2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Altadena Chamber of Commerce to Award Citizen and Business Of The Year at Annual Awards and Installation Dinner Friday, February 3 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 27, 2017 | 4:59 pm HerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Elliot Gold (l) and Patrick and Mary Gothard (r)On Friday, February 3, 2017, the Altadena Chamber will host the 93rd Annual Awards & Installation Dinner, honoring Citizen Of The Year – Elliot Gold and Business Of The Year – Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, accepted by Patrick and Mary Gothard. The event will take place at the Altadena Town & Country Club and will include a live auction to benefit the Marion Lee Wullschlager Scholarship Fund. Open Studios will have artwork on display from local artists.Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.altadenachamber.org/about-us/citizen-of-the-year/. To RSVP and for more information, contact (626) 794-3988 or email [email protected] Town & Country Club is located at 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week
What impact does a sudden delisting have on a small food and drink brand?“The impact has the potential to be catastrophic.” says Alexander. “Small food and drink brands don’t sit on large reserves of cash, nor can they afford large amounts of product wastage. If they have produced stock they were expecting to sell but don’t have the channels to sell them through, the resulting lack of liquidity could be severely detrimental.”Delistings: have supermarket product ranges shrunk for good?Adds Palmer: “It is not just the lost turnover that can cause a real problem for the supplier. It’s also the investment in the requisite workforce and the capex of machinery and tooling.”What actions can brands take immediately after a delisting?“This depends on a number of factors,” says Alexander. “If a delisting comes from a major retailer without reasonable notice, it may be against GSCOP guidelines and the brand will have the right to challenge the decision. I would encourage brands to check this immediately.“However with smaller, independent retailers, the reality is that there’s not much brands can do. In his case their primary focus should be to recover the income through alternative routes as quickly as possible and try to clear the stock they thought they were going to sell.”When thinking longer term, what should the next steps be?“Diversification diversification and more diversification,” says Palmer. “Supermarkets can be demanding customers in terms of delivery and pricing but they do offer volume. The demands they place can also make it difficult for suppliers to build a diverse customer base, but to do so is the only way to be able to withstand what will be a massive reduction in turnover if the brand is delisted.”Brands shouldn’t shy away from discussing the reasons behind the delisting with the retailer, according to Alexander.Guide for SMEs: How to nail your CBILS application in eight steps“Before you can move forward you must face the hard truth of what happened, whether it was due to poor sales, an inferior product or any other factor caused by the brand itself,” says Alexander.“Similarly, it might have been as a result of something completely out of the brand’s control and this changes the landscape entirely. If it is the former, it would be a strong signal for the brand to undertake strategic self-reflection and re-evaluate their proposition for the longer term. If it is the latter, sit down again with the buyer to understand how the climatic influences need to change in order to get the brand back on the shelf.”Is a delisting always a sign that a brand will go under?No.”A big question is the level of dependency of the brand on that retailer,” said Alexander. “If that customer represents 90% of the brand’s sales and they experienced a sudden delisting, it would be a high-risk situation for survival but even then there are still ways to build new routes to market if this can be done quickly. But if the brand has diversified its customer base and the percentage of dependency on the delisting retailer is more balanced against other retailers, or they have other SKUs still in play, they could weather the storm.”And consumer trends emerging from the pandemic don’t necessarily spell disaster either, according to Palmer. “On the one hand, the pandemic shows customers are relying more on traditional comfort brands but on the other hand, there’s greater willingness to try new products because people are cooking at home more.”Can brands get relisted? What’s the best way to start that process?“Absolutely they can,” says Alexander. “If the reasons for the delisting were within the control of the brand, they could come back to the buyer and demonstrate that they have taken the feedback on board, made crucial changes and show with confidence that they have resolved the problem.“For reasons outside their control, they should aim to maintain a good relationship with the buyer, reignite conversations and work together to monitor when favourable climatic conditions are on the horizon so that the brand is front of mind for relisting.”Palmer says a delisting creates the right opportunity for brands to diversify.“Keep an ongoing dialogue with the supermarkets but also explore other customer bases. Don’t be held to ransom or have your margins squeezed even further to secure a relisting.” Guide to SMEs_Article image_long,This is part of our free series, Guide for SMEs, which aims to provide practical, actionable advice for small food and drink brands affected by the coronavirus crisisWe know that the coronavirus has changed the world forever, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that it has also sparked dramatic changes to what’s on shelf in the supermarkets. As a result of the nation rushing out to panic-buy essentials, buyers have had to rethink their ranges and make drastic changes to ensure supply. As a result, many small suppliers are facing the loss of their supermarket listings.For some insight into what to do if you think your brand is vulnerable, we spoke to Julie Palmer, regional managing partner at corporate recovery specialists Begbies Traynor and Theadora Alexander, co founder of challenger brand community Young Foodies.
Facebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bridget Parent, Olympia Food Cooperative Meat Department Manager for Olympia Food Co-opThe Olympia Food Co-op’s Meat Department would like to introduce you to the four food groups of Winter 2018 – chicken, beef, fish, and buffalo! Ok, there are other food groups, but we’re biased in the Meat Department. Our membership counts on us to research and support individuals who are good stewards of their animals and the environment. We’re proud to present four Co-op vendors whose missions and visions align with ours.The Colvin Ranch near Tenino has been raising quality beef for four generations. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opColvin Ranch is a fourth-generation family ranch dedicated to raising high quality, grass fed beef. Located near Tenino, the ranch is protected with an agricultural conservation easement through the USDA which means it will always be used for farming, never developed. Fred and Katherine use sustainable grazing practices that allow native and endangered plants to thrive on their prairie. Their cows have ample room to roam and Fred explained to me that they keep their cattle’s stress level down by designing corral areas that follow the animal’s instinctual movements. Taking advise from Temple Grandin, Fred says he gets down to their level to see what they see. We sell their ground beef, round steak, sirloin tip, top sirloin, and soup bones. You can also find them at the Proctor Market in Tacoma and order from them directly.Golden Catch is owned and operated by Gene Maltzeff. He fishes for our salmon in Bristol Bay and the fish are processed in Naknek, Alaska. Gene sets his standards high and it shows in the quality of our salmon. Gene believes the most important part of his job is respecting the fish. He adheres to best practices when catching and handling the salmon. They’re not thrown about, they’re bled right away and cooled quickly. It’s a pleasure doing business with Gene and he’s always excited to talk about salmon. You’ll find frozen salmon, sockeye fillets and cod portions in our stores. For more information, email [email protected], Hanna, and John Hagara of Chehalis Valley Farm. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-opThe Chehalis Valley Farm started in 2013 in Elma, Washington. John Hagara raises chickens and pigs with the help of paid interns, Hanna and Chris. Their first year, John raised 50 birds; this year they processed 2,000 birds, in their own WSDA certified facility, and they have 40 pigs they will sell this November. They sell to the Co-op and Spuds Market and at The Olympia and Proctor Farmer’s Markets. Their pigs and chickens are well cared for and fed non-GMO grain grown here in Washington. John believes in the importance of local; his products will never travel further than 200 miles. You’ll find whole birds, livers and hearts in both our stores.Wild Idea is located in South Dakota. Not local, no, but this company is outstanding. The Cheyenne River ranch is just west of the Badlands national Park and north of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dan and Jill O’Brian started Wild Idea in 1997 with preservation in mind. “Our bison graze like their ancestors did, eating nothing but the grass beneath their feet. The nutrient dense grasses produce a delicious healthy red meat rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike most buffalo on the market today, Wild Idea buffalo are never feedlot confined or finished on GMO corn. Additionally, our buffalo restore the wildlands agrees to a greater level of biodiversity.” Dan has been a rancher and wildlife biologist for more than 30 years. He’s also a falconer and writer, with several books published, including Buffalo For The Broken Heart which explores the history of the ranch and their conversion from beef to buffalo. Jill has owned several restaurants and a catering business, creates recipes for the Wild Idea test kitchen. She takes the photos and operates an eco-tourism business. You can find ground buffalo, stew meat, and soup bones in our stores.These, and other fine companies we support may carry products we don’t stock at our stores, but are available for special order. Please contact [email protected], meat manager at the west side or [email protected], meat manager at the east side Olympia Food Cooperative. We’d love to hear from you with questions, concerns, or ideas.For 40 years, the Olympia Food Co-op and our membership have supported local producers in our community. With low mark-ups for local products, every time a purchase is made from our stores, the vendor gets most of the sale. Everybody is welcome to shop. We have two locations, and both stores are open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It was his belief that success is possible that led to David’s various charitable endeavors in Red Bank. After selling TAS to Bowthorpe PLC, he began to apply the scientific method to the problem of education in Red Bank and developed a new hypothesis: “If all segments of the Red Bank community work together to devise and execute a plan to address the academic, social, and cultural needs of Red Bank children, academic results will improve.”Tarver reached out to parents, teachers, community members, social service agencies and school administrators in an effort to build the connections necessary to improve the school system.In September of 2001, Tarver and the group he called the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative held the first meeting in the organization’s history at the Molly Pitcher Inn.By 2004, the RBEDI had helped to increase the percentage of students who passed the New Jersey eighth grade performance assessment from twenty five to sixty percent.The improvements that came about in Red Bank were due to the efforts of a number of dedicated educators and community members, Tarver stressed..“ I take credit for bringing the community together and for being a catalyst,” Tarver says. “(But) the credit for academic improvement should go to the administrators, teachers, parents, and above all, students, who achieved the results.” While he still visits Red Bank,Tarver returned to his home state of Michigan a few years ago.In a recent interview in Red Bank, Tarver discussed some of the struggles facing children in Red Bank. Speaking of his early days of involvement with the local YMCA, he noted that there were few African American children enrolled in classes and activities at the Y.Tarver, who says he grew up in the “Golden Age of Flint,” with many activities and opportunities available to him, said he wanted to ensure that African American children in Red Bank have access to programs and activities that he enjoyed despite any challenging circumstances they may experience.“It’s not easy when you have a kid who doesn’t have support.”When asked for further insight into how Red Bank can help to continue the work that he began with the RBEDI, he noted that “one of the things parents need is a way to know what to do to support their kids. The people who are a support system for a kid need a support system.”Tarver, who seems to always be on the lookout for an innovative solution, related a story about visiting Healdsburg, Ca. during a week in which local restaurants participated in a charity drive for schools, giving some of their proceeds back to the community.It is this kind of initiative, Tarver believes, that Red Bank needs in order to help children achieve success.And students, he said, can form their own hypothesis and discover where it leads – for example, “If you take a course, show up, behave, do your work, and be curious, what results can you achieve?”The memoir, Proving Ground will be published in June and available at local bookstores and on the web.A special, hardcover edition of the book may be ordered now from www.provinggroundbook.com and will ship in April. David TarverBy Frank AlvarezRED BANK – The name ‘David Tarver’ is a familiar one in Red Bank.From his involvement with the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative (RBEDI), to his service as president of the Count Basie Learning Center Board of Trustees, Tarver has been a strong advocate for improving the public education system and increasing opportunities for Red Bank children to succeed.His commitment to that cause was built upon the success that Tarver himself achieved with decades of hard work and determination. Before becoming involved in his community,Tarver spent twelve years developing Telecom Analysis Systems (TAS), a company that he and his co-founders eventually sold for millions of dollars.That achievement gave Tarver time – time he chose to invest in his community and to look back on the many roads he has traveled.In his new book, Proving Ground, Tarver relates the story of his success.A keenly inspiring read, Proving Ground starts the reader in Flint, Michigan, where a young David Tarver is losing annual science fairs. It wasn’t until he took a judge’s advice to heart and applied the scientific method to his projects that Tarver began to succeed.The cover of Tarver’s memoir, Proving GroundWhat he learned in Flint became the foundation for his professional life, and he uses that experience to illustrate how the kid from Flint made himself into an international businessman.The scientific method also played a role in his decision to go into business for himself.The initial hypothesis was based on his belief that it was “possible for three young black men to create and run a successful high-tech company,” Tarver said.Tarver had a clear view of his aims, and Proving Ground tracks the struggles and successes he experienced right up to the moment when he was able to confirm his hypothesis. With an education in electrical engineering, David moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Laboratories in 1976, at a time when it was at the pinnacle of technological development.It was there that he began to develop the ideas that would lead to the creation of Telecom Analysis Systems. For twelve years, Tarver and TAS co-founders Charles Simmons and Steve Moore, built TAS up, transforming it from a small operation headquartered in Tarver’s basement into a multi-million dollar company.Tarver’s tone is casual and endearing as he walks the reader through the risks associated with leaving one’s job to pursue a long-held dream, but the details of the story are striking. A truly self-made man, David Tarver’s story shows exactly what it takes to achieve success.
With just six days remaining before the 90-day deadline expires to host national elections, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has written several international bodies requesting that they do not recognise the Coalition Government after March 21.Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that letters have been written to the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).“In all three cases, we are requesting that these agencies not recognise the Government of Guyana after March 21. There are other issues we’ve raised in the letters; we give them a detailed briefing as to how the Government has deliberately been slowing down the process of complying with the Constitution; how they’ve acted in bad faith throughout, even at the engagements we’ve had; and so we’ve brought the international organisations up to speed on those things, and we’ve requested non-recognition of the Government,” Jagdeo asserted.He noted that these international bodies have acknowledged receipt of the letters but did not indicate their positions on how they will treat the Government post March 21.Nevertheless, Jagdeo said, they will be following-up with these bodies. In fact, he disclosed that he had already contacted the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, and plans to do the same with the heads of the other organisations.In addition, the Opposition Leader pointed out that over the coming days the Opposition will also be re-engaging the diplomatic community to discuss, among other issues, non-recognition of the Coalition Government. The first meeting is expected to be held sometime today.But even as the PPP Opposition continues to lobby the international community, questions were raised about the party’s past attacks on diplomats here.Referring to the controversial ‘feral blast’ delivered by the PPP administration against the United States (U.S.) envoy back in 2014, Jagdeo explained that “It was not the concern about a statement on local government elections that triggered what may seem as a harsh response from the Government at that time. It was the personal comments in relation to (former) President Donald Ramotar, and that we take strongly… The international community has always been involved in Guyana on the democracy front…so urging them to be involved now is nothing new.”Further, he reminded that back in 2016, President David Granger, as Opposition Leader then, had called for international sanctions against Guyana if the PPP administration did not reconvene Parliament after the prorogation, to face the no-confidence motion.“He called for sanctions against Guyana (in 2014), and today he’s saying, when the external forces say that you have to have elections and you have to respect the constitution… he’s lecturing about “mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs”,” Jagdeo noted, while referring to the Head of State’s comments during the accreditation ceremony of new U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch, who said on Wednesday that her country will continue to support “genuinely free and fair” elections in Guyana.The Opposition Leader further spoke about the “non-interference” versus the “non-indifference” concept adopted in the Constitutive Act of the African Union.“They have a new principle of non-indifference as opposed to the non-interference in the domestic affairs of member states… When there is a serious threat to legitimate order… the world and the African Union will not have an indifferent approach… and we all recognise that in Guyana there is a threat to legitimate order; that the Government will become unconstitutional…” he asserted.Meanwhile, during the media briefing, Jagdeo disclosed that last week he received a telephone call from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and took the opportunity to update him on the looming political crisis.“I did not mention it last week that we had a conversation because President Carter said to me he was trying to get onto President Granger, and did not want, as soon as I get the call, go in the media and talk about. So I give him enough time for that, and I thought it was necessary for Guyanese to know that I received a call and I spoke with him, but I prefer to keep a little quite on the content at this point in time, until I hear back from him as to whether he had spoken to President Granger,” the Opposition Leader noted.While it is still unclear whether the former U.S. President had since contacted the Guyanese Leader, the Government, in a statement on Thursday, said that Jagdeo’s interpretation of the Constitution is flawed, and that President David Granger will remain President until the new president is sworn in. More so, the release stated that the members of the Coalition Government have not resigned.“There is no provision in the Constitution of Guyana which requires the President to resign or demit office following the passage of a no-confidence motion… [Jagdeo’s] statement is patently flawed and must be rejected outrightly,” the missive from the Government stated.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion of no- confidence against the APNU+AFC Coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders, including foreign diplomats here, for the Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections.In fact, earlier this week, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three months’ deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires next Thursday.Representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.
Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (this entry) The list will probably continue to grow. Although the current paper assumes billions of years of evolution, it’s a problem for evolutionists of all stripes: atheistic, deistic and theistic. Why? They all need billions of years. Theistic evolutionists, for instance, would need for God to intervene and move the earth as the habitable zone evolves. If the solar system were created much more recently, this is not a problem at all. The hopes of Carl Sagan and other astronomers of the 1980s for billions and billions of worlds filled with life are looking more simplistic with each new discovery. The earth is looking more Biblical all the while. The chemistry of a parent star can have drastic effects on the habitability of an earth-like planet.Scientists at the University of Arizona have added another factor to consider when looking for habitable planets. PhysOrg reported,As a star evolves, it becomes brighter, causing the habitable zone to move outwards through its solar system. The team’s study indicates that a greater abundance of oxygen, carbon, sodium, magnesium and silicon should be a plus for an inner solar system’s long-term habitability because the abundance of these elements make the star cooler and cause it to evolve more slowly, thereby giving planets in its habitable zone more time to develop life as we know it….The stellar abundance of oxygen seems crucial in determining how long planets stay in the habitable zone around their host star. If there had been less oxygen in the Sun’s chemical makeup, for example, Earth likely would have been pushed out of the Sun’s habitable zone about a billion years ago, well before complex organisms evolved. Considering the first complex multicellular organisms only arose about 650 million years ago, such a move would have likely destroyed any chance of complex life taking hold on Earth.There are probably other factors, too: “Habitability is very difficult to quantify because it depends on a huge number of variables, some of which we have yet to identify,” said the university’s assistant professor of School of Earth and Space Exploration, Patrick Young.Update 9/11/2012: The BBC News claims that habitable planets may be more abundant due to the fact that water can exist under the surface, even outside the habitable zone where liquid water can exist. There are, however, constraints on how long a body’s internal heat can last. Water is not alive; many other factors are required for life. Even if life were possible in a deep, dark, subsurface ocean, it would not be the kind humans would be able to learn about or would want to contact. That being so, it remains a theoretical possibility only, not conducive to observation.Let’s tally up the factors we’ve reported so far that make the “Goldilocks Zone” more complicated than just allowing for liquid water: (Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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The owners like the Passivhaus approachPaul and Diane Honig weighed their options carefully before undertaking the project and considered buying and renovating as well as new construction. In the end, the Passivhaus approach held the most appeal.“I had read about the whole concept of Passivhaus in The New York Times — I don’t know, five years ago — about a house being built in Germany, and I thought it was kind of a cool idea,” Paul said. “I liked the idea that you make an investment up front and you get paid back in three ways: you have a more comfortable place to live, you save money in reduced energy costs, and you do something good for the environment. It seemed to make a lot of sense to me.”And as far as choosing Passivhaus certification over a less stringent but still energy-efficient design, he said, “If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it. And since we were starting from scratch I don’t think it was that much extra effort to get the house to perform to the Passivhaus standard.”Diane was especially drawn to the indoor air quality and comfortable temperatures the design promised, in part because she grew up in New York City apartments were no one really has any control over the indoor air environment. “There are so many quality-of-life benefits to Passivhaus as well,” she says. “That was one of the things I liked about Passivhaus specifically, rather than just a ‘green’ house that lots of green aspects to it.”The Honigs were in the house when Hurricane Sandy struck last fall, and lived through a couple of blizzards this past winter.“The interesting thing was the quiet,” Diane says. “It was eerily quiet. Where other people told me it sounded like there was a freight train coming through their house during the hurricane, we heard little tippy-tapping of rain on the windows, occasionally. It was weird. We were looking outside watching the trees blow 10 feet in each direction and we didn’t hear a thing.” A 3,561-sq. ft. home in Harwinton, Conn., is the state’s first certified Passivhaus and the overall winner of the 2012 Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, a statewide design/build competition that recognizes energy-efficient building practices.The three-bedroom house was designed and built by Wolfworks Inc., of Avon, Conn., and incorporated a variety of features to help it meet the Passivhaus standard for low energy use and low rates of air infiltration.In addition to winning the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, the Harwinton house also won three of the four contest categories, including the lowest HERS index (-12), the lowest projected annual net operating cost ($64), and most affordable project ($169 per square foot).Homeowners Diane and Paul Honig moved in last October. Some of the highlights detailed by builder Jamie Wolf:A double stud wall consisting of two 2×4 stud walls separated by 5 inches of rigid foam insulation (4 inches of expanded polystyrene and 1 inch of polyisocyanurate) sheathed with Zip System OSB.Dense-packed cellulose insulation in the walls and 24 inches of loose-fill cellulose in the roof trusses.Raised-heel roof trusses.Triple-glazed tilt-turn windows.Windows with a high solar heat gain coefficient on both the north- and south-facing walls.A photovoltaic system with a rated capacity of 10.5 kW and a homeowner-built solar domestic hot water system.Ducted minisplit heating and cooling and a heat-recovery ventilator. Rigorous building practicesWolf went to great lengths to limit air infiltration, including the use of EPDM sill seal, air-sealing tapes around windows and on sheathing seams, and a layer of taped sheathing on the bottom of the roof trusses as an air barrier. Builders were rewarded with very low air leakage: the blower-door result was 0.34 air changes per hour at 50 pascals. That’s far below the Passivhaus threshold of 0.6 ach50.The insulation values were equally impressive: R-28 slab, R-32 foundation, R-46 walls, and an R-83 roof.If you’re interested in learning more about the house, there are at least three good sources of information: a blog written by Diane Honig, the website for Wolfworks, which also includes a very detailed description of the project written by Wolf, and the website for the CT Zero Energy Challenge.Wolf says the project was his first net-zero house and the first Passivhaus design that went all the way through construction (he designed a couple of Passivhaus projects earlier but they were never built). Wolf started as a house painter, then got into remodeling. Eventually he became interested in Passivhaus construction, “drank the Kool-Aid,” and became a certified Passivhaus consultant. Because of that certification, the Honigs contacted him.
The much-anticipated expansion of the Maharashtra Cabinet will take place on Sunday with 12 cabinet and ministers of state likely to be sworn in. While confirming this Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis added a word of caution and said a final meeting was pending with Shiv Sena to formalise last- minute names. “Cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow (Sunday). We have had one round of meeting with the allies on Friday and a final meeting will take place today,” he said after meeting Union Ministers at New Delhi on Saturday. This was later confirmed by the Governor, who will host the swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m.According to sources BJP ministers likely to be sworn in include former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil; Parinay Fuke, MLA from Bhandara-Gondia; Atul Moreshwar Save, MLA from Aurangabad east; Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar; former cabinet minister Jaydutt Kshirsagar; Vidarbha legislators Dr. Sanjay Kute and Dr. Anil Bonde; Sanjay Vishwanath Bhegade, MLA from Maval; and, Sangli MLA Suresh Dagadu Khade. Avinash Mahtekar (RPI) is also in contention. Government source told The Hindu that Shiv Sena is likely to get one cabinet and one MoS post with MLA from Yavatmal, Tanaji Sawant, being one of the two to be inducted. With Assembly elections due by October, the expansion will give the government much-needed impetus, leaders said. Party sources said the BJP names were cleared at a meeting of the Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra core group chaired by party president Amit Shah on June 9 in New Delhi. Mr. Fadnavis held meetings with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to finalise the alliance candidates, and handed over a list to Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Friday.