I am afraid for my son, for all children. I want every pedophile who abuses a little angel to be sentenced to death, and make an example for other inhuman pedophiles,” the mother added. The petition has garnered already 1,652 signatures.Crimes of solicitation of minors and their sexual abuse are punishable with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison under the Moroccan Penal Code.However, La Coalition Contre les Actes Pedophiles (the Moroccan Coalition Against Child Abuse) said in its annual report on pedophilia in Morocco, published last November, that the number of reported child abuse cases in 2015 reached 935, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014 (850 cases).Khalid Cherkapoui, President of the Coalition, reportedly said that most of the court rulings against convicted pedophiles in 2015 were light.“Most of court rulings against convicted pedophiles were between one year and four years in jail… Some pedophiles were even released, due to lack of evidence,” Cherkaoui said.The four-year-old boy, Imran, was subject to a brutal assault last week by a sixteen-year-old homeless boy, who raped him, and threw him in a deserted place in Hay Hassani, Casablanca, before the authorities found him in terrible condition.Moroccan media reported that King Mohammed VI ordered the transfer of the little boy to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca to receive the necessary medical care. read more

UK condemns EU dismayed over Rizanas beheading

The EU noted that Rizana Nafeek was most probably a minor at the time of the crime.“I recognise the serious nature of the crime involved and express my sincere sympathy to the family of the victim. However, I do not believe that their loss has been mitigated by Ms Nafeek’s death. The EU opposes the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances and calls for a global moratorium as a first step towards its universal abolition. Capital punishment represents an irreversible loss of human life,” she said. He said the beheading of Ms Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17 at the time the crime was committed. Meanwhile EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said she was deeply dismayed by the information that Sri Lankan national Ms Rizana Nafeek was executed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.On numerous occasions, the EU had called for the execution to be commuted and had asked the authorities to exercise all their powers in order to grant her relief from the death penalty. “We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty,” he said. Britain has condemned the beheading of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia.Commenting on reports that Sri Lankan national Rizana Nafeek, was executed yesterday in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed. read more

Fort Erie man 38 arrested after altercation at Pen Centre

A 38-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drove a vehicle while impaired and then assaulted a security guard.Niagara Regional police officers were called to the Pen Centre on Glendale Ave. on Nov. 30.A security guard had suffered minor injuries while attempting to apprehend a man who was allegedly driving while impaired.Dustin Picov, of Fort Erie, was arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats, assault with intent to resist arrest, causing a disturbance, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to leave private property when directed.“Police reviewed CCTV footage from the Pen Centre at which time it was determined that security personnel acted within their legal authority and did not exercise excessive force,” said Niagara Police in a news release.Investigators say they believe several people witnessed the altercation and are asking anyone who wishes to provide police with footage of the incident to contact Det. Chris Morin at 905-688-4111, ext. 39671. read more

UN envoy to Kosovo hails nomination of candidate for Kosovo President

“Kosovo recently suffered a profound loss with the passing of President Rugova,” he said.” In spite of the sadness we all feel, it is important that the political process goes on in order to carry forward the vision of President Rugova.”Welcoming the the unanimous nomination by the LDK party, the envoy anticipated “the Assembly of Kosovo moving promptly to the election of a new President of Kosovo.”He also pledged that Kosovo’s institutions can continue to rely on the UN Interim Administration Mission in the province (UNMIK) for support “during the crucial months ahead.” read more

At UN European Foreign Ministers issue calls supporting freedom and representation

“We will weaken the Security Council if we fail to adapt it to today’s world,” Mr. Westerwelle told the gathered delegates in his address to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.“It cannot be that Latin America and Africa have no permanent seats on the Security Council or that dynamic Asia has only one seat,” he noted. “That does not reflect the realities of today’s world, and more especially it does not reflect the realities of tomorrow’s world. The challenges are too great for us to simply accept the status quo.”Referring to the ongoing crisis in Syria, the German Foreign Minister added that the Security Council had failed to live up to its responsibilities to protect the people there and called on the Council to break its diplomatic deadlock. In addition, Mr. Westerwelle warned that the escalating violence in the Middle Eastern country risked engulfing the entire region. Over 18,000 Syrians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their homes since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad erupted 18 months ago. The UN estimates that an additional 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid.“As we Germans have experienced what it is to lack freedom in the course of our own history, we will always stand by those who, wherever they are in the world, call for freedom,” Mr. Westerwelle added. “Our values and our interests compel us to take the side of those around the world who are fighting peacefully for freedom, dignity, and self-determination.” Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal of the Netherlands.The German official’s calls for Security Council reform were echoed by his European neighbour, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Uri Rosenthal, who noted that emerging powers “rightly ask for more influence referring to new political and economic realities.”“The Security Council should be reformed taking these realities into account,” he said, while acknowledging that the emerging powers’ new role in the global economy should also be reflected in the relative contributions made by Member States to the UN budget. Mentioning the Dutch city of The Hague, home to the International Court of Justice, Mr. Rosenthal also emphasized the global need for a stronger international legal order which, he said, would promote freedom, human rights, reinforce the responsibility to protect and help prevent atrocities. Deputy Prime Minister Tonio Borg of Malta.In his remarks to the General Debate, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tonio Borg, drew attention to the spread of democracy and freedom across North Africa and throughout the region, suggesting that a new era was dawning for the entire Mediterranean basin and urging the international community “to ensure that the people of Syria are not abandoned to a tragic fate.” He pointed to the upcoming regional summit, the 5+5 Heads of State and Government Meeting of the Western Mediterranean Forum, to be hosted by Malta, as an opportunity to address the wave of democratic reform occurring across the region. “I hope that the Malta Summit will meet the aspirations of the people of the Northern and Southern basin of the Mediterranean,” he added. “We cannot fail in this regard. We owe it to our peoples.”Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide of Norway.On a similar note, speaking at yesterday’s general debate session, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, urged the General Assembly to support the ongoing struggles for freedom in Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory.“People are only truly free when they are able to choose the way they want to live their lives,” Mr. Barth Eide said. “Some people can only dream of these freedoms. But when they do exist, they are often the results of collective action – in families, communities, regions and states, and at the global level.” Pointing to the ongoing violence in Syria, he said that the country’s crisis had started with a call for freedom but had spiralled into a conflict characterized by mass atrocities and brutality. Mr. Barth Eide noted that at the UN’s founding in San Francisco in 1945, the leader of the Norwegian delegation – and eventual first UN Secretary-General – Trygve Lie, had supported the Security Council permanent members’ right to veto. Now, he argued, the time had come for the Council “to put away outdated ideas of zero-sum games and spheres of influence and to strive and seek a common position.” “Do not allow narrow self-interest to block the winds of change that the vast majority of this Assembly applauds,” he added.Turning to the question of Palestine, an issue which was at the centre of last year’s general debate, Mr. Barth Eide stated that there was “significant fatigue” among the Palestinian population and warned that time was “running short” for the international community to resolve the matter of Palestinian statehood. “Negotiations remain the key to achieve this,” he stated. “They must start now.”At the same time, Mr. Barth Eide reserved some words of praise for the political developments in Myanmar, where reforms initiated by President Thein Sein, were “opening the door” for freedom and democracy and for the Sudan and South Sudan’s signing of a peace agreement bringing the two countries back from the brink of war. The European officials are among scores other high-level officials and world leaders presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from first half of spring practice

Sophomore running back Curtis Samuel (4) has practiced as an H-back and wide receiver during the Buckeyes’ spring practices.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith seven practices gone from the 15-practice spring slate, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the Ohio State football team.Coming off their eighth national title in program history last season, coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are in the midst of a handful of position battles, including at quarterback. While some might call the decision between OSU’s three star quarterbacks a good problem to have, there are other question marks surrounding the Buckeyes that might pose a bigger problem.With the defending champs halfway to the annual Spring Game, here are five things we’ve learned so far.1. Curtis Samuel is going to be a focal point on offenseSamuel, a rising sophomore running back, hasn’t been quite that in spring practice. A rising sophomore? Yes, but a running back? Not so much.The Brooklyn native has been used in a variety of roles so far in practice, and it’s not because he’s a bad running back. Meyer is mainly trying to find a way to get Samuel on the field with junior running back Ezekiel Elliott set to take most of the carries.Before finishing third among Buckeyes last year with 383 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground, Samuel was recruited to Columbus as a hybrid player. In fact, ESPN’s recruiting service listed the Erasmus Hall High School product as an athlete rather than a running back.He has all of the ability the coaching staff could ask for and he’ll be ready to roll once the regular season comes around after getting plenty of reps all over the field during spring practice.2. Spring is the time for young players to shineThroughout March and the beginning of April, Meyer stressed the importance of watching how many reps players have had. Some Buckeyes — senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker being the main name — are even part of the 2,000-rep club.So with veterans like Decker spending a lot of time sitting out, Meyer has a chance to put some of his younger players through the gauntlet.In certain cases, that might weed out the players who aren’t quite ready. But it’s also an opportunity for young players who are expected to get extensive playing time next season — like sophomore linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Dante Booker — to shine.3. J.T. Barrett is ahead of scheduleIn many cases, it wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy when the quarterback who didn’t win the national title for his team was able to participate in 7-on-7 drills. But the redshirt-sophomore Barrett isn’t your average “backup.”In fact, Barrett isn’t a backup at all, as he started the Buckeyes’ first 12 games last season and won 11 of them. Everyone knew redshirt-junior Cardale Jones — who did win the Buckeyes the title — would be full go this spring, but Barrett was a question mark.After fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, Barrett was expected to be very limited in spring ball. But while he is still limited, he’s been well-ahead of the curve.With a three-way quarterback competition wide open between him, Jones and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, even the limited reps Barrett is getting could be the difference between a starting job and a cozy spot on the sidelines.4. Bri’onte Dunn could (finally) be an impact playerWith Samuel repping with the H-backs and Elliott still recovering from a pair of wrist surgeries, Dunn, a redshirt-junior, has been getting the bulk of the reps at running back in practice.He’s a player billed for greatness coming out of high school who hasn’t lived up to the hype. In fact, Dunn was a rare true freshman who ended up redshirting as a sophomore. Now with another two seasons of eligibility remaining, he seems to be turning a corner.Meyer said he gained momentum as a special teams standout last season, but Dunn will have his sights set on carrying the ball rather than making tackles this time around.If he impresses throughout practice and in the Spring Game, you can bank on Dunn having more than his nine carries for 63 yards from last season in 2015.5. Depth might be an issue again at defensive lineRedshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard (49) is one of a few young players with a chance to earn significant playing time during spring practice. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorEvery time the OSU defensive line has come up this spring, Meyer’s mood at the press conference podium has been noticeably sour.He preached throughout last season that the Buckeyes needed to be able to rotate more players in the trenches, but it never quite came to fruition.Now halfway through spring practice, the Buckeyes still don’t seem to have that depth. Defensive-lineman-turned-offensive-lineman-turned-defensive-lineman Joel Hale, back for a fifth year, has added some leadership to the group, but OSU is still looking for other players to step up alongside junior Joey Bosa and senior Adolphus Washington.Young players like sophomore Jalyn Holmes have a chance now and need to take advantage of that opportunity through OSU’s Spring Game on April 18. If not, Meyer might still be pining for more linemen when the Buckeyes take the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the 2015 regular season. read more

Blessing in disguise produces Will Lauricellas passion success

Before his fateful back injury, if you had asked New Jersey native and high school quarterback Will Lauricella where he’d be in two years, he wouldn’t have told you he’d be a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Ohio State. When faced with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, Lauricella made a life-changing decision. “I decided for my safety not to do football anymore and all my friends were doing track and field so I decided to go out for the team with them,” Lauricella said. “I fell in love with it.” Lauricella made the choice and hasn’t looked back. The freshman placed first at four consecutive meets before finally meeting his match at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29. Lauricella decided to look at the positive side of the losing performance. “The Drake Relays was the biggest learning experience of my life for my javelin career,” he said. “I learned that, to be successful in the javelin in a college career, you just really have to be consistent and throw your marks.” Consistency has defined Lauricella’s performance this season. In all five outings, he’s thrown more than 60 meters. Sophomore teammate Aaron Roberts is impressed with what’s he’s seen from Lauricella. “Obviously, he’s off to a great start to his career,” Roberts said. “He won his first three or four meets and that’s really awesome. … For a freshman to come in and really help us out like that is a huge benefit for our team, and he’s set himself up for a great four years here.” When Lauricella arrived, there was much discussion that he may be redshirted. However, Lauricella’s throws impressed his coach so much that they decided to start him as a true freshman. “We were going to redshirt him, but he was looking so good in practice we decided, ‘Let’s just throw him in,’” coach Robert Gary said. Even Lauricella wasn’t entirely sure he was ready to face top collegiate competition. “We were talking about redshirting at first,” Lauricella said. “I only have a couple years under my belt of this, but the fact that I have such a good chance to even win Big Tens or score high is just great so far. I never thought I’d be at this point.” Gary was confident Lauricella was ready to perform. “We just thought, ‘Let’s not waste it; let’s let him go,’” Gary said. Going into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Lauricella is ranked fourth among Big Ten javelin throwers. But his sights are set on taking first place this weekend. “I’m hoping for one to three, but I really think if I throw my best and the competition throws the way they’ve been throwing, I should be shooting for one or two,” Lauricella said. But no matter where he places, Lauricella said he’s happy with his first season at OSU. “I would say being injury-free and winning my first couple meets in college was the most rewarding part,” he said. “I never would have thought that I could come in and be so successful.” In his first season, Lauricella planted firm roots within the track and field program. He’s developed a unique bond with his coaches, and Gary likes to give his thrower a hard time. “I call him ‘Jersey Shore’ guy,” Gary said. “You know, always tan, hair always looks good.” When Lauricella’s father posted his son’s nickname as “Will the thrill,” Gary had to poke fun. “Everyone keeps giving me a lot of stuff for this nickname,” Lauricella said. “To be honest, it’s really not my nickname. My dad put it up there and coach Gary found it, and they’ve been calling me it since. … They like to make fun of me for it, but I’m starting to embrace it.” In his time at OSU, Lauricella’s performance has surprised even himself. Always a hard worker, Lauricella said he knows he has had help along the way. “I really have to thank my high school coach and the professional help I got during high school also,” he said, “but none of this would have been possible without coach (Kevin) Mannon and everything that he’s taught me since I got to Ohio State.” Lauricella is still learning, and feels his best is still to come. Although he’s a long way from New Jersey, Lauricella says he feels at home at OSU. “It’s absolutely a whole different world,” he said. “I’m used to only seeing populated areas. It’s very nice. It’s very laid-back. It’s much more lax. Everyone’s a lot nicer out here … no complaints about it. I’m very happy where I’m at.” read more

Exxaro lists on Johannesburg Stock Exhange

first_imgDiversified mining and metals group Kumba Resources today re-listed on the JSE as Exxaro Resources, a result of the landmark empowerment transaction involving Kumba, Anglo American, the Industrial Development Corp and Eyesizwe Mining. Exxaro is South Africa’s flagship empowerment mining company and as South Africa’s largest black-controlled, diversified resources company, is well positioned to grow organically. Its existing operational interests in South Africa, Namibia, Australia and China and a strong project pipeline provides the group with a base for growth both locally and offshore. Speaking at the company’s listing event, Exxaro’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Con Fauconnier, said: “This is an extremely proud moment for Exxaro and for the industry in which we operate. Kumba Resources, Eyesizwe Coal, and now Exxaro have always been committed to creating a globally competitive South African mining company that fully reflects the country in all respects. Exxaro meets these critieria and we expect investors to acknowledge the value held within Exxaro and the exceptional potential of the company.” Exxaro is currently the fourth largest coal producer in South Africa and its mineral sands business is unique in being the only integrated producer from mine to pigment. The company is the only zinc producer in the country. The company holds a significant iron ore interest through a 20% stake in the Sishen Iron Ore Co, part of the Kumba Iron Ore group, which operates the Sishen and Thabazimbi iron ore mines in South Africa. Sishen Iron Ore is the world’s fourth largest iron ore exporter.Exxaro’s short-term strategy is to consolidate and integrate the assets, operations and projects of Kumba, Eyesizwe Coal and Namakwa Sands for maximum benefit and to optimise the potential synergies of the enlarged group. The company intends exercising an option offered as part of the transaction to acquire Namakwa Sands and a 26% stake in the Black Mountain operation and Gamsberg project from Anglo American. Exxaro’s CEO designate, Sipho Nkosi, said: “Exxaro is well positioned to leverage its employee expertise, strong operations base and growth pipeline to retain and further enhance its position as a leader in its chosen commodities.” The longer-term Exxaro strategy is to leverage the advantage it enjoys in South Africa’s Waterberg coalfield, where it has the only existing operating mine and high-quality reserves, and to satisfy growing domestic demand for power station coal, reductants and metallurgical coal. The ability to produce a full range of mineral sands products, global operations and high level of expertise lends itself to developing strategic opportunities.last_img read more

Google VP Marissa Miller names Googles biggest mistakes DejaNews Wave and GMail

first_imgIf you had a chance to sit down with a head honcho at Google and have an honest talk about the search giant’s mistakes, you might expect them to be extremely apologetic about the recent Google Streetview privacy debacle. As it turns out, though, that’s not an incident that Google would identify as one of its biggest boners. In a video interview with Digg Dialogg, Google Vice President Marissa Mayer was invited to pick three of Google’s biggest blunders. What’d she say they were? The closing of DejaNews, the launch day of GMNail and Google Wave.AdChoices广告First, Google Wave, which is being shut down at the end of the year. Questioned about Wave, Marissa said that there were “certainly there are things we’ve learnt from that, certain things we would have done differently.” That’s a bit cagey, but Wave’s obviously an example of Google’s engineers designing something neat that they couldn’t figure out how to sell to normal users.DejaNews is a bigger regret. “Shutting down at 11am on a Monday morning, and not having anywhere to post to or browse usegroups was perhaps a mistake,” she said, in reference to the day in 2001 when the popular Usenet site was acquired by Google, summarily shut down and rechristened Google Groups.Finally, there’s GMail. What’s to regret about GMail? Simple: the boner of launching it on April Fool’s Day, which made millions mistake its (at the time) too good to be true storage capabilities as another stupid prank.Read more at The Digg Dialogglast_img read more

Unis face closure

first_imgSix universities in Greece may face immediate closure after the recent bond swap reduced their assets to zero. Only 33m euros remained of 120m euros that 17 Greek universities had deposited with the Bank of Greece for their operating expenses, heard an emergency meeting of university rectors on Tuesday. Six university accounts were now completely empty meaning they would soon be unable to stay open. Their accounts hit rock bottom following Bank of Greece’s conversion of their funds into state bonds, which were subsequently subjected to a haircut in the private-sector involvement (PSI) bond-swap deal in March. The rectors decided to set up a legal committee in an attempt to reclaim the money lost. In a meeting with the education minister, Yiorgos Babiniotis, the rectors called for emergency funding for the tertiary education sector. Babiniotis said he understood the problem the universities faced and pledged to do everything in his power to secure, even partially, the continued operation of the universities. He said he had raised the issue earlier in a meeting with the prime minister. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Review finds officer justified in shooting at man in vehicle

first_imgThe Vancouver police officer who fired his gun at a man in February was justified in opening fire, according to a review by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.Officer Ken Suvada was afraid for his life when Vancouver’s Dominic Tovar, 24, quickly reversed his parked car toward the officer, prompting Suvada to open fire, County Prosecutor Tony Golik wrote in the review.“Based on the entirety of evidence in this case, it is clear that when Officer Suvada used deadly force in this case, he did so because he was in fear for his life,” Golik wrote.The incident unfolded late in the morning on Feb. 25, when an off-duty state Department of Corrections officer spotted Tovar at Walgreens, 2521 Main St., according to court records.A warrant had been issued for Tovar’s arrest after he failed to report to the Department of Corrections. The corrections officer requested assistance, and Suvada, who was on patrol, responded to the store parking lot.last_img read more