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Kurtenbach: 49ers look Super in rout of Packers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Are there any more questions for these 49ers to answer?After Sunday’s 37-8 win over the Packers at Levi’s Stadium, there’s only one:How far can this team go in the playoffs?Perhaps all the way to Miami and Super Bowl LIV? Yes, there might be a month left in the regular season, but it’s not jumping the gun to start thinking about such things: Sunday’s win effectively guaranteed a spot in the tournament for the 49ers — their first postseason berth since 2013.But it …last_img read more

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Remembering South African writer Peter Abrahams: 1919 – 2017

first_imgSouth African writer Peter Abrahams died on 18 January 2017. An early pioneer in the exploration of race identity in South Africa, he was a literary giant who was at the forefront of capturing the injustice of apartheid.Writer Peter Abrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919. He lived in London and Jamaica, and his extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction focussed on pan-Africanism and race identity in South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonPeter Abrahams, who died aged 97 at his home in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, was one of South Africa’s most distinguished writers. His fiction and non-fiction work challenged and dissected the complexities of the black South African identity. His biting criticism of the early days of apartheid and his exploration of pan-Africanist philosophy were fuelled by the need to tell the world of the injustice of racism and colonialism.Abrahams will be remembered best for his Mine Boy, which was added to the South African school curriculum in the early 2000s.First published in 1946, Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy exposed the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. It presents a portrait of labour discrimination, appalling housing conditions and one man’s humanitarian act of defiance. (Image: Justseeds website)Mine Boy, a brutal story of South African urban migration, became the first novel by a black South African to be published internationally. It was the third book by a black South African to be published, after Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi in 1930 and RRR Dhlomo’s 1928 novel, An African Tragedy.“I am emotionally involved in South Africa,” Abrahams said in 1957. “If I am ever liberated from this bondage of racialism, there are some things much more exciting to me, objectively, to write about. But this world has such a social orientation, and I am involved in this world and I can’t cut myself off.”During his most prolific years, 1946 to 1966, Abrahams wrote eight novels, as well as memoirs and political essays. His 1948 novel, The Path of Thunder, inspired the ballet piece, İldırımlı yollarla, by Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.Abrahams’ early yearsAbrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919 to an Ethiopian father and coloured mother.According to his obituary in The New York Times on 22 January 2017, Abrahams was inspired to read and write at a young age when he heard Shakespeare’s Othello. A prodigious student, he began contributing poetry and short fiction to so-called bantu publications after completing his basic education. As a young budding writer, he consumed literature, particularly the works of black American writers.“I read every one of the books on the shelf marked American Negro literature,” he wrote in his memoir Tell Freedom: Memories of Africa in 1954. “To (these) writings of men and women who lived a world away from me … I owe a great debt for crystallising my vague yearnings to write and for showing me the long dream was attainable.”This knowledge also inspired his political thought and his desire to capture the black South African psyche in words.Ship to LondonAfter a stint as the editor of a Durban socialist magazine in 1939, Abrahams found work aboard a ship bound for London. In the British capital, he worked as a journalist on the British Communist Party’s Daily Worker newspaper.Peter Abrahams’ 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo was inspired by his friendships with with African intellectuals and revolutionaries in exile in the UK. The novel deals with the complex realities and conflicts between duty to nation and ideals. (Image: Justseeds website)He lived in London’s African immigrant community, meeting exiled political figures and intellectuals, including future Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta; Kwame Nkrumah, who would go on to lead Ghana to independence from Britain; and Trinidadian pan-Africanist George Padmore. The experience inspired his most multifaceted work, the 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo, about political and social transitions in postcolonial Africa through the eyes of the continent’s political exiles. Renowned English literary scholar Harvey Curtis Webster called the book “the most perceptive novel … about the complex interplay between British imperialism and African nationalism”.During the 1950s, Abrahams travelled across Africa, including a return to South Africa to observe the rise of postcolonial, pan-Africanist political movements. These essays, long considered the most authoritative work on the era, were later published as Return to Goli.Settling in the CaribbeanAfter being commissioned by the British colonial office to research and write a comprehensive history of Jamaica, Abrahams wrote of the island and its people: “…in the stumbling and fumbling reaching forward of its people, is dramatized … the most hopeful image I know of the newly emerging underdeveloped world”.With his wife Daphne and their three children, he made Jamaica his home for over four decades.South Africa, however, remained foremost in his writing; in particular, it was the setting of his 1965 novel, A Night of Their Own, about the anti-apartheid underground. This inspired his 1985 magnum opus, The View From Coyaba, a detailed transgenerational novel about black struggle movements in Africa, America and the Caribbean.As he got older and the postcolonial era reached its pinnacle with the end of apartheid in the 1990s, Abrahams felt less obligation to capture the zeitgeist of black African political thought. Instead, he let new, younger literary voices speak about the evolving movement.Speaking to Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003, Abrahams said: “I became a whole person when I finally put away the exile’s little packed suitcase. When Mandela came out of jail and when apartheid ended, I ceased to have this burden of South Africa. I shed it.”Abrahams never returned to his country of birth.Overdue tribute?The Daily Maverick’s J Brooks Spector observes, in his lovingly detailed obituary of Abrahams on 25 January 2017, the often overlooked connection between South Africa and the writer, and begs an important question: “Surely there should be a (South African) library named in his honour, an endowed chair in African literature at one of the nation’s premier universities, and a publishing effort reprinting his output in a standard, uniform edition?““Embracing his memory as an early literary pioneer and impact as a writer must also take into consideration the eclecticism of his political thinking, his influence on the pan-African idea, and an ethnicity that embraced the near-totality of South African experience,” Spector concludes.Source: New York Times, Daily Maverick, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Insulating a Raised Slab

first_imgPlanning a new house in Pender County, North Carolina, Jason Dennis finds the aesthetics of a crawlspace appealing, but not the potential problems. Instead, he’s thinking of pouring a slab over compacted fill inside his foundation walls — a raised slab. The Climate Zone 3 house will be a simple rectangle, 50 feet by 39 feet, with a wraparound porch on two sides. Dennis wants to know whether the raised slab approach is a good idea, and how such a foundation should be insulated.RELATED ARTICLESPolyethylene Under Concrete SlabsPlacing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationChoosing Rigid FoamInstalling Rigid Foam Above a Concrete Slab “Would insulating the slab be necessary for my climate zone?” Dennis asks in a Q&A post. “If so, how should insulating be done? Rigid foam underneath like with a non-raised slab?” Those are the questions that get us started on this Q&A Spotlight. Insulate the slab perimeter In referring Dennis to an earlier article on this topic, GBA Editor Martin Holladay says it’s possible to eliminate the horizontal insulation underneath the slab. But in Climate Zone 3, Dennis should not skip the vertical insulation at the slab’s perimeter. Holladay had written: “While it could be argued that insulation might be useful in Climate Zone 3, it really isn’t needed in warmer climates, where an uninsulated slab helps lower air-conditioning bills compared to an insulated slab.” How deep should the insulation go? If Dennis adopts that plan — rigid insulation vertically against the inside of the stem wall but no insulation underneath the slab — the question becomes how far down the insulation should go. “The insulation should extend down to the footings, or if they end up being very deep, a couple of feet below the exterior grade,” Malcolm Taylor replies. The foam can be beveled at the top edge so it’s not visible on the inside while bringing the concrete all the way to the edge of the floor to support any flooring that might be installed, as the illustration below shows. Alternately, a step can be created in the stem wall for the vertical foam, as the illustration at the top of this column shows. Leave the insulation full thickness Jon A points out that in the illustration above, the stem wall is the same thickness as the stud wall above it. “Will this truly be the case?” he asks. “Typically a poured wall has a notch formed into it just like Martin’s detail [the one at the top of this page] shows. I like to leave the vertical slab insulation full width (with no bevel) and sticking out past the wall plate slightly.” Jon A doesn’t understand how the exposed edge of the foam will affect the installation of flooring; the edge of the foam will certainly be lost under the edge of the drywall and baseboard. Plus, he adds, if the pieces of foam are cut accurately and set so they are dead level, they make a great gauge to screed the concrete floor to. The notch in the stem wall would be the same, whether Dennis omits the horizontal insulation or not, Jon A says. “Regardless of whether you fully insulate under the slab you will still need a small strip of insulation where the slab sits on the foundation wall,” he says. “The goal is to thermally isolate your slab from your foundation wall.” Adding the vapor barrier A vapor barrier should be installed immediately below the slab so the concrete is in direct contact with the vapor barrier, Holladay says. That’s the case whether or not there is any horizontal insulation below the slab. But the vapor barrier can end at either the top or the bottom edge of the slab. “Either way will work — the difference is minor,” Holladay writes. “The polyethylene is a vapor barrier, not an air barrier. In any case, it’s a good idea to seal the perimeter crack (at the perimeter of the slab) with caulk after the concrete is cured, and you don’t want a flap of polyethylene in the way when you apply the caulk.” Block or poured concrete? Dennis also wonders whether there are advantages to using poured concrete walls instead of concrete block for his foundation. To Trevor Chadwick, it’s an open-and-shut case. “The only reason to use block is that sometimes it’s cheaper,” he writes. “Other than that, poured is superior in every single way.” How so? wonders Aaron Beckworth. “Every single way meaning what?” he asks. “I would expect block would be less expensive and may be preferred by some builders. Without sound reason, why ask a builder to deviate from what they are comfortable with?” In addition, block may be less intimidating for a do-it-yourselfer who’s working without a crew. Cost and local building practices are the reasons to use block, says Taylor, but a solid concrete foundation wall will perform better. Chris Duncan adds this: “A block foundation is harder to build for owner-builders and probably for professionals too,” he says. “And I think a poured foundation is stronger unless you do a lot of extra work with rebar and filling the block openings with concrete. Even then it’s not as strong. All the examples I’ve seen of failed foundation walls were block walls.” Our expert’s views Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to add: Do we need insulation under the slab in mild climates? The heating and cooling energy in a mild climate arising from ground-coupled heat transfer is incredibly complex. Being connected to the earth as an infinite heat sink is not a good thing during the heating season but certainly can be a good thing during the cooling season (see this study by the Florida Solar Energy Center). But we be won’t solving that puzzle in a GBA blog. What about the tapered edge perimeter insulation detail? I don’t see the tapered edge perimeter insulation really working. I don’t think it’s feasible to taper the concrete to a thin edge, and I don’t think a thin edge would hold up over time. Do we need slab perimeter insulation in mild climates? I don’t think there is much of a debate regarding the importance of slab edge insulation in Climate Zone 3. But locating that insulation gets interesting. See the illustration below for a solution proposed as part of a Building America project, with annual energy savings estimated at 13% for mild climate locations (Sacramento and Santa Maria, California; Reno, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; and Fort Worth, Texas). This comes from the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficient Buildings – “The Last Big Leak: Exposed Slab Edges.” Is there another approach that solves the thermal bridge problem at the slab perimeter? I got to talking with architect Steve Baczek about insulating slabs and whether it makes sense to flip the insulation and concrete slab, per his detail below. In this assembly, the rigid foam insulation is above the concrete slab. (Image credit: Steve Baczek) “It works just fine and eliminates the thermal bridge at the perimeter,” says Steve. “I have even done a recent project or two where we eliminated the concrete slab, since it’s not really structural.” See detail below. With the approach shown above, the non-structural concrete slab is eliminated completely. (Image credit: Steve Baczek) It certainly makes sense to have the insulation underneath the slab for radiant floor heating. But other than that, just why do we pull the concrete slab into conditioned space rather than pushing it out? Which is easier: DIY concrete block or cast concrete? As a remodeler doing quite a few small additions, garages, and utility buildings, we did a lot of flat work because it’s really pretty straightforward — not requiring much skill, frankly. Laying block, on the other hand, takes a lot of skill: buttering the blocks, maintaining courses, keeping everything square and level. For that reason, we rarely did it.last_img read more

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10 months agoStuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVfB Stuttgart are ready to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.The England U21 international has seen a loan move to Crystal Palace fall through over medical concerns.However, BILD says Stuttgart are now ready to step in and tempt Solanke to Germany – and with the support of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Stuttgart sports director Michael Reschke met with Solanke’s father and agents last week, though admitted defeat when the striker chose a return to London with Palace.However, with the move now off, Reschke is ready to resume talks for Solanke. A decision is expected over the weekend. last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Salah insisted that every nominated player deserves POTY

first_imgMohamed Salah has had an incredible season at Liverpool and he has scored 30 goals in his 32 appearances for the Reds so far – however, he doesn’t see himself winning the Player of the year award easily.The Egypt international insisted that every single player that was nominated for this award deserves it and it can be said for sure that he is the one who is going to win it despite having such an incredible season.The former Chelsea and AS Roma player spoke about this award as he said, according to ESPN:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“In my opinion, I deserve it. De Bruyne deserves it. Silva also had a great season and he deserves it. De Gea deserves it. And Harry Kane had a great season. He deserves it. All of us try to help our team to get the points and be in a better position. Everyone deserves it.”“When I was in Chelsea, I know how the Premier League works. I didn’t have my chance in the past, so I went to Rome to get a new challenge and new culture.”“So I did good with Roma and I said, from day one, I was happy to come back. I’m very excited to show everyone my football. I’m having a good season, the team is helping me and I’m happy about that.”last_img read more

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Unai Emery introduces Arsenal squad to assistant manager

first_imgA new Arsenal has just begun as head coach Unai Emery prepares to make a quick stunning impression.Emery who has had his first-ever training session with his new squad where he features players not involved at the World Cup, posted a footage where he did the introduction on Arsenal’s official Instagram account.Emery was seen introducing Arsenal’s squad mostly the major component of his backroom staff to players who were available to his assistant, Juan Carlos Carcedo.‘We are OK?’ he addresses the squad.‘Good morning. With us is Juan Carlos Carcedo.‘[He is my] assistant, who will work together with Steve [Bould] and with Pablo Villa also.’Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson. Carcedo has been with Emery as assistant manager at Almeria, having retired as a player in 2006 following spells at Nice and Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard has continued to follow his Emery everywhere as his assistant including at Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.After the short introduction, Emery arranged the squad back into the swing of things as they set to engage their stamina with the bleep test.  Aaron Ramsey, Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were seen taking part in the arduous fitness exam at the club’s London Colney base.last_img read more

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Torreira Guendouzi set to complete Arsenal medicals today

first_imgBoth Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are expected to undergo medicals today ahead of their expected moves to Arsenal, reports talkSPORTTorreira has been linked with a move to North London for a while now, but any deal that may have been put in place for his arrival was put on hold due to his participation with Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.However, the Sampdoria midfielder is now free to complete his transfer to Arsenal following Uruguay’s World Cup exit against France last week.Torreira had announced that news himself over his move to Arsenal in an interview with Telenoche.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I would have been very happy to be able to return to Uruguay with my team-mates,” he said.“but this is a fantastic opportunity [to join Arsenal] and I do not want to waste it.”Meanwhile, fellow signing Guendouzi joins from French side for a reported £7m deal with Unai Emery having fended off interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AS Roma and his former club Paris Saint-Germain to sign the 19-year-old.last_img read more

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PSG eyeing a deal for NGolo Kante

first_imgFrench Champions Paris Saint Germain are hoping to wrap up a deal for France midfielder N’Golo Kante before the end of the transfer window.According to reports, the Blues have placed a £98 million price tag on the World Cup winner, to fend off buyers but the Parisians are currently willing to meet the price tag.Reports from French tabloids suggests that PSG would be forced to sell some players to finance the move, including Angel Di Maria and Goncalo Guedes. However, despite these issues, Kante’s representatives and PSG sporting direct Antero Henrique are currently in advanced talks over a potential deal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.With that confirmed, a deal for Kante may rely upon the futures on Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois with Chelsea owner unlikely to sell three key players in one single transfer window.The Belgian duo has been attracting the attention of Real Madrid to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and strengthing the backline, a saga that looks set to continue for the rest of the transfer window.Chelsea will play Man City in the Community Shield on August 5 and regardless of the situation of the three players in question, all are set to be absent due to their World Cup successes.last_img read more

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FIFA plan changes to international loan system

first_imgFIFA are planning changes to the international transfer system that sees players to leave and join other clubs on loan.The changes are expected to limit the number of player loans by clubs and also handle agents’ fees. FIFA are reportedly planning to reduce the number of players a club can loan out each season to between six and eight.The aim of these changes are to stop clubs, especially in England and Italy signing a large number of players and loaning them out immediately.Chelsea currently have around 40 players on their books who are out on loan while Italian champions Juventus also have 25 players away from the club on loan.FIFA are also proposing to create a clearinghouse, managed by a bank, to handle solidarity payments from transfer fees due to clubs that trained players in their own academy. This proposed clearinghouse would also be responsible for handling payments to agents.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The world football governing body are also planning to reintroduce license for agents and this would also involve exams for potential agents.In a statement released on Thursday FIFA said it has created a new commission called “stakeholders commission” to conduct “a comprehensive review of the transfer system”.The statement also read, according to Sky Sports:“The commission is currently assessing potential changes to the system in several key areas, including, among others, the regulations on intermediaries, solidarity payments to training clubs, streamlining of transfer payments, protection of minors, loans, squad sizes and transfer windows”.last_img read more

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