Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaraatri 2017

first_imgPresident David Granger joined hundreds of Hindus in the sacred observation of Maha Shivaratri, where he underscored the significance of Hinduism in upholding moral values and promoting education.Hindus all across Guyana on Friday celebrated Maha Shivaratri – a yearly, ritual worship to Lord Shiva.Hundreds of devotees flocked the Cove and John Ashram and their local Mandirs as they participated in the solemn and sacred veneration of Lord Shiva.President David Granger joined the Cove and John Ashram in their celebrationsStudents of the Hindu College during the Maha Shivaraatri ceremonywhere he honoured the arrival of Indians to British Guiana and for implanting Hinduism in its multicultural society.He noted that the celebrations of Maha Shivaratri are just one of the many ceremonies in the Hindu calendar which honours and remembers critical rights and traditions of the faith.The Head of State also spoke about the importance of educational teachings through Hinduism, noting that Lord Shiva is the source of enlightenment and the primary impart of wisdom.“Maha Shivaratri’s significance is to be found in the idea of overcoming the darkness of injustice and ignorance. Although it is a solemn festival, it is associated with both moral and educational enlightenment… Hinduism holds steadfastly to the virtue of enlightenment, it promotes knowledge where these is ignorance, it promotes justice where there is injustice and it promotes equality where there is inequality. It promotes education because it is through education that you overcome ignorance, injustice and inequality,” he expressed during his remarks. He pointed out that Guyana places the highest emphasis on education, noting that education encompasses not just book learning but the imparting of moral values.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in his address, spoke about the importance of merging education with moral values particularly at a time when a significant portion of the younger generation is going astray.Both leaders encouraged the ashram to continue its work in providing spiritual enlightenment and education to people as they extend Maha Shivaratri greetings to all Guyanese.Maha Shivaratri, which means the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of Phalguna or Maagha month (that is February or March as per the English calendar). Devotees worship and offer sacrifices to Shivalingam as part of their prayers to the God.last_img read more

Tigers out for more history

first_imgStanding in the … The Arcata girls basketball team has been defying the odds all season.Most people didn’t think the Tigers would win a competitive Big 5, but they did, clinching the title for a fourth straight year.They then went on to win a record sixth straight Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament, a remarkable feat that may never be equaled.So why not do it one more time and add another notch to an already accomplished legacy by winning a first ever North Coast Section championship?last_img read more

Warriors Q&A: Why Shaun Livingston is considering retirement

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Often, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will look at Shaun Livingston and just laugh.He has inspired his younger teammates for overcoming a broken left leg and knee cap in 2007, an injury that could’ve derailed his NBA career. In the past four seasons, Livingston also has carved out a niche as one of the Warriors’ veteran stalwarts with the reserves. In …last_img read more

An Off-Grid Affordable Housing Project

first_img RELATED ARTICLES In Puerto Rico, Off-Grid Energy Is Looking More Appealing Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power WoesSolar Industry Offers Help in Puerto RicoVermont Utility to Develop New Grid TechnologyA Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn Green Multifamily Projects in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program A New Multifamily Will Put Passive House Performance to the Test Multifamily Construction is Good News for Green Building101716″>How to Design an Off-Grid HouseHow to Live Comfortably Off the GridBuilding an Off-Grid Home in CanadaAn Off-Grid Solar Community The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program encourages green featuresInterestingly, we find that affordable housing projects incorporate some of the best construction, primarily due to requirements that developers must meet to obtain the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) that help fund their projects. In many states, including Georgia, the LIHTC heavily incentivizes green building certification, so much so that every project funded through this program for the past several years has achieved green certification.Some of the more interesting projects we have worked on recently include the second LEED home in Mexico, and my personal home, which I have written about extensively (and from which I learned that the best way to work on truly high-performance projects is to develop them yourself).However, not being professional developers, we rely on our clients to bring us projects to work on, and are dependent on them to make sustainability decisions. The project is off-gridThe most interesting elements of the project concern electricity and hot water. The developer chose to keep this project completely off-grid to avoid problems from frequent power interruptions. This will be accomplished by a combination of propane-powered turbines and photovoltaic (PV) panels. In addition to electricity, the turbines produce hot water (from waste heat) which will be used to provide domestic hot water to the building.The project is essentially both a building and a water and power utility company. Each unit is separately metered for electricity and both hot and cold water, allowing for each unit to be billed for their actual power and water use.I have already visited the site for an initial inspection (a tough job, but someone has to do it) and we will be back for a final inspection when the project is complete to complete the certification process. I’m looking forward to seeing the project complete and learning how it works as possibly the first off-grid affordable housing project in the U.S. At SK Collaborative, my green building certification and consulting business, we certify projects through LEED, National Green Building Standard, EarthCraft, Green Globes, and Enterprise Green Communities. Our work is primarily multifamily — both affordable housing and market-rate projects — as well as market-rate single-family homes. Most of our projects are standard low- and mid-rise apartment buildings of the type that are popping up everywhere.Although we are always looking for exciting, ground-breaking projects to work on, financial constraints keep most clients from pushing boundaries too far. I don’t mean to imply that the buildings aren’t well built and high-performance — they certainly are, especially as compared to standard construction. It’s just that our opportunity to work on truly cutting-edge high performance projects are few and far between. Building in the CaribbeanThis all brings me to a recent project in St. Thomas. Magens Junction is a 48-unit affordable housing project using LIHTC funding. To secure the tax credits, this project must be green certified, and we were contacted to assist in the process.This project was an appealing one to work on for many reasons. Beyond the most obvious one — the opportunity for a couple of trips to the Virgin Islands for site inspections — the construction techniques are all new to me and the project is incorporating several interesting sustainable practices.The project consists of two poured concrete six-story buildings, connected with open walkways. There is no insulation in the walls, nor is there any heating or cooling in the units — not something we are used to seeing in new construction. Although hotels and stores in St. Thomas are often air-conditioned, many homes on the island rely on passive cooling through cross ventilation and ceiling fans. Expensive and unreliable power makes this a smart decision, particularly for low-income residents.We are certifying the project under the 2015 NGBS which has a tropical climate exemption for insulation and HVAC, based in part on a similar provision in the 2015 IECC. This option makes sense for projects such as this, which otherwise would not meet standard insulation and HVAC efficiency requirements.In addition to facing challenges with electric service, the project must address the fact that fresh water is a rare commodity in the area. Many buildings collect rainwater and reclaim greywater for reuse, and this project is no exception. The basement of each building contains two large cisterns, one each for rainwater and greywater. The greywater is treated and used for toilets and irrigation, and the rainwater, combined with well water that is purified through reverse osmosis, is stored for potable use in the units.last_img read more

Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s overwhelming and I really felt the nerves,” he admitted in Filipino. “But all I’m thinking about is I need to do this because it’s always been my dream to play in the PBA.”The 29-year-old knows his chances of getting drafted are slim, but there’s no harm in trying as he left his job as a sales agent in a car company a year ago to prepare for this draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My coach in PUP told me that I’m already 29 so I should try getting drafted. I really had doubts, but I decided that I should give it a go,” he shared. “Since resigning for my job, all I did was to play basketball and have a better conditioning to be ready for the draft.”Geronimo’s skills were tested in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine as he shared the court with bluechip stalwarts. And although at times, he felt like he was out of place, he was satisfied to be able to keep up with the likes of Ravena and Herndon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Christian Geronimo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLittle-known Christian Geronimo sees him joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as his shot to make his dreams come true.Showcasing his talents alongside heralded counterparts, the PUP graduate admitted he was humbled to play with guys like Kiefer Ravena, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, and Robbie Herndon.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’ LATEST STORIES “I was still feeling my way. I was nervous, but I’m happy that I was able to play alongside them,” he said.Whether or not he gets selected, Geronimo is already happy that he tried his best to make his dreams come true as he hopes to become an inspiration to fellow lesser-known players in terms of shooting for the stars.“I want to prove that I can play here and I can give inspiration to all who dreams to play in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Keeping tabs on atmospheric electrical phenomenon

first_img Continue Reading Previous Applying IoT technology to safety: Avalanche warningsNext The hidden power of rubber bands Victor Lorenzo, a Planet Analog blogger, alerted me to an interesting European-based project known as SAINT (Science And INnovation with Thunderstorms). There are several universities and institutions involved in this effort. The project is coordinated by Dr. Torsten Neubert, from the DTU SPACE, Technical University of Denmark.Lightning affects Greenhouse gases concentrations as well as its capability of damaging electrical/electronic systems, especially those in elevated structures like wind turbines or aircraft. Scientists at SAINT want to fully understand this atmospheric electrical phenomenon.Recently, scientists have observed a new discharge process above the thunderstorm cloud layer called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) in the stratosphere and Mesosphere. There have also been observations of Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs) which can emit anti-matter particle beams. Such fields as plasma and high-voltage technology have never properly investigated these types of discharges.(Image courtesy of SAINT)(Image courtesy of SAINT) Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The SAINT project is making efforts to understand these events via the use of satellites in three upcoming missions and also ground observation and the use of modelling and laboratory experiments in a geophysical aspect to understand the fundamental mechanisms of these atmospheric discharges.Two of these missions are already on the International Space Station (ISS). They are the “Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM)”, an effort by the European Space Agency (ESA) this year and NASA’s ISS “Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) in 2016.ASIM studies climate and giant lightning discharges from the International Space Station (ISS) (Image courtesy of SAINT)ASIM studies climate and giant lightning discharges from the International Space Station (ISS) (Image courtesy of SAINT) Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram last_img read more

10 days agoChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressure

first_imgChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressureby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic admits he’s feeling the pressure of being a top American player in Europe.The 21-year-old arrived from Borussia Dortmund this surrounded by much fanfare.But he has struggled to find consistency in his game under Frank Lampard.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’.”You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.”This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.”Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

The project was funded by Council The National Lo

first_imgThe project was funded by Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Communities (DfC) and has been a resounding success with the public to date.The ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a celebration and appreciation of Brooke Park which has provided an invaluable green space for recreational and leisure activities since 1901 – and will include fun wildlife workshops, mucky fingers, tepees, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more!Speaking at the launch event, Mayor Boyle said he was delighted to be hosting the ‘Spring Open Day’ in the beautiful grounds of the recently regenerated park.“Brooke Park has undergone a major transformation recently and I can think of no better location for a family fun day,” he said. BROOKE Park will be the place to be this month as the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle invites local children along for some family fun with a whole host of activities on the menu.The ‘Spring Open Day’ is taking place at Brooke Park on Saturday 23rd March from 12 noon – 4pm. There will also be an opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ displaying the history of the park to the public.Brooke Park was reopened to the public in September 2016 following an extensive £5.6m regeneration of this historic landscape. ShareTweet “I’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the family-friendly activities.“The transformation of the park into a state of the art facility for leisure, play and relaxation has enriched the lives of so many people by providing a hub for social and leisure activity.“I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Communities without whose financial support this project wouldn’t have been possible.”Anna Carragher, Chair of the NI Committee of The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to see the launch of the ‘Spring Open Day’ and to attend the opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ at Brooke Park to the public.“Since its reopening, the park has been enjoyed by people of all ages, offering a place to socialise, play, relax and unwind. “We were delighted to have been able to use National Lottery player’s money to help bring this historic park back to life via this fabulous project. “We are so pleased to see so many people using the restored park, getting out in the fresh air and reconnecting with nature”Paul McNaught of the Department for Communities added: “I have no doubts that this event will be a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy.“Brooke Park has been a great success and the Department is delighted to have contributed to its regeneration.”In keeping with Council’s aim to create a zero waste Council area, there will also be a number of fun activities to raise awareness about protecting and enhancing the environment. Parks Manager Emma Barron said the ‘Spring Open Day’ is a great opportunity for children and parents to find out how they can make a difference.“Throughout the day we will providing a range of environmental activities for children, including badge making, building bird boxes, environmental art and planting seeds and plants to take home” she said.“Indeed, the ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a great way of promoting Brooke Park’s natural environment. “It will also help children and parents develop a better understanding and appreciation of the history of the park, its importance in terms of wildlife and environment, and the positive role they can play in safeguarding its future for generations to come.”Mayor launches ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Park was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Brooke ParkDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John BoyleMayor launches ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Parklast_img read more

Harvard forum examining safety of selfdriving vehicles

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A Harvard University forum is examining how a recent death linked to self-driving technology is causing concern about safety. Toyota suspends self-driving car tests after Uber death Explore further Citation: Harvard forum examining safety of self-driving vehicles (2018, May 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-harvard-forum-safety-self-driving-vehicles.html In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, an autonomous vehicle is driven by an engineer on a street in an industrial park in Boston. Harvard University’s School of Public Health is holding a forum on Friday, May 4, 2018, to examine how recent deaths linked to self-driving technology are causing concern about safety, and raising questions about whether the field is moving too quickly. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Friday’s panel discussion at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health is exploring whether the field is advancing too quickly.Some experts are pointing to the March death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, as cause for serious safety concern. It was the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.Current federal regulations have few requirements specifically for self-driving vehicles, leaving it for states to handle.Participants will include Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, and John Leonard, vice president of research at the Toyota Research Institute. Toyota has been working with Uber on driverless systems. read more