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Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

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first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more

Three alarming numbers from Warriors’ Game 3 loss

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first_imgOAKLAND — Sans two of their three best players, the Warriors dropped Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night and fell into a 2-1 series hole. The Raptors eased to a 123-109 win at Oracle Arena, silencing a crowd desperate for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant to return for Game 4 on Friday.Stephen Curry carried the Warriors with 47 points, his playoff career high and 30 more than any teammate. Outside Curry’s one-man show, though, little proved worthy of celebrating as the Warriors only …last_img

SAA, Nal’ibali take youngsters on reading adventure

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first_imgYoung readers from the Soweto’s Nal’ibali reading club, Mighty Stars, to place the first copies of the magazine in the seat pockets of an SAA aeroplane. (Image: Nal’ibali)South African Airways (SAA) and the Nal’ibali reading for enjoyment campaign have joined forces once again to produce a second edition of their Story Power magazine to continue inspiring a love of reading among young South Africans.To mark the publication of the new magazine, the partners invited young readers from the Soweto Nal’ibali reading club, Mighty Stars, to place the first copies of the magazine in the seat pockets of an SAA aeroplane.“The 2014 Nal’ibali edition proved so popular among children and their caregivers that the partners will once again be offering young travellers a brand-new story written by a local author, fun literacy activities and ideas for parents to help keep their children reading over the holiday period,” said Musa Zwane, general manager shareholder.“In addition, little listeners will also be able to enjoy Nal’ibali audio stories as part of SAA’s in-flight entertainment schedule on regional flights.”THE POWER OF WORDSThe audio stories, together with the magazine, form part of Nal’ibali’s Story Power drive, created in the hope of getting books into the hands of as many South Africans as possible. “Research shows that children who read regularly and for enjoyment perform better at school in all subjects, including science and maths,” says Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s managing director.“Reading and sharing stories is something all families can do – especially during the school holidays, which is the perfect time to start a storytelling tradition at home.”To further encourage the children to continue with their reading routines, SAA Chief Captain Sifuso Masuku reminded them of the importance of reading and how it could help shape their dreams, as it did for his own dreams.Poet Natalia Molebatsi also demonstrated how she put the power of words to use by sharing some of her work and engaging the children in an interactive poetry performance.THE STORY CONTINUESNal’ibali offers children access to an array of online resources such as literacy-building tips and a selection of stories in their home languages.Those looking to make use of these resources can visit Nal’ibali’s website or its mobile site.last_img read more

EPA overreach addressed with new legislation

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many agricultural groups are pleased with the bipartisan leadership of Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) as they introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would put in check the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempt to broaden the definition of “waters of the U.S.”“Tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and land owners have spoken out, but EPA has yet to fully acknowledge the proposal’s potential impact on everyday farming activities,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “We work hard every day to minimize the environmental impact of raising the food, fuel and fiber we all consume. We’re grateful that our congressional representatives are paving the way to safeguard both farmers and their land.”Farm Bureau is urging Congress to act swiftly, before the rule is final, so agencies can re-craft the rule to ensure it is practical and addresses the concerns of farmers, ranchers and business owners across the country.last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, May 23

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is beautiful and sunny here. We had an excellent week. We started planting again on Thursday and we finished planting corn on Saturday late afternoon. We should finish beans today. I am planting right now and we had about 290 acres to go when I started this morning.The soil moisture has been perfect and we are really happy with the way it is going in. It looks like we might get two or three days of 70 degrees and sunny for swelling up and popping before we get rains again and then a few days of rain. I think we are setting up for ideal start conditions.The jury is still out on the first stuff we planted. A lot of it is still there but it has been slow coming. Ground conditions were good, but it has been so cold since April 27 when it was planted. Looking back, I would have still planted the corn, but maybe would have waited to plant the beans. The corn is up, but only 10% to 15% of the beans have shoved up out of the ground. That corn all looks fine.The corn that was up was unaffected by any frost. The beans were still all under ground. We haven’t seen any wheat damage. As soon as it dries off after the next rain event we’ll be spraying Prosaro for head scab.We sprayed some fungicide when we sprayed our chemical pass early. Our wheat is looking really healthy. I am glad we did spray because we think that helped. We sprayed Priaxor and then we’ll come back right at flowering with Prosaro.So far things are looking good.last_img read more

Affordable-Home Development Uses Net-Zero Prefabs

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first_imgTheir energy efficiency performance derives in part from their R-22 floors, R-26 walls, R-50 roofs, triple-glazed windows, and envelope airtightness of about 1.03 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. Each house also is equipped with a 4.0 kW photovoltaic system, which is expected to bring overall performance to net zero energy, or close to it.Project developer Visionary Home Builders had already begun fielding buyer inquiries back in June for these homes, which, at $160,000, are available to buyers with annual household income of no more than 80% of the area median. Financing must come through a Federal Housing Administration-approved lender, although approved buyers are eligible for $30,000 of down-payment assistance. ZETA has put its core building strategy to work in Stockton, California, where the company used modular-construction techniques to produce 22 energy efficient single-family homes for an affordable-housing project.When we last mentioned this project, in June, production of the modules at zFab, the company’s 91,000-sq.-ft. factory in Stockton, was just getting underway, although ZETA had by then already delivered a number of moderately priced, modular-construction structures, including a 1,561-sq.-ft. net-zero-energy townhouse in Oakland, California, as well as multifamily, public, and mixed-use buildings.Aiming for NZE in the Central ValleyThe single-family homes in Stockton are the first phase of an affordable-housing development called Tierra del Sol. All 22 houses are built according to the same 1,268-sq.-ft. three-bedroom floor plan, and each has an attached garage. RELATED ARTICLES Will Green Prefab Find Its Way?ZETA Opens a Factory, Continues Prefab QuestA Net-Zero Townhouse in OaklandPreliminaries Underway for Another ZETA ProjectFactory-Made Net-Zero Homes in Californialast_img read more

‘Don’t make NIA summons to Mirwaiz a matter of prestige’

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first_imgThe National Conference on Saturday asked the Centre to not make it a point of prestige to summon moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to New Delhi.Party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the separatist leader should be questioned in the Valley. “The government should not make it a point of prestige to summon him (Mirwaiz) to New Delhi. He has already affirmed in his response that he is willing to cooperate,” Mr. Sagar said while addressing a gathering in Srinagar. “Keeping in view the socio-religious disposition, he should be questioned here in Srinagar only,” he added. The National Investigation Agency had on Thursday issued fresh summons to Mirwaiz to appear for questioning at the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi on March 18 in connection with a terror financing case.Mr. Sagar said the position of Mirwaiz is of immense socio-religious importance and the “injudicious approach of humiliation and intimidation will hurt the sentiments of his followers”. “The post of Mirwaiz is highly venerated by the people of Kashmir. Notwithstanding his politics, his family has played a pivotal role in the socio-political emancipation of the people of Kashmir,” Mr. Sagar said. “He is a scholarly person, holding a Ph D degree and is well respected in the socio-religious circles of the State,” he added.last_img read more

Sloan 3D Printing Study Examines Potential Industrial Impact

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first_img Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail MIT Sloan School of Management recently discussed ways industry may lose themselves “waiting for the mass-market application” of 3-D printing.Sloan Fellows Supesh Jain and Tafadzwa Magaya published research that “outlines conditions that make markets most receptive to the widespread adoption of 3-D printing to help investors and businesses evaluate whether a potential application is worthwhile.” One application where 3-D printing will be invaluable is in customer customization, particularly within inflexible traditional manufacturing. The article points to Cyborg Beast, a startup that designed a $509 prosthetic hand, compared to the 5-figure going rate for most prosthetic limbs.Another application is in manufacturing rare replacement parts for vintage automotive and transit needs where the systems are so old the owners often refurbish the machinery themselves. Magaya explains, “3-D printing allows you to design and make parts in a way that is simply unavailable with traditional manufacturing methods.”3-D printing can offer comprehensive insights into manufacturing for companies that are “fully integrated across the supply chain.” Small, affordable 3-D printed design tweaks “might produce efficiencies.” The authors point to General Electric’s Leap engine, which incorporates 3-D-printed parts. The hyper-efficient is expected to save “$1.6 million in fuel costs per airline per year.” Magaya explains, “The 3-D printed parts were able to help achieve fuel efficiencies that would have otherwise required an improvement in the core technology.”Magaya and Jain believe unique 3-D printing applications—like those companies that print human tissue and others that print meat—could dramatically impact the labor force for the better. “Growing political will and pressure to develop manufacturing jobs nationally, coupled with 3-D printing’s ability to redefine conventional blue collar jobs into a creative, high-tech endeavor, may attract the millennial workforce back into the manufacturing industry.” Sloan 3-D Printing Study Examines Potential Industrial Impact regions: Bostoncenter_img RelatedMIT Sloan Startup Multiply Labs 3-D Prints Custom MultivitaminsEarlier this month MIT Sloan stafff member Amy MacMillan Bankson discussed nifty new San Francisco startup Multiply Labs (official website), which uses 3-D robotics to print personalized pills that can conveniently take the place of that cumbersome pile of vitamins. The groundwork for Multiply Labs was laid in 2015 when Fred Parietti, PhD ’16…April 21, 2017In “Featured Region”Turning Ocean Garbage Into Helpful Prosthetics, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. How “Speed Factories” Help Companies Adapt to Capricious Consumers – Kellogg Insight In a new study co-authored by Northwestern Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics and Operations Jan Van Mieghem, Vlerick Business School’s Robert…July 19, 2018In “Chicago”Investing In U.S. Innovation, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. The 1 Thing Your Company Should Add To Its Retirement Benefits – MIT Sloan Newsroom MIT Sloan Professor Lotte Bailyn took part in a three-year research study under HBS Professor of Business Administration Teresa Amabile…October 29, 2018In “Boston” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more