Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD

first_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – November 27, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Pinterest Update – The mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District has confirmed a meeting is likely to take place next week to discuss the signing of a contract to bring up to 350 asylum seekers to live at former student accomodation on the Port Road in the town. It’s expected the meeting will be attended by officials from the government.Council Chief Executive John McLaughlin confirmed this morning that officials from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have contacted him today seeking a meeting, and Cllr Coyle says he’s anxious to facilitate that as quickly as possible.Cllr Donal Coyle says people seeking refuge should be welcomed with open arms, but he’s concerned at the level of secrecy over the plan. After speculation was first raised at a meeting earlier this year, a request from Donegal County Council for clarification was acknowledged, but no information was given.Cllr Donal Coyle says a meeting is urgently needed to discuss services, and ensure that those moving in to the centre have adequate facilities and proper living conditions…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dpdonalc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Confirming the plans today, Minister Roderic O’Gorman says a Friends of the Centre group will be established, and government departments are working to ensure all necessary supports are provided.He says steps to replace direct provision are continuing, but while that process is ongoing, it’s important that asylum seekers are accomodated in proper settings.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle is welcoming the minister’s approach………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/tpfri1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleLogan and Dooher understand the responsibility as Tyrone ManagementNext articleTyrone Chairman confident with new management team News Highland Department Statement in full -As a result of a nationwide tendering process for accommodation for international protection applicants, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will open a new accommodation centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in late January 2021. The Centre will be able to provide accommodation for up to 60 families who will arrive on a phased basis. The centre will be managed by Bridgestock Care, a service provider with many years’ experience providing services to asylum seekers in Ireland, including existing centres in Ballyhaunis, Ennis, Sligo and Tullamore.Direct Provision is a whole of government system of service provision and the Department is also working with other Departments including the Department of Health and HSE, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that the necessary services are in place to support the residents.Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD said, “I am pleased to see the opening of the Port Road Accommodation Centre, which provides for independent living in own door apartment units. The accommodation is in line with the National Standards for Accommodation Centres adopted in 2019 and which will come into effect on the 1st of January 2021.” “The White Paper on ending Direct Provision is currently being drafted and my Department is currently engaging with departments and agencies on how to replace the current system of Direct Provision. In the meantime, we must ensure that people who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum have access to suitable accommodation. ”“I know that Letterkenny is a very welcoming town and I look forward to the establishment of a Friends of the Centre Group which will help to promote integration opportunities between residents and the local community.” Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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We’re in the dark on dietary supplements. She’s working to change that.

first_imgThe world of dietary supplements can seem like the Wild West, with the dizzying vitamin alphabet lumped with a lineup of minerals that sound as if they belong in an industrial vat rather than our bodies.JoAnn Manson, Harvard Medical School’s Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has made a career of studying population health.Manson recently co-authored a Viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighting what scientists do and don’t know about supplements, and providing guidance to doctors on what to recommend to patients. In addition, she is in the middle of two trials exploring the health effects of some of the most widely used supplements, including vitamin D, fish oil, multivitamins, and cocoa.Q&AJoAnn MansonGAZETTE: What makes the landscape of vitamins and supplements so confusing that even doctors need guidance?MANSON: Vitamins are big business — more than $30 billion a year. Anytime you go to a supermarket or drug store, you’re going to see aisles and aisles of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements. There’s also a lot of talk about vitamins in the media.Research studies on vitamins have often had discrepant findings. That’s partly because some studies are randomized trials while others are observational. Observational studies look at people who choose to take supplements, and examine their risk of heart disease, cancer, or other outcomes. In contrast, in a randomized clinical trial, people agree to be assigned at random to take vitamins versus a placebo. The different studies tend to provide different results for dietary supplements, but often the media does not make a distinction between the two. Observational studies tend to show that people who choose to take supplements are healthier, but that may be because they are more health-conscious and also have healthier diets and healthier lifestyles.GAZETTE: So because of the design of the research, it might be a self-selected healthier population that is being studied?MANSON: Exactly. There can be selection for more health-conscious people who are also compliant with taking supplements long-term, as well as confounding by other lifestyle practices, such as physical activity and diet.The randomized clinical trials avoid bias from selection and confounding factors, and they tend to show little, if any, benefit of these supplements in healthy individuals. And the randomized trials have also identified risks. Randomized trials of beta-carotene show increased risk of lung cancer in smokers, randomized trials of vitamin E show increased risk of heart failure, bleeding-related strokes, prostate cancer, and even all-cause mortality in some studies. There’s also some concern about selenium in high doses.So it’s a very confusing literature because the observational studies and randomized trials have provided some discrepant results while the public is bombarded with hype about supplements in the media and advertising. That said, the observational studies do have the advantage of being able to assess long-term use — over decades — while randomized trials tend to be shorter, often less than five years, due to their higher cost.GAZETTE: Is the industry regulated?MANSON: It is not regulated the way prescription drugs are. If clear risks are identified, supplements can be taken off the market, but generally supplement makers don’t have to prove their products are effective — or safe — when they’re put on the market as over-the-counter supplements. That’s why we also recommend that people look on the labels for signs of quality control and external, independent audits, such as the U.S. Pharmacopeia  or NSF International, or for some indication that the products have been tested for quality — that they actually have the content that it says on the label, that they’re free of microbes and heavy metals.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about your own work. This is an area in which you have a couple of trials going on, right?MANSON: Right. We’re now analyzing the data and finishing up the vitamin D and omega-3 trial VITAL. That’s a large-scale, randomized trial of vitamin D with and without omega-3 fatty acids, or fish oil. There are four treatment groups, more than 25,000 participants nationwide, and we’re looking at each of these interventions for prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. We’re also looking at cognitive function, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and a number of other disorders. So we’re testing these very commonly used dietary supplements for their efficacy and safety over an average of five years.We’re also doing a large-scale, randomized trial of multivitamins and cocoa flavonol supplements, the COSMOS trial. Even though multivitamins are used by half of the population, we have very little data on their efficacy or safety. There’s been only one previous large-scale, randomized trial of multivitamins. That was in men, the Physicians’ Health Study II, and we’re now testing it in both men and women.GAZETTE: How do you pick your trial topics? Are you looking to debunk or confirm information that might be in front of the public?MANSON: The goal isn’t to refute previous findings. We’re looking at what we think are promising supplements. We’re trying to identify dietary supplements that are effective and have a favorable benefit/risk profile.GAZETTE: What is the evidence so far for healthy adults?MANSON: It’s very limited. Pregnant women should take folic acid and prenatal vitamins to avoid neural tube defects and related birth defects. That includes women of reproductive age who are planning to become pregnant or may become pregnant, including those who are not taking reliable birth control. Some of these risks can occur in the very early weeks of pregnancy, often before women know they’re pregnant.There are guidelines for infants, especially infants who are breastfed, and older adults. Aside from those groups, there is minimal evidence that routine vitamin or mineral supplementation will benefit healthy individuals. Targeted supplementation in high-risk individuals, such as those with osteoporosis, malabsorption, or those taking certain medications, is a separate question.People are generally encouraged to get vitamins and minerals from a healthy, well-balanced diet. Micronutrients are better absorbed through the diet and a person will receive many other beneficial components besides these micronutrients. And through the diet, you get the optimal biological ratio of vitamins and minerals as opposed to a mega-dose of a particular supplement that can cause harm and may interfere with the absorption or bioavailability of other vitamins and minerals.GAZETTE: What about people who are on the go and don’t really eat healthy diets?MANSON: If someone is really concerned about their diet, they’re not having fruits and vegetables for whatever reason, they’re eating a lot of processed foods — which actually can strip foods of vitamins and minerals and healthful micronutrients — and they don’t think they can improve or modify their diet, then it’s reasonable to take a multivitamin or other vitamin-mineral supplement as a form of insurance. However, it’s still not a substitute for a healthy diet. It’s not going to be as good as having whole foods, avoiding processed foods, getting benefits like fiber, polyphenols, and phytochemicals from fruits and vegetables and whole grains. It’s really important to have a healthful diet regardless.GAZETTE: Why don’t we speak briefly about two subgroups. For infants and children, is vitamin D is important?MANSON: The American Academy of Pediatrics says to use vitamin D supplementation in a breastfed infant until weaning. This is because there’s very little vitamin D in breast milk unless the mother has a very high intake of vitamin D. We want to encourage women to breastfeed, because there are so many advantages to the baby, but the vitamin D does need to be supplemented. Also, iron at 4-6 months.GAZETTE: And for older adults, are there specific recommendations?MANSON: Older adults often have a poorer diet. They may also have a problem with absorption of some vitamins and minerals. The main ones to think about are B12, calcium, and vitamin D. B12 deficiency can be a problem, especially with pernicious anemia. With calcium and vitamin D, we encourage food sources, but supplements may be necessary — some people are lactose-intolerant or don’t eat dairy products. Avoid excess amounts of calcium supplements because they’ve been linked to an increased risk of kidney stones.GAZETTE: For the calcium and vitamin D, are we talking about avoiding osteoporosis?MANSON: It’s mostly bone health for the calcium and vitamin D. That’s been well established. But vitamin D has also been implicated in heart health, cognitive health, and reducing risk of cancer and diabetes. There’s no definitive evidence yet. That’s why we’re doing the VITAL trial, and other trials of vitamin D are ongoing throughout the world.Vitamin and mineral supplementation is a complicated subject. I hope we can make it a little clearer to the public because the messages have been so confusing. It’s very difficult for the public to separate fact from fiction, and understand what is just hype and marketing and promotion as opposed to actual evidence and facts.Interview was edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

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Loggers hand Mack first loss

first_imgAlyssa Jimenez struck out 14 in a strong senior day performance for Eureka High, which held off visiting Big 5 leader McKinleyville 4-1 Tuesday evening. Jimenez pitched all seven innings for the Loggers, allowing no runs off three hits and two walks. “For us, it’s a step closer to our goals as a team,” Jimenez said. “It’s a confidence booster for us, it was a fantastic game.” McKinleyville’s McKenzie Gonzales took the loss. Gonzales pitched a complete game, limiting the Loggers’ bats early …last_img

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Multiverse Explanations Are Fashionable, If Not Justifiable

first_imgHow can scientists get away with speculating about unobservable universes, when science is supposed to concern itself with observation?  “In the end, there is no way to know for sure what other universes are out there, or what life they may hold,” an article in PhysOrg ended, “But that will likely not stop physicists from exploring the possibilities, and in the process learning more about our own universe.”  This appears to be a modern apparition of Arthur C. Clarke’s Second Law, “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”    The PhysOrg article, echoing a press release from MIT, speculated on life not just on other worlds, but in other universes.  “A definitive answer is impossible, since we have no way of directly studying other universes,” the article admitted.  The speculations are built squarely on chemical and biological evolution: “if conditions were suitable, matter would coalesce into galaxies and planets, and if the right elements were present in those worlds, intelligent life could evolve.”  Assuming those would happen, the scientists, if that is what they can be called, speculated about what physical constants would give rise to matter: “our physical laws might be explained ‘anthropically,’ meaning that they are as they are because if they were otherwise, no one would be around to notice them.”  The press release noted that some of the constants in our universe, notably the cosmological constant, appear fine-tuned to permit atoms and life.  “Varying only one constant usually produces an inhospitable universe,” it said, but perhaps “changes in primordial cosmological density perturbations could compensate at least for small changes to the value of the cosmological constant.”  Then again, how would they test this idea?    The multiverse concept was also prominent in a book review by Pedro Ferreira for Nature.1  He was discussing the new book by Sean Carroll (Caltech), From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (Dutton, 2010).  Apparently Carroll makes big use of the multiverse concept to explain the flow of time in our universe.  The direction of time toward maximum entropy has long fascinated physicists and philosophers.  Carroll’s thesis employs the multiverse and the anthropic principle to explain time’s directionality:Carroll’s solution for the arrow of time invokes the multiverse, a controversial concept that is a current battleground in theoretical physics.  Arguably a prediction from cosmology and string theory,and to some extent quantum mechanics, the multiverse idea supposes that the Universe that we perceive is but one of a countless collection, each of which can be in a different physical state.  A case can be made that our Universe looks the way it does because it is the only one of the many possible universes that can harbour us.  For example, in another universe in which the constants of physics were slightly different from those in ours, life would not be possible.So what does this have to do with time?Going further, Carroll adapts the multiverse idea to explain the directionality of time.  Universes such as ours, he suggests, continually pop into existence within the multiverse, which is itself in thermal stasis, with no sense of time.  We just happen to live in one of these baby universes, which started off in a low-entropy state and has an entropic arrow of time.So his answer is the Stuff Happens Law – the antithesis of a law of nature, and therefore of causation or explanation.  And by low-entropy state, he means really, really low.  Some estimates of the chances of getting a universe like ours are one in 10 to the 100th to the 100th.  No problem, Carroll must think, if baby universes just pop into existence all the time.    Ferreira enjoyed Carroll’s book with all these speculations.  He noted approvingly that “multiverse explanations are fashionable.”1.  Pedro Ferreira, “The unfolding of time,” Nature 463, 881 (18 February 2010); doi:10.1038/463881a.Would someone please explain how this kind of speculation differs from imagining fairies and flying pigs and aliens?  or why it should be blessed with the sacred appellation of science?  Theologians at least have some revelation to constrain their speculations about an unobserved heaven, hell and the afterlife.  This has nothing to support it.  Don’t say that these guys are acting scientifically because they are employing mathematics and laws of known physical quantities.  One could easily do the same with the aerodynamics of flying pigs, or the top running speed of gnomes.    Emboldened by the empty promises of naturalism, evolutionists have let their imaginations run amok.  Berserk is too mild a term for it.  They presume to speak with the authority of science when telling us that baby universes just pop into existence, with some of them having matter just popping into existence, into which some of the matter coalesces into blobs of protoplasm.  Then, by faith, eyes pop into existence (the Popeye theory of evolution, 05/31/2005), allowing the cosmos to see, and brains pop into existence, allowing the cosmos to understand itself – at least in localized carbon units.    This may be fashionable, all right, but many fashions are foolish.  It would be more honest for them to announce they are founding a new religion.  Here it is: the First Multiversalist Church of the Absurd.  Come in and worship Tyche, the goddess of chance.  Open your eyes of faith to see alternate realities.  Worship your imagination (01/17/2007 commentary) as you sing “When you wish upon a star, nature makes you what you are” (12/05/2008).  Be uplifted by our sermon, “Stuff happens” (09/15/2008 commentary).  Join in and sing our closing hymn, “Godless Philosophy” (see Darwin Hymnbook).    Thinking beyond the known into the unknown is not wholly unwarranted.  It can provide context for understanding the known.  Considering the low entropy state of our universe, for instance, should arouse astonishment at how improbable that would be by chance.  Considering what would happen if the physical constants of the universe were not finely tuned should arouse more astonishment.  The lesson that should result from such mental excursions, upon returning to the real world, is how privileged we are to enjoy life in such a world and universe.  That should result in humble thanksgiving to the Creator.  There is little humility or gratitude in the proud hearts of the dreamers living in imaginary universes.  Pay them no mind; they are blind leaders of the blind.  Now get back to work with your eyes open, your feet on the ground, and a song of praise in your heart (suggestion).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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TripAdvisor names SA’s top 10 destinations

first_img1 April 2015As part of their Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015, TripAdvisor recently released a list of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa, nine of which can be found in the Western Cape.The only destination outside of the province is Johannesburg, which features in the fifth position.The destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.Cape Town Central tops the list, followed by Knysna in second position and Franschhoek at number three.The Mother City also found itself in the 10th position among TripAdvisor’s to 25 places to visit in 2015, beating popular urban destinations such as New York City, Barcelona, Dubai and Hong Kong to the top 10.Cape Town “glistens at the southern tip of the African continent”, TripAdvisor said, offering “picture-perfect views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315-million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200-million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5-million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.The top 10 destinations in South Africa, according to these users, are:Cape TownKnysnaFranschhoekPlettenberg BayJohannesburgConstantiaCamps BayHermanusPaarlStellenboschSource: traveller24.news24.comlast_img read more

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Passive House Certification: Looking Under the Hood

first_imgThe hot water budget is based on nine occupantsPHPP uses the TFA to calculate the domestic hot water budget and the Specific Primary Energy Demand, i.e., total “source” energy usage. (“Source” energy includes an adjustment factor to account for the energy losses during electricity generation and transmission losses from the power plant to the house.) The larger the TFA, the greater the number of expected occupants, and thus the more hot water and energy that the mythical 9.3 individuals will consume.So we expect our actual hot water and electricity usage will be substantially lower than PHPP predictions. When calculating floor area, PHPP obeys the WohnflächenverordnungThere was a substantial difference in the Treated Floor Area (TFA) that we calculated in our own PHPP results and the area calculated by the PHA, primarily due to how the large basement rec room was handled. RELATED ARTICLES [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 20th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] No credit for the PV systemI will again climb onto my soapbox and rail against PHPP counting the contribution of a solar hot water system for domestic hot water production, but not the contribution of a photovoltaic (PV) system.With three adults who don’t consume much hot water, we are a poor fit for an investment in a solar hot water system. Solar thermal systems are more expensive than PV systems, they require more maintenance, and their production is wasted when we are away and no one is home to use the hot water.In contrast, PV is a better value, requires much less maintenance, has a much longer service life, and continues to earn a credit on our electric bill when we are away. (See an excellent blog on this topic entitled “Solar Thermal is Dead” by Martin Holladay.)We plan to install a heat-pump water heater in the basement. This appliance will very efficiently transfer ambient heat from the basement air to the water in the tank at a rate of nearly 3 units of hot water for every unit of energy used for the transfer.We will add a PV array to keep us at net-zero energy use. Interestingly, there appears to be no accounting within the PHPP calculations made by PHA for the energy transfer of basement heat to the hot water tank, even though our energy analyst Marc Rosenbaum suggested a methodology. As a follow-up to my last blog on attaining Passive House Design Stage Assurance, here are a few of my observations on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) results that the Passive House Academy (PHA) attained for EdgewaterHaus. PHPP is the software design tool developed by the Passivhaus Institut to evaluate whether a building’s energy performance meets the Passivhaus standard.I have no specific training in the philosophical logic, data entry, or actual calculations of PHPP, and am neither an architect nor a builder. Nonetheless, here are some of PHPP results that caught my attention. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same?Backup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project? Appliances and lightingWe will use all Energy Star appliances and a combination of CFL and LED lighting. Who would build a home to the Passivhaus standard and not use high-efficiency electrical devices?Yet PHA used standard values in PHPP for appliances and lighting. So a more accurate PHPP would reflect an even lower primary energy need. We asked and PHA also agreed to reflect this change.On the other hand, at a primary energy demand of 26 kBTU/ft2•yr, we are already well within the 38 kBTU/ft2•yr Passivhaus primary energy standard, so this will have little effect in our achieving Passivhaus certification. In a predominantly heating climate like Maine, it’s all about meeting the annual heat demand target of 4.8 kBTU/ft2•yr. According to the software, nine people will live in our housePHPP uses the TFA to establish how many people could live in the building, not how many will be there. This occupancy per square foot is wired into PHPP and cannot be changed.I suppose that makes sense, since a well-constructed building will house many generations of small to large sized families. But PHPP dictates, in a deep bow to German frugality vs. grander American expectations, that our 3,500-square-foot EdgewaterHaus should house 9.3 occupants! Wow! That’s a far cry from the three adults, one dog, and two cats who will actually live there.After construction is completed, we’ll have to recruit another 3.3 occupants to meet PHPP expectations – perhaps we’ll get a few more four-legged critters! Buffering effect of rooms outside the thermal envelopePHA assigned equal weighting to the buffering effects of the garage and the three-season room, both of which are outside the thermal envelope. These two rooms moderate the temperature differences between inside and outside the thermal envelope, but I don’t believe they do so equally.The garage has two eight-foot wide R-9 insulated garage doors; the walls, slab, and ceilings have minimal insulation; and there is no effort to minimize thermal bridges.In contrast, the three-season room faces due south, has lots of glazing, and is insulated identically to the rooms within the thermal envelope. The only exception is that the three-season room has double-pane instead of triple-pane windows.We asked PHA (and PHA agreed) to assign a higher buffering factor to the three-season room. TFA is a key variable in PHPP. Rather than consider overall exterior or interior building dimensions, PHPP uses the German Floor Area Ordinance, which measures the “clear width between building elements” excluding the area of chimneys, walls, columns, and stairs with more than three steps. There are many other caveats, e.g., there must be a clear height of 6.6 feet (rooms between 3.3 feet and 6.6 feet in height are added at 50 percent of the area); the rooms must be within the thermal envelope (that excludes our three-season room and the garage); storage and mechanical rooms inside the thermal envelope are included at 60 percent of the area.Our PHPP included the rec room room at 60 percent of its area, while PHA recognized it at 100 percent.The PHPP manual states “basement and secondary rooms or rooms not regarded as living spaces in the German ‘Wohnflächenverordnung’, but are located inside of the thermal envelope anyway and have a room height of at least 6.6 feet may be added to the treated floor area with 60% of their area.”I read ambiguity, intentioned or not, in this section of the PHPP manual. The operative word for me here is the “not” in the phrase “rooms not regarded as living spaces.” The rec room has a 9.5 foot ceiling height, two Bilco ScapeWEL venting windows for direct emergency egress, drywall-finished ICF walls and ceilings below with wood I-beam main floor (now required by U.S building codes for fire prevention), and will use a simple electric resistance heater when needed.I plan to use the space as a workshop, but the space certainly could be used as a modern-day “man-cave.” It is entirely reasonable to me to include the rec room as full-fledged living space, as PHA has done, rather than the 60 percent as we had done. In conventional terms, our home is 4,400 square feet divided equally between a main floor and basement. PHPP calculated a TFA of about 3,500 square feet. Passivhaus For BeginnersPassivhaus Practitioners Share Their Success StoriesFarmhouse Style Meets Passive HouseEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhaus How much precision do we need?I am baffled by several of the individual spreadsheets within PHPP.Since windows serve as the primary heat source for a Passivhaus building, they get a great deal of attention in PHPP. There is a spreadsheet to calculate for each individual window its degree of deviation from north, its angle of inclination from the horizontal, the window rough opening dimension, the glazing details, the frame material, the SHGC, the U-factors for the frame and glass, and the width of each side of the window frame.Wait, there’s more. Another spreadsheet calculates the thermal bridges for each window. Yet another spreadsheet calculates shading factors. Here again, for each individual window, we estimated the height and distance of any shading objects like trees or other buildings, and from the construction drawings the window reveal depth, the distance from glazing edge to reveal, the overhang depth, the distance from upper glazing edge to overhang, and a mysterious additional shading reduction factor. Yikes!I can appreciate much of the engineering rigor in the analysis. I remain a steadfast and ardent supporter of the Passivhaus approach to building design. But a small part of me is left wondering about the real-world value in this nth degree of PHPP precision. We are designing EdgewaterHaus for two adults plus an elderly parent, yet the PHPP energy load for the home is based on 9.3 occupants and excludes the contribution of the PV array. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

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Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.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 shutoutShe finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Four Indian naval ships to take part in Malabar Exercise

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Four Indian naval ships including two stealth frigates will take part in a trilateral exercise next month near the South China Sea which will see India, US and Japan playing war games in East of Okinawa.Defence sources said the two frigates along with a tanker and a corvette with integral helicopters will take part in Malabar Exercise which will be held from mid-June to the end of the month.Reacting sharply to Indias move in December last year of including Japan in the Indo-US Malabar naval exercises on a permanent basis, China had said that Tokyo will not “provoke confrontation” and “heighten tensions” in the region.China is in a territorial dispute with the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam over the South China Sea issue. There are overlapping claims over the waters in that maritime region.The US, which had been pushing for Japans inclusion, has said the exercise is an important element for assessing the maritime capabilities of all the three countries.The US has in recent months ramped up its warnings over what it calls Chinas growing “militarisation” in the South China Sea.American warships and aircraft have undertaken number of operations in the region to challenge Chinas moves even as the US hopes to stitch Asian military powers into a closer cooperation.The US has also been pushing for a quadrilateral security dialogue involving itself, India, Japan and Australia. PTI SAP KND ZMN KNDlast_img read more

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9 months agoPSG push Everton to drop Gueye price

first_imgPSG push Everton to drop Gueye priceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are willing to sell to Idrissa Gueye this month.PSG are in contact with Everton about a deal for the midfielder, says L’Equipe.And Everton are prepared to sell Gueye – but for no less than €45m.The price is deemed too rich by PSG, which rate the player closer to €30-35m.Gueye is tied to Everton until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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4 days agoPearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milnerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland great Stuart Pearce has paid tribute to Liverpool veteran James Milner.Pearce managed Milner when he was in charge of England U21’s from 2007-2013.He told talkSPORT: “Three words that I would [use to] describe him: resilient, professional and relentless. I think that sums Milly up.”He covers 12, 13 kilometres a game, so I think somewhere in the midfield three [is his position]. But if you asked him to play anywhere, he’d go on the pitch and play anywhere for you. Sensational professional.” last_img

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