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. I installed my solar hot water system about six years ago. It’s a good system. I have two 4’x8’ AE-32 flat-plate collectors (manufactured by Alternate Energy Technologies), a Superstor Ultra stainless-steel tank (at 80 gallons, it’s a little small, but it’s what I could afford), and an El Sid DC pump from Ivan Labs. Since I installed the equipment myself, it cost significantly less than a professionally installed system.This year I had my first maintenance issue with my solar thermal system. In March, the snow covering my solar collectors finally began to melt. Unfortunately, the solar collectors were bare of snow for several sunny days, while the small PV modules that provide power for the PV-direct pump were still snow-covered. Since the sun was shining on the solar thermal collectors but the pump wasn’t circulating the glycol solution, the fluid overheated. A significant amount of fluid was released through the system’s pressure/temperature relief valve before I realized what was going on.The solution was fairly simple, but it was a pain. I bought a couple of gallons of glycol. I drained the old fluid from the system, and introduced a new antifreeze solution into the system, the same way I did when I commissioned the system a few years ago. The whole process took a few hours.In the future, I’ll need to move the PV modules that are wired to the DC pump to a different location, so the snow will melt from the modules at about the same time that the snow melts from the collectors. That work will also take me a few more hours.If I had had to hire a solar thermal contractor to perform this maintenance work, the work would have cost hundreds of dollars, eating into… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA from Sunam Aman Arora ridiculed the Punjab AAP leadership on Saturday over their remark that the party had lost all hopes of getting justice in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege cases.Hitting out at AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema, Mr. Arora said that while there is no doubt that in the last four years successive State governments of Akali Dal-BJP and the Congress had “done nothing” to deliver justice in the cases, “it does not mean that AAP, which is the principal Opposition party in the State, should abandon all hope of delivering justice to the people”. “Before issuing such a negative and demoralising statement, the State leadership should not forget that AAP is a product of an agitation… had [party convener] Arvind Kejriwal left his agitation midway, Delhi would not have an honest and transparent government,” he said.Two persons were killed in the police firing in Behbal Kalan of Faridkot district in 2015, which followed the alleged sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari.On August 30, Mr. Cheema and other party leaders had stated that AAP had lost all hopes of getting justice in the cases “given the way the probe by Central and State agencies was being pushed into oblivion”.
DefinitionThe H1N1 virus (swine flu)is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. It is caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.Alternative NamesSwine flu; H1N1 type A influenzaCausesEarlier forms of the H1N1 virus were found in pigs (swine). Over time, the virus changed (mutated) and infected humans. H1N1is a newvirus first detected in humans in 2009. It spread quickly around the world.During the 2010-2010 flu season, the H1N1 virus has not caused widespread infections.A separate vaccinehas not been needed, though the H1N1 virus is still one of the three viruses included in the regular (seasonal) vaccine.You cannot get H1N1 flu virus from eating pork or any other food, drinking water, swimming in pools, or using hot tubs or saunas.Any flu virus can spread from person to person when:Someone with the flu coughs or sneezes into air that others breathe in.Someone touches a doorknob, desk, computer, or counter with theflu viruson it and then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose.Someone touches mucus while taking care of a child or adult who is ill with the flu.ReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years and Adults Aged 19 Years and Older ? United States, 2013. MMWR. 2013;62(Suppl1):1-19.Dawood FS, Subbarao K, Fiore AE. Influenza viruses. In Long S, ed. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 229.advertisementReview Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
Bleached eyebrows has become a no-more bizarre look, thanks to reality star Kim Kardashian, singer Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and others who have sported the look previously.Also read:Creepy or cool: Furry nails is the latest beauty trend you need to know aboutSo when Lady Gaga decided to bleached her eyebrows, it came as no surprise since the singer was already known for her eccentric style of dressing and her looks.But, the Bad Romance singer recently spoke to Vogue following her appearance on the runway at Marc Jacobs’ fall-winter NYFW show, and admitted that she bleaches her eyebrows Ever Single Day!”I bleach my eyebrows every day–I like to keep them light,” revealed the singer.Are you serious Lady? Although we could tell that the star was bleaching her brows pretty frequently, this information had our eyebrows raised (in shock, we assure you)! Why every single day, you’re wondering? It turns out that “they’re more versatile for a beauty look. You can draw (your eyebrows) any way you want when they’re bleached,” says Gaga.Also read: New York Fashion Week ends on a high with two very different collections While we think the blonde eyebrows don’t look bad on her, we hope she is aware of the effects of bleaching that regularly (it is chemical, after all).advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/ladygagaThe Til It Happens To You singer also walked the ramp for Marc Jacobs on Thursday wearing an oversized coat and full skirt in black and dark colours featuring a Gothic look with dark eye makeup and of course no eyebrows.
New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Leading broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Discovery Communications have bought the bid documents for the upcoming auction of media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL).The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 21 invited bids for media rights for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022. Both television and digital media rights of the IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament will be up for auction.When contacted, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Discovery Communications confirmed the development.SPN was the official broadcaster in the last season of the IPL. Sony Pictures Network Indias rights for years 2015- 2018 are due to expire.The last date for buying the bid documents is August 24 and the bidding process will close on August 28. The results will be announced on the same day.Discovery Communications has launched its sports TV channel DSPORT for the Indian subcontinent. The channel focuses on bringing over 4,000 hours live sports content from around the world to Indian audiences.Chinese mobile firm Vivo has retained the IPLs title sponsorship for the next five years with a mammoth bid of Rs 2,199 crore, an over 500 per cent increase from their previous deal. It had held the rights for 2016 and 2017 seasons. The deal was pegged at an estimated Rs 100 crore per year. PTI PRJ MR ANU
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expands Man Utd coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expanded his staff.Mark Dempsey will assist Solskjaer with his first-team duties for the remainder of the season, with the pair working together at Cardiff and Molde.Dempsey is best remembered by United fans for playing a major role in their academy during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final decade at the club.And he will now be looking to help Solskjaer guide his team back up the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four.Dempsey isn’t the first familiar face to return to Old Trafford, with Fergie’s former assistant Mike Phelan also helping out.
Manchester United’s latest crop of talented youngsters have been taking the opportunities given to them so far, and Scott McTominay is using the example of the Class of 92 as inspiration.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to inject some of the exuberance of youth into his side following a disappointing end to last season, and youth academy graduates have been getting game time in pre-season.McTominay is closing in on 50 senior appearances for the club while the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are all knocking on the door of the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The Class of 92 were absolutely exceptional and it’s going to be very, very difficult to replicate something like that,” said McTominay.“We’ve got a good group of young boys who are ready to learn and ready to go the extra mile and do everything to get into the team and push some senior pros to get their places.“That is going to be my aim, Axel’s aim, Mason’s as well.“So it’s important all the boys come together and have that real solid team spirit that young players always have going through the age groups.“From the Under-9s to the Under-23s, that’s the most important thing for us.”Greenwood has been on the scoresheet in United’s last two pre-season games, against Leeds United and Inter.With 15 goals in 13 appearances in the league for United’s Under-18s, he is one of the most talked-about prospects to come out of the youth academy in recent years.He will, of course, be looking at the example set by Marcus Rashford as well as United’s greats of yesteryear.For the likes of Tuanzebe, meanwhile, United’s growing frustration in the summer transfer window could bring about opportunity in a moment of adversity.Leicester City are refusing to budge on their valuation of Harry Maguire, while the clause making Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld available for just £25 million ($31.2m) expires at midnight on July 25.Tuanzebe was hugely impressive in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning side in the Championship last year, and will be confident of making the step up if he is handed an opportunity.The youngsters have three more games to earn themselves a spot on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, with pre-season friendlies against Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoomImage by WMN Russian shipping major Sovcomflot is to place orders for three new-generation MR product carriers using LNG as their main fuel.Namely, the company’s Board of Directors approved transactions with Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and a subsidiary of JSC VEB Leasing to order the units.The first of the vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022. The units would be employed under twenty-year time-charter agreements with a subsidiary of PJSC Novatek.“The introduction of “green” technologies for energy shipping is one of the priorities provided for by the development strategy of our company for the period up to 2025,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, said.The company already operates a series of the world’s first Aframax-class tankers to use LNG as fuel. Five more of SCF’s “green” series vessels will be built at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and put into operation from 2022 to 2023.
New Delhi: One of the founding anchors of DD News and Nari Shakti awardee Neelum Sharma died on Saturday at the age of 50, the public broadcaster said. She was battling cancer.A DD News tweet said Sharma was a founding anchor with over 20 years of association with the broadcaster. The anchor of programmes such as ‘Badi Charcha’ and ‘Tejasvini’ was recently awarded with the Nari Shakti Puraskar. Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar offered condolences to the bereaved family members on behalf of the organisation. Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash also tweeted, “We have lost our ‘Tejaswini’.”
Gurugram: The Gurugram Metropolitan Mevelopment Authority (GMDA) is in the process of developing an app that will allow the users to pay for services (electricity bill, water bill) online. Now there are also provisions that are being made wherein the traffic fines incurred will also be paid through this app. For this, the public agency has already begun the talks with Gurugram traffic police to integrate its software with its app. This is not for the first time when the process of digitising the process of payment of fines has been tried in the city. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn 2017, the Gurugram traffic police had started the process of issuing the challans and forming a mode of its payment through WhatsApp. The process however did not kick-off. The process also holds key importance as most of the traffic constables in the city have faced violence from the commuters when asked to stop for the payment fo the fines. There are also complaints that the commuters also have to face harassment when they have to go to the traffic headquarters for the payment of the fine. The unique facility will one among many services that will be provided in the Gurugram app. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe authority is in the process of launching an app called ‘Gurugram’ as a part of its smart city projects. It is likely to go live next month and will be available on Google Play and Apple App Store. The home screen of the application will have tabs with titles My Grievances, Smart Solutions, Discover City, Pay Your Taxes and Bills, Government Services and Information, Live Bus and Near Me. The grievance section will let the user raise complaints related to any of the government departments such as the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam or Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority(GMDA). “Our team will also monitor the redressal of the grievance and once resolved, the concerned resident will be notified,” said a senior GMDA official involved in the project. The app will be a common portal for paying property taxes, water, sewage and electricity bills. “Once the user clicks on the tab for the bill payment, it takes them to the payments portal of the concerned department,” said the official. Under the smart solutions tab, the app will display information about Gurugram city.
Los Angeles: Singer Billie Eilish has blasted a German magazine over its cover art that featured a bald and shirtless photo of the singer. The 17-year-old singer posted a lengthy comment on Nylon Germany’s official Instagram page after the magazine shared the cover art, designed by Marcel C Wilkens, which depicted her as a “supernatural fembot of the future”. “1. I was never approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever. I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team. 2. This is not even a real picture of me. I had absolutely no creative input. 3. You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? That’s not real?? at 17? and make it the cover???? Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me… I did not consent in any way. 4. And you’re gonna remove all my f***in hair? Boo to you,” Eilish wrote. After the uproar from the singer and her fans, the magazine removed the cover art and clarified that their intention was not to hurt anyone.
OTTAWA – Gord Downie and indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle will be appointed to the Order of Canada on Monday, while Downie’s Tragically Hip bandmates will also receive one of the country’s highest civilian honours at a later date.Maracle will be named an officer of the Order of Canada and Downie will be named a member.They are among 30 recipients to be honoured for leadership in supporting indigenous issues, including NHL player Jordin Tootoo, who will receive a meritorious service medal in the civil division.Maracle, a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, is known as a passionate advocate for urban indigenous peoples and women’s issues.Downie, who announced last year that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has become a strong advocate for indigenous people and issues.His recent solo album and graphic novel “Secret Path” tells the story of an indigenous boy, Chanie Wenjack, who died while trying to escape a residential school.The Hip’s members — Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — are being honoured for their contributions to Canadian music and support for social and environmental causes.An officer of the Order of Canada is recognized for national service or achievement, while a member of the Order of Canada is honoured for contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.Other recipients to be feted on Monday include Metis author Jacqueline Guest, whose children’s and young adult books showcase indigenous culture. She was announced as a member of the Order of Canada in January.Cree activist, producer and actress Tina Keeper and Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic director Andre Lewis will also each receive a meritorious service medal for producing the acclaimed ballet “Going Home Star — Truth and Reconciliation.”The story depicts the painful history of residential schools and was envisioned by late Cree elder and activist Mary Richard, who will receive a posthumous meritorious service medal.
Taroudante- Dutch Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders intends to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on TV during the holy month of Ramadan. Dutch Anti-Islam Politician Geert Wilders announced on Wednesday that he will display cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on television airtime allocated to his political party.The far right politician revealed his plan to dedicate television airtime allocated to his party to display controversial images of the prophet, in an effort to support those “who use the pen and not the sword,” he said. In a move expressly intended to offend Muslims around the world, the anti-Islamic politician aimed at provoking Muslims again, despite the harsh criticism he has received for his “racist and Islamophobic” acts. He has been living under round-the-clock protection since 2004 because of death threats.While no date has been set yet for the broadcasting of the cartoons, the anti-Islam lawmaker, whose Freedom Party holds 12 of the 150 seats in parliament’s lower house, and whose previous request to display the cartoons inside the parliament was turned down, vowed to show the cartoons on TV soon.The announcement came a month after Wilders took part in cartoon depictions of the prophet in a contest in Garland, Texas,Wilders is currently facing prosecution for hate speech over a chant raised last year by his supporters who shouted: “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” in answer to his question about whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.Edited by Elisabeth Myers Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
The Hamilton Bulldogs have traded defenceman Nicolas Mattinen to the Oshawa Generals.“Nicolas was an integral part of our 2018 OHL Championship,” said Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios.“He is a tremendous young man who has a very bright future.”Mattinen was a part of the Bulldogs 2018 OHL Championship team and contributed seven points in the playoffsThe Bulldogs will receive left-winger Eric Henderson, a second-round pick in 2020 and a third-round pick in 2022 in return.Henderson is from Kingsville, Ontario and has 11 goals and 19 assists in 40 games with the Generals this season.
LONDON — The U.K.’s energy regulator says it has launched an investigation into a widespread electricity outage on Aug. 9 that left a hospital without power and rail passengers stranded for hours during the busy evening commute.The announcement Tuesday came as the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets released a preliminary report on the outage, which showed it began with a lightning strike on the transmission network north of London. Almost simultaneously, two power stations reduced supplies to the national electricity grid, triggering automatic disconnections that left 1.1 million customers without power for up to 50 minutes.Ofgem says the investigation will look at whether National Grid, which operates the transmission system, had sufficient back-up supplies to manage the loss of generation and whether generating stations complied with their obligations.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 8:02 am MDT Canadians are increasingly Googling on their smartphones as they shop: report TORONTO – Most Canadians will be armed with their smartphones while shopping this holiday season and likely won’t pull the trigger on purchases without launching a few quick searches first, suggests new research released Thursday.In an online survey of nearly 1,000 Canadians conducted last month, a majority of consumers said they planned to rely on their digital devices while shopping even more than they did last year, according to a report prepared by Tapped Mobile, App Promo and BrandSpark International.About 72 per cent of moms aged 25 to 54; 77 per cent of male consumers aged 25 to 54; and 79 per cent of young consumers aged 18 to 29 said they already use a smartphone or tablet as a shopping tool in stores.The respondents said they most frequently pulled out their phone to compare prices, to search for coupons, or look up product reviews.“Most consumers won’t leave home without their phone,” said Jed Schneiderman, president of Tapped Mobile, a mobile advertising company.“Mobile is effectively the new sales clerk, consumers are using their phones to do a lot of research on devices. They’re using their phones to gather information in order to help them make better decisions.”Schneiderman said retailers need to make sure their websites load well on phones and tablets because a subpar experience could mean lost sales.“They need to understand that people will be price checking, they’ll be looking for coupons, and ratings, and reviews and so on. So websites need to be optimized for mobile, search needs to be optimized for the phone, consumers need to be able to discover information about retailers on their phone,” he said.The survey results suggest consumers are still lukewarm on mobile payments and aren’t eager to use their phones to pay for purchases instead of using credit cards or cash.Only 10 per cent of the respondents said they had already paid for a purchase in store with a mobile app.Of the moms surveyed, only 24 per cent said they’d feel comfortable using their phone to make payments in store, while the male and young consumers were split.“Mobile payments is very new and perhaps not well understood,” Schneiderman said.“It’s got a long way to go and I think it’s still too early to predict how it will evolve and who will find the payments race.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
In a statement released on Tuesday, at the conclusion of the high-level Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the FAO stated that building resilience is one of the agency’s priorities in Africa, and is key to meeting the challenge of feeding over two billion by 2050.Small-scale food producers and their families, says the UN agency, are particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, but they have always been innovators: “What they need are policies that protect them and increase their resilience to climate change”, Helen Semedo, FAO’s Deputy Director-General, told the conference. “They need access to information, technology, and investment, and they should be brought to the conversation on innovation”. According to the latest FAO data, hunger is on the rise in almost all parts of Africa, and the continent has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world, at almost 20 percent.The situation, which is attributed mainly to conflict and climate change, is particularly acute in Eastern nations, where almost one-third of the population struggles to find enough to eat. On Monday, participants – who heard that adaptation to climate risks is possible if there is immediate and bold action taken to build resilience – endorsed a commitment to do more to help African countries to improve their food security.The aim of the Leadership Dialogue is to engage governments and key development partners, and bring about unified action for Africa’s agriculture and food systems in response to climate change.The two-day event was hosted by the Government of Rwanda, in partnership with the FAO, the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank.
Tennis is played and followed in most nations worldwide. But professional players aren’t making much money. Fewer than 1,000 pro players break even at the sport. Far fewer make a decent living.The opportunities to make good money are dwindling. More players are competing for prizes that are growing slowly, especially at the game’s lowest levels. Earlier this month, the ATP World Tour, which runs the most lucrative pro men’s events, announced it was increasing prize money significantly over the next four years. But the most exclusive tournaments will get the biggest boosts. After adjusting for inflation1Which I did using the U.S. Consumer Price Index, since U.S. dollars are the standard currency in tennis, prize money on the ATP’s Challenger Tour — the equivalent of baseball’s AAA minor league — has fallen by 25 percent in the last six years.Soon after the ATP’s announcement, the International Tennis Federation released results of its analysis of the pro game’s financials. Among the sobering findings: Only 336 men and 253 women made more than they spent playing tennis last year.2That doesn’t count sponsorship money and appearance fees, but it also doesn’t count coaching expenses.In every pro sport, many compete for few lucrative slots. Tennis’s economics are particularly brutal. Players are individual contractors who have to cover their own transportation, equipment, coaching and — at some events — accommodation and food. Almost all of them have to supplement their winnings with sponsorships, support from their national federations or their families, odd jobs or all of the above.The best 104 men and 104 women get safe passage to the four Grand Slam tournaments each year.3Each Grand Slam tournament has spots for 128 men and 128 women in its singles draws. Typically 104 men enter singles directly based on their ranking, while the rest of the slots go to players who qualify in a pre-tournament playoff, or who get a wild-card slot from organizers. Women’s draws are constructed similarly, though most majors allot four fewer qualifying slots for women, and four more direct-entry positions. They’re the players who have a chance to make a lot of money playing tennis. Lose your first match at each one last year, and you would still earn roughly $130,000. The rest of the players in the world are fighting for much smaller purses. The ITF estimates that the 4,978 men who won some prize money last year but weren’t in the top 1 percent earned, on average, a little over $13,000. The bottom 99 percent of the 2,650 women who earned prize money averaged about $22,600.If you’re the 350th best man in the world at baseball, basketball, American football, ice hockey or soccer, you’re earning more than $500,000 each year, expenses paid. If you’re the 350th best man in tennis, you’re probably either falling into debt or getting help from a sponsor or parent. Tennis looks better financially for women than for men, relative to other sports, yet it’s likely that fewer than 200 women are earning a living from tennis prize money.Tennis’s problem is that its fan base is wide but not deep. It has fans in countries around the world, but rarely enough to support a major tournament with sellouts and big TV ratings in any single market.The ITF is considering how to divide the revenue among players in a way that’s best for the game. The nonprofit body is studying the sport’s economics to make sure that players who are good enough to break through don’t quit the game before doing so — and to hasten the departure of those who aren’t good enough. The ITF’s data shows it takes about a year longer now than it did in 2000 for a player to go from his or her first ranking to reaching the Top 100, which is another year during which promising players might get discouraged and drop their rackets.“The last thing I’d want is for an exceptionally talented player to have to leave the game after a year or two, before they realize their potential,” Kris Dent, the ITF’s director of pro tennis, said in a telephone interview. “That’s something that drives what we’re doing, first and foremost.”The ITF enlisted outside researchers in Australia and the U.K. for its study. It surveyed 7,605 players worldwide, three-quarters of them active professional players. Just 6 percent of women and 5 percent of men who responded said their prize money in their most recent year of professional play covered their expenses. More than half of men and women said they had to cut costs to a level they deemed unacceptable for hotels and the number and quality of tournaments they played.The life most pro players lead is far from glamorous. They are concerned more with having enough balls and a good court to play on, than with paparazzi and endorsements. Players were asked in the survey where they’d be OK with cuts. Balls and facility maintenance were lowest on their list. In a recent post on Facebook, 22-year-old Tomás Buchhass of Argentina lamented “courts in a pitiful state which are a hazard to the physical well-being of the players” at a Chilean ITF event. And a photo of a shredded net on a practice court at a Tunisian ITF event made the rounds on Twitter last month.4An ITF spokesman confirmed the photo is genuine and added, “It is essential that tournament conditions meet the minimum standards expected by the ITF. Where complaints about an unacceptable site are upheld following investigation, as they were on this particular occasion, we will not approve the site for any future Circuit tournaments unless we are entirely satisfied that steps have been taken to ensure no repetition.”In one of the least surprising findings of modern polling history, nearly all players said prize money should increase. (Just who were the 12 percent of men and 21 percent of women who disagreed, the ITF couldn’t say.)Dent agrees with players, to a point. He’d like to see less hardship for young players. For instance, he wants the lowest-level tournaments to cover players’ food and hotel costs in the form of a per diem; this year fewer than 4 percent of ITF pro events covered all players’ hospitality costs. That would help encourage players to travel to more tournaments. More prize money would help, too, but big increases aren’t realistic for most events. Below the top rungs of the men’s and women’s tours, there is little to no income coming from sponsorships, ticket sales or broadcast rights, Dent said. National federations, sometimes with grants from the ITF or the Grand Slams, generally cover costs, and aren’t likely to pay for big prize-money increases.Many different bodies run the sport. Each of the four Grand Slams is run by the host nation’s tennis federation. The ATP runs the men’s tour, the WTA the women’s tour. For the men, the ATP handles the highest minor-league level, of Challengers, while the ITF runs the lowest-level pro tournaments, called Futures. For women, the ITF runs all events below tour level.The ITF runs the least lucrative tournaments, so it doesn’t have much leeway to increase prize money at those. Dent wants to shrink the player pool so there is more money for each player. “We need to look at how we reward players who are progressing, but start to make it harder for players who aren’t,” he said.Tennis isn’t likely to start forcing players to earn tour cards, as golf does. But Dent repeatedly cited golf as an example of a sport that properly “signposts” steps on aspiring pros’ journeys. Tennis, he said, needs to a better job of that. The point of Futures and Challengers isn’t to award enough money for players to live on, but to identify the best emerging talents and bestow ranking points so they can qualify for bigger, more lucrative tournaments. Toughening playing-down rules, which prevent players from competing at events below their level, are a way for the ITF to ensure that prize money and ranking points at entry-level events get divvied up among emerging stars, not established veterans.Dent also envisions adding yet a lower level of competition — development events that cash-strapped national federations can support so that local players can afford to play without heavy travel costs. The events would have smaller draws and use officials with less experience than is required at current ITF events — while not skimping on costs for courts and balls.“Already a number of developing nations, particularly in Africa, find it difficult to host events at the prize-money level we have,” Dent said. Nearly half of men’s prize money at ITF events, and more than half of ITF women’s prize money, was distributed at European events this year.The pool of money for aspiring players could be growing soon. In March, the ITF Board will consider the idea of the development tour and other potential changes — including increases to prize money and hospitality — in light of the research. The ATP likely will increase prize money and hospitality spending at Challenger tournaments next year, too, according to a spokesman — which would reverse recent stagnation and decline.The big money, though, remains at the top of the game — and the gap likely will widen. The ATP’s recently announced prize-money increases are biggest for the 500- and 1,000-level tournaments, which are the most exclusive ones, with increases of 50 percent and 54 percent, respectively, in 2018 compared to this year, after adjusting for projected inflation. The 250-level events, one notch up from Challengers, will increase prize money by just 6 percent.
Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. Neil, Kyle and Chris are previewing the NBA playoffs in a special two-for-one edition of the podcast. On Friday’s show (April 13, 2018), they break down the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference, where the Toronto Raptors are embarking on their journey as the No. 1 seed while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the betting favorites. (For The Lab’s discussion of the Western Conference, check out the April 12 show.)Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Neil wrote a preview of the playoffs’ sleepers, favorites and best first-round matchups. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner
14 Comments IN A DARING nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite an attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City”.She is bullish because she, like tens of thousands of others in the industry, have no plans to give up their jobs. And there are no signs the hordes of foreign sex tourists are abating.Two hours east of Bangkok, Pattaya’s bawdy reputation hails from the Vietnam War era when American soldiers partied in their downtime.Today, it spins money off its no-holds-barred reputation and its most successful sex workers earn anywhere between 70-150,000 baht (€2-4,400) a month, as much as ten times the national average wage.“I make good money here, for me and my family,” May told AFP as she touted for clients near ‘Walking Street’ – a mile-long drag festooned with bars and clubs pouring out loud dance music.But concerns about the impact on Thailand’s reputation have spurred authorities to act, while frequent reports of underage sex workers, drug abuse and mafia operations further muddy Pattaya’s name. Source: Shutterstock/View ApartProstitutionMay, who is transgender, said the strip has felt more subdued in recent weeks as police and soldiers conduct frequent patrols as part of a clean-up ordered by the censorious ruling class.Police Lieutenant Colonel Sulasak Kalokwilas is one of those tasked with what many might deem the ultimate Sisyphean task: weaning Pattaya off sex.“We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows. We’re trying to make those bars disappear,” he explained.As he spoke, lines of women stood behind him in revealing outfits enticing punters into bars with names like Taboo and G-Spot as well as Fahrenheit – a nightspot boasting “The Hottest Girls in Pattaya”.“The ladyboys and women working there, they are not involved in the sex trade,” said Pattaya’s police chief Colonel Apichai Kroppeth, echoing the kind of Thai police rhetoric commonly divorced from reality.“They work as waitresses, sit and chat with customers, some dance in shows,” he said.Bar fines, short-timesFor many residents of the city the latest moral outrage fits a familiar pattern: negative overseas headlines prompt authorities to launch high-visibility, yet limited, crackdowns on an industry that pays the bills for everyone.“You’re expecting the poachers to be the gamekeepers?” said one westerner who has made Pattaya his home, when asked if the latest clean-up will work.The sex trade is a cash cow for the bar owners, girls, massage parlours, hotels, taxis, mafia and, many have long alleged, the cops charged with policing.Thais call it “pon prayote”, says British journalist Andrew Drummond who reported on crime in Thailand for two decades. Apr 23rd 2017, 3:30 PM A small “bar fine”, usually around 500 baht (€13), secures private “short time” away from the bar where any deal struck for sex is purely between the punter and sex worker.While authorities have vowed to shutter the trade, there is little discussion on what happens to the sex workers, who often support large families with their earnings.There are no exact numbers, but a 2014 UNAIDS report suggested some 140,000 females are employed by sex work across Thailand. Tens of thousands are thought to operate in Pattaya alone.‘Par for the course’Tourism officials are optimistic for change, citing the increasing number of families coming to the town’s resorts and its popularity for sports, such as jet-skiing and golf.“In terms of facilities I think we are already there,” said Suladda Sarutilavan, Pattaya’s director of tourism.Last year some 12 million tourists, 70% foreigners, visited a city which now boasts over 100,000 rooms across 2,000 hotels, from cheap backpackers to swanky golf courses and family apartments.While not everyone who comes is a sex tourist, she admits the city’s seedy image and crime headlines are a problem.“It makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable,” she said.Two recent killings have renewed the spotlight on the city’s reputation as a bolthole for foreign criminals.In January, British businessman Tony Kenway was gunned down as he left the gym, a hit police linked to “boiler room” scams.In 2015, an Australian former Hells Angel was kidnapped in broad daylight and murdered.Foreigners who have made Pattaya home lament the killings, but say they fail to tell the wider picture of a largely safe, affordable city.“Every night I went out in Coventry there was always one or two fights. I feel completely safe here,” said Briton Bryan Flowers, who moved to Pattaya a decade ago and now owns a dozen bars.Others argue fancy hotels, malls and golf courses can flourish in step with the town’s party reputation.“It’s why a lot of people come here,” Simon Peatfield, another Brit who owns restaurants and sports bars, said.There’s only so much golf you can play.- © AFP 2017Read: These brown bears now live in the lap of luxury after a life of horrendous abuse >Read: One ‘diet drink’ a day could increase risk of dementia and strokes – seven-year study > 27,107 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3348605 Share Tweet Email4 Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 3:30 PM It means everyone benefits… it brings in massive amounts of money and simply couldn’t happen without police connivance. Thailand’s tourism body has been trying to cultivate a more family-friendly reputation. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesApichai insisted there was “no bribery for sure” in his force.Prostitution is illegal in conservative Thailand. Yet it remains ubiquitous for local and foreign customers alike.Businesses use a well-worn loophole to avoid prosecution, hiring sex workers inside the bars merely to entertain and talk to patrons. ‘We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows’: Thai police say they’re cleaning up Pattaya Pattaya is home to tens of thousands of sex workers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP