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A German Deep-Energy Retrofit

first_imgI recently visited a job site on the outskirts of Berlin that had previously caught my eye. Although the buildings were shrouded in the usual scaffolding and screening, I had noticed while biking by that the work involved “energetische sanierung,” or energy retrofitting.The photos on this page illustrate various details of the insulating skin installed on this building. While the materials and techniques used on this project are run-of-the-mill for Germany, they may be of limited applicability to projects in the U.S. Nevertheless, I like to think that sharing them might contribute to innovative thinking for someone, somewhere.The materials and methods being used on this retrofit project are similar to those I have seen on many other job sites in Berlin — both retrofits and new construction. The big players in exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) provide integrated suites of materials, accessories, and stucco products for this type of work. Sto, the manufacturer of the products being used on this project, is one of the brands I see often. Using strips of membrane to flash around the windowsBecause these particular buildings are simple in form, applying a skin of rigid foam was straightforward. The only areas that required special detailing were where vertical bands of glazing had run continuously through all the floors. As part of the retrofit, these bands were replaced by windows at each floor level (see Image #7). Masonry lintels at each floor level support lightweight (aerated) concrete block infill walls, above which the new windows were installed.The windows were flashed on all four sides with membrane strips bedded in black goop (see Image #8). Once the foam had been trimmed at the edges of the windows, strips of mesh with a plastic bead were adhered to the window frame to allow the window returns to be stuccoed (Images #9 and #10). Corner bead with preapplied mesh was installed on the foam at exterior corners.The only place on this building where mineral wool batts were used instead of EPS foam was around the enclosure for the chimney that vents the boiler (see Image #11). The site supervisor told me that the nonflammable mineral wool is also generally used to insulate facades adjacent to other buildings, to mitigate against the spread of fire from one building to another. RELATED ARTICLES What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Window Installation Tips for a Deep Energy RetrofitThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsWrapping an Older House with Rock Wool Insulation Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Metal window sillsThe site super told me that if I wanted to see what these buildings would look like when finished, I could visit a completed project nearby. He gave me directions, and off I pedaled.The completed buildings appeared to be nearly identical to the ones that I saw being worked on (see Image #12). I saw that the vertical alcoves between windows were finished with decorative metal grilles. In addition to infilling the recesses, these grilles added visual interest to facades that were otherwise quite plain.The sills under the metal grills were a variation on the wide, sheet-metal window sills typically found on buildings here in Germany (see Image #13). Thick building walls require wide sills. Typically the sills are made of a single piece of metal with the edges bent up and around at each end. On this project, each sill consisted of an aluminum pan that had been slid into extrusions at each end.Having repaired or replaced my share of rotten wooden window sills in New England, I am a big fan of German window sills. However, their distinct style probably limits their applicability to retrofits in the US. They work well with stucco exteriors, and I could imagine them fitting in on a contemporary house with wood siding, but their “look” may have to be modified for them not to appear out of place on an older New England home. ARTICLES BY ANDREW DEY Germany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany The exterior rigid foam is almost 5 inches thickAs I approached the job site, I found two workers using hand saws to trim rigid foam blocks that they had installed around new windows. I asked if I could take some photos, explaining that I was a project manager from the U.S. who was interested in energy efficiency. As often happens in this situation, the workers’ initial reticence gave way to a quick tour of the work and informative answers to my questions.The building appeared to have been built in the 1960s or 1970s. It was part of a student housing complex associated with the nearby Free University of Berlin. The original walls were cast concrete about 8 inches thick.On this project, 120 mm (4 3/4 inch) thick blocks of expanded polystyrene (EPS) were being installed on the original masonry walls (see Image #3 below). In the U.S., one can readily purchase different types of rigid foam in 4’x8′ sheets. In Germany, on the other hand, EPS is by far the most common type of rigid insulation, and it is sold in relatively small but thick blocks. From what I have seen, mineral wool is a distant second to EPS. The only extruded polystyrene (XPS) I have seen was being used below grade on foundations. I have yet to come across any rigid polyisocyanurate board on construction sites here in Germany.The blocks of EPS foam are configured with tongues and grooves around their edges to facilitate air sealing (see Image #1, above). The site supervisor told me that the grooves are a relatively new innovation from Sto. In fact, on most other job sites I have seen, the foam blocks are square-edged. Any gaps between the blocks of EPS foam are filled with one-part expanding polyurethane foam. Retrofit components are readily availableWhile most of the retrofits I have seen in Berlin are being executed on multifamily and commercial buildings by professional contractors, in residential areas outside the city I have encountered homeowners themselves tackling such projects over multiple weekends. During a recent visit to a large DIY home center, I saw that all of the materials required for these retrofits are readily available, including foam blocks, accessories, stucco, and installation tools.Most of the deep energy retrofits with which I am familiar in the U.S. make use of either 4’x8′ sheets of rigid foam, or closed-cell spray foam, to create an insulating skin on the building’s exterior. The R-etro system from Canadian ICF manufacturer Quad-Lock Building Systems is the closest analogue I have found in the U.S. to the EIFS systems used throughout Germany.I can see both benefits and disadvantages to utilizing a system of small but thick blocks of insulation, as opposed to large sheets. As I think about the insulation options for retrofitting the exterior of my 1840s farmhouse in New Hampshire, I am leaning toward using rigid batts of mineral wool. Thinset mortar and plastic anchorsInstalling the blocks of EPS is relatively straightforward. Lengths of plastic angle are fastened level at the bottom of the wall to create a guide for the blocks (see Images #4 and #5). Because each block is mechanically fastened and bonded to the wall, the bottom ledge does not have to be load-bearing.Each block is secured with thinset-type mortar and a plastic expansion anchor (see Image #6). The hole for the anchor is drilled through the foam and into the masonry wall. On this particular project, the large round heads of the expansion anchors, which function like washers, are countersunk below the surface of the foam, and covered with a round foam “bung.”On most other retrofit projects I have seen, the heads of the anchors are installed flush with the surface of the foam block, and simply covered with stucco. Countersinking and plugging the fasteners minimizes thermal bridging at the fasteners, and presumably also prevents telegraphing of the fasteners through the finished stucco.The anchors used on this project are locked into place by driving the screw that is integral to the fastener. Another type of fastener that I have seen relies simply on plastic barbs gripping the sides of a tight hole in the masonry.last_img read more

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Here’s A Heavy Dose Of Reality For New Mobile Payments Startup Clinkle

first_imgTags:#Mobile Payments Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Humor me for a moment with this tale of two startups, both focused on mobile payments. See if you can spot the similarities:Startup A: Founded by a young, smart guy who briefly attended a prominent university. The startup eventually moves into the mobile-payments space and raises money in the realm of $40 million. It deploys an interesting new technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. Business starts to bog down amid a growing realization that new payments are really hard.Startup B: Founded by a young, smart guy who attended a prominent university and hires a bunch of his smart college friends. The startup deploys an interesting technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. It raises $25 million in funding, but is about to realize that payments are really hard.Company A is LevelUp, the Boston-based mobile payments specialist that was started by Seth Priebatsch and used to be called SCVNGR. Priebatsch went to Princeton for a semester before dropping out and founding his startup. SCVNGR, a location-based check-in game along the lines of Foursquare and Gowalla, did well for a time before the company shifted its focus to payments with LevelUp. The service links QR codes to users’ credit or debit cards and lets merchants scan the codes in a smartphone app.Clinkle founder Lucas DuplanCompany B is a San Francisco-based startup called Clinkle, which raised a $25 million seed round from a variety of venture capitalists. It is founded by Lucas Duplan, a recent graduate of Stanford University and reportedly uses high-frequency sounds to process payments. Maybe Duplan should give Priebatsch a call. Because, in case you missed a theme here, payments are hard.(See also: Startup Clinkle Has A High Frequency Plan To Push Mobile Payments)Why Are Payments Hard?On the surface, payments look deceptively simple. You need a secure, transactional method—actual currency, credit cards, Near Field Communications, QR codes, etc.—and some way to transmit money from point A to point B, just like you would with any other form of data.On the surface, all currency is is data. This is why startups like LevelUp and big companies like Google think they can disrupt the payments space. It’s simple technology and fundamentally a data problem. Geeks, by nature, are good at technology and data. So they apply their big brains to the problem and figure that in no time at all, they’ll make a difference.And then they enter a world of shit.“The general inertia, and lack of traction in the emerging payments market within North America, is not something that one solves with a better market strategy and a mobile app,” said Cherian Abraham, who oversees mobile commerce and payments at Experian Global Consulting.See also: Mobile Payments’ Cashless Utopia Is Not Coming Any Time SoonAccording to reports, Clinkle will handle transactions via high-frequency sounds that smartphones, tablets and computers can pick up on and deliver the necessary information it takes to make a payment. While that’s generally a cool idea (and something the advertisers and marketers have been trying to institute through televisions for years now), it’s not conceptually all that different from any other payment method.In fact, that similarity points up an endemic problem for mobile payments in general. Which is that it’s basically no easier or faster to activate the NFC or QR code in your phone or open an app than it is to dig out some cash from your pocket or pull a plastic card from your wallet. Try it. They’ll each take you basically the same amount of time. “Payments are supposed to be boring and predictable. That’s a feature, not a bug,” said James Wester, editor of Mobile Payments Today.The Immovable Object: Existing Payment ProcessorsThen there is the reality of American business, which exerts a huge drag on innovation in this space by virtue of an established payment infrastructure that connects just about everyone in the economy. Payment innovations like NFC haven’t taken off because (a) they don’t really solve any problems better than cash and cards and (b) the payment processors would need to update software and hardware to payment terminals all over the world. That is not an easy task.(See also: LevelUp Is Building A Mobile Payments Groundswell)Clinkle thinks it can sidestep all that. Theoretically, using high frequency sound to transmit data over short distances could eliminate the need to create a new payments infrastructure. The idea is that consumers’ smartphones could communicate directly with the microphones on merchants’ computers, smartphones and tablets, routing around the existing payment infrastructure entirely.Businesses, however, are skeptical of these new technologies and slow to change. Why? Because the benefit is not readily apparent. The question of “how” to change payments is right in front of us with all the technologies listed above. The question of “why” is really what nobody yet has been able to answer.Adoption Is The KickerThe first thing a mobile payments company is going to need to do is convince the masses—businesses, consumers, financial processor companies and banks—that its service is original, easier and provides better data than the established players. That’s difficult but not impossible with the right service. The next thing to do is get those same entities to actually institute their service. That’s where it gets difficult.Partnerships are essential in the payments world. The right partnership can vault a company from also-ran to ubiquitous in days. The fact of the matter is that these companies are intensely competitive with each other and do not really like to provide third party solutions on their platforms.Google spent nearly half a billion dollars on its Google Wallet mobile payments plan only to see it shut out of consumer smartphones by the likes of Verizon. If Clinkle thinks it will be able to waltz in and put its software onto existing point-of-sale systems, it’s taking its first steps on a very hard road.“If it could have been solved by $25M in VC money, then Google shouldn’t have had to spend (rumored) half a billion to find that throwing money, their brand, and a 100m phones could not get it to inch a bit,” Abraham said. To get Clinkle onto existing, ubiquitous point-of-sale systems—those computers with microphones that are key to what we know of Clinkle’s business model—the startup will need a large sales force working in markets across the world. Clinkle, by contrast, wants to spread through university campuses like Facebook did.Lessons From (Recent) HistoryWhat LevelUp’s founder and team eventually realized is that good software, an interesting business model based on incentives and a burning desire to take over the world weren’t enough. To expand into new markets, LevelUp needed sales people to strike critical partnerships that would convince business owners to adopt its technology.That sales force has probably been LevelUp’s single biggest cost sink. The startup is doing moderately well, but it’s still very small, and its prospects of taking over the world of payments appear rather slim.Like LevelUp, Clinkle is about to get a first hand look at how muddy the mobile payment waters really are. Lead image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. Image of Lucas Duplan via Crinkle. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Boxing: Joe Cordina to headline card in Cardiff

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementJoe Cordina will tackle Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight title in the latest installment of the JDNXTGEN series at the Ice Arena Cardiff on August 4, live on Sky Sports.Cordina fights for his second pro title on home turf once again having landed the WBA International strap at Principality Stadium in March with a third-round stoppage win over Hakim Ben Ali on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster with Joseph Parker.That was the ‘Welsh Wizard’s’ second outing at his national stadium having boxed on the undercard of Joshua’s clash with Carlos Takam in October, and Cordina headlines a show for the first time in his eighth pro outing, with former champion Dodd providing a stiff step-up for that the 26-year-old is relishing.Dodd gets the chance to regain the Commonwealth crown at the first attempt having fallen to Tommy Coyle in Liverpool in April. That was a second defense for the Birkenhead man, who claimed the title on Merseyside against Lee Appleyard last April and returned to the Echo Arena to see off local rival Tom Stalker in September.last_img read more

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Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu have highest Internet userbase

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have the highest number of Internet users in the country where total Web user base was close to 325 million at the end of September last year, government said today. Maharashtra had the highest number of Internet users at 27.71 million, with 9.74 million coming from rural areas and 17.97 million in urban areas, Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. Tamil Nadu had 26.87 million Internet users, Andhra Pradesh 23.99 million and Karnataka 21.72 million at the end of September 2015. The Delhi circle had 18.48 million users, while Mumbai and Kolkata circles had 15.28 million and 8.65 million Internet users, respectively. Of the 324.95 million Internet users across the country, 120.88 million were using broadband, while the remaining 204.07 million were narrowband Internet users, the Minister said. He added that the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project will provide broadband infrastructure to all the gram panchayats.”First phase of NOFN project to cover one lakh gram panchayats is targeted for completion by December 2016,” he said. PTI SR MRlast_img read more

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Wenger: Ozil must become a leader

first_imgArsenal Wenger challenges Ozil to become a leader after signing new deal Alex Fisher 18:38 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) mesutozil - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Everton Everton Arsène Wenger Mesut Özil Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The Germany international has signed a new contract at Arsenal and his manager has backed him to step up his displays as a result Arsene Wenger has challenged Mesut Ozil to become a leader on the pitch for Arsenal after committing his future to the club.Ozil agreed a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday after speculation that he could leave for free at the end of the season.The Germany international’s deal ties him to the club until 2021 and Ozil described the announcement as “one of the most important decisions of my footballing career”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the playmaker’s future cleared up, Wenger expects to see Ozil raise his game on the pitch and help the Gunners in their quest for a top-four finish this season.”He [Ozil] has committed his future to the club in a period where we are in a tricky position in qualifying for the Champions League,” Wenger told a media conference.”What I expect from him is to lead the team to success [on the pitch].”Many had predicted he would not commit, it is good news for us, to keep a player of that calibre is good news.”While Wenger ensured Ozil would remain at the club, he allowed Olivier Giroud to leave for Premier League rivals Chelsea.Wenger admitted seeing Giroud move to Stamford Bridge was not ideal, but he could not stand in the way of the France international.”I think ideally you want him to go to a club not competing with you,” added the Gunners boss.”But it was linked with the [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang deal.”He wanted to stay in London and I believe we owe Olivier Giroud a lot. His commitment and love for the club was exceptional.”So, it was difficult to turn down just because it was a rival club [bidding for him].” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first round

first_imgAustralian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundAustralian Open: Maria Sharapova had a brilliant start at the Melbourne Park on Monday, needing just 63 minutes to cross the first hurdle.advertisement Next Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 09:24 IST Australian Open: Maria Sharapova hit 20 winners against United Kingdom’s Harriet Dart. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova had won the Australian Open in 2008Sharapova is playing her 15th Australian Open this yearSharapova’s double-faults gifted Dart 7 of her 29 pointsMaria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.That was the only real blemish in Sharapova’s stats: She hit 20 winners and won five of her five points at the net.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.Asked if she felt sorry for her young, beaten rival, Sharapova, who lost in the first round at Wimbledon last year, said: “There’s no time for that when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam.”Among players who’ve played at least 10 majors, only 23-time major winner Serena Williams (.986) started the tournament with a better ratio.advertisementUp next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Among the other seeded players advancing were No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Sharapova was one of five Australian Open titlists to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1. Rafael Nadal, who won his only Australian title in 2009, was set to play James Duckworth, followed by 2016 winner Angelique Kerber against Polona Hercog.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was scheduled to play Alison Van Utyvanck to start the night session, followed by six-time Australian champion Roger Federer’s match against Denis Istomin.Also Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian OpenAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | India do not have the system in place to produce singles players: Prajnesh GunneswaranFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Harriet DartFollow Australian OpenFollow Tennislast_img read more

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Winnipeg labour leader quits cites sexist comments treatment by men

first_imgWINNIPEG — A labour leader in Manitoba has resigned from her job over what she says have been sexist remarks and dismissive treatment by some of her male colleagues in the labour movement.Basia Sokal surprised about 50 people at a Winnipeg Labour Council meeting Tuesday night when she announced she was resigning as president after two years on the job. The council is an advocate on municipal labour issues in the city and is part of the Canadian Labour Congress.“In the last 12 months alone, I have seen and heard and been experiencing some of the worst things that you could ever imagine,” Sokal told the crowd.“I’ve got about six pages of things that have been said to my face … and I just want to mention that these were all said by brothers — brothers in the movement, brothers of labour.”Some men made comments about her breasts, Sokal said. Others told her to just agree with what she was being told.“‘You women are all the same. If you don’t like what is going on, why don’t you just leave?’” she said one man told her.She did not mention anyone’s name.It became clear, Sokal said, that she was expected to keep her opinions to herself and defer to others.In an interview Wednesday, she said she took her concerns to the Canadian Labour Congress last spring and was told there would be some sort of followup. She also spoke to officials at Manitoba NDP headquarters about one man who was on a party committee, she said.Sokal was directed to the federal party, she said, which told her in February it was still looking into the matter but had been busy with other things.Sokal said she felt she was running out of options.“There are several people … higher up in the labour movement, that knew what was going on,” she said.“The systems don’t allow for change.”Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said he was surprised by Sokal’s resignation and suggested that workplaces need to improve.“Those are serious issues. They’re unacceptable. They’re wrong in the labour movement. They’re wrong in any kind of work environment.”The Canadian Labour Congress did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Sokal said she would like to see changes in the labour movement, starting with a more inclusive environment.“I want to see different voices at the table and not just the typical Old Boys club that it actually continues to be.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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City reminding residents wrapping paper bows and ribbon is not recyclable

first_imgFor those with a real tree, the City will be doing a curbside pick-up on January 5.  Make sure to have your tree at the curb by 8 a.m. that day. You can also drop off your real tree at the City’s Ground Building between January 5 and January 13.  Artificial trees must be thrown in the garbage.Here is a full list of Christmas recycling reminders from the City of Fort St. John:• Christmas wrap, bags, ribbons and bows are garbage, not recycling.• Artificial trees are not recyclable plastic so they are garbage.• If you have a real tree, you can place it on the curb before 8 am on January 5 for pick up or drop it off at the City’s Grounds Building between January 5 and 13.• Blocks of Styrofoam that your electronics and toys came packed in can be taken to a recycling depot for recycling but can NOT go in your bin.• Break your cardboard down so it all fits in your blue bin – or take a load to a depot just to save space for your other recyclables. They have bins right outside so you can drop it off any time. • No glass or soft plastics in the blue bins. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is reminding residents that wrapping paper cannot be recycled.Wrapping paper, bags, ribbon and bows are garbage and not recycling.  For those that missed garbage pick up on Tuesday because of Christmas, garbage will be picked up on Wednesday instead.  last_img read more

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Four UN blue helmets die after landmine detonates in Abyei area of

2 August 2011Four United Nations peacekeepers serving in Sudan’s troubled Abyei area were killed today and seven others were injured after a landmine detonated during a patrol, the UN reported. The Ethiopian blue helmets, part of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), were on patrol in Mabok, southeast of the town of Abyei, when they were killed.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness at the deaths.“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia,” the statement noted. “He also expresses his concern for the well-being of the seven other peacekeepers who were injured in the explosion.”More than 500 troops, all Ethiopian, have been deployed since the Security Council voted in June to establish UNISFA after north-south violence in Abyei and surrounding areas forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. read more

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PreOrder JetsonsStyle Flying Car For Real

first_img The sky is no longer the limit, now that the first commercial flying car is available to pre-order.In the latest step toward the futuristic utopia of The Jetsons‘ Orbit City, manufacturer PAL-V this week began sales of the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport flying cars/driving planes.Following successful test programs in 2009 and 2012, PAL-V turned its concept vehicles into commercial products.“After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards, determined by regulatory bodies around the world,” PAL-V CEO Robert Dingemanse said in a statement.Who doesn’t want to beat the commuter traffic by simply pulling over at the nearest take-off spot and flying to the office? As exciting as the prospect of a flying car is, there are a few things you should know before plunking down a $25,000 non-refundable deposit.Importantly, “it’s not a helicopter” according to PAL-V’s website. It is actually a gyroplane, which is “much safer and easier to fly” than helicopters or small fixed-wing planes, the company said.Just don’t expect a quick escape from the middle of a traffic jam: When the Liberty is in flying mode, it must comply with FAA regulations, which (logically) prohibit airplanes from lifting off on a highway or a street. And yes, you need a flying license.The Dual Mode Sports Vehicle (DMSV)—expected to retail for $399,000–$599,999—does have its perks: After landing, fuel up at the airstrip, or drive to the nearest gas station to fill the tank.“Technology is moving more and more towards avoiding collisions by overruling the pilot’s choices in case of collision risk,” the manufacturer said. “Indeed, it is our belief that not only today but also in the future you will be safer in the air than on the road.”PAL-V will start building a preproduction series later this year, followed by the manufacturing of the first Liberty vehicles for “pioneer” clients. Deliveries of road- and air-certified models are expected by the end of 2018.“This is truly a pivotal time in aviation and mobility history,” Dingemanse said. Go Back to the Future With DeLorean Flying CarBlack Knight roadable aircraft completes first VTVL test flight Stay on targetlast_img read more

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The UK is giving to TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales – In our zeal to shed more light on the ongoing debate in the UK about how British taxpayers dollars can and cannot be used in relation to its overseas territories, we wrongly stated in our news report on the issue, that no aid had come from the United Kingdom as yet for the TCI.   This, as many of you have pointed out is far from true.Magnetic Media is well aware of this fact, as since the troops landed in Providenciales and were greeted at the airport by the Governor, we have been giving coverage of this stellar showing by the British armed forces.Reports on their work in medical, engineering, peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, the arrival of the British ship RFA Mounts Bay and the visit of the UK Foreign Minister, Rt Hon Lord Ahmad have all been reported upon by this organisation.Additionally, Magnetic Media will this week show our viewers around the Caribbean the work the #UKCommandos were busy with in Blue Hills, Providenciales.   It’s a great feature and it will a part of Turquoise Morning TV show.The UK has given in many tangible ways to these islands in the aftermath of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria; the support is indisputable and it is commendable.#MagneticMedia thought it important to draw reference to our track record on highlighting UK efforts on the ground since the storms, in particular as we are profoundly sorry for the error.We apologize, sincerely for any ill feelings caused. Related Items:#UKCommandos, magneticmedia #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Producing Your First Virtual Event

first_imgHere are just a few options for getting started with your first virtual event: Develop a virtual extension to an existing physical event, launch a virtual conference, create a free standing virtual tradeshow or organize a virtual job fair.Once you have an idea for your event based on an assessment of audience needs in your market, it’s essential to validate the idea. The process of validating your virtual event with prospective attendees and sponsors before committing resources to a launch is a critical risk management technique and the “secret sauce” in launching both physical and virtual events.Whether your event is physical or virtual, there is no replacement for using solid risk management practices in event launches.In launching events over the past 15 years, I have developed the following process for validating potential event ideas. This process should be used before going forward with your first virtual event launch. 1. Specifically define your target audience and sponsor categories. This step in the launch process provokes discussion that clarifies who you are trying to serve with the event.2. Identify current needs of both targeted attendees and sponsors. The success of your virtual event launch will be determined by your ability to meet a current market need more effectively than existing physical events. As part of this step, be sure to consider the “technograhics” of your target audience and your prospective sponsors. How much training and support will prospective attendees and sponsors need to get comfortable with a new event concept?3. Make a detailed description of the new event concept. The first two steps should produce a clear definition of the event including a focused look at who the event is serving, what market needs the event is meeting and a sense of how your event will meet these needs in a superior manner to existing alternatives. 4. Secure the support of “influentials.” As most markets are highly influenced by key associations, companies and individuals, this step provides a methodology for securing their support for your launch.5. Prepare a preliminary budget. For your first virtual event, expectations should be conservative. Modest revenue forecasts and thoughtful consideration of all expenses are important. Be prepared for some unique costs. Make sure they are contemplated and accounted for. During this stage, be sure to assess roles and responsibilities for launching your virtual event and build whatever temporary or contractor resources will be necessary into your budget.6. Decide whether to pursue, modify or abandon the virtual event launch. With qualitative market feedback and a framework for the business opportunity, it’s decision time. John Failla is CEO of events management and consulting business, Tesoro Events, he can be reached at 914.819.0693 or by email at john@tesoroevents.com. A mystique surrounds virtual events because of their foundation in technology and the very images conjured up by the word “virtual.”In reality, many of the same principles that apply to successfully launching physical events apply to launching virtual events. As Kenny Lauer of event management firm George P. Johnson recently put it, “an event, is an event, is an event.” That said, there are certainly some nuances associated with virtual events that must be considered.One of the mistakes that many make with their first virtual event is to select a virtual event platform as their first step. This is equivalent to selecting a venue for a physical event before you know exactly what kind of an event you’ll be doing. As you wouldn’t select a venue for a physical event until your requirements were defined, neither should you decide on a virtual event technology platform until clearly defining your requirements for the event.The process for defining your requirements for your first virtual event should be anchored in assessing audience needs and developing a plan to leverage the unique capabilities that virtual events offer to effectively meet those needs.last_img read more

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Donald Trumps business council amidst criticism

first_imgUber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit the United States President Donald Trump’s council of business leaders after facing heavy criticism, according to an internal memo with the Associated Press.Kalanick told his employees that he had a conversation with Trump on Thursday and he “let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”Ola, Uber to stop ride-sharing services temporarilyMany tech leaders have denounced Trump’s executive orders of a sweeping travel ban on refugees, particularly the ones coming from seven specific Muslim-majority countries. The US President’s executive actions on extreme vetting and visa ban applies to migrants, refugees and US legal residents — green-card holders — from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen. There is an indefinite ban on the arrival of Syrian refugees.Kalanick’s departure from Trump’s business council came a day before the first scheduled meeting of the group at the White House. Reports state that Disney CEO Bob Iger will not attend the meeting either, he, instead will be at a company board meeting in California.The business council is led by the chairman and chief executive of the private equity group Blackstone, Stephen Schwarzman, and has 15 other members including the leads of Wal-Mart, Tesla, the Cleveland Clinic and Pepsi.According to a Blackstone press release in December, the council is ‘designed to provide direct input to the president from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.’Uber has been embroiled in the public outcry against Trump’s refugee ban. Many people in largely democratic areas boycotted Uber after people thought that the company was attempting to break a taxi strike to and from New York’s John F Kennedy Airport, which was held in response of the controversial ban.The Uber CEO since then has condemned the orders passed by Trump and has also contributed to relief groups.last_img read more

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HC resumes reading out verdict in BDR carnage case

first_imgHC bench starts reading out verdict in BDR carnage case on Sunday morning. Photo: Abdus SalamThe High Court on Monday restarted reading out the verdict on the death reference and appeals in the BDR carnage case today for the second consecutive day.A three-member HC special bench led by justice M Shawkat Hossain resumed reading out the judgment at 10:53am. The other two members of the bench are justice Md Abu Zafar Siddique and justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder.Earlier on 3 April, the HC bench kept the verdict as Curia Advisari Vult (CAV) after concluding the hearing on the appeals and the death reference.  A Dhaka court on 5 November 2013 sentenced 152 BDR members of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles and two civilians to death, and 161 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the BDR mutiny.A total of 257 appeals were filed with the High Court against the lower court verdict.  Seventy four people, including 57 army officials, were killed in the BDR mutiny on 25-26 February in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka. The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Two independent teams build heat cloaking device

first_img(a) Temperature distribution in a uniform medium connecting a hot (bottom) and a cold region (top). (b) The distribution is distorted in the presence of an obstacle (an air bubble in this example). (c) Adding a thermal cloak restores the transient diffusion and isothermal lines all around the obstacle. (d) Cross section of sample used by Han et al. [1]. (e) Cross section of molded cloak used by Xu et al. [2]. Credit: Physics Viewpoint, DOI: 10.1103/Physics.7.12 More information: 1. Tiancheng Han, Xue Bai, Dongliang Gao, John T. L. Thong, Baowen Li, and Cheng-Wei Qiu, “Experimental Demonstration of a Bilayer Thermal Cloak,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 054302 (2014). dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.0543022. Hongyi Xu, Xihang Shi, Fei Gao, Handong Sun, and Baile Zhang, “Ultrathin Three-Dimensional Thermal Cloak,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 054301 (2014). dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.054301 Explore further (Phys.org) —Two teams, both in Singapore have created two different types of thermal cloaking devices. In their papers, both published in Physical Review Letters, the teams describe how they went about creating their devices and offer suggestions as to what use they might be put. Researchers create first 3D invisibility cloak Citation: Two independent teams build heat cloaking device (2014, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-independent-teams-cloaking-device.htmlcenter_img Cloaking has a become a hot topic in science, and not just because of the popularity of Harry Potter. With the advent of metamaterials, scientists discovered they were able to create devices that bent microwaves—the first cloaking devices. Such devices were followed up by other devices that bent light and infrared radiation and sound—all cloaking devices which worked because of the way metamaterials were able to bend wave based media. In this new effort, the two research teams applied some of the same ideas to heat, which is of course, not a wave media—it moves via diffusion and therefore does not propagate. But, the researchers noted, that doesn’t mean under certain circumstances it too can’t be cloaked.The idea behind cloaking heat is to create an environment where heat diffusion does not occur into an object placed into that environment—instead, like wave cloaking, the heat is caused to stray from its normal path and move around the object instead of into it.The first team created a heat cloak by binding strips of metal and polystyrene together and then placing the result inside of a block made of thermal conducting material. The dimensions of all the materials were adjusted to meet those specified by a mathematical formula based on thickness and conductivity. The arrangement allowed for thermal cloaking of an aluminum cylinder placed inside.The second team created their device by trapping a pocket of air inside a block made of stainless steel—the air pocket was lined with copper. An object placed inside the air pocket was heat cloaked.Neither group has a specific application in mind for their heat cloaking device, but suggest heat cloaking might be useful for managing heat in electronic circuits. One such application might be inside of cell phones as way to prevent batteries from overheating. Both teams note that another result of their work is that they have proven that diffusion cloaking is possible which means it might be applied in other areas, such as with tomography or static currents. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Global Healthcare BPO Market 20182025 Industry Analysis With Highest CAGR 950

first_imgHealthcare BPO, Global Healthcare BPO, Healthcare BPO Market, Healthcare BPO Market Size, Healthcare BPO Industry, Healthcare BPO Market share, Healthcare BPO Sales, Healthcare BPO Industry Analysis, Healthcare BPO Industry Demand Big Market Research newly added the Global Healthcare BPO Market Report that gives a meticulous investigation of the current scenario of the market size, share, demand, growth, trends, and forecast in the coming years.The Global Healthcare BPO Market is projected to reach 191.70 billion by 2017 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 9.50% over during forecast period 2018 -2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3191921?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Healthcare BPO market based on U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Healthcare BPO industry.Key market players operating in the industry include Tata Consultancy Services, WNS (Holdings), Xerox, Quintiles IMS Holdings, Omega Healthcare, Invensis Technologies, Infosys, IBM, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Accenture.Get 10% Discount on Enterprise User License@ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3191921?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Healthcare BPO market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Healthcare BPO industry has achieved extensive growth since 2025 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Access Full Summary @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3191921/global-healthcare-bpo-market-size-study?utm_source=SHASHITable of ContentsChapter 1. Executive Summary1.1. Market Snapshot1.2. Key Trends1.3. Global & Segmental Market Estimates & Forecasts, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.1. Healthcare BPO Market, by Payer Services, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.2. Healthcare BPO Market, by Provider Services, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.3. Healthcare BPO Market, by Pharmaceutical Service, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.4. Healthcare BPO Market, by Region, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.4. Estimation Methodology1.5. Research AssumptionChapter 2. Healthcare BPO Market Definition and Scope2.1. The objective of the Study2.2. Market Definition & Scope2.2.1. Industry Evolution2.2.2. Scope of the Study2.3. Years Considered for the Study2.4. Currency Conversion RatesChapter 3. Healthcare BPO Market Dynamics3.1. See-Saw Analysis3.1.1. Market Drivers3.1.2. Market Challenges3.1.3. Market OpportunitiesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll-Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Opposition candidate Villalta draws thousands to final San José rally

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Following are snapshots of the night. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Thousands of spectators crowded San José’s Central Park Friday night to support Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta’s official closing of his 2014 electoral campaign, 8 days before voters head to the polls.A sea of yellow shirts and flags – the Broad Front’s signature color – spilled into Avenida Segunda, with artists, TV personalities, and people of all ages turning out for an event that culminated with a fiery speech from Villalta and a performance by popular Latin folk band Cantoamérica.Broad Front Party President Patricia Mora – whose recent interview with the daily La Nación sparked controversy after she said her party would move to control national news media if elected – said that “we are living a magical moment,” referring to a swelling of support for the party in recent months.Villalta hammered home a message that has resonated with many voters disenchanted with the entrenched ruling National Liberation Party and its image of cronyism. The 36-year-old candidate and San José lawmaker promised to support social initiatives for the gay community, the elderly and the disabled, fight growing social inequality in the country, and end 30 years of “neoliberalism.” Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close Police security detail assigned to candidate Villalta following death threats Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote The real communist threat in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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President Luis Guillermo Solís orders plan to protect cyclists

first_imgPresident Luis Guillermo Solís ordered a group of his ministers and officials to draft, within 30 days, a comprehensive plan to improve protection for cyclists.Solís announced the order on Monday during an event in San José where he officially inaugurated the new school year.The president asked ministers of Public Education, Transport and Public Works (MOPT), Culture and Youth, Sports as well as the Executive President of the National Insurance Institute to form a special group to draft the plan.The strategy should also take into consideration opinions from the Roadway Safety Council, and from urban cyclists groups, motorists groups, private sector leaders and other citizen groups.Solís said the country currently has a large number of regulations and policies about roadway safety and education, but they lack coordination. For that reason he asked top officials of those agencies to consolidate all of them in order to look for a more effective compliance.“We’ve worked all week in memory of the people who died in the tragic accident last week and we found that we have a lot of good programs, but they all are very dispersed,” Solís said.The president said they are absolutely aware that the country needs more Traffic Police officers. He also said he supports recent proposals such as reinstating surveillance cameras on the roads and distributing reflective vests. Cyclists at La Sabana Park stage a protest demanding more protection for them on the streets. (Via ChepeCletas)Cyclists marchSolís’ order came just a day after thousands of cyclists marched along the main streets of the capital San José, demanding respect for them on the roads.Among other events, the march included a demonstration at La Sabana Park, west of the downtown, where cyclists formed a giant “Respect” sign and staged other protests.They also rode in front of Calderón Guardia Hospital, where the only survivor of the fatal traffic accident that killed three cyclists last week is still in serious conditions.The march concluded precisely at the exact location of the accident in Curridabat, east of San José, where three painted hearts on the road remember the victims.Cyclists and other citizen groups also demonstrated in front of the Legislative Assembly and the MOPT last Thursday asking for stricter regulations and for better protection for them.They delivered lawmakers and MOPT officials with a ten-point list of petitions and placed white bikes at both buildings.See a video of Sunday’s demonstration posted by urban cyclists group ChepeCletas. Related posts:Cyclists demand better protection on Costa Rican roads Fourth cyclist victim of hit-and-run dies Initiative highlights Costa Rica’s need for roadway respect of cyclists Costa Ricans pledge to go car free on Sept. 22 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Radian and LendingQB Expand Partnership

first_img Company News LendingQB LOS Radian Guaranty Inc. technology 2017-01-17 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology Radian and LendingQB Expand Partnership Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance (MI) subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., and LendingQB, a provider of mortgage loan origination software (LOS), have expanded their partnership by offering lenders easy access to non-delegated MI and appraisal services. The partnership will allow lenders to order Radian MI for delegated and non-delegated loans and get rate quotes directly via the LendingQB end-to-end LOS. ValuAmerica, a subsidiary of Radian Guaranty’s sister company Clayton Holdings, will provide an integration for lenders to order appraisal directly through LendingQB.The integration will strengthen Radian and LendingQB’s dedication to simplifying the loan process and will provide convenience and efficiency in obtaining top-quality settlement services. Customers have the ability to order appraisals, upload documents, and track the status of orders using Radian’s online portal.Brien McMahon, Chief Franchise Officer at Radian, says the partnership will further emphasize the company’s commitment to providing a variety of products for customers. “At Radian, we are always looking for ways to make it easier for our customers to do business with us,” he said. “This expanded partnership is a clear win for Radian’s customers utilizing the LendingQB LOS, because it will provide a broader selection of services that can be delivered efficiently, helping lenders make their operations as lean as possible.”center_img January 17, 2017 564 Views Sharelast_img read more

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