Barny Evans

first_imgBarny Evans is a specialist in renewable energy and energy policy with nine years’ experience in the area of energy and sustainability. He is a CIBSE low carbon consultant, low carbon energy assessor, BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessor.Barny leads the renewable energy team at WSP providing policy advice, energy strategies for new and mixed-use developments and advice on the use of renewables on existing developments or as a stand-alone project both technically and financially. He has followed the developments on the zero carbon agenda, wider energy/carbon policy and the implications of this financially, technically and practically. He has also provided analysis of the current and proposed future EU and UK energy policy for WSP’s utility clients. In the past he has worked with the UKGBC and Policy Connect on reports in this area.He has contributed articles and analysis to industry press on a variety of issues including renewable energy and energy policies, most recently on the area of PVs feed-in tariffs, Renewable Obligation Certificates and allowable solutions.In the past he led a sustainable energy built environment team in the provision of renewable energy studies, overall energy strategies, EPCs and Part L analysis. His knowledge of the complexities of building energy modelling, including SBEM and SAP methodologies and low and zero carbon technologies has been used in more complex developments where the impact and interaction of different measures can be counter-intuitive.last_img read more

A Big 12 quarterback draft for the ages Part II

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIClick here for Part 1 and an explanation of the rules. Remember you get QBs at the age they are today so if you draft Bill Snyder to play QB you get 138-year-old Bill Snyder trying to toll out of the pocket.We pick it up with my first pick of the second round…Round 2Kyle: I really want to take Gundy right here but I don’t know if 46-year-old ball coach can still go. He’s probably as potent as what OSU is rolling out there right now but that doesn’t exactly say what I want it to say.I’ll roll with Kingsbury’s successor’s successor (side note: BJ Symons, who I loathed, threw 719 passes in 2003. Half of them were against OSU in Stillwater).That’s right, I’ll take 32-year-old-still-playing-pro-football-as-recently-as-five-years-ago Sonny Cumbie.He won’t start for me but I trust him as my backup more than I trust any current Big 12 QB. He once dropped 70 on TCU in 37 minutes…’s more points than Jake Waters, Trevone Boykin, and Sam Richardson have ever seen next to their team’s names on the scoreboard ever. Combined, probably.Nolo: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFI didn’t think anybody would remember Cumbie. I was counting on him. Screw you, Pistols Boy!Carson: I think we’ve reached our quota of former Tech QBs.Who’s Mel Kiper’s top 5 available? Case McCoy? Davis Webb? …I’ll pass. You guys are going to hate me for this pick, but it’s legal.Collin Klein.(Yes, even with that throwing motion!)Klein is apparently working part-time for the K-State athletic department…and signing autographs at the Dick’s Sporting Goods in Salina, Kansas.You know who I’m getting: 2012 Heisman finalist, who looks like a modern day version of Tommie Frazier compared to the other QBs still on the board.I’d go to war with Kliff & Klein.N: “Working at the athletic department part time” does not make him a current Big 12 coach/Assistant coach. He isn’t technically on the football staff.C: I’m sure Snyder lets Collin swing by the office more than what is probably allowed? Sigh.I’ll go with Blake Bell.The OU coaching staff should use him like Klein (less like Landry) & run the same offense K-State did. Just line him up in the Belldozer as the base formation (like Klein did most of the time) and get 4 yards & a cloud of dust. Mix in some timely play-action & you’re in business.If we copy the Klein offense we can go places. And we will.N: I actually agree with you by the way, Carson (gasp!). I think OU keeps acting like Bell has a Landry/Bradford arm, and he just doesn’t. The Klein-style attack would work MUCH better.K: This is the best draft we’ve ever done.Who is trades multiple group emails about Collin Klein, Blake Bell, Sonny Cumbie, and Wes Lunt?!N: I guess I have to go with Davis Webb.I know he isn’t too flashy, but he is fearless. Plus he has two last names. He (along with a little help from his friend, Baker) got Tech off to a 7-0 start and he was one drive away from knocking off OU in Norman. In his last three games (two of them road games), he’s combined for 1,262 yards, 7 TDs, and 3 picks, and he’s only getting better under Kliff.C: I’m pretty bummed Klein & Kliff can’t hang out at my football offices. Although, Collin’s marriage would be in great jeopardy if he went to Murphy’s with Kliff.Even more trouble than Kyle & Matt’s marriage for this e-mail exchange.Amilian: I already my starter in Petty, so I’m going to go with a little athleticism with my backup. Donovan Woods played just about every position while at OSU, so he knows the game well.With NFL experience and young enough to still move well, Donovan will back up Bryce well. Does he still hold the OSU record for most TD passes in a season with 13?  Get OKCDave on that.Round 3A: If Dana is eligible for a draft, I’m taking him. I don’t care if he goes 0-20 with 5 picks because his reaction to each and every INT will be (I don’t use this word lightly) epic.And forget about what he is or isn’t capable of on the field at his age.  I get THIS and THIS on the sideline. And I’ll go ahead and be the first coach in history to let his 3rd string QB call the plays.Holgy drawing up madness for Petty. Yes.C: Bold strategy. Dana actually played wide receiver at Iowa Wesleyan (do they have casinos there?)….is Nolan trying to find a wife right now?A: Who would you rather have as OSU’s current third-string QB: Dana or Daxx?K: I’m going to need lsufreek to GIF Dana running the speed option helmet-less against Texas.N: Trying to find a wife? LOL! Two weeks ago I road tripped to Oxford, MS with nowhere to sleep. I don’t think I’m getting married any time soon.I know you can buy liquor at the grocery store in Iowa, and I’m sure there’s a coupe Indian casinos there, so Dana probably fit right in.I like Matt’s strategy. After Google yielded no evidence of Matt Holliday ever enrolling in a single class at OSU, the final spot is tough to pick.I also can’t figure out what Al Pena is doing these days, so instead of picking between Alex Cate and Seth Newton, I’m going to go a different direction.I have a choice between a fan favorite, gamer, who is the OC at the most powerful college athletic program in the country, and a former national champion and current OC at another perennial powerhouse. Since I barely remember watching either of them play, I’m going to go with the guy who didn’t go to OU. I’m taking Major Applewhite.K: I’m crushed. I had 39 Chris Simms GIFs queued up for my turn. I mean I am CRUSHED.N: I’ll trade you Major for Sonny, Kyle. 🙂Also, were GIFs even a thing yet when Chris Simms played?C: Wow, I hadn’t even thought of Major. Great pick. I still can’t believe Mack played Chris Simms over him. (Major was 1999 All-Big 12 1st team, Co-Offensive Player of the Year!)Anyway, with apologies to Case McCoy, I’m going with another former OSU quarterback. Who, as a sophomore, threw for 2,226 yards 24 TDs and rushed for 500 yards and 5 TD’s.The man who inspired The Rant: Bobby Reid. He’s currently on the OSU coaching staff. Reid put up those numbers in the old Gundora offense, which was chalk full of bubble screens. Imagine if he was in this year’s offen….never mind.He was a pretty good QB and lost his job partly because of injury (KOd out of the second game of the year in 2007, never got the job back) Doesn’t that sound like Wes Lunt, by the way? Zac Robinson took over & got to reap the benefits of unstoppable Dez.Doesn’t Bobby look a lot better after what we’ve seen this year?K: [don’t take Ron Powlus even though he’s on Kansas’ staff][Ron Powlus was a quarterback in the mid-90s and his coaching photo makes him look like he’s about 240 lbs.][I don’t care what Beano Cook said about him!]Screw it, I’ll take Daniel Sams and stick a white courtesy phone next to Tom Osborne in case my first two guys go down. I’ll bring in the reliever and have him run the ’95 Nebraska offense with Sams who, by the way, kind of impressed me in the Kansas State-OSU game earlier this year.I like my chances with a Fields-Cumbie-Sams lineup. I can run any offense effectively which is infinity more than like seven Big 12 teams can say so far this year. I’m not too old, I have a runner, and I have the only OSU guy in the modern era to win Bedlam twice as the starting QB.Ladies and gentlemen, 2013 Big 12 football!!N: I actually thought long and hard about taking Bobby. He still looks like he’s in good shape, and he’s still built like an NFL QB. I’m fine with the pick since he’s employed full time by the football team, even though he’s technically not on the coaching staff.C: Nolan really went through these resume’s with fine-toothed comb. I think Gundy would have been a first round pick had OSU not released that Instagram video of him throwing a football.N: I thought it was common knowledge that B. Reid was just on the administrative staff. Klein on the other hand? I couldn’t just let you nab last year’s Heisman Trophy runner up that easily.Final teamsAmilian: Petty-Donovan-HolgorsenNolan: Lunt-Webb-MajorCarson: Kliff-Bell-BobbyKyle: Fields-Cumbie-SamsIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri hails outstanding Hazard: He’ll be even better soon

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri hails outstanding Hazard: He’ll be even better soonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hailed the performance of Eden Hazard for their 2-1 win at Hazard scored one goal and assisted another as Chelsea, who started without a striker, held on to beat the Seagulls.The 27-year-old set up the Blues’ opener with a wonderful pass across the face of goal for the arriving Pedro to tap in on 17 minutes.Willian then pounced on a loose pass from Leon Balogun and played in Hazard, who ran from just over the halfway line, outpacing the Brighton defence before slotting past Mat Ryan.”I think that Hazard could have played better because his level is a very high level,” said Sarri. “He can do more for him and for us.”But I think after the two injuries, he lost the physical condition. Now he’s improving. In one or two matches he’ll be back at the top.”He added: “We could have won by more goals. We conceded a goal in a moment when we were in full control. The last five minutes against a very physical team were difficult to manage.” last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement We spoke with Sudduth about his storm-tracking observations over the past 20 years, including his own personal fear factor, and the ridiculous rain associated with a new breed of storms:Q: Storms are never totally predictable, but have things changed in recent years?Mark Sudduth: “Yes, especially in the rainfall. It just seems that they (hurricanes) rain more, if that makes sense. Fresh-water flooding – it’s not unprecedented, but it has been frequent. In fact, a big part of Hurricane Matthew was the rainfall in North Carolina. We’re talking about feet of rainfall, instead of inches. And then last year in North Carolina with Hurricane Florence, just two years after Matthew, 30 inches of rain in some locations, and North Carolina’s worst all-time natural disaster, by far, a $22-billion disaster, from rainfall.”Q: Rain damage is even harder to overcome than wind damage, correct?Mark Sudduth: “It is – the words I like to use are, incessant and penetrative. It creeps up on you, so you can look at the exterior of a building that had just two feet of flooding, and it doesn’t look like anything happened. But the inside is full of mould, the walls, the infrastructure, the carpeting, everything is damaged. The building might have to be demolished. Whereas with wind damage, you see that, there’s a visual to it. So it’s different.”Q: Do you gather different data today than you did 20 years ago? Do the agencies want different information from you?Mark Sudduth: “Yes, for this hurricane season coming up, we will be adding simple plastic rain gauges, to try to track some of these bands that form and dump three or four inches of rain in an hour. It’s literally an analog way, if you will, instead of a digital way, we’re just going to stick a bucket out there with measurements on it. But that’s exactly what they (weather forecasters) want. Because this rainfall is a real problem. I think the warmer atmosphere we seem to be having is holding more moisture – that’s my theory.”Q: Modern weather reporting largely seems designed to scare us, so when a storm doesn’t turn out to be as bad as the predictions, people tend to get cocky about the next one. Do you find that the general public is more cognizant of big storms these days, or more cavalier?Mark Sudduth: “That is a great point, a great question, and it’s a great concept to explore. You get these situations where something is hyped up to be a certain level, and it doesn’t pan out. But what it comes down to is, we react as human beings to these weather situations based on our last experience on a personal level. So if the hurricane was supposed to be very bad for your location, and it wasn’t bad for you personally, that’s what you’re going to base your future movements on. It could be, say, a tropical storm, but a major pine tree falls on your house and splits it in half, and you have $100,000 damage. If it didn’t do that to your neighbour, he’s going to say, ‘It wasn’t that big a deal.’ But to you, it was catastrophic. So we don’t tend to ask, ‘How bad will it be overall?’ We tend to ask, ‘What’s going to happen at my address?’ ”Q: In your extreme line of work, how often have you honestly been scared?Mark Sudduth: “The last time I was truly scared – and I have no problem using that word, some of the people who do this work try to shy away – but it was Hurricane Charlie in 2004. We were sitting in our SUV that had instruments on it, we were videotaping with handheld cameras, and it was frightening. That was the start of what we’ve done ever since, which is to create remotely operated equipment. Now I am more scared for the people, and I mean that. When I see something like last year, Hurricane Michael, coming for Florida, and people are asking me, ‘Do you think it’s going to be as bad as they’re saying? It always weakens. They’re always full of it.’ I’m thinking, ‘This is somebody who has no idea what’s coming.’ I’m setting up remotely operated equipment, because I know that it’s going to be lethal at this spot tomorrow. So I’m more scared for the people these days than I am about my own safety, because we learned from an event in 2004 that truly scared me. I guess you would say it scared me straight.”By Bill Harris ~ The Lede / Bell Media “It’s like being inside of a car wash.” That’s how hurricane tracker Mark Sudduth describes violent storms in Discovery’s gripping new Canadian original documentary HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH, which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.“Yeah, an out-of-control car wash,” Sudduth added, during an interview at Bell Media headquarters in downtown Toronto on Thursday. “Maybe they could rename it, instead of ROGUE EARTH, Rogue Car Wash. We have a spinoff!”HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH is the fourth installment in the ROGUE EARTH series. With raw and never-before-seen mobile phone footage from Hurricane Matthew, as well as interviews with experts such as Sudduth who risked their lives to gather storm data, HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH showcases the bravery and generosity of individuals, and emphasizes the need to better prepare for future disasters, which most assuredly are on the way. Advertisementlast_img read more

The travelling Innu surgeon

first_imgAPTN National NewsStanley Vollant is well-known as the first Innu surgeon in Quebec.But he’s becoming equally famous for his cross-country treks.He’s aiming to visit all First Nations in Quebec and Labrador.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Ministry approves Fort Nelson Community Forest Agreement boundary application

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, who have partnered in an application to secure a joint Community Forest Agreement tenure, say that a major milestone in the application process has been reached.On June 5th, Acting Forestry Ministry District Manager Greg Van Dolah approved the Community Forest boundary submitted as part of the partnership’s application. The Northern Rockies and Fort Nelson First Nation initiated the Community Forest project to generate a measure of local influence over the use of the forest resource, encourage the reestablishment of a sustainable forest industry in the region and create employment and business opportunities for residents.Once established, the Fort Nelson Community Forest will be the largest such tenure ever awarded in the province, with any revenue from the operating Community Forest available for reinvestment into local communities. The Municipality says the next stage of the application process will involve the submission of a Management Plan to the Ministry. The Partners are on track to make the final application submission this September.last_img read more

Site C workforce sees big jump in May

first_img Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro There were 345 additional B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors, making up 82 percent of contractors and bringing the total number of B.C. contractors to 1,765.The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C saw an increase after declines in recent months.The number of locals employed on the dam went from 532 in April to 657 in May, though the percentage of PRRD residents working as contractors actually dropped from 31 to 30 percent.The three temporary foreign workers employed as contractors at Site C in May, which is identical the number of TFW contractors for the past two months.The number of apprentices at Site C increased from 29 to 37, while the number of Indigenous workers also increased, from 163 to 226. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam saw a big jump in May.According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 2,810 workers employed on Site C during the fifth month of the year, up from 2,242 in April.The number of contractors on site has once again broken the 2,000 mark jumping by 423 to a total of 2,160. The number of engineers and project team members also saw a big increase from the month prior, jumping from 505 to 650. The number of women employed on the project jumped from 285 to 370.last_img read more

‘Time is running out for me as minister but being father my blessings with Ashray’

first_imgShimla: Himachal Pradesh Power minister Anil Sharma, who is in spot over his son — Ashray Sharma, fielded as Congress candidate from Mandi Parliamentary constituency on Wednesday said the time is really running out for him as a cabinet minister, but added ‘as a father my blessings are with my son.'”I am aware of my position, and also my future. They (BJP) will definitely throw me out from the party, and sack from the cabinet. I am prepared for this. But, I will complete my term as MLA for five years,” Sharma told the Millennium Post here. With BJP fixing Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s campaign meeting in Mandi assembly constituency, Sharma skipped to Shimla but did not attend the office. He was elected from Mandi (Sadar) on the BJP ticket and was inducted as a cabinet minister. Sharma said he had already made it clear to the Chief Minister that it was not possible for him to campaign against his son. “Now, they are forcing me, and even blacking my name. Only yesterday some mysterious posters were printed with my photographs and an appeal was made to the voters to support Ram Swaroop Sharma on behalf of me. This is treachery. I have approached the police seeking a probe into this poster and a Facebook post. It’s the handiwork of the BJP workers,” said Sharma, who is the son of Sukh Ram, former telecom minister. Sukh Ram had joined the Congress along with Ashray Sharma to contest the Mandi Parliamentary constituency, which was also represented by Sukh Ram thrice, and also by former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Looking in defiant mood, Sharma said, “He doesn’t want to hang on for a cabinet position too long. This will be a letdown to his son, who is beginning his political career. It’s big honour the Congress has given to him at a very young age. As a father, I also want to see him attaining heights in the politics as his grandfather (my father) Sukh Ram acquired.” On prospects of his son, Sharma said, “The elections are a gamble and the voters are masters. There have been numerable examples when tables were turned against winnable candidates. Nobody should take victory for granted. Even those rated as weakest have won the elections. I wish the best to my son, whom the BJP has started trolling from day one.” He also warned the Chief Minister not to use public platforms to abuse his family or make the election as an issue of prestige for himself. Ashray is a new face in politics. Let the contest remain confined to two candidates – Ram Sawoop Sharma and Ashray. In 2014, Ram Swaroop won the poll in Narendra Modi’s name. This time he should ask the voters on own performance as MP. Let people decide where does he stand in the contest, instead of banking on the Chief Minister’s name.last_img read more

PM misguiding country on reservation: Maya

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misguiding the country on the issue of reservation.In a tweet, Mayawati said, “Efforts being made by PM Modi to misguide the country on reservation that it will continue, is in fact another jumlebaji (rhetoric), as like the Congress, in their rule, reservation to SC/ST/OBC has been made completely inactive and ineffective.” Apart from this, why are governments of the BJP at the Centre and in the state working to kill the rights of Dalits, tribals and OBC, of giving reservations to them in government jobs? she asked. The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo chief also said, “The BJP and PM Modi must give their report (hisab-kitab) on this.”last_img read more

Mohd Shami’s estranged wife held after high drama

first_imgLucknow: Hasin Jahan, estranged wife of cricketer Mohd Shami, was taken into custody by police in Amroha in Uttar Pradesh after she reached her husbands house and created a ruckus. She was later released on bail. Hasin Jahan reached her husband’s house in Sahaspur Ali Nagar village late on Sunday night. When her in-laws asked her to leave. she locked herself and her child in a room. The police were called. When the police failed to bring a truce between the warring parties, they took Hasin Jahan into custody. Talking to reporters, Hasin Jahan said: “I have come to my husband’s house and I have every right to stay here. My in-laws are misbehaving with me and the police is supporting them. They should have arrested them but they are taking me to the police station.” Mohd Shami is currently busy with IPL. He is a member of the Kings XI Punjab.last_img read more