‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Green building assessments versus energy audits

first_imgEnergy audits can be a single slice evaluation of home performance, just looking at energy, albeit in a comprehensive analysis of energy performance. Whole-house assessments are green because they take a systems integration approach to evaluating home performance, looking at the individual and combined effects of energy, water, indoor air quality, and durability performance.What can be troubling are the unintended consequences of straight energy improvements, erosion of home performance that can inherently and inadvertently accompany reducing heat loss/gain and air sealing. Here are the most common unintended consequences of energy improvements:• Combustion safety – Every combustion appliance, be it a gas water heater, propane cooktop, gas clothes dryer, or oil-fired boiler needs make-up air. Any one of these appliances may have exhibited adequate performance when the home was leaky, but air tightening can result in backdrafting problems and increased carbon monoxide (CO) levels inside the home.Pressure measurements using a manometer and CAZ (combustion appliance zone) worst case depressurization testing address this issue.• Radon – Air tightening can increase radon levels in a home. When I insulated and air sealed our basement about 8 years ago, the radon levels doubled, from about 6 picocuries per liter (pc/l) to over 12 pc/l. Since radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, as well as a known carcinogen, keeping track of radon levels should start at the assessment and carry through as home improvements are made.Short-term electronic testing (2 – 3 days) for radon can give an adequate indication of radon problems (in a closed-up home) as part of the initial building assessment.• Moisture – Energy flows through building assemblies dries them out. A level of wetting that was never a problem can easily become one as we increase the energy efficiency (decrease the energy flows through) of a home. We have to worry about 4 ways moisture moves about: bulk water (ground water, rain, snow), capillary water (wicking through porous building materials), air-transported moisture (moisture condensing as air leaks into a home during the cooling season or out of a home during the heating season), and vapor diffusion. Any one of these or a combination can create a mold or even rot problem for a home whose moisture performance has not really changed while its energy performance has.Gross level inspection of bulk water drainage (over the structure and then ground drainage patterns), moisture meter testing, blower door testing, and vapor profiling (relative vapor permeabilities of building assembly components) can all be done as part of the building assessment (we will be addressing the vapor profile concept in a subsequent blog).• Structural – It’s not uncommon for previous electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work to have compromised the home’s structure. And this is something that can be a problem with new work as well. On the other hand, solving existing structural problems or plans to avoid new ones can be an important part of or follow-up to the initial building assessment.Visual inspection of the home’s framing can largely be done without invasive inspection.• Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) – Although the science and human health impacts of EMF in homes are far from adequately researched or understood, low- or no-cost prudent avoidance is a good policy. Common problems include the way the electric panel is grounded to plumbing, knob-and-tube wiring, and devices such as microwaves.A gauss meter is easily used to assess likely EMF problem locations.Each and all of these issues can be readily assessed and then addressed in a whole building assessment and subsequent home improvement plan. We will take a closer look at each of these issues in subsequent blogs.last_img read more

Investment Firm Watermill Group Buys Manistique Papers

first_imgThe Watermill Group, an investment firm with a growing portfolio of paper manufacturers that specialize in recycled content, will acquire Manistique, Michigan-based Manistique Papers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Manistique makes 100 percent recycled uncoated paper and will be aligned with Watermill’s other portfolio company, FutureMark Paper, which makes 100 percent recycled coated publication paper. The two manufacturers will be run as sister companies with a shared management structure headed by FutureMark president and CEO Steve Silver. While the two companies will exist under close cooperation by developing shared best practices and resources, they will remain separately owned and operated, says Watermill. “We believe we can help bring new value and opportunity to Manistique’s operation while expanding FutureMark’s leadership in environmental paper,” says Silver in a statement announcing the deal. “As reflected by our success with FutureMark, which saw revenues climb 15 percent in a declining market last year, we’ve found a business model for the paper industry that works, and we’re eager to apply this strategy to Manistique while allowing both organizations to flourish as separate, focused operations.”Manistique Papers can produce 500 tons of recycled pulp per day and approximately 130,000 tons per year of uncoated, 100 percent recycled paper. Together, Manistique and FutureMark produce about 300,000 tons of recycled paper per year.last_img read more

Fmr Congressman Dellums Named Social Work Cosby Scholar at Howard University

first_imgFormer Congressman, Ronald Dellums.Former member of the U.S. House of Representative and political activist Ronald Dellums was recognized as the 2014-15 William H. Cosby Jr. and Camille O. Hanks Cosby Scholar at Howard University.In his role as the Cosby scholar, Dellums is charged with working with Howard’s faculty and students at the university’s School of Social Work on issues related to social justice and social work topics.During the academic year, Dellums will be based in the E. Franklin Frazier Center and will present a forum titled “The Politics of Ferguson,” in addition to delivering a presentation on poverty among older veterans to the Multidisciplinary Center.“Congressman Dellums will help to stimulate a needed dialogue and direction related to public policy, poverty and social work,” interim Dean of the School of Social Work Sandra Edmonds Crewe said in a statement.Dellums was born and raised in West Oakland, Calif. and attended San Francisco University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He received a masters in social work from the University of California, Berkeley.Dellums is noted as a political leader, an avid advocate for peace and social equality, a teacher and the author of several books.  He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 terms and served as the mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011.last_img read more

National Museum gallery of dececorative arts gets a revamp

first_imgDecked up with some prized specimens and decorative objects of utility from 18th and 19th century, the National Museum’s gallery of decorative arts in Delhi got a makeover recently. Union Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, will formally inaugurate the renovated art gallery on 5 July. The gallery would now display a fascinating set of historical objects crafted for daily, ceremonial and religious uses from a variety of materials like ivory, jade and ceramic.  Enriched with a grand set of colourful and ornate artefacts, the gallery will be opened to the art connoisseurs in the capital.last_img

Counting children as bonus audience for Mr X Emraan Hashmi

first_imgActor Emraan Hashmi says he cannot ‘risk’ making a film catering only to children. However, he hopes that his forthcoming film Mr. X on an invisible man, draws children to theatres.” I am counting kids as a bonus audience for Mr. X. I cannot take a risk of making a film only for children… it will be risky for me to do so,” Emraan said here. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, Mr. X, which releases on Friday, features Amyra Dastur with Emraan.While the actor hopes the movie is received well, he says he is neither attached to success nor to failure.“I have learnt from my mistakes. As an actor, I am neither attached to the success nor to failure. I feel success is more dangerous,” he said.Emraan will be seen as an invisible ATS officer in Mr. X.last_img

Mans sex toys shut down Berlin airport terminal

first_imgTags: Airport, Berlin, Funny Share Thursday, August 9, 2018 Man’s sex toys shut down Berlin airport terminal Travelweek Group center_img BERLIN — Things got a little kinky at Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport on Tuesday when various sex toys were mistaken for a bomb, causing a partial closure of one of its terminals.According to CNN, airport employees came across suspicious content inside a piece of luggage. Initial X-ray scans of the items were unclear and so an alert was issued around 11 a.m., which prompted the closure of Terminal D.Police were eventually called to inspect the suspicious items, and the owner of the bag was paged over the speaker system to retrieve his luggage.Not surprisingly, the passenger was reluctant to properly identify the objects, saying instead that it was all just “technical stuff”.After an hour-long investigation that involved an actual bomb squad, airport officials eventually concluded that the suspicious items were simply sex toys. The terminal reopened at noon.Crisis averted! Level-10 embarrassment, however, not so much. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more