Real-Time Web Summit Keynote

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… StandardsAs Marshall pointed out, though, we are only laying the railroad tracks for this future of the real-time Web right now. Services like Pubhubsubbub and RSSCloud are currently building the infrastructure that will make these major changes on the Internet happen, though the standards that will make the real-time Web possible are still evolving.The question, of course, is how these standards will evolve. While some standards bodies are currently trying to create them, chances are that some standards will evolve naturally as certain vendors become dominant.Bringing the Real-Time Web to the ‘Slow Web’Marshall pointed to Facebook’s Global Happiness Index as an example for the kind of product companies can develop based on data created on the real-time web. He also looked at a number of companies like Evri, FirstRain and JS-Kit’s Echo that are bridging the gaps between relatively static pages like blogs and the real-time web. Information OverloadThis new river of data, of course, could easily lead to total information overload. In the best case scenario, the tools will get so good that we won’t be overwhelmed by all of the data coming at us. In the worst case, of course, we could lose the usefulness of the real-time Web if the flow of data becomes too overwhelming for users, or compromise usefulness in order to reduce information overload. Related Posts Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick kicked off our Real-Time Web Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View today. Marshall, who spoke with over 40 different vendors over the last few months in preparation for this event, presented a high-level overview of what he thinks the recent developments around the real-time web will mean for companies and users. Specifically, Marshall stressed the fact that real time doesn’t just mean speed but also creates value by including presence data, flow and data syncing. All of this, according to Marshall, will lead to radical changes in how users will experience the Web in the near future.Creating Value on the Real-Time WebStarting out, Marshall discussed some of the usage cases of the real-time Web, ranging from people-to-people services like Twitter and Olark to services that focus on machine-to-machine communication and enable services like Friendfeed and Google Reader. Services like Aardvark, which provide links between people and machines, and machine-to-people services like NotifyMe and PostRank fall in between.center_img Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Should I Skip the Radiant Floor Heat?

first_imgThat’s way too much insulationCharlie Sullivan’s suggestion is to start with a heat loss calculation, but before those results are in hand he suggests that Yoder will be disappointed if the expectation is to have warm floors during the winter with a radiant-heat system. RELATED ARTICLES The insulation was very cheapOrdinarily, Yoder replies, Dorsett’s advice would make sense. But in this case, the insulation was very inexpensive — Yoder was able to pick up enough used polyiso from a commercial roofing job to put a 9-inch layer of it on the house for $1,400.Yoder also adds some details about the project: “I am doing double stud walls with a complete thermal break between them,” Yoder says. “Kind of like doing SIPs. I agree that compared to the walls, the under-slab insulation is weak. This insulation is over a 5.5-inch slab of concrete that is designed for unstable soils. That makes my floor 11 inches thick, so I decided to to stay with 2 inches [of foam].“Also,” Yoder adds, “in the center of the house is a 8-foot by 13-foot concrete vault/storm shelter with 8-inch thick walls and roof. That should help keep temperatures even.“The property is already off grid with PV and wind. Our elevation ensures that no matter what the daytime high temperatures are we always dip below 70 degrees at night. By using a whole-house ventilation system we can cool the house at night and should need very little cooling.”So, says Richard McGrath, maybe the two consultants who have told Yoder to skip the radiant floor heating aren’t so smart after all.“A house like yours could very well require [water] temperatures in the sub 90-degree range to heat at a design of 20 below zero, which would mean they would be lower yet for greater than 85% of the season,” McGrath says. “What nobody ever mentions is that you can also use that same tubing to cool, at least handle the sensible load with warmer mediums requiring less energy. And, no, they will not condense since they are a bit higher in temperature than the dew point.” Our expert’s opinion:For this Spotlight, GBA technical director Peter Yost has called on Mark Sevier, whom he describes as a “top-notch mechanical engineer” and a former colleague at Building Science Corporation and now a project engineer at an electric utility. Sevier owns a net-positive energy home in the Boston area and constantly tinkers with its radiant system. Here’s Sevier’s response:I’ve used the same logic that putting tubing in a slab is cheap (especially if self-installed), and therefore worth doing if you have the least bit of a passing thought that you might want to heat the slab or use it for thermal source/sink in the future. I put tubing in both upper and lower slabs in my garage, notably using cheaper PE tubing that can’t tolerate higher temperatures/pressures since I intend to be sending lower water temperatures.I’m also assuming that Yoder’s project isn’t primarily cost or speed driven, where the tubing may be self-installed and/or the modest tubing cost wouldn’t be a show stopper. It seems to me that projects that come up against questions like this are partly experiments, and not spec-builds, so my attitude is that you should incorporate every interesting idea and feature you can think of going in, since retrofitting can be difficult.Most likely the gas fireplace will heat the space without difficulty as long as the spaces are open to one another. With good insulation and airtightness and some degree of temperature fluctuation tolerance, they may only need to run the fireplace for a few hours a night/morning; building materials store heat, so exactly matching rated heating output to actual heat loss isn’t as critical as people seem to think it is.For what it’s worth, it has been my experience that insulated but unheated indoor tiled or exposed concrete slabs on grade tend to still be cold on the feet due to their large ability to absorb heat and only being heated by radiation from above, so tempering the concrete just to room temperature (i.e. not delivering heat to the room) would make the floor more thermally comfortable. Wood flooring, rugs, and/or slippers could also work, depending on the finish decisions and expectations.To get a low wattage hydronic system, I think one would need to leave no electrical decisions up to a contractor. There are ECM hydronic circulators at this point that use few watts, since they undo the oversizing that comes with contractors who don’t care about kWh and don’t ever want to get a callback. It doesn’t necessarily take many watts to circulate a water loop, but no one designs such things, and electricity is not a common concern (although utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs like the one I work for are working on this).I have recently been working on a complex mechanical system, and have come to see that while it’s fun for a mechanical engineer to toy with, having a simple back-up system should be a consideration for a less technical spouse or significant other in case the in-house engineer gets hit by a bus unexpectedly. The choice of a water heater is keyOn balance, McGrath thinks radiant-floor heat would be a good choice. Overheating shouldn’t be a concern, and Yoder should be able to heat and cool water in a number of ways.Whatever he does, however, McGrath recommends that the stored water be maintained at a temperature of at least 140 degrees F., in order to head off potential health concerns. It can be tempered with cold water to a safer 120 degrees before it is delivered to the point of use.“It is my opinion that an off-grid house should have the luxury of several choices to heat and cool,” McGrath says. “Water can be heated and cooled in many ways; how many anyone would like to install to hedge against any number of things is his choice.”But the idea still doesn’t make sense to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “I have lived in an off-grid house for 40 years,” Holladay writes. “With a big enough battery system and a large enough wind turbine, you can generate as much electricity as your bank account allows (except, of course, on those dark windless days during the winter). I’m not in favor of fireplaces or complicated heating systems that depend on electricity for an off-grid house. Keep it simple.”Holladay says that he knows of several owners of off-grid houses who installed hydronic heating systems that included pumps. The owners later abandoned the systems because the pumps depleted their batteries.“It is possible for a smart engineer to design a hydronic system to use very little electricity, and I don’t doubt that you [McGrath] can design such a system,” he says. “The problem is that very few plumbers or heating contractors know how to do this. Moreover, designers of boilers, fuel pumps, and oil burners don’t care about electrical use.“Most hydronic systems have oversized and inefficient pumps,” Holladay writes. “Is the problem solvable? Of course. But there are many opportunities for off-grid homeowners to be surprised and disappointed when they tell their heating contractor, ‘Install a hydronic heating system. I’ll just run it off my batteries.’” Hydronic heating in an off-grid home?Dorsett questions whether hydronic heating and air conditioning are wise in an off-grid home, suggestion it wouldn’t be worth the extra battery costs.But here, too, Yoder adds a twist. The building site is windy, and the extra electricity he gets from the wind turbines heats water that could be circulated through the floor. There’s plenty of room on the site to put underground lines for cooling, Yoder adds, and because he’s doing the work himself, “I can afford to do things differently.”“I installed my own PV system, which has been successfully running our living quarters in the barn for six months,” Yoder adds. “We average wind here year round that l gives night charging capability. The cost of running electric to our house would be $20,000 so we decided to go off-grid and so far have only spent $14,000.”center_img With an R-90 roof and R-60 walls, Jenz Yoder’s new off-grid house will be well insulated. Yoder’s quandary, outlined at Green Building Advisor’s Q&A forum, is whether radiant-floor heat is a good idea.“I had two consultants tell me that I will not need radiant floor heat, [that] it will be too much,” Yoder writes. “We will have a whole-house air circulation system and a gas fireplace. I am worried about not putting in the pipes in the floor and then being wrong.”One option for this Climate Zone 4 house would be to install radiant-floor tubing only in those rooms far from the fireplace, Yoder adds. Or, adding a heating element to a whole-house ventilation system.What should Yoder do? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. “If you want radiant floors because you think it will be nice to walk on a warm surface in the winter, you are out of luck,” Sullivan says. “If you make the floors that warm, the house will get way too hot and you’ll need all the windows open.”Installing the tubing in a small area might be an option, he adds, but with that much insulation there probably won’t be that much variation in temperature in different parts of the house.Dana Dorsett, however, suggests the insulation Yoder plans for exterior walls is “crazy high,” and that a gas fireplace “is likely to roast you out of the house… even when it’s below 20 degrees F.”Referring Yoder to information published by the Building Science Corporation, Dorsett says that a quick check suggests R-25 walls and an R-60 attic with R-7.5 under the slab is about right, meaning Yoder’s wall R-values are about twice as high as they need be, and the attic insulation is half again more than necessary.“Spending the ‘extra’ insulation money on one or two small air-source heat pumps and rooftop photovoltaics (PV) is probably a more financially rational investment,” Dorsett says. “In 20 years, when they are nearing end of life, the replacement equipment or PV will be both cheaper and higher efficiency than they are currently.”Even if all of the extra insulation is very low, he continues, it’s “still not necessarily ever going to be cheap enough on a lifecycle basis.“In an R-30-walled home, occupant behavior makes a much larger difference in energy use than another R-30 of insulation ever could,” he says. “(Half of nearly-nothing is even less than nearly-nothing.)” All About Radiant Floors From Building Science Corp.: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential BuildingsGoodbye Radiant FloorRadiant-Floor HeatingConnecting to the Grid Can Be ExpensiveResisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbineslast_img read more

Friday Field Notes

first_imgIn our third Friday Field Notes blog post we are welcoming back Jessica and Sandy from our first Friday Field Notes to hear the second part of their story.  The previous post told how cooperative extension educators in Wisconsin worked with County Veterans Service Officers in their community to build capacity to address PTSD and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in Crisis.  Now their story continues.  As you read this post, consider how your efforts to build community capacity to enhance the resilience and well-being of military families via job and career assistance might benefit  from a collaboration with cooperative extension in your community.Hello and welcome back to the rest of our story (so far). In our last Friday Field Notes update, we shared the story of how we began working with our local County Veterans Service Officer on an educational program geared toward helping various service providers and emergency workers understand appropriate responses to veterans in crisis. It was clear from the discussion and evaluations that there was a lot of interest in continuing to network with the agencies in attendance (and those not in attendance).We never expected this one event to lead to much more than assistance in coalition building (in fact, we didn’t even have that expectation until after the first event). As it turned out, the local veterans home sent a few people to the event. Thanks to their incredibly dynamic PR Director, Amber, they had already been interested in doing their own educational programming and wanted to find out what others were doing.Planning the Second Event – Forging a New PartnershipAmber and other staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Home – King had never heard of UW-Extension, and certainly had no idea that we could assist with educational programming in any way. When they connected with our local CVSO, Jesse, they were hoping to just find out how they could get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their speakers and professionals attending their event. Since we managed that process for Jesse, he connected Amber to us.You could say that we initially injected ourselves into Amber’s programming – she needed CEUs, and we needed to be an integral part of the educational programming to provide the CEUs. However, once we sat down with Amber and explained UW-Extension’s mission in the community, that it included assisting non-profit and governmental entities such as the Wisconsin Veterans Home – King, the possibilities of a collaboration between our organizations became apparent – and seemingly endless! In fact, one of the requests from Amber’s office was for us to teach them about using Google Forms – which they ended up using to take in registrations.So we were enthusiastically welcomed into the planning process for the first educational event, which occurred in January of 2016. Because of WVH – King’s connections across the state and its extensive email contacts, this event drew a larger crowd of just under one hundred. In attendance were local service providers that had attended the county sponsored event, people from surrounding counties, and even several from across the state.Mental Health Awareness Summit, January 2016Each of our planning meetings seemed to buzz with endless ideas. There was no lack of passion in the room, that’s for sure. In a room of endless ideas, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. At times it felt like we were moving forward with only a small understanding of intended outcomes, and we were running up against a very tight timeline. There was a need to find a way to come together to think about what we wanted the summit to accomplish. In the Extension world, we are often drilled to think of logic models—or, the importance of being purposeful in our programming to ensure we achieve our intended outcomes. Because we were brought into the planning process late, we did not have the luxury of time for this level of planning.One way we were able to incorporate deliberate outcomes planning was by involving the stakeholders in the revision of the evaluation. When we work with groups, shared measurement and a common agenda are key components for collective impact. Using this thought process, we revised the evaluation tool, in collaboration with Amber and her staff at WVH – King. The changes were minor, but they offered an opportunity to consider outcomes.  The edits to the evaluation also helped guide us for future planning by asking participants about potential topics for future events.When planning the facilitated discussion, we decided to keep the format of the discussion very similar to the event we collaborated on with our CVSO. Again, this decision was not made without the input of our partner. Just like the first event, all of us were also interested in obtaining behavior change. We wanted to offer more than just “information and education.” Our hope was that this would provide some comparative data and the chance for deeper discussion. And it did.After learning about suicide, various mental health resources, PTSD & Traumatic Brain Injury, dementia, and listening to heart-wrenching testimonials (agenda), it was time for discussion.Given the size of the crowd, the configuration of the room, and the wide variety of organizational affiliation, we had to give up on our idea of separating the participants into “like” groups according to industry or profession. We asked participants to discuss possibilities for serving veterans and their families, and to identify things they can do without more resources or authority.What were the top needs for serving veterans in our community/region?The small group discussions provided a wealth of information, as well as two areas of overlap with the discussions at the smaller county-sponsored event. Qualitative analysis of the discussion notes revealed these top six needs for serving veterans in the community/region:More educational opportunities.More listening & understanding.More commitment/political support.More opportunities for collaboration/networking/coalitions.More outreach.Support for female veterans.The two areas of overlap between the two events were: the need for more educational opportunities and more opportunities for networking.The evaluations were another key role we played as Cooperative Extension educators. As a group, we had acknowledged the importance of the evaluation. Amber offered to have a raffle for those who turned their evaluation sheets in at the end. Now, if you have ever held a workshop, it often takes some nudging to convince people to take a few minutes. We were the only thing between them and lunch.Well, we ended up having a long line of participants eagerly waiting to turn their evaluations in…that was a career first for both of us, and we couldn’t have done it without the generous dedication from Amber.Overall, about 60% of the participants turned in an evaluation, and 100% of those that completed an evaluation stated that the workshop fulfilled their reason(s) for attending. By a large margin, participants found the testimonials to be the most helpful to them. No one reported that they found the discussion to be helpful, which we expected, but it was instrumental in helping us understand where to go next with this.Cooperative Extension Adds ValueWe have felt incredible lucky to have been able to work with Amber, and it seems that the feeling is mutual: “Collaboration with UW-Extension has opened up so many great opportunities to reach and educate various professions and community stakeholders.  The resources UW-Extension provided and is able to provide opens up so many opportunities to reach more people, offer continuing education credit to pull in more interest, access to better processes and technology and software that enhances an educational event, etc. This partnership has me so excited for what we can do to bring much needed education to community stakeholders that ultimately can impact people’s lives in a positive way!” ~ Amber Nikolai, Director of PR at WVH-KingOn the evaluations, participants were asked to share how they intend to use what they learned during the summit. While we had many passionate answers, this one was the most common – and it is a great example of a ripple effect.What will the future bring for us and this effort?This partnership – both internal and with our external partners – is a good example of how Extension helps transform communities. Today, more than ever, we know the value and necessity of coordinated, collaborative efforts. Whether it is within our own organization  (in our case, Family Living and Community Development program areas) or with external relationships, we achieve more when we work together. One thing we noticed during the discussion portion was the time spent on introductions in the beginning, rather than immediately answering the questions. In our opinion, this was time well-spent because although all of the participants shared an interest in veteran issues, this summit became a place to meet new colleagues, friends and potential partners.This fledgling network has led to some additional efforts, also. Shortly after the summit, Sandy introduced Amber to the local suicide prevention coalition, as well as an annual community services resource event—neither of which she or her staff had been a part of before. There is now a mental health awareness walk planned in the fall, as the result of the organizations joining forces.As Coop Extension educators we may not always be directly in front of a classroom teaching, but we educate and transform in other ways. Extension is often known as the “backbone” organization, working to sustain and move work forward. But we obviously don’t do it alone—we need our partners, too.Thank you for reading our story. We hope you found it helpful!Freedom isn’t Free videoCaring For America’s Heroes at the Veterans Home In King videoAbout us:Jessica BeckendorfJessica became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, making frequent cross-country moves and living in many different cities. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at UW-Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Coop Extension where her current focus includes building capacity and facilitating an environment conducive to resilient communities.Sandy LiangSandy Liang is a Family Living Educator for Waupaca County with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Her work includes community assessments, parenting education and family support for at-risk populations. Liang enjoys collaborative efforts, and is on several coalitions to support families in the county. She believes that together, we create a community to support thriving, resilient individuals and families.Liang has a M.S. from Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies. One particular project she enjoyed working on at Purdue was “The Purple Wagon” project, investigating children’s understanding and emotions relating to issues of war and peace.Interested in learning more about this subject? Want to share a story? We invite you to comment.last_img read more

What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Camera

first_imgHave you finally made the jump to purchasing the camera you’ve been eyeing for some time? Here’s the gear that you should get next.Top image via The Film Look.Now, obviously once you’ve purchased a camera, you already know the vital things you need like batteries, a lens, and a memory card. However, once you’ve gotten the basic body build and recording capability you need, the next step can be tricky. First things first: you should consider the type of shooting you’ll be doing with the camera. Don’t think about your skill set or budget just yet. Let’s look at a few pieces of gear to consider. Nifty FiftyA tried-and-true staple of low-budget filmmaking is the 50mm lens. There’s something comforting and practical about being able to throw a cheap, light, and visually friendly lens on in no time. The benefit of shooting with a cheap f/1.8 50mm is the shallow depth of field you can get. This is will give you that warm, cinematic look that is so popular — as well as allowing you to shoot in less exposed environments.The Best Set of Go-To LensesThe Best EF Lenses for Filmmaking Under $1000How to Choose the Best Lenses for Your DSLR CameraTripodThe next most logical step for production is a durable tripod that fits the parameters of your camera. If you own a small DSLR or mirrorless camera, it makes sense to buy a tripod that’s sized accordingly. As the Film Look states, consider splurging a little bit and purchasing some hefty tripod legs, then you can always upgrade the head on your tripod as you upgrade camera size.5 Amazing Tripod Camera MovesFilmmaking Hack: Create a Handheld Camera Rig for Less than $5SliderOnce you’ve mastered the art of panning and tilting with your tripod, the next step will be actual dynamic camera movement. Purchasing a slider is something of a contentious point for filmmakers. Either you want to take the full DIY approach and build one yourself, or you could save some time and frustration and go for the name brand that you know and love. Either way, if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your work, having a slider on deck will guarantee some solid B-roll and micro-tracking shots that will boost the overall value of your production.DSLR Slider Guide For Solo ShootersLone Operator? Make Your Next Purchase a Motorized SliderDIY Hacks: 10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMicrophoneAnybody who has ever worked with any camera knows the in-camera microphone is complete garbage. But that’s okay because finding cheap, good-quality audio recording solutions is easier than ever. RODE currently runs the show with their on-camera Video Mic Pro, which attaches directly to the camera. This spares you from relying on a boom or finding another crew member. However, to capture even better audio, if your subject is stationary, you can attach your microphone to a stand (that could be part of your microphone purchase). Like the tripod and lens, just consider the type of video work you’ll be doing.The Best Microphones for Sit-Down InterviewsRode Announces the VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun MicrophoneLightingLighting can be a difficult area to break into right away. Learning the various color temperatures and types of light and their particular settings can take some time and experience. But, for starting out, it can’t hurt to snag a few cheap LED lights and stands. The Film Look recommends also purchasing a cheap reflector if you’ll be consistently shooting interviews or in static locations.LED Lights Under $500 Every Filmmaker Needs On SetGo Remote with Compact LED Lights4 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetBuy UsedIt never hurts to buy used equipment. Almost every camera I’ve ever owned I’ve purchased used, and there’s never been anything wrong with them other than a few nicks and dings (which did not affect the overall performance of the camera). Buying used is a great way to save money, and it will allow you to accrue more gear more quickly.What You Need To Know When Buying a Used DSLRlast_img read more

AAP may ally with SAD breakaway outfit: Kejriwal

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party and a breakaway outfit of the Shiromani Akali Dal are in talks for an alliance in Punjab for the Lok Sabha election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.He said a final decision on whether an alliance with the SAD (Taksali) would be formed or not would be taken in a couple of days. “Bhagwat Mann [AAP Punjab convener] is in talks with the Akali Dal [Taksali] over an alliance and a decision would be taken soon,” Mr. Kejriwal said. The move came after talks for an alliance between the SAD (Taksali) and the Punjab Democratic Alliance failed over the sharing of seats. Earlier, the SAD (Taksali) had been holding talks with the PDA that comprises former AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira’s Punjab Ekta Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Lok Insaaf Party and Punjab Manch. The SAD (Taksali) wanted to field its candidate, Bir Devinder Singh, from the Anandpur Sahib seat, while the PDA insisted on this seat for the BSP. The SAD (Taksali) was formed by MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan after they were expelled from the Akali Dal for revolting against party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Punjab has 13 parliamentary constituencies.last_img read more

Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith another brave and clinical performance on enemy ground, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AFC Champions League history, while boosting the country’s footballing reputation anew. By stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, last Tuesday night in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round at Queensland Sport And Athletic Stadium, the Busmen became the first Philippine club to surpass the second round of the continent’s top-tier club competition and set up a duel with Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. ADVERTISEMENT And for awhile, Brisbane was in control with former Italian international Massimo Maccarone putting the hosts in front with a close range finish in the 35th minute. But for a team that bucked odds in the AFC Cup last season, Ceres came up with a trademark response that put the hosts on its heels.The Busmen got a deserved equalizer through Maranon just two minutes before halftime. Maranon then combined with Mike Ott in the 65th minute, before curling home from just inside the box. Nazari tapped home from a scramble with 15 minutes remaining as Ceres weathered a late surge by Brisbane that included a goal from Franjic in the 87th minute.Ceres’ victory augurs well to what has been a difficult time for club football in the country following the pullout of two clubs from the PFL – Meralco Manila and Ilocos United – in the past two weeks of the month. ADVERTISEMENT Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Struggling to gain foothold with sponsors and fans, club football in the country found a worthy representative in the Busmen, whose meteoric rise has put the spotlight on Philippine football again. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Another upset over Tianjin, a club that boasts of Brazilian star Alexander Pato and Belgian national team standout Axel Witsel, will send the Bacolod-based club in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in history.Given little chance against the formidable Roar, the Busmen got two goals from Spanish attacker Bienvenido Maranon, before Filipino-Iranian midfielder Omid Nazari scored what turned out to be the decisive goal late in the second half. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrisbane finished third in the tough A-League, which is considered one of the best league’s in the AFC, and boasted of three players with World Cup experience in Greek defender Avram Papadopulous and Australians Ivan Franjic and Brett Holman. Roar also bundled out former league champion Global Cebu, 6-0, in the same stage last season. last_img read more

IPL 2016: No one but Dhoni will know when to retire, says Adam Gilchrist

first_imgAustralian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist feels India’s ODI and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be left alone to take a call regarding his future in international cricket as he has “earned” this right. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )On the sidelines of an interactive session with school kids here on Thursday, Gilchrist, who is now Australia’s Education Ambassador to India, told reporters that the Indian skipper has “earned the rights” to take decisions on his own.”I don’t like the fact that at this stage of a player’s career, journalists or even the public start asking these questions. I don’t see any evidence that he (Dhoni) is not upto the standards. He doesn’t get too many decisions wrong.”There was a time when he felt that it was time for Test cricket when everyone asked ‘why’. Similarly, he would take a call on limited overs cricket too,” said the former wicketkeeper. (Adam Gilchrist open to coachin role in IPL )Speculations are rife that Rahul Dravid might take over the duty of coaching the Indian team. Gilly feels that the 43-year-old former India batsman fits the bill perfectly.”Rahul’s cricketing experience as a batsman or as a mentor or as a cricket mind is on par with anyone else in the world. I watched with interest when he took charge of the U-19 Indian team in the World Cup and achieved considerable success. I wouldn’t be surprised if it falls on him,” quipped the swashbuckling left-handed batsman, who also ruled out any possibilities of him donning the hat of a coach anytime soon.advertisement”I have no aspirations to become a coach. I coach my son’s U-14 team and that itself is a big challenge,” said the 44-year-old.Gilchrist feels that in spite of the recent controversies, IPL remains a prize catch in the world of cricket.”Players have benefitted from the IPL. It’s lucrative financially. From an administrative point of view, it has had its ups and downs. Hopefully, a consistent model can be worked out,” he elaborated.Gilchrist with 17 Test hundreds though agrees that T20 cricket has affected the playing style of classical Test batsmen.”Yes, it has affected the style of playing Test cricket. Batsmen are moving away from the traditional technique. But, it’s inevitable. You still have examples such as Kane Williamson who has got a lovely technique and has still been successful in all three formats. But, that doesn’t mean that someone who has a traditional technique would be rendered ineffective,” he told PTI. (David Warner upbeat about Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chances in IPL 9 )”The pace of the game has changed. The 50-over game contributed to that in the 90s and it’s probably been fast-tracked again. But, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.People in this day and age want to be entertained,” Gilchrist said.”Occasionally, we get wickets that are so batsman-friendly that bowlers hardly have a chance but there are other extremes as well. A middle path has to be found,” said the former Deccan Chargers player.Gilchrist feels that different challenges are good for the game and he is not of the opinion that T20 cricket is diminishing the following of Test cricket.”You might not see huge crowds in Test cricket but that has been the case the world over for sometime. I still feel that Test cricket continues to enjoy a loyal following. These days, it’s often difficult for viewers to dedicate five days or even a day to a cricket match.”But, they continue to follow a Test match on their phones, tablets, computers, radio, TV there’s still a massive love for the game. Empty stands are obviously a big issue but a cricketer, even after winning the T20 world cup, would like to be remembered as a Test player,” he added.Gilly was all praise for the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 in spite of differences over financial issues with the administrators back home.”It’s not an ideal situation. I don’t think anyone wanted it to be that way – players or administrators. But, it seems that the players used it as some sort of a motivating factor.”I would suspect that it was not the driving force. They played good cricket, enjoyed themselves and wanted to win,” he said, adding that the ICC “can” step in to solve the problem.Another cricketer that received accolades from the former Aussie superstar was Virat Kohli. Asked about India’s ‘dependence’ on the Delhi batsman, Gilchrist said,”I think, it’s a bit of a reverse. He’s (Kohli) been so good that he often doesn’t give others a chance to bat. You can’t really question a team or a player that is producing phenomenal results. He’s batting the full 20 overs,” said the veteran of 96 Test matches and 286 ODIs who does not have a problem with pink ball Test cricket anymore.advertisement”The purist in me was saying that no, that’s not Test cricket. But, I had to argue with the spectacle it produced, the interest it generated. There are many positives,” Gilchrist signed off.last_img read more

As Olympics Near, South Korea Agonizes Over Post-Games Costs

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.FILE – This Oct. 30, 2017, file photo shows the rink of the Gangneung Hockey Center at Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.FILE – This Oct. 30, 2017, file photo shows the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As officials prepare for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”—KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sam Tomkins keen to go out with a Grand Final bang for beloved Wigan

first_imgShare on Twitter Victory for Wigan against Warrington at Old Trafford would secure a third Super League title for Tomkins before he embarks on a new challenge with Catalans Dragons – yet there was a time when he could not have foreseen such success.Players of his kind, the ones who emerge every few decades, are tipped for the top from a very young age. His journey, however, could not have been more different – thanks largely to one of the other high‑profile departures from Wigan after the match on Saturday: the head coach, Shaun Wane.Wane was the academy coach before stepping up to first‑team level in 2011, and he oversaw the development of dozens of players, including Tomkins, although it almost worked out so differently. Asked to recount his first dealings with Wane, Tomkins says: “I had to come to terms with the fact I wouldn’t be play rugby for a living. Everyone got offered scholarships on three or four grand a year, but I wasn’t in that group. They let me come in on a pay‑as-you-play basis.“You got £25, which is brilliant if your car insurance is £3,000 a year … But Shaun wouldn’t pick me. I would ask him why I wasn’t playing and he’d blow my legs off with about 25 different reasons. I spat my dummy out when I got home and called him all sorts. It was difficult, but it stood me in good stead.”Tomkins appeared sporadically for Wigan’s academy thereafter, before a potentially career-defining moment for the full‑back. “At the end of the second year of academy Shaun told me I could leave if I wanted. I went on trial at Widnes and Salford and they offered me a bit of money – and there was nothing at Wigan – even the £25 had gone.“I went back amateur and played for Wigan St Patricks for six games. Widnes offered me £3,000 and at the time I’m thinking: ‘I could get a car and insurance for that.’ But my dad, Andrew, stopped me. He asked me if playing for Widnes is what I dreamed of doing, and I knew it wasn’t.“At the time I was an apprentice greenkeeper at a golf course, getting up at 5am.“But an opportunity came up where I could train with the injured lads at Wigan, so I did that for a few weeks and then eventually got a few lucky breaks, stopped cutting grass and got a first‑team contract.”More than 200 games across two spells later, Tomkins is facing up to the reality of Saturday being his final game for the club he worked so hard to join.His leaving for the National Rugby Leaguefour years ago was surprising enough but next year he will line up against Warriors for Catalans, making the Old Trafford game extra special for a self-confessed Wigan fanatic. “I thought I’d come back and probably finish my career at Wigan. But things change so quickly in sport. When I got that contract at 17 I thought I’d never leave.” Warrington Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 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Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp From the moment Sam Tomkins burst on to the rugby league landscape in 2008, there was always a sense of something special about him. The manner in which he made his debut for Wigan, becoming the first ever player to score five tries on his senior bow, instantly saw him regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation.His career since backs that up. From the code-hopping excursion with the Barbarians in 2011 to the numerous major trophies won with the Warriors, at 29 he remains one of the most recognisable figures in the British game as he prepares for the Grand Final on Saturday.center_img Share on Pinterest Wigan Warriors Share on Messenger Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on LinkedIn interviews Sam Tomkins stars to help Wigan into Grand Final against Warrington It is that emotion of Wane, Tomkins and other names such as John Bateman leaving that is driving Wigan behind the scenes, as they bid for the perfect farewell with the club’s 22nd league title, the fifth in the Super League era. “The bigger story is Shaun leaving,” Tomkins adds. “As players we’re happy he’s taking that burden for us.”When asked how his French is, he says “shite” and laughs. “Leaving hasn’t sunk in yet and probably won’t until I’m in France. Wigan is a family I’ve been part of for a very long time. But I’ve got four years with Catalans: what happens after that, who knows?”Victory is being billed as the perfect curtain call for Tomkins’s illustrious Wigan career – but they may not have seen the last of him yet. Reuse this contentlast_img read more