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PBA: Phoenix gains solo fourth after comeback win over Rain or Shine

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UAAP: UP barges into top 4 after stunning FEU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESPhoenix gained inside track for the last top four slot after rallying past Rain or Shine, 103-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Calvin Abueva scored 18 points, including the game-clinching free throw with 14 seconds left as the Fuel Masters completed their comeback from 10 points down at the start of the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Eugene Phelps also posted a double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for Phoenix, which claimed solo fourth with a 7-3 record, creating a half-game lead over Blackwater (6-3) in the standings.RJ Jazul hit a 3-pointer to give the Fuel Masters the lead for good, 91-90, with 4:48 remaining, capping a 17-6 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissChris Tiu tallied a game-high 24 points for the Elasto Painters, who dropped to 2-7.Import Terrence Watson had another subpar outing, finishing with only four points and seven rebounds before fouling out with still 2:19 left in the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Banner North Coast opener for Dungeness crab

first_imgThe sport Dungeness crab season kicked off this past Saturday, Nov. 3, and those who ventured offshore reported the crabs were plentiful and good-sized, and much meatier than last year at this time. Captain Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing set gear south of the entrance this week in 90 to 120 feet of water and reported 18 to 25 keepers per pot following an overnight soak.“The reports were similar for boats fishing south of the entrance as well as those who dropped pots right outside the …last_img read more

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Nollybooks: Literacy with love

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 (Image: info@mmepublishing.co.za) “Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women. Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in her the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”last_img read more

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Beyond Water Resistance

first_imgASTM D 882 for polymeric materials, or3500 N/m (20lb/in) minimum (machine & cross direction) 1. Two types of WRBs: Type I WRBs have what is described as a “base” level of water resistance. Type II WRBs have what is described as an “enhanced” level of water resistance. This difference is reflected only in the water resistance requirements. Seems as though Type I WRBs might get you by in dry climates (20 inches or less of rainfall annually), and Type II is the ticket for all other climates.2. Tensile strength or breaking force: There are three different ASTM test methods from which to choose, but all are proxies for the strength of the material.3. Vapor permeability: All WRBs must be a minimum of 5 perms; 5 perms is considered to be vapor semi-permeable (Joe Lstiburek classifies materials in the range of 1 to 10 perms as a Class III vapor retarder, based in part on the Canadian General Standards Board approach to vapor retarders). This is good because WRBs should keep out water but also allow drying.4. Pliability: Given the temperature for the pliability test, WRBs must be pliable even when they are “cold” (32ËšF).5. Aged testing: The tests for tensile strength and water resistance must be conducted for materials “as received” and “aged.” Aged testing involves cycles of wetting and drying as well as ultraviolet light (UV) exposure.Will these tests and their thresholds help us select high-performance WRBs? A quick check of a number of products (Typar, Tyvek, PinkWrap, Raindrop, and Jumbo-Tex) shows that they all would pass these performance tests (although none of these products currently reports the required aged testing results). The only thing I could find that would not pass the new draft standard performance tests is standard roofing felt (often mistakenly called “building paper” and just as often mistakenly used on walls as a WRB—see this Fortifiber resource).1So when all is said and done, we are probably back to the “empirical” approach:1. Start with a WRB that meets the new proposed standard performance tests2. Install the WRB per manufacturer’s instructions on a mock-up wall, and then let the assembly bake in the sun for several weeks.3. Water-test the mock-up, then install your cladding.4. Water-test the mock-up again.5. If it passes, make sure your crews install the WRB system with the same degree of care and attention to detail as they showed in the wall mock-up.…………………1 We probably need a whole other blog on building papers, straightening out—or at least attempting to—all the properties and terminology for asphalt-impregnated sheet goods. Stay tuned. Water ResistanceTest (choose 1)(1) asmanufactured & (2) aged per Section A1.2 of this standardD 779 or10 min minimum60 min minimum Pliability Testas receivedsee Section A.1.3 of this standardThe materialshall not crack when bent over a 1.6mm (1/16-inch) diameter mandrel ata temperature of 0 C (32 F) Dry tensilestrength or dry breaking force (choose 1)(1) asmanufactured & (2) aged per Section A1.2 of this standardASTM D 828 for Paper and Felt materials, or3500 N/m (20lb/in) minimum (machine & cross direction) ASTM D 5034 (Grab Method)178 N (40 lbf)minimum (machine direction)156 N (35lbf) minimum (cross direction) Type IType IIcenter_img Housewraps and Building Paper: Beyond Water ResistanceTensile strength, vapor permeability, and pliability are important, too.In a recent blog post, I covered water-resistive barrier (WRB) tests to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of water resistance. But a good WRB has other properties as well. It needs to be tough and not tear as you stretch it taut and fasten it. It needs to allow drying if water does get into an assembly. And it needs to be flexible, able to bend around inside and outside corners without breaking or weakening.The new ASTM “Standard Specification for Vapor Permeable Flexible Sheet Water-Resistive Barriers Intended for Mechanical Attachment” has been drafted to address tensile strength, vapor permeability, and pliability as well.The table presented here illustrates a proposal by some industry representatives to provide a simplified guide to WRB requirements. It is very similar to the ICC-ES AC 38 – “Acceptance Criteria for Water-Resistive Barriers.” There are several things to note from this table.Table 1: Requirements for Water Resistive Barriers AATCC 127 except that the specimens shall be held at ahydrostatic head of 55 cm (21.6 in).not applicableNo leakage is permitted to the underside of anyspecimen in 300 min. Test RequirementSpecimen TypeTest MethodMinimumPerformance Requirements Water Vapor Transmission Testas receivedASTM E96/E 96M Dessicant Method290 ng/(Pa•s•m2)(5 perms) minimum Water Resistance Ponding Test (Section A.1.1), orNo water shall transmit through the membrance in 120min.not applicablelast_img read more

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Selectors faced with Sehwag dilemma ahead of team selection

first_imgDashing opener Virender Sehwag’s availability will be the bone of contention when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to select the Test squad for the cricket tour of England.While Sachin Tendulkar (rested from the ongoing tour of the West Indies), Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir (recovering from injuries) will be back to bolster the squad, there hasn’t yet been any concrete information about the status of Sehwag’s injured shoulder that underwent a surgery in May.A source close to Sehwag said that the opener may just struggle to get fit in time for the first Test as “he is yet to get back the desired strength in his shoulders.”The first Test starts from July 21 at the Lord’s. India are scheduled to play four Tests and five ODIs during the tour of England.”We have no information as of now on the status of Sehwag’s injury. We will only get to know once we are in Chennai. We have heard that Gautam and Zaheer are fit,” said a selector.There is speculation that selectors may just take a gamble by including Sehwag in the team and wait for him to get fit by the time the second Test starts in Nottingham from July 29.Asked about the poor show by Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund in the three innings so far, the selector retorted, “These two (Vijay and Mukund) are the best available replacements for Viru and Gauti. We don’t have too many options in opening. Only Parthiv can be another option.”advertisementParthiv is a certainty as a second wicketkeeper.If Sehwag fails to make it then Vijay, by sheer experience of having a longer stint in the team, may get another international lifeline.While the other places in the batting order are almost sealed after Raina’s back-to-back 50s, the extra middle-order batsman’s slot may be a three-way battle between Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and senior-pro Yuvraj Singh.While Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma have sealed their places after impressive show in the West Indies, the young Abhimanyu Mithun may have to battle it out with S Sreesanth for the fourth pacer’s slot.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Ferguson Marine Splashes New LNGFuelled Ferry

first_imgzoom UK-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) launched the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed and constructed in the UK on November 21.The MV Glen Sannox, which hit the water at the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, is the first of two vessels ordered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).Construction on the 102-metre vessel started in 2016 with delivery to CMAL scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018/19.The environmentally-friendly, vehicle passenger ferry is planned to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, trasporting up to 1,000 passengers and 127 cars.“As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well,” Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital, said.last_img read more

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