Saints and sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgScrum-half skulduggeryRugby must be vigilant to prevent the cynicism so prevalent in football from creeping into the sport.Football has belatedly – by about 30 years – responded to acts of simulation by bringing in bans from next season for those who dive. But it will find it harder to combat the chronic problem of attackers choosing to make contact with defenders so as to dupe the referee into giving a penalty.A near equivalent in rugby is a defender choosing to run into an attacker and then claiming he was prevented from making a tackle on a ball-carrier. I haven’t seen anyone do this yet but you sense it’s going to happen.Naughty! Crusaders scrum-half Bryn Hall was told off for trying to extract penalties in Suva (Getty)Chiefs hooker Nathan Harris tried to claim he was obstructed in the play that brought a try for Crusaders’ Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, but in fairness he was marginally hampered by Owen Franks.In the same match, referee Mike Fraser felt obliged to warn both scrum-halves for deliberately passing the ball at an opponent on the wrong side in order to draw a penalty. This is a habit that’s on the increase and well done Fraser for telling the No 9s to cut it out.On a positive note, how fantastic that Chiefs took the fixture to Suva (as last year) so that Fijians could watch top-class Super Rugby on their doorstep. They were queuing outside before the gates opened and a crowd of 17,000 showed what an appetite there is for New Zealand rugby on the islands.Davies indisciplineYou might think I would chastise Steff Evans for the tip tackle on Garry Ringrose that jeopardized the Scarlets’ hopes of winning their Guinness Pro12 semi-final. But no, that is to some extent an occupational hazard.Body blow: Marius Mitrea sends off Steff Evans but Scarlets still won in Dublin (Huw Evans Agency)Instead, I’m highlighting the daft indiscipline by Gareth Davies that preceded that passage of play. With Scarlets poised to have an attacking five-metre scrum, the scrum-half initiated a tussle with Johnny Sexton and was penalised, gifting Leinster a pressure-relieving clearance to touch. TAGS: HighlightScarlets Sizzling Scarlets take top billing on a semi-final weekend to savour, Scotland reign at Twickenham and a hammer blow for the Lions as Billy Vunipola pulls out the tour THE SAINTSScarlets’ history makersBilly Vunipola’s injury cast a cloud over a weekend of four huge club semi-finals – and three of them proved to be belters. Pride of place goes to the Scarlets (27-15 at Leinster) for becoming the first team to win an away semi in the Guinness Pro12 play-offs.It’s not being wise after the event to say that their 5-1 odds were overly generous, because the Scarlets had only lost one of their previous 11 league games and were scoring tries for fun. Nevertheless, that one blot was a 45-9 rout in Dublin in round 17 and the expectation was that Leinster’s pack, with two Lions props to the fore, would deny Wayne Pivac’s side a platform to play off.Up the reds: the Scarlets celebrate their backs-to-the-wall 14-man victory against Leinster (Inpho)In the event, the home side never really got going; perhaps they were shell-shocked by the stunning handling and offloading that conjured tries for Steff Evans, Aaron Shingler and Gareth Davies in the first half-hour.After Steff Evans’s red card, openside James Davies filled in at left-wing and finished Man of the Match for a performance that included three precious turnovers.“If we had a choice of him over other opensides in the country we would take James every day,” said Pivac. “If you put him on the wing he doesn’t flinch, he just goes out there and does the job. He has a great skill-set and a very big heart.”Zebo’s cookingScarlets, whose only Pro12 title was in 2004, will face three-time champions Munster at Aviva Stadium on Saturday (6.15pm).Munster’s 23-3 defeat of Ospreys was more mundane but did feature a classic counter-attack try by Simon Zebo after Justin Tipuric’s clearing kick seemed to have ended the danger. Keith Earls fielded it and combined with Andrew Conway and Francis Saili to put Zebo over for the game’s outstanding moment.Classic try: Tom Habberfield and Dan Evans can’t prevent Simon Zebo scoring for Munster (Inpho)“Turning and burning” was Zebo’s phrase for it after the game, when he also explained his ‘stirring the pot’ try celebration. It’s borrowed from basketball star James Harden and means something’s cooking!Slade’s perfect puntThere was a time when I was convinced that Exeter’s Henry Slade should have been the first name on England’s team sheet. Now 24, he suffered a broken leg and hasn’t quite pushed on but he remains a formidable talent, and one with time to win 100 caps (he has 95 to go).It says much for the depth of Exeter’s resources that they can afford to leave him on the bench for an Aviva Premiership semi-final but Slade came on to make a difference.The 60-metre touch-finder he delivered at the end of Chiefs’ 18-16 win over Saracens was a thing of beauty. “One of the great kicks of all time” was how Sarries DoR Mark McCall graciously described it and it gave Chiefs the field position from which they drove over the line and Sam Simmonds scored the winning try. With Exeter City playing a Wembley final on Sunday, expect hordes of Devonians to invade the capital.Leaving it late: Sam Simmonds’s try puts Exeter into their second successive Premiership final (Getty)Was this Exeter’s greatest-ever victory? It’s hard to disagree. They played really high-quality phase rugby, with almost no errors, and even then they only just won. That tells you how good this Saracens team is, because a normal team would have wilted under the pressure.The result was an excellent one for the Lions because Sarries’ five remaining Lions will be spared another huge game ahead of the departure to New Zealand.Before Billy Vunipola’s withdrawal (see below), I felt there was a strong chance that all five of Saracens’ Lions forwards could make the Test pack to face the All Blacks. Now it can only be four – Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George – but for one club that could still be called greedy!Eighty and out for AshIt was a pity that Chris Ashton didn’t get the farewell he deserved, the Saracens wing taking his leave just ten minutes into the match.Only Tom Varndell and Mark Cueto have scored more tries than the Toulon-bound former rugby league man, who finishes his Premiership career with 80 in 131 games, the first 33 of them scored for Northampton.Where it began: Chris Ashton on his way to his very first Premiership try, for Saints in 2008Not everyone cares for his ostentatious finishing (for me, the Ash Splash adds colour) but he has been a wonderful addition to English domestic rugby, with his tracking of the ball changing the way union wings play the game.Right result at the RicohTrying to prevent Exeter’s first English title will be Wasps, the latest of whose six triumphs was nine years ago. Their helter-skelter 21-20 win over Leicester included a four-minute uninterrupted passage of play (66-70 minutes) that almost brought players to their knees.Defiantly heroic though Tigers were, Wasps deserve to be lining up in Saturday’s Twickenham final (2.30pm) after scoring 89 tries and 13 try bonus points during the regular season. Only Exeter (86 and 15) can match that attacking potency.Strong guy: Guy Thompson has Tigers’ defence in a muddle during a cracking semi at Wasps (Getty)Scots do it again Counted out: Billy Vunipola goes down with the injury that has cost him a Lions tour place (Getty Images) center_img Amid all the club drama, there was plenty to celebrate in sevens. In the HSBC London Sevens that concluded this season’s world series, Scotland retained their London title with a 12-7 defeat of England in the final, captain Scott Riddell scoring the winning try.The Scots, who had also reached the Paris final a week earlier, pulled off an extraordinary win over New Zealand in the quarter-finals. They trailed 21-0 at half-time and had got back to 21-17 when an assistant referee spotted that the Kiwis had eight men on the field during a substitution – a mistake they also made in Sydney last year.Jamie Farndale crossed from the penalty to give Scotland victory by 24-21.London calling: Scotland Sevens celebrate retaining their London title at Twickenham (Getty)England, who were handicapped by injuries to Tom Mitchell, Dan Bibby and Ollie Lindsay-Hague, still came close to winning the cup and their second-place finish in the series is their best since 2006, when their current coach Simon Amor was the captain.Dan Norton, the all-time record try-scorer in the series with 261, scored a sensational try in the final when he ran through most of the Scotland team and sat George Horne down with a delicious final piece of footwork.But biggest plaudits go to South Africa, who reached eight of the ten cup finals over the season, winning five of them, to secure their second series crown (after 2008-09).They will be favourites for the 2017-18 series that includes a new venue in Hamilton and will be followed by the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on 20-22 July, tickets for which will go on general sale exactly one year before the tournament.THE SINNERSBilly’s bad shoulderOnly one place to start – the shuddering news that England No 8 Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the Lions tour with a shoulder injury.It’s stating the obvious to say that the worthy James Haskell is not a like-for-like replacement because there is no one like big Billy.Running repairs: Vunipola during the defeat at ExeterIt’s not just that he can carry the ball into contact with two or three defenders and yet still it looks like he’s the one doing the bullying. Against Exeter on Saturday he won a huge turnover when Saracens were under the cosh just before half-time, and later he produced a remarkable ripped steal as the Chiefs thundered forward from a driving maul.He is a big-game player, a Test-match animal to use Ian McGeechan’s phrase, and irreplaceable. He would have been a shoo-in for the Lions Test No 8 shirt that will now be contested by CJ Stander and Taulupe Faletau. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As everyone knows, matches and momentum can swing on such moments. Gareth, if Conor Murray has the ball during a pause in play on Saturday, don’t go waving your arms near his face!For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946968/house-of-tranquility-tal-goldsmith-fish-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design StudioSave this projectSaveHouse of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Houses Save this picture!Gif+ 25Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Year:  Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Flexform, Vibia, Arclinea, BD Barcelona Design, MDF Italia, Muuto Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Products used in this ProjectWall / Ceiling LightsVibiaLighting Collection – StructuralArmchairsFlexformArmchair – PaulSave this picture!© Amit GeronText description provided by the architects. On every project we take, we try to project the nature of our clients in the design. In this house, we translated their calm and pleasant nature into a meditative space. Our guidelines for the design incorporated a light color palette, natural materials and repetitive basic geometry patterns. Along with the great natural light, we were able to reach the outcome we were looking for.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Amit GeronWe used smoked oak wooden floor for the entire house, along with light monochrome colored furniture and lighting elements. For the stairs and railing we used white painted thin iron boards. To separate the staircase from the living room and yet keep a connection between the two areas, we designed 6 meter high see-through wooden louvers, sitting inside an oblique wooden frame. The square net pattern continues to the TV room pivot doors.Save this picture!© Amit Geronopposite to the louvres, on the other side of the living room, we incorporated a wooden window sit, framing a large window facing the outdoor pool, creating a pleasant sitting area on the border between inside and out. Italian brand Arclinea kitchen with a 5 meter long island stands in the heart of the ground floor allowing open view to the entire areas of the floor and yard.Save this picture!© Amit GeronProject gallerySee allShow lessWirye Y-HOUSE / Kode ArchitectsSelected ProjectsHCM House / Ginga ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses, House Interiors•Israel Area:  400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946968/house-of-tranquility-tal-goldsmith-fish-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Amit Geron Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2020 Israel CopyAbout this officeTal Goldsmith Fish Design StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsOn FacebookIsraelPublished on September 04, 2020Cite: “House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio” 03 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

PFA Team of the Year revealed: Eden Hazard misses out but Paul Pogba gets picked

first_imgPFA Team of the Year revealed: Eden Hazard misses out but Paul Pogba gets picked Paul Pogba was the only non-Liverpool or Man City player to make the PFA Team of the YearPogba would be a surprise inclusion for many as his he struggled for form during the first half of the season under Jose Mourinho, although his performances drastically improved following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford in December.However, Pogba’s form has dipped once again in the last few weeks as United have slipped up in the top-four race with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.After United’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening, Pogba apologised to fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking before the Manchester derby, ex-Manchester United captain slammed Pogba and called him a ‘big problem’ for Solskjaer.‘The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same things over and over again,’ said Keane.‘The number of times I’ve seen him in games where he’s not sprinting back or running back. He’s talking about body language, throwing his arms up in the air, he’s a big problem for United.‘I don’t know what he’s like around the training ground or when they travel, but he mentioned body language and pride, I don’t see it, I don’t see it in his performances. And my eyes don’t lie to me.‘I’m not disagreeing he’s a talented player, but you need more than just talent. We talk about the real top players, the great players, they make their team better and they make their teammates better. He doesn’t do that. He plays for himself.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Paul Pogba made the PFA Team of the Year but Eden Hazard missed out (Getty)Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named in the PFA Team of the Year but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard misses out in a side which is dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.The team is set to be revealed on Thursday and is voted for by players in the Premier League.Four Liverpool players have made the cut, including Virgil van Dijk who has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Raheem Sterling.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second successive season, while Bernardo Silva is also included after his brilliant season for the Premier League champions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHazard, meanwhile, misses out for the second year running despite being on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Apr 2019 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Recognizes Nurses at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center National Nurses Week Event

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Hershey, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit, meeting with nurses in those care areas and finishing the tour with remarks in support of all nurses.“Since its inception, nursing has been critical to the health and well-being of patients,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nurses tend wounds, administer medication, check vitals, perform exams, counsel patients, provide a shoulder to cry on, and so, so much more.“It’s an exhausting job, not just because some of you walk a marathon in a typical day, but because of the raw emotions you experience when you pour yourself into caring for another human being.”“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with our SEIU nurses to give Gov. Wolf a firsthand look at the world-class patient care we provide in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is the highest-level NICU in central Pennsylvania, and our Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit,” said Deborah Berini, president of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.The governor also discussed his support for the collaborative labor management environment that exists at Hershey Medical Center.“The positive atmosphere here is a sign of a great collaboration between nurses, other staff members and management,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nurses play an essential role in caring for patients and my administration supports them in all that they do.”“Nurses Week is one week out of the year to celebrate our profession, but because of the strong collaboration we have with management through our union, nurses here at Hershey are empowered to have an active role in advancing quality patient care, and that level of respect makes us feel very valued all year,” said Maureen Casey, BSN RN, Peri-Anesthesia and SEIU HCPA Chapter President.National Nurses Week is an annual recognition of the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Gov. Wolf Recognizes Nurses at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center National Nurses Week Event May 08, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Graham keen to snub other clubs and join Sunderland – report

first_imgSwansea striker Danny Graham wants talks with boss Michael Laudrup to force a move to Sunderland, according to The Sun.QPR have been linked with the 27-year-old because manager Harry Redknapp recently appeared to suggest he was interested.Reading have expressed an interest and Norwich are also reported to be keen.But it is claimed the Gateshead-born former Middlesbrough player would like to return to the North-East.The Daily Mail speculate that Lucas Piazon joining Malaga on loan could be a tactical move by Chelsea in their apparent quest to sign Isco from the Spanish club.Playmaker Isco, 20, is said to be a target for Real Madrid but has also been linked with the Blues, who have agreed to let Malaga have teenage forward Piazon for the rest of the season.The Sun suggest Chelsea or Fulham could sign Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore if they pay £4m.And the Daily Mirror report that Reading are the only club to have made an official offer for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who was reported to be on his way to Chelsea.“At the moment there is no agreement with any club,” a source is quoted as saying.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darwin Saves Junk, Makes Treasure Out of It

first_imgThe Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week award goes to a press release from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which began by personifying Evolution1 as a tinkerer in its own junkyard:  Evolution has mastered the art of turning trash to treasure – though, for scientists, witnessing the transformation can require a bit of patience.  In new genetic research, scientists have traced the 170 million-year evolution of a piece of “junk” DNA to its modern incarnation as an important regulator of energy balance in mammals.    The discovery, they said, suggests that regions of the genome formerly presumed to be a genetic junkyard may actually be a hardware superstore, providing components that can be used to evolve new genes or new species.The article went on to speak of genes 170 to 200 million years old that Evolution used as raw material for its innovations – even though the sequences were conserved (i.e., unevolved) all that time.  “We thought we had found the tip of the iceberg of an evolutionary process that started around 200 million years ago,” said Marcelo Rubinstein of HHMI, “and we got really fascinated by the idea of pulling up the entire iceberg from the depths.”  Presumably hardware superstores now carry iceberg lifts.1.  Darwin himself began the tradition of personifying evolution in his famous quote from The Origin of Species:  “It may be said that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinizing, throughout the world, the slightest variations; rejecting those that are bad, preserving or adding up all that are good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers.”If Darwinist researchers are having a lot of fun, far be it from us to stop them (see 08/17/2007).  Make believe is a fun game.    If, by any chance, you read this press release and did not get all the jokes, then a serious re-education program is needed.  Please read all the back issues of Creation-Evolution Headlines to heal your funnybone.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Preventing Moisture Problems

first_imgWhat’s moisture have to with energy? Quite a bit, actually. When we tighten up or insulate a house, there’s the potential of causing moisture problems that could harm your health by allowing mold to grow or affect the life of materials your house is built from. And any time you work on a house, especially when you do things that affect the exterior envelope (walls, roof, foundation), you’re provided with an opportunity to fix problems that may already exist.Moisture gets into houses in lots of ways—sometimes as liquid water and sometimes as invisible water vapor. It can leak in from the outdoors—from a leaky roof or improper flashing around windows, for example. It can come from leaking pipes inside the house. It can seep into a basement from rainfall or groundwater. It can be brought into a house in unseasoned firewood. It can be introduced as water vapor from showers, cooking, and even house plants. And it can enter as water vapor from humid outdoor air—either raising the indoor humidity level or condensing into liquid water on cool surfaces.Moisture in houses can cause various problems. If drywall, wood, and other organic building materials get wet and fail to dry out, mold growth and rot can occur. Some molds produce spores that are toxic. Decay shortens the life of materials like wood and, in the case of load-bearing framing, can sometimes cause structural collapse.Even if there isn’t actual wetness from water, high levels of relative humidity can be enough to raise the moisture content of wood, drywall, and other cellulosic materials, which may support mold growth and decay organisms.Fortunately, mold- and decay-prone materials like wood can cycle in their moisture content. During the summer months, when relative humidity levels in houses tend to be quite high, wood absorbs moisture. Then, during the winter, when humidity levels drop, the wood dries out.To enable this natural cycling in moisture content, experts in building science usually recommend that relative humidity levels in the winter be kept below about 40%. With significant moisture sources, such as those mentioned above, or if there is inadequate ventilation, we can create problems. When we tighten a house, we can exacerbate these problems.The following strategies can help to prevent moisture problems: 1. Eliminate unwanted moisture sources. For example: fix roof and wall or window flashing leaks; improve drainage around the house to keep moisture away from the foundation; immediately fix any plumbing leaks; and never dry firewood indoors. 2. Improve or replace windows. Single-glazed windows provide cold surfaces where water can condense out of the air during the winter months. This water can collect at the sill or on the frame and result in mold growth or decay. Adding a storm window or replacing single-glazed with newer, high-performance windows should prevent condensation.3. Provide mechanical ventilation. In most homes, mechanical ventilation is recommended to ensure adequate fresh air exchange; this is especially important in a house that has been insulated and weatherized. At a minimum, use a high-quality, quiet, outside-venting bath fan; the fan can be set up to operate intermittently or whenever the relative humidity is above a certain level. Better than relying on a bath fan is installing a whole-house ventilation system, such as a heat-recovery ventilator (also called an air-to-air heat exchanger).4. Keep an eye on relative humidity levels. An inexpensive digital humidity meter (often measuring both temperature and humidity), such as those available from Radio Shack, can help you identify problem conditions.If mold or decay is found in a house, along with determining where the moisture is coming from, eliminating that source, and providing mechanical ventilation, it’s important to thoroughly clean any moldy surfaces. In some cases, it’s necessary to replace materials that have gotten moldy or where decay has begun.To learn more about building science, moisture, and mold problems, consider attending the workshop “Got Mold? Energy Efficiency and Moisture Management” being taught by my colleague Peter Yost next Saturday, October 4th. Peter’s workshop is part of the first annual Brattleboro Area Family Energy Fair being put on by the Brattleboro chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Other workshops and exhibits will cover home energy audits and solar energy systems. For information, call Gini Milkey at 802-254-2040 or visit bratthabitat.org.last_img read more