To Prove a Point, Melt Some Ice

first_imgA second round in SeattleEarlier this month, The Ice Box Challenge moved 142 miles south and set up shop at Occidental Park in Seattle, where a similar “ice reveal” was planned for today (September 28).This time, the contest pits the Passive House standard against Seattle’s building code. During the 20-day melt-down, visitors could take a peek through windows in the sides of the small buildings to see how the 1,200-pound blocks of ice were faring.Brittany Porter, a project architect at NK Architects, one of the primary sponsors of the event, said that the idea for bringing the demonstration to Seattle was hatched at a Passive House conference in the spring attended by a number of people from the Canadian Passive House group. Similar demonstrations have taken place in Europe, where Passive House construction is more common, and the face-off seemed like a good way of introducing more people in the Northwest to Passive House features.The houses are basically the same, with a few notable exceptions. The code-compliant building has 2×6 framing and is insulated with Roxul mineral wool cavity insulation to R-21. It has double-pane windows. The Passive House version has 2×12 framing plus cavity insulation and a continuous exterior layer of Roxul insulation for a total R-38 envelope. It gets triple-pane windows, higher quality air-sealing tapes, and a more careful window installation.Blocks of ice with an aggregate weight of about 1,200 pounds have been melting inside specially designed demonstration enclosures in Seattle, a repeat of the Ice Box Challenge that took place earlier in the year in Vancouver, British Columbia.Porter says that the buildings were run through standard energy modeling to make sure they would comply with their respective standards (but there were no blower door tests).NK Architects and Passive House Northwest weren’t offering any prizes for the best guess on the ice melt, but Porter said that public interest has been high nonetheless.“Luckily it’s in Occidental Park where there are food trucks and a live music in the summer,” she said by phone. “It’s sort of the happening spot for lunch time. There are always people checking it out and asking questions. The biggest question is always, ‘What’s the difference between the two boxes?’ Everyone is always pretty impressed: There is more insulation, better construction quality with the taping and the air sealing and another pane of glass. That’s really all there is.” RELATED ARTICLES Passive House advocates in the Pacific Northwest have organized an unusual public demonstration aimed at proving just how much energy can be saved with superinsulation and airtight design, a contest not unlike a county fair come-on where visitors are asked to guess how many pebbles will fit into a one-gallon jar.Only in this case it’s how much of an original ton of ice will be left after sitting inside an unrefrigerated building in the middle of summer for several weeks.Earlier this year, Passive House Canada (with the backing of a number of other sponsors) built two small structures and placed them on a sidewalk in Vancouver, British Columbia. One was constructed to meet the Passive House building standard, the second to the provincial building code.Just under a metric ton (1,000 kilograms) of ice was placed in each one, and after 18 days the enclosures were removed to expose what was left. According to Canadian Consulting Engineer, the remaining ice in the Passive House structure weighed 639 kilograms, compared to the 407 kg of ice in the BC code-compliant enclosure, when the event ended on August 14. Prizes offered to the people whose guesses were the closest included tours of Passive House buildings in the Whistler and Vancouver areas. Passivhaus For BeginnersAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?A Passivhaus Rebuttal: In Defense of the StandardNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhauscenter_img The backdrop is a new zoning law that will eventually require all new houses in the city be built to the Passive House standard, Business Vancouver reported. Good timingSponsors managed to squeeze in the project between the Seattle Design Festival opening on September 9 and this weekend’s North American Passive House Network Conference (which promotes the German-based Passivhaus standard rather than a similar standard published by the Passive House Institute U.S.) Results of what Porter calls a “public science demonstration” will be revealed just as the conference gets up to speed.“It’s just a nice visual way for the public to see some of the ways in which designing a better building can save up to 75% in energy use — and I expect that will be the difference in ice melt — about 75% more ice melt in the code-built building,” she said.Seattle’s Ice Box Challenge follows by a year a demonstration staged by Olson Kundig Architects on the same spot: the melting of a 10-ton block of ice to mimic how the Earth’s ice caps are melting.“I’m hoping this is sort of a hopeful, optimistic type of installation,” she said. “Last year was meant to be a shock-and-awe thing, but done very beautifully. We’re in the same location, in the same amount of time, and we’re coming in with this piece that’s just proposing a solution, and a really achievable solution. That’s why we’re really excited.”Next year the exhibit travels to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.last_img read more

Download, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLE

first_imgTrack stems can be extremely versatile when layering music in your project. Find out how to use them in Premiere, Final Cut, and DaVinci Resolve.If you’ve never heard of the term “stems” before, well then buckle up, because your editing game is about to become so much more powerful. Basically, stems are the separate instruments of a song separated into their own individual .WAV file, which can be used to manipulate the song however you like. This means you can lower the vocal track to fit in a voiceover, or even bring up the bass and drums if you want your song to punch a little bit harder.With PremiumBeat’s addition of stems to over half of their library, you now have the ability to master the music you put in your project. Today, we’re going to do a quick walkthrough of how you can implement these stems into 3 different NLEs: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, and DaVinci Resolve.Downloading the StemsIn the PremiumBeat song library, select a song you would like to purchase.To make sure it has a stem package, click the “Download Comp” button to the right of the track. A popup will appear containing the different tracks the song contains, such as loops and shorts.At the bottom, if it includes “Stems,” then you are good to go.Once you’ve purchased the song, you will be prompted with the “Download Music” button on the receipt page. At the bottom of the download window, you will see the download options for the stem folder: either MP3 or WAV formats.Adobe PremiereOnce you’ve downloaded the stems package from PremiumBeat, unzip the folder and drag it into Premiere. From there, you see 4-6 audio tracks within that folder.If you select all of them and drag them in at once, they will line up horizontally, not vertically on different tracks like you would want them to, so drag and drop them one by one onto your timeline in their own individual layers. Make sure that all of the tracks are aligned so they sync up when played.Now, you can go in to each stem and mute some if you wish, or customize your track even further by adjusting each track’s audio level with the pen tool (P).DaVinci ResolveImport the stems folder into your Media Pool. Now, just like Premiere, you are going to have to drag them into the timeline one at a time to get them synced together.One of the cool features of Resolve, though, is that you have the Fairlight audio control panel to adjust your audio levels in full screen. To get there, just select the Fairlight tab at the bottom of the screen.The top section of Fairlight will show you the audio levels of each track, and you can dive deeper into each track’s settings in the inspector tab at the top right.Final CutAfter you’ve dragged your stems folder into the project window, highlight each clip and drag them one by one into your timeline. Again, if you drag them all in together, they will form in a horizontal line.Once in your timeline, you can drag the volume band up and down to control levels on each track.There is also the audio effects tab on the right that you can use to further customize your track.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Creative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyChanging the Audio Editing Game with PremiumBeat’s Track StemsThe Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be Usinglast_img read more

Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Los Angeles took the lead late in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, scoring 10 consecutive points in a rally led by Clarkson and Randle. The Lakers finished on a 17-4 run.“Randle and Clarkson, they were killing us,” New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We tried multiple guys on both of them, but they took it to whoever was guarding them. That was a big key. We couldn’t get any stops.”Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn’t answer the aggressive transition game favored by the Lakers, who put up their highest-scoring performance in two weeks.“They just played harder than us in everything,” said Enes Kanter, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds. We got a lot of turnovers. I don’t think we can play like this in road games and expect to get a win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.TIP-INSKnicks: Porzingis drew a technical foul with 8:04 to play for vociferously protesting a foul call against teammate Ron Baker. The ensuing three-point play put the Lakers up by 11. … Courtney Lee added 16 points.Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also missed his second straight game with a right heel injury. … Kuzma jammed a finger on his right hand during the second quarter, but iced it and continued playing. … Brandon Ingram played through a mild left ankle sprain after the team determined he was healthy at game time. He managed 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.BALL OUTWalton said Ball might miss several more games, but the club is hoping he’ll be able to travel on their five-game trip starting Friday. The rookie point guard also missed six games around the holidays with a sprained left shoulder. The Lakers went 0-6 without him then.TEXAS TANDEMCaruso is on a two-way contract that allows him only 45 days with the Lakers, and he’s keeping track of his time in the Notes app on his phone. He has already formed an impressive tandem with Clarkson, his former opponent in college when Caruso was at Texas A&M and Clarkson was at Missouri.“I’m getting better each game, but I’m just getting acclimated to (the NBA),” said Caruso, who has played 15 games in the big show.While Caruso feels his strengths are on defense, his ball-handling acumen allows Clarkson to be more aggressive in looking for his shot. The duo also is friends off the court. MOST READ Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat New York 127-107 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) for their sixth win in eight games.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points as the Lakers (17-29) continued a midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of more than 30 minutes of playing time while Ball missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers thought they did nothing spectacularly, but everything well — particularly on the defensive end, where they forced 17 turnovers. Los Angeles also won its fifth straight game at Staples Center after a 6-14 start to the home schedule.“Defense. That was the only message at halftime,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “During our home win streak, we have been really, really good defensively.” “He’s from Texas, I’m from Texas, you know what I’m saying?” asked Clarkson, who grew up in San Antonio. Read Nextcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half. APLOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Lakers complement their up-tempo offense with solid defense, this long-struggling team actually looks pretty good.Even without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers were plenty good enough to run right past the New York Knicks, who couldn’t keep up.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Who is Yeddyurappa?

first_imgFrom a rice mill clerk and a farmers’ leader to heading the first BJP government in the south, B.S. Yeddyurappa has been a master survivor emerging unscathed through much turbulence in his three years in office before the Lokayukta report on illegal mining scam did him in.Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa (68), who completed three years and two months in office as the first saffron party chief minister of Karnataka, ushered in a bumper harvest for the BJP in the state during the 2008 Assembly Elections.Always sporting his trademark white safari suit, he was also briefly the chief minister in November 2007 before the coalition government with JD(S) collapsed following what he called “betrayal” by its leader and his predecessor H D Kumaraswamy.Yeddyurappa, who had to juggle with one crisis or the other, has shown his skills as a political survivor, overcoming adversities emanating from within his own party and the combined Congress-JD(S) onslaught to oust him over alleged land scams.Learning initial steps of leadership, development of mass base and human resource management from the RSS, it has been a fascinating journey dotted with many struggles for the devout Lingayat who believed that the gods are on his side.He went on to apply these pragmatic lessons in action when he decided to lead various mass movements in the state, highlighting the problems faced by landless farmers and bonded labourers.Yeddyurappa never misses an opportunity to visit temples when he is confronted by crisis but he was not lucky this time after he was severely indicted by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on corruption charges. He was named after presiding deity of a Shaivite temple built by the saint Siddalingeshwar at Yedeyur, in Tumkur district.advertisementOn a couple of occasions before his fate was almost sealed but Yeddyurappa had the last laugh as he battled a spate of allegations of multi-crore land scams, nepotism and open violation of rules to favour his kith and kin.Yeddyurappa managed to rally round his party MPs and loyalists after remaining defiant and keeping the top brass guessing on his moves when he was once asked to resign by the BJP leadership.Yeddyurappa, whose end as chief minister once seemed almost certain, with a smug opposition and his detractors within the party triumphant over delivering what they believed were deadly blows, has managed to carry the day with the party asking him to stay on.A graduate in arts, Yeddyurappa once warned the central leadership that his exit would mean the end of the party government as well, a threat which made the senior leaders to do a rethink on their decision before to ask him to quit.Sometimes. he also brought out an ace up his sleeve, the Lingayat caste card.He belongs to the Lingayat community which constitute nearly a fifth of the population in Karnataka and also a strong support base for the BJP. He also managed to rally influential seers around him, and got them to support him.In November 2010, Yeddyurappa was alleged to have used his position as chief minister to unfairly favour his sons in the allotment of prime land in Bangalore triggering another round of crisis. On February 5, 2011, Yeddyurappa publicly declared his assets, and then challenged the opposition and the Congress to find any “black money”.Yeddyurappa, who began his rule on sticky wicket in May 2008 falling short of a majority in the Assembly, cobbled up a slender majority by luring opposition MLAs and independents who were made to resign and contest bypolls.His gambit called ‘Operation Lotus’ paid off in enabling the BJP to secure the majority in the 224-member House.But the troubles did not seem to die down with the powerful Reddy brothers, ministers and mining magnates – Janardhana and Karunakara – launching a campaign for his removal.The BJP high command’s intervention ensured his survival before another wave of dissidence engulfed his government.As many as 11 BJP rebel MLAS and five independents withdrew support to his government, pushing it to a precipice.This too he survived, winning the trust vote twice – the first one, carried by voice vote, called unconstitutional by Governor H R Bhardwaj forcing him to face another floor test which he won by 106-100 votes.Yeddyurappa, who was often at loggerheads with Bhardwaj, went down in the Indian legislative history to be the only chief minister to survive two trust motions in a week’s time.Just as he seemed to have surmounted the crisis with the high court verdict upholding the disqualification of 11 rebel MLAs coming as a shot in the arm, trouble erupted again as the JDS levelled a series of allegations about land scams involving his family.advertisementHe rose to prominence when he helped JD(S)’ Kumaraswamy to bring down the coalition government of Dharam Singh of Congress. Kumaraswamy formed the government with the help of the BJP headed by Yeddyurappa.A deal was struck between the JD(S) and BJP, which specified that Kumaraswamy would be the chief minister for the first 20 months, after which Yeddyurappa would succeed him for the remaining 20 months of the tenure of the legislature.Yeddyurappa was nominated as the deputy chief minister as well as the finance minister in Kumaraswamy’s government.However, in October 2007, when Yeddyurappa’s turn of becoming the chief minister was supposed to start, Kumaraswamy refused to resign from his post.This forced Yeddyurappa and all of the ministers from his party to resign and on October 5, he met the governor and formally withdrew the BJP’s support from the government.Karnataka was put under President’s rule which was revoked on November 7.During the period of the President’s rule, the JD(S) and the BJP decided to bury their differences and this paved the way for Yeddyurappa to become the chief minister.Yeddyurappa was sworn in on November 12, 2007. However, JDS refused to support his government over disagreement on sharing of ministries which made him resign from his post on November 19, 2007.Born to Siddalingappa and Puttathayamma in Bookanakere in Mandya district in the state on February 27, 1943, the BJP leader lost his mother when he was just four-years-old.However, his determination to rise above all odds saw him overcoming the personal tragedy and move on in life.Yeddyurappa, was elected as President, Shikaripura Taluk Jana Sangha in 1972, marking his debut in public life.His leadership skills got an early start when he became the secretary of the Janata Party in 1977.His forte in taking up peoples’ issues, was amply illustrated when he spearheaded a team of 1,700 bonded labourers to Shimoga Deputy Commissioner’s Office demanding the release and rehabilitation of such labourers.A farmer himself, it was under his leadership that the movement for upholding the rights of ryots who were cultivating on government land unauthorisedly gained momentum.This missionary zeal brought some sufferings too. He was imprisoned during emergency in India between 1975 and 1977 and spent his days in Bellary and Shimoga jails.In 1965, he got a job of a first-division clerk in the social welfare department but instead shifted to Shikaripur where he joined as a clerk at his relative’s rice mill. In 1967, Yeddyurappa married Mythradevi, the daughter of the owner of the rice mill Veerabhadra Shastri. He later set up a hardware shop in Shimoga.Yeddyurappa’s true political career began when in 1983 he was first elected to the Assembly and he has represented Shikaripur constituency from then on for five times.His leadership skills were recognised by the central leadership of BJP and he was made the president of the state unit twice. He was also the national secretary in 1992.advertisementThe “yatri” in him is always at work. To improve the lives of marginalized, poor and gullible farmers, Yeddyurappa has taken up many yatras through the entire length and breadth of the state.Born on February 27, 1943 Yeddyurappa has two sons and three daughters. In 2004, his wife died after falling into and drowning in a nearby well under mysterious circumstances. No case was registered.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Rohan Bopanna, Pablo Cuevas reach quarterfinals of Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgRohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas knocked out fifth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram after a three-set battle to progress to the quarterfinals of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters event here.The unseeded Indo-Uruguay pair pipped the Protea-American combination 6-7(6) 6-4 10-6 in the pre-quarterfinals.They next face top seeded team of Henri Kontinen from Finland and Australia’s John Peers, who ensured exit of Novak Djokovic and Victor Troicki with a 6-3 6-4 win.The Monte Carlo Masters is fifth tournament Bopanna is playing with Cuevas and this is their best performance together after joining forces at the beginning of the season.Bopanna won the season-opening ATP 250 Chennai Open with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and reached final of ATP 500 Dubai Championships with Polish partner Marcin Matkowski.last_img read more

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho fears Marouane Fellaini exit

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.Fellaini was criticised by United supporters for his inconsistent performances after arriving from Everton in 2013 but the Belgian international has since become a key figure in Mourinho’s midfield.United triggered a one-year extension in the 30-year-old’s contract at the start of the year, but agreeing a deal beyond the end of the current campaign is proving difficult.When asked if he was concerned about the uncertainty surrounding Fellaini’s future, Mourinho replied: “Yes, I am.”The decision, however, is out of the Portuguese manager’s hands.”It’s a discussion between the player and the board — I’m not involved in contracts or deals — and I respect both,” Mourinho said.”I respect the player because the player has the right to decide his future when he finishes his contract. And I respect the board because the decisions are not in my control. I adjust to it, wishing that they have an understanding.”Mourinho confirmed that United defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will miss Saturday’s Premier League visit of Brighton and Hove Albion through injury.Bailly picked up a knock this month and has missed United’s past two fixtures, while Jones aggravated a thigh problem on England duty during the international break.”Bailly and Jones, they are out, but we are okay because we have (Chris) Smalling, (Marcos) Rojo and (Victor) Lindelof,” the manager added.United are second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City, who are eight points clear at the top and unbeaten after 12 league matches. However, Mourinho shrugged off concerns over the gap between the two clubs.advertisement”We cannot think about the gap to City, we cannot think about the gap to fifth position. We just have to focus on ourselves,” he said.”We haven’t yet reached 50 percent of the season, so let’s be calm. We have four competitions to play. Let’s go step by step.”last_img read more

Devil Rays Sting The Yanks, 8-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After a week without a win, the Tampa Bay Rays were hardly shy about describing their celebration July 5.James Loney got doused with an ice bucket. David DeJesus banged away on his cymbals. Loud music thumped through the clubhouse.And it all started with Erasmo Ramirez.The right-hander pitched out of early trouble in his latest terrific outing against the New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay took advantage of some shoddy defense for an 8-1 victory that snapped its longest losing streak of the season at seven games.“At the plate we got going, finally,” Logan Forsythe said. “It’s nice to have a quality game.”Loney and Forsythe each had a two-run single for the Rays, who had dropped 11 of 13 while falling out of first place in the AL East.They salvaged the finale of a frustrating series at Yankee Stadium that included walk-off defeats in the first two games.Alex Rodriguez hit his 670th home run, the only damage against Ramirez (7-3) in six innings. Yankees hitters entered 2 for 27 (.074) against him this year and didn’t fare much better.“They have a bunch of big left-handed hitters, lot of power, and I think his changeup really plays well for him against these hitters,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s able to separate a lot with the fastball and the changeup combination.”It’s not just the Yankees, though.Ramirez is 5-1 with a 1.18 ERA in seven starts since May 30, yielding no more than two runs in any of them. He is 7-2 with a 2.17 ERA since joining the rotation on May 14.“The right pitch, the right moment. Good defense behind me. Everything just came through,” Ramirez said. “Just happy how everything is going right now.”The only bad news for the Rays came in a four-run eighth, when rookie outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was hit by a pitch on his right hand. He was removed in the bottom half and said X-rays were negative.But he received stitches for a “really deep” cut that left his pinkie numb.“I can’t really bend it too well right now,” said Souza, who will see a hand specialist in Kansas City and is day to day. “I’ll take some more lacerations if it gets us more wins, if that’s what it takes.”Ivan Nova (1-2) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings, the shortest of his three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He has lost five consecutive decisions against Tampa Bay after winning six of his first seven.The right-hander walked three and threw wildly past third base on a bunt, allowing a run to score on the error.“I thought he did a pretty good job for not having anything,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He just had a hard time throwing strikes.”Second baseman Jose Pirela, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, made two errors on one play in the eighth. Forsythe knocked in two runs with a bloop single that landed on the right-field line beyond a drawn-in infield.Loney grounded a two-run single in the first and made a nice play at first base in the bottom half to thwart a bases-loaded threat.New York didn’t get another hit until A-Rod’s 16th homer of the season leading off the sixth.“It was more of a mechanical thing,” said Curt Casali, who caught Ramirez. “As soon as he figured that out, it was smooth sailing. … I was proud of the way he battled today because we needed him bad.”Casali had a sacrifice fly in the second following Kevin Kiermaier’s leadoff triple, which glanced off the glove of a rapidly retreating Brett Gardner in center field after he initially misjudged the line drive.“We didn’t play our best game today — both sides of the ball,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “You tip your cap to Ramirez. He kept us between speeds all day.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Cahill completes return to Millwall

first_imgTransfers Socceroos legend Cahill completes Millwall return Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 07:16 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Cahill Australia Transfers Millwall Premier League Championship The Australian attacker will return to English football once again, coming back to the club where he made his professional debut Tim Cahill has made his return to English football, linking up with Millwall, the club where he made his professional debut.The club announced the move on Monday, confirming the Australia international will be presented to the crowd before Tuesday night’s Championship match against Derby County, though they have not announced when the 38-year-old attacker will be available for selection. Millwall, who currently sit 15th in the Championship on 34 points, confirmed the deal is for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s hard to put into words [what it feels like to wear a Millwall shirt once again],” Cahill said in quotes published on Millwall’s official website. “I’m still taking it in now. The first thing I wanted to do when with [manager Neil Harris] was to walk on the pitch and in the tunnel and have that feeling again that brings back so many memories.”Once you go over that white line, you get a nervous sensation back that I had when I was a 16-year-old when I first signed here.”Millwall was Cahill’s first English club after leaving Australia as a youth player in 1997. He made his Millwall professional debut in 1998 and played with the club until 2004, making 251 appearances for the Lions and scoring 57 goals.Cahill moved to Everton for a £1.5 million fee in July 2004, and featured with the Toffees for eight seasons. He then spent three season with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the United States before moving to the Chinese Super League for spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou. Cahill returned to his native Australia to play for Melbourne City in the 2016-17 season and the first part of the 2017-18 campaign, before agreeing to a move back to Millwall. “The players will thrive off the enthusiasm that he brings,” Millwall manager Neil Harris told the club’s website. “When I played with him, I appreciated what he did. Since then, I’ve followed his career and admired what he has done and I know full well what he can bring to my dressing room.”Cahill confirmed he hopes this return to Millwall can help him secure a place in the Australia squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the veteran eyeing a fourth global tournament appearance. “I’m really happy,” Cahill added. “I’ve had a great career as a footballer, but to come here now at this stage of my career, with eyes on a World Cup place, it’s such a professional environment.”It’s familiar. Not much has really changed, which is surprising, but it’s nice to come back to where I was as a kid.”The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me. I’ve always said that if I came back to England, I’d come home. Millwall is where I learnt my trade and it was the most important learning period of my life — my apprenticeship in understanding football. “To come home to where it all started, it’s emotional, but it’s happy emotions, because you wish for it to happen, you want it to happen, but when it finally comes to fruition, it’s the perfect move.”last_img read more

Unstoppable? Klopp’s rampant Reds just might be this time!

first_imgIf Carlsberg did Christmases…The Ryder Cup made an appearance at Anfield today, but Liverpool fans have their eyes on another glittering sporting prize. The Premier League trophy is flickering into view. Get ready for the ride.Arsenal were supposed to provide a test for Jurgen Klopp’s side, a confident, improving top-six rival who would offer a thorough examination of the Reds’ title credentials. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Examination passed.Liverpool will go into 2019 on top of the pile, at least seven points clear of their nearest rivals after this, their ninth successive league win. If they make it 10 against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, Reds fans will be booking the month of May off work. Some already have.Unstoppable? They are right now. While their enemies flounder, unable to keep their composure and their consistency, Klopp’s side just keep on clearing hurdle after hurdle, ramping up the pressure each time they do. “A long way to go,” their manager continues to warn, and rightly so, but what a football team he has built.Twenty games, 17 wins, three draws, eight goals conceded, 48 scored, 54 points. This, in terms of points per game, is the best calendar year in the club’s history; 88 points from 37 league matches. Staggering.They were actually behind here, briefly. Anfield was stunned when Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in at the back post to convert Alex Iwobi’s cross and give Arsenal the lead. It was the first time Liverpool had trailed in a home league game since facing Leicester City on December 30, 2017, 364 days ago.They came from behind to win that game, and their response to this setback was emphatic. Within three minutes they were level, within two more they were in front, by half time they led 4-1. Panic over.Roberto Firmino scored twice, Sadio Mane added a third and Mohamed Salah, for the second successive game, won and converted a penalty. It was the first time in the league this season that all three of the Reds’ vaunted front three had netted in the same game. Arsenal, bewildered, had no answer beyond anger. Unai Emery’s men were quite simply beaten into submission.Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19This is a game that guarantees goals – the last 10 league meetings prior to this had brought 44 – and it is now the highest-scoring fixture in Premier League history. No consolation to Arsenal, who took Shkodran Mustafi off at half-time, perhaps as an act of mercy. Just as in 2014, the Londoners shipped four in a half at Anfield. This place does strange things to the men from the Emirates.Want a stat to underline Liverpool’s dominance? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners’ star man, had seven touches in the opening 45 minutes. Four of them were kick-offs.With Spurs, Liverpool’s nearest challengers, losing at home to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp got the intense atmosphere he had wished for. Anfield bounced when the news from Wembley filtered through. It’s December, but there are times when it feels like April round here.Welcome to a title race. It’s been too long.Firmino, who had not scored a home league goal since April before today, completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the break, courtesy of a generous gesture from Salah.Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2018-19In netting, Firmino became only the third Brazilian to score a Premier League treble, after Afonso Alves and Robinho. He’ll leave a more lasting impression in England than either of those two, it’s fair to say. “Best in the world,” sang the Kop. They love their No.9.They love all their players right now, in fact, and do you blame them? This is a team that plays for each other, works for each other, one that supporters can be proud of, each and every week. “We are Liverpool,” they sang. “Poetry in motion.”The last time we heard that sung with such gusto, it was 2014 and Brendan Rodgers’ side were beginning to dream of being the ones to bring the title back.They beat Arsenal 5-1 that season too, but they fell short in the end. This one looks, at the moment, ready to go one better. It is only December, but May cannot come soon enough.Catch them if you can… Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Province Invests in Transportation Link to United States

first_imgThe province is investing in the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service to protect this important transportation link between southwestern Nova Scotia and the United States. The province’s Industrial Expansion Fund will cover financial losses for Bay Ferries Ltd. on its Yarmouth-Maine service to allow the company to maintain the operation for the 2009 season. The total amount of assistance will depend on the financial results of the service, but will not exceed $12 million. “Without this immediate assistance the service would not be able to continue,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “We are supporting Bay Ferries while we work with all partners to develop a more permanent solution.” Changes in fuel costs together with economic challenges in the United States and now Canada have had an impact on the number of individuals using the ferry service, particularly in the past year. New passport requirements also take effect June 1, adding to uncertainty over Canada-U.S. travel. A joint federal-provincial study will examine the transportation needs in southwest Nova Scotia to determine long-term decisions about the Yarmouth to Maine service. The federal government has committed $1 million for the study. “For the last 12 years, Bay Ferries and our employees have worked hard to continue this vital connection between southwestern Nova Scotia and the State of Maine,” said Mark MacDonald, president and chief executive officer of Bay Ferries. “For nine of those years, we proudly operated without government assistance, but now require support to continue to operate out of Yarmouth. Working with our government partners and the communities we serve, Bay Ferries is looking forward to reviewing the findings of the transportation study to put in place a long term solution.” Bay Ferries Ltd. operates the Cat high-speed ferry between Yarmouth and two ports in Maine, Bar Harbor and Portland. About 100 people are employed by the Bay Ferries service in Yarmouth. In 2008, 85,000 customers used the ferry service. “Yarmouth continues to be an important entry point between Nova Scotia and the United States,” said Mr. Scott. “Our recent investment in the Yarmouth International Airport speaks to our continued commitment to the southwest region and its importance as a gateway to Nova Scotia.” The province announced on Tuesday, Jan. 20, that it will invest $2 million to help re-establish air service at the Yarmouth International Airport. The Yarmouth International Airport Committee recently reached an agreement with Starlink Aviation of Montreal to provide twice-daily round-trip flights connecting Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Yarmouth airport and the Portland International Jetport. The move will create jobs in the area and help to stimulate the local economy. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovation and technology and contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. There is considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more