DNA on gum, water bottle leads to DJ’s arrest 26 years after teacher killed

first_imgLancaster County Prison(NEW YORK) — DNA recovered from a DJ’s gum and water bottle has led to his arrest in connection with the killing of a Pennsylvania teacher 26 years ago, according to prosecutors.Raymond Rowe, who uses the DJ name “DJ Freez,” has been charged with criminal homicide for allegedly killing Christy Mirack at her East Lampeter Township home, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.The case dates back to Dec. 21, 1992, when Mirack, 25, didn’t arrive at school, prosecutors said.A co-worker came to Mirack’s home and found her dead. She had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, prosecutors said.A weapon used in the attack — a wooden cutting board — was near Mirack’s body, prosecutors said.Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation, prosecutors said.Years passed, but DNA left at the scene was sent to a lab, which created “a DNA phenotype ‘composite’ of the killer’s attributes,” including hair color, eye color and skin tone, according to a Monday statement from prosecutors.“The phenotype report included visual composites of what the killer would look like at various ages,” prosecutors said. “That data and associated composites were released to the public in November 2017.”The lab uploaded the file to a public genetic genealogy database, “which resulted in matches to relatives of Raymond Rowe,” according to prosecutors.Investigators last month took DNA from gum and a water bottle Rowe had used while DJing at an elementary school, prosecutors said. The DNA was submitted to a state police crime lab, which determined it matched DNA found on multiple parts of Mirack’s body, as well as the carpet underneath her body, prosecutors said.Rowe, 49, was arrested at his home Monday afternoon, prosecutors said. He was arraigned Monday night and committed to the Lancaster County Prison without bail, district attorney’s office spokesman Brett Hambright said. Rowe has not entered a plea.Mirack’s family called the arrest a “bittersweet day,” according to Hambright.The district attorney Monday declined to discuss a potential motive.“We know that this defendant raped and brutally murdered Christy Mirack,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said in Monday’s statement. “It is a huge step toward providing long-overdue closure for Christy’s family and friends who have spent decades wondering who brutally murdered their loved one.“We really cannot give enough credit to Parabon NanoLabs for the work they did which proved absolutely crucial to filing this charge,” Stedman said of the Reston, Virginia-based company. “Without their work and expertise, quite frankly, we would not be standing here today with the alleged killer of Christy Mirack charged and in custody.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prince Estate Announces ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ LP, Shares First Unheard Track [Listen]

first_imgToday would have been Prince‘s 60th birthday. In celebration of the Purple One’s life and endless contributions to music, the Prince estate announced a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, dubbed Piano & A Microphone 1983–due out September 21, 2018. The nine-track LP includes cassette recordings that Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The extremely intimate version of Prince is previewed in today’s first track release, a cover of the 19th century spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep”, which will also appear during the end credits of Spike Lee‘s upcoming movie, BlacKkKlansman.Much of Piano and a Microphone 1983 will feature Prince in his most intimate form, working through future classics like “Purple Rain”, “17 Days”, “Strange Relationship” and “International Love”, as well as a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case of You.”During the final year of his life, in 2016, Prince embarked on a “Piano & A Microphone” tour, in which the Purple One performed as a one-man show. The tour was of complete legendary status, supporting Prince in his most rare form. It was during this tour that his health complications started to become public, and that fans started to worry that the mystical musician was in danger. He died on April 21, 2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57.“This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016,” Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter said in a statement. “The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano.”According to Billboard, the album cover features a rare image of Prince backstage during the 1999 tour, taken by Allen Beaulieu, who worked closely with Prince from 1979-1984.The Deluxe version of Piano and a Microphone 1983 is set to include a 12″ booklet with new liner notes from Prince’s engineer, Don Batts, as well as never-before-seen candid photos of the Purple One. Fans who pre-order the digital download will get an instant download of “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which you can listen to below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Piano & A Microphone 1983 Tracklisting:“17 Days”“Purple Rain”“A Case Of You”“Mary Don’t You Weep”“Strange Relationship”“International Lover”“Wednesday”“Cold Coffee & Cocaine”“Why The Butterflies”last_img read more

New interim administrator Barry Harding is confident SRMC will survive

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Barry Harding has seen it before, and he is confident the Sumner Regional Medical Center will survive its current difficulties. He started a week or so ago as the interim CEO and CFO, and is charged with turning the situation around. Harding is working for Community Hospital Corporation, the consulting firm that has taken on the turnaround plan for the hospital. The group, paid through the SRMC Foundation, a private organization, did a study and made recommendations in a report that has not been made public. Harding has been in the hospital field for about 30 years, and for the last eight years he has been self employed, taking on projects such as this one. This week, he said the situation the Wellington hospital is in, is not unusual for rural hospitals, and there are bigger ones with the same issues. He works on one project at a time, believing he can do his best by focusing on only one at a time. “I am confident,” Harding said. “I would not have taken on this project if I did not think it could be done.” While there are several changes in store for the hospital, Harding said he is confident there will not be any layoffs, and he said the hospital will not close. He also said the hospital will not be changing the services it offers. “Those things are not going to happen,” he said. He said there are a lot of positives to consider even though the hospital has had its struggles. “I like the people here,” he said. “There is good morale here, very dedicated and loyal employees. He is working closely with the board to implement the plan generated by CHC. “We want to identify opportunities to improve the financial position of the hospital in a variety of ways,” he said. He has worked with CHC in the past, as well as other consulting firms. He worked at Leavenworth, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., to name a few. Harding lives in Dallas and flies to Wichita each Monday morning, and back home Friday night. Compared to previous jobs, this is an easy commute, he said.. “Last year I flew more than 120,000 miles. This is easy,” he said of his weekly commute. He plans on getting an apartment for his stay in Wellington, which will likely be about six months or longer. Harding said he has been working with local physicians to find ways to increase volume. Billing and collecting are always a big issue for rural hospitals, and that is a major obstacle. They are planning on changing the coding system, which is what is created so bills can be created. He believes that will help with billing, which has been a struggle. Last year previous CEO Leonard Hernandez said the hospital was collecting only about 47 cents on the dollar for its services. Hernandez resigned in September and has taken on a similar role in another hospital. Harding said he did not want to comment on the past and wants to look to the future. “We have done some things already, some things are in place, but there are no quick fixes,” he said. “The things we put in place will not materialize tomorrow, but I think in three to six months people should see some real differences.” He said he did a similar project in a small town near Chattanooga, Tenn. There were a lot of similarities in the two projects, and it took about a year to turn the situation around. “When I left there it was on solid footing,” Harding said. The expansion of Medicaid, or the lack of it in Kansas, has been an issue for the hospital. Harding said that is something that is not in his control, so he does not worry much about it. He instead tried to focus on things he can change. Still he has a lot of confidence in SRMC’s future. “You cannot come into this type situation without a high degree of confidence. I am the eternal optimist,” he said. “I believe we can make a change here. There is a need for the hospital in the community, and there is a population to support the hospital. I have been in similar situations before,” he said. “I would not have taken the assignment if I did not believe it could be done. I wanted to go someplace where I can make a difference.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 249 weeks ago I’m looking forward to hearing what his plans are…but not paying $20 for it. Sorry, had to get that one last jab in over the Endowment Foundations Dec 5th shing ding. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Tracie · 249 weeks ago How about sending out the bills in a timely manner, instead of taking over a year to send them out. I’m stuck with a bill that I have to pay out of pocket because it took a year (not kidding) to get a bill. Now I can’t use my flexible spending account because the bill date is in a seperate year from the service date. Guess I’ll just take my sweet time paying it off. Report Reply 1 reply · active 248 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Margie · 248 weeks ago I to got a bill from the hospital 21/2 years after I was seen in ER. I will be sending copies to the hospital board. Please bring back our business office. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 249 weeks ago I’m a bit confused about the relationship between the SRMC Foundation, the SRMC and the city. The hospital is city owned now, right? The Foundation, a private entity, hired the consulting firm to put together a plan to get the hospital financially stable. Harding works for the firm. So does the city have no hand in this? If not, why? And why is a private foundation controlling a city owned entity? Or am I way off? Report Reply 1 reply · active 248 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down robert zimmerman · 248 weeks ago The foundation does not run the hospital. it is more a fund raising type operation . the hospital board hired the consulting firm .. the foundation has nothing to do with the study directly except that they helped pay for it . . the city still owns the hospital and it is run by SCRM board of directors Report Reply +24 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 249 weeks ago Before the second guessing and back stabbing gets too deep: Let’s be thankful we have someone with a POSITIVE attitude and some expertise trying to help us work this out. Come on: Give him a chance. We need new ideas and enthusiasm. No matter where they come from! Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 249 weeks ago I have also talked with the new CEO and find him very positive. I have personally seen changes already. Working managers, surgery picking up and helping out on the floor. Everyone is cautiously smiling again. I pray for this to work out, and am excited to see what he does. There is the underlying feeling of unease hanging on in the building. The way employees are treated and informed of information still has a ways to go. We will all just have to wait and see what happens. Things appear to be looking up from the inside, now it’s all about bringing in the money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Alex · 249 weeks ago I am very hopeful that this gentleman will be able to turn it around! One suggestion would be to make changes with the ER and the primary doctor on call. It can be frustrating to go to the ER for a bona fide emergency, be charged a large amount of money, be treated rudely by the doctor and then later have a specialist tell you that the ER doctor handled it wrong and you’re lucky to be alive. That alone makes one want to avoid our local ER/hospital and head to Wichita. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Wanda K · 248 weeks ago I too have met Barry and I’m encouraged by his positive attitude and energy. I will be attending the SRMC Endowment Foundation event on Dec 5…showing my support for the Foundation, SRMC and the SRMC employees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Cousins in England under 16 team to face Wales

first_img Cousins Arrun and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI) have been named in the eight-strong England team to face Wales in the annual under 16 international at Llanwern on Sunday 2nd September. They will be joined by Lewis George (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Harry Hall (West Cornwall, Cornwall), Callum Hannay (Mendip Spring, Somerset), Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), and Bill Spooner (Boston, Lincolnshire) There are four newcomers to international team golf, they are George, Hall, Hannay, and Lamb. Arrun Singh Brar made his England debut in the recent international with Spain at Pannal as did Penge and Spooner. Last year Jack Singh-Brar (image © Tom Ward) won the Hazards Salver for the best performance by a GB&I player aged under 16 in the Carris Trophy. He has also been prominent in the Douglas Johns Trophy in the past two years, finishing second in 2010 and tie third this year and earned his first under 16 cap in last year’s under 16 match against Spain. Moore was England under 14 champion in 2011 and this year has finished fourth in the McEvoy Trophy and fifth in the European Young Masters. He was an England Schools cap last year. Penge, who won the Hazards Salver at the Carris Trophy last month has also enjoyed several top ten finishes over the past two years, while Spooner was a member of the winning Lincolnshire side in last year’s Boys County Championship and finished tied sixth in this year’s English under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy. The match with Wales will consist of four foursomes and eight singles. 30 Aug 2012 Cousins in England under 16 team to face Wales last_img read more

Northumberland club casts off jinx to win ‘Champion’ title

first_img Tags: competitions, English Champion Club, Northumberland 24 Sep 2017 Northumberland club casts off jinx to win ‘Champion’ title The City of Newcastle Golf Club cast off its jinx to be named as England’s Champion Club after a 36-hole tournament which ended in the dark following a fog delay.The team of Northumberland county champion Phil Ridden and fellow county players, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton, stormed to an emphatic 14-shot win in the tournament at East Devon Golf Club. Now they will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy in France from 26-28 October.But, there were plenty of twists along the way before they claimed Northumberland’s first victory in the keenly contested competition.“We thought we were jinxed,” said City of Newcastle men’s captain, John Franklin. The club has been runners-up in this competition twice before, most recently in 2015 when they lost out on countback.This weekend, they finished the first round one shot off the lead, then completed their second round in level par, finishing with a team total of 11-over and roaring into the lead.They played early on the second day and went off to a local pub in Budleigh Salterton to watch Newcastle FC on television. When the match was over – with a loss to their team – they returned to the golf club to find mist coming in over the course and play suspended. “We thought the jinx was following us,” said Franklin.But, despite fog and encroaching darkness, the field eventually completed play and City of Newcastle’s victory was confirmed. Franklin commented: “This means a great deal to us.”The competition is challenging with all three gross scores counting in both rounds. After yesterday’s first round City of Newcastle were on 11-over par and one shot behind Norfolk’s King’s Lynn.Today, they were on top form. Ridden was round in three-under 67, Dixon in one-over 71 and Wharton in 72 for a level par total.“The game plan was to get three decent scores, not one exceptional score,” said Franklin. “The nature of the course was that the number of bogeys, rather than birdies, would win it.”The runners-up were Northamptonshire County on 25-over par, followed by Somerset’s Burnham & Berrow on 29-over.The individual winner was Norfolk’s Jack Yule, of King’s Lynn, who was seven-under par for the two rounds, with scores of 65 68. King’s Lynn were the halfway leaders but fell back to seventh place.Ridden was the individual runner-up on one-under, followed by Leicestershire & Rutland’s Steve Sansome (Birstall) on two-over.Click here for full scoresCaption: (from left) City of Newcastle Golf Club’s Phil Ridden, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Tightening security

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – It takes 10th-grader Tanya Anaya four minutes to walk from her house to her first class at Santa Fe High School.When she heard that the Clarkman Avenue gates to the school will soon be closed to students, she grimaced.“I’m going to have to walk all the way around the school. My class is in the back, and I get there exactly on time every morning,” she said.In a move to beef up security at the school, Santa Fe High School recently received approval to install two new electronic gates at the rear of the campus at the Clarkman Avenue entrances.The gates will be accessible only by using an access card or code, which students and parents will not be given.The access cards also limit what times of the day holders can access the school.The new gates will cost about $48,000, which the Whittier Union High School District is splitting with the city, said Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham.The new key-pad gates should be installed within the next two months.The gates on Orr & Day Road, which are already electronic, will be modified to open only for those carrying access cards.Keeping students on campus by fencing them in – and keeping out unwanted visitors – is considered key to reducing student crime, said Jim Hickey, deputy district attorney in charge at Los Padrinos Juvenile Court in Downey.“Fifteen years ago, juvenile crime went off the deep end in our area,” Hickey said.Back then, after two students fired guns at each other while standing on opposite sides of the street near Whittier High School, high school district officials began looking at ways to control access to and from campuses, he said.Since then, fences have gone up at all eight of its high schools and continuation high schools. Every school except Santa Fe High restricted students from leaving during lunchtime.This year, Santa Fe High joined its peers, instituting a closed campus to all but juniors and seniors with good records.“I used to have a lot more filings for guns and knives on campus,” Hickey said. “Now, the students understand there’s a much greater potential for detection because of increased security.” For some Clarkman Avenue homeowners, the electronic gates being installed at Santa Fe High are an answer to their pleas to the city to control students who run across their lawns, fight in front of their homes, leave trash on their streets, take their street parking and cause traffic congestion.“Clarkman and Roseton Avenues residents have had issues with students being dropped off by parents and blocking their streets,” said Latham.School Safety Police Officer Frank Igros and Principal Monica Oviedo said the closed campus and electronic gates will also help curb truancy.“If kids skip school before lunch, the electric gates will give them no alternative but to come in through the front,” Igros said. “My biggest concern is kids not attending school. For the most part, it’s pretty good at the school. We don’t have a major problem with fights and gangs. We do have our fare share of graffiti taggers,” she added.While everyone seems to be happy with the increased security at the school – adults, anyway – nearby fast-food restaurants that cater to students during lunch are not too thrilled.“I have a lot less business at lunch this year,” said Francisco Villa, who owns Villa’s Tacos on Orr & Day and Hollyhock roads.“But, it’s not too bad because they only buy hamburgers and fries, and they still come in after school,” he added. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ventilation for a Very Small Home

first_imgHouses with very low rates of air leakage and heavily insulated walls and roofs don’t allow much natural ventilation. The whole point of building a high-performance house is to control the source and amount of outdoor air that gets inside. That’s why designers typically include some kind of mechanical ventilation, often in the form of a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator (HRVs and ERVs). But as LH has discovered, providing fresh air for a very small house can be a little more complicated, particularly when factoring in a clothes dryer that vents to the outdoors. “When we built our little home (720 sq. ft., basically 2 main rooms) 13 yrs ago, we made it very tight and well insulated, but we did not take into account the need for makeup air,” LH writes in a Q&A post. “The first time we ran our dryer, we had air pulling in through the electrical outlets!”RELATED ARTICLESFive Ways to Do Balanced VentilationZehnder Develops a Ductless ERVEuropean Products for Building Tight HomesAlternatives to Clothes Dryers LH’s solution was to leave windows open a crack, and to install a fan to pull outdoor air into the laundry closet while the dryer was running. Because LH lives in the Pacific Northwest, the fan brings in cold, damp air during the winter. Although wall and ceiling space is limited, LH wonders whether an ERV is a possible solution. In looking over the options, however, LH finds that advice on this issue seems to be appropriate for larger homes with forced-air heating systems. “One thing I would like to see on this site is more advice for those with small homes,” LH says. “Everything seems to be geared to having a forced-air furnace, which I don’t have. It wouldn’t make sense in a house this size, and I’ve never cared for the kind of heat they give.” Ventilation for LH’s very small home is the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. An ERV is probably not what you want Even in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor air may seem cold and damp but it’s usually much drier than indoor air in absolute terms, Dana Dorsett responds. So pulling in outdoor air doesn’t create an indoor humidity problem. It will, however, create an energy and comfort problem. One possible solution is to install an unvented heat-pump clothes dryer. Because it’s not exhausting a high volume of indoor, it’s not pulling in a high volume of outdoor air to replace it. Further, Dorsett says, LH would be better off with a heat-recovery ventilator rather than an ERV. The two systems both incorporate a heat exchanger to reduce energy losses, but an ERV preserves some of the moisture content of incoming or outgoing air. An HRV does not. “An ERV usually only makes sense in locations that have a fairly substantial latent cooling (outdoor humidity) problem in summer,” Dorsett says. “In the PNW the latent loads are almost always negative  even when it’s hot out. An HRV (sensible heat only) makes more sense in your climate.” Consider Lunos fans The ventilation standard published by ASHRAE (62.2) calls for about 40 cubic feet of fresh air per minute for a 720-square-foot, one-bedroom house and 50 cfm for a two-bedroom house, Dorsett notes. That’s about half or less the volume of air discharged by a clothes dryer. “But,” he adds, “if half the dryer makeup air is coming from the HRV it’s still better than pulling it through the electrical outlets (which is an indication of leaky house sheathing, by the way).” Building Science Corp. believes the ASHRAE standard is too high, he adds. It calculates the required ventilation differently, suggesting that a one-bedroom, 720-square-foot home should have about 22.5 cfm. This suggests that LH might consider through-the-wall Lunos fans, an option that GBA Editor Martin Holladay also suggests. (Holladay also noted, “HRVs, ERVs, and Lunos fans are not makeup air devices. They are balanced ventilation systems that exhaust the same volume of air as they supply. Manufacturers of HRVs and ERVs usually state this fact in their installation instructions, noting that these ventilation fans should not be used as a makeup air source.”) A pair of Lunos fans would provide adequate ventilation, Dorsett says, and  “would also provide a makeup air path for the dryer way better than what you have going now.” Passive makeup air Michael Maines has another suggestion: a Panasonic bathroom vent to exhaust air and a makeup air kit from Lunos that lets in fresh air when the building becomes depressurized. This is a tactic Brian P. uses successfully. “We run one of our bath fans 24/7 at 30 cfm for a 1300+ sq. ft. house and that seems like more than enough ventilation,” he writes. “For a small place like yours, I think anything over 30 cfm would be overkill. Your best options might be something from the Lunos product line: either one pair of the E2, and eGO or two, or even their low volume exhaust fan (if you don’t have a bath fan).” The products are available from 475 High Performance Building Supply. Brian P. installed four Panasonic passive air inlets in his very tight house to provide enough makeup air for the WhisperGreen fan running at 30 cfm. When the fan is boosted to 80 cfm, the exhaust fan will still depressurize the house. “We initially installed 2 passive air inlets because the specs say up to 18 cfm, but that is wrong,” Brian P adds. “The reality seems like they are only capable of 10 cfm. The Lunos makeup air kits look nice, but 4x the cost of the Panasonic.” Brian P. isn’t convinced the arrangement is the best idea in his cold climate because indoor air gets a little dry during the winter. “But,” he says, “it’s probably fine in the Pacific Northwest. If building again, I would go small HRV or consider Lunos.” Lunos and other potential choices Maines sees a gap in the market for balanced ventilation equipment for small houses, one that is currently filled only by Lunos. Although well-made and energy efficient, the Lunos fans may be a problem for light sleepers when used in a bedroom, Maines says, because they turn on and off every 55 to 75 seconds. “I don’t think Lunos would bother anyone in a living area, but inside a bedroom, sensitive sleepers can hear the fan change direction every 55-75 seconds (55 for thin walls, 75 for thick walls),” Maines adds. “They also put a hole in the wall, so if you have thick, cellulose-filled walls and triple-glazed windows, which block almost all sound, Lunos punch a hole in that envelope. I still think they’re great, just not for every situation.” Other readers doubt noise would be much of a consideration, point out that other options are on the market. Trevor Lambert, for example, doubts that fresh air would have to be brought directly into the bedroom in a house as small as LH’s. “If it was really deemed necessary, I would still default to a small HRV with ECM motors,” Lambert says. “Lifebreath has 5 speed fan controllers, so getting down to sub 20 cfm should be a trivial matter. My Zehnder’s ‘away’ mode defaults to about 18 cfm, and in that mode it would have to be completely silent in the room for me to tell if it’s on at all, or powered off from 3 feet away. Once I dialed it back to about 10 cfm. I literally can’t hear it run.” Lance Peters says Panasonic makes two ERVs that are worth considering. One of them, the WhisperComfort ERV FV-04VE1, has settings for 10, 20, and 40 cfm and can be installed much like a large bathroom fan. A second, the Intelli-Ballance 100, can be set to cycle on and off if 50 cfm is too much ventilation. That unit can run as little as 10 minutes per hour. Either of these would be “great choices” for a very small house, Peters says. Maines adds that he recently spoke with a Zehnder America representative and was told that the CA70 has been discontinued, and the ComfoSpot50 was never available in the U.S. market. Pros and cons of unvented dryers The possibility of installing an unvented dryer might be appealing, LH says, but a little research has turned up mixed reviews. “Long drying times, clothes coming out wrinkly, inability to lightly dry delicate items/clothes getting very hot, and frequent repairs are some of the complaints I’ve been reading about,” LH writes. Brian P replies that he has had an LG combo unit for more than three years, without the need for a repair. “I can’t say that wrinkles and drying delicate items have been an issue or something important to us,” he says. “We like it because it takes up less space than separate washer/dryer and didn’t require a big hole in the house for vent (and makeup air issues). Those benefits make it worthwhile compared to a normal setup. In your situation, it seems like switching to a ventless dryer (or combo unit) would be easier than making major ventilation changes.” Lambert says his Whirlpool WED99HEDW does take longer to dry clothes and also is “pretty noisy.” “If you can put it away from the living areas, it’s not an issue,” he adds. “We have it in our upstairs bathroom, and while I wish it were quieter, I wouldn’t trade it. A regular dryer isn’t exactly quiet either.” Aaron Beckworth says he has had an LG condensing washer/dryer for about 18 months. He can program wash and dry cycles before leaving for work in the morning, a plus, and clothes come out feeling soft without a static cling. But, he adds, there are some cons: “The dry cycle is very noisy. It’s not a constant rumble noise, but an intermittent ronking mechanical sort of noise. We are in a very small home. Therefore, we try to always start our laundry on our way out the door. Of course this doesn’t allow particular items to be removed between the wash and dry cycles. The clothes do tend to come out wrinkled, some more than others. Jeans are the worst!” Our expert’s opinion Here’s how GBA Technical Director Peter Yost sees it: It’s interesting that in really small airtight buildings even “small” pressures — such as that created by a clothes dryer exhaust — can pose problems. As Joe Lstiburek is wont to say: no good deed goes unpunished. Here are the options as I see them, with variables being cost, efficiency, efficacy, level of technology: Ventless heat pump dryer: Ventless condensing clothes dryers have been on the market for quite some time, but I have heard plenty of user complaints. For example, here is a detailed assessment of the Blomberg DHP24412W from an owner of a local Passive House-performance-level home: “I haven’t been thrilled with the dryer. There is no setting that gets the clothes really thoroughly dry, so you can’t just leave it to dry and walk away. When it’s signaled that it’s done drying (extra dry) the clothes are still a bit damp. If you catch it in time, you can do a second extra dry cycle to get them actually dry, but if you don’t, then they mildew… “Our motivation for not using an externally vented dryer was that we didn’t want to have to re-heat the makeup air, but I think the right way to solve this problem is to actually have the dryer pull the makeup air from outside, heat it, and run it through the clothes, rather than trying to do a closed-loop heat pump system. The closed loop system sounds good on the surface, but the results aren’t good. “… It appears that Bosch and Miele finally decided the American market was worth pursuing. I’d be curious to know if these dryers perform any better.” Hang-dry in the same space your new HRV is servicing: My wife and I like hang-drying our clothes, outdoors when weather permits and indoors when not. We have an HRV dedicated to our basement (our radon mitigation system), which acts as a dehumidifier in the winter. I measured how many pints/pounds of water are left in a typical h-axis load of clothing — about 4 — and then measured relative humidity in the basement when we hang-dry a load. Our HRV easily exhausts most of that latent load and is considerably more efficient to run — even for many hours — than our conventional clothes dryer. I just bump the fan speed up to high (200 cfm; about the same as the clothes dryer…). Admittedly, in your very small home, this might not be quite as practical, but maybe you can cycle your clothes-washer and hang time so that it does not interfere with household operations or hosting small parties… And, OK, Vermont wintertime moisture content of outdoor air is likely on average much lower than almost anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe you would need to plan your clothes cleaning operation around upcoming weather, which makes it more like drying clothes in the summer. Air inlets: The thing I don’t like about this approach is that all kinds of events can activate these inlets, especially in a small tight home. The thing about opening a nearby window is that it is event-based. Do your laundry someplace else: You need a bigger, leakier, building in which to dry your clothes — like a laundromat or laundry service. Of course, I offer this with plenty of tongue-in-cheek, but just sayin’…last_img read more

Rose ceremony: Cavs finalize 1-year deal with Derrick Rose

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick’s caliber and experience to the team,” newly named general manager Koby Altman said in a statement.“Derrick could have gone to a number of other teams, but his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning are what resulted in him signing with the Cavaliers.”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 starsRose met with Altman and other Cavs officials on Monday, just three days after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers.The oft-injured guard passed medical exams with Cavs doctors, Cleveland.com reported. “I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win,” Rose said in a statement. “Being part of a roster and organization that shares that type of commitment and being able to play with the Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me.“I am very happy to be in Cleveland and look forward to getting to work.”Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season.He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another season-ending knee injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.Rose could be paired with LeBron James as a potential replacement for rising star Kyrie Irving, who asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a recent meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Mike Tyson on McGregor’s chances against Mayweather: ‘He’s going to get killed’center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Photo from @cavs Twitter.The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed Tuesday that free agent point guard Derrick Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, had signed a one-year contract with the team.The deal was widely reported on Monday, with multiple media outlets saying Rose had agreed to the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Counselling camps to stop malnutrition in children

first_imgBALURGHAT: District health department has taken initiative to reduce the percentage of those children who are suffering from malnutrition.According to an official source, realising the severity of malnutrition among children belonging to backward class, district Health and Family Welfare department has initiated measures to decrease the percentage of children who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). “Maximum stress has been given on ensuring hygienic and quality care to the malnourished children from specific information provided by doctors, nutritionists, social-workers, associated nurses or sahayikas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe mothers are constantly being benefitted direct or given wage-compensation on per day basis and also facilitated with free rationing for the kids for one year,” said a source. In view of growing percentage of severe malnutrition among children particularly belonging to lower class community, two NRCs (Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres), one at Balurghat district hospital and other at Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital, have already started functioning. The number of beds is increased to 15 instead of 10 in each NRC. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”A NRC team comprising nutritionists and social-workers will visit the Anganwadi centres and sub-centres on a weekly basis for identifying SAM children with specific tools like weighing machines and length board,” said an official. Notably, the district administration has extended support in arranging special identification camps where trained staffs are directly involved to communicate with the affected families for necessary screening and further admission. “In 2018, two such camps were organised in July and December. In July, 537 children were screened while 357 were found severely malnourished. In December, 443 kids were screened while of them 196 were identified as SAM children. Since inception, there are 1710 SAM children were admitted in both NRCs in Balurghat and Gangarampur while among them 1044 were discharged as cure after gaining targeted weight,” the official said. It may be mentioned that the parents of the malnourished children are also counselled and trained thoroughly about health, hygiene, proper diet and family planning while discharging from NRCs. They are being instructed to follow a particular routine. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur Dr Sukumar Dey said: “What is most striking to mention that mothers are greatly motivated through such camps and they willingly try to persuade other mothers having SAM children for admission at NRC. We are confident to eradicate the curse of malnourished children from the district.”last_img read more