James, Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Ravena, Nieto push Ateneo past UP in Game 1 of UAAP Finals Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell, center, and forward Dorian Finney-Smith defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers were stuck in neutral for most of the first half against Dallas. Then they ramped up their defense and rallied for a second win in as many nights, posting a 114-103 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night.“From the second quarter on, our defense stepped up. We did a nice job of getting stops and getting out and running,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We found our energy and were able to carry it on from there. It was ugly in the first. We weren’t able to get back in transition and had too many turnovers.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Dallas shot 12 of 25 from the field in the first quarter and then shot just 36 percent (22 of 61) the rest of the game. The Lakers (13-9) had a 31-13 advantage in fast-break points and outscored the Mavericks 62-40 in the paint.LeBron James missed five of six from the field in the first quarter before going 11 of 15 the rest of the way and finishing with 28 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I knew what type of basketball I played in the first quarter and the result of that was us playing poor. I hit the reset button and knew I would be much better,” James said.Brandon Ingram added 19 points and was lauded by Walton for holding Dallas rookie Luka Doncic to six points and 2 of 13 from the field.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dallas was assessed four technical fouls in the game, including three in the fourth quarter. JJ Barea was ejected midway in the fourth after receiving his second technical.“The combination of second shots and turnovers really hurt us in stretches in the second half,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our bad stretches were longer than our good stretches. It was a very disappointing loss.”Dallas led 45-30 less than four minutes into the second quarter when the Lakers got back into it with 10 straight points, which included six by James. The Mavericks led 58-53 at halftime.TIP-INSMavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points and Wesley Matthews added 11. DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and eight points. … Dallas started 3 of 6 on 3-pointers and then went 3 of 21 from beyond the arc the rest of the half. … The 27 3-point attempts in the first half marked a season high, surpassing the 26 the Mavs had on Oct. 20 against Minnesota. … Barnes is averaging 17 points against the Lakers in the first half of games this season.Lakers: Tyson Chandler (13 points, 12 rebounds) got his double-double with Los Angeles while Lonzo Ball added 10 points. … James averaged 28.3 points in November, marking the sixth time in his career he has averaged 28 points or more during that month. … Los Angeles had 11 turnovers in the first half, marking the 11th time this season it had 10 or more in the first 24 minutes. … Kuzma scored 13 points in the third quarter, which is his second-most in a quarter this season. He had 14 in the second quarter against San Antonio on Oct. 22.UP NEXTMavericks: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday.Lakers: Host Phoenix on Sunday afternoon to cap a stretch of three home games in four days. LATEST STORIES “We tried to contest every shot that he took, whether it was going to the lane, midrange or 3-pointers,” Ingram said.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. It’s the third time in five back-to-back sets this season that they have taken both games.Los Angeles trailed for most of the first three quarters — and fell behind by as many as 15 in the second — before going on a 10-4 run the final three minutes of the third to take a 78-75 advantage into the fourth.The Lakers were up 90-86 before taking control with a 15-3 run that included nine points by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Harrison Barnes led Dallas (10-10) with 29 points, and Dwight Powell added 17 off the bench.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

WBD man charged for 2016 cocaine in plywood

first_imgTwo men, one of whom is charged for conspiring back in 2016 to trafficking 48 kilograms of cocaine concealed in plywood, are in hot water after they allegedly attempted to bribe an officer attached to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The men have been identified as Rajesh Kissoondyal, called “Paddle”, 47, of Lot 12 South Section Canal Number 12 Polder, West Bank Demerara, and Shamkumar Hariprashad, 38, of Lot 67 Alliance, Canal Number 12 Polder. Kissoondyal was hauled in for questioning in connection with the drug find two years ago at Lot 37 Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, East Bank Demerara. He was arrested by CANU ranks while at a funeral last week. However, while in custody, it is alleged that he, along with Hariprashad, made the offer to the anti-narcotics agent for the former’s release.They were both charged for attempting to pervert the administration of the law and arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today.The charge stated that the defendants on January 5, 2018 at Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, with intent to pervert the administration of the law under the Provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act, Chapter 10:10 offered CANU Officer Lyndon Thompson the sum of $1, 495,000 for the release of Kissoondyal, who was in custody pending an investigation into a trafficking narcotics allegation.They were both remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and were scheduled to return to court on January 25, 2018.Meanwhile, Kissoondyal was additionally slapped with the offence of facilitating the trafficking. He is being accused of knowingly or having reason to believe that between April 1, 2016 and April 21, 2016, he handled parcels, packages or other things, that is to say, sheets of plywood containing narcotics – 48.554 kilograms of cocaine – with a view of procuring the commissioning of trafficking in the said narcotic.The 47-year-old man was remanded to prison following his arraignment by Magistrate McLennan. He will also return to court on January 25 on this offence.In court, Kissoondyal’s and Hariprashad’s Attorneys made unsuccessful bail applications.The almost 50 kilograms of cocaine was unearthed on April 20, 2016, when agents from the Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) Drug Enforcement Unit, along with the Port Control Unit, were examining the consignment of plywood at Yarrowkabra. The consignment of 5/8 inch plywood was destined for Florida, USA.It was reported that during the examination process, anomalies were detected; hence, a decision was taken to search individual sheets of plywood, 320 in total. Upon checking, the cocaine was stashed in neatly carved holes in the plywood.The GRA officials had become suspicious of the contents of the consignment based on the behaviour displayed by the consignee’s representatives during the examination process. The men were reportedly trying to hurry up the examination process, claiming that they needed to get the shipment out as soon as possible.last_img read more

Egypt get ball rolling as Africa prepares for World Cup

first_imgEgypt must do without talisman Mohamed Salah in Kuwait City as he will be playing for Liverpool against title-holders Real Madrid the same day in the UEFA Champions League final.Another potential World Cup star, Sadio Mane of Senegal, will also be in Liverpool colours as they try to prevent Real winning a third consecutive Champions League title.After Kuwait, an Egyptian squad coached by Argentine Hector Cuper head for Europe to meet Colombia in Milan and star-stacked Belgium in BrusselsEight-goal El Kaabi is the runaway leading scorer in the tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, with his nearest rivals five behind.Morocco, back at the World Cup after a 20-year absence, tackle non-World Cup qualifiers Ukraine and Slovakia in Swiss city Geneva before taking on Estonia in Tallinn.Nigeria are the only African qualifiers to play a warm-up in the continent, hosting the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt this Monday.The ‘Super Eagles’ then face England at Wembley and the Czech Republic in Austria before heading for Russia, the first east European hosts of the World Cup.Senegal, making a second appearance after reaching the 2002 quarter-finals, play in Luxembourg and Croatia before meeting South Korea behind closed doors at an Austrian venue to be announced.Tunisia, without a World Cup win in 14 matches since beating Mexico in 1978, are away to European champions Portugal before meeting Turkey in Switzerland and Spain in Russia.The five African qualifiers are returning to action for the first time since March when they experienced mixed results playing two friendlies each.Egypt fell 2-1 to Portugal after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in stoppage time and a much-changed team went down 1-0 to Greece.Morocco overcame Serbia 2-1 in Italy, then returned home to achieve a routine 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan.Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi celebrates scoring Nigeria’s fourth goal against Argentina. PHOTO/DMNigeria showed the inconsistency that often dogs African teams at the World Cup as they triumphed 1-0 in Poland before performing poorly in a 2-0 defeat by Serbia in London.Senegal drew twice at neutral venues, 1-1 against Uzbekistan in Morocco and 0-0 with Bosnia and Herzogovina in France.Tunisia matched Morocco by winning twice, edging fellow qualifiers Iran and Costa Rice by 1-0 scorelines.No African qualifiers have gone beyond the World Cup quarter-finals and none of the Russia-bound quintet have been seeded to even reach the round of 16.Egypt are ranked third behind the hosts and Uruguay in Group A, which Saudi Arabia completes, and their clash with Russia will likely decide who progresses with the South Americans.Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring Senegal’s first goal from the penalty spot against Tunisia in an African Cup of Nations match in Franceville, Gabon, on january 15, 2017. PHOTO/AFPBottom seeds Morocco are in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran and well organised though they are under French coach Herve Renard, will probably have to beat one of the European sides to survive.While many pundits believe Nigeria can go far, they have already last four World Cup clashes with Group D favourites Argentina and Croatia and Iceland are unlikely to be pushovers.If Robert Lewandowski-inspired Poland justify being Group H top seeds, the result between Senegal and Colombia could decide the second qualifiers with Japan outsiders.Few neutrals are giving third seeds Tunisia or Panama any hope in Group G with Belgium and England firm favourites to go through.In the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil, Algeria and Nigeria made the second round before losing to eventual champions Germany and France respectively.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny (C) celebrates scoring the first goal of the match with team mates Ahmed Elmohamady (L) and Mohamed Salah during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon on February 5, 2017JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 25 – Egypt face Kuwait Saturday in the first of 15 warm-up matches the five African qualifiers for the World Cup will play ahead of the June 14 kick-off in Russia.The Egyptians, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have three fixtures each to iron out chinks in their armour and fine-tune tactics ahead of the global football showpiece.last_img read more

Tribes bet big on ballot measures

first_imgSACRAMENTO – For all the money presidential hopefuls might spend to win California’s February primary, far more may be bet on a lesser-known battle to expand Indian gambling. Four wealthy Southern California Indian tribes are preparing to spend as much as $80 million to defend deals they struck with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature. The deals would give the tribes 17,000 new slot machines – enough to fill eight Las Vegas-size casinos. In exchange, they would share profits with California’s cash-strapped general fund, which faces a multibillion dollar deficit. The tribes – the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Cabazon and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation near San Diego – already have contributed more than $44 million to promote their compacts. Despite the lopsided fundraising, a recent Field Poll of likely primary voters showed supporters of the tribal gambling compacts only narrowly outnumbering opponents. Nearly one in four voters remains undecided. “I think it’s a real toss-up,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “The `no’ side has a real advantage because people are naturally inclined to vote against controversial measures, but the `yes’ side, with the tribes, has a significant fiscal advantage.” The tribes have been using that advantage to promote their message – that the deals can help California with its fiscal crisis. The state faces an estimated $10 billion to $14 billion shortfall, largely due to falling revenue from the meltdown of the housing market and increased spending. Schwarzenegger has promised to declare a fiscal emergency next month, likely triggering budget cuts. The tribes have blanketed television airwaves from Sacramento to San Diego in recent weeks with ads promising the gambling deals can help. They say the compacts will generate $9 billion for the state over the next two decades, although opinions differ about just how much money the state will receive. Under the deals, the four tribes would increase the minimum amount they pay annually to the state from $76 million to more than $131 million, combined. They also would pay the state 15 to 25 percent of their profits on most new machines. How much the state would take in is up for debate, especially in the next 18 months as California faces its estimated $10 billion to $14 billion shortfall. The state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst, Elizabeth Hill, issued a report late last month saying California will initially get less than what the ads suggest. The ads and the governor’s finance team have said the state will get about $400 million annually until 2030. Hill calculates the compacts will produce about $120 million for the current budget year and another $280 million next fiscal year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonTribal leaders say they’re convinced the deals will be a winner with voters, but they’re not taking any chances. Opponents have put four referendums on the Feb. 5 ballot to overturn them. The tribes are expected to add tens of millions of dollars to their campaign in the coming weeks and have purchased so much commercial air time that some political analysts say it could cut into the number of presidential ads voters see before the election. Despite the onslaught, an unlikely band of opponents believes it can stop the tribes. A racetrack owner, competing tribes and a casino-workers’ union pooled their money for a signature-gathering drive to put the deals on the ballot. They’re banking on an Indian-gambling backlash and say they can convince voters the deals aren’t nearly as sweet as they sound on TV. The group has raised $9 million but already spent nearly half that, mostly to qualify the referendums, which will appear on the ballot as propositions 94-97. last_img

Man City boss Pep Guardiola annoyed at suggestion his job is ‘easy’

first_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Getty Images 2 ALTERED highlights possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures The Spaniard, however, does think City made light-work of the game and could’ve won by more, despite a short period of Arsenal pressure.He added: “In the second half, we started with a few problems because Arsenal pushed up and in that situation we scored a goal where maybe we don’t deserve it.“But, we have to be honest, in the first-half we deserved two or three more goals. At the end, when you analyse the game, we were better than Arsenal.” 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Guardiola was not happy with the suggestion possible standings impact smart causal Guardiola orchestrated another impressive victory Getty Images Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Pep Guardiola refuted the idea that his job is easy after Manchester City cruised to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal.The Premier League champions started without Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane, but they were hardly missed as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva sealed the points. After the game, talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams asked the City boss if it’s ‘easy’ managing such a fine group of players – a question Guardiola took issue with.He said: “There is a lot of work behind this. If you believe this is easy, then you make a big mistake.“There is a lot of work from the staff, the managers, for the club. Especially for the players.“It is not like this: go there and play. There is a lot of work.” NEW ERA Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dacklast_img read more

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS IN DERRY?

first_imgToday Donegal Daily has launched a sister website – www.derrydaily.net Most of us living in Donegal travel in to Derry regularly and many of our neighbours travel out to Donegal.Thousands of us traveled into the city recently to see the amazing Fleadh. So, following on from the huge success of Donegal Daily, we have decided to give the people of Derry their own online voice.Just like Donegal Daily we plan to cover all the breaking news from across Derry.Many of the stories which appear on www.derrydaily.net will be of some interest to Donegal readers.Today we have some great stories on Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, the development of GAA in Derry as well as full coverage of the funeral of literary great Seamus Heaney. We also have the latest, breaking news.Why not log on to www.derrydaily.net for yourself and have a look and like us on Facebook if you want to keep up to date with our North West neighbours.  HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS IN DERRY? was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry Dailylast_img read more

Are High-Performance Windows Worth Their High Cost?

first_imgWindowsGlazing RELATED ARTICLES Windows Glass, Ratings and InstallationChoosing Triple-Glazed Windows Q&A: Serious Windows vs. Thermotech Fibertec, Inline, Accurate DorwinMaking the Case for Triple-Glazed WindowsAll About Glazing Options GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Payback is a more complex than it looksGBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t find much to challenge in George’s number-crunching, but he points to three other factors that are worth considering.First, although current energy prices make the more expensive windows hard to justify, there’s no guarantee that fuel prices will remain that low.Second, a house with triple-glazed windows will ride out a wintertime power outage better than a house with double-glazed windows because it won’t cool off as quickly.And third, Holladay writes, “Triple-glazed windows provide comfort advantages that can’t be quantified. When it’s below zero outdoors, you can sit in a chair beside a triple-glazed window and not feel cold. That’s worth something.”Kevin O’Meara speaks to that last point in recalling a Thanksgiving dinner he sat through at a friend’s house. The dining table was next to a big picture window. “Even with the thick drapes pulled it was miserable to be sitting next to the window,” O’Meara said. “My feet were freezing!”Another way of looking at the numbers comes from Eric Tollefson, who points out that if George plans to borrow money to build his house, then net cash flow trumps payback. “By that I mean you can calculate that at 5% for a 30-year mortgage, borrowing $1,000 costs roughly $65 per year. (Insert figures appropriate to your financing situation here),” Tollefson says. “So, if you spend $3,000 to upgrade the windows, that will add about $195 per year to the mortgage. But, if that upgrade saves $200 or more a year in energy costs, it will be cash-flow-positive from Day One. You could also say that it has a 15-year payback, but that really only applies if you’re paying out-of-pocket.” Randy George is in the final planning stages for a new house he will be building this summer in Vermont, and from the sound of it he won’t have much trouble staying warm through those long winters.In addition to R-45 walls, an R-65 roof and R-20 slab, the house will have air infiltration rates lower than one air change per hour at 50 pascals of depressurization. Although not quite meeting the Passivhaus standard, that’s extremely tight construction.George wants his windows to have a U-factor of no more than 0.2 (equal to R-5), but his contractor tells him he doubts that windows meeting that criterion will be worth the expense. “All along I’ve felt that one of the high-performance Canadian windows would be critical to the performance of our house,” George writes in his Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS But after meeting with the contractor, George went back to the heat-load calculator he’d been using for another look. While his original calculations showed that he’d need a heating system capable of producing 20,000 Btuh, reducing the R-value of his windows from 5 to 3 would only boost that to 22,500 Btuh. Projected heating costs would go up only $150 a year. Even after juggling the numbers slightly — boosting the required Btu and adjusting the cost of propane upwards — the difference in heating costs would be about $200 a year.“I’m assuming that the cost difference between these windows would be several thousand,” George writes. “This is making me question the wisdom of the good windows. Can anyone tell me what I’m missing in all of this, or is there a little too much hype surrounding the ‘good’ windows?” Not worth the costRaff Winks also went through extensive mental gymnastics in evaluating various types of windows for a 500-sq. ft. glass curtain wall — and he came to the conclusion that triple-pane units weren’t worth the extra cost.“After researching/costing and comparing double vs. triple performance data, I felt that the additional cost of triple-pane windows was not worth the marginal performance gains,” Winks says. “The glass industry has a lot of catching up to do, but with only three or four major glass suppliers, it might be a while before we see affordable, high-performance windows.“IMO, the current market offerings are falling short of the type of performance we should be installing in our high-performance homes.” Getting the heat gain you needIn addition to the window’s U-factor, which rates the window’s resistance to heat flow, another important attribute is the window’s solar heat gain coefficient, or SHGC, which describes the heating effect of sunlight striking the window. (For more on that and other window performance characteristics listed on the manufacturer’s label, visit the National Fenestration Rating Council .)John Klingel surmises that inexpensive windows won’t give George the right SHGC. (In northern climates, windows with a high SHGC are beneficial.) “Cheapos will not likely have what you need,” Klingel says. “My guess is [that you need] a value of about 0.4 or higher, at least on the south side. I’ll be using 0.58. I suspect that proper SHGC windows will do a lot toward paying for themselves.”The relationship between the SHGC and the window’s U-factor also has Matthew Amann somewhat puzzled. He writes that buying triple-glazed windows from his preferred manufacturer would give him a lower U-factor (a good thing) but also lower SHGC (not so good). Plus, it would add $6,000, or 30%, to the cost of his windows.“Most standard low-e glass is going to lower the SHGC along with U-factor when triple glazed, and I don’t think I can honestly sell someone on clear glass and get fading callbacks, so the dilemma continues. Let’s tickle two birds with one feather and get to some specifics on window glass and glazing on this thread…”To that end, Holladay points to a useful chart comparing window Energy Ratings published by Thermotech Fiberglass, a well-regarded Canadian window manufacturer. The higher the ER rating, the better the window for southern Canada and northern New England, he adds. Does the contractor have an ax to grind?Keith Gustafson introduces another possibility: is the contractor in George’s situation suggesting the cheaper windows because it’s to his advantage? “Not to unnecessarily trash a profession,” Gustafson writes, “but contractors make money by using slightly cheaper materials than asked for. It is just business. It is your job to make sure that you get what you want.”The suggestion rubs Aaron Vander Meulen the wrong way. “I’m sorry you feel this way,” he says. “… Actually, we make more money, due to discounts, by using higher cost materials; 10% off $1,000 in poplar trim is more than 10% of $500 in MDF. And if you’re getting billed for poplar, but getting MDF, then that’s fraud.“Windows are even easier to see if you’re getting what you want by looking at the sticker right on the window,” he adds. “If your contractor hurries up and takes those off immediately, be afraid. Get a reputable contractor. One you can TRUST. By the way, we probably won’t be the cheapest.”“First, I apologize,” Gustafson replies. “Second: Fer cryin’ out loud, how polite must one be? I quite specifically did not indict all contractors. It must be mentioned, that for one reason or another, if a contractor suggests either a more expensive or less expensive product, their motives are fair game. If you guys don’t think that a lot of contractors out there would push an inferior product because the margin is 2 percent better, well, you have lived a charmed life… I hope that every one of your customers is your friend for life; that would be awesome. Life is not always that perfect.” How to Install Windows Right: Building Plans for Leak-Free Windows and Siding Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:Good points all around from GBAers on this Q&A. Some additional points to consider:1. Payback: I have always had trouble with payback calculations, whether simple or net value. Each relies on some assumption about the relationship between current and future prices of energy, a relationship that is inherently unstable even for short periods of time, much less decades. Count on energy prices going up and up, and always purchase as much performance as you possibly can.2. Low-e: Not all low-e coatings are the same when it comes to associated solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC). Pyrolitic or hard-coat low-e coatings typically have much higher SHGC, so it’s worth shopping around for higher SHGC for cold climates.3. Window attachments: Another option is to explore high-performance window attachments to boost the heat loss reduction of windows at night in the winter, in this case. BuildingGreen is currently working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories on ways to fairly and more accurately assess and compare the thermal performance of window attachments, like shades, quilts, and low-e storm windows. Although I can’t report specifically on the results yet, I can tell you that some window attachments are performing very well, in terms of air tightness and added overall thermal resistance. The results of the first year of this project will be available within the next month or so, on the Web — stay tuned.I can tell you that if the attachment you select has good or excellent thermal performance and gives you other features you would need for your windows anyway — privacy, dayligthing, glare control, and solar gain control in the summer — there is some economy in multifunction window attachments.last_img read more

Why Windows 8 PCs Look So Darn Different

first_imgTags:#Acer#dell#HP#IDC#Toshiba#Windows 8 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If this is the dawn of the “post-PC era,” then the economy never got the memo. While the tablet segment is finally growing (thank you, Apple), the five-times-larger PC segment is actually growing faster in terms of units, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.Industry analysis firm IDC predicts worldwide growth in tablet shipments from 2013 to 2016 to be about 32 million units per year. In the same period, the rate of PC shipment growth will be about 38 million units per year. For 2013, IDC predicts Windows 8-based tablets will constitute merely 6% of units shipped worldwide. This means, despite all this business about the new Start Screen bridging the functionality gap across platforms, Windows 8 isn’t really about tablets. It’s about injecting PCs with the desirability of tablets. Avoiding The Commodity TrapWhile the PC market is not dying, PCs themselves must evolve more quickly into something more desirable, more functional, more adaptable to the purposes of consumers in this decade. Otherwise they will continue their slide into low-margin commodity products – largely indistinguishable from each other. PC vendors desperately need the next waves of their product lines to be significantly, tangibly different from their predecessors, in order to justify increasing their prices and profit margins.This is why Windows 8 looks so different. While reviewers have raised a ruckus about Microsoft designing the new Start Screen to take over the entire display, making Windows 8 more difficult to use even for veterans, there is a reason why Microsoft did this: For a Windows 8 PC to justify a price point above that of the iPad, it has to look demonstrably different from a Windows 7 PC. You couldn’t photograph a Windows 7 machine, put it in a sales brochure, and have it look different from a Windows Vista computer. But you can see Windows 8 from the opposite end of the mall.In 2006, vendors wanted Vista to be demonstrably different from Windows XP. Microsoft tried to demonstrate this difference with aesthetic nuances like translucent window frames and 3D task switching, and then tried to divide PCs into categories based on how well they supported these nuances. Consumers were rightly confused, and some even sued.To avoid a repeat of the 2006 debacle, Microsoft had to make Windows 8 not only look entirely different, but enable new PCs to acquire some of the more desirable characteristics of tablets. That’s why this next wave of PCs will promote noteworthy differences in two key areas:1. TouchscreensThe relative success of touchscreens on PCs will be more important for Windows 8 than its comparable success on tablets.   Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In a move that will likely confuse some customers, HP will mix the Envy, TouchSmart and Intel Ultrabook brands together in one device, which is a bit like naming a car “Cadillac Chevy Shelby.” The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is based on the lower-performing Intel Core i3-3217u processor backed up with an AMD graphics processor, 4GB of RAM, and a standard 500GB hard drive, though with a 32GB solid-state accelerator.  All this crank the weight up to about 4 pounds.The 14.4-inch display will project 1366 x 768 resolution, which is not well-suited for 1080p video, and will definitely look blocky compared to tablets. It also won’t have Dell’s cool tablet-morphing hinge. But it has a $799.99 price tag – a respectable price point for an entry-level PC compared against a $500 tablet. And it helps establish a precedent for PCs as having some greater value than tablets.2. Power EfficiencyWe’re getting closer to the time when you can complete a full day’s work on a single charge. The next dramatic improvements may not come from CPU manufacturers like Intel refining their architecture and manufacturing processes, but by Microsoft adopting a new application architecture.Last July, in a self-published article on power optimization through software, Intel engineer Manuj Sabharwal showed that simply replacing the routines used by typical Windows programs to tick away the passing moments while they’re idle with the idle process code used in the new WinRT engine, battery life on notebook PCs could be extended by an order of magnitude. That means reclaiming 90% of lost battery power!While Windows 8 battery life estimates remain similar to those for Windows 7 devices (averaging about 5 hours for laptops, closer to 8 hours for Ultrabooks), other efficiency factors could increase battery life down the road. In Windows 8 the Desktop is no longer rendered using the 3D accelerated engine. While not as cool, it’s also more power-efficient. And though it’s still difficult to find the exit from a Windows RT app (with the touchscreen, there’s a new “wipe-down” gesture), the fact that it consumes almost no power when idle makes quitting them less critical. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Up until now, most consumers looked for middle-tier laptop machines that provided good processing power and nice features, at price points around $900. The first middle-tier Win8 notebooks with touchscreens are  priced around $1,200. Acer’s new Aspire S7-191 has an 11.6-inch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and respectable 1920 x 1080 resolution (“true HD”).  It’s based on Intel’s third-generation Core i5-3317U processor, has 128GB of solid state storage and 4GB of RAM, weighs about two-and-a-quarter pounds, and sells for $1,199.99.Dell’s new XPS 12 also has true HD resolution, a 12.5-inch screen, and sells for $1,199.99 (one senses a theme).center_img Toshiba’s Satellite U925T has a touchscreen that folds all the way back like a yoga instructor, and then slides forward over the keyboard. It’s a unique effect, but to get a price advantage over Dell of just $50 ($1,149.99), Toshiba traded off screen resolution (1366 x 768) and graphics power, settling for Intel’s “dynamic memory” – allocating memory blocks from the system as needed, rather than using its own discrete graphics memory.  The XPS 12 uses the same Core i5 processor, has the same storage capacity, and the same memory.  Dell’s value-add will be style, which has not always been its strong suit. Though the XPS 12 is still a clamshell laptop, its display is mounted along the middle horizontal axis to a hinge bracket.  So you can flip the display inside the bracket 180 degrees, close the clamshell, and use XPS 12 as a tablet.  While the conversion may be shockingly cool for some, for folks who’ve had experiences with Dell in the past, the effect may be just a bit creepy, like a 1959 Philco Predicta TV chassis. The Catch-22While it’s tempting to toss away the remnants of the “PC era” as old and unfashionable, there’s still a sizable functionality gap between tablets and PCs. Until bandwidth and cloud storage are both cheap and ubiquitous), work devices will require sizable local storage and high processing efficiency during heavy workloads. They’ll also need gesture methods other than just touch, plus real keyboards – not something ripped off of an Atari 400.The first round of Windows 8 PCs come a step closer to the mobile work device we’ll eventually settle down with. But the strange permutations of convertibility and hybrid hard-drive/solid-state combinations suggests this new class of PC hasn’t yet found its footing.  While we wait for the perfect Windows 8 PC, tablet prices continue to fall,. Ironically, that may create reasons why tablets will not replace PCs. Tablets could become affordable enough that they don’t have to do double-duty as PC-substitutes just to remain desirable. Plenty of people will choose a tablet, but if you want PC functionality… you can still buy a PC.PC photos courtesy Acer America, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba. For $1,399.99 ($200 more than the price of its model 191), Acer bumps the screen size of the Aspire S7-391 up to 13.3 inches. Instead of a full convertible, though, Acer extended the 391’s hinge so you can fold it all the way back, turning your PC into something of a “surface,” to borrow a phrase. scott fulton 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on April 8, 2013. By Dr. Barbara O’NeillHow can military family members save money on postage for care packages sent to service members overseas?The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit is free of charge and contains four Priority Mail APO/FPO flat-rate boxes (two medium and two large), one roll of priority packing tape, priority mail address labels, six customs forms, and envelopes. The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734.Priority Mail APO/FPO flat-rate boxes cost $2.00 less to ship than standard USPS domestic pricing. The exact cost varies with the size of the box and changes periodically when postal rates increase.APO/FPO flat-rate packages to service members can be as heavy as the sender would like to make them for the same flat rate. These boxes feature the “America Supports You” logo which will definitely bring a smile to a service member’s face when received!For more information, refer to: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?productId=P_MILI_FRB&categoryId=subcatMSS_FlatRate.last_img read more

Stanley Pringle ‘feeling good’ as he prepares for return after bone spur surgery

first_img“I’m feeling good, I’m already running, I think yesterday I’ve been running full speed and I’m just trying to work on my endurance right now,” said Pringle after the NorthPort’s 103-81 win over the Aces.“I got about two to three bone spurs removed about four weeks ago. I’m about 80 percent right now. You can expect me to play but if it’s still hurting, then I’m not going to play,” added Pringle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPringle was the third-best scorer in the league during the Philippine Cup averaging 20.5 points a game but the Batang Pier had plenty of options against the Aces.Sean Anthony, the league’s second-leading scorer in the previous conference at 20.7 points, put up with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals for NorthPort while big man Prince Ibeh had 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st win Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Rookie Robert Bolick also had 19 points for the Batang Pier while Jonathan Grey and Moala Tautuaa had 13 and 12 points, respectively.NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio said he expects Pringle to return as an even better player even likening his player to The Six Million Dollar Man, a bionic superhero from the series of the same name that aired during the 1970s.“There were bone spurs that were removed from is foot and were replaced by metal so he’s bionic now,” said Jarencio with a laugh. “He can jump higher than the ring now.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Stanley Pringle at the bench during NorthPort’s game against Alaska. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—NorthPort handled its business against Alaska, easily taking its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup even without star point guard Stanley Pringle.Additional firepower is on its way as Pringle, recovering from surgery on his right foot to remove bone spurs, expects to play in the Batang Pier’s next game against NLEX on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more