DONEGAL’S MIGRATORY BIRDS STILL HERE THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER

first_imgDonegal’s visiting bird population have delayed their exodus to warmer climates thanks to our unseasonably high temperatures.Tens of thousands of migratory birds including swallows, warblers and housemartins would normally have started their exit – mostly to various parts of Africa by now.But Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland has revealed that our summer visitors are staying a little longer this year as temperatures topped 25C in parts of the country on Wednesday. “Birds don’t have calendars and decide they have to go on a certain date. They go by the climate change.“And thanks to the unseasonably warm weather they are staying longer this year,” he said.And he explained that the increase in temperatures could have a knock-on affect for the chances of many birds survival in Ireland for future generations.Mr Hatch explained how many birds are now feeding as much as they can before they make their 8,000 km journey. “Thanks to the good weather, there is an abundance of flies and other insects which many of these birds are stocking up on.“That will stand them in good stead to make their long journeys and hopefully be able to return to Ireland again next year.“A lot of species suffered this summer because of gorse fires and perhaps this is nature’s way of balancing that out,” he said.As well as insect eaters including swallows and warblers, other birds including many species of tern also migrate at this time of year.Ends DONEGAL’S MIGRATORY BIRDS STILL HERE THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER was last modified: September 29th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Sandwiching Roof Sheathing Between Two Impermeable Layers

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Many builders have heard the phrase, “Walls should be able to dry in at least one direction.” The rule usually makes sense. If you want to install rigid foam on the exterior side of a wall — foam that will prevent outward drying — it’s usually a good idea if the wall can dry to the interior.What about insulated roof assemblies? Should the same rule apply?If a building has an insulated roof assembly — either a cathedral ceiling or an insulated low-slope roof — there are several ways that the roof sheathing may be able to dry.1. In a conventional vented roof assembly — one with a ventilation channel between the underside of the roof sheathing and the top surface of the insulation — the roof sheathing can dry by giving up its moisture to ventilation air that enters at the soffit vents and leaves at the ridge vent.2. In an unvented roof assembly with rigid foam above the roof sheathing, the roof sheathing can dry toward the interior by diffusion, as long as the insulation between the rafters is vapor-permeable, and as long as the ceiling materials are also vapor-permeable. Fiberglass batts, mineral wool batts, and cellulose are all vapor-permeable. Gypsum drywall is also vapor-permeable. This approach works well, as long as the builder remembers not to install any interior polyethylene. (Of course, in the illustration above, the second layer of roof sheathing — the outermost layer — can’t dry inward. But that’s a discussion for another article.)[Image credit: ATAS International]3. Ordinarily, an unvented roof assembly with closed-cell spray foam installed on the underside of the roof sheathing (for example, a flash-and-batt assembly) does not allow the roof sheathing to dry inward — at least, not much. However, this type of roof assembly may be able to dry outward if one… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

PCSing and Its Effect on Military Spouse Earnings

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonThe 2016 RAND research brief, The Effect of Military-Change-of-Station Moves on Spousal Earnings, found a negative impact on spousal earnings as a result of a military move. Furthermore, this impact was found to be substantial and to have lasting affects beyond the year of the move. The study followed 900,000 military spouses from 2001 to 2012.The researchers in the report found that career earnings are impacted when military spouses leave a position and loose the associated job-specific skills. New careers often require acquiring new skills. Employees who hold certifications or state licensure face the barrier of getting re-certified, paying for, and successfully passing a state licensing exam.The report also found that spouses have calendar-year earnings that are nearly $2,100 less than spouses not experiencing a PCS, a figure that researchers found by combining total income lost by both working and non-working military spouses. However, just among working military spouses, the report found a $3,100 reduction in annual earnings among this group.Impact on FamiliesFamilies with young children experience even more financial loss as a result of a military move. The report says spouses with children younger than 6 experience a $2,600 average reduction in earnings, which is nearly double the loss of military spouses without young children.It’s possible that a loss of networks and support systems that provided family support and childcare is lost as a result of a move, which could prevent a military spouse from searching for or finding employment.While 93 percent of the military spouses in this study were female, the researchers found male military spouses’ earnings are also negatively impacted by moves. Interestingly, husbands experienced higher income loss following a move than wives.The financial loss as a result of a military move continues to be felt up to 3 years after the move, resulting in an average of $4,200 in total losses. The report notes this is particularly concerning as military families may be facing another PCS order just as soon as family incomes have balanced from a previous move.How to HelpThe recommendations from this report focus on support. Military programs aimed at alleviating transition expenses and providing support for obtaining career skills and employment after a move could reduce some of the income loss as a result of a military transition. The report highlights the Department of Defense’s My Career Advancement Accounts program which supports military spouses in learning new skills and obtaining credentials and licenses to make finding a new career easier.  The report emphasizes the increased support needed to lessen the financial burden of moves on families with young children. iStock-495773568 purchased by MFLN from iStock.com under member ID 18347305 16 Jan 2019 Return to article. Long DescriptionLearn more about the research around military transitions and the programs in place to support military families through moves on April 2 at 11 a.m. ET in Research and Tools for Supporting Military Transitions. This free 90 minute webinar for military service providers will focus on the 2018 RAND report, Enhancing Family Stability During a Permanent Change of Station, as well as provide a tour of online services available to military service providers working with transitioning military families.last_img read more

Beermen down KaTropa in heated Game 3 for 2-1 finals lead

first_imgFederer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fellow BPC candidate Chris Ross posted 17 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter finally broke out of his shooting slump as he rack up 16 markers and seven dimes.San Miguel shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday still at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a hard fought game. I think what happened to the game is we did not have any major adjustment and we just kept our intensity high,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Things got heated near the end of the first half when Ross engaged in a verbal duel with TNT’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig. It escalated during the halftime break when Craig allegedly pushed off a metal gate which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff. With Ross kept on the bench after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one at the 2:49 mark of the second quarter, San Miguel got a huge shot in the arm thanks to the stupendous play of Brian Heruela as he sparked his squad to a 16-5 run and grab a 62-52 lead with seven minutes to play in the third quarter.San Miguel also weathered Rhodes’ foul woes, as its all-Filipino crew kept the KaTropa at bay and preserved its 10-point cushion up until the fourth quarter.The win came despite June Mar Fajardo’s silent outing as the three-time MVP was limited to just six points, five rebounds, and two blocks.Also aiding the Beermen were TNT’s 23 turnovers, which turned to 26 easy points for them.RR Garcia led TNT with 19 points and four assists, while Joshua smith got 18 markers, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESSan Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference contender Alex Cabagnot scattered 28 markers, nine boards, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Jayson Castro contributed 17 points, three boards, and three assists, but committed 10 turnovers while Roger Pogoy was held scoreless for the second straight game after delivering a career performance in the finals opener.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 109 – Cabagnot 28, Rhodes 25, Ross 17, Lassiter 16, Santos 10, Fajardo 6, Heruela 5, Semerad 2, Tubid 0, Espinas 0. TNT 97 – Garcia 19, Smith 18, Castro 17, Semerad 12, De Ocampo 9, Williams 8, Tautuaa 7, Reyes 7, Pogoy 0, Rosario 0.Quarters: 23-23, 46-47, 79-72, 109-97. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

17 days agoSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland call

first_imgSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Mississippi State May Have The Fastest 60+ Year Old Fan In The Country

first_imgMary, a 60+ year old Mississippi State fan, running the 40 yard dash.Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.last_img read more

City of Vancouver one step closer to allowing liquor sales in grocery

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is moving to allow the sale of liquor in grocery stores.Councillors voted Tuesday to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit grocery stores to sell liquor.The city says in a news release that qualified grocery outlets will be allowed to sell liquor in a store-within-a-store model, requiring a separate area and cashier for liquor sales.Approval of the bylaw amendments is the next step to implementing Vancouver’s liquor policy recommendations, which were passed by council almost a year ago.Specific policies will be presented to council next month and the city says, if approved, grocery stores wishing to sell liquor could apply for a permit by May 14.Kaye Krishna, Vancouver’s general manager of development, buildings and licensing, says the proposed changes follow extensive consultations about upgrades to the city’s liquor policies.“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations,” says Krishna.last_img read more

Rahul Got income guarantee idea from PMs 15L promise

first_imgYamunanagar (Har): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his idea for a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest of poor came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Rs 15 lakh promise’ made ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Gandhi said the Congress’ poll promise for the ambitious ‘Nyay’ (Nyuntam Aay Yojna) under which Rs 72,000 will be deposited each year in the bank accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest is ‘historic’ and claimed that the prime minister looks ‘shaken’ ever since the announcement was made on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Accusing Modi of helping certain industrialists, Gandhi said he protects the rich while refraining from helping out the debt-ridden farmers, adding this ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief . On the contrary, Gandhi said his party bats for the poor, the weaker sections and the farmers. The 2019 polls are a fight between two ideologies. On one hand are the BJP, the RSS and Narendra Modi and on the other is the Congress,” he said. Gandhi was on a day’s visit to Haryana to be part of Congress state unit’s ongoing six-day lone Parivartan Yatra , which began from Gurugram earlier this week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGandhi said unlike the BJP his party keeps its promise and referred to ‘Nyay’ the Congress plans to introduce if it forms the government. “He (Modi) promised putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account. Did anyone get anything? he said at a public meeting in Yamunanagar district’s Jagadhri town. “Truth is when our Government is formed we will put Rs 72,000 a year into the accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest. Modi spoke lies about putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account, However, I felt that the idea about putting money into bank accounts of the poor was a right one if implemented with sincerity. I caught hold of this idea. I spoke to Congress party’s thinktank and told them about Modi’s Rs 15 lakh promise and said he did not fulfil it, instead what he did was to do injustice to farmers, hit small shopkeepers with demonetisation, and brought Gabbar Singh Tax (GST), Gandhi said, adding he told the party’s thinktank to come out with a scheme to benefit poor and they worked out the modalities in six months. Gandhi was referring to Modi’s 2014 election speech when as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate he promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days of coming to power. Modi had also said that if all the black money was brought back to the country, it would be enough to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every poor person’s bank account. “It(Nyay) is historic, so much historic that you must have seen Narendra Modi’s face on TV during the past 2-3 days, he looked shaken . Gandhi also accused Modi and BJP of spreading hatred and anger and putting real issues on the backburner. “In the last five years, Modi ji has waived Rs 3.50 lakh crore of 15 industrialists.last_img read more

Gemini Man most demanding film of my career Will Smith

first_imgLos Angeles: Will Smith, who will be fighting his younger self in Oscar-winner Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, recently said the “emotional and physical challenges” of making the film have been the most demanding of his career. It is for the first time that Smith, known for his action-comedy roles in Hollywood has teamed up with Lee, one of the most genre-bending directors in the modern era. Billed as an innovative action-thriller, the Paramount Pictures film will see Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe trailer of the film, which dropped on Tuesday, shows jaw-dropping action scenes peppered with suspense and a de-aged Smith. The filmmaker and actor of Hollywood, Smith, who aged in reverse with the help of digital technology to play his 23-year-old version, called Lee’s direction “cinematic wizardry”. “Ang is pushing the limits to give people an experience in the movie theatre that you can’t get anywhere else. This is not only an action film, but an exploration of what one’s younger self can ultimately teach one’s older self. I’m 50-years-old now, and the irony of becoming 23-year-old Junior in this film is that 23-year-old me wouldn’t have been ready for this experience or to take on this role,” he said.last_img read more

FUEL FACTOR RATE MIMICS WORLD OIL PRICES LOWER NOW

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – While there are residents making spot of the fact that the fuel factor rate on their electricity bills is higher most times that the actual consumption charge… Fortis TCI is revealing that the continuing downward trend of cost for oil is going to cause another reduction in the fuel factor rate in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Corporate Communications Manager, Talisha Simons explained: “This decrease reflects in this month’s Fuel Factor calculation. Customers are reminded that the Fuel Factor is based on the price of fuel at the time it is purchased from Sun Oil Ltd., and is subject to fluctuating prices in the world market. While the cost of fuel may remain lower than recent averages, customers are still encouraged to continue practicing energy conservation methods.” Ms. Simons added that Fortis continues to explore other sources of power. Related Items:fortis tci, fuel factor rate, low, talisha simons Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideaslast_img read more