South African soccer fans 7

first_imgSoccer fans at a match between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Manchester United won.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Jumping into soft sandEver wonder what would it be like if the ground literally started to move under your feet? Geocachers who visited the Råbjerg Mile (GC21787) EarthCache know exactly what it’s like.Located at the northern tip of Denmark, between the Danish cities of Skagen and Frederikshavn, the Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. It contains millions of cubic meters of sand and moves up to 18 meters (59 feet) every year. Geocachers can enjoy this migrating wonder and observe many types of birds that make it their travelling home by visiting the difficulty 1.5, terrain 2 EarthCache.Denmark once had many shifting dunes, even larger than the Råbjerg Mile. These dunes caused many problems for the people living in their paths. So, in the mid-19th century, the state bought the land under the dunes so that it could plant dune grasses and conifers that would help stabilize it. They then left the Råbjerg Mile so that future generations would remember both the challenges and the beauty of these shifting sand dunes.Marking sand angelsMichael, a.k.a. WAUZZZ4B has given fellow Premium Member geocachers yet another reason to see and experience nature at its best since creating the EarthCache in November of 2009.Geocachers everywhere can learn a lot about this dune just by reading the detailed cache page. But nearly 450 Premium Members got to experience this EarthCache for what it’s worth and share their experiences by posting more than 530 breathtaking images.With Geocaching.com’s request, Michael has agreed to temporarily grant access to basic members for an opportunity to experience and log this EarthCache.One geocacher who logged this Premium Cache wrote, “We heard about the dune from some friends who visited many years ago. We decided that we wanted to check out this place during our visit to Denmark. Sure enough, there’s an EarthCache, which gave us even more reason to come out and log our visit. We didn’t realize how beautiful this place is. Absolutely stunning scenery and by far the biggest sand box we’ve ever been in!”For more information on Geocaching Premium features, such as Premium Caches, visit Geocaching.com/Premium.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.Soft sand between toes. SharePrint RelatedNamib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Bruneau Sand Dunes GC10F12 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 31, 2011October 31, 2011In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: The Re_home from Illinois

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s ShowThe team originally considered using structural insulated panels for the roof, exterior walls, and floor, but instead went with a stick-frame system because of concerns that re-channeling SIPs to accommodate modifications in the home’s wiring or plumbing might prove too cumbersome. The R-41.2 walls are insulated with 3 in. of spray foam on the inside and 4 in. of rigid foam outside the oriented strand board sheathing. Exterior paneling is a composite – 60% rice husks, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil – that the team says can be personalized with different finishes. The bays of the roof’s 10-in. trusses, which are tapered a quarter-inch per foot to give the top surface a slight drainage pitch, are filled with 6 in. of spray foam that is covered on the inside with 5/8-in. OSB and 5/8-in. drywall. A 5/8-in. layer of OSB on top of the roof trusses is covered with Sure-White EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), bringing the total R value to R-37. A flood, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake might dissipate relatively quickly, but the damage it causes can last for years. That concern is at the heart of Re_home, the Solar Decathlon project developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Re_home is essentially two rectangular modules compact enough for transport on a single-flatbed truck. Photovoltaic panels preinstalled on the modules’ flat roofs can be lowered to make transport easier and, once the modules reach their destination, the panels can then be raised on their mounting racks for optimal solar exposure. The modules themselves can be assembled quickly into a 780-sq.-ft. two-bedroom single-family home. The University of Illinois team says the rapid-deployment strategy for Re_home, and its affordability and energy efficiency, make it “an immediate and sustainable solution for a family left without a home. By combining good design, smart planning, and low-cost solutions, the Re_ home responds to the physical and emotional needs of impacted families while bringing environmentally aware living to the forefront of a community-led recovery effort.” Land of Lincoln, tornadoes, and a prefab prototype With its front porch and canopied entry, Re_home is a linear, modernized take on Midwestern architectural tradition. Canopies also shade deck areas on the east and west sides of the structure, whose two main modules were built in part at a plant operated by prefabrication specialist Homeway Homes, based in Peoria. In mid-May, the modules were trucked to the Urbana-Champaign campus, where construction continued. MORE INFORMATION Re_home Web page DOE Web page for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon The R-40 floor also is built on 10-in. trusses (minus the taper), with 3/4-in. rigid foam on the underside. Should it prove necessary, a layer of spray foam could be added to the system to further insulate and seal the floor, the team points out. Power, comfort, and price Twenty-four SunPower E18:230 photovoltaic modules and six Sanyo HIT Double bifacial modules provide a total capacity of 5.52 kW and 1.17 kW, respectively. Some of the panels double as a shading canopy on the south-facing portion of the house. An air-source heat pump and an energy recovery ventilator will serve the home’s HVAC needs. Because Illinois is among the nation’s most tornado-prone parts of the country, there is a real possibility that, after its debut in the Decathlon, Re_home could be offered to a family displaced by one of the storms. That, at least, would fulfill the team’s primary vision for the house, the second Decathlon entry for University of Illinois, whose Gable House took second place overall in the 2009 contest. Another goal for the current project is to come in strong in the Decathlon’s affordability contest, which awards as many as 100 points for homes whose construction costs come in at $250,000 or less. Back in January, the Team Illinois project manager, Beth Newman, told Fine Homebuilding that Re_home costs were at that point well under the $250,000 mark. “The lower we can get our price, the better,” Newman said.last_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Adding Walls and Roof

first_imgThe importance of roof overhangsThe roof is what really gives a house its personality. In A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander writes, “The roof plays a primal role in our lives. The most primitive buildings are nothing but a roof. If the roof is hidden, if its presence cannot be felt around the building, or if it cannot be used, then people will lack a fundamental sense of shelter.”We had really debated about doing a house without overhangs. When scouring design sites, we had seen a lot of examples of houses without overhangs.I really like the look of some of the vernacular houses we saw, and we came very close to building something along these lines. However, we were talked out of it — or perhaps, talked into proper overhangs, by our engineering team from Integrated Design. They were very adamantly against the “no overhang” aesthetic that we were drawn to. Granted, they had some valid points including: adequate shading in the summer, protecting the siding and windows from rain and excessive moisture, and keeping water away from the foundation. Grudgingly, I did some of my own research, and, dammit, they were right.Our favorite house is called the “Stockily in Balsthal” by Pascal Flammel Arkitekten. Now those are overhangs. This house is just so badass. (Granted, this house has very large windows on the gable ends that have absolutely no shading — which would certainly lead to overheating).Our house is only a bungalow, so we could not have as crazy intense overhangs as this place — but still it served as good inspiration, and also got some good eye-rolls from the engineers, especially when we would tell them, “Well, if we can’t build a house without overhangs, then we want this!”After playing around with solar studies (using a computer program) and tracing the path of the sun at our GPS location, we found that the optimal overhang width — one that would give complete shading in the summer, ultimate solar gain in the winter, and still look badass — was a 48-inch overhang. Most roof overhangs in this part of the country are 12 inches to 20 inches wide, so 48 inches is quite a statement. I loved that fact that it balanced the aesthetics with the practicality of overhangs.But I was not sure how this would really look until the guys got the rafters up and in place. At 38 feet wide and nearly 20 feet tall, the truss company had to send a special truck out to deliver them. I took that as a good sign that these were going to be unique. The day following the completion of the excavation, backfill, grading, and dirt hauling, Taylor and Curtis with EcoSmart got to work framing the double-stud exterior walls. We had chosen to use the “deep wall system” originally developed by Rob Dumont, a local Saskatoon engineer who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of superinsulated green building. He has been a major inspiration to the owner of EcoSmart Developments, Murray Guy.Dumont had been one of primary engineers in creating the Saskatchewan Conservation House – which is one of the original homes that inspired the German Passivhaus movement. Rob Dumont built his own home in 1992 using his deep wall system. It was considered to be the most energy efficient house in the world at the time.Rob Dumont’s home in Saskatoon. [Photo credit: Michael Henry]Dumont developed this superinsulated wall system and Peter Amerongen from Edmonton, Alberta, has been perfecting it over the past few years, using it in the Riverdale NetZero and the Mill Creek NetZero homes, among others. To my knowledge, no one since Dumont himself has built another home in Saskatchewan using this type of wall system. I’ve written about this wall system previously, but now we were going to see it come to life before our eyes.Taylor and Curtis had of course never built this type of wall before, but they had done extensive research and were very motivated. This wall system includes two parallel 2×4 walls, spaced 16 inches apart, thereby creating an 8-inch void between each 2×4 wall. There is no need to offset the studs as the large void, which will be filled with dense-packed cellulose (recycled newspaper), has no thermal bridging whatsoever.We elected to space the 2x4s at 16-inch centers for both the interior and exterior walls. It is possible to space the non-loading bearing wall at 24-inch centers, but when attaching the wood siding to the exterior wall (our non-load bearing wall), this might be a little more tricky. RELATED ARTICLES Monitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud WallsLstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall DesignGreen Basics: Double-Stud Walls Is Double-Stud Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Robert Dumont’s Superinsulated House in SaskatoonEvery House Needs Roof OverhangsMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Dealing With Really Bad Water. The blog below was originally published in July 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.)center_img Of course this wall system takes a bit longer to construct then your typical stick-framed house, as each wall needs to be built twice. What the guys did was to lay the lumber one on top of the other to ensure that the spacing was appropriate. The studs were nailed together with a double bottom plate (we will be pouring 1 1/2 inches of concrete for the main floor, so another bottom plate was needed in for securing the drywall) and a double top plate. The two walls were then secured to a 16-inch-wide 3/8-inch OSB header and footer, and tipped up into place using wall jacks. The walls were then glued and nailed into place and sheathed on the outside.The first day they framed the west wall, which is 30 feet long. Honestly, the excitement of seeing a wall could not be contained that day.On day two they framed the north side, which is a 48-foot wall with minimal penetrations — one window in a bedroom, one in the hall for ventilation, and the back door.Day three was the west wall, again 30 feet long, which included three large windows. (Energy efficiency geeks will note that there is minimal benefit to large windows on the east side and there is risk of overheating in the spring and fall.) However, these windows look onto an amazing river view that we had to enjoy. The windows will have glazing with a special coating designed to reduce heat gain (more on that later).On day four they ambitiously completed our southern wall, our primary 48-foot wall. This wall has three massive windows — each more then 10 feet wide — and a patio door to the deck. This side of the house looks onto a beautiful southern view across the river valley. The windows will also be a source of heat gain in the wintertime.Next would come the interior walls and roof. Suddenly, this was looking like a house! BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Dealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?last_img read more

Rape case filed against Congress MLA

first_imgA case was registered on the court’s order against Congress MLA Johari Lal Meena, representing Rajgarh-Laxmangarh constituency of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, on charges of raping a 38-year-old widow several times during the last two years and threatening to release the video of the alleged act. The FIR was registered at Raini police station over the weekend.The woman, who filed a complaint in the Judicial Magistrate’s court for registration of FIR, alleged that Mr. Meena, 68, whom she had met two years ago, took her to a hotel in the temple town of Mehandipur Balaji on the pretext of taking her to a doctor when she was ill. At the hotel, the MLA allegedly gave her some medicines and raped her when she fell unconscious, according to the complaint.Mr. Meena denied the charge on Saturday and said the complaint against him was a “political conspiracy” hatched to prevent him from campaigning for his party in the Lok Sabha election. “The objective is to damage the prospects of Congress. This is also a ploy to reduce my popularity in the public,” said Mr. Meena, who had defeated his BJP rival with a margin of 30,298 votes in the 2018 Assembly election.The complainant alleged that Mr. Meena had made a video of the act and started blackmailing her with the threat to release it. She also alleged that the MLA had forced her to establish a physical relationship with him several times.The FIR was registered under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) of Indian Penal Code and investigation handed over to CB-CID in view of the accused being a legislator.last_img read more

More JPs to Serve St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14.In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey.In his address, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, charged the newly commissioned JPs to maintain an “impeccable character,” as they aid in solving the nation’s issues.“We want persons of unimpeachable integrity, persons who, regardless of the challenges, petition, and pleas for your assistance, if you know it isn’t right, you stand firm and say no. [It is] very important that you should be of unquestionable integrity, and at the same time as a Justice of the Peace, I expect that you should be persons of impeccable character,” he said.Mr. Chuck reminded the JPs that they should not see themselves as serving only the parish of St. Ann, but all of Jamaica as stipulated by the new Justices of the Peace Act 2018.He reiterated that the Ministry of Justice is on a drive to increase the number of JPs islandwide, with the aim of having over 1,000 per parish.The Minister said the increase will help to ease the burden on the justice system by diverting matters from the courts to be dealt with through mediation, spearheaded by JPs.In the meantime, retired Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, commended the newly commissioned JPs for having taken the “bold step to volunteer and make yourselves available to serve.”She told the group that “your appointment will contribute greatly to the improvement of our justice system,” and encouraged them to avail themselves for further training. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14. In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.last_img read more

Federal budget day in Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was federal budget day in Canada.A time when the federal government lays out its priorities and looks to the future.It’s also a time when Aboriginal People find out whether or not their issues and concerns will be addressed.last_img

Ohio States Braxton Miller one of the best in the game

Ohio State football’s sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was named Big Ten offensive player of the week on Monday, and also received praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer about his play through the first three weeks of the season.While the Buckeyes’ first-year coach has been among the many praising Miller, he is not yet ready to advertise his quarterback as a contender to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.“I will not say he’s not (a candidate to win the Heisman),” Meyer said. “I don’t believe he is now. He’s not playing well enough yet.”Meyer, though, was full of praise regarding Miller.“I have a lot of confidence in Braxton,” Meyer said. “He’s our best player right now on offense.”Miller led the Buckeyes to a 35-28 victory over California on Saturday, completing 16-of-30 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 75 yards and another score. Miller’s plays in that game included a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and a game-winning, 72-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith with 3:26 left to play in the game.Miller’s recognition announced Monday marks the first time that the sophomore has earned an offensive player of the week award, but he was last year’s Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.Miller has led the Buckeyes to victories in each of the team’s first three games, and has accounted for 988 yards of total offense, which ranks ninth in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. With 377 rushing yards, he ranks fifth nationally among all players in rushing yardage, and first among all quarterbacks.OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman said opposing defenses have been making adjustments to account for Miller’s ability to run the ball.“I’ve seen defenses in the last three weeks that I’ve never even dreamt of in my mind to try to stop the QB from running the football,” Herman said. “Teams now are trying to get eight, nine guys in the box to be sound against him pulling the ball and running, so the variety of coverage that we see on first- and second-down is absolutely mind-boggling.”For the overall year, Miller has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 611 yards, with seven touchdown throws and two interceptions.Herman said he has been pleased with his quarterback’s development this season.“In terms of progress, I think he’s seeing the field better, I think he communicates with me on the sideline better than maybe I had expected,” Herman said. “He’s come a long ways.”While Herman described Miller’s mental progress as a quarterback, he said there has “never been an issue with (Miller’s) upper-body mechanics.”“The ball comes out very smoothly, he’s got a quick release, he’s got a strong arm,” Herman said of Miller.Lower-body mechanics, however, remain a concern for Herman.Herman said that to improve in that area, it comes down to “tying that into his feet and making sure that his hips and his feet are aligned properly to the throw, on time, when that throw needs to be made.”OSU coaches and Big Ten voters are not the only ones praising Miller after his strong start through three games this season. Following their loss on Saturday, California’s coach and players also gave credit to Miller’s play.“Braxton is a hard guy to contain because he is so big and physical,” said California coach Jeff Tedford. “For most of the day he made great decisions and threw some great passes. When he threw that long ball down the left side of the field, it was a perfect pass. He is fast, accurate and a great athlete.”California senior cornerback Marc Anthony felt similarly.“Braxton is one of the best in the game and he came through for his team,” Anthony said. “All of our eyes were on Braxton. We wanted other players to make something happen for them.” read more

Luka Modric launches a scathing attack on Simeone

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has responded to the criticisms of Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone on him and his teammates.In the midfielder’s first interview since winning the Ballon d’Or earlier this month, the 33-year-old spoke of the manager’s disparaging comments about the award and Madrid.“I understand why Simeone has defended his own players,” Modric told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, as cited by Football Espana.“I understand why he believes Griezmann was the best but in doing so he feels the need to disparage Real Madrid and the players here.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“There are suggestions that there is something else behind why Madrid players win these trophies, and that is not the case.“I have a lot of respect for Atletico and Simeone, their players and their fans – they are a great club and whey they defeat us, I acknowledge it and congratulate them.“But we have been hugely successful too, we have beaten them in two finals and it is not fair to say these achievements are due to favoritism.”last_img read more

Zidane is the best man for Manchester United job – Saha

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to lead Manchester United to glory after Jose Mourinho was sacked.The former French International says Zidane who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving will bring a new dimension to the team.In an interview with Omnisport via FourFourTwo, Saha backed former France team-mate Zidane to succeed at Old Trafford. .“For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man,” Saha said. “He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.“In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…“He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.“At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.“For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”Zidane is no manager of any club at the moment and could take the job if both parties agree.last_img read more