Published on April 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm The Syracuse track and field team compiled quite a few excellent performances this weekend and ran really well as a team overall.The team went down to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete in its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship from April 17 to April 19. SU performed well in all facets.Martin Hehir won Syracuse its very first ACC Individual Championship by setting a school record of 29:10.12 in the 10,000-meter event on Friday.The team also had four other runners place in the 10,000-meter run, with Reed Kamyszek, Dan Lennon, Kevyn Hoyos and Andrew Palmer placing 4th, 6th, 15th and 18th, respectively.Margo Malone and Sarah Pagano turned in outstanding performances of their own in the women’s 10,000-meter run. Malone’s time of 33:15.02 was good enough to secure a 3rd-place finish, while Pagano recorded a personal best of 33:42.14 to finish 6th.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReggie Morton also set a personal record by jumping 7.26 meters in the men’s long jump.The jump was .25 meters better than Morton’s previous personal record.Day two of action was highlighted by MJ Erb running a time of 8:51.86, good enough for second place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Joe Whelan placed 5th for the Orange with a time of 8:59.29.The women’s version of the 3,000-meter steeplechase event also included two Top 10 finishers, with Sydney Leiher running a time of 10:35.93 to take seventh place while Brenna Symoniak finished directly behind her with a time of 10:44.78.On April 19, on the third day of action, Donald Pollitt and Freddie Crittenden finished first and second in the 110-meter hurdles. Pollitt’s 13.81-second time was a good enough time to win while Crittenden ran a 13.94 to capture second place.Amadou Gueye and Darren McCluskey also scored for SU in the 110-meter hurdles, taking fourth place and seventh place, respectively.Hehir continued his recent dominance on the track by running a time of 14:01.82 in the 5,000-meter run. Hehir captured a title on Thursday and ran yet another solid race to continue his trend of success.The women’s 5,000-meter race also featured two Syracuse racers finishing within the Top 10.Malone had a third-place finish with a personal-record time of 16:18.53. Jessie Petersen also ran well, recording a seventh-place finish in 16:30.05.Shaina Harrison finished second with a personal-record time of 11.64 seconds. Sabrina Cammock placed eighth, running the dash in 11.98 seconds.Both the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay teams finished in fourth place in their races over the weekend.Syracuse looks to build off the stellar weekend as it next takes the track from Tuesday April 22nd to Saturday April 26th at the Penn Relays.– compiled by contributing writer Liam Sullivan, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesFulham are looking to pull off the pre-deadline signing of Aleksandar Mitrović on loan from Newcastle. The Whites have targeted the Serbian striker, 23, after a proposed move to Anderlecht seemingly collapsed.A number of other clubs have expressed an interest in Mitrovic but he could end up at Craven Cottage if a deal can be pushed through in time.Fulham have also been holding talks over a possible deal to sign Middlesbrough’s Republic of Ireland international defender Cyrus Christie.See also:Fulham complete pre-deadline deals for Mitrovic and Christie
Red Bluff >> Spartan Stadium will be a very quiet place this year. Red Bluff Joint Unified High School District officials this week decided to shutdown the football and soccer field at the school after the synthetic field surface failed a number of safety measures. The latest test through GMAX occurred on July 25, Superintendent Todd Brose said. The results failed on 9 out of 10 spots on the field, which is a significant deterioration from two years ago when Brose said 1 out of 10 areas …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast (always brought to you by AgriGold) Aaron Heilers of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network joined Matt, Kolt, and Dusty to discuss the latest in water quality and their new video series. Also on the podcast, Matt talks to Brian and Stacie Anderson about all things turkey. Dusty will also visit with Laura Lindsey and Peter Thomison of Ohio State on some agronomic updates.
I asked my neighbor who hoses off his air conditioner condenser every spring why he does it. “Because my dad always told me I had to,” he said. Conventional wisdom like what my neighbor’s dad imparted may always seem right. But through my HVAC scholarship — the study of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems — I’ve learned that this particular presumption is probably wrong. Dirty equipment The equipment I’m talking about washing is the outdoor part of central air-conditioning systems that move heat from homes into the outdoors.RELATED ARTICLESStupid Energy-Saving TipsAir ConditioningDon’t Hire a Cleaning Crew to Wash Your Solar PanelsSeven Reasons Your Filter Isn’t Cleaning the AirThe Basics of HVAC Zoning Technically known as condenser coils, they are usually about the size of a large garbage can but they can be as small as a bucket or as big as a refrigerator. Some are protected by louvered grilles but most are exposed to the elements. Their metal fins help transfer heat to the air. They contain tubes that carry hot refrigerant, which gives off heat as it condenses. Stuff like windblown seeds, dust and grass clippings tends to collect on the coil surface. Most homeowners and HVAC companies envision that this untidy-looking stuff acts like an insulating blanket, slowing down the passage of heat from inside to outside. Any debris that accumulates would also interfere with airflow over the coil, further restricting the system’s ability to expel heat. The nitty-gritty Mehdi Mehrabi, an architectural engineering graduate student, and I set out to learn the extent to which dirty residential air conditioners are less efficient than clean ones. What we found astonished us – and many of the other experts in this field. Previous work on this question simulated outdoor dirt with synthetic materials in a laboratory setting, or used reduced airflow as a proxy for the effects of dirty coils. Although it’s necessary to carefully to control operating conditions, we took a novel approach: collecting condensers that had gotten dirty through ordinary residential use, and bringing them to the lab for study with a special test apparatus. This meant that they were coated in real-world dust and other crud in everyday amounts. We tested the dirty air conditioners, then washed them thoroughly with a garden hose and tested again. We also used a commercial coil cleaning fluid and tested them for a third time. Close-up of 7 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] Surprisingly, we found that dirty air conditioner condensers often perform better than clean ones. The change in condenser coil heat transfer performance ranged from a 7% increase to a 7% decrease for the coils we tested. The average change was … none at all. Close-up of 17 grams of dirt per square foot on an air conditioner condenser and that same condenser after it’s cleaned. [Photo credit: Mehdi Mehrabi, CC BY-SA] The coil that registered a 7% improvement after getting cleaned up looked quite dirty, with 7 grams of dirt per square foot of coil surface area. But the coil that performed 7% worse was even dirtier, with 17 grams of dirt per square foot. It was so filthy, in fact, that it was nearly impossible to see the metal fins before we gave it a wash. Most of the condenser coils we tested in the lab were cleaner than both of those. No insulating blanket To see how the equipment’s performance could improve by getting dirty, we did further testing. That next round of study suggested that the accumulated dirt stirs up the air passing over the condenser coils. Technically called “turbulence,” these little gusts can transfer heat away from the coil better. For some coil designs, this can cause the equipment to perform better when it’s dirty than when it’s clean. This is true even when the dirt has reduced the airflow rate. If your home has one of these things, you are probably wondering whether you should you wash your own condenser. Here’s what you should know. Cleaning your air conditioner might make it run better. It might make it run worse. But it probably won’t make any difference. I now personally believe in skipping this task, unless the coil is so dirty that it’s hard to see the metal fins. Although, if it will make you feel better, go ahead and hose it down. To be honest, that’s what I plan to do from now on. Letting go of deep-seated beliefs of any kind is hard, whether it’s that dieting makes you lose weight in the long run — something recent studies do not support — or if this particular home maintenance ritual is justified. As news of our findings spreads, I’m bracing for some unpleasant responses from people who might lose out if the condenser-cleaning business dries up and others who simply refuse to accept that there was no basis for the conventional wisdom on this question. David Yuill is an assistant professor of architectural engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
by Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNCreative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (Flikr Army BP, May 26, 2011)When I ask the question, “Hypertension: is sodium all there is?” I, first, refer you to the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for American which recommends:Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg).Further reduce intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older.Reduce intake to 1,500 and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.The 1,500 mg recommendation applies to about half of the U.S. population, including children, and the majority of adults.” It is estimated that Americans consume about 3400mg per day of sodium.Second, I remind you that one in three adults has high blood pressure according to the American Society of Hypertension.Risk factors include:Older age > 35 yearsFamily historyRace- African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at higher riskOverweight/obesityDiet high in sodium, too little fruits and vegetablesLack of exercise- recommend at least 30 minutes per dayDrinking too much alcohol regularly-more than 2 servings per daySince the Dietary Guidelines were released, Public Health efforts have focused on reducing the consumption of sodium in the population while many in the food industry have committed to a gradual reduction of sodium in the food supply. However do consumers care about sodium in their diet?The 2011 Consumer Sodium Research Report by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) reported that sodium is not a priority for Americans. Most Americans do not know how much their sodium intake should be or how much sodium they consume. There is also no clear understanding of what constitutes high and low sodium foods. As I get older I am astonished at the number of my friends who have high blood pressure or are taking blood pressure lowering medication. The first thing they tell me is “I never eat salt”. I want to say that is great but what does the rest of your lifestyle look like? Is salting your food your biggest source of sodium? Are you exercising routinely? What about your fruits and vegetables. What is your alcohol intake? And have you weighed recently?How do Dietitians/health care providers help their clients/patients manage their blood pressure?Experts in the field of chronic disease agree that limiting blood pressure education to sodium restriction does not help the consumer sufficiently to manage their blood pressure. Life style strategies must go beyond limiting sodium intake. Even the most knowledgeable consumer would have difficulty meeting the 1500 mg/d sodium recommendation without changes in the food supply. Other strategies for managing high blood pressure include eating more fruits and vegetables, weight management, increasing physical activity and moderating alcohol intake. While certainly sodium restriction is important; a more holistic approach is needed to help consumers manage their blood pressure. What struggles do you face with your patients when trying to apply the scientific recommendations to the real life situations?References: Kolasa, Kathryn, M., Sollid, Kris, Edge, Marianne Smith, Bouchoux, Ann,.Blood Pressure Management: Communicating Comprehensive Lifestyle Strategies Beyond Sodium. Nutrition Today. 47(4):183-190, July/August 2012. US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 6th ed. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office; 2010. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf http://www.ash-us.org/ASH-Patient-Portal/Get-Information/Your-Risk-for-Hypertension.aspx International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC), Consumer Sodium Research Concern, Perception, and Action 2011 Food and Health Survey.This post was written by Robin Allen, member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.