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PH Azkals eye top 100

first_imgThe Philippines has a lot to celebrate anew after putting in a lot of hardwork and sacrifice to clinch its latest achievement. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAfter reaching new heights in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the Philippines hopes to finally crack the Top 100 before its historic campaign in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.Azkals manager Dan Palami vowed to pull out the stops to ensure that the team reaches that goal by the time it faces South Korea (Jan. 7), China (Jan. 11) and Kyrgyzstan (Jan. 15) in the 24-nation continental showpiece event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film World champion banners tough Xterra Legazpi cast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Palami also said an announcement on the national team coaching job would be made soon.The Azkals are also vying in the AFF Suzuki Cup in November with two home matches against Singapore (Nov. 13) and Thailand (Nov. 21). The Azkals are also traveling to face the playoff winner between Timor Leste and Brunei (Nov. 17) as well as Indonesia (Nov. 25).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Azkals improved two notches to a record high of 111 in the rankings released by the sport’s governing body on Thursday. It has been a steady climb for the Azkals in the last eight years since Palami started helping bankroll the national team, which hovered between 180 to 190 in 2010.“It’s a reward for all the hard work of the players, staff and management and the federation all these years,” Palami said. “This wasn’t easy. It has been a long and arduous climb. The rankings have shown how far we’ve developed as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRanking points are determined by results of the past four years with the more recent games carrying more weight.“It’s a good place to be as we prepare for the Asian Cup,” said Palami, noting that a higher ranking will allow the Azkals to attract quality teams for friendly matches in preparation for the continental tournament. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Bassa High School Celebrates 90th Anniversary

first_imgThe Bassa High School system in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, on March 24, celebrated its 90th gala anniversary to the excitement of residents. Grand Bassa County Superintendent, Joseph Levi Demmah, served as the keynote speaker. He told the students and their instructors that the anniversary symbolizes 90 years of “invaluable services and an impeccable record” that the school has achieved owing to the commitment of its founding fathers to the cause of quality education, as well as their passion to develop the resource capacity of the county and the country.Supt. Demmah reiterated that if the pioneer students of the school were not determined, prepared and willing to face the challenges, this milestone in longevity would not have been achieved.He called on the administration to remain resilient, robust and committed so that the teachers can instill quality education in the students, adding that the success of the students will bring pride to the teachers.He urged the students to avail themselves of the task of learning that would make them thoroughly prepared to play meaningful roles in society.During the colorful program, the queens of the morning and evening sections of the school, Esther Freeman and Marilyn Nuka, were respectively crowned for the 2015-2016 academic year.The principal of the school, Vee Moillach Sheriff, expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to making the program a success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden Council appoints junior mayor and councillors

first_imgIn an effort to create awareness of youth involvement in local governance, the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC) has appointed a junior mayor as well as junior councillors.Junior Linden mayor Devon Beckles with Linden Mayor Waneka ArrindellThe intention is that they make representations for their peers in the area of youth development as well as speak for their constituencies.Junior mayor, 18-year-old Devon Beckles, is a Fourth Form student at one of Linden’s private secondary schools, MC’s Educational Institute. The junior councillors are Fourth Form students from various secondary schools. The process of their appointment came about after the LMTC invited students from across Linden to compete for the posts. They were each furnished with a booklet on local governance which they had to study and were tasked with completing an essay to be judged by Councillors. The programme is geared towards equipping youths with the requisite skills and knowledge needed in the Local Government arena.One of the challenges the present Councillors face, says Mayor Waneka Arrindell, is the lack of knowledge relating to local governance. “The main aim of the programme is having continuity in leadership at the local level. It was birthed out of the struggles the Councillors faced following Local Government Elections, entering without any prior training.”Junior mayor Beckles now meets with Mayor Arrindell twice a week, attends the Council’s monthly statutory meetings as well as social committee meetings in which he is able to raise concerns and make representations. Beckles is currently working along with Arrindell to create a student government package which entails the framing of a student government body manual which will be presented to the Education Ministry.He will be accompanying Arrindell to the United States Embassy on August 9 where he is expected to meet with Ambassador Perry Holloway on topics such as constituency literacy and student leadership among other topics pertinent to youth development in local governance. He was also appointed as a member of the Fourth Youth Parliament.He told Guyana Times that being appointed as Linden’s junior mayor was strengthening his drive for volunteerism: “I always love to offer voluntary service that is needed to help drive development in Linden and Region 10. I am able to sit in and raise concerns and that makes me feel good.”He related that his community, Christianburg, was experiencing garbage collection issues and he was able to raise it at the Social Committee meeting and that issue has since been resolved. The young achiever boasted of being part of the YMCA Young Challengers Youth Club and is also the Head Prefect at his school.“Every single activity the school has, I take part in it and the school door is always open to the general public to come in and air your views,” he said.Beckles is hoping to sit six subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Educational Certificate (CSEC) exams next year.MC’s Educational Institute will also receive $500, 000 from LMTC to embark on a project to better the lives of the students.last_img read more

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Scissors, improvised weapons, ganja found at Camp Street Prison

first_imgA raid on the Georgetown Prison at Camp Street, conducted jointly by ranks of the Police Force and the Prison Service on Thursday, has resulted in the discovery of even more prohibited and contraband items.Items seized include: 19 cellular phones; five phone chargers; one flash drive; fifteen cigarette lighters; two packs of cigarettes; five pairs of scissors; seven improvised weapons, and 774 grams of cannabis.Thursday’s operation lasted for five hours and involved two senior officers and a total of 71 ranks.  It came less than a month after a major find at the Lusignan Prison.During the Lusignan Prison raid, razor blades, 17 phone chargers, 24 lighters, a quantity of wires, 8 metal spoons, 2 pairs of scissors, 1 plastic knife, 2 nail clips, a quantity of Ziplock bags, 6 bottles of pepper sauce, 1 pack of cards, 3 bottles of medicine, 4 bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, 1 memory card, 3 mirrorsThe contraband items found during Thursday’s raid at Camp Street Prisonand 1 wrist watch were discovered.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a perennial problem within the system. Authorities have been working assiduously to curb the practice, and these efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.In fact, back in July, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, had disclosed during a press conference that several prison officers had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of suspected contraband into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.The Prison Director, further decrying the behaviour of such ranks, had said, “It is quite disturbing, it is quite embarrassing, to have to face these situations on a daily basis; but this is not a situation whereby the prison administration is failing to act. The reality of it is, despite we would do vetting and so forth, these prison officers are drawn from communities…and for some strange reason, despite they’re given their dos and don’ts, they allow themselves to be sucked into the financial gains that these activities can bring you.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT

first_imgAn information night for those interested in participating in Relay for Life Donegal 2014 will be held at the Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town tonight, Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 7:30 pm.The Relay for Life event.But why should we give up our free time to consider joining the Relay for Life cause?20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal; that’s 1000 people every year, hence why we say there’s “1000 REASONS TO RELAY”. Relay gives individuals the opportunity to CELEBRATE the lives of people that have overcome cancer, to show SUPPORT to those currently undergoing treatment, to REMEMBER people lost to the disease, to offer support and strength to families that have lost their loved ones and to FIGHT BACK through inspiring people to take action against a disease that has taken too much.Relay for Life Donegal allows participants to develop friendships and support networks (e.g.) the Survivors Choir. It provides the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the local community. It reminds us how kind people can be and restores our faith in humanity.Schools participate in Relay for Life Donegal to highlight to their students the importance of contributing to society and to allow students to develop their skills and qualities.Businesses and organisations get involved with Relay for Life, Donegal in order to develop delegation, empowerment and co – operative relationships within the workplace. Families, friends and colleagues relay together to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK (as previously mentioned).Hence why Relay for Life is suitable for everyone to participate at. DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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:Donegal TownRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Proctor Named PFL Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgJunior defensive back Jeran Proctor (Johnston, Iowa) is the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, the PFL announced Sunday. Proctor earned his first PFL player of the week honor after he helped Drake cruise to a 41-17 road win at Marist Saturday in the team’s league opener. Proctor, who finished with three tackles including one tackle for loss, picked off a Red Foxes’ pass late in the second quarter and returned it 54 yards. Two plays later, the Bulldogs scored with 11 seconds left that gave them a 27-3 lead. Proctor and his teammates return to Drake Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5 against Valparaiso. Kickoff against the Crusaders is set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Proctor has played in all four games this season and made three starts. He is tied for fifth in tackles with 16. His interception was the third in his career.last_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: OUR SHAME THAT DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS TWICE NATIONAL AVERAGE – McCLAFFERTY

first_imgThe Independent Candidate, Charlie McClafferty, has said figures show that Donegal’s unemployment rate is actually twice the national average.Charlie McClaffertyHe said “We hear lots of references to the latest Central Statistics Office results that the average unemployment rate has fallen to 11.3 % nationally and talk of a gradual recovery.“But clearly Donegal is entirely adrift economically, from the rest of the country, and the Donegal unemployment rate is twice the national average.” The detailed results from the 2011 Census are available on the Central Statistics Office Website, he says.They show Donegal had 18,869 people unemployed in April 2011. As a result, Donegal had the highest rate of unemployment of any county in Ireland in 2011.There were 72,146 persons aged 15 years and over in the Labour force and of these, 73.8 per cent (53,277 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate in Donegal in 2001 was 26.2% compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent, in April 2011.McClafferty added, “The latest figures show that there are 19,210 Donegal people on the live register in April 2014. (There are 19,588 people in Letterkenny itself, for comparison). “My team and I cannot access the size of the Donegal Workforce in 2014. The Donegal workforce could not conceivably have suddenly grown over the last three years from 72,000 ( Census Figures April ’11) to 85,000 at present (x 0.226 =19,210). Remember, a separate report has shown that Donegal has the second highest rate of Emigration in Ireland (after Mayo) and an above average aging population. Therefore, I am satisfied that Donegal’s Unemployment Rate is still over 22.6% and hence twice the National Average.McClafferty said, “I challenge any Government spokesperson or any Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael Candidate to demonstrate that Donegal’s Unemployment is not twice the National Average.”He added that An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was very reluctant to meet any local media during his recent visit to Donegal.“We know he completely sidetracked the coverage of the recent findings on rural development (CEDRA), which contained a very clear visual portrayal of Donegal’s comparative level of Unemployment. We know businesses are struggling and we know Donegal has the lowest disposable income nationally. But we need honesty to discuss all the underlying reasons.McClafferty added, “I am asking all Donegal County Council Candidates to focus on the issue of Donegal Unemployment. I think Candidates from the two main Parties, as representatives of recent Governments, should explain their ‘so-called’ influence in achieving these figures, over the last decade.” “These shocking economic and human figures are routinely hidden. There is no transparency and openness. That is why I suggested to Voters, ‘Don’t be a Donegal Mushroom – kept in the Dark and Fed Manure’. Both Political Parties in Donegal should be ashamed of their inaction as regards Donegal’s Unemployed. Job Creation, through a Donegal Economic Stimulus Package, needs to be top of the Next Donegal County Council’s Agenda. “ELECTION 2014: OUR SHAME THAT DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS TWICE NATIONAL AVERAGE – McCLAFFERTY was last modified: May 21st, 2014 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)last_img read more

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Aston Villa v Chelsea line-ups: Drogba starts, Villa star back in squad

first_imgDidier Drogba starts up front for Chelsea at Aston Villa in place of the suspended Diego Costa.Gary Cahill plays alongside John Terry at the back, with Kurt Zouma on the bench along with new signing Juan Cuadrado.Villa defender Ron Vlaar returns to the squad after injury and is on the bench, as is former Chelsea star Joe Cole. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Gil.Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Sinclair, Cole, Benteke, Sanchez. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Remy.See also:Moody Mourinho: five little digs the Chelsea boss just couldn’t resistFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Report: Greg Papa switching from 95.7 The Game to KNBR

first_imgAlmost six months after becoming the 49ers’ new radio play-by-play announcer, Greg Papa is reportedly joining the team’s flagship station.As of Friday, Papa is no longer working with 95.7 The Game, where he’s hosted an afternoon talk show for years, sources told The Athetic’s Steve Berman. Papa is switching channels to join KNBR 680 for an undisclosed sports talk show slot.Bonta Hill, who was Papa’s co-host for the daily noon-3 p.m. show on 95.7, said on Twitter he was blindsided by Friday’s …last_img read more

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Collaboration working to improve butterfly habitat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Populations of monarchs, a pollinator species cherished across North America, have declined significantly during the past two decades. This collaboration aims to help the species recover by working with agricultural producers to make wildlife-friendly improvements on their farms, ranches and forests around the country and in Ohio.“Producers can make simple and inexpensive tweaks on working lands that provide monumental benefits to monarch butterflies and a variety of other insects and wildlife,” said Jason Weller, NRCS Chief. “By adding the monarch to Working Lands for Wildlife, we can accelerate conservation for the species at the heart of its migration corridor.”NRCS and USFWS recently completed a conference report that explains how conservation practices can help the eastern monarch population, a species known for its remarkable annual, multi-generational migration between central Mexico and the United States and Canada. This report is an initial step toward adding the monarch to WLFW, which uses a science-based, targeted approach to help a variety of at-risk species.“We need to make every effort to help ensure monarchs don’t become endangered now and in the long term,” said Tom Melius, USFWS Midwest Regional Director. “Conservation efforts on agricultural lands across the nation can have a significant positive impact on monarchs as well as many other pollinator insects and birds. Working with farmers and other private landowners, we can ensure a future filled with monarchs.”The monarch butterfly joins an array of wildlife species across the country already part of WLFW, including the greater sage-grouse and New England cottontail, two recent successes in species conservation. The USFWS determined in 2015 that the two species didn’t warrant protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because of voluntary conservation efforts underway to restore habitat.Through WLFW, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers adopt conservation practices that benefit the monarch. Meanwhile, through the conference report, the USFWS provides producers with regulatory predictability should the monarch become listed under the ESA. Predictability provides landowners with peace of mind — no matter the legal status of a species under ESA — that they can keep their working lands working with NRCS conservation systems in place.Work through WLFW centers on Ohio and nine other states in the Midwest and southern Great Plains that are considered the core of the monarch’s migration route and breeding habitat. Much of this work will focus on planting and enhancing stands of milkweed and other high-value nectar plants for monarchs. Assistance is available to producers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.USFWS has committed significant funding— $20 million over five years — to support monarch conservation efforts. Additionally, USFWS is working with partners, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and the Mexican and Canadian governments to leverage resources and investments to support and implement conservation actions across the continent.During the past two years, NRCS has made available $6 million through a variety of Farm Bill conservation programs for monarch conservation in the 10 states. Additionally, NRCS is working with partners, including The Xerces Society and General Mills, to increase staffing capacity to help producers design customized conservation strategies for working lands.The two agencies’ efforts contribute to a multi-agency, international strategy to reverse the monarch’s population decline in North America, estimated to have decreased from one billion butterflies in 1995 down to an estimated 34 million. Through the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, released by the White House, the United States has a goal of increasing the eastern population of monarchs back to 225 million by 2020.Producers interested in NRCS assistance should contact their local USDA service center to learn more. NRCS accepts landowner enrollment applications on a continuous basis. NRCS offers more than three dozen conservation practices that can provide benefits to monarchs as well as a variety of other pollinators.last_img read more

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Updates on Startup-Related Legislation: Startup Visa, Finance Reform Bill

first_imgTwo pieces of legislation of particular interest to the startup community continue to wind their way through Congress: Senator Lugar and Kerry’s Startup Visa Act and Senator Dodd’s Financial Reform bill. We’ve written about bothhere before.Restoring American Financial Stability Act The Restoring American Financial Stability Act passed the US Senate on May 20 and now heads to conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and the Senate versions. The investor and startup community have long been concerned about the contents of Senator Dodd’s financial reform bill, as it would erect several barriers to funding by changing the requirements for investor and business registration. In the final Senate version, some of the parts most troubling to investors and startups were removed from the bill, including the provision that would require 120-day waiting period for state regulators to review any investment deal. The new income and net worth requirements for angel investors are still in place, but these will not increase with inflation. The SEC will review accredited investors every four years. An amendment to the bill was accepted, expressly aimed to protect angel investment. Liddy Karter, chairman of the AngelCapital Association (ACA) said in a press release, the amendment “ensures that entrepreneurs will more easily be able to raise angel capital and more accredited investors can continue making the angel investments they love to make.” Startup Visa Act Senator Kerry and Lugar’s Startup Visa Act is also in committee. Introduced in February, the Startup Visa Act will help foreign-born entrepreneurs secure visas. The proposed legislation will change the current requirements that now says investors from other countries must have $1 million in capital in order to get a visa to start a business in the US. The Startup Visa Act, supported by a number of investors, includingEric Ries, Dave McClure, Shervin Pishevar, Brad Feld, Paul Kedrosky, Manu Kumar, & Fred Wilson, proposed that non-US born entrepreneurs could get a visa as long as they had funding from a US investor. Although the bill is in committee, Dave McClure did have an impromptu meeting with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, urging her support for the legislation. Her staff, reports McClure, will follow up.As research shows, young high-growth businesses generate a substantial number of new jobs, an argument that startups and investors will be sure to make as legislators debate the outcome of these two important bills. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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USG EcoSmart Gypsum Wallboard

first_imgTo understand how USG Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart gypsum wallboard (GWB) has a better environmental footprint than many alternative wall coverings, it helps to know how it is made. The key is two different gypsum crystals The mineral gypsum comes in two different crystal forms: Calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4  2H2O) is how the molecule is found in nature. Calcium sulfate hemihydrate (2 CaSo4 H2O) is created through a process of grinding and heating the calcium sulfate dihydrate molecules. This gypsum cycle diagram shows the two crystal forms of CaSO4 and how each is formed. Drawing courtesy of Patrick Webb, Real Finishes. The first step in making GWB is to mine the gypsum dihydrate or collect it as flue-gas desulphurization from a coal-fired power plants. Step two is making the hemihydrate by grinding it and driving off water by heating it. The gypsum wallboard industry calls this material “stucco.” It’s a very fine powder, a lot like wheat flour in consistency.RELATED ARTICLESDrywall Finishing Tips for Owner-BuildersSaving Sustainably: Interior WallsHow to Hang Airtight DrywallWalls With Interior Rigid FoamWill Thick Cellulose Cause Your Ceiling to Sag? If you take that incredibly fine powdered gypsum, mix in some key and proprietary additives, you can turn it into a slurry by rehydrating it with water. Adding water will move the crystal structure back to the dihydrate form, but in the process manufactures can form the recrystallizing dihydrate between two runs of paper to make gypsum wallboard (see the manufacturing diagram below). Gypsum manufacturing, from the raw materials to finished board product. Drawing courtesy of USG. In standard GWB manufacturing, about four times more water than required for recrystallization is added and a lot of energy is used to drive off that excess water. USG EcoSmart board uses special additives to reduce water use in the manufacturing process. The result is: GWB made using 25% less water 20% less CO2 emissions (reduced drying energy with less water in the board) 20% lighter board 20% less fuel consumption during transportation of the finished board Why not make all board this way? I asked USG this question and not surprisingly, the one downside to EcoSmart is cost. A USG representative told me that for ½-inch sheets of EcoSmart available at a big box store, there is a 10% to 15% premium. The EcoSmart premium is about half that for the 5/8-inch Type X EcoSmart board used throughout the commercial building industry. The result is that ½-inch EcoSmart board has a pretty limited market share while the 5/8-inch Type X EcoSmart board is about 35% of USG’s Type X total sales. Clearly, the significantly better eco-footprint of EcoSmart GWB and its lighter weight labor savings is more important in the commercial building industry than the residential construction side. And rumor has it that some Home Depot customers were even less tolerant of the EcoSmart premium because they thought that the “Eco” stood for economical not ecological. EcoSmart board has solid “eco-cred” BuildingGreen recently reviewed EcoSmart panels and stated this: “Compared to standard drywall, EcoSmart has a better environmental profile, equal or better performance in most applications, and is cost competitive. It also has the following certifications and transparency documentation: Greenguard Gold certified for emissions Declare Red List Free LEED v4 compliant Type III EPD 1 Health Product Declaration EcoSmart GWB also meets Architecture 2030 for products based on carbon emissions from manufacturing, according to USG. Impact of less-dense board on acoustics and fire-resistance It’s mass that largely deadens sound transfer in GWB and it’s the water in the dihydrate gypsum crystal that contributes quite a bit to GWB fire resistance (it takes a lot of energy to drive off the water in the gypsum crystal). So, if EcoSmart board is 20% lighter or less dense, doesn’t that decrease acoustical and fire performance? I spoke with more than one technical representative at USG about these properties and was told that was “…the really challenging part of the EcoSmart formulation, but also the proprietary part. We have the test results to prove that EcoSmart board maintains acoustical and fire-resistance properties compared to standard GWB but we can’t give you the secret.” Some industry perspective I talked with Steve Rapoport, Territory Manager for Kamco Supply Corp in Williston, VT. They sell an awful lot of USG EcoSmart board. Steve was more than happy to connect me with some of his customers, drywall contractors using USG EcoSmart board. I caught up with Travis Dashnow of Hardrock Drywall of South Burlington. Kamco Supply delivering USG EcoSmart board to a Hardrock Drywall project a bit creatively. Photo courtesy of Travis Dashnow, Hardrock Drywall. “The only Type X board we use is USG EcoSmart,” Travis told me, “It’s the weight and quality of the board for us. We look for innovation in our work and EcoSmart’s reduced weight is a big deal.” When I asked Dashnow about the price premium, he said, “More than happy to pay a bit more for this board—about 7% for us—and lift 20% less weight over the course of the day.” Dashnow went on to say that since USG Ecosmart can be used in place of the even heavier Type C ceiling board, it’s even easier for his company to stick solely with EcoSmart board. I asked Travis if he ever sees EcoSmart board specified by architects because of its certifications or environmental performance. “We are starting to see this a bit in our work,” se replied, “but since we only use EcoSmart, it’s fine with us for architects to spec it.” Learn more about USG’s EcoSmart here. -Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here.last_img read more

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PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES “We just want to go straight to our fans in the provinces and show our appreciation to them for supporting the PVL through the years,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.The PVL will also make stops in Bacolod City and Iloilo on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, respectively. No schedule of games for that leg has been released. 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 shutoutBatangas is also being eyed as a venue for future matches. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Premier Volleyball League is scheduled to play exhibition games in three cities outside of the capital in October in an attempt to grow the brand outside of Metro Manila.Tuguegarao will be the first out-of-town host on Oct. 7 when San Sebastian takes on BanKo-Perlas at People’s Gym at 3:30 pm with the game between three-time champion Pocari Sweat and Creamline happening at 5:30 pm.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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London Olympics medal winner Mary Kom to resume training next year

first_imgAfter her bronze medal-winning feat at the London Olympics, boxer MC Mary Kom has had to attend a lot of felicitation ceremonies, and has also been invited to fashion shows and a soap opera.Critics would say that boxing has taken a backseat for the five-time world champion and her passion for the game is falling prey to glamour, but the 29-year-old boxer sees it differently.She believes that the felicitations are a temporary phase and her focus is on achieving more success in her sport.”Boxing is still the priority and it will never take a backseat. I did some ramp walks but those were for social causes.I am physically and mentally fit to fight,” Mary said.”I have no major competition this year, so I am on a sort of leave. When my next competition nears, I will go to my old schedule,” she said on the sidelines of a ceremony where Mahindra presented her with their latest SUV Bolero.Does her tight schedule and various functions and events allow her time to train? “Since I am not preparing for a competition, I don’t need to go through the rigours of training, but I have still kept myself in shape and my weight is always between 48-51kg. I go to the gym, whether at home or in a hotel,” said Mary Kom.”I have to play in a few tournaments next year and will restart my training full-on only then,” she added.It’s interesting to see that her five world titles did not win her the accolades that an Olympic bronze medal did. Prior to the Olympics, people in sporting circles knew her but the London feat has made her a household name. Everywhere she goes, fans follow her and the business houses shower cash prizes on her. How does she celebrate her star status? “I feel extremely happy when people acknowledge my achievements and honour me for what I have done in my career. Life has changed as now I travel a lot.Earlier, I used to go to competitions and training camps. I am gradually adjusting to my changed lifestyle,” Mary said.Commonwealth Games Federation has announced recently that women’s boxing would be a part of the 2014 Games in Glasgow with competition in three categories, including one in which Mary Kom features – 51kg.It means there could be a possible showdown between her and London Olympics gold medallist Briton Nicola Adams, who beat Mary Kom in the semi- finals.”She is a tough boxer and as of now we can’t say whether such a bout will take place but I will prepare myself better than before and iron out any possible flaws in my game,” said Mary.She is excited about movie director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s plan to make a film on her. While she says she will not act in it, Mary considers the movie as a great vehicle to encourage youngsters to take up boxing.”I am not good at acting, I am good only in the ring. So there is no point in working in the film. I am sure the director will finalise a good star cast.”But movies on sportspersons have played a great role in motivating youngsters to opt for sports as a career and I expect this movie to make the same impact,” she said.While a lot of felicitations have made her happy, government apathy still hurts her.After her 2010 World Championship gold and the 2012 Olympic bronze, the Manipur government had promised her three acres of land for an academy and promotion to the post of superintendent of police, but both haven’t been kept as yet.”I am still waiting for the papers of the land the state government had promised me two years ago and again after the Olympics. Neither have I been promoted to the post of SP. The government should keep its promises,” Mary signed off.advertisementlast_img read more

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Cyclone Ockhi’s surprise gift for Delhi: Air quality goes from ‘severe’ and ‘very poor’ to just ‘poor’

first_imgThanks to cyclone Ockhi, Delhi’s air quality, which has been in ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories for some time, improved to ‘poor’ on Wednesday.Dipankar Saha, air lab chief of the Central Pollution Control Board, said, “Our air quality is improving every hour and we hope it will continue to improve.””Now the wind is blowing very easily from north to south with a speed of 4.5 m/s, which has resulted in dispersion of pollutants, leading to improvement in air quality after long pause,” he added. Just days ago, NASA Earth, in an update posted on its website, said the smog and remnants of air pollution present over northern India might be cleared by the arrival of Ockhi.SMOG CHOKES CAPITAL Pollution and smog have been major problems in northern India, especially in Delhi. The air quality in the national capital troubled visiting Sril Lankan cricket team as well.The first week of November saw particularly dense smog envelope New Delhi and the rest of the National Capital Region (NCR), with residents taking to social media to highlight how the bad air quality had destroyed visibility in the national capital.Along with this, private air monitoring networks, including some NGOs, reported that the air quality in NCR had turned poisonous, leading to both the Delhi government and Centre facing tough questions over how and why the failed to battle a recurring problem.While the situation improved slightly in the weeks since then, the issue was thrust back into the limelight when members of the Sri Lankan national cricket team were seen sporting masks during their test match against India at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.advertisementSri Lanka’s complaints over poor air quality even led to play being briefly halted, in what was seen as a major embarrasment for the national capital.WATCH | How can Delhi fight pollution? Here’s what Mexican envoy to India Melba Pria has to saylast_img read more

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