first_imgEVERTON (4-1-3-2)HOWARD,COLEMAN, STONES, MORI, BAINES,BARRY,DEULOFEU, CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY,KONE, LUKAKUTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)KANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, LAMELA,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTottenham Hotspur arrive at Goodison Park in fourth place, just one point behind third-placed Manchester City. They have lost only two games this season, equal lowest in the Barclays Premier League with Leicester. They have also conceded only 15 goals, the fewest in the division.Everton, meanwhile, have dropped to 11th following two defeats in their last three games, including Monday’s dramatic 4-3 reverse against Stoke City. At Goodison Park, Everton have won just three, yet they have also scored 22 home goals, the most in the division.Spurs will hope that Erik Lamela maintains his good record; the Argentine has scored four goals in his past five games in all competitions for Tottenham. And team-mate Harry Kane scored 29 goals in 2015.Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is enjoying an equally rich vein of form; he has 18 goals in all competitions so far and has 11 in his last 10 games, scoring in nine.And while there are proven goalscorers involved, a draw is the favoured result given the history of this fixture. In 23 previous Goodison Park clashes, no fewer than 10 have been drawn (including five at 0-0).Tottenham have won on eight occasions including last season – when Kane got the winner.But when they met at White Hart Lane in August it finished 0-0, with Spurs extended their unbeaten run against Everton home and away to six games.Everton give tests to Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka while Tottenham have a doubt over Moussa Dembele.last_img read more

Insulating the Roof of a Bonus Room

first_imgHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Installing Fiberglass Right From Building Science Corp.: Unvented RoofsPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationDo I Need a Vapor Retarder?Vapor Retarders and Vapor Barriers Andrew K has a project that should ring a bell with lots of homeowners: What’s the best way of insulating a room over the garage so it becomes useful, conditioned space?Andrew lives in Massachusetts, in Climate Zone 5A, and would like to turn the space, what real estate agents used to call a “bonus room,” into an office. The roof is framed with 2×8 rafters and already has both soffit and ridge vents, but no insulation whatsoever.“I have looked at closed-cell [spray foam] insulation, but quotes have come in at about $5,000-$6,000 to insulate the entire roof deck,” Andrew writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “So I’m looking for cheaper alternatives.”What he’s got in mind is adding fiberglass batt insulation to the rafter bays, leaving a 1-in. space for ventilation, plus 2 in. of rigid foam on the interior, then drywall.Should Andrew install a vapor barrier? Should he be using faced batts? And which kind of rigid foam insulation would be the best choice, extruded polystyrene (XPS) or polyisocyanurate? RELATED MULTIMEDIA Are AccuVents a problem?Matt Zahorik, facing a similar building problem at this southern New Hampshire home, wonders whether the use of AccuVents might pose a moisture problem.“Do you have a concern,” he asks Holladay, “in this setup that the AccuVent represents a vapor barrier, thus having a vapor barrier above and below the batts, giving the batts nowhere to dry should moisture be driven in?” he asks. “Would something like Tyvek on top of all or part of the batts but below the venting space act as an air barrier but allow vapor permeability?”“I still think AccuVents can work fine,” Holladay says, “and here’s why: moisture problems in cathedral ceiling bays are almost always due to ceiling air leaks, not vapor diffusion. If you can make your ceiling airtight (or close to airtight), you’re not going to have moisture problems.“The small amount of moisture that enters cathedral ceiling bays via vapor diffusion is absorbed by the rafters. The rafters distribute the moisture, which evaporates from the tops of the rafters into the ventilation gap at the top of the rafters.”Dorsett isn’t so sure.“I’m not totally convinced the extremely low permeance of AccuVent won’t be a problem if you have an actual air leak into the insulation from the interior side,” he says. “It’s not a simple thing to model, but it could be tested. With more permeable baffles the assembly becomes more resilient.” Air baffles and an air barrierWhat if, Andrew wonders, he used a rock-wool batt, rated at R-23 at a thickness of 5 1/2 inches? Would he need baffles between the top of the batt and the roof deck to preserve the ventilation channel? Or are the batts rigid enough on their own?Rock wool insulation is air-permeable, Holladay replies, and it requires an air barrier on the top.“The air barrier separates the warm air held between the insulation fibers from the cold air passing through your ventilation gap,” he says. “Your ventilation baffles need to be installed in an airtight manner, because these baffles are your top-side air barrier.”In addition to AccuVent baffles, there are a number of options, including plywood, OSB, cardboard, and rigid foam. “Your suggested material — 1-inch XPS — probably has a high enough R-value and a high enough permeance to keep you out of trouble,” Holladay says.Not quite, replies Dorsett.Although rock wool is air permeable, he says, “from a moisture transport point of view, but (unlike low-density fiberglass), rock wool batting is sufficiently air-retardant to not lose performance to convection, and will pretty much perform at its specified R-value as long as there is an air barrier on at least ONE side of the assembly.”The same can be said of high-density cathedral ceiling fiberglass, Dorsett says. It doesn’t hurt to have an air barrier on the top side, it’s not as important here as it might be in other assemblies.“Where it’s simple to add a top-side air barrier, go for it, but don’t sweat it where it’s difficult/awkward/impossible,” Dorsett says. “If it’s wide-open, using strips or chunks of 2-inch foam as spacers to the roof deck and 1 to 3 inch EPS rough-cut to fit, sealed at the edges with canned spray foam, works pretty well. EPS is preferred, since it’s 3 to 5 times as vapor-permeable as XPS.”Filling the rafter bays with closed-cell foam is expensive and risky, he adds, because it would create a “moisture trap” for the roof deck, “between fairly impermeable roofing and barely permeable foam.” Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers More ventilation, better insulationBoth GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay and Dana Dorsett would opt for a ventilation gap greater than 1 inch gap that Andrew is planning, but they recommend slightly different approaches to insulating the rafter bays.First, says Holladay, a 2-inch gap will be better than 1 inch. As far as insulating the rafter bays, he writes, dense-packed cellulose insulation will perform better than fiberglass batts, and polyiso insulation is more environmentally friendly than XPS.“If you install 1×3 or 1×4 strapping (furring strips) on the underside of the polyiso,” Holladay adds, “you’ll have an easier time installing the drywall. And if you choose foil-faced polyiso, the air space will provide additional R-value to the roof assembly.”Dorsett suggests the code minimum is 1 1/2 inch when using vent channels, although that’s not enough on low-slope roofs.“Standard rock wool batts or high-density ‘cathedral ceiling’ batts can work if installed to near perfection,” Dorsett says. “Dense-packing cellulose in a vented assembly is damned-near impossible to achieve without adding something both rigid and vapor permeable to maintain the the vent channel without it collapsing due to the pressure while dense packing.”One alternative, Dorsett says is a “flash-inch” of closed-cell spray foam on the underside of the roof deck, followed by dense-packed cellulose. In this case, the roof would be unvented.“This does not meet the letter of the code,” he adds, “but there is ample evidence that it works… If you go unvented you can’t use foil facers on any interior-side foam. Fiberglass-faced roofing polyiso would work. EPS would be fine too. XPS has a heavy greenhouse footprint (heavier per inch than closed-cell foam) but that too would cut it. If XPS, 2 inches is the absolute max, or it becomes too vapor retardant.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA Technical Director Peter Yost sees it:First of all, Martin Holladay already has a great GBA blog on this topic: “How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling.”By all reports, the vapor permeability of in-place 3-tab asphalt roofing shingles is quite low, most likely a Class II vapor retarder (0.1 – 1.0 perms). That means either this cathedral roof assembly must either dry to the interior, or one side of the roof sheathing must be ventilated (with soffit-to-ridge venting).Whether or not you choose an unvented or a vented cathedral roof assembly is way less important than getting the details right for the water, air, and thermal barriers in the assembly. It’s hard to get building scientists to agree on the required depth of cathedral roof assembly venting, but they all agree that workmanship — the quality of the insulation, air sealing, and venting — is quite often the key.And let’s not forget that drying potential, particularly in roof assemblies, is about protecting against all three types of wetting: bulk water (roof leaks), air leakage, and vapor by diffusion. As you specify each component of the roof assembly, worry about the assembly details in that order.Finally, there is considerable variation in vapor permeability of EPS insulation by type; the permeability essentially varies according to the foam’s density. It’s important to keep that in mind when considering the roof assembly’s vapor profile or directional drying potential. Those questions are the start of this Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Former India spinner Anil Kumble replaces Clive Lloyd as chairman of ICC’s cricket committee

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) board unanimously agreed to the appointment of former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of its cricket committee here on Thursday.Kumble, 41, who has 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets to his name, succeeds former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who led the committee since 2008.”In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator because of his association with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). I am sure he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring contemporary thinking to the committee and understand clearly the issues facing the modern game,” ICC president Alan Isaac said, commenting on the appointment.Isaac also admired outgoing chairman Lloyd’s work. “I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC cricket committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman.”The ICC media release added that two members of the present panel — former Australia captain Mark Taylor and ICC statistician Davin Kendix — have got a one-year extension while former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop has voluntarily stepped down. On his way out, Bishop nominated the recently-retired England captain Andrew Strauss as his replacement, which was accepted by the ICC board.last_img read more

Harry Kane, Pep Guardiola September’s best of Premier League

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was named player of the month after scoring six goals in four league games.The 24-year-old opened his domestic account for the season with a brace in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Everton on Sept. 9, but failed to find the net as his side were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Swansea City in their next league game.Kane got back on track the following weekend with another double as Tottenham ran out 3-2 winners at West Ham United before adding two more goals in their 4-0 demolition of promoted Huddersfield Town on Sept. 30.”I’m very pleased to have got this award again. Hopefully there will be a few more from now until the end of the season,” Kane said in a video posted on the Tottenham Twitter account after claiming the award for the fifth time.Kane’s fifth win drew him level with Everton’s Wayne Rooney and former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. Only former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has more wins than the trio, with six in total.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was named Premier League manager of the month for September on Friday after guiding the club to four wins from four games.Photo Credit: Reuters City, who top the table on 19 points and are ahead of local rivals Manchester United on goal difference after seven games, began the month with a 5-0 thumping of Liverpool before beating Watford 6-0 away and Crystal Palace 5-0 at home.Guardiola’s team, who host Stoke City on Saturday, rounded off their clean sweep in September with a hard fought 1-0 victory at defending champions Chelsea to take their total to 17 goals scored with none conceded during the month.advertisementThe Spaniard fended off competition from fellow nominees Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger to claim the award for the second time since taking charge of City last season.last_img read more

$200 Million Spent to Upgrade Beaches

first_img The Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 30. Story Highlights He said these beaches include the Mount Salem Beach in St. Ann, at a cost of $26 million; Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary, $38.3 million; Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas, $49.6 million; Boston Beach in Portland, $27.8 million, and the beautification of the area leading to Winnifred Beach in Portland at a cost of $35 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government has spent $200 million in recent times to upgrade various beach facilities across the island, under the Beach Development Programme, in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).He said these beaches include the Mount Salem Beach in St. Ann, at a cost of $26 million; Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary, $38.3 million; Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas, $49.6 million; Boston Beach in Portland, $27.8 million, and the beautification of the area leading to Winnifred Beach in Portland at a cost of $35 million.The Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 30.“Work undertaken at these facilities includes the installation and renovation of gazebos, restrooms, wash-off stands, parking facilities, landscaping work, construction of guardhouses and the upgrading of sewage treatment plants,” Mr. Bartlett said.He noted that the Government has spent the funds for the development of amenities in and around resort areas to ensure that tourism development in Jamaica is truly inclusive, and will benefit both locals and visitors alike.“The TEF is looking at several other beaches for development and or upgrade work, thereby dramatically expanding public access over coming months and years,” the Minister said.“It is important to note that we [the Government] are committed to the strengthening of community tourism as we believe that this is where the essence of the experiences lies. It is also the heartbeat of the real Jamaica and represents a strong and appealing feature of the tourism product. An increasing number of people are demanding local experiences by interacting with the ordinary Jamaican in their communities,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said the Government decided to provide nearly $300 million to create authentic tourism experiences in 63 communities across Jamaica.Each Member of Parliament will be allocated at least $4 million to work in conjunction with the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo) in designing and implementing those projects during this fiscal year. These projects could include restoration and repurposing of unused assets for income generation. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government has spent $200 million in recent times to upgrade various beach facilities across the island, under the Beach Development Programme, in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).last_img read more

Every Entrepreneur Can Make Life Easier With These 5 iOS 8 Apps

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read October 1, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As iOS 8 continues to extend out into the mainstream, app developers around the world are cranking out their updates to make the best use of the operating system. For entrepreneurs, that promises increased productivity, time saved and maybe even better bottom lines. Here are five apps recently released for iOS 8 that should be on every entrepreneur’s iPhone or iPad.Related: 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users1. Evernote. This go-to note-taking app that helps you remember everything is already a must for every entrepreneur. For iOS 8, Evernote does all it has done in the past, but also takes advantage of the Notification Center where you can create different kinds of notes. Plus, there’s an extension in Safari that allows you to save as a note whatever you’re browsing.2. Kashoo. If you’re at the helm of your business’ accounting, the new Kashoo app will make one of the least sexy aspects of running a business perhaps a little less unsexy. For iOS 8, Action Extension let’s you pull stuff, such as an image of a receipt, into Kashoo in the same way that you would email, text, print or AirDrop it. That means no more jumping back and forth between Camera/Photos and Kashoo.3. OmniFocus 2. Task management is the bane of the entrepreneurial existence. (OK, it’s one of the banes.) OmniFocus 2 aims to make your day-to-day easier. Specifically related to iOS 8, you can now get a quick grip on your to-dos right in the Today section of the the Notification Center. Yes, it’s a $20 app, but if that’s what it costs to GTD (get things done), that’s a deal.Related: With iOS 8 Update, Apple Will No Longer Provide User Data to Police4. Flipboard. Flipboard is a great way to pull in all your various news and social feeds and its fresh-for-iOS 8 release gives users even more flexibility. Similar to Evernote’s new feature, you can push whatever you’re looking at (i.e., a webpage, photos, etc.) to Flipboard just by hitting the Share icon and selecting Flipboard.5. LinkedIn. My unscientific guess is that most entrepreneurs use LinkedIn more than Facebook and Twitter combined. Want to check who’s viewed your profile? No need to open up the LinkedIn app. You can see it in the Notification Center. Link sharing is much more convenient now, too. Plus, you can accept connection requests from your phone’s lock screen the same way you’d respond to an iMessage or text message.Interestingly, many apps coming out with their iOS8-ready releases are focusing on minimizing the number of times you need to actually open the app. It’s all about saving time for users by executing tasks from the Notification Center or an Extension. That’s a good thing for busy entrepreneurs.Related: A Quick Guide to Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemitelast_img read more

Precalculated commission maximums with Royal Scenics new booking engine

first_img Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Royal Scenic, Technologycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Pre-calculated commission maximums with Royal Scenic’s new booking engine TORONTO — Royal Scenic’s new online booking engine, at royalscenic.com, is for the exclusive use of travel agents across Canada.“We are very proud to introduce an online booking engine that includes all of the best features available in the industry. From a content, speed and search result criteria, I believe ours is the top air consolidator online booking engine in Canada today, and we will continue to enhance it to ensure it will always meet the needs of travel professionals,” says Dmitry Kharlap, Royal Scenic’s Director of Software Development.The new booking engine has been designed for better productivity and efficiency, and promises to improve the experience for all travel professionals who use it, says Royal Scenic. Some of the highlights of the new booking engine include:A modern yet functional and user-friendly interface;Advanced payment features such as pre-calculated commission maximums for charges on credit cards and airline based modes of payment;Numerous search filtering options allowing agents to zero in on specific flights;Only engine in the market to offer a responsive design, allowing agents to work from their mobile phones and tablets;An ability to view the most current info that is synchronized with GDS; andAccess to the best net, dynamic discounted and published fares as well as the most comprehensive fare rules and actual baggage policies.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Our team has worked very hard to create not only a state-of-the-art booking engine that provides the agent community with access to our stable of top tier airline contracts, but a system with features that help our partners provide their customers with exceptional service by allowing them access to information otherwise inaccessible through traditional means or that required sophisticated knowledge of the GDS to access. Our system allows the agent to focus on servicing their customer base and closing the sale rather than servicing the booking,” said Royal Scenic VP Mike Baxter.Royal Scenic is holding three monthly draws to celebrate the launch of the new online booking engine, in April, May and June. Agents who make bookings using the new booking engine will be entered for a chance to win free air tickets to Mexico, Asia and almost anywhere Qatar Airways flies.Royal Scenic is also inviting agents to join one of its upcoming webinars to learn more about the new booking engine. The first webinar takes place March 29 at 1 p.m. EST, and another will be held on April 12 at 1 p.m. EST. Participants who participate in the April webinar will receive five bonus entries for the April lucky draw. To register visit bit.ly/royalscenic_webinar.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoNew agents can sign up at royalscenic.com/sign-up_new.html. For more information, agents can also call Royal Scenic at 1-888-302-8886 (Eastern Canada), 1-877-630-8882 (Quebec) or 1-877-736-6028 (Western Canada) or email at [email protected]last_img read more