Heating System Safety In Cold Weather

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Burning wood safelyHaving used a wood stove as a primary heating source for over 30 years, I’m pleased to report that I have never had problem, though evidence in both the house we’re moving out of and our new (old) house shows that other occupants have dealt with fires on multiple occasions. In fact, based on extensive charred wood I’ve found around the chimneys, it’s very lucky that either house is still standing.There’s a reason that building codes call for specific set-backs from combustible materials and require insulated flue pipe wherever it extends through building components. With any installation of a wood stove, pellet stove, or any other wood-burning equipment, follow manufacturer recommendations carefully to ensure safe operation. The morning paper had yet another story about a destructive house fire — fortunately no fatalities (this time*), but the total loss of another home and another family’s belongings. And like many others, the culprit appears to have been the wood stove.So many of the home fires we experience in Vermont result from trying to keep warm. Some have to do with faulty installation of wood heating equipment; many others result from improper operation of that equipment or management of the ash. * The morning this article came out in our local paper, the front page of that paper had a story of a tragic house fire in my home town of Dummerston in which two people died. No word yet on the cause, but I suspect it will be related to heating. All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstHeating With Wood Safely and Efficiently Managing ashesMost of the wood-heat-related fires that friends of mine have dealt with have to do not with the wood stove itself, but with ashes. My wife and I store the ashes that we remove from our wood stove in several metal trash cans, and then periodically we scatter those ashes on our garden and fields. We have enough storage that we typically spread the ashes only once a year — in the spring or fall.An experience last year showed me just how risky spreading ashes can be. I must have run out of ash storage capacity so had to spread some ashes in the spring when we were still using the wood stove. I spread ashes that I had removed from the wood stove weeks earlier, so I hadn’t thought there could possibly be hot coals, but after scattering a number of shovelfuls I noticed some threads of smoke from the grass where ashes had been spread.I was easily able to deal with the few hot embers using patches of snow that remained on the ground, but it reminded me just how long coals can stay hot when buried in ashes. I’m almost sure those ashes had been in the ash can for at least two weeks.center_img Other fire risks in cold weatherIt isn’t only wood heat that creates a fire risk. Gas- and oil-fired furnaces and boilers can also malfunction, and that happens more commonly in the coldest weather when they are working the hardest.Cold weather is also when homeowners are likely to use portable electric space heaters. These can overload electrical circuits or result in shorts in the power cord, particularly if the cords are very old or damaged by pets or abrasion. Every year I hear about fires caused by electric space heaters. Examine the cords to those heaters carefully and replace as needed.In very cold weather we also sometimes hear about homeowners who use a kitchen oven for heat. Whether gas or electric, ovens should never be used for space heating; they aren’t designed for it. When gas ovens (propane or natural gas) are used for space heat, they also introduce combustion products to the house — and all open combustion of gas introduces a lot of water vapor, which can be a problem in some situations. (I actually discourage all open combustion in houses — i.e., gas ranges, cooktops, and ovens — but the indoor air quality issues are much greater when those appliances are used for heating.) On the safe-operation front, a good starting point is to burn only well-seasoned wood. (I admit to a track record that hasn’t always been great in this department.) With dry wood, there will be less need to operate the wood stove with the door ajar an less need to open it up to adjust the logs during operation — both potential risks.A big part of burning wood is about storing firewood. If, like a lot of people, you have a wood shed for storing the bulk of your wood outdoors and bring in smaller amounts for storage near the wood stove, pay attention to setback from the stove and excessive accumulation of bark and detritus near the wood stove that could catch fire from a wayward ember. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Energy conservation is always safeGenerating heat to create warmth nearly always carries some risk. But reducing the need for supplemental almost never does.Improved insulation, plugging holes in the heated envelope, tightening up leaky windows, and other energy conservation improvements are the best strategies for ensuring safety in houses in cold weather.Not only are superinsulated houses safer from fire because they require less heat to keep warm, but they are also safer in the event of power outages or interruptions in heating fuel — the resilience argument I’m always making. You’ll remain comfortable longer if you can’t operate your heating system, and if you do need to operate a separate space heater, it will be for a shorter period of time.Safe is good. And conserving energy is the best way to achieve that safety.last_img read more

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Don’t Let Your Garage Make You Sick

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESHow to Heat a Garage The Difficulty of Stopping Air Leakage Between the House and GarageA Stupid — and Illegal — Way to Air Condition Your GarageShould I Insulate My Garage Door?Energy-Efficient Garage DoorsQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersPinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineGetting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing BuckQ&A: Best way to ventilate a garage? The odds are high that the indoor air quality is worse in a home with an attached garage than in a home without one. Just take a look at the photo here to see some of the potential sources of pollutants that can get into your home’s air. How many do you see?Even without zooming in, I can spot five potential significant sources. The car is the biggest, of course. Every time it drives in or out, exhaust, including carbon monoxide, from the tailpipe enters the garage. On the left you can see a lawn mower and next to it a gasoline container. In the back is a gas water heater (in this case a direct vent type, which is a safer model than the standard natural draft type). To the left of the water heater are shelves full of various things, which may well include pesticides, fertilizers, and other stuff that fills the garage air with things you don’t want to breathe. Isolating the garageSo the typical garage has a lot of bad stuff in it. You may not notice the smell in your own garage because you grow used to it after a while, but I often notice a toxic odor in garages. What can you do to keep that stuff out of the air in your home? The first step, of course, is to isolate the garage from the house as well as possible. Here are the first steps to keeping the garage air out of the house:Block and air seal the band joist (see this article for more information)Weatherstrip the doorSeal all penetrationsHeat or cool the garage independently from the house. If you put heating or air conditioning vents in the garage and they’re connected to the system in the house, you can create a pressure difference between the house and the garage that drives garage air into the living space. (See this article for more information.)Ventilating the garageThere’s another thing you can do to keep that garage out of the house, too. Ventilate! With an exhaust fan in the garage, you can do two things to improve your indoor air quality. First, when the fan runs, it removes pollutants from the garage air and sends them outdoors.Second, the exhaust fan puts the garage under a negative pressure. That way, when you open the door between the garage and the house, air is more likely to flow from the house to the garage rather than from the garage to the house.Controlling the garage ventilationYou’ve got a few options here. You could set it up to run continuously, of course. If you’ve got a lot of nasty, off-gassing stuff out there and you really don’t want to get rid of it… well, my question to you is, why the heck don’t you just get rid of it? Build a shed out back. If you’ve already got a shed that’s stuffed to the gills, you could do like Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson and think of getting a second one.Rather than running the garage exhaust fan continuously, you could install a switch in the garage and control it manually. That’s not a great solution, though, because it often won’t be running at the time you need it to run. Say you drive into the garage, and the overhead door closes behind you. You’ve trapped some pollutants in the air but you have to get out of the car and turn the fan on before it starts removing them.The best solution, in my opinion, is to use a controller like AirCycler’s GarageVent. When you install it, sensors wired into the doors will turn the exhaust fan on whenever a door to the garage is opened. Then the fan runs for a set amount of time (0 to 2 hours) after you close the door. You can also set it to run based on temperature.And how much should you ventilate? Great question. I just found out at the ASHRAE 62.2 meeting this week that they’re doing a research project on garage ventilation. These aren’t official results yet, but what they said is that 50 cfm is probably too low and 200 cfm has worked every time. Stay tuned for the final results on that study, but I think 200 cfm is about the right number.Complicating factorsHaving said all that, installing a garage exhaust fan may or may not solve your problems. Here are some things that might negate or reduce the effectiveness of your fan, or even cause more problems.Natural draft water heater in the garage. These things can backdraft easily so if you install a large enough exhaust fan, you may end up putting more carbon monoxide into your garage, which could stick around after the fan goes off.Heating and air conditioning system in the garage. It’s not allowed by code anymore, but you could have this setup if you live in an older house. It’s possible that the HVAC system could be sucking up more air than your exhaust fan and sending a lot of contaminants right into your home.Heating and air conditioning vents in the garage. See my previous article on this topic.Negative pressure in the house. Some HVAC systems have unbalanced duct leakage that leads to negative pressure in the house. Some homes have really big exhaust fans. There could be a lot of stack effect. A number of causes could result in the house pressure being more negative than the garage. The garage exhaust fan does help reduce the pressure difference, but the end result may be more contaminants inside the home.As always, the devil’s in the details, so make sure you either understand what’s going on and can measure the effect of a garage exhaust fan or you hire a pro who does and can.Now, where do you think you’ll put that second shed? 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

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Autoliv partners with Volvo to build self-driving cars

first_imgTags:#Autoliv#Autonomous car#car safety#driverless#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Volvo Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo announced a partnership on Tuesday with Autoliv, a leader in automotive safety systems, in an effort to build a fully autonomous system for all vehicles.A jointly-owned company will be formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, to work on the development. Volvo and Autoliv have agreed to provide 100 workers each to the project, increasing to 600 total in the next few years.See Also: Would it make sense for Tesla to buy Lyft?The automaker and Autoliv have also signed an agreement to share advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous drive (AD) patents and ideas with one another. The duo expect to see the first developments from the separate company in 2017.“By combining our know how and resources we will create a world leader in AD software development,” said Volvo CEO and chairman, Håkan Samuelsson. “This means we can introduce this exciting technology to our customers faster.”Volvo system could be sold to othersAutoliv is allowed, according to Volvo, to license the autonomous system to other automakers. Volvo will pack the technology into its own cars, which it may then sell to a ride-hailing service.The two did not disclose plans to build a ride-hailing app, which may put them at the mercy of a highly competitive market where multiple players are building the hardware, software, and services in-house.Volvo is in a better position than some automakers, since it has already partnered with Uber. It sent 100 SUVs to Uber’s Pittsburgh fleet earlier this month, which have been integrated into the taxi service.The Swedish duo will face competition from other suppliers, like Delphi and Mobileye, which earlier this month announced their own self-driving partnership. Mobileye and Intel also signed an agreement with BMW to supply internal hardware and software to the iNext, coming in 2021.center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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No slaughter?

first_imgRead Next “Our big question mark is if Greg would play,” said Cone.“If we play Friday, I would say he won’t play. Given another day or two, he may play. But we do expect him to be back sometime in the series. We just hope that we’re still in the series by the time he’s available.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter sat out both playoff games against Rain or Shine due to a sprained ankle, but Cone acknowledged that he would need all of his weapons against a star-studded squad like San Miguel.“That’s a big thing for us, whether Greg can play and help us equalize against San Miguel,” said Cone. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both teams battled in the last Philippine Cup Finals with the Beermen emerging victorious to claim their third straight all-Filipino title.The winner of this series goes on to play the winner of the other semifinals, which features Magnolia taking on NLEX.The Road Warriors swept the Alaska Aces, 2-0, during their quarterfinal showdown after a tense 87-83 victory in Game 2 Wednesday night, thus claiming their first Final Four stint in franchise history. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Slaughter, the Gin Kings absorbed a 1-4 series loss—a defeat that still lingers for Ginebra veteran LA Tenorio.“Of course, we’re motivated by payback,” said Tenorio. “Last season, we didnt have Greg. But we came all the way from No. 7, so we just ran our of steam to be honest.”The Beermen reached the semifinals by disposing of TNT KaTropa, 106-93, in the quarterfinals with Fajardo shooting 35 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.“I think we have enough talent also, enough people also to contain June Mar and their shooters and their bigs, and also, their guards. We’ll see,” Tenorio said.“It’s gonna be tough for us, definitely. But again, we will fight. We have to really be focused on the game plan especially against June Mar. Really June Mar is playing [on] a different level now.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bayron fends off Lascuña charge, leads by 2 strokes LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Greg Slaughter Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its “equalizer” still doubtful, Barangay Ginebra takes on the challenge of toppling the “monster” whose shadow has loomed large over the PBA Philippine Cup in the past three seasons, starting Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.As if beating the three-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen over a seven game series is not tough enough, Gin Kings coach Tim Cone, a winner of 22 PBA titles, has to make his team cope with the absence of prized big man Greg Slaughter in the early part of the matchup.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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‘Port Elizabeth produced a familiar script of Indian touring ineptitude’

first_imgBALL OF CONTENTION: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (right)Karan Johar, get another job. They don’t make Indian mothers from Nirupama Roy – prototypes anymore. The modern variety is like mine, who takes a phone from Port Elizabeth and responds to inquiries about her health with, “I’m okay. How can they,BALL OF CONTENTION: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (right)Karan Johar, get another job. They don’t make Indian mothers from Nirupama Roy – prototypes anymore. The modern variety is like mine, who takes a phone from Port Elizabeth and responds to inquiries about her health with, “I’m okay. How can they say Sachin was ball-tampering? Arre, this must be costing you money. Bye.”Of all things that happen on assignment, nothing is worse than being sandbagged by your own mother at 7:30 a.m. Until that moment, Port Elizabeth had produced a familiar script of Indian touring ineptitude. Then Mike Denness decided to drop a grenade in the henhouse.The demands of a weekly mean that gunshot reactions take a back seat to cool analysis. But cool was to be found only in Antarctica, and analysis was overtaken by nationalistic outrage. Rumours flew at the speed of sound. “He did it,” hissed the India camp, as ex-player and pathological India-baiter Pat Symcox walked smugly by, accused of asking TV cameras to zoom to Tendulkar’s hands.Then there were the players: Virender Sehwag looking like he wanted to drown in his shallow bowl of cereal. Tendulkar clattering up a flight of stairs at St George’s Park, replying to questions with a grin and shrug.The moment the BCCI took over, the team exhaled and opinions came in a flood: “Oye, Denness must have been thinking, yaar how come no one is talking about me?”It took two days of talk, oaths of confidentiality, reading of cricket’s codes, and an all-night shift on the computer for four pages on crimes and punishment. Then came the day before the third “Test”, enshrined as Traumatic Thursday.advertisementIt began with an avalanche of threats to withdraw from the tour (BCCI), appeals to stay (UCB) and rumblings of anarchy (ICC). The death sentence came at 7 p.m. local time, 10:30 p.m. India. “It’s cover.” It is INDIA TODAY’S version of the air-raid siren and it means scramble, scramble, scramble.With a few hours to deadline, all you can do is communicate pure panic down the phone and appeal to the kindness of sources. They were merciful. “President Mbeki, he had to step in,” said one at dinner, after his partner had grudgingly passed on his cell phone.It was back to the computer, another night shift and the satisfaction of knowing, so what if you were falling asleep on the keyboard, there were people in India doing the same, waiting for the pearls of wisdom the temperamental laptop was reluctant to produce. No one would ever say to me again: “A cricket tour? My God, aren’t you the lucky one!”last_img read more

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Sonny Thoss shows flashes of old form in Aces win

first_imgThoss finished with 16 points, including a crucial jumper, that clinched the Aces’ second straight win of the season as they jumped to the sixth seed in the ladder.“Coach (Alex Compton) just asked me to be aggressive, we had a size advantage, so I was just trying to make myself available inside and give the team a chance,” said Thoss, who also grabbed five rebounds, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I appreciate the guys actually looking inside too.”The Aces still miss starters Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, and Kevin Racal due to injuries while Simon Enciso and rookie GBoy Babilonia are also sidelined. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing different roles, Jeron Teng steps up for depleted Alaska Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sonny Thoss was dormant for the past two games Alaska played in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The 37-year-old center scored a total of 10 points with the Aces splitting their first two games but Thoss eventually showed his vintage form when he helped lead Alaska to a 103-101 win over Blackwater Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Thoss, however, took it upon himself to be that man in the middle for the Aces especially with Blackwater not having a legitimate center underneath.Blackwater’s biggest player was 6-foot-5 rookie Abu Tratter and although he’s only two inches shorter than Thoss he mostly plays power forward since his college days at De La Salle.Thoss wasn’t just instrumental in the early stages of the game, he was also there in the clutch when the Aces needed him.Holding on to a 101-100 lead in the final minute of the game, Thoss squared up from the free throw line and calmly drained a jumper off of Chris Banchero’s assist with 34.3 seconds remaining.“It was a great team effort, everybody stepped up, and we needed it,” said Thoss, who was just one of the five Aces who finished in double figures. “We’re short on guys so it gives an opportunity for other players to step up and play.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Aston Martin launches new Rapide at Rs 3.29 crore

first_imgMumbai, Apr 19 (PTI) Century-old iconic British supercar brand Aston Martin today launched a souped up version of its four-door sports car Rapide at Rs 3.29 crore (ex-showroom Thane).The new 2016 Aston Martin Rapide will be sold through Performance Cars, a division of Infinity Cars, Aston Martin said in a release.”The new 6-litre Rapide offers unprecedented power and comfort at an extremely attractive price. India has been a market of strategic importance for Aston Martin,” said Neil Slade, General Manager, Aston Martin.Powered by a V12 engine, the four-door Rapide can propel from 0-100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 306 kmph.The existing Aston Martin Rapide is the highest selling four-door sports car in the country accounting for over 50 per cent of the Aston Martin cars sold here, he said.Founded way back in 1914, Aston Martin has created some of the worlds most iconic sports cars such as the DB5, famously associated with James Bond, to modern classics such as the Vantage, DB9, DBS and the four-door Rapide. PTI BEN NP ABMlast_img read more

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Shimla makes it into Centres Smart City list

first_imgShimla, Jun 23 (PTI) State capital Shimla has been selected as the second Smart City of Himachal Pradesh after Dharamshala that was brought under the Centres urban development project last year.The announcement was made in the third and final list of the Smart City Mission at the National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi today, an official spokesman said here.According to the Union Urban Development Ministry, Shimla along with 28 other cities has been brought under the project, he said.The Smart City status for Shimla was one of the main issues in the recently held Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) poll in which the BJP emerged as the largest party beating the Congress and the CPI (M).Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said it was a moment to rejoice as the Smart City tag would help better standardisation and development of civic amenities in Shimla.The state government had submitted its proposal to the Ministry of Urban development (MoUD) on March 31, he said.The Smart City project would facilitate better infrastructure in water supply, storm water drainage, urban transport, e-governance, capacity building and institutional strengthening, the chief minister said.Singh said the proposal sent to the MoUD, incorporated better management of public transport system, parking provisions besides pedestrian facilities.”Management of storm water and natural springs, rain water harvesting tanks in forest areas, redevelopment of zonal hospital, measures to mitigate fire and other hazards could now be efficiently met as these were also mentioned in the proposal,” he said.He said that priority would be also given to develop eco-tourism, adventure sports activities, alternative modes of transportation among others.advertisementSingh said the smart city will also enable the rehabilitation of around 800 families presently living in slum areas.Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, said Shimla submitted a proposal of Rs 2,906 crore that included Rs 1,252 crore was for re-development of Lower Baazar, Sabzi Mandi, Ganj and Krishnanagar; Rs 1,280 crore for retro-fitting of circular road and three transit corridors of the city; and Rs 197 crore for plan-city application of traffic management and citizen security.Apart from this, solid and waste water management, building safety, disaster mitigation and open and recreational places would also be attended to, he said.The proposal has suggestions of citizens and was discussed in ward meetings, which were also approved by the municipal corporation, the minister said. The matter was pursued with the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and finally the tag was given to Shimla, he said. PTI PCL ANBlast_img read more

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Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia Council

first_imgBadminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected the Vice President of the Badminton Asia Council (BAC).The 50-year-old got 35 votes from a total of 40 polled on Saturday.”The BAI President is making his foray in the continental committee and we are sure it will help the BAI to get added support from the Asian body and work to develop badminton in the region,” said BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania.BAC President Anton Subowo also appointed BAI Secretary (Tournaments) Omar Rashid as the Deputy Chairman of Badminton Asia’s Development Committee.Sudhakar Vemuri will also assume charge as BAC Technical Committee’s Deputy Chairman.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also See:last_img read more

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Clifton’s : The Cafeteria/Bar Everyone Needs

first_img How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 1. Clifton’s Cafeteria 2. Clifton’s Cafeteria 3. Clifton’s Cafeteria 4. Clifton’s Cafeteria 5. Clifton’s Cafeteria 6. Clifton’s Cafeteria 7. Clifton’s Cafeteria 8. Clifton’s Cafeteria 9. Clifton’s Cafeteria Editors’ Recommendations Clifton’s Cafeteria is back and in a big new way. It originally opened in 1931, by Clifford Clinton, as a chain of cafeteria’s that ensured no one went hungry regardless of ability to pay. For decades, Clifton’s fed Angelenos, among them Ray Bradbury when he was barely scraping by, Jack Kerouac when he was in town, and plenty of Hollywood luminaries who had the cash. Now, its sole remaining location has been saved and improved by Andrew Meirean, the creative force behind hotspots like The Edison. It’s got live music, private dining and event spaces, and multiple bars to satisfy virtually anyone.It’s hard to describe Clifton’s and do it any kind of justice. The overall feel is otherworldly and utterly awesome, like stepping into a bygone era and you essentially get to pick your era.A massive fiberglass redwood tree anchors the multi-story place, stretching up to the ceiling and paying homage to its original woodland theme. The first floor has a real waterfall slipping through the tables, just outside the cafeteria. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner: Clifton’s has your meals covered. Meirean even found the original tray designs and reproduced them. This level has a very 1950s feel to it.Upstairs, the Brookdale Ballroom is light and airy, like you climbed the stairs into the early 20th century. Architectural details cover every inch, but they’re easy to miss when focused on the taxidermied lions, bears, and buffalo staring out at you from their dioramas. You can use your smartphone to learn important facts about nature and animal conservation, because at Clifton’s you get to feed your brain and belly. It’s got amazing views of downtown and is the perfect spot for brunch.Scattered throughout the massive space are several bars: one offers craft beers and even classic soda drinks. The Gothic Bar contains a gorgeous altar salvaged from a church, which now holds up a meteorite and craft cocktails instead of communion. The drinks menu changes with some regularity, but if the Goldrush is available, order it! It’s a magical concoction of lemon juice, honey, and whiskey. The Map Room has a very 1940s-adventurer feel with huge murals of maps painted on the walls, or go to the Tiki bar just beside it. Feeling more 1920s? Go to the basement and enjoy a drink in Shadow Box, Clifton’s speakeasy.All this and we haven’t even mentioned the food yet! It’s your traditional cafeteria grub: Pizza, mac n’ cheese, rotisserie meats at carving stations, salads, even fish and chips. Turkey and stuffing available everyday. Even the the Jell-O desserts have made the transition into today’s incarnation of the cafeteria. It’s all reasonably priced given the trendy place it’s become.Clifton’s is the the place to bring out-of-town family and friends, suggest for a date, or hell, to find a date in a fantastically bonkers atmosphere.center_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Lifelast_img read more

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RSS leader in net for murder attempt

first_imgKolkata: An RSS leader was arrested in Durgapur on Monday for alleged torture and murder attempt on his wife and three-year-old son.It is alleged that the accused RSS leader, identified as Chiranjit Dhibar, was involved in a few illicit relationships and his wife got to know about them. According to sources, on Monday, Dhibar’s wife lodged a complaint at the Durgapur Woman police station against her husband for beating her. She said to police that a few days ago she managed gather some chat records of Dhibar through which it Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujacould be established that he was involved with several women. Dhibar, a leader of RSS’s education cell, tried to hide his activities from his wife but a few days ago she somehow managed to get hold of Dhibar’s smartphone and saw the chat records. When he confronted Dhibar, he allegedly started torturing her along with his father and other family members. To save herself, Dhibar’s wife left her in law’s home along with her three-year-old son and moved to her house at Natunpally in Benachiti. It is alleged that on Monday evening Dhibar went to Natunpally and tried to set her on fire inside the house. When she screamed, her neighbours ran to the house and managed to save her and detain Dhibar. Later, Dhibar’s wife lodged a complaint against him on several charges, including attempt to murder. He was produced before the local court on Tuesday and has been remanded to police custody.last_img read more

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Now 10 cases of measles diagnosed in BC outbreak vaccinations way up

first_imgVANCOUVER — Two new cases of measles have been diagnosed in the Vancouver area for a total of 10 illnesses as health officials say they’re concerned they can’t find the source of one of the infections.Vancouver Coastal medical health officer Dr. Althea Hayden says nine of the cases are clearly associated with schools that were at the centre of the original outbreak this month, but they don’t know where the other person contracted the disease.The health authority has also released a list of locations where one of the infected people travelled over three days from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, including restaurants, on a Canada Line commuter train and Langara College.Hayden says the health authority is doing its best to find the source of measles in the 10th person in an effort to prevent more people from being exposed.Measles at first presents with flu-like symptoms, coughing, a runny nose and red eyes, but then a fever develops, followed by the distinctive rash.Hayden says the response to a call for people to get vaccinated has been fantastic and the health authority has seen a large number of first-time vaccinations.“It’s the best thing that people can do to protect themselves, it’s the best thing we all can do to protect our community.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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EU steps up fight against Russian fake news ahead of vote

first_imgBRUSSELS — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating Russian-backed “fake news” from their platforms ahead of elections next year.EU officials unveiled the measures on Wednesday as part of an action plan to counter disinformation in the lead up to the continent-wide vote in the spring.The internet companies will have to submit their reports from January to May, when 27 EU member countries are scheduled to vote.Officials from the EU’s executive Commission said they’ll add a “rapid alert system,” beef up budgets and add expert staff and data analysis tools to help combat fake news.Google, Facebook, Twitter and browser maker Mozilla signed up in September to a voluntary code of conduct on fighting disinformation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ministry of Health Gives Al Hoceima Hospital 5 Ambulances 20 Tons

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Al Hoceima’s Mohammed V Hospital received five ambulances and 20 tons of medicines and medical supplies from the Ministry of Health on July 25, destined to all medical centers in the surrounding areas.Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi paid a visit to the Al Hoceima province on July 24 to check on projects set up to improve health conditions in the area. El Ouardi said that several medical centers are currently under construction, while 28 hospitals undergoing renovations in numerous areas in the Rif, including Lmzouren and Ait Youssef Ou Ali, a small town and rural commune in the Al Hoceima province.A budget estimated at MAD 374 million was allocated in order to equip a general hospital in Youssef Ou Ali.The minister also inaugurated an extension to the Mohammed V Regional Hospital in Al Hoceima. With a MAD 43 million budget, the building was equipped with several medical sections, including a maternity section, a surgical facility, a special care room for newborns and preterm infants, and eight incubators.The minister also promised to provide the Al Hoceima province, home of protests since late October, with seven additional ambulances in August.Protests in the region started after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fish vendor, who was fatally crash by a garbage truck on October 28. Since then Al Hoceima province witnessed demonstrations and marches by activists who have been urging the government to respond to their economic and social demands. read more

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Solid earnings reports push US stock indexes broadly higher

NEW YORK — Stocks moved higher in early trading on Wall Street Thursday as investors focused on several solid earnings reports after a late bout of selling the day before.Investors are nearing the end of a busy week that included Wednesday’s widely anticipated quarter-point cut to the Federal Reserve’s key interest rate. The market reacted with disappointment over the central bank’s caution over future rate cuts. Major indexes are now headed for weekly losses.The steady flow of corporate earnings continued and several big-name companies reported surprisingly good results. The latest round of reports has been better than Wall Street initially expected just a month ago.Technology stocks led the early gains. Microsoft rose 1.8% and Apple rose 1.2%. Verizon rose 1.4% and helped lift communications stocks.Consumer product makers rose broadly following a solid earnings report from cereal maker Kellogg. Surprisingly good results from General Motors and Yum Brands sent consumer-oriented stocks higher.Concho Resources plunged 21% after releasing a disappointing quarterly report. A 2.5% drop in oil prices also helped push the broader energy sector lower. Financial and industrial stocks also fell.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.99%.Investors still have some key financial reports to look out for this week. Oil companies Exxon and Chevron will report results on Friday. The government will also release its employment report for July on Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 124 points, or 0.5%, to 26,986. The Nasdaq composite rose 1%. Overseas, European markets were mixed and Asian indexes closed broadly lower.CHIPPED CHINA: Qualcomm fell 3.1% after the chipmaker gave investors a surprisingly weak profit and revenue forecast because of problems in China. A ban on exports to China’s Huawei, which is part of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, is hanging over the company. Meanwhile, demand is lower in China as the company’s customers temper new phone launches for the remainder of 2019 and focus on the launch of faster 5G phone technology next year.SWEET AND SAVORY: Kellogg rose 9.7% after the maker of breakfast cereal and other food products beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts. The company reported growth in its key North America market on sales of Pringles, Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles.LOADED TACOS: Yum Brands rose 5.1% after the company reported surprisingly good second quarter profit on sales gains for its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants. Sales at existing locations for each restaurant rose more than Wall Street had forecast.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Two plans presented to Security Council for next steps in disarming Iraq

The President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, told reporters that during its closed-door consultations, the Council received a “memorandum” from France, Germany and the Russian Federation calling for continued UN inspections, as well as a draft resolution co-sponsored by Spain, the United Kingdom and United States that referred to “serious consequences” mentioned in resolution 1441 if Baghdad did not comply.He said the Council will hold further consultations Thursday on the two documents after delegations have had a chance to consult with their capitals.The text introduced by the UK would decide that Iraq “has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it in resolution 1441,” which was adopted unanimously last November acknowledging that Iraq “has been and remains in material breach” of its disarmament obligations and gave the country a last chance to comply.“There needs to be United Nations action if there is serious doubt about Iraq’s cooperation,” Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom told reporters.US Ambassador John D. Negroponte said it was now apparent that instead of seizing this opportunity, Iraq has tried to continue business as usual. “We have not seen what this Council has insisted on seeing, a strategic decision by Iraq to disarm,” he said. “That is the bar set by resolution 1441, and Iraq is immensely far from reaching that bar, and we all know it.”The document circulated by France notes that the conditions for using force against Iraq have not been fulfilled since, while suspicions remain, no evidence has been given that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction. The text also stresses that the Council must step up its efforts to give a “real chance to the peaceful settlement of the crisis.”Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France told reporters there is no reason for the time being to discuss or to adopt a new resolution. “Our common goal, which is a goal very clearly identified in resolution 1441, is that Iraq should be disarmed,” he said. “And it is very clear that the priority is that Iraq should be disarmed peacefully. Now, the time has not come to discuss if all of these options have been exhausted. The time has not come to discuss a military option.”For his part, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said he did not think that the chance for the peaceful disarmament of Iraq has been lost or missed. “We are convinced, on the contrary, that the inspections are proceeding effectively and that Iraq is responding to the demands of the international community and to the pressure exerted on it,” he said. “We think that this should continue on the basis of the unity of the Council, which we very strongly support.” read more

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DR of Congo UN trains army officers on humanitarian principles

Those benefiting from the effort earlier this month were commanders of platoons, sections, companies and battalions, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which carried out the initiative with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Child Protection Division of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).Training focused on international legal instruments and norms pertaining to the involvement of children in armed forces, as well as the role of armed forces in the protection of children and women against sexual violence. During the training workshop, the participants identified opportunities for raising awareness among the troops they command, and how to apply these principles in the field.Ten humanitarian actors, based in Ituri and representing UN agencies, international and national NGOs, also received the training on humanitarian principles and the absolute necessity to abide by them, particularly as the country gears up for elections, to better guarantee the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian action.“The humanitarian community and MONUC call on the Government of DRC to fulfil its responsibility in respecting the internationally established humanitarian principles and in ensuring the protection of civilian populations, including internally displaced people,” OCHA said. read more

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Are NBA Steals Born of Bad Defense

Although unlikely, it’s delightfully possible that the extra value provided by players who get a lot of steals is mostly just a result of their willingness to try to get them.Finally, if you think that steals come with considerable risk, you still have to account for their predictive value somewhere, and I think your route to a plausible explanation is harder than mine: Perhaps they actually correlate to other (immeasurable) skills so strongly that it overwhelms their individually negative nature? It’s theoretically possible, but it’s not an easy case. My article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal” sparked a lot of debate. I’m responding to several comments and questions in four parts. We posted Part 1 on Monday; here is Part 2:My initial article explored how and why steals are underrated as a box score stat. Despite the constant focus on points per game in popular discussion of players, steals are actually a better indicator of value than points. Way better.One of the most common responses to the article was the suggestion that we should consider the amount to which steals are a product of “gambling” on defense. In the comments, reader Kyle Pulek succinctly expressed the concern:I think something that you have to consider is the “risk” of attempting a steal. In a way, steals are valuable but if you try and miss you end up out of position and increasing your opponent’s ability to score on that possession. If you racked up 5 steals a game, it wouldn’t be beneficial if the other 45 possessions that you played you swung and missed and ended up behind the ball.I was a little surprised with the frequency and intensity of this objection, as I didn’t consider it a big issue. Indeed, I raised the same point in Footnote 7 (although I don’t blame anybody for not reading every footnote):Steals come at a cost as well: By gambling on defense, you sometimes give up a better shot if you fail. But, all things considered, they are probably closer to being “free” than points.The reason this didn’t concern me is that the part of the analysis that establishes the value of steals relative to other box score stats is completely oblivious to the costs and benefits of a particular stat; the analysis only cares about the corresponding increase or decrease in the team’s chances of winning.Indirect “with or without you” analyses are meant to avoid the thorny and often intractable causal complexities that lie between a thing and its effect on the bottom line. Of course, this approach has its limitations. For example, we don’t know whether steals predict a player’s impact because steals are more important than other things, or because the type of player who tends to get steals just happens to be better at helping his team win games than a similarly situated player who doesn’t. But we do know that steals predict a player’s impact extremely well, so if we’re concerned with making empirical predictions, they’re something we should pay attention to.This question usually comes from the opposite direction: When discussing the predictive value of steals with statsy-types, one of the most common responses I get is that it’s probably because steals are a defensive stat, and thus one of the only windows into a player’s defensive ability that box score stats provide. One of the more surprising side-findings in my analysis was that steals don’t seem to predict much about defense at all. If there is any contrarian element to my analysis, it is my argument that their value may stem mostly from their irreplaceability instead.Moreover, though some heavy hitters apparently disagree, going for a steal doesn’t immediately strike me as a very bad gamble. A player’s reward is ending his opponent’s possession and getting an even more valuable than normal possession for his team, while his risk is possibly giving up a better shot. Even if some of those shots are layups, the overall difference in expected value of a failed steal attempt from no steal attempt is going to be much smaller than the value of the successful attempt vs. no attempt.The one big thing we don’t know is how many attempts a player needs to get a steal. This “stealing efficiency” may vary considerably from player to player, just as efficiency-focused metrics for other box score stats do. But the observed predictive value of steals suggests that the ratio is not so dire. If anything, I could see it going in the opposite direction: read more

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Enda Kenny is now the most popular political leader in Ireland

first_imgTHE LATEST OPINION poll assessing the government has revealed an increase in support for the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.The Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes survey saw the satisfaction rating for the ruling parties leap by 11 points – up to a two-year high of 35 per cent.It was good news all around for Taoiseach Enda Kenny who also saw his own personal ratings jump 10 points to 34 per cent, edging Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin off the top spot.His Labour counterpart, Eamon Gilmore, also experienced a surge in popularity with his rating of 32 per cent – an increase of six points.Their parties performed adequately too with Fine Gael climbing by five points to 30 per cent and Labour unchanged at 11 per cent.The newspaper notes that the poll was taken after the official exit from the IMF/EU bailout last week.In a turn-around, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams received his lowest ever rating with his personal satisfaction rating falling eight points to 33 per cent. His party also dropped behind Fianna Fáil in terms of popularity. Fine Gael: 30 per centFianna Fáil: 21 per centSinn Féin: 15 per centLabour: 11 per centIndependents: 21 per centGreens: 3 per centWhat do you think? Are you satisfied with the coalition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Developing the ‘hard neck’: TDs on death threats, abuse, and their coping strategiesVideo: Crown doubles down on St Vincent’s claims in the SeanadTaoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next electionlast_img read more

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Nintendo is allowing a 26 iOS Pokédex to launch next week

first_imgOn November 16, The Pokémon Company will release a Pokédex app for iOS. Dubbed Pokémon Zukan, the app will imitate the actual in-game Pokédex, and provide a comprehensive list of Pokémon along with detailed information about each one. Unfortunately for some Pokénthusiasts, this app is currently only releasing in Japan, with no mention of release in other regions. The app will cost 170 yen (around $2).Perhaps a little obnoxiously, the vanilla app only comes with 150 entries, and requires four DLC purchases priced at 500 yen ($6) each in order to complete the other missing 500 or so entries.The bigger story is that — aside from the occasional CD-i Zelda game — Nintendo has always stood staunchly against putting their characters and franchises onto other devices that directly compete with their own. They refuse to release games for phones and tablets because that would directly compete with their portable gaming hardware. The Pokémon Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo, so it might seem odd that Nintendo allowed them to push out an iOS Pokédex, especially since Nintendo’s own 3DS already has a Pokédex. However, The Pokémon Company has the authority to use the franchise however they think would help promote the brand.It’s also possible that the higher total pricing of the iOS app could be a reason why Nintendo didn’t fight its release, as it costs a total of $26, whereas the 3DS Pokédex only costs $15, so Nintendo might’ve gotten yen signs in its eyes. The release of the iOS app could also signal Nintendo loosening up on its usual stance and testing the iOS waters, but only time will tell on that front.last_img read more

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