Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, And Disclosure Record Together At Abbey Road

first_imgAnderson .Paak is currently on tour as support for Bruno Mars for his 24K Magic tour. The two make for an appropriately good fit, as the funk-pop superstar brings the emerging hip-hop artist throughout Europe and beyond. It seems that aside from wow-ing large audiences, the two also had plans to bring an exceptional crew of musicians together for a recording session at the legendary Abbey Road studio in London.Chic frontman Nile Rodgers and Disclosure producer Guy Lawrence joined Mars, .Paak, and his band The Free Nationals in the studio for what looks to be an exciting collaboration. The proof is in the video, though there’s no new music to supplement what looks like a damn good time amongst these guys.Instead, the clips,  taken by British photographer Felix Dickinson who is currently on tour with them, features another .Paak collaboration: the NxWorries‘ Yes Lawd! track “Khadijah.” In addition to the teaser video, Dickinson also posted several candid shots on his Instagram. Check them all out below: We can’t wait to hear more of this exciting collaboration, and have our fingers crossed for a new album from Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals!last_img read more

Brexit would rob Netherlands of key ally on pensions, legal expert warns

first_imgHe also credited joint lobbying for pension funds’ exemptions from the European Market Infrastructure Regulation and the financial transaction tax (FTT).Van Meerten indicated, however, that European supervisor EIOPA – separately from the new IORP II Directive – was developing its own solvency framework with capital requirements, “which could become binding”.“To counter this development, we might need British support again,” he said.In his opinion, new capital requirements driven by EIOPA would force pension funds to expand their financial buffers.“Given pension funds’ current weak financial position, this would lead to additional rights discounts and make a switch to defined contribution arrangements inevitable,” said Van Meerten, who is also professor of European pensions legislation at Utrecht University.He pointed out that EIOPA’s recent stress tests had shown that many pension funds would hit additional turbulence during a crisis, adding that it was “worrying” the Dutch Pensions Federation had tried to downplay these conclusions, “as such a crisis scenario seems to be playing out already”.The professor suggested, however, that a Brexit could also expedite the change to a sustainable pensions system, “which has been under discussion for far too long”.He argued that, if Dutch pension funds speed up the innovation process, they could play a pioneering role and even help EIOPA flesh out a solvency framework.“That would be very sensible, as the Dutch financial assessment framework (nFTK) remains subordinated to European legislation,” he said.Theo Kocken, chief executive at risk manager Cardano, which also has a UK office, agreed that a Brexit could be bad for Dutch pension funds.He said a Brexit would be another reason to adopt a new pensions system quickly, “without vague concepts such as buffers, which the EC wrongly considers as a safety margin and a target of wrong regulation”. A pensions law expert has warned that a UK decision to leave the European Union (EU) could derail the Dutch government’s lobbying efforts in Brussels with respect to pensions.Hans van Meerten, a European pensions lawyer, said the Dutch government, in the event of a Brexit, would lose a key ally in its struggle to carve out a special position for the pensions industry within European financial legislation.The pension systems in the Netherlands and the UK consist predominantly of capital-funded defined benefit arrangements.Van Meerten said that Dutch schemes, with the help of their UK peers, had been largely successful in excluding pension funds from harmonised capital requirements for banks and insurers.last_img read more

Leading players set for international action

first_img27 Mar 2017 Leading players set for international action Leading girl and U21 players will be in action next month with England squads named for the French Lady Junior Championship and the Scottish and Irish girls’ open championships. The squads are: French Lady Junior Championship at Saint Cloud, 13-17 April: Annabell Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire), Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire). Scottish U18 girls’ open at Montrose Golf Club, 12-14 April: Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland, Durham), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill, Surrey), Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset), Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Caitlin Whitehead, (Kendal, Cumbria), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk). Irish U18 girls’ open at Roganstown Golf & Country Club, 7-9 April. Nations Cup team: Caitlin Whitehead, Jessica Hall and Mimi Rhodes. The players: Annabell Fuller, 14, (© Stills Photography) started this season with second place in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational in Florida – having been runner-up on six occasions in 2016, alongside a victory in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. She recently reached the last 16 in the Spanish women’s championship. Sammy Fuller, 17, has represented England since 2014. She was third in the 2016 English girls’ championship, 11th in the English women’s and seventh in the 2017 Doral Publix. The Fullers are sisters Lily May Humphreys, 15, was third in a men’s professional event in Spain this year and runner-up in the weekend’s Delamer Comboy Scratch Trophy. Last year she won the English U16 girls’ championship, the Fairhaven Trophies and the North of England U16 title. Sophie Lamb, 19, is the British women’s stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. Emily Price, 17, won the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit for 2016 after a season which included victories in the English women’s open and the Scottish U18 girls’ championships. Bel Wardle, 17, was runner up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and was eighth in the World junior girls’ championship. She tied for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy and was third on the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit. Jessica Hall, 18, followed up a string of solid results in 2016 with a top 20 finish in this year’s Portuguese women’s amateur, where she was the leading English player. Martha Lewis, 17, was runner-up in the 2017 Doral Publix tournament in Florida after a series of high finishes in 2016 events. She previously represented England at U16 level. Mimi Rhodes, 15, was runner-up in the women’s 2016 West of England amateur for the Harper Salver, had another top ten in the Scottish U18 girls’ champs and a top 30 in the Spanish women’s amateur. Hannah Screen, 17, is a double champion, having won the 2016 Daily Telegraph and Scottish U16 girls’ titles alongside other high finishes. Caitlin Whitehead, 14, is the Scottish U14 girls’ champion and had a string of top ten results in prestigious girls’ events during 2016. Amelia Williamson, 16, was runner-up in the English U16 girls’ championship and the Fairhaven Trophies; and third in both the Scottish U18 girls’ and Daily Telegraph championships.last_img read more

Watch: Leicester City post emotional tribute video one year on from helicopter crash that…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Leicester CityAdvertisement q6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6y0dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0nxl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nx4dWould you ever consider trying this?😱6qx5Can your students do this? 🌚nu8rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Exactly one year ago, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, aka Khun Vichai, the renowned Thai businessman, CEO of King Power International Group and the owner of Leicester City, lost his life in a helicopter crash. A year after, the club has created a video to honour their beloved late owner, which will send the fans and supporters on a soul-stirring trip.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Leicester CityThe club hierarchy and supporters credit Vichai as one of the pillars behind Leicester City’s success, from their EPL promotion to the dream run of the 2015-16 season and lifting the trophy. The video, posted by the club’s official Twitter handle, shows a compilation the fans and pundits paying tribute to Vichai after the accident. Check it out below-Taking charge of a struggling championship club, the Thai billionaire took over the ownership in 2010, and by the fourth season, the Foxes had secured their promotion to the Premier League, and went onto win their first ever English top flight trophy in 2016.Vichai was a regular spectator during the club’s fixtures, and his preferred way of transport to and from the King Power Stadium was an AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter. On 27th October 2018, the chopper crashed after taking off from the stadium, with Vichai, the pilot and four other passengers on board died.Leicester City demolished Southampton 9-0 yesterday as club talisman Jamie Vardy scored a hat trick, and are currently 3rd in the league table with 20 points and will take on Crystal Palace next Sunday at Selhurst Park. Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman gets 40 years in prison in pig farm murder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A Los Angeles Superior Court jury convicted Kariger in September of the murder charge, also finding that she had been a felon with a firearm. The defense argued Kariger was a battered woman who acted in self-defense. The defendant suffered much violence at the hands of the defendant, including being run over by him in a vehicle, and was sexually assaulted by him on the morning of the shooting, the defense said. Prosecutors said she killed Segale to gain control of the abandoned property where they both lived north of Fox Airfield. Prosecutors said Kariger and Segale were transients who lived on the abandoned property, the site of two dilapidated houses and piles of junk, for seven to eight months. They had an on-again, off-again sexual relationship, but Kariger denied they were boyfriend and girlfriend, prosecutors said. Segale’s body was unearthed July 25 after deputies got a tip that a death had occurred on the property. Deputies looking around the property spotted his foot sticking out of the ground. Authorities believe Segale was killed one to three weeks before the discovery. LANCASTER – A woman was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting an man to death at an abandoned former pig farm where they lived. Theresa Kariger, 25, was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2004 shooting of 37-year-old Jeffrey Segale, whose body was found in a shallow grave on the trash-littered property. The victim’s father spoke at the sentencing, prosecutors said. “The message in his statement brought home the reality that there will never be closure for the family in this case or in any case where there is a murder,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake said. “He also made clear the number of people affected by a person’s death. He also expressed sadness for the entire situation.” Sheriff’s investigators said they found evidence of illegal drug use on the property where Segale was found. Segale had served two short prison sentences in the 1990s for drug possession, state prison records show. Sheriff’s records show Kariger had been arrested in April 2004 on suspicion of vandalism causing more than $5,000 damage and was released three days later. Eight days after her release, she and Segale were arrested by Lancaster deputies on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. He was released from jail that night, and she was released the next morning. When she was arrested on July 25, she was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

From goatherd to stadium technician

first_img19 June 2009Growing up in rural South Africa, where electricity at the time was a rarity, 32-year-old Aubrey Ramokoto can hardly believe that he is now working as a cabling technician for a global tournament such as the Fifa Confederations Cup.“When our company won the tender to be part of both the 2010 World Cup and the Confederations Cup, I never thought I would also be appointed to be one of the technicians at the stadium,” Ramokoto says while connecting cables to the media centre at Ellis Park Stadium, the Johannesburg venue for the tournament.“Even now as you are talking to me, I still don’t believe that I am part of the team that is here to ensure that international journalists are able to file their stories and pictures. Looking back at where I come from, it’s just amazing for me.“Even my family and some friends have expressed admiration for me for being part of a team posted here at this venue,” Ramokoto adds. “It would appear my bosses appreciate my work, and I am thankful for that.”The admiration from relatives is understandable, considering that Ramokoto is started out herding goats while completing his schooling in the village of Bodubedu in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo.“One now has a chance to see some of the big world football stars with our own eyes,” he says, advising today’s schoolchildren “to take their studies seriously, as they may land themselves in a rewarding situation, small as they might be.”Ramokoto will be on stand-by at Ellis Park Stadium on match days – including the day of the final and closing ceremony on 28 June. “[H]ow I wish that I will be there when Bafana Bafana are playing – and winning, for that matter,” he says.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

SA govt, business in healthcare pact

first_img9 November 2012 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the CEOs of leading South African healthcare companies have signed an agreement strengthening public-private sector collaboration in tackling the shortage of doctors and fighting the twin scourge of HIV/Aids and TB in the country. Companies participating in the agreement, known as the South African Joint Public Health Enhancement Fund, have already committed R40-million for the coming year. R20-million of this will go towards helping the country’s medical schools, R10-million will support HIV/Aids programmes, and R10-million will support the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health Care, launched by Motsoaledi this week. The pact will help the government to expand South Africa’s medical student intake, to support postgraduate students pursuing health-related studies, and to build additional capacity in the management of HIV/Aids and TB. It is envisaged that, over the next 10 years, the fund will assist in the production of a substantial number of doctorates in HIV/Aids and TB. According to the agreement, each participating company will make a fixed annual contribution to the fund. All signatory companies have committed to the fund for a period of three years, which will be followed by a review process. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, Motsoaledi said the agreement set a new standard in collaboration between the public and the private sector. “This partnership between government and the private health sector conveys a simple message that together we care about a long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is our hope that the launch of the social compact agreement will motivate many more private health care companies to join the initiative,” Motsoaledi said. The minister said that, while the challenges faced by the public health sector placed a tremendous strain on the country’s resources, healthcare remained one of the government’s key priorities. Participating companies include Abbott, Alcon Labs, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Bausch+Lomb, Clicks Holdings, Clinics Healthcare, Litha Healthcare, Medi-Clinic, Mediscor, Medscheme, Netcare, Novo-Nordisk, Roche, United Pharmaceutical Distributors, and Servier Labs. Source: read more

More Wishes for 2014

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Last week I wrote about a handful of product introductions and improvements I’d like to see in the coming year. This week, I’ll focus on a different level of New Year’s wishes: not product-related, but trends and broader change. Account for societal impacts in pricing energy, and then rely on the free marketWhen we fuel up our cars, turn up our thermostat at home, or leave our lights on, that energy consumption affects everybody: air pollution that causes health problems, water pollution from fossil fuel extraction, hazardous disposal of byproducts such as coal fly ash and radioactive waste, military costs of protecting our access to that energy, and global warming impacts of carbon dioxide emissions. These “societal costs” of energy consumption should be quantified and factored into the price we pay for those fuels.  Whether through carbon taxes, a new cap-and-trade approach with air and water pollution, new waste-disposal fees, or some other mechanism, by making consumers and businesses pay more for the consumption of energy sources that result in significant societal impacts, a huge incentive could be provided for energy conservation and renewable energy production. Such taxes or fees could even be levied in a revenue-neutral way through “tax shifting” — offsetting, for example, payroll taxes.If we had the wisdom and courage to do this, we could then let market forces do their magic in fueling innovation and product development and energy performance. It’s a long shot, I know (I’m not holding my breath), but I’m wishing for recognition of this market-based approach to energy pricing in 2014. Build political momentum for transportation alternativesThe automobile rules in America — at the expense of investment in public transit and infrastructure enhancements that would benefit walkers and bicyclists. Changing this paradigm would create better places to live — where you could safely walk to a corner café or enjoy a comfortable bus or rail commute to work. Yet, in Washington, these alternatives to the automobile are considered fringe special interests.My wish for the New Year is a change in attitude about these alternatives to the automobile. Some of our major cities, from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon, are making tremendous progress along these lines, but change needs to come to the rest of the country, where pedestrian safety is just as important as in Portland. In our small town of Brattleboro, we’ve just experienced the fourth pedestrian fatality in two years! I believe that once more people see and experience the benefits of non-automobile transportation, momentum will build for even more rapid change — but we have a long way to go. Make frugal coolFinally, I’d love to see frugality celebrated in the U.S. instead of only celebrating excess — as seems to be the case in the popular media and advertising world today. When my neighbor insulates her house or buys a plug-in hybrid car, I benefit from the reduced energy consumption and pollution. We should build a culture of recognizing and expressing gratitude for conserving energy.Happy New Year.center_img Institute financing mechanisms for energy improvements and renewable energyInnovative financing mechanisms to make private investments in energy efficiency and renewables more affordable are needed if we are to achieve rapid progress in improving the energy performance of existing homes and businesses. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing is an option that is being tried in some places, but there has been significant pushback, due to concerns about who’s first in line for recovery of debt in the event of a default. I think PACE can work effectively (Vermont, in fact, has instituted regulations that address most of the concerns of mortgage lenders), but we shouldn’t stop there.In 2014, I’d like to see the creative minds of the banking industry, investment community, electric and gas utilities, and even the insurance industry come up with new financing mechanisms for energy improvements. Government probably has a role in this, whether through loan guarantees, accelerated depreciation regulations, or other mechanisms. Strengthen building codes by recognizing resilienceI believe that the need for buildings and communities that can withstand heat waves, more intense storms, flooding, drought, and other effects of a changing climate — as well as problems wrought directly by our fellow humans (like terrorism) — point to the need for strengthening building codes and land-use regulations.Resilience can be the motivation for codes and standards that will ensure more sustainable, energy-efficient, comfortable, and livable buildings and communities. New York City, in implementing 16 of the 33 recommendations coming out of the Building Resiliency Task Force in 2013, has demonstrated the potential for moving forward quickly with change. 2014 can be the year for other municipalities to make similar progress. Extend producer tax credits and other incentives for renewablesAssuming that we don’t make progress in imposing taxes on the societal impacts of conventional energy consumption so that we can put market forces to work (my first choice — see above), I’d like to see extension of some (but not all) of the subsidies and incentives that support renewables. At the commercial power production level, developers of wind and solar farms benefit from producer tax credits. These are good and should be extended, while most incentives for corn-based ethanol don’t make sense.Homeowners benefit from tax credits for solar energy systems and a few other energy technologies. Most of these should also be extended, though perhaps at gradually dropping levels as the prices for these systems (and thus the need for subsidy) diminish.I do think, however, that there should be a cap on the solar tax credits; we don’t need to be subsidizing Aspen billionaires putting in massive solar arrays to melt snow on their driveways. And some of the other tax credits should be reevaluated — such as support for ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps that cost a whole lot more than their air-source heat pump cousins, and support for residential-scale wind turbines that usually aren’t cost-effective.Most renewable energy credits are due to expire in the next few years. We should take action now to extend these to keep the renewable energy industry strong and maintain the pace of progress. It isn’t fair to the industry to wait until the last minute in passing extensions to such programs, as has been common practice in the past.last_img read more

Help for an Ailing Water Heater

first_imgPat Beurskens has been happy with his heat-pump water heater, but he fears the time is coming when it won’t be able to keep up with demand. He foresees the day when his young daughter will be using more hot water, and Beurskens is finishing out the basement of his Seattle home to be used as a rental. That, too, will increase hot water use. Against this backdrop, Beurskens’s GE Geospring, a model that has been discontinued, is showing signs of fatigue. “Lately,” he writes in a post at the Q&A forum, “the water heater has been maxing out after two showers. I’ll be retrofitting a 1.5 [gallon per minute] adapter, which will help, but I’m still nervous about having a tenant and running out of hot water.”RELATED ARTICLESBradford White Buys GeoSpring Rights and EquipmentDrainwater Heat Recovery Can Lower Your HERS ScoreAll About Water HeatersGet Ready for Heat-Pump Water HeatersDrainwater Heat Recovery Comes of Age In order to squeeze more capacity out of his system, Beurskens is considering a solar water heater and an electric tankless water heater. He’d prefer using the heat-pump water heater most of the time because of its high efficiency. He doesn’t want to replace it with a larger model because of the expense and because he’s not eligible for another rebate. He asks, “My main question is: Would it work to put the tankless electric heater in a series in front of the heat pump tank so that the tankless kicks on only when the tank starts dropping in temp?” That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. Avoid electric tankless heaters The best option would be to avoid an electric tankless water heater altogether, argues Dana Dorsett. “An electric tankless isn’t as sensitive to incoming water temps as fossil burners,” he writes, “but they are really abusive to the grid infrastructure, and one of the least green options there is.” Dorsett explains it this way: Assuming the incoming water is 52°F,  filling a tub with 110°F water at a a rate of 4 gallons per minute, would take 28,000 watts of electricity — a ginormous load, six times that of a standard electric water heater. That’s enough power, he adds, “to make the wires jump and the transformer serving your house heat up.” Even though the load is intermittent, and overall doesn’t add up to a lot of energy use, the grid infrastructure capable of delivering that amount of power has to be built and maintained. So, for those few minutes a week that the water heater might actually be needed, the fixed portion of everyone’s power bill goes up. Walter Ahlgrim adds that adding an electric tankless water heater as a retrofit in an existing house is “almost never a viable option.” The reason is that any unit that’s large enough to serve the whole house will draw more electricity than the existing panel can provide. “When you add the tankless water heater to the new electrical panel, with new meter base and heaver wires all the way to the pole, the number is more than most people will go for,” he says. Norman Bunn writes that he once had a tankless electric that required an additional 120 amps to operate. “Going this route may require you to not just upgrade the panel but get a larger feed from the pole,” he says. “That can be pricey.” Try a second standard water heater instead A better plan would be to install a second standard (tank-style) electric water heater in series with the heat-pump model, Dorsett suggests. The system would be designed so that the output of the heat-pump unit would feed the cold water inlet of the standard tank. Although the system would still suffer the standby losses common to all tank-style heaters, the auxiliary heater won’t be using much electricity until both tanks are nearly depleted. Consider drain-water heat recovery An even more attractive option would be install a drainwater heat recovery system — the “tallest and fattest” that will fit in the available space. These passive heat exchangers take the place of a section of standard drain line on a shower. Hot water going down the drain heats up incoming cold water, saving energy in the drainwater that is normally wasted. A 4-inch-diameter by 48-inch-long heat exchanger can save more than 50% of the heat that’s exiting the drain, Dorsett says. If the drainwater is 105°F, the 52°F incoming water is instantly heated to between 75°F and 80°F, depending on how quickly the water is moving. “That has two effects,” Dorsett says. “Less hot water is needed to mix with ~78°F water to get 105°F at the shower head, so less hot water is being drawn, and the water entering the water heater only has to be raised 27 F° rather than 53 F° by the water heater, which means a slower depletion time and a shorter recovery time.” That has the effect of increasing the effective capacity of the heat-pump water heater from 50 gallons to somewhere between 65 gallons and 75 gallons when someone is showering. (It won’t help when someone is drawing a tub.) Keep the new system simple Beurskens has heard enough to drop plans for an electric tankless and opt instead for a second tank-style heater, possibly with a recirculation pump. You don’t need a pump, GBA editor Martin Holladay tells him. Just install the new water heater downstream from the existing heat-pump water heater (HPWH) and set the new water heater’s aquastat 10 F° lower than the aquastat on the main water heater. A recirculation system would only increase the standby loss for a very small improvement in capacity, Dorsett adds. “Insulate all of the hot water distribution plumbing with R-3 foamy pipe insulation, including the 10 feet of cold feed nearest the HPWH, and the nearest 10 feet of temperature and pressure overflow plumbing,” Dorsett says. What about a new mixing valve? Beurskens suggests one other option. “Speaking of simplicity, and assuming the new hot water needs can be limited with flow restriction,” he says, “what are your thoughts on a Tank Booster mixing valve? Basically turning up the thermostat on the HPWH to increase load capacity. This would negate the need for any new tank.” A mixing valve could be used for those times when extra hot water will be needed, Bunn replies, but it wouldn’t be a good idea when the heat-pump water heater was capable of meeting the demand because that would mean more power consumption. Thermostatic mixing or tempering valves between water heaters and sinks and tubs are required by code in most locations, Dorsett says, although some pre-plumbed units can reduce flow significantly. “Turning up the storage temperature to 150°F or higher, and then mixing it down to 115°F with a thermostatic mixing valve can provide greater apparent capacity,” he says. “The down side to that is that a substantially higher storage temperature increases standby losses (not by more than adding a second tank, though), and lowers the heat pump’s raw efficiency.” The bottom line, Dorsett says, is that turning up the thermostat on the existing HPWH and using a mixing valve will be cheaper in terms of total energy consumption than adding a second tank. That’s because standby losses will be lower, and because the HPWH is more efficient than a standard electric tank even when set a higher temperature. Our expert’s opinion Here’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost has to add: Pat Beurskens has clearly done a lot of work and research to get the best domestic hot water he can configure for his situation. Here are some additional thoughts, particularly an extended one on drain water heat recovery. When a heat-pump water heater is in the basement, particularly in low-load homes, keep an eye on the temperature and relative humidity in your basement during the winter. The HPWH is removing BTUs from your basement air to heat water. Beurskens has a clever setup for his recirculating pump such that he decides when it runs. He has has set it up to manage energy and water efficiency for his most problematic draw, the most-used bath sink that shares a line with the shower. I sometimes worry that we are repeating the low-flow toilet debacle with showerheads. That is, reducing flow without making sure that performance is maintained. EPA WaterSense has added performance tests to its shower head spec (see EPA WaterSense Specifications Appendix A and B). But I still hear from plenty of consumers who feel that WaterSense-approved showerheads are not delivering enough water. In my own home, I resorted to purchasing a series of low-flow showerheads until my teenage daughter finally signed off. Long, thick hair seems to be the issue. It baffles me that given the difference in temperature between the tank water temperature and the air surrounding any tank water heater (let’s assume a 120°F tank temperature and 65°F air temperature in the basement — meaning a delta-T of 55 F°), that we don’t better insulate these tanks. See this ACEEE report indicating that an external insulation blanket can save approximately 28%. More on drain water heat recovery Mechanical engineer Dan Cautley, my close friend and colleague at SeventhWave in Madison, Wisconsin, who was my mentor in my first year at the NAHB Research Center in 1993, has done at least two research projects over the years on drainwater heat recovery, and he gave me this extended perspective on the topic: “A vertical pipe drain water heat recovery unit is a remarkably simple way to capture waste heat, and the ‘effectiveness’ (effectiveness is the fraction of available energy that’s captured through a heat exchanger) can be surprisingly high (50% and higher). But this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily cost-effective. “Horizontal pipe (sloped to drain) drain water heat recovery units may work fine, but are outside my experience. “Overall system heat recovery effectiveness will always be lower than rated heat exchanger effectiveness, mostly due to heat loss from the drain upstream of the heat exchanger. In my detailed study of three units in commercial buildings, measured overall system heat recovery effectiveness was generally 5 to 10 percentage points lower than the nominal effectiveness rating of the heat exchanger. Effectiveness also depends on flow rate – an issue that is probably beyond the scope of a short blog. “Dynamics (thermal mass) play a role. In general, thermal mass will reduce performance — think of taking a shower using 12 gallons of water, where it takes 3 gallons of flow to heat up the drain line and heat exchanger before reaching steady-state performance. (I found that it took about 6 gallons of flow to reach steady state in one system, and that wasn’t an extreme case.) This effect generally works against you – you don’t get full heat recovery instantly when the shower starts, plus you leave warm water in the heat exchanger when the shower ends, which is likely to cool back to room temperature. (And any cold water flowing down the drain will take this heat with it.) Thus the best application of a drain water heat recovery unit is where there are long episodes of hot water usage with simultaneous drain flow – a bank of showers in a fitness center would be ideal, while a residential shower is less so. “But that’s not the whole story. Dynamics can work to help heat recovery where there are short flows of warm drain water and cold supply water offset in time. We found surprisingly good performance in a restaurant in which a dishwasher filled, ran, and then drained, with little simultaneous flow of supply water and drain water. The thermal mass of the heat exchanger absorbed enough heat when the dishwasher drained to significantly heat the supply water passing through it a few minutes later. The water use in each dishwasher cycle was low — a gallon or so — which was an important factor. “Based on a 36-home study I did at the NAHB Research Center in the 1990s, my estimate of typical overall water heating energy savings in a residence is around 20%, but this will of course vary greatly with the specifics. “All this said, a drain water heat recovery unit will certainly increase the effective capacity of any storage tank water heater, i.e. allow longer showers, for the reasons that Dorsett mentions. The Dorsett claim does seem somewhat optimistic in terms of the size of this effect. “The bottom line: I love this simple, elegant technology, but it’s going to be really attractive only in limited applications. Here is a link to my report from the three-site study of commercial applications that I did 5 years ago. Take a look at page 34 of the report (page 38 of the PDF) for a list of criteria for selecting good applications. 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Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls

first_imgTIP-INSBulls: Chicago had nine steals after averaging 10.3 in its previous three games. … The Bulls trailed by 22 points after the first quarter. It was the Spurs’ largest margin after the opening period since leading by 24 in Chicago in 2014. … Justin Holiday was 1 for 4 on 3-pointers, snapping a 15-game streak in which me made at least two 3s. … The Bulls have lost four straight in San Antonio. Chicago’s last victory at the AT&T Center was Jan. 29, 2014.Spurs: Forbes is the third undrafted player under 6-foot-4 player to start a game in franchise history, joining Avery Johnson and Anthony Carter. … Gay has 10-plus points in 10 of 13 games this season. Ginobili is the only Spurs reserve with more double-digit scoring through 13 games in the past 30 years. Ginobili had 10-plus points in all 13 games in 2008, when he won the Sixth Man of the Year. … The Spurs had two back-to-back games at home in the same month for the first time in franchise history. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8), of Australia, guards Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis. APSAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 133-94, setting a season-high in points despite missing a third of their roster Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Dejounte Murray added 17 points and Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 minutes for San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Porzingis returns to score 34, Knicks beat Kings Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Bryn Forbes, who was making his first career start, had 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3.San Antonio was also almost without Gay, who was “50/50” with an ailing back, but the veteran forward played 18 minutes.San Antonio raced to a 30-8 lead in the opening quarter, extending the margin to 22 points at the close of the period.The Bulls closed the gap by scoring on 10 straight possessions in the second quarter, but the Spurs regained their dominance in the third.Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis each had 17 points to lead Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chicago lost rookie forward Lauri Markkanen to a sprained left ankle late in the first half. The severity of the injury is unknown.The Spurs were without six players, including three starters. In addition to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who have yet to play this season due to quadriceps injuries, San Antonio was also without Danny Green. Manu Ginobili rested on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs still had the depth to hand the rebuilding Bulls their fourth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Antonio had eight players in double figures.Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul each had 15 points as San Antonio closed out a six-game homestand with four victories. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more