iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Three people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a bank headquarters in downtown Cincinnati Thursday morning, police said.Officers responded to a 911 call around 9:10 a.m. local time about an “active shooter” at Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac.The suspect had opened fire in the building’s loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots, police said.Five people were shot, including three who died from their injuries, Isaac told reporters at a press conference Thursday morning.The area was cordoned off as police responded to the incident and worked to evacuate people inside the bank.Multiple officers “engaged” the suspect, who is now dead, Isaac said. The alleged shooter has not been identified.No officers were injured in the incident, and a weapon was recovered from the scene.UC Health in Cincinnati confirmed via Twitter that it received four of the victims — three males and one female. Two have since died, while one remains in critical condition and the other is in serious condition, the hospital said.“Our physicians and staff are focused on caring for the patients and their families. We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen,” UC Health tweeted.The victims have not yet been identified.Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told reporters that the suspect was “actively shooting innocent victims.”The motive for the shooting was not immediately known. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A small number of local post offices around Donegal are to deliver their usual services this Good Friday.In a new policy change, local outlets have been given permission to open over the Easter holidays if they wish, which means that collection services and welfare payment collections can continue as normal.One post office which is spearheading the change is Doherty’s Costcutter Ballybofey. The supermarket opened the town’s post office counter in January 2019 and offers full postal services throughout the day and during lunchtimes. Store owner Michael Doherty said he is delighted to provide Good Friday postal services to the town for the first time.Mr Doherty made an application to An Post to open on April 19th after listening to customer feedback. Typically, the day before Good Friday was extremely busy and pensioners had to wait a long time to collect their pension money.Having the counter open on Good Friday will ease pressure on both staff and customers, said store manager Colin Harrison.Mr Harrison said: “We are trying to change with the times and this has also reflected in the fact that we now open throughout lunchtimes from 1pm-2pm – once again because of customer feedback and people wanting to avail of the post office services on their lunch hour. “We have had the post office since Jan 14th and have had great feedback in regards our location, our staff friendliness and being informed about the services the post office offers that people never knew about including the likes of credit cards, loans, bill-pay services, address-pal, e-commerce business cards for businesses and foreign exchange.”The Ballybofey Costcutter Post Office will be open from 9am – 1pm this Good Friday.Other Post Offices which have confirmed Good Friday opening times are Raphoe (9am-5.30pm) and Carndonagh (9am-1pm).Number of Donegal Post Offices opening for first time on Good Friday was last modified: April 16th, 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) Tags:Carndonaghdoherty’s costcutterEasterGood Fridaypost officesRaphoe
(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists are putting the rise of oxygen 700 million years earlier than thought, requiring the origin of photosynthesis that much earlier, too.A co-author of a paper in Nature commented on the implications of putting oxygen back nearly a billion years earlier: “These findings imply that it took a very long time for geological and biological processes to conspire and produce the oxygen rich atmosphere we now enjoy” (press release, Univ. of British Columbia).Trouble is, it puts the rise of the complex process of photosynthesis back that far, too: “This study now suggests that the process began very early in Earth’s history, supporting a much greater antiquity for oxygen producing photosynthesis and aerobic life,” lead author Sean Crowe said – specifically, about 3 billion years ago, according to the abstract of the paper. They claim this on the basis of some South African rocks. Even if the oxygen was far below current levels, the amount they deduced implies that photosynthesis had already arrived.After ruling out geological methods for producing the excess oxygen, they said: “This would imply that cyanobacteria may have evolved by this time, indicating a much deeper history, by 300–400 Myr, for oxygenic photosynthesis than previously realized.” To Crowe, though, this is not a problem, as quoted by the BBC News:“Oxygenic photosynthesis is a very complicated metabolism and it makes sense that the evolution of such a metabolism would take perhaps two billion years – that we might not see its manifestation until the Great Oxidation Event. But now that we see oxygen much earlier in the atmosphere, it tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast,” said team-member Dr Sean Crowe from the University of British Columbia, Canada.Crowe did not elaborate on how photosynthesis evolved, nor what “makes sense” means for an unguided, mindless world.If geology and biology conspired to give us our beautiful blue skies we enjoy, did they do it by intelligent design? That may have been just a figure of speech, but Crowe’s comment was no joke, at least to him. First he says that photosynthesis is so complicated, it “makes sense” that it would have taken 2 billion years. Then he turns around and claims, based on indirect theory-laden assumptions about a few samples in one location on Earth, that a rock “tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast.” Instead of crying in his coffee about how wrong he was to think such a thing, instead of repenting for his folly, he just turns up the evolutionary speed dial, telling the world that irreducibly complex biological machines, in a system so complex our best engineers cannot understand it fully after years of study, “can evolve very fast.” Such reasoning is hopeless. What will philosophers of the future think of the reasoning power of evolutionists in 2013? And to think that Nature accepted and printed this stuff, and all the secular science sites reproduced it uncritically – that does not bode well for the reasoning power of modern culture. It’s what you get when you rule out of bounds anything but DODO. The integrity of science – indeed, the integrity of reason itself – needs Darwin skeptics. Tear down this wall!
Apart from the sold-out stadium, thousands of South Africans followed the event on SABC, SuperSport and over social media networks. Joburg sports fan Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) tweeted this photo, with the words, “This pic at FNB is magnificent for so many reasons.” I am sure most South Africans would agree.Proceeds from the event will go towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the second paediatric hospital in southern Africa.Read more on SouthAfrica.info:Bafana shine in win over Burkina Faso: Bafana Bafana produced an impressive attacking performance to defeat Burkina Faso 2-0 in a Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.Five-star Springboks crush Pumas: The Springboks did full justice to the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day by delivering a stunningly ruthless performance to crush Argentina 73-13 in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.
20 May 2014 Preparations are in full swing for Jacob Zuma’s inauguration as South African President on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including numerous current and former heads of state, to the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. “Government has thus far received confirmations from 26 heads of state and 11 prime ministers and/or vice-presidents,” acting Government Communication and Information System CEO Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Monday. “This equates to a total of 37 heads of state and government who will attend. Also in attendance will be four former heads of state, 14 eminent persons and 118 foreign ambassadors resident in South Africa.” Regarding the budget allocation, Williams said expenditure would be less than what had been spent on previous inaugurations. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said last week that the inauguration had been budgeted for within various government departments. “Departments have been encouraged to cut out any expenses that can be avoided, so as to be sensitive to the austerity measures applied throughout government,” Williams said. “Accountability in this regard will follow the normal accounting procedures.”Saturday’s proceeedings Williams said the government encouraged all South Africans to be part of the occasion, adding that those who could not attend would be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Saturday’s proceeedings will start with invited guests and members of the public arriving at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre and the Southern Lawns at the Union Buildings from as early as 8am. There will be no private vehicle access to the Union Buildings or the area immediately surrounding the venue. Instead, there will be a park-and-ride facility for members of the public at the Tshwane Events Centre, and a park-and-ride facility for invited guests and VIPs at Rietondale Park on Soutpansberg Road. People living in the vicinity of the Union Buildings and the Bryntirion area will be asked to present their municipal accounts at traffic control points. “Even though the event is taking place on a weekend, Tshwane Metro Police will enforce the road closures and motorists are kindly requested to adhere to the arrangements made for this day,” Williams said. Members of the public attending the event are advised that no alcohol, drugs, firearms, weapons, bottles or cans will be allowed. Source: SAnews.gov.za
How hard will this be?One my tasks during the development process was to look at what it would take to meet NGBS certification for some typical projects. I spent some time going through the program worksheet, noting where points were easily obtained, which path (prescriptive or performance) was most appropriate, and what was common code-compliant and high-quality construction.Since Decatur is a very walkable community, many of the location and site points were very easily obtainable. As Georgia already requires blower-door testing, those points were available as well. Once we considered standard manufacturer’s requirements (such as Grade 1 insulation quality) and other code requirements (Manual J for HVAC equipment sizing), we determined that there was minimal if any additional cost, other than the verification and certification fees, to meet most program requirements.As I noted earlier, substandard builders will be more challenged to meet the requirements, but it is not a difficult learning curve and the whole team that worked on this ordinance is excited about living in a community that encourages (and requires) high-performance construction. We know we aren’t pioneers, but given that we are in the deep South, I think we did pretty well. Venting about ventilationOne- and two-family homes must have a whole-house mechanical ventilation system installed. The ventilation system must be verified in the field as complying with ASHRAE 62.2-2010; exhaust-only systems cannot be used to meet these requirements. (In our mixed humid climate, exhaust-only ventilation is discouraged to help keep moisture out of building cavities.)Also, bath and kitchen exhaust fans must meet 62.2 and be vented to the exterior. Thankfully, no more recirculating fans are allowed, except in kitchens on multifamily projects.The typical ventilation system in Georgia has an outside air intake ducted to the HVAC return plenum. This is an effective but often poorly installed method. ERVs are sometimes used; however, they can be costly and I personally doubt their value in our reasonably moderate climate. We have a way to go in effective implementation of whole house ventilation in the field.On a positive note, whole-house ventilation in single- and two-family homes requires labeled and occupant accessible override controls. However, this system must reset itself and cannot be set to provide less than 10% of the ASHRAE requirement. Since I personally only use my ERV very infrequently, I have some difficulty with this requirement, but it’s not a bad start. Down to the nuts and boltsAs I don’t do much with commercial construction, I will leave the details of that to others, but as to the residential requirements, I believe we came up with comprehensive requirements that are achievable without significant cost implications (at least compared to code-compliant high-quality construction; those who consistently produce substandard buildings will be a bit more challenged.)The ordinance appropriately separates one- and two- family homes from multifamily construction. One- and two-family projects and multifamily low-rise buildings up to three stories, whether new or involving substantial renovations, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes• EarthCraft House, Renovation, or the new Sustainable Preservation programMid-rise and high-rise multifamily, whether new or involving substantial improvements, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes or LEED BD+C• EarthCraft House, Multifamily, Light Commercial, or Sustainable Preservation• Green Globes Three GlobesIn addition, each project must meet an airtightness threshold of 5 ACH50, or an envelope leakage ratio (ELR50) of 0.33 cfm50/sq. ft. of building envelope if the building has less than 1,500 square feet of finished space.We offered the ELR50 option because we have found that small units often have trouble meeting ACH50 requirements even when they are as tight as or tighter than larger buildings. Since ELR50 more accurately reflects the amount of leakage through the building envelope, it does not favor large volume buildings the way ACH50 does.Air leakage sampling is allowed in multifamily buildings at a rate of 25% of all units, or the RESNET protocol (1 in 7) may be used if the testing is completed by a HERS rater. Renovation projects are only required to meet the 7 ach50 requirement found in the Georgia (and 2009) energy code.Leakage testing must be done on all duct systems that extend outside the building envelope as per the 2009 IECC. Exceptional exceptions and enforcementTo help out in potential hardship situations, the city may issue exemptions from any requirements, provided the applicant demonstrates one of the following criteria:• Certification and verification costs would exceed 10% of construction costs• The building is historic or in a historic district, and the local preservation commission has denied the required approval due to negative impact on the historic nature of the building• The building is historic or eligible for the National Register and complying with the requirements would jeopardize the historic nature or inclusion in the register.It remains to be seen how the certification requirements will be enforced. Early on there was some discussion about requiring a cash bond at the time of permitting, to be returned at the time of certification; however, that provision does not appear to have made it into the final ordinance. I am concerned that if there is not some significant incentive to complete certification, we may see many non-compliant buildings coming on line.Another city nearby theoretically requires EarthCraft certification for all new homes; however, based on my experience with some builders there, the inspectors are providing certificates of occupancy for many buildings that do not complete the certification process. The city I live in, Decatur, Georgia — a great, if possibly overly gentrified, place to live — recently passed a unified development ordinance (UDO) requiring green building certification for all new buildings and most renovations — both residential and commercial.I was pleased to be part of the team that worked on this, mostly on the residential side, helping the city staff understand what was required by the various programs they were considering. I also took part in several stakeholder meetings and testified in favor of the ordinance before the city commission prior to their vote.You can read the green building portion of the ordinance here. Decatur High Performance Building Ordinance Resistance was futileLuckily for those supporting the ordinance, there was no organized counteroffensive. In fact, at the last meeting I attended, five people spoke in favor of the new requirements and no one spoke against them.The current plan is for the ordinance to go into effect in late 2015, with a slightly longer timeline for the renovations to allow the city to determine the economic impact.There was some legitimate concern about what scale of renovation would require green certification. The city’s definition of “substantial improvement,” the point at which the green standards would kick in, is “any combination or repairs, reconstruction, alteration or improvements to a building where the cost of the construction exceeds 50% of the fair market value of the structure prior to improvement.” The definition goes on to describe how to determine fair market value.A group of us suggested that certification be required for any home adding 1,000 square feet of new space or more, or gutting 50% of the interior or exterior walls. This was shot down by the planning staff as conflicting with the existing definition of substantial improvement.It remains to be seen how it will work out. Our goal was to require major renovations to meet green certification but not force it on small projects where the increased costs might be prohibitive. My personal opinion is that every project, no matter how small, should meet some level of sustainable/high performance/green/whatever you want to call it construction, but I can be a bit of an extremist and am willing to compromise occasionally.
When I started Energy Vanguard in 2008, I didn’t know how the company would evolve and had thought early on that I may get back into home performance contracting. I did a couple of jobs, the last one being a crawl space encapsulation for my friends Tony and Gabriella. They had a house over a moldy crawl space, and Gabriella had developed a cough since moving in. When I inspected the crawl space, it seemed an excellent candidate for encapsulation, but on the day I arrived to start the work, I discovered a water mystery that I had to solve first.The photo at right (above) shows a shot of the crawl space. The back corner on the right side was dry when I had done my inspection, but on the day I arrived to start sealing it up, that corner was full of water. It was raining pretty hard outside and had been all night.With standing water in the crawl space, I couldn’t begin work. You never want to encapsulate a crawl space if there’s a bulk water problem because water under the plastic will find ways to get on top of the plastic. It’s meant as a vapor barrier, not a liquid barrier. Ideally, you get rid of the water by stopping it from coming into the crawl space. If you can’t do that, you need a drainage system and perhaps a sump pump to handle it. RELATED ARTICLESFive Ways to Deal with Crawl Space AirGBA Encyclopedia: Crawl SpacesProblems with Crawl SpacesHow to Insulate a Basement WallAn Open Discussion on Closed Crawl SpacesFixing a Wet Basement Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, 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. So, we started searching for the source of the crawl space water. My first target was the outside of the foundation wall right there where I discovered the water. It was on the right side of the house. I went outside, dug down into the dirt there, and found that it was dry. The water definitely was not coming through there. Where the heck was it coming from? The water was traveling under the slab to get back into the crawl space! The driveway actually had a lot of slope down to the street, but in this case the water — or at least enough of it to cause a problem — found an easier path to the crawl space.We reattached the downspout extender, and I made sure to screw it securely to the downspout this time. The corner dried out. We finished encapsulating the crawl space. The indoor air quality improved. And Gabriella breathed easier. Behind the camellia bush was a downspout. The downspout came down to a small strip of soil between the house and where the driveway stopped. Someone in the past had connected a downspout extender but it had come loose, so most of the water was dumping right there in that little strip of soil next to the house. And that strip of soil was dripping with water.The really interesting thing here was that part of the house was on a slab. My sketch of the floor plan below shows the layout. We walked around the house looking at everything. In the front was the large camellia bush you see below. If you look closely at the photo, you’ll see the culprit. You also can see that it was still raining pretty hard when when I was doing my detective work.
before. social media in the corporate world , many platforms have introduced nifty features to help businesses create accounts and increase their reach online. Facebook has and learn how to manage your company brand effectively using social media. Marketing Takeaways automatically become With a whole bundle of new business features, Twitter Business After several months of beta testing, the new service is now ready to launch for business accounts on the popular microblogging site. For now, it has only been rolled out to a handful of accounts on an invite-only basis. The selected accounts will be asked to participate in testing the “Twitter Toolkit” and will receive access to the new features. Over time, it will be made available to all companies on Twitter. What’s New in the Twitter Business Center? ! The new features include customizable page contents, a “Verified Account” badge, extra preferences, and the ability to add multiple contributors to the account. When a business clicks “Get Started”, they are asked to fill in more information about their business and contact information. They then has made it easier than ever to take your company online. Take advantage of the added preferences to reach out to your customers and interact with them personally as this new business center is launched to all users. Direct messages are a great way to boost customer service and reply to people instantly. Even if the business owner doesn’t have time to monitor Twitter, the ability to add multiple contributors to an account makes it easy to share the work. Remember, people are already talking about your business online, so it’s best to jump into the Learn how to use social media to manage your company brand. Originally published May 12, 2010 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 only available to individual users Company Profiles Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack , LinkedIn has Center. Twitter a “Verified Account”, a feature that was Twitter Updates With the growing popularity of Video: How to Use Social Media to Manage Your Company Brand Online Topics: Download the free video Business Pages Several exclusive features will become available for companies to better communicate with customers and improve their online presence. The coolest new feature will be the ability to accept direct messages from followers, whether or not companies are following them back. Previously, users could only connect via DM when both parties followed each other, often limiting the amount of interaction between companies and customers. Now businesses can directly respond to messages without following someone back first. conversation and make your presence known , and now Twitter has the
Originally published Jul 6, 2011 9:01:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Curated content, or content aggregated from various sources into one comprehensive resource (be it a blog post, an ebook, a presentation, etc.) can be a valuable part of any marketer’s content mix . That said, the process of actually curating it isn’t easy.There’s a misconception among marketers that curated content is lazy and unoriginal, but we think it’s the complete opposite. It takes time and careful evaluation to create quality curated content, and the result is oftentimes a very valuable piece of content that helps people seeking information on a given topic to cut through the clutter on the web and save time. After all, what’s better than one awesome resource? How about 15 awesome resources? All accessible in one place! There’s a reason art galleries are so popular.So how can you take advantage of the power of curated content? Here are our top 10 ideas for great curated content. 10 Types of Curated Content 1. Expert Tips: One of the great things about curated content is that anyone with good online research skills has the ability to curate. I, for example, may not be an expert on video cameras, per se. However, through some careful research and evaluation, I could probably create a valuable list of the top tips for choosing a great video camera just by pulling the various tips from other video experts into one comprehensive guide. Consider aggregating tips from various experts in your industry on a given topic into a list for one great piece of curated content. 2. Presentations/Webinars: These days, the smartest presenters and speakers are making their presentation slides and webinar archives available online via websites like SlideShare. Search for the best presentations on an industry-related topic by searching with appropriate keywords and sorting by the most popular. Then aggregate the best picks into a blog post by embedding the slide presentations! 3. Quotations: One of our very recent, best-performing ebooks is a great example of this. Our ” 101 Awesome Marketing Quotations ” ebook is simply a compilation of various inspirational quotations from marketing experts, presented in a visually stimulating way. This leads me to another great point about content curation. Oftentimes, it isn’t enough just to aggregate. A blog post listing these 101 quotes would not have performed as well. Many times, by adding value (in this example, by adding visual elements), you can take your curated content to the next level and make it even more successful and valuable. 4. Case Studies : People love to learn by example, and they love social proof. Want to emphasize or disprove a simple point or idea? Pull together some case study examples of others that support or refute that point. 5. Industry Blogs/Sites: What blogs do you turn to for information about your industry? 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That aggregated list of funny viral videos may very well be funny, but if you’re not in the business of humor or marketing, it doesn’t belong on your blog. What other types of content curation have you used? Photo Credit: Nazareth College Topics: Blog Post Topics Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Aug 1, 2012 1:55:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Marketing is … well … it’s a lot of work. And if you’re a small business owner with no marketing team, finding the time to do everything you should be doing to market your business can definitely be a challenge. Social media? Content creation? Landing pages? SEO? Email? All those channels — while extremely beneficial to your marketing — can add up to a whole lotta work. That’s why it’s no wonder that 53% of surveyed marketing executives plan to outsource their marketing, according to the Harvard Business Review.But sometimes it’s really hard to know when it makes sense to outsource your marketing functions to an agency or contractor, and when to hire a dedicated team to do it for you in-house. Luckily, the folks over at Mavenlink have created a helpful flowchart to help you weigh the options and factor in your business’ specific variables such as size, cost, skills, and industry knowledge. Follow along for their recommendations, and if you find you could use some help from an outside team, feel free to mosey on over to HubSpot’s Services Marketplace, where you can find HubSpot-certified providers that can help you implement an effective inbound marketing strategy for your business — or even just help you out with a specific marketing channel.(Click the flowchart to enlarge.) Inbound Marketing Topics: Do you have a dedicated, internal team of marketing rock stars, or do you rely on an expert agency for your marketing programs? Perhaps it’s a combo of the two?