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first_imgIf yesterday’s forecast was correct, today may be the hottest day of the year for much of New England—with temperatures rising into the mid-90s. This may not draw much sympathy from friends in Austin, Texas where today’s temperature may rise to 100 in this unusually hot summer, or in Phoenix, where it’s projected to warm up to 107 (well below the season high of 116), but for southern Vermont, the mid-90s is pretty hot.There are lots of things we can do to keep reasonably cool during hot weather. The easiest—but most expensive—is to turn on an air conditioner, which uses electricity (a lot of it) to cool down a space and remove moisture. There are other strategies that use a lot less energy, though they require some thought and common sense.The first priority should be to keep unwanted heat out of the house. This means closing windows during the hottest part of the day and using blinds, awnings, or other devices to keep direct sunlight out of windows—especially on the east and west side of a house.It seems counter-intuitive to close windows when it’s hot out. Don’t we want those breezes through the house? Breezes are great (more on that below), but if the air blowing in from outside is 10 degrees warmer than the air in your house, you’re likely to decrease, rather than increase, comfort. During hot weather, we close our house up during the day and open it up at night. It’s amazing how much difference that makes—though with a poorly insulated house it will make less difference, because more heat will enter through the walls and roof.As for keeping sunlight out, it’s best if you can block sunlight before it actually gets through your window—i.e., providing exterior shade in some way. Trees, vines, and other vegetation work really well for shading a house, though they also block views. Europeans are fond of exterior roller shades, which are highly effective, but rare here. If those aren’t options, interior blinds work reasonably well—especially if the outer surface is fairly reflective.Another important strategy is to limit your use of heat-producing lights, appliances, and other equipment during the day. If you need electric light, use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) instead of incandescent light bulbs, which convert 90 percent of the electricity into heat, only 10 percent into light. Try to avoid too much cooking on hot days—summer is a great time to grill outdoors and eat more salads. Run your dishwasher at night. Turn off stereo equipment and televisions with a power strip when not in use—so you know the equipment is really off and not generating heat (and wasting electricity). In an office, turn off computer monitors and copiers when it’s not being used—unless equipment has an energy-saving “standby” mode.It may seem too obvious to warrant mentioning, but wear light clothing. Shorts, loose-fitting shirts, blouses, and dresses allow more air circulation next to your skin and will keep you cooler. Engineers actually have a measure for the insulating value of clothing and it’s impact on comfort—the “Clo” rating—that they use for modeling interior comfort conditions in buildings (a Clo of 0 corresponds to no clothing, and Clo of 1.0 for a business suit, with Clo values of different items of clothing additive). In a work environment, convince management to relax dress standards during hot weather and keep the air conditioning set point higher.Finally, use fans to keep air moving. Moving air evaporates moisture from our skin and keeps us cooler. A ceiling (paddle) fan works great, but portable fans—the kind that can be set to oscillate—can be even more effective, because you can direct the air flow to exactly where it’s needed. Note that these fans don’t actually cool the air in a room; what they do is raise your “comfort window” (the temperature at which you’ll be reasonably comfortable).Air flow can raise your comfort temperature by 5 degrees, or even more, so that if you’re normally comfortable at 73 degrees in still air, you could be just as comfortable at 78 or even 80 degrees. Turn off fans when you leave a room, since the fans use electricity and actually warm the room slightly from the motor’s waste heat. Window fans that are installed in an open window are best for use at night; during the day you’ll be bringing hot air in from outside.In the long run, it’s a great idea to improve the insulation levels and air tightness of your home. A highly insulated, tight house is much easier to keep cool on hot days. If you do use a standard air conditioner, the better insulated the house, the less work the air conditioner will have to do to maintain comfort. And if you don’t air condition, the better insulated the house, the more effectively these other measures will work.last_img read more

first_imgThe pool at the Commonwealth Games Village has gathered impurities due to the incessant rain in the Capital over the past few weeks and has forced the Indian aquatics squad to delay moving in to the facility until Monday. The Indian team has been in the Capital since September 6 but has not shifted to the Games Village which was opened for athletes on Thursday.The team is currently staying at a hotel in Karol Bagh.”We have had a lot of rain in the past few weeks so the water at the swimming pool in the Village wasn’t good enough for the swimmers to use,” India Chef de Mission Bhubaneswar Kalita told MAIL TODAY on Sunday ” There are two pools at the Village and although both of them have been cleaned, we needed purification certificate so that they can be used.”We have already got it (certificate) and the Indian team will move into the Village tomorrow at 10 am,” he added.Kalita said the squad itself sought permission from the Organising Committee and him to stay at a hotel that is closer to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee aquatic complex where it goes twice a day to train.”The swimming complex is closer to the hotel where the team is staying so they preferred to stay there until we are fully ready with the pool at the Village,” he added.However, sources within the Swimming Federation of India ( SFI) claim that it was the OC which asked the team to stay at the hotel until it was asked to move in. While the majority of the team members were in the Capital much ahead of the Games, Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal arrived on September 19 from Bangalore with coach Nihar Amin.advertisementAmin said his wards are at the peak of their form and would come up with good performances when the Games get underway. ” They have been training very hard and their performance has also improved over the past one year.We have stiff competition in the Games with swimmers from Australia, England, Canada and South Africa, and I don’t want to predict the outcome at this point,” Amin said. ” At this point, I can only say that they are injury free and are well prepared for the challenge ahead.”last_img read more

first_imgSaturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRLTP_Match_Day_Assistant_ApplicationApplication Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: colette.ritchie@touchfootball.com.auPH: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadiumlast_img read more

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery: Martinelli not a strikerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery does not see Gabriel Martinelli as a striker despite his two goal performance against Standard Liege on Thursday.Playing as the Gunners’ leading man, Martinelli took his season tally to four from two starts in the resounding 4-0 victory.But Emery does not think the Brazilian will continue to play as a number nine.He said: “He prefers to play as a left winger – he also played as a right winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil.”Striker is not the best position for him. But the first thing in his mind is to help us.”Tonight his performance and his aptitude was amazing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Ireland’s maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) has decided to dispose of Jonathan Swift, a high speed craft. ICG said it has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to sell the vessel to Spanish shipping company Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas for EUR 15.5 million (USD 19.14 million).As explained, the disposal will generate a book profit for ICG of approximately EUR 14 million. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.The 6,000 gross ton vessel is to be delivered by the end of April 2018, according to the group.Jonathan Swift was commissioned by and delivered to ICG in 1999 at a cost of EUR 38.8 million. It has since operated on the company’s Dublin – Holyhead route.The vessel will be replaced in ICG’s fleet by the 2001-built high speed craft Westpac Expres which was recently redelivered following a period of twenty months on external charter. It is currently undergoing a refurbishment program.A month ago, ICG placed an order with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG) for the construction of a cruise ferry worth EUR 165.2 million. Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, the company claims.last_img read more

first_img“Plenty of people know the feeling of being first, only or different,” Shonda Rhimes told a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women. “It means you are a trailblazer. There is a responsibility there, whether you want it or not.”Shonda Rhimes speaks to a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women in BostonCredit/Copyright: Marla Aufmuth for Getty ImagesRhimes, one of television’s most prolific writers and producers, and the creator of hit shows such as “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” and author of a new book “Year of Yes,” has been changing the face of Hollywood by creating more diverse roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera. Noting that the entertainment industry is making slow if uneven progress in its portrayal of women, Rhimes said that the increasing number of women running television shows means that they can decide who gets “hired and fired,” whether women characters will be “secretaries or CEOs,” and “which stories are told.”Conference attendees also heard remarks from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and keynote addresses from Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal; Tim Gunn, executive producer and star of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” Ellen Pao, entrepreneur, investor, and writer; Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and best-selling author; and Candy Chang, TED senior fellow, urban space artist, and designer.The nonpartisan, nonprofit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the U.S., with more than 100 industry and thought leaders from across the country. Breakout session topics included leadership, career advancement, personal branding, social media, health and wellness, finance, and more. Conference attendees participated in the popular Bentley University Career Pavilion with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts, career coaching with members of the International Coach Federation of New England and one-on-one conversations with local community and business leaders.Now entering its second decade, the Conference is expanding its offerings to a broader audience and shifting its focus to improving opportunities for women in the workplace. As part of this effort, the Conference presented the inaugural Workplaces That Work Summit. Designed for both men and women in mid-level management positions, the summit focused on leveraging gender partnerships to advance equity within workplaces. Led by industry leaders including David Duncan, Senior Partner at Innosight, and Alison Quirk, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at State Street Corporation, the summit provided an interactive and transparent forum for managers to take action to create a level playing field and inclusive leadership within their companies.The Conference also hosted its first Opening Night event on December 9th, providing a taste of the Conference for only $25 to some 4000 attendees. Opening night events included an interview series with best-selling authors; holiday shopping with local women-owned businesses and live entertainment. Attendees pitched their products to Tory Johnson from Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals!” and met Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good company, and Kelley Dempsey, designer and Project Runway contestant.“We are proud to offer even more opportunities for the Conference’s dedicated community of women to further develop their personal and professional lives and to move the needle for women in the workplace,” said Gloria Larson, Board President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and President of Bentley University. “We can think of no better way to continue creating impact in our second decade of service.”The Massachusetts Conference for Women is generously underwritten by the following sponsors: State Street; EMC; Merck KGaA; Cisco; Boston Scientific; Dell; HOLOGIC; Raytheon; riverbed; Santander; Tyco; Akamai; Bank of America; Bentley University; Fresenius Medial Care; John Hancock; Johnson and Johnson; Juniper; Kronos; Liberty Mutual; Mercer; Sanofi; Suffolk; ThermoFisher; VistaPrint; BainCapital; Crimson Lion; amag; Amtrak; Baxalta; BJs; Blue Cross; CanyonRanch; Intel; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; MFS; National Grid; NaviNet; Reebok; TIAA CREF; tripadvisor; United; Vertex; Weber Shandwick; Xfinity; AMP Radio; Mix 104.1; WBZ News Radio; The Boston Globe; WCVB 5.“We’ve made immense strides when it comes to women in the workplace, but there is still much more work to be done,” said Alison Quirk from State Street Corporation. “The Conference recognizes that reality, celebrating advancements made, while energizing attendees to build on existing momentum. We are proud to sponsor the Conference, which recognizes the value in supporting the women of Massachusetts and beyond.”To learn more about the Massachusetts Conference for Women, click here.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.last_img read more

Gopalganj road crash death toll rises to 8

first_imgAnother person, who suffered injuries in a road accident as a bus rammed a truck at Betgram area in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Dhaka-Khulna Highway on Friday night, died on Saturday morning, raising the death toll from the incident to eight, reports UNB.The deceased is Khan Nur Islam, son of Khan Abdul Hakim, a resident of Dashani area in the district town of Bagerhat, said Pankaj Chandra Roy, Bagerhat police super.Khan was also joint general secretary of Bagerhat municipality unit of Awami League.Seven people were killed and 20 others, including Nur, injured in the road crash took place around 8:00 pm when a Pirojpur-bound Dola Paribahan bus hit a truck, fully loaded with trunks, from the backside.Nur was undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Miss USA Visits DC

first_imgMiss USA attended a reception in D.C. July 6 where she was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Muriel Bowser, commending her accomplishments and representation of the District at the Miss USA pageant.(Photo by Rob Roberts)last_img