Men’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version Photo Gallery center_img With four official practices already in the rearview mirror, the Drake University men’s basketball team spent part of Thursday, Oct. 8, meeting with the local media to preview the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Bulldogs return 10 experienced players to the veteran roster while adding a pair of dynamic junior college transfers. Junior Reed Timmer returns as the Missouri Valley Conference’s top returning scorer after posting 16.8 points per game to earn honorable mention All-MVC honors as a sophomore. In addition to Timmer, five other returnees have experience as a starter while seven played 10 or more minutes per game last season. The Bulldogs have more than another month of practices before opening up the 2016-17 against South Dakota at the Knapp Center on Nov. 11.Below are videos of the Bulldogs talking about the upcoming season during Media Day.last_img read more

QPR v Sheffield United line-ups: One Rangers change, Blades midfielder out

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesDavid Wheeler comes into the QPR starting line-up for the game against the Championship leaders.Wheeler is in for the suspended Joel Lynch – Rangers’ only change from the weekend win against Wolves. The fit-again Jordan Cousins keeps his place in the starting line-up.Meanwhile, Sheffield United are without midfielder John Fleck, who is suspended.QPR: Smithies, Cousins, Baptiste, Robinson, Bidwell, Wheeler, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Mackie, Manning, Smith, Ngbakoto, Wszolek,Sheffield United: Blackman, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Clarke, Donaldson, Coutts, Carter-Vickers, Brooks.Subs: Moore, Hanson, Sharp, Stearman, Duffy, Lafferty, Carruthers.last_img read more

How to Insulate a Foundation

first_img RELATED ARTICLES How to Insulate a Basement WallGreen Basics: Rigid Foam Insulation How to Finish Exterior Foundation Insulation He also wonders whether he should hold off on installing insulation on the outside of the foundation walls now and tackle that project from the inside as a retrofit a few years down the road.Those related questions are the start of this Q&A Spotlight. Waiting is not a legal optionWhether Nicholas chooses XPS or a dense form of EPS, he has to choose something, replies GBA senior editor Martin Holladay.“I’m not sure about code enforcement in your area, but in Climate Zone 5, basement wall insulation is required, not optional,” Holladay says. “Leaving any walls uninsulated (whether above-grade walls or below-grade walls) is an example of builder error, and in most jurisdictions it is illegal. So my advice is: you can install basement wall insulation on the interior or the exterior, but you have to install it somewhere. Omitting it is not an option.”From a performance standpoint, he adds, either type of polystyrene would work.Assuming that foam, and not fiberglass batts, are used, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code requires foundation walls to have R-15 of continuous insulation on either the inside or the outside. But Nicholas doubts that the code is enforced where he lives, either because building officials don’t know about it, or because the code isn’t up-to-date.Further, he’d rather not apply the 3 inches of insulation he would need to reach R-15 because it would require more than a single layer of foam. “I was only planning on 2 inches of EPS or XPS on the exterior,” he says. “Three inches to achieve R-15 will be troublesome because it means I need to buy two layers to achieve 3 inches. I know it will be backfilled on some of the sides but the side it is not covered at all, I would like to fasten without any of the anchors you mention. Is adhesive just not a good option on the exterior side?”“I strongly urge you to at least meet minimum code requirements,” Holladay replies. “How you fasten the foam on the exterior depends in part on your choice of materials to protect the above-grade portions of the insulation.” CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Comparing XPS and EPSEPS does absorb some water, writes Dana Dorsett, which can lead to an R-value reduction of about 15 percent. But, he adds, “that performance is restored when the tide goes out. It dries as quickly as it takes on water.”XPS bleeds some of the blowing agents used to manufacture it over time, he adds, also resulting in a 15 percent loss of insulating value after a few decades. “But that performance hit is permanent,” Dorsett says.Dorsett also takes issue with claims from Owens-Corning about the blowing agent it uses.“Owens Corning still uses HFC blowing agents for XPS, (the predominant component of which is still HFC134a) and have not moved over to HFO1234 blowing agents with low to very low global-warming potential,” he says. “The ‘70% less Global Warming Potential than the blowing agents used before our blowing agent conversion in 2009’ claim means that instead of having 200 times more climate damage than EPS, they’re ‘only’ 60 times more damaging. That’s 6,000 percent more climate damage than EPS.”Dorsett’s formula for insulating the slab and foundation walls would go like this:Start with 2 to 3 inches of Type II EPS under the slab, with 2 inches of EPS between the slab edges and the foundation wall. “You can then hit R-15 whole-wall R performance using 1 1/2 inch of EPS or 1 inch of foil-faced polyiso trapped to the foundation wall by a 2×4 stud wall insulated with unfaced (or kraft-faced, but not foil-faced) R-13 or R-15 batts.”If Nicholas is unable to find local sources for the EPS, he could try ordering used-once, surplus, or factory seconds ordered from Nationwide Foam or Green Insulation Group, where prices are as much as 75 percent lower than virgin stock goods. About to start a new house in Climate Zone 5, Nicholas C is working out the details of how to insulate the basement slab and foundation walls. There is more than one type of rigid foam insulation he could use, and it could be applied on either the inside or outside of the foundation.For a couple of reasons, he’s planning on 2 inches of extruded polystyrene (XPS) beneath the slab rather than expanded polystyrene (EPS). The XPS would perform better in a wet environment, Nicholas says, and Owens-Corning, one insulation manufacturer, claims it no longer uses a “bad” blowing agent.He’s not had much luck in tracking down a local supplier of Type II EPS, while XPS seems much more available.“If I have the option to get EPS Type II, I want to know if I should use it or XPS for my foundation walls,” Nicholas explains in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “This is a walkout basement, meaning one wall is completely below grade, one wall is half-and-half, one wall is completely exposed, and the other wall is conveniently below grade because the garage is on that side, so it has dirt beneath it but also less exposure to elements since it is also the garage stem wall. “ Basement Insulation Retrofit: Spray Foam and Insulated Framed Wall Insulated Basement: Poured Concrete with 1 1/2 in. exterior rigid foam A note of caution about external foamFrom a thermal standpoint, foam can be installed on either the inside or the outside of the foundation walls, but James Kreyling offers this footnote:“A note of experience with exterior-applied XPS foam,” he writes. “Back in 1987 I built a home in New Hampshire — climate zone 5 — and based on the common wisdom of the time, insulated my foundation on the exterior with XPS foam, two layers of 1 1/2 inch each.”Then one New Year’s Day, he discovered the south wall of his kitchen was “disintegrating” after being nearly consumed by termites and carpenter ants.“Yup,” he adds, “they found their way in through the darkness of space between the XPS and the concrete foundation. I will never apply exterior foam on the foundation in contact with the soil again. Creating an unseen highway for the critters to move in and feast on my house.”The answer to that problem, says Dorsett, is copper Z-flashing installed over the foam and behind the water-resistive barrier (WRB) along with a copper-clad plastic or sheet-metal capillary break between the concrete and the foundation sill.“The 1980s practices did not usually have capillary breaks at both the footing and between the foundation and sill, which leads to higher moisture content in the foundation sill (even if it had a foamy or fiberglass sill gasket),” Dorsett continues. “A capillary break at the footing as well as under the foundation sill reduces the humidity in the basement, and keeps direct wicking into the foundation sill well controlled.”Also, he says, applying a cementitious finishing material over the entire length of foam, not just the portion that’s above grade, will reduce insect access to the foam. Or, consider a non-concrete foundation optionJerry Liebler has another suggestion: a foundation built with pressure-treated lumber and insulated with mineral wool batts, rather than a conventional concrete foundation and footing.“It is truly unfortunate that PWF (‘permanent wood foundation’) basements are not considered,” he writes. “The greenhouse gas emissions due to making the cement make concrete foundations far from green!”Not only would a PWF basement cost less, a 2×8 wood-framed foundation sheathed in plywood and insulated with mineral wool batts would come in at R-25 at a thickness of 8 1/2 inches and it would not require concrete footings.“Before you dismiss PWF, there are over a million in North America. None has termite problems and they come with a 75-year guarantee,” he adds. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to add:Let me just say that it is pretty hard to improve upon Martin’s “treatise” on basement insulation.Confused basements: More than a few of us building professionals — and certainly many of our clients — have a gut feeling or sense that below-grade spaces are inherently damp or prone to moisture problems. This comes from so many below-grade spaces that have not been designed and detailed as truly interior spaces — confused below-grade spaces not really sure if they are “in” or “outside” the living or conditioned space of the building. These spaces often lack continuous management of heat and moisture. Since it is much more difficult and expensive to properly manage heat and moisture down the road, decide now if the basement is inside or outside your home, and manage heat and moisture accordingly.Exterior or interior: From a hygrothermal perspective, I have always liked pulling any part of the building enclosure into conditioned space, particularly high-mass walls such as concrete; this allows the mass to be a thermal “flywheel.”But I have just seen too much damage to exterior basement insulation, hidden damage by insects and exposed damage from weed-whackers and the like. Covering or “protecting” the exterior rigid insulation is often done with just a simple parge coat, and it’s just not robust enough. Cementitious cover boards work well but are pretty expensive protection.Concerns that below-grade concrete walls must dry to the interior — limiting choices for interior insulation systems — have proven to be unfounded.The need for basement insulation/air sealing: I just wanted to share a short series of photos that place basement thermal performance in perspective, especially in terms of relative thermal impact.Image #2, below, is of an existing home, under renovation: a concrete basement with a stud wall insulated with R-19 kraft-faced batts. It’s about 5°F outside — an early morning in January — and it’s about 50°-55°F in the basement. Note that some stud wall bays to the left are insulated; others around the basement window had the insulation removed some days prior.The next photo (Image #3, below) is an IR close-up of the window and surrounding wall. Note how “cold” the uninsulated wall is (the cross hairs at 26°F are just a bit above finished grade on the exterior) and how “warm” the insulated basement wall is to the left.The last photo (Image #4, below) is an IR photo showing quite a bit of the basement wall below grade. Note how the temperature difference between the insulated and uninsulated wall fades significantly as the depth below grade increases.Now, certainly the delta-T and R-value of the insulation for this particular situation are driving the specific temperature results, but what this tells me is that regardless of the delta-T and R-value of the basement insulation, the most important parts of the basement walls to get detailed right are the portions above and just below grade, in terms of both thermal insulation and air sealing (note the really dark black spot in the first IR photo in the lower left hand corner of the window).As you near relatively stable, year-round ground temperatures in the 50s, the performance of the wall is more about thermal comfort of occupants and IAQ/moisture management than it is overall thermal efficiency.So, in any basement insulation system, focus on the thermal and air barriers near and above grade, particularly at the transition from below-grade to above-grade wall system — and certainly on the completely above-grade, walkout wall.last_img read more

Video: Coach K Talked To Oregon’s Dillon Brooks About His “Showing Off” In Handshake Line

first_imgDuke's Coach K talks with Dillon Brooks after the game.Coach K speaks with Dillon BrooksOregon took down defending national champion Duke on Thursday night, securing its place in the Elite Eight this weekend. The end of the contest, however, featured a little bit of controversy.On Oregon’s final possession, as the shot clock was winding down, Ducks forward Dillon Brooks launched and hit a deep three-pointer, which was meaningless to the game’s outcome. He then celebrated wildly, clearly irritating some of Duke’s players. As we showed you earlier, Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen wouldn’t shake Brooks’ hand. Coach K reportedly took a different route in response.According to SI’s Pete Thamel, Krzyzewski told Brooks that he’s “too good of a player” to show off. Brooks agreed.Brooks shoots 3 on final poss. Allen not happy. Coach K said something after.L ooks like Brooks says “I’m sorry” pic.twitter.com/248waQp5uS— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 25, 2016Dillon Brooks said Coach K told him in handshake line, “I’m too good of a player to be showing off at the end.” Brooks: “He’s right.”— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 25, 2016Regardless, Oregon moves on and will face 2-seed Oklahoma on Saturday. It should be a fantastic game.last_img read more

The Latest GM to slash 14700 jobs in North America

first_imgDETROIT — The Latest on General Motors’ restructuring plans (all times local):10:30 a.m.General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.About 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.___8:25 a.m.General Motors is closing a Canadian plant at the cost of about 2,500 jobs, but that is apparently just a piece of a much broader, company-wide restructuring that will be announced as early as Monday.A person briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that the plant being shuttered in Canada is just the beginning as GM prepares for the next economic downturn, shifting trade agreements under the Trump administration, and potential tariffs on imported automobiles.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn’t been made public.In the fall, the Detroit automaker offered buyouts to 18,000 white collar workers, but it has yet to say how many accepted, or if its’s close to meeting the staff reduction goals it set to better withstand leaner times.Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Number of candidates for City Council in Fort St John drops to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The number of candidates looking to be elected to Fort St. John City Council in next month’s municipal election has officially dropped to 12.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said today that Denise Menard provided written notification to the Chief Election Officer at 1:15 Friday afternoon that she was withdrawing her name as candidate for Councillor from the 2018 Municipal Election.Menard was one of two candidates to submit their nomination papers at the final minutes before the official nomination deadline at 4:00 p.m. last Friday. Both her and Gabor Haris were the final two official candidates to submit nominations.With Menard’s withdrawal today, there are currently 12 official candidates for council in Fort St. John.The six incumbents, Larry Evans, Gord Klassen, Byron Stewart, Trevor Bolin, Bruce Christensen, and Lilia Hansen, are all seeking re-election, along with Chuck Fowler, Becky Grimsrud, Gabor Haris, Jim Harris, Justin Jones, and Tony Zabinsky.The official deadline to withdraw as a candidate is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21st.For more information and a current list of candidates, please visit www.fortstjohn.ca/municipal-elections.last_img read more

Finnings Fundraising Pub Night for the United Way

first_imgThe Pub Night will include several opportunities to support this cause through purchasing 50/50 tickets, a silent auction with many great items donated from local businesses and door prizes to be drawn at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.  The Canadian Brewhouse is offering an Appetizer Buffet from 7-9 pm, and it is sure to be a good time for all that attend.The United Way of Northern B.C. is excited for this evening event as the funds raised will be used within our direct community by being redirected to Not-For-Profit Organizations.The goal of UWNBC’s is to act as professional fundraisers on behalf of organizations that may not have the time or funding to hold their own fundraising campaigns. Organizations that are focused on providing programs in the community, and Not-For-Profit groups can apply for funding, and the UWNBC helps raise and redistribute funds to these organizations. As administration costs are kept very low at 10 percent, this means nine out of every ten dollars donated goes directly back to the community.To attend the event, November 30th, tickets are $20 and are available by contacting Lyndon Wincheruk at; 1.(250) 793.5415. If you are a business that would be interested in donating to the Pub Night, please contact Wincheruk at the number posted above.The FB Page for this event can be found by CLICKING HERE FORT ST.JOHN, B.C. – Finning is coming together with The Canadian Brewhouse to host a Pub Night with all proceeds raised going to the United Way of Northern B.C.Finning has an established relationship with the United Way by raising funds for their campaign. For the past 12 years, the company has done this with in-house fundraisers and incentives for employees and customers on a branch and corporate level, raising funds of more than 12 million dollars over that time.Lyndon Wincheruk, an employee with Finning for the past seven and a half years and with Ron Pardy, General Manager of the Canadian Brewhouse combined their efforts to create the Pub Night as a new and exciting way to raise funds for this year’s Finning’s Fundraising Local Campaign.last_img read more

Ready to face assembly polls in Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth

first_imgChennai: Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth Friday said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. “Whenever the assembly elections are held,” was the actor’s brief response to a question as to when his political entry was expected. Asked if he would take a decision based on the outcome of bypolls to 18 assembly segments held on Thursday along with 38 Lok Sabha seats, Rajinikanth said he will respond after the results are out. To a question if the results may lead to assembly polls in the state and whether he would then face them, the actor shot back, “Ready to face, whenever they are held.” The bypolls to four other seats will be held on May 19.last_img read more

Digital Googly: One stop for all digital media services

first_imgKolkata-based entrepreneurs Anurag Chirimar and Subrata Roy formally announced the launch of a new social media marketing company – Digital Googly – which would provide a 360-degree social media promotion, marketing and advisory services.Tiny tots decked up as Modi, Mamata and Rahul Gandhi presented a different kind of colourful election ambience at the launch function. “We have gained expertise and deep knowledge in web design, e-commerce solutions, social media marketing, mobile applications through our own ventures which gives us a clear advantage over the competition in the market,” said Kuntal Chatterjee, CEO, Digital Googly. Also Read – The Puja carnival”Through our new ventures we are also generating local employment in new digital media sector while offering our customers a distinct advantage in leveraging social media tools for promotions and marketing. Digital Googly will cater to all the digital media needs of a client,” said Chatterjee. Digital Googly is focused on becoming a top-notch digital media service provider in the region and has put in place a modern infrastructure and highly-skilled work force.last_img read more