Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Peewee Reps

first_imgThe Nelson Peewee Leafs are rolling out the red carpet for 10 other Rep teams in the province as the local club plays host to the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep AAA Championships beginning Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Reps open Day one of the five-day tournament with a two-game set against Dawson Creek (7 a.m.) and Quesnel in the feature contest at 8 p.m. The Quesnel game follows the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. when all the teams will be present.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give the Leafs a grand send off with Team of the Week honours.The team, coached by Jeff Hunt and assistants Vince Vulcano and Tony Maida, includes, Aedan Osika, Nick Haydu, Kai Simmonds, Reid Vulcano, head coach Jeff Hunt, Ben Price, Elijah Havers, Brett Anderson, Tyler Badger,  Carter Anderson, Mike Zarikoff, Charles Curiston, Cody Barnes, Shayla Elias, Reece Hunt, Taylor Harrison, Brody Fillion and Max Spielman.The trainer is Mark Spielman.The tournament schedule can be found on the BC Hockey website.last_img read more

HSE grant additional €558,700 for north-west health services this winter

first_imgThe HSE has announced that additional funding of €558,700 has been provided to Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 and the Saolta Group jointly to support improved patient care in the hospitals and community services in the North West.The health body published their National Winter Plan 2019-20 providing for funding of €26m nationally to support the HSE to manage the known increase in demand the health service will face over the winter months.Of this, €6.8m has been allocated to hospital and community services across the country to allow for specific local initiatives to improve patient care. The funding comes as hospitals prepare for higher rates of respiratory viruses circulate including seasonal influenza, norovirus and healthcare-associated infection.Indeed a number of hospitals in the Saolta Group have already implemented visiting restrictions this month due to outbreaks of norovirus.It is also a time when hospital Emergency Departments are under increasing pressure.John Hayes Chief Officer, Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 said, “We have been working very hard over the last number of months in partnership with our colleagues in the Saolta Hospital Group to improve the care we will provide to patients over the winter period. “We are particularly focused on helping patients avoid hospital admission and supporting the transfer of care of older patients from acute hospitals to the community as quickly as possible.“This funding will also allow us to provide for additional aids and appliances which will facilitate patients’ earlier discharge from hospital. We are also implementing a reablement programme, which provides supports to older people to enable them to remain in their own homes.”HSE grant additional €558,700 for north-west health services this winter was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Giants prospect Logan Webb tests positive for PED

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.Webb was off to a tremendous start to the season at Double-A Richmond, but will now miss half the year after a steroid known as Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone was found in his urine sample.Webb, 22, released a statement Wednesday insisting his innocence and vowing that he did not knowingly take a performance-enhancing substance.“I have done research, I …last_img read more

Luke Bryan to perform on an Ohio farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Country music superstar Luke Bryan will be performing on an Ohio farm later this month. The first stop on Bryan’s 2018 Farm Tour is Sept. 27 and will draw around 20,000 people to the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County.John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and is excited to host the concert.“This Luke Bryan concert is not something that happens every day,” Bonnie said. “We hope to turn it into something truly meaningful and we also want share it with our community.”On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Bryan on the tour as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock.Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. In addition to the on-farm performances, Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.Tickets for the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018” are on sale now at read more

Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?

first_imgErik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. R-value is just one measureThe fact is that we are moving to a world in which building science, in all of its complexity, assumes greater prominence. Most homes in my neck of the woods were uninsulated (or barely insulated) when first constructed. Adding any insulation produced such large improvements in comfort that a crude measure like R-value sufficed. If a frigid house went from R-2 to R-10, and it was noticeably more comfortable, then R-value worked.The window industry went through a similar evolution. The end result is the now ubiquitous window labels which detail all their performance characteristics. The window labels list the U-factor (the inverse of R-value) of the whole window and its SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) — vital measures for picking a window. Live in the frigid north? Pick one with good U-factor. Live in the sunny south? Pick a window with a low SHGC to keep out excess sunlight.The metrics we use to measure the performance of insulation will likely evolve in the same way. Once upon a time, house insulation meant an extra sweater — and stop your damn complaining. Men were men, women were women, and cats and dogs were cats and dogs, I assume. Houses included features to produce and retain heat, of course — things like double back-plaster walls and central chimneys. But until the 20th century, insulation barely existed in any formal sense.There were some tentative initial steps. My house (built in 1939) contained Kimsul insulation. Kimsul was one of the first commercially available insulations, sold in Sears & Roebuck catalogs with their kit house plans. Kimsul was 1 inch of cellulose sandwiched between two sheets of Kraft paper. Most of the Kimsul in my house had disintegrated or did so upon touch.Not much — but, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere.It’s from these humble initial efforts that R-value and heat retention entered the national conversation. The question today is: in the increasingly complex world of building science, how meaningful is R-value? Can we do better? The strikes against R-valueThe challenge, simply put, is that the R-value listed on the insulation package is not the same as the R-value of a wall insulated with the material. If you install R-19 batts in a wall cavity, can you say it is an R-19 wall? No, not really. There’s thermal bridging at the studs, where heat travels more easily through the framing and past the insulation. There are holes and gapping where insulation sags at the top, pulls away from the sides, and is forced around electrical outlets and pipes. Air moves both across the wall cavity and within it.Then there’s the question of what are we measuring: the insulation’s performance in the wall cavity or the performance of the entire wall? The R-value on the insulation bag is the tested heat retention ability of the insulation. But it’s the wall we care about.center_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH Blower Doors Have Become EssentialMajor Thermal BypassesFlash and Batt InsulationExterior Insulation Is Like Like A Sweater For Your HouseHeat Loss from Air Is No Big Deal, Right?Insulating Stud Cavities in Existing Homes The Difference Between Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers The future of R-valueIt’s possible to measure whole-wall R-value instead of the R-value of the insulation material. We can also discuss whether a wall is air-permeable, and whether the wall would benefit from an air barrier. How vapor-permeable are the various layers? Is the wall rain-resistant? For example, EPS is somewhat vapor-permeable and rain-resistant.So is R-value dead? No, but it needs to be understood as part of the picture. It’s one measure of a building material. A car’s fuel efficiency may be measured with just one number (miles per gallon). But insulation, like a window, has several important characteristics beyond R-value.R-value is a single measure of insulation performance; it’s not the only one. RELATED ARTICLES Understanding R-ValueA Bold Attempt to Slay R-ValueAir Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of WallsBeware of R-Value Crookslast_img read more

Involving locals in reviving Panna’s tiger population pays off

first_imgIn 2009, as a homesick T3 meandered almost 442 km to return to the Pench Tiger Reserve, its former home, large numbers of locals helped bring the male tiger back to the Panna Tiger Reserve, where it had been translocated. Foresters tracked T3’s movement using radio collar signals, locals alerted other villagers living along the trail, temporarily cut off power supply to wire fences around fields, and identified some common abodes and caves where the tiger could take shelter. A sense of ownership had taken over them, following a meeting with the Forest Department on November 5, 2009. Scores of villagers came out to accompany 70 foresters and four elephants to ensure T3 returned to the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), where tigers had gone extinct by the beginning of that year.‘Sense of ownership’Registering a 7% growth in its tiger population every year since, the PTR, where population stress, poaching and management gaps had caused their untimely extinction, houses 52 tigers today. All the seven tigers, reintroduced under the Tiger Recovery Plan, have bred cubs. “Panna’s revival has been people-centric,” says Rangaiah Sreenivasa Murthy, former director of the reserve, who led efforts from 2009 to 2015. “It has been about inculcating a sense of ownership for tigers among local staff and those living around the Reserve.”Spread over 576 sq. km. of deciduous forests in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, PTR used to be a hunting preserve for rulers of the princely states of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar. In fact, to conserve the species then, there was a ban on killing females, cubs, and tigers shorter than 9 feet. “People here are trigger-happy,” said Mr. Murthy. “For the feudal lords here, honour and pride means everything.”So, foresters told the community patriarchs they met: “You have lost the tiger, the pride of Bundelkhand. We want to restore it. Support us and get involved.” They devised a conservation model focused on coexistence with tigers, and involved ‘Jan samarthan se baagh samrakshan’ (tiger conservation with people’s support). Under the ‘Friends of Panna’ initiative, foresters met and shared information with every local on the revival plan and their role in it. Children were taken to nature camps inside the park, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund. But the threat of international poaching rackets, flourishing under mercenaries from the local Pardhi, Kanjar and Baheliya tribes, loomed large. Complacent field staff, under pressure from poachers, sometimes tried to bury evidence and even connived to organise hunts. To counter this, supervisors began handling confrontations with poachers. Four field staff were jailed for dereliction of duty; the conviction of 11 poachers instilled the fear of law among others. After T3 was brought back, it mated with T1, a tigress brought to the reserve earlier, with the help of urine-lure technique, wherein urine of a tigress is sprayed around to attract a tiger. On April 16, 2010, T1 was delivered of the first litter — four cubs — the first of a tigress reintroduced in the Reserve. In 2011, T4 became the first orphaned tigress in the world to be re-wilded, and bore and reared two cubs to adulthood in the wild. Well establishedToday, PTR’s tigers occupy a range from the Narmada to the Son rivers, having established themselves in the Satpura and Sanjay Tiger Reserves as well. According to Mr. Murthy, an abundant prey base (chital, sambhar, neelgai and chinkara) and the perennial river Ken, which flows through the Reserve, have contributed to the revival. Expanding tourism in the reserve is a new challenge. In contrast to approximately 20,000 visitors to the Reserve previously, 50,000-60,000 people visit it in every season now, he said, which may cause stress to tigers.Pardhi and Baheliya villagers were trained as guides and made aware of tiger conservation, said K.S. Bhadoriya, PTR’s current Director. One member from each village household is a part of one of seven groups, and they take turns to patrol the reserve with the forest personnel.last_img read more

Gilas sews up QF berth

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes San Beda, Letran trip foes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Iraq was held to a paltry nine points in the third as the Gilas defense held its own in the shaded lane and in the perimeter.Gilas clashes with Qatar at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Sunday, with a win pushing China and Iraq to the qualifying round for the quarterfinals.Defending champion China scored its first win, a 92-67 manhandling of the Qataris, and will close out preliminary round action against Iraq.Australia and New Zealand, world powerhouses seeing action in the Fiba Asia zone for the first time, are both undefeated and set the pace in their own groups after the first four playdates.Ranked 10th in the world, the Aussies first posted anADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Read Next MOST READ With all guns firing in an eight-minute stretch in the third period on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas sent Iraq crashing face down in their Group B match and bagged an automatic quarterfinal berth at Nouhad Nowfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT 84-68 victory over Japan before blowing Hong Kong off the floor, 99-55.They would be closing out first-round play against the Chinese Taipei dribblers on Saturday seeking a sweep.The Tall Blacks, on the other hand, survived a 33-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance from Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib also on Thursday to pull off an 86-82 win over the hosts and also rise to 2-0.New Zealand, which defeated the Philippines in the World Cup Qualifying’s wild card tournament in Manila last year, also defeated Kazakhstan and will be seeking top Group C ranking with a win over South Korea, also on Saturday.El Khatib, meanwhile, is averaging 24.5 points and is running third in the department, which Gilas Pilipinas’ Terrence Romeo paces after exploding for 26 points in a 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday night.Syria’s Tarek Aljabi, a beefy shooting guard, is in second after scoring 25 points over Jordan.El Khatib is likewise averaging eight rebounds and six assists. Christian Standhardinger joined Terrence Romeo in presiding over a 19-0 tear as the Filipinos broke away from what had been a very tight contest for a 84-68 victory and a 2-0 record that assured them of safe passage into the KO stages.That third quarter spurt climaxed the hard work the Filipinos put in to bounce back from a bum start and it meant that Gilas will, in all likelihood, be avoiding a quarterfinal clash with world power Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStandhardinger, the tournament rookie who took the place of Andray Blatche as the country’s naturalized player at the 11th hour, touched off the crippling run with five straight points before Romeo connected on seven consecutive of his own.It was more than enough for the Filipinos to snuff the fight out of the Iraqis, who, like in their Jones Cup encounter three weeks before, resorted to a lot of physicality. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more


first_imgTo ensure the integrity of Australian sport is maintained, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) held a meeting with several leaders of the sports industry in April 2004. They discussed an industry-wide approach to dealing with issues of inappropriate attitudes and behaviours on and off the field. One of the outcomes of the meeting was to conduct industry-wide research on the attitudes, behaviours and cultures that may currently exist in Australian sport. TNS Social Research have been commissioned by the ASC to conduct the research project which involves a multi-faceted approach combining literature reviews, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The literature review and qualitative phase have already been conducted. The quantitative phase is about to commence and involves asking the general public (parents), administrators, coaches, officials and players to respond to a written questionnaire. The ASC has sought permission to randomly select coaches/officials from the NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme) or NOAS (National Official Accreditation Scheme) Database for TNS Social Research. Australian Touch Association (ATA) has given permission to the ASC to include Touch Coaches/Officials in this process. Participation in this project by the coaches and officials is totally voluntary and all contact details will be destroyed by TNS Research upon completion of the project. TNS Social Research will now distribute a written questionnaire for completion to these randomly selected people. The information will be used as outlined in the NCAS / NOAS Database Privacy Requirements. All responses to the questionnaire will be confidential and only TNS Social Research will have access to the raw data. Individuals will not be identified in any of the research reports provided to the ASC. Should you have any questions about the consent or research project please do not hesitate to contact Paul Donohue (02 6214 1994) or Cecilia Hemana (02 6214 1221) at the ASC.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leicester left-back Callum Elder joins Ipswich Town

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leicester left-back Callum Elder joins Ipswich Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City left-back Callum Elder has joined Ipswich Town on-loan.Elder has been training with the Tractor Boys, who sit bottom of the Championship, ahead of a potential loan move.Elder won’t feature when Ipswich host Millwall on New Year’s Day – “because of the registration” – but manager Paul Lambert is confident the Australian will have an impact.“Callum is a very good player,” said Lambert. “He’s been training with really good players at Leicester so I know what he’ll bring.”Elder is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for City, but has been involved in pre-season fixtures and has started 10 of the club’s 13 Premier League 2 games this term. last_img read more

Yangzijiang Shipbuildings Orderbook Hits USD 133 Mn in Q2

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) has bagged six effective orders in the second quarter of 2017 totaling in USD 133 million, the company said in a stock exchange filing on Monday.The six contracts include three 1,800 TEU boxships that were exercised from the existing options, while the remaining three are new shipbuilding contracts for 82,000 DWT bulk carriers.As the new ships are scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2020, therefore they will not have any significant impact on the earnings of the company for the financial year ending 31 December 2017, the filing further reads.Yangzijiang Shipbuilding  said that, year to date, it has secured a total of nineteen shipbuilding contracts with an aggregate value of USD 450 million.In addition, the existing contracts include nine outstanding options for one 6,500 DWT ConRo Vessel, two 62,000 DWT bulk carriers, three 1,800 TEU containerships and three 29,800 DWT self-unloading vessels to be exercised.last_img read more