Bravo backs Sammy

first_imgDELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”last_img read more

Huskies top Panthers, stay undefeated in Big 5

first_imgFortuna boys soccer tamed the Panthers, beating Mckinleyville 4-0 at Mckinleyville High School Wednesday evening to stay atop of the Big 5 Conference.Fortuna (3-0, 8-1-1) started fast, scoring a goal in the fifth minute. A quick through ball by the Huskies’ Jesse Herrera put Oliver Herrera on goal where he placed a well-timed shot past McKinleyville’s keeper.Fortuna maintained its early pressure and held the majority of the time-of-possession in the opening 10 minutes. Mckinleyville (0-2, …last_img read more

Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated House

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img UPDATED on March 2, 2017 with information on the Dettson furnace rated at 15,000 Btu/h.If you build a small, tight, well-insulated home — in other words, a green home — it won’t need much heat. Since typical residential furnaces and boilers are rated at 40,000 to 80,000 Btuh, they are seriously oversized for a superinsulated home, which may have a heating design load as low as 10,000 to 15,000 Btuh.Builders have been struggling for decades with the question, “What’s the best way to heat a superinsulated home?” Your solution will depend in part on your answers to a couple of other questions:Are you comfortable heating the house from a single point source? If you are, the best solution might be a wood stove, pellet stove, or a direct-vent space heater. These solutions work best in compact homes with open floor plans. Of course, the tighter the home’s envelope and the thicker the insulation, the more likely that indoor temperatures will remain fairly consistent from room to room.Do you want an all-electric house? Green builders have diverging views on this question. Builders of net-zero-energy homes often avoid gas- and oil-fired appliances, preferring to balance energy loads with electricity produced on site by a photovoltaic (PV) array or a wind turbine.Of course, most homes still depend on grid-powered electricity, and if your local electric utility generates power from fossil fuel, then it makes little environmental sense to heat with electricity. From a carbon-production standpoint, it’s usually better to burn fuels on site rather than in a remote power plant.What not to installBefore moving on to right-sized solutions, it’s worth mentioning that it rarely makes sense to install radiant-floor heat in a superinsulated house.As Alex Wilson has explained, for well-built homes, an in-floor radiant system is usually overkill.… last_img read more

A pre-CES 2017 look at the state of autonomous vehicles

first_imgThe race to autonomous or self-driving cars is on. 2016 was the year that we not only lost some of our most beloved artists, we also witnessed startups and automakers put the pedal to the metal to get the attention of industry influencers, experts and consumers around the world.Google announced Waymo, its official foray into the autonomous space. Uber ambitiously defied the California DMV and launched a self-driving ride/hail pilot in San Francisco. Tesla pushed the boundaries with an early form of autonomous driving with AutoPilot. General Motors acquired Cruise, a robotics startup, for a whopping $1 billion. And, the list goes on.See also: The fight is on for the $560b self-driving car marketI’m a car guy. I grew up in a time when cars were part of your identity. They represented who you were and also who you wanted to be or the idea of who you wanted others to see. But, that was my generation. Now cars are more than commodities to the mainstream, they’re trinkets to always-on lifestyles. Owning them takes a backseat to ordering them on demand.Whether they’re driven or self-driven is increasingly moot. But for those who drive, I mean those who drive because they either love it or because they have to, autonomous cars represent a quandary at the very least. Will people buy or use cars where humans aren’t fully in control? The reality is that self-driving cars are inevitable and yet many stand at an intersection where some people “can’t wait” for them and others wonder whether robocars “will ever happen.”But where are we really in the race to self-driving cars? That’s a quest that I set out to discover this year. I tracked 22 automakers and 34 hardware and software companies to better understand the varying players and how they each played a role in the evolving ecosystem. The result is a new report that’s available for download today, “The State of Autonomous Vehicles: A ‘Who’s Who’ of Industry Drivers.” It was released in beta format ahead of CES to provide a helpful primer of the self-driving ecosystem and also invite feedback to include companies I unintentionally missed or is expected to launch in 2017.Are we there yet? 2021 is the year that automakers are pushing as the year that autonomous vehicles will hit the road. To what extent isn’t clear. But if I had to guess, I’d say it’s not the finish line, but a key milestone on the path toward autonomy.After researching and revising the report so many times, I learned that to answer the question of when autonomous cars will be available isn’t the right question to ask. The real question is, to what extent will self-driving cars operate, when and where and how will that evolve over time?With all the publicity in 2016 about self-driving cars, you’d think that they were already available on the market. Going back to CES 2016 and late 2015, I was invited by Mercedes-Benz to be a passenger in two different self-driving pilot vehicles (Intelligent Drive E-Class and S500 respectively). Those tests blew me away. While there’s still work to do, it’s incredible at just how far technology has come and how quickly it’s evolving. And, if you’ve ever driven (or been driven by) a Tesla in AutoPilot mode, the standard for self-driving, intelligence, safety and convenience only rises every day.The technology is rapidly advancing. Everything from cameras, sensors and LiDARs (Light Detection and Ranging) to machine learning and artificial intelligence and the engineers building and connecting everything together, self-driving cars are seeing and learning how to drive on their own. Plus, humans and machines are making notable progress every day.For example Google (Waymo) has logged more than 3 million self-driving miles on the streets of Mountain View, Calif., Austin, Texas, Kirkland, Wash., and Metro Phoenix to date. Of those miles, more than 700,000 have been accident free. And, 10,000 rides have safely carried Googlers and guests without the capacity for a human being to take the wheel because there is no steering wheel to grab.At the same time, government regulation and city infrastructure are rapidly changing to meet operating and safety requirements. Cities around the world are facilitating public testing of self-driving cars, under specific conditions, where automakers, mobility services and technology vendors can test and learn while city engineers and planners identify weaknesses and opportunities to optimize and secure smart, connected cities.The race to 2021Yes, the race to 2021 is on. However, there will be no clear winner as there is no finish line.What’s clear is that incumbents and startups are vying to redefine the future of transportation and mobility. To accelerate autonomy, automakers are investing in innovation and R&D centers around the world. Cities are partnering with ecosystem players to modernize regulation. Startups are being funded to develop new possibilities.  And new companies are forming in stealth mode every week to push forward next generation technologies such as advanced computer vision sensors (Chronocam), mobility services (Zoox), development platforms (PolySync), deep learning (DeepScale), deep neural networks, robotics (CANVAS), advanced 3D mapping (Luminar Technologies), and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) systems. In fact, since launching the report on the state of autonomous vehicles, I’ve already started to add another dozen companies.This is getting exciting and overwhelming.The very idea of what a car is and what it will be is evolving into something that’s aesthetically familiar but far more intelligent. More so, the very idea of what a car is, what it does, how it’s designed inside and out, and even how it’s financed, owned and insured are also set for disruption. As companies progress from Level 0 (no autonomous capabilities) to Level 4/5 (completely self-driving) cars, consumers will have access to incremental innovation that not only introduces intelligent new features and capabilities but also eases them into the idea of robots driving humans. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#driverless cars#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Mercedes-Benz#self-driving car#Tesla#top#Waymo The Race to 2021: The State of Autonomous Vehicles and a “Who’s Who” of Industry Drivers from Altimeter, a Prophet CompanyPlease share your thoughts on the state and future of autonomous vehicles in the comments.Brian Solis is Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company, where he studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. He is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders, keynote speakers, and best-selling authors in innovation and digital transformation. His new book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explores the importance of experiences and how to design them for customers, employees and human beings everywhere. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Brian Solis Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Wisconsin creates committee on autonomous cars and connected vehicles

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#cars#connected cars#driverless#Self-Driving#Wisconsin center_img Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order on Thursday to create a steering committee, which will look into autonomous cars and connected vehicles.The committee will research and evaluate all aspects of autonomous cars and submit policy recommendations to the Governor’s office by the summer of 2018.See Also: Will Delphi and their self-driving supergroup create autonomous hits?It is the slow route to legalization and could place Wisconsin a few years behind states like Michigan and California, which have already legalized self-driving car tests.Officials from the Department of Transportation, legislators, industry representatives, law enforcement officers and University of Wisconsin researchers will all be part of the committee, according to The Cap Times.The committee will look into what policies need to be changed, the best public roads to test autonomous vehicles, and how to connect cars to other cars and traffic lights.Wisconsin in the driver’s seat“Wisconsin is uniquely positioned to study, test, and develop automated and connected vehicle technology. I’m creating a Steering Committee to assist with this process by advising me and other state agencies on how we can safely and effectively test and study autonomous and connected vehicles on Wisconsin roads,” said Gov. Scott Walker in a press release.“This is great news for Wisconsin and has the potential to create jobs, spur economic growth, and strengthen mobility throughout the state. We have a long history of contributing to advancements in the automotive field, and I know we will rise to the challenge in this instance as well.”Public opinion on autonomous vehicles is still low, especially in areas where nobody has even seen or tried one of the cars. That may be why Wisconsin is taking a year to look into the technology, by that time, we may have fully driverless trials in other states. Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Coming-of-Age Tales: A Great Path to Mainstream Cinema Success

first_imgAre you an up-and-coming filmmaker looking to make your first independent feature? The coming-of-age film may be your best bet to break into the mainstream.Cover image via Slash the MovieFor those who might have missed it, one of the most talked-about films from 2016’s SXSW Film Festival was Clay Liford’s coming-of-age comedy-drama film, Slash. The film follows a young man in high school, coming of age as it were, in the world of slash fiction as he finds himself and his identity in the world.These coming-of-age narratives are nothing new to independent cinema and, in recent years, have created a well-followed path from arthouse festivals to mainstream cinema hits. You’ve seen them in various forms of comedy and drama, but usually all following a young man or woman floundering and struggling to find an identity and voice in the world around them.From recent hits like Boyhood and Spectacular Now, to international films like Y Tu Mamá También and Pan’s Labyrinth, to classics like Almost Famous and Dazed and Confused, the genre has a rich history (and not just for young white men of note either — diversity is on display in films like Tiny Furniture, Blue is the Warmest Color, and the recent standout Moonlight).The genres roots are found in the adolescent-leaning films of the French New Wave, like François Truffaut’s 400 Blows trilogy, in the films of American directors like Nicholas Ray and Orson Welles, in Bildungsroman literature like Jean Cocteua’s Les Enfants Terribles, and in the works of James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain to name a few.At its heart, the coming-of-age story is central to a majority of mainstream films that feature young adult protagonists undertaking the Hero’s Journey, like the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings narratives, along with many superhero films.Why Do Coming-of-Age Films Work So Well?It’s hard to say why this genre is so well-traversed. Is it because audiences really enjoy watching them or because filmmakers really enjoy making them? While they can be challenging to viewers in subject and voice, the narratives are often very formulaic and predictable. Yet, year in and year out, we get a new wave of coming-of-age melodramas which festivals clamor over and prop up for Oscar consideration in February.I will say that, for journalists and those inclined to follow the industry and festival circuits, an up-and-coming writer/director telling a coming-of-age story tied closely to their personal narrative makes great PR fodder for thematic comparisons between on-screen protagonists and real-life storylines.Films like Lena Dunham’s aforementioned Tiny Furniture, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting, and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood introduced these artists to national and international audiences — and the stories behind their stories certainly helped propel them into the mainstream.Films such as Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming can even be taken as tongue-in-cheek plays on their explosive and begrudged entrances onto the scene.Where to Begin Your Coming-of-Age FilmImage via Warner BrosIf you’re inclined to try your hand at your own coming-of-age film, it’s best to begin with some thinly-to-heavily veiled version of yourself. Liford’s protagonist in Slash, for example, may not be a literal iteration of Liford as a young freshman in high school, but it’s easy to imagine his connection to many of the character’s struggles and apprehensions about his place in the world.Graphic of Campbell’s Hero’s Journey via WikicommonsThe classic Hero’s Journey may lead to a fantastic world of adventure, but not before beginning in a very normal and boring place that anyone in the audience can relate to. Whether that’s from under a stairwell in England to a wizard school or a Houston suburb to a fan fiction expo, the point is to cross a threshold into someplace unexplored and interesting to the protagonist and audience alike.Define Challenges That Need to be OvercomeImage via Columbia PicturesWhile external challenges, be they bullies or evil overlords, are prevalent in coming-of-age stories, the main challenge every coming-of-age hero must overcome is conquering the fear of growing up and stepping out into the world. This most always includes learning how to connect and communicate with others and developing meaningful relationships with romantic partners.Spider-Man’s main challenge isn’t facing the Green Goblin. It’s building up the courage to tell Mary Jane how he feels about her — as Peter Parker. Liford’s Slash is no different, but offers a unique complexity with Neil’s confused relationship with his friend and mentor Julia, along with his own aspirations in the slash-fiction community.Find Resolve in Your Place in the WorldThe climax to any good coming-of-age story should reward the viewer as much as the hero, as the audience has endured the ups and downs of the protagonist’s inner battles and personal tribulations. After initially turning away from the forgone conclusion, hopefully your protagonist makes a mad rush for the right choice to bring your audience the closure they’ve earned and so dutifully desire.Without giving away its ending, Slash earns as much of a resolve as possible, while still giving the story room to breath in the afterglow.Your story should do more or less the same. Give your protagonist a chance to change and demonstrate growth, and reward your audience for joining you on your heroic journey to coming-of-age film stardom.What are your favorite examples of the Hero’s Journey? How would you tell your coming-of-age story? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Rice political scientist available to comment on Texas governors race

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.edu         Rice political scientist available to comment on Texas governor’s raceRice University political scientist Mark Jones is available today and tomorrow (Election Day) and Wednesday to comment on the Texas governor’s race between Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White. Jones can also comment on Texas House and Senate races. Jones, Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can conduct interviews in English or Spanish and may be reached by contacting Jessica Stark at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. MEDIA NOTE: Jones will be an in-studio analyst offering commentary on election results for Houston’s Fox 26 Tuesday evening. AddThislast_img read more