first_imgFive new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2017-2018 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Ben Padanilam announced Wednesday night. The new department editors will join Padanilam, incoming Managing Editor Katie Galioto, and Assistant Managing Editors Marek Mazurek, Rachel O’Grady and Megan Valley in running the paper’s editorial operations.Juniors Chris Collins, Adam Ramos and Martha Reilly and sophomores Courtney Becker, Mary Freeman, Elizabeth Greason and Lauren Weldon will take over their respective departments March 19.Collins hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been working in the Photo department since his freshman year. Collins will now run the department for a second stint, after previously having done so in the fall before leaving to study abroad in Dublin this semester. He is junior pursuing a degree in marketing with a supplemental major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Chris’ favorite thing to photograph is football, specifically games played during a hurricane.Ramos, a native of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, will assume the role of Scene Editor after returning in the fall from his semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. A Scene contributor since his freshman year, he is currently pursuing a degree in international economics with a minor in the program of philosophy, religion and literature.Reilly, the incoming Saint Mary’s Editor, began writing for The Observer her freshman year and has covered topics such as student government and energy conservation. She is pursuing degrees in English literature and political science. She is from Libertyville, Illinois, but currently resides in Le Mans Hall.Becker, a resident of Pasquerilla West Hall, will head the News department. She began her work with The Observer in fall 2015 and has since covered a variety of topics, including the student government entrepreneurship and innovation initiative and the Football Friday features. Becker hails from New York City and is pursuing a degree in film, television and theatre.Freeman will be taking on the position of Viewpoint Editor. She began working for The Observer this fall as a copy editor for the department and is a current member of the Walsh community living in Pangborn Hall. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Freeman is a program of liberal studies major and secondary education minor. Greason has been writing for The Observer since her freshman year and will take over as Sports Editor. She is currently covering Notre Dame women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse and has previously covered volleyball and men’s golf. She is a native of New York City currently living in McGlinn Hall and pursuing a degree in civil engineering.Weldon, originally from Los Altos, California, will continue in the role of Graphics Editor, which she has held since the start of this semester. A resident of Breen-Phillips Hall, she has been a graphic designer for The Observer for two years. She is a business analytics and visual communication design double-major and also works for the Alumni Association and the Gender Relations Center.Tags: department editors, Editorial Board, Observer editorial boardlast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts In 2006, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake coined the term “BizDev 2.0” when looking at the phenomenon of supplying commercial API keys to startup partners. Said Fake, traditional business development meant “trying to get hopelessly overbooked people to return your email. And then after the deal was done, squabbling over who dealt with the customer service. [It’s] much, much better this way!” Three years later, many are finding that while APIs are great biz dev tools for the larger provider, startups can often suffer under the thumb of their platform keepers.In November ReadWriteStart spoke to Lookery CEO Scott Rafer about his company’s shutdown. Rafer counts his dependency on a single platform as being one facet of his downfall. Said Rafer, “I’ve ranted for years about how bad an idea it is for startups to be mobile-carrier dependent. In retrospect, there is no difference between Verizon Wireless and Facebook in this context.”This week, Totlol CEO Ron Ilan set the blogosphere abuzz in a blog post describing his latest issues with YouTube. Tags:#NYT#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In July 2008, unbeknownst to Ilan, Google was about to change its YouTube terms of service. According to the startup entrepreneur and father of two, Ilan found himself in a predicament. He had originally planned to find sponsorship for his community of curated toddler-appropriate YouTube videos; however, the new YouTube ToS restricted commercial use and his ability to monetize. In one fell swoop from the API provider, his entire business model and livelihood changed. Unwilling to violate the new terms, Ilan began work on a subscription model. Says Ilan, “When publishing a public API, a company forms a relationship withdevelopers. To quote from the movie Love Actually – I love that word ‘relationship’. Covers all manner of sin doesn’t it? The relationship is by definition asymmetrical, as in me (one person) with them (the world’s most powerful company). I think the API provider should be at least as honest and open as the startup. I don’t know how Facebook and Twitter are with their API users, but I guess they can’t be worse.”Similar to Totlol, entertainment community Redux offers a community where users aggregate niche video content from third party sites. While much of the content comes from sites like YouTube and Vimeo, Redux CEO David McIntosh has a decidedly different view of the YouTube ecosystem. Says McIntosh, “We’re committed to adhering to YouTube’s Terms of Service as it exists today, and as it may change in the future. We believe that there are many awesome opportunities for 3rd parties to monetize around YouTube content in ways that are consistent with the YouTube’s Terms of Service and great for users.”McIntosh plans to monetize his service via video insertions in Redux’s television mode and promotional items displayed in the real-time Redux feed similar to Digg’s latest ad efforts. But the question is whether or not ToS can affect these revenue streams as well. You never believe your home is going to be damaged by an earthquake, but for some it happens. If you build on a platform you don’t control, is this akin to laying your foundation on a fault line? If you’ve got suggestions on how to mitigate this type of risk, let us know in the comments below. YouTube didn’t respond by press time to our request for comment but we’ll update this post if we get a response later.Disclosure: RWW is sponsored by API management service Mashery.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgAlpen High Performance Products is a leader in window technologyWe have installed these exceptional windows partly as a research experiment. Since our house will not meet the Passivhaus standard (a rating system that originated in Germany for super-low-energy homes), I’m not sure we would have been able to justify such high-performance windows if Alpen’s Robert Clarke hadn’t wanted me to have them and provided them at a great price.I’ve known Robert and his company (Alpen) for many years. He and Alpen have been the leaders with high-performance windows in the U.S. since way back in the mid-1970s, consistently way ahead of the curve in introducing new technologies.Several years ago Clarke sold Alpen Windows to Serious Materials, a venture-capital-funded company that sought to change the world with innovative products and materials. But Serious Materials may have spread itself too thin, and there were some quality-control problems with their windows.Last year, Robert and a partner were successful in buying back Alpen from Serious Materials. I’m hopeful that the company can regain its stature at the top of the window-performance pack — and give the European Passive House windows a run for their money.It is thrilling to have installed in our home in Dummerston what may be among the highest-performance windows in the country. Fiberglass frames are durableTraditionally, residential windows have been wood-framed. I love the look of wood, and if properly maintained, wood windows can last a long time: the twelve-over-twelve windows in the late-1700s house we currently live in are still hanging on after more than 200 years. But there are drawbacks to wood, including decay and the need for regular maintenance.Besides wood, the primary materials used for window frames today are vinyl (a misleading abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride or PVC), aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Due to the very high conductivity, aluminum and steel are less common today in residential windows. Due to its low cost, vinyl has increased dramatically in popularity, finally surpassing wood as the leading window frame material a few years ago. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: WindowsAll About Glazing OptionsHigh-Solar-Gain GlazingMaking the Case for Triple-Glazed WindowsChoosing Triple-Glazed WindowsWindows That Perform Better Than WallsPassivhaus WindowsIn Search of the Most Energy-Efficient Windows Study Shows That Expensive Windows Yield Meager Energy ReturnsGBA Product Guide: Windows A lot of wood windows try to achieve the best of both worlds with vinyl or aluminum cladding on the exterior (for durability) and exposed wood on the interior. I think this is a nice compromise between appearance and durability and I recommend cladding for most wood windows.The Alpen windows we installed are fiberglass-framed. Fiberglass is much stronger than vinyl, it has a much lower coefficient of thermal expansion (i.e., it doesn’t expand and contract as much when warmed by the sun and cooled at night), and it has hollow cavities that can be insulated with polyurethane insulation.Our window glazings are 1 3/8 inch thick — much thicker than standard insulated glass (typically 7/8 inch or 1 inch). With the polyurethane insulation, these frames provide an insulating value of about R-4.3 (U-0.23), as calculated using industry-standard methods. Being fiberglass, they are highly durable and should not require maintenance — though fiberglass does take a coat of paint much better than vinyl, should we ever choose to paint them. Outrageously high-performance glazingWhile standard windows today are double-glazed (two layers of glass separated by an air space), our Alpen windows are quad-glazed — meaning there are four layers of glazing. The inner and outer glazings are 1/8-inch glass, while the two inner glazings are suspended polyester films.On three of these layers of glazing there are low-emissivity (low-e) coatings. The outer pane of glass is made by Cardinal Glass Industries and includes a high-solar LoE-180 coating on the inner surface of that pane (the #2 surface in window-industry parlance). This low-e coating is appropriate in northern climates because it lets a lot of solar gain through and it’s clearer to look through.The suspended polyester films both have Heat Mirror 88 coatings (on the #4 and #6 surfaces). Heat Mirror, made by Southwall Technologies, was actually the first type of low-e coating to be commercialized back in 1981. Heat Mirror coatings are available in various forms (HM88, HM77, SC75, HM66), with the number indicating the transmittance through the glazing; HM88 allows the most solar gain.Another important strategy for reducing heat loss through windows is to substitute a low-conductivity gas for air in the air space. Argon is commonly used as a gas fill, and for windows the size of ours replacing air with argon would boost the insulating performance by about 28%. For our windows, though, Alpen used a mix of 90% krypton and 10% air. This results in a 40% improvement over argon and a 79% improvement over air!center_img The specifications tell the storySo what do all these bells and whistles provide in terms of energy performance? I was astounded when my friend at Alpen, Robert Clarke, sent me the following performance numbers.Performance for the glazing only (calculated using Window 6.0):Center-of-glass R-value: R-12.2 (U-0.082)Solar heat gain coefficient: 0.44Visible transmittance (Tvis): 62%Light-to-solar gain ratio (Tvis/SHGC): 1.4Passive performance coefficient (SHGC/U-factor): 5.3Winter interior glass surface temp. (assuming 0°F outdoor, 70°F indoor, 12 mph wind): 65°FAcoustic control (STC): 34UV blockage (380 nm): 100.0%The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has developed methodologies for testing and reporting unit or full-frame window performance. Our window configuration has not gone through that NFRC testing, but estimated full-frame values are as follows:R-value: R-8.3 (U-0.12)Solar heat gain coefficient: 0.39Visible transmittance: 51%An R-12 window (R-8 unit value) is hard to believe. This insulates as well as a 2×4 wall insulated with fiberglass, yet also brings in significant solar gain and daylight, while providing clear views to the outdoors. I look forward to reporting on the performance and durability of these windows over time. Having written about windows and emerging window technologies for longer than I care to admit (since before low-e coatings even existed), I must say that it’s incredibly fun to be building a house and having an opportunity to try out some of the leading-edge stuff I’ve been writing about.In my effort to create a “demonstration home,” we are actually installing two very different types of windows in the 1812 farmhouse rebuild that’s underway. On the north and west facades we’re installing state-of-the-art, fiberglass-framed casement and awning windows from Alpen High Performance Products. These windows, which we ordered from Pinnacle Window Solutions in Maine, are the subject of this blog.On the south and east facades (which you see from the road) we’re doing something very different that I’ll describe in a future blog. 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.last_img read more

first_imgColombo, Dec 21 (PTI) New Sports Minister of Sri Lanka Harin Fernando on Friday said he is looking to appoint an interim committee to run the nation’s cricket board’s (SLC) administration. Fernando said he is ready to delay the February 7 election of SLC and would talk to the ICC on this matter. “I am hoping to talk to the ICC on 26 and 27 December to see if they would agree to appointing an interim committee,” Fernando said after assuming duties in his new position. He said it was important for SLC to come under an interim committee until the governing body is cleared of all allegations of corruption by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. The election was scheduled for February 7 by a politically appointed Competent Authority under Fernando’s predecessor, Faizer Mustapha. The election, which was due on May this year when the Thilanga Sumathipala administration ended its term, was not held as Mustapha opted to appoint his top ministry bureaucrat to run the SLC following a series of court cases challenging individual nominations. The SLC’s voting structure has been long seen as corrupt with allegations of vote buying sponsored by some of the top businessmen to win office in the island nation’s richest sporting body. Since October it was reported that the ICC had put Sri Lanka’s alleged corruption in the game into close focus with investigations by a team of visiting investigators. They had spoken to both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the tainted names of both players and administrators.advertisement Fernando just took office on Friday after the political and constitutional stand-off in the country ended after 50 days of turmoil. The former SLC boss Thilanga Sumathipala, a parliamentarian with loyalties to Sirisena, was in the forefront of the alleged unconstitutional action by Sirisena to sack Wickremesinghe. Sumathipala early this week said he would not run for SLC office again as he wanted to concentrate full time on his political career. PTI Cor SSC SSCSSClast_img read more