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  • Fire on the water: Dragon boat racing looks to make its mark

    first_imgIn this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, a dragon boat crew from the Philippines paddles for the finish line during a 500-meter heat at the ICF Dragon Boat Championships,in Gainesville, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Their paddles slice through the water in perfect rhythm, all 20 of them, guided by a mesmerizing drumbeat and a legendary creature soaring from the bow of their vessel.Welcome to the world of dragon boat racing, an ancient yet neophyte sport that combines strength, teamwork and even a bit of spirituality.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “Dragon boating is not just about communities coming together, it’s not just about strength, it’s not just about being fast on the boat,” Kadam said. “It also has some aspect of spirituality to it. It’s being intuitive, it’s working together, it’s thinking what everyone is thinking, feeling the boat, feeling that boat get up, feeling that water on the paddle. It’s about all of that — the passion that drives the boat forward.”Kadam is also driven by the memory of her younger brother, Aditya, known to everyone as “D.A.” and one of the top U.S. paddlers leading up to the 2014 dragon boat world championships. After a training session on his outrigger canoe, he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 23.In tribute, his sister and all her teammates are racing at Lake Lanier with “D.A.” on their paddles.The world championship races cover distances of 200, 500 and 2,000 meters. Unlike rowing or sprint canoeing, which compete in a straight line, the longest event in dragon boat racing is carried out on the 500-meter course, with each boat going down and back on a couple of loops, requiring three turns around the buoys at each end while allowing fans on shore to view the entire race.“When you want something to be popular, you’ve got to get people to see it,” Palmer said. “Everybody who sees dragon boat loves it.”Like any developing sport, though, funding is a major obstacle to its growth and development.The athletes largely have to pay their own way, with little help from the national or international federations. Only 11 nations are competing at the world championships, including the host Americans, with a couple of notable absences.Russia, coming off a dominating performance when it hosted the last world championships in 2016, did not show up at Lake Lanier. Neither did China, which is sort of like holding the baseball world championships without the United States.Those who did compete are hopeful of one day getting into the Olympics. Since dragon boat racing falls under the auspices of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), it would not need to be approved as a whole new sport, simply a new discipline that, most notably, would not require any new venues.On the other hand, the International Olympic Committee may be reluctant to add an event that requires 10- and 20-person teams, which could add significantly to the total number of athletes at the Summer Games. Then again, the IOC signed off on five new sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including team sports baseball and softball, so those sort of arguments are met with a bit of skepticism from dragon boaters. LATEST STORIES It’s also a whole lot of fun, which was evident this weekend as the biennial world championships came to North America for the first time on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta, the same spot where rowing and canoeing were held during the 1996 Olympics.“The high intensity of dragon boat is unlike any other paddle sport,” said Ethan Palmer, who competed in rowing and kayaking before joining the U.S. dragon boat program. “And we have dragon heads on the front of our boats. It’s different. It’s eye-catching.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDragon boats originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and remain a huge part of that country’s folklore.As the story goes, when beloved poet Qu Yuan died by drowning himself in the Miluo River, local fishermen beat drums, splashed the water with their paddles and threw rice dumplings into the river in an attempt to keep fish away from his body. Dragon boat festivals are still held each year to commemorate his death. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The competitive sport of dragon boat racing has a much shorter history, originating in the 1970s with vessels that are made of modern, lightweight materials but still draw on those ceremonial roots.Dragon heads (and tails) are attached to the boats for racing. A drummer sits in the front of the boat, facing his crew with his back to the course, beating out a rhythm to keep the paddlers as one. The steersman stands at the back of the boat, handling the rudder. There are races for crews of 10 and 20 paddlers, who sit on benches in rows of two, tightly bunched in the long, narrow vessels that don’t seem nearly big enough to handle all those bodies.“That’s a LOT of people to get rowing perfectly in sync,” Palmer said. “In a dragon boat, with the close proximity that you sit next to each other, there is no room for error, literally or figuratively. You’re inches apart. We’re overlapping every single stroke.”Another American paddler, Swati Kadam, took up dragon boating about eight years ago as a way of relieving stress while pursuing her doctorate at the City of Hope cancer research center in Los Angeles.She soon realized that it was so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title At the very least, dragon boat racing seems to fit with the IOC’s goal of adding new sports that appeal to a more youthful demographic.“To have the Olympic symbol on it,” Kadam said, “That’s all we’re missing right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas eventlast_img read more

  • Fortuna’s Medeiros, St. Bernard’s Roach earn MVPs at McKinleyville Invitational Tournament

    first_imgMcKinleyville >> Fortuna’s Adam Medeiros and St. Bernard’s Garrison Roach were named lightweight and heavyweight MVPs, respectively, at the 31st Annual McKinleyville Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at McKinleyville High School.Medeiros won four straight matches and took the 145-pound title with a dominant 16-0 technical fall over Willits’ Byron Torres.Roach also had four consecutive wins, defeating Fort Bragg’s Jesse Cavender in a 13-3 majority decision, to win the 170-pound …last_img read more

  • SA issues Mandela commemorative stamp

    first_imgThe South African Post Office and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a special stamp to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. While this is not the first stamp issue featuring Mandela, it is the first to be issued since he passed away on 5 December. It was released on Tuesday, 11 February – exactly 24 years since Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town on 11 February 1990 – as part of a philatelic souvenir folder containing a high-quality miniature sheet depicting Mandela along with a brief summary of his life history. Each souvenir folder costs R50 and is available at all post offices, as well as online at www.virtualpostoffice.co.za. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the stamps will be donated to the Mandela Foundation. Speaking at the launch of the stamp at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philately at the South African Post Office, said the organisation was especially proud of this contribution to the history of Mandela. “As far back as a year ago we were already working on a design,” Van Wyk said in a statement issued by Mandela Foundation. “That was premised on the fact that as much as we did not want him to die, we were aware of his mortality. So this design was coming from the perspective of a country in mourning – the focus was on grief. “But in December, when he died, the mood in the country was that of a nation wanting to celebrate his life and legacy – yes, we were sorry for his passing, but we wanted to focus on his contribution. And in one weekend, the design changed completely. “We are very proud of our efforts,” Van Wyk said. “We see our stamps as the smallest ambassadors for the country, but this one means more than that. It represents our contribution to his life and legacy, and through us issuing that stamp, we became a part of history.” Getty Simelane, a director at the South African Post Office, said the issue of the stamp “has made it possible for many people the world over to share in memories of Madiba. We believe that Madiba, the most passionate democrat the world has ever seen, would approve.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Understanding R-Value

    first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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. R-value measurements are subject to a fair amount of ridicule, especially by marketers of radiant barriers. As it turns out, however, the ridicule is mostly unwarranted.R-value is a measure of a material’s resistance to heat transfer. Before 1945, resistance to heat flow was measured by referring to a material’s U-factor. The lower a material’s U-factor, the better the material is at resisting the flow of heat. Because many people assume that high numbers on a scale are “better” than low numbers, insulation manufacturers found it hard to market insulation by bragging about low U-factors. So the R-value — which is simply the inverse of U-factor — was proposed by Everett Shuman, the director of Penn State’s Building Research Institute. Since R = 1/U, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation.Some manufacturers of radiant barriers falsely claim that R-value measures only conductive heat flow while ignoring the other two heat-flow mechanisms, convection and radiation. In fact, R-values include all three heat-transfer mechanisms.The usual procedure for testing a material’s R-value is ASTM C518, Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus. The test method requires a technician to measure the thermal resistance of a specimen placed between a cold plate and a hot plate.When a fiberglass batt is tested, heat flows from the hot side of the batt to the cold side. Wherever individual fibers of insulation touch each other, heat is transferred from fiber to fiber by conduction. Where fibers are separated by air, the heat is transferred from a hot fiber to a cooler fiber by radiation and by conduction through the air. Finally, the effects of any convective loops within the insulation are also captured by the test procedure.Since a material’s R-value is the… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

  • Go Beyond the Webinar: Insights, Experiences, and Strategies in Working with Individuals and Families Impacted by TBI

    first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTImagine being a Convoy Commander and waking up one morning completely unaware of the way your life will change in the next few hours. You are hit by an IED and sustain parietal lobe damage and suffer a stroke from the blast wave. Several months after your injury, you have started to realize that some of the tasks that used to be so simple are now very difficult. After eating dinner last night, you discover that you are unable to figure out which Tupperware container would fit your leftovers. A once simple task has now presented a challenge that sends you back to the place of grief you experienced right after your injury. This is one of the many examples that Dr. Heidi Knock provided for us during our Gray Matters webinar to give us a deeper understanding of the impact TBI can have on both individuals and their families. In her daily work with individuals who have sustained these injuries and their family members, Dr. Knock recognizes the importance of reaching out and helping. The following are some of the highlights from her enlightening webinar.Depression, Suicidality, and Suicide Attempts and TBINeurological Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital found these statistics in August 2011: 53% of individuals who sustain a TBI will suffer a major depressive episode within the first year after injury. 23% experienced suicidal ideation after their injury. 17% actually had a suicide attempt after their injury. Dr. Knock asked participants to share their thoughts on why this might be the case. Here are their responses:Chronic pain (emotional, physical)Might not be getting all of the answers about their injury if it can’t be seen on a scanDifficulty coping with the symptomsUnable to receive the help they needCan’t do what they used to be able to doExperiencing loss associated with the injuryFeel like a burden to their family may lose support because they aren’t the same person they were prior to the injuryDr. Knock added that people who have sustained TBI will continue to run into challenges that they did not anticipate. In fact, these triggers can send them back into the grief that they may have experienced soon after their injury.CaregivingIn addition to the people who have sustained the injuries, others can be deeply impacted as well. Dr. Knock shared experiences of spouses who have taken on the role of the caregiver. The following are ramifications of this transition.Typically cause a great deal of conflictSpouse experiences loss and frustration as wellSpouse shoulders a great deal of the responsibilitySpouse often takes symptoms personally Loss of IdentityThere is a great sense of loss for many people who have suffered TBI, especially those active duty service members.Sense of betrayal from the  militaryIdentity crisis experienced, as they never envisioned themselves doing anything other than being in the militarySome of their skills will not translate into marketable jobs in the civilian world, making the transition of the military very difficultSome people join the military to get away from bad family experiences or situations and gain support in their military families. When they leave, they lose their support system.Intelligence and TBI “People with brain injuries are not stupid. They have little pockets of functioning that, based on where their brain was injured, that aren’t working, but the rest of their brain can be fully intact.”Dr. Knock shared a powerful story with us about a man who attempted suicide and suffered a TBI as a result of the attempt with a gun. While his frontal lobe was injured and he displayed many symptoms as a result of this, his IQ was still 124. This should serve as a reminder to all of us that we should continue to treat individuals in a strength-based manner, recognizing that they may need assistance in only some areas rather than all.Rehabilitation Team Rehabilitation teams are of great important. Dr. Knock provided a list of people who might be included on those teams and discussed the importance of each member.People who sustain TBI should get immediate attention and servicesThey should be surrounded with a team of professionals to assist in adapting to symptoms and rewiring of the brainSpeech Pathologists do not just work on speech (click here for more information on Speech Therapy and TBI). Physiatrist- Medical Doctor who specializes in RehabilitationPhysical Therapist- Focuses on coordination, balance, etc (Click here for more information on Physical Therapy and TBI)The more people on board, the better the client will functionInterventionHere are some suggestions that Dr. Knock provided for the participants.Speak slowly and clearly, checking in for feedback to assess if they are comprehendingKeep questions simple but do not talk down to themInclude family/support system in sessions and groupsMinimize distractionsKeep a journal and/or write down any items for follow-upAccommodations While accommodations may not be necessary for every area, it is important to recognize and address any that are needed. As a professional, you can easily write a letter outlining the needs of each individual for them to give to their work and/or school.May need to be allowed to take a time outMay need a note-taker for schoolMay need more structure at workFamily InvolvementDr. Knock highlighted the importance of family involvement with the care and rehabilitation of those who have sustained TBI. She asked participants of the webinar to give their reasoning behind this.The client may not be good at advocating for themselvesThe person who is injured may not recognize their symptoms of their own needsThey may need assistance with following up with services, advocacy, and social skillsA regular PCM may not know the extent of the injury or the entire storyDr. Knock suggested that families seek the services of a case manager through the insurance companies. This may assist with the needed services and having the services covered under the insurance.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration area on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

  • NHL Players Arent At The Olympics So Who Are These Guys

    Slovakia593377 Switzerland67157 Olympic Athlete from Russia2,5651,955 Germany1,429527 TEAMGAMESPOINTS You probably know this by now, but when the puck drops next week in Gangneung, South Korea, there will be no current NHL players on the ice. And whether it’s the NHL’s fault for being overly cautious and stingy or the International Olympic Committee’s fault for being stubborn — to be sure, it’s a mix of both — the fact remains the same: Pyeongchang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympics since Lillehammer ’94 not to feature a men’s ice hockey tournament stocked with players from the world’s best hockey league.The dearth of North American household names in the men’s tournament has a lot of people wondering if the games will even be worth watching. Every game will be contested while Americans and Canadians are about to go to sleep, are already asleep or are just waking from sleep. North Americans have been forced to ask themselves some important questions, such as: Is it really worth sacrificing sleep to watch a bunch of players you’ve never heard of battle it out for gold? And who are these guys anyway?This decision by the NHL, of course, makes Olympic hockey closer to what it was for decades when the league didn’t release its professionals. In 1980 in Lake Placid, the U.S. rallied behind a bunch of largely anonymous kids from the ranks of college hockey, and it became the country’s greatest Olympic moment. So maybe this is a good thing?A closer look at the rosters in South Korea this month will put a damper on such optimism. Teams are not exclusively bringing a collection of their brightest youngsters from the amateur ranks. They’re bringing something else: players plucked from the NHL scrap heap.You might think that the exclusion of the NHL would bring the average age of Team USA down from previous years, but the 2018 roster is older on average than those from Sochi in 2014 and Vancouver in 2010 — 29.4 versus 27 and 26.6, respectively. In fact, this is the third-oldest Team USA roster in the past 38 years. Finland48452 United States3,0831,216 Total IN NHL No current NHLers, plenty of former NHLersOlympic rosters with the most NHL experience and points accumulated Norway14530 Sweden1,612370 South Korea272 Canada5,4442,140 Many of these players have passed their prime, like Team USA stalwart Brian Gionta, who has more than 1,000 career NHL games on his resume. Others are simply out of NHL work: James Wisniewski, who last played significant NHL minutes in 2014-15, was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 after failing to impress on a tryout contract. He’s playing abroad now — in the second tier of the German league.To be fair, much of the age disparity can be accounted for by the fact that those early rosters had to be comprised of amateurs, which largely meant college players.1The IOC changed the rule to allow professionals in 1988, although the NHL didn’t agree to stop its season and release players until 10 years later. And it’s not as though those kids were stiffs — the 1988 team alone boasted players like Brian Leetch, Chris Terreri, Kevin Stevens, Craig Janney, Tony Granato and Mike Richter. The 2018 team features some college players who have the potential to go on and have fruitful NHL careers — Harvard’s Ryan Donato, for example — but the majority of the roster is made up of guys who’ll never get another sniff (or never got a sniff at all).This trend is worldwide: Each team has at least one skater with NHL experience on its roster, and six teams (Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the United States) can count at least 1,000 combined NHL games played in their ranks. In total, the tournament boasts a combined 17,419 NHL games played. Source: NBC Olympics, Hockey-Reference.com Czech Republic1,330649 Total17,4197,379 Slovenia364 Team Canada leads the way with 2,140 NHL points and 5,444 NHL games among their Olympians. Those numbers may seem impressive until you realize that the equivalent numbers from the Canadian team in Sochi — the one with Sidney Crosby and Co. — were 8,400 NHL points and 12,936 NHL games.2Through the 2013-14 season.The Olympic rosters are clearly lacking star power. The one exception is the roster for Team Russia — er, Team Olympic Athlete from Russia — which boasts two forwards who each played more than 800 NHL games and scored more than 800 career NHL points: Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.Kovalchuk is a former Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, and Datsyuk won three consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies between 2008 and 2010 as the league’s best two-way forward. Each Russian has some very good hockey left in his legs. They’re also the reason the Russians are the odds on favorites to win the tournament.Team Russia is also bringing Kontinental Hockey League star Sergei Mozyakin along to South Korea. Aside from current NHL sniper Alexander Radulov, no other player has won the KHL scoring title in the past decade. The KHL isn’t exactly the NHL, but it’s not exactly a beer league either: It’s the world’s second best hockey league, and 91 of the tournament’s 300 players currently play there. Russia’s games alone should be reason enough to tune in next week.As for the rest? Among the non-KHL cadre, 203 players play across 17 professional leagues spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia; five play NCAA Division 1 hockey; and one — Gionta — is currently not playing any competitive hockey at all. Some teams rewarded players who choose to play their professional hockey on home soil: Every Russian player plays in the KHL, every South Korean player plays in Asia League Ice Hockey, and every Swiss player plays in the National League.3A lot of NHL superstars — including Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Joe Thornton, to name a few — skated in the National League during the lockout of 2012-13. They did so because it is a very good hockey league.But other teams seem to prefer a more well-rounded bunch: The U.S. roster features players from seven professional leagues and a handful of college studs.4And Gionta. And the Slovenian roster features players from 11 leagues across Europe — from the Alps Hockey League to the Czech Extraliga (they know how to score pretty in the Czech Extraliga) to all three divisions of professional German hockey.5This tournament may not feature the world’s top talent, but no one could argue it’s not well-traveled.The NHL’s absence dictates that this won’t be the deepest or most talented group of hockey men ever assembled at an Olympics, but those North Americans willing to stay up late or wake up early will get to see a lot of players they’d never otherwise get to see. read more

  • RTCIPF Mourns the death of Assistant Superintendant James Callender

    first_img Related Items:#AssistantSuperintendentJamesCallender Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales –It is with a deep sense of sadness and regret that Acting Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams announced the death of #Assistant Superintendent James Callender, who passed away on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017.Mr. James Callender of Barbados, Joined the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force on January 3rd 1980 and has worked in numerous units and Divisions before he was promoted to the rank of Inspector on 2nd July 2007 and later in April 2nd 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent.At the time of his passing, Mr. Callender was posted at the Chalk Sound Police Station as Divisional Commander.  Condolences are extended to his entire family and friends.Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.   May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.Press Release: RTCIPF#AssistantSuperintendentJamesCallender Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more