Good Raffle offers games to benefit Northern Ireland charities

first_imgGood Raffle offers games to benefit Northern Ireland charities Charities in Northern Ireland will start generating income from raffles as part of a new initiative to boost income across the sector from society lotteries.Good Raffle CIC has been established to run a new raffle game for Northern Ireland featuring a range of weekly, monthly and seasonal games.It aims to gain widespread participation from the people of Northern Ireland by offering “a decent chance of winning a cash prize”. Each ticket will cost £1 – the legal maximum in Northern Ireland, and funds will be raised towards “a wide range of causes”, with the games funded by raffle players themselves. The jackpot prize will be £25,000, which is the legal maximum in Northern Ireland.Good Raffle CIC has been established following a research study and feasibility plan conducted last year by niFundraising. It has been formed as a not-for-profit social enterprise.It is designed to help newcomers to raffles but also to support charities already running their own games with compliance and best practice benchmarking.Founding director Neil Irwin said:“I have worked hard to establish a scheme with the best interest of charities and game players in mind – mindful of the need to stay within the requirements of our unique Northern Ireland law and ensure it will be both easy to sell tickets and get a chance to win.”Good Raffle tickets will be sold online and offline through Good Raffle kiosks and payment can be taken with cash or credit/debit card, including contactless payments. Tickets are entered at the point of sale.Equipment and support will be provided by Good Raffle C.I.C. including training and support for fundraisers, volunteers and support groups.“This model for running society lotteries is an opportunity to revolutionise fundraising for the sector here across every area of fundraising whether for small and large charities, sports clubs or societies,” Neil Irwin added.He commented that, over the longer term, he hoped Good Raffle would help maximise the legal proceeds limit of £1 million per charity per year. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Northern Ireland Raffles  344 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12  343 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Scale of society and private lotteries in N IrelandThe niFundraising research round that in Northern Ireland “a huge number of society and private lotteries are being run against best practice, non-compliant and/or illegally”. Irwin concluded that there was a need to help ensure charities comply with their legal responsibilities whilst raising even more money.The same research demonstrated that society lotteries are a huge source of income for charities in England, Scotland and Wales.Good Raffle CIC is inviting charities and clubs to join the initiative. Contact [email protected] Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 August 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12last_img read more

Conrad Petroleum increases resource estimate for Mako gas field by 76%

first_img The Mako gas field is located in the Natuna Basin, offshore Indonesia. (Credit: Conrad Petroleum Ltd.) Conrad Petroleum has increased the resource estimates for the Mako gas field offshore Indonesia by 76% to 323 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from the pre appraisal gross (full field) 1C (contingent) resource estimate of 184Bcf.The gross (full field) 2C (contingent) resource estimate of the gas field has been upgraded to 493Bcf of recoverable raw gas, which is an increase by 79% compared to the pre appraisal estimate of 276Bcf made by a previous, post-discovery and pre-appraisal drilling, independent resource assessment by Gaffney Cline & Associates (GCA) in 2019.There has been an increase of 70% in the gross (full field) 3C (contingent) resource estimate at 666Bcf of recoverable raw gas compared to the pre appraisal estimate of 392Bcf in the 2019 assessment.Conrad Petroleum has updated the resource estimates following the completion of an appraisal drilling campaign in the fourth quarter at the Mako gas field, which is contained in the Duyung block in the West Natuna basin.During the appraisal drilling campaign, both the Tambak-1 and Tambak-2 wells showed the presence of well-developed, high quality reservoir sandstones that have a common gas water contact across the Mako structure.Mako gas field likely to have a plateau production rate of 150MMscf/dEmpyrean Energy, which is partnering Conrad Petroleum in the offshore Indonesian gas project said that revised development scenarios, which are under review, indicate a plateau production rate of 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d). Previously, the plateau production rate at the Mako gas field was estimated to be 44MMscf/d.Empyrean Energy CEO Tom Kelly said: “Obviously, we are in an extremely challenging macro environment; however, we are extremely pleased to see that the fundamental technical aspects of this project have, with excellent planning and a very well thought out and executed appraisal drilling program, become more robust.“Despite global oil prices being significantly depressed, it is worth noting that this project is high quality methane gas that will ultimately be supplied to the Singapore/ Indonesia region where the longer term demand for energy and in particular methane gas is forecast to grow.”Conrad Petroleum is the operator of the Duyung block with a 76.5% stake, while Empyrean Energy holds a stake of 8.5%. The other partner in the offshore Indonesian concession is Coro Energy, which holds the remaining stake of 15%. The resource estimates at the Mako gas field have been updated following the completion of an appraisal drilling campaign in the fourth quarter last_img read more

Unemployment rate jumps to 6.8 percent in Vermont

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2009 was 6.8 percent, up nine-tenths of a point from the revised December rate and up 2.5 points from a year ago. The unadjusted rate was 7.6 percent. The fourth quarter declines in Vermont s job market continued into January, said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Though we are relatively better off than the US economy as a whole we continue to see significant increases in unemployment.Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm (TNF) jobs decreased by 8,500 or -2.8% from December to January. While this is a typical seasonal decrease for this time of year, we were starting from a significantly lower than typical December job level. The result is we are down 11,750 jobs or -3.8% to last year. The only seasonal increase in job counts was observed in Leisure & Hospitality, (800 or 2.4%) but this growth was not enough to keep annual job growth positive. Large over the month losses were seen in Construction, (-2,100 or -15.8%) Manufacturing, (-1,000 or -3.0%) Retail Trade, (-1,500 or -3.8%) and Professional & Business Services, (-1,150 or -5.3%). All these sectors showed annual declines as well. Private education lost 750 jobs during the vacation period, but the sector still shows annual growth. The Healthcare & Social Assistance sector lost 350 jobs in January, but it too maintained a positive annual growth rate.When seasonally adjusted, January job levels were flat to December and down by -10,800 or -3.5% from January of 2008 (see graph). Only Retail Trade (+600 or 1.6%) and Private Educational Services, (+300 or 2.5%) showed seasonally adjusted increases in jobs over the month.Employment GrowthVermont s unemployment rate grew to 6.8 percent in January as a result of another sharp increase in the number of unemployed (+3,200 to 24,200) and a decrease in the number of employed Vermonters (-2,700 to 333,000). Vermont s observed January seasonally adjusted employment, unemployment levels and unemployment rate were statistically significant. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.6 percent, up four-tenths of a point from the revised December value of 7.2 percent. Unemployment rates for Vermont s 17 labor market areas ranged from 4.4 percent in Hartford to 11.5 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the January unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 7.6 percent, up 1.7 points from December 2008 and up 2.6 points from a year ago.The preliminary estimates of nonfarm jobs for January, and the revisions to the estimates for December, incorporate substantive changes made in the Current Employment Survey estimation procedures. These new procedures are designed to bring the aggregate monthly change in jobs for individual states into closer alignment with the change in national job counts reflected in the estimates produced and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of these changes, the November 2008 and forward estimates may not be totally comparable to previous months’ data. The impact of these changes in methodology will be better understood when we are able to make comparisons to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. We expect to make these comparisons in May of 2009.Source: Vermont Department of Labor, March 11, 2009last_img read more

NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storage

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, North America’s leading wind and solar generator, is combing through its base of existing solar facilities with an eye to retroactively adding batteries, as it adopts a more “aggressive” view on the falling cost of energy storage.“We increasingly see storage as an important standalone business in its own right,” CEO Jim Robo said Friday on an earnings call. The company is reviewing “a number of opportunities to add storage to our existing solar sites to take advantage of the [Investment Tax Credit] and enhance the value of our existing projects for customers.”NextEra has already set a precedent for this approach: In 2018 it added a 10-megawatt battery facility to its existing Babcock Ranch solar farm in Florida. Last March things got much more interesting when its Florida Power & Light unit announced plans to build a 409-megawatt/900-megawatt-hour battery project known as the Manatee Energy Storage Center, to be charged by an existing solar facility.In Robo’s telling, more such deals may soon be on the way.A small but growing number of other utilities, including Arizona Public Service, are taking a similar approach to adding storage at existing solar plants. In doing so, they can claim the ITC, tap additional revenue streams and maximize the existing grid infrastructure.The U.S. added about 430 megawatts of storage capacity last year, a figure which should more than triple in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. In hindsight, 2019 looks like an inflection point for the way utilities view batteries as part of their long-term planning processes, new WoodMac research shows.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: NextEra looks to add batteries to its existing solar fleet NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storagelast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 20

first_imgGet facts on 2006’s Secure Fence ActPaul Moran’s March 14 letter urges readers to recall who voted for the “Secure Fence Act of 2006.” If other readers are as unfamiliar with this act as was I, I’d urge them to look it up on Wikipedia. It’s hard to conclude it was worth the cost then or would be now. Elmer BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLetter on supervisor comments inaccurateNiskayuna Town Councilman John DellaRatta’s March 10 letter misquoted statements of mine relating to the possible rezone of the O.D. Heck parcel.He stated that I characterized the parcel as a “large swatch of land” in an interview with The Gazette. In fact, I referred to the parcel as the “swath of land adjacent to Mohawk Commons.” He further asserted that I favored the property “to be rezoned as ‘light industrial’.” In fact, I said, “Finding the most appropriate re-zone for that — whether it’s going to be light industrial, commercial, residential —and making sure we are adhering to our comprehensive plan, as well.”Councilman DellaRatta then made mention of a subsequent interview on my brother’s television show. While I’m glad he tuned in, I am forced to correct the record. Councilman DellaRatta insinuated that my comments indicated that I favored a “light industrial” rezone for the O.D. Heck parcel. My interview answer regarding the possible rezone was as follows: “We’ve been talking about possibly re-zoning that and that’s actually come up for discussion recently. And right now it’s zoned R-2 Residential. We may or may not rezone that to Neighborhood Mixed Use, which would allow for both commercial and residential properties.”I suggest that Councilman DellaRatta spend less time inventing or twisting quotes of mine and more time working together helping to solve problems facing the town.That, after all, is what the people of Niskayuna elected us both to do.Yasmine SyedNiskayunaThe writer is the town supervisor of Niskayuna.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal’s link with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

first_imgMikel Arteta responds to Arsenal’s link with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey Thomas Partey has a €50 million release clause in his deal with Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)‘Whether we’re able to do it the way we want, that will be a different story.‘But my focus right now is just to improve the team, get the results that we need to give us the best chance possible to get into Europe, convince the players that this is the right place for them and the right environment, and then work from there.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admitted that Partey has attracted interest from several clubs in Europe due to his excellent performances.‘Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines,’ Simeone said.‘When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 2:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Comment Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal’s transfer plans may change after being linked with Thomas Partey (Getty Images/Arsenal)Mikel Arteta has suggested Arsenal’s transfer plans may need to be adapted this summer after the club were linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.The coronavirus pandemic has already hit the finances of clubs across Europe, while Arsenal’s transfer budget could be restricted even further if they fail to make next season’s Champions League.However, reports have claimed that Arteta has made Partey one of his priority signings for the summer, while the Gunners are reportedly ready to trigger the midfielder’s €50 million (£42m) release clause and offer him a significant raise on his current salary.AdvertisementAdvertisementPartey’s father has also claimed that Arsenal have made an approach ahead of the summer window.ADVERTISEMENTBut when asked if spending €50m on a midfielder is realistic for Arsenal in the current climate, Arteta replied: ‘Well the plans I had were not obviously considering the coronavirus and all the side effects that it has had.‘We know what we have to do to improve the team, that’s for sure.last_img read more

After days of tension, Lakers play – and fall to – Nets in China

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed While the main-stage stars were benched by the game’s finish, the ending didn’t lack for drama: A free throw by Theo Pinson and a thunderous final-minute dunk by former Laker David Nwaba (six points) were clinchers for Brooklyn. A would-be buzzer-beating 3-point attempt to tie by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was off-target.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSpeculation raged that the exhibitions themselves would be canceled. That Thursday’s game was played at all is representative of two things.One: The league isn’t eager to end a lucrative relationship with China.Two: China, for all its bluster, wants the product the NBA offers – and that’s leverage, too.While one of the stars of the game, Kyrie Irving, suffered an aggravation to a pre-existing facial injury in the second minute that led to his immediate benching, James and Davis both played 24 minutes, combining for 36 points to quench the crowd.The Athletic reported that miniature Chinese flags were distributed outside of Mercedes Benz-Arena to an expected crowd of 18,000, and it was rumored that the start of the game might be overtaken by patriotic songs from the crowd. But in the end, the audience allowed themselves to simply be wowed by athletic feats they can rarely see up close. Even though the broadcast was reportedly blacked out by state-run CCTV, the NBA still carries weight in a nation where an estimated half a billion people watched its programming last season. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Not that the result mattered: The Lakers were content to tinker with lineups and rotations, starting Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard around Davis and James. Rondo was the most successful in the experiment, scoring 18 points with six assists and five rebounds. Following a dominant showing by their bigs last weekend at Golden State, the Lakers again outrebounded their opponent and did well to lock up the interior (10 blocked shots), led by a double-double with five blocks by JaVale McGee.Where they fell short was perimeter defense: The Nets were 20 for 41 from 3-point range. Even with Irving and Caris LeVert (scratched eye) injured, Spencer Dinwiddie had no problem leading his team with 20 points and seven assists. Taurean Prince chipped in 18 points.The teams are set for a rematch in Shenzhen at 4:30 a.m. PDT on Saturday, and there’s been no indication the media blackout, which has also included canceling community events, will subside.But in actually playing a game – a spectacle which China can neither spin nor faithfully imitate on its own – the NBA offered a reminder of its own sway in the partnership. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)Chinese fans react during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrooklyn Nets’ Wilson Chandler goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green, left, during a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James is blocked by Brooklyn Nets’ Garrett Temple, right, during a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)Chinese fans with a Chinese flag watch a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)Brooklyn Nets’ DeAndre Jordan, left, David Nwaba celebrate beating the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel looks on during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers (C) goes to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers (R) takes a shot while being guarded by Theo Pinson of the Brooklyn Nets (L) during their National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets (L) drives the ball while is guarded by Rajon Rondo (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) drives the ball while being guarded by David Nwaba of the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Taurean Prince #2 of of the Brooklyn Nets in action against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)A Chinese fan holds Chinese national flags as he cheers with other fans during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, tries to shoot as the Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai. (AP Photo)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, tries to shoot as the Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Alex Caruso, left, and the Nets’ Jarrett Allen compete for the ball during Thursday’s NBA preseason game in Shanghai. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)A fan with a heart-shaped Chinese national flag sticker on his face watches a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo)JaVale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and Theo Pinson of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, right, drives against Brooklyn Nets’ Rodions Kurucs, left, during their preseason NBA game in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, with the usual media sessions canceled in Shanghai, including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams. (AP Photo) /// DQo=Most corporate sponsors advertisements were removed for a preseason NBA basketball game between Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday _ including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams _ were canceled. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, left, passes the ball during a preseason NBA game against Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)A fan drapes a Chinese national flag over an NBA banner during a preseason NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Jarrett Allen #31 of of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Dwight Howard #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of of the Brooklyn Nets in action against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures while playing against the Brooklyn Nets compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets (R) and Javale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel calls for a timeout during Thursday’s preseason game in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)The Laker Girls perform during a break in play in Thursday’s preseason game between the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and Wilson Chandler of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Lakers forward LeBron James (cetnre R) is guarded by Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets during their National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) and DeAndre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets (L) compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)The Nets’ Dzanan Musa, left, tries to shoot over the Lakers’ JaVale McGee during a preseason game on Thursday in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets (C), and Alex Caruso (L) and JaVale McGee (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers compete for the ball during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Taurean Prince of the Brooklyn Nets (L) drives the ball while being guarded by JaVale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball while playing against the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season match between the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)Jarrett Allen #31 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China on October 10, 2019 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers rects during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)Chinese fans wearing dedicated t-shirt as they waiting for NBA players outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)NBA players use their smartphones to film fans gathers outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Security personnel line up near a promotion board for an NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Fans hand out Chinese national flags to others arriving for the NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo) /// DQo=A man hands out national flags to others arriving for the NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Security personnel wait for spectators to arrive at a checkpoint to an NBA preseason game to be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All media events such as news conferences have been canceled inside the arena hosting Thursday’s NBA preseason game in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, though the matchup itself remains on as scheduled. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)NextShow Caption1 of 60Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James gestures during a preseason NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.(AP Photo)ExpandOn one hand, the People’s Republic of China got its wish Thursday night: The players and coaches of the NBA, and even its commissioner were silenced.Then again, what speaks more loudly than the cooing fans as LeBron James runs down the open court with a ball in his hands or thousands of simultaneous gasps as Anthony Davis sends an opponent’s shot attempt flying back with a block?In an effort to suppress the NBA’s voices, the Chinese government tightened the restraints on the league’s annual visit to its country, preventing Adam Silver and employees of the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets from speaking to the media before or after the Lakers’ 114-111 preseason loss. It was the latest screw pressed against the NBA after days of fallout from a single tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey.That fallout has also included public statements of outrage, disappearing corporate sponsorships and last-minute cancellations of community events. The weight of the tension has frayed the nerves of the traveling teams, with ESPN reporting Wednesday that players expressed frustration privately to Silver in a closed-door meeting.last_img read more

DraftKings Week 13 Monday Night Showdown: Picks, advice for Seahawks vs. Vikings NFL DFS

first_imgWe needed to get one more Seattle pass-catcher in this construction (you could play a kicker if you so prefer). Hollister’s price has dropped a bit from a few weeks ago, which wouldn’t have happened if Wilson hit him on an easy touchdown a week ago. So, we’ll take the perceived drop in performance at value.FLEX: WR Olabisi Johnson, Vikings ($2,600)Adam Thielen’s already been ruled out for Monday night, so Johnson is a bargain as the No. 2 Vikings WR for at least another week. DraftKings Showdown Picks: Seahawks vs. VikingsCAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks ($14,400)We’re not really sure why Lockett is priced lower than Stefon Diggs, but the Lockett connection with Russell Wilson is too good to ignore in this single-game slate. There’s so much floor for Lockett with his shorter receptions, and he has a shot to get over the top a few times, too.FLEX: RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($11,800)With a Seahawks-heavy lineup construction, we had to make a call between Cook and Kirk Cousins. It didn’t make sense to play Cousins without having room for Diggs, so we’ll take the basically automatic 20 quality touches from Cook. FLEX: QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks ($10,800)Wilson is in the MVP conversation for a reason, and it would be silly not to stack him when we use his top receiver as our captain.FLEX: RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks ($5,400)Penny might be popular at this price, although the remaining uncertainty around his new role might keep him from being hammered too hard. No one else at this price has the chance for 12-15 touches. FLEX: TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks ($4,800) Seahawks vs. Vikings pits two teams near the top of the NFC against each other on Monday Night Football. Adam Thielen’s already been ruled out, but most of the other stars look like solid options in NFL DFS action. Our DraftKings Showdown lineup takes a Seattle-heavy approach, counting on Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett to deliver in tournaments for us. The Lockett-Wilson stack is supplemented by Rashaad Penny and Jacob Hollister, while we’re still able to fit Dalvin Cook along with Olabisi Johnson at a value with Thielen out.last_img read more

Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu smartphone is a leap ahead

first_imgNearly 30 000 people contributed to the crowdfunding drive to develop the Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone running the Ubuntu Unity OS. It showed people were hungry for something new. That phone is still in development phase, but until it comes to market, say hallo to the Ubuntu phone. Mark Shuttleworth (singing at centre) believes that phones are not simply devices anymore: they are the gateway to other people. (Image: Graham Binns) • Ubuntu coming to phones • Mobile phone boost to African internet • Kenya takes banking to the poor • Mobile money is transforming Africa’s economy • Ubuntu software for schools Sulaiman PhilipMark Shuttleworth’s Canonical released its first mobile phone handsets in Europe in early February. Designed by Bq, a Spanish company, it marks the first time a phone using the South African-developed operating system, Ubuntu, is being used to run a mobile phone in the consumer market.The phone has faced multiple setbacks in coming to the market since it was announced in early 2014. Most of these delays had to do with Shuttleworth’s vision for it: he wanted a phone that offered the ease of use of mobiles but that could be integrated to be used as a PC as well.Android and Apple have tried to give users the same experience and have failed to seamlessly integrate the user experience of the phone with a desktop. But because the Ubuntu phone runs using Unity OS, the same system used by its computers, it makes use across platforms easy and seamless.The Ubuntu phone is, as tech writer Jack Wallen says, the little phone that could. It was the phone that everyone did not know they needed, he wrote in early 2015. He argued that its interface and the ease of its use was a vast improvement over anything available on Android or Apple.“Just like they did with Unity, the designers and developers turned inward and asked the question, ‘How can we reinvent this wheel in such a way that makes the mobile platform easier and more powerful?’”As mobile technology has evolved, the biggest and fastest-growing segment on both the Apple iOS and Android operating systems are apps. Six months before the launch of the first Macintosh, Steve Jobs was predicting the birth of apps. In the summer of 1983, 24 years before the first iPhone, he spoke about new ways of digitally distributing content. In his vision, apps would be very much like a digital record store where the information you wanted would be downloaded over phone lines.When the Apple App Store debuted in July 2008 there were just 552 apps available for download. Facebook, Shazam and Yelp were among those first apps that are still available today. Now there are millions of options available for everything from games to first aid to cooking.Ubuntu the operating system running Ubuntu phones, uses Linux, an open source system. Canonical has tweaked the Linux system on the phones to make it easier for developers to create apps for the system. The tweaks allow developers using Android or Apple to shift their apps over to Ubuntu phones with minimal friction.“We make it easy for app developers to care about Ubuntu. If you care about something but it’s hard, you can’t do anything; if it’s easy, you can do something about it,” Shuttleworth told c/net at the World Mobile Congress in 2014. “We’ve refined it so that any app developer team can have one or two people who really care about Ubuntu, and we’ve done that by looking at the toolsets people use to develop for Android and iOS and made sure we’re well lined-up to make it easy to use those toolsets.”In August 2013, he raised $12.8-million (R149-million) through crowdfunding website Indiegogo to fund development of the Ubuntu Edge, a mobile phone and a portable desktop computer powered by the Ubuntu Mobile operating system. While impressive, the amount fell far short of the $32-million target that was set. For Shuttleworth, the Edge was an opportunity to showcase the Ubuntu operating system on a device that was, at least, as smart as the iPhone. There were 27 000 contributors, including Bloomberg news service, which contributed $80 000, who contributed between $20 and $80 000. In a statement announcing the return of all contributions after falling short of the target, Shuttleworth wrote: “Thousands of you clearly want to own an Ubuntu phone and believe in our vision of convergence and, rest assured, you won’t have much longer to wait.”Mobile phones today are, in Shuttleworth’s words, slabs of glass that all broadly do the same thing. The Edge was a three-year leap forward into the future of phone technology. It was designed with a 128GB SSD (solid-state drive) and at least 4GB of RAM, specs closer to a PC. An adaptive interface allowed the Edge to be a smartphone in your hand and a desktop when docked with a monitor.But not raising the full target was not a failure, explained Shuttleworth. “It certainly raised eyebrows in the phone industry in a good way. Folks feel there’s a hunger for something new and it sent a signal as to what that something new might look like.”last_img read more

Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations

first_imgThe forms are too bulky to import from EuropeBygghouse had considered importing forms from Europe and selling them here, but there were a couple of problems. For one, forms made in Europe are manufactured to unfamiliar metric dimensions that don’t coincide with the 4-foot increment that U.S. builders use. Also, shipping the lightweight but bulky foam pieces didn’t look attractive financially.“There’s so much to learn from them that they’ve already vetted and done well,” La Verdara said of Swedish builders. “It’s actually very frustrating to us to see how we sort of flail around trying to invent this stuff when there are already very well vetted solutions sitting there.”He added that at least one other North American company, Legalett, sells a similar product used in conjunction with its hot-air radiant system, but doesn’t appear interested in selling the slab forms separately. Lay out the forms, place the concreteLa Vardera mentioned WarmFörm in a GBA post earlier in October. He said the firm hoped to see the system gain the kind of popularity here that it has in Sweden, “where nearly all new houses are placed on this kind of foundation system.”“The Swedes have refined this to an extremely efficient, and economical way to build. They build this way not only because it is energy-efficient, but because it is faster and less expensive than digging footings below grade,” he said.The forms sold by Bygghouse are made from two types of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Horizontal sections which support the weight of the slab and a reinforcing grade beam are Type IX foam. Vertical pieces are made from BASF Neopor, a graphite-modified Type VIII EPS with an R-value that approaches the R-value of extruded polystyrene (XPS), LaVardera said.The outside of the vertical part of the form, part of which would be exposed after the slab is finished, is protected by a polyester-reinforced cementitious coating. The vertical part of the form is 4 inches thick except for a tapered section at the top. The horizontal leg under the thickened edge of the slab is also is 4 inches thick, while the field of crushed stone in the center of the building would typically be covered with 12 inches of horizontal EPS, La Verdara said.Bygghouse isn’t in a position to stockpile an inventory of foam shapes, but works with a fabricator and coater in New Jersey and is ready to supply forms to builders who want to use the system. Forms cost $25 or less per lineal foot. Borrowing an idea from Swedish builders, a New Jersey company has begun marketing prefabricated foam forms that make it possible for two workers to install a frost-protected shallow foundation in a single day with little or no digging.The New Jersey company, Bygghouse, got its start when Scott Hedges studied building materials and techniques while working as a carpenter in Sweden. There, expanded polystyrene (EPS) forms are routinely used for slabs (often called “insulated raft slabs”) as an alternative to deep footings and concrete foundations. To create an insulated raft slab, concrete is placed in a shallow bathtub-like enclosure made of EPS foam.Hedges and architect Greg La Vardera developed a prototype for their product, WarmFörm, in conjunction with Bensonwood, the New Hampshire-based firm led by Tedd Benson, and placed its first raft slab in the ground in 2012. The company began providing quotes to potential customers this summer.A WarmFörm foundation would typically be placed on an 8-inch-deep base of crushed stone, with the top of the crushed stone at about 8 inches below finished grade.A conventional foundation usually includes concrete stem walls on footings that are located below the frost line so they don’t heave in winter. That could be 48 inches or more below grade in colder parts of the country.center_img The approach is decades oldFrost-protected shallow foundations aren’t new. In fact, this type of foundation was used by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago area during the 1930s. The NAHB Research Center (now the Home Innovation Research Labs) published a paper on how to make them a decade ago, although builders had to cobble them together with sheets of rigid foam insulation and conventional concrete forms.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay wrote about insulated raft slabs in a blog in 2010. In it, he listed several European manufacturers of EPS forms intended for raft slabs.last_img read more