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A Free Gift for GBA Pro Members

first_imgAs most regular GreenBuildingAdvisor.com readers know, our website has been plagued by software glitches for many months. These problems include unexplained site crashes, “access denied” errors, and a broken spam filter which caused commercial messages to be posted on our Q&A pages.All of us here at GBA would like to take this opportunity to apologize to GBA subscribers and readers. The current level of service that GBA is offering is unacceptable — unacceptable to our readers, unacceptable to GBA, and unacceptable to the Taunton Press.We pride ourselves on providing quality content and the highest level of service to our customers. We have been working diligently on fixing the website problems for months and came to the conclusion with the help of outside experts that an entire website rebuild was necessary.The rebuild has been underway for some time. We expect to launch the new site within a month.Throughout these trying months, GBA employees have been gratified at expressions of support and loyalty from GBA readers. This website has managed, in spite of its many flaws, to create a valuable online community. We’re humbled by that fact, and grateful.As a token of our appreciation for the undeserved loyalty exhibited by our subscribers, we are offering a small gift to all GBA Pro members: a free download of a Taunton book, The Energy Smart House. While we know that this gift is no substitute for a smoothly functioning website, the gift is a symbol of our gratitude for your patience. Here is the link to the page which will allow GBA Pro Members to download the e-book. (Note that this download will only be available through January 6, 2014.)If you aren’t a GBA subscriber, but are interested in the book, you can learn more by clicking this link: The Energy Smart House.Thanks again to all of you who are still visiting GBA. We look forward to a better 2014.last_img read more

Bajrang Dal disrupts interfaith couple’s marriage in Meerut

first_imgInter-faith couple face saffron fury The musclemen of Hindutva  “We are proud that we did not let a Muslim boy manipulate a Hindu girl into marrying him. We would never let Muslim boys marry Hindu girls,” Mr. Dungar told The Hindu.This is the second attack of its kind on inter-religious couples. It comes four days after a similar incident occurred in Hapur in western U.P., where Sangh Parivar workers tried to assault an inter-religious married couple living together in a rented accommodation.Police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the mob that tried to snatch the man while they were escorting the two to safety.The woman had called the police against the “harassment” of Hindutva groups. The police told the Hindutva activists that it was not a case of “love jihad” as the woman married out of her own will and was living with him willingly. An interfaith couple, whose attempt to register their marriage was disrupted by Bajrang Dal workers on Wednesday, were produced before a court in Faridabad on Thursday but were let off after the woman testified that she was not abducted as alleged by her uncle.Krishna, 21, who hails from Greater Noida, said she had gone to Meerut with Saddam, a 24-year-old labour contractor from Shamli, out of her own volition. They planned to register their marriage at a court there.But before they could do so, Bajrang Dal workers reached the court premisesand tried to attack Saddam. The police lathicharged the Bajrang Dal activists when they turned on the policemen protecting the couple.Superintendent of Police Man Singh, told The Hindu that the Meerut police handed over the couple to the Haryana police, who had arrived in Meerut looking for them.Also Read According to the Faridabad police, Krishna who is second-year BA student at the K.L. Mehta Women’s College, became friends with Saddam three years ago when she was pursuing B.Tech from an institute in Greater Noida.But the two remained in touch even when she dropped out of her engineering course midway to go and live with her uncle, who is a head constable in Delhi police.Facilitating ‘love jihad’After Krishna eloped with Saddam on Wednesday, her uncle reported the matter to the police and a case was registered under Section 346 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code at the SGM Police station in Faridabad.The coordinator of the Bajrang Dal in western Uttar Pradesh, Balraj Dungar was furious with the police for “not cooperating” with his group. He accused the police of facilitating “love jihad”.Second such attackAlso Readlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Graphic & Technical Designer by PetRageous DesignsFull-TIme Special Hazards Technician at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Fire Alarm Technician & Installer at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Telecommunications Cable Technician at MTS Services Inc.Full-Time Human Resources Intern at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Spanish Teacher at Abundant LifeFull-Time & Part-Time Mover at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Curiosity is a driving state for information Study

first_imgNow, two researchers from the University of Rochester propose that it is time to organise and focus on curiosity’s function, evolution, mechanism and development.“Curiosity is a long-standing problem that is fascinating but has been difficult to approach scientifically,” said study co-author Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences.“But we felt that the field has recently managed to develop new formal and quantifiable techniques for studying curiosity and that it’s worth getting the word out,” he added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Scientists have been taking notes about curiosity since the 19th century.Over time, studies have tried to differentiate curiosity by saying it is entirely intrinsically motivated (compared to information-seeking and risk-seeking). “But this type of definition runs into problems when determining the intrinsic motivation of babies, primates and other organisms that cannot communicate their inner world,” the authors noted.For their study, the authors used a working definition of curiosity “as a drive state for information” which can be observed in organisms as simple as nematode worms. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When the information-seeking becomes active, it’s reasonable to start talking about it as a minimal form of curiosity,” Hayden added.“This definition will be hard for some people to swallow. But by looking at it from an evolutionary perspective, scientists can make rapid progress,” he noted.One question still up for debate is whether curiosity always carries benefits – whether immediately or in the future.“It’s agreed that information allows for better choices, but curiosity can lead animals to pursue stimuli that aren’t necessarily useful,” the study said. While increasing curiosity reduces uncertainty and makes for better choices on what to explore, the animals’ brains are also wired to reward us for learning new information, which can put us at different risks.The authors also note that the study of curiosity overlaps with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other attention disorders.The authors hope that in addition to the understanding how curiosity is affected by disease, the future will bring new information about how curiosity is controlled, how it differs between childhood and adulthood, and the link between curiosity and learning.Finally, the authors are also optimistic that scientists will eventually agree on a way to classify curiosity. The paper was published in the journal Neuron.last_img read more

Get garden torches bird baths to beautify outdoor space

first_imgGet garden torches, stools and bird baths for your outdoor space where you can spend some leisure time.Here are some tips and tricks suggested by the experts: Garden torches are the in thing. Thinking of having the perfect barbecue night or a karaoke stage in the lawn? This is one decor item which is sure to light up your evening. Garden torches also create the much-needed warmth during a chilly winter evening.Garden stools come in different colours and materials. They are an attractive decorative piece. If you have garden stools, which are mostly waterproof, the issue of drinks getting spilled or the stools getting wet while watering the plants would never arise. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWho wouldn’t want to lie down and enjoy some me-time by looking at the sky? A colourful hammock tied across the branch of a tree could work wonders to make you feel relaxed. If you are a beach person, you could also fill the surface where the hammock is tied with sand to give you the much needed ‘beachy’ feel.If you are a lover of art and sculpture, an outdoor fountain carved of stone can light up your ambience. Fountains with waterfall or fountains with LED lights are perfect. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGoing by the summer heat, another must-have decor item in your outer space is a bird bath. Bird baths help birds cool themselves. It’s a beautiful decor item which comes in various sizes.Add a fire bowl to your outside area and couple it up with a laid-back seating to fit the no-hurries, no-worries vibe. The fire bowl will warm up the yard during cooler weather to provide a perfect atmosphere for a lazy night.Use string lights to make your outdoor space look like a festive, fun spot all year round. Pick up some quirky string lights to add a charming touch and set a new mood over your lawn.There is no better way to relax than with a drink or book in your hand and resting back in your lounge chair.Get an adjustable lounge chair with arms and a padded headrest for maximum comfort.Designing a playhouse for your children just got easy. Set up a glow in the dark teepee tent for them to enjoy their leisure time.last_img read more