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‘Wilson’s free-kick better than Ronaldo’s against Portsmouth’

first_imgJamie Redknapp’s mind was blown when he watched Harry Wilson smash his free-kick past Sergio Romero.The former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder was in the Sky studio to watch Derby’s Carabao Cup win against Manchester United where the 21-year-old scored a screamer and celebrated by reminding the Old Trafford faithful about his Liverpool allegiance.  ADVICE RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack MONEY Wilson’s free-kick drew Derby level against Manchester United at Old Trafford 2 Most popular football news REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move silverware no dice One of Ronaldo’s greatest goals was his free-kick for Manchester United against Portsmouth Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF And Redknapp also thinks it’s a better strike than the one Cristiano Ronaldo scored for United against Portsmouth in 2008.“The free-kick is one of the greatest free-kicks I have ever seen,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.“You know when you see great goals? I think of Roberto Carlos’ one when he hits that one and that one tonight is one to take your breath away. That was a fantastic goal.”Asked whether he preferred to Ronaldo’s memorable free-kick, he said:“You don’t get bored of seeing these! It bamboozles the goalkeeper, he doesn’t know where he is going!“I am going to go with Harry Wilson. Both brilliant and that is what it is about.” REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury impact Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Choosing the Right Water-Resistive Barrier

first_imgThese products are apples and orangesIce & Water Shield, as David Meiland points out, is considered a roofing product, not something that’s typically applied to exterior walls. All About Water-Resistive BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Water-Resistive Barriers Getting Insulation Out of Your Walls and CeilingsDense-Packed Cellulose and a Wrong-Side Vapor Barrier Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingWall Sheathing OptionsHousewrap in a Can: Liquid-Applied WRBsHow to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing Q&A: PERSIST vs REMOTE vs SIP? Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to add to the conversation:I do like the approach of exterior rigid insulation protecting the dedicated WRB; all WRB materials become more robust when they are sheltered from temperature and moisture extremes in this way.And combining this moisture control layer with your air barrier also makes a lot of sense; I like air barriers both interior and exterior but if given just one, the exterior makes it easier to get continuity.In comparing a flexible housewrap like StuccoWrap to a rubberized asphalt membrane like Vycor, two properties jump out:Most housewraps (many of which are spun-bonded polyolefins or SBPOs) have a relatively high vapor permeance, permitting good drying potential to the exterior of the assembly. Most rubberized asphalt membranes like Vycor are Class I vapor retarders, permitting little if any drying potential to the exterior.Most of the rubberized asphalt membranes are self-healing, so maintaining water and air performance around fastener penetrations represents a significant performance advantage compared to housewraps like StuccoWrap.Two approaches not mentioned are liquid-applied WRBs and taped structural sheathing like Zip sheathing. And while each of these may be more expensive per square foot of material than either a rubberized asphalt membrane or a housewrap like StuccoWrap, getting the same quality and continuity of these layers, particularly at penetrations, is very difficult to do. So when we compare the costs of each approach, it’s hard to account for how much more time and effort and frustration is associated with each system.And no matter which system you choose, it’s the margins, transitions, and penetrations that are the most demanding and the most important. I must confess that I have not actually used any liquid-applied products, but the systems offered by Prosoco, Dow, and Tremco are impressive — just pricey.I have to add that the Wingnut Test Facility is engaged in yet another round of testing of high-performance acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes (see the photos below).We are currently testing acrylic PSA construction tapes adhered to OSB on half their width and either PVC or an aluminum flange on the other. We are wetting the tapes front and back (we routed a groove in the OSB that the tapes span so water “spritzed” from the back gets to the tape) to mimic bulk water getting past the WRB on the exterior and condensation getting to the window install from the interior.It’s pretty early to be talking about results, but the only acrylic PSA tape that has not failed in this round of testing — wetted or not wetted — on the aluminum flange is Zip System wall tape. Zip wall tape on just about any substrate, not to mention the one for which Zip tape is designed, is pretty remarkable in its adhesion under tough application and in-situ field conditions.We are far from issuing conclusions on our testing, but based on our testing to date and anecdotes from a growing number of high-performance builders and architects, the Zip System — a system that incorporates wall sheathing, WRB, and an air barrier — would be at the top of my list. “These products aren’t in the same category,” he says. “If there are particular areas of your project that might benefit from a self-adhering membrane, then I would look at Vycor, but it should only be on small areas of the wall the are still vulnerable with correctly overlapped layers of more usual materials.”Ice & Water Shield is expensive, he adds, and a “major ordeal” to apply on the entire exterior wall surface of a two-story house.Timmerberg understands that a membrane such as Grace Ice &Water Shield is used in two construction techniques, called PERSIST and REMOTE, but Meiland points out that those building approaches are meant for extremely cold climates.If you follow the PERSIST script, adds GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, using the membrane on outside walls will be just fine.“The PERSIST wall system (as originally conceived) places all of the insulation on the exterior side of the wall sheathing,” Holladay writes. “Stud bays stay empty. If you follow this approach, you can safely use a rubberized membrane like Grace Ice & Water Shield on the exterior side of the sheathing.“If you deviate from the PERSIST method by switching from R-20 or R-24 foam to just a thin layer of foam, or by adding insulation between your studs, then installing a rubberized membrane becomes risky,” he adds.When there’s insulation in the stud cavities, and some insulation on the outside of the sheathing, what’s needed is a vapor-permeable WRB rather than an impermeable barrier such as Grace Ice & Water Shield.Holladay continues, “The PERSIST approach was developed in the 1960s before high-quality European tapes were available. The first approach to installing a PERSIST air barrier was to use torch-down membranes. After a few disastrous fires, PERSIST builders switched to rubberized asphalt.“Now that it’s easy to buy European tapes designed to tape sheathing seams, builders have many more ways to create a good air barrier at the sheathing level than they did in the 1960s. I would advise you to tape your sheathing and use a conventional housewrap.”Holladay also points out that the PERSIST approach works in all climate zones, not just very cold ones, and it could be used by Timmerberg as long as he was careful in all of its details. Yes, James Timmerberg’s new house will have a water-resistive barrier (WRB) on the exterior walls. The question is which of two possible options will be best choice: Grace Ice & Water Shield, a self-adhering membrane typically used to waterproof roof decking, or Tyvek Drainwrap, a housewrap designed for areas prone to wind-driven rain.In a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, Timmerberg asks, “If applying a WRB under rigid foam insulation, what are the pros and cons of using Grace Ice & Water Shield compared to Tyvek Drainwrap, in terms of protecting the sheathing, serving as an air barrier, difficulty of installation, flashing details, and any other reason you might prefer one product over the other to serve as a WRB?”Timmerberg assumes that the Ice & Water Shield will be more expensive. Is it worth the extra investment, he asks, for a 2,000-square-foot-house that will be built in Climate Zone 5? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.center_img Exterior membrane is a ‘robust’ solutionAn endorsement for using a self-adhering membrane instead of housewrap comes from Adam Emter, who used it on the house he built in North Dakota. Emter used an Owens-Corning product called HydroSeal rather than Grace’s Ice & Water Shield, but the idea is the same.“I got it on sale and did my whole house (approximately 2,000 sq. ft.) for approximately $1,000,” Emter says, “so it only really cost me about $700 more than using a traditional WRB.”Emter placed the membrane over his OSB sheathing, followed by 6 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, furring strips, and then siding.“I opted for this method over taping OSB seams or taping foam seams simply because it seems like a more robust system in the long term,” he adds. “I’m planning to live in this home for many decades and I wanted to have as airtight construction as possible.”Emter adds, however, the membrane was difficult to install: too cold, and it doesn’t want to stick; too hot and it “just turns into a huge asphalt mess.” He suggests putting the smooth face of the OSB facing outward, and wait for days when the outdoor temperature is about 70 degrees. Attaching thick layers of foamHe used two layers of 3-inch-thick foam. Where gaps between sheets of EPS were large enough, Emter used canned foam to seal them. As he applied furring strips over the second layer of foam, Emter removed the screws that had been holding the foam in place and filled the cavities with foam.As for insulation, Emter plans on using R-11 fiberglass batts in the 2×4 walls upstairs, and R-25 batts in the 2×6 basement walls. In the end, he will have about 55% of his wall insulation on the exterior, enough to keep the sheathing moisture free. On the inside, he plans on using the Airtight Drywall Approach to keep moisture out of wall and roof assemblies.“Attaching the furring strips was difficult to get the hang of,” he adds. “Eight-inch timber screws would have only penetrated my studs by about an inch so I chose to go with 10-inch timber screws. I make my measurements as accurate as possible on the exterior, but I did miss a few studs here and there. The problem when you miss is that it’s often hard to tell if you missed left or right of the stud.“I used approximately 850 screws total and maybe missed about 40 or so. Like anything, it takes time to get the hang of. I predrilled the screw holes in my 1×4’s. I highly recommend also drilling a countersink so that no part of the screw will be proud of the furring. That way your siding install will be nice and flat.”Timmerberg will be using 2 inches of foam, which will made the total assembly 2 3/4 inches when the furring strip is included. In this case, Holladay writes, either a 4 1/2-inch or 5-inch screw would be the right choice.Dana Dorsett recommends the 5-inch screw, “and sleep well at night during major windstorms.” RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Does Big Data Affect Our Daily E-Commerce Experience?

first_imgThere’s no getting around it: the way marketers and retailers harness the power of big data can be a little on the creepy side. An innocent Google search on a specific subject can often result in you seeing nothing but targeted ads on that subject for the rest of the week wherever you turn. Yet the truth is that the large sets of data collected on you – and everyone else that has a presence on the internet – isn’t for some nefarious purpose. When it comes to e-commerce, for example, the use of big data can have an enriching effect on your ability to find the things you need, easier and more quickly. Here are the non-creepy advantages of big data when it comes to e-commerce.Data Results in PersonalizationBig data can be disconcerting when it’s used to serve up targeted ads when you’re not actively shopping. However, when you are looking for a specific product or service, it’s beneficial for e-commerce sites to have as much data on your internet habits as possible, as this means it will take a lot less time to find what you’re looking for by personalizing your search results. This is in your best interest — customers that find what they need are happy customers — as well as in the best interest of the site.Tailoring results to what an e-commerce site thinks you’re looking for can be hit or miss, of course. If there’s not enough data, it’s harder to extrapolate — but a well-tuned algorithm, working with lots of data points, can be incredibly accurate. Instead of spending half an hour scrolling listlessly through an e-commerce site for what you need, you can find it in just a few minutes with big data algorithms feeding you targeted search results instead. Amazon is probably the leading e-commerce site when it comes to using big data for products’ recommendations. Its “customer who bought this item also bought…” feature has proven to be extremely effective and highly appreciated by the users over the years. Simply put, big data means personalization, and that means a better overall shopping experience.Evaluating ProductsIt’s no coincidence that nearly every e-commerce site out there, from Amazon to Zappos, encourages customers to provide detailed feedback on their purchases. Sometimes this feedback just tells you how satisfied a customer was by offering a rating — something that has garnered 4.5 stars is likely better than one that’s only gotten 3 stars, for instance. But it often goes much further than that, as customers often leave detailed reviews to tell prospective shoppers the specific benefits and drawbacks of a particular product.This is, of course, a form of big data — hundreds, if not thousands of reviews, collated and analyzed in aggregate, in order to find an overall rating. Appropriately enough when it comes to user reviews, the bigger the data set, the better; a single one-star review might be a fluke, but dozens could indicate that the product you’re looking at isn’t going to be a good buy. Without big data crunching the numbers for you and presenting it to you in an easily understood format, you wouldn’t have the ability to weed out bad products before you buy them.Spending LessE-commerce is already a great way to save money while shopping. Whether it’s clothes, electronics, childcare items, pet supplies, or anything else you can think of, shopping online provides access to lower prices overall. Even the only downside to online shopping — the wait to receive your order — has been cut down considerably, thanks to expedited shipping options like Amazon Prime’s guaranteed 2-day delivery.Meanwhile, applying big data analytics to e-commerce means that you can find even more opportunities for savings. You can’t be expected to check dozens or even hundreds of sites yourself for the best deals on a single item, but big data analytics can do the job for you. Some popular tricks I use for that matter are Honey, a chrome app with millions of users intended to apply coupon codes to your purchase, and deal aggregator Best Deals Today, that provides access to discounts from around the web.The More, the MerrierThe more information you can provide for big data-driven analytics, the better these e-commerce sites can serve you and your needs. You can’t get that from a brick-and-mortar store, and that’s one of the reasons brick-and-mortar shops are struggling to last in the online era. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yoav Vilner “Marketer to Watch” (Forbes). “Industry leader” (SAP). “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” . Tech blogger with exposure to millions. Advising startups across Europe, NYC, and Tel Aviv. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Tags:#Big Data last_img read more

Lakers guard Rajon Rondo out for a month after right hand surgery

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The Lakers said the surgery was a success but Rondo still has four to five weeks of rehabilitation to go.“Rajon Rondo, who suffered a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger during Tuesday’s game at Golden State, underwent successful surgery today to repair a ligament,” the team said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Lakers are already without LeBron James, who injured his groin against the Warriors. James is not expected to need surgery, but the groin strain could cause him to miss several games, including Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.The Lakers lost their first game without James on Thursday, a heartbreaking 117-116 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Rafael Nadal ‘satisfied’ despite post-surgery comeback defeat Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes an inbound during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLos Angeles Lakers veteran guard Rajon Rondo will be out of the lineup for a month after undergoing surgery on his right hand, the NBA team announced Friday.Rondo injured a ligament in his right ring finger during the Lakers’ 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. Rondo had 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ This is the second surgery Rondo has had on his shooting hand this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

EU Helps Fund Extension of Polish LNG Terminal

first_imgThe Polish government and the Polskie LNG company have reached an agreement on the extension of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.According to the European Commission, on April 24 the parties signed a grant agreement under which around EUR 128 million (USD 142.6 million) from the European Regional Development Fund would be invested in extending the terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.“The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security. This is a new example of the Energy Union in motion, supported by Cohesion Policy,” Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said.We are investing €128 million to extend an #LNG terminal in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.It will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security.More here → https://t.co/uXwsHhAYzZ #CohesionPolicy pic.twitter.com/nbQZbIkzNA— European Commission (@EU_Commission) April 24, 2019The current investment comes on top of more than EUR 250 million of Cohesion Policy funds already invested in the terminal and more than EUR 2 billion invested in Polish energy infrastructure since 2007.The terminal expansion project is on the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). Together with the Baltic Pipe project, for which a EUR 215 million EU grant was signed just last week, the new LNG terminal in Świnoujście will open Poland’s gas market to new suppliers enhancing the diversity and security of energy sources in Poland.The Baltic pipe will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish market and further to the Baltic States and neighbouring countries. At the same time, the pipeline will enable the supply of gas from Poland, via the LNG terminal, to the Danish and Swedish markets.last_img read more