Pres. Sirleaf Wants Women to Exercise Voting Right

first_imgAs Liberian women join their counterparts around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged them to attach seriousness to their right to vote if they want to be counted in Liberian politics.President Sirleaf made the statement at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on March 8.  She promised to provide vehicles to facilitate the transportation of women to various locations to carry on their registration so their presence would be felt in the upcoming Special Senatorial election. This year’s International Women’s Day was celebrated under the Global theme “Equality for Women, is Progress for all,” while Liberia’s theme was: “Mentoring for Transformation.”“We will work with the Gender Ministry to organize a registration drive that would help transport all women to their respective areas of voting,” she promised, saying, “If women want to see more women in government, you have to vote and put them there.”Making humorous comments on her inauguration promise for “Papa to bring home black plastic bag,” President Sirleaf said “I promised in 2006 that papa would come home with black plastic bags; but apparently papa passes to many places with the plastic bags before finally going home.  This is why we now empower women to come home with the bag.”Also speaking at the women’s day program was Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan. Minister Ngafuan said he thought it was a shame for so few women to be in the National Legislature.He stated that he would coordinate with the Legislature to enact a law to encourage more women to be represented in politics by forming a Constitution Referendum. Also speaking at the ceremony was President Pro-Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley, who urged women to work towards their success in politics and not to sit with folded hands.Pro-Temp Findley stressed that while he fully supports women’s participation in politics, they still have to work hard and sell their qualities and qualifications so voters, who would be convinced to elect them in power.President Sirleaf and other women’s rights advocates have crafted a bill known as the “Gender Disparity” bill. This bill seeks 30% participation of women in key public or electable positions. To this date the bill is still languishing in the House of Representatives.During the first debate over the bill last year, some lawmakers took exception to it and described it as “unconstitutional” because it discriminated against one group (men) in favor of another (women).Chapter III Article 18 of the Liberian Constitution says “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”From that political standpoint certain lawmakers argued that every Liberian, regardless of any of the differences mentioned in Constitution, has the right to participate in election by contesting and that setting a percentage for a group according to sex was discriminatory.One prominent Liberian woman, Madam Mary Brownell, commented last year that she would not support the bill because aside from the constitutional questions it poses; it has the propensity to make women lazy.According to the veteran Liberian educator, more women would see their gender as a prerequisite to occupying positions in government and the private sector. Madam Brownell said some of these women would start showing reluctance to become qualified and become competent enough to compete with their male counterparts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stand pat and pray

first_img Jim Carrey in “The Number 23” has nothing to do with explaining the demonic nuances to Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam?” Tom Hoffarth’s “It’s Out of the Question” column appears Saturdays. thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com (818) 713-3661 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is that an icy stare Phil Jackson will be giving Vlad Radmanovic from here until the winter thaw? Sure he didn’t separate that shoulder dropping a beer bottle in a New York bar? Didn’t he realize the slippery slope he’d be heading down by hanging around Kwame Brown too long? Will Jason Kidd now be forced to discover NewJersey really is hell on earth? Who, in the name of model citizens, or citizens who hook up with models, will end up making the best absentee dad, Matt Leinart or Tom Brady? How is it that Chief Illiniwek has been forced now to fold up his teepee for the University of Illinois, but our nation’s capital finds it far more appropriate to continue to operate an NFL franchise that blatantly points out the reddish skin color of the Native American Indian in a way that hardly is as honorable as what the Illini faithful have done in the Midwest? If we someday end up in Vegas, and Pacman Jones and his group of closets friends happen to get behind us in the same Circus Circus buffet line, and he takes out a wad of large bills because he decides it’s time to tip the busboys, would it be proper etiquette for us to drop our plates at that very moment and run like a Siegfried and Roy’s white tiger as fast as we could toward the Liberace Museum in order to curl up in a ball under one of those grand pianos until the champagne bottles stop flying? If we are left to read the tealeaves swirling around in the bottom of the Styrofoam cups sitting on the uncluttered desks of Mitch Kupchak and Elgin Baylor, are the Lakers and Clippers so fat `n’ happy with where their bobbers are floating in the Pacific Division fishing derby that their GMs only have to think up new twists on the “we tried, but there was nothing out there that matched up right” answers to media questions about why no player transactions were consummated by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? Aren’t the Clippers seriously in danger of becoming … the Clippers? center_img Aren’t the Lakers seriously in danger of becoming … the Clippers? If the entire Clippers roster was suddenly issued postal carrier outfits to wear each night, would they then be authorized to cut out the middle man and deliver, straight to the fans, the games they’ve been mailing in for the past few months? last_img

Rachier among four Gor officials facing arrest

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The High Court in Nakuru on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest against five Gor Mahia officials for failing to meet hotel accommodation arrears amounting to Sh500, 000.Resident Magistrate Wilson Kitur issued the orders against Gor Mahia Chairman, Ambrose Rachier, Vice Chairman, John Pesa, Secretary General Ronald Ngala, Kennedy Otieno, and Team Manager Jolawi Obondo for failing to honor a court order demanding the club to pay the hotel arrears. The officials were also required to appear in court Tuesday but they absconded.Kitur said that having failed to honor the judgment of the court in 2015, they had a chance of appearing before the court to show cause but failed.Donnies Bar and Hotel Limited sued the senior officials and wants the club chairman, Rachier to explain why he should not be subjected to civil jail for disobeying a court order directing them to pay the Sh500, 000 arrears.Through lawyer Gordon Ogola, the hotel wants the court to commit Rachier to a civil jail for failure to pay the dues despite a court order.“Gor Mahia have neglected to honor and pay the whole amount and the balance is totaling to Sh437, 080,” Ogola said.Gor are scheduled to depart Monday for South Africa to take on SuperSport United in the return leg of CAF confederation Cup.The hotel sued the record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions in June 2017 but the club failed to enter appearance prompting the court to issue a decree ordering Gor to pay the amount.He wants the club compelled by the court to pay the arrears and cost of the suit.Gor were in Nakuru for a pre-season match friendly against Western Stima when the players stayed at the hotel.The club responded by depositing Sh100, 000 but failed to proceed to fully settle the amount.According to Ogola, the hotel rendered accommodation services to Gor Mahia team on January 19, 2015 totaling to a fee of Sh637, 080.The case will be mentioned on May 8.-By Wanjiru Macharia-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-Tottenham captain tells talkSPORT they CAN win PL title

first_imgFormer Tottenham captain Michael Dawson believes Mauricio Pochettino can lead the north Londoners to Premier League glory this season.With all eyes on leaders Leicester, Spurs have quietly gone about their business this season and the recent victory at Man City moved them up to second in the table, just TWO points behind the Foxes.The north Londoners – who are still fighting on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League – have lost just three times domestically this term and they look capable of maintaining their title push.Central defender Dawson made over 300 appearances for the club in eight-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane before joining Hull City in 2014.Speaking ahead of their FA Cup clash at Arsenal – live on talkSPORT, the 32-year-old told Drive: “Yes I do [believe they can go on and win the title].“I’m absolutely delighted for everyone there.“The job Pochettino is doing there is incredible. If you look at the players and the way they are playing, he’s got a style of football that suits them.“I love watching them – they go out and play with no fear and you talk about them winning the Premier League and people say they have players who have never won things.“Well they are certainly up there and playing with no fear and I’d back them to go on and win the league.”As they remain in the three competitions in February, Thursday’s Europa League draw at Fiorentina in the last 32 was their 37th of the campaign.Some fear the number of games may eventually catch up with the squad, but Dawson is sure they can come through the fixture congestion well.“[Squad rotation] is one thing the manager does there – if you look at them in the Europa League last night they have a squad and the way they play, the intensity they play [with], he has to change them.“They have a good squad, good players coming through – it’s great to see the likes of Harry Winks and Josh Onomah and young players playing with no fear by the looks of it.“They are going out there and enjoying it, it’s great to see.”last_img read more

Chelsea captain John Terry tells talkSPORT: No contract talks at the moment

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry has told talkSPORT that ‘no dialogue’ has taken place about extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.Following the FA Cup victory over MK Dons in February, Terry told reporters that he will leave the west Londoners at the end of the season after being informed he will not be offered an extension on his current deal.The 35-year-old’s contract ends at the end of the campaign and, while Chelsea insisted he may still be offered a new contract, Terry told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton the situation is no different.The defender, currently out of action with injury, said: “No talks at the moment, but for me the most important thing is Chelsea Football Club and winning games.“You get to the one-year rolling contracts and you don’t take it for granted.“We had the rewards of winning the league last year, you cherish those moments and savour them.“For me, I really hope not but we don’t know at the minute, there’s no dialogue at the moment but that’s not to say there won’t be. Who knows what the future holds.”last_img read more

Don’t let ‘Life’ pass you by untouched

first_img “It was only three or four sentences long, but it took me days to write,” she said last week, decorating the “Life Transformed” float with other members of the Ventura/San Fernando Valley chapter of TRIO – Transplant Recipient International Organization. “I told his family I was so sorry for their loss, and that I didn’t know how to ever thank them for this gift of life. I said I’d pray for my donor every day of my life and hoped someday to meet them.” Because rules require anonymity between organ donors and recipients, the letter was sent to the organ procurement agency in Amarillo, which was supposed to forward it to the donor’s family. “I never heard anything back, so the next year I wrote them another letter on the anniversary of the transplant, but again heard nothing back,” Jackie said. It was the same in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Nothing. Finally, in August 2001, a friend who was traveling to Amarillo on business hand-carried Jackie’s letter to the procurement center there. “A few weeks later I got a call from UCLA saying a letter had arrived for me. It was from Wade’s mother, Rita, saying she’d been wondering why she hadn’t heard from her son’s transplant recipient.” No one knows what happened to those earlier letters, but it didn’t matter now. Wade’s family wanted to meet her. She couldn’t wait. Jackie wrote a letter, then drove down to UCLA to deliver it. It was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. She still doesn’t know if Rita ever got that letter in all the chaos that ensued, but she never heard back from her. “The following January I was watching the CBS ‘Morning Show,’ and they were talking about a week of wishes coming up in the spring. I e-mailed them that I didn’t want anything for myself, but I did want to meet my donor’s family to hug and thank them in person.” A few months later, Jackie got a letter from CBS, saying they couldn’t find her donor family, but wanted her to come to Manhattan anyway for a show they were doing on organ donations. Jackie planned to use the opportunity to talk to a national audience about the 90,000 Americans awaiting an organ transplant – one-third of whom die before receiving a donation. The show was actually a setup. CBS had located Wade’s family and wanted to surprise Jackie on air. “They showed a video of Wade and his family, and after it was over, Rita, Kel and Wade’s brother, Terry, walked out,” Jackie recalled. “We were all crying and hugging.” Later, as they were walking along a Manhattan street on their way to dinner, Kel told Jackie something she will never forget. “I feel like I finally met my dad as a young man,” he said. And he was proud – very proud, Kel told her. In death, his dad had given people he didn’t even know the greatest gift of all. Life. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com While you’re watching the Rose Parade on Monday morning, keep an eye out for entry No. 45 – the float titled “Life Transformed.” There may be bigger, more elaborate floats, but none decorated with more love. Among those riding on the float, waving to the millions of paradegoers and TV spectators, will be Jackie Colleran, a 65-year-old retired school nurse from Thousand Oaks. She’ll be holding a rose and an 8-by-10 picture of Wade Schoenhals of Amarillo, Texas, who gave her a second chance at life nine years ago when he was killed in a motorcycle crash at age 37. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Before he died, Wade had arranged to donate his healthy organs to help keep other people alive. Jackie, who was lying in a coma at UCLA Medical Center only 24 hours from death, received his liver. Wade’s family will be watching the Rose Parade on TV from their hometown of Fritch, Texas. His mom, Rita, a retired school bus driver, and son, 19-year-old Kel, promised to yell loud enough for Jackie to hear them all the way in Pasadena when the float with Wade’s picture on it goes by. It took a while for these two families to meet. But when they finally did a few years ago, it illustrated what is so right and true about organ donations. A woman who was about to die got a second chance at life. And a boy who was only 10 when he lost his father learned more about his dad in death than he ever knew about him in life. Jackie finished the first thank-you letter on Christmas Eve 1996, only a few days before leaving the hospital after her successful liver transplant. center_img INFORMATION For information on the local chapter of TRIO, and One Legacy, the Southern California Organ Procurement Organization, call TRIO president Ron Taubman at (818) 701-2977 or e-mail www.trioventurala.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cancer-drug success

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Amgen Inc.’s latest cancer fighter turned out to be an even better warrior than it expected, the biotech giant announced Thursday. The company co-developed panitumumab to fight metastatic colorectal cancer with Fremont-based Abgenix Inc., receiving fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July. In the recently completed study, the companies expected one-third of patients to survive with no progression of symptoms. After testing it on 463 patients who had not improved after chemotherapy, they were surprised to find that 46 percent instead survived without their symptoms progressing. “We saw some tumor shrinkage and, in addition, we slowed the rate of tumor progression,” said Trish Hawkins, a spokeswoman for Amgen. “It’s exciting, because it potentially offers a new option.” The deal between companies goes back 10 years, when Abgenix partnered with Immunex. Amgen purchased the latter company and continued the agreement in 2003, agreeing to handle development and commercialization, while Abgenix manufactures the drug. The companies, which split costs and profits equally, hope to win FDA approval for a launch in 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Colorectal cancer is the third most common kind of cancer in America, with 100,000 new cases diagnosed annually. “It’s exciting news for the company and important news for cancer patients,” said Greg Mann, director of corporate communications for Abgenix. “It gives them an alternative when they’ve failed with chemotherapy.” Shares of Amgen moved up $3.61, or 4.9 percent, to close at $77.51 after release of the news Thursday morning. Abgenix added $3.53, or 38 percent, to close at $12.90. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com last_img read more

Gomba, Buddu held as Ssingo lose at home on day two of Masaza cup

first_img Tags: Airtel Masaza Cup 2018 Buddu drew 1-1 with Kooki on day two of the Airtel Masaza cup (Photo by Agencies)Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup 2018Match Day Two Results:*(Saturday Games)Group A:-Kyadondo 0-0 GombaGroup B:-Kooki 1-1 Buddu-Buleemezi 2-0 SseseGroup C:-Butambala 0-1 BugerereGroup D:–Busiro 0-0 Mawokota(Sunday Games)-Buluuli 0-1 Buvuma-Buwekula 2-1 Kabula -Ssingo 1-2 Mawogola Gomba Football club the record winners of the Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup  were held to a goal-less draw by 2008 winners Kyadondo at the Gayaza High school play ground on Saturday.In the other matches played on Saturday, Kooki held Buddu to a one all draw at the Lwanda play ground in Rakai district in group B. Frank Ssebufu gave the visiting side the lead at the onset of the second half of the game then Francis Mugema netted the equalizer for the home side.Buleemezi optimally put home advantage to full use with a 2-0 win against visiting Ssese at the Kasana play ground in Luweero.Butambala lost 1-0 at home to Bugerere at the Kibibi S.S play ground in Butambala District during a group C game while islanders Buvuma edged Bululi 1-0 at the Migyera UMEA Play ground in Nakasongola district.Meanwhile, on Sunday 1st July 2018, three games were played.Mawogola registered a 2-1 away win over 2015 champions Ssingo at the Ssaza grounds in Mityana in a game that was climaxed with ugly scenes of crowd trouble.A section of Ssingo fans confronted the coach George Lutalo and his players in expression of their discontentment in the team’s performance only to be dispersed by tear gas from Police.Paul Nvuni and Tavin  Kyeyune Kevin ensured  Mawogola’s victory while John Musasizi scored Ssingo’s only goal on the evening.Having played to a goalless draw against Bugerere in the opening game, Ssingo seat 4th on the 5-team table in group C with 1 point garnered from 2 games.At Kasenyi grounds, Buwekula shook off their opening day defeat with a 2-1 win over Kabula.Captain Nvule  Jamir  Kisitu opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Ivan Bogere doubled the lead. Joseph Vuni scored a consolation for Kabula later in the game.The tournament will return on Sunday 8th July 2018 with 8 fixtures on card.Airtel Buganda Masaza Cup Past Winners:2017 – Gomba2016 – Buddu2015 – Singo2014 – Gomba2013 – Mawokota2012 – Bulemeezi2011 – Buluri2010 – Not Held2009 – Gomba2008 – Kyadondo2007 – Mawokota2006 – Kooki2005 – Mawokota2004 – GombaComments last_img read more

Finding the Insulation Sweet Spot

first_imgCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick? Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency ImprovementsPearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences Energy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate Sometimes, It’s Cheaper to Install PV Than More Insulation Building America Special Research Project: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential Buildings in All Climate Zones If you double the R-value of your insulation, the rate of heat loss is cut in half, Holladay continues. “The only questions are (a) whether more insulation is a good investment, and (b) whether the embodied energy of the insulation materials exceeds the energy that is likely to be saved over the lifespan of the insulation,” he says.Lewendal proposes the construction of three identical houses and studying the effects of adding more insulation. Although it’s possible this exact test has not been performed before, Holladay says, it really doesn’t matter.“Michael Blasnik (among other researchers) has assembled energy use data on hundreds of thousands of U.S. homes,” he says. “Energy researchers have developed sophisticated models that have been repeatedly validated by comparing modeled results to test home performance. In short, we know exactly what happens when we add R-20 of cellulose to an attic with R-38 cellulose. Of course, different families operate their houses differently. But we have all the data we need to do the calculations that you apparently think have never been made.” Passivhaus targets aren’t based on cost-effectivenessHolladay agrees with Lewendal that R-70 walls are overkill. Holladay notes, “You’re right; PHPP [Passive House Planning Package software] pays no attention to cost-effectiveness. All PHPP tells you is how to hit 15 kWh per square meter per year.”He also agrees that R-40 isn’t the right answer for all cold-climate builders. “If you have done the calculations for your housing type, your wall insulation type, your insulation costs, and your payback time frame, and you have come up with R-30, I have absolutely no reason to doubt you. I have consistently said, ‘You have to do the calculations.’” The work has already been doneLewendal could save himself the trouble of a new study, replies GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, because the work has already been done.“What you call a ‘theory’ is a truism enshrined in our building codes,” Holladay says. “The entire reason that the minimum insulation values in U.S. building codes are higher in Minnesota than in Florida is the well-understood calculation that you call a ‘theory.’” RELATED ARTICLES Parts of the equation we don’t knowCalculating the “sweet spot” of exactly the right amount of insulation with any precision requires two bits of information, adds Ron Keagle, the cost of energy and the cost of money over time. “It also depends on individual perception of thermal comfort and their willingness to pay for it,” he says, “although I suppose you could average that across all homeowners.”Another wild card, says James Howison, are the occupants themselves. Suppose they spend $200 a month on heating and cooling in a leaky, poorly insulated house. They stay on budget by adjusting the thermostat — a little cooler in winter, a little warmer in summer. With a better insulated house, they still spend $200 a month on energy but they can afford to be more comfortable, Howison says.“On one hand one could say that the improvements are yielding more comfort and are therefore efficient, but from an energy perspective it’s problematic,” he writes. “I suspect that this applies with existing housing, perhaps less with new housing. I think that the proposals to include energy costs in budgeting for getting mortgages would really help this, by including this expectation.”Holladay adds that there’s one more thing to ponder: “Here is a huge factor: should we include the external costs of burning fossil fuels in our fuel cost assumptions? Right now, the U.S. government is unwilling to enact carbon taxes that reflect the true economic cost of global climate change. As a result, every U.S. homeowner pays less for electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil than would be the case if the price of energy included the the true cost to the planet of burning fossil fuels.”center_img No, we still don’t know the answerDespite claims to the contrary, Lewendal isn’t convinced enough research has been conducted. He’s done the background reading suggested by Holladay and others, and is familiar with the suggestion that above-grade walls in cold climates be insulated to R-40.“What if the diminishing returns for insulation here in Bozeman is R-30 and we took your advice and installed R-40 in the next thousand homes and it turns out R-30 is where the curve bends down reducing the marginal improvement in performance?” he says. “The cost of going from R-30 to R-40 is about $3K. What is the opportunity cost for our customers if we overspent $3 million on insulation?”In fact, Lewendal says he has used two energy modeling programs and can’t conclude R-40 is best for his area. “We have studied models from all over the world and found that countries like Turkey and those in Scandinavia have done a better job of modeling the diminishing returns of insulation than we have,” he says. “Still, we are not convinced that prescriptive modeling matches performance very well. My best example is the PHIUS [Passive House Institute U.S.] model. They think that R-70 plus walls will give homeowners the best value. I am quite sure that a very low [air changes per hour] and modest insulation is more appropriate. The exact number for us here in Bozeman is what I want to determine.” R-40 may be ideal but consumers aren’t listeningThe bottom line, Lewendal adds, is that consumers don’t seem to be responding to the consensus that R-40 walls are close to ideal in a cold climate.“Most homes get about an R-21 because the government says it is good and our cities enforce that level of insulation,” he writes. “A few homes get about R-70 because they think Wolfgang [Feist of the Passive House Institute] is a smart guy and they will pay almost anything to reduce CO2 even if it means making more CO2 than the opportunity cost of that extra insulation… So, how do we get the average homeowner to ask for what your blogs have suggested, which is a PGH or pretty good house?”Lewendal thinks there are enough uncertainties to justify his new study.But to Keagle, his quest to find the insulation sweet spot can be based only in part on objective science.“The rest is intuitive and subjective,” Keagle writes. “Part of that is simply belief. You can build an example house and prove what it does. That would be convincing to the extent that it confirms part of the objectivity of the sweet spot.“But communication, information, explanation, and marketing can also be convincing without an example. Or the example can be part of the marketing as a working demonstration. I don’t see any of this as reinventing the wheel. The goal is to sell the public on the idea of higher efficiency.” Anders Lewendal, a builder in Bozeman, Montana, is wrestling with a familiar dilemma: What’s the right amount of insulation to put in a house?“Our theory,” he writes in Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, “is that too little insulation wastes energy and equally, too much insulation wastes energy. Where is the sweet spot in each climate zone?”To that end, Lewendal is proposing more performance testing.“We are interested in knowing if GBA has conducted any performance testing that makes diminishing returns conclusions,” writes Lewendal. “If not, we are hoping GBA might give us some advice that makes our experiment productive.”[Coincidentally, Lewendal is the founder of a “build American” campaign promoting the use of U.S. building materials. GBA has published two articles on his efforts: One Builder’s Buy-American Strategy and A 100-Year-Old Energy Star Home.] Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added this:On one level, this sort of discussion drives me crazy. You simply can’t energy-model a single answer to the question of the “right” level of insulation or home energy efficiency. There are just too many variables, including changing wall configuration and systems with greater assembly depths; ever-increasing and unpredictable energy prices; climate change; assembly performance impact on the “right” mechanical system.And since many energy-modeling program results are either directly or inherently linked to simple payback analysis of the various energy measures, that really makes my head explode. We should not be using term-based payback analysis for long-term durable goods, like houses and their building assemblies. Please see the BuildingGreen blog I wrote on value transfer.And please also consider a recent GBA Energy Solutions blog by Alex Wilson in which he suggests that the insulation sweet spot can be a function of the PV sweet spot. I like the idea of comparing the opportunity costs for insulation and renewable energy, although to make the comparison really “apples to apples” the two approaches would need to have identical service lives (the PV system would need to last as long as the wall assemblies, or the insulation in them).In any event, I think the insulation sweet spot is a lot like the literal use of the term sweet, in relation to food: the best flavors are not just sweet, but a combination of flavors. The insulation “sweet spot” is actually a more complicated flavor involving more than just insulation.last_img read more

Connect with Personal Finance @MFLNPF

first_imgBy Molly Herndon Our  team’s presence on Twitter just got a bit easier to find. We’re now tweeting from @MFLNPF. Our team’s tweets, content and details about our upcoming webinars are shared from this handle, so be sure to follow us here to stay up-to-date on all the PF news.Last summer, our team and the Network Literacy Community of Practice hosted a Twitter cohort for personal finance managers. This two-week learning event was an opportunity for financial professionals to dip their toes into Twitter while working with a group to help newbies become acquainted with the social media space. Check out a recording of the first meeting below. Additional resources for learning about Twitter are available here.If you’re new to Twitter or an old pro, we’d love to connect with you and grow our network. Share you handle with us and follow us @MFLNPF!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 23, 2015.last_img read more