Celtic move for former Chelsea and West Ham man scuppered by injury

first_img Carlton Cole 1 Former West Ham and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole will have to wait to see if he will be offered a Celtic contract after sustaining an injury during training.The 31-year-old left Upton Park in the summer and has been on trial with the Glasgow giants in a bid to earn a deal with the club.Manager Ronny Deila had been impressed with Cole’s contribution and it was rumoured that he was lining up a contract for the forward.However, Cole suffered an injury last week which has put any permanent deal on ice for now.last_img read more

Raiders sign D-end Kasim Edebali to roster

first_imgALAMEDA — Kasim Edebali, a six-year veteran defensive end who last played for Cincinnati in 2018, was signed by the Raiders Wednesday.Edebali takes the roster spot of cornerback Gareon Conley, who was traded to the Houston Texans Monday for a third-round draft pick.Edebali, 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds, has played in 62 games with two starts. He has eight sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The best season for the Boston College product came in 2016, when had …last_img read more

SA, China strengthen cultural ties

first_img4 August 2011 China plans to set up a cultural centre in South Africa to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the two countries, visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Zhao Shaohua said this week. Shaohua made the announcement shortly before signing a programme of cooperation with acting Arts and Culture Minister Tokyo Sexwale in Pretoria on Tuesday. “The cultural relations between South Africa and China are flourishing,” Shaohua said. “Culture knows no boundaries, and I was impressed by the dance of South African cultural groups during our Shanghai World Expo last year. “To further cement our cultural relations, we will be establishing the Chinese Cultural Centre in South Africa very soon make the public aware of Chinese culture, as well as making greater contributions to China-South Africa cultural relations. “We both have a very long history and we believe that through this Cultural Centre, we exchange our cultural diversity.” Shaohua, who was speaking via a translator, also pledged 300 000 Chinese Yuan to develop cultural activities in South Africa.Artistic, cultural exchanges Sexwale said the agreement also looked at the possibilities of translation of Chinese books into South African languages and South African works into Chinese. “This agreement will go a long way in extended our cultural relations in arts, film, books, language and culture as well as exhibition of our cultural dancers together,” Sexwale said. “Through my observation, I’ve learnt that most foreign countries, including Germany and France, have language institutes in South Africa, so I want to propose that you set up your Chinese language institute as well.” The Human Settlements Minister, noting that China was the second-biggest economic powerhouse in the world, said that through the agreement, the two countries would encourage their artists to visit each other.Trade reaches new highs Bilateral relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China reached a new high point in 2009/10. By the end of 2009, the Department of Trade and Industry announced that China had become South Africa’s largest trading partner, with total trade amounting to approximately R120-billion. During the state visit by President Jacob Zuma to China last year, companies and organisations from China and South Africa signed over a dozen cooperative documents at a business forum, involving projects in areas such as solar power, mining, telecommunications, insurance and finance. A €240-million (about US$300-million) loan agreement between South African mobile phone operator Cell C and China Development Bank was included in the deals. The announcements also included the acquisition by South Africa’s Discovery Health of a stake in Ping An Health Insurance, a subsidiary of China’s second-largest Insurer, the Ping An Insurance Group. December 2007 marked 10 years since the official establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Most ‘Houses That Breathe’ Aren’t Very Comfortable

first_img RELATED ARTICLES ‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building MythsHouses Need to Breathe … Right?Buildings Don’t Need to Breathe Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV? GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation Choices Recently I heard another comment from a builder who wants to build a house that breathes. I started to reply in an e-mail, and then decided to write a blog instead.What we are doing nowadays in the world of high-performance homes is based on studying hundreds of thousands of houses built in the last half century that have failed — including the majority of superinsulated and passive solar homes built in the 1970s and 1980s in the Northeast — and applying those lessons to building a durable house.Houses from before that time period that failed for one reason or another are mostly gone, and many of those that remain are piggy banks for big oil. We put our money in and the oil companies take it out. Simple. (Usually, I like simple, but not in this case.)For the past few decades, most builders in the Northeast have been living in a vacuum, while builders in northern European and Canada paid much more attention to how houses fail, learning from them and adapting. Now the conversation is opening up again, and we are taking a seat at the table. A house has to breathe? Really?I have lived in houses that breathe my whole life. It sucks.Aside from the part where you have to give your money to someone else just to prevent freezing to death in the winter, there is the comfort aspect of things. Houses I have lived in have never been all that comfortable, whether in terms of temperature or moisture levels or even wiping mildew off the window sills.Now, with two children, I worry about the air quality and mold issues inherent in my “house that breathes.” I would rather be able to seal up the house in the winter and be confident that I was breathing fresh Vermont air all the time than have to step outside for a breath of fresh air or open up the doors and windows if I screw up on getting the wood stove going.Six months out of the year, I would still have the choice to open the windows and turn off the HRV.We do seem to have more summer moisture and humidity problems than we used to, but we also have access to more durable and proven materials and building methods. Some builders and architects are taking advantage of this, but most are building the same way they did 20 years ago, despite all the failures.A house that breathes and has little or no insulation is a barn. And If you want to heat it, that means coming to terms with giving your money away. Jesse Thompson says, “People breathe air through their lungs, not their skin. Why should houses be any different?” If you want your house to breathe, give it a set of lungs — in other words, provide it with a mechanical ventilation system.There are a range of options for doing this, from exhaust-only bathroom fans and range hoods (simple and cheap, but where does the makeup air come from in a very tight house?) to a full-on heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system. These are also fairly simple and effective, although significantly more expensive. But they have the added advantages of recovering much of the heat from the outgoing air as well as providing fresh incoming air exactly where you want it. For more information, just type “HRV” or “house ventilation” into the search box on Green Building Advisor, and start reading.center_img Robert Swinburne is a part-time architect and full-time homemaker living on 49 acres with his wife and two young children in Halifax, Vermont. He was a carpenter for several years after architecture school and is now a licensed architect and passive house designer with over 100 completed projects in the Northeast. Bob maintains a blog (primarily for therapeutic reasons) under the moniker “Vermont Architect.”last_img read more

A Practical Guide to Working with Light Stands on Set

first_imgLight stands are priceless assets on any set. With the right stand for the job, you can create a safe and effective working environment.Cover image via Shutterstock.Different projects call for different light stands. The team at Grip Tips has created a series all about the standard light stands you’ll see on most any independent film set. Let’s take a look at how to effectively use each type.Standard Light StandsMost of us are familiar with these standard aluminum light stands that come with most kits. While they usually get the job done, they can easily break or deteriorate over time. It’s always a great idea to upgrade standard stands for something more robust. A poorly built light stand that you can’t raise to its full height can slow down the workflow on set. By investing in high-quality equipment, you can avoid this headache in the future.Preemie StandsA preemie baby stand is a sturdy replacement for your standard light stand. These stands weigh around 5lbs and can typically rise up to six feet and support up to 25lbs. In situations wherein your standard light stands may fail, the preemie stand will excel. If you take good care of them, these stands can last most of your career.Low Boy StandsYour low boy stands are the perfect solution when you need to mount a light a little bit lower — they’re also commonly used with a slider, like a Dana Dolly or a rhino slider. These stands can hold over 70lbs. and are more rigid than a preemie stand.Beefy Baby StandsBeefy baby stands are your next step up in the world of light stands. Although heavy and harder to transport, these stands feature a much higher build quality than a preemie stand or a standard light stand. As replacements for your standard light stand, these offer far more features. Beefy baby stands feature a steel/aluminum construction, and they typically support up to 22lbs, raise up to 12 feet, and feature a ⅝” baby pin (hence the term “baby stand”). These beefy baby stands will accommodate most lights up to a 2K fresnel and smaller HMIs like a Joker 800. Most importantly, they will endure the toughest working conditions.Combo StandsCombo, or junior stands, are the robust bigger brothers of the baby stands. These stands feature a much higher weight capacity — up to 70lbs. Combo/junior stands accommodate larger light fixtures, like a M18 or an ARRI Skypanel. They also are capable of many other duties beyond holding lights. Unlike baby stands, these stands feature a junior pin receiver to help support the added weight from the larger lights.C-StandsC-Stands actually warrant their own blog post. They are the most versatile of any stand on set. They can hold a light, support a bounce board, or organize clothing in wardrobe. If you don’t already own a C-stand, I would thoroughly recommend picking one up and getting used to its functionality, as you will see this stand on all professional sets.Understanding the correct stands to use on a film set can save time and create safer working conditions for everyone. Knowing the difference between all the different stands will also help you to select the right tool on set.last_img read more

World Cup Twenty20: IPL helps opponents plot India’s downfall

first_imgIt has almost become fashionable for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be blamed for all the ills that plague cricket, all around the world.But in the case of India’s campaigns at every World Twenty20 since the billion-dollar league made its debut back in 2008, there’s a clear trend – opposition teams exploit their familiarity with the Indian players to plot their downfall.Take the example of India’s two tormentors in Friday’s game – Aussies Shane Watson and David Warner. They have played five and four seasons of the IPL respectively and the former admitted after the game that the fact that he was used to facing the Indian spinners helped his cause.”I have been lucky in a way that I have been able to play all those spinners in the IPL over the past few years, so I knew how they were going to bowl to me and how they were going to try to get me out,” the all-rounder said.Australia and South Africa are the two countries that contribute the maximum number of players to the league, apart from India, and almost every player from those countries talks about using his IPL experience against the Indians.George Bailey, the Australia skipper, has played just four IPL games for the Chennai Super Kings, but has seen the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Lakshmipathy Balaji at close quarters over the last four years.”This game can be very fickle and you don’t decide on basis of one or two performances. I have tried to follow that while selecting the Australian team. I have learnt a lot there,” Bailey had said before the game. Chennai teammate Albie Morkel of South Africa is more blunt in his assessment.”Well, it certainly helps having played alongside these players. Since I have shared the change room with these guys, I will be able to give inputs to my team about them and vice-versa. But then, they will also need to make adjustments to stay ahead of everyone,” he says.That’s something the Indians seem to do very irregularly, which has led to a massive decline in their T20 record. None of the players in the squad of 15 – bar Ashoke Dinda and, to a certain extent, Ashwin – has used the IPL as a vehicle to the India shirt. That just goes to show that the league, which was supposed to be a showcase for Indian talent, has had the opposite of the desired effect.advertisementlast_img read more

Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao knocks out retirement thoughts

first_imgFilipino boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao said he would carry on fighting next year after unveiling a new boxing gym in downtown Tokyo on Friday. (Latest Sports stories)The 37-year-old southpaw returned to the ring after a seven month retirement to claim the WBO welterweight title by beating Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas earlier this month.”I think about it, I can still fight and my body is still okay so I decided to come back and I’m here, my journey is continued,” Pacquiao said in the Japanese capital.The southpaw has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw record and is the winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first sitting Senator to win a world boxing title.The new ‘Pacquiao Gym’, a collaboration with Japanese business man Yoshihiro Agata, will open in the new year and the Filipino said it was an opportunity to pass on his experience.”(I opened this gym) to help the people to do exercise and also…to discover a good boxer,” Pacquiao said.”I can share my knowledge about boxing and my talents. I can teach them.”last_img read more