Saving Sustainably: Foundation Formwork

first_imgCompleting the stem wall formsIf I had decided to pour the foundation walls and the slab all at the same time, this would have been all the formwork I needed. But for several reasons, I decided to pour the slab and stem walls separately, so I needed to complete the stem wall forms by adding an inside form 8 inches away from the outside. The double pour will allow for more control, hopefully resulting in a smoother, more level slab. It also allows me to insulate the inside of the footing wall before I pour the slab.Plumbing must be located precisely. Once the slab has been poured, there will be no moving this toilet flange.I set up the second set of form boards exactly 8 inches away from the first, and connected the two sides with scrap wood, placing the scrap at the exact locations where anchor bolts would go. This way, I can use the scrap wood to hold the bolt while the concrete cures around it.Once the second set of form boards were attached and level with the first set, I began straightening them out and bracing them (see Image #4 below). The boards may not look pretty, but they are free and I can’t see spending money on temporary bracing. When it comes time to pour concrete, we will be banging the forms with hammers trying to work the air pockets out of the concrete so I need to ensure the forms won’t move around at all.With the forms perfectly marking out the edges of the house, I now had a reference to place the plumbing. When bracing the main drain line, I maintained a downward slope of 1/4 inch for every foot of pipe all the way through the line to the septic tank. I used the builder’s level to make sure that I was starting at the right spot. Footings clear inspectionAs the date for a required formwork inspection approached, I took care of a few last details (see Image #5 below). These included forming a small point-load footing for the stairway, laying out all the cold water supply lines, and setting up the utility sweeps for the electrical, heat-pump water heater, and ductless minisplit systems. I also made a few minor adjustments to the forms to straighten out the rebar and make sure they were precisely squared and leveled, and laid out the anchor bolts.I’ll be running the hot water lines inside the conditioned space of the house, meaning that they will stay nice and warm at the same temperature as the house. The cold water lines, on the other hand, don’t need that kind of insulation so I am running them underneath the slab alongside the rest of the plumbing I had already installed. I will be using a hybrid type of water supply installation for the cold water lines, meaning it will be halfway between the trunk-and-branch method and the home-run method. The hot water lines will be almost exclusively home runs with one minor exception.With a trunk-and-branch layout, a main supply line travels through the entire house with branch lines serving fixtures such as a toilet or sink. The home-run method means that as soon as the water line enters the house it is piped into what is called a manifold, where it immediately branches off into as many lines as there are fixtures in the house.When dealing with hot water lines, the trunk-and-branch system has a major flaw in that if you want hot water in one of the fixtures and the water currently in the trunk has already cooled off, you have to wait until all of the water in the trunk has exited the fixture before you get hot water. This is not only annoying but also extremely wasteful. The home-run method uses more piping, but solves this problem, ultimately paying off in the long run. For cold water lines this isn’t an issue, so I just ran the piping as efficiently as I could to reduce the amount of PEX piping I needed to buy. Getting the hang of a mini excavatorWhen I was planning the build, I thought seriously about buying a mini excavator. They have great resale value and are incredibly handy. You can use them not only to excavate, but also to raise walls, move dirt around, or just move heavy objects. In the end, I’m glad I decided against it. The thrill of operating one of these machines is an experience I was happy to have, but by the fourth hour or so I was losing interest.It takes about an hour to get pretty good on the controls, so of course the learning aspect of that was an enjoyable challenge. But once you have it down, the digging becomes monotonous and I’m not a fan of diesel fumes. If I had it to do over again I would just use a skid steer to clear the topsoil and level everything and then I would dig the footings by hand. That said, the soil is pretty sandy here so I might feel differently about that if I had to deal with more clay-like soils.After the footing trenches were dug, I used the mini to move the spoils out of the way where they will remain until I finish building and will use it to backfill. I did use some of the soil to add on to my septic field mound just to give it a neater look. I used my level to level the interior and make sure my footings were dug to the proper depth.Now the only thing left as far as digging is concerned was just a few small trenches for utilities (HVAC, water supply, electrical). It’s very gratifying to see the design I have been working so hard on slowly becoming reality (see Image #3 below). Adding steel reinforcementCounty building codes required two runs of horizontal steel rebar at the bottom of the footings and one horizontal run within the top 12 inches of the stem wall. The three horizontal runs must be connected by L-shaped vertical pieces of rebar every 4 feet.One of the more difficult aspects of installing rebar is making sure it’s embedded within the concrete as opposed to just lying on top of it or underneath it. (Most codes require rebar to be no closer to the surface of the concrete than 3 inches). I will be using small blocks called dobies to support the rebar; when the concrete is poured, the rebar will remain the required distance off the ground. The vertical rebar is held upright by tying it to the bottom runs using rebar tie wire. To make things easier, I bought a neat little tool for $15 that quickly and neatly twists the tie wires together as I pulled on the handle.Rebar comes in lengths of up to 20 feet. When you need a run longer than that, two or more pieces must be spliced together. These splices must not occur in exactly the same spots on each run and must be 50 bar diameters in length. Since I am using #4 rebar, the diameter is 4/8 or 1/2 inch, meaning the splice overlap must be at least 25 inches.I noticed that one of my Point Roberts neighbors had an old rebar bender/cutter in his yard, and I asked him if I could borrow it for a week. It was barely holding itself together and at least twice as hard to operate as a newer one, but it did the job and saved me the cost of renting one. RELATED ARTICLES Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. Building the formsOne of the more intimidating parts of the build has been putting up the form boards. It’s one thing to make an incredibly detailed drawing on a CAD program in which everything is perfect and straight and level. It is quite another to take a crumbly and uneven medium like soil and place forms that will be just as straight and level as the CAD drawing.I’ve thanked myself for sticking to a small footprint many times over the last few weeks as I trudge back and forth from my trusty builder’s level to the grade stake, fine-tuning everything. With outside dimensions of 24 feet by 32 feet, the foundation should have a diagonal measurement of 40 feet — a dimension I can use to check to make sure the foundation has square corners.There are two distinct sections of the foundation: an 8-inch thick stem wall at the top, and a thicker 16-inch-wide footing below it. The soil will act as a form for the footing, and the form boards will create the 8-inch stem wall. Footings and stem walls are both poured at the same time. After adding insulation to the inside of the stem walls, I’ll schedule a second pour for the slabs.To build the forms, I started by running the outside form boards all the way around the foundation. I cut a couple 9-inch blocks to hold the form boards up while I screwed them to the nail stakes. I chose 9 inches because the footing needs to be a minimum of 7 inches deep and I wanted just a small buffer in case any dirt caved in between the time I level the forms and the time the inspector comes to check the depth of the footing. With the unfortunately sky-high concrete prices in the area I will pay about $200 for this buffer, but I’ve decided it is worth it.I set each form board on the blocks and then lifted it up just slightly before screwing it to the stakes I had pounded in. The extra lift at the end is something I learned from my mentor. It is quite simple to nail in a stake just a bit more to lower the form, yet even with incredible strength it is virtually impossible to pull one out of the ground and expect it to stay there. By nailing the form to the stakes just a bit higher than they needed to be I was able to easily fine-tune the forms by pounding a stake down just a bit here or there.I used the builder’s level to decide how much extra to pound each stake in. I used a couple of clamps and a small 2×4 as a jig to hold the grade stake straight on top of the form and then checked the height with the level. Using this point as a reference, I worked my way around the perimeter, clamping the grade stake on top of the form, checking the height against the reference height, pounding the nail stake holding the form down a bit if needed, and then rechecking the height with the level. Once all the forms were level, I measured the lengths of each side and then measured the diagonals to ensure the sides were squared to each other.I decided to use screws rather than nails to attach the forms. Screws are more expensive, but they are easier both to install and to remove once the concrete has been poured. With any luck I will be able to reuse them later on in the build. With the permit approved it was time to break ground! I had already planned to rent a mini excavator and surveyed the lot extensively so I knew where and how I wanted to orient the house. The drawing in Image #2 (at the bottom of the article) shows my foundation plan. You can see the perimeter footings forming a rectangle; the other trenches that run through it will be for plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.Before digging, I needed a game plan. I set up some makeshift batter boards with 2-foot nail stakes and scrap wood and then stretched string lines between them to mark out the inside and outside of the trenches. I measured carefully to ensure the strings were spaced the correct distance apart from each other and also measured the diagonal distances between the corners to ensure that they formed perfect 90° angles.I was careful to leave enough room between the trench and the batter boards for the mini excavator. Once I was sure the lines were straight and square, I notched the batter boards where the strings crossed the board so I could remove them and reset them without measuring again.Next, I marked lines beneath the string lines with spray paint. Unfortunately, I had already gone through one can before I read that I could simply use cornmeal to mark the lines. I bought a bag and put some in a container with a spout on it and just poured it over the string lines. It fell past the string and made a neat line on the ground — yet another way of Saving Sustainably. Once the lines were marked I removed the string lines and hopped on the mini. BLOGS BY MATT BATH An Introduction Green Basics: Slab FoundationsFoam Under FootingsFrost-Protected Shallow FoundationsGreen Basics: Foundation Types Pouring the concreteToday marked another milestone: the concrete was poured (see Image #6 below). As with almost every step in the build so far, there were definitely a few hiccups along the way. But at the end of the day I was pretty pleased with the results.The major hiccup occurred when a couple of the pieces of wood I was using to hold the forms exactly 8 inches apart pulled away from the screws that were holding them in place (see Image #7 below). This wasn’t catastrophic because the bottoms of the forms were held in place by the nail stakes, but it is the top of the forms that is the most crucial, so it was important to figure out how to push them back in place and hold them there.The easiest fix was a little costly, but it worked and in the grand scheme of the build it will be a minor cost. I had one of my friends (thank goodness I had some extra help!) run to the local building supply store and buy some steel spreaders and then we used some 2x4s to lever the tops of the forms back into place and lock them together with the spreaders. I measured it out and the entire pour ended up being less than a 1/2 inch off all the way around the top. Although the bottoms did bow out a little bit, they will be completely covered with dirt. Crisis averted!Another minor hiccup during the pour was that the weight of the concrete inside the forms was so great that it pushed the concrete underneath and up around the outside of the forms. The concrete was supposed to level out as it reached the bottom of the forms and pressed into the dirt, creating an upside down “T.”Structurally, this was not an issue, and again, this part of the pour will eventually be backfilled and completely covered. The problem was that I hadn’t accounted for the additional concrete in my calculations. I had ordered extra but started getting scared that the excess I had ordered wouldn’t be enough to cover it. We solved this problem by pouring the bottom part of the T (the footing) first and then pouring the top half (the stem walls) after the bottom half had cured for roughly a half-hour.This incurred an additional hourly cost for the pump truck driver but running out of concrete would have been catastrophic. As it turned out, we would have had enough, but better safe than sorry. We poured the excess concrete in the area where the slab will go; it will result in needing less gravel in the next phase of the build.last_img read more

Ateneo holds off NU to keep perfect slate

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After taking a slim two-point lead at the end of the third, 67-65, the Blue Eagles ramped it up in the fourth going on a 15-5 run with Matt Nieto capping it off with a booming triple 2:22 left that gave Ateneo an 82-70 lead.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said it was NU’s zone defense that forced them to create shots from distance, and it was a challenge they had to respond to.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“NU played hard, they came up with a game plan, they switched defenses on us and they zoned us a lot,” said Arespacochaga. “We kind of expected and it was just a matter of telling our players to just read the defense.”Ateneo used a strong three-point shooting to slowly distance itself from the Bulldogs with the Blue Eagles converting 11 of their 32 attempts from deep while holding NU to just three three-pointers. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We hit 34 percent from three-point range so I think we did a good job of not getting rattled by their defense.”Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 15 points, eight boards, and two steals while Jolo Mendoza and Matt Nieto added 10 points apiece.J-Jay Alejandro put up a game-high 22 points to go along seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals to lead NU while Issa Gaye had eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its immaculate card in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after turning back a strong stand from National U, 85-72, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles hiked their unbeaten run 9-0 while the Bulldogs slid 3-6 and stay unmoved at sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Doping: Banned drugs easily available near NIS in Patiala

first_imgCan the government simply wash its hands off by sacking a coach and ordering a probe into the dope scandal that has taken the country by storm? No, the government has to come up with solutions.  Headlines Today has exposed how Indian players can freely get access to banned drugs – that too outside the prestigious National Institute for Sports in Patiala. Performance enhancing drugs are openly sold over the counter at chemist shops just a few hundred metres from the NIS in Patiala. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. Here syringes and steroid strips can be bought cheap and easy, fuelling the drugged dreams of players. NIS executive director L.S. Ranawat says, “I have no information about banned drugs being available in market.” “It is easy to get it in Patiala,” says a local youth, face masked. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers. An NIS trainee says, “Not all coaches do it. Players take it themselves.”  Says Ranawat, “Each athlete is aware of banned drugs. It is very unfortunate that some top athletes have been found taking drugs. No athlete will do this knowingly. Coaches have responsibility to see this does not happen.” The Patiala chapter of the Indian dope story shows that it is a serious problem. It’s a malice no one seems to accept. The dope stink Eight athletes in five days – that is the doping stink that has caught the country unawares and the last straw was the golden girl of CWG 2010 testing positive. Whose fault is it? The system, the foreign coaches or is it all to do with unabashed opportunism? Are players taking the short cut to success? Ashwini Akkunji, along with 400m runner Priyanka Panwar, has tested positive for banned steroids in a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. Other members of the team, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, are already under the scanner. This has taken the count of athletes who tested positive for dope to eight in just five days. The shocking revelations have thrown the Sports Ministry into a quick-action mode. Cracking the whip, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday suspended the Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnic holding him responsible. Blaming the fiasco on Sports Authority of India, the minister has sought a report. Maken said, “It is seen the officials and coaches are left scot-free, so the ministry has decided that the action should be taken against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from the SAI within three days.”  But has the action come a little too late? Could the embarrassment have been saved if the Sports Ministry acted on time? “I have only got to know about it now. So we have taken action,” said Maken. But NADA claims that the Sports Ministry was aware of this for a long time, but did nothing. Rahul Bhatnagar of NADA said, “For the last two years, Sports Ministry was in the know. They knew of all the tests that we conducted, but they did nothing.” The dope-taint on Indian athletics has angered the athletic legends in the country. They are demanding strict action against the athletes and a probe into the role of coaches, especially those from former Soviet Block countries. “I expected such a thing. There have been talks,” says former athlete Ashwini Nachappa. Milkha Singh seeks “harsh punishment”. “Probe coaches,” adds the legendary athlete. The hall of shame Ashwini Akkunji, the symbol of India’s rising might in track and field, has fallen from grace and what’s baffling is the time scale – Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the Asian Games. Ashwini Akkunji failed a drugs test on July 4, less than a year after becoming a national star. The Indian quarter mile specialist has tested positive for the banned drugs stanozolol and methandienone. But even as Ashwini rose the ladder of stardom over the last one year, the signs of extraordinary improvements in her performance began to raise eyebrows and now those concerns have been justified.  As it turns out, her remarkable timing improvement of four seconds in just four months from August last year to November 2010, were fuelled by performance enhancing drugs.  But Director of the Indian Athletics Federation M.L. Dogra still believes that there is hope. For a sport that takes decades to see a four-second improvement, India has once again been sold to just another excuse.  –  With Suman Ray and Abhishek Issar in Delhi advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

SMB’s Ross makes mental health a personal advocacy

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Dela Cruz, on the other hand, had himself as an example.“We’re men and we’re taught to be strong and to hold your feelings in and not to let your emotions out. Don’t get checked up for this, don’t get checked up for that, but life is tough for some people and you go through things. It is not easy for everyone,” he said.“I made some really bad choices. I lost my wife, I lost my kids, I’m trying to keep up my life again. But I wished somebody would have talked to me early on as a player to say that if you’re hurting or if you’re going through something, you need to talk to somebody, we put some phone numbers up here,” Dela Cruz shared.“I’m just one guy that has a voice. All it takes is one to reach out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re spending that training with basketball for maybe five to six hours,” Ross said of a basketball player’s life.“But the other 18 hours? You’re in life. Life’s real and life’s hard. It’s more than just basketball,” Ross said during the recent Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Player Orientation program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old playmaker is currently using his voice to push for mental health awareness—a topic that many players have eluded talking about.Ross was joined by former Alaska big man Tony dela Cruz in the event. The pair walked PBA players through the delicate matter and suggested ways on how to approach it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Professional basketball players, like ordinary persons, also grapple with the same problems many deem reserved for non-athletes.San Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross hopes to blot out the notion that they are immune from everyday issues.ADVERTISEMENT Tabuena eyeing third PH Open jewel Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “A lot of people see this as we are just basketball players, well a lot of people have families, a lot of people have businesses,” the playmaker said.“I had two really close friends in the US … And then when I came back here, I had another close friend that actually took her life,” Ross revealed to reporters.“So when you’re growing up, you kind of think that those kind of things will never affect you, that they’re never going to get close to you. But the longer you live and the more people you’re around, things like that do get to you,” he added.Ross slowly stepped into the role of a poster boy for his advocacy when he sought for the PBA fans to “just go check on people”  in a heart-felt post-game interview televised across the nation earlier this month.Ross’ motivation comes from two friends who struggled in coping, and another who actually took his life.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Arjun Rampal and pregnant girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades enjoy summer vibes. See pic

first_imgArjun Rampal is all heart for Gabriella Demetriades. The actor, who recently announced girlfriend Gabriella’s pregnancy, posted an adorable picture with her on Instagram.The actor captioned the photo, “Summer vibes.”Earlier, Arjun took to Instagram to reveal Gabriella’s preganacy with a loved-up post. He shared a picture with her, where she is seen flaunting her baby bump, and said, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”Before dating Gabriella, Arjun Rampal was married to Mehr Jesia. The couple, however, announced their separation on July 25, 2018. The couple announced their decision to end the marriage in a joint statement.Arjun has two daughters with Mehr – Mahikaa, who is 17-year old, and Myra, who is 13.Initially, Arjun kept his relationship with Gabriella under the wraps. But the Rock On actor made it official through an Instagram post.Rumour has it that Arjun met Gabriella during an Indian Premiere League afterparty in 2009, but they reconnected and began dating only a few years ago. She was by his side when his mother, Gwen Rampal, passed away last year.It was earlier reported that Mehr is taking Gabriella’s preganancy news sportingly. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, though Arjun and Mehr haven’t filed for divorce yet, Mehr’s friends say that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.advertisement”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told the daily. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.Also Read | Arjun Rampal’s ex-wife Mehr Jesia is fine with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades’s pregnancy: ReportAlso See | Arjun Rampal announces girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades is pregnant: Thank you baby for this babyALSO READ | Has Arjun Rampal moved in with his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades?ALSO READ | Inside story of Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia’s separationALSO WATCH | Ranbir-Katrina to Farhan-Adhuna, big Bollywood break-ups of 2016last_img read more

Klopp: We must play much better against City

first_imgLiverpool must find an extra gear against Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield despite ending their pre-season slump, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.The European champions fell behind to an early Memphis Depay penalty in Geneva, before strikes from the returning Roberto Firmino and Harry Wilson either side of a Joachim Andersen own goal secured an accomplished 3-1 win over Lyon.The result came on the back of a 3-0 weekend loss to Napoli at Murrayfield – Liverpool’s fourth winless friendly in succession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “All round it was a much better performance, but again, I said that will happen,” Klopp told his club’s official website.”Now we have three more days to prepare for the City game and then we will see what we can do there.”I am of course happy, but I know we must play much better to have a chance against City.”Man City is different to all other games that you play – you have to play a pre-season game against Man City to prepare for Man City and we didn’t do that!”We need to adapt to that, but all good. Today [Wednesday] was, from a physical point of view, very, very important for all the lads, and from a psychological point of view as well.”We are all human beings and losing football games we never get used to, so I’m really happy that we could change that.” Firmino returned to club action alongside Alisson and Mohamed Salah following their international exploits over the close season.Alisson erred to give away the fourth-minute spot kick, but his Brazil colleague and Salah offered their typical edge and quality to the Reds’ attack during the first half.”Mo is naturally fit and he can sprint all day, which us helps of course,” he said.”It opens up the pitch, you can play much more football – not always between the lines. If you from time-to-time chip the ball in behind the line, then Mo makes these offers which is very important for us.”Bobby in between the lines and in the box [was] present [and] really important.”Klopp insists the trio will be involved against City and did not rule out handing them starts.”I don’t know yet in the moment, so that’s how it is,” he added. “We have to see.”I don’t say 100 per cent not, there’s a chance that they will play, yes. They will be involved whenever, from the start, maybe we cannot make these [number of] changes like today [against Lyon] after half an hour or whatever, that’s maybe not possible in that game, so we have to see.”We have to see how they react tomorrow. Now training is not the highest intensity anymore, now training is about the detail [and] we really need to prepare the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Living the Dream: How Steven Tiller Brought Back the Iconic SeaVees Shoe

first_img Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Editors’ Recommendations Steven Tiller grew up in Oklahoma, but always dreamed of California and living on the West Coast. Instead, after college Tiller moved to the East Coast outside of Boston and began working for Cole Haan, Ked’s, and Sperry’s.During a yearly trend spotting trip to Tokyo, Tiller found an old, abandoned pair of SeaVees in a thrift shop and realized it was the sneaker he’d spent his life obsessing over.Upon returning home to Boston, he researched the company and learned that SeaVees was founded in 1964 by B.F. Goodrich, a tire company which, like many, used their rubber in footwear. The B.F. Goodrich’s sneaker division was purchased by Converse in 1969, however in 1971 the Justice Department declared it a monopoly and converse shut down SeaVees.Seabees Advertisements, 1964-1967, Playboy MagazineDuring the time SeaVees was active, the brand was advertised in Playboy and Sports Illustrated as the first crossover sneaker. SeaVees transformed the sneaker from the gym shoe to an everyday sneaker one could wear to a social affair. SeaVees were the original way to go casual.In 2010, Tiller relaunched SeaVees and moved his wife and two children to Montecito, California. Tiller finally achieved his goal of owning his own company and the dream of living in California.Today, SeaVees are sold at over 300 stores around the world and his team of eight employees design 35-40 styles each for men and women. Today, the brand still preserves the casual California lifestyle.Steven Tiller, CEO of SeaVees, came to the brand with over 20 years of footwear brand building success. Before SeaVees, he served as the President and Creative Director of Steve Madden’s Fix. Prior to that, Tiller was Senior VP of Global Design for Steven Madden’s Fix, and the Senior VP of Global Design and New Business Opportunities for the Stride Rite Corporation (owners of Sperry Top-Sider, Keds and Saucony). Tiller began his career at Cole Haan and Lands’ End before becoming VP Design and Development at Nine West Group.Steven Tiller, SeaVees CEO &Designer / Photo by Marianna JamadiWe spoke to Tiller to get the scoop on his own personal style:Jeans: Although there are some great denim brands that have emerged over the past several years, I will only wear Levi’s. Regardless of trend you can never go wrong with the iconic 501 and I’m especially partial to the vintage variety.Shirts: For basics like short and long sleeve crewneck tees and henleys, I live in Goodlife. I love their simplicity – no pockets, scalloped hems, great fit.I’m a big fan of the classic crewneck sweatshirt – whether grey heather or navy – I can never get enough. Reigning Champ is my current curiosity.For woven shirts, Todd Snyder is a long time favorite. Freenote is currently doing the worn-in, well-loved look right. And I always have the timeless white oxford shirt in my rotation. Gitman Vintage has perfected the art form. Pants: RRL Officer’s Flat Front Chinos are my all-time favorites. They just get softer and better with age. My only complaint is the flap pocket design on the back – I prefer to keep it simple with rear welt pockets. I get around it with my RRL’s by tucking the flap into the pocket.Style note: I almost always roll the leg of my trousers as a nod to the origin of the SeaVees brand in the early 1960s. It’s a sportswear trend of that enduring era that, to me, evokes beach walks and effortless style. And best of all, it’s a great way to show off your SeaVees.Suits: I don’t wear suits often, but J. Crew is really on point with their Ludlow collection. You can spend more but why? Because they’re not precious, you don’t feel this unnecessary long-term commitment with them. I find I buy them more frequently and I don’t hesitate to mix and match the pieces. There’s a feeling of freedom I normally don’t get in wearing a serious suit. Shoes: Obviously it’s SeaVees for any occasion. My personal favorite is our Legend Sneaker. It’s the style that started it all back in 1964. Smart casual, dressy casual… its simple sophistication make it the perfect choice for any social affair. Accessories: I rotate a couple a watches that have great sentimental value – a Paneri Luminor Marina and a vintage Cartier Tank with a round face. They were both presents from my wife on milestone birthdays. Other than that, I’m not big on jewelry.I have a weakness for sunglasses so I’m constantly adding to my collection. My newest pair is the Gilman by Raen. My oldest pair I kept from college – the Ray Ban Aviator.My best kept style secret is no show socks by Smartwool. I’ve tried them all and these are by far my favorite. You get the stealth, carefree look of not wearing socks, but the cool climate control, moisture wicking properties of merino wool.Outerwear: I love to layer, so I’m a sucker for jackets. My favorites include an RRL jean jacket, a French chore jacket by Apolis, an indigo ranger jacket by Rogue Territory, and a vintage Levi’s corduroy trucker jacket. I also have an arsenal of Patagonia down puffy jackets – sleeves, no sleeves, hooded, no hood – I have issues.Favorite cologne: I don’t wear cologne.Favorite app: My favorite app right now is Radiooooo. It’s a great time-travel music app where you can pick any country in the world, in any decade and stream popular local tunes of that time. Currently I’m streaming New Zealand in the 80s – the Dunedin Sound movement originated by Flying Nun Records.Favorite piece of technology: No surprise but any answer other than my iPhone would be disingenuous. I’m in constant rotation of the usual suspects: Spotify, Waze, Instagram, Netflix, Bandcamp.Next style/gear purchase:  Gear: The Sonos Connect. To play vinyl through our existing Sonos sound system.Style: With the mild climate in Santa Barbara, I can’t really justify this purchase, but I’m in the hunt for the quintessential navy peacoat.  Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Living the Dream: How Steven Tiller Brought Back the Iconic SeaVees Shoe Closecenter_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

Fuel supply ban due to fund issues not ops performance Air India

first_imgMumbai: The ban on jet fuel supply to Air India at six airports by the oil marketing firms was on account of fund crunch and not due to carrier’s operational performance, airline chief Ashwani Lohani has said. Lohani in a Facebook post on Sunday also wrote that regardless of the situation the Maharaja must keep afloat. The oil marketing companies led by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) last week stopped supplying fuel to Air India’s aircraft at Kochi, Pune, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag and Mohali airports over payment defaults, amid their combined dues mounting to a whopping around Rs 5,000 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe disinvestment-bound flag carrier has a debt pile Rs 58,351 crore as on March 31 this year, while the cumulative loss is to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore with no fiscal support to the airline coming from the government his year. “The constraints on fueling imposed on AI by the OMC’s at six stations is because of an overall shortage of funds but does not in any way mean reflect on the operational performance and recent efforts of the airline,” Lohani said. The joint decision to stop fuel supply to Air India from six airports was taken by the oil marketing companies in the wake of long-overdue payments to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore, IOC said in a statement issued on behalf of the three firms.last_img read more

Ban and Libyan official discuss transition agree on urgent visit by UN

7 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of Libya today discussed the need to end the fighting and ensure a transition that brings peace to the country, and agreed that the United Nations Special Envoy should hold urgent consultations in Tripoli. Hundreds of people are confirmed to have been killed – and hundreds of thousands displaced –since opposition forces rose up against the regime of Mr. Qadhafi in February as part of a wider pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East. During their telephone conversation, Mr. Ban and Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi discussed the urgent need to find a way out of the current fighting and alleviate the dire humanitarian situation, and work out a transition that could bring peace to all Libyans, according to a readout provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. To that end, Mr. Ban said it was important that his Special Envoy for Libya, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, receive the full support of all concerned.“The Libyan Prime Minister agreed to the suggestion of the Secretary-General that Mr. al-Khatib be received in Tripoli at an early date for urgent consultations,” the readout said.In Geneva where Mr. Ban attended a meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), he told reporters: “We are far from reaching an agreement to end the conflict, but a negotiation process is under way.”His Special Envoy is playing a crucial coordinating role and will be intensifying his efforts, he added. Mr. Ban also emphasized the importance of international unity in dealing with the situation in Libya. “It is imperative that all efforts to end the conflict be closely coordinated,” he said. “The United Nations will be critical in managing not only the realization of a ceasefire and eventual peace, but also its aftermath, the construction of a free and democratic Libya,” he stated. “We have already started the early planning for the post-conflict phase, for the peace-building and peace-making phase.” Earlier this month a UN inter-agency mission, comprising specialists from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), assessed conditions on the ground in several parts of Libya. read more