LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag

first_imgLeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Alapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Which Building Energy Statistics Make the Most Sense?

first_imgLots of variablesLet’s return to the example of the two cups of water. Our first question was pretty easy, but now let us look at the question of which cup of water requires less energy to maintain a temperature of 90°F.At this point quite a few more variables come into play. First, how much water is in the cup? If one cup has more water, it will require much more energy to maintain its temperature.Second, what type of cup is the water held in: glass, plastic, ceramic, or maybe a covered, insulated coffee mug?Third, how are the cups being heated — maybe one is being heated efficiently in the microwave, while another is being held over an open campfire. The cup over the open campfire will require much more energy to be used to keep it at temperature because the heating source is extremely inefficient.Another consideration might be: Where are the cups sitting while not being actively heated? If one cup is sitting on a sunny window ledge while another sits in a dark closet, it would make a dramatic difference.These are simple examples of the types of questions that have to be dealt with when measuring buildings and their energy performance, though building variables are even more varied and complex. Making sense of the numbersNow let us look at the second challenge: How to make sense of the numbers.The best way to look at energy utilization is to have an actual measured number for the amount of energy used during a defined period of time. For a building, this would be the total BTU or kWh used by all energy sources for a year, though in our example of the two cups of water this would likely be in BTU per hour.As an example, let’s say that Cup #1 required 100 BTU/h to maintain its temperature, while Cup #2 used 150 BTU/h to maintain the same temperature. At first glance, you would say that Cup #1 was more energy-efficient.But here is where it gets complicated. What if Cup #1 contained only 10 ounces of water, while Cup #2 contained 30 ounces of water? In that case, Cup #1 requires 10 BTU/h/ounce, while Cup #2 requires 5 BTU/h/ounce.Looking at the numbers this way, it seems as if Cup #2 is more energy-efficient. So what really is the standard that we should be using?When looking at buildings, what really makes sense? Two glasses of liquidLet’s use two glasses of water as an example. Some comparisons seem black and white – such as the question of which of the two cups of water sitting in front of us is hotter. Obviously the one that burns your finger is hotter than the one with the ice cubes floating around the rim. A solution?I don’t have a definitive answer. The purpose of this discussion is not to decide on a unit of energy measurement that should always be used, but to outline the inherent challenges in comparing these metrics.Trying to understand how one building compares to anther in terms of energy usage is an enormous task, and different answers emerge based on how the numbers are manipulated and reported. Making it easier to make sense of building energy statistics is a challenge that needs to be addressed if we want to change the status quo and move toward increasing the stock of net-zero energy buildings.Do you have a suggestion? Please comment below. But the comparison becomes much more difficult when we start looking at which building performs better. Not only is there much more information required in making this decision, there is also the question of how you look at the numbers.center_img There are many measures used to evaluate building energy efficiency: total kBtu, kBtu/sq. ft./year, kWh/year, therms/year, kWh/sq. m./year, $/year, kBtu/person — and more. But determining when to use which metric, and even more importantly, how to make sense of a comparison of the energy efficiency of two different buildings, is no easy task. RELATED ARTICLES Understanding Energy UnitsWhat’s the Difference Between Energy and Power?Houses Versus CarsComparing Fuel CostsStrength in NumbersEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate Bill Maclay is the founder and president of Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, Vermont. His firm specializes in designing buildings and communities that are models for healthy, inspired living, advancing to a carbon neutral and ecologically sustainable future. Bill is the author of The New Net Zero: Leading Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future.last_img read more

Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha commits suicide by shooting herself in Mumbai

first_imgVarsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by shooting herself with a licenced gun at her South Mumbai residence.Varsha’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by her maid servant and driver early on Monday morning. Varsha was known to be depressed for a long time and had attempted suicide on two occasions in the past.Varsha, 56, was a singer and a former columnist for web portals and magazines and had a history of depression for which she was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Varsha had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills in 2008.However, the family maintained that her previous attempts were actually adverse reactions to medicines.Sources close to the family, however, said that Varsha was indeed undergoing psychiatric treatment for a better part of the last few years.On Monday, Asha’s driver and maid discovered Varsha’s blood soaked body on the sofa of their ‘Prabhu Kunj’ residence at Peddar Road in Mumbai. Asha was away in Singapore for an event on Marathi music.Varsha’s aunt and Asha’s older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, who resides in the adjacent flat was also not at home. It was early morning when Asha’s maid Deepali arrived as usual and knocked at Asha’s door. When no one answered, she went down to the driver to ask him if Varsha was at home.”The driver told her that it is possible that Varsha might be sleeping. Deepali returned a couple of hours later to still find no answer to the door. This is when, worried, she rushed to the driver and asked him to enter the house. The driver then entered Ashaji’s house from Lataji’s flat and found Varsha’s body,” a police officer said.Police have said that Varsha used a licenced gun to shoot herself in the head. They are now investigating who the gun belongs to. Varsha, however, has left no suicide note in the house.”We are awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy. We are also waiting for Ashaji to arrive. We will be able to get clarity on who owned the weapon and also on the mental state of her daughter immediately before she may have taken the drastic step. As of now, it is the case of an accidental death. When we are through with the investigations, we’ll be able to arrive at the exact nature of the death,” said a senior officer.The police have also said that primary investigation has brought to their notice that Varsha was suffering from severe depression after the death of noted fashion photographer Gautam Rajadakshya, who she was very close to. Rajadakshya passed away last year.Varsha, who was Asha’s daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, used to live with Asha at Peddar Road and also their apartment in suburban Khar. She had been living with Asha for many years, especially after her divorce from her husband, Hemant Kenkre, who is a freelance sports writer.Varsha had written a few articles in praise of her mother for websites. Asha arrived in Mumbai late on Monday evening from Singapore.advertisementlast_img read more

Kyrgios Splits With His Coach

first_imgSYDNEY — Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham less than a week before the start of Wimbledon, saying on his website June 22 that the pair “mutually agreed” to part ways.The 20-year-old Krygios says “it’s never an easy decision to end a coaching relationship … but I feel that this is the right decision for me at this time.”He said he’ll work with Tennis Australia coaches through Wimbledon and will look at hiring a new coach after the tournament ends.Larkham worked with Kyrgios for seven years during the Canberra player’s junior years. He rejoined his team after Kyrgios’ surprising run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year which included an upset win over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Womens groups demand restoration of Article 370

first_imgNew Delhi: A team of women’s rights activists on Tuesday raised concerns over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir after a visit to the Valley, and demanded that Article 370 be restored and the Army as well as paramilitary forces be withdrawn with immediate effect. Presenting a “fact-finding report”, the five-member team also called for the immediate restoration of all communication lines, including internet and mobile networks. The group, comprising Annie Raja, Kawaljit Kaur and Pankhuri Zaheer from the National Federation of Indian Women, Poonam Kaushik from the Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan and Syeda Hameed from the Muslim Women’s Forum, visited Kashmir from September 17-21. The group, which addressed a press conference here on their findings, visited several villages in the districts of Shopian, Pulwama and Bandipora. “We wanted to see with our own eyes how this 43-day lockdown had affected the people, particularly women and children,” the report stated. The team demanded that the Army and paramilitary forces be withdrawn with immediate effect from the Valley in order to achieve normalcy. “Restore Article 370 and 35A. All future decisions about the political future of Jammu and Kashmir must be taken through a process of dialogue with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the activists said.last_img read more