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RCMP warns of scammer impersonating RCMP Officer

first_img• Consider a google search for any names or phone numbers provided, which often leads to known telephone scams previously reported onlineThe RCMP is advising to hang up immediately if you receive a call from someone alleging to be a police officer collecting fines or taxes, record the caller’s number and contact your local police and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca. The RCMP Serious & Organized Crime Unit in Edmonton are investigating telephone calls where the caller identifies himself as a member of the RCMP, demanding the collection of unpaid taxes or fines.“The scammers threaten jail time, legal action and use coercive language to scare potential victims into sending money,” the media release reads. “The RCMP does not contact individuals for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes and NEVER asks the public to make a payment over the telephone.”During one recent call to an Edmonton man, the caller stated he was an RCMP Officer from Manitoba. The caller provided a badge number, phone number, and demanded money for unpaid taxes.- Advertisement -The RCMP recommends the following preventive measures:• Never divulge personal/financial information to unknown callers• If you are not convinced a caller is a police officer, contact your local police service or detachment to confirm their identityAdvertisementlast_img read more

Centre of excellence to guide growth in South African mining

first_imgKumba Iron Ore’s massive Sishen mining operations in the Northern Cape. One of Cimera’s eight focus areas will be on the “superlative mineral resources” found in Northern Cape iron and Kalahari manganese (Image: Brand South Africa)• Prof Nic BeukesDirectorCIMERA+27 11 559 4701Ray MaotaA new National Research Foundation centre of excellence, launched in late April, is set to give fresh direction to South Africa’s minerals and mining industry by guiding policy decisions, bringing more black people into high-level mining jobs and ensuring smarter exploitation of the country’s “cornucopia” of underground resources.Based at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis, or Cimera, draws on the expertise of two world-class economic geology research units: UJ’s Paleoproterozoic Mineralization Research Centre, and the Economic Geology Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.At the launch of the centre on 25 April its director, Nic Beukes, said Cimera’s main focus would be to train skilled economic geologists through postgraduate research studies on mineral and energy resources, with a particular, although not exclusive, focus on Africa.According to Beukes, research at Cimera is especially relevant to South Africa, as the country is one of the most valuable pieces of mineral real estate in the world, ranking top in resource concentrations of gold, chromium, manganese, fluorite, aluminosilicates, vanadium, zirconium, and the platinum-group elements, as well as enjoying world-class deposits of iron, diamonds and coal.“However, it is also highly relevant to Africa as a whole,” he said, “because the continent is moving into a new era where the demand for utilisation of its large resources of bulk commodities like iron, manganese and bauxite are rapidly rising, but sufficient knowledge to ensure long-term economic viability of extraction is lacking.”Cimera is a Department of Science and Technology initiative, via its National Research Foundation. In addition to UJ and Wits, it has collaborating partners in the universities of Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Fort Hare, Pretoria and Venda. ‘An industry that exploits black workers’Speaking at the launch, DST deputy minister Michael Masutha said mining has always been one of South Africa’s dominant economic activities, given the country’s mineral riches. “While diamond and gold production may be well down from their peak production years, the country remains a cornucopia of mineral resources,” he said.“The centre of excellence will not only help expand research and training of high-quality economic geologists, but will also serve to expand collaboration with private mining and energy companies in South Africa.“I challenge Cimera to lead by example in this regard. This is particularly important because the mining industry has for so long been seen as an industry that exploits black workers. In fact, most of the backbreaking jobs on the mines are still done by black men, and most of the mid- and top-level jobs are held by white men. Encouraging black people and women to enter research careers in this area would be a good start towards a more equitable situation.”Cimera is the fifth National Research Foundation centre of excellence launched this year, bringing the total number of centres to 14. The other four new centres deal with food security, scientometrics and science, technology and innovation policy, mathematical and statistical sciences, and human development.“The launch of this centre, as with the previous ones, highlights important features of the centres of excellence programme, which is its responsiveness to the needs of the country, its people and ultimately humanity,” Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research Foundation, said at the launch. “As the managing agency of the centres of excellence programme we would like to congratulate the University of Johannesburg and we look forward to seeing the work that will emerge from this important centre.” Focus areasCimera’s eight focus areas will be on the metallogenesis of early earth mineral resource systems in South Africa; the country’s three superlative mineral resources (Witwatersrand gold-uranium, Northern Cape iron and manganese, Bushveld platinum and coal); fossil energy resources such as coal, methane and uranium; small-scale mining opportunities; critical metals of the future; new bulk mineral resource developments in Africa; environmental and medical geology; and public awareness and education.It will also ensure a supply of highly trained mineral and energy resource analysts to ensure the sustained development of the scientific and economic sectors of the mineral and energy resource industries in South Africa, and Africa as a whole.In its essential role as an information broker, Cimera will make important information on mineral and energy resources available to policy makers and the community in general.This would include information about mineral and fossil fuel deposits that policy makers could use to define future strategies, and help them make informed decisions on awarding mineral rights and planning infrastructure development.It will also publish information on mineral and fossil fuel deposits with the potential to attract foreign investment.Moreover, it will look into mineral deposits and fossil fuel reserves that are too small for large mining houses to be interested in, but would be ideal for local communities to set up small mining operations. This will help develop South Africa’s small-scale mining sector.last_img read more

Building Science Corp. Study Examines Insulation Performance

first_imgOld newsThe findings aren’t new; they were reported by GBA in a September 2012 article called “Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of Walls.” In that article, senior editor Martin Holladay wrote, “If the walls were sealed and there was no air flow through the walls, all of the R-13 walls behaved the same. As Gertrude Stein might have put it, an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall. ‘When the nominal R-13 walls are sealed and tested, they have the same heat flow, plus or minus 4%,’ said [Chris] Schumacher. ‘They all perform roughly the same.’” RELATED ARTICLES Builders who run the other way when someone suggests using fiberglass batt insulation may want to rethink their point of view. A study released by an industry trade group says that one type of wall insulation performs as well as any other as long as it is installed correctly and the wall has been air-sealed.That conclusion comes from an updated Thermal Metric Summary Report compiled by the Building Science Corporation and released this week by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), a trade group representing manufacturers of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation.“R-value is R-value,” NAIMA said in reporting the latest results of the multi-year study. “When walls are constructed to the same R-value and properly sealed, all insulation types perform essentially the same.” Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of WallsA Bold Attempt to Slay R-ValueUnderstanding R-ValueInstalling Fiberglass Right Search continues for an R-value replacementThe industry-funded research is part of what’s turning out to be a very long process aimed at replacing R-value with another metric for describing thermal performance.Joseph Lstiburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation (BSC), announced in 2007 that it was time for the R-value to be retired and replaced with a metric that took into account more complexities of building assemblies and site conditions. As GBA’s Martin Holladay reported nearly four years ago, BSC built a new test rig called a double-guarded hot box with the aim of measuring heat and mass flows. But testing dragged on for years without any firm conclusions.As the report notes, BSC joined with six companies in the industry — including NAIMA and Icynene, a manufacture of open-cell foam — to develop a replacement for R-value.“The Thermal Metric Project was initiated in response to renewed focus on building system performance and increasing use of a broader range of building materials and systems,” the report notes. “These factors highlight the shortcomings of the dominate thermal performance metric, namely R-value. Contemporary insulation materials and systems are more or less sensitive to thermal bridging, workmanship (i.e. quality of installation), internal convention and through convection (i.e. infiltration, exfiltration, wind washing and re-entrant looping).“The impact of such ‘anomalies’ and ‘defects’ is not captured in the standard (label and installed) R-value metric,” it said.Researchers still have more work to do: “At this stage of the research project, the industry partners have not proposed a new metric for quantifying the thermal performance of insulation beyond conventional R-value,” NAIMA said, “and the report does not include any recommendations for a new metric.”But the study did yield a number of observations:Unless a continuous layer of insulation is installed on one side of the wall, all wood-framed walls are subject to thermal bridging, regardless of what type of insulation is used in the stud cavities. Thermal bridging through the framing lowered thermal performance by about 15%.Commercially available heat transfer models do a good job of predicting thermal bridging, as did the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals.All types of insulation show changes in thermal performance with changes in temperature.No matter what type of insulation is used, all wall assemblies show some loss of thermal performance when air is permitted to move through them. A preliminary version of the report was released almost two years ago, NAIMA said, comparing fiberglass batts, cellulose, closed-cell spray foam, and foam sheathing. But open-cell spray foam wasn’t included because of defects in a test wall. The updated version of the report, dated June 2015, also includes test results involving R-15 fiberglass batts and R-15 blown-in fiberglass insulation.NAIMA said that R-15 fiberglass batts performed better than a wall insulated to R-13 with open-cell spray foam and better than R-12 worth of closed-cell foam.“The results of this research clearly demonstrate that there is no single ‘best’ insulation material and that all insulation materials perform equally well when properly air sealed and installed, debunking the claims that spray foam insulation performs better than other insulation types and provides air sealing for the whole building.”last_img read more

Does Your Morning Routine Feed Your Body, Mind & Spirit?

first_imgWritten by Alicia Cassels, MFLN Program Development Specialist and Caregiving Team Member Reference:Rothbard, Nancy P., and Steffanie L. Wilk. “Waking Up on the Right or Wrong Side of the Bed: Start-of-Workday Mood, Work Events, Employee Affect, and Performance.” Academy of Management Journal, vol. 54, no. 5, 2011, pp. 959–980., doi:10.5465/amj.2007.0056. Return to article. Long DescriptionHave you ever experienced a morning that leaves you frazzled and stretched-thin? Perhaps the alarm failed to ring on time, or a family member required a little extra care. Perhaps you failed to leave enough time for a heavy morning commute, or you found yourself unable to take a few minutes to eat breakfast or grab a drink before making a mad dash. Did you arrive at your destination feeling unsettled or disorganized?While no amount of planning can eliminate all morning challenges, for some, an overly-stressed morning routine is the rule, rather than the exception. Consistently hectic mornings that leave you physically and mentally depleted can negatively impact your health and mood, making it more difficult to achieve full productivity. Investing a few minutes each morning in activities that nourish your body, mind and spirit may provide benefits that last throughout the day and beyond.How important is morning wellbeing?According to research published in the Academy of Management Journal, employee mood at the start of the workday impacts how employees perceive work events and how they ultimately perform at work. The study found that employees arriving at work in a negative start-of-workday mood tended to perceive work events more negatively, experience more negative feelings about work, and demonstrate lower quality work performance. (Rothbard and Wilk 2011).While cognitive benefits associated with nourishing the body have been well documented, some have identified a number of performance-related benefits associated with taking time in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast. According to the Mayo Clinic:Adults who report regularly eating a healthy breakfast:Eat more vitamins and minerals.Control their weight. Research suggests that consuming most of your daily calories in the morning can aid weight loss.Control their blood sugar levels — which is important in preventing or controlling diabetes.Eat less fat and cholesterol.Perform better at work. Invest in a morning routine that enhances wellbeing. Planning time in the morning for self-care may represent one of the very best investments that you can make. Below are three strategies to help boost your morning routine in ten minutes or less.(1). Eat breakfastFor many busy adults, finding the time to prepare and eat breakfast can be daunting. The 5, on the Go Hearty, Heart Healthy Breakfast Ideas publication from the Cleveland Clinic provides excellent strategies for quick and nutritious breakfasts, with items that require no more than 10 minutes to prepare.(2). HydrateHydration is an extremely important component of overall health that can become overlooked when time is tight. Taking time to properly hydrate is one of the best things you can do for your body in the morning, and throughout the day. For easy hydration strategies, check out this Secrets of Self-Care Hydration Resource.(3). Boost your mood Let’s face it, sometimes we all just wake up on the wrong side of the bed! This nine-minute loving kindness meditation from the University of California can help establish a positive mood in the morning or any time.Do you have effective go-to morning strategies to share? List them below!center_img Image created in Canva by Alicia Cassels. last_img read more

5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more

Julianne Moore To CoHost Childrens Health Fund Summer Benefit Party

first_imgJulianne Moore will co-host a special Hamptons summer benefit event for Children’s Health Fund.The summer benefit party will take place at the home of Lisa and Paul Metselaar in support of Children’s Health Fund, and will be co-hosted by Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich and Gianna & Chazz Palminteri. When: Saturday, August 9, 2014
6:00pm – 8:30pm
 Where: Water Mill, New YorkFor tickets and more info, click here.In 1987, Paul Simon co-founded the Children’s Health Fund with pediatrician Dr. Irwin Redlener, and launched a mobile medical clinic to bring healthcare to homeless children in New York City. Today, Children’s Health Fund has a fleet of 50 medical, dental and mental health clinics on wheels. Working in partnership with local hospitals or community health centers, Children’s Health Fund has provided health care to hundreds of thousands of poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations across America. With its mobile clinics, Children’s Health Fund has also responded to the need for urgent medical care for communities devastated by Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Sandy. A voice for the country’s most vulnerable children, Children’s Health Fund has been a powerful advocate for expanding the safety net for children in poverty, and is currently collaborating with government and schools to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn so at-risk kids have a chance for success at school and in life.last_img read more