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first_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The debate continues next weekThis week, I’ll be interviewing Paul Francisco, the new chair of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. As far as I can tell, his views are more in line with Dr. Sherman’s, so if you’re looking for a more balanced look at the great ventilation debate, you’ll get your wish in my article next week. A note about Lstiburek’s air leakage credentialsJoe got his doctorate at the University of Toronto. His research was on the topic of air flow in buildings. You can download his dissertation from Building Science Corporation’s website: Toward an Understanding and Prediction of Air Flow in Buildings (pdf). He did a thorough review of the air leakage literature for his thesis. He also has a lot of experience with the Building America program, as he mentioned in the interview, and BSC’s many clients. Joe Lstiburek: Well, the rates are a huge reduction. A balanced system with distribution & mixing is going to be about 40 cfm whereas an unbalanced sys. w/o distribution & mixing is going to be about 90 cfm, so there’s a huge difference in rates. The dumb system is one that doesn’t recognize the effects of distribution, doesn’t recognize the effects of supply vs. exhaust vs. balanced so the dumb sys. is 62.2 not the BSC system.A.B.: Why is distribution such a big deal? Do you have experience from the work you’ve done or research papers?J.L.: There’s all kinds of research papers and work that we’ve done that’s going to be posted on our website shortly that shows that if you don’t have mixing you’re going to have high concentrations in bedrooms that don’t get the same amount of air so what happens is mixing reduces the high contaminant locations. This is not new. This is recognized by the experience that I had in Canada with R-2000 in the 1980s so the fact that this is even a question or a controversy is bemusing to me and disappointing to me.A.B.: Another question that came in the comments of my article was: Are we exchanging one set of guesses for another?J.L.: The answer is that we’re not. We know the following that are not guesses. We know that houses ventilated at the 62.2 rate lead to comfort problems in cold climates by drying out the building and drying out furnishings. We know that ventilating at the 62.2 rates in houses built to the Model Energy Code lead to part-load humidity problems. We know for a fact that these rates lead to humidity problems in the South and dryness and comfort issues in the North, so that’s not a guess. We know this from experience.We also know that millions of houses were constructed in the 1990s and 2000s that were between 3 and 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals with no ventilation systems and their air change rates are between 0.2 and 0.3 air changes per hour as tested by tracer gas work and that’s consistent with houses tested in the ‘70s and ‘80s as well. The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth. These houses had no ventilation systems in them at all and they’re not suffering from indoor air quality problems because nobody’s measured any contaminants. There’s no measurements.What we’re doing is we’re actually adding controlled ventilation to houses that have not had any so we’re reducing risk but not adding an excessive amount that’s going to cause these systems to be turned off. We learned in cold-climate housing with R-2000 that the high rates caused the systems to be turned off so we had to moderate them. These are not guesses. This is based on actual experience.A.B.: It sounded like you said that no matter if you have an old house with a really high blower door number or a newer house with a lower blower door number, the tracer gas results are about the same, 0.2 to 0.3 ACH. Is that correct?J.L.: I’m simply saying that the typical house built in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, the tracer gas work shows us that it’s between .2 and .3 air changes per hour. These houses are not…it’s a myth that we’re, oh my God, going to create all these problems by reducing the ventilation rate is just a myth because the ventilation rates have always been low. Max is going around and saying, my God, the ventilation rates are 0.5, 0.7, and 1. Well, that’s not true. He’s getting those numbers by taking his blower door numbers and applying his model to them. That’s bullshit. It’s just not true.The only true measure of air changes is tracer gas. I quoted a reference that showed that an Ottawa house studied by Tamura and Wilson in 1963 had a tracer gas measurement of somewhere between 0.2 and 0.3. When I was director of research at the home builders association and in charge of R-2000, I went to NRCDBR [Ed.: Canada’s Natural Research Council, Division of Building Research] and said, look, what is the typical air change rate of the house built in the 1970s, and they said, our tracer gas work says between 0.2 and 0.3. So I said, well, the ventilation rate if we build an airtight house should be 0.25. That’s where that number came from.The current code in Canada, if you read Gord Cooke’s comment [Ed.: He’s referring to a LinkedIn discussion in the Building Science Community group], is a very illuminating one. The Canadian code basically sizes the system at the rate of the 2010 62.2 but it’s operated at 40-50% of that which is exactly I had been saying for years. So we’re not guessing here. We have lots of experience.By the way, under the Environments for Living program under MASCO and the Engineered for Life program with Green Fiber, we put in probably half a million ventilation systems in houses that are operating at these rates which don’t lead to humidity under part-load and don’t lead to dryness in cold climates. We significantly improved the air quality because we provided mixing and distribution. So I’d like to know where all these dead bodies are, where all of these problems are. There’s no health science basis to the 0.35.A.B.: Where did the 0.35 come from?J.L.: It was in the old ASHRAE 62-89 standard but remember, nobody was ever following that standard, right? The building code said you could have operable windows so nobody ever used that. It was a number that came from the ‘89 standard because they guessed that that’s what the actual air change rate was. It turns out that it wasn’t.A.B.: You were talking about excessive humidity in the South, and I’ve seen some problems with positive pressure ventilation systems. What do you think about positive pressure systems? Do you think they’re better than exhaust-only systems, which you’ve talked about so much?J.L.: Well they’re better because you know where the air is coming from and you provide distribution, but they’re not as good as balanced systems. Right? The best system is balanced that has exhaust and supply plus mixing and distribution. The supply systems that are connected to the air handler provide mixing, distribution, but they do not provide balance. But the most important thing is they provide a known location of air.A.B.: As I understand it, the problems that have happened in humid climates with positive pressure systems is mostly they’re getting overventilated…J.L.: But it’s not a problem with the positive pressure systems. It’s a problem with exhaust systems that run at too high a rate. It’s a problem with supply systems that run at too high a rate. And it’s a problem with balanced systems that run at too high a rate. I’m irritated that you’re saying the problem is with positive pressure systems. It’s a ventilation system that runs a too high of a rate. If you ran an exhaust only system at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a part-load humidity problem. If you ran the positive pressure system—your outside air to the return—at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a problem. Same with the balanced system. The problem is the rate.A.B.: Speaking of rate, I want to clear something up that came up in our blog. You said that in the past, you were designing systems to 62.2, putting in 150% of the capacity, and commissioning at 50%.J.L.: That’s correct.A.B.: There was a discussion about whether you were talking about cutting the rate to 50% of 62.2 or running it half of the time.J.L.: The rate. Your guys explained it correctly. At the end of those questions, they did a better job explaining it than I had done. They got it right.A.B.: How do you see the new standard getting out there and getting adopted?J.L.: Well, it’ll be adopted by individual state building codes and programs.A.B.: Are you finding a lot of interest in BSC-01 vs. 62.2?J.L.: The phone has not stopped ringing and the emails have not stopped coming. People are not happy with 62.2. You can say that…look, they’re [Ed.: the ASHRAE 62.2 committee] tone deaf and some of them are arrogant. Some of them are not listening to the problems and some of them are arrogant enough to believe they’re the only game in town. So guess what? Now they’re listening. And they realize they’re not the only game in town.A.B.: What about combo systems where someone’s using a balanced system for part of the ventilation and an exhaust for the remainder to meet the requirements. I’ve seen this in some Habitat houses where they’re trying to do balanced with the Whisper Comfort, Panasonic’s ERV, and it doesn’t quite get them to the 62.2 level so they put controls on the bath fan.J.L.: Well, under my approach, they’re going to be able to meet it simply because they get mixing and distribution. So the numbers will be low enough they will be able to meet it.A.B.: So you see the Whisper Comfort, which is balanced but it doesn’t have distribution according to your definition, do you think that would count for distribution?J.L.: I’m assuming they’re going to have some kind of forced air as well, right?A.B.: Right.J.L.: So the mixing also provides distribution, right? They’ve got it all so they’re going to get the lower rate. That’s a phenomenal approach. So you basically put in that system and you provide a timer on an AirCycler to mix the air, that mixing gives you mixing and distribution. You get it all, and you’re going to get it at the lowest rate. To me, that’s the least expensive way to get everything. I think that’s a phenomenal system.A.B.: I wasn’t thinking that would count for distributed because it’s just a point-source ERV.J.L.: Yeah, it’s a point-source ERV and the distribution and mixing’s provided by the mechanical system with a timer. You get it all.A.B.: One thing that somebody brought up is about volume. So your standard and 62.2 are both based on square footage of conditioned floor area. Why not base it on the volume of the house if you’re circulating volumes of air.J.L.: The reason for that is you’re penalizing a large-volume houses where what we’re worried about is the contaminants actually in the occupied space, and the large-volume houses allow you to distribute more contaminants because they’re able to…emission rates and concentration are different with large-volume houses. If you have the same source strength, and you have a smaller volume, obviously the concentration is higher. If you have  the same emission rate and you have a large volume, they’re actually better so the larger volume houses should have a lower value, not a higher value.A.B.: BSC-01 is just for new homes. Do you have any plans to introduce one for existing homes?J.L.: The answer is yes.A.B.: Do you want to say anything about how that might look?J.L.: It’ll be very similar.A.B.: What about the issue of deciding when the house has crossed a threshold and needs ventilation and when it won’t do any good.J.L.: My feeling is that the magic number is 5 air changes at 50 Pascals.A.B.: So for existing homes, using a blower door to decide when you need ventilation can be a good thing and 5 ACH50 is your number?J.L.: That’s correct because we’re talking about averages but the blower door’s no excuse for [ignoring] combustion safety. In other words, the source control is much more important. It’s much more important to deal with combustion safety and the source control issues than anything else. It’s preposterous that we’re missing the most important thing.A.B.: So for existing homes, you think that if a house comes in at 5 ACH50 or lower, then you put in a ventilation system that’s going to have to meet, no matter where it is below 5, it’s going to have to meet the same number?J.L.: That’s right but the big thing is going to be the emphasis on combustion safety.A.B.: And no infiltration credit?J.L.: That’s correct. And it gets even better. You ready? The control is in the hand of the occupant. It’s preposterous to say that you have to put in this system that has to be run at this rate and it’s not up to you because the committee decided it. That’s preposterous.A.B.: So BSC-01 is formally going to be introduced at Summer Camp?J.L.: The Westford Symposium on Building Science.A.B.: All right.J.L.: There might be some interesting news with respect to the standard as to who’s adopting it.A.B.: Well, it’s going to be a very interesting Summer Camp.JL Damn right it is, Bubba. RELATED ARTICLES How Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Resistance May NOT Be Futile in the Residential Ventilation Wars ASHRAE 62.2 Committee Chair Defends Ventilation StandardAn Interview with Dr. Iain Walker on Ventilation Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthVentilation Requirements for Weatherized Homes Just Right and Airtight Unintended Consequences Suckcenter_img Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation is on a mission. The issue is residential ventilation. He contends that the residential ventilation standard, ASHRAE 62.2, ventilates at too high a rate, causing problems with humidity in hot or mixed humid climates, comfort and dryness in cold climates, and too much energy use everywhere. The 2013 version makes it worse.You can read the background in my last article, which covers the new ventilation standard he’s about to release. After I published that article, a number of questions came up that I thought would best be answered in an interview. I spoke with Joe last Thursday, and now present to you the transcript of our talk. Interview with LstiburekAllison Bailes: Somebody said that it looks like BSC-01 is a dumbed-down version of 62.2, the rates aren’t that different, so why do you think BSC-01 is a better standard? A clarification about air changesWhen I was transcribing the recorded interview afterwards, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a contradiction. For someone with a PhD in physics, I’m not very quick to connect the dots sometimes, so I sent another question to Joe by email.A.B.: You said that tracer gas shows that, “The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth.” If that’s true, is the emphasis on air-sealing a waste of time? If no matter how many holes there are, the ‘natural’ air change rate is 0.2 to 0.3, it would seem that’s the logical conclusion. But that doesn’t correlate with Blasnik’s contention [See the comments in my article about blower doors and ventilation.] that over the course of a year, the infiltration models are pretty good at predicting energy consumption from air leakage. What am I missing?J.L.: “On average” is the key point. During colder weather with the stack effect driver air changes are higher. Worst is spring and fall – or summer houses without ac. No air change at all.And it is not Blasnik’s contention, it is mine and was mine long before Blasnik, and I stole it from Handegord in 1982 who said that if you average things over a long enough time period you get the right answer. Just divide the ACH50 number by 10 or 15 or 20 and you get the right answer depending on the age of the house and the location. How is that for an infiltration model? Complicated eh? Why not use utility bill data to estimate infiltration? “The Blasnik Model”? Much better than the Sherman-Grimsrud model. You can quote me on that. Or use the Handegord model – “take the ach50 number and divide by a number….pick any number”.There is lots of other tracer gas stuff in the literature. I am putting stuff together and will present it at summer camp. I did all of this in 1982 the first time. I did it periodically during the 1990’s. Apparently I have to do it again.A bunch of stuff BSC has done is about to get released and posted that shows the effect of various ventilation system effectiveness on the same house using tracer gas analysis.If you take away the “peaks” you save energy. That is a good idea. Filling in the valleys during non energy intensive periods is also a good idea. But then raising the average year round is a dumb idea. I want to keep the two good ideas and nix the dumb idea.last_img read more

first_imgCheck out this creative short video that makes a big impact with it’s small design!What do you get when you combine pocket projectors, green screen footage and a unique creative vision?  Speed of Light, a short video by London based directors The Theory and video studio Nexus Productions.  The team recorded action against a green screen using actors, toy cars and a model helicopter.  They projection mapped the video on the walls and desktops of their office with small pocket projectors, for a totally unique effect.Astonishingly, the video was completed using all real images and no CGI. Tight editing and effective sound design tied the whole piece together.last_img read more

first_imgOne element of your success is based on your understanding of what things are limited, and what things are not.LimitedTime: Your time is limited. It is finite. It is your most precious possession, but that possession is limited. Time is a constraint, even though you can do more than you believe over a longer time and less than you believe in a shorter period. You must treat time with the greatest respect, because time spent in one place means it is unavailable for investment in something more important.Energy: Your energy is limited. You require periods of rest and recovery, and the more you build the right cadence of energy expenditure and recovery, the more you improve your effectiveness. This means that how you deploy your energy and against what outcomes is a critical decision.These resources are truly limited. They should be treated as such.UnlimitedResourcefulness, Creativity, and Imagination: So far, we have been unable to find the limits of human resourcefulness. For thousands of years, we have figured out how to live, thrive, and survive. Our ability to create is limitless, as is our imagination. These resources are unlimited and should be treated as such. They should be put work and exercised in the solving of problems, and solving the problems that new solutions create.Money: Money is not a scarce commodity. There is more than enough, even if it is not equally distributed. It’s everywhere, and even if you spend all of your money, you can get more by simply figuring out what value to trade for what you need.Help with what you want: There is no reason to believe that there are not people who are ready and willing to help you. There are always people who are willing to assist you, and there are also people who need your help. Cooperation and collaboration are limitless.It is easy to treat things that are limited as if they are unlimited, and things that are unlimited as if they are limited.If you want to produce better results in life, it is important to understand what the real constraints are, and what constraints are really illusions, and are really abundant.last_img read more

first_imgA month after a trial court in Bhubaneswar absolved the two accused in the 2011-12 case of rape and murder of a 19-year-old from Pipili, the State crime branch police here on Thursday approached the Orissa High Court challenging their acquittal.Criminal appeal plea High Court sources confirmed filing of the criminal appeal plea but said the matter has not been listed for adjudication yet. The crime branch moved the High Court after consultations with the State Director of Public Prosecutions and the State Advocate General. However, a special public prosecutor appointed by the crime branch police will conduct the case on its behalf. Crime branch Additional DG Santosh K. Upadhyay had earlier indicated the government’s decision to challenge the acquittal verdict, stating that the case was investigated properly. “The prosecution had argued the case, touching every possible angle, clearly establishing the involvement of the accused persons in the case,” the ADG had said.One of the accused, who reportedly had a relationship with the victim, and his younger brother were arrested in connection with the case. The teenager was allegedly raped and an attempt was made to kill her by strangulation on November 28, 2011.Allegations that local BJD MLA and then Minister Pradeep Maharathy was sheltering the accused had led to massive public outcry. Following this, the State government handed over the case to the crime branch police and Mr. Maharathy was asked to put in his papers. The rape victim, who was rescued, had slipped in a coma while undergoing treatment at S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital here and died on June 21, 2012, after battling for life for nearly seven months.Soon after the lower court verdict, Mr. Maharathy, a Minister, made distasteful observations regarding the victim and her family. After a massive public backlash, he was forced to tender his resignation from the Cabinet for the second time.last_img read more

first_imgMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday announced on social media the launch of the ‘One Citizen One Tree’ campaign ahead of the World Environment Day for re-greening the State affected by unregulated coal and limestone mining. “All districts will be covered in the mass plantation drive wherein all indigenous plants raised by the communities across the State will be provided to citizens who want to participate in the campaign,” a statement said.last_img

first_imgNIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — With the country’s most one-sided World Cup victory, England advanced to the last 16 with a game by spare.Harry Kane scored a hat trick in Sunday’s 6-1 rout of Panama, giving England its biggest victory margin at the World Cup in its highest-scoring game since 1966.That previous high-scoring affair turned out well, too, with England beating Germany 4-2 to win its only World Cup title.Four years ago, England failed to win a match at the World Cup and was eliminated in the group stage.On Sunday, England was taking on a weaker team: A Panama side making its World Cup debut. The loss eliminated Panama and Tunisia, while putting Belgium into the round of 16.Kane’s three goals moved him into the lead with five at this year’s tournament, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku after two games.John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another to ensure England goes into its Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference.England’s Jesse Lingard reacts as he celebrates with teammate England’s Raheem Sterling, left, after scoring his team’s third goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)In Russia, England has been trying to cast aside the negativity of the past while remolding the image of the team on and off the field. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain.The egos who dominated in England’s celebrity-obsessed, underperforming Golden Generation in the first decade of century have gone. The joy and togetherness in the squad — the second-youngest in Russia — becomes clear in the goal celebrations.Where past England teams might have wilted in warm temperatures, this one pressed with high-tempo intensity to ensure there was no need to scrape a victory like on Monday against Tunisia.England picked up where it left off in Volgograd, with a corner from Kieran Trippier headed into the net in the eighth minute. It wasn’t Kane on the end this time but Stones, who was left unmarked to score his first international goal.Kane didn’t have to wait long to add to his tally, converting from the penalty spot in the 22nd after Lingard was brought down by Fidel Escobar.Lingard did get on the scoresheet in the 36th with the pick of the goals. The Manchester United forward played a 1-2 with Ashley Young and exchanged passes with Raheem Sterling before shifting the ball across and bending it into the top corner.England players run to teammate John Stones after he scored his team’s first goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)The fourth goal was the culmination of a well-worked free kick with Sterling’s close-range header parried by goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. Stones was primed to follow-up, giving the defender his second.However much they tried, Panama struggled to block England’s route to goal. Anibal Gody resorted to trying to wrestle Kane to the ground, only to concede a penalty that was converted by the Tottenham striker.England was merciless. At 5-0, the job was complete by halftime.Chasing the golden boot, Kane relied on his heel to complete his hat trick by getting the faintest of touches to divert Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot into the net.England could afford to ease up and preserve energy but it cost the team first place on goal difference. Felipe Baloy slid to meet Ricardo Avila’s free kick and score Panama’s first World Cup goal.Panama, beaten by Belgium 3-0 in the opening game, finally had something to celebrate, briefly.KEY TO SUCCESSEngland had spells of sloppy defending that could be punished by stronger teams, like Belgium. But by taking their chances and exploiting a porous defense, England showed what it is capable of.GROUP DYNAMICSThe winner of the England-Belgium match on Thursday in Kaliningrad will win Group G. In the event of a draw, it could come down to which team has fewer yellow cards.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterEngland’s Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side’s second goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia’s World Cup winner Madan Lal feels that Ramesh Powar’s contract as the coach of the Indian women’s cricket team should have been extended and whatever decisions were taken during the tournament, it should not have bloated into such a huge controversy.Madan Lal felt that taking tough decisions in the interest of the team and players is a part of a coach’s job and Mithali should concentrate on her game instead of engaging into such mud-slinging.The entire controversy started with Mithali Raj being dropped from India’s playing XI in the all-important World T20 semi-final against England. The decision raised a lot of eyebrows following which Annisha Gupta, who has handled a few of Mithali’s contracts, threw harsh words at Harmanpreet Kaur on Twitter.Upon coming back to India, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing Powar of humiliating her and ignoring her while she alleged Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji used her position to harm her.On the other hand, Powar hit back saying Mithali put her personal interests before the team’s requirements and said that Mithali had threatened to retire midway through the tournament after being denied the opening slot.Powar’s interim contract with Board of Council for Cricket in India (BCCI) ended on November 30. The same day BCCI advertised for the post of Indian women’s coach fuelling speculations that the Board is looking to replace Powar after Mithali criticism of him.Responding to this, Madan Lal said it is better to place dummies instead of coaches who take a stand. He added that constantly shuffling coaches is not in the interest of the teams and this sends a bad signal. The former Indian men’s team coach felt that having a coach for a longer duration works better for the stability of teams and players.advertisement”If you keep removing coaches, it would be better to keep a dummy, who listens and acts according to the players. Coach is part of the team and takes decisions which should be abided by the team. The coach [Powar] also wanted to win only and the captain [Harmanpreet Kaur] was also part of it. Why was Powar alone targeted? Selectors are also part of the decision. It was unnecessary to remove Powar. Like this, the game won’t move ahead,” Madan Lal told ANI.Madan Lal was also unconvinced by Mithali’s allegations and backed Powar. Citing examples from the men’s team, he said: “If tomorrow Ravi Shastri makes someone sit out, will you remove him as well? Things do not work like this. They [coaches] too are under pressure. Performance is kept in mind, you do not make someone sit out randomly. I believe in performance, so the board should analyse.”Speaking on the mudslinging, e-mails to BCCI and emotional rants, Madan Lal said: “No one is bigger than the game. Was there any guarantee that the Indian team would have reached final if Mithali Raj was in the playing XI? This is a team game, not an individual game. I always believe that the captain and the coach have the supreme authority. They had taken the decision after looking at the condition.”Once we start making the player bigger than the game, then these kinds of controversies arise. It is the call of the coach and captain. Sometimes, I do believe that an experienced player [Mithali] should have played but they [coach and captain] must have taken the decision with prior thinking and analysis. So, sometimes the decision is good, sometimes the decision back fires,”Madan Lal said.When questioned about Mithali’s letter demanding justice from the Indian board, Madan Lal said: “If she has written it then let the board decide.”When pressed on Powar’s tour report, the cricketer said, “Whatever the report they give, the board has to look into. I don’t think there should be any controversy the way they are coming out in the media. Like this, you cannot build the team. You have to trust the coach and the captain. If they are not doing well, then selectors can come in and take the decision.”Powar had on Wednesday said that Mithali’s lack of intent to score quickly in practice games prompted them to open with Taniya Bhatia. “It’s not always about individual milestones, it’s always about team strategies and executions,” Powar had written.Madan Lal agreed with Powar’s explanation and said that considering the format of the game, players who can score faster in the powerplay are preferred.”This is not a 50-over match, it is T20. If you waste 6-7 overs, then your team is already under pressure. I will go by the captain and the coach. Whatever decision they had taken must be in terms of the team, and there was the selector also. Sometimes in sports, you have to take a hard decision, which is in terms of the team only. Powar is not Mithali’s enemy, the player should think how can she adjust in the T20 game and how can she perform better.advertisement”I also do agree that she is an experienced player and should have played but looking at the condition, I will go with the coach, the captain and the selectors. They simply took a decision. Now that they have lost, a controversy has built up. If there are any differences between Powar and Mithali, the board has to sort it out. Sitting here I cannot comment about Mithali or Powar’s attitude,” he added.”Team players have to look and make sure how to survive and grow. The decision [taken during World T20] can be wrong or could have been right. Had they won [the semi-final against England], people would have said the decision was good. Things don’t work like this. The controversy should not have arisen,” Madan Lal concluded.(With ANI inputs)Also Read | My patriotism doubted, darkest day of my life: Mithali reacts after Powar’s allegationsAlso Read | Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Also Read | Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Also Watch | Sunil Gavaskar speaks out on Mithali Raj’s controversial World T20 omissionlast_img read more

first_imgOklahoma State rolled over UTSA on Saturday afternoon in Boone Pickens Stadium. I bailed early after posting my 10 thoughts to show Mrs. Pistols a night on the town down here in Dallas so I’m just now catching up on some of the postgame quotes. Kyle Boone, by the way, did a great job wrapping everything up from the 69-14 blowout.Here are the six best from the game.Mike Gundy on why the run game worked“They played their safeties a little deeper than the teams we played in the first couple of games, and that allowed us a little more running room on certain plays. We still have a lot of improvement in that area, but I think that we made some movement in the right direction.”Mike Gundy on UTSA“It doesn’t always work that way, but I still believe this was the best team we have played up to this point. I go back to Central Michigan, and I think their quarterback was really, really good. From top to bottom, though, if you look at UTSA, they look like a real team. Their guys are the same size as a lot of the players in our league. They have good skill. They recruit in the state of Texas, and they’ve got a lot of players down there. I think this was the best team and we were able to jump on them.”Mike Gundy on how OSU looks going into the Big 12“Well, I feel better than I did during the first couple of weeks. We were able to execute today, and that gets me back to forcing turnovers. When you force turnovers, it just makes such a difference, especially at home.”Glenn Spencer on sharks (maybe)“It’s been a while since we’ve had a day like that. I’ve been laboring and sweating it out. I’ve been stressing for us to cause them and for us to get them was one of those exhale moments. Hopefully those things are contagious and hopefully that keeps some blood in the water and it’ll make them crave it more. So we’ll just keep attacking like we always have.”Glenn Spencer on his squad forcing seven TOs“They kept coming after the coach. ‘Coach that’s three.’ ‘Coach that’s four.’ ‘Coach that’s five.’ I said ‘I know, I’m watching the game too.’ But it’s important to them, and they know how bad we all wanted them, so I was proud of them there.”Larry Coker on his team“Not a lot of good today from the Roadrunners … we were just a bad football team today. That’s about all I can say.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email features Reuse this content Share on Twitter Georginio WijnaldumKept it simple and tidy in a more defensive role than he was given against Napoli in midweek. Effective 7FabinhoJustified his inclusion over Henderson. Destructive and creative. Lovely ball for Mané’s opener 8Naby KeïtaA big game for the £52.75m signing. Drove his team forward but lacked the final ball 6Mohamed SalahMore combative than clinical as focal point of attack. Often crowded out by three centre-halves 7Roberto FirminoAggressive, creative, tireless. Prospered behind Salah to give his best display in a long time 8Sadio ManéCaused United all manner of problems on their right flank and took his goal superbly 8Subs Xherdan Shaqiri (for Naby Keïta 70) 8 Jordan Henderson (for Sadio Mané 83) 6Manchester UnitedDavid de GeaPoor with his feet but handling impressive. Fine save from Firmino before being beaten by two deflections 6Matteo DarmianHad scant protection from Dalot in the first half and was ineffective for first two Liverpool goals. 6Eric BaillyLate replacement for Smalling and imposed himself quickly on Salah. Unlucky with Shaqiri’s second 6Victor LindelöfRecovered from an early mistake to lead the rearguard action but a thankless task against this team 7Diogo DalotThe full-back was handed an awkward role on the right of midfield and was lost in it 5Ander HerreraLightweight in the tackle and careless on the few occasions he had time on the ball to build an attack 5Nemanja MaticEmployed to protect his defence but struggled in midfield. Offered nothing to his front line 6Ashley YoungOperated more as a full-back than a wing-back. Lost Mané for opener and deflected the second 6Jesse LingardCreated and took his goal well but that was a rare moment. Caught in no-man’s land positionally 7Marcus RashfordAnonymous, though not his fault. Body language betrayed misery of playing for this Mourinho team 5Romelu LukakuCompleted one pass in the first half and was just as ineffective in the second. Contained so easily 5 Subs Marouane Fellaini (for Dalot h-t) 6 Anthony Martial (for Herrera 79) 5 Juan Mata (for Lingard 85) n/a Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Liverpool Topics Manchester United Liverpool AlissonGifted United hope with his first punished mistake at Anfield. Unemployed otherwise 6Nathaniel ClyneUnsurprisingly short of match fitness on his first league start since May but contained Rashford all game 7 Dejan LovrenUnited’s system gave him a comfortable run-out. Missed a good chance to double the lead 7 Virgil van DijkNudged Lukaku aside in the opening minute and bossed their physical duel. One of his easier shifts 7Andy RobertsonHad the beating of Dalot in defence and attack, prompting the youngster’s half-time withdrawal 8 Premier League Liverpool back on top after Shaqiri double floors Manchester United Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday directed the probe agencies under the central department of revenue to “come down heavily” on those who indulge in using black money and illegal inducements to vitiate the ongoing poll process.The EC also asked the CBDT to furnish to it a full report by Wednesday on the raids conducted by Income Tax Department on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and others in four states on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsUnion Revenue Secretary A B Pandey and CBDT chairman P C Mody Tuesday morning met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, after the poll panel sought a meeting on a recent directive to the revenue department for a fair and impartial conduct of operations by agencies under its command, such as the I-T Department, ED and Customs and DRI. Official sources said the two officials briefed the EC on the intelligence inputs it is receiving during the election season and the mechanism to execute surprise checks and raids in case the inputs are “credible”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Delhi investigation wing received a similar input about “large-scale collection, possession and movement of unaccounted assets” from Madhya Pradesh to Delhi and hence the raids happened, the officials told the EC according to the sources. It is likely that the tax department will in the coming days slap criminal charges for possessing illegal foreign assets and benami properties against the accused based on the document found during the raids. As voluminous data, in the form of papers, diaries and hard drives, have been seized and are being processed, the CBDT was taking time to present a full report of the operation, they said. They added that the I-T Department has also grilled a few people and sending summons to a number of them to depose so that the probe can be taken forward.last_img read more

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-minute push to win support for her European Union divorce deal, with attention focused on wooing Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.The DUP’s 10 lawmakers are pivotal to May’s effort to overturn two overwhelming defeats in Parliament, because their support could influence hard-line members of May’s Conservative Party. Opposition has focused on the so-called backstop, designed to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.But May suffered a setback Monday when former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson refused to support her deal.Johnson used his column in the Daily Telegraph to say that further changes are needed to the backstop, claiming it left the U.K. vulnerable to “an indefinite means of blackmail” by Brussels.The Associated Press read more

Up to 2003, the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, which has been negotiating how to implement the ruling, was funded entirely from extra-budgetary funds, he said in a letter to the Council president for August, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan. “During 2004-2005, the activities of the Commission were funded through the United Nations regular budget. Given the important tasks that remain at this crucial juncture in the work of the Commission, it is my intention to ask for additional resources from the regular budget for the Commission for 2006 to help advance the peaceful implementation of the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” Mr. Annan said.The demarcation, expected to last approximately 96 weeks, had been delayed and placing pillars along the formerly disputed boundary would most likely begin in 2006, he said.The two presidents asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up the Mixed Commission after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in October 2002 that sovereignty rights over certain of the areas extending 1,600 kilometres from Lake Chad to the Bakassi Peninsula should go to Cameroon, while other areas should go to Nigeria. In its irrevocable judgement, the ICJ cited early 20th century agreements between the then colonial powers, the United Kingdom and Germany.Using a net allotment of just over $9 million from the UN regular budget for the 2004-2005 biennium, the Mixed Commission, meeting every two months until last October, was able to move the process smoothly and peacefully and maintain communication between the two countries, Mr. Annan said.Out of an estimated budget of $12 million for the demarcation of the land boundary, the Mixed Commission has been able to raise voluntary contributions of $8.15 million, with Cameroon and Nigeria contributing $3 million each, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland £1 million and the European Commission €400,000. read more

“Despite this setback, the international community cannot abandon the search for improvements in the difficult situation in Myanmar,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman, just four days after he appealed directly to the head of State, Senior General Than Shwe, to release Ms. Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 of the past 16 years. The authorities announced the extension a day after that. “He believes Myanmar’s leadership has missed a significant opportunity to confirm, through concrete actions, its expressed commitment to move toward true national reconciliation and all-inclusive democracy, as well as improved relations with the international community,” the statement added.It said Mr. Annan would continue not only to make every effort to secure the release of Ms. Suu Kyi and other political detainees, but also to urge the authorities to take other steps they discussed with Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari during his recent visit to the country.These include improved safety and access for humanitarian assistance, restraint in military operations that have affected civilians, and – ultimately – the possibility of internal dialogue that could lead to national reconciliation.Speaking to reporters himself today, Mr. Annan said the UN would continue to work with the Association of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and with Malaysia, which holds the Presidency of ASEAN and the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) “and we hope that other governments with influence will bring pressure to bear.” Last week Mr. Annan called Mr. Gambari’s visit, the first high-level contact in more than two years, a “welcome development.”“Obviously, lines of communication have now been opened with Yangon following Mr. Gambari’s visit and we hope to exploit those lines to move the process forward,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said told reporters today. “From where we stand, we can’t give up and we have to keep trying.” read more

by Sandra Prusina Posted Aug 23, 2016 1:39 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email #ymm|Alberta|fort mcmurray|Joe Ceci|ymm fire The devastating Fort McMurray wildfire is expected to torch Alberta’s bottom line by about $500 million this year.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he has had to revise the projected deficit upward in the first-quarter fiscal update to almost $11 billion from $10.4 billion.Ceci says the $500 million represents recovery costs and about $300 million in lost revenues because the disaster curtailed oil and forestry production in northern Alberta.The spring wildfire forced more than 80,000 people to flee for a month and destroyed more than 2,400 homes and buildings.Ceci says the fire, along with persistent low oil prices, will continue to depress Alberta’s fortunes this year, but things areexpected to improve in 2017. Fort McMurray wildfire adds $500M to Alberta’s projected deficit read more

Citing the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s recently concluded Rural Livelihood Assessment, WFP Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel, said that the situation was likely to last from now until September with a further deterioration into December that will widen the impact to more than 4.7 million people. Moreover, WFP said that the hunger period will peak at the height of the lean season, from January through March 2020, when 59 per cent of rural households, or over 5.5 million people, will be food insecure. “Given the scale and scope of the food insecurity in Zimbabwe”, Mr. Verhoosel said “WFP is planning to scale up to assist over two million people” by the peak of the lean season during early next year. Until then, teams will continue providing food assistance to the most vulnerable populations, while also helping communities to build resilience to climate change and future shock impacts. Over the next nine months, he said that WFP urgently requires $173 million to meet these needs. The Committee is a consortium of government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other international organizations, and the Rural Livelihood Assessment provides key information for government and development partners on rural livelihood programming in southern African nation. WFP plays a key role in contributing financially and technically to the assessment. Cyclones, drought push Mozambicans deep into food insecurity And apart from the deadly cyclones that hit both Mozambique and Zimbabwe earlier in the year, Mozambique’s population has also suffered a rise in food insecurity, fueled by other extreme weather events, Mr. Verhoosel said. In January, tropical storm Desmond flooded the central provinces of Sofala, Tete and Zambézia. And in March, Cyclone Idai destroyed unharvested crops. Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth slammed the province of Cabo Delgado in the north. Since that time the area has been suffering through irregular rainfall patterns and cereal crops have been hit by pest infestations. Assistance aims to reach 1.2 million people – 900,000 of whom live in areas affected by Idai, 100,000 in areas affected by Kenneth and 250,000 people in areas affected by the drought. Mr. Verhoosel referenced a WFP report pointing out that “1.6 million people already face acute food crisis” in 63 districts. The most recent revision of the Integrated Classification of Food Security Phase, highlights the “difficult situation” the country of more than 29 million inhabitants faces, until its next harvest. While WFP had initially planned from July to October to help some 560,000 people each month in areas affected by cyclones and droughts, the rising need has sparked the agency to scale that number to 1.25 million beneficiaries per month. Based on current needs, including the response to drought and Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, WFP requires $102 million over the next six months to implement its recovery plan. To provide adequate and timely assistance, “resources must now be mobilized” in response to increased needs”, warned Mr. Verhoosel. read more

first_imgA solicitor appointed to represent an elderly stroke victim has been thrown off the case by a judge furious that he failed to take steps to let the woman see her beloved pet dog.Solicitor Alan Cryne was removed from the case after his firm showed a “brutal and insensitive” attitude to his elderly client’s wish to be reunited with her dog Bobby.District judge Ranj Matharu also raised serious questions over Mr Cryne’s handling of the woman’s finances, after it emerged that £7,000 had been withdrawn from her back account, leaving her with a zero balance, and that her credit card was now in the red.Mr Cryne, an experienced family law solicitor, was appointed by the court in September last year to represent the financial interests of the Rochdale pensioner, known only as Mrs P, after she was placed in a care home by her local authority following a second stroke.The solicitor had argued that he was “well placed” to manage her property, because she had been “a long standing client” and his firm, Manchester-based Temperley Taylor, held her will.Mr Cryne’s appointment as Mrs P’s deputy by the court gave him the power to investigate her income, limit withdrawals on her accounts and even freeze them altogether.At the same time staff at Rochdale Borough Council and the NHS North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups drew up a care plan for Mrs P, who was described as someone who, before her recent ill health, had enjoyed a good quality of life, liked to feel glamorous and loved her dog.The care plan specified that she was suffering from weight loss and needed a gluten-free diet and new, better fitting clothes, which could be paid for out of her own funds. The court heard that the care plan also emphasised that she should have some form of contact with her dog, who was “the only living being with whom she shares any love or devotion”. The court also heard that Mrs P’s face “lights up” when she sees other dogs.Indeed Mrs P’s social worker, Joanne Webster, told the court: “I would recommend that of single most importance in her life is her dog and having some form of contact with her dog in the future if possible.”But when Mrs P’s carers wrote to Mr Cryne on June 6, asking him to provide £500 along with other funds to buy food and clothing for her, and bring Bobby to her, he failed to respond.It took four weeks for Mr Cryne’s firm to eventually answer a request for information from the Official Solicitor about Mrs P’s finances.It was at this point that it emerged that these were now in a dire state.Elspeth Winny, a barrister who visited Mrs P, reported back to the court in July that the pensioner “has no money, the bank account is empty, the credit card is in the red, the only asset is her house, and unable to trace pension”.It also emerged that Bobby had by now been re-homed with a new owner.Responding to the request by Rochdale council and the CCG that he should be taken to visit Mrs P, Temperley Taylor wrote:“In such a case we would say that possession of Bobby has passed to his new owner. . . in the absence of any factual information about Bobby, his owner or the home’s policy on animals, it would seem irresponsible in the extreme to suggest that a dog visit a care home for elderly and frail people.”Judge Matharu said he found those comments “brutal and insensitive”.He stated: “The court is particularly troubled about how Mrs P and the things she needs are to be provided for. What is known is that her wishes and her feelings before her second stroke were very clear.“She enjoyed a good quality of life, she loved her dog, likes to feel glamorous. Now she is wearing ill-fitting clothes and financially unable to pay to have her feminine needs attended to, such as having her hair and nails done.”Judge Matharu also expressed grave concern over what had happened to Mrs P’s finances.“In around October 2015 the money in her NatWest account was around £7,000. Now there is a nil balance. That is all the court is told. ‘Troubling’ is the term that I would use and this is an understatement,” he wrote in his judgment, published last week.The judge concluded that the only way Mrs P’s could be properly looked after was with the appointment of a new Deputy to replace Mr Cryne.“The care plan makes it clear what additional mattes need to be dealt with and these can only be dealt with by the appointment of a new deputy,” he stated.Mr Cryne’s removal from the case could result in a review of his action by the Solicitors Regulation Authority should any of the parties involved in the case issue a formal complaint about his behaviour.In a statement Temperley Taylor said: “We are a highly regarded firm of solicitors and have extensive experience of acting in this area of law. “We are unable to comment further as an appeal against this judgment is being actively considered and we are unable to prejudice this process.” The court is particularly troubled about how Mrs P and the things she needs are to be provided for.District judge Ranj Matharucenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgMetso, a global supplier of sustainable technology, has signed a multi-year service agreement, valued at more than €5 million, with AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem mine in Tarkwa, Ghana. The contract includes the supply of maintenance management services and spare and wear parts for AngloGold Ashanti’s new crushing and screening plant delivered by Metso. Metso will also supply hands-on training for staff at the mine. Backed up by the company’s global service functions, an on-site team of six Metso service technicians will support operations at the crushing and screening plant, which has an annual output of 3.9 Mt. Metso says it is “committed to converting the agreement into a cost per tonne-based service over time.”AngloGold Ashanti is the world’s third largest gold producer. In addition to Iduapriem, the company operates five other mines in Western Africa. In 2008, gold production at the Iduapriem mine totalled 200,000 oz. Metso has worked closely with the company in Ghana for 10 years. Seth Quaye, Regional Manager, Western Africa, Mining business line said: “This agreement is a vindication of our strategy of expanding the range of services we offer in this region. It will leverage new services business by serving as a reference for our capabilities as a total solution provider.”last_img read more

first_imgYou know what’s a creepy phrase? “Mystery Missile.” It’strending on Google today, due to some video captured by a KCBS helicopter, aroundCatalina Island, roughly 35 miles off the coast of LosAngeles.The North American Aerospace Defense Command addressed thefootage, confirming its existence, but stating that it posed not threat, “Weare aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of SouthernCalifornia yesterday evening,” organization wrote. “Wecan confirm that there is no indication of any threat to our nation and we willprovide more information as it becomes available.”AdChoices广告Well, that’s almost reassuring, right? Video after the jump.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Epirotic organisations of Melbourne will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the liberation of Ioannina and the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the autonomy of Northern Epirus, with a thanksgiving service at Axion Esti Monastery in Northcote on Sunday. The liberation of Ioannina, a multicultural city with a large Jewish and Muslim population, was the first major Greek success of the Balkan War. It is worth noting that the Greek army proceeded to liberate the whole of Northern Epirus where Greek populations were residing, entering its capital Argyrokastro on 3 March 1913, but geostrategic considerations at the time limited its endeavours.The liberation of Ioannina and all of Epirus on 21 February 1913 is commemorated with great ceremony in Greece and abroad, including Australia, every year. Epirotes form one of the oldest Greek migrant groups in Australia, with early records attesting their presence in this country since 1910. Most of the early Epirotes arrived here from Northern Epirus, forming their own distinct sub-group, while a large number of Epirotes from the rest of Epirus arrived in Melbourne and Sydney after the Second World War. The history of the community is particularly well documented owing to the efforts of the late Petros Petranis, who was the author of the book The Epirotes of Australia, published by LaTrobe University, in 2004.last_img read more