FILE PHOTO: Kylian MbappeParis, France | AFP | Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain? And how are the French champions’ main domestic rivals shaping up for what looks set to be a summer of transition?AFP Sport looks at the main talking points in France ahead of the final night of the Ligue 1 season on Friday:– Mbappe going nowhere? –Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines and the discussions on television and radio in France this week following his shock remarks at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.The 20-year-old World Cup winner used his victory speech after being named as France’s player and young player of the year to drop a bombshell and suggest he could be ready to leave PSG after just two seasons.“I have discovered so many things here, and I feel that maybe it is the time to take on more responsibility. Maybe at Paris Saint-Germain — with pleasure — or in a new project elsewhere,” Mbappe said.PSG responded by insisting their star man would be going nowhere this summer, but his remarks have increased speculation that Real Madrid could come back in for a player they tried to sign from Monaco in 2017.So it still seems far fetched that PSG’s match at Reims on Friday could be Mbappe’s last for the club, as he looks to add to his 32 league goals for the season without the support of Neymar. The Brazilian is again suspended.– Lyon’s Brazilian revolution –Lille will join PSG in the Champions League group stage after a superb run to second place in Ligue 1. Their game at Rennes on Friday will be the last for the club for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivorian who has scored 22 goals in a brilliant campaign. He will be sold for big money in the summer. Lyon have third place wrapped up and are now crossing their fingers in the hope that Chelsea win the Europa League final against Arsenal. Only if that happens will OL be guaranteed a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.That would be a huge boost for the club just as they prepare to usher in a new management team. Bruno Genesio will depart after three and a half years as coach, with club legend Juninho Pernambucano set to come in as sporting director and his fellow Brazilian Sylvinho as head coach.“Sylvinho does not have great experience as a coach in his own right but, without wishing to compare him to (Zinedine) Zidane, we have seen that great players can come on board with ambitious projects and do well,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.– All change at Marseille –Saint-Etienne celebrated qualifying for Europe last weekend but were immediately hit by the news that veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset would be standing down after Friday’s match at Angers.Meanwhile, the announcement that Rudi Garcia would be leaving his job as coach of Marseille came as no surprise at all. The former Champions League winners can no longer finish higher than fifth and will not qualify for Europe.Garcia called it “the worst season of my career”, and the names being linked with the job at the Velodrome include former player Gabriel Heinze, Claude Puel, Rafael Benitez and Porto coach Sergio Conceicao. Whoever comes in faces a huge rebuilding job.It has been a turbulent season too for Monaco, but the principality club will not go down on the final day barring a dramatic set of results.Dijon have to win against Toulouse to stand any chance of avoiding going down automatically along with Guingamp. Caen currently occupy the relegation play-off place but are just two points behind Amiens and are hoping to stay up on the final day for the third season running.Share on: WhatsApp
WEST LONG BRANCH – On Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. in the Club Dining Room, Magill Commons, Negro League Baseball expert Larry Hogan will present “Before You Can Say ‘Jackie Robinson’: Black Baseball in America & NJ in the Era of the Color Line.” Mr. Hogan will be accompanied by two former Negro League baseball players Mr. Robert Scott and Mr. Pedro Sierra. Mr. Hogan was on the MLB Hall of Fame committee that voted on the recent induction of Black ballplayers. He is the author of the definitive book on Black baseball “Shades of Glory.” Mr. Scott was a strong right-handed pitcher whose baseball career spanned from 1941 to 1955. Mr. Sierra had a twenty-two year career that began in 1954, when he left Cuba as a 16-year-old to play for the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League and included two stints in the Washington Senators’ system. He left baseball in 1976 and worked for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Recreation for 25 years. The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Office of Affirmative Action & Human Relations.For additional information on Black History Month at Monmouth University, call 732-571-3526.
By John BurtonLONG BRANCH – A proposal before the Zoning Board to construct a Jewish synagogue on a long empty West End property was met with disapproval by area residents and business owners.Phyllis Bermensolo came to the meeting on Monday, June 11, and listened intently while sitting through the lengthy application hearing to construct a synagogue on Ocean Avenue.Bermensolo said she was here to show her support for the neighborhood businesses.“It wouldn’t matter to me what kind of religious congregation it is,” Bermensolo said. “It’s not good for the flavor of the West End shopping community.”Bermensolo, who said she has lived in the city all her life and in the neighborhood for 35 years, wasn’t alone in her view of the proposal. She joined a full room of local business owners, property owners and residents who have reservations and concerns about the project.Menachem Learning Institute, operating as Chabad of The Shore, is seeking a use variance and other approvals to construct a 21,321 square foot, two-story synagogue with a roughly 200-seat sanctuary and a multipurpose room on a three-quarter acre property on Ocean Avenue, between Brighton Avenue and West End Court.The location was previously a movie theater and has been vacant now for about 20 years. The property also has another empty structure which had housed a deli and upstairs apartments, according to Steven J. Tripp, the lawyer representing the applicant.The synagogue and its congregation currently hold Orthodox Jewish religious services and educational and cultural programs in an office complex at 620 Ocean Ave. It has been there for about four years, said Rabbi Laibel Schapiro.The congregation has been looking for an appropriate location for about that long that could accommodate its needs and offer adequate parking, Schapiro told the zoning board.Most of the members, Schapiro explained, are from the immediate area with about 50 percent of them walking to the location. The remainder, he said, are from surrounding towns.The proposed site, long unused, has become a sort of unofficial public parking lot, “whether legally or not,” as Tripp described it, for customers and diners of the neighborhood’s shops and restaurants.Available parking appears to be one of the concerns for West End businesses, whose owners filled the hall.The West End Business Association, an unincorporated and loose confederation of business and property owners, hired its own attorney, Ron Gasiorowski of Red Bank, to contest the application.Chabad of the Shore would need the zoning board to grant it a use variance; houses of worship are not a permitted use in the commercially zoned area.“The issue is it’s not a permitted use,” Gasiorowski said afterwards, explaining his clients’ objections.During a break, William Johnson, co-owner of a Brighton Avenue pizzeria, said, “Our biggest concern is parking. The parking is already bad.”“The issue is synergy,” said Martin Grubman. He owns 57-61 Brighton Ave., a retail and residential building that, along with a number of other buildings, was destroyed by fire in February, and is in the process of trying to rebuild.“The thing that drives me crazy about the whole proposal,” Grubman continued, “is it’s splitting the retail district.” He contended that locating the synagogue at the site would separate two blocks of businesses, and would create a jarring incongruity for the area.“If it didn’t affect the retail district, I couldn’t care less,” Grubman insisted.Through his cross examination of the rabbi, Gasiorowski contended the congregation in its current location was in violation of city zoning laws by holding religious services in a commercial zone. That left some board members troubled.“We’ve been down this road before,” Board Chairwoman Terry Janeczek said.Janeczek told Schapiro and Tripp that some years back the board granted similar approval to another synagogue. “We’ve had nothing but people berating us,” since then, because of overflow parking issues for the neighbors. “People who’ve lived there 15-20 years can’t park,” Janeczek said.Tripp pointed out there is case law for boards to grant latitude for projects the courts have deemed as inherently beneficial uses, such as this.“We are building a facility in West End because we want to be part of the community,” Schapiro told the board. “Our parking lot will be open all the time,” and could be made available for the public and businesses when not in use by the synagogue.“They would certainly be willing to work out an agreement with the city,” Tripp offered.Bermensolo said the site should remain retail, which would support a neighborhood that has been struggling to compete with the upscale Pier Village development and the tough recession. “I feel we have to be fair to those people who have stuck with the city,” she said.The board is expected to again hear this application on Sept. 10.
Four one-design classes competed in the annual Monmouth Boat Club (MBC) Labor Day Regatta, Sunday, Sept. 1. David Watts with brother Robert as crew, top left, won the Lightning Class with two firsts and a second in three races. John Luard, sailing with crew Keith Petrosemolo, top right, won the Flying Scot Class also with two firsts and a second. Doug Marsh, lower left, sailing with wife Kay, took Albacore honors with three wins and Steve Okinow, lower right, won the WoodPussy class. Series racing will continue at MBC until mid-October.
James 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 Facebook
19 August 2005Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa says small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) need advisory support on financial and cash-flow management to make inroads into South Africa’s “first economy”.Speaking at the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) branch at Mafikeng in North West on Thursday, Mphahlwa said that even if small enterprises got financial support, most would collapse from financial mismanagement.“We are launching the Seda branch here to provide non-financial and technical support for SMME sustainability,” he said.The launch was attended by about 2 000 entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses.Mphahlwa said the government aimed to create a conducive environment for small businesses to thrive, with Seda branches being key delivery portals.“The fact that Seda provides non-financial support does not stop it exploring ways SMMEs can access funding from other institutions,” he said.Seda chief executive Wawa Damane said the agency had already held discussions with Khula Enterprise about use existing networks and channels such as Absa bank to help small businesses access funding.“If small entrepreneurs approach us for help, and we see they have good business ideas, we will refer them to Khula in Rustenburg as part of this agreement,” she said.Dawane said they had identified small-scale mining and agriculture as two key areas needing attention in the province.North West is the first province in the country to adopt the Seda model, with its first branch launched in Taung two months ago.Finance and economic development MEC Darkey Africa urged entrepreneurs to use the resources provided by the government to develop of their businesses.Africa said the province would work hard to set high standards in SMME development.Source: BuaNews
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some farmers in Ohio were concerned with the timing of rains that come through during the critical corn pollination stage. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill says that customers in his area could see some of the best corn yields in years and the soybeans that looked like they wouldn’t produce may be surprising as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Cockerill for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
DifferencesAir 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. 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.
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