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Big run expected from Little Rhea

first_imgFollowing her fast-finishing second to RASHAIDA over the straight-five course on August 15, LITTLE RHEA is expected to come into her own and win today’s feature race over 1300 metres for the Henry George Harrison Sr Memorial Cup at Caymanas Park.The race, run in memory of the late trainer Henry ‘Rigg’ Harrison, is confined to native-bred four-year-olds and up, non-winners of two.Trained by Ryan Darby, LITTLE RHEA caught the eye at long odds in her previous race, when closing rapidly for second, a length adrift of RASHAIDA. With that performance under her girth, she will be among the fancied runners in the nine-horse field, which includes BATTLE SONG, who was only a length and a quarter behind her in fourth that day.Both horses should come in for a lot of support, along with the recent course winner, ROYAL GIRL, and UNCLE CHUBBY. But with LITTLE RHEA having advertised her well-being, the 4-y-o filly by War Marshall out of Princess Akeem, owned and bred by Phillip Azar, is ready to deliver with Kerry-Gayl Robinson again in the saddle.True, she is without a victory in 10 races this season. But she has the ability to beat non-winners of two, based on her short-head second to SHEER MADNESS over 1100 metres back in January, leaving some decent horses such as GLORIOUS CAUSE and FIFTYONESTORM behind.LITTLE RHEA is expected to sit off the early pace, which will likely be set by the speedy ROYAL GIRL, with former champion Wesley Henry aboard, and BATTLE SONG, with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. The Victor Williams-trained BATTLE SONG should prove the stronger of the two pacesetters leaving the furlong pole, but by then, LITTLE RHEA will be finding her best strides. She should outfinish BATTLE SONG in the last 100 metres for the victory.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are PROLIFIC PRINCESS to go one better in the first race for maiden three-year-olds, down-in-class FRANKENSTORM in the second, as well as HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the third, NATASHADONTPLAY in the knotty-looking fifth race over 1500 metres and PRINCESS SALLEMA in the closing race.last_img read more

In Pictures: Beautiful lights shine on Bád Eddie for Christmas

first_imgFans of the iconic Donegal shipwreck Bád Eddie will be able to see it in a whole new light this Christmas thanks to some incredible teamwork by locals.Bád Eddie was last night adorned with Christmas lights to become a spectacular festive scene on Magherclogher beach, Bunbeg.Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSThe display was created by a group of neighbours from Strand Road, with Padraig Ó Domhnaill designing the stars. The lights were turned on by Mary O’ Donnell, Liam Gillespie and Nell Cullen – all who have watched the comings and goings around the boat since she arrived on the beach in 1977. Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is strength in unity) – and this wonderful collaboration highlights the beauty of the weakening shipwreck.Bád Eddie is one of Donegal’s most photographed landmarks – and now people all over the world can enjoy some beautiful new festive scenes, thanks to these photos from Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID Productions:Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONS   In Pictures: Beautiful lights shine on Bád Eddie for Christmas was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bad EddieBunbegCHristmasGweedorelast_img read more

All About Rainscreens

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in 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. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img UPDATED on June 24, 2018 with new product informationTwenty years ago, very few residential builders knew what a rainscreen was. These days, however, it’s no longer unusual to see siding being installed on vertical furring strips or a plastic drainage mat. As rainscreens become more common, mainstream builders are beginning to ask, “What’s a rainscreen? How do I know if I need one?”This article will pull together information to answer the most common questions about rainscreen gaps between siding and sheathing.You can’t really point to a rainscreen, because it isn’t a thing — it’s a system. That’s why I prefer to talk about a “rainscreen installation,” a “rainscreen approach,” or a “rainscreen gap.”For most residential builders, a rainscreen siding installation is one that includes an air gap between the siding and the water-resistive barrier (the asphalt felt or housewrap).Some purists insist that you can’t call it a rainscreen gap unless you have ventilation gaps at the top of the wall as well as the bottom of the wall. If it only has drainage gaps at the bottom, but no openings at the top, the purists insist that the system is more accurately called a “cavity wall.”However, the distinction between a cavity wall and a rainscreen wall isn’t particularly useful — in part because the distinction is based on a faulty understanding of “pressure equalization” principles — so I side with those who use the word “rainscreen” for either type of wall.Every well-designed rainscreen wall needs:Ventilation openings at the top of the wall are optional.Rainscreen gaps help walls manage moisture. A rainscreen gap helps to dry the sheathing, which may accumulate moisture during cold weather. It also helps to dry the siding when it is soaked by rain.These… last_img read more

Spurs ‘starting to figure out each other’ as they go 5-1 on homestand

first_imgLATEST STORIES Popovich spoke of his admiration for Butler, who he is expected to coach on the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team in the 2020 Olympics.“The one thing that stands out to me is he’s a competitor,” Popovich said. “I love competitors, and he’s that in spades. And he’s obviously talented.”Butler was humbled by Popovich’s assessment.“All he wants to ever do is win, but a great guy,” Butler said. “He knows the human aspect of the game as well. For him to say that about me, it means a lot. It means I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”CATCHING UPBrown spent time with former Spurs Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen, who he coached in San Antonio, prior to Monday’s game.“We had a laugh talking about old times,” Brown said. “It touched on basketball, but it was way more just catching up with them and seeing how they’re doing personally.”UP NEXT76ers: Host New York on Wednesday night.Spurs: At Orlando on Wednesday night. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Gay had 11 points in the third as he continued his solid play in his comeback from a ruptured left Achilles tendon two years ago. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 14 points this season, but has averaged 18.8 points in his last seven games.“He’s got a little spunk in his step,” Popovich said. “He likes the group. He’s worked hard to understand defensively and rebounding what we want and, of course, he can score.”Gay has scored 20-plus points five times through 27 games. He accomplished that feat in 57 games last season.Philadelphia raced to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter behind Redick’s outside shooting and Embiid’s inside dominance. The duo combined to shoot 8 for 13 and scored nine points apiece in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer by Redick and a dunk by Embiid.The Spurs rallied by limiting the 76ers to eight field goals and 17 points in the second quarter, and by forcing five turnovers.“You can talk about Xs and Os, you can talk about a bunch of stuff but to me, our spirit was down,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We are poor in back- to-backs. That is a fact and we have to find a way to do better.”TIP-INS76ers: Brown and assistant Monty Williams worked for the Spurs prior to joining Philadelphia. Brown spent 11 seasons as an assistant under Popovich from 2002-2013. Williams played for the Spurs from 1996-98 and returned to serve as vice president of basketball operations from 2016-18. … Embiid led the team in scoring in four straight games prior to Monday, averaging 30.3 points over that stretch.Spurs: The Spurs held the 76ers to 17 points in the second quarter, which was two points shy of their season low of 15 for the period at Phoenix on Oct. 31. … Davis Bertans had 16 points, the most in four games since a two-game absence following the birth of his first child. … San Antonio’s bench outscored Philadelphia’s 56-35.HUMBLED SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Philadelphia shot 41 percent from the field and 30 percent on 3-pointers in losing for the third time in four outings.“Defensively, they put us in tough situations to execute our offense,” Embiid said. “I had a pretty bad shooting night, Jimmy did (too). They made us uncomfortable.”When the Spurs’ lead over the 76ers swelled to 29 points, Popovich didn’t need to remind his team about the Bulls’ rally.“There was nothing to say, we were engaged,” Gay said. “We were really engaged. I think it was pretty clear that we messed up last game, we let that one go. Two games in a row? Can’t happen. Can’t happen.”Gay was key to the Spurs maintaining the lead. The 13-year veteran took advantage of mismatches when he wasn’t outworking Butler.ADVERTISEMENT San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball as he is defended by Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala (31) and Ben Simmons during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 123-96. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— While the San Antonio Spurs search for their identity as a team, Rudy Gay is showing that he has returned to form.Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-96 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “I think we’re starting to figure out each other more than anything,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Who’s got the mismatches out there. Usually your best players look for those mismatches and our guys are starting to figure that out. Defensively, we’ve got a little bit more rhyme and reason to what we’re doing and it’s shown in this homestand. I’m pleased with the progress (but) we still have a long way to go.”Aldridge added 10 rebounds and DeRozan had seven assists for the Spurs, who closed a six-game home stand at 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSan Antonio bounced back after squandering a 21-point lead in a loss to Chicago on Saturday night. It was the fifth straight game the Spurs held an opponent under 100 points.J.J. Redick and Ben Simmons each had 16 points to lead the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back. Joel Embiid was limited to 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting and finished with 11 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had six points on 3-for-13 shooting. View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistonslast_img read more

Can Test Cricket be saved in India?

first_imgChris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the,Chris Woakes dismisses Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a duck during the final testIndia had just lost the Test series to England, and as he walked into the press conference hall at the Oval, it was inevitable that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would face the question, “Will you resign?” Dhoni looked the curious reporter in the eye and said, “You will have to wait and watch if I am strong enough or not strong enough.” Then he added cryptically: “Don’t blame the IPL.”To put it in perspective, the Oval was India’s third-biggest Test defeat ever. India’s batting counted for just 90.3 overs in the Test, marginally bet-ter than the 89.4 overs seen out in the preceding match at Old Trafford. After the victory at Lord’s, India reg-istered their worst run of consecutive innings totals in decades. So it is tempting to guess at the question hanging in the air that Dhoni chose to address: are India now officially an ODI and Twenty20 team? Put another way: can Test cricket survive in India? Kapil Dev spells it out: “If the BCCI doesn’t take it seriously enough, Test cricket will be gone for us.”The 3-1 series defeat highlights the arc of Dhoni’s captaincy going back to India’s previous tour of England, in 2011, when they capitu-lated 4-0. To make it worse, in the 16 overseas Tests under Dhoni during this period, India have won just that solitary Test, at Lord’s in this series. They lost 12 of these Tests.A defeat as comprehensive as this one begs two related questions. Was the captain as good or as wanting as his team? Or, was the team as good or as wanting as the captain? Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, heirs to the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, got exposed cruelly. Virat av-eraged 13.40 and Pujara 22.20. In the five Tests, India saw a collapse almost every innings-they lost 22 wickets for 98 runs in the first innings col-lapses and 27 wickets for 172 in the second innings overall in the England series. And India’s match-winner at Lord’s, Ishant Sharma, bowled 16 no balls in the three Tests he played.advertisementWasim Akram singles out the lead-ership for the mess: “They knew what to expect in England. Yet they thought things would just fall into place.” There was a touch of defiance to Dhoni’s approach, a refusal to assess the conditions and course-correct when things started going wrong. England scored almost 20 per cent of their runs behind square on the off side, yet India did not bring a third man. His obsession in placing a leg slip yielded not even a single wicket, but the fielder wasn’t asked to move.His insistence on first playing Ravin-dra Jadeja at the expense of Ravichandran Ashwin and then ask-ing him to bowl to a negative leg-side line neither fetched wickets nor stopped the flow of runs. He was brave with the bat amid the collapse but his wicket-keeping was painful to watch. He failed to go for half-chances, and rarely ran up to the stumps to collect throws.”You can fail with the bat or the ball but I was shocked when India did not even try changing things in the en-tire series,” says Sourav Ganguly. “They could have changed the batting order, for example. If Virat was strug-gling at four or Pujara at three, why not swap places and get the in-form Ajinkya Rahane at three, Pujara four and Virat five? I wonder what they discussed in team meetings. They were an embarrassment.”Mohammad Azharuddin suggests radical action: “You need to change the Test captain.” Kapil would have Dhoni change his style. “I have always said we don’t need Captain Cool,” he says. “We need Captain Hot and Aggressive.” One of the big unknowns about Dhoni is whether he prioritises Test cricket. Word from the dressing room is that he gets bored with five contin-uous days of Test cricket. When he needed to rest his back and fingers in the summer of 2008, he decided to skip the Test leg on India’s tour of Sri Lanka, playing instead in the one-day matches. On the tour of New Zealand in 2009, India won the Hamilton Test in four days and rather than travelling to Napier, the sleepy, nondescript venue for next Test, Dhoni’s team took a detour and spent a couple of days in bustling Auckland.Test cricketers also rebuild or set-tle into durable strategy, as the case may be, as a coherent unit. After the retirement of key members of the team that came to be called New India-Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Anil Kumble-their succes-sors are flaking out at a much younger age. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir have run out of steam in their early 30s, while New India continued into their mid-late 30s. “It can happen with one player, or two, but with four?” says a former selector. “It was almost if the dressing room wanted them to fail so they could be dropped.”advertisementAfter the Test drubbing, the BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as team di-rector for the one-day series. Coach Duncan Fletcher stays on, but his exact role is not clear. It’s as if India want to hurtle forward into the rest of the tour without being detained by a con-structive analysis of their preparedness for Test cricket.Follow the writer on Twitter @vikrantgupta73last_img read more

Apollo Tyres to double Chennai plant capacity at Rs 2,700 cr

first_imgChennai, Sep 14 (PTI) Apollo Tyres plans to double the capacity at its Chennai plant at an investment of around Rs 2,700 crore as part of its vision of Building Leadership in India by 2020, a top official said.”We are ramping up production at Chennai facility from 6,000 units to 12,000 units (per day) with investments of Rs 2,700 crore. It will happen in 24 months. We are beginning the exercise from this October,” Apollo Tyres President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Satish Sharma told reporters here.He said the company had planned to increase the capacity long back. “Coincidentally, when we had put in our investment in Chennai it was during the downturn in 2008,” he added.In 2010, Apollo Tyres commercially began production at Chennai plant. The current capacity of truck-bus radials is 6,000 tyres per day or 1.80 lakh tyres per month.The capacity at Oragadam facility after doubling will reach to 12,000 tyres per day, he said.With expansion of Chennai plant, the company would increase its exports by 15 per cent from the present 10 per cent, he said.He also said the company was looking at expanding in rural areas and propose to manufacture radial tyres for two-wheelers in its factory at Baroda.”In two-wheeler segment we are still in primitive stage. We entered this segment in May. We are selling at about one lakh units. We targeted of exiting this year with three lakh units. But it may be around 2-2.50 lakh units”, he said.”We may begin manufacturing of two-wheeler radial tyres in our factory in Baroda next year”, he said.advertisementUnder the vision of “Building Leadership in India” by the year 2020, he said, “We want to increase our market share in commercial vehicle segment from 27 per cent to 30-33 per cent.”In passenger car segment, the company has 17 per cent while in agriculture sector it is around 20 per cent, he said.The company also planned to set up a separate assembly line to manufacture tyres for Sports Utility Vehicle segment at its Baroda plant.The new assembly line at the Baroda will have capacity of 3,000 units per day, he said. PTI VIJ VS ABKlast_img read more