Alverno Welcomes Grandparents and Special Friends to Campus

first_img Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Alverno High School recently welcomed over 115 grandparents and special friends to campus to participate in Alverno’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.Grandparents and special friends were treated to a morning reception in the Alverno library before joining the rest of the student body for Thanksgiving Liturgy. The Liturgy, officiated by Father Tim Klosterman from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, not only celebrated Thanksgiving but also called on students to be thankful for all of the wonderful lessons and memories they shared with their grandparents and special friends.Following Liturgy, grandparents and special friends were invited to attend classes with their student hosts. While visiting classes, grandparents and special friends were encouraged to share stories about their own time as students, how the world has changed, and even how they got their grandparent nicknames! Grandparents and special friends shared how they spent their time as children and how times have changed. Some classes even issued assignments encouraging students to live more like their grandparents and special friends for a day by giving up technology and writing about their experiences.After their classroom visits, the entire school community, including grandparents and special friends, enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast on the lawns north of the Villa del Sol d’ Oro. The special event, organized by the Class of 2018 and Advancement Office, provided the entire school community with the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving together and share their gratitude for the many blessings in their lives.“Our grandparents and special friends are not only important family members but wonderful teachers and role models,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Each of them has played an important role in the development of the young women in their life and each has helped to mold them into the individuals they are. We are thankful to have their support in empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”About Alverno High SchoolAlverno High School is a progressive Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org. Education Alverno Welcomes Grandparents and Special Friends to Campus Alverno students and grandparents enjoyed Thanksgiving Liturgy and Feast together From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 11:36 am Subscribecenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Community Newslast_img read more

‘Fat hatred’ should be banned

first_imgStuff.co.nz 11 July 2012Smartphones to get police on the beat Crushed boyracer car to help teach safety  Couple charged with ill-treating newborn Need for ‘new direction’ behind moves at Te Papa Wellington dog owners plead guilty Gales on the way for weekend Ostrich egg hurled at wife over pig Singers shrug off sickness to win  “Fat hatred” should be banned like racism or sexism, says a pro-fat scholar who argues that obesity isn’t a health problem. Massey University lecturer Cat Pause says “the war against fat” and “fat phobia” were much more damaging than carrying a few extra kilos or, in her case, a lot. “Obesity is not a big health problem. If you really look at the science, that is what comes through.” Her claims fly in the face of an obesity epidemic taking hold of the Western World. Governments are fighting health budget blowouts, hospitals are buying bigger beds and equipment, and airlines are charging travellers for their overflowing flab. In New Zealand – the world’s third-fattest nation – more than a quarter of the population are classed as obese. But Dr Pause, who has a PhD in human development, says it is “fattism” that should be feared, not expanding waistlines.http://i.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7256463/Fat-hatred-should-be-banned Mum calls for an end to ‘thinism’Stuff.co.nz 11July 2012 Miranda Johnson is still traumatised by childhood bullying that saw her dubbed  ”chicken legs” by a teacher. As a St Martins School pupil in Christchurch she was teased by teachers and peers for being thin. Now the 25-year-old, size-6 mother of one, standing 1.67 metres and weighing 44 kilograms, is too self-conscious to go swimming. ”I love swimming, but I hate getting into the pool in the daylight because people stare at me and I hear them whispering,” she said. ”I like going to the Tekapo hot pools because in the dark nobody can see me.” Johnson, an interior design student juggling her correspondence study with the care of 2-year-old daughter Xanthe, said even as an adult she was hassled about her weight.http://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/lifestyle/7259921/Mum-calls-for-an-end-to-thinismlast_img read more

Was the 2007 World Cup that bad?

first_imgAsks Sidharth Monga(ESPNCricinfo) – When comparing the 2007 World T20 to the 50-over World Cup that had taken place a few months before it, BBC’s Jonathan Agnew delivered the bigger event a blow in the solar plexus.It is rumoured, Agnew said, that the 50-over cup is still going on in some remote Caribbean island. He was deriding the length of the tournament: 51 matches played in four stages over 47 days.The 2007 edition is widely considered the worst of the 50-over World Cups. The first World Cup in the party capital of cricket, the West Indies, this one came with big expectations, under whose weight it soon began to crumble. Everything that could go wrong did.The ICC micromanaged it to the extent that it barred music and joy in the stands. Pakistan’s coach died during the World Cup, and the investigation that followed was both farcical and insensitive. There weren’t many close matches.Ricky Ponting and Mahela Jayawardene speak to the umpires about the chaotic scenes at the end of the final. (Getty Images)India and Pakistan failed to make it past the first round. The final ended in the dark, a victim to the game’s regulations and interpretations.During the tournament’s last press conference, an advertising unit bearing the logos of the sponsors – to protect whom, arguably, the ICC banned atmosphere in the stands – symbolically fell on the ICC chief.The 2007 World Cup brought about a new world order where draws were fixed to make sure India and Pakistan did not get knocked out in the first round. The draws even began to make sure the two played each other in the first round, just in case, you know. The “World” Cups began to shrink to the extent that the number of teams came down to ten for the 2019 edition. All this to make sure the disaster of 2007 was not repeated.But was the 2007 World Cup really that disastrous or was it just an opportunity for the opportunists waiting to get rid of the Associates?The 2007 World Cup had a fair bit going for it. Apart from being the most inclusive World Cup of all, this one had a better format than the two that followed it – in 2011 and 2015, the first round, with two groups of seven teams from which four went through, was a glorified warm-up.It was not quite the perfection of the Super Six of the two earlier events – where only three teams made it out of each group, and played the best teams from the other group – but to accommodate 16 teams they had to improvise.All games were meaningful, and lesser teams had a fair chance to progress to the next round. Unfortunately for the ICC’s broadcast partners, Bangladesh and Ireland played out of their skins and grabbed that chance.In terms of playing conditions, this was the first World Cup with powerplays instead of the stale mandatory 15-over field restrictions.In a Telegraph round table after the World Cup, England captain Andrew Strauss and Sri Lanka vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara both agreed it was a fine addition, revitalising the ceasefire middle overs and forcing captains to innovate.On the field, a broader transition was taking place in terms of white-ball batsmanship. Australia kept pushing on from where they had left off in the 2003 final, trying to set the bar of the average ODI total even higher. That didn’t mean we didn’t have low-scoring thrillers.In fact some of the better matches were played on slower pitches that made 250 an excellent total. Lasith Malinga took four wickets in four balls but was denied by South Africa in a heart-stopper. Dilhara Fernando bowled a great last over to help Sri Lanka prevail over England. Zimbabwe and Ireland tied their game.While close games are always welcome, they can neither be an indicator of the quality of a tournament nor can they be designed into existence. All you can do is provide a fair format and hope the teams are evenly matched. If India and South Africa are not good enough on the day against Bangladesh, you don’t blame the format but sit back and enjoy the breathtaking batting of Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful.If close games didn’t come about with regularity, it was also down to the surreal quality of the cricket Australia played. If you went into an auction today with no cap on spending, you’d still struggle to put together a better team.Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist redefined fear for bowlers, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke were in the middle order should things go wrong or should conditions demand a little circumspection, there were two all-rounders in Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson, and Michael Hussey batted at No. 7 (enough said).The bowling attack had a left-arm swing bowler, a right-arm metronome, a wild thing, and a left-arm wrist-spinner. That team was as far ahead of any other side as a team has been in the history of limited-overs cricket.Complaints about the length of the tournament are disingenuous, raised in hindsight to suit a narrative. The next two World Cups had 14 teams playing 49 matches over 43 and 44 days respectively. Last year’s event took 10 teams 48 matches and 46 days to decide a winner. Yet they are remembered as better tournaments, largely because there were no upsets to deny the big teams the final stages. The 2007 format was not too different from 2019’s – the eight teams in the Super Eights played each other once – and yet it allowed for six more teams with just three extra games.The 2019 World Cup had a similar number of matches over a similar number of days; they were just played by teams that are good for business.A close final might have elevated the 2007 World Cup in the pundits’ estimation. Or if there had been a story they could get behind. Pakistan’s great surge helped them overlook all the flaws in the 1992 World Cup: a daft rain rule, the consequent disproportionate premium on winning the toss and cynical manipulation of over-rates, and several meaningless matches because teams eliminated themselves too soon.The 2019 edition came within one match of containing a full month of dead rubbers. But those two tournaments are remembered for their great finishes, and 2007 – in which a semi-final spot was up for grabs till the 44th match – for the confusion in the dark.Apart from the criminal alienation of local crowds, the 2007 tournament got most things right: the format, a range of pitches that allowed for big-scoring and low-scoring thrills, and the playing conditions. That a coach died during the tournament, that two of the biggest draws couldn’t make it past the first round, that the final could not be played to its natural conclusion were unfortunate and unforeseeable events.Even today, that format is likelier to provide you a better World Cup than the formats that followedlast_img read more

Should I Skip the Radiant Floor Heat?

first_imgThat’s way too much insulationCharlie Sullivan’s suggestion is to start with a heat loss calculation, but before those results are in hand he suggests that Yoder will be disappointed if the expectation is to have warm floors during the winter with a radiant-heat system. RELATED ARTICLES The insulation was very cheapOrdinarily, Yoder replies, Dorsett’s advice would make sense. But in this case, the insulation was very inexpensive — Yoder was able to pick up enough used polyiso from a commercial roofing job to put a 9-inch layer of it on the house for $1,400.Yoder also adds some details about the project: “I am doing double stud walls with a complete thermal break between them,” Yoder says. “Kind of like doing SIPs. I agree that compared to the walls, the under-slab insulation is weak. This insulation is over a 5.5-inch slab of concrete that is designed for unstable soils. That makes my floor 11 inches thick, so I decided to to stay with 2 inches [of foam].“Also,” Yoder adds, “in the center of the house is a 8-foot by 13-foot concrete vault/storm shelter with 8-inch thick walls and roof. That should help keep temperatures even.“The property is already off grid with PV and wind. Our elevation ensures that no matter what the daytime high temperatures are we always dip below 70 degrees at night. By using a whole-house ventilation system we can cool the house at night and should need very little cooling.”So, says Richard McGrath, maybe the two consultants who have told Yoder to skip the radiant floor heating aren’t so smart after all.“A house like yours could very well require [water] temperatures in the sub 90-degree range to heat at a design of 20 below zero, which would mean they would be lower yet for greater than 85% of the season,” McGrath says. “What nobody ever mentions is that you can also use that same tubing to cool, at least handle the sensible load with warmer mediums requiring less energy. And, no, they will not condense since they are a bit higher in temperature than the dew point.” Our expert’s opinion:For this Spotlight, GBA technical director Peter Yost has called on Mark Sevier, whom he describes as a “top-notch mechanical engineer” and a former colleague at Building Science Corporation and now a project engineer at an electric utility. Sevier owns a net-positive energy home in the Boston area and constantly tinkers with its radiant system. Here’s Sevier’s response:I’ve used the same logic that putting tubing in a slab is cheap (especially if self-installed), and therefore worth doing if you have the least bit of a passing thought that you might want to heat the slab or use it for thermal source/sink in the future. I put tubing in both upper and lower slabs in my garage, notably using cheaper PE tubing that can’t tolerate higher temperatures/pressures since I intend to be sending lower water temperatures.I’m also assuming that Yoder’s project isn’t primarily cost or speed driven, where the tubing may be self-installed and/or the modest tubing cost wouldn’t be a show stopper. It seems to me that projects that come up against questions like this are partly experiments, and not spec-builds, so my attitude is that you should incorporate every interesting idea and feature you can think of going in, since retrofitting can be difficult.Most likely the gas fireplace will heat the space without difficulty as long as the spaces are open to one another. With good insulation and airtightness and some degree of temperature fluctuation tolerance, they may only need to run the fireplace for a few hours a night/morning; building materials store heat, so exactly matching rated heating output to actual heat loss isn’t as critical as people seem to think it is.For what it’s worth, it has been my experience that insulated but unheated indoor tiled or exposed concrete slabs on grade tend to still be cold on the feet due to their large ability to absorb heat and only being heated by radiation from above, so tempering the concrete just to room temperature (i.e. not delivering heat to the room) would make the floor more thermally comfortable. Wood flooring, rugs, and/or slippers could also work, depending on the finish decisions and expectations.To get a low wattage hydronic system, I think one would need to leave no electrical decisions up to a contractor. There are ECM hydronic circulators at this point that use few watts, since they undo the oversizing that comes with contractors who don’t care about kWh and don’t ever want to get a callback. It doesn’t necessarily take many watts to circulate a water loop, but no one designs such things, and electricity is not a common concern (although utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs like the one I work for are working on this).I have recently been working on a complex mechanical system, and have come to see that while it’s fun for a mechanical engineer to toy with, having a simple back-up system should be a consideration for a less technical spouse or significant other in case the in-house engineer gets hit by a bus unexpectedly. The choice of a water heater is keyOn balance, McGrath thinks radiant-floor heat would be a good choice. Overheating shouldn’t be a concern, and Yoder should be able to heat and cool water in a number of ways.Whatever he does, however, McGrath recommends that the stored water be maintained at a temperature of at least 140 degrees F., in order to head off potential health concerns. It can be tempered with cold water to a safer 120 degrees before it is delivered to the point of use.“It is my opinion that an off-grid house should have the luxury of several choices to heat and cool,” McGrath says. “Water can be heated and cooled in many ways; how many anyone would like to install to hedge against any number of things is his choice.”But the idea still doesn’t make sense to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “I have lived in an off-grid house for 40 years,” Holladay writes. “With a big enough battery system and a large enough wind turbine, you can generate as much electricity as your bank account allows (except, of course, on those dark windless days during the winter). I’m not in favor of fireplaces or complicated heating systems that depend on electricity for an off-grid house. Keep it simple.”Holladay says that he knows of several owners of off-grid houses who installed hydronic heating systems that included pumps. The owners later abandoned the systems because the pumps depleted their batteries.“It is possible for a smart engineer to design a hydronic system to use very little electricity, and I don’t doubt that you [McGrath] can design such a system,” he says. “The problem is that very few plumbers or heating contractors know how to do this. Moreover, designers of boilers, fuel pumps, and oil burners don’t care about electrical use.“Most hydronic systems have oversized and inefficient pumps,” Holladay writes. “Is the problem solvable? Of course. But there are many opportunities for off-grid homeowners to be surprised and disappointed when they tell their heating contractor, ‘Install a hydronic heating system. I’ll just run it off my batteries.’” Hydronic heating in an off-grid home?Dorsett questions whether hydronic heating and air conditioning are wise in an off-grid home, suggestion it wouldn’t be worth the extra battery costs.But here, too, Yoder adds a twist. The building site is windy, and the extra electricity he gets from the wind turbines heats water that could be circulated through the floor. There’s plenty of room on the site to put underground lines for cooling, Yoder adds, and because he’s doing the work himself, “I can afford to do things differently.”“I installed my own PV system, which has been successfully running our living quarters in the barn for six months,” Yoder adds. “We average wind here year round that l gives night charging capability. The cost of running electric to our house would be $20,000 so we decided to go off-grid and so far have only spent $14,000.”center_img With an R-90 roof and R-60 walls, Jenz Yoder’s new off-grid house will be well insulated. Yoder’s quandary, outlined at Green Building Advisor’s Q&A forum, is whether radiant-floor heat is a good idea.“I had two consultants tell me that I will not need radiant floor heat, [that] it will be too much,” Yoder writes. “We will have a whole-house air circulation system and a gas fireplace. I am worried about not putting in the pipes in the floor and then being wrong.”One option for this Climate Zone 4 house would be to install radiant-floor tubing only in those rooms far from the fireplace, Yoder adds. Or, adding a heating element to a whole-house ventilation system.What should Yoder do? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. “If you want radiant floors because you think it will be nice to walk on a warm surface in the winter, you are out of luck,” Sullivan says. “If you make the floors that warm, the house will get way too hot and you’ll need all the windows open.”Installing the tubing in a small area might be an option, he adds, but with that much insulation there probably won’t be that much variation in temperature in different parts of the house.Dana Dorsett, however, suggests the insulation Yoder plans for exterior walls is “crazy high,” and that a gas fireplace “is likely to roast you out of the house… even when it’s below 20 degrees F.”Referring Yoder to information published by the Building Science Corporation, Dorsett says that a quick check suggests R-25 walls and an R-60 attic with R-7.5 under the slab is about right, meaning Yoder’s wall R-values are about twice as high as they need be, and the attic insulation is half again more than necessary.“Spending the ‘extra’ insulation money on one or two small air-source heat pumps and rooftop photovoltaics (PV) is probably a more financially rational investment,” Dorsett says. “In 20 years, when they are nearing end of life, the replacement equipment or PV will be both cheaper and higher efficiency than they are currently.”Even if all of the extra insulation is very low, he continues, it’s “still not necessarily ever going to be cheap enough on a lifecycle basis.“In an R-30-walled home, occupant behavior makes a much larger difference in energy use than another R-30 of insulation ever could,” he says. “(Half of nearly-nothing is even less than nearly-nothing.)” All About Radiant Floors From Building Science Corp.: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential BuildingsGoodbye Radiant FloorRadiant-Floor HeatingConnecting to the Grid Can Be ExpensiveResisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbineslast_img read more