LLANELLI, WALES – DECEMBER 08: Rhys Priestland of Scarlets is taken off injured on a stretcher during the Heineken Cup match between Scarlets and Exeter Chiefs at Parc y Scarlets on December 8, 2012 in Llanelli, Wales. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images) Hook admits it was a “big disappointment” not to be involved in that game against the Pacific Islanders, and even though he got on against the All Blacks, there wasn’t much of a mark he could make in 12 minutes and with Wales already well beaten.So now comes the Six Nations and somehow Wales have got to brush themselves down ready for the challenge of Ireland on the opening weekend. “We’ve got to look forward to the Six Nations and start afresh,” says Hook. “Let’s be honest, we can’t actually do any worse than we did last month so let’s regroup at the end of January and go into the Six Nations with confidence. I think the self-belief is still there. We know where we’ve got to get to; we know we’ve got the talent to get there, so let’s show it in the Six Nations.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It’s startling to discover that in his 67-cap career, Hook has never played more than seven consecutive matches in one position, but perhaps he’s finally going to get a run at fly-half in this season’s Six Nations what with Priestland’s injury and Wales looking for inspiration after the misery of last month. “I haven’t heard anything from the selectors,” explains Hook. “But they don’t announce the Six Nations’ squad until mid-January so I’ll just keep playing for Perpignan, doing the best I can, and see what happens.”For Hook to be given the ten shirt in February, the selectors will have to be believe he can do a better job than either Dan Biggar or Rhys Patchell, the 19-year-old Blue who has been coming on leaps and bounds this season. Whoever gets the nod, they’ll have to be the creative catalyst able to transform the fortunes of the national side, for a year that began so wonderfully with a Grand Slam title, has ended woefully with four home defeats.Asked which of the November losses was the most disappointing, Hook gives a pained laugh and says they were all disappointing. “But I think losing to Argentina was the worst because after that everything just snowballed. The pressure was on and it showed against Samoa.” Out of favour: Hook has suffered mixed fortunes with Wales in recent years despite amassing 67 capsBy Gavin MortimerTHE CHANCES of a white Christmas in Perpignan would seem about as likely as Wales one day beating Australia. Down in the deep south of France, the winters are mild and usually sunny, which goes to explain why James Hook’s house has been receiving a steady stream of visitors in recent days. His parents have just returned to Wales after a mini-break in Catalan country, and now the Perpignan fly-half has the in-laws staying for Christmas.Not that Hook will be able to put his feet up much over the festive season. On Saturday evening Perpignan play Montpellier in the Mediterranean local derby and then on December 30 they travel to Toulon before hosting Bordeaux six days later. Still, they will be prime opportunities for Hook to remind the Welsh selectors that the loss of Rhys Priestland with a long-term Achilles injury need not be the disaster many people are predicting.Pain: Priestland faces a lay-off after snapping his AchilliesJonathan Davies certainly believes he should be given the No 10 jersey for the Six Nations, telling the BBC last week that “Hook deserves a chance now to play stand-off”. The former dual-code international went on to say that he couldn’t understand why the selectors had overlooked Hook for Wales’ quartet of autumn Tests. “Unless you are involved in that squad, it is difficult to say what their thinking is.”Hook did feature – sort of – in two of Wales’ four defeats last month, replacing the injured Jamie Roberts at centre midway during the first-half against Argentina, and coming on for Priestland 12 minutes from the end of the battering from the All Blacks. Though he was unavailable for the final Test against Australia because of club commitments, Hook was mysteriously omitted from the side that slumped to defeat against Samoa. “It is difficult,” he admits, when asked about his bit-part existence in the Welsh squad. “But I’m used to it, it’s been the story of my career. It can get frustrating at times but I don’t know any different.”
Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheDue to the desirable location of the property, rather than looking for a larger house in another neighbourhood, the residents opted to demolish the existing structure and build a new house on the site. To conform to strict zoning requirements, the footprint of the original house was maintained, but the interior space was re-organized to enable the house to serve a private residence, with the flexibility to accommodate a home business. Save this picture!First Floor PlanMassing: The metal cladding draws inspiration from the many rural barns which dot the landscape just outside the city core. The industrial material is lightweight, durable and recyclable. The exterior’s monochromatic color selection helps demarcate the footprint of the original house and the new additions. The white massing ‘ghosts’ the original outline of the house while the black portions highlight the new additions that are inserted into the white base.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheThe new second floor addition was conceived as a ‘pod’ that floats above the ground. It is supported independently from the base of the house by recycled steel columns. The southern portion of the ‘pod’ tapers out on an eight degree angle from the original house. The angled portion of the cantilever runs parallel to the property line and takes advantage of the air rights of the house to maximize living space while conforming with zoning by-laws. Although the cantilever could continue further into the backyard it cuts back towards the rear of the house in order to preserve two mature cedars located in the rear of the residence.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanMaterials + Color: To recognize the strong ties to the original Ottawa Valley lumber trade, pine boards cut from reclaimed logs from the Ottawa River were used to floor the entire house. The use of a white wash finish on the floors provides a brightness throughout the house. The bright and neutral pallet continues with white walls and cabinetry. In contrast to the white walls is the ‘core’ of the house, painted charcoal grey. The core serves as a visual anchor that runs vertically through the centre of the residence.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheThe charcoal grey represents the connection that physically and visually blends the ‘new’ black additions to the ‘old’ white masses of the house. The core of the house acts as the nucleus, containing all the utilities (plumbing, HVAC, electrical). The central location enables the utilities to be distributed efficiently to all the levels of the house. Throughout the house, splashes of orange are seen, particularly within the living room stairwell. In addition to allowing more light into the stairwell, the orange cutouts also align with key views cut in the exterior walls.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheThresholds of Privacy: The decision was made to use stairs as a subtle way to recognize increasing zones of privacy throughout the house. This design strategy enables the house to maintain a feeling of openness while still creating a subtle delineation of program. As visitors ascend through the residence they are invited into increasingly private family spaces. The first threshold lies at the entry to the home where the visitor transitions from pedestrian to guest by stepping up from grade to the front door. With a small step up, the visitor is invited into the entrance level.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheThe entrance level houses the lobby, home office, powder room and dining room, which doubles as a meeting room for the home office. Sliding doors in the living room and dining room also help isolate the office area during business hours keeping the remainder of the house private. Sliders are used to promote openness and the flow of ‘chi’ through the house. When closed the sliding doors transform into chalkboards for the family’s young son.Save this picture!DiagramPersonal guests of the family are invited to the next tier of the house, located just a few steps up from the entrance level and containing the kitchen and living room, offering an open and bright space for people to gather. A large rear deck connects the interior to the outside through a 14′ glass door which folds away to create an open view to the backyard.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheOpen riser stairs in the living room create a privacy threshold to the second floor where the family’s bedrooms are located. At the top of the stairs a small children’s alcove was created from the space produced by the 8 degree cant. The space is a perfectly suited play area for the family’s young child. At the end of the play alcove is a ladder that leads to the final tier of privacy, a small reading nook. This cozy space hidden above the stairwell offers a private hideaway for the residents to curl up with a good book.Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheEast meets West: The multi-cultural family wanted to incorporate elements of feng shui into the house in subtle and creative ways. The number “8” has always been an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Phonetically the word “8” sounds like the word for prosperity. This theme of prosperity manifested itself throughout the house.Project gallerySee allShow lessExhibition: Beyond the SupersquareEventreSITE 2014: Cities and Landscapes of the New EconomyEvent Share Winona House / 25:8 Research + DesignSave this projectSaveWinona House / 25:8 Research + Design Houses CopyHouses•Ottawa, Canada ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/600228/winona-house-25-8-research-design Clipboard 2014 Year: “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/600228/winona-house-25-8-research-design Clipboard Save this picture!© Lorne Shawn Blythe+ 17 Share 2014 Architects: 25:8 Research + Design Area Area of this architecture project Canada Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design ArchDaily Year: photographs: Lorne Shawn BlythePhotographs: Lorne Shawn BlytheSave this picture!© Lorne Shawn BlytheText description provided by the architects. Background: Located in Westboro, an urban neighbourhood close to the Ottawa river, the house sits on the site of one of the original cottages built in the early 1900s when the area was still used for logging. When the current owners bought the property in 2009, they originally had the intention of expanding the 800 square foot house with a second storey addition, but a closer investigation of the foundation and interior structure revealed that the initial structure had deteriorated significantly over the years and could not be preserved. Area: 1400 ft² Area: 1400 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this office25:8 Research + DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOttawaHousesCanadaPublished on February 19, 2014Cite: “Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design” 19 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago May 30, 2019 2,721 Views Temporary Extension Granted for National Flood Insurance Program Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Congress flood Natural Disasters nfip Home / Daily Dose / Temporary Extension Granted for National Flood Insurance Program The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Congress flood Natural Disasters nfip 2019-05-30 Mike Albanese Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News About Author: Mike Albanese Post updated at 8:31 a.m. on Friday, May 31The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) received a last-minute extension Thursday evening, preventing the program from lapsing.The Advocate reports Congress is expected to pass yet another extension–the 12th in two years–on Monday when it returns from its recess. The anticipated extension set for Monday would extend the program to September as Congress discusses a long-term solution.The NFIP covers 5 million policyholders in flood-prone areas.The program was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and two prior attempts to extend the program failed. The Senate had approved two bills to extend the program: the first is part of the disaster relief legislative package that would extend the NFIP through Sept. 30, and the second would provide a two-week extension.Two prior attempts to gain unanimous consent were block by representatives Chip Roy (R-Texas), Thomas MaThe National Association of Home Builders states that Congress requires all properties with the 100-year floodplain purchase with a federally-backed mortgage to carry flood insurance. A short-term shutdown means insurers and insurance agents cannot sell or renew flood insurance policies back by the program because of lack of government funding. The results could mean new or renewing federal flood insurance policies not be written during the lapse.The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2578 earlier in April, which would have extended the NFIP’s authorization to September 30.“The NFIP plays an important role in disaster preparedness and resiliency by providing flood maps, setting standards for floodplain management, and investing in mitigation for our homes, businesses, and infrastructure. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, everyone is at risk of flooding,” said Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. “That means that this is not just a coastal issue—we all have an interest in ensuring a strong National Flood Insurance Program. Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: U.S. Bank Sues Bank of America Over RMBS Issues Next: Measuring Pending Home Sales and Affordability Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
The upgraded H24-50 wave energy unit, developed by 40South Energy and deployed off Marina di Pisa in Italy, has started producing power for the country’s electricity grid.The upgrade activities on the H24 wave energy machine – first deployed in 2015 – have culminated in the commissioning of the device that fed its first power to the grid on September 13, 2018, according to Michele Grassi, the CEO of 40South Energy.After the necessary modifications to the authorizations and documentation due to changes in machine properties, 40South Energy Italia engaged its partner Elements Works for the implementation of the new solutions on the H24-50 unit at the end of 2017.The device, the first of the H24 series designed and built by 40South Energy, was deployed at Ligurian Sea for the first time in November 2015. During the deployment, the device was converting wave energy into electricity, but dissipated the generated power locally instead of feeding it into the grid.“This result brings commercial viability of wave energy conversion one step closer and puts 40South Energy Italia at the forefront of the global race to harness this new renewable energy source,” said Grassi.The machine reached a technology readiness level (TRL) 7 – which denotes the complete validation of the design at full-scale, and in a realistic environment.In November 2016, the H24-50 unit was bought by Enel Green Power, as part of an agreement which allows 40South Energy Italia to keep using it as a testing platform for its R&D activities.40South Energy Italia remains the sole owner of the IP associated to all its wave energy converters, according to the company.During 2017, 40South Energy Italia designed and built a number of upgrades for the H24-50 machine type, to bring it closer to the TRL 8, which corresponds to commercially viable device.The R&D activities on the H24-50 design will now continue, according to 40South Energy, which aims to complete the design and deploy the first unit of a commercial H24-50 machine at sea during the next few months.
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kanjana Kuthaisong and Kseniya Kocyigit presided over Generika-Ayala’s steady assault against Cignal, which failed to get its rhythm and slipped to 5-4.Fiola Ceballos also provided support, firing 14 points, matching the output of Kuthaisong. Kocyigit added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, PLDT hacked out a 25-16, 27-25, 22-25, 26-24 victory over a Foton team that still cannot catch a break this conference.Grace Lazard exploded with 25 points, while Kendra Dahlke added 18 for the Power Hitters, who improved to 5-4. Sasa Devanadera and Aiko Urdas contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for PLDT. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The Power Hitters celebrate after thwarting the Tornadoes —Sherwin VardeleonGenerika-Ayala scored a morale-boosting win over Cignal while PLDT Home Fibr subdued Foton on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lifesavers needed just three sets to dispose of the HD Spikers, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, and register their second victory in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But, as always, PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb was hardly pleased by his charges’ performance.He was furious after the Power Hitters lost four match points in the fourth following a spate of errors.“Good thing they were able to recover. It’s good that they displayed composure and showed that they can recover from an ugly loss in the third set,” added Gorayeb.Foton slumped to its eighth straight defeat despite a new import, Milagros Collar, and the return of Dindin Manabat. Collar had 24 points, while fellow reinforcement Courtney Felinski had 16 for the Tornadoes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
SAN FRANCISCO — In July 2017, the Giants made the decision to stop playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” in the late innings of games they trailed during home games.The club was headed for a 98-loss season and had fallen so far out of contention that the ballpark staple was nothing more than a sullen reminder that the Giants’ glory days were over.“Don’t Stop Believin” hasn’t returned on a regular basis to Oracle Park, but after a miserable start to the 2019 season, the Giants refused to …
Kein Mazzotti rushed for a pair of scores and Matthew Robinson threw for as many as Arcata High passed a tough test on homecoming night, downing Little 4 Conference foe Hoopa Valley 36-19 Friday night at the Redwood Bowl.Mazzotti concluded Arcata’s first drive of the night with a 34-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Mazzotti helped to set up the score with a 15-yard burst earlier in the drive.“This was a must win game,” Arcata coach Jamal Jones said. “We got the job done, …
America’s expert consultancy on airline fare add-ons is expected to report next month that so-called ancillary revenue has grown by at least another 20 per cent in the past year as the air fare pricing revolution becomes a permanent feature of the travel landscape.IdeaWorks’ November update will follow its 2016 Ancillary Revenue Yearbook, published last month, which details, airline by airline, how dependent the air travel industry now is on so-called a la carte pricing, which travel consumers have taken to in the past decade.The numbers bluntly illustrate why there’s no going back to the era of fully inclusive air fare pricing: airlines globally are collecting around $US60 billion in air fare add-ons. But the global airline industry is collectively making less than $US40 billion profit – one of the best (or least worst) years for an industry which is said to have lost more money than it has ever made, but still a paltry return on an estimated $US717 billion in revenue.In other words, take away a la carte pricing and airlines are collectively losing $US20 billion a year.There’s no doubt that consumers reacted badly when airlines – having to devise new ways to recover their losses when fuel prices soared last decade – started to charge them for items that were previously “free”. Complaints against airlines soared.It wasn’t helped by the fact that the new extras pricing is for products and services that cost airlines next to nothing to provide – like preferred seating. Even the new baggage charges – once originally part of the ticket price – are based on steep markups on the cost actually incurred in airport ground-handling.But, as average air fares globally continue to fall, travellers have realised they’re not paying any more overall. In fact, a la carte pricing has been most successful among price-sensitive travellers flying on low-cost airlines on holiday routes.”Low-cost carriers rely upon a la carte activity by aggressively seeking revenue from checked bags, assigned seats, and extra leg room seating,” says IdeaWorks’ 2016 Ancillary Revenue Yearbook. “Some of the best in this category have extensive holiday package business with route structures built upon leisure destinations. Allegiant in the US and Jet2.com in the UK share the common bond of emphasizing leisure travel; the airlines essentially are holiday package companies that own an airline.”To that category you can add low-cost Asia Pacific carriers like Scoot, AirAsia and AirAsia X, Jetstar and Tigerair, all of which are focused on holiday routes and use add-on pricing options, though they lack the aggressiveness of the so-called ultra-low-cost carriers of North America.In the US, the fast-growing Spirit Airlines is the world leader in a la carte pricing, deriving 43.4 per cent – or $US51.80 per passenger – of its total revenue from optional extras. Spirit is one of the few airlines globally that charges for cabin luggage carried onto its planes by passengers – from $US35 to $100 per passenger, dearer even than its checked baggage fees that range from $30 to $50.The number two airline globally is also a US ultra-low-cost holiday airline, Allegiant, which derives 37.6 per cent of its totally revenue from extras, an average of $US49.94 per passenger.It’s not just on short-haul low-cost networks where a la carte pricing has taken over. Ideaworks’ yearbook notes that trans-Atlantic carriers Norwegian Air Shuttle and Icelandair, as well as Jetstar and Scoot in the Asia-Pacific are “dedicated to an a la carte mission on long haul flights”.”IdeaWorksCompany believes the outcome is very predictable –basic economy (without add-on extras) will eventually be offered on long haul markets by carriers with names like American, Lufthansa, KLM, and United,” the report says. “Some may mourn the passing of simpler times when a long-haul ticket price included the promise of a checked bag, seat assignment, and an oftentimes inedible meal. “But consumer behaviour supports the popularity of seat-only tickets that deliver a lower price. The array of choices provided by a la carte methods allows these consumers to click and pay a premium for more comfort and convenience. Ancillary revenue represents the safety net which determines whether low fares can coexist with airline profitability.”Air travel consumers can now add to their checklist their own survey of how hungry their chosen carrier is for extras. The alphabetical listing of airlines showing what percentage of revenue each derives from ancillaries begins on Page 20 of the 2016 IdeaWorks Ancillary Revenue Yearbook.
The 40-year-old Terry is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. He appeared in 74 games with the Bucks last year and averaged 4.1 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He also made 73 3-pointers in 171 attempts from beyond the arc.The 6-foot-2 Terry, who was selected by Atlanta with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 1,359 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary APMILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments