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first_imgView comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Church wedding serves as an inspiration for Barroca Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki kisses her trophy after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo by DITA ALANGKARA / AP)MELBOURNE, Australia — It took Caroline Wozniacki 43 majors and two failed attempts in finals before finally claiming her first Grand Slam singles title.One of the first things she did as a champion was apologize to top-seeded Simona Halep following her 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win in the Australian Open final on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played over the stadium speakers as the 27-year-old Danish player carried the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup around Rod Laver Arena.Wozniacki lost two US Open finals – in ’09 and 2014 – and Halep lost two French Open finals before their meeting at Melbourne Park.It was the first time in the Open era that players ranked No. 1 and 2 were meeting in a major final without either having won a Grand Slam title.So the pressure was on.It was the first time in the Open era that both Australian Open finalists had saved match points before reaching the final, also, so in some ways the pressure was off.In Halep’s case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m sorry, I’m just taking a second to hug Daphne,” Wozniacki said, pausing as she clutched the winner’s trophy in the on-court ceremony. “I dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now it’s a dream come true.”More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open – a straight sets loss to Serena Williams – Wozniacki can finally erase the “but never won a major” footnote that has long been attached to her resume.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam,” she said after leaving the court.Wozniacki will regain the top ranking next week for the first time in six years – beating Serena Williams’ record of 5 years, 29 days between stints at No. 1 on the women’s tour – in another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was “playing with the house money.”So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which featured some long, absorbing rallies and 10 service breaks – including six in an eight-game run in the third set.“I know that today is a tough day,” Wozniacki said to Halep. “I’m sorry I had to win today but I’m sure we’ll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I’m sorry.”Halep was playing with an injured left ankle, needed treatment for dizziness in the second set and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped. In the end, she just ran out of steam.“It’s not easy to talk now,” Halep said at the presentation. “It’s been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with the ankle injury. I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did. Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. Sad that I couldn’t make it the third time, maybe the fourth time will be with luck.”Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four Grand Slam tournaments since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open for her record 23rd Grand Slam title.Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year’s final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month.Wozniaki was ranked No. 1 for 67 weeks, including 49 straight from Feb. 21, 2011 until Victoria Azarenka replaced her on Jan. 30, 2012.Wozniacki got a break in Halep’s first service game and had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-3, but the Romanian rallied to break back and to force a tiebreaker. After getting an early jump in the tiebreaker, Wozniacki won the last three points to win a set for the first time in a Grand Slam final.Halep fended off four break points to hold early in the second set, and called for the trainer after holding in the fifth to get her blood pressure and pulse taken. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She returned and broke for a 5-3 lead before leveling the match.The players had a 10-minute break between the second and third sets with the temperature at 30.5 Celsius (87 Fahrenheit) and 60 percent humidity.Wozniacki appeared to sense Halep’s fatigue and attacked hard, getting a break in the second game.Halep converted her sixth breakpoint chance when Wozniacki double-faulted for the first time in the set. It was 2-1.There was a total of four straight service breaks until Halep held and got on level terms. She broke Wozniacki for a 4-3 lead, but lost momentum after Wozniacki’s medical time out.“I can still smile. It’s fine. I cried, but now I’m smiling,” Halep said. “Is just a tennis match in the end. But, yeah, I’m really sad I couldn’t win it. I was close again, but the gas was over in the end.”Serena Williams didn’t watch the game, saying she gets too nervous, but tweeted to congratulate her good friend Wozniacki.“New number one and aussie open champ. So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are. From a year ago to today I’m so proud my friend so proud.”last_img read more

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first_imgFulham’s new arrival John Heitinga makes his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from Manchester United, also starts against the champions, who welcome defender Nemanja Vidic back from suspension. The Whites’ record signing Kostas Mitroglou must wait for his debut, while Scott Parker is among the Fulham substitutes. Boss Rene Meulensteen has also opted to start with John Arne Riise and youngster Muamer Tankovic.Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.Fulham:Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgALAMEDA — There’s something keeping Jon Gruden up at night, and it’s not the uncertainty of where his team will play home games next season or the recent firing of his general manager.It’s the fact he doesn’t know who will play guard this Sunday in Cincinnati.Left guard Kelechi Osemele missed his fourth game of the season last Sunday against the Steelers, his first DNP due to a toe injury as opposed to his prior knee ailment. Backup left guard Jon Feliciano suffered a season-ending calf …last_img

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first_imgWamena Airport was closed following the incident.“The airport will remain closed because the aircraft is still on the runway. It will be removed from the location only after an initial technical investigation is conducted by a National Transportation Safety Commission [KNKT] team to reveal the causes of the landing failures is finished,” Wamena Airport head Rasburhani told The Jakarta Post.Rasburhani said several flights had been cancelled due to the airport’s closure. “There are between 150-160 flights at Wamena Airport every day. The closure has caused many flight cancellations,” he said.The aircraft, which came in from Papua’s Sentani airport, was carrying 14 tonnes of fuel, rice and sugar belonging to Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina. The fuel load was safe, Pertamina marketing director Ahmad Bambang said on online news portal detik.com. Trigana Air Service is based in Jakarta and started its operations in early 1991 but has a long history of safety issues. It is on the EU’s black list of airlines that are banned from operating to the bloc since July 2007.The Aviation Safety Network lists a total of 14 occurrences for Trigana Air Service in its safety database.In August 2015, a Trigana Air ATR-42 aircraft crashed in the mountainous region of Papua killing 54 people and a Trigana DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft crashed in November 2006, killing all 12 on board.A Fokker F-27 Friendship 600, leased from Trigana Air Services, crashed into a muddy field after the aircraft developed engine trouble shortly after take-off in July 1997.The crew tried to make an emergency landing at Sulaiman Airbase, but the aircraft clipped roofs and a wall of a housing complex and the F-27 broke up and caught fire; 28 of the 50 crew and passengers on board lost their lives. A Boeing 737-300SF of the Indonesian airline Trigana Air Service made a belly landing at Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua on Tuesday Sept. 13. A video below shows how the aircraft skids on the runway with only its nose gear fully extended.The video however does not show the moment of touchdown because the view is blocked by another Boeing 737, so it is not clear whether the main landing gear legs did not extend – due to pilot error or technical failure— or if they were lowered but collapsed in the very hard landing. last_img read more

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first_imgKeeping airliner windshields clear today is a far cry from the early piston era when pans of alcohol mounted above the instrument panel were lit on fire to prevent windshield icing. Windshield wipers, still in use even on the Boeing 747, are highly effective at sweeping rain and snow away from aircraft windshields, but with the higher speeds of jets, other innovative methods were employed to maintain good pilot visibility during approaches and departures in bad weather. The biggest single advance was using heated high-pressure bleed air ducted from the aircraft’s engines to cover the windshield with a protective layer of hot air to prevent ice from building-up on the glass.Other methods for maintaining pilot visibility in bad weather include electrically-heated wires imbedded in the windshield, thin sheets of alcohol dispersed externally on the windshield, or a combination of trusty windshield wipers augmented by a rain-dispersing agent. Another factor in anti-icing and rain dispersal is the design of the windshield itself. The current Boeing 737 windshield, in use since 1954, has six perfectly flat panes of glass. Newer wide-body airliners have compound-curved windshields with entirely different airflow characteristics for mitigating ice accumulation and rain.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The vexing problem of phosphorus in the water continues to make big headlines and haunt animal agriculture. This political hot button, however, has led to some positive developments in research regarding on-farm practices and technology. One of the most recently announced innovations addressing this problem is the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) from Quasar Energy that removes nearly all of the phosphorus from manure.The Brown family dairy farm near New Bremen, in the heart of one of Ohio’s key livestock regions, hosted an event in conjunction with the Quasar Energy Group demonstrating the new Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) in July.“It’s funny that we are doing this here because I’m probably the one that helped start this phosphorus problem in the first place,” Alvin Brown said. “I used to want every inch of every field covered with manure, and now, we are working to reverse that idea and the growing problem.”Alvin started his farm with 10 dairy heifers in 1959, and his son, Lou, is now running the farm with about 275 milking cows along with 180 heifers at a near-by farm. Lou has put great effort into helping find new ways to reduce the phosphorus issues in his area. He is a member of the Auglaize County Soil and Water Board, Lake Loramie Advisory Board, Ag Solutions, Great Lakes Initiative, and Top of Ohio. On top of all those organizations, he is also currently serving as the Director of Ohio Dairy Producers.“It was not just random luck that our farm was chosen for this demonstration with Quasar,” Lou said. “Our whole family has put so much time and focus on this issue, that it only makes sense to have it here today.”Lou Brown hosted the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) demonstration from Quasar Energy on his farm near New Bremen.Lou’s son, Dan, obtained his master’s degree in biodigesters at The Ohio State University in Wooster where he actually worked with Quasar on the research and other aspects of the project to develop the PRS. They started this project three years ago hoping to develop a digester to help lower the amount of phosphorus in the manure from their livestock.On the Brown farm alone, their cows will produce up to eight tons of manure per day. In order to be able to move this large amount of manure off the farm, the Browns have a nutrient management plan in place with more than 1,000 acres of land where they are allowed to spread the manure. Everyone who raises livestock in a distressed watershed, such as theirs, must have one of these plans set up with their local Natural Resources Conservation Service in order to spread any manure on the land. This practice is progressively being recommended to other watersheds as well for prevention of phosphorus issues in the future.According to the Quasar Energy Group, farmers are not solely responsible for the current phosphorus management issues. There are 1,200 wastewater treatment plants between Wapakoneta and Lake Erie that contribute to these problems, At peak flow, 710,000 gallons of water flow into Lake Erie just from the Maumee River every second with phosphorus from farms and water treatments facilities collected along the way.This is where the Phosphorus Recovery System can be beneficial. As of right now, a farmer is not allowed to spread manure within 200 feet of surrounding waterways because of phosphorus run-off concerns. By removing the phosphorus from the manure, it opens up the possibility of removing those barriers. This can also add other opportunities for manure application including sidedressing corn, depending on the nitrates in the test results, or selling the phosphorus that was removed. This dried form of phosphorus removed from the manure through the process is easy to transport, and it has the possibility to be extremely valuable to the farmers, wastewater treatment plants, and cities who choose to remove the phosphorus from the manure and other wastes.Quasar has not been able to completely remove the phosphorus, but the group has been able to reduce the levels from 204 parts per million to just .3 parts per million in their tests.Quasar is able to accomplish this through a five-step system. First, the manure is pumped into the system from the holding pond. The manure is then processed through the centrifuge that separates the solids from the liquids. The solids from this separation have a total solid content of approximately 25% and contain 90% to 95% of the manure’s phosphorus. Those solids get conveyed to a different storage unit where liquids from the segregates drain into the collection tank located below the centrifuge where it is mixed with liquid hydrated lime. The lime helps control the pH to at least 10.5 to enable thickening and precipitation of the remaining solids that were not captured in the first separation process.A pump sends this material to a lime mixing tank where it gets further mixed to ensure a uniform pH. The material will overflow out of the top of the mixing tank into a lime settling tank. The solids settle to the bottom of the tank and the liquids leave through a top outlet during this phase. The settled solids and liquids then get pumped out of the tank into a filter press or plate frame press. It will squeeze the liquids out of the material, and this liquid material will have a phosphorus content less than 1 milligram per liter, which can be used for irrigation. The separated lime solids, or lime cake as the Quasar Energy Group likes to call it, can be blended with the solids that were collected from the centrifuge and transported out to another farm or away from the distressed watershed.The work for the PRS was funded through a USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant of almost $1 million. Quasar Energy Group is now currently partnering with the Parker-Hannifin Corporation of Columbus that makes many of the fittings for the PRS to make it more affordable for the farmers. The two groups believe that they can achieve the same results with fewer costs and a smaller-scale system that farmers can have easier access to and could afford to purchase for themselves or at least with a group of neighboring farmers. Brown thinks farmers would only have to put in two to three hours a day into separating if they had the system directly on their farm each day. Depending on the value of the removed phosphorus, this could easily be worth the extra time put into this process.The demonstration that took place at the Brown’s farm was only the second public demonstration for the PRS.“This is not a well-known John Deere tractor; it is the first of its kind,” Lou said. “Some people are bit gun shy of the new technology while others are willing to lead this project. Regardless, the wide variety of people in attendance from neighboring farmers to the local NRCS, Farm Bureau, Extension, and even senators goes to show how important and beneficial this system could be for Lake Erie and other distressed areas.”last_img read more

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first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on June 29, 2017, with information on Aldes constant airflow regulators.A balanced ventilation system — for example, a system with a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) or an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) — exhausts stale air from some rooms in a building, while simultaneously introducing fresh outdoor air to other rooms. The best balanced ventilation systems use dedicated ventilation ductwork. Usually, these systems pull exhaust air from damp, smelly rooms — bathrooms and laundry rooms — and introduce fresh air to the rooms where people spend most of their time — bedrooms and the living room.Some of these balanced ventilation systems operate at a low speed for 24 hours a day. Others have timers that operate the fans for a certain number of minutes — perhaps 20 or 40 minutes — per hour. These controls aim to ventilate the house at a pre-determined rate — for example, the rate recommended by the ASHRAE 62.2 standard. Depending on whether you use the old ASHRAE formula or the new ASHRAE formula, and depending on the size of the house and the number of occupants, a single-family house might require anywhere from 45 cfm to 120 cfm of ventilation air.Many HRV manufacturers advise builders that the exhaust function of an HRV is adequate for removing moisture and odors from bathrooms. However, a few HRV manufacturers and some builders provide different advice; they advise that even when a bathroom has an exhaust grille connected to HRV ductwork, it’s still important for every such bathroom to have a separate bath exhaust fan.Which approach makes the most sense?Venmar Ventilation is a manufacturer of HRVs with headquarters in Quebec. According to specialists at Venmar, it’s perfectly possible to use an HRV system as the only method of exhausting air from a bathroom.John Pothier, a technical specialist at Venmar, told me that most Canadian homes take that approach.… last_img read more

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first_imgOne year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: “In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance-wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”last_img read more