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Nigeria captain hid dad’s abduction, played World Cup match

first_img“I could not even inform the coaches or NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) staff, and only a very tight circle of … my friends knew. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.”The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $28,000 for Mikel’s father, according to Nigerian police in the southeastern state where his father was rescued.But police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu told The Associated Press that Michael Obi was rescued along with his driver after a shootout and no ransom was paid. The two men had been held by the kidnappers for nearly a week after being abducted on a road while traveling from the central city of Jos to a funeral in the southeastern state of Enugu.Kidnappings for ransom targeting family members of wealthy people are common in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of nearly 200 million people and Africa’s most populous country.Mikel, one of Nigeria’s most successful players, was at Chelsea in the Premier League from 2006-17. He moved to Chinese club Tianjin Teda last year.His father was also kidnapped in 2011, when the kidnappers demanded a $4 billion ransom from Chelsea.On that occasion, Michael Obi was kidnapped in Jos and rescued in the northern city of Kano, 190 miles away, 10 days later.Mikel said he desperately wanted to talk about his father’s latest kidnapping with Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr at the World Cup but thought it would upset the team, and so kept quiet.“I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game,” Mikel said. “So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it. Thankfully he (Mikel’s father) is now safely released.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mikel decided to hide the news from his teammates and coach so as not to destabilize the team and went ahead and played the game in Russia, the midfielder said in a statement released by his management company on Tuesday.Mikel’s father, Michael Obi, was rescued from armed kidnappers by Nigerian police following a shootout in a remote, forest area in southeastern Nigeria on Monday, nearly a week after his abduction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat allowed the player to talk about the incident publicly.Police said Michael Obi, who was rescued along with his driver, had “recovered from the trauma of the kidnap.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trialcenter_img FILE – In this June 22, 2018 file photo, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel waves to his team’s supporters after their 2-0 win in Group D over Iceland at the World Cup in Volgograd, Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a crucial World Cup match against Argentina four hours after being told his father had been kidnapped for ransom back home and would be shot if anyone talked to the police.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first,” Mikel said.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In a post on his official Twitter account later Tuesday, Mikel said his father was “recuperating with family.”It was the second time Michael Obi had been kidnapped in Nigeria.Mikel said he received a telephone call in St. Petersburg last Tuesday telling him of his father’s abduction as the Nigeria team was heading to the stadium to play in the World Cup against Lionel Messi and Argentina.Nigeria lost 2-1 after a late Argentina goal and was eliminated from the World Cup as a result. Mikel played the whole game knowing that his father was in serious danger.“I was emotionally distraught but had to make a decision about whether I was mentally ready to play the game,” Mikel said in his statement. “I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down.ADVERTISEMENT PayMaya forces semis rubber match vs BanKo after 5-set win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Heading Off Ice Dams

first_imgThe best solution won’t be cheapThe problem can be solved, writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, “but the solution won’t necessarily be cheap.”If there is enough room in the attic, especially at the eaves, for an adequate amount of insulation, and if a skilled crew of workers can be found, then Rabe’s proposed solution will be successful.“In many homes, however, this approach won’t work because space at the eaves is limited and because skilled workers are hard to find,” Holladay adds. “Instead, consider installing a new layer or layers of thick rigid foam above the roof sheathing. This approach (a) is expensive, (b) requires you to insulate the gable walls in your attic, and (c) requires you to re-work your exterior trim details at the rakes and eaves — but it will solve your ice dam problems.”Holladay suggests that Rabe consider using nailbase, a type of roof sheathing that consists of rigid foam insulation glued to a layer of OSB. Nailbase is available in several thicknesses, including a 9-inch-thick panel from ABT that’s rated at R-33.If he installs rigid foam on the exterior of the roof sheathing, he should not ventilate the underside of the sheathing. This approach requires the sealing of any soffit or ridge vents.“Some builders prefer to include a ventilation channel above the rigid foam,” he adds. “In fact, some nailbase panels include this type of ventilation channel. But you wouldn’t want to have any ventilation under the original sheathing… You only want to ventilate your roof sheathing when the roof sheathing is on the exterior side of the insulation. Once you bring the roof sheathing into your home’s thermal envelope, you want to keep everything warm and cozy (to limit your energy bills).” The spray foam optionRabe has contacted an insulation contractor who recommends that both problem roof areas be insulated with spray foam, creating an unvented “hot” roof.“The plan, he said, was to remove the sheathing and spay foam the ‘attic floor’ between each joist in order to seal and insulate the attic floor with no more spray foam than the height of each joist,” Rabe writes. “All intake and exhaust vents would be closed off. As for the cathedral, they would also remove the sheathing and spray foam the entire cavity from eave to ridge. No venting. I have no interest in making my attic space into a livable region. I’m all for the cheapest approach to eliminate ice damming.”He’s concerned, however, that enough heat will bleed through the insulation beneath the low-slope roof to get the sheathing warm enough to melt snow.“Apologies for the learning process, but is there some advantage to not having ventilation in this scenario?” he adds. “The insulation guy said that spray foam below the sheathing vs. directly on the attic floor are identical.”Not really, Holladay replies. “Installing spray foam insulation on an attic floor does not create a conditioned attic. This type of attic is outside of the home’s thermal envelope, and it should be vented. There is no reason for the spray foam contractor to seal the soffit vents and the ridge vent if the contractor is installing spray foam on the attic floor. In most cases, the best insulation to install on an attic floor is cellulose, not spray foam, although spray foam is often useful for air sealing.”A second insulation contractor recommends spraying the attic floor beneath the low-slope roof with foam, blocking the soffit vents but providing ventilation to the attic with Maximum Ventilation intakes. For the cathedral ceiling, the contractor would spray the roof cavity from above, leaving a small air space beneath the new roof sheathing for ventilation. Soffit vents would remain open.Rabe already uses VMax Model 301 units from the company as exhaust vents for the attic. “I am considering installing ridge vents,” he says, “but the insulation specialist claims that these Maximum Ventilation units (exhaust and intake) are far superior solutions, and even the intakes would serve to draw in air allowing them to fully spray foam the corners tight, maximizing the R-value there.”Keep minimum recommended R-values in mind, Holladay adds that 5 inches of open-cell foam yields an R-18 thermal barrier, while that much closed-cell foam produces R-32. But in either case, that’s less than the minimum code requirement of R-49 required in the U.S. for even milder climate zones than Ontario. RELATED ARTICLES Rabe has solicited suggestions on how to resolve the problem from several roofing companies. They seem to run the gamut: opening all soffit vents and adding fluffy insulation between rafters; removing shingles and installing metal roofing; adding a new roof deck on top of the existing deck and building in an air gap between the two; removing all existing attic insulation before air-sealing the attic floor and blowing in new insulation; and, finally, removing the existing low-slope and cathedral roofs and replacing them with a new roof of a steeper pitch.Rabe is leaning toward a plan that would begin with removing the existing board sheathing and the existing attic insulation. Then, he would air-seal all the “visibly obvious problem areas,” open all soffits and add baffles between rafters, and then blow in new cellulose to a depth of 18 inches to 20 inches. The roof could then be decked with OSB and re-shingled. He estimates this approach would cost about $25,000 Canadian ($20,000 U.S.).“I’m hoping for a guaranteed solution,” he writes.Is this it? That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. With the onset of another winter just a few months away, Jake Rabe is looking for suggestions on how to prevent the recurrence of ice dams on his older Ontario home.“Each winter I have to deal with ice damming along two sides of the roof — nowhere else,” he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “The areas in question are a low-slope roof (3/12 pitch, east and west side of the ridge) and a cathedral style roof (8/12 pitch)… My goal is to stop the ice damming.”Rabe believes that the house was built between the 1920s and the 1950s. Access to the cramped attic beneath the east and west low-slope roofs is through a tiny hatch on the upper floor of the house. Rabe estimates that there is only about 36 inches from the ridge to the attic floor, with the space now filled with a mix of old and new cellulose insulation roughly 12 inches thick. He has no idea whether the insulation is evenly distributed across the attic floor.Soffit vents have been installed, although he suspects they have been obstructed by wood or cellulose. There are two exhaust vents at the top of the roof. The roof has board sheathing rather than OSB or plywood. How to Install Rigid Foam On Top of Roof SheathingIce Dam BasicsPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationAir Leakage Through Spray Polyurethane FoamSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsSpray Foam in Cold ClimatesSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure -AllGetting Spray Foam RightAir Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamWhen Spray Foam Goes Badcenter_img When to vent the atticThere is still some lingering confusion on whether it’s important to vent an attic when the attic floor has been insulated and air-sealed with spray foam.If the attic is too small to stand up in, and the attic floor is insulated with an adequate amount of spray foam, the attic would not have to be vented, Holladay says. “As long as the spray foam work is not performed in the rain, the assembly will be fine. The spray foam stops humid air from the interior from exfiltrating through the ceiling, so interior moisture won’t be entering from below. The roofing keeps out the rain.”Vents above the insulation would be a good idea if there is a practical way to install them, Holladay says, but vents that penetrate the roofing are not his personal favorites because they can leak.Why does the need for ventilation hinge on how big the attic is? asks Alan.“Low-slope roof assemblies insulated with spray polyurethane foam are often unvented,” Holladay replies. “The fact that there are a few inches of air above the cured spray foam doesn’t necessarily make these roof assemblies risky. That said, venting the air space provides an opportunity for excess moisture to dissipate, obviously, so if Jake can include a soffit vent or a wall vent, he should do so.” Consult an expertFinding a qualified contractor is, of course, key. Rabe has been calling roofing contractors, but they don’t seem to think that air-sealing is very important. So where should he look?What you want, Holladay says, is a home performance or weatherization contractor. A RESNET-certified or BPI-certified rater would be a good place to look for a recommendation, and Steve Knapp suggests that the Canadian Residential Energy Services website is a place to start. The Building Performance Institute Canada also would be a place to check.“Keep in mind that spray foam contractors want to sell spray foam,” Knapp says. “Earlier, Martin suggested bringing in a CRESNET rater to check out your home and recommend a strategy. Personally, I think that is the way to go. Otherwise, you may end up wasting funds and possibly making your situation worse, not better.”The advice Rabe has been getting from spray-foam contractors isn’t sitting well with Alan B.“That insulation specialist is making me do multiple face-palms,” he writes. “He sounds like one of those stereotypical ‘foam solves everything, R-value myth’ types. For a standard attic the advice is simple: air seal (blower door directed is best) then put R-50 of cellulose on the attic floor. Make sure soffit and ridge venting is adequate. Measure the amount [of venting] you have in square inches and the size of the roof, and post here to get numbers.“For a cathedral ceiling (meaning no conventional attic, low slope or high slope), adequate rigid foam on top of the sheathing is recommended, and fill the rafters with open-cell foam, drywall, air-seal and paint,” Alan adds. “The needed foam thickness on top of the sheathing depends on rafter thickness and climate zone, so your location in Ontario would be helpful… This should solve the problems at better cost then some of the crazy and wrong solutions you have been given.” Aesthetic concerns with exterior foamOne potential drawback of using rigid foam above the roof sheathing is what the new insulation would do to the appearance of the house.“My worry about this approach is how it will look,” Rabe writes. “I would only be applying it to the low-pitch roof and the cathedral roof — nowhere else. I’m concerned the existing, relatively new, gutters will have a, worst case, 10-inch-gap between the shingles and the top of the gutter.”[Illustration: Building Science Corporation]If exterior foam is the option Rabe chooses, Holladay replies, it would typically be applied to the entire roof, not parts of it. He refers Rabe to an an illustration from Building Science Corporation showing how a rebuilt soffit and fascia can disguise the thick exterior foam.“If you are uncertain of the aesthetics of this insulation project, it’s time to hire an architect to help you,” Holladay says.The potentially “astronomical” cost of placing rigid foam on top of the sheathing has Rabe circling back to a variation of an idea he broached earlier. Working from above, he would remove the existing sheathing and insulation, and air-seal the attic floor. The floor could then be insulated, either with closed-cell foam alone, or with a layer of closed-cell foam and then a layer of cellulose.“Your plan sounds sensible,” Holladay tells him. “The success of your plan will depend, of course, on the skill of your spray foam installer.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:It’s interesting that this home only has problems on certain roofs or roof locations. A blower-door-assisted infrared scan of the roofs would be really helpful in better understanding the thermal bypasses (due to combined air leakage and conductive heat loss) at all the eaves.All ice dams are the combined result of conductive and convective heat loss at the eaves, at nearby penetrations, or at leaky ducts. In this case it looks like missing air sealing and insulation at the eave (or the top of the exterior wall) is the primary culprit.It’s not really possible to vent or ventilate your way out of ice dams; the only real solution is making the air and thermal barrier continuous at the intersection of the eave and the top of the wall. You can rake the eaves when it snows, or switch to a less-susceptible roofing, but those aren’t really solutions. For this project (especially with the low-slope shed dormer), attacking the eaves from the outside, along the lines of this project by Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister, is the way to go.An insulation retrofit beefed up insulation at the eaves.Paul has done moisture monitoring on ice-dam retrofits like this one — where the total space or depth of the roof assembly really does not allow venting — to show that even if the roof sheathing gets quite wet during the heating season, it will dry well over the rest of the year.Venting introduces drying potential forgiveness, of course, but you simply can’t move enough air past an assembly wetted by an ice dam to good effect. It is more important to eliminate uncontrolled air movement (leakage) than it is to increase managed air movement (venting or ventilating) to manage ice dams.Incidentally, Eldrenkamp sent me this photo as part of his work with the Building America team (NorthernSTAR) and their work on ice dams, called Project Overcoat. 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Xbox One: Microsoft’s Big Bid To Pwn The Living Room

first_imgIt’s not every day one of the big three gaming powerhouses announces a new console. In fact, we’ve been waiting a solid eight years. In an event on its Redmond, Washington home turf today, Microsoft announced the Xbox One, its next generation Xbox gaming console — and more.In fact, the Xbox One is pretty much an audacious land grab by Microsoft, an attempt to stake out your living room as its undisputed turf. Here’s how.The new console packs 8GB of RAM, a base 500GB hard drive, USB 3.0, wi-fi direct, and built-in Blu-Ray. The One runs on a custom eight-core AMD chip and will come bundled with Kinect, the motion-based controller system that Microsoft introduced with the Xbox 360.Contrary to rumors, the Xbox One will not require an Internet connection at all times. Though it may crimp your ability to play used games and apparently won’t play Xbox 360 games at all.On stage in Redmond, Head of Xbox Don Mattrick touted the Xbox team’s ability to stay agile with trends — not always the company’s strong suit — by feeding the voracious appetite of avid gamers. “Nearly 8 years after our launch, the Xbox 360 remains a vibrant platform,” Mattrick said. “We made an early bet on Xbox live. Gamers were hungry to adopt emerging technologies… we doubled down on Xbox Live. Today it’s time for technology to step behind the curtain.” But it is in the living room that the Xbox One stakes its major claim to fame. A new generation of Xbox Live will be the revamped, beating heart of the console, weaving together interactive TV, real-time major broadcast events like sports and awards shows and connected gaming, naturally.The new Xbox Live interface enables quick-switching between Xbox Live’s homescreen, movies and live TV — and in the demo, quick meant quick. “”You can switch to your game like it’s a TV channel flip” according to Xbox Live head Marc Whitten. The quick-switching is thanks to “snap mode,” a multitasking feature that allows apps to remain running in the background so that they can pop back up instantly.By hosting its own event on its own terms, Microsoft is jumping the gun on E3 — the biggest North American gaming conference, and traditional grounds for big, flashy hardware announcements. Of course, Microsoft is also beating Sony to the punch, considering that the rival’s PlayStation 4 reveal is just around the corner too. All photos by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite Tags:#consoles#gaming#Microsoft#Xbox 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… taylor hatmaker 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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Counting on March 3 in Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya

first_imgThe wait for change, or more of the same, in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will come to an end on Saturday. The verdict of around 56 lakh voters across these three northeastern States was sealed on February 18 and 27.With 180 Assembly seats and five parliamentary seats in total, the elections in these small States have often been mere formalities. 60-member Assemblies But last month’s elections, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, have raised the stakes for the three major players — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress — as well as a smattering of regional parties. The three States have 60-member Assemblies. A party or coalition needs at least 31 seats for forming a government.Having bagged Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in a region that was considered its “final frontier,” the BJP has been on an aggressive expansion mode. The hurdle in Tripura is a deeply entrenched Left Front, headed by the CPI(M), which has been ruling the State for 25 years.The BJP’s ambition in Meghalaya and Nagaland is a tad less, given the demographic and religious composition there. It has tied up with regional parties against the common enemy: the Congress. However, the pact has been confirmed only in Nagaland.last_img read more

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AAP seeks special status for Punjab

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party has asked the Centre to grant special status to Punjab and include it in the list of Special Category States (SCS), besides demanding a revision in the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission. All-party meet soughtThe party has also written to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to convene an all-party meeting on these issues so that a collective case can be presented on behalf of the people of Punjab.“Punjab has a much stronger case than even States like Andhra Pradesh, which are seeking special status and inclusion in the list of SCS. While special status will help meet the political aspirations of the people through legislative means, its inclusion in SCS will help the State come out of its economic and financial mess,” said AAP leader and MLA Kanwar Sandhu on Thursday. He had recently written two separate letters to the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raising the demands. Mr. Sandhu said if terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission were not revised, Punjab would be even harder hit in terms of devolution of funds from the Centre than States like Karnataka and Kerala, which are making a similar demand.last_img read more

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Cricketer Anjum Chopra debuts in TV reality show

first_imgCricketer Anjum ChopraCricketer Anjum Chopra, 33, goes from one sport to another.From playing and then analysing cricket, she is now one of the 13 female participants on Khatron ke Khiladi 4, and will be paired opposite celebrity trainer Sandeep Sachdeva. But after having played for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team,Cricketer Anjum ChopraCricketer Anjum Chopra, 33, goes from one sport to another.From playing and then analysing cricket, she is now one of the 13 female participants on Khatron ke Khiladi 4, and will be paired opposite celebrity trainer Sandeep Sachdeva. But after having played for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team in six World Cups, however, the ultimate goal remains to win the women’s World Cup for her country, “I know the joy of winning a semi-final and the pain of losing a final.”The show is just a platform to raise awareness about the game.last_img read more

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