Mayor Price invites community to join in week of service

first_imgIndividuals or teams can still register at the website with events and activities for the week. More information can also be found on the Facebook page. Twitter Linkedin Mayor Betsy Price shared an open letter with members of the Fort Worth community. Recent thunderstorms lead to hazards; more storms to come + posts Twitter Facebook Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Help a neighborServe someone in needWrite ‘thank you’ letters to teachers, first responders or police officersCreate a family or neighborhood projectVisit a nursing homeServe meals to the homelessDonate clothing to a local shelterThe website lists several organizations with which they have partnered.“It’s important for us to recognize in this city that we in fact have people that are not as well cared for, not as well served as we could be,” said city council member Dennis Shingleton. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature center_img Facebook Previous articleMartin Luther King Jr. Day Parade organizers hope to spark activism in Fort WorthNext articleStock Show Parade sees no shortage of Confederate Flags despite ban Shelby Whitson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Fort Worth to host ‘Gatsby’ themed party as fundraiser Shelby Whitson Shelby Whitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-whitson/ Linkedin ReddIt Race for Tarrant County Sheriff to go to runoff printFort Worth Mayor Betsy Price invites residents to join for the “Mayor’s Compassionate Week of Service.”Compassionate Fort Worth partnered with the mayor for a series of volunteer opportunities from Jan. 16- 24.“Compassion is the back bone of everything that strong cities should do,” said Price in a promotional video.Last year, the city council signed the International Charter for Compassion, designating Fort Worth as a Compassionate City.Members of the Mayor’s Faith-Based Cabinet are encouraging residents to organize service projects throughout the week.The Compassionate Fort Worth website lists the following ways to participate in the week of service: Rubio mocks Trump at Dallas rally Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Things to Know: State vaccination talks being held privately

first_imgAs the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. An Associated Press review found that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.last_img

Czechs, Slovaks to declare coronavirus state of emergency

first_imgThe Czech Republic and Slovakia are set to declare states of emergency this week to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the prime ministers of the EU neighbors said on Monday after a sharp rise in cases.Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the Nova television station that he expected the state of emergency to be approved at an extraordinary government meeting on Wednesday, but did not detail the nature of the restrictions.A country of 10.7 million people, the Czech Republic has seen record spikes in coronavirus infections in recent days, bringing its total to 65,313 confirmed cases, including 615 deaths. Restaurants, bars, and cafes would close at 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) and if people not living in the same household come closer than two meters (six feet) outdoors, they would have to wear masks.Masks are already compulsory in public indoor spaces in Slovakia.The EU country of 5.4 million registered 9,343 coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic and 44 patients have died.On Friday, the number of daily infections reached a record high of 552. Topics :center_img Babis was echoed by Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic who said the “extremely serious” situation called for “very bold decisions” following a meeting of his country’s crisis management team.The measure is also expected to be approved by the government on Wednesday and would be the second time that Slovakia introduces a state of emergency to combat the pandemic.Under the proposed restrictions, all sporting events, cultural events and religious services would be banned from October 1.Weddings and funerals would only be allowed if all the participants can prove they have had a negative test for coronavirus.last_img read more

Global leaders share wisdom on unity

first_imgSouth Africa’s first Anti-Racism Week starts on 14 March and ends on Human Rights Day, 21 March. It comes from various civil society organisations, with the aim of uniting South Africans and celebrating our commonalities. We look back on inspiring leaders, and what they have said about unity.South Africa’s first Anti-Racism Week runs from 14 to 21 March 2016, ending on Human Rights Day. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid• Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist• How our African neighbours helped end apartheid• South Africans championing human rights• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Today, 14 March, is the start of the inaugural Anti-Racism Week in South Africa.The initiative comes from the newly established Anti-Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) and is a mechanism to deal with racism in the country.Spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the network was launched in November 2015 and is made up of approximately 80 civil society organisations and government institutions.“People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups,” said former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”His words ring true for South Africa too.When struggle veteran Kathrada addressed a special sitting of the UN two years ago, he called for a global response to racism – a “Greenpeace of anti-racism” he called it. “The ideal would be to strive towards creating a global anti-racism network to focus on anti-racism education training in all schools across the world,” he said.Kathrada believes Arnsa is the start of such a movement.To commemorate Anti-Racism Week, we read the words of global leaders who support a world beyond race.Academic, lawyer and founder of the Pan-Africanist Congress Robert Sobukwe was vocal that there was only one human race. (Image: SABC)Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on humans to love each other. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian and a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, used non-violent civil disobedience as a means to build a non-racial society. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)Nelson Mandela famously said love came more naturally than hate. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)Indian Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda celebrated humanity’s oneness. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)last_img read more

Wingnut Testing: Soffit-to-Ridge Roof Venting

first_imgSo far, I have performed wingnut testing on PSA tapes and on basement waterproofing products. Very recently, I started working on wingnut testing of roof venting, using an easel made from 2-by lumber and two sandwich panels of 1/2-inch OSB (see the photo above).  The easel includes a vent space and ridge vent between the two panels. Each sandwich panel is made up of two layers of OSB, with an air space between the two layers. The easel demo simulates one vented cathedral roof cavity facing one direction and the other facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Frankly, the reason I chose to try to simulate cathedral soffit-to-ridge venting is because it was the easiest to build as an “easel.” Caveats Keep in mind that this is wingnut testing. Some caveats:RELATED ARTICLESAll About Attic VentingSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingVapor Diffusion PortsFans in the Attic: Do They Help or Do They Hurt? I am assuming that this simple easel mimics larger actual roofs. I have just gotten started on this testing; there is a lot to work out, and changes will be based on early results. Initial test results are likely to lead to changes in the test protocol; I will be looking for input on the initial approach from many in the building and roofing industry, including ridge vent manufacturers. So far I have only tested three ridge vents; there are quite a few more out there. I am not releasing the names of the manufacturers of the two ridge vents I have tested because I don’t understand yet why the results are so different, and so far I have not had both of the manufacturers review my test and the results. It only seems fair to take this cautious approach even though it may be way less gratifying to readers of this blog. Stay tuned; more testing and identification of tested ridge vents soon to follow. Some background on roof venting It was Bill Rose and his book “Water in Buildings” that really turned me into a building science wingnut, with a desire to conduct tests in the same vein. (For more on Bill Rose, see this blog by Martin Holladay.)  Bill and his book encourage all of us to question building maxims, such as the 1:150 and 1:300 roof venting rules. (For more on attic venting, see “All About Attic Venting.”) But what about all those arrows in roof ventilation diagrams that sometimes depict air flow? Some of these diagrams are appealing (see Image #1 in the gallery) and some others that seem a lot more creative — or maybe even wishful (see Image #2 in the gallery). We know that to get air flow through a ventilation channel, we need three things: A hole Another hole A driving force For driving forces, we have three as well: Stack effect Wind Mechanical (fans) We will leave mechanically driven air flow (or fan-assisted venting) off on its own for the time being (although there is a lot of GBA content regarding powered roof vents, including “Fans in the Attic”). That leaves us to imagine (or maybe even track) just how wind and stack effect create air flow within roof venting systems. But boy, there are a lot of variables to consider: the type of venting in attics (soffit-to-ridge or gable-to-gable), the impact of roof pitch, the depth of the vent space, the type and color of roof cladding, the temperatures driving stack effect, the direction and intensity of wind, etc. Wingnut approach to soffit-to-ridge vent testing in cathedral roof assemblies For the last ten years or so, I have been a presenter at the Better Buildings Better Business (B4) conference in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. It’s a great conference. This year I had three educational sessions on attics and roofs: “Building Science and the Codes”; “Roofs and Attics That Work”; and “Roofs and Attics That Don’t Work.” The B4 crowd seems to appreciate and even like building science wingnut testing, so I rigged up what I thought was a decent demo of roof venting and sent this diagram to the conference planner, John Viner, as well as some roofing experts at GAF (see Image #3). The setup allowed me to pretty easily change: Roof vent space depth (3/8”, 3/4”, 1”, 1.5”, 2”); Roof pitch (18/12, 12/12, 5/12, 3/12); Type of ridge vent; The driving forces (stack effect driven by “solar heating” — actually, infrared heat lamps — on one side of the A-frame roof). I tested two manufactured ridge vents and a home-made ridge cap. The home-made ridge cap consisted of a totally open vent slot capped by a mini-roof made of OSB, with each side of the mini-roof measuring 6 inches wide, and with 1-inch-thick wood block spacers under the OSB to establish a 1-inch-high vent space in the ridge — the same depth as the roof slope vent space depth (see Image #5 in the gallery). The test consists of: Heating up the “south” side of the demo roof with two 250-watt infrared lamps (augmented with a hair dryer as needed) until the surface reaches around 90°F to 100°F; Measuring the temperature of the “roof” surface with a digital infrared thermometer; A smoke stick test involving a timer (to determine how long it takes the smoke to vent out). Because of the time crunch getting this test ready for the B4 conference, the tests below are largely qualitative; subsequent testing under more controlled conditions will result in more consistent heated roof temperatures and accurate timing for smoke emergence. Initial results in my basement Working by myself, I did not at first figure out how to position the lamps, record the surface temperature, and operate the smoke stick. So there is no video of my first test, which was conducted with the easel at a 18/12 pitch, with a 1-inch vent space, and with a manufactured ridge vent (which I will refer to as Ridge Vent 1 — see Image #4). You will have to take my word for it: the smoke only came out at the bottom of the opposite roof slope. No smoke came out the manufactured ridge vent at all. What? (If you can’t take my word for it, take a look at the second of the three videos on this page.) Next, I built a home-made unobstructed OSB ridge vent, which I am going to call Ridge Vent 2 (see Image #5), and repeated the test. Smoke quickly and readily came out the top of the opposite slope, but not the heated side — another unexpected result. (See the video below.)   On to B4 testing At the B4 conference, we did WTF (Wingnut Test Facility) roof venting testing at the end of each of the three sessions. As happened in my basement testing, Ridge Vent 1 resulted in no smoke coming out the ridge vent but plenty rolling out the bottom of the opposite side of the roof easel (see the video below).   In the video above, you can see a hair dryer being used to augment (speed up) the heating of the “south” side of the demo roof. My initial plan was to use the hair dryer to simulate a different driving force for roof venting — wind — but we ran out of time before we could demonstrate that driving force. Next, we switched out the ridge vent to another manufactured roof vent (one which I did not have in my basement but that a major roof product manufacturer exhibiting at B4 provided), and this ridge vent worked well — pretty much like the typical arrows depict. I will call this vent Ridge Vent 3 (see the video below).   The results from my basement testing and the testing at the B4 conference were very similar. Ridge Vent 1 — a popular manufactured ridge vent — did not have any smoke exiting the ridge; instead, smoke rolled out the bottom of the opposite side. Ridge Vent 3 — another popular manufactured ridge vent — had smoke readily exiting the ridge vent, pretty much as depicted in Image #1. The unobstructed homemade ridge vent (Ridge Vent 2) had most of the smoke rolling out of the ridge vent on the opposite side. Cutting away the insect screening “gauze” on Ridge Vent 1 did very little if anything to improve the lack of smoke exiting at the ridge vent. Slope matters; the steeper the slope, the faster the smoke moved out of the roof assembly. The depth of the vent space matters; the deeper the vent space, the faster the smoke moved out of the roof assembly. Image #6 in the gallery shows the taped end of the ridge vent in the demo; we taped off the open ends of each of the ridge vents so that air and smoke did not escape from these unintended openings. Onward It sure looks as though we need to learn a lot more about how the arrows should really be drawn for soffit-to-ridge vented cathedral roof assemblies. I don’t know why the two manufactured roof vents performed so differently and I hope to work with ridge vent manufacturers to better understand why. I am looking forward to more roof vent testing. I think my initial basement tests and B4 conference tests should inspire more work, particularly: Testing more manufactured ridge vents. Being more exacting with how much heat is applied and the resulting temperature of the heated roof slope. Measuring actual times for each of the tests between smoke starting in at the bottom of the assembly (at the “soffit” or “eave”) and wherever the smoke exits. Stay tuned for more results in my next GBA blog, and feel free to weigh in with your own insights — and maybe even your own wingnut testing.   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.last_img read more

How to Improve Digital Security for Your Business

first_imgThe good news is that data breaches appear to be declining in 2018, according to the Risk Based Security Q1 2018 Data Breach QuickView Report. The first three months of 2018 witnessed 686 breaches compared to 1,442 breaches in the same quarter in 2017.The bad news is that numerous breach strategies still work, including malware, phishing, skimming, hacking, and inadvertent disclosure of information on the Internet. These attacks cost businesses a significant amount of money. The IBM-sponsored 2018 Cost of a Data Breach study conducted by Ponemon Institute found the global average cost of a data breach is up 6.4 percent over the year prior, now totaling $3.86 million. The average cost for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive data has increased by 4.8 percent to $148 per record.These breaches continue because small business owners think that basic security measures like antivirus software are adequately protecting their network infrastructure. David Wagner, president and CEO of Zix, a leading provider of email encryption solutions for financial institutions and healthcare organizations, notes that many small businesses rely on existing legacy security tools. However, that strategy no longer works.“That was effective when hackers were taking a one-size-fits-all approach and targeting the lowest-hanging fruit. Now, however, hackers are using sophisticated and persistent attacks to target specific data at specific companies.” This means companies now have to take further steps to improve their security.Conduct Cybersecurity Training ProgramsA first step is to undertake a multi-session security training program. These sessions can show staff why they might not want to open a URL or download an email attachment. After an initial training session on digital security, future sessions can provide updates about new threats and potential solutions.For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides a free online course on cybersecurity. This is a good starting point for an overall look at what might happen if you don’t focus on digital security. Other cybersecurity training resources are offered by organizations like Wombat, which features a web-based security education platform that combines education with testing to ensure that what your team members learn becomes part of what they put into practice. Its digital training courses include such subjects as safer web browsing, social engineering, mobile device security, and email security.Sometimes, it helps to have on-site training, which is what companies like Native Intelligence provide. This approach delivers hands-on learning, and the comprehensive training presentations can include your own security framework as a real-world example.Implement Private, Dedicated Connectivity to a Public Cloud ProviderAnother step is to use private, dedicated connectivity to a public cloud provider. Alissa Lovens, leader of Zayo Group’s global marketing strategy for its finance and professional services sector, suggests this step because it “reduces many of the performance and security concerns associated with public internet environments. Data transfer happens securely without exposure to service attacks and network hijackings.”This approach enhances security for businesses that use mobile devices to handle certain tasks, such as an advisor at a financial services branch using a tablet to assist customers with their accounts. It also benefits small businesses by helping to avoid slow response times while lowering costs and increasing bandwidth.Engage Cybersecurity ExpertsEvery small business needs powerful allies on its side. In this case, it’s security experts who work specifically on your network infrastructure. They understand human motivations and behaviors, and armed with that knowledge, they can use their past experiences to assess current and future risk.By engaging digital security experts, you gain access to the latest security tools that you may not have heard about. In addition, if your team hasn’t undergone extensive training yet, cybersecurity experts can fill this skills gap, immediately protecting the company until your team is ready to take over.As small businesses struggle to get to the next level of cybersecurity, it can be hard to know which security measures to use and which are not worth the investment. Security experts can determine the best ways to evolve the existing network infrastructure to minimize vulnerability.Vigilance is EverythingThere is no moment when a small business can say it has conquered cybersecurity challenges. It’s a never-ending quest to keep your customer and corporate data secure. As you read this, criminals are hard at work devising new strategies to get what they want. Therefore, you need to stay even more vigilant with your security strategy. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Tags:#digital security Frank Landman AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. last_img read more

Starry birthday bash for king of romance

first_imgSaturday night saw a gala ‘ party with Karan’, as Bollywood director- producer Karan Johar threw a star- studded bash to ring in his 42nd birthday in Mumbai.Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor looked stunning at the birthday bash.Hosted at his residence, cinema’s biggies were in full attendance, adding to the excitement of the celebration. Celebrities posed for the paparazzi as they entered the building. On the occasion, many ‘ new’ friends and faces pose at the ‘ it’ party of the season.Surprisingly, old time pals Shahrukh Khan and wife Gauri were missing from the do, possibly due to the growing rift over actor Salman Khan warming up to KJo over the recent past.Bipasha Basu poses with boyfriend Harman Baweja.Meanwhile, Koffee with Karan season 4 guests Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao were spotted entering the party hand- in- hand. While Khan stuck to his typical style of a T- shirt with jeans, sneakers and Chaplin hat, Rao sported a silver dress.Other couples to join the fanfare included Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza, Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl, and Bipasha Basu and Harman Baweja. While Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s doting entrance quelled rumours of tension brewing between them, the relationship- status of actor Kunal Kapoor and Naina, neice of Big B.last_img read more

At Oklahoma State, Money Really Does Buy Greatness

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 11.23.56 AMThe answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it? There was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.AdChoices广告From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities.last_img read more

9 months agoMan City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this weekby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHighly-rated Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba is on the brink of signing for Manchester City.Sport says City could sign Ilaix after Saturday, when the exciting prospect turns 16.Moriba is considered one of the most promising talents to come out of the famous La Masia academy for years, and Barcelona have offered him a contract higher than what they normally offer players of his age.But the report says that deal is still not close to what City can offer, with Juventus and Chelsea also trying to secure his services.City reportedly feel they are in pole position to sign the midfielder. last_img read more