Fortuna’s David Henderson beats field to win Super 6 at Redwood Acres Raceway

first_imgEureka >> Fortuna’s David Henderson outlasted a 22-driver field to win the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series main event on Saturday at Redwood Acres Raceway, his second series win of the season.Dane Nissen grabbed the lead before giving way to Mic Moulton on lap four. Moulton led until lap 30 until it appeared a right front tire went down on his car. Moulton pitted under yellow handing the lead to Henderson. When the race resumed, it was clear that Henderson had one of, if not the best car …last_img read more

Steph and Seth battle in Game 2, making Reese Witherspoon anxious

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceSeth Curry has always lived in his big brother’s shadow.He and the Blazers had the opportunity to break out of that position Thursday night, but Steph Curry and the Warriors got rolling and squashed Portland’s 17-point lead in a 114-111 Game 2 win.STEPH: COOLEST EXPERIENCE EVER At several critical points in the game, the Curry brothers guarded each other, which must have been very stressful for …last_img read more

Bafana squad set for Brazil camp

first_img8 March 2010Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has named a 29-strong squad, including only two overseas-based players, for a World Cup training camp in Brazil. Another camp is scheduled for April in Germany.Both under-20 players, Kermit Erasmus and Daylon Claasen, starred for South Africa at the Fifa Youth World Cup in 2009, helping the team to reach the round of 16, where they lost 2-1 to eventual champions Ghana after extra time.Thanduyise Khuboni, who was singled out by Parreira for his strong recent performances, was named in the squad at the expense of former Newcastle United midfielder Matthew Pattison, who is currently with Mamelodi Sundowns.The Pretoria club had more players named in the squad than any other team, with eight. Six players were called up from Orlando Pirates.RecalledSundowns defender Matthew Booth, who made a good impression during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, was recalled to the national squad.The camp is an opportunity for Parreira to scout players to strengthen the depth of his squad. No doubt, he has a clear picture of the core of his selection, and that core will include a fair number of foreign-based players.It will also allow him a chance to mould the team into its own identity. Speaking at a press conference last week, he said that with some other international teams, their style and identity is clear. That, he continued, is something South Africa does not have, but he hopes to instill it.Parreira added that Bafana Bafana also needed to work at using their speed and skills, because physically they are a small team.Similar campsHe said that he had previously held similar camps for Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates prior to World Cups. All of them, he said, were successful.Parreira said it had been difficult to organise the camp, as it falls during the Brazilian football season. Nonetheless, Bafana Bafana will face four top clubs on: 13 March versus Volta Redonda 14 March versus Fluminense 17 March versus Cruzeiro 20 March versus Botafogo South Africa will wind up their match schedule on 31 March, when they take on fellow World Cup finalists Paraguay.Further pre-World Cup internationals have been scheduled against Argentina at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 27 May, and against Denmark on 5 June at a Gauteng venue that has not yet been announced.BAFANA BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Emille Baron, Itumeleng Khune, Moneeb JosephsDefenders: Matthew Booth, Lucas Thwala, Siyanda Xulu, Siyabonga Sangweni, Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo, Innocent MdledleMidfielders:Teko Modise, Surprise Moriri, Gert Schalkwyk, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Lance Davids, Lebohang Mokoena, Tlou Segolela, Kermit Erasmus, Daine Klate, Andile Jali, Franklin Cale, Daylon Claasens, Thulasizwe Mbunyane, Thabo NthetheStrikers: Richard Henyekane, Katlego Mphela, Thulani SereroWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Children the focus for January activations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s initiative, Play Your Part, will host activations in January that will focus on children’s education and livelihood. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The year has barely started yet Play Your Part is already planning activations for the month of January. The events will focus on  children’s education and welfare. On Friday, 29 January, Play Your Part will be at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batlharos Village, Northern Cape, where it will open a mobile library.The initiative will build on Shout SA’s libraries initiative. It also acknowledges that active citizenship is the key to move South Africa forward. Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singers Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane to find ways of making the country safer for all.Both singers will be at the activation, alongside Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, who is the chairperson of Read a Book SA. Representatives from two other stakeholders, the Square Kilometre Array and Hip Hop Foundation, will also be at the event.Play Your Part will also be involved in two GEM activities this month. On 23 January, Play your Part and GEM volunteers will make their way to the Refilwe Community Project in Lanseria near Johannesburg to spend the day with its 130 children. Apart from playing with the children, participants will also help to prepare meals for them.On 30 and 31 January, GEM and Play Your Part will run a clean-up campaign at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg’s city centre.To join GEM activities, download GEM Project via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or get the app from the App Store and Google Play. Once you have signed in, you will be able to see which volunteering opportunities are available in your area. When you have decided on a day and a place, the app will tell you how many Gems you will earn for volunteering on the project.last_img read more

Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier? – Building Science Podcast

first_img_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called “Building Science Fundamentals” taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation._ For information on attending a live class, go to In our last episode, Dr. John Straube argued that building energy-efficient buildings takes just a little extra thought but makes economic sense. In this show, Dr. Joe Lstiburek offers a simple comparison between air barriers and vapor barriers, and warns that we need to worry more about airtightness if we want to keep our homes healthy and dry. __________________________________________________ Smaller holes mean less moisture in your wall You have to understand the difference between air and vapor. Vapor barriers can be ripped and torn and full of holes because the amount of water vapor that passes through due to diffusion is very small compared to the amount of water that can go through a hole or a crack due to an air pressure difference. I can move air, and if that air moves and there’s vapor in it the air will carry the vapor with it. For that to happen I need a hole and an air pressure difference. The likelihood of having a hole is very high. And the likelihood of having an air pressure difference is even higher. So it behooves us to get rid of as many of the big holes as possible, and try to get as many of the small holes as well, but at the end of the day we’re still going to have some holes. It also means we ought to reduce the air pressures as much as we can, but at the end of the day we’re still going to have some air pressure differences. No matter how good we are, some vapor’s going to be carried by air as a result of a pathway and a pressure difference. Now let’s put that aside. Diffusion moves much less water than air leaks If I have no holes, and I have no air pressure difference, but I have vapor on one side and I don’t have much vapor on the other side, I’m going to have a vapor pressure difference. And that material, depending on how easy it is for the water molecules to burrow through, will pass the water molecules. We call that vapor diffusion. Gypsum board is very vapor-open, so a lot of water will diffuse through it in the vapor form. But gypsum board is a fantastic air barrier. So if I installed gypsum board on the inside, and if I taped all of the joints together, and I had no windows — in other words a gypsum board box with five sides on a concrete slab, and I just caulked the bottom edge of the gypsum board to the slab — I would have a wonderful air barrier system. And I would have absolutely no moisture carried by air transport. Now here’s the rub: the vapor transport is negligible compared to cutting a one-square-inch hole in that box and having just a modest air pressure difference between the inside and the outside. So what’s more important in controlling moisture transport? Air tightness. Now for the vapor tightness I could enclose maybe 90% of that enclosure with paint, which would be a vapor retarder. And the 10% I didn’t get — who cares? I’m reducing 90% of a small number. So I don’t really care if my vapor control layer is continuous because it doesn’t move that much moisture. But it’s real important that my air control layer is continuous. So air barrier continuity is much more significant that vapor barrier continuity. Vapor barriers still work if they have holes in them Now where it get’s real exciting, and interesting to me, is a concrete slab. So let’s say I’m putting 4 inches of concrete on top of the ground, and before I pour it I put down a plastic sheet — that sheet will be my vapor barrier. So let’s say before I pour my concrete I walk on the plastic sheet with golf shoes for about two hours. So what’s the total surface area of the punctures compared to the total surface area of the plastic? If I’m there for about two hours, maybe it’s 10%. So I basically have reduced the vapor control layer effectiveness of that plastic sheet by 10%. Vapor flow by diffusion is a direct function — it’s linear. Airflow is not; it’s an exponential function of pressure. But let’s go back to the slab for a moment. What am I going to put on top of that ripped and torn and punctured plastic? Well, 4 inches of concrete. Concrete is a pretty good what? Air barrier — and it’s also a darn good vapor retarder. So I haven’t increased, even from a measurable perspective, the amount of water vapor transmission from the ground into the floor with the ripped and torn plastic sheet. That’s why I always laugh at the people that say, “Well, you gotta tape the joints and you gotta be careful not to puncture it.” Give me a break! Now I don’t go out of my way to tell people to rip and tear it, and puncture it and leave gaps in it. And if they’re going to the trouble to tape the joints I’m not going to tell them, “Don’t go there.” It’s just not something I’m going to get bent out of shape about if they do a lousy job. Know when your vapor barrier is also an air barrier Now, what would happen if I took that concrete off of the plastic, and now I have a conditioned crawl space, and the only thing I have separating the ground from the inside of my house, which is the air in the crawl space, is a ripped and torn plastic sheet? Well, now I have a problem — because that sheet was supposed to also act as an air barrier. Now the amount of water vapor that goes through that plastic by diffusion is still very small, but the amount that will be carried as a result of air flowing across those rips and tears is huge. It’s typically 2 orders of magnitude — that would be a factor of 100. So that’s why we really care about air barriers, but we don’t care a hell of a lot about vapor barriers.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Knight Riders up against confident Super Kings

first_imgStill smarting from their defeat at the hands of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders will have to get their act together soon and come out all guns blazing against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their IPL return-leg match in Kolkata on Saturday.Kolkata’s three-match winning run came to a halt on Thursday, when Kochi defeated the Shah Rukh Khan-owned side by 17 runs.And with just four more matches left in the round robin stage, there is little room for error for the hosts who will be hoping to return to winning ways.Going into Saturday’s clash at the historic Eden Gardens, there is little difference between the two teams on the points table with both on 12 each. However, Chennai have played nine matches, compared to Kolkata’s 10.Kolkata can take heart from the fact that in this edition of the Twenty20 league, unlike the first three seasons, they have been a picture of consistency so far.Both their batting as well as bowling departments have clicked from the onset, even though there was a glitch on Thursday against the Tuskers where their middle order choked from a winning position.Even in their loss against Kochi, the Knight Riders found a bright spot in Eoin Morgan, who returned to form with a 51-ball 66.It will surely give a lot of confidence to skipper Gautam Gambhir, who promoted Morgan to the opening position along with an in-form Jacques Kallis after the English lefthander was lacklustre in the first half of the tournament.advertisementMorgan finally came good during the opening partnership with Kallis to keep Kolkata in the hunt before the middle-order collapsed to record their second loss at the hands of Kochi.On the bowling front, pace spearhead Brett Lee would hope to get his act together after conceding 22 runs against Kochi in the last over of the previous match that proved to be the difference in their 17-run loss.Gambhir’s men will have to put in a big effort against Chennai, who are on a fourmatch winning streak.In skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Super Kings have a cool and crafty tactician who has the ability to come up with matchchanging surprises when the chips are down.Like Kolkata, Chennai too possess a strong batting line-up with Australian Michael Hussey in prime form.Suresh Raina, who has 1,500-plus IPL runs, scored a half-century against Rajasthan Royals and it will give Dhoni more options.However, Chennai’s bowling department continues to be a headache for Dhoni. In Ravichandran Ashwin, Suraj Randiv and Shadab Jakati, the Chennai outfit has a three-pronged spin attack but the trio has not been that impressive as compared to their Kolkata counterparts.Off-spinner Randiv has only managed six wickets in seven games and has gone for more than 7.5 runs an over while left-arm spinner Jakati has been lacklustre but has improved in last four games.Chennai’s pace attack also lacks sting with Australian Doug Bollinger and South African Albie Morkel sharing the new ball.To add to it, in sharp contrast to their invincible status at home where they have an all-win record, Dhoni’s men have been unimpressive as visitors with all their three losses coming in away matches.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

The next act for Whitman chief of Katzenbergs NewTV

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month. Her name had been bandied about as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at beleaguered Uber. She will run NewTV from Los Angeles.Whitman led eBay from 1998 to 2008, then ran a largely self-funded, unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2009.last_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

Ingraham returns to work complains about censorship

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham returned to work with defiance Monday, denouncing a “Stalinist” effort by liberals to stifle the free speech of conservatives and promising to make fighting it her new cause.She made no mention of the advertisers who had abandoned her own program after she tweeted that a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting had “whined” about not getting in to some colleges he had applied for.That high school senior, David Hogg, responded by suggesting that people offended by Ingraham’s remark contact her advertisers. Some 19 companies responded by saying they wouldn’t air commercials on Ingraham’s show.Ingraham was on vacation for a week after apologizing via social media for her tweet. She hasn’t discussed that episode with her viewers specifically, but it didn’t take much reading between the lines to realize it was on her mind Monday. Ingraham even played a video clip of Bill Maher saying some liberals have defended free speech; Maher last week came out against a boycott of Ingraham’s program.She said that “left wing retaliatory hit squads” respond to speech that makes them uncomfortable by trying to evict opponents from the public square instead of debating their ideas.“The free speech clause to our Constitution doesn’t just apply to speech our elites deem acceptable,” she said.Hogg has been among the most vocal of the Parkland students arguing in favour of stricter laws on gun safety; Ingraham has resisted stricter gun laws.Ingraham’s show was light on advertisements Monday. But some sponsors stuck with her, with ads running for a visiting nurse service, a floor covering company, a debt relief company, a weight reduction drink, a knife sharpener and a pillow manufacturer.Ingraham said she would feature stories in coming weeks about conservatives who she says are fighting attempts to silence them.“We will never relent and we will never give in,” she said. “Never.”last_img read more