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Installing Windows In a Foam-Sheathed Wall

first_img 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. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img UPDATED on February 26, 2019.Every now and then, a GBA reader posts the question, “How do you install windows in a wall with exterior rigid foam?”The answer to the question is surprisingly complicated. The best method will depend on several factors, including the answers to these questions:No matter which installation method you choose, you have to address two main challenges: fastening the window securely in place, and flashing the window to limit water entry.If you aren’t familiar with the distinction between “innie” windows and “outie” windows, you should read this article: ‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?Each approach has advantages. Outie windows provide deep interior stools that many homeowners appreciate, and outie windows are (arguably) easier to flash and easier to trim on the exterior. On the other hand, the innie approach does a better job of protecting window sash from the weather, and innie windows perform better from an energy perspective. If you’re planning to install mineral wool insulation on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, innie windows make the most sense. (For detailed instructions on installing windows in a wall with exterior mineral wool insulation, see Roxul ComfortBoard IS Installation Guide.)Once you’ve decided between innies and outies, you’ll discover that this decision will influence the location of your WRB. If your building has innie windows, you probably won’t be using the rigid foam as your WRB. Instead, you should use Zip sheathing, asphalt felt, or housewrap as your WRB. If you choose asphalt felt or housewrap, it should be installed between the wall sheathing and the rigid foam.If your building has outie windows, you should use the rigid foam or housewrap installed on the exterior side of the rigid foam as your WRB. To learn why the innie/outie… last_img read more

Baselight Tutorials and Color Grading Breakdowns

first_imgIf you’re curious to know what Baselight looks like, especially now you can purchase the Baselight for Avid or Final Cut Pro plugins (and have Baselight-like functionality right inside your NLE) then the following tutorials from FilmLight (makers of Baselight) as well as post house FilmLook, and their 21 year veteran colorist Allen Kelly, will help get you up to speed.Baselight TutorialsFilm Look regularly posts Baselight tutorials on their blog and so far they’ve racked up 6 short episodes.  In each each tutorial colorist Allen Kelly walks through a few tips and tricks inside Baselight to improve the look and feel of the shots at hand.In this video Allen demonstrates how to add camera shake and motion blur to a shot of an explosion to make it more dynamic:Here Allen grades a night time shot of a car racing through the city, creating a nice high contrast look:In this episode Allen tackles a ‘glamour’ shot of an actress helping to create a perfected, poppy look:Baselight For Avid TutorialsIf you’re interested in checking out what the Baselight for Avid plugin can do then take time to watch through these detailed tutorials.In this two part tutorial Bob Chorley demonstrates how to use layer mattes in Baselight for Avid’s plugin.In this first of a three part series Bob works through using Baselight’s Keyframe and Tracking functionality.Are you using Baselight?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Check out these breakdowns of a professional colorist’s commercial work as well as a look into the color grading system that created them.Scott Maclean is a professional colorist at Cutting Edge Post and a while back he posted this awesome detailed breakdown of his color grading work on a Powerade television commercial. He’s just released another reel showcasing some more of his work as well as a few more interesting breakdowns. Color grading was done on a Baselight system.  Its well worth pausing on a few shots to really check out what’s going on:last_img read more

Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Seeks Majority Stake in Indian Premier Hospital Medanta

first_imgAsia’s biggest healthcare group IHH Healthcare Berhad has submitted a bid for a controlling stake in Medanta-The Medicity, according to reports.Currently, United States-based private equity fund Carlyle Group owns 27 per cent in the Gurugram-based Medanta’s parent company Global Health, while Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte holds 18 per cent, and cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan, his family and Medanta co-founder Sunil Sachdeva own 55 per cent.According to IHH Healthcare Bhd’s bid, the premier hospital is valued at Rs 5,500-5,700 crore. Temasek may also put in a bid for majority stake, according to sources quoted by LiveMint.com.Malaysian group IHH Healthcare has reportedly been looking to expand in India by acquiring the Fortis Hospital chain. It may still do so by buying shares from the public and banks. Presently, 80 per cent of Fortis shares are with the public while 20 per cent of promoter shares are held by lenders Yes Bank and Axis Bank Ltd.The Malaysian group first forayed into the Indian healthcare market in 2015 by buying a 51 per cent stake in Continental Hospitals Ltd in Telangana for Rs 300 crore and a 74 per cent stake in Global Hospitals Pvt. Ltd in Hyderabad for Rs 1,280 crore.With exits of top-level doctors from Medanta recently, the valuation that Trehan wanted has also gone down. He expected $1-1.2 billion (Rs 6,500-7,500 crore) a year ago but there has been a fall in revenue, according to sources quoted by LiveMint. Another reason for the fall in revenue has been price regulation of cardiac stents and knee caps.In August, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) reduced prices of knee implants by as much as 70 per cent while earlier in February it significantly reduced the prices of cardiac stents. The price of drug eluting stents were slashed to about Rs 30,000 from around Rs 2 lakh.Medanta has also stopped its $250-300 million initial public offering plan.Medanta was recently in a controversy after reports  surfaced that it charged parents of a 7-year-old child that died of dengue Rs 16 lakh in December 2017. A complaint was filed against the hospital for overcharging the family. The family accused the hospital authorities of “murder, forgery, cheating and extortion,” according to the Times of India. Related Itemsihh healthcaremedantatemaseklast_img read more

Sohail blames Afridi for World Cup semis loss

first_imgPakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi reacts after misfield by a fellow team member, unseen, during the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali on Wednesday.Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has blamed Shahid Afridi’s “defensive captaincy” for the team’s World Cup semifinal loss to India, saying the skipper succumbed to pressure in the high-voltage game.”The match began in earnest in the 11th over and there is no room for sentiment in this game. It was pivotal for Afridi and his team to attack and take wickets but that didn’t happen,” Sohail said after the 29-run defeat to India.”Even while Sachin struggled the slips were removed and he snatched singles at will and chances went abegging which increased the pressure on the team,” he noted.He said even though Afridi was aware of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s struggle for form in the tournament, he didn’t attack him.”Once again we failed to go for the jugular. Saeed Ajmal was bamboozling Sachin and should have been kept on. However, Afridi thought otherwise,” he said.Pakistan’s former Test batsman Basit Ali also slammed the defensive approach.”In the past we never won against India because of a defensive approach we always attacked them and put them under pressure. In the semi-final it was the other way around,” Basit said.Basit criticised Waqar Younis for not adopting a good game plan.”It really amazes me that our management was unaware of when to utilise the batting powerplay even though Abdul Razzaq was promoted in the order and at one stage Misbah was batting with Afridi.”advertisementFormer Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir also felt that the Pakistan team management needed to learn from the defeat and take measures to deal with the problem of inconsistent batting.No Pakistani batsman managed to get a hundred in the World Cup with the highest run-getter being Misbah-ul-Haq with his 248 runs from eight matches.”Overall the team’s performance can be termed as satisfactory as it reached the last four stage against the odds but we need to address the issue of inconsistent batting and the good thing is we have found couple of good young batsmen now,” Qadir noted.A disgruntled citizen in Lahore also filed a civil petition in the High court on Thursday alleging that the government of Pakistan and its functionaries had gifted the semi-final to India in a bid to improve relations with India.The petitioner prayed to the court in his application that the telephone conversations of Shahid Afridi, Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani and interior minister, Rehman Malik be investigated and their recordings produced in court to verify his claims.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Madonna wants to remarry ex husband Sean Penn

first_imgLos Angeles, Dec 4 (PTI) Pop icon Madonna, who was married to Sean Penn for over four years in 80s, has said she would love to marry the actor again.The 58-year-old singer hosted a charity gala at Art Basel in Miami, where she joked with Penn and a crowd full of celebrities that she still loves him and would marry him again for the right price, reported People magazine.Much of the events clips were shared on social media, including a moment where Madonna offered to re-marry Penn if he bid USD 150,000.Madonna sported a short black, gold, and silver-patterned long-sleeve dress, while Penn opted for black suit. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal loses in Thailand Open semis

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Thailand Open after suffering a straight-games defeat against local girl Busanan Ongbumrungpan in the semi-final clash here on Saturday.Ongbumrungpan defeated Nehwal 21-19, 21-18 in a match that lasted less than an hour.Ongbumrungpan will now face Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the summit clash on Sunday.Meanwhile, B Sai Praneeth booked his place in the final of the men’s singles event of the tournament after registering an easy win against local player Pannawit Thongnum.Praneeth defeated Thongnuam 21-11, 21-15 in just 36 minutes.The third seeded Indian completely dominated the opening game. Thongnuam tried hard to take the fight to Praneeth in the second game, but the final outcome hardly looked in doubt.The world number 24 will now take on fourth seed Jonathan Christie — who registered 21-9, 21-18 win over Malaysia’s Joo Ven Soong in the other semi-final match — in the summit clash on Sunday.last_img read more

Beckham congratulates JDT

first_imgJohor Darul Ta’zim Former Manchester United star latest to congratulate JDT on title win Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Beckham 2002 World Cup Getty Images Johor Darul Ta’zim Super League David Beckham became the latest high profile star to congratulate Johor Darul Ta’zim Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) may have just got themselves a new fan and it’s none other than the world famous David Beckham.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star met with the owner of JDT, HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on Thursday and proceeded to post up a congratulatory message on his Instagram. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Beckham, who was also previously a captain of the England national team, was presented with a JDT shirt with his favourite number ‘7’ on the back by the Crown Prince of Johor.Part of the famous Manchester United that won a glut of trophies in the 90’s, Beckham is currently in Malaysia on promotional activities for an insurance company.JDT completed an unprecedented fourth consecutive Super League title in 2017, having won the top tier of Malaysian football since 2014. The team was presented with the league trophy in a glittering event post their win over Kelantan on Wednesday night.last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave up

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Deep in Cajun Country: A Travel Guide to Southern Louisiana

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Few things are more iconic of Louisiana’s bayou landscape than airboats and alligators. For something a little more exciting, visit Des Allemands — a hiccup of a town along US-90 — where Airboat Tours with Arthur offers rides on the area’s bayou and marshland. In addition to copious gator sightings, the area is rich with hundreds of species of birds, amphibians, and other reptiles. Plan your visit in the warmer spring or summer months for the best wildlife spotting opportunities.Eat & DrinkIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many residents were displaced from the downtown New Orleans core. Among them: some of the city’s premier chefs, who gathered in droves to sleepy suburban towns like Covington. The town is now home to some of the state’s best restaurants such as Oxlot 9 where the menu is all about representing the most locally sourced and inspired food possible. Think: crawfish etouffee, homemade gumbo, and stuffed blue crab, all with a gourmet flare.As in many American cities, boutique restaurants focusing on just one or two delicacies are cropping up throughout Louisiana. Botsky’s (no website) in Lake Charles is like an ice cream bar for hot dog aficionados. Pick your meat, bread, and toppings from a list of favorites like turkey franks, brats, and traditional beef hot dogs. Or look to the daily specials board for local favorites like alligator sausage or more outside-the-box offerings like their foie gras brat topped with grilled onions and mushrooms. As a bonus, a handful of draft Abita varieties rounds out the menu.Southern Louisiana’s boudin (pronounced boo-DAN with a distinct dropping of the “N”) trail is a chain of more than 35 kitchens, restaurants, and grocers serving their unique version of the state’s signature sausage. Down a handful of Prilosec and head to the unassuming B&O Kitchen (no website), where their menu is inspired by all things boudin. Especially noteworthy are their smoked boudin and deep fried, pepper jack cheese-stuffed boudin balls. If you happen to visit in November, they also make a mean boudin-stuffed turducken (yes, that’s a real thing).StayIn Covington, attached to the aforementioned Oxlot 9 restaurant, Southern Hotel provides upscale, boutique accommodations worthy of any metropolitan traveler. The sleek decor blends traditional Southern touches with chic furnishings to create a look and feel that’s equal parts plantation home and West Elm catalog. It’s the ideal base for travelers looking to keep downtown New Orleans at arm’s-length. From here, the restaurants and culture of the city and the more adventurous diversions of the bayou are all just a short drive away.In the burgeoning port city of Lake Charles, L’Auberge Resort & Casino is among the most modern and welcoming gambling establishments in the South. The property is replete with unique, noteworthy amenities including an upscale barber shop with free whiskey tastings for all patrons and the Contraband Bayou Golf Club, designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio. At the Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill, lovely southern belles in short shorts serve dozens of draft beer offerings amid kickass live, local music on the weekends. The tasteful lodge theme and well-appointed accommodations draw overnight travelers from throughout Louisiana and eastern Texas every night of the week. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. center_img For many outsiders to Louisiana, the state is geographically divided into “New Orleans” and “not New Orleans.” It’s an understandable oversimplification, but a shame because there are many nuances to the state’s food, music, culture, and landscape. The Bayou State’s southern half — specifically the coastal parishes south of I-10 — is the most authentically Cajun region in the country. Here are just a few of our favorite places to play, eat, and stay:PlayJust forty minutes north of New Orleans, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany Parish is home to ample small town charm and truly off-the-beaten-path outdoor opportunities. Bayou Adventure offers kayaking rentals and guided tours for travelers looking to explore the local waterways at a leisurely place. As a testament to its authentic Louisiana weirdness, it’s also a bait shop run by an ex-judge who previously ran her “court” out of the back room. (No, seriously.) 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Rankedlast_img read more

Genting Hong Kong Seals Nordic Yards Takeover

first_imgzoom Genting Hong Kong has concluded the EUR 230.6 million (around USD 260 million) acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany, the company said.The takeover is aimed at enabling the company to build a cruise fleet for its three brands – Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Star Cruises.“We are pleased with the completion of the transaction as ownership of the yards provides certainty that we can build a fleet of high quality cruise ships at a pace dictated by our growth rather than constrained by supply as cruise ship order book continues to reach all-time highs, with orders placed as far out as 2026, ten years from now,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Genting Hong Kong.According to Tan Sri Lim, the yards will now start building four Crystal river ships scheduled for delivery in 2017 and Crystal Endeavor, the first purpose-built polar class expedition megayacht, slated for delivery in 2018.“Our goal is to grow the yard output to two mega cruise ships and one mid-size cruise ship or megayacht a year within a decade, not only for our own fleet but also for other cruise lines and yacht owners,” he added.The newly acquired yards, together with the previously purchased Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, will be managed as the Lloyd Werft Group.The three newly acquired shipyards feature covered drydocks and building halls, resulting in high labour productivity and completion quality as cruise ships can be constructed regardless of weather conditions.The company said it would further invest about EUR 100 million in thin steel fabrication facilities, cabin module factory and other improvements.“Tan Sri Lim, Chairman of Genting Hong Kong will be signing a significant new multi-ship order with the Lloyd Werft Group on 10th May and these orders will help support the German and European shipbuilding industrial sector and employment during the current shipbuilding downturn,” said Rüdiger Pallentin, Managing Director of Lloyd Werft.last_img read more

Provincial Park Fee Increases

first_imgCamping permit fees are increasing for the first time in seven years, to help cover escalating operating costs at Nova Scotia’s provincial parks. During the 2007 season, thousands of visitors to the province’s parks experienced some of Nova Scotia’s greatest assets. But current fees are not covering costs. Modest increases are necessary to maintain existing park facilities and to continue to provide a quality camping experience. To reduce the impact on campers, fee increases will be phased in over three years. In 2008, the basic campsite fee will increase from $14.96 to $16. A semi-serviced campsite, which includes a central washroom, will increase from $19.22 to $21. A site with water and electricity will increase from $27.85 to $29. By 2010, the costs will be $18 for basic, $24 for semi-serviced and $32 for water and electricity. All fees include tax. Park operations are continually reviewed and revised to become the most cost effective. However, park infrastructure is aging and needs more attention each year. The cost of materials and services to maintain and manage the parks are rising. Beginning in 2008, the province will also begin to recover a portion of the cost of the new reservation system. Last year, campers were able to reserve specific campsites at their favourite campground by phone or online. This service was provided and funded by the department at no cost to campers during the trial year to ensure it was working properly and would be a benefit to users. The service was a success, generating 100 per cent more reservations. In order to continue providing this popular tool, a fee will be introduced to recoup some of the cost. Reservation fees in 2008 will be $6, with a $4 cancellation fee. By 2010, the reservation fee will be $9 and the cancellation fee $7. At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, improved facilities will also require entry fee increases. The park is operated by a community agency and is one of the province’s rare gems, providing back-country camping in a coastal setting. The park’s phase two development, which introduces a day-use area, a new interpretive centre and other expanded opportunities for park users, will open for the 2008 season. For more information on Nova Scotia Provincial Parks, check online at http://parks.gov.ns.ca/ .last_img read more

Attawapiskat Chief Spence calls for band meeting as diamond mine blockade unfolds

first_imgAPTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has called a band council meeting for Thursday to discuss an unfolding blockade on the main winter road leading to the neighbouring De Beers Victor diamond mine.A group of Attawapiskat residents set up the blockade on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the mining diamond giant.De Beers and Attawapiskat band officials were meeting with the blockaders on Tuesday afternoon. One of the band officials involved in talks is Danny Metatawabin, who was Spence’s spokesman during her fast in Ottawa. Metatawabin is the coordinator for the impact benefit agreement between De Beers and Attawapiskat.De Beers said the blockade had forced it to stop its operations on the road. The company depends on the winter road to ship fuel, machine parts and equipment too heavy to be flown in.The mine sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat and is Ontario’s first diamond mine.The blockade has as of yet not impacted the mine’s operations, said Tom Ormsby, a De Beers spokesperson. Ormsby said the mine has built in flexibility to its shipping plans that would allow it to continue unimpeded even if the road shut down for a week. He said the mine has about a 45 day window to ship materials up the road, but is prepared for much shorter timelines.“We always build in a flexible timeline,” said Ormsby. “In the past, we lost a week because water came up over the Albany River…we always try to go short, in case, for whatever reason, there is an interruption.”APTN National News has been unable to reach any of the individuals involved in the blockade. Cell phone coverage is limited in the area.Attawapiskat Deputy Chief Gerald Mattanais said he believes the blockade was launched over specific and personal reasons primarily over things like employment.“In the past, some people lost employment at Victor and others were recently fired and others did not respond to their obligations…Issues like that I keep hearing,” said Mattanais. “I would look at it that way at the present time.”Mattanais said the blockade would also have a detrimental impact on Attawapiskat if it continues because some in the community work as sub-contractors for the mine and depend on the road for work.“Sub-contractors we have from our community can’t even go to work on their road. It is affecting everyone, the relationship with one to the other,” he said. “I know people are looking for jobs and if we hold for a week it is going to be big.”Mattanais said Spence was in the office earlier in the day and asked him to coordinate a meeting on the issue for Thursday.“We are concerned, I think the leadership is concerned about it,” he said.De Beers does not transport any of its diamonds over the road and instead flies them south via charter on schedules known only to a few people.The mine employs at least 100 people from Attawapiskat at any one time. It generates about $400 million in annual revenue for the company.  The company has transferred about $10.5 million to a trust fund held by Attawapiskat as of January 2011. The mine began operating in 2008.last_img read more

Greeklanguage school set up in northern part of Cyprus with help of

Elementary school students wishing to continue their education previously had to move to the south.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) sought the cooperation of officials from both Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot authorities to make this project a reality.The head of UNFICYP’s Civil Affairs unit, Kannan Rajarathinam, personally delivered text books to the school this morning. He told reporters that this day “is a happy day and belongs to all Cypriots,” noting that “UNFICYP is happy that it has been of some assistance.”UNFICYP was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and its responsibilities expanded after the hostilities of 1974. UNFICYP remains on the island to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities. read more

In wake of Paradise Papers leak UN experts urge States to take

“States must stop harmful tax competition amongst each other and work together to stop unethical tax avoidance schemes for wealthy individuals and international corporations,” said Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, who also monitors the impact of illicit financial flows. Mr. Bohoslavsky made the comment as information from the leak of the so-named ‘Paradise Papers’ continues to be exposed, following series of tax abuse scandals. The Paradise Papers presented systematic tax avoidance by well-known international corporations, making use of tax havens in places such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the Isle of Man. “Wealthy individuals and international corporations are continuing to engage in unethical practices, reducing their tax burdens to minimal levels by using tax havens, which undermines the realisation of human rights,” Mr. Bohoslavsky warned Thursday. In this connection, Surya Deva, chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, called on businesses to assume their corporate responsibility, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. “All business enterprises have a responsibility to avoid adverse human rights impacts caused or contributed by their tax evasion practices,” said Mr. Deva. Noting that many countries are struggling with increased debt levels as tax revenues do not match public expenditure, the experts urged Governments to make greater efforts to ensure tax justice rather than reducing spending on infrastructure. They also warned law firms that facilitate tax avoidance schemes to assume their responsibility. “The UN Guiding Principles apply to law firms too – they should consider human rights implications of their legal advice given to businesses,” said Mr. Deva. The experts further underscored that corporations should extend their commitments for respecting human rights to taxation, to be considered ethical. The issue of corporate tax avoidance will also be addressed at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 November 2017. read more

Do Toothless Offenses Like The Bengals Ever Recover

1973OAK22.914.024.426.1-1.7 2006OAK10.53.011.618.1-6.5 2000DET19.214.519.920.1-0.2 2001SEA20.06.022.021.1+0.9 All is not lost here for the Bengals. Eight of those teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two games actually went on to score more on average in their remaining games than they did in the previous year. But all of these gains were modest, in many cases less than a point. The biggest rebounders were the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers, who averaged 16.6 points in 1989, failed to score an offensive TD in Weeks 1 and 2, and then averaged 19.3 points for the rest of the year. The news is less rosy when you look at three most recent examples: The 2016 L.A. Rams, the 2006 Oakland Raiders and the 2006 Tampa Bay Bucs. The inauspicious starts for these three were a dark omen for what was to come. The trio combined to go 10-38.The hope of modest gains isn’t much for Bengals fans to cling to. This team was expecting its offense, which ranked 24th in the NFL last year, to get much better — not to plateau or fall off a cliff. Since history tells us to expect that teams in the Bengals’ position will score an average of three fewer points per game than they did in the previous season, and Cincinnati scored 20.3 points per game last year, we’d expect the team to post about 17 points per game in 2017. In the 16-game era,1Not counting 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by strikes. teams that average between 16 and 18 points per game are 871-1,635-6 for a .348 winning percentage that translates to between five and six projected wins this year for the Bengals.Of course, the Bengals could have just run into hot defenses in their first two games, against the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. But even the great 1985 Bears gave up 22 offensive touchdowns that season, or 1.4 per game. Getting shut out from paydirt in two straight games is epic futility no matter who you’re facing. Cincinnati might pin Week 2’s offensive fiasco on the fact that is was playing a Thursday night game on short rest, but that likely had no effect given that in games through Week 2 since 2014, teams have actually averaged more points per game on Thursdays (23.3) than in the season as a whole (22.6).Some expressed worries that the Bengals’ attack would suffer after the team let 35-year-old Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth leave for the Rams in free agency, but the Bengals attempted to compensate for the loss by picking up even more skill players in the draft. Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis selected world-class sprinter John Ross to be a game-changing deep threat with the ninth overall pick. And in the second round, the club added 226-pound running back Joe Mixon, who ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.And those players were added to a mix that already included three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton, perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green and one of the league’s most efficient scorers in tight end Tyler Eifert, who since 2000 has the third most touchdowns per catch (minimum 20 touchdowns) among tight ends. The team has 11 offensive players who are home-grown first- or second-round draft picks.All of which makes the offense’s ineptitude even more perplexing. Which explains why the team took drastic measures: This is the first time in the Bengals’ 50-year history, all of which has been spent under the guidance of the Brown family, that an offensive coordinator has been fired during the season.But the bigger issue may be Dalton, who currently ranks last in the NFL in QBR with a rating of just 10. The league average QBR through Week 2 is 49; last year, Dalton’s was 52.3. There have even been rumblings about benching Dalton, including from a former NFL Executive of the Year.Either way, Cincy has no excuses this week — at least, that is, no excuses for not scoring a touchdown. The Bengals are in Green Bay facing a Packer defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed per play through Week 2 after finishing 28th in 2016.But perhaps the Bengals can look to one of their NFC counterparts for offensive inspiration. The Bengals were the 24th team to go through their first two games without scoring an offensive TD, but the 25th team, this year’s San Francisco 49ers, joined the club just a few days later. After a fortnight of grim, incompetent offense, Brian Hoyer and the Niners exploded for five touchdowns and 39 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams.Then again, when it’s only Week 3 and you are already trying to emulate the feats of the Niners, something has gone terribly wrong. 1988CLE19.04.521.126.0-4.9 YEARTEAMFULL YEARGAMES 1-2REST OF YEARPRIOR YEARDIFF AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME 2004TAM18.88.020.318.8+1.5 Teams that started like the Bengals didn’t rebound wellHow the 22 past teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in Weeks 1 and 2 fared over the rest of the season, compared to the season prior 2006TAM13.21.514.918.8-3.9 1978BAL14.90.017.021.1-4.1 1990PIT18.311.519.316.6+2.7 2001WAS16.01.518.117.6+0.5 1996TAM13.84.515.114.9+0.2 Excluding the 1976 Tampa Bay team, which was in its first year as a franchiseSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1985BUF12.56.013.415.6-2.2 1977TAM7.43.08.18.9-0.8 1985PHI17.93.020.017.4+2.6 1970NOR12.31.514.122.2-8.1 1982KAN19.614.021.221.4-0.2 1977BUF11.43.012.817.5-4.7 1975NOR11.81.513.511.9+1.6 1974PHI17.38.018.922.1-3.3 1990NOR17.17.518.518.8-0.3 The Bengals entered this year as playoff contenders with a retooled offense that was considered one of the fastest units in the NFL. But two games into the season, they’ve kicked three field goals. And that’s it, that’s all the points the team has scored. Cincinnati’s inability to score a touchdown in its first two games (both losses) has led to the quick dismissal of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese in his 15th season with the team.It may not sound like that big a deal to be held without a touchdown for the first two games of the season, but going back to 1970, this has only happened 15 times prior to 2017. Another eight teams registered only a return touchdown, failing to score with their offense.The 23 teams that got left at the starting gate should not give Bengals fans much confidence in this year’s unit. These offenses would go on to average 17 points per game for the remainder of the season. If you include the two clunkers each team had in Weeks 1 and 2, the group finished the season with a paltry 15.6 points per game. When compared to their previous season’s scoring output, teams — not counting the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an expansion team and so did not have a previous season — declined by an average of three points. 2016LAR14.04.515.417.5-2.1 1997IND19.68.021.319.8+1.5 read more

The winners and the losers at the 2013 Emmys

first_img Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBobby Cannavale, from Boardwalk Empire, won as best supporting actor in a drama, and Anna Gunn (Sklyer) from Breaking Bad won the best actress award in the same category.In the variety show category, The Colbert Report broke a 10-year winning streak held by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It also won for best writing for a variety show.The ceremony’s first hour was relatively sombre, with memorial tributes and a doleful song by Elton John in honor of the late musical star Liberace, the subject of Behind the Candelabra.Jane Lynch paid tribute to Cory Monteith, her Glee co-star who died at age 31 in July of a drug and alcohol overdose.His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. BREAKING BAD LAST night brought home its first Best Drama Emmy award, just as the series prepares to draw to a close.In taking home the honour, the meth-fuelled show denied the online series House of Cards a history-making turn as the first digital contender for the top Emmy.Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan accepted the award, saying:I did not see this coming.Modern Family won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series even though its oft-honoured cast was shut out this time.Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best drama series actor for his portrayal of an idealistic TV anchorman in The Newsroom, with Claire Danes capturing top actress honours for her troubled CIA agent in Homeland.The show also included upsets, among them the best supporting acting comedy awards for Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie and Tony Hale of Veep.Host Neil Patrick Harris said what everyone was thinking:This just in. Nobody in America is winning their Emmy office pool. Surprises galore.Saturday Night Live became the most-honoured series ever with Don Roy King’s directing award; its cumulative 40 Emmys top previous record-holder Frasier.Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress award for her role in Veep, with Jim Parsons again claiming the top comedy acting trophy for The Big Bang Theory.Laura Linney was named best actress in a miniseries or movie for The Big C: Hereafter.‘The Voice won best reality-competition program, and Tina Fey won for writing 30 Rock.Michael Douglas was honoured as best actor for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, besting his co-star Matt Damon.The film also captured a top trophy as best movie or miniseries.Douglas’ acceptance speech was a lesson in double entendres:This is a two-hander and Matt, you’re only as good as your other hand. You want the bottom or the top? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEdie Falco recalled her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, saluting him for his “fierce loyalty” to his friends and family and his work with military veterans.12 awesome TV bedrooms we all wanted to sleep in> 7 essential life lessons we learned from the movies>last_img read more

Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault

first_imgBURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck refused to disclose how much money was ruined, but said the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar.Polleck told WISN-TV that the vault at the bank in Burlington, 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee, is water resistant but not waterproof. As the Fox River rose above flood stage, water flooded the bank, rising up to 21 inches (53 centimeters) deep inside the facility.Now that the river is back below flood stage, restoration crews have started to clean up. Carpets have been ripped out. Drywall is being replaced. The bank’s documents are drying, though most are backed up electronically.last_img read more

Record high number of San Diego County mail ballots could delay results

first_imgRecord high number of San Diego County mail ballots could delay results 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County Registrar of Voters sent out more mail ballots than ever before this election season, and that could impact how long it takes to tally up the votes, officials said Tuesday.More than 1.1 million mail ballots were sent out to San Diego County residents for the June 5 primary election — meaning the majority of the county’s 1.69 million registered voters will likely skip the voting booth.Voters who want to avoid paying postage to return their ballots may find it more convenient to drop them off at the polls on Election Day, but that means the registrar’s office can’t start counting them until Thursday at the earliest because the ballot’s signatures need to be verified first. Officials expect 150,000 to 200,000 mail ballots to be dropped off on Election Day.“This is not really a new phenomenon,” San Diego County Registrar Michael Vu said. “We’re just likely to have a higher volume of outstanding ballots.”The bulk of the votes should be in by about 11 p.m., the registrar’s office said, but even after all the ballots from Election Day are counted, the large amount of mail ballots means only about 55 to 60 percent of the vote will be counted Tuesday night.“It’s not over on election night and it hasn’t been for a long, long time,” Vu said. “Close contests are not decided until all the ballots are in the count.”It could take weeks to count all votes from any elections that end up being very tight, he said. “Between mail ballots and provisional ballots, a close count always comes to the very end,” the registrar said. “We must do our due diligence to make sure everything is right.”The results for each contest, however, must be certified 30 days after Election Day, on July 5. June 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:26 PMcenter_img Posted: June 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, last_img read more

Texting blamed in crash for second time in two days

first_imgFor the second time in two days, a text-messaging driver caused a collision, this time a rear-end crash on state Highway 500 on Wednesday afternoon, police said.About 2:15 p.m., Gina M. Turnbull, 20, of Camas was driving east near Stapleton Road when two cars ahead of her stopped for traffic, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Turnbull’s vehicle hit the rear of a 2003 Mitsubishi, knocking it into the back of a 2010 Toyota Corolla. All three vehicles were totaled, the bulletin said.The driver of the Mitsubishi, Tamara Lyashchina, 51, of Vancouver suffered an injured neck and back and was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Early Wednesday evening, she was in the emergency department being evaluated and her condition hadn’t been reported, a hospital spokeswoman said.Hope C. Jensen, 23, of Beaverton, Ore., the driver of the Toyota, was treated at Southwest Washington Medical Center and released, an employee said.Turnbull was not reported injured. She was ticketed for text-ing while driving and following too close, the bulletin said.On Tuesday afternoon, a suspected texting driver, Michael Titeiu, 18, of Vancouver veered into an oncoming lane and caused a head-on crash on Lakeshore Avenue, officials said. Both drivers were taken to hospitals.last_img read more

Google IO 2019 livestream information and what to expect

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Update:Google I/O 2019 event commences in a few hours and those who wish to be a part of the grand event can tune into Google’s official live-stream channel. If you’re watching Google I/O 2019 from India, the event begins at 10:30 p.m. IST. Original storyGoogle will kick off its annual developer conference, Google I/O, on May 7th and it will run till May 9th. During this conference, the search titan is going to make big announcements about its upcoming hardware and software advancements. The conference will commence with the 90-minute keynote on Thursday. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives will glance at the many features and improvements coming to Android, Google Assistant, and many other apps and services over the next year.This year is particularly notable because we are expecting some hardware announcement from Google along with software development. So, here’s a preview of what are we expecting from Google at I/O 2019 conference.The Pixel 3a and 3a XLIt has been already revealed that Google is going to launch a new Pixel series – Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at annual I/O conference. With this new Pixel series, Google will foray into the mid-budget smartphone market. Pixel 3a launch in India confirmedFlipkartAs per leaks, The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are expected to launch with a 5.6-inch and 6-inch FHD+ OLED screen respectively. The phones could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, which could be paired with 4 GB RAM. The Pixel 3A will reportedly start at $399, while the larger Pixel 3A XL with its 6-inch screen will be $479.Nest Hub MaxAnother hardware announcement we’re expecting to hear about at Google I/O 2019 is a device called Nest Hub Max, which is the company’s larger Home Hub smart display. The upcoming home hub is expected to sport 10-inch display, while the previous one features a 7-inch display. Nest Hub Max is likely to run on the same software as the previous one. Apart from that, there is not much information available about the upcoming home hub.Android QGoogle announced Android Q earlier this year and has already released its second beta to the public. The beta version of Android Q has divulged many features like Device Theming, a Google Material Theme redesign for Wallpapers and the Files app, a system-wide dark mode, an emergency shortcut in the power menu, and much more. Android QGoogleUpcoming Android is much focused about privacy and gives users more granular control over how apps get permission to see their location. At I/O, Google is expected to give a detailed preview of the Android 10 Q. Also, the company could come with a fresh beta update for users.Google StadiaDuring Game Developers Conference, Google has announced Google Stadia, which is a cloud gaming service and is capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range. Google is yet to share critical details about this gaming service and it is expected that we could hear from Google about subscription cost and other specific information about Stadia at I/O 2019. Google I/O 2019GoogleGoogle Assistant and Lens Advancement Every year, Google comes with new advancements in its assistant and showcases how Google Assistant is smarter than others. So, we are expecting the same for this year. Apart from Google Assistant, Google could demonstrate some new features of Google Lens, which turns the camera of Android phones into a powerful computer vision tool.As the event is close, we are awaiting more news about I/O 2019. So, stay tuned with us for more updates. Closecenter_img 10 Crazy Facts About Googlelast_img read more