Juventus join Premier League trio in the race for Monaco star

first_img1 Premier League clubs will face stiff competition from Italian champions Juventus in their pursuit of highly-rated Monaco star Benjamin Mendy.Both Manchester City and Manchester United have made contact with the French champions in recent weeks to try to lure the 22-year-old to the Premier League this summer, and Liverpool are also keen to recruit him.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are now considering a move for the defender, who can operate anywhere across the back four.Manchester City were thought to be in pole position to land Mendy, having already negotiated a successful deal for another Monaco star, Bernardo Silva, earlier this month.And although Monaco are reluctant to part with another of their prized assets, the in-demand defender will not be short of options this summer.Juve’s latest proposal is sure to test Monaco’s resolve, but the trio of English clubs will not give up on the chase. Benjamin Mendy last_img read more

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Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach

first_imgSouth Inishowen councillor Nicholas Crossan has been named as Cathaoirleach of the newly-formed Donegal County Council. The Independent councillor has taken up the chain of office today at the first sitting of the 2019-2024 council in Lifford.It is understood that parties met this week to decide to elect the Buncrana man as chairman. His appointment was formally proposed by Cllr Ian McGarvey and seconded by Cllr Frank McBrearty. Cllr Crossan, who has 25 years of experience in politics, won the fourth seat in the Buncrana Electoral Area with 1,527 votes in the May local elections.A total of 37 councillors will take their seats at County House in Lifford with a number of new faces.Donegal County Councillors take their seats in the Lifford ChamberProceedings were delayed for an hour and a half due to meetings outside the chamber.Notable people missing are outgoing Cathaoirleach Seamus O Domhnaill and veteran Fianna Fail councillor Enda Bonner who were among those who failed to be re-elected. The chairs for the council’s six strategic policy groups will also be decided upon today as well as who will sit on the 39 various committees and boards.Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CathaoirleachCllr Nicholas CrossanDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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Chatroulette Creator Coming to America?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It seems the 17-year-old truant who created Chatroulette has applied for a visa.The youngster, be he lucky or brilliant, has indicated he might want to transition to the American scene at some time in the near future. With all the media attention he and his service have received and the explosion of traffic – and monetization potential – on his site, his application further opens the can of worms we’ve been discussing tonight: Where’s the best place to raise your startup?In December 2009, Chatroulette had 500 users. Today, just four months later, the site sees 1.5 million daily visitors. That statistic alone is enough to inspire investors to beat down the door of its creator, Russian high school student Andrey Ternovskiy.But what’s much more interesting to many is the mechanics of the site itself. “It’s video 4chan. Unbeatable formula,” said Muhammad Saleem, considered by many to be an excellent authority on engineering virality. Others have called it “brilliant,” “the purest form” of the Internet and its userbase, and “a great way to kill time,” one of the most common uses of the social web.I’ve frequently described it as a box of game pieces with no rules. Users are invited to create any kind of experience they choose given a simple set of constraints. It’s inherently viral, addictive, imaginative and essentially human.Here’s the rub: The site is currently unfinanced and non-commercial. The site’s creator, a teenaged school kid, has been placed at the crux of nationalistic, capitalistic and technological debates by being asked to choose between Russian financing and a yellow brick road to Silicon Valley. According to one site, the Russian investors involved are seeking to “break the American hegemony in cyberspace – an ambitious plan, particularly as the United States is home to many of the market leaders in the Internet economy. “The combined value of Google, Microsoft and Facebook amounts to roughly $500 billion, or about a third of the Russian economy’s annual output. So if Russia – which has more than 50 million Internet users and boasts one of the fastest-growing markets – hopes to catch up, then it will need to keep talents like Ternovskiy at home.”The Russian investors who have contacted Ternovskiy also invest in Facebook and Zynga; clearly, they have an eye for social virality and profit and see a great deal of potential in Chatroulette. But Ternovskiy, a longtime hacker, dreams of founding a Silicon Valley startup of his own.Will this young man reinforce the American idiom of Silicon Valley by relocating his seemingly overnight success to the Bay Area? Or will he prove that the startup economy is truly becoming global by accepting Russian financing and remaining in north Moscow?A more interesting question: Can Ternovskiy sustain this wild success? Or has he simply become lucky with Chatroulette? Let us know your opinions in the comments.last_img read more

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From Superinsulation to Passive House, With a Trip Across the Pond

first_imgBut were they “passive houses”?William Shurcliff was a Harvard physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project in World War II, helped stop supersonic passenger planes in the 1960s, and took a big interest in passive solar and superinsulated building in the 1970s and ’80s.In 1979, he put out a press release praising the characteristics and benefits of superinsulated houses. He described the thick insulation (“Not just thick, but clever and thorough”), the airtightness, the lack of a need for thermal mass and large, south-facing windows, and the ease of controlling temperature and humidity.He concluded his press release with this: “What name should be given to this new system? Superinsulated passive? Super-save passive? Mini-need passive? Micro-load passive? I lean toward ‘micro-load passive.’ Whatever it is called, it has (I predict) a big future.”Martin Holladay resurfaced this piece of superinsulation/passive house history in his 2009 article, Forgotten Pioneers of Energy Efficiency on Green Building Advisor and republished nearly the entire piece. Go to his article to read that and more on this topic.The evolution of passive houseShurcliff’s preferred term, “micro-load passive,” didn’t catch on, but the passive part did. Those “forgotten pioneers” also pushed another piece of the passive house concept. They understood that airtightness and energy efficiency were important. That meant quantifying the goals, setting limits for annual and peak loads.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, a German physicist, and Dr. Bo Adamson from Sweden took those early ideas and created the Passivhaus program. In their program, certification required hitting an annual load at or below 4.75 thousand BTU per square foot per year or a peak load of 3.17 thousand BTU/h per square foot. They also have to achieve an airtightness of 0.6 ach50 or less and a primary energy of 38,000 BTU per square foot per year.That’s what Klingenberg learned in Germany and brought with her to the U.S. Those numbers worked great in Germany, but not so well in all parts of the U.S. There were problems with the amount of insulation required in really cold climates like Minnesota and with cooling and dehumidification in places like Kentucky and Louisiana.So the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), of which I’m a board member, developed new climate-specific passive house standards. Instead of one set of numbers for every place in the world, we have numbers that came out of a lot of work by Building Science Corporation and others on what numbers are supported by the science for different climates in North America.PHIUS also has a rigorous quality assurance program called PHIUS+ Rater, using HERS raters to verify homes going for certification.The split between PHIUS and PHIUnfortunately, relations between PHIUS and PHI came to an end a few years ago. I wasn’t involved at the time and don’t know all the details, but now there are two separate groups promoting passive house in North America. The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) was created after the split between PHIUS and PHI. That group promotes the German standard. Passive House Institute U.S. has gone its own way, with a variation of the German standard.Both groups have their own conferences. I attended the NAPHN conference in New York City last month. It was well attended (with about 500 attendees) and had a good trade show. I got to see some old friends and meet some people in real life for the first time. (Hello, Terry!) There were also quite a few people there whom I know from PHIUS conferences.In September, PHIUS will host its 10th anniversary North American Passive House Conference. It’s in Philadelphia, and I’ll be giving a presentation there on a topic that’s gotten me in trouble once already this year. The title is The Global Warming Impact of Insulation Revisited. Joe Lstiburek will be there again, of course, as will Marc Rosenbaum and a bunch of other smart people. (And if you register by July 18, you can be there, too, and get the early bird rate.)What’s next?There you have it. Forty years of evolution of the passive house concept in North America, including a trip across the pond and back. Where it goes from here remains to be seen. There’s some confusion in the marketplace because of having two groups and two different certification paths. (I’ll write more about that in a future article.) Naturally, since I’m on the PHIUS board, I have a bias. I think anyone going for passive certification on a project should go through PHIUS’s climate-specific standards and PHIUS+ quality assurance.A lot of others do, too, because PHIUS has more than a million square feet of buildings certified and pre-certified. When you add the projects that have been submitted but aren’t yet pre-certified, that number jumps to about 2.5 million square feet. The big driver isn’t single-family detached homes, though. It’s big multifamily projects.Come to the 10th anniversary North American Passive House Conference in Philly to learn more about passive house. Will I see you there? Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESPassivhaus For BeginnersThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North AmericaSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateForgotten Pioneers of Energy EfficiencyRobert Dumont’s Superinsulated House in Saskatoon The First U.S. Passive House Shows That Energy Efficiency Can Be AffordableA Conversation With Wolfgang FeistPassivhaus Crosses the Atlantic In 2002, Katrin Klingenberg introduced the Passivhaus program to North America when she built the Smith House in Urbana, Illinois. She had come to the U.S. from Germany, where she studied architecture and got involved with Passivhaus. But is this really where it all began?Of course it’s not. The Passivhaus program, promulgated by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, formalized the requirements but was building on earlier work, much of it from North America. Even the term “passive house” has American origins.Here are three of the early superinsulated houses in North America:Illinois Lo-Cal House, 1976. Lo-Cal here is short for low calorie, as in low energy. That’s a sketch of it above and a vertical wall section below. Notice the double-stud walls and triple pane windows. This was the beginning of superinsulated houses.Saskatchewan Conservation House, 1977. Another superinsulated house, this one with R-40 walls, R-60 roof, triple-pane windows, and low levels of air leakage.Leger House, 1977. And a third, this one in Massachusetts.last_img read more

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Finding Symmetry and Color in a Dystopian Future

first_imgSkewed Horizon LineImage via Wolfcrow.In most meticulously crafted auteur projects, you’ll find shots that make a point of keeping the horizon line. That is where you naturally tend to look. However, in Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve and his team made the horizon line just a little off to force you to pay attention to specific parts of the composition — and each shot basically looks like a painting, so it’s worth the indulgence. This is but one of the few ways this film stands out. This approach is also a good way to add intrigue and dread to an established narrative world — a way to make it seem grim and sinister, and ever-so-slightly strange.Adding DepthImage via Warner Bros. Villeneuve also shows us how to create an expansive world. (Despite the film’s hefty budget, these tricks are all Film School 101.) In order to make the world seem lived-in and large, the characters often stand in front of hallways and open spaces that are out of focus — a trick that creates depth. The inclusion of CGI in Villeneuve’s compositions then creates a hyper-realistic backdrop with minimal effects that still serves the story. (Villeneuve used the same tricks in Sicario.)YellowImages via Warner Bros.Wolfcrow points out that Villeneuve uses yellow as a source of information and enlightenment for our hero, K. Anytime a major plot point gets revealed, or a new twist happens, yellow is in the composition somehow. Whether it’s a fire, a light in the background, or a simulated cake, the color acts as a subconscious cue for the audience — and our hero. Notably, the information bank and Las Vegas are bathed in yellow, representing their importance — and the importance of the characters that dwell therein.Color can be an incredibly powerful tool for telling subtle stories and conveying meaning. The beauty of Villeneuve’s color use is that he did this not as a stunt but to advance his story. Find your own style that reflects your personality and fill your projects with it. Have fun with the form, and don’t be afraid to use colors in different ways.GreenImage via Warner Bros.Villeneuve uses green almost every time Joi, K’s robotic companion, is on-screen — as well as anytime we see one of Wallace’s creations. Green typically connotes life and vibrance, which only plays to how the Blade Runner franchise explores the idea of “life.”WhiteImages via Warner Bros. White, representing truth and information, appears in any scene when K comes close to figuring out who he really is. The girl child and her home are bathed in white, representing a beacon for K. Toward the end of the film, K and Deckard approach the building where all the answers will come to light, and what do you know, it’s snowing outside, and the building is white.These are just some of the innovative ways the Blade Runner 2049 team changed the sci-fi game by creating an original, breathtaking sequel worthy of repeat viewings. If you’re interested in more on the franchise, check out our past coverage:How Roger Deakins Shot and Lit Blade Runner 2049The Secrets Behind the Sound Design of Blade Runner 2049Futuristic Sci-Fi Synth:Royalty Free Music for Ultramodern Noir ThrillersHow to Frame a Medium Shot Like a Master Cinematographer In this cinematography breakdown by Wolfcrow, we get an insightful look at the visual motifs that make Blade Runner 2049 so aesthetically stunning.Cover image via Wolfcrow. Casual friends and inspiring collaborators Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have made something special with Blade Runner 2049. This film is so dense with visual and auditory delights that filmmakers will be picking it apart and replicating its tricks for years. Part of the reason the film has won so many awards and received such acclaim is the incredible attention to detail and plot development. Whether it’s the use of certain colors to evoke certain emotions or simply knowing how the audience’s eyes move, these filmmakers have definitely brought a new approach to dystopian science fiction.last_img read more

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Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis

first_imgNCAA volleyball: Arellano storms back, survives Perpetual View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena, setting himself up for a match against either top-ranked Rafael Nadal or No. 6 Marin Cilic for a spot in the final of the season’s first Grand Slam.After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out, and so was Dimitrov, who lost a thrilling five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal and had only just beaten Edmund two weeks ago at the Brisbane International.“When you’re on these types of stages, reaching the last stages of the best tournaments in the world, it’s very pleasing. But of course I want to keep going,” Edmund said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Murray reached five Australian Open finals, but has never won the title at Melbourne Park. He’s missing the season-opening major this year after deciding to have surgery on his hip. That leaves Edmund as the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is the center of attention in Belgium after reaching the semifinals in her debut at the Australian Open.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, and became the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”ADVERTISEMENT Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, added: “Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy.”“I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”Mertens, who was coming off a successful title defense at the Hobart International, dominated against Svitolina, who had also been on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”The 22-year-old Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.center_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov falls during his quarterfinal against Britain’s Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years. This time it’ll be Kyle Edmund, not Andy Murray.Edmund upset No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time. Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense, although other players have been fined larger amounts following a major tournament. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Unnao rape survivor injured in car accident in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgRAE BARELI: A teenage girl – who levelled rape allegations against BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar last year – and her family met with an accident in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck. The girl is seriously injured, her mother and aunt have died. The girl’s lawyer, who was also in the vehicle, has been admitted in hospital with injuries, said his junior Vimal Kumar Yadav. The accident took place around 1 pm as the family, which lives in Unnao – about 45 km from state capital Lucknow – was on its way to the district jail in Rae Bareli to meet her uncle. He is serving a life term in a separate case. It was raining heavily at the time. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The incident took place on the road that connects Rae Bareli to the Fatehpur district. All four people in the car got seriously injured,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, chief of the district police. “They were taken to a hospital… Prima facie, there seems to be no conspiracy,” he added. Kuldeep Sengar has been in prison for a year over the alleged rape in 2017. The girl has alleged that she was raped by the lawmaker when she went to his Unnao home with a relative, to seek a job. The case made headlines last year, when the girl, then 16 years old, and her mother, attempted self-immolation outside the house of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 8, seeking justice. The girl’s father, who was pursuing her case, died shortly after he was detained by the police and severely beaten, allegedly by Kuldeep Sengar’s brother.last_img read more

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