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Heineken Cup Round Six: Winners and Losers

first_imgIt’s snow joke: Edinburgh’s form has been poorOspreysFair play to Benneton Treviso, but fans of the Welsh region must be spitting vitriol following a narrow loss in Italy, especially after their side performed so fantastically against Leicester Tigers a week before.They may not have had the same strength of squad they had in their last outing, and perhaps there is a hint of old-world rugby snobbery here, but the contrast in approach and accuracy is something coaches despise.Dan Biggar is a confidence player, and Wales will be hoping this minor setback will not be carried into camp. As a region, they are well placed and can still improve further in the RaboDirect Pro12. However, if they do not, it will be no surprise if the highly sought after Kahn Fotuali’i signs elsewhere.Edinburgh RugbyNo wins. No draws. No bonus points. No points at all. Three tries for. A whopping 18 against. That is a team who were semi finalists last season. You’d rarely see this level of regression anywhere outside of a Star Wars convention. Big changes are needed from the Scottish franchise, if they are to live up to any potential that was displayed a year ago.If not, that victory against Toulouse in last year’s quarter finals, and those games against Racing Metro, will become a one-off memory. Nothing more. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Over and out: Four-times champions Toulouse have dropped down to the Amlin Cup and will draw big crowdsBy Alan DymockAFTER THE final pool matches at the weekend we now know the quarter-finalists, who drops into the Amlin Challenge Cup and who goes back home, wondering what could have been and desperately trying to fool everyone else into thinking that the lack of ‘European hangovers’ on the horizon is a good thing.Here are the winners and losers from Round Six.WinnersThe Amlin Challenge CupIt seems odd to state that another competition has benefitted so much from the last round of the Heineken, but it is true. With current champions Leinster, former champions Toulouse and former Amlin champions Biarritz tumbling out of the Heineken Cup and landing in the Amlin quarter-finals there is a feeling that the perpetual bridesmaids may get their day. After all, London Wasps versus Leinster, Gloucester versus Biaritz and Perpignan versus Toulouse should draw big crowds. Picking a winner in this tournament could be harder than picking a finisher in the Grand National.Hat-trick: Simon Zebo has been on fireSimon Zebo and MunsterAfter his hat-trick heroism, Simon Zebo should be the name on every Munsterman’s lips.Indeed, after his side’s loss to Saracens on Sunday, Michael Bradley revealed that he had shared a conversation with Zebo the week before, in which he urged the back-three speedster to make amends for missed opportunities in Edinburgh by scoring three tries the following week.  Someone should have nipped off to the bookies, because he completed the job in quick time against Racing Metro on Sunday. The haul was enough to see Munster squeeze past rivals Leinster and take a spot in the last eight. They face a tough ask at the Stoop against Harlequins in the quarters, but their showing against the Parisian outfit showed a glimmer of the efficiency of old.Leicester TigersToby Flood may have had another disciplinary setback, earning a yellow card for a slapping a ball down, but his kicking from the tee was enough to see the Tigers past Toulouse and into the quarter-finals, with a 9-5 victory at Welford Road. Despite a Yoann Huget try coming from a bumbling Mathew Tait, it was not the French giants’ day. Brawny hulk Louis Picamoles was denied what looked like certain try by the TMO and Lionel Beauxis and Luke McAlister were as accurate as an online dating profile when it came to kicking at goal. Beyond this, though, it was really the Tigers’ tenacity that saw them triumph. Pete HorneIf you have not seen a clip of the Scot’s weaving run at the death, which gave Glasgow Warriors the win and ensured that Saints could not even parachute into the Amlin, then do yourself a favour and check it out [clip below]. This is the definition of timing. Not only was it in the final throes of a match, but it came two days before Horne was due to roll into the Scotland Six Nations camp. Big play from a promising player.LosersTom JohnsonThe redoubtable Exeter Chiefs flanker may be no stranger to succeeding against the odds, but he faces a tough battle getting back into Stuart Lancaster’s back row for the Six Nations after injury scythed him down at the weekend. Exeter’s Rob Baxter said he doubted reconstructive surgery was needed after Johnson hobbled off with a damaged knee during the Chiefs’ loss to Leinster on Saturday. However, he will almost certainly miss the Calcutta Cup clash and with Tom Wood, Tom Croft or James Haskell in the mix, it could be very hard for Johnson to find an opportunity to plead his case to Lancaster. A cruel blow. WATFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Netani Talei of Edinbugh looks on during the Heineken Cup match between Saracens and Edinburgh Rugby at Vicarage Road on January 20, 2013 in Watford, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Arsenal confirm Bukayo Saka has signed new long-term contract

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal confirm Bukayo Saka has signed new long-term contract Bukayo Saka has agreed a new long-term contract at the Emirates (Picture: Arsenal FC)Arsenal have announced that Bukayo Saka has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the club.The Gunners had been sweating over Saka’s contract situation, with the 18-year-old’s previous deal due to expire in 2021, but the youngster has finally put an end to the uncertainty over his future.Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool were both monitoring proceedings over recent weeks and months and Mikel Arteta will be relieved that the club have managed to tie down the versatile midfielder. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arteta previews Arsenal’s clash with Norwich CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 16:36FullscreenArteta previews Arsenal’s clash with Norwich Cityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-previews-arsenals-clash-norwich-city-2201594/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website: ‘Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. ‘I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.’center_img Comment Saka has been one of Arsenal’s shining lights this season (Picture: Getty)Technical director Edu added: ‘This is something everyone involved wanted to happen and we are delighted that Bukayo has signed a new long-term contract. ‘He’s making great progress and is one of a number of young players who have developed through our academy. ‘This is so important for us as we move forward as a club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSaka, who has been with Arsenal since the age of seven, broke into Unai Emery’s first-team midway through last term and made his debut at home to Qarabag in the Europa League.The England Under-19 international has impressed in a number of positions, filling in as a makeshift left-back for much of this season while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have been out injured.Saka has racked up an impressive tally of 11 assists this season making him the first teenager to hit double figures since Cesc Fabregas way back in Arsenal’s 2006/07 campaign.MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lining up Memphis Depay as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette replacement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James poses during NBA basketball team’s media day in this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo taken in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state’s motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James.State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative “LeBron James Witness 2.0” plate honoring the Akron native’s decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.“When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us,” said the Democrat from Cleveland. “It might not be for the rest of the world, but it’s a big deal for Cleveland.”James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 but left town for Miami after seven seasons. Last month, he announced he would re-sign with Cleveland.The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers more than 150 specialty plates, including one that Patmon pushed through the Legislature that honors comic book hero Superman. The Man of Steel was created by two Clevelanders, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who grew up in the Glenville neighborhood that Patmon represents.“People from all over country and world called (the BMV) office about the Superman license plate,” Patmon said.Unfortunately for Superman’s out-of-state and international fans, they would have to register a vehicle in Ohio to get a plate, although Patmon thinks there’s an “after-market” for them as there would be for a LeBron James plate.The state currently does not offer any license plates commemorating a real person, dead or alive. Lindsey Bohrer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio BMV, is not aware that the state has ever had one.Ohio does have plates for more than two dozen Ohio colleges or universities, 40 with military themes, seven for professional sports teams and more than 80 others that tell let the motoring world know you are a prospective organ donor, an Eagle Scout or a “Friend of Coal.”The motor vehicle bureau charges $35 for most specialty plates plus an agreed-to amount that goes to charity. For example, a breast cancer awareness plate adorned with a pink ribbon, generates $25 for the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio.Patmon wants the LeBron James Family Foundation to receive the additional cost those plates would generate. He said he has spoken to James’ representatives.last_img read more

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Census: Shore Towns Show Declines In Population

first_imgAccording to the 2010 U.S. Census, Monmouth has experienced some changes in population over the past 10 years, but some county and local officials are skeptical about the accuracy of the numbers.The data show that roughly 15,000 more people now call Monmouth County home than did so back in 2000, with the current population standing at 630,380.Most of the population growth occurred in the western party of the county, with Upper Freehold experiencing the largest increase.The population of Upper Freehold increased by 61.9 percent, bringing its total population to 6,902.Other communities with reported increases include Marlboro, Manalapan, Millstone, Tinton Falls, Howell and Holmdel.Red Bank showed a modest increase of 3.06 percent bringing that population to 12,206, while Fair Haven experienced a 3.10 percent hike, raising its population to 6,121,Approximately 50 percent of municipalities within the county showed marked decreases in population.The largest declines occurred in tiny seaside locations as Allenhurst and Loch Arbor Village, which saw drops of 30.92 percent and 30.71 percent, respectively, bringing their total populations down to 496 and 194.In general, shore communities appeared to be experiencing the most declines, with the population down Middletown, Keansburg, Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. In the two river area, Sea Bright had a significant drop with a loss of 406 residents, a decline of 22.33 percent, bringing the population of that coastal community down to 1,412.But some on the county and local levels are questioning the federal findings.“We’re actually not sure these counts are completely accurate,” said Russell Like, principal planner/section supervisor of research and special studies for the county’s Division of Planning.Like noted that the numbers seem to show there was an increase in the housing vacancy rate throughout the county. “And that does include the coastal communities,” he said. But he speculates that could mean, “A higher percentage of people who are using those as second homes.”“That is no means a certainty,” Like acknowledged, “just one possibility.”The Census is really intended as a “snapshot” of the population for April 1 of the year that it’s taken, Like explained. “The Census, while it attempted to be a 100 percent count is a model of the real world,” Like said. “And models are never 100 percent accurate.”Like has spoken to some local officials about the findings and, “honestly, they’re a little puzzled.”“So, I think there are some questions about these numbers,” he noted.Middletown, the county’s largest municipality, at about 40 square miles, saw a downward trend of approximately 0.29 percent, which translates into a loss of 195 residents.But like the county as a whole, Middletown has seen a reduction in household size and an increase in the housing vacancy rate. But the reasons why aren’t clear, said Jason Greenspan, Middletown’s planner. “Without detailed Census data at the track level, it’s really just speculation,” he said.(Greenspan did note, that Middletown has experienced population decreases since the 1990 data.)Some of statistical surprises may be explained by human error on the part of Census workers, noted Greenspan, who said township officials had received phone calls from residents of relatively new developments who complained they hadn’t gotten their forms, leaving him to wonder if the workers had overlooked some portions of the community.In Sea Bright there was a similar situation, said Mayor Maria Fernandes, who said there were complaints about the federal Census worker, who was available for only a brief period.“I found the numbers awfully strange,” Fernandes concluded.Like has been telling municipalities within the county that they could challenge the federal findings if they think there are inconsistencies, and file appeals with the Census Bureau. Towns have until 2013 to file.Middletown, is considering it, Greenspan said, though no decision has been made. And for now, “We in Middletown are speculating what that decline is due to,” he said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

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No bang for the Saints as Clan steals opener from Selkirk

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints opened the 2016-2017 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season with a slight stumble, but nobody said the quest for a fifth straight league title would be easy.Coming into the regular season as the four-time defending league champions, the Saints home opener Saturday night featured an entertaining game against the Simon Fraser University Clan.A pair of powerplay goals and stellar goaltending by Jordan Liem helped the Clan escape the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex with a 3-2 victory.“It’s a learning experience, by no means am I devastated by the loss,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Last season we got off to slow start and then we had a lot of success in the second half. It’s a process and we are building towards an end goal, that goal doesn’t change because we lose one game.”After raising the banner to the rafters of the Castlegar arena pre-game, the Saints got off to a slow start. Simon Fraser controlled play for the first 10 minutes of the opening frame, before the Saints found their edge. A hard hitting first period ended with both Saints’ starter Brett Huber and Clan goaltender Liem keeping the puck out of the net.Simon Fraser opened the scoring four minutes into the middle frame when Mitch Crisanti scored on the powerplay. A minute later, a sloppy breakout by the Saints resulted in an Adam Callegari goal and a 2-0 Clan lead.Veteran Saints forward Alex Milligan gave the supportive home crowd something to cheer about with less than a minute remaining in the second period when he put away a rebound to cut the lead to 2-1.Saints assistant captain Ryan Edwards tied the score early in the third period when his blast from the point on the powerplay found the back of the Simon Fraser net. Four minutes into final period, the Clan struck again on the powerplay when Brendan Lamont stuffed a rebound past Huber.The Saints pressed, firing 12 third period shots on Liem but could not get the equalizer.“When they have seven opportunities to score with the man advantage, it’s tough to win those games,” says Heaven about the penalty problems that hampered the Saints in the opener.“You have to play a bit more disciplined to have good success in this league.”The Saints outshot the Clan 37-31 in the game.The Selkirk College team will now hit the road for two straight weekends where they will get a look at Trinity Western University, the University of Victoria and a rematch against Simon Fraser.They return home on October 28 for a game against U.S. rival Eastern Washington University.last_img read more

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MISS SUGARS ADDS BLINKERS AND GETS UP TO WIN $75,000 BLUE NORTHER STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY MULLINS, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.24

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–A close fourth with a troubled early trip in her most recent start, English-bred Miss Sugars added blinkers and was up to win Thursday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Tyler Baze as she stopped the clock for one mile on turf in 1:36.24.Trained by Jeff Mullins, Miss Sugars was closer to the early pace with the equipment change and was three-wide turning for home while third behind pacesetter Princess Roi, who dug in tenaciously to finish second in a three-way photo for the win.“In England, they don’t have anybody with them in the gate and since this is only her third start here, they load me and then we’re on our own,” said Baze.  “She broke great today and the trip we got worked out just the way we wanted it to.  We were up closer and able to save ground early and around the far turn I took a look back and just decided to let her kick before the others did.“She tries really hard and Jeff’s been a big part of my career.  It’s great to end up the year winning a race like this for him.”Off at 6-1 in a field of 10 juvenile fillies, Miss Sugars paid $14.60, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, she improved her record to 8-2-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $71,985.“Well today, we didn’t have to go through the steeplechase deal,” Mullins said, as he laughingly referred to a weather related obstruction that caused Miss Sugars to lose some ground into the first turn of the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26.  “The blinkers helped her lay closer to the pace today and it made Tyler’s job a little easier.  We’ll keep her on the grass.”Ridden by a comebacking Corey Nakatani, Princess Roi was pressured throughout by eventual third place finisher Tap It All, but dug in resolutely at the rail to nab the place by a nose.  Off at 15-1, Princess Roi paid $15.00 and $12.00.“I love this filly,” said Nakatani.  “We got pressure and for her to fight back like she did, shows her class.  I really want to thank Richard (trainer, Baltas) for putting me on her.  I’ve been working horses for him and this was a good opportunity.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Tap It All broke from post position eight and vied for the lead with Princess Roi throughout and just missed winning.  Off at 28-1, Tap It All paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.67, 1:12.35 and 1:24.29.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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The Insulation Empire Strikes Back

first_imgI was amused, and maybe a little surprised, to find a snail mail, printed letter from NAIMA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, in my mailbox recently. This letter, signed by the executive vice president and general counsel, was in response to my earlier post regarding batt insulation. Here is the text of the letter. Please forgive any errors, as it was scanned and run through an OCR program.REGULAR MAILJanuary 17, 2011Mr. Carl SevilleAdvisor to Green Building AdvisorSeville ConsultingRE: Green Building Advisor Article “Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?”Dear Mr. Seville:Thank you for your article emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (“NAIMA”) is aware of many qualified contractors who properly install a variety of insulation products, but NAIMA is an advocate of the importance of proper installation in order to achieve full thermal performance. Indeed. NAIMA’s published literature states: “Carefully read the manufacturer’s directions printed on packaging of batt or roll insulation to be sure the material is correctly installed.” In another NAIMA publication, it is stated that “[t]he performance of any insulation product is dependent not only on selecting the proper product but also on installing it correctly.” NAIMA also provides guidance and training materials to insulation contractors.What is true of all insulation products is that when properly installed, insulation delivers significant energy savings. What is also true of all insulation products is that all can be improperly installed. All insulation products must be installed correctly in order to achieve the intended thermal performance. The National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”) has stated that “you can choose the right insulation, but it will not do the job it’s supposed to do if it is not installed properly.” The NAHB’s statement is directed towards all types of insulation products: batt and blanket, loose-fill, rigid board insulation, spray foam insulation, and others. Therefore, to single out fiber glass batts is unfair and inaccurate. If there is a problem with batts, there is a problem with all batts, including cotton, plastic, denim, rock wool, slag wool, or any other type of batt. Moreover, the rate of improperly installed fiber glass batts must also be weighed in balance with the fact that fiber glass is the most widely used insulation product in North America. Put simply, more fiber glass batts are installed so more are likely to be improperly installed.Many insulation products when incorrectly installed not only fail to deliver their optimum thermal performance, but may cause serious damage or destruction to the building too. Just consider a few of the following examples that effectively illustrate the need to apply equitably the phrase “when properly installed.”In your article, you mention that blown-in products might have been a preferable alternative, though more expensive. As noted above, there is not an insulation product, or any other product for that matter, that is foolproof. Spray foam insulation, which must be installed by experts, can be over-sprayed or under-sprayed. For example, a Maryland inspector reported about an insulation contractor who completely foamed all the walls, roof sheathing, ridge vents, attic fan, and soffit vents. The fan and vents ceased to function. In addition, significant fire and explosion hazards exist during installation of spray foam products. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has identified several fatalities and incidents due to severe asthmatic attacks and fire/explosions associated with the use of isocyanurate-containing materials (which is one of the chemical hazards in spray foam products).Other examples of misapplication of spray foam include under-spraying that leaves gaps and holes similar to those described in your article on fiber glass batts. These gaps or voids will result in decreased R-value. If during a retrofit foam insulation is applied over a 48 inch space using only a two or three inch opening at one side, the foam will begin to expand and cure before it has reached the full depth of the cavity. This would block any more foam from filling the cavity, so random voids would result. Even proponents of foam insulation caution that “spray foam products must still be sprayed correctly.”Most other blown-in products can also be under-sprayed, fluffed, or subject to settling. For example, cellulose insulation settles over time. Third party documentation estimates that settling of cellulose insulation shows an average settling value of 19 percent. Therefore, if cellulose insulation is improperly installed without accounting for settling, cellulose insulation will lose about 19 percent of its R-value when it settles. Therefore, proper installation of cellulose insulation is required in order to improve energy efficiency. The installer must take into account installed thickness and settled thickness, which means additional product must be added to compensate for that settling factor.Too much cellulose insulation above ceilings, however, can impact the ceiling structure of the home. Based on US Gypsum weight limit recommendations for backloaded standard drywall and the installed density of shredded newspaper insulations, there is potential for ceiling drywall to sag at R-values above R-30 for regular cellulose insulation when installed over 1/2 inch ceiling drywall with framing spaced 24 inches on centers. Cellulose insulation, if improperly installed, can cause fires when the insulation is placed near a heat source. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) regulates cellulose insulation as a recognized fire threat. To protect against that fire threat, CPSC regulations mandate the proper installation of cellulose insulation: “Based on available fire incident information, engineering analysis of the probable fire scenarios, and laboratory tests, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that fire may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed too close to the sides or over the top of recessed electrical light fixtures, or installed too close to the exhaust flues from heat producing devices or apparatus such as furnaces, water heaters, and space heaters. These fires may result in serious injuries or deaths. Presently available information indicates that fires may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed even though the cellulose insulation complies with the Commission’s amended interim standard for cellulose insulation.”‘CPSC has actually issued regulations that mandate proper installation to avoid house fires, yet even a legal mandate cannot stop improper installation as attested to in the enclosed article, “Going Green May Make You See Red.” Improper installation of cellulose is so serious that this warning label must be affixed: Manufacturers of cellulose insulation shall label all containers of cellulose insulation with the following statement, using capital letters as indicated:CAUTIONPotential Fire Hazard: Keep cellulose insulation at least three inches away from the sides of recessed light fixtures. Do not place insulation over such fixtures so as to entrap heat. Also keep this insulation away from exhaust flues of furnaces, water heaters, space heaters. or other heat-producing devices. To be sure that insulation is kept away from light fixtures and flues, use a barrier to permanently maintain clearance around these areas. Check with local building or fire officials for guidance on installation and barrier requirements. Request to Installer: Remove this label and give it to the consumer at completion of job.Reflective insulation must be positioned adjacent to an air gap to be effective; otherwise heat will simply conduct through to the next solid layer that it touches. In other words, if the reflective insulation is positioned improperly, it will not deliver the intended thermal performance.If you are so anxious to outlaw insulation products, would it not be prudent to start with those products clearly identified as threats to life and safety? Certainly outlawing fiberglass batts should be a low priority. Perhaps in future columns you can join with NAIMA and many other insulation producers in advocating proper installation for all insulation products. To single out fiber glass actually does a great disservice to your readers because it suggests that it is somehow a unique issue to fiber glass when, in reality, it is an issue for the entire insulation industry.Sincerely,Executive Vice President, General CounselNorth American Insulation Manufacturers AssociationSo who is NAIMA anyway?According to its website, “NAIMA is recognized as the voice of the insulation industry for architects and builders; design, process and maintenance engineers; contractors; code groups and standards organizations; government agencies; public interest, energy and environmental groups; and homeowners. NAIMA is an authoritative resource on energy-efficiency, sustainable performance, and the application and safety of fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.”OK, so we know they represent all insulation manufacturers, EXCEPT cellulose, foam, cotton, wool, and maybe a few others I am not aware of. So, it is not surprising that the letter focused on the dangers of spray foam and cellulose insulation while ignoring any potential problems with the products NAIMA represents. I do appreciate that they thanked me for emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation products, but I didn’t really need a lecture on how wonderful their products are and how evil the competition is. I suppose what I find the most interesting is that there was no acknowledgment that the title about outlawing batt insulation was tongue-in-cheek and meant only to get the reader’s attention, which it apparently did.I suspect that NAIMA wishes I had never written the post, and that the whole issue would just go away—but somehow I think that since the letter has inspired me to write about this again, it will have the opposite effect and help promulgate this post even further.last_img read more

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Virtual Learning Event September 2016-Strengthening the Family CORE – Session 1

first_imgVLE 1 | Communicating Family Needs through AdvocacySession 1Date: September 1stTime: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: VLE Session 1: Communicating Family Needs Through AdvocacyThis session will be presented by Meghan Burke, PhD and Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT. Meghan is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Illinois. Bari is the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the Family Development team of the Military Families Learning Network. During this session, Meghan and Bari will be identifying barriers and strategies associated with advocating for services in addition to providing resources that can assist in the navigation of advocacy.  Join us on September 1st at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. MFLN FD Early Intervention will also be providing Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 MFLN Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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Delly aware of Gilas’ talent as Aussies battle Filipinos in World Cup qualifying

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ [email protected] talks about fulfilling his Olympic dream. pic.twitter.com/62dslYmB2l— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 21, 2017 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We played against the Philippines in a tournament in France a couple years ago. They’re very quick, a lot of dribble penetration, a lot of three-point shooting, so you really have to guard your man one-on-one,” he said.But with the game still over a year in the making, Dellavedova would rather enjoy the scenery in his first visit, knowing that the next time he sets foot in the Philippines, fans will be out to intimidate him and the rest of the Boomers.“I’m looking forward to traveling around different countries and playing. It’s gonna make it tough because in the two (competition) windows, the NBA guys won’t be able to play. But I’m looking forward to coming back here in July,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort Matthew Dellavedova. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netRepresenting his country has always been the greatest goal in the mind of Matthew Dellavedova.That’s why he couldn’t help but feel that overwhelming sense of pride whenever he suits up for the Australian Boomers in the international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My dream growing up was to represent Australia in the Olympic Games,” Dellavedova said Friday at the opening of the Peak Store at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.“Ever since I watched my first Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta on TV, just to pull on the green and gold for me is always been a dream. To hear our national anthem play in the Olympic Games is a moment I’ll never forget.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES MOST READ “Delly,” as he is fondly called, is visiting the Philippines for the first time for the launch of his shoe line Delly 1 with Peak.This, though, won’t be Dellavedova’s last as he is expected to suit up for Australia for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Australia is slotted in Group B, together with the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific qualification and Gilas is set to host the Boomers in the home-and-away series on July 2 next year.Dellavedova shared that he already has an idea on how our national team plays, having faced the Philippines back in the 2014 Bleu Blanc Tour in France in the lead up to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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9 months agoWife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interested

first_imgWife of Man Utd, Arsenal target Carrasco: Many clubs interestedby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe wife of Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco admits offers are arriving this month.The Belgium international is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.And Carrasco’s wife Noemie told RTBF: “There are a lot of things going on. “He has been called by many clubs. Many clubs are interested. Now nothing concrete, nothing has been signed yet.”Carrasco’s deal at Dalian Yifang runs to 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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