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first_img11/28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee11/30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom12/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre12/02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater12/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater12/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre12/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa AmphitheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork],11/28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee11/30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom12/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre12/02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater12/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater12/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre12/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa AmphitheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork] Smashing Pumpkins are gearing up to release Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future, the band’s tenth studio album, due out on November 16th via Napalm Records. The eight-track, Rick Rubin-produced project will mark founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin‘s first album together in nearly two decades. Founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky is the only original member who does not appear on the new studio effort. So far, the band has released two singles, “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” and “Solara”, from the upcoming album.Today, Smashing Pumpkins have shared their third single off of the album, “Knights of Malta”, which is also the opening song on the upcoming studio effort. Listen to “Knights of Malta” below:Smashing Pumpkins – “Knights of Malta”[Video: Smashing Pumpkins]Recently, the alt-rock favorites announced a 30th-anniversary tour. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, see below. For more information, head to the band’s website.Smashing Pumpkins Upcoming Tour Dateslast_img read more

first_imgScammers continue to use exaggerated R-value claims to peddle inferior insulation products, in spite of the existence of strong consumer protection laws. Year after year, naïve builders fall prey to Web-based marketing pitches for “miracle” products like “insulating” paint and 1-inch-thick R-10 foam.In the late 1970s, exaggerated claims by insulation marketers were so common that the U.S. Congress passed a consumer-protection law specifically addressing R-value scams. Although false marketing claims were already illegal, Congress concluded that R-value scams were so rampant and damaging to consumers that the industry needed targeted regulation.Since 1979, the Federal R-Value Rule (16 CFR Part 460, “Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation”) has regulated how insulation manufacturers, distributors, and installers test, label, and market residential insulation products. Under the law, all claims concerning the R-value of residential insulation must be based on certain listed ASTM test procedures.Unfortunately, the law is poorly enforced and widely ignored. It takes only a few minutes for any Web surfer to find blatant violations of the R-Value Rule.A few product categories — foil-faced bubble wrap and “insulating” paint, for example — seem to attract scam artists like moths to a flame. Another product favored by flim-flam artists is a foil-faced expanded polystyrene (EPS) product called P2000. This insulating board is manufactured by Polar Industries in Prospect, Connecticut, under a contract with a Canadian building-products manufacturer, RR&D Enterprises of Rivière-Beaudette, Quebec.Distributors of P2000 often claim that their EPS foam has an impossibly high R-value. Such claims have led several consumer protection agencies to issue warnings to builders. For example, the Nebraska Energy Office issued an alert warning builders about P2000, “a foil-faced polystyrene insulation whose marketers are making claims of an R-Value of 27 or 28 per inch. … It was determined… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

first_imgA new client called me, saying that his insulation contractor urged him to contact me about some moisture problems in the home before they actually embarked on a major energy upgrade. (That was gratifying.) The home was actually moved many years ago off of a failing rubble foundation to a new concrete masonry unit (CMU) foundation on a different site.Image #2 (bottom of page) shows the home from the front. Image #3 shows the bare CMU on the above-grade portion of CMU foundation.But it is Image #1 (right) that is the real puzzle. Here are the puzzle pieces:Puzzle Piece #1:The client is certain that the blue-green staining on the CMU column built to support the massive fireplace in the living room predates their switch to a woodstove insert in the fireplace (photo 4).Puzzle Piece #2:The middle of the CMU column is hollow and filled with ash mounded up around the clean-out. (See the small black cast-iron door in the photo.) RELATED ARTICLES Efflorescence = Water DamagePreventing Water Entry Into a HomeDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionCapillary Breaks Above Footings In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. The solution?My recommendations to the homeowner on this moisture issue, along with some others, were:1. Clean out the bottom ash, scrub off the blue-green efflorescence, and wait a bit before priming and painting the block, just to be sure the problem is licked.2. Confirm that the footing perimeter drainage system is working, that it is relieving any moisture pressure around the foundation (I located the drain-to-daylight for the foundation perimeter drainage system; see Image #7).3. Seal the above-grade portion of the CMU foundation system so it is not taking on splash-back moisture. It sure looked to me as though the blue-green stain was a sort of efflorescence caused by water wicking up the CMUs and carrying some sort of salt with it. But where is the water that is wicking coming from?Puzzle Piece #3:I always start by considering bulk water, so I thought: maybe the chimney is not capped and enough bulk water is coming down the chimney to feed the wicking. Darn — a quick check outside reveals a staunch chimney cap (see Image #5, below). Could be that this is a problem that predates the chimney cap?Puzzle Piece #4:The next place I always look for water is from capillary continuity with soil moisture; maybe there is no moisture barrier underneath the concrete basement slab. Before drilling a hole in the slab somewhere, I discovered a slab hole for what used to be a functioning sump. I reached down and felt a heavy plastic sheet just beneath the 4-inch concrete slab.Puzzle Piece #5:Stumped. It’s got to be either bulk water coming down or wicking water coming up; but how can there be soil moisture moving up into the blocks of the column when the basement slab has a moisture barrier underneath it?When would the CMU column get built? At the same time as the perimeter walls of the foundation. Is the CMU support column on a separate footing? And was the CMU work done before the slab flatwork? You got it; it’s very likely that the moisture barrier under the slab is continuous except under the CMU fireplace column.OK, so now we are pretty sure about the moisture source. But what about the blue-green efflorescence? Efflorescence from salts in the mortar or block is always white, not this striking blue-green.Puzzle Piece #6:I remember from high school chemistry that nearly all copper salts are blue or green, so a good guess is that some source of copper is inside that CMU column (or maybe from the soil below).Remember that the blue-green staining pretty much follows the mound of the ash… So is the source of the copper salts related to what they were burning in the fireplace?Maybe they were burning pressure-treated lumber in the fireplace; that contains copper salts, right? I sure hope not! What else would someone burn with a lot of metallic salts in it? (Remember the title: “Fanciful Fuel”?)I can’t prove that this is the answer, because we don’t know enough about the prior occupants, but I am convinced that they spent a lot of time staring into a beautiful and colorful log fire…Metallic salts like copper chloride, potassium chlorate, and lithium carbonate “burn” with blue, green, and reddish hues. These chemicals can be found in commercial products like Mystical Fire (see Image # 6).last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgThe play also marks Carroll’s Shaw Festival directorial debut. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook At the Shaw Festival, new artistic director Tim Carroll announced a cast that includes Tom McCamus, a Stratford stalwart, returning to the Shaw to star in Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III.McCamus will also appear in George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, which will star Sara Topham, best known for 12 seasons at the Stratford Festival, in her Shaw debut as the titular saint. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBut whereas the cerebral Pierre Trudeau hated the back-slapping, baby-kissing, retail side of politics, English says his son seems to feed off the energy he derives from engaging directly with people. Liberal strategists are counting on him out-perform his rivals on the hustings.The latest Liberal slogan — “Choose Forward” — appeals to Canadians to continue supporting the party’s general direction, implicitly acknowledging that not everyone is entirely satisfied with some of the particulars. It attempts to frame the election as a choice between going forward or backward, not as a referendum on Trudeau’s first four years.As Trudeau put it in the interview: “I think people get that there is a choice in this election, that it’s not about judging me on everything you’d hoped I’d do and where I might not have fulfilled all everyone’s individual hopes for what this could be.”According to strategists, the key to victory is framing the election as a binary choice between the Liberals and Conservatives. In other words, forget about those New Democrats and Greens, whom Liberals intend to mention as little as possible even while emphasizing the values and policies they share. OTTAWA — Canada’s 2019 federal election could wind up looking a lot like the 1972 cliffhanger — the last time a Trudeau asked Canadians for a second mandate after the first blush of Trudeaumania had dissipated.But if Liberals play their cards right, party strategists are hoping it will end up more like a replay of 2015, with Canadians choosing to continue moving forward with Justin Trudeau’s progressive agenda rather than going back to the bad old days of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.Never mind that Harper is no longer Conservative leader. His successor, Andrew Scheer, is, by his own admission, “Stephen Harper with a smile” and his agenda, by the Liberals’ telling, is Harper’s agenda: tax breaks for the wealthy, cuts in services for everyone else, no action on climate change, the politics of fear and division. They’ll reinforce that message by tying Scheer wherever possible to someone else who isn’t running: Ontario’s unpopular Progressive Conservative premier, Doug Ford. And they’ll no doubt throw in, at least obliquely, references to mercurial U.S. President Donald Trump.Here’s how Trudeau himself framed the choice in a recent interview:“We are on a very good path and we need to continue it because we see what happens elsewhere in the world when people make poor choices. Hell, we’re seeing in Ontario what happens with cuts to services and tax breaks for the rich,” he said.“I mean, it doesn’t work and that’s the big thing that we turned around (in 2015). We said no, you don’t grow an economy through trickle-down, you grow it through investing in people, investing in their communities. That was the big disagreement we had with the Conservatives in 2015 and it remains the big disagreement we have with them in 2019.”At the moment, however, polls suggest the Liberals are essentially tied with the Conservatives, with neither in a position to capture a majority of seats in the House of Commons. Should that hold, the outcome could be very similar to 1972, when the Liberals under Trudeau’s father Pierre wound up with the barest of minorities, just two seats ahead of the Progressive Conservatives.There are, says historian and former Liberal MP John English, some “really striking parallels” between Trudeau senior’s bid for a second term and that of his eldest son. Both swept to power on a wave of adulation rarely seen in Canadian politics, creating unrealistic expectations that crashed against the hard rock of reality during four years of governing. At the same time, Liberals need to motivate progressive voters to back Trudeau again. They can’t afford to let disappointed progressives — turned off by Trudeau buying a petroleum pipeline or scrapping his promise to end Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system or the SNC-Lavalin ethics imbroglio, for instance  — to drift over to the NDP or Greens, or just stay home. Robust turnout will be crucial, as it was in 2015 when young voters turned out in droves to support the Liberals.Liberals are under no illusions they’ll be able to replicate the enthusiasm that attended Trudeau’s debut election. But they’ll emphasize what they say is at stake if the Conservatives win, reversing all the progress that’s been made on everything from climate change to gender equality and gay rights — a tactic evident in the interview with Trudeau.“Just across the country, seeing conservative premiers elected from the Rockies to the Bay of Fundy, who are trying to turn back the clock on the fight against climate change. I mean people are like, whoa, there is a lot at stake,” he said.While national poll numbers suggest a dead heat with the Conservatives, regional results tend to favour the Liberals in areas with lots of seats, such as Ontario and Quebec. They expect to lose MPs in the Prairies and know they’re unlikely to sweep all 32 seats in the Atlantic provinces as they did in 2015, although they hope to hang onto most. What will happen in British Columbia, where a four-way fight among Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens is playing out, is unpredictable.But Liberals are still hoping to offset some of those losses with gains in Central Canada, which accounts for almost 60 per cent of the 338 seats up for grabs, capitalizing on Ford’s unpopularity in Ontario and the collapse of the NDP in Quebec.KEYS TO VICTORY:— Frame the election as a binary choice between forward-looking Liberals and backward-looking Conservatives.— Paint Scheer as a clone of Stephen Harper and a yes-man to conservative premiers, particularly Ontario’s unpopular Doug Ford.— Motivate disappointed progressive voters to back Trudeau once again by emphasizing that all the progress made, however imperfect, would be reversed if the Conservatives win.— Pick up seats in Ontario and Quebec to offset inevitable losses elsewhere.— Ensure Justin Trudeau is at the top of his game. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgA food ingredient widely used in baked goods and artificial flavouring may increase levels of several hormones that are associated with risk of obesity and diabetes, a study has found. Researchers from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US combined data from a trial in humans and mouse studies. The study indicated that propionate can trigger a cascade of metabolic events that leads to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia – a condition marked by excessive levels of insulin. The findings also showed that in mice, chronic exposure to propionate resulted in weight gain and insulin resistance. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Understanding how ingredients in food affect the body’s metabolism at the molecular and cellular level could help us develop simple but effective measures to tackle the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes,” said Gokhan S Hotamisligil, a professor at Harvard Chan School. More than 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes.The surging rates of diabetes, as well as obesity, in the last 50 years indicate that environmental and dietary factors must be influencing the growth of this epidemic. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers have suggested that dietary components including ingredients used for preparation or preservation of food may be a contributing factor, but there is little research evaluating these molecules. The team focused on propionate, a naturally occurring short-chain fatty acid that helps prevents mold from forming on foods. They first administered this short chain fatty acid to mice and found that it rapidly activated the sympathetic nervous system, which led to a surge in hormones, including glucagon, norepinephrine, and a newly discovered gluconeogenic hormone called fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4). This in turn led the mice to produce more glucose from their liver cells, leading to hyperglycemia – a defining trait of diabetes. Moreover, the researchers found that chronic treatment of mice with a dose of propionate that was equivalent to the amount typically consumed by humans led to significant weight gain in the mice, as well as insulin resistance. To determine how the findings in mice may translate to humans, the researchers established a double-blinded placebo-controlled study that included 14 healthy participants. The participants were randomised into two groups: One group received a meal that contained one gram of propionate as an additive and the other group was given a meal that contained a placebo. Blood samples were collected before the meal, within 15 minutes of eating the meal, and every 30 minutes thereafter for four hours. The researchers found that people who consumed the meal containing propionate had significant increases in norepinephrine as well as increases in glucagon and FABP4 soon after eating the meal.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 13, 2016 – The Free Spay and Neuter campaign fell short this time around when it came to their goal of 400 pets prevented from breeding as much as 67,000 animals over a six year span.  Dr. Susanne Parr of Pets without Vets yon Thursday reported that 150 animals had been snipped, and that they are most interested in keeping the stray dog and cat population way down.The biggest challenge was despite the service being free, residents were calling on the volunteers to pick up and drop off their pets in large numbers; that service was offered free by the clinic but to their surprise, the group was inundated with those requests.  The Animal Welfare Unit is also on board for this event which offered vaccination and de-worming shots.last_img read more