Prep games to watch

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Boys basketball: Mater Dei vs. Compton at Dominguez High, 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s other I-AA semifinal pits the Monarchs’ Taylor King, a McDonald’s All-American who’s going to Duke, against the Tarbabes’ Demar Derozan, who’s averaging 22 points a game. Girls basketball: Poly vs. Bishop Amat at Damien High, 7 p.m. The Jackrabbits won’t have to face rival Lynwood in the semifinal matchup. But the Lancers are a worthy opponent with 6-foot-3 Candice Brown, one of the top players in the country. Boys soccer: Loyola vs. Wilson at Long Beach City College, 3 p.m. The top-seeded Bruins are just one victory from reaching the Division I final Saturday. Girls soccer: La Habra vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, 3:15 p.m. The Monsoons, seeded second in Division III, can defend their 2006 co-championship with a triumph. Girls soccer: North Torrance at Valley Christian, 3 p.m. This Division V semifinal will be a homecoming of sorts for Saxons coach Dave Christensen, who coach the Valley Christian boys last year. center_img TODAY Boys basketball: Dominguez vs. Artesia at Gahr High, 7:30 p.m. Two of the best programs in Southern California will square off tonight with the trip to the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA finals on the line. last_img read more

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Evolution Is a Magic Word

first_img(Visited 392 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享10 Media use the word “evolution” in articles that have nothing to do with it. It’s as if the word has magical powers to conjure up awe.Evolution, evolution, evolution. The e-word is ubiquitous in science articles and papers, even when the data have nothing to do with evolution as Darwin conceived it. (See the important preface in the 10/02/19 entry to understand what natural selection is and is not.)In the following examples, look how writers wave the e-word like a magic wand, assuming it has supernatural powers to create any highly-complex and well-designed entity, given enough time. In some cases, the word is used metaphorically. In none of these cases is it used to describe functional innovation by genetic mutations that were preserved by some mysterious “natural selector” somehow.Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe (The Conversation). “Evolution tells us?” Pray tell, where is evolution’s voice? Is it a he, she, or non-binary sentient force? Where is the podium from which Evolution teaches facts about reality? This weird article by long-time Darwin-lover Nick Longrich (now at University of Bath) comes to a possible conclusion that humans might be the only “intelligent” life in the universe, but of course he doubts it. And Longrich is pretty sure that life is evolving everywhere it can, even if non-intelligent. His fairy story is filled with assumptions that Sir/Madam Evolution has no trouble inventing biological marvels all over the universe (examples below) – except that maybe, though, the god Evolution has a little trouble creating thinking beings. Live Science reposted this article with the modified title, “Humans May Be the Only Intelligent Life in the Universe, If Evolution Has Anything to Say.” That’s a big If.The universe is large, and old, with time and room for intelligence to evolve…Could intelligence simply be unlikely to evolve? Unfortunately, we can’t study extraterrestrial life to answer this question. But we can study some 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history, looking at where evolution repeats itself, or doesn’t.Evolution sometimes repeats, with different species independently converging on similar outcomes. If evolution frequently repeats itself, then our evolution might be probable, even inevitable.Other striking cases of convergence include dolphins and extinct ichthyosaurs, which evolved similar shapes to glide through the water, and birds, bats and pterosaurs, which convergently evolved flight.Eyes evolved not just in vertebrates, but in arthropods, octopi, worms and jellyfish. Vertebrates, arthropods, octopi and worms independently invented jaws. Legs evolved convergently in the arthropods, octopi and four kinds of fish (tetrapods, frogfish, skates, mudskippers).The complex, eukaryotic cells that all animals and plants are built from, containing nuclei and mitochondria, evolved only once. Sex evolved just once. Photosynthesis, which increased the energy available to life and produced oxygen, is a one-off. For that matter, so is human-level intelligence.There are places where evolution repeats, and places where it doesn’t.  [See Stuff Happens Law]Humans couldn’t evolve until fish evolved bones that let them crawl onto land [etc].Earth’s history must have allowed intelligent life to evolve, or we wouldn’t be here to ponder it.Intelligence seems to depend on a chain of improbable events. But given the vast number of planets, then like an infinite number of monkeys pounding on an infinite number of typewriters to write Hamlet, it’s bound to evolve somewhere.Image credit: Illustra Media, The Case for a Creator.Regarding the monkey-typewriter myth, Longrich should have listened to the late Dr A.E. Wilder-Smith, who pointed out that the myth depends on the characters being preserved as the monkeys type. If the letters fall off the page soon after they are typed (like chemical reactions in the real world, which are reversible), the apes will never type anything worthwhile, even given infinite time.Repertoire-wide phylogenetic models of B cell molecular evolution reveal evolutionary signatures of aging and vaccination (PNAS). Evolution is so pervasive and pernicious, it is going on inside of you!High-affinity antibodies that protect us from infection are produced by B cells through an evolutionary process of mutation and selection during adaptive immune responses. B cell repertoire sequencing combined with phylogenetic methods has provided unprecedented potential to study B cells as an evolving population. However, phylogenetic models operate on individual lineages rather than the thousands of lineages often found in B cell repertoires. Here, we develop an evolutionary framework that incorporates B cell-specific features and combines information across lineages to characterize mutation and selection dynamics of entire repertoires.Now hold on just a cotton-pickin’ minute. Your body is not evolving, your family is not evolving, and your species is not evolving. We are all Homo sapiens, and what goes on inside of us has no bearing on your offspring (note that they are watching for changes during aging, which means your kids are already grown up). These six Darwinos are using natural selection in a metaphorical sense, but it doesn’t have anything to do with evolution. The fact is, B cells are extremely well designed to hone in on antigens so as to fight them. The last thing they need is Darwinism! If the human body were not designed to intelligently select the shape of potential antigen shapes from a pool of trials, you would die. This has nothing to do with evolution, and the authors should know it. They are confusing the public with such faulty analogies and equivocations, just like Darwin did when he compared artificial selection (intelligent design) to natural selection.How the earliest mammals thrived alongside dinosaurs (John Pickrell, Nature). Watch how Pickrell, like Longrich, merely assumes that Evolution has magical creative powers. When complex organs appear abruptly, that’s no problem for Evolution. It just means that the wonder-worker was on a roll. He/she/it worked super-fast, producing an explosion of inventions displaying creative genius.An explosion of fossil finds reveals that ancient mammals evolved a wide variety of adaptations allowing them to exploit the skies, rivers and underground lairs.[A mother of fossil young] is a cynodont, a member of the group from which mammals evolved.The discoveries are also starting to reveal the evolutionary origins of many of the key traits of mammals — such as lactation, large brains and superbly keen senses.A raft of extraordinary fossil finds is revealing details of how mammals evolved from reptilian forebears 178 million years ago.“We used to say that during the time of dinosaurs, mammals were totally unspectacular. That they were just these little mousey things scampering around in the shadows,” says Brusatte. But these animals “were undergoing their own evolutionary explosion”, he says.To make that possible, mammals evolved a wide variety of complex teeth for biting and grinding food.Much of the constellation of features we think of as defining mammals — complex teeth, excellent senses, lactation, small litter size — might actually have evolved before true mammals, and quite quickly. “More and more it looks like it all came out in a very short burst of evolutionary experimentation,” Luo says. By the time mammal-like creatures were roaming around in the Mesozoic, he says, “the lineage has already acquired its modern look and modern biological adaptations”.Notice the sophoxymoronic phrase “evolutionary experimentation.” If it’s experimentation, it’s not evolutionary, and vice versa. Experimentation presupposes a person with a mind and a goal, intent on learning something or accomplishing a purpose. By definition, Darwinian evolution is aimless and purposeless. Scientists who speak of “experimental evolution” in the lab are using their minds as selectors. They may use random variations, but they determine the criteria for success and pick the winners, just like breeders do.Mosaic evolution, preadaptation, and the evolution of evolvability in apes (bioRxiv). The author of this preprint, Caroline Parins-Fukuchi, is so drunk on Darwine she sees evolution itself evolving! Hers is not the only paper on “evolvability,” but she applies it to human beings. With this magic trick, evolutionists can speed up or slow down the magic act, allowing them to explain not only why traits evolved quickly in some cases, but also why they did not evolve in other cases. With this magic trick an evolutionist can explain everything – even opposite outcomes. Written in Jargonwocky, the trick sounds almost plausible, with dramatic effect.Shifts in modularity drove dramatic evolutionary changes across the ape body plan in two distinct ways: 1) an episode of relaxed integration early in hominoid evolution coincided with bursts in evolutionary rate across multiple character suites; 2) the formation of two new trait modules along the branch leading to chimps and humans preceded rapid and dramatic evolutionary shifts in the carpus and pelvis. Changes to the structure of evolutionary mosaicism may correspond to enhanced evolvability that has a ‘preadaptive’ effect by catalyzing later episodes of dramatic morphological remodeling.Notice that “evolvability” acts like movable axes on a graph. When traits in fossils appear abruptly, the evolutionist can move the axes close together to call it a “burst.” When traits are static, the evolutionist can move the axes apart and call it “relaxed integration.” Evolution is the constant; the rate is the variable, yielding a warped image of nature, not unlike a fun-house mirror.The use of passive voice is another trick that obscures the sleight-of-mind magic going on. “The formation of two new trait modules” is supposed to mean, “Evolution invented two traits by chance that it knew would be useful later.” The phrase “later episodes of dramatic morphological remodeling” is supposed to mean, “Evolution dramatically remodeled the bodies of apes on their march to humanity.” Evolution is so clever, it can “preadapt” traits to speed up evolution. Is that “dramatic,” or what?There are so many examples of this form of cheating by evolutionists in the media (i.e., treating “evolution” as an all-purpose magic wand), we’ll have to continue this topic with more examples. For now, understand the point: none of these papers even attempt to show what actual genetic mutations occurred, how many of them were required, and how a blind process (not a “selector” by any meaning of the word) could even care what happened. After you laugh, get mad. This nonsense is the only tolerable narrative allowed in public education in most societies around the world today. And why? Well, D.M.S. said it best in 1929 after the Scopes Trial, “Evolution [is] a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.” Evolution is their god, and Darwin is the high priest who brought the knowledge of their god to the peasants. Anyone coming into the tribe with a different Creator must be Expelled!last_img read more

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A monkey first in South Africa

first_imgThe unique colobus monkey is a big hitwith visitors at the wild life park. Parrots are just some of the 27 exotic birdspecies found at Mystic Monkey’s andFeathers Zoo. A mother and baby white rhino spottedduring a game drive at Genius Loci. Zuba, a cub born to one of the lions at theGame Ranch.(Images: Genius Loci)Khanyi MagubaneBoasting one of South Africa’s largest collections of primate species, the Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is not a typical zoo in the city.Its animals live unconstrained and are able to move around freely in their natural habitat.Based at the Genius Loci Game Ranch in the Limpopo province, the wildlife park is home to 33 primate species and it has a large collection of chimpanzees, and it also has 27 different types of exotic birds and rarely seen animals such as lemurs and sloths.Some of the birds found in the wildlife park include variations of toucan, cockatoo, macaw and eclectus birds.History made at the parkThe unique wildlife park recently made headlines after it welcomed its second baby monkey on 13 July, born to an exotic Angolan colobus monkey Kiki.The first colobus monkey(Colobus guereza) to be born in South Africa was Essie, to her Angolan mother Zeta in April.Zani Olivier, the wild park’s marketing manager, says they are excited by the arrival of the two babies. “We are very excited, because these two baby monkeys born here, are the only ones of their type in South Africa.”As Olivier explains, when the colobus monkey is born, its fur is first white in colour, which then darkens to a grey and after three months, the young animal starts developing the black and white fur, this she says, makes them very unique.The name colobus is derived from the Greek word meaning, mutilated, as unlike other species of monkeys, the colobus monkey doesn’t have thumbs on its feet or hands.Other interesting features of the colobus monkey are its behavioural patterns.According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), of all African monkeys, the colobus is the only monkey rarely seen on the ground, as it usually suspends itself on a tree.Its movement is usually swinging from tree to tree and it can swing up to 50 feet (15m).“They leap up and then drop downward, falling with outstretched arms and legs to grab the next branch. Their mantle hair and tails are believed to act as a parachute during these long leaps,” reads AWF’s website.Colobus monkeys prefer to live in groups of about five to 10 animals, usually consisting of a dominant male, several females, and their offspring.Essie and the yet to be named newborn monkey, are siblings from the same father Lacoste, a monkey of Angolan origin.Lacoste, Zeta and Kiki were bought from their previous owner in the Czech Republic, although all three were born in Angola.The wild life park was started six years ago when the owner of the Genius Loci, Christa Saayman, started collecting different exotic monkeys and birds as a hobby.However, as her collection grew, Saayman decided to apply for a Nature Conservation Board (NCB) permit to have the animal collection classified as a zoo.The NCB regulates permits for the capture, hosting or hunting of animals, fishing, as well as the growing, exporting or picking of plants and trade in endangered species in South Africa.Healing for animalsOne of the services that they offer at the wild life park is an animal therapy centre.Olivier, Genius Loci’s marketing manager and animal specialist, administers the therapy to those who’ve had traumatic experiences, who suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, neuroticism or even insomnia.During animal therapy, Olivier works on stimulating the endorphin levels, which stimulate the “feel good” hormone serotonin.Adults and kids are encouraged to engage with animals for the therapy to work.Animals used during therapy are horses, monkey, lion and cheetah cubs, birds, cats and dogs.The animal therapy sessions have attracted clients from around the world, and sessions are now offered on a weekend, weekly, or monthly packages.Included in the therapy package are spa treatments at the famous Mangwanani African Spa, which are thought to have a healing element.In addition to the spa treatments, patients who attend the animal therapy sessions are treated to healthy food for the duration of their stay, are encouraged to get plenty of rest and have scheduled contact time with the animals on a therapeutic level.According to Emthunzini (a Zulu word meaning “in the shade”), a non-profit organisation that helps abused children and traumatised animals; animal therapy can have far reaching on humans.“Children who haven’t spoken for years due to trauma have uttered their first words to horses and dolphins.“Those who have been so abused that they are scared to be touched by a human have shown their first sign of emotions and love to animals,” reads their website.According to the organisation, animal assisted therapy has been proven to work for both children and adults in South Africa and other parts of the world.Do you have any comments or queries about this article: Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksGenius loci Game RanchEmthunzini African Wildlife Foundationlast_img read more

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Eskom’s dollar bond in high demand

first_img24 January 2011 Eskom’s 10-year, US$1.75-billion bond – aimed solely at international investors – has been more than two-and-a-half times oversubscribed, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, calling it a sign of investor confidence in South Africa. “The oversubscription on the bond issuance demonstrates international investors’ confidence in Eskom and the South African government,” Gigaba said in Pretoria last week. “This is Eskom’s first dollar bond issue, and the pricing is extremely attractive for us,” Dames said. “It has been facilitated by the government’s strong support for Eskom, and we are within the cost of funding target set by Eskom’s regulators.” “We welcome the confidence that international investors have shown in Eskom,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames, adding that the offer was “an important part of our funding programme. The proceeds will be used to fund our committed capital expansion programme, and so help to keep the lights on for all South Africans. The oversubscription follows roadshows conducted in the US, UK and Europe. The US$1.75-billion (about R12.3-billion) bond is only available to foreigners, and may not be sold to investors in South Africa. Funding capital expansioncenter_img Gigaba said the government’s support of Eskom had helped to lower the utility’s risk profile and had provided the foundation for Eskom once more to be able to raise funding off its own balance sheet. Source: BuaNews Ratings agencies, including Moody’s and Fitch, have responded favourably to the government’s decision to increase guarantees for Eskom debt to a total of R350-billion, up from R176-billion. Lowering risk profile “We hope that this trend will persist as other state-owned enterprises approach the market to raise funds for their capital expansion programmes, as this will serve to reduce pressure on the fiscus,” Dames said, adding that completion of the utility’s build programme was critical for ensuring security of electricity supply in South Africa.last_img read more

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Is This Insulation Too Good To Be True?

first_img Video Series: Covering an existing roof with rigid foam Insulating Low-Slope Residential RoofsHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingHow to Install Rigid Foam on Top of Roof Sheathing Go with the spray foam optionOne of Verschuren’s objections to spray foam is that it would defeat the purpose of installing cedar shingles over skip sheathing by limiting their drying potential.But Holladay has a suggestion: “If you are committed to your plan,” he writes, “install some cardboard or housewrap between your rafters followed by R-20 of spray foam, and live with the imperfect thermal performance of that type of assembly (assuming, of course, that your local building department doesn’t require a higher R-value),” he writes.Once Verschuren has cut up all that expensive insulation and placed it between the rafters, Holladay says, there is still the problem of thermal bridging through the rafters. “Once thermal bridging is accounted for, the improved performance compared to spray foam is minor, and certainly not worth the investment.”Nate G looks at it this way: Verschuren’s planned installation of Spaceloft, with a total price tag of $10,000 for materials alone, yields a total R-value of 38. Holladay’s alternative of closed-cell foam over cardboard plus a single layer of Spaceloft gets the roof to R-29 at a cost of $2,480.“So for less than 25 percent of the price, taking Martin’s advice and adding only a little bit of Spaceloft would get you 77 percent of the R-value. That seems like a no-brainer to me. The differences between R-30 and R-38 are not worth paying another $7,500, in my humble opinon,” he writes. “Comfort-wise, if this is conditioned space, you won’t feel the difference. But it’s your money!” RELATED ARTICLES Do the math on how much you’d really saveThe cedar roof cost $20,000 just five years ago, Verschuren replies, so removing it to put more insulation above the rafters isn’t an attractive idea — and it makes the Spaceloft option look a little less harebrained despite the expense. In addition, the engineer who’s designing a radiant-floor heating system for the house wants a healthy dose of insulation.Charlie Sullivan has sharpened his pencil and done some math. After using new cost estimates provided by Verschuren, he calculates that Spaceloft would cost about $15 per board foot (1 foot square by 1 inch thick).“That brings is back into the realm of a little eccentric, as opposed to completely wacko,” Sullivan says. “I’m comfortable with a little eccentric. My previous cost-effective calculation changes to 12 times as expensive as it should be, rather than 75 times.“The extra heat loss from that, at a 60°F temperature difference (we still don’t know your climate, so that’s a guess) is only 265 Btu/h less than you’d get with an R-5/inch solution. The radiant engineer shouldn’t call himself an engineer (or radiant for that matter) if he thinks that an extra 265 Btu/h is going to undermine his design. That’s less heat loss than a 25 square foot high-quality U-0.2 triple-pane window.”Nate G believes Verschuren would do himself a favor by being more flexible. “You seem to be getting yourself tied in knots because of the limitations you’ve set for yourself,” he adds. “Sometimes it’s time to admit that those limitations either preclude any good options or need to be removed.”If Verschuren could lose just a few inches of ceiling height, he adds, he’s have many more options. Or, if he needs more space, he could always build a ground-floor addition that preserves the architectural character of the house. The coup de grace for this idea?The discussion so far has assumed Spaceloft has an insulating value of R-10 per inch, and that apparently does apply for certain versions of this product. But Bill Dietze takes a close look at the fine print and throws this curve: “Jan, the link you provide mentions the uses of Spaceloft as ‘Great for home insulation, winter clothing, science projects,’ but the link to datasheets for material with a conductivity of 0.14 W/mK (R-10 per inch) is an undersea pipe product,” he writes. “Hardly residential. If you proceed, be aware that you are probably in the ‘science project’ category.“The Spaceloft product rated for ‘Ambient temperature walls, floors and roofs in commercial, residential and institutional building’ has a lower thermal resistance (R-8.3 per inch) and no datasheet describing the application.”If the lower R-value is correct, it makes the case for Spaceloft even less compelling, Holladay points out.“But it is still ahead in many ways over ‘the rest’ to use,” Verschuren says. We have the money to do it but do not want to waste it, either!” Editor’s note: After this article was published, GBA learned that the product formerly known as Spaceloft has be re-branded as Proloft. For more information on Proloft, visit Advanced Insolutions Inc.. Here is a link to a report on R-value testing of Proloft Aerogel Blanket.center_img There are a few downsides, however: The cost is “exorbitant,” and Verschuren still has to figure out how to detail the installation so it will be vapor-open and able to dry out.Or, does he have other alternatives? That’s the issue for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I decided I really needed to check in with Jan Verschuren on this one; just too many balls in the air to offer any helpful perspective. Having done that, I think the list of constraints (below) Jan poses or faces proves that if you narrow the boundary conditions on a problem enough, you can arrive at a singular solution.Here are the factors to consider:The newness of the current roof cladding means you can’t build up insulation topside.Very low ceiling heights mean that there is little room to build up insulation on the bottom.The ceiling is already being built down 13/16 inches for Warmboard-R panels, primarily for radiant cooling.Radiant cooling for the attic space is being driven by lack of room for ducts and an already-in-place ground-source heat pump system, making for a fairly easily retrofit for radiant cooling.The homeowners can’t really rely upon natural ventilation (open windows) for low-grade space cooling because of urban noise issues.Spray foam insulation is not an option.As Jan says, “…my hands are tied!”So, if we can agree to accept these constraints, Jan is ending up with layers of Spaceloft in between the rafters and two layers (2 centimeters) of continuous Spaceloft to the underside of the rafters.We confirmed that standardized independent R-value testing of Spaceloft yields about R-8.3 per inch. That makes Spaceloft significantly better per unit of thickness than any other readily available building insulation but also means the entire assembly is still not code-compliant and far from high performance.At the end of the day, that phrase “readily available” may be the key to whether this solution will work for Jan and others considering this pricey approach to insulation: neither I nor Jan could get Aerogel to respond at all to our requests for technical information and information on the availability of Spaceloft for Jan’s project.No magic bullet for this one, with neither the bullet or its delivery magical at all. Space what?GBA senior editor Martin Holladay has never heard of Spaceloft, but has two other suggestions. “Three and a half inches of closed-cell spray foam would give you about R-22.7,” he writes. “That’s less than code minimum requirements. The solution is to thicken up your rafters or to install several layers of continuous rigid foam under your rafters.“You’ll lose a little headroom, but at least you’ll have a roof that meets minimum code requirements.”If Verschuren absolutely can’t afford to lose any headroom in the attic, Holladay adds, “it’s time to raise the roof. Again, we’re talking physics. Sometimes you just have to face facts.”Nate G understands why Aerogel insulation performs as well as it does, but Spaceloft is another question.“I am highly skeptical of the claims of this product because Aerogel is a rigid material, basically a mostly-hollow brick made out silicon,” Nate G writes. “This stuff [Spaceloft] comes in a flexible blanket. I have a hard time believing that it behaves the same as rigid Aerogel. The way Aerogel material works is by trapping a lot of air in billions of nanometer-sized pores. In a solid material, the integrity of these pores can be guaranteed. In a flexible sheet, how can it?”And then there is the expense.“But let’s say I’m wrong that this stuff really performs as advertised,” Nate G adds. “The best price they offer is $95/inch thick/square foot. By contrast, conventional insulation materials are literally in the ballpark range of to 100 times less expensive. At 3 1/2 inches thick, you’re paying $332 per square foot of roof. You could, like, demolish the house and build a whole new one for that price given an average-sized attic.”To Holladay, that kind or price tag makes Spaceloft “fairly irrelevant to the everyday concerns of residential builders” even if it performs as advertised. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Jan Verschuren has a nicely roofed older house, and a problem to go with it. Cedar shingles have been installed over skip sheathing, making for a roof that’s not only historically correct but one that allows air to circulate freely beneath the roof deck. Verschuren’s next objective is to insulate between the 2×4 rafters, and here’s where he has run into a snag.Building codes require at least R-38 worth of insulation in the roof. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem, but Verschuren says that he has only the 3 1/2-inch deep rafter bay to work with. He can’t afford to lose any headroom by adding insulation below the rafters, and he’d rather not tear off the roof to add extra insulation on top of the rafters.He’s zeroed in on a type of insulation called Spaceloft with a reported insulating value of R-10 per inch. The distributor’s web site describes Spaceloft as “a flexible aerogel composite blanket.”“So, 3 1/2 iches is all we have, but we’d like to get to an R-50 or thereabouts in our upgrade of this 1925 house built in Climate Zone 4C,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “Spaceloft seems the only option.”Verschuren thinks he can get nine layers of this material in the rafter bays, followed by one or two layers over the bottoms of the rafters.last_img read more

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Arsenal team news & line-up vs Everton

first_imgArsenal Arsenal team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:33 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Everton Everton Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening Arsenal’s hectic January is over and the Gunners can finally focus on the remainder of their season, starting with Saturday’s match against Everton.Arsene Wenger’s side were defeated by Swansea in a 3-1 loss on Tuesday, though the blow of losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United blow was softened with the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The latter duo combined for 62 goals while at Borussia Dortmund together in the 2015-16 season and Arsenal fans will be hoping that partnership can help the club fulfil their top four ambitions. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Currently eight points from fourth-placed Chelsea, it’s imperative that the Gunners improve their consistency, starting on Saturday in a match where Wenger’s side will come up against a familiar face in the shape of Theo Walcott.ARSENAL INJURIES Danny Welbeck misses out with a hip injury while Jack Wilshere and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang face late fitness tests due to being ill over the past few days.Another January arrival in Henrikh Mkhitaryan will start against the Toffees after a short cameo appearance in the 3-1 defeat at Swansea last week.”We had Jack [Wilshere] who was sick – I still have to assess him today,” said Wenger. ” I hope he will be capable of being in the squad. He’s better. He’ll train with the team today and we’ll see how he feels. Aubameyang was sick as well so we have to assess him today. Apart from that, Welbeck is not completely back from injury. He’s not ready.”Certainly Mkhitaryan will start. That’s a possibility, yes. Aubameyang, I have to assess how well he feels.”Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Danny Welbeck Arsenal ChelseaARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPMkhitaryan will make his first start for Arsenal against Everton in an attack likely to feature Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.Aubameyang faces a late fitness test but is unlikely to be thrown straight into the starting XI.Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey could continue in central midfield but Wenger may decide to sacrifice Mohamed Elneny as a defensive midfielder to give the Gunners more attacking options.The back four of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin is expected to remain unchanged.ArsenalXIEVERTON TEAM NEWS Everton’s January transfer window saw Theo Walcott arrive from Arsenal and the former Gunners man scored twice in Wednesday’s win over Leicester.Sam Allardyce’s side also landed Turkish forward Cenk Tosun and centre back Elaquim Mangala on a loan deal from Manchester City, while also finally selling Ross Barkley to Chelsea.The Toffees, who are out the bottom three and sit in ninth place, are without Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg through injuries.Wayne Rooney is the club’s top scorer with 11 goals to his name so far this season.Theo Walcott EvertonBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal are unbeaten in 23 home matches against Everton in all competitions (W19 D4) since a 2-1 Premier League defeat in January 1996 under Bruce Rioch. Everton have played more Premier League matches at the Emirates without winning (11 – W0 D4 L7) than any other club. The Gunners have beaten Everton more often in league games than any other side has beaten another in the history of the Football League (95). Mesut Özil has had a hand in seven goals in eight Premier League appearances against the Toffees (two goals, five assists) and has scored or assisted in each meeting at the Emirates (one goal, four assists). Arsenal new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for Dortmund (141 goals, 31 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 96 minutes. Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, Mesut Ozil has provided more assists than any other player (49 in 136 apps). The quickest a player reached 50 assists in the competition was Eric Cantona, who did so in 143 games. Sam Allardyce has collected just three points from a possible 39 in away Premier League games at Arsenal (P13 W0 D3 L10), losing each of the last eight in a row, all at the Emirates. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday, with live television coverage available on BT Sport in the UK. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Police probe negligence angle as 17yearold drowns during swimming lessons in city

first_imgKolkata: Mohammed Shahbaz, a resident of Suhir Bose Lane, was a beginner in swimming. It is still not clear if any instructor was present when he jumped into the pool.A 17-year-old boy drowned while taking swimming class at the College Square Club in Kolkata on Sunday. Mohammed Shahbaz, a resident of Suhir Bose Lane, was a beginner in swimming. Police have registered an unnatural death case and are investigating if the club was negligent. According to the club management, Shahbaz dived into a deep pool (7to 10 feet deep) meant for experienced swimmers and drowned, said a member of the club. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Shahbaz had just taken admission into the club. Beginners are not allowed to swim into the deeper pool. Before anyone could notice, he jumped into the pool which is 7 to 10 feet deep. He didn’t know swimming so couldn’t come out. By the time people noticed that he has not been able to come to the surface, it was too late,” said a member of the club on the condition of anonymity.It is still not clear if any instructor was present when he jumped into the pool. According to a PTI report quoting swimming pool authorities, Shahbaz had “sneaked” into a large pool without the knowledge of the trainers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Police fished out the body at 10 am, almost an hour after Shahbaz made an entry into the pool register. The body has been sent for a post mortem at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, said police. Meanwhile, Debasish Kumar, member of Mayor-in-Council, visited the spot and directed the management to shut the pool for the time being. “We will find out what caused this unfortunate incident. Last year, a similar incident had taken place and we made rules and regulations. We are trying to find out of all rules were followed,” Kumar told reporters. Last year, an ace swimmer, who worked as a life saver for children learning swimming, had drowned in a swimming pool. The swimming pool was kept closed for months. Kajal Dutta (67) was found floating on the water, hours after he had drowned in the pool.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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