The street and sidewalk upgrade project along Brand Boulevard in Glendale continued Tuesday as crews refurbished a sidewalk at California Avenue. The project, which is expected to cost the city more than $13 million, has moved along in phases. The work being done Tuesday is part of the first phase, from Colorado to Milford streets. The second phase, from Milford north to Sanchez Drive, is ahead of schedule. The third phase, south from Colorado to San Fernando Road, is expected to begin some time this summer. Some business owners have complained about the project, saying it has disrupted their stores. One merchant filed a claim against the city last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
14 January 2004For the past 10 years, South Africa’s innovative “miracle” train, Phelophepa, has brought primary health care to rural areas where, according to government statistics, there is one doctor for every 4 000 to 5 000 patients.Phelophepa – a seSotho word for good, clean health – came into being in January 1994 when parastatal Transnet’s corporate social investment department and the optometry unit of the Rand Afrikaans University joined up to provide rural South Africans with primary eye care.The train initially had only three carriages and was solely financed by Transnet. Now Phelophepa has 16 carriages, and a host of companies have joined in the programme as sponsors.It is the first and only primary health care train in the world, and one of the most ambitious corporate projects ever undertaken in South Africa.Phelophepa travels around the country for 36 weeks of the year, stopping at least five times at each of 36 stations in the Free State, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.About 40 000 patients receive treatment at the train’s various clinics each year, and more than one million people have been reached to date.This year, Phelophepa will visit the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West provinces. Gauteng, which is deemed urban, is excluded from the train’s itinerary.Lynne Coetzee, Transnet’s portfolio manager for health, suggested the idea of expanding the train’s facilities to turn it into an holistic travelling health care service that will reach thousands of rural communities.Student volunteers work alongside 15 full-time staff to provide basic health services – including general, dental and eyecare – in the rural areas. Public awareness about health issues, including HIV/Aids, is also promoted.Power sourceThe train has a unique power car which generates enough electricity to supply a small town for two weeks.Under normal operating conditions the drive wheels of the passenger coaches generate enough electricity for lights and hot water. But as the Phelophepa provides its services while stationary, another power source had to be found, and a dedicated power generator was essential.Old coaches were refurbished to accommodate an Edu-Clinic, which is equipped to teach groups of 25 local volunteers about basic health issues, with a medicine clinic which houses a pharmacy, the Roche health clinic with five examination clinics and an office, the Colgate dental clinic with five dental chairs, a psychology clinic with two consultation rooms, and two coaches that serve as an eye clinic.The train also has a dining car for 40 people and a kitchen where nearly 200 meals are prepared each day. Four carriages contain sleeping compartments and a laundry with five washing machines, tumble driers and ironing boards for use by the 56 people on board.The Transnet Foundation has announced that it will provide 48 percent of the train’s funding for the 2004 financial year. It said the train’s monthly expenditure – despite escalating costs – is estimated at R1.5-million, which translates to about R60 to R70 per patient. The remaining 52 percent will be covered by corporate sponsors.Roche, a research-oriented healthcare group which has partnered Transnet in the project since 1994, also announced a substantial financial injection for the train. Roche has paid the costs of the health clinic as well as the vehicle used by staff to visit surrounding villages and schools.The company said its additional sponsorship will be used to expand services on the train. These will include adding new clinics for diabetes care and oncology. The school health services project will also be extended, while additional funds will be spent to maintain the train and the communications infrastructure.Urgent needsThe inclusion of diabetes and oncology care will cover urgent needs. According to Pat Senne, head of corporate affairs and communication for Roche SA, Type II diabetes is becoming increasingly significant in rural South Africa – yet it is a problem that can be prevented.“Diet and obesity can predispose people to Type II diabetes, so we hope to add value to Phelophepa by educating patients on how to eat properly and recognise symptoms of the disease,” Senne told The Star newspaper.In addition, the health clinic will screen patients for cancer, a disease which affects a frightening number of people with lumps on the body but who are unaware that something could be wrong. Although cancer cannot be treated on the train, if it is detected patients will be directed to the nearest hospital.Roche has has also undertaken to fund the school health screening and education service and the dispensary.Jorg-Michael Rupp, Roche SA’s chief executive officer, told The Star: “Phelophepa is one of Roche’s flagship global projects and it is a rewarding example of how we support socially responsible and sustainable projects.“The train is impressive not only as it is an effective service to the poorest of the rural poor, but because of its ability to uplift the whole community.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Stephen Thwaites is a professional engineer and the technical director of Thermotech Fiberglass Fenestration in Ottawa, Ontario. Most of the world, especially the green building community, assumes that “European” implies “more energy-efficient.” When it comes to windows, this automatic presumption of superior energy efficiency is both so common and so misplaced that it deserves a name: the Presumptive European Superiority Syndrome. Different Low-e 1So European glass looks better because of a more favorable standard. Some people (usually Passivhaus enthusiasts) will say that European windows have a lower Uglass not only because of differences in standards, but also because “they have better glass than we do.”I may be biased, but I’m not so sure. Take a closer look.Because the Passivhaus program is based on European (CEN) standards, my analysis is based on calculating Uglass to CEN conditions.The best insulating glass on the Passivhaus Institut’s Component Database for Glass is Guardian Europe’s “ClimaGuard Premium2.” It is listed as having a metric U of 0.49 when filled with krypton and having a G/SHGC of 0.53.In imperial units that’s U-0.086 or R-11.6. That’s a mind-bogglingly good insulating value. WINDOW7.1 produces the same results for Climaguard Premium2 under CEN conditions with a glass unit constructed as shown below. So, not surprisingly, the Passivhaus Institut’s listing is a legitimate result. For example, consider a high-solar-gain triple with two low-e coatings as shown in the drawing below: RELATED ARTICLES Comparing North American Window Frames to European FramesAll About U-FactorPassivhaus WindowsAll About Glazing OptionsHigh-Solar-Gain GlazingChoosing Triple-Glazed Windows European window standards (CEN) are based on an outdoor temperature of 32°F (0°C), while North American standards (NFRC) are based on an outdoor temperature of 0°F (-18°C). At the warmer exterior temperature of 0°C, there is a thermal benefit to a wider to 11/16-inch (18 mm) pane spacing (that is, to a wider gap between the multiple panes in an insulating glazing unit, or IGU). This benefit does not exist at the colder North American design temperature of 0°F.In other words, at 32°F, glass lites optimally spaced for 32°F insulate better than the same glass lites optimally spaced for 0°F. That’s why three lites of Europe-optimized glass has a European Uglass that is lower lower than a North American Uglass. (“Uglass” is the center-of-glass U-factor, as opposed to the whole-window U-factor shown on NFRC labels.) Different standardsHigher R-values (lower U-factors) for European glass are for the most part a product of different test standards rather than a refined European mastery of physics. Again, and as always, your mileage may vary. However, for this heating climate example, the North American high-solar-gain low-e results in about a 20% lower space heating demand than “the best” European low-e.Because this house so energy-efficient, this 20% spread at Passivhaus efficiency levels does not result in a large dollar savings; it is nevertheless important to note that there is likely no incremental cost to achieve this savings. (That is, there is no incremental cost to go from “North American hybrid” glazing to “North Americana super-gain” glazing.)The key point is that despite not insulating as well as the European low-e glazings, North American high-solar-gain low-e glazings take advantage of the fact that, for the most part, North American heating climates are sunnier than European heating climates.So not only can North American glass match the performance of European glass, but in heating climates it can also surpass it.I do think it’s fair to say, then, that when it comes to energy-efficient glass, that there should be no automatic presumption of European superiority. UPDATED on October 22, 2014 with an Addendum. For these low-e coatings, the G/SHGC is higher than the highest rated PHI-listed unit, which is good. On the other hand, the Uglass is also higher, which is not so good. Again, the best way to assess “better” is not to argue over more beer, but to run PHPP.The table below shows G/SHGC and Uglass for four North American high-solar-gain low-e glass options. More importantly, it also shows the respective specific heat demands when input into the Lancaster, New Hampshire PHPP model. Depending on the inter-pane spacing and the calculation procedure, this glass unit can have very different U-factors.The table below compares the U-factors of optimally spaced glass for each of the NFRC and the CEN Standards. This Guardian version of a North American hybrid unit insulates slightly less well (about R-0.5 lower), and allows just slightly less solar gain (the SHGC is about 0.01 lower) than Guardian Europe’s Climaguard Premium. We could argue all day about how close is close, but the only way to evaluate the difference is not to argue over more beer, but to run PHPP.So I ran PHPP. I compared not only a North American hybrid unit based on Guardian North America’s glass, but also three other North American manufacturable (Cardinal, PPG & AGC) hybrid units. Using a PHPP model for a house in Lancaster, New Hampshire, I compared them all to Guardian Europe’s Climaguard Premium2 glass.Built by Garland Mill Timberframes in 2010, the Lancaster, New Hampshire, house is a highly glazed house in a heating climate. Its south-facing glass area is equivalent to about 17% of the floor area. This is high, but most of our custom house customers, whether building a Passivhaus or not, end up with houses with large south-facing glass areas. So, by my logic, it’s not an unreasonable example.I used the PHPP spreadsheet for this house to compare the effect of several different glass options. The table below compares four North American hybrid glass options to the most energy-efficient European glass option. The table compares their respective G/SHGC and Uglass characteristics, along with the PHPP-generated specific heat demand. All of the above options — some of today’s most crazily energy-efficient, most optimally spaced IGUs, with rather expensive krypton gas fills — are more energy-efficient than what was used in the 2010 New Hampshire house. That’s why all of the above glass options produce much lower specific heat demands than the 4.45 kBTU/ft^2/yr (14.2 kWh/m^2/yr) in the as-built PHPP model.Running the PHPP model with the four North-American-made glass units produced specific space heat demands ranging from 3.3 to 3.5 kWh/m^2/yr.So the North American hybrid glass results in 10%-20% higher projected heating bills for this cold-climate Passivhaus than the best European glass. For this house, the difference is about 160 to 320 kWh/yr. As a worst-case scenario, with $0.15/kWh electric-resistance heating, this 10% difference amounts to about $25 to $50 per year.I suspect that to most people the differences aren’t much. But the bragging rights do go to the European glass. Your mileage may vary, but my guess is that most heating climate Passivhaus buildings would probably get similar results. So that’s it then: the European glass is better, right?Not so quick, Poindexter. It is true that no single North American low-e coating can produce exactly this combination of SHGC and U-factor. European low-e coatings are different. European low-e coatings have SHGCs and U-factors partway between those of North American high-solar-gain low-e coatings and low-solar-gain low-e coatings.Logically, then, the best way to create a European-like unit with North American glass is to create a hybrid unit as shown in the diagram below. The North American hybrid unit has one high-solar-gain low-e and one low-solar-gain low-e. This hybrid unit comes awfully close to Guardian Europe’s ClimaGuard2. According to WINDOW 7.1, using Guardian Glass, such a hybrid unit has a G/SHGC of 0.52 and a metric U of 0.53. In imperial units that’s U-0.090 or R-11.1. Different Low-e 2There is at least one other worthwhile option to consider. It’s an option that takes advantage of North America’s sunnier climate. This option uses North American high-solar-gain low-e coatings for both of its low-e surfaces. Combined with a low-iron outer lite, let’s call it a super-gain glass unit. An example of this unit is shown below. This triple-glazed unit, when optimally spaced for each standard and evaluated according to each standard, has very different values for Uglass. In this case the CEN Uglass is 19% lower than the North American Uglass. (0.61 vs 0.76 W/m^2K or R-9.3 vs R-7.5).So European windows have a significant marketing advantage. Their Uglass is calculated differently, so they claim a significantly better insulating value for their glass. It’s sort of like runners comparing times for the 100, without specifying yards or meters — only worse.More bluntly, stating the Uglass value of a European window to North Americans without identifying it as a European Uglass -value is misleading. For that example tabulated above, it is very misleading.For more information on the implications of the above table, see the Addendum at the end of this article. AddendumSome people have wondered how two windows with high-solar-gain triple-glazed IGUs — one with an IGU with optimal spacing according to the NFRC standard, and one with an IGU with optimal spacing according to CEN — would fare when tested to the standard for which they were not optimized. The super-short answer is that would they do worse, but one would do worse than the other.The CEN-optimized unit loses all of its “advantage” when simulated with NFRC conditions. The NFRC-optimized unit, on the other hand, is almost imperceptably less insulating when simulated to the CEN conditions. An expanded table that shows all 4 results is shown below. The added information is in italics. [Editor’s note: The author of this article, Stephen Thwaites, is a window manufacturer. His company, Thermotech Fiberglass Fenestration, is located in Ottawa, Ontario.]
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — FIFA has taken temporary control of the Uruguayan soccer federation because of governance concerns as the country campaigns with Argentina and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup.FIFA said officials decided Tuesday to appoint a “normalization committee” that will run the federation, known as AUF, until Feb. 28, 2019.The intervention follows the AUF’s president, Wilmar Valdez, quitting a day before he was to stand for re-election last month. The vote was put on hold.FIFA says the electoral process “is not in accordance with the requirements of transparency as outlined in the FIFA and CONMEBOL statutes.”CONMEBOL, the main South American soccer body, says there is “a lack of assurances” in AUF’s electoral process.FIFA and CONMEBOL stressed the “normalization committee” will run the daily business of the association, adapt AUF’s statutes to international standards and organize its elections.Marcelo de Leon, the president of Uruguay’s referee association, told radio Sport that the intervention was requested by his colleagues, professional footballers and players of the national team.Several Uruguay players used their social media channels to share a letter in support to FIFA’s decision, saying it would bring “transparency, democracy and plurality to AUF.” They asked for a corruption probe to examine decisions made by the AUF over the last 20 years.In contrast, Uruguay’s government said FIFA has no right to intervene in the association.“There cannot be an international body intervening in a national body,” Education and Culture Minister Maria Julia Munoz said at a news conference. She said it is her ministry’s role to oversee whether private entities like AUF act in accordance with their own statutes or not.Uruguay stepped up its campaign to host the World Cup in South America in 2030 by holding events in Moscow during this year’s tournament.FIFA has yet to outline the formal bidding process for the 2030 World Cup.The postponement of the AUF vote came amid a corruption probe that has caused commotion in the South American country.Authorities are investigating whether there are recordings of Valdez discussing bribes to soccer executives and government officials during the purchase of lighting and security cameras for Uruguay’s stadiums.The 53-year-old Valdez became the AUF’s president in 2014 after his predecessor Sebastian Bauza resigned.Valdez’ temporary substitute is Edgar Welker, who accused FIFA of making the decision based on imprecise information given by CONMEBOL, the South American soccer body.The AUF is expected to decide soon whether it will extend the contract of coach Oscar Tabarez, who has led the national team for 12 years, taking it to three straight World Cups. He also lifted the 2011 Copa America for the Celeste.Tabarez is not expected to be on the bench on Sept. 7 when Uruguay faces Mexico in Houston.By LEONARDO HABERKORN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Man Utd target Pochettino: I’m focused solely on Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation he could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Pochettino listed as a heavy favourite to join the Red Devils.”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham,” said Pochettino.”I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.”I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.”It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: SAAM Chilean port, logistics and towage services provider SAAM saw a significant increase in profit for the first quarter of 2019 on the back of a new operating model which was introduced last year.While revenue for the the quarter ending March 31 was USD 129.3 million, a 2 percent increase compared to the USD 126.7 million achieved in the same period a year before, SAAM reported a profit of USD 17.9 million during the first quarter of 2019. For the first three months of 2018, the company reported a profit of USD 8.1 million.Excluding extraordinary effects in both periods, the result represents a growth of 57 percent, the company said.“The positive first quarter results reflect the concrete effects of the operating model we have been implementing since last year, which has enabled us to improve profitability, deliver better service and project the company’s future growth from a more solid foundation,” Macario Valdés, SAAM CEO, explained.Highlights for the quarter include closing a deal to purchase all joint operations with Boskalis in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Brazil, and the sale of the company’s minority interest in Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA).The company added it would invest USD 80 million primarily to maintain infrastructure and equipment in the port terminals and towage divisions in 2019.SAAM’s Port Terminals Division reported improved results, led by Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Florida International Terminal (FIT). Sales totaled USD 70.9 million, up 12 percent from the first quarter of 2018.The Towage Division, in turn, reported sales of USD 46.5 million, a 3 percent drop. The Logistics Division posted revenue of USD 12.7 million, a 22 percent decrease compared to the same period a year before. SAAM said this division’s improved results can be explained by efforts to focus operations on value-added trucking, air and warehousing solutions.
Comedian and author, Alexei Sayle has joined with the BUAV as the organisation announces the delivery of its new report ‘What is happening to cats?’The report, to be delivered to the Home Office, is a critical analysis of kitten and cat experiments carried out in the UK.Alexei said: “As a cat owner myself I know what wonderful companions they can be and how affectionate, intelligent and playful. That is why I am joining with the BUAV to ask the UK Government to bring an end to the use of all cats in experimentation. It is time to stop this cruel and unnecessary suffering.”The BUAV has carried out a comprehensive review of scientific literature involving cat experiments in the UK. Their findings provide a shocking insight into the suffering and cruelty cats and kittens endure in UK universities that will horrify all those concerned with animal welfare – over the last five years, from 2008 to 2012 inclusive, at least 855 cats were used in 1,304 experiments.Much of it driven by university researchers who want to find out how cats ‘work’, experiments carried out included:• Deliberate deprivation of light or vision by rearing kittens in the dark or stitching eyes closed• Invasive brain surgery to implant electrodes in cats’ heads• Lengthy surgical procedures during which the cats are only ‘lightly’ anaesthetised• Paralysis during surgery using chemicals to prevent cats from moving or breathing• Repeated behaviour testing and brain recording whilst being held in small Perspex boxes• Infection with deadly diseases with no mention of pain relief and sometimes no treatment• Repeated blood sampling over many weeks• Cats housed completely on their own for many weeksThe rationale underlying all animal experiments in the UK is that the ‘ends justify the means’ and that animal suffering and loss of life is permissible if it is of benefit to humans or other animals. Yet, as the BUAV Report outlines, the information gained from cat research has little direct relevance to humans because of the fundamental nature of the work and the substantial differences between the two species. Research on cats is cruel, unnecessary and unpopular. Sophisticated, humane and human-relevant techniques can be used instead. The BUAV is calling on the Government to listen to public opinion and take decisive action to ban experiments on cats.In 2012, there was public outcry after the BUAV uncovered research at Cardiff University on litters of new born kittens who were raised in total darkness or deprived of sight in one eye by having their eyelids sewn shut. After 12 weeks, the kittens were anaesthetised and their skulls cut open to expose their brains. Images were taken of their brains’ responses to visual stimuli, after which the kittens were killed and parts of their brains removed for further analysis.In a more recent publicly-funded experiment published in 2014, researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital sliced open the eyelids of 6 young cats (under anesthesia) to allow easier access to the eye before a clamp was inserted to hold the eyelids back. Part of the sclera (white of the eye) was then cut open to allow for the insertion of an infusion tube so that the vitreous gel in the middle of the eye could be removed. Three of the cats were also subjected to another surgical procedure to remove the lenses in their eyes.Comedian Ricky Gervais who spoke out against these experiments and is also supporting the BUAV campaign to end the use of cats and dogs in research stated: “Cats share our homes, they are loving, loyal and playful and they deserve a safe and happy life, not one of suffering. That’s why I am supporting the Our Best Friends campaign, taking action to bring a stop to the suffering of cats and dogs in UK laboratories.”Under the banner ‘Cats and dogs are our best friends – they don’t belong in laboratories’, the BUAV is asking for the Government to end their use for experimentation in the UK.CEO of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “Over 5 million families in the UK share their home with one or more cats yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel and unnecessary tests. We are delivering our report to the Home Office in order to highlight the suffering and present our argument for alternatives to be used to end such cruelty.”Other high-profile spokespeople to join the Our Best Friends campaign include Jilly Cooper, Chris Packham, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford and Mary McCartney.
Ohio State fans wait for the Buckeyes to arrive at Ross-Ade Stadium for the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Purdue on Oct. 20 in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes lost 49-20, making their overall record 7-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu is looking forward to returning to familiar surroundings ahead of Brazil’s game with UruguayThe two South American sides will play each other at the Emirates Stadium on November 16 as part of the Brasil Global Tour.Edu, who now works as Brazil’s technical coordinator, can’t wait for the occasion and stated his belief that the Emirates is now a world-class venue, which can host the best sporting events“It will be a great pleasure to go back to the Emirates, a stadium that’s home to a club I’m really fond of,” said Edu, according to Islington Gazette.“I had the opportunity to play for many years with Arsenal and win some important titles.“So, without a doubt, it will be a pleasure to see the red and white colours of Arsenal again in a stadium that is increasingly becoming more important in the world. It’s not the first time we (Brazil) are playing there.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Edu made 79 appearances for Arsenal in a four-year stay and was a member of the famous “Invincibles” team that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League unbeaten.The former Valencia and Corinthians midfielder, who also managed 15 caps for Brazil, has many fond memories of Arsenal.“It will be a great pleasure. I remember well that I played my last game alongside great friends like Dennis Bergkamp and other great athletes that were a part of Arsenal’s history,” said Edu.“And just as I said earlier it will be a great pleasure to come back again now with the Brazilian team.“It will be a great honour and I will certainly remember the great moments I had with Arsenal’s supporters, and most of all at the Emirates stadium and at Highbury too.“I am waiting for you all on the 16th, Brazil – Uruguay. It will be a pleasure and an honour to see you all again.”