The Minergy House

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North AmericaForgotten Pioneers of Energy EfficiencySolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateA Superinsulated House from 1984 The late 1970s were a vibrant time in solar-driven, energy-efficient housing, full of passion and innovation. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) was founded in 1974, and members were in the thick of this experimentation.Multiple approaches had their own devoted adherents. One approach was active solar heating, with a firm engineering basis emerging from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Lab. Another approach was sun-tempered, superinsulated housing, pioneered by Wayne Schick at the University of Illinois, Harold Orr of the Saskatchewan Research Council, and Gene Leger in northern Massachusetts. There also was passive solar heating, championed by Ed Mazria (of The Passive Solar Energy Book) and the group at Los Alamos Scientific Labs (led by Doug Balcomb) that resulted in the three-volume Passive Solar Design Handbook.This handbook included substantial contributions from Total Environmental Action in New Hampshire, including Peter Temple, Dan Lewis, Joe Kohler, Charles Michal, and Bruce Anderson. Finally, there was the double-envelope house approach, which was advocated by architect Lee Porter Butler, with similar work occurring in Norway.Double-envelope designA double-envelope house typically had a large greenhouse or sunspace covering the south façade, connected to a natural convection air loop formed by the roof and the north wall, and a crawl space below the house, often with bare earth. The air loop path in the frame portions of the house was between an interior insulated assembly and an outer insulated assembly. The concept was that during a sunny day, the heated air from the glazed space would circulate upward and into the roof loop, down the north wall loop, and into the crawl space before returning to the bottom of the solar space. The claim was that the bulk of the solar energy was stored in the earth below the crawl space, and that energy was re-supplied at night, keeping the solar space from freezing and also buffering the heat loss through the roof and north wall. The standard envelope house was a two-story box with an all-glass south façade – these houses wouldn’t be rated highly on their architecture.The NESEA community played a significant role in double-envelope development, with members hosting three gatherings in 1979 and 1980 to share experience. Two small books emerged in 1980 — Don Booth’s The Double Shell Solar House, and William Shurcliff’s Superinsulated Houses and Double Envelope Houses.Doug Clayton wrote the performance monitoring chapter (there’s a great photo of him with Norman Saunders and Bob Smith poring over reams of paper!). Brookhaven National Lab also did some detailed monitoring of a double-envelope house and found little evidence that this reverse nighttime cycle was operating as described or that much solar energy was actually being stored in the earth beneath the house.The Minergy House: A hybridAs a young engineer I conducted research on solar and wind renewable energy during college and graduate school. I was learning everything I could about these technologies. I was skeptical of Butler’s claims about how double-envelope houses worked.I heard about the Minergy House being built in Lexington, Mass. (“Minergy” stood for MINimum enERGY). The 2,240-square-foot house, built in 1980, was a thoughtful hybrid. It featured a double-envelope design that also incorporated some direct-gain passive solar features with added thermal mass. Designed by architect Bill Mead for Doug Holmes and his family, it was emphatically not a simple box. Pueblo Bonito and Wright’s Solar Hemicycle House are cited as design precedents for this south-facing, chevron-shaped house. Doug, a chemical engineer, had significant design input on the performance side. I went to visit Doug, then in his 80s, and catch up on how the house has performed over the last 35 years.The solar engine of the house is a greenhouse built by Mark Ward. It is a salvaged steel and cypress structure, glazed with double-insulated glass. It is cradled by symmetrical wings that reach out to the southeast and southwest. The center portion is double envelope, and the wings and the second floor are direct-gain passive solar. Doors on both levels of the house can be opened to admit solar heated air directly from the greenhouse.Thermal mass is everywhere: in the dyed concrete floor slabs in the wings and second level; in the exposed concrete half walls in the first-level wings; in a salvaged timber frame floor structure with wood decking supporting the second floor; and in the multiple layers of drywall. Much of this mass doesn’t receive direct solar gain, but the area exposed to the solar heated air is large, and as it absorbs and releases heat, it stabilizes temperatures significantly.A modest thermal envelopeThe thermal envelope is modest by today’s standards. The walls and roof in the portions without the double envelope are 2×6 with batts and 2×10 with batts, each with 3/4 inch of interior rigid foil-faced foam. The loop walls add a 2×4 wall with batts as an inner wall. The roof loop is built of an upper roof of 2x8s with batts and an inner roof of 2x6s with batts. Windows to the exterior are triple-glazed. There are a few windows into the loop, with a hinged glazed panel on the inside so the exterior window can be opened. The floor over the crawl space is insulated with R-11 batts, and the crawl space is bare earth. There are 2 inches of rigid foam on the exterior of the concrete foundation walls.Doug HolmesThere is a solar thermal collector for domestic hot water suspended in the greenhouse which protects it from freezing. There is no fresh air ventilation system. Two small wood stoves provide back-up heat.There used to be a saying, “Passive solar, active people” — and the Minergy House exemplifies this. At the end of the day, if the house hasn’t been warmed by the sun, the family will light a small fire, which will burn out overnight. In the morning, if the forecast predicted overcast skies, they might light a fire to take the chill off. Temperatures in the house range from the upper 50s to the 80s F, which is common in these early solar homes. The thermal storage dampened the temperature excursions, and also guaranteed that this house would never freeze if left unattended.Lessons learnedWhat did we learn from the Minergy House and other houses like it? After 35 years, everything works! Nothing is automated or digitally controlled, so there have been no equipment failures. We’ve learned that using earth buffering to keep highly glazed buffer spaces from getting too cold is a good strategy. Sadly, in some cases, we’ve learned the hard way that exposing wood-framed buildings to bare earth can cause mold and decay. (I helped fix a decaying, moldy double-envelope house a few years ago.)I think we’ve learned that we don’t need the double envelope; in fact, it was proposed that a retrofit for these houses could involve blowing the loop full of insulation. I think the most successful of the double- envelope houses were early superinsulated houses with the glazed buffer space not only providing some solar heating, but also reducing nighttime heat loss through the large south-facing glazed areas of the living space. That need has decreased with the highly-insulating glazing available to us today.We’ve learned that we want very airtight envelopes, and that we need fresh air ventilation. Internal gains still help us heat our houses, but the source of these gains has shifted from incandescent lighting and inefficient refrigeration to the gaggle of electronic devices that fill our homes. And finally, I think we’ve learned that our knowledge is only extended by pioneers, like Doug and his family, who were willing to take risks.Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company and a lifetime member of NESEA. This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 edition of BuildingEnergy, the magazine of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Doug Holmes passed away on Dec. 23, 2016.last_img read more

Jay Baer on How Talk Triggers Can Revolutionize Your Word of Mouth Marketing, Episode #117

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:16 — 33.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWord of mouth marketing is essential to the success of any business. Why is it then, that so many marketers don’t have a specific word of mouth marketing strategy? Jay Baer, the author of the new book “Talk Triggers,” joins Anthony on this episode of In The Arena to answer that exact question. He’ll walk you through 4 criteria to keep in mind when creating a talk trigger for your business, as well as share stories of how talk triggers have led to immense success for some of the top businesses in the United States. It’s an episode not to be missed – listen now!The persuasive power of offline #WordOfMouth #marketing is 43% higher than stand-alone posts on social media. Learn how to leverage WOM through #TalkTriggers on this episode of #InTheArena with @JayBaer, hosted by @iannarino.Click To TweetWhat are talk triggers and why are they important in word of mouth marketing?Jay explains talk triggers as, “something that you choose to do differently that creates conversation.” They’re not to be confused with marketing tactics. Rather, they’re operational choices that are designed to specifically generate discussions about your business. The single greatest way to grow any business is for your customers to do the growing for you through storytelling. You story arises from your talk trigger – are you giving your audience a story to tell?There is persuasive power in both online and offline conversations about your organizationRecent studies have shown that verbal marketing occurs equally online and offline. However, the persuasive power of offline word of mouth marketing is 43% higher than stand-alone posts on social media. The conversations that occur online and offline typically remain separate, and they are triggered by different things. Jay explains how a stellar talk trigger can be powerful both online and in person on this episode, and you don’t want to miss his insights.Creating a great #TalkTrigger to incorporate in your word of mouth #marketing strategy isn’t easy. Luckily, @JayBaer shares his top 4 criteria to follow when brainstorming ideas on this episode of #InTheArena hosted by @iannarino. Listen now!Click To TweetFollow these 4 criteria to craft a great talk triggerCreating a great talk trigger to incorporate into your word of mouth marketing strategy isn’t easy. Luckily, Jay shares his top 4 criteria to follow when brainstorming trigger ideas, and they’re all featured on this episode of In The Arena. But don’t miss the full story – be sure to check out his book on Amazon and wherever you buy books.Remarkable – it needs to be worthy of remarks – people don’t share mediocre storiesRelevant – it cannot simply be about gathering attention, because chatter only lasts for a short period of timeReasonable – different enough to attract attention, but not so “out there” that people are wary of the offerRepeatable – a talk trigger isn’t just a one-time stuntLearn from their success – both The Cheesecake Factory and Doubletree have stellar talk triggersTwo of the best examples of profitable talk triggers come from The Cheesecake Factory and Doubletree. At 5,940 words, the Factory’s menu is impressively long. But the menu is so much more than an expansive offering of entrees – it’s a specific marketing strategy. Their menu has become so infamous that when Jay and his team polled hundreds of Cheesecake Factory customers, they discovered that 38% had told someone else about the menu in the past 30 days, without being asked or prompted. This allows the Factory to spend $276 million less per year on marketing than the Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse.Consider also Doubletree’s goal to give hotel guests the warmest welcome in the hotel industry, complete with a fresh, warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Their cookies fit within the context of what they do, and they’ve been doing it for over 30 years. They sustainably delight their customers time after time, and that’s the truest sign of a successful talk trigger.“The single greatest way to grow any #business is for your customers to do the growing for you through #storytelling.” Hear more from #marketing expert @JayBaer on this episode of #InTheArena, hosted by @iannarino. Listen here! Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Jay Baer, digital marketing guru, on why he wrote a book on word of mouth marketing The persuasive power of online and in-person word of mouth marketing What are talk triggers and why are they important? Your talk triggers don’t have to be huge gestures – follow these 4 criteria to craft a great talk trigger Why is being relevant important in your talk trigger? Reasonability is just as important when designing a talk trigger Talk trigger success comes from repeatable strategiesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeTalk Triggers websiteConvince and Convert websiteJay’s websiteBOOK: “Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers”BOOK: “Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth”BOOK: “Contagious: Why Things Catch On”Ep 53, “Jay Baer on Hugging Your Haters and the Real Value of Stellar Customer Service”SPONSOR: MailTag.IODufl brandConnect with Jay on LinkedInFollow Jay on TwitterFollow Jay on FacebookThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeAuthor & #marketing expert @JayBaer explains how a stellar #TalkTrigger can be powerful both online & in person on this ep of #InTheArena, and you don’t want to miss his insights. Listen now – your word of mouth marketing strategy will thank you. @iannarinoClick To Tweet#TalkTriggers aren’t #marketing tactics. Rather, they’re operational choices that are designed to specifically generate discussions about your business. Learn more from expert @JayBaer on #InTheArena, hosted by @iannarino.Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Former NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s ‘going to Manila’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ World Peace has a son named Jeron Artest, who was born to a Filipina mother.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I’m finally going to Manila, Philippines.. August 11th.. 1st time ever…” World Peace posted on Monday (Manila time).The 37-year-old World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest before legally changing his name in 2011, last played with the Los Angeles Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWorld Peace, who was a 16th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft, played 19 seasons in the NBA and suited up for six different teams.His best years was with the Indiana Pacers where he became an All-Star, All-NBA Third Team member and was awarded as Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 but he won his only championship in 2010 during his first go-around with the Lakers. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FILE – Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace makes his way down the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.Former NBA star Metta World Peace is set to visit Manila for the first time.In a tweet, World Peace said he will be in town on Aug. 11.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Meralco, Rain or Shine swap Gilas cadets FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

SPORT-PAK-ARTHUR 2LAST

first_img“Between them we are sandwiched with an ODI series in “Between them we are sandwiched with an ODI series in Australia which is incredibly tough,” explained Arthur who, in contrast to the teams white-ball form, saw Pakistan rise to the top of the Test rankings following a 2-2 drawn series with England earlier in the tour. – Frustrating -================= As for late call-up Irfans fitness problems in his first match of the tour, Arthur said: “Its very frustrating.”There were checks and balances in place (regarding Irfans fitness). “He was put on standby when we selected our one-day squad, he went to the national academy and did his training.” Arthur, now coaching his third Test side after spells in charge of his native South Africa and Australia, added: “Im finding my way with the one-day team. “I want to give guys opportunities and then well know by the end of the tour who we can and cant take forward.” For the first time this series, Pakistan had a chance of victory when England slumped to 72 for four at Headingley. But a century stand featuring plenty of power-hitting from all-rounder Ben Stokes (69) and wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow (61) took the match away from Pakistan. “Its been an eye-opener for for me, the last four games,” said Arthur ahead of Sundays series finale in Cardiff.He then made it clear how he envied an England side who, in an encouraging sign for Pakistan, were a laughing stock in 50-over cricket as recently as last year following their first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup.advertisement”England are a phenomenal cricket team, power-hitters all the way down,” said Arthur.”We havent been able to get quick starts and clear the ropes. We just dont have the players to do that within our group of 15 at the moment.”I look at the strikers England have at their disposal — its unbelievable.” AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Europe’s big 5 in talks with Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Europe’s big 5 in talks with Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey is in talks with five of Europe’s biggest clubs about a move away from Arsenal, it has been claimed.BBC Sport says starting from January 1, the opening of the transfer window, Ramsey is able to negotiate and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides.The Welshman is considering moves to PSG, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Bayern Munich.Over the past week speculation over Ramsey’s future destination has stepped up, with Juventus being the current most likely club to acquire his services. The 28-year-old is reportedly ‘increasingly tempted’ by a move to Turin and the Italian champions. last_img read more

a month agoDonnarumma insists AC Milan players behind coach Giampaolo

first_imgDonnarumma insists AC Milan players behind coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma insists the players are behind coach Marco Giampaolo.Milan threw away the lead to lose 2-1 to Torino on Thursday night.“It’s a defeat that burns. It’s a dark day and I struggled to sleep last night,” Donnarumma told Sky Sport Italia.“Yesterday I saw the team give everything, I’m sorry for everyone, the fans included. We have to follow the Coach because we’re working well and we have great ideas on how to play. We must follow him.“Giampaolo’s a great Coach. I’m sorry because yesterday we had a great game and we didn’t deserve to lose.“We’re all with him. It’s normal to struggle a bit at the start with new ideas and new players, but we should continue to follow him. We’re all with him.“After the first goal, we fell apart. We need to improve on this. If we’d remained compact, we would’ve been able to take the win home.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Famed Quebec actor and acting professor fired due to allegations of harassment

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook He had worked at Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Quebec for roughly three decades. The school says in a statement Tuesday that it conducted an investigation in the allegations and concluded it needed to terminate Sicotte’s contract. But it did not provide specifics of the allegations or how many students came forward. MONTREAL — A renown Quebec actor and professor at the province’s music and dramatic arts conservatory has been fired from his job following allegations of “psychological harassment.” Sicotte worked in television, theatre and in film and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. Gilbert Sicotte, 70, was suspended from the conservatory’s Montreal school after he was accused in November of harassing students over a period of many years. “Our thoughts are with the people who came forward to say they lived through difficult moments,” Marc Lalonde, director general of the school, said in a statement. “(The conservatory) has the responsibility of offering a health learning and work environment.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement An agency that represents Sicotte says, for the moment, he will not be providing a statement.last_img read more

Energy and metals weigh on TSX as Wall St pulls back loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell moderately Thursday, as Wall Street pulled back from the record highs it set the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.23 points to 16,284.47, as the base metals, gold and energy sectors lost ground.Shares of Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) were down $1.29, or 6.77 per cent, to $17.77, following Wednesday’s announcement that operations aboard its SeaRose FPSO vessel off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast was ordered suspended by the federal-provincial regulator because of a close call with an iceberg last March.Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was up two cents, or 0.03 per cent, to $59.84 after the Calgary-based company said Thursday that it has confirmed enough commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline thanks in part to a commitment from the Alberta government.South of the border, U.S. stocks were also slightly lower, with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) losing 3.1 per cent and Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) falling 2.9 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.84 points to 26,017.81. The S&P 500 index inched down 4.53 points to 2,798.03 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.23 points to 7,296.05.“Yesterday was a big day, you can’t go up every day,” Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto, said of the modest North American stock movements.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its slide Thursday after losing ground on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement that it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.That saw investors grapple with uncertainty after the central bank said it would be cautious about future rate hikes due to unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The currency closed at an average trading value of 80.35 cents US, down 0.13 of a U.S. cent, on Thursday.“The loonie to me looks expensive here because based on our belief of the Canadian economy, the optimistic views about how many rate increases are going to be coming in Canada ain’t going to be happening. You might get one more this year, or you might be done,” said Levine.A stronger-than-expected jobs report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month had in part played into economists widely-held expectations that a rate hike would be announced Wednesday — but Levine said he thinks the jobs numbers “were overstated and will get revised, and things are not going to look as wonderful as it seemed.”In commodities, the March crude contract gave back three cents to US$63.89 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down four cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell US$12.00 to US$1,327.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Saskatchewans request to delay carbon tax appeal

first_imgIt argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday. REGINA — Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez is certain that Mexico have earned the right to  “imagine amazing things” following their impressive start to the World CupAfter defeating reigning champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side head over to today’s final Group F game against Sweden as the surprise leaders with just a further point required to ensure progress to the next round.Hernandez scored his 50th goal for Mexico at international level in their 2-1 win over South Korea last Saturday to equal Luis Hernandez as the national side’s all-time leading scorer.And the West Ham United forward feels that the squad is proving themselves as winners on football’s biggest stage.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The best thing is sharing this with amazing people and that we are brave,” stated Hernandez, as quoted by ESPN.“Aside from imagining amazing things, we do them … We’ve created a team that deserves to win.”On the past seven times that Mexico went unbeaten in their opening two games, they progressed to the knockout stage.Meanwhile, Forty-eight (96%) of Hernandez’s 50 goals for Mexico have come from the inside of the box.last_img read more

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 3, 2017 – VAT money goes into a Consolidated Fund and that, explained the State Minister for Finance, Michael Halkitis is why it is hard to report specifics on spending related to Value Added Tax.   Still, during House of Assembly debate Wednesday, the Finance Minister stepped in and stepped up when he announced that he has directed his office to get moving on a full report on VAT.Prime Minister Perry Christie, telling the Bahamian poeple from Parliament he is doing it so that nobody has to ask, ‘Where the VAT money is.’   PM and Finance Minister, Mr Christie said, “show that when we reduced duty as we did, 40 percent of the VAT money would go to compensate for the reduction of duties and other taxes, another 30 percent would go, that is 30 cents of every dollar, to debt reduction, I think, Mr. Speaker.” That is however not what Halkitis said at the PLP Convention; a breakdown of spending included school construction, improvements to the Princess Margaret Hospital, on defense at sea, the coming National Health Insurance and even planes for Bahamasair were listed by the MP for Golden Isles.#MagneticMediaNews #BahamasVATreport Related Items:#BahamasVATreport, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

PHOTOS WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Partners In Rehab PT To Wilmington

PHOTOS WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Partners In Rehab PT To Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Rep. Dave Robertson and Mary Ann Nay from Senator Bruce Tarr’s office joined Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Directors & Members on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Partners In Rehab PT to the Wilmington Business Community.Owner Joseph D’Angelo and Director of Physical Therapy Kristin Pallis were eager to welcome us to their newest location at 50 Concord Street in Wilmington.(NOTE: The above information and photos are from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”15th Annual Wilmington Half Marathon Set For September 29In “Community”Wilmington Residents Invited To Opening Of Tewksbury Splash Pad On June 21In “Community”last_img read more

Google viral memo reportedly alleges discrimination against pregnant women

first_imgGoogle employees held a worldwide walkout last year.  Getty A memo written by a Google employee, which alleges she was targeted with discrimination and retaliation during her pregnancy, has gone viral within the company, according to a report Monday by Motherboard. The 2,300-word memo, titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” was posted on internal message boards at the company and viewed by more than 10,000 people, Motherboard said. The document, which was posted by Motherboard with the author’s name redacted, says the writer’s manager had made inappropriate comments about pregnant women in the past. When the writer — who was also a manager — reported her own manager to human resources, she reportedly experienced retaliation. When the writer was getting ready to go on maternity leave herself, she says her boss said she wouldn’t be guaranteed her managerial role when she returned. “I’m sharing this statement because I hope it informs needed change in how Google handles discrimination, harassment and retaliation,” the memo reads. “Also, if anything similar has happened to you, know that you’re not alone.”Google on Monday didn’t address the memo, but said it doesn’t condone retaliation. “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. “To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”Google has faced allegations of retaliation in the past. In November, Google employees held a massive walkout over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations targeted at key executives. Two of the walkout organizers, Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker, said they faced retaliation from management for their organizing efforts. Stapleton departed the company in June and Whittaker left last month.  Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voice Google Alphabet Inc. Tech Industrylast_img read more

ICC Hall of Fame Heres why Dravid and Kumble were inducted ahead

first_imgSachin at the Hall of Fame ceremonyTwitterArguably the best batsman India has produced, Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Hall of fame on Thursday, July 19. The Master Blaster received the honour alongside legendary South African fast bowler Allan Donald and Australian women’s cricket great Cathryn Fitzpatrick.While this event has been welcomed by fans around the cricketing world, there are some who are wondering why it took cricket’s governing body this long to bring the great man into the elite club of the best cricketers in World Cup history.This question becomes even more relevant when one considers the fact that his former teammates Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble were inducted before him. But the reasons for the apparent delay in Tendulkar’s arrival in the Hall of Fame are quite simple. Sachin with wife Anjali before the Hall of Fame ceremonyTwitterAs per the rules of ICC, a player can only be brought into this esteemed congregation after five years after have elapsed since his retirement. As Anil Kumble had retired way back in 2008 and Rahul Dravid called it a day in 2012, they became eligible well before the Little Master. Since, Sachin’s retirement had taken place in late 2013, he became eligible only late last year.If we compare the amount of time the ICC took to induct all three players into this revered list of greats, it turns out that Sachin’s arrival was expedited rather than being kept on hold. It took the man with 100 international hundreds just over 5 years to have his name put in the exalted category.Compared to that, Kumble had to wait 10 years and The Wall six for getting admitted to this grouping. The Council understood the value of Sachin Tendulkar even after his retirement. They know that no cricketer would garner as much attention as the Master Blaster when gracing the Hall with his presence. Certainly, the reaction of the fans suggests that the fan following for the legendary cricketer from Mumbai is still intact.last_img read more

Texans On The Verge Of Clinching A Playoff Berth And Could Still

Texans On The Verge Of Clinching A Playoff Berth And Could Still

first_imgAdam Hunger/APThe Houston Texans defeated the New York Jets 29-22 on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.The Texans are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth and could potentially clinch a first-round bye after beating the Jets on Saturday, improving to 10-4. If the Texans win their final two games against Philadelphia and Jacksonville, they would secure a first-round bye for the first time in franchise history.Meanwhile, the Rockets have won three games in a row and hope to continue their momentum as they host the Jazz tonight. Plus, Charlie Morton is leaving the Astros after signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. And sources say Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta met with the NHL commissioner about the possibility of buying the Arizona Coyotes and moving them to Houston.In the audio above, Jeff Balke discusses those and other Houston sports stories. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Sharelast_img read more

City may be looking at cab crisis for 2 days

City may be looking at cab crisis for 2 days

first_imgKolkata: Revellers in the city may be looking at an acute shortage of Ola and Uber cabs in the next two days, as over 5,000 vehicles are slated to be taken off the road. In a statement on Monday, the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild claimed that their delegation had visited the office of Uber in Salt Lake, to address multiple issues. The cab drivers are not getting the same rate of fare as regular AC cabs and are also getting their driver IDs blocked over small issues. When they tried to put their agenda forth, they were allegedly heckled out of Uber’s office, which offended the drivers. As a result, they decided to boycott duty until Wednesday. However, Madan Mitra, president of the guild, has urged them to consider the problems people would face in the festive rush.last_img read more