Democracy has fled

first_imgDear Editor,Suddenly, the dark era of the PNC has descended on Guyanese like a relentless plague, a phenomenon which many had thought would never return after savouring the fruits of democracy for 23 years. The ghosts of the dark past have now returned to life once again to haunt this nation. In the meantime, our hard-won democracy has been so much trampled upon that it has fled with great alacrity. The PNC has once again displayed its penchant for violating the Constitution and this time, the violation is not about delaying the elections but it is the violation of one’s right to freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and by extension the right to peacefully protest. All the fundamental rights and freedom of individuals are being violated daily. The PNC has become the Constitution!Article 148(1) of the Constitution states that, “No person shall be deprived of his freedom of movement, that is to say, the right to move freely throughout Guyana…” The exception would be to prevent the commission of a crime, or in the interest of public safety, or to protect public morality or to PREVENT THE SUBVERSION OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. In the case of the Guyana Police Force’s action against the protestors at Cornelia Ida, there is a clear indication that it is in complete defiance of Article 148. Moreover, they did the opposite of the constitutional stipulation: they subverted the democratic institutions. The GPF was committing a crime NOT the protesters!The caretaker President, David Granger, was attending a graduation ceremony and dinner at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan School in the area and an NGO, the Association of Democracy and Human Rights Guyana launched a protest to show their concern about the many violations of the Constitution and the CCJ’s rulings resulting on an assault on the democratic institutions in Guyana. David Granger has so far shown scant regard for these institutions. It is apparent that Granger knew about the protest beforehand and the Police erected a barricade in the streets to prevent the protesters from getting in close proximity to the school where the graduation was held and so neutralise the effect. It must be noted that it is normal for protesters to line the shoulders of the public roads but in this case they were prevented from doing so. It seems that Granger cannot bear to behold the sight of people protecting their inalienable rights; however, he is not averse to school children lining the streets and waving flags for his own pleasure.In addition, to add insult to injury, the peaceful protesters were pushed further down the streets in a bid to stifle their democratic voices. In this maddening haste to chase the protesters further down, the barricades were used as battering rams which resulted in injuries to some. But the Police was not satisfied with this, they arrested two of the protesters and held them in detention at the station for a couple of hours. Until now, they were not given any reason for their unlawful detention. This act is simply to stir fear and prevent others from standing up for their rights. It is clear that just as it was in Burnham days the Police has become the shameless tool of fear and intimidation of the PNC dictatorship. It can be assumed that it is only a matter of time before the Police is used to take out political opponents under the slightest pretext of aggression. The signs are manifesting!What is also alarming is the discriminatory action of the Police. This was so blatant since the PNC counter-protesters were allowed free access to the main road by the Police. Will these counter-protesters morph later into the House of Israel? We have seen in the not so distant past that protests led by the PNC had subjected law-abiding citizens who they deemed to be supporters of the PPP to the most demeaning and horrific acts-they were robbed, beaten and sexually molested. I could not recall any arrests made by the Guyana Police Force, for instance, the Agricola protest when these acts were done in broad daylight and in the presence of the Police. In addition, businesses were razed to the ground in some cases resulting in multimillion dollars losses. Where were the Police then? How many were arrested?As expected, the growing dictatorship has now made it the norm for Granger to travel around with heavy Police escorts and other security presence which only serve to instil fear and insecurity in the minds of Guyanese. The people now have to dive for cover anytime they hear a siren in the distant. The siren has now become a messenger of death. This is a lot more than Burnham was used to, so it may be prudent to assume a bigger dictator in the making. But such is the life of a dictator who feels unsafe to walk freely even among invitees at a graduation function. Can you imagine that invitees to this graduation function were body searched at the gate by the Police before being admitted? Since exposed to Pegasus, the courage of the caretaker President has certainly taken a sudden flight! The paranoia is growing rapidly!Guyanese must now stand up to this Granger dictatorship. It is time that we must register our non-cooperation with evil through peaceful protests and civil disobedience in order to eradicate this growing scourge.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

U.S. and E.U. Approve Microsoft/Yahoo Search Deal: What it Means for Consumers and Developers

first_imgfrederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to Yahoo’s own announcement, this deal also means that the company can now focus on providing even more additional services around search, without having to focus on maintaining its own search engine.Nothing New for YahooFor Yahoo, using somebody else’s search technology isn’t really anything new. Before launching its own search product, Yahoo had a partnership with Google that lasted from 2002 to 2004.Overall, Bing offers better search results than Yahoo’s own search engine. Besides better search results, Yahoo’s users probably won’t notice any major differences once Yahoo begins to use Bing. According to Yahoo’s statement, this implementation will begin in the next few days, though the exact date for the transition isn’t clear yet.More Competition for GoogleBing, which is already growing at a steady clip will not become and even more important rival for Google’s search engine. While anybody would be hard-pressed to argue that Google isn’t innovating fast enough, this renewed competition from Bing will surely put some pressure on Google to innovate even faster.In addition, this deal also makes Microsoft and bigger player in the search engine advertising business, a field that Google can currently dominate because of the sheer size of its market share.And What About Developers? Yahoo also just posted some information about what it plans to do with its developer tools now that this deal has been cleared. The overall message in Yahoo’s announcement to developers, though, is that the company doesn’t really know what it will do yet.For BOSS, Yahoo and Microsoft are considering a fee-based structure, the future of SearchMonkey is unclear (“we’re working hard to determine which path provides the best value for site owners and end users”) and with regards to Yahoo’s Site Explorer, Yahoo is also still considering its options.Press ReleaseSUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT – News) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO – News) announced today that they have received clearance for their search agreement, without restrictions, from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, and will now turn their attention to beginning the process of implementing the deal.Implementation of the deal is expected to begin in the coming days and will involve transitioning Yahoo!’s algorithmic and paid search platforms to Microsoft, with Yahoo! becoming the exclusive relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers globally. Once the transition is completed, the companies’ unified search marketplace will deliver improved innovation for consumers, better volume and efficiency for advertisers and better monetization opportunities for web publishers through a platform that contains a larger pool of search queries.“This breakthrough search alliance means Yahoo! can focus even more on our own innovative search experience,” said Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz. “Yahoo! gets to do what we do best: combine our science and technology with compelling content to build personally relevant online experiences for our users and customers.”Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer concurred with Bartz’s assessment. “Although we are just at the beginning of this process, we have reached an exciting milestone,” Ballmer said. “I believe that together, Microsoft and Yahoo! will promote more choice, better value and greater innovation to our customers as well as to advertisers and publishers.”Consumer Search ExperienceUnder terms of the agreement, which was announced in late July 2009, Microsoft will provide Yahoo! with the same search result listings available through Bing, and Yahoo! will innovate around those listings by integrating rich Yahoo! content, enhanced listings with conveniently organized information about key topics, and tools to tailor the experience for Yahoo! users.Yahoo! will focus on providing a compelling and innovative search experience that allows people to find and explore the things, people and sites that matter most to them. While Microsoft will provide the underlying platform, both companies will continue to create different, compelling and evolving experiences, competing for audience, engagement and clicks.Transition TimelineYahoo! and Microsoft will work with advertisers, publishers and developers on a customized plan designed to make the transition as efficient and seamless as possible. Both companies will begin working closely with most partners well in advance of their planned transition to the Microsoft platform and will communicate important information to partners about the transition periodically via phone, email, webinars and a newly created website at www.searchalliance.com.The companies will begin the transition of algorithmic search and have set a goal of completing that effort in at least the United States by the end of 2010. The companies also hope to make significant progress transitioning U.S. advertisers and publishers prior to the 2010 holiday season, but may wait until 2011 if they determine that the transition will be more effective after the holiday season. All global customers and partners are expected to be transitioned by early 2012.Customer RelationshipsOnce the transition is in place, Yahoo! and Microsoft will each represent and provide customer support to different advertiser segments. Yahoo!’s sales team will exclusively represent and support high volume advertisers, SEO and SEM agencies, and resellers and their clients. Microsoft will represent and support self-service advertisers.Regulatory SummaryAlthough the transaction previously was cleared by regulators in Australia, Brazil and Canada, the terms of the agreement required clearance by U.S. and European regulators before it could commence. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo! continue to work with regulators in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan to ensure that they have all relevant information necessary to evaluate the transaction before the deal commences in those specific jurisdictions.About MicrosoftFounded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT – News) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx. Tags:#Microsoft#news#web#Yahoo The European Union and the U.S. Department of Justice just cleared the proposed search deal between Microsoft and Yahoo. Under the terms of this deal, Microsoft’s Bing will soon replace Yahoo’s own search engine on Yahoo’s sites, while Microsoft will get an exclusive 10-year license to Yahoo’s search technology. Yahoo will receive 88% of all the revenues from search ads on its site for the first five years of the agreement and handle the sales for Microsoft’s and Yahoo’s premium search advertising inventory.What Does this Mean for Consumers?First of all, it’s important to note that while Yahoo will incorporate Bing’s search results, the company has no plans to scrap any of the auxiliary search products that currently surround Yahoo’s search results. This means that Yahoo will continue to show results from it’s own news product on its search results pages, for example. Yahoo’s Search Pad and Search Scan apps that allow users to filter searches will also remain on the search results pages. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Exterior Insulation on 2×4 Walls Versus 2×6 Walls With Cavity Insulation Only

first_imgUPDATED on December 18, 2017 with a corrected energy savings table.If you live in the world of 2×4 walls, as I do, you may have wondered about the savings you’d get by going to a more robust wall assembly. The typical house in southern climes has 2×4 walls with R-13 insulation in the cavities. The two ways to beef that up would be to add continuous exterior insulation or to go to a thicker wall. But which saves more energy? And how do they compare to the plain old 2×4 wall?This question comes up fairly often in our HVAC design work. Clients want to know not only about how much energy they’ll save but also if they’ll be able to downsize the HVAC system. The former saves on operating cost, the latter on first cost.Total R-valueA wall assembly is a combination of materials that allows heat to flow in both series and parallel. For this article, I’m going to show you the results I got for four different wall assemblies. First, I’ve set up a spreadsheet that calculates the total R-value of an assembly and then used that tool to calculate the R-values for these four walls. Here’s a summary of them: The first one is your standard 2×4 wall with plywood or OSB sheathing. The second one is the base wall plus half-inch, R-3 continuous exterior insulation. The third one is the base wall plus two-inch, R-10 continuous exterior insulation. The last one is a 2×6 wall with R-19 cavity insulation and no continuous exterior insulation.The best R-value is the one with 2 inches of exterior insulation. The 2×6 wall is roughly equivalent to a 2×4 wall with a half-inch of exterior insulation.HVAC design loadsTo see what effect these different R-values have on the size of the heating and cooling systems in a home, we have to put in actual numbers for a house. I chose one that we worked on recently. It’s a typical house: two stories, 2,800 square feet of conditioned floor area, and about 2,400 square feet of wall area. I’ve got the file set up in RightSuite so I looked at the heating and cooling loads for the different walls shown in the table above.But I also looked at the results for three different locations in 2×4 world: Decatur, Georgia (in the Atlanta area and where the house really is located); Dallas, Texas (a hotter climate); and Phoenix, Arizona (a climate so hot I don’t know why people live there — but hey, that’s their choice). Here’s what I got: The design temperatures for the three locations were:Decatur: 25°F and 91°FDallas:   28°F and 99°FPhoenix: 42°F and 108°FThe results here show that the most reduction we can get in the design loads is about 4,000 BTU/hr. That’s about a third of a ton of cooling capacity. In other words, you’re not going to find much reduction in your equipment costs by adding exterior insulation or going from 2×4 to 2×6 walls. Dropping three to four thousand BTU/hr may allow you to move down one size in your equipment. Maybe.Energy savingsWell, if you’re not going to save much on the first cost of your heating and air conditioning equipment, what about the energy you’ll save each year by reducing the heat transfer across your walls? Here’s what I found: Note that I added another assembly here. In addition to the four above, I included the 2×4 wall with one inch of continuous exterior insulation with an R-value of 5.center_img RELATED ARTICLESHow to Design a WallBuilding an Energy-Efficient Home on a Budget Is Double-Stud Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Choosing a High-Performance Wall AssemblyChoosing a Cost-Effective Wall SystemChoosing the Right Wall Assembly (2013)Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015)Five Different High-R WallsCreating High-Performance WallsChoosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemGBA Encyclopedia: Exterior Walls Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing The good news in these results is that adding more insulation to the walls saves hundreds of thousands of BTUs. The bad news is that the BTU is a pretty small unit of heat. If I had shown how many kilowatt-hours those BTU savings add up to, the number would be only about a hundred. That means you’re not going to save a lot of money by going beyond the standard R-13 wall in warmer climates.But if we look at the percent reduction in heat transfer through the walls, it’s significant. The 2×4 wall with R-3 exterior insulation and the 2×6 wall both reduce the heat flow through walls by about a quarter (22% and 25% respectively). Going to the 2×4 wall with R-5 exterior insulation reduces your wall heat transfer by about a third. Going to 2 inches of exterior insulation on a 2×4 wall cuts your annual heat transfer through the walls in half.Is it worth it?The 2×4 wall with 2 inches of exterior insulation gets you the best results among the five assemblies I included here. You could, of course, add even more exterior insulation and reduce the heat transfer even more. Or you could go to a fatter wall without exterior insulation, such as a Joe Lstiburek’s ideal double-stud wall. Keep in mind, though, that each inch of thickness you add to the standard 2×4 wall increases your cost, and each successive inch buys you less and less reduction in your wall heat transfer.With energy costs what they are now, none of the improved walls shown above in the three locations I chose will save you much money and may not even be cost-effective. But energy costs now in much the U.S. are really low. Will they stay this low as long as you’re in the house? Who knows?If you’re in a warm climate and want to go beyond a standard 2×4 wall, you can do this analysis for your area and with your local energy costs to see if it’s cost-effective for you. Of the four improved walls above, the one that’s going to be the lowest cost is probably the 2×6 wall. It’s also the safest to build if you’ve got a framing crew that hasn’t done exterior insulation before. I don’t mean that your house could fall down if you build it with exterior insulation. I’m saying crews that have never done window bucks or attached siding over exterior insulation may have trouble with the details. But they can frame 2×6 walls.There’s a learning curve with exterior insulation. If you have a crew that can deal with 2 inches of continuous exterior insulation, though, you can cut the heat transfer through your walls in half and still end up with walls the same thickness as 2×6 walls.Other reasons to go beyond the 2×4 wallFor some people, the cost-effectiveness based on current energy costs determines whether an improved wall makes the cut. Or maybe it’s just how many dollars it adds to the bottom line. But let me steer you to some other reasons to consider an improved wall over a standard 2×4 wall.First, there’s comfort. Whether you go with a 2×6 wall or a 2×4 wall with exterior insulation, that extra insulation means that the inside surfaces of your exterior walls won’t be as cold in winter or as warm in summer. Now, you may think that doesn’t matter a whole lot as long as your heating system or air conditioner is up to the task, but you’d be wrong.As it turns out, air temperature is only one factor that affects our comfort. Another really important one is called mean radiant temperature. Anyone who’s ever walked around naked in poorly insulated house on a cold day has a visceral understanding of mean radiant temperature. Even if the air temperature is warm, cold walls (or windows) can suck the heat right out of you and leave you chilled. (My friend Robert Bean is the most persistent advocate for comfort I know. If you want to do a deep-dive into this topic, check out his website, Healthy Heating.)Second, there’s carbon. Every BTU of carbon-intensive energy we save helps keep our atmospheric carbon dioxide from increasing further. Most places are using at least some dirty electricity because of the way electricity is shipped around the country among utilities. Reducing the amount of heating and cooling we need in buildings is one of the best ways to help reduce carbon emissions.This article is targeted toward warm climates, so moisture accumulation in cold sheathing isn’t that big a deal. The colder your winters are, though, the more important it is to keep your exterior sheathing dry. Exterior insulation over the sheathing is great for that. One of the weaknesses of double-stud walls is that the sheathing stays colder and thus wetter, possibly even wet enough in cold climates to cause damage. (See my article on Building Science Corporation’s research on a house with double-stud walls.)Where you may find more savingsIf I were building a house for myself here in the mild climate of Georgia and were choosing from the wall assemblies above, I’d go with the 2×4 wall with 2 inches of continuous exterior insulation. I like the idea of cutting my wall heat transfer in half. But I’d also make sure I wasn’t do stupid things to negate the savings from the walls.Here are the top three areas where the most stupid things happen:Windows – A good window is still a poor wall. A window that meets code here in Georgia has an R-value of about 3. That’s a heck of a lot less than the R-23 wall I just said I’d build, so I’d do two things. I’d install windows a good bit better than R-3. And more important, I’d make sure I didn’t have silly solar gain problems. Windows can kill you on your cooling loads, so you’ve got to pay attention to placement, overhangs, and sizes.Ducts – First of all, I’d have no ducts in the attic. Then I’d have no ducts in any other unconditioned spaces. Then I might not even have any ducts at all, at least for heating and cooling. And whatever ducts I do have would be designed properly, installed well, and commissioned completely.Foundation – A lot of comfort and moisture problems originate with the foundation, whether it’s a slab on grade, crawl space, or basement. The details matter. Even in a hot climate like central Texas, slab-edge insulation can save you a lot on heating. We’ve got a client building a Mediterranean style house with a lot of exposed slab perimeter. Slab-edge insulation would reduce their heating load by 25%. (And believe it or not, their heating load is higher than their cooling load.)Whether or not you go for an improved wall assembly in a warm climate depends on your particular priorities. It’s not the slam dunk it is in a cold climate, but there are benefits. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Omega 3’s: EPA vs DHA Health Benefits

first_imgBy: Sarah Pittman BS in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOmega 3’s are essential fatty acids that are found in fish oils. These fatty acids are composed of two crucial components: EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated (polyunsaturated) fats that are found in cold-water fish. Both EPA and DHA help to maintain healthy function of the brain and retina regulate cell activity and healthy CVD function. They can also act as a source of energy, insulate the body from heat loss and cushion tissues and organs.EPA:Helps reduce cellular inflammationHelps reduce neuro-inflammation (depression, ADHD, brain trauma)Maintains a healthy cardiovascular systemUseful in the mental development of childrenMay be useful for burning excess fat before it gets storedHelps joint healthDHA:Helps reduce the entry of enlarged LDL particles into muscleCan decrease blood triglycerides and increase HDLEssential for a functional nervous systemFights inflammationSupports muscle recoveryCan lower blood pressureWhere can you find omega 3’s?AnchoviesBluefishHerringMackerelSalmonSardinesSturgeonLake troutTunaWith the wide range of health benefits that omega 3 fatty acids can provide, it is important to consider adding foods rich in omega 3’s to your diet!What are your favorite foods that are rich in omega 3’s? We would love to hear from you!Sources:Definition of Omega-3 fatty acids. MedicineNet. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=13977. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) | EPA Benefits. Xtend-Life Natural Products. https://www.xtend-life.com/blogs/supplement-ingredients/eicosapentaenoic-acid. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fact Sheet. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet#2. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What’s the difference between EPA, DHA & ALA?. Alwaysomega3s.com. https://alwaysomega3s.com/learn/epa-dha-ala-omega-3s. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Eatright.org. https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/what-are-omega-3-fatty-acids. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What Are the Real Differences Between EPA and DHA?. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-the-zone/201204/what-are-the-real-differences-between-epa-and-dha. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.last_img read more

Grizzlies’ Kyle Anderson undergoes surgery on right shoulder

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Pacers’ resiliency faces tough test with 0-2 deficit LATEST STORIES View comments 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 25-year-old Anderson played just 43 games this season in his first year with the Grizzlies, who signed him last summer as a restricted free agent.Anderson made 40 starts for Memphis and averaged 8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 29.8 minutes. He shot 54.3 percent from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Grizzlies signed Anderson to a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet that the San Antonio Spurs declined to match.He spent his first four NBA seasons with the Spurs, who drafted him out of UCLA with the 30th overall pick in 2014. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – JANUARY 07: Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies passes the ball over Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on January 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFPMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson has undergone surgery on his right shoulder.The Grizzlies said Thursday that the 6-foot-9 forward should be ready to return to full basketball activities in advance of training camp.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more