PARIS (AP):Thanks to rain, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were forced to wait an extra day to start their bids for history at the French Open.The two number-one-seeded players originally were slated to play first-round matches today, the second day of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.However, the schedule was already being shuffled because of showers that created a delay of more than two and a half hours in the afternoon and returned to halt all play in yesterday’s early evening, allowing only 10 out of 32 matches to be completed.So the soonest Djokovic, who is trying to complete a career Grand Slam and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four consecutive major titles, and Williams – hoping to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major championships – will get started is tomorrow.Among those scheduled to play today are the number three Stan Wawrinka, the defending champion, who beat Djokovic in the 2015 final.”Novak is the favourite, for sure,” Wawrinka said.”I think it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen with the other players.”CONFIDENCE HIGHWawrinka is coming off a confidence-boosting title last week on red clay in Geneva, where he defeated his first opponent in Paris, Lukas Rosol, in the semi-finals.That victory made Wawrinka 4-0 against Rosol, a player best known for stunning Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012.The half-dozen matches that were suspended in progress yesterday will resume today. Those involve players such as number five Kei Nishikori, who had a two-set lead against Simone Bolelli; Number 23 Jack Sock, headed to a fifth set against Robin Haase of the Netherlands; and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, up a break at 3-1 in the third set against Yaroslava Shvedova.
Here’s what to look for as the 23-race series opens for its 57th season: The Countdown to the Championship. Following the 17th national event of the season, fields in the four professional classes will be cut down to the top eight. After four more races, the contenders are sliced in half. The remaining 16 – four in each pro class – will battle for the title in Las Vegas and Pomona, with the champions being crowned Nov. 4 at Pomona Raceway. The change is designed to make competition even tighter and more intense, if that’s possible. “We’ve always approached the championship beginning at the Winternationals,” said Funny Car driver Gary Scelzi, a four-time champion. “We start counting right then. Some guys say they don’t. I do. You just have to prepare yourself. I don’t want to be in the top eight, I want to be in the top two or three.” A new face and several familiar ones. Ashley Force, who has spent the past four seasons in the sportsmen ranks, joins her 14-time world champ father John in the Funny Car fray. She will be the fourth John Force Racing entry, with Robert Hight and Eric Medlen the other teammates. There’s more than just change in the championship format that’s new for the 2007 NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. When the field lines up at Pomona Raceway beginning today for the traditional season-opening Winternationals, there will be enough changes from last November to warrant buying a program. Six-time champion Kenny Bernstein will be back in Funny Car, ending a brief retirement. Another familiar face in the class will be San Dimas’ Jeff Arend, joining the Del Worsham team. “I’m so ready to make that first real lap, with real points and real results on the line, it’s getting tough to sleep,” Arend said. “The Checker-Schuck’s-Kragen team has a huge fan base, so I know they’re all going to be paying attention and checking out the new guy. I plan on not disappointing anybody.” Whit Bazemore has gone the other way. After a 17-year career driving a Funny Car, Bazemore will drive a Top Fuel dragster for Dave Powers. In Pro Stock, former NBA standout Tom Hammonds returns to the competition after three years. This time, he’ll fully concentrate on his race team. Can Doug Kalitta and Ron Capps rebound after their close finishes in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively. “That’s all in the past,” said Kalitta, second to Tony Schumacher by 14 points. “It’s a new season and everything has been reset. We can’t dwell on that stuff. We’ll go back to Pomona looking to win the event and none of what happened last year will affect that.” Capps, a four-time runner-up, will change his strategy and attempt to qualify higher. “I’m excited about running in the cool conditions, especially Friday night, because now I feel like we have a car that will go for the pole every time,” Capps said. “And those extra points could become critical this year.” Will “Hot” Rod Fuller’s monostrut wing hold up to the competition? “Coming out of testing, I’m super-confident that we’re where we need to be going into Pomona,” Fuller said. “I feel confident that we can run a mid-4.40. Has the Pro Stock field caught up to the Ken Black Racing duo of Jason Line and Greg Anderson, who have won the last four titles? Neither racer, or General Motors, is taking any chances. The team spent the winter fine-tuning the DRCE 3 (Drag Racing Competitive Engine). “Any team that’s done anything like this will tell you it’s a huge, huge task,” said Anderson, whose run of three titles was stopped in ’06 by Line. “It’s a complete different engine, different block, different set of heads, complete different design. It’s more than just a little bit of a different version of the DRCE2, it’s almost like switching brands.” There also are several new developments in the series. Melanie Troxel, who started the 2006 season by reaching five successive finals, has joined Morgan Lucas Racing. She was fourth in the points race last year. Clay Millican, a regular Top Fuel champion in the rival IHRA, will run the full NHRA schedule for the first time, thanks to Evan Knoll purchasing his team. Chevrolet has introduced its Impala model, the car of the future in NASCAR, to drag racing. Tommy Johnson Jr. will drive the car in 2007. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League matches are scheduled to go ahead as planned next week in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.Paris St Germain are playing away next Wednesday against Swedish side Malmo in the Champions League, while Lyon host Belgium’s KAA Gent a night earlier.Bordeaux are at Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night, while Marseille and Monaco host Groningen of Holland and Anderlecht of Belgium respectively and St Etienne are in Norway taking on Rosenborg.A statement from UEFA on Wednesday said the fixtures were set to be fulfilled among a full programme and that it is ”working closely with the home clubs to ensure measures are in place to guarantee safety for all involved”.UEFA’s statement said: “All matches are scheduled to go ahead as planned.“UEFA has very strict rules regarding safety and security in relation to the organisation of matches and is working closely with the home clubs and local authorities to ensure all necessary measures are implemented to guarantee safety for all involved.“UEFA has not issued directives about travelling fans, it is up to the relevant authorities to decide on such matters.” 1 UEFA announces next week’s Champions League and Europa League ties will go ahead as planned
A young Co Donegal man killed in a tragic accident at a fish factory in Killybegs will be laid to rest today.Kara McCole, from Inver, died following the accident at Sean Ward’s fish factory on Friday afternoon.There has been a huge outpouring of grief in the local community where Kara, 21, lived at Cranny. His funeral mass will take place at 2pm today at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Mountcharles.Local county councillor John Campbell described the accident as “a terrible tragedy” and said Kara’s death still hasn’t sunk in for many people.Kara is survived by his parents Bernadine and Donie and by his brother Brendan.The family has very close ties to St Naul’s GAA Club where Kara’s dad Donie works with underage teams. He will be laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. TRAGIC KARA TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY was last modified: January 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Cllr John CampbellfuneralKara McColeSt.Nauls
Up to 2,000 new staff need to be recruited in mental health services if the Government is to achieve goals for improved services in Ireland, according to Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle.The Fianna Fáil TD said just 93 new mental health staff were hired this year, which is below target figures required in the government’s “A Vision for Change” strategy.Pat the Cope has said mental health needs to be a priority for Government in the forthcoming budget. Pat the Cope said: “The new figures were released to me by Fianna Fáil Mental Health Spokesperson James Browne revealed that while 1,963 additional posts need to be filled to comply with the 2006 strategy, only 93 additional staff have been hired in 2017 to date which is well short of what is required by the service.“This is at a time when Mental Health services are under considerable pressure due to demands placed on them, with many other patients waiting to be seen for prolonged periods or others just not being referred at all due to staff shortages.”Pat the Cope added “When launched in 2006, ‘A Vision for Change’ marked a radical break from the previous approach to mental health care. At its heart is a recovery based model, which promotes a partnership approach and one centred on the person’s capacity to lead a fulfilling life and normal life.“But, in order to deliver on that commitment extra staff and resources will be required but thus far the Government has failed to provide the necessary investment and additional staffing which are necessary to deliver the desired service level required by the patients.”“However, eleven years on, the number of staff in the system is falling well short of what is recommended. The HSE estimates that some 12,778 posts are required; however, there are only 10,815 currently in the system – leaving a shortfall of 1,963. “I am seriously concerned with the slow pace at which the HSE is recruiting. Just 93 new posts have been filled so far in 2017. Furthermore, the new positions filled this year were clearly approved in previous years. “Not one position has been filled on the basis of the €15 million allocation for 2017, and in the context of the under spend in mental health in 2016’s budget there is a clear failure to adequately provide and manage the mental health budget, this matter I have raised on previous occasions with the Department.“The fact is that at this rate of increase it will take another 11 years for “A Vision for Change” to be implemented in full and that is a totally farcical situation. “The Government and the HSE need to up their game on this to tackle the issues head on. “Over the past three budgets there has been a failure to ring-fence the mental health budget, to prioritise staff recruitment and the securing of additional resources,” concluded Pat the Cope.2,000 more mental health posts needed to tackle issues – Pat the Cope was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Developers can get more information at the API developer’s guide page.We think data itself is exciting and has the potential to tell many previously unheard stories. We wonder what kinds of apps will be developed using Fusion Tables, and we also wonder where the datasets will come from.What kind of data would you like to see explored and visualized in apps from Fusion Tables developers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We also found this cool video from Google engineer Alon Halevy and Pacific Institution president Peter Gleick on the principles of interpreting and using data to solve water problems: Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A recently released Google Labs product called Fusion Tables allowed users to grab data from spreadsheets, text documents, PDFs and other sources and create compelling, comprehensive visualizations from a merged data set.Google has just announced it’s releasing an API for Fusion Tables. The API integrates with Google Maps, App Engine, Base Data and Visualizations APIs, as well, to allow for motion charts, timelines, graphs and maps with all the data available and running on Google’s infrastructure. The API allows users to upload data from any source, from text files to full databases, and see their data merged and compared in cool visualizations. Surprisingly, that’s not even the best part.Perhaps best of all, for active, dynamic datasets, Fusion Tables is programmatically updated and accessed, so new information is accessible without requiring an admin login to the Fusion Tables site. As data is added or altered, the most up-to-date version will be available as long as the dataset is synced to Fusion Tables.The Fusion Tables API also allows for queries and downloads. It’s built on a subset of SQL. By referencing data values in SQL-like query expressions, developers can find data and download it for use by their app. The application can then do any kind of processing on the data, like computing aggregates or feeding into a visualization gadget.Visualizations of data can be embedded in blogs and other sites all around the web, and attribution remains constant for all the data that is uploaded to Fusion Tables.Another cool aspect of Fusion Tables is its real-time collaboration features. As with Google Docs, collaborators can be invited via email. Multiple people can view and comment on the data, and these discussions show users’ commments and any changes to the datasets over time.For an overview of how Fusion Tables works, check out this demo video that explains how data can be mashed up and graphed: Related Posts jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. One thing that invariably surprises people when I walk them through a house during their first blower-door test is how much air leaks in through the electrical switches and receptacles. On a recent Friday, we went out to do the last home energy rating in our latest HERS rater class, and we got to see something even better. But first, let’s talk about that air leakage. We have a number of surprises waiting.First, people are surprised that so much air leaks in through those holes. Second, they’re surprised when I show them that just as much air leaks in through switches and outlets on interior walls as on exterior walls.Why? Because the wires that came to that switch or outlet probably came through holes drilled through the top or bottom of that wall. In older homes, those holes weren’t sealed. Even in newer homes, where building inspectors generally enforce fire codes that require those holes to be air-sealed, attic air still gets into the wall from the gap between the top plate and the ceiling drywall. RELATED ARTICLES Questions and Answers About Air BarriersGBA Encyclopedia: Air BarriersService Cavities for Wiring and PlumbingVideo: How to Hang Airtight DrywallGBA Product Guide: Airfoil Airtight Receptacle Boxes Airtight DrywallQ&A: Airtight electrical boxes Q&A: Are sealed electrical boxes needed for the airtight drywall approach when using drywall gaskets?Q&A: Do I have to clean out and replace the Great Stuff? Why do switches and receptacles leak?Switches and receptacles themselves aren’t airtight. The holes you see in front (around the edges of the switch and right through the receptacle) are connected to holes in the back (where the wires plug are connected). These electrical devices sit inside an electrical junction box, so that connects air in the house to air in the junction box.To get electricity to the switch or receptacle, wires have to come into the box. The photo below shows the back of a typical junction box, with all its holes. Take a look at all those holes. There are four knockouts for each switch/receptacle, and even the ones that haven’t been knocked out still leak like a sieve.Those holes in back connect the holes in front with the air in the wall cavity. As I said at the beginning, the wall cavity in many homes is connected to air in the attic, basement, crawl space, garage … all those unconditioned places you don’t want to be connected to. In other words, all those holes are part of a three-dimensional network of air leakage that connects the inside to the outside. I blew a gasket!In the house we visited that Friday, the owner told us that he’d put gaskets behind the switch and receptacle covers. So we looked at them during the blower-door test to see how well they worked. Check out the video below.That’s quite a breeze blowing the smoke during the test. Yes, the gaskets may have reduced the amount of air leakage, but if you asked me if it were worth the cost of installing them (which is mostly labor because the foam gaskets are cheap), I’d say no. How can you stop this air leakage?For new homes, the best way to do this is to find an airtight junction box or use a cover that you mount before installing the junction boxes. An example of the former is the one made by Airfoil. Rather than being made for ease of wiring with no consideration given to airtightness, these junction boxes make the air sealing very easy by including a gap above the box where you spray a little bit of foam. (See their installation photos to get a better idea of how this works.) EFI sells junction box covers made by LESSCO that can hold up to a triple-gang junction box. You install regular junction boxes inside their cover. The advantage with these covers is that they’re made to be airtight whereas a standard junction box clearly is not. The wiring penetrations in the polyethylene cover are easily sealed.In existing homes (or new homes if it’s too late to do the above), you’ll need to seal all those holes in the junction box with fire caulk. If you get those holes sealed up and also seal the gap between the junction box and the drywall, you’ll do a much better job of stopping air leakage at your switches and receptacles than you would by installing gaskets. Several years ago, I put gaskets in all the switches and receptacles in a house. The before-and-after blower door tests were pretty much identical (within the uncertainty of the equipment). So why don’t gaskets help much?The main problem is that gaskets seal the parts that are already sealed. Air doesn’t leak in through the plastic cover itself, yet that’s where most of the foam is. They do help reduce leakage a bit for covers that don’t fit snugly against the wall, but they do next to nothing about the holes in the switches and receptacles.
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In the U.S., the system for writing, adopting, and enforcing building codes is peculiar. Lots of people are confused about building codes.Anyone interested in understanding building codes in the U.S. needs to start by learning a few basic facts:The ICC codes that are most relevant to residential builders are the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). These codes are written in three-year cycles, which means that every three years, a new version of the code is published. That’s why builders and code officials refer to the 2009 IRC, the 2012 IRC, or the 2015 IRC.When states adopt a building code, they can adopt any version they want, and they are under no obligation to update the code when a new version of a model code is published. (There are a few exceptions to this rule: in some states, legislation has been passed to require automatic adoption of updated codes.) State-to-state variations are common; for example, Wisconsin is using the 2009 code while Iowa is using the 2012 code and Illinois is using the 2015 code — all at the same time.In recent months, some states have begun to adopt versions of the latest edition of the IECC, namely the 2015 IECC. States that have done so include llinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont. A HERS Index can be a path to compliance GBA has published several articles on the 2015 IECC, including the following:As these articles explain, one of the new compliance paths available to builders under the 2015 IECC involves getting a HERS Index for a new home. (The code refers to this rating as the Energy Rating Index, or ERI; but for all intents and purposes, an ERI is the same as a…
In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to build an inexpensive — and relatively simple — quasar-style light control using foam core.Tube lights are probably the fastest growing type of fixture on film sets, both big and small. They’re cheap, versatile, and you can rig them almost anywhere. They come in slim, no-nonsense versions like the $75 Quasar Daylight T8s, all the way up to the app-controlled RGB Digital Sputnik Voyagers.One thing that most tube-style lights share is built-in diffusion, which scatters the light from the line of LEDs over a wide area. Without this, the individual LEDs would be too harsh and specular. One downside of this design is that it makes the lights hard to control, illuminating your subject and whatever else is in the general direction.Light control cases — known as egg crates or grids — are available, but they can be expensive. The industry-standard DOP choice unit for a four-inch tube light is over $200. It does a good job controlling spill, letting you get the light where you want it, but spending more than the light on a controlled system is not always possible, especially if you have multiple lights or banks of tubes to control.One method I’ve found incredibly helpful is making your own light control with foam core. This isn’t as reusable as the pro version, but it’s much cheaper, and you can build and customize them to the light rig you’re working with. In this sense, it’s more like a strip of diffusion or gel than a piece of grip equipment.1. Foam CoreTo begin, get a piece of foam core the length of your light. You can use white if you want a little extra output, or black if you really want to cut back on the spill. If you’re rigging the light from a stand, you’ll want to take into account any other extra length.Make sure the foam core is as long as your light.2. Decide on the AngleA typical tube light gives a 180 degree throw. If you leave five inches on either side of the light, you’ll reduce this to around 90 degrees. If you’re looking for a more focused beam, you could use up to ten inches and get a 50 degree throw.Keep in mind, this’ll make the light larger to rig and take up more space.You’ll need to double this width. So, for the five inch version, cut your foam core ten inches wide.3. Scoring the Foam CoreThis’ll allow you to snap the foam down the center, giving you an A-frame shape.Score the foam core down the center and break it.4. Attaching the Foam CoreIf you’re placing your light above the subject, you can sometimes get away with just resting the light control on the light and let gravity do the work. I’ve used a grip clip to hold the light in place, but depending on the design, you may want to puncture the foam core with a screwdriver, then use zip ties to attach it more permanently.Attach the foam core to your light.5. Rigging Your LightYou can now hang, bolt, or otherwise attach your light to a stand or the set. You may want to cut through the foam core at certain places to allow access for something like the Matthews MQ Mount.You can now attach or mount your light.6. Shoot!Now, just place your light where you want it. If what you’ve made is going to live to fight another day, cut it off and store it with other expendables.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert RichardsonWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book LightThe Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An IntroductionGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Places
AHMEDABAD: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday criticised the Congress for the “injustice” done to Gujarat during its rule, while starting the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthplace, Karamsad.The second part of the Yatra, the BJP’s road show ahead of the Assembly elections in December, will be started from Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar, on his birth anniversary on Monday. “Recently, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to the State and questioned the Gujarat model of development. But I want to ask the Congress to explain why injustice was meted out to Gujarat generation after generation during the Congress regime,” Mr. Shah said.The rally was marked by attempts by Patidar community members to disrupt it. Mr. Shah cited instances of “injustice”, like Jawaharlal Nehru “sidelining” Sardar Patel, and Morarji Desai being denied the prime ministerial post during Indira Gandhi’s regime. “People of Gujarat want to know why the Congress has inflicted injustice on the those who were from Gujarat,” Mr. Shah said. He claimed that during the UPA regime, Gujarat was again treated unjustly as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Before the rally, Mr. Shah and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his ancestral home. The Gaurav Yatra is meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.