… says industrial unrest to be resolvedContrary to reports in the media that Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) has been phasing out operations with the intention of ceasing operations in Guyana, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has disclosed that the company has no such plans.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotma6In fact, he explained at a press conference on Friday that the logging company has indicated to government its intention to continue operations here. However Trotman pointed out that because of the slowdown in the Asian markets, Demerara Timbers has scaled down operations.“Following consultations between the ministry and the company, we have been assured that the company has every desire to continue in Guyana, but of course because of the slowdown in the Asian markets, they have slowed some operations and production but there is no intention to leave the country or to surrender their operations,” the Minister asserted, adding that a statement to this effect from the company is imminent.DTL has attracted much criticism of recent over the sacking of 11 protesting workers, who were advocating for pay increases. It was reported that some 72 workers were on a retrenchment list, which would be effected by December.The company reportedly disclosed its intended plans during a meeting held on Tuesday last with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), after it was asked to defend its decision to fire the workers who protested at DTL’s headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown, the week before.On October 3, workers took industrial action in their quest for a pay raise. However, the next day nine DTL employees were handed pink slips and the other two met the same fate over the next few days. A move vehemently condemned by GAWU.In fact, the union on Wednesday issued a statement pointing out that this is the first time that a private or public entity has taken such an action despite the country’s labour laws, which prohibits workplaces from dismissing workers for taking industrial action. GAWU had pointed out that DTL’s actions are a violation of Section Eight of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.These events raised concerns within the Natural Resources Ministry, which during the past week said that the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has been mandated to investigate and provide a report on the situation with the company.Nevertheless, Minister Trotman noted on Friday that the Social Protection Ministry is looking into the industrial unrests involving the company, its workers and the union, and is currently engaging the logging company.“So we are thankful the Ministry of Social Protection has intervened and so we expect the matter will be resolved quickly to the best interest of both the company and the workers; and as a norm, hopefully the workers will regain their employment and not be punished,” the Natural Resources Minister posited.Demerara Timber Limited has over 516,000 hectares in Timber Sales Agreement in areas at Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), making it one of the largest concession holders in the country. The company is officially controlled by an investor, who is said to be from Malaysia.
A Frank Lampard penalty and a crisp Oscar strike gave Chelsea a commanding lead at half-time at Upton Park.After a muted first 20 minutes, Lampard was gifted the opportunity to put the Blues in front when Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen sent Oscar sprawling.The England midfielder struck the spot-kick firmly down the middle for his first Premier League goal since August and his sixth for Chelsea against his former club.The goal arrived after a fairly nondescript first 20 minutes, with neither side stretching the other bar an Oscar effort which flew high and wide.Following his goal, Lampard had two other chances to double the lead, scuffing a shot straight at Jaaskelainen and then heading wide.Chelsea’s dominance in midfield paid dividends when Oscar exchanged passes with Eden Hazard and was afforded the space to run at the West Ham defence before drilling a shot into the bottom corner.A frustrated Sam Allardyce made two substitutions five minutes before the break, withdrawing Jack Collison and ex-Blues favourite Joe Cole to a chorus of boos, and bringing on Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame.Chelsea remained on top, however, and Jaaskelainen produced a fine save to keep out Samuel Eto’o’s effort.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Oscar, Lampard, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Cole, Essien, Mata, Schurrle, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
This question comes up quite a bit, particularly in affordable housing. Using a blower door to depressurize a rowhome means that air is being pulled not just from the outside, but also from adjacent units through the common or party walls of the home. And while the air that leaks into one home from another may be conditioned (heated or cooled) and not a real issue from an energy-efficiency perspective, there may very well be indoor air quality concerns related to combustion safety, radon, smoking, etc.Five approachesIn 1987, the Canadian R-2000 program evaluated 5 different ways of blower door testing units within a 6-unit rowhome building in British Columbia (“Methods for Airtightness Testing of Multi-unit R-2000 Housing;” Sheltair Scientific Ltd, 1987; this report is not readily available on the Web).Detached-Unit (DU) Method: Shared surfaces are treated as part of the exterior shell of the row home being tested. Ideally, windows and doors of the adjacent units are open. This method involves one blower door.Pressure Equalization (PE) Method: Depressurize adjacent units at the same time and to the same values. That means 3 blower doors and permission of neighbors to set up. This method cancels out air flow between adjacent units and yields just the air leakage of true exterior surfaces.Pressure Drop (PD) Method: Depressurize the test home with a blower door while also measuring pressure differences in adjacent units to estimate the air flow associated with adjacent units. This requires just one blower door, three pressure gauges (manometers), limited access to adjacent units, and does involve some assumptions and additional calculations.Whole Building (WB) Method: Treat the multi-unit building as a single detached unit and assign air leakage proportionally based on total exterior surfaces. This approach does not really work for long strings of rowhomes that don’t really have common spaces.Single Point (SP) Method: This method is a variation of the Pressure Equalization Method, except that rather than testing at a range of pressures, testing of the unit and adjacent units is just at one pressure, presumably 50 Pascals (Pa). This method does save some time compared to the PE method, but if you are going to set up 3 blower doors and gain access to the adjacent units, might as well take full advantage and run the PE method.Which approach works best?Without a doubt, the approach that works the best is the Pressure Equalization Method. It provides detailed information on exterior air leakage alone, and, by changing the pressures of adjacent units, provides information on shared-surface leakage. This method is, however, the most difficult to accomplish because it involves three blower door setups and access to both adjacent units.David White of Right Environments used the Pressure Equalization Method on a recent Passive House rowhome project, the Park Slope Townhouse. “The Passive House Institute approved testing the airtightness of the home using this method,” says White. “And we did vary the pressures between units to learn more about leakage between the units.” When I asked David how they succeeded in gaining access to the neighbors’ homes, he replied, “We pretty much just asked politely.”This method might be the best, but it simply is not reasonable for weatherization or affordable housing programs.Which approach is the most practical?The most practical method is clearly the detached-unit method, particularly if you luck out and test while neighbors happen to have windows open! While you won’t be able to get quantitative information on air leakage originating from common walls relative to exterior surfaces, you can use a smoke stick (or a Wizard stick – see photo at bottom of page) to identify air leakage along the common walls.When I asked Elliott Seibert of Every Day Green about blower door testing of rowhomes, here is what he had to say: “For practical reasons we use the detached-unit method. In our experience testing both new construction and gut-rehab row homes, attached units can perform tightly if the extra effort is made to air seal the common walls. For instance, exposed brick walls can result in a lot of infiltration in gut-rehabs if not repointed. Yes, this testing method marginally overestimates outdoor leakage. But when the test shows serious leakage, it almost always means big problems in the exterior envelope because that’s where the holes get cut. The method is not perfect for estimating precise energy usage, but it is still useful as a metric of relative leakiness and for identifying major leakage failures.”NOTE: Rowhomes are just one particular type or configuration of multi-family building; there are lots of others. If you are interested in a comparison of approaches to blower door testing other configurations of multi-family buildings, take a look at this 1999 Master’s Thesis by Sebastiano DePani..
NIO, an electric vehicle startup backed by Chinese venture capitalists, unveiled its first self-driving car concept at SXSW this weekend.The NIO EVE is a “mobile living area” as much as a vehicle, and has been designed to accommodate long family journeys. The interior has reclining seats that can fold into beds and front seats that can rotate to face the back seats.See Also: Massachusetts to minimize zombie cars with a self-driving taxThe glass doubles as a display for entertainment or navigation purposes, similar to Volkswagen’s Sedric self-driving concept car or the BMW iNext. NIO did not say how it plans to manufacture the displays, which would need to be curved and tinted.Like most manufacturers, NIO wants to build an artificial intelligence that can take control of the car and provide an assistant service. It is calling the AI NOMI, and did not say if it would have any other functionality. Surprisingly, NIO still wants the driver to be able to take control of the vehicle, although that might disappear in later concepts.NIO EVE concept car’s interior debuted at SXSWNIO wants EVE to have a 600 mile range and a charging speed of 200 miles every 10 minutes. It said it also wants the EVE on the roads by 2020.Both of those goals seem very ambitious and almost whimsical, considering NIO has yet to launch a commercial vehicle. It debuted the NIO EP9 late last year, the “fastest electric vehicle” with a 0-60 mph of 2.7 seconds, but has yet to manufacture the car.NIO could reach all of its goals in three years, but the startup does reek of Faraday Future-like hype, when we haven’t seen anything concrete to prove it is capable of manufacturing and commercializing a self-driving vehicle. David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Autonomous car#China#driverless#electric car#featured#NextEV#NIO#NIO EVE#Self-Driving#SXSW#top 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — When Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart got crunched into the boards early in the second period, the Jets woke up from their doldrums — and that was even before they made the New York Islanders pay on the power play.A sluggish start put the Jets into a hole, but they snapped out of it, withstood a comeback, and put the finishing touches on a 4-3 win when Andrew Ladd scored his second goal of the game in the third period Oct. 28.“It definitely feels like we’re kind of growing as a team,” said Bryan Little, who had three assists. “We’re learning fast from our mistakes and we’re doing a better job of kind of handling the game.”It turned 24 seconds into the second when New York’s Nikolay Kulemin slammed Stuart into the boards in front of the penalty boxes. Kulemin was given a major penalty and was ejected.The Jets grabbed a 2-1 lead and the momentum. “Getting two goals out of that and getting ahead and being able to play with the lead for a little bit definitely energized our bench,” Ladd said.The Jets coughed up a 3-1 lead and were tied going into the third, but a turnover by Kyle Okposo led to the winning goal. Ladd put in a rebound of Little’s shot to put Winnipeg ahead to stay at 3:31.“We didn’t go hard to the net enough to get it done,” said Islanders captain John Tavares, who got New York within 3-2. “You gave a team like that enough chances on the power play and they will hurt you.”Mikhail Grabovski got the Islanders even at 3 in the second, and Brock Nelson staked New York to a 1-0 lead in the first. Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots.Defensemen Paul Postma and Jacob Trouba also scored for the Jets, who began a four-game trip. Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves.“We got our feet moving after the first period,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “The power play gave us some life and we responded well to them coming back on us and played our best hockey in the third.”Following Kulemin’s hit, Stuart laid on his stomach for several moments. He got up on all fours after being attended to by a trainer and skated off. He returned soon after.The Jets used the extended power play well as Ladd and Postma scored 2:52 apart during the advantage that generated six shots.Ladd made it 1-1 at 1:14 when he got to a rebound of Toby Enstrom’s shot and punched it past Halak for his third goal. Postma pushed Winnipeg in front with an unassisted goal. Of the defenseman’s six career NHL goals, three have been scored against the Islanders.“For some reason I get pucks to the net in this rink and they manage to go in for me,” Postma said.Winnipeg widened its lead to 3-1 when the teams played 4-on-4. Trouba took a pass from Stuart in the neutral zone, carried the puck into the New York end and snapped a wrist shot from the high slot that ticked off Halak’s glove and carried into the net.“We lost the game, and bottom line is I need to do better,” Halak said.The Islanders made the most of a minor boarding penalty by Mark Scheifele on Thomas Hickey when Tavares scored a power-play goal with 5:32 left in the second. Grabovski tied it 1:24 later.New York drew a hooking penalty on Blake Wheeler just 1:02 in and then capitalized on the power play 14 seconds later when Nelson netted his fifth goal. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk rocketed a shot from the left circle off the left post, and the carom came right to Nelson, who easily steered it into the net.But New York was only 2 for 5 on the power play, including an advantage in the game’s closing minutes. The Islanders mustered only 12 shots in the final two periods and now head out on a five-game Western trip.“We had some pretty good chances, but when you don’t move the puck well, you don’t deserve to win,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “It’s going to be a long road trip is we don’t figure it out.”New York had the better of the play throughout the first period, putting constant pressure on the Winnipeg defense and holding a 9-7 shots edge. “We tired them out in our end,” Maurice said with a laugh. “That was part of the plan.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoomImage Courtesy: Contopia, Shipping Container Utopia by Loginno The winner of the Contopia Factor competition, led by Israeli shipping IoT startup Loginno, will be unveiled on June 4, 2019, during Nor-Shipping, one of the biggest events in the shipping industry taking place in Oslo, Norway.The selected company will have its entire shipping container fleet converted to smart containers, becoming the world’s first fully digital shipping company.Quite a few applicants have entered the six-month competition already, according to Loginno co-founder Amit Aflalo, who expects a fair sized two-digit number of them by end of February.“So far, applicants hail mostly from Europe and the Americas, with a surprisingly low participation rate by Asian companies. We estimate the continental ratio will stay the same and even increase, as European Nor-Shipping steps in,” he added.Related: Welcome to Container UtopiaLoginno will also lead a “Blue Economy” panel discussion at the event, on how IoT is changing the shipping industry for the better, with a focus on its global Contopia (Container Utopia) plan.Small to mid-sized shipping companies that wish to participate in compeition must do so before the end of February 2019, after which a shortlist of applicants will be selected, before the winner is chosen.Eligible companies interested in applying can do so here.