Legendary broadcaster Peter Brackley dies aged 67

first_imgTerrible news about the sad death of brilliant commentator Peter Brackley. An absolute legend of our industry. #RIPPeterBrackley— Gary Taphouse (@garytaphouse) October 14, 2018 Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to hear news of Peter Brackley’s passing. Our best wishes go to Peter’s family and friends at this very difficult time.#BHAFC 🔵⚪️Read ➡️ https://t.co/D2urLws2FA pic.twitter.com/HPpfMxNgey— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) October 14, 2018Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said on the club’s official website: “So many of us here at the club knew Peter well. He was a hugely talented, knowledgeable, funny and, above all else, a good man.“We will miss him. Our condolences go out to Peter’s family, including our colleague and his nephew Paul, and all of his many friends.”Brackley began his career with BBC Radio Brighton before switching to television. He worked for ITV and Sky before joining Football Italia, where he worked throughout the 1990s.He worked at four World Cups for ITV and two European Championships and provided the commentary for popular video game Pro Evolution Soccer before working for Albion in the community in recent years.Below you can see a selection of touching tributes to Brackley from some of the biggest names in British sports journalism. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Really sad to hear news of Peter Brackley’s passing tonight. I remember in the 80’s Peter’s commentaries on The Big Match, think he took over in the Midlands from Hugh Johns. A fabulous voice and from an era of great commentators. RIP— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) October 14, 2018 REVEALED MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Very sad news. Loved talking to Peter before games, picking his brains, really good company, too, full of great anecdotes. Condolences to his family and friends and everyone at the Club. RIP. https://t.co/jHzKXnOlCF— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) October 14, 2018center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Think Peter Brackley probably meant as much to my generation – thanks to Football Italia, and Pro Evo – as Brian Moore did to the one prior. A soft, warm, funny voice, one that was part of my life for years. Really sad news.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) October 14, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RIP Peter Brackley. Terrific commentator who was a big part of Central TV’s coverage when I was growing up. A voice of mellow authority. Fantastic mimic too. Very sad news— Ian Danter (@talkdants) October 14, 2018 Broadcaster and lifelong Brighton fan Peter Brackley has died at the age of 67, the Premier League club have announced.Brackley is best known as the voice of Channel Four’s Football Italia. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware last_img read more

Life Didn’t Start on Hot Clay

first_imgStrike off one more proposal for the origin of life.  “Darwin’s warm pond theory tested,” announced the BBC News, but it was found wanting.    Origin of life researchers have long recognized the serious problem of concentrating organic molecules in a primordial soup such that they could interact and grow.  A popular ingredient in the mix in recent years has been clay.  Some suggested that organic molecules could adhere to the surfaces of clay minerals and thereby get close enough to join hands.  Rather than occurring in the open ocean, they suggested this process might occur in hot springs or at deep sea vents.    David Deamer (UC Santa Cruz) has revealed a difficulty with this proposal;  “in our experiments,” he said, “the organic compounds became so strongly held to the clay particles that they could not undergo any further chemical reactions.”   That appears to bring the clay scenario to a dead end.  “The results are surprising and in some ways disappointing.  It seems that hot acidic waters containing clay do not provide the right conditions for chemicals to assemble themselves into ‘pioneer organisms.’”  Deamer is not ruling out the “warm little pond” scenario completely, but his findings dash cold water on hot springs or hydrothermal vents.    The results, not yet published, were presented at an international meeting at the Royal Society to discuss the latest ideas on the origin of life.  About 200 were in attendance.  Organizer Ian Smith (U of Cambridge) explained the reason for the conference: “Understanding how life emerged on Earth within 1,000 million years of its formation is both a fascinating scientific problem and an essential step in predicting the presence of life elsewhere in the Universe.”  Nevertheless, the BBC stated, “While our understanding of the world is rapidly increasing, the answer to how life began on Earth remains elusive.”Robert Hazen (George Mason U) made a big deal of clay in his recent lecture series for The Teaching Company on the origins of life.  He described clays as almost magical surfaces for concentrating organic molecules so that they could polymerize and grow into more suitable building blocks for life.  The options are diminishing.  Shall we pull that part of the lecture out in the second edition?  How about including some discussion of intelligent design, a cause sufficient to explain the observations?    Maybe OOL (origin-of-life) people like warm little pond stories because they sound like a spa.  OK, the doctor’s prescription: take two ID pills after a hot bath.  The patient returns.  “Have you taken the ID pills that I prescribed?” the doctor asks.  “Not yet,” the OOL fool replies; “I’m still trying to swallow the rest of the hot bath.”    It’s a free country; just don’t expect the rest of us to swallow it, either.  ID pills work wonders.  They have all the left-handed amino acids, ribose, calcium, iron and every other essential nutrient, all in the right proportions.  What’s more, they are chewable and easy to digest.  Try one with that next Charlie-horse stomach ache you get at school from vitamin D (design) deficiency.  (Geophagy can be dangerous and is not recommended).(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Team SA profile: Khotso Mokoena

first_img4 July 2012Only one South African athlete will travel to the London Olympic Games as a medal winner from four years ago in Beijing. That man is long jumper Khotso Mokoena.He booked his spot at the London Olympics by meeting the stringent South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee standard set for qualification of 8.20 metres, a distance that Mokoena had to leap at home and in international competition.He made a jump of 8.29 metres in April in Pretoria, but it was only on 31 May that he managed a distance of 8.20 metres in Rome to secure his place in the South African Olympic team.Nonetheless, Mokoena’s 8.29m in Pretoria is the sixth best distance in the world this year and, again, only six athletes have managed a distance of 8.20m at least twice.A similar sort of distance could well put the South African star in a medal winning position in London. In Beijing, he won silver with a leap of 8.24m, while Irving Saladino claimed gold with a best of 8.34m.A high jumperThe strange thing, considering that Mokoena is in the running to add another Olympic medal to his silver medal of four years ago, is that he began his international career not as a long jumper, but as a high jumper!In fact, in 2001, at the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, he finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 2.10 metres.While at Nigel High School, a teacher, Elna de Beer, discovered Mokoena’s talent for long jump and the following year he began his long international career in the event.In 2002, at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, he finished twelfth with a best of 7.08m in the final after leaping 7.47m in qualifying.Later that year, he took up the triple jump and after only five days of training recorded a national youth and junior record of 16.03 metres.His achievements in 2003 included bronze medals in the long jump at the Afro-Asian and All Africa Games, as well as a second in the triple jump at the All Africa Games and third in the same event at the Afro-Asian Games.World junior championThe following year, at Grosseto in Italy, he won the triple jump at the World Junior Championships and placed second in the long jump. His winning triple jump was 16.77m, while his long jump measured 8.09 metres, good for a national junior record, and only two centimetres behind the winning distance.He contested the triple jump at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but, not yet an adult, he failed to make it to the final.In April of 2005, he set a national record in the triple jump in Durban that still stands to this day of 17.25 metres. In August, he topped the qualifying distances in the long jump at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, but failed to win a medal in the finals.It was a good year, however, with Mokoena bettering the eight-metre mark nine times, including a leap of 8.37 metres at the national university championships.2006 proved to be a successful year for Mokoena. He placed fifth in the long jump at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow. In Manchester, at the Commonwealth Games, he ended fourth in the long jump and won a silver medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16.95.Two silver medalsAt the African Championships in Mauritius, Mokoena picked up two silver medals after leaping 8.45m in the long jump and 16.67 in the triple jump.He also set a South African record of 8.39 metres in the long jump while competing in Finland.In 2007, after changing his technique, Mokoena decided to focus on the long jump and proved to be a consistent performer on the world stage in the biggest of competitions.His results included a third place at the All Africa Games in Algiers, fifth place in the World Championships in Osaka, where he had topped his group in qualifying, and third in the World Athletics Finals in Stuttgart.World indoor championIn March 2008, he captured gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain. After topping qualifying, Mokoena recorded a best distance of 8.08m, and nothing less than 8.01m, to claim the title.In August, he finished second at the Olympic Games.In July 2009, Mokoena set an African record with a career best leap of 8.50 metres in Madrid. In Berlin, in August, he picked up silver at the World Athletics Championships with a leap of 8.47 metres. Then, in September, he finished third in the World Athletics Finals in Thessaloniki, Greece.He enjoyed another good result at the World Indoor Championships in 2010, when he won silver with another leap of 8.08m. He was crowned African champion in Nairobi, with a best jump of 8.23 metres.He surprisingly missed out on qualifying for the final of the 2011 World Athletics Championships, although he would have done so with just two centimetres added to his distance.At 28 years of age, Mokoena is, however, a proven medal challenger on the athletics world’s biggest stages, and it would not be surprising to see him in the running for another Olympic medal in London.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gauteng plans R11bn solar panel rollout

first_img30 August 2013South Africa’s Gauteng province plans to spend R11-billion installing solar panels on all its state-owned buildings, and also has “ambitious plans” to invest in natural gas infrastructure in the province, says Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu.Speaking at a meeting of the SA Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation in Johannesburg on Thursday, Mahlangu said there was approximately 8-million square metres of roof-top space available on government-owned buildings in the province“Our calculations indicate that a mass roll-out of solar panels on government roof-tops will come at a cost of about R11.2-billion and lead to the generation of up to 300 MW of electricity.”Mahlangu said the investment would be in line with the province’s integrated energy strategy, and was one of several infrastructure projects that her department would initiate in the current financial year.Plans to invest in natural gas infrastructureThese, she said, included “ambitious plans” to invest in natural gas infrastructure.“Gauteng has the most developed natural gas infrastructure in South Africa. This constitutes a natural gas pipeline infrastructure connecting from the supply source in Mozambique through Secunda to Babelegi.“March 2014 will herald the end of [petrochemicals company] Sasol’s natural gas monopoly and the start of a natural gas industry regulated by Nersa [the National Energy Regulator of South Africa],” Mahlangu said.“It is at the back of these developments that our ambitious plans for natural gas are rooted.”Her department’s first project would be to replace the 77 coal-fired boilers in the province’s state hospitals with natural gas or diesel-fired boilers. “Twenty-one boilers are planned for replacement this fiscal year and the balance over the next three years.”Mahlangu also said that her department had entered into a partnership with state company iGas (the South African Gas Development Company) to conduct a feasibility study on the infrastructure required to supply natural gas to hospital boilers.“Our biggest showcase for the use of gas to meet hospital energy needs will be the tri-generation plant proposed for Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as a pilot project. In this regard, the consultation process with stakeholders, such as the Department of Health and Treasury, is at an advanced stage.”Mahlangu added that natural gas infrastructure had the potential to benefit up to 2-million middle-class residents in Gauteng’s townships and suburbs, by way of natural gas reticulation for cooking and heating.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_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

CES 2018: DJI Releases New Gear Lineup, Including a $99 Drone

first_imgPerformance Max Flight Distance: 100mMax Speed: 8m/sMax Flight Time: 13min Image via DJI. DJI, in my opinion, is the undisputed king of drones. They were one of the first competitors on the market and have held their position steadfastly for the past several years. With GoPro leaving the drone game after the lackluster performance of the Karma, DJI seems to keep its place on the top of the hill. One of DJI’s latest moves is the release of the Tello, DJI’s first low-cost consumer drone.DJI paired with the startup company Ryze Robotics, a tech up-and-comer specializing in drones, to release this one-of-a-kind piece of equipment. It features an intel processor for photo processing, along with image stabilization and the ability to capture 5mp pictures. It may only feature 720p transmission for its video function, but that’s not too bad for a drone under $100.Honestly, this drone isn’t built for capturing cinematic footage. But it has the potential to be the next gift your kid wants for their birthday. It comes with VR support for first-person flying, as well an app to connect a controller for even more precision and control. It even comes with Scratch, an MIT-developed coding system that allows you to learn more about programming and customizing your drone. Keep your eyes on this one, folks, because it’s going to be the hot new item when it (hopefully) releases in the next few weeks.Here are the specs: With the huge tech conference CES 2018 starting today, DJI has just rolled out some new products that are sure to turn heads.Cover image via Ryze Robotics.The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show is moving into full swing this week, which has all of the tech giants lined up to showcase their new gear and tech. Stabilizer and Drone company DJI certainly is rising to the challenge and decided to release all of its new gear a few days before CES even began. Their new lineup includes the successor to their Osmo mobile stabilization device, a Ronin-branded DSLR handheld stabilizer, and a surprising $99 consumer drone that pairs their technology with Ryze — a new robotics startup.Tellocenter_img Weight: approximately 80 g (with propellers and battery)Dimensions: 98mm*92.5mm*41mmPropeller: 3-inchBuilt-In Functions: Range Finder, Barometer, LED, Vision System, WIFI 802.11n 2.4G, 720P Live ViewPort: micro USB charging portMax Flight Distance: 100mMax Speed: 8m/sMax Flight Time: 13minPhoto: 5MP (2,592×1,936)FOV: 82.6°Video: HD720P30Format: JPG(Photo); MP4(Video)Electronic Image Stabilization: Yes Osmo Mobile 2Previously, if you were looking for a quality mobile phone stabilizer, the usual go-to was the original Osmo Mobile. Unfortunately, the $200 price tag turned away the average consumer. With the release of the Osmo Mobile 2, DJI has upgraded a few features — as well as bringing that price point all the way down to $129.99. Pretty impressive.New features for this mobile stabilizer include full support for portrait recording, as well as simpler controls and a hefty 15-hour battery life. With the price drop from the original model and a few upgrades, this new piece of equipment is sure to be in the hands of every on-the-go cinematographer — or even your friendly neighborhood skate crew — in the upcoming months.Ronin-SI can’t express enough how impressed I am with this stabilizer. Being released into the already-industry-leading product line of the Ronin, the Ronin-S has compacted all of the features of the two-handed stabilizer into one. It has the impressive ability to handle the payload of a typical DSLR or mirrorless camera while providing top-grade DJI stabilization performance. It also provides a focus-assist that you can control from the base of the rig.This is DJI’s challenge to Zhiyun and Feiyu, who have a firm hold on the one-handed stabilization market, and once we get a closer look at it when the technical specs are released, it may unbalance the playing field substantially.Make sure to follow PremiumBeat on Facebook for more coverage of CES 2018.last_img read more