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O’Brien braced for Ballysax battle

first_img O’Brien also has Eye Of The Storm, Foundry, Magician, Nevis and The United States engaged in the Group Three contest. Another trainer with an outstanding record in the Ballysax is Jim Bolger, who has saddled seven previous winners, including in the last three renewals, and the pick of his entries could well be Trading Leather, who won twice from four two-year-old appearances and was a fair fifth in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Bolger has also entered Alpinist, a winner on the opening day of the new season at the Curragh, and Beyond Thankful. Fourteen horses have been entered in the 10-furlong event, with Dibayani, High Octane, Imperial Concorde, Little White Cloud and Sugar Boy completing the field. The latter won his last three races as a juvenile, and completed the hat-trick with a brilliant six-and-a-half-length win in the Listed Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown. Trainer Patrick Prendergast said: “I don’t know whether he’ll run or not. I’ll have a look at the entries, and he’d need a bit of juice in the ground. “He’s a bit behind in his coat as we’ve had such a harsh spring, but I’m very happy with him and he’s in good shape. He’s nearly there now, but I’m under no pressure to run him. “I think he has improved from two to three, he’s a real good galloper and I can’t wait to get him over a mile and a half.” Press Association The first recognised Derby trial of the Irish Flat season, the Ballysax Stakes has been a breeding ground of future Ballydoyle champions down the years, with O’Brien saddling six previous winners including Galileo, High Chaparral, Yeats and Fame And Glory. Battle Of Marengo won three of his four starts as a juvenile and signed off with an impressive display in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. He is a best-priced 16-1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 1. center_img Battle Of Marengo is the star name among six Aidan O’Brien-trained entries for the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday.last_img read more

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Flatrock Passive: Wrapping Up the Air Barrier

first_imgIn the previous post we were beginning to install the OSB air barrier on the interior side of the 2×8 stud walls. Once all joints are caulked with acoustical sealant and then taped, the OSB will act as both an air barrier and a vapor retarder.It didn’t take long to decide that lifting these heavy sheets (each sheet of 1/2-inch OSB weighs about 46 pounds) and attaching them to the ceiling using muscle power and a dead man support was out of the question. Our local Princess Auto had a drywall lift on sale so we bought it (see Image #2 below).We started in one corner of the building. One person on a ladder guiding the other where to push the drywall lift loaded with a sheet of OSB worked great. Our first sheet was cut so that the edge of the sheet could be nailed under the underside of the roof truss. Using a framing nailer armed with 2 3/8-inch nails was the way to go. A hammer and nails was just frustrating. The second run of OSB was offset so the joints were staggered. There were 42 sheets of OSB in the ceiling, which took about eight hours for us to complete.After the ceiling was complete, the next task was to install the OSB on the walls. Luckily we already had a plan in place for this because we had completed the installation on the main level. The batt insulation had already been installed upstairs so all we had to do was start at one corner and install the sheet goods one at a time. Sealing around windows and doorsWith the date for our blower-door test set within the coming week, we had some major work to complete with air sealing around the windows and doors. Like all of the details for the air barrier, there is a redundant system for air sealing. First, the gap between the window and the buck gets a good bead of spray foam. This will provide some air sealing as well as some insulation to the gap. Next, a backer rod is installed. Finally, the backer rod is caulked to the door jambs/header and the window buck.Overall, its not a hard detail to implement… unless there’s not enough space between the window frame and the buck.When the windows were installed, we worked to ensure there was an even space all the way around. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that framing is accurate. It is not. Once a square window goes into a framed opening we quickly saw the bucks weren’t as square as the windows. We had to rob space at one corner of the window in order to get an even space at the opposite diagonal corner. With the longest window (9 feet), this lead to a 1/4-inch gap at the window corner.Low-expansion polyurethane foam was the first step in air-sealing windows and doors.My experience with the window installation is that Kohler doesn’t provide for enough space when specifying windows. They specified the rough opening should be 3/4 inches larger than the window frame. With framing inaccuracies being anywhere from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch (especially as studs are drying, cupping, and warping), that’s simply not enough room to play with. A full inch would be better and would lead to a better installation, with gaps wide enough to work with.In any case, I had no other option but to work with the space left. Luckily, my spray foam gun has tips which can be inserted into fairly narrow openings. The big issue is seeing how much spray foam you are actually applying to the space between the buck and the window. Using a flashlight helps, but with really deep bucks it was really hard to see. I was using a low-expansion foam so I just had to spray enough so the bead touched the window/door and the buck.After some expansion there was still enough room to push backer rod in place. We caulked the backer rod to the door and the stud opening. For large gaps, we opted to caulk one side of the backer rod to the window/door and caulk the other side to the stud opening. On gaps smaller than 3/8 inch, the gap was filled with caulk.Because of the uneven spacing between the windows and the bucks, we needed a selection of backer rod. I picked up backer rod with thicknesses from 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch for the windows. Backer rod should be about 1/8 inch larger than the gap it’s filling in order for it to be effective. The rod should compress enough that it stays in place. Working around the window I transitioned from one size backer rod to another, pushing it in place with my fingers first and then pushing it firmly against the spray foam using a 4-inch broad knife.It is really amazing how effective backer rod is. The gap at the bottom of one of the sills was too narrow to spray foam. Because the bottom of the window was not caulked (for drainage) we could feel air entering the building from outside (it was a particularly windy day again). My only option here was to insert layers of backer rod. Pushing lengths of backer rod into the gap immediately stopped the air from entering, so I know it is doing the job it was meant to do. Sealing the seamsAfter the OSB was fastened it was time to start air-sealing the seams. The technique is straightforward: simply caulk the seam with a 1/4-inch bead of acoustical sealant and then roll 3M 8067 tape on top (see Image #3 below). After rolling the tape I used a J-roller to apply pressure to the tape and the bead of acoustical sealant. This flattens the acoustical sealant and pushes it into the seam. The walls were completed using the same procedure.Corners… those darn corners! They are a real pain to work with. The 3M tape is too floppy to work with in a corner. Blueskin, on the other hand, is pretty easy in comparison. First, the corner was primed with Bakor Hi Tac Primer. To make an inside corner I simply cut a square of Blueskin, and ran a half cut through the center. After a simple fold it was ready for install (see Images #4 and #5 below).There was an interesting conundrum with the upstairs wall. The OSB is attached to the bottom side of the trusses, then strapped with 2×4 before drywall is attached. In order for the ceiling to be the right height for drywall and to allow for about 1/2 inch of play at the bottom, the exterior wall had to be about 99 1/8 inches high. This height is not standard. Because of this, a single sheet of OSB wasn’t high enough to reach to the top of the wall. We had to add a 3-inch-wide strip all the way around the top of the 2×8 wall. This lead to a minor problem: How to seal the upper corner of the wall with Blueskin? My plan was to run the Blueskin 4 inches down the wall and 2 inches onto the ceiling. This would effectively cover two joints at the one time.Blueskin doesn’t have a split paper backing. Using a straightedge, I could score the paper backing if I cut lightly with a utility knife. 3M tape was too hard to work with in the corners. Blueskin is firmer and easier to place. We came up with a two-person system that allowed us to lay about 8 to 10 feet at a time. We primed the surface with Bakor Hi Tac Primer before applying the self-adhering membrane.The key here is to work slowly and methodically. Trying to rush leads to a bad installation with a lot wrinkles and folds. Even working slowly allows some folding. With some experience working with the material, we eventually were able to minimize wrinkling, mainly through careful observation as we were applying the tape. Overall the installation went pretty smoothly (see Image #6). The trick was to angle the bottom of the sheet against the bottom wall plate, wedge it with a foot and use hand force to compress the insulation while pushing the OSB in place against the studs. Nailing initially (with a framing nailer) at the plate holds the sheet in place. Working our way across and up the sheet with nails on 24-inch centers completed the job. If we overlapped with a window we found that scribing around windows and then cutting to fit worked best. RELATED ARTICLES Questions and Answers About Air BarriersOne Air Barrier or Two?Service Cavities for Wiring and Plumbingcenter_img Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Insulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Air-sealing the rim joistsAir-sealing the rim joists called for a two-component spray foam (see Image #7 below). Initially, I was going to get a contractor to do this for me. However, after exploring my options, I decided to do it myself. We used a 600-board-foot kit that we purchased at our local Home Depot. We were equipped with a disposable suit, a respirator, safety glasses, and a set of nitrile gloves.Working in the rim joist space is difficult. Space is limited, which makes it hard to orient the spray gun and also makes it hard to see where you are spraying. It took some time to get the application right. Spraying on 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch gives about 1 inch when the foam has fully expanded.We sprayed the corners first then the surfaces as specified in the instructions. We sprayed a second coat after a couple of hours to ensure we had about 2 inches of foam as specified in my construction drawings (see Image #8 below). Spray foam can suffer from issues during the curing process, which can lead to non-uniform R-values. In places where the foam was protruding, I cut it off to inspect the quality. The pieces that were cut were randomly sampled. The inside of the the samples looked almost like XPS insulation. There were no large voids or bubbles so I am pretty confident that the application was good. Spray foam is expensive but about half the price if you do it yourself. A few final detailsSome final details included sealing around the ERV duct vents (see Image #9 below). First, I applied a bead of acoustical sealant around the duct, sealing it to the OSB sheathing. Next was a Roflex gasket from 475 High Performance Building Supply, pushed back to the OSB and tape-sealed with 3M 8067. The same application was completed for our wood stove air intake.In preparation for the blower door test, all duct openings, pipe stubs, etc, were sealed with tape and plastic. According to my Passive House designer, the area included in the thermal boundary is 5,906.8 square feet. Based on the PHIUS standard, I need to hit 0.05 cfm/sq. ft. for a total of 295.34 CFM at 50 pascals of depressurization. This is a hard target to meet but I feel that we have implemented the air-sealing details accurately, so we are hopeful!With the air-sealing details completed, we feel a sense of accomplishment and a sense of uncertainty.last_img read more

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Google Chromebook Pixel: Bold, Beautiful And Very, Very Expensive

first_img“There are two viewpoints,” Pichai said. “We are enabling both.” Pichai said that he switches back and forth between his Nexus 4 phone and his Pixel Chromebook.Not Enough Software?Eventually, however, consumers are going to have to make a choice: Do they wish to buy a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, which is actually priced less than the Pixel, at $1,199, along with the rich ecosystem of apps that Apple offers? Or will they turn instead to the Chrome Store, with a much smaller, less robust set of plug-ins that only rarely includes big-name developers?Google has developed new apps to take advantage of the Pixel, including a new Photos app, and the lovely 100,000 Stars app, which allows users to zoom in and out on a virtual Milky Way. But while those two may be stunning, they don’t have much company. And Google’s Pichai said that QuickOffice would be integrated with ChromeOS in a few months, allowing true Microsoft Office compatibility.My suspicion is that most consumers will go with the tried and true. The Chrome Web store, though well-stocked, just hasn’t quite attracted the kind of attention lavished on, well, Android. Google obviously hopes to change that by seeding the Pixel among its high-end developer base. But until it does, my advice would be to stick with the more budget-friendly Chromebooks Google and its partners offer.Images via Google and Mark Hachman. markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Chromebook#Google#Pixel And he’s exactly right. With an all-aluminum design, a full piano hinge and sweet little touches like a back-lit keyboard, the hardware does shine. And for users who already reside within the Google cloud, the transition is seamless: I took notes during the press conference on a Macbook Air, via Google Docs; after the Pixel was officially unveiled and devices were handed out to test and evaluate, I simply logged in and continued writing from the new Pixel machine.(One hardware detail that Pichai called out was how Google had optimized the mechanical dome underneath the keyboard to facilitate typing; the keyboard does feel a little less mushy than the more recent Samsung Chromebook Google launched last year. Google has also added a third microphone underneath that keyboard, in addition to two it has mounted behind the display, in an attempt to isolate the noise from typing within Hangouts and other applications.)Google said that the new high-resolution display should consume slightly more power than older Chromebooks; the device itself seems to expect about 5 hours of battery life, according to the built-in battery meter. On the other hand, the robust performance of the Intel Core i5/graphics combination should allow multiple HD video windows to play smoothly; this seemed to be borne out in my quick hands-on tests.With the touch-enabled Pixel, Google has approached the problem of touch from two separate directions: on the one hand, phones and tablets that use Android include touch capabilities. Until now, that has been separate from the touch-enabled ChromeOS. Chrome product managers said they have taken what they’ve learned from running Chrome within touch-enabled environments and added little touches, such as swiping down the shortcuts bar at the bottom of the screen to hide it.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google launched the original CR-48 Chromebook as a companion device to a full-fledged PC. With the Chromebook Pixel, that slate has been wiped clean: Google is now challenging traditional computer makers with a high-end, $1,299 Chromebook.The rumors were true: the Pixel marries a gorgeous, high-resolution 2560 x 1760 display with a touch interface, tucked inside specs that look and feel like a high-end laptop: a dual-core, 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of local solid-state storage. The 64GB option is included with the even-more-high-end version of the Pixel: for $1,449, you get the larger storage option as well as an integrated Verizon LTE 4G wireless capability, that you’ll will have to pay for separately. Oh, and you get a whopping 1 terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage, too.Other connectivity options include a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a mini-display port, plus a 2-in-1 card reader with SD and MMC support. In addition, the Pixel supports Bluetooth 3.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n. It weighs 3.35 pounds. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Customers can preorder the Pixel Thursday from Google Play and Best Buy, where Google will have a limited number of kiosks to show off the device. It’s a far cry from Samsung’s $249 Chromebook Google announced last year. The Pixel is built by an undisclosed Taiwan manufacturer.“There is no high-resolution laptop with touch available available today in the market,” Sundar Pichai, the vice president of Chrome at Google, said in a press conference Thursday in San Francisco. “I think the hardware shines, and if you’re living in the cloud, this is the best experience you can use.”last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer West Ham defender James Collins has ripped up his contract at Aston Villa.The Mirror says Collins has ripped up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself just an hour after signing it.Unattached former Welsh international defender Collins has been training with Championship Villa this term after leaving West Ham.Dean Smith tabled a short-term deal worth around £10,000-a-week until the end of January to secure experience and cover at the back.But Collins went out to train later that morning and promptly injured his calf.The star, frustrated with himself, then trooped back inside Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and tore up the paperwork. last_img read more

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9 days ago​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demands

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demandsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United want to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January, but not at any price.The Red Devils are on the lookout for an experienced striker who could add a physical presence and goals to the team midseason.Mandzukic was a summer target, but the clubs could not agree on a fee late in the transfer window.ESPNsays United want to sign the player, but they want to ensure the 33-year-old reduces his wage demands first.Another report suggests United will offer Mandzukic £85,000-a-week, which is almost equivalent to his existing salary at the Italian club.But the Croatian could be looking for a pay rise in what would be his final major contract as a footballer. last_img read more

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Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 12 per cent in September

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 1.2 per cent to $62.0 billion in September.The agency says the drop came as five of seven subsectors fell, led by the personal and household goods and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors.The personal and household goods subsector fell 4.8 per cent to $8.6 billion in its first move lower since November 2016.Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector fell 2.2 per cent to $11.7 billion.Meanwhile, the building material and supplies subsector climbed 2.6 per cent to $8.9 billion, while the motor vehicle and parts subsector increased 1.4 per cent to $12.0 billion.Wholesale sales fell 1.1 per cent in volume terms.last_img read more

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ICBC reminds drivers to use caution in parking lots during the holiday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to use caution when driving through parking lots during the holiday season.ICBC says some drivers mistakenly believe that driving in parking lots is ‘safer’ due to lower travel speeds, but drivers need to continue practicing their safe driving habits, even while travelling in parking lots.Parking lots present drivers with unique challenges such as increased congestion and heavy pedestrian activity. The holiday season could add a layer of distraction with people more apt to be preoccupied with their shopping list or finding a parking spot. While most parking lot crashes happen at low speeds and only result in vehicle damage, dealing with the aftermath of a collision is the quickest way to put a damper on the holiday spirit.According to ICBC, about 150,000 crashes happened in parking lots last year resulting in 5,400 injuries.ICBC receives hundreds of thousands of vehicle damage claims every year, with costs exceeding $1.5 billion.Drivers are encouraged to apply a bit of holiday cheer, be courteous and have a bit more patience during this time of year.Here are some safety tips:The rules of the road still apply, even on private property: Drivers should know that the law still applies, even in mall parking lots. Avoid cutting diagonally through a lot – travel only in the appropriate lanes. Don’t use your phone while driving, instead, program your navigation or holiday tunes before you start your car.Have your car facing out in your parking spot: This position is safest for drivers because it helps you avoid the risk of reversing into a lane with potential blind spots when leaving.Park further away, if you can: Instead of circling endlessly to get a spot that’s closest to the mall entrance, pick a place that’s further away. You’ll avoid a high-traffic area where you’re more likely to crash with another vehicle or hit a pedestrian.Slow down and be on alert: Drivers should drive slowly in parking lots to have enough time to react to an unexpected vehicle backing out of their parking spot or an unanticipated pedestrian, especially young children, which may be harder to see.Pay attention to the arrows and stop signs: Many parking lots are quite narrow, restricting specific lanes to a single direction. Pay attention to the signs and markings on the road to avoid getting into a crash.Don’t block traffic: Deciding to follow a shopper, then waiting for them to load their car, buckle up and leave, jams up traffic behind you and likely takes you much longer than if you had just found a spot further away. Sitting idle in a lane can leave you vulnerable to a collision, and you could be blocking other drivers who are trying to move.Let it go: No sense in having a showdown with another driver for a parking spot. Move along, and maybe that good karma will net you something nice this season.For more information and driving tips, you can visit ICBC.comlast_img read more

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Foreigner held for taking photos of Victoria Memorial using drone

first_imgKolkata: A Chinese national has been arrested at the Hastings police station for allegedly clicking pictures of Victoria Memorial and Fort William using a drone on Saturday afternoon.He was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata at the Bankshall Court on Sunday and was granted police custody till March 25. According to sources, on Saturday afternoon Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel engaged in Victoria Memorial’s security spotted a drone on the premises. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAfter a few minutes, some CISF personnel identified the Chinese national as Li Zhiwei. Zhiwei was controlling the drone using a remote control. When he was intercepted, the accused allegedly tried to escape. But CISF personnel were able to detain him soon. After he was detained, the drone was checked thoroughly and found that it had captured pictures of several parts of Victoria Memorial. CISF personnel also found some pictures of Fort William, which is adjacent to Victoria. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, it was found that the accused Chinese national had came to Kolkata on Friday night from China via Malaysia. On Saturday he went to Victoria Memorial. Later, Central Industrial Security Force handed him over to Hastings police station and lodged a complaint against him. Police have started a probe and interrogating him to know about his intentions. Question arose that being a foreign national if he was unaware about that using a drone to take pictures of such facilities is illegal, why he tried to escape when CISF personnel asked him to stop and surrender. Sources informed that the information of the arrest has been conveyed to the Chinese Consulate.last_img read more