Using Interior Poly As an Air Barrier

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Back in the 1980s, Canadian energy experts urged builders to use interior polyethylene as an air barrier material. If the poly was installed conscientiously, and all seams were sealed with Tremco acoustical sealant, the approach worked well — at least in cold climates.When the same techniques were later adopted by American builders in places like Ohio and North Carolina, builders learned an important lesson: “Climate matters.” In hot climates or mixed climates where air conditioning is common, interior poly can become a condensing surface for exterior moisture during the summer. In many cases, the result was mold and rot.These days, interior polyethylene is not recommended in most U.S. climates, especially in any home that may be air conditioned during the summer.But what if you are building in Alaska or northern Canada? Well, in those climates, interior polyethylene still makes sense. That’s why the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska, recommends that Alaskan builders use interior polyethylene as an air barrier.The CCHRC has produced an excellent video on this topic. In the video, Ilya Benesch, a building educator at the CCHRC, explains how to do a good job of air sealing with interior poly. If you are building in northern Canada or Alaska, the techniques shown in this video (below) are worth emulating.For more excellent advice on building techniques for very cold climates, visit the CCHRC website.[Author’s postscript: in July 2012, when I was vacationing with my family in Alaska, we all showed up unannounced at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, where we were warmly greeted by Jack Hébert and Ilya Benesch. Not only did Jack and Ilya give us a tour of the CCHCR facilities, they let us use the building’s showers — a generous gesture in… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Can It Digest Another Cloud-Based App Vendor?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves Related Posts center_img Now that Oracle plans to gobble up yet another company for its growing portfolio of cloud-based software, the question is whether the company can chew everything it puts in its mouth.The business applications maker said Thursday that it would buy Eloqua for $871 million. Eloqua’s apps measure the effectiveness of marketing and sales projects. Oracle plans to make the company’s software the centerpiece of its “Marketing Cloud” product line.The acquisition will fill out the cloud-based services offering Oracle hopes will grab business from rival Salesforce.com. Earlier this year, Oracle closed a $1.9 billion deal for Taleo, a maker of online human-resource management software, and a $1.5 billion purchase of RightNow Technologies, which makes software for managing customer service.Oracle’s ChallengeOracle suddenly has a lot of cloud software to make work well together if it wants to give customers a reason to lease multiple applications. The task won’t be easy, given that the multi-vendor software was never designed “to fit together like Legos,” said Andrew Frank, analyst for Gartner, said.Taleo is a customer of Eloqua, so that portion of the integration challenge may be easier. But the extent of Oracle’s success will be determined when its services go up against products from Salesforce.com, IBM and SAP. “Whether it fits together well is a question for the market to determine,” Frank said.On paper, the acquisition gives Oracle an apples-to-apples comparison with Salesforce.com, which provides integrated marketing, sales and service management applications. Oracle needs the same all-in-one portfolio, because its rival “continues to have a strong win rate against Oracle in CRM (customer relationship management),” said Richard Sherlund, a managing director of equity research for investment bank Nomura, in The Wall Street Journal.Oracle is certainly willing to pay for what it wants. The company offered Eloqua shareholders a 31% premium over the Wednesday closing price. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013.Based in Vienna, Va., Eloqua was founded in 2000 and went public in August. Customers include Sony, Johnson & Johnson, VMware and Siemens.Cloud-Based Marketing Apps Are HotMarketing applications are favorites of vendors building out cloud-based services, because the data-intensive software is a good fit for cloud deployments, Frank said. Data centers that run cloud services are built to handle lots of data and to provide the computational power needed to analyze that data.In addition, marketing software needs to be integrated with other cloud services, such as social media. An added value is the fact that the applications are accessible to the mobile devices now expanding in the enterprise.As a result, researchers like Gartner see an increase in spending on cloud-based marketing services, and Oracle doesn’t plan to be left behind in the race to grab those dollars.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Oracle last_img read more

With Delhi talks, Manipur crisis may have blown over

first_imgThe first crack in the month-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Manipur appeared when Health Minister Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar handed in his resignation to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday night, shortly after Health Director Okram Ibomcha was suspended from the post by the Chief Minister, who heads the Department of Personnel. Mr. Singh has not as yet accepted the resignation. Highly placed sources said on Saturday that hectic efforts were on to sort out the “passing phase”. Meanwhile, Mr. Singh has left for Delhi to consult with senior BJP leaders. Though an understanding has been “reached”, indications are that the matter shall be settled after Mr. Singh’s return from Delhi. Sources said Mr. Jayentakumar had resented “too much of interference” by the Chief Minister. The CM appointed a new Advocate-General from outside the State without consulting Mr. Jayentakumar, who holds the Law portfolio. Mr. Singh also overlooked the Health Minister’s recommendation for interim Health Director. The coalition Ministry was formed on March 15 and all four MLAs of the National People’s Party, including Mr. Jayentakumar, are in the Cabinet.last_img read more

Jackson Heights

first_imgWhat does the death of Michael Jackson mean to an Indian of my generation? A generation not much removed from the late pop idol in terms of age, but hugely distant nevertheless in cultural orientation. More pointedly, why should the possibly drug-induced cardiac arrest of a skinny (even anorexic) Black crooner of dubious musical depth and ambiguous sexual preference, stir up anything more than a fleeting ripple of grief among middling Indians? Indians whose idea of good looks is inseparably tied to physical heft wrapped in a fair skin, who are apt to bristle at so-called deviant proclivities, and whose range of popular-music taste began with Lata Mangeshkar and ended with Kishore Kumar? But not even the most insular of Indians — particularly those who lived, studied or worked in the United States in the 1980s — could claim to be untouched by the Jackson Phenomenon. It came roaring into the America’s collective consciousness in the early years of that decade, and sustained itself into the 1990s, with generous help from extra-musical happenings in the singer’s life — not least, his colorful lifestyle.And to those of us who landed there as graduate students at that time, the man was our introduction to a pan-American concept of cultural identity, and his work was our gateway of sorts to American acculturation and acceptance.I can never forget the sight of an Indian friend at Ohio University in Athens carrying a brand new copy of Michael Jackson’s just-released Thriller album into my dorm room. “Milinda,” I exclaimed. “You too!” (His real name was Milind, elongated by friends to rhyme mischievously with “Melinda.”)Milind hailed from Dhule, a small dusty town in northern Maharashtra and, although as smart as the next doctoral student, he was as alien to the world of pop music as rustic Dhule is to the razzmatazz of Los Angeles. A sheepish grin attesting to his plight of being caught with a hand in the sinful cookie jar, Milind explained, “Just wanted to find out what all the noise is about…”He sure did. I suspect it got him so clued in to the conversational reference points of American campus life that he soon put on a slurry Yankee accent, began dating American girls, and finally ended up marrying his Filipino classmate. (Remember that Filipinos, colonized once by the United States, often turn out to be more American than the Americans.) Milind, a former comrade-in-the-making who spouted Marxist jargon after a couple of stiff drinks, is today the epitome of capitalist success. As a senior executive in a U.S.-based multinational company, he counts his financial assets in the millions.Not all of us took that route. I can speak best for myself. I first landed in the U.S. in September 1982, weeks before the Thriller album release. Although familiar with Western cultural mores, thanks to the typical Indian city-bred youth’s diet of Time, Newsweek and Hollywood films, my favorites in non-Indian music were restricted to the Beatles whose tunes often echoed international influences and whose lyrics sometimes nudged the frontiers of poetry, and to the foot-tapping rhythms and the occasionally insightful themes from Boney M and Abba numbers.When I reached the country, America was done with condoling the senseless 1980 killing of Beatle John Lennon, and Abba too had somehow become passé. Boney M, strangely, was nowhere on the scene or in the music stores, thanks — I was told — to a rift between the Caribbean pop group’s business manager and the American recording industry honchos.The stage, I guess, was all set for a relatively new entrant on the American — and international — music landscape. Michael Jackson, with his smartly crafted Thriller, stormed into it: the album created unprecedented tremors. As an eye-witness in the U.S. — that is, at the very epicentre of the quake — I have never seen a music album grab a nation’s attention and its affection in such measure. It played in homes, in dormitories, in cafeterias, in malls, in cars, in airports, and in the boom boxes carried on shoulders by youths wearing turned-back baseball caps. With fans gobbling up nearly 60 million copies, Thriller remains the world’s largest-selling music album. Soon Jackson was seen grabbing something else — his own crotch, if you please. Was it because his later albums did not fare as well, that he resorted to cheap street-corner tapori-like pelvic thrusts, not to mention those bizarre get-ups and outfits? Was he — with an emphasis on his nimble-footed dancing skills and hi-tech videos — heralding an age of the “star-performer” to replace the bygone era of a mere “singer”? Did that emphasis effectively cover up — and later, come back to expose — the vacuity of his music and lyrics? And did that vacuity in fact reflect the state of his personal life?Genuine fans of the pop star — who fondly remembered an outrageously talented kid of five leading his older brothers in the old Jackson Five concerts — were aghast at the decline. The rumored drug-related excesses, the whispered fondness for young boys, the façade of media-showcased marital happiness to counter allegations of child-molestation, the flirtations with Islam and Jehovah’s Witness, the multiple medical procedures which resulted in his pale and bloodless plasticene look and a horrific distortion of his facial features. The final straw, I believe, came when Jackson dangled his little child head-down outside the upper-floor hotel window in Berlin when his fans clamored for a look. No amount of publicity thereafter about Michael’s physical and mental trauma at the hands of an abusive father during his childhood years could convince people that the pop star had not come unhinged.I must thank Mr. Jackson though for a sudden spurt in my popularity as a teaching assistant in the mid-1980s. After a class, students flocked around me with an unusual interest in the subject I was assigned to teach. Later, a student blurted out the explanation: “Oh, we think you’re really trendy,” she said. The class was apparently taken in by the fact that I had, like Michael Jackson, worn white socks with black shoes. Little did those undergrad teenyboppers know the real reason for the “trendy” choice: my dark-coloured socks were awaiting a tumble in the dryer!Let my wife’s elderly aunt from Karnataka have the last word on Michael Jackson’s sexiness. She sat through one of his videos where he chases a girl and, in the process, repeatedly gets in and out of a car. “What’s so sexy about a man who follows a girl into a car, then crawls out of it behind her, and does nothing in between?” she asked, with a wry shrug.  Related Itemslast_img read more

No specific terror threat to cricket World Cup: US

first_imgNoting that there is no specific terrorist threat to the ICC World Cup being held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the US has urged its citizens to be alert while travelling to these countries during the tournament as such big events are always a soft targets for the militants.World Cup begins in Dhaka”The Department of State alerts US citizens travelling to or residing in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to safety and security issues related to the ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in those countries between February 19 and April 2, 2011,” said a US travel advisory.While the US government has no specific threat information regarding the Cricket World Cup, high-profile events of this nature can be targets for terrorist attacks, the State Department said in a statement a day after the mega cricket event was kicked off in Dhaka on Thursday.The State Department reminded its citizens about the worldwide travel alert it had issued about the American nationals on January 31 which also includes South Asian countries.Observing that local authorities in the country where individual matches are held are responsible for security arrangements for the ICC Cricket World Cup, the State Department said US citizens should monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and recreation and sporting venues.This travel alert expires on April 9, 2011. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Yeng Guiao gets ejected with seconds left in Gilas Pilipinas’ win over Qatar

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Known as one of the most emotional coaches in the PBA, Guiao wears his emotions on his sleeve and has been ejected far too many times. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Guiao’s tirade earned him an early trip to the locker room but the man who’s too used to getting ejected just laughed it off and gave high fives to practically everyone he came across.The much-needed victory kept the Philippines in the running for a berth in the Fiba World Cup, improving to a 6-5 record as the fourth seed in Group F.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Add Friday’s game to that after Guiao was ejected with 28.3 seconds left and the Philippines on its way to an 84-46 victory over Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha.READ: Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over QatarThe Philippines was already in high command as early as the third quarter, building an insurmountable 62-30 lead that didn’t stop Guiao from lashing out at the referees.Gilas Pilipinas against Qatar in Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.With the game already in the bag, Guiao got his first technical with 53 ticks left in the game after the referees called an unsportsmanlike foul on Thirdy Ravena on what looked like a clean block on wingman Nasser Khalifa Al-Rayes.Guiao then got one more 20 seconds later after reacting to the unnecessary physicality the Qataris were giving to the Gilas players.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar Coach Yeng Guiao gets thrown out of the game…AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! Vintage CYG on the international stage 😅 #LabanPilipinas #SmartGilas #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/AHlKJWE7iX— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) February 21, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMANILA, Philippines—Yeng Guiao will always be his old self be it in the PBA or in international competition.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Samsung working on Galaxy S7 Mini to take on Apple iPhone SE: Report

first_imgRumour has it that Samsung is already working on a new mini variant of the Galaxy S7 to take on Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE. A new report (via sammobile ) suggests that Samsung’s take on the mini device will be a little larger in comparison, and will be well stacked in terms of hardware.According to the report, the rumoured Galaxy S7 Mini will come with a 4.6-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. Apple’s iPhone SE is said to have a smaller 4-inch display. The Galaxy S7 Mini is also said to be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chipset, much like the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The phone will likely come with 3GB RAM. Further, it is said to sport a 12-megapixel camera on the rear.The Galaxy S7 Mini will be 9.9 mm in thickness, adds the report.Apple will reportedly launch the iPhone SE on March 21 at an event in San Francisco. The iPhone SE will most likely be a hybrid cross between the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S. It is said to be powered by Apple’s A9 processor. A 12-megapixel rear camera is also on the cards.Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Mini does not have a launch date yet; neither has the company gone on record to say that such a phone exists. To recall, there were rumours last year that it was working on a mini variant of the Galaxy S6, but that never happened. So we suggest you take this piece of information with a pinch of salt.advertisementlast_img read more

Former Spain Striker Fernando Torres Announces Retirement

first_imgTOKYO — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres says he is retiring after an 18-year career that included stints at Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and Italy’s AC Milan.“I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” the 35-year-old announced on social media on Friday, saying he will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday to explain further details.Torres began his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001 and scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances.He was at his most prolific at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, when he scored 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions.Torres moved to Chelsea in 2011 and won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League before a brief stint at Milan in 2015.Torres returned to Atletico in 2016 and then joined Japan’s Sagan Tosu last July.He struggled to regain his scoring touch in Japan and had only three goals in 28 games over two seasons.Torres made his Spain debut in 2003 and scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany before helping his country win their first World Cup in 2010.He scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for Spain, making him the country’s third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul (44).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Rijeka 2 AC Milan 0

first_imgRijeka 2 AC Milan 0: Gattuso still waits for first win as Rossoneri lose on the road Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:49 12/8/17 Gennaro Gattuso_cropped Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images Jakov Puljic and Mario Gavranovic scored the goals as Rijecka handed AC Milan a first defeat in this season’s Europa League. Gennaro Gattuso suffered defeat in his first Europa League game in charge as AC Milan rounded out an otherwise successful Group D campaign with a 2-0 loss away to Rijecka.The Rossoneri’s unbeaten record in Europe this season came to a disappointing end in Croatia, leaving their new manager still waiting for his first victory since taking over from Vincenzo Montella.Denied at the death by Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli’s unlikely equaliser on Sunday, Gattuso saw a much-changed XI out-fought and out-thought by a side with nothing to play for but pride. 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 Jakov Puljic’s sumptuous free-kick beyond stand-in goalkeeper Marco Storari gave Rijecka the lead after just seven minutes.Mario Gavranovic’s first-time finish from a left-wing cross confirmed a famous win for the hosts, meaning Milan have now triumphed in just four of their last 15 outings in all competitionsFull-timeNot the best of nights for us but we’ll be back for the Round of Last 16 in February!Non una serata da ricordare ma saremo di nuovo in #UEL a febbraio per i sedicesimi#RIJACM #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/b1gA6fJfH2— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 7, 2017While already certain of qualifying for the knockout stages as group winners, Gattuso had called for his players to show “desire” in his pre-match press conference, aware of the need to arrest a worrying run of form.Yet his inspiring words appeared to fall on deaf ears judging by his side’s first-half display, even when taking into consideration the absence of several first-team regulars.Sluggish from the outset, they fell behind in the seventh minute when Lucas Biglia’s foul just outside the area allowed Puljic to curl a free-kick over the wall and beyond Marco Storari’s desperate dive.The scorer missed an excellent chance to heap further misery on the visitors before the break too, heading a teasing cross from the right narrowly wide of the target.Milan created little yet still could easily have drawn level before half-time, with Andre Silva’s lob clearing goalkeeper Simon Sluga but ending up sitting on the roof of the net, rather than in the back of it.Rijecka moved further clear just two minutes into the second half, Gavranovic’s rather scruffy finish from Zoran Kvrzic’s low delivery doubling their advantage.Conceding for a second time seemed to briefly bring Milan to life as an attacking force, with Luca Antonelli seeing an on-target effort blocked by a home defender. Patrick Cutrone wasted their best chance to half the deficit though, the forward seeing a downward header loop over after he’d misjudged his jump to meet Davide Calabria’s tantalising cross.To round out a thoroughly miserable road trip for Gattuso, a late booking picked up by Manuel Locatelli means the midfielder will be suspended for the next game in Europe. Key Opta stats: – AC Milan lost a Europa League/UEFA Cup match for the first time since April 2002 (since then eight wins and six draws).- Puljic’s goal (7’) was the fastest conceded by AC Milan in Europa League this season.- AC Milan failed to fire a single shot on target for the first time in Europa League this season.- Rijeka netted two goals with their only two shots on target. read morelast_img read more

25 days agoWilson insists Bournemouth only at 60 per cent

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wilson insists Bournemouth only at 60 per centby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Callum Wilson says there is so much more to come from his side this season.The Cherries are seventh in the league, only a point off a top four position.Wilson has managed to score in the last four league games he has played. But the England international insists the team is still reaching its full potential.Wilson said to reporters: “I think we are only playing at 60 per cent.”We have a lot more to come individually and collectively. We will be working hard on that to make sure we improve over the coming weeks.”There’s key players missing but also, the ones who are playing – including myself – we’ve still got a lot more to give.”We are nowhere near where we can be performing at our best, but we are getting results at the moment which is a positive sign.”To go three unbeaten is good. It would have been good to get three wins on the bounce on Saturday. It’s definitely a missed opportunity.” last_img read more

Dembele will stay at Barca despite offers from big clubs – Agent

first_imgOusmane Dembele’s agent has insisted that his client will stay at Barcelona despite receiving offers from “several big European clubs.”Dembele has scored 20 goals in all competitions with Barca since a move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. The 22-year-old has, however, struggled with injuries and had his attitude reportedly questioned by team-mates and club officials on more than one occasion.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Both of those issues came up recently as Dembele was ruled out for up to five weeks with a hamstring strain suffered against Athletic last week. Dembele allegedly made his injury worse by sleeping in an airport before flying to Senegal after the game, though his agent has denied those charges.With his client now facing another spell on the sidelines, Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko has refuted any reports that he could look to leave Barca before the transfer window closes on September 2. “I wanted to clarify firmly and definitively the situation of Ousmane Dembele,” Sissoko told L’Equipe.”He has not planned on leaving FC Barcelona even for a moment. This is the course of action set for several months now and no element is or will be likely to make us deviate from it. “Ousmane feels perfectly well within the club and he remains determined to impose himself in the long term. “Despite the offers of several big European clubs, Ousmane is convinced he wants to be part of the biggest of them and that everything is set for him to flourish.  “Unfortunately, his injury has temporarily stopped him during his drive to have a great and beautiful season. But this will not affect his success and his will to return as soon as possible. “He is Barcelona and he will stay 1000 per cent with the will to honour the colours of the club!” Dembele was linked with a move to PSG in the off-season as part of a deal that would see Neymar return to Barcelona, and was also rumoured to be on Arsenal’s wish list.But the France international now appears set to stay for a third season at Camp Nou, as he looks to help the Blaugrana to their third consecutive La Liga title.last_img read more

PKL 2019 highlights: U Mumba beat Haryana Steelers 33-39

first_imgPKL 2019 highlights: U Mumba beat Haryana Steelers 33-39The Haryana Steelers played their heart out and tried to stay in the contest, but U Mumba kept extending their lead.advertisement Next Press Trust of India Greater NoidaOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 00:28 IST Pro Kabaddi League: Players in action (Twitter:@HaryanaSteelers)Haryana Steelers fought hard against U Mumba before going down 33-39 in the Pro Kabaddi League here on Thursday.Kuldeep Singh and Sunil set the ball rolling for the Haryana Steelers with a couple of tackle points in the opening minutes of the match. Vinay pulled off a fantastic raid in the 4th minute to help Haryana take the lead at 4-3. However, U Mumba picked up some crucial raid and tackle points and took a three-point lead at 9-6 in the 11th minute.The Haryana Steelers fought back through raid points by Vinay and Naveen as they leveled the match at 9-9. Thereafter, both sides played aggressively and kept scoring points in tandem. U Mumba were leading at 15-14 in the dying minutes of the first half, but Ravi Kumar carried out an excellent tackle just before the whistle.Vikash Kandola got Haryana off to a great start in the second half with a fantastic raid in the 21st minute. Kuldeep helped Haryana take a four-point lead when he carried out an all-out in the 22nd minute. However, U Mumba fought back and took the lead after pulling off an all-out in the 28th minute.The Haryana Steelers played their heart out and tried to stay in the contest, but U Mumba kept extending their lead. Vinay recorded a Super 10 in the 32nd minute, but U Mumba still led by four points at 32-28.Sunil scored a tackle point in the 33rd minute and Vinay recorded a raid point in the next minute. However, U Mumba kept inching ahead.advertisementHaryana almost caught up with their opponents through raid points by Kandola in the last few minutes of the match, but U Mumba maintained their lead and eventually clinched a victory.Also Read | PKL 2019 highlights: Bengal Warriors beat Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans thrash UP YoddhaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Haryana SteelersFollow U Mumbalast_img read more

5BoroNYC’s VHS Skate Decks

first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Antiquing The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Meet the Spirits Network, the Real-Time Shoppable QVC of Booze Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind For those of you former (and current) skaters, watching skate videos was a way to master tricks, aspire to do things you can’t and watch those pro skaters in awe. To most of us, VHS (that’s an acronym for Video Home System) tapes are a thing of the past, thanks to the development of the Internet. Who needs all those videotapes when we can just go on YouTube?The guys at 5BoroNYC, a skate brand that got its start in 1996, back when we were still playing VHS tapes on VCRs, apparently got nostalgic for the familiar images, so they decided to emblazon a series of skateboards with the graphics that covered the video tapes. The eight styles resemble the labels from videotape brands like Fuji, TDK, Scotch, Sony, Maxell, BASF, and Philips with their own cheeky riff designed by  Mark Nardelli, Matthew Tapia and Max Vogel Razauno. Pretty cool, if you ask us.We’re sure all you youngins may not recognize these throwback designs, but for the rest of us, they make us recall a time before we were always on our phones. Pagers were cool, the Internet was in its early years and there was no YouTube. It was all about these videotapes, which enabled us to see the pros at their best. And now, thanks to 5BoroNYC, we can skate on them too. For those of you who can’t remember VHS tapes, trust us, you’ll look pretty cool skating around on one of these. So when will they come out with cassette tape decks? Soon, we hope. For more information, visit 5boronyc.myshopify.com. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now last_img read more

Province Protects Hundreds of Islands on Eastern Shore

first_img additions to Cloud Lake Wilderness Area, Annapolis County and Kings County expansion of Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area, Antigonish County the Baleine Nature Reserve, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island the Sissiboo River Wilderness Area, Digby County the Fossil Coast Nature Reserve, Cumberland County, along the Bay of Fundy shoreline These sites protect old forests, rare and endangered plants and animals, seabird populations and wildlife habitat, and help secure drinking-water supplies, canoes routes and opportunities for outdoor recreation. The lands were selected after consulting with municipalities, the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, community groups, industry, non-government organizations and hundreds of individuals. The province is also legally designating more land in two provincial parks, protecting them from use for other means. Cape Chignecto Provincial Park will have 4,250 acres of Crown land added, an increase of 40 per cent. Blomidon Provincial Park will have 1,415 acres of Crown land added, an increase of 70 per cent. The plan and interactive maps are available at www.novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/plan/progress . The province has legally protected the Eastern Shore Islands Wilderness Area and 22 other sites as wilderness areas or nature reserves. “The province’s wilderness-area designation of all Eastern Shore Crown islands, with Nature Trust’s progress to date on the private islands, means we are protecting more than 5,000 acres,” said Peter Wright, president of Nova Scotia Nature Trust. “The entire 100 wild islands archipelago is now a significant step closer to being protected, forever.” Environment Minister Randy Delorey said that in addition to conserving nature, Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas can have a big impact on local economies. “This is very true of the Eastern Shore Islands,” said Mr. Delorey. “The site includes hundreds of Crown islands, from Clam Bay to Liscomb Point, and links to several provincial parks. Protecting these islands means they will continue to be available to support tourism and recreation, such as sea kayaking, sailing, hiking, camping and seabird watching. “Together, we are protecting a globally significant island wilderness, at a scale that neither the province nor the Nature Trust could do on its own.” The province has now legally protected 43 properties from the Parks and Protected Areas Plan. There are 23 properties in this round of designations, including:last_img read more

Virendra reviews N Bengal law and order

first_imgDarjeeling: West Bengal Director General of Police Virendra was in North Bengal to review the law and order situation of the region.On Thursday, the top cop held review meetings in Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar. On Friday, he held a meeting with the remaining districts in Siliguri. Later talking to mediapersons, DGP Virendra said: “It is a routine general review meeting. The law and order situation is all right. West Bengal has a 10 crore population and around 2 lakh cases. It is one of the most peaceful regions of the country.” Appealing for public cooperation in maintaining law and order, the DGP said: “Law always takes its own course. Do not take law in your own hands. If there is any law and order problem one should apprise the police of it.” Answering questions regarding the Hills, DGP Virendra said: “The Hills are peaceful. There is no law and order problem.”last_img read more

Brock grads build Habitat home

By Becky Henderson, BBA ’13 candidateBrock alumni, Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), and Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06), in the Philippines with Habitat for Humanity.Five Brock alumni did not hesitate to say yes when they heard about the opportunity to go on a Habitat for Humanity build in the Philippines.Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05)On March 21, Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06) and Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05) arrived in Los Banõs, Laguna where they stayed at Trace College. This location was a 45-minute bus ride from their build site in Calauan, Laguna, where they worked on townhouses in a community construction atmosphere. The crew consisted of the five Brock alumni as well as 13 other people from across Canada. They, alongside local families who had benefited from earlier Habitat for Humanity builds, built 11 houses in seven-and-a-half days.For some alumni, like Jennifer Barton, it was the first Habitat build. Barton caught the travel bug after going on an exchange to North Carolina. When she heard about the trip from Christine Bosilo, a fellow alumna, Brock employee and crewmember, she could not pass up the experience.“Participating in this Habitat for Humanity/Global Village build in the Philippines was an amazing experience,” said Barton. “Our team, the home partners and everyone at the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the Philippines made my first build one to remember. I can’t wait to see where my next build takes me.”Other alumni have experienced similar trips and could not wait to jump back on the bandwagon. Capel has travelled to El Salvador with Habitat before, and when Bosilo told him about the trip to the Philippines, he knew he was ready to travel with Habitat again.“If this is something you’re interested in, then just go for it,” said Capel. “If you want to do it, then do it. Taking a vacation to help others adds extra meaning to your trip.”Although there were some brushes with heat stroke, the good definitely outweighed the bad. In addition to getting to experience a new culture, Brock alumni crewmembers will forever have the memories of the hard-working families and vibrant children they met.For more information on Habitat for Humanity and Global Village visit habitat.ca or habitatglobalvillage.ca read more

Climate change trade woes reshape Frankfurt auto show

FRANKFURT — The headwinds buffeting the auto industry are making themselves felt at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with companies confronting a slowdown in sales due to global trade uncertainty and pressure from governments to lower emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.Signs of the times at this year’s show include a slew of new, market-ready electric cars led by Volkswagen’s ID.3 compact that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There will also be protests from cyclists, environmentalists and industry critics who want a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation policy, and efforts by the auto executives to engage those critics in discussion.Here’s a look at key themes at the IAA show, which opens to journalists Tuesday and to the general public Saturday. Last year, 810,400 visitors toured it, organizers report, with more than half saying they were considering purchasing a car in the next six months.___IF YOU BUILD ELECTRICS, WILL CUSTOMERS COME?European carmakers are the focus of the show, and they will be rolling out new battery-powered vehicles to meet the European Union’s tougher limits from 2021 on emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The lower limits are part of the EU’s effort to meet the targets of the 2015 Paris climate accord. China, the world’s largest auto market, is also pushing for more low-emission vehicles.Yet it remains very much open whether consumers will want to buy electric cars, given concerns about range, lack of places to charge away from home, and higher purchase prices. Battery vehicles were only 1.8% of the European market through the first six months of the year, according to figures from industry analysts at JATO Dynamics. The cars have sold better in the high end of the market, as exemplified by Tesla’s Model S and Model X.The argument for rolling out so many new electric cars is that consumers need to see enough to choose from before they will change their purchasing habits. Some 20 models will hit the European market by 2021, targeting 400,000 in sales, according to research firm Bernstein, in a European market of roughly 15 million cars sold annually.Volkswagen has committed most heavily to electric cars among European manufacturers. It hopes to have a mass market electric car in the ID.3 compact, which it says will have a base price under 30,000 euros ($33,000), about as much as a similarly equipped Golf diesel.Others with new electric offerings include Honda with the e, which replaces side mirrors with cameras, and Daimler’s Smart with restyled versions of its fortwo and forfour small cars. At the high end, Porsche is taking aim at the Tesla Model S with the Taycan, a high-performance coupe starting at 152,000 euros in Germany including value-added tax and from $152,000 in the U.S.___SLUGGISH SALESWorld sales of cars are expected to slip to 78.3 million this year, from 83.0 million last year. The U.S.-China trade conflict has hurt economic growth in China and dented earnings at companies like Germany’s BMW and Daimler, both of which make cars in the U.S. for export to China. Europe’s car market grew only 0.1% last year amid weakening economic growth.On top of that comes continuing uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, currently slated for Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is willing to leave without a divorce deal that would smooth the transition to new trading arrangements. A no-deal Brexit could disrupt business between Britain and continental Europe by imposing new tariffs and border checks, and the auto industry’s supply chains are particularly vulnerable to such chaos.___PROTESTS AND DISCUSSIONSEnvironmental groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Germany and Germany’s ADFC bicycle club are organizing a march to the exhibition centre on Saturday to call for what they view as more environmentally friendly transportation policies. They want more space allotted to bicycles and pedestrians and more use of renewable energy instead of gasoline and diesel.The rally coincides with a mass bike ride starting in different towns outside Frankfurt and converging at the rally. Another group has called for a blockade of the auto show on Sunday.The show’s organizer, the German Association of the Automotive Industry, is organizing a civic dialogue on Sept. 13 with up to 200 citizens who can put questions to industry figures, including auto association head Bernhard Mattes, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. Kallenius is slated to appear on stage Thursday with Robert Habeck, the chairman of Germany’s environmentalist Greens Party, for a discussion of sustainability strategies, the future of transportation, and balancing economic growth and environmental protection.___SHIFTING MARKETING STRATEGIESThe number of companies exhibiting at the show has dropped to around 800 from 994 during the last edition of the show in 2017, and some 30 major carmakers are staying away, including Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Peugeot Citroen, Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. That’s in part due to the costs of setting up at the show measured against returns in sales. Carmakers are also finding different ways of reaching the public, including by web-streaming vehicle launches and holding their own exclusive events away from the show.Still, there will be a strong presence, especially by the German home team. Daimler’s Mercedes is putting on four “experience rooms” to emphasize the technology, comfort and connectivity of its vehicles, in addition to the usual long rows of vehicles. The largest contingent is from China with 79 exhibitors.David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

Annan arrives in Paris for highlevel Global Compact meeting on preventing corruption

The forum, on the topic of “Transparency and the Fight against Corruption,” began today with the participation of nearly 150 experts representing business, government, civil society, academia and the UN.Participants are exploring a proposal to add a principle against corruption to the framework of the Global Compact ahead of a Global Compact Leaders Summit scheduled for June.Tomorrow evening, the Secretary-General and President Jacques Chirac are scheduled to preside over the introduction of the Global Compact Network France, which includes more than 230 leading French companies committed to advancing the Global Compact’s nine core principles.”French companies are among the most active participants in the Global Compact,” said Georg Kell, who heads the initiative. “The Global Compact Network France will play an extremely important role in advancing learning, dialogue and projects in France and beyond.”Earlier today, before arriving in France, the Secretary-General addressed the Stockholm International Forum in Sweden. He later met with the former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix. Other meetings on his programme included talks with Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. read more

EU antitrust body gives green light to merger of book publishing giants

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2013 10:16 am MDT EU antitrust body gives green light to merger of book publishing giants Random House, Penguin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Friday gave its green light to the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House that will create the world’s largest book publisher.The deal will bring classics like George Orwell’s “1984” and the recent literary phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James under one umbrella. The merged publisher Penguin Random House is set to control about a quarter of the world’s consumer book market.Still, the deal does “not raise competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face several strong competitors,” the EU Commission said in a statement.The decision follows a similar unconditional green light by U.S. antitrust authorities in February. The Canadian Competition Bureau and other regulators are still reviewing the deal’s impact.Random House’s German parent company, Bertelsmann SE, welcomed the EU’s decision in a statement, calling it “another important stage” toward completing the merger.Bertelsmann will own 53 per cent of the new company, which will encompass all of both companies’ publishing units in the U.S. and six other countries.Random House and Penguin, a division of Britain’s Pearson PLC media group, are two of the so-called “big six” publishers in the U.S.The merger is widely seen as an effort to counteract the power of Amazon.com, which has worried publishers by aggressively cutting prices on e-books.Besides the U.S., the proposed merger includes Random House and Penguin Group’s publishing units in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. Penguin’s operations in China and Random House’s publishers in Spain and Latin America also are part of the proposed merger.The combined company will control 26 per cent of the global consumer publishing market, leaping ahead of the 17 per cent share of French publisher Lagardere, according to analyst estimates.The two media companies had announced the merger last October and expect to finalize the deal in the second half of this year. read more