Ghaziabad: A 52-year-old Ghaziabad based businessman allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his revolver inside his house in Dharampura area under city Kotwali police station jurisdiction on Wednesday.Police have recovered a suicide note from the spot which states that the deceased took extreme step after getting mentally harassed by two of his elder brothers over a property dispute. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Naveen Jain, a plastic disposal factory owner. Jain, in his suicide note, claimed that his elder brothers, Pawan Jain and Pankaj Jain, have been threatening to kill his son if he approached police. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarShlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad told Millennium Post that Jain shot himself in his head in front of his mother. “The incident occurred around 12 pm on Wednesday when the deceased has gone to his mother’s home to sort out the property dispute with his brothers. An altercation broke out between the family and in no time, Jain pulled out his pistol and shot a bullet in his head. The victim died on the spot and the family informed police who took the body into custody which was later sent for the post mortem,” said Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceKumar. The officer further said that police have recovered a suicide note from the spot which stated that Jain killed himself under extreme mental stress. “Prima Facie it appears that a family property dispute was the reason behind the incident. Police have recovered a suicide note from the spot which states that Jain was getting mentally harassed by his two elder brothers from past one year. He also mentioned that the duo of brothers had been threatening to kill his son if he report the matter to police.” “Meanwhile we have received a complaint from victim’s son in connection with the case and an FIR under section 306 (Abetment of suicide) of IPC against his two brothers. We are yet to make any arrest into the case while further investigations are underway,” added Kumar. A senior police officer said that Jain was associated with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and was currently a treasurer of BJP Kisan Morcha in Ghaziabad.
OTTAWA — The Canadian automotive industry is anxiously waiting to see if the next round of NAFTA negotiations will provide some clarity on American demands that vehicles must have “substantial” U.S. content to qualify for duty-free movement within North America.Rules of origin — one of the most complicated and contentious issues on the table, particularly when it comes to the auto sector — is on the agenda for the third round which starts Saturday in Ottawa.David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., acknowledged Friday that the clock is ticking on the talks overall — and that negotiators won’t be able to take a passive approach if they want the best deal possible.“We do have an opportunity to be a real powerhouse in the world, and keep our citizens prosperous and happy, and we can’t do that simply by playing defence,” MacNaughton said following an event in Banff, Alta.“We’ve got to really iron out some of the difficulties that have emerged, or some of the things that weren’t thought of in 1994, but also look forward 10 years and say, ‘Where we want to be there?’“The one thing that I can absolutely assure you of: I am 100 per cent confident, in terms of these discussions, that there will be some drama before they’re over.”But while Canadian officials had been hopeful the U.S. would finally put some flesh on the bones of its auto-sector position over the course of the five-day session, they say it’s now uncertain whether American negotiators are ready to show their hand.Flavio Volpe, president of the Automobile Parts Manufacturers Association, said everyone in government and industry is ready to spring into action the moment the U.S. tables its position but, in the meantime, they’re all “circling the airport.” He suspects they’ll have to continue circling for some weeks yet.As far as Canadian officials are concerned, automobiles — specifically, the exodus of auto industry jobs and investment to low-wage Mexico — are at the root of President Donald Trump’s threat to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement. And resolving the problem will be the key to the success, or failure, of efforts to rewrite the trilateral trade pact.Hence, the eagerness to find out precisely what is the American bottom line on rules of origin.“We’re waiting with bated breath, I guess, like our Canadian negotiating team and probably the Mexican negotiating team, as to what the U.S. is actually going to propose,” says Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opened the first round of negotiations in Washington last month with the aggressive pronouncement that “rules of origin, particularly on autos and auto parts, must require higher NAFTA content and substantial U.S. content.” Moreover, he said there must be a way to verify that content.The U.S. has not gone into any further detail since then. But it’s bound to be controversial when they do.“Trade negotiations are based on the concept of a balance of concessions and the United States explicitly wants an imbalanced result (that favours the U.S.),” says Ted Alden, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.“That’s going to be a pretty hard thing for Canada and Mexico to swallow and I’ve never seen a trade negotiation conducted where that was the starting point.”Under the current terms of NAFTA, at least 62.5 per cent of a vehicle’s content must be made in North America to qualify for duty-free access between the U.S., Canada and Mexico — which is already “the highest content requirement of any trade deal we’re aware of,” according to Nantais.Reports in the U.S. suggest the Trump administration wants to raise that to more than 70 per cent and add a requirement that anywhere between 35 and 50 per cent must be made specifically in the United States.Moreover, the U.S. reportedly wants to add steel and electronics, which aren’t currently included, to the list of components whose country of origin must be traced.Automakers on both sides of the border contend the U.S. position would disrupt their fully integrated North American supply chain, add costly red tape and ultimately weaken the North American industry’s competitiveness.And trade experts on both sides of the border are warning that it could backfire.In a paper published Thursday, Scotiabank Economics argues that there is no need to tighten rules of origin for the auto sector; more than 75 per cent of vehicle parts are already made in North America.That could drop, the paper acknowledges, with the rapidly increasing computerization of cars and trucks since the electronic components are primarily produced in China, Japan and Germany. But tightening the NAFTA content requirement wouldn’t necessarily result in those components being made in the U.S.More likely, Scotiabank says automakers would move more production to Mexico or even opt to conduct trade outside NAFTA altogether, preferring to pay the 2.5 per cent tariff on auto imports to the U.S.Dionisio Perez Jacome, Mexico’s ambassador to Canada, warned Friday of precisely such a scenario if the requirement for U.S. content is increased.“We have to look at it very carefully, in order not to have it backfire,” he said.“Certain companies, if we increase it too much, might just opt to import cars directly and pay the 2.5 per cent tariff and we would lose that production. So that is an element that needs to be discussed.”Unifor president Jerry Dias, whose union represents Canadian autoworkers, supports hiking the North American content requirement, but warns it can’t be done in isolation.“Unless you fix the rest of the mess, it’s meaningless,” says Dias, who “absolutely” expects to see more detail on the American position during the next few days.The rest of the mess includes, in his view, more stringent labour standards that would significantly hike wages for Mexican auto and auto parts workers and an increase in the low U.S. and Canadian tariffs on imported vehicles outside of NAFTA.Without those two additional measures, he says more jobs and investment will simply wind up flowing to Mexico or outside North America altogether.— With files from Armina Ligaya in Toronto and Ian Bickis in Banff, Alta.
Cameco is proceeding with a phased plan to restore the underground workings at Cigar Lake uranium mine in Canada after a water inflow on October 23, 2006 flooded the project. The first phase of the plan involves drilling holes down to the source of the inflow. Concrete will be pumped through the drill holes and sealed off with grout. Subsequent phases include removing water from underground areas, ground freezing in the area of the inflow, restoring other underground areas and resumption of mine development. Regulatory approval is required for each phase of the remediation plan. Drill crews completed one hole in the area of the rockfall and nearly completed another hole before leaving for the Christmas break. About 18 holes are now planned including four for mine dewatering. The crews resumed working on December 27, 2006 working around the clock, seven days a week. “Drilling through the Athabasca sandstone has been more challenging than anticipated,” said Terry Rogers, Cameco’s Senior Vice-President and COO. “However, the experience we gain in the first few holes is expected to accelerate progress in the future. We will be in a better position to estimate when we expect the first phase to be completed after the first concrete is poured.” Cameco had expected to be pouring concrete in December, as part of the first phase, but that is now expected to occur in January. Cameco will issue another news release in January to update progress and in February 2007 plans to provide preliminary capital cost estimates and timelines for the remediation, as previously indicated. The company continues to work in consultation with international experts to develop a comprehensive remediation plan including contingency options. Based on current plans, Cameco expects the remediation phases mentioned above will fall within the scope of the original environmental assessment of the Cigar Lake project. Cameco is working closely with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Saskatchewan regulatory agencies to achieve timely approvals for the various elements of the plan. The Cigar Lake project is a joint venture owned by Cameco (50%), AREVA Resources Canada (37%), Idemitsu Uranium Exploration Canada (8%) and TEPCO Resources (5%). The project is located in northern Saskatchewan. Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world’s largest uranium producer.
A 44-year-old police officer who had been assigned to the personal guard of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) MP Costas Barbarousis has been suspended from work and is facing expulsion from the force after it emerged that he played an active role in the far-right group’s raid on an open-air market Mesolongi, western Greece, on Saturday.Police sources confirmed that the officer, identified just by his initials D.M., had been spotted in a video of the incident that was posted on the Internet. The officer is seen in a group of Golden Dawn supporters led by Barbarousis as they walked through a market, where they attacked stalls operated by migrants. The 44-year-old, who served at the Aitolia precinct, is also seen arguing with a woman who objected to the men’s behavior.The incident is an embarrassment for the police force, which has been accused by critics of failing to clamp down on illegal acts by Golden Dawn supporters, including attacks on migrants, because of alleged ties to the party. The force denies it has shown any bias or failed to do its duty.Sources told Kathimerini that police have identified another seven suspects apart from Barbarousis who took part in Saturday’s raid. They are likely to face prosecution.A similar raid, in which two other Golden Dawn MPs participated, took place in Rafina, northeast of Athens, on Friday night. Sources said police have identified two suspects apart from the deputies after viewing footage of the incident. It is expected that the file will be handed to a prosecutor by Friday.Police were yesterday investigating an attack on two Pakistani men in a barbershop in Metamorphosi, northern Athens, on Monday night. A Greek taxi driver was stabbed in the incident after apparently attempting to stop the two attackers. The store was set on fire.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Robert Lewandowski has added further doubt on his Bayern Munich future after admitting that he does not want to continue playing in the same league “forever”The Poland captain has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga champions over the past year with his agent, Pini Zahavi, having recently thrown his future into even more uncertainty by claiming that his client wishes to leave Bayern in order to seek a “new challenge”.Real Madrid are believed to be the favourites to sign Lewandowski with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United having also touted as possible destinations for the in-demand forward.And now the 29-year-old has revealed that he does want a change of scenery.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve already said that I don’t want to play in the same League forever, that’s for sure: but don’t know my future right now,” he told The Players’ Tribune, via Football-Italia.But he may not necessarily leave Bayern this summer:“For now, I’m not thinking about it, but I’m 29 and I know I can still play for many more years if I don’t hurt myself.”Lewandowski was unable to help Poland in their 3-0 defeat to Colombia on Sunday with the side now eliminated from the World Cup with a game remaining in Group H.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man accused of using fraudulent credit cards to steal gas in Cooper City has made an appearance in court.Yasser Rivera, 35, appeared before a Broward County judge, Wednesday.He’s accused of stealing gas, using fake credit cards and modifying a pickup truck to illegally conceal gas.Deputies said two Ford trucks were altered to hold the stolen fuel.More than 100 gallons of fuel was fraudulently purchased and collected, which totaled more than $600 in stolen fuel, deputies said.Rivera is charged with 62 counts of making false credit cards and one count of stealing fuel.He was granted a $63,000 bond. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sainikpuri: The residents of Plot no 541 and 542 Defence Colony Sainikpuri are distressed upon a drain overflowing for the past one week. The locals alleged the authorities were neglecting their duties and not clearing the premises on a regular basis. Garbage cleaning, drainage overflowing, mosquitoes are some major problems that the society residents face during monsoon. A local resident shared, “This is a yearly problem that we are facing here. The society officials have tried contacting the civic authorities many times but no one answered as they are least bothered. Mosquitoes have increased because of the stagnant water and a malodorous smell assaults you when you step out.”
Just a couple months ago, Yahoo revealed that a hack had compromised half a billion of its users’ accounts. Apparently going half way wasn’t good enough. They’ve just announced a separate hack that’s twice as big.Yes, a separate hack. That the same company could be attacked twice on a scale so huge is truly mind boggling, yet that’s exactly what Yahoo has just revealed.This new attack took place — wait for it — in 2013. So not only did it impact twice as many Yahoo accounts the company also didn’t tell us about it for nearly twice as long.As for who’s behind the attack, Yahoo believes it’s the work of state-sponsored hackers. They also believe that there’s some kind of connection to the 2014 hack, which the company has also pinned on a nation state. There may also be a link to stolen Yahoo code that reportedly allowed bad actors to forge cookies and access users’ accounts without even knowing their passwords.Here’s the “good” news about Yahoo’s second record-breaking hack: payment information and plain-text passwords were not obtained by those responsible. If you’re looking for a silver lining, that’s all you’re going to get.Here’s the rest of the bad news. The data that was stolen on those 1 billion accounts included names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and, in some cases, plain text password recovery questions and answers.Oh, about those passwords. While they weren’t stored in plain text, they were hashed using MD5 — which is something that security experts have been warning against doing since at least as far back as 2012. While it would still take a considerable amount of computing power to crack them, it’s definitely doable with today’s hardware.Yahoo has blanked out any reset questions that were stored in the clear and they’re in the process of notifying all 1 billion affected users. That’ll take quite a while.We’re talking about roughly a third of the entire population of the Internet, after all.
Because it won’t be over until the Harambe meme has infiltrated every facet of our lives, there is now a fan-made Harambe vs Capcom fighting game available to play on PC.The game actually has some semblance of a plot. A “good Samaritan” informs Harambe that a shadow agency wants him dead because they know about his psychic powers. He is told to seek out Ryu who will test his might (naturally) and then lead him to an airport so that he can return to his home country of Africa. Harambe then uses his aforementioned psychic powers to make the media believe he is dead so that he can resolve the situation.The game has a roster of 21 playable characters who come from various Street Fighter games. Most of the characters come from Street Fighter III but a few are from Street Fighter Alpha. Harambe himself is comprised of animations from several characters, though it is hard to nail down which ones specifically. On the bottom of the character select screen, there are three mystery fighters. These are Evil Ken, Urien, and Hugo. Shin Vega (or Shin M. Bison) is another, better hidden secret character.Harambe vs Capcom was created by a self-described underground culture group called Otaku Gang. This team has previously worked on original music and creating other satire video games. This includes a Fallout 4 mod that put baseball star, David Ortiz, into the game. This latest effort is very reminiscent M.U.G.E.N., which is another fan-made PC fighting game that takes characters from many games (even some that aren’t fighters) and mixes them all together.Unlike the gorilla that spawned it, the Harambe meme just won’t die. I fully expect other modders to start placing the world’s most famous ape into other video games. Will he also have Gorilla Grodd-esque psychic powers in other games? I say this should now become part of the Harambe legend, because, why not?Make sure to check out the game (it’s only 352mb) by going to harambegame.com.
The highly reactive hydroxyl radicals typically appear in fractions of a second prior to combining with volatile organic chemicals and other gases which act as a cleanser for the atmosphere. Scientists found unusually high levels and surge in hydroxyl radical levels, but without an accompanying increase in ozone levels around noon time. The scientific team found hydroxyl radicals levels some three to five times more than would be expected in current models of atmospheric chemistry. Altogether, for some inexplicable reason or known source of hydroxyl produced an astounding 28 parts per billion each hour concentration of the chemical.The net effect is that a not yet discovered process has occurred in the Pearl River Delta that is producing an extremely high level of hydroxyl radicals. The next step of the research is to test samples of the air from the Pearl River region to see if light-stimulated reactions produce similar high readings of hydroxyl radicals under lab conditions. Thus far, the scientists are impressed with their unusual findings, but are only able to speculate on the source coming from a combination of anthropogenic sources, biogenic sources and gases found in the air surrounding the delta.Source: Amplified Trace Gas Removal in the Troposhere; www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1164566 Chemists find important contributor to smog Credit: Wikipedia A team of atmospheric scientists have published their field study findings about unusual chemical reactions taking place in the Pearl River Delta in China during 2006. The Julich Research Center’s Institute for Tropospheric Chemistry in Germany and institutes in China and the USA participated in round the clock samplings of various atmospheric constituents in the Pearl River region located about 60 kilometers from Guangzhou noted for its high population and a repository for air borne pollutants wafting in from nearby industrial cities combined with volatile organic substances produced by local vegetation and trees. Explore further Citation: China Pearl River Delta Creating Large Amounts of Hydroxyl Radicals (2009, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-china-pearl-river-delta-large.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Study investigates pressure-induced superconducting transition in electrides (2019, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-pressure-induced-superconducting-transition-electrides.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters “Considering the wide potential applications of superconducting materials, the understanding of high-temperature superconductors is a key scientific challenge in condensed matter physics,” Aitor Bergara and Guochun Yang, two of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org, via email. Electrides are ionic compounds in which most electrons reside at interstitial regions of the crystal and behave like anions. Due to their structural peculiarity, these compounds have interesting physical properties. For instance, the magnitude and distribution of their interstitial electrons can be effectively modulated, either by adjusting their chemical composition or external conditions, such as pressure. Overall, electrides are very poor superconductors. For example, the experimentally observed superconducting transition temperature of a canonical electride [Ca24Al28O64]4+ (4e-)4 is ~0.4 K. On the other hand, it is now well-known that, under high pressure, alkali metals can easily lose their outer orbital electrons and form electrides. “Interestingly, pressure-induced lithium (Li) electride is metallic,” Bergara and Yang said. “Additionally, phosphorus (P) presents a moderate electronegativity, so that they can trap some electrons in Li-rich Li-P compounds, while the remaining electrons may remain at interstitial regions. Thus, as we are predicting is this work, it would be possible to adjust the morphology of interstitial electrons by changing the ratio of Li and P and, therefore, obtain compounds with novel electronic properties. For example, according to our calculations, Li 6 P electride is predicted to have a superconducting transition temperature of 39.3 K, breaking the existing record among the electrides.”Predicting the atomic structure of materials from first principles (based only on their composition), is an extremely challenging task. It typically requires classifying a huge number of energy minima on a multidimensional energy surface lattice. In recent years, researchers have introduced several computation methods that can speed up this process, one of which is called CALYPSO. “In our study we have used the Calypso program developed by Yanming Ma and his colleagues at Jilin University, which implements a particle swarm optimization algorithm to determine the preferred crystal structures, just fixing the Li:P ratios and pressure as the only starting inputs,” Bergara and Yang explained. “Once the most stable structures are identified we have characterized their physical properties. For example, we have explored their superconducting properties within the McMillan-Allen-Dynes approximation.” In their study, Bergara, Yang and their colleagues reported that a pressure-induced stable Li6P electride can become a superconductor with a predicted superconducting transition temperature of 39.3K; the highest predicted so far in known electrides. They found that the compound’s interstitial electrons, with dumbbell-like connected electride states, play a dominant role in this superconducting transition. “Our prediction not only breaks the superconducting transition temperature record in the electrides, but also allows a better understanding of these materials,” Bergara and Yang said. According to the researchers’ predictions, other Li-rich phosphides, such as Li5P, Li11P2, Li15P2, and Li8P, could also be superconducting electrides, yet their Tc is expected to be lower. This recent study by Bergara, Yang and their colleagues could pave the way for further research exploring high-temperature superconductivity in similar binary compounds. “We believe that research into superconducting electrides has just begun,” Bergara and Yang said. “There is still a lot to be explored, for example, the analysis of the superconducting mechanism in novel electride compounds, especially under high pressure. As we have shown in this article, an effective way to design such superconducting materials is to explore metallic electride compounds formed between weak electronegative and strong electropositive elements.” New method yields higher transition temperature in superconducting materials The image on the left shows the atomic structure of the Li6P compound, and on the right the electronic charge density is plotted, where the electronic localization at the interstitials can be seen in red. Credit: Zhao et al. More information: Ziyuan Zhao et al. Predicted Pressure-Induced Superconducting Transition in Electride Li6P, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.097002Yanchao Wang et al. Crystal structure prediction via particle-swarm optimization, Physical Review B (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.094116 Explore further Researchers at Northeast Normal University, in China, and University of the Basque Country, in Spain, have recently carried out a study investigating the superconducting transition of electrides. The researchers observed that a pressure-induced stable Li6P, identified by first-principles swarm structure calculations, can become a superconductor with a considerably high superconducting transition temperature. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Physical Review B © 2019 Science X Network
Firefox 68 ESR: what administrators need to know by Martin Brinkmann on July 07, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: July 07, 2019 – 30 commentsMozilla Firefox will be upgraded to version 68.0 next Tuesday. The new version is the base for the next Extended Support Release (ESR) version of the Firefox web browser. Organizations and home users who run Firefox ESR have until October 22, 2019 to upgrade to the new ESR versions.Mozilla will release two additional updates for the soon-to-be-replaced version of Firefox ESR to give organizations enough time to test the new release and perform the upgrade.Firefox 68.0 and Firefox ESR 68 share most features; there are, however, some differences between the two versions of the Firefox web browser.Here is what is different and what has changed:No WebRender support. WebRender is still in development. Mozilla added WebRender support in Firefox 67 but enabled it only for a small number of Firefox users.System Certificates. Firefox uses its own certification store by default. Firefox ESR 68 uses the certificate store of the operating system by default, and not the Firefox certification store. Organizations who want to change that need to set the preference security.enterprise_roots.enabled to false on about:config or through other means.Man-in-the-Middle detection deactivated. Firefox 68 detects connection issues caused by man-in-the-middle interference; this detection is deactivated in Firefox ESR 68.0 because of the use of system certificates. Organizations need to set the preference security.certerrors.mitm.auto_enable_enterprise_roots to true to enable it.Service Workers disabled. Firefox ESR does not support Service Workers by default. The feature can be enabled if it is required. Admins need to set the preference dom.serviceWorkers.enabled to true to enable it.Push Notifications disabled. Similarly, push notifications are not enabled by default in Firefox ESR. Admins need to set the preference dom.push.enabled to true to enable the feature in Firefox ESR.Disable add-on signing requirement. Firefox ESR is the only release version of the Firefox web browser that supports the deactivation of the browser’s add-on signing requirement. The feature is enabled by default. Admins may disable it by setting the preference xpinstall.signatures.required to false.SearchEngines Policy is ESR exclusive. Allows admins to set the default search engine.All other policies that were ESR exclusive in Firefox 60 ESR are not exclusive anymore.Legacy Profiles. Firefox ESR 68 supports the new one-profile per installation dedicated profiles directive of the Firefox web browser. Admins may set the variable MOZ_LEGACY_PROFILES to disable the feature.Downgrade protection. Firefox 67 and newer support downgrade protections to prevent issues caused by running downgraded versions of Firefox. Admins may set the variable MOZ_ALLOW_DOWNGRADE or run Firefox with –allow-downgrade to disable the functionality.Firefox users who don’t run the ESR version of the browser can set several of the options as well, e.g. to disable push notifications in Firefox or disable Service Workers.Now You: Do you run Firefox, if so, which version and why? (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 68 ESR: what administrators need to knowDescriptionMozilla Firefox will be upgraded to version 68.0 next Tuesday. The new version is the base for the next Extended Support Release (ESR) version of the Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Researchers from the School of Physics at NUI Galway are seeking to recruit 100 households to measure indoor environmental air quality within Irish homes that have been built to be highly energy efficient, by deploying remote sensors within the homes.In Ireland, homes are currently being built to a higher energy efficiency standard to reduce the country’s climate change impact, which can also contribute to reducing household heating costs. This study will evaluate and assess the indoor environment of these homes, to ensure these energy efficient measures are not adversely impacting upon the indoor air quality.The research team, led by Dr Miriam Byrne and Dr James McGrath in NUI Galway’s School of Physics have initiated the project, which will investigate homes that have the highest energy efficiency standard, an ‘A’ Building Energy Rating (BER) certification. The research team will use a remote sensor and continuously monitor air quality within the home for 18 months.The study will measure the following pollutants:– Volatile Organic Compounds– Radon– Thermal comfort parameters (Temperature, Humidity and Pressure)– Carbon DioxideVolatile organic compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids such as paint, furniture polish, soap, varnishes, aerosol sprays and cleaning products. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which has no taste, colour or smell and is regulated in Ireland by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Radiological Protection. The thermal comfort assessment measurements will evaluate people’s subjective comfort (how warm or how cold they feel) within their homes. The carbon dioxide measurements are taken to assess ventilation systems effectiveness.Commenting on the study, Principal Investigator, Dr Miriam Byrne, lecturer in the School of Physics at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to have received SEAI funding for this important project. There is a delicate balance to be struck between ensuring that a home is energy efficient, and also providing enough ventilation to guarantee acceptable indoor air quality. The use of low-cost sensors that wirelessly transmit data will allow us to collect detailed air quality and thermal data over a much longer period than has previously been possible.”For eligible participants who would participate in the study, a researcher will come to their home to install remote sensors (similar to a smoke detector in size) in four rooms in the home; the kitchen, living room, master bedroom and bathroom, and they will access information on the four pollutants within the home for 18 months through remote monitoring. Participants will also be asked to fill in a contextual information sheet, with questions on their home, such as heating and ventilation, as well as a thermal comfort survey and activity diary, activities such as cleaning and cooking, three times for the duration of this project.Benefits to participating in this study are that all participants will receive an overview of the indoor air quality assessment within their home and all participants will keep the sensors that are provided during the study so that they can continue to measure pollutants within their homes after the study is completed. In addition, participants will assist research in NUI Galway and contribute to indoor air environment science.The VALIDate project is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).For more information and to participate in the study contact, Dr James McGrath, School of Physics, NUI Galway at firstname.lastname@example.org and 091 493437.To read more about the VALIDate project, visit: www.nuigalway.ie/validate
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in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News For those looking to save on housing, heading southward may be the answer. According to a study released by GOBankingRates on Thursday, Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest housing costs in the nation, coming in 31.6 percent and 26 percent lower than the national average, respectively.Mississippi is the most affordable state on the whole, too. Taking into account costs for groceries, transportation, utilities, healthcare, and miscellaneous expenses as well as housing, living in Mississippi costs less than any other state in the nation.“With a cost of living that is 14 percent lower than the national average, Mississippi is the cheapest place to live in the U.S.,” GOBankingRates reported. “Healthcare is a little over 10 percent less than the national average, groceries are nearly 6 percent less, and housing is a full 31.6 percent cheaper.”Indiana had the second-lowest cost of living, according to GOBankingRates, coming in 12.1 percent below the national average. Rounding out the top five were Michigan (11.8 percent below), Arkansas (11.5 percent), and Oklahoma (11.4 percent).On the other end, Hawaii was deemed the most expensive place to live, with the cost of living 67.4 percent higher than the national average. Also in the top five were the District of Columbia (49.2 percent higher), New York (35.2 percent), California (34.8 percent), and Massachusetts (34.7 percent).Looking at just housing costs, D.C. came in at No. 1, with home prices beating the national average by 134 percent. California had housing costs 92.7 percent higher.Alaska took the cake in terms of healthcare costs, with expenses clocking in at 46.6 percent higher than the rest of the country.“The largest state in America comes with a cost of living that is almost equally enormous—31.6 percent above the national average, to be exact,” GOBankingRates reported. “Housing, utilities, and healthcare all bring costs that are more than 40 percent above those paid by the average American.”Alabama and Arkansas were lowest in terms of healthcare costs; they came in 12.5 percent and 12.2 percent lower than the national average, respectively.Transportation costs were highest in Alaska and California, where residents pay 30.1 percent more than the national average. Oklahoma was the most affordable at 11.9 percent under. costs of living GOBankingRates housing costs mississippi most affordable 2017-05-11 Aly J. Yale May 11, 2017 605 Views For Affordable Living, Head South Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination On Monday, Buildfax released their Housing Health Report for February 2019. The report covers multiple aspects of the housing market, and February’s report revealed the fourth consecutive month of decreases across several key indicators of housing market health.“There have been persistent declines across key housing indicators for four consecutive months,” said Holly Tachovsky CEO at BuildFax. “However, we anticipate some economic relief as we head into 2019’s spring homebuying season. Mortgage rates have reached recent lows leading to increased potential for home sales, which is oftentimes followed by a surge in remodeling activity. The performance of single-family housing authorizations, maintenance, and remodeling activity through this next season will shed light on whether declines in the housing market will spread to the broader economy.”According to the report, new construction is down overall: single-family housing authorizations decreased 4.24 percent from January 2019 to February 2019 and 5.75 percent year over year. Meanwhile, remodels are down as well. The report states that existing housing maintenance volume decreased by 5.53 percent year over year, while the remodel volume decreased by 10.07 percent year over year.By city, the 10 largest metro areas have all experienced some growth in housing activity the past five years, though only four of the top 10 have maintained that growth in the past few months. Dallas, New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago all saw growth across maintenance and new construction indicators, while other large metro areas fell behind.“In the past five years, the 10 largest metros have closely mirrored national trends, rising steadily. However, in recent months, we’ve seen a shift in this pattern,” said Tachovsky “Four major metros are seeing strong housing activity despite national declines. If economic instability increases over the next few years, as some reports suggest, areas that are growing in spite of these trends will become progressively starker over time.”The complete report from Buildfax can be found here. Share builders BuildFax Construction New Homes 2019-03-18 Seth Welborn “Persistent Declines”: A Look at New Home Construction March 18, 2019 674 Views
From Up to the Minute Live: We broke down teams that could trade back (#Lions, #Titans) and teams that could trade up (#Bills, #AZCardinals). pic.twitter.com/3CdqtxgFnS— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2018 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “The Arizona Cardinals, though, may be the team to watch at this point. They certainly seem like they’re making the most phone calls about possibly moving up for a quarterback,” Rapoport said Tuesday on NFL Network.Related LinksThe Cardinals’ quarterback options could be limited by 15th pickMayock: Josh Allen is the pick if Cardinals move up on draft dayIn the last few days leading into the draft, Arizona has been linked to quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, who are more likely to fall outside the top-three picks than the presumed top two options in Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen.Those four names, in some order, are expected to be drafted before the Cardinals pick 15th.General manager Steve Keim will need to decide what he’s willing to give up in the draft, and he’s been tasked with predicting which teams ahead of him also want a quarterback.Many mock drafts project the top five picks to include at least two signal-callers, and while many teams outside that grouping might pass on quarterbacks, the Miami Dolphins at No. 11 and Buffalo Bills at No. 12 could be teams the Cardinals must leap to have their choice of young arms.“We don’t know where they could go, but if you try to figure out how the draft could fall, safe to assume that five or six could be potential slots to trade for a quarterback,” Rapoport said of Arizona’s options. The Denver Broncos select fifth, and their general manager, John Elway, has said he’s open to trading the pick. The Indianapolis Colts draft sixth after they already traded down from the No. 3 spot, giving that pick to the New York Jets.Neither team is in dire need of a quarterback and could get quite the return if they traded their respective picks.98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro said Arizona won’t jump into the top-five and could only leap a few spots from 15th overall. Jumping the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, each of whom could draft a quarterback at 11th and 12th, could be possible if a signal-caller falls. More likely, the Cardinals could trade down in the draft to acquire more picks.The Cardinals don’t necessarily need a quarterback in the first round, either. They signed starter Sam Bradford and backup Mike Glennon in the offseason, putting them in position to stand pat if the demands to trade up are too great. 42 Comments Share It’s easy to assume the Arizona Cardinals might want to trade up in the 2018 NFL Draft.They need a quarterback, and their current first-round pick sitting at No. 15 overall likely won’t net them one of the three best signal-callers on the board.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the possibility of Arizona trading up is not just based on assumption — the Cardinals are being active in considering their options. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
The Latest: Apatow makes four-hour doc on Shandling FILE – In this April 22, 2015 file photo, Ronan Farrow attends the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit opening night in New York. Farrow, who has written extensively about sexual misconduct charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for the New Yorker magazine, has signed a three-year television deal with HBO. Farrow will develop and star in a series of documentary specials focused on the abuse of power by individuals and institutions, the network said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 1:17 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PASADENA, Calif. – The Latest on the TV critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):1:50 p.m.Is four and a half hours of Garry Shandling too much? Not to filmmaker Judd Apatow, who produced an upcoming HBO documentary on him.Apatow describes Shandling as a mentor. He wrote for Shandling, produced episodes of “The Larry Sanders Show” and even interviewed the comic when he was a 16-year-old high school student doing a radio show on Long Island.The documentary, presented in two parts premiering March 26 and 27, was an outgrowth of mini-documentaries that Apatow made for Shandling’s funeral. The comic died of a heart attack at age 66 on March 24, 2016.Apatow’s film delves into a series of hand-written journals that Shandling kept for 30 years that outlined thinking about his life and career.“I think he’s one of the most important comedy minds of all time,” Apatow said.___1:05 p.m.Journalist Ronan Farrow, who has written extensively about sexual misconduct charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for the New Yorker magazine, has signed a three-year television deal with HBO.Farrow will develop and star in a series of documentary specials focused on the abuse of power by individuals and institutions, the network says.Farrow says he believes there’s a new generation seeking out substantive reporting that takes on powerful interests and attacks systemic unfairness.Farrow’s Weinstein investigation was published on the heels of one by The New York Times, and ignited the current focus on bad behaving men. The story became an embarrassment for NBC News, Farrow’s former employer, which decided his work about Weinstein wasn’t ready to air and authorized him to take it elsewhere.___12:15 p.m.Actress Mira Sorvino says she hopes the Me Too movement keeps its focus on sexual harassment and doesn’t turn into a general women’s rights movement.Sorvino spoke before television critics on Thursday, a day after she penned a public apology to Dylan Farrow. In a letter published on HuffPost, Sorvino says she was sorry for “turning a blind eye” to the accusations Woody Allen’s daughter made against him. The former “Mighty Aphrodite” actress vowed never to work with Allen again.Farrow has maintained her father sexually abused her when she was 7 years old, a charge the filmmaker has denied.Sorvino is one of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, saying her career was hurt when she spurned his advances in 1995.