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Double the fun at this year’s Science Fair

first_imgMIC Lecturer Elected to Board of International Society for Music Education Facebook Email Advertisement NewsEducationDouble the fun at this year’s Science FairBy Editor – January 19, 2017 934 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp After the great success of the inaugural RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick at MIC (Mary Immaculate College) in 2016, the RDS Primary Science Fair returns to Limerick this Friday, January 19, with twice the capacity. Running until Sunday, January 21, three thousand primary school children will exhibit their STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) at the RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick at MIC. MIC Lecturer Shines New Lens on Primary Geography in New Publication Speaking in advance of the Fair, Michael Duffy, RDS Chief Executive, said: “The expansion of the RDS Primary Science Fair to Limerick last year was a great success, and we are delighted that capacity has doubled at Mary Immaculate College after just one year. We were given a great welcome by the people, primary students and teachers of Limerick in 2016, and were delighted to find a city that shares the RDS ambition of seeing Ireland thrive culturally and economically.”“We chose Limerick as the first city to expand to outside of Dublin and spring-boarding from that success we are expanding again this year, this time to Belfast.Between the three venues: Dublin, Limerick and Belfast, we will have almost 7,500 primary school students engaged in STEM-related projects at an early education age, which international studies show can be a crucially important stage for students’ long-term engagement with STEM.”Last year the Fair also proved very popular with visitors – Saturday being a complete sell-out at the MIC venue. This year there is a host of new science-themed entertainment for all the family, beginning at 10.00am, so arriving early is recommended.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Independent research carried out in 2016 found the Fair to be unique on an international level through its methodology of whole-class, child-led approach to primary school STEM learning; this study also found that multi-annual participation has lasting impact at student, teacher and school levels.Conn Murray Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick City and County Council is delighted to welcome the RDS Primary Science Fair to Limerick for the second year in a row.  The Fair is a wonderful starting-off point for pupils who have an interest in maths, science and engineering.  These are the subjects that will be very important in attracting jobs to Limerick in the years to come and it’s great that we have been able to help build the foundations.”Independent evaluation of the Fair shows that 97% of students feel participation improves their science skills; that 80% of students feel their maths has improved through participation; that the Fair acts as an informal STEM continuous professional development opportunity for teachers; that almost all parents discussed the students’ STEM project or ideas related to the project at home; and that the Fair has a significant positive impact on students’ confidence, social skills, teamwork, and communication, in addition to equipping them with science skills. The RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick at MIC takes place from Thursday January 19 to Saturday January 21, open from 10.00am to 3.00pm with last entries at 1.30pm. Tickets, available on the door, are just €3 per child, €8 per adult and €15 for a family of two adults and two children. Further information see www.rds.ie/priarysciencefair. Print Linkedin Previous articleLimerick defeat Clare in Munster Senior Hurling LeagueNext articleSomething for the Weekend – Sport on TV Editor TAGSMICRDS Primary Science Fair MIC Teams Up with GPA on New Scholarship Scheme for Postgraduate Students Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day Twitter New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland MIC Student Experience Virtual Sessions last_img read more

Sustainable housing is focus of Damien Dwin’s social justice effort

first_imgFull Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Dwin, who co-founded private credit firm Brightwood Capital Advisors and has worked at Credit Suisse Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will serve as chief executive officer.“The onset of the pandemic and social unrest has elevated ESG in the conversation, and it is my hope and expectation that we will move from rhetoric to action,” Dwin told Bloomberg, referring to environmental, social and corporate governance. “This is personal and professional.”Sustainable housing, loosely defined, is designed to be eco-friendly and affordable.[Bloomberg] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Email Address*center_img Damien Dwin of Lafayette Square Holding (Photos via Lafayette; iStock)Private-credit entrepreneur Damien Dwin has scored a pile of cash from Wall Street for his new social justice–driven investment firm, Lafayette Square Holding.Morgan Stanley just became the effort’s largest backer, providing $100 million of financing that will help the firm expand from 17 employees to 65 by next year, according to Bloomberg.The minority-owned Lafayette — named after the square that President Donald Trump cleared of police–brutality protesters for a photo op last year — will focus on flexible capital investments in sustainable housing and small businesses. It launched late last year.Read moreNYC attorney launches virtual closing startupNew platform aims to be “Neiman Marcus” of luxury listingsEx-Zillow execs launch digital mortgage startup with $40M seed round Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsInvestmentReal Estate InvestmentResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

VIDEO: Duncan Mubiru wins the Mist Rally

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Duncan ‘Kikankane’ Mubiru has taken lead of the National Rally Championship after winning the Gorilla Mist Rally in Kabale on Sunday. Mubiru who dominated day one, maintained the lead on day two to record his 1st win since 2015.last_img

Asian-Americans rejoice as Lin smashes stereotypes

first_imgby Jesse WashingtonThey know what it feels like to be overlooked. People assume they are weak, servile, out of place. So when these Asian-Americans watch Jeremy Lin slash and shoot his way through the NBA’s finest, it’s almost as if they are on the basketball court with the California-born point guard who has set the zeitgeist on fire. Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes—Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming, Michelle Wie, Ichiro Suzuki. Tiger Woods was embraced for his Thai side. But Lin has a new and different appeal.As the child of Taiwanese immigrants, Lin is quintessentially Asian-American. He was ignored instead of hyped. He emerged from the end of the bench to hoist the sinking New York Knicks to win after improbable win. A few hints of racism have scratched the edges of his growing fame, but Lin continues to put up unprecedented numbers and capture the imagination of mainstream America.In a mere half-dozen games, Lin became that rarest of Asian-Americans: a widely regarded hero.“There’s a certain validation to this,” said Phil Yu, founder of the influential blog Angry Asian Man, which tracks and discusses Asian issues.“Asian-Americans are still seen as foreigners in this country,” Yu said. “Seeing Jeremy Lin accepted and celebrated in this American sport, it makes us more American, and it makes other people see us as more American.”The moment that resonates most with Yu is not Lin’s game-winning 3-pointer against the Raptors with less than a second to play. It’s not Lin’s 38 points to beat the Lakers after Kobe Bryant said he didn’t know who Lin was. It’s not Lin’s crossover leading to a soaring dunk against the Wizards, even though the play victimized John Wall, the top draft pick the year Lin went unselected.Instead, Yu cherishes seeing a picture of two White fans wearing Lin’s No. 17 Knicks jersey. “There is no comparison to anything else I’ve ever seen,” Yu said. “I can’t describe how I’m feeling.” Watching Lin’s highlights, “I got a little bit choked up, honestly.”Ren Hsieh had a different reaction as Lin was torching the Lakers: He shouted loud enough to wake the baby in the other room. “It was the improbability of it all,” he said.“I’ve never seen it happen…” NBA analyst Tim Legler said on ESPN. “A guy that had three different teams look at him and not see what we’re seeing now?”The reason is obvious to Hsieh, who played high school basketball in Houston and now runs a league and foundation promoting Asian-American athletics.“No one would outwardly say (Lin was passed over) because he’s Asian, but every Asian-American athlete knows that feeling of being overlooked,” he said. “I certainly felt it when I was playing.”“You get a look in people’s eyes, they just don’t get excited to see you. They don’t say, ‘Oh man, I gotta have this kid on my team.’ Every Asian-American athlete has always had to really bust their butt to get a chance to play at a high level.”Hsieh remembers the skepticism when the China-born Yao entered the NBA. One commentator, retired NBA legend Charles Barkley, promised to kiss his co-host’s posterior if Yao scored 19 points in a game.Yao went on to score 19 or more points 268 times in his eight-year All-Star career, and Barkley kissed a donkey on national television.Lin was similarly underestimated. He led his high school team to a state championship, but was ignored by every Division I college team except Harvard. He was cut by two NBA teams and could barely get on the floor in practice, until the injury-riddled Knicks handed him the ball almost in desperation. Now Lin owns an NBA record for most points in the first five games as a starter.So when someone labels Lin “deceptively athletic” even though he has a typical point-guard build, or when his teammate Tyson Chandler says, perhaps jokingly, that he didn’t know the 6-foot-3 Lin could dunk, some see stereotypes afoot.That was a point made by Knicks superfan Spike Lee. Brainstorming a slew of Lin nicknames, he gleefully tweeted, “Jeremy ‘Stop Asian Profile’ Lin.”“The word athlete is really not associated with people of Asian descent,” said Helen Xia, author of “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People.”Xia said Asians were first viewed in America as “coolies,” laboring on railroads, laundry or in restaurants. Then they were a stealthy and diabolical wartime enemy, then rivals stealing American jobs with cheap labor. Today the labor stereotype has transferred to another arena, with Asians viewed as math-and-science robots toiling over books and computer screens.Xia calls Lin’s rise in a game as athletic as basketball “stunning” and “a real turning point.”Nobody deliberately excluded Lin because of his ethnicity, Xia said: “That’s not the point. . The pervasive and insidious nature of racism keeps us from seeing what’s right in front of us.”Lin has declined to dwell on racial issues, but he did tweet that when he first joined the Knicks, “Every time I try to get into Madison Square Garden, the security guards ask me if I’m a trainer.”There have been countless Asian-based puns, like the New York Post’s “Amasian” headline. The Knicks’ own TV network showed a graphic with Lin’s head popping out of a fortune cookie. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather tweeted that Lin was getting attention just because he’s Asian. And Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock tweeted a cruelly racist remark about Lin’s manhood. (Whitlock later apologized.)Whitlock’s tweet drew the most outrage. “Asian-American men in particular have faced a direct, in-your-face emasculation,” said Helen Gym of Asian Americans United in Philadelphia. Whitlock’s remark “has been said a million times. It’s a typical saying when you want to take somebody down.”It didn’t work with Lin. Women were in the stands this week with “Be My Va-LIN-tine” signs. Websites were matchmaking Lin with women of all ethnicities. A YouTube video shows an Asian girl dumping her white boyfriend for an Asian man after watching Lin on the court.“He’s giving Asian men some swag,” said Jeffrey Ng, founder and creative director of the Staple Design clothing and creative agency in New York City.When Ng started selling hip-hop apparel 15 years ago, there were no Asian-Americans in his business. Meeting with clients, “I always felt this, like, why are you here? No matter how good my clothing was, I had to first answer the question of, why are you in this room?”“Lin had to work twice as hard to overcome that first question of, ‘Why are you on this court?’”Peter Kim, an actor in Los Angeles, said Lin’s success could open up more opportunities in his business, which puts few Asians in leading or romantic roles.He recalled that when Lin beat the buzzer to give the Knicks the win against the Raptors, the crowd exploded—and the game was in Toronto, not New York.“That alone should show how significant Jeremy Lin is to the Asian people,” Kim said. “He’s not just an athlete playing for a team. He’s playing for a whole culture and our representation to the rest of the world.” ENJOYING THE MOMENT—New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin, center, talks with teammates Carmelo Anthony, left, and Amare Stoudemire, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Feb. 15, in New York. Lin had 10 points and 13 assists as the Knicks won the game 100-85. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) last_img read more

South Africa remembers Chris Hani

first_img10 April 2015The grave of Chris Hani, the assassinated leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe‚ the armed wing of the African National Congress‚ will be declared a heritage site as South Africa commemorates the 22nd anniversary of his death.President Jacob Zuma‚ who will attend the commemoration of Hani’s death in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni on Friday‚ will also unveil the Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance Monument.The day’s events will also include a wreath-laying ceremony at Hani’s gravesite and a memorial lecture at the Germiston Lake Park to be delivered by Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.Watch: ‘Hani’s assassination was SA’s breaking point’Courtesy The History Channel UK10 April 1993On 10 April 1993, Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, by Januzs Walus, an anti-Communist Polish refugee who had close links to the white nationalist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, at the time a Conservative Party member of Parliament, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder, but ironically were saved from the gallows by South Africa’s new Constitution, which rules out the death penalty.Derby-Lewis was denied medical parole in February 2015 “because he lied and has not shown remorse for his hand in the killing of the people’s hero”, Jovial Rantao wrote in the Sunday Independent.Hani’s death came at a critical time for South Africa, with negotiators still busy hammering out the agreements that would enable the country to hold its first democratic elections a year later.It was Nelson Mandela, president of the ANC, who stepped up to prevent the widespread anger at Hani’s murder from spilling over into bloodshed.Appearing on state television, Mandela said: “To the youth of South Africa, we have a special message: You have lost a great hero. You have repeatedly shown that your love of freedom is greater than that most precious gift, life itself. But you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your people, your organisation need you to act with wisdom. A particular responsibility rests on your shoulders.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

More Smartphone Users Now Use Their Phones to Shop Online

first_imgRelated Posts Smartphone users are becoming increasingly comfortable with using their phones to shop online. According to new data from Compete, about 37% of smartphone users have purchased something with their handset in the last six months. Among the most popular items that these users bought were music, books, DVDs, video games and movie tickets. At the same time, though, Compete also found that smartphone users are very likely to abandon shopping sites that haven’t been optimized for mobile usage. Almost 8% of smartphone owners who tried to buy something from their phone were simply unable to do so.Most Popular Shopping-Related Activities: Price Comparison and Finding ReviewsResearching products is still the most popular shopping-related activity on the smartphones. According to Compete’s survey, 41% of iPhone users and 43% of Android owners check sale prices while they are shopping. Surely, the popularity of mobile apps like ShopSavvy and RedLaser – which make checking prices as easy as scanning a barcode – will only drive these numbers up in the coming months.The second most popular shopping-related activity for smartphone owners is finding consumer reviews. 39% of iPhone users and 31% of Android users use their devices for this. Tags:#mobile#news#web Big-Ticket ItemsOnly 9% of iPhone users and 11% of Android users said that they would buy big-ticket items over $500 from their phone. In general, the majority of smartphone owners are most likely to buy lower-priced items under $10. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Should I Insulate My Garage Door?

first_imgTo insulate or not to insulate?It’s odd when I find myself advising clients not to insulate, but that’s the case here. Normally, I can’t pile enough of the stuff in your house. Given my druthers, I’d probably spray 10 inches of closed-cell spray foam over your new dome house, add ventilation, and call it a day. But most folks are sticklers for windows and doors, so that won’t work.The question of garage doors comes up mostly in relation to attached garages with a finished room overhead. The arrangement integrates living and utility space in a way that needs some attention. Two of the core questions an auditor asks during a home inspection are, “Where is the thermal boundary?” and “Where is the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts?” (Those two questions run neck and neck.) The thermal boundary is the demarcation line for energy movement between the unconditioned exterior and conditioned interior air. This can be a bit fuzzy sometimes and one part of that fuzziness can be the garage door on an attached garage. Like a window, a garage door is a bad wallA building enclosure should be well insulated and nearly airtight. And you may have just thought to yourself, hell, garage doors are neither well insulated nor airtight. Yes, they make lousy components of the building enclosure. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. The door panels and contact edges are very leaky, and if you install foam board or fiberglass batts on the interior side of the panels, the insulation tends to chafe and fail over a not terribly long period of time. One can purchase a tight, well insulated garage door, but you know what is better insulated than any door? A wall.Even if the garage door were insulated to some spectacular level, odds are that the concrete slab it is built on is not. So walls it is.The ceiling of the garage and the interior connecting walls need to be treated as the edge of your home’s building enclosure. All too often, an attached garage is an intermediate space which is insulated and finished very haphazardly.Check out the photo at the bottom of this page — the one of a garage ceiling. Umm… That doesn’t look good.The photo shows a garage ceiling under the finished room. If the camera’s flash had lit inside the hole, you would have been able to see the underside of the plywood subfloor. Not good news.The walls between your home’s heated interior and your garage should be viewed as the building’s thermal and air boundary. All of the insulation should be well installed, and all of the drywall should be intact and taped. Treat it as carefully as you would any finished wall.Attached garages are all too often a weak point in the building enclosure. But as a friend is fond of saying, it doesn’t have to be that way. Insulate, air seal, and finish the garage ceiling and interior walls, as these assemblies are part of your home’s building enclosure. If you do that, those cold floor problems and cold wall problems will become less of an issue. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH My First Energy AuditEnergy Audits in New EnglandThe Worst House I Ever Audited Was Built in 2008What is Thermal Bridging?Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?Blower Doors Have Become EssentialMajor Thermal BypassesFlash and Batt InsulationExterior Insulation Is Like Like A Sweater For Your House RELATED ARTICLES How to Heat a GarageEnergy-Efficient Garage DoorsGarage Door Openers Are Always On How to Insulate a Cold FloorQ&A: Best way to insulate a bonus room over the garage?last_img read more

A Builders’ Guide from British Columbia

first_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. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img The type of batt insulation that is typically installed between 2×6 studs has a nominal rating of R-19, R-20, or R-21, depending on the type of insulation used and the batt density. If you install R-20 or R-21 fiberglass batts between 2×6 studs, you can meet the minimum R-value requirements for walls specified in the prescriptive tables in the International Residential Code, assuming you live in Climate Zones 3, 4, or 5.But if you live in Zone 6, 7, or 8, this type of wall no longer complies with the code. Similarly, builders in British Columbia, Canada, need walls that exceed R-20 — they now need to hit at least R-22.To help Canadian builders build R-22 walls, the city of Vancouver and the province of British Columbia have jointly published a useful construction manual called “Illustrated Guide to R22+ Effective Walls in Wood-Frame Construction in British Columbia.”  The well-illustrated manual has been posted online, where it is available at no charge.The document’s principal author is Lorne Ricketts, an engineer at RDH Building Science. (I’d like to tip my hat to GBA reader Malcolm Taylor, a Canadian builder who first alerted me to the existence of this resource.)The manual provides advice on constructing walls that have a whole-wall R-value of R-22 or more. So what’s an R-22 wall? According to the manual, what matters is whole-wall R-value, not the R-value stated on the insulation package. The manual’s method for calculating whole-wall R-values takes into account the effect of framing lumber; it assumes that a wood-framed wall has 16-inch-on-center studs and a 23% framing factor.The online manual has good advice, clear illustrations, and useful fastening schedules for installing furring strips over rigid foam — in other words, valuable information for almost any cold-climate builder, whether Canadian or American.The manual provides guidance on the… last_img read more

PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB thumps Batangas-EAC

first_imgView comments The Scratchers lost their early 17-point lead, 28-11, as the Generals fought back in the second quarter to end the half up 47-41.This blown lead drew the ire of Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu, who blasted his players for playing lackadaisical basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am not happy, we’re up by 17 and they think they’re that great,” said Tiu. “We almost lost this game.”The two sides went back-and-forth until midway of the fourth quarter until Prince Carlos broke the 84-84 tie with back-to-back three-pointers to give Go for Gold-CSB a 90-94 lead with 5:08 left to play. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With Popovich ejected in first minute, Nuggets blow past Spurscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Justin Gutang and Roosevelt Adams then took over for the Scratchers in the final minutes.The Scratchers improved to a 2-3 record for the sixth spot in the Aspirants Group while the Generals dropped to a 1-4 card for the eighth seed.Gutang led Go for Gold-CSB with 20 points, eight assists, and six steals while Adams had 18 points and 12 rebounds.Allen Martin had 17 points for Batangas-EAC while Clark Derige added 13 points and seven boards.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde lost a big lead but promptly recovered to blast Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 102-87, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Roger Federer beats Robin Haase, meets Alexander Zverev in Rogers Cup final

first_imgRoger Federer used a dominant service game to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 7-6(5) in Montreal on Saturday, setting up a Rogers Cup final against German Alexander Zverev.Haase, playing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final, did well to force a second-set tiebreak but Federer proved too much to handle as the Swiss fired down nine aces and dropped only nine points on serve.Federer, whose five titles this year include the Australian Open and Wimbledon, credited a positive mindset for helping him extend his winning streak to 16 matches.”Confidence can get you a long way, and if you’re feeling fine physically and you are ready to fight mentally you have a lot of things in the bag,” said the 19-times grand slam champion.”And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated. It’s all about the matches at some stage.”I’m happy I’m playing as well as I am this year on the match courts. At the end that’s what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the last year.”Next up for the Swiss right-hander, who is seeking his third Rogers Cup title after triumphs in Toronto in 2004 and 2006, is Zverev after the fourth seed advanced with a 6-4 7-5 win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.Federer owns a 2-1 edge against Zverev in head-to-head meetings, most recently a 6-1 6-3 win at Halle in June.Zverev ended Shapovalov’s magical week on his third match point when the 18-year-old, who had been the story of the tournament after a stunning run that included an upset win over world number two Rafael Nadal, sent a backhand wide.advertisementShapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points.”I wasn’t too sharp on the big points,” said Shapovalov, who made headlines in February for inadvertently blasting a ball into an umpire’s face in a fit of rage during a Davis Cup quarter-final.”I had a couple looks at some second serves and I missed some returns. But at the end of the day he did a good job to make me play those points.”last_img read more