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Huskies show improvement in loss to Navigators

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first_imgFollowing the game, Navigators head coach Darcy Haugan discussed the improvement with the play of Fort St. John, saying he knew it wouldn’t be another 11-3 victory and this type of game was “exactly what we expected.” He also talked about how his team kept the pressure on the Huskies defence, using their speed and size to create scoring chances, something the team discussed entering Sunday’s game. Advertisement – Advertisement -The second period was when the game began to unfold. The Navigators once again opened the scoring, capitalizing on a Huskies defensive turnover four minutes into the second to take a 2-1 lead. The goal wouldn’t discourage Fort St. John, who responded only 30 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. Jaxon Glass came streaking down the right wing, getting a good shot on the Navigators for a rebound, which was put home by Huskies captain Cody Hildebrand.  Unfortunately, it would be consecutive penalties that would catch up with the Huskies. After a successful penalty kill midway through the second, the Huskies would find themselves right back in the penalty box, with Peace River tying up the game at 3-3 with the man advantage at 11:56. The power play marker seemed to motivate the Navs, who upped the offensive pressure near the conclusion of the second. The pressure was too much for the Huskies, who were forced to take a hooking penalty. Fortunately, Gullickson was once again up to the challenge, turning away multiple Peace River scoring chances to preserve the 3-3 score. The best opportunity for a tie game came off the stick of Dayne Pederson, who found himself sprung on breakaway at the 8:08 marker of the third. Pederson made a nifty backhand, forehand move and attempted to slide the puck five-hole for the game tying goal. Unfortunately, Navigators goalie Cole Robert read the play well, making the crucial save to preserve the one goal lead.  Huskies head coach Gary Alexander shared his thoughts on the game, saying he and his coaching staff have been preaching the importance of defence, and only allowing four goal against a team that scored 11 three weeks ago can be seen as a positive. Attention to defence is something Alexander said he has made a focal point for this year’s team, and its relieving to see his team embrace that message.  The hockey matinee began with Peace River opening the scoring quickly, forcing the hometown Huskies to play from behind. After a good individual effort by Navigator’s Brendan Dickson, Dickson found himself on a partial breakaway, only to be hauled down and sent back to centre ice for a penalty shot. With a potential two goal lead on his stick, Dickson skated down on Huskies goalie Ty Gullickson, shooting the puck wide right, keeping it a one goal game. The missed penalty shot proved beneficial for the Huskies, who would tie the game at 1-1 with 3:13 left in the opening period. Kole Norris started the play with a smart outlet pass to Brighton Campbell, who made a nice pass to a streaking Jamie Wark. Wark took a quick shot from the slot creating a rebound, which he eventually popped in himself. The goal seemed to motivate the Huskies, who started to increase the pressure, but couldn’t capitalize on their scoring chances to end the period 1-1.  After the game, Peace River head coach Darcy Haugan talked about the performance of the Fort St. John goaltender, praising him for his great play, which was evident at the conclusion of the second. Advertisement The third period began the same as the first two, with Peace River scoring first. The Navigators took the 4-3 lead 3:12 into the final frame, thanks to an unfortunate bounce off a Fort St. John defenceman’s skate that slowly snuck past Gullickson  The focus of the game then shifted to Huskies goaltender Ty Gullickson, who was tested often in the second, making multiple big saves to maintain the 2-2 tie. The Huskies rewarded their tender at the 9:05 marker of the second, thanks to a Jamie Wark point shot, creating a rebound that Brighton Campbell slipped past Navigators goalie Cole Robert for a 3-2 Huskies lead.  The Huskies were unable to even the score, resulting in a 4-3 final for the NWJHL’s number one team. Despite the loss, praise must be given to the Huskies who played a much tighter game then the previous meeting with the Navigators. Both coaches also talked about the play of Ty Gullickson, who faced 42 shots in the afternoon affair. The Huskies managed to fire 21 shots Peace River’s way.  The sled dogs will next hit the ice Friday, Nov.25, when they travel into enemy territory to take on longtime rivals Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.last_img read more

Does early defeat spell beginning of the end for Mourinho?

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first_img0Shares0000Beginning of the end? Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Jose Mourinho warned of the troubles that could lie ahead for his Manchester United side, but the Portuguese must still accept much of the responsibility from a 3-2 defeat at Brighton that has the Red Devils’ season off to a bad start.The concern for United is now whether Mourinho is capable of stemming the tide to turn things around in a way he wasn’t in his third season at Real Madrid or in his second spell at Chelsea. On those occasions his fall even came from a position of strength he isn’t afforded now having won the league in the previous season.This time round after a trophyless campaign, Mourinho clashed with the club’s board over their failure to signficantly strengthen his squad, particularly at centre-back.Mourinho’s point was illustrated in a disastrous defensive display at the Amex in which United conceded three times in the first-half with centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at fault.However, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could point to the fact that £60 million ($76 million) has been spent on Bailly and Lindelof in the past two seasons since Mourinho took charge as justification for not trusting his manager with more cash to splash.“The centre backs melted and you can’t do that in the Premier League,” said former United captain turned TV pundit Gary Neville on Sky Sports.“When Manchester United are so publicly in the transfer window looking for defenders, what belief does that give them?“They know they’re on borrowed time and I have to say Bailly and Lindelof were poor. They are the ones Jose has signed.“It has been poor recruitment. That back four aren’t good enough to win the title.”– Long-term view –Woodward hinted on the final day of the transfer window that the club had to take a more long-term view than Mourinho.Despite signing a new contract till 2020 in January, the growing feeling is Mourinho will do well just to see out the current campaign.Mancheser United captain Paul Pogba admitted his attitude wasn’t right for Sunday’s defeat at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKWoodward’s long-term view also included holding on to Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial despite their rifts with Mourinho.Pogba was again entrusted with the captain’s armband at Brighton, but his admission he didn’t show the right attitude was hardly one of an inspirational leader.“They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right,” said the French World Cup winner.Martial had been publicly criticised by Mourinho and fined for failing to return to the club’s pre-season tour in the United States after the birth of his second child.The Frenchman was recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured Alexis Sanchez, but failed to impress before being hooked on the hour mark and barely exchanged a glance with his manager as he left the field.Mourinho began the weekend by telling local rivals Manchester City “you can’t buy class”, angry at the depiction of his tactics as overly defensive in a behind-the-scenes documentary on City’s title-winning campaign last season.The worry for United is whether Mourinho’s football is now not only not entertaining compared to the free-flowing football of City and traditional rivals Liverpool, but no longer effective at getting results with a disaffected squad.A big response is needed when Tottenham visit Old Trafford next week to avert a crisis spiralling before the opening month of the season is out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP charge individuals with solicitation offenses

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first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit conducted an enforcement operation to address concerns from the community regarding criminal activity in the Downtown area of Grande Prairie.This enforcement operation was conducted with assistance from the General Investigation Section, Community Policing Unit and General Duty members.RCMP say, 11 men ranging from 20 to 65 years of age were charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.- Advertisement -The following charges have been laid as a result of the investigation:Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration x 11Possession of a Controlled SubstanceImpaired Operation of a Motor VehicleInterim Superintendent, Gregory Towler, says this initiative protects vulnerable sex trade workers, adding that the RCMP will continue to work with community partners to deter this type of crime.“This initiative supports crime reduction strategies to protect vulnerable sex trade workers in the city of Grande Prairie. We will continue to work with community partners, such as PACE to deter this type of crime in the future.”Advertisement If you need to report a crime, Grande Prairie RCMP is reminding you to call them at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Cohen is golden; Kwan is in

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We looked at basically the Olympic selection criteria we’re dealing with … and we had a healthy discussion,” said Bob Horen, chairman of the International Committee that made the decision. “Based on her petition to us, Michelle has offered to have a monitoring session that we will conduct prior to the 27th of January … and we will determine whether she’s ready to compete.” If a five-member committee decides Kwan isn’t healthy or fit enough to skate, she could be replaced by either Hughes or Taylor. “I thought just standing on the podium at nationals was such a great feeling for me to be third,” Hughes, the little sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah, said before the decision was announced. Cohen didn’t need any help from the selection committee. She earned it all on her own with her very first national title. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. ST. LOUIS – Without ever putting her blades on the ice, Michelle Kwan made the U.S. figure skating team heading to the Turin Olympics – with conditions. While Sasha Cohen and Kimmie Meissner grabbed the other two slots with a 1-2 finish at the national championships Saturday night, Kwan will have to prove she’s fully recovered from a groin injury and capable of competing before she gets final clearance. ST. LOUIS – For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating’s biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men’s title, the 21-year-old Weir took notice. “It is odd to think back to the last Olympics and think it was Tim (Goebel) and Michael (Weiss) and Todd (Eldredge), and now none of them are here,” Weir said Saturday. “It’s a little weird and two of them are still skating.” Those two, Weiss and Goebel, faltered in the free skate, where Weir wasn’t a world-beater, either, finishing third. But he won the short program and was good enough to join long program winner Lysacek, 20, and the surprising Savoie, 25, on the Olympic squad. The champion automatically gets an Olympic spot. Lysacek and Savoie were selected by an international committee from U.S. Figure Skating. WENGEN, Switzerland – Daron Rahlves became the first American in more than a decade to win a downhill race on the Lauberhorn course. Rahlves finished in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Michael Walchhofer, the reigning World Cup downhill champion, was .40 seconds behind. Bode Miller, who spent part of this week apologizing for comments he made about skiing “wasted,” finished 11th – 2.41 seconds back – after a couple of mistakes. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria – Janica Kostelic won her first World Cup downhill, building her lead in the overall standings. Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished 18th and lost the lead in the World Cup downhill standings to Michaela Dorfmeister, who was third. The Austrian has 312 points to Kildow’s 287. PLAN DE CORONES, Italy – Jason Smith of the United States beat Switzerland’s Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in northern Italy. Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the women’s cross event. VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Tobias Angerer of Germany and Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won mass start World Cup cross-country races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kwan was picked after petitioning U.S. Figure Skating. And by a vote of 20-3, a selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye. That put Kwan on the team ahead of third-place finisher Emily Hughes, who was designated an alternate along with Katy Taylor. last_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K TO HOST ITS AGM

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first_imgThe North West 10k’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 10th December at 6pm in Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.2016 will be a special year for the organization at it will be the 20th staging of the charity run and walk which has given over €700,000 to charity.NORTH WEST 10K TO HOST ITS AGM was last modified: November 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10KAGMletterkennylast_img read more

SA key as Africa moves centre stage

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first_imgClimate change and ‘biodiversity footprints’ It is fitting that Africa should play a key role in the search for a global trade-off on climate change, as Africa has the lightest carbon footprint of any region, yet stands to lose most from the impact of climate change. But there is a twist in the tail here. As the industrialised world focuses increasingly on management of the corporate carbon footprint, it may well be that the “biodiversity footprint” – which focuses on maintaining the balance in the entire eco-system – is even more relevant for Africa because of the greater diversity of species on the continent. It may therefore be a priority for African countries to re-consider their growth patterns in order to ensure the preservation of this diversity.Emerging market blocs China, South Africa, India and Turkey are now leading the way in the development of Africa, while traditional trading partners and investors – such as Britain, the US, France and Germany – battle to maintain their share of market. The new grouping of promising emerging markets known as the CIVETS – Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa – already include two countries from the Africa continent. The rest will follow in time, starting with Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Senegal, etc. Africa is fast approaching the tipping-point, but it has not quite registered in the industrialised club of nations. South Africa’s position as voice and advocate of the African cause in the shifting sands of global economic power and institutional reform now becomes even more critical as it takes its place both in the BRICS and the UN Security Council.South Africa’s trade shifts east, south As the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in what has become a clear pattern which both reflects the global trend and is helping drive it. It is no coincidence that since the beginning of 2010, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has paid his first state visits to India, Russia and China. In July 2010, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva paid his first state visit to South Africa following a working visit by Zuma earlier in the year. There is no doubt in the minds of either China or African nations that Zuma is speaking not only on behalf of South Africa but the whole African continent on these trips abroad. Even the notion that the much smaller South African economy could join four mega-economies in BRIC would have been unthinkable a decade ago. While attending a UN conference on trade and investment in Beijing in mid-September 2010, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa would prioritise China and India as export destinations of choice as these countries were now its biggest export markets. Two-way trade between China and SA reached R119.7-billion in 2009, surpassing the US as the country’s largest trading partner, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. South Africa’s exports to India reached R5-billion in 2010, while imports totalled R2-billion, in favour of South Africa, the department’s trade statistics show.South Africa and China The fundamental shift in South Africa’s trading patterns was also clear from statements made by Zuma during and after his state visit to China in August. South Africa, Zuma said, would look to China for investment in meeting its infrastructure projects, including transport systems, freight transport, renewable energy projects and mining. The agricultural sector and car manufacturing were also potential recipients of Chinese investment. In the past three years, while the pace of Chinese investment has been slow, it has been strategic and clearly paving the way for accelerated investment in the future. In 2007, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) bought a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank for R36-billion, making it China’s largest foreign investment to date. In 2009, China announced that the African headquarters of the China-Africa fund would be in Johannesburg. China has more recently invested in a South African platinum mine and a cement factory, and one of the most concrete agreements emerging from the state visit to China in August was the intention to build a high-speed rail link between Durban and Johannesburg. But the most consistent message that Zuma conveyed during his state visits to China and Russia was that South Africa wanted to learn from both countries on how to ensure high levels of beneficiation of South African mineral wealth, to ensure that the country was able to speed up development, create more jobs and roll back poverty. Zuma also stressed that South Africa needs to balance its trade with China to reduce the heavy deficit in China’s favour. He also foresaw co-operation between the two countries in reforming the global architecture and multilateral institutions. The growing relationship with China is seen both as a means to boosting South Africa’s global trade and of accelerating the development of the Africa continent. With its world-class financial sector, deep experience in African markets and an extensive corporate footprint on the African continent, South Africa is well placed to lead an African miracle similar to China’s achievement over the past 30 years. John Battersby is UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Yingni Lu is a London-based business development professional specialising in clean technology and renewable energy. She writes for the online magazine ReconnectAfrica 26 January 2011 There are periods in the dynamics of global power when the shift in trends is of such a scale that it is almost impossible to perceive the full impact of the moment. This was certainly the case with the phenomenal rise of China as a major global economic power. And it is happening again with the rise of Africa as a priority investment destination, as it moves into a similar position that China was in three decades ago, when that country began opening its economy to global forces. The key elements in China’s economic miracle have been an integrated market, special economic zones with incentives for foreign investors, and widespread reform of the agricultural system, which has freed up more labour for economic development. Africa is moving in the right direction on these key elements, but there are fundamental differences with China, and the evolution of Africa’s economic miracle will be different. China’s lifting of 400-million people out of poverty in the space of three decades, maintaining 10% gross domestic product (GDP) growth for three decades, the helter-skelter rate of urbanisation at almost 20-million per year, and now the unprecedented growth of the middle-class – mainly took the West by surprise.Africa: the reality-perception gap Africa’s greatest disadvantage is probably in the area of perceptions. The huge deficit between the reality of Africa and the Western media’s obsession with negative stereotypes of conflict, famine and failed states undermine the continent’s potential. The mainstream media has dominated the grand narrative for the past four decades, and through selective – rather than inaccurate – reporting has buttressed Africa’s negative trends at the expense of its potential. But the reasons why Africa’s growing potential as an investment destination should be conventional wisdom are multiple: In the past few decades, Africa has taken significant strides towards more democratic governance, more transparent economic systems and eliminating some of the more crippling bureaucratic barriers to trade and investment. Although Africa still falls far short of constituting an integrated market, the trend toward integration and more transparency is undeniable.The invitation of South Africa to become the fifth member of the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – and the South African seat on the United Nations Security Council will ensure that Africa has a voice in all key global fora and will accelerate reform of the UN and global financial, developmental and trade architecture.The credit crunch and global economic recession have created a fundamental crisis of confidence in the international financial system, which has both removed any moral high ground that the Washington-consensus institutions had and opened the way for an ongoing review of the current architecture.The potential of Africa as an investment destination has been long recognised and supported both in terms of investment and soft loans by China – now the world’s second-largest economy – and with strategic investments from South Africa and rising economies such as India and Turkey.There is ample evidence of Africa’s potential to leap-frog constraints such as fixed-line telephones with the revolution of mobile technology in Africa. The next breakthrough will need to come in the field of energy and electricity provision. Africa’s hydro-electric potential could play a key role here.In a world where there is growing consensus that future wars will be fought over food and water resources – rather than territory or ideology – Africa is well-placed to play a key role with its huge water reserves and vast tracts of arable land.With a population approaching 1-billion, Africa represents the world’s third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion) and is rich in largely unexploited mineral and natural resources.center_img South Africa played a key role in rescuing the 2009 climate change summit (COP15) in Copenhagen. There was enough progress at Cancun in Mexico at the end of 2010 to ensure that the next critical session of the COP17, in Durban in November 2011, could broker the breakthrough that world so badly needs.last_img read more

South Africans queue to say goodbye to Mandela

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first_img“Madiba said poverty was as much a crime as apartheid. We must do all we can to fight it, that’s why we volunteered to work in South Africa.”“Mandela helped rebuild our lives with pride and dignity. Like I tell my children, we must forgive but never forget,” says Henrietta Pitsi.Madiba’s journey home to his village of Qunu, where he will be buried on Sunday, began at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday 11 December 2013 as a glass-sided hearse carried his flag-draped coffin through the streets of the capital to the Union Buildings. There, the seat of government and the scene of his inauguration as the first president of a democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela will lie in state for three days.South Africans cry for MandelaThe slow 9-kilometre drive to the renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings was shepherded through the streets by a motorised honour guard. A large crowd watched the procession pass, some waving flags and cheering, and others standing silently, heads bowed and tears in their eyes.Thousands of citizens lined up for an opportunity to view the statesman, dressed in one of his trademark Madiba shirts, as he lay in state.Twenty years into South Africa’s democracy this was Mandela’s dream made flesh. The people of the rainbow nation queued as they did in the historic elections of 1994, keeping their heads pointed to the sun and their feet moving.Among them was Atteridgeville pensioner Henrietta Pitsi, with her husband and grandchild. She said she felt it was important that she be there to say goodbye to Mandela, and thank you. Dabbing at rheumy eyes she said the man who had given her back her dignity was owed as much time as it would take for the line to wind its way towards the security checkpoints closer to the Union Buildings.Pitsi’s children returned from exile in Tanzania when Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Today they are influential diplomats, businessmen and soldiers in the country of their birth. Mandela made their lives possible, she said. “Mandela showed us we had the right to want and have in our own country. He enlightened us, he made it possible for me to send my children to Cambridge, to international schools. Their lives are better thanks to Madiba.”Leaning on her grandchild’s shoulder, Pitsi said she had once queued for five hours to get into Wimbledon. If she could do that, then she could stand as long as she needed to say goodbye to Mandela. “Every day I tell them how they came to be free,” she says of her grandchildren. “They know we are all looking to them to ensure that Madiba’s sacrifices were not in vain.”Further back in the queue Penny Abboo watched her two spirited toddlers wander among the crowd. While they were far too young to understand why they were there, she said, “one day I will be able to tell them they were a part of history”.“I was clearing out my father’s house after he died and I found his dompas,” Abboo said, referring to the apartheid pass book black South Africans once had to carry in urban areas. She was never politically active, she said, and even being among the first group of black students allowed into universities formerly reserved for whites did not make her feel she was part of history. “It was finding that document that brought it home to me how much the country had changed.“I looked critically at my father’s generation and saw all these brilliant people who were denied opportunity because of the colour of their skin. In one generation we changed, we all became true citizens of this country, and that was thanks to Mandela.”A group of younger white girls holding South African flags edged forward as the line began moving.“He has finally escaped the grip of illness,” one of them said in a distinct British accent. “He can go home now he has done all we can expect of one man.“Mandela would have been so proud to see South Africa forget what divides them.” She was part of a group of foreign students volunteering in KwaZulu-Natal, who drove through the night to be a part of the day’s events.Fashionably dressed Lerato Moloi, in line with her niece and sister, smiled when she heard the foreign accents in the crowd. The whole world, she said, is mourning with South Africa. “We South Africans think he belonged just to us, but he gave a voice to people all over the world.”Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will lie in state for three days, giving South Africans a chance to view his body and say goodbye. The country has never staged an event like this before. As the crowd inched closer to the Union Buildings, Mandela taught them another lesson: how to grieve as a united nation.last_img read more

The Third Worst Place to Put a Duct

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first_imgIf you want to design and install a duct system to create problems, the possibilities are endless. I’ve certainly written about a lot of them (as well as how to do it properly). Today, though, let’s focus on one particularly bad place to put a duct. In fact, I think it’s the third worst place to put one. The problem What spurred this article is that I recently moved from a condo to 1961 ranch house in Atlanta, and my new place has this problem. The photo above shows it but you can’t tell for sure there. The photo below should make it clear, though. Can you tell what the problem is now? Supply duct in an exterior wall.The first photo shows a low sidewall supply register. The second one shows the same thing, but there’s another clue here that makes the problem clear. Notice the window above the bedroom supply register. Yes, this supply vent is an exterior wall.RELATED ARTICLESThe Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignBattling Condensation on Attic DuctsBuried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy CodeSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Get Your Ducts Inside the Building Enclosure What’s wrong with putting vents in exterior walls? As it turns out, putting supply vents in exterior walls is bad for several reasons. Here’s my list: Displaced insulation: Most homes have insulation in the wall cavities, not outside the framing. When you put a duct and a duct boot in the wall cavity, you don’t have room for insulation. If the walls are framed with 2x4s, there’s often not enough space even for a little bit of duct insulation. Duct losses to outdoors: Even if the duct and boot have some insulation, these components are rarely sealed and the insulation is likely to be compressed and insufficient.  Those two factors add up to warmer supply air being delivered in summer and colder air delivered in winter. Moisture problems: Putting cold air into an uninsulated piece of sheet metal in a poorly air-sealed enclosure is a recipe for condensation and mold for homes in humid climates. The photo below, which I took at a gut-rehab in progress in Atlanta a couple of years ago, shows what it looks like inside the wall. Supply duct boot in an uninsulated exterior wall.Basically, this configuration results in a wall that doesn’t perform as well as it could, a duct that doesn’t perform as well as it could, and the possibility of rot, mold, and indoor air quality problems.  (An appropriate response here might be, “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”) It’s mainly an older-house problem I’ve seen one or two new homes with this problem in the past decade or so, but this is a practice that has mostly disappeared. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you have an older home with your supply vents in the exterior walls, you ought to plan some way of addressing the problem. The best thing to do is open the wall and remove the duct and boot, do your air-sealing, and then insulate. That means finding another place for the supply vents, of course. In my case, I’ve got an air conditioner and furnace in the basement serving the whole house, and I’m going to rip it out. The new systems will serve the first floor with two ducted units in our insulated and conditioned attic, so I’ll put all the supply and return vents in the ceiling. Once I do that, then I can completely gut the basement, including the ductwork. Then later, when I work on the first floor walls, I can remove the vestiges of the old duct system from the walls and be done with this problem forever. Another way to go is to leave the sidewall vents in place and try as best you can to get them insulated and air-sealed. The photo below shows the basement duct going up into the wall and feeding that register in the second photo above. A previous improvement project included spraying foam on the band joist and trying to seal it up from below, but this doesn’t solve the problems in the wall above. Even if I opened the wall and sealed and insulated the boot as best I can, that thing is still displacing wall insulation. The only way to fix it fully would be to add exterior insulation to the wall. In my case, that’s not going to happen because I’m not removing the brick veneer. Supply duct going up into an exterior wall at the band joist.The only way to save those sidewall supply vents and eliminate all the potential problems is to seal and insulate the duct as well as possible and then add exterior insulation to the walls and band joists. Otherwise, you need to find another way to get heating and cooling to your rooms. The first and second worst places for ducts Now, since the problem I’ve just described is, according to me, the third worst place for ducts, you may be wondering what two places are worse. The first one is easy. Can you guess what it is? (If not, just click that link in the previous sentence or the first article in the list below.)  The second place is anywhere else in an unconditioned attic. What do you think might be the fourth worst place? –Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. All photos courtesy of Energy Vanguard.last_img read more

Naveen on project opening spree

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a high-level bridge over the Mahanadi river near Sambalpur on Friday. The 1.5 km bridge, built at a cost of ₹117.72 crore, will connect areas including Chaurpur, Gosala, and Chipilima with Sambalpur city near the Nelson Mandela Square by reducing the distance by 25 km.The bridge will facilitate better transportation of agricultural produce to the daily markets of Sambalpur and give boost to tourism. With direct access to Sambalpur, people from rural areas will get access to better health care and education, said Mr. Patnaik.During his visit to Sambalpur, the Chief Minister also addressed a Biju Yuva Bahini meeting where he inaugurated several new projects for the development of the region.The Chief Minister also inaugurated 19 other development projects worth ₹100 crore and laid foundation stones of 14 projects worth ₹338 crore.In the run-up to the upcoming general elections, Mr. Patnaik has been touring different districts to inaugurate projects and addressing meetings. He is scheduled to visit Mayurbhanj district on Sunday, his second visit to the district in less than a week.last_img read more

Uber shouldn’t reverse out of India, no matter what Softbank says

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first_imgIndia’s taxi wars are headed for a new turn.After fiercely battling homegrown rival Ola for nearly five years, San Francisco-based Uber may finally be slowing down in India.Uber’s latest and largest investor, Softbank, wants the company to focus only on its core markets—the US, Europe, Latin America, and Australia, Rajeev Misra, a board director with Softbank, told the Financial Times (paywall) on Jan. 19. Misra is set to join Uber’s board soon.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img read more