Kenya hosts CAF Club Licensing workshop

first_img“Club licensing is a fairly new concept to most African clubs. It is vital that its importance and the crucial role it plays in the development of the game is well articulated to all,” Mwendwa said.The workshops will see instructors provide an update on Club Licensing at CAF level to the participating Federations, with the latter also set to give updates on the situation of Club Licensing at their parent Federations.“As a country, we remain committed to both the club licensing criteria and the building of a football economy and further believe that the process will act as a catalyst to the same,” Mwendwa further explained adding;FKF Presdeint Nick Mwendwa during the Club Licensing Workshop“We are cognizant that the process is not only expensive but also highly demanding and as such continue to engage, government both at the County and National level, on the need to accelerate infrastructure development, which is the single, most expensive component for our clubs, many which are without sponsors.”Further, the workshops will also purpose to establish detailed action plans for each Member Association in order to be fully ready before the deadline for the engagement of clubs in CAF Competitions.After the first workshop on Monday, the sessions will go on to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.The CAF Club Licensing Rules were enforced for the first time last year in Kenya after the continental governing body made it mandatory for all clubs wishing to participate in continental competitions to adhere to the strict rules.“CAF is not only particular on when our leagues should end but is also adamant that any club that will qualify for both the CAF CL and the CAF CC must have met the Club Licensing Criteria, failure to which the qualified club will not be allowed to participate in the tournament,” Mwendwa noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Delegates during the Club Licensing Workshop in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa has affirmed the federation will continue advocating for strict adherence to CAF Club Licensing rules, saying it is an avenue for local clubs to grow and reach international heights.Mwendwa was speaking on Monday afternoon when he officially opened the four-day CAF Club Licensing workshop that brings together 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen.last_img read more

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COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MORE WATER RESTRICTIONS WITH NO RAIN IN SIGHT

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced new water restrictions for the Glenties Electoral area.The latest cut-offs come on the back of existing water restrictions in the Stranorlar Electoral Area which came into place last week.In the Greencastle/Moville area in Inishowen, the prolonged dry spell and the increase in the number of visitors to the area has substantially reduced the water supply in the area. The Council is asking the public to conserve water by not using hosepipes on gardens, paddling pools or car washing in the Greencastle and Moville areas.The water restrictions in the Stranorlar and Glenties electoral areas are necessary to ensure that there is sufficient water in the reservoirs throughout the county and during this dry spell we would ask all members of the public to be particularly vigilant in conserving water.The following water restrictions are now in place:Glenties Electoral Area The areas supplied from the following reservoir will be turned off from from 11pm on the 18th July to 7am on the 19th JulyBrinaleck Reservoir – affecting the following areas: Ardnaeoin,Upper Carrick, Upper Glassagh, Corveen, Meenalough, and KnockfolaStranorlar Electoral AreaFrom 11.30pm to 6.00am reservoir/distribution mains will be switched off at· Lifford Reservoir – serving Lifford Town/ Coneyburrow and Roughan Road areas · Distribution Main – from Rossgier junction/ Porthall to Swilly Burn area including Newrow/ Tironeil area· Distribution Main – from Letterkenny Road (N14) Cavan Hill junction/ Glencash/ Drumleen/ Creaghadoos/ Gillystown area including Drumearn.From 10.00pm to 7.00am reservoir/distribution mains will be switched off at:· Tievebrack Reservoir – above Castlefin/ Castlederg Road/Bellalt/Meenlogher. · Gleneely Reservoir – above Crossroads and Knock/ Kinlitter, Lismullaghduff,Sallywood area· Ballynacor Reservoir – within the Edenamoghil/ Monellan/ Ballinman areasDonegal County Council would like to thank the public for their co-operation and for their continuing efforts to conserve water.For further information and updates follow us on Twitter @donegalcouncil or on our Facebook page.COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MORE WATER RESTRICTIONS WITH NO RAIN IN SIGHT was last modified: July 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilwater restrictionslast_img read more

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He feels ready to be a Force again

first_imgDixon’s Miller Lite team will be working with a new crew chief, with Donnie Bender replacing the retired Dick LaHaie. “I’m looking forward to start testing and to see how we progress as we head into the Winternationals in a few weeks,” Dixon said. The NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum will open its So-Cal Speed Shop exhibit today. The event will be run in conjunction with the Grand National Roadster Show, scheduled today through Sunday at Fairplex. Advance tickets for the show are available at the museum, which is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. Auto Club Dragway, located on the grounds of California Speedway in Fontana, will host a Summit Racing Series event this weekend. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His quest begins this weekend when the NHRA’s preseason kicks off with the NHRA Nitro Blast-off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s the first of three testing events for the Powerade Series tour. Practice sessions also are slated for Chandler, Ariz. on Jan 28-29 and Las Vegas again on Feb. 4-5. The season kicks off with the 46th annual Winternationals at Fairplex on Feb. 9-12. “We made a lot of progress over the winter, and now it’s time to see what progress we made,” said Force, winner of 13 titles since 1990. “We developed a new car and now the focus is winning and getting back on track. I’m ready.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardForce is hoping to rebound from what statistically was his worst season since winning his first title in 1990. He did win a class-best five events, but lost 10 times in the first round. That paved the way for Gary Scelzi, who won Top Fuel three times between 1997-2000, to score his first championship in Funny Car. Ron Capps, Scelzi’s teammate, also beat out Force for second. “I think I was guilty more than anyone (on the team) of believing I couldn’t lose,” Force said. “Bottom line, we had the car to win, I just didn’t do my job. “I have my focus back. We’ll see what happens. Last year, you have to ask yourself, `Did they win? Or did we lose?’ Bottom line, 10 first-round losses is ridiculous. We figured it out over the winter and now we’re ready.” The upcoming testing season also will be good training for two-time Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, who finished second to Tony Schumacher last season. center_img It’s been nearly three months since National Hot Rod Association icon John Force experienced what once seemed to be the unthinkable. But after the reality of failing to win the Powerade Series Funny Car title for just the third time since 1990, Force is ready to reclaim what most believed was practically his birthright. last_img

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GLENSWILLY THROUGH, NAOMH MUIRE OUT AND MILFORD WIN AFTER EXTRA TIME

first_imgDONEGAL champions Glenswilly have beaten Antrim champions St Gall’s in an epic senior Ulster championship clash in Ballybofey.The Glen won by 3 points – 1-10 to 0-10 – with a first half Michael Murphy penalty proving decisive.The Belfast side however will go home this evening believing they could have and should have won – hitting more than a dozen wides when some of them seemed easier to score. In the Intermediate clash at Celtic Park in Derry Naomh Muire have been knocked out by Derry champions Forelgen – with a goal again the difference.The Lower Rosses lads had raced into an early lead, but the County Derry team came back well and eventually won 2-11 to 1-11.In the junior Ulster clash Milford were locked at 0-17 to 2-11 – a draw.The match was in extra time and Belfast side Davitts have had a second man sent off. Milford went on to win 0-22 to 2-13.  GLENSWILLY THROUGH, NAOMH MUIRE OUT AND MILFORD WIN AFTER EXTRA TIME was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GLENTIES OVERCOME ARDARA CHALLENGE TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

first_imgNaomh Conail have squeezed past Ardara to book a place in the Senior Championship semi-final this Sunday.The Glenties side went in ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-2 and looked to be in cruise control.When Leon Thompson made it 0-8 to 0-2 after the restart, it could have been curtains for Ardara. However a spirited comeback in the second half culminating in a goal from Ryan Melly gave them a chance.However, Naomh Conail managed to hold their composure to squeeze home on the slimmest of margins on a final scoreline of 0-9 to 1-5.Glenties meet Glenswilly at O’Donnell Park on Sunday in what promises to be a war of attrition.  GLENTIES OVERCOME ARDARA CHALLENGE TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdarachampionshipNaomh Conaillast_img read more

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GAY BYRNE BLASTS LACK OF GARDA TRAFFIC CORPS RESOURCES IN DONEGAL

first_imgGAY Byrne is quitting the Road Safety Authority as its chairman after blasting the Government over lack of Garda resources.The TV presenter, who is 80 this summer, has been highly critical of the Government over its ‘failure’ to provide adequate resources to Gardaí.His comments come as the number of Gardaí on duty across Donegal continues to fall, with resources in the traffic corps at an all-time low. Byrne, who spends an increasing amount of time at his west Donegal holiday home, said he drove there last week from Dublin and back to the capital again without seeing a single garda.“I saw not a garda in a single yellow jacket of any kind. I have been complaining for the last year about the lack of resources, the lack of equipment and the lack of fleet given to An Garda Siochana to do the job they are supposed to be doing,” Byrne said in a weekend interview.“If you speak to people in rural areas, who are deprived of a garda presence because the local garda station has been closed down, this is what they are complaining about.“My remit is only in relation to road safety, but I continue to complain that enforcement has gone off completely and totally,” Byrne told the Sunday Independent. And in controversial comments he said people were only targeted on bank holiday weekends and went on to claim: “You are as safe as houses now in Ireland drinking your skull off and driving any day of the week provided it is not a bank holiday weekend.“They make a big song and dance about saying: ‘This bank holiday weekend we are going to be out in force.’ And they are. For the bank holiday weekend.”Last year Byrne clashed with then Justice Minister Alan Shatter over the lack of resources for Gardai as the death toll on our roads rose again.“Alan Shatter told me I didn’t know what I was talking about…..and the smash rate is going up. The accident rate is going up. The fatality rate is increasing.Gardai were doing their best, he said, but he claimed: “They don’t have the motorbikes. There is a stack of them laid up, in some bloody place where they put worn out motorbikes. “They can’t afford to maintain them because they are beyond maintaining and they can’t afford to buy new ones. There are no motorbike cops on duty around the place. All you have to do is say to the average person: ‘When did you last see a motorbike cop creeping up on you?’ The answer is: ‘Not in God knows how long!’”GAY BYRNE BLASTS LACK OF GARDA TRAFFIC CORPS RESOURCES IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump the Right Choice?

first_imgIn Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andy Zbojniewicz is planning a large, high-performance home that ultimately will be powered by a 15-kW solar array. The house will have more than 3,000 square feet above grade, and another 1,633 square feet in the basement. His immediate concern is how to heat and cool the house. “I was told the home was too large to heat and cool with air-source heat pumps and be comfortable,” Zbojniewicz writes in a Q&A post,  “so [I] was primarily looking at geothermal.”RELATED ARTICLESDucted Air-Source Heat Pumps from American ManufacturersGround-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyAir-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump?Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?All About Radiant Floors To that end, Zbojniewicz sought quotes from two HVAC contractors for ground-source heat pumps. One of the contractors said the heating load would be 50,797 Btu per hour at an outside temperature (design temperature) of 7°F, and recommended a 5-ton (60,000 Btu/h) heat pump. The second company didn’t provide its load calculations, but suggested that Zbojniewicz would need two 3-ton heat pumps in order to stay comfortable. “I have a friend who is in HVAC and he feels strongly that I should have radiant tubing run in the basement to help with heating in winter,” Zbojniewicz adds, “and while I was at it I was going to run it in the mudroom, master bath, and three-season porch.” After doing some reading at GBA, Zbojniewicz realizes there are plenty of critics of both ground-source heat pumps and radiant-floor distribution systems. “Is there a better alternative to geothermal if I want to have the potential for net zero?” he asks. “If I stick with geothermal, are two 3- ton heat pumps overkill (they’re certainly more expensive)? Should I abort the radiant altogether?” That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. There is nothing wrong with air-source heat pumps The outside design temperature for Grand Rapids, Michigan, is 5° or 6°F, GBA Editor Martin Holladay says, so Zbojniewicz can certainly consider air-source heat pumps. A heat pump from a U.S. manufacturer paired with a conventional forced-air duct system would be fine. Holladay suggests that Zbojniewicz read a GBA article, “Ducted Air-Source Heat Pumps from American Manufacturers.” Dana Dorsett adds, “I’m aware of a house in Vermont slightly larger than yours and slightly less insulated, in a location with a 99% outside design temp of -12°F that is heated with four ductless mini-splits. The notion that your house is ‘too large’ to heat with a heat pump is just silly. It’s the size of the heat load, not the house, that matters.” There are some pluses to a ground-source system Jon R contends that radiant heat paired with a ground-source heat pump is great — as long as Zbojniewicz doesn’t care about how much the system costs. Such a system not only provides space heating but also provides efficient water heating. “If you are looking at air-to-water geo-exchange, then you can add a water tank (thermal mass), resolving any heat pump over-sizing issue other than cost,” Jon R adds. “If very large, it can enable some use of solar PV that doesn’t involve net metering. Multi-stage or multiple heat pumps also mitigate over-sizing.” Those load calculations are probably wrong The capacity of any system that Zbojniewicz installs should be based on two factors: the climate, and how well the house is air sealed and insulated. And Dorsett doesn’t have much confidence in the heat load estimates that one of Zbojniewicz’s contractors has provided. “Don’t believe the 50K heat loss number unless it was done by a qualified third party,” Dorsett writes, “an engineer, RESNET rater etc.,  somebody who makes their living and reputation on the accuracy of their numbers rather than installing and maintaining HVAC equipment.” Even a code-minimum house of that size with a measured air tightness of 3 ach50 would have a heat load of less than 40,000 Btu per hour, he says, assuming an outdoor temperature of 0°. “The only way to stretch it to 50K would be to have excessive air leakage or excessive expanses of window area,” Dorsett says. “Your house is likely to come in closer 30K @ 0F, 36K tops and even less at +7F.” With that in mind, a heat pump with a capacity of 60,000 Btu/hour is about twice the size that Zbojniewicz really needs. The place to start, Dorsett says, is a Manual J heat load calculation, and it’s his bet that two modulating Fujitsu minisplits or possibly a 3-ton Carrier Infinity Greenspeed air-source heat pump with heating strips would keep the family comfortable. Steve Theinalienable’s experience bears that out. “My house insulation, climate, windows, and foundation insulation are almost exactly the same as yours, just a bit smaller (2200 square feet),” he says. “My design heat load at -18°C [roughly 0°F] is 18K Btu, but we had a day like that this week, and my air-source heat pump didn’t have to work that hard to keep up, so, I think it’s probably a bit conservative.” Get your house rated by a pro, Theinalienable says. Consider the all-electric option With a tight building envelope and a relative large photovoltaic system, why not consider an all-electric house? asks Armando Cobo. “I would highly advise you to consider going all-electric with an air-to-air heat pump, and hopefully installing [Energy Star] appliances and lighting, electric fireplaces and an induction cooktop,” he says. “That’s what I spec on all my houses, which are [zero energy ready homes]. Just a thought!” In fact, Zbojniewicz is trying to convince his wife that an electric fireplace and induction cooktop are good choices. Zephyr7 suggests he invest $50 or $60 in a portable, one-burner induction cooktop and experiment with it. “Have your wife play around with it,” he says. “It’s an inexpensive way to test out induction cooking. Note that not all pots are compatible with induction cooking.” Insulating the rim joist One footnote to Zbojniewicz’s efforts to obtain more accurate heat load estimates involves insulation. He’s found a company that will do Manual J calculations, but he’s not sure how to specify the insulation he will use at the rim joist. What’s the best approach? “Closed-cell [spray foam] is pretty standard for use on rim joists,” replies Zephyr7. “Lots of people use kits like those from Foam it Green and the Dow Froth-Pak. What you want to avoid is keeping the wood wet. Your assembly sounds like it won’t be a problem, but make sure you have a capillary break between the rim joist and the top of the foundation wall.” Cobo says open-cell foam is best at the rim joist when rigid foam will be applied to the outside of the wall. Because Zbojniewicz is planning to use Rockwool on the outside of the house, either open- or closed-cell foam can be used, he adds. Holladay suggests he choose closed-cell foam, not open-cell foam. “In a cold climate, closed-cell spray foam would be a better choice for the interior of a rim joist,” he says. “You’re right that either type of spray foam is an air barrier. The reason that closed-cell spray foam is better is because it is a vapor barrier, unlike open-cell spray foam. The closed-cell spray foam prevents outward diffusion of water vapor, and therefore keeps the rim joist dryer.” Our expert weighs in Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, adds this: Cold-climate heat pumps: It is interesting to hear the misgivings that air-source heat pumps will be unable to manage either larger homes and/or cold climates. I was just in Wisconsin recently and heard the same litany. Dana Dorsett, as usual, is right on: Heating loads are assessed using U-factors and building enclosure surface areas (and other metrics, including airtightness), not square feet of living or conditioned space. In the Northeast, heat pumps designed to wring out BTUs at air temperatures well below 0°F have proven efficient and reliable. Marc Rosenbaum, a leading and inherently skeptical mechanical engineer, has helped spread the word by recounting his own great success with cold-climate air-source heat pumps. We did have problematic cold-climate heat pumps in the past (both Nyle and the Hallowell cold climate heat pumps had problems and went out of business some 10 years ago) and that news seems to persist. The technology of today’s cold-climate heat pumps is very different and has proven to be robust. (See numerous GBA resources on the topic, including this one.) Radiant-floor heating. We just can’t seem to get our arms around the pros and cons of this method of heat distribution. It is not more efficient. There is nothing magical about radiant-floor heat. Its efficiency is driven by the same physics that governs all other distribution systems. And part of the physics is the mass to which the distribution system is connected. It’s very difficult if not impossible to gain efficiency by way of thermostat setback. It is more comfortable. It’s hard to argue with this, either empirically or based on heat transfer. In my experience, well-designed and installed radiant floor heating systems deliver superior thermal comfort. Radiant-floor distribution can be used for space cooling. As Robert Bean has said more times than he cares to count: We keep blaming condensation during cooling on the radiant system when, if the latent load were properly managed, radiant cooling can work just fine (for more, see this). Insulating the rim joist: In my experience, rim joists get wet from backsplash at grade from the exterior or, less commonly, wicking because there is no capillary break between the mudsill (or sill beam) and the foundation wall. In cold climates, I don’t see rim joists getting wet from air leakage because the stack effect is pulling cold dry air in during the winter at the rim joist. So, the main reason for me to choose open- or closed-cell spray foam at the rim joist — since both can provide a good air seal at this location — is based on how much drying potential I need to the interior (open-cell spray foam being more vapor-permeable than closed-cell). Manual J: It’s really heartbreaking to hear how often heat-load calculations are not done. Can you imagine a car company designing a transmission system without knowing the horsepower and torque the engine can generate? On the other hand, it’s heartening to see how often the general public ends up on GBA’s Q&A pages to work with leading building professionals on home performance.last_img read more

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Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a painful loss but Adamson head coach Air Padda said her team is by all means not a pushover in the league.“We’re not a deadbeat team, if anyone says we are, we’re not a deadbeat team,” said Padda. “I was proud of our defense today, I thought our blocking was solid. There’s just a few things we need to work on and that is experience, game experience for our setter and that’s just coming to go with time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAdamson does lack the experience in the UAAP especially with the departure of Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas.The Lady Falcons’ roster is made up of seven rookies but has promising attacker in sophomore Chiara Permentilla and veteran leadership in fourth year opposite hitter Eli Soyud and fifth year Mary Joy Dacoron. “I think we’re inexperienced and that was one of the reasons why we lost, especially in the fifth set,” said Padda. “It’s always rough when you lose on the fifth set but everyone did not give up. I was so proud of them and that to me is what Adamson volleyball is about.”“There’s a lot of things we can take away from this to build on. I think that’s what our story is going to be this year, to keep building, keep improving.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Caidic still got game ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University saw its hopes go up sky high only for University of Santo Tomas bring it back down to the ground in the two teams’ first meeting on opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons came back from a two-set deficit only to falter in the fifth set as the Golden Tigresses took a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Soyud was also a champion with De La Salle back in Season 78 when she was a rookie.The duo of Soyud and Dacoron, however, wasn’t able to offset the youth of the team against the Golden Tigresses especially in the fifth set when UST was able to show its composure.UST was able to get a 5-0 start in the final set and that was essentially the start of the Lady Falcons’ demise.What the Lady Falcons had going for them, though, was their blocking as they repeatedly denied UST star Cherry Rondina at the top albeit being a triple block.Adamson attempted a total of 86 blocks, 32 more than what UST had, and scored 12 points off of them.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic offers extra perks to students flying abroad

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) In a bid to woo students travelling abroad for higher studies, British carrier Virgin Atlantic will allow them free baggage check-in of up to 69 kg in economy class besides one date change without any additional cost.They would also be allowed hand baggage of up to 10 kg in economy class as well as free transportation of sports equipment as part of this offer, the airline said in a release today.At present, Virgin Atlantic operates one flight daily from Indira Gandhi International Airport here to Londons Heathrow airport, and also provides further connectivity to the US.The UK-based airline said it has also carried out a survey to get an in-depth insight into students packing desires.”We are pleased to offer students flying to the UK and US a generous baggage allowance and free date change to ensure they can carry their home comforts while studying abroad. We also have student travel advisors at our contact centre to help them with all their travel-related queries,” Virgin Atlantic Head of India and Middle East Nick Parker said.Students can avail the special check-in baggage allowance of up to 69 kg in economy class — three bags of 23kg each — in addition to 10 kg of hand-baggage and one piece of sports equipment at no extra charge, it said.A survey conducted in June by the airline revealed the essential items that students would want to pack when they go abroad — with home food and fashion topping the list, it said.advertisementIt said, if allowed to carry extra baggage, 35 per cent students would pack more food items, while 32 per cent would take along with them all their shoes.In addition to food, apparel and shoes, students also love to carry sports equipment and music instruments as they shift their base to another country for a few years, the airline found in the survey.”We will continue to surprise and delight our customers and understand the importance of extra baggage for students when they travel abroad for studies,” Shivani Singh Deo, marketing and communications manager, Virgin Atlantic India added.Additionally, as per the findings 40 per cent of the students who book their airline tickets in advance usually end up changing their date of travel and about 32 per cent of them have to incur a date change fee.Having factored these trends amongst students who travel abroad, Virgin Atlantic has created customised offers to make travel more convenient for students, the release said. PTI IAS KIS RG KISlast_img read more

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