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Negotiations underway between ASTI and Department of Education

first_imgTalks have resumed this afternoon between the The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education over the issue of payment for recently qualified teachers.This follows four hours of negotiations yesterday afternoon, and several meetings over the past two weeks.The Department told the ASTI that payments would be made immediately if they agree to sign the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The Department of Education say that the ASTI’s withdrawal from supervisory and substitution duties is directly linked to their refusal to work the Croke Park hours (less than one hour a week). However, every other civil servant work those hours.Widespread closures of over half of Ireland’s secondary schools is to be expected tomorrow as 17,500 teachers withdraw from their supervisory duties. Some 200,000 students will be affected.In addition to withdrawing from supervisory and substitution duties, the ASTI have organised six strike days over the next month.Strike days are as follows;Tuesday, November 8thWednesday, November 16thThursday, November 24thTuesday, November 29thTuesday, December 6thWednesday, December 7th To see if your school will be affected by the strike click here.Negotiations underway between ASTI and Department of Education was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why Warriors are intrigued with Alen Smailagić’s potential

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. LAS VEGAS – With one awkward leap and one powerful slam, Alen Smailagić prompted several reactions.His summer-league teammates jumped out of their seats. Afterwards, some of them gushed about Smailagić’s trajectory after the Warriors selected him at No. 39 and groomed him the past year with their G-League team. And Warriors summer–league coach Aaron Miles conveyed excitement about Smailagić’s potential, while …last_img read more

South Africa doing ‘quite well’: Fitch

first_img28 July 2009 Kalema said South Africa’s ratings have been on negative outlook since November 2008, when Fitch took negative rating action on a number of major emerging markets in the face of the sudden and fast deterioration of the global economic environment in the second half of last year. South Africa’s ratings could come under further downward pressure if economic recovery is weaker and more protracted than Fitch currently expects, leading to a worsening of key credit indicators. Fitch, which provides the world’s credit markets with independent and prospective credit opinions, research, and data, affirmed all of South Africa’s sovereign ratings South Africa is weathering the global recession “quite well” compared to other developing countries, and political risk has eased since April’s smooth transfer of power to President Jacob Zuma’s administration, says Fitch Ratings. The agency therefore expects the government debt ratio to rise from a low of 27% in the 2008 financial year to around one-third by the 2010 financial year, while external debt ratios are also forecast to rise as borrowing is stepped up to finance public sector investment and the current account deficit. Prudent fiscal policy Monetary stimulus Trade and capital flows The country’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) is “BBB+” and the long-term local currency IDR is “A”. The outlooks on the long-term foreign and local currency IDRs remain negative, while Fitch has affirmed the country ceiling at “A”. Political risk “Though portfolio flows have since returned and the rand has recovered most of the ground lost since March 2009, the combined impact of global recession and a domestic cyclical downturn will be more broadly felt in 2009.” “South Africa has been affected mainly through trade and capital flows channels; there were large portfolio outflows and a sharp weakening of the currency,” Fitch said. Falling inflation and slower private credit growth in response to earlier monetary tightening is also allowing a monetary stimulus, Fitch says, noting that interest rates have been reduced by 450 basis points since December, which will help support growth into 2010. Fitch’s earlier forecast of recession has been confirmed, but the agency now forecasts that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) will contract by one to two percent in 2009. The country’s current account deficit could approach five to six percent of GDP in the current fiscal year, and remain high, albeit declining, in the subsequent two years. Source: BuaNews Some of the imbalances in the economy are starting to ease, with credit growth slowing sharply and domestic inflationary pressures abating.center_img “South Africa is weathering the global recession and credit crunch quite well compared to its rating peers,” Veronica Kalema, director of Fitch’s sovereign group, said in a statement on Monday. As the deficit will not be fully covered by increased public sector borrowing and foreign direct investment, financing will still rely on portfolio flows, presenting a persistent risk to macroeconomic stability given continued volatile global risk appetite, Fitch says. However, the increase in debt of the broader public sector, which includes non-financial public enterprises, will be much starker as infrastructure spending is stepped up. An “A” rating denotes expectations of low default risk. The capacity for payment of financial commitments is considered strong. This capacity may, nevertheless, be more vulnerable to adverse business or economic conditions than is the case for higher ratings. Country ceilings reflect Fitch’s judgment regarding the risk of capital and exchange controls being imposed by the sovereign authorities that would prevent or materially impede the private sector’s ability to convert local currency into foreign currency and transfer to non-resident creditors. “Although GDP will fall by one to two percentage points this year, this will be far less than most ‘BBB’ category sovereigns,” she said. According to Fitch, South Africa’s post-election political landscape and its implications for policy is still unfolding, at a time when the budget deficit is rising sharply and the current account deficit, while diminished, remains large and presents continuing financing challenges. According to Fitch, several years of prudent fiscal policy have given South Africa the fiscal space to weather a temporary increase in the budget deficit without the debt ratio exceeding “BBB” category medians. However, political risk has not diminished completely – expectations have been raised, and sporadic riots are a reminder that service delivery, which is a priority for the new government, has the potential to threaten political stability unless effectively addressed, says Fitch. A weakening of the policy environment would also be ratings-negative, the agency says. However, if the country navigates the downturn over the next 12 to 18 months without a sharp deterioration of its credit metrics, and with macroeconomic stability intact, the outlook would be revised to stable. “A smooth political transition after the fourth post-apartheid general election, the most vigorously contested so far, has reduced short-term political uncertainty, strengthened democracy and should ease investor concerns as the country navigates the downturn,” Fitch said. In addition, due to tighter regulation and supervision, the South African banking sector has been relatively insulated from the global credit crunch, and although banking sector asset quality and profitability are worsening in the economic downturn, the sector is better placed than most “BBB” country banking sectors to support the recovery. In the longer term, this investment will help the country ease some of the structural constraints to a higher growth potential, which will be key to an improvement in its sovereign rating. Country ratings affirmed High wage pressures also present a challenge to public finances, inflation and competitiveness.last_img read more

Garber’s Red Tractor Models

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Howard and Carol Garber of Auglaize County personify the complete marriage, despite having to overcome the significant obstacle of differing preferences in collectable farm equipment.Howard was raised with Massey-Harris tractors and implements whereas Carol descended from a family with Farmall, McCormick-Deering and International equipment. Fortunately some experts claim couples do not have to agree on everything for a successful marriage.“Our marriage has been wonderful and we don’t agree on everything, especially our preference for farm machinery. Having those differences makes it more fun. When we’re on the hunt for that special piece we help each other,” Howard said. “We’ve even been able to merge our different collections in the same showroom.”Howard’s love for Massey-Harris stems from growing up where his family farmed about 60 acres in Allen County and his parents rented another 300 acres. His uncle owned the Massey-Harris dealership in nearby Elida. Consequently the family’s machinery focus was the familiar red Masseys. Howard’s first tractor driving assignment came at the ripe age of seven.“Dad rode with me that first round when I was discing the field. After that round, he stepped off the tractor and I was on my own,” Howard said. “For a kid that age, it was exciting. But, wouldn’t you know, I soon misjudged a turn and got tangled up in the fence. It was all part of growing up and learning responsibility at a young age. As a kid, I didn’t have any toy tractors, only a semi-tractor trailer and a truck for milk can transport. When you’re able to drive the real tractors the toys don’t have the same meaning. But now, I’ve developed a keen interest in toy tractors as an adult.”Carol grew up on a Western Ohio farm near St. Marys.“My parents farmed and milked about 60 Holsteins. The equipment of choice was Farmall, McCormick-Deering and International. The only tractor I remember my Dad buying new was a McCormick Model Super W-6. It eventually got sold, but my brother found it later and bought it back as a family memento,” she said. “I always enjoyed working outside with my Dad. Driving tractor was more fun than helping Mom in the house. In fact, I did most of the cultivating when I was still home. I also worked ground and drove the tractor when we baled.”The Garbers married in 1968 and eventually settled in Wapakoneta a community close to their respective hometowns. Their interest in collecting developed later.“Our interest in collecting came quite by chance. In the late 90s, Howard and I attended a real estate auction in Bluffton, Indiana. To our surprise, there were numerous pieces of farm toy tractors offered. They were all shelf models in good condition,” Carol said. “We ended up buying about 20 pieces and they were all red — Massey-Harris, Farmall, McCormick-Deering and International. Among them was one of our favorites to this day — a 1:16 scale die-cast McCormick W-9. Those auction tractors launched our farm toy hobby.”Collecting came quite naturally for the Garbers. Carol’s dad and brother collected antique tractors and Howard has always admired that old vintage iron, but as urbanites, space was limited for full size tractors. Gathering up scale model versions was the next best thing.“We were primarily interested in finding models like those our families farmed with. Beyond that, we have focused on replicas from the 50s, 60s and 70s,” Howard said. “We understood and appreciated tractors from those times. Modern tractors and equipment are great, but if you haven’t operated them they don’t have the same meaning.”The Garbers have dedicated the basement of their home as their Red Tractor Model Showroom. They have amassed well over 100 pieces. The scale sizes represented are: 1:16, 1:12, 1:8 and a few in 1:64 scale. Their collection includes six pedal tractors with an assortment of memorabilia in both versions of red. A favorite among the memorabilia is a bottle of Red Shed wine featuring a Massey-Harris Model Pony tractor on the label from a Nappa Valley vineyard.Howard and Carol enjoy the anticipation as they pursue each new addition for their trove. The added excitement comes when something pops up that is least expected.“We love going to auctions, estate sales, flea markets or farm toy shows as we search out that next tractor model. I’ve also found several items through eBay and online toy auctions. The Massey-Harris pieces, whether tractors or implements, are difficult to come by as there were fewer made,” Howard said. “I’m making progress as the Massey shelves are beginning to fill up.”They are now in search of some harder to find items.“The world of Farmall, McCormick- Deering and International tractors and equipment models is huge compared to Massey-Harris. Finding replicas of the equipment our family farmed with is much easier,” Carol said. “We have been challenged however in finding a 1:16 scale die-cast Farmall Model F-12 with a single front wheel. Howard wanted one to go along with the F-12 antique tractor he restored. One came up through a sale recently, but the price was well beyond our budget. We finally settled on a 1:16 scale row-crop Farmall F-12 with two front wheels. Maybe we’ll find the single wheel version someday.”Carol’s family had several restored antique tractors. Howard admired and became a little envious of those old vintage tractors. The bug to restore an antique tractor finally caught up with him in 2003 when Howard located a Farmall Model F-12 in rough shape that he could refurbish.“This old tractor predated our primary era of interest, but it was something I wanted to take on. And, the price was right,” he said. “ My space was limited, but the tractor fit in the garage where I could work on it. The old beater with a single front wheel had been worked hard, but eventually I got it back in good running condition. And it dressed out to be like new. Eventually, we had five full-size antique tractors. Our aim was finding a model of each of those tractors. The tractors became difficult to store so we sold all of them in 2010.”When asked about their favorites, the answer is an easy one.“All of them,” Howard said. “Whenever we find a special model and place it on our shelves, we consider it special. We probably wouldn’t have bought it in the first place unless it had special meaning.”There are, however, a few that do stand out, including the 1:16 scale die-cast Farmall Model F-12 and McCormick- Deering Model W-6.“Although my family farmed with a McCormick Model M-6, the Model W-9 replica is very similar,” Carol said. “As cultivating was a familiar task when I was still home on the farm, it was appropriate to own a 1:16 scale die-cast International Model 544 with a four-row cultivator. This replica was built by SpecCast.”The Garbers also have a commemorative Massey-Harris harvest parts truck used during the Million Acre Harvest Brigade.“The original truck was used to service self-propelled combines as the operators worked their way north from Texas to Canada to cut wheat during the early stages of World War II,” Howard said. “The entire event resulted in just over one million acres being cut by Massey-Harris combines.”The 1:16 scale die-cast Massey-Harris Model 44-Special in standard format, made by Ertl, occupies a significant location on the Massey shelves as well and the 1:16 scale grain drill by Reuhl is proudlyThe extensive display of Garber’s Farmall/International scale model farm tractors can be seen in their basement Red Tractor Model Showroom.displayed. In addition, the recently acquired gray Farmall Model F-20 pedal tractor built by Scale Models joins five other pedal tractors in the Garber cache.Many of the hard to find older items have been discovered on the Internet.“The farm toys built in the 50s, 60s and 70s were much tougher than today’s models. You could depend on them being around for a long time. There are toys available for play, but they’ll never be collectable like those from years ago,” Howard said. “Today’s shelf models and high detail pieces are wonderful, but the plastic in many of them is not to my liking. And yet, the prices have gone up even though they’re made in a cheap labor market.“When you’re on the hunt for a special toy, don’t get discouraged because you didn’t get the piece you wanted. Keep looking or try a different route. Sooner than you think, you will find the one you’ve been looking for.”For those interested in chatting with the Garbers about their Red Tractor Models, you may call them at 419-738-6952 or contact Howard by email at hcg@bright.net.last_img read more

Geocaching ROCKS!

first_imgTell us how geocaching rocks your world in the comments below! Share with your Friends:More GCQEVF – Patriotic RockThis somewhat famous rock in Iowa was originally painted by artist Ray Bubba Sorenson, and is close to (what else?) an ammo can geocache. “For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. Now, it stays painted with something worth seeing. Each year around Memorial Day, Ray uses white paint to cover over his previous year’s work, then spends one to three weeks creating new scenes on his blank canvas.” GCHFT2 – Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp HeadLastly, the very first EarthCache ever created went live on January 10th, 2004 and is located in New South Wales, Australia. Explore this beautiful area and learn about worm burrows, split joints, dikes, drop stones, and fossils (including a Bryozoan colony). Yes folks, it’s officially October. We’d like to keep the party going by referring to this month as ROCKtober. Here are 10 ways to make your geocaching world “rock”!GC5G7A7 – G.P.S. I. NORTH COAST WALK – The Mushroom RockThis idyllically placed geocache takes you to the North coast of Gozo, Malta with sheer high cliffs. The area shows rock strata and breathtaking views across the Mediterranean sea. If you’ve logged this geocache, you’re probably a really fun guy . :-\ SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News”Stonehenge in the Desert — Geocache of the WeekJuly 25, 2018In “Community”A little adrenaline never hurt anyone — Klettersteig Schweifinen (GC2FX7P) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 27, 2014In “Community” GC1G5BY – Tensegrity on LibertyMaybe it’s the influence of Grunge music, but here’s a second geocache from Washington state that rocks. Until very recently, this was the oldest unfound geocache in the state. But why wasn’t it found for seven years? It’s a D5/T5 geocache with a challenging hike, and 400 feet of intense rock climbing. Geocaching HQ’s own video team attempted this geocache in July of 2015. Watch the breathtaking video here. GC2FFRV – The Secret of Rolling Stones (USA)A rolling stone gathers no moss, especially when it’s located in the middle of Death Valley, California. Here you’ll find this Earthcache based on a recently “solved” mystery: self-moving rocks. This phenomenon has been studied for over half a century. Can you figure out how they move? GC45DC3 – Can you eat rocks?Gluten intolerant? No worries with this loaf of bread. This geocache is located in near at Bread Rock in Castle Peak, Hong Kong. This is a D1.5/T4 cache in a “maze-like-area”, so make sure to do this one with a few geo-buddies!  GC5BMM0 – Moon TowerSince your in Malta, swing on over to nearby Sardegna, Italy. This geocache is on the way to the top of a giant rock with panoramic views. GPS signals can be temperamental here, so check the photos if you need a hint (or even a spoiler). Tesco Wolf TB visits GCA68D – StonehengeStonehenge has been around for over 7,000 years, and this location has been a Virtual Cache since October 2002. No need to purchase tickets, just post a photo with this amazing wonder from the Middle Ages in the background, and you’re good. GC1C93A – Frog RockOh, Signal the Frog would be so proud of this geocache in Washington state! The best way to explain this surprisingly romantic geocache is to quote the description:The now famous Frog Rock has a romantic and heartwarming history. Located at the intersection of Phelps & Hidden Cove roads, Frog Rock was created by two Bainbridge High School sweethearts on “Paint Night”, back in about 1971.Paint Night is an old tradition for graduating seniors, on Bainbridge Island. They go out and paint their first names and graduation year on the roads. Even back in 1971, the tradition was frowned upon, because motorists would drive over the wet paint, and the paint would slop up off their tires onto their cars.So, creating Frog Rock was an extraordinarily creative way (and a responsible way) to participate in Paint Night, without painting the roads. Painting the roads was not just frowned upon; it was then, and is now, illegal.The best part of this story is that, a few years later, the young couple got married and they’ve been together all these years. TB3XM3T – GEOCACHING ROCKS! GeocoinBut why should geocaches get all the glory? Trackables can rock, too. This Geocoin’s page states, “GEOCACHING ROCKS geocoins were designed by FOX 661L‘s friend Adam – DIVINGDJ – who DJ’s Rock Karaoke evenings around Coventry and had the coins created to bring some heavy metal into the geocaching world!”last_img read more

Big Data Round-Up: Unbounded Data, Cloudera Gets Competition and More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This week the GigOM event Structure Big Data took place in New York. We’ve already told you about the announcement of DataStax’s Hadoop distribution, Brisk, and about the launch of our own Pete Warden’s Data Science Toolkit. Here are a few more big data stories that you may have missed this week.Should We Replace the Term Big Data with “Unbounded Data”?This is actually from a couple weeks ago, but I think it’s worthy of inclusion. Clive Longbottom of Quocirca makes the case that “Big Data” is the wrong way to talk about the changes in the ways we store, manage and process data. The term certainly gets thrown around a lot, and in many cases for talking about managing data that is much smaller than the petabytes of data that arguably defines big data. Longbottom suggests the term “unbounded data”:Indeed, in some cases, this is far more of a “little data” issue than a “big data” one. For example, some information may be so esoteric that there are only a hundred or so references that can be trawled. Once these instances have been found, analysing them and reporting on them does not require much In the way of computer power; creating the right terms of reference to find them may well be the biggest issue.Hadapt and Mapr Take on ClouderaHadapt and Mapr both launched at Structure Big Data this week.Mapr is a new Hadoop vendor and competitor to Cloudera co-founded by ex-Googler M.C. Srinivas. Mapr announced that it is releasing its own enterprise Hadoop distribution that uses its own proprietary replacement for the HDFS file system. In addition to Cloudera, Mapr will compete with DataStax and Appistry.Hadapt is a new company attempting to bring SQL-like relational database capabilities to Hadoop. It leaves the HDFS file system intact and uses HBase.For more about the heating up of the Hadoop market, don’t miss Derrick Harris’ coverage at GigaOM.Tokutek Updates Its MySQL-based Big DatabaseDon’t count MySQL out of the big data quite yet. Tools like HandlerSocket (coverage) and Memcached help the venerable DB scale. So does TokuDB from Tokutek, a storage engine used by companies like Kayak to scale-up MySQL and MariaDB while maintaining ACID compliance.The new version adds hot indexing, for building queries on the fly, and hot column addition and deletion for managing columns without restarting the database.The Dark Side of Big DataComputerworld covers the relationship between surveillance and big data at the conference. “It will change our existing notions of privacy. A surveillance society is not only inevitable, it’s worse. It’s irresistible,” Jeff Jonas, chief scientist of Entity Analytic Solutions at IBM, told Computerworld.we covered this issue last year and asked what developers would do with access to the massive data sets location aware services enable. It’s still an open question.For more background on Jonas’ analytics work, check out this InfoWorld piece.Lead image by nasa1fan/MSFCDisclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img klint finley Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Seven Reasons to Gut Your Aging Bathroom

first_img6. Fix plumbing surprisesHere’s another thing I found. I’m not a plumbing expert, but I see a problem here. Imagine if that section of common drain line for our back-to-back sinks got clogged. Now imagine running a snake in there from one sink. Do you think it would make the turn? Probably not. We changed it out and offset the two. I got a little surprise when I took the drywall off of that exterior bathroom wall and saw what it said on the kraft paper facing of the batts. Yeah. We have R-7.4 insulation in our walls (see Image #3, below). And the installation quality was Grade 3.This is actually a good thing, in a way, because it means I’ll get more of an energy-performance improvement than I thought I was going to get.4. Seal the air leaksYes, our 1970 condo is leaky. I knew about the big bathtub holes and other plumbing penetrations because I’ve seen them from the basement. I didn’t know that the walls were sheathed with asphalt-impregnated fiberboard (Celotex) that provided lots of air leakage pathways. Again, looking on the bright side, that means I’ll be able to make more improvement than I’d thought.I’ve done a blower-door test since putting the bathroom back together. Unfortunately, I can’t separate out the improvement due only to my bathroom work. The owners’ association had the whole floor sealed with spray foam insulation at the same time I was working on the bathroom. The net result is that our air leakage rate dropped 21%.5. Install an exhaust fan (or fix the duct)Did I mention that our condo was built in 1970? The master bath has a window, so naturally, it didn’t need an exhaust fan, right? Wrong. I’ve got over a year of data on temperature and relative humidity in that bathroom without an exhaust fan. Now I’ve installed an exhaust fan and am collecting more data. Stay tuned for the results.But even if your bathroom already has a fan, I’d wager it doesn’t move enough air. The typical bath fan moves about half its rated air flow. If your bath fan isn’t accessible from the attic, opening up the ceiling is the only way to get at the duct and fix it. What you see in that photo below is common for bath fan ducts: sagging flex duct that makes too many turns. (That’s not my new fan, by the way.) RELATED ARTICLESRemodel Project: BathroomAir Flow Pathways in a Leaky Exterior WallHow I Fixed My Leaky, Underinsulated Exterior WallCoping With Termites and Carpenter AntsBathroom Exhaust FansIs Your Ventilation System Working?Managing Lead Paint Hazards If your home is old enough for a bathroom renovation, you may want to go ahead and completely gut it. I remodeled my bathroom this year and began with a complete demolition. If I hadn’t, a number of problems would have been unavailable for repair… or even undiscovered.Here’s what I found when I opened up the walls and ceiling of my 1970 condo in the Atlanta, Georgia area.1. Repair termite damageWhen I opened up the exterior wall, I found termite damage in two places: the king stud, jack stud, and cripple on the bathtub side of the window (see Image #2, below) and the jack stud on the other side of the window. The good news is that the damage was done long ago.As long as I’ve lived here, the owners’ association has kept up with termite treatment and monitoring, but I understand there was a period when they didn’t. Hence the damage I found.2. Replace rotten subflooringIn addition to the termite-damaged wall, I also found rotten subflooring near the bathtub. This was mostly from getting too wet, and I suspected it because tiles had started popping up in that area.3. Make up for no or little insulationI knew we had insulation in our walls. I thought it was R-11 fiberglass batts because our upstairs neighbor’s icemaker had a bad leak a few years ago, taking out half of our laundry room ceiling and part of the wall. The common wall had R-11 batts. I figured the rest of the walls did, too. I knew they had insulation because I’ve checked behind switch and receptacle plates. 7. Solve unknown mysteriesSeveral years ago we had to do some plumbing work for the tub in the hall bathroom. When the plumbers had the wall opened up, I asked them to put valves in on the hot and cold water lines so that if anyone had to work on that plumbing in the future, they wouldn’t have to turn off the water to the whole building.So they put in the valves. When I opened up the wall, I saw them and took the photo at right.I’d used that shower a few times over the years and always wondered why the pressure was so low. Now I understand. The plumbers installed the valves but then didn’t open them fully. Those red handles should be straight in line with the pipes. Nice!I also found that our ceiling had two layers of drywall. We have a smooth ceiling throughout our condo, but the original ceiling was stippled. Fortunately, it wasn’t a popcorn ceiling, which could contain asbestos.And I discovered the original, hideous wallpaper. You can see it in all its glory in Image #5, below.If you’re remodeling a bathroom, there a lot of good reasons to go all the way and gut it completely. That’s what I’ve done.Let me end with a caveat. If your home was built before 1978, it probably has lead paint in it. If you’re doing the work as a homeowner, you’re not subject to the rules of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program, which applies to contractors, but you you should still work safely. Here are their lead guidelines for do-it-yourselfers. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

5 Signs Your Android Smartphone Is Infected With Malware

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Guest author Catalin Cosoi is chief security strategist at Bitdefender.Android malware seems to be spreading at a dizzying pace. In the second half of 2012 alone, Bitdefender found that Android malware spiked 292% from the first half of the year. This could pose a threat to millions of smartphone users worldwide.Android malware is becoming harder to detect for the average smartphone user who pays little, if any, attention to security. Fortunately, most malware creators are not rocket scientists, and a user does not have to be a computer scientist to combat them.Adding the following clues together could reveal the presence of malware: 1. Bad Battery LifeAndroid users who don’t perform a lot of battery straining activities have a good idea of how long their battery should last. Malware gives itself away when batteries mysteriously drain quicker than usual. That’s usually due to adware, spam-like malware that shows app users an inordinate amount of ads. Continuously displaying aggressive adware will impact heavily on battery life.Whether the malware is hiding in plain sight by pretending to be a regular application or trying to stay hidden from the user, abnormal battery drainage can often give away the presence of an Android infection.2. Dropped Calls And DisruptionsMobile malware can affect ongoing or incoming calls. Dropped calls or strange disruptions during a conversation could indicate the existence of mobile malware that is interfering. If you can’t blame your mobile carrier, then some strand of mobile malware could be the culprit. Call your service provider to determine if the dropped calls are its fault. If it is not your carrier, it is possible that someone or something is trying to eavesdrop on conversations or perform other suspicious activities.3. Inordinately Large Phone BillsAndroid malware often infects devices and starts sending SMS (text) messages to premium-rated numbers. While these effects are easily seen in your phone bill, not all malware programs are obviously greedy. They may send an SMS message just once a month to avoid suspicions, or they may uninstall themselves after punching a serious hole in your budget. Whether you use a monthly plan or a pay-as-you-go subscription, checking your bill should make it easy to figure out such message-sending malware has found its way onto a device.4. Data Plan SpikesMalware that smuggles data from your device to a third-party can often be detected by an examination of your data plan bill. Significant changes in your download or upload patterns could be a sign that someone or something has control over your device. Setting up data meter quotas might help figure out if a device has been compromised by data broadcasting malware. It will also help dodge high phone bills.5. Clogged PerformanceDepending on device hardware specifications, malware infestation may cause serious performance problems as it tries to read, write or broadcast data from your smartphone. Anybody that has ever had a PC infected with malware should be familiar with this. Imagine rebooting a device several times a day because background-running malware consumes too much processing power to let apps work properly. Performance clogging is yet another sign that malware might be present on your device. Checking RAM (Random Access Memory) use or CPU load could reveal the presence of malware that’s actively running on the device. Stay Safe And Be MindfulThe Android versions most targeted by malware are the common ones – Gingerbread 2.3, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and Jelly Bean 4.1. Android users with these builds have an 88% chance of having their mobile phone infected with malware according to the Android Developer Dashboard.In the event that you do find yourself with malware on your Android, there are a couple of options. First, delete the offending app. Even if the app is deleted, malware may still linger. You may have to completely reset your smartphone by going into the settings menu and peforming a “factory reset,” which will clear the memory of the device.A variety of paid and free security apps are available in the Google Play Android app store to help prevent apps from doing bad things. If you use your Android smartphone for business, your IT department likely has security solutions to help you purge any malware. In general, it is wise to scrutinize each and every permission an Android app asks for – many apps ask for invasive permissions when they don’t need them. Even apps packed with aggressive adware have a knack for collecting more data than they would ordinarily need to perform adequately. Be sure to read your permissions before clicking “accept.” Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement catalin cosoi Tags:#Android#malware#security last_img read more

Cinematography Crash Course: 6 Settings You Need to Check Before You Roll

first_imgFor those of you just starting out as DPs, here are the six settings you need to double-check every time you get ready to roll a take.It can take years of working as a professional DP before both the technical and creative sides of the craft start to feel like second nature. Before you can get to that point, there are certain systems and guidelines you need to follow, day in and day out, to work fluidly behind the camera. For the purpose of this cinematography crash course,  I want to focus on the six most important camera settings that you always need to double-check before you start to roll:1. Frame RateYou may shoot the vast majority of your material at 24fps, but don’t assume your camera is always set that way. There are numerous reasons why your camera won’t be set to the correct frame rate (over-cranked on a previous shot, the camera was rented to someone else, it crashed and reset, etc.), so make sure your camera is set to your desired frame rate before you start rolling, every time. Here’s a video from Matthew Pearce that covers the basics of frame rates.2. Resolution/FormatWe’ve all made the mistake of rolling an amazing take, only to realize the camera was set to a low-quality recording format or resolution. Always be sure to keep your camera set at the highest recording setting possible (let’s say 4K/ProRes) unless the settings need to be dialed down for the sake of saving card space.3. ISOWhatever camera you’re shooting on, you should always know its base ISO and shoot at that setting. On my Blackmagic URSA, the base ISO is 400, so I exclusively shoot at 400 unless I’m in an extreme circumstance. Do your research and learn your camera’s base ISO so you can rate your camera correctly every time. Here’s Ryan Connolly from Film Riot going over ISO, plus a few terms we’ll cover below.4. White BalanceSome cameras shoot RAW, which allows for the white balance to be easily adjusted in post… but most cameras don’t. Get in the habit of always setting your white balance correctly before each scene, otherwise you’re running the risk of baking in a look on your footage that you may not be happy with in post. Here’s some white balance knowledge from the great Dave Dugdale.5. Shutter SpeedTypically, your shutter speed should be double that of your frame rate. So for instance, if you’re shooting at 24fps, your shutter speed should be 1/48. Because most cameras don’t have a 1/48 setting, you should opt for the next closest setting, which would be 1/50 in this particular scenario.6. ApertureYour aperture setting (or F Stop) is critical for achieving the look that you’re aiming for and creating a shallow or deep depth of field. Many amateur DPs will mistakenly adjust their aperture purely as a means of dealing with exposure, but neglect to understand the effect it’ll have on their image’s depth of field. Always take into account the effect aperture will have on both exposure and aesthetic, if you want to get the best look possible. Here’s another clip from Matthew Pearce that touches on the aperture basics.Got any other tips for new DPs? What’s on your pre-shoot checklist? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory

first_imgMOST READ Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June’s draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re building a foundation,” Irving said. “We understand that a few other teams that we’re playing against, they’re starting from the bottom as well…For us, we gotta take advantage of games like this.”Dwight Howard, who was traded by Atlanta to Charlotte this summer, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers in his Hornets debut. Jeremy Lamb had 17 points. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school View comments Irving and Hayward, the jewel pieces of an offseason reconstruction that has left only Celtics intact from last year’s roster, sat out the second half.In other games, the Washington Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 126-96 in one of two exhibition games between NBA and international teams on Monday. In addition, the Utah Jazz beat the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings 108-83. It is the first time an NBL team faced an NBA team on American soil.GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 84Mario Chalmers had 19 points in 20 minutes, Jarell Martin added 16 points and the Grizzlies defeated the Magic in both teams preseason opener.Orlando led 65-64 late in the third quarter before the Grizzlies closed the period on an 8-0 run, which included six by Chalmers. Memphis led by as many as 10 in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Spurs (0-1) played their starters for two quarters, giving the Kings a chance to showcase their young second unit. Rookie De’Aaron Fox shined in the extra playing time, scoring a game-high 16 on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.The Kings (1-0) outscored the Spurs 23-16 in the fourth quarter.SPURS: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay all sat out. … Patty Mills finished with 11 points and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench.KINGS: Skal Labissiere finished with 15 points, connecting on 7 of 10 shots. Buddy Hield added 12 points and four rebounds.UP NEXT: These teams are set to meet again Friday in San Antonio.NUGGETS 113, LAKERS 107Garry Harris scored 25 points in 21 minutes, Nikola Jokic added 16 and the Nuggets (2-0) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (0-2) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lonzo Ball finished with eight points and four assists, but also had four turnovers in his second preseason game.NUGGETS: Paul Millsap finished with 11 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.LAKERS: Julius Randall had a solid night with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes.UP NEXT: Lakers host the Nuggets again on Wednesday.center_img Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with 15 points, followed by Mario Hezonja with 12.MAGIC: Jonathon Simmons, Orlando’s biggest offseason pickup, had a couple of highlight-worthy dunks and scored nine points in his Magic preseason debut. …Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier each played 15 minutes, scoring eight points apiece.GRIZZLIES: With center Marc Gasol (sprained ankle) and forward JaMychael Green both sitting, coach David Fizdale experimented with a smaller lineup of Brandan Wright at center, Chandler Parsons at power forward, and James Ennis at small forward along with Wayne Selden and Mike Conley at the guard spots.UP NEXT: Orlando (0-1) is at Dallas on Thursday. Memphis (1-0) visits Philadelphia on Wednesday.MAVERICKS 106, BUCKS 104Jonathan Motley hit a layup with 4.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks to a win over the Bucks. Motley scored all nine of his points in a fourth quarter that saw the Mavericks outscore the Bucks 31-20.Dallas’ starters were pulled after one quarter of action. Harrison Barnes was 4 of 6 from the field and had nine points. Dirk Nowitzki had five points in 10 minutes of action.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 12 points, followed by John Henson with 11 points and four rebounds.BUCKS: Rashad Vaughn finished with 20 points for Milwaukee and missed a 30-footer at the buzzer. … Greg Monroe had 12 points and seven rebounds.MAVERICKS: Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes off the bench and had five points and two steals.UP NEXT: Bucks (0-1) host Indiana on Wednesday. Dallas hosts Chicago on Wednesday.KINGS 106, SPURS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points in 16 minutes of action in the Spurs’ loss to the Kings in the preseason opener for both teams. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more