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Weah debuts, Wood scores and US beats Paraguay

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “All the guys that came in had a great experience of being a part of the national team throughout the nine days,” Sarachan said. “You don’t just make changes for change’s sake. We did want to make at least 3-4 subs, and could have been six, but that game sort of evolved in a way where we felt like the players on the field needed to be rewarded for a great effort.”Delgado’s 50-yard pass led to the foul that resulted in the 45th-minute penalty kick.Jorge Villafana won Bruno Valdez’s throw-in deep in the U.S. end and headed the ball to Tyler Adams, a 19-year-old midfielder making his third international appearance. Adams squared to Delgado before taking off and reached Delgado’s pass about 30 yards from goal. Adams rounded goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez, who tripped him with an outstretched arm .“With my pace . I was able to go at the goalkeeper, and he took a good angle on the initial shot,” Adams said. “I was going to try to tuck it back post, so I tried to drag it across my body, and the keeper caught me. And Bobby just stepped up and buried it.”Wood, making his first start since Feb. 10, for Hamburg against Borussia Dortmund, coaxed Fernandez into diving right while his penalty kick went left for his 11th international goal. Novakovich, who has 18 goals this season for Telstar in the Dutch second tier, replaced Wood in the 77th minute and missed a chance to score in stoppage time when his point-blank shot went into Fernandez’ chest.ADVERTISEMENT Sloane Stephens cracks top 10 with Miami semifinal run View comments LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Weah debuted in the 86th minute, Bobby Wood scored on a penalty kick and the U.S. beat Paraguay 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night for its first win in three games under interim coach Dave Sarachan.Weah entered in the 86th minute and was pulled down three minutes later by Derlin Gonzalez. Weah made his debut for Paris Saint-Germain on March 3, less than two weeks after his birthday. He played alongside American midfielder Darlington Nagbe, whose father Joe was Liberia’s captain and a teammate of George Weah on the national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMidfielder Marky Delgado and forward Andrija Novakovich — whose family drove 16 hours from Wisconsin for the game — also made their U.S. debuts. Sarachan has given three players debuts in each game since taking over for Bruce Arena, who quit in November after the U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup.Sarachan praised his young players for winning a “a real big-boy game” that included seven yellow cards — five for Paraguay. United States’ Bobby Wood (7) chases the ball with Paraguay’s Cristian Riveros during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CARY, N.C. — Tim Weah ran onto the field wearing bright orange boots, the first player born in the 2000s to play for the United States.“This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” said the 18-year-old, the son of Liberian President George Weah, the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year. “I’m really appreciative of the chance that the coaching staff has given me, and I’m hoping that I get more call-ups.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sarachan is likely to add some veterans when the U.S. gathers in late May for exhibitions against Bolivia, Ireland and France. The Americans won’t play a competitive match until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and a new coach may not be hired until after this summer’s World Cup.The U.S. debuted new uniforms with blue horizontal stripes — which would have been its road set during the World Cup.Sarachan started seven players with five international appearances or fewer, a youth movement that followed the end of the United States’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances.Zack Steffen started in goal after making his debut in the second half of a January exhibition against Bosnia-Herzegovina that ended 0-0.Kenny Saief, playing for the first time since his debut last June, had a chance in the 16th minute when his 8-yard shot was deflected by Bruno Valdez with a slide tackle and cleared by Gustavo Gomez.Paraguay, which is missing its second straight World Cup after four consecutive appearances, had a prime scoring chance in the 68th minute. Atlanta midfielder Miguel Almiron missed wide in the 68th minute and Hernan Perez was just off the target with a header in the 75th minute.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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DONEGAL DIASPORA WEBSITE TO BE LAUNCHED TODAY

first_imgThe official launch takes place today of the Donegal Diaspora website.The launch will take place at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and will be performed by Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBreartyThe Donegal Diaspora Project has been set up to reach out and engage with Donegal’s global community, its “Pobal Domhanda.” This network, from Boston to Bombay and from Ardee to the Antarctic, is made up of people with a connection to Donegal, no matter where they may be living.And the website, www.donegaldispora.ie is a gateway into all that is happening in DonegalCounty Manager Seamus Neely said the website is a means of our reaching out to and connecting with our broad Donegal Diaspora in all parts of the world.“The Donegal Diaspora Project has been established to reach out to this broad community for mutual benefit. Our Donegal County Strategy defines our Donegal Community as comprising not only of those who live in the county, but also those who have a connection to or interest in Donegal, no matter where in the world they may be living. “This Donegal global community, our “Pobal Domhanda” is made up of people who have left the country in recent times, of descendants of those who have left over past decades and centuries and of those who have developed an interest in the county for one reason or another. I trust that you will find this website to be useful and informative and that it will provide you with a link to County Donegal,” he said.   DONEGAL DIASPORA WEBSITE TO BE LAUNCHED TODAY was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:County Manager Seamus NeelyDonegal diasporawebsite launchlast_img read more

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Steve Evans first boss banned from the touchline under new FA rules

first_imgThe FA said in a statement: “Peterborough United manager Steve Evans will serve a one-match touchline suspension with immediate effect after receiving his fourth stage one warning this season for misconduct in the technical area.”Evans’ assistant Paul Raynor is currently on three yellow cards. 1 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos SORRY gameday cracker BEST OF Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion REPLY PAYBACK revealed latest scrap Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane The new bookings system was introduced in the Football League at the start of this season in a bid to curb abusive behaviour by managers.Referees are permitted to award managers a yellow card for dissent, with a second booking leading to a red card.A straight red card can also be awarded in cases of serious abuse towards match officials or rival coaches and players.Evans received yellow cards for his conduct in Peterborough’s match at Charlton on August 21, with Gillingham on September 21 and against Accrington on October 20.His fourth indescretion, triggering the suspension, came in last Friday’s 1-1 draw with Coventry. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Read In Football LATEST Steve Evans won’t be in the Posh dugout for the clash against AFC Wimbledon Steve Evans has become the first manager in English football to be suspended under new Football Association misconduct rules.The Peterborough boss will be banned for the touchline for Tuesday night’s League One clash against AFC Wimbledon after receiving four yellow cards this term.last_img read more

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Drilling for gas in W Cape

first_img28 August 2003The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, together with the chairman of mining and resources company, Mvelaphanda, Tokyo Sexwale, on Wednesday launched the Ibhubezi Gas at Redisson, Seapoint in Cape Town.The project to introduce natural gas is in keeping with the recommendations of the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy which propose, among others, the diversification of primary energy supply sources and the development of gas as the least negative environmental impact of the fossil fuels.The minister said the introduction of natural gas into the energy economy of the Western Cape is good news both for the region and for the country. The Ibhubezi gas field is presently the only one off the West Coast with a commercial potential of producing gas volumes.This gas would be supplied to a gas-to-electricity project in the Western Cape and to the PetroSA manufacturing plant in Mossel Bay. The volume of gas already discovered in the Ibhubezi Gas Field is too small to guarantee a production life of 20 years needed to meet market demand.These wells, if successful, will increase the volume of gas found to a level which will begin to match the market demands, and raise the prospect of discovering further volumes of gas.The Minerals and Energy department said should sufficient reserves be discovered, a gas-fired electricity generating station will be established, which would supplement gas supplies to the PetroSA plant. It is hoped that this will lead to other commercial users switching to natural gas as a cheaper alternative to the current energy supplies.The department added, however, that any future gas projects would depend on the discovery of sufficient supplies of gas reserves; sufficient and sustainable market demand, as well as the cost-effective transmission of the gas from the field to the market.With the development of the appropriate infrastructure and the realisation of the full market potential of the gas available to South Africa, the percentage of gas in the energy balance may increase from less than two percent to seven percent, bringing with it investments and economic growth.Sufficient interest has been expressed from the market to justify the investigation of transmission options.The department has also developed a Gas Infrastructure Plan, which will form the basis of a strategy to develop the natural gas industry in South Africa based on the 1998 White Paper on Energy.It is anticipated that there will be four main phases in the gas infrastructure development plan, namely:The first phase will involve the construction of a pipeline between South Africa and Mozambique. The 865km pipeline – from Mozambique to Secunda – will cost $549-million to build. The Lilly 1 gas pipeline from Secunda to Durban may have to be eventually upgraded or replaced.The second phase will be a pipeline in the Western Cape. Two options are being considered: the first is an onshore pipeline from Kudu; or an offshore pipeline from Ibhubezi to Saldanha, proceeding to Cape Town, and eventually to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.Phase three will be a pipeline from the West Coast to Gauteng via Sishen in Northern Cape.The fourth phase will involve building a pipeline from Port Elizabeth to Durban via East London.Source: Department of Minerals and Energylast_img read more

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Global acclaim for SA film

first_imgThe Iron Ladies of Liberia takes a behind the scenes look at Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet’s challenging first year in power. (Image: Why democracy?) Tamara O’ReillyA film, which has South African-born Don Edkins as its executive producer, won a host of international awards in June 2008 for its ability to generate debate on the concept of democracy.Iron Ladies of Liberia is one of a series of 10 documentaries commissioned by Cape Town-based non-profit production company Steps International under their Why Democracy? project, which saw a select group of filmmakers from around the world explore the meaning of democracy and how it is viewed in different communities and scenarios.The production takes a behind-the-scenes look at Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was sworn into power in 2006. Sirleaf is the country’s first freely elected head of state and the first female president in Africa. She faces the onerous task of uniting a country that – prior to her election – was racked by nearly two decades of civil war, addressing its debt and reviving its economy. Since coming to power Sirleaf has appointed several women in her Cabinet and this documentary follows her and her administrative team during their first year in office as they tried to prevent further conflict.On 10 June 2008 the film was named the best political documentary and best documentary at the Banff World Television Awards in Canada, which honours the best television programmes from around the world. At the One World Media Awards in London held two days later, on 12 June, Iron Ladies of Liberia was presented with the prestigious Millennium Development Goals Award (MDG). This honour is for broadcast, print or new media coverage addressing the progress or challenges in meeting the 2015 MDG set out by the United Nations, which covers issues such as health, education and poverty.At the end of June 2008 the Why Democracy? project was awarded the Golden Link European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Documentary Co-production Award in La Rochelle, France by the European Broadcasting Union. The EBU is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world.No lofty idealsThe Why Democracy? project was launched in Amsterdam in 2004 at the International Documentary Festival. The organisers called for proposals from documentary and filmmakers around the world and more than 700 entries were received.In October 2007 the 10 selected hour-long documentaries were televised by 42 broadcasters in 180 countries to more than 300-million people. Along with screening the documentary, each broadcaster agreed to air other programmes, debates and discussions to tie in with democracy theme.The Why Democracy? project has produced some exceptional, challenging and unconventional work. According to the Why Democracy website, “The films are unconventional documentaries in two senses: firstly democracy, an idea, is their primary focus above any specific country or event. Secondly, they are not overtly prescriptive. These are not films by experts, about experts, telling us what ‘the situation is’ in Iraq, or Chile, or South Africa or Iran. These films hope to illuminate for anyone, in any country, a gnarly idea called democracy. Democracy as it exists today, not as we wish it to be.”Further recognitionOther documentaries in the series have also won awards, most notably Taxi to the Dark Side, which won Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2008 Academy Awards and the Best Documentary Film Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.Edkins also produced the Southern African series on truth and reconciliation, Landscape of Memory, and the multi-award-winning documentary project, Steps for the Future, a collection of 38 films about Southern Africa in the time of HIV and Aids.Links:Bannf World Television Awards Why Democracy? United Nations Millennium Development Goalslast_img read more

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The Chef’s Garden: A niche for success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Positioned in a micro climate right off of Lake Erie sits The Chef’s Garden, a 300-acre farm that was lake bottom 11,000 years ago and today is some of the richest sandy loam in the world.At one point, Erie County hosted about 330 vegetable growers. Then in the mid 1940s, as roads and refrigeration improved, those small farms were pushed out by larger-scale producers.“My parents worked cooperatively with about 65 other growers in this region and packed all under one label to be able to continue to supply markets and compete with the larger growers out west,” said Farmer Lee Jones, one of the owners of The Chef’s Garden. “They supplied companies like the A & P and Kroger and ultimately the interest rates caught up with them.”A 21% interest rate and a devastating hail storm in 1983 broke the co-op’s back.“At 19 years old, I stood shoulder to shoulder with my family and watched 25 years of really hard work and blood and sweat be auctioned off,” Jones said. “All of our neighbors and competitors were there and all of those that came to relish in our failure were there. They auctioned off everything down to my mother’s car and ultimately our home.”Despite the devastating end to that chapter of the farm, the Jones Family knew that being a part of agriculture was something they had to do. It was in their DNA.“We were really desperate to find a way and there was no money and nobody loaning money, but we found a niche in the market,” Jones said.One of The Chef’s Garden greenhousesThat niche — providing the best quality specialty and heirloom vegetables, herbs and microgreens to the nation’s most discerning chefs — has paid in dividends for Farmer Lee, his father Bob and brother Bob Jr. and they believe that there is still room for success in niche markets for small farms.“I think there is more opportunity in agriculture today than ever before in the history of time,” Jones said. “Farmers are some of the most savvy entrepreneurs and business-spirited folks that exist. There are opportunities out there and the key is to identify certain needs and trends and to jump on them and do something exceptionally well.”While The Chef’s Garden is producing the best products possible, Jones is also committee to his land and keeping it sustainable is something he takes very seriously.“We think sustainability means environmentally friendly and we also think it means socially responsible,” Jones said. “Those two are the easy ones, so to speak. The third objective is the most difficult one and that the farm must be economically viable. You have to be able to sustain and create an environment and a business model that you can pass on to future generations.”The Chef’s Garden welcomes about 500 of the world’s most talented chefs every year and during those visits the conversation most always turns to the water quality issues that are concerning to those that work, live and farm along Lake Erie’s watershed and near the lake itself.“We don’t think wars will be over oil in the future, they will be over water and it really is a concern for all of us,” Jones said. “In this area of the state we are seeing more cover cropping and two-thirds of our acreage in any one year is in cover crops. It’s a huge commitment that’s probably not realistic for most farm setups, but in our unique situation we think it’s important to the way that we’re growing to reduce some of the chemical and synthetic inputs.”On occasion, The Culinary Vegetable Institute, an arm of The Chef’s Garden, welcomes consumers in to share with them what is happening on the farm and how their specialty vegetables are grown. That message includes how farming is more than playing in the dirt. They point out that as much enjoyment a career in agriculture can bring, it is still a business.“There is a very romantic view of farming out there but there is also the other side of it where there are a lot of hours and a lot of hard work,” Jones said. “We do try to give visitors a full appreciation of what is involved with farming. We hear of many people that have successful jobs in town that want to start their own farm where they can have a few chickens and some other animals and it looks pretty sexy at first, but I think many times they don’t understand all of the costs that are involved and they undervalue what they produce.”Jones says that was a key philosophy when The Chef’s Garden was established.“There’s an old saying that ‘everybody knows what their product is worth and they should charge accordingly’,” Jones said. “We are never afraid to ask what we think our products are worth. We have to be able to charge for the quality and the integrity of the product that we produce.”last_img read more

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Flatrock Passive: Insulation and an Air Barrier

first_imgInsulation for the atticAttics are one of the neglected spaces in the our homes — an afterthought, really. Many trusses are designed the same way they were years ago. There is no thought put into the lack of insulation above the top plate on exterior walls. Heeled trusses [also called raised-heel trusses or energy-heel trusses] were developed as a solution to this problem. Adding a small heel enables deeper insulation over the top plate of exterior walls and helps prevent thermal short-circuiting to and from the attic space.It seems that raised-heel trusses may become a mainstay for the future since code changes now require attics to be insulated to a minimum of R-50. Large heels mean more blocking and higher baffles to combat the effects of wind-washing on the thermal effectiveness of the attic insulation. The key here is to direct any wind (entering the attic through the soffit) far above the layer of insulation. The air contained in the insulation remains stagnant which maintains its thermal effectiveness.Adding insulation to an attic is pretty cost-effective — even for a Passive House. There are several blown-in insulation choices available in our local market. Namely, cellulose and fiberglass. At about R-3.26 per inch, cellulose seemed to give the best value for my dollars. The manufacturer (Thermocell) was able to provide an R-value based on the depth of insulation required. The fiberglass provider wasn’t able to specify above R-60 so it was going to be a matter of blowing in extra and crossing our fingers. Even if they extrapolated the depth required, the initial thickness was going to be higher than cellulose in order to account for settling.The cost of fiberglass is slightly higher than cellulose and would require higher baffles which would further increase the total cost of the installation. There are many more reasons for choosing cellulose (which I will explore in a future post), but the main point here is that I need lots! Combining Exterior Rigid Foam With Fluffy Insulation Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersOne Air Barrier or Two? Before making a final choice about which products to use, I decided to further investigate the documented effects of compressing fiberglass insulation. I have heard people say you shouldn’t compress fiberglass insulation. However, this depends heavily on installation details.So, can you compress a deep fiberglass batt into a shallow stud wall cavity? You sure can, and even though compressing the batt lowers its nominal R-value, you still end up with a higher R-value than a standard batt would provide. The formulas are pretty simple.Final R-Value = Original R-Value + Change in R-Valuewhere,Change in R-Value = 1/2 x (Percentage change in thickness) x (Original R-Value)where the “Percentage change in thickness” is100% x ( Compressed Thickness – Original Thickness) / (Original Thickness)So for R-31 (9 1/2 inch thick) batt compressed into a 7 1/4 inch stud space, the percentage change in thickness is100% x (7.5″-9.5″) / 9.5″ = -21%.This translates into a change in R-Value equal to1/2 x (-21%) x 31 = -3.3.So the final R-value would be 27.7 in the cavity. This seemed like a good option. But there were some details to keep in mind and a few things to work around.First, R-31 batts only come in a 24-inch wide width while the stud cavities are actually 22 1/2 inches wide because of the 24-inch on-center spacing of the studs. So every R-31 batt would have to be cut to the proper width. RESNET recommends insulation 1 inch bigger than the cavity (from what I recall). This is interesting because most manufacturers provide insulation at widths that are only 1/2 inch wider than the stud cavity.I omitted blocking from the walls in order to provide a full stud space for insulation. This led to a minor problem: As the studs started to dry, they also started to warp. The cavities were 22 1/2 inches at the plates but up to 23 inches wide elsewhere in the cavity. Cutting insulation at non-uniform widths would be extremely time consuming.My work-around was to use the whole batt in the cavity without cutting it to width. At 1 1/2 inches larger than the cavity in places, the batt would only be wider than the RESNET specification by 1/2 inch. The effect of this is compression along the width of the cavity. Since the R-Value changes linearly with compression, I would expect the same formula above applies to the width of the cavity also. So, using the above formula and my calculated R-value under compression (i.e. R-27.7) the insulation would have a variability from R-27.1 to R-26.8, assuming a perfect installation. My plans called for fiberglass batt insulation in the stud cavities with an OSB air barrier to the inside of the wall and EPS foam sheathing on the outside of the house. The problem is that the walls are framed with 2x8s, and my check of local suppliers found there are very few fiberglass options for a 2×8 wall (7 1/4 inches deep).Several companies make batt insulation in thicknesses of 8 1/2 inches (R-28) and 7 1/2 inches (R-22). Another option was to gang up batts of different thicknesses and R-values but this seemed complicated and installation could take twice as long. In either case, the insulation will have to be compressed into the wall cavity with the OSB. Yet another option was blown in fiberglass. At about R-29.8 it is the best option for conformity inside the wall cavity and provides the highest R-value. This would be my best option if budget allowed for it. Fears of bulging walls were unfoundedSeveral people suggested that this much compression would lead to issues with installation of the interior OSB air barrier — bulges in the OSB between the studs. We mocked up a batt installation and covered it with a sheet of OSB. We did need two people to install the mock up: one person to hold and compress the insulation with the sheet of OSB, and the other person to nail the OSB in place.The trick was to start nailing at the bottom plate (a pneumatic nailer worked best). We then pushed the sheet in (compressing the insulation behind it) about 16 inches up the wall and nailed it again. We kept doing this until the full sheet was nailed. After installation was complete we ran a straightedge horizontally across the OSB and found no bulging from the insulation. The bending stress on the OSB across a 2-foot span appears nonexistent. Compressing fiberglass with OSB works fine. However I can guarantee that anything more than R-31 is very hard to compress. Don’t bother trying it!Installation of the batts was tricky at first. Simply pushing them into the cavity led to uneven filling. Repeatedly, the batts did not fill the corners of the wall cavity at the exterior side. To correct this we had to start by angling the batt into the corner while compressing it in width to fit into the opposite side. We would use our hands to pull the insulation away slightly and visually inspect the corners and tucked the insulation into the corners as needed. (See Image #2 below.)The trick to making it puffy is to make sure the batt is tight-fitting but only about 1/2 inch bigger than the stud cavity in both height and width. The batt then slips in the cavity with ease and the center still bulges outside the stud cavity which will make for more uniform compression once the OSB is installed.Having several people to install insulation makes the job move along quickly. However, it also introduces some variations in results. We inspected each other’s installations and watched one another’s installation method to narrow down the best way to achieve a good installation and came up with a set of rules. Our reasoning was that approach would yield a more consistent result. Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here.center_img BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Installing Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House RELATED ARTICLES Next, the air barrierAfter completing the insulation, we started installing the first component of our airtight barrier, the OSB. We just followed the procedure we had mapped out with our mock-up. Since we wanted to keep joints to a minimum, we worked with full sheets.Around windows, we typically placed the sheet vertically in front of the buck then scribed a line around the buck opening onto the OSB and cut the opening out with a circular saw. If the sheet covered the window, we ripped the sheet to the width of the nearest stud centered under the window opening so we could reach inside the buck opening to scribe the window opening. With this methodology we will be sealing two fewer joints per window when compared to installing individual pieces above and below the window bucks. In some cases this may not work, but I figured that more solid OSB would result in fewer air leaks. It also saved on expensive tape as well as time for caulking and taping.Some penetrations through the air barrier were easier to implement up front rather than waiting till later. The ERV vent termination was one of those penetrations. The termination fitting was the DVS-100 from Reversomatic. It is a dual vent that can be fitted into the wall in a single piece. The termination fitting was fitted into the wall cavity from the exterior. Extension pipes were added to the termination and spray foam was installed around the unit. The spray foam was trimmed so fiberglass would fit nicely around the pipes.We marked out where the penetrations would be on a sheet of OSB and drilled the holes necessary for the vent pipe penetrations. (See Images #3 and #4, below.) In order to get nice tight insulation around the vent pipes, I had to figure out how to drill holes through fiberglass. Using a template placed on the batt at the right location, I stepped onto the templates with all of my weight. A drill with a hole saw could then be used to drill the hole locations to give nice round holes for fitting around the vents. (See image #5 below.) Building an attic hatchAir sealing an attic hatch is not an easy task. Fortunately, my designer provided great details for the attic opening. It’s basically an OSB box with a sloped end. (See Image #6 below.) The OSB box was framed between the attic trusses in the middle of the future hallway. (Framing the interior is yet to start.) The box is about 32 inches high. At this height, it is about 6 inches above the top of the insulation.The attic hatch door will be insulated with EPS. Luckily enough, I have lots of 4-inch scraps left over from my foundation. I will probably make it 12 inches thick since I can then just stack three layers of 4 inches each. This being said, I had to plan ahead for how the person entering the attic will deal with placement of the attic door. What I came up with is a landing at the top of the attic hatch opening where the attic door can be placed after it’s popped off the hatchway.With 26-inch-deep insulation, it’s not going to be an easy task for the insulator to walk around in the attic, so I had to think ahead about how to make his life easier when blowing the insulation. A catwalk supported by the trusses was easy to make with some 2x4s. (See image #7 below.)The catwalk runs about 32 feet along the length of the attic at a height of 32 inches above the attic deck below. It will be much safer than trying to navigate the attic while treading on truss webbing and pulling a large hose around. With the catwalk situated approximately in the center of the attic space, the insulator should be able to reach either side of the house. It will also make future inspections much easier than wading around in 26 inches of insulation!last_img read more

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Video: If You’ve Never Ridden an Alligator, Here’s What You’re Missing

first_imgUntil now, if you wanted to figure out how a crocodile or alligator hunted, you had to get up close and personal with the dangerous reptiles. But thanks to a bit of technology, researchers can now keep a safe distance. A team of scientists captured 15 alligators on an island off the coast of Florida and strapped a large-shoebox-sized package containing a waterproof camera and other data sensors to each animal’s back. The cameras were programmed to take video documenting the reptiles’ attempts to catch prey (as seen in video), and then the strap would detach after 1 to 2 days. Researchers had known that alligators are active at night, but they assumed that hunting occurred most often in the morning. This study showed that while morning hunting attempts were more likely to be successful, alligators actually do most of their hunting at night, the researchers report today in PLOS ONE. The reptiles also made many of their successful kills while completely underwater, a fact that had been missed by observational studies. Although alligators are the top predator in their environments, how much they eat and when they hunt has been poorly understood until now. The results change the picture of known alligator behavior in ways that could affect conservation: For example, the researchers’ data show that alligator counts, done at night by shining a light and looking for the telltale red reflections from their eyes, occur during a time when half the alligators may be below the surface, unseen.last_img read more

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Yancy De Ocampo to retire if San Miguel wins Grand Slam

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Beermen legacy will last for a long time, says Arwind Santos Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Yancy De Ocampo is ready to call it a career but under one condition.San Miguel’s veteran center said he will retire at the end of the season but only if the Beermen win a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT De Ocampo now has 11 championships in total, tying him for the most number of championships among active players with Rafi Reavis.De Ocampo, who played two games in 7.5 minutes in the elimination round, said he doesn’t mind if he’s not on the floor for too long since he’s already content giving the team the moral support it needs while also becoming the coaches’ extension on the bench.“We’re a powerhouse team, but there’s also a tendency to relax but once we need to win, we can overcome our struggles,” said De Ocampo. “This team is intact, us as veterans we’re always here for our teammates.”“If we see something wrong that the players don’t notice we approach them.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve said before that if I get the Grand Slam then I will finally retire, I hope this year that happens,” said the 39-year-old De Ocampo in Filipino during San Miguel’s fans’ day Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.“I’ve been with this team for almost four years, and I think there’s a big possibility that we’ll get the Grand Slam this season but that depends on the performance of the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDe Ocampo arrived in San Miguel in 2015 from NorthPort in a four-team trade.He has since played as a backup center for five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and has won six championships as part of the Beermen.last_img read more

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San Miguel escapes Columbian behind Dez Wells

first_imgThirdy Ravena, dominant Blue Eagles want no letup June Mar Fajardo had 19 points, while four more tossed in twin digit scores, including newly-acquired Mo Tautuaa.San Miguel bolstered its playoff bid at 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceKhapri Alston had 38 while CJ Perez and Juami Tiongson scored 18 each for Columbian, which would’ve swept its season series with San Miguel.The Dyip slid to 3-4, good for a 6th spot in the draw.   DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES San Miguel takes on NorthPort in a much-anticipated clash featuring Tautuaa and Christian Standhardinger this Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Columbian, meanwhile, hopes to bounce back against Phoenix on Friday at the Big Dome.The scores:San Miguel 113 – Wells 39, Fajardo 19, Cabagnot 15, Romeo 12, Santos 10, Tautuaa 10, Ross 5, Pessumal 3, Lassiter 0, Nabong 0.Columbian 107 – Alston 38, Perez 18, Tiongson 18, McCarthy 17, Corpuz 12, Agovida 2, Gabayni 2, Celda 0, Cahilig 0, Calvo 0.ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen PLAY LIST 03:16PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer survived Columbian, 113-107,  for a share of second place in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Dez Wells scored 39 points—18 coming in the final frame—to put the Triple Crown seekers away from the Dyip’s striking range and rebound from a narrow loss to Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Quarterscores: 28-26, 51-52, 76-82, 113-107.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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