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February 10, 2020
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Coaches give warm response to cold therapy

first_imgKINGSTON:Coaches of student athletes participating in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship are happy that their contestants are enjoying the cool benefits of on-the-ground cold therapy, courtesy of Pure National Ice, one of the partners in the series of youth-development meets across the country.This new ice bath facility, known as the Pure National Ice Cold Therapy Zone, is expected to improve the overall performance of the athletes, especially those who perform in multiple events.”Having this cold therapy treatment here at the meets is a brilliant idea, especially since a lot of the athletes have to perform in multiple events on the same day or even in the same week,” said Leroy Gray, strength and conditioning coach at Racers Track Club and one of the coaches of the Kingston College (KC) track and field team.”This increased level of activity causes the build-up of a lot of lactic acid in their bodies, and the cold therapy is just one of the ways that we can help to remedy that.”Gray added: “I have no doubt that this cold therapy is going to help foster an overall improvement in the performance of the student athletes as it will replenish and recondition their muscles following an event, making them much lighter and re-energised for any subsequent events.”Patrick Johnson, one of the coaches at Excelsior High School, shared similar sentiments.”Today, one of my athletes made a big personal record in the 1500m,” he said at the Youngster Goldsmith track meet. “In order for him to repeat this kind of performance today, or even later this week, he needs this kind of therapy. The same can be said for other students who run the 400-metre final and also have to run the 4×4 relay.”Johnson also commended the sponsors, Pure National Ice and Digicel, saying: “A lot of us as coaches don’t have the means to provide this kind of therapy for our athletes while they are at school, much less while they are at these meets performing. This is quite an upgrade for a lot of them, and I must thank the sponsors for providing this facility at the meets and improving the overall quality of the experience for the students.””The Digicel Grand Prix gave us the opportunity to play a part in supporting sports development in Jamaica and preparing our young athletes for the world stage,” said David Walton, sales and marketing manager at Pure National Ice.”We know that many schools don’t have the capacity to provide this kind of therapy for their students, so we felt the development meets would be an ideal environment to expose them to the benefits of this. We consulted with a number of coaches and sports medicine experts and they all agree that having this type of therapy available on the ground would be highly beneficial to muscle recovery and performance of the athletes.”The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Western Championship at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith Meet at the National Stadium. The series will culminate at the G.C. Foster Classics slated for February 20.The events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and the 4x400m relays. The public is invited to log on to www.digicelgrandprix.com to keep abreast of the latest news.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by Sportsmax, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun, and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

December 26, 2019
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek drops massive hint about Chelsea future

first_imgThe powerful and versatile midfielder was expected to play a huge part in ‘Sarri-ball’ under the former Napoli boss, but had to wait Thursday night to finally make his point.After starting the Europa League game against BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge, the 22-year-old duly rewarded his manager’s faith by scoring a hat-trick.Although former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT he feels Loftus-Cheek should be ‘selfish’ and move to further his career, the midfielder has suggested he still has a lot to learn from the Italian boss in west London.Loftus-Cheek told Standard Sport: “As a player-manager relationship, it works. It would be daft for me not to take in what he is telling me. He is a top manager. scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest The cigarette-chewing Italian has got Chelsea playing some great football this season LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 “For me to learn from him is great for my development. I will keep doing that.“I will keep listening and learning whenever I’m on the pitch or in training.“He is asking me to improve defensively and positionally [sic].“We are working on it every day in training and he is very demanding with the team. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed Loftus-Cheek in action against BATE on Thursday The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “He is so demanding on shape, but also wants you to play freely as well, which is why we can play such creative attacking football. It is really good work.”The midfielder will be hoping to play a part in Chelsea’s game at Burnley on Sunday afternoon. gameday cracker Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hinted he could stay at Chelsea after revealing he is learning so much from ‘top manager’ Maurizio Sarri.The England international has struggled for game time this season under Sarri after a fabulous breakout season on loan at Crystal Palace last campaign saw him earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. Most Popular Football Stories tense last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Crime in SA at 15-year low: index

first_img1 November 2013Crime in South Africa is at its lowest level in 15 years, having dropped by 38% since its peak in the 2002/03 financial year, according to the latest crime index from global analytics company IHS.“The decline in overall crime in South Africa has been echoed in both indices, reporting a steady decline since 2002,” IHS said in its report, released on Wednesday. The report is divided into a violent crime index and a property crime index.“Violent crime is at the lowest level seen in a decade, declining some 40% between 2002 and 2013. Property crime experienced a decrease of 24% over the same period,” IHS said, adding: “The declining crime rates reflect the overall improvement of conditions in South Africa.”Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the findings vindicated the government’s national crime statistics, which were released in September.While many local analysts were sceptical in their analysis of the statistics, it was gratifying that an internationally recognised, credible and globally respected institution had now affirmed the fact that crime was decreasing in South Africa, the minister said.“Since 1994, we have been making steady progress in the fight against crime. This period has been characterised by growing unity in action against crime, a period focused on improving life conditions for all.”South Africa has adopted a multi-pronged approach in the fight against crime, involving partnerships with communities, business, civic organisations and labour movements.“For this reason, almost on a weekly basis as the police leadership, we are out there meeting with communities, not because there are problems but as part of ensuring that we entrench this community-policing philosophy,” Mthethwa said.“Such community interactions also help us to tap into the collective wisdom of citizens in order to enhance existing crime prevention and combating programmes, whilst jointly seeking solutions around crime.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

December 16, 2019
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Multifamily HVAC Woes

first_imgWe work on thousands of multifamily housing units every year providing certification, consulting, and testing services for affordable and market rate developers. Our influence tends to be somewhat limited as we do not have a financial stake in the projects, and we are only one of many project team members. The majority of our work is certification under the National Green Building Standard, EarthCraft, Enterprise Green Communities, LEED, and Green Globes. Over the years we have worked steadily to improve the quality of design and construction on our clients’ projects. Some projects are receptive to our suggestions and invite us to participate in the design process. This allows us to help identify potential pitfalls and opportunities for improvement. In others, our suggestions are mostly ignored, and our work is limited to inspecting and providing certification. In that role, however, we still have some influence on the project, making sure insulation and air sealing are installed correctly, specifications are followed, and when testing is included in the work scope, that envelope, duct leakage, and ventilation flows meet targets. While this does help improve the overall quality of construction, we see far too many missed opportunities where better decisions early on would have improved a building’s performance with little or no increase in cost. This is no more true than in the choice of HVAC equipment for these buildings.RELATED ARTICLESA New Resource for Multifamily DevelopersCanada Sees Rise in Passivhaus MultifamiliesGetting the Right MinisplitAre Ductless Minisplits Overpriced?Urban Rustic: Choosing and Installing a Ductless Minisplit King sized HVAC equipment, uncomfortable homes The biggest challenge we find with multifamily projects is improving HVAC designs and equipment. Particularly in the Southeast where almost all apartments are conditioned with split system heat pumps. This equipment is typically located in a small mechanical closet with a lowboy electric tank water heater beneath it. The primary problem with these installations is the equipment sizing. The smallest standard heat pumps available are a minimum of 18,000 Btuh, or 1.5 tons. These are typically 14 or 14.5 SEER, 8.2 HSPF, with single speed fans. Not terrible performance; Not much of a stretch over the building code either. The problem is that most of the units these heat pumps are installed in have loads in the range of 6,000 to 9,000 Btuh, providing far more capacity than required. In warm and mixed-humid climates where air conditioning is used a large part of the year, this oversizing can create comfort issues as systems short cycle, limiting dehumidification. Occupants feeling clammy and uncomfortable will then set their thermostats to very low temperatures in order to lower the humidity. In particularly humid climates, some developers install in-wall dehumidifiers that help. However, they create a fair amount of heat that must be offset by additional cooling. Lower capacity HVAC equipment is available with mini-split technology, both ducted and ductless, but adoption is still very limited in our southeastern market due to cost constraints (real or imagined) and fear of unfamiliar technology. Ducts are overrated Based on my personal experience with ductless mini-splits, I have talked clients ears off about the many benefits. Unfortunately, I’ve had no success getting anyone to adopt this technology in their projects. Tightly sealed, well insulated buildings can be conditioned well with a single ductless mini-split head, using small exhaust fans to transfer air into bedrooms as needed–my own house works this way. Even when using a standard split system heat pump, it is very possible to reduce the duct runs, eliminating supplies at the perimeter walls and windows in favor of high sidewall registers facing towards the exterior. Compact designs can reduce ducts by 60% or more, lowering installation cost, with fewer opportunities for duct leakage. On one recent project, during our initial review very early in the design process, the client and architect were receptive to alternative HVAC designs, including compact duct systems. Sadly, this information was not shared with the mechanical engineer who proceeded to prepare a standard layout with perhaps more ductwork than I had ever seen in a small apartment. Obviously cautious and risk averse, during a follow up call, the engineer stated that he designed what he was asked to design, the work was done, there would be no changes. This was followed by silence from the architect. The client was unfortunately unable to join the call and, as the project is already being priced by contractors, I have low expectations of anything changing. “Value” engineering is part of the problem Some of our clients use ductless equipment on projects, but it’s typically through the wall package terminal heat pumps (PTHP), the type of equipment used in many hotel rooms. So far most are unwilling to look at more efficient ductless alternatives. One project in the design phase, consisting primarily of studio apartments, is currently considering ductless mini-splits. While we are hoping that this will actually come to pass, I am not holding my breath. I find it interesting that with all the apartments being built that none of the major equipment manufacturers have come up with smaller heat pumps. What is keeping them from producing 1 ton or smaller systems? Mini-split systems are some of the only equipment available below 1.5 tons. These systems tend to both be significantly more efficient and more expensive. Even when they are considered, they’re frequently value engineered out of the project in an effort to control costs. While we have low expectations, we hope that we will someday see improved HVAC systems on more of our projects and will continue to keep up the good fight until it happens. -Carl Seville is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative. Photos courtesy of the author.last_img read more

December 15, 2019
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Phoning An Aircraft Engine In Mid-Flight? No Problem

first_imgmarkhachman The first priority of any airline is safety. But with Emirates striving for top marks in customer satisfaction, minimizing delays is nearly as important. A repair that grounds an aircraft for just 30 minutes may mean the difference between a passenger making or missing a connecting flight, making the center’s operations even more critical.(Airlines that make up more than 1% of U.S. “deplanements” are required to report on-time flight information to the federal government; because of its relatively few, long-haul flights touching down in the States, Emirates doesn’t fall under this category. A list of its overall complaints by passengers to the Department of Transportation is included in the document, however; simply search for “Emirates.”)Flight Monitoring – Plus A Big-Screen TVOne might imagine that a network operations center might be constructed with glass and steel, perhaps with network cables strewn about. Instead, the facility’s workstations are embedded in the type of old wood (or at least paneling) that one might find in a reading room, with busts of old composers surveying the room. The workers used traditional mice and monitors, overseeing sophisticated management applications, including AirMAN, for managing Airbus aircraft, and Airplane Health Management, for Boeing airplanes. I saw Windows 7 and Windows XP both being used, decorated with the traditional post-its and tech detritus (“double facepalm” images, for example) taped alongside the monitors.The room is dominated on either end by sweeping views: to the north, two-story picture windows look out over a pair of Emirates terminals, where aircraft taxi in, park, and then debark. On the other side of the center is a massive video display, slightly smaller than a movie screen. The display shows the local air traffic around Dubai’s airport, followed by a larger, worldwide view of location of each Emirates aircraft on duty. On the day we visited, most of the aircraft clustered around Dubai, either recently departed or waiting to leave. But other flights were en route from Tokyo and other destinations. If there’s a problem, everyone’s in the room: “It makes it easy to call out, ‘Cabin crew scheduling!’” when that comes ups, said the Emirates spokeswoman.Maintenance Owns The PlanesEach morning, the manager of maintenance control reviews the last 24 hours, reviewing any delays, discussing service issues and planning the day ahead. Representatives from Airbus and Boeing attend, as well as staff from engine makers Rolls-Royce and other component manufacturers. Even aviation systems manufacturers like Honeywell have offices in the building, the manager said.According to Emirates, the company owns 188 aircraft in all, with an additional 212 on order. Some 27 of its existing planes are the Airbus A380-800 superjumbos Emirates uses on its New York (JFK) route, while another 80 are the Boeing 777-300 that Emirates uses to service San Francisco.As each plane takes off, supervision of the plane moves to the maintenance staff. Over the United Arab Emirates, crews can communicate with the ground via radio. Farther out, satellite phones or text messages are used, via a global communications partner that Emirates declined to name.Whatever the medium, the maintenance staff is on the lookout for are error messages, specifically automated failure messages that can indicate trouble. Emirates can also “ping” newer aircraft, such as the 777, for real-time updates that allow engineers to communicate directly with the aircraft. If there is a failure warning, those messages flash on to the screens of the Emirates engineers, who then can alert the crew, if necessary. There’s even a simulation showing the actual cockpit of aircraft like the A380, with each instrument in its proper place. On the left, however, Emirates had tucked a video window, tuned that day to CNN. Why? Because maintenance crews and other teams need real-time information. “A perfect example would be Hurricane Sandy,” an Emirates spokeswoman explained. “We would have been touch with the [New York] Port Authority, monitoring the impact from that… whoever has the latest update, we can stay on top of that.”About 100 employees man the operations center, working 12-hour shifts, 6:00 to 6:00. “We have all the stakeholders… ensuring that the aircraft sticks to the departure that is on the schedule,” said the manager of maintenance control from Emirates’ engineering department. (Emirates allowed the manager to speak with reporters, but did not allow him to be quoted by name.)“So we have the controlling vice president, who oversees all the aspects of departures and things like that, the maintenance control center, preventative maintenance, health monitoring, scheduling to make sure that the aircraft is not unduly delayed, then hardware, flight dispatch, crew scheduling and Dubai hub control,” the manager said. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Emirates Airlines can have up to 90 aircraft in flight at any given time. So what happens if something goes wrong on one of them? If everything works the way it’s supposed to, airline personnel may know about it even before the pilots do, via terminals and a massive video display that’s slightly smaller than the screen in a movie theater.Emirates controls the in-flight safety of its aircraft from inside its operations center, close by the main terminals at the Dubai airport, within the United Arab Emirates. The company opened the facility to reporters last week, as part of a sponsored tour of its latest aircraft, the Airbus A380-800, as well as its Microsoft-powered crew-management application, known as KIS. (Disclosure: Emirates flew this reporter to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to cover the airline’s technology as well as the Middle-Eastern launch of Windows 8. It also paid for a hotel room and meals, some of which it split with Microsoft.). At that point, maintenance must make a series of decisions: does the aircraft need to be repaired? Does it need spare parts? Are those spare parts available, or do they need to be shipped in from London, for example? If repairs do need to be made, Emirates can ensure that the necessary manuals and documentation are electronically transmitted, so that the repair crews have the information before the plane reaches the ground. In critical situations, Emirates even has what it calls a “tiger team” of engineers, ready to deploy to any spot on the globe.Emirates can also decide to allow the aircraft to fly even with “deficiencies” – a scenario where performance is degraded in a non-critical area. “That means that this aircraft will not be compromised on safety because of this situation,” the maintenance manager said.I was pretty impressed by Emirates’ ICE system, a sort of “Netflix in the sky” that offers 10,000 movies and TV shows to its passengers while in the air (check ReadWrite on Wednesday for more on that). But the maintenance manager made it clear where its priorities lay: “The most important point of having this technology is to fly passengers in a safe manner at any given point in time,” he said. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Inside Emirates’ Dubai facility, employees have access to a small collection of shops and restaurants, open 24/7, Nearby are the corporate offices, whose lobby is studded with jerseys from teams like London’s Arsenal, which the company sponsors. Security is tight, naturally, with each member of the airline’s staff carrying an RF badge with varying levels of access.By fleet size, Emirates doesn’t rank in the top ten of the world’s airlines, at least according to Wikipedia; its 188 aircraft put it at about half of the 362 aircraft operated by Air Canada, the ninth-largest airline. But by another metric, passenger-kilometers, Emirates ranked fourth in 2011, with 153.2 million. The airline’s hub is in Dubai, and relatively few aircraft fly long distances each day, reaching San Francisco, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and other far-flung destinations. Tags:#airplanes#Data Centers#international last_img read more

November 7, 2019
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Elite Eight Filming Announcement

first_imgThis outcome has been achieved through the ongoing support of the TFA Board of Management and their vision for the elite game into the future, as well as the overall benefits associated with the promotion of the sport across Australia.This also conveys the Board of Management’s support for the overall direction set by the National Events Commission (NEC).This investment is hoped to signal a revitalised focus on the promotion of the game on an ongoing basis and it is anticipated that numerous outcomes can be achieved through such medium including advertising, web promotion and commercial sponsorship.TFA has a strong track record of working with RJ Media through Richard Scotts on projects such as the State of Origin and 2009 Trans Tasman Series and are confident of an outstanding outcome.As a result there will be various stipulations or requirements on all teams on finals day but in particular those that reach the final of the Elite Eight. Information detailing al requirements will be provided at the event itself.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Fileselite_eight_filming_announcement__1_-pdflast_img read more

October 28, 2019
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10 months agoCrystal Palace offered Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgCrystal Palace offered Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have turned down the chance to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.HLN says Palace have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Batshuayi – but they’ve said no.Palace are looking for a new striker and the Belgian would be open to a move to Selhurst Park.The forward is currently on loan at Valencia, but the Spanish side want to cut the deal short.But the Bat isn’t right for the Eagles, Roy Hodgson has decided. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

October 28, 2019
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9 days agoChelsea hero Nevin: Willian, Jorginho reborn under Lampard

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin: Willian, Jorginho reborn under Lampardby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin says Willian and Jorginho are “reborn” under Frank Lampard. The Scot also credited the work rate of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham for helping the Blues win their last three out of four games.”There is a great affinity being built between our fans and the players just now,” Nevin told the official Chelsea website. “We know the initial reasons; this is Frank’s team so we are bound to be on board, the kids coming through are our kids so once again we are onside. ‘But look around and consider everyone else and the obvious work-rate and spirit from them, it has been superb this season even during the tougher times.”Take Jorginho, the statistics alone will tell you about his incredible work-rate but it is his passion for every tackle and every chase that shines almost as much as his ability on the ball. Willian obviously is reborn as well but try thinking of someone in the group that isn’t giving everything for every moment, it is impossible. “Tammy Abraham works until his legs run out and is often replaced but that is a positive sign that he is giving everything, not a negative one that he is playing badly. ‘There looks as though there are two Mason Mounts on the field most weeks as he seems to have the ability to turn up everywhere. On top of that have a look at the attitude of those coming off the bench. None of the subs are giving anything less than everything they have, whether it is for 30 minutes or 10.” last_img read more

October 27, 2019
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Video: Derrick Henry Strikes Heisman Pose While Wearing New Tennessee Titans Uniform

first_imgDerrick Henry takes a hand-off from Marcus Mariota.NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 2: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans hands off the ball to Derrick Henry at Nissan Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)The NFL’s rookie class got together today for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, where many of them showed off their full new uniforms for the first time. A bunch of the big name rookies struck poses for sports card company Panini America. Derrick Henry’s was a pretty obvious choice. The 2015 Heisman winner joins a young Tennessee offense helmed by his Heisman-winning predecessor Marcus Mariota. That could be a fun group going forward.last_img

October 14, 2019
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Tanya Talaga Deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay is a Canadian

first_imgAPTN Face To Face Award winning, journalist and author Tanya Talaga is known for her investigative reporting for the Toronto Star where she often focuses on Indigenous issues.Most recently, Talaga released the national bestseller, ‘Seven Fallen Feathers. Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City.”The book focuses on seven Indigenous youth who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario while attending high school hundreds of kilometres away from their families.  An Inquest into the deaths wrapped up in 2016 and produced 145 recommendations.Months later, two more youth would be pulled from waterways in Thunder Bay.Talaga joins host Dennis Ward to discuss her novel, the ongoing deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay and why it is not just a Thunder Bay problem.last_img