Owens Corning Buys Mineral Wool Manufacturer

first_imgOwens Corning is going into the mineral wool insulation business.The Toledo, Ohio, company has purchased Thermafiber Inc., a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation for residential, commercial, and industrial markets.Owens Corning already makes a variety of insulation products, including its familiar pink fiberglass batts, blown-in fiberglass, extruded polystyrene, and duct liner and duct board.Thermafiber has a single 145,000-sq. ft. plant in Wabash, Indiana, with about 150 employees. Owens Corning would not say how much insulation the plant currently produces.Thermafiber makes its mineral wool insulation from rock and blast furnace slag. It’s non-combustible, inorganic, and mold-resistant and has an R-value of about R-4 per inch, Thermafiber says. It is sold as loose fibers or formed into blankets or boards.Owens Corning said the purchase did not signal it was preparing to get out of the fiberglass insulation business. Mineral wood currently has a 4% share of the U.S. insulation market.Joe Ochoa, vice president and general manager, for Owens Corning Engineered Insulation Systems, said in a prepared statement: “Mineral wool insulation adds to our product portfolio and helps us to provide access to high-temperature commercial building applications.” The company said its short-term focus would be to take care of existing customers while it developed a long-term growth plan.Terms of the sale were not disclosed.last_img read more


Planning for your Child’s Special Needs –Transition through Retirement

first_imgWritten by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.Why plan for transition?One day, very soon your child with disabilities will reach the age of 14 – this is when schools may consider transition planning. Transition planning helps prepare young people for their futures. It helps them to develop skills they need to go on to life after high school. It builds skills for activities of daily living, working, recreation, independence, adult decision-making and retirement (PACER Center, n.d.) .  By the age of 16, the individualized education program (IEP), developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must address transition services requirements and is updated thereafter.  The IEP must include:appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, independent living skills and retirement,the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the student with a disability in reaching those goals).How can parents help plan for transition through 0 to 16 years?1. Consider responses to the following questions:What does your child want to do with his or her life?What are his or her dreams, aspirations, or goals?What long-term outcomes do we want to see from the transition process?2. Discuss with him or her their career profile and potential employment trajectory.3. Teach your child self-advocacy skills – (Tips for helping your high-schooler to learn to self-advocate) .4. Encourage your child to participate in their IEP meetings.5. Help your child state their needs and desires at the meetings.6. Consider what accommodations and modifications are appropriate for your child both at school and at the post-secondary level (employment or higher education).7. Find employment opportunities and help your child volunteer, intern or work study.8. Refer to ‘Empowering Parents to Become Effective Advocates,” to learn more about how to advocate for your child through the special education/transition journey.How can parents help plan for transition through 16 through high school graduation?1. Help your child complete graduation requirements (based on IEP goals).2. Work with school’s transition specialist and Career and Technical Education teachers to study the local labor market.3. Seek and apply for employment positions or higher education placements that match your child’s transition goals.How can parents help plan for transition their child’s adulthood through their retirement?1. Set a realistic budget that can help support your child as he or she transitions into adulthood. Consider setting aside money in bonds or checking accounts– which by the age of 18 years, can be transferred into either a tax-advantaged 529 ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) account or a special needs trust. ABLE accounts are set up in a child’s name and allow contributions of up to $14,000 per year to cover expenses like education, housing, health care, prevention and wellness (Refer: Able Account or Special Needs Trust: How to Decide? ) Note: Adults with disabilities are only eligible for Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid if their total assets do not exceed $2,000.2. Be flexible in considering your future scenarios. While it is highly likely that your child will have the education, life skills and maturity to live independently or in a group setting, it is also possible that he or she may not. Take a long view of the future and consider when you or your partner may retire from the workforce, or if both parents stay in the workforce and hire someone to provide additional in-home support services for the adult son or daughter with disabilities.3. Plan smartly and as early as possible. Consider guardianship for your child under the age of 18, establish medical directives and power of attorney. Finally, prepare in conjunction with a special needs lawyer a will. Remember raising a child with a disability could add higher cost and stressors into financial planning – planning for contingencies can help offset these factors. Develop a lifetime care plan – one which details the specifics of long-term care that your child might need.4. Document your vision. Create a “Letter of Intent” and write down your instructions to communicate information about your child as well as your vision of the future.5. Share with family members or potential caregivers your lifetime care plan and letter of intent.6. Consider the following when planning for independent living skills (Refer to 6 Independent Living Skills Kids Need Before Moving Away from Home):Does he or she have any special employment, housing, social and recreational interests?What types of housing accommodations do you anticipate for your adult son or daughter?Will he or she require any special transportation accommodations?The journey of creating a lifetime of continuous care for your son or daughter with a disability is daunting. But it would be less overwhelming if you start early, plan smart and are well-organized. Use the above resources and the checklist provided to get started.Retirement Planning Checklistlast_img read more


Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks

first_imgWarriors rout Spurs to give Kerr 250th win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “I like the pace of this team,” he said. “I like the energy the guys bring. Coach did the best job he could to put me in position to play to my strengths with only knowing a couple plays.”Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.Thomas was out there late for the Lakers, who had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.“I love winning, you know that,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who used a young lineup that struggled late in a loss at the LA Clippers with a chance to win five nights earlier. “The Clipper game was not good. Tonight was obviously much better.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas’ Dwight Powell scored 19 , two shy of his career high. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.Thomas entered the game midway through the first quarter to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd. He hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession and was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.TIP-INSLakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 13th straight game with a sore left knee. … Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk. … Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14. … The Lakers matched a season high with 16 3-pointers.Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived. He played in two games after spending the first 37 games on the inactive list with a left foot injury. He was acquired with a second-round pick and cash for center A.J. Hammons last summer. … McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter.THOMAS’ ROLEThe persistent question for Walton will be whether and when Thomas becomes a starter.“They’ve been playing well. I don’t want to mess anything up, and I told him that,” Thomas said after the morning shootaround. “Yes, I would love to be a starter. I’ve feel like I’ve earned that and deserve that. At the same time, it’s a new chapter for me. I’m here to help this team.”Said Walton, “For tonight, we’re going to look for him to kind of bring us a lot of scoring off the bench and help that lead that group. And then we’re going to see how tomorrow looks and the next day. It doesn’t matter down the road right now.”DALLAS WIt was the first Dallas-LA meeting since the Lakers ended the Mavericks’ 14-game winning streak against the storied franchise. The previous longest streak for Dallas was three games. It was just the fifth win of 2018 for the Mavs, who ended 2017 on a season-best four-game winning streak.UP NEXTLakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers 130-123 on Saturday night.Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton’s offense following the deadline deal that brought him from the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Obviously we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good,” Walton said. “You can see his competitive spirit come out a little bit. He was scrapping and knocking down shots.”Thomas’ first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points. Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday. Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — Isaiah Thomas used his crossover dribble to create an open 3-pointer that helped his new team build a double-digit lead in the first half.The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t stay in front in the diminutive guard’s debut following his ill-fated stint in Cleveland. Still, there was plenty of evidence that Thomas can be the scorer he was in Boston.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Champagne stuff from a true great

first_imgIt is turning out to be an extremely profitable summer for the Indian sporting stars in Great Britain. Just a few days after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Young Turks emerged as the lords at Lord’s, the motley mix at the Commonwealth Games has launched India’s medal campaign in right earnest at Glasgow.Abhinav Bindra won the mens 10m air rifle gold on Friday.First things first, this cricket team was not given a ghost of a chance at the start of the series to win a Test in England. Both history and geography were not on India’s side said the cricket pundits.At least, most of us were made to believe that before the commoners grabbed the chances which came their way at Lord’s. Be it centurion Ajinkya Rahane, who batted with elegance at the world’s most famous cricket venue, or tried and tested fast bowler Ishant Sharma, their exploits were scintillating.For long, Ishant has promised more and delivered less. His devastating spell which won India the Test will be remembered for long as the lanky Delhi man showed he could bounce out the opposition even on a worn out browntinged track on the fifth day.Dhoni and his team have their tails up and as the battle resumes in Southampton on Sunday against beleaguered Alastair Cook’s side, another bunch of Indians are on fire in Glasgow.Just as there was pessimism before the cricket series, not many were giving the multidiscipline stars from India the thumbs up to win medals in Glasgow. But one man who has been an integral part of India’s sporting glory for now over 16 years raised the bar once again with his air rifle as he gunned down gold.advertisementAt two months short of his 32nd birthday, Abhinav Bindra won his maiden Commonwealth Games individual gold medal very forcefully. It seems just like yesterday Bindra won India its maiden individual gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Two years later, when the Commonwealth Games were held in New Delhi, Bindra was a superstar who wanted a few extra ‘favours’. He was against the National Rifle Association of India’s policy of constant trials to check for consistency and thought an Olympic gold medalist needed a separate weightage. Matters came to a boiling point before the federation, the Sports Authority of India and the Games Organising Committee boss Suresh Kalmadi had to call Bindra for a cool-down meeting!Looking at Bindra today, it’s tough to believe this seasoned pro actually fussed over something so small four years ago. Then again, as someone so mature with a no-nonsense approach in life, Bindra’s tweets a day before his pet event were uncharacteristic as he asked people for their best wishes and prayers.Frankly speaking, someone like Abhinav does not rely on luck and prayers. He lets his beautiful air rifle do the talking. Taking aim at the target situated 10 metres away, freezing his body before pulling the trigger gently, Bindra has been perfecting the art for over 16 years now.In one of his first interviews to me in Sydney, 2000, Bindra had mentioned how he took to shooting. He had gone with his family to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and fell in love with shooting. Four year later, Bindra was amongst the best in Sydney before he came out tops in Beijing.Unlike Jaspal Rana, who started as a prodigy, competed in a clutch of different pistol events and then faded away after the Doha Asian Games, Abhinav Bindra has slogged day in and day out. He has battled back pain, complained of boredom and how doing the same thing day in and day out is not very exciting.Yet, for the champion to continue like this after achieving the biggest goal on the world stage is an example of how much he motivates himself and how his support team works with him.Age is on Bindra’s side, which is why his Twitter announcement that this will be his last Commonwealth Games is a bit surprising. In shooting, one can continue beyond the age of 45. Ask Mansher Singh and Baba Bedi, they are still shooting and part of the Indian squad in Glasgow!In Bindra’s case, he alone will decide when he wants to quit. Motivation for a shooter comes from within and how hard he or she wants to push himself or herself is decided very easily.Bindra will want to continue hard till the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unlike a Leander Paes, who wants to keep pushing simply for the sake of competing in the maximum number of Olympics, each time Bindra shoots, he is a serious medal contender.advertisementThe global shooting community fears him for his hard work and skills and in India, he is a huge role model. Knowing the champion, when he comes home for a short break, he will have a short celebration and then start training for the World Championships and the Incheon Asian Games this September.At a macro level, it is heartening to see new Indian champions crowning themselves in glory in Glasgow, be it in shooting or weightlifting. And I do hope the Narendra Modi government will show a large heart in releasing more funds for athletes’ training. We need to celebrate just as the athletes do.last_img read more


HC to hear plea over seating block at Feroz Shah Kotla on April 25

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has said that it will hear, on April 25, the plea seeking directions to Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) not to use the RP Mehra block at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the upcoming matches including the IPL till it is certified as structurally stable.Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that he will hear the plea along with the main petition which claims that the RP Mehra block was unauthorised and built without any sanctioned plan.Petitioner Dinesh Saini’s advocate Tanuj Khurana told the court that India and Australia are going to play an One Day International (ODI) on March 13 and home matches of the Delhi Capitals will be played at the stadium in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).The advocate said that there is chances that the DDCA may use the RP Mehra block without obtaining any permission from the high court.The block, also known as the old club house, is a threat to public safety and must be sealed until the main petition is decided, the petitioner said.He also said that the block is standing without any sanctioned plan and is a fire hazard.Also Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso Read | ICC working on consistent framework for T20 leagues around the worldAlso Read | ice to get players like Virat Kohli out: Adam ZampaAlso See:last_img read more