News UpdatesKerala HC To Conduct Hearings During Summer Vacation Via Video Conferencing; Prescribes Procedure For E-Filing [Read Notifications] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2020 6:51 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has announced that it will sit through the midsummer vacation, 2020 and will hear urgent cases via Video Conferencing. The vacation sitting of the Court will be as per the High Court Notification dated April 7, subject to the modification that the Single Judges hearing Bail and Writ Petitions may hold sittings from Monday to Friday, if so required. The High…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has announced that it will sit through the midsummer vacation, 2020 and will hear urgent cases via Video Conferencing. The vacation sitting of the Court will be as per the High Court Notification dated April 7, subject to the modification that the Single Judges hearing Bail and Writ Petitions may hold sittings from Monday to Friday, if so required. The High Court has also issued detailed guidelines to be followed during e-filing and video conferencing. Filing Procedure All petitions, applications, etc. will be sent to the Registry via email with a memo stating reasons for the urgent hearing. A copy will also be sent to the State Government or Central Government wherever applicable.The email shall be sent between 9 AM and 12 PM only, on all working days from Monday to Friday. Any case filed beyond this time will not be entertained by the Registry and will stand discarded.The filings will contain an undertaking given by the Counsel to the effect that he will produce the physical copies of the documents, along with necessary fees and charges applicable, when the court registry resumes its normal functioning;All petitions and annexure/exhibits shall be sent as a single PDF document. Additionally, the head note as prescribed will be separately sent as a Word document. The PDF document containing the entire pleadings, and the word document containing the head note, will be sent in a single email. Multiple emails will not be accepted.The Counsel will also fill up the details of the individual case in the prescribed format in soft copy (A4 size paper) and forward the same to the Registry in word/ open-office/rich text format. The High Court has cautioned that in case the above stipulations are not followed, the Registry will treat the case as defective. With regard to Video Conferencing, the court has asked all participants to refrain from using any recording device to record the proceedings and strict action may be taken against those who publish or share Court proceedings without the written permission from the registry. Further, formal attire and other courtroom etiquettes have to be ensured at all times. Read Notifications Next Story
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Cooplands diversifiesCooplands (Doncaster) is offering up its meeting rooms and training facilities for hire. As well as providing stationery and a projector, it is also offering refreshments and a buffet service with biscuits and cakes supplied straight from its bakery.Boost for the blindNational frozen bread supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK organised a hands-on Halloween bakery class for visually impaired and blind children to support the Berkshire County Blind Society. Primary and secondary schoolchildren were invited to the company’s development kitchens to make pumpkin and witch cake pops.Funded technical postGwynedd-based Cae Groes Bakery has signed a deal with The Food Technology Centre, which will see it assist with funding a new technical post at the firm. The post will enable the successful applicant to brainstorm new product ideas, while providing them with hands-on experience in developing and supervising quality control procedures.Aromatic anniversaryFunctional ingredients developer and producer Aromatic has celebrated its 75th anniversary. The firm, in Stockholm, Sweden, has a standalone company in the UK and offers ingredients for breads and cakes, including shelf-life improvers and flavours.
More than 2,000 color images of Harvard’s architecture are now available to Harvard affiliates free and online through a library partnership with photographer Ralph Lieberman.Lieberman began photographing Harvard’s architecture in May 2012 for a project commissioned by Harvard College Library’s Fine Arts Library (FAL) and the Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library. The images cover nearly every campus building and are cataloged and accessible through the library’s Visual Information Access (VIA) system. Lieberman, an art historian as well as a photographer, plans to add another 500 images to the database in next few months.The photographer has a long association with Harvard that began in the early 1980s when the Fine Arts Library began acquiring his work. Now, some 15,000 of his black-and-white prints and negatives — principally documenting Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture, but also covering medieval, modern and classical structures — are part of the FAL’s special collections.During a recent trip Cambridge, Mass. to photograph Harvard, Lieberman sat down with FAL Head of Collections Amanda Bowen to discuss his work, his favorite spots on campus and the process of creating art while also teaching it. Read Full Story
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Sound Credit Union employee who allegedly discriminated against a black Muslim woman that ignited a social media firestorm is no longer with the Tacoma, Wash-based cooperative.The $1.4 billion Sound CU posted its announcement on Facebook Monday night, but it did not say whether the employee resigned or was fired.On May 5, Jamela Mohamed recorded a discrimination incident at the credit union’s Kent branch, which drew hundreds of thousands of comments from outraged Facebook users. Many of them demanded that the employee involved be fired immediately, in part, because of the way she angrily confronted Mohamed, threatened to call police and followed her out to the credit union’s parking lot.Mohamed said she was discriminated against because she was asked to remove her headpiece, but her video showed at least two men in the branch who were wearing baseball caps. It’s unknown whether they removed their hats when they were served by tellers or were asked by tellers to comply with the credit union’s policy of not wearing hoods, hats or sunglasses for “safety reasons.” continue reading »
May 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The city of Edmonton, Alta., recently announced that it was stockpiling an herbal supplement in the hope of boosting the immunity of police, firefighters, and other essential workers during an influenza pandemic.By buying a ginseng product from CV Technologies, Inc., a company based in Edmonton, the city has become the first in North America to add an herbal supplement to its pandemic stockpile, according to media reports.The supplement, COLD-fX, is a proprietary extract of North American ginseng that contains what the company calls unique polysaccharide components. It is Canada’s top-selling over-the-counter cold and flu remedy, according to an Apr 23 company press release. Warren Michaels, CV Technologies’ vice president of media relations, told CIDRAP News the company launched COLD-fX in the United States in October 2006 and that sales have been modest.City says decision took timeBob Black, Edmonton’s director of emergency preparedness, said in the CV Technologies press release that COLD-fX is another tool the city can use for pandemic preparedness. “There are so many unknowns in planning for a possible pandemic that anything we can do to be prepared makes sense,” he said. “We need to take every reasonable precaution to help our emergency personnel stay on the job, so they can help others.”The stockpile will be used to treat 5,000 key city employees, such as police, firefighters, paramedics, and waste disposal workers. It consists of 600,000 pills, an 8-week supply, according to an Apr 25 report by the Toronto Globe and Mail.CV Technologies, which pitched the stockpiling idea to Edmonton’s pandemic planners, said it would split the $250,000 cost of the program with the city as part of the company’s social responsibility program. Black told CIDRAP News that the agreement stipulates that Edmonton will pay $30,000 up front to secure access to a stockpile of COLD-fX and will be required to pay its remaining share only if and when the city needs the remedy in a pandemic setting.The product has a 5-year shelf life, but the company said it would make sure the city has access to a fresh supply regardless of when it uses the stockpile.Jacqueline Shan, PhD, DSc, CV Technologies’ chief executive officer and chief scientific officer, said that in a pandemic, “COLD-fX may help provide additional protection to front line workers by enhancing their immune systems” until an effective vaccine becomes available.Black said the city spent more than a year considering if it should stockpile COLD-fX. Senior officials and an epidemiologist from the city’s occupational health and safety office were involved in the discussions. “It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. On the balance, it seemed like a prudent thing to do” he said.Emergency preparedness officials are faced with tough questions about whether workers, particularly those in health and public safety jobs, like paramedics, firefighters, and police, will come to work during a pandemic, Black said. Having an herbal remedy on hand that might boost immunity could potentially make employees feel more confident about showing up for work, he said.Canadian health officials may have a heightened sensitivity about protecting workers during a public health emergency because of their experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2003, Black said. A final report on the outbreak that was issued in January faulted hospital officials for not doing more to protect their workers; nine hospital workers in Toronto contracted SARS while caring for critically ill patients.Studies suggest possible benefitsSome randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have suggested that COLD-fX can help people reduce their number of colds and the duration and severity of symptoms.Two controlled trials were described in one report in the January 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers evaluated the effect of COLD-fX on the number of laboratory-confirmed acute respiratory illnesses in 198 nursing home and assisted-living residents (average ages, 83.5 and 81) in the 2000 and 2000-01 flu seasons.Ninety percent of the subjects had received the influenza vaccine. Half received a 200-mg COLD-fX tablet twice a day, while the others received placebo tablets.Investigators found that more people in the placebo group (9 of 101 subjects) than in the treatment group (1 of 97 subjects) were diagnosed with flu or respiratory syncytial virus. They calculated that the overall risk was reduced by 89% in the treatment group and concluded that COLD-fX was a safe, well-tolerated, and potentially effective treatment for preventing acute respiratory illnesses.During the 2003-04 cold and flu season, another research group, headed by Gerald N. Predy of the regional public health agency based in Edmonton, studied whether the ginseng supplement could prevent colds in a group of 323 Edmonton adults aged 18 to 85 who had not received seasonal flu vaccination. Their findings appeared in the October 2005 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).The volunteers, who had a history of at least two colds the previous season, randomly received two COLD-fX capsules or a placebo daily for 4 months. Colds were verified by a symptom scoring system and graded on a 4-point severity scale.Researchers found that those who took COLD-fX had fewer colds and the colds they did have were milder and less persistent. The authors concluded that the treatment appeared to reduce the number of recurrent colds by almost 13%, the severity of colds by 15.4%, and the average duration of colds by 2.4 days.In a commentary published in the same issue of CMAJ, Ronald B. Turner, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, wrote that problems with natural remedy studies typically include a lack of information about the active ingredients they contain, lack of a clear understanding of the mechanism of action, and lot-to-lot variability in the products. However, he said the COLD-fX was standardized to reduce such variability.Turner wrote that it was not clear how the effects of North American ginseng relate to viral respiratory infections. “Enhancement of interferon-gamma activity might be expected to reduce the severity of symptoms, but enhancement of the elaboration of inflammatory cytokines might be expected to increase the severity,” he wrote.Few rigorous, reproducible studies have shown either conventional or alternative cold treatments to be beneficial, Turner wrote. Further studies involving well-characterized and standardized ginseng preparations were needed to confirm the results of the CMAJ study, he stated.Public health experts weigh inPaula Steib, communications director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News in an e-mail that it’s not surprising to see a metropolitan area like Edmonton stockpile a natural remedy. Canada, along with Australia, Britain, and other European countries, has a long tradition of using homeopathic and herbal remedies, which are available in pharmacies and often prescribed by physicians, she said.”The situation is very different in the US where most homeopathic and herbal remedies are scoffed at by the medical establishment,” Steib said. “ASTHO is unaware of any state that is stockpiling remedies that are not part of the CDC’s strategic national stockpile program.”Jeffrey Duchin, MD, chief of communicable disease control for Seattle King County Public Health in Washington, said Edmonton’s plan to stockpile COLD-fX for its essential employees sounded interesting, but he said it was unclear from the studies whether the remedy would be of value.”It appears safe and inexpensive, but it shows how little else people feel they have to turn to,” he said.Communities that consider adding an alternative remedy to their stockpiles should weigh the costs and benefits, Duchin said. If they have met other stockpiling needs, such as having adequate supplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and personal protective equipment, and still have money left in their pandemic preparedness budgets, then it might be reasonable to consider adding something extra, he said.Black said the city has increased its supplies of personal protective equipment and other items its employees would need and noted that other public health functions, including stockpiling vaccines and antivirals, are handled by the province and its health authorities.NIH says ginseng may have potentialThe CMAJ study caught the attention of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which in September 2006 included it in its annual bibliography of significant advances in dietary supplement research. “These findings suggest that North American ginseng may be an attractive natural prophylactic for upper respiratory tract infections,” the NIH said. “Additional studies are needed to confirm these findings.”In January, the Nutrition Action Health Letter, a publication of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, included COLD-fX in a review of eight popular over-the-counter cold remedies. The publication said that more studies are needed to confirm that COLD-fX can shorten or prevent colds or flu. “Even so, COLD-fX is the only remedy we found with any evidence that it might improve your chances of getting through the cold and flu season without coming down with something,” the article said.Michaels said CV Technologies doesn’t want to overstate COLD-fX’s potential in a pandemic situation, but he said the company believes the product has merit and is a legitimate candidate for incorporation into pandemic plans.The company is exploring the possibility of applying for US Food and Drug Administration approval to market COLD-fX specifically as a preventive for colds and is conducting a phase 3 clinical trial for that purpose. The company also recently launched a trial to see if COLD-fX improves the immunity of healthcare workers and is investigating the precise biochemical pathways by which the product affects the immune system, according to information on the company’s Web site.See also:McElhaney JE, Gravenstein S, Cole SK, et al. A placebo controlled trial of a proprietary extract of North American ginseng (CVT-E002) to prevent acute respiratory illness in institutionalized older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2004 Jan;52(1):13-9 [Abstract]Predy GN, Goel V, Lovlin R, et al. Efficacy of an extract of North American ginseng containing poly-furanosyl-pyranosyl-saccharides for preventing upper respiratory tract infections: a randomized controlled trial. CMAJ 2005 Oct;173(9):1043-8 [Full text]Turner B. Studies of “natural” remedies for the common cold: pitfalls and pratfalls. (Commentary) CMAJ 2005 Oct 25;173(9):1051-2 [Full text]CV Technologies news releaseSARS Commission final reporthttp://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/16000/268478.pdfNIH press releasehttp://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2006/od-21.htmNIH bibliographies of dietary supplement research advanceshttp://ods.od.nih.gov/Research/Annual_Bibliographies.aspxSchardt D. Un-catching colds: do popular remedies work? Nutrition Action Healthletter 2007 Jan/Feb;8-11 [Full text]
StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Submit SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Free-to-play (FTP) sports-game specialist SportCaller has extended its partnership with the UK Tote Group with the return of the Tote Ten to Follow.SportCaller has committed to delivering a suite of new features which is expected to drive reliable engagement throughout the course of the competition, which will run from 16 June to 17 October.Cillian Barry, SportCaller MD, said: “It’s always a thrill to get back to our formative racing days which have seen us originate racing games like Pick 6 and ITV7. Of course, classics like Tote Ten to Follow never lose their core appeal. Yet, it’s important to innovate and adapt, so your product can stand out and thrive in an increasingly competitive arena.“It’s great to see the positive reception, as our proprietary platform ramps up engagement across all operator platforms, elevating the player experience on a sport whose powers of retention and customer loyalty are second to none.”As part of the Tote Ten to Follow, punters will be able to select horses and their own stables for the flat season, with three leagues to compete in – each with a 0% takeout by the Tote.Applying feedback from the Jumps season, SportCaller will now allow players to select an advanced dual-mode functionality whereby they can choose from either Simple Mode (a straightforward selection of 10 horses) or Pro Mode which will facilitate a range of permed stables.SportCaller’s FTP platform will also allow players to monitor where and when each of their selections is entered, alongside a definitive history of race results cataloguing any points accrued for every horse.Players will be able to filter their searches by using a range of selection criteria from a database generated using Racing Post content.Rob Painter, Chief Marketing Officer for the Tote, added: “It’s great to be working with SportCaller again to bring Tote Ten to Follow back for what is set to be a very exciting Flat season.“This launch marks another important step in our plans to redevelop the Tote for a contemporary racing audience that demands multi-platform engagement, particularly on mobile where mainstream smartphone-adoption is manifest.“The historic popularity of Tote Ten to Follow continues undimmed and the SportCaller platform lets us devise and implement new technology that sets the pace in a modern digital age, connecting with all demographics across racing’s loyal fan-base.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again, it’s time to submit nominations for ASI Awards, which will be presented during the 2020 ASI Annual Convention on Jan. 22-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz.The deadline for all award nominations is Nov. 15.There are five awards open for nominations: The McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award, the Distinguished Producer Award, the Industry Innovation Award and the Shepherd’s Voice Award.The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region or nation. The award may recognize a lifetime of achievement or may recognize a noteworthy, shorter-term commitment and service to the industry.The Camptender Award recognizes industry contributions from a professional in a position or field related to sheep production. Nominees should show a strong commitment and a significant contribution to the sheep industry, its organizations and its producers above and beyond what is called for in his/her professional capacity. Nominees should be well respected in their fields by their peers and by sheep producers.The Distinguished Producer Award was launched in 2014 to recognize the 150th anniversary of the national organization – the oldest livestock association in the country. This award is a way to recognize an individual who has had a significant long-term impact on the industry, including involvement with the National Wool Growers Association or American Sheep Producers Council, the predecessor organizations to ASI.The Industry Innovation Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual or organization that improves the American sheep industry in a game-changing way, regardless of whether its impact is felt at the regional or national level.The Shepherd’s Voice Award for Media recognizes outstanding year-long coverage of the sheep industry by either print or broadcast outlets. The award excludes all publications and affiliates related solely to the sheep industry, allowing for recognition of outlets with general coverage for excellence in covering sheep industry issues.Nominations must be submitted to ASI by Nov. 15, and past recipients of these awards are not eligible. To receive an application, call 303-771-3500 or email [email protected]
RELATED ARTICLES Retrofits versus ReductionsAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsSolar Hot WaterSolar Hot Water System Maintenance Costs It took a bit of courage asking my spouse for one more full summer of mess and less play time, but she knew what it meant to me to live in a world we chose to make.The winter of 2013-2014 was one of the coldest in a long time. I logged over 15 days riding the bike to work at -17°F. Inside, on the ceiling where the wall meets the top plate in the two north rooms, I saw frost clinging to the paint.After a full winter of planning and knowing the house could feel warmer if I just added more insulation, I started searching for used EPS. By March I had found two loads of recycled insulation for one-tenth the price of new: 35 sheets of 4-inch and 40 sheets of 2 1/2-inch and enough XPS to add an additional 4 inches around the perimeter of the foundation (this time only 2 feet below grade).Seven years had now passed since I had added 2 inches of insulation to the upper 4 feet of basement wall and exterior house walls. The nightmares of sealing the tight attic and blowing 16 inches of cellulose up there had faded. This is the fourth and last in a series of blogs by Paul Kuenn describing energy-efficiency improvements to his home in Appleton, Wisconsin. To read the first blog in the series, click here. Adding more wall insulationTo keep all of the rigid foam courses lined up around the entire house, I snapped a line at 12 inches down from the top plate. I wanted the most difficult and time-consuming work done first, so I decided to add the two new layers of EPS at the top plate. This meant careful measuring and cutting out rafter slots into each layer. Any gaps would be filled in with the foam gun. Knowing that there was a very thin layer of foam sprayed directly above the top plate, I hoped that these additional exterior side layers would warm the upper part of the wall.At the bottom of the wall, I was able to remove nails and lift out the 2-inch EPS layer from 2007 just enough to nail in an insect screen which would be folded up and outward to be attached to the outer furring strips to minimize insect invasion. I also added a customized “Z” shaped galvanized steel drip pan over the basement EPS layers. To protect the basement insulation, the 2007 gray-colored fiberglass over-layer would be replaced.There were many unplanned improvements that I did just so things would look and work better than they did in the past. That ate up some precious time early in the process but I began to speed ahead once the first 4-inch layer of EPS was attached to the outside walls.New window jambs. The author made new window jamb extensions with pieces of Trex trim.I had taken the time to measure all 127 stud locations very accurately and marked them with a story board on the ground and above on the soffit. With two or three 7-inch screws per panel and large roofing fender washers (to address the 2 inches of EPS in 2006 plus 4 new inches of EPS now) temporarily holding on the first layer, I was gearing up for the 12-inch screws to come that would hold the 3/4-inch plywood furring strips over all three layers of EPS.By August I was installing my pre-cut plywood furring strips to hold down all the layers of insulation while building out the windows and patio doors. We needed a break, so we took off for a two-week bike ride knowing things were tight enough to endure any big summer storms.This time around, I decided to insert the one solar hot air panel we had on the south wall in the last outer 2 1/2-inch layer of EPS. With trim, it would be more efficient and easy to remove if need be.As I dislike the cheap look of “J” channel, we decided to use a molding around the deep new window jambs to hide the siding edges. Snow and cold lingered into late April, so I started digging on the warmest sides of the house first. But I noticed that the ground was not frozen under the 2-inch XPS frost protection layer laid down in 2007. This allowed digging the whole perimeter even while it snowed and rained into mid-May.It remained busy at work, so as a one-man team I was glad that I had laid out the entire plan with a rigid schedule. I did want this done by December — of the same year!I found a supplier of Trex recycled content board stock for extending the window jambs and door jambs.I also purchased a pair of Lunos E2 heat-recovery ventilators, as I was going to be sealing the house even better than I did in 2006. In 2012 I had a blower-door test done and got 1.2 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. Not bad, but that was with the shrink plastic over the windows and a patio door. I had since made my own airtight window inserts out of recycled screen window frames and shrink plastic from past winters.Since my new project required me to remove the siding again, I could do a better job of sealing around windows and doors. I would need better air exchange without sacrificing our precious heat. Increasing the foam thickness on the exterior wallsIn seven years I had already forgotten my methods for working around windows and doors, back when I installed the first 2 inches of insulation. But all went well with stripping off the siding and previous extension jambs. I tried to mock up one window and door to show what it would look like with the windows 8 1/2 inches deep. The 2×4 walls, with cavities insulated with 3 inches of fiberglass batts, would have a total of 8 1/2 inches of exterior EPS insulation (R-34).Making room for insulation: In order to install two new layers of rigid insulation on exterior walls, the author moved electrical boxes away from the wall temporarily — no mean feat with so many panels to contend with.I was forced to find a close matching vinyl siding because the style we had on the house was no longer made. We only needed one side to be completely refinished as the rest would make up for the enlargement of the house on the other three sides. We decided that the new siding for the house would go on the west wall, which can’t be seen from any other direction.I took off all Mondays from May 15 to early December and gave up many weekends of play to get the job done. On a few days, family and friends joined me when the work required a third hand. Moving electrical connections for the house, performing all of the solar disconnects, and installing the meters took two full days. I needed to mount everything away from the wall so I could get insulation behind.Luckily, I knew the local utility crew and they had no problem with my ability to get it done right. They gave me five hours to refit the extended conduit for the meter and came back in the evening to reattach our main breaker panel to the grid.It wasn’t until three weeks later when we received a utility bill that I realized with some embarrassment I had inadvertently shut down the inverter and all the solar had been wasted. Ughh! Better a month than a whole lifetime though, so I got over it. Paul Kuenn lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is a past owner of a climbing school and guide service who has studied environmentally sound building practices, along with plumbing and electrical. He’s a graduate of solar thermal and photovoltaic installation programs at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. In the last eight years Paul also has worked as a third-party inspector for fire and rescue apparatus. In his spare time, he helps homeowners use the least amount of fossil fuel energy possible. How does it work?After two years of minor changes and tweaks, both the domestic hot water and floor-heating systems are efficient and effective. Solar fluid from the collectors first passes through the external heat exchanger to produce domestic hot water. Then the fluid proceeds to the storage tanks devoted to space heating; first, to the internal heat exchanger in the 80-gallon tank (tank #1) and then to the external heat exchanger for the 50-gallon tank (tank #2).Our solar isolation is about 4.7 hours per day. The target for our location (45° latitude) is 1.5 gallons of storage per square foot of collector. We have 180 gallons of storage and 128 square feet of collector surface — about 1.4 gallons per square foot, to ensure heating of the tanks in winter. The solar collectors are tilted at 60° for better winter heating.I added R-25 of foil-faced fiberglass insulation around all tanks. With the 50-gallon domestic hot water tank, it takes about two days of washing clothes, washing dishes, and showers to activate the heat pump. (That happens when the water temperature drops below 120°F.)New city water comes into tank #2 for floor heating, so the temperature of that tank drops the fastest when floor heating is called for and we are using domestic hot water. This is really a buffer tank that is useful when sunlight is abundant; the tank pre-warms the domestic hot water and the #1 floor-heating tank.As floor heat circulates around the house at 90°F to 120°F (depending on the storage water temperature) it first passes through the electric boiler. The boiler has three elements and only uses what energy is needed to warm the water to 110°F — our setting for comfortable floors. The water returns to the manifold at around 85°F to 90°F, so tank #1’s temperature never drops radically.If tank #1’s temperature drops below the temperature of tank #2 (for example, when little domestic water is used after a sunny day), the temperature-differential sensors will turn on a pump to circulate water in another external heat exchanger to warm up the water coming from tank #1 before it enters the boiler.During the coldest days — it’s been down to -24°F — the incoming glycol/water solar fluid enters the system at 135°F and returns to the collectors at 90°F in the late morning. That’s when the heating demand is greatest after warming the house. As with all solar thermal systems, the higher the temperature of the water in the storage tanks, the less heat is extracted from the solar fluid. It is a fine line between capturing heat and wasting heat.With a house like ours, which was not designed passively to capture the sun (our windows and longest side face east and west following the street plan), it is best to heat the house most when the sun is out to capture as many BTUs as possible from the collectors. If I know it’s going to be sunny, I change the programmable thermostats before leaving for work to a higher temperature. If there’s a doubt about sunshine, I will leave it at the cooler daytime setting, as I don’t want to pay the higher time-of-use kilowatt hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to heat the house with the on-demand boiler.We left the heating completely off for a 24-hour test in January 2011. At -17°F, with partly cloudy skies, the house never fell below 61°F. More insulation over the top plate in the atticMeanwhile, as if I didn’t have enough going on with the exterior walls, I found a trustworthy contractor who understood my need to insulate the top plate of the wall where there was so little space to work with. His team would spray the entire perimeter of the attic with polyurethane foam.I was not looking forward to working again in the tight attic, especially in June when things begin to heat up in Wisconsin. Martin Holladay had recommended that I spray closed-cell foam over the top plate inward over the ceiling to where cellulose could reach at least 16 inches in depth. I still wanted ventilation under the roof, so I made my own very stiff EPS vent channels, which extended from the top wall plate 5 feet inward directly under the roof sheathing. They would not collapse under the foam expansion as it cured.Back to the attic: Beefing up the attic insulation meant more work in a very tight space. After clearing away the insulation at the perimeter of the attic, the author invited in an insulation crew to apply a layer of closed-cell polyurethane foam to the top plate and inward until there was enough room to transition back to cellulose.I wanted a minimum of R-12 (only 2 inches left free between top plate and vents), with the R-value growing as the available height increased, moving inward. At 1 foot inward, the spray foam would totally encapsulate the depth of the 6-inch ceiling joists. Cellulose on top of that would increase the R-value to over R-50, 4 feet inward from the wall. That was the best I do under the circumstances.To accomplish this, I had to vacuum out all of the 1960s blown-in fiberglass insulation along with some of my 2007 cellulose in a 6-foot-wide strip around the perimeter of the attic. This was after I shoveled most of the cellulose I had previously placed into the center of the attic. Working in a protective suit and breathing mask at 90°F can be very exhausting. It took three days and two late nights to have the attic ready for the spray foam crew.At the corners of this hip roof I first had to drill vent holes in the hip jacks on each side of the hip rafters. This was a contortionist’s worst nightmare, to say the least, and it would take me hours to walk upright again when I’d come down out of the attic. Installers spraying the foam would have to be very careful in these tight spaces not to block what little ventilation was available.Once up in the hot and very tight attic, the “experts” just wanted out. They ended up spraying way more inches of foam than they had planned to charge me for. I bought them lots of beer for their efforts. I was already facing burn-out with this project, so I paid them to blow in the added cellulose to fill in any voids on top of their foam and my work areas.I left all the cellulose I had shoveled to a depth of 32 inches over the 75% remaining middle attic space. At least the ceiling in the center of the house would be very warm with approximately R-115 overhead.Once again, they did a great job and added more than requested for the bid price. Better yet, it took them only two hours. It would have taken a full day for me, and one other if I had to rent the equipment.Cleaning the house was easy this time around compared to what I had been through in the past. BLOGS BY PAUL KUENN One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 1One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 2One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 3 The siding goes back onBy September, I was working after work with lights and a headlamp. Cold rains became more of a nuisance and biking back and forth to work became slower and used up more time. I pressed on with the beginnings of the siding work. I had to temporarily add recycled wire mesh to keep the birds off the EPS and out of the soffit.By October, the siding was going up and the new deep window jambs were looking good. As soon as the north and east walls were finished, I began cutting and replacing the soffit vents. As the cold season approached, the house was already noticeably warmer.The cold came very early, with lows around zero by mid-November. I had to be careful nailing the siding so it wouldn’t explode into pieces. Working with bare hands was next to impossible.With all trim completed, and only a few remaining items that could wait until spring, I was very happy to be finished.
By Molly Herndon & Bari SobelsonManaging finances while raising a family is difficult enough. Families facing the stress that comes with separation, divorce, or deployment can become overwhelmed by the accompanying financial changes of these circumstances.The Personal Finance and Family Development teams will host a 3-part webinar series on Family Finances. Each of these webinars will tackle the financial and emotional hurdles presented by changes in family structure.Family Finances Webinar SeriesJuly 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET: Separation and Single Parenting in the Military with Dr. Kacy Mixon & Dr. Martie Gillen. For many service members with families and children, it can be a difficult balance between responsibilities to their families and to the military. Separation and single parenting can make this balance even more difficult, leaving service members and their family members shouldering even more responsibilities than before. During this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Mixon and Dr. Gillen will discuss both the emotional and financial impacts of separation and single parenting in the military.Dr. Kacy MixonKacy Mixon, Ph.D., LMFT-is the Project Director for the Family Development Team of the Military Families Learning Network. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology, Counseling & Family TherapyDepartment at Valdosta State University. As a licensed marriage and family therapist (AAMFT clinical fellow), Kacy has worked with families from all walks of life. Her trainings, presentations and courses, however, focus primarily on family violence, trauma, military families, and foster-care transitions.Dr. Martie GillenMartie Gillen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, in the Institute for Food and Agricultural at the University of Florida. She joined the Department in June, 2011. Her appointment is 65% teaching, 10% research, and 25% Extension. She has a BA in Business Administration from Morehead State University and a MBA from Sullivan University. She earned her Doctorate in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky.August 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.ET: Financial Planning for Life Events with Dr. Barbara O’Neill.Dr. Barbara O’NeillIn this webinar, Dr. O’Neill will talk about preparing for the inevitable circumstances that life throws our way. Divorce, untimely death, health crises, marriage, remarriage, widowhood, home-buying and retirement take a tremendous toll on finances. This webinar will talk about savings and insurance as protective barriers against the financial distress these events can cause. She will also discuss recovery plans to regain lost finances and starting again on a reduced income. Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D is a Financial Resource Management Specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications.November 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET: Raising Financially Responsible Children with Neale Godfrey.Neale GodfreyNeale Godfrey will deliver a 90-minute webinar discussing the importance of raising financially responsible children. This interactive learning opportunity will include quizzes for parents and children to determine their financial management style and offer guidance for teaching financial responsibility to children. Neale Godfrey is an author. Her books deal with money, life skills, and value issues. One of them, Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children,was a New York Times #1 Best Seller. She is currently Executive in Residence at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and is a weekly contributor at Forbes.com, averaging 100,000 page views per week. She also hosts regular discussions on her web platform, NealeGodfrey.com.Save the dates and join us for this 3-part interactive and comprehensive look at the changes families experience and the tools, resources, and support we can offer to make managing finances through these trying times easier.You can download and print the PDF version of our flyer for the FFS Webinar Series Flyer!