‘Not a chance’ of Newcastle being in danger, says boss

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp insists there is no prospect of Newcastle being involved in a relegation battle – even if his team beat them today.The Magpies have endured a disappointing season so far and are currently 15th in the table.And as well as being Rangers’ first away win of the campaign, a victory would take them to within four points of Alan Pardew’s side.But Redknapp said: “Newcastle are not really in relegation trouble. I don’t see them being being in trouble – not a chance. They’re too good.”Click here for our Newcastle v QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

H1N1 vaccinations for high-risk patients

first_imgH1N1 vaccine “More than 120 000 doses have been administered since the vaccination campaign started in April 2010 and no cases of the pandemic have been reported,” Department spokesperson Mandla Sidu said in a statement on Wednesday. Pregnant women, patients with chronic lung and heart diseases, people with diabetes, those under the age of 20 as well as those over 65 are urged to get immunised against the H1N1 virus by the end of July. In April this year, public health facilities started immunising those deemed to be at risk. For more information on the H1N1 virus or the campaign, call the H1N1 hotline on 086 136 4232, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Department of Health website. 29 July 2010 The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has urged high-risk patients to visit their nearest public health facility to get vaccinated against H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu.center_img Decrease mortality rates He said the campaign has also benefited airport staff, nurses, intensive care unit workers, emergency services workers, doctors and HIV-positive children under the age of 15. Source: BuaNews The H1N1 outbreak started last year in Mexico and rapidly spread to other countries, including South Africa. 13 people died in Gauteng. The vaccine is available at all public health facilities as well as Clicks pharmacies in the province.last_img read more

Will More Ventilation Keep Students from Missing School?

first_imgCorrelation does not imply causalityMaybe I missed an important part of their justification, but the case they made for causality in the News Center article and their research paper was… well, they didn’t make a case at all for causality. They just assumed it.I think everyone in the field of building science understands that ventilation rates are related to indoor air quality (although they’re not the only factor) and certainly can have an impact on health. I tell people people whenever I talk about airtightness that they need to have mechanical ventilation, too.My problem with what they’ve done here is that, rather than making recommendations to double ventilation rates, they should have concluded their paper by raising the many questions that still need to be answered:How good is the model for calculating ventilation rates from CO2 levels? If they measured actual ventilation rates, how close would they be to their calculated numbers?What other variables do we need to account for? Poor kids get sick more than kids from families with more money, but they didn’t do a whole lot with that in the article.What does an increasing ventilation rate affect student absences more over longer time periods? The authors hypothesized that increasing the ventilation rate would have its maximum effect on absences in a 7-day period but found that the 21-day period was most affected.There are just too many questions left open to be rushing to judgment about doubling the required ventilation rates in schools. A scientific paper in a refereed journal should not make recommendations based on assumptions. What can happen in such cases is that, because they appeared in a scientific journal, those recommendations get picked up by media and policymakers as having a validity they just don’t have.Maybe in a few years we’ll have enough data to back up their claims, but for now, it’s way too early to turn their data into policy.Correlation does not imply causality. RELATED ARTICLES Ventilation Rates and Human HealthThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus Program Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? The next step was turning the CO2 levels into ventilation rates. Since people breathing indoors raise the CO2 level, the researchers developed a mathematical model to convert the amount of CO2 in the air into a ventilation rate. The higher the CO2 level in the classrooms, the lower the ventilation rate, and vice versa.The way that the calculation was made was by dividing the CO2 generation rate of the students by the difference between the indoor and outdoor CO2 levels. The CO2 generation rate they used (0.0043 l/s) came from another study (Haverinen-Shaughnessy et al., 2011). For the outdoor CO2 level, they used an estimate of 400 parts per million. The indoor CO2 level they used was the maximum from each 15 minute moving average of the readings from their CO2 sensors.When the researchers looked at their calculated numbers, which they did in a number of ways using statistical analyses, they found that ventilation rates in California schools are mostly below the code-mandated rate of 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per person. The table below shows what they found. It’s in liters per second rather than cfm. The reference point for your conversions is 15 cfm = 7.1 l/s, so you can see that only one of the lines below shows a rate above the required level.After converting CO2 levels to ventilation rates, the team compared these rates to the classroom-by-classroom illness absence data. What they found was that as the calculated ventilation rates went up, illness absences went down. Combining the data from all the schools, they found that illness absences decreased by 1.6% for each additional 1 l/s of calculated ventilation. According to the Center News article, the illness absences keep decreasing all the way up to a ventilation rate of 15 l/s (30 cfm) per person.That’s an interesting result! A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) makes a bold claim that increasing ventilation rates can cut the number of student absences related to illness. The lead author on the paper, Mark Mendell, is quoted by LBNL’s News Center as saying, “Our overall findings suggest that, if you increased ventilation rates of classrooms up to the state standard, or even above it, you would get net benefits to schools, to families, to everybody, at very low cost.”But what did they have to assume to find that suggestion? Looking at ventilation rates and illness absenceThe study was published in the refereed scientific journal, Indoor Air, and is titled, Association of classroom ventilation with reduced illness absence: a prospective study in California elementary schools. What they did was pretty simple, really. They put dataloggers with carbon dioxide sensors in 162 classrooms of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The classrooms were in 28 different schools in different parts of California. The dataloggers measured CO2 levels and turned them into averages for each 5 minute period. The researchers monitored the CO2 data for two years.center_img Too many uncertainties; too many questionsLet’s start with the uncertainties. The researchers measured CO2 levels in the classrooms. They used those numbers to calculate ventilation rates, as I described above. The equation they used has three variables: the indoor CO2 levels they measured, the outdoor CO2 levels, and the rate of CO2 generation of the students in the classrooms.The number that is most accurate is the one they measured, the indoor CO2 levels, but as with all experimental data, there were uncertainties. One that they mention in the section on strengths and limitations is the challenge of finding the equilibrium CO2 level. If, for example, someone breathes too close to a sensor, that jacks up the level for a while in that classroom. They did get a lot of data, though, so if there’s something to be learned from the CO2 data, they’ve probably learned it.Going from classroom CO2 levels, though, to ventilation rates means that the uncertainties grow. They used a constant value for the CO2 generation rate of the children in the classrooms, and they used a constant 400 ppm for the outdoor CO2 level. Both of those numbers could be off by significant amounts. They tried to measure the outdoor CO2 at each school but the “data proved unusably erratic.”They described other potential pitfalls with their methods as well, including problems with the student data. For example, some schools indicated they had “implausibly extended periods with no reported illness absences in any classroom” and some had a lot of “unverified and unexcused absences.”In fact, the section on strengths and limitations is twelve paragraphs long. They described the strengths in the first half of the first paragraph. The remaining eleven and a half paragraphs were about the limitations. Correlation and causalityOne of the biggest traps in science is to confuse or conflate a correlation, two things that change together, with causality, a relationship in which one change causes another. It makes up a significant portion of what is called pseudoscience, and it’s also great for humor. Perhaps you’ve heard that global warming is caused by the decreasing number of pirates?The abstract of the article states that the authors assumed causality from the correlation they discovered between calculated ventilation rates and illness absences: “Assuming associations were causal and generalizable…” The News Center article quotes Mendell on the topic: “We saw a correlation, but we don’t know if it’s directly causal.” That didn’t stop him from saying, as quoted at the beginning of this article, “…you would get net benefits to schools, to families, to everybody, at very low cost” by increasing ventilation rates.The journal article itself shows a bit more restraint in some areas: “Caution should be exercised in extrapolating these findings,” the authors wrote in the Discussion section. “The relationships found here are consistent with, but do not prove, a causal relationship between increased VRs in elementary school classrooms and decreased illness absence.”But then they throw that caution to the wind: “These findings suggest a potentially large opportunity to improve the attendance and health of elementary school students in California through provision of increased outdoor air ventilation in classrooms.”They’ve found is a correlation, and a tenuous one, but they go on to suggest that increasing ventilation rates will result in huge financial benefits: “Total estimated benefits from VRs [ventilation rates] increased to 7.1 l/s-person are $113 million, over 25 times the estimated costs of 4.0 million. Total benefits from an increase to 9.4 l/s-person, $226 million, are over 30 times the estimated costs of 7.3 million.” Although they don’t project the cost, they even recommend going up to 15 l/s (30 cfm) at the end of the article.The costs they estimated, however, do not include installing ventilation equipment in schools that don’t have any or changing out heating and cooling systems that cannot handle the extra load from the increased ventilation air. As with much of what they say, even the operational costs may be off significantly: “These estimates have a high expected level of uncertainty.” Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

What You Need To Do

first_imgWhen you don’t want to get out of bed, when you want to hit the snooze button, when you really want to retreat to the warm comfort of a few more minutes sleep, that’s the time you most need to muster the will to get up and get moving.When you don’t want to step onto the treadmill, into the gym, or climb under the heavy bar, that’s the time you need to summon your strength and do the work.When the blank page tries to intimidate you into giving up, giving in, and moving on, that’s the time when you need to let loose the words and ideas buried deep inside you struggling to escape.When you don’t want to close the browser, shut the lid, and disconnect, that’s when you most need to stop procrastinating, do the work you are avoiding, and remember why you’re here.When you don’t want to make the call because there is too much at risk, there’s too much at stake, and there’s too much to lose, that’s when you need to unleash your hidden power and dial the seven digits.When you don’t want to do the work, grind it out, or exert the necessary effort to get results, that’s when you need to take action and begin.When your scared to death to start that new thing, to go it alone, to step out onto the ledge and risk the chance, that’s the time to look fear in the eye, to stare it down, and to do what you were made for.When others insist that you can’t, that you will fail, that you will be hurt and embarrassed, that’s when you need to recognize that their fears aren’t your fears, that failure is just one short stop on your life’s adventure, and that it’s more embarrassing to have wasted what’s deep inside of you than it is to stumble.Do what you need to do. Now. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Faster At What Cost

first_imgMost of the things that make sales go faster are bad for long term relationships–and longer term results.Trying to close faster only creates resistance on the part of your buyer. Making sure that you take them through all of the stages of their process, even if it feels like it may take you longer, gets you to the final commitment sooner and with your relationships in tact.Telling the client what they want to hear so that you can make a sale might get you the business faster than telling them the truth about what they really need, but your deal will be short lived. By trading time for what is right, you damage the long term relationship, and you most certainly leave yourself open to be competitively displaced by a truth-telling salesperson.Avoiding consensus-building and collaboration because you fear it will take longer to strike a deal by involving more stakeholders might seem like a good plan to compress time and get the win across the line. But if for some reason your power sponsor gives you the green light, you will struggle with all kinds of execution problems because you didn’t really do the work to discover what your client needs and you didn’t allow the people you serve to collaborate on the solution. By neglecting and/or avoiding people, you damaged relationships.If you feel like you have to race to make your number, it’s because you don’t have enough opportunities to reach your goals and you aren’t gaining all of the smaller commitments you need to move forward the opportunities you do have. To go faster, you have to take your time and do better work during every sales interaction. Fast is slow, and slow is fast. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more