F1 drivers make sign of unity

first_imgSHANGHAI (AP):Formula One’s drivers have made another statement of unity, this time in the form of a selfie over a group dinner in China.Nearly all of the drivers on the circuit got together for dinner before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix on Wednesday night and posed for a group selfie that Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted on Instagram with a message targeted at F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Rosberg hash-tagged the photo, #RacingUnited, and then wrote, “or in Bernie’s words: #windbagsunited.”The barb was in reference to comments that Ecclestone made to the media in Bahrain after F1 drivers wrote a joint letter demanding an overhaul of F1’s administration.The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote the letter to F1 stakeholders amid frustrations over the much-criticised rolling elimination format of qualifying that was introduced this season and then promptly dropped for the Chinese GP, as well as other problems in the sport.WINDBAGS COMMENTEcclestone dismissed the drivers’ concerns, and when asked by reporters if he believed they were “windbags,” he replied, some of them were.Rosberg, said yesterday he wasn’t upset by Ecclestone’s comments, adding the drivers were only “trying to help” with the letter.”We love the sport, we want the sport to be the most fascinating, exciting sport in the whole wide world,” he said. “And if we’re together and we raise our opinion, we have a certain power.”Apparently, the only thing the drivers can’t agree on is who should have picked up the bill for dinner.Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who chose the restaurant and put down the deposit for the tables, said after the meal he suggested one driver pick up the bill and someone else could pay next time.”And then someone said, ‘Let’s just share it, so it’s 17 drivers sharing that freaking bill,” he said. “We all got a receipt – it was 17 receipts, 17 credit cards. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”When asked who insisted on paying individually, Hamilton joked. “I’m pretty sure it was Nico.”Rosberg responded in kind by saying his Mercedes teammate should have treated because the “agreement usually is that the world champion pays.”last_img read more

Cartoon: March 21, 2016

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first_imgA man who bit and assaulted a Gardai as he was being arrested for tampering with his former partner’s car has received a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay €3,000 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.Garda responded to a call after hearing that Ricardo Evangelista had put sugar into his ex-partner’s car.When Gardai arrived at 103 Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, they could not find the accused. However Gardai John James O’Sullivan discovered the then 26 year hiding in a field behind the victim’s home.He tried to arrest him but Evangelista violently resisted forcing the Garda to use his OPD spray to retrain the accused.He eventually got handcuffs on the prisoner but he managed to get one hand out and again resisted violently bring both men to the ground and leaving Garda O’Sullivan down a hole in the ground.Back-up eventually arrived and Evangelista was eventually brought under control.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the accused was Brazilian and was living in Ireland for five years but was the subject of a deportation order.He had a three year old daughter with his former partner whom he saw regularly.Defence barrister Fiona Crawford said her client was a hard working man who didn’t drink or smoke but had an impulsive manner.On this occasion on July 10th, 2010, he was looking to recover money and clothing and other personal items from his former partner’s home.She said he made about €320 a week from labouring on various farms but was an excellent worker and even probation officer Tim Coughlan said he showed excellent example to other men carrying out probation duties.He was always on time, always volunteered to do the difficult jobs and even fixed machinery when it broke down.She pleaded with Judge Keenan Johnston to give him the benefit of his plea and the fact that he had shown remorse.Judge Johnston said he wanted to send out the message that attacks on Gardai who are there to protect society will not be tolerated.He also paid particular tribute to Garda O’Sulllivan who had been attacked in the course of carrying out his duty.He jailed Evangelista for two years but suspended it for five years, ordered him to do 240 hours community service and also ordered him t pay €3,000 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.MAN WHO BIT GARDA DURING ARREST ORDERED TO PAY €3,000 TO GARDA FUND was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeycarGarda John James O’SullivanJudge Keenan JohnstonRicardo Evangelistalast_img read more

Arsenal, Chelsea eye top four advantage in Premier League

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop AFC Bournemouth vs BurnleyVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 06-04-2019 @5pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonBournemouth defender Adam Smith could be involved on Saturday for the first time since suffering a thigh strain four weeks ago. Steve Cook, Andrew Surman, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook all remain out.Burnley manager Sean Dyche may opt to name the same side which began the 2-0 win against Wolves. Striker Peter Crouch missed that game following an appendix operation and is still out, while Aaron Lennon and Steven Defour are also sidelined.Burnley have won three of the five Premier League encounters, including a 4-0 victory when the sides met at Turf Moor on 22 September. The Clarets can complete a league double against Bournemouth for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, when the sides were in the third tier. The five previous top-flight meetings have produced a total of 18 goals.Huddersfield Town vs Leicester CityJohn Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 06-04-2019 @5pmReferee: David CooteHuddersfield trio Terence Kongolo, Philip Billing and Matty Daly are all doubts due to a combination of injury and illness. Jason Puncheon is available, having been ineligible last weekend, while Laurent Depoitre and Isaac Mbenza are back in training.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns. Harry Maguire is available after a ban, although his replacement Wes Morgan has scored in consecutive games.Huddersfield Town have lost nine of the past 10 league meetings, drawing one and conceding 28 goals overall. Leicester City have scored in all but one of the last 21 league meetings.Newcastle United vs Crystal PalaceSt. James’ Park, NewcastleSaturday, 06-04-2019 @5pmReferee: Scot AttwellNewcastle are boosted by Fabian Schar’s return following a two-match suspension. Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and DeAndre Yedlin all face fitness tests ahead of the game with Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng on standby to deputise.Crystal Palace are likely to recall Andros Townsend, who returned from a hand injury as a substitute at Tottenham in midweek. Central defender Mamadou Sakho remains the Eagles’ only certain absentee.Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 16 matches against Newcastle in all competitions (D5, L10). Palace are without a victory at St James’ Park in eight league and cup games since a 2-1 Premier League triumph in 1998. The Magpies have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven home encounters against Palace in all competitions.Everton vs ArsenalGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 07-07-2019 @4:05pmReferee: Kevin FriendThe increasingly tight race for a top-four place continues for Arsenal with a trip to Merseyside to take on improving Everton.Arsenal are the only Premier League side without an away clean sheet this season. They could concede a goal in 15 consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time since February 1985. The Gunners are winless in all five matches at top-half teams in 2018-19. They have already matched their total tally of 63 points from last season with seven games left. Alexandre Lacazette has scored 27 Premier League goals but only seven have come away from home. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in a league-high six goals as a substitute, despite making just five appearances off the bench. Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals in his last five Premier League games against Everton, his best overall return against any team.Everton manager Marco Silva is expected to keep faith with the same line-up that secured a second successive league victory last weekend. Colombia international Yerry Mina is Everton’s only absentee through injury.Arsenal have several selection concerns, with Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny both injury doubts and Lucas Torreira suspended. Aaron Ramsey is available after being substituted with a groin problem during Monday’s win against Newcastle.Everton could lose five consecutive Premier League matches against Arsenal for the first time in 19 years. Arsenal’s 97 wins in this fixture is an English league record for one side against another. The Gunners have scored 107 goals versus Everton, a Premier League record against a single team. Everton’s two victories in the past 23 Premier League meetings came at Goodison Park in 2014 and 2016 (D6, L15).Chelsea vs West Ham UnitedStamford Bridge, LondonMonday, 08-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Chris Kavanagh*Details to follow shortlyComments last_img read more

Stranorlar, Ramelton, and Lifford Community Hospital beds could be moved to Letterkenny

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has slammed the Government for “misleading the general public” on matters relating to the long-term future of the Community Hospitals in Donegal.The Leas Cheann Comhairle says that “it has been shocking how this matter has been handled” by Minister of Health since 2016 when their policy decision to downgrade the capacity of three Donegal hospitals – St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospital.He adds that he felt shocked when Minister of State Jim Daly gave “the impression” that his question in July – when he asked for the retention of beds at all three community hospitals – was invalid and inaccurate. Speaking today, Pat the Cope says: “What is to be absolutely clear now is the Government’s intention to remove the long stay accommodation (residency beds) from the Community hospitals in Lifford, Ramelton and St Joseph’s Stranorlar.“This is an increditable decision and a retrograde step in the provision of health care in our county.”Following this, Gallagher says that the Government’s reputation and credibility is “in tatters and is completely shot”, “no one can have any further confidence in the process which they are engaged in.”The only two things that can restore Government confidence at this point, he says, would be the reversal of the Government policy of January 2016 and the fixture of a capital plan for the long term future of all three hospitals, which would include retoring staffing numbers in all three facilities.“What we have witnessed from the Government over the past two years almost has been a complete farce.“I am demanding the Government come clean and admit there has been an attempt to mislead the general public and immediately initiate a policy change and to secure the future of the three hospitals in Donegal,” said Pat the Cope. “It is clear following a series of Dáil questions placed by me to the Minister for Health over the past 6 months, that it remains the clear stated intent of the Government to remove long stay accommodation residency beds from these three hospitals, in line with the decision made by the previous Government in January 2016.“This was reaffirmed to me on the 26th of July 2017, again on the 15th of November and again today 22nd of November 2017.“It is shocking the extent to which some Government representatives have gone to in order to cover up or massage the truth on this matter since the original announcement was made in January 2016.”In a reply to Deputy Gallagher, Health Minister Simon Harris says: ““The programme which was announced on 26 January 2016 included the development of a new 130 bed centre, centrally located in Letterkenny to ensure that bed capacity in the region, which includes Ramelton, Lifford and Stranorlar is secured on a sustainable basis.”Pat the Cope says that it has become evident that the Government have taken the decision to replace the three Community Hospital’s residency beds capacity with one centralised unit in Letterkenny.Just one week ago on the 15th of November, Minister Harris told Deputy Gallagher that: “This investment programme will see the provision of two new centres in Donegal, namely in Ballyshannon and also a 130 bed centre to be located in Letterkenny”. Deputy Gallagher says that is is “clear” that the Government are refusing to reverse their current stated policy, which is to “downgrade” the three community hospitals in question.Stranorlar, Ramelton, and Lifford Community Hospital beds could be moved to Letterkenny was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Community HospitalhealthHSELiffordPat The Cope GallagherRameltonst josephs stranorlarlast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020HYATT REGENCY | COLUMBUS, OH LOCATION Hyatt Regency 350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215 614-463-1234REGISTRATION – To register click here Early Bird by Dec. 20
 | Costs increase Dec. 21 One-day: $100
 | $125 (no hotel room) One person: $180 | $205 Student: $160  | $180 Two people: $225 | $275 Registration closes Jan. 3, 2020Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference. Discounts available for Group Membership participants. Contact your county Farm Bureau for details.2020 AGENDAFriday, Jan. 31 2 p.m. Early Registration 3 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions 5 p.m. General Registration & Partnership Showcase 6:30 p.m. Discussion Meet 7:15 p.m. General Session 8 p.m. Keynote Speaker Jay Hill 9 p.m. Entertainment 10:30 p.m. AdjournSaturday, Feb. 1 7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Family Feud 8 a.m. General Session- Discussion Meet, YAP awards 8:45 a.m. Partnership Showcase 9:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1 10 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 2 11 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 3 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker Amberley Snyder 2 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions 3 p.m. AdjournWorkshop TracksTrack 1 – Traditional (On the Farm)Water Conservation TechnologyWhat’s next in seed technology?Cover Crop/Soil HealthBreaking the Stigma with Mental HealthEconomic Impact of Agricultural DiversificationNutrient ManagementTrack 2 – Niche and Specialty GrowersSheep and Goat Emerging MarketsBeekeeping 101Insect Management using BiopesticidesHemp in Ohio: What you need to knowWill solar energy shine on your farm?Alternative Species,  as  an alternative revenue stream?!Track 3 – Consumer EngagementWhat you need to know to sell your farm productsConnecting with Skeptical ConsumersFood LabelingEntrepreneurship within 21st Century AgricultureAgritourism, is it right for you?Agriculture Social Media AdvocacyTrack 4 – Business ManagementNew Year, New Rules — Farm BillFarming Finance EssentialsNRCS — programs to build your operationMagnetic MarketingTax implications for your businessAre you covered for contract farming?Track 5 – Young Professionals (Professional Development/Collegiate)Priority IssuesYAP ProgrammingOFBF and AFBF Leadership OpportunitiesThere’s an App for thatAg Career DemandsHow-to guide: Running for an elected officeExtended Learning SessionsSession 1: Know to Grow Networking and Etiquette Risk Assessments and Coverage Communications Boot Camp North High Brewery Tour $Session 2: Paint and Sip Give back! Grain Markets: Making the Most for your Farm Farm Fit North High Brewery Tour $Attendee InformationDownload the conference app to stay up-to-date on the activities at the event.(Coming soon)FAQsWhere can I get a list of workshops being offered at this year’s event? There are 40 unique sessions to choose from during the conference. Take a look at our tracks here.What is the registration deadline? Early-bird deadline: December 20, 2019 (Registering by this date will save you $$) Late registration deadline: January 3, 2020Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The conference is for current, paid Ohio Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35. If you are not a current Ohio Farm Bureau member, please register under the nonmember category so you can register as a member.When will I receive confirmation of my registration? You will receive a confirmation email for your event registration when you register. If you do not receive it, check your spam filter. Still don’t see it? You can contact [email protected] for help.What’s the refund policy? Registration cancelled before January 3, 2020 is eligible for a full refund. After January 3, 2020, please contact [email protected]Will I have a roommate? Due to the space restrictions, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY that you will be assigned a roommate, unless you have indicated otherwise on your registration form. We would encourage you to come with a friend or challenge yourself to meet someone new!How can I contact the organizer with additional questions? Send an email to pdavis@ofbf.org.Are you an event speaker, sponsor or part of an OFBF group membership? To register, please contact pdavis@ofbf.org.ENTERTAINMENTDown Home Friday NightWhat better way to spend a Friday night than listening to a live duet cover 90’s country songs with 500 of your closest friends? Friday night entertainment will also include a competitive round of Euchre, mechanical bull, and some of your favorite country music. Join your friends for a low-key Friday night.2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERSJay HillJay Hill seeks to inspire the less than 2% of us in agriculture to keep fighting for what we believe in. His story started with 10 acres and a 4020 John Deere and is now over 17,000 acres with 120 employees. Jay claims it was not him that grew the farm, it was finding the right team of people to push him deeper into agriculture and the absolute love of it. His message is about tolerance between the farmer and consumer, and gaining understanding between the two sides: the importance of when to share information from the farm and when to listen to the consumer, finding the right time and message to send, and when and when not to respond. Jay wants people to walk out of the room full of energy and fresh ideas that they can use on their operations.Amberley SnyderAmberley shares her experience from living the perfect life to it all crashing in an instant. A rollover accident leaving her paralyzed changes everything. She learns how accepting help and serving others can be such an important part of life. Amberley shows how life knocked her down, but with the help of her family, friends and faith she has worked to “get back on the horse.”ABOUT YOUNG AG PROFESSIONALSOhio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. Whether you have a half-acre or 5,000 acres or work in the food and farming industry, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals has a place for you!Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, wine makers, alpaca breeders, seed representatives, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.Stay connected by subscribing to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.Young Agricultural Professionals is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. If you are not an Ohio Farm Bureau member, find out more about membership or join now. We’d love to have you as a member.last_img read more

The Creative Web: Is SoundCloud the YouTube of Audio?

first_imgSoundCloud recently went over 3 million registered users. Given its growth and the fact that popular musicians are using it, is SoundCloud a threat to MySpace? I checked out Lykke Li’s MySpace page and the most recent entry is a link to a new song she just posted to SoundCloud (not available on MySpace). That song has 58 comments, as at time of writing. So yes, SoundCloud is a threat to MySpace. SoundCloud is hosting popular new music, tthere is social commentary happening around that music, and the site is becoming increasingly popular.What then of Fred Wilson’s hope that other audio creativity will blossom on SoundCloud? Wilson recorded a podcast on SoundCloud recently to explain. He noted that “the web is still too quiet, there’s not enough audio expression happening” – meaning podcasting, spoken word, even poetry. In that podcast, Wilson defined SoundCloud as an “online platform for audio expression and sharing on the Web and mobile devices.” “What YouTube is for video,” he said, “SoundCloud is for audio.” (at the end of 2008, Wilson called SoundCloud “Flickr for Musicians,” which indicates how the product has evolved since then: from a musician-focused service to a consumer-focused one that nevertheless still relies on musicians).Wilson elaborated further in a comment in his blog: “I believe that mobile phones as recording devices and tablets ascreation devices and “audio exhaust” from gaming are all game changersfor audio creation and sharing.”I’m skeptical that podcasting or spoken word audio will ever become a widespread activity on the Web. The problem is that listening to podcasts and spoken word audio requires focus – it just doesn’t fit into the fast-moving, multi-tasking media world we’re all living in. Audio will most likely never be shared and curated on a mass scale, like video is on YouTube.However, my guess is that SoundCloud won’t even need the audio aspect. It’s already got popular music acts like 50 Cent, R.E.M., Lykke Li, Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 using its service. And the platform is very impressive: the API being used by Hype Machine and others, widgets galore, over 100 apps hooked into it.Do you use SoundCloud? I’m curious to hear your thoughts too on the audio creation aspect of the product, do you think that will pan out? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout There are no shortage of consumption apps on the Web, especially since the iPad (in many ways the ultimate Web consumption device) arrived on the scene. But what about content creation apps? In the Web 2.0 era, we saw the rise of blogging platforms, social networks, and media sharing services like Flickr and YouTube. Some people say that 2011 will be about content curation, via services like Twitter and Tumblr. But I think there’s still a lot of action in the content creation space. I’ll be exploring some of the best and most promising content creation services over the coming weeks here on ReadWriteWeb, in a series called ‘The Creative Web.’The first service we’ll look at is a startup from Berlin, Germany, called SoundCloud. It’s a platform to publish music and audio to the Web – and it’s been experiencing rapid growth.Two prominent VC firms invested in SoundCloud earlier this year: Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. Fred Wilson of the former believes that it won’t just be music that pushes SoundCloud to a mass audience, but other audio such as podcasts. That seems like a risky bet, but there’s a good chance SoundCloud will become big anyway – via music alone. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web center_img SoundCloud is being used by professional musicians and amateurs alike. It’s also become a platform for other online music services, such as The Hype Machine and We Are Hunted. Trending alternative pop singer Lykke Li has been using SoundCloud to publish songs from her upcoming new album, Wounded Rhymes. There are also remixes of Li’s songs on her SoundCloud. Indeed, one of SoundCloud’s best features is that it allows artists to collaborate with others – including their fans – on remixes. 50 Cent and R.E.M. have both launched remix contests recently using SoundCloud. richard macmanus 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

All About Water-Resistive Barriers

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on September 18, 2013By now, almost all builders know the importance of installing a water-resistive barrier (WRB) behind siding. Most types of siding leak, so it’s a good idea (and a code requirement) to install a WRB to protect your wall sheathing from any wind-driven rain that gets past the siding.A WRB can be vapor-permeable, like Tyvek, or vapor-impermeable, like foil-faced polyisocyanurate. As long as the wall assembly is designed to dry out when it gets wet, either vapor-permeable or vapor-impermeable WRBs work well.In most cases, WRBs are not air barriers. (The notable exceptions are Zip System sheathing and liquid-applied WRBs.) If you want to create an air barrier on the exterior side of your wall, it usually makes more sense to create the air barrier at the sheathing layer, not at the WRB.Although there are at least six categories of WRB — asphalt felt, Grade D building paper, plastic housewrap, liquid-applied WRBs, rigid foam, and Zip System sheathing — building codes calls for just one: asphalt felt. (One other category — three-dimensional vapor-impermeable barriers — is represented by a single product, Delta-Dry. Although it is often used as a WRB, Delta-Dry has not received code approval as a substitute for code-required WRBs.)In section R703.2, the International Residential Code requires builders to install a layer of number 15 asphalt felt or paperbacked stucco lath over the wall sheathing or studs of every new home. The requirement includes a qualification: if you don’t want to use number 15 asphalt felt, you can use some “other approved water-resistive barrier.”The code requirement calling for walls to be covered with asphalt felt is rather odd, because every asphalt felt manufacturer declares unequivocally that the product is intended for roofs, not walls. When builders install asphalt felt on walls as required by code, the… last_img read more

Australian Startup Launches Prefab Passivhaus Line

first_imgThermal performance can be scaled upThe R-values of walls and the roof in Superpod are listed by PHI as R-4.2 in the walls and R-7.7 in the roof. These are European R-values, however; the unit is m2·°C/W. Translated to U.S. R-values (ft2·°F·hr/Btu), the walls are R-23.8 and the roof is R-43.7.Kingspan lists a variety of insulated wall and ceiling panels. Some walls panels, for example, are 6 inches thick with an R-value of more than 43, according to the company’s website.The R-value of the panels could be increased if needed for different climate zones, while the size of the steel framing members could be increased to meet the structural loads of multistory buildings, McKenzie said.“The walls and roof are completely scalable,” she wrote. “The panels are not SIPs so they can be any width and go up high, and the internal frame is engineered to suit the weight of them.”The original Superpod uses triple-pane vinyl windows. There is a heat pump for space conditioning and a vacuum tube solar collector for domestic hot water.McKenzie didn’t offer details on how a Superpod is assembled, particularly when it comes to air-sealing.“We have a patent pending,” she wrote, “but it is important to retain some confidentiality around our details, which are proprietary. Especially our thermal break and airtight solutions, which have taken a long time to develop.” UPDATED on August 14, 2015A house made from insulated steel panels and a steel frame has been certified by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) and now the Australian company behind the project says that it would like to get the Superpod into full production.The modernist design has few frills, but the company says that it goes up quickly, is made from durable, low-maintenance materials, and is a “blank slate” that can be customized by its owner.There is but a single Superpod, built in 2014 in Wonthaggi, Victoria, a town near the coast southeast of Melbourne, but the fledgling company that built it is looking for partners to expand the company’s reach. Founding director Fiona McKenzie said by email that the startup is now capable of shipping Superpods to sites outside of Australia, but would prefer to find fabricators and builders in the U.S. and elsewhere to manufacture and assemble components closer to their final destination.The company was launched in February.The first Superpod, built with “a lot of donated product,” has 73 square meters of conditioned floor area, roughly 748 square feet, according to its listing at PHI’s website. The walls and roof incorporate steel-faced polyisocyanurate panels manufactured by Kingspan. The framework is hollow-section steel tube measuring 100 mm by 100 mm (about 4 inches on a side).A Superpod of 75 square meters (768 square feet) would cost about $280,000 (AU), McKenzie said, or $204,100 in U.S. dollars. That’s $273 (US) per square foot.last_img read more

Radio Killed The Podcasting Star

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… However, with the utmost respect to Laporte, neither he nor any other podcaster has changed the radio landscape like Ariana Huffington or Matt Drudge did to newspapers with their blogs. The Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for over $300 million and is now competing with mainstream media heavyweights like the New York Times and Washington Post. OK, HuffPo was and is an exceptional business. But even its sister AOL site, the tech blog TechCrunch, sold for over $20 million and changed the tech journalism landscape with its insider reporting and subjectivity.I can’t think of a single podcast that has had that kind of impact on the radio industry. Indeed, Leo Laporte himself is having the most success not on iTunes, but on radio. According to his website, he “hosts a national radio technology talk show every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5p Eastern on over 150 stations on the Premiere Radio Networks.”A glance over the current Top Podcasts list on iTunes confirms my suspicion. It’s dominated by public radio networks (like NPR and WNYC), along with semi-celebrities who already had a following via TV or radio (like Chris Hardwick and Adam Carolla). Tags:#Podcasts#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Far from changing the radio landscape, podcasting has been commandeered by the radio industry.Bonus video: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Podcasters are to radio what bloggers are to newspapers: independent voices taking attention away from mainstream media. At least that was the theory, when professional podcasts and blogs were getting started in the 2000s. But unlike blogs, podcasts by indie voices have not gone on to seriously challenge the mainstream media incumbents. Where is the Ariana Huffington of podcasting? Can you name a political podcaster who’s had the same impact as Josh Marshall and his Talking Points Memo blog? Sadly, there are no podcasting stars – and it’s all radio’s fault.Five years ago on ReadWriteWeb, Alex Iskold wrote an article that asked: Will Podcasting Survive? Here in 2012, podcasting is clearly still alive and well. But it’s mainly thanks to established radio and TV networks like NPR and ESPN.Podcasts are audio or video shows that you can subscribe to, typically via iTunes. I’m a subscriber to several music podcasts from NPR and KEXP. NPR Music’s flagship podcast show, All Songs Considered, releases on average one show per week. It’s about 30-45 minutes long and I nearly always make time to listen to it – usually while I’m cooking, cleaning up or walking. But that’s a key issue right there: because podcasts demand all (or most) of your brain’s attention, they have struggled to make an impact in our multi-tasking culture. Budding podcast stars simply couldn’t get enough of our attention.This isn’t to say that there aren’t successful podcasters out there. In the tech world, Leo Laporte is the closest we have to a podcasting star. After starting with This Week in Tech in 2005, he went on to create a podcast network called the TWiT Netcast Network. It now has over twenty-five shows. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more