Fulbright Scholars Program awards 21 from Harvard with grants

first_imgTwenty-one foreign scholars and professionals from Harvard have been named Fulbright Scholar Program grant recipients for 2009-10. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, participating governments, and host institutions in the United States and abroad, these grants allow scholars from across the globe to lecture or conduct research at the University.This year’s class of Fulbright Scholars follow:Hang Cao, language and literature (non-U.S.), China; Meriem El Karoui, biological sciences, France; Tal Ellenbogen, physics and astronomy, Israel; Hikmet Geckil, medical sciences, Turkey; M. Azzim Gulamhussen, history (non-U.S.), Portugal; Milan Janda, biological sciences, Czech Republic; Nicolas Kwiatkowski, history (non-U.S.), Argentina; Yu-Ping Lee, history (non-U.S.), Taiwan; Jo-Wang Lin, linguistics, Taiwan; Xin Liu, public administration, China; Nicole Maruo-Schroeder, American studies, Germany; Osamu Murao, urban planning, Japan; Tsuyako Nakamura, sociology, Japan; Oanh Ngo, law, Vietnam; Hagay Perets, physics and astronomy, Israel; Tatiana Postnikova, philosophy, Russia; Mala Rajo, history (non-U.S.), Malaysia; Junfeng Ren, political science, China; Maarten Roeffaers, chemistry, Belgium; Siobhan Wills, law, Ireland; Maria Yannakoulia, medical history, Greece.last_img read more

Bob and Doug Dock Dragon at ISS Live

first_imgDragon Endeavour has completed the first half of her round trip mission to the space station. Spacecraft Commander Doug Hurley and Joint Operations Commander Bob Behnken have “Captured the Flag” as the first crew to reach the ISS from the United States since the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011.Endeavour lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday, leaving LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 PM EDT (19:22 UTC). After a flawless ride uphill, Endeavour separated from Falcon 9’s second stage and opened its nosecone. This exposed the spacecraft’s docking port as well as an array of Draco maneuvering thrusters, and began the nineteen hours of tests and maneuvers to rendezvous with the ISS.last_img

Talented youngsters win South East Skills Final

first_img Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Name Ufford Park Golf Club Aylesbury Vale Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Caiden Gant Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club West Herts Golf Club Tour 15 to 17 yrs Cranfield Golf Centre Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club Tour 15 to 17 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Saskia Jones Khadeejah Khan Ben Franklin Ivy Rose Neary Langdon Hills Golf Club Three Rivers Golf Club Harry Wood Rookie 8 yrs & under Tour 12 to 14 yrs Heather Kielty Rookie 8 yrs & under Maddy Simpson George Fricker 8 Aug 2014 Talented youngsters win South East Skills Final Rookie 8 yrs & under Milly Woad Fairlop Waters Golf Club Clare Wilkie Nicola Dalzell Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club Ashley Chalmers Tour 15 to 17 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, in Hertfordshire, hosted 24 boys and girls for the England Golf South East Regional Skills Final, supported by FootJoy. The youngsters qualified for the event after competing in two National Skills Challenge events at their home clubs earlier in the year. The boy and girl winners from each age group will now attend the Skills Challenge National Final on Saturday 6th September, at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. They are: Rookie 8 years & under Jamie Burchell – Cranfield Golf Centre, Essex Saskia Jones – Farnham Golf Club, Surrey Rookie 9 to 11 years Harry Wood – Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex Molly Dixon – Betchworth Park Golf Club, Surrey Tour 12 to 14 years Joe Platt – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire Maura Burns Zaragoza – Fairlop Waters Golf Club, Essex Tour 15 to 17 years Harvey Platt – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire Clare Wilkie – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire Russell Lawes, FootJoy Marketing Manager, commented: “Everyone at FootJoy would like to congratulate those players who have managed to progress through to the National Skills final and wish them every success. “We have once again been delighted to support all players who have entered the skills challenge at the varying regional events and wish all players every success with the development of their golf game. “There is a perfect synergy between the National Skills Challenge and FJ’s The Mark of a Player mantra, by teaching the next generation of golfers the key fundamentals which will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the game of golf.” The England Golf National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, has over 850 golf clubs and 6,500 juniors registered to take part.   The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and consists of 10 activities, which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice.  Golf clubs which run Skills Challenge events within two specific dates input their players’ scores onto an online leaderboard, which identifies the juniors who qualify for the regional finals. The Regional Final at Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club turned out to be a real challenge, using the superb practice area, putting green and driving range facilities.  For further details on Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club and their facilities visit www.chesfielddownsgolf.co.uk. FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, supports England Golf’s National Skills Challenge and kindly supplies products and prizes to all players who qualify for the Regional and National Finals. For more information on the National Skills Challenge please click here. Please find below a list of all participating players from the South East Regional Skills Final. Fairlop Waters Golf Club Farnham Golf Club Ufford Park Golf Club Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club Harvey Platt Maura Burns Zaragoza Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Molly Dixon Joe Platt JR Ellis Patrick Arundel Tour 12 to 14 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Rookie 8 yrs & under Tour 12 to 14 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Tour 15 to 17 yrs Grace Fricker Boyce Hill Golf & Country Club Costessey Park Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Tour 15 to 17 yrs Rookie 8 yrs & under Jamie Burchell Age Category Farnham Golf Club Joshua Robertson Golf Club Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Tour 15 to 17 yrs Ufford Park Golf Club Betchworth Park Golf Club Dylan Green Three Rivers Golf Club Will Bradfield Deangate Ridge Golf Club Boyce Hill Golf & Country Clublast_img read more

Chris Pugh Voted Western Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansOly Town Artesians forward Chris Pugh has been honored by Western Indoor Soccer League club coaches and operators as the Offensive Player Of The Week for his hat trick on Saturday night against the Oly-Pen Force.Pugh, a North Thurston High School and Evergreen State alum, scored three times in the third and fourth quarters, sparking a run that cut a 7-1 Oly-Pen Force lead to just two goals, 8-6, early in the fourth. It was a hard-fought game by Pugh and both sides that saw the momentum shift massively twice over the course of just five minutes, and the Force eventually pulled away to register a 12-7 victory.The 38 year-old has been with the Artesians since the 2015-2016 season, but only played in six games over the past two seasons due to injuries and other commitments. This season, he has played in seven of nine games and has scored seven goals. But most importantly, he brings solid, veteran leadership to a young and inexperienced squad that has struggled on the field. He does all that while being a father to two young children and working his day job with the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.Also honored by the WISL for Defensive Player Of The Week were two more Evergreen State College alums, Tacoma Stars Reserves’ Jeff Bader and Oly-Pen Force’s Greg Wolfe. Wolfe was an Original Artesian, playing in 16 games over two seasons before moving to Seattle. He scored twice, made five blocks and drew the key penalty that smashed the Oly Town comeback bid on Saturday. This is his first season back in the WISL since the 2015-2016 season.Pugh and the Oly Town Artesians wrap up the regular season this Saturday night when they face Bellingham United at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, with games, prizes, giveaways and more all evening long. First kick is at 6:30 PM. The following week join us for a postseason friendly against the Oly Legends on Austin Kelley Night, an annual event to honor friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick for AK Night sponsored by HDR Inc. is also set for 6:30. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Anjelica’s Owners Working to Reopen in Sea Bright

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – After the pummeling that Super Storm Sandy inflicted on his restaurant, Anjelica’s – and the entire borough – Ray Lena put up a sign on his building that read: “No Retreat, No Surrender.”The saying, borrowed from Bruce Springsteen’s song “No Surrender,” was sometimes tough to follow.“Putting up the sign was easier than what we would have to do,” Lena said. “Sometimes I thought I would surrender.”Ray Lena stands in front of his Sea Bright restaurant Anjelica’s, with his daughter Anjelica Lena, for whom the restaurant is named. They are working to repair the location, damaged by Sandy, and want to reopen as soon as possible.But, more than half a year after the storm, Lena, and his daughter, Anjelica, are moving toward overhauling the storm-savaged Ocean Avenue building that housed his restaurant and is vowing to reopen.“It’s a disaster,” Lena said, as he surveyed the location while contractors continue to work, gutting 1077 Ocean Ave. and installing all new equipment, and plumbing and electrical work. He has hopes of reopening by the end of June.“It is a daunting process,” Lena said with a heavy sigh over the loud drone of a generator and equipment.The building, which Lena owns, was flooded with more than 5 ½ feet of water from tidal surges that wreaked havoc with much of the coastal area, especially Sea Bright.Large industrial refrigerators were swept up in the surge and washed to the back of the building, about 100 feet away, and were “floating like corks,” Lena said.When Anjelica Lena saw the damage, she didn’t cry, because she couldn’t. “I was in shock.“I had the biggest pit in my stomach,” she said. She wondered what to do next.The restaurant has been – and continues to be – a big part of Angelica Lena’s life. “I grew up here,” said the 27-year-old of the 17-year-old restaurant.She has been running the operation for some time, Ray said.The Lenas have to replace everything in the restaurant and, basically, start from scratch. They expect to even replace the building’s façade because it bowed from the water. Ray Lena estimates that the refurbishing and reequipping of the building will cost “in the hundreds of thousands … (the) high hundreds of thousands.”They are still waiting for insurance money – though thankfully they had flood insurance – and have been relying on loans to move forward with the work, Lena said.They acknowledged having considered moving to another location.“We looked at other options,” Anjelica Lena said. But “I just felt like Sea Bright was home.”“We didn’t want the place to fade away,” Ray Lena said, operating on the theory that businesses are very much susceptible to out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentalities.“In the end it came down to owning the building,” he noted as the tipping point for continuing the operation in Sea Bright.Plus – they stressed – they are also staying because of their customers, who have remained fiercely loyal even during these difficult times, and for whom the Lenas and their staff have deep affection.“We’re very close to our customers,” Ray Lena said, “and you feel a certain obligation.”“We know most of them by name,” Anjelica Lena noted.That is also true of their staff, they said. Many of the approximately 20 employees have worked for them for years, some since the restaurant first opened.Ray also operates the restaurant at the Elberon Bathing Club, a members-only and members-owned beach club, on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, which took a hit with the storm, as well. He’s in the process of getting it back up and running.The restaurant business for Ray Lena is his second career, having previously worked as a sportswriter.For Anjelica Lena, the restaurant is her career, her passion.“I think it’s a demanding job. Your social life suffers and it can get chaotic,” she said. “But, it’s all worth it – especially if you own it.”Now that the restaurant will be opening this summer, “We’re very eager and excited,” she said.While she didn’t cry when she saw the place after Sandy, Anjelica Lena said she will “probably cry when I see everybody” when Anjelica’s reopens for business.last_img read more

Wingnut Testing: Soffit-to-Ridge Roof Venting

first_imgSo far, I have performed wingnut testing on PSA tapes and on basement waterproofing products. Very recently, I started working on wingnut testing of roof venting, using an easel made from 2-by lumber and two sandwich panels of 1/2-inch OSB (see the photo above).  The easel includes a vent space and ridge vent between the two panels. Each sandwich panel is made up of two layers of OSB, with an air space between the two layers. The easel demo simulates one vented cathedral roof cavity facing one direction and the other facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Frankly, the reason I chose to try to simulate cathedral soffit-to-ridge venting is because it was the easiest to build as an “easel.” Caveats Keep in mind that this is wingnut testing. Some caveats:RELATED ARTICLESAll About Attic VentingSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingVapor Diffusion PortsFans in the Attic: Do They Help or Do They Hurt? I am assuming that this simple easel mimics larger actual roofs. I have just gotten started on this testing; there is a lot to work out, and changes will be based on early results. Initial test results are likely to lead to changes in the test protocol; I will be looking for input on the initial approach from many in the building and roofing industry, including ridge vent manufacturers. So far I have only tested three ridge vents; there are quite a few more out there. I am not releasing the names of the manufacturers of the two ridge vents I have tested because I don’t understand yet why the results are so different, and so far I have not had both of the manufacturers review my test and the results. It only seems fair to take this cautious approach even though it may be way less gratifying to readers of this blog. Stay tuned; more testing and identification of tested ridge vents soon to follow. Some background on roof venting It was Bill Rose and his book “Water in Buildings” that really turned me into a building science wingnut, with a desire to conduct tests in the same vein. (For more on Bill Rose, see this blog by Martin Holladay.)  Bill and his book encourage all of us to question building maxims, such as the 1:150 and 1:300 roof venting rules. (For more on attic venting, see “All About Attic Venting.”) But what about all those arrows in roof ventilation diagrams that sometimes depict air flow? Some of these diagrams are appealing (see Image #1 in the gallery) and some others that seem a lot more creative — or maybe even wishful (see Image #2 in the gallery). We know that to get air flow through a ventilation channel, we need three things: A hole Another hole A driving force For driving forces, we have three as well: Stack effect Wind Mechanical (fans) We will leave mechanically driven air flow (or fan-assisted venting) off on its own for the time being (although there is a lot of GBA content regarding powered roof vents, including “Fans in the Attic”). That leaves us to imagine (or maybe even track) just how wind and stack effect create air flow within roof venting systems. But boy, there are a lot of variables to consider: the type of venting in attics (soffit-to-ridge or gable-to-gable), the impact of roof pitch, the depth of the vent space, the type and color of roof cladding, the temperatures driving stack effect, the direction and intensity of wind, etc. Wingnut approach to soffit-to-ridge vent testing in cathedral roof assemblies For the last ten years or so, I have been a presenter at the Better Buildings Better Business (B4) conference in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. It’s a great conference. This year I had three educational sessions on attics and roofs: “Building Science and the Codes”; “Roofs and Attics That Work”; and “Roofs and Attics That Don’t Work.” The B4 crowd seems to appreciate and even like building science wingnut testing, so I rigged up what I thought was a decent demo of roof venting and sent this diagram to the conference planner, John Viner, as well as some roofing experts at GAF (see Image #3). The setup allowed me to pretty easily change: Roof vent space depth (3/8”, 3/4”, 1”, 1.5”, 2”); Roof pitch (18/12, 12/12, 5/12, 3/12); Type of ridge vent; The driving forces (stack effect driven by “solar heating” — actually, infrared heat lamps — on one side of the A-frame roof). I tested two manufactured ridge vents and a home-made ridge cap. The home-made ridge cap consisted of a totally open vent slot capped by a mini-roof made of OSB, with each side of the mini-roof measuring 6 inches wide, and with 1-inch-thick wood block spacers under the OSB to establish a 1-inch-high vent space in the ridge — the same depth as the roof slope vent space depth (see Image #5 in the gallery). The test consists of: Heating up the “south” side of the demo roof with two 250-watt infrared lamps (augmented with a hair dryer as needed) until the surface reaches around 90°F to 100°F; Measuring the temperature of the “roof” surface with a digital infrared thermometer; A smoke stick test involving a timer (to determine how long it takes the smoke to vent out). Because of the time crunch getting this test ready for the B4 conference, the tests below are largely qualitative; subsequent testing under more controlled conditions will result in more consistent heated roof temperatures and accurate timing for smoke emergence. Initial results in my basement Working by myself, I did not at first figure out how to position the lamps, record the surface temperature, and operate the smoke stick. So there is no video of my first test, which was conducted with the easel at a 18/12 pitch, with a 1-inch vent space, and with a manufactured ridge vent (which I will refer to as Ridge Vent 1 — see Image #4). You will have to take my word for it: the smoke only came out at the bottom of the opposite roof slope. No smoke came out the manufactured ridge vent at all. What? (If you can’t take my word for it, take a look at the second of the three videos on this page.) Next, I built a home-made unobstructed OSB ridge vent, which I am going to call Ridge Vent 2 (see Image #5), and repeated the test. Smoke quickly and readily came out the top of the opposite slope, but not the heated side — another unexpected result. (See the video below.)   On to B4 testing At the B4 conference, we did WTF (Wingnut Test Facility) roof venting testing at the end of each of the three sessions. As happened in my basement testing, Ridge Vent 1 resulted in no smoke coming out the ridge vent but plenty rolling out the bottom of the opposite side of the roof easel (see the video below).   In the video above, you can see a hair dryer being used to augment (speed up) the heating of the “south” side of the demo roof. My initial plan was to use the hair dryer to simulate a different driving force for roof venting — wind — but we ran out of time before we could demonstrate that driving force. Next, we switched out the ridge vent to another manufactured roof vent (one which I did not have in my basement but that a major roof product manufacturer exhibiting at B4 provided), and this ridge vent worked well — pretty much like the typical arrows depict. I will call this vent Ridge Vent 3 (see the video below).   The results from my basement testing and the testing at the B4 conference were very similar. Ridge Vent 1 — a popular manufactured ridge vent — did not have any smoke exiting the ridge; instead, smoke rolled out the bottom of the opposite side. Ridge Vent 3 — another popular manufactured ridge vent — had smoke readily exiting the ridge vent, pretty much as depicted in Image #1. The unobstructed homemade ridge vent (Ridge Vent 2) had most of the smoke rolling out of the ridge vent on the opposite side. Cutting away the insect screening “gauze” on Ridge Vent 1 did very little if anything to improve the lack of smoke exiting at the ridge vent. Slope matters; the steeper the slope, the faster the smoke moved out of the roof assembly. The depth of the vent space matters; the deeper the vent space, the faster the smoke moved out of the roof assembly. Image #6 in the gallery shows the taped end of the ridge vent in the demo; we taped off the open ends of each of the ridge vents so that air and smoke did not escape from these unintended openings. Onward It sure looks as though we need to learn a lot more about how the arrows should really be drawn for soffit-to-ridge vented cathedral roof assemblies. I don’t know why the two manufactured roof vents performed so differently and I hope to work with ridge vent manufacturers to better understand why. I am looking forward to more roof vent testing. I think my initial basement tests and B4 conference tests should inspire more work, particularly: Testing more manufactured ridge vents. Being more exacting with how much heat is applied and the resulting temperature of the heated roof slope. Measuring actual times for each of the tests between smoke starting in at the bottom of the assembly (at the “soffit” or “eave”) and wherever the smoke exits. Stay tuned for more results in my next GBA blog, and feel free to weigh in with your own insights — and maybe even your own wingnut testing.   Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called  Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here.last_img read more

Man booked for raping minor girl in Palghar

first_imgThe police have registered a case against the driver of a private jeep for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at Mokhada town in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, the district police said on Friday. The incident took place on October 19, when the victim, a resident of Kurudpada, Jawhar, was travelling in a private jeep, commonly used by locals in the area, the official said. Instead of stopping the vehicle at Kurudpada, the driver Dileep Bhore allegedly dropped the other passengers in the vehicle first, and then stopped the jeep at an isolated road, he added. The accused then allegedly forced the victim out of the vehicle, took her to a field nearby and raped her, he said. The traumatised victim filed a complaint on Thursday, the official said. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered against the alleged accused, police PRO Hemant Katkar said, adding that no arrest has been made so far.last_img read more

Apple wants you fit with the iPhone 6 and Watch

first_imgWith Apple’s official launch dates rolling in for the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, hungry fanboys are going to line up and tent down. Apple’s newest products though seem to have better plans for their users. The primary health accessory is the Apple Watch which will be competing along with the Moto 360 and Gear S. This is Apple’s most interesting device from the recent launch event because it is an arrival into the wearable category. Health conscious timepieceThe Watch packs in a host of features that distinguish it from run of the mill fitness accessories and health monitors. the Apple Watch comes with a built in heart rate monitor that sits at the back. Keeping track of body vitals in real time is essentially a matter of looking towards the wrist. A gyroscope and built in accelerometer make the Watch a perfect companion for walkers, runners and cyclists who need to track movement and distance. the Fitness app included in the Watch can tell users of their calorie expenditure along with running countdowns to set goals.The Workout app breaks activities further into Cycling, Cross Training and Running for specific details. Since third party apps are supported on the Watch, the usual pick of the lot like Endomondo Fitness Tracker,  MapMyRide etc will also have additional features in store. Controlling music, placing quick calls and alerting near ones in case of emergency can be quickly accomplished with the scrolling ‘Digital Crown’ or through voice commands. An aluminium casing coupled with ‘Ion-X’ glass make the Apple Watch Sport an especially rugged device that can be taken out for the tumble. This version is 30 percent lighter than the standard Apple Watch. advertisementSmarter iPhoneThen there’s the iPhone 6 itself which comes with an upgraded M8 motion co-processor and the addition of a barometer which measures elevation changes, useful for Cross Trainers and elevation based fitness. The iPhone 6’s Ion-strengthened glass is supposed to be sturdier and more resistant to drops and impact than ever before.The Apple Watch is expected early next year at $349 in the US. The 16GB version of the iPhone 6 is set at $649.last_img read more

a month agoKevin McCabe release statement after Sheffield Utd ruling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin McCabe release statement after Sheffield Utd rulingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe legal team for Kevin McCabe have released a statement after a High Court ruling paved the way for HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to become sole-owner of Sheffield United.McCabe has been ordered to sell his shareholding in the Premier League club’s parent company to the Saudi royal.In a statement, issued by public relations firm Tavistock Communications, a spokesperson said: “It will not surprise readers of the judgment to learn that the McCabes do not agree with every aspect of the judge’s decision.”However they are nevertheless grateful to the judge for the time and care he has taken over the judgment and they wish to make clear that in disagreeing with some of the conclusions they mean no disrespect to the judge.”Serious consideration is now being given, with the advisors to Sheffield United Limited, to an appeal against the judgment.” last_img read more

a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and manager

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham credits his form to manager Frank Lampard and his teammates.Abraham drew a blank for their Champions League defeat to Valencia last night, but refuses to dwell on the result.”I have to give it (my personal form) to the manager and players,” he said. “I had a little situation against Liverpool where I missed a penalty myself and from there they just supported me and believed in me.”I’m playing with such great players who create chances, so I just have to be in the right place at the right time. It’s always nice to know manager believes in you. Every game you want to do your best for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more