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D’Tigers star distributes Covid-19 relief materials

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And UniqueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More The member of the 2017 silver winning Afrobasket team said the initiative was part of his own way of helping the less privileged get by through the tough time occasioned by the pandemic. “We distributed food and covid-19 materials through my foundation, Kelechi Anuna Foundation on Sunday. This was part of our plans to take the message of one-big family and survival to the people of Mbieri.” He believes governments at various levels cannot be left alone at this crucial time due to the non-existing structure for palliatives to be evenly distributed, hence good spirited Nigerians should also get involved.Advertisement “Although, I have been doing this since the coronavirus became a major issue in Nigeria as I tried in reaching out to people on individual basis, but this time around, I embarked on a bigger project to help more people.” He admitted that with the current situation in the country, more Nigerians need to step up and help. “Many people in Nigeria are in dire need of help. When I read or hear stories about people not being able to feed their immediate family members, I get disturbed. My effort is just a drop in the ocean because of the poverty level in Nigeria.” read also:Rivers Hoopers adds Baptist, Hamdy to their Basketball Africa League roster Anuna said Nigerians are resilient people who have faced worse situations in the past as he stated that, “if we all come together as a people, the Covid-19 pandemic will be defeated in no time.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 D’Tigers player, Kelechi Anuna, on Sunday donated Covid-19 relief materials to people in his home town, Mbieri in Imo state.last_img read more

Syracuse volleyball’s Jalissa Trotter follows in mother’s footsteps on collegiate stage

first_img Published on October 4, 2016 at 1:22 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez While in college, Melissa Trotter-Hardy needed help raising her daughter. In between attending volleyball practice and night classes, Trotter-Hardy’s coach at Henderson State University, Rhonda Thigpen, would look after her daughter. Thigpen would take the newborn girl to volleyball practices and church, and even became her godmother.“She became the little sister of the program,” Thigpen said. “Her mother worked around campus, and you would see Jalissa (Trotter) in the gym with a ball.”In these early days, Trotter developed a love for volleyball that would stick with her throughout her life. Nineteen years later, Trotter still finds herself on collegiate volleyball courts, playing as the starting setter for Syracuse.Both Trotter’s current head coach, Leonid Yelin, and Thigpen believe her competitive edge comes from her mother. Thigpen remembers picking Trotter up from school and seeing her goddaughter challenge other kids in races.Trotter brings that mindset every time she steps on the court for the Orange (3-11, 2-2 Atlantic Coast). She’s become a versatile force for SU, filling in the team’s need for a setter, even though it’s not her natural position. She leads the team with 266 assists and averages 6.19 assists per set.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s all I ever was around … her playing volleyball, her coach and her teammates,” Trotter said. “I’d just sit on the side and play around with the ball. I kind of became addicted to it then.”As a child, Trotter attended several volleyball camps offered by her godmother. At the camps, she learned a mindset that she believes allows her to succeed on and off the court: M.T.X.E., Mental Toughness Xtra Effort.This philosophy that Thigpen teaches all of her players centers on working hard and becoming a role model for others.In high school, Trotter-Hardy would drive her daughter over two and a half hours every day from their home in Texarkana, Texas to Dallas for volleyball practice.Last year, Trotter’s freshman year at Syracuse, she wrote Thigpen a letter. In it, she thanked Thigpen and Trotter-Hardy for everything they had done to help get her to Syracuse. If not for them, Trotter said she would not have made it to SU.Now that she’s at Syracuse, Trotter has demonstrated her growth as a player. In the third set against Boston College on Sept. 23, Trotter rose up and struck a ball with a force that elicited an audible gasp from the Orange crowd.In that match for Syracuse, Trotter made an impact as she led the team with 19 assists.Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen are what got Trotter into volleyball. They ushered her every step of the way through the sport. Every time Trotter steps on the court for SU, she strives to make an impact akin to the mark that Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen left on her. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Thomas effectively seals his first Tour de France title

first_imgBritain’s Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey reacts as he crosses the finish line during the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 31 kilometers (19.3 miles) with start in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle and finish in Espelette, France, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)ESPELETTE, France — No longer merely a support rider for Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas is going to Paris in the yellow jersey.The Welshman with Team Sky effectively sealed his first Tour de France title by protecting his lead in the time trial on the penultimate stage on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “The strongest guy has won this Tour de France,” Froome said. “Tomorrow, to stand up on the podium with G, it’s going to be a really proud moment for me.”Thomas, known as “G,” was a support rider during Froome’s title rides but he became Sky’s undisputed leader when Froome cracked in the grueling 17th stage through the Pyrenees.Thomas and Froome have been together since their days on the small Barloworld team a decade ago.“Because we’ve been teammates and friends for so long, it made it easier to communicate honestly,” Froome said. “It was clear as soon as we hit the Alps that Geraint was in better physical condition than me. It was pretty simple, really.”Wearing an all-yellow skin suit on a bike in the red, white and blue colors of the British flag, Thomas was the last rider to start.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? John Isner reaches 8th Atlanta Open final 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentscenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In a few drops of rain, Thomas was quick to regain control when his wheel appeared to lock up coming around a tricky, tight corner early on. Still, he was first at the two checkpoints before slowing in the final kilometers.“I felt strong. I felt really good, actually. I heard I was up and maybe I was pushing it a bit hard on some of those corners,” Thomas said. “Nico (Portal, Sky sports director) told me to relax, take it easy and just make sure I won the Tour. And that’s what I did.”At the finish, Thomas let out a loud scream and held his arms out wide in celebration. He embraced his wife, Sara Elen, as soon as he got off his bike.“The last time I cried was when I got married,” Thomas said as he teared up.Thomas is poised to become the third British rider — and first Welshman — to win the Tour after Bradley Wiggins and Froome. He will make it Sky’s sixth victory in the last seven years.“It’s insane really — just all the interest in Cardiff,” Thomas said. “Great to put it on the map. We’re a small nation and we really get behind anyone that’s successful. By the sounds of it, it’s gone pretty crazy back home, so looking forward to going back to celebrate.”An all-around rider who began his career on the track, Thomas helped Britain to gold medals in team pursuit at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics before turning his full attention to road racing.Thomas claimed the yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 in the Alps, followed that up with another victory atop Alpe d’Huez a day later, and defended his advantage through the Pyrenees.“He was in the shape of his life,” Dumoulin said. “He didn’t make any mistakes. He was never put into trouble by anyone, in the mountains or anywhere — including by myself.”The time trial world champion, Dumoulin clocked under 41 minutes over the hilly and technical 31-kilometer (19-mile) route. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It marked the first time in 12 years the Tour passed through the Basque Country, and fans waving the region’s red, green and white flags lined the entire route in front of the area’s traditional half-timbered houses.It was Dumoulin’s second career stage win in the Tour, having also won a time trial in 2016. The Dutchman has won six TTs overall at the three Grand Tours — the Tour, the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Thomas takes an advantage of 1 minute, 51 seconds over Tom Dumoulin into the mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.“It’s just overwhelming,” Thomas said. “I didn’t think about it all race, and now suddenly I won the Tour.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Dumoulin won the 20th stage by one second ahead of four-time champion Froome, who leapfrogged Primoz Roglic into third place overall.Thomas finished third in the stage, 14 seconds behind. But that was more than enough with an advantage of more than two minutes at the start of the day. MOST READlast_img read more

Gogo takes her friends on holidays

first_imgMembers of Gogo on Tour at the Kruger National Park. (Image: Khensani Matjokane)What started out as heartbreak and loss ended up bringing a dream to life that has gone on to benefit gogos – grandmothers – by helping them to do things they were not able to achieve in their younger years.Thoko Matjokane, the chairperson and founder of the non-profit organisation Gogo on Tour, lost her brother and sister before their planned vacation. But she had a dream in which her late brother advised her to carry on their plans.Matjokane took the trip to Durban and when she came back she devised a programme for senior citizens to actively experience the country for which they had sacrificed so much. She rallied six of her friends and they used their pensions to start the initiative.Gogo on Tour, established in 2012, has grown in leaps and bounds in its three years of existence. Already it has over 60 000 active members. There are no registration fees to join or travel costs to enjoy the trips.ENJOYING THEIR GOLDEN YEARSKhensani Matjokane, Matjokane’s daughter and the managing director of Gogo on Tour, explains: “I believe we need to take care of the elderly and let them experience simple things that are fulfilling that they never got to experience because of all their sacrifices for their families.“With the rise of HIV/Aids in our communities, children are orphaned and gogos must step in and assume the role of parent once again. They become the breadwinners on the grants they receive, and therefore their golden years become a myth or wishful thinking.”Khensani still does not know how they get to make things happen, but they are never without. “I’m glad I have a strong support system to make this initiative work,” she says. “My friends know I will call them and ask if they could just give me R2 000 so I can get a bus for a trip and they oblige.”The initiative requires funding to succeed, she adds. The money is used for travel insurance, transport, accommodation, on-tour health care, food and entertainment. They are also used for the daily running of the organisation’s office and website.Khensani’s face brightens when she speaks of how the fulfilment of seeing an old woman smiling from ear to ear while sitting in a Jacuzzi, and a pensioner’s amazement after her first massage. “Those reactions are the ones that will always make me feel good about doing this. Having them discover something nice in their golden years is so fulfilling to the soul.”The “one foot in the grave” mentality needs to be eradicated from the minds of senior citizens, she adds, and giving them an enjoyable holiday goes a long way in doing this.In 2013, the Department of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding with Gogo on Tour. This along with an endorsement letter issued to the group includes a work plan that details the relationship between the two parties.What she loves about Gogo on Tour is that it is all inclusive, Khensani says. “I received a call from a lady in Kyalami asking if she could join the group and I was gobsmacked because I [wondered] why she would want to join this initiative. Then I realised that it was about being around your peers. And because she has had the opportunity to travel she could add to educating the other gogos about its pleasures.”AVID COMMUNITY MEMBERThe elder Matjokane has long been a community leader in her hometown of Soshanguve, in Gauteng. She is a former executive member of the South African National Civic Organisation; and she has sat on the board of trustees for the corporate social investment division of South African Breweries, facilitating the first Kick Start programme that helped young black business owners in the small, medium and micro enterprises sector find funding and mentoring.In addition, when the price of bread began rising, Matjokane founded a community bakery that sold fresh bread at a reasonable cost and provided bread for impoverished families. In 1995, she was elected to sit on the first black city council of Pretoria, known as the Northern Metropolitan Sub-structure, where she served her community until she retired in 2000.last_img read more

Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam Insulation

first_imgA rugged subslab vapor barrierA cross-laminated plastic vapor barrier was specified. We installed a StegoWrap membrane, 15 mil thick product. All lap joints and seams were sealed with the tape provided by the manufacturer. Typical pipe and conduit penetrations were sealed with tape also. Where penetrations were ganged too closely together to allow detailing with the tape, mastic was used to seal the vapor barrier to the piping/conduit. This is an accessory product offered by the vapor barrier manufacturer. Where the vapor barrier intersects with footings at the building perimeter, a special butyl tape was used to seal the vapor barrier to the footing. This seal was important to provide air barrier continuity between the slab-on-grade assembly and the exterior wall assembly.It turned out that we were very fortunate to have moved the vapor barrier to the top side of the foam insulation since it rained heavily for a few days in early August. The rain didn’t create any serious water problem as most of it ran off to the edges of the slab area, and what remained dried off relatively quickly. If the vapor barrier had been placed over the gravel, below the insulation, we could have had a major issue on our hands with water retained in the foam insulation layer.A 4-inch-thick concrete slab was placed on top of the vapor barrier. We paid close attention to the concrete mix design. We utilized a mix design from CalPortland with a 0.42 water-cement ratio, as was specified. When pouring a concrete slab directly over a plastic vapor barrier, the use of a low water-cement ratio mix design is important to help minimize slab curling and also to minimize the potential for moisture-related problems with floor finishes applied over the slab. Four inches of EPS is the right amountOnce the team actually started believing this could work, the next concern became how much insulation to use. Together, we landed on the idea of 4 inches of EPS foam, based on a sense this would provide a good balance of cost and constructability. In particular, we were trying to avoid the thicker levels of insulation that have been used on some Passivhaus buildings.Throughout the design process, PHPP iterations were run that looked at using more or less foam foundation insulation; yet the team kept coming back to the 4 inch foam layer. We looked at the relationship of the foundation R-value to changes in other envelope parameters such as the wall R-value, the window U-factor, and the roof insulation. After numerous iterations, the 4 inch foam thickness was agreed to by the team.So, how does this work? The foam is placed under the entire slab on grade and wraps around and underneath the footings at the building perimeter. The 4 inch foam thickness is reduced to 1 inch at bearing wall locations, resulting in a thickened slab with reinforcement, to serve as footings for those walls at the building interior.Due to the seismic design of the project, there are several large, deep footings that serve as the base for hold-downs to resist high lateral loads on the building. These deep footings were actually poured such that the slab insulation runs continuously over the top of the footing. As designers and builders working on the Orchards at Orenco multifamily project in Hillsboro, Oregon, we’re getting our feet wet with Passivhaus design for the first time. Our collective common sense suggested that we should be suspicious of this idea. Nearly all of the building’s structural loads are placed on the footings and it strikes many people as possibly a fool’s errand to place building footings on foam.However, after extensive research it became clear there is a long history of using certain types of very high density expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation underneath major structural works of all kinds, including roadways, bridges, and runways. Our concerns receded based on the evidence and we were swayed — yet still reserved and cautious. The caution persists to this day and will follow us until this is a well-established building practice, without significant drawbacks. Coordinating with subcontractorsAs clearing and grubbing began at the site, and then the initial excavation activities, the construction team began a detailed coordination process. To properly construct a high-performance Passivhaus design, diligent, proactive coordination of the work is required of the general contractor. There is no substitute for diligence when it comes to this coordination. Even a highly developed and accurate set of design documents does not include all the information needed to build the project, and inevitably there will be some gaps in documentation or a need to modify a detail slightly, or in a major way, to achieve the design intent while accommodating construction variables such as sequencing of the work, manufacturer’s installation instructions, etc.Coordination of the work is fundamental to all construction projects, but the need is heightened when executing a Passivhaus design, especially when it comes to the detailing of the airtight and thermal-bridge-free building envelope. For example, at some detail conditions there could be four or more trades that impact the airtightness of the building since they each supply and/or install components that are integral to the air barrier system.An important duty of the general contractor is to actively communicate with the entire group of subcontractors, to let them know about the Passivhaus and requirements on the project, and to educate them about key issues that may impact their scopes of work and the overall Passivhaus certification. Due to the intricacies involved with material specifications and detailing of the Passivhaus design, communication with the subcontractors that impact the building envelope needs extra attention.On the Orchards project, a full day Building Envelope Coordination (BEC) meeting was held on site during the first month of construction, to gather together all the envelope-related subcontractors and key suppliers and review project requirements, including specifications, detailing, schedule, sequence of trades, etc.Scheduling this meeting very early during construction allowed the team to work through any gaps or inconsistencies in the scopes of work of various trades, as well as any issues related to the design documents. Upon completion of the BEC meeting, resolved issues were addressed readily and efficiently through the project submittal process. Issues that needed further examination or design work were addressed through the project Request for Information (RFI) process. The coordination work touched all major elements of the design, including the foundation, exterior walls, windows and doors, and the roof. The concrete contractors were hesitant to place concrete footings on rigid foamTo move forward from this point we had to overcome a little hesitation from the concrete crew. They’d never prepped a concrete foundation to go on top of insulation before. This idea raised more than a few eyebrows. After explaining the purpose of the foam layer below the footings and slab, resistance was overcome, if only temporarily.To construct the footings at the building perimeter, 4 inches of Type IX EPS foam were placed on top of the gravel base, the foam was informally tested to ensure solid contact with the base, formwork was constructed on top of the foam, and then concrete was placed. After initial set and curing, the formwork was stripped and EPS was applied to the vertical face of the footing.Upon completion of the initial footing work at the building perimeter, preparations for the slab on grade were made. A capillary break layer with 6 inches of clean crushed gravel was placed over the rock working pad and compacted to a dense state. A radon mitigation system was installed on top of the gravel base. The system includes 4-inch perforated flexible piping wrapped in filter sock material and embedded in an additional layer of gravel, 6 inches thick, placed on top of the compacted gravel base. The gravel provides a minimum 1 inch cover over the piping.Four inches of Type II EPS foam was placed on top of the gravel base. The design documents indicated a single layer of foam; however the crew pushed to use two layers of 2-inch foam for the installation. The crew believed the foam would lay flatter and provide more stability on the gravel base going with the two layers. This also had the advantage of allowing for staggered joints in the boards and eliminate direct heat flow paths that would occur at butt joints in the boards had we used only one layer, as is typical with roof insulation installation. The foam was trimmed to fit tightly around penetrations. Any gaps were filled with expanding spray foam sealant.For the most part, the slab insulation went down well over the gravel base; however, there were a few issues with getting the foam to lie flat and stable. These issues were resolved by reworking the gravel. The geotechnical engineer called for 2”- ¼” gravel whereas a smaller rock or pea gravel would have helped to eliminate the issues we encountered. It should go without saying that any high-performance building should be built on a solid foundation. So why would we set our building on a layer of foam insulation?The answer, of course, is to limit thermal bridging. Those bridging effects can cause a significant amount of heat loss through the mass structure at the base of the building. By thermally isolating the building foundation from the ground, building performance is improved, not only from an energy performance standpoint but also in terms of comfort and moisture management. Does the StegoWrap vapor barrier go above or below the rigid foam?An important concern that arose during the coordination process was the location and detailing of the subslab vapor barrier. The vapor barrier was not clearly indicated in the architect’s details, although a vapor barrier had been specified. In the slab on grade assembly drawing, the vapor barrier was indicated to be installed below the slab insulation. The Walsh team questioned this location, given our concern that a large amount of water could collect in the slab insulation layer if it should rain prior to a slab pour. The configuration of insulation and vapor barrier essentially created a sealed “bathtub” that could hold a lot of water. Not a good scenario!Even though we were in the dry summer months in Portland, there is always a chance of rain. When we pointed this out, the architect understood the concern and agreed with relocating the vapor barrier to the top of the slab insulation. Furthermore, the detailing of the vapor barrier at the foundation perimeter was not clear in the design drawings. We discussed this with the architect and sorted out the termination details as part of the coordination process, working with the vapor barrier manufacturer’s standard details and sealing products. With these details resolved, construction on the building foundation began. We put rigid foam under the footingsIn some high-performance building circles, it has become common to place a layer of insulation under a slab on grade. This is especially the case in colder climates. What’s new with Passivhaus design is the idea of completely isolating the building foundation from the ground, not only under the slab, but also under the footings. RELATED ARTICLES The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Walls and Windows for the Orenco PassivhausFoam Under FootingsPolyethylene Under Concrete SlabsMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in Oregon Mike Steffen is a builder, architect, and educator committed to making better buildings. He is vice president and general manager of Walsh Construction Company in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more