Asian Games: Filipino bet finishes 18th in sport climbing debut

first_imgHis time, however, was not enough to catapult him into the knockout round. China’s Zhong Qizin had the fastest time of 5.82 seconds topped the eliminations round, edging Iranian runner-up Ali Pour Reza (5.83).The 17-year-old Verosil still relished the opportunity to don the country’s colors despite the results.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It is really an honor (for me) to represent the country in the Asian Games. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.”Verosil, though, has a chance to bounce back in the bouldering event, which is his forte, scheduled Friday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Filipino bet Gerald Verosil wound up in 18th place and missed the cut in the speed event of sport climbing, which is making its debut in the 2018 Asian Games at Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, Indonesia.The Singapore-based Verosil scaled the 37-foot man-made wall in 10.66 seconds on his first try then clocked 7.95 seconds on his second attempt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nationality confusion forces Zabelinskaya out of Asian Games MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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China donates $28M in medical supplies to GPHC

first_imgThe Government of China has donated over $28 million in equipment and medical supplies to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Along with the arrival of the 14th medical brigade of professional doctors, the equipment was donated to make improvements in the delivery of healthcare services in Guyana. The new supplies are wide ranging from orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and general surgery among others.At a simple ceremony on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, the items were handed over in the presence of the Public Health Minister VoldaSome of the medical equipment that was donated by the Government of ChinaLawrence; Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, George Lewis; Director of Medical and Professional Services, Sheik Amir; Economic and Commercial Advisor of the People’s Republic of China Embassy, Hu Hanming and members of the 14th medical brigade.In giving his remarks, Head of the 14th medical brigade, Shen Jiansong, said Guyanese can look forward to increased medical services and new procedures over their stay for the next six months.“During the six months, each of us [will] try our best to do our works. Our team is composed of doctors who are always ready to help. Now, our team will represent the People’s Republic of China to donate a batch of medical equipment to [the] Ministry of Public Health,” said Jiansong.Economic and Commercial Advisor of the People’s Republic of China Embassy, Hu Hanming once again emphasised on the good relationship between China and Guyana for a number of decades, which has been beneficial to both parties. He pledged that his country will continue to lend support in all areas in the future.“China and Guyana are far apart geographically but the relations between the two countries has a long history. Since 1993, China has been supporting the development of Guyana’s public health by dispatching medical teams, donating medicines and medical equipment, adhering to the concept of building our community for the future of mankind,” he said.“China hopes to strengthen long-term cooperation with Guyana in various fields, including public health for sure. We will continue to play a role in improving medical conditions and people’s condition here,” the advisor added.Adding to that, CEO of GPHC, George Lewis noted that these supplies will help to improve the delivery of health care in this sector.“The equipment that will be donated today is particularly important to the Georgetown Public Hospital since it will assist us in the delivery of better health care to our patients,” Lewis pointed out.With a short statement, gratitude was extended from the Public Health Minister as she stated, “I wish to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for the solidarity, support and invaluable service to the health sector. This donation will impact significantly on the quality of service that our referral hospital will be in a position to offer.”last_img read more

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PM office confirms weekly State media briefings, denies interference

first_imgCensorship of State media– baffled by stance of the GPA to write President GrangerBY EDWARD LAYNEAs confusion continues to rage over allegations Government ministers and other officials, including PrimePrime MinisterMoses NagamootooMinister Moses Nagamootoo and Director of Public Information (DPI) Imran Khan constant meddling in the works of the state media entities, the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday came out swinging at the Guyana Press Association (GPA) which has written on the matter.The GPA in a recent letter to the President but leaked to sections of the media, singled out PM Nagamootoo and Khan as among government officials who continue to censor state media.But, the statement issued under the letterhead of the DPI said the “Government of Guyana” was “baffled by the stance of the GPA to write to the President to “politically intervene” in matters that ought to have been raised with the competent board of directors of the respective state entities.The GPA in its letter informed President Granger that the Prime Minister himself issues directives to the managers of the state media entities on a weekly basis.“It is our understanding that the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, hosts a weekly meeting at which clearGPA President Neil Marksdirectives are given to the state media (also the Government Information Agency) regarding propaganda to be dispensed by these agencies,” the letter stated.It continued that the GPA is of the view such meetings not only bear the hallmarks of government interference in the work of state media, “but also constitute a grave act of intimidation into slavishly following the dictates of the executive government.”Regarding Khan’s role, the GPA said there have been “numerous” instances where Khan “has either sought to dictate content of NCN and the Guyana Chronicle, and in some cases even having content removed.”He is also accused of chastising state media employees, which the GPA said “clearly amounts to acts of intimidation and causes these state media workers to practice self-censorship.”The GPA in its missive also cited instances where other government ministers and officials have been interfering in the work of the state media.It also complained that the board of directors of NCN and the Guyana Chronicle “deeply involved” in making editorial decisions, including deciding who should attend overseas training programmes and assignments.However, a Monday afternoon statement issued by the DPI denied the allegations of the GPA.The DPI acknowledged that the Prime Minister meets on a weekly basis with state media personnel, but said there have not been any complaints of intimidation at those meetings.“Government of Guyana strongly refutes that the state media personnel are intimidated during the Prime Minister’s weekly meetings. The Office of the Prime Minister has received no complaints from the Board of Directors or management of any state media entity of intimidation or interference. No member of the Guyana Press Association attending these meetings has made any objections,” the statement said.It explained that the “periodic meetings” with state media heads focus on coordination of schedule of Government events and coverage of same, which it said is a practice in place since 1992 and clarification of information regarding government’s policy on a number of matters.“State media attendees have all commented on the usefulness of the engagement,” it added.It said that “reactions” by government officials regarding positive, negative, limited or one-sided coverage of government business in both the state and private media is route and does not amount to interference.The statement added that while it is fit for the GPA to advise its members to act professionally and to defend standards of journalism, for the GPA to call on the Executive to ‘manners’ his ministers on “unsubstantiated allegations” is another matter.“The Guyana Government reaffirms its commitment to an open, free and plural media. It is indeed refreshing to witness the re-introduction, in state media, of positive coverage of opposition views and activities and access to the state media by persons who are routinely critical of Government. Press freedom is alive and well in Guyana,” the statement said.The government, particularly Nagamootoo and Khan, have been in recent times constantly called out for their alleged censorship of state media, allegations they constantly deny.These allegations have come on the heels of a United States Department of State’s 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices which scolded the Prime Minister who in August, 2015 issued a directive that all headlines in the State-owned print media be first scrutinised and approved by his office before they are published.The directive was a response to a headline criticising the Government.The PM was also criticised by two local newspaper columnists, Dr David Hinds and Freddy Kissoon over censorship of state media.Notably, while in opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) had chastised the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration over abuse of the state media and promised that once it gained political power it will make these entities independent.But many senior media operatives say they are still to see any signs of the government moving to free-up state media so that the views of all, including those who are critical of the administration, find its way on the NCN airwaves or on the pages of the Guyana Chronicle.last_img read more

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Takeover talk helps give Dow a 102-point boost

first_imgInvestors were also encouraged by rebounding oil prices, an upgrade of General Motors Corp., and a stock buyback by 3M. Analysts cautioned, though, that Tuesday’s rally followed three straight days of drops in the Dow, and that recent earnings reports have been mixed. Futhermore, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke could hint in his testimony to Congress today, as many Fed officials did last week, that rising inflation might compel policymakers to hike interest rates – a move that could hurt consumer spending. “The optimists are lifting their heads today despite all the pessimism in the market right now,” said Philip S. Dow, managing director of equity strategy at RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis. “They’re making the bet that his comments will be benign, rather than scary and hawkish.” The Dow climbed 102.30, or 0.81 percent, to 12,654.85. It was the biggest one-day jump since Dec. 27. Broader stock indicators also rose. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index increased 10.89, or 0.76 percent, to 1,444.26, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 9.50, or 0.39 percent, to 2,459.88. With Treasury investors staying on the sidelines ahead of Bernanke’s testimony, bonds were little changed Tuesday, despite the Commerce Department’s report that the trade deficit grew more than expected in December, pushing the gap to its fifth consecutive annual record in 2006. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was at 4.81 percent late Tuesday, the same as late Monday. Most major earnings reports on Tuesday came in strong. But Joseph V. Battipaglia, chief investment officer at Ryan Beck & Co., pointed out that overall, corporate financial results have been cooling off since last year’s high double-digit growth – notably in banks and oil companies, which were big drivers in previous quarters. This moderation, along with the potential for Bernanke’s comments to rock the markets today, led some market watchers to interpret Tuesday’s jump conservatively. The report on Alcoa “has given the market some short-term fervor, but I don’t think it’s sustainable,” Battipaglia said. “Today’s action is very nice, but it’s a very narrow set of circumstances.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street stocks surged Tuesday, pushing up the Dow Jones industrials by more than 100 points as a report that two companies are trying to buy Alcoa Inc. stoked investors’ hopes for a pickup in takeover activity. Australia-based mining companies BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto PLC are each planning to offer $40 billion for the aluminum producer, according to the Times of London. The report came amid Hindalco Industries Ltd.’s $3.6 billion offer to buy Canadian aluminum maker Novelis Inc., and drugstore operator CVS Corp.’s move to bump up the value of its proposed purchase of Caremark Rx Inc. The flurry of takeover-related news suggested that the global economy has some muscle. last_img read more

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Ominous Saenz for LAUSD

first_imgFortunately for the English-language learners of California, the courts ignored Saenz’s dire warnings and upheld Proposition 227. Within one year of the measure’s implementation, elementary reading scores throughout the state rose for the first time in almost 20 years. Far from inflicting untold damage on young minds, per Saenz’s fervid warnings, English immersion gave thousands of English learners their first shot at learning the common language of our country. Shortly after his failed brief against 227, Saenz became a board member of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, where he continues to serve today. A perusal of the past six years of board minutes gives some clues about Saenz’s approach to educational governance. It is clear, for starters, that he is still hostile to English instruction. Never once in the six years do the minutes show him inquiring about English immersion techniques, though he repeatedly asks county school representatives if they have adequate Spanish-speaking teachers and textbooks in Spanish. He is also on record in support of Jackie Goldberg, former LAUSD board member and state assemblywoman, who promoted bilingual education and supported the now discredited “whole language” anti-phonics, anti-grammar approach to reading. We will know in the next few weeks if Villaraigosa will appeal the 2nd District Court’s rejection of his school-takeover plan to the state Supreme Court. But the court’s strongly worded rebuke of Saenz’s legal reasoning in defense of AB 1381 must be resonating in the mayor’s mind. The court forcefully rejected Saenz’ contention that the Los Angeles City Charter, which mandates a strong, popularly elected school board with power to select a superintendent, could be circumvented by the state Legislature. Just as Saenz misjudged the legality of Proposition 227, he appears to have done the same with the mayor’s takeover bill. Meanwhile, absent any substantive talk from the mayor or Saenz about their specific intentions for the district, we are left with such clues as outlined above. Sadly, they are not encouraging. Doug Lasken teaches high school English for the LAUSD and consults for the State Board of Education. Write to him by e-mail at dlasken514@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOST Angelenos know about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, but almost no one knows the name of Thomas Saenz, chief counsel to the mayor and the brains behind AB 1381, the twice struck-down legislation enabling the takeover. So who is Thomas Saenz, and what do he and the mayor intend for the LAUSD? There has been little public information on either question, and Saenz never answered repeated requests for interviews for this article. But it’s instructive to delve into his past for clues to his and the mayor’s intentions. Saenz first came to public attention in 1998, when he joined in a legal brief requesting an injunction against a certain newly enabled educational practice. See if you can guess what that practice was from the language in the brief: “(It) will wreak unimaginable harm on 1.4 million (students) .. who will suffer long-term, irremediable educational injury because of (its) extreme, shortsighted prescriptions…. Their life prospects will be shattered as a result … This measure demonstrably violates the Constitution of the United States.” Did you guess that the measure in question would allow child molesters to be teachers, or perhaps permit a designated faculty marijuana smoking lounge? If so, you guessed wrong. The brief was in fact warning about the grave dangers of teaching the English language to non-English-speaking children. The legal brief was an appeal on behalf of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund for an injunction against Proposition 227, passed overwhelmingly in California in 1997, which put an end to bilingual education in the state and mandated English immersion for non-English speaking children. In the LAUSD, bilingual education meant the exclusive use of a student’s native language, in most cases Spanish, for all academic instruction. Any teaching of English, or in English, was strictly forbidden. All textbooks, whether social studies, science, or math, had to be in Spanish, and all oral instruction had to be delivered in Spanish. One 30-minute period per day was allowed for “English as a Second Language,” but the ESL period was mandated to be strictly conversational- no grammar, spelling or reading lessons were permitted. Not surprisingly, during the decades when bilingual education ruled in California, the state’s reading scores plummeted to nearly the lowest in the nation. last_img read more

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Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa last 16

first_imgAtletico Madrid and French striker Antoine Griezmann were paired with Lokomotiv Moscow, the day after another Spanish-Russian game, between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, was marred by violence in which a Spanish policeman died of a heart attack.Bilbao will face 1993 European champions Marseille for the matches on March 8 and 15.Another French side, Lyon, must overcome CSKA Moscow to keep alive their hopes of appearing in the final which will be played at their own stadium on May 16.Lyon were comfortable 4-1 aggregate winners over Villarreal in the round of 32 and former club stalwart Bernard Lacombe welcomed the draw which sees the second leg played in France.“We qualified well against Villarreal, who are a good club. Obviously it would be fantastic to play in our own stadium (in the final) but there are high-level opponents left in the competition and we have to respect that,” he told beIN Sports.RB Leipzig, who dropped into the competition after being eliminated from the Champions League, will play Zenit Saint-Petersburg, who won the Europa League in 2008.Borussia Dortmund meanwhile face potentially the weakest team in the last 16, Czech side Plzen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan © AFP / jean-guy PYTHONNYON, Switzerland, Feb 23 – Arsenal, the last surviving British club, on Friday drew seven-time European champion AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.Arsenal struggled to overcome Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round, being booed off by their fans at the Emirates after losing 2-1 on Thursday but going through 4-2 win on aggregate.last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL ATHLETICS DAYS AT FINN VALLEY AC

first_imgDespite inclement weather 900 plus youngsters participated in the annual Finn Valley area primary school athletics over 2 days.It was again an excellent well executed meeting with the extensive programme complete each day by 1.15 with the help of 40 officials.Finals are now back at the same Valley venue May 11th . PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL ATHLETICS DAYS AT FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Finn Valley ACpicture specialPrimary school athleticslast_img read more

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Wolves target does have a release clause, admits Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis

first_imgWolves have been handed a massive boost in their bid to sign Adama Traore after Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis confirmed the player does have a release clause.It was reported earlier this week Nuno Espirito Santo was set to launch an £18million raid for the Riverside star. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade When asked about Traore’s future, Pulis said: “I think everybody, especially me, wants him to be here.“But we have to do what we have to do, he has a clause, I think everybody knows he has a clause in his contract and if that money is reached it’s almost taken out of the club’s hands. silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? 2 possible standings possible xi Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “But I’ve got great respect for the boy and everybody here is hoping and praying he stays.”And when asked about whether any bids made had matched the figure in Traore’s contract, Pulis said: “No, not at the moment.” 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Traore’s powerful dribbling style and his improved end product under Pulis have seen club take a closer look at making a move for the player.Wolves appear extremely keen and news of a release clause will be a boon for the newly-promoted Premier League. ALTERED Middlesbrough star Adama Traore leaves another opponent in his wake. REVEALED smart causal who plays? REVEALED Latest Premier League News gameday Adama Traore was previously on the books at Barcelona and Aston Villa. NEW ERA last_img read more

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Should Insulated Concrete Forms be Air-Sealed?

first_imgRoger Lin is planning to use insulated concrete forms in a house he hopes will meet the Passivhaus standard of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50). ICFs are rigid foam building blocks stacked like Legos and then filled with concrete.Lin has been told by ICF manufacturers they won’t need air-sealing, but he’s not so sure.“I understand that ICFs with the concrete will be pretty airtight,” he writes in a Q&A post, “but I still see the joints where the ICFs meet as potential weak spots. Will I need to air seal them and how would you do it?”The conversation that follows is as much about the Passivhaus standards themselves as it is about leaky ICF walls. Are the standards arbitrary and unreasonable rules promulgated by zealots? Or sensible construction standards that can work anywhere?First, the air leak questionJohn Semmelhack is first out of the box with an assurance that a Passivhaus home in Wisconsin built with ICFs tested a very low 0.36 ACH50 with a preliminary blower-door test. And that was without any additional air sealing of the forms. MULTIMEDIA Video: Blower-door-directed air sealing RELATED ARTICLES Green Basics: Insulated concrete formsBlower Door Basics ‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building MythsHow Tight is Too Tight?PRODUCT GUIDEStay-in-Place Insulating Concrete forms GBA editor Martin Holladay agreed with Semmelhack, noting that “ICFs have a continuous monolithic concrete core that is an excellent air barrier.” He added a caveat: “Of course, there are many locations where careful air sealing is still required, including: around windows and doors, at the intersection of the walls and ceilings, and at ceiling penetrations.”J Chesnut adds that a “very diligent” site foreman had a lot to do with the good airtightness results in Wisconsin, but it’s not so much the walls that may be leaky but other parts of the structure.“An important aspect to the air tightness achieved at the PassivHaus project in Wisconsin were the protrusion details, window-to-wall details and wall-to-roof detail,” Chesnut says.The Optiwin windows were installed with double-sided butyl tape to maintain the air seal with the wall. “The butyl tape with some subsequent taping reinforcement during a blower door test for leakage proved effective,” Chestnut says. “What was found that didn’t work as well as an air barrier was the spray foam between the window casings and the ICF wall.”Well, how do you air seal effectively?Jesse Thompson has had the same experience as Chesnut. Not only does a bead of spray foam between window and framing make an ineffective air seal, it’s probably a lousy water seal as well. He suspects many leaks found in window installations on the Maine coast might rightfully be attributed to that.“On a recent project, only the blower door test revealed that the spray foam wasn’t tightly adhering to the ZIP tape wrapped around the OSB buck forming the window opening,” Thompson says. “The contractor added a bead of caulk to that interface, but the interior tape seal typical in Europe feels like a much safer method of insuring that we can achieve a pressure managed window installation that will hold up over time.”Garth Sproule wonders whether the airtight drywall approach (ADA) might be more dependable. At least, he says, it can be inspected and repaired, and it only requires a small bead of caulk where the drywall meets the window frame.“ADA has always been more difficult to inspire confidence for us because you can’t test your building enclosure for leaks until very late in the construction process,” Thompson replies. “We’re much happier these days testing our building enclosures when there is still ample opportunity to repair mistakes.”Thompson, in fact, thinks testing buildings early in the construction process is the “most drastic change in the residential construction process I’ve seen in my career.“Looking back, it seems absolutely absurd to build a complex custom object like a house and have no verification process in place to ensure it’s not leaky or defective,” he says. “What’s the current typical practice, a plentiful supply of hope and faith?”Is there such a thing as “too tight”?David S. has seen the same kind of leaks during construction of an ICF house last year. Tested with a blower door right after the building shell was completed, the house had a leakage rate of 1.0 ACH50. When the crew looked into the problem a little deeper, they found most of the leaks were where window boxes met the ICF forms.“The owner choose not to go back and seal after the blower door test to reduce the level from the 1.0 ACH50 test,” David S. writes. “When is tight, tight enough?” he adds.That turns out to be the sixty-four thousand dollar question.It is Robert Riversong who gets the ball rolling. “If the purpose of tightening up a new home is for efficiency and durability for the life of the house, then an inspectable and repairable air barrier, like ADA, makes sense,” he writes. “If, on the other hand, the purpose of getting a house tight is to meet some arbitrary standard, such as Passivhaus, without regard for long-term function, then exterior taped sheathing methods are fine.”Arbitrary, Thompson asks? The 0.60 ACH50 standard was developed by the Passivhaus Institut as the point where the risk of moisture damage via air movement in the walls was “reduced to a safe level.”Furthermore, he tells Riversong, “You have a consistent habit of misstating what the Passivhaus standard involves, characterizing it as ‘hermetic’ and other pejorative language.”Nonsense, Riversong tells him. “An honest critique appears ‘pejorative’ only to true believers who cannot tolerate criticism… I continue to assert that [Passivhaus] standards are not only arbitrary but unreasonable and excessive and is a natural progression of the movement toward isolating human occupants from the natural environment with which they evolved for millions of years and which keeps them whole and hearty and healthy.”The exchange gets testy, but it’s also a ringside seat for a debate over a key question in building: Just how tight is tight enough?An expert’s opinionWe asked GBA technical director Peter Yost for his take on these questions. Here’s his reply:1. Air tightening ICFs: Air tightness is always about penetrations, transitions, complex shapes, with window openings being right at the top of the list. To achieve Passivhaus levels of air tightness, dedicated continuous exterior and interior air barriers are strongly indicated.2. How tight is tight enough or too tight? Homes should be easily coupled and decoupled from the exterior environment because in many (if not most) climates there are times when you want the outside in, and times when you don’t. I am talking air here, not views or daylighting. Who wouldn’t want to shut off the HRV/ERV and open windows as often as they can if it’s pleasant outside? Here in southern Vermont, we pretty much shut off our whole-house ventilation system from about May through September because we want the house coupled to the outside just about every night and many days.3. The Passivhaus air tightness standard was developed for a particular climate and it does not necessarily transcend climate as a variable. Keeping walls safe from moisture issues varies by climate and by interior conditions, as managed by the occupants. Too much variation built in for a single air tightness level to be the “safe” level. Having said that, you can’t build a house too tight, period. But the more we ask of our walls in terms of managing and restricting the flows of energy and moisture, the better our designs and installations need to be. Materials and components can’t rise to the challenge on their own.last_img read more

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How effectively do you communicate in “The Crunch”?

first_imgThis blog post was written by Alicia Cassels, 4-H Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Curriculum at West Virginia UniversityStress has a profound impact on our ability to effectively communicate.  Regardless of how well we have mastered the art of communication, turn the dial on the stress level to “overload” and accessing our best communication skills becomes more challenging.When faced with stress overload, we experience physiological and psychological responses which contribute to what Dr. Jane Riffe calls “The Crunch.”   When operating in “The Crunch” or under stress, many people experience a loss in the ability to access communication skills they would otherwise typically display, falling instead into default communication patterns which may be negative and self-defeating.   These patterns tend to re-emerge in times of stress.The loss in ability to access effective communication skills when they are needed most can be more than frustrating.  Self-defeating communication patterns may lead to poor relationships, health problems, issues in the workplace, and other negative outcomes.Identifying the default communication strategies that we most commonly employ when in “The Crunch” is important in building an understanding of how we might improve.For a quick assessment of your most-used default patterns, take a look at the strategies below.Dr. Riffe Jane Riffe highlights 5 “Losing Agendas” from the work of Terri Real.   Which self-defeating strategies tend to be your defaults? Controlling the other person: When operating on this agenda individuals try to get others to do what they want through means which may include manipulation. Being Right: When operating on this losing agenda individuals focus on working to prove that they are right. This strategy may lead to anger, frustration, and ongoing arguments. Retaliation: With this strategy the goal is to make others feel the way you feel. Retaliation may come in the form of verbal attach, financial or physical attack.  The goal is payback. Unbridled self-expression: When operating on this agenda individuals behave as though spontaneously sharing all of their thoughts constitutes productive communication. This strategy may result withdrawal by the other party.center_img Dr. Riffe recommends a RECIPE for effective communication which includes Reflective listening, Encouragement, Compromise and cooperation, I messages, Practice and Engagement.To learn more about this RECIPE and other effective strategies for communicating in “The Crunch”, watch the Military Families Learning Network webinar: Communication “In the Crunch”. Withdrawal: With this strategy individuals refuse to address issues. Try one of the resources below for improving communication:Futris, Ted. 9 Important Skills for Every Relationship (Downloadable Tip Sheet)Real, Terrence (2007). The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work. Ballentine Books: New York. www.terryreal.comRiffe, J. (2015).Reflect!  Keep Calm and Carry On. (3 Mindfulness Podcasts) Extension Military Families Network https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/military-caregiving/audiocasts-and-podcasts/ This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 24, 2016.last_img read more

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