You can help Binghamton’s art district by taking a survey

first_imgOn Oct. 29, the city will hold a public meeting on the project on Zoom. Results from the survey will be directed toward improving the Downtown Entertainment and Cultural Organizations District. The survey asks people about what downtown art elements they enjoy and what can be done to get more people to the arts district. Anyone who wishes to participate in the survey has until Oct. 26. You can take the survey by clicking here.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Wednesday, Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced an online survey to get the public’s input on planned streetscape and aesthetic upgrades to the city’s arts district. In 2018, the city says it received a $1.7 million state grant for the creation of a unified arts and culture district for parts of Water, Washington, State, Henry and Lewis streets.last_img read more

Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism

first_img The midfielder has consistently ranked among the top three best tacklers in the Premier League and currently ranks third on the list, behind his teammate Ricardo Pereira and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka. His solid performances ensured Leicester’s current third position on the league table, behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City. Ndidi has also been in excellent form for the Super Eagles and in 2019, he played a key role as Nigeria clinched their eighth bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The 23-year-old was also one of the standout players as Nigeria defeated the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in their 2021 Afcon qualifying games, which saw them sit atop Group L with six points. He was part of Gernot Rohr’s team scheduled to face Sierra Leone in their third qualifying game before the match was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. read also:EPL Restart: Ndidi, Iheanacho get June 20 date against Watford The combative midfielder has made 36 appearances for the three-time African champions since making his debut against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015. Ndidi will hope to continue his solid defensive displays for Leicester when the Premier League resu FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has attributed his progress to his ability to listen to criticism from his coaches, friends, and wife. Super Eagles and Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi st for Watford clash The Nigeria international has been in top form since teaming up with the King Power Stadium outfit in 2017 from Belgian side Genk. Ndidi’s stock has risen very high in the Premier League and he is currently regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the English top-flight. Reflecting on his success, the Super Eagle praised the people who surround him for their sincere criticism which has helped him to improve on his performances. “My circle of friends is very small, and they are people who are straight in their assertions. Even at Leicester City, the players, the coaches, and the staff are straight with me,” Ndidi told the Super Eagles media team. “That alone is like an encouragement to me; they make me understand life in general and how I am performing. “Kudos also must go to my wife; she is always honest with me as it concerns my game, telling me the right things and I don’t joke with her criticisms because I know she wants me to be a better player and my boss at Leicester too.” Ndidi has made 111 Premier League appearances since his arrival at King Power Stadium and this season he has played 29 times for the Foxes across all competitions.center_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Ama Ristorante First Business to Reopen in Sea Bright

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Ama Ristorante at Driftwood, the newly renovated restaurant on the Sea Bright oceanfront, has reopened.The restaurant was able to open its doors on Friday, Nov. 30, just a month after Super Storm Sandy struck.It was the first business to reopen in Sea Bright since the catastrophic storm hit.The Stavola family, Chef Pat Trama and General Manager Laura Borawski, are pleased to be a part of what is a first step in the ultimate restoration of the Sea Bright business community.The front of the house at Ama Ristorante at Driftwood, Sea Bright, poses with wide smiles during its reopening night, one month after Super Storm Sandy.“We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people who helped us in our efforts to reopen quickly,” said Mike Stavola, one of the members of the family that has owned the popular beach club since 1957. “We would particularly like to recognize the contributions made by the dedicated officials of Sea Bright, the courageous first responders, our employees and our families.“We also understand that Ama Ristorante was more fortunate than many of our neighbors, who face continuing struggles in an attempt to rebuild homes, businesses and lives,” he said.The restaurant, which originally opened Sept. 14, offers expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and Shrews­bury River and was fast becoming a favorite among locals. The restaurant had been formerly located in Atlantic Highlands.In addition to the reopening, the Stavola family is currently preparing a fundraising effort designed to assist Sea Bright property owners re­build. Details of this fundraising plan will be announced next week.More than 75 percent of the structures in Sea Bright suffered major damage.  Before anything could be done to start the rebuilding, the roadway and streets, which were covered with 5 to 6 feet of sand, needed to be cleared. Mike Stavola, who is also owner of Cardinal Contracting Co., an earth-moving and paving company, worked around the clock to clear the streets by literally removing mountains of sand and debris.Cardinal Contracting crews continued working around the clock to remove mountains of sand and debris from the streets.last_img read more

Sasol in R8.4bn local wax investment

first_imgSouth African petrochemicals giant Sasol is to invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by its Sasol Wax division in the country by 2014. The investment will be done in two phases, with the first phase coming into operation by 2012 and increasing Sasol Wax’s production capacity by 40%. The company has already completed the basic engineering and ordered some of the long lead items for this phase. The second phase will come into operation by 2014. “This large investment shows Sasol’s commitment to the wax business and enables us to grow with our customers in this market,” said Sasol Wax MD Johan du Preez. “It is in line with Sasol’s strategy to leverage our advanced proprietary technology and is also aligned with our longer term plans to significantly grow the chemicals business of the Sasol group.” Another important application is as an additive in the forming of PVC objects such as pipes or window frames. Lead based stabilisers in PVC are being phased out and hard wax is a critical component in the additives that are replacing the lead based product. An environmentally friendly application for hard wax is as an additive in bitumen used in road construction. The product is also used in printing ink. 2 December 2009 The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in Southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications. Hard wax is used in a number of unique applications. An important application is in hot melt adhesives – the glue which is applied at high speed, for instance to seal cereal boxes or milk cartons. This is a rapidly growing application, especially in the developing world. Used in unique applications Sasol Wax is a major producer and marketer of synthetic and petroleum derived waxes, with production facilities in South Africa, North America, and Europe. Total production of all the wax products from the Sasolburg site near Johannesburg will increase by two-thirds. ‘Significant investment’ “This is a significant investment for the Sasolburg site and demonstrates our commitment to our South African Asset base,” Sasol GM Reiner Groh said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Are Blower-Door Regulations Too Big a Burden?

first_imgHis dilemma is the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door Basics New Air Sealing Requirements in the International Residential CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy Code Where to get helpGeneral information about blower-door testing is available online. Resources include an article by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay explaining the protocol for conducting a blower-door test and the locations of common air leaks.Another, pointed out by Robert Post, is the green-building web site Oikos, which publishes a guide to air sealing that covers everything from doors and windows to recessed lights and attic hatches.As to the prospect of paying through the nose for the tests, David Meiland suggests Keeler contact the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. It recently handed out 40 grants statewide for the purchase of blower-door kits to relieve backlogs, and the office should be able to offer a referral.“Anyone trying to charge thousands is way out of reach,” Meiland says. “It takes perhaps an hour to load in, set up, run the test, pack up, and leave. It takes significantly more time than that once you take into account travel time, finding leaks for unhappy failing owners and builders, follow-up phone calls from those same unhappy folks who want help, billing and getting paid, and so on,” he adds.For builder/owners like Keeler, the situation can look intimidating. “Our government is besieged by people upset with their polices, and this is a good example,” he writes. “They are so concerned with the technical details and what constitutes the test they completely ignore the people on the ground doing the work or testing. The IRC 2009 standards are in some cases arbitrary and confusing so people just throw up their hands in frustration.”He would like to see the state require a certified technician conduct the test, establish a maximum cost, and require that the customer get a detailed check-off list in the event the house fails to pass. “This is another government zero-sum game,” he adds. “The cost in money, gas used, and time will never pay for the gains you get from this procedure. Like it or not, people still open windows.” Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost had these comments:Don’t give up yet! You can do this!First, start with this free checklist and guidance: EPA Thermal Bypass Checklist Guide.Next, spring for this package of GBA Thermal Bypass details.Finally, consider this low-tech approach: Buy a really high-quality and powerful window fan, the kind that fits right into a window opening. The one I have was made by Lakewood Engineering in Chicago (no longer available) but this whole house fan made by Air King will work just as well.After you have air-sealed (and before you have insulated, unless your insulation is an airtight type such as spray foam) while the framing cavities are all open, run this window fan (and any other exhaust fans — for example, bath fans — that you may have installed and working in the home). The fan should be blowing out the window, not in.I will bet that the combined depressurization force of these fans will approach 30 Pascals, which would be enough for you to go around your home with a smoke stick, a Wizard stick, a stick of incense, or even just a bunch of matches, to find any air leaks left at this stage of your work. (When you see the smoke waver, you’ve pinpointed a source of infiltration.)If you use the Thermal Bypass Checklist and the window fan, I bet that you can get your new home down to less than 4 ach50, and then some — probably more like 2 ach50.The official blower-door test quantifies your air leakage, but any force that significantly depressurizes your home can qualitatively identify the location of any air leaks you have missed while following the thermal bypass checklist.This way you pay for one blower-door test at the end of your air-sealing work, and you end up with a great way to cool your house (the whole-house window fan) and a really fun toy (the Wizard Stick). Building tight houses is a fundamental step toward energy efficiency, and figuring out how well you’ve done is actually pretty simple.Air leakage is calculated with a blower-door test. A technician depressurizes the house with a blower sealed into a doorway and measures how much air can pass through the building envelope.The result is typically described either as air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals — ach50 in industry lingo — or cubic feet per minute (CFM) @ 50 pascals. Either way, air leakage becomes a known value. If the house is too leaky, the builder can take corrective steps to tighten it up.The process isn’t intended to be onerous. But Frank Keeler, who wants to build his own house in Washington state, has concluded that the required blower-door test is enough for him to abandon the idea of building altogether, as he explains in a recent Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.“We are building a new home ourselves,” he writes, “and are looking for a checklist to help us prepare for the blower door test.”Requirements for the test in Washington state have only recently been enforced, he adds, and it’s proving hard to get solid advice. Moreover, costs can range from $75 an hour to thousands of dollars, depending on where you live, and there’s no telling how many tests he’ll need to pay for. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Blower-door-directed air sealing CONSTRUCTION DETAILS What to shoot forTo win certification under Passive House requirements, a house must be very tight indeed: the threshold is 0.6 ach50. Very few new houses meet that standard.But Meiland thinks 5 ach50 is “quite easy” to meet, and that 2 ach50 to 3 ach50 is a reasonable goal. “It seems like right now we’re in a sort of transitional period as energy code brings blower-door testing to the masses,” he says. “Once you have gone through the process of airtight details once, it’s a lot easier the second time, and more and more builders will either own the test equipment or have a sub close by who does, so all of this drama will probably fade away and people will know how to meet the targets without so much hand-wringing.”But to Keeler, not knowing how many tests he’d have to pay for, plus the labor and materials involved in sealing leaks, seems like too much. “The uncertainty of cost is just too great,” he says. He and his wife have decided not to apply for a building permit.“The project is scary enough without the thought of spending weeks and thousands of dollars on test after test. It’s all too much,” he writes. “This to me signals the end to the owner/builder because of the inability to budget for ramifications of unforeseen number of tests.”Meiland thinks Keeler’s description makes the situation sound worse than it really is, and fellow owner/builder Holladay adds this: “If your budget isn’t quite large enough for a home-building project, that’s perfectly understandable. But the problem isn’t the blower-door test. After all, the blower-door test is designed to help you lower costs, because the test will result in an energy-efficient building that will save you money for years.“Perhaps you can design and build a smaller, more affordable house. If you do, be sure to build it tight! You’ll be glad you did.” Building Plans for the Thermal Bypass Checklistlast_img read more

Michigan Lifts 10Year Ban Against Chris Webber and Two

The University of Michigan and Chris Webber can officially reconnect after a 10-year ban was lifted by the NCAA on Wednesday. The ban was also lifted for Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock.The NCAA forced Michigan to cut all ties from the three former Wolverines and the late Robert Traylor for a decade following a federal investigation. The investigation revealed that that deceased booster Ed Martin gave them more that $600,000 when they were student athletes.But now the option to renew the relationship with school is up to Webber, Taylor and Bullock. However, the Michigan has to be willing to want to reconnect as well.“I’ve never met any of those guys, and I am looking forward to meeting them,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday night. “If any of those guys are interested in meeting with me, that would be great.”Fellow Fab Five member Jalen Rose told the Detroit News that he has seen a line drawn that if Webber does not apologize then they will punish the rest of the members of the Fab Five. But Rose said it is not on Weber to issue an apology to Michigan in order to receive recognition for success that the group achieve, the university can do that despite what Webber decides to do.“This morning, I felt really good about the dissociation being over and having the opportunity to reunite with the University of Michigan,” Taylor told The AP on Wednesday. “I’m excited to talk to Mr. Brandon and coach (John) Beilein. While I had some success in the NBA, there was a void in my life because of the circumstances.”Martin, who died in February 2003, plead guilty to conspiracy to laundering money, saying that he used gambling money and combined other funds in loans to Webber, other players and their families.“Ed was made out to be something he wasn’t, he wasn’t a booster who steered you to a school or guy who preyed on kids,” Taylor said. “He was just a great guy in Detroit, who helped out anybody playing ball of any kind in the city.”With the ban lifted, Webber can possibly reunite with his fellow Fab Five members to see their 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners go back up in the rafters, if Michigan chooses to do so.Rose, Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson attended the NCAA final in Atlanta last month. However, Webber chose to sit in a suite to watch the game.“You can’t think of Michigan without thinking of us,” Webber said in a 2007 interview with the AP. read more

Native Runway finds its stride

first_img“We are more than feathers and beads,” Becky Archibald said. “We are also your neighbors. We come from all walks of life: teachers, doctors, lawyers, volunteers, veterans. People would not know our story or even know we are here if we didn’t come out and do this.”Vancouver’s Water Education Resources Center has been hosting a Native American Heritage Month celebration for years, according to water and wetlands educator Cory Samia, but it’s usually been squeezed into the WREC’s Second Saturday schedule of events.But three years ago, Samia and her friend Archibald, a community activist whose heritage is Soshone-Bannock (on her mother’s side) and Southern Sierra Miwok (on her father’s side), finally made good on their ongoing “threats to collaborate,” Samia laughed. Archibald “had this great idea for a ‘Native Runway.’ We’ve been doing that for the last three years now.” The next Native Runway takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, during the Water Center’s Native American Heritage Month celebration.What’s a Native Runway? Just what it sounds like: Native Americans in full regalia, strutting their colorful and jingly stuff as they proceed down a red carpet, one by one. They’ll be striding solemnly, as one does on a runway — but they’ll also dance in traditional fashion. Meanwhile, an emcee describes exactly what it all means: the regalia, the dance, even the dancer’s life and story in this community.“We ask each dancer to write a paragraph about the origins and provenance of their regalia, the significance of the dance they’re doing, and to tell what their role is,” said Samia. “In that way it’s different from a powwow.”last_img read more