A ‘call to duty’ to battle a deadly global threat

first_imgThis is part of our Coronavirus Update series, in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Researchers from around Boston are opening a new front against the deadly coronavirus by rallying the region’s biomedical science talent to develop better diagnostics, effective therapeutics, and potentially a vaccine.The effort, announced Monday, will be mounted in collaboration with scientists at China’s Guangzhou Institute for Respiratory Health, and in particular the lab of Zhong Nanshan, head of the Chinese task force fighting the disease. Those involved said an important aspect of the new international collaboration is not only its work with Chinese colleagues but also its coordination of local labs: Boston-area researchers at Harvard, its affiliated hospitals, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, area biotech companies, and others.“We’re approaching this in a very different way than business-as-usual and trying to leverage the phenomenal biotech community here in Boston to work collaboratively and have an impact on this epidemic,” said Bruce Walker, director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, and the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.Alarm over the disease has risen sharply over the past week as the death toll has risen to more than 2,700, and confirmed cases top 80,000 and have spread to nearly three dozen nations, according to the World Health Organization. Global financial markets plummeted in the early part of the week on fears that the virus could result in an economic downturn.Walker said the Boston region is “unparalleled” in its biomedical prowess and, in a case like the global spread of the new coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, called COVID-19 — ought to leverage the efforts of different labs working to better understand viral structure, how it spreads, how it sickens and kills those it infects, whether existing drugs and vaccines might be effective against it, and to develop new diagnostic tests, therapeutics to treat those in its grip, and vaccine candidates to one day stop its spread.“The novel coronavirus and the disease that it causes have already resulted in a global health crisis, the repercussions of which are already reverberating across fields outside of health care. A crisis like this calls for scientific and humanitarian collaborations that transcend borders. For us, as scientists, this is nothing less than a call to duty,” said Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley, who is heading the effort. “Harvard, its affiliated institutions, and our colleagues from academia and industry in Greater Boston have unique expertise. Our Chinese colleagues have dealt with the virus on the frontlines; they have unique access to samples, clinical and epidemiologic data, and first-hand observations. We each hold critical pieces to the puzzle.”A key step in building the collaboration, funded over five years by $115 million from the China-based Evergrande Group, will occur Monday during a meeting of area researchers at Harvard Medical School. Walker said he expects about 80 researchers to attend. They’ll break into groups focused on different aspects of the problem to discuss what’s known and unknown, and what priorities should be adopted in the struggle to stop the contagion.“We have to attack this with a sense of urgency and unprecedented collaboration,” Walker said, adding that the virus could one day have significant impacts in the Boston area. “Some of us in the room that day may die of this.”Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they fully expect that the virus will spread in communities across the nation. “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told The New York Times. “A crisis like this calls for scientific and humanitarian collaborations that transcend borders.” — George Q. Daley, Harvard Medical School The new virus initially spread rapidly in China and has infected 77,780 people, with 2,666 dead as of Feb. 25, WHO reported. The number of new cases has been declining in China even as the relative handful of isolated cases internationally have grown into new outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Outside of China, there have been more than 2,400 cases and 34 deaths in 33 countries.Epidemiologists, such as Marc Lipsitch, director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, say they expect the virus to eventually be widespread globally, driven in part by the large number of mild or asymptomatic cases that make it hard to detect.Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, said his group began work on a vaccine as soon as the virus’ DNA sequence was released publicly on Jan. 10 and has been pushing toward the development and testing of candidate vaccines.“Collaboration is critical for the development of a coronavirus vaccine, because no single group has all the necessary expertise, and open sharing of data and reagents will greatly accelerate the field,” said Barouch, who has also worked on HIV and Zika vaccines. “It is important for multiple vaccine efforts to go forward in parallel, because it is not yet known which vaccine candidates will be safest and most effective and also can be manufactured and deployed at the scale to end a global epidemic.”In addition to sharing knowledge with colleagues in China, Boston-area scientists hope to access samples from Chinese patients, an important scientific resource currently in short supply, according to David Knipe, Higgins Professor and head of the program in virology at HMS’ Department of Microbiology.Knipe, who has conducted work on the replication and latency of the herpes simplex virus and has a candidate vaccine for genital herpes in clinical trials, said although knowledge is lacking on many characteristics of the virus, efforts will focus immediately on steps that can help patients as soon as possible. Those efforts will likely include new and better diagnostic tests, screening existing antiviral drugs to see whether any can be an effective therapy against the virus, and finding a vaccine as quickly as possible.Knipe said his own lab will probably focus on exploring the host immune response at a cellular level and the role inflammation plays in severe illness.Mark Namchuk, director of HMS’ newly formed Therapeutics Initiative, said a thorough understanding of the virus, its fundamental biology, and its effect on patients is needed to guide efforts to understand which treatments may be effective.“This is something that we have to take very seriously and do what can be done medically, scientifically,” Namchuk said, adding that though the coronavirus’ impact so far has largely been in China, it’s important to prepare for its broader spread. “Morally, we have to prepare to respond to this wherever it is.”Jonathan Abraham, assistant professor of microbiology in HMS’ Department of Microbiology, said even though the need for rapid progress remains urgent, the pace of the response has already been unprecedented. His lab studies how viruses bind to cells to infect them and the antibodies generated by patients who have survived infection.Unfortunately, Abraham said, antibodies against SARS won’t necessarily be effective against the new virus, so researchers are looking for strategies to not only address the new virus, but also related viruses that may emerge in the future.“I think it’s critical that’s being learned here is that it’s important to carry out this sort of highly collaborative research on these important pathogens before they emerge,” Abraham said, “because we can use the information we learn from related viruses to help fight off infection by the new viruses when they emerge.” Coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’ The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Leaky international cordon may mean equivalent of worst flu season in modern times Harvard epidemiologist Mina says outbreak more widespread than thought, and uncertainties abound Groups will share $115M to search for better diagnosis, treatment; Medical School to serve as U.S. research hub Business School’s Shih expects disruptions for nations trading with China and for manufacturers dependent on it for components for electronics, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals Coronavirus cases hit 17,400 and are likely to surgecenter_img Scientists from Harvard, China to unite against coronavirus Attempts to contain cases in China have proved ineffective Coronavirus likely to infect the global economy Related What we know — and don’t know — about the coronavirus outbreak Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch, an infectious disease specialist who worked on the SARS epidemic, details what’s going on Health officials expect coronavirus to spread worldwidelast_img read more

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Sterling pens letter to racially abused boy, says ‘stand tall’

first_img0Shares0000Raheem Sterling sent a letter to 13-year-old Ethan Ross after hearing he had been racially abused at school telling him to stand tall and be proud of who you are © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Manchester City star Raheem Sterling sent a letter to a 13-year-old goalkeeper after hearing he had been racially abused advising him to “stand tall and be proud of who you are”.Sterling himself was the subject of alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans in a Premier League match in December. He wrote the letter on club headed paper when informed by Ethan Ross’s grandmother he had been “through a tough time with racial abuse.”Ross, a goalkeeper with the Under-14 team at fourth-tier Newport County, had been racially abused at his school.“Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse,” wrote Sterling, who also enclosed signed photographs of the Manchester City squad.“Remember to stand tall and be proud of who you are and don’t let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave, and your Nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid.“Remember speaking up doesn’t always make life easy, but easy never changed anything.”Ross took to Instagram when he received the letter on Saturday.“OMG just got this in the post from Raheem Sterling! Signed by all the Man City players. Thank you so much Raheem Sterling for the support,” Ross wrote on Instagram.His grandmother, who did not wish to give her full name, told The Times that Sterling’s gesture had done wonders for Ross’s morale.“When I took the package over to him you should have seen the look on his face —- he was overwhelmed,” said the 62-year-old.“There is nothing I could say to Raheem to thank him enough because it has really boosted Ethan’s confidence.“I can hear it in his voice. He has shown the letter to his friends and it has just gone absolutely mad.”Ross’s grandmother said she had written to Sterling when she read about the alleged racist abuse incident at Stamford Bridge which led to Chelsea banning four supporters pending further investigations.The grandmother said she hoped the letter from Sterling — who was born in Jamaica but came to England aged five with his mother after his father was gunned down — had been read by others and would serve to do some good.Despite the abuse Ross showed the same steeliness 24-year-old Sterling — capped 47 times by England — has done on the pitch.“After all he has been through last year, Ethan’s grades still went up —- so we are immensely proud of him,” his grandmother said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DDTV: DONEGAL GIRLS GET READY FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL BID

first_imghttps://www.youtube.com/audio?video_referrer=watch&v=qRkSMgjtoaIDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers go into an All-Ireland final this afternoon – against all the odds.Favourites Tipperary are the opposition on a bumpy pitch at Ballymahon, Co Longford, at 4pm. But Greg Harkin’s girls are expected to come out fighting in a bid for all-Ireland glory.A short video of the last six months is above.Click play to watch and enjoy.Said Greg: “We’ve had a great year; but it’s not about today. It’s about the past six months and the effort put in by everyone, particularly the girls and their parents and super coaches including Liam Skelly, Gabrielle Gallagher, Sean Connaughton, Maura McCrudden and Aine Reilly. “We have a wonderful group of players and we’re ready for anything.“We’ve had the most amazing back-up from clubs and parents; we’ll give our all and see what happens. The video probably sums it up.”As someone once said in 2012……Believe DDTV: DONEGAL GIRLS GET READY FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL BID was last modified: July 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:ChairmandonegalFootballGirlsU14’slast_img read more

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Amy Schumer shares a pregnancy misery with Ayesha Curry and Kate Middleton

first_imgMaybe Amy Schumer can start a group text with Ayesha Curry and Kate Middleton to get advice on surviving hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare but debilitating pregnancy condition that’s often described as an extreme, 24/7 onslaught of morning sicknessThe 37-year-old comedian, pregnant with her first child, took to Instagram Thursday to reveal that she’s in the hospital because she’s suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or HG.Schumer assured fans that she and her baby are fine but said she had to …last_img read more

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Amputee Oscar wins landmark case

first_img19 May 2008Oscar Pistorius’ dream is alive again after the Court for Arbitration in Sport ruled that his prosthetics do not give him any advantage over able-bodied runners, thus paving the way for him to compete in the Olympics.Pistorius was full of smiles after the decision was handed down on Friday and told reporters he shed some tears when he heard the favourable outcome of his challenge. He said his battle had dragged on too long, but that it was a great day for sport, which will go down in history as an important moment for the equality of disabled people.The decision by the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) marks a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Pistorius after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled in January that his blades gave him an unfair advantage. The IAAF reached its decision after a two-day scientific investigation, supervised by Professor Peter Bruggemann at the German Sport University of Cologne.SupportPistorius approached experts in the United States to investigate his case and see if they found differently to Professor Bruggemann. Their findings, which supported Pistorius’ case, included the important contention that not enough variables were considered in the IAAF tests. Thankfully for the Paralympic superstar, CAS agreed with his conclusions.The President of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, accepted the ruling with good grace, saying: “The IAAF accepts the decision of CAS and Oscar will be welcomed wherever he competes this summer. He is an inspirational man and we look forward to admiring his achievements in the future.”Earlier this month, swimmer Natalie du Toit became the first amputee to qualify to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, incredibly, South Africa has a second athlete who could compete against able-bodied athletes at the Beijing Olympics.Important caseUnlike Du Toit, Pistorius uses prosthetic limbs when he competes and that is what makes his case so important for the future of athletes with disabilities.Whether he achieves his goals of competing in the Olympic Games or not, his courageous fight has paved the way for future generations of athletes with disabilities and set an important precedent which could prove to be of far greater importance than any result he achieves in a race in his career.The road to Beijing for Pistorius is not as simple as it might seem. He hasn’t competed for some time now because he has been fighting his case against the IAAF, which has consumed what could have been his training time.He is yet to run an Olympic A-standard qualifying time of 45.55 in the 400 metres or even a B-standard mark of 45.95. In fact, his best time is a Paralympic world record of 46.56, which he ran against able-bodied athletes when he finished second in the South African Senior Track and Field Championships in 2007.Relay possibilityClearly, he would have to improve quite markedly to earn a place at the Olympics, but a faint gap is open to him. He could make it to Beijing if South Africa qualifies for the 4 by 400 metres relay. To do that, the national team needs to be one of the 16 fastest in the world. It is something that they haven’t yet done.The most likely scenario is that Pistorius won’t make it to Beijing. He has, however, opened up the way for a full-blooded tilt at the 2012 Olympics in London. It is a far more realistic goal especially since his fight to compete against able-bodied athletes has taken him until only a matter of months before the Games in China.Pistorius has admitted that the 2008 Olympics is probably a bridge too far, but the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin beckon. After that, he could have another shot at the Olympic Games.Thanks to “the Blade Runner” and his fight to compete, he might not be the only athlete with a prosthetic limb to make it to the Olympics.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ultra low-fare Spirit launches eight new routes

first_imgUltra unbundled Spirit Airlines, perhaps the most extreme example of low-fare U.S. carriers, just launched eight new routes aimed at filling in gaps in its route system.The upshot is more cheap seat options for consumers willing to pay extra for virtually every amenity on the aircraft.On May 25,  Spirit launched nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to Oakland on a seasonal basis. A couple of other year-round trans-cons also were begun: BWI – San Diego and BWI – Seattle/Tacoma.The new Baltimore/Washington routes increase Spirit’s ability to compete a bit more with BWI powerhouse Southwest Airlines, which unbundles its product far less aggressively than Spirit.  Southwest’s popular ‘Bags Fly Free’ policy is illustrative of the strategy.At the same time the BWI routes took off, Spirit began flying nonstop from Detroit to Oakland and Seattle/Tacoma on a seasonal basis.Finally, Spirit just launched a trio of new nonstops from New Orleans (MSY) to Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland and Orlando.The start of the new runs comes as  Spirit has taken delivery of its 100th Airbus narrowbody. The carrier flies A320 family jets, and it paints them vivid yellow.There are a couple of advantages to this: first (and arguably most important) they’re easy for other airplanes to spot aloft in crowded airspace. Second, they stand out unmistakably on congested airport ramps. Spirit can use them as flying billboards.The last time a U.S. airline slathered its entire fleet with this much yellow was during the days of Northeast Airlines’ ‘Yellow Birds.’ Even then the upper portions of the aircraft were white. Northeast merged with Delta in 1972.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a continuation of the #IAM campaign

first_imgBrand South Africa continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all, through the #IAM campaign.In the State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa, emphasized the importance of a collective responsibility as a nation, as the people of South Africa to work to end the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide.“Government will lead the campaign to include men and boys as active champions in the struggle against gender-based violence. As government we continue to roll-out interventions to address social ills tearing our communities apart”, said President Ramaphosa.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said, “This epidemic has been reoccurring and refuses to go away. Brand South Africa has committed itself to continue with a  campaign that acts as a reminder that this is not who we are as South Africa. This behaviour does not represent our ethos as a nation built on the values of Ubuntu”.The purpose of the #IAM campaign is to;Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all the citizens of the country.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance, the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones”, adds Ms NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed with individuals in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.          “Once again, this campaign did not end with 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotional, physical or sexual. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” concludes Ms NtombelaThe #IAM campaign videos will also air on television screens and to participate in discussion follow #IAM and @Brand_SA @PlayYourPartSA on social media platforms.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

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SAA, Virgin Australia deal opens new stops

first_img10 February 2014 South African Airways (SAA) and Virgin Australia, one of Australia’s largest domestic airlines, have entered into a new codeshare agreement, the airline said in a statement on Thursday. SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth with the new partnership offering SAA customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, as of 11 February. SAA acting commercial general manager Kendy Phohleli said: “Through the codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia, our valued customers will gain new travel choices to primary markets across Australia via Virgin’s extensive network and hubs in Perth and Melbourne, providing seamless travel, and earning of miles through the Voyager frequent flyer programme. “In addition customers travelling to Africa from Australia using Virgin Australia services will have access to the most comprehensive network on the African continent.” Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010 where the two airlines had a commercial agreement to handle those customers travelling on both airlines. SAA is now expanding this relationship into a codeshare agreement. “We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Virgin Australia through this new codeshare agreement,” Phohleli said. SAinfo reporter and SAAlast_img read more

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In Maine, A Passivhaus School Takes Shape

first_imgThe building reflects Quaker beliefs“We knew we wanted to be as responsible as we could to the earth,” said head of school Jenny Rowe. “As Friends, as Quakers, we really try to walk the talk. If one of the things we talk about with our students is taking care of the earth and being responsible stewards of it, then it makes sense to try to think of the most energy-efficient building we can.”Getting the building certified as a Passivhaus building also will lend a certain cachet to the project that LEED certification or the mere “high performance” label just didn’t offer. “You can make anything LEED-certified,” Rowe said. “It doesn’t necessarily make mean it’s the most energy efficient way to do it.”And low energy consumption is a very big motivator for the school. “For us to know that in every single year ahead of us we will have no energy costs, that’s pretty amazing for a small school where three kids difference in enrollment can make or break a budget,” Rowe said. “Having a predictable budget is very helpful.”Seeking certification also was important to the builder, the Warren Construction Group of nearby South Freeport. Although very familiar with high-performance buildings, the company had never tackled a Passivhaus project before, Beal said. Nor has Porter Building Systems, the Gorham, Maine, based company that’s supplying the panelized walls for the building.Kaplan Thompson has worked on a number of Passivhaus projects, but not project architect Richard Lo. That may seem like a lot of rookies, but Lo sees one advantage. “They have worked on low-energy projects and they are familiar with building well air-sealed projects,” he said of the key players. “They also see this as an interesting and exciting challenge, exactly because they haven’t been down the full road to Passivhaus certification. That’s actually been part of the interesting background to the project team — they’re very enthusiastic about it.”In fact, all the players on the project, including the architects, chipped in some money to pay the $6,000 or $7,000 fee required for pre-certification. At first, Passivhaus certification was not on the tableThe building committee knew from the outset the school would have a superinsulated building envelope, but plans didn’t originally include Passivhaus certification because everyone assumed it would cost too much. Several things helped change that. First, the chairwoman of the building committee, Naomi Beal, is also director of PassivhausMAINE, the state affiliate of the North American Passive House Network.Then there was there was an early decision to change architects. Gone was an architect who specialized in schools but not necessarily high-performance buildings. In came the new firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, well-versed in Passivhaus and high-performance designs.There were nearby Passivhaus buildings to tour, and there was the unavoidable influence of Beal’s year-long sabbatical in Germany where Passivhuas structures are common. Finally, the committee realized it would be possible to reach the Passivhaus goal without breaking the bank. For now, you’ll have to use your imagination to envision a new school on the wooded site a few miles north of Portland, Maine. There are only concrete stem walls outlining the shape of the building, and earth-moving equipment up in back shaping what will eventually become recreation fields.But by next June, visitors should be able to see the new Friends School of Portland. The 15,000-square-foot building will be one of only a few Passivhaus school buildings in the country, and the largest Passivhaus structure in Maine. Architects also plan on making it a net-zero energy building.The building will be the new home for the 90 students, from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade, who now attend the Quaker day school in rented space in a 1950s cinderblock building a few miles away.The Friends of Portland bought the 21-acre site two years ago in the town of Cumberland, and officially broke ground for the $5.5 million project this August. In a few years, they hope to launch a new capital campaign and construct an adjacent gymnasium.center_img Ventilation was a major hurdleWith so many people packed into the building, ventilation was key. When it came to choosing the equipment, Lo said, there were limited options available, and in the end the architects chose a RenewAire energy-recovery ventilator that was both relatively inexpensive and relatively simple. The only catch: It wasn’t certified by the Passivhaus Institut and runs at an efficiency of between 60 percent and 77 percent. That, Lo says, is well below the 90 percent efficiency that certified equipment would typically have.By beefing up sub-slab insulation, choosing windows with a high solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and bulking up on roof insulation, Lo said, it looks like the building will “just sneak in” for certification.Some of the other features in the building:Walls: Walls will be framed with 2x6s, sheathed with Zip System OSB, insulated with dense-packed cellulose between the studs and an additional 4 inches of polyisocyanurate rigid insulation on the exterior (for a total R-value of about 47).Roofs: There are two types of roof, depending on their location on the building. One will be a ventilated, truss-framed structure with 26 inches of loose cellulose (R-91); the other will be framed with I-joists and insulated with dense-packed cellulose and 4 inches of rigid polyiso on the exterior (for an R-value of about 79).Foundation: Slab-on-grade construction with 8-inch stem walls insulated with 5 inches of expanded polystyrene insulation on the outside and 2 inches of EPS on the inside (R-28). Beneath most of the slab will be 12 inches of EPS (R-48), although that drops to 4 inches where concrete is thickened for load-bearing walls.Heating and cooling: Space heating and cooling are provided by Daikin minisplit air-source heat pumps. Some are wall-mounted ductless units, and others are ducted, depending on where they are, with heat output per head ranging from 5,804 Btu/hour to 34,000 Btu/hour.Windows: Intus Eforte triple-glazed uPVC units with a SHGC of 0.62 and a (glass only) U-factor of 0.106.Doors: Schuco ADS aluminum units with the same efficiency ratings as the windows.Renewable energy: Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels with a rated capacity of 36 kW.Hot water: On-demand electric resistance.Air-tightness: The goal is 0.5 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.last_img read more

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Chaplain’s Advice on Responding to Severe Stories from Warriors

first_img“We practice how to tap into emotions and use it to help us understand and reflect back to the Service Member.”  – Captain David Reedy, U.S. Air Force ChaplainAs a caregiver, your service member may open up to you about really severe stories or memories that have impacted them while serving. This can also hold true to many military helping professionals as they work with their clients. You may be thinking internally that the information the loved one or service member is sharing is hard to hear, but know it took a lot for that individual to really divulge. In those moments of deep conversation, barriers that once held him or her back are beginning to breakdown and you can get a sense of what their needs may be in regards to care management.Watch and listen as Captain David Reedy, Air Force Chaplain at Joint Base San Antonio offers tips and benefits to handling emotional stories from service member’s military experiences.How do you feel about Captain Reedy’s response? What are some things that you have found with regards to your wounded warrior’s stories?This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 5, 2015.last_img read more

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