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Legislature Again Demands Financial Autonomy, Though Incapable of Efficiently Managing One Building!

first_imgAs soon as the 52nd Legislature took office on January 16, 2006 they smelled money before they even thought—perhaps never did—about why they were there: to protect, uphold and defend the Constitution and to serve the needs of its impoverished constituencies throughout the country.No, they all went after power and money and started paying themselves fat salaries and benefits, and buying themselves expensive SUVs and establishing fabulous estates. They soon forgot where they came from and started anointing themselves as THE most privileged Liberians.Yes, they asked for and received complete control of their budgets and financial autonomy. Yet, this is what happened a few months and years later: their bathrooms stopped working, their lights were cut off due to their failure to efficiently manage the power system, and so many other things shut down in the building. Nor have they ever even thought of or bothered about repairing the elevators in the building. They hardly seem concerned that the Legislative Information Service (LIS) does not work effectively.Neither did any of the Senators show embarrassment about the tattered county flags that were flying from the first and only building of the first branch of government for months until an ordinary citizen took notice of the disgraceful spectacle and immediately bought a set of flags to hoist on the staffs of the first and most important building in government.Now Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who has been in the Legislature since 2006, and is therefore one of the longest serving Senators, is calling again for “financial autonomy” for the first branch of government. And who are those designated as the prime signatories to the autonomous accounts? Yes, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate! For who else would DARE sign any voucher or check without the concurrence of these two Legislative BOSSES? Nobody, unless he or she no longer wants the job.But we are talking about one building. What about their legislative oversight? Why should anyone have to pay legislators to have any bill passed, or a treaty ratified, or worse yet, a concession agreement approved, especially where there is a moneyed company involved—a prime opportunity for extortion?One Liberian citizen, when she heard about Senator Jewel Howard Taylor’s call for financial autonomy in the Legislature, remarked, “Who has time for these people who, though in the high positions of power as national legislators, yet have nothing to do but to stand in the high chamber and abuse one another’s mother. Please excuse me, but I have absolutely no respect for these people, who insist on acting like hooligans in high places.” Well, that is what the Legislators, not we or anyone else, have done to themselves. Can you imagine the Legislature of a whole country, the oldest republic in Africa, losing the respect of their people? The United States Senate, which is so highly respected, has sent from its ranks 16 Senators to the WhiteHouse as Presidents of the United States? Three of them—Presidents Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy and Barrack Obama, moved directly from the Senate into the White House.Just for the sake of historical reflection, other Senators who became President were James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon.Is the US Senate a respectable office? You bet it is, otherwise the American people would not have chosen from its ranks so many of their leaders. Remember, too, that one of them is poised to become the first woman American President— former Senator and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton.The members of our House of Representatives should also remember that the US Congress, too, has sent many of its members to the White House. One of them is John F. Kennedy, the man who inspired America to land the first man on the moon! Yes, we are talking of men and women of character, intellect, stature and vision—not hooligans who smoke marijuana, worse yet opium, abuse one another and their mothers and even resort to near fistfights during sessions.Does this matter to you “Honorable” Representatives and Senators? Or are you so consummately and selfishly concerned with and involved in your own personal agenda, and to hell with the country? We strongly suggest that the members of the Legislature seriously consider the terrible state of Liberia’s economy right now and get their act together to do the people’s business wisely with integrity and urgency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Ah, Liberia!’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf believes that Liberia is far behind its regional and continental neighbors in terms of economic and infrastructural developments because of the bad work ethics, laziness and indiscipline among the citizenry. Though this thought about the country’s underdevelopment in recent years is diametrically opposed to what many considered as missteps in the governance process of the Liberian state under the Unity Party led government, the President said Liberians should begin to emulate the good examples of other African countries that are experiencing rapid transformations.Speaking to reporters yesterday at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County upon her arrival from the 27th AU conference in Kigali, President Sirleaf named Ethiopia and Rwanda as two countries that are being massively transformed by their citizens’ discipline, hard work and patriotism. These are examples, she said, Liberians must emulate if the country is to experience similar progress.“Two countries that I worked in but have been transformed tremendously are Ethiopia and Rwanda. When I returned to these countries after twenty years I was shocked because they are being transformed tremendously,” she said, adding that “This is because the people have good work ethics, discipline and are patriotic…but ah, Liberia!” She said that the Liberian government wants to bring to the country some of the good things that are happening in Ethiopia, and as a result both governments have signed a cooperative agreement. This will see the execution of projects and programs in various areas including trade, industry, agriculture and fisheries, energy and infrastructure.“We want to see some of the good things the Ethiopians are doing happening here,” she said.The president also said that Liberians are not appreciative. According to her, she makes a lot of sacrifices travelling the world for the betterment of the country, but said these are not appreciated by the people. “I have just traveled 20 hours in a commercial flight and passed through three countries. All of these I’m doing to lift Liberia, but Liberians are not appreciative, and at times it is disappointing,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS

first_img*Club Forum*The club would like to thank all those who came to the Club forum/workshop in the Parochial hall on Friday night. Some fantastic ideas came out of it that will hopefully help the club progress and fulfill its potential and become a successful club for the whole community from Milford to Rathmullan to Ramelton and all the townlands and people in between. All the ideas and suggestions from tonight will be taken on board and used to produce a club plan to develop and enhance the long and short term future of the Club. If anyone feels they have any further ideas/suggestions/opinions they wish to contribute on how the club should go forward then please feel free to email MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com. Also congratulations to Marty Mc Daid and Gary Helferty on each winning tickets to the Donegal v Tyrone Championship game next weekend! *Club Newsletter – Emails Required*The club has established a newsletter that can be emailed out to all interested parties on a weekly basis. In this weeks issue we have all your club news and lotto results, as well as upcoming fixtures and training schedules for the week ahead. We also have match reports from the recent games as well as the coaching section which covers the ‘Punt Kick’. We also have in our photo gallery pictures of the Donegal Community Games U10 Final from Friday where the Milford Parish team defeated Gweedore. This weeks player profile’s are on Donegal panellist Caolan McGettigan and in the underage section it is on defender Eamonn McClay. If you would like to be included on this mailing list please text your name and email address to 0863400082 or email it to milforddonegalgaa@gmail.com.*GAA Forum Prior to Donegal v Tyrone* Donegal County Board will be holding a GAA forum in the build up to Donegal’s first round Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone. The forum will be held in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny on Wednesday, 22nd of May. Guest speakers on the night will be 1992 All Ireland winning Captain Anthony Molloy, RTE’s Martin McHugh, Monaghan referee Pat McEnaney, and there will also be a member of the Tyrone panel to provide some balance! MC for the night will be Charlie Collins and afterwards there will be music and craic. Tickets are available at the theatre, book early as this will be a sell out. Admission €10. For more information contact Aidan Cannon*Seniors*The Senior and Reserve teams will take on Moville this Saturday in Moville. Throw in times are 6pm and 7.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.*Ladies*The Senior Ladies will play St Eunans in a friendly this Saturday. All support appreciated.*Donegal Minor Ladies are Ulster Champions*Well done to Niamh Carr, Shannon McGroddy, Orla McAteer and Amber Barrett who were part of the Donegal Ladies Minor team who beat Cavan in Saturday’s Ulster Final on a scoreline of 6-6 to 2-8. Special mention must go to Amber Barrett who came on 5 minutes into the second half when Donegal were 5 points down and scored 4-1 to help Donegal claim the title. *U16 Girls B Semi Final*CLG BnaG 2-14 St. Michaels 3-2The under 16 Girls qualified for the County B final with a fantastic win over St. Michaels last Monday night. Having won the toss CLG BnaG opted to play with the wind in the first half and this proved to be the correct decision as they dominated play and went in ahead at half time on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-1. In the second half CLG BnaG took up where they left off and the wind proved no advantage to St. Michaels as they struggled to get out of their own half due to the pressure being put on whenever they had possession. CLG BnaG were able to tack on a further 8 points against the wind to always keep daylight between the sides and despite the concession of two late goals they were able too book their place in this years final. It was a great team performance but player of the match goes to Niamh Gallagher who put in a huge performance at wing forward.*U12 Go Games* Glenswilly A 5-9 CLG BnaG A 5-14A great result for the A team tonight who fought back brilliantly from being 7 points down at half time to play very well in the second half to win. Best for CLG BnaG A were Rory O’Donnell, John Matthews, and Enda McGinleyGlenswilly B 0-15 CLG BnaG B 1-3The B team got off to a bad start in their game tonight from which they never fully recovered. There’s plenty of room for improvement in this team that knows they are capable of better. Best for CLG BnaG team were Barry Donnelly, Dean Devine, and Megan Ferry.*Donegal Community Games U10 GAA Final*Milford (Killygarvan & Tullyfern) 2-8 Gaoth Dobhair 0-3Milford have qualified for the Ulster Finals of the Community Games GAA for the first time ever after a superb display of football at Moyle View Park on Friday night. Playing against a significant breeze in the 1st half Milford trailed by 3 points to 1 at the halftime break, with some fantastic defensive displays from Ryan, Mc Conigley, Donnelly and Curran aided by some brilliant kick-outs from keeper Heimstra. The midfield axis of O’Donnell and Curran took a firm command of proceedings after the break with each of them scoring a goal. There were also some fine offensive performances in the second half from Mc Bride-Friel, Buchanan, Mc Cormack and Doherty to ensure an historic breakthrough for Milford in this competition. Milford now move on to represent Donegal in the Ulster Finals in Letterkenny on June 15th. Team: E.Heimstra, K Hosford, P.Ryan, M.Mc Bride, A.Curran, L.Donnelly, A.Mc Conigley, E.O’Donnell, J.Curran(C), O.Mc Gettigan, E.Douglas, A.Ferry, M.Buchanan, S.Mc Bride-Friel, A.Mc Cormack. Subs used: O.Doherty, J.Ryan, K.sweeney, F.Coll, E.Toland. Well done to coaching team of Kyle Macaulay, Odhrán Coll, Miriam Fitzsimons, Carol Gallagher, Roisin Mc Cormack, Paul Ryan and Enda Mc Hugh*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 7-15-19-21. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners gets €20 each. The winners were: Damian Toland, Milford, Barry McNulty, Milford, Jackson Rox, Travellers Inn, & Ann T Friel, Ballyare. Next weeks Jackpot is €560.*Unemployed*Are you in receipt of Social Welfare and unemployed for more than twelve months? Are you interested in coaching Gaelic Games? If so you may be eligible to partake in a Social Employment Scheme, Sponsored by the Club, training will be provided. For more information contact Joe at 086-8547114 or milforddonegalgaa@gmail.com*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training*Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players this Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the pitch in Milford. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*Ladies Training*Training continues at the pitch every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10am.*U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*U12 Training Change*U12 training will now take place on Monday from 6-7.30pm at the pitch in Milford. All welcome.*U10 Training*Milford GAA U10 Training continues on Friday at 6pm at Moyle View Park. Please bring Gumshields and a drink.*U8 Fundamentals*U8 fundamentals training this Friday from 6-7 in the Milford convent gym. Any parents wishing to help out in any way are more than welcome to attend.*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (Navy) (13/14 – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 eachGAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MIlford Club noteslast_img read more

WILLIE MCKEENEY MURDER: TWO MEN CHARGED OVER KILLING

first_imgTwo men are due to appear in a Glasgow court later today charged in connection with the death of Malin Head man Willie McKeeney.The 57-year-old was viciously beaten in Melville Street in the Pollokshields area of the city at about 00:40 on Sunday as his partner Annmarie watched in horror from the apartment they shared on the same street.William died from his injuries after being taken to the Victoria Infirmary. Strathclyde Police said two men, aged 19 and 20, had been arrested. They are expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court later today.It follows a massive and fast-moving police investigation.Ch Supt Andrew Bates said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community in Pollokshields for their assistance and support in helping officers take this investigation forward so quickly.“I have no doubt that without this we would not have been able to make these swift arrests. “My officers will remain in the area working with elected members and the wider local community to provide public reassurance and ongoing support.”Mr McKeeney was a labourer and former lorry drive who had been living in Glasgow for the past five years.His devastated family in Malin Head are hoping to make funeral arrangements soon.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWILLIE MCKEENEY MURDER: TWO MEN CHARGED OVER KILLING was last modified: January 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMalin Headmurder investigationmurder investigatipmtwo men chargedwillie mckeeneylast_img read more

MARK ENGLISH’S RUN ON TV TODAY – LET CHILDREN SEE IT IN SCHOOL, URGES McGONAGLE

first_imgDONEGAL athlete Mark English goes for glory at the Ergo Arena in the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Sopot, Poland, today.Drawn in the third of the three heats in the 800m (set for 12.44 Irish time), the 19-year-0ld Letterkenny man knows he has a tough race ahead.Only the winner of each of the three heats, along with the next three fastest losers, will qualify for Sunday’s six-man final. Ireland athletics manager Patsy McGonagle said: “The race is live on the BBC and EuroSport. I would urge schools to allow children to watch the race if they can.“We need to inspire a new generation of young people in Donegal and Mark – like boxer Jason Quigley – is another one of our finest role models.“I certainly won’t be missing it.”  MARK ENGLISH’S RUN ON TV TODAY – LET CHILDREN SEE IT IN SCHOOL, URGES McGONAGLE was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBCEuroSportmark englishPOLANDWorld Indoor Championshipslast_img read more

ABBEY PRODUCTION OF JOHN B KEANE’S ‘SIVE’ COMES TO AN GRIANAN THEATRE

first_imgThe Abbey Theatre production of John B. Keane’s Sive comes to An Grianan Theatre tomorrow night. A dark story of greed, passion and land, this gripping new production by director Conall Morrison was enjoyed by over 30,000 people during a sell out run at the Abbey Theatre.Now Sive returns for a major All Ireland tour. Beautiful young Sive lives with her aunt and uncle in rural Kerry. Seán Dóta, an elderly farmer, offers the local match-maker Thomasheen Seán Rua, a large sum for her hand in marriage.Will this be too much for her aunt and uncle to resist?When the play opened in Walsh’s Ballroom in Listowel on 2 February 1959, The Kerryman reported: “Sive was greeted with unprecedented enthusiasm. The house was full and the doors were locked half an hour before the curtain went up.”The Abbey Theatre has also provided a resource pack, with help and advice from the Keane family, which gives a background to the play including interviews and discussion notes. It can be found at http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/resources/abbeysive/contents.htmSive opens onTuesday October 21st – Saturday October 25th, 8pm nightly,.Matinees Thurs 11am and Sat 2.30pmTickets: €25/€20, matinees €20/€15, discounts available for group and school bookings – please contact box office. ABBEY PRODUCTION OF JOHN B KEANE’S ‘SIVE’ COMES TO AN GRIANAN THEATRE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An griananJohn B. Keane’s Sivelast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: CATERING AND REFRIGERATION ENGINEER WANTED

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Donegal based business are on the lookout for an experienced Catering and Refrigeration Engineer to become part of their workforce. Candidates need to have the following credentials in order to be successful with their application to become part of this dynamic, hard-working and innovative team.Candidates need to possess the following attributes: 1.Candidates needs to be self-motivated, hard-working and honest.2.Candidates needs to both efficient and effective and ensure his work is done to the highest standards possible.3.Experience is essential.4.Candidates need to be able to work as part of a team. 5.Candidates need to have a FULL Drivers License.Those interested in the position can forward their CV’s NOW to admin@donegaldaily.comDeadline for applications is Friday April 10th. JOB VACANCY: CATERING AND REFRIGERATION ENGINEER WANTED was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more

‘Invest in South African infrastructure and ICT’ – Ramaphosa at WEF Africa

first_img13 May 2016Positive returns on investment are almost guaranteed in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa, and elsewhere on the continent, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told potential investors at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.Ramaphosa was speaking at a session on how innovative partnerships can bridge financing gaps for economic and social infrastructure. He is leading Team South Africa – made up of government, business and civil society leaders – at WEF Africa, which this year is being held under the theme “Connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation”.Ramaphosa and his delegation reassured investors at the forum that South Africa is a preferred investment destination, and open for business.“Infrastructure has been a key economic driver in South Africa and in the region,” Ramaphosa said during the session on Thursday 12 May. In South Africa, he added, the coordination of infrastructure development through the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission had “paid great dividends”.“Investment in infrastructure has stimulated economic activity. Therefore, there are returns to be made for investors in infrastructure in South Africa and Africa.“Infrastructure is better done when approached at a regional level, because our countries are inter-linked through the movement of people and trade.”Watch Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa discussing infrastructure at WEF Africa:Ramaphosa added that South Africa had found innovative ways of partnering with the private sector, especially in energy. This had opened new opportunities for private sector investment.He also encouraged investment in connectivity through technology and digital solutions, saying that this should be a priority for African economies.Watch the full Investing in Infrastructure session at WEF Africa:On the final day of WEF Africa, Friday 13 May, Ramaphosa is to take part in a high-level breakfast on the Internet for All Initiative, a project to develop new scalable and replicable models of public-private collaboration in order to accelerate internet access globally.In this session, leaders from governments and multilateral organisations and business will discuss the progress of the first country pilot programme in the Northern Corridor, and set out the next steps.Team South Africa includes Ministers Pravin Gordhan, Rob Davies, Siyabonga Cwele, Ebrahim Patel and Jeff Radebe. The business delegation includes Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation, Old Mutual, ArcelorMittal and Business Unity South Africa.last_img read more

Resilient Design: Natural Cooling

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Over the past month and a half, my blogs been focusing on resilient design — which will become all the more important in this age of climate change. Achieving resilience in homes not only involves keeping them comfortable in the winter months through lots of insulation and some passive solar gain (which I’ve covered in the previous two blogs), it also involves keeping them from getting too hot in the summer months if we lose power and our air conditioning systems stop working. This week, despite the freezing weather, we’ll look at cooling-load-avoidance strategies and natural ventilation.Orientation and building geometryWith new houses, we can relatively easily control orientation and geometrical form to minimize unwanted solar gain.The optimal orientation for a house is with the long axis running east-west, so that the longer walls face south and north. This allows the house to benefit from the sun when we want that heat, but keep it out when we don’t want it.The sun always rises in the east and sets in the west, but in the summer it rises much higher in the sky. By having more windows facing south, most of the sunlight will glance off that glass during the summer when the sun high overhead, while in the winter, with the lower-angle sunlight, most of that sunlight shines through those windows — providing passive solar heating (see last week’s blog).At the same time, having fewer windows on the east and west makes sense relative to summertime overheating. Significantly more sunlight shines through a square foot of east- or west-facing window during the course of a day in the summer than through a square foot of south- or north-facing window, so limiting east and west windows helps to prevent overheating.Window selectionThe type of glazing in our windows has a major impact on how much sunlight is transmitted through them. This is why it almost always makes sense in well-insulated buildings to “tune” the windows by orientation. By this, I mean using glass (glazing) on the south that transmits a high percentage of the sunlight striking it and glass on the east and west that transmits less sunlight. We refer to this property as the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC); it is the fraction of total solar energy transmitted through the glass (assuming the sunlight strikes the glass at a normal (perpendicular) angle.A good rule of thumb is to select south-facing windows that have SHGC values of 0.6 or higher (0.5 or higher with triple-glazed windows), and east- and west-facing windows with SHGC values of 0.3 or lower.Windows with SHGC values of 0.6 will transmit twice as much solar energy as windows with SHGC values of 0.3. The beauty of recent advances in glazings it that we can now have fairly large window areas (to provide views and natural lighting) without nearly the energy penalty (both from heat loss and unwanted solar gain) we had two or three decades ago.Shading windows from direct sunOn the south, we can also use simple overhangs or awnings to block virtually all of the direct sun. On the east and west, different shading strategies are better, because the sun is lower in the sky. For these windows, exterior shade screens or roller blinds can be very effective. So can plantings of tall annuals like hollyhocks or vines like clematis, morning glory, and grape.Designers and builders in the south learned the principles of shading windows long ago. Traditional architecture in hot climates often included wrap-around porches that kept direct sun out of the house, while providing pleasant outdoor living space. (Part of resilient design is looking at how our grandparents or great grandparents built — and returning to some of this vernacular architecture that is so well-adapted to the local climate.)Reflective roofs and wallsLight-colored roofs and walls reflect, rather than absorb, most of the sunlight striking them. By not heating up as much, less heat is transmitted through to the interior. With high insulation levels in roofs and walls (see below), the need for reflective exterior surfaces is less important, but this strategy can still make a difference.High insulation levels and tight constructionJust as an energy-efficient building envelope reduces heat loss in the winter, it also reduces unwanted heat gain during the summer — thus helping to control cooling loads and maintain comfort.If we follow the sort of recommendations for insulation levels for resilient homes that were outlined a couple weeks ago, unwanted heat gain will be very effectively controlled in the summer — as long as windows are closed during the hottest days.Natural ventilationFinally, we can achieve resilient homes that won’t get too hot if power is lost and air conditioning doesn’t work through natural ventilation. This strategy is particularly effective at night, when it’s cooler outside than in.Simple operable windows with screens offer the primary strategy here, but we can go further. In hot, sunny climates, such as the Southwest, one can build solar chimneys that use the natural buoyancy of warm, rising air to pull in cooler outside air — sometimes through inlet tubes buried in the ground (earth tubes). Operable windows high on a wall or skylights can also serve as solar chimneys.All of these natural cooling strategies can keep a house safe and reasonably comfortable in the summer during power outages. During normal times, such measures will significantly reduce the amount of time an air conditioner has to operate, while keeping the house more comfortable.last_img read more

3 Arrested in Pune for Alleged Call Center Scam, Defrauding 11,000 U.S. Nationals

first_imgThe Pune Police arrested three people after raiding a fake call center, which allegedly defrauded 11,000 Americans, in the Koregaon Park area on Feb. 5. The United States federal government’s Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are investigating the matter with Pune Police’s economic and cyber crimes cell, according to the Times of India.The police also found details of two other similar call centers being run in two different states in India but haven’t revealed the whereabouts of the centers or the people running them, citing ongoing investigations. The U.S. authorities are being kept updated with the developments in each case.The police are also monitoring the amount of money the call center in Pune made by threatening United States citizens with punishment for tax evasion. Four other suspects have been identified but are yet to arrested.“The IRS and the FTC, which is a federal agency for the protection of consumers, have decided to extend their help to our probe,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Sudhir Hiremath told the publication. “The suspects have used the names of American agencies extensively while issuing the threats. They forced U.S. citizens to pay amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000 by threatening them with severe punishment if caught by the IRS for evading taxes.”This is not the first such case in Pune, Maharashtra. Pune Police raided another call center in Kharadi, Pune, in January 2018 and arrested two for cheating 175 U.S. nationals of Rs 10.5 lakh since August 2017.“The call center had tied up with an American advertising agency to send pop-up ads on smartphones and tablets of the targeted U.S. citizens. If an unsuspecting victim ever clicked on the pop-up, his/her device would immediately get locked. Later, the victim would receive a message to contact a specific number and pay a certain amount (in dollars) to get the phone unlocked,” Hiremath added, according to the report.Earlier in 2017, another call center scam was busted in Maharashtra, leading to the arrest of 14 people in Mumbai, who allegedly duped U.S. nationals for $300 million. Related ItemsFraudPuneUnited Stateslast_img read more