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first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — About 200 American Eagle flights have been canceled because the planes are undergoing overdue inspections of their nose gear. The planes are operated by PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines. American said Thursday that most of PSA’s 130 Bombardier jets were taken out of service for inspections of bolts on the nose gear. American says a few of the planes have been inspected and returned to service. American didn’t say how long it will take to inspect the remaining planes. American says it is trying to arrange new flights for displaced customers. PSA is based in Dayton, Ohio, and operates many American Eagle flights in the eastern United States.last_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane insists Tottenham should not turn their noses up at the prospect of playing another season in the Europa League. Spurs’ faint hopes of Champions League qualification were extinguished on Saturday in embarrassing fashion as they flopped to a 3-0 defeat at Stoke. If they manage to stay above Southampton – who sit one point below them – Tottenham will qualify for the Europa League. Even if they slip below Saints, a seventh-placed finish would be enough to qualify, provided Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. The prospect of flying to the far reaches of the continent on Thursday nights for a fifth successive season does not appeal to some Spurs fans, who would rather see their team focus solely on domestic matters, but that is not the case for Kane. “We want to win more trophies and the Europa League is a chance to do that,” the Tottenham striker said. “We’re going to try to win the last two games to qualify for the Europa League, and we’ll be taking that competition very seriously.” Tottenham managers have had mixed views on the Europa League since they slipped back into the competition following a single year in the Champions League. Andre Villas-Boas embraced the Europa League, but his predecessor Harry Redknapp branded the competition a “nuisance” that hampers league form. That notion has rung true for Spurs this year. They have taken 16 points from a possible 30 in the matches that have followed their European exploits. But the Europa League gave Kane an avenue to break into the Spurs first team earlier this season and the striker believes playing in the competitions has its merits. “It’s more games so it gives us more opportunities to play together,” said the England forward, who scored seven of his 30 goals this season in the Europa League. “Champions League teams have to do the same. If they win the Champions League they have to play that many games, so the Europa League’s no different. “If anything it gives us a bit more experience in Europe, hopefully to try to push on to the Champions League. Everyone in and around the team wants to be involved.” Judging by Saturday’s performance at the Britannia Stadium, Tottenham are nowhere near good enough to qualify for the Champions League. Jan Vertonghen handed Stoke the lead when he flicked Mame Diouf’s cross straight into the path of Charlie Adam, who nodded in from close range. A mix-up between Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris allowed Steven Nzonzi to add a second before Vertonghen allowed Diouf to tap in Mark Arnautovic’s cross and complete Stoke’s biggest win over Spurs for 80 years. Tottenham have the fifth-worst defensive record in the Barclays Premier League this year – and Kane knows that must improve. “We gave away two sloppy goals,” he said. “That’s something we’ve been doing all season to be honest – and it’s something we’ve got to get better at.” As well as concentrating on winning his final two matches against Hull and Everton, Mauricio Pochettino is also considering his movements in the transfer market. “It is important to identify and take a decision for the season and try to improve our squad. This is the challenge now,” the Spurs boss said. Stoke’s goal in the next fortnight is to surpass their record Premier League tally of 50 points, which they reached on Saturday. “We’re really working hard and we want to keep that going until the end – that is what I demand and that’s what the players expect,” manager Mark Hughes said. “We don’t give them any respite. We have a good opportunity to better last year’s total. Let’s see if we can do it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-53] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While countries as disparate as Armenia and Mauritania react to the reality of change in Tunisia and Egypt, China continues its crackdown. After blocking terms like “jasmine” (for the Jasmine Uprising) and even country names like “Egypt” from online searches, it began a campaign of arrests and harassment of protesters, and possible future protesters, in its major cities. Now, in a material indication of its priorities, China has released its budget expenditures at the start of its new parliamentary session. For the first time, the country’s spending on internal security, including online censorship program and tools, has passed the yearly budget for the army and all other defense organization. According to Reuters, this year’s budget on domestic security, which includes “state security, armed civil militia, courts and jails” jumped 13.8 percent to $95 billion. The budget for China’s army, on the other hand, increased only 12.7 percent to $91.5 billion. The power of the Jasmine Uprising in the Middle East as an example to people around the world seeking change could probably not find a better indicator than this shift in priorities for a county which is widely acknowledged as the world champion in the repression of internal dissent. As the Chinese Communist Party newspaper Beijing Daily put it: “Everyone knows that stability is a blessing and chaos is a calamity.”Kimberly Smith, a University of Texas, Dallas, grad student in Emerging Media Communications, thinks this priority accurately reflects the priorities of the Chinese in general. Smith spent the last year in China studying and making iPhone documentaries. “I attended the Internet in China Conference at Peking University last year. Several Industry representatives were in attendance, and they appeared to be united in their view: respect Party rules, period. And, because The Party views social stability as a top priority (to maintain Party control), they will do what is in their power to ensure that the country continues it’s steady, positive growth.”Are the people the final arbiters in their governments’ choices, even if the country is not designed to reflect their choices? Are the people of China really supportive of these priorities, or is it only certain groups that benefit from these decisions? Army photo by Schmeeve Tags:#Government#international#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgLight-emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, are all around us — those little red or green indicator lights that blink at us from our stereo equipment, most new traffic signals, and virtually all new exit signs in commercial buildings. And if you’ve been to Times Square recently, you’ve seen way too many LEDs being used for advertising! We’ve all seen colored LEDs; what’s new is the use of white LEDs for indoor lighting.First some background. In recent weeks, I’ve written about lots of kinds of lighting and reviewed the various advantages and disadvantages of each. Incandescent light bulbs, our most common lighting in homes, have the disadvantage of producing far more heat than light; in other words, it’s wasteful. Halogen and tungsten-halogen lamps, varieties of incandescent light bulbs, are nearly as inefficient. All of the other light sources I’ve written about — fluorescent (including compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs) and the various HID technologies (including mercury vapor, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium) are significantly more energy-efficient than incandescent, but rely on mercury to produce the light. That mercury poses a health and environmental hazard when the lamps are discarded or broken.LED technology is very different. Light is produced when a semiconductor material is energized. The physics of how an LED generates light is fairly complicated — it’s and a bit like a photovoltaic cell, only in reverse. Two semiconductor materials are sandwiched together, creating a “junction” between them; one side wants to give up electrons and the other side wants to capture them. When electric current is applied, electrons jump across the junction and photons of light are released. Most LEDs are tiny — just a millimeter or two in diameter.LED lights are great because they last a very long time and don’t burn out the way other light sources do — though they do fade over time (referred to as “lumen depreciation”). The color of an LED is determined by the semiconductor materials used. The first LEDs — introduced decades ago — were red. Then green ones were developed, then other colors. The challenge, which scientists have been working on for years, is producing white LEDs that can be used efficiently for general illumination. Thankfully, this is where we’ve seen the recent breakthroughs.Some white LEDs are made by taking a blue LED and coating it with a phosphor that absorbs light in the blue spectrum and emits a whiter light (though still usually with a bluish tint). This coating reduces the efficiency, but it’s the least expensive way to make white LEDs; it’s the type used in LED flashlights. White light can also be produced by combining different color LEDs (red, green, and blue, for example) — you might remember from high school physics that white light is made up of all the different colors of the spectrum.One of the best LED fixtures on the market today, the LR6, made by the North Carolina company Cree, is a downlight designed for recessed cans (a common type of light fixture in kitchens). The six-inch-diameter LR6 has 42 individual LEDs of different colors that, in aggregate, produce a white light that is almost indistinguishable from halogen-incandescent; there’s a diffuser so you can’t see the individual LEDs. One of the first installations in the country of this product was in Dr. Rebecca Jones’s dermatology office on Elliot Street in Brattleboro — a very nice example of a green building if you get a chance to visit.The Cree LR6 uses less than 11 watts to deliver 650 lumens for an efficacy of about 60 lumens per watt. This is far higher than the 15 lumens per watt from incandescent downlights and it’s even higher than CFL downlights (partly because LEDs do a better job at focusing light downward). This fixture is available with a warm color temperature of 2700 K or a brighter-white 3500 K. Its color rendering index (CRI) is a remarkable 92—higher than the best CFLs — meaning that colors look very realistic under the light. The lamp is rated to last more than 30,000 hours (more than 15 years with five hours of average daily use). Our company, BuildingGreen, recognized this as one of the Top-10 Green Building Products of the year in 2007. The drawback is the cost, which is about $100 apiece.The quality and efficacy of LED lighting has improved steadily in recent years, while costs have been steadily dropping. Cree has a screw-in reflector-type LED lamp under development with an efficacy of over 100 lumens per watt. As costs become more competitive, I’m hoping that this mercury-free light source will gradually capture market share from fluorescent and HID light sources, providing both energy savings and reduced mercury pollution.last_img read more

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Martin will be back soon. Honest.Until next Friday, please enjoy some classic Energy Nerd columns from the early days of Green Building Advisor. Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green BuildingHere, Martin sticks a stake in the ground and takes a stand on what really matters in Green Building.Slums of the FutureDo the McMansion developments of the housing boom represent tomorrow’s slums?Simplicity Versus ComplexityHow to design a heating system: Keep it simple.Understanding R-ValueThe inverse of U-factor, R-value is easier for regular folks to wrap their heads around. Here, Martin explains what it is and what it measures.Beware of R-Value CrooksNow that we understand how R-value works, Martin exposes some companies that misrepresent their products with inflated R-values. There are even some ‘client’ testimonials in the comments section.Yes, We CanEnergy Nerd reveals his underlying positive attitude here with a throw-down to the ‘It’s Impossible’ crowd.Please enjoy these Energy Nerd Classics; in fact, let’s play a game: see how many comments we can add to these six articles so that his inbox will be full when he returns from his family vacation. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more