QPR striker Djibril Cisse should be fit to make his home debut against Wolves on Saturday despite being taken off at Aston Villa.Rangers’ new signing scored on his first appearance for the club and was hugely impressive.He was substituted in the second half of the 2-2 draw because of slight cramp rather than an injury, and is not expected to have any problems making the squad this weekend.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Editor’s note: Before his retirement in 2017, Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy reflected on Giants legend Willie McCovey.How incredibly sad to hear that Willie McCovey is no longer with us. His death Wednesday at age 80 was not unexpected. It was still crushing news, for all who loved and admired him. And that was a big club.Yet I do feel good about one thing. McCovey died knowing he will never be forgotten in the …
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Quarterly reports about venture capital investment are fairly commonplace. But information about early stage investment can be more difficult to come by.To help investigate some of the investment trends, the Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights are announcing a partnership that will produce a quarterly research report. The aptly-titled Halo Report will track angel investment activity in the U.S. and Canada, providing data that entrepreneurs and early-stage investors have long sought after.CB Insights CEO and co-founder Anand Sanwal notes that “Unlike data on VC investments, comprehensive, rigorously collected data on angel-backed companies and angel investors does not currently exist in any centralized fashion.” The Halo Report aims to give more visibility to this segment of early-stage investment, which in turn will help build data-driven tools to help both investors and entrepreneurs. CB Insights has an extensive database of private company financing, and we often cite its findings here at ReadWriteWeb. The Halo Report will draw on that data, in conjunction with SVB and ACEF’s expertise in angel investment, to include information about overall investment activity, as well as details about round sizes, location, and industry preferences.The first Halo Report is expected to be available in the second half of 2011. Tags:#start#tips
I recently visited a job site on the outskirts of Berlin that had previously caught my eye. Although the buildings were shrouded in the usual scaffolding and screening, I had noticed while biking by that the work involved “energetische sanierung,” or energy retrofitting.The photos on this page illustrate various details of the insulating skin installed on this building. While the materials and techniques used on this project are run-of-the-mill for Germany, they may be of limited applicability to projects in the U.S. Nevertheless, I like to think that sharing them might contribute to innovative thinking for someone, somewhere.The materials and methods being used on this retrofit project are similar to those I have seen on many other job sites in Berlin — both retrofits and new construction. The big players in exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) provide integrated suites of materials, accessories, and stucco products for this type of work. Sto, the manufacturer of the products being used on this project, is one of the brands I see often. Using strips of membrane to flash around the windowsBecause these particular buildings are simple in form, applying a skin of rigid foam was straightforward. The only areas that required special detailing were where vertical bands of glazing had run continuously through all the floors. As part of the retrofit, these bands were replaced by windows at each floor level (see Image #7). Masonry lintels at each floor level support lightweight (aerated) concrete block infill walls, above which the new windows were installed.The windows were flashed on all four sides with membrane strips bedded in black goop (see Image #8). Once the foam had been trimmed at the edges of the windows, strips of mesh with a plastic bead were adhered to the window frame to allow the window returns to be stuccoed (Images #9 and #10). Corner bead with preapplied mesh was installed on the foam at exterior corners.The only place on this building where mineral wool batts were used instead of EPS foam was around the enclosure for the chimney that vents the boiler (see Image #11). The site supervisor told me that the nonflammable mineral wool is also generally used to insulate facades adjacent to other buildings, to mitigate against the spread of fire from one building to another. RELATED ARTICLES What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Window Installation Tips for a Deep Energy RetrofitThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsWrapping an Older House with Rock Wool Insulation Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Metal window sillsThe site super told me that if I wanted to see what these buildings would look like when finished, I could visit a completed project nearby. He gave me directions, and off I pedaled.The completed buildings appeared to be nearly identical to the ones that I saw being worked on (see Image #12). I saw that the vertical alcoves between windows were finished with decorative metal grilles. In addition to infilling the recesses, these grilles added visual interest to facades that were otherwise quite plain.The sills under the metal grills were a variation on the wide, sheet-metal window sills typically found on buildings here in Germany (see Image #13). Thick building walls require wide sills. Typically the sills are made of a single piece of metal with the edges bent up and around at each end. On this project, each sill consisted of an aluminum pan that had been slid into extrusions at each end.Having repaired or replaced my share of rotten wooden window sills in New England, I am a big fan of German window sills. However, their distinct style probably limits their applicability to retrofits in the US. They work well with stucco exteriors, and I could imagine them fitting in on a contemporary house with wood siding, but their “look” may have to be modified for them not to appear out of place on an older New England home. ARTICLES BY ANDREW DEY Germany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany The exterior rigid foam is almost 5 inches thickAs I approached the job site, I found two workers using hand saws to trim rigid foam blocks that they had installed around new windows. I asked if I could take some photos, explaining that I was a project manager from the U.S. who was interested in energy efficiency. As often happens in this situation, the workers’ initial reticence gave way to a quick tour of the work and informative answers to my questions.The building appeared to have been built in the 1960s or 1970s. It was part of a student housing complex associated with the nearby Free University of Berlin. The original walls were cast concrete about 8 inches thick.On this project, 120 mm (4 3/4 inch) thick blocks of expanded polystyrene (EPS) were being installed on the original masonry walls (see Image #3 below). In the U.S., one can readily purchase different types of rigid foam in 4’x8′ sheets. In Germany, on the other hand, EPS is by far the most common type of rigid insulation, and it is sold in relatively small but thick blocks. From what I have seen, mineral wool is a distant second to EPS. The only extruded polystyrene (XPS) I have seen was being used below grade on foundations. I have yet to come across any rigid polyisocyanurate board on construction sites here in Germany.The blocks of EPS foam are configured with tongues and grooves around their edges to facilitate air sealing (see Image #1, above). The site supervisor told me that the grooves are a relatively new innovation from Sto. In fact, on most other job sites I have seen, the foam blocks are square-edged. Any gaps between the blocks of EPS foam are filled with one-part expanding polyurethane foam. Retrofit components are readily availableWhile most of the retrofits I have seen in Berlin are being executed on multifamily and commercial buildings by professional contractors, in residential areas outside the city I have encountered homeowners themselves tackling such projects over multiple weekends. During a recent visit to a large DIY home center, I saw that all of the materials required for these retrofits are readily available, including foam blocks, accessories, stucco, and installation tools.Most of the deep energy retrofits with which I am familiar in the U.S. make use of either 4’x8′ sheets of rigid foam, or closed-cell spray foam, to create an insulating skin on the building’s exterior. The R-etro system from Canadian ICF manufacturer Quad-Lock Building Systems is the closest analogue I have found in the U.S. to the EIFS systems used throughout Germany.I can see both benefits and disadvantages to utilizing a system of small but thick blocks of insulation, as opposed to large sheets. As I think about the insulation options for retrofitting the exterior of my 1840s farmhouse in New Hampshire, I am leaning toward using rigid batts of mineral wool. Thinset mortar and plastic anchorsInstalling the blocks of EPS is relatively straightforward. Lengths of plastic angle are fastened level at the bottom of the wall to create a guide for the blocks (see Images #4 and #5). Because each block is mechanically fastened and bonded to the wall, the bottom ledge does not have to be load-bearing.Each block is secured with thinset-type mortar and a plastic expansion anchor (see Image #6). The hole for the anchor is drilled through the foam and into the masonry wall. On this particular project, the large round heads of the expansion anchors, which function like washers, are countersunk below the surface of the foam, and covered with a round foam “bung.”On most other retrofit projects I have seen, the heads of the anchors are installed flush with the surface of the foam block, and simply covered with stucco. Countersinking and plugging the fasteners minimizes thermal bridging at the fasteners, and presumably also prevents telegraphing of the fasteners through the finished stucco.The anchors used on this project are locked into place by driving the screw that is integral to the fastener. Another type of fastener that I have seen relies simply on plastic barbs gripping the sides of a tight hole in the masonry.
Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. View comments
It looks like Touch Football is about to produce another potential Rugby League star, with the Northern Territory’s former Under 18 representative player Michael Fairweather, chosen for the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns squad for 2005. Michael and his family are from Katherine, although he has been boarding in Yeppoon for the past two years and represented Central Queensland at the recent National 18 Years Championships. His brother Willy has also represented the Northern Territory at the Under 18 Championships and the Barbarians (combined NT and WA side) in the Mixed division at the National Touch League. No doubt all involved with Touch Football wish Michael all the best as he follows in the footsteps of other players such as Benji Marshall, Joe Williams and Matt Bowen, all past Touch representatives creating a name for themselves in Rugby League. While we hope he continues to excel in the sporting arena, we are also hopeful that we will see him back on the Touch field in the not-to-distant future! Please note: The following story comes from the Queensland Rugby League Website, www.qrl.com.au : NORTH Queensland speedsters Matt Bowen, Matt Sing and Ty Williams could be left choking on dust in future years, with the Cowboys’ set to unveil one of the code’s fastest talents. Plucked from Katherine in the Northern Territory, Michael Fairweather will join the club at the end of the year, following the completion of his studies. Presently attending school at St Brendan’s Yeppoon, 18-year-old Fairweather created a frenzy of excitement on the weekend when he beat Olympic sprint hopeful Wagui Anau in a 100m scratch race. Anau, 26, himself a former rugby league player, boasts a personal best over the distance of 9.94sec wind-assisted. The untimed race between the pair was a highlight of the two-day Ted Mosby Memorial Indigenous Challenge in Cairns. Initially, Fairweather’s pace came to the attention of the Cowboys at a pre-season development camp, when school teacher Terry Hansen bet $10 his student could beat all comers. Cowboys officials Peter Jones, Adrian Thomson and Dave Roberts placed their hard-earned on a more well-credentialed athlete, but came up with empty pockets. “The first time they raced, Michael won by about 10m,” laughs Hansen. “The others were complaining that their runner didn’t get a fair start so we re-ran the race. I think he beat him by 12m the second time and I collected.” Originally placed on a scholarship, Fairweather had his status upgraded after an impressive performance at the 2004 Confraternity Shield. St Brendan’s walked away as champions of the prestigious carnival and Fairweather was ear-marked for the North Queensland Young Guns squad of 2005. His accomplishments have an undeniable fairytale ring about them. Back in Katherine, Fairweather’s father was one 50 police responsible for a 22,500 sq km district, roughly 20 times the size of Brisbane. Michael’s ticket to the Eastern Seaboard came when good friend Mitch Jones was recruited by St Brendan’s and requested that he be able to take a friend. In the long run, the school was forced to release Jones, while Fairweather went on to make the most of his opportunities. Even for this year’s Confraternity success, the team undertook special fund-raising to get their cash-strapped speedster his ticket to Townsville. “He was selected in the Capricornia athletics team for just about everything as well, but he chose not to go to that because of his financial background,” says teacher Hansen. “It’s funny to think he came here by mistake. His mate brings him and he’d probably played two games of rugby league before in his life. “Michael’s been like a duck to water; just learning, learning, learning. Here’s a kid with not much money and he’ll be on $25,000 in his first year out of school.” Prior to the weekend’s victory against Anau, Hansen timed Fairweather running 11.1sec into a headwind, on grass, wearing sneakers. Story written by QRL.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli names backroom teamby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has named his backroom team.Pioli will be joined by his long-standing assistant manager Giacomo Murelli, fitness coach Francesco Perondi and son Gianmarco Pioli as match analyst.Other members of staff are Davide Lucarelli, Luciano Vulcano, fitness coaches Luca Monguzzi, Marco Vago, Matteo Osti and Roberto Peressutti.Pioli has also chosen to retain Luigi Turci and Daniele Bonera from the Marco Giampaolo era.
keyshawn young USCThe B2G Elite Camp is taking place this weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif., featuring some of the top high school talent in the country. Miami (Fla.) Senior wide receiver Keyshawn Young is in attendance, and he left quite an impression on a particular defensive back during today’s 1-on-1 session. Here’s the video of Young juking the backpedaling corner so bad, he falls to the ground.WR Keyshawn Young shook a DB to the ground at B2G Elite Camp. pic.twitter.com/VJZfrYWbkL— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) June 13, 2015That’s nasty. A three-star prospect, Young has a bevy of big-time offers, and it looks like he’ll be a nice pick up for whichever school lands him.
Video: Memphis Ties Game Against Bowling Green With Ridiculous Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Touchdown
Twitter/@Tom_Schad The early games of this college football Saturday haven’t been great, but group of five powers Memphis and Bowling Green are putting on a show. With BGSU up 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drew up a double reverse flea flicker for a game-tying 50 yard touchdown pass. You’ll want to watch this one a few times.Memphis and Bowling Green are trading TDs on @ESPN3 (41-41!). None prettier than this incredible flea-flicker. WATCH: http://t.co/7lOOFLAhzS— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2015Memphis’ double-reverse-flea-flicker: pic.twitter.com/wICN50r7au— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) September 19, 2015Memphis has tacked on a go ahead field goal, and leads Bowling Green 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter. This could go down as the day’s best game.