Krzyzewski, Duke reload with another strong freshman class

first_imgView comments Barrett said the freshmen and the returners “can play positionless basketball.”“We’re really long and athletic, so it’s going to be hard for teams to score on us,” Barrett added. “On offense, we have three guys, four guys that can just get by anybody at all times. And we have a lot of shooters, so it’s going to look good for us.”Of course, this isn’t the first highly recruiting class to come to Duke thinking that way. Nor is it a new phenomenon for Duke to have a freshman-packed roster, with 14 of the 16 one-and-dones in program history passing through since 2011.The Blue Devils won the 2015 national title behind point guard Tyus Jones — Tre’s older brother — along with Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor. But two years after that, Duke had three more one-year players — including Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles III — but flamed out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Last year’s group bore a closer resemblance to 2015, finishing a rimmed-out shot from the Final Four and losing to Kansas in a regional final. Krzyzewski is replacing the entire starting lineup from that group , four one-and-done freshmen — Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval — plus program stalwart Grayson Allen.ADVERTISEMENT Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks to members of the media during an NCAA college basketball media day press conference in Durham, N.C., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them.A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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That was enough of a problem last season that Krzyzewski scrapped his beloved man-to-man defense in favor of a zone.“It’s kind of a nebulous thing to talk about. It’s not an easy thing,” Krzyzewski said. “The communication aspect has always been very critical for the success of our team, and it’s actually why we had to change from man to zone last year, because we were never able to conquer the communication thing that man was needed. … It almost worked to win the whole thing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tre Jones looks capable of running the show at point guard. Guard R.J. Barrett has the all-around game that made him the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Swingman Cam Reddish has the versatility to play four positions. Zion Williamson, at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, is capable of playing both big and small — and delivering highlight-reel dunks.“The ultimate goal is a national championship, and as you can see, the teams that win a national championship have great chemistry with one another,” Williamson said Monday. “They know where the ball needs to be, whose hands the ball needs to be in at what times, and they have fun with it. That’s what we’re building towards.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA beaming Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his starting lineup for now would include those four freshmen plus one of two returners — either Javin Delaurier or Marques Bolden — and plans to have them running the five-out motion offense, the system run by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, among other high-scoring teams.Krzyzewski, who has reason to smile, said his players “are great movement guys — if they’re making great reads, then other guys are open “because other guys are going to react to them. … Another guy’s going to have a better shot, and ultimately that’s what the five-out motion does for these teams. … They take on their own character by the characters that they have playing it.”last_img read more

Govt collected $1.1B in taxes from DEMTOCO

first_imgDespite recording a decline of 9.5 per cent in its profit before taxes revenue for 2017, the Demerara Tobacco Company (DEMTOCO) paid the Government over $1.1 billion in taxes, according to its financial statements presented at the company’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.DEMTOCO’s Chairman, Marcus Steele, said 2017 was a challenging year for the company due to a number of factors inclusive of volatility in the foreign exchange market, which affected foreign currency transactions and the performance of the company. He said 2017 represent a fundamental change in the local regulatory landscape of the tobacco industry with the passage and promulgation of the Tobacco Control Act.A section of the gathering at the Annual General MeetingHe noted that while the measures under the Tobacco Control Act will come into effect later in 2018, they have already began experiencing some market fluctuations.“As a result of these key macro-economic and industry related realities, the company experienced a five per cent volume decline over 2016, with gross revenues also declining by four per cent when compared to the previous year. Profit before tax amounted to $2.5 billion, a decline of 9.5 per cent as compared to last year,” he said.The Chairman said the management team is instituting measures aimed at effectively preparing the company for transition into the new regulatory environment. He further related that the global tobacco industry faces increased regulatory measures and while they are not opposed to the measures, they believe the regulations should be balanced and enforceable.“These measures will certainly impact the way we have operated our business and so we take this opportunity to urge the Government to provide the requisite clarity and to exercise the comprehensive public education and raise awareness which is required to minimise dislocations and anxiety during the enforcement of the Act,” Steele said.Steele said they were able to engage the authorities towards fully understanding the negative implications from “aggressive and unmitigated” taxation of the industry.As it relates to the regulations to the tobacco industry, the company has been in constant contact with the Public Health Ministry. Steele related that it is very important to note that legislations implemented without consultations tend to be a disaster.Meanwhile, Managing Director Maurlain Kirton said they have secured a tentative meeting with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, which will address some of the issues they have as it relates to the legislation.“There are six key areas which concerns us, one of which is the ban on vending or in trays, the issue of the ban on 10s, the issue on the ban on sponsorship and promotion, the issue of the ban on corporate branding because the legislation extends itself beyond product branding but our corporate brand that has been around for 84 years is also threatened,” she said.“We are at the stage where the minister has agreed to a meeting through a third party and we have supplied her with an agenda for that meeting and we are hopeful that meeting happens very soon in another two weeks, we are prepared to sit down and have an engagement,” Kirton added.The Managing Director said the intention of that meeting is to ensure that the Demerara Tobacco Company continues to exist and adapt to the legislation but stressed the need for enforcement.Tax stampAs of September 2018, the Guyana Revenue Authority will be introducing tax stamps on all alcohol and tobacco products. In response to this move, the Managing Director said there will be compliance with the legislation but noted there will be consequences.She warned that if the regulations are not enforced then there will be an increase in illicit trade, revealing that it currently accounts to 25 per cent of the total consumption.Kirton said if not properly enforced then it will be disastrous for both the companies and Government since they will both lose revenue.Additionally, Chairman Steele said there is enough evidence in the Caribbean to support the sentiments expressed by Kirton, explaining in Jamaica, they have seen illicit trade rise from 10 to 30 per cent due to the implementation of regulations without consultation.The Tobacco Control Act became law in August 2017 after passage by the National Assembly and subsequent assent by the President.last_img read more

1 dead, 3 missing in suspected piracy attack

first_imgA fisherman is now dead and three of his crewmen are missing after a suspected piracy attack on a fishing vessel in Suriname waters.Dead: Kawal Kissoon also called ‘Ajai’The four fishermen, all from the Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), were on a fishing expedition but their boat was found without them in it.Dead is 36-year-old Kawal Kissoon also called “Ajai” of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne. Missing are Marvin Tamesar also called “Buddy” and “Bin Laden”, 20, of Lot 305 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant; Vishnu Seeram, also called “Kevin”, 20, of Lot 76 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant; and Otto Lemar Petrie, 20, of Lot 90 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant.The four men departed the wharf for the sea at Number 65 Village last Saturday aboard Sara 1 – a fishing vessel owned by Sharanand Rabindranath called “Jerry” of Number 68 Village, Corentyne. They were expected to return before the end of the month.Missing: Marvin Tamesar also called ‘Buddy’ or ‘Bin Laden’However, Kissoon’s body was discovered on the foreshore at Abary on Friday with his hands bound behind his back and his feet tied together. However, it was not until Saturday that his body was identified.Sara 1 was found on the foreshore at Wellington Park, Corentyne, on Friday afternoon. None of the crew members was seen in it. The owner was contacted and the boat was inspected by Police.A villager told this newspaper that the boat was seen on the foreshore since Wednesday but none of the crew members was seen.“I see the boat there but did not take it for anything,” a villager said. Other villagers reported seeing the boat on Monday at a fair distance offshore, drifting.Missing: Vishnu Seeram also called ‘Kevin’Speaking with this publication, Seeram’s mother, Shamwatie Inderjit, said that Police arrived at her home on Friday evening and informed her that the fishing vessel was found on the seashore. She said she was then informed that none of the crewmembers was found.Meanwhile, a fifth fisherman, who was thought to have been on the boat, did not make the trip.“I went to see if I could identify my son’s clothes because I wanted to know if it was them. I really don’t know the boat but when I go inside the boat, I see my son’s clothes. When I go and check the boat, I see all my son’s stuff in the boat. All his clothes and just how I pack the bag for him to go to sea with. His hat was left on the cabin and when the check the seine, they had a lot of blood. I wanted to know if they beat them or if they chop them because the police said they check the boat but they did not say if they saw blood,” the worried mother said.Missing: Otto LemarOther family members were able to identify items belonging to their loved ones, confirming that it was the vessel that the four men left in to go fishing.At the time of the discovery of the boat, there were two fish and two chickens in the icebox on the vessel. The boat’s engine is missing.Kissoon, a father of two, had been a seaman for eight years while Petrie was on his maiden voyage to the deep sea.According to his mother, Onicka Simon, Petrie had been in the industry for the past three years. She said he worked on small boats but did not go far into the sea. However, since the family moved to the Corentyne late last year, he was unable to find work and last week he was contacted by Seeram.“He came and told Lemar that they need one more person to go out to fish and when Lemar told me, I tell him that it is okay because he ain’t getting no work,” the woman said.Seeram had captained several boats before but it was his second trip on Sara 1. The first trip was unsuccessful and the crew went back to sea to make up for their losses.Police are still investigating while search parties have been formed to look for the missing men. Up to late Saturday evening, they were still searching.Last April and May, five fishing vessels were attacked in two separate instances. A total of 25 fishermen were affected and six survived. The bodies of three were recovered and 16 are still missing.Two persons were subsequently charged for the attacks. Those cases are still ongoing.last_img read more

Bubbly Kakamega opens arms for more Stars matches

first_img“I am very pleased today that we can come here to watch Harambee Stars. I hope that this is only the first of many. Some of us can’t afford to come to Nairobi every time Kenya plays and it is good if more matches can be considered for Kakamega,” one of the fans attending the match told Capital Sports.Fans enjoy proceedings during the opening ceremony for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis sentiments were echoed by former Kenyan internationals Anthony Okumu and Fred Serenge who are also part of the workmanship putting up the tournament in Kakamega.“This is a sign that devolution can work especially in Sports. We now have a very good stadium which I believe when fully completed can host a big international match, even a qualifier. It is good for the people of Kakamega,” Okumu said.Serenge who was on the ground ensuring all facilities and protocol ran in with precision was also pleased not only with Harambee Stars coming to town but the development of the stadium as well.“The people of Kakamega had missed football. You could see it in their faces today that they were happy. We want to see more matches and this is a challenge to other counties to build up facilities,” Serenge, a former Kakamega Homeboyz head coach said.Harambee Stars players warm up before their 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match against rwanda in Kakamega on December 3, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe stadium was shut down in 2013 to allow for renovations to take place and the facility has had a major facelift especially with an ultra-modern VIP stand which was part of the first phase of renovation.There is also a modern office block complete with facilities while the perimeter of the stadium is now well defined with ample parking space.The second phase of the rehabilitation will major on the construction of ‘Russia’ stands. Currently, there is only one stand on the terrace areas, but according to the plan, an all-round facility will be constructed in phase two.Thousands of fans turned out in their droves on Sunday to watch the Harambee Stars and they are expected to trickle in in the entirety of the Group B matches which kick off on Monday.The opening ceremony was on Sunday attended by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya as well as former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, flanked by Football Kenya Federation and CECAFA officials.Guests of honor led by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and former Premier Raila Odinga during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening ceremony in Kakamega on December 3, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn a separate interview, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa has hinted that more matches will be considered for upcountry especially with the fan-base that has been realized.“It was great to see the people of Kakamega turn out in such large numbers and that is the 12th man we have always yearned for. We are bringing football to the people and this is the change that we promised for local football,” Mwendwa told Capital Sport.He added; “We now urge the people of Machakos and Kisumu to come out to not only support Kenya but all the teams as well. We are looking at ways in which we can have more Harambee Stars matches coming in to the grassroots.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega hosted the opening ceremony for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Dec 4- The bubbly, small Western Kenya town of Kakamega opened its gates for its biggest football match in the recent past on Sunday afternoon when Harambee Stars played Rwanda’s Amavubi in the opening match of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Bukhungu Stadium, match venue for the highly anticipated clash was hosting its first high profile football match in close to three years after being shut down for renovations and its plum status not only wowed visitors but gave locals hope that more high profile matches will land at the stadium.last_img read more

TERMON LADIES WIN 5TH GAELTACHT TITLE IN A ROW

first_imgChampions: TermonTermon power on to 5th Title on the trot by James TreartyTermon overcome a brave Glenfin to lift the Donegal Senior Ladies title for fifth time at Naomh Mhuire GAA grounds today.Termon who fielded without the influential Yankie Friel sisters were on the back foot for long periods after a disastrous 5th minute goal. Glenfin who opened smartly were pressing when a speculative wind assisted lob from all of 50 meters by Yvonne Mc Monagle deceived the Termon custodian Lara Gallagher to end in the back of the net courtesy of the upright and crossbar. Termon responded and went into the break one point down.But a resilient Glenfin held firm and with the experienced Geraldine Mc Laughlin not at full fitness Termon looked to relinquish the RTE Radio Na Gaeltachta crown.But Termon responded and with the Maureen o Donnell playing a pivotal role Termon went on to claim another title to a score of Termon 4–11 Glenfinn 2–9  TERMON LADIES WIN 5TH GAELTACHT TITLE IN A ROW was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:glenfinTermonlast_img read more

MAN TOLD GARDA HE WOULD BITE HIS NOSE OFF AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM PUB

first_imgA drunken thug told a Garda he would bite his nose off his face when he was ejected from a pub.Letterkenny court.Owen Orr, who has 31 previous convictions, appeared before Letterkenny District Court this morning. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that Orr, 20, had been ejected from Cheers Bar on Navenney Street in Ballybofey on February 9th last.He then got into an altercation with three women before Gardai arrived.When Gardai told Orr to leave the area, he told them he would bite the nose off the Garda’s face.He was then arrested by Gardai.Orr, who is originally from St Johnston, but now leaves at 23 Tullyverry Drive, Greysteel, Derry, told the court that he was trying to get his life together.He was attending anger management courses as well as drink and drug counseling.He said he had been laid off from a road construction company but was due to start work again with another similar company.Judge Paul Kelly said because the offences were committed while Orr was on bail, he had no choice but to send him forward to the Circuit Court in July.His partner Stephanie Marley of 4 Dunlade Mews, Greysteel was also charged with obstruction, intoxication and failing to comply with the directions of the Gardai during the same incident.She said “I was stupid and it should not have happened. I did apologise that day and the next day when I seen her.”She was fined €150 for the public order offence and the other offences were taken into consideration.MAN TOLD GARDA HE WOULD BITE HIS NOSE OFF AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM PUB was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cheers BardonegaldrunkenGardaJudge Paul KellyOwen Orrlast_img read more

Retiring types Janikowski, Lechler, talk Raiders football

first_imgWhat Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski had to say about the following topics:Al Davis“Al knew a lot about you, more than you realized. He asked for an opinion once about something in Napa, I said what I thought he wanted to hear, and he saw right through me. He said, `Shane, do me a favor and never tell me what you think I want to hear. Your dad was a high school coach for 24 years. You’ve been in this game. Have an opinion and stick to it,’ ” — Shane Lechler“He knew everything about …last_img

The Pros & Cons of YouTube’s New Mobile Site, For iPhone Owners

first_imgTags:#mobile#Product Reviews#Video Services#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement YouTube just announced a new version of its mobile site and it’s getting a fair amount of attention. But if you’re an iPhone user, is it really any better than the Apple-built native YouTube app? The answer to that question depends on how important video quality is to you. If you’re like me and tend to play YouTube videos with your phone in your pocket, listening to the audio while you walk your dogs (named Camas and Sammy – ok, so you don’t have to be exactly like me) then the native iPhone app is probably just as good if not better still.The new home page of the mobile web app takes on the familiar look of the Facebook iPhone app – the grid of various options. YouTube emphasizes that there are many things you can do on the regular web site that you can now do on the mobile version, like playlist creation. The iPhone app already allows you to add videos you discover to a playlist, and I’m not sure how important it is to be able to “like” or “unlike” videos from your phone. In my world, here are the pros and cons of the new mobile web page.ProsRight: My dogs are unimpressed. “Just load the darned video and let’s walk already, ok?” Photo obviously taken with a crappy old iPhone 3G, though, so what do I know about what I’m missing. marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It looks very nice and apparently there more videos you can view. I’ve almost never found a video I couldn’t view on the iPhone app, though.Updates are easier for YouTube to push, since it’s a web app – not a downloaded app. We’ll see what comes of that.You can now post and read comments on the mobile web interface. This is something you can do on the iPad version of the Apple YouTube app, but at least on my old 3G iPhone, comments are out of the picture. That is a real win for the web app. Update: No, I was wrong – comment viewing and posting is available on the iPhone app.ConsThe view of your subscriptions doesn’t include a “river of news” view – the ability to see what videos are new from across all the channels you’re subscribed to. Subscribing to publishers is key in getting the most out of YouTube and the newest videos display option on the iPhone app is the best way to keep track of your subscriptions. This seems like an oversight that the web app team should overcome in short order.The web app doesn’t include your personal viewing history. It’s nice to be able to go back and find a video you watched simply by looking at your personal viewing history. That is an option on the iPhone app, it is not on the mobile web app.Sharing doesn’t include options to send to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz or anywhere – just email. That’s the case with both of these interfaces, and it’s frustrating. When I finish a good video mid dogwalk- I want an easy way to share it with social network friends while still on my phone. TechCrunch has a good write up of the technical accomplishments and political tension between Apple and Google as far as these apps are concerned, but as a user – my heart remains unwon by the new mobile web interface. The differences are relatively minimal but the native app feels more solid. It’s ugly as sin, but it feels like a stable utility. That’s what it is for me. I came to get the content and I get it just fine with the iPhone app.YouTube said today that YouTube Mobile sees 100 million video playbacks a day (unclear on whether this includes the iPhone app) and so little changes are a big deal. What do you think of these updates? Are you going to switch apps for consuming YouTube on the go?last_img read more

Can Cellulose be Used in an Unvented Roof?

first_imgHow to Install Cellulose InsulationForget About Vapor Diffusion, Stop Air Leaks!Questions and Answers About Air BarriersVented or Unvented Attic? Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, added this:While I agree with Hulstrunk that using a vapor permeable rigid insulation with dense-packed cellulose in the roof framing assembly will allow “everything” to the interior of the membrane to dry to the interior, I have two cautions:All building assemblies — but particularly “hot” roofs — require a dedicated, comprehensive air barrier. Dense-packed cellulose, while less air permeable than other loose insulation, is NOT airtight enough to qualify as the dedicated air barrier. Be sure that the rigid insulation used on the interior is air sealed to become a dedicated continuous air barrier. “Hot roofs” that are not fastidiously air sealed, particularly at the eaves, can fail.I find it hard to imagine how tedious and expensive it would be to wrap all of the framing and underside of the roof sheathing with peel-and-stick membrane. Since the roofing is vapor-impermeable and not back-vented — and since most of the roof sheathing has peel-and-stick membrane on the top side — the roof sheathing and framing would be encased between two vapor-impermeable membranes, with no drying potential at all.Much to my surprise, when I was unable to find any vapor permeability information on three-tab asphalt shingles and I asked John Straube of Building Science Corp. what he used for their vapor permeability, he stated, “vapor impermeable.” What?While the shingles themselves may be vapor impermeable, I felt sure that their installation would have enough nooks and crannies for air movement that their “equivalent” vapor permeability as a construction would be at least vapor semi-permeable. John stated that when he has tested assemblies, the sealant strips do a good enough job of sealing to render three-tab asphalt shingle roofs as essentially vapor impermeable.I would be very carefully checking the underside of the roof deck for any evidence of bulk water leakage, past or present, before dense-packing the roof cavities with the cellulose. There are only two reliable ways of keeping water vapor away from the roof assembly, says Holladay. One way is to spray closed-cell polyurethane foam on the underside of the roof sheathing. The second way is to install soffit vents, ridge vents, and ventilation baffles in each rafter bay, in order to vent the underside of the roof sheathing.Because the roof has already been constructed, he adds, Manoogian may be forced to go ahead with his plan to install dense-packed cellulose in unvented rafter bays. But it’s not an approach that Holladay would recommend to other GBA readers. No wait, it will workMaine builder Dan Kolbert disagrees. “We have done many dense-packed unventilated roofs without incident (that we know of, at least),” he says. “It is indeed a controversial topic these days.”Kolbert has discussed the issue with Bill Hulstrunk, the technical rep for National Fiber, a cellulose supplier based in Massachusetts, and while Hulstrunk comes from inside the industry he’s also seen more New England cellulose projects than anyone Kolbert knows and has a “vested interest” in their success.“The short version is he hasn’t seen any problems with well-installed insulation,” Kolbert says. “The full ice & water job on the roof is a bit of a drag, but I think you should be OK. And I too have had local code officers sign off on ‘hot’ roofs.” Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers RELATED ARTICLES Dean Manoogian has a Cape Cod style house in Portland, Maine, and is puzzling over the best way to retrofit the roof with rigid foam insulation.Working with both an insulation company and a roofing contractor, Manoogian has come up with a plan: apply 2-in. rigid foam on the interior of the dormered roof and then fill the rafter bays with dense-packed cellulose.“My question,” he writes in this Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, “is the air/moisture permeability against the roof sheathing/rafters.”The roof has been built without ridge, soffit or gable vents. To protect the sheathing and rafters from moist air, mold, and possible decay, Manoogian proposes covering the underside of the roof sheathing and rafters with a peel-and-stick membrane before adding the foam and cellulose.The rigid foam would be capped with 5/8-in. gypsum wallboard to meet fire codes.Is Manoogian on the right track, or courting a problem? That’s the focus of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Let it dry to the interiorHulstrunk is next to weigh in, and he emphasizes two things: the roof assembly must be able to dry to the interior, and the density of the installed cellulose is crucial.He recommends one of several rigid foam products that will allow moisture in the roof assembly to dissipate, including glass-faced polyiso board, expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS).Avoid using a polyethylene vapor barrier, foil-faced polyios board or Ice & Water Shield on the interior, he says, because they will not allow the passage of moisture to the inside and “create the self-composting double vapor barrier situation.”As important is the density of the cellulose. “The cellulose installed in enclosed building cavities including non-vented roof assemblies need to be dense packed at a density of 3.5 lbs/cu. ft. for a 2×6 increasing to about 4.0 lbs/cu. ft. for a 12 inch cavity to become self supporting and will not settle over time,” Hulstrunk says. “Cellulose loose blown in a flat attic will have some settling over time down to its settled density of about 1.4 lbs/cu. ft. These flat attics will need to be ventilated to the outside to prevent diffusional moisture from condensing on the underside of the roof.”He adds that in buildings where the roof assembly will dry to the inside, the indoor relative humidity should be no higher than 50% during cooler months. That can be accomplished with either a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator or even a continuous-duty bathroom fan on a timer.“Although we would prefer having your non-vented roof assembly dry towards the exterior or even better yet be able to dry in both directions, there are thousands of examples of durable roof assemblies filled with cellulose that dry only towards the interior,” he adds. “We have eliminated the need for Ice and Water Shield products by insulating roof assemblies with insulation products that actually work.” Not the most elegant solutionThe plan has already won the city’s approval, but to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, it has its drawbacks.“No,” Holladay writes, “you can’t solve the problem by adhering Ice & Water Shield to the underside of your roof sheathing and your rafters, for several reasons: the materials would be expensive, the work would be awkward, it’s impossible to do a perfect job, and you would be creating a vapor-barrier sandwich with roof sheathing in the middle — a disastrous approach if you ever get a roof leak.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Lstiburek’s Rules for Venting Roofslast_img read more

Halka Nasha

first_imgTrained both in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, Hariharan is one of the best singers to emerge from India in the last three decades. A singer who spans various genres and languages with equal facility, Hariharan’s journey was long and arduous. The music maestro, also known as the creator of Urdu Blues, talks about his music and life.What are your earliest memories of music? I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by high quality music, because I come from a family of musicians. My grandfather, a multi-dimensional man, came to Bombay from Kerala, with a drama troupe and never went back. He became famous by the name of Harmonium Vardhan and performed with Marathi Opera singers.All the South Indian musicians who came to Bombay always stopped by at our house and there was music and recording going on all the time. He would listen to both North Indian and South Indian music and so I also got to hear them all. Bombay in those times was not such a crazy place. People didn’t run so much after fame and money. I guess in those days they had time to be human and everyone helped each other out. Unfortunately my father died very young. I was only 8 or 9 then and I’m an only child.How did your mother manage?Amma was always very passionate about music. She sang on stage and also taught. We lived frugally and of course my grandfather was there to help us. My mom has had a career throughout. Even today she has between 1000-1500 students scattered all over the world. Wherever I go I always get some phone calls asking me, “How is teacher?”How easy is it to learn from your own mother? Well, I’m an only child and we are very close, but while she has a terrible soft corner for me, the teacher in her was always there to guide me. She is also my sounding board. She would attend my concerts and tell me what worked and what didn’t. She always said that no matter what you sing, it must be at the highest level throughout. You can’t come up with four top notch phrases and then slip in the 5th one. The consistency of perfection must be maintained till it becomes second nature and emerges effortlessly. Do not create waste either in the words or the music you sing.She told me to get my basic education out of the way. The day I got my law degree, I gave it to her, did pranam and said Amma this is for you. Now let me go and concentrate on my music.Amma is the one who supported me through those years with whatever she earned. I got my first serious break between the ages of 33-35.There are so many people the world over who remember me from the Aarohi and Shyam-e-Ghazal days. I still remember this old couple who came to meet me and the wife said to her husband, Maine kaha tha na aapko, ki yeh bahut bada admi banega? (I told you he will be a big man). I looked at the husband and he explained that his wife used to watch me sing on these television programs as a struggling young artist and would tell her husband that she saw something in me that made her believe I would make it big someday. I was deeply moved.I’d like you to talk about some of the amazing musicians you have worked with.I have been one of Ghulam Mustafa Khan’s oldest students and I’m still his student. He is a fakir – an ascetic in his soul. A true guru is someone just like him, one who teaches you the moral values of life along with the music. When you think with purity and goodness, it is naturally hreflected in your music.I was very close to Jaidevji. He was truly my friend, philosopher and guide. He said I know you want to become a playback singer but remember you have all that it takes to become a performing artist.Salil Chaudhry was the master of the complex. He took so many aspects of Western music and beautifully blended them with Indian music. Today we talk so much about fusion music but you realize after listening to someone like him that fusion music in India has been around for so many years.Naushad sahib was an amazing man. I sang for him in his last film Taj Mahal. He was in his late eighties and even then razor sharp. If I deviated a little from the tune he had set he would catch that instantly. He was so dedicated he would be there from beginning to the ending of the recordings. I remember this very melodic song I recorded with R.D. Burman. I was always a bit tense because he was such a genius, so afterwards I asked him hesitatingly, “How was it Pancham da?” He said “Achcha gaya tuney” (You sang well). I said hesitatingly, “Will we do only one take?” He turned and said, “Kaha na maine achcha gaya!” (Didn’t I say you sang well). I realized that he was a man of few words, but very sincere in his appreciation. Asha ji and he were very kind to me.Annu Malik is one of the most underrated musicians in the film industry. He gets lambasted all the time for something or the other, but he has come up with some great music. The song I sang for him in Border won me the national award.A.R. Rahman has changed the face of music. He told me he bought several copies of my album Reflections and already knew of me as an artist and as a singer. He always gives me a free hand to improvise and selects some wonderful songs for me to sing. He is a great human being, very easy to work with, without any heavy baggage.You have sung across the nation both in the North and South Indian music industries. What is the difference between the two?The South Indian film industry is very professional and melody based. You have the great Illyaraja who created symphonic music and then came A.R Rahman with his totally different sound and arrangement. He gave a modern sound to Indian music and yet retained its richness and beauty just as Pancham da had done so many years ago. The way they compose songs in South has a lot of gayaki ang in it and a lot of it is raga based. We see some of it in North India but it is more about what sells there.There has always been a lot of talk about the face of Ghazal changing. Some artists feel the soul of ghazal is lost and that what Begum Akhtar sang was the true quintessential style.I think if an artist has a rich classical background, it will show in any genre of music that he/she sings in. There are two kinds of ghazal singing, one in the true classical style of Begum Akhtar sung the traditional way and the other which is geetnuma Ghazal, which I think is the one getting the bad rap.Every great ghazal singer has added their own enrichment and style to the genre of ghazal singing. I listened to so many different singers and then created my own unique style. Music changes with time and you just cannot recreate music that is passé, because no one will listen to it.These days we hear so much criticism of fusion. It is a very legitimate genre of music today. Of course quality matters. My take on it is if you can take element A, B, and C from different music styles and fuse it together to create element D seamlessly without making A, B, and C visible in the final fusion, it can be great music in the right hands.Vocalization, our society, and life itself is nothing but a fusion of different things.While I have great respect for the past, its unfair to glorify it to such an extreme extent that you stop appreciating some of the outstanding musicians you see before you. What becomes popular is the need of the day.We have had many Pakistani musicians cross over to the Indian music industry. You did the opposite and worked in Lahore to create your amazing album Lahore ke Rang Hari ke sang. The musicians there are very talented, but the music industry isn’t very big and they are more into acoustics. But their non filmy repertoire is growing. Many of their singers have crossed over and done very well because their tonal quality and rendition is very different. You’ll see the same difference showcased in my album and it sounds really fresh and wonderful.Lets talk about your album Kaash. It created what you call Urdu Blues with its jazzy sound. I see the title song requested in every concert.Kaash remains a major milestone in my life. When ghazal gayaki was at its peak in the 70s, I was struggling and didn’t have the powerful style I finally achieved 10 years later. Kaash was the result of that maturation. I played it for Javed Akhtar and when it ended he said, “Oh is it over? So soon?”Then he gave a sigh and said, “Hari, it would be most unfair of me to say this is a good album.” My heart was in my mouth by then. He looked at me and with a twinkle said, “This is a path breaking album.”Your fusion band Colonial Cousins was a block buster success. Anything new on that horizon?Yes we are coming out with a third album Colonial Cousins Back Again by this year’s end. Hopefully our fans will enjoy this one. I hope to sing Khayal some day, that is a dream. For that I will have to take a six month sabbatical, but I hope to do that soon.   Related Itemslast_img read more