A solution?It’s time for the construction industry to get serious about moisture management. If everyone responsible for building homes got to experience the feeling of a bad asthma attack, maybe it would happen more quickly. A moisture problem caused by the economic downturn of 2008One source of moisture problems they didn’t mention in the article is building materials that are wet and moldy when installed. Here’s a little secret about that one. If your house was built in 2009 or 2010, it may be more susceptible to that problem.See those photos of the moldy stack of lumber below? I took them at a building supply store in May 2009, and that whole stack of 2x4s was moldy like this. Why? Recall what happened in 2008. That’s when the economy took a nosedive, and construction went off a cliff. The suppliers couldn’t reduce their production as quickly as demand went down because of the inertia of being so large. The lumber was still flying out of the mill but not being loaded onto trucks and delivered to the lumberyards. It sat out longer than usual, getting wet and then starting to grow the kind of stuff you see in the photos. I have no idea how much moldy lumber got put into new homes that people are now living in, but I do know that it was getting delivered. The trouble with building scienceThe reason I’m writing about it here is that I just read a great article called The Trouble with Building Science from the Fine Homebuilding website. (It also happens to be Asthma Awareness Month.) It’s fairly general but does focus on moisture management, or the lack thereof, in homes. I write about that issue a lot, too, and just last week wrote an elementary demystification of vapor retarders.Here’s the paragraph in the Fine Homebuilding article that spurred my post here:In the past, experts argued about whether mold posed a serious health threat, but according to a 2007 study funded by the EPA, “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.” The same study goes on to say, “The national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is estimated to be $3.5 billion.” Those are just health costs; they don’t include mold remediation. The authors also estimate that dampness or mold is present in 47% of homes.As a former asthma sufferer, I find those numbers appalling. By not paying attention to the details of moisture management, we’re hurting indoor air quality and people — nearly 5 million of us!Why is there so much dampness and so much mold growing in so many homes? As architect and building scientist Bill Rose points out in the article, the main source is rain. It comes in through the top, the sides, and the bottom. Plumbing leaks also pose a sigificant risk, and that’s what’s going on in the photo at the top of this article. Water vapor, according to the FH article is third in importance. I grew up with really bad asthma. Not being able to get enough air into your lungs, in case you haven’t experienced it, is pretty scary. I remember lying in bed during one asthma attack, gasping for air, wheezing loudly, and feeling like I was going to die. A trip to the hospital for a shot opened up my lungs again that night, but I continued to suffer asthma attacks even into my mid-twenties. I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to ‘outgrow’ this debilitating disease, but many live with it every day.Asthma is often triggered by environmental conditions, and two of the triggers I had to avoid were live Christmas trees and feather pillows. To protect me from the former, my parents got one of those silvery aluminum Christmas trees that are all the rage on ebay now. I also slept mostly on foam pillows, but one night as a teenager, I made the mistake of not telling my friend Guy that I was allergic to feather pillows. Four decades later, he still has vivid memories of his fear that I was going to die that night.Asthma is bad. Very bad.
MOST READ Read Next “We know how physical they are because we already saw them play in Lebanon. It feels like they’re bullying everybody, so we have to prepare with the way they play,” he said.Castro is hopeful they could recreate the unity they showed in first window back in November with the little time they have left to prepare.“I hope that in the remaining eight days, our chemistry will finally show up,” he said.The Philippines takes on Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22 before facing Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Akari-Adamson bounces back, fends off late rally from Go for Gold 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Gilas Pilipinas having less than three weeks to prepare for world no. 10 Australia, Jayson Castro isn’t worried with the individual conditioning of the players given their daily grind in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.What bothers him, however, is the team’s chemistry — something which he feels could tilt the favor for the Philippines in the second leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT “What I’m worried about is our chemistry because we haven’t had a practice where it’s all us. We haven’t had any tuneup games and we’re all against each other in the PBA,” he said in Filipino.Since the turn of the year, the national team has only had five weekly Monday practices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn those sessions, coach Chot Reyes has yet to have all members of his pool on the floor, with a number of players sitting out the practice while “23-for-23” cadets fill in.That’s the reason why Castro is putting a premium on Gilas’ cohesiveness as a unit as it shoots for the upset against the reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
South Africa has the best bowling attack of the tournamentWhat a start to the quarter finals. Whoever could have imagined this would happen to any side in the competition at this stage. West Indies actually deserved what they got today. They were run over by the Pakistan juggernaut. They have won few games against top sides in the last few years and they just did not rise to the occasion today. What a far cry from the early 1980s when they were such a formidable side. Everyone says that West Indies rely on Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but they have not fired in this format of the game for a while now; I can’t understand how so much is still expected of them. I cannot understand what Darren Sammy’s role has been in this World Cup-as a batsman or bowler or captain?Pakistan, on the other hand, have lost just one game in the competition and therefore, are really in the zone. Shahid Afridi has been able to get the side together and has made this a very balanced side. The team has bowlers in abundance, their batting is strong and they have two quality all-rounders in Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan will be a difficult side to beat for anyone, though I do not expect their semi-final match to come so easy as this one did.India and Australia is the big traffic game in this World Cup. This World Cup could mark the end of an era for Australian cricket, unless they can defy the odds and win a fourth consecutive title. They have been plodding along in this World Cup and even the minnows have put up 250-plus totals against them. I see Ricky Ponting struggling to find his form and that is good news for India. But, in Australia’s favour, they are big match players. You don’t see an Australian side choking at the death, they fight to the last ball. M.S. Dhoni’s worries must be to win the toss and put up a big score. For India, Harbhajan Singh needs to fire. Ponting will no doubt be urging his top order batsmen to go all out for singles and get those crucial six runs every over, without going for the risky shots. He will be wary of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan, as they are the only two bowling match-winners India has at this moment. Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will try and blow India away with pace, but it’s not easy to do that on a flat track in Ahmedabad, especially when the batting order has players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni. But then, this batting line-up has failed to bat its full 50 overs in three big matches this World Cup. India will have to set its targets a bit lower in the last 10 overs. They need to score a run a ball from the beginning rather than go for big shots from the first over and then slow down and try to catch up in the powerplays, losing crucial wickets in the process.advertisementPonting will no doubt want to settle some scores with India and this is a good chance for him. Dhoni has been under immense pressure of late and sometimes it has even got to him, as is evident from his below-parkeeping in the last few games, a fact that will not be lost upon the Australians. Both captains would like to go out winning in this World Cup, given the sheer talent and potential in their sides. Unfortunately, only one of these great teams will go through. My call is that it’s going to be India with the home advantage.South Africa are a highly balanced side. They are not one dimensional. In Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, they have the best bowling attack of the tournament. Their spin department is looking good with Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson. Their batting order is a bit top heavy and although Graeme Smith seems out of touch, he needs to come good now. Watch out for De Villiers who may well become the batsman of the tournament. Their fielding is top-class and Smith will probably have fewer worries on his mind than the New Zealand captain.But the Kiwis are no pushovers. They have easily qualified for the quarters and beaten Pakistan quite comfortably in their group encounter. This is possibly the fittest side in the tournament and their batting order goes right up to the tail. In Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, they have two among the game’s cleanest hitters. New Zealand has the maximum number of all-rounders, and that fact alone can win them the World Cup. I don’t think Smith will be worried going into this game, given that South Africa have been tested in this tournament and have come out on top.advertisementThe Kiwis, on the other hand, will be diving, fielding and fighting to save every run, as they did against the Lankans in Mumbai. This promises to be an interesting game, and though I think South Africa are favourites to win, the New Zealand team is known for punching way beyond their weight, so the verdict is still out there.Playing Sri Lanka at home is tough work and England will have to produce something extraordinary to get past them. They have stumbled upon the quarter finals and cannot continue to play in the same fashion. They must forget about the past and start afresh. They have had a week’s rest and that should help. Apart from Andrew Strauss, none of their batsmen have played any innings of note, and that is a big worry. Eoin Morgan must rise to the occasion. England’s bowlers haven’t been putting sides under pressure and even minnows, Ireland and Bangladesh, were able to chase their 300-plus totals.The Lankans, on the other hand, have been playing percentage cricket. They have been going about their job in a businesslike manner. They play cricket the old-fashioned way. Their openers try and score briskly, and if they don’t get a good opening partnership, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene get down to building the innings even if that means slowing down the game a bit. But closer to the last 15 overs, the Lankans rely on Angelo Mathews and the later order batsmen to get them to a respectable score. Even if they are 20 or so runs below-par, the Lankans are a formidable opponent, given their immense bowling strength. Bowlers such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, and Lasith Malinga, helped by the excellent fielding, will put the pressure on England, and its batsmen must go after them. To make a match of it, England will have to come good with a big total if they win the toss. Although I rate this England team very highly on fighting capabilities, I must admit, beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is a tad difficult.While I have outlined my favourite teams, the actual results could have the other four sides in the semis-that’s how close this World Cup is going to be. The team that wins the toss will more likely bat first; though the dew may have the opposite effect on the two captains in the finals. I can’t wait for the action to start. – Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellence
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.”
zoom Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) has awarded Svitzer a fifteen-year contract to provide marine support services at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, to be located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal will enable Petrobangla, the state owned energy company, to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 percent, sufficient to support up to 3,000 MW of power generation capacity.The construction of the terminal will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is anticipated to be in service by mid-2018.Svitzer will serve the facility with a suite of five vessels – three Robert Allen RAstar 3200 Ocean Going Terminal tugs under construction at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China, one 36m Crew Boat under construction at the Penguin Shipyard and the MSV Svitzer Foxtrot from the existing fleet.Svitzer said it would establish a Bangladesh branch office to oversee the operation.“It is a vote of confidence that Excelerate chose Svitzer to support their operations in Bangladesh, recognizing that we have a great deal of experience operating tugs and other support vessels,” Svitzer’s Alan Bradley said.According to Bradley, the contract is in line with Svitzer’s global expansion into the oil and gas terminal towage sector.”
It’s all just so… grown-up, a categorization Lavigne had given a hard pass to as recently as her last album, 2013’s Avril Lavigne, where she insisted, in Peter Pan bangers like “Seventeen” and “Rock N Roll,” that we “still love it.” (“It” presumably referring to Lavigne’s penchant for lyrics about spontaneous day drinking.) Between then and the September drop of “Head Above Water,” we heard from Lavigne only a handful of times: when she popped up on Good Morning America in summer 2015 to say that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, when she got divorced from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger later that year and when, in between those dual bummers, Taylor Swift brought her out in San Diego as part of the 1989 World Tour’s parade of admirable women, to perform her then-13-year-old debut single, “Complicated.” Lavigne says that at one point, she thought, Oh, I guess I’m done with making music. Avril Lavigne photographed on Aug. 13, 2018 in Los Angeles. Lavigne wears a Paul Smith sweater and What Katie Did tights. (David Needleman) Twitter The motherfucking princess is in her motherfucking castle.The princess is Avril Lavigne, who anointed herself on her 2007 No. 1 single “Girlfriend.” The castle — a Tudor home in an illustriously ZIP-coded L.A. neighborhood — is the only thing Lavigne has presided over since a tour that ended in 2014.A few weeks before the release of “Head Above Water,” her first single in four-and-a-half years, Lavigne sits under the cathedral-high ceiling of her home studio. It is the room where, over the course of her public absence, she recorded much of the album she plans to release in early 2019. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lavigne’s many songs about partying — and the Jack Daniel’s lawn jockey who greeted me at the door — suggested that we’d wind up drinking whiskey, or at least the rosé her publicist suggested I bring. (Avril Lavigne drinks rosé?) But Lavigne is sipping Emergen-C-spiked electrolyte water, combating seasonal allergies. From her seat on a massive gray sectional (Avril Lavigne owns a sectional?), she reveals that she painted much of the art displayed in the expansive foyer and shows me the pink devotional journal gifted to her by her mother. Under the daily prayers topping each page are guitar tabs and ambitious to-do lists written in Lavigne’s bubbly handwriting: Complete album. Choose single. Shoot video. Dentist. Login/Register With:
The CEOs of three of Canada’s major grocery chains doubled down on their expectation that food prices will soon rise at their stores.Recent cost pressures on the industry, including rising minimum wages in some provinces, increased fuel and transportation costs and an ongoing trade war with the U.S., will soon result in some price inflation, said the chief executives of Metro Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Empire Co. Tuesday at Scotiabank’s back-to-school conference in Toronto.Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said consumers should eventually see a return to more normal inflation levels.“Exactly when and how — it’s all about competitive dynamics. Everybody is competitive. Nobody wants to lose any share. So, let’s see how things play out,” he said.Metro is starting to see some price inflation already, La Fleche said.He explained that the cost pressures have been building over the past year, beginning with Ontario’s minimum wage hike from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, followed by rising fuel and transportation costs.Then came the Canadian government’s retaliatory tariffs on July 1 on a wide range of American products, including coffee, maple syrup, salad dressing and other foods.“Now, we’re having a — what I would describe it as — a tsunami of tariff-related request for cost increases from our supplier partners,” said Michael Medline, Empire’s CEO.The company, which is the parent to grocery chain Sobeys Inc., held off on raising prices for some time, he said, but is now reviewing these tariff-related costs.Empire will pass the extra costs on to consumers where it makes sense in the market, he said, adding it will be careful not to give away any market share.“We don’t like to pass on cost, but there’s no way you can avoid it with the inflationary pressures that we are now seeing.”Price increases are likely to be moderate in a historical sense, said Loblaw CEO Galen Weston.He predicted food inflation of one- to 1.5-per cent, which he said is in the normal range as opposed to higher range in the five to six per cent level.“We don’t yet see it moving into the mid-single digit levels… We don’t think it is likely to do that.”The chief executives also outlined their respective plans to grow their e-commerce business, specifically home delivery. Canada’s grocers have been slow to offer delivery, but ramped up their efforts after Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market last year.Metro already offers home delivery from seven stores in Quebec, which serves about 60 per cent of the province’s population, said La Fleche.It will start offering the service in Ontario in 2019, he said, but did not provide details on specific locations.The company relies on its existing assets to fulfil orders rather than partnering with a third-party like its competitors have chosen to do.“We’re going to e-commerce with a prudent approach,” said La Fleche, adding the company is scaling up and the company may consider using a dedicated facility if it reaches a certain level — but it’s not there yet.Empire, on the other hand, decided to partner with British firm Ocado to build a fulfillment centre in the Greater Toronto Area that will be fully operational by the spring of 2020. The centre will house Ocado’s signature robotics that can fulfil customer orders within minutes.Empire offers home delivery in Quebec and learned that their solution there is not scalable, Medline said, adding the company is excited that Ocado’s solution eliminates some logistical issues and is profitable.Loblaw also partnered with another company to offer home delivery, opting for California-based Instacart, but chose to do so in a quicker fashion. Customers in 17 cities can now use the Instacart app to order groceries for delivery from Loblaw.“Our view today is that rapid expansion and customer acquisition is the second most important thing to do in the first innings of the e-commerce online grocery world,” Weston said.Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU) (TSX:EMP) (TSX:L)Note to readers: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Empire Co. is not reviewing the tariff-related costs.
The world may miss the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) target by a wide margin if the human civilisation does not pull up its socks and promptly acts to protect the natural order. This was made clear by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) in its Global Assessment Report. The report, showcased how human activities, were devastating nature — one million species face extinction — called for “transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors”. Else 80 per cent — 35 out of 44 — assessed targets of the UN-mandated SDG’s would remain unmet, the report warned. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe current trajectories used for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability, such as those embodied in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, cannot be met. Although there has been progress in the implementation of various policies and actions to conserve nature and manage it more sustainably, they are not sufficient to stem the direct and indirect drivers of nature’s deterioration. Also Read – The future is here!”Nature is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, taking into consideration that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible, as well as implemented nationally, current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems will undermine progress towards…goals related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans and land (Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, and 15),” revealed the summary of the report. Nature can be conserved, restored, and used sustainably through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change. This includes taking into account climate change impacts in the definition of future goals and objectives, the report suggested. To curb direct drivers of nature’s deterioration, implementing societal goals – including those for food, water, energy, health and the achievement of human well-being; enhancing international cooperation and linking locally relevant measures can help. On the other hand, “five main interventions (“levers”) can generate transformative change by tackling the underlying indirect drivers of nature deterioration: (1) incentives and capacity-building; (2) cross-sectoral cooperation; (3) pre-emptive action; (4) decision-making in the context of resilience and uncertainty; and (5) environmental law and implementation,” the report said. While trajectories of transformation will vary across contexts, with challenges and needs differing, especially in the developing and developed nations, integrative, inclusive, informed and adaptive governance approaches can reduce the risks. Other measures include collaborating the knowledge, innovations and practices, institutions and values of indigenous peoples and local communities; coordinated mix of interventions on land, in freshwater and in the oceans; land-based climate change mitigation activities and nature-based solutions like use of green infrastructure — maintaining green spaces and biodiversity-friendly water bodies, urban agriculture, rooftop gardens — could be crucial for meeting Sustainable Development Goals. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)
For many Ohio State football coaches, success isn’t measured in wins per year or bowl victories. Instead, success is measured by a coach’s record against Michigan.The storied rivalry has become so important in part due to the outcome’s national implications year to year. Since 1935, the game has determined the Big Ten champion 22 times and had an effect in determining the eventual conference champion an additional 24 times.Theses statistics have become even more pronounced recently, as either Ohio State or Michigan has claimed at least a share of the Big Ten title every year since 2001.Consequently, many coaches’ careers have been validated or ruined based on their ability to beat that school up north.John Cooper was one such coach who suffered mightily for his lack of success in the rivalry. In Cooper’s 13 seasons as Ohio State’s coach he had a career record of 111-43-4. But he was only 2-10-1 against Michigan and failed to ever win a game in Ann Arbor. Cooper was fired following the 2000 season.Where Cooper failed, his successor, Jim Tressel has excelled. While Cooper downplayed the rivalry, Tressel has embraced it since his first year at the helm.“I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” Tressel announced, shortly after being hired in 2001. That year, Tressel led the Buckeyes to a 26-20 victory. The win in Ann Arbor served as the Buckeyes’ first in 14 years.Tressel has dominated Michigan during his tenure, posting a 7-1 record against the Wolverines. He is one of only three Ohio State coaches to maintain a winning record in the rivalry, among those who coached at least eight games. The other two coaches are Woody Hayes (16-11-1) and Earle Bruce (5-4).“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game, and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game.”Tressel went on to say that memories of past Ohio State-Michigan games are in the forefront of past players’ and coaches’ minds. Those memories are even more predominant than bowl games and national rankings, and that’s what is at stake every time the teams play.As for this year’s game, Tressel explained the Buckeyes will not be overlooking a struggling Michigan team. “There’s a reality in life that if you’re taking anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”Tressel downplayed the possibility of the team being overconfident, having already secured a Rose Bowl berth.“I’m not worried about overconfidence because we’ve got enough guys that have played in this game that they know better than that, so if there is and overconfidence, it will get knocked out of their throwback uniforms on the first play.”Tressel’s ability to keep his players from being overconfident has helped lead the Buckeyes to five straight victories over Michigan. The five-game win streak is the Buckeyes’ longest in the history of the rivalry, which they will look to continue Saturday.