Despite the sharp decrease in the pump price of petroleum products in the country, commercial drivers and some business entities continue to remain defiant on price reductions.Many commercial drivers and businesspeople have rejected the new transport fares and price reductions on critically needed food commodities in several parts of Monrovia and its environs.Correspondingly, many of Monrovia’s affected residents have sounded urgent calls on the Ministries of Transport and Commerce and Industry for their swift interventions in order to remedy the grave situation.Ironically, instead of commercial drivers accepting the newly approved transport fares of LD$75.00 from the Red-light Market in Paynesville to the Broad Street in Central Monrovia; they are charging commuters LD$80-90-00 per trip.Commercial drivers mainly found in such unwholesome acts are those driving cars that are carrying private and business license plates in several parts of Monrovia and its environs.As a result of these unacceptable acts on the part of the commercial drivers, reports continue to surface in several parts of Monrovia of bitter confrontation amongst commuters and commercial drivers.Regrettably, a 25-kilogram bag of rice has sharply increased to LD$1,650.00 instead of the approved Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s price of LD$1,500.00.Several wholesale stores and shops toured at the Red-light and Waterside Markets on Monday and Tuesday were observed to have placed some increases in the price of the nation’s staple food, rice.There are also sharp increases in the prices of locally grown and produced commodities, such as bitter ball, greens, pepper, cassava, oranges, corn, okra, peanuts, tomatoes and red oil.As a result of the sharp increases in these commodities in most Monrovia markets, low income earners are becoming very grim and difficult.Typically at the Red-light Market, several house wives and other buyers stood in complete astonishment due to the sharp increases in locally grown and produced commodities.“We have gone to several parts of this Red-light Market and finding things very difficult, owing to the sharp increases in locally grown and produced commodities from rural Liberia,” the house wives lamented.One house wife, Davidetta Morris Kesselly, 42, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that if the price situation of these commodities remains unchecked, more hardships will continue to affect Liberians and other residents in Monrovia.Mrs. Kesselly explained that two weeks ago, she was given LD$400.00 to buy their daily food; but at the moment she is now spending LD$550.00 to buy a day’s food at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.Another house wife, Mrs. Esther Sumo Beyan, 55, said, “The sharp and unchecked increases in the prices of locally grown commodities are bringing hard on the people, and the urgent intervention of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is needed,” Mrs. Beyan asserted.When contacted, businesswomen bringing locally grown and produced commodities to some of Monrovia’s market told the Daily Observer Tuesday that the cost of transportation had generated the sharp increases.A businesswoman from Todee District, Madam Mary Kollie, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that transporting the harvested greens from various parts of Montserrado County has been challenging over the past two weeks.For their part, some commercial drivers involved in the business of transporting locally grown and produced commodities indicated that roads leading to those areas are in deplorable conditions.They added that road conditions in various parts of the country have also contributed to the sharp increase in transport fares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 36-year-old man was on Monday released on $250,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a rape charge.Mario Heywood appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where the charge was read to him. It is alleged that between October 1 and November 20, 2018, he raped a nine-year-old girl. The court heard that the child was left in his care when he committed the act.The child reportedly told her mother what had transpired and the matter was reported to the police. The suspect was recently arrested and charged for the offence. The case will continue on March 7, 2019.
With less than a month to go before the biggest softball tournament in Guyana bowls off, international companies have joined the list of sponsors.Encore Consulting Corporation and Green Power Solution Managing Director Richard Singh (right) confirming sponsorship with GSCL Secretary Telesha OusmanRecently, Managing Director of Encore Consulting Corporation of South Florida, Richard Singh and Rajkumar Outar of Atlantic Southern Trade and Rica Juice, of Annandale, East Coast Demerara, inked their support for the second edition of the Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup, which will run from October 19 to 21 in Georgetown.Following the success of the inaugural showpiece in 2017, the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc promised a bigger and better edition this year and judging from the support from teams and sponsors, the organisers seem to be on the right track for the biggest softball tournament ever in the history of Guyana.The tournament will be played in two categories again: Male Masters (Over 45 years old) and Male Open with $600,000 and $700,000 first-place prizes respectively up for grabs. Additionally, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Open category will ride away with a Hero motorcycle while the MVP in the Masters Category will go away with a 55-inch smart television set.Atlantic Southern Trade and Rica Juice Managing Director Rajkumar Outar (right) with Telesha Ousman at the official ceremonyEncore Consulting Corporation and Atlantic Southern Trade have joined other core sponsors – Banks Beer, Hero and Regal Stationery and Computer Centre – to make the three-day event a resounding success.Teams from Canada, New York and Florida are expected to bring their A game when they compete with the best local sides for supremacy. Speed Boat All Stars and Regal Masters are the defending champions.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Latter-day Saints Chapel at Lark Ellen Avenue and Badillo Street in Covina. Mortensen is survived by his wife, older brother, five children and 17 grandchildren. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – Harry Mortensen, a lifelong Covina resident, father of five and dedicated volunteer with two police agencies, died Monday from acute pancreatitis. He was 70. For nearly 20 years, he was a volunteer with the Covina and West Covina police departments, and was a key figure in establishing the volunteer program at Covina. Friends and family describe Mortensen as a people promoter. “I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody,” said his brother, James Mortensen. Fellow volunteers, including Mike Franco, who was Mortensen’s law-enforcement partner for six years, said he was a caring individual, never argued and loved to talk about sports. “My life is much better just by knowing him.” Franco said. “He was a good man, a very lovable man.” He was born on the grounds of the now Citrus Valley Medical Center – Inter-Community Campus. His family had roots in the citrus industry. His grandfather, James Frank Kendall, was an orange rancher and a former Covina councilman. He attended Covina Grammar School and graduated from Covina High School. Mortensen was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that prevented him from walking. But despite predictions from doctors, he not only walked at age 5 but also learned how to ride a bicycle, James Mortensen said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLimiting your search. Don’t be too anxious to land a job and forget to be creative. Identify your interest – like music – and then spend time brainstorming all the ways you could be involved with it. How can you know what your dream job is until you dream? Not articulating your dream. After you’ve set your goal, develop a clear, one-line pitch that’s specific and differentiates you from the pack. For example, “I want to find a job that uses my science skills,” is less compelling than “My dream is to work for an aerospace company designing rocket engines.” Being the same as everyone else. It’s competitive out there. Take a page from the marketing universe and brand yourself. Figure out what makes you different – then flaunt it. In stationery, dress, manners, attitude and speech, differentiate yourself from your competition. Going it alone. A recent Monster.com poll found that about half of job seekers landed jobs through peers and friends. Talk with family, friends, former co-workers and professors about your goals. Ask if they know someone in your field and would be willing to introduce you. Set up 30-minute informational interviews with as many contacts as possible. Burning bridges at past jobs. Make an effort to maintain regular contact with key players in your last job – they can be references, provide job referrals and give you advice. With the New Year nearly here, you might be thinking of getting a fresh start with a different job. Go about the job search wisely, or you’ll end up in just another dead end. Nicholas Aretakis, career coach and the author of “No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide,” provides these common mistakes job seekers make, and offers tips to help you avoid them: Setting your goals too low. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t challenge you, help you develop skills, or advance you toward an ultimate career dream. Instead, think big – where you want to be 10 years from now. Then figure out what you have to do to get there, and set interim goals. Shortchanging your résumé. Go over your past job experiences and reframe every description in a fresh, positive light. Make the language interesting and the descriptions compelling. Make your personality and individuality jump off the page. Showing up unprepared for interviews. Before interviews, Google typical questions and prepare answers. Research the company. Have questions prepared. Select your outfit. Do a dry-run drive-by to avoid getting lost. Arrive early. Be positive and flexible. Giving up or being lazy. Treat job seeking like a part-time job. Attend an industry show in your field of interest and meet at least 10 new people. Join job forums at online job sites and pick up tips from other job seekers. Read articles and research industries and companies. Happy New Year and good luck. Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of WORKFORCE magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL County Councillors have had a ‘peace’ meeting today – to try to ensure meetings don’t end up being adjourned.TWO separate electoral areas will each give €25k towards the funding of the Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle ferries, councillors agreed today.Several councillors expressed annoyance today at March Donegal County Council meeting over the “annual media storm” over whether or not the ferry services would be available for the summer months. County manager Seamus Neely said €50k was being made available.The issue had led to a row at the last council meeting in February and its subsequent adjournment.It’s understood councillors had a ‘peace meeting’ this morning and agreed to abide by standing orders throughout today’s meeting. PEACE REIGNS AT COUNCIL AS FERRY FUNDING RELEASE FINALLY AGREED was last modified: March 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNCIL TO RELEASE ANOTHER €50K FOR FERRIES
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Lutmer, Warren Co.I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I don’t think it will be a problem. We are down to the last couple of days planting beans. I’d like to get finished by Wednesday if the weather holds out.Within five miles I can go from ground that has water laying to a field that just got rain but hadn’t had anything for two weeks. We have places that are way too dry and places that look like a swamp.We made a good bit of hay the last two weeks. We are still fighting time to get all of the first cutting done the way I like it. The hay dried well and we had good quality. We sold it out of the field.The wheat is turning quickly. We have some that looks really good and some that is just OK. I am looking at cutting wheat around the last week of June. We had a little too much water in the fall that left it thin in some places. We haven’t had any blow down yet. We’ll bale the straw and double-crop beans.I still have a few loads of corn in the bin and I was going to sell it last week, but it kept going up. I may hold onto it for a few more days. The beans have rallied and we contracted some a few months ago and I’m glad I didn’t contract more than I did.All of the corn that is up looks great. We hope to get some sidedressing done in the next week. Some of the bean emergence I am not really happy with. In the really dry areas the beans have taken longer to get out of the ground.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up with wheat on July 3 and got all of the double-crops planted by July 4. We got three inches of rain that weekend but we were able to get done.We averaged in the upper 90s on the whole wheat crop. I was pleased with the yield. We had some frost damage but even there it was 80 or 82 bushels. Usually our goal is to be done July 1 and we were done by June 27 except for one last field. That is the earliest we have started cutting wheat — June 17.The double-crop beans we got in on June 18 — and really all of the double-crops — are growing like crazy. We had around four inches of rain so far in the month of July. The rains have come nice. It has been a change from what we’ve had.The April-planted corn is tasseling. We’ll probably end up spraying fungicides on most of the corn. We have some river bottom ground and it is a no-brainer to spray it and we have some continuous corn we’ll spray. I have seen a little gray leaf spot and common rust. We’ll start spraying towards the end of the week. I haven’t seen much northern corn leaf blight yet.April beans don’t look too hot but most of those are replanted. They are mostly in the R1 and R2 stage. There have been concerns with the dicamba soybeans in other areas. We have Plenish beans right by our dicamba beans and didn’t have any issues with volatilization or drift or anything.
RELATED ARTICLES Providing Fresh Air in Our HomeCommissioning Our Heat-Recovery VentilatorDesigning a Good Ventilation System GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation ChoicesAre HRVs Cost-Effective?Using a Glycol Ground Loop to Condition Ventilation AirHRV or ERV?A New Way to Duct HRVsVentilation Rates and Human HealthHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Joseph Lstiburek: Just Right and Airtight Three operation settingsOur HRV has three speeds, plus an extra-low “away” setting. Labeled 1, 2, and 3, the primary settings can be custom-set to deliver between 29 and 218 cubic feet per minute (cfm). As configured on our system, Setting 1 consumes 18-20 watts, Setting 2 consumes 30-35 watts, and Setting 3 consumes 80-85 watts. The Away setting uses just 7-10 watts.There is a frost-protection cycle that goes on periodically in cold weather to prevent condensate from freezing in the heat exchanger core. This draws about 800 watts. The need for this can be greatly reduced by adding a ground-loop preheater. This circulates an antifreeze solution through a simple ground loop (tubing that can be buried along the house foundation during construction). Plastic ductsNearly as exciting as the superb energy performance of Zehnder HRVs is the ducting that is provided with them. The company produces ComfoTube ducting with a 3-inch outside diameter and 2.5-inch inside diameter. The outer surface is ribbed for strength and the inside is smooth for optimal airflow and quiet operation. The material is 100% high-density polyethylene, which is the most environmentally friendly plastic, in my opinion.The ducting diameter is small enough to fit in 2×4 interior walls. Because the airflow rate through the ducts is relatively low and sharp bends are eliminated, the airflow delivery is very quiet. In fact, noise control is a key feature of all Zehnder products, and this is one reason the HRV itself is so quite large.While some ducting systems for heating and ventilation are branched — with larger trunk ducts stepping down to smaller distribution ducts — Zehnder ComfoTube ducts are designed to be installed in a “home run” configuration, with a single, continuous duct extending from each supply and return diffuser all the way to the HRV. This feature also helps control noise, though it can make for a complicated spaghetti-like installation. Our Zehnder HRV delivers between 2.6 and 3.3 cfm per wattThe HRV we installed in our new house is a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 Luxe. This is a Swiss-made, highly efficient HRV utilizing a counter-flow heat exchanger. In fact, testing by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) shows it to be the most energy-efficient HRV available. The American division, Zehnder America, is off to a rapid start, with about 800 installations in North America since its launch several years ago, according to business development director Barry Stephens.There are various ways to measure the efficiency of HRVs. Apparent sensible effectiveness (ASEF) is the most commonly reported number for heat transfer efficiency. The HVI-listed ASEF of our Zehnder unit is 93% — which is among the highest in the directory (though not quite the highest).Another measure reported by HVI is the sensible recovery efficiency (SRE). This is a measure that corrects for waste heat from the fan motor that may be going into the incoming airstream, cross-flow leakage from the outgoing to the incoming airstream, and case leakage or heat transfer from the outside of the box to the airstream inside. These factors make it seem as if the heat transfer efficiency is higher than it really is; thus the SRE number is more accurate. With our Zehnder ComfoAir 350 the SRE is 88% — the highest that I found in the HVI Directory.In reviewing the HVI list of certified products, I found some other HRVs with higher ASEF values, such as a Broan-NuTone model with a listed ASEF of 95%, but that product had a SRE value of only 58%. With that product and most other HVI-listed models that have very high ASEF values, the SRE values are considerably lower, indicating that waste heat from high-wattage fan motors or other losses are boosting the ASEF values.Another measure of efficiency is how much air is moved per unit of electricity consumed. Here we can look at the cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow per watt of electricity consumption. With this metric, the Zehnder ComfoAir really shines, achieving a remarkable 2.58 to 3.25 cfm per watt (depending on the fan speed). The Energy Star criteria for HRVs to be listed as EnergyStar is 1.0 cfm/W, and most good HRVs have air-delivery efficiencies only in the 1.0 to 1.5 cfm/W range. I was able to find only a few others with cfm/W values exceeding 2.0.(Several Panasonic exhaust fans have higher cfm/W numbers; for example, the Panasonic FV-05VK3 is rated at 12.4 cfm/W. However, these fans do not provide any heat recovery.) In last week’s blog I reviewed some of the general strategies used for ventilating buildings — or not. This week, I’ll zero in on the types of balanced ventilation in which heat is recovered from the outgoing airstream to preheat the incoming fresh air. By the way, Eli Gould (the designer-builder of our home) and I will be leading a half-day workshop at the NESEA Building Energy Conference in Boston on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. In this workshop, “What Would the Founder of Environmental Building News Do? Adventures on the Cutting Edge of Green Building,” we’ll be reviewing product and technology choices, describing lessons learned, presenting data on performance, and discussing, in a highly interactive format, some outcomes from this project that can be applied much more affordably in deep-energy retrofits. This should be informative and a lot of fun. Registration information can be found here. A pricey applianceIn my opinion, Zehnder makes the best HRVs and ERVs (energy-recovery ventilators) in the world. But you pay for that quality and performance. The system we have, a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 Luxe with ten supply ducts and ten return ducts, with their respective registers and two remote controllers (for the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms), costs about $6,000. The geo-exchange loop, which we did not include, adds another $2,000.While this is a lot to spend on ventilation, this integrated whole-house ventilation system obviates the need for separate bath fans, which can cost $300 to $600, installed, and some of that extra cost will be recovered over time through energy savings during operation compared to standard HRVs.The super-quiet, highly dependable operation is a nice bonus.In next week’s blog I’ll talk about commissioning our HRV system. Two fans, two airstreamsAs noted last week, balanced ventilation requires two fans: one bringing fresh air into the house and one exhausting indoor air. By balancing these two fans and the airflow through their respective ducts, the house is maintained at a neutral pressure — which is important for avoiding moisture problems or pulling in radon and other soil gases.In a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), the two fans are in the same box, and they force air through a heat-exchanger core made of a corrugated plastic or aluminum. There are several types of heat exchanger cores in HRVs, and these affect efficiency and cost.HRVs can have cross-flow heat exchangers or counter-flow heat exchangers. With cross-flow, the incoming and outgoing air streams are typically at 90° angles to each other. The heat transfer efficiency is good but not great: typically 50% to 70%.With a counter-flow heat-exchange core, there is a longer pathway across which heat exchange occurs, so the efficiency is typically higher. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. 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