Just 6 days remain…

first_imgGuinness “Greatest of the Streets”…It is an observable fact that the street football phenomenon known as the Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” Competition is the most anticipated event in the shorter version of the sport and the ninth edition is shaping up to provide a wonderful experience for the fans.The Guinness brand, under Manager Lee Baptiste, has every intention of making this year’s national playoffs as inclusive as possible and all the stops are being pulled out to ensure that the tournament’s legacy is enhanced and secure.The organiser, Banks DIH, has attempted every year since the tournament’s inauguration to improve some aspect of the experience for the fans and players, and this year’s national play-offs would be bigger and better.Last year saw the introduction of colourful uniforms and balls in keeping with the new trend seen internationally and apart from a duplication of that effort, the organiser is planning to make seating accommodation available for fans so that more persons could share the wonderful experience of witnessing the games.Teams have begun to intensify preparations and as usual, the quality on display over the three nights is nothing short of fantastic.With the Bartica Zone just concluded and their representative decided, they now have the opportunity to showcase the talent of that community against the more-established communities of Georgetown, East Coast, Linden and West Demerara, and the early whispers are that the newcomers will adequately acquit themselves judging from the performance of zone winner Disconnection Crew that have a few Brazilians in their line-up.They will definitely want to prove something against the opposition and vindicate their presence in the tournament.Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars, who became the first team outside of Georgetown to win the national competition, will no doubt be aiming to prove that last year’s performance was no fluke, while the Georgetown entries will be looking to reclaim lost glory.Then, there are the dark horses from the other communities who’re yet to stamp their authority on the big tournament, but just as the reigning champions showed, the gap is closing among all the teams.This year could prove to be a blockbuster extravaganza and one that fans will truly enjoy.At this point, it is anyone’s guess what will be the outcome of this tournament with all the teams raring and ready to rumble.The tournament opens on July 27, at Pouderoyen Tarmac, West Demerara and then moves to Haslington Tarmac, East Coast Demerara on August 1, before the final showdown set for August 4, at the National Stadium.The teams that have qualified are:GeorgetownGold is Money-ChampionSparta BossLeopold StreetBent StreetEast CoastUprising-ChampionParadiseMelanie-BBuxton DiamondWest DemeraraShowstoppers-ChampionESPNWest Side BallersLindenSilver Bullets-ChampionDave and Celina’s All-Stars-National ChampionSwag EntertainmentBerbiceTrafalgar-ChampionBarticaDisconnection Crew-Championlast_img read more


first_imgOtway Golf NewsClub President Dessie Crerand will host his big day this Sunday 31st, with the order of play for male members listed below.If anyone has been omitted in error, or time doesn’t suit, please contact Dessie on 086 3197149. Ladies are invited to play 9 holes at 5.30pm, followed by prizegiving and the clubs big draw at approximately 9pm, with entertainment to follow.Club captain Martin Duffy invites members to an outing to Foyle GC on Sat 13th Sept, tee off at 12 noon, and any members hoping to participate should contact Martin on 087 2447703 by Sunday.And finally the club would like to congratulate Ramelton’s Kieran Murray who took home an amazing 3 gold and one bronze medals from the recent European Transplant games.GOLF NEWS: CLUB PRESIDENT DESSIE CRERAND HOSTS CAPTAIN’S DAY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

Why Is the HERS Reference Home Based on an Outdated Energy Code?

first_imgThe HERS Index is a number that gives you a measure of how energy-efficient a home is. We can debate how relevant that number is or how accurate is the energy model it’s based on, but the fact is that it’s being used.The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) includes a compliance path based on the HERS Index, which they call the Energy Rating Index (ERI). Here in my state, Georgia Power has been educating home buyers on the HERS Index since they created their EarthCents program a couple of years ago. But the HERS Index is based on the 2006 IECC. Is that a problem?The HERS Index calculationA while back I wrote an article on the calculations behind the HERS Index, and I showed the equation that appears at the end of this paragraph. The important concept contained in that equation is the HERS reference home. What the calculation is doing is comparing the energy use of the home being rated to the energy use of the HERS reference home. The rated home has whatever insulation levels, airtightness, and other efficiency parameters the HERS rater enters (which, unfortunately, aren’t always what’s in the home). The reference home is set up to meet the energy efficiency requirements of the 2006 IECC.The equation for calculating the HERS Index shows that it’s a ratio of the energy used by the rated home to the energy used by the reference home, which is based on the 2006 IECC. RELATED ARTICLESHow Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS Index Study Finds Huge Variation in California HERS Rating ResultsThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate The result is that if the number comes out to be exactly 100 (for a home with no onsite power production and a PEfrac of 1), that means, roughly, that it would meet the 2006 energy code.Shouldn’t we update the HERS Reference Home?But wait! The energy code is updated every three years. Since 2006, we’ve had the 2009 IECC, the 2012 IECC, and now the 2015 IECC. Shouldn’t we update the reference home to use the most recent version of the energy code?No. If we did update the reference home every time the code changed, we wouldn’t be able to compare the HERS Index of one home to that of a home using a different energy code. And the whole purpose of the HERS Index is to allow us to compare one home to another.Let me give you an example. We measure weight with respect to the Earth’s gravitational pull, but let’s say Congress passed a bill requiring that everyone born on or after 1 January 2015 had to be weighed according to a pound based on the Moon’s gravity. And those born in 2018 or later would have weights based on the gravity of Venus. In 2021, we’d switch again to pounds based on Jupiter’s gravity.I weigh 190 pounds. Someone born between 2015 and 2018 who weighed the same (that would be one huge baby!) would be 31.5 pounds. My weight twin born between 2018 and 2021 would weigh 172 pounds, and after 2021 they would 481 pounds.As you can see, it would be a complete mess and no one would be able to compare weights easily because of all the different references for the pound.One thing does changeBy keeping the reference home’s energy code set to the 2006 IECC, we can keep comparing the HERS Indices of different homes, but one thing does change: the HERS Index of a home that meets the current code.A new home meeting the 2006 energy code would have a HERS Index of 100. That’s shown in the scale above where it marks 100 as the Index of a “Standard New Home.” A new home meeting more recent codes would be lower. In Georgia, we’re on the 2009 IECC, and a typical new home just meeting the code would have a HERS Index of about 92. The 2012 and 2015 codes bring it down into the 80s.So there you have it. Despite the fact that energy codes have improved since 2006, we don’t want to mess with the HERS Reference Home. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

NRC: Anxious Assam readies for headcount results

first_imgFive years, four deferred deadlines and ₹1,220 crore later, the outcome of one of India’s largest headcount exercises – the Supreme Court-monitored National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam – is scheduled to be published on Saturday.The State has been anxiously awaiting the final NRC that is envisaged to quantify the number of illegal immigrants, a decades-old political issue, and filter them out from the genuine Indian citizens.Also Read On eve of NRC release, people throng Bengal Archives How many likely to be out of NRC? Assam NRC: guide to check names in final list published  But the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has panned the NRC for being faulty. “We think it has included the names of many foreigners. This was why we had wanted a large-scale re-verification,” State party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said.A senior government official in Delhi said the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has recorded the biometric details of all the persons who had filed claims under the NRC exercise and Aadhar cards will be issued to them if their names are included in the final register.(With inputs from Vijaita Singh)  The unease is more among people of Bengal origin, both Hindus and Muslims. While international organisations and rights groups have panned the State machinery of targeting migrant Muslims, State Home Department officials said the exclusion list could have more Hindus.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said certain forces have been carrying out propaganda against the NRC. “The NRC exercise under the supervision of the apex court will soon reach a conclusion, and I am sure everything will be peaceful. I want to assure those who will be left out that they should not worry. The government will provide help [in filing appeals], and if there is any issue, they can get in touch through the district administration,” he said in a statement.“There is a degree of panic, but people know there are options to challenge exclusions. The fear of the Assamese people from being overrun by outsiders had triggered this exercise, which we feel was necessary to stop viewing the minority people as Bangladeshi,” said Moniruz Zaman, leader of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union.Also Read  The anxiety surrounds the number of people likely to be excluded from the 3.29 crore applicants. More than 41 lakh people were excluded from the draft NRC in two phases, of whom 3.61 lakh did not re-apply for inclusion.Also Readlast_img read more

Tabrez Ansari’s wife threatens fast-unto-death

first_img “My husband died due to mob attack by residents of Dhatkidih village and negligence on part of police and doctors during his treatment at Seraikela district headquarters hospital on June 22,” Ms. Pervez asserted in her memorandum submitted to the district’s top two officials. “I need a copy of autopsy reports as well as medical records for my next course of action,” she added.Reports yet to be givenShe asserted that the police had misrepresented facts about ‘the murder’ in the court and sought punishment under section 304 of IPC, instead of capital punishment under section 302 of IPC. Family members of Tabrez had sought these key documents on August 30, but the reports were not supplied to them.“We are committed to take the case to its logical end,” said Mr. Alam. “We suspect that there is concerted effort to weaken the case and let off the culprits. Even today, we were not given any records and asked to collect those from court,” alleged Mr. Alam.Tabrez’s wife wanted to know the names of the doctors and their line of treatment during admission of her husband in Seraikela district headquarters hospital and Seraikela jail. She had earlier demanded a CBI probe alleging that proper investigation had not been conducted in the case.Also Read Keeping the pressure on the Jharkhand administration, Sahista Pervez, wife of Tabrez Ansari, the lynching victim, on Monday threatened to sit on a fast-unto-death if she was not supplied copies of the post-mortem report and reports by the team of doctors, who had treated her husband.Ms. Pervez and Tabrez’s uncle Md Mansoor Alam met Seraikela-Kharsawan Deputy Commissioner Anjaneyulu Dodde demanding a copy of the post-mortem report. She also met Seraikela-Kharsawan Superintendent of Police Karthik. S and sought key records.Also Read Tabrez Ansari lynching case: Centre will speak to Jharkhand govt, says Kishan Reddy Tabrez Ansari’s wife demands CBI probe into his death  In April, the 24-year-old youth, who was working as a welder in Pune, had returned to his village Kadamdia, 15 km from the district headquarters town of Seraikela, to get married. On April 27, his marriage was solemnized with Ms. Pervez. The couple was planning to return to Pune after some days.But on June 17 night, some people of Dhatkidih village, a few kilometres from his house, caught hold of him and branded him a thief. He was beaten up by a mob for a whole night and forced to chant ‘Jai Hanuman’ and ‘Jai Sriram’. On June 22, he succumbed to injuries, while in judicial custody. It was alleged that Tabrez was not given proper and timely medical attention.Eleven persons have so far been charge-sheeted in the case and investigation is still to be completed against two more persons, as they were apprehended later.The Seraikela police had dropped murder charges against the accused contending that Tabrez had died of a cardiac arrest due to stress and had not died as a result of his injuries.last_img read more

CRPF issues new helpline number administration pitches in for a smooth Eid

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) Sunday released a new helpline for people, especially Kashmiris, who require help for their families or are in distress. The development comes amid a blackout on communication, including, for the first time, fixed-line phone services besides the internet.The Srinagar-based ‘madadgaar’ helpline posted a message on Twitter, saying people could call on 9469793260 “for any assistance or updates”. Its standard official number 14111, officials said, was not working due to the communication clampdown in the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The tweet also stated that help could be sought over its official handle @CRPFmadadgaar. The helpline will also share with the callers the active contact numbers of local police stations so that people can get in touch with them to obtain or send information about their near and dear ones, PTI reported quoting an official.The development comes amid reports that people are trying everything, from lining up at crowded government offices that have working telephones to approaching OB vans of satellite news channels, to get word out to their families. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Meanwhile, the J&K civil administration is working round the clock to ensure a smooth Eid in the valley. As many as 300 special telephone booths are being established to help the public to communicate with their kin and relatives. The authorities have also deployed mobile vans for the door to door delivery of vegetables, LPG cylinders, poultry and eggs. Treasuries, banks and ATMs have been made functional even on holidays in the run-up to the festival, PTI quoted a government official as saying. Six ‘mandies’ have been established in Srinagar city. Kashmir article 370, BJP Jammu Kashmir, Modi Kashmir, Pakistan Imran Khan Kashmir, Kashmir curfew, Kashmir Ladakh Union Territory, Jammu Kashmir news, , The authorities have also deployed mobile vans for the door to door delivery of vegetables, LPG cylinders, poultry and eggs. (File) Ration ‘ghats’ in every district have been set up for adequate supply groceries to people. Out of 3,697 rations ‘ghats’ in Kashmir division, 3,557 rations ‘ghats’ have been made operational to provide essentials to the general public, PTI reported. On Sunday, Governor Satya Pal Malik extended greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and prayed for their well-being and prosperity. In his message, the governor said he hopes that this festival would further strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity, and revive the glorious pluralistic ethos for which Jammu and Kashmir has been known for centuries past. The developments come even as Section 144 is still imposed in Kashmir valley amid a heavy troop deployment.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

State funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing results

first_img Posted: March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A treatment program for sex offenders funded by the state is three times more expensive than a regular prison program and there’s no guarantee the treatment actually works.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries takes a closer look at the money being spent and the results coming out of the program. center_img March 20, 2019 Updated: 6:44 PM State funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing resultslast_img read more