No. 21 Drake Falls at South Dakota State, 80-71

first_imgFollowing Saturday’s road game, Drake takes a break for finals before it visits Iowa State Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff at Hilton Coliseum is scheduled for 12 p.m. BROOKINGS, S.D. – The No. 21 Drake University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome an early 14-point deficit in an 80-71 road defeat at South Dakota State Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena. Watch Live at Iowa State 12/16/2018 – 12 p.m. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Cyclone TV Next Game: Story Links In the third quarter, after twice closing to five points, Drake was able to end the third quarter on a 10-2 run as it trailed 62-58 heading to the fourth quarter. Bachrodt and Monica Burich (Roseville, Minn.) fueled the run with four and five points, respectively. South Dakota State led 45-35 at halftime behind hot shooting from the floor and behind the three-point line at 51.5 percent and 43.8 percent, respectively. HTML Box Score PDF Box Score Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) equaled her season-high of 15 points and filled the stat sheet with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) added 12 points. Four Jackrabbits recorded double figures led by Madison Guebert’s 21 points, 16 of which came in the first two quarters. The others in double digits were Myah Selland with 16 and Tagyn Larson and Sydney Palmer each had 11 points.Drake (8-2), which trailed South Dakota State (6-3) by 14 points late in the second quarter, cut the deficit to one-point multiple times in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get the lead.Rhine made a layup with 4:36 remaining in the game that brought Drake to within one at 66-65. However, Guebert beat the buzzer for a short jumper in the lane and then after a Bulldogs’ turnover, made a three-pointer after an offensive rebound to extend SDSU’s lead to six points, 71-65. Hittner’s pair of free throws with two minutes to go made it a four-point game, but the Jackrabbits hit a three and made six free throws down the stretch as the Bulldogs tried to extend the game. Preview On the Bulldogs’ first possession in the fourth quarter, Hittner knocked down a three-pointer and the lead was just one point, 62-61. Later after an SDSU two, Hittner made two free throws to again pull Drake within one point 64-63. Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: South Africa’s coastal jewel

first_imgThe iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa’s coastline, with a unique mosaic of ecosystems – swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands – supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.Dawn over Lake St Lucia seen from Fanies Island in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterFormerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso was renamed in the early millennium to better reflect its African identity – and to avoid confusion with the Caribbean island country St Lucia.Lying on the northeastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, stretching from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was the first site in South Africa to be inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.Remarkable diversityiSimangaliso’s uniqueness lies in its remarkable diversity, particularly its combination of a subtropical coastline and a classic African game park.It is South Africa’s third-largest national park. It runs along 280 kilometres of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the St Lucia estuary. The park is home to some 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems – including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests.A satellite view of Lake St Lucia, a 60-kilometre estuary lying just inland of KwaZulu-Natal’s Indian Ocean coast, and the wider iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: Nasa Earth Observatory)iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes a river mouth, 60 kilometres wide, that creates a huge estuary. This is Lake St Lucia, which runs parallel to the coast and is separated from the sea by the world’s highest forested sand dunes. The lake is part of the St Lucia estuarine system, the largest estuarine system in Africa.The park incorporates the whole of Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve and the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. The 40 000-hectare Mkuzi Game Reserve is also in the process of being incorporated into the park.Variety of ecosystemsiSimangaliso’s wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area.With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, iSimangaliso supports more species of animal than the better-known and much larger Kruger National Park and Okavango Delta. It is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles. It also harbours giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life.A baby hippo in the iSimangaliso wetlands. The park is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos. (Image: South African Tourism)According to the Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes project, more than 530 species of birds use the wetland and other areas of the Lake St Lucia region. “These waters also are graced by 20 000 greater flamingos, 40 000 lesser flamingoes, as well as thousands of ducks. With 36 species, this area has the highest diversity of amphibians in South Africa.“Here, and nowhere else in the world, can one find hippopotamuses, crocodiles and sharks sharing the same waters.”In proclaiming the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site in 1999, Unesco said: “The interplay of the park’s environmental heterogeneity with major floods and coastal storms, and a transitional geographic location between sub-tropical and tropical Africa, has resulted in exceptional species diversity and ongoing speciation.“The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates superlative scenic vistas. The site contains critical habitat for a range of species from Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah environments.”Tourist attractionThe variety of natural settings, the abundance of wildlife, and the sheer beauty of the place draw tourists to the area in increasing numbers. There is plenty to do – from fishing, boating and scuba diving to hiking, horse riding, game viewing, and whale- and bird-watching.The African jacana is one of the many species of bird to be found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: South African Tourism)The park is also one of South Africa’s most popular fishing destinations, lending itself to rock and surf fishing, kite fishing, spear fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing and deep sea fishing.There are plenty of hiking trails through the park – ranging from a few hours’ to a few days’ worth – offering the opportunity to see a huge variety of animal and bird life. Accommodation options are extensive, ranging from camping to private game lodges, and including hotels, flats and chalets in the nearby town of St Lucia.Editing and photo research by Mary Alexander.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for the Mainstream

first_imgZero-energy (ZE) homes — efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year — are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few who are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of reasons. Mainstream media outlets have suggested cost premiums as high as 40% for sustainable real estate. However, the economics for these homes have changed: ZE homes have quietly passed cost thresholds that make them not only good for the environment but also cost-effective. As the underlying technologies and design elements continue to improve and scale, these costs will continue to decline. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) recently released Economics of Zero-Energy Homes: Single Family Insights. Our work aimed to address the perceived cost of ZE and zero-energy ready (ZER) homes — homes designed to achieve ZE levels of efficiency but that don’t yet have photovoltaics (PV). The report also provides both home builders and policymakers with guidance on how to bring these homes to market.RELATED ARTICLESZero Energy Ready Homes Gain GroundEvery New Home Should be Zero-Energy ReadyA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersTo Net Zero and BeyondThe California Model Here’s what we learned: Insight #1: ZE homes already approach cost parity Contrary to popular belief, ZER homes fall under a 3% incremental cost in most parts of the country, with that cost dropping under 1% in select locations such as Houston, Texas. Developers may even be able to construct these homes at cost parity in locations with stricter baseline codes (our analysis assumed construction meeting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code) and aggressive incentive offerings from local utilities (which we did not consider in our work). The solar panels necessary to bring those ZER homes to ZE bring the incremental cost to 7% to 8%; however, a wide array of solar financing options can be used to cover part or all of that additional cost. Modeled Incremental Cost for ZE and ZER Homes Insight #2: ZE homes meet certain cost thresholds Savvy consumers consider upfront and ongoing costs in a variety of everyday purchasing decisions. Although research shows that consumers often apply a much higher discount rate than businesses or financial institutions do, consumers still consider ongoing savings and are willing to pay a premium for these savings. Many consumers consider ongoing cost savings as they look to purchase a home. In an effort to understand how the cost and value of ZE and ZER homes would stand up to this decision-making process, RMI compared the incremental upfront cost of these homes against four “cost thresholds” defined below: Mortgage threshold: The anticipated energy cost savings over the life of the mortgage. Resale threshold: The anticipated energy cost savings over 12 years (the average duration homeowners expect to stay in a home). Consumer willingness to pay threshold: The 4% first cost premium customers have stated they’re willing to pay according to consumer research. First cost threshold: Zero incremental cost compared with an identical code-compliant home. When the incremental cost of building ZE and ZER homes falls below these cost thresholds, savvy homebuyers are more likely to bear the cost of investment in ZE or ZER homes. For example, if the cost of upgrading a home to ZE is less than the cost of energy the homeowner pays over 12 years in a standard non-ZE home, then a homeowner using the resale cost threshold would be more likely to purchase the home. In many cases, these cost thresholds have already been achieved in local markets. ZER home cost threshold compared with incremental cost. ZE home cost threshold compared with incremental cost. Insight #3: Not all ZE homes are created equal RMI’s analysis considered hundreds of different energy measure combinations to identify the lowest cost pathway to net-zero design in four different climate zones. Although our analysis yielded concrete recommendations for cost-optimal ZE home designs, a variety of other solutions are available and may be specified based on local conditions or consumer priorities. The most interesting takeaway was that in the climate zones we analyzed (IECC 2–5), ZE and ZER levels of efficiency could be achieved without aggressive or cutting-edge envelope and HVAC solutions. Although these solutions may yield other benefits such as thermal comfort or passive resilience, from a strict cost standpoint, removing these leading-edge solutions from the ZE package resulted in a significantly lower cost premium. In all climates, the cost optimal solution from RMI’s analysis included 100% LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, and Energy Star appliances, all of which reduce load at a very minimal cost premium. In addition, heat pumps were used for both space heating and water heating. The roof, walls, and windows were efficient but did not exceed the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) prescriptive efficiency levels. Although there is no one-size-fits-all cost-optimal solution to building ZE homes, our analysis indicated that these energy measures are cost-effective in almost any situation. We consider this analysis to be conservative, as we have a limited ability to consider integrative design approaches or opportunities unique to a specific homesite such as ground source heat pumps. We similarly do not consider district heating or cooling options to which some districts might have access. Similarly, we do not consider additional premium elements that today correlate with net-zero energy design (e.g., nicer appliances or finishes). We consider this analysis to be a baseline premium for a ZE or ZER home, with the opportunity to increase the performance, decrease the cost, or increase the value through custom or site-specific design elements. Insight #4: Costs will continue to decline Although the results of this report show that constructing ZE homes can be economical for most homeowners in most locations today, it’s important to understand how costs are expected to change in the future. Industry progress and demand for super-efficient building components is expected to drive cost savings over the next decade. Specifically, our projected cost decline is a result of PV costs dropping, reduced PV system size requirements (due to equipment efficiency gains), and efficient equipment becoming more mainstream. These factors should bring ZE homes in the four locations modeled within a 3% to 5% incremental cost by 2030, compared with a 6% to 8% incremental cost today. The opportunity for cost savings in ZER homes is less significant, with incremental costs projected to drop roughly 20% by 2030. Builders should reevaluate their ZE solution every few years to ensure it is still cost optimal with dropping solar prices and improving technology. Call to action ZE and ZER homes are still a niche product, currently representing less than a 1.4% market share of new construction. However, given the promising results of RMI’s analysis, the proliferation of homes certified through the DOE ZERH program, and California’s recently adopted requirement that all new homes be ZE by 2020, it is clear that this market is at a tipping point. RMI, DOE, and a host of other organizations are working with city policymakers and real estate developers to meet the call of this impending market transformation. Through our collective action, we can address an essential piece of our carbon footprint while unlocking the variety of benefits that ZE and ZER homes provide. ZE and ZER homes are market ready, and it is time to act!   Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman are both senior associates on Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team. ©2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted at RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Would You Ever Walk Away From Your Startup?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Entrepreneurs#startup#yec How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … You worked long, sometimes fruitless hours to make your startup a reality. Endless meetings, pitches and late-night work sessions later, it’s hard to imagine walking away. Or is it?We asked nine successful entrepreneurs from YEC what exactly it would take for them to walk away from their startups. Here’s what they said:1. Realizing Someone Else Could Do It BetterI am always cognizant of the fact that good founders don’t naturally make good managers, executives or leaders. We have to work at it and try our best to evolve with our companies as they grow from startups into small- and medium-sized businesses. Responsible founders owe it to their stakeholders to always check themselves by asking, “Am I the right person for this job?” If the answer to that is no and the gap can’t be closed, then it is time to consider moving on and begin succession planning.—Christopher Kelly, Convene2. Losing The Passion CompletelyTo walk away from my business, I would need to have reached a space where the passion I once felt was gone completely. I’m not talking about those moments in business where you’re burnt out, tired and don’t feel like producing a single other thing, but rather those moments where you stop and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”If I reached that stage, I’d begin looking at how I could exit the business in such a way that would still preserve the essence of the business and the passion and power that it currently has driving it forward. If I couldn’t do that well, my team and clients would suffer, and I couldn’t deal with that. For me, it all boils down to that: the business has to feel good and do good in order for me to stand strong behind it.—Erin Blaskie, Erin Blaskie, Digital Strategist3. Learning Much More About Myself And BusinessBesides an income, the most important thing for me in continuing to work on my company is the constant challenge and learning it provides. I have no idea what I don’t know, but every week I discover something new. I can’t imagine walking away unless I was presented with an opportunity that would stretch me more than I’m being stretched now—along with the tools to help me understand it through mentorship, training, and an amazing team to work with.—Sarah Schupp, UniversityParent4. Walking Away Would Be The Last ResortI couldn’t imagine completely walking away from admitted.ly. I absolute love what our team is building and, most importantly, love my team. I can’t imagine not wanting to work with them. That being said, I also know when to let go. If an idea isn’t working out, I’d never stick with the idea just because it somehow works in my head. Instead of totally walking away, I’d just walk down a different path with my team. I know that we’re flexible enough to abandon our initial idea, but also creative enough to dream up another amazing idea to work on together.—Jessica Brondo, Admitted.ly5. Having the Chance To Start Something NewWe almost sold our business a while back because we got carried away with the idea of someone writing us a big check. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that selling to (and working for) the other company would force us to give up the lifestyles we had built for ourselves along with years of potential revenue, growth, control and excitement from owning our own company. If I were going to walk away today, I would want to know that I have the resources (both financial resources and the right team members) to start something new and equally exciting.—Allie Siarto, Loudpixel6. Being Unable To Pay EmployeesAlthough every startup business will have a lean period when it is hard to pay the bills, it is not morally or ethically acceptable to avoid paying employees. If I were unable to pay the workers who are giving me their support and offering their skills to help my company grow, then I would give up on the business.Even if I am still working on paying loans and other debts to creditors, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that my employees have a safe home environment, food on the table and a way to care for their children. If I ever discover that I will not be able to pay my employees in the future, then I would give them the appropriate recommendations and fair warning that the business will come to a close so that they could find another position.—Jay Wu, A Forever Recovery7. Being Given A Significant PayoutIf I am looking for an excuse to walk away from my startup, then I’m in the wrong business. I absolutely love what I do; that’s why I do it. Sure, if someone offered me a significant payout, it might be time to move on, but until then, I’m not going anywhere!—David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services8. Lacking The Ability To Do WellIf I ever became physically incapacitated and could no longer do a great job operating my company, I would hand over the reins to someone else. Short of that, I don’t see anything convincing me to give up control.—Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors9. Having An Opportunity To Do MoreI really love my business and lifestyle, so it’s hard to imagine walking away from it. But if I were to do so, it would be for an opportunity where I believed that I could make a bigger positive impact than I do now. We only have one life to live, and I want to be a good steward of the gifts I’ve been given.—Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themcenter_img How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… scott gerberlast_img read more

Elbe Deepening Contract Goes to DEME

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license A major deepening contract for the Elbe fairway in Germany has been awarded to Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME.The project consists of the widening and deepening of the 116 km long fairway between Cuxhaven and Hamburg to a level of -14.5 meters.This will allow ships to sail the River Elbe with a draught of 13.5 meters, compared to 12.5 meters at present, and not be restricted by the tide and with a 14.5 meters draught (tide-dependent) when sailing from and towards the port of Hamburg.The EUR 238 million deal for the adaptation of the fairway was granted by The Waterways and Shipping Administration Cuxhaven (WSA Cuxhaven) to DEME Group’s subsidiaries Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau and Dredging International.The company will deploy its trailing suction hopper dredgers, backhoe dredgers and spreader pontoons for the dredging, transportation and relocation of around 32 mio m³ of material.“The preparatory phase of this important project is now in full swing and is taken care of by our specialist teams located in our offices in Bremen,” Christopher Iwens, General Manager German Subsidiaries, said.“We are pleased to partner with our client WSA Cuxhaven, and look forward to working closely with them to ensure the successful execution of this project.”last_img read more