Watson Boas: My brother is my role model

first_imgAse and Watson Boas will be playing together for the Kumuls for the first time.The Albert brothers were unfortunate to miss selection for the national team this year due to injury.While Watson may be a rookie compared to his big brother Ase for the Kumuls, he has been a real general on the field when it comes to organising the team and leading the attack.Hailing from a mixed parentage of Oro, Chimbu and East New Britain, Watson is a star-in-the-making if you look at his young career history.He started playing rugby league when he was in Grade Seven. He played in the school boys’ competitions before taking part in the Kokopo Rugby League, where he made his way into the Agmark Gurias side in 2014 to join his brother Ase.However, Ase left Gurias for Hunters in 2015 and Watson was keen to follow him.He had a breakthrough season last year where he played consistent footy and helped his team win the Digicel Cup final (defeating TNA Lions 26-18), the Melanesian Club Championship and was selected to play for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII.At the start of this year, Watson reunited with his big brother and the pair are currently playing good football together for the PNG Hunters side in the Intrust Super Cup and with lead the team around the park tonight in the halves.Watson describes Ase as “a big brother I can look up to as a role model”.He added that in his home, his mother would tell him in Tok Pisin: “Yu kisim ol Gurias or Kumul jampa na ol gias blo Ase (Ase Boas) na werim raun”, but he usually replied and said: “Mami, em kisim lo strong blo m yah. Mi tu pikinini man so mi ba traim kisim lo strong blo mi; mi kisim mi kisim, nogat, nogat.”(My mum told me to wear his [Ase’s] Agmark Gurias or Kumuls jumper, but I would reply and say that he got all these through hard work and commitment. I am a young man and will play to earn these things; if I get it that’s good and if I don’t, that’s also good as well.)However, it seems Watson has the motivation to follow the path of his big brother and last night, he represented the people of Papua New Guinea and wore the yellow, red and black colours of the Kumuls.last_img read more

Son discharged from ICU

first_imgSelena ThomasWakapao suspected poisoningThe son of one of the victims who died from a mystery illness at Wakapao two weeks ago has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital after spending about two weeks at the institution.Gavin Thomas, 30, of Wakapao Village in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), was discharged on Friday last.A relative who spoke to Guyana Times on Tuesday said that she is happy that his condition is much better although he remains a bit weak.“We are thanking the father that he is home and that he pulled through because we have been very worried since the death of his father and sister. He is recovering well,” she said.He was the last of four family members that were hospitalised with the illness to be discharged. Three others were discharged earlier last week.Selena Thomas and her father, Edward Richards, were laid to rest on Tuesday last at Wakapao during an emotional funeral service where scores of persons from their village gathered to get a glimpse of their remains.Relatives had said that they are trying to come to grips with what transpired. “We are still trying to deal with the whole situation. Everything happened so fast. Just like that, we lost two of our family together it’s really rough. They were both healthy and jovial,” the relative had said.She stated that the family has made no alternative arrangements regarding what will be done with their farm, as they insisted that no pesticides were used.“They haven’t decided yet what they will do about their crops and so on, but they maintained that they never used any pesticides or chemicals or anything like that,” she said.The police have since visited the community and questioned several residents. However, no further information was obtained. Efforts by this publication on Tuesday to obtain an update from the police on the status of the investigation were unsuccessful.The entire family became ill after consuming cassava bread on June 10. It was also reported that two dogs were also fed the cassava bread and subsequently died. They were reportedly being treated for cyanide poisoning. However, post-mortem examinations conducted on both Richards and Thomas were inconclusive. Samples were sent overseas for further testing.Meanwhile, indigenous leaders have come out to voice their concerns over this issue. They called for a full investigation into the matter and refuted the claims of cyanide poisoning reported to relatives by medical officials.Edward Richardslast_img read more

Newcastle to appoint full-time head coach in the summer, reveals managing director

first_img Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver 1 Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has revealed the club are willing to wait until the summer to appoint a full-time head coach to ensure they find the right man to take over at St James’ Park.The Magpies have been under the stewardship of John Carner following former manager Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace, but are yet to record a win under the caretaker boss.Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr have since spent time assessing potential candidates for the vacancy.But there has been a growing feeling on Tyneside that the Magpies could make an interim appointment with several of the names at the top of their list currently in employment and unwilling or unable to move before the close-season.Speaking to the Chronicle, Charnley, who admitted Pardew’s departure had taken the club by surprise, said: “We’ve got a number of options: clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now.“However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual, then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit.“I’m not going to take someone who is free and available now if we have a better option and options by waiting until the end of the season.“I know that won’t be an entirely popular point of view, but for me that, is the most sensible thing to do. It is about the medium to long term and ensuring we get the ‘right one’.”Former Lyon boss Remi Garde, Ajax’s Frank de Boer, St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, Derby’s Steve McClaren and ex-Mainz chief Thomas Tuchel are among those to have been linked with the post.Pardew’s former assistant Carver, who has indicated his own interest in the job, has been touted as a stop-gap appointment until the end of the current campaign, and he voiced his hope at the weekend that he would be told one way or the other sooner or later, and he appears likely to get his wish.Charnley said: “I hope that by the end of this week, I will have a better indication of where we sit.“I’ll know the really, really credible individuals who would be of real interest to us and from there, whether a decision can be made now or whether that decision can wait until the summer.“There’s a wide range of options. There are some people who genuinely can’t move now, whether that be for personal reasons, contractual or a whole host – they can’t come now.“There are some that can, whether they are tied to other clubs, but have a compensation element involved or are out-of-work.”last_img read more

TRAGIC CONOR TO BE LAID TO REST THIS SUNDAY

first_imgThe body of Loughanure teenager Conor Boyle, 18, who died on Friday last, has finally been released to the family.The late Conor Boyle will be buried this Sunday.A huge crowd is expected for the much-loved teenager’s funeral on Sunday next.Conor died despite a brave two week fight for life after he crashed his car in London while returning home from work. His body is due to be transferred to the family home at Loughanure on this Friday, September 27th leaving Mc Glynn’s funeral home in Dungloe at noon.The house is on the link road from the N56 in Loughanure to Annagry and traffic delays can be expected as the funeral arrives in the village.The family has asked for privacy at the house on the morning of the funeral from noon, and from 10.30pm on Friday to 10.00 am on Saturday and again on Sunday.Conor, a son of Hugh and Sheila Boyle and the third eldest of six boys, will be laid to rest in Annagry cemetery on Sunday following 1pm Mass in Annagry Church. Meanwhile the Intermediate Final scheduled for this Sunday between Naomh Muire and St Nauls has been postponed as a matter of respect to the Boyle family.TRAGIC CONOR TO BE LAID TO REST THIS SUNDAY was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor BoylefuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Heartbroken mother of girl, 4, calls for service for juvenile arthritis sufferers

first_imgA Co Donegal mum has spoken about the heartbreak and challenges facing children across Donegal suffering from juvenile arthritis.Letterkenny woman Fiona Wynne’s daughter Jessica, aged just four, was diagnosed with oligoarthritis last year. She is currently attending playschool, but her daily routine is not like other children.Jessica has to deal with constant pain and stiffness in her joints, which limits her everyday activities.“It would take her three hours to get her out to school in the morning,” Fiona told Donegal Daily.“Your heart sinks when you hear her waking up in the morning because you know she’s going to be sore.” “She can’t walk in the morning, she can’t hold a spoon or feed herself. It’s a fight to get her to eat.”“Everyday is a constant battle,” the pregnant mother-of-two explained.Fiona would have to bring Jessica into the shower every morning for 20-30 minutes to loosen out her joints before the day begins. On certain days, especially in colder weather, Jessica would have to be put in a wheelchair to get around.The condition is spreading throughout the joints in her body and is preventing her from doing everyday play as a four-year-old such as riding a bike, Fiona said.Jessica takes three doses of medication a day, and is beginning a chemotherapy treatment this week in the hope it will help her symptoms. However, the injection can deliver the same side effects as those that come with cancer treatment.There are 1,200 children living with juvenile arthritis in Ireland. There are two consultant paediatric rheumatologists in the country, who are based in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Jessica has had to make the journey to Dublin to get all medication prescribed to her. She has had six appointments so far this year, two of which were in the past month.The trip to Dublin is especially difficult for Jessica, as Fiona explains she would “completely stiffen up” after an hour of sitting in the car.“It would be great if the rheumatoid doctor could come to Letterkenny, instead of having to travel four hours to Dublin, which often makes her (Jessica) worse,” Fiona said. She also has had to contend with short-notice cancellations and long waiting lists to access the service.“It would save a lot of pain for the children to get medicine and steroids here,” she said. Juvenile arthritis is an invisible disease, Fiona said. “To look at her, she’s perfect. It’s completely heartbreaking to see, but the child is completely crippled whenever they are getting it really bad. They are just constantly living in pain.”“It affects younger people a lot worse than older people, because it affects their wee bodies more,” she said. For now, Fiona is putting her hopes that the chemotherapy will help Jessica. If not, other forms of treatment will have to be considered. “I’m hoping that it will work miracles,” she said.For more information on juvenile arthritis, visit icanireland.ie or call the iCAN helpline on 0868289817.Heartbroken mother of girl, 4, calls for service for juvenile arthritis sufferers was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labeling compromise reached

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late June, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced they reached a compromise on legislation for a mandatory national labeling scheme for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).The measure would require food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, giving them three options for making that disclosure: on-package labels, a USDA-developed symbol or a QR (Quick Response) code consumers could scan with smart phones, providing a phone number or website for more information. The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of state labeling laws, including Vermont’s, which took effect July 1. The Agriculture Committee may consider the legislation when the Senate returns from its Independence Day recess. If the bill passes the Senate, it still would need to be approved by the House, which last July passed a bill establishing a voluntary labeling system.last_img read more

Wheat benefits highlighted in new program for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heritage Cooperative, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Campbell Soup Company are teaming up to help Ohio wheat farmers benchmark their stewardship work and strive to continue safeguarding the air, land and water. Together, the companies will seek to enroll 60,000 Ohio wheat acres in the program, which was previously piloted in Maryland and Pennsylvania.“As a trusted advisor to Ohio farm families and a leader in delivering innovation to the farm gate, Heritage Cooperative is excited to work alongside Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Campbell Soup Company to support Ohio farmers’ stewardship efforts,” said Greg Spears, COO, Heritage Cooperative. “Working together, we can have a real impact, helping to safeguard the environment while also helping farmers focus on profit potential and the economic health of their farm.”With help from their Heritage Cooperative advisor, farmers in Ohio will now be able to use the Truterra Insights Engine from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN to gather data on their stewardship practices. This will allow them to benchmark the impact of existing conservation practices, while using the advanced modeling capabilities of Truterra to explore ways they could further improve, acre-by-acre and field-by-field.“Our work alongside Campbell Soup Company is all about supporting farmers, and local ag retailers like Heritage Cooperative, to benchmark their leadership and use technology to strive for an even greater impact,” says Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “Working together, we can harness data and insights for better analysis and assessment, help Ohio farmers target their stewardship efforts, and help Campbell Soup Company continue to gain a more transparent view of their supply chain as they strive to provide a sustainable product for consumers.”Those interested in learning more, can find more information can contact at Heritage Cooperative or visit www.heritagecooperative.com/.last_img read more

Scams So Rampant on Facebook, Very Top Exec Falls For One

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Lies, fake news about Facebook and outright scams have grown more common on the giant social network than weeds in a Farmville player’s fields. Now the problem has reached the very top of the organization, with one of only four members of Facebook’s hyper-exclusive Board of Directors apparently handing his account credentials over to a service that started spamming his friends with a fake offer of a “Facebook phone number.” If a guy like that falls for it, who can blame little old you or me if we fall for such a scam, too? Apparently the Board Member, investor Jim Breyer, has had his Facebook account suspended over the spam. “Users whose accounts have been compromised are put through a remediation process, where they must take steps to re-secure their account and learn security best practices,” a Facebook official told leading financial industry blog PEHub yesterday, “This is what happened with Mr. Breyer’s account.” If Facebook becomes all the more awash in scams and spams, this may be a key symbol of when the tide turned and it became too much.If you’re a regular Facebook user and have friends outside the tech industry, you no doubt see all kinds of scams, spam and rumors being passed around. For example, that Facebook will soon start charging users for their accounts. (Totally untrue.)Facebook is now a very mainstream phenomenon, and so the same millions of people who are too busy doing other things in their lives to know what an internet browser or other basic technical matters are, now push messages around Facebook sometimes with little familiarity with how things work and with less friction than ever before.In as much as Facebook has brought push-button publishing and social graph technology to hundreds of millions of people around the world for the first time – this is a big challenge the company is going to have to deal with in order for its service to have maximum, long-lasting impact on our culture.Smart people fall for phishing scams, there’s nothing new about that. Phishing is old enough too that it probably doesn’t make sense to feel ashamed, either.In as much as Facebook has brought push-button publishing and social graph technology to hundreds of millions of people around the world for the first time – this is a big challenge the company is going to have to deal with in order for its service to have maximum, long-lasting impact on our culture.Can Facebook Kill the Spam?See also:What Happens When You Deactivate Your Facebook Account and “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account” – A Fast Growing QueryFacebook does have a unique advantage over email, the company points out. When a message from a source is discovered to be spammy, the company can zap it system-wide all at once. Apparently that’s only proven so effective so far, though.If every social network rises and falls, though, effectively tackling this problem may be important to protecting the Facebook user experience from “pulling a MySpace.” When the problem reaches the very top of the company, it may be time to be concerned.MySpace took big steps to kill spam years ago, but not until it was too late and the company’s reputation was set. Can Facebook save itself from a similar fate? We’ll see. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more

Job-Site Recycling: PVC

first_imgRecycling in the fieldMore challenging than gathering post-industrial scrap is collecting and processing post-consumer vinyl — the pipe, siding, floor tile, and other materials that have seen the end of their service life, as well as the cut-offs and other scraps generated during construction.Overall, the VI says between 2 billion and 2.5 billion pounds of end-of-life vinyl products are landfilled annually (the EPA’s estimate is slightly higher).While PVC is theoretically pretty simple to recycle, there can be several practical difficulties.One is the additives that are blended with PVC when building products are originally made. Those may include colorants, plasticizers, and heat and UV stabilizers, which are used to make the resin suitable for specific uses. Manufacturers use exact formulations to give PVC certain properties; a good mix for vinyl siding isn’t necessarily the best for vinyl flooring tiles or vinyl window frames. The blend is easy to control when the manufacturer uses virgin materials, but more complicated when the recycled waste stream includes a number of different kinds of PVC products, each made a little differently.Manufacturers have to take the particular chemistry of recycled PVC and weigh it against the requirements for new products. “I wouldn’t say it’s problematic,” Mulvaney says. “I’d say it’s a consideration that has to be taken into account when you’re formulating the new product.”Although it seems counterintuitive in light of how much PVC is produced, inadequate supply is another potential problem for manufacturers who want to use recycled resin.In order to make post-consumer recycling successful, manufacturers need a steady, reliable source of material, and both Mulvaney and Yoder say the material’s durability is one reason the rate of post-consumer recycling has been low.“First of all,” says Mulvaney, “the durable nature of PVC products affects the supply of post-consumer PVC material. PVC pipe goes into the ground conceivably for 100 years. When you side your house, most manufacturers warranty their product for 25 years and up, so the material stays in use for a much longer period than other materials. The post-consumer side of things is, in fact, generally pretty low because of that.”And this from Yoder: “Recycling vinyl siding from homes and commercial establishments has been difficult because of the challenge of obtaining large, consistent supplies of this material … As with any recycled product, recycling only succeeds when there is enough scrap to economically recycle.”Finally, there is the problem of contamination. PVC building products collected in demolition and remodels may contain nails, flashing, wood, and other debris that must be removed before the resin can be reused.The Healthy Building Network, an organization that promotes the use of non-toxic, non-polluting materials, says on its website, “Large-scale post-consumer recycling [is] nearly impossible for most products and interfere[s] with the recycling of other plastics.”“The Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998,” the website states.When I called the Association, however, a spokesman said he had never heard of the report, and calls to the Healthy Building Network went unanswered. So the source and context of the claim is unknown. Few building materials have caused more of a ruckus than polyvinyl chloride.PVC is a light, durable and versatile plastic. Formed into a variety of building materials, it requires virtually no maintenance, and it never needs painting. These attributes make it seemingly ideal for door and window frames, pipe, floor tile, wall coverings, siding, and many other products.Its positive attributes aside, a number of health and environmental activists wish it had never been invented. Some are pressing for a total ban on production and the substitution of other building products for those now commonly made from PVC.Whatever side of the divide you land on, there’s no debating the fact that manufacturers turn out a great deal of PVC. More than 19 billion pounds are produced each year in North America, 76% of which goes into construction materials. Siding and soffits alone added up to nearly 2 billion sq. ft. in 2010.Because PVC is a thermoplastic, it can be melted down and reused. The Vinyl Institute, an industry trade group, says more than 1 billion pounds of vinyl were recovered and recycled in North America in 1997. RELATED ARTICLES Looking to EuropeIf post-consumer recycling is still in its infancy in the U.S., Europe seems to have jumped on the problem, first with the industry’s Vinyl 2010 project and now with its successor, VinylPlus.Vinyl 2010 was a 10-year voluntary program that sought to create an infrastructure capable of collecting and recycling more than 250,000 tons of post-consumer PVC a year. Other goals included the “responsible use” of PVC additives, a phase-out of lead-based stabilizers, and development of recycling technologies, such as Vinyloop, that produced high-quality recycled resin.VinylPlus has a number of objectives. Among them: to recycle 800,000 tons of PVC per year by 2020; develop new technologies to handle PVC products that are inherently difficult to recycle; replace lead-based additives in all 27 EU countries by the end of 2015; and to reduce energy consumption by resin producers by 20%. Recycling in the factory“Today’s vinyl production is essentially closed, automated and high tech, and nearly all waste is recycled back into the system,” The Vinyl Institute says.The Vinyl Siding Institute tells a similar story. “Vinyl siding is manufactured using an extremely efficient process with virtually no waste,” says Kelley Yoder, director of communications for the marketing and public relations firm representing the industry.“The trimmings, shavings, color changes, and rejected parts that result during the manufacturing process are simply ground up and used again to make new siding,” Yoder says. “This contributes to the resource efficiency of manufacturing this product.”“The chemistry of the material lends itself very favorably to [post-industrial] recycling,” Kevin Mulvaney, vice president of marketing and communications for The Vinyl Institute, said in an interview. “And yes, the post-industrial piece of our recycling equation is in fact very strong.”The Vinyl Institute estimates that as little as 1% of post-industrial scrap ends up in landfills. Finding a recycler near youThe U.S. vinyl and recycling industries don’t have anything this ambitious.Neither the Construction Materials Recycling Association nor the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has any programs specifically aimed at reusing PVC.However, The Vinyl Institute does provide two sources of information. Its Vinyl Recycling Directory is a searchable data base of companies that accept vinyl for processing. Plug in your state and the type of plastic you want to unload, and the database produces the names of companies that meet the criteria.In addition, there’s a directory of manufacturers that use recycled vinyl to make new products.In the meantime, waste continues to accumulate. If the industry is producing 14 billion pounds of PVC construction materials per year, and recycling and reusing 1 billion pounds, more than 13 billion pounds of PVC construction materials enter the marketplace annually. At some point, these goods will wear out or wind up as demolition debris.Greenpeace, a strident PVC critic, estimates the accumulation of “long-life” PVC goods at roughly 75 million tons in the U.S. and more than 250 million tons worldwide. All of these goods, the environmental group says, will enter society as waste over the next three to four decades. Recycling can workIn a blog earlier this year, GBA technical director Peter Yost wrote about his experience with a vinyl siding recycling project in Michigan in the late 1990s. Installers returned cut-offs to the retailer where they purchased the material. When a 20-ton load had been collected and baled, a plastics broker sold it.Yost said in his blog that Eikenhout Inc., the distributor taking part in the 1998 program, was still accepting siding cut-offs. In fact, Eikenhout is one of several firms mentioned by the Vinyl Siding Institute as PVC recyclers that accept both cut-offs and old vinyl siding from remodeling projects. Manufacturers have partnered with a number of recyclers to use post-consumer PVC products to make new building materials, the VSI says.Among them is CertainTeed, which announced in January 2010 that its CedarBoards vinyl clapboard siding contained 60% recycled material. That included scraps from job sites, vinyl siding distributors, and other post-consumer sources. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. now makes a co-extruded pipe called RePVC whose center layer is 100% recycled material. Virgin PVC is used for inner and outer layers.The industry does not have precise estimates of how widespread the practice is, but it can point to a number of specific initiatives. Some of them date back to the early 1990s. They include:The conversion of 19 million pounds a year of post-consumer vinyl composition tile into new tile at a Mannington facility in New Jersey. The new, premium-grade tile contains 25% recycled content.A recycling effort in Massachusetts that diverted 4 million pounds of vinyl roofing membrane from state landfills.A program by LSI Wallcovering in Louisville, Kentucky, that became the first in North America to collect old wall coverings and recycle them into new product, what the Vinyl Institute calls closing “the recycling loop.”The development of Eco-Grip non-slip vinyl flooring by Allied Companies of Jonesville, S.C., that incorporates recycled, flexible PVC.At least part of the incentive comes from green rating systems, such as LEED for Homes or the National Green Building Standard, which award points for materials containing recycled content.“There’s a great deal of incentive if you look at the green building movement for recycled content being part of a multi-attribute approach to how you look at material selection,” Mulvaney says. “The marketplace has of course created demand, and we see that on the rise.” GBA Encyclopedia: Job-Site RecyclingRecycling Vinyl SidingJob-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing ShinglesAsphalt Shingle Recycling LocatorJob-Site Recycling: Gypsum WallboardSaving Energy by RecyclingCarpet RecyclingVideo: Grinding Drywall and WoodVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingMost of that was in the form of post-industrial scrap, material that never made it into finished goods.Post-consumer PVC is another story. According to the Vinyl Institute, between 50 million and 100 million pounds of post-consumer PVC are recycled annually. Assuming those estimates are correct, post-consumer PVC represents 5% to 10% of the total amount the industry recycles and about one-third of 1% of the annual production of PVC building materials.last_img read more

Are Printed Houses In Our Future?

first_imgThe building measures only 86 square feet, barely big enough for a sofa, but DUS Architects is betting it represents a method of building that is cheaper, faster and less wasteful than conventional construction.The Urban Cabin was made from a linseed-oil based “bio-plastic” with a 3-D printer and installed as an “urban retreat” with its own tiny park and outdoor bathtub in a former industrial part of Amsterdam.Although the cabin can be rented for short stays, no one is really going to live there. DUS Architects sees the structure as part of its ongoing research into “compact and sustainable dwelling solutions in urban environments.”DUS says the technology is well suited for small, temporary dwellings — in disaster areas, for example. The material can be shredded and turned into new buildings when the original structure is no longer needed.DUS is part of the rapidly growing experimentation in 3-D printing technology that can reduce production time by 50% to 70%, labor cost by as much as 80% and construction waste by as much as 60% over conventional building, according to a report at Construction Dive.DUS also is involved in a three-year project in Amsterdam to create the demonstration Canal House, also a 3-D printed structure. Printed buildings can be very largeThe technology is not limited to tiny, experimental structures. In an earlier report, Construction Dive described a five-story apartment building in a Chinese industrial park created with a very large 3-D printer by WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. The apartment building stands next to a 1,100-square-meter mansion created entirely with a 21-foot by 33-foot printer. The mansion, as well as its contents, were made with a material blending glass fiber, steel, cement, hardening agents, and recycled construction waste.WinSun has met with Saudi Arabian officials on a potential project to print 1.5 million homes over the next five years to address a housing shortage among middle-class citizens. Earlier this year, Dubai announced its intent to build one-quarter of all new city buildings with 3-D printing by 2030.In the U.S., Tennessee-based Branch Technology said it would begin construction next year of a futuristic single-family home picked in a design competition, the website 3ders.org reported.Branch’s “C-Fab” technology extrudes a carbon-fiber-reinforced ABS plastic that can be covered with conventional materials, such as concrete or spray foam, according to the website.last_img read more