Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can Dry

first_imgToday’s walls, roofs, and floors are better insulated, tighter, and made with a much greater variety of components than they used to be, making them a lot more susceptible to moisture problems when they get wet. Compared to the old days, today’s walls and ceilings are more complicated and can be very slow to dry.Poorly crafted building codes are blamed for many examples of confusion, and the confusion over vapor retarders and vapor barriers is no exception. To design and build energy efficient and durable building assemblies, following the code is not enough. We need a new approach — such as the vapor profile.What is a vapor profile?A vapor profile is an assessment of the vapor permeabilities of each component in a building assembly (a wall, ceiling, or roof). This assessment determines the assembly’s drying potential and its drying direction. The vapor profile shows whether the building assembly protects itself from getting wet and how it dries when it gets wet.“Moisture profile” might be a better term than “vapor profile,” because winning the moisture battle means keeping track of all phases or expressions of water. But vapor profile ties the term to “vapor retarder” and “vapor barrier,” terms that focus on that one layer and whether that layer restricts wetting by vapor diffusion. Vapor profile is about all layers and is as much about drying as it is about wetting.Four steps to a vapor profileExamining the vapor profile is a 4-step process:1. Determine the vapor permeability of each componentThis can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Various building product manufacturers are not consistent in the ways they measure and report vapor permeability. Different standardized tests are used for different products. Also, the vapor permeability of many building materials is not constant — it can change as the material’s moisture content rises or falls.Make sure that you get numbers for every material or component in your assembly, and obtain the actual test used and units reported. A good start is the Building Materials Property Table from BSC.2. Identify the least vapor permeable component(s)It’s important to identify the component or components that most restricts the wetting and drying potential of the assembly. To understand the robustness or sensitivity of the assembly to moisture accumulation, it’s important to know how many low-permeance materials there are, and where they are located.I suggest following the vapor retarder class system established by Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation:Class I Vapor Retarder (vapor barrier): less than or equal to 0.1 permsClass II Vapor Retarder: less than or equal to 1 perm and greater than 0.1 permsVapor III Vapor Retarder: greater than 1 perm but less than 10 permsThis classification is based on results from ASTM E-96 A (the dessicant or dry cup method). Any material greater than 10 perms is considered vapor permeable.NOTE: The next two steps are not really sequential; you consider them together because they tell you about how to keep things from getting wet and also about letting them dry when they do get wet.3. Assess the extent and direction of vapor driveYou need to consider the following:a. Outdoor conditions, including temperature and relative humidity. It’s important to know how extreme and sustained the expected temperature differences are (with respect to the building interior). For more information, see Climate Consultant 4.b. Indoor conditions — Interior moisture loads, interior setpoints and the type and extent of space conditioning (active heating, cooling, humidification and dehumidification, ventilation).The question you are trying to answer is: Do I need a vapor retarder somewhere in the assembly to restrict the movement of vapor INTO the assembly?4. Assess the moisture storage capacity and drying potential of the assemblyThe next question you are trying to answer is: Do I have at least one way for vapor to GET OUT of the assembly?An assembly with two vapor retarders or barriers on opposite sides of the assembly means that there is little to no drying potential in either direction. That can be a real problem brewing unless you design and detail for extraordinary moisture management protecting this assembly from wetting.Example 1 – an acceptable vapor profileIn this example, we have taken a representative GBA wall construction detail and assigned actual materials for each component of the assembly. [Click to enlarge] This wall can only dry to the outside. It is more risky. Step 1: Assess vapor permeabilitiesHow do you determine the vapor permeability of your building materials?In this example, all of the numbers came from the BSC table mentioned earlier.Note that two numbers are in quotes. In the case of the air space it means that vapor moves so freely in air that it is as vapor permeable as it gets.In the case of wood siding, the quotes indicate an “equivalent” vapor permeability. This means that although the lab test of a piece of wood siding (pine, in this case) may yield a vapor permeability of around 2.5 or so, all the gaps between the installed wood clapboards in a wall assembly permit enough air circulation in between clapboards that the effective permeability is MUCH higher (35).NOTE: If you can’t find the numbers you need in this table, you will have to search the Web or contact the manufacturer and tell them you need this information or you can’t use their product. That should get their attention.Step 2: Identify the least permeable componentAfter you have all the numbers, it is pretty easy to pick the one, or maybe two, most restrictive layers in the wall assembly, in terms of vapor permeability.Note that 1 inch of XPS insulation at 1 perm is NOT vapor impermeable. However, it is the most restrictive, which means that MOST drying will take place to its interior or exterior. Also note that the near vapor impermeability of the oil-based paint is managed or overridden by the air space and the functional or equivalent vapor permeabilty of the wood siding as installed (with lots of little air gaps).Step 3: Assess the vapor drive(s)We don’t know what the interior and exterior temperature/relative humidity regimes for this assembly are; we have not picked a location or interior conditions — but…Step 4: Assess storage and drying capacity…since there is such great drying potential on either side of the XPS, this assembly is well-suited to a wide range of climatic, site, and interior conditions.Example 2 – An unacceptable vapor profileIn this second example, we have another representative GBA wall construction detail and again assigned actual materials for each component of the assembly. [Click to enlarge] This wall can dry in OR out. Step 1: Assess vapor permeabilitiesAgain we have taken vapor permeability numbers from the BSC Building Materials Property Table.Step 2: Identify the least permeable componentWe have two layers that are essentially vapor barriers, stopping all moisture from getting INTO and OUT OF the wall assembly. And the problem is that the two layers encase much of the building assembly.Steps 3 and 4: Assess the vapor drive(s), storage, and drying capacityEven without assessing the vapor drives, this assembly is likely to be a problem in ANY climate or interior conditions. If (or rather when) this assembly gets wet, it has very little drying potential. It would take nearly perfect design and construction details and very little moisture drive to keep this assembly from failing.Let’s look more closely at Step 3 (keeping the assembly from getting wet) and Step 4 (letting it dry when it gets wet). If at all possible, we want to change one of the two restrictive layers to give the assembly more drying potential. But which one?If this building is located in the hot-humid south, where the prevailing vapor drive is from the outside in, it is probably better to keep the foil-faced insulation and lose the vinyl wallpaper.If this building is located in the far north, where the prevailing moisture drive comes during the winter from the inside, we might want to pick a rigid insulation product that is more vapor-permeable.Moisture analysis beyond vapor profilingThe examples look at two extremes; we didn’t really assess the vapor drive and moisture storage capacity of the various assemblies.The vapor profile method is qualitative. It is quite possible that you want a more definitive analysis, because you really don’t know how the assembly will perform in your climate, at your site, with your interior conditions.For a more exacting answer to this question, you have two options: consult with a building scientist who has enough practical experience to review your design and weigh in with an expert opinion; or turn to a more quantitative analytical tool.The tool that many building scientists use is a software program called WUFI (a German acronym based on the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, where the program was first developed). The software allows you to specify your assembly, pick your local climate and interior conditions, and then run a four-year analysis to see how the assembly handles moisture, wetting, and drying.WUFI tends to be a conservative tool (it “fails” assemblies and conditions more often than real-world experience suggests), and so is often more useful in the hands of experienced building scientists than lay folks like builders and architects.A closing noteI am not sure where the term “vapor profile” came from. I learned to use the term during my time at Building Science Corporation when I was trying to document the way in which Dr. Joseph Lstiburek assesses buildings as part of a Building America project.last_img read more

The case for the samosa as national snack

first_imgThere was a debate recently on what should be India’s national dish or item of food. Someone came up with the tasteless (pun intended) and absurd idea of khichdi. Really? This bland and colourless mishmash of rice and lentils as our national food? All it does is to remind you of your sick- bay days when you were advised by doctors and sadistic members of your family to consume it because it is “light” and “easily digested”.On the one hand you are bed-ridden with no contact with the outside world and not much to look forward to for the day, and then comes khichdi. A watery mixture of overcooked cereals, the fun-sucking stuff that still tastes bland even after copious amounts of desi ghee and heaps of mango achaar. I vote a thunderous no! for khichdi.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

Lenovo K6 Power battery-centric phone to launch in India today

first_imgLenovo will launch the battery-centric phone, the K6 Power in India today. The company is set to host a press conference in the national capital at 2.30PM IST where it will take the wraps off its new smartphone. The company has already confirmed that the K6 Power will be a Flipkart-exclusive in India.”We are the number one online smartphone brand in India with 1 out of 4 shoppers choosing to buy a Lenovo or Moto smartphone, and Flipkart has partnered us well to achieve this success. We are glad to announce that we have exclusively partnered with Flipkart for the next launch in the popular K series, Lenovo K6 Power and hope to replicate our winning formula again,” Sudhin Mathur, executive director, Lenovo MBG India had recently said confirming the same.The K6 Power comes with a full-metal unibody and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM/16GB memory or 3GB RAM/32GB memory. The dualSIM phone supports expandable storage, 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android Marshmallow OS.It sports a 13-megepaixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.Lenovo launched the 6.4-inch Phab 2 Plus phablet in the Indian market recently at a price tag of Rs 14,999.Also Read: Lenovo launches Phab 2 Plus, comes with 6.4-inch screen & dual 13MP rear camerasThe Phab 2 Plus boasts of an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p display and dual 13-megapixel cameras on the rear. The twin cameras on-board the device enable for fancy Augmented Reality (AR) software tricks that can be implemented post clicking a random shot. The twin cameras are further aided with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The phone also comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.advertisementThe Phab 2 Plus is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT8783 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It also supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 sound technologies.The phablet is backed by a 4,050mAh battery which is non-removable.last_img read more

As cric-world says #ThankYouGauti, here are 16 facts about revered cricketer Gautam Gambhir

first_imgThe Indian international cricketer and recipient of Arjuna award, Gautam Gambhir was born on October 14, 1981.Do you know that Gautam Gambhir was adopted by his grandparents just 18 days after he was born? He has lived with his grandparents since then.16 on Gautam Gambhir you should not overlook:1. Gambhir made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the TVS Cup in 2003. In his third match, he scored 71 and was named Man of the Match2. He made his Test debut in 2004 against Australia in the fourth and last test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy but did not score much.3. His maiden Test century came against Bangladesh in December 2004. Later that year, he made 97 in Zimbabwe but failed to reach 30 against Sri Lanka at home, and as a result, he was dropped from the Test team4. He scored his maiden century, 103 off 97 balls, against Sri Lanka in 2005.5. He played a number of One Day Internationals (ODI) between 2005 and 2007 while he was out of the Test squad6. After he was dropped out of 2007 World Cup for his poor performance, he was given a chance in the ODI on India’s 2007 tour of Bangladesh. Gambhir scored his second century on that tour believing the series could be his last chance, and was subsequently selected for the ODI on India’s tour to Ireland in 2007.7. Gambhir was selected in India’s squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, which was won by India against Pakistan.8. With a list of high scores, Gambhir solidified his place in the Indian Test team in 2008.advertisement9. Opening the batting with Virender Sehwag, he scored 858 runs in seven matches including a double century against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.10. He got involved in a controversy when he elbowed Australian bowler Shane Watson while taking a run. He was subsequently banned for one Test.11. He was named the ICC Test Player of the Year for 2009 and was ranked No 1 batsman in the ICC rankings.12. Gambhir was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils franchise for the Indian Premier League for 7,25,000 USD.13. He was the only player from Delhi Daredevils to score more than 1,000 runs in the IPL at the end of the 2010 Indian Premier League tournament.14. After Delhi Daredevils, he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for 2.4 million USD.15. He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in the year 2008.16. In 2009, he was the number-one ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings. He was also honoured with the ICC Test Player of the Year award in 2009.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Nalcor Energy Inks 3D EM Survey Deal with EMGS

first_imgzoom EMGS has signed a multi-client license agreement with Nalcor Energy, the Provincial Energy Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, for the acquisition of up to 13,500 km2 in a multi-season campaign.The CSEM survey is expected to begin in June of this year and will target the Flemish Pass Basin, where recent major oil discoveries have been made.The survey will collect 4,000km2 of 3D EM data calibrated to these discoveries and will image key prospects in nearby areas. Integrated data delivery will be available in early 2015. This survey is supported by industry pre-funding.“We are very pleased to have Nalcor Energy invest in this important project for Newfoundland and Labrador. Working closely with Nalcor in this large region presents a tremendous opportunity for clients and service providers alike,” stated Roar Bekker, CEO of EMGS. Richard Wright, Manager Exploration of Nalcor Energy, added “The offshore basins of Newfoundland and Labrador are relatively underexplored, particularly in the slope and deepwater. Investing in this calibrated 3D EM survey with EMGS will provide the global industry with a new tool to identify and de-risk new leads and high- grade existing prospects in this frontier area.”Press Release, May 8, 2014last_img read more

Stars To Take Part In Womens March Los Angeles

first_imgWomen’s March Los Angeles has announced a powerful line-up of activists and celebrities for its January 20 event.Women’s March Los Angeles announced today that supporters including Scarlett Johansson, Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard, among others, will take the stage at the March on Saturday, January 20th.Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge are also set to perform. Other special guests include Mayor Eric Garcetti, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles President & CEO Sue Dunlap, Black Lives Matter’s Melina Abdullah, ACLU of Southern California Executive Director Hector Villagra, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and more. Women’s March Los Angeles is part of a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.This year the Women’s March LA Foundation is committed to turning out the vote and hopes to use the power of the upcoming March, along with the work being done by partner organizations, to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November midterm elections. The March will encourage participants to use their vote in order to help build a government that reflects their ideals, and will provide the tools to do so by having voter registration available on-site. Speakers will address important issues such as voter turnout, access, restrictions and intimidation and will discuss a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond.Last year’s inaugural Women’s March was a huge success with an incredible 750,000 Los Angelenos coming together for the cause. Taking place on January 20th in Downtown Los Angeles, this year’s event will feature music, art, community and speakers all aligned with the National Women’s March Unity Principles of ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice. The event will kick off in Pershing Square at 8:30AM with some very special speakers, followed by the March at 10:00AM, which will bring everyone to Grand Park. Festivities are expected to continue until 3:00PM.Tune in for a Facebook Live on Saturday, January 20th to get a real time look as presenters, speakers and performers take the main stage. Here supporters will also be able to donate to the cause directly through Facebook’s donate button. For additional information, please click here and join the conversation on social media by following @wmnsmarchla and using #hearourvote #powertothepolls and #wmla2018.last_img read more

Tensions rise in BC as Kinder Morgan decision looms

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsTensions are rising in British Columbia as First Nation communities await a major milestone from the National Energy Board.The board is expected to make a decision on whether Kinder Morgan is allowed to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.cmckenna@aptn.calast_img

Annan notes with regret US decision to pull out of ABM treaty

A spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement that the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems “has served for many years as a cornerstone for maintaining global peace and security and strategic stability.”The Secretary-General was concerned the “annulation” of the treaty might provoke an arms race, especially in the missile area, and further undermine disarmament and non-proliferation regimes, the spokesman added.”He calls upon all states to explore new binding and irreversible initiatives to avert such unwelcome effects,” the spokesman said.

US business stockpiles grew 03 per cent in May from April though

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies added to their stockpiles in May. But their sales fell for a second straight month, adding to worries that the economy has slowed.Business stockpiles grew 0.3 per cent in May from April, matching April’s increase, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Business sales fell 0.1 per cent in May, matching the April decline.Total stockpiles rose to US$1.58 trillion in May. That’s nearly 20 per cent higher than the low point in September 2009, shortly after the recession ended.When businesses step up restocking, they order more goods. That generally leads to increased factory production and higher economic growth.But stockpile growth largely depends on the spending habits of U.S. consumers. Americans reduced their spending at retail businesses in June for the third straight month. Many consumers are feeling constrained by weak job creation and paltry wage increases.It would take about five weeks to exhaust total stockpiles at the May sales pace. That’s considered a healthy timeframe.Still, many economists now believe economic growth has slowed from the January-March’s lacklustre 1.9 per cent annual pace.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said growth in the April-June quarter likely fell to an annual rate of just 1.5 per cent.For May, stockpiles increased the most at the retail level, a gain of 0.8 per cent. Stockpiles at the wholesale level rose 0.5 per cent, while manufacturing inventories declined 0.2 per cent.Sales in May rose 0.5 per cent at the manufacturing level. But they fell at both the wholesale and retail levels.Wholesale stockpiles account for about 27 per cent of total business inventories. Stockpiles held by retailers make up about one-third of the total and manufacturing inventories represent about 40 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 11:34 am MDT US business stockpiles grew 0.3 per cent in May from April, though sales fell for second month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US business restocking flat in March while sales fall 11 per cent

US business restocking flat in March while sales fall 1.1 per cent, largest drop in 9 months by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2013 10:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses left their stockpiles unchanged in March for a second straight month while their sales fell sharply.The Commerce Department said Monday that business stockpiles showed no increase in March on a seasonally adjusted basis. Businesses hadn’t upped their restocking in February, either. Sales fell 1.1 per cent in March, offsetting a 1 per cent gain in February.A lack of inventory building could slow economic growth because it means businesses are ordering fewer factory-made goods, especially when sales are falling. However, a report on spending at retail businesses in April suggests consumers rebounded after a weak March. That could lead businesses to replenish their shelves this spring.For March, manufacturers and retailers both increased their stockpiles 0.2 per cent, while wholesale businesses cut their inventories 0.3 per cent.All three categories of businesses experienced lower sales in March, leading to the biggest decline since June.A separate Commerce report Monday showed that retail sales bounced back in April. Retail sales edged up a slight 0.1 per cent in April. But sales were much stronger when excluding a steep drop in gas prices. When excluding gas station sales, retail spending rose 0.7 per cent in April.The government also said retail sales in February was slightly stronger than last reported, while March slightly weaker.The government estimated last month that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the January-March quarter. That was up from a growth rate of 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter.Growth accelerated in the first quarter largely because consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in more than two years. But some economists expect growth has slowed slightly in the current April-June quarter to around 2 per cent.Consumers increased their spending in April, despite paying higher Social Security taxes that has reduced their paychecks this year. Their spending will likely add to economic growth in the April-June quarter. Consumer spending makes up roughly 70 per cent of economic activity.Steady job growth could offset some of the impact of the tax increase. The economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April. That’s up from only 138,000 a month in the previous six months. The job gains could provide consumers with more money to offset the impact of the tax increase.Cheaper gas is leaving consumers with more disposable income. The national average price has risen slightly over the past week to $3.58 a gallon. But it is still 21 cents lower than the peak price reached on Feb. 27. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2015 2:54 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,953.66, up 75.55 points):First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 2.54 per cent, to $7.67 on 7.9 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 13 cents, or 4.06 per cent, to $3.33 on 6.4 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up 16 cents, or 1.82 per cent, to $8.95 on 5.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $1.59 on 4.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $10.59 on 4.8 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up nine cents, or 3.04 per cent, to $3.05 on 4.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Up 39 cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $62.05 on 2.1 million shares. Scotiabank is telling employees to get ready for certain offices across the country to close over the next two years as it digitizes a number of functions related to processing documents. The bank says it will open two new hubs in the Toronto area with more advanced technology to handle those tasks.TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI). Trucking, courier services. Up $1.96, or 8.17 per cent, to $25.96 on 775,004 shares. The Montreal-based company, whose customers include Amazon and Google, says it is on track for a big boost in e-commerce related revenues. TransForce anticipates $18 million in revenues this year from providing same-day service in about six markets for Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce player, while the addition of eight to 10 urban markets should almost double its take next year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Serious power steering defect found in several FCA vehicles Transport Canada

‘Serious’ power steering defect found in several FCA vehicles: Transport Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2016 11:52 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Transport Canada says it has identified a “serious safety issue” involving the power steering systems on more than 295,000 vehicles sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.A statement issued Wednesday by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the department has received more than 100 consumer complaints involving the failure of a power steering return hose.Following an investigation, Transport Canada said the loss of power steering assist, along with the potential for a vehicle fire, was a serious safety issue and it notified the manufacturer.Affected models are the 2009-2016 Dodge Journey, the 2011-2013 Chrysler 200, the 2007-2010 Chrysler Sebring and the 2007-2013 Dodge Avenger.Most complaints involve the Dodge Journey and involve more than 187,000 vehicles.But because the other models — a total of more than 108,000 vehicles — have the same technical issues, Transport Canada said it included them in the preliminary determination in the interest of safety.In a posting on its website, Transport Canada said FCA had found that power steering return hoses could fail on certain vehicles when operated in extremely cold climates, causing a hydraulic fluid leak “in close proximity to the exhaust system” and loss of power steering assist.“FCA maintains that a failure of a power steering return hose on the subject vehicles does not represent a safety risk,” the posting says.Transport Canada said that of the 107 consumer complaints it received about the problem, it is aware of two cases where drivers allegedly lost control and three others where smoke was observed.“To date, Transport Canada is not aware of any major injuries or fatalities related to a failure of the described components,” it added.FCA spokesman Eric Mayne confirmed in an email that the company had received the notification and was preparing its response.“Customer safety is paramount at FCA Canada,” Mayne said, adding that “all our vehicles meet or exceed federal safety standards.”He said customers with concerns can contact FCA’s call centre at 1-800-465-2001.Garneau says his department is seeking public feedback on the issue and will make a determination on whether FCA Canada has to issue a notice of safety defect to owners.Under changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act that came into force last year, the transport minister has the power to order companies to issue a recall notice. Previously, only companies could decide to issue a recall notice. read more

Durant And Westbrook Have Never Faced A Defense Like The Spurs

81994Knicks+8.1 Best defensive rating relative to NBA average, single seasons since 1950-51 11964Celtics+10.8 YEARTEAMRELATIVE DEFENSE 32004Spurs+8.8 122016Spurs+7.4 21965Celtics+9.5 61962Celtics+8.5 Defensive rating is points allowed per 100 possessionsSource: BASKETBALL-REFERENCE 71993Knicks+8.3 91961Celtics+7.6 51963Celtics+8.5 112004Pistons+7.5 101962Lakers+7.6 42008Celtics+8.6 In terms of points allowed per 100 possessions, San Antonio gave up just 99.0, which was 12th-best in NBA history and 7.4 points better than the league average. In other words, reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard is leading a unit in hailing range of the string of ’60s-era Celtics teams led by Bill Russell, and right there with the teams that fill out the top 10 all time.Given the Spurs’ dominance this season, it’s no surprise that Durant and Westbrook have never faced a defense like San Antonio’s in their playoff careers. Coming into this series, the toughest D that either has faced belonged to the 2013 Memphis Grizzlies (whose 100.3 defensive rating was 5.6 points/100 better than league average), but that defense gave up 1.9 fewer points per 100 possessions than the 2016 Spurs — more than the difference between the third-ranked Pacers and 10th-ranked Cavs this season. After a less-than-exciting first round in the playoffs, NBA fans can look forward, finally, to sinking their teeth into an epic Spurs-Thunder matchup in round two. OKC’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the best offensive talents in the game, and they’re facing down a 67-win Spurs team with a historically great defense. If there’s good news for the Thunder, however, it’s that Westbrook and Durant have scored just as efficiently against tough defenses in the playoffs as they have against weaker ones. And it may be because of their collective ability to knock down difficult shots.Durant, for instance, frequently knocks down shots few other players can consistently make. As a result, he ranks as the NBA’s third-best shotmaker1For players attempting 500 shots or more in the 2015-16 season. according to quantified shot quality (qSQ), a new SportVU-based statistic that measures the difficulty of each shot by accounting for where the shot was taken, the proximity of the defender and other variables. As a team, the Thunder were the fourth-best shot-making squad, adjusted for the quality of their looks. They don’t always take good shots — as an out-of-control Dion Waiters drive, or a pull-up three-pointer by Westbrook attests — but they’re still better than most at making them.The Spurs are the opposite: Their defense is predicated on forcing opponents to take bad shots. As a team, San Antonio ranked as the second-best defense, behind Charlotte, in terms of suppressing their opponents’ qSQ. Part of this is due to Leonard’s relentless perimeter defense; wily veterans such as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker also offset their waning athleticism with smart positioning to cut off easy paths to the basket.However, the Spurs’ problem is that they only have one Leonard to put on OKC’s two elite scorers. During the regular season, when Leonard matched up against Durant on defense, KD scored 38 points per 100 team possessions; but when Kawhi guarded Westbrook, he held him to only 25 points per 100 team possessions. If Westbrook faces Danny Green or Tony Parker instead, his scoring rate rises to 48 and 33 per 100 team possessions, respectively. So despite San Antonio’s dominant D, individual defensive matchups will be worth keeping an eye on.Whomever Leonard and Westbrook eventually match up against, this series is also notable for both players’ emergence as superstars over the past few seasons. According to Basketball-Reference’s Box Plus-Minus metric — which estimates a player’s contribution to his team’s scoring margin while on the floor — Leonard and Westbrook rank as Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, during the playoffs (sandwiched in between is poor Chris Paul), after ranking fourth and second (amidst Steph Curry and LeBron James) during the regular season. With Paul and Curry on ice,2Curry may return later in the playoffs. there’s an easy case to be made that this Spurs-Thunder series features two of the three best players remaining in these playoffs — and that’s without even considering Durant’s place among the league’s elite.It’s just one of the many twists adding intrigue to what should be a must-watch series. We knew the Western Conference’s second round would offer some of the best matchups of the entire playoffs, and Spurs-Thunder is shaping up to be the best of them all.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Windies women suffer second defeat in T20I

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies women suffer second defeat to New ZealandMarch 8, 2018In “Sports”Windies narrowly miss out despite Taylor 90March 5, 2018In “latest news”Windies Women confident as T20 series beginsMarch 13, 2018In “latest news” West Indies women Captain Stafanie Taylor (CWI media)Poor fielding and bowling costed the West Indies Women their 2nd T20 International against the New Zealand White Ferns by 106 runs, a far-cry from the close contest of the first match.Captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to bowl first in cool conditions as it gets progressively colder during the night in Tauranga.Hayley Matthews dropped Sophie Devine the very first ball of the match. However, White Ferns Captain Suzie Bates was the first to go for 14 when Connell lit up her bails. New Zealand 33/1.Devine was then joined by player of the match from the first game Katey Martin, with Martin accelerating almost immediately.Akira Peters bowled a brilliant over, scalping the wicket of Devine and giving away only 2 runs.Then came the partnership that set New Zealand for victory. Martin was joined by the in-form Amy Satterthwaite and the pair posted a New Zealand White Ferns T20 record of a 124-run partnership.The bowlers found it difficult as they strayed from their line and lengths, thereby giving the White Ferns batters width and time to play their shots.Deandra Dottin finally removed Martin for a well-played 65 off 42 balls, which included 11 fours.Satterthwaite remained not out on 71 which included 9 fours and 2 sixes, as New Zealand White Ferns posted a mammoth 186/3 from their 20 overs.Akira Peters was the best Windies Women bowler, taking 1/13 followed by Deandra Dottin with 1/34.The Windies Women’s innings never got off to a proper start as wickets fell early and consistently with an opening required run-rate of 9.3.Merissa Aguilleira and Hayley Matthews opened the batting again, but Matthews was not to have a repeat half-century performance as the first match.Anna Peterson had Matthews caught by a brilliant jumping catch from Amelia Kerr for 5. New Zealand were then ecstatic when they got the big wicket of in-form Skipper Stafanie Taylor for 1, her lowest score for the entire tour. She was caught in an almost exact manner as Matthews by the same fielder, Kerr.Deandra Dottin struck 2 huge sixes and together with Aguilleira, the two experienced batters looked set to rebuild the WINDIES Women’s innings.Sophie Devine then produced the over of the match, removing Dottin lbw for 13 and Reniece Boyce for 0 in a space of 2 deliveries.Aguilleira then fell for 16. Kyshonna Knight and Britney Cooper shared in a 15-run partnership, before Cooper skied one into the safe hands of Amy Satterthwaite in the deep.Knight played a hard-fought innings of 20 before she was bowled by Sophie Devine. The rest of the Windies Women innings folded easily, as the world T20 champions finished on 78/9 from their 20 overs.Sophie Devine ended with figures of 3/12 followed by Leigh Kasperek with 2/13. The White Ferns now take a 2-0 series lead. The tour moves to New Plymouth for two matches starting on Tuesday.Windies Women Head Coach Hendy Springer said “ I think somewhere along the line we lost the momentum and it was manifested in the fielding, we missed a lot of opportunities in the field.. We’ve got to be mindful not to lose the intensity as the series is still on… The team can’t be depending on the Captain nor Matthews nor Dottin all the time, some players have to take serious responsibility to get in good scores.”Amy Satterthwaite was named player of the Match. (CWI) read more

Summer Sun The sunset was pretty amazing tonight

first_img #Dublin #Sunset this evening— Angela Gallagher (@thesilvervoice) June 29, 2014 Source: Elaine Leonard/Twitter The view in Roscommon this evening Source: Mary Smyth Source: Maureen Scanlan Source: samuel glover/Twitter 9:45pm sunset – what ya think @barrabest? Love summer nights!! 🙂 @love_belfast #pretty— Ellen Thompson (@ethompson_x) June 30, 2014 Source: Angela Gallagher/Twitter Source: Yana/Twitter Red sky at night #bray #sunset @BrayPics— Kim Leonard (@kimleonard4) June 30, 2014 @WeatherCee @angie_weather @barrabest 2145 hrs Saintfield lovely sunset tonight— samuel glover (@unit2plus4) June 30, 2014center_img Photo: #dublin #ireland #guinness #storehouse #irish #sky #summer #colours #dusk #sunset (at Guinness…— Yana (@Just_Yana) June 30, 2014 Red sky at night, shepherd’s….Here are some great snaps of tonight’s colours: Ross Castle, Killarney Source: Niall Healy Aughness Ballycroy Source: Bridie Conway Beautiful Sunset above Dublin a few mins ago as i flew into @DublinAirport!— Elaine Leonard (@elaine_21x) June 28, 2014 Source: Kim Leonard/Twitter Kilkenny this evening. Source: Mary DohenyFeel free to send your pics into tips@thejournal.ieRead: Council warns of the dangers of driving off into the sunset> The view at Seapoint this evening. Source: Avril MonahanTHERE WAS A pretty spectacular sunset this evening. Did you manage to see it?With it being tipped that there could be another mini-heatwave on the way we think it’s time to remember that old saying…. Source: Ellen Thompson/Twitterlast_img read more

Bayley on the growth of NXT advice from William Regal

first_imgFacebook Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Kevin Gill sent this in.The Kevin Gill Show is proud to welcome NXT Women’s Champion Bayley to the show, for an in person interview!Last week it was Enzo Amore and Big Cass from NXT, this week it’s NXT Women’s Champion BAYLEY!!COMING SOON: FINN BALOR!!!!!!Kevin Gill Show Episode 78Bayley from NXTwww.KevinGillShow.Com NXT Women’s Champion sits down with KG in person at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento for an interview where she talks about being inspired by Lita and Macho Man, indie roots at Big Time Wrestling, William Regal, Positive Mental Attitude, Drake Younger, what makes NXT special, who to keep an eye on at NXT and much more! Plus flashbacks from Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable talking NXT and Lars Frederiksen from Rancid and Old Firm Casuals talking wrestling memories!Bayley on:Inspiration: “I always say Macho Man because he was the first person that I saw in wrestling that really hooked me. The way he moved, the way he looked, the way he dressed. Everything about him. And as I started watching Lita was a big inspiration to me. She kind of showed me I could just stay who I am to be who I want to be.”The best advice Bayley got from Mr William Regal – “He’s helped me a lot on facial expressions, promos, and stuff like that. He’s very detailed with the way somebody moves even in the ring or just little details you never really think of. Just for me it was facials and promos because that was my hardest task to overcome.”On keeping a Positive Mental Attitude – “It’s kind of hard to not be in a good mood because NXT keeps growing and growing… I’m in these great matches and have the opportunity to main event shows. I see new people come in and learning and that really makes me happy too. Meeting new people and trying to help people. It’s kind of like an all-around family, positive thing.”What makes NXT special – “In NXT everyone wants to get to the main roster, but everybody is working together for that goal… We spend every single day together so we’re really like a family getting to live our dreams together.”From 13 fans to 14,000 – “When I first got here I was in FCW and we were doing shows in front of 13 people…. We just had a show in Brooklyn in front of over 13,000 people. To be a part of the growth and to see every little step and see how many people have gotten up to the main roster and much potential is still here. The future is going to be crazy.”“Never Give Up On Yourself” -BayleyCheck out NXT every Wednesday night on WWE Network, and on demand anytime!!!As always, every episode of the Kevin Gill Show is recorded IN PERSON for maximum listener experience and sound quality.The Kevin Gill Show is available to Play, Stream, or Download to any computer or device instantly from www.KevinGillShow.ComAlso available for free download or free subscription through iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud!Kevin Gill Show on iTunes; Kevin Gill Show On Stitcher Kevin Gill Show on Soundcloud Kevin Gill Show on Tune In The Kevin Gill Show is 100% independent, self produced and funded weekly interview/conversation series with icons of wrestling and music. Past guests on The Kevin Gill Show have included pro wrestling superstars Mick Foley, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Rikishi, Kevin Owens, Matt Hardy, Jerry Lawler, Ron Funches, Scott D’Amore, Colt Cabana, Shane Helms, Chris Hero, Matt Striker, Daniels and Kazarian, Doc Gallows, Greg Valentine, Brian Kendrick, Rocky Romero, Rhino, Vampiro, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Zach Gowen; and musicians including Violent J (ICP), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Andrew WK, Sonny Sandoval (POD), Agnostic Front, Craig Ahead (Sick Of It All), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Toby Morse (H20) and multiple Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) winning musician Madchild. All interviews are recorded in person.About Kevin Gill:Kevin Gill’s performances alongside diverse commentary partners including Mick Foley, Matt Striker, MVP, Shaggy 2 Dope, Lars Frederiksen, and Violent J has gotten him a lot of attention in the wrestling world, and beyond. as he has has lent his voice to games like Saints Row and Backyard Wrestling, and has appeared as a cast member on FUSE TV’s Insane Clown Posse Theater, on the 2015 King Of Indies tournament broadcast, as well as in several films and albums.(Sound Cloud Link is easiest to share/link/embed) videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 30.60%0:04Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Women’s Championship match added to Clash of Champions on September 15 Jerry Lawlerlast_img read more

Official Real Sociedad sign Theo Hernandez on loan from Madrid

first_imgReal Sociedad have confirmed the signing of Theo Hernandez on a season-long loan deal from Real MadridThe Spanish left-back has fallen completely out of the favour at Los Blancos following Julen Loptegui’s appointment as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement and sought a move away this summer in order to ensure that he will be able to rediscover his best form with regular football.Hernandez had only joined Real last year from city rivals Atletico Madrid after impressing them during his loan stint with Alaves.The 20-year-old has now passed his medical examination at the Basque city, which took place earlier this morning, with Sociedad confirming the news that he will be with them until June 2019.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed to the transfer of Theo Hernandez for the next season, until June 30, 2019,” read a statement.An official presentation will take place later in the forthcoming week.Hernandez made just 23 appearances in all competitions for Real last season.last_img read more

British Film Institute awards 1 pay increase

first_imgThe British Film Institute (BFI) is to give staff a 1% consolidated pay increase, effective from May 2018.The one-year cost of living award, which was negotiated with trade unions Bectu and Unite, includes back pay to 1 April 2017.BFI and the trade unions are currently negotiating to agree a new pay and grading structure. While negotiations are underway, transitional arrangements include maintaining incremental pay increases and continuing to appoint internal promotions under current pay rules.The negotiations regard a proposed pay and grading scheme that was rejected by Bectu and Unite members in December 2017. This sought to move from using incremental progressions to set grade salaries.Helen Ryan, assistant national secretary at Bectu, said: “The pay increase for 2017-2018 is in line with the current pay structures and means staff are in the strongest position possible as negotiations continue on the grading review.“The unions are fully committed to trying to agree a new pay scheme within the government’s pay guidance by 30 June 2018. Any such negotiated new proposal would need to be voted upon by members through a consultative ballot.”last_img read more

Police safe with 10000 inside stolen from Burger King

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Employees from a Burger King in Miami arrived to work, Monday morning, to find a safe with thousands of dollars inside stolen.According to Miami Police, an employee arrived at the Burger King, located near 42nd Avenue and Flagler Street, and found the rear door open. The employee then called 911, and once police arrived, it was determined that a safe with $10,000 inside was stolen.A BOLO has been issued for a white man driving a black Nissan Altima that, police said, fled the scene going northbound from the fast food restaurant.Police said the man was wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and red shoes.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Permanent Fund Corporation to study ethical and sustainable investing

first_imgFixed Income Portfolio Manager Maria (Masha) Skuratovskaya studies her screens at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has about $5 billion invested in fossil fuels. That includes stock in companies like Halliburton, Exxon, BP and Tesoro.Listen nowA coalition of groups, including the Alaska Climate Action Network and Oasis Earth, wants that to change. On Dec. 11, during a Board of Trustees meeting in Anchorage, they petitioned the Permanent Fund’s board to drop all its fossil fuel holdings.Rick Steiner, of Oasis Earth, has been pressuring the Corporation and the state for 25 years to drop those investments.And for the first time, the Corporation’s Board of Trustees has requested a meeting to talk about the sustainability and ethical impacts of its investments.“I was elated. I mean, in a way it took me a minute to really process that,” Steiner said.Steiner said he hopes it’s the first step toward a screening process for investments that could cause social or environmental harm.Steiner has also requested that the Permanent Fund Corporation provide a history of the performance of its fossil fuels holdings. He said that data would likely show that they are not profitable anymore.“Socially responsible investing has proven itself to be more lucrative, more popular. And some of these other negative investments — such as fossil fuels, nuclear weapons, corrupt company activities throughout the world — which the Alaska fund is still invested in — they’re a drain on a total portfolio, not an asset,” Steiner said.The Permanent Fund Corporation responded to him on Friday, saying it couldn’t track that performance data. No one at the Permanent Fund, or its board, was available to talk about the petition. But, the Corporation sent a written statement saying that it was too soon to know the framework for its socially responsible investment session.last_img read more