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Testing your credit union’s business continuity plan

first_img continue reading » You may already have a written business continuity plan, but how can you make sure that it actually works? At Ongoing Operations, we’ve developed a couple of methods to ensure that plans remain foolproof in practice as well as in theory.If you’ve ever watched The A-Team, either the original or the reboot, you may remember Hannibal, the leader of the group. While everyone plays their role, Hannibal made plans to keep everybody out of trouble, even when things got dangerous. Normally, we don’t condone taking business advice from old blockbuster movies, but why not take wisdom where you can? During a helicopter chase in the reboot, Hannibal explains to his team that incomplete planning is one of the largest oversights one can make: “one step ahead of the game isn’t a plan,” he warns, “two to three steps ahead, beating an enemy’s move before it’s even made, that’s a plan.”Hannibal is right. In our years of experience, we’ve seen a lot of faulty or short-sighted plans. Often, we see plans that cover only one scenario, such as a pandemic, or a loss of power or connectivity. It’s great to plan for such setbacks, but they cover only a small set of problems that might arise. For example, in the event that the bank must work in offline mode, you’ll want to see that you can still perform offline processing or accept applications. Or, in the event of a pandemic, you’ll take a look at your employees and how they can minimize contact with each other while maintaining effective practices. A plan that addresses only systemic problems such as connectivity, or a plan that addresses only personnel problems such as a pandemic, would be incomplete because they don’t address broader resultant consequences. In essence, a continuity plan needs to address more than one root cause of business failure. Such plans may be “one step ahead of the game,” but they’re not really plans. Not yet. We advise establishing plans that cover a broad array of setbacks or disasters. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Women’s basketball starts season with Montana State

first_imgSenior guard Sadie Edwards squares up to take a 3-point shot in a game against Arizona at the Galen Center. Photo by Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanUSC women’s basketball begins a new season against Montana State on Friday, but the team is full of recognizable faces. Even head coach Mark Trakh, who replaced Cynthia Cooper-Dyke after her resignation last season, has been around the block before. He coached the USC women’s team from 2005 to 2009, leading the Trojans to two straight NCAA tournament appearances. After spending the last six years at New Mexico State, Trakh feels back at home.“I’m really happy,”  Trakh said. “It’s a great institution, it’s a great place to coach, the tradition and everything. It was a great five years when I was here the first time, getting to know everybody and I’m really, really excited to be back. It’s a dream job.”As Trakh gets set for his second tenure as head coach, he inherits an experienced roster that showed flashes of potential last season. Four of the team’s five projected starters played significant minutes in 2016-17, but the fifth is no rookie. Sixth-year senior Jordan Adams tore her ACL five games into last season and was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. The versatile guard holds career averages of 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists.“She joked with me, ‘I think you recruited me the first time you were here,’” Trakh said. “She’s a great kid, the glue that holds us all together.” In addition to Adams, senior Sadie Edwards (9.2 points per game), sophomore Minyon Moore (2017 Pac-12 All-Freshman), and junior Aliyah Mazyck (40 3-pointers made) make up an accomplished and battle-tested collection of guards. The backcourt, however, will have to replace the 3-point production of Courtney Jaco, who graduated last spring. Jaco is second all-time in school history for 3-pointers.“She’s obviously one of the best shooters in the history of the University of Southern California,” Edwards said. “That’s no easy task, but Aliyah has been in the gym improving, she’s been shooting the ball extremely well. Having Jordan back will help stretch the floor, and I have been in the gym working really hard on [my 3-point shot].” In the frontcourt, senior Kristen Simon returns, bringing back her powerful, bruising style of play. She looks to build on an All-Pac-12 year in 2017, in which she averaged 14.6 points a game and recorded 10 double-doubles. Last season under Cooper-Dyke’s leadership, the Trojans raced to an impressive start finishing 9-2 in their non-conference slate. But the team quickly crumbled in Pac-12 play, losing seven of their first eight match-ups. They finished with a 14-16 record and a last place conference finish. “This year, we have a lot more excitement and energy on the floor,” Adams said. “I just think this coaching staff really stresses family and togetherness. If we can play like that, play together and share the ball, then we’re going to be alright.”While so many aspects of the Women of Troy look familiar as they enter their 2017-18 campaign, Trakh has noticed at least one difference from when he last coached the team nearly a decade ago.“All the facilities have upgraded a lot,” Trakh said. “But basically, it’s just the same special place that I left.”last_img read more

Wellington to host Circle tonight in basketball; soup dinner starts at 5; other Sumner games scheduled

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School boys and girls basketball teams will be hosting their second home games of the season when Circle comes to town tonight. There will be a soup dinner as a Washington Elementary fundraiser, starting at 5 p.m. until completion in the high school commons.The choice of soup will be chicken and noodles, baked potato, chili, ham and beans with cornbread, crackers and dessert.The schedule of the Wellington and Sumner games tonight are as follows: Circle at Wellington:“C” Team Boys & Girls – 4:15 p.m.JV Boys – 5:45 p.m.Varsity Girls – 6 p.m.JV Girls – 7:30 p.m.Varsity Boys – 7:30 p.m.Sumner County games:Cheney at Belle PlaineConway Springs at BluestemGoessel at ArgoniaOxford at CaldwellUdall at South Haven.last_img read more

Yuzvendra Chahal posts video of intense workout – and Yuvraj Singh trolls him!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@yuzi_chahal)/IndiatimesAdvertisement 5tdv2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss017bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecdei( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2kq65Would you ever consider trying this?😱ws4pCan your students do this? 🌚evatRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian Cricket Team icon Yuzvendra Chahal stays very active on social media, and his latest post to gather the attention of the fans are another of his training drills, which he often shares with the netizens from the gym. However this time, the spin bowler is doing his workout at home, as the COVID-19 crisis has made gyms unavailable. However, the video gets a special attention from a former legendary cricketer- Yuvraj Singh joins in with his usual funny banter!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@yuzi_chahal)/IndiatimesYuzvendra Chahal is a known workout freak, and even in the current situation, the international cricketer has a number of dumbbells at his disposal. In a video shared on his official Twitter handle yesterday, Chahal was seen doing squats, rows and shoulder raises with dumbbells.The clip came with an inspirational caption: “The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow..!! 🤝💪” Check it out below-Advertisement The Men in Blue fan base is pretty familiar with Chahal’s regular uploads of his training drills, and they stormed the comments with appreciation, as the video already gathered over 74k views and 9.7k likes.However, the twist came with Yuvraj Singh. The retired all rounder is famous for his trolls and leg pulls on his teammates and compatriots, and this time, the 38 year old took a witty dig at Chahal, comparing him to a ‘chuhey’, which translates to ‘mouse’ in Hindi.“Oh bale oh tere chuhey 🐭 💪🏼” Yuvi commented on the clip. In the current lock down, Chahal and Yuvraj’s activities aren’t just limited to workout and banters. Both the stars have done their part in India’s fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.Back in April, Yuvi announced on Twitter that he had contributed Rs 50 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund.Chahal, a former international youth chess player, took part in an online fundraising chess tournament named “Chess For Charity”, organised by chess.com on 25th April. The tournament, which also featured international icons like Viswanathan Anand, Tania Sachdev and Antonio Radic, had raised n amount of Rs 8.86 lakh.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-AIBA accuses BFI of unpaid fees; threatens suspension! Advertisementlast_img read more

Butterfly Wings Flash Shiny Optical Tricks

first_imgYou can get brilliant colors without pigment if you build patterns near the wavelengths of light.  Butterflies have the trick down to a science.  Their wings shimmer and shine with brilliant colors produced by nanostructures that scientists want to imitate.    Science Daily told how butterflies and moths, even the white-winged varieties, use nanostructures to produce brilliant colors and brighter whites.  Marco Giraldo, a new PhD at the University of Groningen, has made understanding the optical principles his project.  Scientists still do not understand exactly how the nanostructures work; for instance, they do not know how precise wavelengths are absorbed, and others reflected.  “Giraldo is the first to clarify how the colour of these butterflies is influenced by the nanostructural characteristics.”  His research has already turned up some design marvels:Giraldo also discovered that the wings of [Cabbage] Whites are constructed in a surprisingly effective way.  Both sides of the wings have two layers of overlapping scales that reflect light.  The more scales there are, the more light is reflected.  This light reflection is very important as butterflies want to be seen. Giraldo discovered that these two layers form an optimal construction: with more than two layers the reflection may be improved, but the wing would become disproportionately heavy.Surprisingly, the males and females absorb UV light differently, allowing the sexes to recognize one another.    Young fashion-conscious teens may be the beneficiaries of this research.  “It may be possible to apply the nanostructures observed in butterflies to create impressive optic effects in paint, varnish, cosmetics, packaging materials and clothes,” the article ended.  “Industry is thus following butterfly wing research with great interest.”Much great scientific work is being done without any reference to Darwin and his Tinker Bell tale.  The Darwiniacs are wrong to think the US will fall behind in science unless his bacteria-to-man story is taught as fact.  On the contrary; unlatching the old ball and chain will be liberating to the real scientists.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s Constitution Hill

first_imgThe multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.The Constitutional Court features powerful symbolism and an extensive art collection. (Image: Constitution Hill)Brand South Africa ReporterConstitution Hill, overlooking the city of Johannesburg, is more than just the site of South Africa’s Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters.The multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.A multi-purpose, multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of the city, Constitution Hill was built on the 100-acre site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them – were once detained.Nowhere is the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy told as it is at Constitution Hill, witness to a century of South African history.Interactive experiencesThrough guided tours and exhibitions that have been designed as interactive experiences, visitors can learn about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which the country’s freedom was won and is now protected.Tours take in the visitor decks of the Constitutional Court, where visitors can experience a real court case, as well as the court’s extraordinary collection of South African artworks, as well as three prison museums: Number Four, the Women’s Gaol and the Old Fort.The Old Fort, built in 1893, is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and was used as a fortress by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War. Nelson Mandela was the only black prisoner to be held in this “whites only” prison.A journey to the section of the Old Fort complex reserved for black men, Number Four, deepens one’s understanding of how the apartheid system made criminals of “non-whites”. Number Four was once home to prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe and the students of the 1976 Soweto uprising.The grace of the Victorian-style building housing the Women’s Gaol – where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held – belies the pain and suffering that occurred within its walls.‘The Robben Island of Johannesburg’The complex housing these prisons was the place where more representatives of South Africa’s diverse communities were jailed for fighting for freedom than anywhere else in the country.For decades, thousands of prisoners streamed through the complex’s “delousing” chambers, were made to do the humiliating “Tauza” dance, were beaten and abused in the notorious Number Four prison for black men, were held for months in dirty, overcrowded conditions in the Awaiting Trial Block, were stripped of their underclothes and their dignity in the Women’s Gaol.The complex saw it all: from rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century to striking mineworkers, Defiance Campaigners, Treason Trialists, and youths caught up in the Soweto Uprisings.Both the famous and the infamous were incarcerated here: war rebels, political activists, notorious gangsters and criminals. Activists were usually held as awaiting trial prisoners and then sent off to Robben Island or Pretoria to serve jail terms.Most of those imprisoned at the complex, however, were ordinary people arrested in their droves every day under the apartheid government’s Pass Laws restricting the movement of black people.Brewing beer – an illegal activity if you were black – also landed many women in jail. Still others were arrested for having sex across the colour bar or for homosexual sex.And black men lived in dread of Number Four, with its chilling Ekhulukhuthu (the deep hole) isolation cells.‘Gandhi: prisoner of conscience’Besides the regular temporary exhibitions at Constitution Hill, two permanent exhibitions focus on the lives of two of the great 20th century fighters for the rights of the oppressed, both of whom spent time within the Old Fort.The exhibition “Gandhi: prisoner of conscience” focuses on the years Mahatma Gandhi spent in Johannesburg, from 1902 until 1914, when he left South Africa at the age of 46. It was during this time that Gandhi formulated and refined his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy, and was transformed from a shy lawyer into an extraordinary leader of international stature.The exhibition details the experiences that shaped his development by means of photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material. Gandhi’s transformation is symbolised in the changes in his attire – from a besuited lawyer to rough prison garb to a simple cotton tunic on his departure for India in 1914.Gandhi said of his experiences in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.”Mandela is quoted on the walls of the exhibition as saying: “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.”Nelson Mandela’s prison cellHoused in the cell where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, the other permanent exhibition documents the time that Mandela spent at Robben Island as well as at the Old Fort.Mandela spent two weeks in the Awaiting Trial Block, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial.And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from Number Four, where the other black male prisoners were kept.Here, in his meticulously reconstructed cell, the various pictures and objects on display include a stack of wooden boxes that form but a small sample of the 76 boxes used to hold the 70 000-plus pieces of correspondence between Mandela and the prison authorities over the 27-and-a-half years of his imprisonment.He frequently wrote letters on behalf of his fellow inmates protesting against regulations disallowing books for study or complaining about the quality of the food. One letter of complaint runs to 25 pages. Some of the letters were written in Afrikaans, the mother tongue of the prison bosses.Two videos run constantly as part of the exhibition. The first one, filmed in April 1977, some 13 years into Mandela’s life sentence on Robben Island, records an official visit in which the prison authorities invited the foreign press to visit the island.The second, from December 2003, shows Mandela arriving at the newly built Constitutional Court, built below the Old Fort, and being welcomed by the then chief justice of the court, Arthur Chaskalson.For full visitor information, as well as information about special programmes, exhibitions and venue hire, visit www.constitutionhill.org.za.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Choosing the Right Water-Resistive Barrier

first_imgThese products are apples and orangesIce & Water Shield, as David Meiland points out, is considered a roofing product, not something that’s typically applied to exterior walls. All About Water-Resistive BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Water-Resistive Barriers Getting Insulation Out of Your Walls and CeilingsDense-Packed Cellulose and a Wrong-Side Vapor Barrier Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingWall Sheathing OptionsHousewrap in a Can: Liquid-Applied WRBsHow to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing Q&A: PERSIST vs REMOTE vs SIP? Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to add to the conversation:I do like the approach of exterior rigid insulation protecting the dedicated WRB; all WRB materials become more robust when they are sheltered from temperature and moisture extremes in this way.And combining this moisture control layer with your air barrier also makes a lot of sense; I like air barriers both interior and exterior but if given just one, the exterior makes it easier to get continuity.In comparing a flexible housewrap like StuccoWrap to a rubberized asphalt membrane like Vycor, two properties jump out:Most housewraps (many of which are spun-bonded polyolefins or SBPOs) have a relatively high vapor permeance, permitting good drying potential to the exterior of the assembly. Most rubberized asphalt membranes like Vycor are Class I vapor retarders, permitting little if any drying potential to the exterior.Most of the rubberized asphalt membranes are self-healing, so maintaining water and air performance around fastener penetrations represents a significant performance advantage compared to housewraps like StuccoWrap.Two approaches not mentioned are liquid-applied WRBs and taped structural sheathing like Zip sheathing. And while each of these may be more expensive per square foot of material than either a rubberized asphalt membrane or a housewrap like StuccoWrap, getting the same quality and continuity of these layers, particularly at penetrations, is very difficult to do. So when we compare the costs of each approach, it’s hard to account for how much more time and effort and frustration is associated with each system.And no matter which system you choose, it’s the margins, transitions, and penetrations that are the most demanding and the most important. I must confess that I have not actually used any liquid-applied products, but the systems offered by Prosoco, Dow, and Tremco are impressive — just pricey.I have to add that the Wingnut Test Facility is engaged in yet another round of testing of high-performance acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes (see the photos below).We are currently testing acrylic PSA construction tapes adhered to OSB on half their width and either PVC or an aluminum flange on the other. We are wetting the tapes front and back (we routed a groove in the OSB that the tapes span so water “spritzed” from the back gets to the tape) to mimic bulk water getting past the WRB on the exterior and condensation getting to the window install from the interior.It’s pretty early to be talking about results, but the only acrylic PSA tape that has not failed in this round of testing — wetted or not wetted — on the aluminum flange is Zip System wall tape. Zip wall tape on just about any substrate, not to mention the one for which Zip tape is designed, is pretty remarkable in its adhesion under tough application and in-situ field conditions.We are far from issuing conclusions on our testing, but based on our testing to date and anecdotes from a growing number of high-performance builders and architects, the Zip System — a system that incorporates wall sheathing, WRB, and an air barrier — would be at the top of my list. “These products aren’t in the same category,” he says. “If there are particular areas of your project that might benefit from a self-adhering membrane, then I would look at Vycor, but it should only be on small areas of the wall the are still vulnerable with correctly overlapped layers of more usual materials.”Ice & Water Shield is expensive, he adds, and a “major ordeal” to apply on the entire exterior wall surface of a two-story house.Timmerberg understands that a membrane such as Grace Ice &Water Shield is used in two construction techniques, called PERSIST and REMOTE, but Meiland points out that those building approaches are meant for extremely cold climates.If you follow the PERSIST script, adds GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, using the membrane on outside walls will be just fine.“The PERSIST wall system (as originally conceived) places all of the insulation on the exterior side of the wall sheathing,” Holladay writes. “Stud bays stay empty. If you follow this approach, you can safely use a rubberized membrane like Grace Ice & Water Shield on the exterior side of the sheathing.“If you deviate from the PERSIST method by switching from R-20 or R-24 foam to just a thin layer of foam, or by adding insulation between your studs, then installing a rubberized membrane becomes risky,” he adds.When there’s insulation in the stud cavities, and some insulation on the outside of the sheathing, what’s needed is a vapor-permeable WRB rather than an impermeable barrier such as Grace Ice & Water Shield.Holladay continues, “The PERSIST approach was developed in the 1960s before high-quality European tapes were available. The first approach to installing a PERSIST air barrier was to use torch-down membranes. After a few disastrous fires, PERSIST builders switched to rubberized asphalt.“Now that it’s easy to buy European tapes designed to tape sheathing seams, builders have many more ways to create a good air barrier at the sheathing level than they did in the 1960s. I would advise you to tape your sheathing and use a conventional housewrap.”Holladay also points out that the PERSIST approach works in all climate zones, not just very cold ones, and it could be used by Timmerberg as long as he was careful in all of its details. Yes, James Timmerberg’s new house will have a water-resistive barrier (WRB) on the exterior walls. The question is which of two possible options will be best choice: Grace Ice & Water Shield, a self-adhering membrane typically used to waterproof roof decking, or Tyvek Drainwrap, a housewrap designed for areas prone to wind-driven rain.In a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, Timmerberg asks, “If applying a WRB under rigid foam insulation, what are the pros and cons of using Grace Ice & Water Shield compared to Tyvek Drainwrap, in terms of protecting the sheathing, serving as an air barrier, difficulty of installation, flashing details, and any other reason you might prefer one product over the other to serve as a WRB?”Timmerberg assumes that the Ice & Water Shield will be more expensive. Is it worth the extra investment, he asks, for a 2,000-square-foot-house that will be built in Climate Zone 5? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.center_img Exterior membrane is a ‘robust’ solutionAn endorsement for using a self-adhering membrane instead of housewrap comes from Adam Emter, who used it on the house he built in North Dakota. Emter used an Owens-Corning product called HydroSeal rather than Grace’s Ice & Water Shield, but the idea is the same.“I got it on sale and did my whole house (approximately 2,000 sq. ft.) for approximately $1,000,” Emter says, “so it only really cost me about $700 more than using a traditional WRB.”Emter placed the membrane over his OSB sheathing, followed by 6 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, furring strips, and then siding.“I opted for this method over taping OSB seams or taping foam seams simply because it seems like a more robust system in the long term,” he adds. “I’m planning to live in this home for many decades and I wanted to have as airtight construction as possible.”Emter adds, however, the membrane was difficult to install: too cold, and it doesn’t want to stick; too hot and it “just turns into a huge asphalt mess.” He suggests putting the smooth face of the OSB facing outward, and wait for days when the outdoor temperature is about 70 degrees. Attaching thick layers of foamHe used two layers of 3-inch-thick foam. Where gaps between sheets of EPS were large enough, Emter used canned foam to seal them. As he applied furring strips over the second layer of foam, Emter removed the screws that had been holding the foam in place and filled the cavities with foam.As for insulation, Emter plans on using R-11 fiberglass batts in the 2×4 walls upstairs, and R-25 batts in the 2×6 basement walls. In the end, he will have about 55% of his wall insulation on the exterior, enough to keep the sheathing moisture free. On the inside, he plans on using the Airtight Drywall Approach to keep moisture out of wall and roof assemblies.“Attaching the furring strips was difficult to get the hang of,” he adds. “Eight-inch timber screws would have only penetrated my studs by about an inch so I chose to go with 10-inch timber screws. I make my measurements as accurate as possible on the exterior, but I did miss a few studs here and there. The problem when you miss is that it’s often hard to tell if you missed left or right of the stud.“I used approximately 850 screws total and maybe missed about 40 or so. Like anything, it takes time to get the hang of. I predrilled the screw holes in my 1×4’s. I highly recommend also drilling a countersink so that no part of the screw will be proud of the furring. That way your siding install will be nice and flat.”Timmerberg will be using 2 inches of foam, which will made the total assembly 2 3/4 inches when the furring strip is included. In this case, Holladay writes, either a 4 1/2-inch or 5-inch screw would be the right choice.Dana Dorsett recommends the 5-inch screw, “and sleep well at night during major windstorms.” RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

YouTube Takes Another Swipe At TV With Its Election 2012 Livestreaming Coverage

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#web#YouTube fruzsina eordogh YouTube has been steadily expanding into the livestreaming business, from concerts and obscure sports to the 2012 Olympics, and now, to political coverage of the upcoming U.S. election. Today marks YouTube’s first livestream on their “Election Hub”:  the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, will begin streaming at 7pm EST tonight in partnership with ABC News.Olivia Ma, YouTube’s News Manager, billed YouTube’s Election Hub as “a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming U.S. election day on November 6” in an official blog post. Besides live coverage, the Google-owned Web hub also offers reporting, commentary and analysis from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Univision, The Wall Street Journal, and YouTube’s very own mega-personality and news commentator Phil DeFranco.  YouTube tried its hand at livestreaming in 2009 with a U2 concert, again in 2010 with broadcasting cricket matches in India. Those proved successful enough for the Google-owned company to offer livestreaming in a limited capacity last April to select partners, following with another livestream of a concert, this time Coldplay in October, and Professional Bull Riding coverage in December 2011. The relative success of those events, and slow and steady build up of livestreaming infrastructure led YouTube to try its hand at a major global event, this year’s Olympic games in London, England.“We used the Olympics as an opportunity to challenge our capabilities and set some high quality-of-service and streaming goals going forward,” said Jason Gaedtke, YouTube’s director of software engineering.The Olympics effort required YouTube to build a large-scale streaming platform manned by 25 employees around the globe, with as many as 100 high definition livestreams in action at one time. It was an ambitious, if not exhaustive effort: a YouTube spokesperson told us that one lead manager on the project went 20 days “of working 20+ hours monitoring the Olympics livestream nonstop.” (That employee is now on a hard-earned vacation.)The end result? 231 million Olympic streams watched across the globe, with 72 million of those coming from YouTube’s own Olympics channel.  YouTube’s Election Hub is definitely smaller in scale and won’t have nearly as large of an audience as the Olympics, but it could widen YouTube’s demographic and help shift the site’s stereotype of being just for kids, viral videos and copyrighted clips. If viewers miss the livestream, the footage is offered for playback much like DVR.By building up its livestreaming offerings and capabilities, Google is not only showing how serious they are at rivaling television in content and ad sales, but also a platform and distribution method.last_img read more

The Uphill Battle Facing International Students

first_imgRelated Posts Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Tags:#Students The future has never been more precarious or uncertain for thousands of international students in America as visas and job opportunities dry up in the Trump era. Immigrants have always faced formidable challenges upon arrival in America, often excluded from the credit and financial system and discriminated against in both academic and professional spheres. Yet the Trump administration has made the atmosphere more hostile than ever before, with businesses hesitant to sponsor work visas and fewer student visas being granted. International students are given more hoops to jump through and less promise of opportunity, and many are simply retreating home or choosing to study in other countries.Shifts in PolicyThe Trump administration’s hostility to immigrants has been felt in particular by international students recently, with an announced crackdown on immigrants overstaying visas. While much of the administration’s wrath has been focused on the border and illegal crossings, the crackdown signals a broadening of focus to deter immigration in other forms. Student and exchange visitors have the highest overstay rate among nonimmigrant visitors to the US according to the Department of Defense, making them a prime target for immigration forces.This most recent broadside is only the latest in the ever worsening environment that international students face in America. F-1 student visas are growing harder to obtain and increasingly reserved only for the coveted STEM sector of students, and for those studying in the the most elite of American schools. Students applying for optional practical training (OPT) are granted OPT only at the outermost time limit and are left waiting for their status to change, unable to work or study. The uncertain status of the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA)– once a reliable means of obtaining legal status for immigrants brought to America at a young age– has left DACA students frightened for their future.Diminished OpportunityMeanwhile, F-1 students transitioning to H-1B work visas are also finding opportunity difficult to come by. H-1B visa seekers must be sponsored by an employer, and the Trump administration’s open hostility to immigrants has left many employers hesitant to sponsor. As with the F-1 visa, those outside the STEM fields are particularly vulnerable. Stories of F-1 visa holders with graduate degrees from prestigious American schools unable to find work after months of searching abound. This feeds the perception among recently graduated immigrants that they’ve become toxic to employers.Those who graduate from schools outside the top 10 or 20 institutions in the country fare even worse, and are increasingly forced to repatriate in the face of bleak circumstances. Many make the choice to return home if they are granted visas or OPT at the furthest time limit and are stuck waiting without any prospects. Others repatriate when family members seeking to transition from H-4 visas to F-1 or H-1B visas are denied.Economic ExclusionThis newly hostile environment is only the latest hurdle that immigrants must overcome in their effort to build a life. The economic system makes it exceedingly difficult for immigrants to establish themselves in America. The newly immigrated need a place to live, transport, work, and money for daily expenditures, but little of this is possible without access to credit. Credit is dispensed based on one’s financial history, and since immigrants have none in America they are often denied credit wholesale. Without credit or a substantial financial history immigrants must pay steep premiums on everything from rent to phone bills. Furthermore, many things that citizens take for granted like in-state tuition are denied to immigrants, and immigrants often pay into social programs without ever benefiting from them.Excluded in large part by the big financial institutions, immigrants are forced to look elsewhere for the means to start their new life. Some startups like Stilt are filling the void created by these exclusionary practices and providing loans for immigrants based on factors besides credit and financial history. This approach takes future potential and other peripheral factors into account rather than fixating on metrics that immigrants cannot meet.Though the discourse and policy around immigration is always subject to change depending on presidential administration, the trajectory of current policy renders a grim future for international students. The few avenues towards legal status for immigrant students are diminishing along with employment opportunities, and further crackdowns on undocumented immigrants are poised to hit international students particularly hard. Outside of pursuing one of the STEM fields, international students can do little to insulate themselves but hope for a shift in the political winds. Nigel Stevenscenter_img Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companieslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo uses just 6 pairs of shoes in a season

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Antetokounmpo said out of the scores of pairs he receives from Nike, he makes it a point to save every one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bonleon holds off transfer to Arellano, stays with UST for academics National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Antetokounmpo grew up in poverty when he and his family was still in Greece where his parents always feared if they would be deported back to Nigeria, according to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.In his rookie year, Antetokounmpo saved a pair of shoes then-teammate Caron Butler threw away saying it was still good enough to play in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Growing up [throwing good condition shoes] did not exist,” said Antetokounmpo, who is in the country for a charity event organized by King Bally Entertainment Group.“I realized now that I’m four years in the league and you get so many shoes you can throw some but for me, I’m not saying it was a bad thing what Caron did, but it kind of shocked me.” LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netMilwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo may be under contract with sporting giant Nike and is set to earn around $100 million for the next four years, but he still maintains his frugal ways.“Last year I used five or six pairs of sneakers, so if we played around 100 games, around 20 games per pair,” said Antetokounmpo during his media availability for the “Greek Freak Invades Manila” Sunday at Fairmont Makati.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more