Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media

first_img Reporters Without Borders today said it shared the outrage of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Arabiya, which issued a statement yesterday condemning an Israeli decision to ban one of its correspondents, British journalist Bassem El-Jamal, from entering the Palestinian Territories. The ban is the latest in a long series of press freedom violations by the Israeli army against the Arab media.“We call on the Israeli authorities to immediately lift the ban on Bassem El-Jamal, for which there are absolutely no grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said, adding that it was vital for journalists to be able to freely cover the run-up to the Palestinian legislative elections on 25 January without fear of being arrested, roughed up or expelled by the Israeli army.Jamal has been denied access to the Palestinian Territories three times in 2005. The Israeli authorities cited “security reasons” for excluding him on two attempts to enter the West Bank on 25 and 27 April. His “contacts with hostile groups” was the excuse given on his most recent attempt, in mid-December.Jamal has produced many programmes about the Israeli separation barrier. They have always been controversial in Israel and have been even more so since he interviewed members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.Discrimination against Arab journalistsWhile Israel respects freedom in its own territory, the same is not the case in the Palestinian Territories, where the Israeli security forces pursue a discriminatory police towards Arab journalists.Awad Rajoub, a Palestinian journalist who works for the satellite TV station Al-Jazeera’s website, has been held without trial since he was arrested at his home in Doura on 30 November. The Israeli army maintains that his arrest had nothing to do with the fact that he is a journalist.Nabil Al-Mazzawi, who is an Al-Jazeera cameraman in the West Bank, was beaten and arrested by Israeli soldiers on 4 November while filming a demonstration against the Israeli separation barrier, and was held for several hours.Majdi al-Arabid, a cameraman with Israel’s Channel 10, received two shots to the stomach and one to the leg while filming an incursion by Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza City, on 2 January.Houda Ibrahim, a French journalist working for radio RMC Moyen-Orient, was turned back when she tried to enter the West Bank from Jordan on 3 July. She was previously expelled from Israel in April 2002 after interviewing Yasser Arafat.Some 10 journalists, nearly all of them Israeli Arabs, have been summoned by the Israeli internal security agency Shabak in the past two months for questioning about their work and their political affiliations. They were reportedly suspected of links with Hezbollah. May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation to go further News Reporters Without Borders today said it shared the outrage of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Arabiya, which issued a statement yesterday condemning an Israeli decision to ban one of its correspondents, British journalist Bassem El-Jamal, from entering the Palestinian Territories. The ban is the latest in a long series of press freedom violations by the Israeli army against the Arab media. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Israel WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News News December 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Many pubs and restaurants in Limerick close due to COVID-19 concerns

first_img TAGSCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19healthLimerick City and CountyNews People photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comMANY of Limerick’s pubs and restaurants have closed to help tackle the spread of COVID-19, however, some were remaining open while they “closely monitored” any new developments.The Locke Bar and Restaurant, a multi-award winning establishment, owned by retired Irish rugby star Richard Costello, was one of the first to shut its doors on “moral grounds”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A post on from the pub’s Facebook page read: “Due to the unprecedented events of the last few days and after much consideration, we have made the decision on moral grounds to close the Locke for the safety of our staff and customers  until further notice.”A spokeswoman for the pub which has won accolades including Ireland’s Best Tourist Bar, Irish Music Pub of the Year, and Dining Pub of the Year, said they had closed the pub until at least “the 29th of March”.Pharmacia on Sarsfield Street also shut its doors leading to the “cancellation of upcoming events”.A spokesperson for the pub said they would “revisit the situation at the end of the month and operate under the guidelines set out by the HSE”.Former Limerick hurling legend Dave Clarke, shut his pub in Bruff, Co Limerick, “until further notice”.The proprietor urged “everyone in our community to take care and staff safe in this time of uncertainty”.Long-term fast food haunt, Chicken Hut, which enjoys a cult following in the Treaty City, was offering a take-away service only.Others who took the decision to close included tourist pub Katie Daly’s Pub and Kitchen; The Riverside Restaurant, Croom.Restaurants that announced closures to combat COVID-19 included Marco Polo and Jasmine Palace, both located on O’Connell Street.Popular eatery Texas Steakout, stated on its Facebook page that it was open for business while “closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19”.“The health and safety of our customers and employees is of the utmost importance. We are committed to doing everything we can to make the Texas Steakout a respite when you visit our eatery.”The restaurant said it was “raising our usual standards of cleanliness and health & safety even higher”.“We have implemented several new policies and procedures with Hand Sanitisers located throughout public areas and back of the house.”Cleaning of surfaces is taking place “multiple times throughout the day” and “all tables, condiments & chairs are throughout cleaned after every use”.The restaurant stated it “will endeavour to space our customers as far apart as possible and our restaurant layout is broken into 11 segregated areas with stone walls between. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned and ventilated to a very high standard.”They added: “All our staff fare fully versed on all procedures and are fully supportive of all measures that are being taken for the health and protection of our customers and families.” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Email Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport NewsCommunityHealthMany pubs and restaurants in Limerick close due to COVID-19 concernsBy David Raleigh – March 15, 2020 1978 Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSinn Féin President asks for measures to be taken as Social distancing advice not being heededNext articlePieta’s Darkness Into Light postponed David Raleigh Print Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions last_img read more

Arsenal reject fresh offer to sign Ryan Fraser on free transfer

first_imgFraser will soon be a free agent (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have decided to cool their interest in Ryan Fraser after again being offered the chance to sign the attacker, reports say.Bournemouth confirmed this week Fraser will leave the club at the end of the month and would not be seeing out the remainder of the 2019/20 season having failed to come to terms on a short-term deal.Fraser, 26, has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including the Gunners, Tottenham and Everton.The Daily Star claim, however, that Fraser’s options to join a top-six side are dwindling with clubs having to adjust their priorities due to the financial fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFraser has been offered to Arsenal again, but the Gunners feel they have enough options in his position as they close in on agreeing a contract extension with Bukayo Saka.Arsenal can also call on Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.Securing the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top priority right now which has lead to them to step away from a deal for Fraser. Fraser might have played his final game for Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)The Scotsman was thought to prefer a move to Tottenham, but that option too seems to have disappeared.Tottenham’s interest has waned and Jose Mourinho is not prepared to sign off the free deal.Fraser will remain on the books for Bournemouth’s upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Wolves, but it remains unclear if he will play any part in those matches.Even with Spurs and Arsenal dropping out of the race, West Ham and Everton are interested in signing Fraser. Comment Advertisement Arteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:04FullscreenArteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man City is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: David Luiz’s Arsenal contract situation will be ‘resolved this week’, says his agent Kia JoorabchianMORE: Rescheduled Premier League fixtures for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool confirmedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 12:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Arsenal reject fresh offer to sign Ryan Fraser on free transfer Advertisementlast_img read more

Authorisation regime slashes size of UK master trust market

first_imgSource: TPR. Figures correct as at 5 November 2019Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said the number of schemes leaving the market “shows that these laws are demanding – and rightly so.“The 37 authorised master trust schemes will continue to be closely supervised by us to make sure they continue to operate within the law.”Due diligence ramps upThe regulator said authorisation had resulted in many improvements to the schemes, including “a major shift” in the level of financial due diligence applied by DC trustees. In a number of instances, trustees took covenant advice on the corporate entities sitting behind master trusts, it noted.TPR also said its engagement with schemes during the authorisation process led to the total amount of financial reserves held by the schemes increasing by £93m. The reserves cover the costs of winding up a scheme and protecting members’ pension pots.“Because of authorisation, the quality of master trust products and providers has improved; therefore increasing protection for members,” said TPR.“The authorisation of master trusts offers a route for consolidating DC schemes, and the reduction in the size of the market by 53 schemes is evidence of the high bar for authorisation.” The regulator’s starting figure of 90 includes several schemes that decided to leave the market after it ran a pre-authorisation voluntary application process, as well as schemes that legal advice ultimately showed did not meet the definition of a master trust in legislation: a trust-based occupational defined contribution (DC) scheme that is used by two or more unconnected employers.TPR said 11 schemes have exited the master trust market so far, and a further 36 have notified it of “a triggering event to exit the market” and will transfer their members to an alternative master trust scheme or other appropriate vehicle.The 37 authorised schemes have more than £36bn (€41bn) in assets under management between them, 16 million memberships, and total financial reserves of £524m.Master trust application and authorisation figures The number of master trusts in the UK has more than halved following the introduction of authorisation requirements, the country’s pensions regulator announced yesterday.Under a new law brought in 2017, master trusts in the UK have to meet new standards or close, with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) opening an authorisation process for existing entities in October last year. The main deadline to apply for authorisation was 31 March 2019, although schemes could request a six-week extension.Yesterday the regulator announced that the final schemes had been authorised – Salvus Master Trust and FCA Pension Plan – and that the market had shrunk from 90 master trusts from before the authorisation process to 37; 38 schemes applied for authorisation but SuperTrust UK this week announced it was withdrawing from the market.One new master trust has submitted an application for approval, which TPR is currently assessing.last_img read more

Two River Tastes: Fresh Year, Fresh Bites!

first_imgIn this New Year, we reflect back on how grateful we are to have grown up with Sickles Market aka the original health food store in our backyard. With access to fresh fruit and veggies and seasonal eating all year round, we always appreciate the good things that come from the ground up. After enjoying every sweet treat and holiday cocktail in town in our previous columns, we decided on a mix of appetizing and healthy choices to kick off the New Year. Never a fan of resolutions, but more lifestyle improvements, we were pleasantly surprised to find a number of places that prepare better-for-you meals. From vegan entrées to meal replacement drinks we tried it all, and most of it was scrumptious. With that, let’s begin and end with a healthy choice.The Honey Crunch Super Smoothie and Sweet Beets Juice arejust a few of the refreshing options offered at Freshicas.Freshicas Juice BarJanuary is the perfect time to try new things and to expand your tasting territory. If you haven’t been to Freshicas Juice Bar yet, then we must ask you: where have you been? Freshicas is modern, refreshing and filled with endless options, including smoothies, protein shakes, acai bowls and cold press juices. There were so many options we were almost overwhelmed.After trying a little bit of everything, here are a few of our favorites: The Sweet Beets Juice ($7.50) actually made us feel upbeat. With a lovely ruby red color that only beets can create, this juice is made with beets, pineapple, apple, carrot, lime and zingy ginger. Next up was a super smoothie because we never back down from a flavor challenge, it was super indeed! The Honey Crunch Super Smoothie ($7.50) was our absolute favorite! Oh, honey, you gotta try this! Made with honey, hemp granola, bananas and almond milk, it was blended perfectly and extremely flavorful. Better than any breakfast we’ve had in a long time and our Dad’s scrambled eggs are pretty epic. Honorable mentions include the So Fresh Juice ($8.50) and Cherry Chocolate Chip Protein Shake ($7.50). Freshicas Juice Bar205 W Front St., Red Bank, NJ. 732-939-8919Kitch OrganicKitch OrganicQuick! Get out of your Kitchen and head over to Kitch Organic ASAP. This fantastic spot on the west side of Red Bank has all the Two River towners raving. Kitch Organic will help those “hangry” pangs for a healthy and sumptuous lunch. The K.O Signature Salad ($12) is filling for one and perfect for two to share. It’s filled with kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and cranberries, sprinkled with lemon pepper and lemon juice. It was bright and light, and we will definitely be ordering it again. The West Side Turkey Burger ($13.50) was generous in size, a well-seasoned burger served with tricolored peppers, shredded zucchini, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado smash and a dollop of chipotle aioli. All that yumminess is served between two fresh pieces of warm focaccia bread. It’s no surprise that this dish has become a favorite of ours. The Avocado Toast ($10) is on their house-made seeded bread, accompanied with a generous slathering of avocado spread, sprinkled with red pepper flakes and made complete with a side salad. This is a trendy dish with lasting power, and Kitch Organic does it very well. Sweet, salty and savory, we definitely made all the right choices. Kitch Organic75 Leighton Ave., Red Bank, NJ. 732-741-5400Seed to SproutSeed to SproutSeed to Sprout has been on our radar for a while. Off of River Road this unsuspecting spot is loaded with vegan eats that are delicious even for non-vegan diets. We ventured to their Fair Haven location for Saturday brunch. First we ordered The Hot Shot ($2/single) to get our motors running. With a bold and tart mix of ingredients that include cayenne, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and flax oil, it’s a definite “shock” at first sip. This mini-potion awakens the mind, body and spirit.Next up was the Dandy Blend Latte ($5) with agave and house-made coconut creamer. This hot drink is not to be overlooked. Dandy blend is a herbal coffee substitute (no caffeine) made with extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root, and sugar beet. Whoa END is all we could say! Warm, rich, and bold in flavor, we didn’t realize these ingredients would equal the healthy latte of our dreams. Skip your mocha lattes and Frappuccinos and get yourself a Dandy Blend Latte today.Our stomachs were now primed for brunch, so we ordered a short stack of Banana Bacon Pancakes, a Bacon Cheddar Melt, and their seasonal Scone. The pancakes ($12) were made with sliced bananas, chocolate chips and coconut bacon. Fluffy and airy, the rich banana taste was not overpowering and the coconut bacon satisfied our taste for bacon – almost. The sweetness of the chocolate chips pulled it all together. We cautiously took a bite of the Bacon Cheddar Melt ($12), with seared marinated tempeh, caramelized onions, coconut bacon and cashew cheese, served on millet and flax bread, with a side of marinated kale. It was a very lovely surprise, and a healthy spin on a typical bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. The flaky and light Cinnamon Date Scone ($4) was delicately paired with their creamy coconut butter. It was the perfect ending to our brunch. Seed to Sprout, 560A River Road, Fair Haven, NJ. 732-268-7533Ocean CafeWe must ask readers a second time, if you haven’t been to Ocean Café: where have you been? This cafe is filled with healthy options for lunch and dinner. We decided on the Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($7.95) and Red Lentil Soup ($3.50). The Chicken Lettuce Wraps are made with minced chicken, shallots, peanut sauce and extra peanuts! These tasty wraps are packed with protein and the essential nutrients to get you through the day. The Red Lentil Soup is lovingly made with olive oil, onions, garlic, vegetable stock, red lentils, and butter. This soup is addictive and we’ve been back to Ocean Cafe twice just for this decadently rich, healthy and hearty soup. Ocean Cafe21 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ. 732-842-4222All in all, there are so many healthy and most importantly delicious food spots in our surrounding towns to choose from. We hope you are taking January by storm and adding new tastes to your palettes. Did we miss any local healthy restaurants or juice bars? Let us know at [email protected] and Sasha Sickles, members of the Sickles Market family, write about food, culinary trends and casual eateries in their monthly column “Two River Tastes.” You can reach them at [email protected] or follow their food journeys on Instagram @torikaylan and @sasha_ad.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 30, 2015)–Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella sends out Spirit of Xian in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies with a field of 10 set to go 1 1/8 miles on the turf.Spirit of Xian will seek her second graded stakes win in a row as she comes off an impressive neck victory after leading throughout in the Grade III Providencia April 4. In her first stateside start for Mandella on Feb. 14, she ran a game third after steadying off heels in a hillside turf sprint, the Sweet Life Stakes.Spirit of Xian had previously raced in the UK, Ireland and France in only turf sprits prior to the Sweet Life, and after the Providencia Mandella was candid about having had concerns about her distance limitations. “You could see, she meant to be on the lead, and Joe (Talamo) did a great job. I was lacking confidence, and I told Joe, ‘If you’re not sure she can get the last quarter, get off and run yourself.’ He didn’t have to.”A filly by Kodiac out of the Touch Gold dam Gold Again, Spirit of Xian is owned by Ben Keswick. She is 10-3-0-2 overall with $134,068 in earnings.Trainer Matt Chew will return his Singing Kitty to turf after a fifth place run in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Santa Anita Oaks in which she lost to current Kentucky Oaks favorite, Stellar Wind.A winner of both the one mile turf Cal Cup Oaks Jan. 24 and the China Doll on March 7, she will be vying for her first graded stakes victory in the Honeymoon.With two wins from four starts in 2105, Singing Kitty is by Ministers Wild Cat and owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong. She is 9-4-0-0- overall with $243,378 in earnings.The Jerry Hollendorfer trained Lutine Belle will attempt to return to her Blue Norther Stakes form, a mile turf race in which she won Jan. 1. Fifth in the Grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 two starts back and eighth in the April 4 Providencia, her most recent start, Lutine Belle returns to turf for only the third time in an nine race career.She is owned by KMN Racing, LLC with earnings of $98,950. Jockey Corey Nakatani gains the mount for the first time Sunday.With all fillies assigned 117 pounds, the Honeymoon Stakes will be run as the eighth race on an eight-race card. Here’s the field, with jockeys in post position order: Screaming Skylar, Victor Espinoza; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano; Lutine Belle, Corey Nakatani; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; Star Via Strada, Tiago Pereira; Entrechat, Flavien Prat; Spirit of Xian, Joseph Talamo; Singing Kitty, Tyler Baze.                 First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–With speedy Rocket Heat showing the way through uncontested fractions of 21.99, 44.18 and 1:07.74, it appeared he was headed to a front-running victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, but Toowindytohaulrox collared him 40 yards from the finish and was up to win by a neck under Tiago Pereira, covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf in 1:14.26.Off at 21-1, Toowindytohaulrox, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday, paid $44.60, $19.20 and $9.40. Owned by Queen Bee Racing, LLC, he was most recently third, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar Nov. 27.“This horse is great down the hill,” said Pereira. “Having him in an outside post is best for him. When he is outside of horses, he’s at his best. When he’s on the inside, not always. He was free today and he made a big run.”Toowindytohaulrox, who notched his second win from six starts down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout, improved his overall record to 19-4-3-6. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he improved his earnings to $310,392.“I wanted them to stay outside, ‘Toowindy’ especially,” said D’Amato, who also saddled runner-up Coastline. “Anytime he’s got to split horses, he just doesn’t like it as much. He likes to be running freely and Tiago bided his time back there, got him widest of all and came with a big run.”Drawn on the extreme outside in post 14, fellow come-from-behinder Coastline, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, was up for the place, finishing another neck in front of Rocket Heat. Off at 52-1, Coastline paid $46.60 and $20.80.Off at 41-1, Rocket Heat, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, prevailed by a head over The Great War and paid $16.20 to show.With the 1-2-3 finishers off at odds of 21-1, 52-1 and 41-1, the trifecta paid $10,851.40. Fourth place finisher The Great War, off at 8-1, helped contribute to a superfecta payoff of $24,476.39.The first of four graded stakes on a blockbuster Opening Day Card, the Daytona was run as the fourth on a nine-race program.last_img read more

Sars warns SA of new e-mail scam

first_img12 February 2013 Taxpayers should be wary of an e-mail scam using the South African Revenue Service (Sars) logo to defraud people, an official warned on Monday.“Members of the public are randomly emailed with false spoofed e-mails made to look as if these e-mails were sent from Sars, but are in fact fraudulent e-mails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information, such as bank account details,” Sars spokeswoman Marika Muller said.Muller said in a statement that some of the e-mails, which were sent in January, were from [email protected] or [email protected], indicating that taxpayers were eligible to receive tax refunds.The subject of some of the e-mails was “Your payment from SARS” and the wording was “Dear Taxpayer, accept your refund here from the Refund Section”.Others had a link which read: “You have an important message from Sars eFiling”.“People have contacted us to check with us if these e-mails were genuine or not,” Muller said.The e-mails contained links to false forms and false websites intended for people to enter their personal information, such as bank account details.She advised taxpayers not to open e-mails from unknown sources.“Sars will not request your banking details over the phone, or via e-mail or websites.”Sapalast_img read more

3 New Browser Tools You Should Know About: Embedly, Cortex,

first_imgThe browser is a beautiful thing, but it can be made so much better with the right tools. In the screenshot posted here, you can see new two tools in action – both of which you should check out right away. What you’re looking at in that image is the page for a single Tweet, viewed using the brand new Chrome browser extension from, which displays embedded previews from 165 different publishing platforms and previews of any web link posted on Twitter. It’s a must-have. Overlayed on top of that? The rapid sharing tool Cortex – probably the fastest way to post links to Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper and Tumblr. Click your mouse, hold for two seconds and that circle shows up. Move over one of the sections and you’re on your way to sharing a link.Embedly makes beautiful use of web standards. Cortex is still a little rough around the edges; it could use a character count-down for Twitter, for example, and it takes some getting used to before it’s easy to control. It’s worth trying for a while, though.What’s the third?, a simple little bookmarklet that makes it easy to share links with fly-out quotes and tags that can be navigated to view all the most interesting quotes on a given topic found by other users. It’s a really cool little service. There are others like it, see Sniply, for example, and each of them brings a different design element to the nascent field of content curation. There’s clearly a whole lot of room for development in the field of curation and sharing. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Trekhaus: A Passivhaus Duplex in Oregon

first_imgUpdated to reflect the installation plans for the photovoltaic systems.Work is very nearly completed on TrekHaus, a duplex built to the Passivhaus standard in southeast Portland, Oregon. At some point this spring, if all goes according to schedule, the west unit will be equipped with a 4.14 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic system and monitored for performance for a while before a similar system is added to the east unit. Once the renewable-energy systems are in place, the building is expected to operate at net zero energy with three people in each unit.While they might not get exactly the same sun exposure, the two homes in this project divide the space under the roof pretty neatly down the middle: the unit floor plans are mirror images, each with 1,556 sq. ft. of conditioned space, three bedrooms and two baths, and a 125-sq.-ft. semi-conditioned workshop.Passivhaus duplexes are hardly unique – GBA highlighted one in British Columbia in June – but this one does have a few atypical features. The name, for one. The duplex is owned by Ella Wong and Randy Hayslip, who explain in a website devoted to TrekHaus that because Wong is an obsessive “Star Trek” fan, the couple decided to play off the TV series’ “boldly go where no one has gone before” theme and tie it to the notion that the Passivhaus standard in the U.S. ventures into the frontier of energy efficient construction.Closely tracking performanceAnother feature of the building is the soy-based phase-change material, called BioPCM, that has been installed behind the drywall of one unit’s interior walls and second-floor ceiling. The building also is equipped with a system of monitors to track its performance. Students and faculty at the Green Building Research Laboratory, at Portland State University, will monitor the effectiveness of the PCM — the unit without it is the control. They will also study the performance of the shell and the building’s mechanical systems, as well as the effects of occupant behavior on the building’s performance. (One of the PSU grad students suggested testing BioPCM in the building.)TrekHaus is the second Passivhaus project for a design-and-build team headed by architect Robert Hawthorne, of PDX Living, LLC, and builder Bart Bergquist of Willamette Valley Remodeling, who in 2010 completed a three-bedroom, 1,407-sq.-ft. single-family home in Portland that met the standard. That project, called CoreHaus, attracted the attention of Wong and Hayslip, who liked the idea of nudging a Passivhaus building toward net-zero-energy performance by adding a photovoltaic array.Mechanical systems in the TrekHaus units include an AirGenerate AirTap heat-pump water heater, a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim SEZ-KD09NA minisplit heat pump, and a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 heat-recovery ventilator. Triple-glazed Thermotech fiberglass-framed windows are used throughout.Construction costs, excluding the land and PV system but including everything else, came to $150 per sq. ft., noted Hawthorne. Thermal resistance is R-38 for the floor, R-49 for the exterior walls, and R-83 for the roof. Airtightness came in at 0.34 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.Hayslip, a chiropractor who will use a portion of the first floor as office space, and Wong expect to rent out the second unit sometime early this year.last_img read more