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Chelsea face competition in race for midfielder – report

first_imgManchester City are tracking Sampdoria’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang along with Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Tottenham are also said to be interested in the 20-year-old, who was linked with several clubs during the last transfer window.The Mail also report that Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, which has since been confirmed by the club.Romeu suffered suspected cruciate ligament damage during Saturday’s game at Sunderland.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The decline in Australian air travel demand

first_imgFlying around the continent Down Under spiked in 2012, as a result of a so-called capacity war between Qantas and challenger Virgin Australia when the latter bought a fleet of Airbus A330s and broke into the business class market for the first time since its arrival in 2001 as budget airline Virgin Blue.But, between 2012 and 2014, both airlines sustained heavy domestic losses as a result of their war. And, because it was primarily a battle for supremacy in business class, the bargains on offer were mainly in the expensive seats at the front of the plane. Budget flyers noticed little difference in the best discounts on offer.With the national economy still struggling, that means 2013’s 60 million passenger trips around Australia was a high water mark that hasn’t been bettered.The latest figures show that, in the year to the end of March 2016, there were just 58.04 million passenger trips around Australia, compared with 60.12 million in the 2015 calendar year, though March ’16’s 5.2 million monthly passengers was up 2.7 per cent on the same month last year.It wasn’t all gloom, especially for holiday-makers, according to the figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). The greatest percentage increase in passenger numbers, compared to March 2015, was on the Hamilton Island-Sydney route (up 30.3 per cent). There were large increases on a number of other routes, including Cairns-Melbourne (24.3 per cent), Hobart-Sydney (22.8 per cent), Sunshine Coast-Sydney (17.7 per cent) and Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (17.2 per cent).However, the air travel recession was really biting in the mining areas of Queensland and Western Australia, as dozens of weekly fly-in-fly-out services between regional mines and Perth and Brisbane are cancelled.Routes with the biggest traffic decreases in March 2016 compared with March 2015 included Brisbane-Moranbah (down 21.3 per cent), Karratha-Perth (17.6 per cent), Perth-Port Hedland (17.3 per cent) and Brisbane-Gladstone (17 per cent). The airport worst affected by the mining crash was Roma’s, down 46.8 per cent on March 2015.But the star of the bush was Toowoomba’s new privately built, owned and operated airport just out of town to the north-west called Wellcamp. Of Australia’s top 50 regional airports, the Wagner family’s operation had the strongest growth in March (up 53.9 per cent on March 2015), with a raft of new jet and turboprop services to Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns and elsewhere in regional Queensland.The growth wasn’t possible at Toowoomba’s council-run downtown airport, which has a single 1200-metre runway suitable only for small turboprops. Wellcamp, officially named the “Brisbane West Wellcamp” airport, can take passenger planes and air freighters up to 747 size.In March 2016, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reports, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.3 million passengers, followed by Melbourne with 2.11 million and Brisbane with 1.43 million.By comparison, there was less than Sydney’s passenger traffic – 1.98 million – at all of Australia’s regional airports in March, 1.6 per cent higher than in March 2015. Fixed-wing charter operators carried 227,000 passengers in March 2016, a decrease of 2.7 per cent on March 2015. BITRE reports more than one-third of all charter passengers in Australia took flights to and from Perth Airport – most of them travelling to regional mining camps.Meanwhile, BITRE’s air fares survey reports business class fares around Australia have recovered nearly 50 per cent from under 65 on its index in 2012 to 95 in May 2016, compared with an index high of 110 before the business class price war began.And the bargains in the best discount category continue to track downwards towards the lowest levels recorded since the index began in 1992, in spite of the airlines’ efforts to curb the discounting.In the past few months, both airline groups have indicated that, after the 2012-2014 bloodbath, they would rather withdraw seating capacity from the market than discount their way into the red again.Tropical holidays in the sun are booming, but that can’t hide a recession in Australian air travel as the country attempts to transition out of a mining boom that has cooled into an economy looking for new directions that defy the business slowdown worldwide.Flying around the continent Down Under spiked in 2012, as a result of a so-called capacity war between Qantas and challenger Virgin Australia when the latter bought a fleet of Airbus A330s and broke into the business class market for the first time since its arrival in 2001 as budget airline Virgin Blue.But, between 2012 and 2014, both airlines sustained heavy domestic losses as a result of their war. And, because it was primarily a battle for supremacy in business class, the bargains on offer were mainly in the expensive seats at the front of the plane. Budget flyers noticed little difference in the best discounts on offer.With the national economy still struggling, that means 2013’s 60 million passenger trips around Australia was a high water mark that hasn’t been bettered.The latest figures show that, in the year to the end of March 2016, there were just 58.04 million passenger trips around Australia, compared with 60.12 million in the 2015 calendar year, though March ’16’s 5.2 million monthly passengers was up 2.7 per cent on the same month last year.It wasn’t all gloom, especially for holiday-makers, according to the figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). The greatest percentage increase in passenger numbers, compared to March 2015, was on the Hamilton Island-Sydney route (up 30.3 per cent). There were large increases on a number of other routes, including Cairns-Melbourne (24.3 per cent), Hobart-Sydney (22.8 per cent), Sunshine Coast-Sydney (17.7 per cent) and Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (17.2 per cent).However, the air travel recession was really biting in the mining areas of Queensland and Western Australia, as dozens of weekly fly-in-fly-out services between regional mines and Perth and Brisbane are cancelled.Routes with the biggest traffic decreases in March 2016 compared with March 2015 included Brisbane-Moranbah (down 21.3 per cent), Karratha-Perth (17.6 per cent), Perth-Port Hedland (17.3 per cent) and Brisbane-Gladstone (17 per cent). The airport worst affected by the mining crash was Roma’s, down 46.8 per cent on March 2015.But the star of the bush was Toowoomba’s new privately built, owned and operated airport just out of town to the north-west called Wellcamp. Of Australia’s top 50 regional airports, the Wagner family’s operation had the strongest growth in March (up 53.9 per cent on March 2015), with a raft of new jet and turboprop services to Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns and elsewhere in regional Queensland.The growth wasn’t possible at Toowoomba’s council-run downtown airport, which has a single 1200-metre runway suitable only for small turboprops. Wellcamp, officially named the “Brisbane West Wellcamp” airport, can take passenger planes and air freighters up to 747 size.In March 2016, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reports, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.3 million passengers, followed by Melbourne with 2.11 million and Brisbane with 1.43 million.By comparison, there was less than Sydney’s passenger traffic – 1.98 million – at all of Australia’s regional airports in March, 1.6 per cent higher than in March 2015. Fixed-wing charter operators carried 227,000 passengers in March 2016, a decrease of 2.7 per cent on March 2015. BITRE reports more than one-third of all charter passengers in Australia took flights to and from Perth Airport – most of them travelling to regional mining camps.Meanwhile, BITRE’s air fares survey reports business class fares around Australia have recovered nearly 50 per cent from under 65 on its index in 2012 to 95 in May 2016, compared with an index high of 110 before the business class price war began.And the bargains in the best discount category continue to track downwards towards the lowest levels recorded since the index began in 1992, in spite of the airlines’ efforts to curb the discounting.In the past few months, both airline groups have indicated that, after the 2012-2014 bloodbath, they would rather withdraw seating capacity from the market than discount their way into the red again.last_img read more

Four Ways to Find the Size of Your Air Conditioner

first_imgDo you know what size your air conditioner is? In the world of building science, you’ll hear a lot of talk about why oversized air conditioners are a bad idea. Why? Briefly, they don’t dehumidify as well, short-cycling wears them out quicker, and your home will probably be less comfortable if the air conditioner is too big. But to know if your AC is oversized, first you have to know what size it is.First, let me clarify. I’m not talking about finding the size of air conditioner you need. You do that with a heating and cooling load calculation. What I’m talking about is how to find the size of an air conditioner when you’re standing in front of it. Today, I’ll tell you four ways you can do that. 0423.5 0302.5 The 3 digits in the model number tell you the nominal capacity in thousands of BTU/hr. Since each 12,000 BTU/hr is equivalent to 1 ton of air conditioner capacity, it’s easy to figure out how many tons of nominal capacity your AC has.Pretty simple, eh? The numbers you’ll see on residential air conditioners and heat pumps are: M/N     Tons 4. Using Preston’s GuideIf you have a really old air conditioner (10 years or more), you’re not going to find it in the AHRI Directory. You probably won’t find it on the manufacturer’s website either. If you can still read the model number on the outdoor unit, you can look it up in another directory called Preston’s Guide. I’ve got a paper copy that covers the years 1960 to 2000. The current edition goes up to 2005. In addition to the old style book, you can also get it in CD-ROM form or buy an annual subscription to their online database.You need to know three things to look up an air conditioner in Preston’s Guide: the manufacturer, the outdoor unit model number, and the type of system. The last piece of info is needed because they cover several types and configurations of systems, from split-system heat pumps to single-package air conditioners. Once you have that info, you can look it up in the guide and find out the capacity in BTU/h and efficiency in EER or SEER. The book also shows the years that model was made, so you may need that bit of info, too, to home in on your system.When you’re looking up numbers in Preston’s Guide, you’re not going to get actual capacities because it doesn’t show data for different combinations of outdoor and indoor units. And keep in mind that while it does give the appearance of being more accurate than using the nominal size from the model number, it’s probably not since you haven’t looked up a particular coil combination. 0242 0181.5 If all else fails, just replace itNow that you have all these tools at your disposal, you should be able to find the size of just about any air conditioner you happen to run into. I say “just about” because occasionally you’ll find one with a dirty nameplate and when you wipe it off to read it, there goes all the remaining print, too. If it’s that old, though, just go ahead and replace it. The digits you needJust past that string of 5 characters, though, is the part that tells you the nominal size: 048. That means the air conditioner—or heat pump in cooling mode in this case—has a nominal capacity of 48,000 BTU/hour. I say nominal because the actual capacity is almost certainly going to be different. 0484 0605 3. Using the AHRI DirectoryThis method usually gets you the same data you can get from the manufacturer because manufacturers test their equipment to AHRI standards. AHRI just makes you work a little harder to get the info sometimes. If you’ve ever used the AHRI Directory, you know how finicky it is.As with getting the data from the manufacturer, with AHRI you look up the matching outdoor and indoor model numbers. You won’t always find the system you’re looking for in the AHRI directory, however. Sometimes it’s in there and hard to find. Other times it’s just not there. The latter could be because the model is too old or has been discontinued. It could also be that the two coils don’t match and haven’t gone through AHRI testing.Here’s a tip for you to make working with the AHRI Directory easier: Enter minimal information to start and gradually add more. For example, when I went there and entered 13HPX for the outdoor model number and Lennox as the manufacturer of the outdoor unit, I got no results. Nothing. So I removed the manufacturer and just searched on 13HPX.That gave me 1608 results. To narrow that down, I went back and added the size. Searching on 13HPX-048 gave me 260 results. Then I added most of the indoor model number, CBX25UH, and got it down to a manageable 6 results. The key is to be a minimalist! If you try to throw everything you’ve got at the AHRI Directory, it freaks out. 2. Using the manufacturer’s dataThe second and third methods are basically the same, but the source of the info is different. In the first method, you find the nominal size by looking at the model number of the outdoor unit. By gathering a little more information, you might be able to find the actual capacity of your air conditioner. What you need is the model number of the indoor coil, which is the evaporator coil for an air conditioner or heat pump in cooling mode.If you’ve got a typical central air conditioner, it’s a split system. That means it’s got two major components: the outdoor unit, where the compressor is, and the indoor unit, which has a blower and the evaporator coil. If the indoor unit is connected to a furnace, you want the model number off of the box with the coil in it. Just look for the part that has two copper pipes (the refrigerant lines or lineset) entering and a plastic pipe (the condensate line) leaving.When you have both the indoor and outdoor model numbers, you might be able to find the data for your air conditioner on the manufacturer’s website. The easiest way to find it there, though, is usually to let Google do the work for you.For example, using the outdoor model number in Image #2 below, I typed “Lennox 13HPX-048 data” into the Google search bar and found what I needed. It was the ninth link on the first page, and I had to navigate in a few pages from where it dropped me, but I found what I needed in their Product Specifications document for the 13HPX.That document has a lot of good data in it, but the part I was looking for was in the table that began on page 10: AHRI System Matches. (AHRI is the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.) It started with the low-capacity units (1.5 ton) and on page 20 finally got to the 4-ton units I was looking for. I’ve included a screenshot of a small part of the table below (Image #3) so you can see the data.Notice that the actual cooling capacity depends greatly on which indoor unit gets paired with the outdoor unit. It varies from a low of 46,500 BTU/h all the way up to 59,500 BTU/h. The latter number is the capacity of a 5-ton unit, so let this be a lesson to you in not putting absolute faith in nominal capacities.In fact, the cooling capacities shown in the table aren’t the only thing that affect the actual capacity. I wrote last year about some of the other factors that change an air conditioner’s cooling capacity. Basically, the difference arises because AHRI test conditions aren’t the same as design conditions. You can read the article to get the details on that. RELATED ARTICLES Air Conditioner Basics A 3-Ton Air Conditioner Will Rarely Give You 3 Tons of CoolingThe Magic of Cold The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DCalculating Cooling LoadsWhy Do We Measure Air Conditioner Capacity in Tons?Window-Mounted Air Conditioners Save Energy 1. Determine the nominal size from the model numberThe good news is that most HVAC manufacturers make it easy to determine the nominal capacity of your air conditioner. It’s in the model number. Go outside and find the outdoor unit, that metal noisemaker hidden away on the side or the back of the house. It’ll look something like the one you see above, although maybe not quite so decrepit. Then find the label that gives the data about your AC. It’ll look like the first image below.Up near the top of the label, you see the model number (M/N) and serial number (S/N). The model number is where you can find the number you’re looking for. Not all manufacturers do this, but most will give you a 2- or 3-digit section that tells you how many thousands of BTU/hour your air conditioner can move out of your home.The first section in the model number gives you info about the type and efficiency of the unit you’re looking at. In the case of this Lennox model (which, by the way, is not from the outdoor unit shown at the top of this article), the 13HPX tells you it’s a heat pump with an efficiency rating of 13 SEER. (That’s a nominal rating, too, which is a subject for a different article.) The X here indicates the refrigerant, R-410A in this case. 0363 Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

10 months ago​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tameze

first_img​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Roundup Of All The Projected NCAA Tournament Brackets A Month From Selection Sunday

first_imgProjected NCAA Tournament brackets.NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament: last_img read more

Power outages experienced in Fort St John

first_imgFor information on power outages, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.Original story:FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A major part of Fort St. John is experiencing power outages this afternoon.According to B.C. Hydro, it was reported that the power had gone out at 1:41 P.M.The cause of the power outages is believed to be a Substation fault.Areas affected include South of 115th AVE, North of 79th AVE, West of 78th ST, East of 108th ST. UPDATE – B.C. Hydro says power has been restored as of 2:46 p.m. on January 8, 2019.Bob Gammer, Northern Community Relations for B.C. Hydro, says an electrician is currently heading to the Fort St. John substation to investigate the cause of the outage.“The cause is unknown at this point, but an electrician is going to the Fort St. John substation to investigate.” It is estimated that 8957 customers are affected by the outage.We will continue to provide updates as they become available.For more information, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.last_img read more

Food safety training program cancelled

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The food safety training program scheduled for, this Saturday, March 9, has been cancelled.The course was a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.For future events, be sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation on Facebook. For more information, you can call 250-787-8178 or email [email protected]last_img

EnbridgeLine 3 replacement likely wont be in service until second half of

first_imgBut Enbridge now says it is revising its construction schedule, following information provided by the State of Minnesota on Friday about its timeline for granting remaining environmental permits.Enbridge says the state indicates the permits should be available by November, and the company anticipates the remaining federal permits it needs will be finalized approximately 30 to 60 days later.The project will transport crude from Alberta to Wisconsin, where it will connect with pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It’s designed to replace an aging pipeline and restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day, an increase of about 370,000 bpd.“We now have a firm schedule from the state on the timing of the remaining permits for our Line 3 Replacement project,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement.“We support a robust and transparent permitting process that includes opportunity for public input. We’ll continue to work closely with state officials during this process.”The company says more specific timing on the in-service date, as well as any potential impacts on its 2020 financial outlook, will be provided once the revised construction schedule is finalized. A lack of export pipeline space was blamed for steep discounts in western Canadian oil prices last year, leading to production curtailments by the Alberta government that began Jan. 1.Premier Rachel Notley said when she announced the cuts that they would last until Dec. 31, 2019 _ when Line 3 was expected to be up and running.Two other pipelines, the Trans Mountain expansion and the Keystone XL project, are both in limbo after being stalled by court decisions in Canada and the U.S.Last month, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that his commerce department would petition the state Public Utility Commission to reconsider its approval of Line 3 through Minnesota, prolonging a process begun by his predecessor. CALGARY, A.B. – A pipeline that Alberta has been counting on to ease the bottleneck in moving its crude oil to foreign markets won’t be in service for at least another year, according to its owners.Enbridge Inc. says in a news release that the timeline for construction of the Line 3 replacement likely won’t see the pipeline operational until the second half of 2020.Just two weeks ago, the Calgary-based company expressed confidence that the project would be in service by the end of this year.center_img Previous challenges by the former governor were set aside by the commission.last_img read more

Fire Department saves a cat stuck on Hydro pole

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Monday, April 15th a cat was discovered at the top of a Hydro pole unable to move as it was reportedly stuck for hours.BC Hydro and the Deputy Fire Chief were able to rescue the cat from its predicament and Councillor Dave Lueneberg took the rescued cat in for the night to ensure it was looked after. Ashley Wood’s son had accidentally let ‘Moxie’ out of the house. Although she had been looking for him for three days, she says “It never really crossed my mind to look up”Wood would then see the District of Taylor’s FB Post and said, “I knew he was my furbaby from the photo.”Moxie has been a part of the Woods family for 10 years. Wood says, “I’m very grateful to the person who found him and to BC Hydro and the Taylor Fire hall for rescuing him.”last_img read more