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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Edwin Moses applauds ‘amazing few days’ as Laureus celebrates historic Australian visit

sporting legends Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley, along with Olympic gold medal winning triathlete Simon Whitfield and fellow triathletes Lisa Norden and Daniella Ryf were given an enthusiastic welcome by Australian children as they visited a grassroots sports project in Sydney.
The visit took place just 24 hours after the thrilling first round of the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series which had taken place in Sydney.  Laureus is the official Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union.
The project, implemented by the Australian Sports Commission operates at the basketball courts of the King George V Recreation Centre in the heart of Sydney, less than two kilometres from the world-famous Sydney Opera House.  Laureus Sport for Good Foundation have operated in partnership with the Australian Sport Commission since 2000.
There was a special cheer from the young people at the project for Simon Whitfield, who won the inaugural Olympic triathlon in Sydney in 2000 - a memorable race set against the iconic backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Three days before the visit to the project Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley had joined many of the world's leading triathletes in Sydney to celebrate the ground-breaking new link-up with the sport which will benefit disadvantaged young people around the world.  For at least the next two seasons, Laureus will be the official Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union and funds raised will go to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. 
Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: "This has been a really amazing few days for Layne and myself. In this short space of time, we have seen the breadth and scope of Laureus activity.  We have announced a major new tie-up with triathlon, one of the fastest growing sports in the world which will give a significant boost to our charitable programme, we have enjoyed the spectacle of an amazing sports event and applauded the elite athletes that took part in the world championship triathlon, and now we are here to enjoy a very special moment with some of the young people who are benefiting from the positive power of sport."
Australia's seven-time surfing world champion Layne Beachley, who is a member of the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme and a former winner of the Laureus World Alternative Sports Award, said: "I've been to a Laureus supported surfing project delivered by the Australian Sports Commission's Indigenous Sport Programme  in Jan Juc, so to come into the heart of the city to see the same care and devotion being offered to the kids in a totally different environment was impressive.  I really want to thank and applaud the volunteers, the coaches and officials who work so hard to help these kids."
Edwin Moses and Layne Beachley's visit to Sydney follows on from the highly successful 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards held in Abu Dhabi last month. The Awards honour the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year and generate support for the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Edwin added: "We had a terrific celebration of sporting achievement in Abu Dhabi.  However, the work of the Foundation and of the Academy and the Friends & Ambassadors continues throughout the year at our worldwide programme of Sport for Good projects."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bathroom Remodeling Tips To Make a Better Bathroom

If you stop into a home improvement store in your area, you might be suprised to see a whole section devoted just to bathroom design ideas. In years past, bathrooms consisted of a shower, toilet, and sink and that was pretty much it. Now though, bathroom design is big business and you can make your bathroom as fancy as you want by adding any number of upgrades.
New gadgets from Japan such as toilet seats that are warm and mirrors that don’t fog are only a couple things you can put into your modern bathroom. There are new ideas coming out all the time for all rooms in the house and the bathroom is no different. Before you and sink your last dollars on upgrades though, you might remember the purpose of the bathroom remains the same: a place to take a shower and sit on the toilet!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to redesign your bathroom and do a good job of it. Yes, iyou can spend a lot on buying the latest faucets, sinks, mirrors, and tubs but it is not a requirement to have a great looking bathroom. Although you can probably buy almost anything for the bathroom now days sometimes simplicity is the best choice. If you are creative, you can find a lot of inexpensive bathroom accessories that will do wonders for giving your bathroom a totally new look. Even if you don’t have the money to spend, you can update your bathroom by doing things like changing the paint color and adding a couple of new rugs.
The kitchen seems to be the most popular room to give a facelift to but the bathrooms are right behind. If you want to find some of the best bathroom design ideas, you can look for them in home improvement magazines or by going around your city and going in open houses. If you go to some of the higher end homes, you will see all sorts of cool bathroom designs as well as walk in showers and saunas.
Even if you don’t have the money to make that kind of high end upgrade, it is worth going to open houses just to get some of the unique ideas that you might be able to make a variation of. The best ideas are ones that you find in other homes where you can see how it all looks. The more time you spend planning things out before you start making changes to your existing bathroom, the better your chances will be that everything turns out great.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

South African sporting greats Desiree Ellis and Shaun Pollock named Laureus Ambassadors

JOHANNESBURG, April 14, 2010 - One of the greatest South African female soccer players of all time, Desiree Ellis, and former South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock have been named the newest members of the Laureus Friends and Ambassadors programme.
The announcement was made at a press conference hosted by Laureus Academy World Sports Academy Member Morné du Plessis, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa, at the offices of its country patron Discovery in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Also present to welcome the new Ambassadors were Iain Banner, Ntambi Ravele, Neville Koopowitz, Lucas Radebe, Baby Jake Mtlala, Deshun Deysel, Cynthia Tshaka and Tina Buys, all members of the Laureus Friends and Ambassadors programme, Trustees and sponsors in South Africa.
Desiree Ellis played for the South African women's team Banyana Banyana since its inception in 1993. In her debut against Swaziland she scored a hat-trick and one year later became captain, only retiring in 2002 after a remarkable decade-long career. During her captaincy, the team won 23 out of their 32 games. 
Desiree, who received a Silver Presidential Sports award for her efforts in raising the profile of women's football in South Africa, said: "I am extremely happy to become a part of the Laureus team.  I hope that my support will make a difference in the lives of the young people from the various projects."
Bowling all-rounder Shaun Pollock is one ofSouth Africa's greatest cricketers, who was captain of the South African cricket team from 2000 to 2003. He was chosen as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2003. In his career he appeared in 107 Test matches in which he took over 400 wickets and scored more than 3,700 runs. He also played for an Africa XI, a World XI, Dolphins and Warwickshire. He announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket after his 303rd One Day International on February 3, 2009.
Shaun Pollock said: "Through my career in sport I was able to live my dream and experience an incredible journey. Sport can teach fundamental life lessons of teamwork, discipline, the value of perseverance and commitment, the fun and enjoyment of being active and sport provides an opportunity to grow in confidence and self belief. I look forward to supporting Laureus projects which help to inspire others to reap the diverse rewards sport has to offer."
Morné du Plessis, Chairman of Laureus South Africa, said, "This is a very special day for Laureus and I am delighted to be able to welcome Shaun Pollock and Desiree Ellis as Laureus Ambassadors. Both members were very passionate competitors in their respective fields and we are very lucky they want to devote their energy and commitment to Laureus Sport for Good Foundation causes."
Hylton Kallner, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery, said: "Discovery is extremely proud to be associated with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the great work they do in using sports as a tool for positive change in communities around South Africa.   We would like to welcome Shaun and Desiree and look forward to working closely with them and the Laureus Foundation in communities around South Africa."
Morné du Plessis is a Laureus World Sports Academy Member, a unique collection of 46 of the greatest living sports legends, who volunteer their services as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. 
The Academy Members are supported in their work by the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors, a select group of current and retired sportsmen and sportswomen who have achieved sporting greatness, plus non-sporting personalities who have made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers.  In addition to Desiree Ellis and Shaun Pollock, South African Laureus Friends & Ambassadors are Deshun Deysel, Ernst van Dyk, Frankie Fredericks, Bryan Habana, Baby Jake Matlala, John Moeti, Lucas Radebe, John Robbie, Natalie du Toit and Cynthia Tshaka.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Composition of Air


Atmospheric air comprises certain elements in a specific ratio. According to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), 99.998 percent of the Earth's atmosphere is made up of four compounds. These major components are nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide. Another major component of the Earth's atmosphere is water vapor, which is not included in studying the dry composition of air. In short, air composition without water vapor is called dry air. The percentage of water vapor may range from 1-5 percent. Substances present in the air, other than these five main components are referred to as trace elements. Read more on planet earth facts.

Composition of Air

The composition of air in the atmosphere remains nearly unchanged till an altitude of 10 meter. Dust particles also make up the atmospheric air to some extent. Any major alteration in the percentage composition of air is associated with changes in the global climate. The following table represents the components of atmospheric air with their symbol, molecular weight and percentage ratio by volume:

Table for Composition of Air

Component Element Symbol Molecular Weight Percent by Volume
Nitrogen N2 28.01 78.084%
Oxygen O2 32.00 20.947%
Argon Ar 39.95 0.934%
Carbon Dioxide CO2 44.01 0.033%
Neon Ne 20.18 0.001818%
Helium He 4.00 0.000524%
Krypton Kr 83.80 0.000114%
Methane CH4 16.04246 0.0002%
Hydrogen H2 2.02 0.00005%
Nitrous Oxide N2O 44.01288 0.00003%
Xenon Xe 131.30 0.0000087%
Ozone O3 47.9982 0.000007%
Nitrogen dioxide NO2 46.005 0.000002%
Iodine I2 253.8 0.000001%
Carbon monoxide CO 28.0101 Trace
Ammonia NH3 17.03 Trace


For easy understanding of air composition at the first glance, you can also refer to a pie chart for the composition of air which you will find plentiful on-line. The major role played by each of these components is different. For example, nitrogen is the most important plant nutrient, while oxygen is responsible for respiration and combustion. Nitrogen is also important for diluting the oxygen concentration and stabilizing the atmosphere.

Air Components: Quick Facts

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the air is important for studying the global climatic change. The raising level of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere is the major cause for global warming. It is because of the increasing greenhouse gases that raises the concern of melting of glaciers and elevation in the global temperature.

The level of aerosols (smoke, smog, pollutants, etc.) suspended in the air is a determining factor for the Earth's energy budget. Atmospheric aerosols change the heat retention by the Earth's surface and also, cloud formation. Overall, aerosols are another factor for changing the energy budget of the Earth. Studies are going on to determine the effects of aerosols in regional and global climatic changes.

The water vapor holding capacity of air varies with temperature. The higher the temperature of air, the lesser is the content of water vapor. This is the reason why, water vapor concentration differs from one place to another. Air in areas near to the sea contain higher concentration of water vapor, while air in desert environments contain low levels of moisture.

While studying respiration, generally we come across statements like breathing in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. It is not exactly the case; the air that we breathe out (exhaled air) is not entirely carbon dioxide. A maximum percentage of it makes up moisture, 4.4 percent carbon dioxide, 14 percent oxygen and other elements.

With the rising issues of environmental issues or most precisely, air pollution, studying the composition of air has become a topic of common interest. Scientific studies opine that concentration of oxygen less than 19.5 percent in the atmosphere can result in various physiological changes in all the life forms. And an atmospheric condition with oxygen amount below 16 percent is life threatening.

AFC & Questnet™ raise the bar of Asian football

Kuala Lumpur, 18 February 2010: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today named international direct selling company, QuestNet as Official Direct Selling Supporter of the AFC Champions League, the region's top club competition.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome QuestNetTM as a new partner of the AFC Champions League and into the fold of the Asian football family," said AFC President, Mohamed bin Hammam.
"These are exciting times for club football as we continue to raise the level of professionalism within our game here in Asia. With the 2009 season setting records for both attendances and viewers, we are glad to have a partner like QuestNetTM, who will further engage the football fans in this competition."
Bin Hammam's call on the representatives in this year's AFC Champions League to play a more proactive role in helping take Asia's premier club competition forward has become a clarion call for QuestNetTM to also do its bit for football in Asia and bring the game to even greater heights and larger audiences.
As the Official Direct Selling Supporter of the AFC Champions League, QuestNetTM views the sponsorship platform as an opportunity for much more than its own brand exposure. QuestNetTM is actively utilizing the sponsorship to do its part to support football on a regional level, both for the fans and for the football players.
"We are committed in our efforts to support football in the region, so that more youngsters will play the game and broaden the talent pool, helping to propel the region to the forefront of the international arena," said JR Mayer, Managing Director of QNet Ltd, the company behind the QuestNetTM brand. "Much like in our business, to achieve this dream means concentrated effort and dedication from everyone involved.
"We have been associated with the AFC Champions League since late last year, and our role as ‘Official Direct Selling Supporter' will continue until 2012. Our message to football fans and players alike is ‘Dream. Perform. Achieve.' I know that together, we can turn this vision into a reality."
QuestNetTM will be sponsoring several contests and promotional events to delight diehard fans. One of the contests will be the interactive ‘Goal of the Month' voting competition, which has been organized in collaboration with the AFC. Football enthusiasts can vote for what they consider to be the best goal for the month through the AFC's official website www.the-afc.com, with a chance to win fabulous prizes, thanks to QuestNetTM.
Additionally, football fans can expect to look forward to many more contests and promotional events throughout the year, taking their AFC experience to even greater heights.
The 2010 season of the AFC Champions League set to kick-off on 23rd February promises more exciting action from 32 of Asia's top clubs including defending champions Pohang Steelers. All matches will be broadcast on cable, terrestrial and satellite television throughout the region, as well as online via www.the-afc.tv, accessible worldwide.
This four-year agreement with QuestNetTM was sealed by World Sport Group, the AFC's exclusive marketing and media partners.

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