Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has today announced an improved grant of more than €77,500 for a top-class clubhouse at CLG Na Dúnaibh.The cash boost is €7,500 more than what was sanctioned for the club in April of this year.€70,992 of the grant will now be put towards works to the clubhouse works and an additional sum of €6,599 was granted for fire safety measures and specialist fire retardant paint finish. The additional support for CLG Na Dúnaibh welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh, who said it is important to make sure the works to the clubhouse are of a high standard.“A total grant of €77,591 will go a long way to turning CLG Na Dúnaibh into an even better facility for Gaelic games and promote our language. It will build on the huge success of summer 2018 when the club was the proud host of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta with clubs from all over the country bringing players, their families and supporters into north Donegal. Support like this builds on that, cements its place in the local community and everything it does to promote the language,” Minister McHugh said.Minister Joe McHugh at Na Dúnaibh for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in 2018.“Beidh an maoiniú breise seo inniu ina cuidiú mór do CLG na nDúnaibh agus iad ag déanamh iarracht mhór na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn sa cheantar.“Beidh áiseanna ar dóigh forbartha ag an club in aice le cladaigh thuaisceart Dhún na nGall le tacaíocht ó dheontas de os cionn €70,000 ó Roinn na Gaeltachta. “The cash boost for Na Dúnaibh will go a long way to promoting the Irish language, encourage youngsters in sport and make sure the best facilities are available for members of all ages.”A total grant has been approved by Aire Stait don Ghaeilge, Gaeltacht & na hOileáin Sean KyneMinister McHugh said: “I’d also like to see the club work with the local language planning team and Ceim Aniar to ensure language is at the core of the club’s events and activities. “I look forward to seeing the top class facilities that this money helps to build.” Improved grant announced for CLG na nDúnaibh clubhouse was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A Remnant of the Toxic Effect of Darwinian Eugenicsby Dr Jerry BergmanIt is well-known that forced Darwinian eugenic sterilization programs targeted Blacks, but evidence is surfacing that the Latinos were also targets. An article titled “Forced sterilization programs in California once harmed thousands – particularly Latinas” [i] supports this conclusion. In the first half of the 20th century, a University of Vermont study concluded U.S. eugenics programs sterilized an estimated 60,000 people that public health and social works deemed “unfit.” [ii] This study was a continuation of the work by Professor Nancy Gallagher as part of the book she wrote titled Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State. [iii]Professor Gallagher found eugenics was being applied to a wide variety of putative social problems, in this case in an attempt to solve the “problem” of Vermont’s rural poor in the 1920s. The inherent application of eugenics to a wide variety of problems also was used in response to prejudice against certain ethnic groups. In the study by Novak, et al., reviewed here, the case of “Latinas” in California was reviewed.[iv] Between the early 1920s and as late as the 1950s, California sterilized about 20,000 people, fully one-third of the entire American total.California led the nation in the effort to apply evolution in order to help create a superior race in harmony with Darwinism. Amazingly, the records of the sterilization requests of over 20,000 people still existed after all of these years. These records were examined to determine the role that race played in the sterilization decisions. Novak and Lira concluded the goal of the movement was Darwinian because:Eugenics was seen as a “science” in the early 20th century, and its ideas remained popular into the midcentury. Advocating for the “science of better breeding,” eugenicists endorsed sterilizing people considered unfit to reproduce.The eugenic laws varied, but, amazingly for us today, California passed a eugenic law in 1909 that allowed anyone committed to a state institution for whatever reason to be sterilized. The problem was many of the institutional residents were committed by court order or even by family members who would not, or could not due to poverty or other reasons, care for them. Once admitted, medical superintendents could authorize the sterilization largely at their own discretion. The criteria to sterilize patients was the judgement of “feebleminded” or “having conditions thought to be likely transmitted to descendants” – a vague category that included a wide variety of conditions from physical to mental diseases.The researchers summarized their findings in a peer reviewed study published in The American Journal of Public Health, a leading scientific journal. They were able to use the data from a total of 17,362 forms recommending institutionalized patients for sterilization between 1920 and 1945. The larger the number of Latinos in the general population, it would be expected that a larger number of Latinos would be in the study. They controlled for this population level problem by using U.S. Census data from 1920 to 1940.Illustration from Novak and Lira, 2018.The results include the finding that Latino men were far more likely to be sterilized than were non-Latino men, and Latina women experienced an even greater disproportionate risk of sterilization then non-Latinas. In short, Latinas women were at a 59% greater risk of sterilization than non-Latinas. The same finding has been found in other studies with other groups, including Jews and Blacks.A 1918 report published by the state of California found the “ratio of feeble-mindedness was far higher among Mexicans, Negroes, and recent immigrants from Europe than among those of native American stock. The former three groups make up about three-fifths of those tested, but they account for nearly nine-tenths of the feeble-minded and border zone cases.” [v]The conclusion of the Novak and Lira study was “Eugenic sterilization laws were disproportionately applied to Latina/o patients, particularly Latina women and girls.” Furthermore, “Eugenic thinking inscribed “scientific” legitimacy to racial stereotypes of Latinas/os as inferior and unfit to reproduce… ‘hyper fertile,’ inadequate mothers, criminally inclined, and … prone to feeblemindedness.” The latter category “prone to feeblemindedness” was especially problematic because this criteria was so vague that it could include almost anyone.[i] Nicole L. Novak and Professor Natalie Lira. 2018. Forced sterilization programs in California once harmed thousands – particularly Latinas. The Conversation, March 22, 2018.[ii] https://www.uvm.edu/%7Elkaelber/eugenics/[iii] Nancy Gallagher. 1999. Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State. Hanover, VT: University Press of New York State.[iv] Novak, Nicole et al., 2018. Disproportionate Sterilization of Latinos Under California’s Eugenic Sterilization Program, 1920-1945. American Journal of Public Health. March 22. E1-E3.[v] Surveys in Mental Deviation in Prisons, Public Schools, and Orphanages in California. Sacramento: California State Printing Office. 1918. p. 19. Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.Dr Bergman’s book explains the rise of eugenics from Britain to America to Nazi GermanyAttaching the term “scientific” to what is a very subjective judgement occurs not only in these eugenic cases, but in other areas as well, including the issue related to biological origins determined by Darwinism. The eugenics program was a classic case of the powerful domination of the less powerful, exactly like the powerful scientist establishment today dominates the largely powerless creationist and Intelligent Design supporters. The harm of eugenics is covered in more detail in Jerry Bergman’s book The Darwin Effect: Its influence on Nazism, Eugenics, Racism, Communism, Capitalism & Sexism. 2014. Green Forest, AR: Master Books. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.(Visited 471 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Scientists could do themselves a favor by getting off the materialist merry-go-round and contemplating their Creator’s purpose for their lives.Numerous articles in the past decade have bemoaned the worrisome increases in scientific fraud, malpractice, and sloppiness (e.g., 23 Sept 2017). Is there a fountainhead of integrity that can help? Can secular scientists get it from Darwinian theory? (12 March 2009).Religiously engaged adolescents demonstrate habits that help them get better grades, Stanford scholar finds (Stanford News). Stanford University researchers, not particularly friendly to “religious” outlooks, found some desirable traits in “religiously engaged adolescents.” These are students that not only believe in God, but consider their faith a key factor in their lives. Carrie Spector writes,The findings indicate that religious communities socialize adolescents to cultivate two habits highly valued in public schools: conscientiousness and cooperation. Religious engagement may influence grades more than researchers realize.“The United States is a highly religious country, and religion is a powerful social force,” said the study’s author, Ilana Horwitz, a doctoral candidate at the GSE. “If we, as education scholars, are trying to understand adolescents in America, we should pay attention to this very important part of their life.”One must realize that secular researchers often lump many disparate groups into the word “religious” even though the differences may be far more profound than the similarities. Students being trained to hate Jews and become soldiers in violent jihad at a madrassah may have vastly different values than Christians. “Religiosity” becomes a vacuous designation when the content of belief is ignored. Indeed, it could be argued that secularists are ‘religious’ in terms of having reliance on a worldview that determines their reason for being and attitudes about life. In fact, everyone exercises faith (search on “people of faith” in the Darwin Dictionary).With the researchers’ nondescript word “religious” in mind, it’s instructive that they used a term Jesus Christ used for those who are ‘religiously engaged’ — abiders. Jesus instructed his disciples to “abide” in him like a branch connects to a vine (John 15): drawing its nutrition and life from the source. Only in this way can a branch fulfill its purpose to bear much fruit. Can we read between the lines of the report to see that the researchers are primarily considering abiders in the Judeo-Christian forms of faith – i.e., those who get their values from the Bible?Horwitz assigned each respondent to one of five common “types” of religiosity using a classification system developed by sociologists Melinda Lundquist Denton and Lisa Pearce. At one end of the spectrum were abiders— those who attend religious services, pray on a regular basis, feel close to God, and emphasize the role of faith in their daily lives. On the other end of the spectrum were avoiders— those believe that a God exists but avoid religious involvement and broader issues of the relevance of religion for their life.Abiders, Horwitz found, earned significantly better grades on average than the avoiders. Abiders had an average GPA of 3.22, compared with 2.93 among avoiders.“Being religious helps adolescents in middle and high school because they are rewarded for being obedient and respectful and for having self-control,” Horwitz said.If these positive behaviors carry on to other spheres of life, it’s clear that scientific institutions would benefit from members who show respect, self-control, diligent study, cooperation, and conscientiousness. Are scientists not students themselves, needing to call on these values to understand nature and get better grades on the test of reproducibility?Promiscuous America—smart, secular and somewhat less happy (Medical Xpress). For contrast, let’s examine the kind of people lacking those qualities. It takes no self-control to be promiscuous, and little respect, although non-violent “cooperation” might be a requirement. But even criminals know how to cooperate, as the phrase “partners in crime” indicates. This article says that young men are currently engaging in less sex outside marriage than before (the old word was “fornication”), while women are becoming more “adventurous.” But adventurism outside the purpose of sex in family life is not making them happy. Results from a survey of 30,000 respondents indicated that “younger Americans are having sex with fewer people than their boomer or gen X elders.”Promiscuous America is urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated, Wolfinger found. Indeed, Americans with postgraduate degrees are the most likely to be promiscuous.He also found that the most promiscuous people report being less happy, which he attributes to marital status. Promiscuous survey respondents are less likely to be married and more likely to be divorced.…“The happiness story changes when promiscuous Americans get married,” Wolfinger said.Are evolutionary scientists among the unhappy fornicators? There are no statistics about that in the article. However, it seems likely, given liberal attitudes about family values (e.g., 24 March 2018), that those who embrace Darwinian evolution would also tend to be “urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated.” Being more educated is not necessarily virtuous. It depends on the content of the education. “Mere education is not enough,” old preacher and college president Bob Jones (1883-1968) used to say. “You cannot put a man in the penitentiary for forgery until you first teach him to write.” The film A Beautiful Mind showed John Forbes Nash as a grad student treating sex with a cheapness that bordered on contempt. He dispensed with any attempt to woo a woman on campus, telling her outright he wanted to have sex with her. Why was she shocked? Would that attitude not be a logical outcome of an evolutionary worldview that views humans as evolved primates with no obligation to a Creator, out to fulfill their urges? His only happiness, as portrayed in the film, came when he conjured up as much self-control as he could. That seems a very anti-Darwinian strategy.The Source of VirtueSix-year-olds can cooperate to protect common assets (Nature). Evolutionists have to believe that all the virtues listed above among the “abiders” have their roots in natural selection. They certainly ascribe “cooperation” in animals as small as bacteria to unguided Darwinian processes. Christians and Jews, by contrast, believe all humans have a conscience and are created in the image of God, even if that image was corrupted by sin. This article shows that primary children are observed to solve the puzzle of the “tragedy of the commons” by learning to work together. Which view of human nature explains this? Why would the material “selfish genes” of Darwinist Richard Dawkins make children cooperate? Evolutionists can explain such behaviors after the fact, but not from their foundational belief that selfishness is the highest good.Secular scientists can’t cook up their own self-control, diligence, cooperation, conscientiousness or integrity. They have to borrow those goods from the Christian smorgasbord. Tell them they can’t get away with that any longer without paying the price. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many,” Jesus warned. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).(Visited 268 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A new short film from Illustra Media is sure to delight children – and adults, too.Lad Allen, producer of all the excellent nature documentaries at Illustra Media, wrote this about a new short film that is different. It contains no speech or scientific explanations; it’s just for sheer joy.Jerry Harned and I are grandfathers. Between us we have eight grandchildren (above), ranging in age from one to twelve. We enjoy them immensely. So much so that we decided to produce a film dedicated to each of them.Recently, we took a brief detour from cell biology, genetics and cosmology to develop a short video that would make our grandchildren (and, hopefully, thousands of other kids) smile, laugh, and jump around the living room like kangaroos. A film that, after everyone calmed down, would open the door for some good conversations about the creative power of God.First, we dug through our film archives and pulled out some of the best mammal, bird, reptile, insect, amphibian and fish footage we’ve photographed and accumulated over the years. Then we commissioned a special version of one of the most emotionally moving pieces of music ever written (Beethoven’s Ode to Joy). The editing process was a delight, and when we were done we had a lively and inspiring two-minute celebration of life on Earth. We call it ODE TO THE ANIMALS.In just two minutes, viewers are treated to fast-moving montage of animals large and small.Okay. Now round up your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, kids in your neighborhood, kids in your Sunday school and Awana programs… any kids you know anywhere. Then, after making sure they have plenty of room to jump and run around, hit the “Play” arrow … and be sure to stick around to watch it with them. We’ve had some test screenings with adults and they loved it too.He ends, “May the Creator of everything fill your hearts with joy.” Watch it now, right here:If you enjoyed it, please share the film located at TheJohn1010Project.com so that you and your friends can enjoy “life, and that more abundantly” (John 10:10b). While at the website, look at all the other short films available for free viewing and sharing.CEH often deals with answering Darwinists and their outlandish claims that all these creatures just “emerged” by chance mutations and natural selection. We need to step back and look at the amazing and diverse world of life that the origins controversy is about. Sometimes, enjoying creation – standing in awe of the wonders around us – can be the best tonic to ward off unbelief.(Visited 286 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
27 February 2013 Amid continuing global economic uncertainty, South Africa continues to experience growth and to weather the storm with a stable fiscus, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Presenting a R1.06-trillion 2013 National Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said that despite the still troubled global outlook, the world economy had shown signs of improvements.Economy to grow at 2.7% in 2013 He said South Africa’s economy had continued to grow, though at a slower rate than projected in last year’s Budget, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth reaching 2.5% last year and expected to come in at 2.7% in 2013, rising to 3.8% by 2015. South Africa’s inflation rate was expected to remain moderate, with consumer prices projected to increase by an average of 5.5% a year over the next three years. The budget deficit is projected to fall from 5.2% of GDP in 2012/13 to 4.6% in 2013/14 and 3.1% in 2015/16. Gordhan attributed the large budget deficit – amounting to a revenue shortfall of over R16-billion – to the economic turbulence the country experienced in the second half of last year. South Africa’s trade performance also remained low, with exports growing at just 1.1% in real terms last year against an increase of 7.2% in imports, pushing the deficit of the balance in payments to 6.2% or R190-billion. Gordhan said the disruption of activity in the mining sector and the drop in mining exports because of lower demand had partly contributed to the widening of South Africa’s balance of payments.Social spending over half the total Over half of all government spending in 2013/14, or R682-billion, will go to education, health, housing and social grants. Local government will get an extra R5.2-billion as part of the local government equitable share to help smaller municipalities to fund development needs. The Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa) will get R3.2-billion to fund rail signaling, while the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will get an additional R1.4-billion to fund road construction and maintenance. Additional amounts will also be made available to fund dams and water pipelines, with an extra R2.6-billion allocated for regional bulk water infrastructure, R1.9-billion to top up the municipal water infrastructure grant, and R1.5-billion to complete the De Hoop Dam. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project will get a further R1.1-billion, while science and technology infrastructure will get an additional R600-million. An additional R1.8-billion will be spent on increasing the number of teachers, with R800-million of this to fund Grade R teachers. Gordhan said allocations from the contingency reserve of R4-billion, for unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure, would be made later this year. “Work is in progress to determine funding requirements for reconstruction and rehabilitation following flood damage in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga,” he said. He said an allocation would be made in the adjustments appropriation for the Dinaledi schools connectivity programme and other broadband infrastructure projects subject to the finalisation of implementation plans.Debt service costs, social grants up the most Of the items in the 2013/14 Budget, debt-service costs will rise the most over last year’s Budget, with a 12.9% increase. Other significant increases include spending on social grants, which will account for R134.9-billion, up 9.2% over last year, spending on housing and amenities such as water to municipalities, up 11% over last year, and spending on economic affairs, up 10.8% over last year. Debt-service costs will total R100-billion for 2013/14 and are expected to stabilise at 2.8% of GDP in 2012/13. A further R4-billion will be set aside as a contingency reserve. The government will borrow R215.5-billion in 2013/14, which will be financed mainly with domestic bonds. Net loan debt is project to reach 38.6% of GDP by 2013/14, climbing to 40.3% in 2015/16.5% growth the target Gordhan said there were several steps that the government was taking to improve revenue and spending. These included carrying out a review of expenditure, focusing on both spending and controls in government programmes and agencies, the initiation of a tax review later this year, and a competitiveness enhancement programme introduced in last year’s Budget. The capacity of the state to implement plans and programmes would also be strengthened. He said new policy initiatives over the next three years would be financed from savings, efficiency gains and reprioritisation of spending. “If we succeed in driving growth towards 5% a year and government revenue doubles in the next 20 years, major infrastructure projects and new policy initiatives such as National Health Insurance and expanded vocational education will be affordable with limited adjustments to tax policy,” he said. “But if growth continues along the present trajectory, substantial spending commitments would require significant adjustments in revenue and reductions in other areas of spending,” he warned. The National Treasury has prepared a report for Parliament – which is currently before government – that considers the country’s fiscal sustainability from a long-term perspective. Gordhan said the Budget took into consideration the National Development Plan (NDP) by focusing on growth and employment creation, prioritising improvements in education and training, and promoting progress towards a more equal society. Gordhan stressed that South Africa has substantial strengths on which to build. These include a well-established legal system, secure property rights, an effective tax system, world-class universities and science councils, established transport, water and communications infrastructure networks, a sound macro-economic and fiscal framework, and expertise in a number of areas such as mining, retail, construction, logistics and manufacturing. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops provide multiple benefits with regards to protecting soil from erosion, improving soil health, and as a component of a nutrient management plan. For those cover crops that over winter and resume growth in the spring, for example, cereal rye and annual ryegrass, an important question is when to terminate that cover crop. That decision should consider the next crop, planting date of that next crop, the spring weather pattern and purpose of the cover crop. For cover crops that have not been planted with the intention of providing a forage harvest, and that are on acres intended for corn grain production, this may be a year to consider early termination of that cover crop.A driving factor for early termination of cover crops this year is the potential for a drier than average spring and summer. On a recent OSU Extension Ag Crops team conference call, Jim Noel from the National Weather Service talked about weather patterns following an El Nino year. Often the pattern is for the spring and summer months to be drier and warmer than average. At this point, warmer than average weather and plant growth points to an earlier spring. I have talked with several farmers who tell me that our soil moisture is drier than average. If this pattern holds, the risk is a cover crop can take up moisture that should be saved for the cash crop. At the recent conservation tillage conference in Ada I saw data that showed lower corn yields following cover crops in dry years when those cover crops were not terminated early enough. Those cover crops robbed soil moisture leading to delayed germination and slower development that was not made up compared to a corn crop planted with no cover crops or planted into a winter killed cover crop.Given the risk of or the potential for a drier than average spring and summer, cash grain corn producers should consider terminating cereal grain and annual ryegrass cover crops in the late March to early April time frame. Ideally we would like to see less than 8 inches of growth for either of those crops. I have read several sources that recommend annual ryegrass be terminated at 6 inches or less of growth. The recommended method for early termination is the use of herbicides.Glyphosate should be effective, especially if day time temperatures are above 50 F, and is probably one of the most economical options. A Purdue Extension publication entitled “Successful Annual Ryegrass Termination with Herbicides” says that producers need to use at least 1.25 lbs. of acid equivalent /acre of glyphosate and possibly up to 2.5 lbs. of acid equivalent /acre of glyphosate under less than ideal conditions for herbicide translocation. Purdue research also shows that mixing 1 oz. of Sharpen with 1.25 lbs. of acid equivalent rate of glyphosate provides the most consistent results in terminating the cover crop. Mark Loux, OSU Extension Weed Specialist says that the Sharpen option only needs to be used where there is a desire for burndown help with marestail or other weeds. The advantage of using Sharpen for this purpose in the tank mix is that it won’t reduce the glyphosate activity which can happen with atrazine or 2,4-D in the mix. Dr. Loux’s recommendation is to use a minimum of 1.5 lbs. of acid equivalent/acre of glyphosate for cover crop termination and only include Sharpen if marestail control is needed. For those who might be interested, see the April 14th, 2015 (CORN 2015-08) issue of the CORN newsletter by Mark Loux about cover crop burndown.For more information about cover crops and termination options talk to a member of the OSU Extension Agronomy Team.
The master suite and other design challengesThe master suite is upstairs. We wanted to make sure to address the things we didn’t like about our old master suite. Although our previous bedroom had a walk-in closet, it was really too narrow to have clothes hanging along both sides. The new house needed a bigger closet.As the design evolved, sometimes the closet would get even bigger because there was some unused space adjacent to it. If the design evolved in the opposite direction, Julie would protest. It seems you can never make a closet smaller. Our old master bathroom was also just a bit too narrow. Like the closet, the master bathroom seemed to grow as the design evolved. Anyone with aspirations of designing a modest home should avoid watching HGTV (except maybe the show about tiny houses).The hangar and garage presented some unique challenges. Obviously, we need a door on the taxiway side large enough for the airplane and doors on the street side for the cars. We also want to store our motorhome in the hangar. Even existing house designs that have hangars rarely have provisions for RV storage. The motorhome (the rectangle in the image showing the hangar) dictated the height of the hangar. We decided that it was easier to increase the height of the hangar door to get the motorhome in and out than to have a tall enough garage door.The hardest part of designing the house was not making individual regions work out, but making them work together. The roof sections need to come together in a way that is buildable and aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes, the logical places for windows from the interior didn’t look good from the exterior. No design is without compromises, but after many, many iterations, we have a design that we are pleased with. We have good views of the runway from the rooms that we will spend the most time in. We have a large south-facing section of roof that is suitable for solar panels. I doubt if we have thought of everything, but hopefully we have thought of all the important things. Developing floor plansA couple years ago, I purchased Home Designer software and started designing floor plans. Hundreds of versions later, we have a design that we are excited about.Some of the things we want in our house plan will be familiar to most people designing a new house while other needs are specific to our situation. My wife and I intend to live in this house until the kids send us off to assisted living. Those kids are college age now. They will probably live in the house off and on for the next few years. How do we design a house to be suitable for just the two of us and also suitable for a holiday gathering with our kids, their eventual families, our parents, and our siblings?For the main floor, we want a kitchen open to the family room. When we have a family gathering, we don’t want the cooks to be segregated from everyone else. If age or disability eventually prevents one of us from being able to climb stairs, we want to be able to live on just the first floor. So, we put a bedroom, office, and laundry room on the first floor. Although we label the bedroom as a guest bedroom, we provided a closet and bathroom that would make it a suitable master suite. That is not the type of airport I chose to live at. I am a recreational pilot. I fly an airplane that was built in 1948. The way I use my airplane is comparable to the way recreational boaters use their pontoon boats or ski boats. I enjoy flying around the area when the weather is good. I enjoy taking friends and family for rides. My desire to live on an airport is analogous to the desire of recreational boaters to live on a lake.The neighborhood we built in is a called an airpark. Most of the lots have direct taxiway access. All of the houses on those lots have attached hangars. (The home owners association actually requires it.) There are dozens of airparks like this around the country. We were fortunate enough to acquire a lot that has a good view of the runway and excellent southern exposure for solar, as long as we designed the house to take advantage of it. For many years, I have dreamed of living at a general aviation airport. Instead of driving to the airport to go flying, I would just step out the back door. When I am done for the day, I would sit on the back porch and watch takeoffs and landings. Well, it now seems to be happening. Our old house has been sold and we have moved to an apartment. We purchased a lot on the airport in Linden, Michigan. The new house has been designed. Now, it is time to build it.For people who know me well, the reasons for wanting to live on an airport don’t require much explaining. Sometimes I forget that, for most people, it is a fairly radical idea. When most people think about an airport, they envision the airline terminals that they slog through in the course of traveling between distant cities. I opted to design the house myselfI am often asked why I decided to design our house myself as opposed to using an available design. The reason I usually give is that there are very few available house plans with attached hangars and adding a hangar to a conventional plan doesn’t work very well. An attached hangar tends to preclude an outside view from a relatively large fraction of the perimeter of the house. Although there are a handful of rooms for which a view to the outside is not important, conventional house plans usually do not locate these rooms in the location at which a hangar would make sense. We were not likely to find any off-the-shelf house plans that worked.When I am being completely honest, I admit the main reason I designed the house myself, as opposed to hiring an architect, is my personality. I have always enjoyed designing things. For most of my professional life, I designed automotive transmissions. In my 40s, I decided to change directions and become a patent attorney. I enjoy learning about new fields, like the science and practice of homebuilding. I enjoy the challenge of manipulating the parts to try to achieve what we want. I am looking forward to seeing something I designed become a real-world structure.My education about building science wasn’t very structured. As I played with potential floor plan ideas, various questions came up. “Would that be really expensive to build?” “Can walls come together like that?” “Can I put the second floor bathroom over the garage?” Searching online, I usually came across the answers to 20 questions I hadn’t thought to ask before I found the answer I was looking for.I discovered the wealth of information at sites like Green Building Advisor, Building Science Corporation, and HeatSpring. I was surprised at the gap between the best known way to build houses and the way it was typically done. Of course, I didn’t know enough to specify everything that needs to be specified. I was fortunate to have a builder who was open to departing from his usual practices and who provided the kinds of knowledge one cannot get from web sites. Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of guest blogs by Reid Baldwin about the construction of his house in Linden, Michigan. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for BeginnersPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineGBA Encyclopedia: Building Lots and Siting a House NEXT: Walls and insulation
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Evernote#mobile#Pause Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Evernote is a very useful, Swiss-Army knife kind of software application that provides users with the tools they need to collect all of the information from their online journeys. It is a boon to anyone serious about task management and online research. So why can’t I get it integrated into my own work habits?For some inexplicable reason, I have never been able to really truly integrate Evernote into my daily work environment. And it’s not for lack of trying. Many of my colleagues recommend it, and since they are in the business of writing content for the Interwebs, what’s good for them should be good for me, right?Yet every time I try Evernote, it never seems to be quite all there for me. Even as a Premium user, which I am, at the urging of my colleagues.Researching the ProblemTake research, for instance. I know that as I move around from site to site on the Internet, looking for material to source for an article, I can easily assign sites to individual notebooks in Evernote so I can come back to them later. The problem is, unless I am working on a really big story, “later” is usually “now,” and I have all the tabs in my browser nicely open for me to reference.I would like to be able to stick websites into Evernote’s notebooks in “blue sky” mode, which is when I am just surfing around and might happen to catch my eye on something that I might want to come back to later. Except Evernote’s integration in iOS Safari doesn’t work half the time, which is too bad because iPad time (unlike computer time) is usually great for blue sky meandering. (Evernote does work very well on my Android browser, but honestly, I don’t use my phone to surf around aimlessly much.)Seeing a Solution?I got really excited when I heard about Evernote’s improvements to Page Camera, and was hoping to try them out to pull my written notes into text via Evernote’s optical character recognition. I take written notes copiously (I own fountain pens and Moleskines by the dozens) and writing-to-text would be awesome with a cross-platform app.But nope, Evernote’s OCR, which pretty good, only indexes snapshots for note searching. There’s no magical “here’s your text” feature for me to cut and paste content into a story. You can export an OCR note to an ENEX file, but when you open the thing in a text editor, it’s so heavily marked up you can’t get the text out easily at all.One thing Evernote does have, however, is a pretty good Dictate feature that I have used from time to time at conferences to catch longer interviews and presentations. I really wanted the OCR capability to work, but I suppose speech-to-text could be another option. I am worried about the monthly data limits on my Evernote account, though.All Things for All PeoplePart of my continued firewall for Evernote usage has little to do with the app itself. One of the many uses for Evernote could be task management. Think of something to do, and make a note for it. But in this area, I already have a very good task manager, OmniFocus. In fact, OmniFocus’ integration with my OS X machine and iPad means that I can capture a lot of information as I think of it or see it on a website, dump it into my OmniFocus inbox, and then sort it into a task category/timeframe later. That capture-and-figure-it-out-later process is part of the Getting Things Done process OmniFocus is really good for, and Evernote isn’t quite.While it may be obvious that Evernote and OmniFocus are not meant to do the same things, pointing out this difference speaks to a larger point about apps like Evernote that try to be all things to all people. That simply is very hard to do, and rarely works out for the best. It would be better, I think, for Evernote to do fewer things very well than many things just okay.That may be the biggest reason why Evernote simply hasn’t worked for me.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffitt
Guning for their first Grand Slam title, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq fought their hearts out but had to be content with a runners-up trophy at the US Open as the Indo-Pak Express lost the men’s doubles final 6-7(6) 6-7 (3) to Americans top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in New York on Sunday.Bopanna and Qureshi, 16th seeds, did not look like a team playing their first ever Grand Slam final as they made the world number one pair work hard for points and played enthralling tennis for more than one-and-a-half hours.It was nevertheless a dream run for the two players as for the first time an Indian and a Pakistani player combined to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.They might have failed to win a title but Bopanna and Qureshi were successful in sending the message loud and clear that sport can help dissolve the boundaries and India and Pakistan can watch, play and earn glory together.They wore the t-shirts with slogan — stop war start tennis — to send the message of peace in the two countries, at loggerheads since the partition days.For Bryan brothers, it was their second Grand Slam title of the season and also a revenge victory, having lost the Washington quarter-finals to the Indo-Pak team. For the Bryan brothers, this title was their ninth men’s doubles crown.
Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that multi-Grammy Award winner and pop superstar Christina Aguilera is using her voice for good in the fight against hunger by filming a new PSA for the Company’s World Hunger Relief effort that benefits the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.Christina Aguilera For HungerAguilera will appear in the new PSA as well as in advertising, online efforts and posters made possible by KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to be released this fall. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 where her participation has helped raise millions for WFP and other hunger relief agencies. She also serves as an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP where she has traveled on relief trips with the organization to Haiti and Guatemala.Video: Behind the Scenes Footage: Christina Aguilera’s New World Hunger Relief PSAThere are nearly 1 billion hungry people around the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide – greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.“I’m excited about my new PSA for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort this fall using my voice for good to help feed millions of children who go to bed hungry every night,” said Aguilera. “I hope to inspire others to use their voice for good and move millions of people from hunger to hope.”Yum! Brands’ annual fall World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 120 countries, nearly 38,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and over one million employees, to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for WFP and others. Consumers can visit www.FromHungertoHope.com or donate in the restaurants this fall. Every U.S. dollar raised will go directly towards WFP’s operations to fight hunger around the world.“We are extremely thankful for Christina’s passion to help us raise attention to the critical global hunger problem, inspire others to become part of the solution and save millions of lives,” said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc.Since World Hunger Relief launched in 2007, more than one million of the Company’s employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered millions of hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised $115 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide 460 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world.Yum! is also addressing hunger across the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since its launch over two decades ago, Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. Through Harvest, Yum! has donated over 148 million pounds of food, with a value of nearly $650 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S. The Company also has been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville for nine years, and has donated $10 million to this local agency.WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.wfp.org.