New coaches for Redwood soccer

first_imgAfter three years as head coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at College of the Redwoods, Pedro Cortes-Garcia announced on Wednesday he will be leaving to join Chico State’s men’s team as an assistant. “For a long time I have pictured myself at a higher level,” Cortes-Garcia said. “I’m grateful to CR for giving me such a massive responsibility, which has made me the coach I am today.”After a multi-year hiatus, Redwoods brought back its soccer programs in 2015 and handed the …last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Courtroom Tweeting

first_imgTags:#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Traditional news services once had a monopoly on breaking stories. Not anymore. Just as blogging seems to have displaced longer features in traditional media, micro-blogging sites such as Twitter are racing against (and often beating) news services to the scoop.Does this make for better-informed citizens? Maybe.Reporters glom onto Twitter to research info and broadcast stories to their readers. They may even attain the ranks of Muck Rack, a Twitter stream composed of the tweets of thousands of media workers, from reporters to managing editors to Stephen Colbert.The tweet tsunami has hit the whole world. It’s still moving, and it promises to evolve as journalists dream up new ways of working with Twitter.Some of the places where journalists are practicing their trade are raising eyebrows, too.Take courtroom reporting, for instance. Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester makes ample use of his Twitter account (upwards of 10,000 tweets) to report on a range of trials. In Sweden, warbling over the Pirate Bay case grew tumultuous. The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor used to document Mayor Larry O’Brien’s fight against charges of bribery and influence peddling (and illustrated a best practice of devoting one stream to a long-running news story).But is Twitter better than traditional media for broadcasting news from a courtroom? One camp holds that tweets don’t do trial reporting justice. Another maintains that Twitter promotes judicial transparency and helps citizens stay abreast of trials.Admittedly, the latter argument falls short should people try to make heads or tails of a three-month-long trial based on tweets from days one and two. But interested parties who can’t attend in person can benefit from the contributions of trained journalists, even if deep analysis can’t happen 140 characters at a time.“Trained journalists” is an important caveat. While interested citizens armed with BlackBerrys can document a trial, their varying levels of skill elicit the Mark Twain-worthy quip, “I trust citizen journalists as much as I trust citizen surgeons.”Imperfect tweeting should not pose a problem, though. Excessive inaccuracy and bias – and commentary discrediting them – appear quickly in a real-time world replete with news sources. Expect those who produce slanted streams to quickly lose followers.For all this, the whole debate may not be worth the pixels they’re displayed on. The cat is decidedly out of the bag, and Twitter will probably carry blow-by-blow accounts of many future trials.Will this help or hinder the ever-evolving fields of journalism and justice? Let us know what you think.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rww sponsor 1last_img read more

Four Ways That Water Gets Into Buildings

first_imgLast week’s column: Recycled Content in Building Products: Should You Care? Poetry used to be memorized, not written down, and handed from bard to bard, memory to memory, down through the generations. Perhaps folks out there have memorized poems back when schools taught such things, or for personal interest.Not counting things I have written, I know only one poem by memory, written by David McCord. As proof, I will recite it for you here.Epitaph on a WaiterBy and byGod caught his eye. 2) Capillary waterCapillary water moves under tension through porous building materials or narrow channels between building materials that act like tubes. The porous nature of many building materials, and the incredible cohesion and adhesion of water means that liquid water can move against the force of gravity quite effectively.The primary defenses against capillary water movement are capillary breaks in appropriate locations, such as the between the foundation and moisture-sensitive materials sitting on it. Capillary breaks are non-porous materials — such as sheet metal, impermeable membranes, closed-cell foams or plastics — or free-draining air spaces, generally 3/8″ (10 mm) or larger. 1) “Bulk” water: rain, runoff, and wind-driven waterLiquid or “bulk water” — rain, runoff, and other flows — is driven primarily by gravity but also by wind and pressure differences. Bulk water on the exterior of a building is managed by moving water down and off of the building, while site features move the water away from the building. A system of interconnected flashings, drainage planes or weather-resistive barriers, free-draining spaces, and claddings manage exterior bulk water.Inside the building, we manage bulk water by preventing or containing plumbing leaks and condensation. Collection trays or pans, sensor-driven shut-offs, and routine maintenance defend against interior bulk water problems. Sprinkler systems introduce bulk water inside of a building in the event of a fire, but in addition to their benefits in quickly dousing a fire, they often prevent much larger magnitudes of water from being hosed in by the fire department. 3) Air-transported moistureAir-transported moisture is the vapor content of air as it leaks out of or into a building. Air leakage is driven by a combination of holes through the building envelope and one of three driving forces: wind, stack effect, or mechanically induced pressure differences (fans) between the inside and outside of the building.The primary concern (other than the heat content of the escaping or entering air) of moisture-laden leaking air occurs when it is accompanied by a temperature drop, increasing condensation potential. For example, warm, humid air from a shower in the cold winter months can leak around the bathroom light fixture into the attic, condensing on the roof sheathing — eventually leading to rot.We manage air-transported moisture with a continuous air barrier in the building envelope, built with interconnected air-impermeable sheet goods, caulks, sealants, and spray foams. To be completely effective, air barriers should be in contact with thermal barriers (insulation). 4) Vapor diffusionVapor diffusion is the movement of water as a gas according to relative humidity gradients or differences in vapor pressure. Water vapor moves from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration.You often hear about use of vapor barriers to restrict vapor movement in buildings, but anything that slows vapor movement is a double-edged sword: while we may want to control the movement of vapor into a building assembly, we should be much more interested in how the vapor permeability of individual building materials and assemblies affect the movement of vapor out of building assemblies. While building assemblies can get wet by all four forms of water movement, once water gets in, the main way it can get out is by diffusion, so it pays to make sure that assemblies can dry through diffusion in one or more directions.Quite often the vapor drive of water into building assemblies is climate- and season-related: vapor drive is from the inside of heated buildings in the winter and from the outside of cooled buildings during the summer. We need to balance the restriction of this climate- and season-based vapor movement into building assemblies with the allowance for drying of the same assemblies. We do this by conducting a vapor profile analysis or hygrothermal (humidity plus temperature) modeling. Water management and insulationThat’s a lot to digest, but it helps to understand these fundamentals when you are thinking about adding insulation to your building. Insulation restricts the flow of heat, which in turn reduces ability of building assemblies to dry out when wet. Lots of old buildings don’t manage moisture very well, but that’s not a problem for them because they are so poorly insulated that they dry out easily. Adding insulation to older buildings is a good idea for a lot of reasons, but we must think about moisture at the same time. Water gets in through four pathwaysSome things are inevitable. Like the Phillies beating the Red Sox in the World Series. And water getting into buildings. Water gets its way — or four ways, actually.Water moves in, on, and through buildings through the following four paths. I’ll go through these in order of magnitude — the most water is involved in the first path, and the least is involved in the fourth. That order is important because it helps us set management priorities. Peter Yost at BuildingGreen contributed to this week’s post.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions.last_img read more