IOC’s Bach: Refugees will be honoured at Rio

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.last_img read more

Women’s Golf In Second Place After Two Rounds At Loyola Invitational

first_imgStory Links Loyola Invitational 1st Round Results FLOSSMOOR, Ill. – The Drake University women’s golf team carded two solid rounds on the first day of the Loyola Fall Invitational to sit in second place after the first two rounds of the three-round event.The Bulldogs recorded scores of 312 and 311 for a 47-over par 623 through two rounds. South Dakota sits comfortably on top of the leaderboard with a 33-over par 609 at the Flossmoor Country Club.Drake’s first-day total was buoyed by Haeri Lee (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) carding two consistent rounds of 75 and 74 for 149 total with six total birdies during the 36 holes of play. Lee’s 5-over par total was the third-best performance on the day and three strokes behind the leader.”Haeri was solid for us today,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “Her steady play has kept us at the top of the leaderboard and I look forward to us coming back strong as a team tomorrow. We have the talent to do it.”Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wis.) posted Drake’s second-best round of the day, shooting 76-82-158 to finish the day tied for 12th. Sigurlaug Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) and Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) finished one stroke behind Dunn, with Jonsdottir shooting 80-79-159 and Paulak recording an 81-78-159. Kristen Giles (Georgetown, Ontario) completed the Bulldogs’ scoring with an 82-80-162.The third and final round of the Loyola Invitational begins Tuesday, Sept. 18, morning at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Live postgame video: Warriors beat Blazers in Game 1

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the live reactions from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Blazers coach Terry Stotts as well as the players following Tuesday night’s Golden State win in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.The Warriors used some red-hot shooting from Stephen Curry (36 points and nine 3-pointers) to run past Portland for a 1-0 series advantage, even without Kevin Durant. Listen to what the participants have to say …last_img

Darwin Myths Debunked – By Darwinist

first_imgAn aura of legend has enveloped the memory of Charles Darwin.  To many, the white-bearded father of evolutionary theory was like a saint on a white horse, rescuing science from an age of superstition.  The true history is much more interesting.    Darwin Day is coming next February 12.  It marks Darwin’s 200th birthday and also the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of Species.  The Darwin Exhibition, a multi-million-dollar display produced by the American Museum of Natural History (09/22/2005), is making the rounds of major museums, culminating in the 2009 Darwin Bicentennial year.    Hiram Caton (Griffith University, Australia) felt compelled to pen “Getting Our History Right” when he saw the “Exhibition’s devotion to the legend at the expense of fact.” Here are six mythbusting theses Caton defended in his article:Publication of the Origin was not a sudden (“revolutionary”) interruption of Victorian society’s confident belief in the traditional theological world-view.The Origin did not “revolutionize” the biological sciences by removing the creationist premise or introducing new principles.The Origin did not revolutionize Victorian public opinion.  The public considered Darwin and Spencer to be teaching the same lesson, known today as “Social Darwinism”, which, though fashionable, never achieved dominance.Many biologists expressed significant disagreements with Darwin’s principles.Darwin made little or no contribution to the renovation of theology.  His public statements on Providence were inconsistent and the liberal reform of theology was well advanced by 1850.The so-called “Darwinian revolution” was, at the public opinion level, the fashion of laissez-faire economic beliefs backed by Darwin and Spencer’s inclusion of the living world in the economic paradigm.Where did Hiram Caton print this Darwin-deflating piece?  Not in a creationist magazine, but in Evolutionary Psychology.1  (See 06/06/2008.)  He is no creationist; he just worries that distorting publicity can backfire.  “As a cadre who bear a public trust to get the facts right,” he ended, “we are obliged to correct misrepresentations directed to schools at a time when evolution is under challenge.  Besides, science history that includes the quirks, baseless claims, cheating, and battles is more engaging than the sanitized history meant to instill unquestioning acceptance.”1.  Hiram Caton, “Getting Our History Right: Six Errors about Darwin and His Influence,” Evolutionary Psychology, – 2007. 5(1): 52-69.What, exactly, are we supposed to be celebrating next year?  Ineptitude?  The gullibility of the public?  The power of fashionable ideas to distort history?  The inability of reasonable scientists with their significant disagreements to stop bad ideas at their onset?  Darwin Day can still be a worthy holiday if we make these the lessons.  We agree with Caton; first, we have to get the facts right.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Providing Outdoor Combustion Air for a Wood Stove

first_imgHow to Provide Makeup Air for a Wood StoveShould Green Homes Burn Wood?All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstHeating With Wood Safely and Efficiently Are Masonry Heaters a Good Match for Superinsulated Houses?Vermont House Uses Only Half a Cord of Firewood When it comes to thermal efficiency, chimneys have lots of problems. They are huge thermal bridges (especially if they are on the outside of the house like mine is); they are hard to air seal; and most wood stoves are atmospherically vented. This means that the air that the wood stove uses for combustion comes from the room it is sitting in. A tight home’s wood stove needs to breathe from somewhereWe then need to figure out where to get this fresh air from. A friend of mine suggested that there are plenty of people who run the fresh air duct up the chimney and pull the air supply down from the top of the chimney. I could use this approach, because my chimney has two flues, one of which I’m not using for heating. I could just break through to the other flue and pull air from there.The only problem with this scenario is the stack effect. Hot air rises. The warming of the chimney shaft next to the fresh air channel could cause an updraft that could make the “draw” of the fresh air difficult, which could decrease the efficiency of the wood fire.My next idea was to just cut a hole in the back of the chimney and run a pipe through the chimney directly out to the outside. (I planned to install the wood stove as a fireplace insert.) This approach would give us a short horizontal duct with access to fresh air. A short run decreases the resistance caused by the inside surface of the pipe and the horizontal run would eliminate possible problems from the stack effect.As I said before, one problem with outside chimneys are that they are horrible thermal bridges. To help cut down on these losses, I had 6 inches of rigid rock wool board put on the outside of the chimney. To learn exactly how I did this, you’ll need to check out my blog. The rock wool gives me about an R-24 and means that I had an additional 6 inches plus to get through after I was through the bricks of the chimney.To ensure that all of the work would be covered by my homeowner’s insurance, I hired a professional chimney company named Brickliners to do the installation.They came and made a hole in the back of the chimney, and drilled a small hole through the Roxul. I widened this hole to allow for the 3-inch stainless-steel duct to come through. Getting the duct to come through the hole was no problem once the hole was big enough. We hit our airtightness targetAfter the siding was installed and the new stove was in place, we performed a blower-door test and found that we had hit the 2.0 ach50 target. We also found that the chimney workers had failed to seal two important seams in the chimney baffle plate. We invited them to come back and they fixed the problem. I still have to do another blower-door test to see what kind of change that made.I’ve used the stove a few times — more to try it out than because I needed to for heating the house. It worked fine. It will be putting out way too many Btu/h for the house. I’ll be using less energy over all.For more information about my retrofit please visit my blog. RELATED ARTICLES In November 2012, I started on a deep energy retrofit of my 1976 raised ranch in northwestern Vermont, in the shadow of Mount Mansfield. As a Passive House consultant, I wanted to make my leaky (8.25 ach50) house with fiberglass-filled 2×4 walls and a tuck-under garage much more energy-efficient.My hopes to make the renovation hit the EnerPHit standard (a standard for Passivhaus retrofits) were dashed because of some of the basic realities of my house. The orientation was all wrong, and I had already replaced my home’s old single-pane windows with what I was told by my contractor were the best windows on the U.S. market — namely Andersen super-low-e double-hung sash windows, not the Passivhaus windows I would have chosen had I known better at the time. Ugh!The inability of the house to hit the EnerPHit numbers didn’t deter me from superinsulating the house and getting as close to Passivhaus goals as I could. In the end I decided to remove the existing vinyl siding and wrap the whole house in 6 inches of repurposed (used) rigid polyisocyanurate insulation above grade. Below grade, I installed 6 inches of EPS on the outside and 2 inches of EPS on the inside.There were lots of little improvements I made in addition to these changes; I’ve written about how I managed these improvements in a blog I have been keeping on the retrofit. Today I’d like to share details about the decisions I made concerning my wood stove.center_img A chimney is a thermal bridgeWood is a very common heating fuel in Vermont. More than 50% of Vermonters use wood as part of their heating fuel mix. Wood is plentiful and cheap. It’s even free if you have land to get it from, and most of us in my neck of the woods do. So we will be keeping the chimney and the wood stove. Air sealing detailsChimneys are difficult to air seal. If you are installing the type of wood stove that is designed to fit in an existing fireplace, you have a big hole just above the insert area up into the flue. At my house there was now also a hole at the back of the chimney to bring in fresh air. Both of these holes needed to be air sealed.To air seal the bottom of the fireplace flue I made a baffle, which is just a piece of sheet metal cut to the shape of the chimney flue just above where the wood stove sits. This needed to be screwed into place and caulked. Again, I left this job to the professionals. I could have done the work, but I would rather that their liability insurance cover the work, not mine.The fresh-air duct going out the back of the chimney was a bit different. I first needed to fill the space between the duct and the walls of the hole. I filled this with leftover Roxul insulation that I had lying around.The black membrane you see in many of the accompanying photos is Mento 1000. This is a special European membrane that has a variable vapor-permeance rating. When the relative humidity is low, it has a perm rating of 4. When the relative humidity is high, which might happen if moisture gets into the wall, it has a perm rating of 34.This variable permeance allows any moisture in the wall to migrate out of the wall while still preventing vapor and bulk water from entering the wall. Compared to Tyvek or Typar, Mento 1000 is expensive. But unlike Tyvek or Typar, it is a “smart” vapor retarder.Since I had worked so hard to get the airtightness of the house down from 8.25 ach50 (that was the air leakage rate shown by the blower door test that was performed before the renovation began) to 2.0 ach50, I needed to make sure that any penetration through the air barrier was properly sealed.Fortunately, there are some great products available for this purpose. I used Tescon tape, which has an acrylic-based adhesive. This acrylic actually penetrates the top molecules of the substrate it is being applied to and cures there to become one with the substrate material. This means that the adhesive doesn’t dry out like other tapes. The bond actually becomes stronger over time. These tapes have a 60-year guarantee!I used this tape in conjunction with a silicone gasket which I got from 475 High Performance Building Supply in Brooklyn, New York. They also supplied the membrane and the tapes I used for this project. The photos below show how I sealed the gaps around the outdoor air duct.Once the duct was properly sealed, I needed to add a piece of 3/4-inch plywood to make the plane of the PVC plate flush with the plane of the siding. The plywood has the same thickness as the strapping. To burn or not to burn wood?Wood stoves are great. OK, maybe they aren’t great. The efficiency sucks (usually less than 75% for older models), but the fuel is cheap, readily available, and renewable. I’m not saying that burning wood doesn’t produce CO2 and CO and NOx and SO2, but it is a way to heat your house that is very popular here in Vermont.The cheap part is also part of fuel independence. I can go out into the woods around my house and cut down enough wood to keep my house warm for a whole season. Just saw, split, stack, and use.For a Passivhaus, a wood stove is in most instances a deal-breaker. For starters, a wood stove usually has a rated output that is way more than any Passivhaus can use. A 55,000 Btu/h stove in a house with a 7,000 Btu/h load is just overkill.Secondly, most wood stove installations introduce air-sealing problems that make it hard to get a home’s airtightness down to 0.6 ach50.My old Pendelton Avalon wood stove dates back to the 1990s. I bought it from the fellow I bought the house from. It is a good little stove with lots of years of use still in it. My wife and kids love the fire and it gives off 55,000 Btu/h when it is running hot. It is also an atmospheric combustion stove.An atmospherically vented stove (one which gets its combustion air from the room where the stove is located) is fine if your house is leaky, but becomes a problem when your house is tight. If your house is tight, you need to bring in outdoor air for the combustion process.I thought that my wood stove had the ability to be outfitted with a duct to bring outside air into the house, but upon further investigation I found this wasn’t so. I ended up buying a new Hearthstone wood stove with a larger firebox (and with a ten-hour burn time instead of six hours) and the ability to add the sealed combustion fresh air duct I needed.If you are going to do this type of retrofit on your wood stove and chimney, make sure that your wood stove can be outfitted with the outdoor air supply first! Chris West has a background in mechanical engineering and lived in the Netherlands for ten years during the 2000s. There he learned about advances in building science; he brought this knowledge back with him when he moved back to the U.S. in 2010. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and is currently president of the Passive House Alliance of Vermont, husband and father of two wonderful children who love living in the wilds of Vermont.last_img read more

BlackBerry Balance: A New BlackBerry 10 Feature For Perpetually Connected Consumers

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Pause sarah rotman epps What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Guest author Sarah Rotman Epps is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research.One of the most delightful product features I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month came from an unexpected source: the new BlackBerry 10 operating system from Research In Motion (RIM).While RIM is battling from behind with BB10, there’s a lot to like about this product, from the super-smart contextual prediction keyboard to the super-efficient BlackBerry Hub. The feature of BB10 that I like best is called “BlackBerry Balance,” which allows users to selectively turn off work-related email and apps for specified periods of time. BlackBerry Balance is significant for three reasons:1. It’s designed for consumers (workers), not IT administrators. This is a big, big deal for RIM, a company known for making products that were favorites of IT shops. In the past, IT administrators had all the power over corporate BlackBerrys -they could not only kill a user’s device remotely but also could limit access to features like the app store.With BB10, it’s IT admins who are in a box – they can give users access to corporate email and applications, but those are siloed on the device, and BlackBerry Balance lets workers decide when to turn work off while still using their devices for fun stuff.2. It puts workers in control of their work-life balance. The BlackBerry Hub, which unifies communications and alerts from text messages, calls, email and social networks, makes communicating very efficient (for example, you can reply to tweets and Facebook messages directly from the Hub without opening separate applications), but it could easily be overwhelming too. With BlackBerry Balance, consumers don’t have to fear they’ll be bombarded with work-related messages when they use the Hub on personal time.3. It’s a model for other mobile OSes to follow. Other than Apple’s “Do Not Disturb” feature on iOS, there are very few features I’ve seen on mobile operating systems that do anything to assuage the pains of the perpetually connected consumer. It’s great to see RIM leading here, and I hope to see other companies follow with their own innovative features.Smartphones enable perpetual connectivity, but they should also empower consumers to set their own demands for how and when they want to be connected.Image from BlackBerry YouTube video.center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Barry J. Sanders Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In the final game of the regular season, Barry J. Sanders had his breakout game on special teams for the Cowboys. He was named Big 12 special teams player of the week for his performance.#Big12FB: Sanders set career bests with 138 all-purpose yards and a 56-yard kickoff return in the @CowboyFB’s game at Oklahoma.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) December 5, 2016Sanders recorded 138 all-purpose yards, including kickoff returns of 56 yards and 49 yards that put Oklahoma State in favorable field position. The biggest return came just before the half, with the teams tied at 17 with under a minute remaining.screenflick-movie-209Unfortunately OSU wasn’t able to parlay the return into points. Instead they elected to run the clock out rather than trying to steal points before the half and capitalize on the big gain.The two returns were not only the best of his career, but also the longest kickoff returns for OSU the entire season.last_img read more

Mike Gundy on if Rob Glass Ever Leaves: ‘I’ll Have to Find Something Else to Do’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State strength and conditioning guru Rob Glass sat down with Brett Ledbetter of What Drives Winning, a seminar/training course that’s hosted collaborative efforts from the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to World Cup champion Abby Wambach.Mike Gundy has previously done two sit-downs with Ledbetter. OSU wrestling coach John Smith has done one, as well.Coach Gundy and Glass talked about the beginnings of their relationship (Glass was on staff at OSU when Gundy was a player) and Gundy talked about the importance of having someone you trust in that role.“If he decides to get out of it, I’ll have to find something else to do,” said Gundy.“Strength and conditioning is the most important aspect of developing college football players.” Gundy continued “Coach [Glass] gets them really eleven months out of the year, so the discipline, the structure, the toughness, the environment he creates and develops sets them up for us.”Glass, who makes just under $400,000 a year according to the Tulsa World’s database, talked about what the moniker #BodyByGlass entails.“We’re trying to, essentially, develop a swagger, a physical presence with our guys because that’s what it takes to be successful,” said Glass. “So we’re training that dominant, alpha-male type of mentality [that] is what we’re trying to create.”His track record of player transformation speaks for itself.Check out the full interview below.last_img read more

Dunn, Wozniak Getting Tricky With Drills in Spring Camp

first_imgAs the running backs were on their knees, driving their hands into a practice pad before falling to the turf, their new position coach John Wozniak was behind them talking about losing a bet and doing a belly flop.The drill represented the running backs picking up a defense’s blitz package, but Wozniak was using a little more imagery to get the point across.“You lost the bet,” he said. “You gotta do it.”Later in practice, the backs were flooding out of the backfield, past a would-be linebacker (who Wozniak was simulating) and streaking downfield for a fade pass from the quarterbacks.Wozniak yelled all kinds of things and chased as they ran by. Meanwhile, receivers coach Kasey Dunn was pulling out all the stops.So far this spring, he has shown the wonder of his receivers’ hands:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But Wednesday, he had the Cowboys doing things that, if done on Saturdays in a couple of months, would have landed them on SportsCenter.Dunn lined the group up alongside a tackling dummy. As the first came up, he stood behind the dummy, opposite Dunn at the Jugs Machine. The receiver wrapped his hands around the dummy, and Dunn fired.I didn’t see one dropped ball.Later on, Wozniak was working with the punt returners. He wrapped a towel around their backs and told them to squeeze it between their arms and their torso, so the towel wouldn’t fall. As the punts came in, Wozniak walked near them, threw his hat at them and flinched toward them to give a representation of traffic during the catch.Bravo, sirs. What a couple of awesome drills. We’ll see if it makes a difference in the performance, too. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more