Defending champions Windward Road Primary and Junior High lead the overall points standing after five finals on day one of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High School Athletics Championship at Stadium East yesterday.Windward Road also lead the girls’ section with 35 points, while John Mills are in front in the male category on 17.50 points.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road won two finals yesterday to accumulate 52.50 points and lead ahead of main rivals John Mills, who won one final and have amassed 47.50.Whilby described the day as a very good one, noting that his team exceeded expectations after winning two five finals.Michaelia Wilson took the girls’ Class One high jump with a leap of 1.54 metres, while Kishuana Smith took the girls’ shot put open with a throw of 9.63 metres. They also took silver in the Class Two girls’ high jump and Class Three boys’ long jump.Calabar’s Kevin Smith won the boys’ Class Two high jump with 1.69 metres and Braeton’s Mickel Wilson won the Class Three long jump with 5.05 metres.”We had some good results and some valuable points are on the board, so it was a fairly decent first day,” said Whilby. “Tomorrow (today), we anticipate another good day; there will be 21 finals, and we expect to be out front again tomorrow.”They (John Mills) are in many finals, and we are also in most finals with two athletes, so it’s going to be a straight shoot-out between us and John Mills and may the best man win,” he stated.John Mills’ only finals success on the day came from Shella Hamber (4.32m) in the Class Three girls long jumpHowever, coach Ransford Spalding was pleased with his team’s performance on the opening day.”All in all, I am satisfied with the performance of my team; we are just four points behind and they are giving a good account of themselves,” he said.Twenty-one finals are scheduled for today’s second day, with the first event set to begin at 9 a.m.
Embed from Getty ImagesManager Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham’s defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley will not affect their Premier League title challenge.Spurs had long spells of possession and territory against the league leaders in a thrilling match at Wembley and twice came from behind before losing 4-2.Pochettino, whose side are four points behind the Blues with six games remaining, said: “It is not important; we will move on.“The players are very disappointed, but tomorrow we will work again on the training ground and focus on the next game. On Wednesday we have Crystal Palace.”Chelsea play Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and Spurs face Palace a day later.“If we play like we did today you cannot be worried,” he added. “Football today doesn’t pay what we deserved but I totally understand football and sometimes you play well and don’t win.“If you see the game without emotion I think Tottenham played better. Chelsea were clinical.“I am proud of the players. We played with personality and character.“Two years ago it was difficult to think we could arrive at this level and reach semi-finals and finals and fight for the Premier League.”See also:Conte: Strong decisions were neededChelsea v Tottenham player ratingsExperience will help Ake and Batshuayi – ConteConte wants Blues fans to recreate Wembley noiseChelsea’s Wembley triumph over Spurs – in picturesChelsea must ‘exploit’ their win over Tottenham, says Conte’No sign’ of new Hazard deal Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
According to TMZ, McFadden was found asleep at the wheel of his SUV in the drive-thru of a … No, not Hi Ho Cheeseburger:No, not Ray’s Hell Burger:Riiiiight. Whataburger: Click here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Running back Darren McFadden, selected by the Raiders with the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL draft, was arrested in Texas early Monday at a Whataburger on suspicion of driving drunk, TMZ has reported.No, not Good Burger:
Aviation safety doesn’t just happen. It’s hard-won, composed of lessons learned from accidents and incidents. Its’ the job of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, one of the smallest yet hardest-working organizations in Washington, D.C., to chronicle what goes wrong when an airplane crashes and issue recommendations to fix the problems.The Safety Board just issued its ‘Most Wanted’ list for 2016, improvements aimed at making almost all modes of transportation safer. As often happens, aviation concerns either led, or were near the top of, the list. At least five of the ten ‘Most Wanted’ improvements are related to commercial aviation. The NTSB wants U.S. regulators to:Require medical fitness for dutyNTSB says, “When safety-critical personnel, such as public vehicle operators (in many cases that means pilots) have untreated medical conditions that prevent them from doing their jobs effectively, people can be seriously injured or die.” The Safety board cites a case in which a FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet flew into the ground while on approach to Tallahassee, Florida “because the pilot had a severe color vision deficiency which made it difficult for him to correctly identify the color of the airport’s PAPI lights that were warning him the flight was too low.” Three people were injured in the crash.NTSB recommends a comprehensive medical certification system for safety-critical transportation personnel that includes—among other things—a complete medical history taken at prescribed intervals that includes medications, conditions and treatments as well as physical exams; and an exam to identify personnel at high-risk for sleep disorders. End substance abuse in transportationThe Safety Board says, “Our new reality” is that drugs or alcohol can affect the ability to operate any vehicle, including aircraft. NTSB recently studied drug use among all fatally-injured pilots. What it found was sobering: “The prevalence of potentially impairing drugs increased from an average of 11 percent of fatally-injured accident pilots during the period from 1990-1997 to an average of 23 percent of accident pilots during the period 2008-2012…The most commonly found impairing substance was diphenhydramine, a sedating antihistamine found in over-the-counter medications.”As to what can be done, the Safety Board concedes, “Unfortunately, for most drugs, the relationship between the amount consumed and crash risk is not well understood. We need more and better data to better understand the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of countermeasures.” Expand the use of recorders to enhance transportation safetyStating flat-out that “no single tool has helped determine what went wrong [in an accident] more than recorders,” NTSB recommends the use of cockpit image recorders—not merely voice and flight data reorders. Noting that in a crash “data and/or voice recorders may have been present. But some questions could have been answered only through the data provided by an image recorder. Image recorders can help fill in the gaps.”This isn’t a new recommendation on the part of the Safety Board. Previous suggestions that video recorders be installed in the cockpits of airliners have been met with opposition among some pilots.Strengthen occupant protectionThe Safety Board says it’s investigated “many accidents where improved occupant protection systems…could have reduced injuries and saved lives.” The 2013 crash of an Asiana Boring 777 at San Francisco International illustrates the issue, where “a lack of restraint use led to some tragic consequences.” NTSB says, “While 99 percent of passengers survived…two of the three fatally injured passengers were ejected from the airplane because they were unrestrained.”The Safety Board is especially keen to see improvements in rules regulating child restraint. Ironically, “While we are required to secure our luggage and even small items such as snacks and beverages during takeoff and landing, the [U.S.] Federal Aviation Administration exempts the most vulnerable passengers—children underage two—allowing them to travel unrestrained, or on an adult’s lap.”The Safety Board wants to see increased use of existing restraint systems, systems that “preserve survivable space and ensure ease of evacuation.”Reduce fatigue-related accidentsFatigue can have terrible consequences. “Nearly 20 percent of the 182 major NTSB investigations [of accidents affecting all modes of transportation] completed between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2012 identified fatigue as a probable cause, contributing factor or finding.” One of the most glaring instances was the August 14, 2013 crash of a UPS A300 cargo aircraft at Birmingham, Alabama. Both the captain and first officer died.As to what can be done, the Safety Board says, “Over the past three decades a great deal of research has been done. But research only goes so far; we must implement what we have learned.”Lessons that were hard-won indeed.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The much-maligned Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that took shape in the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration in 2015 is now coming under more political scrutiny.Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced a resolution with 36 cosponsors in the House of Representatives that would withdraw the Waters of the United States Rule.“Since the Obama Administration first proposed their WOTUS rule, I’ve heard from farmers, small business owners, county and township officials, and state environmental officials who have been strongly opposed. Clean water is important to everyone, especially the agriculture community,” Gibbs said. “This resolution expresses just how important it is to rescind this EPA power grab and start from scratch, working with stakeholders to create a sensible rule that protects water quality and preserves the federal-state partnership of the Clean Water Act. Farmers in Ohio and across the nation cannot afford more costly and burdensome regulations from a Washington bureaucracy that thinks it knows best.”But then Trump trumped Gibbs when this move from the House was followed closely by an executive order from the White House for the Environmental Protection EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review WOTUS, which could ultimately repeal it. Agricultural leaders who have been openly critical of WOTUS praised the action from President Donald Trump.“President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau president. “The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses. The Environmental Protection Agency failed to listen to farmers’ and ranchers’ concerns when drafting the rule and instead created widespread confusion for agriculture. Under the rule, the smallest pond or ditch could be declared a federal waterway.”AFBF has been among the many farm organizations that have been concerned with WOTIS from the beginning.“Farmers and ranchers have been calling for a common-sense approach to regulatory reform, and today the Trump administration responded to that call,” Duvall said. “EPA has too long been characterized by regulatory overreach that disregards the positive conservation efforts of farmers and threatens their very way of life. [This] action is as much a beginning as an end, and there is much work to do to ensure that any revised rule is transparent and fair for America’s farmers and ranchers.”Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) also praised Trump’s action on WOTUS.“This extremely flawed rule would force ranchers and feedlot operators to get permits or risk excessive federal penalties despite being miles away from any navigable water,” Uden said. “It would be one of the largest federal land grabs and private-property infringements in American history, and the President should be applauded for making EPA and the Corps reconsider this debacle. Ultimately, this rule should be taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We start off the week with some nicer weather. Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected today. Tomorrow we have to leave the door open for some hit and miss moisture south of a line from Cleveland to Dayton. However, the moisture is not impressive or well organized, so only a few hundredths to .25″ are truly possible with coverage at no better than 50%. The rest of the day and the rest of the state will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We are dry and at least partly sunny again on Wednesday.Thursday we have a minor disturbance trying to come up from the south. This will bring moisture potential to areas from I-70 southward at a minimum, and we may see it expand farther north through Thursday afternoon. Rain totals can be from ..05″-.4″ with coverage at 80%. The track and northern extent of this system is still up in the air at this time, so this will be something we watch closely over the next day or two.A major push of cold air is on the way behind that system for late in the week. Clouds mix with sun for Friday, and we turn out partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday. Lake effect snows are possible on Friday in NE Ohio, clouds increase Sunday afternoon.Another cold push, this time with moisture attached, comes for Sunday overnight through Monday. This will trigger snow statewide, and the next leg down in a brutal cold push. We expect snow accumulation in most of the state, from a coating to 2 inches. Then we get very cold for Tuesday and Wednesday as skies clear out, except for some lake effect snow along the south shore of Lake Erie.Generally, there are some windows of opportunity for harvest in the next 10 days, as we see mostly minor moisture. The map at right shows 10 day liquid equivalent cumulative moisture. However, the cold air will be advancing fast over the region from late this week through next.
When I was a kid, every race started with those three words. What do they mean, anyway? They mean that some things need to happen before a process really takes off. An integrated design process is no exception.Getting ready means, first of all, ensuring that the right people are literally at the table. I talked about who the “right people” are in my March 4 blog “Pensive About Process.” After that it means making sure everyone is in agreement about what’s going to happen and how. So before getting into substantive design discussions, some other conversations need to take place.The spirit of the processIntegrated design can seem messy, perhaps circular, even a bit chaotic — but it’s ultimately more efficient because decisions are made based on the collective experience and wisdom of your team. This means preparing them, if they’re new to this, to be tolerant as the process unfolds. Everyone learns together, and an important part of the learning relates to how the work of each contributor overlaps and intersects with the work of others. Understanding and appreciating this benefit are critical to your team members’ willing participation.Most design professionals have experienced having a decision reversed by someone else, often without being given the opportunity to explain what lay behind the decision. An integrated design process aims to ensure that everyone whose knowledge bears on a decision participates in its making. This saves time, respects everyone’s wisdom, avoids the ill will that accompanies second-guessing, and results in greater stability of decisions once they’re made.What’s done differentlyIn a traditional design process, each contributor executes his or her work sequentially: The architect fashions “the design;” the structural engineer figures out how to make it stand up; the mechanical designer works out how to keep it comfortable (or at least not too uncomfortable); the landscape designer creates the planting plan; and so forth. Each one typically copes as best as he/she can with what was done before, even if it means compromising his work. Only when something is seriously amiss do we actually go back and ask for work to be redone. That’s simply not acceptable!In an integrated design process, as Annette Stelmack described in a recent blog, the whole team (or as much of it as possible) gathers early on, and then repeatedly as the design evolves, to ensure that all are benefitting from their colleagues’ experience and insights. For example, a landmark “aha!” from an integrated design process occurred when one of the early Building America teams figured out — because all the right people were at the table — that if they improved the insulation and windows enough, they could downsize the mechanical equipment, and the savings would pay for the upgraded envelope. That insight has now become a standard for the energy efficiency community. Other such lessons lie ahead.
RELATED ARTICLES Drawing Lessons from Ancient RootsNatural Building In NicaraguaTales From Armenia A three-part approachEDGE was created by the International Finance Corporation, one of five organizations that comprise the World Bank Group. It has three component parts.First, there is free web-based software that is country and building-type specific (ranking a project against typical similar buildings). It recommends measures to reduce energy and water use, and includes sophisticated databases and calculations that make separate energy modeling obsolete. The software even projects the dollar return on investment for specific contemplated design features.Second, EDGE creates a new pass-or-fail green building standard for projects that are able to demonstrate 20% less energy use (from efficient HVAC systems, superior glazing, low-energy lighting, solar solutions, etc.) than the city-specific prototype; 20% less water (from low-flow faucets, efficient water closets, recycled water systems, etc.); and 20% less embodied energy in materials (from floor, roof, wall, and window construction approaches that have low embodied energy).Third, EDGE provides a third-party certification system geared toward greater marketability. EDGE is new, so there are few auditors today. However, Green Building Certification Inc. is a global certification partner for EDGE and the exclusive certification partner for EDGE projects in India. Certification will vary from country to country and is intended to be available at affordable rates.It is not yet clear that certification costs are low enough to encourage marketplace acceptance of EDGE certification. Even 20% reductions could be significantGreen building can save the planet, or at least the people on the planet. Today, significantly less than 1% of buildings in the U.S. are LEED-certified and that percentage obviously is much smaller across the globe. Maybe the answer outside of the U.S. is EDGE. And while it is premature to reach grand conclusions with the small number of completed EDGE projects, possibly there is much to be learned from the EDGE web-based software about how to expand the green building market within the U.S.Twenty percent less energy, 20% less water, and 20% less embodied energy in materials, in a large enough number of buildings, will save the planet. While Nepal is breathtaking, containing eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, the country is landlocked to the north by China and to the south and east by India. It’s a developing country with a low-income economy, ranked among the poorest of the 187 countries in the U.N. Human Development Index.Writing this post from Nepal, I think that it seems appropriate to discuss EDGE.EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) is a green building certification system for new residential and commercial buildings in emerging markets and developing countries. Yes, think “like LEED” for the other 70% of the world.EDGE certification is available in over 120 countries around the globe, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The list includes Nepal, but not developed nations like the U.S.The photograph above was taken at a popular tea house in Dingboche, Nepal. It shows why LEED-type notions of interior water use reduction (e.g., WaterSense flush toilets) and energy reduction (e.g., LED lighting) have little if any application for the majority of buildings in most developing counties, where squat toilets with a bucket of water are the norm and the only illumination is daylight from a window. Stuart Kaplow is an attorney concentrating in real estate and environmental law. This post originally appeared at his website, Green Building Law Update.
Learn how to export video with an alpha channel in this After Effects quick tip.Alpha layers are an incredibly efficient way to composite footage during the video editing process. The alternative is importing your composition into After Effects which can take way too much time. Follow these simple steps for exporting graphics or elements with a transparent background (alpha channel) in After Effects.1. Make sure your background is transparent.You can easily tell if your background is transparent by clicking the checker-box button in the composition panel.2. Add your composition to the render queue.Simply navigate to Composition > Add to Render Queue or hit Control+Command+M3. Click the output module: “Lossless”It is in the render queue on the bottom left.4. Set the video output to RGB + Alpha.Navigate to video output in the box the pops up and scroll down to RGB + Alpha. Your video will now include 4 different channels when it exports. Click Ok.5. RenderJust hit the render button…and your done!Now your footage has a transparent background layer, so you can place it above other footage in your video editing timeline. In this method of exporting your video you get variable alpha layers which means they can have varying degrees of opacity, but some export methods only feature binary alpha layers which are either off or on, no in-between.Have any other tips for exporting video with alpha layers? Share in the comments below.