Wigan manager ‘expects Moses to sign for Chelsea’

first_imgWigan manager Roberto Martinez expects Victor Moses to join Chelsea and has lined up his replacement, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed the Latics boss is set to sign Chicago Fire’s Guatemalan star Marco Pappa – if the player can obtain a work permit.Liverpool are also reported to be interested in Moses, but Martinez apparently believes the former Crystal Palace man is heading to Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, a number of today’s papers report an apparent offer from Chelsea for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle. The German club say they have rejected a £17m bid.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

A bit of South Africa in London

first_imgOlympic and Paralympic athletes, their families, friends and supporters, and all South Africans will find a home away from home at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre in Belvedere Road, London. Supporters at the New Zealand Ekhaya during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, show their patriotic spirit.(Images: Ekhaya Hospitality Centre)MEDIA CONTACTS • Manase MakwelaHead of communication, Dept of Sportand Recreation+27 12 304 5017 or +27 82 782 1759Romaana NaidooTeam South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will be welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa.Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.”But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” she adds.Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar.Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.”The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August.Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from homeEkhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations.“Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes.South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager.Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA.The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; and,Host journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country.All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ villageDubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations.It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses.This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site.The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation.last_img read more

How To Combine Board and Batten Siding With Exterior Rigid Foam?

first_imgClaire Remsberg, an architect in the Rocky Mountain region, is working on a house where the main goals are to limit thermal bridging through the 2×6 wood frame and to beef up wall R-values. Plans call for vertical wood siding over a layer of rigid foam insulation.If that sounds more or less straightforward, the details are not. The contractor has limited experience working with rigid exterior insulation, Remsberg writes, and has concerns that installing siding directly over the foam may not be a great idea.Remsberg has explored a number of wall assemblies but admits that “nothing is looking quite right yet.” Her request for ideas on how to detail the wall is the subject of this week’s Q&A spotlight.Create an air space with strappingWood, fiber-cement or plywood siding should not be installed directly over the foam, writes senior editor Martin Holladay.“I wouldn’t hesitate to install 1×3 or 2×4 horizontal strapping, 24 inches on center, on top of the foam,” Holladay recommends. “Screw the strapping through the foam to the studs.”Architect Jesse Thompson seconds Holladay’s idea of applying the siding over horizontal strapping. Reverse board-and-batten, he adds, is another option. Putting on battens first, followed by the wider siding, makes a natural rain screen and gives a “crisp, sharp profile that is very distinctive.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE CONSTRUCTION DETAILS RELATED ARTICLES Rigid Foam ChoicesVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget About Vapor Diffusion, Stop Air Leaks!Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot Houses Reclaimed-Wood SidingDensArmor PlusExterior Finish & TrimMichael Chandler, a builder and GBA advisor, has used scraps of 1/2-in. oriented strand board as furring to separate a rigid foam exterior and vertical siding. The strips of OSB are held in place with galvanized ring shank nails rather than screws. The siding is nailed through the OSB and foam into 1-in. planking that is attached to the framing, creating a SIP-like foam sandwich.But, Chandler says, be sure to add an insect barrier at the bottom of the wall. To that end, his company bought a large sheet metal brake so the crew can produce custom Z-flashing.Yes, but foam has risks, tooAttaching the siding to the building is but one issue.According to some (but by no means all) builders, rigid foam insulation on the exterior of the building (“outsulation,” as it’s called) carries with it an increased risk of water damage inside exterior walls, because the foam can trap moisture and prevent walls from drying to the exterior.Remsberg herself points up this issue: “On moisture management, my concern is that the outsulation does not prohibit the wall from breathing properly,” she says. “The choice of insulation type is also a topic which I welcome comments on. As this is mostly a heating climate, I do not want to create a vapor barrier in the outer portion of the wall.”Michael Maines points out that with 5 1/2 in. of dense-pack cellulose in the walls (R-21), in a typical winter temperature scenario, condensation is possible if the foam were less than 1 in. thick.“Your variables may be different, but you have to be careful with exterior foam in a cold climate,” Maines says. “Done right, it’s great. Done wrong, even the best rain-screen detail won’t do anything to save you from moisture problems. If you’re even considering foam I hope you don’t have a poly vapor barrier on the inside of the wall assembly.”Robert Riversong adds that dense-pack cellulose is a good idea when wall assemblies include rigid foam on the exterior. Cellulose, he says, “has far better moisture absorption and release properties than almost any other insulation (except straw or end-grain wood). But, again, the caveat is: no interior vapor barrier (1 perm OK).”Or, get rid of the rain screenThe idea behind a rain-screen is to provide an air space behind the siding so it can dry out. Maines suggests a product made by Cor-a-Vent will help encourage air flow and promote drying. But in this case, the climate where Remsberg is building is so arid that 1×3 battens nailed through foam into the studs would be just fine.“I agree with Michael that, in your arid climate, a rain-screen is not necessary, provided the siding is back-sealed and there is proper integration between [the water-resistive barrier] and flashings,” Riversong adds.“But your builder is correct that siding problems were not uncommon when applied directly over rigid foam board. So some spacing, with provisions for good nailing (1½ in. into framing for smooth nails or 1¼ in. into framing for ring shank),” he adds. “Be aware that excessive nailing through exterior foam reduces its insulating capacity, particularly at the studs that it’s supposed to be thermally breaking.”Tom Schirber would go further. He recommends something called the Exterior Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS), which he says is an adaption of the Canadian PERSIST approach that does not include a rain-screen.Schirber writes that for the best results, ETMMS incorporates “drainage plane/vapor barrier/air barrier all in one product on the building structure (outside sheathing) and on the foundation.”His choice is Perm-A-Barrier by Grace Construction Products. This barrier is followed by rigid foam strapping and then siding.There’s no need, he says, for housewrap beneath the siding or an interior vapor retarder. The technique was addressed by Joseph Lstiburek in an article called The Perfect Wall .It works on any structure and in any climate and is so good, Schirber adds, “it is a bit silly to use the conventional methods.”Nothing, even the Perfect Wall, is ever perfectYes, Riversong adds, we know know that convection, not vapor diffusion, accounts for most of the movement of water vapor through the walls. Hence the gradual abandonment of interior poly vapor barriers in favor of effective air barriers.According to Riversong, the problem with systems that slow or eliminate outward drying is that they can keep the building envelope warm enough to encourage mold and decay, and bulk moisture that finds a way in has no way of getting out.“Science and technology has yet to become ‘smart’ enough to outwit the gremlins of Mother Nature,” he says. “When we (re)learn that She is still far more powerful than we, we will return to some of those ‘common wisdom’ approaches to working WITH the forces of nature rather than thinking we can outwit them with our cleverness (what the Greeks understood as fatal hubris).”We asked GBA advisor Peter Yost for an expert opinion:Building Science Corp.’s general rule of thumb is that a vented rain-screen isn’t necessary in climates with less than 20 inches of rain annually. One caveat is for sites subject to wind-driven rain and snow. That ups the ante and means less than 20 inches of rain or snow annually might still warrant the vented or ventilated space.A caveat for board-and-batten claddingsThe vertical wood-to-wood contact in the direction of water flow means more moisture being held at the wood overlaps than for most other wood claddings. So, a ventilated air space will help keep the board and battens from differentially drying, shrinking, and cracking. It’s sort of the 150+ year approach versus the 50+ year approach.And if your project is in a wildfire zone, use heavy-duty screening to keep embers and burning brands from getting behind the wall cladding and into the vented space.On securing the spacers to the framing and the cladding to the spacers:The building code says that wood cladding fasteners must penetrate the studs, generally an inch of penetration (they weren’t really thinking of our high performance exterior insulation systems apparently). BSC is engaged in research to show that connecting the furring to the studs and the cladding to the furring introduces no shear issues. It is unlikely that your building inspector will fret over this, but BSC work to date has shown NO shift across the rigid insulation with any cladding systems with furring strips creating a vented, drained space.Getting ventilation (not venting) with horizontal furring strips:if you have openings top and bottom with vertical siding and horizontal furring, how do you get air flow or ventilation behind the cladding? It is not clear that honeycombed materials such as Cor-a-vent or Battensplus have the holding power for cladding fasteners equivalent to wood furring strips. Either sufficiently fasten the cladding through to framing as spacing allows or work with the manufacturer of the honeycombed spacer to test and verify holding power with appropriate fasteners.Using exterior foam insulation:We only put insulation in cavities because the space is there and it is the least expensive location; it is not the best location. Exterior insulation “warms” the framing cavity and helps to prevent interstitial condensation. Use the “dewpoint” test to determine what thicknesses of exterior and cavity insulation in combination keep you out of trouble for your climate, your assemblies, and your interior set points (temperature and relative humidity).And build every home with a decent hygrometer for your clients — they need to know both temperature and relative humidity for the best “comfort” level for your structure, as well as their own comfort. Details for the Energy Star Checklist Plan detail: Vertical board siding over 1-1/2in. rigid insulationPlan detail: Vertical board siding over 1in. rigid insulation Plan detail: Vertical board siding over 3/4in. rigid insulationInsulating behind tub with rigid foamAir sealing behind tub PODCAST: Air Barriers vs. Vapor BarriersPODCAST: The Perfect Wall, Roof, and SlabDeep Energy Retrofit: Focus on the Envelope VIDEO: Superinsulating a Home with Rigid FoamVIDEO: Vented Rain Screen Assemblies How to Install Rigid Foam Insulation Outside a Houselast_img read more

Using Vintage Film Lenses on Micro 4/3 Cameras

first_imgAntique lenses are a great way to give your video project a distinct look and feel. Here’s what you need to know about sourcing and using vintage glass.One of the beautiful things about using micro 4/3 cameras is that their sensor size is very close to that of 16mm film. This means (with an adapter) you can use lenses made for 16mm film cameras, as well as some lenses used on 8mm film cameras.The only problem, for me, is that so can everyone else with a micro 4/3 camera. A few years ago you couldn’t give away your dusty old Bolex lens, now it sells for a couple hundred dollars on eBay. There’ a finite supply of these lenses (meaning all the vintage glass that’s going to be made has already been made), and as more and more amazing micro 4/3 cameras come on the market, the demand for lenses is greater. Now’s the time to start snatching them up before prices get too high!Image from CameratiqueMy first stop is always Vintage Lenses for Video. While not exclusively 16mm C-Mount for micro 4/3s, they cover all manner of vintage lenses coupled to all manner of digital camera. This site is filled with reviews, anecdotes, and footage from an astonishing array of lenses. You will also see more flare-filled, slow-motion European street footage than anywhere else on the internet. I also follow this site on Twitter since it’s always pointing to interesting lenses on eBay.Which brings me to eBay, the internet’s perpetual garage sale. Like a garage sale, you’ll find incredible bargains, as well as amazingly overpriced ripoffs. The secret is due diligence. Research what you can about the lens you want and take a look at the prices the lenses are going for. Don’t just jump in when you see the perfect $1500 Angenieux zoom… if you track the auctions for a few days, you’ll likely be able to pick one up for just a few hundred dollars. And then you’ll get to shoot footage like this:I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a place filled with camera nerds, which makes it an ideal place to search camera shops for used gear. The flipside of that: all the good bargains in the camera shops get picked clean pretty quickly.I like to check at places like Looking Glass in Berkeley and Adolph Gasser in San Francisco to see what kind of used stuff is moving through. Making friends and connections with the folks that work at camera shops is a great way to be a part of the larger community — as well as finding places to get great lenses.Craigslist can be another excellent place to search for old glass. In the case of old film equipment, you’re often better off buying someone’s old camera and lenses as a kit, rather than searching for lenses. There are people collecting these old cameras for nostalgia and hobby — and others grabbing lenses.Either way, the cameras are basically doorstops when decoupled from their lenses, so do the seller a favor and take the whole thing off their hands. I have found 8mm and Super 8 cameras with multiple lenses for about a hundred dollars and 16mm and Super 16mm with lenses for a few hundred.Image from CameratiqueAgain, since there are so many new micro 4/3 cameras on the market, the really great bargain 16mm lenses are harder and harder to find. The 8mm lenses are still out there, however there are some limitations — the biggest being that the image circle produced by many of the lenses used on 8mm and Super8 is much smaller than the micro 4/3 sensor.With some cameras, like the GH2, you can shoot in ETC (extra tele conversion) mode. Shooting in ETC let’s you use just the center 1920 x 1080 pixels of the sensor rather than the full 4976 x 2800. This is like using the “Super8” portion of the sensor. It’s a really handy feature that not every camera has.For lenses originating from 8mm and Super8 cameras that are 25mm or longer, this is less of a concern. I have a gorgeous 25mm Switar borrowed from a friend’s Bolex 8mm. That lens (coupled with a C-Mount-to-micro-4/3 adapter snagged off of Amazon) gave me a retro setup for shooting “dad videos” of my four year-old on my hacked Panasonic Lumix GF2. As long as I shoot f4 or wider, there is minimal vignetting.Here is an image taken at f8. Notice the very distinct vignette.Here is a similar image taken at f4. Notice the vignette effect is nearly gone.Less is more with the optics of old lenses. They are not sharp, there is vignetting and edge distortion, and everything is manual. The bokeh on these old lenses really varies from make and vintage, but some are downright dreamy. And that’s really the point of going through the hasssle of using these — the optical artifacts of old lenses create the image equivalent of “comfort food.”There is something reassuringly anachronistic about a 50 year old lens on modern camera. Something that color processing and grading alone doesn’t replicate. This is probably burned into our collective psyche, seeing decades of home movies imaged through this glass.It makes me wonder. In twenty years, will this generation of kids be pulling the lenses out of iPhones and slapping them on to whatever people are recording movies on then for that “classic” feel?Got any advice for folks looking to get into classic glass? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Rains lash western Maharashtra

first_imgAfter a brief respite, several parts of western Maharashtra including Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts were battered by incessant showers in the past 24 hours.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy to very heavy showers were expected in the ghat areas in Maharashtra over the next 48 hours.“While the situation is not expected to ease before September 7, today’s rainfall in western Maharashtra could be said to have reached its peak. While Pune city is expected to get moderate rainfall on Thursday, isolated areas in Pune district, especially the ghat areas, will nevertheless continue to receive heavy showers for the next two days,” said Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, Head, Weather & Air Pollution Monitoring Unit, IMD.While Pune city received steady showers since Tuesday night, the downpour was extremely heavy in the catchment areas in Maval and Mulshi taluks. The heavy downpour has led to Irrigation Department increasing the discharge of water from Pune’s Khadakwasla dam, causing the Bhide bridge in the city to be submerged.With the Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Panshet and the Pavana dams being filled to capacity, the discharge of waters from the reservoirs has led to a rise in the Mula, Mutha and Pavana rivers.According to authorities, 27,000 cusecs of water were let out of the Khadakwasla – Pune city’s potable water lifeline – on Wednesday while 12,500 cusecs of water was released from the Pavana dam, which caters to the potable water needs of Pimrpi-Chinchwad.In western Maharashtra, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara district had received more than 200 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, greatly increasing the inflow of water to the Koyna dam.This led the authorities to raise the height of the doors of the Koyna dam, which was filled to its capacity of 104 tmcft, prompting a steady discharge of 38,000 cusecs since morning. A high-alert has been issued to people living in the vicinity of the dam.Kolhapur, which has yet to recover from a crippling deluge, once again reeled under the onslaught of rain as extremely heavy showers battered several talukas, notably Gaganbawda tehsil.More than 270 mm rain was recorded in the district in the past 24 hours, said authorities.Two doors of the Radhanagari dam in the district was opened with a discharge of 1,428 cusecs causing a rise in the levels of the Bhogawati river.last_img read more

Government approves emergency money for hurricane repairs

first_img Taller buildings for Grace Bay to Turtle Cove approved at Cabinet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:approved, contingency funds, hurricane repairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – Contingency funds have been authorized for release by the Cabinet of the Turks and Caicos in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. Public Works Department presented a damage report on Thursday and money has been approved to carry out emergency works to repair and stabilise the damaged Front Street area of Grand Turk as well as to enable clean up works in other areas of TCI which were most badly affected as a result of the storm.last_img