St George’s FLOW Super Cup title defence over – Excelsior take group honours after tied contest

first_img Jonathan Grant 0 H Selassie 1 St Jago High 0 Hydel High 1 Excelsior High 2 St George’s 2 Yesterday’s Results STGC’S TWO GOALS Though lone scorer Alex Marshall netted a stunner, earning St George’s College a come-from-behind 2-2 draw, Excelsior High won the day, earning the automatic FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout positions from the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup Group A yesterday. The Mountain View Avenue-based institution prevailed in a spirited 45-minute contest to remain unbeaten in eight games and claiming 20 points. St George’s ended with 19 points and will not be able to defend their ISSA/Super Cup title. They will also miss the Walker Cup KO, where they were finalists last season. Meeting for the second time this season, the game was called off at half-time on September 20, due to the passing of St George’s captain Dominic James, who collapsed inside the first five minutes. Excelsior were leading 2-1 at the half-time break and the game was continued – with the second-half – at Stadium East yesterday. Thorne Buchanan’s brace in the 30th and 37th minutes gave Excelsior the lead. Buchanan had a hat-trick beckoning, but failed to put away a 42nd-minute penalty, plus other scoring chances yesterday. Akeem Robotham scored St George College’s goal in the first half in minute 25, while Marshall added the ‘Light Blues’ second in the 71st, bringing his goal tally to nine this season. “It felt good that I could score a good goal like that. I told myself that I wanted to put myself in a good chance to score goals here and help my team win the game and get the Super Cup place, unfortunately we didn’t win, but we want to continue playing for everything,” Marshall told The Gleaner. Excelsior’s best chance came when Tyane Wilson streaked onside, supplied Buchanan with a peach of a pass, only to see the striker firing wide of goal with only the goalie to beat. “We knew that they were gonna come and throw everything at us offensively. We tried to contain them,” said Shavar Thomas, Excelsior High’s coach. St George’s coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said: “We are disappointed that we didn’t make the Super Cup. We came here with an opportunity to win two. We can still win the Manning Cup and we can still win the Olivier Shield.” Meanwhile, Hydel won 1-0 and joined St Jago on 19 points. Superior goal difference placed Hydel second overall to zone winners Bridgeport High, who qualified for the Super Cup. Surprise team Haile Selassie qualified for the FLOW Super Cup for the first time in their history, topping Group D with a 1-0 win over Jonathan Grant.last_img read more

Vodacom’s energy-efficient data centre

first_img26 July 2011Vodacom’s new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient data centre on Cape Town’s foreshore was designed and built not only to help the telecoms group reduce its carbon footprint, but also so that cost reductions can be passed on to its customers.Scalability of the seven-story data centre was a key design feature, with the data floor area being able to expand from an initial 1 552 to an ultimate 2 862 square metres.With low energy usage being a key design goal, cooling is provided by a water-cooled chiller plant, and air-cooled step-down transformers with an efficiency of greater than 98% distributing power at the highest possible voltage as close to the source as possible.The data centre is illuminated by a combination of T5 technology lamps and LED lamps, while lighting is controlled by individual light and motion sensors mounted to each fitting with a time delay to go off.The building also makes use of service passages around the data centre floor areas, which improves thermal insulation, reduces the risk of water entrance to critical data floor areas and improves physical security.“We’re excited about this data centre because it shows our commitment to our joint initiative with our parent company Vodafone, to ensure that we reduce our carbon emissions worldwide,” Vodacom head of corporate affairs Portia Maurice said in a statement this week.Expansion of cloud computingThe data centre is the latest built to meet the needs of the growing community of Vodacom business customers and to prepare for the expansion of cloud computing, which is already gaining traction in South Africa.Since the establishment Vodacom’s Business Services division just over three years ago, Vodacom Group executive Chris Ross said business customers of all sizes were demanding more and more services to run and grow their organisations.As a result, virtualisation, hosted services such as hosted call centres, telepresence, and increased acceptance of convergence have all been major factors in the investment in a new data centre.Scalable cloud computing plays a vital role in any modern data centre, and Vodacom has partnered with VMware and Novell to give customers all the benefits of efficient and cost-effective market-leading technology.“Vodacom has reduced the space needed to host traditional servers in our data centre,” said Ross. “We have also reduced power utilisation to help reduce our carbon foot print. We will pass the benefits of cloud computing to our customers, enabling a truly flexible, agile and scalable cloud service.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Batt Insulation: Fiberglass, Mineral Wool, and Cotton

first_imgLast week’s column addressed cellulose insulation, which is the greenest and one of the most effective insulation materials available. But it isn’t always practical or affordable to install cellulose. To insulate walls with cellulose, it’s usually necessary to hire an insulation contractor, and if the job is very small—bumping out and reinsulating one wall of your home, for example—the cost may be prohibitive for that small improvement. This is where batt insulation makes sense.Batt insulation is comprised of a fiber material, most commonly fiberglass, that is held together with a binder and cut to standard dimensions to fit between wall studs, rafters, or joists. It is sold in compressed rolls or bundles, and it expands to the rated thickness when opened up. Some batt insulation has facing on one side made of asphalt-impregnated kraft paper, foil-coated paper, or vinyl; some is fully encased in plastic to prevent fiber-shedding; and some is sold unfaced.By far the most common type of batt insulation—and the most common type of insulation period—is fiberglass. It is made by melting glass and spinning the molten liquid to produce thin fibers, much the way cotton candy is made, but at a much higher temperature. All fiberglass insulation produced in the U.S. today contains at least 30 percent recycled glass. The most common source of that recycled content is glass cullet from window glass manufacturing; the rest is recycled beverage containers.A binder is added to the fiberglass to hold the fibers together. The most common binder is phenol-formaldehyde, which may result in low levels of formaldehyde emissions over time—though most of the formaldehyde is removed during a baking process. One fiberglass insulation manufacturer, Johns Manville, has switched entirely to an acrylic binder to eliminate formaldehyde offgassing.There has been concern that glass fibers might be carcinogenic, like asbestos, but worry about this has decreased in recent years following new studies. If fiberglass insulation is properly installed (so that the insulated cavity is separated from the living area by an air barrier), I am not too worried about fiber shedding once installation is complete. But it is very important to wear gloves, goggles, and a dust mask when installing fiberglass. Also, handle the batts carefully to minimize dust generation.Mineral wool is similar to fiberglass, but the raw material is rock (usually basalt) or slag (a waste material produced mostly from iron ore smelting). As with fiberglass, phenol-formaldehyde binder is typically used in the manufacture. Mineral wool batts are higher-density than fiberglass batts, block sound more effectively, and are more fire resistant—properties that are particularly important in commercial buildings, where most mineral wool insulation is installed.A newer type of batt insulation is made from recycled cotton. Two manufacturers produce cotton batt insulation that is totally free of formaldehyde and can be installed without gloves or other precautions. Bonded Logic, makes the UltraTouch line of cotton insulation, and InsulCot makes a similar product carrying the InsulCot brand. A nontoxic, boron-based (UltraTouch) or phosphorus-based (InsulCot) flame retardant is added to keep the material from igniting if exposed to fire.A wonderful thing about installing cotton insulation is that at the end of the day your eyes and arms aren’t itchy. The material also has a very high recycled content—being made mostly from factory denim scrap. I have found, though, that cotton insulation is harder to cut than fiberglass, and it doesn’t expand to its rated thickness as quickly. It is also a lot more expensive than fiberglass and harder to find. Locally, Renew Building Materials & Salvage on Putney Road in Brattleboro, carries Bonded Logic insulation.Most batt insulation insulates to between R-3.3 and 3.7 per inch, depending on the material and density. Usually, the insulating performance and air tightness isn’t as good as blown-in or damp-spray cellulose.Properly installing batt insulation can be tricky. To get the best energy performance, the batts must entirely fill the wall or ceiling cavities. This means pushing the batts in at the edges and pulling the face out to avoid leaving air pockets. If wires or pipes extend through the cavity, split the batt so that insulation surrounds the wire or pipe and fully fills the cavity. If you simply compress the batt behind or in front of the penetration, your overall insulating value (R-value) will be significantly compromised.last_img read more

Two elephants die in Assam

first_imgA day after a tusker made it back to the wild after strolling on the streets of Guwahati, two elephants died under different circumstances near human habitations in Assam on Thursday.While one died of electrocution near Harmoti village in Nagaon district, the other succumbed to injuries after falling into a mud pit in Rani area on the outskirts of Guwahati. The pit was believed to have been dug to keep animals off crops. “One person has been arrested for planting a live wire in his paddy field. It seems like a deliberate attempt to electrocute the animal,” a forest official of Kaziranga National Park said. The village is close to the rhino habitat. The official said the elephant had strayed into the village, probably in search of food, and was electrocuted on Wednesday night. Human-animal conflicts have so far claimed the lives of four elephants and 10 people this year.last_img read more

Another early exit as Novak Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic, of Serbia, sits during a changeover during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. John (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — Novak Djokovic has had a rough couple of weeks on the court.The top-seeded Djokovic was upset by Roberto Bautista Agut 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Miami Open Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT He also made an early exit from Indian Wells earlier in the month.Djokovic was looking to win the 850th match of his career against Bautista Agut, but that achievement will have to take place at another tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“This kind of match I should not have lost,” Djokovic said. “I lost the momentum, I lost the rhythm in the second set. I gave him a little room to step in and he did. A little hope that he can come back, and he made a great comeback.“But fault is on me, for sure. I had way too many opportunities that I wasted.” Djokovic lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round at Indian Wells.Djokovic, the president of the ATP Player Council, has been a central figure in recent ATP off-court news.He was involved when the ATP Board of Directors decided this month not to renew the contract of ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode when it expires at the end of the year.Initially on Tuesday, Djokovic denied his recent losses were affected by his off-court activities within the game, but later admitted that it might have taken a toll.“Way too many things off the court,” Djokovic said. “I guess that affected me a little bit on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Eric Bledsoe steals show as Bucks pull away from Rockets in key match up Earlier Tuesday, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova learned that the man who stabbed her in an attack in her home in 2016 was sentenced eight years in prison by a court in the Czech Republic.“Yeah, I heard that, for sure, I heard that this morning,” she said. “I accepted the news. I’m happy for the news and I’m glad it’s over now.”Roger Federer’s scheduled fourth-round match against 13th-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, scheduled as the second match on the stadium court, was postponed until Wednesday because of a long rain delay.The match will now take place not before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.The tournament planned to complete the other three matches scheduled for Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I didn’t feel my best health-wise, as well, in Indian Wells and here. You know, still rusty, but, hey, look, you learn that’s life.”After racing through the first set against Bautista Agut in 33 minutes, Djokovic lost control of the match. He only took advantage of four of 13 break points presented, and had his own serve broken on three of seven break points he faced.“One, two, three sluggish games, and that’s what happened,” Djokovic added.Djokovic was leading 6-1, 4-5 when rain delayed play for 30 minutes. Returning to the court, Djokovic surrendered his serve on a second break point in the 12th game to lose the second set.The Serb recouped one service break in the third set, but he lost his serve again in the sixth game to fall behind 2-4.Djokovic holds a 7-3 record over Bautista Agut, but the Spaniard has now beaten him the past two times they’ve played.Bautista Agut defeated Djokovic in a three-set semifinal at the Qatar Open in January.Earlier in the day, defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals by securing a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win over No. 19 seed Kyle Edmund.Isner, the seventh seed, has played five tiebreak sets in six sets played in his three-match wins to reach this year’s quarters.In a women’s quarterfinal match, Australia’s Asheigh Barty defeated Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2. View commentslast_img read more