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Half-time: Brentford 1 MK Dons 0

first_imgLasse Vibe’s sixth goal of the season put Brentford ahead at the break in Dean Smith’s first game in charge.The new head coach saw his initial plans derailed slightly when Alan McCormack pulled out in the warm-up and Sergi Canos came in for only the second start of his loan spell from Liverpool.And it took the Bees a little time to settle, with Josh Murphy firing wide from an angle and Dean Bowditch shooting straight at home keeper David Button.But on 20 minutes, Brentford showed Smith their counter-attacking potential with a wonderfully worked goal.Alan Judge began the move with a neat turn and sprint from halfway before releasing Jake Bidwell, whose cross was headed home by Vibe.After that, the Bees dominated and should have added to their lead before half-time.Judge wasted a good one-on-one chance as Dons keeper David Martin saved and he also struck the bar with a free-kick, while Antony Kay cleared Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s follow-up off the line.And on 33 minutes, a ball dropped to Canos, as the Dons looked decidedly uneasy at the back, but he too hit the woodwork.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, O’Connell, Bidwell; Kerschbaumer, Diagouraga; Woods, Canos, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, McEachran, Saunders, Gogia, Jota, Hofmann.MK Dons: Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington; Potter, Poyet; Baker, Bowditch, Murphy; Maynard.Subs: Cropper, Hodson, Benavente, Carruthers, Powell, Hall, Gallagher.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tiny Houses Replace Tents for Homeless

first_imgMost of the money went into site improvementsA cursory look at the numbers makes the little houses look awfully expensive. According to the Quixote Village web site, the $3.05 million total included permit fees, road improvements and infrastructure. Each cottage cost $87,789, the website says, which translates to $610 a square foot.Miller says the community building plus some site improvements cost $420,000, while the houses and the bulk of the extensive site improvements amounted to $2.63 million.On their own, each house would cost $19,000, Miller said. That’s about $131 per square foot. Architect Sarah Susanka made a big splash with her 1998 book The Not So Big House, arguing that Americans didn’t need sprawling drywall palaces with two-story foyers and rooms that people rarely used. She wanted designers and homeowners to go on an architectural diet.Susanka might not have been thinking of micro-houses barely big enough for a bed and chair. But very small houses are gaining ground, and in one Washington State community they’ve become an innovative way of getting homeless people out of leaky tents and under a dry roof.In an article published this week, New York Times writer Michael Tortorello describes a settlement called Quixote Village just outside Olympia, WA. Each of the 30 houses is 8 ft. by 18 ft., or 144 square feet.The houses were designed by Garner Miller, an architect and LEED accredited professional with MSGS Architects. Last Christmas Eve, Tortorello wrote, these new rentals were turned over to what members of a “homeless community called Camp Quixote, a floating tent city that moved more than 20 times after its founding in 2007.”The project, on land the county leases for $1 a year, includes a community building with a kitchen, dining area and showers. Total costs were $3.05 million, according to the Quixote Village website, which came from federal, state, county and local sources. Miller cut his fee in half, and other professionals working on the project also donated services. Designs differ from typical tiny houseMiller said by email that the idea of higher-end tiny houses gathered steam partly through the work of Marianne Cusato, whose Katrina Cottages were designed to house victims of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, there are a number of companies that sell very small houses online, including Four Lights, Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., and Molecule Tiny Homes.But the Quixote houses, Miller said, are different in concept.“The typical tiny house contains everything needed by the resident, including the kitchen, and usually starts at 500 sq. ft. and up,” Miller wrote. “It is still an individual and isolated way of living. The Quixote Village concept creates 144-square-foot cottages that contain only a sitting/sleeping room, a bathroom and a closet. Everything else — the kitchen, laundry, showers, living room — is in the shared community building.“Quixote Village is closer to communal living,” Miller added, “where 30 residents share meals and spend time together, which they believe is a healthier way to live. “The Quixote houses are stick-framed with 2×4 walls on 16-inch centers sheathed with OSB. On the inside, 2x2s run horizontally 24 inches on-center and walls are covered with 1/2-inch plywood. The framing creates a 5-inch wall cavity, which is filled with batt insulation, Miller said, adding that the design reduces the amount of thermal bridging through the wall.“By adding the 2x2s, the only place thermal transfer can occur is where the horizontal and vertical studs cross each other, rather than the entire length of a vertical stud in standard construction,” he said.The roof is framed with rafters. The area above the collar ties becomes a small attic, which is filled with 12 inches of batt insulation. Miller said exterior walls include a continuous vapor barrier under the interior plywood, with air leaks around windows minimized with flashing tape and caulk.The siding was installed over a rain screen. For horizontal lap siding, builders used painted 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch furring strips. For vertical siding, builders applied horizontal strips of Cor-A-Vent, Miller said.last_img read more

Surging Bombers eye return to Final Four

first_imgJose Rizal U shoots for a Final Four berth when it battles resurgent Mapua, while Arellano fights for survival against San Sebastian in NCAA Season 93 basketball on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A victory by the Heavy Bombers in the 2 p.m. clash with the Cardinals will book a return trip to the Final Four for coach Vergel Meneses’ charges, who last made the postseason two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments The Chiefs, at 6-9, are teetering on the brink of elimination but a win could muddle up the race for the remaining Final Four berth. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Although they are already out of the running for a Final Four spot, the Cardinals remain dangerous after last week’s back-to-back wins—their first this season.“What’s important is that we have our fate in our hands,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses in Filipino. “We want to continue improving this late in the season and this game (against Mapua) gives us another chance to do that.”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 shutoutThe Bombers are also looking to continue their three-game win run and avoid a playoff for the last postseason spot. JRU is coming off a 60-58 victory over San Sebastian on Friday.Arellano, on the other hand, hopes to fan its Final Four hopes against San Sebastian in the 4 p.m. clash. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

Adarsh scam probe: CBI submits progress report to HC

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted progress report to the Bombay High Court on the probe of Adarsh Housing Society case, involving 14 accused, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata handed the report, in a sealed cover, to the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The bench asked CBI to file a further report after four weeks.The matter has now been posted for hearing on July 20. CBI had earlier informed the Court that it had registered case against 14 persons, following which the court had asked the petitioner, Simpreet Singh, to forward his complaint and whatever documents he had, to the agency.Singh, a social activist, had originally sought transfer of case from state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the CBI.Later, on its own, the state government decided to hand the case over the central agency.On the last occasion, Singh’s lawyer had said that High Court must supervise the probe, alleging that even Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was involved in the scam, but his name does not figure in CBI’s FIR.However, the court felt it was investigating agency’s prerogative as to whom to name in the FIR.CBI filed the FIR on January 29 under various sections of IPC, including criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery, besides sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola confident Fernandinho can make Liverpool clash

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola confident Fernandinho can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident Fernandinho can make their clash with Liverpool.The influential midfielder has missed the last three matches through injury – which has coincided with City losing two times.And Guardiola has revealed the 33-year-old has made a return to training – even though he is still short of full match fitness.Asked directly about Fernandinho’s fitness Guardiola said: “Almost everyone is fit. They are training – not 100 per cent but training.”We will have his qualities again and he is an incredible player. He is so important like Kevin is, so of course we have to find another solution if he is not available.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Barcelona fined £265 for Griezmann signing

first_img​Barcelona fined £265 for Griezmann signingby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have been fined only 300 euros (£265) by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, reports BBC Sport.Spanish champions Barcelona signed Griezmann after paying his 120m-euro (£107m) buyout clause on 1 July.But the federation said Barca broke its rules by negotiating with Griezmann without Atletico’s permission.Atletico believed his buyout clause should have been 200m euros (£179m).They claimed that Barca began talking to the player in March, when that was the size of his buyout clause.His cost then dropped to 120m euros at the start of July, which was when he signed for Barca, but Atletico claimed the “commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed” prior to the clause reducing.The player was absolved of any responsibility by the federation. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives to choose new party leader Saturday

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Opposition Progressive Conservatives are looking for a fresh start this weekend with a leadership convention they hope will propel them into the government benches after the next provincial election.The convention begins Friday with speeches from five candidates — three men and two women — after a campaign race that started when former party leader Jamie Baillie announced he would step down as leader in November, then resigned in January amid unspecified allegations of inappropriate behaviour.The candidates include perceived front-runner and Tory caucus member Tim Houston, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke, caucus members John Lohr and Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, and Julie Chaisson, executive director of the Halifax Seaport Market.All five have spent months travelling the province to sign up party members, a process that saw more than 11,600 people purchase memberships.“That’s tremendous to have that level of response, particularly in this era of disengagement with politics,” Nova Scotia PC party president Tara Miller said in an interview earlier this week.Miller said the membership surge was the result of people responding to the messages of the candidates, and also to an optimistic feeling within party ranks.“I think another reason that people are so engaged is because there … is a feeling that this leader will be the next premier of Nova Scotia,” said Miller.Lori Turnbull, a political scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said that kind of bullishness isn’t just partisan spin.Turnbull said the Tories are well aware that voters in other provinces — most recently Quebec and Ontario — have dumped their Liberal governments in favour of right-leaning parties, and it appears New Brunswickers are poised to do the same in the days ahead.In Nova Scotia, Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil has won two consecutive majority governments, but Turnbull says the Liberals’ current majority is “as small as you can get.”“Just by way of typical voting patterns, it’s possible — maybe even probable — that the Progressive Conservatives are electing the next premier of the province this weekend,” said Turnbull. “So I think it matters who they pick because that person will set the tone for the party.”Houston, who represents Pictou East, launched his campaign a month ahead of his rivals and has touted himself as best positioned to take on the Liberals in the next election.However, his style and perceived status as front-runner has made him the main target for the other candidates.Tom Urbaniak, a political scientist at Cape Breton University, said he was surprised Houston’s campaign didn’t make more overtures to the other candidates in a contest that will be decided by a combination of a ranked ballot and weighted ridings.Each of the province’s 51 constituencies will count for 100 points, allocated according to the proportion of votes each candidate receives from that riding.“I don’t see a lot of room to grow beyond Tim Houston’s base, so one wonders if they are feeling pretty confident that they will be close to that 50 per cent mark with people’s first-choice picks,” Urbaniak said. “If they are too far off, then it gets really interesting.”Urbaniak said the overarching narrative of the campaign has been a two-way race between Houston and Clarke, who is a former cabinet minister under premiers John Hamm and Rodney MacDonald.“That narrative is going to influence … how (party members) designate their second and third choices (on their ranked ballots),” Urbaniak said. “That’s especially if they are very concerned about a particular person winning — they will vote strategically.”Clarke has campaigned as the party’s experienced hand and as the person who is best equipped to take over as premier.Smith-McCrossin, a former nurse and small-business owner, has championed private sector job growth and has come out in favour of a zero tax-rate for small business, while Chaisson has positioned herself as a party outsider and voice for change.Lohr has gained attention by staking ground on the party’s far right, professing his support for oil and gas exploration, including hydraulic fracturing, which is under a moratorium in Nova Scotia.He also caused a stir after speaking out against the removal of statues of Sir John A. Macdonald elsewhere in the country. Lohr also claimed there were paid protesters at a rally last July in Pictou, N.S., against the planned discharge of treated pulp mill effluent into the Northumberland Strait.Despite the media attention, neither Urbaniak nor Turnbull see Lohr’s pronouncements as a sign of populist growth within the party or the province as a whole.“I don’t see the same kind of populist support here as say for someone like Doug Ford (in Ontario),” said Turnbull. “You need a brand to sell it and I don’t really see the same thing here in terms of a person or the brand resonating.”last_img read more