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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain James Yee, who was imprisoned under what he said were false accusations of spying and aiding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, will speak about his experiences, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Flintridge Room of the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will host a College and Career Convention at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St. The fourth annual event will help show families how they can get their kids into college. Los Angeles Valley College will sponsor a Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Monarch Hall and Monarch Square on campus, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. There will be Cajun food and entertainment. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Retired United Auto Workers official Bob Weissman will discuss ways to defend Social Security at 7 p.m. at the Newbury Park Public Library, 2331 Borchard Road. last_img read more

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Donegal dad defies MS to take on one of the world’s toughest races

first_imgConor Carey is about to become Ireland’s first person with progressive MS to take on one of the world’s toughest cycling challenges.Inishowen native Conor, aged 45, was diagnosed with MS three years ago. The disease came as a shock to the father-of-two, but he took on advice from medics to change his outlook on life and strive for good health.In just one week, Conor is heading to the Alps to take part in the Cykelnerven in aid of the International Fund for Research into Progressive MS and Donegal Multiple Sclerosis. This race is Europe’s most unique and challenging charity cycling event, charting over 355km of the toughest climbs from the Tour De France.Conor CareyBut Conor has the training and mindset to face all the physical and mental challenges that come with this race.“Although living with MS is challenging, but I remain positive and enjoy life as much as I can. I have a strong faith and loving support and hopefully a cure for this terrible disease is right around the corner,” he said.If you would like to support Conor’s charity challenge in aid of MS supports and research, please visit the GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/progressive-ms-research Donegal dad defies MS to take on one of the world’s toughest races was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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How the Girl Evolved Fear of Spiders

first_imgToday’s Evolutionary Just-So Story is brought to you by New Scientist: “Girls Are Primed to Fear Spiders.”  Once upon a time, while cavemen were out hunting and gathering, the women back home had to learn to avoid dangerous animals.  David Rakison of Carnegie Mellon University put this all into evolutionary terms for the rest of us: He attributes the difference to behavioural differences between men and women among our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  An aversion to spiders may help women avoid dangerous animals, but in men evolution seems to have favoured more risk-taking behaviour for successful hunting.    It makes evolutionary sense to acquire spider fear at a certain age, rather than to be born with it, he adds.  “There is little reason for an infant to fear an object unless it can respond to it, for example by crawling away,” he says.Rakison did not explain how a genetic mutation became fixed in the female of the species but was not expressed in the male.  Nor did New Scientist object to the ostensibly Lamarckian explanation.  Or was there some reasoned conspiracy that early men for millions of years all decided to mate with only the females who showed fear of spiders?  That wouldn’t make “evolutionary sense.”  Nevertheless, the article continued, psychiatric help can assist those women who have trouble with their evolutionary arachnophobia.Remember the T-shirts labeled “Stupid” and “I’m with Stupid”?  One wonders who is more stupid; the accused idiot, or the idiot who keeps hanging out with him.  Rakison just told an incredibly stupid story, but New Scientist played “I’m With Stupid” and didn’t say a word about it.  They even heard him mention “evolutionary sense” without pointing out the oxymoron.  By playing along as if Stupid said nothing stupid, New Scientist wins Stupider Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Tennis SA names national team captains

first_img21 February 2014Tennis South Africa (TSA) on Friday named John-Laffnie de Jager its Davis Cup captain and Earl Grainger its Fed Cup skipper. Previously De Jager had held both positions.Acting CEO of TSA, Gavin Crookes explained in a statement: “The TSA Board decided that two captains needed to be appointed. TSA is of the firm opinion that the Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain’s roles should be specifically focused on the men’s and ladies ‘ team events respectively. This gave TSA the opportunity to appoint captains who specialise in the men’s and women’s game.”Both De Jager and Grainger have been contracted for 2014 and 2015.De Jager’s recordDe Jager was first appointed Davis Cup captain in September 2005 when South Africa travelled to Casablanca to play against Morocco. South Africa lost that tie 1-4 but in his four terms as Davis Cup captain he has managed to get South Africa to four World Group play-off ties vs India (2009), Germany (2010), Croatia (2011) and Canada (2012).South Africa, ranked 32nd in the Davis Cup rankings, last played in the World Group in 1998. De Jager’s aim is to get South Africa back into the top 20 of world tennis nations.Under his captaincy South Africa were relegated to Euro Africa Zone Group II this year, but had an impressive 3-2 home tie win against Monaco earlier this month at the Irene Country Club in Tshwane. In round two, South Africa will play against Lithuania at the same venue from 4 to 6 April.The next generationDe Jager said he was excited to establish the next generation of South African tennis stars. “We certainly have the young guns available to make it into the World Group. I have introduced them as part of the squad over the past two years and they have and will continue to grow in the great environment we create during the Davis Cup weeks,” he stated.A regular traveller on the international circuit, De Jager said he was looking forward to sharing what he has witnessed at the top tennis tournaments he has attended with the South African Davis Cup team. “I feel this gives players access to information and developments they don’t necessarily have access to at their current level,” he said.First-timerIt will be the first time Bedfordview-based Earl Grainger takes on the role of Fed Cup captain.As a junior, he was ranked in the top five in South Africa and represented the country at the Orange Bowl and Rolex International in the USA. He was also was the youngest player to represent South Africa at the Maccabi Games and enjoyed four successful years on an NCAA scholarship at the University of Tennessee.Today, Grainger is one of the most successful tennis coaches in the country. His Earl Grainger Tennis Academy in Gauteng Central has worked with top talents, including Davis Cup players Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse and Fed Cup players Chanel Simmonds and Natasha Fourocalas.Biggest success storyGrainger’s biggest success story is undoubtedly Simmonds, who he has helped develop from a top junior player to South Africa’s number two world ranked female player, with a career high of 158 on the WTA rankings. For the past seven years, he has travelled with Simmonds on the international circuit.Grainger said he was honoured to be appointed captain of the Fed Cup team and added that he saw the appointment as a reward for his hard work and dedication.‘Very, very proud’“It’s true, good things come to people who work hard, have loyalty and are honest. Quite honestly, the appointment came as a shock to me. I am very, very proud and very thankful to be given this wonderful opportunity to captain the Fed cup side,” he commented.The South African Fed Cup team will travel to Siauliai, Lithuania from 16 to 19 April 2014 where they will compete in Europe/Africa Zone Group II for the third successive year following their promotion from Group III in 2011.South Africa is currently ranked 52 on the world Fed Cup rankings.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Window Performance — Part 3

first_imgOver the last two weeks I’ve covered the major strategies for improving the energy performance of windows: adding extra layers of glass, increasing the thickness of the air space between the layers of glass, and adding low-emissivity coatings. Another important strategy is to use a low-conductivity gas instead of air in the space between the layers of glass. Most commonly argon is used, though krypton is available for the highest-performance windows, and xenon is occasionally used.Low-conductivity gas-fills don’t make as much difference as adding an additional layer of glazing, increasing the spacing between the layers of glass from a quarter- to a half-inch, or adding a low-e coating, but they are nonetheless significant — and definitely worth it when choosing new windows that have low-e coatings. Adding argon is the most cost-effective improvement you can make to a window. But what are these gas fills, and how do they work?Why low-conductivity gases make senseTo understand how argon works, we have to go back to how heat moves through windows. There are three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. With clear (non-low-e) double-glazed windows, radiation accounts for about half of the heat transfer, with conduction and convection each accounting for about 25%. RELATED ARTICLES The Revolution in Window Performance — Part 1Window Performance 2 — the Magic of Low-e CoatingsWindow Performance 4 — Dealing with Edge Losses Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. When a low-e coating is added to a window (see last week’s blog), the radiant component of that heat loss is significantly reduced, and as a result the conductive and convective portions become much more significant. As the name implies, low-conductivity gas fills reduce conductive heat flow. Most of us think of conduction, which is the transfer of kinetic energy from molecule to molecule, as occurring only through solids — think of a hot cast-iron skillet handle — but conduction also occurs across gases. Sometimes we refer to this as gas-phase conductivity.The noble gasesAir has a thermal conductivity of 0.014 Btus per square foot per hour for every degree Fahrenheit difference in temperature (don’t worry about those units) at room temperatures. If we can replace that air with a lower-conductivity gas, we can slow the heat loss through windows. Argon is a great option. It has a conductivity of 0.0092 — 34% lower than that of air — and it is, by far, the most common low-conductivity gas for windows.Some of the highest-performing windows use the more exotic gas, krypton, in the space between the glass. Krypton has a conductivity of 0.0051, which is 63% lower than that of air. Xenon, an even rarer gas, has a conductivity that’s 79% lower. These gases — found in the far-right-hand column of the Periodic Table — are all highly stable and unreactive, an attribute that earned them the moniker of “noble gases” (so named because, like nobility, they don’t interact with commoners).All of these gases are components of the air we breathe. Argon makes up a little less than one percent of our atmosphere (third after nitrogen and oxygen) and is produced quite inexpensively as a byproduct of extracting oxygen out of the air. Krypton is present in air at a concentration of about one part per million (one ten-thousandths of a percent), and xenon is present at an even smaller concentration. As a result, these exotic gases are far more expensive to extract.Buying a window filled with krypton instead of argon adds about $100 to the price, according to a Marvin Windows and Doors rep I spoke with recently, while there is little if any additional cost for argon. At a manufacturing cost of only about 10¢ per window, it’s one of the best deals around, according to Randi Ernst, president of FRD Design, Inc., which sells gas-filling equipment to the window industry.The benefit of low-conductivity gasesAdding argon to a double-glazed window reduces the U-factor by about 0.05 (reducing the U-factor means reducing heat flow). With non-low-e glass, adding argon drops the U-factor from 0.50 to 0.45, a 10% reduction in heat loss (assuming optimal spacing for the glass).When there’s a low-e coating, that same argon improves the U-factor from 0.30 to 0.25 — a much more respectable 17% improvement in performance. Using krypton with an optimal spacing drops the U-factor by another 0.025, so the total improvement over air is 25%.The optimal thickness for gas fillWith an insulating glass unit (IGU), there is an optimal thickness that varies according to the gas fill. With a thicker air space there’s less conductive heat loss, but if the spacing gets too deep convective loops form that begin increasing heat loss (see my blog two weeks ago). With air, the optimal thickness for the air space is about a half-inch — assuming the standardized temperature conditions used for modeling window performance in this country. Argon is about the same — just a few millimeters thinner.Significantly, if we assumed a lower difference in temperature (delta-T) between the indoors and outdoors, as they assume in Europe, there would be less convection between the glass and the optimal thickness would be greater — as we find on European windows. Because most of the U.S. actually experiences a significantly lower delta-T than the 70°F assumed in U.S. standards, a thicker glazing spacing actually makes sense.With krypton, though, the optimal thickness is significantly less: about 5/16th of an inch (with U.S. delta-T assumptions). This is because krypton is more slippery than air or argon. It forms convective loops more easily, which increases that convective component of heat flow.Do we really want radioactive windows?It is a relatively little-known fact that krypton is somewhat radioactive. There are a lot of isotopes of krypton; krypton-85 with a half-life of 10.8 years, is the one that raises concern. Krypton-85 is produced by the fission of uranium and plutonium, and it gets released in the atmosphere through nuclear bomb testing, releases by nuclear power plants, and by the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.The latter source is the most significant, and a majority of that comes from the French reprocessing plant, Cogema La Hague, which has been operating since 1976. The concentration of krypton-85 in the atmosphere has increased several-hundred-fold since the early 1940s, and some of that krypton-85 ends up in the krypton we extract from the atmosphere. As a result, canisters of krypton gas have measurable levels of radioactivity.Is this significant for us, though? Probably not very. In most areas, the radioactivity from krypton in our windows will be lower than background radiation. If we’re willing to live with other sources of radiation in buildings, such as concrete foundations and granite countertops, we probably shouldn’t worry too much about krypton. However, ionizing radiation is cumulative, and when we can avoid exposure we should try to do so.Does the gas stick around?The question of whether the low-conductivity gas lasts in an IGU is huge. If it leaks out in a few years, it wouldn’t be worth spending more for it. The rule-of-thumb, based on laboratory testing, is that 1% of the gas will be lost per year. Oddly, there has been very little research done on gas retention rates in the field.Fortunately, the research that has been done offers generally good news. Randi Ernst has done about the only field testing of gas retention rates that I know of. From repeatedly testing several dozen windows over a period of years, he has found that about 0.6% of the gas leaks out per year.That’s a pretty low leakage rate: a window starting with 95% argon would be down to 79% argon after 30 years and 70% argon after 50 years. Even assuming 1% annual loss, after 30 years, there will still be 70% of the original argon, and after 50 years 58%. Most windows don’t last 50 years for other reasons, so I’m comfortable with the gas retention.The bottom lineIt’s always worth adding low-conductivity gas fill to an IGU.While I’m not terribly worried about the radioactivity of krypton, it does give me pause, and we get far more bang for the buck with argon. If I want better energy performance than can be achieved with low-e and argon in an IGU, rather than replace the argon with krypton, I’ll specify a third layer of glass with another low-e coating or a second low-e coating on the inner (#4 surface) of a double-glazed IGU (see last week’s blog).last_img read more

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NYC/SOO Highlights On YouTube

first_imgHighlights from the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships and State of Origin Series can be found on the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. There are plenty of match highlights as well as Plays of the Day and stay tuned to see highlights from the event’s Player of the Series award winners. RJ Media were on hand to film game two of the Men’s and Women’s State of Origin series and put together this fantastic clip as a preview, which can be seen below. To visit the TFA YouTube channel, please click on the link below:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNYC/SOO Highlightslast_img read more

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Ohio State mens soccer upsets Michigan State at home

“Matt (Lampson) just sent a great ball in. It was kind of slippery and it slipped through. I was hoping it would come through and it did, so I just put my left foot on it,” McAnena said. Scales scored the team’s first goal with header after Chris Hegngi lofted a cross across the box, allowing Scales to put some force behind the finish to tie the game at one with 25 minutes to play in the first half. The win pushes OSU’s record to 6-2-2 while Michigan State falls to 7-2-0. Despite being ranked No. 19, a win over the No. 11 team in the country did not feel like an upset for the Buckeyes. “We’re both top teams in the Big Ten and we both play really well,” McAnena said. “Every game in the Big Ten every team is pretty evenly matched.” “I’m not about rankings, to be honest,” Scales said. “If we come out everyday and compete, do the things we need to do, listen to our coaches, then we’re going to be a good team.” The Buckeyes will have to find a way to maintain the momentum, without playing a game for another week. OSU plays Northwestern at 1 p.m. Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Austin McAnena scored for the second-straight game as the No. 19 Ohio State men’s soccer team beat the No. 11 Spartans of Michigan State 2-1 on a blustery afternoon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “Coming off a good result against Akron, to get a result like this is even better,” mid-fielder Sam Scales said. “To go 2-0 in the Big Ten, we just got to keep going off this momentum and hopefully we can go 3-0 and get that Big Ten title in our hands.” OSU coach John Bluem said it is critical for the team to keep compiling wins at home going forward. “I think that Michigan State is a good team. They had some problems today but they’re going to figure in the conference race I think,” Bluem said. “You have to win your home games.” With the Big Ten schedule including only three home games for the Buckeyes, each win against conference opponents is critical. “I’m just glad that we got through it, and I think the guys gutted it out and it was a good performance, and a super goal by Austin (McAnena),” Bluem said. McAnena’s second goal in as many games came off a set piece from goalkeeper Matt Lampson, which was misjudged by the Spartans’ defense. From the left side of the box, McAnena was able to track the ball behind the defenders and finish with his left foot into the far side of the net for the game’s deciding goal in the 64th minute. read more

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Mens soccer prepares to take on No 7 Notre Dame

Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman Craig Zahour plays the ball up the field during a match against IPFW on Aug. 20, at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will finish exhibition matches when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to play No. 7 Notre Dame. Unranked OSU is currently 1-1 in exhibition this year after falling to West Virginia 1-0 and defeating Indiana University — Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) 2-0 at home.Like the Buckeyes, the Fighting Irish enter this game with an exhibition record of 1-1, after splitting back-to-back road games, losing to Creighton 1-0 and beating Drake 2-0.Notre Dame is coming off a season in which, at one point, it was the top-ranked team in the country, going 17-4-1 and finishing with the program’s best record since 1987. The team is hoping to continue that success despite the loss of two first-team All-Americans, including Big East Offensive Player of the Year forward Ryan Finley, who scored 21 of the Irish’s 52 goals.OSU will treat this game like a regular season one, but coach John Bluem will still be using the exhibition contest as a learning experience for his team.“They (Notre Dame) were the No. 1 team in the country for a while last year,” said Bluem, who is entering his 17thseason at the helm. “It’ll be a really good test to go on the road and play a team of that quality and again, it will expose some of the weaknesses of our team and the strengths of our team as well.”OSU junior midfielder Yianni Sarris, who assisted on both Buckeye goals against IPFW, said that the team will prepare for Notre Dame like it would for a regular season game, even though it knows it is still preseason.“You got to be ready for the season,” Sarris said. “The regular season is just around the corner and we’re going at it 100 percent.”Sarris will look to become a leader of this team after transferring from Florida Gulf Coast University before the 2012 season.The Buckeyes will begin regular season play when they face off against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois in theWolstein Classic Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Police search for armed robbery suspect in Rancho Bernardo

first_img Posted: September 23, 2018 Police search for armed robbery suspect in Rancho Bernardo SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An armed man robbed an eatery in Rancho Bernardo, pistol whipped an employee there, but was unable to keep the stolen money when he ran into a pillar during his escape, dropping the money but not his gun, a police officer said Sunday.An employee was closing up a Jersey Mike’s restaurant, 15800 Bernardo Center Drive, when the suspect entered through an open back door a little after 10:45 p.m. Saturday and forced the employee to open up the register, said Officer John Buttle of the San Diego Police Department.The suspect then had the employee open a safe and the victim gave the armed robber a money envelope, Buttle said.“The suspect took the envelope, pistol whipped the victim and fled out the back door,” he said, adding that the victim suffered a laceration to his head from the attack.And while the suspect was running away he ran into a pillar, knocking him to the ground and dropping the money envelope — but not the gun, he said.The suspect then ran across a pedestrian bridge over Camino Del Norte.The suspect was described as a 5-foot, 10-inch tall white male between 20 to 30 years old and 150 to 160 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black bandana, with the hoodie drawn tight around his face. He also wore dark pants and black running shoes.San Diego police asked anyone with any information regarding the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. September 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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