The 76th annual Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale had record prices for the dogs and geldings, and reflect lower market prices for the bulls. It was huge crowds, and they were buying; art, the Trade Show, dogs, horses and bulls.Clear weather with a chill north wind, but the parking lots were muddy from the previous weeks’ rain.Buyer and Consignor dinner on Wednesday night had more than 600 people enjoying a New York steak dinner, since Vic Woolery’s crew had 600 steaks precut. So tender and …
Get your sneak peek of episode seven of the Play Your Part TV series, here:Tumi Ramasodi is part of the Boys and Girls Clubs, which not only help children with their homework after school, but have programmes to empower children to make wise and educated life choices. (Image: Boys and Girls Clubs)Brand South Africa reporterFrom individuals who run an after-care learning programme for children to a man who creates positive change in townships through film production – these are the guests you’ll be introduced to in this week’s Play Your Part television series.You’ll also hear the story of advertising key player Odette van der Haar and hear how she is playing her part to make South Africa a better country.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 21 October 2017, at 18:00, is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s a preview of episode seven:Boys and Girls ClubsTumi Ramasodi explains how she and her team at the Boys and Girls Clubs have created a safe haven for children after school.The clubs’ priority areas of impact include academic success, healthy lifestyles, and creating good character and citizenship among children from six to 18 years old.Odette van der HaarOdette van der HaarVan der Haar is the chief executive officer of the Association for Communication and Advertising.She is involved in numerous community projects and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network African chapter, African Leadership Initiative.Alan FarberAlan FarberAlan Farber has been involved in the film industry for more than 20 years. The filmmaker and scriptwriter has been involved in several community initiatives, one of which is a skills development project run in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.Farber also has a DVD production and distribution company called Straight2!Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The heat is conducted from the shingles to the sheathingThe part we’re concerned with here is the sunlight that’s absorbed by your roof. Once the roof sucks up those rays, it gets hot. That heat at the absorbing surface (shingles on most residential roofs) then does what the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells it to do — it looks for cooler places, so it starts conducting down through the roofing materials. When it finds the underside of the roof deck, it then can radiate down into the attic. Typical roof decking materials — plywood and oriented-strand board (OSB) – are pretty good radiators, so everything they “see” in the attic starts getting hot, too.You can see the heat transfer I just described in the diagram labeled Figure 1 below. Here’s the basic process:Radiation hits the roof.The radiant energy is absorbed by the roofing materials.The thermal energy conducts downward.Heat radiates from the roof deck to everthing in the attic. The heat radiates into the attic from the underside of the sheathingSo, the dominant form of heat gain in an attic is from radiation, which heats up all the solid materials it finds — framing, ductwork, insulation, all those boxes of Christmas decorations, and dead squirrels. That’s one reason powered attic ventilators aren’t a good solution. They’re going after the air, but the air is hot only because all the solid materials are hot.A better way to reduce the attic temperature is to go after the source — the radiation constantly blasting the attic from the bottom of the roof deck and rafters. Plywood and OSB are good radiators. In physics language, they have high emissivity, which means they’re good at emitting radiant energy.That’s where radiant barriers come in. These are materials that have a low emissivity. When the underside of the roof deck has a radiant barrier installed, the heat still travels through the materials, but once it hits the radiant barrier, it’s come to a dead end. Little of that heat then radiates to the attic.The radiant barrier gets hot. If you go up into the attic and touch it, you’ll see that the heat’s still getting there. But like that stainless-steel playground slide shown at the top of this article, when you hold your hand near it without touching, it doesn’t feel like it’s hot. The magic of low emissivity! Today just feels like a good day to talk about shiny stuff. Radiant barriers are a green building product with a lot of sex appeal, if that’s possible for construction products. People get really crazy about attics, though. (Don’t get me started about powered attic ventilators!) Maybe brains have a tendency to overheat when discussing them. The general category of radiant barriers is an area of great hype and misunderstanding, so I’ll tell you what I know, explain the basic physics, and give you a couple of links to some great resources for more information.OK, first of all, a radiant barrier is something that can keep your attic cooler. Unlike powered attic ventilators, they actually go after the source of the problem rather than treating a symptom — but first, let’s look at the physics.Attics get hot because the sun is beating down on them all day. The heat from the sun comes in the form of electromagnetic radiation. When this radiation hits a surface, it can do one of three things: It can be (i) reflected, (ii) transmitted, or (iii) absorbed. How much of each you get depends on the wavelength of the radiation and the properties of the material it hits. Radiant barriers need an air gapIn case you’re wondering, the answer is yes, this is the same thing that makes low-e windows so good. Also, if you’re wondering how hot the shingles get, the Florida Solar Energy Center has done research on that, which I wrote about a while back.OK, so if the radiant barrier doesn’t feel hot when you hold your hand an inch away but it can burn you when you touch it, what does that mean for installation? You got it! You have to have an air gap next to the radiant barrier. If you spray foam insulation right on the radiant barrier, you’ve wasted your money on the radiant barrier. Heat will conduct right through the radiant barrier because generally, materials with low emissivity have high conductivity. More resourcesThere’s so much more to say about radiant barriers, but let me wrap up this article and give you a couple of resources where you can read more about how they work, how to install them, how much they might save, and why you probably don’t want to install one in Pennsylvania or other cold-climate locations. The first is the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). They have a bit of radiant heat gain in attics down there and know a thing or two about this topic. Here’s a good Question and Answer Primer that’s got a lot of good info.Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which does a lot of great building science research, has several good pages about radiant barriers, too.Another great study is the Houston Home Energy Efficiency Study (pdf). This was a study done by Michael Blasnik and Advanced Energy, and among other things, they looked at the cost-effectiveness of radiant barriers. What they found was that in Houston, Texas, radiant barriers reduced the cooling consumption by about 3%. The paper is well worth the read, in case you don’t already have a copy. (Oh, yeah…it’s free!)Finally, here are a couple of good resources that address the question of if or when you should install a radiant barrier. Martin Holladay wrote Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem a couple of years ago here at Green Building Advisor and included a lot of great info on the topic. Also, a new website called Radiant Barrier Truth tackles the issue of radiant barriers in cold climates.I’ll come back to this topic and write more another time, but for now, let’s not forget what my friend Mike Barcik says is one of the most appealing features of radiant barriers: People like shiny stuff!
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper sidestepped questions Monday on whether the federal government plans to directly engage with the dozens of First Nations that have vowed to stop the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport Alberta mined bitumen to the British Columbia coast.Harper has said the construction of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is “in the national interest.”The pipeline would transport raw bitumen from Alberta 1100 kilometres to a B.C. port at Kitimat where it would be transferred onto tankers bound for China, which has a stake in both the pipeline and in the tar sands.Dozens of First Nations from B.C., Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed a declaration opposing the pipeline. Some have vowed to block the project at all cost.Liberal interim leader Bob Rae pressed Harper on the issue Monday during question period. He asked Harper if the government planned to set up a separate process to engage First Nations directly.Rae said the existing regulatory process doesn’t really deal with the constitutional requirement requiring consultation with First Nations before the development of projects impacting Aboriginal rights and title.“Does (the prime minister) contemplate some additional process that will involve a direct Crown-First Nations discussion with respect to the impact of this project on First Nations?” said Rae.Harper avoided the question and instead repeated the standard government line that there is a constitutional requirement to consult with First Nations.“Consulting with Aboriginal groups is a constitutional requirement and, of course, that is part of any process,” said Harper.The prime minister also stated that the pipeline was in the “national interest” and needed to be constructed.“It is vitally important to the national interest of this country that we are able to export our energy products to Asia,” said Harper.It remains unclear how the review panel currently holding hearings on the pipeline could possibly recommend against the project when the Conservative government has publicly declared it in the national interest.The Harper government’s position on the pipeline appears to put it on a collision course with First Nations.On Friday, First Nations in Alberta and the NWT signed onto the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the pipeline.The new signatories include the Dene Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Smith’s Landing First Nation, Katlodeeche First Nation, Liidlii Kue First Nation, Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation, and Deh Cho First Nations.B.C. First Nations along the pipeline’s proposed corridor have all signed on to the declaration.“We will stop them,” said Saik’uz First Nation Chief Jackie Thomas on Friday.First Nations leaders say the environmental risks associated with the pipeline, either a pipeline spill or an oil tanker wreck, outweigh any of the project’s economic benefits.While Enbridge has claimed to have achieved the support of a number of First Nations for the project, the identities of these communities remain a mystery.
During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Browns coach Mike Pettine officially named Hoyer his starter Wednesday (a decision coming, not coincidentally, after Manziel made an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench during the Browns’ 24-23 loss Monday night), the attention paid to the rivalry — and to Manziel in general — has reached crazy levels.But why?Why are we acting like the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of Hoyer vs. Manziel? This is, after all, a team Vegas has winning the fourth-fewest games in football. Manziel is a rookie whose bona fides are far from established; Hoyer has four career starts to his name and has been a significantly below-average passer when he has played over the past two seasons.Montana vs. Young this ain’t.But preseason quarterback controversies have long captivated football fans. Who could forget J.T. O’Sullivan and Alex Smith dueling in San Francisco for the 49ers job in 2008? Or Jon Kitna’s struggle with Gus Frerotte in 2002? Or even the Browns’ own 2003 skirmish between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch?If you’re sensing a trend, it’s that August QB controversies usually involve a pair of equally dismal options. And, no matter who wins, he tends to produce pretty uninspiring results come the regular season.Going back to 2000, I used LexisNexis to search news reports for variations of phrases such as “quarterback competition” or “QB controversy” during the summer months, when NFL teams open up training camp and play preseason games (aka prime time for hyped-up QB rivalries). I came across 88 cases of the media discussing a competition for an NFL starting quarterback role, from Kordell Stewart vs. Kent Graham (2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) to Terrelle Pryor vs. Matt Flynn (2013 Oakland Raiders).And indeed, teams featuring preseason QB competitions tended to be mediocre-to-bad clubs. Since 2000, they averaged a shade under seven wins during the subsequent regular season, with an average adjusted net yards per attempt index, or ANY/A+, of 92.3 (100 represents the overall NFL average, and the replacement level is somewhere between 90 and 91). Among those who ended up getting at least 100 attempts during the regular season, only 22 percent of the quarterbacks involved in these controversies were average or better by ANY/A+. As a rule, teams are dealing with pretty bad passers in these situations, no matter who “wins” the competition.What’s more, it doesn’t seem to matter which quarterback a coach picks as his No. 1 coming out of the preseason. Limiting our data to the 40 cases in which both of the combatants had at least 100 pass attempts (to give ourselves a reasonable sample upon which to judge the preseason decision), teams picked the QB with the higher eventual ANY/A+ only 51.3 percent of the time. And in fact, statistically, there was no significant difference in performance between the preseason-quarterback-competition winners and losers.This suggests that picking the right horse in a preseason QB derby practically comes down to a coin flip.Now, a potential concern in the methodology outlined above is that we could have biased our results toward evenness because of the playing-time criteria. (Barring injury, the odds are low that a clear-cut quarterback competition winner would end up sharing regular-season snaps with his backup.) But we can check our results against a control group of teams with a similar distribution of passing attempts (but no reported QB controversy). In the controversy group above, the average difference between the opening-day starter and his backup was -2.0 ANY/A+; in the non-controversy group, the difference was +3.2 ANY/A+.That’s not quite a statistically significant difference (p=0.08), but it’s close. So the biasing effect could still be masking the true difference between the groups. But to some extent, it does suggest the underappreciated (yet obvious) truth about QB controversies: There isn’t going to be much difference in performance, no matter which option a team goes with as its starter.And, as a corollary, it means we’ve probably spent entirely too much time worrying about which of two generally equivalent, below-average quarterbacks will get a chance to start for a bad team.
I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton…..and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rolljays— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) June 8, 2017 Creighton head coach Greg McDermott embraces his son and tournament Most Outstanding Player after their Missouri Valley Conference championship game against Illinois State on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)The search continues. Greg McDermott, the men’s basketball coach at Creighton, said Thursday he is “looking forward to many more great years” at his school, an announcement which comes less than a day after ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Ohio State offered McDermott the head coaching positionIn a tweet, McDermott said, “I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton.”McDermott has coached Creighton for seven years, guiding the Bluejays to a 165-81 overall record, and 86-52 since joining the Big East in 2013.The Bluejays were runner-ups in the Big East tournament last year, and McDermott enters the 2017-18 season with the 23rd best recruiting class in the country, according to the 247sports composite rankings.The Buckeyes began a search for a new head coach after now-former OSU coach Thad Matta was fired Monday afternoon. He coached at the school for 13 seasons and became the winningest coach in school history last season.
The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorGoing into the 2018 season, junior wide receiver Austin Mack was pegged by many as the next “go-to guy” in the Ohio State offense. With the amount of short-yardage receivers that serviced the type of offense former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett ran, including redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell and redshirt junior K.J. Hill, Mack, with his vertical ability, seemed to compliment the new player behind center, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Through the first two games of the season, Haskins and Mack met that expectation. He was targeted nine times, bringing in eight catches for 89 yards against Oregon State and Rutgers, respectively. That same expectation seemed like it was going to continue during the first drive of Saturday night’s game against TCU. Mack brought in two targets for 64 yards, adding a 48-yard reception to bring Ohio State into the red zone for the first time against the Horned Frogs. Then, something happened. Haskins looked back to what had been his most reliable receiver up to that point in the end zone, a 3-yard slant route across the middle of the field. With an open opportunity, Haskins fired, throwing the ball to a receiver who was known for his hands. The ball hit Mack in his gloves and bounced into the turf. Possibly viewed a a fluke for a receiver known as having one of the surest hands in the receiver room, Haskins targeted Mack again on a 2nd-and-16 in the first drive of the second quarter. Another target, another drop. This happened two more times. Mack, who had brought in eight of nine targets in his first two games, recorded four drops in nine targets against TCU. As an older player in the wide receiver room and one of the team captains for the Ohio State offense, Campbell took it upon himself to be there for Mack, to make sure he was still there mentally despite his lack of success. “All of the guys, we were just telling him that at the end of the day, you just have to let it go,” Campbell said. “We need every single person on the team. We knew it was going to be a four-quarter fight and at the end of the day, we needed to clear his head and I think he moved on from that.” But Haskins knows who Mack is as a receiver. With a close relationship off the field as his roommate, the redshirt sophomore quarterback said he was going to continue to target Mack, continue to trust his receiver even through the trouble. “There are going to be plays you mess up. I’m going to keep coming to you though, throwing you the ball,” Haskins said. “It was hard for him having those drops like that in key moments for that game, but he kept pushing. I relied on him in the big moments and he came through for me.”Acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day thought the same thing, saying Mack is usually a “reliable guy” with his hands. Even without the success he is expected to have, Day said Mack is not the kind of player that the Ohio State offense can give up on. “When you go into a fight, sometimes you are going to be hit and when you get hit, you can’t flinch,” Day said. “We didn’t flinch, you know, we kept putting Austin back in there and then he dropped one and he came back in and he made a catch and then he made another catch.” Mack finished the day with four catches on nine targets for 84 yards, the most yards he has recorded in a single game since Oct. 28 when he had 90 yards on six catches against Penn State. Day said he knows who Mack is as a receiver: a vertical deep threat who compliments his quarterback very nicely in the passing game. One misstep in that does not change Day’s overall view of him. “We believe in our guys, we know what we see every day in practice,” Day said. “We trust that some days, you know, guys are going to put one in the ground and we don’t like that, but we believe in our guys and when things don’t go well, we have to stick together.”
Deportivo La Coruna manager Clarence Seedorf has given a hint that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona confirmed their relegation from La LigaThe former AC Milan star was appointed in February in a bid to lead the club out of the relegation zone, but he failed to win in his opening eight games in charge.Despite having overseen a four-match unbeaten run recently, Deportivo had their fate sealed on Sunday night against a Barcelona side who sealed their 25th La Liga crown.“We’re very sad about being relegated, but I want to thank everyone at the club, the fans and the players,” said Seedorf, according to Football-Espana.“I’ve found a very good team of workers. We didn’t meet our objective, but that’s football. As for my future, everything is open.”Despite their confirmed relegation status, Seedorf is determined to see Deportivo end the season well.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I want us to finish the season well, with dignity, and keep working like we are. No doors are closed with regards to next season.” insisted the Dutchman.“I congratulate Barcelona, but I think Deportivo had a very good match. We gave a good account of ourselves.”The 42-year-old hinted that his future may be elsewhere while expressing his confidence that Deportivo can quickly return to La Liga.“It’s not the first time that this has happened to Deportivo. We must bounce back, and I wish this club all the best,” said Seedorf.“My players had a great game, and they should come out with their heads held high. There are other important things in life. You have to know how to win and know how to lose.”
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is expectant of ‘a more open and difficult’, single-leg Supercopa against Sevilla on Sunday.The Supercopa has been shrunk into a single match in the Moroccan city of Tangier this season, unlike the usual, two-legged fare. Barcelona boss Valverde claims it should result in a better spectacle.“The fact that the Supercopa is a single game makes it a little more open and difficult,” the Coach said at a Press conference as quoted in Football Espana.“Sevilla will be more prepared because they’ve been competing for two weeks, while we’ve come from a tour and some of the lads have joined up later.“Still, we’re looking forward to winning our first trophy. I’m also optimistic because I’ve seen the players, plus those who joined up later.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They’re at a good level, focused, know what they need to do and it shows in training. I’ll call up all the players because it’s a Final and that’s what I usually do.“Only time will tell with Miranda and Cucurella because I took them of both to our preseason tour.“Now Miranda is with us, but performances will dictate who will be in the squad. As for Riqui Puig, my idea hasn’t changed because of the media noise, not at all.“He has rhythm and great qualities, but everything needs time. You need to have patience and see how things go in real competition, which isn’t the same as the friendlies.
During a very difficult time for Romelu Lukaku, former striker Andy Cole sent him a challenging message due to his low form despite Man United’s moment.Not everything is colorful at Manchester United at the moment, striker Romelu Lukaku doesn’t seem to be back in top form yet and legends like Andy Cole are already calling him out for it in a big way.The Belgian striker was believed to be going through the same rough patch that the rest of the players were under manager Jose Mourinho, he wasn’t performing in the same way that players like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford were leaving their talent hidden with the Portuguese manager.Now that things have drastically changed with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, all those players have returned to their best form but Romelu Lukaku doesn’t seem to have awakened from that slumber.Despite the Norwegian manager’s words of support to his player recently, there are many critics who don’t consider Lukaku to be good enough material for Manchester United.When you get slammed by someone like Andy Cole, who is one of the Red Devils’ most prolific strikers ever, that’s the moment when you start to wonder if you really are a good fit for such a massive English club.When asked about the steps that Romelu Lukaku needs to take in order to get back to his best shape, Andy Cole’s message was short but clear.“Go back to basics,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.“I think what we’ve got to appreciate, when you play for Manchester United, you haven’t got a weekend off.”“I’m not being disrespectful to Everton, West Brom but I think when you’re at those football clubs you can have a weekend off. You know ‘I don’t have to give as much but I know I’m going to nick one’.”“When you’re at Manchester United you’re expected to score goals, you’ve been bought for big money, there’s no weekends off.”“I think at times playing under the previous manager it didn’t help because there was no creativity in the team for him.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“So he wasn’t getting many chances and the chances he was getting he was snatching and he was trying that little bit too hard.”“And I think that’s the worst thing as a centre-forward, when you try too hard. And as a centre-forward, if your game doesn’t start off too well, that’s where it goes.”“You’ve just got to be repetitive and say to yourself: ‘right, I’ll just go back to basics. If it comes in, I’ll play one-touch and move’.”“He’s got to play to his strengths. I think sometimes Lukaku doesn’t play to his strengths. His strengths are his pace and his power, running in behind,” he concluded.Squad. 😎 #United4UNICEF #MUFC pic.twitter.com/o7Sh5HJ4gI— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2019Even if Manchester United is performing really well lately under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager knows perfectly that the Red Devils won’t stand a chance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League if they don’t have each and every one of their players in their best possible form.Romelu Lukaku is arguably one of the strongest strikers in English football when he is doing well, which is why the Norwegian manager has been working with him specifically for that improvement.The upcoming FA Cup match against Arsenal will be crucial for the Belgian forward, he might have a chance to finally prove that he is up for the challenge as Solskjaer might give him a spot in the starting eleven for this game against the Gunners.As things stand right now, Marcus Rashford has the starring role as the main striker for the squad, then we have Alexis Sanchez who is slowly going back to good shape, and Lukaku is all the way in the back with a lot of work to do in order to get back to the manager’s good graces.The next month will be crucial for him, his level of performance will reveal to us if Lukaku really is good enough to play for this squad.A big welcome to the newest member of the @rocnationsports family, my brother and teammate @ericbailly24💎 #RocBoys pic.twitter.com/xvyluZ0pSL— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) January 8, 2019What do you think about Andy Cole’s challenge to Romelu Lukaku, agree or disagree? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.