Kicks for Kids begins new year

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanNora Steinhagen, a junior majoring in international relations and linguistics, poses with a participant in the first Kicks for Kids event of the year. The organization aims to promote healthy living for children with special needs in the USC community by hosting friendly soccer games in McCarthy Quad every Sunday.last_img

Chelsea facing a fight to sign duo – reports

first_imgChelsea have fallen behind Inter Milan in the battle to sign Chilean defender Igor Lichnovsky, the Daily Mirror say.The 18-year-old Universidad de Chile centre-back has been tracked by the Blues for some time but Inter sources believe they have sealed a £2m dealThe Sun say Chelsea and Tottenham face a battle to sign Milos Krasic from Juventus after Fenerbahce tabled a £10m bid for the Serbian winger.Click here for the Chelsea v Tottenham quizJohnson played under Roy Hodgson at Craven Cottage.West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson is prepared to cash in on Peter Odemwingie in order to make way for Andy Johnson, according to the Mirror.Johnson’s Fulham contract expires in the summer and former Whites boss Hodgson is believed to be keen to take him to The Hawthorns.The Sun run the same story and say Hodgson is confident of beating off competition from Aston Villa to sign Johnson.Meanwhile, The Sun pick up on German club Wolfsburg’s apparent interest in signing Adel Taarabt from QPR.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A Tale of Two Pollens

first_img The difficulty of obtaining the samples The fact that it took a decade to get the funding That Anderson was a veteran of 25 expeditions to Antarctica That the 2002 expedition was the worst ice year ever That the team had to tediously count and categorize thousands of sand grains If you want to read an adventure story, fine; if you want to understand the history of the Antarctic peninsula, though (the point of the story), you have to filter out the distracting details and interpretations and look at the raw data.  “The muddy treasure trove was locked away beneath almost 100 feet of dense sedimentary rock,” the article said.  Putting aside the evolution-incestuous dating of the core samples, can’t you hear Silvestru and Wieland smirking, “sounds like a global flood.”  Unambiguous.  Objective.  Science marches on.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ambiguity is a bad word in science.  Scientists want to be objective.  To scientific realists, scientific truth is “out there” in the world, waiting to be discovered.  The 20th century tempered scientific realism somewhat from its extreme form (scientism, the belief that science is the only reliable guide to truth).  Knowledgeable scientists are more or less aware of the role of paradigms, social pressure and webs of belief that can affect interpretations of scientific data.  But there is still a widespread perception that science “finds” truth in the world.  Whether that happens can be pondered while exploring two recent stories about fossil pollen that arrived at opposite conclusions: one (by evolutionists) that supports old-earth geology (and “climate change” politics), and one (by creationists) that undermines it, finding fundamental biases among evolutionists who refuse to accept the implications of the data. A cheerful, upbeat press release from Rice University posted on PhysOrg told a modern adventure story.  A team led by Rice U marine geologist John Anderson and Louisiana State geologist Sophie Warny endured the perils of Antarctica to recover pollen grains from ocean floor sediments.  Intense cold and the threat of icebergs could not deter the stalwart explorers from gaining their treasures.  “The pollen record in the sedimentary layers was beautiful,” Warny said, “both in its richness and depth.  It allowed us to construct a detailed picture of the rapid decline of the forests during the late Eocene — about 35 million years ago — and the widespread glaciation that took place in the middle Miocene — about 13 million years ago.”  A video clip shows John Anderson describing the trip, the pollen, and the implications of the data for climate change. Warny could not see any interpretive bias in their announcement about millions of years of climate change.  “We found that the fossil record was unambiguous; glacial expansion in the Antarctic Peninsula was a long, gradual process that was influenced by atmospheric, tectonic and oceanographic changes.”  The millions of years were stated as matters of fact. If the fossil record is indeed unambiguous, what would Sophie Warny say after reading this article in the current Creation Magazine?  In “Pollen Paradox,” Emil Silvestru and Carl Wieland cited in peer-reviewed articles from Nature 45 years ago about pollen grains discovered in Precambrian metamorphic rocks from Mt. Roraima, a plateau in Venezuela.  In the evolutionary scenario of earth history, there is no possible way these advanced-plant remains could be in such ancient rocks (said to be 1.3 billion years old), because no plants were around then.  Yet there they were. Contamination was ruled out: “… by no conceivable physical means could the pollen (and spores) have entered the metamorphosed sediments from the outside, R. M. Stainforth said, commenting on the findings of a follow-up expedition to the site by geologists to verify the facts. “They are dense impermeable rocks compressed by an overburden of hundreds of feet … [and] the face which was sampled must have been deep within the formation until quite recent times.” Incorrect dating was ruled out. These were clearly Precambrian formations. This is comparable to finding Cambrian rabbits, Silvestru and Wieland remarked – so utterly contrary to evolutionary explanations, it would constitute falsification of evolution.  They drew the implication sharply: “Simply put, the Roraima pollen ’can’t be’ the same age as the rock—or else the whole long-age geological system, with its evolutionary progression, collapses.” They offered their interpretation as a challenge: “The only reasonable alternative would be biblical (supernatural, recent) creation.”  Here is another case where “the fossil record was unambiguous,” but with completely different implications. Stainforth’s 1966 article in Nature left the Roraima pollen as an unsolved puzzle: “we offer no solution to the paradox.  It is clear, however, that botanist Dunsterville … stumbled on a highly intriguing geological problem” (see reprint at, follow-up discussion at and abstract at  Stainforth expected further work to answer the problem, but wrote in his Nature piece, “Meanwhile it is considered desirable to give an outline of the facts of the case before distorted interpretations develop from inadequate data.” Has this paradox been solved since?  A Google search revealed a 2004 discussion about this at James Randi’s skeptic site.  Between the vitriolic lines attacking creationists, the only solutions offered were either contamination or misidentification. Silvestru and Wieland dealt with those objections. They concluded that evolutionary belief requires forcing this “unambiguous” data into the old-earth paradigm by any and all means, magical or otherwise, the pollen “having become mysteriously emplaced into the rock countless hundreds of millions of years after it formed”, or else setting the problem “on the shelf as an unsolved mystery.” A tale of two pollens: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, depending on one’s paradigms. Readers: can you find a follow-up to this story that would rebut the creationists?  Is this an old chestnut that has been answered, or have evolutionists ignored damning evidence for 45 years? Considering the first story by the Rice U team, notice all the parts of the article that, while interesting, have nothing to do with the scientific conclusions:last_img read more

Trigana Air flight IL267 crashed into mountain side

first_imgThe Trigana Air Service plane that crashed into a mountainside on Sunday, August 16th has been reached by search and rescue teams.  Reports from the crash site state that the plane has been completely destroyed by the impact and there are no survivors.Trigana Air Service Flight IL267, a French built ATR 42 turboprop aircraft with 54 passengers (44 adults, 5 children and 5 crew) departed Jayapura at 2.21pm local time for the 50 minute flight and was due to arrive into Oskibi at 3.16 pm but contact was lost just before arrival. It is understood from local reports the plane was on approach in bad weather to Oksibil which is located in the central mountainous region of the country.The air crash investigator’s primary goal is to find the black box recorder to determine how this tragic accident occured. World’s Safest AirlinesSee video on flying in Indonesia Papua’s highlands.The plane is 28 years old and is registered PK-YRN and was under the command of Captain Hasanuddin.Since 1991 when it was formed, Trigana Air Service, which is banned from the EU, has been involved in 10 crashes, four of which involved fatalities.Its worst accident till yesterday was in July 1997 when a twin-engine Fokker F-27 on a domestic flight crashed at Bandung after take-off when one of the engines developed problems. Twenty eight of the 50 aboard were killed. The airline has been heavily involved in transportation around the oil industry.It operates flights to 16 destinations in Indonesia usinf a fleet of 10 ATR turbo prop planes and six Boeing 737s.Indonesia is considered by ICAO  (International Cival Aviation Orgnisation) to have the poorest oversigth of aviation safety of any of the world’s major countries.  Whilst there are other countries with worse safety ratings, the popularity of Indonesia as a tourist and business hub results in very high number of passengers and therefore it is of great concern.In some cases Indonesia is only 20 per cent compliant with world standards.last_img read more

Pandor: we did it

first_imgScience and technology minister NalediPandor cuts a cake, in the shape of Africawith little SKA flags in each of thepartner countries, at a media briefingwhere she announced the final outcome. (Image: GCIS) Pandor has always supported South Africa’scabability to host the SKA and, she said,the world has listened. The seven-dish KAT-7 array is alreadyonline and bringing in valuable imagery.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  SKA South Africa communications  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Great astronomy, with or without SKA • Big science coming to SA • Space science thriving in SA • SA assists with Nasa’s Mars mission • Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescopeJanine ErasmusAfter weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array(SKA) Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope.“We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital.This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia.Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor was visibly elated by the outcome.“We did it,” she said. “Africa has won.”Despite the fact that the SKA is to be hosted jointly, Africa will get the lion’s share of the instrument, with two-thirds of the components located across Southern Africa and the remaining third in Australia.“We accept this compromise in the interest of science,” Pandor said.She added that the decision was made possible by the “sterling” work – nine years’ worth – by the entire SKA team.Prof Justin Jonas, SKA associate director for science and engineering, was just as thrilled. “Two-thirds of the world’s largest scientific instrument is still the world’s largest scientific instrument,” he said.Jonas explained that Africa would host all of the mid-frequency receptors – the dishes – while Australia would get the low-frequency receptors, which look similar to television antennae and are unable to swivel.He emphasised that although the split may affect the cost of building the SKA, it wouldn’t compromise the science. “The decision shows that South Africa is still recognised as the better site,” said Pandor, alluding to unsubstantiated reports in the Australian press some weeks ago that reported that the SKA site advisory committee had recommended South Africa as the preferred site.For video footage of the announcement by Pandor, visit the South African government’s YouTube channel.Skills development and exchange of ideasBrand South Africa was among the first to congratulate the South African SKA bid team, and Pandor and her department.Brand SA CEO, Miller Matola, said that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts,” he said.“The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola added that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow,” he said.“SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved.Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions.The findings of the working group would decide the final outcome.The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space.It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024.Driving scientific development in Southern AfricaIn South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA.Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor.When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrumentThe team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015.To date, R55-million (US$7-million) has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates.An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women.• Slideshow image courtesy of Square Kilometre Array Organisationlast_img read more

EPA releases RFS final numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector. By implementing the program enacted by Congress, we are expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing our reliance on imported oil.”Some key elements of the EPA’s action:• Non-advanced or “conventional” renewable fuel increases in 2017, meeting the 15 billion-gallon congressional target for conventional fuels.• The standard for biomass-based biodiesel — which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to petroleum-based diesel — grows by 100 million gallons. The required volume of biomass-based diesel for 2017 is twice that of the minimum congressional target.• Cellulosic biofuel — which must achieve at least 60% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — grows 35% over the 2016 standard.• The advanced biofuel standard — comprised of biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, and other biofuel that achieves at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — increases 19% over the 2016 standard.• Total renewable fuel volumes grow 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6% increase. Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for 2014-2018 20142015201620172018Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)33123230311n/aBiomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.631.731.92.02.1Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.672.883.614.28n/aRenewable fuel (billion gallons)16.2816.9318.1119.28n/a “The EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also welcomed the release of new standards to support American jobs and energy security..“The real winners with this announcement are American consumers who will now have access to even more cleaner burning, advanced biofuel,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “These benefits extend far beyond the biodiesel industry, supporting high paying jobs and clean air across the nation. Though we are poised to top these numbers this year, growth in advanced biofuels still sends positive signals to the marketplace.”last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 31, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler and drier conditions allowed producers to complete some field work and harvest hay, straw, wheat and oats, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 30th. The dry weather was ideal for hay cutting, and the drying of soils made for better growing conditions. Many parts of the state experienced good conditions for the pollination of corn. Crop conditions remain steady, but soybeans are showing stress from earlier floods. There is still a great deal of variability in crop conditions. Central and southern Ohio received more rain on average, and minor localized flooding was observed in these areas. Aerial spraying of fungicide took place in areas where field access was still an issue. Harvest of commercial fruit and vegetable crops continued.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

Philips Produces a Super-Efficient LED

first_img RELATED ARTICLES No plans for wider distributionWhile visiting Dubai, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Meier picked up 10 of the bulbs in a big box store. They would be of no use here because they’re designed for 240-volt, 50 hertz, electrical circuits, rather than the 120-volt, 60-hertz circuits common to U.S. houses. But Meier said he would be taking the bulbs to Europe where they could be examined in detail. “The government of Dubai made an exclusive agreement with Philips, basically requiring the Dubai lamp to be installed in all new buildings for several years,” he wrote. “It’s a peculiar agreement and sure to cause installation headaches, because this small family of lamps cannot possibly meet all of the common applications.”The bulbs will save a lot of energy, but the requirement that all new buildings in the Emirate use the Dubai Lamp has professional lighting designers there grousing about a lack of choice, according to an article posted at Lux.“If we’re doing a five-star hotel and the interior designer specifies some really nice table lamps, we’re limited to 3000K or 6500K, a CRI [color rendering index] of 80, and not dimmable, in a handful of different shapes,” Mark Vowles, director of lighting consultancy at Nulty+, told Lux. “Reducing energy and rooting out dangerous products is important, so in that sense I suppose it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s the wrong way to get there.”Another person complained that the directive was announced without any efforts to consult with professionals in the lighting field.The Dubai lamp, in fact, is available in very few variations. A Philips website describing the bulbs lists only three types: a standard A60, a candle (B35), and an MR16 (a track lighting bulb). The company says that the bulbs should last 25,000 hours, contain no mercury or other hazardous materials, and reduce energy use by as much as 90%.The bulbs emit light ranging from 3000° Kelvin (on the warmer end of cool white) to 6500°K (much cooler, closer to daylight) and have a color rendering index of 80 (a CRI of 100 is best).Meier could not get anyone to explain why these bulbs can’t be found outside of Dubai. GBA contacted Signify’s media relations office in the U.S. to ask whether the bulbs might at some point be available in North America. Matt Marcus, the director of integrated communications, said in an email: “In terms of availability, the Dubai Lamp was part of a co-development with the Dubai government, and there are no plans for further roll-out outside Dubai. At the same time, we have a very robust portfolio of high-quality, energy-efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs available in the U.S. market to meet our customers’ needs.”Marcus didn’t explain the company’s reasoning.There is plenty of information about the bulb posted online, and if you want to buy them and you live in Dubai, that’s easy, too. The LuLu Webstore offers several options. A lamp that looks just like the one at the top of this column, a 3-watt bulb, costs 25 Arab Emirates dirhams (AED), or $6.81 U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate. Three years ago, while researching lighting options for a building he was renovating, Aaron Birkland came across something he hadn’t seen before: an LED filament light bulb. He described it in a detailed blog at GBA, explaining the bulb’s new approach to using LED chips and reporting an amazing efficiency of nearly 120 lumens per watt (lm/w).That efficiency was a result of the bulb’s unique design. Instead of clusters of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) arranged in the bulb enclosure, filament bulbs use strings of LEDs housed in a thermally conductive gas, such as helium, that effectively dissipates heat.At the time (2015), the bulbs were beginning to trickle into the U.S. Now, LED filament bulbs with almost, but not quite, that level of efficiency are easy to find. Amazon, for example, sells a six-pack of 90 lm/watt LED filament bulbs for $25.But the technology has taken a huge leap forward in the Middle East, where the lighting giant Philips (a Netherlands-headquartered company now using the name Signify) teamed up with the government of Dubai to produce what’s known as the “Dubai lamp.” It’s capable of producing 200 lumens per watt, making it more than 13 times as efficient as the incandescent bulb you might find in your hall closet.The catch? These bulbs are available only in Dubai, as Home Energy senior executive editor Alan Meier explained in a recent magazine column. California Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency StandardLED Filament Bulbs Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every SocketMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingGreen Basics: Lighting and Phantom Loadslast_img read more

Facebook’s Updated iPhone App Aids Internet of Things

first_imgBuried in the details of last week’s update to Facebook’s now-native iOS app was a small bit of technology that could have potentially big impact on the future of the Internet of Things.The technology is called Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), an IBM-developed protocol for real-time messaging over networks with low power and bandwidth. MQTT is now under the hood within Facebook’s iOS app’s messaging features, part of Facebook’s efforts to pull in the features from its native Messenger app.“We use MQTT to update notifications, messages, and bookmarks. At application startup, we walk the dependency graph and ensure that our MQTT service has started before we start listening for new notifications. Even as we add new features, our modular system ensures that our application setup happens in the right place, at the right time,” wrote Facebook engineer Jonathan Dann on the company’s engineering blog last week.Short- And Long-Term EffectsFor Facebook app end-users, the immediate effect of using the push-driven protocol for the updated app won’t immediately be apparent, but it portends some potentially big features down the line.In the short-term, however, MMQT is going to get a big boost in adoption cred from Facebook’s use. Messaging in the Internet of Things sector is still gelling around one standard implementation, as device manufacturers figure out how to get sensors and other micro-devices to best communicate with the Internet and from there the rest of the world. MQTT is one such protocol and is another.Both MQTT and have very strong social media components, which may at first seem incongruous with the Internet of Things. But the messaging protocol that can handle social media messaging (as MQTT will do on the new version of Facebook’s iOS app) and messaging from hardware will be seen as a much more universal protocol. And in the world of standardization, that perception may be enough to win the gold.MQTT vs. tent.ioRedmonk analyst James Governor sees Facebook’s commitment as a big win for MQTT.“IBM has been seeking pervasive status for its message queue technology since I joined the industry in 1995. It looks like it just finally got there. I don’t want to confuse a protocol with an implementation but in a week when Dave Winer questioned the status of and began its play for real time stream utility status I can’t help noting that IBM and are in the game,” Governor blogged.Governor’s reference to Winer’s thoughts on the protocol is significant, since Winer is the inventor of the RSS newsfeed protocol.“RSS won not because of its great design, but because there was a significant amount of valuable content flowing through it. Formats and protocols by themselves are meaningless. That’s what I say about specs. Show me content I can get at through the protocol, and I’ll say something,” Winer said on his own blog.Now Endorsed by FacebookFor Governor, Facebook’s investment in MMQT sets the content bar very high.“Whether or not you like Facebook, there is now going to be a metric crapload of content flowing across MQTT. It just got anointed by Facebook,” Governor said.MMQT’s anointment won’t mean much to average users – yet. But if the Internet of Things and social media development communities can rally around one protocol, it will be one big step towards the goal of getting people and objects communicating with each other more efficiently All thanks to Facebook. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification brian proffitt Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Internet of Things#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Military Home Buying & Selling

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonPermanent changes of station (PCS) make moves frequent for military families. The complexity of buying and selling a home is compounded by deployments, one-earner incomes, and the slow-to-rebound housing market. In fact, the 2012 FINRA Military Capability Study found 38% of military families have mortgages that are underwater. So how do military families ease the burden of buying and selling a home? Fortunately, many programs are in place to assist service members and their families with this process.The Service Member’s Civil Relief Act protects active duty service members and their families from foreclosure, termination of leases, and eviction. In the event a service member has been a victim of a wrongful foreclosure that violates the terms of the Service Member’s Civil Relief Act, they should take legal action.Service members can also qualify for low-interest home loans using VA home loans or other special loans available to military members.On April 15, Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Personal Finance Manager Barbara Lang will present Military Home Buying & Selling, a 90-minute webinar that will discuss these and many other home buying and selling options available to service members. This session will be worth 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed participants.To join this session, click here. Here, you’ll also find supporting resources, the PowerPoint Slides, information about the speakers, and connection information.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 31, 2014.last_img read more