News Scan for Apr 08, 2014

first_imgCSPI data show twice as many food outbreaks linked to eating outFood from restaurants was associated with almost twice the number of disease outbreaks and more than double the illnesses as food prepared at home, according to data compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a food safety watchdog.The CSPI report examined 3,933 foodborne disease outbreaks from its database that occurred from 2002 through 2011 and sickened 98,399 people. Of those outbreaks, 1,610 involved restaurants and sickened 28,570 people. That compares with 893 outbreaks linked to private homes, which sickened 12,980 people.The locales with the next-highest totals were the workplace, with 313 outbreaks and 7,643 illness, and banquet halls or catered events, with 224 outbreaks and 10,035 illnesses.”Unfortunately, fewer and fewer outbreaks were solved by public health officials over the 10-year period, leaving a lot of important information undiscovered in the data,” CSPI said in a news release.The group also found that of 104 outbreaks linked to milk, 70% were caused by raw milk, even though less than 1% of consumers drink raw milk. “Consumers should avoid raw milk, and lawmakers should not expand its availability,” said CSPI senior food safety attorney Sarah Klein.CSPI also noted that the number of outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dropped 42% from 2002 to 2011, which was due at least in part to public health budget cuts, the center contends. “Underreporting of outbreaks has reached epidemic proportions,” said CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal.Apr 7 CSPI news release Apr 7 CSPI full report CDC issues alerts for polio in Equatorial Guinea, IraqThe CDC yesterday issued travel alerts for new polio cases in Equatorial Guinea and Iraq. The alerts for both countries were classified as level 2 of 3: “Practice enhanced precautions.”The CDC, citing new information from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), said a polio case in Equatorial Guinea was in the country’s Centro Sur Province, close to its border with Cameroon, a country that is battling its own polio outbreak. The case is the first in Equatorial Guinea since 1999, the CDC said in the alert.”Because of the risk of cross-border transmission, CDC recommends a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine for fully vaccinated adults who are traveling to Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon to work in health care facilities, refugee camps, or other humanitarian aid settings,” the agency said. The Iraqi case was first reported by the media on Apr 6 and has been genetically linked to wild poliovirus causing an outbreak in adjoining Syria, according to a New York Times article yesterday. As with the situation in Equatorial Guinea, the CDC recommends full polio vaccination for all travelers to Iraq, as well as a one-time booster.The CDC said the Iraqi polio case was in a suburb of Baghdad and is the country’s first since 2000. The GPEI said the Equatorial Guinea case was confirmed on Jan 28 and the Iraq case on Feb 10.Apr 7 CDC alert on Equatorial Guinea Apr 7 CDC alert on Iraq Apr 7 New York Times story Most recent GPEI informationlast_img read more

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Successful summer for SRT

first_imgThe units arrived on two separate vessels and were discharged directly to railcars, before being secured and transported to the jobsite, on time and damage-free.SRT also completed two shipments of rotors and generators from the southeast US to a hydroelectric dam in the northwest. Once the first move had been completed, the railcar was held at the destination and reverse routed.In other news, SRT’s vice president of sales and marketing, Kelli Collins, was elected the 2015 president of the Railroad Industry Clearance Association (RICA).  www.srt.ccwww.rica.orglast_img read more

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Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says

first_imgTURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan.The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian side to Halkalı on the European side. Shuttle services have been running through a tunnel under the Bosporus since 2013, serving six stations, but these are currently isolated from the rest of the national network.Turhan said that the full route would open to traffic by the end of the first quarter. As well as enabling introduction of suburban trains over the 77 km route, a third track on both the Asian and European sides would also open for long-distance traffic. This could include inter-city passenger trains to and from eastern Turkey and potentially overnight freight services.Ankara – Istanbul high speed trains have for the past several years terminated at Pendik in the eastern suburbs of the city. Completion of the Marmaray works would allow these to run further west either through the Bosporus tunnel or to return to the historic Asian terminus at Haydarpaşa, which is being refurbished under a programme launched in 2014. However, this work has been delayed by a series of archaeological finds.While operator TCDD Tasımacılık has been offering high speed services between Istanbul and Ankara since 2014, the only dedicated infrastructure these have been able to use to date has been the section between Ankara and Eskişehir. Modernisation work between Eskişehir and Gebze is still ongoing, and only part of this section will be new alignment.Turhan also confirmed that the Ankara – Sivas high speed line is expected to open by the end of 2019. Civil works have largely been completed, with work on 13 viaducts and bridges outstanding. The alignment will reduce the distance by rail between the two cities from 603 km to 405 km and the journey time from 12 h to 2 h.The 624 km Ankara – Izmir high speed line is now expected to open in two stages, with the first between a junction south of Polatlı on the Ankara – Konya line and Usak planned for completion in the first half of 2020, and the rest being commissioned by the first half of 2021. The line is being developed under five construction packages.last_img read more

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Leveraging IoT to drive operational efficiencies

first_imgInternet of ThingsA critical element on the route to automation is the computing platform — or ‘ecosystem’ — on which various data systems are supported. Increasingly, proprietary technologies are being replaced by common standards based on the Industrial Internet of Things.While the huge growth of the consumer-oriented internet is well understood, the growth in Industrial IoT in the past decade has been even more impressive, if less visible. Starting with factory automation, IIoT needed to address many issues beyond the consumer sector, including regulatory standards, data security and integrity, as well as long-term product support and evolution.In railway terms, challenging physical operating environments mean demanding technical specifications, covering aspects such as temperature, vibration, shock and electromagnetic interference, as well as the need for interoperability across multiple fleets. Nevertheless, it is now practical to apply an IoT ecosystem across all forms of rolling stock for freight and passenger railways, including locomotives, coaches and wagons, as well as urban rail vehicles.There are different use cases for each type of vehicle, of course, which must balance the costs of installation and use against the value derived by the operator. As well as the costs associated with the acquisition of raw data, there is the cost of creating actionable information through the correlation of multiple data sources, rules engines, artificial intelligence and visual analytics.The initial focus has been vehicle monitoring, collecting data from a multiplicity of sensors to check the status and health of key components and inform maintenance planning decisions. Meanwhile, event recorders and digital cameras are being introduced to improve safety and operational efficiency. Bringing all these systems together on a common IoT platform, harnessing the latest advances in Edge and Cloud computing and the appropriate data analytics tools, is already starting to deliver added value. Mobile device use: Distracted train crews have long been a major safety concern in the USA, and since the Chatsworth collision in 2008 there have been very specific operating rules restricting the use of mobile phones and tablets in the cab of a locomotive or driving vehicle. For example, it may be permissible for a driver to use a device when stationary, but not when moving, or maybe use is only permitted in specific geographic areas. Combined analytics would provide a holistic view of the situation —using transceivers and video monitoring to detect mobile operation, together with data on vehicle status and location to trigger an immediate alert where necessary.Track detection: GPS typically provides sufficiently accurate information on train location for single-track lines, but it may not be cost effective to achieve the accuracy needed on double track or in yards and other complex locations. Visual analytics and GIS mapping can be combined to determine which track a locomotive is using, and its orientation. This technology can also be used where satellite signals are not available, such as in tunnels.Trespasser detection: Video analy-tics can be used for automatic detection of trespassers or near-miss events. Creating a ‘heat map’ of such occurrences would enable railways to focus their capital improvements and mitigation measures on high risk areas.Toward autonomous operationAround the world, all railways share the same fundamental objective: to move their freight or passengers as safely, efficiently, and reliably as possible. To that end, technical innovation has driven the evolution of the rail mode, with each successive step advancing the quality of service that can be provided.The emergence of IoT ecosystems has brought a genuine enabler of added value in many different areas of railway operations, permitting near real time management of efficiency, fuel consumption, safety, and reliability, amongst other factors.As the industry continues along the path towards the long-term vision of autonomous train operation, there is much that can already be achieved, and much to learn that will help to shape the direction of travel. It is important that the industry continues to develop, as technology increases awareness of safer, more productive rail practices.This article first appeared in the December 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine. Combining Edge and Cloud computing with an onboard IoT platform enables railway operators to consolidate and analyse multiple data streams, including visual intelligence and AI, potentially paving the way for automated train operation.,Digitalisation and advances in communications technology have started to bring massive advances in the way that railways are managed. Never before have railways been able to access so much data about how their fleet and infrastructure are operating, allowing decisions to be taken in near real time. Adding cost-effective analytics tools can deliver value for all parts of a railway’s operations.The dynamics of the transport market are constantly changing, and to remain competitive railways must embrace value-creating technologies that support safer and more productive operations. The long-term vision is autonomous train operation, and that is indeed where the industry is headed. This will build on the technologies currently being deployed, and although there are many steps along the way, substantial incremental value can already be gleaned from putting in place the right system architecture. The long-term path will see an evolution from the current generation of Decision Support systems that simply collect and process data to advanced Decision Systems and eventually Decision Automation.  Edge Cloud Use case exampleOperating Rule Monitoring. Analysis of vehicle conditions and track limits for immediate alerting of driver to change operation. Examples include vehicle overspeed, excess locomotive idling, red-signal violation, adn potential engine freeze.Immediate action is requested in such cases.Fuel analytics: Fleet-wide monitoring of fuel consumption including analytics of train operation efficienct, comparison reports, fuel refill traking, and complete train reporting for all locomotives.General analytics can be completed in the cloud as they are less time-sensitive. Fig 1. The Wi-Tronix IoT for Rail Ecosystem incorporates a combination of Edge and Cloud computing technologies to support different operator requirements.Ecosystem overviewFig 1 illustrates a typical IoT for Rail ecosystem. Vehicle status information is gathered through an Edge platform, and analysed using the onboard processing capability. Information and data are also off-loaded to the cloud via a communications gateway. The cloud in turn supports offline analytics, and feeds data to third party applications. The information flow is bi-directional, with the cloud applications sending information and action requests back to the onboard platform, triggering visual or audible messages for the train crew where necessary.A critical element in the whole process is data synchronisation. Data cannot simply be offboarded from individual locomotives or other vehicles in a stand-alone format. All available information (both on and off the train) needs to be accurately synchronised in order to provide a complete picture of the overall operating environment.A typical dataset for a diesel locomotive could include GPS location, speed, vehicle operating and systems health status, the state of operational supplies such as fuel, oil or coolant, operator commands for traction and braking, as well as weather conditions and compliance with operating rules. Combining information from multiple vehicles in the same train, where available, could potentially add further value.Onboard data acquisitionSuch a coherent approach means leveraging as far as practical the multiple data sources that already exist on board vehicles. However, North America’s major railways have hetero-geneous fleets from a variety of manufacturers, with average ages between 20 and 30 years. Locomotives are equipped with a variety of control systems of differing capabilities, while many freight wagons and some passenger coaches may not even have a suitable power supply to support onboard data collection.In such a complex environment, information needs to be provided in a common format regardless of the supplier, and this ideally calls for a fleet-agnostic data platform. Chicago-based Wi-Tronix has supplied more than 12 500 IoT platforms for North American rail operation ranging from Class 1 freight railroads to commuter rail and streetcars. Its products, including Violet Edge, Violet View and Violet Live, have been used with vehicles and subsystems from a range of manufacturers.Modern locomotives and trainsets have a wide variety of intelligent systems, with engine controls, brakes, HVAC and even sanitary systems increasingly computer-controlled. Each subsystem has its own operational status, health status, and failure condition reports which can feed data to an onboard IoT gateway.Older locomotives typically have less data available, often just an event recorder. However, locomotives that have benefited from a mid-life refresh could have been fitted with aftermarket systems focused on fuel saving or emissions reduction which might allow for the collection of additional data. Or in some cases specific sensors might be added to key subsystems.The fitting of cameras to North American locomotives and rolling stock began in the mid-2000s. Typical applications include forward-facing and cab interior cameras, while some operators include rear-facing and side-view cameras as well. Passenger vehicles have multiple interior and door monitoring cameras for safety and security. While the primary use case for locomotive cameras was to mitigate litigation in the event of level crossing collisions or other incidents, bringing visual analy-tics into the data stream can add further value for operators. Wi-Tronix has recently unveiled its Violet Edge 830 platform, which builds on the company’s earlier generations of onboard processing technology.Cloud computingUsing Edge computing to undertake onboard processing reduces the time needed to react to real-time train handling, and provide immediate feedback to the crew. However, broader oversight of railway operations needs to be done at a higher level. A Cloud-based approach allows data to be collected from and disseminated to many different onboard systems at the same time. Cloud computing is generally cheaper, and the larger volumes of data held offboard provide a wealth of information for analysis. This can be used to support operational recovery following an incident, as well as collating the essential data to inform any subsequent investigation.Information processing at this level feeds into fleet management and deployment strategies, such as the analysis of asset utilisation, energy consumption and crew performance. Once sufficient data is available, it becomes possible to undertake trend analysis, and move from condition-based towards predictive maintenance — with the system identifying the priorities for future interventions.A critical consideration is connectivity, notably the cost and practicality of providing and maintaining sufficient bandwidth to support real-time data transfer. Future data communications could leverage proprietary railroad systems and networks, such as PTC. Looming larger on the horizon is 5G cellular technology, which will radically increase the bandwidth for mobile communications, enabling many more cost-effective cloud solutions to function with less latency.Visual analytics and AIAdvanced analytics using tools like artificial intelligence, video analytics and visual intelligence could be either Edge or Cloud-based, depending on the cost, complexity, and latency required. This is a very fast developing field, with billions of dollars being spent on research and development every year.It is impractical to provide a comprehensive overview of all the possibilities for advanced analytics, but some initial use cases for visual analytics include using forward-facing cameras to provide additional insight for both operations and infrastructure management.Wayside Asset location: Cameras on passing locomotives can be used to continually identify where critical lineside assets are located along the right-of-way, either for inventory or maintenance purposes. This could allow inspection to be automated, or at the minimum increase the interval between manual inspections.Signal detection: Visually identifying signal aspects as viewed by the driver can be used as an additional means of oversight to ensure compliance with operating rules.center_img Relative cost HJigher. The Edge processor undertakes any analytics, and this generally has a higher cost for computation due to the cost of supporting such systems, pushing software, microprocessor limits, etc.lower. There is a large amount of cost-effective computing power available in the cloud.  Time criticality Used for time-critical snalysis. Focus is on real-time or near real-time Decision Support for operators or Decision Systems. Used for less time-critical analysis. Focus is often on analytics or post event diagnostics. more latency introduced.  Edge and Cloud computingWith computing power available both onboard the vehicle and in the cloud, decisions need to be made about where and how analytic operations are best performed. The power of a fleet-wide approach combining Edge and Cloud computing cannot be understated, but there are trade-offs between value generation and cost (Table I).One key consideration is data and device security. The importance of information security cannot be understated in the IoT age. There are two critical factors: compliance and updating. Edge and Cloud solutions must adhere to recognised data security standards such as SOC2, with documented and audited testing to ensure data integrity. And the system needs to be actively managed to cope with continually evolving security threats, pushing essential updates to Edge processing platforms.The IoT ecosystem should also allow for remote monitoring and configuration management. Railroads have long struggled with updating software on vehicles roving across a wide area, requiring trains to be taken out of revenue service for staff to upload new versions. Keeping a record of the various software versions deployed across a locomotive fleet has also been a challenge.Remote software updating and configuration management would facilitate the automatic introduction of new functionality or updates to address security issues. Monitoring and reporting of the software versions for all connected systems could also be done in real time. The pushing of updates for third-party systems through the IoT platform is already proving to be a great benefit for operators.Edge analyticsWhile Edge computing is generally more expensive than Cloud computing, the onboard processing capability allows a much more immediate response to urgent events.For example, train handling can be continuously monitored, with the driver receiving audible or visual prompts where necessary, such as a speed warning based on upcoming signal information, or advice on throttle handling, engine idling, or stretch braking of long trains on gradients.Events such as penalty brake applications or a ‘hard coupling’ when joining trains have obvious safety implications, but analysis of the related data can also drive offboard actions, including alerts and immediate data downloads. Visual analytics allow real-time monitoring of various factors including compliance with operating rules.Edge analytics allows events to be linked to local geographical and weather conditions, through geofences and virtual trip-wires, while the pushing of updated operating rules from the host railroad’s central IT infrastructure can easily be tracked.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Visual analytics are starting to provide additional sources of data for rail operators, including the detection of lineside equipment (below) and trespassers (right). Table I. Relative benefits of Edge and Cloud computing in rail applicationslast_img read more

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Afrik Fashion Show takes place in Abidjan

first_imgStylists and fashion enthusiasts in Cote d’Ivoire have gathered in the capital Abidjan for the 11th edition of the Afrik Fashion Show.Ivorian designers are showcasing work that is both modern yet undoubtedly African. The show is not only seen as a place where designers can exhibit their talent.Organisers say such events are also a reminder to people to support local textile industries.last_img

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Regional leaders want review of CSME

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — When Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders met here recently for their intersessional summit, one of the major issues on the agenda was a review of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, services, skills, and labour across the 15-member community.The review had been mandated by the leaders at their previous summit in July 2016, and spoke to the achievements to date, the matters being held up by member states or community organs, work that is in train or still to be done, and the challenges being faced.According to the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat, the meeting agreed that there was significant progress in the implementation of the CSME, and noted that the areas of achievement include legal and institutional measures, and mechanisms to support free movement of goods, services, skills and the cross border establishment of businesses.It said that the leaders were, however, concerned that for some areas, decisions taken were not complied with in member states and they agreed that the necessary action will be taken to effect compliance.“They identified some impediments to further development of the CSME, including capacity constraints at the national level, the need for effective consultative mechanisms, and the necessity for timely meetings of the responsible community’s organs and bodies.“Some priority areas noted for attention going forward include: the challenges with payments for goods and services traded in the region, and completion of the protocol relating to facilitation of travel,” the secretariat noted.The CSME, conceived in 1989 and given various priority areas for focused attention over its existence, is intended to better position member states to grow by accessing and using their combined, rather than individual resources. Its successful legal and institutional measures and mechanisms include transforming regional arrangements into domestic law.There have also been agreements and arrangements to establish and operationalise various community institutions needed for the effective operation of the CSME.These include the Barbados-based Caricom Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality, the Caricom Competition Commission headquartered in Suriname, the Caricom Development Fund in Barbados, and the Trinidad and Tobago-based Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.Under CSME provisions, Caricom nationals have a right to enter a member state and be given a stay of six months. Member states have also moved towards the use of common embarkation/disembarkation forms and the introduction of Caricom/non-Caricom lines at immigration points at ports of entry.Progress has also been made in the area of movement of skilled nationals. Participating member states have removed work permit requirements and accorded indefinite stay for agreed categories of people with a Certificate of Recognition (skilled certificate).The first group included university graduates, media workers, sportspersons, artistes, and musicians. Other categories added subsequently are in varying stages of implementation and include nurses, teachers, holders of associate degrees, artisans with Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs), and domestics with CVQs or equivalent. Since the inception in 1996, around 16,000 skilled certificates have been issued.The secretariat said that work has advanced in shaping regional policies and strategies in the productive sectors to achieve increased production, competitiveness, and exports of goods and services.In agriculture, the focus has been on addressing the constraints to reducing the region’s high food import bill, increasing exports, and achieving food and nutrition security. In the services sector, strategic plans are being developed for professional, cultural, entertainment and sports, health and wellness, educational, financial, construction, tourism, and ICT services.The energy sector has benefited from increased attention and funding, particularly in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and has seen the establishment of a new regional institution, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, based in Barbados.“A plan of action for small and medium enterprises is to be finalised, and will follow on from the recent adoption of a regional policy. A Regional Transportation Commission is focusing on increased coordination among airlines for a more integrated service to the public; addressing the movement of agricultural products across the region; the possibility of a fast ferry; and completing the multilateral air services agreement. “A road map for a single ICT space has been developed and was approved by the leaders last week.“The heads emphasised that the single ICT space would be one of the driving forces for social and economic development of the community, as it would support the digital economy, implementation of the Caricom Strategic Plan, and development of the Digital Agenda 2025,” the secretariat noted.It said a commission on human resource development is also working towards international competitiveness in the development, production and delivery of goods and services. These areas, however, require additional work and the meeting identified the need for the full commitment of all stakeholders to complete the process.Progress has been recorded in the technical work required for the development of an enabling macroeconomic environment, including the areas of debt reduction, fiscal sustainability, investment promotion, and export development. It was, however, noted that successful completion depends on increased support from the regional organs and bodies which provide oversight, and the member states.The secretariat also acknowledged that “other areas which also require further action include some lingering elements of the movement of community nationals such as recognition of the newer categories of skilled persons and recognition of some forms of qualification.“There are concerns about the lack of harmonised processes and duplication in the implementation of the skilled certificates regime. The need for further training of public officers in the front line of intra-regional travel has also been identified.It said that areas for pending action and enhancement include an initiative to facilitate the establishment and ease of doing business, including activation of a fully automated and connected regional companies registry. Consumer protection, including a Caricom Rapid Alert System for the exchange of information on (non-food) consumer goods, is also getting attention this year.Outstanding issues will be addressed when regional leaders meet in July. Share NewsRegional Regional leaders want review of CSME by: Caribbean Media Corporation – March 3, 2017 Share 34 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Farmington Hills offers permanent absent voter list

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) While new state legislation allows any qualified Michigan voter to receive an absent voter ballot without providing a reason, anyone who plans to vote absentee is required in all elections to fill out an absent voter application.Farmington Hills residents who wish to automatically receive an application for every election may contact the Farmington Hills City Clerk’s Office at 248-871-2410 or email a request to permlist@fhgov.com, with name, registered address, and a contact number.Absent Voter Ballot Applications are automatically mailed out to everyone on the permanent list about two months before elections.Also under the new law, any voter who wishes to have an absent voter ballot sent by first class mail must submit that request by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election. Reported bylast_img read more

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Knowles Capacitors Releases Ultra High-Q MLCCs

first_imgSyfer, a Knowles Capacitors brand has made a new addition to their range of High-Q Multi-layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC). The H Series capacitors, are manufactured from a very stable, X8G High Q ceramic dielectric to provide Ultra-low ESR, with low loss performance and low power consumption, in high environmental temperature and high frequency systems. They exhibit no ageing effects, with stability under voltage and very low drift.This electrode system is optimized for the lowest possible ESR and provides low metal losses that result in flatter performance curves and reduced losses at higher frequencies.An extended operating temperature range of -55ºC to +150ºC accommodates modern high density microelectronics requirements where environmental temperature could be high. They can be used for DC blocking, Impedance Matching, Coupling and Decoupling functions of PA modules, LNA modules and Antenna systems in small cells or 5G networks – where environmental temperature is high as a result of high power generated in relatively small chambers. Automotive applications are also another area for potential use.With the excellent ESR performance and extended temperature range, their H Series High Q MLCCs can contribute to improving power amplifier efficiency and long term reliability of systems – greatly reducing power loss, heat dissipation and decreased battery drain. These capacitors are currently available in 0603 and 0805 case sizes. A 0402 size will follow shortly.last_img read more

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Petron mauls Marinerang Pilipina in PH Superliga

first_imgWith the win, the Blaze Spikers surgedto solo first place in Pool B standings (3-0). MANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers notchedits third win in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Invitationals by crushing theMarinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, at the Sta. RosaMulti-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna. Cherry Rondina top-scored with 18points, on 17 attacks and a block, to go along with 14 excellent digs onTuesday night. Kim Kianna Dy finished with double-double 14 points and 11 excellent digs. Victorinara Galang had 13 markers and Desiree Cheng and Mary Joy Baron tallied 11 markers each for the Cargo Movers. Cherry Rondina of Petron Blaze Spikers easily scores against the defense of the Marinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers. PSL PHOTO Caitlyn Viray spearheaded Marinerang Pilipina on offense with seven points. Nica Gulliman managed six markers, while Judith Abil was limited down to just five points. They dropped to 0-3.center_img In the other match, Cignal HD Spikers made a short work of the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14. Mylene Paat delivered 12 points as the HD Spikers topped Pool A with 3-0 slate./PN Meanwhile, defending champions F2 Logistics Cargo Movers recovered from a set down to score a 15-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 victory over the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers and improve to 2-1 slate. Petron was last year’s runner-up. Chlodia Cortez, Mary Remy Palma andToni Rose Basas chipped in seven markers each while setter Angel Legaciondistributed 18 excellent sets.last_img read more

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Tips for succeeding at tryouts

first_imgMost schools across America start tryouts for their schools basketball team mid October to the first week of November. I’ve spent 20 plus years suggesting to potential players that they should start preparing for the tryouts at least 90 days in advance. This is very realistic even when playing a fall sport. Conditioning is half the battle and those fall sports go along way with winter sport tryouts.I encourage all to start shooting with a mapped routine of 120 minutes a week. This can be broken up into 4 days of 30 minutes or 2 days of 60 minutes. Layups and jumpers from all over the court. 20 shots from a determined spot in a row before moving onto the next spot of 20 shots. Besides layups from each side, I encourage 8 other spots on the court with in the arc. Finish your work out with sprints followed by 25 to 50 free throws.The key to this work out is to adjust your shot so that your comfortable shooting the ball. Muscle memory is a word we use all season. Practice should always be considered game mode when out on the court. Never waste time just shooting from anywhere. Work on shooting from the same spots you feel comfortable shooting in a game. During these work outs try and dribble back to the spot you plan on shooting from working on ball control. You could even practice attacking the basket after each shot in case of a miss for a rebound in what I call “game mode.” Attend every open gym you can and good luck at tryouts!Coach McKeeSTMM Mens Varsity BasketballApex,NC Vince McKee Related TopicsBasketballpracticeshootingtryoutslast_img read more

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