McKinleyville High School makes it official, cancels the remainder of its 2017 football season

first_imgMcKinleyville >> The McKinleyville High football team hasn’t played a game on its home field since the first day of September.The next time the Panthers will be seen there won’t be until 2018.Citing a high concern for players’ safety and health, Mack Athletic Director Dustin Dutra announced that the school has decided to cancel the rest of the 2017 season, one that has seen the Panthers be forced to cancel their last three games.“That’s really kind of front and center about this,” Dutra said …last_img read more

Boks, Habana hit ground running

first_img10 September 2007The Springboks opened their Rugby World Cup challenge with a 59-7 victory over Samoa in a match that contained its fair share of niggle. After struggling to string two passes together in the face of a confrontational approach from the Samoans in the first half, the Boks pulled away to a comfortable victory in the second half.Bryan Habana was the star of the show, dotting down four times, and twice making tries out nothing with some slippery running, huge acceleration off the mark, and speed, speed, speed. Addressing the media afterwards, South Africa’s coach Jake White said Habana is a special player – the type of player that wins World Cups. While rugby is a team game, explained White, it often takes a special moment of individual brilliance – like the many that the flying wing produces – to help a team to World Cup success.‘You can’t coach pace’“You can’t coach pace,” said White, “and Bryan gives us a dimension few teams have. He was always going to be very important to our World Cup challenge and today you could see why.”While Habana provided the glitz with his four tries, equalling the Springbok World Cup record that Chester Williams set against Samoa in 1995, it was the pack that also shone, albeit with less glamour than the winger.The Samoans competed manfully against the Springboks up front, but the set pieces belonged to South Africa. After wearing Samoa down in the early going in the scrums, the Boks had their way with the Pacific islanders, regularly sending them into reverse gear and thus preventing the Samoans from attacking with good ball.The lineouts, too, belonged to the Springboks as the opposition managed to win less than half their own throw-ins.Uphill battleStruggling in the tight phases, it became an uphill battle for the Samoans as they had to weather wave after wave of attacks from the Boks, with the flanks, Schalk Burger and Juan Smith, especially prominent.Facing a pounding from the big South Africans, Samoa couldn’t withstand the onslaught, conceding 38 points in the second half without reply. And that’s despite coach White sending on all his substitutes after the result was beyond doubt.South Africa suffered one casualty with centre Jean de Villiers forced from the field with a torn biceps muscle. De Villiers, who must be one of the unluckiest players in the game, will require surgery and will miss the rest of the tournament.On a positive note, his replacement Francois Steyn performed well when he took over at inside centre. He displayed some silky skills to ignite the Springboks’ backline efforts, setting up Jaque Fourie for a try with only his second touch of the ball.Poor first halfWhile the Boks won by a big margin, their first half performance was poor as they struggled to build any momentum and continuity. Referee Paul Honiss didn’t help much by repeatedly warning Samoan players for foul play, yet not penalising them.The South Africans were no angels themselves, but their discipline was considerably better than that shown by the physical Samoans.By the end of the match, it was one-way traffic and John Smit’s men did enough to convince many that the defending champions England – 28-10 winners over the USA – won’t be able to stop the Boks when the teams meet in the biggest match in Pool A.The authoritative website Planet Rugby stated it plainly, saying “On this evidence, England’s reign as world champions is over.”Early pointsSouth Africa put early points on the board thanks to a second minute penalty from Percy Montgomery, who finished the match with 29 points to take him within three points of 800 in test matches.It was scrappy in the early going but, after seven minutes, the Springboks finally managed to get the ball down the backline. Butch James grubbered through for right wing JP Pietersen, but the ball just beat him into touch near the Samoan tryline.Shortly afterwards, Montgomery had another penalty shot at goal and was again good with his effort to put SA 6-0 in front.Samoa had an opportunity to get on the board when Schalk Burger collided with Junior Polu in the air as the Samoan attempted to field a kick. Gavin Williams took the penalty, but his effort was off target.With a quarter-of-an-hour played, Montgomery lifted South Africa into a nine-point lead with a third penalty from about 45 metres out.ShockedThree minutes later, the Boks were shocked when Samoa scored the opening try of the contest. The ball was moved down the backline from a lineout and outside centre Williams ran an excellent line on the shoulder of his midfield partner Jerry Meafou to take the pop pass and slice through the South African defence to score easily next to the uprights.Williams converted his own try to reduce South Africa’s advantage to only two points at 9-7.That score seemed to stun the Springboks somewhat and there followed a period of play in which the Samoans more than held their own.South Africa needed to find some inspiration and it came from the most predictable source: cue Bryan Habana.Sensational tryReceiving a pass on Samoa’s 10 metre line, he stepped inside a would-be tackler, ducked another player’s attempt and cut infield. Stopping on a dime, he changed direction back to the outside, dummied a pass, and raced over for the Springboks’ first try after 33 minutes of play.It was a superb solo effort and the kind of try that very few players in the game are capable of scoring.Montgomery’s kicking compass was ill-aligned and his conversion attempt left South Africa 14-7 ahead.Four minutes later, the Boks nearly had their second five-pointer. After moving the ball to the right, Burger made a break, fighting off two tackles before passing over his shoulder to the backline once more. The ball was moved to Pietersen on the flank, but he was held up over the line.Scrumming examinationThe Samoans were then subjected to a series of scrums only five metres from their line. Time and again the Springboks drove the islanders back. To counter the powerful Bok scrum, the Samoans tried to twist to the side to force resets. A number of times they conceded penalties by collapsing the scrum, but SA captain John Smit was only too happy to ask for another scrum.After six resets one began to wonder why referee Honiss had not signaled a penalty try. Then, one was left to wonder why the Springboks finally chose to move the ball wide when they had the Samoans’ number in the scrums.The answer to that question came in the form of Percy Montgomery. The Boks created an overlap out wide and the fullback, spotting hesitation in Samoa’s defence, raced between two players to crash over for a try right on the halftime whistle.He converted his five-pointer to leave South Africa 21-7 to the good at the break.Second halfThere was a fright for the Springboks after the restart when Butch James had his kick for touch charged down, but Burger was on hand to clean up and prevent the Samoans from scoring.Just four minutes into the second stanza, Steyn came on for De Villiers and immediately made an impact, breaking from inside the South African 22-metre area and making 40 metres up the field before kicking the ball into touch.Three minutes later, he held back a pass before releasing Fourie through a gap to score the Boks’ third try.Montgomery added the extras to extend South Africa’s lead to 28-7 and suddenly the combative Samoan defences were looking fragile.Montgomery’s second tryJust over five minutes later, the South Africans notched their fourth try. It started with a huge scrum by the pack and after moving the ball through a number of phases, Montgomery went over for his second.He missed the conversion, but SA had moved well clear at 33-7.The momentum was with South Africa and the team was showing greater fluency and cohesion, but the next try once again came from a superb solo effort from Habana. Taking a pass from Montgomery on the halfway line, he saw off the efforts of three tacklers to break through the Samoan defences and score near the posts.Monty converted to lift South Africa into a 40-7 lead.After an hour, Samoa sent on Brian Lima to play in his record fifth World Cup. He lasted only two minutes on the field, however. Attempting a late and dangerous hit on Andre Pretorius, leading with his head and without using his arms, he hit the Springbok in the chest but came off second best.Lima was led from the field looking dazed and confused. Viewed objectively, the veteran should be cited for a terrible tackle, but the fact that he was injured carrying it out might have saved him from being cited.Hat-trickWith 66 minutes gone on the clock, Habana claimed his hat-trick. After the Springboks were awarded a penalty five metres from the Samoan tryline, he took a quick tap and burst towards the white line. Two players tried to stop him, but Habana managed to ground the ball.Montgomery put over the easy conversion, moving South Africa to within sight of 50 points.Ten minutes later, Habana scored his fourth try. The Boks found some space down the left hand flank and once Habana had the ball in his hands, with open ground in front of him, he hit the afterburners to speed over from about 45 metres out.Montgomery was off line with his attempt at a conversion of the try, but South Africa had moved past the 50-point mark at 52-7 to the good.Five? No!With only two minutes to go it seemed Habana had scored his fifth try of the game, but referee Honiss, questionably, ruled the pass to the winger forward.However, a minute later, Pietersen, on the opposite wing, completed the rout by rounding off a backline move that included a sweet catch-and-pass from Fourie, which created the space out wide.Montgomery split the uprights with a conversion from the touchline and the final whistle sounded with South Africa convincing winners by 59 points to seven.Eight tries to oneThus, the match finished with Smit and company running in eight tries to one. All eight five-pointers went to the backline, but the forwards deserved something for the manner in which they systematically dismantled the combative approach of the Samoan forwards and laid the platform for the fast men at the back.Next up for the Springboks is the big one versus England on Friday in Saint-Denis.Based on the performances produced by South Africa and England in their first matches, it would be a shock if the men in green and gold don’t walk away with a victory over the defending champions. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Twenty years of freedom

first_imgNelson Mandela and FW de Klerk receivethe Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for theirefforts to bring peace to South Africa.(Image: FW de Klerk Foundation) De Klerk and Mandela at the WorldEconomic Forum, Davos, in 1992.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Danny GoulkanMarketing and communications, NHC+27 11 482 9573 or +27 72 952 2260RELATED ARTICLES• Long walk immortalised in bronze• Drawing on Madiba’s influence• Mandela Day now a global event• Tutu, De Klerk to children’s aidJanine Erasmus“I wish to put it plainly that the government has taken a firm decision to release Mr Mandela unconditionally. I am serious about bringing this matter to finality without delay.”With those words, said on 2 February 1990, then-state president FW de Klerk set a remarkable chain of events in motion. An electorate that, to a large extent, was enjoying the right to vote for the first time in their lives, led to a democratic South Africa with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world.De Klerk, who had assumed the presidency just four months earlier, wasted no time in bringing about long-overdue change.He was making his inaugural State of the Nation address at the 1990 opening of Parliament in Cape Town, speaking before the House and to a television audience.South Africa will mark the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from more than 27 years of imprisonment at the opening of Parliament on 11 February.The 2010 event will also be significant as it will be the first time the State of the Nation address is delivered in the evening. By arranging the speech for a more convenient television time, rather than the traditional morning delivery, the government is encouraging more citizens to tune in.Understanding through dialogueAddressing the nation in 1990, De Klerk went on to say that the agenda for negotiation was now open. He invited “sensible” leaders to come forward and begin talking, so that an understanding may be reached through dialogue.De Klerk’s government had a number of firm goals in mind, among them a new democratic constitution; protection of minorities and the rights of the individual; an independent, unbiased judiciary; religious freedom; better housing, education, social and health services for all; and a strong economy.This could only be achieved with the abolition of apartheid laws and restrictions, a fact of which De Klerk was very well aware.Not only did the president decide to release Mandela, he implemented other changes on a scale that nobody had anticipated.Several political parties were unbanned. These were the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress, and the South African Communist Party. He also lifted restrictions on 33 other opposition groups. Prisoners who were in jail merely for belonging to one of the banned organisations were pardoned immediately.De Klerk also lifted certain media, education and security restrictions, paving the way for the eventual lifting of the latest state of emergency, by then in place since 1985. The death penalty was suspended and the controversial and deplorable Land Act was repealed.The remaining apartheid laws were dismantled over the next three years, and South Africa’s first democratic election took place in 1994. It was no surprise that Mandela stepped into the role of leader of the nation.Peace and reconciliationThe country had endured tension and violent conflict for decades, said De Klerk, and it was time to break out of that cycle and strive for peace and reconciliation. The silent majority yearned for it, he said, and the youth deserved it.De Klerk was emphatic in urging South Africans to come to the negotiation table. “On the basis of numerous previous statements there is no longer any reasonable excuse for the continuation of violence. The time for talking has arrived and whoever still makes excuses does not really wish to talk.”His decisive actions, which would eventually cut short his own political career as he made way for a new party to take over the government, earned him the praise of the nation, and the world.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, speaking to the press at the time, exclaimed: “What he said has certainly taken my breath away … give him credit, man.”The BBC reported then-US president George Bush as saying that he welcomed the decision to dismantle apartheid, although more had to be done before the US would lift its economic sanctions. And Margaret Thatcher, then prime minister of Britain, wrote a congratulatory letter to De Klerk.Others, such as current UN secretary-general Perez de Cuellar and presidents Mario Soares of Portugal, Francois Mitterand of France, and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, also expressed their joy and approval.Some were more cautious. The late ANC president Oliver Tambo, speaking from Stockholm where he was receiving treatment for a stroke, described De Klerk’s steps as progressive, but pointed out that two of the ANC’s main demands were not fully realised – the release of all political prisoners, and the complete lifting of the state of emergency.Long-awaited releaseNelson Mandela was released on 11 February 1990 from the low-security Victor Verster prison, now known as the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, in the Dwars River valley near Paarl, Western Cape.Mandela had been relocated from Robben Island to the maximum-security Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town’s southern suburbs in 1984, and a few years later he was moved to a private house within the prison walls of Victor Verster.“When he built a home in Qunu after his release,” said Mandela’s daughter Zindzi, “he insisted that it be a duplicate of his house in Victor Verster, where he felt comfortable. My father often said that he missed his time in prison because it allowed him time to reflect.”Zindzi Mandela received news of her father’s imminent release while she was at the funeral of her partner Clayton Sithole, who died while in detention at the former John Vorster police station, Johannesburg, in January 1990, just 12 days before Mandela walked free.She described the day of her father’s release as emotional, painful and chaotic. “I was terrified. There were so many people, which I never expected. As much as I wanted him to come home as a father, I knew he would come back as a leader first. And I was in mourning for the father of my child.”Straight after his release Mandela addressed thousands of supporters from the balcony of the Cape Town city hall. He spent his first night of freedom at Bishopscourt, the official residence of the Archbishop of Cape Town, who at that time was Desmond Tutu.Mandela flew to Johannesburg the next day, where he attended a rally at Soweto’s FNB stadium, now the impressive Soccer City and venue for the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. From there he went to his house in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, where he spent his first night at home in almost three decades.In 1993 De Klerk and Mandela jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in abolishing the apartheid policies that had held South Africa back for so long. The Nobel Committee awarded this prestigious honour “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”.The laureates also jointly received the 1991 Unesco Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.The announcement of the latter prize, made by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, read: “For their contribution to international peace, to encourage them to continue in their effort and as a tribute to what they have done to educate their people towards an understanding and towards an overcoming of prejudice that many would not have thought possible a few short years ago.”Bringing the struggle to lifeIn February 2009 the National Heritage Council announced the first site in the new National Liberation Heritage Route (LHR) – the house at Victor Verster prison where Mandela spent the last few years of his incarceration.Making the announcement, CEO of the National Heritage Council Sonwabile Mancotywa said that the prison had transformed from a place of pain to one that honoured the final stretch in the struggle for freedom. “It is a place of history that has contributed to South Africa’s cultural revival,” said Mancotywa.Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela, also in attendance, expressed her pleasure that the LHR was going all out to recognise the country’s struggle heroes: “We hope that it can include the history of all those who gave up their lives for freedom,” she said, “and tell the story of the Tambos and the Sisulus and others as much as the Mandela story has been told.”The South African LHR, a network of historically valuable sites that reflects key aspects of the country’s struggle for freedom, is modelled on the Australian convict sites. In July 2007 it was submitted to Unesco for nomination as a world heritage site, and is currently on the tentative list.The route consists of a host of stops that cover critical aspects of the liberation struggle, such as the women’s movement, youth and student movements, massacres and assassinations, and sites of historical significance.A few examples are Constitution Hill, once a notorious prison and now seat of South Africa’s Constitutional Court; Sharpeville, site of the massacre in 1960 where 69 protesters died; the Isandlwana battlefield, where Zulus and British colonial troops faced off in 1879; and Olive Schreiner House in De Aar, Northern Cape, once the home of the renowned author of The Story of an African Farm and opponent of women’s oppression.The Mandela section of the route includes his birthplace Mvezo in Mthatha, Eastern Cape province; Qunu in Mthatha where he grew up; the Clarkebury Institution which schooled him; the house in Alexandra, Johannesburg, where he lived for three years in the early 1940s; Fort Hare University; the site in Howick where he was captured by police in 1962; Liliesleaf Farm; Robben Island; Victor Verster prison; and the Mandela family home in Vilakazi Street, where Winnie lived with their children while he was in prison.It is hoped that other countries in the Southern African Development Community will make similar submissions.last_img read more

PRETTYSHOP 100% Human Hair UP DO Ballerina Knoten Donut Bun Topknot Scrunchie Hairpiece Ponytail H311a, really excited when this arrived & hair colour was great match but now its started to unravel & I

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Seven Ohioans named to Young Ag Professionals state committee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Luke and Cassandra Dull of Englewood, Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia, Emily Krikke of Greenwich and Bennett and Liza Musselman of Orient.The seven new committee members will serve two-year terms and help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.The Dulls are the fifth generation on the family’s Montgomery County farm where they raise hogs, cattle and grow seed corn and row crops. Both are Montgomery County Farm Bureau members. Luke is manager of Harvest Land Co-op in Verona. He has been involved in several local and state Farm Bureau activities and has participated in Land O’Lakes’ leadership and advocacy training sessions. Cassandra works at Christian Life Center where she is event/marketing, hospitality, curriculum and nursery coordinator. Previously she was a fourth grade teacher in West Carrollton.The Daileys received Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Brown County Farm Bureau members farm 3,400 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a small trucking company. Both are Sunday School teachers at Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. Nick is a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and serves as a Franklin Township Trustee. The couple has three children.Krikke is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and farms with her parents, raising corn, soybeans and hogs. Their farm was honored in 2012 with the Ohio Livestock Coalition Environmental Stewardship Award and the Pork Checkoff’s national Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013. She is a volunteer for the local Farm Bureau, Young Agricultural Professionals, Ohio Pork Council and Akron Children’s Hospital and is a 2010 recipient of the American FFA degree. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital.The Musselmans are members of Pickaway County Farm Bureau. Bennett is the county president, a graduate of AgriPOWER Class VIII, chairs the Muhlenberg Township Board of Zoning Appeals, is on the ag committee of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network and is a Pickaway County Farmers club member. He is assistant vice president, agribusiness banker at Heartland Bank in Grove City. Liza is accounting manager at WillowWood and owns a photography business. She is active in Ohio Agri-Women and is a school volunteer. They farm with Bennett’s father and grandfather, raising corn and soybeans. They have two sons.Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Contact Melinda Witten at to learn more.last_img read more

Study: 77% Don’t Want to Share Location on Smartphones

first_imgFor the last two weeks, it seems like anything anyone can talk about is the fact that our GPS-enabled smartphones are tracking our location. First, it was the iPhone, then the Android and finally Windows Phone 7. Why has this struck such a chord?According to a study by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider, privacy is the leading concern for smartphone users, with security following close behind. Although some may point to 15,200-word terms of service, privacy comes down to more than a legal contract, it comes down to user expectation and, in this case, it seems that users did not expect that their smartphones were not only tracking them, but also sending the data back to Google’s, Apple’s and Microsoft’s servers. Tags:#Location#mobile#news#NYT#privacy#Statistics#web mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement TRUSTe’s survey points out why this story erupted so quickly. The survey, conducted in 2011, “revealed a strikingly high level of concern around personal information and data privacy,” the company writes. Privacy concerns weren’t only the primary concern stated by respondents, but 77% said that they don’t want to share their location with app owners and developers. Beyond that, 85% of respondents said that they were uncomfortable with advertiser tracking. If 77% of respondents don’t want to knowingly share their location with apps.ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote about a study last week that had similar findings. According to that study, published by Portland, Oregon digital marketing firm White Horse, 56% of smartphone owners surveyed said they knew about location-based services and 39% of respondents said they used them. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Expanded Cork — The Greenest Insulation Material?

first_imgCost and availabilityNorth American distribution channels are just being set up, so pricing is far from certain. (One U.S. distributor of cork insulation is Small Planet Workshop.) But Simoes told me the price to a distributor will be about $0.70 per board-foot, not including shipping, markups, or the exchange rate. If those mark-ups come to 50%, the cost per board foot would be $1.05 and the cost to achieve R-19 would come to about $5.50 per square foot for cork, vs. $1.10 – $1.60 for polyisocyanurate insulation and $2.00 – $2.25 for extruded polystyrene.That’s a significant upcharge for cork, but you end up with one of the greenest building materials anywhere. I’m so excited about expanded cork insulation, in fact, that I’m hoping to use it on an upcoming building project later this year.You can read my full review of Amorim Isolamentos’ expanded cork insulation board at (membership required). You can also visit the company’s website or send an e-mail: Cork insulation performanceExpanded cork insulates to R-3.6 per inch. It has a density of 7.0–7.5 pounds per cubic foot and compressive strength of 15 psi (with 10% compression). It is intermediate in its permeability to moisture — with a 40 mm layer having a permeance of 2.2 perms. Although the expanded cork insulation gives off a smoky smell, a test report I examined showed the material to pass France’s stringent requirements for a dozen volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with flying colors. Cork also has superb sound-control properties.From a fire-resistance standpoint, it meets the European Class E designation (the standard met by other rigid insulation materials) without the need for flame retardants that are used in the most common boardstock insulation products. A 40 mm-thick piece of the boardstock insulation held over a torch will resist burn-through for an 60-90 minutes, compared to less than 10 seconds for expanded or extruded polystyrene, which meets the same Class E designation. (The flawed manner in which we determine fire-resistance properties of materials is the topic for another article.)Cork insulation has been used as a rigid insulation material for decades in Europe. It is not uncommon to install an 8- to 10-inch layer on exterior walls and a 10- to 12-inch layer on roofs. The first Passive House built in Austria (in 1995) used a 350-mm layer (nearly 14 inches) of the material. It is typically used as an exterior insulation layer, much like polyisocyanurate. In Portugal, the world’s leading producer of cork, these oak trees are federally protected, and many cork forests are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. Harvesting is done by hand, much as it has for over 2,000 years. While cork oak forests in Portugal are expanding, cork’s market share for bottle stoppers is dropping as plastic stoppers and screw-off caps become more common — motivating the company to look for new markets. I’m always on the hunt for the latest, most interesting, and most environmentally friendly building materials, and I have particular interest in insulation products — partly because many conventional insulation products have significant environmental downsides. (See “Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation” and “Polystyrene: Does it Belong in a Green Building?”)So I was thrilled to learn about expanded cork boardstock insulation made by the Portuguese company Amorim Isolamentos and just now being introduced into the North American market. Francisco Simoes, of Amorim, visited our office in Brattleboro in June and told us all about it.Familiar to wine drinkers as the traditional bottle-stopper, cork is a natural product made from the outer bark of a species of oak tree that grows in the western Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa. The bark is harvested after trees reach an age of 18-25 years and it regenerates, allowing harvesting every nine years over the tree’s 200-year life. RELATED ARTICLES Cork Insulation on Our FarmhouseInstalling Cork InsulationBuildingGreen Announces Top-10 Green-Building Productscenter_img Cork as a building materialI have long been a fan of cork flooring, floor underlayment, and acoustical wall coverings. These materials are made from residual cork that remains after punching cork bottle stoppers from the bark — which consumes only 25% to 30% of the bark.For cork flooring and these other products, the cork granules are glued together with a binder and then sliced into the finished products.Expanded cork insulation is quite different. The same cork granules are used, but they are exposed to superheated steam in large metal forms. This heating expands the cork granules and activates a natural binder in the cork — suberin — that binds the particles together. In an in-depth product review about expanded cork insulation in the August issue of Environmental Building News I describe the fascinating history of this process. (It was invented by accident in New York City in the late 1800s).After producing these large billets of expanded cork, they are sliced into insulation boards in a wide range of thicknesses — in both metric and inch-pound (I-P) sizes. In I-P units, thicknesses from a half-inch to 12 inches are available — with dimensions of 1′ x 3′ or 2′ x 3′.The material is 100% natural and rapidly renewable as defined by the LEED Rating System. It is durable yet ultimately biodegradable, produced from sustainable forestry operations, and a byproduct from the cork bottle-stopper industry. Though there is significant shipping energy required to bring it here, shipping by ocean-going vessel is relatively energy-efficient. It’s hard to imagine a greener building material. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Windows Server 2012 Puts Microsoft On Collision Course With VMware

first_imgTags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Microsoft scott fulton Windows Server vs. Linux is no longer the battle of the century, except perhaps in some comic book drawn by kids who wouldn’t know a data center if it abducted them from their parents’ basements. True, Microsoft is waging a market battle against Red Hat, but it’s not for control of the bedrock operating system of server processors. And Red Hat isn’t even the most awesome competitor here. That would be VMware, whose new CEO Pat Gelsinger hails from Intel, and who comprehends the dynamics of processors and their operating systems as thoroughly as any executive of any company, anywhere.Gelsinger has thrown down a guantlet that aims to obliterate the present data center model, replacing it with components that render the processor OS either immaterial or non-existent. Windows Server would retain its strengths as a staging environment for critical business applications like SharePoint and Exchange, and systems like SQL Server. But that would be a tenuous position for Microsoft: remaking the image of Windows Server from a grounded platform to a floating raft, riding the waves generated by VMware and its growing network of partners.While Microsoft would love to be able to own and operate the metaphor of floating on a cloud, it can’t afford to be perceived as floating on anything right now. So although the company did invoke its “Cloud OS” moniker (not really a trademark), during the formal premiere of Windows Server 2012, it had to present itself as rooted, as strengthening its own foundation, as extending the number of reasons why existing businesses should refrain from either investing in VMware virtualization platforms or experimenting with real cloud OSes – one of which happens to be produced by VMware. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hypervisor component – the part that enables an operating system (which can be scaled down to Server Core size) to run any number of virtual machines on behalf of clients. To that end, Server 2012 expanded Hyper-V’s statistical maximum capabilities dramatically: 320 logical processors per server, and up to 64 virtual processors per virtual machine (imagine an OS that thinks it’s running on quad-quad-quad core) with up to 1TB of addressable memory per VM. VMware’s ESX statistics may be comparable – assuming you want to go through the trouble of comparison, which requires fathoming that company’s arcane licensing model.  While VMware holds the overall market share lead in virtualization, Microsoft continues to exploit its advantage with smaller businesses, seeding them with Hyper-V and growing them into customers the way it’s done before with SharePoint and SQL Server . Windows Azure (probably just “Azure” at some point) is Microsoft’s public cloud, whose principal role has now officially changed from a Platform-as-a Service (PaaS) provider of .NET Framework services in the cloud, to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) host for virtual Windows machines.  All Windows Server 2012 systems will include the ability to migrate workloads to the Azure public cloud, which does make Server 2012 to some degree a “cloud OS.” If Microsoft has one critical advantage over its competition, it’s the ability to introduce new capabilities to customers in small doses. Some folks are liable to try this out just to see what it does, whereas there’s no possibility of that happening with any other brand that requires a sizable up-front investment. Meanwhile, developers will continue to be able to deploy applications to Azure on a pay-for-use basis.One important and impressive addition to Windows Server 2012 is worth noting here: By enabling virtual subnets that span geographies, you can create single subnet loops that span geographies. This way, if you have two data centers in different cities, you can live migrate a virtual machine between those data centers just as if they were situated right next to each other. VMware may offer similar capabilities – it’s not as though Microsoft invented this.  But what you have to pay to get it with ESX is a significant talking point.No Two Windows Servers Are AlikeIn any discussion of server operating systems, one underappreciated aspect has been their roles. When Microsoft began endowing Windows Server 2003 with roles, it was with the notion that servers ran services the way clients ran applications. You want the server to do more, you run more services. You want more services, you add more servers. In those early days, the server operating system was somewhat monolithic. Today, think of roles like building blocks. When you select roles in installing Windows Server 2012, you’re assembling elements of the operating system. Different sets of roles make for a different operating system.That fact is important in this context for the following reason: By successfully producing a single delivery vehicle for any number of various server roles, Microsoft has positioned Windows Server to compete with many tiers of products on many levels: against VMware and Citrix XenServer for virtualization, for instance, and against Red Hat for infrastructure and databases. This makes Windows Server one of Microsoft’s most successful and most critical strategic assets. It also places the operating system in a very tenuous position, because this capability centers around the notion that admins install it first. If admins install something else first, the game is over.Almost nothing is challenging Windows Server’s qualifications to serve as an application host. But that’s not where the payoff is.  For Microsoft to secure a permanent place for Windows Server 2012 in the data center over the next four years, it needs to make the case that scalability and versatility are not only feasible but practical with Server 2012 on the ground floor. If Bill Laing takes a trip to the ground floor anytime soon, though, he’s likely to find Pat Gelsinger already waiting for him. “We built Windows Server 2012 with the cloud OS in mind,” remarked Bill Laing, Microsoft’s corporate VP for server and cloud, in a video released Tuesday. That’s a very carefully phrased metaphor – a bit like saying you’re cooking something with a meal in mind, as opposed to cooking a meal.“Microsoft runs some of the world’s largest data centers and Internet-scale services,” Laing continued. “This uniquely positions Microsoft to pour all of that learning into our products, test them at scale and use our unparalleled experience in transforming data centers to address the needs and pressures of this new era of IT.”The Package And The PayloadLaing went on to correctly define the modern data center as a provider of resources through services that are scalable to suit varying workloads, that can be pooled or shared so that they transcend location, that are perpetually available and backed up, and that can be effectively automated. That much is preaching to the crowd. But for Microsoft to reserve a place for itself at the table, it needs Windows Server 2012 to be a delivery vehicle for critical components of the data center, in a manner that parallels how Windows 7 and Windows 8 are, effectively, delivery vehicles for Office. By “delivery vehicle,” I mean something that is delivered to the data center, that roots Windows Server in its existing location and hopefully lets it expand from there. In this case, there are two somethings in particular: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img The formal release of the final Windows Server 2012 this week sets up Microsoft for a showdown in the enterprise datacenter with its newly re-armored arch rival VMware. At issue is whether an operating system based on a consumer-grade client belongs in a server that runs thousands of virtual machines at one time. Microsoft has not entered this battle unprepared. Small, mobile devices are the drivers of technology stories.  Platforms are the drivers of technology.  At the heart of Microsoft’s core marketing strategy for the past quarter-century has been faith that its ability to deliver a solid platform will secure its future as a software provider for devices, and vice versa.From the perspective of device users, there appear to be two operating environments, and the crux of competition is therefore seen as an epic battle between Linux and Windows. This is about as accurate a picture of the data center as anyone’s perspective of Russia from his or her own front porch in Alaska. In reality, Linux and Windows Server are both common components of networked computing environments. We rely on both.The Real WarIn recent years, Linux has found its place as a bedrock foundation for network computing platforms. It’s small, carries less baggage, and is highly adaptable. Windows Server is, by comparison, bulky, although since 2010, its less graphically dependent Server Core option has rapidly gained favor, especially now that it can be managed from the command line using PowerShell.  But every modern data center today uses virtualized workloads, because they’re more efficient, easier to manage, safer and more secure. Virtualization is the key to cloud computing – the addition of a layer of abstraction between software and hardware, so that applications run in an environment that is not constrained by operating parameters or location. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

ONE: Elias Mahmoudi, Hiroaki Suzuki pull off wins in Muay Thai Super Series

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title Kaushik was also able to snap his three-fight losing streak while Rozten failed to get his third straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hiroaki Suzuki pulled off a last second victory over Mohammed Bin Mahmoud in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai event.Mohammed Bin Mahmoud vs Hiroaki Suzuki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was mostly a back-and-forth affair for most of the fight until Suzuki pinned Bin Mahmoud to the cage and the Japanese fighter proceeded to maul his Malaysian opponent.The fight was eventually stopped 2:53 into the third.In the opening match of the preliminary card, Himanshu Kaushik of India scored a technical knockout victory over Indonesia’s Egi Rozten in the strawweight divisionReferee Yuji Shimada called a stop to the fight 3:33 into the first round after Kaushik (4-3) took down Rozten (2-2) and proceeded to rain several punches to the head.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img View comments Yukinori Ogasawara(L) VS Elias Mahmoudi to cap off the ONE: Hero’s Ascent preliminary round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Elias Mahmoudi headlined the preliminary card with a unanimous decision win over Yukinori Ogasawara in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Algeria’s Mahmoudi had early control of the fight after a sharp right elbow cut Japan’s Ogasawara in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Mahmoudi then stayed through his course and maintained his authority over Ogasawara for the remainder of the fight.Tang Kai scored a beautiful knockout win after sending Sung Jong Lee to sleep 1:14 into the second round of their featherweight division fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChina’s Tang was rocked at the start of second round and was almost put in a guillotine choke but he was able to recover and sent a beautiful head kick to the temple of Lee.This was Tang’s (8-2) fourth straight win, all of which were knockouts, while Lee (2-4) suffered his third straight loss. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Butch Ramirez accepts SEA Games chef de mission post

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jeremy Lin stopped from boarding Raptors bus as security has no clue who he is View comments “I do this in the interest of protecting our national commitment. While we all have our own interests, we are duty-bound to prioritize national interest above all,’’ added Ramirez.Matters came to a head during the POC general assembly on Monday when Vargas declared a destabilization plot against his administration, which POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta has strongly denied along with the executive board members allied with the latter.“Let me assure everyone that whatever issues we faced together or against each other, it was never personal to me. And I will make sure the POC institution is always safeguarded. The necessary mechanisms to do so are in place,’’ said Vargas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC chair William Ramirez. Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez on Wednesday officially accepted the chef de mission portfolio offered by the Philippine Olympic Committee to lead the country’s bid in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.But more than the acceptance of Ramirez, the gesture has brought back the needed stability, albeit on a temporary basis, to the volatile POC top brass wracked by infighting among the members of its executive board.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIEScenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I accept the challenges of the CDM position, aside from the instructions of my bosses to heed the call for help of the POC,’’ said Ramirez during Wednesday’s press conference with POC president Ricky Vargas at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.“As the sports government arm, we show our readiness to step in, to help in the capacity being requested and, if possible, mediate to make unity happen,’’ added Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe PSC chief stepped in after the squabble between Vargas and majority of his board put the POC in total disarray.“I do this for the interest of unity. Through this, I express my solid support to the POC and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc). We must stand as one,’’ said Ramirez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “If by accepting, we can start considering peace as an option toward a successful hosting of the SEAG, then I accept,’’ added Ramirez.To put things in proper perspective, Vargas announced that an elections for all elective positions in the POC would be held January 2020 and called for a truce to prioritize the country’s preparations in the SEA Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11.“Let’s set aside our differences for the meantime and focus on the SEA Games. With the strong leadership of Chairman Butch as chef de mission, we will be able to achieve our goals,’’ said Vargas, who was accompanied by POC deputy secretary general Karen Caballero and POC communications director Ed Picson.Ramirez was the CDM during the 2005 SEA Games in Manila when Team Philippines captured the overall title for the first time.“It’s not an easy one, but it’s an exciting job. We cannot succeed if we don’t work together,’’ said Ramirez. “Let’s try to heal the wounds and paint a good picture in the international sporting community.’’ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more