Warriors-Hawks cheatsheet: Can the champs get road trip back on track in Atlanta?

first_imgAfter losing two straight to start their longest road trip of the year, the Warriors (15-9) will try to get their season back on track in Atlanta (5-18). With newfound center issues, can the champs beat the young Hawks?Read all about the matchup below.When/Where: State Farm Arena, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSBA) Projected Hawks’ starters: John Collins, Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon, Trae Young, Kevin HuerterHawks stock report: These days the Hawks are prioritizing development over winning. …last_img read more

Gwynne area at FSR features abundant topics

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Millions of ash trees have died in Ohio, meaning millions of chances exist for Ohioans to cut them down with chainsaws.A series of talks at Farm Science Review will show how to do it safely. The series, called “Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance,” will be given three times in the Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area: on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and on Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.“With all the dead and dying ash trees out there” — no thanks to the emerald ash borer pest — “I really wanted to see an opportunity for landowners to learn how to use their chainsaws the right way,” said Kathy Smith, a co-organizer of the series and of more than four dozen other talks in the Gwynne area during the Review.She’s the forestry program director in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.“A chainsaw is an easy tool to use,” she said, “and an even easier one to misuse and end up severely hurt.”Talks in the Gwynne area — 67 acres of green space with forests, ponds and prairie — will focus on conservation topics of interest to farmers and others, including trees, pastures, grasslands, wetlands, wildlife, insects, water and fish. Among the speakers and topics are:• Dave Apsley of OSU Extension and Bob Mulligan of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will present “Things You Should Consider Before Selling Your Timber” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 and at the same time Sept. 21.• Joe Boggs of OSU Extension will give a “Zika Virus Update for Ohio” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Zika is a mosquito-transmitted virus of concern in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and increasingly in the southeast U.S.• Marne Titchenell of OSU Extension will discuss “Attracting Songbirds to Your Property” from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20.• Bill Lynch, who’s retired from OSU Extension, will look at “Fish Stocking in Ponds” from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and “Stormwater Ponds” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both on Sept. 21.• Lee Beers of OSU Extension will present “Low-Impact Logging: Is It Right for You?” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21.• Brian Kleinke and Matt Smith, both of OSU Extension, will talk about hydroponics and aquaponics in back-to-back sessions from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21.• Chris Penrose of OSU Extension will explain “Managing Nutrients on Pasture” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22.• Smith herself will lead a “Tree ID Walk” from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 22.Other topics will include composting, pollinators, pond aeration, invasive species, wildlife “night sounds,” deer exclusion fencing and grazing warm-season grasses. A complete schedule of all the Gwynne talks is atgo.osu.edu/2016Gwynne.Besides the chainsaw series, activities held every day in the area will include pasture and grassland management tours from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; “Soil and Water Conservation District National Archery Program for Schools-Type Archery” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and “Preparing for the Envirothon” from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Envirothon is a national competition testing high school students’ knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife and related topics.“I think what most (Review-goers) enjoy about the Gwynne is the opportunity to interact with resource people on specific topics, see some of those topics applied on the landscape, and get answers to their management questions,” Smith said. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities like this available — ones where you can cover a wide range of topics in a small area.”last_img read more

Martin’s Pretty Good House Manifesto

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. One of the presentations I attended at the Passive House conference in Portland, Maine, on September 22, 2014 was a session called “Passive House certifiers’ roundtable.” The first speaker on the panel, Tomas O’Leary, explained that he usually charges about $2,200 to certify a residential Passivhaus project. He warned the audience that certification is “quite an effort; don’t underestimate it.”Tomas advised that anyone interested in certifying their Passivhaus should remember the following important steps:Is each one of these details really essential for determining whether a house can be certified as a Passivhaus? Absolutely.If you are in any doubt about this issue, remember that one of the cited causes of the famous divorce between the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and Passive House Institute U.S. was a dispute over the details of the certification documents for a house in Canada. The dispute centered on two points: whether the efficiency calculations for a Canadian HRV met the strict efficiency calculation requirements specified by the German institute; and whether an evergreen tree was tall enough to invalidate the shading calculations entered into PHPP.I admire energy nerds who use THERM modeling for all kinds of complicated building assemblies. I really do. We can learn a lot from THERM modeling calculations.I’m grateful that someone has made the calculations to determine that in-betweenie windows perform slightly better than outie windows. Now we know.I’m also grateful that Stephen Thwaites and Bronwyn Barry are available to explain the subtle differences between the way window U-factors are calculated in Europe and the way they are calculated in North America.But when I hear lengthy discussions on these issues, I sometimes think we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. If you are a builder or a designer rather than a building scientist, it may… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Agnes Chan Visits Palestinian Children For UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan, has ended a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory where she witnessed the challenges faced by Palestinian children.The trip by Dr. Chan – a pop singer, television personality and doctor of education – was aimed at giving her an understanding of the critical assistance UNICEF programmes provide to Palestinian children and women with financial support from donors including Japan.Dr. Chan visited Hebron’s Old City. She also travelled to Khan Al Ahmar, a poor Bedouin community lacking basic infrastructure such as electricity or running water. She saw how Bedouin children and families in even the most isolated communities receive primary health care from mobile clinics supported by UNICEF and partners.In the densely-populated enclave of Gaza – home to 1.6 million Palestinians, half of them children – Chan played with adolescents in a UNICEF-supported family centre supported by UNICEF. These safe recreational facilities bring children, if for just a few hours, a sense of normalcy.She visited families and heard about their challenges in accessing clean drinking water; 90 per cent of water from the aquifer from which Gaza draws its water supplies has been deemed unfit for human consumption. Chan saw water tanks — installed by UNICEF with funding from Japan – that allow families to receive clean water despite daily power cuts.“The situation in Gaza is very difficult for families,” Dr. Chan said. “The children I met opened my eyes to how resilient they can be in the face of hardship. I hope they will be allowed to fulfil their dreams and that both Israeli and Palestinian children will be able to live in peace someday.”Chan concluded her visit with a concert commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the presence of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the Japan representative to the Palestinian Authority. She performed in both Japanese and in Arabic in front of a packed Ramallah Concert Hall with children from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.Dr. Chan has a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and is the author of more than 70 books. Her first song was released when she was 14 years old. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1998.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more