Crossing the river of myths

first_imgA few minutes before a recent lecture at Paine Hall, global health statistician Hans Rosling stood onstage, head down, and ran through his PowerPoint images. One showed the bespectacled Swede chest-deep in water. The caption read: “Help us across the river of myths.”To Rosling, a physician and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, busting myths is a full-time job. It often keeps him on the road despite his professorship in international health at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm. One myth he often takes aim at is the misperception that the world is divided in two, with struggling, developing nations in one camp and wealthy industrial nations in another. The truth is, Rosling said, that the world is a complicated quilt of nations. We may miss how some of them achieve little-seen advances in income, infant mortality, literacy, and other measures of success.To help uncover — and illustrate — the complexities, and surprises, that can be hidden within global statistics, Gapminder developed Trendalyzer, a statistics visualization software. It depicts the countries as a series of colored bubbles that can be “brushed” through the years to illustrate trends and changes.In one demonstration, Rosling lined up a dozen countries on one side of the graphic and had them race across time, from 1800 forward, to show changing per-capita incomes. The balloons lengthened into wormlike tubes that wiggled across the decades. After World War II, Japan whizzed through the ranks faster than almost any other country. Today, little Tanzania and Ethiopia — among Africa’s developing leaders — are moving up fast.“Our main innovation is to display time as movement,” said Rosling, who credited his son and daughter-in-law for the technical work. “It liberates the horizontal axis.” Besides, he said of entertaining visualizations, “When you make people relax like that, they are more open to information.”Statistics that dispel myths among the community of nations also can dispel geopolitical ignorance, said Rosling. Or, as Harvard neurologist S. Allen Counter said of his longtime friend, “His main job is teaching us how to live together.” Counter added, “He brings us to the world.”Rosling was at Harvard Oct. 25 for the second annual David K. Pickard Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Harvard Statistics Department, the Harvard Foundation (directed by Counter), and the Harvard School of Public Health. It celebrates the late Pickard’s verve and brilliance as a teacher of statistics at Harvard from 1980 to 1985. “He was electrifying,” remembered fellow junior faculty member Victor Solo, who now teaches at the University of New South Wales, in Australia.Pickard — dashing, handsome, with the energy of the schoolboy athlete he had been — had what notable teachers always possess, said acting Statistics Department Chair David P. Harrington: “the ability to speak clearly and listen carefully … and generosity of spirit.”Pickard — dashing, handsome, with the energy of the schoolboy athlete he had been — had what notable teachers always possess, said acting Statistics Department Chair David P. Harrington (pictured): “the ability to speak clearly and listen carefully … and generosity of spirit.”Rosling is a sort of traveling salesman for the importance of teaching statistics tellingly, and so was a natural choice for the Pickard event. During the lecture, he demonstrated his showman’s chops by crouching behind the lectern, then rising up dramatically to demonstrate the unseen progress of some nations. He rolled up his pant legs to make a point about the importance of font sizes in graphics. (Fonts too small make you look like a fool, he said.) And he wielded a comically long pointer. (Laser pointers, he said, are stupid.)But Rosling did not go as far as he did at a TED talk in March 2007, when he swallowed a sword. A lithe man in his 60s, Rosling is a member of the Sword Swallowers Association International. (“We are not so many,” he said of practitioners, though “if you know how to do sword swallowing, you know how to communicate.”) An image of him swallowing a bayonet is the lead art on the Wikipedia “sword swallowing” entry.The Gapminder team in Sweden occupies the theory department of the statistics business, Rosling offered mildly. “I run the road-show department.”Part of Rosling’s persona — and his passion for conveying information in understandable ways — relates to his family background. He comes from generations of farmers and blue-collar workers, from a family in which no one had ever finished more than six years of school. He called himself, proudly, “a red-necked Swede” — an enthusiast for the practical arts and for the humble people who keep the gears of the world turning.Right after medical school, more than 30 years ago, Rosling was a district medical officer in northern Mozambique. He uncovered an outbreak of konzo, a paralytic disease linked to using cyanide-rich cassava as a famine food. That work led to a Ph.D. and to a lifelong interest in the connections among a given country’s economy, agricultural practices, and public health. Statistics had piqued his interest further back, in his freshman year of university in Uppsala, Sweden. This science of gathering and analyzing data became the groundwork of Rosling’s passion: to acquire and disseminate what he called “a fact-based worldview.”A myth about Africa Rosling touched on one myth: that Africa is universally behind by every measure of progress. But “it’s country by country,” he said. Rural Tanzania might conform to that view, for instance, but urban Tanzania resembles much of Asia.When facts override myths, said Rosling, they show surprises. For instance, he said, in 1948, the year of his birth, there were fewer than 1 billion children on Earth. By the year 2000, there were 2 billion. Rosling asked the Harvard audience: How many will there be by 2100? He offered three figures, asked for a show of hands on each, and then revealed a surprising  answer: 2 billion.“No single question,” he said, “is more important” than the number of the world’s young by the end of the century. That low number negates a popular myth in global health circles: That “if you save the [lives] of poor children, you destroy the planet” because of overpopulation, said Rosling. “That’s not true.”He flashed a picture on the screen showing families from Vietnam, Mexico, India, and Bangladesh, where two-child families are the norm. About 80 percent of families in the world have an average of two children each, said Rosling, a fact that hardly portends a future overwhelmed by offspring.The world’s children by 2100 will only number 2 billion for another reason, he said: Prosperous Asia, where fewer than two children per woman is the norm: Taiwan and Hong Kong (1.1), for instance, and South Korea (1.3), Japan (1.4), and gigantic mainland China (1.6). Rosling wondered out loud why there are so few children in the most successful parts of Asia. He told a story that might offer an explanation, based on a chance meeting with a successful Asian woman in her 30s. “Yes, I think every day about children,” she told Rosling. “It’s the idea of a husband I can’t stand.”Understanding statistics in an accurate way can dispel ignorance of the real facts of the world — an ignorance Rosling said characterized even his own highly literate Sweden. When asked to choose among a range of literacy rates among 20-year-olds in Tanzania, only 4 percent of Swedes chose the right answer (80 percent). Asked about the number of children per woman in Bangladesh (2.5), only 5 percent the same group knew the answer.Onstage, Rosling crouched down and held one hand low. “My job,” he said, rising up straight, “is to raise the knowledge of the world.” That means not just having facts, but being able to analyze and visualize them. “Information,” Rosling added during a question-and-answer session, “is very far from understanding.”He said that most people still view the world in terms that are too simple, and he illustrated that point with a story. “My neighbor knows 200 kinds of wine. I know two, red and white,” he said. “But my neighbor knows only two ‘countries,’ developed and not. I know 200.”Honoring young teachersThe Pickard Lecture is always more than a talk. It’s also an occasion for the Statistics Department to recognize its best young teachers. Among the junior faculty, Associate Professor Tirthankar Dasgupta was singled out. “Some of the best teachers are quiet,” said Harrington. “These are still waters that run very, very deep.” Dasgupta appeared onstage and said, “This University … many people dream of. I’ve had this dream come true.”Four Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences teaching fellows were honored: fourth-year Ph.D. student Viviana Garcia Horton, statistics concentrator Jessica Hwang ’13, and fifth-year Ph.D. students Bo Jiang and Nathan Stein.After the lecture, during a reception at Maxwell-Dworkin, Rosling stood among knots of people conversing intensely and at one point posed for a photo with two admirers, fashionable young women from Brazil. They put their arms around him. “Why didn’t this happen,” Rosling quipped, “when I was young?”The teaching fellows stood nearby, pondering the lessons of Rosling’s kinetic lecture. “I like the idea of being physical,” said Stein.“The way that he presented information really appeals to very diverse audiences,” said Horton. “That should be a goal for everyone.”last_img read more

Local high school employee accused of having child porn at work

first_imgA local charter high school employee was arrested after police say he downloaded child porn onto his computer at work.Agents with the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children task force located an IP address on July 16 that had accessed videos of child pornography, according to PBSO.PBSO said that the IP address was from Renaissance Learning Academy in Palm Beach County.Police executed a search warrant at the school Monday where detectives made contact with 56-year-old Timothy Scott, the facilities manager.Digital forensics searched Scott’s work computer and found 15 videos depicting the sexual abuse of a child, along with at least ten images of child porn, according to PBSO.Two files “depicted infant children being sexually abused by an adult male,” according to the arrest report.Scott denied having any knowledge of the child porn files but told police he was the sole user of his password-protected work computer.Scott is facing 15 counts of possession of obscene material depicting sexual performance by a child.A judge set his bond at $150,000 and banned him from contacting all schools or anyone under the age of 18.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters Champs

first_imgJackson’s snapped a 1-1 tie as striker Roger Quayle converted a nifty pass from Justin Willans to secure the victory.Keeper Tad Lake was outstanding between the pipes, stopping a penalty shot by Bia Boro midway through the second half.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Jackson’s Hole Championship run with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Mike Gerun, Justin Willans, Erik Leslie, Morgan Dehnel, Kevin McClelland, Scott Miller, Jesse Anast, Matt Peschke, Scott Lewis, Roger Quayle, Bruce Fuhr, Tad Lake, Bill Clark, Pat Perkins and Angus Glass. Flying under the radar all season long, Jackson’s Hole came out of the woodwork to capture the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters Soccer League Championships with a stunning 2-1 victory over favoured Bia Boro Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.Jackson’s Hole, finishing second overall during the regular season, edged out Ted Allen’s to advance to the final.last_img read more


first_imgMark Glatt1522313%$75,470 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, May 7) CROWLEY TO PRESENT LAZ BARRERA TROPHY SUNDAYAlex Crowley left an orphanage in Mexico City, jumped a fence on the backside of a race track and eventually met up with Laz Barrera around 1957, forming a life-long friendship until Barrera died at the age of 66 on April 25, 1991.“Three months after I met him, Laz got permission for me to work for him on weekends,” said Crowley, who has been in racing in various capacities for 40 years, many as a jockey agent.“I would clean the stalls and take care of the ponies, things like that.”Barrera, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979 and an Eclipse Award winner as outstanding trainer four straight years from 1976 through 1979, conditioned the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed, in 1978.All this time later, for the second year in a row, Crowley will present the trophy to the winning connections of Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.The field for the Barrera: Yiannis, Victor Espinoza; The Man, Martin Garcia; St. Joe Bay, Elvis Trujillo; Forest Blue, Martin Pedroza; The Gomper, Rafael Bejarano; Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze; and Kentuckian, Mike Smith. John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 Bob Baffert621133%$89,690 Peter Miller1123118%$105,950 Philip D’Amato1562240%$239,040 BALTAS EYES GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS FOR SPANISH QUEENWith five wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Spring Meet, Richard Baltas sits one victory behind training leaders Doug O’Neill and Phil D’Amato, who have six each.He hopes to add to that number come May 30 when he plans to run Spanish Queen in the Grade I, $400,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“She’s a little difficult to handle around the barn and in the stall, but she also has the will to win,” Baltas said of Spanish Queen, a California-bred daughter of the late Tribal Rule who won the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes by a length and a half on Sunday in only her third start.“For a horse to win first out in a Cal-bred maiden race and a Grade II in her third start is a big deal,” said Baltas, who trains Spanish Queen for a partnership.“She came out of the race good, so we’ll see how it goes for the American Oaks.”On Big Macher, winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby who was unplaced in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 30, and has had one breeze at Santa Anita since, Baltas said, “I’m taking my time with him. I’m letting him tell me when he’s ready. It seems like he was a little down after the Dubai trip.” DERBY SETS UP PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESS: ESPINOZAVictor Espinoza likes his chances on American Pharoah in the Preakness. And why not? The easy-going Mexican native rode the son of Pioneerof the Nile to an efficient one-length victory in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, a race Espinoza feels will only benefit the colt in the  1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 16.“I think the Derby sets him up well for the Preakness; I think he needed that kind of race,” Espinoza said of American Pharoah, who had two easy wins prior to the Derby, including an eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby.“He really only had two races for the Kentucky Derby since coming off a layoff, and they were so easy that the Derby was a challenge, but it was a good experience for his next race.”No less an authority than Richard Mandella had high praise for Espinoza, a nominee to the Hall of Fame this year.“He’s a good athlete,” said Mandella, himself a Hall of Fame member. “He’s a good rider and he takes his business very seriously.“He has a great personality so he’s very easy to like and he has a very good rapport with the horses–a connection. He’s serious and he gives you 100 percent in his races, every day.“I think he’s good enough and the horse might be too (to win the Triple Crown) but I think he’ll have to be for Victor to get it done. You can’t do it without the horse.“The most important thing is the horse, but Victor is one of the very best jockeys and if the horse can do it, Victor will get it done.”Espinoza, who handled all the pre and post-race Derby hoopla with his usual carefree aplomb, looked a tad trimmer back at Santa Anita than he did before leaving for his Derby commitments. Did he lose weight?Victor smiled and gave a one-word answer: “Stress.” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Fernando Perez3357615%$233,030 Felipe Valdez2755119%$165,570 Tyler Baze4696820%$383,370 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS XPRESSBET’S PREAKNESS HANDICAPPING HEADQUARTERS OPENLeading online wagering provider Xpressbet has announced its 2015 Preakness Stakes Handicapping Headquarters is now open and stocked with the information needed to Bet the Preakness Like a Pro. Visit to download Xpressbet’s free Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, watch Xpressbet’s exclusive Video Handicapping Series and more.For the last decade, Xpressbet’s Preakness Stakes Wager Guide has brought the opinions and wagering savvy of expert handicappers to readers in this free tool. This year’s team includes Bob Neumeier, Mike Battaglia, Jeff Siegel, Jon White, Dick Jerardi and Steve Byk. In addition, Xpressbet’s own John ‘Johnny D.’ DeSantis, and Horse Player NOW’s Jeremy Plonk return to contribute contender profiles and stats and trends to help identify horses ready to run big at Pimlico.In last year’s Guide, five of the six experts correctly identified California Chrome as the ‘horse to beat’ in Baltimore, with Jon White ($109.20) and Steve Byk ($114) each turning a profit on their recommended wagers. Remember to check back on Thursday, May 14 to access Xpressbet’s updated Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, complete with post-draw thoughts and analysis from the team.Also, check out Xpressbet’s new Video Handicapping Series, in which expert handicappers Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse handicap the weekend’s races, analyze the Preakness contenders and interview the biggest names in horse racing.“As the title sponsor of the Preakness Stakes, we’re doing everything we can to ensure horseplayers have the information they need before betting the Preakness,” said Kerry Carlson, Xpressbet’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We’re excited to once again offer free access to our Wager Guide and Video Handicapping Series. We hope readers and viewers find these resources valuable when playing the Preakness Stakes.”While visiting, open an online wagering account and earn a $125 Welcome Bonus. It takes just minutes to open and deposit money into your account. Xpressbet customers can wager on more than 300 of the world’s top racetracks, including Pimlico, the home of the Preakness Stakes. Use promo code TC2015 at Sign Up to claim your $125 Welcome Bonus.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos has taken the book of Martin Garcia, a mainstay in the Bob Baffert barn and regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund. Matos will continue to represent Corey Nakatani, who took off his two scheduled mounts today due to a muscle issue in his lower back . . . Services for E.W. (Buddy) Johnston will be held Tuesday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale. The viewing will be Monday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the viewing room at Forest Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Miraglo Foundation founded by Dr. Erminia M. Guarneri, P.O. Box 1270, La Jolla, CA 92038, and/or Scripps Health Foundation “Campaign for Cardiovascular Care,” 10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037. A major owner/breeder in California for decades, Johnston died Tuesday at the age of 77 . . . Jerry Hollendorfer reports that Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is now at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Renton, Washington, recovering from an injured right hip suffered in the Charles Town Classic April 18. “He’s doing great,” Hollendorfer said . . . The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host a free seminar, “Demystifying the Racing Office,” at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Panelists will include Santa Anita Vice President Racing and Racing Secretary Rick Hammerle, and Del Mar Racing Secretary David Jerkens. The seminar will be hosted by Richard Scheidt, TOC’s Northern California Director of Operations, and will cover the basic operations of the Racing Office . . . Tom Quigley’s guests at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be Daily Racing Form Western Ad Rep Jon Lindo, Saturday, and Santa Anita simulcast co-host Millie Ball, Sunday . . . There will be a special Preakness handicapping seminar in the Gallop Out following the races Friday, May 15. It is free to fans, who will receive free Preakness Stakes Thoro-Graphs. Santiago Gonzalez2134114%$112,190 Richard Mandella1324115%$196,240 FLORES EXPECTS TO RESUME RIDING IN 10 DAYSDavid Flores is expected to resume riding in about 10 days after the California Horse Racing Board granted him a jockey’s license yesterday. The 47-year-old Tijuana native had been disqualified for a year by Singapore racing authorities in late March.Flores will be represented by agent Jim Pegram. The two have enjoyed much success in the past.“I’m very happy,” Flores said Friday morning. “Uncle Buck (as Pegram is affectionately known by friends and associates) was the one who gave me a call when I was in Singapore the second day (after he had been given the year’s ban). I was down emotionally and took it as it was, and I’m thinking, ‘a year,’ but when he called me, there was hope.“That’s what made me take the next step, to come back here and pursue my career again. We’ve got some history together,” Flores said, referring to Pegram, who had his book twice before, from 1993 to 1995 and 1996 into 2004.During that time Flores and Pegram won two Breeders’ Cup races, the Juvenile on Action This Day in 2003 and the Juvenile Fillies on Tempera in 2001, not to mention the Kentucky Oaks on Keeper Hill for Bobby Frankel in 1998.“We won about eight $1 million races together,” Pegram recalled, “including the two Breeders’ Cups.”Flores has more good news pending. He and his wife, Dawn, are expecting their second child, a girl, within the next two weeks. Drayden Van Dyke2644215%$188,170 William Spawr420050%$24,350center_img Joseph Talamo2852618%$198,328 Victor Espinoza620033%$72,270 Mike Puype1421114%$103,490 Elvis Trujillo2330213%$136,050 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Doug O’Neill2568224%$272,370 Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Richard Baltas1452136%$278,400 Flavien Prat3568217%$364,070 Jorge Periban722129%$45,870 Tiago Pereira1726312%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado2344417%$125,350 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 DERBY HELPS AMERICAN PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESSFLORES TO RESUME RIDING SHORTLY AT SANTA ANITASUNDAY STAKES HONORS MEMORY OF LAZ BARRERABALTAS ON A ROLL WITH PROMISING SPANISH QUEEN -30- Rafael Bejarano2453621%$216,120 Mario Gutierrez1322315%$108,920 Gonzalo Nicolas2632412%$100,740 Brayan Pena2021110%$49,950last_img read more

Ramaphosa explains the National Development Plan

first_imgSongezo Zibi from Business Day (far left) was the MC for the event and Cyril Ramaphosa (on the right) gave the lecture on how the NDP will improve South Africa. (Image: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zama Ndlovu+ 27 79 891 1301 RELATED ARTICLES • We look up to you: Ibrahim• Gender equality under the spotlight• SA is getting plenty right• Gauteng celebrates carnival culture Ray MaotaThe broad aim of the National Development Plan (NDP) is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The economic advantages of achieving this goal were discussed at an NDP Lecture, given by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy chair of the National Planning Commission.Unpacking the plan, Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy president of the ANC, spoke to a hall packed to the rafters with students, business people and some members of the commission. The lecture took place at the Great Hall of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein on 10 September.South Africa can realise these goals, according to the plan, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.Ramaphosa said: “When President Jacob Zuma decided to appoint the National Planning Commission in May 2010, he was motivated by an urge to have a plan for South Africa; he kept saying we were one country that didn’t have an overarching plan that united everyone.”He talked about how the Freedom Charter was a plan by the ANC, although it was incorporated into the Constitution. The NDP, he said, would be a blueprint which every South African would buy into and which would unite the country. Coherent programme“The NDP will serve as a vision and a coherent programme to overcome the challenges facing South Africa,” said Ramaphosa. These were inequality, poverty and unemployment. If South Africa was to overcome poverty and unemployment, then solving its economic challenges had to be at the heart of our objectives as a people and as a country.“All of us as South Africans will be able to say we seek an economy that serves all of our interests … an economy that will be able to absorb people seeking work, one that is competitive and [one in which] the incomes of the poor will be rising higher and higher,” he added. “Our vision is of an economy that is diverse in what we produce as South Africans and also in terms of who owns this economy, who manages this economy, and also who works in this economy.”The NDP identified improving the quality of public services as critical to achieving transformation. This would require provinces to focus on identifying and overcoming the obstacles to achieving improved outcomes, including the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role. “We seek firms or businesses that are profitable and play a constructive role in supporting development and social cohesion. We seek an effective state that allows business expansion, protects workers’ rights and ensures that the poor get a better life.”Ramaphosa added that despite making inroads since 1994, the South African economy still did not serve the interests of all. Many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”.“We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.”Although Ramaphosa’s lecture was generally well received, there were some interruptions by people protesting the Marikana massacre. Ramaphosa was a former board member at Lonmin. He has been criticised for calling for action against the mineworkers before the shooting.last_img read more

Ground Gutters

first_imgThe rubble stone foundation walls wept every time it rained, creating a dank, humid basement. The destructive power of ice dams, and a huge, overhanging elm tree created maintenance issues, leaving our clients unwilling to replace the gutters original to the old two-story house. The lot sloping to the rear left the downhill neighbors’ yards saturated much of the year. How were we going to solve these problems? By installing a ground gutter system.A ground gutter is similar to the French drains familiar to most builders, with a few additional components. On this project, we started by digging a trench along the foundation wall, 12 in. deep at the front and pitching 1/4 in. per foot toward the back of the house. The trench is 24 in. wide, enough to catch rain falling from the eaves. We lined the trench with 0.060-in.-thick EPDM, a rubber roofing product (thinner 0.040-in. EPDM can be purchased from landscaping suppliers). We didn’t attempt to attach the membrane to the stone foundation but took care in keeping it close to the wall as the trench was filled. At the bottom of the trench we laid 4-in. perforated PVC pipe directly under the roof’s drip line. Where the pipes join and change direction we installed distribution boxes with removable covers, providing access in the event of a clog. At the distribution boxes we also tied in 6-in. solid PVC drains. We connected this to downspouts from the one section of gutter we did install on the addition roof, which is easily accessed and ice-dam resistant. We filled the trench with 3/4-in. washed crushed stone, placing a layer of permeable landscape fabric about 2 in. below the surface to keep silt and debris out of the trench.The drains tie together into a single 6-in. perforated PVC line that leads to a dry well 8-ft. x 12-ft. x 5-ft. deep. The dry well is lined with landscape fabric and filled with 11/2 in. crushed stone. We covered the crushed stone with more fabric, a loam/compost mixture for a planting bed, and a layer of partially decomposed bark mulch. The dry well should be able to handle up to an inch of rain before filling up. The few times a year that the dry well reaches capacity, the excess rainwater will exit via a 6-in. outflow pipe just below grade.The outflow pipe leads to a back corner of the property, where it exits onto riprap (6 in. crushed stone) to prevent erosion, behind a swale. Not only will this keep the neighbor’s yard dry, the rainwater will have several hundred feet of forest to be absorbed into before reaching a river. That’s a big improvement over the original gutters, which fed into the municipal storm drain—and directly into the river in big storms.What our clients are happiest about, though, is their dry basement. MORE INFORMATIONAn Underground RoofFixing Those Drainage Problems, 30 Years LaterFHB: Inground gutters keep basements dryGBA Encyclopedia: Inground GuttersGBA Encyclopedia: Stormwater ManagementGBA Encyclopedia: Roof GuttersGBA Detail: Underground Water Barrier Retrofitlast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Fresh off being dropped, Dhoni reminds us of his worth behind…

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: BCCIAfter not being considered by the board of selectors for the T20’s against West Indies and Australia, MS Dhoni showed what the Men In Blue could be possibly missing out with a stunning catch to dismiss Chandrapaul Hemraj.The opening batsman looked in good touch after Virat Kohli sent the visitors into bat first in Pune. Hemraj looked to switch gears by targetting Bumrah with a couple of successive boundaries. but the returning pacer replied with a lethal bouncer that took the top edge.MS Dhoni had a lot on his plate as the ball kept going away from him, but the veteran wicket-keeper showed excellent composure to grab the catch with a diving effort running backward, to get India the first breakthrough.Dhoni & the diving catch! Bumrah strikes, Hemraj goes. West Indies are 25/1 in 6 overs.— DNA (@dna) October 27, 2018Electing to bowl first after winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli named a couple of changes in the line-up for the third ODI with the duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah making their return along with Khaleel Ahmed while Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, and Umesh Yadav are out.Centurion of the previous match, Shai Hope is in the crease after Hemraj’s dismissal. Windies are currently 38-1 after 8 overs.Read Also:#Dhonidropped – Twitter world reacts to MS being left out of the Indian cricket teamIndian squads for both Windies T20I series and subsequent Australian T20I series, announced; MS Dhoni dropped! Advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni eyes major landmark as Rajasthan Royals host Chennai Super Kings

first_imgChennai Super Kings are on a roll in their title defence in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Having lost only one match to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, CSK, with five wins from six matches, are on top of the IPL points table.The Super Kings have continued to enjoy success in their fortress in Chepauk, having won all the four matches they have played at home in IPL 2019 so far. However, CSK will face some sterner tests as they will be on the road over the next 10 days during which they play four matches.Chennai Super Kings couldn’t have asked for a better start to their journey on the road as they face struggling Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Another 100 for MS Dhoni?Chennai Super Kings will be keen on beginning their series of away matches on a positive note. All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the CSK captain is a win away from achieving a major landmark. Dhoni will become the first-ever captain in IPL cricket to win 100 matches if CSK walk away with two points in Jaipur.MS Dhoni has 99 wins as captain from 165 matches at a staggering win percentage of 60.36. The CSK skipper has won 28 more than Gautam Gambhir, who is second on the list with 71 wins (129 matches).Dhoni has been in fine form in IPL 2019. Having played a few match-winning knocks already, the wicketkeeper-batsman has collected 156 runs from six matches and has remained unbeaten on three of those occasions.advertisementCan CSK better away record in Jaipur?Chennai Super Kings also enjoy a superior head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals as the three-time champions have won 13 of their 21 meetings.On the other hand, at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rajasthan have found more success, winning four of their six clashes.However, former champions Royals have played some ordinary cricket in IPL 2019 and are only placed above Royal Challengers Bangalore in the points table with just one win from five matches.The Royals were crushed by 8 wickets at home by Kolkata Knight Riders on April 7 which was also their second defeat in three home games this season.Watson, Jadeja eye milestones in battle vs former teamApart from MS Dhoni, a couple of other Chennai Super Kings players are also nearing personal landmarks in IPL.Shane Watson, who has been struggling to replicate last year’s form for CSK, needs another 31 runs to complete 1,000 T20 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Can the big-hitting Australian hit peak form against his former club?Also, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a consistent performer for CSK, needs two more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Twenty20 league.Also Read | MS Dhoni fans ensure CSK have support in away games, says BravoAlso Read | MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finishAlso See:last_img read more

Rahul Dravid cleared in Conflict of Interest case by Committee of Administrators

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday cleared Rahul Dravid’s appointment as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), ruling that there is “no conflict of interest” case against the former India captain.Lt General Ravi Thogde, the new member of the CoA, said the ball is now in BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain’s court.”There is no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman finds any conflict, we will give our response to the Ombudsman stating why we found no conflict,” Thogde said after a CoA meeting here.”After that he (Ombudsman) has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue.”Dravid, one of the most respected figures in Indian cricket, found himself embroiled in a conflict of interest case after his appointment at NCA since he is an employee of India Cements which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL.Dravid, who was in Mumbai prior to Tuesday’s CoA meeting, has sent his reply to Jain but it could not be ascertained if he has resigned from his post.While appointing him, the CoA had made it clear that Dravid will have to relinquish his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure.Dravid did not resign, instead, he sought leave without pay from India Cements, prompting MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta to persist with his complaint against Dravid.advertisementThogde stressed that the NCA needs to be of international standard under Dravid.”There are a few things that needs to be done at the NCA. There are shortage of grounds and staff, including coaches. There has to be continuity.”Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together.”The CoA also discussed the upcoming BCCI elections in Tuesday’s meeting, besides the appointment of various coaches of the national team.”We discussed about the upcoming elections. There were discussions with (Electoral Officer) N Gopalaswami and certain things have been resolved. A code has been drawn out,” Thogde said.Asked about the state cricket bodies which are yet to come on board for the elections, he said, “There will be minor delays but there is still ample time. We just took a review and most of them will join by then.””I don’t see such a great difficulty in getting it done. Some of them are yet to register their constitutions. More than 24-25 bodies who have fallen in line. The intentions are to hold the elections around the date which has been set (October 22).”Rest of the issues discussed are administrative, related to selection of head coach and selection of other coaches. Interviews will start now. Short-listing has already been done.”Also Read | Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc named in 12-man Australia squad for Lord’s TestAlso Read | Kashmir cricketer overcomes tension to win game for India vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

Couple with multiple stab wounds found dead at Gurugram home

first_imgGurgaon: A couple, both in their 30s, was found murdered on Thursday morning at their rented house in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar.The bodies of Vikram and Jyoti were found, with multiple stab wounds, at their second-floor home in village Dundahera and one person has been detained, police said. Vikram worked at a private company in the city and his wife was a homemaker. The incident was reported at 4 am when a member of landlord’s family, who lived on the ground floor heard a commotion. They checked and saw the couple lying in a pool of blood. The landlord rushed them to a hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival.last_img