NIS to train employers about online submissions

first_imgThe National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will be hosting a two-day training exercise this week for employers or accounts personnel with the intent of teaching them to make submissions online.The sessions will be conducted free of charge, between August 22 and 23, 2019, at NIS Brickdam, Georgetown Roof Garden.In an interview with this publication on Monday the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dianne Baxter, explained, “We are encouraging the employers to submit contributions using the internet so it’s those persons who are involved in that process there we are doing training with and giving them a soft copy of whatever it is that is required for them to do the submission”.She further noted that a soft copy of the schedule will be given to the trainees to guide them in uploading and preparing their documents for NIS contributions.The introduction of this, Baxter said, will aid in reducing the amount of paper stored at the agency. It will also reduce time wastage and help in the data cleansing process. “It ensures that the information that they have on their system is in sync with what we have at NIS. That deals with correct names, matching of names, NIS numbers and so on, so once everything is okay there will be no rejection when they go to send the information via the internet”.Although data will be shared with NIS through this process, Baxter was keen to note that actual payments will still be made at the office.She informed that NIS is working on its online payment process and is, in fact, testing that system out.For now, the PRO said employers still have the option of sharing information with the agency via flash drive or CD. “Those who haven’t attended the training, we will still accept paperwork but we are just trying to give several options,” she said. Baxter added that the focus is to have all businesses come on board with this venture, however, there still are a few persons, who prefer to do actual paperwork, that NIS is trying to convince.Using this online system, employers would send NIS a copy of their schedule with their cheques so that it can be stamped. An electronic receipt or acknowledgement saying that they would have received the contributions will also be sent via the internet.The PRO noted that they are hoping to introduce this system at local offices around the country and not just in Georgetown.So far, she said, businesses have already begun responding to the training.This would be the fourth round of training being conducted by NIS for the year in this regard.Back in April, the electronic mode of data transfer for employers, which will reduce the long waiting time and resources, was launched.last_img read more

Arsenal land fair Europa League group

first_img0Shares0000Fyodor Chalov scored against Arsenal in this season’s Europa LeagueMONACO, France, Aug 31 – Arsenal were handed a seemingly easier task in the Europa group as they face Sporting Lisbon, Azerbaijani club Qarabag and Vorskla of Ukraine.Marseille, last season’s beaten Europa League finalists, were drawn with Lazio and Eintracht Frankfurt in a strong group. Arsenal were handed a seemingly easier task against Sporting Lisbon, Azerbaijani club Qarabag and Vorskla of Ukraine.The other English club in Europe’s second-tier competition, Chelsea, will play PAOK Salonika, BATE Borisov from Belarus and Hungarians Vidi.Scottish champions Celtic are in a group that includes the two Red Bull-owned clubs — Salzburg, a beaten semi-finalist last season, and Leipzig — as well as Rosenborg of Norway.Rangers, a fourth seed, face a tough task progressing on their return to Europe against Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow.Dudelange, the first club from Luxembourg to reach the group stage of the competition, were handed a trip to the San Siro to play AC Milan, who have won eight European trophies, and will also face Real Betis and Olympiakos.Antoine Griezmann, who scored twice in last season’s final as Atletico Madrid beat Marseille 3-0, was named the Europa League player of last season.Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, also finished fourth in the UEFA player of the season award announced on Thursday and won by Croatian Luka Modric, a winner in the Champions League final and runner-up in the World Cup.The first round of matches will be played on Thursday, September 20.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Liverpool have paid £66m and only have the second-best keeper on Merseyside’

first_imgTony Bellew believes Everton have the best goalkeeper on Merseyside, even after their rivals broke the transfer record to bring in a new number one this summer.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has finally fixed his long-standing goalkeeper woes by landing Brazil international Alisson in a deal that could be worth up to £67million.He is regarded as one of the finest talents in world football and, at 25, still has decades in the tank.But Everton devotee Bellew believes Goodison Park hosts the superior glovesman in Jordan Pickford.Pickford, 24, became a national hero during England’s brilliant World Cup campaign this summer and, according to Bellew, proved he is worth every penny of the £30m the Toffees spent to sign him from Sunderland last year.The British Boxing star told talkSPORT: “I’d just like to say, I remember being laughed at by many Kopites when Everton signed Jordan Pickford for £30m, saying we had just bought a relegated goalkeeper and all that.“Well, you have just paid £66m and you’ve only got the second best goalkeeper on Merseyside!” #Everton fan @TonyBellew tells us he’s not concerned by #LFC’s record-breaking signing @Alissonbecker 👀 That’s huge praise for @JPickford1 👊— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) July 24, 2018Asked about the Toffees’s summer business, or lack of it, on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bellew added: “Everton need longevity and consistency and ultimately Silva needs the get the players in he wants.“There have been no transfers at all so far while other clubs, especially the horrible lot over the road, are conducting business.“They are just buying whoever they want!”Listen back to Tony Bellew on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above, as he discusses his beloved Everton and a possible fight against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyklast_img read more


first_imgHOLLYWOOD star Michael Douglas has donated a rare signed book to fundraising efforts for Letterkenny General Hospital!The top actor – facing his own battles against cancer and his star wife’s diagnosis with bi-polar – gave the screenplays to Wall Street (1987) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to fundraisers.And it went on auction last night on ebay with a reserve price of €500! Ryan Stewart – an election candidate and anti-VRT campaigner – said: “It is a unique item available for sale kindly donated by Hollywood legend Michael Douglas, in aid of the cardiology unit of Letterkenny General Hospital.“This book was put together as a promotional item for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Autographed by Michael Douglas, the item was sent to us by his publicist Allen Burry.“This is a real collectors item, beautifully presented, and contains the screenplays to both Wall Street (1987) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”The donation came as Mr Douglas’s wife Catherine Zeta-Jones returned to work yesterday as her proud husband praised her for tackling her bipolar disorder with such courage. Catherine, 41, spent five days in a mental health clinic this month when the stress of Michael’s cancer battle sent her into depression. But she was beaming again yesterday as she shot scenes for a comedy film.And in a joint interview, the couple spoke for the first time since she left the £770-a-night hospital in the US.Wall Street star Michael, 66, said: “It takes a lot of courage to seek help and I am proud of Catherine for doing something positive about her situation. It’s onwards and upwards for us.”Oscar-winning Welsh actor Catherine added: “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it’s worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”Want to bid for the signed screenplays? Click here: HOLLYWOOD STAR MICHAEL DOUGLAS DONATES RARE SIGNED BOOK TO LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: April 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny General HospitalMichael DouglasRyan Stewartlast_img read more


first_imgJacqueline Molloy receives her voucher for a free family portrait at Cristeph Studio from Stephen Maguire, editor of Donegal Daily.Donegal Daily has teamed up with the Cristeph Studio in Letetrkenny to offer readers a chance to win a FREE family or child’s portrait.Every Friday in August we will be giving away a free framed portrait by well-known press and studio photographer Brian McDaid.There is no cost to enter – no difficult questions and no premium textline numbers. All you have to do is to like the Cristeph Studio’s Facebook page. It couldn’t be simpler!The winner of the first framed portrait is Jacqueline Molloy from Fintown.Jacqueline revealed she was planning to have a family portrait done with husband Paddy and son Charlie.“I’m so happy. I never win anything so I was on Donegal Daily and I thought I’d give the Cristeph Studio a like. “I couldn’t believe I won it when I got the phonecall. I’m really looking forward to getting a family portrait because it is something we can keep forever,” she said.There are lots more chances to win a free framed family of child’s portrait and al you have to do is to like Christeph Studio on Facebook here likes between now and the end of the month will be in with a chance of a free framed portrait each week – so get liking! COMPETITION WINNER! DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO PUT JACQUELINE IN THE FRAME! was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banis’ hat trick leads SBVC

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SBVC will play at Pasadena City College today. SBVC MEN’S SOCCER AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Wolverines (2-12-3, 0-2-1) came close to their Foothill Conference win, but couldn’t quite finish off Victor Valley (4-8-3, 0-3-1) in a 2-2 tie. SBVC will play at Chaffey on Friday, while Victor Valley hosts Rio Hondo next Tuesday. center_img Lacy Banis scored three goals while Rienn Lett, Vanessa Wellman and Katy Roman chipped in one each as San Bernardino Valley (7-4-1, 3-1-1) cruised to a 6-0 win over College of the Desert on Tuesday. Wellman also tallied two assists with Lett, Roman and Sarah Amori adding one assist apiece. last_img read more

Simple Darwinian Theories Have to Be Abandoned

first_imgMutate one gene and a cascade of changes can result.  This effect is called pleiotropy (see 10/01/2003 entry).  According to an article by Stephen Strauss reporting for the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, “The emerging richness of pleiotropy means that any simple Darwinian notion of what is going on during natural selection has to be abandoned.”    Unless Darwinians can show that the positive changes outnumber the negative effects, pleiotropy seems to spell difficulty, if not doom, for neo-Darwinian theory, which relies on beneficial mutations.  But if beneficial mutations are rare to begin with, how can evolutionary theory face the new problem of pleiotropy?  “The simplest answer,” Strauss writes, “is that nearly 150 years after Darwin first explained the theory of evolution, the richness of multiple effects from the same gene is such that existence itself seems problematic” (emphasis added in all quotes).    Strauss gives examples of a few more nuanced proposals for salvaging Darwinian evolution: “Faced with what amounts to a growing daily confusion of genetic effects, biologists are proposing new and more highly refined theories of evolution.”  Some biologists hope that some mutations have only minor effects.  Others are looking for examples of single mutations that might have a cascade of good effects.  He ends on a hopeful note: “With modern genetics increasing the supply of data about the multiple functions of genes, evolutionary biologists are increasingly confident that they are going to be able to do what Darwin promised but couldn’t quite delivery [sic] — truly explain the origin of species.”So Charlie couldn’t deliver, and now, 150 years later, we are stuck with teaching his mythoid as fact without being able to subject it to critical analysis (see 01/13/2005 entry).    The problems with evolutionary theory are mounting.  Now that neo-Darwinism has been falsified (see 11/29/2004 entry), and so many thousands of beneficial mutations would be required to evolve a human brain (see 12/30/2004) that human evolution is falsified, what mechanism is left?  Judge Cooper said it was OK to criticize evolution as to its mechanism, but like a car without an engine, a theory without a mechanism is not a theory at all.  Would this kind of logic work in commerce and relationships?I’ve invented a new form of shipping heavy freight.  Now I just need to invent a mechanism to convert power into motion.The check is in the mail.  Now we just need a mail system.I conceived of a perpetual motion machine, but haven’t figured out a way to overcome the second law of thermodynamics.Watch me swim up this waterfall, as soon as I learn how to swim.The Nigerian government will give you $10 million dollars; we just need you to send in $10,000 now.I’ll buy you dinner, but I have no money.I love you; just give me everything you have until I find out how to express my love.Why don’t we all tell Charlie, Mr. slick used car salesman, that we’re wise to his tricks.  Let’s tell him to stop giving us the runaround, and come back when he has his magic mechanism that can deliver the goods: bald eagles from slime.  Meanwhile, what say we walk over and kick the tires on that Model ID over there.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fiberglass Is Still Home Builders’ Number One Insulation Choice

first_imgThe Home Innovation Research Labs (HIRL) does an annual survey of home builders that includes what types of homes they are building and how they are building them. The results of their 2019 survey of the homes built in 2018 are out now, and they recently published an interesting article about the breakdown of different insulation materials used by home builders. Before we talk about the implications, let’s see what they found. Here’s the pie chart showing the different insulation materials builders are installing in single-family homes. (The SF in the title below stands for “single family.”) Insulation materials ranked by their use by home builders. Chart courtesy of Home Innovation Research Labs.As you can see, fiberglass is the dominant insulation material. Altogether, 71% of all the insulation used by the 1600 builders surveyed is fiberglass, 52% of it in the form of batts and 19% of it blown-in. According to the article, fiberglass has held fairly steady at that level for the past few years.RELATED ARTICLES(At Least) Four Things Are Wrong With This PictureBlown Insulation for Attics: Fiberglass vs. CelluloseCompetitors Ready New Generation CelluloseWhat’s More Important, Air-Sealing or Insulation?Building an Airtight Envelope Since this material makes up more than two thirds of the insulation market for new, single-family homes, this is a good time to review the problems, myths, and best practices associated with fiberglass. Problems with fiberglass insulation There’s really only one problem with fiberglass: poor installation. OK, it also can be really itchy if you get it on your skin and it’s a lung irritant if you’re working with it and not wearing a mask or respirator. So wear proper protective gear when you’re installing it or crawling around in a space with exposed fiberglass. But the installation problem is well documented here and many other places. Since 2006, there’s been an insulation installation grading protocol, with grade 1 being the best and grade 3 being the worst. What I’d like to see HIRL add to their survey is how much of all that fiberglass installed each year is installed to grade 1, how much to grade 2, and how much to grade 3. If you insulate a standard 2×4 wall with fiberglass, the average R-value drops about 12% when you install to grade 3 compared to installing it to grade 1. Yeah, when you go from R-11.8 to R-10.3, you still have a much better wall than older homes with no insulation in the walls, which would be about R-3.7. And you won’t see much of a hit from that on your monthly bills. But those little bits add up. Grade 3 insulation installations can cost thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs over the life of the home. And for a lot of that insulation, you get one chance to do it right before the house gets remodeled or torn down. Myths about fiberglass insulation I love a good myth as much as anyone, and there are some doozies out there in the world of fiberglass insulation. Here’s my number one all-time favorite: Myth: Fiberglass-insulated homes are too leaky, resulting in high energy bills and comfort problems. Whoa, there! Yes, fiberglass is an air-permeable insulation and many houses in which it’s been installed are definitely too leaky. But this is like blaming your stale, moldy candy bar on the ingredients rather than the fact that you bought one with a shredded wrapper. A properly designed and installed building enclosure needs to have well thought-out control layers for heat, air, and moisture. Fiberglass is a perfectly fine control layer for heat, but it’s not going to stop air movement. That’s the job of the air barrier. You need both. Myth: Fiberglass insulation causes cancer. In the late 1980s, the National Toxicology Program and the state of California declared fiberglass a possible carcinogen. That was based on early studies that later were shown not to be accurate. In 2011, both removed fiberglass insulation from their lists. Read more about it in this National Insulation Association article. Oh, by the way, fiberglass is second only to cork as a healthy insulation material. See the table in Lloyd Alter’s article on the HIRL survey to see how it ranks. Myth: Blown fiberglass attic insulation performs poorly because of convective loops. I’d heard this one for many years before I finally wrote about it. Yes, there was a study from the early 1990s that showed blown fiberglass in attics could lose 50% of its R-value when the attic temperature dropped. The problem was the way the insulation was made, and the fiberglass industry fixed the problem. See this article for more details. Myth: Compression in fiberglass insulation is a bad thing. This is another persistent one, and I have to admit that I fell for it for a while, too. The truth is that compressed insulation does have a lower R-value than that same insulation expanded to its full thickness. Here’s what I wrote in my article on this topic in 2017: Compression isn’t the problem. Incompletely filled cavities are a problem. Gaps are a problem. But you can compress fiberglass insulation as much as you want. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has a little two-page document about compressing fiberglass insulation. Here’s what they say: “When you compress fiberglass batt insulation, the R-value per inch goes up, but the overall R-value goes down because you have less inches or thickness of insulation.” If you’re filling the cavity and getting the R-value you want, compression doesn’t matter. Best practices for fiberglass insulation If you have any say in the design or installation of the insulation in your home, here’s a bit of guidance for you. I’m focusing on fiberglass here but the same things apply to most of the alternatives, too. I’ll break it down by what kind of assembly is being insulated, starting at the bottom. Floors Don’t use fiberglass batts to insulate floors. It’s practically impossible to get a grade 1 installation with them. If the floor joists are open to below (as over a crawlspace), move the building enclosure to the walls and ground/slab by encapsulating the crawlspace or use spray foam, which won’t fall down. If you’re insulating a floor over a garage or over outdoor air and the cavities will be completely closed, fill the cavities with blown fiberglass. If there are relatively few obstructions in the cavities and the joists are dimensional lumber rather than I-joists or open-web trusses, batts can work. Again, best is to fill the whole cavity. Air-seal all penetrations in the floor assembly. Remember that fiberglass needs a continuous air barrier. Walls Both batts and blown can work fine if you fill the cavity completely. With batts, cut around junction boxes and put the cut out piece behind the junction. Split batts around wires. Cut batts around pipes, blocking, and other obstructions. Use unfaced batts whenever possible. They’re easier to install properly as well as easier to inspect. Put an air barrier on the attic side of kneewalls (or eliminate kneewalls by encapsulating the attic). Ceilings Blown insulation is better for filling the joist cavities. When installing batts, follow the guidance above for walls when it comes to fitting the batts in the cavities. Choose batts that are the same thickness as the depth of the joist cavities. To get more R-value, add another layer of batts, running them perpendicular to the joists, or blow insulation on top. (There’s a reason most attics have blown insulation, not batts.) Make sure the blown insulation reaches the minimum thickness necessary for the design R-value. Some contractors like to deliver average thickness, but that can result in significant underperformance of your insulation, as I described way back in 2010 when I wrote, Flat or Lumpy – How Would You Like Your Insulation? The big takeaway I’ve written many articles about insulation, a lot of them about fiberglass or applicable to fiberglass.  The most important thing I want you to take away from this article today is that you need to understand fiberglass—or any insulation material, really—to get the most out of it. As I wrote above, the main problem is poor installation. Learn the truth behind the myths so you can dismiss them. And then follow the best practices I outlined above. Fiberglass is a perfectly fine insulation material with a bad rap because of all the sins committed—or said to be committed—in its name. Learn the truth, do it right, and you’ll be healthy, wealthy, and comfortable…or at least a bit closer! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy win

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, left, battles for the ball with Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Miami. The Lakers defeated the Heat 131-113. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Julius Randle added 25 and the Los Angeles Lakers continued their surge by topping the Miami Heat 131-113 on Thursday night.Brandon Ingram added 19, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 and Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 for the Lakers, who won in Miami for the first time since Feb. 10, 2008. The Lakers shot 59 percent and were 16 of 29 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Heat: Derrick Jones Jr. was recalled from Sioux Falls before the game, but his flight through Chicago was delayed and he was inactive. Thursday won’t count toward the 45-day allotment on his two-way contract. … Wade made his first six shots, meaning he was 17 of 23 in a stretch of about seven quarters going back to Saturday.HART’S HANDLakers rookie guard Josh Hart isn’t guaranteed a return this season, now that he’s dealing with a broken bone in his left hand. He was hurt in practice Wednesday, returned to Los Angeles and won’t be evaluated for another 2-3 weeks. “If he is healthy and ready to play with a couple weeks left, then we will get him back on the court,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.HEAT INJURIESMiami was without guards Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, both of whom suffered left quadriceps contusions in Tuesday’s win over Philadelphia.UP NEXTLakers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday.Heat: Host Detroit on Saturday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A 12-0 spurt in the opening minutes put the Lakers up 20-7 before the game was 4 1/2 minutes old, but the Heat immediately answered with a 17-2 run of their own to go up 24-22.Miami ended the opening quarter leading 36-33. From there, it was all Lakers.Los Angeles scored 21 of the next 25 points to take a 54-40 lead, wound up taking a 73-62 lead into halftime and stretched the margin to 16 on a pair of free throws by Randle midway through the third.From there, the margin was never in doubt. The Lakers went up by 22 in the fourth, and the lead wasn’t trimmed below 13 the rest of the way.TIP-INSLakers: The 73 first-half points was a season high, one more than the Lakers had at Houston on Dec. 31. … The Lakers have won three straight on the road, a season-best. … Channing Frye (appendectomy) was again out. He’s taken one shot since joining the Lakers last month. … This is the Lakers’ fourth different four-game winning streak of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Cavs suspend guard J.R Smith 1 game for detrimental conduct It was the most points allowed by the Heat this season.Thomas, whose previous season best was 24, connected on 11 of 20 shots and 6 of 11 3-point tries. Randle had 21 points in the first half for the Lakers, who are 16-7 since an 11-27 start — and at 27-34, have now passed last season’s win total.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami. Goran Dragic had 19, Justise Winslow scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo each added 15 for the Heat.There were three big runs in the first half — two of them by the Lakers, who took control quickly, then ceded it briefly before grabbing it again. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more