8 marathons to run before summer

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wozniacki cruises into Australian Open 2nd round Could chill-out music boost your post-workout recovery? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Runners pass the Ginza shopping district during the Tokyo Marathon 2017 in Tokyo. Image: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura via AFP RelaxnewsLooking for a challenge in 2018? Look no further than these eight marathons, all coming up before the summer season. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Tokyo Marathon (Japan), Feb. 25ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ The first major race of the year is the Tokyo Marathon in Japan. As part of the World Marathon Majors series, it’s one of six of the world’s largest and most renowned marathons, along with New York, Berlin, Boston, Chicago and London. It’s also one of Asia’s most popular marathons.Rome Marathon (Italy), April 8 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFrom the Vatican to the Coliseum, the Rome Marathon — held since 1982 — is a great opportunity to catch some of the city’s sights, soaking up the Italian city’s stunning architecture as you run.Boston Marathon (United States), April 16  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The United States’ legendary Boston Marathon is one of the world’s largest and most famous. It’s also the world’s oldest annual marathon. The race, which draws around 500,000 spectators each year, celebrates its 122nd edition in 2018.Lake Annecy Marathon (France), April 22With breathtaking lake and mountain scenery, the Lake Annecy marathon is a truly magical event. After Albi and Paris, this race is one of France’s oldest. It’s in the top 10 of French marathons with 8,500 runners from 21 countries around the world.London Marathon (United Kingdom), April 24The British capital’s prestigious marathon — the Virgin Money London Marathon — is expecting some 45,000 runners this year. Starting just south of the Thames, the route runs from Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace. Along the way, runners will see some of the British capital’s most famous sights, including the London Eye.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Great Wall Marathon (China), May 19A particularly challenging marathon with its many climbs, descents and steps (5164), China’s Great Wall Marathon runs along and on the Tianjin section of the monument, east of Beijing. Although difficult, the route promises breathtaking scenery, making it one of the most unusual races of its kind.Rio de Janeiro Marathon (Brazil), June 3 Held in a dream destination, the Rio marathon is considered one of the world’s most scenic, with a route that takes runners alongside its famous beaches, including Recreio, Barra, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. The race starts at Praça do Pontal do Tim Maia with the finish line in Flamengo. Tromsø Marathon (Norway), June 16The marathon in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, located north of the Arctic Circle, starts at 8.30 p.m. at the water’s edge, in daylight. This unusual “midnight sun” marathon, one of Scandinavia’s biggest, attracts 5,000 runners.More marathonsThis year, three new marathons join the international race calendar: the Baobab Marathon in Togo, Feb. 13; the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon in Nigeria, Feb. 4; and the Namur Marathon in Belgium, April 22. JBRELATED STORIES:What to do post-run to maximize your resultslast_img read more

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Kaizer Chiefs wrap up 2013 PSL title

first_imgTop flight titlesChiefs have won South Africa’s PSL three times since it came into being in 1996/97. They were founded in 1970 and won their first South African top flight title in 1974. They have since achieved that feat 11 times in all. 16 May 2013 “I would also like to make special mention of Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates who made this title race interesting,” he added. They will be presented with the PSL trophy at the last game against the University of Pretoria at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Kaizer Chiefs’ great Doctor Khumalo told the club’s website that the objective heading into the season was to bring back the Amakhosi’s glory days. He also praised the role played by Baxter, saying: “The coach brought new ideas and made the players believe in themselves. He also made the players realise the importance of donning the gold and black.” In recent years, the race for the PSL title has gone all the way to the final weekend, but Chiefs winning of the league was the earliest since Mamelodi Sundowns won it by 10 points in the 2006/07 season. Ironically, during Baxter’s time in charge of the national team, Chiefs won the PSL in both seasons under Ted Dumitru. Baxter’s influence SuperSport United claimed three titles in succession before the Buccaneers won two in a row: in 2009/10, they finished one point clear of Mamelodi Sundowns; in 2008/09, they edge Pirates on goal difference; in 2007/08, they finished two points clear of Ajax Cape Town. Chiefs received R10-million for winning the league. The league title marked a successful return to South African football for manager Stuart Baxter, Bafana Bafana’s coach in 2004 and 2005, who took over the reins from Vladimir Vermezovic. Baxter is the first England-born coach to lead a team to the PSL title.center_img The Amakhosi had all but wrapped up the title this past weekend, even though they had not been in action, after their closest rivals, Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates, suffered defeats. Golden Arrows beat Stars 2-1, while a late goal from Mamelodi Sundowns saw Pirates lose 1-0. The title was Chiefs’ first since the 2004/05 season and they matched that season’s record of losing only two matches, although one game must still be played on Saturday, the PSL’s final weekend. Recent PSL seasons Kaizer Chiefs wrapped up the 2012/13 Premier Soccer League (PSL) title with a game to go when they played to a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday. With a four-point lead, they cannot be caught. Entertaining and beautiful football The Sea Robbers were back to winning ways on Wednesday, crushing bottom club Black Leopards 4-1, but it was too little too late as they came up short of a third title in succession. Last season, 2011/12, Orlando Pirates finished two points ahead of Moroka Swallows. Pirates also claimed the honours in 2010/11, but only on goal difference over Ajax Cape Town. “Kaizer Chiefs have played entertaining and beautiful football this season and this victory is well deserved. The fact that Chiefs led the race from day one is commendable and indicative of the work they have done this season,” the PSL’s Acting CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane, said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Green Building Priority #2 — Reduce Water Use

first_imgWater is such a high priority in part because so much else depends on it. Most of our power plants draw water from rivers and lakes for cooling, and during severe droughts power plants have to shut down. (In 2007 one nuclear plant in Alabama had to shut down for lack of water.) Our food system depends on irrigation—though the U.S. is less dependent on irrigation than China, India, and many other countries. We drink and wash with water. And it takes a lot of water to generate electricity: on average 2.0 gallons per kilowatt-hour in the U.S.In addition, water is energy-intensive. Pumping water out of the ground, moving it from one place to another, treating it, and then treating the wastewater after we use it accounts for about 4% of the nation’s electricity. In many municipalities, water and wastewater infrastructure comprises the single largest use of electricity.There are lots of good ways to reduce water use. A few of my favorites are listed here:Replace showerheadsOne of the easiest, least expensive strategies for reducing water use is to replace older showerheads with models that use significantly less water. Some older showerheads use 5 gallons per minute (gpm) or more, while models sold (legally) since 1994 use no more than 2.5 gpm. I’ve been using a Delta H2Okinetic 1.5 gpm showerhead for years and find it highly satisfactory, even with the low water pressure on my rural water system. Saving water with a showerhead also saves energy—because it’s heated water that you’re using less of.Replace toiletsIf you have a pre-1994 toilet (one that doesn’t list the water consumption on it), chances are pretty good that it’s using at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Since 1994, all toilets sold in the U.S. have had to use 1.6 gpf or less. More recently WaterSense-certified “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) have been introduced that use no more than 1.28 gpm and meet various flush performance standards defined by the EPA WaterSense program. Unless your house has very long drainline runs (over 20 feet) with very low slope (nearly horizontal), choose WaterSense HET toilets.Reduce the water consumption of bathroom faucetsMore and more new lavatory faucets today meet the WaterSense limit of 1.5 gpf, while most faucets in use deliver far more water. Since 1994, faucets could use no more than 2.2 gpm (at 60 psi water pressure), but older faucets often use a lot more. Most relatively modern faucets can be retrofit with screw-in low-flow aerators. You can go as low as 0.5 gpm, which is usually plenty for brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and shaving. Note that the lower the flow, the longer it will take hot water to reach the tap.Install an on-demand circulator pumpTo avoid wasting water as you wait for hot water to reach your bathroom or kitchen, you can install an on-demand recirculation system. Unlike continuous-circulation systems that are used in hotels, on-demand systems are activated by a user. Several companies make these systems, most using D’MAND technology licensed by ACT Metlund.Buy a water-saving clothes washerHorizontal-axis, front-loading clothes washers use significantly less water than most vertical-axis top-loaders. They also use half the detergent, and most of them wring more moisture out during the spin cycle (saving energy needed for drying). If you’re replacing a clothes washer or buying your first, look for a water-saving front-loader.Buy a water-conserving dishwasherCheck the energy- and water-efficiency of available dishwashers if you’re in the market for a new one. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has the best information.Plant low-water-use landscapingIn many parts of the country, outdoor water use exceeds indoor use. Native landscaping that does not require irrigation can save a tremendous amount of water, compared with lawns and most other conventional landscaping. The term “xeriscaping” is sometimes used to describe this landscaping practice.Harvest rainwater for irrigatingIf you must irrigate, capture rainwater and use that for irrigating. You can install a simple rainbarrel that sits under a downspout at the corner of your house, or install a more sophisticated system with greater storage capacity.These suggestions are just a starting point; there are lots of other opportunities for savings. Huge savings can also be achieved simply by changing your behavior: taking shorter showers, and not running the water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and skipping lawn-watering, for example. To a significant extent, water savings is about common sense.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Reducing water consumption should be a high priority not only in the parched Southwest but throughout the country. Some argue, in fact, that water is going to be an even bigger challenge than energy over the coming decades.In the United States, nowhere is the focus on water greater today than in the Colorado River Basin. A series of reservoirs on the Colorado, including Lake Powell and Lake Mead, provide water for some 25 million Americans, and allocations of water from the river exceed the available flow. Lake Mead currently stands at half-full, its scenic shore marred by a giant bathtub ring several hundred feet high. A university study a few years ago said there was a 50% chance that the reservoir would be functionally empty (its level too low to draw from) by 2021!But in many ways, water resource issues are an even bigger problem in parts of the country that aren’t as used to thinking about water. In the fall of 2007, Atlanta came within 30 days of running out of water, with no provisions for what to do if that occurred. Eastern reservoirs tend to be a lot shallower than western reservoirs, so have less storage capacity.last_img read more

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How Twitter Is Making Its Spam Problem Worse

first_imgAs Twitter gears up to go public, growth is a priority for the company. The short-message service is revamping its core mobile apps and experimenting with ways to get users to spend more time interacting with tweets.That push for growth, though, may make Twitter vulnerable to spammers who have dogged the service for years.The Spam Is Coming From Inside The HouseOne of Twitter’s growth-pushing experiments, @MagicRecs, recently won acclaim from the New York Times for its personalized suggestions of people to follow. That coverage may have put it on the radar of [email protected] works by sending private messages to users telling them that a particular account has been followed by other accounts they follow. Because I follow many journalists and Twitter employees, it’s particularly good at alerting me that a celebrity like, say, Prince has signed up for the service.This morning, I got a recommendation to follow @DropboxOffers, an account promising extra gigabytes on the online-storage service for follows and retweets. At first, I was inclined to follow it, if only to track news about the company—peers at TechCrunch and AllThingsD had followed the account, after all. And a Twitter employee had also followed the account. Seems legit!That assembly of social proof—your friends are all following this account, don’t you want to?—is exactly how @MagicRecs does its magic.I grew suspicious, though, and Dropbox swiftly announced it was a fake:It’s not clear if the spammers intended to make use of @MagicRecs. For most users, the offer of free storage might have been compelling enough. But several people I noticed following the account—smart tech-industry insiders, some of whom work for Twitter or have family members who work there, people you would not expect to be taken in by Twitter spam—confirmed that they had followed the account because of a @MagicRecs recommendation.While the @DropboxOffers account has not yet tweeted out links to malware, it likely had the aim of getting users to follow the account, at which point it could send them links to dangerous websites under the guise of claiming the additional Dropbox storage it promised. At publication time, the account was still active and had more than 9,800 followers.A Dangerous ExperimentWhile @MagicRecs is an experiment, it has the explicit imprimatur of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo:So what do we learn from this?Twitter devotes substantial resources to fighting spam. It has largely fended off traditional Twitter spam, which typically targets users by mentioning their username and offering a dangerous link to click. But as Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed points out, spammers are now using more obscure features of Twitter, like lists, to lure users.At the same time, Twitter devotes substantial resources to growth. It aims to encourage users to discover new accounts to follow and interact with them. Those efforts inevitably create fertile conditions for spammers.I’d hate to see @MagicRecs shut down. It’s both useful and fun, often pointing me to Twitter users who have become newsworthy before I’ve even heard about the event that catapaulted them into headlines. But perhaps Twitter should figure out how to put the brakes on it until its algorithms can vet accounts for legitimacy. @DropboxOffers was recently created—a telltale danger sign. Yet a celebrity who just signed up for the service would have a similarly scant track record. It’s not an easy problem to solve.Spam Will Always Be With UsAs Google found over the years with its automated ad-targeting tools, opportunists are smart and adaptive, and use technology to optimize their gambits every bit as much as the companies they piggyback on do. Spam will definitely be a risk factor Twitter must disclose to its shareholders.Yet the answer isn’t as simple as saying that Twitter must do a better job of fighting spam. It must do so without compromising experiments like @MagicRecs and other avenues for improving the service, which remains confounding to novices.In the long term, there’s no contradiction between fighting spam and growing the service: Spam turns off users, which hurts retention. But in the short term, Twitter’s going to have to be awfully clever to solve the problem it’s inadvertently created here.Update: Costolo says the team behind @MagicRecs is fixing the problem: Tags:#Spam#twitter#Twitter IPO#Twitter Spam The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… owen thomaslast_img read more

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Kolkata Metro Rail Corpn. can’t demolish damaged buildings till it submits land: Mayor

first_imgCity mayor Firhad Hakim has said Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) will not be allowed to demolish damaged buildings or remove debris from Bowbazar area till it submits a land stability certificate of the central Kolkata locality to the civic body. Several houses at Bowbazar have either collapsed or developed cracks due to tunnel boring work for the East West Metro corridor by the KMRC, leading to the evacuation of over 400 people.“Until and unless they (KMRC officials) provide us (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) with land stability certificate from a recognised organisation, we will not permit them to remove debris or commence demolition of the buildings. Till then, there is no question of reconstructing the houses,” Mr. Hakim told reporters at the State secretariat on September 5.Mr. Hakim, also the State’s Urban Development Minister, held a meeting of the core committee, formed to look into developments arising out of the incident of subsidence and cracks in the buildings.“If we permit them to demolish houses or remove the debris, labourers would have to go inside. And if any building collapses then and they get killed, who will be responsible for that?” he said.He said KMRC officials have told the State government that they have sought advice from international experts to arrest the ground subsidence.“The KMC’s building department is conducting surveys of every house in the area. The KMRC officials are also visiting every house to check on the damages,” he said.Mr. Hakim said the former residents of the collapsed buildings will have to lodge FIRs regarding their important documents, such as Aadhaar and voter cards and bank papers, which went missing during the incident. Several buildings at Durga Pituri Lane and Syakra Para Lane collapsed or developed cracks on August 31, when an aquifer broke during tunnel boring work and water and silt gushed in, leading to a severe ground loss in the vicinity. The residents had to evacuate the buildings in haste, leaving behind their belongings, identification documents among other things.last_img read more

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Spirited comeback of many track stars at Calicut meet puts India in quest for gold in Asian athletics

first_imgPremachandran: Stealing the showA spate of record-breaking performances at the Calicut meet last month was indeed a good augury for Indian athletics in the year of the Asiad. What made the meet even more memorable was the remarkable comebacks of many athletes who had for all practical purposes been written,Premachandran: Stealing the showA spate of record-breaking performances at the Calicut meet last month was indeed a good augury for Indian athletics in the year of the Asiad. What made the meet even more memorable was the remarkable comebacks of many athletes who had for all practical purposes been written off.The biggest surprise of them all was the performance of 22-year-old Mercy Kuttan, written off by sceptics as one paling into oblivion. She had slipped to second place in the long jump at the last national open athletics meet at Lucknow in October following her marriage to sprinter and international relay runner M.G. Muralikuttan.On the opening day of the Calicut meet, Kuttan, donning the colours of Bihar, where she now works with the Food Corporation of India, leapt 6.15 metres – the farthest by an Indian woman, outdistancing the gold medal winning performance of Angel Mary Joseph at the last Asian Games at Bangkok.It is also considerably farther than the 5.97 metres recorded by the gold medal winning Japanese woman at the Tokyo Asian Track and Field meet in June last year, making Mercy Kuttan the best bet for India at the Delhi Asian Games.Khambatta: Reigning championLong jump is the only field event, both among men and women, in which India has done well on the Asian scene, otherwise dominated by China and Japan. India’s flag is kept flying high more often in the track events, although the Thais won the sprint gold medals and Japan took most of the other track medals at the Tokyo meet.But the spirited comeback of many track stars at the Calicut meet puts India in the quest for gold in Asian athletics. With a remarkable return to top form, Adille Sumariwala, 25, of Maharashtra won the 100 metres dash clocking 10.4 seconds to equal the meet record and be the fastest man in the country today.advertisementAnother 25-year-old and Kerala’s hope, K.K. Premachandran, who stole the show with the sprint treble at Lucknow had to be content with victories in the 200 metres and 400 metres races. Sumariwala is all concentration in the 100 metres dash while the smooth striding Premachandran, who has a shaky start, runs fluently in the longer sprints.Wonder Girl: Kerala’s wonder girl P.T. Usha, 18, asserted her superiority in the 100 and 200 metres for women, dispelling doubts about her health and breathing problems that some felt may end her career prematurely. Following up her Lucknow win in the sprints, Usha once again left team-mate 22-year-old Sreekumari Amma, and Karnataka’s 19-year-old Vandana Rao to fight for the second place.Valsamma: Hurdling to fameVandana Rao finished second in the 100 metres and Sreekumari Amma in the 200 metres. A record-breaking 2,500 fans had gathered at the Calicut meet – to watch wonder girl Usha. To their disappointment, she was unable to beat the record timing she had entered in the books last year.”She could have made it if the track was firm and we would have been doubly happy for her parents came to see Usha in action from their village home just 30 kilometres away,” said O.M. Nambiar whom the Kerala Government has assigned as her exclusive coach till the Asian games.In another surprise comeback. Kerala’s Padmini Thomas, 24, avenged her defeat by the 23-year-old Hamida Banu of Rajasthan at the Lucknow meet with a fresh entry in the record book in the 400 metres for women. Another Kerala athlete M.D. Valsamma, 21, won the 400 metre hurdles equalling her own national record timing, clocked when she first came to limelight at the Bangalore interstate meet last year.After keeping out of competitions for almost a year, 29-year-old Hari Chand of Punjab returned to edge out Shivnath Singh of Bihar and win the 10,000 metres race. Shivnath Singh, now past 36, seems over the hill. Keeping away from the competitions’ circuit is also vital for athletic form.Raj Kumar: Ahead of the fieldPerhaps this is why Tokyo medallists Geeta Zutshi (800 and 1,500 metres), Gopal Saini (5,000 metres), Chand Ram and Ranjit Singh (gold and silver winners in the 20 kilometres walk) did not take part in the Calicut contest.For those competing in the field events, athletic ascendancy is a grim struggle as they have to work their way up centimetre by centimetre. Indians have won few laurels in Asian contests in the jumps and throws and for most of the time the challenge is to remain on top, hovering around the same mark at successive nationals.A story of remarkable consistency and improved performances is Maharashtra’s Bakhtawar Khambatta, 24, the national-shot-put champion for five years. A medal in an all-Asia contest is elusive. Even for those who win a medal the toil is frustrating as it was for 36-year-old Bahadur Singh Chauhan of Bihar.advertisementAlthough he won the shot-put medal for the twelfth time in 15 inter-state meets at Calicut, the champion has been tossing the iron ball for shorter distances in recent meets. There is also a remarkable dearth of talent in some field events.But those, like 21-year-old Sunder Singh Tanwar of Bihar, who bettered his pole-vault national record for the second time in six months, can improve faster with proper training and techniques. Seventeen-year-old Surjit Kaur of Punjab who set a new record in the 3,000 metres for women and also won the individual championship for women is another bright prospect.Much depends on the kind of training and coaching available to the athletes. The Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI) has announced the names of 119 athletes, for the first coaching camp opening at Patiala on February 22.”The number will go up to about 140 and then be shortlisted to 90 to form the Asian Games contingent,” says G.S. Sivia, secretary of the AAFI. He adds: “The contingent will be large, as there are two Indian entries in each event and a few more to make the relay teams. Now we are sure of 10 gold medals and with five coaching camps before the national open meet in September, we can produce more medal winners.”last_img read more

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