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Phone issues improving at dispatch center, outage discussed

first_imgFARMINGTON – County Commissioners received a mostly-positive report relating to phone issues at the Franklin Regional Communications Center on Tuesday, while also discussing a multi-hour outage that impacted the lines last Thursday.CL Folsom, the county’s communications director, had previously reported a steadily-worsening issue involving the dispatch center’s so-called “non-emergency” business line. Callers had been trying to contact the dispatch center on its county phone line and could not be heard by the dispatcher. The problem, which had gotten worse since December 2018, was considered a serious one even though it didn’t impact 9-1-1. Callers are not always certain whether their issues constitute an emergency, and therefore call the dispatch business line, 778-6140, rather than 9-1-1. In some cases, those business line calls represent true emergencies.GWI maintains the county’s phone service. The 9-1-1 system is separate, operating on a statewide, closed system that is managed by Consolidated Communications.Folsom said Tuesday that the county had seen significant improvement in regards to the issue. Only two instances of the problem have been recently reported: a cause has been identified for one of the calls while the other is still being researched.A separate issue relating to GWI hit the dispatch center last Thursday, when it endured a six-hour outage of its non-9-1-1 phone service. The timing, Folsom noted, was particularly bad as the dispatch center was dealing with a bomb threat purportedly targeting a Regional School Unit 9 bus. Due to buses being on the road during the threat, the response was a complex one that involved local, county and state police, fire departments and other public entities such as school personnel from multiple districts. A Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigation identified a 10-year-old elementary student as the alleged caller later that evening; that juvenile has been charged with terrorizing.The outage was caused by a generator that failed to deliver power to a Portland-area building that houses GWI’s datacenter, among other companies’ equipment, after an accident in the area interrupted commercial power. After the battery backups failed around 12:22 p.m., GWI’s servers went offline. Central Maine Power soon restored commercial power following the accident, but it took until 9 p.m. for the network to stabilize.During the outage, Folsom said, callers to the dispatch center would get busy signals or experience other issues. Dispatchers enabled a countywide chat system to allow interdepartmental communication and Folsom provided agencies with his cellphone number to create a point of contact. An alternative number that was functioning was posted on Facebook.On Tuesday, commissioners approved the installation of two landlines and three phones at the dispatch center to act as a failsafe. Unlike the typical countywide system, which uses Voice over Internet Protocol plugging into the GWI servers, these would be actual landline phones with an alternate public number to be used during outages. One line would be public, Folsom said, while the other would be reserved for emergency communications.That way, if the VOIP system went down again, the dispatch center could continue to use those landlines to communicate. Having such backups is a common practice across the state, county officials said.The cost of all new phones and lines is $75 per month. Commissioner Clyde Barker and Chair Terry Brann were unanimous in approving the installation.Both Folsom and Jim Desjardins, the county’s technical service manager, said that GWI had been responsive to both the outage and the now-improved phone line issue. Two, $1,800 credits had been provided to the county.In other business, commissioners approved requiring county employees to utilize direct deposit for their paychecks as of March 1. That change, which will impact roughly eight people, is estimated to save the county $1,000 a year in supplies and other associated costs.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

first_imgSaturday, January 3, 2015•12:05 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.•3:24 p.m. Stuart A. Stover, 56, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, refusal to submit to preliminary breath test, transporting an open container and failure to give proper signal.•10:30 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block E. 15th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Joseph T. Lewallen, 18, Wellington and a fixed object/tree owned by the city of Wellington. Wellington Police notes: Friday, Jan. 2 – Sunday, Jan., 4, 2014: Friday, January 2, 2015•8:20 a.m. Thomas W. Weaver, 59, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•9:30 a.m. Officers took a report of dogs at large in the 1100 block S. F, Wellington.•9:45 a.m. Durell C. Harrington, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for four dogs at large.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block W. Kansas, Wellington.•1 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•Seth P. Frazee, 21, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct. Warrant was served December 12, 2014. Sunday, January 4, 2015•1:48 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block E.1st, Wellington.•9:37 a.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Carolyn D. Groom, Wellington.•1:04 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 600 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•10:10 p.m. Officers investigated probation violation and obstruction of law enforcement officers by a known suspect(s) in the 100 block E. 19th, Wellington.•11:10 p.m. Patricia R. Reyes, 26, Wellington was arrested and charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers.•11:10 p.m. Donel D. Gaddie Jr, 33, Wellington was arrested and charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers.•11:10 p.m. Joshua A. Bodner, 24, Wichita, was arrested and confined on three Sumner County bench warrants for probation violation.last_img read more

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Cardinals to ride big hogs, speedy backs in 2017

first_imgCorning >> With four returning starters back on the offensive line and a couple explosive ballcarriers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the ball, the Corning Cardinals football team looks to have the pieces in place early to begin the 2017 prep football season. The Cardinals are coming off an 8-3 season, but also a first-round 14-13 loss at home against Anderson in the Northern Section Division III playoffs a year ago.Head coach John Studer said he is confident his team can erase …last_img read more

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SA romp to Hong Kong Sixes title

first_imgSouth Africa won the Hong Kong Sixes tournament for the second time in four years on Sunday after a 37-run victory over defending champions Pakistan in the final. In a hard-hitting contest, captain Colin Ingram led the way with an astonishing innings. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This tournament grows in prestige all the time and Asia is a very important area in which to grow the Protea brand. It fully justifies our decision to send the strongest possible team to Hong Kong and I would like to thank our franchises for their support in this regard. Openers Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal led the way with 37 off 11 balls and 51 off 15 respectively, but Ingram claimed three wickets to put the skids under their batting effort. He removed Awais Zia for five, Hammad Azam for one and Yasir Shah for 10. 29 October 2012 “It was really pleasing to see our boys play the final so well and they were in command throughout,” Faul concluded. Australia won the Plate competition, defeating the Netherlands, who had shocked England in the semi-finals. Early on, the Pakistanis were up to the required run rate, but having to maintain such a pace took its toll and they lost wickets where South Africa, by contrast, had seen three batsmen retire. ‘Awesome event’After receiving the winners’ $40 000 cheque (approximately R347 000), he said: “It has been an awesome event. The guys really enjoyed themselves and each other’s company and we just stuck to what we had done all week, which was to bowl tightly and field well, and our batting clicked as well.center_img “The Pakistan team that we played in the final included experienced internationals in Kamran and Umar Akmal, as well as Junaid Khan. Cricket South Africa’s acting CEO Jacques Faul paid tribute to the Sixes winning team in a statement, saying: “Full marks to coach Vinnie Barnes, captain Colin Ingram and the rest of the players for an excellent achievement that saw them win all their matches on the final day, including beating Pakistan twice. He struck an unbeaten 34 off only six deliveries to help South Africa to 142 for 2 in their five eight-ball overs, and he was not alone in clearing the boundaries of the small ground. Seventeen sixesUltimately, South Africa finished with 17 sixes in their innings of 142. That left Pakistan requiring 28.4 runs per eight-ball over, or 3.55 runs per ball! Kamran Akmal as the last man standing in the Sixes form of the game finally fell to Frylinck, caught by Ingram, and South Africa claimed a convincing victory. Opening batsman David Miller made it look easy with a knock of 33 not out from only nine balls, with one four and four sixes, one maximum less than Ingram, while Robbie Frylinck smashed 31 from just seven deliveries and Dillon Du Preez weighed in with 31 off 11. “I had wobbly knees for the ball seemed to take ages to come down, but thankfully it was a clean catch,” Ingram said of the catch that ended the match.last_img read more

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Tax Credits for Window Replacement

first_imgLast week, I provided an overview of the 30% federal tax credits that are in place for 2009 and 2010 for residential energy upgrades. Most of the provisions of those tax credits are very good. In the rush to do a lot very quickly, though, some mistakes were made. One such mistake, in my opinion, has to do with the credit provided for window replacement.By way of background, under the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct), homeowners were able to get a 30% tax credit of up to $200 for replacing windows. The measure was intended to improve energy performance, but in fact, virtually any window qualified, so it became a give-away to people remodeling their homes and replacing windows. It also cost taxpayers a lot–more than half of the money spent on the diverse tax credits under EPAct was for window replacement.Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the cap on the window replacement tax credit has been raised to $1,500–more than seven times the cap in EPAct. So what’s not to like about that?The problem is that it sets a maximum “solar heat gain coefficient” for windows of 0.30. Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is a measure of transmissivity–how much solar energy gets through the window. A SHGC value of 0.30 means that just 30% of the sunlight is transmitted. Such a low SHGC is a good idea in hot climates, especially on east- and west-facing windows, to prevent overheating. But it doesn’t make sense in northern climates where we want to benefit from the warmth from sunlight–as in solar tempering or passive solar heating.To the credit of the policy makers, with the Recovery Act there was an effort to create a more rigorous standard for window performance. Along with the SHGC 0.30 limit, they established a maximum U-factor of 0.30. U-factor is a measure of the amount of heat transmitted through a window–the lower the number the less heat gets through. U-factor is the inverse of R-value, so that a U-factor 0.30 window would have an average R-value of 3.3. This is a “unit” value based on standards from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), meaning that it accounts for heat loss through the window edges and frame as opposed to just the “center-of-glass” value.A window with a unit U-factor of 0.30 is fairly good. To get to that level of performance, it needs to have insulated glass with a low-emissivity (low-e) coating and a low-conductivity gas fill, such as argon. I would have liked to have seen it even tighter–say 0.25 or 0.20 to create demand for triple-glazed windows–but 0.30 is a lot better than what was required under EPAct.To achieve both the 0.30 SHGC and 0.30 U-factor requirements, you have to use glass with a special low-e coating, such as the LoE3 glass made by Cardinal Glass Industries.From what I’ve been able to learn in speaking with policy makers in Washington, this so-called “30-30 rule” came from the Joint Committee on Taxation, a quasi-independent committee of Congress that addresses the costs of legislation. They wanted to establish fairly stringent criteria to rein in the costs of the tax credit, according to Lowell Ungar, the director of policy at the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington.As for where the specific 30-30 rule came from, one article attributes it to an aide of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, who added it as final touches were being put on the bill at 3:00 in the morning. One has to wonder if Cardinal Glass Industries may have suggested those performance requirements. (Double glazing with Cardinal LoE3 366 and a half-inch space meets the requirement very nicely with a SHGC of 0.27 and a winter U-factor of 0.29 with air and 0.24 with argon).Most energy experts I’ve spoken with argue that having a “one-size-fits-all” requirement for windows is a mistake. Such windows are not effective for passive solar gain. It doesn’t make sense in northern climates, where solar gain can help in reducing heating costs. And it doesn’t even make sense in more southern climates if one accepts the wisdom of specifying different glazings on different orientations–high-SHGC windows on the south and low-SHGC windows on the east and west.One energy expert who likes the 30-30 rule is Arlene Stewart, president of AZS Consulting, a columnist for Door and Window Manufacturer and a board member of the Florida Home Builders Association. “From an implementation standpoint, it makes a lot of sense,” she told me by e-mail. She thinks the standard will lower the cost of efficient windows because distributors won’t have to keep a large number of options in stock. Regarding passive solar energy, Stewart dismisses the importance of passive solar. “I think that with the advent of forced-air systems, there is less of a need for passive solar,” she said. “I don’t think as many people occupy their homes at a time when passive solar is of most use. Unless we can figure out a way to capture that energy for use at a later time, I think the benefits are wasted since people are out of their homes Monday through Friday during daylight hours.”Stephen Thwaites of Thermotech Fiberglass Festration in Ottawa argues that in a northern climate even if the same glazing is used on every side of the house, a higher-SHGC glazing will significantly reduce energy consumption. Thwaites and an associate carried out energy modeling for me to make that case, as shown in the accompanying chart. In the Boston climate, based on HOT-2000 modeling runs of the highly insulated Minto Inspiration House in Manotick, Ontario, using 30-30 windows throughout the house results in a combined heating and cooling load of 6,560 kWh. When the house is modeled with higher-SHGC (0.48) and somewhat lower R-value windows (U-factor 0.34), the annual energy use for heating and cooling drops to 5,830 kWh (11% lower). Several other options are shown in the graph, including the best triple-glazed option from Thermotech.“With very few exceptions,” according to Thwaites, “a low-e window with a SHGC of 0.30 or lower is a bad window for houses in heating climates.”So what should we do? The answer is actually fairly simple: Use the 30% window replacement tax credit only for non-south-facing windows. For south-facing windows, skip the credit and install windows that transmit a lot more sunlight (SHGC of at least 0.45). In fact, maybe we can use the requirements of this new tax credit to finally get some traction for the idea of “tuning” windows by orientation (using different glazings for different orientations).I invite you to share your comments on this blog. What do you think about the 30-30 rule for window replacement tax credits?To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feedslast_img read more

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Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status

first_imgMOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is set to enter his first full season with Phoenix and he vowed to do everything in his power to help carry the team in the New Year.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba Watson’s tears at the Ryder Cup SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was the first time [since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup] that this team entered the playoffs and we know we can return to that stage because we now have the experience that we can bring to the court,” said Abueva in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.“I’m still relatively new to the team so I’m just really motivated to help my teammates in any way,” added Abueva.The Beast, who’s a one-time champion with Alaska, is confident the Fuel Masters can make some noise in the Philippine Cup especially with the addition of four-time champion Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo.Mallari was part of the San Mig Coffee team that won the 2014 Grand Slam and Marcelo was part of Ginebra’s title-winning roster in the 2016 Governors’ Cup.“Right now we’re getting ourselves in top condition and we’re fixing what needs to be fixed for the coming season,” said Abueva. “We also have new additions to the team and we’ll do whatever we can to help them get comfortable for the All-Filipino conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix was subpar during the first two conferences, failing to enter the playoffs of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but Abueva’s arrival to the team via trade with Alaska immediately changed the Fuel Masters’ caliber.Abueva was stellar for the Fuel Masters in the Govenors’ Cup, putting up 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks to help lead the team to an 8-3 record, its best finish in franchise history, for the second seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Fuel Masters, however, faltered in the playoffs losing to Meralco in two games in the quarterfinals.Abueva said the loss was a valuable lesson for them and the experience alone would help them in the upcoming 2019 Philippine Cup. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Apple to introduce Landscape view in iPhone 6

first_imgApple is all set to unveil a line up of advanced gadgets in the event tomorrow, which also includes the newest version of iPhone. While various leaks about the features, specifications, and pricing have already sketched a virtual image of the gadget in our minds, another leak, just a day before the event has pointed out a new feature that may be sported by the next generation smartphone.Till date the entire line-up of iPhones featured portrait mode for running apps. But the upcoming flagship model of iPhone, popularly known as iPhone 6, that features a 5.5 inch display will allow the user to leverage the big screen and run the apps using the landscape mode- much like iPads.Quite similar to iPads, the new 5.5 inch iPhone will be capable of running the apps on both portrait and landscape mode, while on the other hand the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will be devoid of this feature.The entire mystery about the iPhone will be uncovered tomorrow at the event which will also be live-streamed at Apple’s website.last_img read more

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End of Business License Renewal Period

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – The Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance reminds the business community that Business License Renewal period for 2017/18 is nearing its end.  Payment for renewal must be made on or before Friday, April 28th 2017 to avoid penalties of 10% per month.Businesses that acquired a business license to operate during the period April 2016 to 31st March 2017 and will not be operational during the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 are required to notify the Revenue Department immediately to avoid arrears being applied to your business license.For more information, please visit the Revenue Department at www.gov.tc/revenue or at one of our offices in Grand Turk, Providenciales or the District Commissioner’s Offices in the family islands.Press Release: TCIG#endofbusinesslicenserenewalperiod Related Items:#endofbusinesslicenserenewalperiodlast_img read more