Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Tony Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda Discusses Moana InspirationsAs you’re no doubt very much aware of by now, Disney’s upcoming Moana features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. “We drew upon the Pacific islands’ rich musical cultures,” the Hamilton mastermind reveals about the team’s inspirations in the below featurette. “The diversity of music in this part of the world formed, what I think, is a great score.” You’ll be able to see the film in movie theaters from November 23; in the meantime check out a just released number from the project, “We Know the Way,” which is written and performed by Opetaia Foa‘i and Miranda, here. Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda View Comments Audra McDonald’s New Beauty and the Beast SongRemaining in the mouse house for a moment, as befitting a five-time Tony winner, the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake will feature a new tune for Audra McDonald, who takes on the role of Madame De Garderobe. “It’s a moment within the prologue, just before the spell befalls the castle.” Alan Menken told EW. “We’re actually at an event at the Prince’s castle, where the Prince is about to be turned into the Beast, and he’s in his very selfish and self-indulgent phase of his life, and we see that, and we have the magnificent Audra McDonald singing this number.” Headlined by Emma Watson, the movie is slated for release on March 17, 2017 and we can’t wait!Carrie St. Louis & Andrew Lippa Set for Swan LakeFormer Glinda, Carrie St. Louis, will face off against former Elphaba, Carrie Manolakos, as White Swan Odette and Black Swan Odile, respectively, in Swan Lake the Musical: Live in Concert. Directed by Sammi Cannold and also starring Tony nominee Andrew Lippa as Rothbart, the rival emperor, Seibert & Lundquist’s show is based on the legends that inspired Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. The one-night-only event is scheduled for December 17 at Hollywood’s Montalbán Theater.Don’t Throw Away Your Shot!The election is almost over! Check out the below video, “My Vote,” which is based on the song “My Shot,” from Hamilton and produced, filmed and edited by Broadway.com’s photographer Emilio Madrid-Kuser. What comes next? We’ll find out tomorrow!
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The basketball players of ”Igokea” will play against ”Budućnost” in Podgorica tonight. According to all prognoses, the team of ”Igokea” will play the key match on their way to Euro League.In the last part of the 15th round of the Adriatic League, the current B&H leader of the regional championship will play against their Montenegro opponent, the basketball team ”Budućnost”.” We are currently proud of our six victories and we are coming to play with a lot of self-esteem. It would be nice to finish this year with a triumph.”- said the coach of the ”Igokea” team, Dragan Bajić. He also adds that the team is not obsessed with the Euro League because they are in the middle of the season.The match between ”Igokea” and ”Budućnost” will start tonight at 20:00 p.m. read more
The University of Kentucky on Monday announced the firing of four cheerleading coaches after an internal three-month investigation found the team participated in hazing activities, drinking and nudity.Coach Jomo Thompson and assistants Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix were fired Monday as a result of the investigation. Thompson won two national cheerleading titles as a member of the team in the 1980s, and had served as the team’s head coach since 2002. He led the program to 12 of its 24 national titles, including four straight from 2016 through 2019. University lawyer T. Lynn Williamson, who served as an administrative adviser to the team, also retired as a result of the investigation“The University of Kentucky has built the nation’s premier collegiate cheerleading program,” Kentucky president Eli Capilouto said in a statement. “But regrettably, the integrity of the program has been compromised by inappropriate behavior by some squad members on off-campus trips and by lax oversight by the program’s coaches and advisor.”MORE: Olivier Sarr turns Kentucky’s recruiting loss into big win The results of Kentucky’s investigation, per the university’s statement:Members of the team performed “basket tosses” — a gymnastics routine that requires throwing a person in the air — while either topless or bottomless. This was sometimes done within view of coaches at a team retreat at Lake Cumberland.Coaches failed to confiscate alcohol brought by students to the retreat and allowed alumni to bring boats and alcohol. Some squad members became so intoxicated they required medical treatment.At a separate cheerleading camp in Tennessee, some members of the team were directed by others to perform “lewd chants and wear outfits that did not include underwear.”The investigation found no evidence of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.The investigation also found a potential conflict of interest after it discovered two coaches who ran gymnastics businesses employed members of the cheerleading squad and the team’s adviser. The statement also revealed that the adviser also hired students and coaches to do work at his home.The university’s investigation began in early February and included interviews with 60 students, coaches and administrators after a family member of a cheerleader came forward and alleged inappropriate behavior by squad members. read more
“I’ve had friends whose grandma has passed away, I’ve had family members as well that have passed away. You’ve got to be wise and take care of yourself and those around you.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in parliament on Monday that the return of sport on TV would “provide a much-needed boost to national morale”.However, a YouGov poll revealed that 73 percent of 2,000 people surveyed said the return of the Premier League and English Football League would not lift their spirits.Britain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording more than 32,000 deaths from COVID-19.“People’s lives are at risk,” Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, told an Instagram live.“Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”The Premier League are due to meet unions for players and managers later this week to discuss protocols for a return to group training.A further complication for Project Restart is where any matches would be played with the clubs opposed to a proposal for a limited number of neutral venues to be used.The UK’s national football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, had previously stated resuming matches on a home-and-away basis would “present challenges” to the emergency services.But he said on Tuesday that police, government and football authorities were working together on a plan “which minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in the capital at this stage, with the city having been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.Five of the 20 Premier League sides are based in London.“With the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital,” Khan’s spokesperson told the Evening Standard.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs face having to pay a huge refund to broadcasters even if they manage to complete the coronavirus-disrupted season behind closed doors.Broadcasters would be reimbursed for matches not being played as scheduled and the lack of atmosphere in empty stadiums is also a factor.The BBC reported the bill facing the English top-flight, which continued talks on “Project Restart” on Monday, could be as high as £340 million ($420 million).“We were able to update our clubs today on our situation with broadcasters, which is obviously confidential,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.“Whatever happens, there’s going to be significant loss of revenue for clubs. That is inevitable.“We were able to paint a picture today about what would happen in various scenarios, playing out the season and not playing out the season, to allow them to have a picture of that as we stand in the early part of May.”The rebate to broadcasters would surge to an estimated £760 million if the season cannot be completed. Masters has previously warned of a £1 billion loss once the absence of gate receipts is taken into account.For the first time on Monday, the 20 Premier League clubs discussed models that may have to be used to decide final standings if it is not deemed safe to resume.New government guidelines have paved the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from June 1.– Player fears –However, England internationals Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are the two latest high-profile players to raise their concerns over a return to contact sport when the rest of society is being advised to follow social-distancing guidelines.“The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees,” Sterling told his YouTube channel.“(I am) not scared, but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. read more
According to Port St. Lucie police, a truck carrying a dumpster made a turn onto SW Savona Boulevard at SW Becker Road early Tuesday morning when the dumpster rolled off the truck and landed on top of an SUV.Two people were inside the SUV at the time, a 39-year-old woman and 7-year-old child. Police say there none of them were injured, however, the SUV was damaged.
Unvented heat in cold weather results in ice dams. Ice dams can form at the edge of a roof because warm air trapped at the top of the attic can melt snow on the roof that, then, freezes as it runs toward the lower, cooler area of the roof.Ice dams can become a huge problem for homeowners.Warm air finds its way into the attic, during winter, because the upper floors of most homes experience some heat loss through the insulation, even well insulated homes. Because warm air rises, the upper portion of an attic is always the warmest. If attic ventilation is not sufficient to vent away this warm air and create a “cold roof” — a condition where the roof temperature is equalized from top to bottom — snow that has collected on the roof can melt.The snow that melted on the upper roof area will freeze as it moves onto the lower roof area if that lower area is colder than at the top, which usually is the case. Typically, the lower area of the roof will remain colder than the upper roof area, especially in the area just above the eave, where temperatures may not be much higher than the ambient outdoor air. If the outdoor temperature is well below freezing, conditions for ice dam formation are favorable.As the melted and frozen snow continues to freeze, melt, and refreeze, it creates a barrier, or dam, preventing water from running off the roof. Once dammed, water and ice can creep back up under the shingles and underlayment resulting in leaks.Proper ventilation and added insulation help mitigate this melting and freezing process and eliminate ice dams. Ice dams may not be a large concern at sea level, but in homes at higher elevations and inland this can be a serious issue. Unvented heat in the summer deteriorates roofing materials and lowers energy efficiency. During hot weather, proper ventilation can protect roof shingles, make your home feel cooler, and reduce air conditioning costs. See figure 1.In hot weather, temperatures inside an improperly vented attic can climb to over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, making it feel like a sauna.These high attic temperatures can lead to accelerated shingle distortion and deterioration.These high attic temperatures also can lead to higher energy consumption: Typically, on a hot day, the upper rooms of a home are warmer because warm (lighter) air rises while cooler (denser) air falls. However, when improper attic ventilation allows the attic to become super-heated, the phenomenon of downward heat migration occurs (through the attic floor and into the home’s upper floors). This makes the upper floors of the home even warmer. The extra heating of the upper floors is not usually alleviated by the night time; an inadequately ventilated attic seldom loses enough heat overnight to compensate for the heat gained during the day. This effect is magniﬁed in modern homes with heavier insulation that prevents heat from escaping from the upper floors. The extra heating of the upper floors due to the downward migration of heat causes homeowners to run mechanical equipment, such as air conditioners and window fans, longer than they otherwise would in order to cool down the home. In this way, inadequately ventilated attics contribute to greater energy consumption in higher utility bills during the summer. Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstMoisture and Heat managed by Proper VentilationMany homeowners are blissfully unaware of whether the attic venting in their home is sufficient, whether the ventilation structures are properly placed, or whether the venting is appropriate to the home’s architecture. Yet, the importance of attic ventilation cannot be overstated.At Energy Efficiency First, as professionals applying the principles of building science, we commonly educate our clients about the ways in which their homes work as a system. It is our job to understand the consequences, intended or unintended, that changing one part of a home can have on other components or areas of the home.Attic venting is a crucial part of a home’s moisture and heat management system. Attic ventilation is usually passive in nature and relies on convective air flow–intake and exhaust. Cooler air is drawn in through the lower vents, then moves along the eaves, then rises to the top of the attic where it passes out through the upper vents. By venting moisture and heat, this process allows a home to be more energy efficient. It helps preserve the integrity of a home’s building components, making it more durable, and lessening the need for costly repairs. It also helps prevent the growth of harmful mildews and molds that can damage human health.Generally speaking, more attic ventilation is better than less, especially if the home’s building envelope at the thermal boundary is well air sealed so that any excess attic ventilation is not able to draw conditioned air from the home’s living space. When we see a home with a problem related to attic ventilation, it is usually from too little. We have found structures built without the building code’s minimum ventilation requirements. We have also found attics where a home improvement project was done in a manner that blocked, and choked off, the otherwise adequate lower ventilation structures.If you have concerns about your home, we recommend asking a professional to evaluate your home’s ventilation system. This evaluation is a basic part of an energy audit.Attic ventilation is fairly inexpensively to do correctly, even in a retrofit context. A good mantra, especially when it comes to your home’s ability to vent moisture and heat, is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”Two culprits cause most of the building-durability and health problems associated with improper attic ventilation –moisture and heat.MoistureMoisture is created inside a home each time someone takes a shower, cooks, does dishes, or does laundry. Moisture from these activities will almost always make its way to the attic. Moist air is drawn to the attic in two ways.The ﬁrst is through a process known as “vapor diffusion.” Water vapor naturally migrates from high to low humidity conditions –such as from the living space to the attic. The force of vapor diffusion is so great that moisture will even travel through sheet rock and vapor barriers designed to retard this process.The second way is by air moving through openings cut into the building envelope. Such openings are common and include recessed lighting fixtures and attic hatches. If bathroom or kitchen fans are not properly ducted to the outside, the migration of moisture to the attic is more pronounced.Mildew or MoldMold and Mildew growing on the underside of a roof.A humid environment is the perfect place for mildew or mold to grow. Mold growth in attics causes a health risk for the people living in the home, and can cause deterioration of the interior building components.Proper ventilation reduces moisture build up and minimizes the opportunity for mold to grow, which prolongs the life of your home’s building components and reduces health impacts.Rust, Warping of Roof Decking, and Deterioration of Roof SystemIn a moist environment, rust can form on metal components like nails and fasteners, which can eventually weaken and fail. Warped roof decking can occur after excessive moisture seeps into the roof decking and dissolves the adhesives that hold them together. The decking warps or sags between the rafters. Deterioration of the roof system, including the underlayment and shingles can be caused by excessive heat and moisture not being vented out of the attic. Unvented moisture in cold weather results in compromised roof structure, lower energy efficiency and damaged building components below the attic. During cold weather, proper ventilation helps prevent moisture from condensing on the roof, the structural members, the insulation, and the framing and sheetrock below the attic.Condensation, Dripping, and FrostProblems arise during cold temperatures when warm, moist air from the home reaches the attic, is not vented to the outside, and it lingers in the cooler and drier attic. As the dew point is reached, water vapor held in the warmer air condenses on cold attic surfaces — building components, such as rafters, trusses, and roof sheathing. See figure 2. In the winter, during low temperatures, the condensed moisture can appear as frost.Frost collection on the underside of a roof.This moisture causes damage in two ways. First, moisture condensing on the roof’s structural building components will soak into the wood. This can lead to wood rot and the deterioration of roofing materials. Second, moisture eventually will drip onto the building components below.If too much water soaks into the insulation, it can become compressed and lose its insulating power. We have even seen ice crystals that formed throughout fiberglass insulation. When the insulation is in this condition, it loses some of its insulating power. This leads to greater heat loss, colder rooms, a greater demand on the furnace, and to higher utility bills.Dripping moisture also can penetrate into the attic floor and, eventually, into the ceiling below. If this occurs, the top-floor ceilings may exhibit water stains and paint damage. When this type of damage is visible, that is a good chance that the framing material behind the sheetrock has also been damaged by moisture. Facebook14Tweet0Pin2 Proper attic ventilation can make all the difference on a hot summer day.Calculate the Right Amount of Attic Ventilation in 4 StepsStep 1:Find the attic’s square footage. Include the garage because you want the garage to be properly vented, too. If the attic space is 50 feet x 40 feet, then the square footage is 2000 (50 × 40 = 2000 square feet).Step 2:A rule of thumb is that attics should have one square foot of total net free ventilation area (TFNVA) for every 150 square feet of attic area — 1:150. Therefore, divide the square footage by 150 to get the TFNVA. There may be factors particular to a structure that allow a ratio as low as 1:300 may be used, but we’ll use 1:150 for this exercise. Dividing 2000 square feet by 150 nets a sum of 13.33 – that is 13.33 square feet of TFNVA is needed.Step 3:Convert square feet into square inches as follows: 13.33 × 144. The number 144 represents that there are 144 square inches in a square foot — or 12 × 12. Multiplying 13.11 by 144 results in the sum of 1919.52 (round up to 1920). This is the total square inches of TFNVA needed. Because it is industry standard to measure vents in inches, doing this step will make it easier to do the next step.Step 4:Calculate how many inches of low intake venting and how many inches of high exhaust venting are needed. This calculation is based on the rule of thumb that 40-50% of the ventilation should be low intake vents (soffits and eaves) and 50-60% of the ventilation should be high exhaust vents (near the roof ridge). Multiplying 1920 by .40 results in a sum of 768 square inches – this is the number of intake, or low ventilation, inches needed. Multiplying 1920 by .60 results in a sum of 1152 square inches – this is the number of exhaust, or high ventilation, inches needed.Select and Install the Correct Ventilation StructuresOnce you know the right amount of high and low ventilation, the next step is to select the correct ventilation structures to install and to install the correct amount.We commonly install up to eight different types of high or low vents. Different vents provide a variety of venting rates and have different visual aesthetics. Also, mesh screens, rain louvers, or combinations of both will reduce the Net Free Area of a vent. Knowing by how much, and knowing how to calculate that factor into your vent selections is important.Please feel free to contact us at Energy Efficiency First to help you determine if your home and your attic are correctly ventilated. read more
CAC 2019 Bodybuilding Championships…By Timothy JaikarranThe 2019 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships which were recently held have seen Guyana’s five-time ‘Mr Guyana’ title-holder Kerwin Clarke add a gold medal to his resume after using his well-defined physique to dominate his weight class.Kerwin Clarke and Yannick Grimes, posing with their hardware, are flanked by Emmerson Campbell (left) and Guyana’s other representative at the CAC, Darius RamsammyClarke’s quest for greatness has been beset by ups and downs, but he continues to strive determinedly in the face of dogged challenges. Prior to obtaining this gold medal, he had competed in the CAC four times, and in 2016 was able to earn a silver medal, bettering the fourth place he had earned in 2015.In 2017, Clarke suffered a major leg injury that prevented him from competing, and although he had got himself together in 2018, he could not compete because of unforeseen circumstances. He did not give up, though, knowing in himself that 2019 was his year and time to bring home the gold.And finally, with his 175 pounds of striated muscle suspended on a stately frame, Clarke was quite easily able to obliterate the competition in the under 176-pound class of nine musclemen in the 2019 Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport Clarke was asked how he feels about his performance, considering everything against which he has had to contend. His response was, “I would have invested a lot of time in the gym, dedicating the amount of time to each specific body part. Xie Xie (in Barr St, Kitty) played an important part in my meal prep, as this allowed me to be more focused, primarily on training. “I would have invested a lot of my time in training and strategising how I want to appear on stage. I feel well accomplished, as I have always had this attitude that whatever negative encounter I face, I use it as a motivation. This is what helps me to be a better individual holistically.”Clarke was sponsored by Fitness Express; Xie Xie; Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion; Innovative Mining; Global Health Care; Prem’s Electrical; Attorney-at-law Sohan Poonai, and by the Guyana Olympic House Association. read more
McKinleyville >> It’s not often that the St. Bernard’s Crusaders and their explosive, high-octane offense has more yards on the ground than through the air. But if the Crusaders are anything, it’s resourceful.Both Garrison Roach and TJ Campbell ran for over 100 yards as St. Bernard’s used a balanced attack to beat the Arcata Tigers 48-14 on Saturday at McKinleyville High School.“We knew coming in they were going to run two high safeties and they were going to drop seven to eight into coverage … read more
23 January 2014 Marriott International, the largest publicly traded hotel chain in the United States, has signed agreements to acquire the three brands and management company of South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings, in a transaction that will make Marriott Africa’s biggest hotel company by number of rooms in operation or under construction. Protea has 116 hotels with 10 148 rooms in seven African countries including South Africa. Once the deal is finalised, Marriott will become the largest hotel company in the Middle East and Africa region. Announcing the signing of definitive agreements for the purchase on Wednesday, Marriott said the deal was worth R2.02-billion (approximately US$186-million). The company said in November, when it signed a letter of intent to make the acquisition, that the transaction would nearly double Marriott’s distribution in Africa to more than 23 000 rooms, “and would also provide Marriott with a proven operational platform and leadership team to accelerate Marriott’s expansion plans and solidify its leadership position in the dynamic and growing African hotel market”. Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said the African continent “has significant untapped potential for travel and tourism, both as a destination and source of new global travellers. “The continent’s GDP is anticipated to grow at over five percent annually over the next several years, which we expect will raise more people into the emerging middle class,” Sorenson said. “With the Protea Hotels acquisition, our expanded footprint should allow us to become the first choice of Africa’s rapidly growing population of young, sophisticated travelers, and drive loyalty to our Marriott Rewards programme both within Africa and globally.” Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis said Protea Hotels had “grown organically to become the largest and leading hotel group in sub-Saharan Africa … In Marriott we have found a perfect fit across culture, values and commitment to industry leadership which will ensure that we remain at the forefront of African hospitality”. SAinfo reporter read more