Warriors’ Draymond Green: “My defender is going to have to pay”

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – For a player who admittedly has become indecisive, Draymond Green suddenly took control.The Warriors’ forward is only two days removed from the team’s Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In that game, Green posted four points while shooting 2 of 7 from the field and 0 of 3 on 3-pointers. His point total was matched by his turnovers (four) and …last_img read more

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Parasites Can Help the Ecology

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A parasitologist suggests that parasites don’t just rob and steal; they usually do good as functional players in an ecosystem.Maybe it’s because Tommy Leung is a parasitologist that he can see the good in anything, but in The Conversation, the lecturer on parasitology and evolutionary biology lists 3 examples of good things that creatures we might find repulsive do to help the community of organisms.A tiny worm helps stream fish feed on nutritious crickets by getting the bugs to jump into the water.  He calls this a kind of “fast food delivery service” that provides half the fish energy intake in some watersheds.A fluke that infects shellfish helps deposit them on seashores where birds can eat them, and barnacles and limpets and live in the shells – increasing the biodiversity of a shore that would normally have only sand.Mistletoe increases leaf litter in a forest, without which bird diversity decreases by 25%.“Parasites are thought of as free-loaders, but many contribute as much as they take,” Leung says. “They service the ecosystem. From an ecological perspective, they are more like tiny, hidden architects that are overlooked by most people.”  The nasty parasites, he claims, have an explanation: “Some parasites do have a negative impact on an ecosystem, especially when they are introduced to a new and unfamiliar environment.”Leung’s short essay, though filled with spelling errors, is thought-provoking.  It adds to growing evidence that our categories of natural evil need rethinking (see also our 2/04/12 entry, or search on “parasites” in the search bar).  This is not to minimize the pain and suffering human parasites cause, or to suggest we should not seek to eradicate those that cause harm.  But it wouldn’t make sense from either an evolutionary or design perspective if a parasite killed off all its hosts, would it?  Then the parasite would perish with its vehicle, while the host proliferated without checks and balances.  This is similar to predation; the predator helps prune the prey population, while taking benefit for itself at the same time.  It’s a bit like a market economy: you only earn a profit if you provide a valuable service.Creationists see a functional ecosystem as evidence of design, but it’s a design fit for a fallen, sin-cursed world.  Maybe we need to step back and see the big picture before casting judgment.  Since crickets will die anyway, and have no spirit, why not use some of them for a fast-food delivery service for fish, if it will benefit the ecology as a whole?  Aren’t people predators on animals, too?  The Bible teaches God can turn evil for good; maybe some of these are living illustrations.  Would you have considered parasites as “tiny, hidden architects” of biodiversity that run a service business?  Human beings, as caretakers of the world, should avoid mucking things up by introducing parasites where they cause only harm to the ecosystem, or where they cause pain and suffering to the environmental stewards God created in his image to “care for the garden, and keep it.”  It’s a garden with thorns and sweat, but it’s still an intelligently designed garden.last_img read more

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Thinking About Net Zero Energy

first_imgThe average new home is so poorly built, it’s enough to make an environmentalist weep.Windows are routinely installed without any consideration of orientation. As a result, south windows fail to take full advantage of free solar heat during the winter, while west windows worsen summer overheating. Windows are often installed in unshaded walls, even in hot climates. In the absence of legal requirements for high-performance windows, builders regularly choose windows with appalling U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs).In the southern U.S., air-conditioning ductwork is still routinely located in attics. Most builders insulate walls by hiring a low-bid subcontractor to stuff fiberglass batts between the studs. In the U.S., unlike in Sweden, most new homes receive occupancy permits without ever undergoing a blower-door test.Yet the low standard achieved by U.S. builders is understandable — even logical. Many builders ask themselves, “Why should I pay for foam sheathing?” After all, builders don’t pay heating bills — homeowners do. In other words, the interests of builders and homeowners are not aligned.This divergence of interest between builders and homeowners is best addressed by ratcheting up our energy codes — codes which currently allow new homes to be shockingly leaky and poorly insulated. Last summer, a coalition of partners — including governors, mayors, and the U.S. Department of Energy — gathered in Minneapolis to propose energy code changes that would reduce energy use in new homes by 30%. The proposal was defeated after vigorous lobbying by the National Association of Home Builders.Fortunately, some far-sighted builders are already implementing cost-effective measures that reduce homeowners’ energy costs, including:Assuming these measures are well chosen and properly implemented, they should all be cost-effective. In other words, the incremental cost of these measures will be more than offset by future energy savings.… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Blog Review: NB Superinsulated House

first_imgInspired by traditional homes in the Canadian MaritimesLachance explains that he has been working with the Cocagne Sustainable Development Group on superinsulated designs based on Passivhaus concepts. He covers the basics of this highly efficient building model — high levels of insulation, airtightness, whole-house ventilation — that can save 75% of the energy costs used to heat and cool a conventionally built house.“What I have found is a general lack of actual details and drawings that incorporate passive house design,” Lachance writes. “The designs and details that I will be sharing on this blog are derived from many of the principles that Passivhaus and PHIUS [Passive House Institute U.S.] have developed. I will not, however, try to demonstrate how my designs and details are in complete compliance with all Passivhaus standards. While it is important to acknowledge the science behind passive design, residential housing has developed through commonly held and known practices. The Canadian R2000 program has developed many of the building practices and techniques that will be required for future superinsulated homes.“The designs and details I will share are based upon traditional or vernacular housing types that are common to the Maritimes. These traditional housing types were developed in response to the environment and culture of this region.”Here’s a look at two of the house designs that Lachance details. The general descriptions that Lachance provides are supplemented by links to detailed construction drawings, which he invites readers to download and use. Maison Scoudouc House Plan ‘A’This 512-sq. ft. “mini-home” is intended for a single person and is in line with what Lachance says is a recommended 500 sq. ft. per person for a basic superinsulated house.The house has a galley kitchen and open living room. Instead of a conventional bedroom, it has a sleeping alcove with nearby closets and drawers under the bed. The only room in the house with a door is the bathroom.It uses an ICF (insulated concrete form) crawl space foundation, double 2×4 stud walls insulated to R-45, triple-glazed casement windows and raised-heel roof trusses insulated to R-60.Lachance actually offers three other similar houses, each a little larger than the last. The biggest of them is still only 688 sq. ft. Maison St. Thomas HouseLachance designed this one-bedroom, 960-sq. ft. house for a friend in neighboring Nova Scotia. It was to be built into a hillside with both southerly and easterly views.The house was not originally intended as a superinsulated design, but it has been modified with more insulation, triple-glazed windows and a heat-recovery ventilator.The upper level incorporates public spaces — the living room and kitchen — as well as a pellet stove with a source of outside combustion air provides.The lower level of the house, sheltered by the earth on the north and west sides, is for single bedroom, the bathroom and a small mechanical room. It opens to a walk-out patio or garden on the south, which could be enhanced with a covered porch.center_img Richard Lachance, an architect, spent 22 years working in the Missouri state park system before relocating to Cocagne, New Brunswick. He now researches “the transition to a new economy,” including the role of energy-efficient housing design.Cocagne is a small community at the mouth of the Cocagne River in this Canadian Martime province. Across the Northumberland Straight is Prince Edward Island. Given its location and sometimes harsh weather, LaChance’s interest in superinsulated house design makes sense.Lachance’s blog, NB Superinsulated House, doesn’t explain how or why he ended up in Cocagne, or exactly what he did as an architect in Missouri. But in a post from January 2010, shortly after he launched his blog, he wrote: “Why would I propose the use of superinsulation building techniques is the design of a new home or business? The rationale comes down to intentional living. We are faced with choices throughout our lives, but all too often we do not make conscious decisions. We rely too heavily on the status quo. We find comfort in following the mainstream. My wife and I have made the decision to develop a lifestyle based upon our own intentional choices. The concepts of superinsulation would be one of those choices.”It is one of the few personal asides in this all-business look at how to design super-efficient houses. If you don’t visit the site for philosophical anecdotes about life in Canada, you may find something of interest in one of the numerous small house designs that Lachance proposes. They are efficient, superinsulated, and well adapted to the climate. A number of them are very small.last_img read more

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Sidhu’s portfolio could be changed: Amarinder

first_imgAs the controversy over Navjot Singh Sidhu appearing on a television show snowballed, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday that if his portfolio of Culture was found in conflict with his television work, it could be changed.Capt. Amarinder Singh said he had no objection to Mr. Sidhu continuing television shows if it was constitutionally permissible. “Mr. Sidhu is a sensible and intelligent person, and he would have checked out his legal and constitutional position…,” he told reporters in New Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Since I’m not aware of the constitutional position, I will wait for the Advocate-General’s opinion,” he said.The row erupted after Mr. Sidhu said recently that he would continue to appear on a TV show as a celebrity judge and this would not affect his official work. Special packageCapt. Amarinder said he urged the Centre to grant Punjab a special package so as to waive farm loans. At a separate meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely assured the Chief Minister that he would direct the RBI to ensure that all arrangements were in place in the State by March 25 for wheat procurement, which will start on April 1.last_img read more

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Gujarat sets up panel to probe police excesses on Patidars

first_imgIn a bid to placate the Patidar community ahead of the Assembly polls in Gujarat, the BJP government set up an inquiry commission on Tuesday to probe alleged police excesses during the 2015 Patidar quota agitation.The commission headed by former Gujarat High Court Judge Justice K.A. Puj will probe whether the police had inflicted atrocities on the Patidar community during the agitation. Fourteen Patidar members were killed in police firing.“The government has decided to set up the inquiry commission headed by a retired judge to probe the allegations,” Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja told journalists in Gandhinagar. Mr. Jadeja said that the government had withdrawn over 100 cases lodged against members of the community for rioting and damaging public property. “We have withdrawn cases after consultations with the home and legal departments of the State government,” Mr. Jadeja said.The government has set up the commission after representatives of the Patidar community demanded a judicial probe as there is a common feeling that the “police force had used excesses to target Patidars during the agitation.”Hardik Patel, the 24-year-old who led the quota agitation, has demanded action against the police personnel who beat up women in Patidar-dominated localities in Ahmedabad. However, the two sedition cases against Mr. Patel and his aides filed by Ahmedabad and Surat police will stay as the cases are under the purview of the respective courts. The government has also set up a new board to extend financial help for educational and economic development of non-reserved communities in the State. The government has also earmarked ₹600 crore for the newly set up body.last_img read more

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More institutional deliveries due to improved infrastructure, says Kodela

first_imgSpeaker of the Legislative Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao on Monday attributed increasing institutional deliveries in the State to improved infrastructure in government hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs) in the past four years. Inaugurating a PHC at Pulimeru village of Peddapuram mandal with Home Minister N. Chinna Rajappa , Dr. Rao said that despite the financial crisis in the State after bifurcation, the government was not deterred in leading infrastructural development especially in the health sector. “Now, most government hospitals are equipped with modern infrastructure on aw par with the private hospitals. Poor patients from the State are able to get qualitative medical care,” he said. Exhorting people to avail themselves of the NTR Vaidya Seva scheme to get medical treatment, he said that government hospitals were in no way inferior to private ones. Pressing issueDr. Rao accused the Centre for failing to release funds to the State in an attempt to stall development. The Telugu Desam Party MPs were pressing the Centre to release funds, he said.Speaking to reporters later, he questioned the Opposition party members who were not attending the Assembly sessions. “The sessions are meant for discussing issues for public welfare. Members of the Opposition are being given the same time in the Assembly as the ruling party members,” he said. Kakinada MP Tota Narasimham was present.last_img read more

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Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals

first_img‘Underdog’ Cignal wary of Marinerong Pilipino in their semis series Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat rose from two sets down to frustrate Air Force, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10, and book another finals trip in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo bled for her points but still came away with a game-high 22 points on 71 spike attempts to carry the Lady Warriors to their fourth appearance in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIEScenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It seemed like we didn’t want to win in the first and second set,” said Pocari head coach Sgt. Rico de Guzman in Filipino.The Lady Warriors were on the verge of a semifinals exit with the Lady Jet Spikers two points away from completing an upset.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 starsBut that’s when Pocari Sweat’s championship experience showed. Down 23-22 in the third set, Pocari found an unlikely lifesaver in Heather Guino-o, who delivered back-to-back hits to extend the game. MOST READ The Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth consecutive title going. Game 1 of the best-of-three finals begins on Saturday.Creamline and BaliPure dispute the last finals slot.Mary Ann Pantino had a team-best 16 points for Air Force.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The Lady Warriors relied heavily on Pablo, Guino-o and Jeannette Panaga in the last two sets where the Lady Jet Spikers unraveled.Guino-o, who is a late addition to the team playing in only her fourth game, scored 14 points with four service aces.Pocari Sweat not only rallied in this game, but also in the best-of-three duel after dropping Game 1 in straight sets.De Guzman said he had no doubt his team is capable of coming back in the series.“I know that the team can really come back because I see how good they are in practice.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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