Boys’ Town moved off the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League table for the first time in four months when they came from behind to edge champions Montego Bay United (MBU) 2-1 in a rescheduled game at the Barbican Complex yesterday.Rafiek Thomas scored in the 29th minute and Jamiel Hardware found the winner in injury time. Donovan Carey had sent MBU into the lead in the 17th minute.The win moved the Red Brigade to ninth place and 29 points, ahead of Maverley-Hughenden and Waterhouse, on 28 each, and current cellar dwellers Jamalco, who are on 26.MUST WINBoys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price praised his team for showing the desire to win the game.”This team has a never-say-die attitude. The conviction is there to treat every game as a must win. It feels good to come out of the relegation zone for the first time in four months,” Price told The Gleaner.Hardware, who is back at Boys’ Town after playing overseas for several years, said that he was always confident of victory.”We missed some good chances, but came out in the second half with determination and it paid off. This win means a lot. It was a great team effort,” Hardware commented.Yesterday’s resultsBoys’ Town 2 Montego Bay United 1Portmore United 2 Arnett Gardens 2
Tottenham have announced a deal with the National Football League that will see them host fixtures in their new stadium Tottenham have announced a deal with the National Football League that will see them host fixtures in their new stadium.The Premier League club are due to move into a new home in 2018 and will now host regular-season NFL games on an artificial surface which will be installed under the regular grass pitch used by Spurs.Tottenham, who will relocate for a season whilst the work is completed, have completed a 10-year deal with the NFL that will see them host a minimum of two games a year – with chairman Daniel Levy pleased with what the agreement will mean to the surrounding area.“We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sports, leisure and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL (Premier League) and NFL for the first time,” he said.“The socio-economic benefits this will bring to the area will be immense and demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration of this priority borough in London.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven 14 members of Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office got in on the altruism-at-taxpayers’-expense act, “volunteering” full- and half-days on salaried time to help build houses. Has volunteerism ever been more profitable … for the volunteer? According to my American Heritage Dictionary, the No. 1 definition of volunteer is “a person who performs or offers to perform a service of his or her own free will without pay.” That definition is followed by a dozen more, none of which mentions being paid for services rendered. Not one. A volunteer who gets paid is not a volunteer, no matter what kind of spin city officials put on it. Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Housing Department, justifies all this faux volunteerism by saying her employees’ work on the project was relevant to their regular duties and, thus, an appropriate use of staff time. Wrong! We, the taxpayers pay city workers to stay in the office and push papers, not to be on the Habitat job site pulling electrical wiring. There’s a time-tested Army saying: Never volunteer; it usually means doing an extremely hazardous or dirty job. Then there’s Tennessee, which is known as the Volunteer State. Maybe we should send our “volunteering” city workers there. The city doesn’t have a clear policy on employees’ volunteering their services for charitable work. Nor does it have any way of keeping track of which employees actually volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity project, how many hours they worked, or if they even showed up to work, opting instead to go to a movie or spend the day in bed. If I could afford it – which I can’t, because of all my tax money city officials have wasted – I’d race to the nearest book store and buy every one in City Hall an unabridged Oxford English dictionary along with a Roget’s Thesaurus. The politicians’ assignment would be to memorize five new words and their definition every day. They must start with “legal” and “volunteer.” Sand Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan. Write to her by e-mail email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What part of “volunteer” don’t our city officials understand? While rationally understanding anything doesn’t seem to be part of their job description, frankly I don’t understand how they cannot understand what “volunteering” means. Pay me to volunteer, and I’ll volunteer all day long, and so will every member of my family. Hell, I’ll even “volunteer” the dog’s services to be hitched to a supply wagon and follow me while we’re being “paid volunteers.” As the result of former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Los Angeles in October for a weeklong Habitat for Humanity project in South Los Angeles, the city’s Housing Department encouraged employees to volunteer. And they did – on the taxpayers’ dime.
Further questions have been raised over the government’s lack of commitment to securing the future of Community Hospitals in Donegal.There was anger in the Dáil yesterday as Deputy Pearse Doherty, Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and Deputy Charlie McConalogue sought answers over whether funding needed to secure the future of long-stay residential services at St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals will be allocated.Their comments come following a debate where the Government again failed to specifically state when the funding for the projects would be allocated, while no further details of plans being considered with respect to Lifford Hospital could be given either. Teachta Doherty said: “It’s a pity that the Minister isn’t here to take this Debate and to put on record the future of Donegal’s three community hospitals.“We’re three years on from when the HSE and Government said very clearly that long stay beds were to close at St Joseph’s and Ramelton, while it was said that the facility in Lifford was also to close.“Over that time communities have been fobbed off, with Minister Joe McHugh going out on local media in Donegal telling them about multi-million euro grants being sanctioned.“Yet, we know that not a penny has yet been sanctioned for these projects. “These communities will only believe that the old plan is in the bin where it belongs and that the future of these hospitals is viable and secure when money has actually been granted.The Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson also queried the government’s current position with respect to the future of Lifford hospital.Deputy Doherty said: “This is also an important campaign and we badly need those beds too if we are to compliment the new nursing facility planned for Letterkenny.“Minister, when we met at the start of November last we heard good news when we were advised that the old plans to close these hospitals had been revised and we cautiously welcomed it at the time.“The problem is however that we have been told things over and over again by Government Ministers which simply were not true, and we’ve been given answers previously to Dáil Questions only to be informed that the information given was incorrect.” Deputy Doherty highlighted how the local campaigns for assurance on local hospitals appear to be falling on deaf ears.He concluded: “For three years the people of Lifford, Stranorlar and Ramelton have taken to the streets in protest yet they have not yet been allocated any funding – not a bean.“And this Government is continuing to fail to give a commitment as to when this project is going to be signed off on and when it will appoint a design team.”Deputy Gallagher said grave concerns remain amongst the respective communities served by these three community hospitals, and recently over 1,000 people took to the streets of Ballybofey and Stranorlar to show their support for their local hospital. Pat the Cope stated whilst the Minister of State did clearly state on the record of the Dáil today that the plans for St Joseph’s have been changed along with the plans for Ramelton Community Hospital, he failed to commit any finance for the two projects due to the fact the current Capital Plan for the HSE has not yet been finalised.He said “Unfortunately, for Lifford Community Hospital the Government have failed completely to commit to any future for the existing building and the hospital overall and furthermore no decision is to be taken until post 2021 concerning any replacement of the hospital.“This is regrettable news for Lifford and I would urge the Government to reconsider their decision on this matter. Lifford has a clear and identifiable need for a long stay accommodation unit and care unit added Pat the Cope.“In relation to St Joseph’s and Ramelton the reply failed to fully commit to the appointment of a design team, which was already promised but no reference was made to timelines or project team for redeveloping the hospital.“It is, therefore, necessary that the Department of Health and the various Ministers dealing with these hospitals to firm up on what exact decision is taken for inclusion in the capital plan, how many long stay beds are to be retained in these hospitals and when exactly the design works are to commence.“It is just typical of this Government thus far in relation to these three hospitals – whereby everything is promised but nothing is followed through on and even less is actually delivered, this is why in essence so many of the people of Donegal have lost faith in the commitments already given in relation to these hospitals. It is now imperative that all these matters are confirmed.”Anger over lack of commitment on community hospitals was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
QPR boss Mark Hughes is planning an ambitious bid for Barcelona centre-back Andreu Fontas, according to The People.It is claimed talks have begun ahead of a possible £4.5m move for the 22-year-old, who has a year of his Barca contract left to run.Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday pick up on Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran’s imminent loan move.Related West London Sport stories:McEachran poised to complete Boro moveMcEachran expects six-month loan moveAnd Chelsea are tracking Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed that Magpies boss Alan Pardew believes he may get offers for Toite and Yohan Cabaye before the transfer deadline, with Manchester United also said to be interested.The Sunday Mirror also suggest Luka Modric will snub a fresh approach from Chelsea to join Real Madrid from Tottenham, who apparently plan to table another bid for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Ralph, a soybean farmer from Marion County, has been elected to a three-year term on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees to represent District 9, which includes Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union Counties.“I want to congratulate Mike Ralph for being elected to the board,” said Steve Reinhard, OSC chairman and soybean farmer from Crawford County. “He’ll be a great addition to our team and I look forward to working with him.”Ralph farms 4,000 acres of soybean and corn as a partner in Ralph Brothers Farm. He is past president of the Marion County Farm Bureau, a member of the Ohio Soybean Association, has been active with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, and is past president of Ridgedale FFA and a recipient of the American Farmer degree. He is a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Upper Sandusky Masonic Lodge and Ohio Eastern Star. He is a graduate of Ridgedale High School.Ralph will officially be seated on the board during the OSC annual meeting on Nov. 26, 2018.
A lot of discoveries and research work over the past four decades have led to our current understanding of air leakage in buildings. I’ll mention a few here, but I want to focus on one: the MAD AIR paper by John Tooley and Neil Moyer. The full title of the paper was, Mechanical Air Distribution And Interacting Relationships. The first letters of those words spell out MAD AIR.A bit of pressure testing historyIn classes that teach people some basic building science (e.g., BPI Building Analyst, HERS rater), pressure testing is one of the most important topics covered. We teach people how to do blower door tests, duct leakage tests, and a little zonal pressure diagnostics. We show them how duct leakage or closed doors can create pressure differences. And we make the connection between air leakage and comfort, health, durability, and efficiency. But where did all this come from?Home Energy magazine published a nice article on the history of the blower door back in 1995. First developed in Sweden in 1977, the blower door came to America a couple of years later. By 1986, there were 13 companies making this invaluable tool.Also in the late ’70s, Gautam Dutt and his colleagues at Princeton University combined pressure testing with infrared imaging. They called themselves the House Doctors, diagnosing home performance problems and prescribing air sealing remedies. Dutt is also gets credit for discovering the “thermal bypass” while studying heat loss in New Jersey townhouses. RELATED ARTICLESBlower Door BasicsReturn-Air ProblemsAll About Furnaces and Duct SystemsKeeping Ducts IndoorsSealing DuctsResidential CommissioningIs It OK to Close Air Conditioner Vents in Unused Rooms? The 1980s were an exciting time to be doing this research because the new tools gave energy auditors a way to find out what was really going on in our buildings. At first, though, the focus was on air leakage through the building enclosure. They were looking for holes that robbed homes of conditioned air or brought in unwanted unconditioned air.Tooley and Moyer’s MAD AIR researchIn the 1980s, John Tooley and Neil Moyer had a small company called Natural Florida Retrofit, Inc. They were doing pressure testing and fixing homes in central Florida, a hot, humid climate where pretty much everyone has an air conditioner. By the ’80s, those air conditioners were mostly of the central type, with ducts running through attics, garages, and crawl spaces.Tooley and Moyer wrote the MAD AIR paper in 1988, documenting their findings from 371 single family homes. They first found the infiltration rate of the homes (see Image #2, below). Then they looked at what happened to the pressures between inside the home and outside when they did crazy things like turning the air handler on or closing bedroom doors.What they found was that duct leakage can have a big effect on the pressure in a home. They also found that closing bedroom doors can have a big effect. And they correlated these issues with the airtightness of the homes. Here are some of the main takeaways from their paper:Return leakage outside the enclosure causes the house pressure to go positive, which results in conditioned air leaking out.Supply leakage outside the enclosure causes the house pressure to go negative, which results in unconditioned air leaking in.Closing doors to bedrooms that don’t have return vents causes the main part of the house to develop negative pressure and the bedrooms to go positive.If you’ve taken any type of building science class, this should sound familiar. For example, we have sayings for numbers 1 and 2 above: Return leaks blow; supply leaks suck. Now you know where it comes from.One of the most important aspects of their paper was that they saw the implications of these problems. They wrote, “These factors can be major contributors to (1) excessive energy consumption, (2) poor thermal comfort, (3) degradation of building materials and (4) indoor air quality problems (i.e. homeowner health to the possible extent of illness, grave sickness and even death).” They discussed the role of mechanical systems in backdrafting and mold growth, the effects of homeowners closing registers to unused rooms, and more. This was groundbreaking work!Tooley and Moyer weren’t the first ones to do this kind of work. They cite a couple of earlier papers on infiltration and air conditioners. (See page 5 of their paper.) But I believe they may have been the first to put all this together and see how important it was to deal with the mechanical systems and their effect on house pressures and air leakage.At the 2016 Affordable Comfort conference in Austin, I had the honor of moderating a couple of sessions called Insights from Home Performance Veterans. The speakers were Gary Nelson of The Energy Conservatory, David Keefe of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and John Proctor of Proctor Engineering. They shared a lot of great stories of those early days when we learned so much about how buildings work, including Tooley and Moyer’s MAD AIR work.Lstiburek takes it furtherAnd then there’s Joe Lstiburek, who had been doing a lot of building science work during the ’80s as well. He pushed the airtight drywall approach, studied backdrafting, and did a lot of other work to understand the building enclosure.The MAD AIR paper by Tooley and Moyer was an important part of his doctoral research. His PhD thesis is called Toward an Understanding and Prediction of Air Flow in Buildings. The first people he thanked in the acknowledgments were his advisors. The second two mentioned were Tooley and Moyer. Here’s how the abstract begins:“This thesis makes two fundamental arguments in the analysis of air flow in buildings:buildings are complex three dimensional air flow networks driven by complex air pressure relationships; andthe key to understanding air flow in buildings is the building air pressure field.”In short, he took what Tooley and Moyer started and turned it into a full academic exposition of pressure and air flow in buildings. He worked through the pressure differences that drive air movement between indoors and outdoors, often going through interstitial spaces (a word he used 127 times in his thesis).We all owe a big debt of gratitude to the building science pioneers who helped lead us to our current understanding of these principles. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, 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.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#AT&T#Carriers Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts We’ve all been there. You are at a crowded event, taking pictures with your smartphone and trying to share them on Facebook or Twitter but the damn photo just won’t upload. The data network you are using is clogged because too many people are trying to do the exact same thing you are: making phone calls, sending texts, uploading pictures and streaming video. With everybody trying to do the same thing at the same time, nobody can actually do anything.The Big Arena ProblemLike other mobile carriers, AT&T has been working on solving this “big arena” problem for a while. It has been working to improve its DAS – Distributed Antenna System – for several years and has been moving to place it in venues across the country, including Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the TD Garden in Boston. For the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night, AT&T had its DAS system up and running with 11 temporary COWs (Cells On Wheels) towers to help the data flow.So, when the lights went down on the Super Bowl, fans were still theoretically able to make phone calls and tweets to their heart’s delight.Blackout Boosted Data UsageAccording to AT&T, the busiest data traffic came during the halftime show when Beyonce was performing – and during the blackout itself. AT&T users consumed 78GB of data on the in-stadium network during the hour, more than twice what they did during the busiest hour of last year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis. During the 34-minute power outage, AT&T users sent twice as many texts, consumed 10GB of data and made more phone calls than they did at any other hour during the game. This makes perfect sense considering that the users were living in the middle of a live news event and had nothing to do but putz around on their phones while the stadium lights returned. Total data usage for the entire event was 388GB on the in-stadium network. That is a lot of photos, even for the 71,024 officially in attendance at the game (many of which were likely not AT&T users). That was an 80% increase in traffic from the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. In addition, AT&T users made more than 73,000 calls during the Super Bowl. Even if everybody in the stadium was an AT&T user, that is more than one call per person. In likelihood, it was probably more like three or four per AT&T user.Of course, many of these numbers are artificially high because of the extended delay in the middle of the game. Judging data from the Super Bowl or any other singular event can lead to suspect conclusions. But if there is one thing to take away from the Super Bowl in New Orleans in relation to AT&T’s cellular traffic – it is that more and more people have smartphones and they are using them more and more. This was the dominant theme of mobile in 2012 and it continues into 2013 and beyond. Top image: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, courtesy Wikipedia. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Tags:#Companion App#death of Twitter#Dick Costolo#earnings#town square app#twitter#twitter companion#twitter town square Reports of Twitter’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the social network is experiencing slow growth. Sure, Twitter is implementing a slew of changes that will transform it into a website very different from the text-based social network we’ve come to love. And maybe you’ve gotten bored with it. That doesn’t mean we’ll be attending its funeral any time soon. Early adopters will no doubt decry Twitter’s evolution—and I’m one of them. I’m not a fan of the new Twitter that copies features from Facebook with abandon, and I’m definitely not alone. People who have used the service for years have become accustomed to the way it looks and operates; we’ve become the Twitter elite that gets how Twitter works, with all the silly hashtags and Twitter canoes, and we don’t want more people coming in to rock the boat. See Also: Why Twitter’s Facebook Obsession Is UnhealthyThe thing is, Twitter can’t be considered a dead social network until it has time to live among the masses. And to appeal to a larger audience—one that isn’t just tech bloggers, media, early adopters and their ilk—it needs to change.Twitter, as we know it, might be dying. But much like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, Twitter needs to experience radical change before it can really fly. Not A Town Crier, But A Friendly CompanionTwitter CEO Dick Costolo has historically referred to his social network as a “town square,” with millions of people sharing news and events with each other in 140-character spurts in real time. But Costolo dropped his metaphor during Twitter’s first quarter earnings call on Tuesday.“We think of Twitter as this companion experience to what’s happening in the world,” he said.Twitter itself is acknowledging the changes. It’s come to realize the “town square” metaphor doesn’t resonate with the masses, and it needs to reposition itself as an accompaniment to, rather than an authority on, what’s happening around its users.Twitter as a companion service means that people don’t necessarily have to tweet or contribute all the time just to enjoy the greater community that solely exists on Twitter.The company’s move to become the most popular “second screen” experience is a perfect example. Twitter wants to be the application everyone is using while watching television, but that doesn’t necessarily mean people must tweet simultaneously. Sometimes just following their favorite celebrities’ statuses or reading hashtag threads will be enough.For instance, on Monday’s “The Voice,” banter between coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine found its way to Twitter. Shelton tweeted rival coach Levine’s cell phone number, which was retweeted almost 40,000 times. As a fan of “The Voice,” watching the duo tease each other without being privy to it firsthand might produce a bit of FOMO—or fear of missing out—and could prompt new Twitter users to sign up just to take part in the fun.Twitter also announced Tuesday it has grown to 255 million monthly active users, up from 241 million last quarter. Still, investors don’t feel Twitter is growing fast enough: Those growth numbers fell below analyst expectations, and as a result, Twitter shares fell shortly after the company released its earnings.An Expected ShiftIndeed, Twitter has a slow growth problem, but it’s not for lack of awareness. Twitter is unavoidable: Tweets are embedded on news outlets around the world, broadcasters read tweets while calling sporting events, and it’s almost impossible to watch live television without seeing an advertisement incorporate a hashtag or an @-mention. People are aware of Twitter, they just don’t know how—or why—they should use it.The company has made significant changes to its core product in an effort attract a broader audience and boost user growth. Most notably, the company completely redesigned user profiles by ripping off a more user-friendly service—Facebook. The Facebookification of Twitter certainly has its downsides—we don’t want another place for friends. But as its slow growth demonstrates, Twitter, as it is right now, isn’t enough. Twitter also hinted at more tweaks to its direct message product, a feature that has seen its own share of updates in recent months. A more robust messaging service that complements its companion app strategy will hopefully encourage even more people to use the application.Try as it might to convince users otherwise, Twitter still faces an identity problem. It’s struggling to become a must-have application for everyone, while those of us who rely on it for news and events are slowly becoming dissatisfied with the way it seems to be diluting itself to appeal to a broader audience.Twitter is taking a risk—it’s making changes to get more people on the service that alienate the people that helped build it up in the first place. It’s a risk Twitter is willing to take, because getting the next 255 million people on Twitter is worth making a few dedicated users very unhappy.Lead image courtesy of NYSE The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Two runners step up the starting line.The first runner is wearing the most technologically advanced, aerodynamic running gear ever created. It reduces drag by 14% as compared with any other fabric used to make running clothes. It is the best and most expensive running gear available.The second runner is wearing the cheapest, least aerodynamic sweat suit available. It is very old and worn, and purchased it at a retailer because of its low price. It’s embarrassing.The first runner is wearing the newest shoes made by the finest running shoe manufacturer on Earth. Not only do they weigh less than any other shoe by the widest of margins, they also do more to protect the runners feet and legs from fatigue. The best runners run longer and faster in these shoes.The second runner is wearing an ordinary pair of cheap running shoes. They are nowhere near as light as the first runner’s shoes, nor do they do anything to protect this runner’s feet or legs from fatigue. There is no evidence that any runner is faster in these shoes, and there is good reason to believe the heavier weight reduces performance.The first runner has a sports drink specifically designed to provide everything a runner needs to improve their performance, including the electrolytes and other minerals that have proven under rigorous, scientific study to improve performance against any other liquid one might consume while running.The second runner has water. Not even bottled water. The water this runner intends to drink is tap water from their kitchen sink.The first runner is wearing the best running watch and heart rate monitor, allowing this runner to manage their heart rate and their split times, and a host of other measurements important to winning a race. This runner looks like a world champion.The second runners has no watch or heart rate monitor, and is wearing wrist bands and a head band that makes them look like something straight out of 1974.Which runner wins the race?How You LoseThe first runner, the one with all the professional gear, is poorly trained, has incredibly bad form and, despite the appearances to the contrary, isn’t a very experienced or fast runner. This runner has never done the work it takes to run this race—or any like it.The second runner, despite their lack of gear and their appearance, is well-trained, has perfect form, has years of experiencing racing, and is very fast over long distances, having done all the work necessary to have achieved this state.It’s Not the GearThere is no gear or tool available to you that will allow you make up for a lack of the fundamentals of success necessary in any human endeavor. Trying to replace the mindset and skill sets with the accoutrements is a fool’s errand. Worse still, avoiding doing the work necessary to build the competencies required of you is not only negligent, it’s how you push the results you want further away from you into a future that cannot arrive without you doing what is necessary to bring it to life.