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PRRD looking for feedback on how it communicates with residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is looking for feedback on how they communicate with residents.They want opinions on: How well does the PRRD communicate with residents, what is the PRRD’s reputation with residents, what your experience with the PRRD has been like, how you learn things about the PRRD whether that be Facebook, website etc.The survey runs from now until September 16th and it takes no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Plus, you are entered to win a tablet.- Advertisement -You can take the survey here.last_img read more

Sancho named Bundesliga Player of the Month after starring for Borussia Dortmund

first_img ADVICE Ahead of the match, his team-mate Christian Pulisic – a USA international – said: “The sky is the limit for a guy like that, he’s got so much talent and he’s a great young player.”Asked about the decision to leave Manchester City for Germany in 2017, he added: “Sometimes you have to take a risk if you want great things to happen.“I had to do the same thing moving to Germany. I’m really happy for him that things are working out and just want him to continue to push and continue to get better.”And that decision to move abroad is the reason for his rapid rise, says Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who said it was the reason he was starting for his country at Wembley.“He’s a great example actually of a young player who took the opportunity to go and play abroad, got himself into the first team because no disrespect to Manchester City, if he had stayed at City there is no way he will have played for England tonight. It’s just a fact.” REVEALED huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Jadon Sancho had an excellent October for Borussia Dortmund Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Popular Football News MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Jadon Sancho has capped an excellent week by scooping the Bundesliga Player of the Month award for October following a series of impressive displays for Borussia Dortmund.The 18-year-old became the youngest player in Dortmund’s history to score twice in a match when he netted against Hertha Berlin at the end of last month. Sancho was also on target a week earlier, notching the opening goal after just two minutes in a 4-0 victory at Stuttgart.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc hailed the talented winger: “I’ve rarely seen anything like it,” he said.“He’s phenomenal. Even if he’s a different kind of player, he reminds me of Ousmane Dembele, in the sense that he’s almost impossible to defend against. But unlike Dembele he’s only 18, and he hadn’t played a minute in the top flight before he arrived.” Your #BundesligaPOTM 🏆👏Thanks for voting! 🗳️@EASPORTSFIFA 💿 #FIFA19 pic.twitter.com/I4ntzLtCEE— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) November 16, 2018Sancho has not reserved his performances solely for his club, as he starred on his full debut for England in their 3-0 win over United States, setting up the second goal for Trent Alexander-Arnold to finish. no dice shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice huge blow Latest Football Newscenter_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE RANKED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out an SOS after it was swamped with calls about the new water charges.Council has been swamped with calls about water packs.A statement from the council said it is receiving an increasing number of calls from members of the public in relation to Irish Water Application Packs.But the council has stressed that the issues is absolutely nothing to do with them. “We would like to advise members of the public who have a query or need more information in relation to the Irish Water Applications Packs, to contact Irish Water at 1890 278 278 or visit www.water.ie,” said the statement.  COUNCIL SAYS IT HAS BEEN SWAMPED WITH WATER QUERY CALLS! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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) Tags:Donegal County Councilwater chargeslast_img read more


first_imgA very special visitor arrived at Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny this weekend.Huge crowds turned out at the store as Santa arrived at the biggest Christmas shop in the North-West.Simply click on the video to see Santa arriving as well as getting a look around the magical store. DDTV: SANTA ARRIVES AT COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN was last modified: November 24th, 2014 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) Tags:Christmas ShopCooneys Home and GardenletterkennySANTAlast_img read more

NY Times: Cosmologists Have Lost Their Brains

first_imgNaked brains floating in space, disconnected from reality – this describes the minds of some modern cosmologists, accused Dennis Overbye in a shocking article in the New York Times January 15.  While attempting to be sympathetic to the smart guys who can cover a blackboard with equations about higher dimensions, it was clear he was about to call these guys nuts.  His title: “Big brain theory: have cosmologists lost theirs?”    Some of the ideas being seriously proposed by cosmologists include: disconnected observers in space (of which you might be one, imagining you really are here on Earth); universes bubbling off in all directions all the time; universes that make observers in a snap; reincarnation; and the possibility of a quantum fluctuation leading to a bang that would destroy us and the universe in a flash.    If Bob Berman already thought cosmologists were clueless (see 09/29/2007, 10/06/2004), this article would surely push him over the edge.  Overbye himself said, “If you are inclined to skepticism this debate might seem like further evidence that cosmologists, who gave us dark matter, dark energy and speak with apparent aplomb about gazillions of parallel universes, have finally lost their minds.”    Yet the article describes the opinions of leaders in the field: Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Leonard Susskind, Lisa Dyson, and others, who debate their paradoxes and imaginative scenarios in all seriousness, run impressive calculations, and deduce alternate realities that could not be scientifically tested even in principle.  If skepticism was the key to the Age of Reason, has the time come to turn skepticism against the skeptics?    Those curious about what possible rationale any scientist could defend for such notions as brains floating in space in bubbling universes where time runs backward can dig into the article for its discussion of the Boltzmann paradox, quantum radiation, dark energy and other quasi-rational or quasi-realistic elements of their tales.  One will look hard for any baby of observable science, however, in the metaphysical bathwater (cf. 02/18/2007).    After centuries of the Age of Reason, attempting to describe nature in rational terms, it would seem natural philosophers (now called scientists) have created a new metaphysics more speculative than ever.  Have the boundaries of science and reason been left far behind?  Has any accountability to evidence been jettisoned?  Linde, after discussing the possibility of reincarnation in modern cosmological speculations, says, “People are not prepared for this discussion.”  One wonders who can claim to be on the right side of the looking glass.Linde, who just happens to be a Hindu, just happened to find a way to make reincarnation a part of “science” – not that one’s religion should in any way be used to critique one’s adherence to the rules of science now, Ms Scott.  Those rules, of course, no longer require empirical evidence.  Anything goes – even Eastern mysticism – so long as one is not a creationist.    Evolutionists used to ridicule creationists with a silly what-if question: “If there is a God, how do you know he didn’t create the world just five minutes ago, complete with our memories of past lives?”  They also ridiculed the Biblical statement that God will roll up the universe like a scroll in the last days.  Read the NY Times article; we rest our case.  You will never find anything in the Bible nuttier than this.    Ten years ago it seemed that creationists were on the defensive.  Bible-believing Christians seemed to have a lot of explaining to do: the light-distance problem, apparent age, etc.  Now it seems that the only ones with their brains still inside their skulls are those who believe Genesis 1:1.    This article is another reason we suggested some of these cosmologists take up truck driving (02/21/2005, 11/07/2007).  It was a very charitable suggestion, for them and their students – and for reporters like Overbye who are apparently disturbed about what has become of science.  Apparently they have lost it.  Cosmology has imploded.  The Enlightenment is dead.  The only hope is an escape to reality.  A little fresh air, some country scenery, some exercise, wouldn’t that be a good rehab after too much academia?  At the motel, you might pull out that book in the dresser.    Ask yourself if this 300-year quest to explain the world by human reason instead of revelation has worked.  It is indeed possible that all the technology and convenience of modern civilization would have developed anyway, because most of the productive (not merely speculative) nature philosophers and scientists were Christians (see online book).  Other great civilizations took technology to impressive lengths without Enlightenment assumptions (i.e., that man is emerging from the Dark Ages of belief into the Age of Reason).  You now see the comic conclusion of rational man’s theater of the absurd (11/29/2004).  Here is where reasoning out of the human imagination alone has led (01/17/2007 commentary).    Does anyone envy these people?  (Apart from the salaries they make at ivy-league institutions without having to work, that is.)  Have they developed anything to help you live, to improve your marriage, your relationships, your goals and aspirations, and your mental health?  Are you more physically fit and morally upright after dreaming about bubbling universes, dark matter, dark energy, dark everything, chaotic fluctuations that go bang in the night, and floating brains?  Maybe God lets man go as far as he can on his own to make His point.  A godly grandmother praying for a prodigal child seems to have more of a grip on the Age of Reason than these poor, pathetic souls who wander in the dark and think they are the wise ones.  Without apologies for repeating a trite Christmas card slogan, wise men still seek Him. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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

NRC: Put legacy data online, says rights body

first_imgA rights body in Assam has urged Prateek Hajela, the State coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC), to make the legacy data available on its web portal.Uploading the data would help people who were left out of the complete NRC draft published on July 30 as many of them had “failed to collect the legacy data or collected wrong data” due to illiteracy and sheer ignorance”, the Citizens’ Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC) said. Legacy data is a set of documents comprising the NRC of 1951 and electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971, which is the cut-off date for detecting foreigners in Assam.Available for 3 yearsNRC officials said the legacy data was available online for three years after the exercise began. It is now under login credentials, which means the access is limited to certain officials. Public access to the legacy data was reportedly withdrawn after cases of misuse.“Easier access to legacy data would be of help for the left-out people during the process of claims, objections and corrections,” CRPC general secretary Bidhayak Das Purkayastha said.Political parties and NGOs across Assam have set up assistance booths ahead of distribution of forms for claims, objections and corrections from Friday. Some MLAs have taken up the responsibility individually.Assistance centres“We have set up Bidhayak (MLA) Seva Kendras in Dhekiajuli. We will support every single Indian left out of the final draft of NRC, and will ensure no Indian is left out,” Ashok Singhal, the BJP legislator representing the Dhekiajuli seat, said.Other organisations such as the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad have expressed concern over the alleged move to penalise people who fail to prove the reason behind filing an objection to the inclusion of a suspected foreigner, doubtful voter or declared foreigner in the draft.“It is too premature a fear, since the Supreme Court would take a call on what will or will not happen during the upcoming phase of the NRC exercise,” an official said, declining to be quoted.Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, meanwhile, criticised Mr. Hajela for a work “done poorly as proved by the apex court’s censure”. Not ruling out a “faulty” final NRC, he said the citizens’ charter would turn into “waste paper” if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is turned into law.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra stuns in Zuhair Murad at Oscars

first_imgLos Angeles, Feb 29 (PTI) Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra opted for a white embellished strapless gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad at her maiden Oscars where she is also presenting.The former Miss World, who rose to fame last year when her ABC thriller, “Quantico”, premiered, pulled her hair back into a subtle pony ? with a center part.The 33-year-old actress also rocked a very light, golden brown smokey eye.Diamond accessories were an integral part of her wardrobe as Chopra sported big, chunky drop earrings and rings.”Diamonds are a girls best friend.. #Oscars,” she wrote alongside a photograph on Instagram.Chopra may have nailed it on the red carpet but she admitted that she is a little nervous about messing up at the Oscars stage while presenting an award.”Have you practiced the names?” Ryan Seacrest asked Chopra.”Yes I did. Thank God that yesterday I pre-recorded all the names for the nominees because I was like, Oh my God Im definitely gonna mess this up! But I dont think thats gonna happen because its pre-recorded and all done,” she said.Chopra has been nailing it on red carpet this awards season.At the Peoples Choice Awards in January (where she received the award for best actress in a new television series), the Indian actress sparkled in a sequined take on the colour block trend by Vera Wang. PTI JCH BKlast_img read more

NFL Mulls L.A. Relocation

first_imgNEW YORK — The NFL is moving slowly toward Los Angeles, and rapidly around the rest of the globe.On the same Oct. 7 that the owners approved an extension and expansion of the international series of regular-season games, they discussed at length the desire of three teams to relocate to LA. The Rams want to leave St. Louis, the Chargers want to vacate San Diego, and the Raiders seek to move from Oakland.Commissioner Roger Goodell expects owners will vote on franchise relocation, but when is another matter.Goodell said the owners expressed interest “in wanting to be there, but also recognize we need to find solutions. Our relocation policy is very important.” So the league is being cautious and thorough.“When you start out with nothing and you are trying to find a solution, you try to find all the pathways that can lead to success,” said Eric Grubman, the NFL’s point man for relocation to LA. “If you find one, people aren’t necessarily optimistic it’s going to be successful because there’s a failure rate. If you find 100, then people are very optimistic. When we attacked it, we had to find more than one thing that can work.“So what happens when you find more than one thing that can work and it’s in the NFL and it involves multiple owners and multiple cities? Then suddenly the picture becomes very murky because not everyone can get exactly what they want. And that’s the scenario that’s most likely to play out.”Los Angeles has not had an NFL franchise since 1995, when the Rams and Raiders left. The current timetable calls for submission of applications to relocate in January, when the owners could vote.There has been speculation that timetable could be moved up to December, when the next owners meeting occurs in Dallas. But Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney said he doesn’t envision that.“I don’t think we’ll move up the deadline,” Rooney said. “We have cities that still are putting together their proposals” to keep their teams.Grubman admitted for a team or two to call LA home next season, the latest it could get approval would probably be March or April.The Rams are proposing a stadium in Inglewood, California, while the Raiders and Chargers jointly have one planned for Carson. Those teams’ owners were excused from a round table session during the fall meetings, and the other 29 owners voiced their opinions on approving any moves to LA.Goodell said it’s “very positive” to have two alternatives in what he also called “the entertainment capital of the world.”Neither California team has had success in getting public funding for a new stadium; Goodell noted that has been happening “for decades.” Missouri has come through with a plan for a $1 billion stadium to keep the Rams, but there are delays in that proposal.While LA remains an uncertainty, more games in the United Kingdom — and probably in other locales abroad — are coming.The owners approved more international games through 2025, including quite possibly in Mexico, Germany and Canada.“We think it’s time to expand our international series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the U.K., but elsewhere around the world,” Goodell said.Mexico, where one regular-season game was played in 2005 and drew a record attendance of 103,467, is a front-runner for next year.“That’s our biggest fan base, our most vibrant market,” said Mark Waller, the league’s Vice President/International. “It would be a logical place to start.”The NFL will announce the 2016 international games this fall. Three games are being held at London’s Wembley Stadium this season for the second straight year, and that number could be increased.Earlier this year, the NFL agreed with English Premier League club Tottenham to play at least two games a season at its new stadium in north London, which is scheduled to open in 2018. That is a 10-year deal.The league also is looking at Toronto and Vancouver, and several cities in Germany have expressed interest in hosting games.The Pro Bowl also could land in international sites. Brazil has expressed interest in the all-star game, and Waller said Australia, South Africa and Asia also were potential sites, but probably not before early 2018.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oklahoma State Moves Up in Coaches, AP Poll

first_imgOklahoma State went into the week ranked No. 22 in the coaches poll and No. 24 in the AP poll. After a big 30-27 victory over the Longhorns on the road, Oklahoma State has moved up to No. 19 in the coaches, and jumped to No. 20 in the AP poll.The Cowboys are now 4-0, and are scheduled to face Kansas State at home next Saturday.Full list of AP rankings can be found here. While 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.AdChoices广告last_img read more