Home Improvement And Energy Efficiency Go Hand In Hand In Olympia

first_imgSubmitted by Northwest Energy TeamGeorge and Martha Dickins asked Brent Foster of Northwest Infrared to inspect their 1970’s inherited home. The education they received helped them prioritize improvements.Spring is when we start thinking seriously about big home improvement projects in Thurston County. As you’re gearing up, take a look at what you can do to make your home more comfortable and your energy bills lower next time the cold weather rolls around.This Thursday, March 21, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library experts on building science, efficient heat sources, and solar power are available to answer your questions on what you can do to make your home more comfortable and your electricity bills lower. This is the Home Efficiency Action Training (HEAT) workshop. It is free and open to the public.Before you begin ripping out walls it’s best to have a plan. You know you want the end result to be a more energy efficient, more comfortable home. How to get there can look like a cluttered path. What you’d like is a little guidance and some expert advice to make your path clearer.  And no sales pitch, if you please, thank you. Right?Marty Hemmann went to the HEAT workshop this January. “My baseboard heaters were noisy. Really noisy! They were inefficient and expensive and we were cold and uncomfortable. We had had enough. I went to the [HEAT] workshop to see what our options were.“I thought I was going to get some information about things people were selling. What I got was an education,” says Hemmann. “There are so many options for improving my home; it was good to be able to have them explained clearly and to get my questions answered.”George and Martha did quite a lot of home improvement projects on their own, with guidance from Brent Foster (Northwest Infrared) and Paul Ivy (Northwest Energy Team).Hemmann chose to have an infrared inspection and blower door test done on his home. He used the test results as a reference and guide while gathering bids for energy efficiency improvements on his home. He took those results to Paul Ivy of Northwest Energy Team, who was also at the HEAT workshop.“I did the proper thing and got three bids. I chose Northwest Energy Team because I knew they were on the same page as I was. Talking to them at the workshop gave me a feel for their approach. That took some of the strain out of the experience. And they are helping me fill out the rebate forms!”Northwest Energy Team used the infrared and blower door report to guide their work on Hemmann’s home. They sealed up the air leaks, including the big ones in the skylights, and installed a ductless heat pump to replace the noisy and costly baseboard heaters.After meeting Brent Foster of Northwest Infrared, George and Martha Dickins decided to have him inspect their inherited 1970’s home. “It had a lot ‘deferred maintenance’ (ie: it needed work),” says Martha. “We knew there were potential problems but we didn’t know where to start and what was most important to deal with.  With Brent it was all about education. He had nothing to sell – he doesn’t work for any product company – so we felt we could trust his advice. He helped us figure out what was worth spending money on and what wasn’t.”The Dickins decided to do all the improvements they can — energy efficient and otherwise – in one fell swoop. Northwest Energy Team put in a ductless heat pump, insulated and sealed off air leaks. “It’s a huge project; we’re stripping the house down to the studs. We got good advice and chose Northwest Energy Team because they respected that advice. And clearly they do good work.”The Dickins’, whose home renovation projects are almost complete, installed a ductless heat pump, insulated, and sealed off air leaks.Matt Cooper went to the HEAT workshop to meet Kirk Haffner of South Sound Solar. “With all the rebates and credits available, we’ve been looking closely at solar,” says Cooper. “I found differing information on the web. A lot of white papers focus on solar performance in California or Germany. I couldn’t find much on solar in Western Washington. I appreciated being able to hear the facts, in person, from Kirk and get them straight.”Haffner says, “We like to do these workshops because it gives folks a chance to really think about how energy efficiency works in a home. We get people calling us to help lower their electricity bills and our response is: first make your home more efficient. Then call us. Yes, solar is the ultimate renewable energy source. However, your home needs to operate a basic level of energy efficiency or you’re not going to get the full benefit of an investment in solar.”For more information, attend the workshop at the Lacey Timberland Library on March 21 at 5:00 pm. Facebook22Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Raiders’ Johnathan Abram out for the season with shoulder injury

first_imgALAMEDA — The rookie season of safety Johnathan Abram is over after just one game.Abram was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury sustained in the Raiders’ season opening win over the Denver Broncos. He will require surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and although eligible to return to the roster, coach Jon Gruden expects him to miss the entire season.“It’s a big loss,” Gruden said. “No question it’s a big loss. Fortunately for us we kept five safeties, five …last_img

SA wine a US presidential hit

first_imgThe acclaimed Graham Beck Brut NV, the choice of presidents. (Image: Graham Beck Wines) The picturesque Stellenbosch wine route, home to a multitude of estates, including Graham Beck Wines. (Image: Stellenbosch Wine Route)Janine ErasmusUS President Barack Obama is, by all accounts, a discerning, and moderate, wine drinker. And his palate runs to South African wine too, as his choice of libation on election night was a bottle of Graham Beck Brut NV – the same beverage with which Nelson Mandela toasted his inauguration in 1994.According to Graham Beck Wines, Obama developed a liking for the sparkling wine back in February 2008, after he took his wife Michelle out for dinner to celebrate his intention to run for US president. On the sommelier’s recommendation, the president-to-be ordered a glass for him and his wife, and was apparently so impressed with the bubbly that on election night, 4 November 2008, he had six bottles standing by.Sales of the product have increased dramatically, according to reports. A wine merchant in the Chicago area told the Chicago Tribune that she sold her entire stock of Brut NV very quickly, once it was known that the presidential couple had developed a taste for it.“I am honoured that the Obamas chose our non-vintage Brut to toast their historic win,” said a thrilled Graham Beck cellarmaster Pieter Ferreira, speaking to Wine.co.za. Ferreira was reportedly in Chicago on a marketing tour during the election.“I always hope people choose to celebrate important milestones with our Graham Beck Cap Classique wines, and this is certainly a momentous occasion,” he added. “Sales are going well for the Graham Beck Brut in the US.”With only one million cases of wine exported to the US every year, that country is not the strongest market for the South African wine industry, said Su Birch of Wines of South Africa (Wosa). “We have a small market share, less than 2% of imported wines. However, our premium wines, such as Graham Beck and Rustenberg, are doing really well there.”Discerning presidential palateObama’s appreciation of the fruit of the grape is encouraging for the US wine industry, say industry experts. Former president George W. Bush was a teetotaler who had not touched a drop of alcohol in 20 years, but the incumbent is said to have an eclectic taste in wine. Merchants in his constituency of Chicago and across the US are getting ready to beef up their stock.“I can’t help but think that after eight years of no wine drinkers in the White House that [Obama] will have a felicitous effect on Americans’ drinking habits,” said John Gillespie, president of the Napa Valley, California-based Wine Market Council, at the 2009 Wine Market Council Research Conference.The Obama family home in Chicago is said to have a cellar capable of holding up to 1 000 bottles, according to reports in US newspapers. The president’s wining and dining tastes have sparked a recent flurry of discussion as to his personal preferences and official policy regarding the wine industry.White House policy states that only American wines may be served at state functions, but when dining privately, Obama is free to select whatever wines he chooses. Calls are now coming in for the new president to lift the ban on foreign wines in the White House, which was instituted in the 1960s by then president Lyndon Johnson.If this comes to pass, it seems certain that there will be room for South African wine in the First Cellar.Freshness and finesseThe family-run Graham Beck Wines is spread over four farms in Franschoek, Robertson and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.Graham Beck Brut NV is described by the producer as offering “light yeasty aromas, good fruit on the nose, and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Fine mousse gives freshness and finesse.”The sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay (54%) and Pinot Noir (46%) and is produced in the Méthode Cap Classique cellar, located on the Madeba vineyard at Robertson.Graham Beck Brut NV has twice now been the drink of choice for a presidential inauguration. In 1994 glasses of the bubbly were lifted in honour of Nelson Mandela, who assumed the presidency in South Africa’s first democratic election. The latest endorsement by the American president is a testament to the quality of the product.South African bubblyCap Classique is a method of producing wine that harks back to the time of the French Huguenots, a group of immigrants who came from France to the Cape of Good Hope in the late 17th century.The Huguenots, many of whom had vineyards back in France, settled in the wine-producing region of Franschhoek (Dutch, meaning “French corner”) and were responsible for bringing the technique of making sparkling wine to South Africa.Cap Classique wines, therefore, are made in the champagne tradition – méthode champenoise – of secondary in-bottle fermentation, but are exclusive to South Africa. Other sparkling wines that are only produced in certain regions are Cava (Spain), Asti (Italy), and of course Champagne (France).The first bottle-fermented sparkling wine produced at the Cape was called Kaapse Vonkel (Afrikaans, meaning “Cape sparkle”). Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc have been the varieties most often used, but lately bubbly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have become popular.According to the Cap Classique Association, only specific white and red grape varieties are selected from a number of different regions in the Cape. Grapes are pressed as whole bunches, with only the first pressing or cuveé used for the various Cap Classique base wines. Once in the bottle, Cap Classique wines ferment and mature horizontally in cool, dark cellars for at least 12 months.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesWine: SA’s French connectionCorking carbon emissions Black, female, and making great wine Obamamania sweeps AfricaSA celebrates with ObamaUseful linksGraham Beck winesCap Classique AssociationWines of South AfricaSouth African wineFranschhoekThe White Houselast_img read more

US aviation firm eyes SA for growth

first_img29 April 2011As part of its growing focus on the African market, US aviation company Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has appointed Johannesburg-based Absolute Aviation as an exclusive Beechcraft distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.HBC has also identified the South African commercial environment as offering some of the best growth prospects of any country in the world.“Africa represents a huge opportunity for us as travel around the continent is becoming increasingly important,” HBC president for Europe, Middle East and Africa Sean McGeough said in a statement this week.Based at Lanseria International Airport north of Johannesburg, Absolute Aviation offers aviation consulting services to companies or individuals wishing to acquire and operate an aircraft, or for existing aircraft owners who require a turnkey operational management service.“We have already seen strong interest in our aircraft from a number of organisations, including multi-nationals based there,” he said. “The addition of Absolute Aviation to our network provides further impetus to strong Beechcraft sales in the region.”Demand for business aircraft to growHBC’s King Air models are particularly popular in Africa as a result of their durability, reliability, fuel-efficiency and the ability to operate almost anywhere, making it an ideal choice of transportation for corporate executives travelling throughout Africa.“As the country and the continent develop, demand for business aircraft will grow dramatically to provide access to remote parts of the region, cover vast distances and also help counter the limitations of the transportation infrastructure, which is under-developed compared to other parts of the world,” McGeough said.“Travelling by business aircraft is therefore not only often the quickest way to travel, but sometimes the only option.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Top stories of 2018: No. 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup effortsLate one Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light. After much hard work, things were up and running again for harvest this fall at Miami Feed and Grain.last_img read more

Twitpic to Add Video Sharing Today

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Media hosting service Twitpic will add support for video upload, storage and sharing today, the company says. “Users will be able to upload video from the site itself, email and clients that support our new Video option,” says Twitpic founder Noah Everett. “We’re making it easier for users to have their media all in one place to share on Twitter.”Everett says that Twitpic has 17 million registered users and adds 30,000 more each day.Leena Rao puts the startups move in context well in coverage at TechCrunch:Adding video is a logical next step for TwitPic, which has focused solely on allowing users to upload photos to Twitter until now. The Twitter photo sharing horse race is undoubtedly competitive. Rivals Yfrog already supports video uploads and Plixi was just acquired by social network Lockerz. Twitter also recently partnered with TwitPic and others to include inline photos in-stream in the new version of Twitter’s interface.Twitpic was subject of a recent high-profile lawsuit in which the Agence France-Presse claimed in court that by uploading photos to Twitter and Twitpic, a photographer has in effect granted a license to anyone who would like to use those photos. A US District Court ruled in December that no such claim could be made. U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley wrote in his decision says that “the provision that Twitter ‘encourage[s] and permit[s] broad re-use of Content’ does not clearly confer a right on other users to re-use copyrighted postings.”TwitPic has been the service of choice for a number of prominent photos that spread rapidly across the social web, from the plane that landed on the Hudson River to a hastily removed but very humanizing candid shot of pop-star Katy Perry waking up without any makeup on. It will be interesting to see if videos of comparable impact are shared on the service as well.There are many different ways to post pictures to Twitter, but the name Twitpic has almost become a Kleenex-level verb. I can’t think of any other 3rd party services built on a technology platform they don’t own that can be said about. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Getting the Most Out of Online Training

first_imgIf you’ve resolved to learn some new skills in 2013 then these simple tips will help you get the most out of the time, money and energy you invest in improving your skills.Online training can be amazing. Personally I love it, a lot. Used well it is a great way to learn the fundamentals of a new software program or recreate some of cool things you’ve seen other people do.If you’re a self starter and don’t mind putting aside some of your valuable time to really get into the training you’ll definitely reap far more than you sow. But as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it is very easy to simply buy the training, download it and feel good about how ‘one day’ you’ll learn all that good info. These 5 tips for online training may seem obvious, but if you follow them you’ll be well on your way to expanding your skill set.1. Break It UpA lot of online training is pretty extensive, often being 7, 8, 10 hours in length. It’s great that you’re really getting a decent bang for your buck, but that’s quite a lot to get through, take in and digest.  Personally I try to go through a couple of hours at a stretch and then my brain feels pretty full.Doing a little more often is a better way to really take it all in.  Set a schedule for working through the training, maybe an hour or two every few days.  Be consistent.  This will ensure that you don’t burn yourself out in one sitting and actually follow through with your training investment.2. Follow AlongDon’t just sit there passively watching the instructor clicking away and making it look very easy. A lot of online training come with downloadable project files which allow you to follow along with them, doing what they’re doing at the same time. By doing this you’ll take in far more of the training than if you only just watch it.This is why I like watching tutorials on my home set up as it has two monitors, one for the training and one for me to follow along. It also helps to be able to replicate (or fail to and figure out why) what they are doing as the first way to learn the software or technique, rather than trying to adapt what they’re doing to your project on the first go around.3. Take NotesTaking notes might feel like a throw back to school days, but its one of the best ways to really take in what you’re learning (as you have to understand it, interpret it and scribble it). It also means that when you want to quickly jump to the bit of information you want, you don’t have to scroll through the other 5 minutes of video to find it.  It’s right there at your finger tips.4. Adapt the Techniques to Your WorkThe point of training is to learn general techniques that you can then adapt and use in your real world scenarios, not just only replicating the instructors specific example time and time again.  While going through training exercises be thinking of how you can adapt the processess and techniques to your own work.  Successfully applying these fundamentals to your projects will be the true measure of whether you have truly learned anything.5. RepeatKnowing that you’re not going to take it all in on the first time around is a good way to start, as it frees you up to go back and dip in for refreshers as many times as you need to. Going back to your notes (it’s important to make them in the first place) is the shortcut to this.  If your notes are insufficient, keep re-watching and updating your notes as you go.Online Training Resources for Video ProsSites that have everything – Lynda.com, Creative Cow, Class on Demand, Video2brain, Macprovideo.  All of these sites have a vast wealth of online training for different programs, from Microsoft Office to Lightroom, plus all other usual suspects. Creative Cow has a huge range of entirely free training, so maybe check there first. Some of these sites operate on a subscription basis where you can access everything they have.Here is a handy list of some other places you might want to check out for some free, and paid for, training, products and tips.After Effects – Video Copilot, Greyscalegorilla (& lots of Cinema4D)Final Cut Pro 7 & X – Larry Jordan, Izzy Video,Motion – Ripple Training, motionvfx,Premiere Pro – Larry Jordan, Adobe TV,DaVinci Resolve – Alexis Van Hurkman, Patrick InhofferAvid – Class on Demand, Video2brain, Creative CowSmoke 2013 – FXPHD, Smoke-TrainingSo that’s my list, I’m sure I’ve missed some great sites – so why not add to everyone’s learning by commenting below with some of your favourite learning sites.last_img read more

Air Force, UST win BVR on Tour Ilocos Sur leg

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavaliers’ woes continue after loss to Pistons, Love injury PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City The two winning teams took home P50,000 each.The runners-up bagged P30,000 while the third placers Genesa Eslapor and Babylove Barbon of Team UST and Brian Nordberg and Giovanni Musillo of Hong Kong pocketed P20,000. Mark Giongco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Judy Caballejo and Coyah Abanto of Air Force 1 and Henry Pecaña and KR Guzman of UST Alumni ruled the first leg of the third season of the BVR On Tour in Ilocos Sur over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Caballejo and Abanto beat 11 other teams in the women’s division, including Team Perlas 2, a squad composed of Beach Volleyball Republic founder Bea Tan and former Adamson spiker Amanda Villanueva in the finals, 21-15, 23-21.Pecaña and Guzman, meanwhile, emerged on top in the men’s division after turning back Jade Bacaldo and Fort Libres’ Team Univ. of Visayas, 21-18, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the first BVR on Tour leg this year and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.“BVR is grateful to have been a part of the Sun Soaked Beach Festival for three years in a row,” said Dzi Gervacio, BVR co-founder. “This has been the first BVR on Tour leg and we are excited to be visiting more of our country’s shores to spread our love for the sport, elevate the competition and especially grow the game of beach volleyball.” LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

2019 Northern Territory State Titles

first_imgThe NT State Titles were held over the weekend at Goodline Park in Palmerston, Northern Territory. The event saw 20 teams compete to be crowned State Champions. The event which is held over 2 evenings and a Finals day was a huge success with Teams travelling in from Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin & Gove. The event also saw Referees and Referee Coaches travel from as far as North Queensland & Sydney to attend and present a Foundation Referee Coaching Course and a Level 3 Referee Course.Day 1 tapped off and saw in the Women’s open Division Titans open their account with a convincing 6-0 win over the Inferno Magpies. While the Sharks managed a tough 7-6 win over a much-fancied Rebels side from Katherine. The Men’s Division saw a number of closely fought encounters with Alice Springs taking the win over the Inferno Magpies in what was a terrific show of speed and skill. The Rebels Men’s team from Katherine managed a 6-1 win over the Darwin Men’s side, while Sims Refrigeration put on a terrific display with a convincing win over the MacKillop Saints.Day 2 saw Gove Under 18 Mixed side arrive and they were ready to play as they notched up two convincing wins and lost narrowly to Alice Springs. The intensity of play continued throughout the evening with teams looking to put themselves in the best position to qualify for finals.The mercury tipped 33 degrees on Finals day and the heat was emulated on the field with some dazzling displays early on. The day commenced with the final round games deciding the final standings in each division. The play slowed as the temperature rose but teams were still giving 100% as they reached the semi-finals.Gove and Alice Springs both qualified for the 18’s Mixed Final. The final saw a close contest between the two teams who had traveled a distance to play in the competition. Alice Springs eventually sealing the State Title with 2 late tries to finish 3-1 victors.The Senior Mixed Grand Final was contested between the Local Palmerston Magpies and the Katherine Rebels. The match was end to end with the Rebels leading all the way to the final siren taking the win 7 tries to 4.Katherine Rebels took on the Titans in the Women’s Open Grand Final. Katherine Qualified after defeating the Sharks convincingly which raised a few eyebrows as the Sharks had made light work of the Rebels during the round games. Though it wasn’t meant to be on the day with the Titans winning 7-4.The Men’s Open Grand Final featured the Inferno Magpies and Alice Springs in what was the most exciting match of the tournament. The teams couldn’t be split throughout the Final with scores locked up with 60 seconds to play the match looked to be heading to drop-off though Alice Springs managed a try to seal the Title and be crowned Northern Territory Men’s Open’s Champions.The Tournament concluded with the Annual Ochre awards night which celebrates the Achievements of NT Players, Coaches, Referees & Volunteers for the previous year as well as the presentation of the champions of the NT State Titles.Northern Territory Touch Football would like to thank all participants and spectators for their support of the event along with:Northern Territory GovernmentPalmerston City CouncilPalmerston Raiders Rugby League Clublast_img read more

13 days agoMan Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacements

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacementsby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson says Ole Gunnar ­Solskjaer’s squad lack leading stars.Robson insists the club made “a mistake” by clearing out big names, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, without replacing them.He told the Mirror: “I think Man U’s only mistake so far is allowing too many experienced players to go.“Because we have had quite a lot of injuries at this stage of the season, they have left themselves a little bit short. That is why they are where they are.“Lukaku (to Inter), Sanchez (Inter – loan), Ander Herrera (PSG – loan), Chris Smalling (Roma – loan). These are very experienced players. In this situation, rather than kids, you need those types of ­experienced players to steady it.“People talk about ­leaders and every club needs them. Whether it is a ­centre-midfielder or a dominant centre-half, you need a leader to ­organise on the pitch. Man U are looking for that type of player.” last_img read more