Embarking on the Building Science Learning Curve

first_imgHow you can find good green building informationSo, what does all this mean for you as you try to build your green home or fix your existing home? To summarize David’s and my experience, and add a bit more:Find sources that you trust.Keep digging.Talk to the local pros.Take advantage of blogs and Internet discussion forums.Think long and hard about doing it yourself.Those points are mostly related. The better you are at gathering information, figuring out what’s valid, and avoiding information pitfalls, the better you’ll do at building or fixing your home.Let me now offer two words of caution: First, just because someone holds a strong opinion doesn’t mean they’re right. That’s why it’s important to look for consensus.Second, know your limits. I’ve heard horror stories about people with no experience trying to build their own home or hiring the wrong people to do something unconventional. It always ends up costing more, not less, when you bite off more than you can chew in this arena. The higher cost of a good pro looks pretty good in hindsight in those cases.I heard recently about someone who had to go looking for a pro who could salvage something from the huge house he’d started building. A lot of the people he approached told him he just needed to tear it down and start over but he did finally find someone who could help. He’s spending a lot more money to do it right the second time than he would have if he’d started out doing it right. Don’t be that person. How I found good information when I built a green homeIn 2001, I was a new landowner getting ready to build a house. I knew I wanted it to be a green home, and I’d watched (and helped a tiny bit) as my grad school thesis adviser, Liz Seiberling,3 designed and built an off-the-grid green home in Florida. I had a little bit of knowledge already because of that experience. (That’s me on the roof below helping to install the tongue-and-groove roof deck, circa 1996.)I also was in the Atlanta area and was well aware of the Southface Energy Institute, so that was another great resource at my disposal. In fact, one of the first things I did was to sign up for their four-day homebuilding school. It was there that I decided to go with structural insulated panels (SIPs) as our construction method. I also made contacts there, on both sides of the desk, that helped me during the two-year process of building.Another thing I did was to start buying copies of Fine Homebuilding magazine off the shelf when I visited Home Depot. When I started looking forward to the new issue appearing on the shelves, I knew it was time to subscribe, so I did. That was a tremendous resource. Not only did it (and still does) have information-packed, in-depth articles from pros, the section with tips also was helpful.I was on a mission — a learning mission — and I was obsessed. I had to learn about framing, SIPs, greywater systems, composting toilets, permitting, dealing with subcontractors, putting together a cost estimate, windows, foundations, solar-powered wells, and much more.Of course, where it got real was when I took all that information I got from books, magazines, Southface, and experts and started talking to local trade contractors. I remember putting together the list of specs I wanted for my poured concrete foundation to one contractor, Wendell, and when I went to him a few days later to see if he had a bid for me, he said, “Where’d you get these specs? I can’t meet them.” He didn’t even want to bid on it, and he was the best foundation contractor in the area!I learned that sometimes I had to settle for less than perfect because I just couldn’t take on every part of the job. Overall, though, I was able to incorporate a lot of the good stuff and do things the right way. Yeah, I made some mistakes, but it was still a great house. In fact, it was the greenest, most comfortable, efficient home I’ve ever lived in. My next one will be even better. I just returned from Arizona, where I spoke at this year’s conference of the Structural Insulated Panel Association. Since the conference was in Tucson, I also took the opportunity to visit with my friend David Butler of Optimal Building Systems.David is an amazing source of knowledge in the field of building science, especially concerning mechanical systems, and our conversation got me to thinking about learning curves. His story is quite interesting and not so different from mine in some ways. Perhaps the advice at the end of this article, based on what David and I went through (independently) over a decade ago, will help you as you travel up your own building science learning curve. Footnotes1. I also learned from him that through the mid-nineties, he had a nice business as a syndicated newspaper columnist. Maybe you saw his column, which ran in 50 papers duing the period 1992 to 1997. It was called At Home with Technology and covered all kinds of interesting topics. At the end of each article, he offered more information on the topic if the reader sent him a dollar, which so many people did that he had to hire people to handle opening and replying to the requests.2. Joe wrote a wonderful article last November about his own building science learning curve. Aided by giants in the field of building science and the engineering ingenuity of his father, he figured out how to do Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) without having moisture problems.3. Liz was the only woman on the University of Florida physics department faculty when I started there. She called her home the Solar Cracker because it was a Florida cracker-style house powered by photovoltaics. She and her husband, Randy, also bought a sawmill and sawed all the lumber for the home. If you look closely at the photos on the page about her home, you can see me swinging a hammer on the roof as we put the tongue-and-groove roof deck on. Liz and her husband Randy now live in rural Tennessee, where they’ve built another house. You can read about it in her blog, An Edible Forest Garden in Tennessee.center_img 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. Look for consensus among expertsWe were talking at breakfast yesterday morning when he told me about the information-gathering process he went through when he designed his previous home in Charlotte. He didn’t know much about building enclosures at the time. His background was electrical engineering, and his career1 until that point had been focused on developing home automation systems.As he set about learning what he needed to know to build the house, he found varying opinions, naturally. One way he handled that was to keep digging until he found several knowledgeable people who pretty much agreed on whatever subject he was researching. He figured that when he found consensus among experts, he couldn’t go too far wrong by following their advice.While working through the details of his stucco wall system, however, he ran into a dilemma where no consensus emerged. That was when lawsuits were killing the synthetic stucco industry due to moisture getting trapped in the wall. David found little agreement among builders and stucco contractors on how to avoid the failures that were making the news.  So he decided to seek out the leading expert on the stucco failures and trust his advice. That person turned out to be Dr. Joseph Lstiburek.2 He ended up hiring Joe to design the wall system as well as the rest of his building enclosure.He had a similar experience when he went to work for Enalasys, the company that started him down the path of becoming an HVAC expert.  Enalasys was developing diagnostic tools for mechanical contractors. David was hired to help develop an HVAC monitoring system. At that point, the bulk of his knowledge about heating and cooling systems was from a controls perspective. During his tenure at Enalasys, David joined ASHRAE and immersed himself in all things HVAC. When he had questions, he wasn’t shy about getting in touch with industry gurus and picking their brains. These two experiences are what led David to become the HVAC expert he is today.last_img read more

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6 Affordable Ways to Capture Great Dolly Shots

first_imgCover Image via Disney.Looking for more DIY articles? Check these out.Tips for Recording ADR on Your Own — on a BudgetHow to Build A Super-Bright DIY LED Balloon LightThe Right In-Air Diffusion for Your Project: Haze vs. Fog vs. SmokeDrawing the Audience’s Eye by Shaping and Cutting LightBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Don’t blow your entire budget on pro equipment for a dolly shot. From cheaper options to the DIY approach, here’s how to get the most bang for your buck.The dolly shot is a filmmaking staple that will simply never go out of style. The iconic camera movement carries weight and meaning. Whether the shot takes the audience on a ride with your characters or presents an omniscient viewpoint, there are a plethora of ways to employ the shot.That being said, pulling off a smooth, professional, and essentially invisible dolly shot takes some gear. So, let’s take a look at what gear works for your film and — more importantly — for your budget.Professional Options1. Camera SlidersImage via Glidecam.Camera sliders are perfect for capturing short dolly shots. Many of these professional sliders can be expensive, but there’s a reason — they work. While a slider isn’t the most affordable of all the options here, it’s cost effective compared to buying an actual dolly system, which can easily run $1,500-$2,000. If you’re working out your budget for a big shoot or looking into investing in one of these products, consider the type of camera you’ll be using most and the amount of weight you’ll be putting on the device.Glidecam VistaTrack — $799Manfrotto Camera Slider — $538Edelkrone SliderPLUS Compact — $499Benro MoveOver8B — $259.952. Table DollyImage via Fancier StudioIf you need a tighter, more manageable dolly shot, and you’re using a DSLR, look into a small tabletop dolly. These lightweight solutions are great in a pinch, and many can support quite a bit of weight, which can help even if you’re using a smaller cinema cameras, like an URSA or C200. Since it’s easy to use, you can capture multiple angles in a matter of minutes.Cinetics CineSkates Pro — $150CineMoco Dolly — $499Pico Dolly — $49.95Digital Juice Orbit — $1495.953. Tripod DollyIf you can’t afford a slider, and you don’t have a smooth surface for a tabletop dolly, then the tripod dolly shot is your best option. This simple tripod add-on needs a smooth surface for best results. However, if that’s not possible, there are fairly inexpensive track options for this type of dolly.Sachtler — $All Over the PlaceManfrotto — $194.99Libec DL- 5B — $259.99Davis & Sanford — $193.99 DIY Options4. DIY Dolly Track ($10-$20)DIY builds are the way to go. Even if you’ve got a substantial budget, they can save you money and time. So, let’s check out how to make a dolly track from items you can find at a store near you.For this tutorial, the SGNL group from Sony shows us how to use PVC pipe, in-line skate wheels, and a few nuts and bolts to build a dolly system.For the dolly itself, check out our tutorial for a simple, affordable way to build a reliable system.5. DIY Camera Slider ($10)If you want something smaller, you can build an inexpensive slider with a few items from the hardware store. Film Riot has a great demo. Ryan Connolly and crew show us how to build one for a whopping $10.6. DIY Tabletop Dolly ($20-$30)If you want to use a tabletop dolly, TheAussieInLA shows you how to use a metal plate, skateboard trucks, and some wheels to create a heavy-duty tabletop dolly on the cheap.Building a table dolly is pretty simple. Here’s a good breakdown of the fundamental mechanics of the rig.last_img read more

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ISL 2018-19 Fixtures and Match Timings: Full schedule of Indian Super League 2018

first_imgThe fifth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) is all set to kickstart on Saturday at the Salt Lake Stadium with home team and season 1 winners ATK take on the runners-up of the first season Kerala Blasters.It will be a repeat of the final of 2014 and 2016 as the two teams begin the footballing extravaganza. Attempting to keep the focus more on the sport this time around, the organisers have done away with the opening ceremonies.Just like last season, there will be 10 teams in contention for the title — ATK, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos, Mumbai City FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC.This edition of the ISL will be longer as it will feature three breaks with India playing international matches between October 8-16 and November 12-20. The league will also go on a break from December 17 to enable the Indian national team to get full preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, starting January 5.It’s a blockbuster start to #HeroISL 2018-19 with two behemoths locking horns in the first match of the seasonWho are you supporting in @ATKFC vs @KeralaBlasters tonight?#LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #KOLKER pic.twitter.com/4ILVYpM7hCIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 29, 2018The organisers have not yet announced the entire schedule of the 2018-19 season of the ISL. Till now, only the dates of the matches to be played in 2018 are known.All the matches will be played from 19.30 IST. Here all the fixtures of the ISL till December 16, 2018:advertisementSeptember 29: ATK vs Kerala BlastersSeptember 30: Bengaluru FC vs ChennaiyinOctober 1: NorthEast United (NEUFC) vs FC GoaOctober 2: Mumbai City FC vs Jamshedpur FCOctober 3: Delhi Dynamos vs FC Pune CityOctober 4: ATK vs NEUFCOctober 5: Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FCOctober 6: Chennaiyin FC vs FC GoaOctober 7: Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FCOctober 17: Delhi Dynamos vs ATKOctober 18: Chennaiyin vs NEUFCOctober 19: Mumbai City FC vs FC Pune CityOctober 20: Kerala Blasters vs Delhi DynamosOctober 21: Jamshedpur FC vs ATKOctober 22: FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FCOctober 23: Delhi Dynamos vs Chennaiyin FCOctober 24: FC Goa vs Mumbai City FCOctober 25: NEUFC vs Jamshedpur FCOctober 26: ATK vs Chennaiyin FCOctober 27: Mumbai City FC vs Delhi DynamosOctober 28: FC Goa vs FC Pune CityOctober 29: Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala BlastersOctober 30: Delhi Dynamos vs NEUFCOctober 31: Bengaluru FC vs ATKNovember 1: Jamshedpur FC vs FC GoaNovember 2: FC Pune City vs Kerala BlastersNovember 3: Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City FCNovember 4: Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FCNovember 5: Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FCNovember 6: FC Pune City vs Chennaiyin FCNovember 8: FC Goa vs Delhi DynamosNovember 9: NEUFC vs Mumbai City FCNovember 10: ATK vs FC Pune CityNovember 11: Kerala Blasters vs FC GoaNovember 21: FC Pune City vs Jamshedpur FCNovember 22: FC Goa vs Bengaluru FCNovember 23: NEUFC vs Kerala BlastersNovember 24: Mumbai City FC vs ATKNovember 25: Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FCNovember 26: Bengaluru FC vs Delhi DynamosNovember 27: FC Pune City vs NEUFCNovember 28: ATK vs FC GoaNovember 29: Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala BlastersNovember 30: Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune CityDecember 1: Jamshedpur FC vs NEUFCDecember 2: Chennaiyin FC vs ATKDecember 3: Delhi Dynamos vs Mumbai City FCDecember 4: Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FCDecember 5: NEUFC vs Bengaluru FCDecember 6: Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FCDecember 7: Kerala Blasters vs FC Pune CityDecember 8: NEUFC vs ATKDecember 9: Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FCDecember 11: FC Pune City vs FC GoaDecember 12: Jamshedpur FC vs Delhi DynamosDecember 13: ATK vs Bengaluru FCDecember 14: FC Goa vs NEUFCDecember 15: Chennaiyin FC vs Delhi DynamosDecember 16: Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasterslast_img read more

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‘Bonucci didn’t leave Juve because of Allegri’

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci Bonucci didn’t leave Juventus because of Allegri – Marotta Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 21:21 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bonucci-Cropped Getty Images Juventus Milan Serie A The director insists the centre-back’s decision to ditch Turin for San Siro had nothing to do with his issues with the coach Giuseppe Marotta insists Leonardo Bonucci did not leave Juventus because of coach Massimiliano Allegri, while revealing that he clashed with Dani Alves over his move to Paris Saint-Germain.Bonucci left Juve for AC Milan in a stunning €42 million move in July, the Italy centre-back having reportedly fallen out with Allegri last season.Sampdoria 5/1 to beat Juventus Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But CEO and general manager Marotta is adamant the relationship between coach and player was not the reason for Bonucci’s shock exit.”I want to point out that Bonucci did not leave because of Allegri,” Marotta said in an interview with Il Giornale.”He was not the cause. We were already prepared, because in the discussions a club normally has with its players, Bonucci had expressed dissatisfaction.”While Marotta was not surprised by Bonucci’s departure, he was taken aback by Alves’ transfer.The right-back had been expected to sign for Manchester City but opted instead for a move to Ligue 1 and PSG.”Dani Alves was the real surprise, that was a bolt from the blue. He made a choice that seemed to be for Manchester City, then PSG turned up,” Marotta added.”There was a moment where we clashed, because I wanted the professional to show respect towards Juventus.”Juve paid €90 million for Gonzalo Higuain in July last year but made no such outlay in this past transfer window, with Marotta saying: “With Gonzalo Higuain, we had an opportunity during an historic moment as he left Napoli and we considered it a suitable investment, but you can’t be expected to spend €90-100m every summer.Leonardo Bonucci AC Milan“The truth is, we defined the Higuain deal before selling Paul Pogba to Manchester United, although obviously that move was predictable and it facilitated our bid for Pipita.”Juve have won six successive Serie A titles and Marotta said it would be “a defeat” if they did not make it seven in a row. Leaders Napoli are a point ahead of Juve after 12 games with Inter, Lazio and Roma also in the mix.The Turin club have also been beaten in the Champions League final in two of the last three seasons and Marotta said: “The Champions League depends on many factors. We were eliminated in Istanbul with Galatasaray [in 2013] because it snowed. In any case, in recent years I maintain the best team won in the end.”My journey with Juventus is not finished and there is this challenge that we want to win the Champions League. Even after that, I don’t see myself at another club. When [chairman Andrea] Agnelli wants me to go, I see myself working with the [Italian Football] Federation.”last_img read more

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to win race for Thomas Lemar?

first_imgShare on Facebook West Bromwich Albion Read more features Another young buck from the German leagues is also turning heads. Nadiem Amiri is a 21-year-old midfielder from Hoffenheim who United, Liverpool and Tottenham all feel can add that special something. And hold on, there’s another – people might just be catching on to this Bundesliga lark. Spurs and Everton would both love to give the 17-year-old Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp a go, which might depend on just how much he fancies next season’s Checkatrade Trophy.It’s not all one-way traffic, though: Reece Oxford, who made the first start of his loan from West Ham United to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the defeat at Freiburg, has apparently done enough to nail down a £6m permanent move. The Gladbach sporting director, Max Eberl, would welcome that, calling Oxford a “top lad” and believing he has a glittering future.Talking of the future, there is a succession plan at Arsenal! No, not that one – they have an idea about how to fill the right-back position if and when fashion icon Héctor Bellerín hot-foots it back to Barcelona. The plan? It’s to replace him seamlessly with Udinese’s Swiss star Silvan Widmer.Down in the regions of the Premier League that demand Instant Results, Alan Pardew would enjoy working with Danny Ings at West Bromwich Albion if you twisted his arm. But there are doubts over the future of expensive loanee Grzegorz Krychowiak, who may yet be sent back to PSG in order to fund reinforcements closer to the new manager’s liking.As Football League sides scurry to snap up bit-part players from higher up there is every chance that Scott McTominay, the Manchester United midfielder, will end up on loan at Leeds, Preston or Bolton. And in news from overseas, the out-of-favour Javier Mascherano could leave Barcelona for his first club, River Plate – although the chances of Hebei China Fortune offering a more appropriate sum see rather higher. Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Footballcenter_img Rumour mill Chelsea Transfer window Chelsea are, according to Antonio Conte, very tired and need some help. They did not show it at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night but perhaps Conte just meant they required something to set tongues wagging on the long schlep home. In which case, the chatter at the back of the bus would have been thus: the champions-for-not-much-longer have entered the race for our old friend from the summer, Thomas Lemar. It appears Monaco will have to part with one of their few remaining stars of last season sooner rather than later; the question is whether they can fend off the longer-term interests of Arsenal and Liverpool, who will almost certainly be back in.It being almost January, though, there are irons smouldering away in roaring fires. Chelsea’s pursuit of a wide man has also taken in the Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, with an opening bid apparently being rejected. Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona are others keeping their eyes on the situation. Jack Wilshere a January transfer target for West Ham, says David Moyes Arsenal Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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RFL accused of trying to ‘cajole’ smaller clubs over Super League reform vote

first_imgTopics news Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… The Rugby Football League has been accused of “working underhandedly” with Super League to try to manipulate the outcome of arguably the biggest vote the sport will hold in decades.An extraordinary general meeting will be held in Salford on Friday to determine not only whether to end the Super 8s league format this year, but also to decide how key financing is distributed beyond the current television deal, which expires at the end of 2021. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest RFL Sport politics Castleford overcame the absence of Luke Gale and stiff resistance from Huddersfield to keep their home semi-final hopes alive with a fourth successive win on Thursday night.Forward Junior Moors was the star of the show with two tries as the Tigers came from 12-4 down to win 44-12 and keep the pressure on second-placed Wigan.center_img Super League Rugby league Relegation took Eloi Pelissier’s house and job. Now he dreams of promotion Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The Super League clubs – with the exception of Leeds – are in favour of reverting to a one-up, one-down promotion format between the top tier and the Championship. The majority of the lower leagues, however, are concerned that any change will result in significantly less funding for the rest of the game from 2022 onwards.Super League has committed to allocating at least 80% of the annual £10m currently distributed to the RFL, Championship and League 1 if the new broadcast deal matches the current £36m per annum figure. However, several Championship chairmen have accused the RFL and Super League of bullying vulnerable lower-league clubs into voting with them at the EGM.“They [the RFL] need to stand up and be the governing body,” the Featherstone owner, Mark Campbell, said. “They’ve sat on the fence and they’ve worked with Super League underhandedly in cajoling clubs to vote on way or the other. I think it’s respectable with what’s happening in regards to bullying – they have had a part in that.”Championship and League 1 clubs say that if the TV deal falls by any percentage, the amount Super League receives will remain unaffected. They, instead, are calling for the entire sport’s distribution to fall or rise together, rather than the RFL and lower leagues suffer a harsher fall in funding which they believe could lead to a potentially disastrous financial outlook for the game outside Super League.A total of 55 votes will be cast, with a simple 28-27 majority needed to pass the proposals – which requires four Championship and/or League 1 sides to vote with Super League. Lower-league clubs have accused top-flight sides of trying to financially motivate smaller clubs into voting in favour.“We’ve hit a low point here,” Batley’s owner, Kevin Nicholas, said. “A Championship club [who the group of chairmen assembled refused to name] have been told that if they don’t vote in favour of the proposals, there will be no dual-registration agreement and they won’t be able to share training facilities. That is sinking pretty low.” Share on Messenger Super League XXIII (2018)last_img read more

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Report: Everton 2 Leicester City 1

first_imgEverton 2 Leicester City 1: Walcott shines as Foxes miss Mahrez Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 2/1/18 Theo Walcott - cropped Getty Images Everton were indebted to a Theo Walcott double as the Toffees downed Leicester City on Wednesday. Theo Walcott scored his first goals for Everton to secure a 2-1 Premier League win over a Leicester City side desperately missing the presence of Riyad Mahrez.The Algerian’s move to league leaders Manchester City fell through on Wednesday and Claude Puel now faces a difficult challenge integrating him back into the Foxes squad for the rest of the season.Leicester badly missed his pace and invention against a Toffees outfit inspired by England international Walcott, making only his second appearance for the club.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 28-year-old, who joined the club from Arsenal this month, looked lively throughout and handed Sam Allardyce’s side the lead after 25 minutes with a simple tap-in. He then grabbed a second before the interval with a clinical finish past Kasper Schmeichel.Jamie Vardy set up a tense finale by drilling home a penalty with 19 minutes remaining, but Everton held on to secure a deserved three points. The victory – in what was Sam Allardyce’s 1000th game as a manager – ends a winless run of six games for Everton, while at the same time inflicting a first defeat in seven for Leicester. | @theowalcott enjoyed that one! Up the Toffees!  #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/IIv66O3K6I— Everton (@Everton) January 31, 2018Everton, who welcomed Seamus Coleman back into their starting XI after recovering from a broken leg suffered in March, started brightly and only a smart stop by Schmeichel prevented Walcott from giving them an early lead. Leicester responded well, though, and came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after 10 minutes when Wilfred Ndidi’s looping header bounced back off Jordan Pickford’s crossbar. Walcott then got off the mark for his new club midway through the first half after some sloppy defending from Ben Chilwell. The left-back was caught in possession on the edge of his own area by Gylfi Sigurdsson, who slid a precise ball across the face of the goal for Walcott to slot past an exposed Schmeichel. Oumar Niasse somehow failed to double their advantage after 37 minutes when he inexplicably dragged his shot wide from eight yards. His blushes were spared just two minutes later, however, as Walcott latched onto a woeful header from Daniel Amartey to send a cool first-time volley past Schmeichel.1000 – Tonight will see Sam Allardyce take charge of his 1000th game as manager of an English club side in all competitions; his current record is P999 W388 D263 L348. Headset. pic.twitter.com/LO6t9oQ8xF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 31, 2018Seemingly content with their two-goal cushion, Everton posed little threat for much of the second half. That lack of ambition was punished in the 71st minute when Wayne Rooney was adjudged to have held Ndidi in the penalty area and Vardy thumped home the resulting spot-kick.Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho then twice came within inches of netting an unlikely leveller five minutes later. He initially flicked an effort onto the crossbar from point-blank range before crashing the follow-up against the post.Cuco Martina then cleared Matty James’ goal-bound effort as Leicester continued to crank up the pressure in the closing stages, but Everton held firm to secure a first win since December 18. Key Opta facts:- Across his 1000 matches in charge of an English club in all competitions, Sam Allardyce’s record reads W389 D263 L348- Everton recorded their first win in the Premier League since December 18, when they beat Swansea City 3-1- After going unbeaten in their first four away games under Claude Puel in the Premier League (W2 D2), Leicester City have not won any of their four games on the road since (D1 L3)- Theo Walcott has been directly involved in three goals in his first two Premier League appearances for Everton (scored two and assisted one); as many as he had in his previous 20 games in the competition prior to joining the Toffees- This was Walcott’s first brace in the Premier League since October 2016, when he netted twice for Arsenal against Swansea in a 3-2 win read morelast_img read more

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ESPN Computer Predicts The Worst Team In Every Major Conference

first_img Here are the worst teams for each major conference, via ESPN’s FPI:ACC: Georgia TechBig Ten: RutgersBig 12: KansasPac-12: Oregon StateSEC: ArkansasKansas has the lowest ranking from the group, meanwhile Arkansas has the best grade. Nonetheless, the FPI has both programs toward the bottom of their respective conference.It’s not unfamiliar territory for Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon State and Rutgers since they all finished last in their conference last season. As for Georgia Tech, it’d be quite the fall from its 7-6 record last season.Do you find these college football rankings fair? A gneral view of the goal post at the Rose Bowl semifinal game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Due to the abundance of talent in each of the ‘Power Five’ conferences, there are always a few programs struggling to get through their tough schedule. This upcoming season shouldn’t be any different, and ESPN’s Football Power Index already has predictions for which teams will struggle in 2019.As a reminder, the FPI is meant to be a predictor to measure each team in the country heading into the season.In terms of strength, Clemson and Alabama rank as the two best teams in college football. On the flip side, the FPI has Rice and UTEP as the two weakest when it comes to projected records.While every team that is considered a ‘Power Five’ program doesn’t have to worry about being at the bottom of the FPI rankings, there are five teams that might have to settle for last in their conference.last_img read more

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Week One Filled With Highlights

first_imgBroken sport records, good weather, friendly volunteers, and record attendance made headlines during week one of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games. Team Quebec leads the medal count with 67 (26 gold, 25 silver, 16 bronze), followed by British Columbia with 40 (14 gold, 11 silver, 15 bronze). With another week to go, the Host Society is only $26,000 away from reaching its ticket sales target of $1 million. Ticket sales to date total $974,000 with sold-out games for male hockey (gold), and female curling (gold, bronze and semi-final). Female hockey (gold) and male curling (gold) for week two are already sellouts. Sport venues have been lauded by national sport bodies, with particular compliments to the Canada Games Oval and the freestyle moguls at Ski Wentworth. Attendance at sporting events has been extremely strong, with sold-out events at the Canada Games Centre (artistic gymnastics), Halifax Metro Centre (hockey), Mayflower Curling Club (curling), Cole Harbour Place (ringette) and St. Margaret’s Bay (short-track speed skating). More than 217,000 people have streamed Games action live on www.bellaliant.net An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people attended free concerts in Celebration Square at Grand Parade. Great Big Sea will perform in Celebration Square tonight, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. The concert will serve as a thank you to volunteers with all invited to attend. The Games blog squad has been gaining in popularity. Games-related tweets are consistently trending (top 10 most popular topics) in Nova Scotia and Canada in week one. Social media volunteers, Games participants, and spectators are encouraged to identify Games-related tweets using the hashtag #2011canadagames. The Games website has had more than one million page views since Feb. 11, and an average of more than 50,000 unique visits per day. Medal statistics, schedules, social-media feeds, concert information and much more are available at www.canadagames2011.ca. Week two sports are archery, alpine skiing, badminton, boxing, cross-country ski, male curling, figure skating, female hockey, judo, snowboard, synchronized swimming, and table tennis. Key cultural components of the Games include the National Artist Program (NAP), free noon and evening entertainment at Celebration Square and the Closing Ceremony. Tickets are on sale for the NAP Gala performances and the closing ceremony. The 2011 Canada Winter Games is the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games.last_img read more

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Attawapiskat youth to spend time on the land with Junior Canadian Rangers

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsAround this time of the year young people in Attawapiskat have two options.Head out on the yearly goose hunt or sit at home.But this year there’s something a little different and it couldn’t come at a better time.A number of young people in Attawapiskat are getting a break from the stress that is gripping their community.Nearly three dozen signed up to spend some time in the woods with the Junior Canadian Rangers.last_img

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Barrick Gold Corp deepens ties with Chinese miner Shandong Gold Group

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it’s deepening its ties with Shandong Gold Group Co. Ltd. and will look at partnering with the Chinese company on potential acquisitions and asset sales.The new agreement builds on a deal last year that saw the Canadian gold miner sell a 50 per cent stake in its Veladero mine in Argentina to Shandong.The companies had said earlier they would evaluate joint investment in projects currently owned by Barrick or Shandong Gold.Under the deal announced Monday, the companies will choose one of Shandong Gold’s mines where they will share technical expertise and other information to improve operations.Barrick and Shandong Gold will also improve communication between management and technical teams.Shandong is also doing an independent evaluation of a potential mining project at Lama in Argentina.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

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Emergency UN food aid to flood victims in DPR Korea to start

Some 5,700 tons of UN World Food Programme (WFP) stocks are presently available in country. Additional food will have to be brought in, with 9,675 tons of cereals, pulses, oil and sugar needed for the initial three-month emergency plan. “We hope the international community will respond to this serious crisis and support the emergency food needs of North Korean civilians suffering from these floods – but we also call upon donors not to neglect the needs of many others, North Korean women and children, who also require our help,” WFP Regional Director for Asia Tony Banbury said today. Hundreds of people are dead or missing and more than 300,000 others have been made homeless, according to the Government. WFP rapid assessment teams have completed visits to 11 counties in two provinces, identifying immediate needs and confirming the extent of infrastructure and farmland damage. According to state-run media, maize and rice crop losses could be as high as 11 per cent. This would result in a significant drop in this year’s harvest, increasing the risk of a larger than anticipated food gap. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had estimated that the DPRK faces a 1 million ton cereal deficit for this crop year (November 2006-October 2007). “The flooding in the DPRK is serious. WFP has worked out satisfactory arrangements with the Government so that we can provide emergency food aid to hundreds of thousands of people who need our help,” Mr. Banbury said. The Government has indicated acceptance of WFP conditions allowing for ongoing visits and assessments by agency staff of food distribution at district and community levels. An existing WFP operation provides nutritional aid to 1.9 million especially vulnerable people across 50 counties, including many of the flood-affected counties, distributing vitamin- and mineral-enriched foods processed at local factories to young children and pregnant and nursing women. 21 August 2007United Nations emergency food deliveries for victims of devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will begin immediately following an agreement with the Government for distribution over a three-month period to 215,000 people, but more donor support is needed to sustain the pace. read more

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New regional body will help protect human rights in SouthEast Asia –

22 July 2009The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the latest move to set up a regional body to protect the rights of people living in South-East Asia, highlighting the need to appoint “independent and impartial” experts to serve on it when it is launched in October. The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the latest move to set up a regional body to protect the rights of people living in South-East Asia, highlighting the need to appoint “independent and impartial” experts to serve on it when it is launched in October.The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have endorsed the terms of reference for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, which will be the first regional body of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called the endorsement “an important step forward” in the establishment of the new mechanism, noting that similar bodies are already functioning in other regions, including Africa, the Americas and Europe.She strongly encouraged ASEAN States to appoint Commission members who are “independent and impartial, and have proven expertise in human rights.”In addition, the national selection processes should include wide consultation and participation by various actors in society, said Ms. Pillay, noting the regional leaders’ stated commitment to create a “people-oriented ASEAN.”At the same time, the High Commissioner voiced her disappointment at the Commission’s “lack of a clear protection mandate,” but said she hoped its role would expand after its launch in October at the 15th ASEAN Summit, to be held in Phuket, Thailand.She also stressed that close cooperation and partnership with independent and effective national human rights institutions, which are already established in some ASEAN nations, will help to reinforce the new Commission’s role.According to the High Commissioner’s office, regional arrangements – such as the one being created by ASEAN – can play an important role in protecting and promoting international human rights standards, including by helping to address shortcomings in national frameworks. read more

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Encana launches probe into allegations of collusion with US rival

CALGARY — Encana says it has launched an investigation into accusations in a news report that it colluded with a U.S. rival in order to keep land prices low in Michigan.“In accordance with Encana’s policies, an investigation of this matter was immediately initiated,” David O’Brien, chairman of Encana’s board of directors, said in an emailed statement.“Encana therefore will not provide any further information at this time.”Shares in Canada’s biggest natural gas producer dropped more than 4% on Monday after a Reuters article quoted what it characterizes as emails between employees of Calgary-based Encana and Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy.The stock was at $19.48 on the Toronto Stock Exchange Monday afternoon, a drop of 89 cents afterThe report alleges the companies talked about ways to avoid bidding against one another for land leases in Michigan’s promising Collingwood shale region, both at an auction two years ago and in at least nine prospective deals with private landowners.[np-related]“When the talk is explicitly about getting together to avoid bidding each other up, it’s a red flag for collusion, bid-rigging, market allocation,” Harry First, a former Department of Justice antitrust lawyer, is quoted as saying in the story.The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment when reached by The Canadian Press on Monday. The Michigan Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Chesapeake spokesman Jim Gipson said Encana and Chesapeake discussed forming an “area of mutual interest” joint venture in Michigan, but no deal was reached.In an email to The Canadian Press, he also said the two companies did not make any joint bids. He added the company has invested some $400-million to acquire leases in Michigan.Encana spun off its oil assets in late 2009, making it focused almost exclusively on natural gas. The current period of stubbornly low natural gas prices has been particularly trying on Encana, and in order to cope, the company has been selling non-core assets, entering into joint-venture deals and focusing on more lucrative liquids-rich areas.Encana said last week it would spend an additional $600-million this year to produce natural gas liquids, which more closely track oil prices than dry natural gas prices. Encana shares closed down nearly eight per cent on Thursday when it made that announcement.Chesapeake, which has been dogged by governance concerns in recent months, saw it shares drop nine per cent on the New York Stock Exchange to US$16.93.CEO Aubrey McClendon was stripped of his title as chairman in May following shareholder complaints that his personal business interests could conflict with those of the company he runs.As part of his compensation package, McClendon was allowed to purchase stakes in the oil and gas company’s wells. Investors had long complained about the program and the freedom Chesapeake’s board has allowed him to pursue his personal interests.Those complaints intensified earlier in the spring following reports that McClendon took out more than $1 billion in loans to pay for his stake in the wells. He got the money from a group to which Chesapeake was negotiating to sell assets. That raised concerns that McClendon’s private dealings with the group could have influenced Chesapeake’s decision to sell those assets.With files from The Associated Press read more

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Ban wants accountability in Sri Lanka

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants accountability in Sri Lanka through a genuine and comprehensive national process.Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the UN Chief was aware of the new video footage released on the war in Sri Lanka and the reports about that video footage. Nesirsky however said that the UN did not have any comments at this moment directly related to the controversial video. He was referring to the video allegedly showing the youngest son of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran having snacks in an army bunker before being shot dead. “This is an internal task force looking at how recommendations will be carried out within the UN.  It’s not to do with looking into the actual events that took place in Sri Lanka.  It is learning the lessons from them, which is what the second report was about,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “The Secretary-General has consistently underlined the critical importance of addressing accountability in Sri Lanka through a genuine and comprehensive national process and achieving national reconciliation.  We are obviously aware of the video footage and the reports about that video footage, but I don’t have any specific comment on that,” he said.Meanwhile, in response to a question, the UN spokesman said that the last panel appointed by Ban ki-moon to look into addressing failures of the UN during the war in Sri Lanka is not investigating the incidents in Sri Lanka related to the war. read more

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Arrest made in Edmonton in relation to death of Tiki BrookLyn Laverdiere

A woman wanted by police in relation to the death of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere has been arrested in Edmonton.According to an RCMP media release, Edmonton police arrested Nikita Sandra Cook Thursday without incident. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance in North Battleford on Monday, Aug. 19.Cook, 31, of Onion Lake Cree Nation, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping in relation to Laverdiere’s death.The remains of 25-year-old Laverdiere, who was from Edmonton, were discovered near North Battleford on July 11. She had travelled to the North Battleford and Thunderchild First Nation areas to attend a friend’s funeral on April 27 and was reported missing on May 12.Eight individuals, including Cook, have been charged in the investigation into Laverdiere’s death. The investigation by the RCMP Major Crimes Unit North is still ongoing. read more

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Mali UN condems attack against Mission base that kills five peacekeepers

In a statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Mali, the Secretary-General underscored that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers constitute war crimes under international law, and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice. According to reports, at 7 a.m. this morning, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in the northern region of the country was the target of a “complex attack.” “The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against MINUSMA will not weaken the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian Government, the parties to the peace agreement, and the people of Mali, in their efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability,” the spokesperson said. The Secretary-General also conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments of those concerned, and expressed profound sympathy and support to those wounded, with wishes for a speedy recovery. Earlier today, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali said he was “outraged” by the attack. “My duty, on behalf of the Secretary-General, is to express our outrage over this hateful and irresponsible act occurring a week after the local arrangements between the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and Platform, and 48 hours after my visit to Kidal,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali in a press release. Also expressing deep condolences to the families of the victims, Mr. Annadif emphasized that the “serious act” reflects “the disarray of the enemies of peace,” since it comes at a time when the implementation of the peace agreement increasingly becomes a reality in Mali. This past June, a peace agreement was signed by the CMA, following its signature in May 2015 by the Government and a third party, the Platform coalition of armed groups. The Government of Mali, with the support of MINUSMA as well as UN agencies and programmes, has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, and renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. read more

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Ohio State hopes to build momentum after week off

Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3), redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) celebarte during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, before heading into a week off.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen an athlete or a team is on a roll, they typically want to do anything they can to keep the momentum.One of the best ways to do that can be simply playing again as soon as possible, but the Ohio State football team didn’t have that opportunity coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. Now, the Buckeyes have to find some way to keep the gears spinning coming off a second bye week just five games into the season.After players spent their weekend off either with friends, family, coaches or even out of the country, coach Urban Meyer said it will be important to find a way to keep the team rolling.“We have to restake that momentum,” Meyer said Monday. “This is a little bit uncharted waters for myself to have this many bye weeks early in the season. We got to get ready to go.”OSU’s first week off came after a 66-0 trampling of Kent State at home on Sept. 13. The Buckeyes followed that break with another win against Cincinnati before topping the Terrapins.Meyer said the team has a “standard operating procedure” for how game weeks are run, but he added he’ll meet with the team to discuss how to keep the momentum coming out of a week off.“I’m going to talk to them like grown men, say this is where we’re at, this is what we have to do,” he said. “You’ve had three days off, let’s pick up and go.”Even before the weekend off, the Buckeyes had a lighter week of practice than normal, senior linebacker Curtis Grant said, but that doesn’t mean the team slacked off.“We had a great practice for those last three days, it was very intense,” Grant said Monday. “But coach Meyer gave us a little bit of leeway. He didn’t really kill us last week. So we’ll be ready for this week.”While the offense continued a successful run of games against Maryland, the Buckeyes entered the bye week coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season. Grant and the rest of the OSU defense held the Terrapins to just 66 yards rushing and 310 yards total, coming out to an average of 4.8 yards per play.Redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said having an extra week off after a strong performance can have one of two outcomes — one good and one bad.“They way I see it could be good is if we basically pick up where we left off, we get that momentum going, it’s good to keep it going and keep playing and progressing,” he said Monday. “But if we come back this week and be lackadaisical because we had a week off, then I could see where it could be bad.”Powell went on to say he expects the good possibility to be the outcome for the Buckeyes as they set their sights on another Big Ten game this weekend.Even though it could stunt momentum, there could still be positives of having an extra week off during the season.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said the bye week was a chance to work on getting healthy, but added he could’ve done with a little bit less time off.“It’s nice to get some rest on the bye week and get your body back, start feeling a little better than you have,” he said Monday. “But then you see the other teams playing and it’s fun being out there. Definitely better than sitting at home.”While the Buckeyes did practice a few times during the week, a weekend off gave the players a chance to do things along the lines of sitting at home and watching football for a change, instead of playing it.Powell said he spent most of his Saturday watching football, and did it away from anyone else from the program.“Everybody went they own separate ways,” he said.But some players still made sure to stay close to teammates — at least partially — over the weekend. Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said he and others from his position group spent Saturday watching football at wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s house.“It’s always good to just watch some football, because that’s what I’ve done my whole life,” Spencer said.He still found some time for personal life, though, as he said his “girlfriend kind of took over my weekend.”“I met with her, met her brother, and brother’s wife and son, then we went out to one of her friend’s house, so it was an eventful weekend,” he said.But not every player on the team even felt the need to go back home or spend time at a coach’s residence.Take senior tight end Jeff Heuerman for example: “How’d I spend my bye week? Went to Mexico.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to face Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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RK Celje and Pivovarna Lasko together until 2021

Pivovarna Lasko handballRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko The EHF Champions League winners from 2014, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, signed new title-sponsorship contract with domestic Brewery – Pivovarna Lasko Union, which will keep them in “safe zone” until 2021.The successful story between the biggest Slovenian handball brand and company began in 1989. A year after the first titlesponsorship deal was made and club from the city on Savina river became worldwide known as RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Three decades of successful sports-bussiness story… ← Previous Story MONTPELLIER WIN DERBY! PSG Handball on winter break with -6! Next Story → Vote for World Best Coach in Women’s Handball 2017 until January 4! read more

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