Warriors whip Portland in opener

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.last_img read more

The Next Two Giga-Events!

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnkündigung der nächsten beiden GIGA-EventsMarch 6, 2015In “Deutsch”New Giga Announcement!January 15, 2016In “News”An inside look into Mega and Giga EventsAugust 27, 2019In “News” Geocaching HQ announces the next two Giga-EventsMainz Gutenberg 2015 (GC50FTF) – May 16, 2015 in Mainz, GermanyProject GeoXantike (GC56APX) – June 6, 2015 in Xanten, GermanyAnd you thought Mega-Events were huge! Giga-Events are the largest event type and are attended by over 5,000 geocachers. For those who attend, you’ll earn the rare Giga icon in your statistics, plus you’ll get the opportunity to meet tons of geocachers from around the world.Learn more about Giga-Events here.(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How Tight is Too Tight?

first_imgThe first question I usually get when I start talking about insulating and buttoning-up houses is, “Won’t my house be too tight?” It’s a very logical question.Tight houses need fresh airAs we make houses tighter, less air flows through them. With less circulation, pollutants in the house can build up. These pollutants can include carbon dioxide from our breathing, smoke from burning our toast, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cleaning materials and furnishings, moisture (which isn’t a pollutant itself, but causes mold and other problems), and, yes, even bathroom deodorizers that often contain harmful chemicals. Without as much fresh air getting in to dilute those pollutants and replenish the oxygen we need, aren’t we going to suffocate? Shouldn’t the house be left leaky?The concern is right on—that a tight house without enough fresh air is a bad thing. But the solution—to keep the house leaky—is wrong.There are several problems with the idea of relying on a leaky building envelope to ensure adequate fresh air in a house.Leaky houses costs you money and waste energyIn a typical house, air leakage can account for 25-40% of the total heat loss of the house. If we increase insulation levels and put in better windows but leave the house leaky, the fraction of total heat loss coming from air leakage increases. Cold air leaking in means dollars leaking out. To make matters worse, the rate of air leakage is highest when the energy impact of that leakage is the greatest—when it’s very cold or very windy.Air leaks can cause moisture problemsWhen warm air leaks out through cracks and gaps in your building envelope during the winter, that air cools off and may reach the “dew point.” This is the temperature at which water vapor (a constituent of all air) can condense into liquid water.The dew point depends on the temperature as well as the relative humidity—the higher the relative humidity the higher the temperature at which the dew point will be reached. When condensation occurs within your walls or ceiling, stuff gets wet.Mold can grow—potentially making you sick—and cellulosic materials like wood can rot.You can’t rely on air leaks to be reliableThe strategy of keeping your house intentionally leaky can’t even be relied on to provide fresh air. Air movement through a building envelope depends not only on the envelope leakiness, but also on the “pressure differential” across the envelope. When it’s windy, there’s a pressure differential—on the upwind side fresh air is pushed in through those gaps in the house, and on the downwind side stale house air is sucked out. And when it’s really cold outside, the “stack effect” pushes warm air out through the envelope high in the house and sucks in outside air near ground level.The problem is that there isn’t always one of these situations to create that pressure differential we need for fresh air. On a day without much wind during the spring and fall months, when it’s not that much colder outside than in, the differences in pressure won’t be enough to cause much air exchange—even with a quite leaky envelope, so you won’t be ensuring fresh air.Tighter houses are better housesMy answer to the question of how tight we should make our houses is “really, really tight.” But we also need to provide mechanical ventilation. With a ventilation system—which can be as simple as the continuous or intermittent operation of quiet bathroom fans with intentional air inlets, to a whole-house ventilation system—you will be sure of getting the fresh air you need. With an extremely airtight envelope and a mechanical ventilation system that controls exactly where and how much air is brought in and exhausted, you get the quantity of fresh air you need, you deliver that fresh air where it’s needed, and you get it consistently, whether it’s windy or not and no matter the outside temperature.“Whole-house” ventilation is most effective because the fresh air is delivered exactly where it’s intended (bedrooms and living room, for example) and stale air is exhausted from the places pollutants are most likely to be produced (typically bathrooms and kitchens).With whole-house ventilation, you can also capture heat from the outgoing air stream and transfer it to the incoming fresh air. This is accomplished with a “heat-recovery ventilator” or “air-to-air heat exchanger.” This strategy makes a great deal of sense in cold climates, such as ours, though it does increase cost.FURTHER RESOURCES#Green Primer:Can Houses be “Too Insulated ” or “Too Tight”?Green Building Encyclopedia article:Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot Houses Ventilation Choices: Three Ways to Keep Indoor Air CleanBlogs:Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseWhat’s the Most Cost-Effective Way to Bring Fresh Air into a Tight House?Tight Houses: A Good Idea (and Code Requirement) Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-Efficientlast_img read more

Experience is departing Alberta prosecutors worried as numbers dwindle

first_imgCALGARY – A provincial wage freeze and increased caseloads resulting from a Supreme Court of Canada ruling are making it difficult to recruit new prosecutors to fill Alberta’s dwindling ranks, says an organization representing Crown lawyers.In 2016, the Supreme Court’s Jordan decision imposed time limits on how long a criminal trial can take before it is deemed unreasonably delayed.The ruling said people charged with an offence have the right to have their case tried within a reasonable amount of time — 18 months for provincial courts and 30 months for superior courts.Damian Rogers, treasurer of the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association, says a recent government announcement about hiring an additional 10 prosecutors for regional offices is a step in the right direction.But he points out that in the past year alone, 20 prosecutors have left rural offices, particularly in northern Alberta.“One reason we see people … moving on is they simply don’t feel that they can competently manage the caseloads that they have,” Rogers said in an interview. “Either that causes them to be under stress and impacts their lives, or causes them concerns about their professional responsibilities to practice in a competent manner.“They’re concerned there’s so many files, so many balls in the air, that they’re going to drop a ball on something that’s important.”A 4-1/2-year wage freeze imposed by the Alberta government is also a disincentive, he said.The starting salary, right out of law school, is $81,500. A senior prosecutor with at least 15 years experience receives $168,000.“If they go to another province where all of their experience is recognized, they see increases of $10,000, $20,000 or $25,000 a year in their compensation,” Rogers said.“It’s leading to our prosecution service being much more junior now than it was five years ago. A lot of experience is departing the prosecution services.”Alberta has 306 Crown prosecutors and 105 of them work in regional offices.Rogers said there is no problem finding recruits in larger centres such as Edmonton and Calgary, but cities such as Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie — where the caseloads are highest — remain a problem.Alberta’s justice minister said her department is monitoring staffing levels in the prosecution service and acknowledges increased caseloads are a problem.“The Jordan decision had a significant impact in terms of our timelines, so we put in some more resources … and we’ve done some moves in terms of efficiency,” said Kathleen Ganley.“I think we just keep monitoring the situation to ensure that we have the right mix.”Ganley said it’s true that caseloads are a bit higher in rural areas where there are smaller offices which puts added pressure on remaining staff. She said she also understands that the wage freeze is a problem, but added the government has “finite resources.”“It can be particularly difficult because very skilled professionals like lawyers have other options.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more