Newman’s Own Foundation to donate £175k to UK charities

first_img  172 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 The Newman’s Own Foundation is to donate $218,000, or around £175,000, to 19 children’s charities in the UK.Each charity will receive a grant of up to $25,000 (£16,000) as part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting young people.The Foundation was set up by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. It receives all profits and royalties from Newman’s Own, makers of sauces and dressings.The grantmaker invited applications for funding in August 2016.The charities selected in this funding round are:·       Amaze – A charity helping children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities feel valued, included in their community and supported to thrive·       The Ministry of Stories – A local writing and mentoring centre in east London, where anyone aged eight to 18 can discover their own gift for writing·       Manchester Young Lives – Working with children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Manchester to improve their life choices through learning and make a successful transition to adult life through support and guidance·       OYAP Trust – Enabling young people to realise their own personal, social and leadership skills, grow in confidence and build self-esteem and resilience·       Hackney Empire – Offering a safe space and specialist support to young people with the opportunity to create and perform their own theatre piece.Susie McKenna, Hackney Empire’s Creative Director said:“The Newman’s grant has been invaluable to us, allowing us to bring in specialised staff needed to support the young people who attend the group. It’s vital we create a safe space that allows young people to grow and be creative – the funding helps us to create this environment”.Comedian Harry Hill has worked with Newman’s Own Foundation since 2014. This year he visited Hackney Village, a past grant recipient based in London, to see how Newman’s Own Foundation has made a difference to the young people attending the group.Hill said: Advertisement Newman’s Own Foundation to donate £175k to UK charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Tagged with: Funding Youthcenter_img Howard Lake | 23 November 2016 | News “I am thrilled to be involved with Newman’s Own Foundation again, Paul Newman has always been a huge inspiration to me personally. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to meet many recipients of grants and witness the incredible impact the fund makes to children living in the UK. This year 19 charities will now receive funding and I look forward to seeing their great work supporting young people continue in 2017.”Newman’s Own Foundation has now made grants in the UK totalling more than $3.5 million since 1995. About a quarter of the funding has been directed to help children with serious medical and developmental challenges.  171 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

San Francisco police chief fired; win for #Frisco500

first_imgSan Francisco, May 19 — It’s less than a month since the “Frisco Five” began a  hunger strike with a single demand: Police Chief Greg Suhr resign or be fired. For five years this chief has been crying crocodile tears while justifying every police killing of a Black or Latino/a person. For five years, this chief has been vigilantly protected by the mayor, the media and the city’s Democratic political establishment.This afternoon the mayor fired him.“We know the power of the people made this happen,” said a spokeswoman for the Frisco Five, whose hunger strike lasted 17 days until they were hospitalized. “We have won this battle, but the war is not yet over.”The fast sparked a surge of furious, non-stop protests, including a march of 300, led by the Frisco Five in wheelchairs, from Hunger Strike HQ at Mission Police Station to a rally of nearly 1,000 at City Hall. Their banner said it all: “Black & Brown Unity against Police Impunity.”The Five in their wheelchairs then disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting — challenging the board to go beyond generalities and actually demand that the chief be fired. A week later, four of the supervisors did just that, adding to the growing chorus.What may have been a decisive moment came on May 6, when hundreds of loudly chanting protesters took over City Hall and occupied it for seven hours, refusing to leave until the chief was fired. Called the #Frisco500, they held their ground after closing time, until sheriff’s deputies brutally removed them by 10:30 p.m., making 33 arrests.SFPD kills again: Jessica Williams — #SayHerName   Earlier today, a police sergeant fired one shot at Jessica Williams, 29, a Black woman, apparently after she refused to comply with police orders. She died in the hospital. Police claim she was driving a stolen car in the historically African-American Bayview district.“It was her execution that finally triggered Chief Suhr’s resignation,” wrote J.P. Massar, an intrepid blogger who puts out timely reports about the people’s welfare. Massar denounced “a police culture that allows firing-squad executions and then has the Chief claim immediately that they are justified.“The Anti-Police-Terror Project, based in Oakland, was on the job almost immediately as the news of the shooting shot across the twitterverse. They know that in cases like this the police are likely more interested in suppressing evidence and intimidating witnesses, not seeking the truth.”A group of organizations, including the APTP, Frisco500, The Last 3% of SF, #DoNoHarmCoalition and Black Lives Matter Bay Area, quickly organized a nighttime vigil for Williams near where she was shot.The online publication 48 Hills posted this: “Another young person of color dead. And still, nobody held accountable.”SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi wrote: “It is unacceptable for police encounters with unarmed citizens to end in bullet wounds and body bags. … I am deeply disturbed by reports that the young woman gunned down today was driving away from officers. She was entitled to due process and above all, she was entitled to her life.” Adachi has requested that the California Attorney General’s Office “open its own civil rights investigation into the SF Police Department.”Unfortunately, current Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is now a Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, has refused to prosecute any police officer in California for killing unarmed Black and Brown people, despite repeated requests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Celebrates “Ether Sunday” In Excellent Capitol Theatre Finale [Review/Videos]

first_imgSETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/16/17 (via @Dianna_2ns)Set One: Drifting, Magilla, Sometime After Sunset, Alive Again, O-o-h Child, 1977, It Makes No Difference, Small Axe, Last Tube, Lever Boy, BounceSet Two: Money Love & Change, The Way I Feel, Tuesday, Ocelot, Goodbye Head, Architect, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, MacArthur Park, Ether Sunday, First TubeEncore: Black DogTAB tour continues on Thursday at The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. For tickets and information on upcoming shows, head to Trey’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew O’Brien] Last night, Trey Anastasio Band returned to the Capitol Theatre for the second and final night of their tour-opening run at the historic Port Chester, NY venue following an impressive tour opener on Friday. Many Phish fans–notoriously opinionated and critical to begin with–have an interesting relationship with Trey Anastasio‘s other band. The Phish faithful still flock to see the horn-driven 8-piece whenever they’re out on the road, but idioms like “if you’ve seen one TAB show, you’ve seen them all” and “still wish it was Phish” frequently float around Internet forums and social media.TAB has been around for over a decade, but Trey has increasingly pushed focus toward his solo outfit as the years have passed. Just today, an extended discussion broke out on one of the many Phish-focused groups on Facebook speculating about whether the new next-day LivePhish TAB soundboards, the presence of the familiar webcast cameras, decreased touring from Phish, and a spike in dates for TAB signify the beginning of weening the audience off the Phish. And that prospect makes some of the band’s die-hard devotees just a little bit nervous.There’s no denying that the band’s lineup–Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals), Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals), Ray Paczkowski (keys), James Casey (saxophone), and Cyro Baptista (percussion)–is extremely talented. The gripes about TAB mainly stem from the notion that Trey–the main draw of the ensemble–is simply not at his best in this medium. While we can (and have, at great length) debated the merits/drawbacks of TAB from a Phish-facing perspective, last night made one thing abundantly clear: whatever we all think of TAB, Trey fuckin’ loves it, and that excited energy is coming across in a big way right now.The show saw the band tear through TAB staples like “Sometime After Sunset,” “Lever Boy,” “Bounce,” “Money Love & Change,” “The Architect,” “Last Tube,” and “First Tube,” as well as a pair of Phish tunes–a brassed-up “Ocelot” reminiscent of Phish’s 12/31/16 rendition with the TAB horns, and an excellent take on A Picture of Nectar instrumental “Magilla.” The band also ran through several of the most exciting covers in their repertoire, including The Five Stairsteps‘ “O-o-h Child”, Anna Tijoux‘s “1977” (delivered, as always, with Latin flair by Natalie Cressman), The Band‘s “It Makes No Difference,” Bob Marley‘s “Small Axe,” Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and more. You could feel the energy radiating off the stage all night. Trey was locked throughout the show, thoroughly enjoying the abilities of his bandmates and leading the way with thick, distorted guitar vamps and soaring, “peak Trey” refrains, bobbing and weaving intently like a boxer with a chip on his shoulder. James Casey (“on the cowbell…and other things,” says Trey) shined brightly–particularly when, at the boss’s urging, he grabbed his bass sax to trade fiery licks with the guitarist. Russ impeccably kept the beat, Cyro added vibrant texture, Tony held down the backbone, and Ray colored in the lines with his fluttering keys. But while everyone onstage excelled–and while Trey was obviously at the center of it all–last night was the Jennifer Hartswick show. Among other (ample) highlights, Hartswick led the band through two more classic covers (Donna Summer‘s “MacArthur Park” and a roaring encore performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Black Dog”), both of which left Anastasio–and the audience–happily bewildered. Add that to the funny exchange that saw a sign-weilding fan wishing the band a “Happy Ether Sunday” get their request granted by an amused Trey, and you’ve got one highly entertaining evening of live music.Sure, TAB won’t give you 25-minute improvisational odysseys. They may not give you a totally different setlist every night. You might see Trey hang back and let the other skilled musicians onstage take the spotlight. And you may still wish that you were seeing Phish–hell, wishing I was at a Phish show is my resting mental state 95% of the time. But even the most jaded of vets will have a hard time hating on Trey Anastasio Band right now. This ensemble is hot, and the temperature is steadily rising. For now, we’ll just enjoy the great shows TAB is turning in, and keep crossing our fingers that Trey continues to make time for both of his bands.You can watch fan-shot videos from the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user rdeal1999:last_img read more

FORESEA-backed demonstrator hits SEM-REV waters

first_imgThe SEM-REV marine renewables test site, located off the western coast of France, has welcomed the installation of a demonstrator which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise as part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project.On April 12, 2018, an innovative demonstrator – including a standalone acoustic recorder from the manufacturer OSEAN, and three acoustic recorders – were installed on site in a project developed by engineering company NEREIS Environnement with the support of the European Union’s FORESEA program.This project, looking to monitor the environment of a marine renewable energy (MRE) production site, required that an autonomous tool for recording underwater sounds and storing data at sea be installed.Specific spectral analysis modules and detection algorithms will be used to characterize the ambient noise by classifying its various components, according to École Centrale de Nantes which developed the offshore testing site.The data collected will be used to model the acoustic footprint of underwater noise in order to estimate the impact of MRE activities on marine fauna, École Centrale de Nantes noted.The SEAc project was selected in the fourth call of the FORESEA program which is helping small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to test their MRE technologies at sea under real conditions, by providing access to the network of test sites in North-West Europe.Eight projects will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site as part of FORESEA funding, including prototypes of MRE technologies such as Pytheas Technology’s PywEC generator or the HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy system.Also, the MRE site equipment tools such as FMGC submarine electric cable ballast shells, or site maintenance and monitoring tools such as underwater drone tests developed by INTERDRONES, will be tested at the site.last_img read more

Diamond teen jailed for stealing bus driver’s money

first_imgJailed: Daniel WilsonA teenager, who admitted to stealing a quantity of cash from a minibus driver whose vehicle he had travelled in to Georgetown, was on Friday jailed for six months by Principle Magistrate Faith McGusty when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Eighteen-year-old Daniel Wilson of Lot 1397 Fourth Bridge, Diamond Housing Scheme, admitted that on July 10, 2019 at Lombard Street, Georgetown, he stole $24,620 from of Oslyn Roberts.Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell in presenting facts to the Court stated that on July 10 the teen was travelling in the motor vehicle which was destined for Georgetown and upon arrival in the city, he observed the money on the bus floor and picked it up.After realising that Roberts had already seen his actions, Wilson began running and the Virtual Complainant gave chase. Wilson was caught and handed over the money to the minibus driver. A report was also made and he was handed over to the Police.Magistrate McGusty jailed the teen.last_img read more

North Peace SAR Rescue DC Woman

first_imgHudson’s Hope police say one woman was sent to Fort St. John Hospital last night after a quadding accident. The woman and a male passenger were driving a quad in the Hudson’s Hope area when the woman mistook the terrain and crashed the vehicle over a 30-foot embankment. The couple was from Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -The woman’s injuries were non-life-threatening, but she required the assistance of local RCMP, hunters and North Peace Search and Rescue to be removed from the scene of the accident.There is no word on the woman’s condition.last_img

National development plan unveiled

first_imgTrevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission, has presented the ambitious National Development Plan to Parliament. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj  Spokesperson, the Presidency  +27 12 300 5312 or +27 79 879 3203 RELATED ARTICLES • Manuel to head global green fund • Zuma: shared prosperity for all • Zuma: we are equal to the task • No stopping Africa’s growth: ZumaMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterTrevor Manuel, the minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission, has presented the first national development plan to President Jacob Zuma.Speaking before a packed House in Parliament, Manuel detailed the ambitious strategy that, if properly and successfully implemented, will see South Africa boast an employment level heading towards 90%, no poverty, and strong economic growth of 5.4% annually, by 2030.Political parties have hailed the plan, describing it as “historic”.But they were also cautious, and some even downright sceptical, about whether the government would manage to implement it.“The plan’s success or failure will entirely depend on if the president will rise to the challenge of aligning his policies with the goals and objectives of the NDP,” said the Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko.Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi expressed a similar view, saying that the plan was commendable, but that he wished to “raise the IFP’s concern on the implementation of this plan.”Mosiuoa Lekota of the Congress of the People leader doubted that the government was able to deliver, although he admitted that he was excited about the prospects for growth.Pieter Mulder of the Freedom Front Plus said the plan’s content gave cause to hope, but its success rested on a few factors, one of which is a capable civil service.Read a summary of the national development plan in PDF form (774kb). Individual sections are also available for download.The complete text of Manuel’s speech follows:South Africa belongs to all its peoples.We, the people, belong to one another.We live the rainbow.Our homes, neighbourhoods, villages, towns, and cities are safe and filled with laughter.Through our institutions, we order our lives.The faces of our children tell of the future we have crafted.Ladies and gentlemen, that is our vision for South Africa in 2030, anchored in our Constitution. Today, we want to remind all South Africans that it is our future, let us build it!Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson of the NCOPMister PresidentDeputy PresidentMinisters and Deputy MinistersHonourable members of the National Assembly and National Council of ProvincesFellow commissionersGuests and fellow South AfricansToday is a historic occasion. We are gathered here in a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament for the release of the first National Development Plan for South Africa. This plan is the product of thousands of inputs and perspectives of South Africans. It is a plan for a better future; a future in which no person lives in poverty, where no one goes hungry, where there is work for all, a nation united in the vision of our Constitution.It is a plan for our collective future. It is up to all of us to make it work. We speak of a future with expanding opportunities. We speak of a future we must shape, because we care and because we cannot miss the opportunity to do so.The plan we hand over today is about the actions that all of us must take to secure the future charted in our Constitution. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and detailed actionable steps to achieve them.Over the past two years, the commission has listened to thousands of South Africans from all corners of the country, from all walks of life. We received comments from individuals and organisations and engaged with government departments, provinces, municipalities, state-owned enterprises and agencies.The consultation process revealed three broad messages from citizens.In the first instance, South Africans from all walks of life expressed a deep patriotic commitment to South Africa, a love for their country, a desire to see it succeed. There is an incredible amount of goodwill out there that needs to be tapped and harnessed.Secondly, South Africans expressed concerns, honestly and frankly but constructively, that there are problems in our country that need strong, focused leadership from all. They spoke of joblessness, children who could not read or count, services that functioned on rare occasions and of public officials who were cold and uncaring.Thirdly, there was an overwhelming sense from all, including organisations representing millions of people, to be part of the process of making South Africa a better place and to take action to put collective interest ahead of narrow sectoral concerns.These are the real strengths of our South Africanness.We are humbled by this support and effort from South Africans who want to be part of the process of change by taking ownership of the plan and displaying a willingness to play their part in implementing the plan.  Mr President, it would be a profound wasted opportunity if we do not harvest the goodwill and determination and afford our people that opportunity to rise to greatness.The commission made a special effort to listen to young people. Young women and men talked of the difficulties of finding work, of the frustration at not getting their foot into the door, of their pain at not receiving a regular income and of basic things in life that being jobless excluded them from, such as starting a family. They also spoke to us about the ravages of crime on their lives and their communities. They expressed concern that good policies are poorly implemented and therefore fail.Ladies and gentlemen, these are the voices of our youth expressing their frustrations that stem both from the inter-generational effects of apartheid and from shortcomings in our collective performance since 1994. The plan we present today focuses on how we can translate our political emancipation into social and economic benefits for all South Africans, but particularly for young people. That we change the life chances of young people is critical for the future of our country.The methodology used in the plan was to set overarching objectives, to set key targets for various sectors and to make recommendations on how these targets can be achieved. This is a broad strategic plan, not a detailed Goss plan. The commission has been careful to distinguish between a broad strategy, specific policies of government and the day-to-day actions of business, government or trade unions.Honourable Presiding Officers, the commission has drawn from our Constitution the perspective that the future we must construct is one where no person lives in poverty and where together we deal decisively to root out the deep inequality that we have inherited. We are convinced that our country can and must eliminate poverty. We have used a simple poverty measure of R432 per person per month in today’s prices. Modest as this amount is, there are still about 39% of South Africans who live below this line. By 2030, no one should live in poverty. The other measure which is much more difficult is inequality. Economists use a measure called the Gini co-efficient to measure income inequality – the higher the measure, the more unequal the income distribution is. South Africa has a very high Gini Co-efficient of 0.69; we seek to reduce that to 0.60 by 2030.Honourable members, development is a complex process. Our approach to tackling poverty and inequality is premised on faster and more inclusive economic growth, higher public and private investment, improving education and skills, greater use of technology, knowledge and innovation and better public services all leading to higher employment, rising incomes and falling inequality.The National Development Plan affords us an opportunity to rethink our strategy. A holistic approach is required, with progress across several fronts simultaneously over a long period of time.While we can measure income and income inequality, the concept of a decent standard of living is much broader than income. A decent standard of living includes healthy nutrition, access to household services such as water and electricity, available public transport, quality education and skills, safe communities, decent healthcare, full employment, accessible recreation and leisure and the entitlement to a clean environment. The commission’s approach is to address living standards inclusively for all South Africans. It recognises that government on its own cannot improve living standards. We require determined and measurable action by all social actors and partnerships across society to raise living standards.Development planning is about building linkages between these various strands of everyday life.For example, better quality schooling will make it easier for young people to access the labour market. But it also enables workers to improve their productivity, to learn faster on the job and to raise their incomes and living standards. Poor quality education, on the other hand, locks people out of the labour market and when people do find work, traps them in low-paying, low-productivity work.There are other dimensions of this story as well. Good quality public transport helps people search for work over a wider area; it helps them get to work faster and more cheaply, but it also assists in permitting people to live fuller lives with more recreational and family time, and it reduces the harmful environmental effects of traffic jams. Social protection helps shield families and workers from unforeseen events such as death, illness or injury, its key objective is to level the impacts of shocks between those who, for example earn sufficient to insure against unforeseen events and those who are too poor to do so.Public investment complements private investment, which is critical for job creation and for employment. We argue strongly that the harmful effects of spatial separation, one of the pillars of apartheid that we have not yet succeeded in demolishing, be broken down. Our towns and cities must house us differently, must connect us differently, must afford us space to play and pray. We must retain the option to remain in the countryside because we should be able to have access to a sustainable livelihood there. The commission takes a holistic approach to development with detailed plans in 13 areas that link and interact with each other.In addition to the physical aspects of development, the plan also recognises the social such as the need for social cohesion to underpin faster progress, the need for greater accountability of leaders in both the public and private sectors, for citizens to be active in their communities and in public life and for a capable and developmental state that is effective, caring and innovative. The plan must bind us, strand by strand, into one united and successful nation.Honourable Members, a point worth noting is that the commission is making a case for what needs to be done by all, regardless of political persuasion or station in life, if we are to live out those great values in our Constitution. When we raise targets – the numbers we use are precise targets, that which we must aim for! Now we are aware that we will not hit all of these, but all of us need a consciousness of how wide off the mark we actually are. It is also important to introduce into this discussion the reality that no nation has attained all of which it desires – there needs to be public discussion that is sufficiently inclusive and mature to construct the trade-offs between what we can do immediately and what can be deferred. This process only works if there is both honesty and accountability.The commission has also identified other enabling milestones to achieve the broad objectives of the plan. For example, we would have to create an additional 11-million jobs over the next two decades. Per capita income should rise from about R50 000 per person to about R120 000, but distributed more evenly across the population. The economy would have to expand to almost three times the present level. The share of income accruing to the bottom 40% of the population should rise from 6% to 10%. Ninety percent of children in grade six should be able to read, write and count at the appropriate level, and all children should have access to proper nutrition from birth to ensure proper formative development.Now, it is worth digressing to remind all South Africans that between that desirable state and the present, where even the school nutrition programme is difficult to implement, lies a huge chasm. The object of the plan is to bridge such a chasm – why does food not get delivered to children? Is it the capacity of officials charged with the responsibility? Might it be that food is too expensive and impossible to secure? Might it be that tenders get in the way of the objective of feeding children? Or might it be that decision-makers are too wealthy to care? Whatever the issue, a plan must boldly raise the breakdown and invite all South Africans to become part of the solution.Honourable Speaker, these targets are more than just arbitrary or distant points on a road map. They are carefully calibrated milestones along a path to prosperity and equity for all.Despite massive progress since 1994, on the present trajectory, we will not achieve our target of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. Without faster progress, there is a real chance that South Africa could slide backwards while dealing with the immense challenges overwhelming our capacity to succeed. For these reasons, we must accelerate the pace of change, work harder and better to move towards the vision we all aspire to. It is possible. We are capable as a nation of achieving these bold and ambitious but realistic objectives. When we unite and work together, we can achieve miracles. Our history is testament to this.Our plan to eliminate poverty and inequality rests on six pillars.The first is to unite all South Africans around a common programme to fight poverty and inequality and to foster a spirit of unity. But this will remain a hollow call unless we can improve the lives of young black people. To promote social cohesion, the commission proposes that the preamble of the Constitution be displayed in all workplaces and schools and that all South Africans are encouraged to learn at least one indigenous African language. We also propose ways to improve the efficacy of redress measures such as black economic empowerment and employment equity.The second pillar is active citizenry. Working individually and collectively with others in the community, citizens have a critical role to play in their own development and in the development of our country. The idea that people sit back and wait for government to deliver is neither feasible nor consistent with ‘people-centred’ development. Honourable Speaker, citizens and communities have a responsibility to hold their leaders accountable for their actions; it is up to every single one of us to hold our leaders responsible for implementation of the plan.The third pillar is a growing and inclusive economy. Without faster and more inclusive economic growth, it will not be possible to deliver on the objectives that we have set for ourselves. We need this to help pay for the development of capabilities such as education and infrastructure to improve the life chances of our people. The main change we seek is an economy that is more labour absorbing. We need to create more jobs, and make progress in broadening ownership of the economy.Our economy is caught in a low growth trap. To reverse this, we require higher investment, better skills, rising savings and greater levels of competitiveness. We do not suffer a poverty of ideas; our weakness is in implementation. The commission identified critical factors that contribute to this flaw and makes several proposals to deal with it. Among them is improving coordination within government and with other social partners to boost investment and employment. The plan also identifies a deficit in trust between business, labour and government that needs to be reversed if we are to build this economy.The main target in respect of the economy is to raise employment by 11-million to 24-million by 2030. This will require an extraordinary effort and the plan provides a detailed account of how this can be achieved.The fourth pillar of the plan addresses the urgent need to build capabilities. Capabilities apply to both people and the state. For some, capabilities might be adequate nutrition or a bus to get to a place of work. For others, it might be a college certificate to boost the chances of getting a job. Across the country, capabilities cover things like what broadband speed we would require, the amount of energy we would need to power a growing economy, port capacity to support a diversified economy or the water supply that meets the needs of households, industry and agriculture. The plan sets targets for energy consumption, the carbon intensity of the energy supply, water supply, rail and port capacity and internet connectivity.The fifth pillar is a capable and developmental state. We define a developmental state as one that is capable of intervening to correct historical inequalities and to create opportunities for more people. A capable state needs to be professional, competent and responsive to the needs of all citizens. We seek a professional civil service which can weather changes in political administrations. The president has mandated the commission to focus on 2030 – between the present and that date there will be at least four national and provincial elections, and at least three municipal elections. The plan is for all South Africans and cannot therefore focus on electoral cycles. The commission makes proposals covering the political administrative interface, personnel training and development, policy processes and coordination within and between spheres. Building a capable and developmental state means building the capacity of the state to effectively implement its key priorities and programmes. The tendency to outsource everything, including at times, our thinking, must end.The sixth pillar is the responsibilities of leadership throughout society to work together to solve our problems. South Africa’s progress in navigating the transition from apartheid to democracy was built on the ability of leaders to put aside narrow sectarian interests in favour of national interest, leaders who were able to put aside short-term political agendas for long-term benefit. To achieve the South Africa that we all desire, we require leaders to put the country first, to put the future ahead of today.Honourable Speaker, the approach of the commission has been to scan the external environment with a view to understanding what is likely to have an impact on our future. Allow me to present a few of the highlights from this exercise. The global economy is changing, with a rising share of production and wealth generation occurring in developing countries in general and Asia in particular.There is a resurgence of development on the African continent, with the region enjoying its longest period of economic growth in half a century. Africa’s voice on global forums is becoming louder.Globalisation will continue apace with both risks and opportunities for all countries. Countries that position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities while protecting their economies (and the poor) from risks will do better over the next two decades.Science and technology have and will continue to shape development in ways that open up huge opportunities for humanity in general, including poor countries. Innovation is essential for a middle income country such as South Africa to progress to high income status.Climate change is and will continue to affect the world, with the worst effects likely to occur in Africa. We confront greater climate variability and more shocks such as floods and droughts.The commission also looked at demographic trends and their likely impact. The trends we identified offer opportunities as well as risks. On the positive side, our population growth is slowing and is expected to expand at less than 1% a year to reach 58.5-million by 2030 and life expectancy is rising again, quite rapidly. Also in our favour is the fact that we have a young population, which could prove to be a major boon but could also be a danger if we don’t address the problem of joblessness.Honourable Speaker, these trends will have an impact on our development, in the same way, the world today is different from the one into which our democracy was born 18 years ago.The world is changing at breath-taking speed. Countries are steaming ahead, taking extraordinary measures to boost their economic performance, develop their industries and invest in research and development. But, the global environment is also fraught with risks – we observe that much of the world is caught in a wave of low economic growth right now. Much of this will linger for some time. This will impact on our plans for higher growth. We need to understand these trends in order to minimise risks and to explore opportunities. A failure to act will not just see us being left behind. It will also confine future generations to poverty and hopelessness.The single most frequent comment or question from the public has been about implementation. Given weak capacity in the state and low levels of trust and cooperation between major social partners, how will this plan be implemented? The commission stresses that implementation rests with society as a whole, led by government and the executive.But we do believe that, during the course of our work, we have come a long way in forging the beginnings of a common approach. Discussions between the commission and government departments were often robust and frank. There were areas where departments were able to convince us that we were wrong on certain issues. There were also several areas where we were able to persuade and convince departments of the correctness of recommendations in the draft plan when departments did not originally support the recommendations. There are areas where our plan differs from existing plans or policies. It is very much in the nature of planning that, going forward, there will need to be an alignment of plans both within and outside of government to the broad strategic plan being proposed today. Parliament and society at large have a critical role to play in promoting such alignment and in holding various parties accountable for implementation.Let me set out how we see the next steps. In the first instance, it is expected that Cabinet, led by the president, will consider this plan, adopt the key recommendations of the plan and set in motion a focused programme to implement the plan. We must stress that this is not just a plan for government. There are actions and responsibilities for business, for labour, for civil society and for individuals. The commission outlines the factors critical for the success of the plan. These include the need for careful sequencing, prioritisation and to mobilise all of society.The plan will only succeed if we share collective responsibility to hold one another accountable to get things done. As the commission, we will play our part. The life of the commission does not end with the handing over of the plan. The President has appointed the commission for a five year period and we are only about half way through our term. The commission will continue to mobilise society in support of the plan, conduct research on issues impacting on the country’s long term development, advise government and other social partners on implementation of the plan and work with relevant institutions to monitor and report on progress in achieving our long term objectives. Outside of government, the commission will meet with social partners to discuss their role in implementing the plan and construct an accountability chain for key recommendations.In addition to the thousands of comments from the public and hundreds of meetings, this plan is made possible because of the time, dedication and selflessness of the commissioners. These are indeed outstanding South Africans who have risen to the difficult challenge set by the president. The commissioners are experts who come from different backgrounds. The manner in which they worked together to achieve consensus on complex issues provides hope that leaders from diverse backgrounds throughout our country can rise to the challenges of our time and resolve our complex problems. For me, it has been a privilege to work with such passionate and hardworking South Africans.The commissioners will join me in applauding the diligence and tirelessness of our small but exceedingly effective secretariat. The secretariat has been led by Kuben Naidoo since its inception. He is an absolutely wonderful, bright, honest, committed and diligent public servant. We are sad to take leave of him at the end of this month – we want to assure him of the best wishes of each and every commissioner in his new endeavours.The president did not issue a tough challenge and then walk away. He has provided constant guidance and support to the commission through difficult and at times daunting periods. The commission would not have been able to produce work of this quality without that support and encouragement and we thank him for it.Honourable members, ladies and gentlemen, our future is under construction and we now have a plan for its construction. Building on our history and our collective achievements since 1994, our challenge is to build a future fit for our children, a future that our people deserve. We have an opportunity to construct a future we all want. We must not squander this opportunity. The decisions we make today, the actions we take over the next five, ten, fifteen and twenty years will determine where South Africa’s future is successful or whether we are just another hopeful but ineffective state unable to satisfy its people’s dreams. Fellow South Africans, the changes we seek and the outcomes we all desire will not happen on their own. In fact, we can confidently say that without a change in pace and approach, our vision will remain elusive.The National Development Plan is an opportunity to remake the future, to re-energise our people to strive for a future that is worthy of our proud history, built in the vision of our Constitution. The National Development Plan is a call to action to unite as a country, to unleash the energies of our people to build a better future. It is our future, we have to make it work!As a commission we enjoin all South Africans to grasp this opportunity. The plan is here. Let us join forces to make it a reality.Thank you.last_img read more

Advice to Geocache Hiders from Law Enforcement

first_img SharePrint RelatedDIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden BeforeSeptember 8, 2013In “Community”Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”How to hide a geocacheSeptember 3, 2019In “News” Use a well marked. clear container whenever possibleHere are two words geocachers crave hearing when their geocache is published, “Found it.” And then there are two words all geocachers would prefer never to hear when talking about a geocache hide, “suspicious device.”In an age of increased concern, geocachers must be increasingly diligent to follow the rules while hiding a geocache. Make sure to read and follow the Geocaching Listing Requirements/Guidelines. Also make sure to use common sense, and always keep in mind how your geocache container or the location of your container may be perceived by people who are not familiar with the game.We asked law enforcement professionals and a bomb disposal tech with the U.S. Army to offer advice to geocachers. It’s easy to ensure your logs say “Found it” and your geocache hide never alarms authorities.Here’s their advice.Question: What are the do’s for geocachers when hiding containers?Sgt. Kent Byrd answers this question. Sgt. Byrd has been featured in Geocaching videos, and is a Explosive Ordinance Disposal expert with the U.S. Army currently deployed to South Korea. He’s an avid geocacher with the username, JrBYRDMAN162. Get permission: Sgt. Byrd says, “If you hide the container near a public building, make sure that you obtain permission from the business /property owner.”Take pictures: “Also, try to give pictures of the geocache to the business/property owner. That way if the geocache gets called in, the owner has the option and ability to present those pictures to the personnel investigating/dealing with the geocache.”Mark it clearly: The “Official Geocache” stickers are a huge help. Also, if the size of the geocache allows, write your phone number on the geocache itself in large numbers. This will give a law enforcement another option to deal with the geocache.Be PROACTIVE: Talk to your local law enforcement entities. Offer to do a short workshop on geocaching. Get them involved. All it takes is getting one Bomb Disposal Technician involved in the game and they will start to solve the problem in your area for you, because of their personal love for the game.Question: What’s your one piece of advice for geocachers?Karin Fechner with the Austrian Polizei answers this question. Her unit, like many police departments, utilizes a complimentary Premium Membership to help them identify geocaches. Karen says, “Always carry an id-card, passport or other document to be able to show it in case of a control. Show the navigation item or mobile-app you use in case of a control. We already had cases, when suspects claimed being geocachers but actually weren´t.  So it is always a good advice to show your equipment to the officer in case of a control. There are still a lot of law enforcement-officers who don´t know geocaching – of course there are also a lot of geocaching police-officers – but be prepared to explain what geocaching means and what you are actually looking for.”Question: What shouldn’t geocachers do?Josh Nelson answers this question. He’s with the Department of Natural Resources at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Utah. Josh says, “If you are geocaching in a State Park (Specifically speaking for Utah, but with my experience it’s universal) and are confronted by a park employee or law enforcement, don’t try to give some story of “I saw a cool bug” or the likes. These stories are great for other muggles, but just make you look suspicious to Rangers. Just tell them you are Geocaching, often they know the program and may even enjoy hanging out with you until you make the find.”Question: What are the don’ts when hiding a geocache container?According to Sgt. Byrd, “DO NOT put caution words on the outside of containers such as CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, BEWARE, DO NOT OPEN, etc., regardless of what follows such words.”Sgt. Byrd says, “Do remember, that some departments do have Standard Operating Procedure’s that require them to deal with all packages of a certain dimension in a destructive manner. Nano-caches, micro, and mini, caches are not only less likely to be spotted by a muggle, but are not of great concern to Bomb Squads… Use the common 9-volt battery as a reference. If it is smaller than a 9-volt battery, it is much LESS likely to be destroyed.  Use clear containers whenever possible.”Sgt. Byrd reminds geocachers that law enforcement are doing their jobs and their best to protect the communities they serve, whether it’s in Austria, a State Park in the U.S. or military serving abroad.If you’re a Law Enforcement representative or Parks Personnel we offer a complimentary and ongoing Premium Membership for the purpose of monitoring geocaching activity in your jurisdiction. Learn more here at the Law Enforcement & Parks Professional resource page. Simply create a free basic account on Geocaching.com, choose a username that reflects your organization, and email us at geocaching.com/help for your upgrade.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Live Blog: Google’s Android Press Gathering

first_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Purchasing all done in the store – no need to go to the physical store. Q&A11:00 a.m.Question: Why only such a small amount of space for app storage?Answer: Soon, you will be able to store apps on SD cardsQuestion: Will it ship today?Answer: Yes.Question: Is this an iPhone killer?Answer: Choice is a good thing.Question: Whose inventory will the phone come from? What will you do to make the App Store more well-known?Answer: Unlocked phone comes from Google. Regarding the Android Market: Marketing for Nexus One and new Web Store will be essentially online. Focused on making the store better.Question: Why was it necessary for Google to design the phone? Why not just have an HTC phone that runs Android?Answer: Google didn’t design the phone – HTC did. Google is just the retailer and worked mostly on the software. Question: What would convinces somebody to buy a $530 phone?Answer: That’s choice at work. “This is the early stages of a longer journey.”Question: Google isn’t known for being a retailer.Answer: “We shouldn’t focus on retailing.” Google wants to offer a complete solution and give consumers choice. Retail part is very important but just another channel – not a channel that will replace other channels.Question: What’s the revenue opportunity for Google?Answer: These super-phones are great for accessing the Internet and that’s where our business is. Hardware sales are not the big deal – just wants to get more people on the mobile web. “If you want the best possible Google experience you come to the store and get the device.”Question: Will it support tethering?Answer: In future versions. Not a strategic issue but just something Google needs to implement.Question: Is the physical keyboard dead? Will Google start to sell more products online?Answer (from HTC): We offer lots of different phones and people can choose what best fits for them. This design is focused on the form-factor and screen. HTC offers other devices for “keyboard-lovers”. From Google: The new voice input works very well and Google will soon offer other devices as well.Question: Will other counties support multi-touch on the Nexus One?Answer: It’s a software thing. “We’ll consider it.”Question: When will Google Voice launch publicly? What about the other phones that are coming soon? Will something awesomer come next month?Answer: Other manufacturers will add more devices. “If you need a great phone today – the Nexus is a great phone.” (Nothing about Google Voice in the answer.)Question: Google wants to do revolutionary stuff? What’s revolutionary about this phone? Why does Google get behind this phone if it’s pretty average? Why not revolutionize the pricing structure with an ad-supported phone?Answer: This is a baby step. Let’s get the store going and then we can see what comes up in the future.Question: Will people be able to check out the phone in retail store?Answer: We want this to remain pure and simple. Marketing this online-only and selling online-only.Question: What’s the difference between a super-phone and a regular smartphone?Answer: The big differentiator is the openness of the app store. This is as powerful as your laptop was a year ago.Question: Question for Motorola: Will the Nexus One cannibalize sales of the Droid?Answer: We try to deliver the best products we can. Will upgrade software on the Droid.Question: Why does Google feel the need to change the way phones are bought? What’s broken about the current system?Answer: We are trying to optimize efficiencies. Just like web store revolutionized the way you buy a camera, Google wants to do the same thing for phones. After there are enough phones out there, you can experience it through using somebody else’s. Marketing just increases prices.Sidenote about partners: We would love to sell for Verizon and Vodafone right now – just have to integrate the IT.Question: What can users expect in terms of software upgrades? Users never really know what phone will get the upgrade.Answer: HTC wants to upgrade all of its phones (nothing specific). Google argues that some phones simply don’t have the hardware capabilities for the upgrade. The intention is to make sure everybody gets some kind of future-proof hardware that can get upgrades for a certain amount of time. From Motorola: Intention to upgrade the device to the best software that the hardware can run. Not every device supports the 3D capabilities of Android 2.1, for example. Backward compatibility slows down innovation.Question: Will Verizon get unlocked phones?Answer: Unlocked phones are a problem with CDMA phones. Will only be sold with Verizon plan.Question: Will you port Google Voice to the iPhone or will you suppress this to give Android an advantage?Answer: Google Voice team isn’t opposed to having its app run on other platforms.Question: Didn’t Google say it won’t do a phone?Answer: We don’t do hardware.11:43 a.m.: And that wraps up today’s live blog. Thanks for reading! 130 grams – 11.5 mm thickSensors: light sensor, proximity sensor.5 megapixel cameraNew for Android: active noise cancellation – using two microphones.10:29 a.m. Google will offer custom engraving (just like the iPhone…)“With this hardware, we think we have half of the story. It’s the combination of hardware and software that makes this such a great phone.” No surprise: Nexus One will come with Android 2.110:31 a.m. New features in 2.1: CustomizationMore homescreen panels – more widgetsExample: weather widget: knows where you are from GPSGoogle expects to see more widgets from 3rd-party developersShowing live wallpapers. 10:35 a.m.3D capabilities of the Nexus One and Android 2.1App launcher: new twist – 3D scroll-wheel – icons sit on a 3D wheel instead of a flat pageNew photo gallery – written with CoolIris A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Everything scrolls smoothly – quite impressive. Looks just like CoolIris on the desktop.Features background sync with Picasa Web Albums10:39 a.m. Voice Commands In 2.0: Voice queries (“directions to nearest Ikea”)In 2.1: Every text field is now voice-enabled.Voice recognition learns every time you speak a query.10:42 a.m. Sneak peek at Google Earth for AndroidAlso voice-enabled.Clearly making good use of the fast processor. Everything scrolls very smoothly.Buying the Phone: Google Hosted Web Store10:45 a.m. How to buy the phone?Google will sell the phone in its own web store.Keeping it simple: buy phone without service ($529) – or with service from partners (T-Mobile $179).For now, T-Mobile only. But: “Expect to add more carriers and hardware in the future.”Verizon Wireless and Vodofone will join the program.Web Store10:49 a.m. Demoing the Store 10:00 a.m. As usual, the event is running a bit late. 10:06 a.m. Getting started. VP of Product Development takes the stage to talk about the Open Handset Alliance.“We will unveil the next generation of the evolution of Android today.” Google is holding a press event to showcase the new Nexus One and possibly some other mobile innovations today. We already know quite a few details about the phone itself, but hopefully Google will also have a few surprises up its sleeve. The press conference should get under way at 10 a.m. PST and we will live blog the event here. We will post updates as they happen. Keep reloading this page to see the latest news. Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#web Thirteen new members will join the OHC – including: NEC, China Telecom and Freescale.Recapping the history of Android hardware (G1, myTouch, Droid)10:10 a.m. “A year ago we had 1 device, now we have 20 devices on 59 carriers.”Google wants to prevent fragmentation – talking about compatibility test suite.“Android today is about getting more users onto the mobile web.” Android users search the web over 30-times more on Android than on feature phones.From the beginning, Android was always about being developer friendly.Talking about being able to multi-task (a subtle swipe at the iPhone?)The Next Step in the Android Evolution10:15 a.m. “We are only in the early stages of the evolution of Android.” Volume and variety of Android devices has exceeded Google’s expectations. “But we want to do more.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 10:54 a.m. RecapFirst phone of a series of phone – more operators, devices and countries coming in the future.Showing demo video right now. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wants to work closer with hardware partners to showcase the software.Announcing the Nexus One“Where Web Meets Phone”10:18 a.m. Google calls this a new category of phones: “super-phones”On stage now: Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.Talking up the Nexus One: “The Nexus One is one of the best designs from HTC.” Outstanding display, fast processor. “It pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile phone today.”Chou leaves the stage after posing with the phone…10:22 a.m. In depth look at Nexus OneErik Tseng takes the stage to demo the phone.Hardware: 3.7 inch AMOLED display – WVGA. “Deep contrast and brilliant colours.”1 GHz processor – fast processor = less slowdowns.Trackball works as notifications tool. Will pulse when you get new messages. frederic lardinoislast_img read more

This Radiative Cooling Material Could Supplant Traditional Air Conditioners

first_imgWhen it’s hot out, we want cold. At night, we like to be able to turn on the lights. During the daytime, it can be hard to find the darkness.All these things — hot and cold, day and night, light and dark — can seem like opposites. Chinese philosophy suggests, however, that these opposing forces, known collectively as the yin and the yang, aren’t separate. And science has proved it. Let me tell you about the latest yin and yang science and how it could revolutionize air conditioning.Willis Carrier’s air conditionerFor a hundred years we’ve been using these mechanical systems called air conditioners to remove heat and humidity from buildings. It was one of many revolutionary technologies to come out of the twentieth century. Because of air conditioning, places like Orlando and Phoenix have far higher populations than they probably would otherwise. RELATED ARTICLESAir Conditioner BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Air ConditioningRadiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a ProblemClimate-Specific Air ConditionersThe Magic of ColdHot-Climate DesignMy House is Too HotCalculating Cooling LoadsWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save EnergyUsing Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without AC An air conditioner works by cycling the indoor air through a box that contains a fan to move the air and a cold coil to cool and dehumidify the air. It pulls in air from the home, sends it over the cold coil, and then sends that cooler, drier air back into the house. Wonderful!But what happens to the heat? The heat from the indoor air goes into that cold coil. The coil is filled with a refrigerant, a material that can get cold. After it absorbs the indoor heat, the refrigerant travels to the outdoor unit (in a typical split system). The outdoor unit uses a compressor and another coil to dump the heat into the outdoor air. Yes, other types of air conditioners exist, but the vast majority are of the type I just described: split-system, air-source air conditioners. (For more detail on how they work, see my article, The Magic of Cold.)The compressor is the the big energy hog in an air conditioner. It creates a high pressure and circulates the refrigerant. Compressors have gotten better over the years, but the process is still energy-intensive.The power of radiative coolingEvery bit of matter radiates energy away to its surroundings. Matter also absorbs energy from its surroundings. Whether the net energy flow is into or out of a particular object depends on two factors:  temperature and emissivity. The Stefan-Boltzmann Law in physics puts all this together.We’ve discussed this before. I stated it a bit differently then, using as an example a naked person jumping on a bed. (Perhaps you recall my article Naked People Need Building Science?) The surface temperature of his body is higher than the surroundings, especially the single-pane window. Thus, the net flow of heat is out his naked body and into the surroundings.Back in the 1970s, when the energy crises spurred lots of energy innovation, radiative cooling was one of the ways people tried to save energy. In the solar energy class I took in grad school, I learned about one method that required a pool of water on the roof. The water was thermally connected to the indoors during the day while being covered and insulated from direct solar gain and ambient heat. At night, the cover came off and the water could radiate the heat it picked up from inside the house during the day and send it out to the cold night sky.Nice idea, if you don’t mind having all that water overhead. But it was limited by being able to get rid of that heat only at night. So we have a day and night problem. Light and dark. But how do we get to the yin and yang?A metamaterial film that provides free cooling*The peer-reviewed journal Science has an article with a convoluted title, Scalable-manufactured randomized glass-polymer hybrid metamaterial for daytime radiative cooling, but a simple message. The researchers have developed a material that can radiate heat away at night and during the daytime. And it does so with an impressive capacity.The photo at the top of the article shows the material, a translucent film. It’s basically a plastic film with tiny silicon dioxide spheres embedded in it. (Silicon dioxide is the main component of a lot of the world’s sand.) The spheres play a critical role in tuning the material to emit infrared radiation while not absorbing any of solar radiation that hits the material during the daytime. The paper goes into the the physics, including a discussion of phonon-enhanced Fröhlich resonances of the microspheres and extinction cross-sections, but I’ll let you read you that those details if you choose.The film and microspheres, together called a metamaterial, make up one part. It doesn’t absorb solar radiation, instead letting those electromagnetic waves pass right through. So they put a reflective backing on the film to reflect the sunlight back out. That prevents it from heating up whatever is behind the film (which would be a building in our case).What could turn out to be a really exciting discovery for the building community is their measured cooling capacity. They set up the film outdoors and measured how much heat it could radiate to the open sky. They used an electric heater to pump heat into the film and adjusted the rate to keep the film at the same temperature as the surrounding air. By adding just enough heat to keep the temperatures equal, the researchers say the “total radiative cooling power is therefore the same as the heating power generated by the electric heater.”They did this experiment in Cave Creek, Arizona, in autumn. The solar irradiance at noon was more than 289 BTU/hr per square foot (900 W per square meter). Over three days, they found the cooling capacity to be:29.5 BTU/hr per square foot (93 Watts per square meter) at noon34.9 BTU/hr per square foot (110 W per square meter) over 3 daysThat’s pretty amazing. What it means is that you could get a ton of cooling capacity (12,000 BTU per hour) with about 400 square feet of this film. A typical new house these days has a cooling load of about one ton per 1,000 square feet of conditioned floor area. It shouldn’t be hard to find enough roof area to get all your cooling needs met if this material turns out to be as good as it looks now.About that asterisk…Yes, the title of my last section is correct. The film itself does provide cooling with no energy input. But to cool a building, you’ll definitely need to use some energy. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get the heat in the building to the film on the roof. One good way to do this would be to use hydronic panels to pick up heat inside the house and circulate it up to where the film is on the roof.So it’s not a free lunch. Sorry.What’s new here?Other researchers have looked at similar methods of radiative cooling. (See this article, for example.) What seems to be different here is that the previous materials were difficult to make and expensive to scale up. This one is a plastic film with embedded microspheres. It should be much easier and cheaper to produce. Hence the first word of their title: scalable.Yes, there are still a lot of questions. They did this work in a dry climate. What happens when you put that film on a roof in a humid climate? How well do they work on cloudy days?Will this metamaterial eventually replace traditional air conditioners? I think it holds a lot of promise, but it remains to be seen what happens. The best technology, even after being fully developed, doesn’t always win in the marketplace. (Remember VHS versus Beta?)One thing we do know, though, is that those Chinese philosophers had a lot of insight. So, too, do the University of Colorado researchers who led this study. Their names are Yin and Yang. Really!Thanks to Lloyd Alter for bringing this article to my attention. You can read his article about it on Treehugger: New plastic wrap might keep buildings cool even when the sun is shining. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more