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Burger King road race series begins Nov 6

first_imgThe annual Burger King-sponsored road race series will get under way on Sunday, November 6 with the staging of the Burger King ‘Run Di Road’ 10K at the Portmore Mall starting at 6:30 a.m. A 4×1500-metre relay for students will coincide with the 10K event and for this year’s staging entries here will be opened to tertiary institutions for the first time. Race director Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis is very excited about the addition of the tertiary students. “We have been overwhelmed with the entries in the relays, and with the fierce competition now among the collegiate teams their presence will surely add a lot of flavour to the meet as students after leaving high schools are now now adapting well in the senior programme and we do not want to leave them out,” Francis said recently. According to Francis, competing in the relays will help those athletes in the sprints with good background work in preparation for their events. He also stated that one of the aims of the Burger King 10K is to develop and promote long-distance running in Jamaica and prepare athletes to compete in the annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K event scheduled to be held in Negril on Saturday, December 3.last_img read more

Former Man United and Man City striker completes Boca Juniors move

first_img1 Carlos Tevez Carlos Tevez has completed his move from Juventus to Boca Juniors, the Argentinian club have announced.Boca announced the deal during Argentina’s Copa America quarter-final penalty shootout victory against Colombia, in which Tevez scored the winning spot kick.Tevez began his career at Boca as a teenager before moving to Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005 and the Buenos Aires club had repeatedly been linked with a move for the 31-year-old striker in recent months.Paris St Germain, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid had also been rumoured to be interested in acquiring Tevez’s services but Boca have won the race for his signature.“It is a day of joy and great satisfaction,” Boca president Daniel Angelici told the club’s official Facebook page.“The return of Carlos Tevez in an extraordinary moment of his career is fantastic news for all partners and supporters of Boca and Argentine football.“The presence of Carlos will give another leap in quality to the great squad we have.”Tevez scored 20 league goals to help Juve clinch their fourth straight Serie A title during the recently completed campaign, and notched seven more in 13 games as the Bianconeri reached the Champions League final.He joined the Turin giants in a £10million deal in 2013 after a seven-year spell in England with West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City which yielded three Premier League titles.last_img read more

Man claims he has been harassed by Gardai for 19 months

first_imgA man claimed he is being harassed by Gardai for the past 19 months after two cases of no insurance against him were struck out at Letterkenny District Court today.Noel Devine appeared in court after the case was previously adjourned. Mr Devine, aged 47 of Kirkneedy, Letterkenny, had claimed that he was covered by his employer for driving a vehicle on two previous dates on March 17th, 2016 and also in February, 2016.His employer, Mr Danny Doherty, appeared in court and said that Mr Devine had been insured.Gardai verified that Mr Devine had been insured to drive the vehicle.Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied and was striking out both cases.However, he adjourned two other charges of failing to have a driving license and not displaying a valid driving license until December 7th.Mr Devine then addressed the court and said he wanted compensation for what he described was 19 months of harassment from Gardai.Judge Kelly said that was not a matter for his court.Mr Devine continued to plead his case saying that Gardai were laughing at him in court.“We are trying to get out of the situation as best we can. I have been harassed by Gardai for the past 19 months and now they are sitting in this courtroom laughing at me,” he said.He was asked to desist from speaking out of turn by Judge Kelly.The Judge eventually asked Gardai to remove Mr Devine from the court.A woman accompanying Mr Devine said she hoped ‘Donegal Daily’ reported the “injustice” in the courtroom.Man claims he has been harassed by Gardai for 19 months was last modified: October 24th, 2017 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:courtinsuranceJUDGENOEL DEVINElast_img read more

Elephants’ dung used to produce coffee and paper

first_imgOne of the big 5 are drawing more than just tourists to the African bush. Elephant dung is now being used to create paper in Africa and flavour artisanal coffee in Thailand.African elephant (Loxodonta africana) group drinking from waterhole – wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Many Kenyans and Ugandans use the elephant’s dung to manufacture paper. In Thailand, the dung is used to produce rich coffee. (Image: World Wildlife Organisation)• South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives • Africa: The tech continent • Dadaab: the camp that’s changing the world’s view on refugees • African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria • Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls Media Club South Africa reporterSome of the world’s favourite handmade paper and sought after artisanal coffee has very humble, albeit messy, beginnings. Today eco-friendly handmade books and coffee begin life as elephant dung.John Matano’s Nampath Paper is just one of 17 Kenyan firms that process elephant dung to make high quality paper. Matano’s paper is, according to the BBC, as good as paper made from traditional sources.Elephants digest only about 45% of its highly fibrous herbivorous diet. Undigested fibre passes straight through them, creating dung that can be easily processed into paper. Or as Matano explained, “An average elephant eats 250kg of food each day. Out of that amount about 50kg of dung is produced, and 125 sheets of A4 paper can be produced from each 50kg.”This free, and constantly available renewable product has seen the birth of a new industry in East Africa. Kafe Mwarimo, manager at the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, said that the elephant dung paper industry has so far helped more than 500 local people pull themselves out of poverty.Matano said their way of making paper saves the indigenous tree populations of nearby forests from being destroyed. “The business is very reliable, and has a promising future. It is important for poaching and illegal logging to go down to 0%.”The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a government agency, has been full of praise for the efforts of the new paper industry. Paul Gathitu, KWS spokesman, said the industry has helped to protect the country’s remaining 7 000 elephants and helped reduce illegal logging.“It is a good effort, it helps humans coexist with elephants. Lots of the paper products from elephant dung have been provided to us here at KWS.”Preserving elephantsCreation begins with the savannah grass that elephants feed on. It is that masticated fibre pulp that is the key ingredient of Nampath’s paper. Matano explained the process: “After washing, clean fibres remain. Then the fibre is boiled for four hours in a vat to thoroughly ensure it is clean. Then after that, much of the process is similar to that of making regular paper.”Saving treesWatch how people in Uganda produce paper out of elephant dung:Jane Muihia, of paper manufacturer Transpaper Kenya, said paper from elephant dung is equal in quality to regular paper. She pointed out that the paper does not actually stink. “It goes through all the regular stages of manufacture. And in price it is almost the same.”Coffee made out of elephant dungCoffee made from beans rescued from elephant dung has, according to a story in the Daily Mail, a very floral aroma. With hints of chocolate. The taste has strong milk chocolate notes with a nutty undertone and hints of spices and red berries.Black Ivory, the trade name for the coffee produced in Thailand, sells for $1 100 a kilogram, or R17 200, making it the most expensive cup of Joe you can wake up to. It is also only available to visitors at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.The coffee is the brainchild of Thailand’s Anantara Resorts. It insists that the beans are ‘naturally refined’ by the elephants in the conservation programme. Anantara uses 8% of sales to fund care for the animals, according to the news portal ABC News.Watch how coffee lovers enjoy the Black Ivory in Thailand:last_img read more

What I Learned With WUFI Modeling Software

first_imgThermodynamics drive every aspect of living and non-living systems, including building envelopes. Our designs are constantly affected by moisture and heat. The effects of rain, sun, breathing, bathing, and cooking accumulate, and when envelopes fail the fallout is expensive and heart-wrenching. As a result, architects spend a lot of time trying to understand thermal and moisture performance of building assemblies and the likelihood that these variables might add up to catastrophe. What better way to understand than to model buildings using simulation software? That was my thought as I approached my six-week, office-sponsored research project in which I attempted to integrate thermal and moisture simulation into our design process workflow. Although various people in our firm have used thermal and moisture modeling on previous projects, this was the first time we made a concerted effort to analyze a tool’s potential for use as a standard on all projects.RELATED ARTICLESEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateWUFI Is Driving Me CrazyThe Principles, Uses, and Limitations of WUFIA Brief Introduction to WUFI, in 5 Easy PiecesMakin’ WUFI The outcome? I’m no longer certain that a simulation approach makes sense as standard practice for the majority of projects or practicing architects. However, architects and architecture firms constantly renewing their building science knowledge will make all buildings better. And if you or your office are thinking of taking on the hygrothermal modeling challenge, I have some advice to help you manage your expectations. An office research initiative My investigation was selected as an office-sponsored research initiative. I selected the simulation tool WUFI Pro (Wärme und Feuchte Instationär or “heat and moisture transfer”), German software with a powerful number-crunching ability and an engineer-friendly interface, to test on a series of ongoing projects. WUFI is capable of simulating the accumulation and dissipation of moisture within building materials over a period of years. The software  generates graphs to indicate whether temperature and relative humidity within an assembly are likely to reach dangerous mold-germinating or rot-inducing levels during the simulation period. I budgeted a week of time to learn the software and four weeks to test a variety of assemblies, and the remaining time to have my results reviewed by colleagues and a building envelope professional. I tested assemblies on eight different projects, with varying results. Varying, in that the tool itself is not hard to use, but I spent several unanticipated weeks after learning the software trying to understand what the model output was telling me. In fact, the challenging part of a complex tool like WUFI Pro is not getting the simulation to run, it’s understanding how to read the output, and learning when it can be trusted. My three pieces of advice for prospective modelers are the following: You had better be interested in building science. You’ll be reading and expanding your background knowledge quite a bit to be able to understand the variables. There’s more to it than selecting the basic materials to create a wall or roof assembly. Other critical modeling considerations include  additional heat and moisture loads at key layers in the assembly to account for infiltration, and correctly setting the indoor and outdoor climate variables. You’ll want to hone the art of interpreting results. One way to interpret results is by comparing the moisture profile generated by WUFI to ASHRAE 160, Section 6.1, Conditions Necessary to Minimize Mold Growth. Creating a graphic report that will be meaningful to a design team is a study all its own. I learned that it is not helpful to place a graph in front of the team and tell it that the wall they have designed won’t work. After all, if you are on the design team, you’re probably doing this exercise so you can make a solid recommendation on what will work. Simulation case studies in project workflow My conclusions about the use of simulation software are best summarized through two case studies. The first was a wall assembly for the renovation of a single-story uninsulated concrete block structure in Minnesota into a commercial office space. The renovation required the addition of exterior insulation, and the design called for new metal panel cladding and painting the exposed concrete block on the interior. The design team had selected a fluid-applied air-and-vapor-impermeable membrane to be applied to the exterior-facing side of the concrete block wall, which would then be covered by 4 inches of mineral board and metal panel cladding attached with thermally broken clips. I built the assembly in WUFI and ran a number of different scenarios with different orientations and proxy materials for products that were not in the WUFI database. I found an alarming pattern: In winter, moisture levels inside the weather barrier were climbing to near-dangerous levels for triggering mold, and depending on the properties I assigned to the concrete block, the assembly was getting wetter instead of drying over time. After controlling for computational errors (the software) and modeling errors (mine), I determined the issue might in fact be real: the vapor-tight membrane was going to cause a problem if the wall was constructed as designed. I tested a number of membrane permeabilities, and found that air-tight, yet vapor-permeable membranes did not have the same failure in simulation. Running simulations with WUFI prompted designers to switch to a vapor-permeable membrane on the outside of the building to avoid causing moisture problems. My findings were corroborated by a building envelope consultant, and as a result, we switched our specification to a vapor-permeable product. It felt like a win for the research project and the entire design team was able to learn from the findings. However, not all test cases proved as useful. The second example was a proposed roof assembly for a new apartment building, also in Minnesota. The roof was a wooden truss system supporting plywood sheathing, tapered polyisocyanurate insulation board and a watertight roof membrane. Between the trusses, to meet fire code, the roof cavity would be filled with blown cellulose, held in by a fire-resistive vapor barrier and the ceiling finished with painted gypsum board. The short version is that very few of my 40+ variations of this WUFI model showed favorable outcomes with this roof, even though this is a common multifamily roof construction, and multiple parties including a building envelope consultant assured our team that if we used this roof, it can and would perform satisfactorily. The conflict between what the model was telling me and what experience and advisors were saying was frustrating. Was it modeling error or computational error? Or was the simulation in fact accurate, and the building industry is overlooking something critical in the design of these types of roofs? Only a forensic investigation could tell. Based on the previous experience of the owner, this roof probably will be built as planned, although the team is now considering alternatives. Limitations of simulation and managing expectations The second case study was a reality check about the potential limitations of practicing architects and their sporadic use of thermal and moisture modeling to predict whether a particular assembly will last. When your assembly appears to be failing in simulation, current simulation tools will not tell you why it is failing or how to improve your design. Simulation involves tricky software with a lot of variables. To get the hang of it takes a couple days, but to get good at it takes weeks or months of practice, which may be difficult to reconcile with a project schedule and budget. What’s more, some experts note that tools like WUFI only test vapor drive and bulk water at a one-dimensional point in the hypothetical center of a wall or roof. Since it cannot take into account variables such as convection of air within a room, or the behavior of air and moisture at corners, critical factors impacting performance and failure may be glossed over in a simulation approach. That said, some thermal and moisture modeling may be beneficial even without deep expertise, as long as you understand the limitations. Here are some reasonable (and unreasonable) expectations to be had from modeling with WUFI Pro: It is useful for a basic comparison of different assemblies in a given scenario, and determining whether some are likely to be better than others. In other words, it will tell the design team something about relative performance, as opposed to predicting absolute success or failure of an assembly. It will not tell you that you have a “good wall” versus “failing wall,” but it will enable you to make an interpretation more along the lines of “this assembly is likely to be a better or worse wall for this climate, assuming construction matches the design intent.” It will provide an understanding of what layers are likely to be most problematic or prone to moisture so you can make sure your details are properly drawn to accommodate. Practical building science Simulation is not the only way to understand the performance of an envelope design. If your ultimate goal is to design projects and assemblies that will perform decade after decade, and meet the AIA 2030 Commitment to design only net-zero-energy buildings by 2030, a better approach would be for staff to log some monthly hours learning about the building science principles the software tools are designed to test in the first place. Prioritize building science in your office’s continuing education. For example, did you know water molecules are smaller than air molecules? That means a weather barrier can be air-sealed, but moisture permeable, a notion that may be counterintuitive at first. Did you know that airborne moisture blown in through a gap or poorly designed detail in the exterior cladding — or a poorly designed vent above a stove or shower — can carry one hundred times more moisture into the walls and roof in a day than will ever diffuse through a membrane? Develop basic principles instead of standard walls A key observation from the research project is that it’s not necessary or best practice to design a completely unique wall section for every project. Different aesthetic drivers and weather conditions may lead a design team to select different materials for the walls and roof of different projects, but the enclosure design can still follow a well-researched set of principles tailored to heat, cold, and moisture management needs of the local climate. Following this research, part two of my project will include the development of a set of robust typical wall, roof, and floor assemblies to be used as starting points in the different climates in which we work. These basic assemblies can be customized for use on many different projects. There is no need to re-simulate every wall on every building. When in doubt, it is worthwhile to hire a building enclosure consultant to review and help you understand the potential weak spots of a design. We will hire a trusted consultant to review our work in developing typical assembly templates. On a project with unique conditions, feel free to dive into simulation, armed with your regularly refreshed trove of building science knowledge. But in the end, if you have any question, you will probably save money both in time spent modeling and time spent puzzling over mysterious results by hiring a consultant you trust, or two consultants for a second opinion, to tell you whether the envelope you have designed will perform as intended and how it can be improved. Simona Fischer is a sustainable design specialist with MSR. She holds a master’s degree in architecture, and a master’s degree in sustainable design in architecture.last_img read more

Delhi High Court Dismisses Anti-Arbitration Suit Filed By The Government Of India

first_imgThe Delhi High Court (Court) pronounced its judgment in Union of India v. Vodafone Group PLC United Kingdom & Anr. dismissing Union of India’s (Plaintiff) prayer. The Plaintiff had sought a declaration that the Notice of Arbitration filed by Vodafone Group PLC under the India-UK BIPA, and the proceedings initiated there under, were an abuse of process of law and consequently null and void.Read it at Mondaq Related Itemslast_img

Absconding Bihar MLA Anant Singh surrenders in Delhi’s Saket court

first_imgAbsconding independent MLA from Mokama in Bihar Anant Singh surrendered in a court in Delhi on Friday.He has been absconding from his official residence in Patna from August 17 after an AK 47 rifle, 26 cartridges and two bombs were recovered from his ancestral home at Ladma under the Barh police station of Patna district on August 16.The police raided his Patna residence late on August 17 night but he was found missing.The police lodged a case against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Arms and Explosives Act. Later, a Patna court declared him an absconder and the police issued a look- out notice against him.Altogether 11 teams of the Patna police, led by Superintendent of Police (Rural) Kantesh Kumar Mishra and SDPO Barh Lipi Singh, were formed to arrest him.Release of videosMeanwhile, the MLA started releasing videos at regular intervals to say he was not absconding and would surrender in court. In the latest video released on Thursday night, he said he had come to Delhi to see one of his ailing friends and since he had faith in judiciary he would surrender in a court and “not before the Patna police”.Hours later, on Friday, he surrendered before a metropolitan magistrate in Saket, Delhi.“Now the Patna police will send a team of officials to Delhi to bring the MLA to the State”, said a senior police official involved in the arrest operation.Mr. Singh is known in Mokama and Barh as “chhote sarkar (mini government)” for his muscle power. He has been elected three times from Mokama. He was close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and represented Mokama as JD(U) MLA twice in 2005 and 2010. In 2015, when Mr. Kumar joined hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Mr Singh was denied a ticket but he contested as an Independent and won the poll.In the last Lok Sabha election, his wife Nilam Devi contested unsuccessfully against senior JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranajn Singh alias Lalan Singh. He won the poll by more than 1.5 lakh votes.“Ever since my wife contested against Lalan Singh, he connived with an another senior party leader whose daughter is Barh SDPO Ms Lipi Singh, to send me to jail”, Mr. Singh alleged in one of his videos that went viral on social media.last_img read more

PH football teams finish fourth in SEA Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Raymar Jose credits teammates for MVP honor Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Women Football Match Between Malaysia vs Philippines at Stadium UiTM Shah Alam on 15 August 2017. Photo by Faeiz Shah | MASOCMeanwhile, the Malditas faced a 3-0 deficit against Thailand before Hali Moriah Long scored off a Marnelli Dimzon assist to give the Philippines its lone goal in added time.The Philippines had three points after a victory and three defeats in the women’s tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Twitter account.The Philippine football squads finished in fourth place both in the men’s and women’s division in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.But the under-22 squad ended its campaign with a 2-1 victory over Timor Leste Thursday UM Arena Stadium in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Same could not be said for the Malditas, who lost 1-3 to Thailand over at UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam.Jarvey Gayoso’s brace helped the Philippines wind up with six points on two wins and three defeats in the football tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGayoso first put the Philippines up, 1-0, in the 13th minute before Timor Leste equalized just before the halftime break.The 20-year-old striker saved his best for last, squeaking a goal at the 94th minute to end the Filipinos’ run on a high note. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cong should apologise for Tharoor’s remarks: Vijaywargiya

first_imgBhopal, Oct 29 (PTI) The Congress should apologise for party MP Shashi Tharoor’s remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shivlinga, and sack him if it found the statement derogatory, BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargiya said Monday.Tharoor on Sunday claimed that an unnamed RSS source had told a journalist that Prime Minister Modi was like a scorpion sitting on a Shivlinga who cannot be removed by hand or hit with a chappal (slipper).Referring to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s visit Monday to the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain as part of his two-day tour of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the BJP leader asked if the former would “apologise to the people of the country while standing in the Mahakal temple”.He also asked whether Gandhi believed what Tharoor had said was proper.”Will you apologise to the people of the country while standing in the Mahakal temple? But if you really agree with Tharoor’s statement, then I don’t have to say anything as in that case people of the nation will come to know that you are sporting a tilak on forehead and janeu (sacred thread) to fool them,” Vijaywargiya said.”Otherwise you (Gandhi) have to throw him (Tharoor) out of the party and apologise to the nation,” he said.The BJP national general secretary claimed that Tharoor by his remarks had shown his “level”.He also lashed out at the Congress over its senior leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh “staying away” during Gandhi’s visit.While Singh tweeted that he was not present during Gandhi’s visit to Indore earlier in the day as he had been assigned an important work by the Congress president, Vijaywargiya claimed that Singh had been “prevented” from attending.advertisement”He is worried and as a face saving measure, Singh is tweeting to inform that he is very busy. But, I feel that he was prevented from coming to the state,” he said. Earlier a video, apparently shot on October 13, showed Singh telling party workers that the votes of the Congress reduced when he campaigned for the party. PTI MAS ADU BNM ANBANBlast_img read more