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Prices of Commodities Skyrocket in Greenville

first_imgAs the roads of Liberia’s Southeast’s continue to worsen, prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and residents of Greenville City in Sinoe County.In addition, several feeder roads leading to the various districts are inaccessible due to the fact that most of the farm-to-market roads have not been rehabilitated nor are there any plans in the offing to fix them.   Sadly, prices of most essential commodities have soared so much that the lives of ordinary citizens and residents in the port city of Greenville could be described as grave and worrisome.Amongst many of the essential commodities whose prices have hit the roof are sardines, plastic dishes, rice, palm (imported), drinks and locally produced foodstuffs.Consequently, according to businessmen and women operating stores and shops in Greenville City, prices of essential commodities have dramatically escalated owing to hike in transportation fares from Monrovia and other parts of the country.Transportation fares from the commercial district of Red-light Market in Paynesville to Greenville City in Sinoe County have been stepped up LD$8,000.00 for a to and fro trip.Previously, a round trip from Monrovia to Greenville was LD$6000.00 per commuter with the exception one’s personal effects.Businesswomen and men taking goods, services and things told the Daily Observer last week in Greenville City that due to the hike in transport fares, their entities are not doing well economically in Sinoe County.The nation’s staple food rice a 25-pounds of bag is now been sold for LD$1,700.00, bottle of stout LD$175.00, canned of sardine LDS115.00, bottle of large beer LD$210.00, finger size batteries LD$40.00 and all frozen food commodities have climbed the hiking ladder at the port city of Greenville in Sinoe County.In separate interviews with both residents and businesspeople last week, they expressed grave concern over the escalating price increases in Greenville City and other parts of that county.Businessman Francis Tugbeh Doe said that until urgent steps are taken to rehabilitate the most life threatening deplorable spots on the Sinoe-River Cess highways, the situation will continue to deteriorate rapidly on commodities’ prices in Greenville City.“I think the Liberian Government needs to re-examine, evaluate and monitor the construction works being carried out on the between River Cess and Sinoe Counties in terms of durability and sustainability,” Mr. Doe stressed.Businessman George Browne Nimely told the Daily Observer that the Rainy Season by all engineering standards is not best time to work on unpaved roads in the country.“We want to reduce the prices of essential commodities but, the transportation fares are retarding the undertaken of such a realistic venture in Greenville City,” businessman Nimely asserted.For her part, businesswoman Betty Sumo Wesseh stressed the need for the complete reconstruction of the Sinoe-River Cess in order to save the citizens and residents of Greenville City.Madam Wesseh added that they were really catching hard times on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties owing to the deplorable conditions of dangerous spots and life threatening potholes.“I want the Liberian Government to bring pressure to bear on the road construction company that currently responsible for the rehabilitation of the River Cess-Sinoe Highway in Greenville and other areas in Sinoe County, Madam Wesseh concluded.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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Night Surveys: The Lights Are On, But Nobody is Home

first_imgReprogramming the controlsNot more than a couple of weeks after our Hendrie Hall Night Survey, Julie sent me a graph (see Image #6), saying, “After the survey, we met again with Tara Deming and our electrical supervisor Ed Grund [Hendrie Hall Facilities staff] to review lighting schedules in the public corridors and front foyer. We reprogrammed the Lutron system to better reflect building use – and have saved approximately 100 kWh/day (the equivalent of three Connecticut homes.) We are following up on a number of additional items.”When I asked Julie just what sort of return on investment there has been for her Night Survey, she said that Night surveys are a key component to building energy project portfolios that offer simple payback periods less than 5 years and significant cumulative long term savings. Opportunities found at night are among the lowest cost, highest value carbon abatement strategies.Julie concluded: “The Night Surveys work.”Sometimes it’s the simple stuff that works best, especially if someone is taking responsibility for building performance over time. Someone like Julie, just walking her Yale buildings at night. Infrared thermometer checksAs we walk Hendrie Hall, starting about 10 p.m., my students are snapping photos of spaces. One student is reinforcing Julie’s DIT shots with infrared camera shots.It becomes pretty clear that quite a bit of energy is being wasted. From the official Yale Energy Management Hendrie Hall report:General hallway and lobby lighting is higher than needed, especially in the evening hours. Operationally, lower level lights would be helpful to signify that the building is closing.Lutron system can be reprogrammed to set back public lighting.Replace row of PAR 38 Halogens in student lounge with LED type (see Images #2 and #3,below).Individual offices had sporadic computer screens left on and printers left on.AV systems left on in all larger spaces. Need to work with Yale AV staff to put into sleep / hibernate mode (see Images #4 and #5).Air handling units were operating during walk-through past scheduled operating hours. Investigate programming and space condition trending. Initial assumption is that air handling units are operating because of humidity setpoints.Band and glee rooms are used sporadically during the day and primarily in the evenings for rehearsal. Investigate appropriate schedule changes. This past October, as usual, my Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies graduate students joined Julie’s team to survey Hendrie Hall. Hendrie Hall, shared by the School of Music and just about all of the Yale performing ensembles, recently went through a two-year extensive renovation and addition, completed around the start of 2017. So this night survey was checking up on how the building is measuring up over the last nine months or so compared to energy performance predictions.“Tonight we’ll be focused on how we use this building,” Paquette says. “There are always ways to learn more about energy use and how we might adapt that use.” Julie places the night survey in context with a simple graphic (see Image 1 at the top of the page). Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?Energy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateHome Dashboards Help to Reduce Energy UseU.S. Towns Race for Conservation SupremacyStupid Energy-Saving Tipscenter_img Julie Paquette has been Director of Energy Management at Yale University for about 6 years. That means the buck stops at Julie’s desk for the energy consumption of over 400 buildings on campus. Yale has a pretty sophisticated approach to energy, including the Yale Facilities Energy Explorer, an energy dashboard system that shows energy consumption and details for every one of those 400 Yale buildings.But as a practicing engineer, Julie recognizes the benefits of less sophisticated approaches to understanding building energy consumption, including “night surveys.” Armed with just a digital infrared thermometer (DIT) and maybe a dozen pages of recent reports (energy consumption, building’s controls schedule, and even the custodial schedule), Julie walks her buildings with the members of the facility staff working in that particular building. They do this after the building is technically “closed” for the day. In the last four years, Julie has “night-surveyed” more than 35 Yale buildings, from labs to museums to classroom buildings. RELATED ARTICLES In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter.last_img read more