The North American Passive House Network held a two-day conference in Portland, Maine, this month. The well-attended conference drew attendees from all over the U.S., as well as from China, the U.K., and Germany.Because it was a four-track conference, it was impossible to attend every session — a frustrating fact for attendees. Many of the experts who gave presentations at the Portland conference have written for, or been featured in, Green Building Advisor; among the familiar names were Matthew O’Malia, Chris Corson, Dylan Lamar, Malcolm Isaacs, Nabih Tahan, Peter Schneider, Graham Irwin, Marc Rosenbaum, Tim Eian, Jesper Kruse, and Phil Kaplan.With so many smart people gathered together under one roof, the conversations in the hallways and at the lunch tables were almost as valuable as the presentations. Like most people who attended the conference, I learned a lot while I was there.It was exciting to see so many consultants, designers, and builders present their latest projects. These construction professionals are doing excellent work. At the Portland conference, they talked about their mistakes, presented information on new methods, and shared data. In many cases, Passivhaus builders are discovering new, less expensive ways to build excellent buildings — including some of the best homes being built in North America today.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, gave the conference’s keynote address on Monday morning, September 22.According to my notes, Feist made five important points:At the beginning of his address, Feist repeated one of his points at least three times. Referring to the Passivhaus standard, he told the audience in Portland, “The background of this is science. … It’s about science. … It’s a concept which is based on science.”He named five scientists whose work helped smooth the way for… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
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The Central government on Friday accepted Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh government’s recommendation to hand over the Tarn Taran blast case to the National Investigation Agency, in view of its national and international ramifications and suspected links of the accused with the Pakistan-backed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).A communique to this effect has been received by the Chief Secretary and DGP Punjab, according to an official spokesperson.The case registered under Section 304 IPC and various sections of the Explosive Substances Act related to a powerful explosion that took place in a vacant plot on the outskirts of village Pandori Gola in Tarn Taran district. Two persons were killed and another was injured in the blast, which took place when the victims were reportedly digging a pit to retrieve a dumped explosive consignment, which they mishandled.The Punjab police had arrested eight members of the Pakistan-backed module, whose interrogations led to a complex web of conspiracy and attacks by the group, including an aborted attack on a high-value target in 2016.Module leaderThe spokesperson said seven others, including the alleged module leader and main conspirator Bikramjit Singh alias Granthi, who is believed to be in Austria, are still absconding. “A Granthi by profession and a follower of Damdami Taksal, Bikramjit planned to target socio-religious places, politicians, Hindu leaders and Sikh preachers with the help of locally made crude bombs,” said the spokesperson.
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Our last four wins were just grind out wins and this is no exception. Good thing Kevin Alas saved the day for us. He made fantastic shots and even I was surprised,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.It turned out to be a career night for Alas, who finished with a career-best 25 points, while also hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists as NLEX rose to fourth place with a 6-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGuiao bared that he has been urging the fourth-year guard to rely on his three-point shooting more.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting past games. But I did not expect that it will pay dividends this early,” he said. “Today, he showed us that he’s an outside threat. That’s just incredible shooting, the best I’ve seen him shoot from the outside this past one and a half years.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win Read Next The scores:NLEX 93 — Alas 25, Ravena 23, Tiongson 9, Quiñahan 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Baguio 5, Mallari 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 3, Miranda 3, Fonacier 2, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.BLACKWATER 90 — DiGregorio 16, Erram 14, Jose 14, Maliksi 13, Sena 12, Belo 10, Palma 6, Marcelo 5, Pinto 0.Quarters: 23-20, 41-46, 65-74, 93-90. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Kevin Alas caught fire in the payoff period to propel NLEX past Blackwater, 93-90, and into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Alas, the former Letran hotshot, pumped in 16 points built on four treys in the fourth quarter as he led the Road Warriors’ comeback en route to their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Alas’ hot-shooting allowed NLEX to overturn a 65-74 deficit to start the fourth canto to build an 84-78 lead with 7:04 remaining.Blackwater rallied with Allein Maliksi cutting the deficit down to three, 93-90, with a split from the free throw line with 7.4 ticks left, but Mac Belo missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Kiefer Ravena continued his stellar play inside, this time, uncorking 23 markers on top of three boards, and three steals, while Juami Tiongson got nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.Mike DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with 16 points, while JP Erram had a double-double of 14 markers and 17 rebounds.The defeat brought the erstwhile-streaking Elite back to earth as they drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ottawa, August 3, 2016I am pleased to see that the governments of this country have been able to collaborate with Indigenous leaders and the families of Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Canada to establish a National Inquiry, one of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.I congratulate the Native Women’s Association of Canada for its perseverance in bringing this about.I praise and honour the members of the victims’ families for their resilience and determination.I express my thanks to Judge Marion Buller and the other Commissioners for accepting the responsibility for this immense undertaking.Criticism of the creation of such inquiries is almost inevitable in this climate. However, whatever one thinks of the breadth and range of the terms of reference and the background and experience of the Commissioners, I am certain that the Commission will be revealing to all of Canada, and the world.We will learn of things that will be hard to believe, and we will be challenged to do what we cannot now imagine.In that way it will reflect the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and institutions. It will be an important opportunity for reconciliation to move forward in a significant way.Senator Murray Sinclair
Many Indians have also tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asking her to take action to put an end to these products. They are being sold on the Amazon US app.Many tweets have shown that along with Hindu religious images, Amazon has been selling shower curtains and mats of symbols from other religions like Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism. Amazon USAmazon is in quite a bit of trouble after many Indians, especially Hindus, called them out for selling bath mats, toilet seat covers and shoes bearing the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Indian flag also featured on shoes and bath mats.A hashtag, #BoycottAmazon, started trending on Twitter with many users sharing videos and photos of them deleting the e-commerce app.
A conductor leads an orchestra as delegates stand for the national anthem during the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: ReutersChina’s ruling Communist Party reveals its new leadership line-up on Wednesday when President Xi Jinping introduces his Politburo Standing Committee, culminating a week-long party congress.A key measure of Xi’s rising influence leading the world’s second-largest economy will be how many of his allies are installed on the Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. It is currently made up of seven people, all men, and headed by Xi, who is also party and military chief.Five members are expected to retire due to an unwritten rule limiting new five-year terms to those under 68.One of the five, a close Xi ally, the anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, 69, was left off the new Central Committee, which elects the Standing Committee, but he could get another job a few months down the line, sources have said.The new line-up will be announced around midday (0400 GMT) at the first plenum of the congress. The congress itself formally ended on Tuesday, with Xi having his political theory written into the party’s constitution, putting him in the same company as the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.The world should not be worried about China’s growing confidence, the influential state-run tabloid the Global Times wrote in an editorial on Wednesday.“We are creating a strong nation that is friendly toward others and understands the importance of sharing the benefits reaped from development, a trait that has yet to emerge in human society,” it said.Who gets on the new Standing Committee remains a closely guarded secret until Xi leads them out before the media in a room inside central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where all top party events take place.Names in contention include vice-premier Wang Yang, Xi advisers Li Zhanshu and Wang Huning, Shanghai party chief Han Zheng, Guangdong province party boss Hu Chunhua and Zhao Leji, who runs the powerful organisation department that oversees personnel decisions such as promotions and demotions.Other contenders include Chen Miner, who heads the party in the southwestern city of Chongqing; Beijing party boss Cai Qi; and Jiangsu province party boss Li Qiang, all of whom are close to Xi. Chen and Cai have enjoyed meteoric rises up the party ranks.Premier Li Keqiang is the only other member of the current Standing Committee apart from Xi who will remain, unless he is unexpectedly left off, which seems unlikely.Previous party congresses have anointed successors for the roles of party head and premier, with Xi and Li both vaulting on to the Standing Committee in 2007 before they were then further promoted to their current roles in 2012.Speculation has swirled in Beijing this week that Xi may break with precedent and not appoint an obvious successor, who would have to be young enough to serve three consecutive terms in the Standing Committee.
Dhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.
Most everyone is aware of their own boundaries regarding touching. We like to be touched by people we know and love but cringe if touched inappropriately by a stranger. We also know that we have our own personal rules about who can touch us where and when. But what is not clear is the role that reinforcement of social structure by touching plays in our daily lives. People shake hands as a form of greeting, for example, and in some situations actually hug one another—even strangers. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about how social touch is involved in social network maintenance and reinforcement. To find out, they asked 386 people from the U.K. and 255 people from Japan to sit in front of a computer to answer questions about where it was permissible for people in their lives to touch them and under what circumstances.Not surprisingly, the researchers found that people from both cultures do not like to be touched by people they do not know—most reported that the only acceptable means of doing so was via handshake when meeting someone new. People of both cultures also reported being uncomfortable with seemingly innocuous touching, such as on the arm. On the other end of the spectrum, people from both cultures reported that they were comfortable with romantic partners touching them anyplace on their body. For those people who were neither strangers nor romantic partners, people from both cultures reported feeling more comfortable with touching the closer the bond was with a given individual. Also, the researchers reported that people from both cultures were more comfortable being touched by somebody female, than somebody male, in general. The one difference they found between the two cultures was British people reported feeling more pleasure at being touched socially than did the people from Japan. More information: Juulia T. Suvilehto et al. Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study shows British and Japanese people have very similar touching rules (2019, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-british-japanese-people-similar.html Explore further Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linked Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A team of researchers with members from Finland, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Singapore has found that people from the U.K. have similar touching rules as people who live in Japan. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study that involved querying several hundred people from the U.K. and Japan regarding touching and what they found. Relationship-specific TAMs in (a) Japan and (b) the UK. The colouring displays the proportion of the sample reporting that being touched by this person in this area is acceptable to them. (c) Comparison of the proportion of participants per culture who allow touching in different areas. Red colour in the maps indicates that Japanese participants reported that area more acceptable, blue colour indicates that British participants reported that area more acceptable. The data in (c) are thresholded at p < 0.05, FDR corrected. After FDR correction, Z threshold with no correlation assumptions varied from 3.22 to 5.98, depending on the number of participants who had that particular individual in their social network. Red and blue labels indicate female and male members of the social network, respectively. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.