Midfielder ‘considers’ future

first_imgRaul Meireles is considering his Chelsea future, according to The Sun.It is claimed the Portugal midfielder was unhappy at being substituted against Stoke and with the way Andre Villas-Boas was undermined before being sacked as manager.Meireles is now said to be contemplating his next move – just seven months after moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool for £11m.Fulham boss Martin Jol is keeping tabs on 23-year-old Lens left-back Zakarya Bergdich, the Daily Mirror sayMeanwhile, the Daily Telegraph and The Sun’s showbiz section report Joey Barton’s anger at his new home apparently being occupied by squatters.The QPR captain made his disgust clear on Twitter yesterday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants’ rookie gets a battery-mate boost — and Garcia even helps him with bat

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As Shaun Anderson made his Major League debut Wednesday, he could take solace in the friendly face behind the dish.Aramis Garcia has caught the bulk of Anderson’s starts for Triple-A Sacramento since the 24-year-old right-hander was acquired from Boston in 2017 — serving as a key piece of the Eduardo Nunez trade.Now Garcia was there for the Giants’ top pitching prospect’s big league debut — and even did his part to support him with the bat, hitting a two-run homer to left in …last_img read more

Hidden Creatures FAQ

first_imgUncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 13 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can.How do I play?From June 27 through July 25, earn up to 13 mythical creature souvenirs by finding geocaches and attending events. How do I participate?Go geocaching and attend events! Earn a point for every cache or event you log. Each Hidden Creature souvenir is valued at a certain number of points. Once you reach that amount, earn the associated souvenir. View your Hidden Creatures progress in the Geocaching® app or on the Hidden Creatures site.Is Hidden Creatures in the Geocaching® app?Yes! Visit your profile in the app and select “Hidden Creatures” to view your progress.Can I join Hidden Creatures at any time?Of course! You can earn all 13 souvenirs as long as you log caches and attend events before July 25.How can I earn points?Log a cache or attend an event, receive one point per log.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you one point.Are the points cumulative?Yes! If you find one geocache or attend one event you earn the Bigfoot souvenir. When you find two more caches you earn the Fairy souvenir.Does Hidden Creatures incorporate the Friend League?Hidden Creatures does not incorporate the Friend League, but you can still use Friend League to keep track of friends’ geocaching activity. Friend League will return and be used for other gameplay purposes in the future.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. Souvenirs appear on your profile under the Souvenir tab and also in the Souvenir section in the app. For iOS users, access your souvenirs from the Profile tab in the Geocaching® app. For Android users, access your souvenirs from the More menu in the upper left hand corner.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedUncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News”Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Google Earth Goes to the Moon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Google has just enabled a model of the moon in Google Earth. Moon in Google Earth features a 3D model of the moon with both current and historic images, panoramic, street view-like photos, and models of numerous lunar landers, as well as guided tours with videos (one narrated by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin). Google unveiled this new layer at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. today. Any user of Google Earth 5.0 can now roam around the moon without the need to update the program. Just click on the planet button in the top toolbar and select ‘Moon.’It’s worth noting that Google Moon already offered a Google Maps-like experience since 2005, but the 3D-view and the higher degree of interactivity (especially thanks to the embedded videos from Spacecraft Films) makes Google Earth a far better vehicle for these images. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting After Mars, the moon is the second planet in Google Earth’s repertoire, and it shows how extensible the software really is. Just a few months ago, Google also unveiled the Ocean layer in Google Earth, which gives users access to an area that we probably know even less about than Mars and the moon. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014

first_imgAccording to the latest study from Juniper Research, the market for cloud-based mobile applications will grow 88% from 2009 to 2014. The market was just over $400 million this past year, says Juniper, but by 2014 it will reach $9.5 billion. Driving this growth will be the adoption of the new web standard HTML5, increased mobile broadband coverage and the need for always-on collaborative services for the enterprise. Cloud Apps in your PocketMobile cloud computing is a term that refers to an infrastructure where both the data storage and the data processing happen outside of the mobile device from which an application is launched. To the typical consumer, a cloud-based mobile application looks and feels just like any app purchased or downloaded from a mobile application store like iTunes. However, the app is driven from the “cloud,” not from the handheld device itself. There are already a few well-known mobile cloud apps out there including Google’s Gmail and Google Voice for iPhone. When launched via iPhone homescreen shortcuts, these apps perform just like any other app on the iPhone, but all of their processing power comes from the cloud. In the future, there will be even more applications like these available, but they won’t necessarily be mobilized web sites like those in Google’s line-up. Cloud-based mobile apps are perfectly capable of being packaged in a way that allows them to be sold alongside traditional mobile apps in mobile application stores, with no one but the developers any wiser. HTML5 Paves the Way for Mobile Web’s FutureEarlier this year, ABI Research released a future-watching report called Mobile Cloud Computing which comes to many of the same conclusions as the new Juniper Research report. Where they both agree is on how HTML5 technology and the mobilized enterprise will help drive this trend forward. Specifically, HTML5, the proposed standard for the next version web markup language (the core language used to create the web), offers offline data caching. That means cloud-based mobile apps can behave just like their device-based cousins: when the Internet connection goes down, the app still works. In addition, HTML5-enabled apps resuming from cached mode only pull down the data from the server that changed during the time they were offline. That reduces server load which is a critical need in delivering mobile apps to developing nations and other regions where network coverage and connectivity is poor. Enterprise Drives Mobile GrowthLike the earlier report from ABI, Juniper also sees the enterprise as a major force behind the move to the cloud. 75% of the mobile cloud-based application market is enterprise, notes the report. Mobile apps allow corporate users to access company data, share files, collaborate on projects and more via their smartphones. This business need will help fund the growth and development of the mobile cloud-based app market. However, although enterprise will drive this growth, consumer-oriented apps will benefit, too. Over the next four years, these apps will comprise an increasing proportion of the total revenues with business plans that involve subscription-based content and mobile advertising.The Power of the Cloud: ScaleFinally, the Juniper Report notes that the processing power of the cloud itself is also key to the future of mobile. Cloud-based mobile apps can scale far beyond the capabilities of any smartphone. Instead of being limited to the data storage and processing power contained in a mobile device, cloud apps have all the power of a server-based computing infrastructure accessible through an app’s mobile interface. This not only allows owners of low-cost “feature phones” (non-smartphones) the ability to access the same mobile applications used on more advanced platforms, it also allows the apps themselves to become more powerful and capable of more. Cloud Apps in Relation to the Mobile Marketplace What’s interesting about the dollar amount assigned to this trend – $9.5 billion by 2014 – is how that number compares to other analyst estimates for the mobile application store business as a whole. At the beginning of this year, Gartner researchers estimated that the app store businesses would generate nearly $7 billion this year and would reach $29.5 billion by 2013. Assumingly, it will grow even more by 2014 when the mobile cloud-based application market is expected to near $9.5 billion. In light of that comparison, the mobile cloud-based application trend seems impactful but perhaps less disruptive to the market as whole as is being purported. It appears there will still be plenty of room for both traditional, device-based apps and mobile cloud-based apps in the near future.  Tags:#Analysis#cloud computing#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Can Buildings Take Vacation Too?

first_imgThis question has come up several times in the last few years: what sort of moisture issues do we need to be concerned about if a building is “shut down” for an extended period of time? First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page about what it means to “shut down” a home. I have been asked about all three of these scenarios:Complete, intentional shutdown: In this scenario there are no occupants living in the home for an extended period of time. Both power and water are turned off and the building is prepped with all water lines drained, the boiler/furnace shut down, antifreeze placed in any plumbing traps, etc. See Fine Homebuilding’s “Shutting down a house for winter” for an example, or this Chicago Tribune article: “A checklist for closing up a second home.”Temperature setback: Again, the homeowners will be away from the house for some time, but instead of shutting everything down, they choose to set the temperature back just far enough to prevent pipes from freezing and keep power supplied to critical loads.Power outage:  Occupants remain in home without power—not by choice.This article is primarily meant to discuss concerns about the first scenario, but let’s quickly address the other two:Temperature setback are riskyThis is a very tricky proposition unless you are checking in on the home on a regular basis to make sure that you indeed are not setting the thermostat back too far. I often hear of setbacks in cold climates to 50°F,  but bear in mind that the temperature at the thermostat can be significantly different than the temperature at piping runs squirreled away in cabinets and chases.Power outage are out of your controlWe can only hope that having no running water, electrical power, or gas/propane is a short-term proposition and frankly, moisture issues—particularly moisture generation from occupants—are really far from the top of your worry list.When leaving your home empty, consider how it may get wetA home put on total hold for say, three months in the winter? Let’s break this situation down based on the four ways that a building can get wet: liquid water (bulk and capillary) and vapor (air leaks and diffusion).Bulk water and capillary action: The forces driving liquid water can and do act on a building regardless of its mode. Bulk water is driven by gravity and wind while capillary water is driven by porous materials in direct contact with each other (with one of them seeing liquid water, usually at the footing or slab). If you have managed bulk and capillary water with continuous control layers, they work just as well when the building is shutdown as when it is occupied. It is true that if you have not managed these moisture sources well, an unconditioned building will certainly dry much more slowly than a conditioned one, but the real problem extends to and beyond the periods of shutdown.Vapor through air leakage: The forces driving air leakage are stack effect, mechanical system pressures, and wind. Stack effect is driven by the indoor/outdoor temperature difference (delta T). If the indoor and outdoor temperature difference is zero or slight, this is not much of a driving force. If the home is without power, there are no fans running. That leaves wind; there is not much we can do about this driving force; it won’t change based on our building’s mode.Vapor through diffusion: Vapor pressure differences between spaces—most importantly between the inside and outside of the building—are the driving force for diffusion. Both temperature and relative humidity differences (warm-to-cold and high-to-low) combine to move vapor by diffusion. But with the building not being actively heated or cooled, the building will largely equilibrate with the outdoor vapor pressure. As long as there are no new or continued sources of moisture working on or inside the building, there simply is little vapor drive from either inside to out, or outside to in.For both leaking air and diffusion, we are most worried when the vapor is cooled to or close to dewpoint. With the building neither heated or cooled, it is approximating the heat and moisture content of the air outside, so driving forces are minimal and opportunities for condensation are also minimal.What about seals: liquid sealant, PSA tapes, gaskets?Our continuous water and air control layers are dependent on these seals. If each of these has been installed properly, they are capable of withstanding temperature ranges equal to or greater than what your shut down building will experience. In fact, it is likely that during a building shutdown, they will cycle less frequently and less dramatically than when your building is up and running.Shades and shutters: open or closed?This is an interesting question. Heat gain through windows can warm the shutdown building during a sunny day, but will likely increase heat loss on cloudy days and at night. In the overall scheme of things, shade and shutter positions during a building shutdown are likely more about security than what they contribute to the hygrothermal positioning of the building.What about expansion and contraction with very different relative humidity and temperatures during building shut down? Most building materials expand and contract more with moisture content changes than with temperature changes. The good news is that with a building in shut down mode, temperature changes inside the building may occasionally change relatively rapidly, but moisture changes will change slowly. You may have building contents that have demanding hygrothermal requirements—artwork, musical instruments, rare books and photos—but building materials are far more likely to safely accommodate these changes.Case study: Southern VT retired couple go abroad each winterThe main house is on a full foundation; there is a small sunroom addition to the left that is on a crawlspace foundation.A year or so ago, I got a call about this 1930s home because of some moisture issues in the basement. The basement was indeed damp, but not wet—there was high humidity but no standing water.I conducted my building assessment in mid-October 2018; this image shows the temperature and moisture profile of the basement.There was high moisture content in wood in direct contact with the slab.There were several posts bearing directly on the basement concrete slab (no capillary break), with this one at 16.3% the lowest in moisture content.This basement post was wettest at the base at 27.2% moisture content by weight.There was efflorescence on the exterior concrete walls.Efflorescence on the concrete foundation walls indicates moisture making its way into the basement, at least intermittently.But the sill beams in direct contact with the top of the foundation walls were all well below 15% moisture content by weight.Despite the sill beam bearing directly on the brick foundation wall with no capillary break, it was quite dry.Even sill beam measurements right where efflorescence covered the brick and beam, moisture readings were completely acceptable.There was a basement dehumidifier but it ran pretty sporadically—like most dehumidifiers not drained but governed by a float valve shutoff.While I did not do a blower door test on the home, I was sure that it was quite leaky and fully expected to find moisture problems in the attic connected to the moisture source in the basement and driven by wintertime stack effect. Indeed, the attic floor was insulated with air permeable cavity insulation with no air barrier but there were no indications of any moisture problems: no mold, no moisture stains, no musty odor.As I was explaining to the homeowners the importance of continuously managing the moisture in their basement because in the winter it can end up in their attic, and expressing some surprise that there were no indications of moisture issues in the attic, they stopped me. “Would it make a difference that we are gone about 4 months each winter?” they asked.For the last 10 or so years, the retired couple has been working and traveling abroad, carefully shutting down their home, and only having someone clear snow to get into the house to manage their mice problem. They don’t throw the house electrical panel breaker—because they have rooftop PV—but they disconnect or shut down everything, including their boiler and domestic water heater.I asked about any moisture issues when they return each year in late March or early April: surface mold, condensation stains, musty odors. “Nope. The only thing we do when we get back is break out all the bed linens, blankets, and towels from airtight storage, and shiver a bit for the couple or so hours it takes for the house to warm up.”Note that the home has plenty of windows on the south side, particularly on the 2nd floor. While the homeowners are gone in the winter, all shades are up everywhere, so lots of daytime solar gain on the south side, but also lots of heat loss through all the windows at night.Monitoring a home on vacationI asked the homeowners if this year, could I monitor temperature and relative humidity in their home to see just what happens during the winter when they are gone? They were more than happy to oblige.HOBO data logger installed on the 2nd floor on an interior wall.I installed four HOBO temperature and relative humidity data loggers in their home on October 18: one each in the basement, first floor, second floor, and outside in the shelter of their back porch. The loggers are on a delayed start for December 3; the couple leaves for the winter on December 4. I will retrieve the data loggers sometime in April 2020 when they return and report back on what I think will be the first published data on the temperature and relative humidity profile of a home on hygrothermal vacation.-Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. Photos courtesy of the author.last_img read more

Factual Friday

first_imgThis post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog. The photo was found on the U.S. Air Force’s Flickr photostream.last_img

Pawar didn’t act to bring back Dawood, says Ambedkar

first_imgThe Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar on Tuesday hit out at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar, alleging he took no steps to bring back gangster Dawood Ibrahim despite his offer to surrender.“The proposal had gone through the then Rajya Sabha member, Ram Jethmalani. I too was a member of the Upper House and we were friends. He mentioned this to me. It was up to the Prime Minister to decide on what terms and conditions the mafia don could have been brought back. He (Pawar) must clarify whether he had informed the then PM (P.V. Narasimha Rao) or kept the information to himself,” said Mr. Ambedkar. Despite Dawood’s offer to surrender in 1993, the then Chief Minister, Mr. Pawar, took no steps in the matter, he said..This is not the first time Mr. Pawar’s opponents have raised the issue of Dawood Ibrahim to target him during the elections. In the late 1990s, Bharatiya Janata Party leader, the late Gopinath Munde, too had made similar claims. However, the allegations were never investigated despite the BJP-Shiv Sena government coming to the power in the State. “This is being done to help the Bharatiya Janata Party in the elections. Sharad Pawar has repeatedly made it clear in the past that the terms and conditions on which the fugitive criminal sought to surrender were not acceptable to the government,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Moreover, Mr. Malik asked, if Mr. Jethmalani was such a nationalist, why did he not inform Interpol about meeting Dawood. “Later, he was Union minister and there was a BJP government twice in the Centre and State. Why could they not get Dawood to surrender? Did Mr. Jethmalani ever raise the issue with the BJP government?” Mr. Malik asked.Mr. Ambedkar’s statement comes a day after his former associate, Justice (retd) B.G. Kolse-Patil raised doubts over forming a third front. “If we do not ally with the Congress and the NCP, I cannot see how we can defeat the ruling BJP,” he had said.last_img read more

Restorative Justice Deemed Effective in Reducing Reoffending

first_imgStory Highlights “What is happening now is that we have instances where offenders are becoming Restorative Justice Volunteers [and] are now helping individuals to heal and go about their lives,” she said. Meanwhile, the Ministry, through the Unit, will this year host a series of restorative justice training sessions for 1500 beneficiaries, inclusive of school administrators, Justices of the Peace, members of the clergy, and probation and police officers. Restorative Justice is regarded as effective in reducing likelihood of offences being recommitted.This is according to Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Kahilah Whyte.“What is happening now is that we have instances where offenders are becoming Restorative Justice Volunteers [and] are now helping individuals to heal and go about their lives,” she said.Between December 2018 and January 2019, the Ministry, through the Unit convened 810 Restorative Justice Dispute Resolution Sessions (referred to as a Conferences) with a success rate of 85.3 per cent. The Ministry hopes to increase this to 90 per cent by 2020.“What Restorative Justice provides is that further healing, that further opportunity to look at all the grey shades, because it’s not just black or white with the restorative justice process,” Dr. Whyte further stated.She was speaking with JIS News at the 10th Conference on Restorative Justice at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 8.Dr. Whyte said restorative justice can also aid in reducing the backlog of court cases.A total of 637 of the 810 restorative justice dispute sessions held were cases referred from the courts, in an attempt to reduce the backlog.Meanwhile, the Ministry, through the Unit, will this year host a series of restorative justice training sessions for 1500 beneficiaries, inclusive of school administrators, Justices of the Peace, members of the clergy, and probation and police officers.Restorative Justice (RJ) is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to collectively resolve the underlying issues and resulting harm.It focuses on holding offenders accountable and aids them to reintegrate in their communities by providing a sense of healing for both themselves and the victims. She was speaking with JIS News at the 10th Conference on Restorative Justice at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 8.last_img read more

Ganja Cultivation Project for Small Farmers to Begin by March – PM

first_img The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019. “It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019.The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors.“It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said.“So this programme is of significant importance to ensure that small farmers, and, in fact, communities like Accompong, where there is certain discipline, a certain order, a certain social system that will ensure that it is not used in illicit ways, will benefit,” he added.He was speaking at the Accompong Maroons’ 281st celebration of the signing of the peace treaty with the British and to commemorate the birthday of legendary leader Cudjoe, on Sunday (January 6), in the Maroon village, St. Elizabeth.The Prime Minister said he has received the commitment of the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, that the programme will begin within the first quarter of this year.“I know that you have actually started your part of the programme, but you are now awaiting the Government’s part of the programme to commence. I had a word with him (Minister Shaw) and he gave me a commitment that the Alternative Development Programme for the small ganja farmers to produce for the legal trade will start,” he said.The 1998 Action Plan, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides for the inclusion of a programme, such as the ADP, through specifically designed rural development measures consistent with sustained national economic growth.The programme will be administered by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries with oversight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).Among the stipulations are the tagging of plants under a track and trace mechanism; sale of products through licensed processors; farmers’ alignment to community-based associations/organisations; accommodating special groups, such as the Maroons and Rastafarians; and that maximum cultivation should not exceed half an acre per farmer.last_img read more