Picasso descendant burglary victim

first_imgArt experts say that if the burglars hope to sell the paintings, they are in for a surprise. Any work by Picasso is “very hard to fence because it’s so well-known,” said Jonathan Sazonoff, who runs a leading Web site on stolen art. “Stealing a Picasso is like stealing a sign that says, ‘I’m a thief.’” But Katie Dugdale of the Art Loss Register, which maintains the world’s largest database on stolen, missing and looted art, said that although it’s difficult, famous artworks can be sold on the black market. “Even though they can’t get full value, there’s still some value, unfortunately,” she said, particularly if the artworks are used to fund other illegal activities, such as arms trading. In high-profile cases like the theft of the Picassos in Paris, recovery is likely because of intense media attention and ramped-up police efforts. PARIS – In a stealthy overnight heist, burglars slipped into the Paris apartment of Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter and spirited away two portraits of women he loved. One painting was sliced from its frame. The thieves were so quiet that the two people in the apartment of Diana Widmaier-Picasso at the time didn’t hear them make off with the art treasures, police said. The burglars left few clues, and police said they were not sure how the intruders gained entry. The two paintings – one of Pablo Picasso’s daughter Maya, the other of his second wife, Jacqueline – together are worth an estimated $66 million if sold legitimately. The paintings join 549 other lost or stolen works by the prolific Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist and ceramist, considered by many the leading artist of the 20th century. According to the Web site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Picasso produced more than 20,000 works of art during his long career. “Usually with things like this, they’re recovered right away,” Dugdale said, noting that the paintings, already recognizable, will become nearly universally known after their images appear in the media. For most works, however, she said the average recovery time is seven years. Investigators said Wednesday they were struggling to piece together what happened. Burglars entered the apartment in a chic corner of the Left Bank late Monday or early Tuesday, authorities said. Police officers said they were examining a door lock to see if it was broken, and they were unsure if the alarm system had been turned on. Once inside the apartment, the thieves cut the edges of one painting, “Maya and the Doll,” to take it out of its frame, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing. The painting has sentimental value for Widmaier-Picasso: It shows her mother, Maya, as a young girl in pigtails, eyes askew in an off-kilter Cubist perspective. Another version of the painting hangs in the Picasso Museum in Paris. Maya was Picasso’s daughter. Her mother was Marie-Therese Walter, whom Picasso met when she was a fresh-faced, blond teenager. Their affair did not last. Four years after Picasso died in 1973, Walter committed suicide by hanging. Maya Picasso married Pierre Widmaier and had three children: Olivier, Richard and Diana Widmaier-Picasso, an art historian and author of a book called “Picasso: Art Can Only Be Erotic.” The other missing painting is “Portrait of Jacqueline,” and the burglars took the frame with it, police said. The painting was one of many that depict Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque, whom he married in 1961 when he was 79 years old and she was in her mid-30s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

6 steps to organize a Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) event

first_imgSave the Earth while geocaching?Yes, please! We call it CITO (Cache In Trash Out®).In 2018, geocachers around the globe will gather together during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23 to pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and earn a  prized CITO souvenir. If you’ve never hosted a CITO and you don’t know where to begin, read on! Here are 6 steps to get you started.GC70P66 Cache In Trash Out (CITO)1. Choose a location and a date.Since your CITO event will result in an improvement to a public space, pick an area that’s important to you and/or that needs special attention. Make sure you have permission to host the CITO from the local land manager. If you are unsure about which location is best, call a local park manager or geocaching organization. They can provide assistance and support in selecting the best location.GC71MNJ CITO litter-al logbook2. Pick an activity.A CITO event should involve geocachers taking part in an activity that produces an environmental improvement to a park or another cache-friendly place. CITO activities have included trash pickups, tree plantings, invasive species removals, and trail maintenance. Need inspiration and direction? Talk to the land manager to find out where volunteers are most needed. See if there are any local environmental organizations already doing volunteer work, with whom you can partner. Call your city’s Parks and Recreation department to find out if any city volunteer initiatives are planned.GC5Q30H beach CITO3. Fill out the Event Cache submission form.Your CITO event must be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event. Get your event submitted early and give yourself time to square away any details.Type & Location: Select Cache In Trash Out Event as the event type and enter the coordinates where your event will take place.Waypoints (Optional): Is there parking near your event? A trailhead you need to find to get to the right spot? Let folks know.Event Details and Description: Where is the event, what time does it start and end, and what will folks be doing? Is any special type of clothing or gear required? Will there be activities suitable for young children, or do you have to be a spring chicken to partake? Will there be a lunch break? Any safety concerns? The more details you can supply, the better.CITO in the forest4. Wait for the event to be published.Once you’ve reviewed and submitted your event listing, your local Reviewer will likely publish the event or request changes to it within a week. If you don’t hear from your Reviewer, check to make sure the event listing is actually submitted and enabled. Check to see if the Reviewer has posted any Reviewer notes in the cache logs section. Once you’ve made any necessary changes, review and submit the listing once more. Feel free to ask your Reviewer for advice if you’re struggling with the event listing.Planting trees for CITO5. Once the event is published, let people know about it!Is there a local geocaching organization you can reach out to, to let them know about your CITO? Maybe there are even some non-geocacher volunteer organizations you could recruit… the more the merrier!GC19C0T CITO in Hawaii 6. On the day of the event…Show up early.Watch the cache page and your e-mail for last minute questions.See to it that every person knows what the activity is, and how to do it.Agree on a time and location to meet up and debrief at the close of the event.After the event is over, keep the event listed long enough to allow people to log the event.Then write a thank you note, and archive it. Voila!That’s all, folks! Remember: the CITO 2018 souvenir will be available for events during the weeks of April 21-29 and September 15-23, so if you’re planning to host an event that weekend make sure you submit the cache listing at least two weeks in advance, preferably more.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related6 Steps to organize a Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) eventMarch 18, 2015In “Cache In Trash Out”Add CITO to Your Geocaching VocabularySeptember 29, 2014In “Community”CITO 2019 Season 1 RecapJune 11, 2019In “Community”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

How To Get The Most Money Selling Your Old iPhone

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces taylor hatmaker Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … With a new iPhone around the corner, that iPhone 5 or 4S is starting to look a little long in the tooth. If you’ve got upgrade fever, you might as well squeeze every last dime out of that ancient old thing, don’t you think?There are plenty of ways to sell used electronics, both online and in the three dimensional world. And while you might be in a hurry to liquidate your smartphone assets, assessing your options and playing your cards right can fatten your wallet significantly.Here’s a look at some traditional and less common options for selling your old iPhone (or any smartphone, for the most part), as well as some tips for getting the most bang for your buck on each.  eBay: Maximize Effort, Maximize ValueIf you aren’t an established eBay seller, diving into the auction site can be intimidating—but it doesn’t need to be. To sell an old iPhone—or anything else—on eBay, the most important thing to remember is full transparency. Be completely honest about the condition of your device. Are the corners around the screen a little dinged up? It might not seem like a big deal to you, but mention that in your listing and include images depicting any wear and tear too.When it comes to used electronics, images are really important. Instead of settling on one or two stock shots of a shiny new iPhone, bust out a camera (a friend’s smartphone will do) and take some nice, custom, in focus shots of your device. Pick good lighting and don’t use flash—you’d be surprised what a difference a good photo can make in pushing up the bidding.Be sure to end your auction at night, not in the middle of the work day. And if you choose to include a Buy It Now option, make that price significantly steep—you don’t want to undercut your own auction, after all.Want to up the ante? Throw in any cases and accessories you might have sitting around. Offering to jailbreak the device can also push auctions higher. And always check completed listings on eBay to see similar items that have recently sold, or failed to sell, to get an idea of what drives the bidding higher.Craigslist: Convenient and No-FeeCraigslist may not have the robust built-in accountability of a virtual auction house, but it’s got one big thing going for it: there’s no middle man. If you sell an item on eBay and use PayPal to complete the transaction, that’s two hands getting a piece of the pie that aren’t yours.Craigslist is considerably sketchier—pro tip: don’t meet up with a potential buyer by the railroad tracks after dark—but successfully selling a device there means that the cash goes straight into your pocket.Follow the same general guidelines as you would with eBay in your listing. Be honest and include a full swath of well-shot images depicting any damage (and wipe that screen down first!). Keep your listing fairly simple, and be sure to include the right details. Is your iPhone the 16GB or 32GB version? What carrier’s networks will it run on? What version of iOS is it running? The latter bit of info is key to any prospective jailbreakers, so nail every detail.Once your post is up, you can link directly to your ad across social networks to raise exposure. And never put “OBO” in your post title—that’s a surefire way to get less than you’re asking for. Facebook: Where Your Friends AreSelling a used phone on Facebook is your simplest, most convenient option. If you have a big social network, odds are that you know someone who might need what you’ve got.Make a posting in plain language so you sound like yourself and not like a promoted post—your friends are your prospective customers, after all. You don’t need to include anything beyond the basics (i.e. “Hey friends! I’m selling a White 16GB iPhone 4S for Sprint… want it?”); you can provide the rest of the info in backchannels like email, or meet up in person without worrying you’ll be prey for a serial killer à la Craigslist.Other Options: Trade In Or RecycleIf you just want to get rid of your old iPhone easily without maximizing value, online options abound. There are plenty of official-ish and unofficial trade-in options for used electronics, but odds are you’re going to get more money elsewhere. Apple’s own “recycling” program will give you an Apple gift card for your old device. Beyond that, Apple just launched a new in-store trade-in option powered by BrightStar—just hand your old phone to an Apple store employee and ask for a quote.Want to let your eyes roam beyond Apple? Plug in your phone’s details on the website Gazelle, get an offer and ship it in for cash. Or get an online quote from a big box retailer like Best Buy, Walmart or even Gamestop for in-store credit. Screen cracked? iCracked will buy your old phone, shattered glass and all. Remember, when it comes to offloading used electronics, iPhones and otherwise, comparison shopping is key. Look around and get different quotes. Or take the plunge and maximize your value by going rogue and selling it without a middleman.Good luck out there. Tags:#Apple#iPhone last_img read more

PM grabs eyeballs with name embossed suit

first_imgThe debate began after close-up photographs of his suit showed that his full name, Narendra Damodardas Modi, was embroidered on the fabric vertically down the stripe. “While ‘Modi Kurta’ might have been interesting, ‘Modi Suit’ feels annoying,” was one of the tweets.  The ‘name suit’ was reported to have been tailored by Jade Blue in Ahmedabad, the clothing chain that handles Modi’s wardrobe since his days as Chief Minister in Gujarat. Incidentally, the clothing chain’s Proprietor Bipin Chauhan designed the now-famous “Modi kurta”. Some on twitter noted that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak used to wear suits with his name embossed on them. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIModi had his share of defenders too. “That’s his personal choice media morons. Did anyone ask what journalists wear?” said one.Another noted, “Well Mubarak didn’t have media morons to deal with! Poor Modi can’t even wear what he wants to without media doing a commentary.”  The Prime Minister’s sartorial taste has generally invited glowing commentary in India and abroad. The US media was gushing in its praise for his choice of clothes during the UN General Assembly meet.Obama had at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday recalled a headline back home which asked who is the new fashion icon, referring to Modi, other than Michelle Obama and said “I was thinking of wearing a Modi kurta myself.last_img read more

Dont believe in violence to accept views of others is our tradition

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour, inaugurated a gate at the entrance of Boro Kachari temple in South 24-Parganas on Wednesday afternoon.The gate has been constructed with the financial assistance of the state Tourism department. Banerjee said a comprehensive plan worth Rs 56 lakh will be taken to beautify areas surrounding the temple. The expenditure will be borne by the Tourism department. He added: “I practice the rituals of Hinduism privately and I believe that when it comes to work, my religion is humanism.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also said that Hinduism teaches people to be tolerant and accept views of others. “We do not believe in violence. We accept and respect the views of others and this is our tradition and heritage.” Boro Kachari temple is coming up as a major tourism hub. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on Tuesdays and Saturdays to offer prayers. Gajon festival and Neel Utsav are observed every year in the month of April. The decorative gate was completed in 10 months. It is said that thousands of farmers took shelter near the temple when the Marathas planned an attack on Kolkata. There is a general belief that Baba Boro Kachari protects the villagers from evil. Many devotees from nearby districts come to offer prayers at the temple. In addition to the construction of the gate, the approach road to the temple has also been repaired.last_img read more