FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indiana HS Football Sectional PairingsOCTOBER 2ND, 2016 JOJO GENTRY EVANSVILLE, INDIANA FOX Sports Indiana announced the high school football sectional pairings Sunday evening. Sectionals kickoff Oct. 21. Matchups are listed below:1ASectional 48Tecumseh vs Linton-StocktonTellContinue reading

Vermont’s conservative financial ethos spares state, so far

first_imgVermont’s conservative financial ethos spares state, so farBy Kevin KelleyThe conservative financial practices of Vermont banks and of many individual Vermonters appear to have spared the state, so far, from the full impact of the financial crisis besetting much of the country.Banks doing business in Vermont have “no liquidity problem,” says state Banking Commissioner Thomas Candon.”For qualified borrowers, there’s no difficulty in obtaining credit in Vermont now.”Rather than pulling their money out of the state’s financial institutions, some Vermonters are funneling more funds into their local bank accounts, Candon notes. That can be seen as an expression of public confidence in Vermont banks’ record of prudent management.Their continued stability amid the storms buffeting many financial firms reflects most Vermont lenders’ avoidance of the subprime mortgage market. Its collapse is seen as the prime catalyst of the turmoil on Wall Street.”I’m impressed with how Vermont banks have adhered to traditional practices,” says Middlebury College economics professor Scott Pardee. “They didn’t engage in the same kind of sleaziness and excesses we’ve seen elsewhere.”Pardee is well acquainted with US banks’ performance and with financial markets generally, having worked for many years as a foreign-exchange manager at the Federal Reserve in New York prior to taking a teaching post at Middlebury in 2000.The Vermont state employees’ pension funds are also in sound condition, says Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. The three retirement funds with a combined $3 billion in assets have suffered a loss of about 8 percent of their value over the past 15 months, Spaulding notes. But he adds that they had grown by about 9 percent annually over the previous few years.A number of states have filed lawsuits against banks and other financial institutions on the grounds that some of the losses of public employees’ pension funds can be traced to malfeasance or dishonesty on the part of the money managers. Vermont has an arrangement whereby it automatically becomes a party to certain class-action suits initiated by other states, Spaulding says. But he adds that he’s unaware of Vermont having so far joined any of those actions.The pension funds that cover 40,000 current and retired state employees are “big and diversified,” Spaulding says. “I think they’re going to be fine.”He says he’s actually more concerned with the financial situation of individual Vermonters than with the state pension funds he oversees.Those who had invested substantial amounts in Lehman Brothers or AIG have already been hurt, and additional Vermonters could experience major losses in the coming weeks if other once-steady financial institutions collapse. Candon says his office has received several calls from worried Vermonters whose pensions are managed by AIG.The state is being affected by events on Wall Street in other ways as well. About half of the mortgage lenders operating in Vermont a year ago are no longer doing business in the state, Candon notes. That outgrowth of the subprime debacle is making it harder for some Vermonters to obtain mortgages, while the loss of competition could also cause rates to inch upward, Candon says.Vermont’s status as the state with the second-oldest population means that its economy could take a disproportionate hit from a steep and sustained drop in investment income, notes St Michael’s College economics professor John Karvelas.The actual effects on individual Vermonters will depend on how they have responded to the financial crisis, Spaulding says. And Pardee adds that state residents and businesses alike will probably not experience much pain if they haven’t gotten caught in the credit squeeze. Farmers, however, have long been dependent on lenders, which could cause Vermont’s agricultural sector to contract at an even more rapid rate, Pardee points out.Vermont’s entire economy will certainly suffer if the country as a whole slides into a recession. And would it likely be a long and deep downturn?Karvelas commented in mid-September that two weeks earlier “I would have said any recession would be fairly mild. Now, neither I nor anyone else has any idea of where the bottom might be.”Kevin Kelley is a freelance writer for Vermont Business Magazine from Burlington.last_img read more


Brisbane dump with million dollar views sells under the hammer to renovators after a bidding war

first_imgThis house at 95 The Esplanade, St Lucia, has sold for $1.4 million.IT’S going to need an awful lot of love, but one couple saw enough potential in this dated three-bedder to fork out a cool $1.4 million for it.The 1950s brick and tile house in mostly original condition at 95 The Esplanade, St Lucia, was one of the biggest sales in Brisbane during the week leading up to Easter.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCould this be your anti-dream home?02:18 Related videos 02:18Could this be your anti-dream home?00:25Worst real estate images of 201701:34Sydney’s million dollar dumps01:30Renovate or detonate?01:28Shell sells01:17Fitzroy home the definition of a projectMarketing agent Megan Zelauhi of LJ Hooker — Brisbane West said the house “was a knockdown” despite being perched on a 739sq m block with sweeping river views, but surprisingly the buyers planned to renovate it.This house at 95 The Esplanade, St Lucia, has sold at auction for $1.4 million.She said a couple in their 70s wanted the property so badly they knocked out the competition with a final $65,000 bid at the auction.“They really wanted a project so they’re going to do something pretty special with it, we’re just waiting to see what,” she said.This house at 95 The Esplanade, St Lucia, has sold at auction for $1.4 million.A number of unique pieces of furniture came with the house, including a black-and-white television on wheels.“It’s an excellent result for St Lucia and for properties of this kind, which obviously there isn’t a great deal of.”This house at 95 The Esplanade, St Lucia, has sold for $1.4 million.It will need to be rebuilt or completely renovated, but the home, offered by is perched on a 739sq m block with sweeping river views.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019A few days earlier in the same suburb, a brand new five-bedroom house at 77 Eighth Avenue went for $1.5 million.This house at 77 Eighth Avenue, St Lucia, has sold for $1.5 million.The property market didn’t completely grind to a halt in Queensland in the week leading up to and including the Easter long weekend, with figures revealing 128 properties were scheduled to go under the hammer during the period.According to realestate.com.au, 21 properties sold at auction, seven sold prior and 45 were passed in.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREMany sellers decided to take their properties to auction earlier in the week to try and beat the predicted slowdown.A five-bedroom house in the sought-after rural locality of Nindaroo, near Mackay, sold for $1.4 million.This house at 5/76 Lynette Drive, Nindaroo, has sold at auction for $1.4 million.The house at 5/76 Lynette Drive has a pool, tennis court and views of the Whitsunday Islands.Another rural retreat also sold at auction the same day — 24 Echo Valley Road, in Preston, southeast of Toowoomba.The four-bedroom house on 32ha of land with escarpment views sold for $1.3 million.This house at 24 Echo Valley Road, Preston, has sold at auction for $1.3 million.Beachside property also did well.A modern apartment in the heart of Burleigh Heads sold under the hammer for $605,000, while an ageing three-bedroom, canal front house at 3 Dolphin Court, Palm Beach, achieved $910,000 at auction.And while not all the auctions achieved a result, some properties were passed in for strong prices.This penthouse at 2002/110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, was passed in at auction for $2.95 million.A three-bedroom penthouse at 2002/110 Marine Parade in Coolangatta was listed for $3.5 million, but passed in at auction for $2.95 million.And at Tallai, also on the Gold Coast, a four-bedroom house at 47 Glenrowan Drive was passed in for $1.57 million.last_img read more


Did Life Begin as “Failed Mineralogy” on the Seafloor?

first_imgExclusive  Another origin-of-life expert made a presentation to a filled auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Dec. 2 (cf. 11/05/2004 headline).  His scenario differed radically from last month’s.  Instead of trying to get ribose (for RNA) to form in a desert, he put his speculative natural laboratory 4 to 10 km underwater at the bottom of the sea.  Why?  Because the surface of the Earth would have been a deadly place: under attack by UV radiation (“disastrous” on the early earth, he said; for contrasting opinion, see 05/28/2003 headline), volcanoes, and meteorite impacts of world-wipeout class.  For his model, he needed a safe haven “out of harm’s way,” and found one, he believes, near deep sea vents.1    Dr. Michael Russell (geologist, U. of Glasgow) believes life began in an alkaline hydrothermal reactor.  Russell has a simple view of life: “Life emerges because of a chemical disequilibrium,” he said, as a kind of natural feedback mechanism “to solve the problem” of the need for a catalyst between carbon dioxide (oxidizing) and hydrogen (reducing).  “Don’t be vivocentric,” he cautioned the audience; a mineral-based catalytic cycle does the same thing as life, acting as a natural regulator between extreme conditions.  He also emphasized that living systems rely on convection, and generate byproducts.  “What does life do?  It makes waste,” he began.  (The waste in his model that might provide astrobiologists with clues on other planets is acetate or acetic acid, i.e., vinegar.)  At another point, he dismissed life as simply “failed mineralogy.”    Building on his belief that life emerges in environments far from equilibrium, his scenario proposes an environment with strong gradients.  His illustrations portrayed a battle between high temperature water, laden with alkaline substances and metals, rising up through cracks in the crust to face the cold, acidic ocean water, loaded with dissolved carbon dioxide.  He explained that this sets up a temperature gradient, a redox (oxidation-reduction) gradient, and a kinetic barrier that produces a 500 millivolt energy source at just the right temperature, about 40° C (hot, but not too hot, “like California”), where life could start cooking.  At the junction of all this turmoil, a “membranous froth” forms, providing a nest where organic chemicals like amino acids could form and evolve.  He thought that 35,000 years or so (the presumed lifetime of the Lost City thermal vents—see 07/25/2003 Quick Takes), was plenty of time to get life started.  Amino acids would link up, with help from mineral platforms, into chains up to six units long.  These, in turn, through hydrogen bonding with nucleotides, could spontaneously induce a prototypical “coding” that would not have depended on one-handed (homochiral) peptide chains.  Heterochiral polymers would have actually been preferable at first, he said, and might have been selected for homochirality later, the left-handed ones winning the luck of the draw over the right-handed.    Another thing life requires is compartmentalization – a membrane.  With apologies to the biochemists, who assume today’s lipid membranes would have been a requirement for life, he proposed that iron sulfide (FeS) might have been just the thing at that early stage.  It might have formed sandwich layers where the polymers of life grew, spalled off, with more forming in their place, producing a steady supply of prebiotic ingredients on which natural selection could act.  He did not discuss harmful cross-reactions or interfering products, but made the setup appear like a “self organizing proto-enzymatic system,” a forerunner of the complex acetyl-coenzyme A pathway employed by today’s living cells, which is assisted by proteins called ferrodoxins that act as electron-transfer agents.  The “extremely steep gradients” at the seafloor, he felt, could allow FeS to handle the electron transfer work.    In short, he proposed a “peptide world” first instead of an RNA world, the popular choice among those in the origin-of-life research community (see 08/26/2003 for other options).  In fact, he felt it a big mistake for most researchers to promote the RNA World hypothesis (see 07/11/2002 headline), because to him it is highly unrealistic, given the assumed geological conditions on the early earth.  “You’re not going to get RNA in the early earth; it is too unstable in water,” he emphasized (yet failed to mention how it appeared in the primitive “coding” with peptides he described earlier.)  Moreover, he flatly admitted the Urey-Miller experiment was completely unrealistic (see 05/02/2003 and 10/31/2002 headlines), because everyone since Darwin knows that carbon dioxide (not hydrogen or methane) must have been the predominant atmospheric gas.    By contrast, he sold his model as meeting all the realistic early-earth geological requirements, and getting free fringe benefits as a bonus.  For instance, he touted his model as providing a mechanism for proton motive force (pmf), in addition to electron transfer.  Pmf is observed in all organisms to build ATP.  Understanding how pmf arose in prebiotic conditions is, for most researchers, a difficult problem, but he claimed his model produced it as a “free lunch.”  This represented the tone of his talk: getting life is quick and simple.  In a somewhat overconfident manner, he described life as a natural consequence of disequilibrium conditions readily available deep under the sea, here on Earth or on any world undergoing convection and chemical disequilibrium.  The audience gave him a hearty round of applause.    Noting that the audience may have missed the fact that his scenario falsified the previous speaker’s (and vice versa), this reporter asked during the Q&A period about it.  “Benner said that ribose was essential to life, yet is unstable in water, so he theorized it had to form in a desert with borate to stabilize it,” I said.  “You are proposing that it formed in a deep sea environment.  How do you reconcile your view with his?”  “I don’t,” he responded without hesitation.  “I’m a geologist – he’s a biochemist.  To me, you must start with a realistic geological scenario for the early earth.  There were no deserts!  There was no borate, a rare mineral in cosmic terms.  I consider that a highly unlikely scenario.”2  He had stated emphatically earlier in the lecture that organic molecules did not come from space, as some astrobiologists suppose.  Regardless of what the cosmologists say, “There were no organic molecules on the early earth,” he said forcefully, “even from space.”  He didn’t need special delivery anyway; all the ingredients cook up just fine in his frothy alkaline reactors.  No primordial soup here; in fact, his first life has to invade the oceanic crust to survive, because the open ocean is the last place to put fragile early life forms.  Like a desert, it would have provided nothing to eat.    When a listener asked him his opinion about when life originated, he speculated confidently it was about 4.4 billion years ago – in geological terms, almost immediately after the earth cooled enough for the oceans to form.  He made it seem an almost automatic result of the circumstances.  To someone not vivocentric, it appeared to be no big deal.1Russell agreed with Stanley Miller and Jeffrey Bada (see 06/14/2002 headline) that black smokers are not suitable locales; too acidic and too hot (400° C).  He suggested pH of 10-11 (strongly alkaline) was more appropriate.  Contrast this with the highly acidic conditions found on Mars (see next headline).2Quotes are paraphrased but quite close to the actual statements.This reporter could not suffer bluffing to go uncontested, so he went up afterwards to talk to the speaker in person.  A series of questions nailed the bluffing to the wall:Chirality:  Like Benner, Russell admitted that 100% pure one-handedness is vital (see online book).  He admitted during the talk that amino acids racemize immediately (i.e., they revert to mixed-handedness).  His lecture had bluffed about heterochirality being acceptable at first, but he provided no means other than chance to achieve 100% homochirality later.  He seemed to assume getting a six-unit peptide of one hand was plausible, and that was sufficient (see next point).Information:  He confused chemical specificity with information when I charged him with pulling information out of a magic hat.  “The small peptides you propose are no more informative than a child’s alphabet blocks bouncing around at random,” I said.  When he tried to declare that a six-link peptide chain “has a lot of information, because it will only join with certain side chains and reject others,” I reminded him that such an arrangement provides no functional information (it doesn’t “do” anything useful—see 06/12/2003 headline).  Information is not the same as natural law.  I reminded him that sodium chloride (table salt) links up naturally, too, but provides no real information.  How much information is necessary to provide function?  As a real world example, he admitted that the simplest ferrodoxins are more than 53 amino acid units in length.  But that is an exceedingly high degree of information for just one protein molecule, especially when each unit has to be one-handed.  Getting something that size by chance is astronomically improbable.Genetic Takeovers:  I reminded him that Benner had warned against proposing too many genetic takeovers, because each one requires a radical overhaul of the conditions.  Compounding ad hoc conditions raises charges of telling a just-so story.  Yet his model invoked three takeovers: minerals, then peptides, then RNA.  He responded that the first two were “co-evolving.”  Reader, please ponder: does that really solve the problem?  Is it not a personification fallacy?Gaps:  He admitted that there is a huge gap between his proposal and the operation of the simplest living thing, especially considering the highly complex translation process between DNA and proteins involving transfer-RNA (see online book).  Yet he did not mention this gap during the talk when the audience was present.If a layman can nail a PhD chemist, it doesn’t mean the layman is bright; it means the chemist’s story is weak and shatters easily.  After I hammered away with these pointed questions, he asked me in mild exasperation, “Well, you’ve got to start somewhere.  What is your model?”  “You wouldn’t like it…. ” I replied, then thanked him for his time and bid him adieu.  There wasn’t an opportunity to elaborate, and my model was not the issue.  Before you can get a horse to drink, you have to salt the oats; you have to create thirst, and get him to admit a need.  The horse will come to the water when licking the salt lick over and over doesn’t satisfy.    Think about his last point.  To an evolutionist, proposing a just-so story is better than admitting ignorance.  It doesn’t matter whether it is highly implausible, or whether it contradicts (and essentially falsifies) other popular models, or whether it contains gaping canyons between the model and the real world (see 05/22/2002 commentary).  “What is your model?” – the question illustrates the assumption that something is better than nothing.  Is that always true?  Some people feel uncomfortable with silence and fill the air with verbiage.  But talk is cheap and sometimes less than worthless.  Telling a hungry hobo in a boxcar, “If we had ham, we could have ham and eggs, if we had eggs,” is less helpful than shutting up.  Saying it with feeling is worse.  Jeffrey Kargel (see next headline) suggested that the decreasing evidence for life beyond earth should generate “an increased respect for life on our own planet.”  Calling life “failed mineralogy” and quipping “What does life do?  It makes waste” is profoundly disrespectful.  Evolutionists need more respect for life.  They need to silently ponder the complexity of DNA, RNA, proteins and molecular machines.  Only then we can reason intelligently about alternatives like intelligent design.    So the first two lectures in a JPL series called “Life Detection Seminar,” have already falsified each other.*  In effect, they canceled each other out, leaving the audience behind square one, heading backwards.  Both models required highly implausible conditions.  Improbabilities do not add up to probabilities.  They multiply into impossibilities.*Here is the abstract of Russell’s presentation from the advertisement, with comments inserted and emphasis added to highlight the speculative elements and logical fallacies.  Compare this model with Benner’s scenario last month (see 11/05/2004 headline).  Notice the personification fallacy as he assumes these chemicals were striving upward to bigger and better organization:It is suggested [by whom? – identify yourself] that life got started when hydrothermal hydrogen reacted with carbon dioxide dissolved in ocean waters in a hydrothermal mound (pH ~10, T =100° C) partly composed of metal sulfide [life is more than chemistry; it requires specified complexity arranged for function].  This mound was the hatchery of life [misleading analogy] and the vent fluids bore life’s waste products back to the ocean.  Bacterial life is characterized by its wastes [reductionism], e.g., acetate, methane, oxygen and hydrogen sulfide.  The first waste product of life was probably [let’s see the calculation] acetate.  So we may think [who’s we?] of the hydrothermal mound as a natural hydrothermal flow reactor in which iron and nickel sulfides catalyzed the formation of minor concentrations of amino acids [you’re gonna need a lot of ’em, baby] and their polymerization to short peptides [Whoa! peptides do not form in water easily] – peptides that got caught in pore spaces while most of the acetate was eluted to the ocean [ad hoc; how convenient the good stuff lingers, while the bad stuff escapes].  These peptides wrapped themselves around inorganic metal sulfide and phosphate molecules [ad hoc], and also coated the inside of the pores [story’s over; now it’s a death trap].  The efficiency of the acetate generator was optimized by the emergence of the first organic living cells [Whoa! He just jumped the canyon in a single bound!] through the intervention of nucleic acids [Whoa!  Another canyon!  Where did they “emerge” from? – the same conditions are hostile to nucleotides] in the metabolizing system [systems are built by intelligent design].    The hydrothermal mound continued to support a community of cells through to the community’s evolution and differentiation to bacteria and archaea [evolution always assumed; does he have any idea how complex these critters are?].  The archaea added waste methane to the effluent.  From the mound the only safe escape route was down [only intelligent agents care about safety], down into the ocean floor where nutrients and energy were still available.  Any cells discharged to the ocean would have starved [only intelligent entities suffer hunger].  Thus the ocean floor sediments and crust were colonized and the deep biosphere was born. [Presto!  Now clap for the magic show.](Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


43rd Annual Ohio Dorset Sale March 15 and 16

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plans for the 43rd annual Ohio Dorset Sale have been set for March 15 and 16 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio. Billed as “the first, the biggest, the best” Dorset sale, it will feature both Horned and Polled Dorsets. Dorsets from South Dakota to Connecticut have been entered.Established in 1977, the Ohio Dorset Sale has been a barometer used to gauge how the registered sheep industry is doing in the New Year. Entered in the sale are 100 head of Polled Dorsets and 30 head of Horned Dorsets.“The nation’s finest Dorset genetics from ten different states have been consigned to this year’s sale,” said Greg Deakin, sale manager. “The sale’s history is rich, dating back to 1977. More national breed champion rams and ewes have sold through the Ohio Dorset Sale than any other sale.”Both Horned and Polled Dorset rams and ewes will be offered consisting of classes for yearlings, fall and winter lambs. Serving as judge is Alex Wolf from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and sale auctioneers are Gary Saylor and Danny Westlake, both from Ohio. The Ohio Dorset Association is sponsoring the sale and consignment viewing may be seen at www.bannersheepmagazine.com.Sale questions may be directed to sale manager Greg Deakin, 309-785-5058.last_img read more


Survey: How Kids 12 & Under Use Web Technology

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Yesterday we posted a video from the Teens in Tech conference, looking at how teens perceive technology. Today we’re co-launching a survey which aims to find out how children 12 years and younger use Web technology. We’ve partnered with Boston research firm Latitude, which developed the survey tool and will help us analyze the data. The survey will be open for 2 weeks, after which ReadWriteWeb and Latitude will list and analyze the results.If you’re the parent of a child 12 and under, then we invite you to participate in the survey by clicking here. The study is open to all children aged 12 and under.It’s important to note that you DO NOT need to reveal the identity of your child. We’re super conscious of the privacy issues regarding children on the Web, so you may enter a nickname into the survey instead of your child’s real name.In a nutshell, here’s how the survey works. With you (the parent) always at the controls, the survey will ask your child to draw his or her response to a question. There is a special tool for you to upload the resulting drawing, in JPEG format. The survey will then gather some general information about the child’s computer use, which should only take 5-10 minutes.As explained in a background post by Latitude’s Kim Gaskins, the survey aims to discover how children use and understand Web technology, the environmental factors that contribute to these understandings, and the extent to which children can think “innovatively” about web technology. The study also intends to deduce real-world applications from the drawings that the kids create.Click here to begin the survey process.Latitude is a research-driven consultancy for technology and media companies. It works with clients to discover and develop opportunities for next-generation content, software, and communications technologies through a combination of Web-based applications and innovative research methods. Visit life-connected.com for other Latitude studies, or email [email protected] to learn more about working with Latitude. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Passivhaus Spec Project

first_imgA Seattle developer has sold what he thinks is the first built-on-spec Passivhaus building in Washington state. And the sale bodes well for builders specializing in these extremely efficient designs.The 2,000-sq. ft. house, built on an infill lot at 3153 S. Oregon Street, is located in Seattle’s Columbia City area, in a cluster of 15 homes built by Dwell Development. Unit 13, as it’s called, was sold last November during the framing stage. A recent blower-door test confirmed that the house meets the Passivhaus airtightness standard of no more than 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure (ach50).Still under construction, the house has 14-inch-thick double-stud walls (R-45) that will be filled with cellulose insulation. It also has an R-70 roof and triple-pane windows manufactured by Intus. The water-resistive barrier is Tremco EnviroDri. (For more specs, use the link for the Brute Force Collaborative website below.) The house sold quickly, and for a good priceWhat makes the project particularly encouraging to Maschmedt is that super-efficient homes are being snatched up by buyers even though they cost more than conventionally built homes. He says his houses typically are sold long before they’re finished.“There’s a huge demand for it,” Maschmedt said. “Our homes are already selling for a premium compared to the competition.” He said another builder in the same community built a conventional, 1,500-sq. ft. home and had it on the market by 178 days before selling it for $305,000. Dwell built a house of the same size, had it on the market for “zero days,” and sold it for $420,000.“When the economy went down and people were struggling to sell, our homes continued to sell because people who were buying in a down economy were doing their homework and wanted value,” he said.Nothing made that clearer to Maschmedt than comparing his sales results with those of his fellow developer, someone he says is delivering a “good product.”“We’re selling ours with zero market days for $120,000 more than he’s selling his for,” he said. “That’s for the same size house on the same street. I would love to make Passive our new standard, and that’s what we’re trying to do — to make Passivhaus our standard spec,” Maschmedt said. “Every home we do. That’s my goal.” The incremental cost was only $35,000Anthony Maschmedt, the developer, says he’s certain the house is the first spec Passivhaus in Washington State, and fairly certain it’s the first on an infill lot anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia City area is on Seattle’s light-rail line and only a five-minute train ride from the city’s downtown.The house sold for $535,000. Other houses in the Dwell development range in cost from the high $300,000s to the upper $400,000s, Maschmedt said. Features that should allow the house to become Passivhaus-certified at the close of construction added about $35,000 to the price tag.Dwell builds between 15 and 20 homes per year. The company is building a total of 42 in Columbia City, including an additional two that will be built to the Passivhaus standard.Unit 13 is the first Passivhaus building that Dwell has constructed. The design team included architect Julian Weber, Passivhaus consultant Brute Force Collaborative, and Tadashi Shiga, of Evergreen Certified.last_img read more


Intel to deploy 100 self-driving vehicles worldwide by end of year

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Intel will deploy 100 self-driving vehicles in Europe, Israel, and the United States by the end of the year. The cars will be used as demonstration vehicles for customers and regulators, as well as test vehicles for the company’s self-driving efforts.The announcement comes alongside the completion of its $15.3 billion Mobileye acquisition, which it announced in March this year. Mobileye will supply the sensors and computer vision, while Intel supplies the processing power and expertise in 5G and cloud communication.See Also: Intel “eliminates” wearables division to focus on augmented realityThe cars will reach Level 4 autonomy, the second highest level in the SAE classification system.“Building cars and testing them in real-world conditions provides immediate feedback and will accelerate delivery of technologies and solutions for highly and fully autonomous vehicles,” said senior vice president of Intel and future Mobileye executive, Amnon Shashua.“Geographic diversity is very important as different regions have very diverse driving styles as well as different road conditions and signage. Our goal is to develop autonomous vehicle technology that can be deployed anywhere, which means we need to test and train the vehicles in varying locations.”Intel plans to use different brands and vehicle types, making it a truly agnostic system.The acquisition of Mobileye makes Intel a powerful player in the self-driving market, capable of selling the hardware, software, and data services to an automaker. It is already a partner in BMW’s consortium, alongside auto suppliers Delphi and Continental, which is aiming for a Level 5 autonomous car by 2021.“Delivering 100 test cars very quickly will demonstrate how this hybrid system can be adapted to meet customer needs,” said Shashua. “Neither company could do this alone. Given resident skill-sets within the two companies, a standalone fleet of test vehicles is possible almost immediately.” Related Posts The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img Tags:#5G#Autonomous#driverless#Intel#Mobileye#Self-Driving David Curry How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…last_img read more


Rohan Bopanna and Katarina Srebotnik through to US Open quarters in mixed doubles

first_imgRohan BopannaIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia entered the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the US Open with a straight-set victory.The sixth seeds beat A Medina Garrigues of Spain and South Africa’s Raven Klaasen 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and five minutes on Sunday night to advance to the last eight.Bopanna will come face to face with compatriot Sania Mirza and her teammate Bruno Soares of Brazil – the top seeds in the tournament.Another Indian, Leander Paes, is also in the quarterfinal mix. Paes along with his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black, the third seeds, will take on unseeded American-Mexican team of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez in the other half of the draw.last_img read more


Contribution to the Debate on the National Registration and Identification Bill, 2017 – PM Holness

first_img At present Mr. Speaker, Jamaica does not have a national identification database which can reliably and uniquely verify the identity of its citizens. I therefore repeat Mr. Speaker that Jamaica does not at this time and has never had a secure National Identification System that can uniquely and reliably verify the identity of its citizens. Mr. Speaker, it is indeed my honour to submit for the consideration of this Honourable House today, the National Identification and Registration Bill, 2017, which was tabled in this Honourable House on the 6th of June 2017.Mr Speaker, members will recall that on March 21, 2017 a similar Bill was tabled by me, however, because of deliberations that continued with valuable stakeholders, the Government listened and thought it best to withdraw the original Bill and table a new Bill taking into account the feedback received.Mr Speaker, the Government listened to the people and responded.The National Identification System project, spearheaded by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) commenced in 2011.In my 2016 Budget Presentation; I advised this Honourable House and the people of Jamaica that the implementation of the NIDS would be a priority for my administration.The NIDS project team was re-energized and as a result a White Paper was tabled in this Honourable House on November 8, 2016.Mr. Speaker, discussions about a NIDS has been on-going for too long as the Government and people of Jamaica have been discussing the introduction of a National Identification System for over 40 years.Mr. Speaker now is the time to cease talking and to act on this vital tool for the betterment of the people of Jamaica.At present Mr. Speaker, Jamaica does not have a national identification database which can reliably and uniquely verify the identity of its citizens.What we have at this time Mr. Speaker is the existence of a number of specific identification systems and cards for various Ministries, Departments and Agencies For example, The Tax Administration of Jamaica issues a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).We also have a driver’s licence regime which authorises individuals to drive on our roads and this licence is also used and accepted as an identification card.The Passport, Immigration, Citizenship Agency as well as the National Insurance Scheme, and the National Health Fund also have their own systems.We are all also aware that another form for identification in use in Jamaica is our Electoral Identification Card. It must however be noted that the purpose of the electoral card is for the individual to exercise his democratic right to vote.The point is Mr. Speaker; all the systems referred to above and many more not mentioned are in fact sectoral and functional systems created for a specific purpose by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.I therefore repeat Mr. Speaker that Jamaica does not at this time and has never had a secure National Identification System that can uniquely and reliably verify the identity of its citizens.Read More Here Mr. Speaker, discussions about a NIDS has been on-going for too long as the Government and people of Jamaica have been discussing the introduction of a National Identification System for over 40 years. Story Highlightslast_img read more