first_imgA fundraising auction is to take place in Mary Alice’s Tea Room in Church Hill on Sunday with the aim of raising vital funds for a children’s playgroundThere will be a host of items on display, from Daniel O’Donnell tickets to signed local sporting items, in what is sure to be an entertaining afternoon.So, if you’re looking for a nice relaxing Sunday with a bit of cheer then the auction will start at 3pm on April 7, with viewing starting from 12pm. For more information contact Bernie on 0858510473 Church Hill community to hold auction to raise funds for local playground was last modified: April 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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first_imgRed Bluff >> Jesse Miller was on fire Tuesday night, hitting six 3s in the first half and two more in the fourth period, leading the Spartans with 26 points in a 73-24 win over the Paradise Bobcats. The lopsided victory sends the Red Bluff girls (11-4) into league play on a high note as they prepare to host Chico (6-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Maggie Winning had 11 points in the first half and finished with 16 and Kylee Kitchell had 6, all in the third. Bench players saw lots of time once the …last_img

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first_imgResearchers have known for years that most types of insulation — including fiberglass batts, extruded polystyrene (XPS), and expanded polystyrene (EPS) — perform better at low temperatures than high temperatures. The phenomenon was described by Chris Schumacher, an engineer and researcher at Building Science Corporation, at a conference in 2011: “If you measure the R-value of an R-13 fiberglass batt, you’ll get different results at different outdoor temperatures. If the outdoor temperature rises, the R-value goes down. If the outdoor temperature drops, the R-value rises. Why? Because as you move to a higher temperature, you get more radiation happening, and therefore a lower R-value. But at lower temperatures, there is less conduction, less convection, and less radiation — and therefore a higher R-value.”Polyisocyanurate does not follow the usual pattern for other types of insulation. When tested at mean temperatures below 50°F, polyiso performs worse than it does at a mean temperature of 75°F. The reason for this declining performance, according to Schumacher, is that “the trapped blowing-agent gases start to condense at cold temperatures.”The standard ASTM test methods for determining a material’s R-value are performed at a mean temperature of 75°F. According to the Federal R-value Rule, the U.S. law that regulates how insulation products are labeled and marketed, R-value claims for insulation must be based on these ASTM tests. It could be argued that these test procedures tend to favor polyisocyanurate (which ends up with a labeled R-value of about R-6 per inch) over XPS (which ends up with a labeled R-value of R-5 per inch). Many builders probably specify polyiso because of its high R-value per inch, without considering the fact the the performance of polyiso suffers at low outdoor temperatures.Achilles Karagiozis, the director of building science at Owens Corning, decided to use WUFI, a hygrothermal… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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first_imgAt CeBIT this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that 33% of the world’s voice calls happen on Skype now, as Stephen Shankland reports. That’s a tremendous number. But it just might represent a hollow victory for Microsoft, which owns Skype.Microsoft acquired Skype to “increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.” The video aspect of the deal may well bear fruit, but voice? Voice communication is now a commodity, one that telcos – mobile and fixed line alike – are finding it increasingly hard to monetize.This Is The United States Calling, Are We Reaching…?Ironically, Skype can shoulder some of the blame, as an ARCchart study points out. And I might as well admit it: I’m part of the problem. I had to make a call from London to the US today, and didn’t want to impoverish my family by paying AT&T’s absurdly high roaming rates. So I sprinted to St. Pancras station, logged into the free wifi, and made my call using Skype. It wasn’t free, but at pennies per minute, it might as well have been.I’m clearly not alone in using Skype to skirt telco’s last source of profitability for voice – international calling – which has continued to grow: Source: TeleGeography, 2013 via Gary Kim.That’s the upside: Skype is cannibalizing international voice traffic. The downside is that overall traffic has fallen, as TeleGeography, Analysys Mason and others have shown, and voice’s profitability keeps falling:Source: TeleGeography, 2013, via Gary Kim.So Skype is now the Robin Hood of voice traffic, taking from rich telcos and giving to… itself. And its customers. Fair enough. That’s the free market.Still, I wonder if Microsoft benefits much from owning a big stake in a depreciating asset (voice), one that brings with it a host of data privacy issues. Again, video may well prove to be the winning bet, with instant video communications popping up around Word documents and PowerPoint files. But come on: do you really want that?The Viability Of SkypeThis seems somewhat similar to eBay’s acquisition of Skype. Remember how then-eBay CEO Meg Whitman pitched the deal? That sellers and buyers could commune over Skype to haggle over a sale? It never happened. And frankly, who besides the most deluded within eBay ever thought it would? We type and text because we don’t want to talk. And while I occasionally find video conferencing useful within my workplace, I mostly avoid it.In the US, mobile carriers now concede that voice is a commodity, changing their pricing strategies to give away voice at flat rates and actively seeking new revenue opportunities through data, among other things. Microsoft now owns one-third of that commodity, grossing (and netting?) far less per minute than the carriers ever did. Presumably this will shore up Microsoft’s already impressive collaboration tools, even if Skype’s revenue contribution – estimated at $792 million in FY 2012 – doesn’t move the Microsoft needle.But given our decreasing willingness to pick up the phone and call people, did Microsoft essentially pay $8.5 billion for a nice upgrade on its Windows Live Messenger service, which actually had three times as many users as Skype at the time of acquisition? It’s possible. It’s also possible that Microsoft will turn Skype into gold, perhaps by integrating it seamlessly into Windows Phone 8. Or maybe it simply gives Microsoft access to an instant messaging platform that I and others routinely do use in a business context, unlike Windows Live Messenger, which is almost wholly a consumer tool.But right now, there’s a valid question as to whether Microsoft owns one-third of an asset that its telco competition expects to replace, and which its business customers may actually not want to use.Disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#collaboration#Microsoft#Skype#telecom#voice traffic center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Matt Asaylast_img read more

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first_imgPakistan coach Mickey Arthur was elated after Pakistan secured a 49-run win over South Africa at Lord’s to keep their chances of reaching the knockouts alive.Mickey Arthur hoped that this dominating performance from Pakistan team could help shut some people up.Pakistan rode on Haris Sohail’s 59-ball 89 and a tidy half-century from Babar Azam to post 308-7, a total that South Africa never threatened to surpass.”What I do know is that guys do, when their are backs to the wall, we get some good performances out of them, and maybe, yeah, I just think the guys were burnt last week. The guys were incredibly hurt, by media, by public, by social media, and hopefully we got a proper reaction from them today that can just shut some people up for a little while.”Mickey Arthur believes that Pakistan are “alive and kicking” in the World Cup, and they will continue their winning momentum against New Zealand to reach the semi-final.”I know we can beat New Zealand,” he said. “We are alive and kicking, without a doubt, and we play our best game, we beat anybody. Whether that’s New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, our remaining games, or England, we showed. We put our three disciplines together, we are as good as any team in this competition.”Arthur applauded his team’s bowling and batting but was critical of their fielding as there were many dropped catches during the Proteas’ chase.”I thought we got our bowling and batting spot-on. Our problem is we haven’t put three disciplines together yet in any game,” he said. “We bowled well, we batted well. We didn’t field well today. So when we put three disciplining together, we’ll be exceptional. The closest we’ve got was when we beat England. We are very firmly in the World Cup. We win our next three games, we’ll qualify. So we know that.”advertisementPakistan’s coach lauded Haris Sohail who played a blistering knock of 89 runs to help Pakistan beat South Africa, after returning to the team.”Yeah, Harry played beautifully, and I think I’ve spoken about it before, I think he’s certainly in our top three batsmen, and he had a particularly good lead-up. He got 200 against Australia, albeit in different conditions, but he played exceptionally well.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail batted like Jos Buttler in last 15 overs, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso Read | Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

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first_imgzoomMumbai Maersk; Image Courtesy: Maersk The Danish Maritime Authority launched a pilot project on digital certificates for seafarers, according to a notice released on May 29.The project is being undertaken aboard the 2018-built containership Mumbai Maersk, that is scheduled to sail from Denmark’s Port of Aarhus for destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia with crew certificates that are entirely digital instead of traditional paper certificates.“This is simpler, faster and safer for seafarers, shipping companies and authorities,” Danish Maritime Authority said.During the voyage, the 190,326 dwt ship will call ports in Germany, Morocco, Singapore, China and South Korea, where it will collect data and knowledge about the use of digital certificates for seafarers. In particular in connection with Port State Control.“The pilot project aims to explore the advantages of digital certificates and hopefully pave the way for global acceptance and utilization,” the authority concluded.last_img read more

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