9 May

Characteristics of summer airflow over the Antarctic Peninsula in response to recent strengthening of westerly circumpolar winds

first_imgSummer near-surface temperatures over the northeast coast of the Antarctic Peninsula have increased by more than 2°C over the past 40 years, a temperature increase 3 times greater than that on the northwest coast. Recent analysis has shown a strong correlation between this striking warming trend and significant change in the summer Southern Hemisphere annular mode (SAM), which has resulted in greatly increased summer westerlies across the northern peninsula. It has been proposed that the strengthening westerlies have resulted in increased vertical deflection of relatively warm maritime air over the northern peninsula, contributing significantly to the observed warming and the recent collapse of northern sections of the Larsen Ice Shelf. In this study, laboratory and numerical modeling of airflow incident to the peninsula are employed to further understand this mechanism. It is shown that the effect of the strengthening westerlies has led to a distinct transition from a “blocked” regime to a “flow-over” regime, that is, confirmation of the proposed warming mechanism. The blocked regime is dominated by flow stagnation upstream (i.e., little vertical deflection) and consequent lateral deflection of flow along the western side of the peninsula. The flow-over regime is dominated by vertical deflection of mid/upper-level air over the peninsula, with strong downslope winds following closely to the leeward slope transporting this air (which warms adiabatically as it descends) to the near-surface of the northeast peninsula. The strong rotation typical of high latitudes considerably increases the flow over the peninsula, particularly strengthening it over the southern side (verified by aircraft measurements), suggesting that the warming trend is not solely confined to the northeast. Globally, flow regime transitions such as this may be responsible for other local climate variations.last_img read more

7 May

Leading agents criticise Rightmove’s AGM access restrictions

first_imgTwo leading estate agents have criticised the Rightmove decision to hold its AGM behind closed doors today, which will see just two shareholders allowed to attend in person.Rightmove says the measures are to protect the health and safety of the company’s employees and shareholders, and will see the company’s chairman Andrew Fisher call a poll on each of the resolutions, enabling all shareholder votes submitted before the meeting to be included in the results.“Regrettably, we cannot admit any other shareholders to our offices to attend the AGM in person,” the company says.But David Thomas and Rob Sargent, who are both involved in the ongoing campaign to force Rightmove to lower it fees and treat agents more fairly, claim Rightmove’s decision to exclude shareholders in person from its AGM is to stop difficult questions from the floor about the ongoing revolt among at least 3,000 branches, and its initial decision to offer a fee deferral scheme.Strange“I find it strange that a tech company like Rightmove which has been producing plenty of live webinars for its agents and the public even before the pandemic, would decide to hold its AGM behind closed doors and exclude the majority of its shareholders like this,” says David Thomas, boss of Nottingham estate agency Liberty Gate.“Surely they could allow shareholders access virtually via a zoom meeting or a similar tech platform?”.Rob Sargent, MD of the Acorn Group, adds: “Given there is so much turmoil between Rightmove and its customer base, you’d think they’d at least try to engage with shareholders a bit more, particularly when there’s tech out there that could enable that.“It does feel as if they are trying to batten down the hatches and hide from the story that’s unravelling among their increasingly disenfranchised and disenchanted agent customers.”   May 4, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Leading agents criticise Rightmove’s AGM access restrictions previous nextMarketingLeading agents criticise Rightmove’s AGM access restrictionsDavid Thomas and Rob Sargent claim decision not to allow shareholders to dial in via a video platform to today’s AGM will prevent anyone asking awkward questions.Nigel Lewis4th May 202001,524 Viewslast_img read more

4 May

UK: Army Navy Combined Training Marine Engineering

first_img View post tag: Training View post tag: News by topic View post tag: combined View post tag: Navy May 30, 2013 View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Defence UK: Army Navy Combined Training Marine Engineeringcenter_img View post tag: Army The Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE), HMS Sultan, one of the six recently formed Defence College of Technical Training schools, is currently delivering a 10 month joint Army/Navy Marine Engineers career course for a combined class of Army Corporals and Navy Leading Hands.This progress in joint training will open the doors for far greater crossover between the traditional roles of the Navy and Army Marine Engineers.“The course has attracted significant interest from the Army, as far as we are aware this is the first time that British servicemen have received joint career course training.“We believe it will also be used as a template for other service trade groups who are prepared to embrace the inevitable drive towards tri-service training.”Said Staff Sergeant Richie Walker, Assistant Course Manager (Royal Logistics Corps).A media day has been arranged on the morning of the 4 June to showcase the joint ME275/ME702 course. Demonstrating visually impressive practical training serials routinely conducted within the Leading Engineering Technician training across the various facilities in DSMarE.Serials on display will include trainees working on the large propulsion equipment, high voltage switchboards and electrical damage repair simulators.For the Army, the joint training model, in addition to financial savings, will open the possibility of embedding soldiers with the Royal Marine Amphibious Assault squadrons who currently rely on the Navy for engineering supportThe academic, technical and craft training received during the 42 week Leading Engineering Technician Qualifying Course gives the Royal Navy trainees the engineering knowledge to assume the responsibilities of a deputy Section Head on a variety of seagoing ships.It also arms the individual with an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance which is achieved once they complete mandatory engineering tasks in their sea training journal.[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Share this article View post tag: engineering View post tag: marine Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Army Navy Combined Training Marine Engineering View post tag: Defenselast_img read more

20 Apr

Elkhart Police looking for an attempted truck thief

first_img WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – May 15, 2020 0 477 (Photo Supplied/Elkhart Police) Elkhart Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who attempted to steal a truck last month.Just after 11 a.m. on April 30, police were called to the 1800 block of Pecan Place on reports of a car jacking.The suspect was stopped before he could leave the property in the stolen GMC Sierra. He then ran on foot.Police were able to obtain one photo of the suspect in the parking lot, which can be viewed above.Anyone with information on the suspect, or his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Weir at (574) 389-4761 or send an email to the tip line at [email protected] Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twittercenter_img Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Google+ Previous articleWalletHub releases list of Best Credit Cards for 2020 GraduatesNext articleElkhart County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building lobby reopens Tuesday Brooklyne Beatty Elkhart Police looking for an attempted truck thief TAGSattemptedcarElkhartgmc sierraPecan Placepolice departmentsuspectthieftruck last_img read more

1 Mar

Daoism’s ongoing influence

first_img“The Norton Anthology,” that classic college volume that students have long lugged to and fro in all its backbreaking weight, has expanded its oeuvre.“The Norton Anthology of World Religions,” spanning more than 4,000 pages, is out this month from W.W. Norton & Co., and with a major Harvard connection. Editor Jack Miles tapped James Robson, professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, to edit the Daoism volume of the anthology, which also features volumes on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.Robson began studying Daoism in the 1980s. The texts of the ancient Chinese religion, and its most influential text, the “Daode Jing,” said Robson, “have seduced readers, both then and now, with romantic notions of the power of passivity, the mastery of skills through effortless action. And they entertained with their stories of immortals with square pupils who breathe through their heels, gather mystical mushrooms, and can enter water without getting wet, or enter fire without getting burned.”Over time in the West, Daoism inspired Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar Wilde and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and even, said Robson, Ronald Reagan: “As president, Reagan began his final State of the Union address by weaving in a passage from chapter 60 of ‘The Scripture of the Way and Its Virtue’: ‘History records the power of the ideas that brought us here those seven years ago — ideas like the individual’s right to reach as far and as high as his or her talents will permit; the free market as an engine of economic progress. And as an ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-tzu, said: “Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish; do not overdo it.”’”Daoism’s influence on 20th-century thinkers was tenuous for a while. The religion was on the verge of extinction following the Cultural Revolution in China, said Robson.“I took up this project in order to honor a very small but extremely dedicated group of scholars and translators who have brought this religious tradition back into the light. And I tried to include material from the earliest texts that allow us to say something about Daoism all the way up to the present spread of Daoism to unlikely places,” he said.“I included RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, and George Harrison, since they are fine examples of the ways that ideas about Daoism spread around the world from the 17th century to the present day,” he said. “RZA was turned on to Daoism by reading the ‘Daode Jing,’ and the name Wu-Tang Clan itself is also derived from the name of one of Daoism’s sacred mountains, namely Mt. Wudang. The Beatles song ‘The Inner Light’ was Harrison’s attempt to put Chapter 47 of the ‘Daode Jing’ to music.”James Robson and Jack Miles will give a talk tonight at the Harvard Book Store, followed by a screening of “Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” at the Brattle Theatre. Find more information here.last_img read more

1 Mar

How to be an antiracist nonprofit or company

first_imgRecent killings of African Americans by police officers sparked widespread, multicultural, multigenerational protests and a reckoning around America’s history of anti-Black violence and systemic racism. Many nonprofits and businesses joined in the call for change, making new hiring, financial, and programmatic commitments and pledging to revise priorities and practices. The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project, a research initiative of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School, studies the efficacy of steps that such organizations take to be more diverse and inclusive. The Project will convene a day-long webinar on Friday to discuss which practices work, which do not, and what to do about it. The Gazette spoke to project faculty director Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at HKS and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, about the prospects for improvement.Q&AKhalil Gibran MuhammadGAZETTE: What’s the objective of the IARA Project?MUHAMMAD: The IARA project is a research project whose goal is to collect evidence of what’s working and not working largely in the private and nonprofit sectors where claims of diversity and inclusion or equity and belonging seem to fall short of changing the norms and practices of organizations. The project’s first phase is to examine published research both by academics and practitioners to produce meta-analysis research of what’s the best out there that we know of when it comes to racial equity in organizational behavioral change. In many ways, we are not doing anything more than some of our own colleagues, Frank Dobbin in sociology [and] Robert Livingston at the Harvard Kennedy School. We’re pretty interested in practitioner research as well and where research breaks down in the field — where are the gaps in knowledge of what works and in application of what works? Some of that comes out of research, but some of that comes out of trying to connect the dots between what people are saying that they’re doing. We do have a second phase of the project, which will be to identify a sample of organizations whose efforts at adopting equity and inclusion interventions are working and then to test or audit whether their claims of success actually hold up to further scrutiny. That’s not [yet] underway.GAZETTE: What do you mean by racial equity?MUHAMMAD: Racial equity, as we define it, would be policies, practices, and procedures that do not perpetuate discrimination or forms of bias in the workplace or in the business model itself. The classic example would be working for a company that advances predatory financial services in low-income communities of color. This is one lesson of the Great Recession and yet, it’s not clear that banks or any other financial services firms that have diversity standards in terms of hiring practices or affinity groups in terms of inclusion efforts, have robust policies to prevent pricing financial products differently because someone happens to be from a low-income community of color.So part of the meta-analysis is to test the definition and application of the term itself. When researchers look for what counts as racial equity, how much heterogeneity is in the definition itself and in its application? There’s a lot of heterogeneity, and it’s that heterogeneity that contributes to the lack of clear demonstrable standards of racial equity that people can point to. Instead, it becomes a basket of goods that people say, “Well, we have a diversity officer” or “We have affinity groups” or “We’ve moved the needle on overall hiring of non-white staff.” And sometimes, of course, that means that you can look at the org chart and see that there’s bunching at the bottom and very little at the top. “Some of the research suggests that companies have no intention of doing anything more than passing a symbolic litmus test, that is, ‘How do we look?’” New book raises awareness of unconscious bias, and its effect on students of color Sharecroppers’ daughter who became college president argues for diversity in education MUHAMMAD: In a time of severe economic contraction, the first empirical sign that companies are doing things differently will be increased budgetary resources to support this kind of work and to create cost centers that allow employees to charge their time to spaces that are not really about making the company money, but more about the climate and culture of the company. Those are the things that will support the retention efforts of companies, which will have an impact overall for whatever diversity goals they claim to have. The stuff that isn’t going to be clear for a lot of firms is how will they lean into the societal challenges that many employees bring to work? Will they use their lobbying muscles? Will they use corporate philanthropy? Will they decide that there will be certain profit centers that will make less money going forward because they’re going to do things differently for the benefit of some racial-equity goal? Those are the things that will be harder to know in the near term.Interview has been edited for clarity and length. Gay restarts cluster hire, announces new dean of diversity and task forces Related GAZETTE:  What are the primary obstacles to racial equity in workplaces? Is it sins of commission, sins of omission, or both?MUHAMMAD: They’re all of the above. Some of the research suggests that companies have no intention of doing anything more than passing a symbolic litmus test, that is, “How do we look? Do we have enough representation to satisfy customer expectations? Do we have the appropriate systems in place so that our own employees can feel included as affinity groups or employee resource groups?” A lot of companies are still hiring diversity officers for the first time, which is known as a weak adaptation to failures of achieving a company’s own diversity goals. We have good evidence that diversity officers are not very effective, [especially … when] firms really don’t expect to change the way they do business or the way their HR policies are established.GAZETTE: Do firms generally see diversity and inclusion as a boon or a burden? Are most taking actions simply to avoid being “canceled” on social media?MUHAMMAD: It’s hard to know for sure. There’s no regulation that requires companies to open their books to these kinds of audits, so we don’t have a lot of robust, rigorous research to be able to answer a question like that. A lot of what we have is general reporting, anecdotal evidence, whistleblower complaints, this sort of thing. Where our project is useful to the field is to the work of diversity consultants who are contracted to come in and do a racial audit at the company’s own request. A lot of times, that comes because there’s a leadership push: The board can push for it; the CEO can push for it; someone on the executive committee or in the senior ranks can push for it. Sometimes it can come as a result of embarrassing national scandal. There are lots of reasons, both internal and external, that can lead a company to take seriously the need for self-assessment.GAZETTE: You say most racial diversity and inclusion efforts out there don’t work. Why not and what should firms and nonprofits be doing instead?MUHAMMAD: One of the things that we’re noticing is that companies that are more honest about their past, whether it is a 200-year-old company or a 20-year-old company or a tech startup, there’s a good chance that given the existing racialized and gender power dynamics that exist in the United States, that unless you were intentional, you are not a very diverse place. The second question becomes: What are the blind spots of the leadership that prevented it from seeing areas of the company’s business model that might either be doing harm or be neglecting parts of the community it claims to serve, its stakeholders? Those two things, what we would call a historical reckoning — taking stock of how the company came to be and then acting intentionally to redress that past — would then lead a company to take affirmative, intentional efforts to: 1) diversify its personnel and 2) consider how the business model itself might be perpetuating racial inequality or institutional racism.What might be counterintuitive is that a lot of companies lobby for favorable regulation. They lean into their ability to influence state or federal legislation, which could be a neutral effort which has no racial implications, or it could be a harmful effort. The deregulation of [the] financial services [industry in the 1990s] contributed to a cowboy culture in the financial sector. It was quite predictable who would be on the short end of that process. That’s one example that we can use as a case study. If companies are claiming, as many have, to not support racism or have written solidarity statements, then the question is: Is a company willing to use its lobbying muscle to argue for changes in police practices in jurisdictions in which it does business? Is it willing to argue for greater affordable housing legislation in the city councils where it’s incorporated? These would be taking what we know to be the intersection of the private sector and our political economy to heart and saying, “It’s not just about your bottom line if you really care about ending racism.” “Sometimes, of course, that means that you can look at the org chart and see that there’s bunching at the bottom and very little at the top.”center_img Helping teachers and principals confront their own racism GAZETTE: Accountability is critical to the project’s mission. How do institutions measure whether what they’re doing is truly having an impact, and if they’re not, what’s the most effective way to hold these institutions accountable and whose job is that?MUHAMMAD: Surprisingly, we’re still in an era when companies don’t self-report very much data about their own stated diversity claims. They’re not required to. So that’s one area of accountability. If a company is serious, then it should have as robust a set of metrics for measuring what it considers racial equity as it does any other core operation. The bigger question though, how do you achieve accountability sector by sector, is one that IARA hopes to help put into the world.We’re using the example of environmental building codes that promote sustainability, LEED standards, for example, as an aspirational goal for the IARA Project. If we could establish an accreditation process whereby companies that claim to be on a spectrum of diversity, racial equity, and anti-racism, where diversity goals that you’ve achieved might get you a bronze, racial equity would get you a silver, and then anti-racism would get you a gold standard because you’ve achieved it. Those benchmarks would be widely known and published and accepted like FASB [Financial Accounting Standards Board] Rules [or] Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. That’s the aspirational goal for the IARA Project.GAZETTE: In 2019, the project held its first conference, which focused on diversity and inclusion shortfalls at the Kennedy School. A lot has happened in the country since then. What has been the effect of the protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police violence against Black people in the wake of George Floyd’s murder? Has anything changed in the business and nonprofit world since then, both for the positive and the negative? MUHAMMAD: It’s too soon to see anything that would hold up to scientific scrutiny. But I would say that the rhetorical claims of renewed commitment or a first-time commitment to something systemic within the private sector are definitely new, as are the willingness of firms to allow time, space and ultimately, opportunity costs in terms of revenue-making, for their own employees to speak out loud about the climate of these firms. Aside from the solidarity statements, which are as much marketing and PR as they are anything else, a lot of companies have created space for this kind of truth-telling about the experiences of employees with different backgrounds. In the past, those conversations tended to be in limited spaces and were not compulsory for leadership and oftentimes did not extend beyond Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Latinx Heritage Month. That’s a big difference. That still won’t necessarily change the bottom line for a lot of companies, but raising the expectations of their own employees will likely cause both intended and unintended consequences for firms. We’ll just have to see what comes of it.GAZETTE: What are some indications that things might really change? ‘What’s at stake is the future of the country’ Faculty of Arts and Sciences unveils anti-racism agenda The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

26 Jan

Group participates in NaNoWriMo

first_imgEvery November, writers across the country put pen to paper in hopes of reaching 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Second-year MFA student Betsy Cornwell is leading aspiring Notre Dame novelists in an on-campus writing group. Cornwell first participated in NaNoWriMo in 2008 when she was a junior undergraduate. “The draft I wrote in 2008, I am just now getting a book deal on,” she said. “Two publishing houses are actually bidding on it. This year, I’m doing a steam punk version of Cinderella and actually the publishing houses have offered preemptively on this one as well.” Cornwell’s book that is currently being bid on is a young adult magical realism book, called “Tides.” “I was working at a teen magazine at the time, and we got all these letters about how they either hated things like Twilight or they liked it, but wanted to make it more literary,” she said. “I said, ‘You know what, I agree, I’m going to try to do that.’” Cornwell teaches a fiction-writing course and has encouraged her students to participate. Of her 15 students, 10 have chosen to write 50,000 words this November instead of turning in a final portfolio of all their work. “I really encourage people to do it, because you write this messy bad draft, and then you revise it,” she said. Cornwell said she believes people who have never written a novel or have no idea how to approach fiction writing benefit the most from NaNoWriMo. “People who think this is a big impossible thing, because it really is about plunging in without knowing what you’re doing and forcing yourself to do it,” she said. One of Cornwell’s students, senior Darsie Malynn decided to attempt the 50,000 word challenge. “I am attempting to do NaNoWriMo because it seems like a cool, challenging and rewarding project,” Malynn said. “Also if we do it, we are not required to turn in a final portfolio for our class, so it’s hopefully not a completely unmanageable amount of writing.” Malynn is not the only student participating this month. Junior Leah Coming, the president of Notre Dame’s creative writing club, Mustard, is participating in her own way. “Mustard traditionally has done a couple write-ins during NaNoWriMo, but usually members do it on his or her own,” she said. Coming said she uses her capacity as president of Mustard to help spread the word about more structured write-ins led by Cornwell in the University Writing Center. When Coming is not helping Cornwell get the word out about NaNoWriMo, she will also take part. “I’m doing pansy NaNo,” she said. “I’m only doing 15,000 words [this November].” Coming said she decided to do a smaller word count because she is already working on a large project that she has chosen to extend during NaNoWriMo. “Usually when people do a NaNo, they come up with a crazy new plot, the plot twists and turns and they write total nonsense to get to the word count,” Coming said. “I figured if I reduced it, I would not be writing total nonsense to get the count.”last_img read more

18 Jan

Borrello Calls For Measures To Help Small Businesses Affected By Virus Closures

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – Senator George Borrello is calling on the Governor and state lawmakers to pass legislation to assist the hospitality industry and small business owners who have experienced sharp declines in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.“Safeguarding public health is an urgent priority right now. The guidelines being imposed by the state are aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible,” said Senator George Borrello.“However, our small business community – particularly the hospitality industry – will be the collateral damage of this epidemic unless we act. Leading up to today, restaurants around the state were seeing declines of 55 percent or more. With this week’s mandate that all restaurants must close their operations for everything except take-out orders, the devastation is set to get much worse. While the hospitality industry has been affected most sharply, small businesses across-the-board are experiencing hardships because of this situation. It is the responsibility of state government to step in and help these businesses make ends meet until the crisis has passed. Otherwise, the repercussions of COVID-19 could affect our economy for years to come,” Senator Borrello said.Senator Borrello said he will be advancing legislation that will help mitigate the damaging impact that restaurants and other small businesses are experiencing. Among the provisions expected to be included in the measure are the following.An exemption of unemployment insurance rate increases.  Unemployment rates for businesses rise in conjunction with rising unemployment claims. If government-mandated closures force small businesses to lay off employees, employers should be “held harmless.” New York State should agree to cover the additional costs associated with mandatory closures.Reimbursement of paid sick and/or family leave. At a time when small businesses are already financially stressed by closure-related revenue losses, having to pay mandated sick and/or family leave could put employers out of business. The extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 necessitate government assistance to small business to manage these costs.Instituting temporary delivery fee caps to prevent price gouging. With meal delivery one of the only options available to restaurants currently, it is important to shield these businesses from excessive third-party delivery fees by national companies such as Grubhub – fees which can span 15- 30 percent of a total order and eliminate the already-thin profit margin on which restaurants typically operate.Enacting a 90-day extension on paying monthly sales and payroll taxes. A temporary easing of tax requirements will provide some immediate relief for cash-strapped businesses.Eliminating penalties for late payment of business and property taxes for companies and employees directly impacted by COVID-19.Making no interest loans and lines of credit from the NY Mortgage Corp available to businesses negatively affected by COVID-19.  Interest-free loans would offer businesses a way of covering costs while businesses are shuttered.Temporary suspension of State Liquor Authority regulations that prohibit return of unused alcohol to distributors.  Hospitality operators have excess inventory of alcohol that was ordered pre-crisis, that will be unusable for the foreseeable future. Allowing them to return that for a refund will help ease cash flow concerns and help offset losses from perishable products.Extending the cure period for various violations facing businesses during the crisis.Assemblyman Andy Goodell expressed his strong support in the Assembly for passage of this legislation.  “We need to do everything within our power to help all of the innocent businesses and employees who are adversely impacted by this crisis.”last_img read more

1 Jan

The McKernon Group wins ICF Award for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

first_imgThe McKernon Group wins ICF Award for Extreme Makeover: Home EditionBrandon, Vermont:At the recent national distributor conference for BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms held in Oklahoma City, OK, The McKernon Group of Brandon, VT and Crown Point, NY was recognized for the Special Project of the Year. Kevin Birchmore, Vice President of The McKernon Group, attended the conference to accept the award.In September 2007 The McKernon Group coordinated hundreds of volunteers to complete the construction of a new Insulated Concrete Form home for the Vitale family of Athens, VT and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Vitale family was selected as the recipient of a new home for the television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. A requirement of the program is that the builder completes construction of the project in less than 1 week. BuildBlocks Jason Fisher says, As far as we know this was the fastest ICF installation ever. We started stacking forms just after nightfall and completed pouring the concrete within the wall shortly after sunrise. This is far less than the usual installation time frame, but we accomplished it!Insulating concrete forms replace traditional wood framing and fiberglass insulation with concrete and expanded polystyrene to form a stronger, more durable and more energy efficient wall assembly. The McKernon Group has been distributing and installing Insulation Concrete Forms in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York since 1998, and instructing other contractors in its use for the past eight years.About The McKernon Group, Inc.The McKernon Group is a leader in design/build, green construction and restoration throughout Vermont and upstate New York. Established in 1987, the company experience provides clients with first class workmanship and fast-track capabilities from design to completion through efficient construction management. Jack McKernon is the president, and Kevin Birchmore is executive vice president.About BuildBlock Building Systems LLCBuildBlock Building Systems LLC is the manufacturer of BuildBlock® Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Headquartered in Oklahoma City, BuildBlock serves North America through its manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Utah, and Wisconsin.About Extreme Makeover: Home EditionExtreme Makeover: Home Edition, which has won back to back Emmy awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 5th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer; David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.last_img read more

20 Nov

Celeb Parents Wear Matching Pajamas With Their Kids: Pics

first_img“To wake up every single day so in love, happy and fulfilled — being a hopeless romantic I never gave up,” the reality star wrote. “I just adore @therealtarekelmoussa and the kids so much. Tarek gave me the job of picking out the outfits for our family Christmas shoot. He said ‘I’ll wear whatever you bring home’ hahaha and well … I decided on matching jammies. And look how cute he looks.”While the pair had a “stressful” day “wrangling” Taylor and Brayden into their outfits, Young concluded, “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Love my new little family!!!”- Advertisement – Dressed to impress! Tarek El Moussa, Heather Rae Young and more celebrity parents have proudly posed for pics in matching family pajamas over the years.The Flip or Flop star donned a red plaid onesie in his December 2019 Christmas card, and his son, Brayden, wore a smaller version. As for his fiancée, the Selling Sunset star matched her future stepdaughter in red onesies. Taylor accessorized hers with a green hair bow.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to post a photo just like this. As you know, life has been pretty tough on me since 2013,” the Flip Your Life author captioned his Instagram upload at the time, referencing his previous health struggles and split from wife Christina Anstead. “I look at the last six years and sometimes wonder how I made it lol. It was extremely tough fighting two cancers, back surgery and a public divorce.”Meeting Young made the California native happy again, he gushed, explaining, “I honestly gave up on love until I saw @heatherraeyoung last summer on the boat next to mine. The second I laid eyes on her I knew there was something special about her and I was right! She is absolutely incredible and me and the babies love and adore her. Thank you @heatherraeyoung for coming into our life and making this photo possible.”The real estate agent shared the same sweet shot on her own Instagram account, writing that she had dreamt her “whole life” of having a family.- Advertisement – Brie Bella and her husband, Daniel Bryan, have also opted for matching PJs with their kids, Birdie and Buddy.“Keeping up with holiday traditions is important to [us] — especially since it’s Buddy’s first Christmas,” the former professional wrestler captioned a September 2020 Instagram slideshow. “So in love with these three.”Keep scrolling to see more celebrity parents wearing pajamas to match their kids, from Kylie Jenner to Sean Lowe.Brie BellaThe Total Bellas star and her family posed in front of their fireplace where four stockings were hung.last_img read more