Fridays on the Fly | 4 Tips for Choosing a Fly Fishing Guide

first_imgThe fall fly fishing season is upon us. How do you cut through the clutter to ensure you’re spending your hard earned vacation hours with the guide that is the best fit? Here are four tips, in no particular order, to help you in choosing a guide for your fall fishing trip.rsz_nantahala-7022Look for a Stamp of ApprovalNot that it’s written in stone, but a key indication of a well-organized and professional guide service is an industry endorsement. In the fly fishing industry, the most well known is an Orvis Endorsement. Endorsed Outfitters and Guides throughout the Blue Ridge have earned this designation by working to achieve a level of service that stands out in the industry.Utilize the Orvis-Endorsed Adventures tool to pinpoint the best of the best in the area you would like to fish.rsz_img_2552Get PersonalYou could spend hours combing through online reviews, social media properties, and websites but to truly vet a guide service nothing beats an old fashion phone call. Be prepared with a handful of questions for the guide or shop employee that answers the phone. What water will we be fishing? How are we transported to and from the water? Do you provide all gear (including flies)? What is your trip cancellation policy? Whether you are speaking directly to your potential guide or representative of the guide service, the person should be willing to spend as much time as necessary discussing the details of their trips. They should show excitement in the opportunity to get you on the water they call home, and work to understand exactly what you are looking for out of the trip. That drive to understand your goals is a good segue into the next tip.rsz_img_2399Seek out CustomizationPerhaps you are a beginner looking for a friendly environment to learn basic casting and fly presentation. Conversely, maybe you are a seasoned fisherman looking to land a long overdue trophy. Or maybe you are a businessman looking to ensure a group of clients or colleagues has a great day netting fish, after fish, after fish. The point being, each client and potential trip are different. The best guide services have the ability to ask the right questions and craft a fly-fishing trip according to each person’s interests. The ability to cater to individual preferences is critical for a successful day on the water.rsz_img_2521Understand the PriceAs with many experiences, you will often get what you pay for on guided fly fishing trip. Daily trip rates will vary from guide to guide and it is important to understand what goes into those pricing differences. In your initial discussions, determine what gear is included, if food is provided, and the experience level of the guide(s). These are all elements of a trip that guide services will use to determine their pricing. For example, if the guide service is comprised of college students working seasonally in the area, you are likely to find lower trip rates than the service operating with longtime professional guides. However, the added cost could result in much more value from the local knowledge and level of professionalism.rsz_img_2469  More from the Fridays on the Fly blog:last_img read more

How to track every click and form submission on your website

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… Download a copy of our GTM containerUse this shortcut to set up click and form submission tracking in minutes: Simply download a copy of our Google Tag Manager container and import it into your own. (See the end of the video to learn how to import it.)Video ScriptIn this video, I’m going to show you how to track every click and form submission on your website. Tracking clicks and forms is really useful for analyzing your website and improving it. With tracking in place, here are just a few of the things you can see:How many times a call to action has been clickedHow many times an application or contact form has been submittedHow many times people have logged into online bankingYou can use click and form data to create reports that help you see how effective your website is and where to make it better.So, let’s get started. First, you will need two tools installed on your website: Google Tag Manager (which I’ll refer to as GTM) and Google Analytics (which I’ll refer to as GA). Once those are installed, this will be really easy.I’m going to show you how all the tracking is set up so you understand how it works, but then I’ll give you a major shortcut. You actually won’t need to do anything except download a file, import it into your own GTM, and paste in your own GA ID. That way, you can start tracking clicks and forms in a matter of minutes. (The link to that file is just below this video.)Alright, let me show you how this works. To track every click and form submission, you need two tags and two triggers in GTM. These tags and triggers send data to your GA account every time someone clicks or submits a form on your website.The first tag we will look at in GTM is named “All Clicks Tag”:The Tag Type is “Google Analytics: Universal Analytics”.The Track Type is “Event” because a click is a type of analytics event that happens on a website.The Event Tracking Parameters help us find and use this tracking data that will end up in GA. We named the Category “All Clicks”.The Action is set to “{{Click URL}}”, which will record the URL if a button or link is clicked.The Label is “{{Click Text}}”, which will record the text of the element that is clicked (if it has text).We leave Value blank because we don’t want to assign a quantitative value to All Clicks.Non-Interaction Hit is set to “False”. For Google Analytics Settings, you need to select a variable. If you haven’t created one already, then select “New Variable”. Now, you need your GA Tracking ID. Go to your Google Analytics account and copy the Tracking ID, then paste it into GTM where it says Tracking ID. Give your variable a name, and save it. (I already have a variable, so I’m going to discard this example.)Next, let’s look at the trigger for the All Clicks Tag. We named it “All Clicks Trigger”. The Trigger Type is “Click – All Elements” and it fires on “All Clicks”.That’s the first tag and trigger to track every single click that happens on your website. Next, let’s look at the “All Form Submissions Tag”. It’s very similar to the “All Clicks Tag”, so I’m only going to point out the differences:In this case, the Category is named All Form Submissions. (I’ll note that this tag does not track what is submitted through a form, it only tracks the number of times a form is submitted, the page it is on, the URL it redirects to, and the text of the submit button.)The trigger for this tag is called “All Form Submissions Trigger”. Let’s look at how it’s set up.The Trigger Type is a “Form Submission”. We’ve enabled Check Validation, which means this trigger will only fire if a form is submitted successfully. When you enable Check Validation, Google says, “We recommend enabling this trigger only on the pages where you need it and testing your changes before publishing.” My company, BloomCU, has enabled Check Validation for All Forms on several websites we’ve developed and, after testing, we haven’t encountered any issues. However, we can’t speak for your website; so, we encourage you to test this setup and make sure it doesn’t cause any issues and proceed at your own risk. For the field under “Enable this trigger when all of these conditions are true”, select “Page Hostname”, “does not equal”, and then enter “0” (zero). Finally, set the trigger to fire on “All Forms”.center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award),, and others. He … Web: Details Now, publish your changes to the GTM container. Click “Submit”, name this version of the container, and publish it. Every click and form submission on your website are now being tracked!Finally, let’s take a look at where to find this tracking data in Google Analytics. I’m going to show you the GA data of one of my clients called Alta Vista Credit Union. First, let’s say I want to track how many times people have clicked the call to action button in the top section of their homepage. Notice that it has a URL parameter on it that says, “?promo=homepage-auto-loans”. I’ve copied that parameter, which I’m now going to search for in GA. In GA, go to Behavior/Events/Overview. Here, you can see the event categories I showed you of “All Clicks” and “All Form Submissions”. We’re going to select “All Clicks”, go into Event Action, add a secondary dimension of “Event Label”, and search for our URL parameter. And there you go, over the last seven days, there have been 45 clicks on the call to action. That’s the value of tracking every click and form submission.Now, as I mentioned earlier, I’m going to give you a shortcut so you can get this tracking set up in minutes. Rather than going through all the steps I showed you, all you have to do is download a file, import it into your own GTM container, and paste in your own GA ID. That’s the last thing I’m going to show you in this video.First, on the webpage where you are watching this video, there is a link where you can download a copy of our GTM container. After you’ve downloaded it, go back to GTM. I’ve created a second example container to show you how to do this import. Go to Admin and Import Container. Choose the file you downloaded. If your container is empty, you can choose an existing workspace and overwrite its contents. Otherwise, you may want to create a new workspace or merge the uploaded tags and triggers with an existing workspace. Click confirm. The final step is to repeat something we already covered in this video: you need to go into both tags and create or select your own Google Analytics variable. And, as before, don’t forget to publish your container.That’s it! I hope you find this click and form tracking as useful as I have.last_img read more

What warrants a Broome County public health statement?

first_imgBROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department explained Monday the rationale behind sending out a public health statement. To view recent public health statements, click here. “We put out an alert if we can’t contact trace where someone has been during their infectious period, their infectious period is the 48 hours before their symptoms began or before their test date if they’re asymptomatic,” she explained. Broome County Health Department Executive Director Rebecca Kaufman explained the department only sends out alerts if the situation meets certain criteria.center_img “If the person was not in contact with another person for 10 or more minutes, or we are able to contact everyone they have been in contact for 10 or more minutes, we don’t issue the alert.” She said contact tracing includes those called “close contacts” or people who interacted with the infected person within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes.last_img read more

US Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

first_imgThroughout the impeachment drama, Trump and his Republican allies kept up their attacks on Biden’s integrity. It remains to be seen how much political damage that inflicted. In the first of the state-by-state contests to determine the Democratic challenger to Trump, Biden placed a disappointing fourth in Iowa, according to incomplete results from Monday’s voting. Biden has accused Trump of “lies, smears, distortions and name-calling.”‘APPALLING ABUSE’Trump faces no serious challengers for his party’s presidential nomination. He is poised to claim the nomination at the party’s convention in August and previewed in his State of the Union address on Tuesday campaign themes such as American renewal, economic vitality and hardline immigration policies.Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, broke with his party to vote to convict Trump on the abuse-of-power charge. Romney called the president’s actions in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden “grievously wrong” and said Trump was “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.””What he did was not ‘perfect,'” Romney said on the Senate floor, as Trump has described his call with Ukraine’s president that was at the heart of the scandal. “No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep one’s self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”Romney, a moderate and elder statesman in his party, paused during his speech as he became choked with emotion after mentioning the importance of his religious faith.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham lashed out at Democrats, saying: “What you have done is unleash the partisan forces of hell.”Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, said Trump’s acquittal in an unfair trial was worth nothing.”No doubt, the president will boast he received total exoneration. But we know better. We know this wasn’t a trial by any stretch of the definition.”In his speech, McConnell said: “The architects of this impeachment claimed they were defending norms and traditions. In reality, it was an assault on both.”BIGGEST VICTORY YETDemocrats expressed concern that an acquittal would further embolden a president who already challenges political norms. They have painted him as threat to US democracy and a demagogue who has acted lawlessly and exhibited a contempt for the powers of Congress and other institutions. They also have voiced concern over Russia interfering in another American election.Trump’s legal team offered a vision of nearly unlimited presidential powers, a view Democrats said placed any president above the law.The acquittal handed Trump his biggest victory yet over his Democratic adversaries in Congress. Democrats vowed to press ahead with investigations – they are fighting in court for access to his financial records – and voiced hope that the facts unearthed during the impeachment process about his conduct would help persuade voters to make him a one-term president.Trump’s job approval ratings have remained fairly consistent throughout his presidency and the impeachment process as his core conservative supporters – especially white men, rural Americans, evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics – stick with him.The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, showed 42% of American adults approved of his performance, while 54% disapproved. That is nearly the same as when the House launched its impeachment inquiry in September, when his approval stood at 43% and disapproval at 53%.The trial formally began on Jan. 16. The Senate voted 51-49 last Friday to defeat the Democrats’ bid to call witnesses such as Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton, with only two Republicans joining them.In the previous presidential impeachment trials, Andrew Johnson was acquitted in 1868 in the aftermath of the American Civil War and Bill Clinton was acquitted in 1999 of charges stemming from a sex scandal.In the hours before the vote, numerous senators gave speeches on the Senate floor explaining their vote.SHADOW OF INVESTIGATIONTrump, now seeking a second four-year term, has been under the shadow of some sort of investigation for most of his presidency. The acquittal marked the second time in 10 months that he withstood an existential threat to his presidency.In March 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia in its interference on his behalf in the 2016 election. Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice in seeking to impede the investigation but stopped short of concluding the president acted unlawfully. Trump declared full vindication.Last July 25, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a phone call to “do us a favor” and open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter Biden and into a discredited theory beneficial to Russia that Ukraine colluded with Democrats to meddle in the 2016 election to harmTrump.Hunter Biden had joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was US vice president. Trump accused the Bidens of corruption without offering substantiation. The Bidens denied wrongdoing.Democrats said Trump further abused his power by withholding $391 million in security aid approved by Congress to help Ukraine battle Russia-backed separatists and by dangling a coveted White House meeting as leverage to pressure Zelenskiy to announce the investigations.Under the Constitution, impeachment is the mechanism for removing a president or certain other federal officials for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”Topics : President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his US Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided America to give him a second White House term.The businessman-turned-politician, 73, survived only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history – just like the two other impeached presidents – in his turbulent presidency’s darkest chapter. Trump now plunges into an election season that promises to further polarize the country.Trump was acquitted largely along party lines on two articles of impeachment approved by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on Dec. 18, with the votes falling far short of the two-thirds majority required in the 100-seat Senate to remove him under the US Constitution. The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit him of abuse of power stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the Nov. 3 election. Republican Senator Mitt Romney joined the Democrats in voting to convict. No Democrat voted to acquit.The Senate then voted 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress by blocking witnesses and documents sought by the House. A conviction on either count would have elevated Vice President Mike Pence, another Republican, into the presidency. Romney joined the rest of the Republican senators in voting to acquit on the obstruction charge. No Democrat voted to acquit.On each of the two charges, the senators voted one by one on the Senate floor with US Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans engineered a stripped-down trial with no witnesses or new evidence. Democrats called the trial a sham and a cover-up. Trump called the impeachment an attempted coup and a Democratic attempt to annul his 2016 election victory.last_img read more

SeaRenergy to Back Petrofac on BorWin Gamma

first_imgPetrofac has hired SeaRenergy to support the hook-up and commissioning of TenneT’s 900MW BorWin3 HVDC platform (BorWin gamma), once the topside is installed on top of its foundation already in place at the site off Germany.Under a framework agreement, the Germany-based company will deliver an integrated Offshore Support Services package to Petrofac, supporting the facility management during the hook-up and commissioning phases of the HVDC platform for the BorWin3 offshore grid connection.Within the package, SeaRenergy will provide support services covering platform management and on- and offshore logistics, including helicopter transfers and associated management at the offshore site and on land.The jacket foundation for the BorWin gamma platform has been installed at the site in the German North Sea in May.The jacket and the accompanying pinpiles were fabricated by Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) and installed by Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) under a contract with Petrofac, which is the main contractor for the project, together with Siemens.The jacket will house the Siemens HVDC topside that will convert the alternating current produced by offshore wind turbines to direct current before transmitting it onshore to the German national grid via a 160-kilometre cable link.The commissioning of the BorWin3 grid connection is expected in 2019.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

WRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores (1-25)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-25)Harrison  52     East Central  47Lawrenceburg  69     Hauser  59Most area games were cancelled/postponed.last_img

The Gloves Come Off in The vs. SharePoint Challenge

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair But if they stick around and buy a year’s worth of service, they’ll get the same three months free on Note that in order to get either, users have to perform a predetermined set of tasks during their free trial, so be sure to read the fine print. doesn’t just feel confident pitting its services against SharePoint. They’re doing everything but literally shouting it from the rooftops, having bought a Bay Area billboard alongside Highway 101. At the recent Enterprise 2.0 Conference, they handed out t-shirts with turds on them declaring Microsoft’s software was “SharePoo.” Even if you don’t sign up for the trial, airing your SharePointBlues on Twitter, Flickr or YouTube might just win you a similar shirt. More than just MarketingBillboards and t-shirts might be marketing gimmicks, but the campaign does exemplify a growing schism in enterprise 2.0 over how to deal with the SharePoint-shaped elephant in the room. Many players have rushed to integrate with the platform in the hopes of bridging the divide between the risk-averse and those intent on seeing enterprise transformed. Others have taken a more radical approach, drawing a bright line between the old way of working together and the new. To some, the notion of integrating with a system that they see as fundamentally broken is a foolish one, for businesses and vendors alike. Just which approach will win out in the end, no one can honestly say yet. Though it’s months away still, SharePoint 2010 could be transformative enough to make any previous barbs look silly. But for today at least, the confidence is showing in its services might just win over some converts. Photo by mrkalhoon 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Plenty of enterprise 2.0 companies have set their sights on replacing SharePoint. But so far, not one has shown the gumption of, the filesharing and collaboration service which has launched the vs. SharePoint challenge. Based on the premise that “sharing should be simple” and implying that SharePoint is anything but,’s campaign is more than a marketing ploy. It’s a bold sign of the growing conflict between hungry young startups and Microsoft over who will dominate business collaboration in the years to come. The Gauntlet is ThrownSo how does the challenge work? Enterprises will sign up for a free, 14-day trial of the Business Edition. If they’re not happy after giving Box a spin, they’ll get three months of SharePoint paid for. Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Looking for the Best Minisplit Option

first_imgHVAC Ducts and AccessoriesMini- and Multi-Split-Systems Mount the unit lower on the wall, or directly on the floorWhile the indoor units of ductless minisplits are usually mounted high enough on the wall to keep them out of the way, there’s no reason they can’t be lowered, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out. He includes a photograph of a unit mounted on an interior wall at roughly knee-height (see Image #2, below.). RELATED ARTICLES Factoring in higher static pressureA complicating factor for Goodwin is how well these units would fare with high-efficiency air filters (those with high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, or MERVs). “We’d like to use something pretty high performance for dust as well as allergies,” Goodwin says. “What about something like the Trane XV20i, which is variable capacity?”Goodwin doubts the unit would ever run near its two-ton (24,000 Btu/hour) rating, but it might be better prepared to handle higher static pressures that high-performance filters would create.“Would running it at the low end on its rated capacity, using the variable-speed compressor, be less efficient?” Goodwin asks. “Would it have a negative effect on its life expectancy?” Avoid systems that are grossly oversized“In general,” Dorsett replies, “modulating systems run at highest efficiency when modulating at or near their lowest speeds (effectively making the coils oversized for the amount of heat they actually need to exchange). So if your average heating load is around the minimum-modulated output, it can work out well, but if your peak load is below its minimum modulation, it becomes very sub-optimal.”When average loads fall below the minimum modulated output, he says, the system begins to lose efficiency to standby power use and surges in power consumption at startup and short-cycling. Similarly, minisplits that are more than 1.5 times as big as they need to be to meet peak loads will see a loss of efficiency, while below that they will operate at near optimal efficiency.He suggests that Goodwin take a look at the Lenox XP25 or the Carrier Greenspeed.Keep in mind, though, Dorsett adds, that they’re more expensive options than “right-sized” ductless systems and come with distribution losses that ductless systems don’t have.Further, adds Semmelhack, Goodwin should be able to use a high-MERV filter in any of the low-static minisplit systems on the market.“Again,” he writes, “it’s a matter of system design/installation, and carefully accounting for the various parts of the system, including filters.” Ductless Minisplit Heat Pumps Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemPutting the Duct Back in Ductless Its location might mean an occasional sore shin, but filter changes would be a snap.Or, adds Dana Dorsett, choose a unit designed for installation on the floor. They look like small wall furnaces, he says, and like fin-tube convectors for hydronic heating systems most ductless floor units circulate air from the front face.“They are easily set into walls or cabinets with the face pretty much flush with the wall,” Dorsett says. Mitsubishi, in fact, publishes directions for embedding one of their units in a wall in such a way that its efficiency is unimpeded.Fujitsu website includes specs for a universal floor/ceiling unit that can be mounted on the floor or just high enough on a wall to get a vacuum cleaner underneath. It can also go right on the ceiling, and the cabinets are just under 8 inches deep.John Semmelhack refers Goodwin to a ducted Mitsubishi Mr. Slim model.center_img GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE A two-ton unit would be much too bigAlthough Goodwin has yet to pin down heating and cooling loads, he describes a house with 2×6 walls filled with blown-in cellulose plus 2 3/4 inches of rigid polyisocyanurate insulation, an attic with 20 inches of cellulose, and insulation in both the foundation walls and floor.Given these parameters, Dorsett adds, the heating load should be less than 20,000 Btu/hour, and could be less than 15,000 Btu/hour with good windows. This, he says, makes a two-ton, high efficiency ducted heat pump “a bit silly.”The Fujitsu 18,000 Btu/hour model would more than cover Goodwin’s needs. An alternative would be a pair of floor units connected to a common compressor.A dual-head unit might not be quite as efficient as the “best-in-class perfectly implemented” two-ton ducted model, but the installed cost would be less than half. Goodwin could spend the difference on rooftop solar, which would probably pay for most or all of the heating and cooling bill. Ductless minisplit heat pumps have gotten many favorable reviews at Green Building Advisor, but Roy Goodwin sums up a concern that’s popped up more than once: Despite their virtuoso heating and cooling performance, they’re a little on the homely side.“My wife and I are 69,” Goodwin writes in Q&A post at GBA. “We’re in the process of designing a house for our retirement with our architect. It’s going to be a ‘pretty good house’ with a very small heating/cooling load. Neither my wife nor I think the ductless minisplits are all that attractive.”In addition, Goodwin adds, the air filters on a wall-mounted head could be a challenge to change because of their location. Ceiling-mounted ducted minisplits look like they’d present similar challenges and require a step ladder for filter changes. That’s something they’d like to avoid.Their 2,000-square-foot house will be built in the mountains of western North Carolina in Climate Zone 4. “We’re looking for something like a conventional heat pump (ducts and all) with air filters that are easier to access,” Goodwin says.Any suggestions? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionWe ran this one by Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, and here’s what he had to say:I am going to focus on the aesthetics of interior head in my response, just because people’s perceptions when it comes to technology fascinate me.So, I sent out the following email to about a dozen or so colleagues and friends with the photo that you see at the top of the column:Subject: Your input, please?This may seem “mysterious,” but please take a look at the attached photo and reply to me with whatever aesthetic considerations come to mind from the image.When you reply, THEN I can share with you the nature of my request. Nothing scary, embarrassing, or illegal, and there are no correct or incorrect replies. All is relevant and correct, whether positive or negative in nature.Thanks much – PeterYou can see that I was trying hard not to prejudice the issue of minisplit head aesthetics. When subjects of this “survey” responded, I sent them this followup e-mail:I have been asked to comment on a Green Building Advisor blog in which an older couple thinks that the interior minisplit head (that white box on the right-hand wall is a conditioned air delivery system) looks homely.So, I thought it would be interesting to ask folks from different walks of life and who have had longer and shorter walks (older and younger folks) how much they really noticed the head in a nice-looking kitchen with a lot of different aesthetics along the “old” and “new” lines. Just to see how much, unprompted, their eye was drawn to or affected by this homely head.Now that you know the nature of the issue, if you still have interest, you can let me know what you think of the head, knowing that was the “target” aesthetic question.Thanks much – PeterAnd now for the results:I got 12 responses, with respondents varying in age from about 30 to 65. The sample size was just too small to claim any differences in response based on age or their area of expertise (which ranged from building professionals to a sculptor).Only 3 of 12 respondents mentioned anything about the interior minisplit head, and two of those three were more concerned with the “distracting” large open wall space just below the head.There were some repeated themes:The white wall (where the minisplit head is) needs to be a color other than white.A shallow bookcase or something else should “fill” the space below the head.Artwork could be used to “fill” the large blank space. (In fact, the owners do have a piece of art there, hung shortly after this photo was taken.)I like/don’t like the mix of color and age of the ceiling beams.I love the daylighting in this kitchen.The range hood is distracting and/or it is too high above the cooktop to work right. (There were way more mentions of the aesthetics of the range hood than of the minisplit head).Specific aesthetic responses were all over the map, from “one of the ceiling planks is a different shade than the others” to “the white duplex outlet on the left hand end of the island should not be white” to “I love that etching of the owl.”I like how the photo shows the minisplit head AND the wood stove, another neat juxtaposition of “old” and “new,” a neat theme of this kitchen overall.Of the 12 initial respondents, 10 followed up to say the hood is essentially unobtrusive, with about half knowing what it was from the start and half not.So, I think the aesthetics of new technology, even something as “bulky” and “homely” as an interior minisplit head, can be more about the aesthetic context than anything else. And we can get desensitized to the aesthetic impact of the conventional and sometimes a bit hypersensitive to the new.PS – On the difficulty of cleaning/replacing the minisplit interior head filters: You pop open the front grille and the filters are right there to slide in and out with ease.last_img read more

Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExcept for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jury to resume deliberations at trial of father accused of murdering daughter

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland jury is expected to resume deliberations this morning at the trial of a man accused of the first-degree murder of his five-year-old daughter.Trent Butt is accused in the death of his daughter Quinn at his Carbonear, N.L., home in April 2016.After closing arguments and the judge’s charge Thursday, the jury deliberated for about four hours before retiring for the evening.Butt testified at the St. John’s, N.L., trial that he did not remember killing Quinn, but said he found himself over her body and concluded he must have suffocated her.Crown lawyer Lloyd Strickland said the killing was a calculated plan to inflict suffering on her mother, his estranged wife.But Butt’s lawyer, Derek Hogan, told the court there was no way to know Butt’s thought process on the night Quinn was killed.The jury is being asked to decide whether the death was planned and deliberate, which would mean Butt is guilty of first-degree murder, or if he is guilty of a lesser charge.In his charge to the jury, Justice Donald Burrage of the provincial supreme court asked jurors to put aside their emotions while considering the case’s distressing evidence.“This has proven to be an emotionally charged trial. A man stands charged with the first-degree murder of his own daughter,” Burrage said.“You must put aside any feelings of emotion you may harbour, consider the evidence with an open mind and make your decision without sympathy, prejudice or fear.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more