Tri-country collaboration to eradicate carambola fruit fly

first_imgGuyana, Brazil and Suriname are collaborating to eradicate the carambola fruit fly, which plagues agricultural produce and poses economic and environmental challenges in the Region.NAREI CEO, Dr Oudho HomenauthAt a workshop hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on Wednesday, National Agricultural and Research Extension Institute (NAREI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Oudho Homenauth said the exercise was centred on the elimination of the carambola fruit fly, which poses a serious threat. Dr Homenauth is of the view that there is a need for collaboration to effectively address the issue.“It is recognised that no one country in the Region can seriously manage the pest problem. We all have to work together. So, it is imperative that our efforts be combined; and the three countries – that is Guyana, Suriname and Brazil – have agreed to work together to have a unified approach to make a difference,” Dr Homenauth is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.The NAREI CEO said that as Guyana continued to expand its non-traditional agricultural sector, systems needed to be in place to protect crops.That was seconded by Permanent Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Delma Nedd, who noted the effects of the carambola fruit fly on Guyana’s agricultural development. She said studies show the fly was responsible for as much as 50 per cent yield loss of the carambola crop.“The increased movement of people and commodities, along with the porosity of Guyana’s border, increases the likelihood for the introduction and establishment of plant pests and diseases. Therefore, the implementation of concerted pest eradication efforts among Guyana, Brazil and Suriname, will alleviate the challenges faced in the control and eradication of the carambola fruit fly.”Nedd added that the Agriculture Ministry will continue its monitoring and assessment to eradicate the agricultural pest.last_img read more

Businessman among 3 in custody for murder of pandit, son

first_imgAs investigations intensify into the murder of sexagenarian Pandit Deonarine Liliah and his 29-year-old son Gopaul Liliah, which occurred at their residence in Craig Street, Campbellville Georgetown, a close business associate of the elderly deceased has been taken into custody on Thursday.Apart from this businessman, two other men have been taken into custody for this gruesome double murder. On Friday, Police approached the High Court with an application to further detain the men as they gather evidence. A source close to the investigations has told Guyana Times that the businessman in custody has an issue pending in court with the late pandit’s son who resides overseas.The source also related that, based on Police investigations, the businessman was reportedly in the driving seat in the court battle, and there was no need to murder the pandit and his son. This new revelation has elicited several unanswered questions.In addition, the source related that the murder did not stem from an $8 million loan, as was reported in other sections of the media.“A” Division Commander Leslie James, when contacted, explained thus, “We’re wrapping up investigations. The three men in custody are cooperating.”On Tuesday last, detectives found that the back door of the Liliahs’ home had been left ajar. The younger Liliah’s body was reportedly found lying face down on the floor in a pool of blood, with a red jersey wrapped around his head. There were three stab wounds to his back, one each to the left and right side abdomen, and two to the chest.The elder Liliah was found lying on his back in the living room. He was clad in a pair of white long pants and multiple coloured top, and his face was covered with a multi-coloured jersey.He had sustained four stab wounds to his abdomen, four to his left side abdomen, one to the lower back, and one to the right hip.Sources close to the investigations told Guyana Times there was no sign of forced entry into the home. However, CCTV footage collected from nearby buildings revealed that an unidentified man was seen scaling the fence, and he entered the premises through a front door. After some time, he was seen leaving the house with two bulky bags and a bucket. The house had been ransacked.Additional information revealed that the pandit, who had also been an astrologer, had resided with his son in the upper flat of thea two-storey wooden and concrete building, while the lower storey is occupied by a 40-year-old home aid worker.The two men were last seen by the tenant at about 06:00h on Saturday last, and it has been confirmed that they and the tenant had had conversation.The pandit had attended a Ramayan Yagna at Lusignan Mandir, ECD on Saturday evening and would have left around 21:00h to return home.The tenant said that on Saturday, at about 21:00h, she was using her landlord’s Wi-Fi when it suddenly went off, and it was around the same time she had heard footsteps coming from the upper flat of the house.After three days had elapsed and there had been no sign of the men, the woman became suspicious and went to the Kitty Police Station, where she made a report. She was accompanied to the premises by three Police ranks. It was then that the gruesome discovery was made. The bodies of two men were already in a state of decomposition.The two men were cremated on Thursday at the Good Hope Crematorium.last_img read more

Chinese footballers go to Brazil for extra polish

first_img0Shares0000Young Chinese players sent by China’s Shandong Luneng football club attend a training session in Porto Feliz, Brazil © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDAPORTO FELIZ, Brazil, Dec 19 – Arriving in Brazil, Chinese footballer Long Yushuo took on the more easily pronounced name Thomas, but it’s the locals’ skills with the ball that he’s really hoping to adopt.Thomas, 16, is one of a squad of youth players from Chinese team Shandong Luneng dispatched to polish their game at Desportivo Brasil club in Porto Feliz, near Sao Paulo, which Shandong bought in 2014. The idea is that the 22,400-mile (36,000-kilometer) round trip will enable these youngsters to bring back something that all the money and desire in China’s burgeoning football scene cannot otherwise get — Brazilian footballing magic.When Thomas and another 22 players from the under-16 side arrived from Jinan, capital of Shandong province, in April, they knew little of Brazil.Along with football practice, they study Portuguese in the quiet town of 50,000 people. But Thomas, who picked his name in honor of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, is clear about what his principal lesson has been in Porto Feliz.“Technique,” he said, alongside his teammates, who all wore Shandong’s orange strip.– Money chasing talent –China may not have much footballing pedigree but, encouraged by President Xi Jinping and lavish spending, it is working to catch up quickly.Luneng, a subsidiary of the chief national electricity company, is one of the big investors in the expansion plan, which has made China the world’s fifth biggest transfer market in 2016. Of all the foreign imports to the Super League, the 21 Brazilian players comprise the biggest contingent.The national team, though, has yet to see much benefit. China lags in 60th place in FIFA rankings and did not qualify for next year’s World Cup.One of the young Chinese football players sent to Brazil for training carries balls after practice — China may not have much footballing pedigree but, encouraged by President Xi Jinping and lavish spending, it is working to catch up quickly © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASo China’s strategists decided to try to unpick the secrets of Brazilian football so that the next generation can get the missing edge.“This exchange was created so that they can achieve a similar quality to that of the players here,” Desportivo Brasil technical coordinator Rodrigo Pignataro told AFP.“They are very disciplined, but they lack nous, cheekiness and flexibility and autonomy. That’s what the Brazilian boys have.”Desportivo Brasil is not an ordinary club, but more like a training academy, so the Chinese are in good hands.The club hosts another five Chinese players from the under-20 team as well as 130 Brazilian players ranging in age from 14 to the club’s own third regional division professional team, all seeking the excellence that will let them break through to the top level.– Patience –For the youngsters in Porto Feliz, where Brazilian and Chinese flags fly side by side, the future should be bright.“This is the group the Chinese government wants to serve as the core of a team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the World Cup in 2022. We have a heavy responsibility,” Pignataro said.Young Chinese football players training in Brazil hit the books before they hit the training field © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDAAfter swotting over history books and other academic classes in the mornings, the main focus is getting out onto the training field.Vitinho, a skillful forward, has done three seasons in Porto Feliz and is now part of the under-20 team. Given how integrated the 18-year-old is — even becoming a fan of Brazilian funk music — few remember that his real name is Liu Chaoyang.“I want to play in Europe, but I need to work a lot to improve,” he said in fluent Portuguese.The same might be said for the whole Chinese experiment, but Zhao Shuo, a 25-year-old assistant coach, says he’s ready to take the time.He’s spent two months following his Brazilian counterparts around and says the only area where he might have the advantage is in the iron discipline associated with Asian teams.“Football needs time because it’s a kind of education and education is not a short-term thing. Maybe we will need 10 or 20 years or more,” he said in English, pointing to Japan as an example.“We have to learn from our neighbors and be patient,” he said, never taking his eyes off the action on the field.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo thanks Juventus fans for ovation

first_imgRonaldo’s first was within three minutes while the second, on 64 minutes, was worthy of a video game to give Real a 2-0 lead before Paulo Dybala was sent off and Marcelo added a third at the Juventus Stadium.“I have to say thank you a lot – grazie – to all the Juventus supporters. What they did for me was amazing,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com, having taken his goal tally against the Italian champions to nine in six games.“It (ovation by rival fans) had never happened to me in my career before.”Juventus shares fell by nearly five percent on Thursday as the Turin club’s hopes of reaching the last four were severely compromised going into the second leg in Madrid on April 11.“It was a great goal, fantastic,” continued the 33-year-old who became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games, with his tally 14 goals this season and 119 in total.“Step by step,” he warned of talk about a third straight Champions League title.“I think we should think about the second leg. Anything is possible in football, so let’s think about that second leg and let’s see what happens.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hand on heart: Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the ovation from Juventus fans after his stunning second goalTURIN, Italy, Apr 4 – Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Juventus fans for their generous applause for his overhead bicycle kick which helped Real Madrid gain a three-goal advantage over the Italians in the Champions League.“For me it was an unbelievable moment,” said Ronaldo, who scored two goals in the two-time holders’ 3-0 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win in Turin.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA HURLERS TRAVEL TO FEILE

first_imgBUNCRANA CLG NOTESBest of luck to our U14 hurling Feile team next weekend.Our U10 Boys travelled to a tournament in Ardara last Monday, where there was excellent football on display….Our 2 teams played their hearts out and with pure determination and skillful football helped one team get to the cup final beating Killybegs, Ardara, Temon on their way, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day as Naomh Columba narrowly beat us in the end. Our other team made it to the shield semi final beating Killybegs, and kilcar but found four masters too strong. If monday is anything to go by the future is very bright for these players. Thanks to Ardara GAA for the invitation and to all the coaches and parents who travelled. U10 GirlsGreat day with our U10s yesterday! The girls played McCumhnaills (on the big pitch!)There were great performances all over the pitch by all girls but it was a very close game and some late shots by Ciara McGee made the difference & the buncrana girls came away with a great win!After the game we went to the Finn Valley centre for a presentation were Tara Rose Mahon got a special mention for her dancing! & the girls were presented with medals by Mickey Harte as well as meeting a few of the Donegal ladies players!NEED YOUR HELP Folks…. Here is a great opportunity for us to received much need gear for our underage…..and it’s you that can help….Here’s how it worksWith every €40 you spend with your real rewards card over the next 8 weeks you will received a voucher for the club of your choice (preferably Buncrana Gaa Club Og) drop this voucher into the box at the entrance to the toilets, if we manage to get 2000 vouchers we will all the mentioned gear FREE courtesy of our local Supervalu…..Please Start Collecting FolksRecycling BinBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use.Bord Na nOgGaelic football Boys & GirlsU6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoysU8 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pmU10 Boys Friday from 6.45pm – 8.00pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm – 8.30pmU16 Boys Monday 7.00pmGirls:Reminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors! U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Wednesday 4.00pmTraining in The Scarvey, Bring gum shield and water and €2 for training contribution.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA HURLERS TRAVEL TO FEILE was last modified: June 13th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Cal State Northridge wins conference opener in volleyball

first_imgHarmony Burdine had 15 kills and 15 digs as Cal State Northridge’s women’s volleyball team opened its Big West Conference campaign Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over visiting Cal Poly. Burdine, a freshman from Pico Rivera, added six blocks for CSUN (3-7) in the 22-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-23 victory. Frewshman Jenn Probert had 14 kills, Kayla Wright contributed eight kills and 47 assists, and Jamie Crawford added 15 digs. Cal Poly (7-3) was led by Vanessa Gilliam, who recorded 20 kills and 12 digs. UCLA 3, Villanova 0: Nana Meriwether had 15 kills with a .571 hitting percentage as the Bruins (7-1) swept Villanova 30-25, 30-27, 30-16 at the InnTower Invitational in Madison, Wis. Kaitlin Sather added 14 kills as 12 digs, Jordan Smith contributed 11 kills and Nancy Barba had 10 for the Bruins. Villanova fell to 10-3. The Master’s 3, Hope International 0: Rachel Rolder spiked 13 kills (with a .348 hitting percentage) and Amanda Roleder added 12 (at .320) as The Master’s swept visiting Hope 30-24, 30-28, 30-27 to improve to 2-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. TMC is 6-6 overall. MEN’S SOCCER: CSUN BOUNCES BACK, TOPS UNLV Cal State Northridge bounced back from its five-goal loss Friday to top-ranked Indiana, beating UNLV 5-3 at the Oregon State Diadora Classic in Corvallis, Ore. Willie Sims, a Reseda High product, had a hat trick and Taylor Canel scored twice for the 16th-ranked Matadors (4-1-1). UNLV rallied from deficits three times, but Sims broke a 3-3 tie with a free kick in the 75th minute and scored an insurance goal in the 80th. Sims has seven goals this season. Loyola Marymount 1, Southern Methodist 1: Armando Melendez’s 72nd-minute penalty kick pulled the Lions even, and they settled for a draw _ their second in SMU’s Mi Cocina Classic in Dallas. Duke Hashimoto gave SMU a 43rd-minute lead. Both teams finished the game with 10 men, as LMU’s Stephen Carlson was red-carded in the 85th minute and SMU’s Ryan Mirsky was sent off upon receiving his second yellow card in overtime. Tulsa, which LMU tied 1-1 on Friday, won the tournament after beating Saint Louis 4-1. LMU’s Matthew Mejia and Robert Flores were selected to the all-tournament team. Cal Lutheran 9, Whittier 0: The Kingsmen (1-0-1) romped to an easy victory in their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener, scoring five goals in the first half and coasting from there. Josh Moskowitz scored two goals and assisted two more for Cal Lutheran, and Chris Estes and Keegan Thompson each contributed a goal and an assist. Redlands 2, Occidental 0: Will Roradd converted a 32nd-minute penalty kick, and Sergio Juarez scored in the 80th minute as visiting Redlands (3-2) topped Oxy (1-4) in an SCIAC opener. WOMEN’S SOCCER: CAL LUTHERAN NOTCHES FIRST WIN Raechal Carr scored two goals and Mae Des Rosiers set up a pair as Cal Lutheran opened its SCIAC season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Whittier. The Regents (1-2-2) scored all three goals in the first 15 minutes, with Tiffany Pfeifer netting the first in the fourth minute and Carr adding goals in the 12th and 14th minutes. Cal Lutheran dominated the match, outshooting the Poets 25-5 and taking 10 corner kicks. Occidental 1, Redlands 1: Tessa Napoles’ goal from distance in the 84th minute rallied Oxy to a draw in an SCIAC opener at Redlands. Taylor Olson scored for Redlands in the eighth minute. The Master’s 2, Menlo 1: Jill Oldright scored goals in the 35th and 78th minutes as the visiting Mustangs won in Atherton. Oldright’s second goal, from Katie McMannis’ assist, broke a 1-1 tie forged when Menlo’s Katie Gravett tallied in the 66th minute. CROSS COUNTRY: UCLA’S RAMOS WINS IN SEATTLE UCLA junior Austin Ramos won the men’s 8K race at the Sun Dodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in Seattle, leading the Bruins to a third-place finish. Ramos covered the course in 24 minutes. UCLA scored 74 points, trailing Washington (39) and Portland (66). UCLA’s women finished second, 11 points behind Washington, as three Bruins ran in the top 10. Junior Ashley Caldwell was third, covering 6 kilometers in 21:04, sophomore Claire Rethmeier (21:15) was fifth, and sophomore Monika Rothenburger (21:17) was 10th. MEN’S WATER POLO: UCLA, USC REACH SOCAL SEMIS UCLA and USC advanced to Sunday’s semifinals of the Southern California Tournament, romping to easy pool-play victories in one of college water polo’s biggest events. Defending NCAA champion UCLA (6-0) routed Bucknell 12-2, then topped tournament host UC Irvine 9-7 to advance to a championship semifinal game against Stanford (5-0). David Pietsch scored four goals against Bucknell and three against the Anteaters. USC (3-0), the defending tournament champion, dominated Redlands 12-2 and beat Long Beach State 12-6 to reach a semifinal matchup with California (6-0). Juan Delgadillo scored three goals in both games for USC. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

Women’s Basketball Defeats UNI, 81-64

first_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: After the 6-0 start to the third, UNI slowly chipped away pulling to within, 59-43, at the end of the period and to within seven points (64-57) at the 5:06 mark of the fourth quarter. The Panthers made three three-pointers in that fourth-quarter span, but the Bulldogs closed the game on a 18-7 run and held UNI to zero three-pointers during that time. Rose scored five of Drake’s final eight points while Dean nailed a deep three-pointer for the Bulldogs with just 46 seconds for the final points.Drake just missed its season-high in shooting percentage at 55.1 percent from the field, and the Bulldogs made 17-of-19 (89.5 percent) of their free throws. Drake hit 10-of-20 (50.0 percent) of its three-pointers, as four different Bulldogs each made two three-pointers. As a team, Drake had nine different players score and eight of those scored at least six points each. The Bulldogs controlled the paint by a 32-10 margin. UNI (8-10, 4-3 MVC) fell behind as many as 22 points early in the third quarter, but charged back into the game cutting the lead to seven points midway through the fourth quarter. The Panthers made 13 three-pointers, including eight in the final two quarters. Rose Simon-Ressler led UNI with 19 points. Junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) reached her own scoring milestone as she moved past 500 career points. Miller had six points and now has scored 503. Full Schedule Roster Preview Drake (12-7, 7-0 MVC) was led in scoring by sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) with 16 points. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) surpassed the 1,000th career-point mark as she finished with 12 points. Redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and junior Sammie Bachrodt each added 11 points. Jonas tied her career-high with six assists and Bachrodt and Hittner each dished out four assists. at Illinois State 1/26/2018 – 7 PMcenter_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated the UNI Panthers, 81-64, in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night at the Knapp Center in front of 3,331 fans. Photo Gallery With a 40-24 halftime lead, Bachrodt, Jonas and sophomore Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each made layups out of the break to give Drake its 22-point advantage. The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers, 16-7, in the second quarter and held them to just two field goals. Story Links HTML Box Score PDF Box Score Following Friday’s game, Drake heads to Illinois State Friday, Jan. 26 for a 7 p.m. contest at Redbird Arena.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Breaking: HSE confirms outbreak of Mumps in Donegal and North-West

first_imgAn outbreak of mumps in the North-West has led doctors to warn parents to keep children with the condition at home.The HSE has confirmed to Donegal Daily that there have been 13 confirmed cases of Mumps in the North West since the start of March.These have been mainly in the South Donegal and Sligo town area. The number of cases has decreased somewhat in the past week. The outbreak follows a separate outbreak of Measles in Donegal in recent weeks.A spokesperson for the HSE said all children and young adults should have two MMR doses which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella. Protection for Rubella is important for women in the childbearing years.Dr Anthony Breslin said “The recent cases of Measles and Mumps in the North West demonstrate what can happen when MMR vaccine rates fall”.Mumps is an acute viral infection that is spread from person to person. It is a potentially serious disease for children and young adults and is very common in young children who are not vaccinated against it. Mumps usually occurs in school-aged children, teenagers or young adults, although older people may also contract the disease.Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, malaise and swollen, tender salivary glands (usually the parotid gland which is located just below the front of the ear). Mumps often gives the appearance of swollen cheeks or jaw. Symptoms of mumps typically begin to appear 14 to 25 days (usually 15-18 days) after exposure.Approximately 20% of infected individuals will have no symptoms. Some may have only non-specific or primarily respiratory symptoms (particularly in children <5 years of age). Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and have usually resolved after 10 days. There is no specific treatment for mumps apart from relieving the symptoms.Mumps is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact with saliva or discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals.People infected with mumps may spread the infection to others, even when they do not have any symptoms. People with mumps are most infectious from 2 days before to 5 days after onset of symptoms.Complications of mumps may occur and can include testicular inflammation, ovarian inflammation, meningitis, pancreatitis and rarely encephalitis (brain inflammation) or deafness. Although testicular inflammation occurs in up to 40% of postpubertal males, fortunately sterility is rare.Anyone who develops mumps should stay at home for the five days after disease onset to prevent spreading the infection to others. If your child develops the symptoms of mumps please contact your GP (please ring your GP first).Further information on Mumps can be found on the HSE Website at the link below.https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/m/mumps/Breaking: HSE confirms outbreak of Mumps in Donegal and North-West was last modified: March 25th, 2019 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:donegalMeaslesMumpsOutbreaklast_img read more

Green Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient Houses

first_imgClimate change is underway, and some of the impacts of that change will affect our homes. We need to account for that in the design, construction, and remodeling of our homes.For starters, we should plan for hotter temperatures. To limit unwanted solar gain, it makes sense to reduce square-footage of west- and east-facing windows, provide overhangs above south-facing windows, and landscape around our homes with plantings that block direct sun. We should increase insulation levels to slow heat flow through the envelope, provide reflective roofing, and design our homes to make effective use of natural ventilation.More intense storms call for greater resistance to wind and rain penetration, use of hurricane straps and other structural features to prevent uplift, more durable roofing, and building geometries that are inherently resistant to wind. We should design to the most stringent building codes, such as the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Code, even in areas where hurricanes are rare.We should build only in locations that are well above flood elevations, avoiding lowland areas. If FEMA flood-elevation maps haven’t been updated recently, we should go beyond those requirements. Our stormwater drainage systems, including storm sewers, should be designed and built to handle increased runoff flow. Heavy winds, ice storms, flooding, heat stress, drought, and other impacts of climate change are likely to cause more frequent and more extended power outages and damage to refineries. Extended drought could cause power outages if water levels in rivers and lakes drop so low that thermoelectric power plants cannot be cooled, and therefore have to be shut down.A new, and perhaps even more frightening, concern is that terrorists of the future might target our energy systems—including electrical distribution lines, oil and gas pipelines, refineries, and power plants—causing extended blackouts or loss of heating fuels. A past director of the CIA, James Wolsey, has raised serious concerns about “cyber-terrorism,” in which people hack into our power generation and distribution infrastructure and cause system failures. Converting to the widely touted “smart grid” could unfortunately increase this vulnerability, even while it offers many advantages.These concerns call for passive survivability as a design criterion. This means creating homes that will maintain livable conditions even during extended loss of power, loss of heating fuel, or shortages of water. To achieve passive survivability involves creating extremely well-insulated homes—homes so well insulated that without any energy inputs they will never drop below 50 or 55 degrees in the winter. Achieving passive survivability requires extremely high insulation levels–in colder climates, this means walls over R-40, ceilings or roofs over R-50, triple-glazed windows with multiple low-e coatings, very tight construction (augmented by mechanical ventilation), and passive solar gain through south-facing windows.In warmer climates, we can see some of the features of passive survivability by examining the “vernacular architecture” that existed before 1950—when air conditioning emerged. Traditional homes in New Orleans had wrap-around porches to keep direct sunlight out and provide outdoor living space in hot weather, and they were designed for natural ventilation. We need to return to this climate-appropriate architecture—but we can give it a modern twist with the benefits of today’s best materials and computer modeling of energy performance.In some parts of the country, droughts of the future may severely limit water availability. Significantly more water-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances and water-conserving landscaping practices, if adopted widely, will reduce the likelihood that our water supplies become inadequate. And such measures will help individuals get by if water rationing ever becomes necessary during severe droughts or water shortages. Homeowners and municipalities in the West sometimes think about these issues, but drought can also occur in the east, where water is rarely on our minds. Eastern reservoirs tend to be shallower and hold less water than those in the west. In 2007, Atlanta came to within 30 days of running out of water.Many of these elements of resilient design or adaptation to climate change are features that we would want to include in green homes for other reasons–and which will be addressed elsewhere in this top-10 list. But the motivation behind resilient/adaptive design is an important life-safety issue: keeping homeowners safe in the event of natural or man-made disasters.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outageslast_img read more

Over 20 kg tobacco products confiscated from Lucknow Metro commuters

first_imgIn the City of Nawabs, security officials deployed at the Lucknow Metro stations are on a task to sniff out tobacco from commuters and have weeded out over 20 kg tobacco products in the first two days of its launch. Metro passengers in the city have been trying various tricks to smuggle tobacco and related products inside coaches. “The passengers, who are in the habit of carrying tobacco products, are not ready to give up and try to smuggle it pan masala and other products in their pockets, socks and belts,” a security personnel deployed at the Charbagh Metro Station said.“During frisking while entering Metro premises, officials were able to collect approximately 20 kg tobacco and other related items like pan, pan masala, cigarette etc. from commuters,” LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said. The confiscated items will be handed over to the municipal corporation for disposal.“I am very thankful to commuters for their cooperation in frisking and keeping the metro clean. Lucknow Metro is a green and environment friendly public transport and it is our duty to keep it clean. The efforts of LMRC and public will definitely help in keeping metro a clean public transport,” the MD said.Many of those caught gave excuses that they were not aware that tobacco products were not allowed inside the metro. “Out of five, every third commuter was carrying a tobacco product and was found chewing tobacco. It is a difficult task to check them. But we are on our toes and committed to keep the metro clean,” a security member said. The 8.5-km-long ‘Priority Corridor’ from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase 1 of the project, is operational from 6 am to 10 pm everyday.Over 32,000 passengers had boarded Lucknow Metro on the first day of the commercial run on September 6 while the number came down to over 28,000 on the second day.LMRC has set a target to complete the entire 23 km track from Amausi to Munshipulia by March 2019. This includes a 3.5 km underground track between Hussainganj to Hazratganj.last_img read more