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  • Oscar parties give L.A. hangover

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Of course, it wasn’t lost on Ackerman that despite all that great P.R. showing the City of Angels all dressed up at its celebratory best, the Oscar for Best Picture went to “Crash,” a film that trashes L.A. “Any of the positive press we can get, showcasing Hollywood, showcasing the areas around L.A.: To be able to promote that to the world, you can’t put a price tag on it.” For the 78th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the city waived $75,000 in fees for permits and staff time. That included the costs of staffers and equipment to close off the streets and get ready for 5,000 guests and spectators. It also doesn’t include nearly $500,000 absorbed by the Los Angeles Police Department to secure the event – costs the department simply counts as another workday. Similarly, the city waived $125,000 for last month’s Grammys at Staples Center; $6,000 for the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium; and $10,000 for the Emmy Awards last fall. Again those fees exclude LAPD costs, which for the Grammys and Emmys have historically cost about half the outlay for the Oscars, according to the Chief Administrative Office staff. In all, the city waives about $9 million annually in event fees and salaries. But not everyone thinks the city should provide all the freebies. Councilman Dennis Zine, who says he’s “squawked” about the giveaways in the past, experienced the outlay firsthand as he attended a party in Hollywood. “They had a massive deployment of police officers, a massive deployment of traffic officers… That’s a cost to the general fund we have to absorb,” the councilman said. “We need to do something in compensation for the deployment of resources.” But Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., estimated that this year’s awards ceremony – really the week of parties and events – generated $122.5 million for the region. While he might pass on hosting another political convention like the 2000 Democratic National Convention that resulted in heavy security costs and costly legal bills, he’d have the region pony up for the Oscars just about any time. “You have people coming into the Los Angeles area, staying in hotels. There is tax revenue generated for the city.” With parties to throw and goodie bags to stuff, Los Angeles-area companies big and small are able to provide for the need, experts said. Caterers, limo drivers, fashion designers and others stand to make a buck off a big event, they said. “How many hundreds of people were parking cars last night? They were all Angelenos. How many catering waiters serving all of the food? These are all locals,” said Alesandra Dubin, Southern California bureau chief for BiZBash, a special-events trade industry magazine and Web site. “Some people think these events are frivolous, but it’s easy to say that without analyzing what the numbers mean. It’s involving the city on lots of levels and not just on the level of Graydon Carter’s salary or the tuna tartar on the plate of Mischa Barton.” Councilman Eric Garcetti, who proposed waiving the fees for this year’s Oscars, wants to support the entertainment industry while also ensuring that the bashes are good neighbors to Hollywood residents. “I think everyone recognizes that the Academy Awards are kind of crucial to Los Angeles and Hollywood,” said Garcetti spokesman Josh Kamensky. “They’re an iconic element of economic development and the regional identity that we think is worth rolling out the red carpet for.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not one to spoil a party, the city of Los Angeles absorbed an estimated $1 million in fees and costs for the Academy Awards, the Grammys and other Tinseltown bashes this awards season, officials and reports said Monday. The city’s outlay covers the range of special event-related needs – from white-gloved officers who directed traffic to engineering inspectors who ensured that the 24-foot Oscar statues on Hollywood Boulevard stayed put. While some critics grumble that it’s too steep a price for a city facing a $295 million budget shortfall, others insist it’s a wise civic investment. Sunday’s Academy Awards alone generated $122.5 million in gross revenues for the region. “It’s money well spent. I don’t think we could buy the kind of coverage we got,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. last_img read more

  • Q&A Spotlight: Will One Radiant Floor Heat Two Stories?

    first_imgOne of the houses had double-glazed windows, “not huge R-value,” very good solar orientation and a sprawling layout. Radiant-floor tubing was extended to the second floor, but after two winters the client had no interest in second-floor heat distribution.The other house was much tighter. Here again, heat in only the first-floor slab was enough to keep the house toasty.“I essentially agree with Martin, though, only disagreeing in what the threshold might be,” says Kolbert. “An energy model (and someone who knows what to do with it) would help make the decision.”Robert Riversong, however, isn’t so sure it’s going to work.“Unless your house is very energy efficient (32,000-45,000 btu/hour maximum design load), then a single floor won’t be able to comfortably heat an entire house, and you won’t get the radiant comfort advantage on the non-radiant floors,” writes Robert Riversgong. “In fact, a cool concrete/stone/tile floor will be quite uncomfortable.“All floors should be heated, and the radiant design is critical to effectiveness, efficiency and comfort,” he says. “Get yourself a heating contractor who understands this and who is willing to do the calculations necessary to design an appropriate system.”Keeping feet warmPeople like radiant-floor heat because they think it will keep their feet warm all winter, even when the heat isn’t cranked up.That, at least, is the perception. But NickJ reports the reality can be a little different.“My wife wanted warm feet,” Nick writes. “So we installed radiant in our main floor slab and upper wood floors.”The system keeps the house warm enough, no problem there. But for the heat to be perceptible on the bottom of their feet, Nick adds, “you’d be baked out of the house.”“There is a widespread misunderstanding that a radiant floor needs to be hot in order for feet to feel warm,” Riversong replies.“With shod feet, 90% of people report comfort with a floor that is between 66°F and 84°F, and with bare feet a floor between 79°F and 84°F. Your feet (and most of your skin) are typically 91.4°F, so nothing less than that temperature is going to add heat to your feet.”With bare feet, he adds, the conductivity and specific heat of the flooring material is more important to comfort than the temperature of the floor.Whole-body temperature is as much dependent on the “mean radiant temperature” of all solid materials in the room as it is on air temperature. That’s why, he says, radiant heat feels comfortable even at lower temperatures.But the second floor still won’t be comfortable if only the basement slab is heated.Do the calculationsOne bedrock principle of energy-efficient building is not to hire heating contractors who insist on using a seat-of-the-pants method to calculate a home’s heat load. The best way to calculate a home’s heat load — the first step to designing a residential heating system — is to perform a Manual J calculation, a method promulgated by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.Scholau’s architect thinks the one-floor heat plan will work, but his wife is skeptical; so Schonlau asked a heating contractor to run a Manual J calculation. The contractor said he could do it, but apparently commented that the calculation might as well be used for toilet paper for all the help it would provide.“Should I keep looking for HVAC contractors who will do it or is there a better approach?” he asks. “I’d like to know what the heating and cooling loads are up front, so I can better educated about choosing equipment.”It would probably be best to find a different contractors, says Holladay. “As I’m sure you know, I’ve written that many Manual J analyses are done poorly, and a Manual J calculation is not the be-all and end-all to HVAC system design,” Holladay says. “But to dismiss Manual J entirely shows a remarkable lack of sophistication, so it calls all of the contractors’ promises into doubt.”Armando Cobo writes that a better assessment would come from “Manual GAMA-H-22.” Presumably, GAMA refers to the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, a trade group representing manufacturers of gas-fired water heaters, furnaces, and boilers. Using that standard, Cobo says, a qualified, independent mechanical engineer should be able to analyze the house and recommend a way of heating it. Manual J, he says, is used to calculate heating loads, while H-22 is used to design hydronic systems.Although David Meiland says he’s rarely seen a third-party mechanical designer on residential jobs, Michael Chandler suggests it’s not so odd.“Our Energy Star and Green Rating provider (Southern Energy Management) handles all our Manual J and HVAC system design with their in-house mechanical engineer,” Chandler says. “They don’t do it for free, but it’s a great service and gives us really useful data on our assumptions and actual performance and helps us make changes to move our quality in a positive direction.He suggests Schonlau check with his Energy Star provider. “[There’s] a good chance they can connect you with an engineer who can take it our of the HVAC installers hands,” he writes. “I haven’t had my HVAC installer do his own Manual J for years.”Expert opinionWe asked Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, for his opinion. Here’s what he had to say:There are really two distinct issues here:1. Can you pump enough BTUs through the basement “radiant” floor system to offset the home’s total heating load?That is the type of question that ACCA Manual J can answer and I don’t doubt that Michael Schonlau can get this calculation done correctly by an energy rater or top-notch HVAC contractor. I also suspect that he can do it without Passivhaus adherence to building envelope performance, but we don’t know any details of the home’s design or siting, so it’s very hard to say with as little information as we have.2. Can the basement “radiant” floor system maintain thermal comfort throughout the home?Manual J certainly won’t help us here. And this is an even harder question because it involves real people with lots of individual perceptions of thermal comfort that ASHRAE Standard 55 wraps up into percentages of large numbers of people satisfied and dissatisfied. We heated homes here in New England for many years with “gravity” distribution systems where grates and passive convection accomplished distribution, but accomplished may be a real stretch if you were to ask folks with these systems. Admittedly, none of those old New England farm houses were or are even in the same universe as Passivhaus.My main point: This is a design questionHow heat generated in the basement will effectively make its way up to the second floor is a design question, probably best attempted by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. But CFD is not in any HVAC contractor’s or energy rater’s tool boxes that I know.Radiant floor heating may not be best for this situationAnd if I were going to heat one floor, I don’t think I would choose a system with such a low and slow rate of heat exchange as a radiant floor system. It’s hard for me to imagine this system not lagging far enough behind changing outdoor conditions that the home would not be swinging between under- and over-heating in all the spaces, but certainly the basement. And forget any setback strategies.So, can it be done? Absolutely. Will the occupants and their guests be comfortable throughout the heating season? I honestly don’t know but am skeptical. It it were my house, I would be designing in a Plan B to boost the second floor.Terminology technicalitiesFinally, you may be wondering why I have twice put the term radiant in quotation marks when used in the phrase, radiant floor heating. At best, 60% of any hydronic floor heating system is radiant heat transfer. And up on the second floor of this home, it won’t be anywhere near 60%. It will be the air temperature and convection that drive heat distribution with a distinct lack of the cozy “warm toes” phenomenon. RELATED ARTICLES Energy Solutions: Radiant-Floor HeatingMusings of an Energy Nerd: Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseLessons Learned the Hard WayMusings of an Energy Nerd: Saving Energy With Manual J and Manual D Q&A: Sizing HVAC Equipment Michael Schonlau is building a house in Omaha, Nebraska, where he can expect 6,000+ heating degree days a year. He’s planning on putting a radiant-floor system in the basement slab of the ranch-style home with a footprint of about 1,600 sq. ft.In a recent posting on GBA’s page, Schonlau asked whether he’ll have to install radiant loops under the subfloor of the first floor as well as the basement — or will the heat generated in the basement migrate upstairs and keep the house comfortable?“Please assume the house will be well-insulated and air sealed, with ‘good’ windows,” he wrote. But will that be enough to keep his wife’s toes warm through a long Nebraska winter?It’s been doneGBA senior editor Martin Holladay tells Schonlau it can be done, but “but only if you aim for near-Passivhaus levels of airtightness, insulation, and window quality.”Dan Kolbert is more optimistic.“We’ve built a couple of houses on slabs with no heat distribution on the 2nd floor,” Kolbert says. “They were good, but certainly not Passive House.”last_img read more

  • The International Trade Commission Raises Stakes In Apple-Samsung Cold War

    first_imgTags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The threat of nuclear deterrence and mutually assured destruction have kept countries like the United Statea, China and Russia (including the former Soviet Union) from blowing each other to smithereens for the last 60 years or so. Too bad mutually assured destruction does not seem to work between Apple and Samsung.The global patent battle between the two mobile manufacturing behemoths is not getting any simpler. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is now getting involved an old decision made by a trade judge in September that said that Apple did not impinge on four specific patents that Samsung had accused of iPhone maker of infringing on in a suit filed in June 2011. The ITC will review the case and the trade judge’s assertions and issue a final verdict on the case in January 2013.Could iPhone Imports Be Banned?The decision by the ITC to step into the prior ruling is not really a surprise. The ITC loves to stick its nose in just about everything these days, especially when it comes to patent arguments between large mobile manufacturers that could affect imports of the devices. The key thing to know is that when the ITC gets involved there is a danger of infringing devices receiving import bans (at least temporarily). If the ITC rules in favor of Samsung there is a possibility that certain Apple devices, like the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 2 and the iPod would face import bans into the United States. Granted, those are all older Apple products, but the company has increasingly relied on its long tail of products to penetrate the lower end of the smartphone and tablet market. For instance, when Apple released the new, fourth-generation iPad earlier this month, it discontinued the “newer” third-generation iPad while keeping the iPad 2 on the market at a discounted price. The same goes for the iPhones 4/4S, which Apple relies on to serve consumers at the bottom of the smartphone market. Global Patent MessThe global patent systems is a large, convoluted web of lawsuits and injunctions, trials and settlements. Apple recently reached a settlement with HTC on a 10-year agreement where Apple would not sue HTC or request ITC injunctions while HTC will pay Apple a licensing fee. A similar agreement may be reached between Apple and Motorola, and Microsoft already has design and patent agreements with Cupertino. But Apple and Samsung have both said they are not willing to settle with each other. Confused yet? It is very difficult to keep up with the blow-by-blow of the global patent battles, especially between the two smartphone superpowers: Samsung and Apple.Mutually Assured Destruction?To put it in Cold War terms, Apple and Samsung represent the U.S. and the Soviet Union as superpowers with spheres of influence spanning the globe. Instead of nuclear weapons, the deterrents are patents. The role of the United Nations (which is supposed to keep the peace and determine fair practices worldwide) is filled by the ITC and global courts.But that’s as far the analogy goes. Unlike the U.N., the ITC has become an active player along with the superpowers – determining if the patents will be successful in blocking devices from reaching the market. The danger here is that, instead of preventing mutually assured destruction between Apple and Samsung, the ITC will enable it. For instance, what if the ITC rules on four specific patents in one case in favor of Apple and then in favor of Samsung in another? Would that create an import ban on both companies? It might seem far-fetched, but it is a distinct possibility. No Winners In This WarWho loses in all of this? Well, as in nuclear war, pretty much everybody.Samsung and Apple investors, innovators, application developers are all losers if Apple and Samsung are able to use patents to block each other’s products. n the various patent cases. Most of all, though, consumers get the short end of the stick.Heading into this holiday shopping season, the competitive smartphone market has created a stunning selection of amazingly powerful devices for consumers looking for new smartphones and tablets. The patent system, the ITC and the global war between the manufacturers threatens that choice.  dan rowinskilast_img read more

  • Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA Main event combatants ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes (L) vs Andrew Leone (R)MACAU–—It’s the cliché storyline of experience versus youth as Bibiano Fernandes defends his ONE Bantamweight title to Andrew Leone in Kings & Conquerors come Saturday at Cotai Arena.Fernandes (20-3) is 37-years-old and has held his belt since October 2013 when he beat Soo Chul Kim for the undisputed title, while Leone, 27, (8-2) began his ONE career just a few months before in May of the same year.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant With a stellar ONE Championship career, there’s nothing left for The Flash but he assured that there will always be something new that he will bring to the table.“I always improve, every day I’m improving,” said Fernandes during the fight’s press conference Thursday at The Venetian. “I’ll keep improving, every time I step to the cage I evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs for Leone, who fought inside the ONE cage for just three times, fighting a more experienced fighter is nothing new to him.Leone took a unanimous decision victory over Shinichi Kojima in his second ONE Championship fight, and he admitted that the 38-year-old Japanese was someone he’ll always look up to. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “I fought Kojima and I looked up to him,” said Leone. “Bibiano has been a champion for a long time and I respect him, it’s going to be a tough night but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going out on Saturday to try to win a world championship.”Fernandes, though, isn’t just experienced on the mat as he’s also a stalwart in front of the microphone.“I’m going to bring my best to this fight, I’m going to bring my best jiu-jitsu,” said Fernandes. “I’m a disciplined fighter, I work hard and do my best in training. My opponent says he can defeat me, well let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more