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first_imgGibbs slamsregional pitchesBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies off-spinner, Lance Gibbs, says poor pitches in the Caribbean are inflating the ability of spinners in the region and compromising their development.”I believe the wickets in domestic cricket are too under-prepared and spinners are being made to look better than they are,” ZIZonline quoted the Miami-based Gibbs as saying.”In my day, for example, when we played in Barbados or Guyana, spinners had to work hard for their wickets, because there were very good batting surfaces.”The wickets in Guyana now, and at times in Trinidad, turn too excessively which is not helping in proper development of spinners or batsmen and their ability to play spin.”Gibbs, who turns 81 at month end, remains the finest spinner to ever emerge from the West Indies. In 79 Tests between 1958 and 1976, he snared 309 wickets at an average of 29, with 18 five-wickets and two ten-wicket hauls.Chelsea’s Courtois out with injuryLONDON (AP):Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois faces a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a right knee injury that will require surgery.Just back from international duty, the Belgium international picked up the injury during a training session on Wednesday.”I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho said yesterday. “As a consequence of that, he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.”Warner to miss Bangladesh tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Cricket Australia says Test opener and newly appointed vice-captain David Warner will miss the team’s two-test Tour of Bangladesh because of a fractured left thumb.Warner sustained the injury while batting at Lord’s in the second one-day international against England on September 5. He won’t require surgery and is hoping to be fit for Australia’s home series against New Zealand in November.Australia play Bangladesh in a three-day tour match in Fatullah beginning October 3 before Tests in the coastal city of Chittagong from October 9 and in the capital Dhaka beginning October 17.It will be the third Test series between the two countries and the first since Australia’s 2-0 victory in Bangladesh in 2006.last_img read more

Library brings culture of reading

first_imgLearners from TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos pose proudly in front of the library that will help them read more. (Images: Musa Sibisi)Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Kabelo Mabalane reads to two learners during the launch.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.last_img read more

Questions and Answers About Air Barriers

first_imgUPDATED on December 12, 2014Builders of a certain age — say, those older than about 55 or 60 — started their careers at a time when no one talked about air leakage or air barriers. Back in the early 1970s, even engineers were ignorant about air leakage in buildings, because the basic research hadn’t been done yet.Times have changed, and most residential building codes now require builders to include details designed to reduce air leakage. Today’s young carpenters are working on job sites where air barriers matter.A. A wide variety of materials make good air barriers, including poured concrete, glass, drywall, rigid foam insulation, plywood, and peel-and-stick rubber membrane. (Note that evidence is increasing that OSB is not an air barrier; for more information on this issue, see Is OSB Airtight?)Although air can’t leak through these materials, it can definitely leak at the edges or seams of these materials. When these materials are used to form an air barrier for your home, additional materials such as tape, gaskets, or caulk may be required to be sure seams and edges don’t leak.To make a good air barrier, a material not only needs to stop air flow; it also needs to be relatively rigid and durable. If you want to determine whether a material is an air barrier, hold a piece of the material up to your mouth and blow. If you can blow air through it, it’s not an air barrier.Engineers distinguish between air barrier materials (drywall, for example), air barrier assemblies (for example, plywood with taped seams attached to wall framing), and air barrier systems (all of the materials and assemblies that make up a building’s air barrier).A. Not necessarily. Although Tyvek and other brands of plastic housewrap are sometimes marketed as air… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_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.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul

first_imgLATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next The Philippines also scored a gold in the men’s fours and a silver in the women’s fours events on Thursday.Brunei won the bronze in women’s triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout The Philippines got another medal from lawn bowls in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, this time a silver in women’s triples event.Hazel Jagonoy, Rosita Bradborn, and Vilma Greenless settled for the silver, the country’s third podium finish in the sport, after losing to host Malaysia in the final. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Olympics hockey: We lost belief in ourselves, says India coach Nobbs

first_imgIndian hockey team went down 1-4 to South Korea in what was their fourth loss in a row. Reason enough for chief coach Michael Nobbs to feel dejected and disappointed.In an online interview with Mail Today Sports Editor S. Kannan, Nobbs minces no words on India’s poor show at the London Olympics.Q. How would you sum up the team’s performance till now?Nobbs: Very disappointing maybe the first three games have taken their toll on our ability to believe in ourselves.Q. You had talked of the first three matches being tough, but does a huge loss to South Korea also hurt?Nobbs: Yes we played well for the first 50 minutes of the game and let ourselves down by not taking our chances either in front of goals or from the penalty corner area.Q. Then role played by Sandeep Singh seems dubious. Is it pressure or something unusual that he is unable to convert the penalty corners?Nobbs: Well it looks like he may have succumbed to the pressure as up until this he had a 82% success rate and now some of his corners almost fail to make the goal line as what happened again today.Q. How do you think you can lift the morale of the team in such a bleak scenario?Nobbs: We can only keep working on what we do, these are supposed to be international players, our young players are playing well and don’t have that fear. I think we really need to remember that even though it hasn’t been any performance that I would find acceptable we haven’t been at this level for 8 years and we have had a good season so far up until this tournament. We will still need to make changes and bring more of your youth into the program if we are to get better.advertisementlast_img read more

MUSKETEERS HAVE LOTS PLANNED FOR 45TH USHL SEASON

first_imgTHE SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS WILL TAKE TO THE ICE THIS SATURDAY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF THEIR 45TH HOCKEY SEASON.TEAM PRESIDENT RICH ZABER SAYS A LOT OF SPECIAL EVENTS ARE PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR, WHICH BEGAN WITH A WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AND PLAYERS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HOCKEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….IN SIOUX CITY. ;19ZABER SAYS THERE’S A SPECIAL 45TH ANNIVERSARY PATCH FOR THIS YEAR’S TEAM.HE SAYS FANS WILL APPRECIATE SOME NEW SOUVENIR ITEMS AND THAT SOME CONCESSION PRICES WILL BE LOWER AT THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/HOCKEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..FOR THE PLAYERS. :24ZABER SAYS OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE A BROOMBALL GAME BETWEEN LOCAL MEDIA AND THE SIOUXLAND CHAMBER ON OCTOBER 8TH, THE ANNUAL PINK IN THE RINK GAME FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ON OCTOBER 29TH AND A PROMOTION TO WIN $5000 FROM WINNAVEGAS.last_img read more

12 hours agoNapoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.” last_img read more