South Africa’s Dakar triumph

first_imgHaving seen some of the towering dunes in the desert during this year’s race, television viewers could have been forgiven for thinking the event was still taking place in Africa. 19 January 2009 De Villiers had previously come agonisingly close to victory in the Dakar in 2006, when he finished second, and he was leading in 2007 when his engine caught fire and scuppered his chances of victory. Giniel de Villiers, together with German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz, claimed victory in the Dakar Rally at the weekend when he safely negotiated the final 227-kilometre stage to become the first South African winner of the world-famous event. Further down the field, Alfie Cox, so often a leading contender in the motorbike category, achieved his goal of simply finishing the 9 574-kilometre race in his Porsche-powered buggy. “This year the race was very, very tough in general,” Cox said. “The top drivers like Peterhansel, Sainz, Al Attiyah and many others withdrew from the race. Those who continued suffered in their state-of-the-art machines; it was just so much worse for the privateers and amateur teams. Spaniard Marc Coma took victory in the motorbike class, dominating to win by almost an-hour-and-a-half over second placed Cyril Despres. ‘It’s absolutely incredible’“It’s absolutely incredible,” De Villiers said afterwards, “I have never felt such emotion. “I couldn’t stop counting up how many kilometres remained. I have to say, it’s an incredible feeling. Firdaus Kabirov, driving a Kamaz, won the trucks title, while Czech rider Josef Machacek, on a Yamaha, won the quads category. “Jurgen wanted to finish a Dakar and earn a Finisher’s Badge in the year that he turned 50, while I wanted to race through another major desert. That we achieved, but it was not easy. With De Villiers finishing first, Mark Miller second and Dieter Depping sixth, all ahead of the first Mitsubishi finisher, Volkswagen well and truly ended the Japanese manufacturer’s extraordinary run of seven successive Dakar Rally victories.center_img Alfie CoxFor Alfie Cox, a veteran of the Dakar as a motorcyclist on a factory-supported KTM, contesting the 2009 race in Argentina and Chile as a privateer was a very tough challenge. After making it to the finish with his co-driver, Jurgen Schroder from Germany, he reflected back on the race: “We are exhausted, but very proud that we persevered and very satisfied with what we achieved,” he said. Third place went to David Fretigne, who was one of only two riders in the top 10 who was not on a KTM. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “I am really happy for the team, for Volkswagen, who have backed us for five years to achieve this win.” Dakar Rally in South America!The Dakar Rally name was certainly misleading this year. Due to safety fears, last year’s event had been called off at the last minute; this time around the organisers took no chances and elected to stage the race in Argentina and Chile. ‘A massive achievement’“Only 55% of all the competitors who started this year’s race managed to get to the start of today’s (final) stage,” Cox noted. “Finishing the Dakar is a massive achievement.” The 2009 edition proved to be a highly successful one for South Africans. Navigator Ralph Pitchford was second across the line with De Villiers’ Volkswagen Touareg teammate, Mark Miller of the United States, just eight minutes and 50 seconds behind the winners. In addition, two Nissan Navara pick-ups, especially built by Nissan Motorsport in South Africa for the Dakar Rally, finished in fourth and fifth places.last_img read more

A Classic 1970s Home Goes from Solar-Heated to Net Zero Energy

first_imgHolladay may be right overall, but Levine’s home is a great example of a solar home that has performed well. It didn’t overheat because he stored heat in the rock beds below and could vent excess heat out the top when necessary. His main problem was humidity that went a bit too high in summer because passive cooling doesn’t deal with the water vapor in the air.Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the cool features, including what he eventually did about the summer humidity:Solar collector for space heating. What you see in the photo above is not all windows dumping massive quantities of sunlight into the living space. Some of them are windows, and some are a special type of solar collector that he designed and patented. Each column of collector glazing has corrugated aluminum behind it, and as the air heats up, it rises naturally. The solar gain on those columns of air can provide up to a 100 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature.But he’s doing more than just using the stack effect. He designed a system that uses a fan to move the hot air from the top of each column down to rock beds in the basement, where the heat gets stored. When it’s cloudy, he can draw heat out of the rock beds for two weeks. It’s a pretty sophisticated system, and he’s avoided turning the rock beds into a mold factory. One of the photos below shows the original controller for it, which is no longer in use.Composting toilet. The house has had a Clivus Multrum composting toilet since the beginning. Having built and lived in a house with a composting toilet myself, I get it. Many people don’t, however, especially if it means sitting over a big open hole straight to the tank in the basement. But think of all the water he’s saved by never having to flush a toilet in his home for four decades! In the second photo below, you can see the tank in the basement and the access door through which you remove the composted material.Net zero energy. A few years ago, Levine installed photovoltaic modules on the studio adjacent to the house. Because of the cold winter this year, he hasn’t been net zero in his energy balance between consumption and production over the past year, but he was for the two years before that.Other updates. Levine recently installed a heat-pump water heater and a decade or so ago had a ground-source heat pump put in. The latter was mainly to get cooling with dehumidification. He had relied on natural cooling for a long time but finally decided that the humidity issue warranted a mechanical air conditioning system.I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, but it’s exciting to see that a classic solar-heated house from the 1970s — and one of the earliest ones, at that — has not only survived, but has served its purpose well and evolved gracefully over time.Levine is a new board member for the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), as am I, so I look forward to working with him. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas, which will help immensely as we take this movement further down the road to more sustainable buildings. The Raven Run Solar HouseThe creek that runs in the ravine near the house is called Raven Run, so the house is called the Raven Run Solar House. Levine designed and built it in 1974-75, one of the earlier solar houses built as a result of the energy crises of the ’70s. Martin Holladay has done a great job covering the history of solar-heated and superinsulated houses in North America. (See Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate and The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America.) He contends that superinsulation won because most solar houses overheated on sunny days and froze people out on cold nights. RELATED ARTICLES Fine Homebuilding: A Slice Off the CubeSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North AmericaCost-Effective Passive Solar DesignA Pioneer of Low-Energy Homes Since 1973A Passive Solar Home from the 1980sAll About Thermal MassResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatA Contrarian View of Passive Solar Design Part 3 Last week I was in Lexington, Kentucky speaking at the Midwest Residential Energy Conference. It was a great regional conference, and the folks there are making things happen. (I even played nice. With all those Kentucky Wildcat fans there, I held back and didn’t mention in any of my talks that I’m a Florida Gator.) One of the many highlights for me was getting to visit Richard Levine’s 1970s active solar house. It stands out like no other house I’ve seen, and I’ve seen other solar houses.Your first question upon seeing the photo here might be, “Is that really a house?” Yup. He chose the shape to maximize solar gain while minimizing the area of the building enclosure. It’s a cube sliced on the diagonal, which you can see in Part 1 of the video series below. (That part starts at about the 3:30 mark.)center_img Part 2 Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Other resourcesCSC Design Studio page on the Raven Run Residence. CSC Design Studio is Levine’s architecture firm in Kentucky.Richard Levine’s page on WikipediaFour-part video series on Levine and his work by kyGREEN.tv:Part 1 Part 4last_img read more

Your KPIs Aren’t My KPIs

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Your key performance indicators aren’t my key performance indicators. The activities and outcomes that might indicate that you are moving towards success can be wildly different from mine.Different StrategiesYour strategy might be to increase your revenue. New revenue might be an excellent indicator for proving that you are on course. If that is your strategic goal, then that is a significant key performance indicator, even if it is a lagging indicator.But let’s pretend that my strategy is to increase my margin. Revenue isn’t a good indicator for me. Of course, I am going to look at that number! But margin growth is a better indicator for me as to how I am progressing towards my strategic goals. In my case, I might trade higher margin business with lower revenue growth.Different ActivityYou might need very high activity when it comes to prospecting. You might need high activity because you don’t presently have enough. Or maybe it is because you are a startup, and customer acquisition is the key to profitability (and just maybe you are smart enough not to look at your burn rate to determine how well you are doing). The outcome of new opportunities created is an excellent indicator as to how you are doing.I might need less activity because I am focused on acquiring strategic accounts and because that is the only real way for me to reach my goals. For some businesses, smaller transactional clients don’t produce the necessary results and only divert attention from acquiring dream clients. I might take less activity for more concrete outcomes, like meetings with strategic prospects.Different NeedsYour company and my company might have very different needs. What you measure should be important to what you need to grow and improve your business. What I should measure should ensure my company’s growth and my improvement.Different businesses have different needs. And they have different needs at different times. You need to make your KPIs your own, whether they are activity or outcome metrics.last_img read more

Paul George fires 37, Thunder hold off Blazers

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, dribbles away from Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oklahoma City Thunder had a six-game overall losing streak to the Trail Blazers, and they had lost their last eight at the Moda Center, a streak dating back to 2014.Proclaiming a “new year, new team,” Paul George scored 37 points and the Thunder beat the Blazers 111-109 victory on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We came here, we told ourselves we need to change it — and we got it done,” George said.Russell Westbrook added 31 points for the Thunder, who held off a furious last-minute rally by the Blazers that fell short. Damian Lillard led Portland with 23 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I was thinking about it when I landed yesterday,” Westbrook said about the long drought. “For me, this was personal. I wanted the streak to end.”The Thunder trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but pulled in front late in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 107-97 with just over 4 minutes to go on a basket by Westbrook, who scored 20 points came in the second half. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ CJ McCollum’s jumper got Portland within 109-105 and Lillard made two of three free throws to cut the deficit with 42.8 seconds left.Lillard and McCollum both missed shots before George made free throws with 4.3 seconds left. The Blazers fell short on Al-Farouq Aminu’s basket at the buzzer.“The Blazers are a tough team to play against and this is a tough place to play. To find a way to get a win here, since it’s been a while, sometimes you’ve got to do a lot of different things,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.Oklahoma City, sitting in second place in the Western Conference behind the Nuggets, has won three straight, including a 107-100 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.The Thunder rose to 12 games over .500 for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Blazers had won two straight overall and were coming off a 113-108 overtime victory in Sacramento on New Year’s Day. The game against the Thunder was the first of a five-game homestand.“You put yourself in that type of position, it comes down to — like I always say — you’ve got to be perfect. We needed to probably make every shot, get every stop,” Lillard said. “We just came up short. We had plenty of opportunity.”George got off to a fast start with 13 points in the opening quarter, including a pair of free throws that pulled the Thunder into a 28-all tie.The Blazers went up 47-39 after Jake Layman’s 3-pointer, and extended the lead to 58-47 after Maurice Harkless’ 3.Jusuf Nurkic had 16 first-half points and Portland went into the break with a 62-57 lead.The Thunder closed within 80-78 on Steven Adams’ layup then took an 83-82 lead on George’s 3-pointer. Aminu answered with a 3 for the Blazers but George made another 3 and the Thunder went into the final period with a 93-87 lead.“We really increased the defensive pressure in the second half and made it harder for them to score,” George said.Nurkic finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.“It was disappointing, kind of a crazy game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought we had good flow and good momentum most of the game.”TIP-INS SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Elite will not tolerate Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s absence from team Thunder: George had 21 points at the half. … Terrance Ferguson fouled out with 2:43 left. … It was the first of four meetings between the teams. Last season Portland won all four of its games against the Thunder.Trail Blazers: Nurkic was coming off a rare 5-by-5 (five points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and five blocks) against the Kings on Tuesday, when he had 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and five blocks. The only other Blazer with one was Nic Batum. Nurkic is the first NBA player to pull off a 5-by-5 with 20-plus points and rebounds.REMEMBERING LARRY: The Blazers held a moment of silence for Larry Weinberg, one of the founders and original owners of the team, who died on Monday. Weinberg was among those who got the franchise started as an NBA expansion team in 1970. He sold the team to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1988.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Wizards on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Host the Houston Rockets in the second of a back-to-back on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

10 months agoMan City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City winger Mahrez: I’m going to get betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Riyad Mahrez says there’s more to come from him after an impressive start to his Etihad career.The Algerian winger joined the champions from Leicester in a £60m transfer last summer and has had to adapt to the demands of Pep Guardiola’s system.”When you arrive the first six months it’s always difficult to adapt to everything,” said Mahrez.”I’m very good. I’m still new to the team. I think more months are going to pass and I’m going to be better.”The 27-year-old has scored five of City’s 50 league goals and also found the net in the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s side comfortably advanced to the knockout stages. last_img read more

Video: Clemson Kicker Greg Huegel Drills Kick While Entire Team Screams At Him

first_imgClemson's Greg Huegel makes a field goal at practice under pressure.Instagram/clemsonfbHow do college football coaches simulate the pressure and environment of a big time game for their kickers during practice? Surround them with the entire team, and have them scream incessantly. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel is currently starting at placekicker for the Clemson Tigers, a job he hopes to hold on to when incumbent starter Ammon Lakip returns from his suspension, and he drilled a long kick while being distracted by his fellow Tigers.We’ll see if he can do the same when tens of thousands of people are on top of him at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or Williams-Brice this year, but for now, good start.last_img

Report Milan want Higuain and Caldara

first_imgAC Milan are interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara, according to Calciomercato.The San Siro based club are keen to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan and while also targeting a swap deal for Mattia Caldara.Milan have proposed an idea of a loan deal to bring Higuain to the club after Juventus admitted they were considering the future of the striker in Turin following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.The two clubs were engaged intense negotiations over the last 24 hours with Milan keen to sell Leonardo Bonucci back to Juventus but want Caldara as part exchange while also floating the idea of Higuain joining on loan.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The fee being touted for a loan move for Higuain is around €15million and his agent is keen to get a deal of €7.5million per annum for his client.Juventus are believed to be meeting with Alessandro Lucci who represents Bonucci as they prepare a contract offer for the returning Italy international.Higuain is understood to be dragging his feet towards joining Milan as he waits for an offer from Chelsea. The English giants are keen on signing a new striker this summer with Higuain at the top of that list.Further talks will continue between Milan and Juventus today as both clubs hope to come to an agreement.last_img read more

Klopp provides an injury update on Van Dijk

first_imgVirgil van Dijk remains a doubt for Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, says coach Jurgen KloppThe Dutch defender was forced to leave the pitch in last weekend’s win over former club Southampton and was left out of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup loss to Chelsea on Wednesday night.Dejan Lovren deputised for Van Dijk in the game and will likely be called upon again for the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.“We have to wait, he didn’t train with the team so far,” said Klopp on the club website.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Virgil is a world-class player and when you miss a world class player it’s not cool. Dejan played his first game in 10 weeks and most of that time he couldn’t train.“If Virgil is fit, he plays. If not, then obviously we have options.“We can play without Virgil, thank God. But I prefer if we can. The last game he wasn’t available, now we will see for tomorrow.”The good news for Liverpool is that both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijndladum are fit and available to return to action for this weekend.last_img read more

Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officials

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA meeting between the Minister of Border Control and the Haitian Consul to the country is expected to reduce how many Haitian sloops are coming in with illegals aboard.  Recommended for you Not so it seems for 2016, the Minister in a media release confirmed, “Three sloops were detected and intercepted within the last seven weeks of which two were intercepted within three days of each other. The combined total was 230 persons.   Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Magnetic Media has been informed that these illegal Haitians are likely lying low in the areas of Five Cays and Kew Town, Providenciales. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister DonHue Gardiner said in addition to insisting on help from Haiti to stem the flow of their people, illegally, into the Turks and Caicos Islands there is a move to increase security measures.  It is common for illegal migrants to take the risk of fleeing Haiti just before the hurricane season revs up; though the Premier a few weeks ago confirmed that the TCI had been seeing a reduction in recent years.  Related Items:assistance, border control, borders, consult, Haitan, help, illegal immigration, immigration, sloop, Tci Of the 230 at least 12 are escapees from the Detention Center; and one boat made landfall with an unrecorded number of Haitians on board.    The staff at the Coastal Radar Station, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Immigration Department as well as all other front line and responding agencies are commended for their continued efforts in protecting the borders of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”  The Minister also reminded that ‘if you are caught providing assistance or shelter to an illegal migrant, you are subject to a fine of $20,000, four years in prison or to both and you could lose your status in the TCI.’  Hurricane Irma hits TCI TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irmalast_img read more

NIB issues a 5 million dollar bond to FortisTCI

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – A $5 million bond from the National Insurance Board will help to finance $70 million in capital works at FortisTCI for the next two years.  The major announcement came yesterday morning at the FortisTCI Provo Headquarters from CEO, Edinton Powell who was joined by Walter Gardiner, CEO of the NIB and other executives of both entities.Powell said the money, which will be paid back 100% with interest, will fund infrastructure investments and he called the move historic.  “And we are pleased to announce, that Fortis TCI, has reached an agreement with the board of directors, of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Insurance Board, for the issuance of a $5 Million dollar bond, which forms part of a recent finance initiative totaling to the 5 million dollars.  These funds will be used to partially finance the company’s capital expenditure through 2016 to 2018.”The rate of return is 5.14% per annum and culminates about four months of negotiations. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more