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first_img Rector Smithfield, NC By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 22, 2017 Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Comments (1) Ronald Davin says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings listen as Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations, poses a question submitted by a participant during a March 21 session in the Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings told women from across the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion gathered for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women that their advocacy is God’s work.The women are in New York for the 61st session of the UNCSW March 13-­­­­­­­24.The UNCSW promotes women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields, and makes recommendations on urgent problems regarding women’s rights. The conference has convened annually or biannually since 1946; it reached a turning point in Beijing in 1995 when it adopted a global policy framework for gender equality and the empowerment of women that identified 12 areas of critical concern.Curry in his sermon during a March 21 Eucharist at the Episcopal Church Center said the UNCSW does more than “raise consciousness and awareness” about the issues facing women.Participants also aim, he said, “to encourage the powers that be in the world to enact legislation, to engage policy, to change in ways that promote true human equality as God intended from the beginning, to promote ways to emancipate women that they might in turn emancipate their children and not only their children but their communities and their nations.”“When they [women] get free the whole world gets free,” he said.“This is about the survival of the human race. Your work of advocacy, of encouragement, of gentle nudging, or a little arm twisting, this work is nothing less than the work of God,” Curry said during his sermon.Curry encouraged the UNCSW participants not to lose heart when the work is hard but to, instead, remember Esther, the biblical hero who saved her people. “Even when you don’t know it, there is a God and there is a Spirit moving through the corridors of power wherever Esther rises up,” he said.Lupe Ayllon Ruiz, Diocese of Central Florida, holding microphone, talks about her experience at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings listen. Angela Smith, Diocese of Western Kansas, left is translating. Both women are part of the Episcopal Church’s delegation at the session. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News ServiceCurry and Jennings, who presided at the Eucharist, held an hour-long session with the delegates later the same day.The issue of refugees and immigrants came up more than once during the afternoon session with Curry and Jennings. One question specifically dealt with the Episcopal Church’s response to people, especially children, fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle formed by El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in Central America. Some of them have wound up in U.S. detention facilities.“These are our neighbors. Their human rights are being violated at home, in migration and then in our communities,” Jennings replied.“We worship a child who fled violence in his own country,” she said. “And so, that is at the heart of our story of Christian faith and discipleship, and at the heart of our discipleship is the call to welcome our neighbor.”Warning that her answer might sound political, she said, “Building a wall will not make us great again.” Welcoming “everyone who comes to us fleeing violence and degradation; that’s what makes us great, not only as Christians but as citizens,” Jennings said.Many Episcopal congregations and dioceses are trying to “protect members of the congregations and of their communities to ensure that inappropriate deportation doesn’t take place.” The issues are “heavy on everyone’s hearts and minds, and people are looking for creative ways” to respond, she said, urging the women to bring home to their leadership colleagues their insights and ideas from conversations at the UNCSW meetings.One woman said she had just learned about gender-sensitive or gender-responsive budgeting, a tool for evaluating how budgeting choices contribute to the achievement of gender equality goals. She asked Curry and Jennings whether the Episcopal Church was looking at its financial commitments through that lens.“The first thing I am going to do is go to Program, Budget and Finance and ask ‘Have you heard phrase gender-sensitive budgeting?’” Jennings said to applause. “And if not, would you please put a few people on to finding out what this is and how it impacts our budget development?”She noted that Barbara Miles, a laywoman, chairs Program, Budget and Finance, the committee responsible for proposing a triennial budget to each meeting of General Convention.The theme for the 61st annual UNCSW is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The “review theme” for the conference is “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, which was the title of the “agreed conclusions” of the UNCSW 58th session. Those goals are now known as the Sustainable Development Goals. A major focus will continue to be the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.Each session issues an “agreed conclusions” document. Delegates lobby for changes to the draft version for this session issued last month. The negotiators have been urging delegates to come up with practical suggestions of ideas that will work on the ground. The final agreement goes to the United Nations. If approved, the General Assembly expects member states to implement it.Representatives of member states, U.N. entities, and U.N. Economic and Social Council accredited non-governmental organizations were invited to attend the session. The Episcopal Church is one of a number of those accredited non-governmental organizations, or so-called “civil society” organizations, engaged in advocacy and activist work, represented at the United Nations.Curry submitted an official statement to the session on behalf of the Episcopal Church. It highlights three priority areas to improve women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work: promote women’s and girls’ access to education and gender equality education for all; expand socio-economic benefits that support women’s contributions at work; and, prioritize resources and programs for marginalized groups of women and girls.The statement and its priorities are the foundation by which delegates advocate, and share their own stories, reflections and concerns.UNCSW participants listen March 21 in the Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord as Anglican Women’s Empowerment Chair Christina Hing from the Diocese of New York asks about responding to the “politics of the moment.” The session featured Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ Episcopal News ServiceTwenty Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal provincial representative to the Anglican Communion delegation represented the Episcopal Church’s positions.The Episcopal UNCSW delegation consists of: Jennifer Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Delores Alleyne, Diocese of Connecticut; Dr. Damaris De Jesús Carrasquillo, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Dr. Elayne Gallagher, Diocese of Colorado; Katherine Gould, Diocese of Southeast Florida; Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela; the Rev. Yein Esther Kim, Diocese of Los Angeles; Kirsten Lee, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Irene E. Maliaman, Diocese of Hawaii; Emma Palmer, Diocese of Oklahoma; Karma Quick-Panwala, Diocese of California; Thomasina Rogers, Diocese of Washington; Rebecca Rosen, Diocese of Michigan; Dr. Lupe Ayllon Ruiz, Diocese of Central Florida; Charlene Rusnak, Diocese of Virginia; Angela Smith, Diocese of Western Kansas; and Sandra Squires, Diocese of Nebraska.The Episcopal Church staff members in the delegation are Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations; Rachel McDaniel, Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering intern; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, staff officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.Erin Morey of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is the Episcopal Church’s provincial representative on the Anglican Communion delegation. There are 23 women from 17 countries in the latter group.The Episcopal Church Center, located just a block from the United Nations building, is serving as a home base for Episcopal and Anglican women. Among the events was an opening Eucharist March 13 and a March 15 speech by Fereshteh Forough, founder and chief executive officer of Code to Inspire. There will be a closing Eucharist on March 24. In addition to these events at the Episcopal Church Center, Episcopalians have organized many UNCSW parallel events and worship opportunities throughout New York City, at the Church Center for the United Nations, and at churches in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.The United Nations Press Centre’s coverage of the 61st session is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Next up for renewal: Winthrop

first_imgWinthrop House is expected to be the next undergraduate residence to be renewed as part of the effort to reinvigorate Harvard College’s historic House system, Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) announced today. Under the plan, and pending final approvals in coming years, Winthrop will be taken offline for 15 months immediately following Commencement in 2016, and will reopen to undergraduates in the fall of 2017.The plans for Winthrop House follow the recent reopening of the renewed Stone Hall (the neo-Georgian portion of Quincy House that was formerly Old Quincy) and the ongoing construction on Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, and will follow the renewal of Dunster House scheduled to begin in June. The announcement also follows last Saturday’s launch of the FAS Capital Campaign, at which it was revealed that House renewal and the “student experience” constitute one of the six main fundraising priorities.“Even as we confronted the fiscal challenges of the last few years, we’ve continued to make progress on House renewal. It’s a top priority for the College, the FAS, and the University,” Smith said. “It is also a major priority for the capital campaign.  The renewal of Stone Hall has been a terrific success, with great feedback so far from students and Quincy House administrators. With the renewal of Leverett McKinlock under way this year and Dunster House slated for construction beginning this summer, this is the right time to begin preparations for the next House to be renewed, Winthrop.”Smith affirmed plans announced last year to conduct a strategic assessment of the first three House renewal test projects during the 2015–16 academic year.Smith reiterated the fundamental goals of House renewal: preserving the historic character of the Houses; invigorating House life; connecting spaces and nurturing community; providing modern accommodations and sustainable operations; and accommodating the future.“As Quincy House Master Lee Gehrke said at the opening ceremony for Stone Hall, House renewal has always been about more than bricks and mortar,” Smith said.  “House renewal is about re-envisioning the Houses and the spaces they contain to better support today’s students and programming, while at the same time preserving the historic character that makes Harvard’s residential system so special. We hope to refresh the Houses — both physically and programmatically — to better serve as living-learning communities for the 21st century.”“The House system creates wonderful multigenerational communities of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty living and learning together,” said Donald Pfister, interim dean of Harvard College and Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany. “I learned firsthand the important role the Houses play in the social and intellectual life of Harvard College as the master of Kirkland House for 18 years. By renewing the Houses, we are reinvigorating the undergraduate experience for future generations of College students and faculty.”Winthrop House consists of two buildings, Gore and Standish halls, both built in 1916 as freshman dorms, each with its own dining hall and social spaces. Following President A. Lawrence Lowell’s creation of the House system in the 1920s, the buildings were converted into a single House, with dining and social spaces consolidated.  The buildings were originally intended to house 300 first-year students. Today, more than 400 sophomores, juniors, and seniors call Winthrop home. The House’s name honors two men, John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and his descendent and namesake, an astronomer who served as Harvard’s president from 1773–1774.“Stephanie and I are delighted that Winthrop House is next in line for House renewal,” said  House Master Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute. “We look forward to working with our students, Harvard staff, and construction professionals in designing a living-learning space to accommodate Winthropians for years to come.”As with Stone Hall, McKinlock Hall, and Dunster House, the plans to renew Winthrop will follow guidelines informed by the recommendations of the House Program Planning Committee, a group of undergraduates, House masters, faculty, and administrators who engaged in a yearlong conversation about the mission and purpose of the undergraduate Houses and consulted broadly with undergraduates and other faculty. As in the first three projects, Winthrop students will live in swing housing during the 2016–17 academic year, while the House is under construction.Since plans to renew Stone Hall were announced in 2011, nearly a dozen student-feedback groups have provided comments and recommendations on designs for each renewal project. Feedback groups also have been engaged on the design of and programming for swing housing and will be consulted on the redesign of Winthrop.The strategic assessment will document the lessons learned in design, construction, financing, and programming from the first three projects. The results will help guide future projects, including Winthrop.The assessment activities will include surveys of students living in the three completed projects, audit energy use, confirm life-cycle and operating-cost analyses, evaluate engineering strategies, and identify and evaluate strategic procurement opportunities.“We learned a great deal from the successful completion of the first test project, Stone Hall,” Smith said. “We are already learning more from the second test project, Leverett McKinlock, the first facility that includes a dining hall, social spaces, and a master’s residence.  We are applying these lessons as we tackle the first full House, Dunster.“We have believed from the beginning that we would need to step back after the completion of the first full House to very strategically and deeply assess the first three projects and to ensure those lessons are applied to the future,” he said.  “House renewal is such an important project for Harvard — a project that will impact undergraduates for the next century — that we must make sure we are getting it right for future generations.“One of the lessons we have already learned is that preparation for the renewal of a full House is better done over four years, not three. We’ll be using that timing with Winthrop House,” said Smith.From the beginning, the House renewal project has been dependent on scores of individuals throughout the Harvard community, and particularly on the generosity of alumni donors.“I want to thank again every Harvard alum who has contributed to House renewal,” Smith said. “By doing so, you are truly influencing the residential experience of thousands of future Harvard College students.“I also want to thank the masters of Quincy, Leverett, Dunster, and Winthrop Houses,” Smith added. “They have been true partners in this important endeavor and have really helped guide how we approached each House to date. I also want to thank the architects — Steve Kieran and his team at Kieran Timberlake — who have done a superb job of maintaining the historic character of each of these projects while ensuring they can support the living and learning needs of 21st-century undergraduates.”Smith also thanked Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, which was charged with transforming the former Inn at Harvard into the hub for swing space; Dimeo Construction, which served as the construction manager for Stone and Leverett McKinlock; and Turner Construction and Gilbane, the construction managers for Dunster and for swing space, respectively.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Day of Protected Croatian Indigenous Products is celebrated on April 14, the day when the name Krk prosciutto was registered in the European Union as a protected geographical indication. The registration of the name Krk prosciutto on 14 April 2015 was the first registration of a protected mark from the EU quality system achieved by one of the Croatian agricultural and food products.Today, the Republic of Croatia, together with Belgium and Slovakia, shares 19th place with 11 registered product names in terms of the number of protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and guaranteed traditional specialties registered in the European Union.Currently, eight more products are in the process of registration of the label at the European Union level, and as the Ministry of Agriculture points out, it is expected that by the end of 2018 all eight products currently in the process of registration by the European Commission will be registered as protected designations of origin. or a protected geographical indication at European Union level. “The Croatian story continues, and by the end of the year we will send new requests to the European Commission for registration of marks at the level of the European Union for ten more products for which a national procedure for the protection of the name is underway. ” conclude from the Ministry of Agriculture.Croatian protected products whose name is registered at the level of the European Union:PROTECTED INDICATION OF ORIGIN:Extra virgin olive oil CresNeretva mandarinOgulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkrautIstrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciuttoKrk olive oilKorcula olive oilPag lambSolta olive oilVaraždin cabbageSlavonian honeyPROTECTED INDICATION OF GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN:Krk prosciuttoBaranja kulenLika potatoesDrniš prosciuttoDalmatian smoked hamPoljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjakZagorje turkeySlavonian kulen / Slavonski kulinMeđimurje meat ‘from TiblicaProtected product names, in the process of registration of the mark at the level of the European Union:Istria – Winter OlympicsPag salt – ZOILika lamb – ZOZPZagorje mills – ZOZPBjelovarski kvargl – ZOZPMining rake – ZOZPVaraždinski klipič – ZOZPPag cheese – ZOIAre we proud?These products must be our pride and we must brand them and offer them to our guests. Every guest who comes to a tourist destination must be acquainted with the whole story and taste, try and experience our authentic stories, and thus the products. Especially when we talk about protected products that make us unique and different. If we do not respect ourselves, others will not respect us either. Also, the very essence of tourism is authenticity, which is why people travel to meet and experience new ways and cultures of living.But I wonder out loud, is that so on the field? Are we proud of our protected products?Why is Zadar not proud of its authentic Maraschino?Photo: MaraskaMaraschino is an original Zadar liqueur that has been produced according to a traditional recipe since the 16th century. The properties of this sweet liqueur are crystal clearness, characteristic taste and aromatic aroma. Maraschino is a liqueur that has multiple applications, and is used to enrich ice cream, fruit salads, cakes and various dishes with its taste, aroma and aroma, which gives it a multi-purpose application and the possibility of creativity in interpretation.”It must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!”Said Alfred Hitchcock drinking Maraschino on the Zadar waterfront. Also, Maraschino was enjoyed by Casanova, Napoleon, and they drank it on the legendary Titanic. Yes, the Titanic.I am currently in Zadar where I have given lectures on the importance of storytelling in tourism, and I wonder if there are better stories than about the unique and authentic Zadar Maraschino? However, our great tourist story and pride is unfortunately not a symbol of Zadar. Nowhere in Zadar did I see an inscription or a poster, and neither of the hosts offered it to me, nor did they tell that story, since I am still a tourist and a “foreigner” in Zadar. Maraschino should be the pride and joy of Zadar, it’s like coming to Slavonia and not trying shepherd’s pie, fish, kulen or brandy.Also, it is not available in all cafes, and it should be the opposite. Every cafe, restaurant, hotel, host in a family accommodation should have a Maraschino and know how to tell the story of the same. Every guest in Zadar should try, but also hear the story of Maraschino, and take home at least one bottle as a souvenir. So far no one has told me a story about Maraschin, nor offered it, and if I hadn’t known about Maraschin before I wouldn’t even know it existed. I don’t know exactly how hard it is to find it in cafes, but after a couple of failures, I still managed to find it in one of the Maraschino cafes in the Old Town. And yes, it really is a unique and special taste, a taste that I can only experience in Zadar.We have everything, and yet we still do not sell ourselves, our culture and way of life. Again, we want to be copies and enter the mass of a uniform global tourism industry, and we are unaware that our incredible diversity and authenticity is precisely our greatest tourism asset. We have a tie, a pen, a parachute, a Maraschino opet and yet no one knows anything about it. When I look at the new CNTB promotional stand, which is uniform and classic and which has nothing to do with the promotion of a tourist destination, I wonder who is crazy here?A story can only be alive if we are proud of it and if we tell it ourselves. Let’s be what we are – Dalmatians, Slavonians, Istrians, Međimurje, Zagorje… Croats. It must be our main tourist product.Related news:WHERE DID THE CROATIAN PRIDE DISAPPEAR?&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;</p>
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first_img India is jubilant as it celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday. Starting from flag hoisting and events of national fervour involving patriotic songs and performances, Independence Day is always one of the most lively days for people across age groups as they celebrate India winning freedom from British rule. Apart from the wishes flooding everyone’s inboxes and timelines, even celebrities sent across their wishes to the citizens, some from unexpected places.Confused? It was the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) family led by the charismatic superstar John Cena who came forward to wish their Indian fans. John Cena and others from sports entertainment convey their Independence Day wishes to Indian fansThe 16-time World Champion John Cena took to social media and wished everyone in India a Happy Independence Day. Read Cena’s tweet here: Karthik Nair Written By FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE The former WWE Champion was not the only one. He was also joined by his colleagues i.e. the other big superstars and divas of the company which included the likes of New Day a three-member team consisting of  Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods, one of the industry’s top gun Roman Reigns and the reigning WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins. Meanwhile, the divas included SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, Raw Women’s Champion  Becky Lynch and Indian sensation Kavita Devi. READ: Seth Rollins Slays ‘The Beast’ Again, Fans Jubilant As He Wins His Second WWE Universal ChampionshipThe video of the superstars and divas conveying their wishes was posted by WWE on their official Twitter handle. Watch the video here: Last Updated: 15th August, 2019 19:55 IST Independence Day Wishes Come In For India From The WWE; John Cena, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins join In India is jubilant as it celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday. Starting from flag hoisting and events of national fervour involving patriotic songs and performances, Independence Day is always one of the most lively days for people across age groups as they celebrate India winning freedom from British rule. First Published: 15th August, 2019 18:45 ISTcenter_img Seth Rollins beats Brock Lesnar to win his second WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins won his second WWE Universal Championship after an outstanding win over Brock Lesnar in the main event. Rollins had won the title from Lesnar back at Wrestlemania 35, but the ‘Beast Incarnate’ took it back when he cashed in his ‘Money In The Bank’ contract at the Extreme Rules last month. Even in this contest, the former UFC Champion completely manhandled Rollins with some brutal blows. Not only during the contest but even in the lead up to the event, the ‘Beast’ had done a lot of damage to the former member of ‘The Shield’. Lesnar, who became the youngest ever WWE Champion back in Summerslam 2002 was constantly targetting Rollins’ injured ribs. Nonetheless, ‘The Architect’ had the last laugh with a frog splash to Lesnar through an announce table, followed by 2 Curb Stomps to pick up the win. Believe it or not but as soon as Rollins emerged triumphant, he received thunderous applause from the crowd. Surprisingly, the same crowd was booing him when Lesnar was all over for him and he was hardly putting up a fight. READ: Summerslam 2019: Goldberg’s One-sided Contest Leaves Jack Swagger Furious, Twitter Brawl Ensues LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US #WWESuperstars @JohnCena, @BeckyLynchWWE, @WWERomanReigns and more wish the #WWEUniverse in #India a Happy #IndependenceDay2019.#WWENowIndia pic.twitter.com/1tJotWzcTC— WWE (@WWEIndia) August 15, 2019 Wishing all in India 🇮🇳 #HappyIndependenceDay2019— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 15, 2019 COMMENTlast_img read more

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EXED top community colleges championships

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Excelsior Community College (EXED) are the inaugural champions of the Community Colleges Council of Jamaica (CCCJ) Athletics Championship after mustering a commanding 179 points at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. EXED ended the one-day championship 68.5 points in front of a distant second place for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), 86 points; with Montego Bay Community College third overall with 79 points. Portmore (74), Knox Community College (72), Moneague (34), and Brown’s Town (12) round out the top seven. EXED won nearly all the major races, including Kadian McKoy’s triumph in the women’s 400m in 1:06.26 seconds. Moneague’s Robyn McPherson took silver in 1:08.83 seconds; and her teammate, Rocaina Butter, the bronze in 1:14.47 seconds. Shane Hudson won gold for Moneague in the men’s equivalent in a time of 49.41 seconds. EXED’s Andre McFarlane, 50.15 seconds, was second and Christopher Myrie of CASE was third in 51.46. The marquee 100m race for men was won by Jullane Walker of EXED in 10.83 seconds. Silver went to Knox’s Odane Wright (11.02), with the bronze going to Jerome Barton of Portmore. 100m race Moneague shone in the women’s 100m race, with first place going to Tianna Miller in 12.87 seconds. Daniella Medly of MoBay Community College finished in second in 13.32 and Malieka Newman (Knox) was third in 13.51 seconds. The David Riley-coached EXED did not let up in the sprint relays, winning both the male and female categories easily. They posted 43.59 seconds to win the men’s 4x100m with a team comprising Delton Gregory, Walker, Andre McFarlane and Maurice Harrison. Portmore (44.24) were second and CASE (45.27) third. EXED were also impressive in winning the women’s race, stopping the clock at 53.02 seconds, with Knox (53.63) and Moneague 54.00 seconds, taking the minor placings. Jason Lewis, Shavaun Dawson, Andre McFarlane and Romario Thomas took EXED to an exciting gold in the men’s 4x400m relay win in 3:30.84 seconds. CASE finished second in 3:35.76, with third going to Knox in 3:39.83. EXED’s Maurice Harrison accounted for 21 points and was awarded the Champion Boy Trophy, while on the female side, that award went to Kadian McKoy, also of EXED. “The council is very delighted with the outcome of this our first attempt at a track and field meet,” declared Aldane Crew, meet director. “Next year will see the inclusion of at least three community colleges from overseas, and that in itself will be an interesting development as we build out our plans for the meet in ensuing years,” added Crew.last_img read more

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Nothing wrong with 777 systems

first_imgThe US crash investigator the National Transportation Safety Board has given the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER that crashed on Saturday July 6th at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring over 100, a clean bill of health noting all systems including auto pilot, auto throttle and flight director were working perfectly.According to NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman investigators found “no anomalous behavior.”The NTSB also noted that the pilots were having trouble lining up for the landing on runway 28L. The airport’s Instrument Landing System, which gives an electronic guide to pilots, was not available but the visual Precision Approach Path Indicator was.The pilots were instructor check captain, Lee Jung Min (49) who was assisting captain Lee Kang Kook, (46) who was being endorsed on the 777. Both captains were experienced. A third pilot – a co-pilot – was sitting in the observer seat.According to the NTSB the 777’s speed decayed from a target speed of 137knots (253km/hour) to 103 knots (191km/hr) which went unnoticed till nine seconds before impact.“There is no mention of speed until about nine seconds before impact,” said Mrs Hersman.Captain Lee Jung Min earlier told the NTSB that he assumed that the auto throttle –similar to cruise control in a car – was maintaining the required speed of 137knots.However Mrs Hersman told media that “they [the pilots] are required to monitor their instruments during landing – particularly the speed.”Pilots work as team with one flying the plane the other supporting with read backs on critical data, setting flaps, lowering undercarriage and reading checklists.The instructor captain Lee Jung Min also told investigators that he saw three red and one light on the PAPI lights indicating too low and called for more power. Then he told investigators he could see four red lights and notice the airspeed was in the hatched area on the display– indicating too slow.Mrs Hersman said that two different members of the cockpit crew – the instructor captain and the observer co-pilot – made separate calls to abort the landing, three seconds and 1.5 seconds before the crash. Power was applied but it was too late.The pilot flying also reported being blinded by a flash of light on approach however the source of the light and its role in the crash are not known the NTSB said.Mrs Hersman also clarified the evacuation and noted that the cabin crew had sought guidance from the pilots but they initially, unaware of the fire, told flight attendants not to initiate evacuation procedures.Only when the flight attendants told them of the fire was the order given to evacuate.“We don’t know what the pilots were thinking, though I can tell you in previous accidents there have been crews that don’t evacuate, they wait for other vehicles to come to be able to get the passengers out safely,” said Mrs Hersman.However once the call was made the passengers were out within 90 seconds.last_img read more

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Stop Using Propane and Oil and Go Electric

first_imgOne of the biggest mistakes many builders make is to install a heating system fueled by propane or oil heat without considering an electric heat pump. In most cases that choice is costing the owners hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars a year in higher energy bills.The graph at the right compares annual fuel costs for heat for a typical a new 2,000-square-foot Massachusetts home. A similar graph comparing the cost to operate different types of water heaters is shown below. The relative costs of the different fuel options will be similar for similar climates, but it’s important to note that natural gas is not available in many places.Given these numbers, why are builders still installing propane and oil heating systems instead of electric heat pumps? Nick Sisler is a co-founder and Engineer at Ekotrope, which provides software and energy consulting for builders. Ekotrope’s software is a RESNET accredited HERS and IECC Performance rating tool. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. Today, heating with electricity usually means using a heat pump, and today’s heat pumps are two to four times as efficient as a resistance heater. Heat pumps are completely different products from resistance heaters, and we shouldn’t be biased just because they use the same fuel source. Is this a passing trend?It’s impossible to predict exactly how energy prices will change in the next 10 to 30 years, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that electricity prices will rise at an average annual rate of 0.4% between now and 2040, while oil prices will rise at 0.6% per year and propane prices will rise at 0.5% per year (excluding inflation).This means that according to the EIA, heat pumps will only look more and more favorable in the coming years. Air-source or ground-source?Ground-source (or geothermal) heat pump costs vary significantly. In genera,l a ground-source heat pump will cost at least $10,000 more than an air-source heat pump but will be more efficient.An energy modeling analysis and a financial analysis are especially valuable here, since this decision has a large financial impact. Air-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump?Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpHeating with a Minisplit Heat PumpReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpPutting the Duct Back in DuctlessHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat Pumps RELATED ARTICLES center_img Heat pumps are the technology of the futureBy allowing us to heat with clean renewal energy generated by photovoltaics, wind turbines, or a hydro plant, electric heating will be an important and necessary step in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.Also, while fossil-fuel fired heaters have become about as efficient as they can possibly be, we are not very close to the theoretical limits of heat pump efficiency. So, heat pumps are only going to get better. Some people don’t trust electric heatElectric heat depends on the grid and the grid doesn’t always work. These are a few options for dealing with grid intermittency:• Backup generator. This has the side benefit of running the lights and appliances during an outage, but it will cost at least a couple of thousand dollars.• Backup heating system. The options here include a fuel-fired furnace, a boiler, or a wood-burning stove. Since it’s a backup system, efficiency can be sacrificed here to save money. A low-efficiency backup furnace system might cost about $1,000.• Tough it out. If you’re confident in the grid and willing to throw on a couple of extra layers when there is a power outage, this is obviously the most cost-effective option. If there’s a risk of losing power for days at a time in the winter, however, you’ll want a backup system to avoid frozen pipes. Ducted or ductless?The discussion at the beginning of this article assumed that a house has a forced-air heating system with ducted distribution. A heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of 8.5 was assumed for the air-source heat pump option, which is the equivalent of a mid- to low-efficiency unit — above the Federal minimum of 7.7 HSPF but well below high efficiency units like the Carrier Infinity 20, which boasts an HSPF of up to 13! The Goodman SSZ14 is an example of a commonly used unit; it has an HSPF of 8.5.Ductless systems are more cost-effective and energy-efficient than ducted systems. They alleviate the need for costly, leaky ductwork, but they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as ducted systems and it can be tricky to ensure conditioned air is properly distributed to all rooms of the house.Relatively small homes that are well-insulated for their climate zone are the best candidates for going ductless. Builder Carter Scott’s homes are an excellent example of how to use ductless minisplits effectively in a relatively cold climate. His relatively small homes are superinsulated, and can be heated with a couple of minisplit units. For homes that aren’t as well-insulated, ductless heat pumps can also work great in auxiliary applications — like a bonus room, addition or apartment, where it’s desirable to have a separate, small heating and cooling system. Heat pumps aren’t as efficient when it’s coldWhen an air-source heat pump is working, it is actually pulling heat from the cooler outside air. As the outside air gets colder, the heat pump gets less efficient. For instance, today’s heat pumps will have a coefficient of performance (COP) of around 4 at 50°F and a COP of 1.5 at -10°F. This means that heat pumps will perform better in more temperate climates — although they don’t do that bad in cold climates.The paper Climate Impacts on Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for Air Source Heat Pumps (Fairey et al.) provides recommendations for accurately modeling the efficiency of air-source heat pumps in different climates. These recommendations are taken into account in the algorithm used to calculate the energy bill results shown in the graphs included above and below. High efficiency levels on temperate days more than make of up for low efficiencies during cold spells.The issue of low-temperature efficiency is less important for ground-source heat pumps, because ground temperature is a lot more consistent than air temperature.In addition to providing cost savings compared to propane and oil, heat pumps have some other important benefits:• They are safe. Since there is no combustion in the house, there is less risk of air quality problems from carbon monoxide.• They are convenient. No fuel tank or delivery is required, as is the case for propane and oil.• They are clean. Fossil-fuel-fired equipment (especially oil-fired equipment) needs to be cleaned periodically. Cleaning is not necessary for electric equipment. “I always thought electric heat was less efficient”This is one common response I hear from builders when suggesting electric heat. This response is a product of history. Historically, heating with electricity meant resistance heaters. Resistance heat was common until the development and wide adoption of small, safe, and efficient fossil-fuel fired heating equipment.last_img read more

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Sports ministry summons rival hockey groups to form unified body

first_imgThe sports ministry made a last ditch effort on Thursday to resolve the longstanding power struggle between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and has summoned the two warring factions to form a unified body.Sports minister Ajay Maken will meet the chiefs of HI and IHF on Saturday. PTIThe ministry has prepared a proposal and sports minister Ajay Maken has called the presidents of HI and IHF for a meeting on Saturday. The minister, however, made it clear that the government was ready to take stern action if any of the two bodies refuses to cooperate.”I cannot share the complete details of the proposal but in a nut shell, the proposal is for a unified body which will have equal representatives from both HI and IHF,” said Maken.”If they (HI and IHF) do not agree with what has been proposed, we will take a firm step and inform the court about it,” he asserted.RK Shetty, the president of IHF, confirmed that he has received the notice from the government and welcomed the move.”It’s a good initiative and we would surely look at it. We are ready for a constructive meeting if it is good for Indian hockey and we appreciate the development,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY from Bangalore.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has time and again said that it recognises HI as the only body allowed to run the sport in the country. The IHF, which was disbanded by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in 2008, came back into reckoning after a court order.advertisement”We have good people on both the sides and I am sure if we sit together, we will come to a conclusion,” said the minister.Although the ministry has asked for a meeting with the presidents of the two bodies, Mariyamma Koshy, who heads the HI, is down with fever in Kochi and it is likely that the secretary general Narinder Batra may come for the discussion.Maken also revealed that he held a meeting with former IHF chief KPS Gill and HI officials last month but the issue could not be sorted out.The raging issue of a foreign coach for the Indian men’s team has gained momentum after the national team’s disastrous performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, where it finished sixth out of seven teams.”Hockey India insisted on Harendra’s (Singh) name so we had no choice. If the federation and players demand a foreign coach, we are ready for it even if it means a higher salary for the coach,” Maken added.last_img read more

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a month agoFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not count

first_imgFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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22 days agoJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utd

first_imgJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says it won’t be long until Manchester United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar.”I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player. I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. “I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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