Can a High-Performance House be Livable, Too?

first_imgReaders who post a question in GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum typically look for advice on very specific building problems. Whether the challenge is detailing a rainscreen, selecting windows with the right solar heat-gain coefficient, or using thermal mass to store solar energy, the focus is usually narrow and technical.And that appeared to be the intent of John and Rebecca’s recent post asking for comments on a set of house plans. “In terms of thermal bridging, heating, etc., is there anything you would do to improve them?” John asks. “Because my wife and I are thinking of building, and we like the ideas presented in these plans.” RELATED ARTICLES Let’s make a few changesIt is Keith Gustafson who is first to come up with some concrete ideas “for these poor souls.” With some rearranging, the house could handle three bedrooms and still leave a wide open 18 ft. by 24 ft. living space.Morgan is next, and it’s with more than verbiage. He proposes a house with exactly the same footprint, but designed so the mudroom is part of the house proper, with more room for furniture as well as a full-sized dining table (see the second image below). The conditioned area of the house has been increased by 96 sq. ft., but the energy penalty should be minimal, and the design changes should lower construction costs.“Which house would you rather live in?” he asks. Our expert’s opinionGBA advisor Ann Edminster had this to say:The design critics are right on the mark. It isn’t that livability trumps energy performance; rather, it’s that livability is a necessary precondition for any good home.What is loved, endures. Thermal comfort alone might be enough to inspire house-love, if the occupants have been accustomed to a notable lack thereof. However, after the novelty fades, what’s left must be lovable from the perspective of daily living.Notwithstanding the facts that (a) design is highly personal and (b) some people are more affected by their surroundings than others, the original design is (ahem) notably unlovable. That said, we don’t know what attracted John & Rebecca to this plan. It could be what they look out at from the kitchen window, or perhaps the separation of the master from the other two bedrooms.Morgan’s solution may not be the right one. However, I can say with complete confidence that a competent architect or interior designer charged with creating a thermally and functionally comfortable 3-bedroom home within a ~1200-sq. ft. footprint, and addressing the couple’s other design drivers, could do better than this, by far.That’s the real rant, folks: designers are skilled professionals, not just people who draw pretty pictures. We actually understand how buildings work. (Well, OK, maybe not all design professionals, but those of us you’re likely to encounter on this site … let’s hope!)I once had a client who was big on DIY – who home-schooled four extremely intelligent children through junior high, grew her own food, had an in-house science lab, baked, repaired appliances, you name it. When a tree fell through her house, signaling the opportunity to remodel, she struggled with developing a design for months before finally calling me, and told me she felt so stupid that she couldn’t come up with one herself. I very gently asked, “Would you do brain surgery on yourself, Elizabeth?” Her response, of course, was “No.”And so I explained that her problem had more in common with brain surgery than she might suppose. There are a lot of factors to be considered and successfully integrated to meet her family’s multiple objectives. It takes both training and skill to design well. This plan bespeaks a lack of one or (probably) both.One last comment: size doesn’t even come into this. This house is modest, not really small. I live in a community that’s dominated by subdivisions of 3-bedroom homes between 1,100 and 1,200 sq. ft., built post-WW2. Capacious? No. Would the owners like to enlarge? Undoubtedly, and many of them do. But there are plenty of those homes that remain fundamentally unaltered after more than 60 years, because they’re perfectly adequate. Really. But the conversation quickly takes a different turn, veering into unfamiliar territory and becoming a discussion of much more esoteric concerns. What makes a house comfortable? When should livability trump energy efficiency? How small is too small?None of those questions has a yes-or-no answer, but their complexity goes to the heart of a fundamental dilemma about green building: Will we actually like living in the house we’ve worked so hard to create? Isn’t that a little harsh?Don’t be too quick to judge, suggests GBA senior editor Martin Holladay.There actually is a place for a sofa and chairs as well as a small dining table, he says, even if they’re not shown on the plans, and maybe the kitchen is large because John and Rebecca like to cook. As to the locating the utilities in the mudroom instead of the passage to the only bathroom, Holladay says, “the mudroom is subject to occasional freezing, so the water heater is right where it should be.“Many Europeans live in spaces much smaller than this, and it behooves Americans to be a little less quick to condemn a compact plan like this.”Exactly, says David Meiland: “Our house is circa 1923 and 1,120 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Over the years I have run into a fair number of people in the community who have lived in the house. One of them remarked to me, ‘I raised my three sons in that house.’ Go to any working-class neighborhood built in the ‘50s or earlier, and you see a lot of 1,000-sq.-ft. family homes.“I agree the layout is not ideal, but that was not part of the [original post].”No, Morgan admits, a broadside on the floor plans wasn’t part of the original question, but so what? “Fitness for purpose is central to durability and performance and deserves to be considered as critical to building green as any part of the mechanical system or the enclosure strategy — perhaps more so, as it’s so much harder to upgrade after the fact,” he says. “Why would you accept incompetent space planning (yes, it IS that bad) when the carpenter, the engineer, the plumber and all the other participants in the process are expected to be at the top of their game? Harsh if you like, but you guys would never accept a bad flashing detail. Why is this any different?” Green Design and PlanningGreen Homes Practical, maybe, but not livableDavid McNeely bores right into the basic layout of this 1,250-sq.-ft., three-bedroom house. “In terms of living,” he says, “the placement of the one bathroom requires every bedroom occupant to traverse the most public spaces, then walk past exposed utilities! The reward is a tiny bathroom. Reminds me of houses that were first converted to indoor plumbing, where the only comparison was an outhouse in the back.“One of the greenest things a builder can do is create a building that will live a long time,” he adds. “Designing a livable space is fundamental. Creating a space that makes people feel good to live in has a payback that is different from energy calcs, but is possibly more important to a long-term energy efficient future. The two must not be mutually exclusive!”James Morgan isn’t far behind. “The un-greenest aspect of this house is not the slab but the awful, awful layout,” he says, “a prime example of a ‘technical’ house designed around a set of abstract engineering ideas at the expense of any concept of living quality.“This,” he adds, “is a home to get tired of really, really quickly, resulting in a lot of good materials simply wasted.”Forget thermal bridging and heating. Morgan wants to know why the utilities are located in a main traffic area of the house? Why is there such a huge kitchen but no place for a dining table? Where’s the expansion potential when John and Rebecca get sick of living in a too-small space?last_img read more

Foreign envoys to visit Golden Temple on Oct. 22

first_imgAround 90 foreign envoys based in India will visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 22, said the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday.The decision is part of the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.“Following the decision by the Union Cabinet to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji throughout the country and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations has invited Heads of Foreign Missions in New Delhi to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Over 90 resident Heads of Missions in New Delhi are expected to travel to Amritsar,” a statement from the Ministry said on Saturday.ICCR organising visitThe visit will be organised by ICCR in collaboration with the Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.The Ministry declared that the envoys will be accompanied by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs and Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, and Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, president, ICCR.The event comes days ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor that will connect Indian pilgrims with the gurdwara in Kartarpur in Pakistan where Guru Nanak spent the last years of his life.last_img read more

Roddick out, Federer sets major mark at Australian Open

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer matched a Grand Slam record which magnifies his extraordinary consistency over eight years, while Francesca Schiavone established a record for endurance in a women’s singles match.Day 7 at Melbourne Park was a day of record marks for the majors.Roger Federer returns to Tommy Robredo during their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. APFederer equalled Jimmy Connors’ mark for consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals appearances when he beat Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The 16-time Grand Slam winner has now reached the quarterfinals at 27 majors in a row since 2004.He’ll next play Stanislas Wawrinka in the first all-Swiss quarterfinal at a major in the Open era. Wawrinka had a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Andy Roddick in the last match Sunday, meaning there’ll be no Americans in the men’s or women’s quarterfinals.”Obviously wasn’t the showing that we wanted, you know, but I’m doing what I can,” said Roddick, who said Wawrinka completely outplayed him. He planned to book a flight home first thing Monday.On the women’s side, French Open champion Schiavone established a Grand Slam record, needing 4 hours, 44 minutes for her 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 fourth-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.Schiavone saved six match points, then converted on her third match point in the longest women’s match at a major in terms of time in the Open era. The previous record was set here last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.The 30-year-old Italian battled exhaustion but, “at the end, you have something more, always.”advertisement”Was for me, fantastic,” she said. “When you’re in a situation like this, every point is like a match point. You have to keep going. You know that physically you’re tired. Mentally just keep going.”Kuznetsova said the match was so long she was forgetting the score or who should serve.Schiavone said it wasn’t quite that bad for her, “but I was watching the clock, and I say – ‘Bravo, Francesca, you are tough!'”Schiavone will meet top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals.Shortly after, 2008 champion Maria Sharapova lost 6-2, 6-3 to Andrea Petkovic, who had a relatively easy run into the fourth round when Venus Williams – the last American in the women’s draw – retired after just four minutes in their third-round match. Sharapova attributed her loss to just a “bad day in the office.” She took one positive – it was better than her first-round exit last year.Petkovic will now take on China’s Li Na, a semifinalist here last year, in the quarterfinals.Federer didn’t concede a point on his serve in the first set, but had a lapse in the second when Robredo’s serve was dominant and he took a set off Federer for only the third time in 10 matches.Federer, seeking a fifth Australian title, regained control in the third set and dominated after getting an early break to lead 2-0.”It’s a lot of hard work. I’m sweating bullets right now,” he said. “I’m excited to be in the next round.”He admitted he’d had a tough first week, including a five-set win over Gilles Simon.”I’m in another quarterfinal. Got all the chances to make it to the semis again,” Federer said, “so I’m very pleased.”Connors reached the quarterfinals in 27 consecutive majors he entered between 1973 to 1983 – although he missed 13 Grand Slam tournaments during that period of time either through injury or because he didn’t travel to Australia.No. 3-ranked Novak Djokovic is aiming for his second Australian crown. The 2008 champion advanced to the quarterfinals for the 13th time in the last 15 majors with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over No. 14 Nicolas Almagro and will next play last year’s Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova and is just one victory from ensuring she’ll retain the top ranking.The 20-year-old Dane, playing her first major as world No. 1, can keep her top ranking with an appearance in the semis.The questions about Wozniacki’s worthiness of the top ranking are starting to diminish. Asked which player she feared most, she said: “I don’t fear anyone actually.””I’m feeling confident. I feel like I can beat anyone on a good day. I think they have to fear me when they’re playing me,” she said. “I just go out there and do my best. If they’re better than me that day, it’s just too good.”advertisementWozniacki lost three of the first four games of the match before reeling off six in a row to take control.She now has reached the quarterfinals at all four majors, and she’s navigated some troublesome ground. According to the WTA, only one of the last five women to be ranked No. 1 went beyond the first round in the first major they played with the top ranking.She also steered herself in and out of trouble after telling a false story in a post-match news conference about being scratched by a kangaroo.After her match, she described an up-close encounter with a baby kangaroo that had scarred her.She said she tried to pet the kangaroo and it scratched her, and noted she had seen a doctor and rejected advice to get stitches.But she later tweeted: “Round 2 with the media:) hope you enjoyed my kangaroo story, hope you know i was just kidding:) see you on tuesday for round 3!”She later returned to Melbourne Park to clarify she’d made up the story and to apologize, saying she didn’t think anyone would believe it.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Says It’s An “Absolute Insult” To Compare Sam Ehlinger To Tim Tebow

first_img “It is an absolute insult to @sehlinger3 to compare him to Tim Tebow.”@JoelKlatt explains why the @TexasFootball QB deserves more respect for how he’s started out the season. 🤘 pic.twitter.com/OrOYvwtiWw— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 26, 2019Ehlinger’s numbers in 2019 certainly would suggest that Klatt’s right. His 72-percent completion rate, 15 touchdowns through four games, and 4.5 yards per carry are all better than Tebow’s best years as a starter.But while Klatt may feel that Ehlinger is a better quarterback than Tebow, there are plenty who can make the opposite argument.For starters, Tebow had at least three years completing at least 65-percent of his passes. If Ehlinger finishes this year above that mark, it will be his first.Tebow also averaged at least 3.8 yards per carry in each of his four seasons. Again, if Ehlinger finishes above 3.8 yards per carry this year, it will also be his first.But the stat that may mean the most to fans and historians is wins and trophies.Tebow won two SEC and national titles (one each as a backup and one as a starter). Thus far, Ehlinger has none. And with one loss already, he may not even get a chance to play for a national title in 2019.We can debate Ehlinger vs. Tebow for hours on end. But we may need to wait until we get to see Ehlinger’s whole career play out before declaring him better than one of the greatest college players ever. Texas QB Sam Ehlinger celebrating.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 28-21 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is currently enjoying a remarkable season with the Longhorns. The numbers he’s put up while leading Texas to a 3-1 start have made him a Heisman Trophy hopeful, and have Texas in the mix for the Big 12 title, if not the College Football Playoff.But while Ehlinger has been praised for his passing and rushing skillset, there’s one comparison that’s really grating on FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt’s nerves.On Thursday’s edition of Breaking The Huddle, Klatt made it clear that he doesn’t like seeing Ehlinger compared to Florida legend and former Heisman winner Tim Tebow.Klatt went so far as to call it “an absolute insult” to compare Ehlinger to Tebow. He explained that Ehlinger is about the same kind of runner as Tebow, but “twice or three times the passer” that Tebow was.last_img read more

Long Hair, Don’t Care! How To Grow It Out

first_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Growing out shorter cuts can be majorly frustrating. If you want long hair you should be prepared to suffer through some pretty bad hair days. You’ll need to be fully committed and all in. Skipping haircuts won’t do it. Taking good care of your growing strands and a lot of patience is the only way to grow long luscious locks. We reached out to Baxter Finley Barber & Shop’s Carmen Serna and Francisco Sanchez-Trevino for some tips on growing it out.Is there any real strategy for growing your hair long? What are some tips for a healthy grow?Finding a good shampoo with protein and making sure to get regular trims every 4-6 weeks to keep the ends healthy. Keeping the hair conditioned will also help achieve a healthy growth.How often should you wash your hair? And should you always condition long hair?This all depends on your lifestyle. Anytime you go to the gym or work up a sweat, you should make sure to wash. If not, then every other day is sufficient. For curly hair, you only need to wash every 3 days, but use a leave in conditioner between shampoos. Fine hair can be washed daily, but you should only condition hair with every other wash. Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard center_img Editors’ Recommendations We hear that you shouldn’t brush wet hair because it’s more fragile and can break. What should you do?You can towel dry the hair and either use a wide tooth comb, a “wet brush,” or run your fingers through to tame it.Is there a way to keep hair long without it looking too heavy or like it’s dragging your face down? Make sure to find a great barber who understands face shapes. The barber will need to trim certain layers in the hair to keep the hair from becoming too heavy and weighing the hair down.California Grooming Cream/BaxterCan you offer any tips for managing frizz and keeping a good head of hair under control? Using Baxter of California Grooming Cream to prep the hair before drying is the best way to tame frizzy hair.Which celebs are doing long hair right?Shaun White (Snow Boarder) and Max Martin (Music Producer). How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster last_img read more

PHOTOS: Minister Montague Cuts Ribbons to Open Pilot Lounge

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague (seated), enjoys the comfort of the newly opened pilot lounge at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in St. Andrew. The Minister officially opened the lounge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday (May 16). Also pictured (from left) are Director, Navair Jamaica Ltd, Dr. Sylvia Mitchell; Managing Director, Navair Jamaica Ltd, Captain Alson Mitchell; and Trainee Pilot, Caribbean Aviation Training Centre, Richard Gordon. Mr. Montague has mandated that all Jamaican aerodromes be fitted with a pilot lounge as part of continued efforts to transform Jamaica’s transportation sector into a world-class industry. This is the first of the new lounges to be officially opened by the Minister.last_img

Funding Helps Municipalities Reduce Emissions Improve Air Quality

first_imgFour municipalities and a community arts centre will help fight climate change and improve air quality with more than $448,000 in provincial funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funding, from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, was announced today, June 24, in the Municipality of the County of Annapolis by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Government is showing genuine leadership that is on the side of municipalities so that, together, we are making our environment healthier and our economy stronger,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Each of these municipalities is making great strides toward a cleaner Nova Scotia for future generations.” The Municipality of the County of Annapolis is receiving more than $195,000 to install energy management control systems, energy efficient lighting, and insulation in up to 11 buildings. “We have completed energy audits on all of our facilities. With the use of EcoNS funding, we will be investing in changes that will reduce our energy consumption,” said Peter Newton warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. “As we reduce our consumption to a sustainable level, we will look at alternate energy sources in order to reduce our dependence on external energy. This will reduce the impact of rising energy costs and enable us to have secure energy supply.” The Municipality of the District of Argyle is receiving more than $58,000 in ecoNova Scotia funding for two projects: a heat recovery system that will extract energy from wastewater which can be used to heat two new buildings at the wastewater treatment plant; and upgrades to the administration building, including insulation, energy efficient lighting, and an energy management control system. The ecoNova Scotia Fund is also contributing more than $144,000 to the Town of Berwick to add energy efficiencies to its town hall. Insulation, window awnings, a solar wall and an energy efficient heating system will be installed. Other projects in the Valley region are receiving amounts ranging from $23,000 to about $28,000 for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects. Projects include the installation of outdoor solar showers and a solar hot water system at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Mr. Belliveau said the projects are helping the province meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as significantly reduce air pollutants. He said ecoNova Scotia funding has helped many Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities contribute to meeting that goal. The projects announced today will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 600 tonnes and air pollutants by 1,900 kilograms every year, and help municipalities reduce operating costs. These projects are the equivalent of taking more than 120 cars off the road. More ecoNova Scotia funding announcements will be made soon. The ecoNova Scotia fund is distributing an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. All funding is fully committed and no new applications are being accepted.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Celebrates 100 Years Of Cub Scouts

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge attended a special Cub Scout Pack meeting last week with Cubs from the Kings Lynn District to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.The Duchess Of Cambridge Helps Celebrate 100 Years Of Cub ScoutsCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukHer Royal Highness joined the Pack as they took part in games and activities themed around looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally.They then joined together to renew their Cub Scout promise and celebrate the Cub’s 100th anniversary with the lighting of 100 candles and a rendition of happy birthday.Cub Scouting was co-founded by Robert Baden-Powell and Vera Barclay on the 16th December 1916.Find out more about Cub Scouting here.Source:Royal.uklast_img

Bold New SocialFirst Series SIDES Breaks Boundaries with New Voices and New

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – Do vending machines for the morning after pill promote risky sex? Do emojis make texting better, or worse? #Activism vs #Slacktivism? Bell Media Studios, in partnership with DAIS, ventures into uncharted territory tackling questions important to youth, with the brand-new, social media-first series SIDES*.The first series of its kind from a Canadian broadcaster, each episode streams live around the world on Twitter @Sides on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, featuring a rotating panel of six teen hosts exploring and debating topics important to them and the series’ social media audience.From political upheaval and leading news stories, to entertainment scandals and life advice, their dynamic and candid conversations allow viewers to listen, learn, and react using the hashtag #MySide. Fans worldwide can continue to engage with SIDES*, and watch clips and additional content 24/7 on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook. SIDES* has found early success with its first-ever live stream on October 11 reaching more than 45,000 viewers, with live viewership up by a massive 400% during last night’s episode. The new series has also garnered more than half a million impressions on additional clips and videos posted across all social media platforms throughout the week.Following the live broadcast, a one-hour episode of SIDES* joins Much’s revamped lineup of topical, millennial-focused programming on Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. TV episodes highlight the debates from that week’s social broadcast, while also incorporating what viewers had to say through tweets, comments, and videos posted using the #MySide hashtag. Each episode also includes host rants and other videos from the cast and guests on additional topics that are important to them.Meet the Cast!“An integral part of our approach with SIDES* is its social-first format, which allows us to engage with our viewers in an immediate way about the topics that matter most to them,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. “With content being posted every day on the @SIDES social media channels, and the Much broadcast incorporating the conversations happening around each episode, the series is a living thing that our viewers can interact with and help shape from week to week.”“Young people across Canada are increasingly coming to platforms like Twitter for not just the conversation and commentary but also the range of live-streaming video content available,” says Michael Palombo, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Twitter Canada. “A program like SIDES* is tailor-made for Twitter and we have no doubt the program will quickly find an audience amongst the millions of Canadians who use Twitter every day.”In Wednesday night’s episode, Much Studios creator Michael Rizzi joined the hosts to add his side to the conversation. Guests including Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards and TSN’s Cabral “Cabbie” Richards are set to make appearances in upcoming episodes. Past guests also include Instagram artist and author Maria Qamar. Ranging from light to heavy subjects, the hosts break down news stories, voice their opinions, discuss viewer feedback from social media, and share positive stories through a variety of segments including:Weekly Breakdowns: SIDES* brings viewers up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week and the context around them.Okay/No Way: Each host chooses one story they were encouraged by and one they were discouraged by that week.Got Beef: A host explains who or what they’ve got beef with that week.The Upside: The positive stories of the week that caught the hosts’ attention.Onside/Offside: Using thumbs up and thumbs down props, hosts declare whether they think a common thing people do is acceptable or unacceptable.Adulting: Well-known adult guests answer questions about growing up and share insight into what they’ve learned.SIDES* is a Bell Media Studios production in partnership with DAIS. The series is executive produced by Michelle Crespi. Kate McKenna is Supervising Producer. Beth Maher is Executive Producer, Digital, Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

TORONTO MEDIA ARTS CENTRES FEUD WITH CITY ON HOLD THANKS TO USE

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: In the deep tunnel of the city’s intractable-seeming dispute with the Toronto Media Arts Centre over the group’s in-limbo space on Lisgar Street, there appeared on Wednesday an improbable glimmer of light: For those keeping score, Tuesday, June 5, was the make-or-break deadline for the city to either finally approve TMAC’s agreement of purchase and sale on the space — locked in a legal dispute since 2015 — or send them packing (in February, when the city agreed to allow TMAC interim occupancy, it specified in its terms that the sheriff would be dispatched, if necessary).Instead, something remarkable happened: In a joint statement, both the city and TMAC announced that they had extended the hard deadline with a mind, in the words of TMAC board chair Henry Faber, “to work together to ensure things will move forward as positively as possible.” Jennie Robinson Faber and Henry Faber of the Toronto Media Arts Centre are seen last year in front of contested turf: 36 Lisgar St., whose dedicated arts space they’ve gotten access to and, finally, started using. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

The Latest Court says Nissan exchair Ghosn seeking bail

TOKYO — The Latest on the Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, who is facing financial misconduct charges (all times local):4 p.m.The Tokyo District Court says that lawyers for Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn have requested his release on bail.The request followed Ghosn’s indictment Monday on fresh breach of trust charges. Ghosn is being held at the Tokyo Detention House.The Tokyo District Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement that Ghosn caused $5 million in financial damage to Nissan by siphoning off half of $10 million that he had a Nissan subsidiary transfer to an overseas sales agent for the automaker in 2017 and 2018.It alleges that Ghosn diverted $2.5 million in July 2017 and another $2.5 million a year later from the sales agent to his private investment company for his personal benefit.Ghosn has said he is innocent of all charges.___1:48 p.m.Japanese media report that prosecutors have charged Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn with breach of trust.The charges reportedly filed Monday are related to payments by a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker that allegedly went to a private investment company controlled by Ghosn.The indictment ensures he will remain in detention. His current period of detention would have expired Monday if he had not been charged.Ghosn, 65, was arrested in November. He says he is innocent of all financial misconduct charges against him.Prosecutors re-arrested Ghosn in early April, a month after his release on 1 billion yen ($9 million) pending his trial.Ghosn has said compensation he allegedly underreported was never decided upon and payments that prosecutors say amount to breach of trust were legitimate business transactions.The Associated Press read more

Southern Sudan needs more help to rebuild education roads health care –

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, met President Salva Kiir and other senior officials in the Government of Southern Sudan, which was set up as a result of the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended the north-south civil war.Mr. Holmes and Mr. Kiir – who met in Juba – discussed the scale of the south’s continuing development needs, as well as mutual concerns about the full implementation of the peace deal, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Mr. Holmes – who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator – also assured southern Sudanese officials of the UN’s ongoing humanitarian support and urged donors to get behind construction and development initiatives.Southern Sudan is lacking in basic infrastructure as a result of the prolonged civil war, and Mr. Holmes stressed that the capacity of the Government in the region must be built up so it can take over health-care, education and other services.“A lot of has been achieved since I was last in Juba less than two years ago, but a huge amount remains to be done,” he said. “The UN must be here for the long haul, to support Government leadership, while the international community as a whole has to keep up its spending. Too much rests on the development of the south and the continued health of the north-south relationship for there to be any other option.”Health care is a particular concern, with southern Sudan experiencing some of the worst child and maternal health indicators in the world, due in part to exceptionally low immunization rates. One in seven women, for instance, dies as a result of causes related to childbirth.“It is simply unacceptable in the 21st century that women continue to die in childbirth at such rates, and that children and adults die needlessly of preventable diseases like malaria.“Distributing mosquito nets to all the population, training enough staff and qualified midwives, and getting them out to the rural communities who are in dire need of primary health care: these must be top priorities.”Mr. Holmes visited Agok, home to some 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled Abyei, a town in an oil-rich area of central Sudan that remains in contention between the north and south despite the peace accord.During their discussions the Under-Secretary-General and Mr. Kiir also emphasized the importance of a rapid solution to the separate conflict still engulfing the Darfur region of western Sudan.Members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious rebel group that has waged war against Ugandan Government forces since the mid-1980s and is accused of recruiting children to serve as soldiers or sexual slaves, have long operated out of southern Sudan, which borders Uganda.Mr. Holmes and Mr. Kiir strongly urged the leadership of the LRA to follow through on promises to sign a peace agreement tomorrow.The UN relief chief is now in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, for meetings with Government officials, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He has already visited Darfur and neighbouring Chad on this visit. 28 November 2008The United Nations relief chief today wrapped up a two-day visit to southern Sudan by calling on international donors to help the region develop basic education and health-care services and quickly build up its road system as it recovers after two decades of civil war. read more

BitGold looks to take gold savings mainstream with app and global network

CALGARY – Want to buy gold as a savings alternative? Well, you guessed it, there’s an app for that.Josh Crumb, co-founder of BitGold, says he created the software that automatically links buyers to bullion dealers and storage companies because he wanted to make it easier for people to own gold as a hedge against inflation and as a store of value.“It’s just so much easier, like everything else, to do it from your mobile phone,” said Crumb.The system charges a one per cent fee to exchange cash into gold and back but storage is free. It also allows users to transfer their gold value to a prepaid credit card, so they can actually buy a cup of coffee with their gold holdings, said Crumb.“It gives the ability without having to go to coin shops and shave off some flakes of gold to buy something.”Crumb said he and co-founder Roy Sebag were inspired by the possibilities of Bitcoin, which allows global financial transactions without going through banking systems.Like Bitcoin, BitGold allows free transfers between users, including an international money-transfer option that is in the works. But the key difference, says Crumb, is that Bitcoin will never be a store of value while gold already is.“We said, let’s do everything Bitcoin is promising to do, but let’s actually be able to do it by having a real currency.”The Toronto-based company began offering its service to the public in May and had already racked up more than 168,000 global users by the end of July, with about $7 million in transactions.Crumb said the system should be popular with the fringe gold bugs who foresee the imminent collapse of the U.S. dollar and a rise in gold, but he wants to appeal to a wider base who will use it as a form of savings account.“You don’t buy gold to get rich like you’re buying Apple Stock, you buy gold to protect your savings.”Most BitGold customers are in their forties or older, said Crumb, but he is seeing younger buyers who have never bought gold before.“We are expanding the market because we’re taking so much friction out of it.”But many financial advisers disagree that gold should be considered a prudent place to store wealth.“The message of gold as a hedge against inflation is something that people sort of accepted as a given, but I think in the last 20 years it really hasn’t been true,” said Ted Rechtshaffen, president and CEO of TriDelta Financial.He said gold has had volatile swings in value in recent years, while inflation has actually stayed quite low.Rechtshaffen acknowledged that gold could be a good investment in countries where you can’t trust your currency or government, but for Canadians it doesn’t make much sense.“I’m not saying gold is a bad investment, but gold as an alternative to cash or as a hedge against inflation, I just don’t buy it.”Danielle Park, a partner and portfolio manager at Venable Park Investment Counsel Inc., has outlined her skepticism of gold on her blog.“Gold makes no sense to me as an investment. It pays nothing, it is not essential for anything in our economy and, as an analyst I have no way of assessing its fair value,” wrote Park.She says investors should be especially wary of taking gold-buying advice from those selling it.“If you are taking your buy advice from those who are paid to sell you the investment products, you are putting yourself and your capital in harm’s way.” BitGold looks to take gold savings mainstream with app and global network by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

DeVier Posey to Verlon Reed Heres how to receive with ease

The Buckeye quarterback battle has dominated talk at the water cooler, but the biggest concern heading into spring might have been the lack of depth at wide receiver. With DeVier Posey suspended for the first five games of the season and the graduation of Dane Sanzenbacher, the Buckeyes lost virtually all meaningful experience at the position. The Buckeyes have a collection of young players who hope to fill the void, but their performances in the early parts of the spring were far from encouraging. “We got young guys at receiver and I thought they really came along this spring,” coach Jim Tressel said after the Spring Game on Saturday. “I think after about three practices we were thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, we might be in three (tight ends), a fullback and a tailback.’” But Posey took it upon himself to bring the younger guys along. “I think for me the biggest thing to get those guys to understand as far as leading by example is practicing hard every single day,” Posey said. “I want them to see how passionate I play, how the game is supposed to be played and how fast the game is supposed to be played so that they can learn from that.” Posey said the receivers needed some help getting accustomed to college football and the rigors of being a student-athlete. “They had some rough days,” Posey said. “They had some days they didn’t want to play football anymore, and they had some days where they looked like All-Americans and I felt like that was key to get those guys on a straight line and keep them consistent.” Posey’s example seemed to make a big difference. During the first two jersey scrimmages, Posey was the only receiver to reach the end zone, but Saturday’s Spring Game saw four new receivers cross the goal line. At 6-foot-5, 228 pounds, redshirt freshman T.Y. Williams is an imposing physical target. He’s had issues catching the ball in his brief time at Ohio State, but he led the team in receiving yards Saturday with three receptions for 83 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Taylor Graham. Sophomore Corey “Philly” Brown is the only receiver with legitimate game experience. Brown had eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown last year and is the leading candidate to replace Posey as the top wide receiver. He hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller on Saturday. Tressel seemed prophetic after calling redshirt freshman Verlon Reed the “dark horse” before the Spring Game. Reed caught Saturday’s first touchdown pass, a 17-yard strike from Kenny Guiton. A quarterback in high school, Reed has caught the attention of his teammates with his play. “I think he’s stepped up,” offensive lineman Mike Brewster said. “I think he’s started to make a name for himself on the team.” Ryan Ross also caught a touchdown from Joe Bauserman. “I felt like a proud dad today watching three of them score touchdowns and making big plays,” Posey said. “To me, that shows their growth and that shows their maturity.” Posey said the success for the young receivers in the spring game will help their progression through the summer and fall camps. “It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Posey said of the receivers’ touchdowns. “I think that was Corey’s second time scoring at Ohio Stadium and it was Tyrone and Verlon’s first time. They’re happy, man, and I’m really excited for those guys.” But the young group still has a ways to go. Most of the receivers’ success came when the first-team defense watched from the sidelines. “(The receivers) need to have tremendous progress between now and September,” Tressel said. “But I think for all of our guys, receivers especially, with the youth of them, this spring was well-served.” Recruits Devin Smith and Evan Spencer will both join the receiver battle this summer and hope to help the offense deal with Posey’s absence. Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. OSU has until July 5 to respond to the NCAA’s questions and will meet with the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. read more

Olafur Stefansson is missing preseason period

← Previous Story Vladica Stojanovic ended his career! Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev on the HSV bench? One of the best right back on the Planet in last decade, Icelandic Olafur Stefansson (38) will miss pre season period with Rhein Neckar Lowen due recovery after knee surgery treatment. A Captain of bronze medal team from last EURO 2010 in Austria decided to went “under the knife” and because of that, he will be out of the court aproximatelly about a month.Handball Bundesliga start at 28. August and “Wild Card” tournament for Champions League who is organised by RNL is from 5 until 7. September.

Pixar animator sets the bar for storytelling books on iPad

first_imgIn days of yore, kids used to beg their parents to let them go out and play. Jump ahead to the introduction of Nintendo and video game consoles and all of a sudden the parents were doing the begging as they tried to get their kids away from the controller and out in the backyard. As we’ve seen in the past, technology can change a lot about how generations grow up. As tablets and iPads become more and more popular, they may change the way that kids do every day things, like read a book for example.As we saw recently with Griffin’s Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad app, normal things like coloring books are being turned into iPad apps for your kids to enjoy. Even children’s books are being made available for the iPad, which is a hot subject of debate for many people.On the one hand, some think kids should be reading normal paper books and having the experience that everyone else did growing up and falling in love with books. On the other hand, eBooks and interactive book apps can be more educational as they immerse the reader in a way that normal books can’t. While the jury is still out on this subject, animators and authors are creating new, never-before-seen eBook apps that may sway you to the pro-eBook side of things.William Joyce, a well-known illustrator and animator due to his work for Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, and the New Yorker, has created an app that blurs the line between a children’s story eBook and an animated movie. Joyce, along with his team at Moonbot Studios, created “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” an interactive book-app based on the animated short film of the same name.The book can be as interactive or straightforward as you like thanks to the buttons on the side of the app which allow you to turn off sound effects, voiceover, or music. In some ways, parents won’t even have to read their kids bedtime stories anymore because, guess what, there’s an app for that. This has the potential to drastically change the way kids grow up. However, parents still have the ability to turn off the voiceover and read the story to their kids instead.The 27-page book-app is unique, not only because of its aesthetically-pleasing art, but also because each page has some sort of interactive feature on it. You can spin the character’s house around when it gets picked up in a tornado, play piano, or you can help Morris repair books. The Moonbot team called it the “reinvention of digital storytelling.”As you can see in the video below, the app is beautifully animated and is something both parents and children alike will want to play with. After all, a large percentage of box office money from Pixar movies comes from non-parents, so who’s to say people without kids won’t pay the $4.99 to check out the app?Speaking of which, $4.99 for such an elaborate book-app is not a ton of money, which brings up one of the largest issues of digital material vs. physical material: it’s almost always cheaper in digital form. Will parents stop buying physical books for their kids when they can just buy an interactive book for a lot less?Ultimately, paper books will not become obsolete just yet, but kids may be growing up with this new form of media thinking that it is the norm and paper books are old-fashioned. Just like some kids would rather stay inside and play video games, they’ll want to read these book-apps instead of a good ol’ paperback like “Goosebumps” or “Babysitter’s Club,” or even a “Hardy Boys,” or “Nancy Drew.”via FastCoDesignlast_img read more

Professor Paxinos honoured in NSW Premiers awards

first_imgAcclaimed neuroscientist Professor George Paxinos AO is among ten leading researchers who were honoured for their work in this year’s NSW Premier’s Science and Engineering Prizes.The award ceremony took place at Government House in Sydney on 7 October.Professor Paxinos claimed the top prize in the category of Medical Biological Sciences (cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics).Newcastle’s laureate engineering professor Scott Sloan won Scientist of the Year, receiving a trophy and a $55,000 cash prize, while eight other esteemed professionals were recognised for excellence in their fields of specialisation and each awarded a prize of $5,000.Held annually since 2008, the purpose of the institution is to honour science pioneers for their contribution and raise the community’s awareness of their work.“The Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering are about celebrating our incredibly talented scientists and engineers, who, through their innovation, collaboration, resourcefulness and impact, have contributed to major advances in our well-being and economy,” said NSW Premier Mike Baird.After finishing high school in Ithaca, Professor Paxinos received his BA in Psychology at the University of California and his PhD at McGill University, followed by a postdoctoral year at Yale University.In 1994 he moved to Australia and continues his academic work as Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and Professor of Psychology and Medical Sciences at the University of NSW.The 70-year-old neuroscientist has won numerous accolades and has been a member of the Academy of Athens since 2012, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 2009.The first book he authored, in collaboration with Charles Watson, titled The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates holds a place among the most cited scientific texts of all time.He has since then published 160 research papers and 45 books on the structure of the brain and spinal cord of humans and experimental animals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

CEOs paid 183 times more than average worker

first_imgChief executive officers (CEOs) currently earn around 183 times more than the average worker in the UK, according to research by The High Pay Centre.The research, which compared disclosed FTSE 100 executive pay recorded by organisations in their annual reports, also found that FTSE 100 CEO pay reached £4.964 million in 2014, compared to £4.923 million in 2013.The study also found:The top 10 highest-paid CEOs alone were paid over £156 million between them.Despite average CEO pay of nearly £5 million, only a quarter of FTSE 100 organisations are living wage accredited.The average vote from business shareholders against pay awards across the FTSE 100 was just 6.4%.Deborah Hargreaves, director of The High Pay Centre, said: “Pay packages of this size go far beyond what is sensible or necessary to reward and inspire top executives. It’s more likely that corporate governance structures in the UK are riddled with glaring weaknesses and conflicts of interest. “The coalition government introduced some welcome reforms in 2013 that have enabled us to get a better understanding of the executive pay racket. However it’s clear that these reforms didn’t do nearly enough to start building a pay culture where everybody is rewarded fairly and proportionally for the work that they do.”This follows the news that public employers in the US will have to disclose the difference in pay between the chief executive officer and the median compensation received by other employees from January 2017.Unequal pay will be one of the topics on the agenda at Employee Benefits Live 2015, taking place on 21-22 September at Olympia National, London. Duncan Brown, head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies, will be delivering a keynote presentation on the gender pay gap reporting regulations and unequal pay audits.last_img read more

Trash can redux Reexamining the legacy of the 2013 Apple Mac Pro

first_img $4,689 Now playing: Watch this: Adorama 4 Computers Desktops Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iMac Pro Preview • iMac Pro puts the soul of a Mac Pro in an iMac body CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $4,999 $4,649 Apple Apple $4,999 Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? The 2013 Apple Mac Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET In London last week to speak at a video games industry conference, I found myself in Harrods, the famously extravagant department store with everything from gourmet food to expensive suits to collectible coffee table books the size of actual coffee tables. (Editor’s note: Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro at WWDC on Monday.)Naturally, I had to check out the technology section, a long series of corridors filled with high-end gear, from £700 David Lynch Edition Bang & Olufsen speakers to a £1,200 Alligator skin iPhone case.Read more: Meet the new Mac ProIn the dedicated Apple nook of the store, I saw an old friend that I had not expected to. Right next to all the relatively new iPad Pros and Apple Watches, I saw a prominently displayed Mac Pro desktop. It looked just as it had in 2013, when that bold design launched, and yes, Harrods was selling it at its full price ($3,000 and up). Long before butterfly keyboards and Touch Bars, the Mac Pro was the Apple design it was popular to hate on. The design was radical for 2013, coming after years of traditional desktop towers. At the time, I found the change bold and forward-looking, but in hindsight, it was too focused on aesthetics and not enough on functionality. With extremely limited upgradability compared to the old tower design, the Mac Pro could not keep up with the growing demands of creative power users in an evolving world of 4K/8K video, HDR photography and VR/AR development. Apple Mac Pro (2013)Get a look at that interior. Sarah Tew/CNET At the time, I said, “Apple’s new Mac Pro is a stunningly fresh take on the desktop computer. But it’s probably not for you.” One reason was that nearly any expansion would have to happen via externally attached Thunderbolt devices, and even in casual use, all those cables quickly added up to a cluttered workspace.From my original review: “Components are built around something Apple calls a unified thermal core. A small lock switch is moved to the unlocked position, and the entire outer sleeve of the system lifts off, exposing the interior… the idea being promulgated here is that your expandability should flow outward, not inward.”But it was that very thermal core that prevented the Mac Pro from keeping up customers’ needs, especially for graphics power. By 2017, the company had essentially thrown up its hands in the matter, giving the same trash can chassis a reasonable spec upgrade, but then shifting the conversation to a completely different future version of the Mac Pro desktop that would trade the now 6-year-old design for something new and modular. Apple Mac Pro (2013)The 2013 Mac Pro next to an even older tower Mac Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET We’ve been waiting ever since, and in the meantime, Apple execs have dropped a handful of hints, most centered on a “not now,” “not yet,” “maybe next year,” message. An upgraded all-in-one desktop, called the iMac Pro, has attempted to fill some of that marketplace hole, but that system has similar expandability limitations and is also based on a very mature iMac design (plus you’re stuck with a computer and display built into a single unit). This week’s WWDC keynote may be where that wait ends. While the Harrods sales staff may not have read into it yet, the Apple rumor mill is all-in on a new the Mac Pro at least making a preliminary appearance at Monday’s keynote. Follow along with us at our Apple WWDC 2019 keynote liveblog and video stream, starting Monday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. PT. Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad See It Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDCcenter_img reading • Trash can redux: Reexamining the legacy of the 2013 Apple Mac Pro Hands-on with Apple’s new Mac Pro desktop See also See It Apple iMac Pro See All Share your voice See It Tags WWDC 2019 See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Comments WWDC 2019 3:15 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now •last_img read more

Budget 2016 Will Sensex gain on Budget day as it did last

first_imgWhen Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first full-year budget of the Narendra Modi government Feb. 28, 2015, the stock markets were volatile but managed to end with gains, primarily on the assurance to gradually reduce corporate tax rates (from 30 percent) over the next four years and defer applicability of General Anti-Avoidance Act (GAAR) by two years. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 141 points after a wild swing of about 700 points and settled at 29,361 while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 8,901, up 57 points.The gains were the first on a Budget day in four years; in the previous three sessions on Budget days, the Sensex had ended with losses.Situation thenThe Narendra Modi government last year was still riding a popularity wave, notwithstanding its first electoral drubbing since coming to power in May 2014 when the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP won a landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, reducing the BJP to just three seats.Optimism was in the air for Modi on the economic front.”Indian equity markets were near record highs, the rupee was outperforming its regional peers and a collapse in oil prices (Jan 2015’s $48/bbl from June 2014’s $116/bbl) provided a huge windfall for the fiscal balances,” said Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank in her note a few days ago.Situation nowBut the situation has changed drastically for Modi since then: Exports have fallen for 14 months in a row, retail inflation is at a 17-month high, stressed bank loans are at alarming high levels and there are multiple headwinds in the political circles in the form of the JNU row and Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s death, making the task more daunting for Modi as his government presents its third Budget Monday.Based on Friday’s closing level of 23,154, the Sensex has slipped 21 percent from its Feb. 28, 2015 levels, reflecting the drift in the Indian economy that is facing a tough external environment.The situation has been caused due to a fall in crude oil and commodity prices, weakening the global economy.The economies of countries dependent on oil and commodity exports have been hammered, leading to a contagion effect on other countries, including India.Global equity markets have witnessed significant sell-off since the beginning of the year.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs, also FPIs) have been net sellers of Indian stocks for many months now, and have pulled out about Rs 5,690 crore from Indian stock markets this month (till Feb. 26).The Indian rupee closed at 68.62 Friday, not far away from its all-time low of 68.85 against the US dollar in August 2013, when the Congress-led UPA was in power.”Bond yields have hardened, with the benefit from low oil prices largely spent and narrow room for further rate cuts. Despite global central banks maintaining an easy policy bias, foreign investors have trimmed their exposure in January and February,” Rao said in her Wednesday note.With speculations ranging from a possible hike in service tax rate to 16 percent from the current 14 percent, an expected tweak in long capital gains norms, higher outlay of Rs 1.10 lakh crore on account of implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the markets are on the edge.Foreign investors would be looking at the government’s commitment to the fiscal consolidation path to keep the fiscal deficit at 3.9 percent of the GDP this year and 3.5 percent in FY2017, besides a reduction in corporate tax rates as was promised last year.last_img read more