Jaguars Franchise League bowls off today

first_imgTHE second edition of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament is set to bowl off today with four matches playing simultaneously countrywide.In those matches, powerhouse Georgetown will face East Bank at Lusignan Community Centre ground, East Coast will tackle West Demerara at Wales Community Centre ground, West Berbice versus Upper Corentyne at Bush Lot and Lower Corentyne will clash with Essequibo at Albion ground. All matches are expected to start at 09:30hrs.The Jaguars three-day League replaces the Senior Inter-County tournament and features over 100 of our local cricketers.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, head coach of the Georgetown team, Colin Stuart, is of the view that while the League is of tremendous benefit to the game locally, it also provides opportunities where more players will be exposed to a professional set-up.The 43-year-old added, “From this League we will be able to produce more players who are not contracted players.”Stuart, who played six Tests and five ODI’s for the West Indies, pointed out that the League will also create competitiveness among the players.The League will be streamlined to feed into the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League Four-day competition and the Regional Super50.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff report: August 10 to August 17, 2015

first_imgOconnor, Jacob39Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFailure to Appear8/11/15 Harris, Marquelf29Jackson, MSKTA I-35 MP 17KHPDriving while license suspended8/12/15 Sumner Co12 KRGC Oxford PD Deason, Matthew35Wellington, KS612 N C St, Wellington, KS 67152SUSODomestic Battery, Aggravated Battery8/12/15 Monday 0600 to Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 08/10/2015 thru 8/17/2015  Gordon, Stewart51Agusta, KSButler County JailSUSODomestic battery, Criminal damage to property8/10/15 Miller, Jarrod33Wellington, KS1323 N A St, Wellington, KSWellington PDProbation Violation X28/11/15 Leeds, Garrett24Valley Center, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/15/15 Belle Plaine PD Aguilar-Espinoza, Luis30Wichita, KSKTA I-35 MP 16KHPWarrant Arrest – for I.C.E.8/12/15 Carver, Sean43Derby, KS1400 N US 81, Peck, KSSUSOProbation Violation8/14/15 Amos, Season35Wellington, KS17th and B St, Wellington, KSWellington PDProbation Violation8/14/15 Marshall, Ternell30Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFailure to Appear8/11/15 Lane, Jared42Tonkawa, OKKay County Jail, OklahomaSUSOProbation Violation8/15/15 Wellington PD2         Asbury, Christopher21Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/15/15 Mares, Roberto22Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOBond Revocation8/14/15center_img Bookings Carroll, Nicholas22Douglass, KS1700 E 119th St S, Udall, KSSUSODriving while license suspended, Operate vehicle without liability insurance, Failure to comply with citation8/14/15 Messamore, Parker24Wichita, KS1210 S Stoney Brook, Circle, Wichita, KSBondsmanBond Revocation8/12/15 Haslett, Chad39Clearwater, KS119th St and Industrial Dr, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs8/15/15 Mulvane PD1 Harris, Robert41Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOFailure to Appear8/13/15 Sedgwick Co33 Bail Bondsman1 Weiland, Travis27Kansas City, MO777 Kansas Star Drive   Mulvane KsKHPParole Violation8/10/15 KHP3 Argonia PD Caldwell PD Sparkman, Lisa36Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOFailure to Appear8/12/15 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for August 10 to August 17, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Total52 Brown, Richard36Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation8/11/15 Kessinger, James23Wellington, KS1200 N US 81, Belle Plaine, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Unlawful registration8/12/15last_img read more

Hanging with South Africans

first_img28 September 2005People upliftment projects, also known as community tourism projects, can be found all over South Africa. If you’re in the mood for an authentic South African experience, join in the fun – you may also make new friends along the way.Community tourism is about getting to know the country through the eyes of those who live here. Whether you’re drinking local beer at a village shebeen or horse-riding along a Wild Coast beach, you’re guaranteed the real deal.You can discover ancient Setswana astronomy through the lens of a grandmother with an intimate knowledge of the ancient traditions. And what about being taught to cook line fish the traditional way by the fishing community in Kalk Bay?Travel is always richer when one comes into contact with real, everyday people; that’s what community tourism offers. These are experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Buffalo Ridge Safari LodgeBuffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, a new establishment in Madikwe Game Reserve in North West, is wholly owned by the Balete tribe, who live on just the other side of the reserve fence.Developed over five years, the lodge is a joint venture between the tribe and the Nature Workshop, the operating company.Lying in a Big Five reserve, Buffalo Ridge Lodge has eight suites with stunning views of ravines, plains and pure African bushveld, each with its own viewing deck.Game rangers are all from the local village of Lekgophung. Community members are being trained to fully manage the lodge and run a world-class tourism enterprise. Thonga Beach LodgeThonga Beach Lodge in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, is another community enterprise aimed at the high-end traveller. Exclusive in the extreme – you can only get there by 4×4 vehicle – Thonga Beach Lodge lies on one of the most gloriously private beaches in South Africa.The local Mabibi community owns 70% of the lodge. Profits are earmarked for higher education of young people in the area as well as building schools and clinics. The lodge mostly employs locals, with skills training part of the deal.Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into a coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the beach below. The 22 thatched bush suites provide guests with complete privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering meals and one of the best dive sites in the South Africa. Masakala Traditional GuesthouseMasakala Traditional Guesthouse, lying on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, offers rooms built in the authentic rondavel (round-shaped) architecture used by the local people. It offers indigenous African food, made by local women from recipes that exist only in their heads.It offers spectacular views of the southern Drakensberg, as well as walking tours to rare San rock art sites, bird watching, hiking and pony rides. The area has thriving arts and crafts projects, where you can meet and learn from local artists.Masakala is one of the properties selected and promoted by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. This organisation recognises establishments that are sustainable in benefits to the local communities. Due South Craft RouteIf you’re after community arts and crafts, then visit the Eskom Due South Craft Route. The site provides a wide-angled view of the arts and crafts available in the country, and is also invaluable in providing information to off-the-beaten track places in South Africa.Exclusively showcasing outstanding capabilities of South African crafters, the site aims to identify and promote the diversity of skills and products offered by South African craftsmen and women.Source: South African Tourismlast_img read more

Leafy greens suspected in latest E. coli food poisoning cases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is not leafy greens themselves making people sick, but rather that they are the suspected source of pathogenic E. coli that has sickened some 58 people in Canada.Several people in the United States have also become ill from a strain of E. coli that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is closely related genetically to the strain that caused the outbreak in Canada. In fact, 24 such illnesses were reported in 15 states, including Ohio, between Nov. 15 and Dec. 12, 2017, the CDC said.The likely source of the outbreak in the United States appears to be leafy greens, the CDC said, noting that the agency has not identified a single type or brand associated with the outbreak. Their investigation is ongoing and includes interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the weeks before their illnesses started, the agency said in a written statement.“Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection,” the CDC statement said.While Canadian authorities have warned about romaine lettuce consumption, the CDC states that “because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food.”However, the CDC statement notes that “leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminated leafy greens linked to this outbreak are no longer available for sale.”The illness in question is a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. This strain of E. coli can produce a toxin that in some cases can cause serious illness, kidney failure or death. Thus far, at least five people in the United States have been hospitalized and one has died, according to the CDC. There has also been at least one death in Canada also, according to Consumer Reports.So how can leafy greens become contaminated with E. coli?If animal feces are in the field or soil in which the lettuce is grown, or if the lettuce comes into contact with water that contains the pathogen, E. coli can be transferred from the feces onto the lettuce. It can also be spread if a person who carries the bacteria doesn’t wash his or her hands after using the bathroom, and then processes or prepares food, said Abigail Snyder, an assistant professor and food safety field specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.It’s important to note that washing contaminated greens doesn’t remove all bacteria, food safety experts say. While cooking can eliminate E. coli, most people don’t cook their leafy green salads. For that reason, avoidance is sometimes recommended when the source of an outbreak is identified.Symptoms of E. coli infection can begin as soon as 24 to 48 hours or as long as 10 days after eating contaminated food. Those symptoms include vomiting, severe or bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain.last_img read more

Flatrock Passive: A Final Design and Energy Modeling

first_img BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Is Modeling a Four-Letter Word?Energy Modeling Isn’t Very AccuratePassive House Certification: Looking Under the HoodHow to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation, Part 1How to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation, Part 2Calculating Cooling Loads There is no chimney for a wood stove yet since the energy modeling needs to be completed before we determine the heating requirements. Upstairs, things have been changed around a little (for floor plans, see Images #2 and #3 below).For the most part I like the layout but we have proposed to close in the laundry upstairs with a wall that has two double sliding doors with frosted glass panes. It will allow us to have extra storage for linens, towels, etc., and will enable us to close the doors while still allowing light to spill into the hallway. The ensuite has been resized to accommodate a makeup table for my wife. The master is a little smaller but still about 14 feet square, which is big enough. Besides these changes, the floor plan is likely finished. Our designer, Mike Anderson, has been busy! The house now measures 2,176 square feet. The current refinements have been finalized enough that we are ready to submit them to the town for our building permit…. Well, we already have a building permit but it didn’t have an attached garage. The town of Flatrock will only allow you to build a garage once the house has started. To avoid this, we have attached the house so both the house and garage can be built at the same time.In its current orientation, the long axis of the house is less than 15° from geographical south. This will ensure that our solar coverage will be greater than 95% during the winter months. There will be some energy penalty in the summer, since the setting sun will lead to solar gains later in the day. Some trellis shading over the main level windows should take care of this problem, but only the energy modeling will tell the tale.The garage facade has been changed around a little. Rather than a double garage door, there is now a single. The garage will be a woodworking shop. Garage doors are a horrible R-18 at most and leak energy like you wouldn’t believe. Minimizing the size of the door will help retain heat as well as give me more wall area for my equipment. The garage will have a huge storage room upstairs that’s about 14 feet by 25 feet. This will accommodate the loss of basement storage. However, getting things upstairs could be a pain and I don’t want a fixed staircase in the garage taking up valuable floor space. We have decided to install an attic stair to access the space from inside. To facilitate lifting large items to the second level, the designer proposed a simple solution: a hayloft door and a pulley. Simple yet effective! The results of the energy modeling are encouragingThe first round of energy modeling has been completed. Based on the model and the orientation of the house on the lot, the energy usage looks great. There too many numbers to talk about so I’ll focus on the important numbers.The PHPP software used to model the home is quite complex. The data entry is exhaustive and it contains information from the transparency of windows to the air change rate related to the wind blowing on the building.First, let’s look at the total energy balances (see Image #4, below). The blue columns show the energy lost by the building and the red columns show the energy gained by the building (based on our climate). Windows typically drain energy from a building. However, if oriented properly, the windows can provide solar gains in winter which can offset the heat loss through the windows.In our model, the south windows gain slightly more energy than the total lost through all the windows in the envelope! This is a great start! In the summer, the south-facing windows gain quite a bit more than is lost but ventilation alone takes care of much of the heat. The main windows causing this are on the main level since there is no shade structure. The model shows that added solar screens to the outside of the building cuts this by 60% since they decrease the solar irradiance by about 50%. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland. The home will be the first in the province to be built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. You can find Goodyear’s complete blog here. Some details yet to comeI am not sure about the vertical board-and-batten siding. Board-and-batten requires a double rainscreen, which takes longer to install, and it doesn’t shed water as well as standard bevel siding. I am proposing we use bevel siding and install board-and-batten under the eaves, with stained cedar shakes to break up the east and west walls.I am also proposing a multi-colored building, with the flavor of downtown St. Johns and the traditional Newfoundland saltbox seen in outports. It is likely that the home will be one color and the garage will be another, such that the color draws the eye to the house as a focal point on the lot.At this point, the house is ready for energy modeling. Passive Design Solutions will use the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software to see if there are any gross issues with the geometry. The software will determine issues with loss of winter solar gains and summer overheating. Based on those results we can determine the need for larger south-facing windows, minimizing north-facing windows, and window overhangs to prevent overheating. Finally, we will obtain a better idea of the heating and cooling requirements for house. Heating and cooling loadsNow lets look at loads (see Image #5, below). Loads are the instantaneous use or gain of energy. Here the loads are shown in Btu/h, but we typically use power in kW to represent this. The winter balance is on the coldest day of the year. The summer balance is on the warmest day of the year.What does all of this mean? Well, let’s decipher the balances and try to put this in perspective. First, I want to talk about demand or total yearly energy usage for heating. I’ll use kWh to represent this rather then the Btu/h convention used in the diagrams. Look below at Image #6. Summing up the red bars (in Btu/h and converting to kW) in the plot gives a total energy usage of 17 kWh/square meter for heating during the whole year.How does this compare to a code-built home? A typical code-built home uses about 70 kWh/square meter! So the model estimates a 75% savings in heating cost alone.How about the load on the coldest day of the year? In the load bar plot, the total heat used by the building is about 13,000 Btu/h or 3.8 kW. This is amazingly small for a house that measures 2,176 square feet. In fact, the heating load per square meter was determined to be about 13 watts. Most code-built homes are about 5 to 10 times this number. Predicted electricity useIf electricity were used for everything in the building, the total yearly electricity usage would be about 12,400 kWh, including heating, appliances, hot water, etc. Keep in mind, we’re located in Climate Zone 6. At today’s rates, the cost-averaged bill will be about $100/month. Using a heat pump for space heating and a heat-pump hot water heater, this drops to 10,300 kWh or $83 per month. A typical code-built house of the same size would use almost 24,000 kWh or about $195 per month. At our current rate, the savings would be about $1,330 per year, and the total monthly electricity bill would be $1,001 per year. Not too shabby!One of the principles of passive house design is adding renewable energy to further decrease the total energy usage. Do you think that you could be on the grid and minimize energy usage below this while still living comfortably? You betcha! By combining heat and hot water systems and installing a wood gasification boiler plus a heat pump, we have further minimized our electrical consumption by another 3,000 kWh. (A separate post on that system is coming up.)Our total estimated energy usage will be around 7,300 kWh. If all goes as planned, our estimated monthly electricity bill will be $86.30, -ncluding tax and the service fee. Compare that to a code-built home, where the bill would be $245.67. That’s a savings of 65%. I’m pleased.With a total energy savings of 65% and the heating requirement that’s 75% less than a code-built home of the same size, the Flatrock Passive House is on the road to be the most energy-efficient detached home in Newfoundland!last_img read more

I Can Feel My Heart Beat (For The Very First Time)

first_imgReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.I had an epiphany the other day in the gym: I haven’t been pushing myself as much as I could.This wasn’t some nebulous feeling of guilt or self-doubt. My personal trainer and I were looking at a chart that proved it to us—a chart of my heart rate.Tell It To My HeartHeart-rate monitoring isn’t a new technology. Polar Electro, a Finnish company, pioneered the first wireless heart-rate monitor in 1977 for that nation’s cross-country skiing team. But recently, the technology has spread beyond athletes to the masses, spurred by the popularity of wrist-based fitness trackers.Indeed, it’s become a baseline feature for smartwatches: Why take up wrist real estate if you’re not taking advantage of that proximity to the body? (One critique of Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear is that it lacks a heart-rate monitor.)There are a number of different technological approaches to heart-rate monitoring. The EB Sync Burn tracker I’ve been using detects the heart’s electrical impulses—but only intermittently, so it can’t output a continuous graph of your heart rate. A chest strap, like one I’ve been testing from Pear Sports, can provide continuous monitoring, but you have to be pretty devoted to wear it. Newer monitors like smartwatches from Mio and Basis use optical detection to essentially watch your pulse—at the cost of a shorter battery life.It’s safe to assume that the technology behind heart-rate monitoring will get cheaper, less power-intensive and more available, which could mean that it’s far easier to listen to your heart. And though there are some apps that can use optical techniques to measure your heart rate with a smartphone’s camera, like Azumio’s Instant Heart Rate, we’ll likely need some kind of wearable device for continuous heart-rate monitoring.Testing Myself At IntervalsFor weeks, I’ve been using Pear’s chest strap and companion smartphone app to measure my heart rate, with the goal of spiking it through high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. The theory behind HIIT is that elevating your heart rate through brief, intense exertion will bring you more physiological benefits than exercise that maintains your heart rate at a steady state.What I discovered is that after years of trotting around San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill with Ramona the Love Terrier, it’s pretty hard to jack up my heart rate unless I’m tearing up the Filbert Steps or a similar incline. Here’s a typical morning run:My heart rate during a morning run with intervals, captured by Pear Sports.Even with Pear’s coaching tools, I’ve found it hard to maintain a pace that keeps my heart rate up between intervals. (It doesn’t help that I’m keeping pace with an 11-pound terrier—without my dog, I might be able to go faster, but the whole point of my morning runs is to give her some exercise, too.)Contrast that to my experience at my gym, Fit Life Training Studio, earlier this week. It was an unusual situation: We were shooting video for an upcoming ReadWriteBody column, the results of which I hope to share with you soon. So I was in front of a camera—a high-pressure situation to begin with—and my trainer had designed a fast-paced workout so we could demonstrate lots of different exercises.Instead of the usual three-minute rest periods I take between exercises, we used my heart-rate monitor as a guide, waiting only as long as it took to get my heart rate down from the 150s to about 110. The result was an exhausting but exhilarating workout that, according to the numbers, was far more vigorous than running straight up from San Francisco’s waterfront up to Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill. Here’s the chart:Here’s my heart rate during a vigorous gym workout.The PrescriptionSo what’s the takeaway? I’m not going to stop running intervals, since they’re fun, and I think I can make progress by trying to keep my heart rate up more while running. But I think I can get more overall fitness benefit—both strength and cardiovascular improvement—by going all-out at the gym. While I always liked to think I was working hard with the weights, I never had rigorous proof. Until now.How can heart-rate monitoring help you? That’s a very individual question, but it’s a good one to explore with your doctor, or your personal trainer if you have one. The interesting thing about the new generation of fitness trackers we’re getting is that we have far more data available to inform those conversations.Oh, and by the way, if your heart rate goes off the charts? Don’t troubleshoot your gadgets. Use your smartphone and call 911. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Body#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#fitness trackers#heart rate monitors#physiology#quantified self center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces owen thomaslast_img read more

10 days agoEverton defender Keane says they should buy in January

first_imgEverton defender Keane says they should buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton defender Michael Keane says they should buy in January.A new addition would place Keane’s starting role under threat at Goodison Park but the former Burnley centre-back believes a new signing would only improve his performances.”I think competition is always healthy and it pushes you on no-matter what position you are on the pitch,” Keane told the Liverpool Echo.”It just keeps you on your toes. We’ve got competition here but the more the merrier, really.”It keeps things fresh, makes you work that bit harder and you have to prove yourself every single game and you can’t let it slip or you will lose your place in the team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Northern Development to assist local businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments

first_imgNorthern Development Initiative Trust CEO, Joel McKay, says this program will help to offset the impacts from mill closures.“The Trust is very aware of the potential economic impacts mill closures and curtailments may have on communities and businesses in our service region. This program seeks to help offset those impacts and sustain our communities during this difficult time.”For more information on the rebate program, you can visit Northern Development’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development has announced on Monday that it will be stepping in to help local businesses affected by the mill closures and curtailments.According to Northern Development, through the Forestry Affected Business Rebate, they now are offering a consulting rebate, of up to 75 percent or $15,000, to small and medium-sized businesses in its service region for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.Northern Development says this newly introduced program is an offshoot of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program, which offers rebates to businesses in the industrial supply and services sector.last_img read more