Toll of climate change on workers

first_img Study suggests mid-Atlantic is getting lower, which may exacerbate effects of sea-level rise No laughing matter Related Red flags rise on global warming and the seas Naomi Oreskes’ latest book lays out an argument for why the process of proof is worth trusting Defending science in a post-fact era And now, land may be sinking As water temperatures increase, so does risk of exposure to toxic methylmercury Simply put, said Patrick Behrer, the world is getting hotter “and that heat imposes large costs on people.” In particular, those who work outdoors or in factories lacking air conditioning or ventilation are most at risk for the ill effects of on-the-job heat exposure such as sun stroke, impaired cognitive function, and possibly even death.Behrer ’09, an environmental and developmental economist and Harvard Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes the looming scale of the crisis with a little math. Given the nature of climate change, he said, the shifts in the number of very hot days will be greater than those in the mean temperature.For example, a uniform, global temperature increase of 2 degrees Fahrenheit would shift Boston’s mean temperature from roughly 52 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. On its face, not a catastrophic jump.“But what that does mean in a place like Boston where we currently have periodic hot days, is that you are moving the tails of the distribution and dramatically increasing the number of extremely hot days,” said Behrer. “From the mid ’80s to the early 2000s Boston averaged somewhere between five and eight days above 90 degrees. Taking some of the median projections up to 2050, Boston’s projected to see somewhere between 30 and 50 days above 90 degrees a year, even though the mean temperature change is only going to be a few degrees.”And those extra-warm days would take a dramatic toll on the nation’s workforce. In the past, the climate-change narrative has tended to highlight negative environmental outcomes: the loss of crops, more frequent and more violent storms, increased flooding, and sea level rise. But experts have long been aware of the negative health effects of exposure to heat. Studies have shown a substantial increase in deaths as the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, said Behrer, who hopes his work can help shine a light on how rising temperatures are affecting workers in vulnerable jobs.,In response to rising worries over climate change, Harvard pledged in 2008 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, a goal it achieved. The University is now working to become fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and free by 2050. It is also funding numerous research efforts in the field.With the support of a grant from Harvard’s Climate Change Solutions Fund, Behrer and colleague Jisung Park, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, are tracking the health effects of working in a hot environment and the ripple effects on the economy, including reduced productivity and pay.The study builds on Park’s earlier Harvard research that examined heat stress on student performance. Using new data from both the U.S. government and California, Behrer and Park will examine the impacts of heat on workplace safety across the entire country, as well as on a more granular, “finely resolved” state level.“Relative to the other damages of climate change, the impact of any given hot day is small, both in absolute and relative terms; some of our other work suggests that just one additional hot day removes a fraction of a percent of your annual take-home pay,” said Behrer, referring to lost time on the job that is heat-related. “When you start talking about going from eight extremely hot days to 50 extremely hot days, then that that adds up very quickly. It also adds up very quickly when you’re taking a fraction of a percent of pay away from large parts of the United States.”Behrer thinks his research could help experts as they continue to revise the process used to calculate the social cost of carbon — the measure in dollars of the long-term damage done by a ton of carbon dioxide emissions in a given year. Currently the figure is roughly $50 per ton. Adding heat, especially its mortality impacts, into that calculation “could increase that number by 25 to 50 percent, or possibly more,” said Behrer.He also hopes his work will inform policy and contribute to the conversation around a national standard for workplace heat exposure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published criteria for a recommended standard for on-the-job heat stress, which includes recommendations for employers about how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Three states, California, Washington and Minnesota, have adopted their own standards for workplace heat exposure, but a federal requirement doesn’t yet exist.Behrer said such a national code could be costly to firms that already comply with workplace heat recommendations, and that regional humidity levels could mean a state-by-state regulatory approach is more efficient. “We’re still uncertain a national standard is the best approach,” said Behrer. “That’s one of the questions we are aiming to answer with our research.”Shining a light on the nation’s rising inequality is another important dimension to Behrer’s work. Lower-wage workers such as landscape, construction, and agricultural laborers are set to suffer disproportionately as the planet warms, he said, and it’s not only those required to spend eight hours a day outside who are at greater risk.“Manufacturing is also one of the other big industries in which large parts of the working population are exposed to heat, because a lot of a lot of large-scale manufacturing installations are just simply too large to be air conditioned,” said Behrer. “So you’re inside in a very real sense, but the building is not climate-controlled in any way. It can actually be hotter inside the building than outside of the building. And so there’s a question about whether the standards should be targeted specifically at those working outside or just written more broadly.”Behrer, who loves the outdoors, said he always knew his professional life would be in “the environmental space.” He had intended to apply to law school after college, but early in his first year he found himself returning to a conversation he’d had with his father, a general contractor in Pennsylvania who had watched roofers adjust their start times to 3 a.m. to avoid the brutal afternoon sun. “We talked about how it seemed like the front in the environmental movement was shifting from the legal space to the economic space.”So he concentrated in economics, a field where he felt he could make the biggest impact. He sees his current research as vital in the effort to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.“I wouldn’t be working on this,” Behrer said, “if I didn’t think it was a huge, huge problem.” The warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought Former Obama science adviser says somber intergrovernmental panel report may understate the urgency Mercury levels in fish are on the rise The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

The Pace of Paddling: Learning from the French Broad at All Speeds

first_imgAfter about three hours on the French Broad River, my arm muscles start to burn and I begin to regret my decision to try out the 20-mile stretch that the participants of the upcoming Riverfest Canoe Relay will traverse. Turning to my paddling guide Jayne for reassurance, I frame a half-statement, half question: “We’re going at a pretty moderate pace, wouldn’t you say?”Jayne Fought, a local outdoor instructor and educator, pauses for a quiet moment before responding, “Well, I’d say more of a casual pace”. My shoulders hunch. “So, how much faster do you think individuals racing the canoe relay could travel?”Jayne nods in a thoughtful way before explaining, “If you wanted to go fast, you’d be on your knees, not sitting, to power through each stroke with your core. Really good paddlers would count their strokes, coordinating together to alternate sides in unison.” Jayne demonstrates a quick, repetitive arm motion, several times faster than my own relaxed pace. “ I suddenly feel more tired than before.Jayne had generously offered to take me out on the relatively calm stretch of the French Broad that would be covered in the Canoe Relay conducted by Headwaters Outfitters as part of the Upper French Broad Riverfest on June 23rd. Starting at Champion Park, Rosman, the river’s clear and fish-burdened waters wind across Transylvania County, passing through farmlands, under bridges, and alongside diverse local communities.While our own canoe trip didn’t have the same intensity of racing and competition that some teams will undoubtedly bring to Riverfest, the five hours Jayne and I spent on the French Broad offered its own rewards, revealing a unique perspective on the natural world. We played chase with a white egret, flying ever just out of sight, while other birds–herons, hawks, and turkey vultures–eyed us lazily from their tall tree perches.Silt in the water glistened like flecks of gold, and new leaf buds colored the banks with an almost surreal green.  “It doesn’t matter what time of year you get out, it is always going to be the most beautiful time,” Jayne had remarked during our trip, as she surveyed the sunny spring morning.Just as it revealed a unique perspective on nature, the 20-mile course also demonstrated the diversity of community and history built up alongside the banks of the French Broad. Worn chairs and picnic tables spoke of private riverside getaways. Stranded cornhusks and wide-eyed cattle are evidence of the farms located on the floodplain above. Old cabins and abandoned industrial installations remind you of times past, while carefully maintained public access points to the future of the newly designated paddle trail.Caught up in these surroundings, it was only hours later that I recognized how the paddle trip had also served as a perfect backdrop for the long conversation held between Jayne and myself. Supported by the river’s quiet yet steady flow, topics ranging from childhood memories to local politics to future outdoor adventures wove seamlessly together.Easing into Hap Simpson Park at the end of the day’s journey, I felt a bittersweet tug between the accomplishment of finishing and the disappointment that the trip was over. While I may not be coming in first place any time soon for the Canoe Relay, I learned that choosing to spend a day out on the river encompassed not only sport and exercise, but also an appreciation for nature and the community that make up Transylvania County.The Upper French Broad Riverfest will be held in Champion Park, Rosman on June 23rd from 10am-3pm. The Canoe Relay will take place on the same day at 9:30 a.m. For more information and registration and entry forms, visit their website or email [email protected] Burrows is a Project Conserve AmeriCorps Member working on natural resource education programs in Transylvania County with the Cooperative Extension, Conserving Carolina, and the French Broad Stewards.last_img read more

ABA awards FIU, FAMU provisional accreditation

first_imgABA awards FIU, FAMU provisional accreditation When the legislature approved the creation of the two new law schools, the focus was on increasing diversity in the legal profession. Both new law schools are doing their part to live up to those expectations.At FAMU, where the fall enrollment is 300 law students, full-time students are 36 percent black; 38 percent white; 14 percent Hispanic; 2 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 4 percent other. FAMU’s part-time students are 28 percent black; 45 percent white; 15 percent Hispanic; 8 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 2 percent American Indian/Native; and 2 percent other.At FIU, Strickman said in June that his 190 law students represent “one of the most diverse student bodies in the country”—with 42 percent Hispanic; 42 percent white; 12 percent black; 3 percent Asian; and even students from the Middle East.“Not only are there good academic qualifications of our students, but there is a certain energy that comes from this diversity,” Strickman said. ABA awards FIU, FAMU provisional accreditation The American Bar Association delivered doubly good news to Florida’s pair of new law schools. Both Florida A&M University in Orlando and Florida International University in Miami were granted provisional accreditation by the ABA House of Delegates August 9.Now, FAMU and FIU students will be able to sit for the bar exam in every state, while both schools continue to work toward full accreditation in 2007, granted only after the colleges have graduated their first classes in 2005 and successfully completed additional reviews.“This is outstanding news for our university, the state, and the nation,” said FAMU President Fred Gainous. “Our law school will continue its progression, which signals a return to the glory days when Florida A&M University produced some of the most distinguished attorneys in the country. We are now poised to improve diversity in the legal profession and to serve traditionally underserved communities. It is another component of a long-term strategy to maintain academic excellence, while returning the College of Law to the FAMU family.”FAMU’s first law program was created in 1949 on its Tallahassee campus and graduated 57 students from its fully accredited school, until the state shut it down by taking away the school’s budget in 1968.In 2000, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation that not only reopened FAMU’s law school, but also created a new law school at FIU, with both schools touting opportunities for a diverse student body when the first classes were admitted in 2002.“Our college of law has achieved provisional accreditation in the fastest time possible,” said FIU President Modesto A. Maidique. “This accomplishment is a reflection of the talents of the administration, faculty, and students of our college of law.”Both FAMU and FIU are busy building permanent homes for their fledgling law schools.At FAMU, there is a capital campaign to raise $62 million for the new downtown location of the college of law in the Parramore neighborhood in view of Interstate 4, scheduled to open in July 2005. The 2002 Florida Legislature appropriated $27 million for a new building, and the City of Orlando provided a $7-million, in-kind donation for land acquisition for the new law school. The balance is expected from private and public foundations, individuals, and corporations.This fall, at FIU, plans are in the works to break ground on a new building designed by architect Robert Stern, scheduled to be completed in the summer 2006.FIU Law Dean Leonard Strickman, who attended the ABA meeting in Atlanta where the vote was taken, called the news “a critical milestone” toward full accreditation.FAMU’s College of Law Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr., said: “This is a momentous day for this historic institution, its alumni, and our students. This confirms we are on the right path and that our students are destined to become leaders of the most revered system in the world.”Both law schools focus on diversity September 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Ralph Gonsalves: St. Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister is New Chairman…

first_imgGonsalves’ new role will also test whether or not he is deserving of a fifth term as president of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as the end of his term as chairman will coincide with the next general elections to be held in the nation, which must be held by December.  In 1994, he became the Deputy Political Leader of the Unity Labor Party (ULP). The ULP was a merger of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Labor Party and the Movement for National Unity (MNU). After the resignation of Vincent Beache, Gonsalves became the leader of the party in 1998 and led the party to victory in the General Elections held in 2001.  Gonsalves, who has been part of CARICOM for 19 years, promised that he will use his six-month term as chairman to deal with the deleterious effects that climate change is having on the socio-economic future of the region. The new chairman said smaller islands in the region like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Dominica are now dealing with a battered infrastructure due to severe weather in late 2019, and not enough has been done to help the islands rebuild. Ralph Gonsalves “Comrade Ralph,” as he is affectionately called by his supporters first became involved in politics as a UWI student, while completing his degree in economics at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. As president of the University of West Indies’ Guild of Undergraduates, he led a student protest of the deportation of historian and intellectual Walter Rodney by the Jamaican government led by former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer in 1968.  He later returned to the UWI-Mona to earn a master’s degree in government, which he completed in 1971. In 1974, he completed a Ph.D., also in government at the University of Manchester. Subsequently, he turned to the study of law and was later called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in London in 1981.center_img On July 3, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government held a special conference, which saw Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley handing over the six-month CARICOM Chairmanship to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has remained a popular prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines since then, winning other general elections held in 2005, 2010, and 2015. Now in his fourth term and 19th year in office, Gonsalves has been the longest continuously serving head of government since the island became independent in 1979. Gonsalves has also been Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of North Central Windward since 1994.  Following the end of his academic career in England, he returned to the island to practice law. Before becoming prime minister, Gonsalves practiced law extensively and successfully before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in a wide range of matters, but particularly in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, matrimonial law, real property law, law of tort generally and the law of contract. Gonzalves is currently married to his second wife Eloise Harris. He has two sons by his first marriage, Camillo and Adam; one son by his second wife, Storm; and two daughters, Isis and Soleil. In 2015, Camillo was elected as a Member of Parliament and currently serves in his father’s Cabinet.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on the Education Minister to wake up to the needs of people and introduce a schoolbook rental scheme.Books are costing Donegal families a small fortune.As parents and guardians face the strain of the start of another school year, Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson said it is a must.Deputy Doherty said “It is time that the government woke up to the reality of people’s lives and recognised the hardship that buying schoolbooks is causing. “We are advocating state provision of books, to be loaned to students, returned at the end of the school year and passed on.“Sinn Féin estimates that this could be achieved at a cost of €45 million in the first year, which would decrease after the initial period.”The Donegal deputy said this is an anti-poverty measure contained in the Sinn Féin alternative budget for next year.“The Sinn Féin budget will contain other proposals to lessen the burden of the cost of returning to school for families. “A Barnardo’s survey in July 2012 found that the average cost of sending a 12-year-old child to secondary school was €770 and a six-year-old to senior infants €355.“Minister Quinn knows these figures and it is time he took action on this annual hardship for families.”DOHERTY DEMANDS GOVERNMENT STARTS BOOK RENTAL SCHEME FOR CASH-STRAPPED FAMILIES was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BOOK RENTAL SCHEMEMINISTER FOR EDUCATIONPearse Dohertyruairi quinnlast_img read more

Africa catches investors’ eyes

first_imgCru Investment’s food and agriculturalProgramme in Malawi is part of thecompany’s Africa Invest Fund.(Image: Cru Investment)Khanyi MagubaneAn international investment company that recently set up office in South Africa is optimistic that Africa will fast become the focus of investors looking for alternatives in the wake of the recent US financial crisis.According to Jon Maguire, the chief investment officer of Cru Investment Management, although there’s been a move towards the east, Africa may not be a far-off contender.“While the world is definitely moving east in terms of population mass, places like China don’t have as much money as people think they have and their economies depend heavily on the US.”Maguire believes that despite economic instability across the world, some niche market opportunities are available in sub-Saharan Africa.One of the factors says that makes Africa attractive to foreign business, he says, is the low investment base the continent operates on.On average, he says, the value of a person (as calculated by dividing gross domestic product by the population) in the US is about $45 000 (R450 000) whereas in Africa is lower than $1 000 (R10 000)“Doubling the value of an American is difficult now and it will take a long time; doubling the value of somebody in sub-Saharan Africa is far easier and will take far less time,” he says.According to Maguire the three top problems facing the world are rapid population growth, urbanisation and climate change.He says that in a bid to solve these problems, Cru has set up a food and agricultural project in Malawi, which the company believes will generate superior returns over the next few years.The new Africa Invest Fund will invest in commercial agriculture in the southern African country with over 2 500h of land under its own control and another 4 000h in similar schemes run by the company.The fund will allow investors from the Middle East to buy into the project; thereby helping the poor communities while making a profit the same time.“Our decision to make the new fund Sharia-compliant will mean that Gulf investors, well-known for their philanthropic initiatives world over, would be participating in community initiatives to generate employment for the poor in Africa and enable them to help themselves out of poverty,” he says.Company estimates indicate that the monies raised through its Africa Invest Fund and the Africa Invest Capital Protected Plan for Malawi have generated jobs for over 2 000 people and helped 8 000 families take part in other farming schemes.Africa makes waves in the business worldA January 2008 survey conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found that two African countries, Ghana and Gabon, successfully broke through international capital markets in the second half of 2007.The IMF says this demonstrates global investors’ rising confidence in sub-Saharan Africa’s economic performance and prospects.Ghana successfully entered the international capital market in September 2007 when it issued a $750-million (R75-million) bond to repay its debt.It was more than four times than what the IMF had expected. Gabon, in spite of increased volatility in the international capital markets, followed in December 2007, with a $1-billion (R100-million) bond issue to repay Paris Club debt.The bond sales are the outcome of the growing interest of international investors in the continent and in other similar emerging and developing countries worldwide.The countries, which made significant progress toward macro-economic stability and debt sustainability, have also succeeded in selling treasury bills in their own currency to foreign investors.It’s reported that by the end of June 2007, foreigners held about 11% of Ghana’s domestic currency government debt, valued at more than $400-million (R40-million). This figure in Zambia stands at about 14%.In May, Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital (RenCap) showed its boosted confidence in sub-Saharan economic gains by buying stakes in two broker firms, in one in Ghana and another in Zambia.In a statement released by the company regarding its new stake in New World Investments in Ghana and Pangaea/EMI Securities in Zambia, gave the group an opportunity to play a role in the exciting development of both countries’ financial markets and their importance in the region as a whole.RenCap’s senior banker Andrew Cornthwaite says the region, with exception of South Africa, is rapidly expanding, “There are world class businesses [out here], just without world scale. They need banking services.“So far, few have invested in local operations on the ground, with only Standard Bank of South Africa buying IBTC in Nigeria.”Cornthwaite, also head of RenCap’s global investment banking, will soon be relocating to Nigeria, where he will be overseeing the company’s existing operations. “As the financial centre of sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is already experiencing rapid and sustainable economic growth, with an increasingly liquid and dynamic capital market. This growth and development is poised to continue for several years.”RenCap has also earmarked Kenya and Angola for business expansion.South Africa making its presence feltA recent survey of emerging cities around the world has ranked the city of Johannesburg 11 out of 65 scrutinised for their growth potential.The MasterCard Worldwide Emerging Markets Index has put South Africa up next to top emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called “Brics”.Each of the 65 cities was assessed on eight criteria spanning from the economic, business and commercial environment; development; education and IT connectivity.Top South African economist Mike Schussler says although Africa has perfomed well in the index, Asian countries dominated, “It’s amazing that China had 15 of the top 30 cities in the emerging market universe.“It is really an amazing achievement and you can see Johannesburg in 11th place, with Cape Town and Durban also featuring in the top 40.”According to Schüssler, this is the second time that South Africa has seen Johannesburg ranked and the first time for Cape Town at 33 and Durban at 37.Of the eight criteria used to rank the different countries, South Africa came up tops in the business environment, which according to Schussler “is the most important”.The business environment had a 16.6% weighting against the other dimensions.Related articlesAfrican leaders unite economiesScience on the up in MozambiqueSA’s finances all in orderSA leads continent in prosperityUseful linksCru Investments Renaissance CapitalMasterCard City of JohannesburgInternational Monetary Fundlast_img read more

Should the Paper Facing of Batt Insulation Face the Inside or Outside?

first_imgWhat about the advice to put it on the “warm-in-winter” side?If that really mattered, do you think the U.S. building code would have dropped the requirement to use paper-faced batts? The warm-in-winter suggestion says that if you’re trying to limit the diffusion of water vapor, put the vapor retarder on the humid side of the wall, where … uh … it’s not able to retard much vapor.In a really, really cold climate, it may matter, but even in Maine and Ontario, vapor retarder paint would be a better way to go. If you want to slow down the vapor diffusion, why not do it before it hits the drywall?So just relax. If your building inspector wants you to put the kraft paper on the “wrong” side, take another look at the graph above and be comforted that it doesn’t really matter. Then go get yourself some unfaced batts (and do your best to install them to Grade I quality).~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~* Speaking of fiberglass batt insulation, Carl Seville (a.k.a. the Green Curmudgeon) wrote another article on poorly installed batts recently, with photos of Knauf fiberglass. Rather than being a bully, like Guardian did to me a couple of years ago, they commented on the article and asked for a dialogue on how to get better installation in the field. Kudos to Knauf!† My friend Abe Kruger likes to say that you should treat building inspectors like wild animals. You have to approach slowly and quietly because they spook easily. In the HERS rater class I taught in Toronto this week, I used that analogy but before I could get to the reason why they’re like wild animals, one of the students said, “You mean we can shoot them?” Why doesn’t it matter?First, the kraft paper is a vapor retarder meant to reduce the potential for moisture problems caused by diffusion. That sounds like a good idea, but the vast majority of moisture problems are caused by air leakage, not diffusion, even in places like Maine. Do the air sealing; stop worrying so much about vapor retarders. Second, if you install it the wrong way, it’s unlikely that you’ll have a problem. I suggest you read Joseph Lstiburek’s paper, Mind the Gap, Eh! The graph below, from that paper, shows the water vapor permeance of kraft paper as a function of relative humidity.As you can see, the permeance of the kraft paper rises as the relative humidity rises and hits 10, the point at which we describe a material as vapor permeable, when the RH is 60%. The upshot here is that if you put the kraft paper on the wrong side and it gets wet, it won’t trap moisture. The wetter it gets, the better it dries. If you put it on the right side, where the humidity is, it’s not much of a vapor retarder, because that’s where it becomes vapor-permeable.Also on the graph is the permeance of polyethylene. As Dr. Joe says in the article, “Plastic vapor barriers really are vapor barriers when things get wet. Not so asphalt-saturated kraft paper. And most walls with asphalt-saturated kraft paper thank the building science gods for the difference.” RELATED ARTICLES Do I Need a Vapor Retarder?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into WallsQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersQ&A Spotlight: Vapor Barriers Redux Joe Lstiburek Discusses Basement Insulation and Vapor RetardersJoseph Lstiburek: Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier?center_img If you install fiberglass batt insulation* with a kraft paper vapor retarder in a home, which way do you face the vapor retarder? To the inside of the home or the outside of the home? For many building science questions, the answer is, “It depends.” For this one, however, the answer is clear.SPOILER ALERT: The answer is in the next paragraph — so if you’d rather wait and find out when you see the movie in the theater, don’t read any further.The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Nope. You can install the paper facing however you want — as long as the building inspector† lets you, of course. 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.last_img read more

Azhar’s son Ayazuddin continues to be critical

first_imgThere is no change in the condition of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s son. Ayazuddin, who was involved in a road mishap, continued to be very critical on Wednesday.”Mr. Ayazuddin has remained unconscious and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) continues to be a cause of grave concern,” Dr Hari Prasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, said.Prasad added, “He is being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. His vital parameters are being maintained with supports and he continues to be on the ventilator. His status remains to be critical.”Ayaz crashed his sports bike on Sunday morning near a toll gate. Both he and his cousin were taken to hospital in an unconscious state. Ajmal was later declared dead.Ayaz is the youngest of the two sons of Azharuddin from his first wife Naureen, whom the latter divorced to marry actor Sangeeta Bijlani.last_img read more

Second Test stats: India vs New Zealand

first_imgStatistical highlights on the fourth day of the second cricket Testbetween India and New Zealand on Monday .# India (262/5) haverecorded their third highest fourth innings successful chase in India,behind the 387 for four against England in Chennai in 2008-09 and 276for five against West Indies in Delhi in 2011-12.# India’s above score is their fifth highest fourth inningssuccessful chase in Test Cricket — the highest is 406 for four againstthe West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76.# India enjoy 100%winning record against New Zealand at Bangalore, winning all three — by 172 runs in 1988-89; by 8 wickets in 1995-96 and by 5 wickets in 2012.# India’s 2-0 series win is their third in a row against New Zealand — their previous two series wins being 1-0 in 2008-09 in New Zealandand 1-0 in 2010-11 in India.# Only once before India had wonthree successive series against against New Zealand — 2-0 in 1955-56 in India, 1-0 in 1964-65 in India and 3-1 in 1967-68 in New Zealand.# India have won three Tests in succession against New Zealand — by an innings and 198 runs at Nagpur in 2010-11 followed by an innings and 115 runs at Hyderabad and by 5 wickets at Bangalore.# India had first won three Tests in a row for the first time against New Zealandin the 1960s — by 8 wickets at Wellington, by 272 runs at Auckland in1967-68 and by 60 runs at Mumbai in 1968-69.# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played four successive innings of 45 ormore against New Zealand — 98 at Nagpur in 2010-11; 73 at Hyderabad and 62 & 48 not out at Bangalore in the just concluded series.# Dhoni is averaging 60-plus against New Zealand — 482 runs in 10 innings, including five fifties, at an average of 60.25. # In Indian wins, Dhoni is averaging 49.57 — 1636 runs in 40 innings, including three centuries and 12 fifties.# Dhoni’s impressive winning % of 48.71 is the best amongst the Indiancaptain (minimum five Tests) — 19 wins, 10 defeats and 10 drawn gamesout of 39 played.# The five-wicket win at Bangalore is India’s 14th out of 20 playedat home under Dhoni’s leadership — the most by an Indian captain onIndian soil, overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 13 wins in 20Tests.# The unbroken match-winning 96-run sixth wicket partnership between Dhoni and Kohli is India’s third highest in the fourth innings of aTest match — the highest is 136 between Sachin Tendulkar and NayanMongia against Pakistan at Chennai in January 1999.# Sachin Tendulkar has totalled 1590 runs at an average of 37.85 in57 innings — a record for most runs in the fourth innings in Tests,bettering Rahul Dravid’s tally of 1575 (ave.40.38) in 57 innings.# Tendulkar has been dismissed ‘bowled’ in three innings in a row — a dubious distinction recorded by him for the second time in Tests –the first instance was against England in England in 2002 when he wasbowled by Matthew Hoggard, Dominic Cork and Michael Vaughan.# Only Rahul Dravid (55) and Allan Border (53) are ahead of Tendulkar’s tally of 51 ‘bowled’ dismissals.# Suresh Raina has recorded his sixth duck in Tests — his second against New Zealand.# Virat Kohli has posted five innings of fifty or more in succession inTests in India — 52 & 63 against the West Indies in Mumbai in2011-12 followed by 58 at Hyderabad, 103 & 51 not out at Bangalore– all three in the series against New Zealand.# Kohli enjoys an outstanding record in Tests in India — his tallybeing 327 at an average of 81.75. He became the sixth Indian player topost a hundred and a fifty in a Test match against New Zealand. RahulDravid had registered the said feat twice, including a century in eachinnings once.# Kohli has got his first Man of the Match award for posting twoexcellent knocks. He has registered a hundred and a fifty in the sameTest match for the first time.# His aggregate of 154 (103 &51 not out) is his best in a Test match, bettering the 138 (116 &22) against Australia at Adelaide in January this year.# Kohli’s run aggregate of 212 (ave. 106.00) is bettered only by Cheteshwar Pujara’s 216 in the present series.# Zaheer Khan has become the eighth Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets or more in India.# Pujara has top-scored in the series — 216 at an average of 72.00in three innings, including a hundred — his best performance in a Testseries.# Ravichandran Ashwin has been adjudged the Player of the Series for capturing 18 wickets at 13.11 runs apiece — the most by abowler in the series.# Besides his excellent bowling performance, he has totalled 69 runs at an average of 69.00 as a batsman.# Ashwin’s Player of the Series award is his second in Tests — the first was for his superb tally of 22 wickets at 22.90 runs apiece and making121 (ave. 40.33) against the West Indies in India in 2011-12.# Ashwin, in four Indian victories, is averaging 17.74, claiming 31wickets, including four instances of five wickets or more and oneinstance of ten wickets in a Test match.# Sehwag and Gambhir were associated in a stand of 77 — India’s first fifty-plus partnership in 12 innings in Tests.# Sehwag, with one six today, took his sixes’ tally to 89, bettering Brian Lara’s tally of 88. Only Adam Gilchrist (100) and Jacques Kallis(92) have posted more sixes than Sehwag in Tests.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Twice to beat or not, Tigresses ready for tough showdown vs Lady Spikers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart semifinal View comments MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is heading into its first Final Four in three years, and against the defending champion at that, but head coach Kung Fu Reyes isn’t letting that inexperience get in his team’s way.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img UST finished the season as the third seed at 10-4 but could become the no.2 team if the Lady Spikers, 10-3, lose their final elimination game against Far Eastern University and lose the second-place playoff against the Golden Tigresses.Nevertheless, Reyes isn’t looking at that twice-to-beat advantage.“We’re going to fight, regardless of what the outcome is what’s important for us is we got to secure our 10th win,” said Reyes. “This will be another story for us, this will be a different trend, this will be a different fight.”“If they [the Lady Spikers] get the twice-to-beat so be it. We’ll work in the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Golden Tigresses will enter a potential semifinals matchup against De La Salle and Reyes is already eyeing a firework of a series in the Final Four.“It’s a pleasure with us to play with the defending champions,” said Reyes after his Golden Tigresses wrapped up their elimination round with a four-set win over National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were 1-1 during the season so we’ll know who is the better team once and for all in the semifinals,” added Reyes.The Golden Tigresses took first blood in the season series with a sweep 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 but La Salle got retribution in the second round, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more