Do we really need these big new stores?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Well, it appears that the new CVS in Burnt Hills is nearing completion. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle on the downtown Burnt Hills skyline. Why so enormous? It looks as if they have built a 12-stall stable for a one-horse town. Don`t get me wrong, some change is good. But this is like the Taj Mahal. Aside from needing to be careful in the parking lot, what is wrong with the old CVS? Progress, they say. I say “ridiculous.”This town hasn’t changed much in the 40-plus years I’ve known it and lived in it. I think it`s fair to say that the vast majority of people who live here find that we like it that way. It’s far enough out to not have big city hassles, but close enough to Glenville to have everything within reach.I remember the building next to the current CVS (soon to be the old CVS)  as Veeder & Yelverton. It was a small store and pharmacy, which if I remember correctly back to my youth had a large painted sign on the side stating, “We Deliver Rx.” Now this old complex of small retail units is slowly being vacated. No doubt, it’s most likely for one of those new state-of-the-art Stewarts Shops. We need that like a hole in the head. Anyone trying to get back on to Route 50 at rush hour or when the schools let out know it`s like Russian roulette.So, we stand poised on the doorstep of progress with a new, gargantuan CVS and, please no, but I fear another Stewarts on the opposite corner. Who thought this was a great idea I`ll never know. Will they deliver progress?Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Fighting finish takes England into European semi

first_img Yorkshire’s Stephen East took England into the semi-finals of the European senior men’s team championship with a real fighting finish to beat Sweden 3-2.East was one down playing the 18th at the Diamond Club in Austria, but he managed to birdie the hole to get all square and take the game into extra time. He finally prevailed with another birdie on the 21st to send the team through to the next round.The match was intensely close throughout. Only Richard Latham had a comfortable 4/2 winning score. In the other games Ian Attoe and Richard Partridge won the foursomes by one hole, Trevor Foster was beaten on the 20th and Rupert Kellock lost one down.Tomorrow, England play Germany who beat France today by 3.5-1.5.In the European senior women’s team championship in Belgium, England suffered contrasting fortunes. They too played Sweden, but they lost 3-2. The team had two big wins, with Aileen Greenfield and Helen Lowe taking the foursomes point 5/4 and Julie Brown winning her singles 8/6. But Cath Rawthore and Sue Spencer both lost 3/2 and the team’s hopes were dashed when Jackie Foster lost a marathon on the 20th.The team is out of the medal race and will now play for place. Tomorrow they meet the Netherlands. Tags: Mens Team, Senior, Sweden 6 Sep 2018 Fighting finish takes England into European semi last_img read more

Basketball Under the Lights

first_imgPhotos and story by George Mazzeo |RUMSON – Under the setting sun on the banks of the Navesink River, the cheers of excited parents and basketball fans can be heard emanating from Victory Park. The “D” League, for seventh-to 10th- grade Rumson and Fair Haven boys, is in full swing and the competition is heated. With slick passes, smooth shooting and some turnovers too, the boys hone their skills, learn the game and wow the fans.The vision of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Bulldogs head basketball coach Chris Champeau, the league has been a staple on summer Friday nights in Rumson for several years. Champeau, who serves as league commissioner and game announcer, encourages the players, chides the referee and generally provides fun to the festivities with his commentary. “Shempy,” as Champeau is affectionately known, refers to Victory Park as “the most beautiful basketball venue in the United States.” It may be, with striking sunsets and moonlit skies providing a backdrop for arcing jump shots.The teams, sponsored by local businesses, are coached by RFH high school varsity basketball players. All the kids who sign up get a chance to play and the third quarter is always the “futures quarter,” featuring the youngest players. The season ends Friday night Aug. 24.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Insider Trading: Rodriguez heading to Real Madrid, Pirlo to Tottenham a no-go

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.There’s the latest on James Rodriguez’s proposed move to Real Madrid. Plus, there’s an update on Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s future, and Tottenham fans are told to forget about signing Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo.Here’s the top transfer rumours:Atletico Madrid line up £16m move for Chelsea targetMedel pleads with Cardiff to let him join Inter MilanLiverpool transfer news: Reds to beat Spurs to PSV attacker?Inter Milan enter talks with Tottenham over Spurs flopLopez is staying at Real Madrid! Agent quashes Arsenal and Tottenham transfer talklast_img

The Department of Arts & Culture hosts the 2019 South African Film Summit

first_imgIndustry experts, policy makers, government and aspiring filmmakers gathered at the South African Film Summit from 4 -5 February 2019 at Skyrink Studios, in Johannesburg. This year’s Summit was held under the theme “Transformation and Innovation in the South African Film/Audio-Visual Industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Are we geared for change?”The Summit shines a spotlight on how effectively we are telling South African stories, and explored consensus about “the potential of the industry for nation-building and using the industry as a catalyst for economic growth”.In a statement released by the Department of Arts & Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa said: “Policy coordination and coherence is important to ensure there are no unnecessary bottlenecks, contradictions and gaps that will negatively impact on the business environment while simultaneously encouraging investment, particularly from the private sector. Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only in the continent but also globally, is an important one if the country is to compete in the creative economy”.There is no doubt that the Arts & Culture sector is a key player in enhancing the Nation Brand and growing the economy. According to The World Economic Forum’s 2017 report on The Future of Jobs and Skills in Africa, the creative industries is considered one of ‘trending’ professions, with an average growth rate of 7% between 2011 and 2016.Attendees of this year’s South African Film Summit experienced windows of information sharing through case studies, measuring South Africa’s growth against other countries in the developing world.As all sectors ensure readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we look forward to proactive resolutions to come out of the Summit, putting in all efforts to develop the local film industry.last_img read more

Get around Joburg with

first_imgNkoane holds a BSc Honours in computer science from Wits University, and has taught web, mobile, and internet development and mathematics for more than 10 years at the National Electronic Media Institute of South AfricaJohannesburg-born computer scientist Lebogang Nkoane has developed an application that allows public transport users to determine which buses, taxis or trains to take to get to their destinations.Nkoane developed the programme,, in 2004 after having to use public transport in the city. He found that information on which mode of transport to take, and where to wait for buses and taxis, was lacking. He felt it was important to know how to use public transport to get around a city as cosmopolitan as Joburg.Born in Alexandra in northern Johannesburg, the 36-year-old is the founder and owner of 2LMN, a media research and development studio which has garnered accolades from the digital industry in awards ceremonies such as The Loeries and The Bookmarks.Nkoane also owns This is Photography, a photo-sharing site for artistic photography in Africa and entertains a selective audience with his philosophic essays at A new direction.An prototype went live around mid-2011, and an official version was released in July 2012. Nkoane had refined the application, making it more efficient and easier to use.Users can access the app at a way to be via any internet-enabled device, such as laptops, cellphones and tablets. So far the application covers routes in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, with plans to add routes from cities such as Durban and Bloemfontein.THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ALTER NATIVENkoane says one of the joys of being an entrepreneur is that he is in control of his time, but that it is challenging trying to innovate in a business environment that only rewards success. With regards to, it is difficult to source route information, but Nkoane hopes to expand the app to cover Africa, allowing for people to “move from Cape to Cairo” using public transport.He refers to himself as the “Alter Native” saying, “it is more of a sense of recognising where I come from (native) and yet not become it exactly (alter), allowing myself to be anything”.Nkoane holds a BSc Honours in computer science from Wits University, and has taught web, mobile, and internet development and mathematics for more than 10 years at the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa.He attended Carter Primary School in Mpumalanga until Grade 4, when his family went into exile in Tanzania. When they returned in 1991 he lived in Alexandra and Hillbrow until he matriculated from Woodmead High School in 1995.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

Looking Through Windows — Part 5

first_imgSmall changes in the SHGC matterWhich gets to what I call the importance of “two-decimal place accuracy” on window performance specifications.This table (Window Comparison) compares the performance specifications for the four windows we seriously considered for EdgewaterHaus. Look at the SHGC for the triple-pane windows, which range from a low of 0.5 for the standard Unilux glazing to a high of 0.64 for the Thermotech. That’s a spread of only 0.14. How can such a tiny change in heat gain have much of an impact, you ask? I was just as puzzled.So here’s a simple summary of Marc Rosenbaum’s PHPP heat-load analysis that compares the net heat flux for all Unilux windows within the building envelope (e.g., it excludes windows in the garage and three-season room). Net heat flux is the average annual solar heat gain during the day for our geographic location less the heat loss in the evening. All numbers are positive, signifying that the windows admit more solar gain than they lose (Passivhaus buildings rely on windows to heat the home, so this should not be surprising):7,716 KBTU/year using Unilux 0.5 SHGC windows prior to the above changes.10,075 KBTU/year with the above changes but retaining 0.5 SHGC windows.14,817 KBTU/year with the above changes, including the higher 0.61 SHGC glazing on main floor south facing windows, standard 0.5 SHGC on all other windows.The benefit of higher SHGC glass outweighs the slightly poorer glazing U-factors. For the Unilux windows, the high-SHGC glass has a U-factor of 0.109, while the standard glass has a U-factor of 0.088 (lower U-factors indicate better peformance). That’s because the higher SHGC allows more heat to enter than the poorer U-factor loses.The table also suggests why the Pella Proline windows which we previously considered and liked so much fared so poorly in the PHPP analysis. Pella offers a much less competitive SHGC of 0.0558 AND poor U-factor of 0.171Although both Pella and Unilux are wood-framed windows, the Unilux window incorporates a proprietary thermal break within the wood core (see the photo above) of the frame and sash, substantially improving the U-factor compared to the Pella window. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus. We need R-118 insulation and more south-facing glassSo how did we get to the 4.74 KBTU/sq. ft./year? There were a few enhancements to the building envelope and a concerted effort fine-tuning the windows.To improve the overall building thermal performance, our architect, Chris Briley, added more south-facing glass and reduced the roof overhang above these windows to eliminate any winter shading. Chris assures us that the vegetative trellis he has designed along the south facade will preclude overheating in the summer. (Don’t architects guarantee the integrity of all aspects of their design?) The vegetation will die in the winter, allowing full sun to enter the home.Marc Rosenbaum then added 10 inches of cellulose insulation, raising the ceiling R-value from R-76 to — gasp — R-118.But Chris had to literally stumble onto two key changes to the Unilux windows, overcoming initial “no can do” from the Hancock team: specifying (1) “direct glazing” and (2) optional higher SHGC glazing.Normally two adjacent windows each have their own frames and sash surrounding the glazing. But sashes at ~ R-1 have a much lower insulating value than does the triple-pane glazing at R-5 or higher. Direct glazing allows a single sash to hold two adjacent pieces of glazing. Eliminating one sash between two abutting windows means more higher performing glass, less poorly insulating sash, and thus better overall performance for the entire window assembly.The Hancock Unilux team initially said that direct glazing was not possible. Kudos to Chris for his persistence in getting confirmation from Unilux that direct glazing was indeed possible and beneficial. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the ninth article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]Strike up the band: we have – finally – achieved the Passivhaus standard with Unilux windows!Marc Rosenbaum, our energy consultant, ran the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software and arrived at a heat load of 4.74 KBTU/sq. ft./year, a mere 0.01 below the 4.75 limit. Talk about a photo-finish squeaker!Yes, being just 0.01 below the limit is too close for comfort. Marc has entered several PHPP assumptions that, upon review by a still-to-be determined independent Passive House certifier, may be modified or disallowed. I will discuss in a future blog additional steps we can consider to further lower the annual heat load and provide flexibility for the certification review. Still, we are very pleased that the EdgewaterHaus design is sufficiently robust to meet the Passive House heat load standard, which is much harder to attain in a northern climate than the primary energy criteria. An arm and a legWondering whether these Unilux windows are expensive? With its exquisitely engineered high-tech framing, heavy-gauge aluminum exterior cladding, interior stained wood, triple-pane glazing with optional (read more costly) high SHGC glazing that still manages to easily open and close on robust door quality hinges, the answer is unequivocally “yes.”At a cost of $113 per square foot of glazing, that is just short of outrageous, and seriously challenges our checkbook. We could save perhaps $20,000 by going with triple-pane Thermotech Fiberglass or Schüco windows. We would get equivalent performance, at least initially. But having examined the Thermotech and Schüco windows very closely, I am certain we would not get the long term durability, nor the esthetic beauty of the Unilux windows.It’s a shame that the technical skills of the local Unilux distributor are not on par with the premium Unilux window they are selling. Hopefully, Hancock Lumber is now be better informed to help future clients. The Unilux sales brochure boldly proclaims that the window we selected, the UltraTherm 3, “exceeds the Passive House standard.” So when we first saw the window and liked it very much, we figured it would easily meet our needs for EdgewaterHaus. After three tortuous months of fitting and fine-tuning these windows to our situation, I can offer a qualified “Yes, but…”We failed to notice an early clue of the challenge ahead: notwithstanding the Unilux claim, the UltraTherm 3 window does NOT carry a Passivhaus certificate like the Schüco window we also considered. (The Passivhaus Institut in Germany tests and certifies certain products like windows and heat-recovery ventilators on their suitability for use in Passivhaus buildings.) Certified products feature exceptional energy performance, making it easier for a designer to select key building components to attain the Passivhaus standard. (But only if the designer can read German! You see, the Passivhaus Institut and the Passive House Institute U.S. have been so busy feuding with each other that neither has taken the time or effort to offer users an English translation for certified products!) Hmm.center_img Are the windows Passivhaus-certified?A Passivhaus building relies on the sun as the primary engine to heat the house. South-facing windows play a critical role. Today’s blog explores why using Unilux windows has been so challenging, and how changes of just one tenth or even a few hundredths of a percent in window performance specifications, changes seemingly so minute that they would appear to be inconsequential except in judging the performance of an Olympic athlete, yield significant energy performance consequences. RELATED ARTICLES Window woesAdding to the challenge was the poor technical support we have received from Hancock Lumber, the local distributor for Unilux windows. Following my previous blog on “window woes,” we met with the president of Hancock Lumber to discuss our concerns about the firm’s lack of technical product knowledge and lengthy turnaround times, but unfortunately that meeting has not led to a discernible improvement.We have had 10 repricings on windows over some four months, most of which I believe could have been avoided if the Hancock team were true salespeople who grasped what our needs were and had the depth of product knowledge to recommend what Unilux configuration would best serve our purposes.To this day, I don’t believe the Hancock window team realizes that it’s not just about sizing glass to fit into a wall opening, but engineering a high-performance window solution to heat a home. Is high-solar-gain glazing available?Similarly, Chris had to ask why Unilux could not provide higher SHGC glass like that offered by some of their competitors. (Note: the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures how much solar gain penetrates the windows. A high SHGC allows more of the solar radiant heat to pass through the glass into the house. A high SHGC is desirable for northern climates, while a low SHGC is better for southern climates where cooling is more important than heating.) Remember that a Passivhaus building is designed to use south-facing windows as the primary heat source for the home.Of all the adjustments that were made, specifying higher 0.61 SHGC glass vs. the Unilux-supplied 0.5 had the greatest impact on building performance; yes, more important than even the U-factor or the 10 inches of additional cellulose insulation in the ceiling.Higher SHGC is not a standard Unilux option, but Unilux was willing to obtain and install this glazing in our windows. I find it surprising that a premium European window manufacturer like Unilux does not include high-SHGC glazings in its repertoire. Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7last_img read more

Asian Cup: China pins second loss on PH Azkals

first_imgConvincing by win China. Photo from AFC CupABU DHABI – China proved too classy for the Philippines as it came away with a 3-0 win last Friday night to reach the knockout stage of the AFC Asian Cup at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium here. A brace from Wu Lei and a close-range header from substitute Yu Dabao in the second half propelled the Dragons to their second straight victory in Group C, while sending the Azkals to their second loss in the tournament. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coach Sven Goran Eriksson made one change to the side with Manny Ott making way for Carlie De Murga, who was on the right of Alvaro Silva of a three-man backline. Stephan Schrock was moved to the left wing with Luke Woodland taking his right wingback spot. Despite China’s early endeavor, the first real chance actually fell to the Azkals in the 22nd minute when Patrick Reichelt and Patrick Strauss combined to release Javier Patino on the left only for Feng Xiaoting to block the goalbound effort.It was China’s turn to threaten in the 33rd minute with Wu Xi heading Hao Junmin’s cross just wide off Michael Falkesgaard’s goal. China took the lead thanks to a moment of brilliance from Wu, the Shanghai SIPG star, who was marked by Azkals coach Sven Goran Eriksson as the Chinese’ danger man. Afforded time and space just outside the area, Wu looped the ball over Falkesgaard and into the top corner.Just before halftime, Ingreso forced Yan Junling into a fingertip save from distance. The second half started the same way as the first with the Dragons on the ascendancy. Six minutes after the restart, Falkesgaard was called into action by a well hit volley from Wu. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The defeat left the Azkals with a slim chance of making the next round in their first Asian Cup appearance. They must win their final group match against Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday in Dubai and hope that results in the other group will go their way as they try to sneak into the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKyrgyzstan was slated to play South Korea late Friday. Unlike their creditable performance against Korea, who dealt them a 1-0 defeat last Monday, the Azkals struggled to settle into the match against a physical Chinese side. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LA Tenorio sees big things for Scottie Thompson: ‘He’ll be the face of PBA’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Chinese striker finally got his second goal in the 66th minute as his volley off a free kick came flying past Falkesgaard. Eriksson made his first substitution moments later with Phil Younghusband coming on for Carlie De Murga. That hardly changed the pattern for the Azkals as Wu almost got his hat trick in the 79th minute, forcing another superb stop from Falkesgaard. The third goal came two minutes later when Yu Dabao headed home from close range after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Video: LSU Students Appeared To Direct A NSFW Chant At Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield

first_imgLSU students appear to direct NSFW chant at Buddy Hield.Buddy Hield ChantIt’s halftime in Baton Rouge, and LSU is halfway to pulling an upset over No. 1 Oklahoma. The Tigers are leading the Sooners 44-36 at intermission. Late in the first half, the LSU student section began taunting Oklahoma star Buddy Hield as he prepared to shoot a free throw. In and of itself, this certainly isn’t newsworthy, but when you take into account what they appeared to chant, it is.Listen closely, and you can hear what sounds like “F— you, Buddy” coming from the student section.  LSU students with a not so family-friendly chant to Buddy Hield. (NSFW)— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) January 30, 2016It certainly sounds like what we think it is. You can bet the LSU administration isn’t happy about this.last_img

Paul Scholes United are dull to watch

first_imgPaul Scholes has revealed that Manchester United’s performances are making it difficult for him to watch his former club playUnited once again failed to win any of their last 4 games across all competitions and are struggling to win a home fixture since their triumph over Leicester City.However, Red Devil’s legend Paul Scholes went further to suggest the Old Trafford outfit are no longer an exciting side to watch.“We talk about them being dull and we talk about the first 10 games (of this season), but you go into last season as well,” he said.“It’s been dull to watch. I don’t know how many times we’ve sat in the studio watching games and we end up watching the other screens looking at the other games to find some goals. That’s just the way it is.“But they’re still in a strong position in the group, they’ll still go through the group. But hopefully, that Juventus game (the next one in the group) will liven it up a bit.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Before the match, Scholes was critical of Mourinho’s tactics for the defeat at West Ham on Saturday.“I’m surprised he survived after Saturday,” he said.“The performance was that bad. The attitude and performance were nowhere near.“He’s coming out in press conference, he is constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he is not getting what he wants.“I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club.”last_img read more