Video: One young adult…and a mission for migrant workers

first_img Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth & Young Adults Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Video: One young adult…and a mission for migrant workers Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Video, martha knight says: [Episcopal News Service] Sara Lowery from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama is spending one year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer working with Hong Kong’s Mission for Migrant Workers. The mission helps some of the 300,000 domestic workers who sometimes encounter abuse or exploitation in their workplace. It operates an open-door policy for women in need, runs two shelters and offers a variety of services such as case management and legal assistance. Lowery’s ministry there is a partnership between the Episcopal Church and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Young Adult Service Corps, Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Asia, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments (1) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missionaries, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 By Matthew DaviesPosted Jan 14, 2014 January 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm I am so glad to see such an invaluable ministry. My small rural community hires many migrant workers who work long hours for an incredibly low wage. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Search continues for prisoner who escaped from Altnagelvin Hospital

first_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleDissidents give Co Donegal brothers 48 hours to leave countyNext articleUlster Council award Monaghan Harps Intermediate title News Highland Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – November 5, 2014 Google+ Facebook Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterestcenter_img The search is continuing for a prisoner who escaped from police custody at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry yesterday.The man was receiving treatment at the hospital when he escaped from police officers.The Police Service of Northern Ireland have not said why the prisoner was in custody.Ch Insp Tony Callaghan said they were “currently working to locate him”. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Search continues for prisoner who escaped from Altnagelvin Hospital LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: School of Rock Continues Its Straight-A Streak

first_img Good news for those who love sticking it to the man: School of Rock has climbed back to seven figures. The new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes, after a four-week period of hitting six figures, grossed $1,152,012 and reached full capacity at 100.99%. Meanwhile, The Lion King topped the charts at over $1.8 million; the number one spot had been held by Hamilton in recent weeks. The two were joined by Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon in the top five.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 21:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,851,720)2. Hamilton ($1,750,924)3. Wicked ($1,747,324)4. Aladdin ($1,486,893)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,365,956)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Disaster! ($333,537)*4. Hughie ($298,616)*3. The Humans ($250,540)***2. She Loves Me ($227,422)**1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($183,321)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.43%)2. Hamilton (101.78%)3. School of Rock (100.99%)4. Aladdin (99.83%)5. The Lion King (99.63%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (68.93%)4. Blackbird (67.78%)*3. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (67.73%)2. Chicago (64.98%)1. Disaster! (64.81%)** Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on four preview performances***Number based on three preview performances and five regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Alex Brightman in ‘School of Rock'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Commentslast_img read more

British MPs demand action as Bulgaria football racism row escalates

first_imgBulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov said he did not hear anything as he was focusing on the match.“If this is indeed proven, we must apologise and be ashamed that such racist things happen in Bulgaria,” he said. “That’s the truth.“I am absolutely in favour of strict punishments if such things happened. But this has to be proven, otherwise it’s speculation.”Anti-racism group Kick It Out said the match should have been abandoned by officials after TV footage showed that racist abuse continued in the second half.“There can be no more pitiful fines or short stadium bans,” it said. “If UEFA care at all about tackling discrimination… then points deductions and tournament expulsion must follow.”A section of 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium was already closed for the game after racist incidents during games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June.With England 2-0 ahead, the game was temporarily stopped and a warning played over the loudspeakers in both Bulgarian and English.That warning was not heeded and there was a second, longer stoppage of the match after Ross Barkley put England 3-0 up, with a number of Bulgarian ‘ultra’ fans ejected from the stadium.Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings was one of those targeted on his England debut.“I am proud of how we dealt with it and took the appropriate steps,” he said. “I could hear it as clear as day. It doesn’t affect me too much. I feel more sorry for those people who feel they have to have those opinions.”England now need just a point from their final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo next month to seal their place at next year’s Euros.Share on: WhatsApp England  were subjected to repeated racist chanting during their Euro 2020 qualifier with Bulgaria last night. PHOTO via @HKaneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British lawmakers called Tuesday for tough action from UEFA after England players were subjected to repeated racist chanting during a Euro 2020 qualifier as Bulgaria’s prime minister urged the country’s football chief to resign.England recorded a 6-0 victory over their hosts in Sofia on Monday but the game was overshadowed by offensive chanting from the stands, forcing the match to be halted twice in the first half.Sports minister Nigel Adams said the England team had been subjected to “disgusting abuse”, which included monkey noises and apparent Nazi salutes.“Discrimination must be stamped out from the game and I expect tough action from @UEFA to follow,” Adams tweeted. “The @England players have my full support.”Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger tweeted: “@UEFA have to stop this from happening at all. Now”.Amid the fallout from the game, Bulgaria’s prime minister urged the country’s football union president Borislav Mihaylov to quit.“I urge Borislav Mihaylov to hand in his resignation immediately!” Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wrote on Facebook, adding it was “inadmissible that Bulgaria… is associated with racism and xenophobia”.Borisov said the government would sever all ties, including financial, with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) over what he called “a shameful loss” and the overall poor standing of Bulgarian football until Mihaylov resigned.He tweeted his condemnation of the behaviour of some of the fans, saying it was “unacceptable” that Bulgaria, which he described as “one of the most tolerant countries in the world”, should be associated with racism.After several English players suffered racist abuse in a qualifier away to Montenegro in March, England manager Gareth Southgate had prepared his side to follow European football governing body UEFA’s three-step protocol for reporting racist incidents that can lead to matches being abandoned.–  ‘No more pitiful fines’ –Southgate said after Monday’s win that his side had made “two statements” by winning the game but also raising awareness of the situation.“The game was stopped twice and I know for some people that won’t be enough, but I think we were as a group on board with that process,” he said.last_img read more

Christmas Forest raises $672,000 to help Further the Providence Mission

first_imgFacebook128Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation is pleased to announce that the 30th annual Christmas Forest raised $672,000 to benefit the Providence Mission of providing compassionate and excellent health care to all, with a special concern for the poor and vulnerable.One of the amazing trees at this year’s Christmas Forest was “Christmas at Tiffany’s” decked out in blue and white with goodies from the famous jewelry store. Photo courtesy: Providence St. Peter Foundation.This annual six-day event, sponsored by Titus-Will, is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and community event which brought in thousands of visitors to see the trees and wreaths decorated by volunteer designers. The trees and wreaths, as well as a number of donated specialty items, were then auctioned off at the dinner and gala to help support charity care, life-saving equipment and compassionate programs for Providence ministries in the southwest Washington region. Several trees and wreaths were pre-sold or were raffle items.“This was the 30th anniversary of Christmas Forest, and the history and tradition of this magical event was so special this year,” shares Jen Foley, a Providence St. Peter Foundation board member who co-chaired the event with her husband Eric. “Both Eric and I were so humbled by the outpouring of generosity from gala attendees, and others who made gifts but could not attend the gala. Our incredible designers truly poured their hearts into their creations which made a beautiful event to start this holiday season.”More than $307,000 of the total was raised to create the Providence St. Peter Hospital Dental Residency Program, making it the second highest total in Christmas Forest’s 30-year history. This program will provide critical dental care to the lowest income and medically compromised adults and improve outcomes of dental-related emergency center visits at St. Peter Hospital. The dental residency program will be located on the Providence St. Peter Hospital campus and will provide both primary and emergency dental care.“Many members of the dental community were in attendance supporting the dental residency program,” shared Peter Brennan, executive director of the foundation. “We received a $55,000 match from the Washington State Dental Association which was a tremendous incentive for attendees to give generously. The support for the dental residency program from both the dental and medical community was truly evident and deeply appreciated.”This adorable wreath from this year’s Christmas Forest was aptly titled “Merry Christmas.” Photo courtesy: Providence St. Peter Foundation.A number of the trees and wreaths purchased were donated back to the community and can be seen in the lobby of St. Peter Hospital, Providence St. Peter Hospital Neurology Unit (9th floor) and Medical Unit (4th floor), Providence St. Peter Sunshine House, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, St. Peter Hospital Surgical Waiting Area, Panorama Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center, Olympia Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club and Kaiser Permanente.“Christmas Forest is about caring and providing compassionate health care to our most vulnerable citizens,” shares Rick Middleton, board president for the foundation. “It is our community’s responsibility to help care for those in need by giving of ourselves and doing all that we can to make a difference in the lives of so many. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our donors, volunteers and caregivers who made this event so very special.”Christmas Forest will return in 2018 with public viewings and the gala over the November 30 – December 2 weekend.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2016)–With a powerful late kick, English-bred Royal Albert Hall broke an 11-game losing streak by taking Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Conditioned by Doug O’Neill, who with the win, went one-up in the trainer standings over Phil D’Amato, 28-27, the 4-year-old gelding got a mile and a quarter on turf in 1:59.90.Fourth with a quarter mile to run, favored “Royal Albert” angled three-wide turning for home and won as best at odds of 8-5 in a field of nine older horses.Owned by Steve Keh, Scott Knight, Mike Ryan and Westside, Royal Albert Hall paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.80.“He’s always shown plenty of ability since he first came to our barn (in late 2014),” said O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “He showed a lot of promise, so we kept running him against some of the best grass horses out here in stakes. Thankfully the owners were patient and even though he wasn’t winning, we ran up some money ($144,624 in 2015) with him. This race should be a good confidence builder.With the winner’s share of $34,800, Royal Albert Hall increased his earnings to $194,983. With Friday’s win, his overall mark now stands at 17-2-6-4.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Excessive Kid trailed the field heading into the far turn and finished up well to be second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of Cardiac.Off at 7-1, Excessive Kid paid $6.00 and $4.80.With Fernando Perez up, Cardiac showed the way to the five sixteenths pole, where he was overtaken narrowly by Dreaming of Gold, who he outran for third money. Off at 12-1, Cardiac paid $6.00 to show.(With the win, Bejarano now leads the recently sidelined Santiago Gonzalez 63-47 in the jockey standings).Fractions on the race were 22.53, 46.54, 1:10.89 and 1:35.28.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

South Africans ‘serious about democracy’

first_img24 April 2009South Africans are serious about democracy, international observer Oranto Atombo said after witnessing the massive, peaceful voter turnout in the country’s 2009 general election.Speaking to BuaNews on Thursday from the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) results centre in Pretoria, were the votes from Wednesday’s election were being counted, Atombo said South Africa had once more proved that it could pull off a successful election.In Jacob Zuma’s hometown in Kwanxamalala, KwaZulu-Natal, 67-year-old Songelwayo Nene makes his mark in South Africa’s fourth democratic elections. Click arrow to play video“An election of this magnitude can hardly be 100 percent free of anything,” Atombo said of the relatively few logistical glitches encountered. “Even in advanced democracies.”According to the IEC, 77.31 percent of South Africa’s 23.18-million registered voters cast their ballots in Wednesday’s poll.The huge turnout caused long queues and a shortage of voting material at some voting stations, which saw presiding officers scrambling to supply voting material where it was needed. All stations closed at 9pm, although voters who were already in the queue at that time were allowed to vote.Atombo said voters’ determination to stand in long queues to make their mark demonstrated “how serious South Africans are about their hard-earned democracy”.Atombo is one of 333 international observers currently in South Africa to ensure that the country’s elections are free and fair.Meanwhile, an observer mission from Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has congratulated the country on conducting a free and fair election, saying this was a positive factor for investor and business confidence.“Notwithstanding the shortages of ballot papers and ballot boxes, which caused delays in some voting stations, the cooperation between party agents and IEC officials allowed for speedy resolutions of those challenges,” Busa said in a statement on Thursday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Doing the Dusi – in wood and canvas canoes

first_img27 November 2013Early on Friday morning a hardy band of 16 canoeing enthusiasts will set off on a four-day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, following the original Dusi Canoe Marathon route and paddling replica canvas and wood craft of the same design used by Dr Ian Player when he won the inaugural Dusi in 1951.The Dusi Canoe Marathon is one of the world’s largest canoe marathons and an iconic South African endurance sporting event.The Commemorative Dusi Canvas Journey was started by paddling stalwart John Oliver in 2002, with the intention of replicating the pioneering feats of the race’s founders, right down to the construction of canoes made exactly to plans used in the 1950s.Boat builderAnton Venter, one of the race’s staunchest supporters, has fine-tuned the skills needed to build these boats from suitable timber and canvas, and is able to supply the replica craft to keen paddlers from around R1 500, roughly 25% of the cost of a simple modern fibre-glass craft.The Canvas Dusi participants wear the typical 1950s uniform of khaki shorts and shirts. Those who have done at least one Canvas Dusi get to add a leopard skin band to their hats in memory of the first Dusi when Ernie Pearce, one of the Dusi’s most important historical figures, cut up a leopard skin carpet at home and added it to his hat.The four-day adventure has seen a gradual turnover in personnel since it was first run in 2001, with more and more younger paddlers joining the trip.“In the beginning it was just a bunch of us old ‘balies’,” Hugh Raw, one of the Canvas Dusi’s most passionate supporters, said this week. “It is great to see the younger paddler joining us, like the Wright brothers, which helps to bring down the average age.”Annual eventThe race is run on the first weekend in December to coincide with the good water releases for the two-day 50 Miler race, which is a major build-up race to the Dusi Canoe Marathon in February. However, it does mean that the first and last days of the Canvas Dusi trip are often paddled on low rivers.On the final stage from Molweni to Blue Lagoon in Durban, the paddlers will not carry their craft over the notorious Burma Road portage, but instead face up to the big rapids on the paddle around.“Peter Peacock [a former Dusi winner] has started shooting the big stuff in these wood and canvas canoes, which have open cockpits with no splash covers,” said Raw. “Last year I shot Island One and Two Rapids following Peter’s lines and we both made it!”Typically, both rapids are studiously avoided by the Dusi paddlers of today.“These wood and canvas craft can be quite hard work to maintain and they don’t have a very long lifespan,” Raw added.“If you pick up a rip in the canvas, that’s quite easy to fix because you can patch it with contact adhesive. But when you break one of the wooden ribs in the boat, then they become quite weak.”Support crewThe 16 paddlers, accompanied by a support crew of four, now stay overnight at the Mfula Lodge operated by John Graaff from the Mfula Store premises, close to the halfway point of their journey.Day One will take them to Yellow Rock, close to the first overnight stop of the normal Dusi Marathon. Day Two overnights conveniently at Mfula Store, while the third stage ends at Molweni, below the Inanda Dam wall, and the final stage on Monday ends at Blue Lagoon in Durban.“It is a totally social trip, and we all stay together and help each other out whenever necessary,” Raw explained.“We did lose one of our number last year. He somehow got lost on the Guinea Fowl portage and we were enormously relieved to see him stumbling out of the bush several hours later. But generally speaking the group that starts is the same group that will finish the trip in Durban.”2014 DusiThe Dusi Canoe Marathon, which takes place from 13 to 15 February 2014, is focussing on the pioneering feats of the characters who started the race 63 years ago and profiling the contributions that icons like founder Dr Ian Player, Ernie Pearce, Graeme Pope-Ellis and Robert Lembethe made in helping the famous race become what it is today.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS Index

first_imgA lot of home builders and homeowners are getting certified home energy ratings to find out how efficient their homes are. There’s also a lot of buzz about HERS ratings, with builders looking at them as a tool for marketing their homes. The rating process models the energy performance of a home and comes up with, among other results, a number called the HERS Index. But what exactly is this thing called the HERS Index?We could approach that question a lot of different ways. My objective here is to focus on the mechanics — how the HERS Index is defined and how it’s calculated. For greater depth on the mechanics or more on HERS ratings in the broader context, see the links at the end of this article. ResourcesThe ultimate source of info about the HERS Index is the 2006 National Mortgage Industry Home Energy Rating System Standards (pdf).Last year, Martin Holladay wrote about the HERS Index in his Musings of an Energy Nerd column here at Green Building Advisor but looked at it from a different angle: How Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?Martin also wrote a thorough article on energy modeling in general that you might want to check out: Energy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate.RESNET has been pushing hard for builders to adopt the HERS Index as a marketing tool, and I wrote about that a while back: ENERGY STAR Version 3 vs. the HERS Index.Finally, one thing that many people don’t seem to understand is that a HERS rating is just an analysis tool. It’s not a certification program for homes with guidelines and thresholds: A Home Energy Rating Is Not an Award. The HERS Reference HomeOne aspect of the HERS Index that bears further scrutiny is the HERS Reference Home. Here’s what the HERS Standards say about it:“The reference home is the geometric twin of the rated home, configured to a standard set of thermal performance characteristics, from which the energy budget, that is the basis for comparison, is derived.”Basically, the Reference Home is the same size and shape as the rated home and is also in the same location and IECC climate zone. The inputs for insulation R-values, window U-values, HVAC system efficiency, and similar factors are defined in the HERS Standards but are close to what’s in the 2006 IECC.Let me point out a couple of important points about the Reference Home. First, some aspects vary with climate zone, and some are fixed. For example, wall insulation R-values change with location but the window area in the Reference home is always 18% of the conditioned floor area and is spread out equally on south, east, north, and west facing walls. Second, the Reference Home doesn’t have everything that the rated home has. Although a rated home may have photovoltaic modules, for example, the Reference Home will not.The really important thing to know about the HERS Reference Home is that it’s your reference point, hence the name. Yes, the energy code that it’s based on has advanced, but we don’t want to go changing our reference because if we did that, the scale would change. That would be like changing the definition of the mile just because our modes of transport got faster.Likewise, the HERS rater industry in Canada is just getting going and could adopt a different HERS Reference Home. If they want to be able to compare their homes’ HERS Indices to ours in the US, however, they need to keep the same definition of the HERS Reference Home. Otherwise it’s apples and oranges, and CRESNET’s Cross-Border Challenge would be difficult to judge. RELATED ARTICLES How Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated? Why Is the HERS Reference Home Based on an Outdated Energy Code? Study Finds Huge Variation in California HERS Rating ResultsThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate The basicsHere are the fundamental ideas behind the HERS Index:It’s a linear scale, with 100 meaning the rated home has the same energy use as the HERS Reference Home.The HERS Reference Home is based on definitions in the HERS Standards, with some specifications based on the 2004/2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).The HERS Index includes the energy consumption from heating, cooling, water heating, lights, and some appliances.Each one-point change on the HERS Index scale represents a 1% change in energy efficiency.A HERS Index of 0 means the home has net zero energy use. That is, the home produces as much energy as it uses.The second image below shows the scale for a home with a HERS Index of 65, which would be 35% more efficient than the Reference Home.center_img SummaryThat’s it. A HERS Index is a number that compares how a given home’s energy use to a reference point, which is the HERS Reference Home. Numerically, it’s like golf scores – the lower the number, the better. I’ve seen scores above 200 for really bad houses and a low score of -2 for a net-zero energy home in Tennessee.The equations above show how to calculate it. As they always say, though, the devil’s in the details, so if your intention is to write software to be used as an accredited HERS rating tool, you’ll need to spend a lot of time poring over the HERS Standards. If you’re just looking for the overview with some detail about what goes into calculating a HERS Index, I hope this article gave you what you needed. If not, check out the links below or leave a comment here. The HERS Index equationIf the basic info above isn’t sufficient for you, the HERS Standards would be the ultimate place to go for more details. That’s where the whole process is defined. For example, if you wanted to see the actual equation used to calculate the HERS Index, you could go to page 3-4 in chapter 3. To save you the effort, I’ve pasted a copy of the equation directly from the HERS Standards below (third image).Yes, it’s ugly, ugly, ugly! You could spend a while sorting through all the horribly-named variables, but, since you’re reading this article, you can skip right over that bit of ugliness above (have I mentioned how ugly it is?!) and get the idea behind it from my simplified version of the equation, shown right after RESNET’s version (fourth image).Much better, right? The E stands for energy consumption, WH stands for water heating, and LA stands for lights & (some) appliances. PEfrac needs a separate explanation, which I’ll give you shortly. To be fair, though, there’s still a lot hidden in both versions of the equation you see above. Calculating those four individual components (heating, cooling, water heating, and lights & appliances) involves a whole lot of definitions, specifications, assumptions, and yet more equations. Chapter 3 of the HERS Standards, which contains the technical standards for HERS ratings, is 44 pages long and is constantly being updated, revised, and amended.The HERS Index equation basically compares the energy use of the rated home to the energy use of the HERS Reference Home. If the total of those four components is the same for both the rated and Reference homes, the fraction part of the equation equals 1. Then you multiply it by 100 to get a HERS Index of 100 in that case (assuming PEfrac = 1 for now). If the rated home’s energy use is half of the Reference Home’s energy use, the HERS Index would be 50. If the rated home uses twice as much as the Reference Home, the Index would be 200.Now, what about the PEfrac part? First, the PE stands for ‘Purchased Energy,’ so that gives you some idea of what it does. It’s a multiplier that can reduce the HERS Index for homes that produce some or all of the energy they use over the course of a year. You can see the equation for PEfrac in the fifth image below, again simplified from the HERS Standards to make it more understandable.If a home has no on-site power production (Eproduced = 0), the fraction is just 1 and it has no effect on the HERS Index. If the rated home produces an amount of energy equal to half of what it uses (Eproduced = 0.5 x Eused), PEfrac = 0.5 and it cuts the HERS Index in half. If the rated home produces the same amount of energy over the course of a year as it uses (Eproduced = Eused), PEfrac = 0 and the HERS Index is also 0. That is, it would be a net-zero energy home. If the home produces more energy than it uses (Eproduced > Eused), PEfrac will be negative, and so will the HERS Index. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.last_img read more

Freelance Video: Managing Client Expectations

first_imgFreelance video pros need to set clear client expectations around timelines, budgets, and production value… and then get it all in writing.Most of your clients will not have an intimate knowledge of video production or what it takes to create the images in their heads.Now that the tools for capturing video are more accessible than ever, non-professionals are making a lot of assumptions about your work based on their ability to pull out their iPhone. Whether you’re working with an aspiring artist wanting a music video or a large corporate client needing a video training series, to some degree, you’ll need to educate them on the process and the resources needed to get them to their desired goal — and that’s usually not a cell phone video.Creative PlanWorking out the creative plan. Image from Red Lemon Club.When you go in to talk to them about their project, be prepared to ask a lot of questions so you can understand their vision and advise accordingly. They need to tell you where will the video go, what the desired length is, and who the target audience is. You’ll also want to ask what the goals of the video are (to educate, entertain, excite?), the tone of the video, and what the core messaging needs to be.Kimbe MacMaster, with Vidyard, notes that all the stakeholders in any given project need to be on the same page if they want to be successful and even supplies a template for questions.Lay everything out ahead of time in a creative brief, send it to everyone who will be involved in the project and allow at least one meeting for walking through the brief and answering any related questions.Service Agreement: What is It?An example of a standard video production agreement. Image from NimiaThe point in the process in which most of the expectation management takes place is in the crafting of the service agreement. After the client agrees to move forward with you on the project, you’ll want to create a service agreement that, among other things, outlines the scope of the project, an engagement summary, and all the defined deliverables.  Video marketplace, Nimia, offers an example of a standard video production agreement (partially pictured above) that you can use as a resource for creating your own.Service Agreement: What’s Covered?1. Project Scope Project scope will include hiring talent, music selection or production, and a tentative production schedule. Examples of deadlines to include in this phase are script delivery, shoot date(s), and delivery of first and final drafts. To emphasize that the agreed-to deadlines are dependent on both you, the producer, and them, the client, you can use language like this: Any delays caused by the client including cancelled meetings, delays on creative feedback or direction, and especially delays from the final decision-makers, will cause delays to the final deliverable. Changes to the estimated project schedule may affect pricing.Here’s a quick tutorial/reminder about all the things to consider when managing the scope of your project: 2. Engagement SummaryThe engagement summary should state both what you’re going to do and what they’re going to do. This is where you protect yourself with limits on changes and revisions. For example:This proposal includes two rounds of revisions for the concept and script and two rounds of revisions for the final draft of the video.3. Defined DeliverablesDefined deliverables will be items like a storyboard, a script and, of course, the video. Include the formats expected for each deliverable and how it will be provided to them.4. The FeeOf course, note the fee for the project and when you’ll expect payment. For example: Client will be invoiced 50% of the project total at the start of the engagement. The remaining 50% will be invoiced when the final video is approved.Look at examples online and talk to your friends in the industry about what they put in their service agreements. Yours doesn’t need to look like it was written by an attorney, but it does need outline clear expectations on both sides. Don’t do any further work on the project until you get a signed copy back from them. No matter how well you know or trust the client, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you wish you had something in writing and you don’t.Post-ProductionThe part of the process clients seem to have the hardest time wrapping their head around is post-production. They know the footage has been shot, but they don’t understand the bandwidth needed to process that footage, cut it, color it, add effects, and render it. I tell clients that for every hour we shoot on set, we’ll need 10 hours to process it (give or take). This isn’t always the case, and you can use your best judgement on what that number will be for your project. Just know that providing that expectation can help you get the time you need to get the footage where it needs to be for client approval.Chris Potter, co-founder of ScreenLight, reinforces that open communication and setting expectations will save time during video review. He also notes in 9 Ways to Improve Client Communication During Video Review that using your agreed-upon deadlines is another tool to help keep client revision under control.Creative review is a form of negotiation, and one thing that helps keep a negotiation moving forward is a deadline. A deadline can help force prioritization decisions. Anything can be done with enough time. But chances are, neither you nor your client has that luxury.Assuming you’ve talked to them about their vision in the creative planning phrase, and received concept and script approval from them, there shouldn’t be too many surprises at this point. Doing more on the front-end will allow you to shoot for the edit and save time (and stress) in post.Above all else, try to be transparent about the process and stay in contact throughout. As you reach milestones in the production timeline, reach out and let them know what’s going on. Your client will enjoy seeing what happens “behind-the-scenes” and you can demonstrate your expertise. Communicating with them will help build trust that will make them appreciate you and your work and could lead to more projects in the future. Interested in some more “client relations” tips? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to CommitClient Feedback is Key to Creative Success5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love YouGot any tips on setting expectations with clients? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more