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first_img1 Ilkay Gundogan in action for Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund are ready to cash in on Ilkay Gundogan this summer – and Arsenal are now set to rekindle their interest in the German ace.According to Bild, Dortmund are finally open to selling the £23m-rated midfielder, who is out of contract in 2017 and refusing to pen an extension.And Arsenal, who have held a long-standing interest in Gundogan, are among the clubs currently weighing up a summer move.However, the report also suggests that Arsene Wenger will not have a straight run at the schemer, who is also wanted by Barcelona and Juventus.Manchester City and Liverpool have also expressed an interest in him in the past and both Premier League clubs could join the race given Dortmund’s decision.Gundogan has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s finest players since arriving at Dortmund from Nurnberg back in 2011.He has made 21 top-flight appearances so far this term, scoring once, in what could be his final campaign with the club.last_img read more

first_imgStory Links Preview Tulsa (13-8) capitalized on an error by Becca Barnett (Moline, Ill.) at the start of its at bat in the final inning. Chenise Delce reached on the miscue by Barnett in right field. Delce then advanced to second after Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) walked the next batter. Newman though retired the next two batters, but the last out was a groundout that moved Delce to third. The next batter, Julia Hollingswort, took a first pitch strike, but on the next pitch singled through the left side to drive in the winning run. Newman pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Her record fell to 5-6 with the loss. Newman added two hits at the plate. Full Schedule Roster at SIU 3/16/2019 – 1 p.m. Drake starts Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday at SIU. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader will be 12 p.m. The teams will play one game Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games against the Salukis will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Drake (12-12) trailed 2-0 after four innings after Tulsa strung together three-straight one-out singles off Newman that led to two runs in the fourth. The Bulldogs tied the game in their next at-bat after Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) drove in Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) and Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.). Pals hit a leadoff double and Buie reached on an error.center_img Next Game: Live Stats PDF Box Score Watch Live TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa edged the Drake University softball team, 3-2, Sunday afternoon with a two-out walkoff single in the seventh inning. ESPN+last_img read more

first_imgGay Byrne makes his way through Glenveagh gardens to launch the Donegal Tourism brochure.Browsing through the Donegal Tourism app.Paul Byrne of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny at the launch.Gay Byrne parts some words of wisdom.Having a good laugh at Glenveagh Castle today.County councillor and businessman Ciaran Brogan looking through the brochure at the launch.Chief executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely along with Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins.Grace-Ann McGarvey, who designed and produced the new Donegal Tourism brochure in deep conversation at today’s launch.Musicians including Ted Ponsonby and Paul Harrigan entertain the guests at today’s launch.An Irish institution: Gay Byrne caught in typical pose at today’s launch.‘UNCLE GAYBO’ LAUNCHES DONEGAL TOURISM BROCHURE – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelast_img read more

first_imgThe 2008 UNAids report provides revealing information about the global HIV/Aids epidemic. (Image: UNAids) The Aids ribbon emblazoned across the UN building in New York during the first special session of the General Assembly to discuss Aids, held in 2001, 20 years after the discovery of the disease. (Image: UNAids)Janine ErasmusIn a recent United Nations report on HIV/Aids, South Africa is named as one of three countries in the Southern African region where the HIV infection rate is stabilising. The other two are Malawi and Zambia. Overall, the biennial report, published on 29 July 2008 by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids), carries both positive and negative news in terms of the African situation.Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most heavily infected region in the world, according to the report. Of all people living with HIV in the world, 67% lived in sub-Saharan Africa, and of all the Aids-related deaths in the world, 75% of them occurred in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007. The number of people infected in 2007 grew by an estimated 1.9-million to around 22-million. While the infection rate in sub-Saharan Africa varies widely from country to country, the nine Southern African countries continue to bear the heaviest burden, accounting for 35% of all HIV infections and 38% of all Aids deaths in the world.The report also notes that in the region as a whole, infection among women is far greater than men, especially among the younger generation, although globally the incidence of women living with HIV has remained stable at 50% for a number of years.Heterosexual intercourse is still the major route of transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, but studies have shown that homosexual intercourse may play a more important role than previously thought. In East and Southern Africa drug use is another factor, with the infection passed on mainly through contaminated equipment.Despite the fact that South Africa still has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world, statistics indicate this number seems to be stabilising at 5.7-million. This is in line with the global trend.UNAids does specify, however, that the actual number of people living with HIV continues to grow because of ongoing new infections and increasing access to antiretroviral therapy, which prolongs life. For instance, Namibia’s treatment rate soared from 1% in 2003 to 88% in 2007.Young women most vulnerableNational statistics body Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released its mid-year population statistics on 31 July 2008, putting the total population at 48.7-million and the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate at about 11%. Of this percentage, women between 15 and 49 years old form the largest group.Differing slightly from UNAids figures, Stats SA puts the HIV-positive population at approximately 5.35-million. The most vulnerable population group is young women between 15 and 24 years of age, as they account for more than 90% of new infections in South Africa.The epidemic in Malawi and Zambia has also reached a plateau, according to UNAids, but other Southern African countries are not as fortunate – Lesotho shows a higher HIV prevalence among pregnant women, while infections among young Mozambicans are on the rise and in some areas of that country 20% of the adult population is infected.However, UNAids studies reveal that the epidemic in Zimbabwe has declined sharply, especially among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics. In this category the infection rate dropped significantly from 26% in 2002 to 18% in 2006, and among young pregnant women aged between 15 and 24, infection fell from 21% to 14% over that same period. The major reason for this is the practice of safer sex, as is the case in Malawi and Zambia.Botswana also shows a lower rate of infection among young pregnant girls (15 to 19 years old), from 25% in 2001 to 18% in 2006, while figures for pregnant women in Angola show little change since 2004, indicating a possible stabilisation.A number of East and West African countries, where the epidemic is comparatively smaller, have seen a stabilisation and in some cases a reduction in the HIV infection rate. Among these are Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, and Uganda. In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, the epidemic shows signs of stabilising at 3.1%. More health-conscious behaviour, especially the use of condoms and more efficient prevention of transmission from mother to child, notably in Benin, are among the reasons for the downward trend.In a number of countries in Central and West Africa as well as the Horn of Africa, adult HIV prevalence dropped below 2% in 2007. However, this figure stands above 15% in seven Southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), and above 5% in seven other African countries (Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania). The worst-hit country is Swaziland, whose adult HIV prevalence of 26% is the highest in the world.Fighting HIV/Aids on a global scaleEstablished in 1994, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) is a major driver in the fight against Aids and HIV on a global scale. The organisation’s mission is to lead, strengthen and support a multi-faceted response to HIV and Aids, which includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those infected, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.UNAids is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Belgian scientist, academic and activist Dr Peter Piot has headed the organisation since its inception.The UNAids Report on the Global Aids Epidemic is published every two years and draws on the best data available. The 2008 report gathered information from 147 countries measured against 25 core targets adopted in the 2001 United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/Aids and, says UNAids, is the most comprehensive assessment of the international response to HIV ever undertaken.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaUseful linksJoint United Nations Programme on HIV and AidsUNAIDS Southern African regionThe UNAIDS 2008 report on the global HIV/Aids epidemicAids Foundation South AfricaAVERTlast_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door BasicsBlower Doors Have Become EssentialA Few Pressure Testing Tips and TricksVideo: Understanding Blower Door Tests In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. The equipment is always improvingLet’s see what TEC can do next: maybe a powerful calibrated fan that does not weigh 33 pounds…The new DG1000-based blower door kit retails for $3,295. I don’t do blower door work every day, but I do enough of it to appreciate the attention to detail that The Energy Conservatory (TEC) built into its new blower door kit. The kit features a digital pressure and air flow gauge, the DG1000.I have used both TEC and Retrotec blower door kits and found them trustworthy and rugged. And I once asked TEC principal Gary Nelson if there were any reasons we should include just one of the two blower door equipment options in our BuildingGreen-approved products directory.“Hmm…you are giving me a golden marketing opportunity,” started Gary, “but to be honest, both companies make good equipment; you should list them both.”But recently I got to work with a brand spanking new TEC blower door kit that included the DG1000, and here are the features that sold me:(1) All the equipment fits together physically. What I mean by this is:The blower door frame no longer has a clunky “gun” case; it has a soft but rugged fabric case with a slot for each frame member. The new case ismuch easier to deal with in terms of transporting and storing.There is a single sturdy mounting plate for both the digital gauge and the rheostat or fan speed controller, with a screw jack that makes it really easy to secure to a door frame or other trim, at any height.The DG1000 has four corner backside magnets that correspond to the same configuration on the metal of the mounting plate, so it’s easy to mount and release the gauge, even while it is held firmly in place.The fan speed controller has a built-in cooling fan so it never overheats, no matter how long you may run the blower door, at any speed.The DG1000 is essentially now a gauge and computer, but it is still rugged and comes with a very robust case — so no worries for the rough-and-ready aspect of work on job sites. (2) The DG1000 is sophisticated and intuitive.All of the DG1000 screens are uncluttered, well-organized, and sequential.You can back out of any place within the functions and options.Images or icons make it easy to navigate.The DG1000 can be connected to your computer in three different ways: with a USB port, ethernet port, Wi-Fi, or via an app (TEC AutoTest) on your iPhone or iPad.The DG-1000 can be a Wi-Fi hub.(3) The TEC help system is really unparalleled; the company offers:A whole library of pdf guidesA whole library of how-to TEC website and YouTube videos.Quick-response human tech support.But enough of what I think about the new TEC blower door kit; I decided to check in with one of the most seasoned building performance specialists in our industry, Andy Wahl of AC Home Performance of Bay Point, California. Andy has conducted thousands of building audits; his first blower door in 1990 had a wooden frame! Andy was also involved in TEC development of the DG1000.“I really like the new screen; it’s much easier to see and read,” begins Andy Wahl. “I also like the rechargeable user replaceable batteries. But there are two functional aspects of the new system that are important to my work:Long averaging of building depressurization when investigating combustion appliance performance; other systems have a 2-minute limit on averaging.Being able to see the blower door numbers on my phone while reading the digital pressure gauge in my hand (when doing series leakage work).”Andy also thought that the ability to update the DG1000 is a huge advantage. “There are all kinds of capabilities that we talked about as the DG1000 was being developed that we might not necessarily see yet, but these will be easily added over time,” says Andy. One example dear to Andy’s heart is setting up the DG1000 with a checklist system so that any user can be literally walked through the steps it takes to do any manner of blower door work.“We have to be careful, though; we don’t want a tool like the DG1000 to get so easy that we don’t need trainers like me anymore,” joked Andy. P.S. – I got to road test the new TEC blower door kit because TEC is a sponsor of a new series of workshops that Steve Baczek and I are doing called Homebuilding Crossroads: 2015 Energy Code & High Performance. At each of the first three events, a group of about 30 of the 100+ attendees stayed for a blower door demonstration and discussion.That is no coincidence or anomaly: the fact that the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code requires blower door airtightness testing of 3 ach50 or less is bringing a whole new group of building professionals into the building science and high performance arena. Steve and I (and the workshop sponsors) believe that our industry is turning an important corner – the one where understanding and practicing building science-driven high performance is no longer optional. It’s a good time to be putting a blower door kit into your toolbox, if you have not already.last_img read more

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Oping Sumalinog. PBA IMAGESLearning from the likes of Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, Oping Sumalinog wants to impart the knowledge he gained in the two years he spent with TNT KaTropa in his stint with Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“It was a huge learning experience for me even though I was just a practice player there for two years,” he said in Filipino. “Not many people see me work every day, but I take my job personally and I really love basketball. Day-in and day-out, that’s what I do, so as much as possible, I really wanted to learn from veterans like Jayson.”ADVERTISEMENT That’s why Sumalinog didn’t hesitate to take responsibility for the Hawkeyes’ 86-84 loss to Flying V last Thursday, where the squad lost hold of an eight-point lead in the last four minutes.“I own what happened to us against Flying V. I felt I didn’t contribute as much which is why we lost. I look at it as a wake-up call because this is a D-League and there’s a lot of good players and teams here. We can’t take anyone for granted,” he said.With Cignal back on the winning track, Sumalinog is optimistic that this good run will continue in the games to come, which in turn, could help the younger players boost their draft stocks while also pushing the veterans to get closer to another crack in the PBA.“I’m grabbing every opportunity that I get. I know different players have different stories. There are players who go to the path that I took, who became practice players to PBA teams. I know it’s an unconventional path, but I learned there that you really have to work hard for everything. You need to have the patience. I know my time will come, so hopefully, we’ll be able to sustain the way we play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img On Thursday, Sumalinog showed that he’s more than just a defensive stopper, going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to lead the Hawkeyes with 15 points in their 89-63 win over Tanduay.“He’s been practicing his three-point shots,” said coach Boyet Fernandez of the former Ateneo Blue Eagle. “Oping always comes in early to take some extra shots. I’m happy that he made his shots today. Oping is one of my stoppers so if gets those points, it’s just a plus for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAs an ex-pro, all the 6-foot-2 Sumalinog wants is to display his veteran know-hows with Cignal, noting that his leadership is one of the reasons why Fernandez signed him up for the conference.“I want to contribute, especially I’m one of the veterans here. I also want to show leadership to the younger teammates I have who are eyeing to be drafted. I want to share to them what I learned in the PBA,” he said. MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Roach doesn’t mind who Pacquiao faces nextlast_img read more

first_imgFalling off the map–if you have ever fancied this idea, Lakshadweep is where you could actually live it. A cluster of islands off the Indian mainland, it still remains an enigma for most Indian tourists. And most of them have seen the islands only in pictures: white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, driftwood scattered on sands, living coral reefs, skies azure and starlit nights. Whatever be your notions of a tropical paradise, Lakshadweep lives up to it all.Lakshadweep experiences sultry, scorching summers and lashing rains during monsoon. Winter really is the best time to be here. Quite obviously, winter by the sea is not about the so-called ‘nip in the air’. It is all about sunny days, clear skies, crisp, salty breeze (minus the humidity, thankfully), pleasant evenings and nights. There cannot be a better escape from the chills of the mountains up north and the best part is that you can still find uninhabited islands to live your tropical dream.Viringli is one such island. It has no inhabitants and is ideal for anyone who wants to be immersed in solitude. Viringli is a bit of a contrast to Bangaram, perhaps the most familiar name when it comes to tourism in Lakshadweep. Bangaram has no local inhabitation. It has carved a niche for itself in the world of adventure sports. Enthusiasts flock here for a stint of scuba diving and we all know that there cannot be a better way of exploring life under the water surface. Bangaram also has luxury accommodation and enjoys a brief but busy tourist peak season.Places such as Viringli offer the ideal escape when you want to get away from it all. Make a day trip to this island, walk around the island till you are hungry, carry a fishing rod if you are in the mood for some barbecue or just pack a picnic hamper. You can live every Robinson Crusoe moment here, before you call it a day. Bitra is another such island. With a population of only 257, it is like an extended joint family. Bitra’s location, too, is interesting. It is the last point of the northern group of islands of Lakshadweep. The people here are warm, hospitable…. Even if you forget your duffel bag, you will never go hungry in Bitra. From homemade fish curry to the humble rotis, the inhabitants will share everything from their kitchen with the visitor. There is not much to do here so you are free to make your own agenda. You can go swimming; laze on a hammock that you have to bring along; huddle with the villagers around a bonfire and later sleep under the stars at night. Can anything be more soul-satisfying?Lakshadweep shares a unique bond with Kerala. The food habits are similar–the use of coconut is liberal, to say the least. We speak the same language in most islands. In fact most of our forefathers came from Kerala. Minicoy, however, is quite different from the rest of Lakshadweep in this regard. Only 53 nautical miles from the Maldives, Minicoy is an island where the British had built a lighthouse that stands tall even today. It also has tuna processing and canning factories. People in Minicoy speak Dhivehi, the Maldivian language. It also has a unique village system whereby each village elects both a male and a female representative. The lava dance from Minicoy is a popular attraction. It is a vigorous form of dance and is performed to the beats of drums. The costumes, too, are colourful. Anyone interested in local culture should not skip Minicoy. It is indeed a good place to study the culture of the islands.You cannot also miss Agatti, the only island in Lakshadweep to have an airstrip. It has air connections through the week. Agatti again has lovely beaches with some of the best swimming stretches in Lakshadweep. You can also fish in the sparkling blue lagoon and barbecue your own catch for dinner. A wonderful way to while away your time is to just lie on the beach and watch the flights land…. It seems that the aircraft is landing straight on the ocean.Life in Lakshadweep has a pace of its own. It’s unhurried, easy and relaxing, especially when you are here after months of backbreaking work. You cannot expect the pleasures of cosmopolitan cities here. Simplicity is the key word and it applies to everything from the people to the food. Local flavours in Lakshadweep are also quite humble. You will find the avial here as well as tasty coconut and jaggery laddoos, which make for a good snack. People eat a lot of fish, especially tuna. The fish is marinated for hours in chilli paste and then either smoked or barbecued or even fried. They also make biryani on Eid; the taste is distinctly Malabari. The tuna pickle is quite a popular mealtime accompaniment. Chunks of tuna soaked in oil and spices can make the most mundane meal interesting. Fact fileStayBangaram Island Resort: This is luxury at its best in Lakshadweep. The beach huts with tiled roofs augment the scenic beauty of Bangaram. For more privacy there are the villas, which are also more spacious. The resort also has the only bar in Lakshadweep. Tel: (0484) 266 8221; www.cghearth.comEatA combination of lagoon fish and tuna is a popular local dish called the Maas. The tuna is dried and mixed with freshwater fish. Then, the paste is boiled with rice, herbs and some spices. You will find it at any local restaurant.ShopCoir products such as interesting lampshades, carpets and mats are available with every local artisan.SeeKalpeni: This island has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. The shallow yet sparkling lagoon is ideal for watersports. A huge storm bank of coral debris along the shoreline is yet another attraction of this secluded island.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more