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first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Blatche came to Manila as early as June 9 to prepare for the resumption of the qualifiers where Gilas won two of its first three games.The former NBA veteran, however, isn’t the only one groping for form.Reyes said Calvin Abueva is also facing the same predicament.“Calvin was also struggling in scrimmages,” Reyes said. “He’s not in game shape either. His timing is off and he’s not as sharp as other guys. That’s what not playing does to you.”Abueva hasn’t played since the PBA All-Star Game in Iloilo on May 27. He has also been suspended indefinitely by the Alaska Aces for going AWOL.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding With still a lot of work to be done, time is not on Gilas Pilipinas’ side with only 10 days left before its duel against rival Chinese Taipei in the third window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A major cause for concern is the conditioning of naturalized big man Andray Blatche.In a report on ESPN5, national team head coach Chot Reyes thinks Blatche is still not in his desired form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t think he’s in game shape. Hopefully, we can fast-track him,” Reyes said.“We got him a six-minute scrimmage [on Monday]. Hopefully, we can get it up to ten minutes and build it up from there. It helps that he got here early and he’s already been working out compared to before when he was injured or was playing with his Chinese team. The good thing about that though was that he was in game shape. This time, he’s not.” World Cup: France hopes luck won’t be needed to get past Peru Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_img GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE First, the flooring choicesAbove-floor radiant tubing can be installed in aluminized floor panels such as Quik Trak and then covered with finished flooring. Alternately, the tubing can be covered with a layer of concrete, either conventional concrete if the floor framing is designed for the weight, or a lightweight gypsum concrete. RELATED ARTICLES Minisplits may mean the end for ground-source systemsKevin Dickson wonders whether the “impressive” performance of the Mitsubishi minisplit, particularly when heating loads are very low, “should make everyone think twice about ever doing a ground source heat pump.”Ground-source heat pumps have been considered a good cold-climate option because they operate more efficiently than conventional air-source heat pumps. But they are very expensive to install, and some critics think their efficiency numbers are often overstated.“Marc Rosenbaum has predicted the withering away of GSHPs as a residential option — because the Asian ductless minisplits are getting so good,” Holladay says.“Martin, good point about the perhaps waning of the GSHP trend,” writes James Morgan. “I was never happy about the extent to which it has been promoted through tax credits.” All About Radiant FloorsRadiant-Floor HeatingGoodbye Radiant FloorGreen Heating OptionsHeat DistributionCooling OptionsHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated House Will a water heater work?No matter what kind of flooring ultimately covers the tubing, a more fundamental question is whether a water heater will produce enough hot water for the radiant distribution system.“You might be able to heat with a water heater,” Meiland adds, “but the real question is, how many BTUs do you need for space heating and how many for water heating? I tend to like boilers a lot more than water heaters for radiant, but ultimately what you need is someone highly skilled to design and install the system, and should probably ask their opinion.“Anyway,” Meiland says, “it all starts with a heat loss calc.”Depending on the heating load, a conventional water heater might struggle to handle both heating and domestic hot water needs. Harold Turner points Smith toward the high-efficiency Phoenix water heaters made by Heat Transfer.Turner says the water heaters have a peak output of 166,000 BTU and come with an optional solar heat exchanger should Smith want to add thermal solar panels down the road.Damon Lane suggests Smith contact a company called Radiantec, which designs radiant floor systems and recommends a Polaris, another high-efficiency water heater.Radiantec advocates an “open-direct” system in which domestic hot water is circulated directly through radiant floor tubing.“They can help you with the installation details,” Lane says, “and I would guess the limited cooling their open direct system offers by pushing your domestic cold water through your floor in summer will be enough for your house.” Lucas refers to this second option as an “over-pour,” and says some contractors have told him not to pursue it because the house is so tight. “Others say I would be wasting my money not doing it,” he adds.But David Meiland thinks Smith is talking apples and oranges: “I don’t see what an ‘over-pour’ has to do with the house being extremely tight,” Meiland says. “You are either going to install tubing using a product like Quik Trak, or you’re going to pour gyp or lightweight over it. In my opinion you ought to review your choices of floor coverings and see which way that pushes you. I personally like gyp but it’s harder or impossible to install some types of flooring over it. “ What about a ductless minisplit?Smith does not have gas service, but he reveals that his electric rates are currently about 6 1/2 cents per kWh, and that prompts an entirely different suggestion.“Your electricity is very cheap,” GBA senior editor Martin Holladay says. “I think that a ductless minisplit system would make sense for you, providing both heating and cooling at a much lower energy cost than propane-fired hydronic heat.”Ductless minisplits are a type of air-to-air heat pump in which a single outdoor unit serves a number of air handlers in individual rooms, without the need for installing a conventional duct system. Although traditional air-source heat pumps resort to electrical resistance heat when outdoor temperatures drop into the 40s, newer versions are much more efficient in cold weather.“A good option with your cheap electric rates would be a ductless minisplit, as Martin mentioned,” says Bob Alsop, “which would take care of AC as well as heat during the ‘marginal’ seasons (spring, fall). An electric boiler would take care of the radiant (winter) as well as domestic. Ductless minis are great, but be aware that they are limited when it comes to very cold winter temps. At least here in Vermont.”Not so, Holladay adds, pointing out that Mitsubishi Electric makes a minisplit that performs at -13°F “without using any electric resistance elements.”NLehto seconds Holladay’s suggestion. He writes that he has a 1-ton Mitsubishi minisplit in his 1,900-sq. ft home in Connecticut. “As of January 12th I’ve spent $170 heating it this season and that’s with Connecticut’s ridiculously high electricity rates,” NLehto writes. “The coldest outdoor temp I’ve experienced with it so far is -4°F, and it had no problem keeping the house at 70°F.”Robert Riversong argues that at sub-zero temperatures, the heat output of these units is “negligible,” but Holladay adds that Mitsubishi’s Mr. Slim Hyper Heat unit, with a nominal output rating of 38,000 Btu at 47°F, will still produce 30,000 Btu at -13°F — a reduction in heating capacity of only 21%.Yes, says Riversong, but efficiency suffers. “According to the spec sheet, the [Coefficient of Performance] at 47° is 3.3, at 17° it’s 1.85 and at 5° it’s 1.65. At -13°, I suspect it operates with no more efficiency than resistance heat – COP = 1.“So, you’re correct that this unit can maintain output at very cold temperatures, but it trades output for efficiency, which makes it inappropriate for very cold climates with little to no AC requirement. “Holladay disagreed with Riversong, noting that “a COP of 1.65 at 5°F is excellent.” Lukas Smith, a framer by trade, is building a 3,100-sq. ft. house in southern Ontario and plans to install a radiant-floor system in the basement slab as well as the first and second floors. The house will be built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) and have R-values of 33 in the walls and 50 in the roof.With that as background, Smith poses three questions in his Q&A post: should he pour a layer of gypsum-concrete over the tubing; can he run the system from a hot water heater instead of a boiler; and what is the best way of providing air conditioning?The discussion is the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Heat Pumps Our expert’s opinionWe asked GBA technical director Peter Yost for his thoughts. Here is his response:Air-tightness and radiant floor heat “base”: I see no connection between radiant floor heating distribution systems and air-tightness, unless this is an oblique reference or connection to the fact that radiant floor distribution, as a non-forced air distribution system, will require a stand-alone ducting for mechanical ventilation system in airtight homes?Using a water heater to supply radiant floor space and domestic water heating: Absolutely go with a high efficiency tank water heater, such as the Polaris or Phoenix, particularly in a climate like Ontario, CA. And heat calcs are a must.Real care is required to use radiant floor distribution systems for space cooling because you can’t push very many Btus around for cooling without thermal comfort and condensation issues on the floor. And I would bet that in Ontario the times you need space cooling are the very times you might have higher relative humidity, further constraining the use of radiant floor distribution for space cooling.Here in our Vermont home in the summer, we only run refrigerant-based cooling for a handful of days in the summer, relying on ceiling and whole-house fans and night-time flushing almost all of the summer. And if we get control of our late afternoon solar gain from the west this year, we won’t need any refrigerant-based cooling at all. I bet in Ontario, the right design and shading strategies can mean no refrigerant-based cooling as well, or at least just one well-placed ductless mini-split.The main thing here is what he thinks of the thermal comfort of each system. It’s hard to beat the feel and quiet of radiant heat in comparison to the potential noise and cold-blow issues of heat pump-based forced air systems.last_img read more

first_imgArlington Cemetery by A. AdrianOver the last seven years of blogging, I have tried to convey my profound thoughts of gratitude to recognize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I have tried to come up with words that would describe my appreciation to those families who have given their own for our country and for our freedom. I am inadequate in trying to write anything that would come close to my sincerest gratitude. The descriptive words have never come to me so I am sharing the thoughts of others.Remember freedom is not free.My Twitter friend Johnnie Scott from Great Falls, Montana, retweeted this tweet from Heather Rohde Art ‏@RohdeFineArt. We have heard this before. Let’s not let the thought “Freedom is not free” become a cliche.As you enjoy #MemorialDay, remember that freedom is not free. Gratitude to the military men & women who sacrificed their lives for America.Have regular humbled appreciation for those who have served.Memorial Day is about remembering those who have fallen. It is also a time that provokes thoughts for those who are serving and have served. A popular agriculture radio personality, Max Armstrong, posted a poignant status in Facebook about his heroes and the service that those in the Armed Forces provide. He summarizes his thoughts in this passage.Our surges of passionate patriotism tend to fall on Summer’s picnic holidays. I guess I am as guilty of that as anyone. But I hope you will join in on a little heartfelt, humbled, drop-to-the-knees praying for these folks on a regular basis…some of whom may not walk with a limp, but came back badly beaten up and with wounds that just won’t heal.Take action—write to deployed service members or help military families in your community.Jan Hoadley, a farmer who raises rabbits, poultry, and sells directly to the public in North Alabama, wrote that Memorial Day is a day to understand the kind of people who are being remembered on Memorial Day.  They are the kind of people who think of others before themselves.The kind of people that hear of or see someone in trouble and go to help. The kind of people who think of others. The kind of people that are missed by the families left behind who wish it was just a grilling holiday, but for whom every day is a reminder. If you don’t personally know someone who has earned the right to be remembered on Memorial Day (which isn’t happy folks!), I urge you to write to a handful of our military members – get to know their nothing ever happens days until something happens.Not all of us know of someone who has died for our country, but all of us know of someone who is serving. We can all do something to show our appreciation any day, and why not today?Take time to remember.Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NEThe University of Nebraska Lancaster Cooperative Extension County Office Twitter status is simple:Honor.Respect.Remember.#MemorialDay in the young ones why we need to remember.Grandfather’s and Great-grandfather’s grave in ArlingtonA man took his young daughter to Arlington National Cemetery. While his daughter may not have fully understood, she knew the trip was important to her father. One day she will understand more deeply because her father has shown her gratitude and the respect for the fallen. Take a moment today to express your gratitude and tell your children why we have a Memorial Day.This Military Families Learning Network post is written by Anne Mims Adrian, PhD, who is with Military Families Learning Network and eXtension.last_img read more

first_imgBy Carol ChurchA couple of years ago, my Social Security number and personal information was stolen and a fraudulent tax return was filed in my name, causing a cascade of problems that took months to clear up. Fortunately, the fraudsters never were able to access any money belonging to me, and the whole thing was more of a terrible inconvenience than anything else. However, since then, I have been very careful about protecting that number!Photospin/PS ProductionsHow Are Social Security Numbers Stolen?Social Security numbers can be stolen in a variety of ways:Someone might rummage through your discarded mail and papersYour wallet or personal papers might be stolenPersonal files or records of yours stored outside your home might be compromisedYou might accidentally provide this info to a fraudulent website or personYour information might be intercepted on the Internet by hackersAlthough it’s not possible to completely protect ourselves against all of these possibilities, there are steps we can take.Ways to Protect the Number–Just say “no”Typically, we legally have to provide our Social Security number to employers, banks, and a few other entities, such as driver’s license bureaus and public assistance agencies. However, many other parties, such as landlords, medical offices, schools and universities, utility companies, and so on, also may ask for Social Security numbers—but they don’t have a legal right to them.Ask if you can give your driver’s license number instead. (Medical offices may be willing to use an insurance card number.) This may go any number of ways. There may be no problem whatsoever; you may need to speak with someone “higher up”; or in some cases, you may be denied service or your service may be delayed.If you must do business but still have concerns, ask to see the privacy policy of the requesting party and inquire as to how the number will be stored.–Never carry your Social Security card or number in your wallet or on your personThis one is pretty obvious, but I was surprised to see someone I know carrying theirs around!–Shred sensitive mail and documentsIt doesn’t take more than a moment to put bills and other sensitive papers through an inexpensive home paper shredder.–Consider using an Identity Protection PIN when filing taxes, where possible.An IRS IP PIN is a unique number assigned to a taxpayer by the government that allows the IRS to ensure that the person filing the return really is who they say they are. As an identity theft victim, I now must file with an IP PIN every year, which I am more than happy to do!The interesting news is that the IRS is now offering this protection to ALL citizens of Florida, Georgia, and the District of Columbia, three areas where identity theft is the highest. Other taxpayers nationwide may also receive an opt-in invite to get an IP PIN. This is a very useful service for anyone who is eligible and looking to protect their Social Security number, but it’s important to remember that once you start using one, you are committing to continue.–If earning self-employment income, obtain an EINIf you are an in business for yourself as an independent contractor, your clients may need to ask for your Social Security number so they can issue you a 1099. This exposes your Social Security number to the world. In order to avoid this issue you can request an EIN (Employer Identification Number) free from the IRS.–Use strong and unique passwords for sites storing your SSNYou should always use strong passwords, but this is particularly important for any website which has access to your SSN (banks, employer payroll systems, tax preparers).–Check credit scores annuallyEveryone should do this anyway, but this is just another reason why. Go to to get a free annual report.If a Social Security Number Has Been StolenIn case of Social Security number theft, the affected party should go to and report the problem. Contact the credit bureaus (Equifax, Transunion, and Experian) as well, and place a fraud alert (once of you place one with one, it will be placed with the other two). The IRS provides details on how to handle this situation.Although it may seem cumbersome protecting this crucial number, it’s worth the trouble. Taking the time to safeguard it is crucial.last_img read more

first_imgThe difference in results isn’t the real difference. The real difference is found somewhere else, the last place you’ll look. Maybe the one place you don’t want to look.You won’t find the difference “out there,” no matter how long you search and no matter how well. Time spent searching “out there” is time spent away from where you will find the difference.There are charlatans and con artists who will tell you they know where to find the difference. For a fee, they can show you how to find the difference. They cannot, however, tell you why they aren’t focusing their time and energy on finding the difference themselves. To tell you that would betray their real intentions.When you find someone who has found the difference, they will very happily tell you what they did to find it for themselves. When asked, they share with you the recipe that worked for them, knowing that the difference isn’t something that can ever be depleted by sharing it with others, it being a beneficial to share with others. Your ears may not like what they hear and so resist what they hear.Much of the time, you will have to prod those who have found the difference to tell you what they believe, why they searched for the difference and what it meant to them when they first starting to possess it. Some part of what they tell you will clash with your deepest and longest held beliefs. You won’t want to believe what you hear, and you’ll wish that the charlatans and carnival barker’s recipe was enough to help you capture the difference. But something inside you will find what you hear as truth.When you are ready to take on the beliefs and the mindset of those who have found the difference, your beliefs will start change, little by little at first, and then all at once. Soon after, you start to take actions in line with the beliefs until, some time later, they are what you do without resistance and without thinking about it.If these words don’t reach you, it may not be time. If they do, then you know you have found your answer. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has reminded the Sarbananda Sonowal government of the commitment to clarify its stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, “now that the updated draft of the National Register of Citizens has been published”.Also Read Now clarify stand on Citizenship Bill: Tarun Gogoilast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up plans for four new signingsby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United plan to make four new signings for the start of next season.The Manchester Evening News says United want to sign a full back, midfielder, a forward and a striker to add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.United chiefs ‘held a recruitment meeting’ at the start of last month to begin drafting a shortlist of targets for the January transfer window and next summer.It is claimed that James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice are principal targets as they look to continue their recent transfer strategy of purchasing young, British players.The club know that those deals would require significant negotiating and therefore the club is also drafting a longer list of targets. last_img read more