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Donegal’s gold bullion may never land on our shores because of 7.5% tax

first_imgThe company behind plans to salvage up to €1 Billion of gold from a shipwreck off the Donegal coast may not bring it back to Irish shores.The Government want to slap a 7.5% fee for Atlantic Sub Sea Adventures to bring the gold back to Irish soil.But local Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher is trying to liaise between the company and the Government to encourage them to come to an agreement to land any gold here. The bullion comes from the 2,000 tonne, 220 metre RMS Empress of Britain, a passenger ship that was struck by a German bomber in 1940.Deputy Gallagher said the firm is not obliged to bring the gold back to Irish soil but he has met with the firm behind the plans.He said “The last tests on the Empress of Britain was carried out using a 3D acoustic survey in May of last year.“They surveyed 12 vessels in 2018 and they are now concentrating on this vessel and are quite confident, having carried out the surveys, that there is gold inside worth €1 Billion. “Because of the location, they don’t have to bring the vessel onto Irish shores. If they do, then the appropriate legislation is there and means the State would attract a 7.5% level.”However, he warned “The company are telling me that it would have to be a lesser percentage if they are going to bring it into Ireland.”The Department of Transport said they are keeping the matter under review.Donegal’s gold bullion may never land on our shores because of 7.5% tax was last modified: May 23rd, 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:bulliondonegalGoldPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

How Would You Insulate My New House?

first_imgInsulating his planned wood foundation is an entirely different issue.Those are the topics for this Q&A Spotlight. Nik Fiorito is grappling with the same issues every owner/builder eventually confronts: What’s the best way of insulating a new house? Only in Fiorito’s case, it gets a little more complicated.First, he’s building in Climate Zone 7, forty minutes north of the U.S.-Canadian border, on a hilltop where the temperature averaged 3 below zero F (-19.6 degrees C.) this past February. He’s also considering a fully off-grid photovoltaic (PV) system plus a ground-source heat pump for both heat and domestic hot water.Throw those variables in the mix and Fiorito’s situation is a little more complicated than building, say, a nice little ranch in suburban Cleveland.“The home has large, south-facing windows with a walkout basement and as Thunder Bay is quite sunny (no city east of us in Canada gets more sunshine), I think we’ll have a nice solar gain into the home during the winter,” he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.What, he asks, should the wall assemblies look like? He’s leaning toward using Roxul mineral wool insulation in the 2×6 stud cavities, with Roxul Comfortboard mineral wool panels on the outside to lessen thermal bridging and a polyethylene vapor barrier to keep water vapor out of the walls.A second option would include the use of 1 1/2-inch tongue-and-groove rigid foam on the interior over mineral wool batts. “This would allow me to avoid a poly vapor barrier and flash the windows against the exterior sheathing (OSB, most likely),” he writes. “I know this method (interior rigid foam) is less favored here, but I’m thinking it might work.” RELATED ARTICLES Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Insulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsInsulation ChoicesVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersHeat Pumps: The BasicsAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added these thoughts:If I were designing and building a home off-the-grid in “chilly Thunder Bay,” I would beef up the enclosure performance, minimize and simplify my heating system, and plan on keeping cool mostly with ceiling fans and natural ventilation.We are about 250 miles south of you and cool passively on all but a handful of summer days (Brattleboro, Vermont, has about 390 cooling degree days, base temperature 65°F). Not a scenario into which a ground -ource heat pump fits very well.Thunder Bay also seems like a good fit for use of a smart vapor retarder (SVR) system, which can be — and typically is — detailed as an air barrier, and more easily and effectively than polyethylene plastic.In terms of continuous exterior rigid insulation on either the above-grade or the below-grade wood walls: warm the wood by putting the insulation on the exterior. The wood-frame walls will be more hygrothermally stable over time, and this approach will reduce thermal bridging. Sure, this will complicate both the planar location and the flashing of your window installations, but GBA is chock-full of all sorts of resources on just these issues.Finally, if you are pursuing net-zero energy for an off-the-grid home in Climate Zone 7, it’s worth more than a look at Thorsten Chlupp’s work on off-the-grid high performance homes in Alaska.See also:Using Sand to Store Solar Energy A Passive House Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateNatural Resources Canada Net Zero Energy HousingNet-Zero Energy Coalition. We’re going to lob this one over to them. Stay tuned. Maybe a Honda cogeneration system is the answerAJ Builder has another suggestion — a cogeneration system built by Honda that uses propane or natural gas to create electricity, domestic hot water and heat. “No noise,” AJ Builder writes, and a long life. “Perfect.”Holladay thinks the U.S. distributor went out of business, but Dana Dorsett writes that FreeWatt actually sold the business to another company, which eventually dropped the unit because of slow sales. “Honda still makes ~1 kW natural gas and propane generators, which saw a huge uptick in domestic sales in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima disaster,” Dorsett says. More than 100,000 of the devices are running in Japan, and one version can be used in off-grid systems.Although Dorsett’s business partner has one “humming away quietly in his house,” a cogeneration system may not be the best fit in Fiorito’s area. “In the much more temperate climate of Japan they are usually mounted on the exterior of the house, which would have serious freeze-up potential in that configuration,” Dorsett writes. “(It’s probably able to handle coastal British Columbia type climates, though.) But it’s probably adaptable for mounting inside of conditioned space.”center_img Insulating wood foundation wallsFiorito’s plans also call for a wood foundation, and that raises its own insulation issues.He thinks he’ll insulate the stud cavities of the foundation with mineral wool, and then add between 2 and 4 inches of rigid foam (expanded polystyrene). That would be capped with drywall and paint.“I don’t think it ever makes sense to install an air-permeable insulation like mineral wool on the interior side of the cold plywood of a wood foundation,” Holladay says. “If you get condensation against the cold plywood, water can trickle down the plywood and form puddles at your bottom plate.“The only interior insulation I can recommend for this type of foundation is closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. Of course, you can always insulate the plywood on the exterior (with mineral wool, EPS, XPS, or closed-cell spray foam).”Yes, insulate the foundation from the exterior, says Dorsett, it will keep the wood warmer and drier. First, the question of the heat pumpIf Fiorito is really going off-grid, he should reexamine his choice of a ground-source heat pump, writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, because it won’t work.“You can’t operate a ground-source heat pump with an off-grid electrical system,” he says. “When you get a week of cloudy weather in December, there is no way that your battery system can power your heating system.”He offers three suggestions: a wood stove, a propane space heater vented through the wall, or an oil-fueled parlor stove gravity-fed from an outdoor, elevated fuel tank.Nonsense, says Richard McGrath: a heat pump, possibly with a propane or oil backup, will work just fine.“Solar thermal storage has moved into the 21st century,” McGrath writes. “You could easily enjoy [coefficient of performance] over 5.5 during heat pump operation. Possibly a diesel generator as electric backup just in case the sun doesn’t shine.”No, Holladay replies, “it’s nuts to run a heat pump with a fossil-fuel powered generator.”“Just as nuts, McGrath says, “to build a large enough battery for PV during those times that that bright thing is not up in the sky. Hydronic solutions are readily available to store plenty of water at a temp that would heat a well built home for quite a long time with properly sized storage and controls. It is a shame that you are unaware of these things or just discount them.”Holladay, who has lived off-grid for 40 years and has been using a generator for 22 years, would advise Fiorito not to build off-grid at all, but to connect his PV system with the grid.“I stand by my advice that for an off-grid house, the only heating systems worth considering are heating systems that don’t require electricity,” he says. “When off-grid homeowners ignore this advice, they usually abandon the expensive heating equipment that requires electricity within one or two years.” Is poly in the walls a good idea?Using polyethylene sheeting in the walls as a vapor barrier was routine not too many years ago, but it’s use has fallen out of favor as builders recognize it can trap moisture in wall cavities. Increasingly, designers emphasize the importance of air barriers to reduce the flow of warm, moist air into cold wall cavities.“Shouldn’t we just be doing air barriers?” asks Lucy Foxworth. “There are a number of air barrier materials that allow drying to either side that would work better, I think. Some examples are MemBrain from CertainTeed, Intello from Pro Clima (distributed by 475 Building Supply in the U.S.) and Siga Majpell from Small Planet workshop.”Foxworth adds, however, that Fiorito’s plans for above-grade wall insulation seem a little skimpy. With insulated 2×6 walls and 2 inches of mineral wool panels on the exterior, she suggests, would add to up R-28 to R-30, which “won’t get you very far in terms of insulation in a zone 7 climate.”If the walls can dry in both directions with a more vapor-permeable air barrier and mineral wool insulation, she adds, the threat of condensation inside wall cavities may not be as much of an issue as Fiorito thinks.“Poly is the rule around here, not the exception it seems.” Fiorito adds. “That being said, I am meeting with the building inspector on Monday and could see how high his eyebrows rise at the mention of omitting it.”last_img read more

Internet of Things in Healthcare: What are the Possibilities and Challenges?

first_imgRelated Posts Ray Parker Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing. Technology has disrupted every industry including healthcare, business, finance and others. Healthcare remains the fastest to adopt technological changes to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of the body. When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), it offers a multitude of benefits such as improving the effectiveness and quality of services by deploying it in medical devices.Have a look at few of the statistics revealing the use of IoT in healthcare and the overall impact on the industry.Nearly 60% of healthcare organizations have introduced IoT devices into their facilities73% of healthcare organizations use IoT for maintenance and monitoring87% of healthcare organizations plan to implement IoT technology by 2019 which is slightly higher than the 85% of businesses across various industriesNearly 64% use of IoT in the healthcare industry is patient monitors89% of healthcare organizations have suffered from IOT related security breachIt has a widely known that interconnected devices are being used in such ways as gathering data from fetal monitors, blood glucose levels, electrocardiograms and temperature monitors. However, some of these tools require follow up communication with a healthcare specialist.Moreover, the majority of hospitals have invested in introducing smart beds to determine whether it’s occupied or not. When we talk about the Internet of Things, there are concerns regarding the data privacy and security. However, it doesn’t matter as far everyone is getting the right treatment, and the patients and doctors work in complete harmony.How healthcare industry can harness the power of IoT and set the stage for highly accessible, personalized and on-time healthcare services for everyone. Have a look at it.Cutting Cost through Remote Health MonitoringThe number one benefit of adopting IoT in a healthcare organization is cost reduction. Healthcare specialists can take advantage of remote health monitoring without the patient being present in the hospital. No matter, whether the patient is at home, in the office or some other part of the world, healthcare specialists can monitor the patient’s health and provide recommended treatments.Thus, it can reduce the workload of healthcare providers who can’t bear the flooding of patients each day. Moreover, the shortage of staff at medical health centers would never disrupt the checkup of patients. IoT can also be helpful in third world countries where health facilities are inaccessible. It can also be useful in areas hit by flood, earthquake, tsunami or hurricane. Overall, the impact of this technology will offer better health facilities, no longer specific to particular regions but globally.Collecting and Understanding Medical Data During a patient’s stay, they are tangled in medical devices including heart monitors, blood pumps, respirators, and IVs. However, the operation and recording of information from these devices take a lot of time and are prone to errors on behalf of caregivers.Today, with IoT a patient’s data can be conveyed through Electronic Health Record systems automatically. This method helps in increasing the accuracy of data and allows nurses to spend more time providing care.On the other hand, doctors have to interpret data to decide the cure for patients. Due to the increase of medical devices, it can be challenging for doctors to come up with a proper diagnosis. For this, an IoT solution can be used to support health practitioners while combining IoT data from a multitude of medical devices and gain insights about patient’s health, without scattering the information.Patient Monitoring The evolution of wearable health gadgets like the Apple iWatch has begun playing a pivotal role in the monitoring of an individual’s health. Still, these products are sometimes not as accurate compared to general medical equipment.On the other hand, wearable IoT devices can analyze and detect different health points such as blood pressure, heartbeat, brainwaves, temperature, physical position, footsteps and breathing patterns. With the help of data collected through IoT devices, doctors can share their feedback and give general suggestions in the case of an emergency.Although, the IoT is revolutionary in the healthcare sector, there are few challenges as well that needs to be kept in mind. Have a look at them.Challenges of IoT in HealthcareSecurity Threats The primary concern for regulatory bodies is the security of Personal Health Information, stored and conveyed through connected devices. While many healthcare organizations make sure that the sensitive data is stored in a secure and encrypted manner, they do not have control over the safety and security of the data access points being used to transmit the data. This creates a significant threat that increases gradually based on the number of new devices connected to the network.Multiple Device Integration Multiple device integrations is also an obstacle to the successful deployment of IoT in healthcare. Today most health devices and equipment within hospitals need to be connected to collect data of the patient. For instance, if a person is suffering from heart disease, he/she may be suffering from high blood pressure as well.The most prominent challenge is that device manufacturers have not agreed upon set of protocols and standards. As various mobile devices are connected to the network for the collection of data, the difference in protocols results in complicating the process of grouping the information. The lack of homogeneity among the medical devices reduces the successful implementation of IoT in healthcare.Inferring Results from Immense Data The process of aggregating and collecting data is attached to many complexities. Though the combined data results can help in deriving new conclusions inferred from the patient’s record. However, coming up with the results from such a significant amount of data is quite challenging, without refined analytics program and data experts.Identifying valuable and actionable data is critical as most of the medical specialists and physicians find it difficult to conclude with the growth of data. The decision-making process with rapidly increasing data lacks quality. Moreover, the concerns are becoming bigger and bigger with the growth of some connected devices that continuously collect and generate big data.Conclusion IoT will undoubtedly transform the health industry and the way patients are treated. Not only will it benefit doctors and other specialists, but people who have no access to the basic health facilities. Addressing few problems such as data security will revolutionize the health industry without breaching the privacy. Let’s embrace technology as a blessing instead of a curse and see what happens in the coming years. Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Tags:#featured#Healthcare#IoT#top 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Businesslast_img read more

Women athletes give Indian contingent its best-ever performance at Busan Asian Games

first_imgSunita Rani made a stirring return to the track, winning the 1,500 mThis is the Asian Games in the land where cabbage is king and calling estranged neighbours home is the flavour of the season. You can’t escape Korea’s famous kimchi or even the feel-good South Korean vibes radiating towards,Sunita Rani made a stirring return to the track, winning the 1,500 mThis is the Asian Games in the land where cabbage is king and calling estranged neighbours home is the flavour of the season. You can’t escape Korea’s famous kimchi or even the feel-good South Korean vibes radiating towards their visiting brethren from the North. In this scenario of reunion and rehabilitation, the Indian performance has been powered by Family.It’s said that in the great Indian families, the centrifugal force rests in the figure of the mother. At the Busan Asian Games, after a first week ridden with disappointment, India’s challenge came together in the form of its women athletes who hauled in the gold and set records.Saha won the 200 mIn a single day, three women won gold, doubled India’s tally of athletics golds from the 1998 Bangkok games and gave the country more of this precious metal than in any other Asian Games since Delhi 1982. In a signature move that is patented by Indian sport, one of those women, Sunita Rani whose victory was the most emphatic of all, almost didn’t make the trip to Korea at all.Reality will bite later, when the expectations and stakes get higher and the competition tougher, but in Busan the Indian athletes team pulled the national contingent out of some grim early days and towards a heady finish. For India’s fractious sporting family, it has been a tale of sacrifice, adoption, brotherhood and sibling rivalry.After K.M. Beenamol strikes it rich in the 800 m, not to be outdone, little brother K.M. Binu runs the race of his fledgling career and, in the most surprising finish for India, ends up with silver in the men’s section. A family from the hilly Ikkudi district of Kerala, where there isn’t a proper road leading to their village of Kombotinjhal, has brought India three Asian Games medals.advertisementNeelam Jaswant Singh produced her personal best and a Games record to win her first ever Asian goldNo ordinary obstacle could stop Robert Bobby George reaching out to give his own small family everything he thought it needed. He gave up a love of his life – long-jumping – for the love of his life: wife Anju. “I stopped jumping because I could not focus full-time on her career,” he says simply. Bobby now is always almost on the edge when Anju jumps in competition. She set off the gold rush for India, winning gold on the first day of the athletic competition.Ask the tall, slender Anju if her hugely technical event, the long jump, needs more decorated coaches and she laughs and replies like the good Indian wife of the fables, “There is a foreign coach for jumps, but I would rather listen to my husband.” Today the couple plan to try out the Grand Prix and indoor season in Europe in the winter.HOCKEY: India launched the defence of its Asian Games title riding on the genius of their controversial veteran Dhanraj PillaiTimes have been kind to the Georges; for another sporting couple Busan brought an end to hard time: Jaswant Singh, husband and coach to discus thrower Neelam, watched her turn her Bangkok bronze medal win into gold in Busan and throw her personal best. The quietly fiery Neelam told journalists after collecting her medal, “You have all been unkind to me, always saying that I only performed at home. This should set the record straight.”It was also the only score sprinter Saraswati Saha wanted to settle in Busan. “I will not return empty-handed,” she had told her family. A painful hamstring almost caused her to limp out of the race before the home stretch but she ran and ran – and at the end limped away to the dressing-room to call to Kolkata to her husband.Some families adopt: in 1992 coaches Dr Kuntal Roy and his wife Shubraja took in a confused, gawky teenager. Soma Biswas came to Shubraja with the desire to be a high-jumper after she was discarded by a SAI scouting programme. When Kuntal returned from Germany after a doctorate in sports coaching, his wife told him she had almost given up trying to shape Biswas into any kind of athlete.GOLF: Golfer Shiv Kapur won India’s first gold in Busan in blustery conditions. It was the first gold for Indian golf in 20 years.”She had no speed, no power,” he remembers. Today she is Asian Games silver-medallist in the heptathlon, a gruelling seven-event competition. Her first phone call after completing her last event was to Shubraja. “I’ve instructed her parents not to call her up often. She has no social life, no boyfriends,” says Kuntal. “At times, I feel bad. But then I have to do it.” To be a heptathlete you have to be a monk first.The air in Busan does strange things even to the quarrelsome Indian hockey team which came together like never before, putting out the challenge of Pakistan in a high-tension semi-final. The Indo-Pak match was a grudge game and an encounter of the highest order.Hard-edged competitiveness and gamesmanship replaced goodnatured bonhomie and mutual respect. Only Dhanraj Pillai could manage to assimilate both in one gesture. During the pre-match warm up, Pillai went to retrieve a ball from Pakistani territory, glared at the Pakistani bench, waved his stick menacingly, said a few words, waited for moment and then broke out into a laugh.Sitting in the stands, Asif Bajwa, the Pakistani assistant coach, had a blueprint of the game plan for India. On a map of the world that is their field, he had designated two figures next to the name of Pillai. But still they couldn’t stop him scoring two goals. For once, a young team responded to the genius of their ageing lion.advertisementLONG JUMP: Anju Bobby George leapt to 6.53 m, good enough to open up India’s gold account in athletics”I have never seen a goal like this in my 14 years of playing. Never seen one, never scored one like that ever,” Pillai said of Gagan Ajit’s Singh’s match-winner – one of those he had accused of not passing the ball to him in the previous match versus Pakistan. Once the old enemy was vanquished, all was forgotten and forgiven.As long as the wins kept coming, all was sunny. But questions must be asked of those who returned empty-handed. After the euphoric Commonwealth Games in July, pistol-shooter Jaspal Rana had bluntly ruled out chances of a medal in Busan. He did not disappoint, but that is not a reason.More will be asked of the shooters in Athens and their response must be more convincing. The heavyhanded discipline of weightlifting continued to churn out rumour and innuendo. A member of the ad-hoc body that runs Indian weightlifting had allegedly written a letter to the Sports Ministry, asking for permission not to field a team in Busan. In the face of two positive dope tests at the Commonwealth Games, it was believed the Indian weightlifters didn’t quite have the “confidence” to take their best shot in Busan. After all, Leo Tolstoy did say that while all happy families were the same, all unhappy families were unhappy in their own way. The Asian Games usually bring good news. Now if only someone figured out how to do the same at the Olympics. – Siddharth Saxena is correspondent of The Hindustan Times, Delhilast_img read more