No orders were given by Ministry of the Presidency – Harmon

first_imgTransfer of GA 2000 hanger– confirms BK International submitted proposalBusinessman Brian TiwariPublic Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister of State Joseph Harmon has announced that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government did not order that a State-owned hangar at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) be handed over to BK International.Internetnews website, Demerara Waves (Demwaves) reported on Thursday that the hangar which was being used by now-defunct State-owned GA 2000 was to be transferred to BK International; however, that plan was shelved to facilitate the expansion of the airport.It claimed that the decision to hand over control of the facility was made by a top official of the Ministry of the Presidency, prior to the installation of a new Board of Directors of the CJIA, according to Demwaves.However, Minister Harmon in a statement issued by the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) denied the allegations and called the report ‘wicked and malicious’, which he said was designed to ‘feed the frenzy about his connection to Brian Tiwari.He reminded that the CJIAC and its Board come under the direct authority of the Public Infrastructure Ministry as has always been the case.When contacted, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson refused to comment and told this publication “you know my answer; I have no comment, write what you want.”Meanwhile, the MOTP statement quoted Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CJIAC, Ramesh Ghir, who it said informed that BK International Incorporated had, during the life of the previous Board of Directors, submitted a proposal for rental of the GA 2000 hangar.“He further stated, that though the Board had favourably considered the proposal, during a meeting, no decision was communicated to Mr Brian Tiwari or his company,” the Ministry said.CEO of CJIAC Ramesh GhirAccording to the statement, based on records from the CJIAC, in September 2014, the Board approved the rental of the hanger for a six-month period to BK International Incorporated; however, that contract was never executed.Following the change of government and the appointment of a new Board of Directors, the proposal was again considered but it has been since deferred, Ghir was quoted as saying by the Ministry of the Presidency.“The new Board of Directors would have looked at the proposal… it was placed on hold because we have the expansion of that airport taking place and we realised that some of the operators had to be relocated… we would have had to find a temporary location for them to operate and the hangar is one of the considerations, so that as we speak is actively being pursued,” Ghir was quoted as saying.Ghir claimed that he had informed Dennis Chabrol of Demerara Waves that Tiwari was not officially granted the use of the hangar, either by rental or for purchase and that he was one of several operators who had expressed an interest in using the facility.Ghir also denied being given instructions by the Ministry of the Presidency in this regard. “The Ministry is extremely concerned that in the rush to publish sensational stories media outlets are not exercising due diligence and this is irresponsible and can be perceived as malicious when it is not supported by fact,” the statement said.Efforts to contact BK International’s Managing Director Brian Tiwari proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered. BK International operates a domestic carrier, Wings Aviation and has already acquired several small aircraft.While there are reports of BK International planning to purchase a 12-seater executive jet later this year, this could not be independently confirmed.last_img read more

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Private schools dominate NGSA top spots

first_img…Roopnaraine disappointed with overall performance After a long delay, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results were finally revealed on Tuesday during a news conference where the top one per cent of performers were announced. The results were read live by Chief Education Officer (CEO) Olato Sam at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD). The top position was shared by Anthony Ferreira of Mae’s Under 12 and Aryan Singh of Dharmic Rama Krishna with a score of 568 marks.Third position was gained by Sarena Razak of Graham’s Hall Primary with 565 marks. Fourth position was gained by Chelsea Barnes of Success Elementary with 563 marks. Securing the fifth position was Arun Sooknarine of Dharmic Rama Krishna with 562 marks.Helia Agrad of Success Elementary gained the sixth position with 561 marks. The seventh position was shared by five candidates: Indie Rampersaud of Success Elementary, Justin Seecharan of Success Elementary, Jonathan Ganga of Leonora Primary, Divya Nandalall of Mae’s Under 12 and Lemuel Assing of New Guyana School.The NGSA, which was written on April 27 and 28 earlier this year, saw 14,386 candidates participating. Schools will officially release results today.Subsequent to the release, Guyana Times caught up with the children within the top ten who expressed feelings of euphoria, having earned their spot in the country’s list of best performers.When this publication visited the school of the two top performers, students, teachers and parents around the compound were in high spirits as they celebrated the victory.Speaking with an excited Ferriera, he related that he had expected to be placed in the top ten for the country, but had not anticipated being the best overall performer.“I’m overjoyed. I’m very happy that this happened. I knew that I would probably be in the top ten or top twenty but I didn’t know I would’ve gotten first.”Although the preparation road was a rocky one, he explained that his family and teachers were always present to guide him with his studies.He thanked his teachers, family and the Almighty for playing an integral role in his achievement.Meanwhile, Singh was at a loss for words as he tried to grasp the reality that he had been placed as one of the best performers in Guyana.“This was shocking at first, I didn’t believe it. I went to my aunty and she told me the Internet has it,” he relayed.The aspiring Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Bank said that he had not attended any lessons like other students, but made it his mandate to put in a number of hours studying.This did not come easy as he was forced to sacrifice many recreational activities so as to fulfil his dream of attending Queen’s College.Singh related that his success during the NGSA was due to the assistance and encouragement of his family and teachers, who were all part of the long journey.With three marks less than the top rankers was Razak from Graham’s Hall Primary. The visibly confident student highlighted that although she was expecting to be placed in the top ten, the actuality of her acquiring the title of the country’s third top performer was b eyond her imagination.Reminiscing on her preparations leading up to the examination period, Razak said: “I didn’t take it too hard. It was just like a normal exam to me, but I had to put aside some cricket, swimming and some karate.”Earning a position right below Razak was the elated Success Elementary student Chelsea Barnes.According to the 11-year-old, the NGSA examination proved to be challenging since it called for her to sacrifice many of her hobbies, which included watching television and gaming.“I’d like to thank God because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done now. I’m really, really happy and filled with mixed emotions right now,” the child told this publication.Barnes also thanked her parents for their encouragement.Acquiring a second spot in the list of top ten best performers for the Dharmic Rama Krishna is Arun Sooknarine, who told this publication that he was relieved that the examination has concluded and results proved to be favourable for him.“My heart just can’t stop beating all the time. I was just so excited, because I saw the smiles on their faces and I knew it was good news,” the country’s fifth top ranker said.Another of the four children who copped a position in the top ten for Success Elementary school was Helia Agard, who credited her accomplishment to months of dedication and hard work.Like the other students, she too had to sacrifice her recreational activities.Rampersaud, Seecharan, Ganga, Nandalall and Assing – the five candidates who shared the seventh spot were elated to be in the top ten and shared that hard work and determination were their motto during the period leading up to the examination. They also took the opportunity to encourage the next batch of students to stay focused on their academics as it always pays off in the end.DissatisfactionMeanwhile, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, following the release of the results on Tuesday, expressed his dissatisfaction with the overall performance.He said he was hoping that the recommendations of the education Commission of Inquiry (CoI) will put the sector back on its rightful path.The overall subject analysis shows that the performance in English Language and Social Studies was consistent with previous years’. The performance in Mathematics and Science, however, this year, fell below that of previous years. The highest possible standardised scores obtainable were Mathematics –162, English – 138, Social Studies – 134 and Science – 149. The highest possible total obtainable was 583.According to Dr Roopnaraine, an analysis is currently being conducted to ascertain the specific areas in which pupils experienced the greatest difficulty. He said that the Education Ministry has made concerted efforts to include items that would stimulate critical and higher level thinking. The analysis, he said, will have deep implications for the instructional approaches adopted by teachers going forward.“The practices of drilling and teaching to the test that had been adopted over the years will do little to benefit pupils in this new dispensation. Work will be continued throughout the system to ensure that teachers focus on fully teaching the appropriate concepts and raise pupils’ competence levels rather than employing the antiquated traditional approaches,” he saidNotably, this is the first time in years that boys performed as well as the girls at the NGSA.Meanwhile the cut-off point for the country’s top secondary schools are: Queen’s College at 541; the Bishops’ High School, 531; St Stanislaus College, 522; St Rose’s High, 516; St Joseph High, 508 and President’s College, 493.last_img read more

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Princess Cruises homeports in Santa Clarita

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – There’s a mini-city within the walls of Santa Clarita’s fastest-growing business. Princess Cruises, based well inland yet serving up luxury on the high seas, has departments ranging from entertainment to interior design, food and beverage to distribution. “We have this incredible array of professions here,” spokeswoman Julie Benson said. Among 1,800 employees housed in seven buildings in Valencia, there are lawyers and accountants, retail buyers, dancers, art and jewelry experts, doctors, nurses, photographers and videographers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOn a recent workday, a team of executives gathered in the conference room to strategize about the faux snow that will fall on ships this holiday season. “One day we meet about snow; one day we talk about ship launches,” Benson said. “It’s all planned from here, along with everything that goes on aboard our ships.” A familiar face at the Princess Cruises’ Town Center Drive headquarters is company ambassador Gavin MacLeod, the actor who portrayed Capt. Merrill Stubing on TV’s “The Love Boat.” The Saturday night iconic romantic comedy was set aboard the Pacific Princess, one of the company’s first ships, which has since been sold to an Italian cruise company. While most of the 249 episodes of “The Love Boat” were filmed on Hollywood soundstages, the cast spent six weeks each season on the high seas. And MacLeod loved it. Location shots for the first several seasons were filmed in Mexican ports. But toward the end of the show’s nine-year run, Capt. Stubing, Doc (Bernie Kopell), Isaac (Ted Lange), Julie (Lauren Tewes, who left the show in 1984), Gopher (Fred Grandy, who later was a congressman from Iowa) and the captain’s daughter, Vicki (Jill Whelan), sailed to Europe, Russia and China. Soon after the show ended in 1986 – with the captain’s marriage to a character portrayed by Marion Ross of “Happy Days” fame – MacLeod and his real-life wife, Patti, were vacationing in Cape Cod. He got a call from the cruise line’s public-relations department and began a second career as Princess company ambassador. One duty was taking the final voyage of the Pacific Princess before it was sold, a journey that drew travelers with stories to tell. “So many people wanted to be on it – people who met on the ship and got married,” he said. Over the years, he has taped commercials for Princess, performed the play “Love Letters” aboard with his wife and – last Mother’s Day – christened the Emerald Princess in Greece with Ross as a guest. “I’ve seen Princess evolve from a company with two little ships,” he said. “It’s been great for me because it’s so wonderful to represent a business that makes people happy, that gives them things to talk about, expands their horizons.” Established in 1965, Princess Cruises was lured from Century City to Santa Clarita in 1998 with a 15-year guarantee there would be no business tax. For the past two years, Santa Clarita has been named one of Southern California’s most business-friendly cities by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., in large part because there is no business-license fee. Operations began with customer service. Hundreds of employees work the phones, booking cruises and customers’ related airline and hotel reservations. This year, Princess saw the largest gain in employment – 250 new jobs – of any company in Santa Clarita, according to a survey by Santa Barbara-based The California Economic Forecast. Princess is the area’s largest private employer. The headquarters, along pedestrian-oriented Town Center Drive that feeds the adjacent mall, helped establish a job base for a surrounding collection of apartments and condominiums, creating a downtown feeling in the ultimate suburb. Princess has since sprawled into three more Town Center buildings, including one that, since 2004, has housed its sister Cunard. In 1999, the company ran five ships; today, including Cunard’s luxury liners, there are 18. Cunard, the company’s high-end brand, operates the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth 2, and on Friday it will launch the Queen Victoria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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INISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgINISHOWEN LEAGUEBuncrana Credit Union Cup ReportDoubles for Murphy & McColgan Redcastle United 6-2 Illies CelticRedcastle dominated this game for long periods and in the early exchanges Cathal Faulkner fired into the side netting before Liam Davenport saw a free kick saved by Graham Doherty.They then took the lead on 13 minutes when Terry McColgan headed home a Charlie McCormick cross from close range.Illies replied and went close when Sahne Devlins effort drew a good save from Michael McCole.But Redcastle responded and James Curran fired wide after a solo run before McColgan headed wide and a Brendan Murphy overhead kick crashed off the bar just before the interval.On the restart Murphy fired wide before the same player was denied by a good save from Doherty as he bore down on goal.Doherty was again inaction when he saved a Martin Farren header before Redcastle increased their lead when Murphy converted after a good pass from Eamon Donnelly.They made it three then after Brian Tracey advanced and crossed for Murphy to slot home before a great run and cross from Davenport left McCormick with a simple tap in.McCormick then raced onto a long ball from defence to race clear and slot low past Doherty to make it five nil.Illies rallied and James McGonagle got a goal back with a neat finish inside the area .Within a minute they got another goal back when Paul Doherty took advantage of hesitation to fire past McCole.But Redcastle had the final say when Davenport again crossed for Tracey to slot home and make it six two. McMonagle torments Colts with double hat trick.Moville Celtic 11-1 Gleneely ColtsPremier division Moville were much too strong for first division Gleneely with Inishowen striker Nigel McMonagle gradbbing a double hat trick.McMonagle fired his side into a 3rd minute lead after controlling well before beating a defender and seeing his shot take a deflection past Martin Mooney.Minutes later he turned provider when he crossed for Joe Doherty to head home from eight yards.On 8 minutes it was three nil after Tony Boyce laid the ball off to Raymond Campbell whose powerful effort was well parried by Mooney but McMonagle pounced to drill the loose ball home.Indeed but for Mooney in the colts goal the margin of victory would have been much heavier as he saved well from McMonagle, Boyce and Doherty in succession. Midway through the half the home side added another when Boyce split the home defence for Joe Doherty to round Mooney and slot home.They made it five nil then when Campbell surged through the middle and fed Boyce on the right and he drilled a low shot across Mooney to the far corner.McMonagle then completed his hat trick when a corner fell to him at the back post and he blasted to the roof of the net on the stroke of half time.Gleneely kept trying and got one back on 48 minutes when Barry Diver fired a powerful shot past Sean McGuinness despite the keeper getting a hand to it. Moville replied immediately and both Eddie McNamee and Enda Folan cleared efforts off the line.Moville upped the tempo again and a superb crossfield pass from substitute Graeme Doherty released McMonagle who poked past the advancing Mooney.Things got worse for the Colts when Joe Doherty’s corner deflected off a defender past the keeper. A superb effort from Shane Canning crashed off the bar and again McMonagle was first to react to slot the ball home before another substitute PJ Barr got in on the act when he scored a fine solo goal after evading a number of tackles in the area.McMonagle completed his double hat trick when he converted from close range in the latter stages.O’Doherty inspire the Hearts to the next roundBuncrana Hearts Res 2-1 Dunree UnitedA bitterly cold wind blowing towards the club end of the ground was the dominant factor in this closely fought Credit Union Cup match. Hearts opened the brightest and it was 9 minutes before Dunree started to come into the game when David laird had his snap shot from the edge of the penalty box saved by Hearts keeper O’ Doherty. O’ doherty was to be the busiest of the two keepers in the first half with Conor Mc Bride testing him on thirteen minutes other than that Dunree were restricted to long-range efforts.But in the 27th minute Dunree’s Thomas Mulhern crossed and it just evaded an unmarded David McLaughlin on the back post. Then Dunree scored on 36 minutes Neil Moran latched onto a hopeful long ball, he ran though on the Buncrana goals and when O’ Doherty blocked his first shot the ball rebounded kindly for Moran and he was able to stroke the ball into an unguarded net. Then on 38 minutes on a rare sortie into the Dunree half Buncrana won a corner on their right. This was driven in low by Deckey Fullerton and met by the on rushing Senan Murphy who volleyed it to the back of the net. Dunree responded with both Sean Doherty and Neil Moran forcing Hearts keeper O’ Doherty into action.Hearts opened the second half brightly and with the breeze now in their favour they forced a corner on their left which was worked back to Paddy Mc Myler whose dangerous cross was not dealt with by the Dunree defence and it ended up in the back of the net after taking a deflection of a defender to make it two one to the Hearts. Hearts continued to dominate with Deckey Fullerton , Johnny Eccles and Alan Friel all caming close to scoring. With Dunree restricted to the occassional breakout it was not until the final five minutes that they were able to mount a period of concerted pressure but they were only able to win a couple of corners and free kicks which all came to nothing and so Hearts progress to the next rouund of the Credit Union Cup. Doherty fired second half winner to put Cockhill throughCockhill Celtic Yths 1-0 Culdaff FCLast years beaten finalists Culdaff exited the cup at the first round stage in a hard fought encounter at Cockill in bitterly cold conditions.Culdaff shaded the first half with Conor O’Brien seeing an early shot well held by Leo McColgan in the home goal.The visitors then spurned a gilt edged chance when O’Brien broke on the left and picked out Brendan McLaughlin but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over the top.Cockhill upped the tempo on the restart and scored the crucial goal when Derek Doherty excellent strike from the edge of the area flew through a crowd of players past Darragh McLaughlin. Culdaff replied and McLaughlin crossed for O’Brien’s glancing header to drift just past the far post. Minutes later the ball dropped at the back post for O’Briens first time effort from a tight angle to be well saved by McColgan. Cockhill had the final chance of the game when Greg Bradley unleashed a powerful effort which Mclaughlin tipped onto the bar.Byrne spot on to send Carn into last eight Carn FC 1-0 Aileach FCIt was the visitors who started the better with Gavin Doherty crossing for Darren McMonagle whose powerful effort was well tipped over by Gerard Crossan.Carn responded and on 15 minutes Ryan Kelly crossed to Caomhan Canny whose low effort was well saved by Conor Carlin.Michael Byrne then for the home side had two free kicks on target saved by Carlin but in between McMonagle’s cross found Ruairi Bradley who fired over from fifteen yards.Before the interval McMonagle then crossed for Bradley but this time he shot narrowly wide when well placed.Twice in as many minutes on the restart Carns Matthew Byrne saw one free kick collected well by Carlin before another fell to Canny but he fired wide when in a good position.Aileach had a purple spell then with Bradleuy’s free finding the unmarked Anthony Doherty who failed to hit the target before Doherty raced clear onto McMonagle’s pass to round Crossan but from a tight angle see his effort clip the outside of the post.Doherty then broke past two tackles and fed McMonagle inside the area but again he fired wide.The deadlock was broken on 85 minutes when Michael Byrne converted a penalty awarded after he had been upended in the area.They almost added a late second after Canny raced onto a long clearance from Crossan but saw his effort beaten away by Carlin.Glengad get upper hand in second halfGlengad United 4-0 QPSThere were few chances in the opening half with defences on top and chances at a premium.On 20 minutes the points Dean Barron saw his effort from twenty yards well saved by Michael McLaughlin. Barron then breached the home defence again but this time McLaughlin advanced to smother at his feet.Glengads only threat of the half came when Stephen McLaughlin broke on the right and crossed for Patrick McDermott but he headed into the ground allowing Conor McColgan to gather.The deadlock was broken on 50 minutes when Glengad were awarded a free kick on the edge of the are and John McDaid fired to the top corner.Good work by Terence Doherty then on the right saw him find McDermott but when his effort was blocked by Kevin Wallace the rebound fell to Doherty who blazed over.Glengad doubled their lead on 63 minutes when Paul McLaughlin despatched a twenty yards free to the bottom corner despite McColgan getting a hand to it.Glengad were on top now and added a third after Stephen McLaughlin crossed for substitute Daniel McDaid to slot home from close range.They completed the scoring when John G Mclaughlin fired a crisp low effort from twenty yards to the bottom corner.Rasheney overturn half time deficit to advance.Moville Celtic Res 1-3 Rasheney FCMoville had a lot of possession in the opening half but found it difficult to create any clear chances.They did take the lead on the half hour when a bizarre defensive error saw the visiting keeper put the ball down for what he thought was offside and Conor Lafferty pounced to walk the ball into the empty net.Rasheney got back on terms within three minutes of the restart when John McLaughlin’s free kick from the left found Christy Ivers to head home from eight yards.On 55 minutes they took the lead when James Cooke’s long throw in found McLaughlin who headed high past Maurice McGeady in the home goal.Ten minutes later they increased their lead when a deep corner by McLaughlin found the unmarked Anthony Doherty at the back post and he headed home.Rasheney comfortably saw out the remainder of the game with the long throw ins of Cooke continually unsettling the home defence.Devlin hits hat trick as Shamrocks rout GreencastleClonmany Shamrocks 8-0 Greencastle FCThere was never any chance of an upset as Clonmany raced into a four nil lead within twenty minutes at Shamrock Park.They opened the scoring on 6 minutes when Marty Doherty fed Mark McLaughlin on the left and he crossed for Paul McLaughlin to fire low past Seamus Bovaird from eight yards.Minutes later it was two nil after Jason Devlin scored direct from a corner with Bovaird blinded by the sun.A poor clearance fell to Jason Devlin and he calmly fired past Bovaird from the edge of the area before Bovaird punched clear from a corner only for Raymond McDaid to volley superbly past the retreating keeper.Greencastle tried to reduce the deficit and when Sean Mc Quillan ‘s corner found Sean Cavanagh his header deflected behind off a defender. From that corner Cavanagh’s effort was cleared off the line by Mark McLaughlin.The best goal of the game arrived on 40 minutes after Marty Doherty played a one two with McDaid before releasing Paul McLaughlin who crossed for Brendan Devlin to head home from seven yards.Amother corner on the stroke of half time saw Bovaird punch out to Philip Devlin who returned a first time volley to the bottom corner. Greencastle had the first chance of the second period when Jack Keys corner came off the face of the crossbar.Substitute Michale Devlin then raced onto fello sub Conor Bradley’s pass but his effort was superbly saved by Bovaird before Jason Devlin completed his hat trick when he ran onto Paul Mclaughlin’s through ball before slotting low past Bovaird.They completed the scoring when Michael Devlin converted a penalty awarded after brother Jason was upended.Greencastle almost got a consolation when substitute Conor Barrow got in behind the home defence from a quick throw and crossed for Ciaran Moore whose effort was blocked by the legs of Patrick Harkin and then cleared.The last chance fell to the home side when Jason & Michael Devlin combined for the latter to cross and Bradley’s glancing header went just past the post.Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division ReportsCockhill Res 4-2 Clonmany ResPlayed in bitterly cold conditions Cockhill dominated the opening half with the advantage of a strong wind.As early as the third minute Marty Bradley unleashed a twenty five yards effort which Roger McGilloway tipped over the bar and from the corner Jim Doherty blazed over when well placed.They took the lead on 9 minutes after the Clonmany defence misjudged a long throw in Ryan Duffy to score at the second attempt after McGilloway had saved his initial effort.They went close again when a Jim Doherty volley from twelve yards crashed off the post before they doubled their lead before the interval when Declan Kearney’s corner found Duffy who volleyed home at the back post.Clonmany as expected came more into the game on the restart and got a goal back on 51 minutes when Dean Kelly fired a superb free kick past Lee McCarron in the home goal.They got back on terms on 67 minutes when a poor clearance fell to Brian Devlin and he fired to the top corner from twenty two yards.Clonmany seemed to lsoe their way after this and Cockhill on the break were always dangerous.Cockhill regained the lead when Alan Fletcher’s clearance found Michael Coyle on the left and he advanced to cross for Duffy to dink the ball over the advancing keeper and complete his hat trick.Clonmany pressed but found the home defence a tough nut to crack and on the stroke of full time Cockhill sealed the points when Ricky Fullerton crossed from the right for Duffy to volley past McGilloway and get his fourth goal of the game.Culdaff Res 4-1 Sea RoversPlayed in very wet and windy conditions the home side with the elements started well and when a Paddy McColgan corner found Ryan Greene his header crashed off the bar.Shortly after good work by David O Connor saw his low cross just elude the inrushing Niall Gordon.Culdaff broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when McColgan’s well hit free from wide on the left eluded all and flew into the top corner.Rovers replied midway through the half when good work on the right by Liam Nelson saw him feed Callum Crumlish but he fired narrowly wide.Culdaff dominated the remainder of the half and when a Gordon cross was misjudged by a Rovers defender keeper Fergal Bradley saved well.O’Connor then raced onto Mick McLaughlin’s through ball but Bradley advanced to smother at his feet.From the first of two corners by McColgan before the break the ball deflected off a defender but Paddy Logue was superbly placed to head off the line and from the second one on the stroke of half time O’Connor headed over.Against the wind Culdaff still had most of the possession but on 55 minutes Rovers broke superbly and Crumlish fired narrowly over.Just past the hour mark they got back on terms when with the home defence appealing in vain for offside Nelson played Crumlish in on the right and he superbly sold keeper George Houten before sliding the ball home.Culdaff regained the lead within four minutes when Barry Fitzpatrick fed O’Connor on the edge of the area and he spread the ball wide to Gordon whose cross shot crept in at the near post despite Bradley getting a hand to it.The introduction of substitute Seamus Mclaughlin for the home side on 70 minutes yielded immediate returns when after the rovers defence failed to clear McLaughlin calmly finished to the bottom corner from ten yards.With five minutes remaining Mclaughlin then got on the end of O’Connors mishit shot to rifle to the roof of the net and seal the points.Rovers never gave up and in the closing stages Luke Rodden had a snapshot well held by Houten before in a quick break Nelson unleashed a twenty yards effort which Houten superbly turned behind low to his left.Aileach Res 3-0 Glengad ResLeague leaders Aileach continued their pursuit of the league title when they scored a hard earned win over a Glengad side they will meet in the shield final in a few weeks time.After a tense openind Eddie McGrath for the home side ran through the middle and unleashed a shot which Daniel Mullarkey saved superbly.Minutes later Stephen Doherty released McGrath into the area and this time he fired low past Mulalrkey from twelve yards.Midway through the half they doubled their lead when good work by Liam Burke saw him square the ball for McGrath to slot home from six yards.Before the interval Glengad replied and from a tight angle Niall McLaughlin saw his effort crash off the bar.Glengad started the second period well and on the hour mark Mclaughlin broke clean through but as he attempted to round keeper David McGeady the keeper smothered the ball superbly.Minutes later Gary Kelly unleashed a twenty yards effort which crashed off the bar with McGeady beaten.They continued to push and William Logan should have done better than fire straight at McGeady when well placed.Aileach lifted the tempo then with both Stephen Doherty and Johnny Devlin denied by Mullarkey.They sealed the points in the final minute after McGrath’s effort came back off the crossbar for Burke to head home from six yards.QPS Res 2-4 Carn ResThis game was switched to Carn but the point made the early running with Stephen Grant firing an early shot over before Paul Hegarty’s effort was well saved by JJ Doherty. In between those efforts Carns Niall McGuinness found Cathal Doyle with a free kick but the unmarked Doyle headed over.Midway through the half the point opened the scoring when Dean Hegarty fed Stephen Grant on the right and he fired a low shot across Doherty and just inside the far post.Minutes later they increased their lead when McIvor fired a thirty yards effort to the net despite Doherty getting a hand to it.Carn replied and McGuinness’s corner found Conor Doherty whose header was superbly saved by Brian Lynch.At the other end Fergal Buchanan saw his snapshot turned around the post by Doherty.On 43 minutes a quick break from Carn ended with Conor Doherty lifting the ball over the advancing Lynch from twenty yards.Then on the stroke of half time Carn got back on terms when McLaughlin’s free was not cleared and Doyle slotted low past Lynch from close range.In the opening minutes of the second period an attempted clearance by a point defender sailed over his own bar while at the other end Paul Hegartys free was well saved by Doherty.Caren then took the lead on 63 minutes when a long clearance sent Doherty clear and he lifted the ball over the advancing Lynch for a superb finish.Minutes later the same player was in a one on one but this time fired wide.The point upped the tempo then with John McCloskey heading a Dean Hegarty free wide before Paul Hegarty hit the side netting.They went close again after Grant’s cross found Stephen King but his diving header also flew into the side netting.Carn broke in the final minute with Doherty completing his hat trick with a superb chip over Lynch from twenty yards to give them an unexpected victory and a chance to avoid the drop.Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division Reports 10/03/2013Written by AdministratorRasheney ROVERS 3-2 Cockhill ColtsPlaying with a strong wind in the first half Rasheney started well and Mark Gilmore had an early effort parried by Liam Lynch to Fergal Doherty whose follow up effort was saved by Lynch again.Rovers opened the scoring on 18 minutes when a long kick out by Declan Grant was allowed to bounce and Doherty raced between two defenders to drill the ball low past Lynch from fifteen yards.Cockhill replied with Kevin McDaid flashing a dangerous cross across the face of goal before the same player had a low diagonal shot well saved by Grant.Rovers responded and Ryan Gill had a shot from distance saved by Lynch .The home side increased their lead on 38 minutes when Doherty fed Anthony McEleney whose shot rebounded off the post and when the attempted clearance was blocked the ball fell kindly for Doherty to fire home from ten yards.Cockhill tried to reply and Gary Breslin’s shot on the run drifted just wide. Rovers made it three nil then before the break when McEleney released George Doherty on the right and he fired low past Lynch from twelve yards.Cockhill started the second half in determined fashion with McDaid seeing a close range effort blocked by Grant before the defence cleared.The colts got one goal back on 51 minutes when a McDaid cross came off a home defender and looped over Grant and in off the post.Within minutes they had got a second goal back when Bernard Gubbins twenty five yards free squirmed under Grants body.Cockhill spurned a great chance on 75 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball but Breslin’s spot kick was deflected onto the post by the legs of Grant.This seemed to give Rasheney new impetus and they defended stoutly.The home side had the final chance of the game when McEleney’s looping effort beat Lynch but landed on the roof of the net.Dunree Res 4-4 Moville YouthsIn very blustery conditions both teams deserve credit for this entertaining encounter.Dunree began well and took the lead on 5 minutes when Thomas Doherty scored direct from a corner.Minutes later they made it two nil after great work from TJ McKinley saw him cross for Doherty to slot home his second.Moville rallied and reduced the deficit when Oran McDermott converted a penalty awarded after Kevin McDermott was upended.They then got back on terms before the interval when Kevin McDermott’s cross from the right evaded all and crept in at the back post.Within minutes of the restart the youths had taken the lead after Conor Radcliffe headed home a corner at the back post. But Dunree rallied and equalised on 66 minutes with good work by McKinley seeing him cross for Doherty to complete his hat trick from close range.Dunree regained the lead on 72 minutes when a loose ball broke in the area for Joe Carlin to blast to the roof of the net from twelve yards. Moville pushed forward and again got back on terms when Oran McDermott fired a stunning thirty yards free kick to the top corner.Redcastle Res 3-0 Greencastle ResThe home side got off to a dream start as they close in on the league title and promotion when they took the lead on 7 minutes after Stephen McCauley crossed from the right for Greg Breslin to slot low past Tom Houston in the visitors goal..They continued to press and Robert McLaughlin saw a snapshot well saved by Houston.On 11 minutes the home side increased their lead after Breslin crossed for McCauley and he slotted low to the bottom right hand corner from eight yards.The visitors tried to reply and when Ronan Doherty found space he unleashed a twenty five yards effort which flew just over the bar.Before the break the home side’s Liam McLaughlin was also just over with a good effort from outside the box.Redcastle dominated the second period but found clear chances at a premium. On 53 minutes Mervyn Gourley advanced on the right and cross but McCauley headed over.They added their third on 71 minutes when Aiden Cunningham found Stephen McGowan who crossed for Breslin to slot home from close range.Breslin then had a glorious chance to complete his hat trick when he raced clear and with only Houston to beat he fired over the bar.Illies Res 2-1 Rasheney ResThis defeat could be crucial for Rasheney as their title hopes look to be well and truly dashed now.With the wind Rasheney dominated but found clear cut chances at a premium.They did take the lead on 21 minutes when John Doherty fired a superb twenty yards effort to the roof of the net past Thomas Grant.Illies did respond midway through the half when Marty Coyle broke through the defensive cover but fired over the top.Rasheney almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when John Doherty’s snapshot was brilliantly saved by Grant.Illies with the wind in their backs dominated the second period but they too found it difficult to create clear chances.It took them until the 70th minute to get back on terms after Dominick Doherty fed Marty Coyle on the edge of the area and he fired to the roof of the net past Sean Friel.Two minutes later they struck for the winner when Coyle beat two defenders on the edge of the area and fired again high past Friel to the roof of the net.The home side continued to press and Charlie Mclaughlin was denied by a superb one handed save from Friel before in the closing minutes Friel again saved well from a Dominick Doherty free.ALL REPORTS COURTESY OF THE INISHOWEN LEAGUEINISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 10th, 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:Inishowen Leaguelast_img read more

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This “Evolution” Is Not Darwinian

first_imgSome things in nature get attributed to Darwinian evolution, but might be better seen as manifestations of design or other alternative, non-Darwinian mechanisms.Deterministic EvolutionIn “Predictable Bacterial Diversity,” Nature highlighted some experiments that showed bacteria converging on the same mutations when exposed to identical environmental stresses.  “They found many similar and a few identical mutations that underlay the evolution of diversity in the three experiments,” the article said. “The findings suggest that this evolution is a predictable process that is driven by natural selection.”  The story is based on a paper in PLoS Biology that was summarized in on Science Daily, which said, “Any evolutionary process is some combination of predictable and unpredictable processes with random mutations, but seeing the same genetic changes in different populations showed that selection can be deterministic.”This claim, however, runs contrary to the unpredictable, contingent nature of Darwin’s theoretical mechanism.  If the mutations fall within the “Edge of Evolution,” as Michael Behe described in a book of that name, then the changes could be due to chance and selection pressure in an artificially designed environment.  But as Randy Guliuzza has explained, the ability to adapt would better be described as designed into the bacteria than residing in the environment.  The end products of the experiments, finally, are still bacterial “strains” within the same species, raising questions why natural selection, if so inexorable a process, has left bacteria content to remain so for hundreds of millions of years.Salvaging EvolutionSometimes an observation begs the question of evolution.  Why, for instance, do some birds continue their mating displays after laying of eggs?  Live Science explored the conundrum:That begged the question: Why would monogamous animals have evolved to continue these display once they’d paired up?“It’s very obvious why you’d want a display to attract a mate, but once you’ve already secured a mate, why should you bother to keep displaying?” said study author Maria Servedio, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.To salvage evolutionary theory from the conundrum, they came up with a less obvious answer: it helps the birds pair-bond better for the raising of young.  So it may have evolutionary benefits, despite the “very obvious” why-question.Incidental EvolutionObservation: males in many species beat females in navigational ability (Live Science).  A Darwinian just-so story arises to explain this in adaptationist terms: males wander farther for hunting, so only the good navigators would survive to get home and breed.  As Justin Rhodes explains in a cartoony video on PhysOrg, though, the story doesn’t wash.  Males would have passed on the genes for good navigation to their daughters, not just their sons.  So to explain the observation, Rhodes ended up calling the adaptation a “spandrel” of selection – i.e., a byproduct of the main selection pressure that just happened to produce navigational skill as a side effect.  “Maybe we shouldn’t be too eager to accept the stories, the adaptionist stories,” he said.  Even things in human behavior could be due to “alternative explanations that people haven’t considered.”It’s nice when evolutionists themselves find faults in their own theory.  Sometimes, though, they still need help from their critics. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Springboks to face in-form World XV: Mallett

first_img14 May 2014The Springboks will face an in-form team when they take on a World XV at Newlands in Cape Town on 7 June in their first test of 2014, Nick Mallett, the coach of the composite side, said on Tuesday.The squad of 23 players is made up of tests stars from New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, Georgia and South Africa, and boasts a total of 707 caps between them.‘Very good form’“The group of players who have been selected for this match are not only very experienced, but are all in very good form at the moment,” Mallett said in a statement.The latest additions to the squad of 23 include four All Blacks with 185 tests worth of experience between them. Experienced hooker Andrew Hore, who has 83 caps for New Zealand, heads the list of Kiwis, followed by scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan (51 tests) and speedsters Sitiveni Sivivatu (45) and Rene Ranger (6).The Kiwi quartet will be joined in the World XV squad by French test players Aurelien Rougerie (centre, 71 caps) and Alexandre Lapandry (loose forward, 6 caps), as well as loose forwards Roger Wilson (Ireland, 1 cap) and Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia, 51 caps).Samoan lock Joe Tekori (26 caps) and Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo (5 caps) will add a Pacific flavour to the line-up.The only uncapped members of the squad are the South Africans Rory Kockott and Schalk Ferreira. The most experienced of the South African contingent in the squad is BJ Botha, who has 25 Springbok caps to his name, followed by Juandre Kruger (17 caps), Schalk Brits (5 caps) and Alistair Hargreaves (4 caps).‘Very happy’“I’m very happy that the final pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place,” said Mallett.“Despite the very short preparation time, I’m really looking forward to getting together with this group of very talented players and preparing them for this match.‘Relishing the opportunity’Looking ahead, Mallett added: “It promises to be a very exciting match, looking at the talent assembled in this strong squad. I’m sure they are all relishing the opportunity to play against the Springboks in South Africa.“It’s also a rare chance to see a World XV-style team playing in South Africa, and where better than the oldest test venue in the country?”Unfortunately French loose forward Julien Bonnaire, who has 75 test caps to his name, was forced to withdraw from the squad because of an injury. A replacement will be named in due course.TicketsTickets for the match – priced from R75 for standing tickets to R250 and R350 for seated tickets – are available from Postnet outlets nationwide, the Western Province ticket office and online from www.ticketpros.co.za.SAMSUNG WORLD XV SQUADBacks: James O’Connor (London Irish, Australia, 44 test caps), Drew Mitchell (Toulon, Australia, 63), Hosea Gear (Toulouse, New Zealand, 14), Sititiveni Sivivatu (Clermont, New Zealand, 45), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont, France, 71), Rene Ranger (Montpelier, New Zealand, 6), Matt Giteau (Toulon, Australia, 92), François Trinh-Duc (Montpelier, France, 48), Rory Kockott (Castres, South Africa, uncapped) and Jimmy Cowan (Gloucester, New Zealand, 51)Forwards: Steffon Armitage (Toulon, England, 5), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont, France, 6), Roger Wilson (Ulster, Ireland, 1), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier, Georgia, 51), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens, South Africa, 4), Joe Tekori (Toulouse, Samoa, 26), Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro, South Africa, 17), Schalk Brits (Saracens, South Africa, 5), Andrew Hore (New Zealand, 83), Schalk Ferreira (Toulouse, South Africa, uncapped), Sona Taumololo (Perpignan, Tonga, 5), BJ Botha (Munster, South Africa, 25) and Carl Hayman (Toulon, New Zealand, 45)SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Grammy 100S 100 STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100 % Remy Human Straight Hair Extensions BROWN #4 18 inch 18″ 18 in 45 cm – Bit too reddy!

first_img Posted on March 9, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Grammy Wash, cut, flatten, blow dry and curl curls like your own natural hair. not the worst I’ve used but also not the best These extensions are really good quality, however, there were a few grey hairs in them and they were more of a very dark reddy brown as opposed to medium brown as per the picture. They were too dark for me and had way too much redness but my daughter used them and thought they were great so money not wasted. Would buy again though for the quality. Excellent would highly recommend would purchase from again. Received my hair today after only a short wait and way before the estimated delivery date. Like many others i was unsure about this product because if the price, but it is amazing. The hair quality is amazing and soft.Will definitely but purchasing some more. Great hair, great price, bought a few times now. Was really happy thanks so much, client was very happy with quality also the bonds are very good quality and don’t shed would recommend this to anybody. Features of 100S 100 STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100 % Remy Human Straight Hair Extensions BROWN #4 18 inch 18″ 18 in 45 cmMaterial: 100% Unprocessed human hair. Cheap, effective, safe and fun.Size: 18 inchesWash, cut, flatten, blow dry and curl curls like your own natural hair.Adds instant length and volume. We recommend that you buy 2-3 sets.Receiving time 8- 15 days after you purchase!Material: 100% Unprocessed human hair. Receiving them took a long time but they look good and i’m hoping they last a long time and withstand everyday styling. The bonds were correct colour and not too big or bulky. I will be a repeat customer. Fantastic product no matting at all. The quality of the hair is good, only used on manikin though. I would recommend and buy this product again. I was abit unsure as these would be due to the price, got them well before the end of estimated delivery, and arrived in great packaging. The hair itself is great and a perfect colour match. Had them put in yesterday and definetley one of the most comfortable bonds ive had. Will definetley be ordering them again. Size: 18 inches Good quality hair for a cheap price. Very easy to put in due to good quality glue bonds. Very pleased and so was customer. Average quality, not the worst i’ve used but also not the best. When it came i thought this will never do even half a head but i did and is fab maybe could have done with a few more but really good quality. These hair extension are brilliant and such a good price ,i’ve ordered more. And colour is a perfect match you wouldn’t know its fake. Went in nicely, i bought 200 as i needed a lot of hair and there is plenty to go round. Hair good quality for price definitely but if you are used to high end hair you will be disappointed but what do you expect for £13. Styles nicely think it’s going to need a lot of conditioning treatments etc to keep it looking good, i usually spend nearly 300 on hair so i am not complaining for the price at all.Reviews are right that it is a reddish broken but that suits me as i was pillar box a few months ago so still have red lurking, few grey hairs in mine too but easily picked out. Would definitely buy again when i can’t afford my normal hair. Got these extensions and love em wished id got more. I will be purchasing some in the future. Brilliant 100s STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100% Remy Receiving time 8- SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-03-09 20:32:16Reviewed Item 100S 100 STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100 % Remy Human Straight Hair Extensions BROWN #4 18 inch 18″ 18 in 45 cmRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  25  reviews Adds instant length and volume.last_img read more

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Using David White’s Global Warming Calculator

first_imgAs in the previous two graphs, the cellulose curve keeps going down. The more you use, the more you decrease the global warming impact. With ccSPF and XPS, however, there’s a minimum and then a rise. For XPS, the sweet spot is at about R-25, so you could add about 2″ for another R-10. For ccSPF, the minimum is about R-40, so you could add 3 to 4 inches for another R-25 or so.To stay below the yellow line, you’d want to limit XPS to about R-25, or 5″. You could go beyond R-60 total with ccSPF, but why would you want to? In my last article, I showed that unless you’re in a really severe climate, you could even achieve Passive House walls with R-50 or less.ConclusionsThis global warming calculator from David White is a useful tool. Rather than trying to calculate payback, it gives you the numbers for global warming impact. You can look at the curves for different insulation types and see where your sweet spot is. One thing I think would make it even better would be if it allowed you to look at the effect of an entire assembly instead of just individual insulation types with a reference R-value.If you download my presentation slides, you’ll see these conclusions:Global warming impact isn’t as simple as it seemedBlanket condemnation of XPS and ccSPF based on payback are not warrantedAvoid XPSUse ccSPF with other blowing agents (that is, blowing agents with a lower global warming potential)Use David White’s calculator for more refined guidance.The big one there is in the middle: Avoid XPS. In terms of global warming impact due to the HFC-134a blowing agent, it’s the worst.It’s also relatively easy to substitute another type of insulation for XPS. On walls, you can use mineral wool or polyisocyanurate. For slabs, you can use expanded polystyrene (EPS) or mineral wool. So just use something else.Manufacturers are tight-lipped about what blowing agents they’re using these days. Some of the spray foam companies have switched over to the next generation blowing agents with much lower global warming potential. I don’t know of XPS manufacturers who have announced changes, but a rep from manufacturer did tell me they’re not using HFC-134a anymore. When I asked what they used, he said, “I can’t tell you that.”In general, all insulation types can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Types with the bad blowing agents, however, have limits to their effectiveness. If you’re planning to use XPS or closed cell spray foam, the tool from David White can help you decide where to draw the line. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. I wrote an article in September about the carbon intensity of electricity by state. I posted an expanded version of the article that included carbon intensity by regional interconnect. The state data show a wider range than the regional data, varying from less than 0.1 kilograms of CO2 per kilowatt-hour produced up to about 0.95 kg CO2/kWh. In this analysis, I called the “clean” electricity that which had a carbon intensity of 0.1 kg CO2/kWh and the dirty electricity that with 0.95 kg CO2/kWh.Clearly, the cleaner the electricity, the less you can affect affect global warming emissions by saving energy. In the graph above, notice how low the yellow line is. As the the three insulation curves diverge from the R-14 starting point, only the cellulose makes sense here. (Again, there are a lot of other insulation types that perform similarly to cellulose. I just haven’t shown them here.)Electric heat pump with “dirty” electricityWith dirty electricity, the effectiveness of insulation is much better. The resulting payback showed how long it would take to save enough energy to offset the global warming emissions from the embodied energy in the insulation and from the release of blowing agents with global warming potential (GWP). He looked at several different insulation types and a range of R-values.The first part of my conference presentation covered what I see as the main flaw with his payback calculations. In the second part, I discussed David White’s spreadsheet tool for calculating the global warming impact of insulation. The nice thing about his calculator is that you can change a lot of the variables and see what the effects are.I showed three scenarios in my conference presentation. I’ll put them in a different order here, beginning with the gas furnace. If you download the presentation file, you’ll find the two for heat pumps before the one for the furnace.Gas furnaceThe graph below shows the output from David White’s calculator for the gas furnace. RELATED ARTICLES Revisiting the Debate Over Global Warming and InsulationMore About Global Warming and Insulation The Misleading Numbers Behind the Global Warming Impact of InsulationAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the Planetcenter_img Everyone knows about the impact of burning fossil fuels on global warming. Maybe not everyone believes it, but scientists first started focusing attention on increasing carbon dioxide levels way back in 1827. The impact of insulation on global warming, however, is relatively new.About a decade ago, Professor L.D. Danny Harvey started looking at the effect of blowing agents released by the production and use of some foam insulation types. Then Alex Wilson picked it up in 2010.At the 2016 North American Passive House Conference, I presented my views on this topic. I wrote about the first part of my talk in my last GBA article. Today, I cover the part about using David White’s global warming tool for insulation.BackgroundIn his calculations, Alex Wilson chose one scenario. He looked at the global warming impact for a house heated with a natural gas furnace. He chose a cold climate with 5,000 heating degree days (HDD), and he didn’t include cooling. There’s a whole lot going on here, so let me first give you the lay of the land. This tool doesn’t calculate payback. Instead it calculates global warming impact, as measured by the kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted per square foot of wall area per year (kg CO2/sf/yr). That’s on the vertical axis. On the horizontal axis is the total R-value of the assembly. To the right of the graph, I posted a sidebar with the main inputs I used.One important thing to note: I used version 1-2 of White’s tool. It doesn’t include cooling. PHIUS has version 1-3 on their website, and it has the ability to include cooling energy in the calculations.Let’s dive into the results now. There are three curves on the graph. They show the global warming impact for cellulose (red), closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (green), and extruded polystyrene (blue). The calculator has a lot more options for insulation types, but I chose these three since they capture the important differences. Most of the others are similar to cellulose.I chose a reference R-value of 14. That matches what Wilson did in his calculations and means that we already have a wall equivalent to 2×6 cavities insulated with cellulose. The whole-wall R-value of that assembly is about 14. On the graph above, the three curves all begin at R-14.It’s what happens when add more insulation beyond the R-14 that gives you some guidance here. In this case, all three see their global warming impact drop as you go up from R-14. But cellulose has a different behavior than the other two. It just keeps dropping whereas the other two hit a minimum and then begin rising again.For closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF), that minimum occurs in the mid-R-30 region. As you add this insulation type, the global warming impact keeps getting better and better until you’ve added about R-20. That would be about 3 inches of ccSPF.For extruded polystyrene (XPS), the minimum comes more quickly, at about R-19. Once you add about R-5 (or 1 inch) of XPS, the global warming impact begins to rise.When I discussed using this tool with David White and others, most believed that if you’re going to use XPS or ccSPF, you shouldn’t go further than the minimum. I drew the yellow line on the graph, however, to show where the net effect of adding XPS or ccSPF goes from positive to negative. With XPS, you can add about another R-5 before your assembly becomes worse for global warming than if you hadn’t added any extra insulation at all. With ccSPF, it’s beyond R-60, which, at about 7 inches, is also beyond the point that most people would use this type of insulation.Electric heat pump with “clean” electricityNow let’s look at the results for a heat pump. First, here’s the scenario for a house that uses “clean” electricity.last_img read more

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Rich Becoming Richer: 48 pc of India’s Wealth Held by High-net-worth Individuals

first_imgIndia has witnessed highest growth in wealth held by individuals, among top ten wealthiest nations in the world, according to AfrAsia Bank’s Global Wealth Migration Review.Wealth held by the country rose 25 per cent, from $6584 billion in 2016 to $ 8230 billion in 2017, higher than China, Australia and the US. By 2027, India’s wealth is expected to grow to $24,691 billion, a growth of 200 per cent—again the highest in the group.Read it at Related Itemslast_img

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Naidu urges Azad to push GST bill in Monsoon session

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today urged Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad to back the crucial GST bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament starting July 18.Sources said, in a telephonic conversation with Azad, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, who earlier held the charge of Parliamentary Affairs, sought Congress support for the passage of the GST bill.The government has also proposed holding talks with opposition Congress to iron out differences on the issue. A meeting of top Congress leaders like Azad and Anand Sharma with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the issue is likely to be held in a day or two.The Constitution amendment bill for roll-out of GST is pending in Rajya Sabha for a long time and the government is keen to see its passage. The Goods and Services Tax seeks to bring a uniform tax structure subsuming a number of imposts and the government claims that it will help add 1 to 2 per cent to the countrys GDP.Top Congress leaders had yesterday deliberted on the strategy for the session with party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence where GST was also discussed.Congress has been pressing for a GST cap of 18 per cent as part of the Constitutional Amendment bill with which the government is not in agreement.Insiders say the demand has become a sticking point, but Congress may relent and agree to a cap in the statute and not as part of the Constitution bill. PTI SKC AAR SK AARadvertisementlast_img read more

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