Daily Sports Roundup: April 20th

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup provided by Bet Jamaica home of the true dime MLB betting, join now and get a free $50 free play on top of 20% cash bonus:  The Celtics and Heat do battle in Game 2, the Braves and Phillies square off, and the Avalanche look to bury the Sharks in Game 3.

Tipping off on the hardwood…

The NBA playoffs continue Tuesday night with four games on the schedule: Milwaukee at Atlanta, Portland at Phoenix, Oklahoma City at the Lakers and Miami at Boston. Game 2 between the Heat and Celtics should be an interesting matchup based on the way Game 1 concluded. Boston defeated Miami 85-76 as a 5-point favorite, but a dustup near the end of the game resulted in Kevin Garnett being slapped with a suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in the face. With Garnett out, the Celtics are only a 1.5-point favorite in Game 2.

Meeting up on the diamond…

The American League’s Tuesday schedule includes Kansas City at Toronto, Texas at Boston, Cleveland at Minnesota, the Yankees at Oakland, Detroit at the Angels and Baltimore at Seattle. Also on tap is Tampa Bay at the White Sox, featuring a battle of southpaws between David Price (2-0, 2.45) and John Danks (1-0, 1.38). Price has been stellar in a pair of wins this season, and last time out he held the Orioles to one run on four hits over seven innings. Danks has also been dominant to start the season and held Toronto to one run on two hits in seven innings in his last start.

Tuesday’s National League schedule includes Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, Colorado at Washington, the Cubs at the Mets, the Dodgers at Cincinnati, Florida at Houston, St. Louis at Arizona and San Francisco at San Diego. The Phillies and Braves also meet up in a NL East showdown with two young guns, Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 17.47) and Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.38), taking the mound. Kendrick has had a rough start to the season and in his last start the Nationals pounded him for six runs in only 1 1-3 innings. Hanson pitched a gem last time out, limiting San Diego to one run on four hits in six innings.

Taking a trip around the rink…

It’s a very busy night in the NHL playoffs on Tuesday with five games on the schedule. They include Game 4 between Phoenix and Detroit, Pittsburgh and Ottawa, New Jersey and Philadelphia and San Jose and Colorado, as well as Game 3 between Chicago and Nashville.

Colorado can put the Sharks in a tight spot with a win tonight. A victory by the Avalanche would give them a 3-1 series lead after their surprising win on Sunday night. Colorado won Game 3 by a 1-0 score in overtime after Dan Boyle accidentally scored into his own net. Netminder Craig Anderson played a big part in the victory with a 51-save performance to earn the shutout.


Food & Drug Packaging October 1, 2007 | Henry, John I never pay attention to instruction manuals and it drives my wife nuts. Using a manual to dope out how to install a dishwasher or set up a DVD player just feels like cheating to me. (I’m also not good at asking directions when lost. It’s probably a guy thing.) This may be OK for household appliances but not for packaging machinery. Unfortunately, too many equipment manufacturers build great machines and then fail to provide equally great operating, maintenance and set-up manuals. here how to install a dishwasher

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are several reasons for this:

* Many packaging machines are customized for each application. Sometimes this means modification of a standard machine. Other times it means a customized machine from the ground up. Customized machines require customized manuals which are time consuming to write. An inverse law of documentation is in play: The more customized the machine is, the harder the manual is to write.

* The manufacturer, and especially the writer, may not understand how the machine will be used in operation. More importantly, they may not match the level and style of the manual to the person who will be using it.

* Some machine builders use engineers to write the manual. Engineers are great at many things; technical writing is not always one of them. Other builders will use in-house or outside technical writers who may not completely understand the machine.

* It’s hard to write a manual before a machine is completed and tested. Once it is completed and tested, the customer usually wants it shipped immediately.

* Then there’s money. Customers often buy machines on the basis of initial price rather than overall cost. When they don’t, builders think they do. Good manuals cost and builders are reluctant to charge for them. web site how to install a dishwasher

Bad manuals cost even more. These costs accrue over the life of the machine in poor set-ups, improper operation and inadequate maintenance. Unfortunately, the machine cost is visible, the lifetime costs are hidden.

All of these problems are compounded in imported machinery by translations. It’s easy, but wrong, to blame machine builders for these problems. Customers share a lot of the blame by not insisting on good manuals (and being willing to pay for them!). Builders must also do their part by showing the customer the value of a good manual.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) publishes an excellent Technical Documentation & Style Guide. Buyers should insist that machine builders use this as a guideline for their manuals.

A final thought: Machine manuals need to be profusely illustrated with pictures, diagrams, drawings and charts. One picture is worth a thousand words.

A good manual, by itself, is not enough. People need to use it. But that’s another column.

John Henry, Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), is renowned as the Changeover Wizard. His company, Changeover.com, specializes in improving line efficiencies for packagers by reducing downtime. Contact John at johnhenry@changeover.com or 787-550-9650.

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