India Gear Up For Russell-Less West Windies Test

first_imgManchester: India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.West Indies, on the other hand, come into the match in what is a must-win proposition for them on the back of a heart-wrenching five-run loss to New Zealand. The Jason Holder-led side has been quite inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have had moments of brilliance from individuals like Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell but what they have lacked is the team performance.The Caribbean team has been unable to perform collectively as a team, a result of which is that they are currently positioned at the eighth spot with three points from six games. They have lost four of their last six games (one ended in no result) and are desperate for a win. Another concern going into the game against India is the absence of their star hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. (IANS)Also Read: Hope Dejected after West Windies Miss Victorylast_img read more

Letterkenny teacher gets glowing report – from former pupil!

first_imgColáiste Ailigh teacher Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird has gained top marks from a past student who has nominated him for a special award. Caoimhe Ní Chathail, a broadcast journalist from Donegal, has put Mac a’ Bhaird’s name forward for a Teachers Inspire award in recognition of his endless inspiration as an Irish and History teacher.From Árainn Mhór in Donegal, Proinsias is also a well-known writer of prose and poetry. The new Teachers Inspire initiative is aimed at highlighting and celebrating the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society. Reflecting on her time at school, Caoimhe credited Prionsais Mac A’Bhaird as the teacher who had the strongest influence on her:  “As students who were already fluent Irish speakers, we needed extra inspiration… He encouraged our interest and respect for the language, something which confirmed for me that I should continue with Irish in University and in my career.“He was a source of expertise and he was always happy to share information, to inspire our writing and to encourage us to do our own research. These are all essential elements of my job as a journalist – so who knows where I would be without his classes.”  Over the past month, people all over Ireland have been urged to nominate teachers who transformed their lives and/or their community. Stories of inspiring teachers can be submitted through the website for a limited number of days, with the closing date for submissions on Saturday the 30th of June. The initiative will then culminate in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland gala dinner on the 27th of September.Some of the stories received to date focus on a teacher in the 1940s, who provided free secondary education for students in her locality. Another one is of a secondary school maths teacher, who supported one of his students to come out as a gay young man in the early 1990s. Commenting today, the President of DCU, Professor Brian McCraith said, “We have received some remarkable entries to date about the transformative role teachers from Donegal – and across the country – have played in people’s lives, and the lasting impact they have had on their communities. We are delighted this initiative is highlighting the hugely important role teachers have played in Irish life – and continue to play – and we look forward to receiving even more inspiring entries before the deadline on 30th June.”Letterkenny teacher gets glowing report – from former pupil! was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:Caoimhe Ní ChathailColaiste AilighProinsias Mac a’ Bhairdlast_img read more

Rangers mourn loss of legend McDonald

first_imgQPR are mourning the tragic loss of former club stalwart Alan McDonald, who died on Saturday at the age of 48.McDonald made over 400 appearances during 17 years as a player at Loftus Road, where he later returned for a spell as assistant manager.A hugely popular figure among Rangers fans, McDonald is the club’s most-capped player.He made 52 appearances for Northern Ireland and starred for them in the 1986 World Cup, which they qualified for with a famous 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.In a statement, the club said it was “desperately saddened” by the news.last_img read more

Best scenarios for Chelsea in 2019

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea is a football club in London. The club competes in the premier league which is English football’s top division. The club’s nicknames are ‘the blues.’ Since the team started playing in the EPL, Chelsea has had several victories. This includes: winning FA cups, winning 6 of the top titles in English football, winning the community shield cup, winning the UEFA super cup and UEFA Europa League, winning the full ember’s cup and winning the UEFA champion’s league among others. However, in the year 2019, the football club has had various scenarios that they can describe as being the best.Winning the European trophyWinning the UEFA Europe league was one of Chelsea’s best scenarios. The match was played against arsenal whereby Chelsea managed to score four goals while Arsenal scored one goal. Of the four goals scored, two of them were scored by Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard was also the man of the match. He made it quite tricky for Arsenal players to access the ball when it was at his feet. He also linked well to his fellow players and opened space for them. He was also involved in all the scored goals. He could have become the star in the game if he could have scored two more goals. Embed from Getty ImagesFinishing third in the Premier LeagueIn the previous season 2017/2018, Chelsea had finished at position five. The club kicked the 2018/2019 season well with several games going unbeaten. As the season progressed, the club’s coach targeted to complete the premier league at being among the top four. Finishing at the third position was, therefore, success to the team. It allows them to participate in the UEFA champion’s league which they did not participate in this season. EFL’s runner’s upManchester City won the 2018/2019 EFL cup. However, Chelsea managed to reach the finals whereby Manchester city managed to win. Maurizio Sarri, the club’s coach, was satisfied with these results. He said that at that stage, it was a success. This was another moment that could be termed as the best scenario of the club in 2019. Playing EFL up to the finals is not that easy. Manchester city was I good form during this season, and Chelsea managed to end the game in a draw. They lost to Manchester City at the penalties, and that was reasonable effort. This match was gambled so much in various poker sites. ConclusionChelsea began the 2018/2019 on a high note. It went undefeated for several games, and their fans were confident that they would maintain this form in a series of matches. The team, however, managed to pose an improvement when compared to its performance during the last season. The club was able to moment the targets they had put in place Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Photos: NFL great and former 49er Larry Allen reduces price on Danville mansion

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $6.9 million from $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theatre, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public records. Keri O’Reilly with The Agency is the current listing …last_img read more

Report: Warriors’ Steph Curry struggles to adjust to new arena, routine, faces

first_imgYou knew it was going to happen. You knew how it was going to happen. You knew it was going to suck.As a basketball team, the Warriors have pitched off the summit of Everest. As an entertainment venture, they’ve gone from functional comfort to “because we can” opulence.How’s that working for you? Maybe a better question would be, How is that working for Steph Curry, the face of the dynasty?Last week the estimable Marc Spears published on The Undefeated a lengthy piece documenting the …last_img read more

The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines. It’s a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian. The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is to change from “old settings” to becoming visible to “everyone.”This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site.Update: See also our in-depth interview with Barry Schnitt, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, about why these changes were made.Information like your email address is recommended to remain limited to friends, but make no mistake about it – Facebook wants you to make the status messages you post visible to the entire internet.According to the video explaining the changes, the new default for status messages is “everyone.” That’s a huge change. Of course it’s not hard for people to keep their existing privacy settings, but confusion around what those settings are is hardly resolved by the phrase “old settings” and a tool-tip phrase appearing when you hover over that option.Update:Some users are saying that their default options are in fact on “old settings” and not “everyone.” We’re hearing that “old settings” as private is the default for users who have ever changed their privacy settings and set them to private. People who have not changed their settings ever or who have set them to public already, will be defaulted to public. That’s what we think, it’s hard to know for sure. Facebook is maddeningly unclear about what exactly is going on. Part of the problem is that they are willing to tell press that they want to move users toward being more public, but when communicating with its users they appear to put more emphasis on communicating about privacy than is warranted by the changes at issue. See also: Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy Settingsthe Facebook blog post about the announcement. Previous moves by the company, like the introduction of the news feed, have seen user resistance as well – but this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to. You’ll now have to opt-out of being public and opt-in to communicating only with people you’ve given permission to see your content.Will users go for it? If Facebook becomes a lot more like Twitter, will users stick around? The network of friends you’ve created on Facebook can’t be taken anywhere else – access to those people off-site is limited due to “privacy concerns.”This is an amazing move that was announced with limited press attention. A Facebook group message to press was sent out at 6am, two hours before a press phone call. The announcement is a long, wordy and unclear text putting undue emphasis on Privacy when the new options clearly favor going public. Earlier this week the company made an announcement about forthcoming privacy policy changes and Open was not the recommended setting.Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Reuters today that Facebook was recommending that posts be viewable to everyone because such sharing of information is consistent with “the way the world is moving.” But as the largest social network in the world, isn’t it Facebook that effects these kinds of changes?Facebook confirmed to us in a press call earlier this year that the company does in fact want users to post more publicly and we expected a site-wide call for users to loosen privacy restrictions – but not like this. This announcement was couched in language of user control and privacy.A much more honest approach to privacy would be to encourage users to create lists of contacts and encourage them to select which list any update was visible to. Instead, that’s greatly underemphasized.Expect to see this story blow up for the rest of the year. It’s a very big move.See our previous coverage for context:Facebook Wants You To Be Less Private – But Why?A Closer Look at Facebook’s New Privacy OptionsIs Facebook a Cult? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web last_img read more

Seeking the Elusive Grade 1 Batt Installation

first_imgThe envelope, pleaseOne of the issues we see in multifamily buildings is inconsistent definition and location of the building envelope.Exterior walls are pretty straightforward, except for the assorted bump-outs that are typically only aesthetic. With few exceptions, the on-grade or elevated podium slabs generally define the bottom of the envelope.Roofs vary from steep slope to flat, offering multiple opportunities for insulation location, and often creating complex kneewall conditions. We see flat roofs specified with deck insulation as the base for roofing (not intended to serve as thermal insulation), often with ceiling insulation specified – creating a sort of semi-conditioned attic that wastes much of the value of the roof deck insulation.In one recent project, where the specified roof deck insulation was adequate as the thermal barrier, we recommended that the ceiling insulation be eliminated, creating a fully conditioned attic in the process. This detail did create some kneewalls that needed additional attention at cantilevers and against elevator shafts, but the overall results were better and less expensive than the original design. Having spent much of my time writing for GBA whining and complaining about the state of the insulation industry, it is now time for me to eat a little crow. The insulation work at one of our multifamily certification projects has, amazingly, met – and even possibly exceeded – my expectations for quality.After recently being fired from a certification project because we were being too demanding on the contractor, we were pleasantly surprised to find another client who was not only willing but eager to do high quality building envelope work. To meet NGBS certification through the prescriptive path, the project needed to meet the Grade 1 installation standard for insulation. Since the budget included fiberglass batt insulation, we raised our concerns early in the process, apparently with some success as the contractor found an installer who not only claimed to do Grade 1 work, but actually accomplished it.The installers are proud of their work and it shows. The batts are consistently cut properly to fit the wall cavities, and are (mostly) split around wires and pipes. Interestingly, during a recent inspection, I pulled back some batts around plumbing drains to find the lower section split properly while the top section wasn’t. I find it hard to understand the thought process behind this type of inconsistency. Onward and upwardAs our consulting and certification work on multifamily building expands, we continue to find new and interesting challenges that must be overcome for our clients to meet green certification. We see every challenge as an opportunity to improve building performance, learn something new, and help others figure out how to do a better job the next time.One great thing about this business is that there are always new challenges, keeping us and our clients on our toes and our days interesting. Air sealing is still a challengeDuring our initial walk-through prior to the start of insulation, we identified several chases on each floor that required additional air sealing. The construction team was not aware of these energy code and NGBS requirements. Although the city building inspectors don’t seem to enforce them, we do.The team installed drywall in the chases to provide the required air barrier. We recently invited the architects to meet with us on site to discuss some of the air sealing details, providing them feedback on how they can better document them on future projects. RELATED ARTICLES Batt Insulation is Still Making Me BattyShould Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?Installing Fiberglass RightGrading the Installation Quality of InsulationGBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket Insulationlast_img read more

Vale Elaine Foster

first_imgElaine, a long time and valued employee of the organisation, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Tuesday, 5 October 2010. During her time with the NSWTA she was one of the early “glass ceiling breakers” for female sports administrators through her role as the NSWTA Tournament Manager. A tough job that she handled with aplomb, dedication, professionalism and when needed, humour. Her personal nature and approach saw her make many friends in her time not just with the NSWTA but indeed throughout the sport in general and we know many will be touched by this sad news.On behalf of the Board, Staff and the wider Touch Football community we pass on our condolences and loving thoughts to Bob, Cameron and Stephanie, Evan and Kristy and Elaine’s granddaughter’s Amelia, Claudia and Isla at this sad time. Elaine’s Funeral will be held on Monday, 11 October at 1.30pm, South Chapel Eastern Suburbs Crematorium.  Followed by a celebration of life at Bardwell Park RSL.last_img read more