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49ers Nick Mullens finds virtual-reality tool ‘pretty interesting’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — With 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, there are reality checks and then there is virtual reality. This being Silicon Valley, let’s start with the latter.The 49ers, since 2015, offer a virtual-reality station to help players review practice film and the game plan, and Mullens dabbles in that tool a couple times each week.“It’s pretty interesting. You go in and you put the goggles on and kind of watch practice from the quarterback’s view, compared to just sitting and watching on …last_img

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Driving More Efficiently

first_imgLike a lot of people, I‘m often running late. One of our two cars—a five-year-old Honda Civic Hybrid—has a digital readout showing fuel economy. Because I travel so much (ironically hopping on a plane or driving hours to lecture about energy savings or green building), I get lots of opportunity to track my mileage. When I’m running late and have to speed down to the airport—sometimes pushing my luck at 70-75 miles per hour—I find my mileage running about 40-42 mpg. On a more relaxed return drive at 60 or even 55 mph, my fuel economy jumps by 20% or more—to over 50 mpg.The difference is reduced wind resistance. It reminds me, in very clear terms, just how significantly I can save energy and money by altering my driving habits. In this column, we’ll take a look at a range of options for improving driving efficiency.Reduce your driving speed. Stick to the speed limit, or even drive slightly below (as long as you’re not increasing risk by impeding traffic). Reducing highway speed from 65 mph to 55 mph increases fuel economy by 10-15%. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) suggests thinking of every 5 mpg over 60 mpg as equivalent to paying at extra $0.30 per gallon for gas.Avoid aggressive driving. Rapid acceleration and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 33%, according to the DOE, while increasing pollution emissions five-fold. Coasting to a stop saves energy (since you take your foot off the accelerator sooner) and reduces wear on your brakes.Don’t idle your vehicle. If you’re going to be sitting for more than about 30 seconds, turn the ignition off to save fuel. Most cars don’t need to be warmed up—except, perhaps, in the coldest weather.Drive direct routes and avoid traffic. By shortening your route, you can save energy—though on a rough, curvy road, your mileage may drop. Try to avoid rush hour.Use cruise control on highways—usually. If you have a heavy foot, use cruise control to maintain even speeds at or slightly below the speed limit. On hilly highways, though, you may be able to do better without cruise control by slowing down somewhat on inclines and then allowing gravity to help on downhills.Use the proper gear. If you have a manual transmission, upshift through the gears quickly, unless extra torque is needed (uphill, pulling a trailer, etc.). With an automatic, ease off on the accelerator to induce upshifting. If your car has an “overdrive” gear, use it on highways.Use your air conditioner sparingly. When driving around town, open your windows and turn off the A/C to save energy. On highways, it’s better to close windows to minimize drag.Keep tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires will reduce your fuel economy. Most tires lose about 1 psi per month and 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature. For every 3 psi reduction in tire pressure, fuel economy drops by about 1%, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), while reducing tire life and detracting from handling. Buy low-rolling-resistance tires, which can boost fuel economy by as much as 4%.Keep the engine tuned up. An well-tuned engine will perform better and achieve better fuel economy. Service your vehicle regularly, including oil and air filter changes. Use the recommended grade of motor oil.Remove rooftop racks. Anything attached to your vehicle will increase aerodynamic drag and reduce fuel economy. When not in use, remove rooftop bicycle, ski, and luggage racks. Even a flag on your antenna can reduce your mileage by 1-2 mpg (negating your patriotism).Remove unnecessary weight. Added weight in a car or truck makes the engine work harder; 100 pounds of extra weight reduces fuel economy by about 1%, according to ACEEE.Park in the shade. Keeping your car cool when parked not only reduces the need for air conditioning when you start up, but it can also reduce evaporation of gasoline.Buy a more efficient car. The next time you’re in the market for a vehicle, choose a more efficient model. Carefully consider whether you really need a truck or SUV.last_img read more

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Nepomuceno admits gold hunt will be tough in Kuala Lumpur

first_imgThe four-time World Cup champion and inaugural Hall of Famer said the team could have used more international exposure but added that he’s happy with the preparation for the biennial event.They saw action in the Singapore Open last June where Nepomuceno gauged the SEA Games field against the Philippine team, which is a “mix of veterans and young players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLiza del Rosario, the 2003 World Tenpin Championships trios champion, will lead the 12-man crew.“We don’t want to be bothered by pressure, we will just work very hard,” added Nepomuceno, a Gold Level coach, who took on the job last year to help resurrect the sport’s golden age. Paeng NepomucenoBowling legend and national head coach Paeng Nepomuceno admitted that the Philippines’ keglers will have their work cut out for them in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games which starts next week.“Yes it’s going to be tough. But rest assured that we’ll be doing our best and I assure you that the players are ready,” Nepomuceno told the Inquirer Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top skater, cyclist out as PH SEAG team gets trimmed by injuries Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo After all, according to Nepomuceno, the country has nowhere to go but up after just coming up with just two bronzes (women’s trios and women’s team of five) two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine team is composed of Anton Jose Alcazaren, Kenneth Chua, Kevin Oliver Cu, Jomar Roland Jumapao, John Paule Macatula, Mervin Matheiu Tan in men’s division.Del Rosario, Ma. Lourdes Arles, Dyan Arcel Coronacion, Marian Lara Posadas, Marie Alexis Sy and Krizziah Lyn Tabora will compete in the women’s category.Forty years ago, also in Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines dominated bowling’s maiden feature in the SEA Games, winning seven gold medals and one silver in all eight events.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

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Snooty Congress can’t hold its regional leaders

first_imgCongress president Sonia GandhiIs is arrogance or plain shortsightedness? Call it what you may but several Congress leaders are worried if the party does not let go of its “ham-handedness” in dealing with the regional satraps, it might just have to pay a heavy price in the next general elections.Concerned partymen are talking about the need for “course correction”, which includes grooming regional leaders and giving them a free hand.Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s dependence on “apolitical” personalities for political inputs and the tendency to remain inaccessible even to state leaders is another cause for concern among a section of party leaders. As a senior AICC leader puts it: “In the Congress, a regional party leader would never aspire to become the Prime Minister. At the most, he or she hopes to be a chief minister. What is wrong with it? Why not give them respect and a free hand in the interest of the party in that particular state?””Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even Rajiv Gandhi could afford to slight regional leaders, when the Opposition was namesake and the BJP struggled to get a two-digit figure in the Lok Sabha. But the situation is no longer the same,” the leader adds. As a result of the Congress’s haughty approach to its regional leaders, the party has no leader of standing in crucial states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – which together account for about 207 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha.advertisementThe situation is perhaps the most alarming in the election-bound UP. The party was unable to find a strong PCC chief, let alone a chief ministerial candidate to match the might of the wily Mayawati. Some leaders have suggested that the Congress project Kurmi leader and Union minister of state for steel Beni Prasad Verma as its CM candidate.”At least we could get the base votes in eastern UP,” a senior party leader said. Indeed, the Congress’s indifference to state leaders has cost the party dearly in the past. Numerous regional giants, after getting a raw deal, quit the Congress, formed their own factions and – more often than not – ate into their parent party’s vote base. The party lost its base in West Bengal to Mamata Banerjee, who after being shortchanged by the high command and statelevel leaders, quit to form the formidable Trinamool Congress.In Maharashtra, the Congress was forced to concede space to the Nationalist Congress Party – which was formed by disillusioned veterans Sharad Pawar and P.A. Sangma. In Kerala, former CM K. Karunakaran quit to form the Democratic Indira Congress (DIC) and later joined the NCP. He did, however, return to his parent party just before he died last year.In Tamil Nadu, an old hand like G.K. Moopanar was forced to quit and form the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) after then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao joined hands with the AIADMK. The TMC went on to considerably erode the Congress’s vote base in Tamil Nadu.The Congress seems to have learnt little from its past mistakes. In Chhattisgarh, the party continues to sideline Ajit Jogi, the only mass leader it has, leaving the field wide open to the BJP.In many other states, the party has not allowed regional leaders to grow. In states such as Andhra Pradesh where it had tall leaders such as the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, it has failed to groom second-rung leaders.Another Congressman feels the party should let go of its ego and bring back Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to its fold, so that Andhra Pradesh does not slip out of the party’s hands in 2014.The leader adds that only a drastic change in strategy can save the Congress from what he calls is an “impending political disaster”.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Toronto doctors aims to scale up youth suicide prevention program across Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER — Rising youth suicide rates have prompted doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to launch a clinical trial aimed at testing whether involving families in treatment could prevent such deaths across the country.Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daphne Korczak and Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, staff physician in pediatric emergency medicine, are part of a team behind a six-week program that includes adolescents who showed up at the hospital before or after they attempted to take their own lives.  The latest data from Statistics Canada from 2011 show 140 deaths due to intentional self-harm for boys and 58 for girls between the ages of 15 and 19. Considerably more cases involving youths trying to kill themselves do not end in death but lead to emergency-room visits.“There has been an increasing trend among youth in the number of hospitalizations for intentional self-harm over the past five years, the bulk of which can be attributed to a 102-per-cent increase for girls since 2009-2010,” Stats Can says. “For girls age 10 to 17, intentional self-harm make up 45 per cent of all injury hospitalizations in 2013-2014.”Finkelstein said an urgent response is needed because in the last two years at Sick Kids alone there has been a 66-per-cent increase in overall youth mental health cases, adding that’s a risk for suicide.Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Canadians aged 15 to 35, after unintentional injury.“What we’re trying here is to fill an important void in suicide prevention in Canada, really with the hope that we can scale up, first to other centres and hopefully lead to forming a national suicide prevention program. We so need it.”The clinical study at Sick Kids is halfway through recruiting 128 participants and their families for a program that incorporates several therapies. Korczak said while rigorous randomized clinical trials are typically done to test drugs and medical devices for example, the same “gold standard” strategy is being used for the current trial, which involves two groups of adolescents and families: those involved in therapy and those who are contacted by phone about using resources in their community.“We wanted to offer kids and families a standardized treatment so that it didn’t really matter who the staff was and who was working with the child and family that day or whether they were admitted on a weekend or a weekday,” she said, adding most children who come to an emergency room after harming themselves or with suicide-related concerns are not admitted.“For decades people have been trying to find a program for communities and schools that works and unfortunately there are several programs, many of which have not been evaluated with respect to their outcomes and many of which have not shown benefit in reducing suicide risk and death by suicide,” Korczak said.Abby Couture, 20, was admitted from the emergency room to the intensive care unit at Kingston General Hospital in Ontario at age 14 for severe anxiety, anorexia and obsessive-compulsive disorder after waiting eight months for a referral for mental health services.Couture said she had suicidal thoughts during her “darkest time” after leaving the hospital, when she suffered through a panic attack and depression.“At that point it was just mainly my mom and I trying to figure this out through the help of a therapist she was able to get through her own network,” said Couture, who is now in the fourth year of her bachelor of arts and science degrees at McGill University in Montreal.She spent another year on a wait list before participating in a peer support group, she said.Couture said a therapy program involving adolescents and their parents would be extremely beneficial, even for families to learn about what types of events could trigger a mental health episode for their child and to get much-needed support.“Frankly, it can be a very daunting thing for a parent to have to not only deal with the trauma of trying to cope and take care of their kid, which can be a shock to their emotional system, but also trying to learn the therapy and resources to best support them.”Carol Todd of Port Coquitlam, B.C., said her daughter Amanda Todd was in the emergency department three times in 2012 after drinking bleach, trying to overdose on her anti-depressants and cutting herself to the point that the bleeding wouldn’t stop.Todd was 15 when she killed herself in October 2012, soon after her last visit to the ER.Getting therapy in a program involving her daughter would have been invaluable in helping her understand her needs instead of trying to navigate a system with few resources and long wait lists, Todd said.She will be in Los Angeles this week to speak to high school students about social media and online exploitation and at a hospital conference on suicide in the city as part of her advocacy work.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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