ABC NewsHurricane Dorian makes landfall over North Carolina, hundreds may be trapped on Ocracoke Island(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian made landfall along Cape Hatteras, N.C., Friday as those on the state’s low-lying islands battled ferocious rain and braced for flash flooding and dangerous storm surge.Hundreds may be trapped on Ocracoke Island where the deadly storm “is raging” and “waters are rising quickly,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday.The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office called the flooding on Ocracoke Island “catastrophic.”Leslie Lanier, who lives on Ocracoke Island, said some residents had to climb into their attics to escape the water.Lanier is OK but “nervous and worried,” she told ABC Raleigh station WTVD.“I don’t think rescue crews can get in at this point, but they are ready to go as soon as they possibly can,” Cooper said.The governor urged those in Dare and Hyde Counties to move to the highest point in their homes as the fierce waters rise.At least 379,000 homes and businesses were without power across the Carolinas and Virginia on Friday as a result of the storm, now a Category 1 hurricane.Dorian is expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain in northeast North Carolina through Saturday, with as much as 15 inches of total rainfall in some spots.The combination of downpours and storm surge as high as 7 feet could cause life-threatening flash floods.South Carolina has already seen more than 10 inches of rain since the storm barreled up the coast on Thursday.At least 20 tornadoes were reported in the Carolinas on Thursday. One tornado ripped through Emerald Isle, N.C., upending mobile homes and strewing debris across the roads.Another tornado was reported in Little River, S.C., where one resident told ABC Florence affiliate WPDE that they heard what sounded “like a large airplane or a large train coming through.”By Friday afternoon and evening, Dorian’s gusty winds and heavy rain will move out to sea, but the storm is still set to bring heavy rain and up to 4 feet of storm surge to southern Virginia.Even the Northeast will see impacts from Dorian when the storm grazes the coast with heavy rain Friday night into Saturday morning.A coastal flood advisory was issued for parts of New Jersey, New York and coastal Connecticut, while a tropical storm watch was issued for Cape Cod and eastern Maine.Before approaching the United States, Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 hurricane, making the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, flattening homes, submerging roads and flooding an international airport.Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian left “generational devastation” across the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, which are both in the archipelago’s northern region, east of southern Florida.At least 30 people have died in the Bahamas due to Dorian, but the country’s health minister told a local radio station Thursday that the final death count will be “staggering.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
– Advertisement – But by midafternoon, word filtered into the hall that the Trump campaign had filed lawsuits contesting the legitimacy of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s emerging lead in Michigan. And inside the hall, people who were there say, the behavior of Republican observers abruptly shifted.“I was walking around and I heard their supervisor say, ‘OK, now we’re going to challenge every ballot,’” Julie Moroney, a University of Michigan law student who was a nonpartisan observer of the count, said in an interview on Friday. (An earlier version of this post misspelled her last name.) “‘Say, I assert my challenge to this ballot; I assert my challenge to this ballot.’” As the delay dragged on, Ms. Moroney and others said, fatigued poll workers became angry, accusing the Republican observers of trying to obstruct the count. Ms. Moroney and others said some challengers were ejected from the counting room, drawing loud cheers from others in the hall.“There were probably two or three hours where there was an uncomfortable situation,” said Brian Remlinger, another Michigan law student and observer. The resulting delay “ratcheted up tension in the room” and pushed the end of counting into the evening.Ms. Moroney, who recounted the experience on Twitter, said she found the confrontations distressing. “They weren’t there to challenge; they were there to suppress,” she said.- Advertisement – Wherever absentee ballots are being counted, there are officially appointed watchdogs — Republicans, Democrats, impartial observers — whose job is make sure that the tally is on the straight and narrow. But accounts of a dramatic episode in Detroit on Wednesday suggest that there, at least, the system of checks and balances went off the rails.Election workers stationed at 134 counting tables in the city’s convention hall, the TCF Center, began the day fielding occasional complaints from Republican observers that suspicious signatures and other potential flaws merited setting some ballots aside for scrutiny. That is not unusual; the basic task of election observers is to ensure that the opposition does not have its thumb on the electoral scales.- Advertisement – Ms. Moroney and Mr. Remlinger said election workers in the counting room did a remarkable job amid the hostility. “This was the first real test of the process,” Mr. Remlinger said, “and it was deeply impressive how it was handled. They did their jobs.” Those instructions, she and others said, ground ballot processing to a crawl, as election workers summoned supervisors to settle disputes and Republican and Democratic observers alike scribbled down ballot numbers and other details that might prove useful in court battles over the ballots’ legitimacy.- Advertisement – read more
Oldenburg, IN—Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Boar’s Head Festival has been moved to Holy Family Church. There will be only one performance date, Saturday, December 7th ONLY at 7:30. There will be NO Friday performance.Attendees are still encouraged to bring the whole family to this freewill offering event. Due to there being only one night of performance, however, space will be limited and seating is not reserved.Attendees are also invited to come early on Saturday the 7th to enjoy the many offerings at Holidays Under the Spires. This Christmas extravaganza begins with breakfast with Santa and features specials throughout all the shops and restaurants in Oldenburg, a craft fair, horse-drawn trolley rides, and Christmas choirs and performances in the Chapel. For more information, visit holidaysunderthespires.com read more
The highlight of the match play was the presentation of big picture frame of the Ikeja Golf Club house to BCGS, while the star prize status of Asoro that was to be presented to the winner was retained by the host, being the winner of the event.Similarly, many of the golfers from both clubs expressed satisfaction and happiness for making the inter club match play an eventful occasion. While the visitors promised to avenge the defeat suffered in Benin in the return leg later in the year in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Team Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) lived up to expectations at the Inter-Club Match Play held over the weekend at club golf course, GRA, Benin City, Edo State by defeating highly determined Team Ikeja Golf Club, Lagos. The Lagos based golf club, who stormed Benin City with total of 28 top golfers, as well as the host club at the end of the two- day match play golf event lost by a total of 21.5 – 19.5 points.The Benin-based team led by its Captain, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa encountered a difficult task from the visitors on the tee-off day one today, as it ended 7/7 points.Meanwhile, the fear of losing at home, coupled with the strong determination of Ikeja men to win the event, aggravated Erediauwa to motivate his team on match day two, that later proved difficult for the visiting team led by its Captain, Jolomi Ideh, to bear as his team fell to an amazing 14.5 – 12.5 points. read more
Author’s note: At the conference introduction, we learned that MIAQC recently lost funding; after 16 years of helping to improve indoor air quality in Maine, funding through the American Lung Association and Maine DHHS was not renewed. The organization is looking for ways to continue its mission. The group will offer several opportunities for learning at upcoming events. MABEP has a complimentary mission. How do you get through to clients?Finally, we got to the topic: How do you convince clients to upgrade their homes’ performance, including air quality?There were a few common themes among the answers, include educating the client, holding a hard line for details and components that you feel are important, and treating new construction differently from renovations.Panelist Emily Mottram noted that “Those who educate the market, own the market.” Not only has she found that educating clients is a key to better-performing designs, but she also teaches building science and sustainable design at a local college. She finds that in her role as a teacher, she is seen as an expert, which automatically garners her respect from clients and the builders she works with.“You know what’s easy to sell?” said panelist Chris Briley. “Science.” He recommends not depending on charts and statements about MERV-15 filters, though, but instead suggests using everyday examples relating to comfort, health, toxic chemicals, and so on.Panelist Jim Bahoosh added that “no frost on windows” is another relatable example of a performance issue.Bahoosh said that technology isn’t the answer, and that it’s easy to live in a big house. He does not “sell,” he said, but leads by example, and has earned a reputation for building small, simple, attractive houses that perform well. Michael Maines is a residential designer in Palermo, Maine. He also spends a few days a week planning panelized Passive Houses at Ecocor High Performance Buildings. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?Regional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? Part 2An Update on the Pretty Good House — Part 1An Update on the Pretty Good House — Part 2Green Building for Beginners What really matters?As a wrap-up to the conversation, audience member Kris Brill (owner of a high-performance window company) asked the panel, “What are the most important elements of a Pretty Good House?”Briley: “The envelope: 10/20/40/60 levels of insulation, or enough to reduce the mechanical system. Oh, and ventilation, and I don’t say that just because this event is co-hosted by the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.”Bahoosh: “Make it lovely.”Kolbert: “Size.”Mottram: “Ventilation, envelope — and it has to look good.” Further discussions about ventilationThe panelists continued their discussion of ventilation-related questions: in a PGH, how do you provide whole-house ventilation? What do you do for range hoods? Dryer exhaust?Briley noted that a 1600-cfm range hood fan over a six-burner range has no business being in an energy-efficient house. “Unless you cook a lot, and I mean a lot,” he added.Mottram stated that she had a situation where a client’s range hood fan kept burning out, and they finally noticed that with the fan running, opening the front door produced a “Whoosh” — the house was so tight that the modest fan was creating significant negative pressure within the house, and undue stress on the fan’s motor.A followup question was asked about how to balance pressure within a house, as HRVs don’t provide that function. Someone noted that the installation needs to be commissioned, but that most installations are not commissioned and therefore do not work as they should. In fact, people often turn the ventilation systems off and forget to turn them back on.An audience member named George Terrien (also an architect and former president of the Boston Architectural College) asked, “This conversation is for the Volvo crowd. What about the regular people?”Sarah Holland, another audience member (and architect), noted that we have been building Yugos, but there is now plenty of room in the Ford Focus to Toyota Prius range. And that annual cost of ownership for a Mercedes kept for twenty years can be lower than another, less-expensive car. The cast of charactersEric Werling was the guest speaker at the event. He is the program coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. Werling works with Sam Rashkin (“the father of Energy Star Homes”) to make energy efficiency a profitable business, not just a government handout. The program’s website introduction has a lot in common with GBA and the Pretty Good House (PGH) movement: “Learn about how this world-class research program can help the U.S. building industry promote and construct homes that are better for business, homeowners, and the nation.” State of the industryFirst, though, there is talk about the state of the industry. It was noted that existing housing stock is so old that it is still standing mostly due to the drying effect of massive heat and air movement through the envelope. In new construction, it will be interesting to see what is still standing after two or three decades, thanks largely to trapped water in its various forms.Panelist Steven Caulfield joked that most old houses in Maine have running water — not necessarily in pipes, but across the basement floor, thanks to a high water table and rubble foundations.The consensus is that problems like that aren’t easy to fix, but should be addressed before tackling air sealing or other energy upgrades that slow moisture on its way out of the house; failure to do so not only puts the health of the building at risk, but the health of the occupants as well.Another problem in the industry are the workers themselves. Working in the trades is no longer seen as a viable career for those entering the workforce, so the majority of tradespeople have been working in their career long enough that they don’t readily accept new ideas or new products. One solution that panel moderator Dan Kolbert likes is the monthly Building Science Discussion Group at Performance Building Supply in Portland, Maine, where peers compare notes on best practices (and generate ideas such as the Pretty Good House concept).Other solutions include conferences such as the one where the discussion was being held, and forging relationships with contractors (if you’re an architect) or architects (if you’re a contractor), to share information and build trust. A Pretty Good standard?Like most Pretty Good House discussions, topics ranged all over the place, including the requisite “It’s a stupid name for a building standard” comments. (To which someone usually responds that it’s not actually a building standard, and someone else suggests that a bit of wit and cynicism may help one understand the title.)In between rabbit holes, the discussion occasionally came back to the official topic: how to convince people to spend extra for performance when they would prefer to spend their money elsewhere. For renovation work, make energy audits mandatoryKolbert said that he’s considering making an energy audit an automatic part of every renovation he does, regardless of size or primary reason for remodeling. At least then he will know the metrics and a starting point for a conversation with the homeowner.Eric Werling stated that it’s about believing in the quality of what you deliver, and then conveying that conviction to the client. It simply costs more for better and more materials, to do things the right way, and to check your work, and that clients have to understand that.The conversation turned to setting a hard line for the things you believe in; Bahoosh tells clients that they have to install ventilation, that it’s not an option. He says that because his houses are small, he can get away with using an exhaust-only approach, using bath fans with passive air inlets. He sets the fans to run continuously, with the option to run faster when the bathroom is “occupied.”Mottram agreed with Bahoosh’s approach, at least for retrofits: she recommends spot ventilation using Panasonic Whisper Green fans, and strongly recommends ventilating bedrooms. She reasons that you are in that space for eight hours a day, more than any other place (with the possible exception of your office). She said that the fans are “idiot-proof,” but that you have to actually test the airflow — in her experience as a HERS rater, she has found many fans that do not perform as advertised. “Just because you hear it running does not mean it’s working the way it should,” she said. She concedes that retrofitting an existing house is often a hard sell, but that in new homes, omitting ventilation is not an option.Kolbert added that improving indoor air quality (IAQ) can be a hard sell; we don’t necessarily know the metrics. “ASHRAE 62.2 is a good start but it’s hard to know if it’s the right answer,” he said. He does a lot of renovations and occasionally builds a new home, and says that while the new DC bath fans are an easy sell, it’s hard to sell HRVs for an existing house. “We know that IAQ follows right behind energy efficiency upgrades,” he says, but adds that it’s hard to quantify that fact for clients in a way that makes them open up their wallets. How do you convince clients to upgrade from code-minimum (or worse) construction to Pretty Good House, or better, levels of performance?How do you ventilate a commercial-style range in an airtight house?If your house was a car, what kind of car would it be?What do these questions have in common? They were all discussion points at a December 2, 2014 conference in Maine, co-hosted by the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council (MIAQC) and the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals (MABEP).Here was the description of the panel provided by the conference program: “A panel of local professionals will describe how they have worked with customers whose first priority may not be energy efficiency or indoor air quality, and what they have done to get their customers to incorporate both into their designs, while staying within budget.” Eric’s presentations were informative and entertaining (especially when he pulled out his guitar and rhapsodized on the topic of building science.)The real entertainment, however, came with the Pretty Good discussion panel. There to discuss the Better Building Standard were:Chris Briley of Briburn Architects, one half of GBA’s Green Architects’ Lounge dynamic duo.Jim Bahoosh of Jim Bahoosh, Builder — primarily a designer and builder of very small, well-crafted homes (just don’t call them“tiny homes”).Emily Mottram of Mottram Architecture, an architect and energy auditor who specializes in energy-efficient homes.Steven Caulfield of Turner Building Science and Design, mechanical engineer and industrial hygienist.Dan Kolbert of Kolbert Building, originator (to his chagrin) of the Pretty Good House concept. read more
How do the dollars and cents compare with dynamic ranges and sensor sizes? Let’s examine the differences between $1,000 DSLRs and their higher-end $10,000 counterparts.Cover image via Stamos SAAfter I graduated film school, I got a job with a small production company and was able to save up enough to buy my first camera. I bought a (used, obviously) Canon 7D from a kid in my class who was looking to upgrade to a 4k camera. He gave me the 7D, a couple of lenses, batteries, charger, viewfinder and some ND filters all for $1,000.To me, it was a great deal and allowed me to start shooting my own projects and learn how to get the most out of DSLRs. For him, it was a necessary transaction to help him upgrade to a new camera and build-out that was looking to ultimately cost him over $10,000.It’s now been a good four years and I can’t rave enough about how well the Canon 7D has served me. We’ve been on hundreds of shoots, in all types of conditions, dropped and scraped and rained on and it’s never failed. Furthermore, I’ve never had a client or producer fault its sensor size or lack of 4k capabilities. The few times 4k has been needed, a higher-end camera was either able to be provided or rented.However, I’ve recently found myself more and more drawn to several of the attractive new offerings from Canon, Sony, BlackMagic and RED (along with the price drops associated with their second youngest generations). As contributor Lewis McGregor so beautifully detailed his side of the 4k investment experience, I’d like to share my research into what really differentiates the $1,000 cameras from the $10,000 ones.Greater Dynamic Range Makes Cinematic Shots PossibleThe higher-end cameras can often offer several more stops of dynamic range. This latitude allows shot compositions that the cheaper cameras just can’t possibly perform. For example, indoor shots that have bright windows are now possible without too many problems. Here’s a breakdown of dynamic ranges with some varying levels of cameras.Low-Light Performance Solves Lighting ProblemsWith a lower-grade DSLR, lighting is a constant concern — but not in a good way. There is always a struggle to make sure you have enough of it. Often you don’t, so you need to spend either a good deal of time getting creative with what you have available, or with boosting exposure in post.With a higher-end camera, low light is not always a hinderance. In fact, with a wide enough latitude, shooting in low-light situations can really be explored and utilized to help set mood and tell a story. Here’s a good breakdown video by James Drake.Editing in 4k Gives Leeway and Options in the EditSimilarly, when you do shoot with a better sensor and greater dynamic range, you’re left with much more flexibility in the edit room with colors and contrast range. Also, if you’re using 4k footage for normal 1080p web video, you have the added luxury of cropping a frame to a much higher degree. When using my 7D, I’m lucky to zoom in 5% to 10% without seeing very noticeable noise.This also opens the door for better stabilization and digital motion after the crop.Via Aberro CreativeWorkflow and Gear Can Break the BankDespite all the perks of 4k, there are some factors that weigh in favor of a lower-end camera. 4k footage takes up a lot of space. Like, a LOT of space — especially when compared to the normal HD that you may be used to. On top of physical hard drives, that means more space is needed in the cloud and over the uploads and downloads. You’ll also need to invest in everything from higher-end cards or solid states, along with a general higher quality of equipment overall.You’re not going to want to put a $10,000 camera on a plastic tripod you got from your uncle.Here’s a good breakdown of all the costs of upgrading that you might not have thought about. But, all told, be prepared to spend around $4,000 to $5,000 to upgrade equipment, storage and editing capabilities.Renting is a Luxury, But Not Always the SolutionAll that being said, I understand the argument for buying a higher-end camera. While I’ve rented up when needed for a few projects, they’ve been far and few between. With so few opportunities, it’s hard for me to build my brand as a high-end video producer, since I have so little to show for it and a knowledge base still mostly built around my DSLR.Plus, renting isn’t exactly cheap — especially if you think you’ll be utilizing a higher-end camera more and more often. Renting a Sony FS7 from BorrowLenses for a week along with just the recommended additions easily adds up to over $1,000 a week.If the circumstances are right, taking the risk and upgrading your camera and workflow sooner rather than later seems like the only true way to legitimately grow and develop into a higher-end filmmaker.What do you think is the biggest differences between a $1,000 cameras and $10,000 cameras? Let us know in the comments below. read more
Star boxer M C Mary Kom’s quest for a historic Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing came to a heart-breaking end when she lost to Great Britain’s Nicola Adams in a high-voltage semi-final at the ExCel Arena here on Wednesday. Match photosThe 29-year-old Mary Kom, a five-time world champion, fought gallantly but was outpunched by a clearly superior rival Adams, who fashioned a comfortable 11-6 victory much to the dismay of a sizeable Indian crowd who thronged the stadium to support the Indian.Local girl Adams, popularly known as ‘Babyface’ was also not short of support as she was egged on by British PM David Cameron and Olympic silver medallist Aamir Khan.Adams, a two-time silver medallist in the world championship, was well prepared for the diminutive Mary and exhibited a fine blend of defence and aggression to thwart the Indian in the high voltage semi-final clash.While Mary had good support from the Indians in the crowd, Adams enjoyed the vociferous support of the home fans who lustily cheered her whenever she was able to land a successful punch. .With Mary’s exit, India’s hope of getting a silver or a gold medal from the event came crashing down. L Devendro Singh is the only Indian boxer in the fray now.India have so far bagged one silver and three bronze medals from the ongoing Games, slightly better than the one gold and two bronze medals collected from the Beijing Games four years ago.Both the boxers understandably started a little cautiously but Adams disticntly had the advantage of her height and reach which made it diffcult for Mary to score the points.advertisement”Adams was very clever. She is a counter puncher but although she packed power, she wasn’t very tactical,” Mary said after the bout.Mary, who is known as “magnificent Mary” for her stellar performances in the boxing ring, said she was happy to have at least won a bronze medal in the Olympics.”Women’s boxing has made its debut in the Olympics and I am happy that I could win a bronze medal. I wanted to do better than this, but today I could not beat my opponent who had the advantage of boxing in front of her home crowd. It makes a lot of difference,” Mary pointed out.Mary said she felt sorry for letting down her countrymen who expected bigger things from her.”My whole country was hoping for me to win a gold medal, and I am sorry I have not come back with that. Lot of people have prayed for my success and I thank them all. But in sports, you win some and you lose some,” she said.The Indian made a few technical mistakes during her bout, particularly in the first two rounds, and that allowed her British rival to gradually consolidate her position.”I did make some mistakes. Mistakes will always happen, otherwise I will win all the bouts. I tried my best and gave it all. But I was not lucky enough to win today,” she said. read more
Earlier this week in New York, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research hosted the Angel Ball 2018 which raises money for blood cancer research.Darryl DMC McDaniels performs onstage at the 2018 Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel FoundationThe gala, which took place at Cipriani Wall Street, honored Dottie Herman, Douglas Elliman CEO; Monte Lipman, Founder and Chairman of Republic Records, Avery Lipman, Founder and President of Republic Records; and Harvey Spevak, Executive Chairman & Managing Partner, Equinox.The black-tie benefit hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, is an evening to honor the memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad and benefits Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, which funds the best and brightest early career scientists whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.Queer Eye host Karamo Brown emceed the evening, which featured an unforgettable line-up of performances – including an acoustic set by Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross; Grammy nominated artist, Julia Michaels who performed her hits Issues and Heaven. At the end of the night, guests took the dance floor for performances by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and the legendary Morris Day and The Time performed. They then danced the night away to DJ KISS.Other guests included: Nina Agdal, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon & Ingrid Vandebosch, Star Jones, Selenis Leyva, Bregie Heinen, Alina Baikova, DJ Cassidy, Jack Brinkley-Cook, Stalking Gia, TJ Holmes, Cheyenne Maya Carty, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Dorina Medley, Jill Zarin, Sofia Resing, Slick Rick, Andrew Warren, Danielle Bernstein, Lois Robbins and others.Artist Fer De Silva was on-hand living painting his iconic “hearts” and also created an interactive installation for the guests to enjoy, sponsored by ALECIA. The evening featured a live auction hosted by Simon de Pury – and featured a not-yet-released 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster; a stunning bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz; the opportunity to throw the ceremonial First Pitch at Yankee Stadium and more.Sponsors for the event include celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, Porsche Cars North America, ALECIA, Casa Noble Tequila and Pomp & Whimsy. Event décor was provided by Birch Event Designs. read more