LeBron James says Daryl Morey ‘clearly misinformed’ about China

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/10/15/IN-92TU_CNNA-ST1-10000000056ff4e2″]Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — Speaking with the media for the first time since Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent a since-deleted tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong, Lakers forward LeBron James made it clear he thought Morey’s actions were reckless.“I believe he was either misinformed or not educated on the situation,” James said in a rare press …last_img

African leaders pledge climate talks unity

first_img5 May 2011Meeting at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, the leaders of South Africa, Gabon and Kenya have pledged to take a united stance at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban in November.“The question for us leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole,” Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba said in a session on the second day of the meeting on Thursday. “It is important for us as Africans to get together,” Ondimba said. “We will be determined to speak with one voice.”COP 17 will aim to shape a legally binding agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end next year.Failure in Durban ‘not an option’“There are parts of the world where the challenge [of climate change] is very severe,” South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates in Cape Town. “For some, it is a question of life or death. The question that faces all of us is how we respond: are we ready to have a legally binding agreement that would try to accommodate all of us?”Failure in Durban was not an option, said Kenyan President Raila Odinga, with rising food and energy prices, due in part to climate conditions, adding to the urgency. “There is a need to act now; there is no need to wait,” Odinga said.To succeed in Durban and in the broader fight against global warming, governments must work with both business and civil society, the leaders agreed. “It is important to get the business community on board because financing is important,” Ondimba said. “Government cannot shoulder the whole burden.”Business ‘ready to play its part’The business community is prepared to play its part, said Pat Davies, chief executive of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol. “We need a Team Africa approach to make this a success.”However, Davies added, whatever agreement is reached by governments “must not compromise competitiveness, growth and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty.” It was important to balance mitigation and adaptation efforts with economic development and growth, he said, warning against setting hard targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions without a clear understanding of their impact.‘People first’South Africa should lead the talks in Durban with the principle of putting people first, said Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, stressed the need to address the impact of global warming on women and children.“We have to look at the social dimensions of climate change,” Sisulu said. “If Team Africa fails to fight for the inclusion of people, it would be more than unfortunate.“The point is to act now,” Sisulu said, “not to act after Durban and an agreement is reached. This is not about what will happen. It is happening now.”Noting that Africa’s potential as a global breadbasket could be compromised by climate change, Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, told participants that, as the international community aims to agree on a post-Kyoto framework, “equity is vitally important.”There had to be equitable sharing of technology and resources, Sharma said. “Responsibilities cannot be compartmentalized. It has to be a team effort, a global partnership. No country or group of countries can address a problem of this magnitude.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Should It Be a Passivhaus or a Passive House?

first_img“Maybe Passivhaus is too extreme”The Passivhaus approach isn’t universally popular with advocates of high-performance houses, and even some early advocates have dialed back their enthusiasm.“I like Martin’s post,” writes John Brooks. “I admit that I once thought Passivhaus might be ‘the solution’ for North America. I was angry at Martin, John Straube and Robert Riversong for suggesting that some aspects of the Passivhaus system were ‘murky’ and or not-so-logical.“I am always looking at U.S. Passivhaus examples and so far have not seen one that I would call practical. (Please post a link if you have seen one.) Perhaps Passivhaus is too extreme.”And finding a middle ground between the strict requirements of Passivhaus construction and the more general objectives of passive solar construction is the point Tim Shepp seems to be making: “You can build a passive [solar] house from almost any standard building materials … nothing fancy needed,” Shepp says. “The biggest concern is can you orient the house due south or at least have lots of glazing on the south side … A passive [solar] house is not much more expensive to build than a normal house,” he says. “It’s how you build it that is important. Get a good book on how to build a passive house (not Passivhaus) and search the Web. Lots of info out there.” Houses built to the Passivhaus standard must meet very stringent requirements for air infiltration and energy use. As such, they occupy a special corner of the high-performance building world, not only in energy efficiency but often in the cost of construction as well. Passive solar houses can be highly efficient, but the term in itself is vague.When Kibbe wrote, “I wish there was a repository of building plans and suggested materials for use in a passive house,” it was unclear whether he had a Passivhaus or a passive solar house in mind. “I’ve been gleaning information from this site and others, but still struggle with what are the ‘best’ heating (radiant floor, heat pump, etc.), HRV, (brand, specs. to look for), window (brand, rating), water heater (electric, propane, tankless), etc. options for me.” Passivhaus For Beginners Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-EfficientA Conversation with Wolfgang FeistPassivhaus Crosses the AtlanticPassive House: After Hours A punch list for energy efficiencyKibbe’s search for fundamental answers about energy-efficient design isn’t unusual. As building science gets more sophisticated, it also gets more complicated. It’s easy to get lost in the details.Building to the Passivhaus standard can be especially complicated, as GBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests. “If you want to build a house that meets the Passivhaus standard,” he writes, “you will almost undoubtedly need to hire a Passivhaus consultant. Your house will cost significantly more than a house that does not meet the Passivhaus standard. The Passivhaus standard sets a very high bar, and such homes are not cheap, regardless of what some people claim.”Given those realities, Holladay adds, maybe a more down-to-earth superinsulated house is all Kibbe really needs. And to accomplish this, he offers an abbreviated list of requirements:A simple rectangular shape (no bump-outs), with the long axis oriented east-west, two stories.About half of the windows oriented to the south, with few windows on the north side.Basement walls rated at R-20, above-grade walls at R-40 and a ceiling of R-60.Exterior walls framed with two rows of 2x4s for a total thickness of 12 in., insulated with cellulose.An unconditioned attic insulated with cellulose.Canadian triple-glazed casement and fixed windows with fiberglass frames.A heat-recovery ventilator with dedicated ducts.A Mitsubishi ductless mini-split for heat.In response to a follow-up question, Holladay added a few further recommendations: “A superinsulated house in Pennsylvania should have insulation under the basement slab — at least R-10, and more if there is hydronic tubing in the slab. And it goes without saying that the designer and builder should have a plan to achieve airtightness goals as well.” Our expert’s opinionWe asked GBA technical director Peter Yost for his take. Here’s what he had to say:“I am right with Martin on this one—his list is a very good one: simple design saves money and energy. And if the air tightness of the building reflects the R-values (20-40-60 for foundation, walls, attic—and high performance windows), then the space conditioning loads can be handled with the ductless mini-split.“Martin mentioned hydronic tubing in passing with respect to the basement slab; radiant floor distribution is expensive and any dollars spent on this type of system would be much better placed in other mechanicals or the envelope.“With mechanicals and an envelope at this performance level, then going after the other loads, one by one, as budget allows makes sense: domestic hot water, appliances, lighting, then plug load.“A design and siting as Martin suggests may be all the design guidance Jason Kibbe needs, but it would be a shame to get the specs and construction right and have even one element of poor design wash away some portion of high performance. It is almost as if stock plans at this level of performance are a contradiction in terms; you need to tune even simple home designs by climate, site, and client preferences.”center_img Other suggestions for good designHolladay isn’t alone in making suggestions for Kibbe’s new house.J Chesnut suggests hiring a designer with expertise in passive solar design, if not a Passivhaus specialist. “A Passivhaus designer like any other professional is responsible for helping you meet your budget,” he says. “If meeting the budget means falling short of the voluntary Passivhaus standard, that is possible. The benefit you still receive from hiring PH designer is energy modeling that will help make intelligent decisions … A good PH designer will also pay the appropriate attention to airtightness and avoiding thermal bridging that could undermine the performance of the insulation.”Brooks recommends a one-story house with no basement or crawlspace. And while you’re at it, he adds, skip the vaulted ceilings.“If you can’t live without storage space for cars and ‘stuff,’ build a shed,” Brooks says “The advantage to a one story (with flat ceiling) is that you will have less exterior wall surface area and more ‘attic floor’ area. Attic floor area is where you will get more bang for your dollar as compared to exterior wall area.”Daniel Ernst writes that if Kibbe follows Holladay’s recommendations, most of the energy he’ll need for the house will go to domestic hot water, appliances, and plug loads. In that case, Ernst says, add a condensing gas water heater (or a hybrid system incorporating an instant water heater and small buffer tank), Energy Star appliances, and switched receptacles to control phantom loads drawn by televisions, computers, and the like.Kevin Dickson’s list would include a frost-protected slab, 100% electric appliances (no gas use in the house), no sliding doors or windows, a solar hot water system, triple-pane fiberglass windows, and a minisplit heat pump.“DO hire a HERS rater ($1,500 maximum),” he adds. “DON’T waste money on LEED or PH certification.” Jason Kibbe is in the enviable position of planning the construction of a new house that will be financed entirely by the sale of his current home, leaving him in new digs without a mortgage.Kibbe plans to swap his 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house in south-central Pennsylvania for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house of between 1,500 and 1,700 sq. ft, and he’s upfront about his motives:“I confess my main motive for building is a selfish one,” he writes in a in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “I’m not looking to spend a ton of cash just to be green, though I certainly don’t mind making some efforts to go in that direction. I primarily want to build an inexpensive house (because I’m cheap) that will have low energy requirements (also because I’m cheap & am concerned about rising energy costs).”That’s clear enough. But is Kibbe’s best bet a particular kind of high-performance house, one built to the Passivhaus standard, or a more universal design relying on general passive solar principles? RELATED ARTICLES Don’t forget the budgetThe original post made it clear that keeping costs down was a major goal, Joseph Garten points out. “So the first advice I would give him is to identify a realistic budget,” he says. “Once a budget is identified for the project then a discussion about the different strategies and approaches for ‘green’ can be more on target.”Among the variables are land and construction loan costs, required site work, and the availability of public water and sewer. “All these things add to the cost of the project before the house is even considered and might dictate choices for ‘green’ details and the overall approach to the project,” he says.Spending priorities are always an issue with homeowners and builders of ordinary means. “Talking with friends who have recently bought ‘production’ style homes, it seems that one reason energy-efficient homes are considered too expensive is the assumption that envelope improvements have to be paid for in addition to interior finishing costs,” writes Lucas Durand. “Given a choice between spending money on envelope improvements or maxing out on expensive trimmings, it seems that the average consumer will usually choose the latter. I wonder how many production builders offer envelope packages in the same way that they offer finishing packages?”last_img read more

Why Netflix’ Christmas Eve Crash Was Its Own Fault

first_imgRelated Posts After an ill-timed outage on Christmas Eve zapped popular video provider Netflix – the popular refrain has been clear: Blame the cloud. But when there’s a car crash, do we blame the highway or the humans driving the vehicles? Is Netflix really the victim here, or did it drive off the road all on its own?Reports of Netflix crashing again on Christmas Eve day started trickling in about an hour after my youngest daughter, stuck inside on a bitter cold Minnesota day, complained that the service wasn’t working on my iPad. That problem was alleviated by slapping a password on the device and sending her into the kitchen to help the rest of the family prep for dinner like she should have been doing in the first place. But the inconvenient timing of the outage was enough to cause a bump of coverage on the national news.As the postmortems came though, it appeared that – once again – Netflix’s problem lay within the cloud on which the service is hosted: Amazon Web Service’s Ashburn, VA, data center.Virginia? Again?Neither AWS or Netflix have released a detailed report on what actually happened, but reports indicated that it was the elastic load balancers at the Virginia data center that somehow dropped the ball and led to significant traffic loss for Netflix viewers trying to watch their favorite Christmas movies. The service was back up by Christmas Day, but dropping the ball on Christmas Eve didn’t make Netflix many friends.Meanwhile, as many people noted during the Netflix outage, Amazon’s own Instant Video service had no reports of problems. That raised a few eyebrows for customers wondering how Amazon managed to keep its own service going while its competitor was kaput.No one is accusing Amazon’s business units of collaborating to bring down Netflix. But the very fact that Netflix relies on a competitor’s infrastructure to deliver its services seems to generate a conflict of interest.A lot of those same industry observers are also calling for Netflix to get the hell off of Amazon’s cloud. This is not the first time, after all, that AWS problems have smacked around Netflix and other popular Web services, and that Virginia data center specifically seems to be cursed.I think a service like Netflix (of which I am obviously a customer) should keep its destiny in its own hands. But if you think that moving to it’s own cloud will be the sure-fire cure-all for Netflix’ reliability issues, think again.The fault for the Netflix outage, the company would like us to believe, lies solely with AWS. But does it really?Or does the problem lie with misuse of AWS tools? If the elastic load balancers were indeed the reason for the Christmas Eve outage, who was ultimately responsible for configuring those balancers?Winning The Blame Game?The highway analogy applies here, too. AWS is the highway, a shimmering ribbon of concrete, on-ramps and bridges that enable cars to get from point A to point B. Most of the time, the highway’s operations run smoothly. But when someone misuses the highway, chaos will most certainly ensue – no matter how good the infrastructure is. If you don’t like the highway example, pick another brand of infrastructure, like a building or a ship or a bridge. It’s all the same: Use the infrastructure the wrong way, and bad things happen.Netflix would (and can) argue that sometimes, no matter how well you’re operating within the infrastructure, that infrastructure can break. That’s true. Tragically, things fall apart and people and businesses can get caught in the wreckage. Such is life in an entropic universe.But even if AWS has a faulty infrastructure, doesn’t Netflix still have ultimate responsibility to create the solution? After all, customers are “renting” their movies from Netflix, not Amazon. And as pointed out, this is not the first time there’s been problems at this particular data center. Why, after getting slapped off the Internet this summer, didn’t Netflix make sure such an occurrence would happen again?Netflix shares were down slightly on Thursday (about 1% as trading drew to a close). Maybe some shareholders are asking themselves why Netflix hasn’t done more to shore up te reliability of its service. I know this customer is.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Amazon#Cloud Providers#Netflix#Streaming video Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffitt How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Adobe Shakes Up Premiere Pro Training and Certification

first_imgBig changes to the Adobe Premiere training model may mean new difficulties for both the trainers and the students!Are you aware of how trainers for Adobe Premiere Pro (or any Adobe program) get certified?  To start with, they need to have expert knowledge of the the product and then pass the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam to prove this competency.  More info on the Expert exam here.Once you are an ACE you’ll need to get some kind of training qualification so that you can prove to Adobe that not only do you know the knowledge – you can also pass that knowledge on to other people!The recommended Adobe training qualification (and the one I went for) is the CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer).  Although it’s quite demanding, it’s not a very long course.  More info on the CTT course here.The problem historically had been that once you became an Adobe certified trainer you were left somewhat high and dry with only the ‘Classroom in a Book’ to use as training material.  For Premiere Pro it is only fairly recently that some more good material has started to become available!  This meant that the trainer had to prepare and develop their own program, work out what was most important to teach, what order it should be taught and how long to give to each section of that training.The end result of this is that the trainers all worked out their own course and used their own material…meaning that the people being trained either got a great course with great teaching or a hodgepodge of things thrown together to try and make a half-decent course. In a word, it has been ‘inconsistent’!Changes to Adobe Premiere Pro TrainingFor Adobe Premiere Pro (but not for After Effects and plenty of other products in the product lineup) you may be pleased to know that all this has changed in recent months and with CS6 that change becomes official!  Adobe has finally come up with a formal training program that all trainers are expected to follow, covering what Adobe considers to be essential in any Premiere Pro training course.For those of us who have been doing Premiere Pro training for some years using our own programs, the initial reaction has been that of slight sadness.  All of our own work will no longer needed. But, as Premiere starts to become more and more established as the go-to video editing program for many professional organizations, the establishment of a formal curriculum can only be good news.So, what’s the problem?  Well, Adobe is saying that no trainer will be re-certified to train Premiere Pro CS6 unless they take an extra 4 day training course to double-check their competency.Surely it’s good to check the competency of trainers, right?  While it may weed out some poorer trainers, it also may be cost prohibitive to others.  Current Adobe trainers will have to decide if the cost of re-certifying can be justified for the level of business they are doing in Première Pro.  This may be especially noticeable in areas of the world where the training for this type of things is less in demand in general. Trainers may simply be unable to afford to re-certify. Especially so if they need to add additional travel costs just to take the course.There’s the additional problem of actually finding a certification course!  To date, there have only been 2 courses announced in the USA with absolutely nothing announced for anywhere else in the world.  Yet, trainers are still being told to re-certify by the end of June or lose their certification to teach CS6 onwards.I suspect that for some people (maybe quite a few) this will mean they let their Premiere Pro training certification lapse simply because there isn’t enough business to justify the cost. On top of that trainers may be asking, ‘If I was ok to train Premiere Pro before now, why am I suddenly unable to?   I have a formal Adobe training program and materials to follow!’Potential students may find it a little harder to get certified Premiere Pro CS6 trainers for the next few months while Adobe get their act together.  Even when more trainers are available it will likely cost more for the consumer, as the minimum length for a course has now jumped up to 3 days.  Times…they are a’changing.last_img read more

With sights set on U23 team, UE’s Kath Arado ‘surprised’ to make seniors pool

first_imgJames Harden has 31 points, Rockets blast 76ers Arado, thrilled with her new accomplishment, said she was surprised after being named to the pool, where the final lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be chosen since she never even intended to join the seniors’ squad.The UAAP’s reigning Best Digger and Best Receiver tried out for the Under-23 team and she kept telling Kung Fu Reyes, the head coach of the U23 squad, that she has no intentions of joining the seniors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd yet, Arado’s in the place senior coaches Shaq Delos Santos, Reyes, and Brian Esquibel believe she belongs.“Actually, I was surprised when I read my name because I went to the tryouts hoping to become part of the U23 team and I even told coach Kung Fu and coach Brian about it,” said Arado Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre after UE lost to De La Salle, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “Now I don’t know what the coaches have lined up for me but whatever their decision is I’ll always bring it.”Arado wasn’t the only Lady Warrior chosen to don the Philippine colors in international competition with teammates Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez being part of the U23 pool.“I’m happy that us three were chosen and of course I’m happy for my teammates because we tried out simultaneously and we were able to perform well,” said Arado.The 5-foot-5 libero added that her inclusion to the national team pool is a big boost for her and her volleyball career especially now that she’s in her last year with UE.“This is a huge help for me because now I can know what are the areas that I can still improve on and what I have to do to get better at it,” said Arado. “I have to do this to make sure I still have my confidence with me and the experience that I can get is also a big help.”ADVERTISEMENT Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado is one step closer into getting international tour of duty.University of the East’s sturdy libero was chosen to be part of the talent pool for the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team that Larong Volleyball Ng Pilipinas Inc. announced on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more