Ventilation Requirements for Weatherized Homes

first_imgIn the other corner…Raymer responded with a jab, aiming to connect quickly and thus take some of the impact out of Krigger’s blow. His article, titled, Don’t Blame the ASHRAE 62.2-2010 Standard, disputed Krigger’s claim that ASHRAE moved away from simplicity when they revised the standard from their first version, 62-89. That early version, he wrote, was 26 pages long, while the 2010 standard is only 14. “The ASHRAE 62-89 Standard is no longer supported by ASHRAE partly because of its complexity,” Raymer explained.He then went into some of the details of the two versions of the standard, offering a nice contrast between how they really work. One important point that many in the home performance and weatherization field probably don’t know is that, “there is nothing in the 62-89 Standard about calculating a Building Airflow Standard, Building Tightness Limit, Minimum Ventilation Level, etc.” Those terms come from the programs that reference the standard. I went to school with Cajuns in south Louisiana, and fights were a big deal. They happened frequently, and when they did, a small crowd would gather. The noise would grow quickly and soon everyone in the schoolyard would run over to where the fight was happening. One day in sixth grade, we exploited this tendency and staged a fight between two shoes at recess. Sure enough — our tight circle of boys banging two shoes on the ground and making a lot of noise brought the whole school to us.Today, I’m making noise for a fight that broke out over the topic of residential ventilation. This is a real fight among two heavyweights in the home performance industry: John Krigger of Saturn Resource Management and Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions.Don’t worry; it’s not a Jon Stewart/Tucker Carlson kind of fight or something you might see on the Jerry Springer show. These guys respect each other and even teach classes together. It’s a very real debate, though, about fixing homes, making them tighter, and adding mechanical ventilation when necessary. In this corner…Krigger opened the battle recently with a roundhouse punch aimed at ASHRAE and the latest versions of their residential ventilation standard. “ASHRAE 62.2-2010 is a confusing jumble of requirements and choices that has wasted vast amounts of time and money in training personnel and coping with confusion,” he wrote. Krigger doesn’t like it that so much time and money is being spent in the home performance and weatherization industry to train people on this standard. Now the requirements ares about to change again with the 2013 update, “which will be different and lead to another cycle of confusion and wasted resources,” according to Krigger. He believes there’s no reason to move away from the 62-89 version because the older version is much simpler.In addition, he claims that the assumptions on which they’ve based the changes in the standard are questionable; he lists four problems at the end of his article. I’ll let you go and read them and decide for yourself, but I will mention one here. He wrote that, “There are millions of respiratory problems relating to a lack of ventilation.” When I posted a link to the article on LinkedIn, Bobby Rhett, an industrial hygienist in the Washington, D.C. area, replied, “We may not always have the source of asthma pinned, but there is evidence that improving ventilation improves asthma outcomes.” Blower doors and mechanical ventilationOne problem here is that weatherization and home performance crews are trying to use blower doors to determine if they need to add mechanical ventilation. Joe Lstiburek wrote about this issue in his article Just Right and Airtight. After opening with praise for using a blower door to help make homes more airtight and to measure leakage, he then wrote:But then they think that a blower door actually is a precise measuring tool for how air will leak across the building during service. Wrong. Even more serious an issue is to then take the leap that using a wrong assumption about the results of an approximate measurement can be used to decide that mechanical ventilation is not needed. Bad, very bad, and potentially deadly.I wrote about the problems with ACHnat here recently, and that’s what Joe’s referring to above. What he says they do at Building Science Corporation is, “To me, the ventilate right part is easy: put in a ventilation system and pick a rate.” In footnote 4 of that article, he describes that their method is to install a system that’s capable of providing 1.5 times the ventilation rate recommended by the latest version of ASHRAE 62.2.This is an important debate because we want homes to be have less air leakage. We also want them to have good indoor air quality, and that means mechanical ventilation. Krigger makes some good points about all the resources going into training for ASHRAE 62.2, but the time has come to drop the Building Airflow Standard and stop pretending that blower doors can tell us how much mechanical ventilation a home needs. RELATED ARTICLES Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV? GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation Choices Just Right and Airtight Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. How many rounds will it go?In case you don’t know who they are, both Krigger and Raymer are heavyweights in this field. Krigger is the author of the book Residential Energy, which is used, I imagine, in nearly every building analyst and home energy rater class in the U.S.Raymer is the author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook, which covers the whole topic extensively. He’s also on the ASHRAE committee that decides what goes into the 62.2 standard and issues the new version every three years.How we ventilate homes is a big deal and far from settled. ASHRAE 62.2 is leading the way, but as you can tell from this fight, there is pushback from some of the people who have to apply the standard in the field. The Building Performance Institute (BPI) was supposed to drop 62-89 and adopt 62.2-2010 this month but released a statement on 28 December announcing they’d postponed that change.Both of these guys make good points, but I have to side with Paul on this issue overall. I think BPI should have dropped 62-89 long ago, and to keep postponing it only makes it worse, as more people get trained on an obsolete standard that was created in the 1980s. John definitely makes some good points, and I think we can do a better job of considering the training aspect of applying standards. Part of that falls on the organizations that adopt the standard, too.Paul’s basically right, though, that we need to go with the newer version. Yes, it needs work, but the three-year cycle is getting us there.This is an important battle in the Building Science Fight Club. It’s not just a bunch of sixth graders banging shoes on the ground to get attention. We need to ventilate homes to improve indoor air quality, and we need to be able to do it cost-effectively. Debate and discussion are healthy, and we need to keep it going. I’d love to see John and Paul do an evening session at the RESNET conference this year and continue this debate.last_img read more

Why Citizen Developers Are The Future Of Programming

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? lauren orsini Tags:#Citizen Developer#education#programming Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes If you ever wondered what would scare the bejeezus out of a university’s computer science department, try this: In June, Google revealed that it no longer considers GPA scores as a hiring criteria. “One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that GPA’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring,” Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. To students who have been told their university grades are paramount, that’s a big shock. But to anybody watching the tech industry, such a statement was inevitable. It’s a reaction to the quickly evolving definition of what it means to be a professional programmer.The “Citizen Developer”When Google executives look at prospective hires’ portfolios instead of test scores, it expands the playing field beyond “anyone with a degree” to “anyone with skills.” Google no longer cares whether you picked up coding in school or just by teaching yourself, so long as you have the work and talent to back it up. It’s a phenomenon that the tech world is calling the rise of the “citizen developer.” A phrase coined by technology research firm Gartner, the citizen developer is “an end user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” Or, in less of a mouthful, a non-traditionally educated programmer who uses the same skills as the formally trained pros. Back in 2011, Gartner predicted that by 2014, citizen developers would build at least 25 percent of new business applications. Two years later, we associate programming success with college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, or with people like Tumblr CEO David Karp, who didn’t even enroll in college. See also Don’t Look Now, But We Might Be In A Developer DroughtThe sort of creativity and problem solving that allows star programmers to succeed isn’t exactly encouraged in the artificial and conforming environment of a college classroom. So it makes sense that Google would look outside the GPA for the best talent. Tons of Jobs, Few DevelopersImagine if you could learn a skill that would practically guarantee you a high-paying job within months. Increasingly, that’s exactly the narrative that surrounds non-traditional programming education. At Code Fellows, if you don’t have a job offer that pays $60K a year within six months of completing their four-week boot camp, you get a full refund. A 2012 Living Social effort called Hungry Academy actually paid people to attend their five-month boot camp and learn to program for Living Social. Boot camps and other forms of non-traditional programming education can afford to be cocky for the very reason that the job market supports such bravado. In 2010, there were 913,000 U.S. jobs for software developers and that number is expected to grow by 30% from 2012 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, the predicted rise for all occupational growth over that same period is just 14%. As our dependence on technology only grows, our demand for developers is increasing. At a time where the average developer gets four to five job offers in her career, that means some companies are going without. The Self-Taught Coding MovementIt certainly helps that opportunities for teaching yourself to code are more numerous, convenient and accessible than ever. Combine that with widespread alarm about student loan debt, and you can instantly see the appeal of self-teaching. See also There’s A Boom In Teaching People To CodeRyan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, said that the coding education company has reached the milestone of 37,000 active, paying students—about the size of a large university. Not surprisingly, he thinks companies like Treehouse offer a better education than traditional degrees would. “A computer science degree is a rip off,” he told me. “I know because I have one.”The difference? Carson says Treehouse has the data to prove whether students are ready for the workforce, something colleges can’t do. It does this through a point system that awards students for completing assignments on Treehouse.“We’ve placed thousands of students in programming jobs, and the companies who hire them report back to us,” he said. “So we can say with authority that if you get 1500 points on Treehouse, we can place you in a job where you’ll have an 80% chance of success. And you just can’t do that now in universities.”What About Traditional Education?Not surprisingly, college professors believe as much in the longevity of the computer science degree as entrepreneurs like Carton believe in non-traditional learning. See also: Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st CenturyHowever, Francois Pitt, a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto, told me that learn-to-code boot camps aren’t even competition to a computer science degree because they have completely different end goals. “It’s not so much competition with us as a complement,” he said. “Programming is just the starting point of what computer science is about. We don’t just teach students how to code. We study programs and the problems they solve.”Pitt compares the difference between having a computer science degree and knowing how to program as the difference between being a professional writer and knowing how to write. The important thing isn’t so much that you know English, but that you have interesting ideas and know how to structure them well, he said. There’s something romantic about Pitt’s description of computer science’s in-depth theories. The difference students are going to have to look for? Whether they want the whole story or just a job ASAP. “People getting into these programs need to realize that you’re not getting the same education as you would out of a degree,” he said. “Computer science is about so much more than just programming.”Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more

Talking to Aging Parents About Money: Part 2

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the important reasons why adult children need to talk about money and finances with aging parents. In this follow-up, we’ll get more specific as to how to make this conversation a little easier, as well as what to discuss.brfcs via Pixabay.com, CC0Experts suggest having this conversation on parents’ “home turf” at a time that is relaxed and neutral. This means avoiding big occasions like holidays, if possible. It may also be better to have a series of short talks rather than one long discussion. Children probably want to bring up the topic in advance so parents don’t feel blindsided and have a little time to prepare, talk amongst themselves, and locate documents.Consider who should be included. Would spouses of adult children be a good addition, or not? On the one hand, they may be seen as intruders, but on the other, their presence may motivate people to be polite.If parents are resistant, it may help to say that this topic is concerning you and that having the conversation will help you and allow you not to worry. Most mothers and fathers want their children to feel happy and will be at least somewhat open to this.Topics to Cover:Talk about how to know where the information isThere are many important documents whose location someone will eventually need to know. While it is not necessary for adult children to see and view all these items ahead of time, they at least need to know where to find a letter of instructions that explains where this information is. These essential papers and details include, but are not limited to:Marriage licenses, divorce papers, birth and death certificatesInsurance policies (health, life, and property)Social security cards and documentsBank account numbers and detailsInvestment and retirement account numbers and detailsHouse deed and mortgage informationFuneral and burial wishes, including details such as burial plot purchasesElectronic account details, such as a list of important passwords and sites frequently usedMilitary records and discharge papersCredit card account information, as well as account information for other recurring bills and accountsMake sure essential plans have been madeThe best-case scenario is for older adults to have all of the following in place. By the way, this applies to adult children, too. It may strengthen your case if you can tell them you have your own “house” in order.A willDying without a will leads to many complications for family members and can tie up assets for a long period during the probate process. Dying intestate (with no will) also means one cannot make any specifications as to what is done with money and belongings; the court makes these decisions based on the laws of your state.A health care proxyA healthcare proxy is a legal document designating someone to make healthcare decisions for a person who is not able to make decisions for her or himself. While these decisions may include deciding when to end life support, they also cover other choices about health care, such as where the person will receive care, what procedures he or she will have, and so on.A durable power of attorney for financesSimilar to a healthcare proxy, but for finances, this legal document names someone who can access the money and financial information of a person who is not competent to do so him or herself. If a POA has not been appointed and someone is no longer competent, a court will have to appoint someone to take on this task.A generalized estate planThough many families may think their assets are too few to require any assistance, experts advise that most people will benefit from creating a formal estate plan with the assistance of a financial planner. In some cases, a lawyer’s help will also be needed. Various DIY and online options also exist, but they may or may not be adequate or customized to your state.Talk more broadly about the financial situationIt’s often important to ensure that parents have enough money to get by and are not in danger of outliving their assets, even if major medical costs come their way. What will happen if they need daily in-home care? What if they need to move to a community that offers more services? Do they have long-term care insurance or sufficient assets to pay for this, or might it be necessary for them to move in with children, sell the house (or get a reverse mortgage) or get financial help from family? How do they feel about the various living options?On the flip side, if there are substantial assets, or if family has the belief that there are, it may be crucial to explain now what the situation is. For instance, perhaps trusts have been set up, a large charitable donation will be made, or a business will be split up or dissolved. Those with large estates may want to discuss strategies to avoid tax burden at the end of life.Another topic to discuss, if needed: how are they coping with organizing bills and papers and managing their financial needs? For some people, this is difficult at the best of times. For others, it has become overwhelming with age or poor health. They might welcome some assistance.Talk more generally about end of lifeThis is not a “money” topic, but usually ends up intertwined with these concerns due to the likelihood that those addressing a will and other estate issues will also consider end of life wishes. Encourage parents to talk about what they want as far as healthcare measures and to make those wishes known via a living will or advance directive. One easy place to get started is Five Wishes.Again, these conversations may not be easy. The subject is tempting to want to avoid, and no time may feel like the right time to bring it up. But talking about these issues now will make matters much easier later on. The resources below may help.Resources:Family Caregiver AllianceFive WishesThe Conversation ProjectA Place for Mom: Financial DiscussionsReferences:Fowler, K. (2016). Caring for Elderly Parents’ Estate and Finances. Retrieved from http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2-17-16-caring-for-elderly-parents-finances/Gillen, M., Mitchell, V., & Turner, J. (2015). Estate planning. Retrieved from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy446Goetting, M., & Schmall, V. (2017). Talking with aging parents about finances. Retrieved from http://msuextension.org/publications/FamilyFinancialManagement/MT199324HR.pdfLawrence, B. Want control at the end of your life? Here’s what you need. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/decisions-future-documents-need-2/National Endowment for Financial Education. (2017). Prepare for Financial Changes as Family Members Ag. Retrieved from https://www.smartaboutmoney.org/Topics/Retirement-and-Aging/Aging-and-Money/Financial-Changes-as-Family-Members-AgeMerrill Edge. (n.d.) 5 tips for talking with your aging parents about their finances and health. Retrieved from https://www.merrilledge.com/article/5-tips-talking-with-your-aging-parents-about-their-finances-and-healthlast_img read more

Improve Your Footage by Adding Vignettes in Post-Production

first_imgStandard VignettesThe first method is very simple; you’ll need Premiere Pro CC. Go into the Lumetri presets drop-down menu and click Vignette.Under Amount, drag your slider to the left, shifting your numbers to a negative value. This will add a vignette that surrounds your frame. Usually, there’s a sweet spot between -3.0 and -1.3.Shaped VignettesThe second method is a little trickier.You’ll first have to create a new black video layer and apply it over your footage.Then go into your effects panel and under Opacity, select the Circle Matte option. For the best results, create an oval that fits the subject you want to focus on.Once you’ve created your shape, press Invert. Next, adjust your Feathering options so that the edges of your shape are nice and soft.Continue to adjust the Feathering, and then adjust your Opacity to ensure your vignette isn’t too intense. You can also play with your Expansion parameters to adjust the scale and size. Vignettes are a great way to add subtle emphasis to your footage. Find out how with these three approaches.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the simplest ways to improve your visuals is to apply a vignette in post. Vignettes are a subtle way to direct your audience’s eyes to a specific subject in the frame, such as a landscape or a small object.  There are three different ways I create my vignettes, so let’s take a look. Masked VignettesThe Final method is the most difficult one, but probably one of the most effective when it comes to interviews and narratives.Go into your effects bin and drag the brightness contrast effect on top of your footage.Next slide your brightness down so that your image gets really dark. Then bring up your contrast so that the darker tones in your shot don’t look too crushed.Once you’ve found a sweet spot, create a mask using the pen tool. The trick is to create the shape of your subject.Once the mask is ready, invert your selection so that the darker layer outlines your subject.Now feather the edges. I like to really crank my feathering to the max so that the mask is almost transparent. As above, you can adjust your opacity and expansion so that your vignette fits your image perfectly.Vignettes are a great way to enhance and sometimes save your footage. Keep in mind it’s their job to direct attention to your subject, not the other way around. Vignettes are most effective when you hide them in plain sight.last_img read more

Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Aces virtually ended the game as early as the halftime break when they led the Fuel Masters 48-24.READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates PhoenixAlaska built the foundation across the first two quarters when it went on a 21-4 run for a 34-14 lead off a Nonoy Baclao jumper.Alas, who was flattered with Compton’s statements, said the Aces did a better job than what the Fuel Masters were able to muster.“How nice of coach Alex to say that,” said Alas whose team slipped to 3-4. “They really outplayed us.”ADVERTISEMENT Letran gets support from San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting READ: Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to former teamThe Aces ran circles around the Fuel Masters, outscoring the latter 27-9 in fastbreak points and holding down Phoenix to a dismal 30-of-90 shooting.“There are things in life that just work out,” said Compton. “We have a healthy bunch of guys that had a good game against his team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ View comments Compton eventually became the head coach of the Aces in 2014 and tapped Alas as his head assistant.READ: Alaska whips Phoenix fiveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn Wednesday, he had his first win over his former mentor as Alaska ransacked Alas’ Phoenix, 93-75, but Compton won’t say that he outsmarted his former coach.“I did not for one second outcoach him,” said Compton as his Aces improved to 5-2 at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ve learned a lot from him, and as friends I hope that I continue to learn from him. This is just a game where our guys played really well.” Read Next LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlex Compton and Louie Alas have shared history way before they held the coaching partnership at Alaska.Before Compton dabbled in coaching, he was playing under Alas in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association with the Manila Metrostars.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Don’t have the magic wand to change Pakistan cricket overnight: Inzamam-ul-Haq

first_imgInzamam-ul-Haq, who was appointed as Pakistan’s chief selector on Monday, made it clear that he does not possess a magic wand to change the fortunes of the national cricket team. The former skipper urged the people to be patient with the team.”I don’t have a magic wand and there is a lot we need to do right in Pakistan cricket to build a strong team. Immediately my task is to ensure we pick a balanced and confident squad for the tour to England,” Inzamam told the media in Lahore.Former Test spinner Tauseef Ahmed, former Test opener Wajahatulah Wasti and former Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Haider were announced as the new selection committee members by Inzamam. He said that the PCB has promised to provide the new selection committee full independence to work with freedom and without interference. (Also read: Inzamam takes hefty pay cut for PCB chief selector post) “I have told the PCB that I want total independence to work with a free mind and pick the best players and they have assured me it will be done,” Inzamam said.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said he was glad that Inzamam accepted the responsibility.”I am very happy Inzamam accepted to take up this responsibility. Because we in the PCB have a lot of respect and regard for him and his achievements,” Khan said.Inzamam, who resigned from his post as head coach of Afghanistan to take up the PCB assignment, also pointed out that it would take some time to put things right in the national team and domestic cricket.advertisement”It will not happen overnight. It will take time. We need to spot the right talent and the right players. I want to develop an atmosphere where the selectors, captain and coach are on the same page, because, unless this happens there will be no turnaround in our cricket,” the former great, who played 120 Tests and 398 one-days, said.Inzamam said he believed in giving a lot of importance to the views of the captain and coach as they were the ones who work with the players and get the best out of them.”The captain and coach will be co-opted members but we will take them on board and I want to see all of us on same page as this will put an end to many issues confronting our cricket,” he said.Insisting that he had taken up the chief selector’s job as a national duty and had no intentions of leaving it soon, Inzamam said: “I have come with a clear plan and I want to see our team do well in all three formats.”This is the first time Inzamam has accepted an official position in the board. He has replaced Haroon Rasheed as chief selector.The PCB had dissolved the previous selection committee after Pakistan fared badly in the Asia Cup and World T20.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Osaka Wins But Takes Tough Road At French Open (Video)

first_imgPARIS — Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way.To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to rally from first-set woes.The latest opponent was former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round Thursday in a match with superb shot-making.The U.S Open and Australian Open champion from Japan, who surprisingly lost a set 6-0 in the first round, again started poorly.Azarenka, now ranked No. 43 and without a major title since winning the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, raced to a 4-0 lead on Court Suzanne Lenglen and kept Osaka under constant pressure.Osaka considered herself unfortunate to be drawn against Azarenka and the powerful, accurate tennis produced by the 29-year-old Belarusian playing in her 12th French Open showed why.Broken by a backhand volley at the net from Azarenka in the fifth game of the second set, Osaka seemed to be in deep trouble. But, as she did in beating first-round opponent Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Osaka again proved her resilience.The eighth game of the second set was pivotal. After saving two break points, Azarenka doubled-faulted. Osaka leveled at 4-4 and the momentum started to shift. It was the seventh break point Azarenka had faced in the set, and the first she had failed to save.But Azarenka still saved three set points before Osaka finally leveled the match with a backhand cross-court winner.The third set was packed with drama, too, with Osaka finally taming Azarenka with her third match point, when her combative opponent hit long.Osaka will next play Katerina Siniakova, ranked No. 42, in the third round.By: John Leicester, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Coutinho makes Barcelona debut

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho debuts for Barca in Copa clash with Espanyol Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Andres Iniesta Barcelona Copa del Rey LLUIS GENE Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Copa del Rey The Brazilian came on in the second half of the Blaugrana’s quarter-final tie with his side comfortably in control Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona on Thursday, coming on in the 68th minute of Blaugrana’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash with Espanyol to replace Andres Iniesta. Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi both scored in the first half to put Barca 2-1 up on aggregate, after Ernesto Valverde’s outfit lost the first leg 1-0.Former Liverpool star Coutinho entered the match looking to help his side ease into the semi-finals of the competition.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho arrived from Liverpool in a £145 million deal earlier this month but has been recovering from a thigh injury. The 25-year-old took over the No.14 from Javier Mascherano, who wore the number for seven and a half seasons before his departure from the club was confirmed on Tuesday.Mascherano will join Chinese side Hebei China Fortune on Friday,  Barcelona have confirmed .  The No.14 at Barcelona has also been worn by  Johan Cruyff, Emmanuel Amunike, Gerard Lopez, Santiago Ezquerro and Thierry Henry .Coutinho’s debut came fittingly against a club he once played for, having spent time on loan with Espanyol in 2012. His first real contribution was drawing a foul in the 70th minute just outside the Espanyol area, with Messi fizzing the ensuing free kick over the bar. The Brazilian nearly earned his first assist for the club minutes later, slipping a pass into Suarez just in front of goal, only to have the shot brilliantly saved by Pau Lopez, though the Uruguayan really should have finished the chance. In the end, it was a promising start for the 25-year-old, who had some nice moments in his limited action, and Barcelona did enough to move on to the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-0 win on the night.last_img read more

Report: United States 1 Curacao 0

first_imgThe United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field.The defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result saw USA reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but USA found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.USA made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equaliser in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen. What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to USA in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions.The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie =  1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyUSA’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favourites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. USA are yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semi-final in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read morelast_img read more

JNU emeritus row Asking us to submit CV similar to withdrawing Nobel

first_imgNew Delhi: The JNU’s exercise to call for CVs of professors emeriti is similar to “withdrawing” Nobel of a recipient, if he or she is thought to be not doing enough good work a decade or two later, the varsity’s former vice-chancellor Asis Datta said on Friday.Datta is among the 12 professors emeriti who have been asked by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to submit their CVs for evaluation, a move that has drawn criticism from several quarters, including the varsity’s teachers’ association. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a statement, Datta, who has served the university for many decades rising to be its rector and then vice chancellor, said with his position as Professor Emeritus, he claims nothing from the university. He said he has no office at JNU and gets no remuneration from the university. Datta has also mentioned this in a July 22 reply after varsity’s registrar asked for CVs , according to the statement. “I visit the university to interact with the faculty and students, and to discuss science which has been my life long quest,” Datta said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said his work involves being in close contact with the best scientists of the world, including Nobel laureates and the universities they belonged to.The former JNU VC said so far, he has not come across a situation where scientists who were given an honour have been asked to continuously provide proof that they can retain it “This is like withdrawing the Nobel if the recipient was thought to be doing not enough good work a decade or two later,” Datta remarked. Datta in his letter to the registrar had also said he did not avail any facilities like a room, a laboratory, a chair or a table from JNU after his retirement as he had already joined the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) as founder director, the statement said. “Whatever, the facilities he was availing before retirement, he had transferred the same to JNU. In view of the above, the assessment of past work of ‘Professor Emeritus’ is not applicable to Professor Datta,” it stated. When the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) reached out to him, he said he has been taken aback by this step of the varsity’s administration “as the position is honorary and is given for life”, as per the university’s rules and regulations, the body said. The teachers’ association said he had given up a tenured job in the US to join JNU in the 1970s, its initial years of formation. Datta quickly became a scientist of note, winning one prestigious award after the other.last_img read more

Canadian identified as alleged informant in US college admissions scandal

first_imgMONTREAL — Morrie Tobin, the Montreal native named in reports as the central figure who exposed an alleged college admissions scam in the United States, was described Tuesday by those who knew him as someone who stood out for his athleticism and drive.Tobin, who pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in an unrelated case, has been identified by the Wall Street Journal as the informant who helped expose the admissions scheme. At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are among those charged in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.Clifford Margolese, 55, said he and Tobin were “thick as thieves” when they grew up together in the predominantly Jewish Montreal neighbourhood of Cote St-Luc.“We played sports, we worked out, we chased girls, we drank beer. We had a good group of close friends,” Margolese said in an interview. “He was the prototypical Cote St-Luc good Jewish kid growing up.”Now a manager for a building maintenance company in Victoria, Margolese said he had heard about Tobin’s troubles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prior to last week’s news about the college scandal that continues to grip the United States.“I understand the position he’s in,” said Margolese, who graduated in 1980 with Tobin from Montreal’s Wagar High School, which closed in 2005. “I think it’s human nature. We would all do the same thing, faced with possible jail. I would think we would all do the same thing to protect our family and to try and generate some leniency.”The Wall Street Journal described Tobin as a Los Angeles financier who tipped off federal authorities to the admission scandal “hoping for leniency” in his securities fraud case. The newspaper reported that Tobin’s information led to the arrests in the alleged nation-wide college admissions scheme.College employees, including many coaches, are accused of taking bribes from wealthy parents to get their children into top schools by falsely portraying them as recruited athletes.U.S. officials say some parents — including people prominent in Hollywood, law, finance, fashion and manufacturing — paid as much as $6.5 million to guarantee their child’s admission into colleges around the country.Margolese said he lost contact with Tobin when they were both in their early 20s, after he had moved to British Columbia and Tobin began playing hockey for Yale University in New Haven, Conn.“Everyone makes good and bad decisions in their life,” Margolese said, adding he had only positive memories of Tobin. “But typical human nature, greed, wanting more, trying to take advantage of the system — we are all faced with those kinds of decisions, and either you make the right one or the wrong one. He happened to make the wrong one.”Court documents reveal Tobin pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and aiding and abetting. The charges were in connection with what are known as pump-and-dump schemes, involving several alleged accomplices. It’s alleged in the documents that between 2013 and 2018, Tobin and others disguised their ownership and control of various securities and artificially inflated the price and trading volume of those stocks so they could secretly sell their shares at a substantial profit.Tobin is set to be sentenced in June and has been released on bail until then, with several conditions, including that he surrender his passport, stay in the United States, seek mental health treatment and not possess any weapons, the documents show. His lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.Don McEwan, 66, who taught gym at Wagar and is now retired, said he remembered Tobin and his brother Larry as excellent athletes. “And good people,” McEwan said in an interview. “That’s why it was a little bit of a surprise,” he said, referring to Morrie Tobin’s legal troubles.In a biography on about.me that has since been modified, Tobin described himself as an “LA-based entrepreneur with broad experience in the financial services industry.” The bio states he worked with CIBC World Markets in Toronto and invested “more than $200M in new companies to grow and prepare them to go public. Today, I use my talent and experience to be of service to my neighbors.”— With files from Paola Loriggio and The Associated PressGiuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the news today Aug 19

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 19———CHINESE OFFICIALS FIRE BACK AT FREELAND OVER HONG KONGChina is telling Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to butt out. Freeland and her E.U. counterpart, Federica Mogherini, issued a joint statement Saturday condemning violence in Hong Kong as tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police escalate. The statement urged restraint amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.” And that prompted a spokesperson for China’s Embassy in Canada to fire back, telling Freeland to “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.” The embassy also defended the actions of Hong Kong police, saying the protests “deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence.”———JUDGE TO GIVE DECISION IN MOUNTIE’S MANSLAUGHTER TRIALA judge is expected to render a verdict today in the manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba who fired a dozen shots into a Jeep following a police chase. Crown prosecutors told the trial in Thompson that Const. Abram Letkeman made only wrong choices in the lead up to the shooting death of Steven Campbell in 2015. Court heard that 12 bullet casings were found at the scene and the 39-year-old Campbell, who was drunk behind the wheel, was hit at least nine times. The defence argued that all police officers make mistakes and Letkeman thought his life was in danger because the Jeep was moving toward him.———CAPTIVE BREEDING FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES GROWINGA western painted turtle that’s never been anywhere other than in an aquarium is being returned to a pond near Langley, B.C., as part of captive breeding at the Greater Vancouver Zoo to help save an endangered native population. The program is one of a growing number across Canada, last-ditch efforts to stave off local extinctions of everything from butterflies to caribou. Captive breeding programs vary widely. Some release young born to captive animals, some collect eggs from the wild and return the hatchlings, while others protect pregnant females until they give birth. But despite all the good intentions there are some who fear the programs can become sops to a public concerned about species loss, yet not concerned enough to change how it acts.———ATWOOD STAR OF FALL SEASON, SAY BOOK WATCHERSIndustry watchers say it’s the international literary event of the season, and in a rare feat, the spotlight will be on a Canadian author. With Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to 1985’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” to hit shelves on Sept. 10, the publisher and booksellers say the hype for “The Testaments” has already translated into strong preorders, early awards acclaim and sold-out events to celebrate the release. Atwood will ring in the book’s midnight launch at an event in London, England, that will be beamed to more than 1,000 screens worldwide, including in Cineplex theatres across Canada. She’ll then set off on a book tour that includes 10 Canadian stops.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Small Business minister Mary Ng in Fredericton to announce investments in women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada.— Vice Admiral Mark Norman trial begins in Ottawa.— Andrew Berry stands trial in Vancouver for the second-degree murder of his daughters.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Victoria to announce support for Canada’s conservation efforts and fight against climate change. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yannick Bisson of Murdoch Mysteries fame is selling his East York house

first_img Twitter Yannick Bisson, who plays detective William Murdoch on CBC’s long-running Murdoch Mysteries, has one of the most familiar faces in Canadian television. Because of that, one might assume he’d have a home in Rosedale, Forest Hill or some other super-rich enclave, but that’s not the case.In 2007, before the first season of Murdoch had aired, he and his wife, Shantelle, bought a bungalow in East York. They paid $440,000. Five years later, with the show a success, they considered moving elsewhere. “What we realized is a lot of homes were being built by builders, to be flipped,” says Shantelle, who is a writer. “They didn’t have the attention to detail that we knew we could have if we built our own home.” So they tore down the bungalow and hired Gordon Ridgley Architects to build them a custom modern mansion on the exact same spot. They listed the home for sale earlier this month, with an asking price of $2,987,500.The Bissons are selling because they’re ready to move on. Their three daughters have all moved out of the family home, and Yannick and Shantelle are spending their winters in Los Angeles and their summers in a newly built cottage in the Kawarthas. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Mass shootings give rise to bulletresistant backpacks

NEW YORK — Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents’ worst fears.Skyline USA’s founder says he started offering bullet-resistant backpacks for children last year and sold out of them several times after the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The founder of TuffyPacks says his backpacks could be the difference between suffering “lethal versus non lethal” injuries.But some say the companies are driven by profit while others question whether the backpacks will protect their children.Safety is high on the minds of many parents, especially after two back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio that left 31 people dead.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Defense anchoring Ohio State mens basketballs success

It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota. read more

Women dont want chips when they see a goodlooking man say scientists

first_img@thetimes Sod the salad, give me the chips! What silly women – define handsome? Pass me the tomato sauce whilst you’re at it…— Sarah (@sarahalex70) March 9, 2017 Many women have been left unimpressed by the results of a scientific study which claims women don’t want to eat chips when they see a good-looking man.Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark published their findings in the research Journal Food Quality and Preference, and said women prefer low-calorie foods when in front of someone they are attracted to.People have taken to social media to rubbish the claims, saying they fancy chips all the time and that they would rather have both fast food and the attentions of a good-looking fellow. Researchers tell a different story; they carried out five experiments to investigate “mate attraction” and found that while men splash out on expensive food and drinks to boost their status, women opt for salad leaves over a burger.Tobias Otterbring, who authored the study, said: “This research reveals how, why and when appearance-induced mate attraction leads to sex-specific consumption preferences for various food and beverages.”The most valued characteristics men seek in a female mate are beauty and health, whereas status and wealth are the top priorities for women.”He then made the unorthodox claim that fast food restaurants should hire good-looking men to encourage women to choose healthier alternatives. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. … who are these women? Chips > salad every time 🍟🥗 https://t.co/68YCz8TCu1— Cristina Criddle (@CristinaCriddle) March 9, 2017 hands up if you’re gonna order chips around men always so they get a complex https://t.co/uVzpPCfUyr— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) March 9, 2017 women don’t fancy men when they see good-looking chips pic.twitter.com/eHmpF0KKc6— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) March 9, 2017last_img read more

Gardeners hope to win over Britain in Bloom judges via their stomachs

Families have become involved in the initiative Credit:RHS Families have become involved in the initiative  Contestants in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition are hoping to win judges over with their stomachs, swapping flowers for tomatoes and kale.Judges for the largest horticultural competition in the UK, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, have noticed that a bulk of this year’s 71 finalists have opted to grow fruit and vegetables rather than ornamental blooms.The contest, now in its 55th year, features gardening communities from all over the country,from tiny Green Moor in Yorkshire with a population of just 90 to the high-rise business district of Canary Wharf in London’s docklands.The gardens hope to give back to the community, and locals have grown edible goods in public spaces for people to help themselves to, and for donations to food banks.Notable and impressive examples include the city of Bath’s tiered planters featuring tomatoes, chard and herbs mixed with flowers such as fuchsias and petunias, and the green-fingered contestants in Llandudno, who have recently planted an orchard for the public to help themselves to fresh fruit. Chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, Darren Share said: “Twenty years ago I was seeing swathes of geraniums but now many groups are swapping traditional formal bedding and floral hanging baskets for a mix of flowers and edibles in all sorts of unusual places. I’ve seen restaurants growing hanging baskets filled with herbs and tumbling tomatoes, allotments on roofs and potatoes being grown in containers made from tyres.”While taste is not a category for the judges to decide on, they do look forward to nibbling on the home-grown delights of the public town gardens.Mr Share added: : “Plants often look as good as they taste, from colourful Swiss chard to purple-flowered chives and blossom on apple trees, and growing them with ornamental flowers has other benefits.  Not only does it attract pollinators, vital for fertilising many types of crop, but it can help ward off certain pests, under-planting tomatoes with French marigolds for example to prevent aphid attacks.   “In the case of Britain in Bloom judging the proof of the pudding isn’t in the tasting – it’s all about the skill and dedication to the task – but we’re often lucky enough to sample some of the communities’ home-grown delights.”BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom returns for a second series in the spring with Chris Bavin visiting communities as they prepare for judging. This year’s groups include three national finalists – Pateley Bridge in Yorkshire, and Llandudno and Prestatyn, both in Wales.Tackling global warming has become a trend in the competition over recent years, with the Cornish town of Truro winning last year after planting heatwave-resistant cacti and succulents. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Higher child cyclist and pedestrian road fatalities this year

first_imgTHE LATEST GARDA and Road Safety Authority figures show a rise in road fatalities in the first seven months of this year.Five more people died on Irish roads between January and July 2014 when compared to figures for the same period of last year.There were 104 fatal collisions, in which 113 people died.The figures show an ‘alarming increase’ in the number of child, cyclist and pedestrian casualties, according to a joint Garda and RSA statement on the figures.Pedestrians account for the highest proportion of vulnerable road user deaths, with 23 killed (an increase of nine deaths on the same period of 2013). In eighteen of the 19 cases where information was available, the pedestrian was familiar with the area in which the collision occured.The figures show a higher number of deaths among pedestrians aged over 65 and under 15.In the first seven months of this year, 13 children aged under 16 died, of which seven children were pedestrians and six were car passengers. Across all 12 months of last year, seven children died.Nine cyclists have died on Irish roads, compared with five across all of last year.Last year’s spike in motorcycle casualties has continued into this year, with 15 motorcyclists killed in collisions.The one area with an improved record was driver deaths, which fell from 55 deaths for the January-July period of 2013 to 45 this year.Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe appealed to road users to “take greater care on the roads and to “understand the consequences of failing to do so.”“It could mean the loss of your licence, heartbreak and anguish for our loved ones or God forbid the stigma of being responsible for someone’s death or debilitating injury,” he added.Road Safety Authority CEO Moyagh Murdock said: It is frightening to think that on the basis of the first half of 2014, more people could die this year compared to last. And of course 2013 saw the first jump in roads deaths since 2005. Out of respect for those who have been killed and maimed, we simply have to do all in our power to put a halt to this unacceptable loss of life.Chief Superintendent Michael O’ Sullivan, Garda National Traffic Bureau reminded road users that simple things that road users do or don’t do, such as wearing a seatbelt, could “very much determine whether you live or die if a collision occurs”.Two-year-old boy killed after being hit by van in Tipperary >Drivers caught speeding today will get more penalty points under new rules >last_img read more

Wacoms Inkling turns pen and paper sketches into digital artwork

first_imgWacom is very well known in the field of digital art peripherals. Not only does the company offer up a wide range of pen tablets, but it also created the Cintiq, an interactive pen display artists can draw on directly just like a sheet of paper.Wacom’s latest product has the potential to both revolutionize and open up digital sketching to a wider audience by allowing you to draw on any sheet of paper while still managing to capture a digital version of your pen strokes.It is called the Inkling and takes the form of a self-contained kit consisting of a receiver and a pen. The receiver clips on to the edge of the paper you intend to draw on and maintains a link to the pen using an ultrasonic and infrared link. As the user draws, the receiver records the strokes being made to form an image, meaning you end up with both the hard copy from the ink cartridge the pen contains as well as the digital version the receiver records. The pen has 1024 levels of pressure which also get recorded.The Inkling works with paper up to A4 in size with the only limitation being a 2cm dead zone around the receiver. No limitation exists on the type of paper used meaning you can attach the Inkling to a sketchbook, single sheet, or any old scrap of paper you like. There’s also a button on the receiver that allows the addition of new layers, a feature used extensively in applications such as Adobe Photoshop.Both the receiver and the pen have rechargeable batteries that are charged over USB when sitting inside the Inkling storage case. A full charge takes 3 hours and gives the user 8 hours of drawing time.Once a drawing or drawings are complete the included Sketch Manager Software allows you to export them to Photoshop, Illustrator, or Autodesk Sketchbook directly as vector images. Alternatively you can save them out in BMP, JPG, PDF, PNG, SVG, or TIFF formats. Just like with charging, the image transfer is handled over a USB connection when the receiver is in the storage case.Considering what the Inkling allows you to do the $199 price tag doesn’t seem at all high to me. If you want one, you only have to wait until the middle of September when Wacom expects to have stock available.Read more at Wacom, via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Apophis asteroid to pass close to Earth today

first_imgIf you’re a fan of asteroids, then the name 99942 Apophis will likely mean something to you. It’s an 885-foot-wide asteroid assumed to weigh around 2,727kg 2.7 x 1010kg. When it was discovered back in 2004 there was a relatively high (2.7 percent) chance this huge asteroid would hit the Earth on April 13, 2029. But later observations ruled that out, however it does remain a potential future threat.Today, at around about 7pm EST, Apophis is set to closely pass the Earth. By close, I mean within 9 million miles. Astronomers hope this relatively close pass will allow them to take a radar ranging, which will then allow them to better predict the location of the asteroid right up to 2070.After today’s pass things get a little more worrying, though. The 2029 pass will be much closer at just 30,000km and within range of some satellites. It’s also close enough that most people (in Europe, Africa, and western Asia) will be able to see it in the sky using binoculars.Predicted April 13, 2029 Apophis Earth approachPassing so close to Earth will also have a major impact on Apophis’ trajectory, and could allow the asteroid to pass through a half-mile-wide gravitational keyhole setting it up for an impact with Earth in 2036. The chances of that happening are tiny though, and a lot depends on the 2029 pass.If Apophis did hit Earth the effects would depend a lot on its composition, but the impact is estimated to be the equivalent of 510 megatons. That would do significant damage to an area thousands of square kilometers in size, but would have no long term global effects.We should know more once the pass today happens and new calculations are made. Then we’ll definitely know if an impact will happen after the 2029 pass, at which point action will have to be taken to divert it if necessary.More at Independent.ie and Wikipedialast_img read more