first_imgJason Quigley is back in action tomorrow night in LA where he will be hoping to continue his unbeaten record since turning professional last year. Quigley has won ALL six of his previous professional contests with all them coming courtesy of KO’s.At the Fantasy Springs Resort tomorrow night Quigley will be facing Tony ‘The Hitman’ Howard. Howard has fought eleven times, winning eight and losing three, with two of those defeats coming in his last two bouts.Howard is also moving up in weight to face former Finn Valley boxer Quigley.Quigley has been hugely impressive in all of his fights so far and not one of them has gone the distance yet.Howard is expected to provide Quigley will his stiffest test yet, but the affable Donegal boxer is expected to notch up another win. Quigley’s fight will be available to stream online and the bout is expected to be screened in the early hours of Sunday morning Irish time.Fight fans can watch Quigley first and then later that night watch Conor McGregor fight Chad Mendes in the UFC in Las Vegas. JASON QUIGLEY AIMING FOR A ‘MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’ IN LOS ANGELES was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingJason QuigleyLAnewsSportlast_img read more

Ohio’s Growing Season Beginning to Wind Down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Bradley Ott is getting some calls about yellowing soybeans and corn turning brown. Farmers are concerned about these issues but, as Ott tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, many of the fields he has checked are changing because their growing season is just about finished.last_img

On the Benefits of Online Learning

first_imgTruth be told, I was slow warming up to online instruction. Ten years ago, in early 2004, BuildingGreen was approached by Boston Architectural College (then Boston Architectural Center — but with the same acronym, BAC) about collaborating on sustainable design curriculum. There is so much value in face-to-face instruction and student interaction, I thought, how could online instruction take its place?But we did collaborate, helping BAC develop its Sustainable Design curriculum. And I created and for a number of years taught one of the foundation online courses for the program: “Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking,” which is now being taught by my friend David Foley.This assemblage of courses, now housed in BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute, offers the most comprehensive, accredited online instruction in sustainable design anywhere. There are nearly three dozen courses offered that can be taken as continuing education courses by anyone, taken as part of graduate degree programs, or taken as electives as part of a relatively new MDS (Masters in Design Studies) program in Sustainable Design that is now in its third year. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Location Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyGetting Around Without Fossil FuelsGetting Off Fossil FuelsLocation EfficiencyReduce the Need for DrivingTransportation Energy Intensity of BuildingsHouses Versus CarsDriving Less Pros and cons of online instructionI’m teaching a brand new course in the BAC Sustainable Design Institute, Resilient Design, that starts this week, so I’ve been focusing actively on online instruction and its various advantages and disadvantages. There still is the disadvantage of not being able to engage students in the classroom — responding in person to questions and perspectives that come up, having eye-contact with students, etc.But the online discussions can be dynamic, as I learned years ago with my first online teaching. And there are ways to encourage active participation by students that BAC has become very good at.Beyond the pedagogy of instruction, however, online education has some significant environmental advantages.The big benefit is less driving. I can teach from my home in Dummerston, Vermont, and students can participate from all over. In my Resilient Design course, I have students from California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington State, and Alberta, Canada. In other courses I’ve taught, students have enrolled from as far away as Iraq and Japan.Even when students and faculty live close-by, commuting energy can be huge. In 2009, I participated in an exercise of figuring out how Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire, could become a carbon-neutral university, and I was astounded at what a huge percentage of the university’s total carbon emissions resulted from student and staff commuting — over two-thirds as I recall.center_img Better online teaching tools make learning from afar betterUntil I started this new Resilient Design course it had been five or six years since I had taught an online BAC course (though I’ve been participating for several years in BAC’s onsite intensive weeks with their new MDS program). Back in 2006-2008 we were using different online learning software (Blackboard); BAC is now using Moodle.I used to simply post lectures as static PowerPoint presentations, but now I’m using a package called VoiceThread to add audio commentary and even highlight items in the slides that I’m talking about. So far at least, I’m very excited about the capability VoiceThread offers.As with Blackboard, Moodle has extensive online discussion capabilities, including the “Coffeehouse” forum. I’m looking forward to dynamic conversations there — which I can take part in with my feet up and a cup of tea (I’m not a coffee drinker) on the windowsill of my new house. BAC course offeringsUnfortunately, my Resilient Design course is now filled up, but it should be possible to still sign up for most of the other 13 eight-week courses that started on Tuesday of this week. Included are courses in residential energy modeling, green roofs, materials and indoor air quality, sustainable design and preservation, sustainable transportation, the economics of green building, and zero-energy homes.And I’m sure we’ll be repeating the Resilient Design course, so keep an eye out for future offerings of that.last_img read more

Drainwater Heat Recovery Can Lower Your HERS Score

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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. Drainwater heat recovery (DHR) devices have been around for more than twenty years. By now, over 60,000 of the units have been installed in North America. When one of these devices is installed in a typical single-family home, it can reduce the amount of energy used for domestic hot water by 15% to 22%.Two years ago, changes were made to the rules governing HERS Index calculations to give credit for drainwater heat recovery devices when calculating a HERS rating. For builders who are interested in advertising an impressive HERS Index, this is important news — because installing a drainwater heat recovery device can be a relatively inexpensive way to get a two-point improvement in a HERS number. Researchers measure energy savings The first such drainwater heat recovery device to hit the market was called the GFX. In the December 1996 issue of Energy Design Update, editor Ned Nisson wrote, “The GFX is a ‘coil-and-tube’ counterflow heat exchanger that is installed vertically in the home’s plumbing waste line and connected to the cold water main. Warm wastewater from showers and sinks runs down through the central copper pipe while incoming cold supply water runs up through the tightly would coil of copper tubing.”Over the years, a parade of researchers looked into the potential savings attributable to the use of a drainwater heat recovery device:While the GFX is still being manufactured by WaterFilm Energy of Medford, New York, all of the other manufacturers of drainwater heat recovery devices are Canadian. These manufacturers include:Prices for these devices range from about $450 to $800. Important facts to keep in mind Here’s what we know about drainwater heat recovery devices: Make sure that you have an “equal flow” installation Although manufacturers of drainwater heat recovery devices provide… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Lucknow, where potato farmers face problem of plenty

first_imgPotato farmers in Uttar Pradesh have a twin crisis on their hands — they brought in a record production of the crop but that has led to a slump in rates.What happened?On January 6, several quintals of potatoes were found strewn outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as well as near the Chief Minister’s residence, in what appeared to be a mark of protest by distressed farmers. The BJP government dismissed the incident as a politically motivated conspiracy and filed an FIR against unknown persons. It also suspended five policemen for negligence. A few days later, the police arrested two persons linked to the Samajwadi Party from Kannauj on charges of conspiracy. However, the entire fiasco brought the much-needed focus on the dilemma faced by potato farmers.Why have prices fallen?Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of potatoes in the country and in the 2016-17 season, it broke the previous records, growing 155 lakh metric tonnes. A record 120 lakh tonnes was also stored in the 1,708 cold storages in the State. But rather than bringing cheer, the bumper crop led to a fall in prices. The newly elected Yogi Adityanath government stepped in to launch a market intervention scheme in April, under which one lakh tonnes of potatoes would be purchased from growers at the minimum support price of ₹487 a quintal. However, farmers are not satisfied.What are the problems?The grievances of farmers revolve around high input costs and low and unpredictable rates.First, farmers say the minimum support rate set by the government is too low; the cost of growing a quintal of potato, including expenditure on transport and cold storage rent, comes up to ₹800-900. They are demanding that the minimum support price be increased to ₹1,000. Second, farmers claim the government did not actively purchase their produce as promised. Even in cases where the State purchased the potatoes, the farmers complained that the purpose was counter-productive due to the grading system, under which only the best quality was selected by government agencies. The bulk of average-poor quality potatoes was left with the farmers, who had the option of selling it in the market and dumping the rest in cold storages. Horticulture Department Director S.K. Joshi, however, says the State purchased 12,937 tonnes from farmers during April-May, causing the market price to increase by ₹100 a quintal.Where to store the excess?The new produce from 2017 is already in the market even as cold storages are still flush with last year’s yield. Already bearing the loss of the input costs, farmers are faced with the dilemma of letting their produce rot in the storages or attempt to sell the old produce at throwaway prices in markets, while competing with the new potato. Many farmers chose to let their produce rot in the cold storages or threw them in their fields for cattle to eat, as the costs of transporting them to the market to sell at low prices was unfeasible. As farmers are unable to repay the cold storage rents, they too face losses as they have to incur operational costs.Authorities, however, say the potatoes being dumped by farmers are the rotting old stock, which would have been cleared from the cold storages sooner or later.What happens next?The State has sent a proposal to the Centre for purchasing 2 lakh tonnes from farmers under the market intervention scheme for the new season. Once the Centre approves the rates proposed by the State, the Horticulture Department will start buying potatoes from farmers in districts where rates are lower than the minimum support price. Last year, purchasing was done in 41 districts. Potatoes for the new season are still being dug out and the situation will be clear by February-end.last_img read more