14 Jan

Singapore Former PM Lee Kuan Yew Passes Away

first_imgLee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny south-east Asian city-state’s rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday, aged 91, the government announced. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr. Lee’s son, confirmed the country’s founding father had died in a post on his Facebook page.”The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr. Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am. He was 91,” the post read.”Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later.”Mr. Lee has been in hospital with severe pneumonia since February 5. Singapore residents have been leaving flowers, cards and other gifts at the Singapore General Hospital to show support for him.One of the prominent political figures in modern Asian history, Mr Lee is widely credited with transforming Singapore into a financial powerhouse with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. “Harry” Lee became Singapore’s first prime minister in 1959 and held onto power for over three decades, overseeing the island’s transformation from a malaria-infested backwater into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations.Even after stepping down as leader, the fiery Mr. Lee was never far from the decision making process, holding a cabinet level post until 2011. He was a member of parliament until his death and subsequently as “minister mentor” when his eldest son Lee Hsien Loong became prime minister in 2004.Mr. Lee combined market-friendly policies with strict controls over the press, free speech and his political opponents. He was hailed by some as a visionary and criticized by others as authoritarian, a leader who would brook no dissent and hounded his political rivals through the courts.Mr. Lee’s death and his son’s expected retirement within the next few years will mark the end of an era, but industry leaders say any change of the guard will have little impact on business in the city-state, renowned for its robust institutions. ReutersShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17 Dec

Feeding Farmers Week Three | Willie Murphy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s Feeding Farmers event took Bart, Dale, and Kolt to Clinton county just outside of Wilmington to the farm of Willie Murphy and his family. Willie raises row crops, has a herd of beef cows, and contracts hog bars.Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo talks with Willie in this video, all sponsored by AgriGold.last_img

16 Dec

What is the Deal with Ventilation Requirements?

first_imgBefore I even get started, I want to point out that I am no expert on ventilation. I have learned a lot from (and rely on) many experts, including Paul Raymer, Gord Cooke, John Krigger, Joe Lstiburek, Armin Rudd, and Terry Brennan, among others. I depend on them to fuss about the details of how much ventilation a house needs.I do, however, have to deal with ventilation requirements when I work with my clients to certify their buildings. Most residential certification programs require that a home or apartment meet the ASHRAE 62.2-2010 whole house ventilation standard. This can be accomplished through exhaust-only, supply-only, or balanced systems.In the humid Southeast, we tend to discourage exhaust-only systems, but some developers and contractors meet the requirement by using a continuous bath vent fan – not the most efficient method, but it is simple.Supply-only systems normally have an outside air intake into the HVAC return plenum with a controller that turns on the HVAC blower motor and opens a damper when air is needed.Balanced systems in my climate use energy-recovery ventilators (ERV). ERVs: Are they as good as we think they are?In doing some research on ERVs, I learned that if they are connected to whole-house duct systems, the air handler blower must run to move the outside air throughout the house – the ERV motor can’t move enough air through a duct system.After several discussions with ERV manufacturers’ support staff, I have come to the conclusion that they should be installed with dedicated duct systems to avoid the complexity of control systems and the energy use involved with running the blower motor.This leads to the question: where do you put the supply and exhaust ducts in the house? Some people suggest drawing exhaust air from bathrooms and supplying fresh air to bedrooms or living areas. This has some appeal in that you can eliminate bathroom fans. However I have read other opinions that don’t like the idea of exhausting bathrooms into ERVs. What’s a poor, ventilation-ignorant boy to do?Another minor beef I have with ERVs is how they are treated in the RemRate energy modeling program. The new Energy Star target HERS Index, required for some green certifications, can be a challenge to meet. On several recent projects for which I have done energy models, I discovered that upgrading from supply-only ventilation to an ERV lowers the HERS index by 7 or 8 points, allowing a project to meet the required target index and achieve certification.I appreciate the fact that ERVs are more efficient due to the motor size and the fact that they do actually recover some of the energy in the heated or cooled indoor air. But do they really increase the energy efficiency of a house by 10% or 15%? The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that there might be some collusion between the ERV manufacturers and the energy modeling software companies. (Only kidding, guys). RELATED ARTICLES Designing a Good Ventilation System GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation ChoicesHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Are HRVs Cost-Effective?HRV or ERV?A New Way to Duct HRVsVentilation Rates and Human Health Joseph Lstiburek: Just Right and Airtight Supply-only system problemsWhen I test out and inspect a home for certification, checking for an operating ventilation system is a piece of the action. For an Energy Star home, the ventilation system’s flow rate must be tested. Other programs only require that the system be installed and sized properly, without any other field verification.center_img Most supply-only systems I run into include a motorized damper connected to a control with a ventilation cycle function. I have yet to see an HVAC installer who figures out the CFM coming in through the supply duct, calculates the required ventilation rate, and sets the fan control to meet ASHRAE 62.2. They just put in the damper and controller and assume everything will work out fine.In several cases, I have seen the dampers installed so that they default to the open position – sometimes causing duct systems to fail leakage tests, particularly if they don’t have a good outside damper. In these cases, no one has any idea if the ventilation system actually does what it is supposed to do. So how much ventilation do we really need?I’ve heard Terry Brennan suggest that ASHRAE 62.2 is too low a ventilation rate. I’ve heard Armin Rudd say it may be too much. Joe Lstiburek recommends installing systems that provide 1.5 times the required rate, but setting them to run initially at ½ the rate, letting the occupants adjust it themselves.I kind of like this last idea, because the designed rate seems to me to be somewhat arbitrary. It has to be either too high or too low for most people. If you have a bunch of dogs, smoke tobacco, fry turkeys indoors, and don’t vacuum your carpet, then you probably need a high rate of ventilation – maybe even more than the ASHRAE 62.2 rate. If you don’t wear shoes in the house, don’t smoke, don’t have pets, and keep your turkey frying outdoors, then you need less.Then there’s the thought of occasionally opening windows and doors when the weather is nice. I know that we can’t rely on passive ventilation to guarantee a specific number of air changes, but can’t we please just take a little responsibility for our homes?I understand that a lot of very smart people have been working on the ASHRAE ventilation standard for a long time, but I am concerned that we just aren’t getting the anticipated results from all the effort that goes into this issue. Like I said, I’m no expert, but something about this whole thing is starting to bug me.last_img read more

12 Dec

Caregiver Mini Series: 444 Days in the First Year (Part III)

first_imgUnanswered QuestionThere was always a rush whenever I was given the “ok” to see my husband in the hospital. The anticipation of getting to see him, touch him, and talk to him was almost overwhelming at times. I craved to be near him, I’d give anything to just be in his presence during the road to recovery.I would wash my hands, and put on the hospital cap, gown, shoe covers, and mask as quickly as I could. I would selfishly hope that he would be awake each time I went into the ICU burn-unit where he was being treated.On good days he would be alert, constantly asking about our children, curious about everything and everyone coming in and out of his room.I always looked forward to our conversations; however I also knew he would eventually ask questions regarding the day his unit was hit, and I wasn’t quite sure I knew how to answer them.Lone Survivor‘How would I answer?’ ‘Should I wait for him to ask, or should I approach the topic myself?’ ‘How could I possibly find the words to say what I could barely stand to even think about?’‘How could I ever explain to him that he was the only survivor?’Late one evening, as visiting hours were drawing to an end it happened, he asked.  I remember feeling so selfish. I fell to pieces right there in front of him, it was the first time he had seen me cry since everything had happened and I couldn’t stop the tears.Caregiver’s Advice to Professionals and Military FamiliesThrough the numerous technological and medical advances we are able to offer state of the art medical procedures to our wounded service members that aide in the physical repair and healing process.Unfortunately, in spite of our many advances we will never be able to see, heal or project the prognosis of the ‘invisible wounds’ many of our service members endure.I remember my Soldier getting angry with me when I would say, “It’s not your fault.”  Truthfully, it wasn’t his fault. However that did nothing for his feelings of regret, or the loss and grief he was beginning to process.Why?  Because I was essentially telling him he needed to stop feeling that way, something I had no right in doing.  Something none of us have the right to do, their feelings are real, their emotions are real, and the ‘invisible wounds’ are real.As caregivers and mental health professionals we know that there are no “correct” answers. Traumatically and forever their lives have changed and the loss they may be experiencing is real.Learning to “be” with our wounded service members is extremely important.  Whether they find comfort in remembering the past and re-telling their stories, or prefer to be silent in their reflections, our job as professional and caregivers is not to deny them of their feelings.If they are feeling regretful, allow them space to feel this, and to begin processing what this means for them.  We should not stand constantly on guard waiting to disarm the first signs of grief, remorse, or sadness.  Our job is to aide them in their journey of finding healthy ways to process these feelings and new ways to navigate through each day.We must learn to “be” with them as they sift through their emotions and begin to make since of their ‘new normal,’ always remembering that some of the deepest wounds are not seen, only felt.Missed the beginning of my series? Go to ‘The Phone Call’ to read the first installment of this caregiver series.Meet Tabitha…The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN–Military Caregiving concentration team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s injuries and then unfortunately his death in June 2008.Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.last_img read more

28 Nov

Alaska, NLEX open Govs’ cup

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Alaska, a perennial power, and NLEX, a relative upstart seeking to establish its character in the Philippine Basketball Association, clash in the main game of a regular doubleheader that takes the curtains up on the season-closing Governors’ Cup on July 19.After missing the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces and the Road Warriors are itching to erase the ignominy of their recent failures.ADVERTISEMENT With import Aaron Fuller and several trades during the course of the previous conference, the Road Warriors have boosted their stock. They also had a lot of time in the offseason to jell their new local recruits with their core.The Alaska-NLEX duel is slated 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, just after KIA Picanto (formerly Mahindra) and Phoenix Petroleum slug it out at 4:15 p.m.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 starsAlaska parades LaDontae Henton, a hardworking lefty, as the Aces and coach Alex Compton try to rebound from what have been a very disappointing conference—and a very frustrating season.Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, which debuts on July 29 against Blackwater, tries to get off its sweep bid on the right foot against Blackwater in the 3 p.m. contest at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Cool Smashers zoom to lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

27 Nov

Shashi Tharoor reviews Wounded Tiger: A history of cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne

first_imgWounded Tiger: A history of cricket in PakistanFor the unbiased cricket fan, the Pakistani cricketteam has always represented maddening extremes:players of exhilarating talent who could and often didoutclass the world’s best, but who were equally capable of losing to anybody in shambolic performances that embarrassed their most die hard supporters.,Wounded Tiger: A history of cricket in PakistanFor the unbiased cricket fan, the Pakistani cricketteam has always represented maddening extremes:players of exhilarating talent who could and often didoutclass the world’s best, but who were equally capable of losing to anybody in shambolic performances that embarrassed their most die hard supporters. Peter Oborne’s magisterial history of Pakistani cricket is full of these heroes who sometimes scored zeroes. The best thing about Wounded Tiger is its delightful pen portraits of the principal Pakistani players, none better than that of Fazal Mahmood, with whom the book begins, and who led the newcomers to their historic Test victory at the Oval in 1954, and the greatest of them all, Hanif Mohammad, who scored a century against India with bandaged and bleeding toes and made 337 in 16 hours to save a Test in the West Indies.Oborne’s book otherwise ploughs somewhat familiar ground for those who have enjoyed Omar Noman’s 1998 history, Pride and Passion: An Exhilarating Half Century of Cricket in Pakistan. Noman’s was written with the enthusiasm of an amateur (its author, like me, was a United Nations official when he wrote it); Oborne’s is that of a professional, meticulously researched and extensively footnoted, and it is more comprehensive, taking in everything from match-fixing to women’s cricket, a neglected corner of the Pakistani game.Every incident and anecdote ever recounted about Pakistani cricket can be found in Oborne’s book, which succeeds in being encyclopaedic without being tedious. Still, there’s more we might have enjoyed.He spends a page and a half on “the most famous shot in cricket history”, when in the final of the 1986 ustral-Asia Cup in Sharjah, Pakistan, chasing an Indian total of 245 for 7, were poised at 242 for 9 with just one ball to go and centurion Javed Miandad at the crease. India needed just one wicket (or a ball that conceded no more than two runs) to win the match; Pakistan, who apart from Miandad had been outclassed throughout the game, needed a boundary to pull off an unlikely victory. The inexperienced Indian paceman entrusted with the last over, Chetan Sharma, delivered a full toss, which Miandad pulled into the stands for a last-ball six. The stadium erupted, as did television audiences throughout the subcontinent; scenes of delirium shook the packed stands. Miandad finished on 116 not out; the next highest scorer in his side had made 36.advertisementIn a footnote, Oborne estimates that this extraordinary moment has been viewed perhaps 10 billion times since, on YouTube. But he omits much else: 36 different songs were composed and released in Pakistan to celebrate Miandad’s six, and the batsman was awarded a million dollars for his genius. Pakistan had never before won a one-day tournament, whereas India were holders of the two most prestigious ODI trophies in the world. Miandad’s stroke transformed Pakistan’s self-belief as a oneday side, energised a nation and entered the folklore of the sport. Oborne doesn’t tell us this.He is also far too brief in describing Pakistan’s loss of the 1996 World Cup quarter-finals to India in Bangalore. The reaction in Pakistan was calamitous. A college student emptied his Kalashnikov into his TV set and himself; another fan succumbed to a heart attack. The players’ aircraft had to be diverted to Karachi to shield the players from the fury of the crowd that assembled to greet them at their scheduled destination, Lahore. The losing captain, Wasim Akram, received death threats, with some reading dark motives into his failure to play in the crucial encounter (had he played and been too unfit to make an impact, he would have been pilloried as well). A judge admitted a legal suit against the team, hinting darkly at corruption. A senior Islamic cleric, Maulana Naqshabandi, declared that Pakistan’s defeat was its penalty for having elected a woman, Benazir Bhutto, to rule; such “obscene” imitations of Indian culture were bound, he argued, to bring about such tragic results. It took weeks for the sense of betrayal and grief to die down.Oborne mentions none of this (only the rumours and charges against Wasim). Playing for a country beset by poverty, feudalism, religious fanaticism, terrorism, civil strife and frequent bouts of military rule, Pakistan’s cricketers had to embody and sustain national pride. Carrying Pakistan’s national pride on one’s shoulders at a time of stress is never easy; doing it while losing to India at cricket is impossible. Oborne, regrettably, does not make enough of this, perhaps because he takes it for granted. His is a deeply affectionate book for a non-Pakistani; too often, it borders on the uncritical.advertisementHowever, he digs up much new material, and the book offers many interesting insights, such as his depiction of the national team as “not a collection of deracinated individuals” but rather “a network of assorted family connections and friendships… Families and clans were one of the main seminaries of cricket in Pakistan.” Overall, his pro-Pak sympathies-he sees “Western involvement with Muslim sport” as an example of Edward Said’s “Orientalism” on the playing field-mean that he tends to gloss over the less palatable aspects of Pakistani cricketing chauvinism.Oborne does not seriously discuss two vital featuresthat are fundamentally important to an appreciation of Pakistan cricket-the increasing militarisation of Pakistani society, including its sport; and the growing identification of Pakistani cricket with Pakistani nationalism. Pakistan, a state created for Muslims with a cricket team consisting almost entirely of Muslims, had to carve out its own distinctive “non-Indian” identity predicated entirely upon Islam. This was part of the unspoken agenda of the very first Pakistani touring team to India, and it would remain an undercurrent of cricket’s role in nation-building. Finding a space for the new nation on the world’s sports pages was to become a vital way of giving Pakistan its own role on the world stage.It was no accident, therefore, that when Pakistan suffered the convulsions of a military coup in 1958, its new president, the rather grandly titled Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan, simultaneously served as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan. The instrumentalisation of cricket in the service of a militarised nationalism is a leitmotiv that Pakistani cricket has yet to outgrow. Oborne is unkind to me in his Preface, accusing me of “carelessness” and worse in my own account of Indo-Pak cricket, Shadows Across the Playing Field (2009), so his own minor lapses are surprising, such as his frequent misspelling of the name of that wonderful commentator and diplomat, my good friend Jamsheed Marker, as “Markear”.Pakistani cricket is in a sad state today. Deprived of international matches after a terrorist strike on a Sri Lankan team prompted foreigners to refuse to tour the country, with an ageing team whose newer entrants seem to lack the spark of their mercurial and brilliant forebears, encumbered by a politics-ridden Board and chaotic selection policies, and amid declining popular support from a public deprived of cheering its heroes on their own soil, Pakistani cricket faces an uncertain future. Decline seems inevitable, but there is scarcely a whisper of it in Oborne’s worshipful account. Perhaps one day Wounded Tiger will stand as a monument to the greatest years of a cricketing culture at the point that it began a long slow descent into mediocrity.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

18 Oct

Three girls rescued from Faridabad

first_imgNew Delhi: Three girls were rescued from the clutches of a person from the Faridabad area. Police said that the accused, who posed himself as an NGO official, lured the girls and told them that he can help them in getting their property share from their family relative so that they can live separately. The accused was arrested from South East Delhi. Police identified the accused as Bimal Kumar (38), an imposter who always pretends himself as a police officer from Anti Corruption Branch and mount pressure over the local police and general public for ulterior motives. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP (south-east) Chinmoy Biswal said that on August 16 accused saw victim girls returning from the school and were going at their house. “Victims appeared to be sad and accused Bimal asked them the reason thereof. On enquiry, the girls told him that they are sisters and their parents are no more,” said DCP Biswal. They all live with their uncle and aunt at Khadda Colony. After the demise of their parents, uncle doesn’t love them as much as their parents did and they were not very happy. “The accused introduced himself as an officer from an NGO and stated to the girls that he will take care of the matter. Victim girls fell in the fascinated talks of the accused. Later they were kidnapped,” police said. According to police, Bimal was arrested earlier this year also for breaching peace and for the apprehension of committing an offence, by the Kalindi Kunj police station.last_img read more

13 Oct

Collapsed Mexico school raises questions about quake codes

first_imgMEXICO CITY – On paper at least, the Mexico City school appeared to be structurally sound and built to withstand a major earthquake. But it collapsed, killing 26 people, most of them children. And now authorities are looking into whether an apartment reportedly built on top of the two-story school was to blame.Claudia Sheinbaum, the borough president of the southern Mexico City district where the school went down in the 7.1 magnitude quake, told a news conference Tuesday that the school appeared to have its paperwork in order, at least according to documents filed by architects and engineers who supposedly inspected the structure. She said an investigation was being launched to look for any abnormalities not revealed in those documents.“We can’t stop just with the paperwork,” Sheinbaum said. “We are going to do a review of the building itself.”Authorities said that the owner of the privately owned Enrique Rebsamen school built an apartment for herself on top of the collapsed wing, which local media said included a Jacuzzi, and were looking into whether the extra weight may have played a role in the collapse.Sheinbaum said she didn’t know if that was true, but said the owner, Mónica García Villegas, had a permit dating back to 1983 to build a school and apartments on the lot, though it was unclear whether she had permission to add a third story to the section of the school that collapsed.The school was just one of dozens of buildings that collapsed in the Sept. 19 quake that killed at least 333 people, 194 of them in Mexico City. Questions have been raised about whether new building standards put in place after a 1985 quake that killed 9,500 people had been adequately followed.Although construction began on the school in 1983 — two years before the new codes went into effect — it was expanded over the next 34 years with no evidence of noncompliance, Sheinbaum said. She said the only immediately evident paper work problems during that time were two cases of unregistered expansion work, and Garcia Villegas paid a fine for not registering the work and was allowed to proceed.On Tuesday, Meyer Klip Gervita, head of the Institute of Administrative Verification, said that earlier this year authorities had asked the school to stop operating because no record of its zoning permit could be found. But the school appealed and remained open while the case made its way through court. The apparent violation was not enough to force the school’s closure. The institute was created to ensure compliance with city building ordinances among other responsibilities.Phone calls to a number registered to Garcia Villegas, who was pulled alive from the rubble, rang unanswered.Seismologists and engineers say the Mexico City buildings most at risk in a quake are those, like the school building, that were built atop an Aztec-era lake bed, where the muddy soil can amplify earthquake waves.But, although an architect signed a document certifying the school was structurally sound, experts questioned the method used to evaluate it, which Sheinbaum said involved piling sandbags on its upper floors to simulate 85 per cent of the structure’s maximum design-carrying weight, and then measuring the resulting floor sag.Kit Miyamoto, a structural engineer and California Seismic Safety Commissioner, said sandbags can’t test for earthquake resistance.“Seismic is a lateral force, so if you just put a whole bunch of sandbags it is not going to tell you the story of the seismic capacity of the building at all,” Miyamoto said. “You can do testing, to determine what kind of reinforcement” a building has, including ground-penetrating radar or exposing rebar.The school’s first wing was built in 1983, but other additions and floors were added over the years, said Francisco Garcia Alvarez, president of the Mexican Society of Structural Engineers, who evaluated the school site after its collapse.A third floor appeared to have been added recently to the original 1983 structure that was toppled in the quake, raising questions about what construction permits, if any, the school had obtained, how recently it had been inspected and what architectural plans were submitted in the first place. Paper work filed as recently as June by a private architect working for the school asserted that the parcel had not been modified in a way that would violate the permitted land use.The quake, whose epicenter was only about 100 miles from the capital, hit the city’s south side where the school is located with a force much stronger than the original school structure was built to withstand in the early 1980s, Garcia Alvarez said.That caused a failure in the building’s joints where the columns met the beams, he said, noting that the addition of a third floor would have added more weight to the structure. Still, he said, its possible role in the collapse needed further study.Sheinbaum, who is widely expected to run for mayor, faces heightened political scrutiny over the school’s collapse, which killed 19 children and seven adults, leaving behind a pile of wreckage still visible in a cordoned-off street of the leafy neighbourhood manned by soldiers.“We all just keep working, but then all of a sudden it hits you,” said Alfonso Martinez, one of hundreds of volunteers who have been ferrying shovels, hard hats, food and water to rescue workers since the earthquake struck last week. “People are going in and out of grief about all the lives that were lost.”Neighbours said that the school had grown quickly over the years and they had noted new construction. “We saw there was a third floor put on there but we didn’t suspect someone was living there,” said Juan Antonio Gudino. “I just thought it was an office.”Across Mexico City, some 40 buildings collapsed in the earthquake and some 500 others were so severely damaged they will either have to be demolished or receive major structural reinforcement, according to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera. Another 1,300 are reparable, and about 10,000 buildings inspected so far were found to be habitable.Still, experts stressed that reforms to building codes following the 1985 earthquake had lowered the number of casualties. But, they said, more needed to be done to ensure compliance.“From what we can tell the new codes worked well, and helped avoid more harm,” said Eduardo Miranda, a professor in Stanford University’s civil and structural engineering department, who evaluated buildings following the quake. “But some of these buildings may have failed because people did not follow the codes.”Unlike in the United States, where city engineers typically check architectural drawings for structural integrity, authorities in Mexico City perform an administrative check of submitted plans, but don’t vet structural calculations, he said.Two blocks from the school, bouquets of white chrysanthemums line a makeshift memorial with the names of those pulled from the wreckage — a reminder of the tragedy that befell the school.“We were all focused on following the code,” Sheinbaum said. “We are all asking ourselves if we could have done more.”___Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson contributed to this report.last_img read more

13 Oct

Suncor names shifts Mark Little to role of chief operating officer

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy has named Mark Little as chief operating officer at the oilsands giant, shifting him from his current role as president of upstream operations.The company says he will be responsible for all operations and many of its corporate services as Suncor looks to push for efficiencies at both its own operations and at its majority-owned Syncrude facilities where he is chair of the board of directors.Suncor (TSX:SU) says Little has been with the company since 2008 in a variety of roles, including leading the integration between Suncor and Petro-Canada and more recently leading upstream operations including oilsands, conventional exploration, and production worldwide.The company says Little will assume the role on Dec. 1 as Suncor looks to achieve first oil at its Fort Hills oilsands mine.last_img read more

13 Oct

NEATs 2018 Community Can donates over 600 jars to Peace Region food

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Volunteers with the Northern Environmental Action Team were busy canning over the summer for members of the community who are in need.NEAT said that Fort St. John residents came together during two canning sessions to prepare 628 jars filled with applesauce, berry jam, pickled carrots and beans, stewed herbed tomatoes, relish, and other preserved foods that were donated to local food banks. Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team presenting Community Can donations to the Salvation Army. Supplied photo Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team presenting Community Can donations to the Salvation Army. Supplied photo Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team bringing Community Can donations to the Women's Resource Society. Supplied photo Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team bringing Community Can donations to the Women’s Resource Society. Supplied photo Food security is a growing concern in the Peace Region area where prices can be much higher than elsewhere across the country.NEAT says that teaching food preservation skills and providing healthy donations to outreach organizations can help shed light on these issues.NEAT extended thanks to the North Peace Savings & Credit Union and Enbridge for their support of its Community Can initiative, as well as to those members of the community who donated locally-grown fruits and vegetables, their time and their canning skills to make the Community Can a huge success this year.“The Community Canning Program has been a wonderful support to The Fort St. John Food Bank,” said the Salvation Army’s executive director Cameron Eggie. “It pleases our volunteers & staff to be able to give out a healthy-homemade product and it really makes our guests feel supported by their community. Thank you NEAT!”last_img read more