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Education Ministry hosts Annual Festival of Choirs

first_img…aim to promote more singing in GuyanaThe Education Ministry hosted its annual Festival of Choirs which saw the Bishops High School, South Ruimveldt Secondary School and Supply Primary School emerge as winners in their respective categories at the National Cultural Centre.The competition saw the participation of several schools from five administrative regions and Georgetown.The winning school in the Primary category sang “Song of Hope” while in the Secondary and solo categories, the schools performed “Let us Co-operate” and “My Guyana Eldorado” respectively.Coming in at second position in the Primary Category was Mahaicony Primary while Berbice Secondary copped the second spot in the Secondary category and Novar Primary and St. Roses High scooped up the third position in their respectiveWinners of the Choir festivalcategories.Acting Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts, Lorraine Barker-King explained that the aim of the festival is to be able to reach children from all 11 educational districts and also to expose them to music.“Studies would have shown that children who are involved in music actively preform exceedingly well in their academic subjects because of the discipline and all the benefits that music attracts”.Nevertheless Barker-King underscored that the Ministry is looking for a larger audience and more participations from schools across the nation as plans are afoot for the hosting of Choir festival 2019.“Next year we will raise the bar, we will be taking it higher in terms of better music selection and so on that is why we are encouraging more schools to take part in this festival”.Further she noted that the Ministry was already placing focus on the children’s Mashramani competition since like music, it plays an integral role in the social upbringing of children.The competition involved a combined choir presentation, where students from primary and secondary schools in their region or district came together to form a choir.Each choir was required to perform a national song and a song of its own choice.last_img read more

Bringing Passivhaus to Harlem

first_imgThere are many remodeling and restoration opportunities in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, and so it seems fitting that it is the setting for one of Manhattan’s first Passivhaus projects.Underway since spring of this year, the restoration of a burnt-out Harlem brownstone, led by Brooklyn-based designer and builder Eco Brooklyn, combines the company’s preference for using reclaimed materials and its ambition to complete the project to the Passivhaus performance standard.The project is well on its way. A couple months ago, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay posted a link to video about the delivery, in late August, of triple-glazed Passivhaus windows to the job site, which was a highly anticipated event for the construction team for a few reasons: the windows were easily among the most expensive items on the budget (as Passivhaus windows often are); they were made in Europe and took about six months to arrive after they were ordered; and they were among the few major components – aside from such things as HVAC mechanicals, electrical and plumbing installations, and steel framing for the rooftop stairwell – that fell outside Eco Brooklyn’s preference for reclaimed materials.A basement-to-roof insulation strategyAs Eco Brooklyn founder Gennaro Brooks-Church says in a portion of the video, he felt that the Europe-made windows offered the best performance and were therefore worth the expense and long wait. The windows’ pine frames were left unpainted on the advice of Thomas Sandbichler, a representative for windows distributor Cembra Inc., who in the video noted that paint can trap moisture in surface cracks and cause localized deterioration of the wood.The renovation has required reconstruction of most of the interior, which allowed the crew to remove floor joists closest to the front and back walls, insulate each to R-38 with a continuous 6-in. layer of salvaged polyisocyanurate, from cellar to roof, and then air-seal both surfaces with plastic sheeting. The ceiling is insulated to R-48 with 12-in. of cellulose.Reclaimed materials figure prominently in other key areas, Brooks-Church says, noting that the floors are covered with maple salvaged from a 100-year-old church, and that the earthen floor in the cellar was taken from a basement floor at another Eco Brooklyn project. “We used zero chemicals – no glues, varnishes, formaldehyde products, PVC, or anything with VOC,” Brooks-Church added in an email. “Paints and caulks are zero-VOC. The brick walls have clay as a sealer instead of StoGuard or other commercial synthetic sealers. The floors have tung oil as a sealer.”Plenty of room for tenants and ownersThe building – 4,000 sq. ft., including the basement – will eventually include two apartments on the top two floors, with two bedrooms and one bath each. The apartment on the lower two floors will have three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Construction costs are estimated at $170 per sq. ft., including the cellar and new roof space.Brooks-Church has documented the project with hundreds of progress photos, which are accessible on the Eco-Brooklyn website.last_img read more

A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax Credits

first_imgGenerous tax credits helped the oil industryThe tax credit covers a number of renewable energy investments, including not only photovoltaics, but wind, solar hot water, ground-source heat pumps, and fuel cells. For solar-electric systems put into service after 2008, there are no maximums on the size of the systems that qualify.The tax credit has helped the solar industry grow from $800 million a year to $15 billion a year since it first took effect in 2006, Resch said, with more solar equipment installed in the U.S. in the last two years than in the previous 38 years combined.Resch said that the average annual subsidy for the oil and gas industry has been $4.8 billion, compared to the $370 million for all renewable technologies. “I ask again,” he said, “How is this fair?”“Today, I’m going to make you a promise,” he continued. “As sure as World War I started in 1914, if the Koch Brothers and their allies come after solar, 2014 will be the beginning of World War III. It’s not going to be easy. And, yes, we will be fighting an uphill battle every step of the way.”Although the tax credit has only been on the books since 2006, he said, it has helped drive down the cost of rooftop PV installations by more than half and reduce the cost of utility-scale projects by 70 percent. Annual solar installations in 2014 will be 70 times higher than they were in 2006, he said.“The best is yet to come if we just stick together and work together to keep the ITC in place,” he said. The president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is promising to fight for the continuation of a 30 percent federal income tax credit (ITC) for solar equipment beyond its scheduled expiration at the end of 2016.Speaking to the opening session of the Solar Power International trade show in Las Vegas on October 20, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch said the SEIA would lead the “Extend the ITC” campaign to keep the tax credit at its current level.He said the campaign would gear up in 2015 when a new Congress is sworn in, and told attendees that their livelihoods depend on the outcome.A single utility-scale wind turbine was installed in the U.S. in the first half of 2013, he said, because of a panic over the Production Tax Credit that helped build that industry. Thirty thousand jobs in the industry disappeared.“Don’t kid yourselves,” he said in the text of his remarks. “It can happen to solar, too. This isn’t the time to roll the dice on your future. You need to get into the game.” “No clear consensus” among lawmakersThe solar industry’s future may hinge on the success of the campaign. But, writes Thomas Jensen at Greentech Media, there is no consensus among legislators that it should be retained, while the investment community has its own qualms.Jensen, the managing principal and director of finance and capital markets at City Power Development Group, argues that institutional investors have been slow to embrace renewable energy tax credits, in part because they don’t have the long track records of other tax credit programs.More important, he said, big investors “don’t like orphaned asset classes, and they don’t like orphaned vendors. In other words, they’re not in the business of making one-off investments in one-off asset classes that are soon to go away with one-off, one-time vendors that may not be in business in two more years.”The “panicky claims” by the solar industry that it won’t be able to survive without the tax credit is actually a hindrance, not a help.“So with the solar industry caught in a Catch-22 partly of its own making,” he writes, “it appears the only solar developers likely to garner the attention of institutional investors during the final two years of the subsidy will be the ones able to make compelling arguments that they will survive the subsidy’s elimination and remain able to asset-manage these long-term investments.”last_img read more

Why You Need to Be More Proactive

first_imgProactive provides you control. Reactive gives someone else control. If you believe this is incorrect, look at your inbox. Someone else is causing you to read something, decide what it means, and decide what you need to do, if only to reply.Proactive is empowered. Reactive is disempowered. When you are proactive, you decide and act. When you are reactive, someone else decides and you act. If you’ve ever felt like things are out of control, invariably it is because you are reacting. You don’t feel that same pressure when you are proactive.Proactive is intentional. Reactive is unintentional. When you are proactive, you are doing things out of intention. When you are reactive, you are responding to another’s intentions. When most of what you do is unintentional, you lose the time you need to do what is most important to you. Unless you are a firefighter, there is no reason to wait for alarm bells to begin your work.Proactive is an investment in results. Reactive is an expenditure of energy, and maybe results. When you are proactive, you invest your time, energy, and resources in the result you are pursuing. When you are reactive, you are spending time, energy, and resources on someone else’s results.Proactive prevents problems. Reactive is the response to problems that might have been avoided had you been proactive. Much of what you struggle with when it comes to time and results can be solved by being proactive.I am not suggesting that you should be on offense 100 percent of the time. If it is true that you can’t—or shouldn’t be—on offense all the time, then it is equally true that you should not be on defense 100 percent either, waiting passively to react to external forces. There is no way to produce results in most areas without the help of other people and without serving another group of people. In fact, some of what you should be doing proactively is for and with other people.There is a tablet that comes with the planner that I designed (www.b2bsalestoolkit.com). This small tablet allows you to schedule and design 3 block of 90 minutes each, as a way to be proactive about what is most important to you. Over the course of a workday, that’s 4.5 hours for you, and 3.5 hours for the rest of the world. You get slightly more than half, which has always seemed fair to me.Learn how to use a data visualization tool within Office 365 to drive sales results, tune in to our Pipeline Management webinarlast_img read more

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Media’s Preseason All-SEC Teams Released, Alabama Leads The Way On The First Team

first_imgA day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams.   SEC Preseason TeamsSEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.last_img read more

Kidnapped kid reunited with family father his paramour held in case

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have rescued a three and half years old boy from near Radisson hotel in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad and reunited him with the family, on Monday. Cops said that the kid was kidnapped from outside his house in Delhi while playing on May 15 and the kidnappers dumped him in Indirapuram area after injuring him badly at his face.According to police, the victim has been identified as Aahad, a native of Karawal area in Delhi. “The boy was kidnapped from outside his house in Delhi on May 15 while a missing report was already registered in the local police station,” said police. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station said that the child was rescued from near Radisson hotel in Indirapuram area in an unconscious condition. “A passerby conveyed information to police and a team rushed to the spot. The child was lying in an unconscious condition with critical injuries on his face. Police immediately admitted him to nearby Max hospital where he was kept under Intense Care Unit. A plastic surgery was performed in order to identify the victim. We enquired nearby police stations and used pamphlets and social websites to help people identify the child. Later on Sunday, the child was identified and was reunited with the family. Doctors have stated his condition as stable now,” said Singh. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaMeanwhile, Aahad’s mother Dilshana said that her husband, Dilshad, had an extramarital affair with a woman Sahana and she often come to their house and threaten them. “A few days before the incident, Sahana came to our house and enquired about Dilshad. When we refused she threatened us with dire consequences and went away. On May 15, Aahad, who was playing outside the house went missing while we lodged a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons. But when Aahad was reunited with us, he recognised Sahana in front of police to have kidnapped him. Police arrested Sahana and Dilshad on Monday,” said Dilshana. She also said that Dilshad had been into a relationship with Sahana from past four years and also had two children.last_img read more

Drew Brees Deserves Credit For The Saints Running Game Too

Washington3.627.92614 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. Miami4.128.01513 NY Giants4.033.9168 Houston3.824.82419 Minnesota4.028.31912 Cleveland4.123.21022 The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 Denver4.021.21826 Philadelphia4.534.547 Seattle3.318.23230 Chicago4.119.51429 Arizona3.444.0301 Oakland4.137.5113 Detroit3.318.03131 San Francisco4.127.31316 Dallas4.336.665 NY Jets4.030.52010 Cincinnati3.719.62528 Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City4.722.9223 Buffalo4.028.92111 Green Bay4.124.61220 Indianapolis3.620.02727 LA Rams4.522.6324 New Orleans5.121.5%125 Carolina3.642.0282 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Baltimore4.227.0817 Tennessee3.931.0239 Atlanta4.217.3732 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 New England4.427.7515 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box read more

The Rams Are Dead To Me So I Answered 3352 Questions To

3Kansas City4487719468.8 Distance from team’s stadium to St. Louis, in miles0.94 Top teams by Blythe’s most heavily weighted criteria More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Suspensions of players since 2007; extra weight to crimes against women1.98 Not all of these are perfect — for instance, the NFL suspends players for all manner of benign behavior — but imperfections like that should wash out somewhat in the aggregate. When the dust settled on the data analysis, my 2016 team was unveiled: the Green Bay Packers. OK, I could deal with that. My football memory didn’t include a lot of anger toward the team or its fans (which always helps), and I don’t mind having the chance to cheer for a winner. Their appearance at the top wasn’t altogether surprising, partly because of their unique ownership structure. They also scored high in player likability, future wins and team tradition, with above-average marks in off-field behavior as well.Green Bay was followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. In dead last? The Tennessee Titans.5Oh, hey, former Oilers. (Check out our 2016 NFL predictions for every team.) Here were my top 10 rankings, along with each team’s score in the four categories I gave the most weight: Stylishness of uniform, according to Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas0.12 Players’ effort on the field and likability off it1.74 Projected wins over next five seasons1.62 Wins per fan dollars spent1.16 10Baltimore690904256.8 Courtesy toward fans; how well a team uses technology to reach them1.02 Thanks a lot, Kroenke, you’ve put my niece fully in the Packers’ camp. 7Seattle299410010062.8 Are the team’s next five years likely to be better than their previous five?1.28 Size of market in terms of population, where bigger is better0.04 Strength of on-field leadership0.42 Quality of venue; fan-friendliness; frequency of promotions0.46 By Blythe Terrell Blythe’s criteria for a perfect team Overall includes rankings from all criteria, not just those listed here. What do you do when your pro sports team goes away? It’s a question fans have had to ask again and again, when a Colts or an Oilers or a SuperSonics or an Expos team closes up shop and hits the road. This year, it was a question I had to ask myself.I’ve been a St. Louis Rams fan since they rolled into my hometown in 1995. I was 12 years old and knew next to nothing about football, but my mom, who loves the sport almost as much as she loves college basketball, was more than ready to board the Rams bus. My parents shelled out the cash for the personal seat licenses and then the tickets, and my siblings and I took turns eating nachos and learning the game in domed comfort1I was extremely jealous of all the teams with open-air stadiums. over the ensuing two decades. I was introduced to football by Jerome Bettis and Isaac Bruce, and was fully immersed by the time Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and the Greatest Show on Turf rolled through town. After the boom times, we stuck it out through seasons of weak, sometimes atrocious, football (what’s up, 2009?). And we had a next-generation fan in the making: My toddler niece went to her first — and last — St. Louis Rams game last season.2My brother-in-law is a Packers fan, so don’t worry, she has a backup.So when hometown villain Stan Kroenke3Did you know his first name is Enos, and he was named after Cardinals baseball legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial? Fun fact that is in no way infuriating to St. Louisans. pulled the plug and hauled the Rams back to California — leaving behind some choice words that left fans fuming — my fellow fans and I were left to puzzle out what’s next. The way I saw it, these were my options:Support the Los Angeles Rams (nope).Give up the NFL, or, the lite version, be the person who watches solely to cheer for the dudes on her fantasy team but has no real loyalty.Back my husband’s team, the cross-state Kansas City Chiefs — the NFL equivalent of the nice Midwestern boy I knew as a kid but who went to a different high school.Pick the more appealing New York team, since I live in the city, and even bars with, like, two TVs would probably be showing the game.Turn it into a math problem.Since I’m an editor at FiveThirtyEight, the choice was clear.In search of the analysis, I went hat in hand to my colleague Neil Paine. Could we figure out the ideal team for me to support? A team with less terrible ownership that was unlikely to leave me (and a city full of supporters) feeling like a fool? And could I pick a team based also on other factors that matter to me, such as whether a team’s players are publicly known or suspected to have committed violent crimes against women?It was all possible, and Neil was on board. I pledged to support the team dictated by the data for at least one full season, even if it was the Seahawks or — deep breath — the Patriots.Neil’s analysis graded each team in 16 categories — some of which were taken from ESPN the Magazine’s long-running “ultimate standings” (which use surveys conducted by opinion research firms in a similar attempt to quantify the benefits of rooting for each pro franchise in the U.S. and Canada), and some we calculated ourselves. Each reflected a component of a team’s identity, including ownership, uniforms, the club’s fan-friendliness and winning tradition. Plugging those factors into the website All Our Ideas, he created a form that would be able to weight each category by its importance to my own fandom. 2Pittsburgh6997848172.9 6Carolina4474779064.0 Ownership honesty and loyalty to core players and the community1.92 Then it was my turn. I went through randomly generated head-to-head matchups among those 16, selecting the factor that mattered more to me in each case. For example, I might have to choose between player behavior and fan relations, and then uniforms versus ownership. I repeated this exercise with different randomly selected permutations until I had voted 3,352 times,4This took me most of six hours. There’s no significance to this number; we just wanted a big sample. at which point I had personalized rankings of — and weights for — each of the 16 factors. Here they are, sorted by the amount of influence each had on the team-picking process; you can find a sample version here. 8Indianapolis1648872660.1 1Green Bay69100977779.7 Price of tickets, parking and concessions0.62 Podcast: Listen to Blythe discuss how she discovered her new team. Size of market in terms of population, where smaller is better0.52 TEAM RATING CRITERIAWEIGHT Distance from team’s stadium to New York, in miles1.00 TEAMPLAYER SUSPENSIONSOWNERSHIPPLAYER EFFORT AND LIKABILITYPROJECTED WINSOVERALL Championships/division titles/wins in team’s entire history1.20 4New England7765948768.4 9Arizona5671818459.8 5Buffalo6977586866.5 (If you’d like to run this exercise yourself, you can find a list of every team’s rating in every category on GitHub.)So the data has spoken: I’m trading in the blue and gold for the green and gold. As for the fans in L.A., congratulations. I hope your experience with the Rams is a good one, and I’m sure many of you are excited to have them back. I’m just sorry they came attached to this guy.Neil Paine contributed data analysis.[VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

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