Meet the moms who made a human wall to protect protesters in Portland

first_imgiStock/LalocracioBy: KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (PORTLAND) — As protesters continue to clash with federal law enforcement agents in Portland, Oregon, a group of moms stepped up to help protect the protesters.More than two dozen women created what they called a Wall of Moms over the weekend to create a barrier between protesters and federal officers, who are under fire for their use of force against people protesting police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.The women, who wore face masks and helmets for safety, chanted, “Feds steer clear, moms are here,” as they linked arms to form the barrier, according to ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth, who is covering the protests in Portland.“Many of them who were here last night tell me they were tear gassed by federal authorities – but they are back today – and they brought their friends,” Whitworth wrote on Instagram.The Wall of Moms is the brainchild of Bev Barnum, a mom of two who organized a Facebook event calling on moms to meet at the protest site on Saturday evening.“We moms are often underestimated. But we’re stronger than we’re given credit for,” Barnum, who could not be reached by ABC News, wrote on Facebook. “So what do you say, will you stand with me? Will you help me create a wall of moms?”“Thank you so much for being brave. Thank you for being willing to help the protestors,” Barnum wrote on her post, which received more than 500 responses.Barnum reflected on the success of the moms’ movement in a later post, writing alongside a photo of the moms at the protest, “When I asked moms to join me in protest on Friday night, while I was in my pj’s, getting ready for bed . . . I didn’t imagine that this would be my reality by Sunday morning.”“In the span of 30hrs, women from all across the world have asked how they too can make this happen in their community,” she wrote. “You want to know the truth? You have to ask your friends to stand with you. You have to ask strangers to trust you enough to go into harms way. And you most especially have to trust that these women are going to show up until there isn’t a single protestor left to protect.”Barnum and two other women also formed a Wall of Moms group on Facebook that now has nearly 3,000 members, including everyone from local moms interested in attending a protest to moms in states across the country asking how they can help.“We got gassed last night and it did suck, but we’ve all been through childbirth, IEP meetings, and long barf-filled nights,” Maureen Kenny Mimiaga, one of Barnum’s co-founders, wrote on Facebook. “We got this.”The federal agents deployed in Portland this week were part of a Department of Homeland Security task force established to respond to the growing protests and acts of civil disobedience that came after the death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.The state’s attorney general has launched a criminal investigation into two “unlawful” tactics allegedly made by federal agents.Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum also announced she filed a federal civil lawsuit on Friday evening against the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to begin the process for a restraining order to stop the agents “from unlawfully detaining Oregonians.”ABC News’ Christina Carrega contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

An expert meeting was held on the topic of sustainable tourism development in the Makarska Riviera

first_imgOrganized by the Municipality of Tučepi and the Agency for Event Management and Experience Tourism, EX-ALTO, an expert meeting was organized this Thursday at the TUI BLUE Jadran Hotel in Tučepi “Tucepi & Makarska Riviera – destinations for sustainable tourism”In addition to representatives of local authorities Tučepi, tourist board, representatives and hoteliers from Tučepi, the meeting was attended by guests from the entire Makarska Riviera: WOT Hotels Croatia Nikolina Misir and Damir Lukić, Jakša Medić, President of Hotels Baška Voda, Zrinko Kamber, President Medora hotels and resorts, directors of tourist boards of the municipalities of Podgora and Baška voda, as well as organizers of the Makarska Jazz Festival, and many others. In addition to sustainability, the topic of the conference included the organization of tourist events, their measurability, success and efficiency. The goals that should and could be achieved for further development of the experiential offer of Tucepi, but also the entire Makarska Riviera, are highlighted, such as timely planning, expansion of thematic content from one place on the Riviera to the entire Riviera and transparent work on a single calendar of events for Makarska Riviera.Nikolina Misir, director of World Of TUI Hotels Croatia, pointed out that she was satisfied with the results of the season and added that TUI BLUE Jadran is a new product and still has a lot of potential for growth, especially in the off-season. “The average price of a high-class hotel room is influenced by the location itself, but also by the destination as a whole, so more active cooperation of the hotel with representatives of the local community is necessary to raise the quality of the entire destination and value. Egypt pointed out. “I am grateful for the invitation to this professional gathering and very interesting socializing with colleagues from the Riviera in the beautiful atmosphere of the Hotel Jadran in Tučepi. I supported the gathering and actively participated because I believe that all participants in the destination must be open to communication with colleagues, local partners and the community, especially for new ideas, reflections, initiatives. I have the highest expectations for proactive communication from local government bodies and self-government because their responsibility for the well-being of the community is the greatest. My message to everyone who makes decisions in creating tourism policy is that they must be brave, consistent, have a vision and be consistent in its implementation. Personally, I advocate that we all work together to revive the Makarska Riviera as a destination. ” Jakša Medić, President of the Management Board of Hotels Baška Voda, pointed out and added that together they are stronger, and the market expects and demands such strength from them.It is never too late for joint projects, said Zrinko Kamber, President of the Board of Medora Hotels and Resorts from Podgora, clearly and loudly at the beginning of his presentation, adding: “We at Medora Hotels are aware of the need to develop a common brand of Makarska Riviera and we will give great importance and support to this. This was a top-notch gathering with a great moderator with a very constructive discussion by all participants – in short the event of the week! Thank you to the organizers, all panelists and presenters for a pleasant and useful gathering. Now that this small, but perhaps the most difficult step is behind us, we will be happy to continue the initiative and work more specifically on certain specific topics, so he announced the continuation of the meeting soon in Podgora. “The project “Sacral-tourist route Tučepi” was presented by Ivan Samardžija and Ivan Tomeljak (Heritage Go Pro doo, Split), and the Mayor of Tučepi Ante Čobrnić invited all local partners to implement live parts of the project that can be a unique platform for sustainable adventure content in Tucepi, and attractive to the entire Makarska Riviera.last_img read more

Former Bulldog Standout Wes McKinney Named HCAC Male Athlete of the Year

first_imgFormer Batesville Bulldog Basketball standout Wes McKinney was named The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year.  Wes wrapped up his junior year with The Panthers.McKinney becomes the first Hanover Panther to win the award on the men’s or women’s side. McKinney was also named HCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in February.  He also earned a pair of All-American accolades including second team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) fourth team All-American selection by D3 Hoops earlier this year.McKinney led Hanover in scoring with 18.7 points per game, as well as leading the conference in rebounding with 8.3 per game.  Wes surpassed the 1,000 point mark during the season.The Panthers finished the 2016-17 campaign with 26-4 record, advancing to its first ever NCAA Tournament “Elite Eight”, winning both the HCAC regular season and tournament titles along with a Top 10 finish in the final 2016-17 D3Hoops.Com National Top 25 Poll at #7.Courtesy of Larry Duke and Tyler Jester from Hanover Athletics.last_img read more

How Recent Changes to Twitter’s Terms of Service Might Hurt Academic Research

first_imgTags:#NYT#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watters There is a lot to be learned from our tweets. Laugh if you will. Go ahead. But Twitter has become an important historical and cultural record. It’s a site for real-time news and information, to be sure. The stuff of history with a capital H. Politics. Natural disasters. Revolution. It’s a site that records our cultural history as well (is that history with a lower case H?). Ashton Kutcher. Charlie Sheen. The Oscars. Lower case or capital H – these 140 character exchanges have created an invaluable record for researchers looking at history, politics, literature, sociology. Such was the argument that Twitter made when the startup donated its archives to the Library of Congress. Tweets are important. They should be preserved, archived and accessible to scholars.But Twitter’s recent announcement that it was no longer granting whitelisting requests and that it would no longer allow redistribution of content will have huge consequences on scholars’ ability to conduct their research, as they will no longer have the ability to collect or export datasets for analysis. No Exceptions, Even for ScholarsThat’s the news that 140kit just had to break to its users. 140kit is an extension of the Web Ecology Project, a project that grew out of work at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and one of the very first research efforts into the cultural and political influence as expressed via Twitter. The group’s research into Twitter’s role in the 2009 elections in Iran was, in fact, one of the very first looks into how Twitter may both shape and reflect social and political upheaval.140kit offered its Twitter datasets to other scholars for their own research. By no means a full or complete scraping of Twitter data, this information that the project had collected was still made available for download (for free) to researchers. But no longer.As part of the new Twitter terms of service, 140kit like other organizations can no longer offer exports of Twitter data for any purposes – whether that’s for profit or non-profit, whether that’s for developers or scholars. You could be writing the next killer app. Or you could be working on the final chapter of your PhD dissertation. (And let me interject right here and say that having your access to research data shut down as a PhD student is beyond devastating.) It doesn’t matter. Exporting Tweets now violates the TOS.Shutting Off Researchers’ Access to DataThese changes to Twitter’s TOS mean that 140kit, as a service, can no longer provide its datasets wholesale, even for academic purposes. “For many of our users,” the group says, “this effectively shuts them out of the ability to research the platform.”140kit has come to an agreement with Twitter, which according to Managing Director of the Web Ecology Project Devin Gaffney, means that some data will still be accessible to scholars. But not all the data. Rather than giving scholars the ability to download a particular dataset, 140kit will be able to offer researchers access to 140kit’s analytics. That’s not the same as having complete access, but as an academic group, it does sound as though 140kit will be as amenable as possible to scholars’ needs and be willing to consider what sorts of analyses people need in order to complete their projects.Nonetheless, Twitter’s changing Terms of Service, without exception to scholars, creates an obstacle to research. “This decision is almost certainly going to shut some researchers out,” says Gaffney. “Its a shame because Twitter’s clearly thinking about money and operational stability, which are necessary, but they aren’t considering the myriad number of PhD students that basically just lost their work, or the researchers that were close to saying something meaningful and now have no way to do it.” Gaffney says he sees a “rocky future” ahead for scholarship based on Twitter and says he hopes that the agreement he’s made with Twitter “will last enough time for people to actually continue doing work until whatever comes next.” Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Our Top-Efficiency Heat-Recovery Ventilator

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Providing Fresh Air in Our HomeCommissioning Our Heat-Recovery VentilatorDesigning a Good Ventilation System GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation ChoicesAre HRVs Cost-Effective?Using a Glycol Ground Loop to Condition Ventilation AirHRV or ERV?A New Way to Duct HRVsVentilation Rates and Human HealthHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Joseph Lstiburek: Just Right and Airtight Three operation settingsOur HRV has three speeds, plus an extra-low “away” setting. Labeled 1, 2, and 3, the primary settings can be custom-set to deliver between 29 and 218 cubic feet per minute (cfm). As configured on our system, Setting 1 consumes 18-20 watts, Setting 2 consumes 30-35 watts, and Setting 3 consumes 80-85 watts. The Away setting uses just 7-10 watts.There is a frost-protection cycle that goes on periodically in cold weather to prevent condensate from freezing in the heat exchanger core. This draws about 800 watts. The need for this can be greatly reduced by adding a ground-loop preheater. This circulates an antifreeze solution through a simple ground loop (tubing that can be buried along the house foundation during construction). Plastic ductsNearly as exciting as the superb energy performance of Zehnder HRVs is the ducting that is provided with them. The company produces ComfoTube ducting with a 3-inch outside diameter and 2.5-inch inside diameter. The outer surface is ribbed for strength and the inside is smooth for optimal airflow and quiet operation. The material is 100% high-density polyethylene, which is the most environmentally friendly plastic, in my opinion.The ducting diameter is small enough to fit in 2×4 interior walls. Because the airflow rate through the ducts is relatively low and sharp bends are eliminated, the airflow delivery is very quiet. In fact, noise control is a key feature of all Zehnder products, and this is one reason the HRV itself is so quite large.While some ducting systems for heating and ventilation are branched — with larger trunk ducts stepping down to smaller distribution ducts — Zehnder ComfoTube ducts are designed to be installed in a “home run” configuration, with a single, continuous duct extending from each supply and return diffuser all the way to the HRV. This feature also helps control noise, though it can make for a complicated spaghetti-like installation. Our Zehnder HRV delivers between 2.6 and 3.3 cfm per wattThe HRV we installed in our new house is a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 Luxe. This is a Swiss-made, highly efficient HRV utilizing a counter-flow heat exchanger. In fact, testing by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) shows it to be the most energy-efficient HRV available. The American division, Zehnder America, is off to a rapid start, with about 800 installations in North America since its launch several years ago, according to business development director Barry Stephens.There are various ways to measure the efficiency of HRVs. Apparent sensible effectiveness (ASEF) is the most commonly reported number for heat transfer efficiency. The HVI-listed ASEF of our Zehnder unit is 93% — which is among the highest in the directory (though not quite the highest).Another measure reported by HVI is the sensible recovery efficiency (SRE). This is a measure that corrects for waste heat from the fan motor that may be going into the incoming airstream, cross-flow leakage from the outgoing to the incoming airstream, and case leakage or heat transfer from the outside of the box to the airstream inside. These factors make it seem as if the heat transfer efficiency is higher than it really is; thus the SRE number is more accurate. With our Zehnder ComfoAir 350 the SRE is 88% — the highest that I found in the HVI Directory.In reviewing the HVI list of certified products, I found some other HRVs with higher ASEF values, such as a Broan-NuTone model with a listed ASEF of 95%, but that product had a SRE value of only 58%. With that product and most other HVI-listed models that have very high ASEF values, the SRE values are considerably lower, indicating that waste heat from high-wattage fan motors or other losses are boosting the ASEF values.Another measure of efficiency is how much air is moved per unit of electricity consumed. Here we can look at the cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow per watt of electricity consumption. With this metric, the Zehnder ComfoAir really shines, achieving a remarkable 2.58 to 3.25 cfm per watt (depending on the fan speed). The Energy Star criteria for HRVs to be listed as EnergyStar is 1.0 cfm/W, and most good HRVs have air-delivery efficiencies only in the 1.0 to 1.5 cfm/W range. I was able to find only a few others with cfm/W values exceeding 2.0.(Several Panasonic exhaust fans have higher cfm/W numbers; for example, the Panasonic FV-05VK3 is rated at 12.4 cfm/W. However, these fans do not provide any heat recovery.) In last week’s blog I reviewed some of the general strategies used for ventilating buildings — or not. This week, I’ll zero in on the types of balanced ventilation in which heat is recovered from the outgoing airstream to preheat the incoming fresh air. By the way, Eli Gould (the designer-builder of our home) and I will be leading a half-day workshop at the NESEA Building Energy Conference in Boston on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. In this workshop, “What Would the Founder of Environmental Building News Do? Adventures on the Cutting Edge of Green Building,” we’ll be reviewing product and technology choices, describing lessons learned, presenting data on performance, and discussing, in a highly interactive format, some outcomes from this project that can be applied much more affordably in deep-energy retrofits. This should be informative and a lot of fun. Registration information can be found here. A pricey applianceIn my opinion, Zehnder makes the best HRVs and ERVs (energy-recovery ventilators) in the world. But you pay for that quality and performance. The system we have, a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 Luxe with ten supply ducts and ten return ducts, with their respective registers and two remote controllers (for the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms), costs about $6,000. The geo-exchange loop, which we did not include, adds another $2,000.While this is a lot to spend on ventilation, this integrated whole-house ventilation system obviates the need for separate bath fans, which can cost $300 to $600, installed, and some of that extra cost will be recovered over time through energy savings during operation compared to standard HRVs.The super-quiet, highly dependable operation is a nice bonus.In next week’s blog I’ll talk about commissioning our HRV system. Two fans, two airstreamsAs noted last week, balanced ventilation requires two fans: one bringing fresh air into the house and one exhausting indoor air. By balancing these two fans and the airflow through their respective ducts, the house is maintained at a neutral pressure — which is important for avoiding moisture problems or pulling in radon and other soil gases.In a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), the two fans are in the same box, and they force air through a heat-exchanger core made of a corrugated plastic or aluminum. There are several types of heat exchanger cores in HRVs, and these affect efficiency and cost.HRVs can have cross-flow heat exchangers or counter-flow heat exchangers. With cross-flow, the incoming and outgoing air streams are typically at 90° angles to each other. The heat transfer efficiency is good but not great: typically 50% to 70%.With a counter-flow heat-exchange core, there is a longer pathway across which heat exchange occurs, so the efficiency is typically higher. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. 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Consumer Fraud & Military Families

first_imgBy Dr. Martie GillenThe term consumer fraud is used widely to cover sales that are both legal and illegal. This includes fraud for which sellers could be prosecuted in civil or criminal courts and practices that are not necessarily illegal, such as charging exorbitant prices. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) deceptive acts are generally interpreted as those that are not reasonably avoidable by consumers, manifest a tendency to mislead, and cause a substantial number of consumers to suffer in a material way. The FTC tracks all types of consumer fraud.Likely fueled by increased use of the Internet for making financial transactions, fraud complaints have sharply increased over the last decade. In fact, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book over 1.5 million fraud related complaints were filed in 2014. While only 55% of consumers who reported a complaint also reported the amount paid the total cost to those consumers was over $1.7 billion. The median amount was $498.In 2012, Dr. Gillen presented a 90-minute webinar on Financial Frauds & Scams. View the recording of this webinar below.Military consumers reported over 87,000 (U.S. Army 42,315, U.S. Navy 18,268, U.S. Air Force 16,691, U.S. Marines $8,568, and U.S. Coast Guard 1,558) fraud complaints in 2014. The most common status among military consumers who reported a fraud complaint was retiree and/or veteran (66%) followed by dependent spouse of an active duty services member (13%).Among military consumers, the most common reported fraud complaint was identity theft (27%) followed by imposter scams (26%), debt collection (8%), banks and lenders (5%), prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries (3%), shop-at-home and catalog sales (2%), education (2%), telephone and mobile services (2%), auto related complaints (2%), credit bureaus, information furnishers and report users (1%), foreign money offers and counterfeit check scams (1%), internet services ( 1%), credit cards (1%), health care (1%), grants (1%), computer equipment and software (1%), mortgage foreclosure relief and debt management (1%), business and job opportunities (1%), television and electronic media (1%), and advance payments for credit services (<1%).The most frequent way a military fraud victim’s information was misused was government documents or benefits fraud (45%) followed by credit card fraud (17%), phone or utilities fraud (13%), bank fraud (10%), and loan fraud (4%).The FTC provides a great deal of information on how military families can protect themselves from from fraud.This post was written by Dr. Martie Gillen. Follow her on Twitter: @MoneyMattersMG.last_img read more