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March 2, 2021

Dave Matthews Refers To Trey Anastasio’s 2007 Comeback As A “Magical Moment” In New Documentary

first_img2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the famed Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which traditionally hosts groups like Dave Matthews Band and Phish for summer tour runs. As the prized venue celebrates its 50th, they have released an hour-long documentary chronicling its storied history.In that feature, the documentary talks to Dave Matthews and asks him for any particular SPAC moments that stood out in his mind. Matthews talks about performing with Phish’s Trey Anastasio in the clip, and how Anastasio was returning to form with an emotionally-charged performance.As Relix points out, Matthews says, “I love Trey’s playing, but that particular night was one of the most beautiful, eloquent times I’ve ever heard him play… He hadn’t played for a while. He just came out that night and it was one of those really magical moments.”Watch the moment itself in the fan-shot video below.[Photo from Dave & Friends @ MSG]last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Wartsila to supply equipment for new Shell-chartered LNG barge

first_imgFinnish engine maker Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply the cargo handling system and cargo tanks for a new 3000-cbm LNG bunker barge to be chartered by Shell.The full scope of Wärtsilä solutions comprises the cargo handling system, the cargo tanks, and installation of the cargo arrangement onboard the vessel, the company said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the order was booked in June.The LNG barge will be owned by LNG Shipping, a consortium between Belgium based Victrol and CFT Corporation based in France. It is being built in Romania and will be outfitted in the Netherlands.When delivered, it will be chartered by Shell Western LNG B.V., a unit of the Hague-based LNG giant, operating out of Rotterdam to provide the company with additional flexibility to bunker LNG fuelled ships, including vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways.last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Football inspires performing arts

first_img5 July 2010When it comes to the arts, football may not seem an obvious source of inspiration. But this year, there was an emergence of football-related performances at South Africa’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.The annual festival, which ran from 20 June to 4 July, is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. It draws artists and actors from around the world and features around 600 independent shows, exhibitions, lectures and cultural acts.“Art is not exclusive. Art is an integral part of daily life. I don’t believe that sport and art need to compete,” said Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival director, who has been running the festival for three years.“We recognize that the team [Bafana Bafana] played a considerable role in a journey of discovery for us as a nation. Similarly, with arts, you immerse yourself into the soul of a nation.‘Exploring a pool of creativity’“We offer[ed] people the opportunity to engage with soccer – but between matches, through exploring a pool of creativity that defines us as a nation.”Among the shows that used football as a central theme, there was an Australian one-man show production called “The football diaries”; a dance, theatre and music extravaganza by an international cast called “Football football”; a Makarapa exhibition; and even a gala performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra featuring two World Cup songs.Star performer Mpho Osei-Tutu acted in a debut one-man show called Convincing Carlos, directed by award-winning Craig Morris.The French-born South African actor and screenwriter played several characters in a story of a Bafana Bafana-mad family man who is seduced into believing that he has been chosen to save the national team from global embarrassment ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. His plan? To convince South Africa’s World Cup coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, to return at all costs.‘Passionate about football’“The number of people at the stadiums shows how immersed we are in the game, how people are passionate about football, and I’ve managed to get quite a lot of soccer fans to come watch the show,” said Osei-Tutu.But it’s the way arts, like sport, can unite people through the sharing of experiences that got Osei-Tutu the most excited. “I love telling human stories and reaching people. There are six billion stories to tell, but it’s the engaging people across all borders that I love the most.”For Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the moment in which South Africa can invite the world to celebrate Africa’s humanity through rhythms, harmonies and visions.“This is your moment. This is your time to share with the world the richness of our people, the vibrancy of our cultures, and the resilient spirit of a nation that is determined to be an important role-player on the world stage,” said Xingwana at the opening event of the festival.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Africa ‘will benefit from SA in BRICS’

first_img19 April 2011South Africa’s inclusion in BRICS, the powerful emerging market group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and now SA, has given the continent of Africa new geopolitical significance, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday following last week’s BRICS Leaders Meeting in Sanya, China, Nkoana-Mashabane said the group was gaining muscle among global investors, and Africa would benefit both from this and through deeper cooperation in various areas.“Our fortunes [as African countries] are intertwined,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “As much as we didn’t go to the African Union to seek a mandate to join BRICS, nonetheless South African diplomats speak for the wellbeing of SA and the African continent as a whole.”Nkoana-Mashabane said with the continent recognised as a growing region, Africa could expect to benefit economically in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure and IT.Africa also stood to benefit from BRICS’ push for the reform of global institutions of governance such as the UN, IMF and World Bank.The three-day BRICS summit, which ended on Friday, resulted in a statement elaborating the group’s vision for common development and shared prosperity.The group also called for the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, reiterating that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.The leaders vowed to support the reform and improvement in international monetary systems for the establishment of a stable, reliable and broad-based international reserve currency system.The five BRICS nations also decided to hold a meeting of high-level representatives in China in the latter part the year to discuss security issues, engage in joint research on economic and trade issues, encourage cooperation in sports and promote cooperation in scientific, technological and innovation cooperation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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A parent’s guide to schooling

first_imgAt what age must my child enter school? What if I can’t afford the school fees? Are teachers allowed to smack my child? What if my child has special educational needs? Can I educate my child at home? We give you the answers, and more, to frequent questions about South Africa’s schooling system.We give you the answers, and more, to frequent questions about South Africa’s schooling system. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterClick on the question to read the answer.What are the South African government’s responsibilities regarding education?At what age must my child start school?What are the grades in South African schools?What documents do I have to supply to admit my child to a school?Can my child attend any public school?How do I go about finding the right school?What can I expect to pay?Can a school take legal action against me if I don’t pay my child’s school fees?But what if I can’t afford to pay school fees?Can a school refuse to admit my child if I haven’t paid school fees?Can a school refuse to admit my child for any other reason?What if I’m still having trouble getting my child into a school?Are teachers allowed to hit my child?How large will my child’s class be?Is learning computer-based?Will my child have access to sporting and other facilities?Will tuition be in English?What if my child has special educational needs?Do parents have a say in the running of their children’s school?Are school uniforms compulsory?Are children allowed to wear religious dress to school?How long are the school holidays?Can I home school in South Africa?Useful documents What are the South African government’s responsibilities regarding education?Section 29 (1) of South Africa’s Constitution reads: “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education; and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”According to the South African Schools Act of 1996, schooling is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of six (grade 1) to the age of 15, or the completion of grade 9.At what age may my child start school?The age of a child entering grade 1 is age five turning six by 30 June in the year of admission. For grade 0 (otherwise known as grade R – the reception year), the age is four turning five by 30 June in the year of admission.If parents feel their children are not yet ready for school, they are allowed to admit them at an older age – five turning six for grade 0, and six turning seven for grade 1.Many schools conduct school-readiness tests to determine if a later admission would be in the child’s best interests.What are the grades in South African schools?Schooling runs from grade 0 (the reception year also known as grade R) through to grade 12 (known as matric). Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory and are classified as General Education and Training. Grades 10 to 12 are considered to be Further Education and Training.Grade 12 is the year of matriculation, which is required (with certain minimum conditions) for tertiary education. Some private schools also offer a post-matric “sixth form” year which allows students to sit for A-level examinations.What documents do I have to supply to admit my child to a school?For public schools, the only documents parents are required to supply when applying to admit their child to school are:The child’s birth certificate;The child’s immunisation card; and,The child’s transfer card or last school report, if the child has already been to another school.A child may be registered provisionally if these documents are not immediately available, and the parents must be given a reasonable time to submit them.If you are not a South African citizen, you should also include a copy of your study permit or your temporary or permanent residence permit. If you do not yet have a permit, you will need to submit evidence that you have applied for permission to stay in South Africa.It is the responsibility of every parent (or guardian) to ensure that:Their children are registered for the following year, well before the end of the current school year;Their children attend school regularly; and,All children between the ages six and 15 years attend school.Can my child attend any public school?A parent may register his or her child at any public school, if there are vacancies.Most schools have established so-called feeder zones, the area the school favours when admitting students. The order of preference for admission to schools generally is:Children whose parents live in the school’s feeder zone – this includes parents who live at their place of work, such as domestic workers;Children whose parents work in the feeder zone; and,The rest are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be placed on a waiting list.However, the provincial departments of education are obliged to find a place in school for every learner. The feeder zone system does not apply to private or independent schools, which have their own admission requirements.How do I go about finding the right school?For state schools, contact the provincial department of education, which keeps a comprehensive list of all registered schools. Most provincial departments have searchable school databases on their websites – see the list in the box on the right.For private schools contact the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa for its list.What can I expect to pay?Many of our state-aided schools – which receive a state subsidy as well as fees from parents – are on a par with private schools at a fraction of the price. A good state-aided school, offering smallish class sizes (about 25-odd) – generally the former Model C schools – may cost R8 000 to R20 000 per year compared with a private school, costing about R30 000 to R70 000 per year – excluding boarding, which could cost an extra R50 000 a year.Some 80% of South Africa’s school pupils don’t pay fees. Fees are paid at about 5 000 of the 25 000 schools. At primary school, fees are about R1 000 a month; at secondary school fees are about R2 300 a month, depending on the school.State funding is organised on a quintile system, in which schools are divided into five categories according to the poverty levels in the areas they serve. Poorer schools are given larger state subsidies, and so have lower school fees, while wealthier schools are given smaller subsidies, and so have higher fees.In the poorest areas of all, parents are completely exempt from paying school fees. These schools are called no-fee schools that receive all their required funding from the government. For the first three quintile groups, the government’s allocation for schools per child is R1 116. In quintile four, R559 is paid per child, and for quintile five the allocation is R193.No-fee schools will be published in the Provincial Gazette and the criteria to determine no-fee schools will be based on the economic level of the community around the school.In January 2015, it was reported that the most expensive private school in South Africa was Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal. Pupils who board at this school each pay R219 500 per year.Like most private schools, Hilton College’s annual increase for school fees in 2015 from 2014, was 5%. Other expensive private schools, such as Treverton College in KwaZulu-Natal, cost R72&nsbp;800 annually per pupil, boarders at the school pay R149 800 annually.Can a school take legal action against me if I don’t pay my child’s school fees?Yes; in terms of the Schools Act, parents have a legal obligation to pay public school fees, as determined by the school governing body.But this action can only be taken if the fee-exemption criteria have been applied, and the parent still found to be liable for – in other words, can afford to pay – the fees. This obviously excludes no-fee schools, and orphans are exempt from school fees.But what if I can’t afford to pay school fees?At all public schools, parents may apply for a reduction in or even exemption from school fees. If both parents’ annual earnings are less than 10 times the yearly school fees (before tax), the child qualifies for a full fee exemption. Partial exemptions can also be made for parents with financial problems. This generally requires some kind of proof of income.Schools are encouraged to form a school fees committee, which should assist parents in applying for exemption. Forms for fee exemption should be available at the school office; otherwise contact your provincial department of education.Can a school refuse to admit my child if I haven’t paid school fees?No; in terms of the Schools Act, no student may be refused admission to a public school on the grounds that his or her parent or caregiver is unable to pay, or has not paid, school fees.It is also illegal for a school to refuse to allow a child to take part in the school’s sporting, cultural or social activities – such as the matric dance – on the grounds that fees have not been paid, or to retain the child’s report.Can a school refuse to admit my child for any other reason?No, the school may not, unless the child has already been expelled from that particular school. All schools must admit students without discrimination of any kind. Schools may not administer tests or use pre-school experience or language as reasons not to enrol a child. Admission may not be refused because parents or guardians:Are unable to pay, or haven’t paid, school fees;Do not subscribe to the school’s mission statement;Have refused to sign an indemnity contract; or,Are unable to afford all or part of the school uniform.What if I’m still having trouble getting my child into a school?Call the Department of Basic Education’s toll-free hotline on 0800 202 933, contact your provincial education department, or contact the Education Rights Project.Are teachers allowed to hit or cane my child?No; the Schools Act outlaws corporal punishment. Any teacher administering physical punishment faces prosecution for assault, and may be fined or even jailed.Corporal or physical punishment can take many forms, including hitting with a hand or an object such as a cane, belt, whip, shoe or ruler, slapping, kicking, shaking, burning, pinching or pulling hair, forcing someone to stand in an uncomfortable and undignified position, denying or restricting someone’s use of the toilet, denying meals, drink, heat and shelter as a form of punishment, or forcing someone to do excessive exercise.How large will my child’s class be?There is usually some correlation between class size and fees. At the state- aided schools where parents pay for extra teachers by way of school fees, and at the more expensive private schools, the maximum number of pupils is usually about 30. At poorer schools this is often higher, with as many as 40 to 50 children in a classroom.Is learning at schools computer-based?This depends on a particular school’s resources. Most private and state-aided schools have well-stocked computer or media centres, and increasing numbers have computers in every classroom. There are several government and private initiatives to get the rest – most schools in townships and rural areas – online within the next few years.For more information on schools online, see School Net.Will my child have access to sporting and other facilities?While schools in poor areas are sorely under-resourced when it comes to sports fields and other facilities, most schools in the suburbs have good to excellent sporting facilities. Space is seldom a constraint in South Africa, and a growing number of schools boast state-of-the-art Astroturf hockey fields, indoor gyms, squash courts and swimming pools.The emphasis on sport depends largely on the school, but – given that sport is a national preoccupation – most schools devote substantial amounts of time to it. In fact, under the new curriculum introduced in 2012, sport is included in the school day, aiming to ensure all children have the opportunity to participate.Other facilities such as music rooms, theatres and art centres depend largely on the particular bent of the school and on its financial resources. Most state-aided schools offer a range of curricular and extramural choices in the arts.Will tuition be in English?It is compulsory to do a home language, which is the language of learning and teaching, and an additional language from grade 1. These are set by the school governing body (see below), and are not necessarily the language spoken at home by the majority of learners.While research shows that learners who are taught in their mother tongue perform better, most schools choose to teach in English because of parent perception that it will benefit their children. From grade 4 onwards, learners are encouraged to switch to English.If you want a new language to be introduced to your preferred school, you must get at least 35 parents together who want this option. You must then see the principal and school governing body as a delegation.My daughter has special learning needs. Do regular schools have remedial programmes, or must she go to a special school?It depends on the severity of the problem and on how well-resourced the school is. In 2010, there were 104 633 children in 423 public special needs schools. There are also private schools for children with severe remedial problems or disabilities.South Africa has a policy of inclusive education, which includes various models to integrate special-needs children into ordinary schools. However, a lack of resources and infrastructure have meant that this policy has been slow to implement and children who have been mainstreamed don’t always get the special education they need.Some of the better-off schools, both state-aided and private, offer remedial education in one form or another. They employ remedial teachers and run small remedial classes alongside regular classes.Do parents have a say in the running of their children’s school?Definitely; national policy on state schools requires that the school governing body (SGB) – made up of management, teachers, learners (at high school) and parents (51%) – plays a large part in how the school is run, within a national framework.Dynamic SGBs capable of raising funds and offering diverse skills to their schools have managed to turn them into thriving centres of excellence. On the downside, where parents are uneducated and poor, the SGBs are hamstrung from the start. Also, many children go to school miles from home, making it difficult for parents to get involved.At private schools, parental involvement depends largely on the nature of the school.Are school uniforms compulsory?Yes; they are compulsory in all state schools and most private schools.Are children allowed to wear religious dress to school?In terms of the Constitution, learners may not be prohibited from wearing particular attire – such as yarmulkes and headscarves – to school. Schools are encouraged to have uniform policies that accommodate learners’ religious beliefs.How long are the school holidays?State schools follow the four-term system, while most private schools have three longer terms. At state schools, students are on holiday for two to three weeks between each term (except after the third term, when the break is usually 10 days) and for about five weeks in December and January, at the end of the school year.At private schools, the holidays are usually about a month between each of the three school terms, with a longer holiday, also usually about five weeks, at the end of the year.Download the public school calendar from the learners page on the Department of Basic Education’s website.Can I home school in South Africa?There’s a growing trend worldwide towards home schooling and South Africa is no exception, with thousands of families opting to home school their children, for a variety of reasons. Some parents are keen to give their children religious or individualised tuition which they won’t receive at school; others want to avoid the institutional nature of school life.For those who wish to send their children to private schools but cannot afford to, home schooling is a cheaper alternative. Several home schooling associations are on hand to help those who choose to go this route.Although home schooling is legal in South Africa, it is not actively encouraged by the government: permission must first be sought from provincial authorities, and various requirements must be met, such as the provision of a weekly timetable and a learning programme.See the Department of Basic Education website for details on home schooling requirements.Useful documentsFollow these links to download the following documents:The South African Schools Acts (1996)The Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Learners and Public Schools (2005)The Education Rights Project has a range of online information regarding the rights of students and parents, from school fees to admissions, HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancy and more.Updated October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

Ohio Crop Progress — September 17, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wet Conditions Delay HarvestIntermittent rain last week combined with previous wet conditions slowed crop harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 16. Scattered rain events stalled harvest in some areas but corn silage harvest continued where conditions allowed. Corn for grain and soybean harvests began in some areas. There were some reports of ponding in fields. Hay that was made was wrapped or bagged. Corn and soybeans remained in mostly good to excellent condition.Click here to see the full reportlast_img

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December 16, 2019

Universal Design

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Why are most interior doorways only 30 inches wide? Why are so many doorknobs hard to grip? And why do so many homes have a long stairway between the front door and the bedrooms?Two typical answers to these questions would be, “because that’s the way we’ve always built houses” and “because these houses meet code.” (Those two reasons happen to be pretty weak, by the way.)We’re all getting older, and many of us have family members with special needs. Ideally, the homes we build today will work well for people with a wide range of abilities. Designing buildings that can meet the needs of people with varying abilities is called “universal design.”Most families have members with special needs; for example, my sister-in-law Caryn is blind. Caryn’s not a complainer, but I’ve learned a lot from Caryn about sidewalks. Some sidewalks are easy for blind pedestrians with canes to navigate; others are unsafe. Ideally, sidewalk surfaces should be consistent and predictable, with as few bumps and hard-to-interpret transitions as possible.Universal design strives to make buildings easy for a wide variety of people to use, including older people and people with disabilities. As much as possible, universal design attempts to meet the needs of people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.A house that follow universal design principles often aims for “visitability” — including ease of use by friends in wheelchairs — and aims to accommodate owners planning an “aging in place” retirement. A house built to universal design principles should make it easy for the owners to live independently in their home for as long as possible.Features that fall into the “universal design” category should be usable by a wide variety of people of different sizes and abilities. Accommodations that address a specific need… 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

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Making Bendable Concrete

first_imgMaking concrete bendTo develop ductile concrete, our laboratory borrowed ideas from nacre, also known as mother of pearl — the iridescent material on the inside of abalone shells.Mollusks make nacre from aragonite, a natural form of calcium carbonate, which by itself is extremely brittle. But nacre is ductile because of its architecture at the nanoscale, which looks like a brick wall. The “bricks” are thin layers of aragonite platelets, and the “mortar” between them is a natural polymer that is very elastic. The polymer holds the rigid aragonite layers together, but allows them to slip from side to side under stress. This structure makes nacre both strong and flexible.Concrete is a composite mixture that normally consists of gravel and sand particles bound together with cement. To design ductile concrete, we imitated nacre’s “give” by dispersing tiny fibers inside the composite. When properly controlled, the interfaces between fibers and cement recreate the controlled slippages in nacre.Nacre, the coating on the inside of abalone shells, is highly ductile, allowing the shell to resist impacts without fracturing. It protects abalone from sea otters that try to break shells open by banging them on rocks.We call the resulting ductile concrete engineered cementitious composite (ECC) or strain-hardening cementitious composite. It can deform up to 3% to 5% in tension before it fails, which gives it 300 to 500 times more tensile strain capacity than normal concrete. This allows a slab of it to undergo a lot of bending without fracturing into pieces, earning it the nickname of flexible or bendable concrete.ECC was invented at the University of Michigan, and it has now acquired a following of hundreds of universities and industrial entities conducting further engineering research and technology development. Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.But a better solution is in view. My laboratory at the University of Michigan, along with many other laboratories around the world, has shown it is possible to make concrete more ductile — that is, bendable without fracturing. Bendable concrete makes infrastructure safer, extends its service life and reduces maintenance costs and resource use.Civil infrastructure very rarely fails because it lacks compressive strength — the ability to bear loads that push it together, as when columns support the weight of a building. Most failures occur because structures do not have enough capacity to carry tensile load — the ability to deform or stretch without rupturing – even though steel reinforcements often are added to concrete to prevent catastrophic structural failure. Researchers Claim to Develop a Concrete AlternativeReinventing ConcreteCarbon Emissions By the Construction Industry Uses for bendable concreteMaking concrete bendable addresses several of conventional concrete’s key flaws. First, suppressing brittle fracture prevents the formation of wide cracks that allow water and other aggressive agents like road salt to penetrate easily into concrete structures and attack their reinforcing steel.Experimental evidence and our theoretical calculations show that it is possible to extend the time it takes for chloride from road salt on a bridge deck surface to reach and corrode reinforcing steel from years to tens of years. A number of projects, ranging from patch repair to link slabs on bridge decks that dramatically extend service life, have taken advantage of this fracture suppressing ability.Bendable concrete also enables structural elements to absorb a lot of energy. For example, manufacturers have developed ECC dampers to retrofit the 28-kilometer Seisho Bypass viaduct along Japan’s eastern seaboard and to help make new tall buildings more resilient during earthquakes, including several in Tokyo and Osaka. Flexible concrete has many other potential large-scale industrial applications, including water infrastructure and underground construction.Widespread use of ECC will require a good supply chain and intelligent use of the material to optimize cost economics. The most significant obstacle is the fact that ECC is still relatively novel to structural engineers, who are trained to assume that concrete cannot withstand tension. Many serious concerns about the woeful state of U.S. infrastructure can be traced back to concrete’s brittleness. Cracks in concrete can reduce a structure’s usable life. They also weaken it and make it less resilient against natural forces, such as earthquakes or tornadoes, or man-made forces, such as bomb blasts in terrorist attacks.For example, 52 people died in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California due to building and freeway collapses. Major freeways also sustained heavy damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, including one that had been rebuilt after a quake in 1971. If the quake had occurred during a weekday rush hour, rather than at 4:30 a.m. on a Monday holiday, the results could have been catastrophic.Repeated infrastructure repairs and rebuilds use enormous quantities of materials and energy. Studies have shown that the carbon and energy footprints of frequent repair events, and the social and economic costs they generate, far exceed those associated with initial construction. We all pay these costs in time stuck in traffic jams, higher taxes and polluted air.center_img Victor Li is a professor of engineering at the University of Michigan. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. How bendable concrete can heal itselfOur concrete composite can also learn new tricks. For example, when it is damaged, the hairline cracks that form can undergo healing just through exposure to water and air. Self-generating reactions create healing products through continued hydration and carbon mineralization, binding crack surfaces together in much the same way that our skin heals from a paper cut. Self-healing concrete can make structures such as roads and bridges more durable.Bendable concrete also can adjust its own thermal capacity, so that it stores more heat when the outside temperature is high, keeping building interiors cool. Encapsulated micron-sized wax-like materials within the concrete change from solid to liquid form, like tiny ice cubes melting into water, when temperatures reach levels that are uncomfortable for humans.We are currently teaching ECC to neutralize pollutants, thereby helping to maintain clean air in urban environments. Embedded nano-titanium particles in the composite break down pollutants into harmless substance via reactions catalyzed by sunlight.These autonomous and adaptive functional features can contribute to the development of future smart cities with infrastructure that responds to environmental changes. Our goal is to create a new generation of smart, bendable concrete that will help build and maintain a resilient, sustainable and healthy living environment. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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November 30, 2019

Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games MOST READ Archers survive Tams’ final rally The Cavaliers had hoped to have James play alongside newcomers Derrick Wade, Dwyane Wade and Jae Crowder with Kevin Love shifted from forward to center in what figures to be a formidable lineup should they be able to work cohesively.“It’s a challenge when you’ve got a new team and you want to incorporate stuff,” Lue said.“Do we wish we had a little more time with him in the pre-season? Yes. But we have to make do with what we have.” /cbb Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The 32-year-old playmaker, who led the Cavs to their first NBA crown in 2016, missed most pre-season workouts and three pre-season contests with a left ankle sprain suffered on September 27.Lue said: “(James is) pretty mad, pretty pissed off. But I mean, it is what it is.”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 shutoutJames has not missed a season-opener in 14 NBA campaigns, but Lue hesitated when asked about his availability against Boston next week.“(James) got treatment all day today, so I’m not sure if we should be concerned or not,” Lue said. “But it’s pretty sore today so we’ll just see what happens.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after suffering an injury against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on February 27, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. LeBron may miss the Cavs’ opener with the Celtics due to a sprained left ankle, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. AFP Washington, United States — Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James will not play in Cleveland’s last pre-season game and is questionable for Tuesday’s season opener against Boston, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said on Wednesday.James awoke with a sore left ankle after scoring 17 points in his first pre-season appearance, a 108-94 loss to Chicago, and Lue declared he would not practice on Thursday or play on Friday in the exhibition against Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa J.R. Smith will start for James on Friday with Jose Calderon moving into the lineup, Lue said.James said after the pre-season loss to Chicago that the game was a test to see how his ankle was recovering from the injury.“I’m pushing through it right now,” James said. “I just wanted to try and test my foot, test my ankle to see how I would come out.“I definitely wanted to test it knowing that at least if I tested it tonight I have a week until the regular season started if I don’t play in the game on Friday.”James averaged 26.4 points and career highs of 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists last season as the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals, losing to Golden State. It was the seventh consecutive trip to the finals and eighth overall for James.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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November 29, 2019

Garvo Lanete gives ailing Meralco a boost

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Ormoc native also put pressure in himself to churn out a better showing after turning 29 on Tuesday.Fittingly, Lanete lit up for a career second-best 24 points on a 4-of-9 three-point shooting to lead Meralco to a tight 92-90 victory over Phoenix that kept them alive in the playoff race in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just lucky and I thank Lord for that,” said the former San Beda sniper, who is always prepared whenever coach Norman Black calls his number.Lanete shared the spotlight with his peers who are trying their best to make the Bolts run despite the injuries that beset the squad. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PBA IMAGESWith key cogs down for Meralco, Garvo Lanete expected a bigger responsibility in its game against Phoenix on Wednesday.“We had to step up because we don’t have Jared (Dillinger) and we don’t have Cliff (Hodge). So when we lost to NLEX, coach was firm in telling us that we had to treat this game as a championship game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolts continue to lose key players as Hodge suffers suspected knee injury NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 “Every practice, the coaches have been telling me to not hesitate in shooting the ball. And it’s not just me, but the same with my teammates because we all stepped up. Me, Jason Ballesteros, Anjo Caram, Chris Newsome, Nico Salva, and of course, Cliff Hodge. Every game, we always have that same mentality.”With Meralco keeping afloat at 3-6, there’s not much room for error for the Bolts, especially with their Governors’ Cup Finals rematch set against Ginebra on Sunday.“It’s the same, we’ll have a championship game mindset,” he said. “Yes, we’re excited for the rematch, but we’ll treat that as a regular game. We just have to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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