‘Please fix my toilet’: Olympic teams suffer through problems at Rio’s Athletes’ Village

first_imgIt was the latest upset for an Olympics taking place amid a severe economic recession, a Zika epidemic, the impeachment process of suspended president Dilma Rousseff and a spike in crime in Rio state — which is so broke it needed a government bailout to pay police salaries in arrears.The latest crisis began on Sunday, when the Australian team said its building in the Athletes’ Village was uninhabitable because of problems with plumbing and electricity.Now, with those issues resolved, the Australians have moved in. But other teams have complained about conditions in many of their apartments. The Argentine committee said that two of the five floors of its building were uninhabitable, and it had to rent apartments nearby for some of its technical staff. The Belarus Olympic committee published photos of dirty windows and blocked drains on its official page. Egyptian athletes had no hot water and their toilets did not flush, while a Kenyan wrote “Please fix my toilet” on a notice board in the Olympic Village.A squad of 600 plumbers and electricians has been scrambling to repair everything.“It is a massive operation and a massive undertaking to fix everything in such a way that we don’t disturb the athletes and we don’t compromise the security,” Mario Andrada, Rio 2016’s communications director, told The Washington Post. The operation was on course to finish by Thursday night, he said.But even that operation has run into trouble.On Wednesday, officials from Brazil’s Ministry of Work inspected laborers’ conditions and found the emergency team had been contracted informally, without the proper documentation. Fines could be levied if the subcontractors who hired the workers don’t produce the necessary documents, the ministry said in a statement published on its website.A spokeswoman for Rio 2016, speaking on condition of anonymity because of internal regulations, said organizers had presented the necessary documentation to the ministry.But questions remain: How bad were the problems, and why wasn’t the village ready when athletes began moving in on Sunday?On July 26, TV Globo’s nightly news program, Jornal Nacional, said one company contracted to fix the issues found problems in 57 out of the 272 apartments it was working on, including a lack of power and showers that did not work.Filmed in shadow, an unidentified engineer working there said he believed the defects stemmed from the construction of the complex, built by a real estate consortium with plans to eventually sell the units. Rio 2016 is renting the complex of 3,604 apartments from Ilha Pura.“I believe they had deadlines. They had to deliver the works on the date, and they delivered it the way it was,” the engineer said.Ilha Pura, or Pure Island, the real estate developer that built the complex, said the company had delivered the apartments in pristine condition.“The construction work was 100 percent finished,” a spokeswoman said in an email. “No kind of structural problem was found.” She spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing internal regulations.Ilha Pura supplied technical teams to help finish the work, the spokeswoman said, and its priority was to offer athletes “the best hospitality infrastructure.”That was not what the Australian team found when it conducted a “stress test” of the apartments on Saturday — turning on toilets and taps on several floors at the same time.“The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring,” delegation chief Kitty Chiller said in a statement. “In our mind, our building is not habitable,” she later told reporters.Andrada, the spokesman for Rio 2016, said the complex had been turned over to organizers at the end of May but water and electricity were connected in June.“The main cause for the delay was that water and electricity were connected too late” and there was no time to check the units before they were handed to the national Olympic committees, he said.Andrada said it was not clear whose fault that was.“Ilha Pura could maybe have delivered some of the apartments in better condition,” he said. “We should have done better testing. But we are not discussing this now.”“Now the focus is on the resolution of the problem, not the cause of the problem,” he said.On Wednesday evening, some athletes described the problems they found. Shimaa Hashad, a member of the Egyptian shooting team, had no hot water when she arrived at her apartment earlier that day, and her toilet did not flush. “We told them and they fixed it,” she said. “My friends from other countries told me about the same problems.”The Dutch team brought two technicians of its own after facing similar issues at Olympic Villages in London and in the Russian city of Sochi. But Rio was worse, said spokesman John van Vliet. Dutch field hockey player Mink Van Der Weerden said those efforts meant his apartment was in good condition when he arrived.”They did a bit of work,” he said. “And now it’s all good.”Kiton Muca, an administration assistant for the Albanian team, said its members had faced some small issues on arriving, such as toilets that didn’t flush, but these had been resolved. “For each Olympic Games, this is the situation,” he said. Rio is his third.Others faced more serious issues. The Argentine Olympic committee rented apartments in a nearby condominium for some of its technical staff because two of the five floors were “uninhabitable”, its president, Gerardo Werthein, told reporters in Buenos Aires on Monday.”It was very bad but it is being repaired,” Eduardo Moyano, the team’s communications director, told the Post, adding that the problems would probably be resolved in two or three days.last_img read more

Perlas exits Fiba 3×3 World Cup after losing to Spain

first_imgIn 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 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 the previous games, Hungary gained the second spot with a 2-1 record in Pool D after scoring a 16-13 win over Germany, which fell to 1-3.China reigned supreme in Pool B with an undefeated 4-0 slate to take the top spot in the group after crushing Argentina, 22-4, and taking down Kazakhstan, 15-13, on Sunday.The Chinese advanced to the quarterfinals with fellow Pool B member France.The French had two wins on Sunday against Kazakhstan, 21-10, and Switzerland, 21-16, to get to a 3-1 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Spain, meanwhile, tallied a perfect 3-0 record to stay atop the group.Janine Pontejos caught fire for the Philippines hitting five two-pointers en route to a game-high 13 points but the Spaniards managed to weather the storm midway through the game.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 crownSpain went on an 8-1 run that started after Jack Daniel Animam got called with a technical foul after getting entangled with Spain’s Paula Palomares who hit the free throw for the 11-11 tie.Vega Gimeno Martinez then bullied her way to the basket for the 16-12 lead before Nuria Martinez Prat sunk two free throws for the 18-12 buffer. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Pontejos was able to hit two three-pointers late in the game to trim the Spaniards’ lead to three, 20-17, but Martinez found the cutting Paula Palomares for the game-ending layup.“I know Spain had a hard time today and I was hoping that maybe we could’ve made the game closer,” said Perlas head coach Pat Aquino. “Again, experience-wise we’re still lacking. There were just calls that were called ever so lightly especially in the end.”“And we know that we can compete and that’s one thing that can uplift the morale of the team that they know they can play well against these teams. We just need more experience.”Palomares had 11 points, including six from long range, to lead Spain while Prat and Mediavilla had four points apiece with Martinez pitching in two.Gemma Miranda had three points to complement Pontejos’ shooting while Afril Bernardino had one.ADVERTISEMENT Kitesurfing at 80: ex-Olympic gymnast keeps on the move Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan—The Philippines bowed out of the competition after suffering a heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Spain in the group stages of the women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup Sunday at Philippine Arena.Perlas was sent to an early exit after dropping to a 0-3 record in Pool D.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Time and again, Tiger displays dominance

first_imgWoods put the finishing touches on a fantastic 2007 season in which he won seven tournaments, highlighted by a win at the PGA Championship. That was also the only other time we saw Sam out on the golf course to greet her dad after a victory. Now, he’s shooting a 62 in his second round after 70 days off from competition. You can feel Augusta National bracing already. “It’s not like he was sitting on the couch eating Cheetos or anything,” Jim Furyk said. ” He and the great players, (like Jack) Nicklaus, have the ability to take that time off and come back.” Woods is still Woods. He’s crazy good. The way he’s playing right now, he should win at least two majors next year. With an end-of-the year performance like this, how could you not think this might be his best year ever? Bring on 2008. Woods isn’t perfect. But when things aren’t right with his swing, the results aren’t as bad anymore, he believes. “The most important thing is my misses aren’t what they used to be,” Woods said. “I hit a couple bad tee shots today where I’m like, `That wasn’t very good,’ and it’s right there in the middle of the fairway. That wasn’t the case before. As you’ve seen before, my misses used to be over trees and off houses and stuff like that.” Remember when Woods put a golf ball into the parking lot at the former Nissan Open on the first tee at Riviera Country Club? Cars are now safe. Gallery members can rest easier. Woods wasn’t happy with his swing on Nos. 10 and 11 on Sunday, but he was happy with the results. The mistakes aren’t as costly. A 10-week layoff couldn’t hinder him from adding the Target’s Tiger hardware to his collection. “Doesn’t help us, does it?” Colin Montgomerie asked. “If he took a bloody year off, it would help. Never mind 10 weeks.” Woods admitted he’d never taken that long of a break before, and it’s true that he wasn’t invincible Sunday. Furyk chopped Woods’ six-stroke lead to two shots after nine holes, putting a small scare into Woods. Asked if he was sweating, Woods responded that he was wearing a sweater vest. And smiled. Woods wasn’t flawless with his putter, which is a bit unusual. He missed a one-footer Saturday and a 2 1/2-footer Sunday. Endless putting drills are likely on the horizon. Woods is so good that missing a couple of gimme putts didn’t cost him. He tied the tournament record with a 22-under total, the same score DavisLove III shot in 2000. Woods is a perfectionist, and he sees plenty of things he can work on when he returns to Florida. “Even though I shot what I shot, I still have some room for improvement, which is nice,” Woods said. It gets better than this? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter he putted out for par to win his tournament for the fourth time, he smiled, kissed Sam and tussled the white, winter cap she wore. Then he kissed his wife, Elin. “I didn’t see (Sam) until I was done, but it puts things in perspective real quick,” Woods said. “Even though I had won, I just wanted to know how she was doing, how she’s been all day. I forgot that, for a moment, `Hey, you won a golf tournament.’ ” It’s abundantly clear by the megawatt smile that fatherhood agrees with Woods. And it’s clear by his game – showing barely an iota of rust after the hiatus – that Tiger Woods is playing awfully well. That 2008 should be Tiger’s year again. Shocking, I know. THOUSAND OAKS — In an instant, Tiger Woods forgot all about his record-setting Target World Challenge victory. He forgot about how he had survived a test from Jim Furyk but pulled away in typical Tiger fashion on the back nine, how he had tied a record for the lowest four-day total at 22-under par, and how he had shot a 62 a couple of days earlier following a 10-week break. Woods’ seven-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday took a backseat to his daughter, Sam Alexis, who was waiting for him next to the 18th green. Sam was nestled in the arms of Tiger’s mom, Kultida Woods, and bundled up in a red outfit. Even Sam wears red on Sundays. last_img

THE PULSE NITECLUB HAS 2 MORE NIGHTS OF WEEKEND FUN

first_imgTHE PULSE Nightclub in Letterkenny has two more nights of weekend FUN!There’s the brilliant MindBenders tonight (Saturday) and DJ Ahmed..guaranteed to get the crowds in.And then Sunday night sees the FREE annual disco as a big THANK YOU from the club to YOU. ENJOY!Promoted PostTHE PULSE NITECLUB HAS 2 MORE NIGHTS OF WEEKEND FUN was last modified: December 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:The Pulselast_img read more

Gus Poyet: John Terry was ‘100 per cent’ moving to China – but he won’t be now

first_imgGus Poyet claims the recently-introduced rules regarding foreign players in the Chinese Super League could cost John Terry a huge final pay day in China.Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after 22 years at the club and has been linked with a money-spinning move to the Far East.But with Chinese clubs now only able to field three foreign players, Shanghai Shenhua boss Poyet doubts there will be many willing to spend big to bring in a 36-year-old defender.Poyet, who played alongside Terry at Stamford Bridge, told talkSPORT in an exclusive interview: “If you asked me in December before they changed the rules, I would have said straight away he was coming [to China]. I was 100 per cent sure. No doubt.“But with the new system, it is special to buy a defender. The mentality has changed a lot because they [Chinese teams] are looking for players to make the difference up front – the ones that are going to bring people to the stadium.”Gus Poyet tells talkSPORT he ‘would love’ to sign Diego Costa – but admits Shanghai Shenhua deal ‘very difficult’last_img read more

When Evolutionist Rebukes Evolutionist, Watch Out

first_img“Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” Solomon said.  Sometimes comrades need to rein in their own when they stray too far.  Kenneth M. Weiss and Anne V. Buchanan (Dept. of Anthropology, Penn State) had some stern rebukes for Nicholas Wade, who was just trying to praise Darwin in his new book Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (Penguin, 2006).  Despite the need for a “tempered and timely treatment of an important subject,” this book did not get much praise by Weiss and Buchanan in Nature.1    This book went way over the top in drawing unwarranted genetic and evolutionary influences on human behavior, they complained: Wade seemed determined to “find simplistic natural selection behind every trait, and by a lack of attention to issues that are known to inhibit a credible understanding of complex traits, never mind their evolution.”  In rebuking Wade, however, they revealed a load of dirty laundry about evolutionary theory that may prompt quick damage control operations at Darwinism Strategic Command Center.    First, a laundry list of Wade’s logical errors, hypocrisy, and bad storytelling habits:Wade’s explanations commit various well-known errors, such as equating correlation with causation and extrapolating from individual traits to group characteristics.  Often his arguments and trait choices are laden with Western-oriented value judgements….    Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.  In The New York Times on 15 January 2006, Wade warned against journalists being too ready to accept “overstated or wrong” claims from the science literature, but in too many places where it makes a difference he has ignored his own advice.  A journalist doesn’t create facts, but he does select what to repeat and how to colour it, and Wade is long on speculating about what “is reasonable to assume”, and short on circumspection of his own, or anthropologists’, yarn-spinning.  Most of the scenarios he reports have not been rigorously tested, nor is it clear how they could be.  The book has many internal inconsistencies, and one can easily find contrary evidence or readily construct alternative ‘just so’ stories that invoke the same genetic scenario and the same kind of reasoning.(This shows that the charge of just-so storytelling in evolutionary theory sometimes comes from within the camp.)  Here’s where the review becomes especially damaging.  In criticizing Wade’s propensity for drawing conclusions on meager evidence, do Weiss and Buchanan spill too many beans?  Imagine the shock of this paragraph on a science teacher intent on convincing students that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming:How could this subject be better treated, without denying the importance of genes in human traits?  For a start, evolutionary arguments should be based on sufficiently credible, consistent and compelling scientific evidence.  It is easy to claim that a trait is due to natural selection, but responsible selection-based arguments should have substantial experimental mechanistic support, at least for the fact of selection.  That’s not the state of most current evidence.  Indeed, after 50 years of investigation, we can’t convincingly demonstrate selection for most of the red-blood-cell diseases, other than sickle-cell anaemia, that are probably coevolving with the strong selective force of malaria.  Other best-case scenarios for human genetic adaptation, such as adult lactase persistence and skin colour, are also incomplete.  Explaining selection is particularly problematic for behavioural traits because of the powerful role of culture and facultative ability, which is probably what human evolution really favoured.  Human phenotypic changes can far outpace genetic ones, making it challenging to know whether such traits are even genetic, much less what they ‘evolved for’ millennia ago.One can imagine frantic “time-out” signals offstage from the Darwin propagandists.  They go unnoticed.  “In addition, assertions of genetic causation should be built on what is already known about the difficulties of explaining complex traits, including behaviour or intelligence,” they continue, unabated.  “The extensive literature documenting the subtleties of such traits undermines simplistic ‘evolved for’ scenarios, but Wade largely ignores it.”    Weiss and Buchanan explain why traits, especially behavioral traits, are too complex to attribute to selection: “We are far from understanding either the genetic architecture or the evolution of complex biological traits, even in the best data from experimental organisms unaffected by the blur of culture.”  Gasp; just when this security leak couldn’t get any worse comes the coup de grace:But why not just enjoy the sport of fanciful speculation, even if the arguments leak like sieves?  Because it’s not just sport.  Positions on genetic determinism often correlate with social politics, and few of us are neutral or even changeable on the issues.  Wade recognizes that his ideas may not be acceptable to everyone but warns that “to falter in scientific inquiry would be a retreat into darkness”.  He seems to be warning, appropriately enough, against benighted political correctness.  But we should never become casual about how comparable ‘slopular’ science and very similar speculative evolutionary reasoning by leading scientists fed a venomous kind of darkness not too many decades ago.  Wade’s post-hoc tales often put him in step with a long march of social darwinists who, with comfortable detachment from the (currently) dominant culture, insist that we look starkly at life in the raw and not blink at what we see.  But given today’s limited understanding of complex traits, too often what one sees is oneself.Better keep this book review away from the creationists.  They could hardly have said it better.1Kenneth M. Weiss and Anne V. Buchanan, “In your own image,” Nature 441, 813-814 (15 June 2006) | doi:10.1038/441813a; Published online 14 June 2006.Thank you, Kenneth and Anne, for a common-sense, well-reasoned, historically astute, level-headed, fair-minded, disinterested, impartial, responsible, thoughtful, straight-shooting, devastating critique of evolutionary theory.  The cheers you are hearing are from your real scientific allies, the creationists.  If enough of your academic comrades read and heed your sermon, the House of Darwin will collapse from within.  Fanciful speculation?  Exaggeration?  Unwarranted claims of causation?  Arguments that leak like sieves?  Projections of oneself on the world?  Post-hoc tales?  Slopular science?  You’re right, it’s not just sport; it is a deadly game, and Charlie started it.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trade, tariffs, soybeans and China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy OCJ: Could you provide us an update of the tariff situation with regard to U.S. soybeans?Ian: Well as you know, in response to the first round of trade barriers, the administration implemented a couple months back one of the major pieces of retaliation from an agriculture standpoint by the Chinese by implementing a 25% import tariff on U.S. soybeans — not Brazilian soybeans. It’s a discriminatory tariff. This has driven down the export price for U.S. soybeans coming out of the Gulf. We have actually suspended exports out of the west coast of the U.S. and we’re seeing a pretty large margin developing between the price Brazilians are getting out of the major port in Paranaguá as compared to the U.S. The gap between those prices is not yet large enough that the Chinese would still be able to import into China, even with the tariff in place, but I think it’s heading in that direction. It’s going to be interesting to see the extent to which the Chinese authorities try to prevent that from happening. So at a time when we’ve got high yields in soybeans to putting down the pressure on prices, that’s really going to have a significant impact on farm income both here in Ohio and elsewhere in the Midwest depending on how important China is as an export market for any given state. Out of Ohio we export maybe $1.6 or $1.8 billion dollars’ worth of soybeans. About a third of that goes to China. There’s a loss of market share, lower prices, and it’s going to feed back into farming income. Farmers then have to make choices about whether to push more into corn. But, of course, corn is faced with an export tariff and an import tariff by China as well. Corn prices are down as well, so then there are these substitution effects on the production side that could potentially hurt farmers in coming growing seasons. OCJ: These pricing dynamics can also have an impact on global crop production. How is this going to impact farmers in Ohio moving forward?Ian: I think one of the problems they face in the short run is how costly is it going to be to store this. A large crop is expected this year. We would have had this problem anyway I think, but it’s being exasperated by what’s happening with China. The price Brazil is getting is probably what would have been the world price for soybeans in the absence of the tariff. So China is just shifting its demand in that direction. I think the long run concern is not just the uncertainty this is creating with farm income. But how hard it is going to be to grab back that market share from Brazil? Much of this depends on how substitutable their soybeans are for U.S. soybeans, but I think they’re much more substitutable than maybe we thought with similar protein characteristics, etc. So, it’s potentially quite difficult to see how we might grab back that market share. Now, whether the Brazilians are going to be able to continue to supply all that in the long run is a question. They’re already the largest exporter and they could become the largest producer as a result of this if these tariffs remain in place.In the U.S., we export about $15 billion worth of soybeans to China and agriculture actually has a net trade surplus for the U.S. compared to other sectors. This is one of the top three export industries from the U.S. Many farms have invested a lot in the way they grow soybeans, the type of soybeans they grow, and the technology they’re using. It’s going to be difficult for them to adjust in the short run easily to these price changes. So, it’s kind of doom and gloom. I think the tariffs simply made worse what would have been a difficult year price wise anyway. I think what’s concerning is how long this is going to go into the future, which is why the backfill subsidy from the U.S. government is pretty much just a band aid and won’t pick up all of the slack. OCJ: This all got started over intellectual property rights between the U.S. and China. What better ways are there to handle this disagreement over intellectual property rights and trade?Ian: Well I think from a multilateral standpoint, we should be perusing this through the World Trade Organization and getting our European colleagues and other countries like Canada to join with us to push much harder on the Chinese over those. Through the WTO they agreed to abide by the terms of what’s called the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement and that’s WTO agreement protecting intellectual property. But also, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was going to push very hard on protection of intellectual property and I think the point of Trans-Pacific Partnership was the U.S. in alliance with countries like Canada and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan were going to write a set of rules on protection of intellectual property and investment agreements that would have eventually put pressure on China to join a broader Asia-Pacific trade agreement that would have gone way beyond the WTO. And the U.S. has been trying to negotiate a bilateral investment agreement with China for some time. Just because those multilateral trade agreements are difficult doesn’t mean to say you should walk away from them. I think the tariffs do more damage. They have so many unintended consequences that it outweighs any pressure they may or may not be putting on the Chinese.last_img read more

Exploitation? Elle Mag Hires Homeless Blogger for Pocket Change

first_imgFashion magazine Elle has hired a homeless and unemployed blogger named Brianna Karp… for $150 per month. Her new job/internship will require one hour of work per day; if she’s still living in California she’ll be making less than the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage. Is this a case of old media cynically exploiting the homeless (and bloggers) or is it a great opportunity for the young woman? It might be both.Whatever your opinion of the arrangement, it’s hard to swallow Leanne Italie’s Associated Press write-up calling it “a 21st century fairytale.” Karp writes a blog called The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness and says she’s very excited about the opportunity. It makes me feel a little nauseous.For a huge media brand that traffics in the culture of the wealthy and beautiful to win “compassion points” so cheaply seems ethically questionable. Ad sales for any pages Karp’s writing appears on would likely be very profitable. She’s put in front of the New York media circus as a poor unfortunate, in exchange for a famous magazine buying her breakfast each morning. Depending on her local laws, that rate of pay may not even be legal. The AP reports that Karp is being paid $150 per month and Karp links to the story without refutation of that key detail.On the other hand, a gig with Elle is a huge opportunity. Blogging for pay is something only a few lucky people get to do. Having worked as an executive assistant in the past, adding a current engagement at Elle Magazine to her resume will be a big boost in Karp’s search for full-time employment.Still, Cinderella 2.0 ought to be paid at least the legal minimum hourly wage in California by a famous fashion magazine, ought she not? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web last_img read more

A Better Bath Fan Termination for Soffits

first_imgMost bathroom exhaust fans are installed poorly. Because of twisted ductwork, improper terminations, and (in some cases) inappropriate backdraft dampers, the actual air flow through the exhaust fan is much less than the fan rating.In an article called “A Failure That Stalls the Certification of Many Energy Star Homes,” Allison Bailes described an Energy Star builder who installed nine exhaust fans, each rated at 110 cfm. The builder was hoping that these fans would meet minimum program requirements — requirements which call for bathroom exhaust fans to have an air flow rate of at least 50 cfm. When tested, however, only five of the nine fans met the minimum 50 cfm threshold.Some of the problems with current installation procedures involve old-fashioned sloppy workmanship:Other problems aren’t necessarily the installer’s fault:In my article on bathroom exhaust fans, I recommended against soffit terminations: “Soffit terminations grow icicles during the winter, and allow humid air to be sucked into the attic in all seasons.” I may have to change that recommendation, however, in light of a new type of soffit termination that has been engineered to solve several bath fan installation problems.The new soffit termination is called the EZSoffitVent (yes, with all the letters smushed together, without any spaces). Designed for job-site realities The EZSoffitVent limits the problem of humid air entering soffit vents by including an adjustable ring that allows the installer to direct the airflow downward at a 45 degree angle, away from the building. Air leakage when the fan is not operating is effectively prevented by a well-designed backdraft damper. The rigid plastic damper is hinged at the top. When closed, it’s fairly tight. Yet a breath of air from your mouth is sufficient to open the damper.The termination… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

‘Delhi mein sarkar badal do’: Mamata Banerjee’s call at Opposition rally

first_imgKolkata Opposition rally | Live: ‘Modi govt has passed its expiry date,’ says Mamata  The BJP’s days at the Centre were numbered. “There is courtesy in politics, but the BJP does not follow it. Those who are not with BJP are called thieves,” she said.Ms. Banerjee claimed that the BJP did not give respect to many of its own senior leaders and people like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari were ignored in that party.“Modi and his associates are now talking of collective leadership, but if the BJP wins the Lok Sabha polls, these leaders will be ignored again,” she said.The present situation in the country was of “super Emergency”. It was worse than the one imposed by Indira Gandhi, she alleged. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday came out with a call,‘Delhi mein sarkar badal do’  (change the government at the Centre) at a mega Opposition rally organised by her party. Ms. Banerjee asserted that the “expiry date” of the Modi government was over and a united Opposition would win the coming general election. She promised to work together along with other Opposition parties. Who the prime minister would be decided after polls, she said.Also Readlast_img read more