Twitter tributes

first_imgFollowing his death on January 26, many people, both here and abroad, took to social media site Twitter to pay tribute to Lindy Delapenha.@AJLancaster17: RIP #Lindy Delapenha Boro legend, my grandad used to tell me how much of an amazing player he was.@MarcJWallace: Fitting that Wes Morgan scores today (January 27). Him and the late Lindy Delapenha, who died yesterday, the only Jamaicans to win the English top flight.@davidalanmagnus: #Lindy Delapenha so much respect goes out to this man. A true pioneer in Jamaican sports. RIP Lindbergh.@mansfieldtownfc: Lindy Delapenha, the first black player to play for Mansfield Town, has died, the club is saddened to announce. January 27.@DaveNAAAllan: Sad to hear of the passing of Boro great Lindy Delepenha, our 1st black player. Met him once when he visited from Jamaica. Lovely bloke. RIP.@TomThreadgill1: RIP Lindy Delapenha, boro goal machine ad legend of the 50s #Boro #LindyDelapenha. Well played #LindyDelapenha, good score, now time for a rest, walk good.@Crouch59: RIP Lindy Delapenha – one of the first players my grandad told me stories about after Cloughy and Peacock.@wolmersdotinfo: Lloyd Lindbergh Lindy Delapenha Wolmer’s Boys past student ’39-’40 & sport phenom (golf, football, cricket, track, tennis, boxing). RIP Lindy Delapenha, first Jamaican to play professional football in England, Boro hero, one time mentor to a young Brian Cloughlast_img read more

Spring Garden, Supenaam residents frustrated over water quality

first_img… says water “useless” Residents living in the villages of Spring Garden and Supenaam in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are complaining bitterly about the poor quality of water they are receiving from Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).According to residents, over the past few months, they have been receiving “rusty” coloured water at a very low pressure. However, they are still made to pay a bill for water supplied.Despite several reports made to regional GWI officials, residents say the problem still exists. The water cannot be used for washing or cooking, causing residents to describe it as “useless.”Several residents also explained that in an entire day, they sometimes do not receive water at all through their taps and when it does flow, it usually takes hours for one bucket to full. “The water supply to us is very bad, it’s so red you cannot use it for anything, we pay our bill monthly, we should be provided with proper water, this is really unfair and we are making reports regularly,” one resident told Guyana Times.A housewife, who spoke with this publication, described the service provided by GWI as “poor” and said that many times, she has been forced to fetch water from a nearby canal to use in her home. She too said that despite the bad quality of water, GWI is efficient in sending their bills on time.Residents are therefore calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter in an effort to have the situation rectified. This newspaper was told that residents are now solely dependent on rain water for domestic purposes when in the past, GWI’s water was used for domestic purposes.When this newspaper contracted a senior official from the Anna Regina branch of the water utility, this publication was told that the issue of dirty water is as a result of difficulties the Warousi well is experiencing.last_img read more

Santa Rosa man on bail for ganja possession

first_imgA 21-year-old vendor was on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for narcotics possession.It is alleged that Victura Chandra of Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) was caught with the drugs on January 24. The prosecution is contending that Chandra had six grams of cannabis sativa in his possession at Santa Rosa, North West District. In court on Friday, Chandra initially pleaded guilty to the charge. However, when he realised that he could be jailed for a maximum of five years, the man changed his plea to no guilty. The prosecution did not object to his pre-trial liberty of bail and this was granted in the sum of $50,000 bail. He was instructed to report to the Police every Friday until his trial. He will return to court on April 3.last_img read more

B Division ranks awarded for sterling service, performance

first_imgSeveral officers, members of the business community and members of the media fraternity were recipients of awards when the Guyana Police Force’s B Division (Berbice) held its annual award ceremony recently.Best Cop awardee, Deputy Commander Senior Superintendent Edmond CooperDivisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Lyndon Alves, during his address, noted that “the Police are the servants of the public”. “Therefore, they should continue to serve and be prepared to deliver quality services to ensure citizens can once again sleep with their doors open.”It was against this backdrop Assistant Commissioner Alves related that the B Division took the initiative to show its appreciation to those who have worked tirelessly and those who have assisted in the work of the Police during 2017.“I appreciate the support from my Deputy Commander and other ranks from the time I took up my post here in 2017 and I am looking forward to the full support of my Deputy and all the ranks from the Division in 2018,” Alves added.Reminding attendees of the plan which was drafted when he took command of the Division to ensure safe communities in Berbice, the Assistant Commissioner noted that much success has been achieved. The plan, he noted, has seen the reduction of crime in Berbice.Deputy Commander, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper, who had initiated the award ceremony several years ago whilst stationed in Berbice, remarked that while it was a small gesture, he was optimistic that it would go a far way in ensuring that ranks were encouraged to provide quality service that was second to none.Cooper too noted that the Division has seen a massive reduction in criminal activities and expressed optimism that this would continue in 2018.He pointed to the fact that corruption was one of the issues that destroy the fabric of society and more so the relationship between society and Police. “We are thankful that during the year 2017, we hadn’t so many reports of corruption among our ranks. Let us give ourselves a tap on the back for achieving this milestone,” Senior Superintendent Cooper said.Among the recipients of awards were Best Cop Senior Superintendent Cooper; Runner-up Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Elton Davidson and ASP John Singh. Special awards were given to Commander Alves, former Commander Paul Williams and retired Commander Ian Amsterdam among others.last_img read more

Indigenous Heritage Games – Going beyond the sport

first_img…final games to be held todayFor the countless year, the Indigenous Heritage Games got off to a stylish start on Friday, seeing participation from 600 athletes. The annual event, which has participation from Indigenous communities around Guyana’s 10 regions, kicked started the second day of activities on Saturday in various sport disciplines, namely cricket, volleyball, football, swimming and archery.As expected, the Everest Cricket Club ground was a hive of activities; however, this went beyond the boundary lines and perimeters of the sports to encompass Indigenous tradition and culture.Among the spectators, Guyana Times Sport caught up with Communications Officer at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Oleta Grant, who noted that this year’s event has lived up to its theme.“If you look around the stands, it’s a colourful atmosphere, the music and the unity we’re trying to promote. This comes in tandem with our theme for this year, which is ‘Proud of our Indigenous Identity, celebrating in Unity’,”So proud were the attendees that many of them could be seen sporting mini headdresses and jewelry which are on sale at the event.Grant also touched on the diversity of the spectators and the various activities that the Heritage Games have to offer. She is urging patrons to join their Indigenous counterparts in the final day of festivities, which would see the final round of all events.“The turnout has been excellent so far since the Indigenous Games started. And of course we look forward to persons coming out and supporting us,” she declared.The competition became more intense on Saturday, as teams would have already completed the preliminary rounds, and were now battling for a chance in Sunday’s finals.One sport that didn’t have to wait was swimming, which was held at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal. This year’s competition in the pool saw Region One, Barima Waini, emerging victorious with 272 points.FootballAlthough no football action was played during the day, as the sun withdrew and the venue lights were turned up, both male and female teams took to the field to showcase their football skill.In the male segment, Port Kaituma are strongly gunning for another title, having made their way into the quarter final, where the will take on Region Two United. Also slated to compete in that round is Paiwomak and Region Six United.However, in the other group, Tabatinga are a threatening side, having blazed through their competition. They defeated both St Cuthbert’s and Saints Rush to secure their spot in the semifinal against Waramadong, who trounced Canima to earn their spot.Like their male counterparts, defending female champions Pariuma village are having a great outing. The Pariuma women secured their semifinal spot by demolishing Region Six United. Since Region Eight United got the better of Canima, they will meet with the defending champs in their semi.Having mauled St Cuthbert’s 16-0, Kamarang have advanced to the other semifinal. There they will meet with Gladiators FC, who surpassed Moruca for their spot. The male and female finals will both be played this evening.ArcheryIn many Indigenous villages, archery is either a fun pastime or a skilled profession, as the arrow and bow are often used for hunting and food gathering. During the Heritage Games, those instruments were used to test the accuracy and skill of those who felt they have what it takes.It was highlighted to Guyana Times Sport by Archery Guyana Executive Nicholas Hing that the sport’s participation at the games has seen a drop from last year’s attendance. Hing attributed this occurrence to the fact that many archers are multitasking sports-wise.“A lot of the athletes are playing another sport. They’ve signed up, but they’re either playing volleyball or cricket,” he said.Nevertheless, the younger talents did not fail to reveal themselves when they got to the firing line. When asked about anyone who might have shown potential, Hing replied in the affirmative. “Yes, some of these young chaps seem to be very good. If you notice, at Number two there are some arrows close to the middle, same thing with number one,” he stated as he pointed out some of the participants.He also noted that this is a good sign, given that the sport may prove to be difficult. “But the archery here is traditional type, which can be difficult for anyone to shoot. It’s a learned process,” Hing explained.Speaking optimistically about what can be done to improve archery after the games are done and dusted, Hing said they would be looking to further develop players. In one instance, a toshao has already contacted him about developing the sport within his village.“We want to get everybody involved, but it’s only a matter of time. We’ll see from the scores who are good and who we can identify to develop more, of course depending on the region and stuff like that,” Hing stated.CricketThe tension was high, the players were poised, and action was expected. One could see the hunger in their eyes as many members of both male and female teams from across the ten administrative regions of Guyana competed for glory even as they all gathered under one roof. The male cricket match, deemed the slugfest of the century, began with each team playing eight overs per side. The first match got underway with Santa Mission battling St Cuthbert’s Mission. Sent in to bat first, Santa Mission racked up a whopping 87-4 in their allotted 8 overs. Replying, St Cuthbert’s Mission demolished the total in 7.3 overs, scoring 88 with the fall of two wickets.Following the excitement of that first match, Moraikobai were sent in to bat in their match against Campbelltown, and made 101-5 from their 8 overs. Defending such a small score looked virtually impossible, but towards the end of the match, Campbelltown, needing 17 to win off the last over, could scrape only 16, resulting in the first super over of the Heritage Games being played.With players from both sides looking nervous, Campbelltown were sent in to bat, and mustered 10-1 in their six balls, while Moraikobai could manage only 8-1 from their allotted 6 balls.Jubilant Campbelltown fans flooded the field in celebration, assured their team had now moved up in the points’ tally.Other matches that followed saw Port Kaituma (88-5 from 9 overs) defeat Orealla (85-8 in 10 overs) by 5 wickets; and Region 2 United (70-5 in their 8 overs) defeating Sandhills (63-3 in 8 overs). The progression to the semifinals and finals will continue today.The female round of the cricket had matches that fixated the crowd, with the women virtually outplaying the men in spirit and heart in 8-overs-per-side matches. Such was the intensity and passion of play among the women that one could feel every dive and every six coming sweetly off the blade of the bat.The first match saw Orealla (69-3) losing to Kartabo (75-2). All other matches played were scintillating, all leading up to the two semifinal matches, with Swan clashing with St Cuthbert’s in semifinal 1 and Karatabo battling Region 2 United for a spot in the finals. In semifinal 1, St Cuthbert’s made 86-5 from their allotted overs, while Swan were bowled out for 62, placing the defending champs St Cuthbert’s into another final.Region 2 United looked threatening as they started off their opening innings, but a few late wickets from Karatabo pegged them bag to a modest 76-2. In reply, Karatabo made 77-2 in 6.3 overs, their innings dealing mostly in boundaries.The final between St Cuthbert’s and Karatabo is scheduled for today.VolleyballWith the action heating up at every event, in the Volleyball it definitely did not disappoint, as seven teams competed for a spot in the semifinals, namely Moraikobai, Moruca, Pakuri, Kanaimas, Orealla, Siparuta and Swan. In the first match, Moraikobi went down to Moruca 30-22, trying in vain but failing miserably to gain the necessary point to secure a win. Orealla then proceeded to trounce Siparuta; Pakuri defeated Kanaimas 30-25, and Orella defeated Swan 30-12.In semifinal 1, to be played today, Orealla will battle Pakuri; and in semifinal 2, Moruca will clash with Siparuta. The semi-finals and finals are scheduled to continue today.The male preliminary rounds will continue today as well.last_img read more

Poland 1-1 Portugal (pens 3-5): Quaresma spotkick sends A Seleccao to semi-final

first_imgRicardo Quaresma scored the decisive penalty in a tense affair between Poland and Portugal to send A Seleccao through to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.Robert Lewandowski handed the Poles the lead moments after kick-off, before wonderkid Renato Sanches rewarded the faith placed in him by manager Fernando Santos by grabbing an equaliser just after the half-hour mark.Portugal recorded a number of further chances without being able to break the deadlock, and after a scrappy 30 minutes of extra-time, the penalty shootout brought glory for Quaresma and his Portuguese teammates.An entertaining affair started early, Lewandowski opening the scoring just two minutes after kick-off.A crossfield ball found its way to Grosicki, aided by Cedric’s mistimed jump, and he had the freedom of the left wing to charge into the area, before cutting the ball back into the centre of the box for the Bayern Munich forward to fire home.The early goal did much to dent Portugal’s concentration, and the White Eagles were finding it easy to dominate the game – although they were failing to make their chances count.Lewandowski twice went close, Milik fired a 20 yard attempt at goal which deflected off Pepe for a corner, and Blaszczykowski sent in a low cross after a lovely team move which no one could get on the end of.They were comfortable, but profligacy came back to haunt them.Portugal were starting to rack up chances of their own; Glik cleared an Adrian Silva cross and Ronaldo created space on the edge of the box before firing a low shot which Fabianski stopped well.Ronaldo then had what appeared to be a blatant penalty turned down after Pazdan shoved him into the ground, but the goal did come just minutes later.Renato Sanches, who had looked impressive in the opening stages despite Portugal’s struggles, picked up the ball from Nani, cut in from the right and shifted the ball onto his left foot.In a fraction of a second, he drove the ball towards goal with his weaker foot, and a deflection off Krychowiak sent it flying past the outstretched Fabianski.Sanches, aided by a confidence boost, then tore into the box with exceptional skill, only to be blocked by Maczynski.Portugal’s growing control of the game continued into the second period, Adrian Silva sending a cross into the box which Fabianski dropped under pressure from Ronaldo.The Real Madrid superstar then had one of his clearest goalscoring chances of the tournament, driving into the left side of the box ahead of the Poland defence.Although he was in a wide position, Ronaldo was one-on-one with Fabianski, but he could only lash the shot wide of the near post.Eliseu then had a long range attempt saved, and Ronaldo miskicked a Nani cross which set him up with a great opportunity in the centre of the area; Adrian Silva’s follow-up shot was blocked on the edge of the box.Cedric flashed a long-range attempt wide, in a second half Poland were failing to get into.They were chasing the ball in the middle of the park, conceding a number of chances, and failing to create any of their own.It took until the 70th minute for the Poles to register their first clear chance of the half, Milik directing a cross from close range into Rui Patricio’s grateful gloves.Grosicki fired over from long range when better options were ahead of him, and as the game became more open, Pepe headed towards goal for Fabianski to save.Jedrzejczyk also went close to firing past his own keeper, his clearance flying just wide of the Polish goal as Fabianski struggled to reach his post.Further chances came and went, and the game passed into a period of extra time in which Ronaldo had another airshot minutes after the restart, totalling his third wasted chance of the game.Quaresma, Sanches and Nani all had attempts stopped, whilst Poland grabbed a rare chance, Milik wasting another long-range shot.A pitch invader, 10 minutes from time, was the most interesting moment of a scrappy 30 minutes, as penalties came around to decide the game.And it was Quaresma who scored the decisive spotkick, sending A Seleccao through to a semi-final against Wales or Belgium. 1 Ricardo Quaresma sent Portugal to the semi-finals last_img read more

FULL LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL’S 2016 CENTENARY PROGRAMME UNVEILED

first_imgThe Donegal 2016 Steering Committee is inviting local groups, organisations and individuals to be part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.The steering committee, which includes elected members, representatives of the public participation network and Council staff, will host public information events throughout the county in November, for anyone interested in Donegal’s local programme, as part of Ireland 2016.Ireland 2016 is a year-long programme of activity, in which everyone is invited to participate, to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements as a democratic state over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future. The national programme, includes seven strands; State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora.Donegal’s 2016 Centenary Programme is the outcome of consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals, who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of the local programme. Led by the Donegal 2016 Steering Committee the programme contains events and initiatives ranging across all seven strands of the Ireland 2016 programme.Some of the events planned for Donegal include:New video artwork by Willie Doherty: Internationally renowned artist Willie Doherty will make a new video artwork in response to the Centenary of the Easter Rising 1916. The project is commissioned in partnership with Nerve Centre Derry, Kerlin Gallery Dublin and Matt’s Gallery London and is one of only 9 projects to receive funding under the Arts Council’s open call on the Irish imagination for which over 250 applications were received. Irish and English Folk: A 1916 Centenary Project exploring the relationship between Ireland and England through folk song and music. The weekend will feature a programme of talks, films, sessions, concerts and commissions by leading Irish and English folk musicians as part of the Earagail Arts Festival.Allingham Festival Hedge School: The Allingham Arts Association will host a lively round-table discussion with historians and well-known personalities on the theme of Remembering and Commemorating the events of 1916 and is taking place during this years Allingham Arts Festival.Foras Cultúir Uladh: An event to commemorate the leaders of the 1916 Rising’s outlook on linguistic and cultural affairs. A symposium will be organised by Oideas Gael on 5th July 2016 in Foras Cultúir Uladh with a panel of speakers to talk on the subject “The Irish Language belongs to everyone”.The purpose of the information events is to ensure that everyone in Donegal is informed about the various activities that are scheduled to take place in Donegal and to provide an opportunity to add more information on other planned events to the on-line programme.The information events will begin at 2.00pm as follows: Monday 9th November at Carndonagh Public Services Centre; Tuesday 10th November at Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny; Wednesday 11th November at Donegal Public Services Centre; Monday 16th November at Milford Public Services Centre; Tuesday 17th November at County House, Lifford; Thursday 19th November at Dungloe Public Services Centre.To book your place email amcelchar@donegalcoco.ie stating the venue you wish to attend. For more information on the Donegal 2016 Programme visit www.donegalcoco.ieFULL LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL’S 2016 CENTENARY PROGRAMME UNVEILED was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:1916Centenary Programmedonegallast_img read more

ROSSES BOXER MC SHANE HOPING TO BOUNCE BACK WITH VICTORY TOMORROW NIGHT

first_imgRosses boxer Shaun Mc Shane will be hoping he can get back to winning ways tomorrow night in his clash with English fighter John Green at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Mc Shane steps back into the ring for the first time since his narrow defeat to Polish fighter Marek Laskowski.Mc Shane was left frustrated by the tactics of his Polish opponent and was defeated narrowly on points. In what was only his second professional fight, Mc Shane has insisted he learned a lot from his last bout with the experienced Laskowski, and is confident he can defeat the unbeaten Newcastle-based fighter John Green.Mc Shane told Donegal Daily, “I’ve been training for the last five weeks for this fight, but with work commitments I’ve been finding it hard to give it 100%.“It’s not ideal, and I’m the type of person that likes to give everything 100% but I’m been unable to focus solely on the fight because of work.“It’s hard to get time to do everything, but you just have to do your best and hope it works out OK. Mc Shane has plenty of knowledge about his next opponent, but has admitted it’ll be a tricky fight, and that he’ll have to be at his best to succeed.Shaun McShane pictured with a few of his fans that travelled to Glasgow from Donegal to witness him win his first professional fight against Ryan Love.“I’m boxing a guy from England, and being a proud Irishman, I’ll need no motivation to fight someone from England.“I no all about him,  he’s a southpaw which is always awkward to fight against, but I’ve dropped down to lightweight for this fight which would be my natural weight.“In my two previous fights, I’ve been operating at light-welterweight and the last fighter was a welterweight.“It’s too much to be giving away, so I’m confident fighting at my naturally weight that I get the job done. Mc Shane says the hard work is done now, and it’s all about getting his head right mentally for what will be a difficult fight on Friday night.“The work is done now, we’ll have a few easy sessions this week just to keep weight right and we’ll see how it goes on the night, I’m looking forward to it and I’m confident.Mc Shane says he will take a break after this bout, as he needs to get key-hole surgery on his knees.“I’ll be looking forward to a break after this because I’ve been training pretty much non-stop since the new year, and I need key-hole surgery on my knee because it’s causing a few problems. “So hopefully, I can get a good victory now on Friday night, and have a wee break.Mc Shane thanked all his supporters who have travelled to his fights from Donegal, and the Irish Diaspora living in Glasgow for their support.“Thanks to everyone who has been following me so far on Facebook, and for all the updates and messages of good luck on my page, it’s much appreciated.ROSSES BOXER MC SHANE HOPING TO BOUNCE BACK WITH VICTORY TOMORROW NIGHT was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxingdonegalHome-page SportnewsShaun Mc Shanelast_img read more

Seeking an Affordable Energy-Efficient Exterior Door

first_imgWe still need better door optionsI think the three exterior doors we ended up with provide a reasonably good compromise in appearance and performance. But compared with other energy features of the house (R-40 walls, R-50 roof, mostly triple-glazed windows, etc.), the doors are still a weak link.I would love to see a high-quality, durable, energy-efficient, and reasonably affordable door introduced. Even at the high end — where customers have unlimited budgets and want to create a dream house that can be heated using solar panels on the roof — well-insulated doors are very hard to find. In Europe there are some good doors used for Passivhaus projects, but these tend to be very expensive.Is anybody looking for a product development opportunity? Despite the chilly (seasonable) weather, work is progressing on the renovation/rebuild of our house in Dummerston. Last week, the three exterior doors were installed. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves: the lack of really good choices for highly energy-efficient exterior doors.We ended up with a solution that I think will be okay, but there is a huge void in the world of truly high-performance doors. Here, I’ll describe the three doors we put in. I hope you can put up with my whining. Steve’s beautiful doors have one other drawback: they cost an arm and a leg, starting at about $5,000. A little rich for our budget. The front doorThe purpose of front doors, I’m told, is to look nice. But I also wanted a front entrance door that would remain stable and airtight over many years or service and that would provide reasonable insulating value. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend more than about $2,000 for it. That proved a challenge.I would have loved to install one of the gorgeous custom entrance doors made by Steve Benson’s company, J.S. Benson Woodworking, in Brattleboro. They are custom-fabricated of durable and highly stable triple-laminated mahogany (sustainably produced wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is available), but as solid wood, there is very little insulating value: maybe R-3 for a 2-3/4”-thick door.For Benson doors with lites, the energy performance gets a little better, because Steve has access to super-high-performance glass from Alpen Windows in Colorado. Those lites can provide an insulating value of R-5 or even more — significantly higher than the solid door. Alex 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.center_img A high-end fiberglass entrance doorWhen I was researching doors for the house at Leader Home Center, I came across a Jeld-Wen door made of fiberglass but with a knotty-alder grain that looks remarkably like real wood — and I say that as someone who pays close attention to wood and can readily distinguish most species based on the grain. One could easily be fooled into thinking this door was real alder!This door looked good. It was solidly built, yet it had a polyurethane insulation core, significantly boosting its R-value. I had already researched fiberglass vs. steel, and found that most energy experts preferred the former, even though magnetic weatherstripping can be used with steel.“That’s the one I’d like,” I told Russ Chapman at Leader, referring to the knotty-alder floor sample. (Russ had been incredibly patient with me as I picked his brain for energy-performance information.) He said he’d price it out and get back to me.Oops. It turned out that Jeld-Wenn had discontinued that model as a stock item; that particular door had been on display for three years. A similar door was still available, but it’s now a fully custom, hand-made option, and instead of costing around $2,000, it was going to cost something like $10,000!“So what about buying this display model,” I asked Russ? It had a few dings, but would suffice. He figured out a nice price for it (the floor model wasn’t doing them much good, since that door wasn’t really available anymore as a reasonably affordable product).Because we couldn’t get a matching side-lite in the same knotty-alder wood, we had the door hung with a totally different, painted side panel. The glass for that side panel is reasonably good: double-glazed with at least 5/8” separation between the panes of glass, argon-fill, and a low-e coating. We went with a continuous glass panel to minimize the greater edge losses that occur with true divided lites. I think it will look great when the house is sided. RELATED ARTICLES A U.S.-Made Door for Passivhaus BuildingsNew Green Building Products — September 2011Energy-Efficient Garage DoorsGBA Product Guide: Drewexim Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Intus Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Pazen Fenstertechnik DoorsQ&A: Exterior doors that are well-insulated and seal well Brute Force Collaborative: Passivhaus Doors J.S. Benson: Passivhaus Doors Cheaper back and side doorsFor the back door into the porch and side door into the garage we wanted less expensive doors that were going to be well-insulated and tight. We opted for fairly run-of-the-mill fiberglass doors with upper glazing panels; these are also made by Jeld-Wen and cost us about $300 apiece.These aren’t anything like the wood-like fiberglass entrance door in appearance (you could never mistake them for real wood), but like the front door, they have a polyurethane insulation core. Because there’s less structural reinforcing material in these doors, they may actually outperform the front door from an energy standpoint. I’ll be very curious about this and will plan to do some thermographic (infrared) analysis once the house is completed and lived in to study heat the relative loss through the different doors.last_img read more

Chimps Best Humans at Game Theory

first_imgAs tough as it is to admit, chimpanzees are just better at some things than humans are. Scientists have previously revealed that our closest ape cousins beat us handily at short-term memory skills. Now, researchers report that chimps are also better than humans in simple contests based on game theory—a form of mathematics that deals with figuring out the best strategy when faced with a competitive situation. In the current study, published this week in Scientific Reports, chimpanzees at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute in Japan played a hide-and-seek computer game (as in the photo above; video here). Undergraduate students and West African villagers also competed separately; no speaking was allowed. Both human and ape gamesters sat facing away from each other; their job was to predict their opponent’s move. Chimpanzee winners were rewarded with apple cubes, while humans were given money. Game theorists have determined that there’s a limit to how often the game can be won—even if both players are making the best possible strategic moves. That limit is called the Nash equilibrium, after the Nobel Prize–winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. The chimpanzees trumped the humans. They learned the game faster than their human counterparts and performed in line with the Nash equilibrium—hitting the theoretical benchmark. Chimpanzees, the researchers say, may be particularly good at the game because of their excellent short-term memories and talents for pattern recognition and rapid visual assessment. In the wild, the apes are also highly competitive, vying for dominance. Humans, on the other hand, are more cooperative.last_img read more