A cat had a miraculous escape after getting its head stuck in a glass jar – for FIVE days.The cat was spotted in Ardara with the glass jar on its head.It is thought the cat stuck its head into the jar to get the remains of some food but ended up getting stuck. A local woman tried to get the jar off the cat but it jumped onto a fence before falling and smashing the jar.However, the remains of the glass jar stayed stuck on the cat’s neck.The cat was caught and brought to local charity Animals in Need who managed to get the remainder of the jar from the moggy.The brave woman who found the cat even got a scratch for her troubles but was delighted to save the cat. A spokesperson said the cat had to be sedated and the operation to remove the remains of the glass jar was very delicate.“She was so lucky. One wrong move could have been fatal. She had the tiniest wee nick from the edge of the jar and that was it.“The big worry was getting the jar off without causing her any damage. If it splintered and cut her or it was too hard it could have caused her even more damage.“She’s back to herself now and is really enjoying her food,” said the spokesperson.The Animals in Need volunteer also appealed to people not to throw away jars, bottles or cans. “For a starving cat, the temptation of a lick of leftovers clearly proved too much.“Please make sure that jars and cans are disposed of safely and that cans crushed and jars washed and placed in closed recycling bins,” she added.Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar! was last modified: December 15th, 2019 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)Tags:animals in needArdaracatjar
CODY, Wyoming >> The 97th annual Cody Stampede came to a close on July 4th with a new slate of saddle bronc riders at the top of the leaderboard.The top four positions changed with the winners having a combined 22 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifications and three world titles. All of them are related and come from the same hometown. It’s no surprise that they all share the same last name — Wright.Winning the rodeo with an 88-point ride was four-time NFR qualifier Jake Wright, who …
Crescent City >> Allison Douglas allowed just four hits in 12 innings pitched as the Del Norte Warriors finished their Big 5 schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the McKinleyville Panthers Monday afternoon at Del Norte High School.The Warriors used the long ball to defeat the Panthers 11-1 in the opener that was decided via the 10-run rule. Del Norte then eked out a 2-1 victory in the nightcap as Douglas outdueled McKinleyville pitcher McKenzie Gonsalves.The Warrior bats got going early in …
15 November 2012South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and global payments technology company Visa have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations working closely together to promote the country’s tourist attractions to an international audience.The “South Africa and Visa Welcomes You” campaign will seek to amplify SA Tourism’s existing efforts to promote South Africa as a travel destination for tourists and promote the use of Visa cards by visitors.The agreement was a natural progression in the company’s existing role in the global tourism industry, Visa South Africa’s country manager, Mandy Lamb, said in a statement on Wednesday.“South Africa remains a firm favourite among tourists from various parts of the world because of the country’s diverse tourist attractions.‘Tourism key to unlocking growth’“As a major contributor to South Africa’s gross domestic product, the tourism sector is key to unlocking economic growth and our aim is to put efforts behind articulating South Africa’s advanced electronic payment network, which supports payments by Visa cards,” Lamb said.Visa’s latest Tourism Outlook on South Africa report – released in September – showed that tourist arrivals to South Africa rose 3% in 2011, despite tough global economic conditions.The country also recorded an increase of 10.5% in the number of arrivals during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.There has been a notable increase in the number of tourist inflows from neighbouring African countries such Angola, Mozambique and one of Africa’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria.The alliance would see the two organisations combining their strengths to promote South Africa as the destination of choice and provide useful tips to tourists on how to manage their travel expenses safely and conveniently, said SA Tourism’s regional director for Africa, Phumi Dhlomo.“Our relationship with Visa is of a symbiotic nature and we see it as a long-term venture that will benefit the South African economy and position the country as Africa’s prime tourist destination,” he said.Over the coming months, Visa and SA Tourism will embark on a variety of activities geared towards promoting tourism and showing the convenience of card usage while in South Africa.The two entities plan to support the retailers’ end-of-year sales in January 2013 with point-of-sales visibility and card activation campaigns to drive visitors’ in-store. This will be used as a platform to promote the South African retail sector during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).The Visa and SA Tourism alliance will also look at further strengthening inflows from emerging markets such as China and India and traditional markets like the United Kingdom, United States and Germany.Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Biodiesel Board is offering scholarships for students interested in attending the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 22 to 25 in Fort Worth, Texas. The application process for no cost registration, travel scholarships, biodiesel poster presentations and even a shot at the podium is open for members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.The program is intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.Student opportunities include a poster session on biodiesel-related research or activities, a student-led breakout session to present their research, a preconference biodiesel educational overview and a mentoring session with prominent biodiesel scientists.Last year, about 30 students attended the event from schools including Missouri University of Science and Technology, Clemson University, University of Iowa, and New Castle University in the United Kingdom.Many of the students, who came from a wide range of disciplines, noted the impact the event made on them.“Having individual scientists take time to talk to me about my research was so rewarding,” said Christopher Carrie, a student at Rowan University in New York who attended in 2017. “It was a humbling experience to listen to the impact each scientist had on the biodiesel industry and to hear their closing words of wisdom. My passion for renewable energy has started; it is time to get to work.”The National Biodiesel Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture Biodiesel Education Program, United Soybean Board and the National Biodiesel Foundation sponsor the scholarships, which amount to a $1,200 conference registration and a $600 travel reimbursement. Apply by Nov. 19 at biodiesel.org/ngsb/.
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Do foam-sheathed walls also need housewrap? There’s no simple answer to the question.It is possible to use foam sheathing as a water-resistive barrier (WRB). However, those who choose this route should know:By now, most builders know that wall sheathing needs to be protected with a WRB — for example, asphalt felt or housewrap. (For basic information on WRBs, see All About Water-Resistive Barriers.)According to the International Residential Code, builders must install a layer of number 15 asphalt felt or paperbacked stucco lath over the wall sheathing or studs of every new home. The code requirement (section R703.2) includes a qualification: if you don’t want to use number 15 asphalt felt, you can use some “other approved water-resistive barrier” (WRB).The code requirement calling for walls to be covered with number 15 asphalt felt is very odd, because every manufacturer of asphalt felt declares unequivocally that the product is intended for roofs, not walls. In spite of this curious anomaly, asphalt felt performs well when used over wall sheathing as a WRB.So, what does the code mean by “other approved water-resistive barriers”? Almost anything, as it turns out — as long as the product (or system) has been accepted by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). If a manufacturer can present adequate evidence to the ICC-ES that a material or system meets “acceptance criteria” established by the ICC-ES for approval, then the ICC-ES will issue an evaluation report approving the product.Among the products that have been approved as substitutes for number 15 asphalt felt:If a building inspector challenges your use of Tyvek — “Where’s the asphalt felt?” — all you have to do is show your inspector the relevant evaluation report from the ICC-ES.The use of rigid foam as a WRB is a relatively new phenomenon. When rigid… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Germany’s Passivhaus Institut (PHI) says an entire housing district in the city of Heidelberg has met the stringent heat-energy requirements of the Passivhaus building standard, demonstrating the standard can be deployed on a large scale.Measured energy consumption in the 1,260 housing units in 2014 averaged 14.9 kWh per square meter, a whisker under the 15 kWh/m2a standard required for Passivhaus certification. The units totaled more than 75,000 square meters (807,000 square feet).The residential project in the Bahnstadt district of the city, which PHI calls the largest Passivhaus settlement in Europe, was built by different developers and architects, showing “convincingly” the building standard can be applied to wide swaths of construction, not just single buildings, according to a PHI announcement.The amount of energy used for heat in these units was about 20% of what would have been used in conventionally built apartments, PHI said. It posted a full report online.“The actual consumption depends on many additional factors such as user behaviour and the weather,” the announcement said. “In the case of the present study, it must be kept in mind that these measurements were predominantly performed during the first year of operation, in which consumption is usually higher than in subsequent years, due to work relating to tenants moving in and necessary adjustments. But even with these adverse influences, the Passive House buildings in Bahnstadt already function faultlessly.” No ‘performance gap’ exists, says directorIt’s also worth noting, PHI said, that measured consumption showed “consistently high conformity” with demand that had been predicted by the Passive House Planning Package, the energy modeling software that designers use. Certification of Passivhaus buildings is based on modeling, not actual measurements.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, director of PHI, said, “The slight differences between the calculated balance and the actual measured values show that the Passive House Standard demonstrably and reproducibly results in extremely high savings of heating energy and thus, of course, also of costs. The much heard of ‘performance gap,’ a divergence between expectations and reality, does not exist with the Passive House Standard.”The Bahnstadt district is being built on the site of a former freight railway station and is a mix of residential and commercial buildings covering 116 hectares (287 acres). In addition to apartment houses, several offices buildings and institutional spaces have opened. A school, retail shops, and a movie theater are being planned. When complete, some 12,000 people will work and live in the district.
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