first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was glad that their Final Four series with Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup ended in a thrilling way on Monday night.He is also excited not only because he is in another title series, but because they will face San Miguel Beer, which he described as possibly the “greatest team of all time.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 LATEST STORIES ROS takes over In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments “We’re happy to play San Miguel because you want a challenge,” Cone said.The Gin Kings labored against the Painters, who trailed by twin digits several times in the first three periods.Rain or Shine even led, 90-88, with under three minutes left after a Gabe Norwood jumper inside the paint. But experience prevailed in the end and the league will have two finalists that started the tournament at the bottom of the standings.Ginebra started out 1-5 and needed to sign up Justin Brownlee midstream before winning eight straight games and closing this series out.San Miguel also opened up with three straight losses and needed an import change—from Troy Gillenwater to Renaldo Balkman—shortly after that.ADVERTISEMENT Game 1 of the best-of-seven series will be played Friday also at the Big Dome.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine may represent the Philippines in the Asian Games next month in lieu of the 10 Gilas Pilipinas players banned by Fiba (international basketball federation).Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Willie Marcial said it is almost a done deal, with the team’s schedule in the season-ending Governors’ Cup to be altered to squeeze in the Asiad campaign.Yeng Guiao, Rain or Shine’s former coach, will likely coach the Painters.But Rain or Shine cannot take players from other PBA teams with the Governors’ Cup going on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Only Cone can talk with such confidence, as most teams in the field don’t want to have anything to do with the Beermen.“Of all the teams in the league, we have probably the best match-up to San Miguel,” Cone said after a 96-94 decision of the Elasto Painters at Smart Araneta Coliseum that sewed up their semifinal series, 3-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m just so relieved that we don’t have to play a Game 5 against this team.”But when discussions shifted to the best-of-seven series with the Beermen, Cone’s eyes lit up. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_img…released on $75,000 bailA Guyhoc Gardens, Georgetown man, who unleashed his Pitbull dogs on Police ranks who swooped down at his property to arrest him in relation to an offence, was on Wednesday before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Sherwin La Rose denied that on May 28, 2018, at Guyhoc Gardens, he assaulted Jamal Watson, a Police Officer, who was at the time executing his duties.Magistrate Fabayo Azore stated that the second charge alleged that La Rose wilfully attempted to obstruct the course of justice by losing his pitbull dog in his bid to escape from the Police.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne who disclosed that the case file is still incomplete did not read the facts of the matter.She however had no bail objections and this was granted in the sum of $75,000. La Rose is scheduled to return to court on June 27.last_img read more

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first_img Bebe in action for Pacos Ferreira 1 Manchester United flop Bebe is set to sign for Portuguese giants Benfica, according to reports.Bebe moved to Old Trafford for £7m in 2010 but has not started a single Premier League game for the club in that time.And he is now set for a move to Benfica, having impressed the Portuguese champions during a spell on loan at Pacos de Ferreira last season.“I am hoping to demonstrate I can play at a high level,” A Bola reported him as saying.“My objective is to work hard and fight for a place in the team.”Bebe will reportedly sign a five-year deal with Benfica, who are hoping he will repeat the form that saw him score 13 goals last season.last_img

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first_imgModric, awarded the Golden Ball as best player at the World Cup, was given a break rather than join Real’s pre-season tour of the United States, as were another Croatian World Cup finalist, Mateo Kovacic, who was reported to have travelled to London to join Chelsea, French World Cup winner Raphael Varane and Brazilian duo Marcelo and Casemiro.On Wednesday, as the Real first team flew back to Madrid after beating Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday night, the club said the World Cup players were in training.“The Croatian midfielder joined Marcelo, Varane, Casemiro and Kovacic, who did individual work in the gym. The four players trained with nine players from the under-18s,” Real Madrid said on their web site.Among the conflicting reports, Marca said that Modric, who joined Real in 2012, “did not consider his current salary matched the level of his performances” and that the player, who turns 33 early in September, was about to sign the best contract of his career.AS said Modric, who has not commented publicly, “foresaw joining Inter.” Marca said “he would stay at Madrid” because “the club intended to increase his salary.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000At 32, World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric is about to sign the richest contract with his career, though whether that is with Real Madrid or Inter Milan is unclear. © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEMADRID, Spain, Aug 8 – Luka Modric returned to training at Real Madrid on Wednesday along with five other World Cup players, against a background of contradictory rumours about his future.One Spanish sports daily, AS, reported that the midfielder who led Croatia to the World Cup final was subject to a big bid from Inter Milan, while a competing newspaper, Marca said the 32-year old was about to accept a pay rise from Real and sign a contract extension.last_img read more

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first_imgIrish Country star Derek Ryan has cancelled an upcoming concert in Donegal following the sad passing of his mother, Sally. The Carlow singer shared the heartbreaking news with fans yesterday, saying his family are devastated by their loss.Sally Ryan passed away peacefully in hospital on Monday the 9th of July. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday. “I am truly heartbroken,” wrote Derek in a Facebook post. “Our whole family is devastated. We ask for your thoughts and prayers over the coming days. May she rest in peace.”Thousands of fans have responded to offer their condolences to Derek and his family at this difficult time.Derek was due to perform an intimate acoustic concert in McGrory’s Culdaff on Wednesday 11th July. The show in the Backroom has now been postponed, with a new date to be announced in the coming weeks.A Facebook update from McGrory’s said: “We would like to take this time to pass on our condolences to Derek and all his family from everyone at McGrory’s Hotel Culdaff.” Fans who had tickets are asked to check MRK Events for the latest updates.A statement from MRK said: “Ticket holders may hold on to their tickets until the rescheduled date, which will be announced in the coming weeks.“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at MRK Events are with Derek and his family at this time.”  Derek Ryan postpones Donegal gig due to sad passing of mother Sally was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bereavementconcertDerek Ryanmcgrory’s culdafflast_img read more

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first_imgArcata >> There’s just something about the summer sun in Arcata that seems to bring out the best in the Humboldt Crabs’ offense this season.That was on display once again Saturday afternoon.Continuing the trend from their first two Sunday games, the Crabs’ bats had one of their best showings of the season, scoring early and often en route to an impressive 18-7 win over the Seattle Studs in front of 745 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“Everybody did a great job today,” said Crabs …last_img

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December 16, 2019

Living in a Passivhaus

first_imgWe moved in to our new house on New Year’s Day 2014. We have found that living in a Passivhaus is fantastic, and the house performs as expected.During our first winter, we experienced one of the most severe tests we will ever face in our Passivhaus. The cold “polar vortex” winter of 2014 was one of the toughest winters in many years. In spite of this, the house remained very comfortable. On sunny days, the minsiplit heat pump stayed offTo us, comfortable meant temperatures from about 65°F to 70°F, relative humidity of about 40%, and of course no drafts. We found ourselves rarely using the backup minisplit heat pump. If the sun was shining during the day, the sun and internal heat sources (people, dogs, appliances, etc.) in the house were sufficient for us to remain comfortable all day and night, and we didn’t need to turn on the backup heat. Indeed, for our preference, we would have preferred a somewhat colder bedroom for nighttime sleeping.If the day was cloudy, we turned on the heat pump, usually for an hour or two. We found that once the heat was inside the house, it wasn’t going anywhere very quickly. We found ourselves using the heat pump maybe once a week. Admittedly, we had some extra heating assistance from our other heat source, our 8-year-old plasma TV, which cranks out a warming 500 watts when we watch it in the evening. We have since replaced the TV with an LED unit that consumes only 120 watts. The wi-fi signal was blockedOne disadvantage of a tight house is that wi-fi signals are unable to penetrate the walls, just like the heat energy. Future Passivhaus buildings should have exterior Ethernet connections so that people on decks and patios can be online.Another product which could use improvement is the condensing clothes dryer — a dryer does not exhaust to the outside. It is small and inefficient to run. With a Passivhaus, there is no simple non-mechanical way to use exterior exhausting products like conventional clothes dryers and range hoods. Even when we run our 120-cfm central vacuum cleaner, it is pulling a vacuum on the inside of the house. If we leave a window cracked, the vacuum airflow will pull it open. The reason is that there is no easy way to get the high air flows needed for these devices, unlike in a conventional house where the extra air is supplied by leakage through cracks and crevices in the house. Fresh ventilation airWe love the idea of living in a house that has no combustion and 24/7 ventilation. This keeps the air fresh and filtered (when we keep the windows closed).Everything in the house is electric, including the heat-pump water heater, the induction cooktop, the clothes dryer, and the backup heating and cooling systems. With the house so tight and insulated, we have found the interior to be very quiet. Only our dogs seem to be able to detect the faint barking sounds out there. On track to be net-zeroWe are on track to use about 7,200 kWh per year for our all-electric house. This is the same number of kWh we used in our previous conventional house, but at that house everything was gas (heat, hot water, clothes dryer, and cooking). The new photovoltaic system that we installed will generate about 10,000 kWh annually, enough to also power a future electric car and still have our new home be net zero. I should get about 10,000 miles with the 2,500 excess kWh that my PV system provides. Energy-stingy ways to stay coolDuring the spring, we kept the windows closed most of the time to keep out the pollen and relied on the inlet air filtration of our ERV. Our ERV is equipped with a pre-cooling ground loop, and that system was usually sufficient to keep the house comfortable.This summer, we experienced what it was like living in a coastal humid climate. With outdoor relative humidities consistently at 80% or higher, we wanted to keep the house at about 55% RH. We did this by running the heat pump in either AC (“cool”) or dehumidification (“dry”) mode through most of July and August. Our ceiling fans are equipped with high-efficiency DC motors, and we ran these fans much of the time. These methods kept the house very comfortable (75° to 78°F). In spite of this, our monthly electric bills went up by only about 100 kWh (or $20, based on our electricity cost of 20 cents per kWh here on the Cape).During the fall, we typically open two or three windows on both the first and second floors to allow for natural stack-effect cooling, provided the humidity is low. Dan Roy is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with PHIUS and a licensed professional engineer (mechanical) in Massachusetts. He worked many years in various engineering jobs, but this is his first Passive House design. Dan wanted to live in his first design so that he could experience it firsthand and share what it is like living in a Passive House. [Editor’s note: Daniel Roy is one of the owners of a recently completed Passivhaus in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Designed by architect Steve Baczek, the house was featured in a series of GBA videos. For more information on the home’s energy specifications, see the attached Excel spreadsheet.] Falmouth Passivhaus.xlsxlast_img read more

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first_imgWith billions of dollars of property damage already incurred from Sandy this week, it’s a sure bet that there’s going to be a lot of electronics included in that tally. If you’re one of the unlucky owners of some gear that’s been hit by water damage from the storm, don’t despair yet. You may be able to get your stuff back online… but it takes serious effort and a lot of patience.Power DownThis may seem a gimme, but it’s very important that you turn off the power to your devices. If there’s been water damage, it’s not only dangerous to your device to send energy flowing across possibly compromised circuit boards and drives, but also potentially dangerous to yourself. Unplug everything that’s plugged, even if you think there’s no water damage to that specific device. If your home has a just a couple of inches of water on the floor, there could still be moisture gathering and condensing inside the case.If your home is flooded, be very careful getting to the main circuit breaker panel. If there’s any water near the box, wait for the power company to come out and kill the power from the outside. Saving your devices isn’t worth electrocuting yourself.For smaller devices, remove the battery if you can.Regardless of the device, follow this one big rule: no matter how tempting it is to turn the device on to see if it’s still working, do not do it. Just one power activation is enough to completely short out the device (if it’s not already). Do not do turn on the device until you have tried all of the possible steps to get it dried out.Wring It OutFirst, move the device to somewhere dry. You’ll need to do that, no matter what path you take to recover the device.After making sure the more important aspects of your life are in order, there are two main ways to get your device fixed. If you’re not insured and don’t want to replace it or even if you are insured, you may need to recover files that are stored locally on the device.First, you can contact a professional restoration service. Check your local listings and be sure they are qualified to handle electronics. Depending on the level of damage, you might also want to find a drive-restoration service that can specifically go in and dig out the files from a damaged hard drive.If you think you can handle it, you can try to dry out the device yourself. I would not recommend this for sealed Apple laptops and desktops… your best bet is letting them get mostly dry and bringing them into an AppleCare specialist for final opening and cleaning.If you have a damaged PC desktop computer, open the case and let it air out. The same for a laptop, though that may be trickier depending on the model. Drying alone won’t be enough, because as water evaporates, it’s going to leave behind residue from salts or whatever else was in the water. That residue is enough to damage your machine when you try to power it on again.Obtain a commercial cleaning solvent designed for circuit work and gently brush out the innards of your machine using the solvent with a soft toothbrush (one you never plan to use again). Get a can of compressed air and use that to blow out water, debris and residue, too. This will take a lot of time, so be patient.After you are as sure as you can be that everything is dried and cleaned, put the device back together, plug it in and power it on. If things work, great. Immediately back up the data on the device and either use it or replace it as you originally intended to do.If the drying process was not successful, chances are something else went wrong – perhaps corrosion set in faster than you could recover the device. At this point, data recovery may be your best option. This is something that should be left to the pros, recommends John Christopher, a recovery engineer from DriveSavers.“Do not attempt recovery of your data personally by using any type of diagnostic or repair tools. Doing so may cause further damage or permanent data loss,” Christopher urged. “Remember, the first recovery attempt is the most successful. Play it safe and send hardware to a professional.”[Update]One thing to be careful about in any disaster recovery situation is the skill set of the vendor you’re using. Like roofers descending on a town after a big storm, already a number of recovery companies are starting to advertise their post-Sandy services. A discount is one thing, but watch out for the companies that are out to just make a fast buck. It’s your data we’re talking about.Saving A Bricked PhoneIf your phone has been dunked in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean that suddenly entered your front yard, or some similar mishap, a simpler solution may be at hand. First, don’t turn the phone on. Not even once.Open the case (if you can) and remove the battery. Then get a big plastic container full of raw rice, and completely bury your phone in it, sealing the lid of the container. Leave it there for a couple of days at least. The rice acts as a natural desiccant and pulls moisture naturally from the phone’s innards. You may also want to blow compressed air into the phone’s ports a bit during the process to help the process along.Once you remove the phone from the rice, charge it and and see if it works. This method worked for me after a recent camping trip accident where Android met creek.Preparing For The Next TimeWhether you escaped the fury of Sandy or not, it’s critical to keep computing devices and their data backed up. Cloud services are a goodway to accomplish this, since on-site backups can become damaged in the same disaster that affects the device itself.Ultimately you will have to decide the best recovery method for your particular situation, but if this week reminds us of anything, its the importance of being prepared. Disaster is never that far away.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#hardware#mobile#PC Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img brian proffitt 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

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first_imgThe police on Monday arrested the son of Uma Devi Khatik, BJP MLA, for allegedly threatening to kill Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on a social media post, an official said.Princedeep, 19, used objectionable language against Mr. Scindia, who represents the Guna Lok Sabha constituency, and threatened to shoot him if he visited Hatta, said Hatta police station in-charge Dharmendra Singh.Mr. Scindia is scheduled to visit Damoh district on Wednesday.“The FIR was lodged by Congress leaders after they came across the post allegedly posted by Princedeep on Facebook, following which he was arrested,” Mr. Singh said.The accused Princedeep is the son of who represents Hatta assembly seat in the Legislative Assembly.The FIR was lodged by Youth Congress leader Anurag Vardhan Hazari, the officer said.He said Princedeep was brought to the police station by his MLA mother.He has been booked under various sections of the IPC, Singh said.last_img read more

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first_imgDuring his visit to the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address scaled-down invitees. About 1500 invitees will be selected by lottery after they register on a website created for the event.PM Modi will have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May and with several Commonwealth heads of government.Read it at Conneted to India Related Itemslast_img

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