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  • JPL Honors Explorer 1 Manager on 60th Anniversary *

    first_imgDr Henry Richter, who has contributed articles to CEH, is a VIP at NASA’s 60th Anniversary celebration of America’s first satellite.Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CEH-31-1-18-DC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Readers of Creation-Evolution Headlines are familiar with Dr Henry Richter as a distinguished senior citizen and great American, now 90, the author of two books on spacecraft and a JPL spacecraft pioneer. Here’s a way to see how he looked 60 years ago. For its Historical Photo of the Month, JPL published a photo of Richter as a young man in 1958 when he was active at the lab. He is shown describing the transmitters that he designed for the Explorer 1 satellite. Explorer 1 successfully launched on January 31, 1958, beginning America’s catch-up with the Russians and rise to pre-eminence in space.Dr Henry Richter in 1958In 2018 JPL celebrates the 60th anniversary of America’s first satellite, Explorer 1.  Henry Richter started working at JPL in 1955 as an engineer and Supervisor for the New Circuit Elements Group. Later he was a Staff Engineer for the Deep Space Network and then Chief of the Space Instruments Section (322). During the Explorer Project Dr. Richter was project manager for the satellite design, in charge of JPL experiments for the International Geophysical Year, and was liaison between the Satellite Instrumentation Group and the Operations and Data Groups. He published a book in 2015 –America’s Leap into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites.The photo is a frame grab from the documentary, X Minus 80 Days, produced by Jet Propulsion Lab and the Army Ballistic Missile Agency after the mission. The 20-minute video shows the preparations for the mission leading up to the launch, and is recommended viewing for those wishing to relive the historic days that led up to the formation of NASA.JPL’s article also describes the welcoming party JPL is giving Dr Richter today (31 Jan 2018) as he speaks to the lab.On Wednesday, January 31 at 3:30, Dr. Richter will present his JPL Story in the Hub (111-104), followed at 4:30 by a book signing. He’ll share the story of JPL’s role working for the Army/Caltech and of the remarkable people who were part of the Explorer team. During the late 1950s, JPL extended rocket engineering to spacecraft design, using components that were on the cutting edge of technology. When they were finally given the chance to combine the instruments, upper stages, and launch vehicle, they accomplished the task in just a few months.In honor of the anniversary, Dr Henry Richter was selected as Scientist of the Month for CEH. The biography is a work in progress. More material will be added as we hear from the JPL celebration.Update 31 Jan 2018: Space.com posted an article with several vintage newsreels about Explorer 1.Update 1 Feb 2018: Dr Richter shared with us this feedback from the JPL event organizer: “Congratulations on a wonderful Story!  We’ve had so many positive comments about the event, and what a great job you did.  Thank you so much for taking the time to spend the afternoon with us and share your memories and your expertise about the project…. The LARS staff (Library, Archives, and Records) really enjoyed hosting your visit.”On November 11, 2017, CEH Editor David Coppedge spent a few minutes at Dr Richter’s home recording a short interview as he autographed copies of his latest book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers. Here is part of the exclusive interview, interspersed with historical photos of JPL and the Explorer 1 mission, where Richter shares stories of his involvement in the space race.Video is for exclusive use for David Coppedge and Creation-Evolution Headlines. All rights reserved.If we get any news about Dr Richter’s appearance at JPL, and how it was received, we will share it here. (Visited 411 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Joburg’s freedom architecture

    first_img24 August 2005Six Johannesburg buildings featured recently in a German exhibition showcasing the city’s energy and optimism – and exploring how South Africa’s new democratic order is being reflected in new buildings going up in its commercial capital.Fast Forward Johannesburg was on show at Aedes Berlin, Europe’s best-known architecture gallery, in March and April 2005.“The name refers to the energetic spirit of Johannesburg,” said Dagmar Hoetzel, curator of the exhibition. “It conveys the dynamism and optimism with which Johannesburg is evolving, and shows how the city is embracing the challenges of transformation and growth.”The exhibition featured: The Constitutional CourtThe Apartheid MuseumThe Walter Sisulu Square of DedicationThe Mandela YardThe Faraday Market & Transport InterchangeThe Metro Mall and Bara Taxi RankThe South African Embassy in Berlin While architecture in South African cities is an agglomeration of European styles – Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and, more recently, Tuscan – Hoetzel was interested in exploring whether the new democratic order is being reflected in new buildings going up, particularly in Johannesburg.Hoetzel believes apartheid had a profound effect on the country’s architecture, and is still evident.“In no other country does architecture and urban planning bear such vivid witness to history, to politics, and to social division. And these deeply embedded traces of apartheid remain ubiquitous in South Africa today.”Apartheid buildings are almost always recognisable by their closed, exclusive nature, often imposing an uneasy presence not easy to ignore.The new-style architecture is changing the feel of South African cities. In the exhibition booklet, Lindsey Bremner, honorary professorial research fellow in architecture at Wits University, said: “Many who were confined by apartheid to townships and rural bantustans, or to the countries beyond our borders, have converged on the streets of Johannesburg to claim its promise of a better life. Public space is being occupied in new ways.”Hoetzel has been visiting South Africa since 1996, keen to observe the “courageous undertaking of constructing a new country after the end of apartheid”. Since she published an article on Johannesburg in a German architecture magazine in 1997, she has followed the progress of the city’s architecture, noticing a change in recent years.“Only in the recent past I saw something emerge which creates new space. And that is what the exhibition [was] about, not about a style or fashion but about a new culture of planning and building, which creates a new approach to architecture and space.”The new buildings epitomise a young, open society offering creative spaces that allow people to mingle freely among meaningful African artefacts instead of under Cape Dutch gables or Victorian broekie lace balconies.“It is more spatial than visual,” says Mphethi Morojele, architect with Mma Architects, one of the firms represented in the exhibition. “The design space anticipates new ways of how people live. It reflects rural habits within an urban setting – a culture going through a transition.”He says this architecture is more open-ended, giving a sense of identity with the space – allowing for what he calls a “baggy space”.Constitutional Court(Omm Design Workshop and Urban Solutions, 2004)Perhaps the best example of this is the striking Constitutional Court on Constitution Hill, situated in Braamfontein next to apartheid’s notorious No 4 prison and President Paul Kruger’s 19th century Old Fort.It is no coincidence that it lies next to No 4, a prison dating back to the early years of the city, over 100 years ago. No 4 was kept exclusively for black male prisoners, held there under brutal conditions. Also on the site is the Women’s Jail, an elegant Edwardian building imprisoning women under equally inhuman conditions. The imposing Dutch-inspired Old Fort building housed white prisoners.These three apartheid reminders act as the perfect foil for the truly uplifting court building, a very uncourt-like structure. There’s nothing formal or stuffy about it – its double-volume foyer with its angled mosaic pillars, artistic wire light fittings and funky orange couches sets the tone for the 200-piece art gallery and people-friendly court room.The doors are huge wooden slabs engraved in sign language by Durban craftspeople, depicting the 27 themes of South Africa’s Bill of Rights.The inner courtyard of the Constitutional Court. (Photo: Constitution Hill)The building has airy passages, with wooden-slat floors, looking out on tranquil pools, green lawns and indigenous trees. Each judge’s chamber entrance has an individually crafted metal gate, with artworks lining the walls leading to the chambers.In a subtle blend of the old and the new, elements of apartheid structures, such as the rich red bricks from the demolished awaiting-trial building, have been used in the interior of the court room, and on the New African Steps, a walkway between No 4 and the court building.The mix of red brick, bare grey concrete, stone, glass, mosaic and wood finishes combines with the artworks to produce a pleasing, welcoming effect, worthy of the court and what it stands for.“The building needs to be as active as possible – the court will not be a monument, it will be a people-inviting place,” says Paul Wygers, an architect at Urban Solutions, one of the project consultants.What lingers in the mind walking around the court and the prisons is that two of the 20th century’s greatest fighters for human rights, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, were incarcerated in No 4.Apartheid Museum(Gapp Architects, Mashabane Rose Architects, Britz Roodt Vernootskap and Linda Mvusi Architects, 2003)Built in 2003, the Apartheid Museum sits incongruously alongside the amusement park and casino of Gold Reef City, whose owners paid R100-million to build the museum as part of their social responsibility obligations.The harsh and stark contours of stone, rusted and galvanised steel, red brick, wood, glass and concrete of the Apartheid Museum are utterly appropriate for capturing the history of apartheid.The exterior of the museum is dominated by grey, concrete walls and metal, with seven bare pillars of freedom rising into the sky, in sharp contrast to the green field and small lake alongside the museum.The concrete theme continues inside the building, with smooth grey walls and concrete floors, offset by minimal windows. The display rooms consist of tall halls, circular silo-type rooms, smaller low-roofed rooms and two windowless prison cells. They provide a perfect backdrop for the multitude of monitors continuously showing apartheid newsreels and interviews, and striking displays like 121 nooses hanging from the ceiling, representing the number of political prisoners hanged during apartheid.The Apartheid Museum. (Photo: Apartheid Museum)“This is a minimalist building reflecting the fact that apartheid buildings were born of incarceration,” says project coordinator and architect Sidney Abramowitch. “We wanted to reflect the harshness, crudity and horror of apartheid. We wanted something so different because apartheid was so different.”The visitor weaves a route inside and outside of the museum, taking in the history of apartheid, being constantly bombarded by sights and sounds.The curatorial team was appointed before construction began, and the building contractor appointed while designing was still in progress, in a unique collaborative effort to mould the two teams’ thinking along the way.All communities in the country were consulted, from groups in the Richtersveld in the far Northern Cape, including San bushmen, to groups in the far south, says Abramowitch. In all the projects displayed in Berlin, relevant communities were consulted.A visit to the museum leaves one with indelible flashes of apartheid and its effects on the nation, captured not only by the images in the museum but also by the powerful architecture.Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication(StudioMAS architects, 2005)The Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, half-way complete, is clearly going to add significantly to Johannesburg’s collection of post-democracy 21st century architecture.Erected in Kliptown, Soweto on the original soccer-field sized square that in June 1955 was the meeting place of the Congress of the People – assembled to ratify the Freedom Charter – the new square is seeped in symbolism.The square consists of two squares, one symbolising the old apartheid South Africa, the other the new, democratic South Africa. The latter square is made up of nine blocks representing the country’s nine provinces, and decorated with crosses symbolic of the first democratic votes placed on ballot papers.A winding snake pathway will be built between the two squares, a reminder of the snaking queues of voters in 1994.At the northern end of the pathway will be a tall tower on the north side, referred to as the Freedom Charter Monument. A flame, inside the tower and called the Flame of Freedom, was lit by President Thabo Mbeki on 26 June 2005 in a 50th anniversary of the 1955 event. The roof of the tower is cut in an X shape, the “mark of freedom”.The tower has been constructed in a conical shape, a classical African shape – evidenced in the Great Zimbabwe ruins and traditional African fishing baskets. Opposite this tower is a cyclindrical tower which will contain a “kwashisanyama”, a Zulu word meaning “a place to prepare food”.The square will also make allowance for upwards of 600 hawker stalls, largely along its southern border, in and around the preserved first shops along Union Street.With the square the architects, StudioMAS, are making a statement: this is a square in Africa, where hawkers are integral to life, where cooking is done in an open area, where shapes are reminiscent of long-held traditions, and where the African sun shines down brightly from wide expanses of sky.Pierre Swanepoel, founder of StudioMAS, says of the new style of architecture: “It consists of buildings for the people by the people. We are different people with different economic realities.”Mandela Yard(Peter Rich Architects, 2005)This building is in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s early foray into the city in the 1940s, as well as the first real acknowledgement of the community of Alexandra, one of the city’s oldest freehold townships for blacks, now a squalid, overcrowded ghetto, progressively neglected over many decades.Mandela Yard under construction. (Photo: Urban Solutions)The Mandela Yard Interpretation Centre is directly opposite the backroom occupied by Mandela, where he lived for his first year in the city. Still under construction, it consists of a three-level steel structure containing shops, restaurants, training facilities, a jazz archive, library facilities, an interpretation walkway and two piazzas.The building is built over Hofmeyer Street, taking in two street corners. Visitors will be able to move through the building, taking in exhibitions telling the story of the lives of Alex residents, and cross over the bridge, getting elevated views of the township through large windows.Architect Peter Rich says there has been extensive community consultation prior to the finalisation of the plan. “This is the first time the people’s voice will be heard,” he says.Only residents will be allowed to take up stall and restaurant space. In addition, 10 Alexandrans have been identified as potential members of a heritage team.The simplicity of the architecture echoes the architecture of the small Alexandra houses, particularly in the provision of public spaces. Backyards are an integral feature of the houses, often with attached seating against the walls of the structures, a feature, says Rich, reminiscent of structures in the rural setting, allowing easy “socialising space” in a central area.Rich says of the new African architecture: “Apartheid didn’t produce public spaces of note, the new style is trying to reinvent those spaces.”Faraday Market & Transport Interchange(Albonico Sack Mzumara Architects and Mma Architects, 2003)It seems apt that minibus taxis and traditional healers share the same space in this market on the south-western edge of the city – one is much a feature of large cities, the other a long-entrenched feature of African life, easily transported into the city and used by even the most sophisticated city dwellers.Traditional remedies on sale at the Faraday Market. (Photo: Lucille Davie, City of Johannesburg)The Faraday Market in downtown Johannesburg consists of a series of small open halls, divided into 280 separate stalls with pull-down doors, and open spaces planted with striking, indigenous coral trees. There are also consulting rooms available for healers, with attached bathrooms, used for ritual cleansing purposes. The doors of the consulting rooms are low, forcing customers to bend to enter, a sign of respect to the healer.Stalls spill out into the passageways with an amazing array of dried herbs, roots of all shapes and sizes, and dozens of bright blue packets of bark, laid out on the ground. The pungent smell that emanates from the market comes from the plant matter but also from the range of dried animal organs, skulls and dried small animals like rock rabbits or even complete donkey legs.The corrugated iron rooftops of the market, held up by steel girders, are constructed in wave-like shapes, providing a sense of being in the veld, with its pleasing rolling hills, in contrast to the angular shapes of the surrounding factories and warehouses.The tall roofs allow sunlight to stream in; the hard-wearing, simple materials allow the earthiness of the traders’ goods to be appreciated to the fullest.Metro Mall and Bara Taxi Rank(Urban Solutions, 2003 – 2005)Both buildings, the Metro Mall in the Johannesburg city centre and the Bara Taxi Rank in the heart of Soweto, have the same purpose: to cater for a transport and trader terminal in a people-friendly way, by providing spaces to traders which allow them to maximise the passing trade.Both have been created to be hard-wearing and low maintenance, using robust materials like red face brick and concrete finishes.The Metro Mall, on three levels and taking a whole block, is designed to accommodate 25 buses serving 35 different routes, with holding facilities for 2 000 taxis, servicing an estimated 100 000 commuters. There’s space for some 800 traders, inside the building and along the ground floor exterior in Bree and Sauer streets.The exterior of the Metro Mall. (Photo: Urban Solutions)The impressive double volume entrances, decorated by local artists in mosaic and tall wooden sculptures, act as “collection baskets” to draw people into its interior.A range of items is on sale in colourful stalls: fresh fruit, spices, cellphones, kitchenware, and for non-commuters or commuters with a longer wait, pool tables.With this building, the architects strove to create a mixed use structure that blends with city buildings in the vicinity, allowing easy access and freedom of movement inside the building. The building has also turned a rapidly deteriorating side of the city into a vibrant, people place, at the same time providing a formal home for both taxis and traders.“The Metro Mall is an demonstration of the passion with which all stakeholders, from client to trader representatives, have addressed the challenges in making a building of civic pride,” says the architects, Urban Solutions.The challenge for the architects of the Bara Taxi Rank brief was to allow space for buses, taxis and informal traders, at a bustling intersection – directly opposite the largest hospital in the country, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, situated along the township’s main arterial, Old Potchefstroom Road, a thoroughfare that carries 35 000 vehicles each day.Over a four-year period, agreement with all the parties concerned was reached. Construction started in 2004, and will continue until 2006, in five phases.The rank stretches over 1.3 kilometres, with a width of 50 metres, with landmark towers, decorated with mosaic by local artists, marking the entrances to the rank. Over 70% of Soweto commuters use this interchange.Previously, traders and taxi drivers jostled for space outside the hospital, with tourist buses increasingly adding to the space pressure.The rank can hold 500 taxis in holding bays, with 160 taxi loading bays, 35 long-distance taxi loading bays and 20 bus bays. There’s space for 500 traders, with stalls of varying sizes. Commuters can walk along a long, concrete-pillared arcade which runs the length of the site, along which traders are positioned.The unfinished concrete look of the complex provides a utilitarian finish, broken by brightly coloured entrances, landmarks for the rank. Its openness allows for plenty of “baggy space”.South African Embassy, Berlin(Mma Architects, 2003)Located in Berlin, this is the first embassy building South Africa has erected abroad in 27 years, and the first to be planned by South African architects.The architects pulled off a balancing act with a building that blends into the German capital while simultaneously fittingly representing South Africa – both its aspirations to become a pluralistic, democratic society, and its cultural (and especially architectural) identity, one that shifts between the European and African contexts.About 9 000 people visited the exhibition. “The response was good,” says Hoetzel. “It was well reviewed by national and international magazines and newspapers.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

  • South Africa increases support for co-ops

    first_img13 March 2012 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to increase support for co-operatives in the country by establishing a Co-operatives Development Agency and Tribunal. “The DTI is in the process of identifying programmes and products to ensure that we are supporting sustainable co-operatives that can play a meaningful role in the economic and social development of its members,” Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe said on Monday. Thabethe was speaking at the launch of the International Year of Co-operatives in Johannesburg. According to Wikipedia, a co-operative (or co-op) is an autonomous association of people who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit. They include non-profit community organisations that are owned and managed by the people who use their services (consumer co-operatives) and/or by the people who work there (worker co-operatives). “We will be establishing the Co-operatives Development Agency that will ensure that financial and non-financial support is more readily available to cooperatives,” Thabethe said. “We are also establishing the Co-operatives Tribunal that will assist cooperatives in addressing and resolving the conflicts within their organisations and will provide judicious management support.”Co-operative Incentive Scheme Development challenges faced by co-operatives will also be addressed, with several support interventions designed by the department. The DTI will increase funds for the Co-operative Incentive Scheme to ensure that larger numbers of co-operatives are able to gain access to financial support so as to operate their businesses. “We will be assisting in the promotion of secondary marketing co-operatives to address the challenge co-operatives face in accessing markets,” Thabethe said, adding that throughout the course of the year, the department would implement various initiatives to contribute to the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives. She said the year would help the department to increase awareness of the role played by co-operatives in the social and economic development of their members. The president of the South African National Cooperatives, Lawrence Bale, called on members of co-operatives to take advantage of the International Year of Cooperatives by coming together to speak in one voice in order to increase their strength and influence.‘Make land available to co-ops’ Bale called on the government to make land available to co-operatives, as most of them were in the agricultural sector. “We need to mobilise co-operatives and give them the necessary support in order for them to grow into sustainable enterprises, which contribute meaningfully to the country’s economy,” he added. The chairperson of the National Apex Cooperative Federation of South Africa, Wellings Maseko, appealed to the government to place co-operatives at the centre of national planning. “We need to increase awareness among members of society about the role that co-operatives play in the socio-economic development of our country, promote their growth and ensure that proper policies, laws and regulations are put in place in order promote their formation and growth,” Maseko said. The director of the International Labour Organisation in Pretoria, Nic van Vuuren, said co-operatives played a crucial role in job creation and the alleviation of poverty. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • England edge South Africa for Junior World title

    first_img20 June 2014 In a tightly fought battle between 2012 champions South Africa and 2013 champions England, the English narrowly claimed the honours 21-20 in the final of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. “We fought hard this whole tournament. We had two great wins against New Zealand, in the pool stages and the semi-final. We weren’t up for it tonight. We just weren’t good enough,” South African captain Handre Pollard said in a post-match interview on the field.‘They disrupted us a bit there’ Speaking about his side’s tactical approach, Pollard added: “I think we played the kicking game well, but they were very good at set pieces. I think any English side is good at set pieces. They disrupted us a bit there and that’s what we pride ourselves on, that’s where we start our set plays, so I think they did well to disrupt us there. “Credit has to go the English guys for fighting hard.”‘An amazing feeling’ England captain Maro Itoje was thrilled with his side’s victory. “It’s an amazing feeling. We worked so hard. Joy and tribulation. This has been a fantastic experience for us,” he said.IRB Junior Player of the Year It was a bittersweet occasion for South African skipper Pollard, who was named the IRB Junior Player of the Year at the post-match presentations. He joins Jan Serfontein (2012) and Pat Barnard (2002) as South African winners of the prestigious award. From the kick off, the English played the game inside the Junior Springboks’ half for the first five minutes of the contest, but Pollard and company slowly started moving the game downfield. First points After the men in green and gold’s first concerted attack, England flyhalf Billy Burns was blown for going off his feet at a ruck and Pollard knocked over the easy penalty to give South Africa the early lead. After a knock-on from the restart, however, England were able to exert similar pressure on South Africa and this time Burns had a crack at the posts. His effort was good and the teams were level at 3-3.South African try The Baby Boks hit the front again in the 20th minute when they quickly turned over England ball just outside the defending champions’ 22. Pollard put in a deft chip for Jesse Kriel to run onto. It was perfectly placed and Kriel gathered it and beat fullback Aaron Morris in the same motion to go over for his fourth try of the tournament on the left. Pollard converted the five-pointer to make it South Africa 10, England 3. With the Junior Springboks still camping in the England half, Pollard came oh so close to making it a 10-point South African lead, but his left-footed drop kick from just outside the English 22 was narrowly wide of the mark. With the two big packs battling for supremacy, South Africa began to enjoy some superiority in the lineouts, thanks mainly to the work of lock JD Schickerling.Huge penalty However, a huge 56-metre penalty from Aaron Morris four minutes before the break reduced the gap between the teams to three points as the arm wrestle continued. Then, with the half-time imminent, centre Nick Tompkins bust through a number of tackles before he was brought down just short of the South African tryline. England quickly recycled the ball and moved it wide to the right where Nathan Earle had an easy run in for a try. Burns missed with his conversion attempt. England led 11-10 and the half-time hooter sounded. Burns extended the English lead with a penaty four minutes into the second stanza, but Pollard made it a one-point game again when he replied with a penalty two minutes later.Second English try England, though, soon improved on their advantage when they scored a second try through Joel Conlon, with Burns adding the extras to make it England 21, South Africa 13. After wing Howard Packman had made ground up to the South African 22, fellow winger Nathan Earle took his team to within sight of the tryline, but the ball went loose off of Sergeal Petersen and into touch for an England thrown-in, from which they drove Conlon over to extend their advantage.South African response The Junior Springboks were far from done, however, and they soon found a second try of their own. After creating space down the left from a set scrum, Duhan van der Merwe brushed off a tackle before finding Jesse Kriel on his inside. The centre then rounded off a smart move with a neat sidestep of the fullback to go over for his second try of the final. Pollard pulled his team to back within one point of England with a successful conversion and the battle for the Junior World Championships title was well and truly back on.Junior Springbok pressure Having scored, South Africa surged back onto the attack after ripping the ball free from a driving maul by England. Playing the game inside the English 22, they kept the men in white under pressure, with Kriel coming close to the tryline again. When England tried to clear their lines, they couldn’t find any distance on their clearances on their kicks and the Junior Springboks remained on the attack. Pollard tried a drop kick from wide on the right, but his kick was just right of the posts. The miss, importantly, enabled England to kick as far as they possibly could downfield. Once they regained possession after South Africa conceded a penalty for illegal scummaging they ran the clock down to seal a second successive title.last_img read more

  • My 2nd Commandment: Don’t Give Anything Away!

    first_imgIn my last blog, I proposed that when building green we follow a variation of the 2,400-year-old Hippocratic Oath, Primum non nocere (“Above all else, do no harm”), as our 1st Commandment. I reinterpreted that oath from a business perspective as “Above all else, do not leave any money on the table building green.” Like a good doctor, I believe that before we can make things better, we have to agree not to make things worse. And if we are going to start out losing money when building green, we will definitely be making things worse. In fact, we owe it to ourselves, our employees, our families, our larger community, and yes, our customers to make sure we are profitable building green.Since I am writing in the company of Hippocrates, why not go for the gold and rub elbows with Moses? Thus, I propose that you incorporate the following 2nd Commandment into your best green-building business practices as well. Did you catch that? This and subsequent commandments are designed to help you build a strong, durable, high-performance, low-maintenance, healthy, efficient green-building business. And to do that we need to discuss some critical business fundamentals that will support our businesses in good times and bad. Other Blogs in this Series Without further ado, my 2nd Commandment is “Don’t give anything away.” This may of course be kind of tricky for someone new to green building, because in many cases we are willing to consider giving everything away just in order to… get the job, install our first solar panel, build our first LEED home, drill our first geothermal well, our first whatever makes us forget about what really needs to come first: the bottom line.Now, I can hear you heating up your keyboards already, but hear me out. I am writing for the bell curve. That is, I am writing for the majority of situations, not the minority. Yes, there are exceptions to giving items away, and yes, I have made them myself in the past and will likely make them again in the future. Some exceptions I’ve made have paid off; others haven’t. However, what made the difference between those that did and those that didn’t was making sure I made a cold, hard, and frank assessment of my motivations, the potential rewards, and the expected costs. AND I ran those motivations, rewards, and costs past someone else as knowledgeable about the issues but not as emotionally involved as I was.Here are some good and not-so-good discounting exceptions to consider:Good: discounting when the project is sufficiently green that you can guarantee local media coverage. If the trade-off doesn’t cost you anything out-of-pocket and is in fact only the opportunity cost of forgoing the profit, and you believe the result will make the project attractive enough for positive media coverage, then go for it!Not so good: discounting anything because the client says if you give him the discount, he will give you more work to do at another property he owns or at his kid’s home, pass your name on to a friend, or have you remodel another part of the home next year. Won’t happen! Tell him next year, when that work comes through, that you will pass the discount on to him at that time. Period. End of story.Good: discounting when the client makes his home available for open-house tours where you get to invite the attendees, manage the agenda, and pass out literature. Just because a client offers to have a dinner party may not be enough. You should host the party to ensure you can manage your message.Not so good: discounting anything when the client offers to have an open house where he invites his friends, but you do not get to speak, invite your client list, or pass out materials about your company. See above.Of course, I would love to hear about exceptions you have made—how they have worked and how they have bombed. But for me, the Bottom Line remains the bottom line: Discounting should be the exception, not the rule. You need to be honest with yourself about what the return will be, and the return needs to be tangible!Next blog? The 3rd Commandment: Change orders are a sign of weakness! My 1st CommandmentMy 2nd CommandmentMy 3rd CommandmentMy 4th CommandmentMy 5th CommandmentMy 6th CommandmentMy 7th Commandmentlast_img read more

  • BJP doing better work in State than at Centre: Hazare

    first_imgThe Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra was doing better work than the [Narendra] Modi government at the Centre, said Anna Hazare at a meeting at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration to discuss the draft of the new State Lokayukta Act.“I had sent several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of issues facing the people, including the appointment of a Lokpal … Yet, his administration never paid any attention to them,” Mr. Hazare said, adding that he would continue to fight for people’s rights.The 81-year-old activist is part of the joint committee headed by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta tasked with preparing a new Lokayukta Act for the State. “The Chief Minister’s approach towards the Lokayukta has been positive so far,” Mr. Hazare said.“The Lokpal and the Lokayuktas Act came into being [in 2013] with the aim to put the brakes on corruption. It posited that after the appointment of an ombudsman at the Centre, a Lokayukta would be appointed at the State level within a year…the purpose of today’s meeting is to come out with a draft to formulate a strong Lokayukta Act in Maharashtra,” Mr. Hazare said.The law, which will be drafted by a 10-member panel, is to be presented in the upcoming session of the State Legislature which begins June 17.The committee was set up in keeping with Mr. Fadnavis’ assurances to Mr. Hazare in February when the latter had had gone on a week-long hunger strike, demanding the appointment of the Lokpal at the Centre and a strong Lokayukta Act in the State among other things.Mr. Hazare further remarked that he hoped the proposed Lokayukta Act would serve as a model for the Centre akin to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was first enacted in Maharashtra.At the time of his hunger strike in February, Mr. Hazare had lashed out at Mr. Modi and the BJP, declaring that the party had used him and exploited his Jan Lokpal agitation to come to power in 2014.Targeting the [Narendra] Modi government, he had also said that it did not adhere to constitutional norms and that the Prime Minister was “transforming the Central government into a dictatorship”.It was only after receiving ‘satisfactory assurances’ from the Centre and the State that Mr. Hazare had withdrawn his agitation.last_img read more

  • Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts

    first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trailing, 102-101, the Beermen had a chance to take the lead inside the final 10 seconds and they wisely went to the reigning three-time PBA MVP to bail them out.Fajardo shot over Bolts import Allen Durham but his floater came up short as it hit the front rim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was my fault. It was a good look and I missed that final shot. We should have won,” said a frustrated Fajardo in Filipino after the Beermen’s 104-101 defeat.The loss didn’t just cause San Miguel the game, but also a seat in the top four as they wound up in sixth place heading into the quarterfinals. The Cebuano giant went hard on himself despite posting a team-best 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.“I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m really sorry and I promise to bounce back,” he said.San Miguel will now have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals for its Grand Slam bid to go on. A win by the Gin Kings on Wednesday would send the Beermen into an early exit.“We’re still not out. We still have a chance to win. We just have to stay positive. Our will is still strong and we’ll take this one game at a time even though we have to go through the eye of the needle,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA IMAGESNine times out of ten, June Mar Fajardo would easily make a basket from five feet.It just unfortunate for San Miguel Beer that the rarest of times Fajardo would miss from close range came on Sunday night in an all-important game against rival Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

  • Three Matchups To Watch In the OSU-TCU Game

    first_imgLet’s get right to work.1. The President vs. TCU Cornerback Ranthony TexadaJames Washington is a walking highlight reel that’s only gotten better since a slow day in Lawrence. And here’s the thing: teams know who he is. He’s preseason All Big 12, the only returning 1,000-yard receiver, and he had incredible games against a lot of these teams in recent years. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 130.7 yards per game, so he’s hitting a stride and now it’s time to see what one of the best defensive coaches in the league are going to throw at him.The unlucky winner of the “who has to guard No. 28 game” is likely to be junior Frog Ranthony Texada. Texada had himself a bit of a game a couple of weeks ago when he housed a stop/curl route thrown by Seth Russell, showing off his ball skills. Texada didn’t play last year in Stillwater because of injury and will be eager to prove himself against one of the nation’s best.Also, we got our hands on some footage from the practice facility in Fort Worth earlier this week where Coach Gary Patterson has mentioned that the first person to move has to guard No. 28 on Saturday.Only one way to celebrate a road win in Waco: #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/elsxEbQhmz— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 6, 20162. Mason Rudolph vs. Horned Frog Quarterback Kenny HillYou can win a lot of games in the Big 12 if you’re ahead in the “arm(s)” race, and boy are the Cowboys enjoying that advantage this season. It’s fair to say Mason is 1-1 vs. the pair of elite throwers he’s faced (beat Mahomes, lost to Russell) and while Kenny Hill isn’t elite, he’s a ballplayer. You may remember him from opening night in 2014 when he broke Johnny Football’s single game record at Texas A&M, but the fall was hard and now he’s surfaced and earned the job in Fort Worth. After getting benched in the home loss to Tech, Kenny Hill had his best game of the season against the Bears. To give Hill a fair shake, we have to do some serious stepping back for some semblance of objectivity to see what we have here (because let’s be real, No. 2 has been lighting up defenses like a Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center). Here are some stats to compare the two: screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-3-53-38-pmHill isn’t a chump, he’s having a good season but I think you gleam more from who is around him in the standings. Passing efficiency (a number that adjusts for completion percentage, yards per attempt and touchdowns/interceptions) stats have Mason top ten in the country ahead of Mahomes and Mike Leach’s quarterback Luke Falk at Washington State, while Hill is just a hair short of beating out Jake Lanning, Iowa State’s predominantly running quarterback. Hill had a career day on the ground last week, but Mason is tied with Alabama freshman phenom Jalen Hurts and Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. in “points responsible for” while Hill is chasing Arkansas’ Austin Allen (who runs a plodding Big 10 attack). Again, Hill can throw the rock and has an embarrassment of riches in playmakers with running back Kyle Hicks and dynamo KaVontae Turpin, but Rudolph has been “unstoppable” and the Pokes will have an edge this weekend because of it. Color me excited about this matchup.Plus, I’m not totally sure how to feel about comparing Mason to a guy who fans were saying this about three weeks ago.3. TCU Defensive End Josh Carraway vs. Cowboy Left Tackle Victor SalakoIt was an absolute revelation when Victor Salako transferred to Stillwater in the spring of 2014 when his program called it quits at UAB, especially in the wake of the devastating loss of NFL-hopeful Devin Davis in 2013.  And while last year was an adjustment, OSU’s gentle giant Victor Salako stands at 6’6” and 335 pounds and looks to be a handful for one of the conference’s best pass rushers in senior Frog Josh Carraway.We’ve missed big time chances to see what Salako can do with other productive rushers lining up at the left end spot (K-State’s Jordan Willis and KU’s Dorance Armstrong, Jr.), but not this week. While I think Mason’s improved footwork has only helped out the line, how well Salako protects the No. 2’s blindside will only help the #Rudolph2Washington connection. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • A Quick Look at OSU’s Alamo Bowl Foe, Colorado

    first_imgAfter losing the Bedlam de-facto Big 12 title game, the Cowboys are headed to San Antonio on December 29 the face Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.This is the second-straight year that Oklahoma State has finished second in the Big 12. Last year sent them to the Sugar Bowl with Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff berth.The Cowboys are 1-2 in Alamo Bowls, the most recent trip was their 36-10 win over Arizona in 2010. Colorado has been to the Alamo Bowl once, losing in overtime to Wisconsin back in 2002.So let’s look at the Cowboys’ former Big 8/Big 12 opponent, Colorado.At 10-3 the Buffaloes won the Pac-12 South division before being dispatched by Washington 41-10 in the Pac-12 title game. Their three losses are to current top-10 teams Southern Cal, Michigan and Washington.What can’t be underestimated is the job fourth-year head coach Mike MacIntyre has done in turning the football program in Boulder around.After three consecutive losing seasons, MacIntyre’s Buffs followed a 4-9 year with a the program’s first 10-win year since 2001. In fact, the Buffs hadn’t turned out a winning season since 2005, six years before they left the Big 12 for the Pac-12.This accomplishment earned MacIntyre Pac-12 Coach of the Year as well as Walter Camp National Coach of the Year awards. The Buffaloes bring to San Antonio the nation’s 18th-ranked scoring defense giving up just 20.5 points per game and the 43rd-ranked scoring offense at 32.8 point per game.Their offense is led by senior quarterback Sefo Liufau and junior running back Phillip Lindsay (1,189 yards at 5.2 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns).Their defense is the star here and they are led by senior linebacker Jimmie Gilbert who has 57 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, six qb hurries and three pass breakups.Colorado boasts a 21st-ranked 0.96 net points per drive. They rank 7th in opponent points per drive scored (1.36) and 4th in opponent’s points per drive the start within an opposing offense’s own 20-yard line, so field position could be huge in this game.The Cowboys and Buffaloes haven’t met since 2009 you know, the Weeden-game, when they were both still in the Big 12. The Buff’s hold a 26-19-1 edge in the all-time series.The Valero Alamo Bowl will air on ESPN on December 29. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Lovren salutes instant connection with Van Dijk

    first_imgLiverpool Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren’s instant connection proves promising for Liverpool Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Van Dijk Lovren split pic Liverpool Premier League Opinion The duo have only started together twice, but the evidence thus far suggests that they combine well in the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard During the stealth, swift build-up to the official announcement of Liverpool’s recruitment of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton on December 27, the memes of a spooked Dejan Lovren surged in.The widespread interpretation of the club parting with £75 million – pulverising the previous world-record fee for a defender – was that it would expire the Croatian’s regular appearances in the rearguard.And so, the GIF-ignominy of the 28-year-old continued, reaching a crescendo three days later when the celebrated acquisition was a guest at Anfield for the hosting of Leicester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It was on that afternoon, however, during the first interaction between the centre-backs, that a more accurate reading was provided of what would follow at Liverpool.Van Dijk’s quick pre-match tour of the stadium ended with the Netherlands international positioned in a corridor linking the players’ entrance and the home dressing room to greet his new colleagues.Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez, two of Jurgen Klopp’s options in the heart of defence, received a standard clasped handshake. Next to pass through, all eyes locked on the moment, was Lovren.The fellow former Saint caught a glimpse of Van Dijk before he rounded the corner of the entryway, and sharply stuck out his right hand, removing one of his in-ear pieces with the other hand.While most didn’t break stride to say their hellos, Lovren stopped for an extended period, exchanging smiles and a few words with the new signing.The warm introduction ended with a few taps on each other’s shoulders. Since then, their pair’s relationship has swelled. They share a very good rapport off the pitch, and despite only having a tiny sample to work with, have functioned really well together on it.Van Dijk started three games with Joel Matip before Klopp first tested his compatibility alongside Lovren in the 2-2 home draw with Tottenham.Bar both penalty incidents against Spurs, still decisions of disagreement, the pair were excellent. They produced 22 clearances combined, with Van Dijk winning all his aerial challenges and the pair combining to stymie Harry Kane, who was only effective when scoring one of his two chances from the spot. GFX Lovren on Van Dijk LiverpoolThe second sighting of the partnership was in the 5-0 destruction of Porto in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash. At Estadio do Dragao, Lovren contributed a key pass and the duo offered five tackles, as many interceptions as well as 10 clearances. Van Dijk managed more touches than anyone else in the encounter last Wednesday, posting a duel success of 77%.Whereas the Dutchman’s early collaborations with Matip looked unconvincing at times – too many in-game position changes and the attacking of balls in the other’s zone – the synergy with Lovren seems more comfortable.Again, there is only limited evidence to work off, but the assessment of the Croatian supports this theory. “To be honest, maybe I didn’t expect that we would be so quick [to settle] together,” Lovren said as he reflected on their two starts as a pair.“But when you are a top centre-back, I think it is normal and Virgil is one of them. Of course he needs some time to adapt in some moments because Southampton to Liverpool is different.“He understands what the manager wants, sometimes I have to remind him also. I help him with as much as I know and can.Liverpool Lovren Van Dijk“It is a difficult period sometimes to adapt, but he is managing it quite well. Everyone is behind him and giving him support.“We are a football team that likes to play with high pressure and I think he does this very good.”Van Dijk’s last three performances, in particular, have been stately. His smirking and steeliness amid the barrage of boos upon his return to Southampton on February 11 was perhaps most instructive on his unfazed nature, with Klopp underscoring as much afterwards.In his six appearances at Liverpool, the No.4 has won 74% of his total duels across all competitions and 81% of those in the air, averaging six clearances per game as well as 83 touches and 63 passes.Beyond the impressive numbers, the 26-year-old’s authority, ability to communicate effectively as well as his traits that blend well with the blueprint – his long diagonals for example – have enthused those at Melwood.And as Klopp has stated, this is merely the introduction to him; the best version of Van Dijk will materialise once he has been pushed through a full-throttle pre-season, which is quite something for everyone affiliated with Liverpool to anticipate. 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