PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles

first_imgFILE PHOTO – PH Chinlone team wins the 1st silver for the country during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippines earned a podium finish in sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ballcenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Myanmar won the gold while Malaysia settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

Dwyane Wade set to reach 1,000 career games

first_imgView comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “That’s crazy to think about,” Spoelstra said.Nobody has played in 1,000 regular-season games for the Heat — Wade has played the most, 893 after Friday’s game in Phoenix. But he’ll be the fourth person to play career game No. 1,000 while wearing a Miami uniform, joining Rashard Lewis in 2013, Shaquille O’Neal in 2007 and Danny Schayes in 1996.“He’s showed an incredible amount of perseverance and resiliency,” Spoelstra said. “That might be one of the main things that I’ll preach and teach to young players, to be able to show the grit it takes. The second thing, which is just as important about Dwyane, is he reinvented himself and committed so much off the court so that he could perform and be healthy and play how he wanted to play.”The 1,000th game is just one part of a most significant trip to Los Angeles for Wade.His newborn daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, is there with his wife Gabrielle Union, so the trip to L.A. is a chance for Wade to see them for the first time in a couple of weeks. And on Monday, Wade and LeBron James — both members of the 2003 draft class, longtime friends, then teammates in Miami and Cleveland — could share a court for the final time when the Heat visit the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Wade is in line to become the 15th active player to appear in 1,000 regular-season games, the milestone he’ll hit assuming he plays Saturday night when the Miami Heat visit the Los Angeles Clippers.“I don’t even know the significance of 1,000 games,” Wade said. “I don’t know if it’s a big deal. I think it’s just another number.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Heat might disagree with that.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t know Wade was nearing the milestone until earlier this week, and got wide-eyed when told that Wade had appeared in so many games. LATEST STORIES Adebayo’s career-high helps Heat beat Suns MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Wade and James will exchange jerseys after that game Monday. Wade has exchanged several with opponents already this season, but doing so with James will be particularly poignant.“To be able to have that last matchup, I think for both me and LeBron, it’ll be cool,” Wade said. “We’ll have a moment at the end of the game to exchange jerseys and talk. When I decided that the jersey exchange was something I wanted to do, LeBron, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were originally going to be the only guys I did it with. Then it took on a life of its own, but doing it with LeBron, it will be special.”Wade owns most of the Heat career records, is No. 30 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and has a legacy that was secured long ago.The only stat he’s still chasing is blocks — he’s No. 2 on the all-time blocks list by a guard, looking up at only Michael Jordan and the 893 blocks he had in his legendary career. And in his 16th and final season before retirement, Wade — who has 857 — still has enough time to catch Jordan.“I just want to see if I can get the block record,” Wade said. “Everything else, I’m good. I’ve got Heat records. I got to 20,000 points and all these things. Things like 1,000 games are so cool when they happen, but I don’t really focus on things like that. I’ve just been blessed enough to be talented enough, long enough, to do this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives around Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)LOS ANGELES — Dwyane Wade never thought he would play 1,000 games.And he’s unsure what the milestone will mean.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Guard Conscience of Integrity

first_imgThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia has commended the Liberian Government for efforts made to establish the Liberia Independent Information Commission.Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said Liberia is among very few countries in West Africa that has taken this giant step. He was speaking during a courtesy call paid by a team from the Independent Information Commission, headed by its Chairman Counselor Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman.The UNDP Country Director described the role of the Commission as a unique and honorable responsibility that guards the conscience of integrity. He urged the Commission to use independent information not only to expose the wrong things in society but to ensure that the right things are done to strengthen integrity.“Access to information is power and UNDP is interested in all aspects of your work” said Dr. Kamaluddeen. He encouraged the Commission to take its task as a challenge and an opportunity to write and make history through its work.Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Liberia Independent Information Commission Counselor Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman narrated that the Commission is soliciting support from development partners in the execution of its mandate. Counselor Freeman informed the UNDP Country Director that the Commission has already commenced the hearing of cases with one on asset declaration, now up for appeal.He spoke of plans by the Commission to develop and implement a five-year strategic plan and expand its activities to all parts of the Country. The LIIC Chairman pointed out that the Commission is galvanizing technical, operational, financial and policy support from Development Partners interested in promoting good governance.He mentioned support being received from the Carter Center, and OSIWA but appealed to the UNDP to use its influence in helping the Commission mobilize additional support.Liberia’s Freedom of Information Act (FOI) was signed into law in 2010 and its first Independent Information Commission was named by President Sirleaf in May 2012.The FOI provides all persons the right to access public information.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 deputies, Explorer injured in collision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Two sheriff’s deputies and an Explorer en route to an emergency call were injured Friday afternoon when two squad cars collided in Canyon Country. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life device to free Deputy Michael Marion, 32, from his car, said sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris. He suffered bruises to his chest and possibly a fractured rib, but was in fair condition, Harris said. Deputy Laurie Baylis, 47, and Explorer David Aresca, 17, also suffered injuries, Harris said. Baylis might have broken her arm, Harris said. The trio, initially believed to be more seriously injured, was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital along intersections cleared of traffic by several deputies worried for their colleagues. The collision happened about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Deep Creek Drive. The deputies were responding to a call from Golden Valley High School, where a deputy was trying to remove combative students from campus, Harris said. Aresca was on his first ride-along when the collision occurred, said his father, John Aresca. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253last_img read more

MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN

first_imgFianna Fáil Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan said while everyone wants to see tighter controls on building standards the Environment Minister’s new regulatory system to maintain a high quality standard of building for dwellings does not take into account direct build houses.Councillor Patrick McGowanThe Ballybofey councillor said nobody wants to see cowboy builders going unregulated or leaving poor quality work behind .However he claims the regulations coming into force will penalize own-build home owners who want to construct their own family home. “Direct build One-off homes will be hit with a regulatory framework designed for large-scale developments in major towns and cities. This will dramatically increase costs and has the potential to damage the local construction industry at a time when it should be supported .“The Minister needs to listen to genuine public concerns. The cost of the regulations will place a hefty and disproportionate burden on one-off housing. local authorities will need extra staff to handle the deluge of information and paperwork that will result from the new system .“Surely the Government should establish a national building inspectorate or fund the Local authorities to enforce a system of targeted inspections, licensing or registration for builders. Information on builders could then be shared among the relevant authorities, with full prosecutions of any designers or contractors who are negligent in their duties.“An open register of inspections and prosecutions and reports of inspections could be made public. Transparency in the system would be of huge benefit and build public confidence.” He added that Minister Hogan’s rush to bring in new regulations such as septic tanks registration, property tax, water charges etc are being fast forwarded without taken into account the level of services available in the Rural West and North west compared to Dublin and the East of the Country .“Setting up these initiatives is costing tax payers far too much because they are not costed and too much is spend on Consultants or setting up new quango to run them..“Hogan will be going before the EU Parliament and EU Council of Ministers before the End of the year to tell them how he brought in all these changes but won’t say anything about all the unfair cost burden and ongoing hardships placed on the people as well.” Said Cllr Mc Gowan.MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN was last modified: March 1st, 2014 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:housesMinister HoganPATRICK MCGOWANlast_img read more

New drive for Gauteng tourism

first_imgBill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-established and reputable. (Image: Janine Erasmus) Building on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.last_img read more

CarMic House: Retrofitting the HVAC System

first_imgResultsWe have now lived through one winter, complete with a blizzard that left 28 inches of snow, plus a summer that saw a record-setting July and days in August and September well into the low 100s along with high humidity. I have to say the results have been pretty fantastic. The zoned, dampered American Standard has been very effective and a lot of fun to observe as it modulates total heating and cooling loads and air flow to each zone over the course of the day. Our hypothesis that zoning should be determined by solar gain is proving to be a useful approach.During the heating season, the solar gains are concurrent with a virtually complete elimination of heating loads in the east and west zones in the morning and afternoon respectively. On cloudy days, which tend not to be the coldest, the loads are very evenly driven by heat loss through assemblies and the system evenly distributes heating to both zones with no problems. The system meets the peak loads we have experienced.We do have a backup electric resistance coil. Prior to our insulation and air-sealing retrofit, it did kick in a fair bit, but less than I would have anticipated. There were only two comfort problems in the winter. One was that sitting near the 25-year-old Andersen double-pane windows before the sun came around was not very nice, which is another issue worthy of discussion in another post.The other is that ground temperatures lead to a very cold downstairs, which lasted well after the ambient temperatures warmed up and the thermostat upstairs ceased calling for heat. But this was before any insulation improvements down below, and this effect should be substantially mitigated now that the envelope retrofit is underway. We will let you know next late winter and early spring. RELATED ARTICLES All About Furnaces and Duct SystemsSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DCalculating Cooling LoadsReturn-Air ProblemsReturn to Sender — HVAC Return Pathway OptionsRules of Thumb for Ductless MinisplitsGreen Heating OptionsCooling Options Our retrofit solutionOur first step was to break out ideal zones by load profile, including solar loads and occupancy, while accounting for the planned retrofit yet to come. It was clear we had distinct east, west, and south zones by solar load profiles. It so happened that occupancy profiles roughly tracked with solar loads. We then overlaid the zone areas over the existing map of ductwork, supplies and returns.We found that by cutting the main supply trunk at one, strategic location, we could transform the one-zone duct system into a two-zone system serving east and west zones (see Images #4 and #5, below).A vertical chase leading from the supply trunk to the attic and back down to the sunroom on the south would be abandoned as undesirable (attic transit is not recommended) and largely ineffective (snaking flex ducts and high static pressure losses), and not in keeping with the zoning concept.All of the southern zone would be served by a separate system to avoid going through or over the stone walls. With this scheme, the three zones would respond independently as the sun worked its way around the house in any season.The remaining question was the lower level (a space formerly known as the basement). The lower level was finished but the bedrooms were not code-compliant due to the small well windows, which were of no use for egress, solar gain, or daylighting. We decided early on to make the bedrooms and recreation space of the lower level legal and livable by increasing the size of the windows. Still, the exposure to the earth as opposed to ambient temperatures (except on the walkout south side) and the limited solar gain meant that these spaces did not conform to our solar-load-driven zone analysis.In addition, due to the ground contact, the basement maintains lower temperatures well into the late spring and would call for heat much longer than the rest of the house, particularly when the zones immediately above were being warmed by ample solar gain. During the cooling season, we feared that the upstairs east and west zones would drive over-cooling downstairs, which would presumably already stay cooler.All of this conceptually argued for a fourth zone, though the duct layout made such an arrangement unworkable without abandoning existing supplies and adding new ducts. My assumptions of increased cost argued rather compellingly against this notion.However, once we designed our envelope retrofit (we’ll discuss that in a future post), changed the size of the windows in the downstairs bedrooms and recreation space, and modeled it all in Wrightsoft for our Manual Js, and a zoned, dynamic simulation model in WUFI Passive, we found the lower rooms tracked more closely with the upstairs zones than expected, only with a lower volume of air.In the heating season, solar exposure was less, but so were the envelope losses. In the cooling season, the added glazing definitely helped balance the equation, and the added insulation lessened the springtime losses to the ground, such that over-cooling appeared not to be a risk. We made the decision to do a central return in the open-plan recreation space downstairs to further encourage temperature equalization between the upper and lower levels.So the decision was made to do a three-zone house: east, west, and south. The downstairs supply ducts were simply broken out and assigned zones roughly corresponding to the zones upstairs and according to the retrofitted split in the main supply trunk. The systemsOur zoning concept and the existing ductwork drove equipment selection as well. Our retrofitted two-zone supply ducts, with large ducts, long runs and numerous branches, eliminated ducted minisplits from serious consideration. Mitsubishi was introducing a high-static-pressure, small, variable-speed air handler, but it was new and it lacked a tested zone damper system.When I spelled out all of our objectives and the systems configurations, our HVAC contractor, Michael Bonsby Heating and Cooling, suggested that we look into the American Standard Platinum 20 variable-speed, zone-dampered system air-source heat pump. With our new load calculations, we determined that a 3-ton unit (down from 5 1/2 tons) would adequately condition both the east and west zones, even when loads were concurrent.Once retrofitted, the south zone could be easily conditioned with a 1-ton wall-mounted minisplit, installed in what would be our superinsulated dining room. I was skeptical that this little unit could cool the solar-blasted sunroom space from one side of the building clear to the other, but the HVAC contractor was confident it would work. The best laid plans go awryThe plan was to get our full air-sealing and insulation package done, build out our superinsulated wall retrofit in the wood-framed addition portions of the house, and get as many new windows as we could afford. Once we had all of that accomplished, we could then design and install a right-sized, super-efficient HVAC system. We could coast through one summer, managing humidity left by the short-cycling monsters with dehumidifiers, then install a new system in the fall — or even coast through a winter with oversized (but who cares?) heating systems.Previous owners had coupled two forced-air furnaces to create a one-zone heating and cooling system. Even with a total rated capacity of 210,000 Btu/h, the heating system struggled to maintain the set point.It didn’t work out that way. Within days of purchasing the house, in the depths of a late winter cold spell and icy snow falls, the monster in the basement started buzzing whenever it was activated. At first it would buzz and then gradually settle into the normal hum of an air handler (more of a rumble, in this case). Over a short time, it became apparent that my desperately crossed fingers were cramping up to no avail.Despite a total of 210,000 Btu/h worth of furnace capacity, the house would not reach the set point for hours, and struggled to maintain it. The buzzing worsened and one air handler started cutting out. I went down and took the cover off to examine it and rust poured out onto the floor. It was literally falling apart.Now that I had to figure things out, I realized that the two air handlers were actually both feeding one big supply trunk (see Image #3, below). One big return connected to the intake on the bottom of one of the twins. Presumably, a hole had been cut in the opposite side to allow air to pass into the adjacent twin air handler’s intake.It seemed that someone had decided they could create a 160,000 Btu/h furnace by taping two 80,000 Btu/h furnaces together. The side-by-side thermostats, then, were in one location because they were supposed to respond to the same conditions and activate the twin air handlers together!Now that immediate replacement was an imperative, we set to work modeling the house to optimize the building envelope and determine loads. We designed retrofits for every part of the house to reduce our heating and cooling loads, but I had no idea how we would design a system that could meet our needs. The bizarre twin air handlers implied there was a single zone for the entire original 1954 house. The sheer quantity of ductwork in the house was intimidating. Large basement bulkheads were packed with ducts. There were two supplies and two returns in all rooms with the exception of the small bathroom and smallest bedroom. It was nearly impossible to determine what was attached to what.The first step was to do the old toilet-paper test just to figure out what was a supply and return (grilles and diffusers had been installed as if they were interchangeable), and if they were working at all. Once I mapped the location of all supplies and returns, I started drilling holes and cutting access into bulkheads to determine the layout of the duct system. Ultimately, I did enough exploration to determine how the ducts were configured — and sure enough, it was one big zone. Editor’s note: Carri Beer and Michael Hindle are renovating a 1954 house in Catonsville, Maryland. Hindle is a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Passive to Positive. Beer is a registered architect who has been practicing sustainable architecture for 18 years. She is an associate principal with Brennan+Company Architects. This post details Michael’s redesign of the HVAC system. For a list of the couple’s posts, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below.center_img Challenges on the cooling sideThe cooling season has been a bit more of a challenge, driven as expected by solar gain. Our three zones show spikes in cooling loads following the sun’s transit around the over-glazed portions of the building. Generally speaking, the system has managed to keep up even on the roughest days, though localized increases in temperature do occur in the most exposed areas.The master bedroom on the southeast corner of the house gets the brunt of the sun all the way through mid-afternoon. This room definitely experiences temperature increases of 3-7 degrees as the thermostat is located in the hall and does not respond to the localized demand. The good news is that we do not use that part of the house during those hours, so it is of little significance. On the other hand, a fan placed in the door to circulate hallway and master bedroom air equalizes the temperature fairly quickly.The west side experiences something similar. In the afternoon the solar loads are so high that it inevitably heats up the space adjacent to the west wall. Ultimately the system keeps the spaces comfortable; they just have to run a lot more than I would like.Of course, any good designer would understand these large energy demands could easily be lowered with shading. Indeed, a significant aspect of our retrofit plan entails shading for the east, south, and west windows with a combination of extended overhangs (south), sliding louver blinds salvaged from the German Embassy in Washington (east and west), and vegetation.The impact of new shading was included in the energy modeling and load sizing, but remain to be executed. We anticipate these exterior improvements will virtually eliminate solar-driven gains, substantially reduce cooling loads, and eliminate our temperature increases under peak conditions, as well as reduce annual energy demand.The central return has contributed to a reduction of stratification and thus far is working well, though we may have opted for more than one return and kept a small amount of return duct to decentralize the audible impact of the central return. BLOGS BY BEER & HINDLE Rebuilding a Mid-Century DinosaurNo, We Are Not CrazyImproving Indoor Air Quality Hot stone stays hotI’m confident we’ll have even greater success next year as insulation, air-sealing, and window work go forward. However, one sticky issue remains.In the original stone house we have been limited in how much insulation we can add in a wall cavity of only 3 1/2 inches. When you combine the hot sun and the minimal insulation with the specific heat capacity of the stone wall, you really do feel the consequences.The outside temperature of an exterior wall clad in stone measured 119°F, according to this infrared image. The images were taken in August just before 5 p.m.The same wall inside the house was measured at 87.8°F.I have done a couple of days of thermal imaging (see the images at left). I will do a future post on this as well, but suffice it to say that the brick-oven analogy I used earlier is not that great an exaggeration. The surface of the stone is heating up to 120°F, and it is exposed to the sun long enough that I suspect this temperature is raising the whole mass of the stone to near that temperature.The resulting comfort issue — and it is palpable — is the internal mean radiant surface temperatures we experience in the rooms with solar-loaded stone walls. What is particularly noticeable is how long the increase in the stone temperature impacts interior comfort. Well into the evening on the peak days of late summer, my face has felt flushed and slightly overheated when I walk into the bedroom, as if I’d been to the beach.I have noticed this (though I have not tracked or monitored it) well after cooling loads have dropped in other parts of the house. The southeast corner continues to be baked by the stone, and cooling loads persist. On a cool evening this is not particularly problematic; we simply open up and let the breeze in. But in our area, we have many nights when the combination of warm outdoor temperatures and high relative humidity make that unrealistic.This is maddening. I grew up in New England with windows open from April to October and no air conditioning, and I yearn to reduce carbon impacts wherever possible. I know in the shoulder months with heating loads and during the winter this mass will play to our advantage, but it still sticks in my craw. Mean radiant surface temperatures is, in my opinion, one of the more overlooked aspects of designing for comfort and low energy. We can say now with very direct experience what we knew in theory before: that radiant surface temperature can force you to alter your set point and operative air temperature to affect the same comfort outcomes at the expense of a significant increase in energy use and enviro-guilt.In other words, shading the windows is only one aspect of mitigating solar gain. We will need to use our best passive design and amateur horticultural instincts to determine how to shade the house itself in the summer with vegetation and other design elements. This, of course, feels like another exciting design challenge and reinforcement of the holistic design idea that the building as a system acts in a truly integrated fashion with its site, and our interventions in any aspect of our property may well have an impact on our goals of carbon impact reduction. Understanding you have a problemThe house is at the high end of the street and has no shade trees. In the morning, the sun shines directly into six windows, including a large bank of four in the master bedroom. As the sun works its way around to the south, two more windows on the south side of the master continue to harvest solar gain. The south-side sunroom has a bank of large windows and a tile floor. In the late afternoon the living room and office heat up dramatically, thanks to the infamous wall of glass.It was now March, and so the passive solar assets were playing in our favor. But in Baltimore, this 1970s passive solar dream for heating would become a cooling-demand nightmare.Combined with no shade, virtually no insulation, stone walls, plentiful air infiltration, and stack effect through the vented attic, the house had all the attributes of a solar collector and a brick oven rolled into one delightful HVAC headache.My goal, of course, was a right-sized, efficient system that would deliver comfort when and where it was needed, subject to all the changing conditions around the house over the course of the day. So our next task was to determine what zoning strategy could work with these asymmetrical load characteristics. We knew that we simply did not have the money to tear out the existing ductork and replace it all. We were going to have to work with what we had; but how do you zone a house with an existing single-zone duct system? Perhaps this says something about the author, but the HVAC retrofit/replacement has been one of the most fun aspects of this project. When we toured the house it was apparent the heating and cooling systems were configured and sized simply to overwhelm any possible deficiency of the building. They were not only vastly oversized, but very strangely configured and in poor condition.The inspection report said the systems were functional. This was stretching the definition of “functional,” as we soon learned, but to a naïve optimist, every challenge looked like a cool opportunity.There were actually two systems: one for the original house and the south-side sunroom, and a second one for the large living room addition over the garage. The system serving the addition was very straightforward: just a big old gas furnace and cooling coil in an air-handling unit (in the attic, of course) that chose not to work half the time.The heating and cooling systems of the main house were a mystery at first. At the time of our first walk-through I noticed there were two air handlers sitting side by side, each an 80,000 Btu/h furnace and a cooling coil. I assumed this meant there were two zones in the main house. On the second walk-through I noticed there were indeed two thermostats but, strangely, they were right next to each other on a wall opposite a west-facing wall of glass.Surely, I thought, these were not the actual thermostats. Perhaps these were just the controls, and there were remote temperature sensors located appropriately in zones served by the side-by-side air handlers. I had not seen this before, but then there were a lot of things I didn’t know pertaining to old HVAC systems. We had a lot to think about in deciding to purchase the house, and we assumed we would replace the systems soon anyway, so I didn’t worry myself about it too much and decided to figure it out later.last_img read more

Twitter Is Teasing Its Musical Future

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Is Twitter moving on to bigger and better things? Maybe louder, more musical ventures? That’s what it sounds like as the seven-year-old San Francisco micro blogging site confirmed Thursday that sometime last year it had acquired We Are Hunted, a music discovery service. Social music is a huge space,  with social music apps bringing like-minded listeners together and exposing them to new music. This process is known as music discovery. Spotify is one such discovery service, with a freemium streaming music library valued in the $3 billion range. Rhapsody and Pandora are other major players in streaming music and discovery.In the pure discovery realm, Shazam has become the go-to app to find out just what song is playing whenever you hear a track for which you just have to know the title. There’s countless others, with the mobile market becoming a fast-evolving sector for engagement between musicians, brands and listeners. It’s a new way to gain loyalty from fans and online exposure for artists. Twitter’s purchase, We Are Hunted, tracks popular songs on social media, which means Twitter is likely prepping its own music app. This morning All Things D wrote that Twitter Music could launch as early as today, or by this weekend – timed to match the opening of the Coachella music festival. The new service would recommend users music based on who they follow on Twitter.Ramping up that likely possibility, a landing page aptly titled Music.Twitter.com has gone live to help facilitate the process and get users to sign in to authorize the new music-trending app.It’s still early morning, but expect Twitter to reveal its sing-songy plan later today, or this weekend at the latest. Now it looks like Twitter is stepping into the same arena. Are your ears burning yet? Image courtesy of Twitter. Tags:#music#social#twitter Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popesculast_img read more

CWG Village builder’s Rs 183-cr bank guarantee seized

first_imgA view of the Games VillageThe Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday confiscated the bank guarantee of Rs 183 crore given by Commonwealth Games Village builder EMAAR-MGF. WATCH VIDEOEMAAR-MGF also faces legal action by the DDA as penalty for shoddy work done at the Village and for recovery of other expenditure. The action came after the DDA submitted a report to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy about the Village. The report said EMAAR-MGF did not meet several project milestones and failed to make payments to government agencies. The report said there were many defects in the construction and these weren’t rectified by the builder. The report was sought by Reddy after complaints from advance teams of other countries about filthy conditions at the Village.  In the letter, Reddy asked the DDA – which functions under the urban development ministry – to file a report, saying that the complaints had dented the image of the authority.  – With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

Kite string almost amputates 70-year-old’s foot

first_imgAs a child, Sant Lal Taneja loved to fly kites and has many cherished memories of the sport. But the much-familiar kite string, which he handled with ease all his life, sliced his ankle as the 70-year-old’s leg got entangled while crossing the road.The unfortunate incident occurred when Taneja was out on his evening walk.His left leg was snared by a kite string caught between the park’s fence on one side and a vehicle on the other. When he tried freeing his leg, he suffered severe pain along with heavy bleeding. “I was just crossing the road and didn’t see the string there. I never knew the string would affect my foot so badly. Initially, I thought it was just a deep cut, but after a few seconds my foot started to bleed profusely. I couldn’t feel my foot. What we saw later was unbelievable. My ankle was almost hanging on a single bone. My family got worried and rushed me to the nearest hospital,” said Taneja, who is now perfectly fine and walking with full confidence.Kite flying is a popular activity amidst children and young adults in the months of June, July, August and September. The sporting activity, though, is known to cause many injuries including serious accidents that occur during the preparation of the threads, electrical injuries from high-tension currents, falls during the game, injuries caused to bystanders, especially those riding motorcycles or bicycles.A resident of Hari Nagar, Taneja was initially taken to a government hospital. After initial investigation and treatment, his family took him to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he was operated on.advertisementSEVERITY OF INJURY”All his nerves and blood vessels were destroyed. The ankle was hanging through a single bone. We were surprised to know that a kite string caused such an injury. His foot was pale and there was no blood circulation.The case was quite complex as we had to work on each and every nerve,” said Dr Vivek Kumar, consultant, department of plastic surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.KITE STRING HAZARDSThe case has been published in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery highlighting the harmful materials which are used in making kite strings.”Previously, kite flyers mainly used a string that was made with 3-9 layers of variously treated cotton thread. To make the competition more challenging, kite fighters started using metallic, chemical and glass powder coated string (manja), in the recent past. This made the simple traditional fun of kite flying deadlier,” the report published in the journal said. To make the competition more challenging, kite fighters have started to use metallic, chemical and glass powder coated strings.The surgery lasted for almost seven hours. “Nowadays people are using sharper and stronger metals to make the strings used in kite flying,” added Dr Kumar.Taneja was advised complete bed rest for six weeks. “We had to repair everything.Kite-related injuries are most common on the neck but an injury of this extent was not so common. He is now able to walk properly,” said Dr Lalit Chaudhary, senior consultant, department of Plastic surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.last_img read more