We live in divided times.Americans from New York City to California demonize those they see on the opposite side of an argument, shouting each other down on social media and in the real world.The rift between Giants and Dodgers fans may be too tough for even the most aisle-reaching of politicians, but it appears Kamala Harris is trying her hand.The Bay-raised Democratic presidential candidate — a self-proclaimed Giants fan — donned a Dodgers cap during debate preparation Wednesday afternoon, …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — The A’s fell to the Giants, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Oracle Park.Brett Anderson was spinning his own kind of gem against the Giants, allowing just three hits in five innings. But Buster Posey, Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar knocked back-to-back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning, allowing the Giants a one-run lead. He left the game having allowed those two earned runs in six innings, striking out …
7 October 2014It’s all systems go for the 35th annual Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Conference, which is to be hosted by Crime Line and the South African Police Service (SAPS), in Cape Town, next week. This is the first time the conference will be hosted in Africa.Crime Stoppers is an international body that is active in over 26 countries around the world through programmes that are driven by anonymous tip-offs passed on to law enforcement.The four-day conference, which will be held from 12 to 15 October, will attract hundreds of local and foreign delegates, offering them a comprehensive look at crime globally, but with actions and solutions that they can take home.The conference will be held under the theme: It’s Time.Issues to be discussed at the conference include crimes against economies; environmental crimes; corruption; associated crimes; and skills development. South African national police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega officially opened the conference on Monday 6 October together with CSI president Alex MacDonald. Other South African delegates at the conference included environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, sport and recreation minister Fikile Mbalula, deputy police minister Magdalene Sotyu, the Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, head of the Special Investigation Unit, Vas Soni, and the recently appointed commissioner for the South African Revenue Service, Tom Moyane.Speakers at the event include US Secret Service officer Michael Burgin talking about cybercrime, while Stanley Jacobs from the London Community Rehabilitation Company (UK Probation Service) will talk about Integrated Offender Management.Phiyega said it was important to bring the various partners in the fight against crime together and to strengthen the partnerships at all levels.“We also want to use the conference to network and to share our experiences and expertise. We all need to work together to fight crime.’Head of South Africa’s Crime Line and chairman of the conference organising committee, Yusuf Abramjee, said registrations are still open and he appealed to “anyone who wanted to create a safer South Africa and a safer world to join the global movement and register for the conference’.He added that it was necessary for “everyone to join hands and to take the fight against crime to the next level’.A special scholarship programme has also been established to support some 100 crime fighters from law enforcement, community policing forums and civil society to attend the conference.For conference and registration details, visit www.crimestoppers-conference2014.com. – SAnews.gov.za
The 9th annual North American Passive House Conference is less than a month away. You knew it’s going to be in California, right?It’s unfortunate that the other Passivhaus group has chosen to use the same name that the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has been using since 2006, but I’ve already discussed that confusion. (Full disclosure: I am on the board of directors of PHIUS.)All you need to know is that the main passive house conference is in California, not in Maine. And here’s why you ought to get yourself registered for it ASAP. 5. We have a pirate!OK, Adam Cohen isn’t really a pirate. Anyway, he denied it when Joe Lstiburek asked him if he was one last year at the conference. But he is one smart and committed Passivhaus designer in Virginia. You can read a bit about him in this article by Martin Holladay, which is also where the following quote comes from:“There are tons of things in the PHPP that I don’t agree with. I know that a building doesn’t work with the PHPP defaults. Energy modeling is 25% science, 25% experience, 25% art, and 25% voodoo.”What more do you need! The 9th annual North American Passive House Conference is really where it’s at! And of course the Bay Area is a lovely place to visit, too.See you there! RELATED ARTICLES More Information on the Passive House Conference in San FranciscoRegistration Is Open for Maine Passive House ConferenceWUFI Is Driving Me Crazy The breakout sessions are where you get to hear about what’s working and what’s not. Builders, architects, engineers, and certified passive house consultants, all will be sharing their experience with Passivhaus projects they’ve been working on. 3. Climate-specific Passivhaus standardsDo you know what the most frequently given answer is to just about any applied building science question? “It depends.”The original Passivhaus standard, developed in Germany, hasn’t worked so well here in North America, mainly because its rigidity doesn’t hold up to our greater climate variation. Kat Klingenberg did a great job explaining all this in her article at Green Building Advisor earlier this year, so that’s a good place to learn more.PHIUS has been working with Buildilng Science Corporation to develop climate-specific standards and open things up a little bit here. On the first morning of the main conference, those new standards will be unveiled. 2. Pre-conference sessionsI’ll be learning WUFI Passive this year with Prudence Ferreira and Mattias Pazold. Other pre-conference sessions include:PHIUS + Rater: Taught by John Semmelhack and Terry Brennan, this designation gets HERS raters involved in Passivhaus projects.Domestic Hot Water Design: Gary Klein is the guru of hot water.Passive Building Science Fundamentals: Dr. Joseph Lstiburek.With one exception, the cost to attend these sessions is insanely low. 1. Great speakers and presentationsBill Rose, author of one of my favorite building science books, Water in Buildings, will give the opening keynote address. The smart, funny Achilles Karagiozis will give the closing keynote. Here are a few other notable presenters and presentations:Terry Brennan – Multifamily QA/QCSam Rashkin, Kat Klingenberg, & Graham Wright – New climate-specific standardsIain Walker & Brett Singer – Ventilation & IAQChris Benedict – Newest market rate multifamily project in NYCJoe Lstiburek – Multifamily ventilation design Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. 4. Dynamic energy modelingClimate-specific standards aren’t the only thing that distinguishes PHIUS from the followers of the German PHI. The main tool of PHI is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), which is an Excel spreadsheet with all the calculations you need to model a Passivhaus project. But the PHPP gives you only a static look at what’s going on. WUFI Passive incorporates the hygrothermal modeling of WUFI along with the load calculations necessary for Passivhaus design. (Be sure to see Adam Cohen’s quote about PHPP below.)PHIUS certifies Passivhaus projects using either tool, and you can learn more about the dynamic modeling of WUFI Passive at the passive house conference in California.
Inventor Nikola Tesla may finally get the recognition he deserves if cartoonist Matthew Inman has his way. In a bid to buy the land on which Tesla’s former Shoreham, New York laboratory sits, the creator of The Oatmeal has launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to come up with $850,000 in 45 days.Inman’s efforts seem likely to be successful: in less than 48 hours, the fundraiser has already pulled in more half a million dollars!Welcome to Wardenclyffe The $850K goal is half of the $1.6 million needed to buy the land on which Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory sits. A non-profit is seeking to purchase the land, which still has the old laboratory as well as the foundation for an experimental tower Tesla built to attempt to deliver wireless energy. The State of New York will provide a matching $850,000 grant, if the non-profit can come up with the rest.The money raised in Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum will go towards the land itself… Inman’s launch of the Operation details that there will still need to be money raised to actually put together a museum once the land is purchased. So Inman has also called for corporate sponsorship for the project, such as J.P. Morgan, whose founder supported Tesla during his lifetime; Tesla Motors (obviously); and as atonement for Thomas Edison’s alleged crimes against Tesla, from General Electric – the company Edison founded.“The Internet will love you forever, I promise,” Inman wrote to GE.Big Name DonorsBeyond the strong success of the general fundraising campaign, Inman is getting some of the big-name love he seeks. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk didn’t put company money into the project, but did pledge some of his own cash to the cause. Publisher Tim O’Reilly and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have also made the call for donations.There is still an “if” here. Another purchaser is interested in buying the land and converting it to retail/commercial use. Inman outlined that his effort could still be outbid.Tesla is a particular cause for Inman, who made the case for “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived” in his typically cutting style earlier this year. That particular cartoon stirred up some controversy, particularly with its raw criticism of Edison, who got a lot of the credit that Inman and many others feel should have gone to Tesla.“…The only thing Edison truly pioneered was douchebaggery,” Inman’s stated in the comic. Inman’s Earlier Tesla Dust-UpInman’s passion on the topic of Tesla is almost legendary in the geek community. Forbes social media editor Alex Knapp took exception to Inman’s original Tesla comic and was blasted by Inman for his troubles.Inman’s gift for fundraising is also legendary. When he accused the site FunnyJunk.com of stealing content from The Oatmeal site in 2011, he was threatened with a defamation lawsuit by FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon unless Inman paid the owners $20,000 in damages. Incensed, Inman’s response was unique: he would raise $20,000 in donations, take a photo of the money raised, and mail the attorney for FunnyJunk that photo along with a drawing of Carreon’s mom seducing a Kodiak bear. The money would be donated to the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society.This led to Carreon personally suing Inman, the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society (a suit that would later be dropped). And the fundraiser? That would raise a staggering $211,223.04, which Inman photographed, as promised.Given Inman’s enthusiasm for Tesla, and the past responsiveness of his fan base for his causes, Inman may indeed get the Goddamn Tesla Museum project on track: land, museum and all.Tesla picture by Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Non-Profits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Black Friday crazy is upon us, that one day of the year where Americans take leave of their senses and go out and buy all their holiday gifts 32 days early, and yet still manage to panic-shop on Christmas Eve. If you insist on participating in this shoppingpalooza, these iPhone and Android apps can help you find the best price for the items you seek.Get The BasicsIf you use nothing else, get yourself a basic barcode scanner app. A lot of stores display QR codes for items and even if you plan to buy in-store and not online later, scanning these codes can get you more information about the item that might not be in the display. The app I like is ShopSavvy, which takes care of these basic features and also conducts local and online searches to see if it’s available anywhere else cheaper. The other thing I like about this app is that it can store credit card and shipping information and if you’re in a supported store, like WalMart or Barnes & Noble, you can buy the item with just one swipe. I love following my kids around in stores with this functionality, because I can surreptitiously buy the item right then and there without having to come back to the store or have them see me buying it. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Dare To CompareIf I’m going to commit to a shopping app, I would like it to have not just price comparisons, but also product reviews. If I am checking out a really snazzy-looking item in the store, I really don’t want to get home and find out that it’s had some reported issues like, oh, catching fire. I use Google Shopper as a steady guide to search for product reviews and conduct pricing checks. It’s accurate, delivers robust results and the integration with Google Maps makes it a great tool for finding nearby stores if you’re in a new locale. This app just got an update in November and now features a Sales section listing local weekly discounts in your area, so you can point the car in the right direction in the first place. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)You can’t talk holiday shopping these days without bringing up Amazon (a sentence I’m sure just thrilled its PR team, but it’s true nonetheless). The fact is, as largest retailer on the Internet, low prices and low- to no-cost shipping on orders, it would be silly to ignore Amazon as a source for your holiday (or any other shopping needs), especially if money is tight. Amazon has two apps to use for your mobile device, and it’s important to know the difference. The Amazon Mobile app is a mobile gateway to the company’s commerce site. The even more useful Price Check for Amazon does pretty much what you would expect: like Google Shopper and other product/price comparison apps, it scans an item and let’s you know what that item is going for elsewhere – except with the Price Check app, “elsewhere” means Amazon, period. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)It is certainly true that using apps like Google Shopper and Price Check for Amazon could result in you performing what retailers derisively refer to as “showrooming,” where shoppers come into the store, scan an item, and promptly leave to purchase it elsewhere or online. This practice is kicking retailers’ collective butts, since their business models rarely enable them to compete with the pricing models of online outlets, just as small businesses struggle to compete with the big-box stores. This is something about which you will have to make a personal choice as you shop with these apps, weighing potential savings against local service and supporting your community.Something For Every DayFinally, Key Ring Reward Cards is my new favorite shopping app. By scanning your loyalty cards for various stores that you have in your wallet or on your key ring, you can virtually store them on your phone and free up your wallet from these cards. To make sure they work, you can take photos of the front and back of your card, which is also useful for any loyalty programs that might be directly supported by the app. Most stores handle these well, though a grocery store’s laser scanner might choke trying to read the screen-displayed barcode. If the loyalty program is supported, you can also get weekly circular sales information and notices of special discounts. Just be warned, if you have privacy issues with store loyalty programs, Key Ring Reward Cards isn’t going to help (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Best Black Friday AppsAll of the apps listed above have the benefit of being usable year-round. But what about apps for this coming weekend? Lots of stores have their own dedicated Blak Friday apps, but those are mostly a waste of time. Instead, look for the apps that pull in the best deals from multiple places. One of the most popular apps in this category is DealNews’ Black Friday app, which aggregates news and ads of deals that may be happening in stores near you. You can even check out “leaked” ads that retailers let slip to the public with a wink. Since the app is geo-specific, you can target store near wherever you are. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Another app for Black Friday is TGI Black Friday, which offers similar aggregation of ads for nearby stores. It’s very similar to DealNews’ app, but TGI Black Friday fans swear by it. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)No matter how you like to shop on Black Friday – or even if you wait till Christmas Eve – these apps should help ease the pinch on your pocketbook and ensure a smoother shopping process.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#e-commerce brian proffitt Related Posts
Welcome to the new Military Caregiving Expert Advice series. Our caregiving team is rolling out with a new blog series entitled, Expert Advice, where we provide monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you. (Type your response in the comments section of this article.)Expert Advice in Child PsychiatryTo kick off our new series, we focus on issues surrounding caregiving and special needs within the military. In a recent professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry service providers and families learned about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting. Below we highlight a question from an audience member and expert advice from a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.Question: Does general anxiety ever get misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Advice: Anxiety is often misdiagnosed as ADD which is why the interview process (for diagnosing Anxiety and ADD) is so important. There are many times children come in having trouble with concentration, which is part of the diagnosis and criteria for both anxiety and ADD. The problem arises with the treatment of ADD because there are certain treatments that might actually make the anxiety worse. It is very important that we are careful to make sure we have the right diagnosis.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristHave a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 20, 2016.
One of the country’s most famous voters, written about routinely for being the lone person to exercise his franchise at a polling booth in Banej in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district, has died.Mahant Bharatdas Bapu died at a private hospital in Rajkot on Friday, his followers, based out of Veraval, headquarters of Gir Somnath district, said. The Banej polling booth, part of Junagadh Lok Sabha seat, used to be set up during Gujarat and general polls only for Bapu, who used to live alone at a Shiva Temple-cum-ashram in Gir West forest division there. “Bharatdas Bapu was undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment in a private hospital in Rajkot for the past one month. He died on Friday morning. His last rites will be performed on Saturday at an ashram near Jamvala in Gir Forest,” said a follower. As per government records, Bapu had voted in every Lok Sabha and Gujarat Assembly polls since 2007, in the process making Banej possibly the only booth in the country with a cent percent voting record.
USA’s Tyler Clary won gold in a new Olympic record in the men’s 200m backstroke at London Olympics on Thursday. Clary, the fastest qualifier for the final, clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds in a tight finish on Thursday.”I stuck to my guns and I was able to come by in those last few 15 metres and get my hand on the wall,” Clary said.”That was the perfect race I swam tonight, it couldn’t have gone any better.”Japanese champion Ryosuke Irie, who won gold in the 100m event, claimed the silver in 1:53.78, while Ryan Lochte of the US won bronze in 1:53.94.Lochte, the favourite for gold, had led for most of the race but got tired in the final straight.