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ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’

first_imgTurbines are a waste of money, says expertONE OF Europe’s leading energy specialists has told the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that building more wind turbines around Ireland is ‘madness’.Dr Tony White, who has 35 years experience in international power markets and the low carbon economy was in Glenties this afternoon.Ireland aims to generate 40pc of all its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources, and Dr White says we are going about this the wrong way by following an ‘all wind’ approach. He says: “Attainment of the 40pc target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9bn, according to Eirgrid.”Dr White argues the same targets could be reached for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare to biomass.He says this option would not just save billions of euros but would not put at risk Ireland’s world famous tourism and bloodstock industries.“We wouldn’t need to pepper the countryside with industrial scale wind turbines and transmission towers,” he says. Some of these turbines are 169 metres in height – almost three times taller that the Liberty Hall building in Dublin. Or one sixth the height of Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrantuohill.Dr White also says that replacing dirty coal at Moneypoint with sustainable biomass is far more effective at lowering emissions than building additional wind turbines.And biomass will impose lower costs on consumers, something to be welcomed in a country with very high electricity prices.He says: “Customers are already suffering from amongst the highest power prices in Europe and it is surely madness to carry on and build yet more wind when there is a cheaper alternative.”Dr Tony White is a director of BW Energy, was lead analyst for the top ranked energy team at investment bank, James Capel, which advised the UK Government on privatising the power sector. As Head of Citigroup’s pan-European power team, he oversaw market liberalisation in other European markets. He was the UK National Grid’s Group Head of Strategy in the 1990s.Sustainable biomass is made from branches, tops of trees and other low grade product that is often left to rot, as well as sawdust and chips.ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’ was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:biomassdonegalGlentiesPowerSUMMER SCHOOLtony whiteTURBINESwind farmslast_img read more

Multiple Sclerosis Readathon rings in a new era for young readers

first_imgAs the MS Readathon enters a new era with the 31st annual campaign approaching, Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is thanking the young readers in County Donegal who took part last year in the sponsored reading initiative to raise funds for vital services supporting people with Multiple Sclerosis.Young readers in County Donegal joined almost 10,000 students across Ireland in the MS Readathon.The 31st MS Readathon 2018 will open for sign up in September, ahead of the reading month which will run from October 12th until November 12th 2018. Please visit www.msreadathon.ie to find out more. MS Ireland encourages schools and individual readers at home to sign up and make this new era in MS Readathon another great success.Ava Battles, Chief Executive of MS Ireland, expressed gratitude on behalf of the MS community, for the efforts of young readers in County Donegal, commenting: “The MS Readathon has now reached its 31st year marking a new era for the sponsored reading initiative.This is supported by students, teachers and families locally as well as our libraries and bookshops. The 31st MS Readathon will again encourage children to read while also raising vital funds to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis and their families.”Ireland’s authors and illustrators are great supporters of the MS Readathon each year. They include Sarah Webb, Cecelia Ahern, Oisin McGann, PJ Lynch, Nicola Pierce, Judi Curtin, Alan Early, Matt Griffin, Sheila O’Flanagan, Claudia Carroll, Marisa Mackle, and Pauline McLynn. They will share their advice on reading during the campaign. MS Readathon’s story began in 1988 when the well-loved children’s author Roald Dahl launched the first ever campaign.More than 9,000 people are living with MS in Ireland, with thousands more family members affected. Multiple Sclerosis, meaning ‘many scars’, is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Ireland.MS affects the motor, sensory and cognitive functioning of the body and is usually diagnosed between 20 and 40 years of age. There is currently no known cause or cure for the condition. MS symptoms include impaired mobility and vision, severe fatigue and cognitive difficulties. Three times more women than men are diagnosed with MS.Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is the only national services, information and advocacy organisation supporting people with MS and their families. Funds raised by young readers around the country directly support vital services, for example the MS Ireland Information Line, enabling one-to-one support for those newly diagnosed, physiotherapy and exercise classes to help people with MS remain independent, and respite care.To increase awareness about Multiple Sclerosis for young readers, MS schools ambassadors, people living with MS visit their local schools and talk about the complexity of the condition and the nature of relapses, or attacks when MS symptoms flare up. Young readers can get their reading lists ready by checking the 2018 lists on www.msreadathon.ie featuring great books for kids from the new to the classics.Multiple Sclerosis Readathon rings in a new era for young readers was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:multiple sclerosisnewslast_img read more

Slow start dooms Humboldt State men’s basketball team in New Year’s Eve loss to Monterey Bay

first_imgArcata >> For all the good the Jacks did on Friday night, New Year’s Eve at Lumberjack Arena proved to be anything but a party.Far from it, really.The Humboldt State men’s basketball team dug itself a hole too deep to get out of, playing one of its worst first halves of the season and never truly recovering in a 70-57 loss to a Cal State Monterey Bay team that suited up just eight players on Saturday night.The loss, HSU’s first in seven home games this season, came 24 hours after its …last_img read more

Skribit Founder Joins Notifo as Co-Founder

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces “For me the draw was about a super early stage start-up really grasping on to a nice market. I’ve never done mobile before and wanted to dive into something that was intriguing. Notifo offers the best of mobile and real-time.”Notifo works on the assumption that most companies not devoted to the mobile space are not gladly going to go off-road and develop their own notification service when they can grab one off the rack. Boxcar‘s iPhone app is one of the few current competitors in the field. (RWW coverage here.) So far, Ycombinator’s Hacker News, push.ly, PopularNewReleases, Femtoo and Listia.com all use Notifo. After introducing Notifo 2.0 for the iPhone, the two partners will jump into Android and Blackberry dev, said Etzel. “We’ll be going headlong into both Android and Blackberry apps. We’ve struck up partnerships with both the Android and RIM development teams to get going on those apps.” Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Real-Time Web#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Paul Stamatiou, founder of blog suggestion company Skribit, and automotive spokesgeek, has joined real-time mobile notification outfit Notifo. A product of this Winter’s Ycombinator, its product is currently available for iPhones and in development for Android and Blackberry.Stamatiou is joining the San Francisco-based start-up as a co-founder with fellow Georgia Tech alumnus Chad Etzel. The now two-man shop is, like the early days of Hewlett-Packard and Google, actually in a garage in Menlo Park. The company provides an API that allows any provider to create an immediate mobile messaging services for users, anything from new product release to a band’s tour, which are then delivered through Notifo. The service is free, so far, to end-users, though charging fees for premier delivery is a future possibility. Service providers start out with a free base rate and are charged based on the number of messages sent. Notifo is operating at a confluence of two increasingly-strong trends, both of which we’ve written about extensively, mobile and real-time, which is the element that attracted Stamatiou. curt hopkins The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Blower Door Testers Wanted — Scientists and Engineers Preferred

first_imgTwo correctionsAltitude. If you’re doing a blower door test at high elevations (that is, anything higher than 5000 feet above sea level), you’ll have to apply a correction factor to your air leakage. (Yeah, they’re talking to you, Steve Byers and your Energy Logicians!)Temperature. If you’re testing on a really cold or a really hot day, you’ll have to adjust for that, too. When the temperature difference, ΔT, is greater than 30° F, you must adjust. (See the tables on page 8-9.)As I said above, I see the new rigor in the HERS Standards as a good thing. It may take some retraining of the field guys who go out and do blower door tests all day long, but it’ll be worth it. We’ll be adding these new procedures to our training starting with our next HERS rater class. If you do any type of performance testing under the auspices of the HERS Standards, you don’t have to be a scientist or engineer…but you’ll have to start thinking like one. Three types of testsSingle-point test. Measure the air leakage one time at a given pressure difference, usually 50 Pascals. You have to measure the baseline pressure 5 times, but that doesn’t take long.Multi-point test. Measure the air leakage at multiple pressure differences, from 60 Pa down to 15 Pa in 5 Pa increments. You’ll have to measure the baseline pressure difference before and after taking the air leakage readings, but you don’t adjust for the individual pressure readings.Repeated single-point test. Measure the air leakage at least five times at a single pressure difference and then do a statistical analysis of the results. Calculate the mean, standard deviation of the mean, and uncertainty. Two types of accuracyStandard accuracy. Under normal test conditions, you’ll get results with an acceptable level of uncertainty. You can use the result in a certified home energy rating, and the software doesn’t modify it. When doing a single-point test, if your baseline pressure difference is less than 5.0 Pa, you’re in the realm of standard accuracy. For a multi-point test or repeated single-point test, you get to report the result here if the corrected cfm50 has an uncertainty less than 10%.Reduced accuracy. On really windy days or when other conditions cause your uncertainty to be too high, you report the result as having reduced accuracy. If you’re doing a certified home energy rating with reduced accuracy, the software will add about 10% to the result to determine if the home complies with the thresholds required in energy codes or programs. If the baseline pressure difference is between 5.0 and 10.0 Pa for a single-point test, you’ve got reduced accuracy. (If the baseline is >10.0 Pa, you can’t do a single-point test.) For a multi-point test or repeated single-point test, an uncertainty of more than 10% means the accuracy is reduced. OK, the title here may be a little extreme, but if you’ve taken a look at the new chapter on performance testing and scope of work in the HERS Standards, you know what I’m talking about. RESNET just adopted this as the new chapter 8 in August of this year, and it goes into effect on 3 January 2012.As a physicist, I love the new rigor they’ve added to the protocol for doing blower door tests. If you ever took an introductory physics class and the associated lab, you probably remember with great fondness the statistical analysis you had to learn. (What!? You hated that part? I just don’t get you at all!)Anyway, measurement is a science in and of itself that follows some fundamental rules:Every piece of equipment will give you a measurement with some uncertainty.Measuring something once doesn’t give you the absolute, final, correct result. To improve reproducibility, the measurer must pay great attention to the conditions under which the measurement was made.With the new standards on blower door testing, RESNET is acknowledging that these rules apply to home energy raters as well as the folks who wear white coats. (Actually, I call the latter chemists. Physicists mostly just wear whatever they want.)So, what’s new for all you blower door testers out there? Here’s a brief summary. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.last_img read more

IOC approves venues for five new sports at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

first_imgVenues for the five new sports to be introduced at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were finalised on Tuesday following approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters.Baseball and softball will be held at the Yokohama Stadium, the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo will be the site of the karate competitions, while temporary facilities in the capital will house the sports climbing and skateboarding competitions.The Chiba province and its coastline will host surfing.”Our proposals were confirmed and approved by the IOC,” Mori said. “They appreciated our progress and gave us a very good evaluation.”The five new sports will make a one-off appearance at the Games after being chosen by the hosts under new IOC rules.Organisers are also discussing with the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) hosting some matches in Fukushima prefecture, site of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.Mori said he had not discussed the issue of Fukushima with the IOC during their meeting on Wednesday.Organisers and the IOC are hoping the five sports will attract a younger generation of viewers and fans as well as sponsors and rejuvenate the Games’ sports programme.”WBSC is delighted with the decision of the IOC… to confirm Yokohama Stadium as a main venue,” said the sports’ confederation president Riccardo Fraccari.”Yokohama Stadium with its downtown skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop for Olympic baseball and softball – this is an exciting day that takes baseball and softball one step closer on the historic road to Tokyo 2020.”advertisementTokyo was picked by the IOC as a safe choice to host the world’s biggest multi-sports event but organisers have been struggling with mounting costs.Price tags for many venues have soared since Tokyo won the race in 2013, which organisers blame on increased construction costs after the earthquake and tsunami five years ago.last_img read more

Monthly Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgNew Year, new career? We are constantly on the hunt for top-talent to join our team and create groundbreaking work for clients such as HBO, Jameson, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Toyota to name a few.If you embody passion, purpose and perseverance, and are interested in becoming a part of our team apply at one of the links below or visit our careers page to view more openings.Account Supervisor (Chicago, IL) – 360i is looking for an Account Supervisor with big brand experience to lead the development of clients’ digital marketing strategies. This individual will be responsible for building and managing client teams, and effectively executing campaigns that drive clients’ businesses forward.Senior Media Manager (Atlanta, GA) – We are seeking an experienced Media Manager to join our team. The Media Manager will assist in the development of strategies for clients and manage client budgets and bidding. The ideal candidate must have a detail-oriented mindset with the capability to multitask and think outside of the box to solve challenges.Cloud Data Migration Specialist (Atlanta, GA) – We are on the hunt for a Cloud Data Migration Specialist to assist in designing, planning and managing data migration processes at the agency. He/she will work closely with subject matter experts and project teams to identify, define, collate, document and communicate the data migration requirements, and assist in preparation of data migration plans including migration risk, milestones, quality and business sign-off details.Senior Strategist (New York, NY) – 360i is looking for an expert storyteller who is well versed in brand planning and who is digitally savvy. In this role, the Senior Strategist will work with client teams to identify specific business opportunities, and leverage insights to develop powerful creative and communications strategies.Associate Social Marketing Manager (New York, NY) – We are seeking an Associate Social Marketing Manager who thrives in fast pace environments, can seamlessly juggle multiple tasks and has a strong understanding of social media best practices, reporting and analytics.View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more

5 Ways to Ease Your Money Stress

first_imgIf you’re like me, the upcoming holiday season brings with it a mix of excitement and dread. While you might love the spirit of Christmas — holiday jingles, festive gatherings with those near and dear to you, the aroma of… Full Story,A few months ago, I was hanging out with a good friend at a bar. In between rounds of drinks and amid the din and bustle, she shamefully admitted that although she had nearly $20,000 of credit card debt, she… Full Story,When I was in college, I had a bit of a spending problem. I loved to buy new clothes, go out to eat and go to concerts.  Even though I tried to budget, I always wound up overspending.  The one… Full Story,If you’re in the market for a TV upgrade, retail price tags can be daunting. Here are some foolproof methods to shave down the cost – so you can enjoy the golden age of television in 4K, 65-inch, HDR-compatible splendor.Full Story,Your checking account is held at a bank or credit union that allows withdrawals, deposits, and payments. The money in a checking account is liquid—meaning you can retrieve it or spend it immediately.  Many checking accounts are free and are… Full Story,Saving more money is one of those big goals that a lot of people have, but get stuck. I know this because we use to be right there too. The year would fly by and we were nowhere near our goal…. Full Story,Cutting the cord is easier than ever – unless you’re a sports fan. Even as the major sports organizations reluctantly shift away from an outdated broadcasting model, it’s still hard to catch all the action without a cable subscription. But… Full Story,Table of Contents Jobs to Keep You Teaching Jobs Online and On Apps Jobs to Get You Outside Miscellaneous Part-Time Work  Additional Resources Being a teacher is one of the most essential jobs there is. Educators are the ones that… Full Story,Taking care of aging parents is an inevitable part of life, and it’s not always easy. We watch the people who raised us slowly slip away, and we want to do everything in our power to give them the best… Full Story,Managing your savings is a skill developed over time. As with all things, it’s always best to start small. What exactly is saving? A savings account and the act of saving are not quite the same. Saving — the verb… Full Storylast_img read more

Do It For Me: Why Americans Hire Professionals to Get the Job Done

first_imgMy birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Technology has transformed the way we dine out in groups. Gone are the days when friends take turns treating each other to nights on the town. Now that apps make money accessible everywhere, tabs are paid down to the cent… Full Story,Occupation: Copywriter Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 29 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck (BiWeekly): $2,100/mo after HSA and 401(k) removed Monthly Expenses: Rent: $462.50 Car lease: $300 Insurances: $85 All other expenses Utilities: $200/mo Pet supplies: $30/mo Phone: $50/mo Streaming services: $15/mo… Full Story,Occupation: Digital advertising Age: 30 Location: San Francisco Bay Area Income: $5,200 month net post 401K, health insurance / HSA, and taxes Total Debt: $0 Monthly Expenses: Rent and utilities: $1,800 Auto: $275 including car insurance Internet/mobile: $120 10:00 am:… Full Story,The holidays are time for family. Here are some fun ideas from our friends at Quotacy on how to make the most of this holiday season with your loved ones, with a bit of humor. ?   With the rise… Full Story,Occupation: Social Media Manager Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 26 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck: $2,500/month after health/vision insurance deductions Monthly Expenses Rent: $700 Car Insurance: $65 Renters Insurance: $16 Utilities: $75 (Internet, Electric, Gas) Dental Insurance (not through work): $15 Hulu:… Full Story,On November 30th, The Financial Diet is kicking off their nationwide book tour for The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide To Getting Good With Money in New York.  Join us when the tour hits your city and don’t forget… Full Story,Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending…. Full Story,Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses… Full Story,If you’re still in college or a recent grad working with a limited budget, the idea of implementing a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming and very expensive. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself shelling out lots of cash… Full Storylast_img read more

6 Arguments Couples Always Have Right Before Their Wedding

first_imgIt’s important to address every one of these issues before marrying.Wedding planning is basically a part-time job, even if you’re working with an experienced planner. Given how high-stress planning can be, it’s no surprise that couples tend to butt heads in the weeks and months leading up to the big day. Below, marriage therapists share the six most common arguments couples have before walking down the aisle and how to address each.1. His parents won’t stop meddling in our wedding plans.You and your partner have already chosen the flowers, cake flavor and wedding band. Unfortunately, your soon-to-be mother-in-law has some very strong opinions on those subjects, and her preferences clash with yours. If your partner caves to his or her parents’ wishes, that could easily cause strife in your relationship, said Margaret Rutherford, a psychologist in Fayetteville, Arkansas and author of Marriage Is Not For Chickens.“This isn’t about the cake. It’s about how strongly a couple holds on to their fairly new commitment to one another when in a strong ― maybe even controlling ― family member’s presence.”If you’re a people pleaser ― or just an incorrigible parent pleaser ― use this pre-wedding period to show your S.O. that ultimately your allegiance lies with him or her.“This is an opportunity to build trust and a sense of respected partnership,” Rutherford said. “You and your partner need to talk about how you envision your relationships with both sets of parents. Discuss what kinds of information needs to stay between the two of you and what can be shared. You’re likely to have different ideas and need to create a compromise.”2. This wedding is costing an arm and a leg — and we’re already on unsure financial footing.Weddings are ungodly expensive, which is why flare-ups about finances often occur during the planning process. One minute you’re bickering about the price tag on catering packages, and the next you’re hounding each other about when you’ll each pay off your student debt. If issues do crop up, lean into the moment and talk about how you feel about your shared financial future, said Alicia H. Clark, a psychologist in Washington, D.C.“The sooner you identify and discuss your values, the sooner you can see where there are differences,” she said. “No one values all the same things. The key is to protect those financial values you care about most and smooth as many differences as possible. Understanding your collective values, and translating it into a financial plan, can help you build a life and future you can trust.”3. I’m still not over that thing we fought about years ago, and our wedding is weeks away.Tensions over unresolved issues ― an affair, for instance, or any other slip in judgment ― often come to a head prior to a wedding, even if it happened years ago, said Rosemary Lichtman, a psychologist and the co-author of Whose Couch Is It Anyway? Moving Your Millennial.“Even if they have worked through the long process of healing, the offended party may again experience feelings of vulnerability, anger and distrust,” she said. “Responding to this challenge by reopening paths to open and honest communication can bring a new acceptance, resiliency and commitment to the relationship.”The good news, according to Licthman? “Just as a broken bone is never the same but sometimes heals stronger, the new marriage can endure the severe break in trust caused by a past [transgression].”4. She won’t let me invite whom I want. You’re really pushing for your frat buddies to make the guest list. Your bride-to-be couldn’t be less enthusiastic about them getting an invite. Cue the argument.More than likely you end up feeling as if your voice doesn’t count or that your judgment calls are less important than your partner’s, said Carolina Castaños, a marriage and family therapist in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the creator of the breakup program MovingOn.“It’s not really about the guest list or the number of people you want to invite. The underlying issue is that one of you feels like you don’t have a voice,” she said. “Fighting about guests, or the tablecloth or anything that creates intense emotions is not really the issue. On a deeper level, you’re asking your partner, ‘Do you love me? Am I important to you? Are my decisions important to you?’”5. She’s not helping enough with our wedding plans or around the house.You can’t work on the seating arrangements, take last-minute calls with the caterer and do all the work and chores around the house. If the load is getting too heavy, it’s essential to call a time-out and discuss divisions of labor, Clark said. “Divide things up based on what you are each good at and don’t mind doing. And for the chores you both hate, divide them evenly,” she said. “You are laying down habits for your life together; taking time to get it right is time well spent.”6. He doesn’t understand how important this wedding is to me.Blame it on Pinterest. Blame it on all the stalking you’ve done of wedding hashtags on Instagram, but somewhere along the line, you started to envision your dream wedding and now you’re super invested in it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but tension could arise if your partner seems disinterested by comparison. “Not discussing expectations about the wedding and roles ahead of time can lead to conflict and stress,” said Phyllis Goldberg, a marriage and family therapist and the co-author of Whose Couch Is It Anyway? Moving Your Millennial.If you ducked out of an earlier conversation, now is the time to broach the subject: Talk about how you envision your wedding, but also remind each other that your relationship is about so much more than a wedding and getting the twinkly lights right at your reception.“Try to support each other,” Goldberg said. “Ask for what you need and share responsibilities. Recognize that this is just a wedding, not a marriage. Focus on the marriage. Putting your relationship first is an emotional investment in the future.” Sourcelast_img read more