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first_imgJames DeGale is set to fight former world champion Cristian Sanavia in Denmark on 21 April.Italian Sanavia, 37, is the mandatory challenger for the Harlesden man’s European super-middleweight title and has won 45 of his 51 contests.DeGale, 26, recently announced he had split from promoter Frank Warren, who insisted the 2008 Olympic gold medallist had a year of his contract with him left to run.Italian-based company Round Zero won the purse bids to stage the fight, which is scheduled to take place at the Nord Arena in the town of Frederikshavn.It will be DeGale’s first outing since he won the title with a points victory against rugged Pole Piotr Wilczewski in October.A victory would keep him on course for a world title shot or a possible rematch with arch rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves, who secured a majority decision when they met last year.In fact the pair could fight for a world title given that Groves is being lined up to challenge WBO champion Robert Stieglitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Shasta Creations volleyball team, which includes several Red Bluff High School athletes, went into the Far Westerns Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada ranked 26th and finished 5th in the tournament.The team beat No. 25 Legends 25-11, 25-13; No. 9 Bombers 23-25, 25-20, 15-5 and lost to No. 8 Endline 15-25, 23-25 to take over the 9th seed.On day two of the tournament, the Creations beat No. 4 Rise 15-25, 25-23, 15-10; No. 6 Sequoia 28-26, 26-24 and No. 15 LVBC 25-17, 25-19 to take over …last_img read more

first_imgSearching for Sugar Man has won several awards to date and is a favourite to walk away with the Best Biography award at this year’s Academy Awards. (Image: SugarMan.org) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sony Pictures South Africa  + 27 11 340 9300 RELATED ARTICLES • Local presence at global film event • Hollywood honour for local filmmaker • Veteran lensman Kumalo dies • The best of African cinema onlineRay MaotaThe quality of films coming out of South Africa has improved over the years, and the Academy Awards – the Oscars – is sitting up and taking notice.This year, the music documentary about folk singer Sixto Rodriguez, Searching for Sugar Man, has been nominated for Best Documentary in 2013, the 85th instalment of the movie awards. It is up against 5 Broken Cameras, How to Survive a Plague, The Gatekeepers, and The Invincible War.The film, which was shot in Cape Town, has also been nominated for a Bafta, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, award, again in the Best Documentary category.The only South African film to have won an Academy Award was Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi, which won Best Foreign Language Film in 2005. Searching for Sugar Man isn’t the only film shot in the Western Cape that is up for an Oscar. Asad, about the coming of age of a Somali boy in his war-torn land, has been nominated for Best Short Film. This little gem has already won awards at 13 film festivals. The film was shot in Paternoster, a Cape tourist and fishing town, which did duty as a small Somali fishing village.Asad‘s rivals for top spot are Death of a Shadow, Buzkashi Boys, Curfew and Henry.The Oscar winners will be announced on 24 February.Searching for their heroThe music documentary was written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul, a Swedish filmmaker. It details the efforts of two South African fans – Cape Town record store owner Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and music journalist Craig Bartholomew Strydom – to find out if the rumoured on-stage suicide of the Mexican-American musician was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him.Rodriguez released two records: Cold Fact in 1970 and Coming from Reality in 1971. Both slumped in the US and he disappeared from the public eye soon after their release. A bootleg copy of Cold Fact made its way to South Africa in the early 1970s, though, and earned a cult-like following among people variously opposed to, or out of tune with, the apartheid regime.“Over the next two decades, Rodriguez became a household name in the country and Cold Fact went platinum,” says the Searching for Sugar Man website.But it’s not just the man’s music that reaches a wider audience in the film. Cape Town Tourism chief executive Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold said: “The documentary is a great showcase of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Camps Bay, the city scape and the ocean road alongside the Twelve Apostles … The international screening and distribution of the film is leading to tremendous international exposure for Cape Town and we are very excited about the Oscar nomination.” Journey to finding Sugar ManBendjelloul stumbled across the story in 2006 when he met Segerman in Cape Town. It captured his attention, particularly since he had never heard Rodriguez’s music. He decided to look for funding for the project, which was difficult. He said: “I decided to see what I could do on my own. I had fallen completely in love with the story and couldn’t stop working on it.”Although Rodriguez was popular in South Africa and sold many records, he never earned any royalties for his music. “The record labels were pretty established – they were the best distributor in Africa – so it’s weird. I asked a South African lawyer and he said he could solve this case, but it would take three years and cost a lot of money. It’s that complicated,” said Bendjelloul.Segerman, who was doing his national service when he first heard Rodriguez’s music – by decree of the apartheid government, all white males were conscripted into the army when they turned 18 – said: “Rodriguez was critical in the army. We just used to sit and listen. We were so depressed, and music can just take you away. I wasn’t on the border, but the guys on the border, they just swore by this guy.” A new lease on lifeThe documentary has already won several awards, and has been very well received internationally. As a result, Rodriguez is enjoying something of the popularity many believe he deserved in the 1970s. He has been booked to perform at some of the world’s most coveted music festivals this year, and will be performing in South Africa in February.He will play Coachella in California, in April; Primavera in Spain, in May; and Glastonbury in the UK, in June.“It’s a different level that we’re at now,” the singer said. “I can’t imagine it getting much busier. This is pretty busy. You have to stay balanced, normalised and pace yourself. At this late date I have a new perspective on things because of the success of the music now.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.We fared pretty well. We got a little over 2 inches. A lot of the Cincinnati area and north and south of us had 3 to 5 inches. We didn’t flood. It rained over two-and-a-half days and we fared better than most. South of us is pretty flat and they got 5 to 6 inches and that is a lot of water to deal with right before harvest.I have not heard of anyone around here running anything. I think we are going to start with corn first. It is turning fast and with the disease pressure we’ve got and the heat units we’ve had, I’d say in the next 7 to 10 days we’ll be running corn. Right now everything is holding up pretty well. We didn’t get much wind with the rain and I haven’t seen any stalk issues yet.When we get this much rain and the ears are still upright, it can be a perfect storm for grain quality. I am more concerned with the corn than I am about the beans. I have not seen as much bean leaf beetle feeding as I thought I would see.We got the third cutting hay in. I was happy with that, but with the delay in the third cutting we won’t get a fourth cutting this year. I like to typically get a fourth cutting if I can but we won’t this year.The cover crops we planted after wheat look great. We have radishes and clover that, by winter, should be huge. We’ll plant more right behind the combine in the corn and bean fields.Farmers hopefully have storage because the basis is so bad. Hopefully guys have stuff sold ahead and they can store it. We are going to have to sit on things with all of this political chatter going on. Hopefully we can get some of this sold at profitable levels in late winter or spring.Normally down this way we have a strong basis down at the river with ethanol and corn syrup. Soybean basis I think is 60 under and, for a river market, I have never seen the basis this bad. When you stick that on an $8.20 to $8.30 futures market that is below what we need.The markets are bad, but farmers always get excited over a big crop and I am excited to see what this season brought us.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgDifferencesAir leakage: It’s true that neither insulation is an air barrier. Neither cellulose (even when dense-packed) nor fiberglass meet any technical standard for an air barrier. However, cellulose will slow air flow whereas fiberglass does not.When dense packed into a wall cavity, cellulose prevents most air flow. Even loose-fill cellulose slows some air movement.Flammability: Fiberglass and cellulose have different issues with fire and flame spread. Fiberglass is spun glass; it won’t burn at any normal temperature. Under direct flame, it will simply melt. However, most fiberglass batts are faced with kraft paper which most certainly will burn.Cellulose is ground-up paper. Very early cellulose-style insulation was quite flammable. (I mean, c’mon — it’s paper.) During the ’70s and ’80s, cellulose couldn’t shake a bad reputation stemming from (possibly apocryphal) stories about insulation fires.Modern cellulose is heavily treated (about 15% by volume) with boric acid, borax nitrate or ammonium sulfate. [Editor’s note: see Daniel Lea’s 3/8/2012 comment on this point below.] These chemicals aren’t harmful to people, but are very effective flame retardants and help reduce pest issues. Modern cellulose manufacture has sufficiently high production standards that product quality and flammability are no longer issues of concern.Ease of installation: Anyone can insulate a wall with fiberglass batts. It’s just a matter of cutting around electrical outlets, slapping the batts into the wall cavities and stapling the facing to the studs. Unfortunately, a fast, sloppy installation usually results in voids or imperfections. Proper installation of fiberglass batts is slow, meticulous work (which is why most fiberglass batt installations are fast and sloppy.)Fortunately, it’s harder to do a sloppy job with cellulose, although installing cellulose in a wall requires special equipment like high-powered insulation blowers which are a sight more powerful than the Geo Metro versions you can rent at the Big Box store. Also, unless you like blowing out your finish drywall, more than a little experience is helpful.Embodied energy: Embodied energy is the sum of energy required for a project or material. Fiberglass has a much higher embodied energy than cellulose insulation. Fiberglass is glass that is melted and spun into fibers like cotton candy. There are fiberglass brands which use recycled content but more often they use new raw materials.Most cellulose brands use a high recycled content and the production process (shredding paper and adding fire retardant borates) uses much less energy.Extreme cold: Last, the two types of insulation react very differently in extreme cold. During very cold weather — the type of weather sometimes seen in Minnesota or Maine — heat is quickly stripped from fiberglass insulation, and the R-value of fiberglass insulation drops. Cellulose doesn’t suffer as acutely from this problem. Of course, prices can vary from contractor to contractor, and may vary if you have access to a special deal, but in general, fiberglass batts and cellulose are usually the cheapest insulation options.Ease of Installation: Fiberglass has become the most popular insulation in the world because it is effective (if properly installed) and inexpensive. Contractors and do-it-yourself folks don’t need special training or equipment to install it. (However, inexperienced installers often do a sloppy job of installation, reducing the effectiveness of the insulation job.)When installed in an attic, blown-in cellulose requires about 3 molecules more effort. The job requires an insulation blower and 30 minutes of training from the guy at Lowe’s. (An important note: I am talking about blown-in cellulose here… not damp-spray, netted, or dense-packed cellulose.)R-value: Fiberglass batts and cellulose deliver comparable R-value (between 3.5 and 3.7 per inch). This can vary based on many factors, including settling, wind-washing or outside temperature, but in general the R-values of the two products are similar.Air leakage: Both types of insulation help retain heat, but neither one can act as an air barrier. Both cellulose and fiberglass allow air to pass through and need to be paired with an air barrier. The effective R-value of fiberglass can be particularly affected by air flow.Moisture: Neither insulation is a fan of moisture. Both cellulose and fiberglass can retain large amounts of moisture. Because of their high air permeability both can dry out very quickly.Cellulose and fiberglass are fibrous insulation which can easily trap moisture. If paired with a vapor barrier in a high moisture environment like your basement … it can be problematic.Wind washing: Lastly, when blown onto the floor of an attic with vented soffits, both loose-fill cellulose and fiberglass are susceptible to wind.A strong gust of wind will blow loose insulation all over the attic. With Maine’s stiff sea breezes, I’ve seen several houses whose insulation is blown entirely to one side. Loose-blown insulation requires properly sealed and blocked eaves to prevent wind washing. Installing Fiberglass RightHow to Install Cellulose InsulationBorrowing a Cellulose Blower From a Big Box StoreGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation ChoicesBlown Insulation for Attics: Fiberglass vs. CelluloseUnderstanding R-Value SimilaritiesCost: First off, both cellulose and fiberglass are inexpensive. Among the wide range of available insulation materials — including XPS foam board, EPS, polyisocyanurate, rock wool, and spray foam — cellulose and fiberglass are, inch for inch and square foot for square foot, the least expensive. The two least expensive and most commonly used residential insulation are fiberglass and cellulose. Granted, fiberglass is about 50 times more common — but a distant second is still second.Unless the homeowner opts for spray foam, the insulation choice usually comes down to fiberglass vs. cellulose. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each one? How are they similar and how are they different?At first blush, itchy pink fiberglass and fluffy gray cellulose seems quite different. But the two types of insulation wouldn’t be competing for the same share of the housing insulation market if they weren’t in many ways alike.center_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchCan Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?Essential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to Heat RELATED ARTICLES Which insulation should you choose?So should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? Well, I’ve included a photo showing insulation being installed at my house. (Click Image 2 below to see the photo.)We dense-packed the wall cavities with cellulose. I choose cellulose because of the better air sealing, and comparable R-value for the same price. Should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? It depends on the project at hand.last_img read more

first_imgMarathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday.  The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages.     Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes center_img  Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pridelast_img read more