Munar beats Rio’s first round and waits for Thiem

first_imgThe Spanish tennis participant Jaume Munar has handed on Tuesday the first round of the event in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), class ATP 500 and performed on clay, after beating the Italian Salvatore Caruso (7-5, 6-4).The Balearic, world quantity 99, led the initiative in a first round wherein the transalpine countered his first two ‘breaks’. Caruso, nonetheless, couldn’t reply to the third break of Spanish, within the eleventh recreation; Munar was accountable for confirming it within the subsequent recreation to take the partial. With one other break the second set started, and though the Italian returned it within the fourth recreation, the Mallorcan achieved a ‘counterbreak’ that was sufficient to shut the match in simply over two hours.Now, Munar awaits within the second round the winner of the duel between Austrian Dominic Thiem, quantity 4 of the ATP rating and first sequence head of the Brazilian contest, and the native Felipe Meligeni Alves.last_img read more

Cesc Fábregas reveals that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus

first_imgCesc Fabregas, Spanish midfielder from Monaco announced that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus at the age of 95 and they discovered it by doing the transfer of the elderly of the residence with which he collaborates financially in his hometown, Arenys de Mar (Barcelona), to a hotel.“She is 95 years old and the poor thing has taken the coronavirus unfortunately. There were many people who had not taken it at the residence and we wanted to transfer to a hotel. They tested everyone and 70% tested positive, including my great-grandmother “, unveiled in La Sexta.Cesc stay in Monaco with your partner and your children, with the helplessness of not being able to move: “This Thursday we made a video call with her and the truth is that she looks good and it’s lively. The worst thing is that you can’t be with her and give her a hug. Hopefully I can get through it even though we know it can be difficult. “last_img read more

WATCH: Michael Luftner scores SCREAMER past Gianluigi Donnarumma

first_img The Czech Republic defender won’t forget the strike in a hurry 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.But the Italian youngster was helpless to stop Czech Republic – and Michael Luftner – securing a 3-1 win over the Azzurri at the U-21 European Championships.The Czechs were all set to claim three points with five minutes left of normal time before Luftner made sure there would be no slip-ups.Luftner let fly from long-range as the ball spiralled towards the far corner of the net and past the despairing Donnarumma.Check out the wonderful strike below!center_img Look at that dip!last_img read more

Ake to seal £20m move to Bournemouth – but Chelsea to include clause in deal

first_img Nathan Ake in action for the Netherlands Chelsea are expected to have the option of re-signing Nathan Ake once the defender completes a switch to Bournemouth.The 22-year-old Holland international was recalled from loan at Bournemouth in January by Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.But now the Chelsea boss is willing to accede to Ake’s request to play regularly, with the Cherries hoping to complete a deal.The fee for Ake, who can play in central defence, at left-back or midfield, is reportedly £20million and includes a buy-back clause.Premier League champions Chelsea have learnt from the sales of a host of young talent in recent seasons by inserting options to recapture young players.Bertrand Traore last week moved to Lyon for £10million, but there is a contract provision for Chelsea to re-sign the Burkina Faso international at a later date if they wish to do so.Striker Tammy Abraham is anticipated to be moving to Swansea on a season-long loan, once the England Under-21 striker has signed a new contract to commit to Chelsea.The Blues are likely to wait to announce any incoming players in the summer transfer market, with Willy Caballero set to be the first arrival after the window opens on Saturday.Caballero, who is to be released from Manchester City this week, is to be back-up goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois. 1last_img read more

Motorists anger at lack of signage on ‘road to nowhere’

first_imgMotorists have expressed anger at the lack of signage to tell them that the Killea road into Derry is closed.As of 11.30am this morning, the road was closed by a fallen tree following last night’s storm.Hundreds of motorists normally use the road into Manorcunningham and on into Derry. But there was no signage warning drivers that the road is blocked.One woman said “I know the council are under severe pressure but one lousy sign would sort this situation.“Hundreds of motorists are driving into Killea and into Derry but have to turn back. There is a lot of confusion.“One elderly woman passed me and was left confused because she didn’t know that it was actually a tree in the middle of the road.” Motorists anger at lack of signage on ‘road to nowhere’ was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fallenKillearoadsignageTREElast_img read more

So who did 49ers hire as defensive line coach?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Improving the pass rush should be the 49ers top offseason priority, and now they apparently have a new defensive line coach to oversee a unit that remains on the lookout for a couple sack artists.Kris Kocerek has been hired as Jeff Zgonina’s replacement, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Adam Caplan. The 49ers have not confirmed that switch of defensive-line coaches.Kocerek, 40, coached the Miami Dolphins defensive line the past two seasons. He previously held that role from …last_img read more

Journalists marvel at Table Mountain

first_img19 March 2012 Cape Town and Table Mountain worked their magic on a group of journalists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who visited the country last week as guests of Brand South Africa. The agency responsible for marketing South Africa abroad regularly brings groups of foreign journalists to the country to help build relationships and change perceptions of the continent. Fresh from an informative few days in Johannesburg, and keen to sample the famed delights of the Cape, the group had two days in the city to network, gather information and, of course, fit in some sightseeing. On day one, Tuesday 13 March, the weather in the morning was glorious – sunny blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures that Capetonians consider on the hot side – at least hot enough to hit the beach and dive into the cold ocean. Calling the Gulf states your home, though, means that 33 or so degrees is “comfortable”, in the words of Bahaa Alawam, a Syrian journalist working out of the Gulf.Gulf Co-operation Council He was joined by Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News, a Dubai publication; Peter Smith of Dubai Gulf Business; Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai; and Roger Romanos, a senior editor at the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group. The plan was to spend the morning at presentations indoors, with the Department of Trade and Industry. On the agenda were South Africa’s industrial policy, priority industry sectors, and Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) exports and agri-processing businesses that export to the UAE/GCC, namely Western Cape fruit and juice exporters, beef and fishing, fruit and vegetables, processed foods, and franchising. The next item on the itinerary was a trip on the cableway up Table Mountain. Cape Town’s weather, however, is nothing if not fickle. By noon the wind had picked up and by 1pm the clouds were cascading over the southern side of the mountain. By 2pm the cableway was closed for the day as the wind howled and clouds poured over the mountain and down the gorges. On the upside, the group did get to see her dressed in her famous tablecloth.‘It was beautiful, spectacular’ Instead of the planned trip, energetic tour guide Irwin Horsban of Kaylin Tours packed the group back into the bus and took them on a memorable drive down Kloof Nek and into Camps Bay, on the western side of the Cape peninsula. A stop for lunch and refreshments on the beachfront was a real treat, said Saberi. Romanos, who is originally from Lebanon but has been working in Saudi Arabia for six years, agreed. “What a fantastic place,” he gushed. “It was beautiful, spectacular.” On the way back to the hotel the ever-affable Horsban took the group on a detour through the Bo-Kaap, with colourful houses and history, followed by a splendid seafood dinner at the popular V&A Waterfront that was variously described as “good”, “delicious” and “expensive”. Wednesday – and Mother Nature came out to play, offering a glorious day without a breath of wind. Again, the morning was taken up with presentations and information-sharing, this time at the Oil and Gas Expo.Table Mountain’s 360° views The historic Robben Island was on the agenda for the afternoon, but everyone opted for the mountain instead. Walking on one of the new seven wonders of nature trumped heritage. The cableway was open, and cars were parked for several kilometres down the winding mountain road. But with tickets pre-booked online and a taxi ride to the cableway station there was little delay before the group was ushered into the large and airy cable car. The car takes 65 people at a time, which can be a bit of a squash. There is no need to hog the windows though, as the floor rotates during the ascent, giving each passenger a 360° view. Romanos spoke about investments. His company organises conferences between businesses, and he believes there is much scope for the two regions to work together. “Arab businesses are looking for opportunity,” he said. When the group stepped out at the top the views took their breath away, and they spent a good two hours wandering around, taking pictures and marvelling at the cute dassies, or rock hyraxes – the little animals are closely related to the elephant. “I am half-way between happy and depressed,” said Saqqa, “happy to be here, but depressed that soon I have to return to civilisation.” Her sentiments were shared by the other members of the group. Smith said: “I see Johannesburg is for business, but Cape Town is more for pleasure.” There was time for some cold refreshments before a walk on the white sands of Camp’s Bay beach and dinner at a traditional restaurant in the city bowl. “We are sad to go, but have enjoyed our time here,” said Alawam. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

3 Tutorials to Check Out This Weekend: Crisis Edition

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The situation in Egypt has colored much of our coverage today, so it’s only fitting that we send you into the weekend with some relevant tutorials: an introduction to Ushahidi for developers, tips for optimizing CouchDB and how to create a Tor relay.Ushahidi 101Intro to Ushahidi for DevelopersView more presentations from Ushahidi.Ushahidi is a non-profit organization that develops open source technology for disaster response. We’ve covered how its been used to visualize floods in Queensland, for example.Above is a brief introduction to its technology for developers. Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden recently joined parent organization SwiftRiver as we reported here.CouchDB OptmizationCouchDB is great for building Web applications that need to function when Internet connectivity is sporadic. CouchDB sponsor company CouchOne has a case study on how aid workers in Africa are using it to manage health data.Mu Labs recently published a tutorial called “Notes and tips on optimizing CouchDB performance” for developers who want to squeeze as much performance as possible out of CouchDB.TorAs we reported earlier there’s been a spike of Tor usage in Egypt the during the past couple days as the government there has severely restricted Internet access. Many on Twitter are calling for users to host more Tor relays. Here’s how to configure one.Be sure to read the FAQ for running a relay. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#How To center_img klint finley Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Urban Rustic: Prepping for a Basement Slab

first_imgNext up, the welded wire meshOne of the real disappointments of installing the basement slab was seeing the concrete guys put down the welded wire mesh (typically noted as W.W.M. on construction drawings) — basically chicken wire with pointy ends. (I exaggerate, but not by much.)If I could do it over again, I would look into using a concrete mix containing sufficient pieces of fiberglass or some other alternative, so that using the welded wire mesh could be avoided altogether. I was already familiar with the idea of fiberglass used in place of metal in concrete forms, having experimented with decorative concrete last year and having seen videos like this one.I’m not sure why I didn’t think to ask for fiber-reinforced concrete instead of the normal welded wire mesh — it was one detail that just got missed, unfortunately.As the wire mesh went down, the guys could see how annoyed and concerned I was by the holes it was making in the Stego Wrap. One of them, Oscar, started helping me bend the pointy ends up. Once they were safely pointed up, I went around with the red tape to patch the many tiny holes in the Stego Wrap. Not a fun way to kill a couple of hours (see Image #6 below).Why my architect or the concrete guys didn’t suggest a mix with fiberglass instead of the welded wire mesh is unclear. The reality with any green build, especially if you’re acting as GC, is you’re likely to be the only one who really cares about getting the many details right, especially if the architect and subcontractors have never built like this before — they were just doing what they always do. Choosing Roxul to insulate the slabOur R-values were based on a number of considerations: the construction drawings of our original builder, information made available by Hammer & Hand (in particular their Madrona Passive House), and articles on the Building Science Corporation website (in particular this one and this one), as well as Green Building Advisor. These resources, all of which have proven to be indispensable at every stage of the build, have made our project possible.In terms of the details around the slab and the foundation walls, this article from the Department of Energy also proved to be especially helpful.After considering various insulation choices, we decided to go with Roxul for under our slab, the exterior of our foundation, and our wall assembly. (Blown-in cellulose in the attic was the only significant deviation from the use of Roxul.)To get to an R-value of 16 under the basement slab we used two layers of 2-inch thick Roxul ComfortBoard 80 (R-4 per inch).We installed each layer with staggered seams, although the Roxul representative I spoke with via email insisted that because the Roxul is so dimensionally stable this isn’t nearly as important as it would be with rigid foam insulation. (The same holds true with a double layer of ComfortBoard 80 on the exterior side of wall sheathing.)One of the many benefits of using Roxul is that the material wants to stick to itself, whether in batt or rigid board form. This makes for tighter joints between pieces, and even when cuts around obstructions are less than perfect it’s easy to fill in any gaps with torn apart pieces of Roxul (again, this holds true for both ComfortBoard 80 and Roxul’s batt insulation). BLOGS BY ERIC WHETZEL Building a Service CoreAir Sealing the Attic FloorVentilation BafflesUp on the RoofA Light Down BelowKneewalls, Subfloor, and Exterior WallsLet the Framing BeginDetails for an Insulated FoundationThe Cedar Siding Is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Project Following Passive House principles, we knew we were going to insulate and air-seal our basement slab. As explained on the Passipedia website:“The most important principle for energy efficient construction is a continuous insulating envelope all around the building … which minimizes heat losses like a warm coat. In addition to the insulating envelope, there should also be an airtight layer … as most insulation materials are not airtight. Independently of the construction, materials or building technology, one rule is always applicable: both insulation and airtight layers need to be continuous.”Passive House builders use the “red pen test,” which is supposed to occur in the design phase of a project when it’s much easier to address weaknesses or errors in the details of a design (see Image #2 below). That applies to air sealing, and it’s also effective when looking for points of potential water intrusion, or even to test the thermal layer for areas of thermal bridging. The basic idea is that if your layers aren’t continuous you’ll find yourself lifting your red pen, meaning it’s an area that needs to be addressed.An effective way of thinking about a structure, used by high-performance builders, is to think in terms of six sides rather than just four when contemplating the details for air sealing and insulating: four walls, the attic/roof, and the basement (or frost-protected slab).A similar approach to Passive House for building high-performance structures is adopted by advocates of The Pretty Good House concept, even if it’s less stringent, more open to interpretation, and tends to be more “rule of thumb” rather than energy-model-driven (e.g. PHPP or WUFI). Editor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut. Sub-Slab Mineral WoolWhat’s the Best Basement Flooring System?Green Basics: Insulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsPolyethylene Under Concrete Slabscenter_img Expecting lower R-valuesA Roxul rep told me to assume a loss of R-1 due to the compressive pressure of the poured concrete, thus our R-16 for two layers of Roxul is, according to Roxul, really R-15. Having installed the two layers myself, walked on it during and after installing the vapor barrier, my guess is in some areas this loss in R-value is even greater than 1.Based on the comments quoted in an article by Martin Holladay at GBA (“Sub-Slab Mineral Wool”), I would have to say my experience was exactly the same: in some areas the Roxul seemed to lose most, if not all, of its rigidity. I’ve also noticed while working with both the ComfortBoard 80 and Roxul batts there seems to be a variation in the material from piece to piece and bag to bag. Some pieces are very easy to cut (these pieces are noticeably stiffer), while other pieces seem mushier or lacking in rigidity — either under- or over-cooked, perhaps — making them more difficult to cut and work with.This seems like less of an issue for vertical applications (i.e. walls), while potentially troublesome for horizontal applications under a slab — especially if you’re depending on that R-4 per inch to meet the demands of energy modeling for a certification program like Passive House.I’m glad we’ve been able to mostly avoid foam insulation in the build, but seeing the Roxul in a real-world application does make me wonder if some kind of rigid foam might’ve given me a more consistent whole floor R-value. RELATED ARTICLES Adding a vapor barrierOnce the two layers of Roxul were down, it was time to install the vapor barrier over the insulation. While the Roxul acts like a blanket, helping to maintain a consistent temperature in the basement, the vapor barrier helps to keep moisture and soil gases (mainly radon, as I understand it) at bay.The product I’ve seen used in most Passive House, Pretty Good House, or equivalent projects, is Stego Wrap. (For more about the product, including a video covering recommended installation practices, visit the Stego website.)We used the 10-mil version of Stego Wrap. The material is very durable and fairly hard to damage. Even when tears occurred, it was easy to patch with pieces of the Stego red tape, or a combination of a cut piece of Stego Wrap with pieces of the red tape.Installing the two layers of Roxul on the basement floor was pretty straightforward. Installing the Stego Wrap was generally a pain in the ass. Maybe I was just tired, but I really didn’t enjoy installing it at all. For example, it was difficult to keep it tight to the walls, although I learned to leave it hanging fairly loose at floor-wall junctions, which definitely helped. Getting the first row straight, flat, and smooth was time-consuming and annoying, but it did make getting successive rows installed straight much easier (see Image #3 below).Where drain lines and other plumbing came through the insulation and vapor barrier, I used a Roflex pipe gasket (available from 475 High Performance Building Supply) and red Stego tape to make the seal (see Image #4 below).Once all the Stego was in place, we added a strip of 1/2-inch rigid foam insulation at the floor-wall junction as a thermal break. I wanted to use Roxul ComfortBoard 80 (the 1 1/4-inch-thick version) even for this, but time and money made the foam an easier choice. (ComfortBoard 80 is still a special order item in my area, meaning it’s always about two weeks away from the time you place your order — hopefully this changes in the near future.)We kept the foam in place by running a bead of OSI sealant on the back of each section before pushing it up against the Stego Wrap. For the most part this seemed to work well (see Image #5 below). Based on our climate zone, which is Zone 5, we decided we wanted to shoot for 16/20/40/60 for insulation R-values — the series of numbers represents R-values for under the basement slab/ the exterior foundation walls/ framed exterior walls/ and the attic. (Our attic R-value proved to be significantly higher than 60, but more on that later.) These values are in the ballpark for both Pretty Good House (PGH) and Passive House. (Here’s an excellent overall summary of the Passive House concept I recently came across at EcoCor.)Arguably, the “sweet spot” for how much insulation makes sense for these areas, even when adjusted for climate region, is still a topic for heated debate. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind that the simpler the form your structure takes — for example, two-story cubes without basements — the easier it is to achieve Passive House or similar building standards. Simple building forms mean simplified framing, air-sealing, and limits on the exterior surface area, features that a single-story ranch that is spread out and has all kinds of nooks and crannies does not. (The difference also has serious ramifications for overall heating and cooling demand.) Likewise, simple forms also make it easier to figure out how much insulation you need to reach a benchmark like Passive House or PGH. A simple form can also have durability implications.last_img read more

Nate Silver Gets Real About Big Data

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Kenneth Cukier#Nate Silver#predictive analytics Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… While it has become de rigueur to ascribe all sorts of supernatural powers to Big Data, one of the world’s most celebrated statisticians, Nate Silver, is far more circumspect about it. If anything, according to Silver in his book The Signal and the Noise, Big Data carries the potential to cloud our decisions by introducing far more noise than it does signal. It’s an interesting position for someone who makes a living predicting the future, and one that directly counters other expert opinion.Take, for example, the new book from data experts Viktor Mayer-Schonberger (University of Oxford) and Kenneth Cukier (The Economist), Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think. Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier urge us to trust data, not worrying about trying to understand correlations but simply to accept it. As Cukier tells Wired, “Big Data enables us not to test [a] hypothesis, but to let the data speak and tell us what hypothesis is best. And in that way it completely reshapes what we call the scientific method or…how we understand and make sense of the world.”One big problem with this view is that it assumes we have any clue how to query the data to even come up with a “what,” much less a “why.” It’s not as if data simply presents itself to us, and we read it objectively.Quoting Silver at length:“[Big Data] is sometimes seen as a cure-all, as computers were in the 1970s. Chris Anderson…wrote in 2008 that the sheer volume of data would obviate the need for theory, and even the scientific method….“[T]hese views are badly mistaken. The numbers have no way of speaking for themselves. We speak for them. We imbue them with meaning….[W]e may construe them in self-serving ways that are detached from their objective reality.“Data-driven predictions can succeed–and they can fail. It is when we deny our role in the process that the odds of failure rise. Before we demand more of our data, we need to demand more of ourselves….Unless we work actively to become aware of the biases we introduce, the returns to additional information may be minimal–or diminishing.”So, for example, more data has not resulted in less political divide, as Silver points out. It has only hardened positions on either side of the aisle. The same holds true for global warming science. The more data we have, the less we seem to agree.Why? Because data is never neutral. Or, rather, our perception of it is not neutral.This is as true for individual enterprises grappling with product or personnel decisions as it is for countries debating policy issues. Big Data can contribute to the solving these issues…even as it contributes to making them more difficult. Again quoting Silver:If the quantity of information is increasing by 2.5 quintillion bytes per day, the amount of useful information almost certainly isn’t. Most of it is just noise, and the noise is increasing faster than the signal. There are so many hypotheses to test, so many data sets to mine–but a relatively constant amount of objective truth.This jibes with Gartner’s Svetlana Sicular, who suggests that “Formulating a right question is always hard, but with big data, it is an order of magnitude harder,” due in part to the difficulty of figuring out meaningful correlations in our data. Again, while it may seem convenient to wish for the “data to speak for itself,” it simply doesn’t. It can’t. It is always mediated by imperfect individuals with all of our biases, strengths and self-interest.Which is not to say that data can’t help us with our answers. Silver certainly turns to data to help him forecast elections, baseball games and Oscar winners. The trick, as he argues, is to take a Bayesian approach to data analytics, getting comfortable with probabilities, working hard to recognize and account for our biases, and not trying to predict certainties. When we predict certainties, we are almost always wrong.In short, Big Data has tended to come with its share of Big Hype. So long as we’re realistic about its potential, and recognize that our data is only as useful as the human intelligence we bring to it, minus the human biases with which we burden it, Big Data should, indeed, pay significant dividends. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Matt Asay IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more