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Woman’s Body Found in Wood Camp Community

first_imgThe body of an unidentified woman was on Saturday, April 30, found lying at the back of the Assembly of God Mission (AGM) High School in the Wood Camp community of Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The body, with a deep gash inflicted on the forehead, was discovered on Saturday lying on her stomach along the road, community residents said.Residents, who could not identify the body, contacted authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), who later arrived at the scene and wrapped the body in plastic “to avoid tampering.” The body remained unidentified by community residents up to the arrival of the LNP’s forensic team.Residents, however, believe that the woman was killed in another community by unknown individuals and later dumped in Wood Camp.“This woman was killed in a different place, because no one in the community can recognize her face,” one of the residents said. After examining the body, LNP forensics disclosed to the district coordinator, who was representing the community chairman that the woman’s body parts were not tampered with.According to district coordinator Johnny Bookai, only bruises were discovered on parts of the woman’s body, which indicated that she fought with her assailant (s) before she was overpowered, and killed.“From what I saw, I cannot tell you the cause of death until the forensic team comes out with their report. There were no parts of the body extracted, but only bruises and the deep cut in the head,” Mr. Bookai observed.Bookai has meanwhile called on residents of the Wood Camp Community and Montserrado Electoral District #3 to remain vigilant in the wake of an increase in crimes in the community.It may be recalled that armed robbers last Monday attacked several homes in the Wood Camp community where the LNP said it arrested five suspects in connection with the robberies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Former African champions face daunting challenges

first_img“If we score early it will be much better because they (Otoho) cannot then sit back, they will have to come out and play.”AFP Sport puts the spotlight on Sundowns, Pirates and fellow former African champions Asante Kotoko of Ghana, Enyimba of Nigeria and Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, all of whom enjoy home advantage.EnyimbaThe 2003 and 2004 champions from southeastern city Aba must play behind closed doors as they seek to overcome a 1-0 deficit against debutants Rahimo of Burkina Faso.Despite major renovations at the ground, the tournament organisers have barred spectators because the floodlights are inadequate and there is a lack of CCTV cameras and an electronic scoreboard.Enyimba are the only Nigerian club to have won the elite club competition and it would be a major blow to the pride of the African football powerhouse if the side were eliminated by rookies.EtoileKarim Aribi scored after only two minutes away to Hafia of Guinea, but 2007 trophy-holders Etoile finished 2-1 losers after Mohamed Sacca snatched an injury-time winner.Hafia were African giants in the 1970s, reaching final Champions League finals and winning three, but suffered a sharp decline in fortunes since and this is their first appearance since 1983.Etoile are guided by Faouzi Benzarti, the most successful African coach in CAF club competitions with five titles, and it hard to imagine them not eliminating Hafia.KotokoKotoko, the 1970 and 1983 African champions, trailed and led before finishing 3-2 losers away to Kano Pillars of Nigeria in one of the most exciting first legs this season.Veteran Rabiu Ali levelled with 20 minutes remaining, then set up the winner for Muhammed Gambo soon after to leave the west African showdown finely balanced.“We performed well in Nigeria and I believe we should have at least drawn,” said Kjetil Zachariassen, the Norwegian coach of Kotoko.PiratesA disastrous start to the season has seen Pirates fail to win or score in four matches in all competitions and have lost Serb coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic to Egyptian club Zamalek.The club who conquered Africa in 1995 must overtake a 1-0 loss away to Green Eagles of Zambia, who are first-time Champions League competitors.Should Eagles score in Soweto, a Pirates side under caretaker coach Rhulani Mokwena many find having to find the net at least three times beyond their ability.SundownsVeteran Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana scored a brilliant midweek goal in a domestic league draw, but will miss the clash with Otoho after being red-carded in the first leg.Mosimane was pleased the match with Cape Town City took place this Tuesday, giving the 2016 African champions more time to prepare for the physically formidable Congolese.Otoho shocked 2018 semi-finalists Primeiro Agosto of Angola in a preliminary tie last year and are now eyeing overall victory against 2019 semi-finalists Sundowns.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pitso Mosimane coached Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to the 2016 CAF Champions League title © AFP / RODGER BOSCHJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 22 – South African clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are among five former CAF Champions League trophy-holders trailing by one goal on aggregate ahead of preliminary round second legs this weekend.“Otoho will sit back and park the bus,” says Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane of the Congo Brazzaville side who hold a 2-1 lead entering the return match in Pretoria.last_img read more

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Last arguments end in 5-month Spector case

first_imgProsecutor Pat Dixon, speaking last, showed a dramatic animated video purporting to recreate the shooting of Clarkson, who achieved modest fame in the 1980s in the cult film “Barbarian Queen.” One frame offered a view of how Clarkson might have seen the gun entering her mouth. In every frame, Spector was within inches of her mouth. Forensic experts have debated whether the small amount of blood on Spector’s white jacket suggests he was some distance away. Even the prosecution’s experts could not say for sure that he pulled the trigger. “These are not evidence,” Dixon said of the animations. “They are our view of what happened.” Clarkson, 40, died of a gunshot fired inside her mouth as she sat in a chair in a foyer about 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after meeting him at her job as a VIP hostess at the House of Blues. Spector, 67, is charged with second-degree murder and faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. Defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden, who preceded Dixon, entreated jurors to focus on scientific evidence and not to become “vigilantes,” convicting Spector because of his looks, reputation and the “tall tales” of women he dated. She said they should acquit because he did not murder Clarkson. “We don’t convict people in this country because we don’t like them, because we don’t like their hair or their clothes,” she said. Most of Dixon’s rebuttal argument focused on the prosecution’s two strongest points – the testimony of five women who portrayed Spector as terrorizing them at gunpoint in the past, and the chauffeur who testified that Spector emerged from the house with a gun and said, “I think I killed somebody.” “This is the best evidence you could have,” Dixon said, charging that after Spector went outside and spoke to the driver, he went back inside and planted the gun by Clarkson’s foot. “Ladies and gentlemen, he staged the crime scene,” said Dixon. The prosecutor ridiculed claims that Clarkson was so depressed she planned to kill herself, pointing to her mother’s testimony that she bought seven new pairs of shoes hours before she died. And he ridiculed the defense’s scientific experts’ opinions, listing some on a chart headlined: “Linda Kenney-Baden’s last ditch effort.” He said they were wrong about blood spatter, gunshot residue and DNA. And he derided forensic expert Dr. Michael Baden for testifying in a case in which his wife is a defense attorney. Kenney-Baden acknowledged jurors knew a lot about Spector from media reports before they joined the panel. “You know he’s been called a celebrity, and you said you would ignore that,” she reminded them. “Your job is not to make good copy or good ratings. Your job is to find the truth.” “This case exemplifies reasonable doubt,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS After five months of contentious testimony in Phil Spector’s trial, both sides ended their cases Friday with competing views of whether it was murder or suicide that claimed the life of actress Lana Clarkson after she went to the record producer’s hilltop castle for a drink. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he would instruct jurors on Monday and submit the case for their deliberations. last_img read more

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GET READY FOR WONKAMANIA TO HIT DONEGAL!

first_imgWonkamania is to take over the lives of the good people of Ramelton this weekend. Featuring children and adults from all over the county, the Town Hall is the central spot to be this Saturday and Sunday night as Blue Ribbon Arts bring ‘Wonka Mania’ to the town hall for what is truly a wonderful magical adventure for all. With Aileen Tighe as Musical Director, assisted by Jason Friel, Conor McLaughlin and B Carr in the Orchestra pit, Linda Turner, Martina Patterson, Karen McBrearty and Catriona MacIntyre (as well as a legion of dedicated mums, dads, grannies and grandads too!) taking care of production, and of course directed by Mama B, this cast of 37 principals, oompah loompahs, candy kids and sweeties prove that talent is well and truly alive right here on the shores of the Swilly.Willy Wonka is played by Ramelton’s Jason McCahill, the Greedy Gloops are Aisling Shiels (KerryKeel) and Andrea Logue (Milford), the Beuregardes are Shauna Higgins (Gaelscoil Adhnamhnain) and Niamh Kelly (Loreto Milford), the Salts are Laura Foody, Woodlands and Shane McGinley, Kerrykeel, the Teavees, Ciara O Malley (Loreto Convent) and Victoria Wilson (Raphoe), the Bucket Family played by Jason McLaughlin, Illistrin NS, Kyra McBrearty, Kiltoy, Orla MacAleney, Glebe, Ciara McTaggart, Kilmacrennan, Mick Coll, Monaghan and of course, Grandpa Joe is Mark Mills (Lurgybrack) while the part of Charlie Bucket belongs to Aife Davis, Woodlands.Finnian Ferry plays a wonderfully colourful Candyman, three Wonka Kids hail from Mullagheap, (Brianne McCauley), Carrigart (Bronagh Blaney) and Letterkenny (Clodagh Ellison).Karen McBrearty debuts as Volutpuous thetv reporter, ably assisted by her crew of Amy Patterson, (Ramelton) Michaela McCauley and Danielle Kelly (Doaghbeg). The Wonkettes, Jessica McIlwaine (Fanad), Cora Kelly (Termon), Katie Devine (Glenswilly) and Kira Mills (LUrgyBrack NS) sing us right through the musical, as do the OOmpah Loompahs, led by Lenny Loompah, Ben Carr, and the CandyKids, led by Kevin Gormley (Ramelton) and Annie McCLintock (Letterkenny). The awe factor is provided by the adorable sweeties, the juniors, who know well how to keep Mr WIlly Wonka on his toes!Audiences will be blown away by the talent, tap along their toes to the totally terrific song and dance routines, and will enjoy the capers of the eccentric Bucket Family as they uncover the secrets of the factory and save the day!This could not have been put together without the support of many many people, the local businesses, especially Lennon Butchers, Whoriskeys, Kernans, Scoil Mhuire Ramelton and especially the Yellow Pepper, Trinity Hall and very especially, the staff and Principal of Mulroy College, to whom we are indebted. Thanks Princess Fiona!Set design by Mark Harley, Rathdonnel, Artwork Ben Carr, Milford Community School and paintwork by all the teens, mums and dads during the one wee spot of great weather we have had!The invaluable advice of Ramelton’s seasoned pros, Jean Winston, Tony Boyce and Donald is much appreciated, let’s hope WonkaMania does them all proud.Having won the Community section, the best float and for the first time ever, the overall section in st Patricks Parade, Letterkenny with our Wonka Mania madness, we are all eagerly awaiting the explosion of colour and fun in Ramelton town hall. A full list of the cast include – The Wonkettes: Katie Devine, Jessica McIlwaine, Cora Kelly and Kira Mills; the CandyKids Gillian Reynolds, Abbie and Cliodhna Patton; Mr. Salt and Veruca: Shane McGinley and Laura Foody; the Teavees,; Ciara O Malley and Victoria Wilson; Grandpa Joe Mark Mills and Charlie; Aife Davis; the Beuregardes, Shauna Higgins and Niamh Kelly; Mr Willy WOnka himself, Jason McCahill; (with Kathryn Patton one of 15 oompah loompahs); James; Kevin Gormley and Mr. Bucket; Jason McLaughlin; Squirrels Aimee Friel and naoibh McSharry and the cheeky squirrels themselves again!Tickets for Ramelton shows Available in Whoriskeys, Donegal Sports and Kernans for €10 each.Well done and Break a Leg y’all!GET READY FOR WONKAMANIA TO HIT DONEGAL! was last modified: March 29th, 2014 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:Blue RibbonCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryRameltonTown HallWilly Wonkalast_img read more

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Gas prices to stay on steady decline

first_imgYou might have just saved a buck on your pizza delivery. Drivers – including pizza deliverers – are saving money on gas for the first time in weeks as prices at the pump continue to fall.Gasoline prices are falling at a rate of 1 to 2 cents a day, a trend experts predict will last through the rest of the year.That’s good news for motorists – but also good for people ordering pizza. Well, at least for customers ordering delivery from Barro’s Pizza in Whittier, where management had been contemplating raising the delivery charge from $1 to $2 to compensate for rising gas prices.“That dollar wasn’t doing much for my driver, who has a pickup truck,” said Barro’s owner George Tibbetts III. “So we were about to go up to $2. But then prices went down.”As of Sunday, the price of a gallon of gas in the Los Angeles area averaged $2.703, down 28 cents from $2.982 the month before, said Carol Thorp, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.However, prices are still much higher than a year ago, when the average was $2.393 in the Los Angeles region, she said.Thorp said the main reason prices are going down is the recent end to the summer driving season.She also sees anecdotal evidence that drivers are finding ways to save gasoline, either by using public transportation, cutting trips or car pooling.House painter Mike Miramontes, 49, of Whittier drives a Chevrolet Suburban, but he isn’t concerned about rising or falling gas prices because he passes the additional cost to his customers.“Usually, I work an hour from where I live, so if I’m working there for three, four days, I raise my price about $100 for gas,” said Miramontes, who filled up at the Chevron at Greenleaf Avenue and Whittier Boulevard Monday morning.For George Chavez, who filled up his Ford F-150 pickup truck at Arco at Hadley Street and Pickering Avenue, where regular sold for $2.49 per gallon Monday, the declining prices are a relief.“I used to spend $150 a week on gas. Now, I’m saving $10 to $15 a week,” said Chavez, of Riverside, who works at Winchell’s Donuts in Uptown Whittier.Signs point to a continued decline in gas prices for the rest of the year, said Susanne Garfield, spokeswoman for the California Energy Commission.“We have a very strong and robust refinery supply, so things are looking very good as long as oil prices continue to decline,” Garfield said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 jason.kosareff@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sunderland friendly helped Middlesbrough prepare for QPR, says Karanka

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has told his club’s website that a behind-closed-doors win over Sunderland was the perfect preparation for the visit to QPR.Prior to taking a break for a few days over the Easter weekend, promotion-chasing Boro beat the Black Cats 2-1, thanks to goals from Kike and Jordan Rhodes.And Karanka said he organised the fixture to keep the players’ minds and bodies sharp ahead of the run-in, which starts at Loftus Road on Friday night.He said: “The break was good and that’s why we decided to play Sunderland beforehand.“It’s better to feel that you’re playing another game rather than just being on the training ground.“I don’t think we’re going to improve our tactics a whole lot now because we’re approaching the end. So we’re just adding more sessions, being together and just keeping going.“QPR is an important game because we have eight games in April and every game is going to be massive.“You know that most of the teams we play are playing for something and so are we, especially.“After our win against Hull we’re in a really good position again and the lads are really excited.”Defender Daniel Ayala could return for Middlesbrough on Friday following almost two months out with an ankle injury.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Things to know: Patrick Marleau plays carpool karaoke in San Jose, Tavares reflects on ‘impressive’ pitch from Sharks

first_imgSAN JOSE — Patrick Marleau is putting James Corden on alert: your job as the host of the Late Late Show isn’t safe.Instead of sharing some laughs with his old friends on the Sharks, Marleau celebrated his return to San Jose Wednesday by doing his best Corden impersonation, belting out some carpool karaoke with his kids and Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews.On their drive to breakfast in San Jose, the three Maples Leafs superstars loosened up the mood in advance of …last_img read more

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Organic seed to grow Klein Karoo

first_img30 December 2005New legislation will require organic farmers to use only organically produced seed to grow crops and feed livestock, but no one in South Africa produces 100% organic seed. Now empowerment company Diverse International has taken the gap in the market and set up a community seed production project in the Klein Karoo, an area hit hard by poverty and unemployment. The project, known as the Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (KKOI), will improve the lives of the people of Zoar, a tiny village between Ladismith and Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Chairperson Liz Eglington says the project, run from the farm Amalienstein, will create jobs and alleviate poverty by producing and marketing organically produced fruit and vegetables.Most of the world’s organic producers use non-organic seed in their operations. But pending South African legislation will soon restrict fruit, vegetable, herb and cereal producers to using only certified organic seed if they wish to maintain their certified organic status. Even the feed used in organic animal production will have to be produced from organic seed.Unfortunately, there is no organic seed available in South Africa. Empowerment group Diverse International identified this shortage as a market opportunity and launched the National Organic Seed Project.The group has spent over four years planning the project and has established partnerships and relationships with various government departments, seed companies, overseas buyers and funding organisations to support the project. They lacked only the farmers to grow the seed.Zoar is ideally situated for organic seed production, given the Klein Karoo’s dry climate. The mountains that separate the valleys help prevent contamination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Klein Karoo ideal for organicsOnly a few places in the world are suitable for organic seed production. The Klein Karoo, with its dry climate, is one such place and is already one of the country’s largest seed-producing regions.It is also ideally situated for organic production because several mountain ranges separate the land, helping prevent agrichemical contamination and cross-pollination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Diverse International approached the KKOI to spearhead the project because they were already involved in organic production in the area.Eglington believes the project will do more than benefit commercial farmers – it will transform the entire Klein Karoo.“Many small-scale farmers in the Klein Karoo are struggling to survive, never mind remain sustainable, and most lack access to markets,” she says. “But farmers can be empowered through the production of organic seed. Organic seed can even be produced in people’s backyards and then sold to a central marketing agent.”The first step in realising this dream is to set up a training centre to teach farmers organic seed production techniques. Initially, Eglington and her KKOI colleagues wanted to buy a farm from which to provide the training. But they found this was too expensive, and it would be better to conduct the training on an existing farm. After thorough analysis and research, Amalienstein was identified as the most suitable project site.Amalienstein is owned by the South African government, and was made available to the Zoar community under the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. Unfortunately, the 7 000ha farm currently runs at a substantial loss. Of the 5 000 people living in the community, fewer than 30% are employed on the farm.“There isn’t any work here,” says Hendrik January, chairperson of the Zoar Community Trust. “A handful of people are employed at Amalienstein and on other farms in the area. The rest of the people depend on seasonal and piece work.”Small-scale farmers are organic farmersAmalienstein is ideal for the National Seed Project as it already has the required infrastructure and the storage facilities. Existing enterprises on the farm, such as the dairy and small-scale farming projects, will continue, but as organic projects.James Jacobs, a Zoar Community Trust member, says most small-scale farmers are already farming organically because they cannot afford agrichemicals. For most of these farmers the switch to organic farming will be natural.“The organic seed initiative will have many spinoffs for the community,” Jacobs says. It will not alleviate poverty – it will eradicate it.”Eglington believes the project will create many job opportunities, and not only in agricultural production.“Our vision is to turn the entire Zoar community into an organic village,” she says. “First we want to set up the organic training centre. To do this we will need trainers and administrative staff. Compost, compost teas, organic sprays, pesticides, repellants and fertilisers will be made from material sourced from Amalienstein. This will create job opportunities in the making and marketing of these products.”The farm will produce organic seed and seedlings for international and local markets, while vegetables and fruit, and other byproducts of seed production, will be sold or consumed locally. The production of value-added organic products, such as herbal and medicinal plants, essential oils, soaps and even cosmetics, is also planned. This will again provide production as well as marketing and processing opportunities.Community ownershipEglington emphasises that KKOI and Diverse International don’t want to take over Amalienstein.“We need a training centre and Diverse International needs seed. But we want the community to take ownership of the project and benefit from it. We will supply expertise and support as long as the community needs it.”As Amalienstein is owned by the government, KKOI will require approval before it starts anything new on the farm. Eglington has met with Western Cape agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry and says he’s willing to look at the feasibility document of using Amalienstein for the seed project. She says Dowry wants the entire Zoar community to buy into the project before approving it.Kannaland district mayor Magdalene Barry is optimistic the project will take off.“Zoar is sitting on a goldmine,” she says. “All the community leaders have bought into the dream. Now we only need the community to vote and commit to the project – and that will be easy since the benefits of the project are very transparent and people have been suffering under poverty for a long time.”This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more

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The Difference Between Storage and Tankless Water Heaters

first_imgStorage water heatersMost water heaters are storage models. These are insulated tanks holding 20 to 120 gallons with either electric heating elements or gas burners. The storage tank stratifies with hot water at the top and cold incoming water at the bottom, so that as you draw off hot water (from the top), you get consistently hot water until the hot water is nearly depleted. The “first-hour rating” tells you how many gallons of hot water can be delivered in an hour. Storage water heaters constantly lose heat through the tank walls. Even though the tank is insulated, the difference in temperature across that insulated wall is large, so even with a lot of insulation the stand-by heat loss is substantial. Gas-fired storage water heaters that have standing pilot lights replenish some of that lost heat with the pilot, but most of the pilot’s heat is lost up the flue. Tankless water heaters provide constant hot water and energy savingsTo address the issue of standby heat loss and running out of hot water, tankless water heaters (also referred to as demand water heaters) were developed decades ago. These are sometimes (especially in other countries) installed at the point of use, say in a bathroom, but in this country they are usually installed centrally in place of standard, storage water heaters. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. The size of heating elementsA key advantage of storage water heaters is that the heating element(s) can be fairly small. Because a significant volume of water is stored and because the tank remains stratified as hot water is drawn off, a properly sized storage-type water heater can provide a family’s hot water needs without requiring a very large flow of gas or electricity to heat the water.Most gas-fired storage-type water heaters have relatively small burners, typically 30,000 to 50,000 Btu/hour (not much larger than the larger burner on a gas range). This means that a half-inch-diameter gas line is usually adequate to supply the water heater. It also means that the air intake (supply of combustion air) can be fairly modest in size.Gas-fired tankless water heaters, on the other hand, often have much larger burners. A typical whole-house model, sized to allow two showers to be used at the same time or for someone to shower while the clothes washer or dishwasher is operating, will have a burner producing as much as 180,000 Btu/hour; the largest tankless water heaters have burners over 300,000 Btu/hour. Supplying the natural gas or propane to such a large burner requires a larger gas-supply line (typically 3/4-inch) than needed for storage water heaters — not an insignificant consideration.Along with the large gas line, these tankless water heaters require a lot of combustion air. A small, 125,000 Btu/hour model operated at full capacity requires about 30 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air for complete combustion, and a large, 180,000 Btu/hour model requires up to 45 cfm of air at full capacity. Such large airflow requirements can limit the options for placement. A great feature of tankless water heaters is that they never run out of hot water — assuming the water heating capacity large enough to supply the needed hot water demands. They also don’t have stand-by losses. Because hot water isn’t stored in a tank, there is no heat loss when the water heater isn’t operating (though there will be some losses through the pipes during use).A 2008 Consumer Reports article reported that gas-fired tankless water heaters used about 22% less energy than their storage-type counterparts. A 2010 study by the Center for Energy and Environment in Minnesota found that gas-fired tankless water heaters save an average of 36% over storage water heaters. So far, so good. There are two primary types of water heaters: storage and tankless. In this column I’ll try to explain the differences between these two approaches and offer some guidance on choosing between them. (There are also “hybrid” water heaters with features of both that I’ll cover in a future blog.) Flow ratesSome tankless water heaters have a minimium flow rate as high as 0.5 or 0.6 gallons per minute, meaning that at lower flow rates they won’t come on. This can be a problem with low-flow plumbing fixtures, such as bathroom faucets.Fortunately, manufacturers are responding to this concern. The Rheem H95 condensing tankless water heater pictured with this blog, for example, has a minimum flow rate of 0.26 gpm, the lowest I’ve seen — though the minimum “activation rate” is somewhat higher at 0.4 gpm.center_img Increased maintenanceOn top of the questionable economics, tankless water heaters have significantly greater maintenance requirements than storage models.Models designed for outdoor installation (where supplying combustion air is not a problem) include sophisticated freeze-protection systems. In places with hard water, scale build-up is a significant problem. If the hardness is above 11 grains per hour, experts recommend installing a water softener, according to Consumer Reports, and special provisions may be needed during installation to allow periodic flushing the heat exchanger coils with a vinegar solution. Higher cost for tankless water heatersWhile tankless water heaters save energy compared with storage water heaters, that doesn’t mean they are cost-effective. Both the Consumer Reports and Minnesota study mentioned above reported that the significantly higher cost of tankless water heaters resulted in payback periods longer than the expected lifetimes of the water heaters. Consumer Reports found the cost of tankless models to range from $800 to $1,150 plus about $1,200 for installation, compared with $300 to $480 for storage water heaters and $300 for installation.The Minnesota study reported a 20- to 40-year payback for the tankless water heaters.With certain usage patterns, though, the numbers could change. In a vacation home that is only used for an occasional weekend, the standby losses can be a huge percent of the total energy use for water heating, and a tankless model might make more sense. Or, in a commercial building in which a lavatory faucet is far away from the water heater and the hot water demand is very low, a small point-of-use tankless water heater may make sense — even an electric model. Bigger challenges with electric tankless water heatersAn electric tankless water heater large enough to serve a whole house requires a huge current draw. A Seisco Model RA-28 that supplies 2.5 gallons per minute at a 76°F temperature rise draws as much as 116 amps at 240 volts! Most homes have only 200-amp service, and the multiple breakers and wiring required for such large current flows are expensive.For utility companies, the idea of a lot of customers switching to electric tankless water heaters is downright scary, since hot water loads typically fall during periods of peak morning and early-evening power consumption. Utility companies are required to have capacity available for whatever the demand is, and if a lot of electric tankless water heaters were installed in a service district that would result in a significant increase in those peaks. RELATED ARTICLES Are Tankless Water Heaters a Waste of Money?Are Tankless Water Heaters Really Green?Storage vs. Tankless Water HeatersAll About Water HeatersWater Heaters: Tank or Tankless?GBA Encyclopedia: Water Heating The bottom lineThe bottom line is that tankless water heaters simply don’t make sense for most whole-house applications. There are exceptions, as noted above, but for the vast majority of residential applications, storage water heaters make more sense.last_img read more

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Kelly Riggs on Why You Need to Quit Whining and Start Selling – Episode #18

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (11.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhining is almost epidemic in the sales arena. There’s always an excuse and you hear them often. “The economy is bad.” “The prospect was only buying on price.” “They got a better offer.” And while there are reasons that prospects don’t close on the transaction with every sales presentation the professional salesperson doesn’t make excuses or whine about the loss. Instead, that person works harder to maximize the process and refine their skills so their closing rate increases over time. You can hear how Kelly Riggs, author of “Quit Whining and Start Selling” addresses those issues and coaches sales professionals to close the deal through their own skill and expertise at sales.The first step to becoming a sales professional is to stop whining and take responsibilityClick To TweetBuyers are concerned about price, but it’s not all they are concerned about.It’s a sad situation when all a sales professional can think about is how averse his prospects are to the price of his product or service. That’s a sure sign that his closing numbers are going to drop and he’s going to become discouraged quickly. The problem is that he’s more convinced that pricing is the issue than his prospects are. He’s not convinced of the value of what he has to offer – so much so that he’s able to overcome pricing objections by showing that what he brings to the relationship is much more valuable than the prospect’s money. On this episode Kelly Riggs tells how to get beyond that price limitation mindset, so be sure you listen.You may be the reason your prospects ask for a lower price.Why is it that prospects so often ask for a lower price? It’s at least in part because sales professionals have conditioned them to ask for a lower price by giving it every time. The knee-jerk reaction to resistance based on price is to waffle and lower the price. But a true sales professional acknowledges the desire to have a lower price but takes the conversation back to the value of what the prospect will get for the money she’s paying. When the value of the product or service is shown to be greater than the value of the money in the prospect’s pocket, the sale will happen every time.Often it’s the salesperson who has the price limitation, not the prospect ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetIf you shortcut effective qualifying, you’re decreasing your chance of a sale.Anthony believes that many sales professionals are so hungry they want to cut immediately to the sales presentation, the thing they see as the main arena in which they are able to close a sale. While the actual close does happen at the presentation appointment, there’s a lot more that goes into a successful close on the front end. The qualifying step is of paramount importance when it comes to making sure you are speaking to the decision makers in the company, understand their needs and desire, and are able to effectively address them once you get to the presentation appointment. Shortcutting the qualifying process is a sure way to frustrate your sales success.Kelly’s book is a field guide for the professional salesperson.Other than the fact that Kelly Rigg’s book, “Stop Whining and Start Selling” is full of fundamental principles and approaches to sales, Anthony loves it because it’s so user friendly. On this episode he likens it to a field manual that a salesperson can use on the spot before going into a sales appointment. The chapters are short, to the point, actionable, and easy to understand and digest. It’s a great resource for sales managers to have as a resource for their sales team and it’s a hands on tool for the sales professional to use day to day. Find out how to get it on this episode of In The Arena.Even if the pie has gotten smaller, there’s still plenty of pie out there ~ Sales pro, Kelly RiggsClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of this episode and his guest, Kelly Riggs. Kelly’s introduction of his own role in the sales arena. The detrimental effect of whining as a sales pro. The 1 to 1 sales approach Kelly teaches. The things that are REALLY important to a buyer. Why customers often ask for a lower price. Why qualifying is such a key aspect of the sales process. Relational VS. Transactional approaches to sales. Why Anthony likes Kelly’s book so much. How you can connect with Kelly Riggs.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.1on1Selling.comKelly on TwitterBB00CX7P34GThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhen a recession happens your only solution is to sell your way through it ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetShortcutting the qualifying process is the best way to frustrate the sales processClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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