Khemraj Ramgobin of Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Friday admitted before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus that on May 29, 2018, while in the vicinity of Wismar, Linden, and while armed with a cutlass, he broke and entered the home of Anthony Lieu-Ken-Pen.An alarm was, however, raised by Lieu-Ken-Pen, who was at home with his two children, and the 23-year-old Ramgobin was arrested and charged.In a plea of mitigation, Ramgobin told the court, “I was really hungry, and I was calling really long…but I didn’t get to go inside far.”Ramgobin has been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for the offence.
There is outrage over revelations that the HSE has cut the number of hours of respite care it provides to Donegal children with intellectual disabilities by 245,551 since 2013.The number of respite hours delivered in Donegal is down to 23,668 in 2018: more than 70% fewer than had been provided just five years ago.Sinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty, who obtained the figures, has branded them as ‘grotesque’ and ‘unforgiveable’. He said: “They show that back in 2013 there were 80,773 hours of respite provided to children with intellectual disabilities living in Donegal, while last year this figure had tumbled to just over 23,500.“While there were 70 per cent fewer respite hours delivered in 2018 compared to 2013, there was a shocking 245,551 cumulative reduction in the number of overall respite hours provided to children in this county over the past five years – that is nothing short of grotesque and it is simply unforgiveable to say the least.”The Donegal T.D. said the people of Donegal will be “rightly disgusted and saddened” by these figures.“Respite services are a vital part of any health care system as they provide much needed relief and a welcome break to families and loved ones caring for children living with high dependency needs and or complex health conditions. “It’s of course understandable that the number of hours of respite needing to be delivered will inevitably differ from one year to the next due to changing demand with hours may having to be reduced owing to variables such as some children transitioning to adult care, other children sadly passing away, families relocated, etc.“However, the sheer scale of the cuts made to the number of respite hours provided by the HSE to children residing here over the past five years cannot be explained by simple demographic changes or other related reasons.“Clearly, a willful decision has been taken by authorities to make these cut backs and the feedback which I’ve been receiving from parents and service users paint a picture of families struggling to access supports.“And these figures today bear this out, so much so that we now not only have anecdotal evidence of their plight but we also have hard facts to back them up.”Deputy Doherty is calling on the government to take responsibility for the drop in respite care: “They must hang their heads in shame for what they have allowed to happen under their watch as they have allowed some of the most vulnerable children in this county and their families to go without these crucial supports.”Respite for children with disabilities cut by 245,000 hours in Donegal was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
15 February 2015David Miller and JP Duminy shared a spectacular unbroken world record fifth wicket partnership of 256 to set the Castle Lager Proteas up for a 62-run victory over neighbouring Zimbabwe in their opening ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B game at Hamilton on Sunday.It was a partnership that started with a much-needed rescue act after Zimbabwe, having won the toss, reduced the Proteas to 83/4, then a period of consolidation and finally all-out assault as 96 runs were scored in the final five overs.Tanashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara, who had bowled so well up front to remove Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla and ensure that the Proteas only managed to make 29 in the statutory power play, bore the brunt of the final assault.PartnershipMiller, making his second ODI century, both of them coming in his last three innings, finished with a career best 138 (92 balls, 7 fours and 9 sixes) and Duminy with 115 (100 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes). It was Duminy’s fourth ODI century and his third against Zimbabwe.Their partnership obliterated the previous record of 226 achieved by Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara for England against Ireland while the previous South African fifth wicket record was the unbeaten 183 by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 1998.In the end the South African victory was a solid one rather than anything special and left plenty of room for improvement for most of the front-line batsmen and bowlers.This may be no bad thing as on the two previous occasions when the Proteas had their most realistic chances of winning the World Cup in 1996 and 1999 they came out of the blocks like a world champion sprinter but failed to see out the distance.Outstanding recordThe World Cup only reaches its business end in a month’s time when the knock-out phase starts and no team can hold its peak for that long. What is required is a steady upward performance curve leading up to that stage.It must also be stated that Zimbabwe have become a much more competitive team since the ring-wise Dav Whatmore, who has an outstanding record as a World Cup coach, took charge.They gave New Zealand a hard time in their one warm-up match and beat Sri Lanka convincingly in the other. Today’s performance will have confirmed the belief that they are very much in the running for a top four finish in their pool.It was only in the 47th over that the Proteas went ahead of Zimbabwe on the over-by- over runs comparison after Zimbabwe had been given an excellent start with Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza adding 105 for the second wicket in 17 overs. Masakadza and Brendan Taylor added a further 54 for the third wicket in only nine overs.Masakadza contributed Zimbabwe’s biggest score of 80 (74 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes).Imran Tahir, who was the pick of the South African attack with career best figures of 3/36 against Zimbabwe, dismissed both Chibhabha and Masakadza.Key periodThe key period of their innings came when Masakadza was dismissed in the 33rd over as it started a five-over segment when they lost the wickets of their other key middle-order batsmen, Taylor and Stuart Williams. It left them on 218/5 and, from that position, there was not a realistic prospect of their winning the match.Farhaan Behardien, who had missed both the warm-up matches through injury, passed a late fitness test and he and Duminy in the end bowled as many as 13 overs in the fifth bowler role.The Proteas next match is on Sunday against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africa and SAinfo reporter
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Podcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 2: Rules of Thumb Podcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 3: Five QuestionsAre Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2010)Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2009)GBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsGround-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyGround-Source Heat Pumps Have Low Operating CostsHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus EnvelopeIs a Ground-Source Heat Pump a Renewable Energy System?Air-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump? If you’ve done any amount of research on ground source heat pumps, chances are that you’ve heard from people who say that you’d be insane to consider them as a viable system for your house—AND you’ve heard from others who say you’d be insane NOT to use them.Where insanity and green architecture meet, you shall find Phil and me mixing a Dark and Stormy and turning on the mike to act as your good-natured guides. For this episode, we will attempt to demystify this polarizing heating and cooling system.In Part One of the podcast, we cover the basics and discuss:How to make a Dark and StormyNot “geothermal” — ground-source heat pumpWhat is a heat pump?Making a regular heat pump more efficient by using the constant temperature of the earthHow do you measure efficiency? COP and EER and what that alphabet soup meansThree types of ground-source heat pumps: open loop, closed loop, and direct exchangeBe sure to tune in later for Parts Two and Three, when we’ll talk about the advantages of each of the types of ground source heat pump and why the costs for these systems can vary tremendously depending on various circumstances. We’ll also share some rules of thumb for designing a ground source heat pump system. Phil will share a track from Here We Go Magic called “Collector,” and then we’ll play “Five Questions” with two professional ground source heat pump installers, Jeff Gagnon and Jim Godbout.Enjoy the show. RELATED MULTIMEDIA OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTHello, everybody and welcome to the Green Architects Lounge. I’m your host, Chris Briley.And I’m Phil Kaplan. Today, we’re talking about ground-source heat pumps.Chris: That’s right. Ground-source heat pumps: What are they good for? This is a very controversial subject, don’t you think?Phil: Somewhat controversial. I think people get excited about it, and they don’t have all the facts. Like just about everything we talk about, there are so many different technologies, but under the right circumstances, only one is the right one for you.Chris: And I’m back to choosing the cocktail. This is one of my favorites for the summertime: the Dark and Stormy. It’s basically one part rum and two parts ginger brew. Not ginger ale; you don’t want to put Canada Dry in this. You want a Jamaican-style ginger beer; I’m using Maine Root. And I’m using Gosling’s Black Seal rum. OK, now, are you ready to delve into geothermal?Phil: I’d love to, but I have to preface this…a lot of people say “geothermal…”Chris: And they’re wrong!Phil: Yeah. But we understand why; it’s a common mistake. When people say “geothermal,” it means that you’re going deep, deep, deep into the magma.Chris: Yeah, but what we really mean is “ground-source heat pump.” It’s heat pump technology coupled with the heat of the earth to make that heat pump more efficient. In a heat pump, we’re not creating heat; we’re moving heat, OK? So the heat pump cycle is you have refrigerant in a loop, and on one side you’re pressurizing it—it’s hot. Then it goes through an expansion valve and expands into a gas—and it gets cold again. Take your refrigerator: a classic heat pump. The expansion happens inside the box and it gets compressed outside, so the heat is pumped out of the box. You’re actually heating your house with your refrigerator, but you’re making it cool inside the refrigerator.OK, your normal heat pump—before we bring in the “ground”—is basically treating your house like the inside or outside of your refrigerator, whichever way the heat pump is running. You’re either shoving heat into the house or pumping heat out of the house, just by whatever your distribution method is. So, the thing about the heat pump is, that hot is really hot and that cold is really cold. What if you could always have the temperature consistent in the compression mode? It’s always 50 degrees, let’s say.Phil: Like it came from the ground, for instance.Chris: And you’re making the heat pump more efficient. A ground-source heat pump is using the inertia of the temperature in the earth to make the heat pump more efficient. That, in essence, is how a heat pump works. One of the great things about a heat pump is it can do either heating or cooling.Phil: There’s a term that the geeks kick around: COP, coefficient of performance. Essentially, it’s one unit of energy in and one unit of energy out. What if you could change that equation? I’m putting one unit of energy in, but I’m getting two out or I’m getting three out.Chris: Maybe this is a system that can really do something.Phil: Air-to-air heat pump, many people say three. I haven’t seen it; I’ve seen two or high twos.Chris: The literature says three.Phil: Maybe under ideal conditions.Chris: Ground source heat pump—what are we looking at?Phil: Four to five. That’s one of the bigger advantages of a ground source heat pump; the COP is higher.Chris: The COP is higher, and you’re going to be a lot more efficient with your electrical use.Phil: Another factor is where you are in the country. Here we are in Maine, and we’re heating most of the time. The ground temperature is in the high-40s, low-50s, depending on how deep you go.Chris: The frost depth is 4 feet.Phil: So, it’s a little harder to extract the heat from cold temperatures—but you can do it. If you go down to Virginia where the ground temperature is like 62 degrees, and you need both cooling and heating, it’s an ideal system.Chris: Another bit of alphabet soup that you’ll see on labels is the EER, which is the energy-efficiency rating. If you’re doing an Energy Star house, they’d be looking for an EER of 16.2 if you’re doing an open loop system, a 14.1 for a closed loop, and a 15 for a direct exchange. The higher the EER is, the better. It’s the output of the energy versus the amount of energy consumed. Divide the btu per hour by the watts per hour, and that’s the EER.So, there are three types, Phil: open loop, closed loop and direct exchange. Let’s start with open loop. You have a heat pump and on the outside is a heat exchanger of some kind. It’s going to have an earth coupling to get some heat from the earth. Usually we’re using water; an open loop system up here needs to use a well, a pond or a lake. That makes people nervous.Phil: It makes me nervous!Chris: You’re drawing this water from the earth, running it through the heat exchanger, and putting it back. If you’re cooling the inside of your house, you’re pumping out hot water and putting it back wherever you got it—Phil: Into the ecosystem somewhere.Chris: If you’re cooling your house, you’re warming up the water in your well. If you’re heating your house, you’re cooling off the water in your well with an open loop system. You’re just sipping it off the top. The pump doesn’t have to work nearly as hard, which is why an open loop system is almost always cheaper from an installation standpoint. However, you’re using your well that you drink from, you’re running the water through the mechanical system and putting it back into the well. Which is just fine; it’s just a heat exchanger, like the plumbing you use in your house.Phil: It’s not as icky as you’re picturing it in your head right now.Chris: Exactly. I’m running it through a machine, it gets all greasy, and pumps back into the well…. In a closed loop system, you’re not letting that water you pump in go. Instead you’re going to send it out into tubes or deep into a well, and you’re going to bring that same water or glycol mixture back into your heat pump. You’re not mixing it with anything else. So what you need is more infrastructure. You need a greater heat sink to disseminate this; you’re not letting nature come in and out of the system. More expensive…Phil: Less risk.Chris: Less risk, much more stability, and easier to model. The direct exchange is a bit spookier. I don’t understand it that well. Instead of having a heat exchanger, you have the refrigerant you’re using in that heat pump. You’re sending that refrigerant into the earth to get cooled down or warmed up, and then back into the loop. So, basically you’re cutting out that 15% to 30% inefficiency you’d typically have with a heat exchanger of some kind. It’s like a closed loop system, only it’s the exact same refrigerant; it’s usually not in PEX tubing, but in copper tubing—it is part of the machinery. That makes some environmentalists nervous because you’re using not just a propylene glycol but an actual refrigerant that you’re putting in your well or in the earth.Phil: I smell a little BP potential!Voiceover: So that’s it for this part of the episode. Tune in for more from the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. A quick reminder, our music is “Zelda’s Theme” by Perez Prado. And our views and our drinking habits do not necessarily reflect those of Green Building Advisor. Thanks for tuning in everyone, and keep up the good work.