Derby announce Hitchen’s new role

first_imgDerby have announced that Steve Hitchen, who was QPR’s European scout, has been installed as one of two directors of recruitment at the East Midlands club.Hitchen informed Rangers several weeks ago that he would be ending his involvement with the club after being offered a role by Derby.Based in France, he worked for Tottenham for five years and then Liverpool for two before being hired by QPR in August 2012.His appointment came during a host of changes made by the then technical director Mike Rigg during Mark Hughes’ time as Rangers manager.Hitchen will soon be joined at Derby by Rob Mackenzie, who currently works for Tottenham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high

first_imgBowler Dale Steyn has held the top spot intest rankings for several years. Steyn will mentor one cricket-mad childfor a day.(Image: Taryn Fritz PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jared StokesSenior account manager, Taryn Fritz PR+27 11 888 8548 or +27 379 2998Emily van RijswijckProteas cricketer and world number one test bowler Dale Steyn is the latest South African star to put his name to the Disney XD Aim High campaign.Steyn will spearhead the third phase of the campaign by spending a day with a lucky South African youngster, acting as mentor and sharing some of his cricketing skills.Aim High is an international campaign that motivates young people around the world by putting them in touch with their heroes in the fields of sport, music, media and entertainment and, in so doing, inspiring them to realise their own potential.Youngsters who have a dream to succeed in any of these fields stand to win the chance to spend time with their mentor and two so-called mini mentors, learning about the attitude that helped them to get to the top. Disney XD plans to offer this unique prize every three months.The programme kicked off in South Africa in July 2011, with Idols 6 winner Elvis Blue as the role model, and the second phase, launched towards the end of the same year, saw popular rugby prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira giving a glimpse into his life as a professional sports star.In the UK stars such as music sensation Jay Sean, Chelsea football ace Daniel Sturridge, England bowler Stuart Broad, and England and Leicester Tigers flyhalf Toby Flood were mentors in 2011.Right-arm fast bowler Steyn, who bowls at speeds in excess of 150 km an hour, was chosen by the Walt Disney Company as he is currently at the height of his career and a perfect role model for youngsters who aspire to enter the international cricket arena.Joining Elvis Blue and the BeastPhase one winner, 12-year-old Khethelo Hlongwa from Durban, spent his day writing and playing music with Elvis Blue.Young Khethelo flew to Johannesburg to be with his hero, and also won a front-row seat to see Blue open for UK superstar James Blunt, who was performing in South Africa at the time.The two mini mentors were award winning music video producer Kyle Lewis and drummer Justin Badenhorst of the jazz ensemble Prisoners of Strange.In phase two, 14-year-old rugby fanatic Ruben van Heerden travelled from Johannesburg to the Shark Tank in Durban to spend his mentorship day playing rugby with Tendai Mtawarira, former Springbok and prop for the Natal Sharks rugby franchise.Also taking part in the second phase of the campaign were photographer Herman Verwey and sports journalist Carlos­ Amato.According to Disney, the object of the campaign is to use world-class performers in various fields to inspire young people to do what they love and love what they do and to aim high in whatever field of endeavour they choose.Steyn says mentors played a huge role in his career. “I had many idols when I was growing up and through hard work and passion I managed to be able to play with them. Hopefully I can inspire someone to get to the dreams that they have set for themselves.”The bowler adds that he’s thrilled to be part of an initiative which inspires children to try new things and think about the numerous opportunities available to them.“You too can do it,” he promises youngsters.To enter, fans simply need to visit the Disney XD Aim High microsite or go to MXit > Tradepost > Entertainment > Disney > Disney XD before 28 April, answer a multiple choice question and then say why they should be selected for this life-changing opportunity.The Steyn RemoverSteyn started his cricket career in the small mining town of Phalaborwa in Mpumalanga, at the edge of the Kruger National Park, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s wildlife reserves.He made his national debut in 2004 and today Cricket South Africa describes him as having the complete package – pace, speed and swing – that makes him a lethal force as leader of the Proteas’ attack.In 2008, after he had taken 80 wickets between October 2007 and August 2008, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him Test Cricketer of the Year.This achievement also earned him the world number one ranking, a position he has held since then. He has also been selected as a member of the ICC Test Team of the Year for the past four years.With a wicket tally of more than 200, Steyn has the highest strike rate of any test bowler with similar figures.One of his best all-round performances to date was in the 2008 test match in Melbourne, Australia, where he showed his mettle not only with the ball but also with the bat. His match-winning score of 76 and partnership of 180 for the ninth wicket with JP Duminy was the cherry on the top of the 10 wickets he took during the match.When not playing for the Proteas he can be seen on the field for the Cape Cobras, based in Cape Town.last_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention schedule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 91st annual Ohio FFA State Convention and Expo is being held May 2nd and 3rd at the state fairgrounds in Columbus. FFA Chapters from across the state will be interviewing, competing, and recognized on stage. A complete schedule can be found here.last_img

Can Atmospheric Combustion Work in a Spray-Foam-Insulated Attic?

first_imgLet’s say you bring the attic inside the building enclosure by putting spray foam insulation at the roofline (the case with the two furnaces in my previous article on this topic). Now, let’s put some numbers to it. (Yes, we’re going to do math, but it’s just simple arithmetic. I know some of you were hoping for partial differential equations, but you’ll just have to console yourself today by memorizing some more digits of Pi, I guess.)If the attic has a floor area of 800 square feet and an average height of 4 feet, for example, the volume would be 3,200 cubic feet. Divide that number by 50 to find the maximum capacity appliance you could put in the attic, and you get 64,000 BTU/hr.That would be a medium-sized furnace. But you could put only one in this attic. Put two of them up there, and the codes say you don’t have enough air for them. And an 80,000 BTU/hr or 100,000 BTU/hr furnace, neither of which is uncommon in homes, would be right out.One way to get more volume of indoor air for your atmospheric combustion appliances would be to connect the space they’re in to other spaces in the home. You could put a couple of grilles in the wall separating a mechanical room from the conditioned space, for example. The codes specify how you should do that and how big the openings have to be.Another way to get more air is to count infiltration. Again, check the codes if you’re planning to do that. Another method specified in the code is to use a single opening. The image at left shows a basement mechanical room attempting to satisfy the code requirement this way.With both the high-low vents and single opening methods, the building codes specify the amount of vent area required. As with calculating volume when you use indoor air, the vent area required is based on the total capacity of the combustion appliances.Here are the rules for the two-permanent-openings method:1 square inch per 4,000 BTU/hr  –  vertical ducts1 square inch per 2,000 BTU/hr  –  horizontal ductsWhen using the one-permanent-opening method, you need:1 square inch per 3,000 BTU/hr  –  vertical or horizontal ductHow many code violations do you see?Now go back and look at the two photos I opened the article with (at the top of the page). Both use the one-permanent-opening method and would require 1 square inch for each 3,000 BTU/hr of capacity. The first one is a 4-inch-diameter duct, so the area would be about 12.6 square inches. Code would allow it for a maximum capacity of about 37,700 BTU/hr. In other words, it’s probably too small because there aren’t many furnaces that small.There’s still the issue of the tape covering the louvers, of course. And there’s another code violation as well. Combustion air vents are supposed to have a minimum clearance of 6 inches from the front of the combustion appliance.The furnace in the second photo comes closer to meeting code. If it’s a 6-inch duct, it would have an area of 28 square inches and meet the requirement for an 84,800 BTU/hr furnace. If it’s an 8-inch duct, it could meet the requirement for about 150,000 BTU/hr in total capacity. It still doesn’t meet the 6-inch clearance requirement, though.But will it work?Whether any of the methods above will work is debatable and depends on what criteria you use to gauge acceptability. Here are a few pitfalls:Using indoor air still means using outdoor air. Each cubic foot (or cubic meter) of indoor air that gets pulled into a combustion appliance will leave the house with the exhaust gases. When that happens, another cubic foot gets pulled in from leaks through the building enclosure.Air doesn’t always follow the arrows we draw on diagrams. You can put all the vents you want into a mechanical room, but whether air moves in the direction we’d like it to depends on the which way the pressure difference pushes it. Wind, stack effect, and other mechanical systems could cause air to flow the “wrong way.”Bringing combustion air in from outdoors can waste energy and lead to comfort problems. We know the old saw about how “a house needs to breathe” is a myth. Houses need to be able to dry out and they need good indoor air quality. They don’t need extra leaks. It’s the people who need to breathe.Occupants sometimes seal them up because they don’t understand why there’s a hole in their house. It happens, just like they sometimes caulk the weep holes in a brick wall.As I’ve said before, it’s time to put atmospheric combustion appliances on the pile of obsolete technologies. Let them take their rightful place as relics of a bygone era, along with steam engines, typewriters, and slide rules. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Some older homes, though, have a type of furnace that isn’t made anymore: the natural draft furnace. The photo at left shows what they look like. Notice that there are two places where this furnace pulls in air, and these guys pull in a lot of air. They’re also easier to backdraft, but that’s not our focus here.Where does the air come from?So if you’ve got any type of atmospheric combustion appliance, you need to make sure it gets air for combustion. The two options are:Indoor airOutdoor airLet’s take a look at them separately.Using indoor air for combustionIf you’re going to use indoor air, there’s got to be enough of it inside the house. Two building codes that address this issue are the National Fire Protection Association Standard 54 (NFPA-54) and the International Residential Code (IRC).Both say the same thing about using indoor air for combustion. The space that the atmospheric combustion air can draw from has to have at least 50 cubic feet of volume for each 1,000 BTU/hour of appliance capacity. Using outdoor air for combustionThe other way to provide air for your combustion appliances is to bring it in from outdoors. The standard way to do this is with “high-low vents.” The image at left shows an example. Two ducts are open to this mechanical room in a basement. One of them terminates near the ceiling, the other near the floor.[Image credit: International Code Council]The image at left and the image below are from the 2012 IRC and show two ways to do the high-low vents with vertical ducts. It’s OK for the ducts to pull combustion air from the crawl space or attic as long as those spaces communicate directly with the outdoors. In the first diagram, the low vent is connected to the vented crawl space, and the high vent is connected to the attic.[Image credit: International Code Council]In the diagram at left, both vents are shown connected to the attic. That’s why the furnace in the image at left has louvers in the cover. It allows air from the surrounding space to be pulled in for combustion. This is what we call the standard efficiency furnace. If you buy a new furnace these days and want to get the cheapest one you can, this is probably what it’ll look like. A while back I wrote about the incompatibility of putting an atmospheric combustion furnace in a sealed attic. Most often the attic is sealed by installing spray foam insulation at the roofline, thus bringing the attic inside the building enclosure and turning it into conditioned space (directly or indirectly). The good news is that some installers understand this problem and seek to address it. The bad news is what a few of them do.Combustion air retrofitsThe photo at right is a case in point. The furnace was up in the attic before the spray foam was installed. The homeowner hired a spray foam contractor to improve the building enclosure but the budget didn’t include enough money to change out the furnace at the same time.I don’t know if the combustion air retrofit you see above was done by the spray foam installer or the HVAC contractor, but in either case, this one’s almost certainly not going to work. Here are the main problems:Inadequate duct size. They used a 4-inch flex duct that you usually see on bath fans (which have their own problems), and it ran at least 20 feet to the place where it exited the attic. This would not meet the code requirement for combustion air inlets, as you’ll see below.Poor duct installation. The duct wasn’t pulled tight, further reducing the air flow through the duct.Tape over furnace louvers. The louver area is designed to allow the proper amount of combustion air to enter the furnace. By covering some of them with tape, the installer of this retrofit may be guaranteeing the opposite of what they were aiming for: less combustion air, not more.[Photo credit: Nikki Krueger]The image at left shows a better installation. The duct looks like it’s 6 inches or 8 inches in diameter, and it’s made of rigid metal. Both of those things will allow more air to move through.And that air might even move toward the furnace instead of away from it. Of course, there’s no guarantee of that. As my friend David Richardson likes to say, combustion air doesn’t care which way we show the arrows pointing on our diagram. Air flows from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure. Under some circumstances, air might flow out through that inlet rather than in.The need for airNow let’s go a little further. Let’s look at what building codes say is the right way to do it. The image at left shows the burners in a particular type of furnace. When you pull the cover off of this furnace, you could stick your fingers right there in the flames. (I said you could do it. I certainly don’t recommend it, though.)What that means is that the flames are open to the air inside the furnace cabinet. Since we know combustion is the chemical reaction of a fuel (natural gas in this case) with oxygen, there’s got to be a supply of air to keep it going. The air in the furnace cabinet itself would be exhausted quickly, so more air has got to come in somewhere, right?last_img read more

Risk Averse: Will iOS Become Apple’s Windows XP?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iOS#iOS 6#Windows What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img david sobotta The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Until recently Apple has been on an unstoppable roll. Apple’s iPhones and iPads have been flying off the shelf. But when Apple’s latest quarterly results got a thumbs down from Wall Street, from the market, lots of people started wondering if Apple had lost its mojo.Dan Lyons put it this way here at ReadWrite, “It seems Apple has hit a wall. It’s not just about sales and earnings, but also about innovation. It’s been years since Apple did something truly revolutionary.”A Delicate Balance Of InnovationBut truly revolutionary can also be truly risky. With 75 million iOS devices sold in Q1 of its 2013 fiscal year, Apple’s success is now increasingly all about iOS. To keep the iOS train moving and churning out profits, Apple needs to innovate – but not so much that it scares away the legions of happy iPhone and iPad users.Might iOS, the very product that helped put Apple on top, require risk taking beyond what the new Apple can handle? Current users love iOS – but Apple seems to losing the numbers war to Android.To turn the tide, iOS may need to be re-invented. That often happens to operating systems, but it is not easy to pull off without killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Other companies have seen inordinately popular operating systems actually hold them back from getting fully behind new and improved versions.The Windows XP ComparisonLook at Microsoft. Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001 and it took until August 2012 before Windows 7 had more users. Windows 8 – given its challenging new interface – might have an even tougher time moving the needle.Windows XP was successful because – as David Johnson, an analyst with Forrester has noted – “It was a very, very good operating system… a superb OS because it removed a lot of pain.” While the Macintosh was often called great, Windows XP was often said to be “good enough” and with inexpensive hardware as a platform, it won the desktop computing war.Windows XP retains a strong hold on many users, to Microsoft’s chagrin. The company would like to see them buying new computers loaded with Windows 8.Is it conceivable that Apple has achieved that magic “good enough” formula with iOS on its current iPhones? People hang onto to their iPhone because it has been a positive experience for them and it works – will that affect Apple’s ability to get the to try something new and presumably better?The iPhone and iOS revolutionized smartphones and tablets much like the Mac popularized graphical user interfaces. Now, in spite of huge Apple numbers, the smartphone and tablet markets are slipping away to Android much like the computer market went to Windows XP.Is iOS Falling Behind?Where does iOS stand today? Erica Ogg at Gigacom argues that while there have lots of releases of iOS, there has been little change.“While iOS has seen six new releases since its debut in 2007, there have been few major changes. The arrival of the App Store in 2008, and push notifications in 2009 were the last big adjustments in how the software works.”John Martellaro, a Mac Observer writer who used to work for me at Apple, recently had this to say in his article, We’ve Changed and Grown. Apple’s iOS Hasn’t:“iOS, now roughly six years old, was designed in an era of much less hardware capability and launched on the small 3.5-inch display of the original iPhone. Now, it’s being pressed into service on ever larger iPhone and also iPad displays. One of the big annoyances is the single foreground app/single window design.”The iPhone is also losing some notable users and influencers, including Steve Wozniak and Robert Scoble. Yet in spite of all this, the number of people who own iPhones and who are planning to switch to another platform remains small. A recent study suggests that the number of iPhone users planning to buy another iPhone has dropped only from 88% to 75%.Why Change Will Be HardIf the iPhone and the iPad are no longer the clear technology leaders, big change seems in order. Ironically, Apple’s loyal customers who still plan to buy a new iPhone might be a hurdle. How much Apple can change iOS without losing the loyalty of those customers?In a recent Ars Technica survey – iPhone users: what does Android have that you want? – 8% said they wanted bigger displays – but 10% said they would never switch from their iPhone.Apple Has Been Here BeforeFinding just the right amount of change in that environment won’t be easy. But Apple has successfully faced this type of pivotal moment before – sometimes even without the help of Steve Jobs. Apple’s history demonstrates a willingness to make technology breaks when needed.Today’s need for innovation while maintaining a satisfied customer base calls for the same boldness that Apple displayed when it moved users from the Apple II line to the Macintosh line, and later from Mac OS9 to Mac OSX and finally to Intel processors. Apple users gave Apple high marks for these difficult transitions.Can Apple Do It Again?But this is a different Apple – and a different, arguably less-forgiving market. As Blackberry and Nokia so clearly demonstrate, things happen quickly in the mobile space, with little room for error.Whether Apple can innovate enough to stem the Android march while keeping current users happy might be the first big test for the new, post-Jobs Apple.Apple still has one key advantage. Apple owns the whole widget, the hardware and the software. In the past it has made the ecosystem change so compelling that loyal customers followed without hesitation. But Google and Microsoft are starting to copy Apple’s whole-widget strategy – and that could make any iOS transition even harder.What’s Next?All things point to Apple making significant changes in iOS in 2013. Most Apple iOS users will follow wherever Apple goes – but that is only half the battle.It all boils down to two things. Does Apple have the vision to make the next version of iOS a true advance? And even if the next iOS is a huge hit among current users, will it be enough to stem the tide toward Android?If Apple can pull off this difficult transition, it could find itself set for another 5 years. If not, it will face increasing pressure from many sides.Image by Fredric Paul.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of April 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of April 15, 2018:Full-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Tech Lead at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Summer Job at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Food Service/Coffee Service/Account Manager at Canteen Refreshment ServicesFull-Time Project Administrator at Trinity Building and Construction ManagementFull-Time Billing Person at Northeast Air SolutionsFull-Time Sales Engineer at United Tool & Machine CorporationFull-Time Certified Electrician at SunRunFull-Time Installer at SunRunFull-Time Territory Sales Representative at Patterson CompaniesFull-Time Product Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Electronics Technician at MT-Unirepair, Inc.Full-Time Global Sourcing Analyst at UniFirstFull-Time Business Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Xpress MoversPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Engineering Technician at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Sales Engineer at United Tool & Machine Corp.Full-Time Electrical Design Engineer at AmetekFull-Time Procurement Intern (Contract Management Database) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Shipping & Receiving Associate at Concordia International Forwarding CorporationFull-Time (Temporary) Summer Maintenance Associate at Avalon Bay CommunitiesFull-Time/Part-Time Electronics Team Member at TargetFull-Time/Part-Time Apparel & Accessories Team Member at TargetFull-Time Delivery Associate Driver at AramarkFull-Time Operations Assistant Manager at Dollar TreePart-Time Sitter/Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenPart-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Accounting Administrative Assistant at FJ RobertsFull-Time Youth Counselor at Milestone Group HomeFull-Time Mental Health Clinician at Milestone Group HomeFull-Time Food Manufacturing Machine Operator at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Product/Contracts Administrator at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Contract Recruiter at ComcastFull-Time Talent Acquisition Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Director (ERP Support & Maintenance) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales District Leader Designate at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Technical Lead at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Data Analyst (Entry Level) at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Multimedia Coordinator at SymboticFull-Time Reagent Manufacturing Associate (Contract) at T2 BiosystemsFull-Time HR Systems Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time Supervisor (MDX) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Laboratory Technician at Charles River LabsFull-Time Product Marketing Specialist at LEDVANCEFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AltroFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Pesticide Applicator at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Part-Time Sales Floor Team Member at TargetFull-Time Food Service Professional at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Chef Manager at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time Lead Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Intern at AramarkFull-Time Assistant Controller at AMETEKPart-Time Settlement Advisor at AmetrosFull-Time Client Engagement Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Service Rep at Olympia Sports(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Reddit is down for some users

first_img 1 Reddit I guess you don’t see this every day 🙁 Good luck recovering guys, my thoughts are with your 💪 #Redditdown pic.twitter.com/xenXPhCJgK— Elier Delgado (@elier) May 28, 2019 Downdetector, which monitors website outages, has seen a large spike in reports as of 6:00 p.m. PT. At this stage, the error is limited to desktop users and does not appear to affect Reddit’s app or mobile site. At time of writing, we are still seeing the “service unavailable” message when accessing on desktop. Some users are reporting access via Microsoft Edge but not Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.As of 8 p.m PT, services appear to have been restored.Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Oh no. Reddit Reddit has been experiencing intermittent outages since Monday, May 27. The social media behemoth notified users it was investigating an issue at 6:01 p.m. PT on Monday night following reports of “elevated error rates”. Roughly 20 minutes later, the Reddit status site confirmed it had implemented a fix and was “monitoring the results.” center_img Comment Tags Online Investigating: We are currently investigating this issue. https://t.co/H6WVPrXrmx— reddit status (@redditstatus) May 28, 2019last_img read more