OAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, has said the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under the National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited informed the Union that its officers are hoping to keep the Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall sugar factories operational until they are sold.At the GAWU end-of-year press conference on Friday, Chand told reporters that GAWU had sought a meeting with the Special Purposes Unit, and had there been informed of the Unit’s mandate. He noted that the SPU has committed to ensuring the sale of the three estates are transparent, and has committed to keeping them operational until they are sold.Chand informed that the SPU is yet to ink the agreement with the company chosen to seek the sale. He added that the process is expected to be completed by mid-next year, since the SPU has to assess the value of the assets owned by the estates.“They did point out to us that while they are looking at the sale, to have the place in proper order to receive offers, they hope to continue the operations of these three estates. One: to make sure that the factories remain functional; two: to prepare the fields that were neglected by the Guyana Sugar Corporation. They hope to put the fields back in order. That is: to attend to the weeds, to have the bushes and grass cleaned, and have the canes fertilized, because they recognize if they have offers they will receive better price for the assets of GuySuCo belonging to these three estates, so they are hoping to move to that,” he noted.He related that all the plans to keep the factories operational are premised on a grant by the Government.Additionally, Chand said the unions are pleased by the SPU’s decision to keep the factory operational, since it means that some of the 4,000 plus workers who lost their jobs would regain employment.“If there is a glimmer of hope that these three estates will function again, we are hoping that it can be early, and we are hoping that the SPU is able to be supported in this direction. They will have to evaluate how many workers they will need,” he noted.“Whether they will hire as many of them which were pushed on the breadline…but there is no assurance that all the workers being displaced would be hired,” Chand added.Earlier this month, the SPU announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers has been selected as its international financial services provider. Selected tenders were invited from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and KPMG. However, KPMG did not submit a tender. The three firms: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte all made presentations to the NICIL/SPU evaluation team. After the presentations were concluded, the evaluation team selected PwC. All negotiations with PwC have been completed, and a contract was expected to be signed by December 18, 2017.PWC, ranked as the most prestigious accounting firm in the world for the last seven consecutive years, will be conducting the valuation of all assets under the control of GuySuCo, in addition to providing other advisory and financial services.After the valuation exercise, PwC will develop an investment prospectus, and will, through the SPU, distribute same to all interested investors. PWC will be tasked with ensuring a level playing field for all interested parties and stakeholders.The Unit is tasked with the divestment (sell-off) of assets owned by GuySuCo, and received an allocation of $200 million under the Finance Ministry’s 2018 Budget.When asked, Finance Minister Winston Jordan disclosed that the $200 million would be spent on legal and professional fees, surveys, strategic partnerships with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), travel and subsistence, as well as other expenditures.
I’m going to devote the next several blogs to a discussion of heat-loss and heat-gain calculations. These calculations are the first step in the design of a home’s heating and cooling system.In order to address this big topic in little bites, I’ll start by discussing heat-loss calculations. I’ll get around to heat-gain calculations and cooling equipment in a future blog.Before digging in to the topic, however, it’s worth answering the question, “Why do I need to know how to perform these calculations?” If you are a homeowner or carpenter, you may not need to know anything about calculating heating loads. However, if you are a designer, architect, or builder, this knowledge will prove useful — even if you never perform the calculations yourself, but instead depend on computer software or consultants to perform the calculations.Understanding the principles behind heat-loss calculations will help you understand how buildings work and how heating and cooling systems perform. With this knowledge, the quality of your dialogue with window suppliers, HVAC contractors, and engineers will definitely improve.If you’re performing a heat-loss calculation to size heating equipment, you need to perform the calculation for the worst-case condition: namely, the coldest night of the year. (Because the coldest condition usually occurs at night, a heat-loss calculation does not consider solar gain through windows.) The temperature on that night is referred to as the outdoor design temperature. (To be precise, the outdoor design temperature is usually defined as the temperature that is equaled or exceeded for 97.5% of the time during the three coldest months of the year. Other sources define the outdoor design temperature as the temperature that is equaled or exceeded for 99% of the year. As it turns out, most homes will remain comfortable even when the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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.