Bush immigrant plan draws fire

first_imgAsian-American leaders blasted President George W. Bush’s newest immigration reform plan Wednesday, accusing the White House of tearing families apart with a guest-worker program that prohibits foreigners from bringing family to the U.S. The outcry is part of a mobilization of immigrant-rights groups gearing up to oppose the plan hashed out by the administration and a handful of Republican senators. Under the plan, illegal immigrants would pay $3,500 for a new Z work visa, and pay the same amount to renew it every three years. To apply for a green card, an illegal immigrant would have to leave the country, apply at a U.S. embassy and pay a $10,000 fine. It also would become harder for legal immigrants to bring siblings and parents into the U.S., and new temporary foreign workers would be unable to bring their families. “If the White House proposal becomes reality, it will be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882,” said Michael Lin, executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans. The first significant law restricting immigration into the U.S., the Chinese Exclusion Act put a 10-year moratorium on Chinese immigration and placed new restrictions on those who had already entered the country. “It’s hard to believe the White House is contemplating anti-family measures as part of immigration reform,” Lin said, charging the proposal would make it nearly impossible for legal immigrants to sponsor family members for immigration. A White House spokeswoman referred calls about the plan to the Department of Homeland Security, which did not return calls. Eun Sook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Los Angeles, called the plan unacceptable. “The White House secret plan is anti-worker and anti-family,” she said. Filipino, Southeast Asian and Vietnamese activists also joined in the attack. One advocate noted that in the case of Vietnamese immigrants, many came as refugees and have waited years to be reunited with family members. “This would undermine Asian-American communities,” said Karen Narasaki, president of the Asian American Justice Center. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Insulating Walls in an Old House With No Sheathing

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in When the owners of an old wood-framed building say that they’re doing a “gut rehab job,” that usually means that they’re demolishing the lath-and-plaster walls to expose the studs — the first step of renovation work that usually includes new wiring, new plumbing, and new insulation.Uninsulated stud bays are common in older homes, so workers who pull down the lath and plaster expect to see the back side of sheathing boards on the exterior side of the studs. But in some cases, there isn’t any sheathing: the workers find themselves staring at the back side of the siding (see Image #1 on the right).So how do you insulate stud bays from the inside if the building has no wall sheathing or water-resistive barrier (WRB)?One “solution” to this situation is to install spray polyurethane foam insulation directly against the back side of the siding. Why is this is a bad idea?There are several possible ways to insulate this type of wall. No matter what type of insulation you choose, though, you need to create an air space between the back of the siding and the insulation. (For more information on the benefits of having an air space behind siding, see All About Rainscreens.)If you’re planning on filling the stud bays with air-permeable insulation (fiberglass batts, blown-in fiberglass, mineral wool, or cellulose), the material you use to create the air space (in most cases, a layer of rigid foam) needs to be an air barrier.The easiest way to create the necessary air space is to install vertical ¾” × ¾” or 1″ × 1″ “sticks” in the corners of each stud bay. These vertical sticks need to be tacked in place toward the exterior, up against the siding.Once these sticks are in place, rectangles of rigid foam can be… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

How Many Tons of Air Does a 2.5 Ton Air Conditioner Move?

first_imgWe live in this invisible stuff called air. (But of course you knew that.) We pump it into and out of our lungs. We exhaust it from our bathrooms and kitchens. We cycle it through our heating and air conditioning systems. If we’re lucky, we live in a home that even brings outdoor air inside as part of a whole-house ventilation system. But we’re missing something.Air seems insignificant. Even though we’re immersed in this fluid continuously, it seems to have no substance. After all, we move through it without noticing it most of the time. But air really is quite substantial. It has weight. It requires work to move it around. It takes energy, even when we’re not heating or cooling it.Let me see if I can help you get a feel for the weight of air. If you live in a home with a forced air heating or cooling system, that system has a blower. The one shown above is typical. It pulls air through the return ducts and into the furnace or air handler. There, it does its heating or cooling magic and sends the air on its merry way back to you through the supply ducts.A fairly typical size for a blower is one that moves 1,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm). How many pounds of air would it move in a day if it runs continuously? Before you scroll down to look at the answer, though, really think about this. Come up with a guess in your mind. How many pounds of air does your air handler move in one day? Write it down.Got that number? Good. Let’s find out how close you are. We just need to do a little bit of easy arithmetic.We may as well begin with volume. If our air handler runs every minute of the day, that would be:Run time = 24 hours x 60 minutes per hour = 1,440 minutes per daySo how many cubic feet of air does our 1,000 cfm blower move in a day?Daily volume = 1,000 cubic feet per minute x 1,440 minutes per day = 1,440,000 cubic feet per dayA cubic foot is about the size of a milk crate. Imagine nearly 1.5 million milk crates of air going through your air handler in one day!So what’s the weight of that 1.44 million cubic feet of air? We need the density of air to find that number. As it turns out, the density of air varies. It changes with your location on the planet. It changes with your height above (or below) sea level. It changes with temperature. It changes with humidity. It changes with… Well, you get the idea.Let’s take a number at sea level that’s a pretty good average density for air. And let’s make it easy by using only two significant figures:Density of air = 0.075 pounds per cubic footNow it should be easy to see the last step.Daily weight = (0.075 pounds per cubic foot) x (1,440,000 cubic feet per day) = 108,000 pounds per dayWe have an easier unit to use when we get up to that many pounds, though. Let’s convert to tons:108,000 pounds per day ÷ 2,000 pounds per ton = 54 tons per dayAnd there we have the answer to our title question. Well, we have an answer that corresponds to the assumptions we made anyway. The biggest one is the number of hours per day the system runs. If yours runs continuously, you’re probably wasting energy and possibly turning your house into a mold factory.If your system runs half the hours in a day, though, the result would be half the number we got above, 27 tons of air per day. Even if your system runs only 15 minutes each hour, or 25% of the time, your system would still be moving over 13 tons of air per day. (Of course, you know that we’re talking actual tons here and this has nothing to do with the tons of cooling capacity of your air conditioner.)But let’s go back to the second question I asked: Under what conditions would your 2.5 ton air conditioner move exactly 2.5 tons of air? At 54 tons per 1,440 minutes, it would take 1 hour 6 minutes and 40 seconds to move 2.5 tons of air. That means the AC would have to run less than 5% of the time. Even the worst offenders in oversized air conditioners aren’t that bad.This little exercise should give you more respect for air now that you know how much weight it carries. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Gaining Trust By Asking the Difficult Questions

first_imgBeing a trusted advisor means asking the difficult questions.The one question the answer to which will often do the most to help you help your dream client is why they haven’t already found a way to achieve the outcomes they need. The answer is sometimes that your competitor, the one sitting in your chair, simply won’t give them what they want. But more often it is something more complex, more challenging, and more difficult to resolve.Sometimes the reasons your dream client doesn’t already have the results they want is because they are unwilling to do what is necessary.Sometimes your dream client is unwilling to make the investments that would rocket them forward. Being a trusted advisor, Level 4 Value Creator™, consultative salesperson means you have to tell them they are underinvesting—and help them make the appropriate investment. You have to be the one to tell them they can’t have better, faster, and cheaper.Sometimes your dream client can’t reach consensus within their own four walls, and the status quo wins the day. If you want to be your dream client’s strategic advantage, their partner, you have to go inside and help them find the trade offs that can get a deal unstuck. You have to have the difficult conversations about what the obstacles and hold outs are putting at risk. And you have to help those who will benefit most to make trade-offs and mitigate the impact of change on those who don’t really support it.And sometimes your dream client is just too afraid or too complacent to move. Being trusted means you have to help them become dissatisfied enough to change. You have to help them understand the price they will pay if they don’t take action, as well as the rewards for taking action.These conversations aren’t easy. They sometimes don’t make you as popular as telling your dream client they can have what they want without changing. But if you want to be a trusted advisor, you have to have these difficult conversations. Even though they’re tough, your dream client’s respect for you grows when they know they can count on you to tell the truth—and to really help.QuestionsWhy is your dream client really struggling to get results?What answer do they need to hear, even though they will likely resist it?Why does honest but uncomfortable answers generate trust?What do you risk by not having these conversations?last_img read more

Football Baron Browning out for spring with shoulder injury

OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning will miss the remainder of spring practice with a shoulder injury, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.Browning re-injured his shoulder he hurt during high school and Meyer said he underwent surgery Tuesday. Jeremy Birmingham of Land of 10 reported that it was a torn labrum.Sources have informed me its a torn labrum for Baron Browning, surgery this morning. Out for spring.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) March 28, 2017Browning, a five-star recruit from Texas, is one of 10 early enrollees for the Buckeyes.Meyer said Browning will be full-speed by June and ready for fall camp. read more

Youngster Leon Bailey extends contract with Leverkusen

first_imgThe Jamaican star will stay with Bayer until the 2023 season after having a remarkable 2017-2018 Bundesliga seasonAfter scoring nine goals and claiming six assists in the 2017-2018 Bundesliga season, youngster Leon Bailey has extended his contract with Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old Jamaican winger was reported by the official Bundesliga website as having signed a new contract up to 2023.“This contract extension is a show of appreciation for the support I’ve had and I’ve always said how happy I feel here in Leverkusen,” Bailey said.“We can achieve a lot with this young team. My goal is to repay the trust shown in me with good performances and consistent development.”The Jamaican started his professional career with Genk in Belgium.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.There, he appeared for 56 matches, scoring eight goals.He has been called up to Jamaica’s U23 squad on one occasion, but his performances should land him a place at the senior national team soon.It’s a great honor to receive “ the best new comer of the season 2017/2018”, thanks to my supporters, family, teammates, coaches and most importantly @bayer04fussball. Looking forward to the 2018/2019 season. ⚽️??? #LB9 #B04 #GodIsInControl pic.twitter.com/v2XhuTfqzj— Leon Bailey ✞ (@leonbailey) August 10, 2018last_img read more

Monsoon snacking recipes

first_imgDon’t just stick to tea and ‘pakoras when the rain clouds gather. Add variety to your monsoon snack list, say experts. Noah Barnes, Executive Chef at The Hungry Monkey, Naresh Guglani, Corporate Chef at Del Monte, and Neeraj Balasubramanian, Executive Chef at The Park, Visakhapatnam, suggest some snacking ideas.* Tomato and cheese bruschetta: Place sliced bread on a baking tray, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, chopped garlic and any dried spice available in the kitchen cabinet, bake till golden brown. Top with chopped tomatoes, cheese and chopped basil. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Pizza pockets: Place pizza dough (cut in 3-inch diameter circles) on a baking tray, drizzle olive oil and chopped garlic, top with chopped tomatoes and pizza sauce, add generous amounts of big cubes of mozzarella and cream cheese. Fold to form a semi-circle (half moon) to seal the edges. Bake at 180 degree Celsius for six to seven minutes. Serve hot with cheese oozing out.* Banana prune and chocolate toasties: Slice a few bananas, get some Del Monte Prunes, break a fruit and nut chocolate bar into small pieces and mix them. Apply butter on both sides of sliced bread or sliced brioche, fill the banana, prunes and chocolate mixture and make toasties in sandwich griller. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Stuffed mushrooms: Mix breadcrumbs, chopped mushroom stems and grated Parmesan cheese with a table spoon of a pizza pasta sauce; stuff into mushroom caps, drizzle olive oil and bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes.* Asian lettuce wraps: To make the filling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, lemongrass and garlic, and cook for seven to 10 minutes, or until onions are soft and beginning to brown. Add tofu and water chestnuts, breaking tofu into small crumbles; cook for four minutes, or until heated through. Stir in soy, hoisin and Sriracha sauce. Transfer to serving bowl. Place lettuce leaves on platter, and set out garnishes in small serving bowls. Let guests wrap tofu mixture in lettuce leaves, and top with their choice of garnish. * Chicken pineapple and olive spears: In a saucepan over medium heat, add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, sugar, garlic and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until thickened for about 10 minutes. Set aside and cool.Heat an outdoor grill or a grill pan. Cut each chicken thigh into two pieces. Peel the pineapple and cut it into one or one-and-half-inch chunks. Alternating between the chicken, olives and pineapple, thread the pieces onto the skewers. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Remove the garlic cloves from the barbecue sauce and discard; put about half the sauce into a small bowl for later. Brush skewers with some of the sauce. Cook them on the grill, basting regularly with the barbecue sauce, until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with reserved barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.last_img read more