CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CMC):Another lower-order collapse condemned West Indies Women to a four-run defeat to South Africa Women in their third and final Twenty20 International and a 2-1 series loss here yesterday.Chasing 120 for victory at Newlands, West Indies Women were sailing at 81 for three in the 15th over at one stage before losing five wickets for 16 runs in the space of 18 deliveries to end on 115 for eight off their 20 overs.They required 12 runs off the final over, but came up short as Shamalia Connell (13 not out) and Anisa Mohammed (five not out), failed to find the boundary.Deandra Dottin and opener Hayley Matthews both top-scored with 24, while captain Stafanie Taylor got 23. But they were just three of four batsmen to reach double figures.Off-spinner Yolanie Fourie was the best bowler with two for 20 from four her four overs.Winning the toss and batting, the Proteas Women were carried by Lizelle Lee, who struck an unbeaten 33, captain Mignon du Preez, who scored 32 and Marizanne Kapp, who finished on 24 not out.In reply, West Indies Women lost Kycia Knight for three at 15 for one in the third over, lbw to left-arm seamer Moseline Daniels.Taylor and Matthews then revived the innings in a 32-run stand before Fourie claimed the first of her two wickets when she had Matthews brilliantly caught by Daniels, leaping one-handed on the backward square boundary at 47 for two in the ninth over.Taylor followed 10 runs later, bowled around her legs after missing a sweep at leg-spinner van Niekerk.Dottin quickly counter-attacked in a 24-run fourth wicket stand with Kyshone Knight (9). She smashed a four and two sixes off 18 balls and looked be changing the course of the innings when she holed out to long on against seamer Masabata Klaas. Her dismissal triggered a slide and West Indies Women were unable to recover.The Caribbean side will now turn its attention to the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup in India from March 15 to April 3.read more
Step aside, monarch butterflies: some of your fellow insects beat your distance flying wings down. The BBC News reported on findings by a biologist in the Maldives about dragonflies that migrate 14,000 to 18,000 km from southern India to East Africa and back – including 800 km over open sea. How these insects can navigate over open water is a mystery, but if confirmed, this feat by the dragonfly leaves the impressive Monarch migration in the dust. The biologist counted 5 species involved in the marathon. He figures it takes four generations of the insects to complete one circuit.Even after centuries of scientific exploration, there are more wonders around us than we can fathom. Let kids know they don’t have to be a Dawkins atheist to be involved in science. This story was a discovery of interest to all nature lovers, and it owed nothing to evolutionary theory. If we studied the technology built into these flimsy little flyers, we might learn a few things from them (e.g., 08/13/2004).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0read more
Neat seats, fine food, innovative in-flight entertainment—all things airlines tend to tout when they talk about service. But precious little of that matters if your flight’s cancelled and you’re left to stew at the gate. That cancellation is especially galling if it’s maintenance-related.That’s why Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it just racked up a record 185 days of zero mainline (non-regional jet) maintenance cancellations so far this year is so significant. Consider for a moment that the airline operates some 3,500 mainline departures daily and you put the number in perspective.How did Delta do it? “Aviation is the ultimate team sport,” says Senior Vice President of Technical Operations Don Mitacek. To successfully compete at the megacarrier level, and compete consistently, TechOps has boosted infrastructure by making sure the right aircraft parts are in the right place at the right time. Delta uses sophisticated analytic tools to do this. In addition, since 2012, the airline has opened several new “line” maintenance stations throughout its route network.Maintenance plays an important role when it comes to reliability. But Delta as a whole has established “D0”—zero delays—as the one clear goal across all its working groups. D0 doesn’t take into account the weather. Rather it’s focused on controllable factors: maintenance, crew scheduling and the like. Coordinating the drive for D0 is the airline’s Operations Control Center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the planet’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.From the surprisingly hushed, muted floor of the Star Wars-like OCC at any one time 350 to 400 people go about their jobs: flight dispatchers, maintenance personnel, pilots, and meteorologists. In all, representatives from some 30 of the airline’s departments are present.The end product—they hope—is to better that 185-day tally of no maintenance cancellations, and keep up the pressure in pursuit of zero delays.read more
Two residential projects in the United States have been named finalists in an international design competition sponsored by the Passivhaus Institut: a three-unit townhouse in North Philadelphia and a renovated brownstone in Brooklyn, N.Y.A third project, an artists’ studio on Long Island, N.Y., is a finalist in the office and special-use buildings category. It was designed by Ryall Porter Sheridan architects.In making the announcement, the Passivhaus Institut said a total of 92 eligible projects were submitted, half from Germany and half from 20 other countries. The winners will be announced on April 25 at the 2014 International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany.Details about each of the three projects are available at the Passivhaus Institut’s website. They’ve also been published in an easier-to-understand format in The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, a book by Julie Torres Moskovitz. She is the prinicipal of Fabrica718, which designed the Brooklyn project. An 1899 brownstone makes the listThe other residence to be named a finalist is Tighthouse, a renovated brownstone originally constructed in 1899 and rebuilt in 2012. It was the first certified Passivhaus house in New York City.The building is insulated with a mix of medium-density spray foam, EPS and foil-faced polyiso. It uses ShÃ¼co windows, a Zehnder energy-recovery ventilator, and a Mitsubishi air-source heat pump.The house has a 2.5-kW solar array and a rainwater collection system. Domestic hot water is provided by rooftop solar collectors plus electric tank backup.The rear facade of the brownstone is new, as is a third-floor addition with an angled roof for solar thermal and PV panels, Fabrica 718 said. All lighting is LED or fluorescent. Air-tightness was measured at 0.38 air changers per hour at 50 pascals. North Philadelphia townhousesThe three-unit townhouse project, called Belfield Homes, was completed in 2012, the first certified Passivhaus houses in the city. Plumbob, the architectural arm of the design-build firm Onion Flats, designed the project as a model for low-income urban infill housing. (For more information on Onion Flats, see Passivhaus Townhouses Are Underway in Philadelphia.)Onion Flats later worked on a 27-unit townhouse project elsewhere in the city called The Stables.The Belfield townhouses were assembled from modules constructed offsite and are equipped with 5-kW rooftop photovoltaic arrays for net-zero energy operation (or “net-zero capable,” as the firm says). The townhouses are insulated with a mix of dense-packed cellulose and foil-faced polyiso insulation and are heated and cooled with a heat pump.According to Ted Singer of Plumbob, the townhouses are equipped with monitors that measure energy produced and energy used, among other things. One of the units is close to net-zero operation, he said, while the others are not operating as efficiently, due mainly to occupant behavior. The homes are owned by a non-profit and rented to families who do not pay their own utility bills, Singer said via e-mail, adding, “The lesson here is that occupants need to be financially responsible for their energy use in order to provide the necessary incentive for them to be energy [conscientious].”read more
December 10, 2012Well, it’s been almost one year since we launched the documentary project about Paolo Soleri on Kickstarter and a lot of great things have happened since.New poster, new title, new aerials which added more depth to the cinematography andPeter Coyote, an activist, actor and the King of the VO is now on board as narrator. We are so thrilled … to say the least. He only agrees to do projects he believes in and is no stranger to the “counter culture movement” so his decision was pretty easy to get involved.Lastly the official trailer is now posted on Vimeo.I’m amazed at the filmmakers journey and commitment when we decide to take on such a documentary that involves so much history which still holds a great deal of magic and importance to this day. It’s very rewarding, yet very time consuming! It will be worth the wait for the DVD, so hang in there – screening dates soon to be announced! Thank you all again for your support and help! – Aimee Madsenread more
State Rep. Kim LaSata voted today on a bill that funds recreational projects throughout the state including two local developments.LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the Natural Resources Trust Fund developments will use dedicated money for such recreational projects to fund parks, trailheads and buy land across Michigan.One local project involves the Watervliet City Park-Trail Head for Paw Paw River Water Trail. It will develop 20 acres, with one mile of Paw Paw River frontage, for recreation. The park will connect Watervliet directly to the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan on the designated Paw Paw River Water Trail. The location will be a trailhead for the water trail with a kayak launch, hard surface walkways, parking area, security lighting, trash and recycle bins and bench seating.The second project involves a pathway development in the village of Eau Claire Five-thousand feet of non-motorized pathway will connect Elizabeth Park, Veterans Park, and Village Park West and two trailhead areas located in the southeast corner of Veterans Park and near the ball fields in Village Park West.“Families and outdoor lovers throughout our communities will enjoy enhanced recreational activities with these developments, LaSata said. “The projects pay close attention to accessibility for people with disabilities, so everyone will be able to enjoy our fantastic natural resources.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. 15Jun Rep. LaSata votes for bill to fund local recreation projects Categories: LaSata News,Newsread more
Belarusian pay TV and internet operator Cosmos TV has made the popular local portal Tut.by accessible to its subscribers.Tut.by will provide access to a wide range of services including TV services, to Cosmos TV subscribers. The Cosmos TV offering will not include Tut.by’s email service.