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first_img RELATED ARTICLES Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?Installing Fiberglass RightGrading the Installation Quality of InsulationGBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket InsulationQ&A: Why is there such a bias against fiberglass? Most installers want to do a good jobMost workers on the job site are happy to learn how to install batts correctly. On a large multifamily building I certified under the National Green Building Standard several years ago, I worked closely with the field crews, showing them what a Grade I installation looked like. The result was consistently high-quality work, until they switched crews and we had to start all over. Inspectors aren’t helpingEven worse than the poor quality insulation on the LEED home were the missing air barriers. Neither the builder nor the inspector were aware of the current energy code requirement for rigid air barriers at all tubs, chases, soffits, and stairs on exterior walls.The house passed and was ready for drywall with these noticeable code violations. Since they are required for certification, the builder installed spray foam and rigid barriers to correct the problems. What frightens me is that the inspectors simply don’t know the code well enough to enforce it.I also perform code required blower-door and duct-leakage testing for code compliance on homes that are not being certified. I am not in a position of authority to enforce any other energy code requirements other than the testing, but in almost all cases, I see major violations in missing air barriers and poorly sealed ducts.In re-reading my 2010 post on outlawing batt insulation, I am coming to the realization that not enough has changed, and I don’t expect to see much progress in the near future. I recently performed the pre-drywall inspection on a small home seeking LEED certification. The local building inspector had visited and approved the batts for covering up.When I arrived, I immediately noticed that the kraft-paper-faced batts were installed, as is typical, at about a Grade III level, with significant gaps and compressions. (For more information on the definition of a Grade III installation, see Installing Fiberglass Right.) And because the facing was stapled to the studs, I couldn’t do a thorough inspection for proper trimming around wires and pipes without causing major damage.I’ve come to the conclusion that in most cases, unfaced friction-fit batts are a better solution. They don’t have the gaps where tabs are stapled and can be pulled out for inspections without ripping the facing.I don’t think I can count the number of times I have warned my clients about using batt insulation. I can explain the problems with installation, get eye-to-eye contact with their installing contractor who tells me that they can do Grade I work, but so far, in every case, the result is inferior work.My guess is that the subcontractor doesn’t know, or care, about high-quality insulation, and even if they do, the need for it is never communicated to the field crews. Interestingly, it was the field crew, rather than the supervisors, who understood the process and worked hard to make things right. With the luxury of a long-running, multi-unit project, they could take the necessary time and develop a process for quality work.Single-family homes, particularly one-off models, don’t offer the same opportunities. I arrive when they are itching to start hanging drywall and rarely willing to pull out some or all of the insulation unless absolutely necessary.last_img read more

first_img Amit PanghalboxingIndiaIndian Boxing First Published: September 23, 2019, 10:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday felicitated boxers Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik with cash awards for their medal-winning performances in the Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia.While Panghal was handed a cash award of Rs 14 lakh for his silver medal-winning effort in 52kg category, Kaushik received Rs 8 lakh for winning the bronze in the 63kg. Panghal, who was the second seed, created history as he became the first male Indian boxer to reach the final of the World Championship.The 24-year-old from Haryana has also won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Asian Championships along with a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.The 23-year-old Kaushik had an impressive run in the tournament as he knocked out the fourth-seed and Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukhin Chinzorig in the round of 16, before seeing his tournament end in the semifinals to top seed Andy Cruz Gomez.”I am very proud of India’s best-ever performance at the men’s Boxing World Championship. I feel India has a great future in boxing. In fact, even those boxers who reached the quarterfinal stage need to be congratulated for their performances,” Sports Minister Rijiju said.”This is the Olympic year and these medals are a sign that India is indeed prepared to put up a good show at Tokyo 2020. I want to assure all athletes, across all sporting disciplines preparing for Tokyo that we will extend all support. last_img read more

first_imgThe second Hockey India awards will also facilitate The second Hockey India awards will also facilitate players, both men and women, who achieved significant milestones such as playing the 100th or 200th international match for India or scored a goal on debut appearance. The milestone awards carry cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively. At these awards, the womens team and the support staff will be facilitated for making history by qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The junior mens team and the support staff will be also facilitated for winning gold at the eighth Junior Asia Cup, while the senior mens team and the support staff will be honoured for winning bronze in the Hockey World League Final in Raipur last year. The proud nominees for the Hockey India 2nd Annual Awards for the year 2015 are: Player of the Year (Men): Birendra Lakra, Akashdeep Singh, PR Sreejesh, Manpreet Singh. Player of the Year (Women): Rani Rampal, Deepika, Ritu Rani, Savita. Jugraj Singh Upcoming Player of the Year (Men, Under-21): Armaan Qureshi, Dipsan Tirkey, Harmanpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh. Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of the Year (Women, Under-21): Sonika, Deep Grace Ekka, Preeti Dubey, Lilima Minz. Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year: Savita, Harjot Singh, PR Sreejesh, Rajani Etimarpu. Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year: Birender Lakra, Deepika, Kothajit Singh, Sushila Chanu. Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year: Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Sardar Singh, Ritu Rani. Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year: Akashdeep Singh, Rani, SV Sunil, Anuradha Thokchom. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia already have one foot in the quarter and will be hoping to safely navigate their way past Canada in their last game of Pool C on Saturday.With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium on account of better goal difference of a positive 4. Belgium, in the other game of the night, will be up against South Africa.The top team from each of the four pools will qualify directly for the quarterfinals while the second and third-placed sides will play the cross-overs for a spot in the last eight.”We interpret a picture as we see it. Our target is to top the pool irrespective of the result of Belgium versus South Africa game. Our fate is in our own hands,” Harendra said on the eve of the game..@HarendraSingh66, Chief Coach, India Men’s Hockey Team, wants India to finish at the top of Pool C and does not want the Indian defenders to concede any goal in the coming match against Canada. #INDvCAN #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 7, 2018″We are still on the second floor, they (Canada) are in the basement (in terms of position in the pool and goal difference). Let them come up to our level, then we will see. Our goal average is a lot better.”We expect two things. One, I need to finish on top. The other, I want a clean sheet and no goals scored against India,” he added.advertisement”The team has revitalized itself in the long break post the match against Belgium and is ready to put its best foot forward,” says @HarendraSingh66. #INDvCAN #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 7, 2018Harendra said India have devised a different style of play for Canada and they will try to adopt that in Saturday’s game.”As a coach, I analyse. Most the players that have come here, Chris (Ciriello) has faced most of them. So, the inputs he gives are important having already been there,” he said about India’s analytical coach from Australia.”We will play some different kind of hockey tomorrow and try variations depending on the game and situation.”India are currently ranked fifth in the world while Canada are 11th.But the India coach reiterated that rankings hardly have any significance in modern day hockey.”I have said it from the start and everybody should now agree with me. I saw about China, Japan and France (as teams of the future). For me, in modern sports, especially in a team sport, ranking and numbers are to write on paper,” Harendra said.”Every team that comes to a major tournament wants to play the last match on last day. Small teams want to prove that they deserve to be here.”India’s analytical coach Ciriello emphasised on the importance of converting penalty corners as well as defending them.”We have got such a balance of good direct flickers and many variations. There are three good flickers (Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas and Varun Kumar). Focus is also on push and trap, good quality and good speed. There is difficulty all levels,” the Australian said.”Our focus is on good execution and shots on goal. If you can’t get a push or trap right, it doesn’t matter how good your flicker is.”We are expected to defend as well as score from penalty corners. The guys are putting their hands up and willing to get hit while defending,” Ciriello said.Having won the World Cup with Australia in the last edition at The Hague, Netherland, Ciriello said: “It eventually comes down to finer details as both the teams had their chances. Spain were a good team and now they are going home.”.@manpreetpawar07, Captain, India Men’s Hockey Team, expressed how the players are ready for the upcoming challenge against Canada. “The side has been waiting for this game eagerly and would hopefully rise to the occasion,” said Manpreet Singh.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 7, 2018India captain Manpreet Singh said they need to utilise their chances to taste success.Canada coach Paul Bundy said work ethics will be key to his team’s chances.”The last couple of results (against India) have been in favour of both teams. Lost won, drew one and won one. I think our work ethics is key. If we stick to our game plan I think we are hard to break.advertisement”We are very opportunistic as well. We have a good penalty corner unit. We have strikers who are very dangerous as well. I think that creates a little doubt in the higher ranked teams.”(With inputs from PTI)Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEAlso Read | Pakistan accuse Dutch official of bias, turns out the official is GermanAlso Read | Pakistan stars woo fans in Bhubaneswar, dance to Bollywood songsAlso Read | Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guestlast_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle have completed the £5 million capture of Sweden international defender Emil Krafth.The 25-year-old right-back has penned a four-year contract with the Magpies are sealing a switch from Amiens.He had only linked up with the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent basis earlier this summer after enjoying a productive loan spell with the club in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Newcastle have swooped in to steal him away from France on the back of that agreement and will be hoping to see him complete a seamless transition to life in the Premier League.Krafth, who has previously spent time with the likes of Helsingborgs and Bologna, is looking forward to starting a new adventure in England.He told NUFC TV: “It feels really good. It’s been a busy couple of days, but finally I’m here. I’m very happy to sign for Newcastle and I can’t wait to start training with the guys. “When a Premier League team wants to sign you, of course you are happy. I know Newcastle is a big club, so I’m very happy to sign here and to be here right now.”It’s a good moment in my career to take a step forward. The plans Newcastle had for me, I felt like they was fitting me perfectly, so that was why I chose Newcastle.”Introducing our 4️⃣th signing of the summer, Emil Krafth.#WorKrafth #NUFC #DeadlineDay— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 8, 2019Krafth has become Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer and first on transfer deadline day.He joins fellow new boys Joelinton, Jetro Williems and Allan Saint-Maximin on Tyneside.The Magpies have also brought in a new manager this summer, with Steve Bruce delighted to have got another fresh face over the line as he seeks to make his side competitive in 2019-20.Bruce said of Krafth: “We’re pleased to bring him here.”He turned 25 last week and has great experience, with more than 20 caps for Sweden and having played in the top flight in three different countries”He’s a good height for a full-back, speaks excellent English and is a very good player. He’s a really good acquisition.”It could be that more arrivals are welcomed to St James’ Park before the deadline passes, with Newcastle looking to bolster their ranks ahead of a Premier League season opener against Arsenal on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgThe Land Surveyors Act will be modernized to better serve the public by providing greater accountability and high standards for the self-regulated profession. The province introduced legislation today, Dec. 1, to repeal the act and replace it with a new one that will allow the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors to more effectively monitor and enforce standards among land surveyors. “These changes were led by the association and we were pleased to work with them to help modernize this act,” said Minister of Natural Resources John MacDonell. “The new Land Surveyors Act will make life better for Nova Scotians who hire surveyors and rely on their work.” The changes will include public representation on the associations’ council and streamlining the public complaints and discipline process. There have been no major revisions to the act since 1989. But over the last 20 years many changes have occurred in the land surveying profession, including self-regulations and development of legal principles. “We commend the department for their work on this new act and regulations,” said Glenn Myra, president of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors. “It will ensure a high professional standard for land surveyors and also provide more protection for the public.” The new act will reflect leading practices that have been adopted by other self-regulating professions.last_img read more

first_imgNew rules are in place to restrict campfires in Nova Scotia camping parks. Due to the high risk of wildfires, campfires at all provincial parks and private campgrounds will follow daily burning restrictions. When the restriction for the day is no burning, – red on the BurnSafe map – campfires will not be allowed. Restrictions are described on the BurnSafe webpage and map at The map will be updated daily at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. “The new rules are simple to follow and are necessary to ensure the protection of the woods, people’s lives, as well as our homes and businesses,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “Check our website, and if you’re at a campsite that’s in the red zone, then you can’t set a campfire.” Restrictions vary by county and are determined by information gathered daily from 31 weather stations across the province. The restrictions will be in effect throughout the wildfire risk season, which ends on Oct. 15. This change is intended to reduce wildfire risks in the province and is in addition to other risk reductions that campfires in provincial parks are already subjected to. All other wildfire restrictions apply.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s efforts to control a deadly deer disease may end up depriving the province of a couple of popular Rudolph stand-ins this holiday season.The province has been grappling with chronic wasting disease detected this year in three farm-raised deer. And Serge Michaud and the red deer he named Rudolph 1 and Rudolph 2 are feeling the impact.Michaud said he was told last week the animals, a fixture at Christmas parades and events in the province, need to stay penned as investigations continue to determine the extent of the disease. He was forced to cancel a parade appearance in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. last Saturday.“They embody Rudolph — the companion of Santa Claus — and we dress up as elves and take part in Christmas parades, at product launches, for photos with the public,” Michaud explained.The province’s Wildlife Department confirmed in September that chronic wasting disease had been detected in a farm-raised animal that was sent to slaughter in late August.Since then, two more cases were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The disease, similar to mad cow disease, is an infection of the central nervous system that afflicts deer, elk, reindeer and moose. While it can go undetected for years, the condition eventually causes poor health, behavioural changes, disorientation and death.Biologists have raised fears the highly contagious disease has the potential to decimate the wild deer population if it spreads.Michaud said his animals are both healthy and are seen regularly by a veterinarian. They were born on a livestock farm and have been with Michaud since they were a day old. “They’ve never lived in a herd,” he said.The deer both have a bit of star power — Rudolph 1’s first public appearance was with the Cirque de Soleil while Rudolph 2 appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse.”The province’s Agriculture Department informed Michaud of the travel ban last Friday.In September, officials banned hunting, trapping and off-road activities within a 400-kilometre radius of the farm where the infection was detected. That includes Oka, where Michaud’s animals live.The disease first emerged in the 1960s in the United States. It is nearly impossible to eradicate once it becomes established in the general population. It has spread to 25 U.S. states as well as Alberta and Saskatchewan.Quebec has modelled its intervention plan on that of New York State, which is believed to be the only jurisdiction to have successfully eliminated the disease.“We haven’t finished our investigations, so we’re simply not taking any risks,” Yohan Dallaire-Boily, an Agriculture Department spokesman, said of the need for controls.Michaud said he stands to lose up to $40,000 this year if his deer are not allowed to travel. “The schedule was booked solid, sometimes three events a day,” he said.He acknowledged it might take a Christmas miracle of sorts to get the Rudolphs back on the road.“We’ll leave the door open in the event we get an exemption,” he said.last_img read more

___CEOs of big banks face off with House DemocratsNEW YORK (AP) — The heads of seven of the largest banks in the U.S. fielded sometimes contentious questions from a House committee Wednesday, some dealing with current risks to the financial systems and other focused on more politically-charged topics. The appearance by the chief executives of JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs and five other banks represented the largest gathering of leaders of the banking industry before Congress since the financial crisis.___US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year agoWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018. The Treasury Department says in its monthly report that the fiscal year deficit has so far totalled $691 billion, up from nearly $600 billion in 2018. The Treasury Department expects that the deficit will exceed $1 trillion when the fiscal year ends in September.___Most Fed officials see rates staying on hold for all of 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed’s benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year. Several officials said their view could shift in either direction based on incoming data, according to minutes of the meeting.___Delta profit surges and releases strong outlookDALLAS (AP) — A new credit card deal and rising corporate travel boosted profits for Delta Air Lines in the first quarter, a trend it predicts will continue this spring. The company posted a $730 million profit, a 31% increase over the same period last year. The strong demand for corporate travel offset choppy demand from vacation travellers. Earnings adjusted for one-time items were 96 cents per share, 6 cents better than Wall Street expected, and Delta gave an upbeat forecast for the second quarter.___Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful informationMENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to be significantly more prominent on Facebook than across the web as a whole. The company is also expanding its fact-checking program with outside expert sources, including The Associated Press, to vet videos and other material posted on Facebook.___Boeing shareholder alleges investors were misled on Max jetNEW YORK (AP) — A Boeing shareholder is suing the company for allegedly hiding problems with its 737 Max jet to push its shares higher. Shareholder Richard Seeks argues that Boeing should have told investors about safety problems with its bestselling plane after a fatal crash in October. Instead, it pushed the stock up to artificial highs by speaking optimistically about future sales before a second fatal crash in March sent shares tumbling, he says. The federal suit seeks class action status.___May asks EU for Brexit delay, but Macron says no guaranteeBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are deciding whether to save Britain from a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit, or to give the foot-dragging departing nation a shove over the edge. Prime Minister Theresa May has pleaded with the 27 other EU leaders at an emergency summit to delay Britain’s exit, due on Friday, until June 30 while the U.K. sorts out the mess that Brexit has become.___Amazon’s growing ties to oil industry irks some employeesNEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is getting cozy with the oil and gas companies and some employees aren’t happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its cloud technology and artificial intelligence to help them find drillable oil faster, angering workers who have been pushing Amazon to do more to combat climate change.___Yahoo to pay $117.5M in latest settlement of massive breachSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million. The deal revises an earlier agreement was supposed to be worth $50 million. The reworked settlement is part of the fallout from digital burglaries that stole personal information from about 3 billion Yahoo accounts in 2013 and 2014.___Tech companies lead US stocks broadly higherNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday as solid gains by technology companies helped the market recoup some of its losses from a day earlier. Small-company stocks also stood out, beating the rest of the market. Banks, retailers and homebuilders also notched gains. Utilities were the biggest laggard. The rally was a reversal for the market following a slide on Tuesday that ended an eight-day winning streak as investors turned their attention to the next wave of corporate earnings.___The S&P 500 index rose 10.01 points, or 0.3%, to 2,888.21. The 30-stock Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to 26,157.16. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, added 54.97 points, or 0.7%, to 7,964.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 21.87 points, or 1.4%, to 1,581.55.The Associated Press read more

Young people account for half the population in many of the world’s poorest countries, particularly in Africa, yet the meeting’s panelists in Wednesday’s round-table discussion said that they have been neglected as a social category in poverty reduction schemes. Some experts pointed to the urban bias in development policies of the past 30 years that have prevented rural areas from prospering from market economies due to lack of infrastructure and investment. Often for youth in poor rural areas, where employment options are limited, their transition into adulthood is accelerated, thus making it imperative to meet their educational, health and skills training needs. Education and training, especially in agriculture, is particularly key, and rural youth are impeded by a lack of access as well as low-quality schooling. In a separate IFAD meeting today, experts called for enhanced measures for poor rural farmers to allow them to access “value chains,” or activities such as processing and marketing that bring goods from production to consumption, and allow them to better compete against powerful large retailers. Without such actions, efforts to reduce poverty could be undermined. Such initiatives have taken place successfully in countries such as Colombia, where farmers themselves realized that without innovation and new markets for their products, they would not be able to survive. “They went from being passive actors to active actors who also recognized that their own change would affect a whole chain of actors,” said Maria Oliva Lizarazo, Director of the IFAD-backed Rural Microenterprise Development Programme. 15 February 2007New development programmes are necessary to minimize the growing youth crisis, often ignored by policymakers, in the world’s poorest countries, experts said at a meeting of the United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held in Rome. read more

He has been remanded till August 2. (Colombo Gazette) Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian P H Piyasena was arrested today and remanded after being presented to court.Piyasena was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division over allegations he misused a Government vehicle.

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway, ending long-running dispute VANCOUVER – A long-running dispute between Vancouver and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) over an old rail corridor through the centre of the city has been settled.The city has agreed to pay $55 million for the railway route, which stretches nine kilometres and consists of almost 17 hectares of open space.Mayor Gregor Robertson said Monday the agreement means the city will be able to transform the area into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from False Creek near downtown to Marpole on the Fraser River on the south side.Part of the corridor is also slated for use as a light-rail, rapid transit system, which Robertson said would operate alongside the public greenway that will be available for walking and cycling.Residents have been growing gardens and planting trees on the land for over a decade.Talks on the sale had broken off. Then in 2014, the city said CP planned to start clearing the Arbutus corridor for railway use again.Robertson said there was a change in heart by both parties late last fall that led to the deal.Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief operating officer, said the agreement is positive for the city and the railway.“This has been a very contentious issue for Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver, probably for the last decade,” Creel said. “With that said, the history of CP in Vancouver dates back to its origins, over 130 years. It’s a been a positive relationship. It’s one that we valued.”CP stopped running trains on the line about 14 years ago.Robertson compared the development to a revitalized part of New York City that has seen an old rail line turned into a park.“This is a historic agreement and a one-in-a-generation opportunity for our city,” he said. “This is really Vancouver’s chance to have a New York-style High Line, repurposing of what was freight railroad.”He said the city will establish an office to oversee the design of the greenway and it will make improvements to the railway corridor before the long-term plan is finalized.Under the agreement, CP will remove existing rails and ties within two years. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgThere may once have been cachet in ploughing one’s way through Ulysses, War and Peace or Kafka’s Metamorphosis.But according to one study, there is no greater cause to boast about reading James Joyce than EL James.All novels contain one of just six possible plots, with similar emotional arcs running though every work from the highbrow to the bodice-ripper, according to researchers. They include the classic ‘rags to riches’ storyline, as detailed in Oliver Twist, the ‘riches to rags’ such as King Lear, and ‘man in a hole’ such as Moby Dick where a protagonist finds himself in a difficult spot before navigating out of it. The ‘Icarus’ plotline sees characters rise before a spectacular fall, ‘Cinderella’ shows the character’s fortunes rise, fall, then rise again and ‘Oedipus’ when the character falls, rises and then falls. Dr Reagan said: “There were only six main emotional storylines.”These include ‘rags to riches’ (sentiment rises), ‘riches to rags’ (fall), ‘man in a hole’ (fall-rise), ‘icarus’ (rise-fall), ‘Cinderella’ (rise-fall-rise), ‘Oedipus’ (fall-rise-fall).”This approach could, in turn, be used to create compelling stories by gaining a better understanding of what has previously made for great storylines.”It could also help teach common sense to artificial intelligence systems.”Our work on emotional arcs is just one part of understanding the ecology of stories.”There is much more to do: Extracting and comparing plots, character paths, comparing across cultures and time periods. But all this now seems possible.”The study was published in EPJ Data Science. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The University of Vermont study was inspired Slaughterhouse 5 author Kurt Vonnegut who originally proposed the similarity of emotional story lines in a Masters’s thesis rejected by the University of Chicago.Dr Andrew Reagan, statistician, said: “Stories help us encode and understand our collective existence, underpin cultures, and help frame the possible.”Describing the ecology of all human stories is an essential scientific enterprise.”With the advent of the internet and massive digitisation this vital work has become, in part, a data-driven one.”There are many aspects of stories to characterise and here we take on just one: The overall emotional trajectory. This year's Man Booker shortlist Even novels some might look down on follow the same basic plot, researchers claim All books, including bestseller 50 Shades of Grey, follow one of six story arcs “In a lecture recorded in 1985, Kurt Vonnegut introduced the idea of quantifying the emotional arcs of stories.”He suggested that ‘Man-in-a-hole’ is a primary kind of shape in the dimension of good-ill fortune. ‘Somebody gets into trouble gets out of it again. People LOVE that story!'”Vonnegut pointed out that computers would be perfectly suited to the task of finding good-ill fortune trajectories, and with this inspiration and today’s computing power, we tested his instincts on a large supply of books.”We extracted and analyzed the emotional arcs of 1,722 novels from the Project Gutenberg corpus using sentiment analysis, and found six common shapes.”The study say scientists use big data and natural language processing to analyse the books’ narrative by deconstructing and distilling its plot lines. Even novels some might look down on follow the same basic plot, researchers claim This year’s Man Booker shortlist All books, including bestseller 50 Shades of Grey, follow one of six story arcslast_img read more

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter 33,350 Views Four identical calves have been born in Co Clare. The farmer couldn’t be happier The odds of four identical calves born are estimated at around a billion to one. Feb 23rd 2017, 4:44 PM Image: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter Share2117 Tweet Email10 ON SUNDAY, FOUR identical calves were born at a farm outside Ennistymon, Co Clare.The odds of such a birth are about a billion to one, according to geneticists who calculated the chances after a similar situation in Norfolk, England over a decade ago.Today, “the proudest farmer in Ireland” Tom Clair spoke to Áine Lawlor on RTÉ’s News at One about the unlikely birth of the identical quadruplets.He’d been expecting the cow to have twins, due to her size. Clair had last checked on the cow late on Saturday night and thought she’d make it to the morning without giving birth. Tom (on the right) is delighted with the calves. Source: Tomás O Mainnín via Twitter“I came down then at half seven on Sunday morning,” he said, “and when I got down there were two calves standing in front of her.”Then, the farmer noticed a third calf lying by the cow’s side. So, he put the three together before he heard a “another little moo”.I looked down at the three, and knew the little moo wasn’t coming from them.“There he was then standing outside in the yard,” Clair said. “It was unbelievable, Áine.”When asked if he felt like he won the Lotto when he saw the fourth, he said that you get a lot more satisfaction out of a calf any day than you would from winning the Lotto.The mother of the four is a Hereford cross while the father is a Charolais bull.Clair gave the mother all the credit for carrying the identical quadruplets, giving her a chance to rest by hand feeding the calves for the last few days.The farmer added that it was a “pure novelty” for many as people from all over the area came to visit to see the calves.Mia, Rosey, Fluffy and Jenny are doing well and, nearly a week later, Clair is still as excited as the celebrations continue in Ennistymon.Read: Children who grow up on farms less likely to suffer with allergiesRead: ‘Cattle and sheep are being hand-fed and prepped to be taken by criminals’ By Sean Murray 47 Comments Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 4:44 PMlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s aviation safety authority has banned all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying to or from the country in the wake of two deadly plane crashes involving the brand new aircraft in the past five months.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said that it was in the best interests of safety to ground the jets, operated here currently by Fiji Airways into Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX,” said CASA’s chief executive and director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody.Australia’s suspension comes following those of India, China, Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil and South Africa in resolving to keep their MAX 8 jets in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.last_img read more

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster What’s a superhero without his super powers? A well-coiffed bespectacled man about to get his face sawed in half.Grant Gordon, a.k.a. The Ghost has lost that lovin’ feeling his abilities: “No flying, no X-ray vision, and no super strength,” he tells the Doctor, also strapped into a chair with a buzzing blade creeping closer.“I’m, umm, guessing that means no invulnerability, too,” the impotent defender adds.On Christmas Eve 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant mistakenly swallowed a wish-granting gemstone, gaining superpowers like those in his favorite comic books.Years later, that stone leads the Twelfth Doctor—and Grant, his wife Lucy, and their daughter Jennifer—across space and time to find the other three missing pieces.Since landing in dystopian-future New York City, the Doctor and his groupies reunited with an old foe: Shoal of the Winter Harmony—an independent life form (blue brains with eyes) that migrate between planets, extracting and replacing the central nervous systems of compatible hosts.Now, with Grant and Jennifer off gallivanting somewhere, Lucy finally gets her moment to shine.When they discover the third crystal—used by the Harmony Shoal to suppress and overpower the Zanthians—the Doctor urges Lucy to talk to the people, “tell them what to do.”Confused and unsure of herself, the reporter takes the mic, launching into an empowered speech about moving on and standing up for yourself.“Hiding is not the answer. You need to come out and be your own heroes,” she says, in what could easily be interpreted as a battle call to readers. “Free yourselves of the Harmony Shoal. Find a new way to live, and forge your own future.”Having saved the day (again), Team TARDIS head off to find the fourth and final crystal. But they don’t get very far.The penultimate issue of Titan Comics’ “Doctor Who: Ghost Stories” mini-series is on sale now in print for $3.99.via Titan ComicsAlso available from Titan: the Ninth Doctor Vol. 3 “Official Secrets” collection. Written by Cavan Scott, with art from Adriana Melo and Cris Bolson, the $22.99 tome features the Ninth Time Lord’s adventures numbers six through 10. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgSami Khedira suffered a knock to his knee and was later substituted in the game between Germany and Spain, which has led many people to believe there is a serious issue with his well-being.However, he himself shared that it was just a precautionary measure and there is no reason to worry about anything at all.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Khedira, who is currently a Juve midfielder, provided the assist for Thomas Muller’s goal at the beginning of the second half. He then had a clash with Thiago Alcantara, which is the discussed event. Just a couple of minutes later, in the 53rd one, he was substituted by Ilkay Gundogan, but then went on to calm everybody down via his personal social media.“It’s been a good match against a very tough opponent. We know that it’s never easy against Spain!” Khedira shared in his twitter account, according to Goal. “By the way, don’t worry about my sub: it was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration [sic]. But now everything is fine again!”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 12, 2017 – Providenciales – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announced the recent promotion of Ms. Letitia Williams to the role of Financial Manager within the Turks and Caicos  Government Ministry of Finance.Ms. Williams having graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2013 with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.83, can be considered a scholar.   She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) in Business and Economics and since joining the civil service in 2013 as an Auditor, has worked herself up the ranks of Finance Officer in the Ministry of Finance 2014, Senior Finance Officer 2015 and now having excelled to the role of Financial Manager on May 1st, 2017.  Commenting on her recent promotion Ms. Williams said:  “I am proud to be a part of a dynamic and professional team within the Ministry of Finance that plays such an integral role in our Government.   With this new appointment, I plan to continue to deliver the best quality service to the Turks and Caicos Government and by extension the entire Turks and Caicos Islands and look forward to taking on this new challenge.”Deputy Governor Anya Williams commented that she was both honored and proud to congratulate Ms. Williams on her recent achievement:   “I am honored to have the opportunity to congratulate Letitia on her recent accomplishment.   Within a relatively short period since joining the service just under 4 years ago, she has proven to be a valuable member of the team in the Ministry of Finance and has continued to excel.  In her role as Senior Finance Officer she was responsible for assisting the Accounting Officers in the Attorney Generals Chambers and my office in the management of its financial responsibilities such as budgeting, expenditure control, monitoring and procurement and played a vital role in the Treasury in the area of reconciliation and funds account management.    I take this opportunity to thank her for her stewardship throughout the years and wish to encourage her to continue to take advantage of the opportunities available which would allow her to excel even further going forward.”    Press Release: TCIG#LetitiaWilliams#TCIGnewfinancialmanager Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#LetitiaWilliams, #TCIGnewfinancialmanagerlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed they will activate a one-year extension clause in defender Toby Alderweireld’s contractThe Belgian centre-back, who has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United, would have been free to discuss a pre-contract agreement in January with a foreign club.But Spurs will extend his expiring deal by another 12 months with a reported £25m to be activated for the summer transfer window.“Yes, for sure,” said Pochettino on Football London, when asked if Spurs will trigger Alderweireld’s clause.“It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”After making no signings in the summer, Pochettino suggested that Spurs may go next month without making a new addition to their squad again.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I told you before, we’re always open but it’s going to be difficult – maybe not impossible but difficult, yes,” he said.Although the Argentine did confirm that he has held regular talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchin over bringing in new players.“Yes maybe every day we talk but it depends on if players are going to leave, and to have space to sign players,” said Pochettino.“It depends on players out and then we’re going to see if we can add some quality to help the team.“But I think it’s not going to be easy to add players in January. For sure it’s going to be tough to add.Spurs beat Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley on Wednesday to move up to second in the Premier League.last_img read more