Governor Wolf Announces $66 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in Nine Counties

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $66 million for 11 drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects across nine counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“Clean, reliable water systems serve as a vital link to the continued recovery and growth of our communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s citizens have access to safe and secure infrastructure is a fundamental responsibility of government, particularly as we continue to address the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.“Local communities across the commonwealth continue to face tough choices every day as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “Investing in community infrastructure improvements like these projects demonstrates the strong commitment that we share to rebuild and grow our great commonwealth.”A list of project summaries follows:Drinking Water ProjectsBedford CountyBedford Township Municipal Authority – received a $5,223,140 loan to replace 8,500 feet of existing waterline and connect new service with 10,150 feet of additional water line, while also replacing the finished water storage tank. The project will increase reliability by eliminating water service interruptions and ensuring stable connections to underserved communities in the service area.Berks CountyFleetwood Borough – received a $3,500,000 loan to replace approximately 8,250 feet of ductile iron and cement-lined piping. The project will replace service lines that are at the end of useful life and increase reliability for nearly 1,800 residents.Mifflin CountyAllensville Municipal Authority – received a $371,950 loan to make improvements to a filtration plant, install flow meters and data acquisition systems and provide disinfection contact piping. The project will bring the system into compliance with a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) consent order and reduce the risk of Giardia throughout the community.Perry CountyPenn Township Municipal Authority – received a $1,450,000 loan to replace deteriorating water tanks with a new 150,000-gallon, ground-level tank. The project will reduce exposure to iron and manganese and improve water reliability for customers in the service area.Somerset CountyAddison Area Water Authority – received a $575,120 loan to install a chlorination system and water tank, which will eliminate the dependency on existing well pumps. The project will improve reliability of drinking water and significantly reduce water loss through transfer, which is currently estimated at 70 percent.Wastewater ProjectsCambria County**City of Johnstown – received a $6,517,110 grant and a $4,382,890 loan to replace approximately 26,000 feet of sewer line. The project will reduce wet weather overflows into the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh Rivers, decreasing public exposure to untreated effluent.Lawrence County**New Castle Sanitation Authority – received a $19,132,800 grant and a $12,867,200 loan to make significant improvements to an existing wastewater treatment plant, including construction of a new anoxic tank and renovation of an activated sludge system. The project will meet mandated permit effluent limits and improve aquatic life in the Shenango River.Westmoreland CountyCity of Arnold – received a $117,555 loan to up-size existing piping used to convey wastewater to regional sewage treatment plant. The project will reduce wet weather sewage overflows into the Allegheny River and reduce impact to aquatic life. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 22, 2020 Governor Wolf Announces $66 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in Nine Counties **Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority – received an $11,025,000 loan to install approximately 18,000 feet of sanitary sewer line and manholes, while also stabilizing streambanks along local waterways. The project will eliminate regional stream pollution and address a DEP consent order.Stormwater ProjectsNorthampton CountyBorough of North Catasauqua – received a $618,229 loan to install 5,010 feet of new storm sewer line and associated inlets. The project will alleviate significant residential, business, and traffic flooding conditions.Westmoreland CountyPenn Township – received a $1,106,811 loan to install approximately 1,400 feet of new stormwater piping and retrofit work to existing retention ponds and spillways. The project will provide adequate drainage for a currently undersized system and reduce an estimated 5,916 pounds of sediment into Bushy Run each year.* denotes projects that are funded with Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving Fundslast_img read more

Victory restores confidence

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoOn the heels of an inspired performance in all aspects of the game, Wisconsin will work to keep momentum in its favor when Indiana comes to town Saturday.The Badgers (7-2, 2-2 Big Ten) are set to face the Hoosiers (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) on Homecoming and Halloween weekend. In last year’s game against Illinois on “Freakfest,” the relevant boos and scares were on hand as Wisconsin stumbled out to a 21-3 defeat. Rest assured, according to linebacker Jonathan Casillas, it shouldn’t happen again.“If we play our technique and play the ball we’re supposed to play, I think we’re going to come out with a win,” Casillas said. Gone are the days of uncertainty and hesitant play, and here to stay is newfound swagger, freshman cornerback Aaron Henry said. “We’re not worried about mistakes anymore,” Henry said.Like a tiring boxer against a faster opponent, the Badgers were down and out after the two consecutive losses. “The team was down morally,” senior receiver Paul Hubbard said. “The guys weren’t expecting to lose a game this season, let alone two, so a lot of guys were down. … Last week was the first step that we took to get back on the horse — taking accountability and responsibility and changing what was going on.”Entering last year’s matchup against Indiana, Wisconsin was coming off a tough loss to Michigan. Following the game, several players, including Hubbard, were called out for their lackluster play. The players responded. The result: a 52-0 lead after three quarters against the Hoosiers and nine straight wins to end the season.“Coach Paul Chryst called us out after the game. … He said, ‘you know what Hubs, I’m going to call you out, the first play is going to you. If you make it you keep getting them.’ I made it and kept going,” Hubbard said. Execution and consistency on both offense and defense will be vital if Wisconsin is going to come away with its 13th consecutive home victory. The defense will try and build on its two forced turnovers last weekend against Northern Illinois. “Turnovers — coaches say all the time — are basically based on the passion we bring on the defensive side of the ball and we saw that last week,” Casillas said. “If we can play like that against Indiana I think we can definitely force some turnovers.”The combination of IU’s sophomore gunslinger Kellen Lewis and junior freak-of-nature James Hardy who, at 6-foot-7-inches, can run, catch and jump will prove to be a grave task for the Badger secondary. “He’s a four-inch-taller version of Travis Beckum, and he’s a former basketball player,” UW defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz said. “He utilizes his size and body well.“So we know we have a challenge, but we have to make plays.”Hardy, whose 14-catch, 142-yard performance last weekend versus Penn State was a personal best, has a Big Ten-leading 11 touchdown receptions to go with 748 yards. “If you’re a competitor you’re thinking, ‘I’m going to beat him.’ It doesn’t matter how tall he is,” Henry said. Badgers senior receiver Paul Hubbard, who listed himself at “90 percent” Tuesday following practice, admits that even though he and Hardy aren’t on the field at the same time, there will be some competition.“There is pride involved,” Hubbard said. “James Hardy is an excellent receiver; he’s a beast as I call it — that guy’s a monster. The ball goes up, he’s going to come down with it somehow, some way.“Just seeing that, you don’t want to have a receiver out on the field on the other end outplaying you, so that’s the competition that always comes with every game with two good receivers out there.”As good as Hardy is, he’s only as good as Lewis’ arm. The sophomore quarterback has improved significantly from a year ago, passing for 1,952 yards and 19 touchdowns, and his ability to run the ball will give the Badger defense some challenges. “He’s been able to throw the ball with a great amount of success,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “He has also been very effective when he’s on the move, and I think that creates some issues [there] as well.”No matter how good Hardy or Lewis have been for the Hoosiers, or how bad the Badger defense was for the first seven weeks of the season, the team is finally playing with energy and showing glimpses of life. Above all, Wisconsin is finally learning how to have fun again.last_img read more

Swan embarks on coaching career at UW

first_imgAfter making a run at the NFL and later working in insurance, Luke Swan was hired by Bret Bielema to help coach the UW receiving corps.[/media-credit]When he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Luke Swan desperately wanted to keep playing football.The former Badger walk-on, who became a 2-year scholarship starter at wide receiver, was a fan favorite at UW, finishing his career with 60 receptions for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2007 – his senior season – the Fennimore native served as a team captain, but his collegiate career didn’t have a happy ending.Swan severely injured his hamstring in just the sixth game of the season against Illinois. The injury required surgery and Swan was ruled out for the year.Coming off an injury with modest height at just about 6-feet tall, Swan was not selected in the 2008 NFL draft. He did however, earn a try-out with the Kansas City Chiefs and was signed as an undrafted free agent. He was on the roster for just over a month before he tore his hamstring again. The Chiefs placed him on waivers.But Swan wasn’t about to give up on his dream to play professionally.He decided to join the cast of Michael Irvin’s television show “Fourth and Long” which aired in 2009. The show gave 12 contestants an opportunity to compete for an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp, with the hope of making the team’s final roster.Swan was cut from the show in just the fourth week after suffering another leg injury.It appeared as though football would no longer be a part of Swan’s life.He took a job in the corporate world with ME Insurance. He got married and wanted to settle down with a steady job that could provide some stability.He worked in insurance for about a year and a half, but Swan soon realized he couldn’t stay away from the game he loved.“I always kind of had football in the back of my mind,” said Swan, 26.After an extended break from live action and a history of injuries, playing was no longer an option.But Swan could coach.When he left UW after that 2007 season, head coach Bret Bielema knew his former wideout had a future in coaching and he made sure Swan understood that.“Swanny is a guy that I talked to originally when he was leaving us,” Bielema said. “I told him that when his professional football career came to an end I would be interested in hiring him.”“I knew coaching was a possibility,” Swan said. “I had discussions with some of the coaches when I was still here and then the right kind of opportunity came.”Bielema had an opening for a graduate assistant in the offseason and Swan called expressing interest. And just like that, Swan was back with the Badgers for spring camp.“I absolutely missed it,” Swan said. “I really developed a love for the game and I missed it a lot. If I had stayed in the corporate world I think it would have been good and I would have enjoyed it. But my passions are more here than anywhere else.”Adjusting to a different roleYears ago, when Swan entered the locker room, he was there to put on his pads. He got his ankles taped, grabbed his helmet and trotted out onto the field ready to hit and be hit.Now, Swan grabs a hat. He picks up his play chart and practice schedule and jogs out of the Camp Randall tunnel in sweats.That’s still taking some time to get used to.“I still kind of have the mentality that I’m one of these guys, that I’m a player,” Swan said. “I want it to be that way but it’s not that way at all, I’m a coach. …It’s a different feel definitely.”But as much as Swan would like to be out there running the routes, he knows his job now is to teach them.As a first-year coach, Swan needs to determine how he will approach his role as a teacher.“It’s a position that I’m still feeling out, honestly,” said Swan. “It’s a combination of things and I’m still learning my style as a coach. … You want to keep that coach-player relationship and gain their trust but also let them know when they’re doing something wrong. Whenever there are mistakes I’m alongside them letting them know I’ve been there.”Swan’s big smile and friendly manner makes it easy to assume he’ll play the role of big brother for UW wideouts, but according to receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, Swan and every other graduate assistant must first and foremost establish themselves as authority figures.“As a graduate assistant one of the first things you want to do is establish that you’re a coach,” Alexander, who was a GA himself for three years at his alma mater Southern California, said. “Luke has plenty of responsibilities and he’s learning from us coaches how to communicate those things.”Swan and Alexander have been working together with the Badgers for just over a month, but Alexander can already see the positive impact Swan is having on his position group.“It’s been really good. We have a young group of guys and having him with his experience and his success, he can give these guys some pointers,” Alexander said. “They understand that he’s played the game more recently than I have.”Redshirt sophomore Jared Abbrederis and the rest of the wide receivers believe Swan’s fresh input to go along with Alexander’s experience will serve as a tremendous asset throughout the season.“Having these two coaches really helps us out with all the young guys,” Abbrederis said. “They both have their different twists on things so it helps out getting more than one view. It’s been valuable.”Working for new rewardsAbbrederis is one of the players whose been working closely with Swan this spring.Much like Swan, Abbrederis came to UW as an unheralded, in-state walk-on wideout. Their similar backgrounds created an instant connection and their player-coach relationship has continued to grow.“Luke was a great example for me because not only was he a great athlete but he was a great guy,” Abbrederis said. “He came in as a walk-on, same as me, and had to work for everything he earned. It’s good to have him here and he has a lot of good advice.”Swan has become Abbrederis’ coach at an interesting time in the young receiver’s career.With senior Nick Toon out for the entire spring due to foot surgery, Abbrederis is now the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart. The redshirt sophomore made a name for himself last season hauling in 20 catches and scoring three touchdowns and he’ll be counted on to play a bigger role in 2011.He’s become a reliable, fundamentally sound target, but Swan is hoping to take Abbrederis’ game to the next level.“Abby’s getting to where he understands the basics and for me it’s been fun to be able to expand his mind a little bit,” Swan said. “Just get him to think a little outside the box – how to work his routes and how to go from a solid receiver to a great receiver – kind of expanding his game.”Bielema believes Abbrederis’ has done just that.“He is up in the offices all the time, working with the young guys,” Bielema said. “He’s really beginning to grow as a playmaker.”“That’s exciting for me as a coach,” Swan said of Abbrederis’ productive spring. “It’s exciting to see something that you’ve talked about translate over onto the field.”That is the kind of reward Swan is now working for. He can’t score the touchdowns. He can’t make the clutch third down catch over the middle.Instead, he has to teach others to make those plays. He has to help them improve each day. His players’ growth is what drives him.The switch from player to coach takes time and Swan admits he has a lot to learn. But he’s connected with his players and is excited to teach them everything he knows about the game he can’t live without.“I feel a little bit like a freshman here with this coaching thing. It’s a process,” Swan said with a smile. “But the guys have really opened up and accepted me.“I think they feel like this guy has been there and done that and we can learn something from him.”last_img read more

Discussions Begin On Repair or Replacement of Sea Bright-Rumson Bridge

first_imgAfter 50 years of service, officials say the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge is in need of repair or replacement.By John BurtonRUMSON — State, county and local officials gathered at Borough Hall on Wednesday for the first of what is expected to be a series of meetings on the repair or replacement of the Rumson-Sea Bright bridge.County bridge S-32 extends from Rumson Road on this side of the Shrewsbury River to state Highway 36/Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright. The current structure is about 50 years old, said Martine Culbertson, a community involvement facilitator and consultant, who presided over the meeting.There had been discussions about five or six years about rehabilitating the bridge, but “That project had to be terminated,” said Jon Moran, Monmouth County bridge engineer, but he did not elaborate on the reason why.“It either needs to be rehabilitated or replaced,” Moran said on Wednesday.“The purpose of this meeting is to get input from the stakeholders,” he continued. “What you’d like to see.”“With a 50-year-old bridge we’re starting to see deterioration,” Moran said, noting it would need roughly $10 million worth of work to allow the existing bridge to continue operating.The fact-finding portion of the project, which is federally funded, is expected to take about 18 months, which Culbertson said was an ‘ambitious timeframe’ in which to evaluate public input and make recommendations as to how the project should proceed.But, added Bruce Riegel, the project manager for Hardesty and Hanover, LLC, “This bridge is in serious condition.”To completely build a new bridge could take as much as three years, Riegel said. Another option would be to conduct a maintenance overhaul, which would take approximately 18 months.The Oceanic Bridge, county bridge S-31, connecting Rumson and Middletown, is currently undergoing extensive repairs designed to extend its life for another ten years, at which point the Oceanic bridge would be replaced.County officials would like to wait until that project has been accomplished before moving forward with this, Moran said.Those present at the meeting included local elected officials, administrators and law enforcement personnel.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl and Sea Bright Borough Councilman C. Read Murphy agreed that one issue to be addressed as the project moves forward is traffic flow.Vehicles traveling in to Sea Bright are currenty prohibited from making a right on red at Highway 36 South.The officials believe that slows traffic down unnecessarily and should be changed, if not during the heavily traveled summer months, then at least during the off-season.Another point, raised by Murphy concerned to bridge’s opening for boat traffic. He said the bridge opens on the half-hour on summer weekends and on request during the week; that can snarl traffic for miles, he said.“One thing,” Culbertson countered. “Boats don’t have breaks,” and the U.S. Coast Guard dictates the current schedule.Other topics concerned the impact on pedestrian safety and on mass transit in the area.Stephen Cutler, a Rumson resident and owner of Channel Club beach club, Monmouth Beach, wanted to know “How can anyone come to the conclusion that closing this bridge for 18 months makes any economic sense?”“There is no easy answer here or we wouldn’t be sitting here,” Culbertson said. “But there is a reality.”The current bridge is the fourth one to connect Sea Bright and Rumson across the Shrewsbury River. “It can be done and it has been done,” Culbertson said of the bridge replacement.The first public input session on the Sea Bright-Rumson bridge will take place Monday Feb. 27, from 1-4 p.m. in Sea Bright, and 6-9 p.m. in Rumson.Another stakeholder gathering will be held in April.last_img read more

Kress named dean of Ohio State CFAES

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State University has recommended the appointment of Cathann Arceneaux Kress, PhD, as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She currently is vice president for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension at Iowa State University. Subject to approval by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, Kress will begin her appointment May 1.“It’s an honor to join the incredible community of faculty, staff and volunteers dedicated to all of CFAES’s missions in education, research, outreach and service. I’m excited by the opportunities and multiple ways we can enhance the capacities and impacts of CFAES,” Kress said. “I’d like to thank the members of the search committee for their service, and I look forward to meeting many colleagues, students, alumni and friends in the coming months.”As vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, Kress will be the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and will be responsible for leading its education, research, service and outreach missions. The dean also leads fundraising efforts and facilitates strategic internal and external relationships of the college.“I look forward to working with Cathann as we move forward with an ambitious agenda for our college and university,” said Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, Ohio State’s executive vice president and provost.In her current role, Kress leads the land-grant mission of teaching, research and service for the public good at Iowa State. This $100 million operation connects the full assets of the university with all of Iowa. Her success in using university-wide outreach programs to enhance education and innovation in Iowa communities has aligned with her key responsibility to advise the president and provost on extension and outreach issues.Kress has taught undergraduate and graduate students at all levels. In addition, her research and applied research efforts have focused on impacts on rural populations. For example, her work has included the impacts of multiple deployments on dependent children of National Guard and Reserve service members; programs to assist disadvantaged children, youth and families; and on achievement gaps that impact rural youth.Prior to her leadership at Iowa State, Kress served as a senior policy analyst of Military Community and Family Policy at the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has served as director of youth development at the National 4-H Headquarters, U.S. Department of Agriculture, also in Washington, D.C.; and as assistant director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and state program leader at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.Among her many national leadership roles, she currently serves as a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board in Battle Creek, Michigan; secretary and incoming chair, administrative heads section of the Board on Agriculture Assembly, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and as a National 4-H Council trustee.Kress earned a BS in social work at Iowa State and an MA in counselor education/college student development and a PhD in education, both from the University of Iowa.last_img read more

Heating a Bathroom Floor

first_imgOur expert’s opinionGBA Technical Director Peter Yost added this:Here are a few thoughts on this thread, particularly about thermal comfort:Thermal comfort versus energy efficiency: For C. L., with a central HVAC system covering loads in the bathroom, the radiant floor heat is all about thermal comfort.Thermal comfort of feet: ASHRAE Standard 55 gives this range for thermal comfort of feet in shoes as between 66.2° and 84.2° F. That’s not terribly helpful for a bathroom floor around a walk-in shower. This paper provides more information (see Table 5). It’s interesting that the “comfortable” temperature range for a concrete floor is narrower and higher (78.8° to 83.3°F) than for a cork floor (73.4° to 82.4°F) and even narrower and higher for a marble floor (perhaps the most like ceramic tile (82.4° to 85.1°F).Flooring contact coefficient and foot thermal comfort: The most interesting paragraph to me in this paper came under the start of “Discussion” section:“It is apparent from the series of experiments performed with 16 persons that it is not possible to find a floor temperature where all persons are satisfied. Neither is it possible to achieve less than 2% dissatisfied for short periods of occupancy (1 min) nor less than 11% dissatisfied for longer periods (10 min). These values can be attained when the temperature of the floor is optimal, i.e., that temperature which causes a group of persons occupying the floor on an average to evaluate foot comfort as neutral (voting = 0). If the floor temperature deviates from the optimal, the increase in the number of dissatisfied persons will depend on the flooring material. For floors with a small contact coefficient (e.g., cork, wood) the increase in the number of dissatisfied-persons will be moderate compared to floors with a large contact coefficient (e.g., concrete, stone).”In additional experiments covered in this paper, with occupants standing and seated and with “light” clothing on, the change in clothing had little or no significant impact on comfort results.Service life and performance of grouts: I have done quite a bit of ceramic tile work over the years and used both epoxy and polyurethane grouts. I have found both superior in terms of watertightness and stain/discoloration resistance but have found the polyurethane grouts a bit easier to work with. First, how efficient is electric heat?C.L. begins his post with a question on whether there’s a recognized metric for measuring the efficiency of electrically heated bathroom floors. Actually, there is, points out GBA Editor Martin Holladay. RELATED ARTICLES All About Radiant FloorsRadiant-Floor HeatingQ&A: Radiant for Comfort, Not HeatingBathroom Design Understanding heat deliveryIt’s not a hydronic system C.L. system has in mind, but an electric under-floor mat made by SunTouch. How effective would that be in delivering heat to the floor?Dana Dorsett suggests C.L. look for a chart provided by the manufacturer of the electric heat that describes the amount of heat it can deliver through different types of subflooring and flooring.“If this system is not temperature-controlled but has a watts per square foot spec or watts per length spec, the R-value of the subfloor + floor don’t matter as much as the ratio of the R-value of the floor materials to the R-value of the insulation below,” Dorsett says “If it [is] R-1 of floor materials to R-20 of insulation, about 95% of the heat will be coming through the floor. If it’s R-2 flooring to R-11, something like 85% will be coming though the floor. To convert watts to BTU/hr, multiply by 3.412.”He uses as an example the system C.L. has referenced, which delivers 72 watts for a 6-foot-long section or 12 watts (41 Btu/hour) per running foot.“If it’s between joists 16 inches (1.33 feet) on center it can deliver 41/1.33 = 39 BTU/hr per square foot of floor going into the system, but only part if it is going up,” Dorsett says. “Some is going down through the insulation. If it’s only delivering 85% of it up, the rest [is] going through the insulation and joists. It’s about 33 BTU/hr per square foot coming through the floor, and the surface temperature of the floor will be about 16 F° warmer than the room temperature. In a 75°F bathroom that would be a bit north of 90°F, which is warmer than most people like on bare feet, but not super uncomfortable.”At 50 Btu/hour, the surface temperature would be about 25 F° warmer than the room temperature. “On a tile or stone floor in a 75°F room that can be pushing the limits for barefoot comfort,” he adds. “Yes,” he writes. “The metric is called ‘efficiency.’ It describes the conversion of electrical energy into heat energy. All electric-resistance floors have the same efficiency, namely 100%.”This is technically true of all electric resistance heat, whether it’s in the floor or not. But Jon R suggests that definition doesn’t go far enough.“A reasonable definition of efficiency would involve useful work,” he says, “so I’d exclude any heat lost to the underside of the floor. This efficiency will be less than 100% and cork will lower it (as compared to something more thermally conductive like tile).”Would it make any difference if the radiant heat in the floor were provided by a hot water loop installed beneath the subfloor, C.L. asks. One advantage of this option, he adds, would be the opportunity to replace the finish floor in the bathroom at a later date without affecting the heat distribution system.“I think this would be less efficient as the heat would need to transmit through the subfloor,” C.L. adds. “The subfloor material probably has an impact — temperaturei.e. Advantek vs. OSB vs. plywood. Is there any simple way to calculate the efficiency hit of going through that additional layer?”There’s no need to make it that complicated, Holladay says.“As long as your home’s thermal envelope has adequate insulation, an electric-resistance heating pad or PEX tubing installed as part of a radiant-floor heating system aren’t less ‘efficient’ if there is a thick subfloor or inappropriate flooring. The heat remains indoors, so it isn’t ‘lost.’ The problem is that a floor assembly with a thick subfloor or inappropriate flooring is less responsive, and takes longer to heat up, than a floor assembly with well-chosen materials. Moreover, the heat may end up in a different room than intended (the room below the floor assembly).” Is cork an appropriate floor finish?The Schluter Ditra system is typically used with tile, not cork, says Holladay. “I’ve never heard of anyone installing cork flooring above this type of heating mat,” he says, “and I’m skeptical as to whether it’s a good idea.”Steven Knapp has similar concerns, adding that the cork products he’s researched are not recommended for bathrooms because they can swell and buckle when they get wet.C.L., however, says that a manufacturer of cork flooring actually recommends the Schluter Ditra system topped with cementitious layer made by Ardex.“This provides a waterproof membrane (Ditra) and a cementitious ‘subfloor’ (Ardex),” C.L. says. “Then install their cork tiles with contact adhesive onto the Ardex. This also allows for a future finish floor replacement without destroying the heated floor — you scrape the cork tiles off the Ardex.”C.L. also makes a distinction between solid cork flooring and engineered cork flooring in which a top layer of cork has been applied on a backing made from a different materials.“In regards to cork being unsuitable for wet areas due to swelling and buckling, wouldn’t that only apply to engineered cork products on a backing that would swell?” he asks “The [manufacturer] does warn that their engineered floating product is not suitable for wet area installation. They have no such warning on their solid cork product. Solid cork tiles have air pockets; would that preclude or reduce swelling?”If the manufacturer warranties a glue-down, solid cork tile, there’s no need to worry about it, Knapp replies, although it would be smart to check whether the backer plus the tile will create an “awkward elevation change” between the bathroom floor and any adjacent flooring. How much floor should be covered?Whether C.L. uses cork or tile as a finish floor, there’s still the question of exactly what parts of the bathroom should be covered. Should the shower floor, for example, be included?“We have Ditra heat under our bathroom tile floor,” says Stephen Sheehy. “It works very well. We generally turn it on 30 minutes or so before a shower. I suspect tiling your entire floor, with heat underneath, won’t be more costly than doing part with tile and part with something else. You wouldn’t need to manage the transition between the two floor types.”In Sheehy’s bathroom, the shower is included. The shower is open to the rest of the room, with the floor in the shower sloped toward a linear drain near the wall. “There’s no shower door or partition,” he says. “The whole floor is heated. When I shower, I usually don’t bother with turning on the floor heat, but my wife likes it.”One caution about the extent of under-floor heat comes from Dorsett: Do not put radiant floor under a toilet. The heat could melt the wax seal connecting the toilet with the drain line.And then Peter Engle made this suggestion: “You do want to run the radiant at least under the toekick if you have standard vanities, or about 6 inches past the front if you have furniture-style vanities (open bottoms with furniture feet),” he says “Otherwise, your toes are touching cold tile when you brush your teeth. Voice of experience, here.” A warm bathroom floor is a something to look forward to on a chilly winter morning, and C.L. is poking around for ideas on the best way of accomplishing that.One option is installing a grid of electric cables beneath the finish floor in tandem with a polyethylene underlayment manufactured by Schluter Systems called Ditra. These installations are often topped with ceramic tile, which is impervious to water damage and readily transmits heat from the buried cables.But C.L. has another idea.“In regards to finish flooring over the heated floor in the non-shower part of the bath, cork looks like an interesting product,” C.L. says in a recent Q&A post. “Although cork is sometimes discussed as an insulator, the [manufacturers] of solid cork flooring propose it as an ideal finish floor for a heated floor; supposedly it heats fast.“Does this sound reasonable, or is this just marketing hype?”That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

Fujinon’s Affordable New Cine Zoom Lenses for Sony E-Mount Cameras

first_imgPro Video Coalition Reviews the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9Image via Pro Video Coalition.Another great in-depth review, this one from Adam Wilt at Pro Video Coalition. This review includes focus chart tests, color tests, bokeh, and lens flare. If you need that level of ultimate control that only a true cine lens provides and you rock an E-mount camera, the MK18-55mm T2.9 lens and its longer brother the MK50-135mm T2.9 are worth serious consideration.Read the full Pro Video Coalition review here.Fujinon MK 18-55mm and 50-135mm from B&HHere is a look at both the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and 50-135mm from B&H. Cinema5D Reviews the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9Johnnie Behiri also got his hands on the MK 18-55mm T2.9 in his Cinema5D review.It looks like FUJIFILM has hit the sweet spot when it comes to lens quality, portability and price.I highly recommend checking out the always in-depth and technical insight from the team at Cinema5d. Sony shooters rejoice! There are two new Fujinon E-mount Cine zoom lenses priced to own the independent shooter market.Top image via Philip Bloom.Cine zoom lenses are notoriously expensive at $10,000+ for a nice set of glass. Fujinon has just jumped into the solo shooter market with their latest lenses — both starting at $3,799.The Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9 lenses are compatible with Sony Super 35mm/APS-C sensor E-mount cameras. That means you can use them on the Sony a7 series (and a6300/a6500), FS5, FS7, FS100, FS700. For the a7 series, you’ll need to set your a7R II to S35 mode, or a7S II to HD mode with clear image zoom.Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 Specs:Sony E-MountCovers Super 35 formatT 2.9 to T 22 and closedConsistent T2.9 aperture over zoom range3 x standard 0.8 MOD gearsClickless 9-Blade Iris200° focus rotation and macro modeColor matched to Fujinon HK/ZK/XK series85mm front outside diameterWeight 2.16 lbs (0.98 kg)Length 8.12″ (20.63 cm)Flange focal distance adjustmentShips March 2017$3,799 USD Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Lens Specs:Sony E-MountCovers Super 35 formatT2.9 to T22 and closed3 x standard 0.8 MOD gearsClickless 9-blade iris200° focus rotation and macro modeColor matched to Fujinon HK/ZK/XK series85mm front outside diameterWeighs 2.16 poundsFlange focal distance adjustmentShips Summer 2017$3,799 USDThere are plenty of reviews and test footage already made available today. Here are are few of the best.Philip Bloom Talks about the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9Fujifilm brought in Philip Bloom to experiment with the new glass. Here is his take on the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9.The lens was an absolute pleasure to use. The focus was smooth and it has a perfect 200 degree rotation which makes it easy to focus by hand or with a focus puller. Many cine lenses are 300 degrees which is too much for a one person operator.Basically this lens is marvellous.You can read much more of Bloom’s thoughts and see his Fujinon MK footage on his blog. Are you excited about these new lenses? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Now pro-Tamil groups ask BCCI not to send team to Sri Lanka for T-20 World

first_imgProtests in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka took a new turn with Tamil chauvinists on Tuesday demanding that the Indian cricket team not be sent to the island nation for the forthcoming Twenty-20 World championship.While Yuvraj Singh was making a comeback in international cricket after his battle against a rare germ cell cancer representing the Indian team in the second T-20 match against New Zealand, Tamil protesters held a demonstration outside the Chepauk stadium in Chennai on Tuesday evening.The protesters also disrupted traffic near the stadium.Pro-Tamil groups have also issued a warning to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against sending the Indian team to Sri Lanka.Mainstream political parties in Tamil Nadu have not taken a stand on the matter so far. DMK chief M. Karunanidhi had earlier said that sports and politics should not be mixed.last_img read more

NCAA can claim victory after losing federal antitrust case

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 21, 2013, file photo taken with a fisheye lens, the NCAA logo is displayed at mid-court before Albany’s practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Philadelphia. A judge has ruled against the NCAA in a federal antitrust lawsuit, saying football and basketball players should be permitted to receive more compensation from schools but only if the benefits are tied to education. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)The NCAA was able to claim victory Friday night after a judge ruled against the governing body for college sports in a federal antitrust lawsuit.U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, said college football and men’s and women’s basketball players competing at the NCAA’s highest level should be permitted to receive compensation from schools beyond the current athletic scholarship, but only if the benefits are tied to education.ADVERTISEMENT The claim against the NCAA and the 11 conferences that have participated in the Football Bowl Subdivision was originally brought by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston. It was later merged with similar lawsuits, including a notable case brought by former Clemson football player Martin Jenkins.Plaintiffs argued the NCAA illegally restricts schools from compensating football and men’s and women’s basketball players beyond what is traditionally covered by a scholarship. That includes tuition, room and board and books, plus a cost-of-attendance stipend to cover incidentals such as travel.Plaintiffs touted the ruling as “monumental.”“We have proven to the court that the NCAA’s weak justifications for this unfair system are based on a self-serving mythology that does not match the facts,” said Steve Berman, the Seattle-based lead attorney for the plaintiffs. “Today’s ruling will change college sports as we know it, forever.”Feldman, though, said: “The remedy is relatively narrow and this is certainly not the sea change that the plaintiffs were looking for in college sports,”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments The NCAA argued altering amateurism rules would lead to pay-for-play, fundamentally damaging college sports and harming academic integration of athletes.“The court’s decision recognizes that college sports should be played by student-athletes, not by paid professionals,” NCAA chief legal counsel Donald Remy said in a statement. “The decision acknowledges that the popularity of college sports stems in part from the fact that these athletes are indeed students, who must not be paid unlimited cash sums unrelated to education. NCAA rules actively provide a pathway for tens of thousands of student-athletes each year to receive a college education debt-free.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already said it expects to take the case. It is possible the injunction will be stayed until the Ninth Circuit rules. Feldman said both sides could have incentive to appeal the ruling.“We believe the ruling is inconsistent with the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in O’Bannon,” Remy said. “That decision held that the rules governing college athletics would be better developed outside the courtroom, including rules around the education-related support that schools provide.”Wilken is the same judge who ruled on the so-called O’Bannon case, which challenged the NCAA’s right to use athletes’ names, images and likenesses without compensation. The case also produced a mixed ruling that eventually went to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.In O’Bannon, Wilken ruled schools should be permitted, but not required, to compensate athletes for use of their name, image and likeness, with payments capped at $5,000 per year. The appeals court overturned that and said payments “untethered” to education were not required by schools.”Wilken also ruled the NCAA was required to allow schools to factor in their federally determined cost of attendance into the value of an athletic scholarship. That is now common practice in major college sports, though schools were already moving toward NCAA legislation allowing for cost of attendance when Wilken made her ruling.The plaintiffs argued in the Alston case that implementation of cost-of-attendance stipends prove paying athletes even more would not hurt college sports. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed The NCAA cannot “limit compensation or benefits related to education,” Wilken wrote. That opens the door to athletes receiving more scholarship money to pursue postgraduate degrees, finish undergraduate degrees or study abroad. The NCAA could not, under the court’s injunction, limit schools if they choose to provide athletes items that could be considered school supplies such as computers, science equipment or musical instruments.“Technically the plaintiffs won the case and the NCAA will not be happy that they were found to be in violation of antitrust law, but ultimately this allows the NCAA to keep the bulk of their amateurism rules in place,” said Gabe Feldman director of the Tulane University sports law program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe plaintiffs in the so-called Alston cases were seeking much more.Plaintiffs had asked the judge to lift all NCAA caps on compensation and strike down all rules prohibiting schools from giving athletes in revenue-generating sports more financial incentives for competing. The goal was to create a free market, where conferences set rules for compensating athletes, but this ruling still allows the NCAA to prohibit cash compensation untethered to education-related expenses. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With sights set on U23 team, UE’s Kath Arado ‘surprised’ to make seniors pool Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

NRL Touch Premiership Team Announcement

first_imgDave MaherPaije Hockings Matthew SinclairPhoebe Steele Liam BauerGrace Griffin Ferghus KernahanKate Ryan Joel WilloughbyMick Moussa Mitch WiltonLauren Thorne Justin OttoCatherine Sargent Cody GreenMelia Larkin Jack HughesKelly Kennedy Cooper MarshallEmma Paki Hayden MoffatPaige Parker Tim BaartzBella Bauer Zach BouzounisStephanie Kelly Men’sWomen’s Jesse ParkerSamantha Rodgers David SenKim Sue See Carlos SavageVictoria Pone Nicholas GoodPaige Markey Ifor JonesCharlotte Davis Georgie PalauSarah Peattie Jayden BenbowJaya Acutt Kristian CongooNatasha Adams Peter NormanAsh Kearney Sam CarmodyEmily Hennessey Ciaran TonerElesha Te Paa Shaun FrancisSophie Duff Lachlan HochMeckensie Hudson Connor HarveyHayley Maddick Jake GrechPatricia Michaelopoulos John KennedyPihuka Duff Mita GrahamSavarna Asafo-Tavita Daniel LangbridgeRachel Jeffs Alex LangbridgeAmelia Hughes CoachCoach Awa MorrisJessica Mahar Mark BolandBarry Gibson Jordan HillEmily Reid Maurice KennedyShellie Davis Pokaiaua KurukaangaNicole Drummond Jordan HoroBrittney Clifford Terry DeeganSophie Broadhead Wayne UnuwaiEmily Ward Michael LawMikayla Newman Simon LangHannah Dyball Tiaan McIntyreJaymie Kolose Mitch de RossiMia Johnstone Lachlan PierceRylie Seamark Jakob HallSammy-Jo Curtis Jayden LoveLucia Fildes Tjadyn AshbyToni Breeze James ShuteBethany Webb Scott BuckleyLogan Flanagan Damon MooreChloe Sawtell CoachCoach Brayden HegartyRebecca Goulding Rob McCarthyClare Vanzino Daniel StoneCourtney Young Men’sWomen’s CoachCoach Jack EdwardsMadi Crowe Steve RobertsLaura Waldie Lincoln LittleTaryn Love Rahul DasLeana Fox Jimmy de VeerTaylah Connell James CourtneySammy Hopkin Josh MoffittLaura Peattie Dave NolanMick Lovett Jordan WattsToni Wells Men’sWomen’s Men’sWomen’s Bailey HaywardElin Mortimer CoachCoach Dave ZanetteMel Wilks Shaquille StoneDayna Turnbull Flynn Angles-CorkeRebecca Beath Men’sWomen’s Jake NotleyTahlia Rolph CoachCoach Brad RussellGeorgina Rackemann Bart HillSian Filipo Tristan WaggMarikki Watego Jason BoydLeasha Thouard Jared TownsonSharni Vilila Phil GyemoreCraig Morrow Mitch WickhamShannon Rose Kyle JermynDanielle Davis Jaymon BobKasey Dragisic Chris BarakatElizabeth Brooks Jack WeatherillElise Wilson Benjamin MoylanAndrea Roditis Jackson MillsZara Nicholas Men’sWomen’s Luke MansourStephanie Maiolo Tyla LoveNicole Saldern Matt TopeAmy Regal Edward BurrellTyla Gambell Justin CostelloKirstie Jenkins CoachCoach James SharpRachel Walsh Connah PamatatauKayla Mi Mi Jesse CurtisTarryn Aiken Dean SpringfieldJessica McCall Luke TonegatoJessica Potts Dylan HennesseyBrit Donovan James BlackwoodHaley Crawford Robert NakhlaIsabella Slattery Tommy QuinlivanKaitlin Shave Tony TradPaul Sfeir Malcolm KennyAbby King Adam PrydeRebecca Mi Mi Josh RozairoClaire Tandek Sean HooperKatee Maller Adam RussellKatherine Stevens Danyon Morgan-PuterangiHayley Lee Jason KazziAbbey Papenhuyzen Men’sWomen’s Michael SinghChloe Watt Harrison GriffinJenaya Paul CoachCoach Tim GlazebrookLeah Percy Drumayne Dayberg-MuirTiarni Boyce Chris LothRenee Murphy Jacob MarrinanJessica Shanahan Scott BundyAngel Barber Madalitso MasacheAshleigh Quinlan Here are the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership teams!Get behind them by getting to a stadium near you from Saturday 6th April or tune into games on Kayo – enjoy a 14-day free trial by using this link: bit.ly/kayonrltp Jake FitzpatrickAmy Dufour Stuart BriertyMeg Muir Maurice StoneCodie Taute Men’sWomen’s Justin CridlandKirralee Costello Corey RussellMarama Thomas Sean LawPrincess Elliot Dylan ThompsonRhiannon Podmore Marley SimbolonBillie Taylor Caidyn WynyardAaliyah Paki Mase ParsonsAriia Tainui-McIntyre Ashton RobinsonIsla Norman-Bell Michael CavanaghTay-a Antonievic Cormac HochGeorgia Harris Reihana Soutar-FinchMeg Sycamore Jordan Marshall-KingFaith Nathan CoachCoach Kurt DonoghoeSophie Crouch Daniel BartonTayla Cliffordlast_img read more