Government set to operate sections of toll roads in Aceh, Manado amid pandemic

first_imgPublic Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has approved the operation of 35 kilometers of two strategic toll roads, namely the Banda Aceh-Sigli in Aceh and the Manado-Bitung in North Sulawesi, to boost economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In Aceh, a 14-km section has been opened connecting Indrapuri and Blang Bintang, where Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is located. Meanwhile, two toll road sections in North Sulawesi, spanning 21 km, which will connect Manado, Airmadidi, and a part of Kauditan, are also set to operate soon.“The toll roads connecting productive regions will reduce logistics costs and improve the competitiveness of local products. They will also boost regional economic growth and establish new economic centers,” Basuki said in a statement released on Sunday. COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility. Meanwhile, the economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of this year, the lowest in 19 years.However, the government is committed to continuing the development of strategic national projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 projects with an estimated investment value of Rp 1.42 quadrillion (US$96.8 billion).Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated recently that the new projects were an addition to the existing 223 strategic national projects and were expected to employ about 4 million additional workers each year from 2020 to 2024.The Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road, stretching for 74 km in total, is the first-ever toll road in Aceh. Construction started in 2018 by state-owned construction firm Hutama Karya. The investment in the project, with a total of six road sections, is estimated at Rp 12.35 trillion, with a construction cost of Rp 9 trillion.It is expected to cut the journey between provincial capital Banda Aceh and Sigli to one hour from the previous three hours.Meanwhile, the 46-km Manado-Bitung toll road is estimated to cost Rp 6.19 trillion. The government is set to build the first section, while the second section will be constructed using a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme with PT Jasa Marga Manado Bitung.The toll road will provide a boost for the region’s tourism, especially the Manado-Bitung-Likupang area, which has been listed as one of the five priority tourism areas to be developed this year.Topics :last_img read more

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FRR faces liability changes in COVID-19 social security debt plan

first_imgThe government’s plan also involves extending Cades’ lifetime – the debt amortisation date – from 2024 to 2033.The link with FRR is a function of this postponement. Following a major pension reform in 2010, FRR has since 2011 been paying €2.1bn to Cades every year to support the amortisation of debt incurred by the social security system.The last payment is currently due in 2024, but in the draft legislation introduced last month the government is proposing that FRR be required to continue annual payments to Cades, albeit for €1.45bn rather than the current €2.1bn.The extension of FRR’s allocation to Cades is foreseen “to the extent that a significant portion of the current or future debt relates to the pension regimes”.According to the government, the proposal would see FRR making the revised annual payment until 2033 – meaning €13.05bn in extra payments – “or until reserves are exhausted”.CNIEG liability to be acceleratedA second proposed measure affecting FRR involves the bringing forward of a scheduled payment to CNAV, the national old-age insurance fund.FRR has been due to make the payment, in one or several instalments, potentially from this year, but the government wants to see it paid by the end of July at the latest.In the text of the draft legislation, the government said this was because there was a need to “rapidly improve the cash situation” in the general social security regime given pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.The payment in question represents the value of assets FRR has been managing on behalf of the CNAV since a 2005 reform of the pension scheme for the electricity and gas sector, which that year became affiliated to the general regime in France.Accrued pension rights were transferred from the Caisse nationale industries électriques et gazières (CNIEG) to CNAV, and participating employers had to make a balancing payment in cash. It is part of this that FRR has been managing for the benefit of CNAV since then.The amount of FRR’s CNIEG liability is not fixed in law, but depends on investment performance.According to the text of the bill, as at the end of April the market value was €4.9bn. The government is proposing that the value be fixed as at 29 May, and that its calculation would be subject to review by FRR’s auditors.The draft legislation has this week been reviewed by a special parliamentary committee, which has proposed amendments but none appearing to affect the changes facing FRR.FRR recently had to rein in plans to shift to a new investment model as a result of the coronavirus and president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to suspend the pension reform alongside other reforms. This week the French media have been reporting and weighing comments from Macron’s entourage that the president wanted to pick up the reform “in part”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. FRR, France’s €33.4bn pension reserve fund, faces an extra drawdown of at least €13bn plus acceleration of a scheduled liability as part of a government plan for dealing with deficits in the social security system as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Unveiled last month with corresponding draft legislation, the government’s plan is for €136bn of social security debt to be transferred to Cades, the public body responsible for paying off such debt.According to credit rating agency Fitch, the €136bn includes €31bn in accumulated social security deficits as at the end of 2019, and projected deficits for 2020-2023 of €92bn.It also includes €13bn corresponding to one-third of French hospitals’ debt, with Fitch noting that this would be the first time that the French state would use Cades to financially support hospitals in the country.last_img read more

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Bridge Renaming, 911 Service Fees, Be Sure to Move Over

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Bridge To Be Dedicated to Longtime SenatorAfter representing Monmouth County residents in Trenton for 30 years, Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. will have a bridge in his hometown dedicated to him later this summer, county officials announced last week.The recently redesigned bridge over the Swimming River, known locally as Hubbard’s Bridge, connects Middletown and Red Bank along West Front Street and will be renamed the Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Bridge.“I’m deeply humbled and honored beyond words for this recognition from Freeholder Director Arnone and his colleagues on the Freeholder board,” Kyrillos told The Two River Times Monday afternoon. “It’s enormously meaningful to me.”Kyrillos, a career Republican and Middletown resident, first served in the New Jersey Assembly from 1988 to 1992. He was elected as a state senator in the 13th legislative district that year and served through 2018 when he retired from public service.The Hubbard’s Bridge, which connects Middletown and Red Bank along West Front Street, will be renamed the Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Bridge next month. Kyrillos, a Middletown resident, represented Monmouth County towns in Trenton for 30 years.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said the decision came from Kyrillos’ efforts to secure about $7 million in additional funding to complete the bridge replacement in 2015.“Joe has always been an outstanding supporter of county infrastructure projects and we cannot thank him enough for his service and commitment to Monmouth County residents,” Arnone said in a statement.The 340-foot-long bridge, known officially as S-17, underwent a $12.9 million renovation and was completed in 2016. It now handles about 21,000 cars daily, county officials said.Kyrillos said a ceremony is tentatively set for July 27.County Curious About Where 911 Fees Are Monmouth County wants to know where the 911 money is.New Jersey residents have paid a 90-cent monthly fee from their phone bills into the state 911 System and Emergency Response Trust Fund since its creation in 2005. But since 2010, no revenues have been returned to Monmouth County, officials said. The money is intended to support improvements to 192 different 911 call centers around the state. Monmouth County’s is operated in Freehold by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.County officials are unhappy that the money is instead being diverted to cover other state budget shortfalls yearly.“It’s important to protect Monmouth County residents and ensure the money they pay in taxes and surcharges, such as the one we’re talking about today, is spent wisely,” said Lillian G. Burry Monmouth County Freeholder deputy director.The state is expected to generate $134 million from those phone bill fees this year. The last payment to Monmouth County was in 2010 for only $1.14 million, said Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder director. By comparison, county residents pay an estimated $5 million into the trust fund annually, he added.“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division has done a remarkable job keeping current with the latest technology in order to keep our residents and visitors safe,” Arnone said in a statement. “However, there is always room for improvement and upgrades to their infrastructure should be funded by the fees collected through the trust fund.”Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the lack of state funding has hindered call centers like the one in Freehold from utilizing state-of-the-art technology.“We’re using technology for 911 like the old dial-up modems to try and figure out people’s locations, meanwhile you can find your son, daughter or family member on ‘Find my iPhone’ instantly,” Golden said. “This is unacceptable, particularly for public safety.”Burry said the state Assembly is considering raising the monthly phone bill surcharge by 10 percent to 99 cents. The bill would help fund other improvements to 911 service, but Burry said she’s skeptical about the state’s track record in providing those monies.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center answers 911 calls for 50 agencies, which includes 47 municipalities, Brookdale Community College, Monmouth University and Naval Weapons Station Earle. Dispatch services are also provided to 22 police departments, 69 fire companies and 37 first aid squads.About 750,000 calls are processed there annually.“New Jersey leads the way in a lot of things,” said Golden. “911 systems are not one of those. You can’t possibly lead the way when you divert (funds).”11th District Lawmakers Remind You to Move OverEven though New Jersey motorists already must adhere to the state Move Over Law, 11th District Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are reminding drivers to follow the law strictly.Drivers already must either change lanes or significantly slow down when approaching stopped emergency responders, tow trucks or highway maintenance or other vehicles utilizing emergency lights on roadways.Houghtaling and Downey, however, want to strengthen the law by issuing motor vehicle penalty points for not following the law. Violators now can be fined between $100 and $500, but the new bill increases the penalty to two penalty points on a driver’s record.“We all know how busy our highways are during the summer months,” Downey said in a statement. “With traffic comes accidents, car troubles and road maintenance. We are asking drivers to be mindful of their surroundings for their safety, and the safety of others.”Houghtaling said the law is “really that simple,” and is designed to protect roadside workers.“We want people to get to their destinations safely,” he said. “We want the same for our roadside emergency workers.”Their bill, A3890, was introduced and pushed to the Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee on May 7.This article first appeared in the June 21 – 28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Leafs, Hawks battle to 3-3 OT tie on opening night of KIJHL

first_imgThe teams were tied 1-1 after two periods before the Hawks scored twice in a span of 39 seconds in the second period to grab a 3-2 lead in the third.Adam Maida was in goal for Nelson while Carson Schamerhorn played in the pipes for the Hawks.Nelson gets right back at it Saturday as the Leafs play host to another Murdoch rival, Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile Beaver Valley returns home for banner raising night as the club hosts 100 Mile House at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawks Nest.100 Mile double Grand Forks 4-2In Grand Forks, visiting 100 Mile House Wranglers scored twice in the third period to snap a 2-2 and defeat the Border Bruins 4-2.Matt Lucero and Michael Rand scored for the Bruins.Justin Bond, Stephen Egan, Devan Suidy and Micky Turner scored for the Wranglers. Rookie forward Sam Webber scored a power play goal in the third period to lift the Nelson Leafs to a a 3-3 tie against the defending Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Champs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.This was the third consecutive time this season the teams have played to a draw — Nelson and Beaver Valley twice tied during the preseason.Robson Cramer and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs who were out shot 30-29 by the Hawks.Sam Swanson, Michael Pruss and Kyle Hope replied for the Hawks.last_img read more

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Woman who went on 16-month ‘spree of offending’ sent to prison

first_imgA 20-year-old woman who went on ‘a spree of offending’ over a 16-month period has been sentenced to four months in prison.Sarah Mihai, of 41 Hazelbrook Crescent, Long Lane, Letterkenny, had pleaded guilty to the charges which dated from July, 2016 to November, 2017. Mihai was charged with 11 thefts and four burglaries during the period.Among Mihai’s offences began were the theft with the theft of property to the value of €50 from a barbers in the Courtyard Shopping Centre on July 9, 2016.Further offences included the theft of a Simon Community Collection Box, containing around €150, from the All Seasons Charity Shop in Ballybofey, when she was accompanied by an older female, who distracted staff.Mihai was detained by security staff at St Conal’s Hospital after removing a purse from a handbag that was held in an office to which she gained entry. Mihai gave Gardai a false name and address when apprehended on that occasion.Mihai admitted to the theft of €300 in mixed coins and two cartons of cigarettes, worth €178, after gaining entry to an office at John Mac’s Mace in Stranorlar on October 22, 2017.Mihai took a purse from a locker in the staff area of the Coffee Factory and used a card to make contactless payments at a number of locations, while she was apprehended by Gardaí after removing 14 €50 notes from the till of Centra at Main Street Ballybofey on November 6, 2017.“Given that they were committed over this length of time and in nearly every case there was considerable pre-mediation and planning, I can’t dispose of this in the manner suggested in the probation report,” Judge Paul Kelly said at Letterkenny District Court.Mihai was given a total of four months in prison and fined a total of €750.Recognisance in the event of an appeal was set on Mihai’s own bond of €200.Woman who went on 16-month ‘spree of offending’ sent to prison was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSarah Mihailast_img read more

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A Bad Kind of Sexual Selection

first_img51; Darwin taught a kind of sexual selection that presumed mate choice can lead to extravagant sexual differences.  There is a kind of sexual selection going on among humans that is by intelligent design – with bad consequences.  In this case, the selections are not being made by potential mates, but by parents.    According to PhysOrg, “In the next 20 years in large parts of China and India, there will be a 10% to 20% excess of young men because of sex selection and this imbalance will have societal repercussions, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).”    What has led to this harmful imbalance?  For one, it is Asian preference for sons, based on cultural traditions with long histories.  For another it is abortion law: “A preference for sons in China, India and South Korea combined with easy access to sex-selective abortions has led to a significant imbalance between the number of males and females born in these countries.”  Finally, in China, the 30-year-old one-child policy has pressured many parents to make sure their one child is a boy (09/18/2010).    What is the cost of this deliberate sex selection?  “The societal implications mean that a significant percentage of the male population will not be able to marry or have children because of a scarcity of women,” the article stated.  “In China, 94% of unmarried people aged 28 to 49 are male, 97% of whom have not completed high school, and there are worries the inability to marry will result in psychological issues and possibly increased violence and crime.”Where are the feminists?  Where is the outrage about baby girls being selectively aborted?  Is this an evolutionary trait of human beings that forces dictators and parents to make irrational decisions, or are human beings morally responsible for their actions and the consequences?  We all know the answer.  Evil choices are especially egregious when they affect the next generation.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cells Teach Humans About Design

first_imgBiomimetics extends to the cellular level, where extraordinary processes show engineers the right way to do things.Locks and keys. We all know man-made locks on our doors, but cells use lock-and-key mechanisms to regulate their own processes. Phys.org says that “Copying nature’s lock-and-key system could improve rapid medical diagnostics.” Researchers at Imperial College London looked at the secrets of receptors on proteins to fashion a new kind of transistor.Receptors recognise molecules with particular shapes and bind to them in a lock-and-key mechanism. In this study, the nanoscale transistor was made from a polymer material that could be imprinted with a binding site – ‘the lock’. This allows the system to detect the only matching ‘key’ – a specific target molecule.To test that the system works as expected, the team used it to detect the antibody that binds to insulin, a mechanism important in the diagnosis of diabetes. However, the team say that the system design can also be readily applied in the detection to a much broader range of biological molecules.Co-author of the study Professor Joshua Edel, from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, said: “We have shown that we can imprint a polymer at the entrance to the nanopore with the shape of the natural ‘lock’ to the ‘key’ molecule we are looking for, mimicking biological receptors.“What’s a ‘photonic melanin supraball’? Whatever it is, it must be good, because it was the product of ‘bioinspiration’ to a team desiring to mimic structural colors – those ‘photonic crystals’ that give butterflies their iridescent wings and birds their flashing feathers. To achieve their design, they looked to the molecular components behind those animal wonders:We demonstrate a feasible solution for producing structural colors inspired by bird feathers. We have designed core-shell nanoparticles using high–refractive index (RI) (~1.74) melanin cores and low-RI (~1.45) silica shells. The design of these nanoparticles was guided by finite-difference time-domain simulations. These nanoparticles were self-assembled using a one-pot reverse emulsion process, which resulted in bright and noniridescent supraballs. With the combination of only two ingredients, synthetic melanin and silica, we can generate a full spectrum of colors. These supraballs could be directly added to paints, plastics, and coatings and also used as ultraviolet-resistant inks or cosmetics.Think of the lipstick shades that could come from this technology. Even pigs might look charming with it.Selective passage for smart membranes. Cell membranes have the amazing capacity to let certain items in and block others. Called active transport, this capacity (unlike unguided osmosis, a natural law that only follows the concentration gradient), allows cells to use natural law to ‘violate’ natural law by design, going against natural concentration gradients through the use of highly-sophisticated ‘gates’ in the membrane. One of those is the aquaporin family of membrane channels, which let water in or out but can block other molecules. Nature Scientific Reports published a new paper about this, “Quantification of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted into vesicles for biomimetic membrane fabrication.” This is important, they say, because “Aquaporin incorporated biomimetic membranes are anticipated to offer unprecedented desalination capabilities” such as reverse osmosis.Quantifying the reconstituted aquaporins in synthetic membranes, however, represents a “huge hurdle” to progress in this field. The team in Singapore came up with a new method to determine how many channels make it into production:These methods allow more accurate determination of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted and loss during reconstitution, with relatively commonly available equipment and without complex sample handling, or lengthy data analysis. These would allow them to be widely applicable to scientific studies of protein function in the biomimetic environment and engineering studies on biomimetic membrane fabrication.In this series of three CEH articles, we have shown that biomimetics is still a very hot topic in science. Engineers are getting inspired everywhere in nature: from animals, from plants, and even from the tiny molecular machines in cells.Go bioneers! (5/13/06). In the 15 years we have been reporting on progress in biomimetics, interest in the subject has grown steadily around the world. The time is ripe to oust the Darwin Party totalitarian regime and send them into exile. Design is the word for the 21st century! (Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ethnic hair care goes natural

first_imgJohannah Moriti has established the first cosmetic company in South Africa to manufacture natural chemical-free products that don’t alter the structure of ethnic hair. JOM Cosmetics became the first company to receive an EU Ecolabel of environmental excellence. Worldwide it is the only cosmetic brand that has achieved this. (Images: JOM Cosmetics) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johannah Moriti   JOM Cosmetics  +27 21 813 6701 RELATED ARTICLES • Cards celebrate SA’s languages • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Meds on wheels for positive change • Elizabeth Arden’s new SA faceWilma den HartighJohannah Moriti has established the first cosmetic company in South Africa to manufacture natural chemical-free products that don’t alter the structure of ethnic hair.Her products are changing the cosmetic industry, for the first time offering women an alternative to harmful chemical-based hair products.“I want to show black women that their natural hair is a gift to be celebrated,” she says.And to think that it all started with Moriti’s frustration with bad hair days. What she thought was a throwaway dream has turned into an international success story.JOM Cosmetics has already achieved great success in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Spain, with its ethic and caucasian product ranges.Recently it became the first company to receive an EU Ecolabel of environmental excellence. The certification is only awarded to products and services that meet high environmental standards throughout their life cycle, from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal.“This is a prestigious award,” she says. “Worldwide we are the only cosmetic brand that has achieved this.”Identifying a gap in the market“Over the years I tried every relaxant on the market but my hair just became increasingly unmanageable. This is what finally drove me to start experimenting with my own hair formulas,” Moriti tells.Moriti, who is trained in analytical chemistry, wanted to make a product that would work effectively, but as she did more research she realised the chemicals in relaxants strip and destroy the structure of black hair.“I realised I could use ingredients without after-effects. A lot of research worldwide shows that chemical relaxers are highly toxic,” she says.“I thought to myself, what’s wrong with curly hair?” – and this is how the idea was born. She dedicated her time to develop a formula with only natural ingredients that nourish natural curls, creating soft, healthy hair that is easy to grow, work with and style.But turning the idea into a viable business and product was Moriti’s biggest challenge.She was looking to introduce an entire new range of products – the first of its kind on the market – and she was competing with some of the biggest names in the cosmetic and hair care business.“Other big name companies have been formulating synthetic products for years and if they want to enter into the natural products market, they usually just buy out companies,” she says.Being a newcomer was scary and even though she knew that the natural products market was set for major growth, making a name in the industry was a daunting task.“When I started I realised the natural market was not big, but that it would grow as people become more health conscious and look for alternatives to synthetic products,” she says.Getting into the marketMoriti spent a year visiting hair salons in the Western Cape – up to ten a day – to introduce her product, pretending to be a sales rep to make sure the feedback she received was honest.“Everyone I demonstrated it on loved it, but distributing this way was never going to reach more than a relative handful,” she says.What she needed was a retailer who would take the product to the larger market.The Pick n Pay Foundation, through its small business initiative, recognised the product’s potential and introduced it to its stores nationally as well as in neighbouring countries. It also helped with expansion into Europe – JOM Cosmetics participated in a trade expo in Spain, where they won a sponsorship to set up an office there.When the range was launched in South Africa Moriti and her team were overwhelmed by the positive feedback.“The response we had was amazing. Most of our clients are people that have lost their hair because of excessive use of chemicals,” she says.The products are also safe for use on children and people who are prone to skin conditions such as eczema.Unexpected awardsMoriti’s vision of creating alternative hair care products has made it possible for more women to maintain natural hairstyles, and for this JOM Cosmetics won an award in the SMEs category of South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards for 2012.The awards recognise inspirational women achievers in business and government who are working for the benefit of South Africa and its future generations.Moriti never expected to win awards and make a name internationally.“When you start a business, you do it because you see a need, because it is your job and you are doing what you love.” The accolades have inspired her to achieve even more.last_img read more

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Backing Up a Minisplit Heating System

first_imgOther points to considerCove heaters are available in either 120-volt or 240-volt models, Berry continues, so one issue is having enough room in the main panel for the wire and the breakers that will be required. He suggests planning on about 150 watts per foot of heater.Heat from the units is noticeable 2 or 3 feet away, but after that it is not. The heaters can’t be painted, and the special paint on the front of the heats should not be touched, at least until the heaters have run for a while, Berry says. “They are not meant for rapid warmup of even small spaces,” he adds. “Think of them as slow cookers, not microwave ovens.“All that said, they are still resistance heaters and consume electricity accordingly,” he says. ” If I had had an economical option I would probably have done minisplits.”With electricity consumption in mind, Dana Dorsett suggests resistance heaters should not be oversized.“If anything, undersize it by at least 25% from the full design load, or even half,” he says. “It’s too easy to become complacent and leave the resistance heaters running, and they will [be] carrying the bulk of the load rather than letting the heat pump do the heavy lifting.”Using occupancy switches or timers is one way around that potential problem. Low temperatures where David Gadbois lives aren’t Siberian, but he’s still interested in supplementing his ductless minisplit heating system with electric resistance heaters, something to provide a boost on just the coldest days of the year.“I was thinking about slightly undersizing my ductless minisplit system and using a handful of electric resistant heaters to supplement on, say, the 5% coldest days,” Gadbois writes in a Q&A post at GBA. “These heaters could also help smooth out temperature gradients throughout the house, and finally can also serve as backup heat if the minisplit fails altogether.”Although he isn’t specific about where he’s writing from, Gadbois notes the coldest days of the year are going to bottom out at about 5°F.What he has in mind are some “low-temp, low wattage” ceiling panel heaters that run on 120-volt power.Does that plan make sense? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Michael Maines, for example, writes that he had wanted to accomplish much the same thing at his own house and ended up with a wall-mounted Envi heater. Although these units project slightly from the wall, they do not incorporate a fan and have what Maines says is a “sleek and low profile.”“They distribute heat via passive convection, so you get better air circulation that you would from a true radiant heater,” he writes. “In many ways they work like electric baseboard heaters, but look better. They also cost more, but are still very affordable.” [According to the company’s website, the units cost $140 and draw 475 watts of electricity.]As to ceiling panels, Maines has no direct experience, other than running into a few old ones on renovations. Convectair is another wall-mounted option available both with and without a fan.Another suggestion comes from Charlie Sullivan, who writes that an air-to-water heat pump such as a Chiltrix might be worth looking into.“You can put minipslit-like fan coil units where you’d put the minisplit heads (with more options for small low-profile units), and supplement with small panel radiators where you want smaller amounts of heat delivered locally,” Sullivan says. “Radiant ceiling panels are also an option.”One more electric option comes from Lance Peters, who notes that 4×8 hydronic sheets that are joined and taped just like drywall are under development. They would, he says, turn an entire ceiling into a radiant panel. He offers a link to radiant ceiling heating from Uponor. What about cove heaters?Malcolm Taylor says he’s used cove heaters, a type of radiant panel mounted on the wall just below ceiling height, but probably would not suggest them again.“I specced radiant cove heaters on two projects and one homeowner went ahead and installed them,” he writes. “To me the ‘radiant’ aspect of the heat seems a bit overplayed. I don’t notice any appreciable difference between the way the heat is delivered from any other resistance heater. It is nice that they are out of the way of furniture (and kids), but they are a lot more intrusive architecturally perched up near the ceiling.”Given the premium in price over baseboard heaters and the lack of a real difference in performance, he adds, Taylor would be unlikely to recommend cove heaters again.If there’s someone to make the case for cove heaters it appears to be Roger Berry, who suffered through coal and wood in parts of his house, single-pane windows that always seemed cold, and a 1960s renovation that brought with it some radiant ceiling panels that were, in a word, “awful.”“After growing up and spending 40 years with all the dust, noise, uneven distribution of forced-air heat homes, I chose to go all in with cove heaters for our ‘new pretty good house,’ ” he writes — Comfort Cove heaters from Radiant Systems Inc. Because the house is so well insulated, and equipped with high-quality, triple-pane windows, the cost of heating with electricity has not been overwhelming.“I will point out that the sensation of radiant cove heaters is quite different from forced air (or minisplits I suspect),” Berry writes. “The air temperature is never more than a degree off from thermostat settings.”That’s unlike a room heated with a minisplit or a forced-air system, which provide warm air well above the thermostat’s setting, he adds. For men who are losing their hair, as Berry says he is, the air might feel cool enough to don a cap inside. “However,” he adds, “neither of us miss the whooshing noises and redepositing of dog and cat hair onto every surface. Filters not withstanding, the dust bunnies were always on the move. Minisplits might amplify the warm head effect due to the higher point of air distribution. Dust bunnies might stay put under the sofa.”Berry adds that cove heaters aren’t any less attractive than the indoor units that come with minisplits or wall-mounted electric heaters. “They have just become part of the ‘wallpaper’ of awareness,” he says, “much like any vent or light switch does. We don’t worry about blocking vents with furniture or rugs, we don’t have mobile dust bunnies, and best of all each room has their thermostat, so everyone gets to sleep at whatever temperature they like. The whole house, heater elements and wiring was done for less than a quarter of a small forced air system.” RELATED ARTICLES Heaters as safety concernsWall-mounted heaters do take some floor space, Gadbois points out, and should someone make contact with a heater they might get burned. “Also worth considering that wall units that get hot are not kid-friendly,” he says. “Heck, even adults that aren’t paying attention…”That’s not the case with the Envi heater that Maines installed. The surface of the heater never gets hot enough to be dangerous, he says. The wall above the heater gets “pretty warm,” but not warm enough to burn anyone.“I’m not trying to convince you away from ceiling panels; it looks like there is a wide variety to choose from,” Maines says. “Just trying to clear up any misconceptions about wall heaters.”Brian P is another GBA reader who has some experience with wall heaters as well as minisplits, and he suggests Gadbois not intentionally undersize the heat pumps.“I would suggest going with a correctly sized minisplit system,” Brian says. “If you want some electric resistance backup and consistent temperatures (may not be an issue), I can understand planning for that. We primarily heat with a minisplit and have 500-watt Stiebel Eltron wall heaters (240 volts, hard-wired) in a few areas (bedrooms, bathrooms). We only use them when temperatures are forecast to drop below -10°F, but they aren’t necessary.”If Brian had it to do over again, he’d simply wire in some extra 120-volt outlets where he could plug in wall heaters as they were needed. “See how the minisplit works out,” he suggests. “If if meets your needs, you’re all set. If you need more comfort due to temperature gradients, buy a few wall heaters.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:One of my first research projects at the NAHB Research Center (now called the Home Innovation Center) was to evaluate Solid State Heating Corp. (SSHC) radiant ceiling panels in comparison to a conventional forced-air heating system. (You can read a one-page project summary here or the full project report here .)The idea is that the appropriate number and size of ceiling heating panels, controlled in each room by a thermostat that sensed operative temperature (operative temperature being the air temperature plus the mean radiant temperature, divided by 2), can be operated like lights. You turn the panels on when you enter a room and turn them off when you leave. The panels achieve their operating temperature of about 165°F in about 90 seconds. Their location — either centered in a room or favored towards areas of greater heat loss (such as large windows or patio sliders) — gives the best viewing angles from the panels to room occupants.The panels look a bit like ceiling tiles, are about 1 inch thick, and are mounted to the ceiling, run by either 110 volt or 220 volt electrical circuits. A radiant panel provides most of the heat for my office at home (see Image #2 below).Do they work? In a nutshell, yes. Their advantage is room-by-room zoning and very fast on-and-off. How much you can depress air temperature because of the elevated mean radiant temperature the panels deliver is a function of how air-leaky your building is and how long you stay in one location. Leakier buildings tend to make the radiant panels shine a bit more compared to forced-air and the more you move about, the greater the advantage of nearly instant on-off of the panels (Over time, the air and mean radiant temperature equalize/reach equilibrium, eroding the MRT advantage).One cool result of the study (cited above) was adding modulation to the panels; they now are split into quarters so that a panel can be 0, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% energized. This eliminates the large and rapid drop in MRT and hence thermal discomfort when the original panels, which were only on or off, shut down on signal from the thermostat. Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseGreen Basics: Green Heating OptionsChoosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient HomeHow to Buy a Ductless MinisplitSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual D Consider other electric optionsGadbois likes a couple of things about ceiling-mounted panels: they don’t make any noise, they don’t protrude into the living space, and they don’t require fans to distribute heat. Still, several GBA readers offer some alternatives.last_img read more

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Running: The health mantra for Delhi

first_imgNaveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud,Naveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud of.Far removed from the glass and chrome cities world over, Delhi abounds in greenery and has parks and stadiums that are tailor-made for the fitness conscious. While exercise is a personal regimen, running in this city has taken on social proportions. The first time I ran in a marathon was three years ago; the energy of a thousand people running together was just amazing, and addictive. City marathons create a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership and responsibility. While maintaining the highest level of fitness is my primary aim, running the marathon is an unparalleled experience. The Delhi Marathon is always for a good cause and I love knowing that we are helping a cause by running as a community.Another event that I take pride in being part of is the Tiranga Run. To run holding the national flag high is a feeling every Indian should be able to boast of. I take a personal pride in this as it was when I moved a plea that the Court allowed every Indian national the right to fly the national flag.When I first ran the Delhi marathon three years ago, I found the energy of a thousand people running together amazing, and addictiv.Of course, running a marathon is serious exercise, and fitness is something every individual should take seriously. I personally have not been jogging outdoors regularly of late but this city has a plethora of excellent options for those who love running. Lodhi Gardens, Nehru Park, India Gate, professional stadiums and even private clubs, the capital offers some thing to anyone brimming with enthusiasm. Over the past few years, time constraints have meant that I work out mostly at home. But I always believe that a healthy body is the key to a positive mind and thus for me, a fitness regimen is a must. I am also a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and pranayam. Yoga is as much about the body as it is about the mind and I religiously practise my daily routine of yoga even when I am travelling.What is important is to have a healthy lifestyle and by that I mean early to bed and early to rise, exercise daily, and eat the right food at regular intervals, which helps maintain metabolism. If you eat unhealthy or junk food, then it becomes very difficult to burn out the calories. One has to be disciplined, always.advertisementThe best tracks in townSIRI FORT SPORTS COMPLEXKhel Gaon MargTrack: 1 kmSurface: Clay lawn surface for a smooth run. Clientele: Fitness fans. “This is a wonderful track, beautifully maintained by DDA. All that greenery makes you feel healthier.”-Muzaffar Iqbal, member, Indian hockey teamNEHRU PARKChanakyapuriTrack: 2.4 kmSurface: Soft non-metal surface easy on ligaments Clientele: The proximity to the Diplomatic Enclave says it all.LODHI GARDENLodhi RoadTrack: 2.5 kmSurface: Made of clay. The park even has a monkey bridge where runners can get a thorough workout. Clientele: This power park attracts the who’s who of Delhi, politicians, judges, industrialists et al.JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUMOff Lodhi RoadTrack: Four lane, 400 mSurface: Synthetic track Clientele: State and national level athletes. “Delhi’s only two synthetic tracks for professional athletes can be found here.”-D. Sarkar, director (Sports), DDA.ROSE GARDENNear IITTrack: 750 mSurface: Soft mud track Clientele: Nature nuts and fitness freaks. “The best part about this park is that there are no irritating romantic couples lurking here.”-Capt. Deepanjali Bakshi, runner-mountaineer.last_img read more

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