Nigeria: Christians challenged to ‘disciple at work’

first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release By Bellah ZuluPosted Dec 12, 2013 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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One such example is the winning of support and goodwill of the local village chiefs who in most cases have even donated land for church building.“Many neighboring villages are now asking for their own churches,” reported Oxbrow. “One of the local Anglican missionaries, Ngozi Nwosu, has a particular ministry amongst families who are trapped in traditional belief systems, one of which involves the killing of albino children who are believed to bring evil into the community.”“By preserving the lives of albino children, Ngozi has been able to introduce families to a God who loves everyone and is more powerful than an evil spirit,” said Oxbrow.Archbishop Ben Kwashi, the local Anglican bishop in Jos; the Rev. John Kafwanka, director of mission for the Anglican Communion; and the Rev. Oliver Ofoegbu, an Anglican missionary from Togo, were among those who took part in the consultation.Kwashi also led a session on “character formation for Christian family life,” a theme which he recently addressed in his diocesan charge.The consultation discussed diverse topics such as Christian discipleship in politics and the media, community action for transformation, encountering Islam, and dealing with witchcraft and polygamy, as people become disciples of Christ.The consultation ended with an urgent call to develop “specific and effective ways to disciple and support young people whom God is calling to a career in politics and in the media.”The Anglican Church of Nigeria Missionary Society and the ecumenical Nigerian Evangelical Missions Association jointly hosted the consultation.Faith2Share draws together most Anglican mission agencies and a wide range of mission agencies from other traditions ranging from Orthodox to Pentecostal to work together on issues of discipleship and mission collaboration. Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Nigeria: Christians challenged to ‘disciple at work’ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Africa, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

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Independent stations want cut of RTE’s license fee

first_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Independent stations want cut of RTE’s license fee Google+ Facebook Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Twitter The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland says RTE has an unfair funding advantage.The IBI says the 200 million euro generated by the licence fee goes exclusively to RTE – even though commercial radio also provides public service broadcasting content.The organisation – which represents 34 independent stations around the country, including Highland Radio – says at least 5 million euro of the State broadcaster’s funding should go to its members.The IBI Chairman – Scott Williams of Q102 in Dublin – wants the Government to overhaul the system:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/16will.mp3[/podcast] WhatsAppcenter_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleUlster Bank customers in Donegal tell Highland Radio News of their frustrationNext articleABP paves the way for Buncrana road works News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – July 4, 2012 Pinterest Newsx Adverts Facebooklast_img read more

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Prophets Of Rage Release New Single, “Living On The 110”

first_imgJust over a year ago, Prophets of Rage–a politically-charged supergroup comprised of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill–burst into existence with an angry bang. The outfit, described by Morello in 2016 as “an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit,” came together for a string of summer amphitheater shows following their widely buzzed-about maiden shows in LA and Brooklyn featuring a mix of material by RATM, Pubblic Enemy, and Cypress Hill. The band also promised that they would be recording original music.The promise was fulfilled last month with the Michael Moore-directed “Unfuck the World,” the first single from the upcoming self-titled debut LP Prophets of Rage–due out September 15. Today, the super group releases the second single, “Living on the 110.”About the song, Morello said in a statement,”‘Living on the 110’ is a song that speaks to the issue of homelessness,” according to Rolling Stone. “The 110 is a freeway in Los Angeles and living beneath it are thousands of homeless people. Bentleys and Rolls Royces roaring by are literally driving on top of the poor and their makeshift homes, a picture perfect analogy for the grotesque economic inequality that plagues our times.”Prophets Of Rage TracklistRadical EyesUnfuck The WorldLegalize MeLiving On The 110The CounteroffensiveHail To The ChiefTake Me HigherStrength In NumbersFired A ShotWho Owns WhoHands UpSmashitlast_img read more

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Dick Advocaat pays tribute to old adversary Van Gaal

first_img Press Association The Sunderland head coach, who celebrated his 68th birthday on Sunday, played with 64-year-old Van Gaal at Sparta Rotterdam but has locked horns with him throughout his lengthy managerial career, and more often than not come out on the right end of the result having lost just once in 10 meetings. However, he has the utmost respect for his fellow former Holland manager as he attempts to get the better of him once again. Advocaat said: “He’s one of the best coaches in the world, no doubt about that. He has worked at the highest levels in Europe. “He is a manager who does not just look for the easy way, he is always looking for the most difficult way. If you see his prize list, it is unbelievable, so I rate him very highly.” The pair forged their relationship in the Sparta team during the early 1980s with the older man nursing Van Gaal through. Advocaat said with a smile: “He played with me at Sparta for two years. You heard what I am saying … he played with me! “He was a different player to me. I would get the ball and give it to him. He had the eyes – and so did I later – but in the beginning, I gave it to him because he was a good player. “He was not the quickest. But he is a good guy. If you know him well, he is a good guy.” Sunderland will head for Old Trafford sitting at the foot of the table and without a win in their opening six league games to meet a United side sitting in second place. Advocaat has only once before come across the Red Devils in a competitive match during his illustrious managerial career, leading Russian side Zenit St Petersburg to a 2-1 victory in the 2008 European Super Cup in Monaco, before which the former Rangers boss shared a few stories with former Rangers striker Sir Alex Ferguson. He said: “I had a great conversation before the game with Ferguson. He wasn’t laughing after the game because I beat him.” Sunderland will have central defender Younes Kaboul back from suspension, but midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Jermain Defoe are doubts with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. center_img Dick Advocaat will take on “one of the best coaches in the world” when he goes head-to-head with old adversary Louis van Gaal on Saturday. last_img read more

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Women’s soccer rides defense to wins

first_imgThe Women of Troy hit the road this weekend as they continue their fight for dominance in the Pac-12.Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanLock it down · Senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme won her fourth Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week award and has 10 shutouts this year.Ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 4 in the nation, the women’s soccer team is entering a critical three-game stretch to finish out a dominant season of conference play. The team first heads to Salt Lake City on Thursday to take on Utah, then travels to Boulder for a Sunday game against Colorado.For most of this season, Utah has been a solid middle-tier team, recovering from early pre-season losses to win steadily and sit tight in the middle of the Pac-12 rankings. After tying with Cal in double overtime last week, the team has proved that it can compete with the top dogs in the conference.The Buffs, meanwhile, are ranked third in the Pac-12. After a soft start to the season, they suffered another loss to Stanford last weekend before knocking off Cal 3-2 in double overtime. The Trojans will take on Colorado after the Buffs play against UCLA, a team ranked No. 9 in the country who provides stiff competition for stealing one of the top rankings in the conference, on Thursday.The bottom line is that dominance in the Pac-12 is completely up for grabs. At the top is USC, neck-and-neck with Stanford for the No. 1 ranking in the Pac-12  as the season comes to a close. And for USC head coach Keidane McAlpine, that makes this final weekend on the road even more important.“It’s that time of year,” McAlpine said. “All the games you have to show up and you have to play. The games are important for us because we’re still trying to peak [and] reach that next level.”This weekend’s games come after two more shutouts for the Trojans against Washington and Washington State, adding up to 10 on the season for redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. After notching five saves over the weekend, Prudhomme earned her second-straight Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week award and her fourth of the season.Prudhomme’s performance alongside senior defender Mandy Freeman has pulled together a young defensive corps, turning a backline that struggled to connect at the season’s start into one of the most dominant defenses in the country.“The competition from here on out is just gonna get better,” McAlpine said. “Every game, there’s gonna be a moment when [Prudhomme] is gonna have to make a big save on top of some of the simple saves.”After this weekend, the Trojans will return home for one last stop — a rivalry matchup against UCLA that will decide the final rankings for the Pac-12. Then, it will be go-time for McAlpine and his team as they begin their journey in the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James’ input ‘incredibly valuable’ in building Lakers roster, GM says

first_img“Once [Leonard’s] decision was made, we had all of our chess pieces on the board to make our moves and close. And at that point you just don’t look back,” Pelinka said Friday (via ESPN.com). “The North Star for us was just we wanted to add more shooting. We wanted to have perimeter defenders, high-IQ players, guys with high character, and then a versatile lineup.”Though James hasn’t given his scouting report of his new-look Lakers roster, Davis said during his introductory press conference that he’d “put our roster up against anybody.””It’s going to be fun,” Davis said. “I’m excited about it. I think the league has grown, I think it’s better. All the players teaming up and kind of spreading that talent throughout the league — it’s going to be a fun season. I like our roster, I like every player that we have. From one through 14, and so I’m excited about it.” Related News Avery Bradley explains decision to sign with Lakers “Anytime as a general manager when you have stars on your team, especially guys that have the basketball IQ and understanding of the game that Anthony Davis and LeBron have, of course you’re going to be tapping into them as partners,” Pelinka said on a conference call (via silverscreenandroll.com). “We view our relationships here with our star players as partnerships and I know Anthony and LeBron are excited about the 14 guys and how we’re going to come together, and their input is — both of their input, Anthony’s and LeBron’s — has been incredibly valuable to me.”Notable Lakers free agent signingsPlayerPositionContract detailsDanny GreenSG2 years, $30 millionKantavious Caldwell-PopeSG2 years, $16.6 millionAvery BradleySG2 years, $9.8 millionQuinn CookPG2 years, $6 millionRajon RondoPG2 years, $5.2 millionJaVale McGeeC2 years, $8.2 millionDeMarcus CousinsC1 year, $3.5 millionJared DudleySF1 year, $2.6 millionLos Angeles spent its open cap space quickly once it missed out on Kawhi Leonard. And while Pelinka, James and Davis certainly wanted to add a third superstar, they made sure they were ready to move on other players if free agency’s biggest domino didn’t fall in their favor. 3 takeaways from Anthony Davis’ introductory press conference with Lakers Anthony Davis to skip FIBA Basketball World Cup, still planning to play in Olympics, report says Rob Pelinka may the general manager of the Lakers, but he knows his two superstar players — Anthony Davis and LeBron James — need to be happy if he expects the franchise to return to prominence.With that in mind, Pelinka said he consulted both James and Davis when it came time to sign a bevy of free agents and fill the Lakers’ roster.last_img read more

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X&Y ANGEL -New Short Ponytail Hair Piece Extension Wavy Claw Clip In/on Hairpiece PM004, Lovely pony tsil but its not black its dark brown

first_img Posted on May 12, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HairpiecesTags X&Y ANGEL Omg i absolutely love these hair pieces i have brought 2 now. I have had so many comments on it. And the best thing about it, it really do look like you’re real hair. Really good natural looking pony tail. Once in and secure, you can play about with the hair to create a natural look that no one can see if it is your hair or not. I tie my hair into a tight pony tail,ends tucked in to hair bobble. Pull hair at back and sides till happy with look then clip hair to desired height making sure its secure and not pulling. Key specs for X&Y ANGEL -New Short Ponytail Hair Piece Extension Wavy Claw Clip In/on Hairpiece PM004 (dark brown):Condition: Brand newStyle: Curly ponytail comes in a claw clip.How to wear: Shake it and clip it on your own hair. Brush it into the style you like. No pins or tape are required.Length:about 30 cmThere are 3 colors to choose:black ,light brown .dak brownComments from buyers“Ponytail clip in, Thanks so much love this ponytail love big hair so yes its great , Omg I absolutely love these hair pieces I have brought 2 now” Brilliant and very easy to use. The product it’s beautiful looks identical with my colour hair and i use chocolate truffle. Very easy to put on and it’s not heavy at all. This is brilliant and matches my colour. Well worth the price makes you look stunning and i need height in my hair so i bought this n it makes me look stunning so thankyou. Thanks so much love this ponytail love big hair so yes its great great delivery will buy more in future. Lovely pony tsil but its not black its dark brown pity i cant wear it as i have black hair hense 3 stars. Bought for my daughters wedding and she looks lovely, easy to attach, colour was not perfect a bit light for a dark brown request, perhaps got the wrong colour. Have now ordered again in black. Does everything it says on the tin. Looks very synthetic and not matching the colour i thought it would be, as demonstrated in the pics. Brilliant hairpiece, matches my own hair perfectly. Lovely ponytail nice an thick i went for dark brown but theres a slight red tone in it if thats what your after. Fantastic, my hair looked amazing and the colour matched my dyed hair. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-05-12 10:03:28Reviewed Item X&Y ANGEL -New Short Ponytail Hair Piece Extension Wavy Claw Clip In/on Hairpiece PM004 (dark brown)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  37  reviewslast_img read more

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GPS fencing to be highlighted at Ohio Sheep Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm dogs can be very important to livestock operations for the purposes of predator control, but they can also be a source of headaches and additional expense when fences fail to keep them contained.A farm dog ending up in places other than where they are needed is an all-too-familiar problem that those in the livestock industry deal with. Finding a way to keep those farm protectors inside set boundaries, like an invisible fence, is often not economically feasible when those boundaries are measured in acres.That may not be the case anymore, as now, the same technology that maps out travels plans and keeps farm equipment heading in a straight line is being used to keep a farm’s four-legged predator defense system from venturing off of the homestead.This GPS containment system is one of the ideas that will be highlighted at the 2015 Ohio Sheep Day at Jim and Denise Percival’s Schoolhouse Shropshires farm in Xenia on July 11.“Essentially, each dog that would be on the system (up to 10) would wear a GPS collar which communicates directly with GPS satellites,” said Brandon Baker, Sales Supervisor with Invisible Fence of Dayton and Columbus West. “The central base station, which is mounted to a structure on the property, increases the accuracy of the fence to three feet of the selected boundaries.”Setting up the perimeter of the GPS fencing system begins with software that utilizes Google Maps that electronically plots out points to set preferred boundaries. Those points can be changed or customized as the farm’s situation may change.When you compare the GPS option to the conventional underground wire fencing, there is a point where the newer, high-tech choice is more cost effective.“The underground wire systems typically cover areas as small as a quarter of an acre or less up to fifteen acres or so,” Baker said. “Because of the GPS system’s size requirements, we generally like to start with properties that are five acres and above and there is no upward limit as to how many acres we can cover, we could put a boundaries around the entire U.S. if we wanted to.”When a wired system is installed on 10 to 15 acres, the cost would be the equivalent of what the new GPS technology would run. The unit’s price point is around the $3,000 mark, including the equipment, installation and training.“We take the time to teach dogs that will be on the GPS system how their new collars work, how to find their boundaries using the collar and how to respond properly by stopping, turning around and backing away when they come too close to the boundaries,” Baker said.The Percival’s, who have over 40 years in the sheep industry and currently have 65 brood ewes in Greene Country, are putting this new fencing technology to use. Keeping their two Great Pyrenees dogs close by is important to their bottom-line.“Our dogs do a really good job at controlling predators in our area,” Jim Percival said. “Most recently we have found that black vultures are an issue and our Great Pyrenees are great for those as well.”Great Pyrenees, by nature, have a wide range of ground they like to protect. Sometimes for Percival, that meant his dogs were getting a bit too far away from where they were needed the most.“Since we had the new GPS containment system put in, when the dogs get within 30 feet of one of their boundaries, it stops them and turns them around,” Percival said. “Before we installed the new system, our oldest dog would not only protect our livestock, but everyone else’s within a three-mile radius. Now, he stays put and hasn’t left the farm at all.”Recently, Percival was introduced to the folks in Tennessee that developed the GPS technology and once he was sold on the idea, he called Invisible Fence to start the process.“It was very, very easy to implement,” Percival said. “They came by with their computers and pulled up the county auditor’s website, then they set up the perimeter of our farm and put in the points we wanted and drew straight lines about 30 feet off of the property line to adjust for the satellite ranges and we were all set.”As with any new technology added to an operation, the start-up cost may be the hardest bite to swallow, but Percival sees the GPS system paying for itself once he takes into account the lambs he may be saving from keeping his dogs close by.“Since we have implemented this new system, we have not lost any lambs to predators,” Percival said. “This past winter, we did have some coyotes starting to come around and our dogs and donkey chased them off before any harm was done.”In the future this technology has the potential of being used on larger animals, not only to keep them within a certain area, but to also track each individual animal to know their location at any given time.Percival is getting his farm prepped for Ohio Sheep Day and he is not only proud to host the event on his farm, but he says this is a great opportunity for his part of the state.“This is the first year that I recall the event coming to southwest Ohio,” Percival said. “There are a lot of small sheep breeders in this area and we wanted to give them the opportunity to learn about some of the new ideas that make our industry better.”The topic of predator control and management is where the new GPS technology will fit in the event’s program. The day will also include helpful tips for those just getting started in the sheep business and some discussions about manure management, which is a topic that is front and center in Ohio.Bob Hendershot will be on hand to hold a forage clinic on Percival’s alfalfa fields, and the topics of approved EQIP practices for sheep farms, basic sheep management practices, lambing barn arrangements and proper selection of sheep equipment will also be covered.Registration for the 2015 Ohio Sheep Day on July 11th is $15 for Ohio Sheep Improvement Association members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch.For additional information on the event visit OhioSheep.org.last_img read more

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Resilient Communities

first_imgAbout this seriesThroughout this resilient design series, I’m covering how our homes and communities can continue to function in the event of extended power outages, interruptions in heating fuel, or shortages of water. Resilient design is a life-safety issue that is critical for the security and wellbeing of families in a future of climate uncertainty. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient communities, in these situations, will be communities that can function without the automobile. Indeed, in certain respects, improving the resilience of our homes is the easy part — not cheap, certainly, but relatively straightforward. Making our communities more resilient is a very difficult, long-term challenge. Here are some strategies.Create pedestrian-friendly communitiesPlaces where it’s more convenient to walk around — and less convenient to drive — will inherently be less dependent on cars. Traffic calming measures that slow down vehicles and make walking safer are key. Some of these measures, such as bump-outs on traveled streets and closely spaced crosswalks, are a bane to drivers, but they make a difference in safety and walkability.Wide sidewalks are key to pedestrian access. And in cold climates, it’s important for municipalities to keep those sidewalks clear in the winter months.Provide bicycle lanes and pathwaysI spent a couple weeks in Lund, Sweden, a few years ago. I arrived in the late afternoon on a rainy December day and was astounded by the number of people getting around by bicycle. The city has an entire network of bicycle paths, divided with directional lanes. On a busy Saturday in Lund, with the streets bustling with people and commerce, the bicycle parking lots were packed, and about the only open pavement I saw in the city was a large parking lot for cars in the center of town. The few lonely Volvos and Saabs provided stark contrast to our packed parking lots here in America.Bicycling is certainly easier in relatively flat places that don’t have a lot of snow — like Lund, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and most of Holland. But significant progress is being made here at home in some surprising places. Minneapolis, for example, recently pulled ahead of Portland, Oregon as the most bicycle-friendly city in the nation, according to Bicycling magazine. Despite the cold weather, more than 120 miles of bicycle paths, indoor bicycle parking, and other features helped Minneapolis gain that recognition.Encourage mixed-use developmentStandard zoning in the U.S. separates commercial and residential development. When this zoning was created, industry was pretty dirty, noisy, and smelly, so separating uses usually made sense. But today, that same zoning often makes things worse by increasing our dependence on cars. In most recently built communities, you can’t walk to a corner café, bookstore, or food market, let alone workplaces.That can change. More progressive communities today are modifying zoning to encourage mixed-use development. The New Urbanist movement is leading that charge. The starting point in these newer, more pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use developments is often to look back at older cities like Charleston, South Carolina, and towns built up around railroad stops outside such cities as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Chicago.Encourage density and public transitDensity is key to creating less car-dependent communities. Without adequate density it’s very hard to make public transit work, because there isn’t a critical mass. And without effective public transit, people have to drive. This is the primary reason public transit works so much better in most of Europe than it does in the U.S. — significantly higher density in the cities and towns.One solution is to make in-town, infill development easier by providing incentives for denser development while raising hurdles for sprawling, car-dependent, “greenfield” development. Whether we push it or not, there is already a shift toward higher-density, transit-accessible development, because that’s where people want to live. Over the past ten years, even as real estate values have declined generally, they have continued increasing in places like the neighborhoods within a half-mile of Metro stops in the Washington, DC area.Support locally owned businessesResilience at the community scale is also a function of strong local economies. With locally owned businesses, more of the profits are recycled within the community and region. Those businesses are more likely to reach out during a natural disaster, helping neighbors and donating to recovery efforts than are large national companies owned by distant stockholders whose motivation is simply maximizing profits. Local businesses are also more likely to source materials locally — something I’ll address next week.Build strong communitiesWhether or not there are bike pathways or enough density to allow public transit, a high degree of resilience can be achieved in communities through community-building. Potluck suppers, local cultural events, farmers’ markets, apple pie festivals, strawberry suppers, Sunday concerts, town meetings, and community walks can all help to create communities where people get to know each other and will work together when needed. That’s the most important aspect of community resilience. Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outagescenter_img In this ninth installment of my ten-part series on resilient design, I’m focusing beyond individual buildings to the community scale. Following a natural disaster or other problem that results in widespread power outages or interruptions in vehicle access or fuel supplies, people need to work together. We saw that throughout Vermont with tropical storm Irene last year, when some communities were cut off for a week or more.Where there were cohesive communities in place — where people knew their neighbors and worked cooperatively on issues of common concern — dealing with the crisis was a lot easier.Community resilience also relates to how well we could get along without our cars. In some future crisis, gasoline might become unavailable for an extended period of time, or a political upheaval somewhere could result in a quadrupling of the price of gasoline, which could price it out of reach for many. Additionally, without power, gasoline pumps at service stations don’t work, so unless a service station has back-up power, its gasoline pumps won’t work. How would we function without cars? Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan Are Hanging With Local Elementary Students Today

first_imgFrank Kaminsky on the court against Duke.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 06: Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after falling to the court in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team last played at Michigan on Saturday and won’t take the court again until this Saturday at Iowa. With some extra free time this week, Badger big men Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Duje Dukan are hanging out with the students at Glacier Edge Elementary School in nearby Verona, Wis. All three players spoke with the students as part of the school’s Kindness Week activities. The All-American Kaminsky even took a selfie with some students: #BadgersGiveBack #Notor #NigelHayesA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky (@fskpart3) on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00am PST Dukan, who is 6-foot-10, tried to blend in with the crowd but it didn’t work out too well.New game: #WheresDuje? pic.twitter.com/GOY5bm3J8V— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 28, 2015 Hayes, meanwhile, may not have a future as a comedian judging off this joke, but he does know his state geography. Stand-up comedy with Nigel Hayes #BadgersGiveBackA video posted by Wisconsin Basketball (@badgermbb) on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:39am PSTOne underrated aspect of these photos and video is the impressive jersey game of some of the students at Glacier Edge. The local staples (Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers) are of course represented, but shoutout to the kid in the sweet Dallas Mavericks throwback, and the two young men who wore the NFL jerseys of Badger alumni Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.last_img read more

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