Pay Back: Laryea Kingston explains why he removed shorts in celebration

first_imgFormer Black Stars and Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder, Laryea Kingston has revealed that his decision to remove his pants after scoring a winner against his former club Accra Great Olympics was unusual.“Out of context. I do not really know why I removed my pants”.After starting his career at the Accra based club, Laryea was transferred on loan from Great Olympics to Libyan club, Al-Ittihad Tripoli in 2000. A deal that did not work out for the Ghanaian as he was not paid for six months.“Before joining Accra Hearts of Oak, there were a lot of problems. Olympics transferred me to Libya and things did not go on well there. I signed the contract and for six months I was not paid. I called the Olympics management to help me out but no one helped.So after a while, I found my way back to Accra and as such, I left my ITC. And when came back, I went to Olympics and when they realized I had left my ITC, they left me out of the squad”.The 39-year-old said due to the rejection from his parent-club, he started training with their cross-town rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak.“Before joining Great Olympics, Accra Hearts of Oak were already interested in me so I started training with them. When I went to Hearts, the likes of Harry Zakuor, Ernest Thompson all invited and I told them about my situation and they agreed that we will not sign any official contract with me yet but they will accept me into the team and train with the team.Ernest Thompson also went ahead to write to FIFA to fight for my ITC. So I stayed a full year without playing football but I was on the payroll of Accra Hearts of Oak. Had it not been the challenges with my transfer, I would have been a part of the team that won the 2000 CAF Champions League.I was training with them, they were paying me regularly and with every international tournament, I will be a part of the team and all of that until my ITC came back to me”.The former Black Stars star revealed that after receiving his ITC, Olympics tried battling with Hearts of Oak over his eligibility to play for them.“So in the 2001/2002 season, after Olympics realized I had got it back, they took the case to Players’ Status Committee stating I was their player and not their rivals. In fact, they dragged the issue that after a loan deal, I had to return to them and not Hearts of Oak.All of that generated a lot of issues and I am grateful to Abu Alhassan who stood in for me. He told the management team of Olympics not to disturb my life and that I was going to play a great part in the national team so they should leave me alone to focus on my career”Laryea Kingston played for Accra Hearts of Oak for two seasons and got a move to the Israeli side, Maccabi Ahi Nazareth before subsequently joining Hapoel Tel Aviv the same season.last_img read more

Ken’s March Against ‘Senior Hunger’ Still in Need of Donations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis‘Ken’s March Against Senior Hunger’ is still up and running.The current fundraiser that benefits the meals on wheels, and congregate meals served at lunch and dinner at the center feeds about 5,000 seniors in Alpena County a month and provides about 85,000 meals a year.The goal is to reach $30,000 by April 26th. To say thank you, the center will be hosting an event for those who helped donate on that same day.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Families Opt Out Vacation for ‘Spring Break Workouts’Next 17-Year-Old to be Charged as an Adult After Making a Threat at Local High Schoollast_img

Behind rookie Collin Sexton, Cavs thwart bruised, Giannis-less Bucks

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sexton scored 25 points and became the first NBA rookie to score at least 23 in seven straight games since 1998 as Cleveland delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.Sexton made a 3-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as the Cavs held on for one of their signature wins in an otherwise dismal season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSexton’s development has been one of the bright spots for the Cavs, who have undergone a coaching change and been riddled with injuries. His seven-game scoring streak is the longest for any rookie since Tim Duncan did it 21 years ago.“That’s what’s up,” Sexton said, smiling. “It’s cool. He’s a legend. We got the win against the No. 1 team, so that’s even better.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis LATEST STORIES Since March 11, the Cavs have beaten Toronto, Detroit and Milwaukee — three probable playoff teams and in the Raptors and Bucks, the two top teams record-wise in the league.“Since the All-Star break, we’ve been playing well,” said Thompson, who had seven points and six rebounds in his first game since Jan. 16. “We’ve been playing well at home, beaten some good teams at home. I’d like to say if it was the NCAA Tournament, we’d definitely be a bubble team. We’ve got some good big wins.”TIP-INSBudenholzer and Bledsoe were given technicals for arguing during the break between the first and second quarters. … Antetokounmpo scored 44 with 14 rebounds in Milwaukee’s win at Cleveland on Dec. 14. … Dropped to 13-2 in the Central.Cavaliers: Nance finished with seven points, a team-high five assists, two steals and two blocks. … Although having Thompson on the floor would have certainly helped them win some games, Drew said the Cavs didn’t push Thompson. “I was hoping we would have gotten him back sooner,” Drew said. “But any time you are dealing with an injury, you can’t rush players back. ” … G Matthew Dellavedova missed his seventh straight game with a concussion.UP NEXTBucks: Host Miami on Friday.Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The team did not have any further information on Love, who finished with 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.“He didn’t seem to be himself,” coach Larry Drew said.While the Bucks are nursing injuries, the Cavs were as close to full strength as they’ve been in months as Tristan Thompson returned after missing 26 games with a sore left foot. It was a rare chance for Drew to have three of his top frontcourt players in Thompson, Love and Larry Nance Jr., who had missed the previous five games with a chest bruise.“It felt good having that many bodies,” Drew said.Middleton did all he could to carry the Bucks in the first half by scoring 18. But without enough support, he couldn’t keep up with the better-balanced Cavs, who built a 16-point lead and went into the locker room at halftime leading by 11.MILWAUKEE’S MASH UNITThe Bucks were also without guards Sterling Brown (wrist), Donte DiVicenzo (heel), George Hill (groin) and center Pau Gasol (ankle).Budenholzer dismissed a report that Mirotic, who got hurt during Tuesday’s win over the Lakers, could be out for as long as a month. The Bucks did not provide a timeline in their release.“These things can always change,” he said. “In a perfect world, they’re less. Sometimes they take longer. This is a little bit of a unique injury.”MARCH MADNESS The Bucks are staggering toward the end of what has been a special season. The Eastern Conference leaders were without Antetokounmpo, one of the top MVP candidates, who missed his second game in a row with a sprained right ankle. They were also down five other rotational players including starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and forward Nikola Mirotic (thumb).Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe 24 for the Bucks, who couldn’t wrap up their first division title since 2001. They were at a disadvantage as Antetokounmpo sat in warmups and watched from the end of Milwaukee’s bench.“When you don’t come out on top it never feels good,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “The guys, the competitive fight they brought in not the easiest of circumstances, I’ll take that any night.”Down 105-102, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it but had an ugly turnover without getting a shot off with less than 10 seconds remaining.Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed Monday’s game in Detroit with a sore back, left in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He banged into Bledsoe late in the second quarter and played just three minutes in the third before going to the locker room for evaluation.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) drives past Milwaukee Bucks’ D.J. Wilson (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 107-102. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton has left a sluggish, sometimes painful start to his pro career, behind him.He’s taking off, and he might just take the Cavaliers with him.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Six Nations is ‘love-hate relationship’ for Schmidt

first_imgSchmidt also won the prestigious world coach of the year award last year on the back of the Grand Slam and an historic home win over world champions New Zealand, the second time as Ireland head coach he had got the better of his compatriots.However, while Schmidt enjoys the competitive nature of the Six Nations, and the passionate crowd engagement, he does harbour mixed feelings about the tournament which kicks off on February 1.“I have a love-hate relationship with it,” he said at the tournament launch in London on Wednesday.“Sometimes I am on the bus going to Lansdowne Road and you pass a hotel just before you get there and you look out and people are really enjoying themselves.“I say to myself I just hope this (the match) does not go bad and I am almost tempted to say to the bus driver ‘whoa, let me off’.“I just want to go and have a pint with these people and have as good a time as they are having.”Schmidt, who intends to take perhaps up to a year off to focus on family projects in New Zealand, says people would be wrong if they think he will be distracted by his sabbatical.“I want to make sure that these next 10 months are as good as I can make them and I want to help the players and put as much of my effort into that,” said Schmidt. “That is where my energy goes.”– ‘Proud of the people’ –Schmidt, whose decision to take time out rules him out of contention to replace Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach when he too steps aside after the World Cup, says he will miss several things when the time comes to say farewell.“I am extremely privileged to have been close to a group of men who work as hard as they do and achieve what they have done,” said Schmidt.“To enjoy their success on the edge of it and be a witness first hand has been an incredible privilege and I will miss that for sure.”Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion’s determined display on the wing in the win over Australia in 2016 is an abiding memory for head coach Joe Schmidt © AFP / Adrian DENNISSchmidt added the second thing he will miss is being in the changing room after a match when the players have “given everything”.“Rory (Best the captain) and I spoke about a couple of games in 2016, the massive focus was on Chicago when we beat New Zealand (the first time Ireland ever beat the All Blacks),” said Schmidt.“But the end of that autumn series we were so hit by injuries against Australia that Kieran Marmion (a scrum-half) spent 40 minutes on the wing and had the task of trying to tackle Israel Folau and did an unbelievable tackle on (David) Pocock (the Irish held on to win 27-24).“Moments like that you can be incredibly proud of the people you work with. I will miss that hugely.”Schmidt says his successor, Englishman Andy Farrell, the team’s defence coach, has the qualities to build on his legacy.“He certainly fills a room,” he said. “I am too small and scrawny to be able to eyeball a player but he certainly can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is approaching his final Six Nations championship and despite three titles including the 2018 Grand Slam he admits to having mixed feelings © AFP / Paul FAITHLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 24 – Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits he has a love-hate relationship with the Six Nations despite engineering three titles and a Grand Slam last season.The 53-year-old New Zealand-born coach will step down after this year’s World Cup having transformed the Irish from a demoralised outfit, when he took over in 2013, into the number two side in the world.last_img read more

Exodus Theory Inherits the Wind

first_imgAn old theory that the Exodus story occurred because of natural winds has surfaced again.  It seeks to provide a purely natural explanation for what the Old Testament records as a miracle.    Two atmospheric scientists from Boulder, Colorado, Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, referenced a theory by Doron Nof (see his website) that briefly made a splash in 1992 on TV with model demonstrations of high winds blowing back the waters off a submerged sandbar.  Some believers tended to think this might give a plausible explanation for the Exodus story, while unbelievers tended to discount the Exodus story as elaboration of a natural phenomenon.  Drews and Han drew from Nof’s idea, which was elaborated on by Russian scientists Naum Voltzinger and Alexei Androsov, with new models and experiments: “A suite of model experiments are performed to demonstrate a new hydrodynamic mechanism that can cause an angular body of water to divide under wind stress, and to test the behavior of our study location and reconstructed topography.”  They also pointed to a new site for the crossing on the western Sinai Peninsula rather than the Gulf of Aqaba.  Between the Lake of Tanis and the Nile, they calculated, a land passage 5 km wide might have opened up for 4-7 hours under winds of 28-33 m/s (62-74 mph), but they admitted, “these stronger winds may render walking too difficult for a mixed group of people.”  Their theory was published in PLoS One.1    As to whether this provides a plausible natural explanation for the Red Sea crossing, Drews and Han were restrained in their paper: “Wind setdown is the drop in water level caused by wind stress acting on the surface of a body of water for an extended period of time.  As the wind blows, water recedes from the upwind shore and exposes terrain that was formerly underwater.  Previous researchers have suggested wind setdown as a possible hydrodynamic explanation for Moses crossing the Red Sea, as described in Exodus 14.”2  But in the popular press, they drew the connection more directly.  Drews was quoted in Live Science saying, “People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts.  What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”  Similar, in Science Daily, the subtext was that the Biblical miracle can be explained naturally: “Computer Modeling Applies Physics to Red Sea Escape Route” was its headline; Live Science titled its story, “Parting of Red Sea Jibes With Natural Laws.”  Indeed, Brett Israel in his write-up was ready to exchange Gods: “Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds.”1.  Carl Drews and Weiqing Han, “Dynamics of Wind Setdown at Suez and the Eastern Nile Delta,” Public Library of Science: One, 5(8): e12481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012481.2.  See Exodus 14 (ESV) at’s baloney in this story, but first, some disclaimers.  It’s true the authors and reporters never denied the Exodus story was miraculous or called it a myth.  It’s also true that Biblical miracles can be accomplished with natural means (example: the Jordan crossing made possible by a landslide upriver, as described in Joshua 3).  These become, then, miracles of timing of natural events.  For all we know, the authors respect the historicity of the Bible’s account and may even wish to shed light on its miraculous character.  Lastly, studying the power of wind and its ability to create land bridges under specific circumstances is honorable scientific practice.    The baloney is in two inferences: (1) that explaining a Biblical story “naturally” is superior to accepting a miracle.  That assumption begs all kinds of questions: what is meant by natural and miracle?  What is meant by a scientific explanation?  There are nuances of coordination between natural law and divine action that are glossed over in the broad-brush assumption that natural law trumps miracles (see joke).  A false impression is promulgated that all Biblical miracles can be subsumed under “natural explanations,” with a corollary that the Biblical accounts themselves are extensions of normal, natural phenomena that ancient people exaggerated and interpreted as miracles.    The second problem is this: it would take more faith to believe the “natural” explanation in this tale than the straightforward Biblical account in Exodus 14.  Yes, God did use a “strong east wind all night” as part of his action (v. 21), but the Bible goes on to say the waters became “a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (v. 22).  Moreover, the timing of this amazingly specific wind (if that is all that was involved) – a finely-tuned wind that could blow waters left and right and maintain dry land in the midst of the sea (v. 22) without blowing women and children into the water with hurricane force gusts – was so precisely timed as to begin when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea (v. 21), allow all the Israelites to cross, then stop exactly when Moses stretched out his hand again (v. 26), drowning the entire army of Pharaoh.  Is the theory of Drews and Han, and their predecessors, somehow an improvement?  By any account, it’s a miracle anyway taking their theory, so where is the net gain in “natural” explanation?    The Bible is explicit that this was an actual miracle under the direct purpose and intervention of God.  Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and psalmists recalled this extraordinary example of God’s power to protect His people, by opening a path in the “great deep” for them to cross.  If such things happened normally from time to time, any Jewish teen could see through it, telling Mom and Dad, “What’s the big deal?”  It would be a miracle if the Exodus story lasted more than a generation.  If you are a Bible believer, avoid getting sucked into the idea that these so-called “natural” explanations of Biblical miracles help make them more plausible.  At best, they still require a lot of faith and leave many questions begging.  At worst, they are paths to unsophisticated skepticism and leave many questions begging.  Be more charitable than Science Daily and Live Science; feed the beggars.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Biomass Boilers, Part 2: Taking Wood Hauling Out of the Users’ Hands

first_imgFor Part Two of this Green Architects’ Lounge episode, we are joined once again by our good friend Pat Coon, from Revision Heat, to discuss the topic of biomass boilers. In the second installment of this epic trilogy, Phil, Pat, and I wrap up our discussion of log gasification boilers and introduce our listeners to the concept of wood pellet boilers. If you missed Part One, you might want to give that a listen first, especially since it gives you the recipe for the perfect red Manhattan (which goes very well with this smoky topic).In Part Two of the podcast, we discuss:Thermal storage for log boilers.Distribution. It’s a boiler and can do anything a normal boiler can.Maintenance. What’s involved for upkeep?Pellet boilers. Why consider pellet boilers? No more hauling wood.Pellets as fuel.Maintenance.How automated can they be?Fuel delivery, by the bag or by the truckload.Dust control and your pellet hopper.The quality of fuel and its output.Stay tuned for Part Three, where we talk about cost and savings, Phil’s six-digit idea, and this episode’s song selection, “Daydreamer,” by Pete Miller. RELATED ARTICLES Should Green Homes Burn Wood?Comparing Fuel CostsUnderstanding Pellet StovesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus EnvelopeGreen Heating Options GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE PODCAST: Biomass Boilers: Part 1PODCAST: Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2) RELATED MULTIMEDIA Multi-Fuel and Wood BoilersMulti-Fuel Pellet BoilersOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTPhil Kaplan: So, let’s talk about crunchy green versus sexy green.Chris Briley: Well, I’ve said this before. The threshold test is, if you ask, “Well, how do you feel about composting toilets?” And if they actually are interested in hearing what you have to say about it, then you’ve got yourself a crunchy green right there. That’s a crunchy green person. But if they’re like, “Uh, well, hey, I was, uh…” then you know what they are.Pat Coon: Here’s what we do in our showroom. We have two doors side by side. We’ll both go into the bathroom. We’ll say, “On the left is a composting toilet, and on the right is a flush toilet.” And we’ll see where they go. Then we know what we’re going to sell them. Whip out the solar hot water literature!Chris: So, what do we talk about cost?Pat: Let me back up just a minute. Not all wood boilers need thermal storage tanks. If you don’t have a thermal storage tank, you’re really running your wood boiler between November and March. You’re not running it in the shoulder seasons; you’re not running it in summer.Chris: Am I running something else?Pat: Well, your backup system. Some clients have a woodstove that runs in the shoulder seasons.Phil: So, are you saying you might not need a backup system?Pat: You know, you always need a backup system. It’s prudent, and the insurance companies and the banks will want it—because you’re going to want to go away for a week and not worry about the house freezing.Chris: And it doesn’t have to be extreme or robust, just something that’s going to save you…Pat: Yeah, the one we just finished for the mechanical room had an electric boiler. Why spend all that money—just a cheap electric boiler that’s there for that one week when they go away. So, if you don’t have a thermal storage tank, it costs a whole lot less.Chris: Because it’s cycling on and off more?Pat: Well, there’s less equipment. But it’s a little less efficient. You’re also tending it every three hours irregardless; you’re not going down once a day and filling it. You’re playing with it more; it’s a more active experience.Phil: My question is: distribution. Tell us a little bit about that.Pat: Any type of distribution works fine.Chris: Really? But it’s coming off as water, right? So, you’re doing water to air, or water to hydronic, in some way.Pat: Yeah. There has never been a distribution system that we couldn’t attach to, so if you’ve got forced air, we can put a coil in a forced air system. If you’ve got baseboard, we can do that. Radiant floors actually work really well, because they let you pull the tank down further and empty the tank. Distribution is not an issue. The only time it can be a problem is if the house is really under-distributed. You really want to be able to run 150-degree water.Chris: About the lower tank, that brings up maintenance. What kind of maintenance is one expecting, because these things are heavy. They go in the basement; they don’t go in the third-floor attic or anything like that.Phil: They’re really robust. On the tank, with a thermal storage tank, once a year you check the pH and the water level—you have to add 20 to 30 gallons of water. So, once a year you do that. Of course, you have to clean them, and different boilers can be cleaned in different ways. They’re easy or hard to clean. Once a cord of wood, you have to open it up and scrub it out. The new, fancy ones you clean by shaking a lever. The older ones, you have to open some wing nuts; it takes about 10 minutes. Feeding them and cleaning them are small tasks.Chris: So, now let’s shift the conversation. We’ve talked about logs as a fuel source. Pat, what if I don’t want to schlep the logs? I love everything you just said. I love the renewability of wood, but I don’t want to schlep the logs. Isn’t there a way, Pat…?Pat: Well, it’s funny you should mention it. Have you ever considered a wood pellet boiler?Chris: You mean the little thing that’s like a woodstove?Pat: Yes, they have pellet boilers—down in the basement, central, hydronic, automated systems.Chris: But then I have to schlep all the pellets, don’t I?Pat: Not anymore. Wood pellets are nothing more than sawdust, which is passed through an extruder—a big drum with holes on the outside that crushes the sawdust and pushes it through the holes. And the lignan in the wood gets squirted out of the cells; that’s what gives it a sheen and holds it together.Chris: So, can you do that with leaves? Just kidding.Phil: So that’s what the sheen is from? I wondered if they were polishing those things.Pat: Everyone thinks they put a little petroleum on them to hold them together, but no, that’s just the lignan from the wood. So, the whole idea of pellets—why would you do this? One is, when you make the wood into sawdust, you can dry it really easily. For cordwood, nice, dry firewood has 20% moisture content. For pellets, it’s down to around 7%. So you can get a lot of the moisture out, and that makes it burn more efficiently on site and makes it easier to transport. When you “densify” it—when you squish it back together again—you can ship it more easily because now it’s much smaller: about half the volume of cordwood.Chris: It’s also a gasification process, is it not? For firing the pellets?Pat: What gasification did was have multiple zones. For most pellet boilers, they don’t have separate combustion chambers; usually there’s one chamber with a combustion zone and a secondary combustion zone, and a heat extraction chamber. So, usually they’re two-chamber boilers as opposed to three, but they still do the same thing. They get up to really high temperatures, they get all the energy out of the wood and suck it all out.Chris: So, will it yield the same kind of exhaust as a gasification boiler, or will it be slightly more…Pat: A little cleaner, fewer particulates, higher—a really good wood boiler has about the same thermal efficiency as a really good pellet boiler. But it’s easier to get good efficiencies out of a pellet boiler than a wood boiler. The other thing about the fuel is that it’s uniform, so it’s easy to design an augur system to transport it because it’s only going to be so fat, or so long; it’s going to have certain properties that are knowable.Phil: Speak a little bit about the augur system. You don’t open this up and dump shovelfuls of this in and light it in the same way.Pat: Well, you can. This is an important thing to know about pellet boilers. There’s a huge range of how automated the boilers are. When you think about what a boiler does, it can transport the fuel or not, it can ignite itself or not, and it can clean itself or not. Some boilers have all these things automated…—oh, and it can de-ash itself or not. The completely automated boilers have a truck that pneumatically blows pellets into a bin, and then the boiler pulls pellets out of the bin, either through an augur or a vacuum system. They all combust the pellets, but some of the boilers will turn themselves on and off; others, you do that manually. Some of the boilers clean themselves; others, you do it manually. And some pull the ashes right outside.Phil: My guess is the market for the pellet boilers is what you said: The people who say, “I like the idea, but it’s a little too much work.” The pellet boilers people are most interested in, I imagine, are the ones that do most of this work for you—but still, you get the advantage of wood.Pat: These are relatively new on the market, so we don’t have enough of a record to know which way they’re going to go. Coming up in the marketplace we have a boiler that is bulk-fed, so you don’t have to carry pellets into your basement; those are blown into a hopper in the basement. They’re transported from the hopper to the boiler automatically. Once a week, or once every other week, you’ll go down to the boiler and shake a little lever. It’ll take two minutes—actually, it will take five seconds. There’s a mechanism inside; you’re knocking the ash down. And once a month, maybe six weeks, you have to open the boiler and pull the ash out. That boiler costs about $7,000 less than a boiler that does those two things for you. So, that’s where I think the market is. Yeah, you can have it completely automated, and some people will want to. Or you can have a little bit of interaction, and save a bunch of money. For the last eight years we’ve been selling a really nice boiler that you have to bag feed, you have to de-ash, and you have to clean—and guess what, we didn’t sell that many of those.Phil: Let’s cover all the things we did with a wood boiler, because I want to see these things side by side. What does it look like? So, you’ve added a hopper but you’ve gotten rid of the actual cord of wood sitting in my basement.Pat: It doesn’t look that much bigger than an oil boiler—it’s a little bigger…Phil: The hopper is.Pat: No, the boiler itself. You want to size the hopper for no more than four deliveries a year. A ton of pellets is 40 lb. per cubic foot. About 4 by 4 by 5 is what a ton is. So, a house that burns 900 gallons of oil would burn 8 tons of pellets. You wouldn’t want a hopper less than 2 tons; you’d probably want it closer to 4 tons.Chris: And you’d get a couple of refills throughout the year. A truck drives up, takes out a hose much like an oil hose only much thicker—static lined so it doesn’t ignite any dust—hooks it up to a big fitting on your house, and then he just turns it on and blows pellets into the hopper. Does it whistle?Pat: No, it hums.Phil: How about noise?Pat: Of the boilers? They’re much quieter than oil boilers. The fans are much more gentle.Chris: How about dust? I’ve got this hopper, and the truck is going to blow sawdusty pellets into my basement. It’s very similar to coal; only instead of open air, it’s contained, right?Pat: There’s all different kinds of hoppers. We’ve used metal hoppers, we’ve used plywood hoppers built on site, we’ve used cloth hoppers. We’ve designed a couple of hopper rooms, which have an augur on the bottom. Cloth hoppers are cool because they’re designed for the purpose and you only need one hose; you blow the pellets in, and the hopper lets air out, but not dust. Like a vacuum bag.Phil: Does this have to sit in conditioned space?Pat: No. We’ve just designed our first two silo systems, and they sit outside. We get our silos from agriculture supply houses.Phil: I see an architectural opportunity here.Pat: We were talking about that for one of the jobs. I said, “We can build this building and make one of those silo rooms. It’s going to be really expensive, and you’ll have to build a building for it. Or you can just buy a hopper. 7,000 bucks and you’re done.” And they were like, “We don’t like the way it looks.”Chris: Hire an architect, and we’ll make it look great!Pat: Well, I suggested they tape pine needles to it. A lot of glue…Chris: Like I said, hire an architect…Phil: Pine needles?Pat: Well, it was in the woods, to kind of blend in a little bit…Chris: Should the boiler be in conditioned space?Pat: We haven’t done a ton of these. We’ve done about two dozen of the old-school types and five of the fully automated types. So, we’ve designed our first direct heating system with the hopper outside and the boiler in a room all by itself. And it’ll be anti-freezed, and it’ll pipe heat underground. Most boilers can have anti-freeze in them; it depends on the heat exchanger. Modulating and condensing gas boilers don’t want to have too rich a mixture of antifreeze.Chris: Is the quality of fuel with pellets a consistent thing?Pat: The way to think about it is, it’s not the quality of the fuel, but a combination of the quality of the fuel and the appliance that’s burning it. The issues are going to be: Bad fuel creates a lot of ash; and pellets have a lot of minerals in them with a low melting point and can form clinkers, so the ash solidifies. They look like lunar rocks; they’re crazy. If you’re boiler is able to deal with those, it really doesn’t matter. It’s tricky, because I can only look at technology and ask myself how this is going to do for a decade…Chris: Because there’s no one you can call, because you don’t speak German. Do you speak German?Pat: No, I don’t. I have a partner who speaks German.Voiceover: So that’s it for this part of the episode. Tune in next week for more of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. A quick reminder, our music is “Zelda’s Theme,” by Perez Prado. And our views and our drinking habits do not necessarily reflect Green Building Advisor. Thanks for tuning in, everyone, and keep up the good work.last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for place

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days ago​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know better

first_img​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook What’s shooting in Ontario – as of Nov-18-16DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – 64 Page PDF – CLICK HEREOMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE ACTRA – CLICK HERE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img