Fulham want highly-rated Watford youngster Sean Murray, according to The Sun on Sunday.The 18-year-old winger signed a new three-year contract at Vicarage Road only last month.A number of clubs have watched him this season, with Everton also said to be interested in signing him.Meanwhile, QPR want to replace Shaun Wright-Phillips with Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed that Rovers will demand £5m compensation for Hoilett, who will be out-of-contract this summer but is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer.Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is said to have told manager Mark Hughes that he can move for Hoilett, 21, if the club stay in the Premier League.And Chelsea are keen to sign Everton youngster Ross Barkley for £10m this summer and then loan him back to the Merseysiders for next season, according to The People.It is claimed Chelsea are optimistic about their chances of doing a deal for the 18-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park in December.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSubscribe to the Warriors HQ podcast on iTunes.OAKLAND — Although Warriors coach Steve Kerr reported Stephen Curry “feeling better” from a strained left groin, he had no clarity on if he can return for Monday’s game against the Clippers in Los Angeles.“At this point, I have no idea,” Kerr said before the Warriors (10-2) hosted the Brooklyn Nets (6-6) on Saturday at Oracle Arena. “We’ll let you know …
22 November 2011 Stunning puttMulroy sealed his win in the event, which is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, with a stunning 80-foot putt for birdie on the 16th. It was the last of his four birdies on the inward nine, a day after he had sunk five in succession on his way to an eight-under-par 64. LEADERBOARD Mulroy’s victory takes to six the number of South African wins on the European Tour this season. Previous winners include Ernie Els (South African Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open), Charl Schwartzel (Joburg Open and the US Masters), and Thomas Aiken (Spanish Open). South Africa’s Garth Mulroy scored his maiden PGA European Tour victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek on Sunday to record the 100th win by a South African on the Tour. Questioned about the length of his putt on the 16th afterwards, Mulroy told the Sunshine Tour: “From here to the car park!” There was a four-way tie for third between rising star George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl, Scotland’s Peter Whiteford and Chile’s Felipe Aquilar on 13-under 275. South African OpenThe attention of the PGA European Tour and the Sunshine Tour now turns to the co-sanctioned South African Open, which takes place at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. His previous best results had been finishing as runner-up in the Joburg Opens of 2011 and 2008. His winning cheque of €158 500 (approximately R1.77-million) was the biggest of his career. Best ever resultIt was a best ever result for the Scotsman, whose previous best was a third place in this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Saint Andrews. Two-time champion, Pablo Martin of Spain, had a forgettable tournament, carding rounds of 81 and 82 for a two round total of 19-over-par 163, which was 18 shots over the cut. Five-time winner Ernie Els is the defending champion, but will face a tough challenge from a quality field that includes two-time champion Retief Goosen, George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl, Thomas Aiken, , 2007 winner James Kingston, Soren Kjeldsen, Jbe Kruger, and Hennie Otto. Garth Mulroy (RSA) 69, 68, 64, 68 (-19) 269George Murray (Sco) 66, 69, 69, 67 (-17) 271George Coetzee (RSA) 66, 71, 69, 69 (-13) 275Jaco van Zyl (RSA) 68, 68, 72, 67 (-13) 275Peter Whiteford (Sco) 73, 67, 64, 71 (-13) 275Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 71, 64, 68, 72 (-13) 275Hennie Otto (RSA) 69, 68, 67, 72 (-12) 276Andrea Pavan (Ita) 68, 70, 68, 70 (-12) 276James Kamte (RSA) 72, 70, 69, 66 (-11) 277Jbe Kruger (RSA) 64, 67, 73, 73 (-11) 277Steven Tiley (Eng) 70, 69, 70, 68 (-11) 277 Mulroy finished on 19-under-par 269, after three sub-70 rounds of 69, 68, 64, and 68. Scotland’s George Murray, the only other man to go under 70 for all four of his rounds, finished in second place on 17-under-271 after closing with a 67. The 1986 and 1999 champion David Frost, aged 52, is also in the field. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Tags:#voice#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Skype has just released a new version of its software for Mac. The beta version has been out for a few months now, and Skype says that it’s made a number of changes based on user feedback.This new version also introduces group video calling as part of its Premium package. There is a 7 day free trial for new users, but then you’ll need to purchase either a day pass ($4.99) or buy a monthly subscription ($8.99 per month) for the feature. Skype says that it has made some adjustments to the Mac version based on some of the feedback to the beta version. As someone who downloads a lot of new software and has a pretty high tolerance for early iterations of products, I admit, I quickly uninstalled the beta version. It was too big and unwieldy. Skype says it’s addressed that. It’s kept the single-pane UI, but “we’ve slimmed things down a bit in the new version, trimming pixels and realigning things to make the app altogether more compact.” Still missing from this version is deep integration with Facebook, something we’ve been looking forward to since the two companies announced a partnership last year. But as Mike Melanson reported yesterday, it does seem as though Facebook is testing some VOIP calling. It’s just obviously not in this new version of the Skype client for Mac.
In this final installment about insulation we’ll take a look at the family of rigid boardstock materials. Unlike fiberous or spray-foam insulation that is installed in wall or ceiling cavities between the studs, rafters, or joists, boardstock insulation is applied either on the interior or exterior surface, spanning across the framing.The three most common types of rigid boardstock insulation are plastic foams: extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, and polyisocyanurate. Extruded polystyrene (XPS), including the familiar light-blue Dow Styrofoam and Owens Corning’s pink Foamular, is the most moisture-resistant of these three and is commonly used below-grade to insulate the exterior of foundation walls and under basement slabs. XPS provides an insulating value of R-5 per inch. Unfortunately, XPS (in this country) is still made with ozone-depleting HCFC blowing agents, which manufacturers are required to eliminate by 2010. Manufacturers of blowing agents, refrigerants, and other compounds have made great progress in eliminating substances that destroy the Earth’s protective ozone layer in the stratosphere since the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was discovered in the 1980s. XPS is the only insulation material still made with ozone-depleting blowing agents.Expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as beadboard, is manufactured more locally by smaller companies than is XPS, and it can be purchased in a much wider range of dimensions, thicknesses, and densities. The most common EPS, with a density of about 1 pound per cubic foot, doesn’t perform well below-grade, but it can be ordered at higher densities that do much better in such applications. For below-ground use, I recommend at least 1.5 pounds per cubic foot. Two-pound EPS is even better, with performance much closer to that of XPS. The most common low-density EPS insulates to about R-4 per inch. It is manufactured with pentane as the blowing agent, which does not harm ozone. EPS is the most common insulation material used in producing structural insulated panels, such as those made locally by Winter Panel Corporation and Foard Panel.Polyisocyanurate is the highest-insulating boardstock option, providing R-6.0 to R-6.5 per inch. A special low-conductivity gas fills cells in the insulation, and foil facing slows down the loss of this gas or entry of air—a process that, unfortunately, reduces the R-value somewhat over time. This gas fill or “blowing agent” used to be an ozone-depleting compound, but manufacturers have shifted to ozone-safe blowing agents, usually pentane.Polyisocyanurate is most commonly used for roofs and walls, but almost never below ground because it can absorb moisture.In addition to these three rigid-foam boardstock materials, there are also rigid fiberglass and mineral wool boardstock insulation products. These are excellent in the right applications, but they are usually only available for commercial construction; they are not carried by most building supply centers serving residential builders and homeowners.No matter what the type, boardstock insulation opens up some great opportunities for creating highly insulated—or superinsulated—walls. With new construction, I have long been a proponent of going well beyond a typical 2×6 wall insulated with cavity-fill fiberglass or cellulose. I believe that a reasonable R-value target for walls is R-35, and if I were building a new house I’d probably aim even higher. The easiest way to achieve such a high insulation level with wood-frame construction is a 2×6 wall with cellulose cavity-fill insulation and then an exterior layer of 3” of polyisocyanurate boardstock. However, that wall system, providing about R-35, will entail some extra effort with detailing:First, the thicker walls will require extra trim around windows and doors. Second, you will probably have to combine two layers of boardstock insulation (a 1” layer and a 2” layer) to achieve the recommended three inches. Third, to provide racking strength (to hold the walls square), let-in metal bracing, or plywood or OSB sheathing, will be needed in addition to the boardstock insulation.Lastly, to install siding, you’ll need strapping with extra-long screws to secure it to the wall studs. (An added benefit is that the air space behind the siding that this strapping creates—called a rainscreen detail—improves the life of the siding and reduces the frequency of repainting.)By providing such a thick layer of foil-faced boardstock insulation on the exterior, there is virtually no chance of moisture condensing within the 2×6 wall cavity; the cavity-fill cellulose insulation will be fully protected. Other approaches for achieving superinsulated houses, including SIP construction, double-stud walls, and special non-structural wall trusses that are hung on the outside of the structural wall, will be covered over the coming months in this column.
Each year my business model shifts a little (or a lot), often having nothing to do with any actions that I take. Lately I have been certifying homes under several green building programs including EarthCraft House and LEED for Homes. Working with builders who have a wide range of experience in green building gives me an opportunity to teach them how to make their homes more sustainable, and most of them appreciate the opportunity to learn and improve their work.One recent builder, whose client hired me to help “green up” his house, was very resistant to my suggestions, and it was a constant battle to get the builder to make any significant changes in his work. While that experience was annoying enough, what continues to frustrate me is getting called in too late in a project schedule. This usually means coming to the table after the plans are finished, sometimes even after construction has started, and being asked—then—to help make the project more sustainable. My internal struggle to avoid making rude comments about the plans reminds me of an old definition of stress—“The feeling that overcomes you when you resist the urge to choke the crap out of some idiot who desperately deserves it.” Too often I end up working on a project that can’t be any better than fair, but if only someone had considered the implications of their design decisions, could have been a good, or even a great house.The stupid things I see all the time: Huge expanses of unshaded west-facing windows that pretty much cook the inside of the house in the afternoons. Bathrooms spread out all around the house with no consideration of how to run hot water efficiently. Obscenely complex roof and wall intersections that are almost impossible to flash effectively. No place to run HVAC ducts. And let’s not forget about the size of some of these houses. While I believe that it is important to make every house as green as possible, why are we building homes over 5,000 (and sometimes over 10,000) sq. ft. for three or four people? At some point we have to stop calling these starter castles green—they just can’t be green when they have consumed enough materials to build five to ten normal-size homes.I admit that I am guilty of having made many of these stupid decisions throughout my career in construction, but I have seen the light and will not willingly do it again. Stay tuned for more rants on the subject.
Security forces foiled a bid to snatch a service rifle in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. One militant was also arrested.Preliminary reports suggest that two militants forced their entry into a J&K Bank branch in Anantnag’s main town. “The militant approached a security personnel to snatch the rifle. However, he was overpowered,” said a police official. Unconfirmed reports suggest one militant was arrested at the spot. The militant is a resident of adjoining district of Kulgam. Unconfirmed reports suggest one jawan was also injured in the militants bid to snatch the rifle. One militant managed to escape from the spot.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) deferred the renewal of leases of 12 of the 13 iron-ore mines in Sonshi village in north Goa following protests by villagers.The Board led by State Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma had met on Friday to decide on granting leases to 39 mines, including those in Sonshi. At the meeting, GSPCB officials sought more time to prepare and submit an air quality report, based on which the leases will be renewed. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 13. The Board has also decided to defer the renewal of leases of 27 other mines until air quality in each of them is monitored.Mr. Sharma on Thursday had told The Hindu that the Board had decided to monitor the air quality in Sonshi and other mining areas before renewing the leases. Mr. Sharma said there were very few ambient air quality monitoring stations in Sonshi and the Board would request the stations run by mining companies in Sonshi to keep a check on pollution levels.Mining operations in Sonshi were stopped last week following the severe rise in air pollution in the village. Earlier, the Board had issued showcause notices to all 13 mining companies for causing significant air pollution. The Board has taken cognisance of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court’s directive to stop mining-related traffic on Sonshi’s roads till the mining companies respond to the notices.
Colombo: Nearly 300 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly Easter Sunday attacks by the Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, Sri Lankan police said on Thursday. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many high-end hotels, killing 258 people in the country’s deadliest violence since the brutal civil war ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said, 293 suspects have been arrested so far. Some 115 of them are in remand custody while 178 are being held under detention orders served on them. A state of emergency was clamped in the country to help the authorities with investigations. The laws helped arrests and searches without warrants. However after four months of operations the law came to be lifted on August 22. The police assured that investigations would be carried forward with no hindrance despite the lifting of emergency laws. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The attacks left the island’s tourism sector devastated. Tour operators cancelled advance bookings due to security fears and the government was forced to offer many concessions for its revival. Politically too the attacks caused a stir and led to the sacking of the then police chief and the then top bureaucrat at the defense ministry who were charged with negligence as they had failed to prevent attacks despite prior intelligence.
Point Foundation (Point) will present its Impact Award to Eric McCormack, one of the most beloved actors of TV, as well as film and stage.The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) plus allied community. Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at pointfoundation.org/HonorsLA18.In addition to his Emmy-winning work on “Will & Grace” (season 10 premiering October 4 on NBC), McCormack produces and stars in Netflix’s popular sci-fi drama, “Travelers” (season 3 premieres this winter). He has appeared in numerous other TV series, films, as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway. McCormack was a vocal supporter of the legalization of same-sex marriage. He is also widely lauded for his advocacy and philanthropic work on behalf of organizations such as Stand Up To Cancer, Project Angel Food and the ASPCA.“Growing up, I was a bit of an outsider. So, I have always been attuned to how society tends to single out people negatively because of their differences, whether they are gay, immigrants, or people with chronic illness,” said Eric McCormack. “I am fortunate that today I can use my visibility to bring attention not just to problems, but also how organizations such as Point Foundation are offering solutions. As a parent of a child who will soon be college-bound and as an ally of the LGBTQ community, I am honored to be receiving the Point Impact Award.”“Eric McCormack and the cast and creative team of ‘Will & Grace’ didn’t set out to change the world, but they did. Their success has helped make it easier for our Point Scholarship recipients to live their truths proudly as LGBTQ people,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “As our Point Scholars take on leadership roles to improve society, they have a staunch ally in McCormack. We are grateful for his support of the LGBTQ community and are elated to honor him.”Also being honored at the October 13 gala is Steven Canals, the writer, Co-Creator, and Co-Executive Producer of the acclaimed FX Series “POSE.” Canals will receive the Point Horizon Award, given to a trailblazer who has taken a leadership role as an advocate of the LGBTQ community. Comedian and writer Solomon Georgio will host the festive evening, which features a special performance by Leona Lewis. Some of Point’s 97 current scholarship recipients and 300 alumni will be present to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to achieve their higher education degrees.