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ENT equipment helps save lives

first_imgPieter Twine (MySchool General Manager), Roxy Mitchell from the Children’s Hospital Trust, patient Tyrone Siljeur and Silva Kuschke, Chief Audiologist at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. (Image: Children’s Hospital Trust)Children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will now have specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) equipment with the help of the Woolworths My School programme.The retailer and hospital celebrated the handover of a R400 000 donation – raised through their 2015 Christmas campaign – to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fund-raising arm of the hospital in Cape Town.The Trust will use the gift to purchase specialist ENT equipment. It will enable the hospital to save the lives of children with life-threatening ailments and test the hearing of hundreds of other children.Much needed gearA high speed otologic drill is among the first pieces of equipment bought with the funds. This highly specialised piece of surgical equipment will be used on children who suffer from cholesteatoma; a disease of the middle-ear that can lead to death when untreated.A specialist microscope used for examination and diagnosis to prevent hearing loss will also benefit the hospital’s out patients. This will assist in more accurate and effective diagnoses, and improved procedures, which, in turn, will help the hospital maintain its high standards of paediatric care.The Christmas campaignThe My School, My Village and My Planet fundraising programmes is one of the biggest in South Africa. It raises essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations by encouraging cardholders to swipe their cards at retail partners. In turn, retailers donate a percentage of the purchase value to the beneficiary of the buyer’s choice.The Woolworths Christmas Giving campaign was supported by international music sensation Pharrell Williams. Woolworths customers donated to the campaign every time they used their linked cards in a store between the 5 November and 25 December 2015.Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said: “Woolworths and My School are such valued supporters of the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.“As benefactors of their annual Christmas Campaign, the Trust has have been able to purchase much-needed ENT equipment to perform life-changing operations and interventions on children who suffer from severe ear disease, ensuring that they regain or do not lose their ability to hear. We want to thank them for their generous donation, as well as all the customers who swiped their cards while shopping. Every little swipe has made a huge difference in a child’s life.”Pieter Twine Woolworth’s manager of Loyalty and My School, said: “We are delighted that our customers were part of this successful campaign to give the gift of hearing to South African children in need.“The funds raised for this was in addition to our normal contributions to customers’ beneficiaries. So, it was an easy way for them, at no extra cost, to participate in the essential, but very expensive upgrade of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s ENT equipment.   The festive season should always be about giving, and it is such a pleasure to help to improve children’s access to specialist medical care.”last_img read more

Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “A pretty incredible 40-year exercise on his part,” said Doug Loudenslager of his father’s unique collection. “There’s over 6,000 pieces.”Don Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent the last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection will be up for sale in the coming days, with hopes by the family that the toys will be put to use in a positive way for many years to come.“There are lots and lots of nice pieces that we’re trying to price in a way that encourages folks to put them in their own collections. For it to stay here, it’s just going to deteriorate or something bad is going to happen,” said Loudenslager. He encourages visitors to come during the three-day sale, even if it’s just to experience the immensity of the collection.“We’re looking forward to folks coming out, if nothing else, just so see it,” he said.Advertised in Toy Farmer magazine, in which Don Loudenslager had been featured, Doug says they’ve gotten calls from around Ohio as well as from all corners of the country, from as near as Pennsylvania to as far as Oklahoma and Minnesota.“We’re hopeful that we’ll have a nice crowd.”Doug notes that his father took great pride in the collection by keeping a meticulous cataloging system of all the toys with a special labeling system identifying each piece, something the family has found extremely helpful in organizing the sale.The Don F. Loudenslager Trust Toy Sale will take place August 4th, 5th and 6th. Barn doors are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a sale and not an auction — meaning first come, first serve. All items are priced to sell.The collection and sale are at 3673 Irvin Shoots Rd. W, Morral, Ohio 43337. For more information, interested parties may contact Doug Loudenslager at (317) 502-9146.last_img read more

A Look at Low Carbon Homes

first_img“If you are building a house in 2019, all of the embodied energy gets burned this year, which means that all of the carbon associated with that embodied energy is going into the atmosphere this year.”—Martin HolladayStill abuzz after our recent Building Science Summit, I’ve recommitted to a rallying cry I haven’t sounded loud enough. I’m not alone in that department. Though the dialogue around embodied carbon is starting to attract more attention, the green building community is still primarily focused on the operations-related environmental impacts of our houses, so efforts are centered around energy efficiency over the carbon emissions associated with residential construction.At the summit, designer/builder Michael Maines talked about The Pretty Good House 2.0; he described Bruce King’s book, The New Carbon Architecture, as his building bible. I ordered a copy immediately and have been thoroughly engrossed ever since. I spoke with Maines about the subject, and during our conversation he mentioned Brian Hayes, owner of Bellwether Craftsmen in Huntington, Vermont. Because Hayes is committed to low-carbon building materials and methods, I called him up to hear his thoughts on this budding movement.Hayes began his career erecting barns and farm buildings before moving into the residential sector. He is an expert timber framer and is Passive House- and CPHC-certified. In other words, he is a craftsman with a conscience. “My motivation for low-carbon, high-performance, natural building is socially and environmentally based,” he says. “It’s just the right thing to do on so many levels. We know better. We know we are doing bad things, and we are doing them because of exploitative economics. I’m not into it.”One of the driving principles behind a low-carbon home is that it should be small. Maines has specified 1000 sq. ft. for one person, 1500 sq. ft. for two, 1750 sq. ft. for three, and 1875 sq. ft. for four. “If it is well designed, people can fit into a lot less square footage than they believe,” Hayes notes. “There’s a whole client education piece to this. We tell them: ‘We can build you a high-performance, natural, healthy building that is going to be durable and sustainable but to get there, we have to reduce square footage.’”Hayes strongly believes the 30-year standard and the code minimums based on it are sorely insufficient, and essentially produce “disposable housing.” He designs and builds homes with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years using roughly 90% natural materials. He cites vapor permeability as critical to a building’s performance, saying it has the biggest impact on durability. Hayes advocates for vapor-open assemblies that can dry in both directions, and says that natural buildings omit the impervious surfaces that result with synthetic materials. He does, however, concede to relying on synthetics for membranes and air-sealing adhesives—because there aren’t any natural alternatives. Pro Clima products (Intello to the inside, Solitex on the exterior) are his current go-to. And 475 High Performance Building Supply is a regular source.Hayes demonstrates the success of his approach by recalling two projects that had him competing with SIP construction, which promises a level of performance Hayes matches. “Our projects met the standard for Efficiency Vermont 2.0. We went up against a SIP assembly with our 2×6 wall, cellulose cavity insulation, and Gutex exterior fiberboard. That’s all plant-based material—except for the membranes,” he says, adding that plant-based building materials exceed petroleum-based systems in terms of durability and performance. They also create a carbon bank that reduces atmospheric carbon counts.Operationally speaking, Hayes’s shop runs on solar energy; he builds modular components as much as possible, which limits vehicle trips back and forth to the site; and five of his employees live in the same town as the shop—the sixth has a 20-mile commute. “Using our shop is our best option for keeping daily emissions down,” Hayes explains, adding that he also uses local sources for timber and siding, thereby cutting shipping emissions. “We are lucky to have just about every material we need right here in Vermont,” he says. “We try to use local wood species for everything, and we trace materials that come from outside Vermont—such as FSC-certified fiberboard and cellulose.”Asked what technologies, if any, he finds useful for building low-carbon homes, Hayes names the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and WUFI energy-modeling software. “They are great tools but I think they need to be developed to be user-friendly and a little more available to builders.” However, he questions whether or not further technological advances would be beneficial. “I don’t think we necessarily need more technology,” he explains. “We need more education around the technology we have. And we need to make it standard and regulated—if we do that, then prices will come down, and people will be more familiar, less apprehensive. There will be better executions, better products, and healthier people and buildings.”So, what exactly is a low-carbon house?According to Maines, a low-carbon home should:Be as small as possible—ideally with multi-family or multi-generational occupants.Be PV-ready or include photovoltaic panels. PV-ready means designed, built, and sited in such a way that a reasonably sized photovoltaic array can handle all of the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. (PV panels pay their carbon debt in 2-4 years.)Be simple and durable. Simple shapes are easier to air-seal and insulate. They perform better in harsh weather, and require fewer materials and less maintenance than more complicated buildings. If you need to bring in a structural engineer, your design might be too complicated. Invest in the parts that are hard to change later.Use wood and wood-derived products as construction materials. Just make sure the wood is sustainably harvested—locally, if possible. Otherwise the trees are better left to remove CO2 through photosynthesis. In general, the more materials are processed, the higher their carbon footprint.Use air-source heat pumps. Mini-splits can be efficient to -15°F or below. They are affordable—especially for the sizes needed in a Pretty Good House 2.0—and they are relatively simple to install. For those who can’t stand the look of an appliance on the wall, there are slim-duct, ceiling cassette, and floor-mounted versions. However, the wall-mounted units are the most efficient, so learn to love them. Heat-pump water heaters are a no-brainer for most homes.Invest in the envelope. Insulation and air-sealing should be good enough that heating and cooling systems can be minimal, with indoor air quality and comfort levels that are very high.Be affordable, healthy, responsible, and resilient.Reflect the “KISS” principle (Keep It Simple and Safe). The house should be easy to operate and understand. Owner-proof systems should omit operator influence and/or error.Consider time-tested sensible strategies such as planting deciduous trees to shade the south and west walls (in the cold months, the leaves drop, letting natural light in), cooling with fans and natural convection rather than air conditioners, heating water with a wood stove, and air drying clothes.Be part of a sustainable community. Having access to community solar, jobs, and services nearby minimizes driving and enables the sharing of infrastructure costs. A home in the middle of the woods often comes with a bigger carbon footprint than a community-based home.Hayes says the 1800-sq.-ft. house pictured here meets the great majority of all ten requirements.Additionally, Maines says a low-carbon home should minimize or avoid:Concrete, which contributes 10% of man-made global warming emissions, partly through fuel to heat and move minerals, but 60% from release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from limestone (CaCO3) to get calcium oxide (CaO) for Portland cement.Foam, especially HFC (hydrofluorocarbon)-blown closed-cell spray foam and XPS (extruded polystyrene) rigid insulation. When building a new house there should be no need to use foam above grade.Combustion appliances, especially those that burn fossil fuels.Unhealthy materials.In Hayes’s house, items 1-4 have been addressed, as the structure is slab on grade with frost walls. “This particular home is largely comprised of natural carbon-sequestering materials—wood, wood fiber, and stone,” he says, adding that he is waiting on the results of a pending carbon analysis for this house, as well as another constructed last year.It gives me hope that a few builders, like Hayes, are having their projects analyzed for embodied carbon. Because carbon is the next frontier.-Kiley Jacques is design editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine. If you have a project that might be of interest to our readers, please send a short description and images to [email protected] Photos courtesy of Brian Hayes.For more on embodied carbon:Another Look at Embodied CarbonEmissions by the Construction IndustryAll About Embodied Energylast_img read more

Another BJP leader attacks municipal officer in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgBJP leader and his supporters allegedly attacked the chief municipal officer of a civic body in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday, leaving him seriously injured, just two days after party MLA Akash Vijayvargiya was arrested for assaulting an official with a cricket bat. Ramnagar Nagar Panchayat president Sushil Patel and his supporters allegedly attacked the civic body’s chief municipal officer D. Soni and a few corporators, police said. Patel, however, alleged that it was Soni who attacked him on the direction of a Congress leader. Both sides filed cases of assault against each other, police said. No one has been arrested yet. CCTV footage of the incident was being examined and the guilty will face action according to law, said district superintendent of police Riyaz Iqbal. According to police sources, Patel reached the Nagar Panchayat’s office with more than six persons and attacked the officer and a few corporators with sticks. A profusely bleeding Soni was first taken to Ramnagar Primary Health Centre and then to the district hospital, and his condition was stated to be serious, the sources said. According to sources in the Panchayat, Patel had threatened to beat up Soni at a meeting on Thursday. Akash Vijayvargiya is in judicial custody for assaulting the civic official with a cricket bat in Indore while opposing demolition of a house.last_img read more

Honda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash tests

first_imgThe new Honda CR-V has scored a perfect five-star in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In doing so, the SUV has joined the company’s other vehicles like of Jazz, HR-V and Civic, which have also garnered the highest possible ratings at the tests.Euro NCAP has created the five-star safety rating system to help consumers compare vehicles and identify the safest choice for their needs. The rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests. These tests represent important real life accident scenarios in a simplified way.Launched in India in October 2018, the new Honda CR-V makes use of the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Below are all the safety features available on the India-spec CR-V.– Dual i-SRS airbags for driver and front passenger– Front side airbags– Curtain airbags– Vehicle stability assist– Agile handling assist– Hill start assist– ABS with EBD– Brake Assist– Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold– Driver attention monitor– Lanewatch camera– Multi-view reverse camera with dynamic guidelines– Rear parking sensors– Emergency stop signal– Walk away auto lock– Front three-point load limiters with pretensionser ELR seatbelts– Driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder– ISO-FIX child seat anchorage– Child safety lock– Security alarm and immobilizerWith regard to “Adult Occupant” category, the Euro NCAP report for the Honda CR-V said that the passenger compartment of the CR-V remained stable in the frontal offset test and the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests at the low speeds.advertisement”In the frontal offset test, dummy readings of tensile forces indicated marginal protection of the neck for the 10-year dummy. Otherwise, protection of both dummies was good or adequate. In the side barrier test, protection of both child dummies was good and maximum points were scored. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in this seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the CR-V is designed could be properly installed and accommodated, including in the optional third row seats,” the report said for the “Child Occupant” division.In the “Vulnerable Road Users” group, the report said that the protection provided by the bonnet to the head of a struck pedestrian was good or adequate over most of its surface, with areas of good and poor performance. Protection of pedestrian’s legs was good in all test areas and the CR-V scored maximum points. The AEB system can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles.In India, Honda CR-V is available in two powertrains — a 2.0-litre, four cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC engine and a 1.6-litre, four cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC mill. The petrol motor is good for 154 PS of power and 189 Nm of torque and is mated to a CVT, while the diesel engine produces 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque and gets a nine-speed automatic transmission. The petrol variant comes in with only a 2WD option and the diesel variant has an option for 2WD as well as AWD.ALSO READ | Ferrari F8 Tributo revealed, new sports car to be more powerful than Ferrari 488 GTBALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo expected to be launched in MarchALSO READ | Tata Motors drives in 2019 Hexa, updated SUV gets new infotainment system and alloy wheelslast_img read more