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Organizers planning for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia wanted to make sure they would have enough snow for the skiing competitions, so they decided to save some from last year. They covered several large piles of snow with special insulated tarps to preserve the snow through the spring and summer.
Many members of the media laughed at the idea, but it has proven to be successful. About 500,000 cubic meters of snow, enough to fill about 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools, remain under the tarps. That will be enough to allow the skiing competitions to take place, even if the snow-making machines or the weather don’t cooperate.
Mikko Martikainen, who is in charge of snow production for the Winter Olympics, came up with the snow-saving process a dozen years ago and is excited that it is being used on such a scale. He also hopes for large amount of snowfall in Sochi, a subtropical region that lies in the Caucasus Mountains, one of the highest ranges in Europe. He said it was even possible that the warm air off the nearby Black Sea, combined with the cold air from the mountains, could create an overabundance of snow.
Sochi is located in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, near the border with Georgia. It is one of only a few places in Russia with a subtropical climate. The city is located about 996 miles from Moscow near the border between Europe and Asia.
The XXII Winter Olympics will be held from February 7-23, 2014.
Tension fabric buildings consist of a rigid frame, which may be made of timber, steel, rigid plastic, or aluminum, and a sturdy fabric outer membrane. The fabric cover is stretched over the frame and tensioned to provide a tight cover that serves as the structural support for the building.
Tension fabric buildings offer several benefits over traditional buildings. They generally have lower operating costs and lower energy costs. They are quick and easy to install and have flexible foundation design options. They also offer natural light, resist corrosion, and can be relocated.
There are many possible uses for a tension fabric building. On farms, they can be used for hay and feed storage, protection of livestock, and horseback riding arenas. They can also be used for commercial purposes, such as manufacturing and warehousing. In addition, tension fabric buildings can be used to store sand and salt for road maintenance, for environmental management, or for storage of boats or airplanes. They can also be used for government or military purposes, or as emergency shelters.
Tension fabric buildings can be up to 300 feet wide and almost any length. The fabric membrane can last 20 to 30 years, depending on environmental factors, such as sunlight, temperature, wind, air quality, and humidity.
The fabrics currently used are made of PVC or polyethylene. Some are translucent, which provides for natural interior lighting. They are designed with computer-aided design (CAD) to customize the buildings and make sure they meet load and service expectations.
Consider a tension fabric building for any of your long- or short-term storage needs. They are a convenient, economical, quality solution.
Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 7, caused catastrophic damage, utterly decimating whole cities. People who were left homeless in the aftermath desperately need tarps to provide improvised shelters, in addition to food, water, and medicine. Relief supplies have been slow to arrive.
Hundreds of thousands of residents of the Philippines were left homeless following the storm, and over half a million were displaced. Those left homeless have been left with nowhere to turn to escape the elements. Many have been sleeping in the rubble of collapsed buildings or outdoors.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is asking billboard operators and outdoor advertising agencies to donate used tarps to construct makeshift shelters for families left homeless in the wake of the storm. Since tarps are flexible and waterproof, they can be used to construct improvised tents. Such temporary shelters would provide much-needed protection from the rains that have continued to plague the region.
In the wake of Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, authorities sent tarps confiscated from non-compliant advertising companies in the Baklas Billboard operation to the hard-hit areas of New Bataan, Compostela Valley and Cateel, Davao Oriental to construct improvised shelters. Prior to that, thousands of people had been sleeping exposed to the elements.
Since Haiyan struck, residents of several cities and villages, including the hardest-hit city of Tacloban, have begun receiving some tarps, water, and food donated by companies, international charities, and the local government. However, the need for aid far outweighs the supply, and authorities and charities are appealing for international help for the hundreds of thousands desperately in need of shelter from continued rain and storms.
Students at the University of Kentucky pitched tents, lots of tents, to show their support and school spirit for their basketball teams. Nearly 700 tents were pitched around the area of Memorial Coliseum during the first week of October.
Students camped out for the chance to buy tickets for the first men’s and women’s basketball practice of the season. That’s right. Not the first game. The first practice.
People in Kentucky take their basketball very seriously and the event known as Big Blue Madness draws such a crowd that the University asked students to camp out no earlier than 5 a.m. Wednesday morning for tickets that went on sale Saturday morning. 650 tents were already up by 9:30 Wednesday morning and there was no sign of a slowdown. Sure enough by Wednesday afternoon, the record-number of 690 tents had been set. The old record of 595 tents was set just last year.
This is a tradition. Hundreds of students and Kentucky fans spend three days every year in tents, braving the elements, in hopes of getting a chance to attend the first practice. It’s sort of a kick-off (or tip-off) to the new season. Campers who got prime real estate had the greater chance of getting up to four tickets for the event on Friday night, October 18th.
All the tents filled with hundreds of students in one general area make for the establishment of a tent community. This is why the area is known as Tent City. Some of the basketball players and coaches wander into Tent City to visit with students and maybe sign a few autographs.
Lots of schools hold similar events this time of year. The events are often called Midnight Madness. The NCAA stipulates that college teams can hold their first organized practice six weeks before the first regular season game.
Sports fans love to get their hands on a little piece of history. That’s why it’s a thrill to catch a foul ball at a game or get the autograph of a star player.
Now, two New England institutions, The Boston Red Sox and L.L. Bean, are teaming up to give Sox fans a chance to get a pair of boots laced with history.
The boots will not be sold in stores. 50 pairs of the tarp boots will be given away as part of a contest on the L.L. Bean Facebook page. Fans will be asked share their favorite memory of Fenway Park. Winners will be picked at random and notified on October 21st. The other 50 pairs of boots will be given away at colleges in the Boston area.
L.L. Bean produced the handcrafted tarp that protected the Fenway infield during 2012 season, which was the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park. The contest is being announced the first week of October, to coincide with the Sox’s first playoff series of 2013. Plus, the boots will be made and distributed in time for winter. And New Englanders know the importance of good winter boots.
This is not the first time L.L. Bean used the material from the tarp in a product. Last month, the company sold out of limited edition tote bags that were made with pieces of the tarp.
L.L. Bean points to a rich history of the Red Sox as a big reason for this partnership. The Maine-based company’s founder, Leon Leonwood Bean (what a great name) was an avid Red Sox fan and a season ticket holder.
There are many benefits provided by a quality tarp or canopy. L.L. Bean is proving one of those benefits is quality winter footwear.
The Oakland Athletics dominated the AL West this year and have clinched the division. Now that the team is guaranteed a playoff spot, they are already selling playoff tickets. The stadium sold out so fast that they decided to remove the tarps over the third deck to create more seats.
By removing the green tarps that cover up the third deck from left to right field, there are around an extra 12,000 seats available. In total, the sellout number for the stadium will increase from 35,067 to 48,146. The tarps that cover up the Mt. Davis section, however, will not be removed.
The decision to uncover the extra seats was made after the tickets for the three possible AL division series games were sold out in two hours. The tickets for the first home playoff game alone sold out in under an hour. If the A’s should make it past the first round, Oakland officials have not yet decided if the tarps will stay off.
Rain caused a delay in play at the Citi Open in Washington. The playing surface is a hardcourt and tournament groundskeepers used a different strategy than normal to keep it dry. Normally hardcourts are dried using blowers, towels, and rollers when a hardcourt surface gets wet. For the Citi Open, they used a tarp to block water from affecting the playing surface.
Normally, tarps are only used to cover tennis courts that are made from clay or grass. It was a sponsor’s idea to use the unconventional method on the hardcourt in Washington. The chief executive of American Summits, Philip Lajaunie, convinced the tournament organizers to use a tarp to cover the tennis court. Lajaunie said he was always astonished by how long rain delays could be for a tennis match. When a lot of rain comes down, it could take up to an hour to dry the court and get players back into their match.
The director of operations for the tournament cleared Lajaunie’s idea and they tried it out. Much like when a baseball team covers the diamond with a tarp, groundskeepers rolled out a large white tarp over the tennis court. The groundskeepers did a few dry runs to see how long it would take to set up the tarps and roll them up. When rain hit the tournament they covered the court with the tarps and it worked great.
The reason more hardcourts don’t use tarps is because many are built with a one percent slope. This causes the water to drain naturally and prevent puddles, negating the need for tarps. When the tarps were used at the Citi Open, drying time was shortened by up to 40 percent. While the court was bone dry when the tarps were taken off, everything else around it was wet. They plan on trying the tarps on the hardcourt surface again, but after they do some more experimenting with the process.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled to fill their seats due to dismal seasons the past few years. They have been using tarps to decrease the number of seats they have to avoid blackouts during home games. A new project that would put in two massive scoreboards would help eliminate the need to tarp off full sections this upcoming season.
Hopefully the new scoreboards will help attract more fans to the games, but the real reason the tarps will be removed is because their construction will result in the loss of some seats. The $63 million project would place a giant state of the art video scoreboard at each endzone.
The project will not only include the two massive scoreboards, there will also be pools and fan interaction areas too. To make room for all the new attractions, the Jaguars will have to remove around 7,000 of their physical seats, creating a potential net capacity loss of around 1,500 seats. This would allow for all of the tarps that are currently in the north endzone to be removed.
While not all of the tarps in the stadium will be taken away, it is a step in the right direction by Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan. If the Jaguars wanted to fill the seats and create more revenue, it would have been cheaper to sign Florida’s favorite player, Tim Tebow. However, Khan believes he can fill the seats for $63 million, instead of the next to league minimum Tebow is earning in New England. For Jaguars fans, at least most of the unsightly tarps will be gone for the 2013 season, but I doubt less tarps will equal more wins.
Hundreds of homes were recently damaged in North Texas due to a serious tornado. Many homes were damaged so badly that people were unable to stay in them. One tarp manufacturer sent thousands of tarps to Texas to help aid in the rebuilding of all the damaged homes.
Tarps Plus sent over 50,000 hurricane and tornado related tarps into North Texas. The California based company set up a 10 acre facility in Central Texas to handle logistical issues that arise during hurricane and tornado season.
Tarps are an essential item for anyone who has been victimized by tornadoes or hurricanes. Polyethylene tarps can be used to cover roof damage. This will prevent subsequent chill water damage and leakage after a hurricane or tornado damages to the roof of a home. Tarps provide the quickest and most inexpensive way to cover roofs for temporary protection.
There are many different kinds of tarps and they have a wide range of uses. In this case, tarps are being used to cover up damaged roofs in Texas and to prevent water or debris from entering the homes. The tarps will provide great temporary protection for all of the homes that were damaged by the tornado in Texas.
In Henderson, North Carolina, roadside litter is an ongoing problem. One company is doing what they can to raise awareness of the problem, along with giving away free tarps to help cover the waste when it is being hauled.
In a partnership with Wal-Mart and the “Keep North Carolina Beautiful” campaign, Waste Industries Vance County has been distributing free 8 by 10 foot tarps. The “Keep North Carolina Beautiful” campaign provides a program that offers free tarps and educational materials to residents hauling waste to local convenience centers and landfills.
It is against the law to haul waste without a tarp over it in North Carolina, regardless of whether it’s a residential or commercial vehicle. The Waste Industries Vance County company will begin distributing the tarps to people when they come to their transfer center. The company says thay they get anywhere from 15 to 20 residents a day at the transfer center.
The KNCB campaign says that non-secured items in truck beds are contributing to the dangerous and unsightly roadside litter. To reduce the amount of litter, people need to be held accountable when breaking the law or informed on how to move loads to the transfer center correctly. According to North Carolina law, “When litter is blown, scattered, spilled, thrown, or placed from a vehicle or watercraft, the operator thereof shall be presumed to have committed this offense.”
The efforts by the people of Vance County to keep the area litter-free is ongoing. 350 volunteers recently collected almost 200 bags of trash and recyclables on the streets, near homes, and businesses. They hope that by giving free tarps to residents who bring trash to the transfer center that they will be more likely to cover up their load and this will reduce the amount of litter.