Remaining workers face March dismissal – sources

first_imgAs former Wales Estate workers, their relatives and other residents in the surrounding communities complain of depleting finances and sustenance challenges, over 10 more families will face similar circumstances as the remaining workers will be dismissed early next month. Guyana Times had reported that while official operations were shut down in December 2016, skeletal staff was retained as the machines in the factory were kept running.However, according to sources within the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the remaining members of staff will be retrenched by March 5. According to a source, operators within the Mechanical Tillage Department are currently being phased out.“They will be going off one after the other and two persons will remain until the 5th of March,” the source indicated. It is not clear if any of these staff will be retained at other estates.Meanwhile, another GuySuCo source revealed that some eight members of staff attached to the Wales office department, who are mainly women, are similarly being retrenched. Guyana Times understands that these workers are unionised under the National Association of Agricultural Commercial Employees (NAACIE). This newspaper was informed that four of these members are from the human resources department and others work in the finance section.These imminent dismissals come against the backdrop of hundreds of former sugar workers at Wales, Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall who have expressed much frustration over the estate closures. This has spurred repeated protest actions across the sugar belt, with many pleading with Government to reverse many of the decisions made on the sugar industry.It was however disclosed that the remaining Wales factory and office workers are likely to receive their severance payment within a reasonable timeframe. This is unlike what many former sugar workers at Wales have faced as they have been waiting since late 2016 to receive their termination benefits after they refused to take up employment at the Uitvlugt Estate. This refusal was formed on the basis that they cannot be compelled, under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) to travel beyond 10 miles from their original place of work. Uitvlugt is some 22 miles away from Wales.After word spread of Wales’ closure after Guyana Times broke the story, sugar workers were on February 9, 2016, given a three-day ultimatum to sign indicating whether they opted for the severance package from Government or be transferred to the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate. These plans were however rescinded, and workers were retrenched in phases with union consultations.The closure of Wales affected and displaced over 1000 workers directly and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. Meanwhile, over 4000 workers attached to Enmore, Skeldon, Rose Hall were given dismissal letters by December 2017. However, some of the former Enmore and Skeldon workers could be re-hired under plans by the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) to re-open the two estates as the State-owned body eyes private investors. This revelation has prompted stakeholders to push Government on rehiring all of the dismissed sugar workers on the contention that the sugar industry remains a viable one. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Countrywide gets new financing

first_imgWall Street, which had been punishing the company by beating down the stock price, responded favorably to Thursday’s development. Countrywide’s stock closed at $18.93, up $2.31 or 13.9 percent. In a release Countrywide said that during August: Mortgage loan fundings totaled $34 billion. Average daily mortgage loan application activity was $2.3 billion, a decline of 12 percent from August 2006. CALABASAS – Countrywide Financial Corp., besieged by the credit crisis, said Thursday it arranged $12 billion in new financing while revealing that August’s mortgage fundings fell by 17 percent. The Calabasas-based company indicated that this round of money came from new and existing credit arrangements. In the past month, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender has been infused with $25.5 billion, which included selling a $2 billion stake to Bank of America, to stay afloat. “Adjusting to the turbulent conditions in the mortgage and credit markets, the company has taken decisive steps since early August,” David Sambol, the company’s president and chief operating officer said in a statement. The mortgage loan pipeline was $52 billion at month’s end versus $64 billion for the same period last year. The mortgage loan servicing portfolio continued to grow, reaching $1.5 trillion at the end of the month. It’s an increase of $226 billion, or 18 percent, from a year ago. Commercial real estate funding totaled $757 million, up from $273 million in August 2006. Banking operation assets were $94 billion, up from $87 billion a year ago. “Residential mortgage loan activity for the month of August reflected current mortgage market conditions,” Sambol said. The company continues to deal with the housing slowdown and credit tightening. Last week Countrywide said it would trim between 10,000 and 12,000 jobs, or 20 percent of its work force, to cut costs. At that time Sambol and company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Angelo R. Mozilo distributed a lengthy letter to employees that discussed the current environment and the fact that theirs is a cyclical business. “Each cycle brings with it a unique set of challenges, and this time is no different. In fact, this current cycle is certainly the most severe in the contemporary history of our industry,” it said. “There is no question that our industry, our company and many of our borrowers continue to face significant challenges.” Also on Thursday the company was hit with another lawsuit over losses incurred in the employees’ 401(k) retirement plan because of the falling stock price. On Tuesday attorney Steve Berman filed a similar suit in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. That suit also seeks class-action status and claims Countrywide failed to warn its employees about the depth of its financial troubles, resulting in heavy stock losses in employees’ 401(k) retirement accounts. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want 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


first_imgA CO DONEGAL man now living in Australia has been ordered to pay €4,000 to a man he assaulted in a completely unprovoked attack.Richard Joseph Doherty (pictured right) didn’t return to Ireland to appear at Falcarragh District Court to answer the assault charges, but had instructed a solicitor to enter a ‘guilty’ plea on his behalf.And the case started a legal debate, with the presiding District Court judge saying that if he was making laws, he’d argue to make the consumption of drink an aggravating factor in cases rather than a mitigating one. Judge Conal Gibbons also remarked about how Doherty, from Derryreel but now living in Perth, hadn’t appeared before the court in person whilst his victim, Carrigart man Ferghal Doherty had done so.Gda Brendan O’Connor told the court, sitting in Letterkenny that a fight broke out outside a nightclub in Dunfanaghy in the early hours of December 5, 2010.“The injured party and friends were attacked by another group of youths. The injured party had no part in the aggression whatsoever and was entirely innocent,” said Gda O’Connor.“He was struck in the face twice. The incident was viewed by me, the injured party and the accused on CCTV and the accused readily admitted his involvement.”Ferghal Doherty had suffered a broken nose in the incident, said the Garda, and required hospital treatment in both Letterkenny and in Sligo.Richard Doherty’s solicitor Fiona Brown, in mitigation, said that her client had left Ireland in October 2011. He was now working as a plasterer in Perth, Western Australia.He had been in bother before, she said, but this was mainly road traffic offences with one public order conviction.“His behaviour was shocking,” said Judge Gibbons.“I suppose this was about geographical areas? – two different parishes? – are we going back to that? it is quite outrageous.”The judge asked Ferghal Doherty about his injuries.“I got over it anyway,” said the victim.Judge Gibbons said it was “an appalling state of affairs that someone can go out and do this to someone completely innocent.“This speaks volumes about the modern age.Commenting on Richard Doherty’s presence in Perth and not before the court in Letterkenny, the judge said: “There was a time when people sere went to Australia after a court case, not before a case appears before the court.”The judge went on: “In every town where there is entertainment at a nightclub or a large pub, these places have to have very big individuals suitably attired (bouncers) standing outside maintaining order. We are supposed to be progressing and evolving as human beings.“If you spend time in court you would take serious issue with the theory of evolution.”When the solicitor said her client had consumed drink on the night in question, Judge Gibbons said: “The problem is with the human, not the drink.“Your client has to lift it up and put it to his mouth. The drink was voluntarily taken by the client. Drink is an aggravating factor and not a mitigating factor.“If I was writing laws in this country, I would amend the legislation to state that fact – that the court would see drinking as an aggravating factor.“I’m very disturbed by your client’s behaviour. I understand that Irish people have to go abroad but if he behaved like this in Australia they wouldn’t tolerate it; in fact most progressive countries would not tolerate it“Drink is an inert substance. The problem is not the drink – it’s mixing the drink with the human.”Judge Gibbons used District Court powers to order Richard Doherty to pay Ferghal Doherty €4,000 in compensation for his injuries plus €800 medical expenses. He was also ordered to pay €234 State costs.He was also fined a total of €350. Richard Doherty will be imprisoned for a total of 104 days if he fails to pay.If he wishes to appeal the case he must put up a cash surety of €2,000.“I hope you are none the worse for the awful event that happened to you,” Judge Gibbons told victim Ferghal Doherty.It’s understood Richard Doherty could now be thrown out of Australia if he fails to pay the compensation and fines and Gardai report that to the Australia authorities.DONEGAL MAN IN AUSTRALIA TOLD TO PAY CASH TO NOSE-BREAK ASSAULT VICTIM – JUDGE SAYS DRINK WAS AGGRAVATING FACTOR was last modified: April 19th, 2013 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)last_img read more

The best return on investment with host resistance in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first and most economical approach (a.k.a. save money) to manage many of the pathogens that impact soybean in the state of Ohio is to pick varieties that have the right resistance package.If the resistance is effective then there is no need for any further measures during the season. The soybean plant can take care of itself, especially during years when conditions are favorable for disease development.We routinely use both resistant and susceptible varieties/germplasm in our test locations. Germplasm are soybean lines that may have come from another country or are in the breeding pipeline of a public breeder — they are not quite ready for “prime time” but the genetics are on the way to keep improving soybean varieties. A major contribution to soybean development from the public land grants has been the assessment and genetic discovery of key genes that contribute not only to yield but also to disease, pest, and abiotic stress reduction.Here are some examples from our studies in Ohio. Sudden death syndromeI don’t talk about this disease too often, as it is mainly limited to a few geographic regions in this state, is very sporadic and unpredictable when it will occur, is associated with soybean cyst nematode and the yield losses have not been as impressive as other pathogens. However, we have evaluated new germplasm every year as well as some of the seed treatments to address this. Here is some data from 2014 when disease symptoms were severe. Test A. Examined the performance of two cultivars with SCN resistance but one is SDS susceptible (Cultivar A) and the second is Resistant (Cultivar B).Soybean VarietySDS severityFinal YieldCultivar A30357.9Cultivar B1.761.6   Test B. Evaluated the performance of soybean germplasm for resistance to SDS. These are the checks, and this test demonstrates the variability in disease levels that we seem to face here in Ohio.Checks20142015Resistant A2.84.4Resistant B2.2ntResistant C0.6ntSusceptible A27.8ntSusceptible B44.428 Disease severity of sudden death syndrome is measured first by the percentage of the plants within the plot that have symptoms of the disease followed by a score for the severity of the symptoms. The score ranges from 1 to 9, where 1 is no disease; 2 to 5 based on the amount of the yellow and necrotic spots on the plants; 6 to 8 based on the amount of defoliation; 9 is based on the amount of prematurely dead plants. nt indicates that the line was not tested.  Sclerotinia white moldThe resistance levels to this pathogen have slowly been improving over the years to the point that it is really hard to show the benefit of mid-season fungicide applications. From 2014 we evaluated four cultivars in a field with a long and sordid history of white mold.VarietyPercent Incidence Sclerotinia stem rot (no. of plants killed prematurely) 2014Loc A-2015Loc B-2015A8NtntB29NtntC3100D3600   Frogeye leaf spotThis leaf pathogen has a wide range of responses among northern cultivars. For the most part many of our varieties have resistance,however there are a few that are highly susceptible and do require a fungicide treatment mid-season. This year we had two varieties planted at Western Research station and within the study they were placed throughout the study to measure the levels of disease within the field. As you can see, the response was consistent across the field.VarietyPercent leaf area affected by frogeye leaf spot 1234A0.30.10.71B3.  Phytophthora root and stem rotThis disease is most common on poorly drained soils and we have recovered or found plants with symptoms in all of Ohio’s soybean production regions, it is not just a northwestern Ohio problem. The key to managing this disease is with host resistance, which is a combination of Rps genes and partial resistance (also known as tolerance and field resistance). This past year under heavy flooding and disease pressure, several of the new public varieties had significantly higher yields than some of the older standards. These varieties were also planted in 30-inch rows near the end of May, received between 15 and 20 inches of rain within 2 weeks after planting.CultivarResistance packageDefianceBu/APauldingBu/AConradno Rps genes/high partial resistance (PR)13.87.2DennisonRps1k + 3a, high PR25.318.2KottmanRps1k+3a, high PR20.423.3LorainRps1c, high PR25.021.6Sloanno Rps genes/low PR10.86.8StreeterRps1c + 3a, high PR22.320.1SummitRps1k + 3a, high PR24.020.4 For each of these diseases, companies use a different scoring system for resistance and on top of that, each company uses different values. For example, for Phytophthora, companies will list which Rps gene(s) are present in the variety. For Ohio, the gene stacks of Rps1c + 3a; Rps1k + 3a provide the best management, followed by single genes Rps1k, Rps3a, and Rps6.For partial resistance towards Phytophthora, Sudden Death syndrome, frogeye leafspot or white mold, the scoring is very different. Most often it is on a 1 to 9 scale and depending on the company, 1 can be great or it can be dead. The only way to tell is to read the fine print in the tables.last_img read more

Humphrey’s Archipelago GC1ZPE8 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 9, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe British Library — Geocache of the WeekJune 28, 2017In “Community”Down, down, down into the underground – Below Above, The Fallen Monarch (GC2GAMT) – Geocache of the WeekApril 3, 2013In “Community”Slapjais Kakis/Wet Cat — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 24, 2019In “Community” Lighthouse near Douglas on the Isle of ManSome geocaches take just seconds to find, others require days to unravel. Humphrey’s Archipelago (GC1ZPE8) is a Multi-Cache that can challenge geocachers for days. It’s a puzzle that has left geocachers saying, “an excellent geocache,” “very imaginative,” and “brilliant.”The difficulty 2.5, terrain 2 geocache weaves the story of a fictitious Victorian explorer named Sir Humphrey Humphrey.The cache requires following Sir Humphrey Humphrey’s whimsical story. Geocachers discover a faded map near a lighthouse on the Isle of Man. They then use the map and clues from an additional image on the cache page to answer the question, “Where did Sir Humphrey stay on his first night in the archipelago?”Happy Humphrey created the creative geocache in 2009. The Woodsider IOM now owns and maintains the geocache.Part of the adventure is catching glimpses of wildlife as you search for the location of the geocache. Happy Humphrey writes, ‘Look out to sea on the way; whales, dolphins, seals and basking sharks are often seen here (there was a Minke whale in sight when I first researched the cache.)”Geocachers who logged a smiley on the cache write, “Brilliant cache just loved the first clue – never seen anything like it it before.”Clue from cache pageContinue to explore of some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

NCWIT, Compugirls: Building a Diverse Tech Future

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#events#start audrey watters The NCWIT Summit on Women and IT is being held in Portland, Oregon this week and is providing an opportunity for its members to share resources and strategize on how to inspire girls to choose computing careers and support women to stay in those careers. NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology) is a coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, non profits, and governmental agencies working to address some of these challenges. NCWIT supports efforts within the workforce, in universities, and in K-12 education in order to increase women’s participation in IT – in the classroom, in startups, and in corporations. The Facts: Women in the Tech IndustryThe technology industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. The U.S. Labor Department estimates that technology job opportunities are predicted to grow by about 22% over the next decade, a faster rate than all other jobs in the professional sector.Recent studies have shown that despite the increase in the number of computing jobs, interest in computer science majors has steadily declined over the past few years. According to NCWIT, this decline is even more significant among women. In 2008, for example, women earned 57% of all bachelor’s degrees, yet they only earned 18% of computer and IT bachelor’s degrees – down from 37% in 1985. And in 2008, women held 57% of all professional occupations in the U.S. workforce but only 25% of all professional IT-related jobs – down from 36% in 1991. Not only does the industry fail to attract new talent, it also loses talent already interested and involved in technology. For example, 56% of technical women leave at the mid-point of their careers, more than double the attrition rate of men. Some of these women start their own tech companies, but many leave the industry altogether.The Future: Compugirls and Social Justice TechnologyAlthough there are certainly steps that the tech industry can take to attract and retain women, it’s important to promote computer careers to young girls long before they are set to choose college majors or careers. According to Kimberly Scott, associate professor at Arizona State University, by the eighth grade girls have fewer positive perceptions of computers than boys. Scott is the executive director of Compugirls, a social justice technology program for girls age 13 to 18 in under-resourced areas of Phoenix and in tribal communities.Scott notes that low-income African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students have less access to technology at home and in their schools than Caucasian families, and that women of color enter computing majors and careers at an even lower rate than white women. Compugirls is designed to encourage girls to be creators, not just consumers of technology. Compugirls is a year-round, two-year program that uses multimedia to enhance girls’ computational thinking and technology skills. Compugirls is designed not simply to advance technology, but to harness technology in service of the girls’ communities. Compugirls operates at two sites: one on the ASU campus and one on the Gila River Indian Community.Girls in the program learn tech skills, including some programming with Scratch and work in the Teen Second Life grid. According to Scott’s research, those involved in the program have a higher sense of self confidence – not just in technology, but in academia and in body image.Compugirls makes technology culturally relevant, giving the girls who participate the tools to become advocates for themselves and for their communities.The program emphasizes mentorship and peer-to-peer collaboration. These support systems are crucial not just for encouraging girls to become interested in technology, but as NCWIT and a recent Kauffman Foundation study have shown, an important part a larger effort on how to support the women to enter the tech industry – as college majors, as tech professionals, and as entrepreneurs. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Coming This Election: Crowdsourcing For Scandal

first_imgabraham hyatt The Accountability Project, he continues, “taps into the belief by party activists that politicians of the opposite party say one thing in front of the press, and quite another when they think no one is really listening. However, all activists can imagine a scenario where what they capture on video could really make a difference in a campaign.“The projects asks activists to undertake an activity that almost all of them can appreciate the value of, which increases the likelihood that they will take such action. And it offers them a way to be involved that they might not have otherwise thought was possible or meaningful.”That last point may be the most critical part of the DNC’s project. In a paper published last month on crowdsourcing [PDF], a researcher at the London School of Economics wrote that, “The needs, aspirations, motivations and incentives of the crowd to participate in the initiative must remain the most important consideration […] The practitioners must understand the crowd motivation and align their goals according to it.” (Emphasis ours.)That might sound like common sense, but considering the number of projects asking the crowd to do the equivalent of ranking policy initiatives, too many political strategists seem to be confusing the crowd’s interests with what will genuinely motivate it.In other words, if you want to create an effective crowdsourcing project and the crowd is hungry for political blood, then give them the equivalent of an elephant gun. Photo by Scott Liddell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In a world where crowdsourcing has become a mainstay of politics, a new site from the Democratic National Committee is taking the idea one step further and asking voters to find damaging videos of opposing lawmakers and candidates.The Accountability Project is pretty simple: you can upload and view videos, or track down Republican candidate events. There’s no voting or comments; it’s essentially a platform for videos to go viral. So far, uploads mostly consist of tepid footage of conservatives criticizing Democrats. But when compared to other political crowdsourcing projects, the site stands out as one of the more potentially disruptive ideas in this midterm election.This Innovation Series is brought to you by Lexus.Crowdsourcing in politics has become ubiquitous over the last several years, particularly as candidates and agencies have figured out how to use social media well. But this year is the first major election since President Obama so famously harnessed those social tools in his 2008 election bid. Online videos have already played a significant role (one of the most famous involving a Democratic Representative). Roy Temple, a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic political consultant, says that usually, “When parties or candidates seek activist opinions (like the current GOP effort to crowdsource policy priorities), there is a certain level of cynicism that their opinion will count.” Tags:#Lexus#Sponsors#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Yahoo TV is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV

first_imgThe only reservation we have is in the implementation – do we really want constant polls on our screen? Will the only real benefit be character context for your favorite sitcom and the ability to shop on the TV? We know this will be exciting for some, but we want to see this same capability used to provide context for breaking news, connect you with personalized recommendations for live content based on your browsing, or extra contextual data in the form of user-chosen information overlays. We wonder, from looking the example images, if Yahoo has the edge to pull this off or if it’s simply lighting the way for the real innovation. Just last week, for example, the Logitech Revue Google TV was jailbroken, opening up the platform to developers, the likes of which we expect to push the boundaries of Internet TV. We asked Yahoo about the developers and were told that this interactivity would only be available to pilot program partners, at least initially. Either way, it’s the first step in truly changing how we experience Internet TV. mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show we got a sneak peek at the latest incarnation of Yahoo Connected TV and we were excited about what we saw: the first Internet TV device to bring passive and personalized Internet content to its users.Watching a boxing match? Cast a vote in an online poll on who’s going to stay upright and who’s hitting the mat. Checking out the shopping channel? Purchase items directly from the comfort of your sofa without pulling out the laptop. Yahoo Connected TV is about to change how we think of Internet TV forever… but is it edgy enough to really lead the pack?Yahoo is calling this new feature “broadcast interactivity” and says that it will “engage TV viewers like never before.” The program is slated to begin sometime during the first half of 2011 and will allow content providers to pair its regular TV content with interactive content like polls, little tidbits of information (think Pop-Up Video that can be changed in real time), shopping capabilities and more. The pilot program will begin with ABC, CBS, the Home Shopping Network, Showtime, Ford, Microsoft and Mattel as partners. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So far, the majority of Internet TV has come in the form of content-providing apps like Netflix and other Web-based apps ported over for use, such as Twitter. The things is, the simple act of watching TV is left untouched with most current solutions. If you are watching cable, you’re almost untouchable. Your experience is no different from the average TV viewer, other than your ability to suddenly shift away and tweet or search for content without shifting screens. Yahoo TV’s “broadcast interactivity” represents a paradigm shift: As a user passively watches TV, they can be presented with the opportunity to interact according to the content they are watching and their personal profile. Yahoo says it is using a “sensing” technology to determine what content a user is watching, meaning that the content does not need to be live to be interactive. It could be recorded, broadcast, cable, or Internet delivered and the viewer will still be able to have an interactive experience. ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near YouIn addition to serving up this sort of personalized content, the newest version of Yahoo TV will also give users the ability to push content from their iOS and Android devices directly to the TV screen. Until now, Yahoo TV has been available only as an integrated platform on a number of Internet-enabled TVs. Starting this year, Yahoo will also be releasing a D-Link device that will allow consumers to get Yahoo Connected TV for any HDMI TV.The big question is, with interactivity decided upon by the content provider, will a system like Yahoo Connected TV be the real “cable cutter”? Networks routinely block access to their streaming Web content on other Internet TV devices, but if they can pair interactive content, polling, advertising and other opportunities with streaming content, perhaps they will be able to loosen the reins.center_img Tags:#Internet TV#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Been Having Those Hot Water Blues

first_imgConsidering going all electricThe heat-pump water heater was part of a strategy to eliminate my natural gas use. I had already installed minisplit heat pumps for space heating and cooling, so the only natural gas used is for water heating and cooking. I could have replaced my range with an induction unit and eliminated my natural gas connection altogether.Down here in coal-burning country, that seems like a poor decision in the climate change department, particularly since I have no solar exposure to take advantage of for PV panels. I can purchase green power from the local utility, which I will get around to doing sometime soon to assuage some of my guilt.The main reason for dumping natural gas was purely financial. Although we have low natural gas rates, the monthly base charges are pretty high, so although I use about $1.00 worth of gas a month, I end up with a bill of about $28.00 of recurring non-fuel charges. Pretty annoying.I could have used an electric tankless heater, but I have not heard many good stories about them, so I went with a gas tankless heater. The Rinnai unit I installed was mounted on the exterior of the bathroom wall, a bit closer than the old tank heater, but when I first used it I discovered that the start-up time allowed one half gallon of cold water through the line before any hot water arrived.I have learned a lot about hot water distribution from my friend Gary Klein, the guru of all things hot-water-related, so I discussed the situation with him and came up with a plan. A good plan, at least in theoryI installed a main hot water line that ran past the shower, lavatory, and laundry, and ended at the kitchen sink. That’s where I installed a Metlund demand pump with buttons to activate it in both the bathroom and kitchen.Between the heater and the shower, I had my plumber install a 3’ length of 2” pipe as a reservoir for hot and cold water to mix. Since the gas tankless heater always has the half gallon cold start, the intent of the reservoir was to buffer that cold water “slug” and avoid waiting for hot water at every use.All looked good until I took my first shower. I ran the demand pump to prime the hot water line. When the pump stopped, I turned on the shower and the water was hot within about 15 or 20 seconds, wasting about 6 or 7 cups of cold water – more than I wanted, but not terrible.Then about 30 seconds in, the water ran cold again for another 30 seconds. Although 30 seconds does not seem like a long time, when you are naked in the shower and the water turns cold, it sure seems like forever. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Hot-Water CirculationGBA Encyclopedia: Efficient supply layouts Hot Water Circulation LoopsWaiting for Hot WaterFixing a Hot-Water ProblemGetting Into Hot Water — Part 3Getting Into Hot Water — Part 4All About Water HeatersInefficient Hot Water Piping Layouts Waste Hot WaterProduct Guide: Taco Hot Water D’Mand System ARTICLES BY CARL SEVILLE Dealing With Cold Weather in Climate Zone 3Sticking With Spray Foam for My RenovationMaking Slow Progress on My RenovationFinally! Starting Construction At My Housecenter_img Time for some testing and investigationI ran the shower with and without the demand pump and checked the water temperature with an IR thermometer and a timer. Interestingly, hot water arrived at the shower in about the same amount of time whether or not I used the pump. The big difference that was without the pump, the water heater never turned off, avoiding the ramp-up time, keeping the water hot throughout the shower.Further discussions with Gary as well as Larry Acker at Metlund led us to the conclusion that the buffer reservoir I installed was both too close to the shower and not large enough to balance out the water temperature. The demand pump works well when running the dishwasher or when I need hot water at the sink, but it just isn’t doing much for the shower at all. If the distance between the water heater and the shower was longer, and the reservoir larger, it probably would have done a better job managing the temperature.Had I purchased a tankless heater with an internal buffer tank, I probably would have avoided the cold water slug issue entirely, and in my endless quest to waste money on my house, I may consider swapping out heaters and seeing if the demand pump works better. But for now, I will just waste a bit of cold water when I take my showers and only use my pump for my kitchen. Another lesson learned. As part of my renovation project, I needed to move the water heater out of its location in a below-grade recess in my crawl space that I was filling in to eliminate the need for a sump pump to get rid of water that collected. When considering the best type of new water heater, I considered both heat-pump water heaters and tankless heaters.One thing I like about heat-pump heaters is their dehumidification capabilities, but after some discussion with others who have installed them, I determined that the amount of hot water I use would not cause the heater to run frequently enough to provide any significant amount of dehumidification. It would also have to be installed in my new storage room, which didn’t exist when I had to change heaters — a fact that would have required me to move out sooner than I planned.My next option was to install a tankless heater on the exterior of my house, right next to the bathroom. This was a task I could do before demolition started, allowing me to stay in the house through the first half of the renovation work.last_img read more

Embattled NOAA Lab in North Carolina Would Get New Life in U.S. Spending Bill

first_imgA key U.S. House of Representatives committee is moving to block the Obama administration’s controversial proposal to close a federal marine research laboratory in North Carolina.The Committee on Appropriations today released a draft spending bill for the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October.  It includes funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and, in an accompanying report, the panel bars NOAA from moving ahead with plans to consolidate several laboratories and close a century-old lab on an island near the town of Beaufort.The panel also asks NOAA to send lawmakers a report within 1 year “on all National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) facilities and labs, to include current maintenance costs as well as a detailed analysis of how the research conducted by NCCOS laboratories would be affected by any proposed NCCOS lab consolidation.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The move comes after North Carolina lawmakers had protested the proposed closure and called on the spending panel to keep the lab open. The House panel is expected to approve the bill in a vote Thursday and send it to the full House. The Senate has not yet released its version of the spending bill, and no final decision on the legislation is expected until later this year, after the November elections.Still, the House move comes as a relief to the Beaufort lab’s supporters in Congress. “I’m very pleased we were able to work together to secure this funding because the lab has a significant economic impact, and it is critical to maintaining the competitiveness of our state’s research enterprise,” said Representative David Price (D-NC) in a statement.A NOAA spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more