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first_imgJoin SADAG on mountain bike and trail run races in the Cradle of Humankind to raise funds for its national Suicide Crisis Centre. (Image: Awaken Holidays)To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) will hold mountain bike and trail run races in the Cradle of Humankind to raise funds for its national Suicide Crisis Centre, which receives over 400 calls a day.Mental health affects the entire family, and the broader community. Other than raising much-needed funds, Sadag’s Moving for Mental Wellness event aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental illness, and encourage solidarity with those affected.The mountain bike race and trail run, for both individuals and teams, will be held on the grounds of the beautiful Nirox Art Foundation Park near Mogale City in Gauteng. The bike race will be a 12- or 36-kilometre challenge from the park into the Cradle of Humankind. The run will be along a 5- or 15-kilometre trail through the Nirox Foundation grounds. Both begin at 8am on Saturday 10 October.The events will have a lap race format. Corporates are encouraged to enter teams of three into both races. There will also be art exhibitions, food stalls, music and a picnic area for the whole family to enjoy.To register or find out more about the event, go to www.mfmw.co.za, follow @Moving4mw on Twitter, and like the Moving for Mental Wellness page on Facebook.If you would like to sponsor a water stand, goodies or enter your company team, contact Genevieve or Cassey on 011 234 4870.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it is formally initiating antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. This decision follows a petition that was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel Board and U.S. biodiesel producers.“Initiation of these investigations validates the allegations in our petition, and we look forward to working with the U.S. government agencies during the course of the next year to enforce America’s trade laws,” said Anne Steckel, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs in response to this announcement.Today the National Biodiesel Board and US biodiesel producers also provided testimony to the International Trade Commission, explaining that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel, and how those imports are injuring American manufacturers and workers.“Make no mistake, 2016 should have been a banner year for U.S. biodiesel producers with demand growth, stable feedstock prices, and regulatory certainty that should have led to profitability and reinvestment in their businesses, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Steckel said. “Instead, dumped and subsidized biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia entered the United States in record volumes, capturing greater market share at the expense of U.S. producers. The loss of market share has left the domestic industry with substantial unused capacity and the artificially low prices these imports are sold at leave American biodiesel unable to get a fair return for their product.”Because of illegal trade activities, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464% from 2014 to 2016. That growth has taken 18.3 percentage points of market share from U.S. manufacturers.“Negative margins within our industry due to low-priced imports have had a major impact on our company, with a disproportionately greater impact on smaller producers,” said Robert Morton, co-founder of Newport Biodiesel, a small biodiesel producer from Rhode Island. “We have halted several plant modification projects as a result of reduced working capital, even for modest projects. Because of this, Newport Biodiesel is being limited in its ability to be a productive US green energy company in what is otherwise a growing market.”The adverse impact of dumped and subsidized imports is not limited to America’s small biodiesel producers.“When we see biodiesel from Argentina selling at a discount to the market price of soyoil, the main input into biodiesel, we know we are facing dumped pricing,” said Paul Soanes, CEO and President of Renewable Biofuels (RBF). “The United States is a key market for these exporters, and without a remedy, these unfairly traded imports are likely to continue unabated. That is a further threat to our business.”According to the Commerce Department’s notice of initiation, there is evidence that dumping margins could be as high as 26.54% for Argentina and 28.11% for Indonesia. Commerce’s notice of initiation also undertakes to investigate subsidies based on numerous government programs in those countries.The staff conference is an important step in the administrative process. The Commission is expected to make its preliminary decision and vote on May 5, 2017. Following that, the next key step will be when the U.S. Department of Commerce announces its preliminary determinations regarding the estimated rates of subsidization and dumping — expected on or about August 22, 2017 and October 20, 2017, respectively.The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.last_img read more

first_imgSomebody yesterday noted the comparison to Trevor Knight. I admit, that might be in play with Jerrod Heard. Maybe last week’s 360-160-yard game was a fluke. History tells me it wasn’t, though. History tells me this dude is a baller.Since 2000, only three QBs have had 360/160 games and one of them went by the name of Jonathan Football.Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 4.09.51 PMHeard’s coaches tell me that as well. Both past and present. J.W. Walsh’s dad John told the Oklahoman Heard’s talent was apparent from the beginning. “As a seventh grader,” Walsh said, “you just knew.” Charlie Strong now knows after watching No. 13 post a career day against Cal last week.“You just don’t know what you’re going to get sometimes,” said Strong sounding a lot like Mike Gundy. “You walk out there at practice, you watch him practice sometimes, it’s like, ‘Wow!’ You throw him out there in the game, the things he does, when he goes back, he knows this, if I can’t find a receiver, I know I can take off with it, make people miss in the open field. He has the athletic ability where he can do it. He won two state championships at the 6A level. For him to be a competitor the way he is, I’m not surprised at all.”“He’s so dynamic, whether he’s throwing the ball or he takes off (on a run play),” Strong continued. “Just to watch how he operated was just amazing. He gets everyone within the team charged up, knowing that when he takes the field, something good is going to happen. We have a chance to drive the ball. He instills so much confidence in the team, just by his playmaking ability.”As I noted earlier today, dual-threat QBs have traditionally lit up Oklahoma State. Look at Mike Gundy’s losses going back to 2010. Taylor Martinez, Collin Klein, Matt Scott, James Franklin, Jared Barnett and the list goes on. It’s been one of the few warts on an otherwise terrific defense for the last half decade.“Yeah, you learn a lot because it’s a tremendous test,” said Glenn Spencer. “You’re going against a guy that broke the record for most yardage in a game. He did better than Young and McCoy ever did. It’s a tremendous challenge, we got our hands full. Guys are going to be excited to play against him, but they also know that their hands are full.”So maybe Heard does turn out to be Trevor Knight II, but I don’t think that will be the case. It really will be a great test for this OSU squad to go down there and try to shut down an offense that seems to have found a spark.Tre Flowers said it well.“I watched the Cal game after our UTSA game, and I noticed that they move the ball a lot so that’s one thing we have to stop. The quarterback is really good. It’s going to be a great week.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgThe canned food drive “The Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims” was hosted on December 14 by Kevin and Danielle Jonas from the hit TV show “Married to Jonas.”Kevin & Danielle Jonas Host the Cold-EEZE & City Harvest Food Drive to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims at NYC FDNY Station Dec 14The food drive was held for two hours and the couple assisted in the collection of non-perishable food donations to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.Those who attended the event had the chance to meet, take pictures with and received autographs from the Jonas’ as well as local firemen.The Jonas’ helped collect 600 pounds worth of canned goods!last_img

first_imgYouth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is thrilled to announced that Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” star Calum Worthy has been named National Celebrity Spokesperson for this summer’s innovative leadership camps for youth ages 12-17.A life-changing camp for world-changing teens founded in 2009, YEA Camp has helped hundreds of teens and tweens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice.“I’m thrilled to work with YEA Camp to let young people know that they can make a difference on the environment, bullying, human rights, animals rights, and so many other important causes,” said Calum Worthy. “There’s so much we can all do to make our world a better place.”Teens from across the country will be spending a week this summer developing their confidence and skills to change the world while at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp. YEA Camp will offer four week-long overnight sessions in three states: California, Oregon, and New York. YEA Camp will be presented July 12-19, 2015 (Quaker Center in Santa Cruz, CA), July 25-August 1, 2015 (Camp Adams in Mollala, OR) and August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). For the first time ever, YEA Camp will offer YEA Camp For Animal Advocates, a special session for campers passionate about this issue, also taking place August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY).“We are honored to collaborate with Calum Worthy, whose dedication to making our world a better place inspires young people to find their voice to make a difference,” said YEA Camp founder Nora Kramer. “Calum is so committed to protecting the environment and advocating for a better world. We are delighted to work with him as we support our campers to get active on social causes they care about.”Limited space is still available for this summer’s sessions. For more information please visit www.yeacamp.org and on social media: @yeacamplast_img read more

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first_imgUnderstanding why green wave breakdown occurs may improve the green wave synchronization strategy and improve traffic flow in urban areas. Citation: Physics of ‘green waves’ could make city traffic flow more smoothly (2013, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-physics-green-city-traffic-smoothly.html Kerner’s paper, “The physics of green-wave breakdown in a city,” is published in a recent issue of EPL.Many large cities around the world, especially in Europe and the US, synchronize traffic lights on the busiest streets to create green waves. When a green wave works as intended, all vehicles within the wave can drive through a sequence of green traffic lights at a certain speed without having to stop at the signals. The timing of the lights can be controlled either by sensors or timers, and can be set up for traffic in one direction or both directions. Green waves have several benefits, such as allowing for higher traffic loads, reducing traffic jams, controlling traffic speed, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, and facilitating bicycle and pedestrian traffic.The biggest disadvantage of green waves is that, when the wave is disturbed, the disturbance can cause traffic problems that can be exacerbated by the synchronization. In such cases, the queue of vehicles in a green wave grows in size until it becomes too large and some of the vehicles cannot reach the green lights in time and must stop. This is called over-saturation. As more and more vehicles stop, the traffic can cause a gridlock where vehicles can’t move forward even when the light turns green because vehicles are backed up at the light ahead, which may still be red or turning green at the same time.The physics of this green wave breakdown has not been thoroughly studied until now. In his paper, Kerner used two kinds of models to investigate the underlying mechanisms. He identified several general features of green wave breakdown that are independent of the traffic flow model used, and also discovered that the physical characteristics of green wave breakdown depend crucially on which model is used. In one model, called a three-phase model, green wave breakdown occurs due to an initial speed disturbance (for example, a car turning onto the main road from a side street) that causes a moving synchronized flow pattern (MSP). In an MSP, vehicles move slower than in the initial free flow of green wave, causing delays that destroy the green wave synchronization with the traffic lights. The result is oversaturated traffic at the traffic signals.In the other model, called a two-phase model, an initial speed disturbance does not cause an MSP and the delays associated with MSPs. However, if the initial speed disturbance is large enough, and there is a large number of vehicles in the wave, then oversaturation and green wave breakdown can still occur. In both models, Kerner found that one or more phase transitions are involved in the breakdown process. Also, breakdown occurs with a certain probability of less than 1; in simulations runs with the same parameters, breakdown occurs at some times but not at others.While the models offer a theoretical explanation of how green wave breakdown may occur, experimental tests are needed to gather data and determine which model best fits the data. Kerner hopes that an empirical test will be performed in which the vehicle speed and flow rate are measured both upstream and downstream of a synchronized traffic signal. By studying speed disturbances and the possible emergence of MSPs, researchers could then determine the initial disturbances and how they lead to green wave breakdown.”This would be a very interesting test for an EU project,” Kerner told Phys.org. “However, as far as I know, there are no EU programs for such empirical studies of signal control. The problem is that my theory contradicts all classical theories of urban traffic, which, as is well known, do not work in the real world.” What causes traffic gridlock? More information: Boris S. Kerner. “The physics of green-wave breakdown in a city.” EPL, 102 (2013) 28010. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/102/28010 Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org) —If you’ve been lucky enough to catch all the green lights as you drive down a busy street, you may have been benefiting from intentional synchronization called a “green wave.” The green wave concept has been around in the US since the 1920s, but it doesn’t always work as it should. When traffic gets backed up for some reason, “green wave breakdown” occurs. In a new paper, physicist Boris Kerner at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany, has modeled and analyzed the causes of green wave breakdown, and the results may lead to better coordinated green waves and more efficient traffic flow. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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