Stabbing case held over until Wednesday

first_imgThe case against two people arrested in connection with the Josh Lequiere murder has been put off until Wednesday.- Advertisement – Very few details are available at this time, but our RCMP contacts have confirmed the case has been put off until Wednesday morning. Both the defense and Crown needed more time to review the case.On Saturday the RCMP arrested a 31 year-old male in a Fort St. John residence in connection with the stabbing. On Friday, a 28 year-old female turned herself into Police.At issue was the early morning stabbing, that resulted in the death last Thursday, of 28 year old Joshua James Lequiere whom police found wounded, in a pickup, in an apartment parking lot, on 93rd “A” Street.Police do not believe his murder was a random incident.Advertisement **Update – for more on this story, click herelast_img read more


first_imgChampagne flowed at National Lottery offices today as the Co. Donegal syndicate from Carrick collected Ireland’s latest multi million Euro Lotto prize.The happy group, who wish to remain anonymous, hit the jackpot on Saturday night and together will share over €2.9 million.“We can’t believe our luck,” said one of the syndicate members. “We must’ve checked the ticket a thousand times. We were sure we’d missed a number or something but now that we’re sitting here in National Lottery offices, it’s starting to feel real.” The group have been playing Lotto for a number of years.They haven’t made any plans for the windfall just yet but are looking forward to thinking about all the nice things they can now buy.They picked their own numbers and bought their €8 ticket in John Quinns, Carrick, Co. Donegal. It’s the first time the store has sold a National Lottery top prize winning ticket.This is the 84th Lotto jackpot win for Co. Donegal. Jackpot winners from the county have taken home over €26.1 million in winnings.  DONEGAL LOTTO SYNDICATE COLLECT THEIR €2.9M CASH was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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

Fury over latest raids on home of elderly attending mass

first_imgA county councillor has slammed those responsible for two more attacks on the homes of elderly people which took place while they were at mass.The heartless thieves broke into the homes of two more pensioners while they were at mass in the village of Killea this morning (Sun).This is the fourth such robbery in the past two weeks. Gardai are still trying to assess what was taken in the latest raids.The thieves caused considerable damage when they entered the neighbouring homes and ransacked the properties looking for valuables.It comes just two weeks after thieves broke into the homes of elderly pensioners in the nearby villages of Raphoe and St Johnston.Both money and jewelery was taken in those raids and the homes were also ransacked when the elderly mass-goers returned to their homes. Local county councillor Paul Canning has condemned those responsible for the heartless attacks.“You can’t get any lower than this. These poor people are simply going about their own business and going to mass on a Sunday morning and this is what happens to them.“It’s horrible to think that they are being watched so that when they leave their homes these people breaking into their homes.“It would appear that patio doors are an issue and they can simply smash them and get into homes no matter how many locks are on them,” he said.Councillor Canning said the law has to come down heavier on people who commit these callous crimes. “In my opinion, the courts simply aren’t coming down strong enough on people who carry out crimes such as thing.“They get a slap on the wrists from the judge and they are released to commit these crimes again.“We have to get tougher and we have to show these people that if they prey on our old people or anybody for that matter then they will pay a serious price for it,” he added.The daughter of one of the pensioners targeted two weeks ago in a similar raid posted a message on Facebook earlier condemning the latest raids. Jacqueline Young, whose mother had jewelery and cash taken from her St Johnston home said “Probably the same scum who did the house in Raphoe while pensioners were at mass and then my mum’s house an hour later.”Gardai are due to carry out a full forensic investigation into the scenes of the latest break-ins later today.Fury over latest raids on home of elderly attending mass was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:attackburglaryGardaiKilleamassraidlast_img read more

Raiders hurting after loss in London, but not as much as their fan base

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.The Raiders’ 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in London’s Wembley Stadium was much worse than the final score or the final statistics — both of which were bad enough.It represented the loss of hope for the season as well as the chance any East Bay-based fans will ever have of seeing an NFL team in Oakland amount to anything more than an …last_img read more

What Exactly Is a Low-Load Home?

first_imgI found out last month that the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is working on a new design manual.  You certainly know of some of their other manuals:  Manual J, Manual S, Manual D, Manual T… maybe even Manual P. They have quite a few others as well (H, Zr…) but now they’re working on one that will address a part of the market we encounter more and more often.  And that would be low-load homes.ACCA put out a call for volunteers to work on the manual in the spring of this year.  (Applications were due in April, so it’s too late to apply now.)  The objectives of the new manual, at least as specified in the call for volunteers, are:Defining low-load homes’ characteristics (i.e., low infiltration, sealed-combustion appliances, ducts in conditioned space, low CFM exhaust fans, etc.).Resolving ventilation requirements (for occupant health and safety) while maintaining moisture control.Addressing ancillary dehumidification equipment for humid locations.Offering air distribution strategies for occupant comfort; especially problematic when a 2,000 square foot home (and larger) may only need one-ton of air conditioning (hence, only 400 cfm of total airflow is available). 1,500 square feet per ton of coolingAt the ASHRAE conference in Houston, I spoke with someone who’s on the task force and was told they’re defining a low-load home as a house that has a house-size-to-load ratio of 1,500 square feet per ton or greater.  That sounds about right to me.  At the low end, that means a 2,000 square foot house would need only about 16,000 BTU per hour of heating or cooling capacity. That’s an air conditioner or heat pump smaller than 1.5 ton!And that’s just the starting point for low-load homes.  We’ve done load calculations for homes that are in the 2,500 to 3,000 square feet per ton range.  (See my 2016 article with data from our results.)  Here we’re talking about a 2,000 square foot home that needs less than a ton of cooling. As the objectives above point out, heating or cooling 2,000 square feet with 400 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow is a challenge.This is an important issue because manufacturers have been slow to make low-capacity equipment for low-load homes.  Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking:  Why should manufacturers make smaller equipment since low-load homes are just a tiny niche in the larger market?Condos and apartments have low loadsAh, but that’s not really true.  Low-load homes may be a tiny niche among single-family detached homes but not when you get to multifamily homes (apartments and condos).  Because of all the adiabatic walls, floors, and ceilings (i.e. parts of the building enclosure with no temperature difference and thus no heat flow across them), many multifamily dwelling units hit that low-load threshold of 1,500 s.f./ton simply by meeting code. And to make it even worse, they’re smaller and thus need smaller equipment — even when they’re not that efficient.Back in 2012, Professor John Straube gave a full-day presentation on mechanical systems for low-load homes at Building Science Corporation’s Experts’ Session.  He’s a Canadian and gave only a number for heating, but he defined a low-load home as one having a peak heating load of 15,000 to 30,000 BTU/hour. Most code-compliant multifamily dwellings would be there or lower.Homes meeting the Passive House standard have low loads, tooPassive House is the ultimate low-load home program.  They’re all about increasing the insulation and airtightness while decreasing the heat transfer through thermal bridges.  Their requirements result in homes with heating and cooling loads in the range of 2,500 to 3,000 s.f./ton.The German Passivhaus program’s peak heating load limit is 3.2 BTU/hour/s.f. Converting to s.f./(12,000 BTU/hour) yields 3,750 s.f./ton. (One ton of heating or cooling equals 12,000 BTU per hour.)  I believe the PHI peak cooling load is the same with an allowance for dehumidification. PHIUS peak load limits vary by location (since they believe one size does not fit all).  Peak heating load thresholds vary from less than 2 BTU/hour/s.f. to about 7 BTU/hour/s.f. Those numbers convert to 1,700 s.f./ton to 6,000 s.f./ton.The PHIUS peak cooling loads are specified two ways.  There’s one limit for the Passive House calculations and a different limit for the Manual J calculations.  In Anchorage, Alaska, for example, those numbers are 2.6 BTU/hour/s.f. (4,615 s.f./ton) and 3.7 BTU/hour/s.f. (3,243 s.f./ton) respectively.  In Scottsdale, Arizona, the numbers are 7.9 BTU/hour/s.f. (1,519 s.f./ton) and 11.3 BTU/hour/s.f. (1,062 s.f./ton).Here in the Atlanta area, the numbers are 4.8 BTU/hour/s.f. (2,500 s.f./ton) and 6.9 BTU/hour/s.f. (1,739 s.f./ton). (Here’s the link to the PHIUS map should you want to check it out.)Heating and cooling with minisplit heat pumpsIn our HVAC design work at Energy Vanguard, our clients often end up going with something other than conventional equipment for the homes with really low loads.  Ducted and ductless minisplit heat pumps, mostly Mitsubishi, are the standard choice in those cases. (Disclosure: Mitsubishi is an advertiser in the Energy Vanguard Blog.)In the world of green building, we talk about low-load homes a lot.  We know it’s possible.  We’ve been proving it for a long time now.  But we’ve been a small niche in the market.  With the pressures of improving energy codes, accelerating climate change, and increasing multifamily construction, low-load homes are making their presence known.  That the HVAC contractors’ trade association, ACCA, is working on a low-load homes manual proves it. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESChoosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient HomeHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseHeating Options for a Small HomeFinally, a Right-Sized FurnaceUsing a Tankless Water Heater for Space Heat Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseMechanical Systems for Low-Load Buildingslast_img read more