Court fails to force security agents to produce detained journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi

first_imgThe Karachi High Court failed, for a fourth time, to force federal government representatives to produce journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, who has been secretly detained since 16 December 2003.The journalist’s lawyer, Abid Saqi, gave the judges information, in a closed-doors session on 22 January, on which he based his contention that his client was being detained by a Pakistani security agency. The court again demanded that government representatives did everything possible to find the journalist, who had been working with two French journalists from the weekly L’Express.The next hearing will be held in Karachi on 27 January.The spokesman for the US State Department told the press on 21 January that his government had expressed its concerns to the Pakistan government about Khawar Mehdi Rizvi’s situation. The official said in Washington that every detention should be handled in a transparent manner and in conformity with a normal legal process.On several occasions, top Pakistani officials have publicly confirmed that the military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was holding Rizvi for “interrogation”. ________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders condemns “State lie” after third denial on detained journalistKhawar Mehdi Rizvi has been secretly held for 35 daysReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) condemned what it called “a State lie” after top federal government officials made a third denial to the High Court in Karachi that they were holding Pakistan journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi.Additional advocate-general of Sindh Sarwar Khan and deputy attorney-general Syed Zaki Muhammad again denied before two judges on 20 January that Rizvi, who worked with French journalists Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, was being detained by the federal government.Pakistani security services were being allowed to hold the journalist in complete impunity with the blessing of the highest authorities, protested the international press freedom organisation.The organisation joined the call from the international support committee for Khawar Mehdi Rizvi for the immediate release of a journalist who had only been doing his job.The Sindh provincial court judges told the prosecution officials that the federal government should return to the court on 22 January with precise information with regard to the journalist. If the government continues to deny the arrest, the court could decide to hear journalist’s lawyer behind closed doors (chamber). The officials made this third denial in response to a habeas corpus petition lodged earlier by the lawyer for Rizvi’s family, Abid Saqi.The journalist has been held for 35 days by Pakistani military security in Islamabad. He is likely to be under heavy pressure and Amnesty International has said it feared he was being tortured.The international support committee is made up of journalists from Pakistan, from the French media, France 2, TF1, Le Monde, Libération, L’Express, the US dailies, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune and Reporters Without Borders.The three journalists were arrested on 16 December 2003 in Karachi. Marc Epstein of the French weekly L’Express wrote in an article published in the magazine on 19 January that the three of them had been arrested after interviewing a Taliban commander in Afghanistan. He said the three journalists never had any intention of tarnishing the image of Pakistan. RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information center_img to go further Follow the news on Pakistan January 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court fails to force security agents to produce detained journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img April 3, 2020 Ohio State’s Wesson intends to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson has announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft.Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision.Wesson averaged 14 points and 9.3 rebounds in leading Ohio State to a 21-10 record and 11-9 in the Big Ten Conference.In other college basketball news: — Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area has been closed for live racing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alameda County Public Health Officer ordered the track to close, which resulted in the cancellation of Thursday’s card. Santa Anita near Los Angeles has been without live racing since March 27 under a similar order from the Los Angeles County Health Department. Both tracks had been racing without fans and limiting attendance to horsemen and necessary racing and track employees.— The California State Athletic Commission has canceled all combat sports events through May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several dozen events were scheduled for May, mostly in Southern California.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.— A European plan is being formed to resume soccer around July and August, with domestic leagues told Thursday not to abandon competitions yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aspiration was outlined in a letter that has been seen by The Associated Press and was signed by UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah), the European Club Association and European Leagues body and was being sent to their members. Competitions, including UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League, were put on hold last month as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across Europe.— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Update on the latest sports Associated Press — The Ivy League has decided not to allow its spring-sport athletes to have an additional year of eligibility despite having their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was consistent for the Ivy League, which hasn’t allowed athletes who received medical redshirts to play for a fifth year. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes a way to get back the season they lost regardless of their year in school, but it did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year.— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events.— McLaren’s Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris have agreed to take pay cuts as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic. The team is furloughing other employees. McLaren said that both drivers and senior management all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same figure for all employees who are not furloughed.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-team league was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. League CEO Carlos Silva says the payments were not an advance of salary. Rather, they are a way to say thank you and to be used for rent or groceries or anything else the players might need. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. Henry rushed for an NFL-leading 1,540 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry while earning his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.In other NFL news:— The Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. Terms of the new contract haven’t been released. Williams has spent his whole career with the Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. He has four interceptions in 47 career games.— The Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Funchess had his best season in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWScenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi (kah-wah-GOO’-chee), Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding player in college hockey.Kawaguchi ranked second nationally with 45 points and Perunovich became the first defenseman to lead the NCHC in scoring. Swayman was 18-11-5 and the nation’s second-best save percentage at .939 despite facing the highest number of shots.MLB-OBIT-FARMEREd Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox broadcaster and former Chicago reliever Ed Farmer has died at 70. — Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County — including Great Park Ice, the massive new winter sports facility that houses the Ducks’ training complex in Irvine, California.— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus. The league will consider individual requests for players to travel to another city by car. MLS teams were two games into the season when it was suspended on March 12. A Philadelphia Union player with mild symptoms recently tested positive for the virus.— Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. Saban says that he’d prefer some “teaching sessions on the field” over the summer to prepare for camp, even if it is in shorts and T-shirts. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring sports, including football practices, across the nation. — DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao (LAY’-toh) has accepted a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons opened 12-1 and finished 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The NCAA suspended Leitao for the first three games and placed the program on probation for three years, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff.— Gonzaga and Michigan were the standouts in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Michigan was a 1-seed for the men and a 3-seed for the women. Arizona State was the only other school to appear in the top 16 of both brackets. The report focused primarily on each team’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate scores for seeding purposes.— North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Cunningham is UNC’s first-ever appointee. He begins a five-year term in September and replaces Duke athletics director Kevin White, whose term ends Aug. 31.COLLEGE HOCKEY-HOBEY BAKER FINALISTHobey Baker finalists announced — The governor of Tokyo is talking about the possibility of using the under-construction Olympic Athletes Village as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. The massive village on Tokyo Bay will house 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff. The complex will eventually grow to 24 buildings and is expected to remain empty with the Olympics delayed for 16 months.NFL-NEWSHenry accepts franchise tenderUNDATED (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as the two sides work toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader.The Titans gave him a franchise tag March 16, a move that means he will be paid $10.2 million in the 2020 season unless they sign him to a long-term deal by July 15. Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he set a club record with 30 saves.Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in 1992 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in 2019.The White Sox say he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Red Bank Y Shows Off Newly Renovated Facility at Open…

first_imgThe recent makeover at the Y included the addition of child-size workout equipment to keep the younger set in shape.By John BurtonRED BANK — The public was invited to see the results of the Community YMCA’s long planned, multi-million dollar makeover during an open house at their newly renovated facility at 166 Maple Ave.“We knocked down a lot of walls and created open, welcoming space,” the Y’s Vice President of Communications and Collaborations Andrea Plaza said last Saturday.The approximately 65,000 square-foot and 41-year-old facility has been redone to make it more inviting for its diverse population of members in a construction project that took about 9 months. Plaza said space has been created or expanded expressly for children’s physical activity, such as the new youth and teen center, which contains equipment designed for the younger members. Also for the younger crowd is the redone child watch room, which is more than double its previous size, now at 1,200 square feet, and offers free babysitting, Plaza explained.The facility’s second floor now has the Health Seekers Room, which provides a quieter space, “for an individual who is committed to making a change to healthier lifestyle,” Plaza said, “and who needs help with making those changes.”On the first floor, additional room has been added to accommodate parents waiting for their kids, and for those who have completed their workouts and just want a moment’s relaxation and a place to interact. To help with the latter, the Y has opened a refreshment bar near the main entrance.As part of the new plan, the Y has modified its memberships levels from two to one, with all members now eligible to use all of the facility’s programs and equipment, Plaza said.The annual family membership fee is $92 per month.Longtime member Tom Wilkens seemed pleased by the changes. Wilkens, Middletown, is a former Olympic swim team member. “I started to swim here,” he recalled on Saturday.“For me, growing up, this was like a second home.” Now, he brings his kids to the Y, and still gets a little time in the pool. “It’s always my default exercise,” he said.The Y’s Red Bank facility has about 8,000 members. The total number of members for all Monmouth County facilities is 20,000, Plaza said.[nggallery id=24]last_img read more

Meridian Receives $10M in Gifts to Launch Integrative Medicine Program

first_imgA gasp went through the crowd at Meridian Health’s annual meeting at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale Wednesday when it was announced that not only had Joan and Robert Rechnitz, founders of the Two River Theater Company, donated $5 million to help launch a new integrative medicine initiative –  but an anonymous donor had also stepped up to match it with an additional $5 million.With $10 million in total, a substantial gift in any year, for any program, Meridian would finally be able to follow through on years of planning and research to kick off its new integrative approach to healthcare, to be housed at Meridian Health Village at Jackson. The plan is that one day the model will be replicated in Red Bank and other areas.Integrative medicine, also sometimes referred to as holistic medicine, is an approach that uses various therapeutic options to achieve optimal health and healing. It involves a combination of conventional medicine and complementary alternative treatments.“This is incredible, there just aren’t words” said Timothy J. Hogan, Meridian’s regional hospital president on Thursday, about Meridian’s “euphoria” and gratitude for the large gifts.“We’ve been planning for a long time about how we would change the delivery of healthcare,” said Hogan. A Meridian team had visited programs around the country to gather ideas, he said. “With the changes that have occurred in healthcare reform, the emphasis will be on keeping people out of the hospital, having the patient as an active participant in their own healthcare.”With the donations, Meridian envisions hiring a medical director to oversee physician training that extends beyond conventional medicine, by integrating alternative medicines and treatments, such as nutrition counseling, biofeedback, homeopathy/herbal medicine and medical acupuncture, at the 150,000 square-foot healthcare complex, accessible from Interstate 195.Meridian will also look to hire an administrator and a team of “nurse navigators” who will go out into the community to do health assessments, screenings, baseline surveys as well as offer education and prevention practices. There will be emphasis on what Meridian calls the four pillars of wellness; nutrition, physical fitness, stress reduction and sleep.Joseph Stampe, president of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, said that the gifts of the Rechnitzes and the anonymous donor were “overwhelming” in their generosity.He called the donors “forward thinking” philanthropists with leadership and vision.“Putting people on the path to wellness, that’s what’s so inspiring,” said Stampe. “I really believe Meridian is the best place to do this, because of our continuum of care. This is a capstone on how healthcare will be practiced in the future,” he said.– By Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Sea Bright OKs Transfer of Riverfront Parcel to Resident

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A parcel of riverfront land was transferred to an Atlantic Way resident who lives adjacent to the property.In a 4-2 vote Tuesday night, the Borough Council approved the deal to vacate the 30 by 30-foot Bellevue Place parcel and granted ownership to Timothy J. Parker, 3 Atlantic Way.Prior to the vote, the council heard from supporters and opponents of the action at a public hearing on the ordinance. Council members John Lamia Jr., and Peggy Bills voted against the vacation of the property, while Charles Rooney III, William Keeler, Brian Kelly and Marc Leckstein supported it.In a telephone interview before the meeting, Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the land was reserved for a public street when the subdivision was built decades ago, but the paper street was never realized. “The borough has no intention to lengthen the street,” he said.Parker’s neighbors spoke in support of the ordinance granting him ownership.Mike Welty of Bellevue Place, said no one uses the plot, located between Parker’s home and the river on the north side of Atlantic Way, adding that “hundreds of square yards” of riverfront property are open to public access on the south side of the end of Atlantic Way, where it terminates at the river. Neighbors in the area, Welty said, use the larger property for picnics and get-togethers.Before the vote was taken, Councilman Leckstein introduced an amendment he said was requested by the American Littoral Society, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Surfrider Foundation which said, “The act of vacating the identified portion of Bellevue Place shall not vacate or eliminate the end of public street access,” referring to the end of Atlantic Way which runs from Ocean Avenue to the river.All council members approved the amendment.But the rest of the letter from the three organizations, which was not read to the public by Leckstein but was later read at the meeting by an objector to the vacation of the street, went on to give reasons they opposed the ordinance. “In this case, the undersigned groups believe that the public interest, specifically as related to future public access to tidal waterways, would be better served by maintaining the public right to this property,” the letter said, referring to the New Jersey Legislature’s effort to “pass laws to clarify the type and amount of access to these tidal waterways,” following a court decision that “recently struck down the NJ DEP’s most recent Rules public access to tidal waters in NJ.”“A single property owner’s desire to build a deck and any attendant minimal tax base interest does not outweigh the larger public interest that is provided meaningful public access,” the letter said.Councilman Keeler said he had decided to vote for the amendment because he believed that having a public space so close to the Parker home caused a difficult situation for the family as “people could come up and look into the windows” of the house.Keeler said he had a parking lot adjacent to his home and it was often noisy and had trash left on it.He said there were other areas in the neighborhood that had public access to the river.Several others objected to the ordinance including a neighbor, Tom Scriven.“Once you give land away it’s never given back,” he said. Scriven said the council had a “duty” to preserve land “for the future” of the town.last_img read more

Women Farmers to Get Awareness on Climate Change

first_imgIn an effort to combat climate change in the country, at least 75 female farmers from two districts in Gbarpolu County are expected tomorrow to commence a two-day climate change adaptation sensitization training.The expected exercise is under the auspices of a local NGO “Good Neighbor Women Empowerment” in collaboration with the Climate Change Adaptation Agriculture Project (CCAAP) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).The Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the MoA, Chea Garley made the disclosure to the Daily Observer Farmer Desk Monday, January 12, in Fendell, outside Monrovia.Minister Garley stated that the awareness campaign is intended to provide knowledge to farmers on how to cope with climate change effects.He explained that farmers in Gbarpolu County are experiencing the effect of climate change in crops production.“Climate change is not a strange happening for farmers but it is the coping mechanism knowledge that farmers lack.He said that it seriously undermines growth in the agricultural sector, so there is need that farmers get awareness.According to Minister Gurley in order for farmers to overcome the impact of climate change, the current farming practices carried out by them must be changed.“To ensure that farmers improve in agriculture, the MoA is encouraging farmers to prioritize lowland crop development.He said that such agricultural practices will help to increase the production of food in the country.The MOA CCAAP was established in 2011 with an assistance from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to enhance the resilience to climate change by mainstreaming adaptation concerns in development of the agriculture sector.The project is a vehicle for implementing priority interventions identified in Liberia’s national adaptation program of action for the agriculture sector.It is a four-year project now piloting in Grand Gedeh and Bong Counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How many games in a row have the A’s won? We’ll let you know in four months

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s will enter play Tuesday with a 10-game winning streak. Or is it 11? Or 7?Check back in September — Sept. 6, to be exact.That’s when the A’s will resume their May 19 game against the Detroit Tigers. The game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning with the A’s leading 5-3.If they hold on to win that game, the A’s, in a back-to-the-future kind of thing, will have entered Tuesday’s game with am 11-game winning streak. But if the A’s end up losing that …last_img

Augmented Reality: Heaven or Hell?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Augmented Reality, technology that places data or images on top of our view of the world around us, is hot. Under development in research labs for decades and in use in industry for years, Augmented Reality (AR) began to hit the mainstream consumer market in 2009. Hundreds of AR applications were launched last year, around products like Topps baseball cards and GE’s Smart Grid.Consumer AR, whether it be on your mobile phone or delivered through your computer’s webcam, tends to be a mixture of utility and advertising. How far will those types of content go and what balance do we want between them? London Architecture Graduate Student Keiichi Matsuda has produced a gripping video placing these questions inside a scenario of pure eye candy. Check it out.Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.Matsuda’s video, titled Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop, is both very cool and very frightening. Some of the information delivered through the AR interface appears to be useful. The intensity of the advertising, though, seems utterly frightening. That the user has control over the “advertising level” they are exposed-to is encouraging, but why would anyone crank it all the way up? Would this kind of immersive hyper-marketing change our standards the way that new technologies have made us more comfortable with multi-tasking?There are a lot of big questions to tackle in regards to Augmented Reality. ReadWriteWeb is currently working on our next premium research report on the topic of AR marketing. Watch this space for that. Let’s not waste any time before we start thinking, though, about what we want out of an Augmented future. Many of the same questions that the Web has faced will be present in AR. Do we need an AR DNS? Will advertising support the production of quality, useful content? Or will the AR future be like Keiichi Matsuda depicts in the video above? Perhaps a mix of heaven and hell, delivered through eyeglasses in between the world and our brains. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Windows

first_imgWindowsFor the time being, tax credits are likely to be available for some window replacements (those with glazing that meets IRS requirements) and a few other window attachment options.The best place to go to get unbiased information on window replacement options is the Efficient Windows Collaborative.Remember that you might not need to replace your windows unless they are actually falling apart, if they are unsafe, or if they no longer operate. If your windows are sound and function well, consider other window attachment options.2. Low-e storm windows deliver a lot of performanceNewer, airtight storm windows with low-e coatings can rival the performance of just about any window replacement. Interior units are easy to install, although exterior units do a much better job of protecting your existing windows. And now you can buy low-e storms with high solar heat gain for colder climates and low solar heat gain for warmer ones. Double- and triple-tracked storms come with operable screen panels so you can easily operate your windows for natural cooling.For that same size window (30″ by 60″), you can get a low-e storm window, installed, for about $60 for interior plastic single fixed panel (not low-e) to $160 for exterior low-e triple-tracked storm windows.3. Window films can be temporary or permanentThere are two primary types of window films: more permanent, surface-applied films and the stretch-plastic that you install temporarily to interior window trim. Surface-applied films are now rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council and have a wide range of performance properties: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and visual transmittance. Standard solar control window films run about $80 installed while spectrally selective films are about $125 per typical window.The stretch-plastic seasonal film kits you tack onto window trim can be installed relatively airtight for better thermal comfort and reduced heating in cold climates and typically run about $15 at any local building supply or hardware store.4. Exterior roller shades keep the sun outIf keeping the heat out is your main concern, the most effective window treatment options are exterior; you keep the sun out before it gets in. While retractable awnings and even fixed awnings tend to be a bit pricey, economical exterior roller shades are available for as little as $25 per window.New information resource on window attachmentsWhile the best place for clear, unbiased information and guidance on replacing windows is the Efficient Windows Collaborative, there is a new resource dedicated to information and guidance on window attachments. The site includes information on products to purchase as well as a Q&A forum where you can post any question, including questions (and then get answers) for your particular situation.Special note: What about lead-based paint?While most window attachments can be installed without any sort of lead-based paint disturbance or legally-required management, don’t let the issue of loose and peeling lead-based paint slide as you work on any aspect of your home(s), but particularly windows. For more information on managing the lead-based paint hazard, see EPA resources. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE All cost estimates presented here are ballpark numbers obtained from discussions with remodelers and manufacturers or actual purchase. What Should I Do With My Old Windows?Historic Preservation and Green RenovationInsulated Storm Windows?Replace That Window?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance?7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Options There are many reasons to replace windows, but energy efficiency is not the best reason. Replacing the windows in an older house is one of the most expensive energy upgrades you can make. To improve performance of existing windows, consider storm windows, window films, and exterior roller shades before buying replacement windows.But which option is the best bang for the buck?1. Replacement windows — the most expensive optionYou have three options when replacing windows: full window replacement, insert windows (the old sashes come out and a whole new window inserts into your old window frame), and sash replacement (primarily for double-hung windows, this option requires jamb liners into which new sashes are installed). A typical full window replacement (a window 30 inches wide and 60 inches tall) will run about $400 to $600; insert replacements cost about $300 to $400, and sash replacement kits cost around $250 to $300. RELATED ARTICLESlast_img read more

Building Healthy Military Communities – Featuring Indiana

first_imgThis week we feature a guest post from Building Healthy Military Communities State Coordinator in Indiana, Kyle WoodIndiana is different from the other states that are piloting Building Healthy Military Communities because there are no active duty installations in the state. We are heavily focused on the geographically dispersed military population. In our state, there are many programs in place to address service member needs. Rather than develop redundant programs, Indiana looks to augment those programs by providing additional resources for soldiers to access by way of Joint Services Support (JSS).  We also prioritize making sure all community partners throughout the state know how to communicate their services to JSS.Everyone is geographically dispersed, which requires Indiana to have a large pool of community, state, and federal resources to be spread out. Family assistant specialists and personal finance counselors need to be strategically placed in all five corners of the state in order to meet needs.Although there are federal programs designed for specific branches such as Army National Guard, active duty and Reserve members do not know they can use National Guard family assistant specialists. This is an area we are pursuing additional education for service members. Further partnership with Purdue Cooperative Extension could assist in these and other efforts, and we look forward to engaging more with our counterparts at Purdue University. Along with his position as the Indiana State Coordinator for Building Healthy Military Communities, Kyle Wood is a member of the Indiana Army National Guard as a UM-60M Blackhawk pilot. Being a current member of the military gives him a unique perspective on the struggles that geographically dispersed Service Members face on a day to day basis.last_img read more