“Our goal is to offer the publicthe opportunity to try something new and exciting, experience the outdoors, andmake memories with friends,” said Patrick Boas, event director and recreationmanager at Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Live music is justone more way to showcase the outdoor amenities and overall appeal of theRoanoke Region.” “GO Fest is a music festival andcelebration of the outdoors all at once,” said Pete Eshelman, Director of theRoanoke Outside Foundation. “Whether you come to GO Fest to try a kayak orbike, sample a craft beer or menu item from a food truck, showcase yourbusiness or organization as a vendor, or just listen to the music, there’ssomething for everyone. Southern Avenue released its second album, Keep On, this spring and has a style that embodies an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion that reflects the band members’ diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their chosen style. Events like this show theconnected nature of the Roanoke Region and how business, talent, and the outdoorsintersect.” “There’s a grungy Bourbon streetfeel, hard-working and moody New York energy, and that indie California vibe,”Frasco says about his latest recording. “I’m a traveler at the end of the day.I became a musician to travel and give people therapy through music.” Taking the stage ahead of the main event will be DownTown Abby & the Echoes, featuring a mix of blues and southern rock. Kicking off the live music on Saturday is Chupacabras, seven time-traveling messengers, weaving a mix of old- school surf rock and soul-altering funk. Saturday isn’t the only day GOFest will be rockin’. The live music starts Friday shortly after gates open andfinishes with Southern Avenue, who describe themselves as a “one-band musicalrevolution.” The weekend music schedule ispacked with local and national favorites and GO Fest attendees get toexperience it all for free. The weekend’s live music schedule wraps up Sundaywith acoustic sets from noon to 5 p.m. with regional songwriters hitting thestage, thanks to coordination of local musician Corey Hunley. The three-day outdoors festival isOct. 18-20, at Rivers Edge in Roanoke, VA. This year’s headliner, Andy Frasco& the U.N., hits the Haley Toyota stage for a free concert Saturday, Oct.19. Other bands on the schedule Friday include local favorite GOTE, guitar-driven psychedelic blues with jamming, textured undertones and harmonically rich melodies, and Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix, a foot-stomping, rising bluegrass band. Music on Friday and Saturday is produced by Across-the-Way Productions, creators of FloydFest, and features winners of FloydFest 2019’s On-the-Rise Competition: DownTown Abby & the Echoes (Winner) and Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix (Runner-Up). Andy Frasco & the U.N. is an American blues rock band that’s been wowing live audiences since 2007. Their third full- length album, Change of Pace, is available now. The group – comprised of Andy Frasco (vocals, keys), Ernie Chang (saxophone), Shawn Eckels (guitar, vocals), and a rotating cast in the U.N. – have performed at festivals alongside icons such as Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh, and Kendrick Lamar. Frasco is also known for his podcast, Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast. Blues. Funk. Southern rock. R&B. Bluegrass. The annual Anthem GO Outside Festival not only has races, gear demos, pro-athletes, stunt shows, group rides and runs, and camping, it also features free live music with national touring acts on Friday and Saturday nights. GO Fest has been voted “Best Festival” by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers for five consecutive years, and the nightly shows are a big part of why people love it. The Anthem GO Outside Festival is a free annual event that encourages healthy outdoor recreation. Organized through a partnership between the Roanoke Outside Foundation and the City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the three-day event has evolved into one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals since 2011. Taking place in mid- October annually, the festival features over 100 family-friendly activities, pro athlete demos, races, craft beer, camping, and live music.
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Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling We spoke with Zoho’s Raju Vegesna, and he gave some pretty compelling evidence for how the company is complementary to Google. First off, Zoho has 19 applications, only four of which Google has anything similar to. Additionally, while many users know of Zoho primarily through its Docs software, neither that nor its email system is a primary revenue driver. The applications keeping Zoho in the black happen to be ones like its CRM and project management software. We also asked Raju whether the OpenID factor had an effect on the decision to support Google Apps for sign-on. While he was positive about the future of OpenID and its potential impact on the Web, he admitted that Zoho “would have implemented Google Apps sign-on whether it was OpenID or not.” It seems that the road map for Zoho lies in having a broad spectrum of business applications available on the Web. Though some of its products may compete with those of Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce, its nearly comprehensive take on software as a service is paying off. Not long ago, Google revamped its sign-on system using the federated protocols of OpenID. Now Zoho, a major provider of SaaS productivity and enterprise tools, has decided to support Google Apps accounts for anyone logging into its services. Though the two companies definitely have overlap in areas such as online document editing, the majority of Zoho’s suite is not in competition with Google. Letting Apps customers log in to its various services without creating a new account is much more attractive for Zoho than forcing unnatural competition. In the future, we’re quite likely to see it integrating more closely with Google products in order to complement its software. Zoho already lets users sign in with regular Google or Yahoo accounts, so supporting Google Apps isn’t an entirely radical move. They also have Gadgets, which uses the OpenSocial standard. While many analysts, including us, have called Zoho a direct competitor to Google, that might not be the case today. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
Tom Jordan is a painting contractor in northern New Jersey who’s at his wit’s end as he tries to figure out a remodeling job at his own home. It seems simple enough. Jordan is turning a three-season room on his 1930s house into a fully conditioned space. The room measures 12 feet by 16 feet and has an 8-foot ceiling. The flat roof overhead is framed in full-depth 2x6s, finished with what Jordan believes is roll roofing (a type of asphalt roofing). “My issue is how to correctly insulate the ceiling,” he writes in a Q&A post. “I’ve spent what seems like hundreds of hours online and had a few insulation contractors look at the room, and I can’t believe the inconsistencies that exist on this subject.”RELATED ARTICLESCan Unvented Roof Assemblies Be Insulated With Fiberglass?Insulating Low-Slope Residential RoofsFlash-and-Batt InsulationSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsCut-and-Cobble Insulation In Climate Zone 5, the prescriptive table of the International Residential Code requires at least R-49 of ceiling insulation. With 2×6 rafters, that’s a tall order, and Jordan adds a couple of major caveats. “The roof is only four years old, so removing it is not an option,” he says, ruling out a layer of exterior rigid foam. “The room does not have any venting, nor is it possible to vent … Before anyone suggests closed-cell spray foam, I’m ruling that out. I have no confidence in the ‘healthiness’ of the product. It might be a great product, but I don’t want it in my house.” Those are the ground rules for this Q&A Spotlight. You need exterior insulation Convenient or not, Jordan will need exterior insulation over the roof sheathing in order to meet code minimums, says Ryan Lewis, advice that is seconded by GBA editor Martin Holladay. And it will be important to maintain the correct ratio of interior to exterior insulation. “You need sufficient exterior insulation, typically rigid foam — but I guess you could use other stuff, too,” Lewis writes. “In Zone 4A you need R-15. If you are in Zone 5 you need at least R-20.” In order to meet the R-49 requirement, Jordan will need the balance of the insulation — an R-value of 29 — on the inside. “Ripping up the roof to add exterior insulation is just not an option,” Jordan replies. Instead, he proposes making the rafters 7 inches deep and then adding two layers of R-15 mineral wool for a total of R-30. Drywall would be the air barrier, and the primer and paint would act as the vapor retarder. The consensus for exterior insulation, despite his objections to it, is emblematic of Jordan’s frustration. “This is unbelievable in that three different insulation contractors (all reputable) gave me three different opinions,” he says. One recommended R-19 fiberglass batt insulation with ventilation baffles. The second contractor favored two layers of rigid foam with two separate ventilation spaces. The third said he’d apply 2 inches of spray foam and “call it a day.” Why spray foam makes sense If there is no way to vent the area below the roof sheathing, as Jordan has indicated, leaving a gap between the insulation and the sheathing won’t help, and may be a problem, says Bill. “If someone suggested a ventilation space in an unvented ceiling assembly, then they probably don’t understand the physics of how the assembly actually works,” he adds. In an unvented “hot roof,” Bill says, the key is to keep moisture away from the sheathing, and the only reliable way of accomplishing that is with closed-cell spray foam. Bill has a shallow-pitch roof at his own house, and no way of venting it. He used 6 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam (R-38) for both air and vapor sealing, and he’s had no problems. An experienced spray foam installer is essential. The contractor that Bill used told him that temperature and pressure of the two agents that mix in the spray gun are critical. “He constantly adjusted these things throughout the job as he was applying the foam,” Bill said. “I had zero issues with improperly cured foam anywhere. I think you’ll find that if you use an experienced spray foam contractor you won’t have any problems.” What happens if the roof leaks? If Jordan were to go the spray-foam route, he wonders what would happen in the event of a roof leak. With a layer of impermeable foam coating the under side of the sheathing, where does the water go? This is the ceiling of the three-season room that Tom Jordan wants to insulate. Suggestions include closed-cell spray foam and a layer of exterior rigid foam. [Image credit: Tom Jordan]“You’re pretty much screwed if you get a roof leak,” Bill tells him. “The water won’t be able to get out, will pool up on top of the spray foam, and soak into the sheathing. You need to make sure your roof is properly flashed and sealed everywhere.” Bill suggests waiting a month or two before applying the foam, just to make sure there are no roof leaks. Every time it rained, Bill says he took a strong light and checked the sheathing for evidence of a leak. When he was sure there were none, he felt safe in adding the spray foam. The cut-and-cobble approach There are no takers on Jordan’s idea of stuffing the rafter bays with mineral wool for an R-30 ceiling and calling it good enough. For one thing, that amount of insulation is below code. What about putting two layers of 2-inch rigid foam between the rafters, and filling the rest of the cavity with R-15 of mineral wool? “I understand it does not meet code,” Jordan says, “but will it suffice? Do the 4 inches of rigid foam mimic what 4 inches of closed-cell spray foam would do?” Cutting sheets of rigid foam to fit between rafters or studs is called the “cut-and-cobble” approach, Bill says, and the only situation where it’s safe is in a vented roof. “With your unvented roof, a cut-and-cobble install will never seal well enough,” he says, “so you’ll end up with moisture getting to the underside of the sheathing, which is bad.” Further, Jordan’s view that spray foam is the “next asbestos” is unwarranted, Bill adds. “I really think you should reconsider your stance on spray foam,” he says. “As long as it’s installed properly, the cured foam is a very stable material. Worst case, it would be something like the old lead paint — safe unless you disturb it. Even asbestos is considered safe if it’s encapsulated and not disturbed.” Our expert’s opinion GBA Technical Director Peter Yost had these thoughts: Venting “flat” roofs: In order for venting to work, you need air flow — two holes and a driving force. It’s pretty easy to add two vents. The problem is the driving force. There simply is not enough air movement from wind, especially in low buildings, and there is really no stack effect. Can you mechanically ventilate? I have never seen this done in a way that does not make flat roof assemblies wetter rather than drier. It’s most often because there is no continuous air control layer between the insulation below and the vent space but it is also because setting up the sensors for controlling the mechanical ventilation is challenging. Solar reflectivity/absorptance of roof cladding: “Cool” roofs that reflect solar energy significantly reduce drying potential in most flat roof assemblies. Evaluating spray foam: Given what we know now about global warming potential (GWP), someone asked me the other day, would I have used closed-cell foam on the exterior of my house as I did in 2002-2007? In my exterior wall assembly, the closed-cell spray foam was my continuous water, air, and thermal barrier. That alone makes it pretty hard to give up on. And I know this Spotlight is about a flat roof, not a wall, but my point is that sometimes there is just so little else that can do the job. Additionally, closed-cell spray foam is now available with HFO blowing agents with a global warming potential (GWP) of approximately 1. That is a huge environmental footprint change for closed-cell spray foam. Having said that, spray foam is job-site chemistry. There are lots of variables to manage to get the chemistry right (for more, see this article from BuildingGreen). Finally, when applying spray foam inside a building, keeping the building unoccupied for 72 hours after application is a good idea. Air sealing: It seems as though just about every other Q&A on GBA hammers on airtightness, and in flat, unvented roof assemblies, you need to be fanatical about this. The lack of inherent drying potential of flat roof assemblies with membrane claddings means you’ve got to get the air control layer right. You might have a look at Joe Lstiburek’s article “Doubling Down: How Come Double Vapor Barriers Work?” While the assemblies he cites have worked, they are not the most robust and they are pretty dependent on solar heating. Double vapor barrier or not, get the interior air control layer right.
Space and pacing of course go hand in hand and it is hard if not impossible to have one without the other. For me personally I think of space as belonging to my client, it is theirs to use however they see fit. It is not my job to determine how much time my client may need to answer a question or finish a thought. As professional caregivers when a question is asked to the family and there is no response we have the choice to either immediately ask the question again, or allow the family some space to sit with question and at least attempt to think through the possibilities or potential outcomes. I am not implying that we allow family members an infinite amount of time, as I am aware that some decisions require immediate action. What I am suggesting is that we remain mindful of their needs and sensitive to their situation. When our pacing is pressured or rushed and we constantly fire question after question wanting an immediate response we rob our clients of the space that is needed and potentially become yet another stressor for them.Life is full of hard decisions, some of which we never imagined we would have to make. For the families of wounded service members, life-altering decisions are made regularly. As professional caregivers we do not have the ability to eliminate the decision making process, however we do have to the ability to offer comfort and reduce the anxiety surrounding the process if we remain mindful how we speak and the space we allow the family member to have during these difficult times.Missed the beginning of my series? Go to ‘The Phone Call’ to read the first installment of this caregiver series.Meet Tabitha…The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN–Military Caregiving concentration team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s injuries and then unfortunately his death in June 2008.Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. “Mrs. McCoy?”… “Mrs. McCoy?”… “I know this is hard but we need to know.”Even though his voice was soft, empathetic, and understanding, it echoed loudly through the tiny consultation room. I remember feeling as though the walls were closing in around me and there was nowhere I could go. I was trapped.‘How did they expect me to make this decision?’ So many different scenarios raced through my mind and our entire history together. The last seven years of my life replayed over and over again. The day we met, our first kiss, our wedding day, the day our babies were born…over and over I replayed those moments in my mind. .Softly the doctor says once again, “Mrs. McCoy, Ma’am we need to know your decision.”A few days prior…Just day’s ago we celebrated my husband’s 23rd birthday. He was wide-awake and extremely alert. He smiled as I walked into his room, and I remember feeling so lucky that I was able to share another day with him.I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, but before he could answer the nurse spoke up and said, “a Dr. Pepper and a kiss”. I looked down at my Soldier who had clearly already had this conversation with the nurse, and was now grinning from ear-to-ear.RealityI will never forget this day, as it was the last kiss he and I shared together, and one of the last days he was able to talk. This new life that he and I had come to know was once again about to quickly change.As the weight of the world fell upon my shoulders, for the first time the thought of not sharing a future with my husband crossed my mind. ‘How was I supposed to process all of these feelings? ‘How was I to make all of these decisions?’ ‘I can’t do this,’ I remember thinking. Everything I once knew, everything I once depended on, my world, my life, and my future was beginning to unravel.Advice for Professionals and Family CaregiversAs in most situations in life we will be required to make decisions. Some decisions of course will be harder to make and some will need immediate action. But what do we do when family members are not prepared to address such decision-making?In dire moments some may not have the ability to answer our questions as quickly as we would like, such was the case for me personally. I could not quite pull my thoughts together quickly enough as I was flooded with emotions, questions of “what if”, the unknown of my future, and the memories of my past.There are two key elements that I have learned during my time training to be a Marriage and Family Therapist that I believe transcends to the professional caregiving field and can be used in situations similar to my military caregiving experience. These elements include (1) pacing and (2) space.Pacing in its simplest form has to do with the rate at which you are speaking as well as asking questions. This constantly remains in my peripheral when I am with my clients and I do my best to remain cognizant of not only what I am saying but also how I am saying it. I personally believe this includes my tone of voice, the rate at which I speak and perhaps even my facial and body expressions. Pacing in my opinion is invaluable to us as professional caregivers, especially during stressful situations. Remaining mindful of the rate at which we speak and the tone of our voice we have the ability to reduce at least a small amount of the stress and anxiety a family member may be having.
Taj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”