Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain, Friday April 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)VALENCIA, Spain — Rafael Nadal returned to action after a long injury layoff on Friday, comfortably defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to leave Spain even with Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.It was the 23rd straight win for Nadal since 2005, setting the Davis Cup record combining singles and doubles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments The top-ranked Nadal hadn’t played since the Australian Open quarterfinals because of a right hip injury, and was never challenged by the 34th-ranked Kohlschreiber at the bullring staging the clay-court tie in Valencia.“It’s positive, winning in straight sets. I feel comfortable back on the clay,” Nadal said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“To play at home at a bullring stadium, it’s very unique. Coming back from injuries is always difficult, but it’s great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day.”Germany won the opening singles when world No. 4 Alexander Zverev defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Nadal, in his first Davis Cup tie since 2016, had 30 winners against only eight by Kohlschreiber, but the Spaniard finished with eight double faults. Nadal had 18 break opportunities, converting seven.Earlier, Zverev cruised past the 33rd-ranked Ferrer with four aces and 27 winners.“I played more aggressively as the match went on. It’s my first clay-court match in a very long time, so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly,” Zverev said. “With Nadal in their team, it’s a point we’re not expecting to get, so it’s important to start well.”This is the teams’ first Davis Cup meeting since 2004.Spain is trying to extend its winning streak at home to 27 ties. Italy holds the Davis Cup record with a 29-tie unbeaten run at home from 1949-64. Spain hasn’t lost a tie as host since the first round in 1999 against Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Max Holloway fails to make weight, scrapping main UFC bout Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Running back Tevin Coleman’s high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s season-opening win is expected to keep him out of the 49ers’ next game, Sunday at Cincinnati.“I know he got hurt on the first play of the game, when they landed on his ankle and then it just got worse as the game went,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “He tried to battle through it throughout the second quarter and he was done at halftime.”But he’s not done for the season. An MRI on Monday showed that Coleman …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Congress has approved the 2018 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). The legislation passed the Senate 87-13 on Dec. 11 and the House 369-47 on Dec. 12. It now goes to President Trump to be signed into law.“The certainty of a new farm bill is very welcome news for farmers as they begin to look toward the new year. NCGA is pleased to see a return to the bipartisanship that has been a hallmark of past farm bills and we look forward to the President quickly signing the bill into law,” said Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “To put it bluntly, the farm economy stinks. Between depressed commodity prices, record low farm incomes and tariffs and trade uncertainty, farmers are facing difficult decisions. Getting the farm bill passed, and signed into law, is one less thing they need to worry about.”Chrisp said NCGA is most pleased to see the bill maintains support for a robust crop insurance program and strengthens the ARC-CO program through administrative improvements including a one-time program change option, an increase to the plug yield for disaster years, the use of a trend-adjusted yield factor, and a market adjustment provision for the floor price. The bill also provides increased funding for trade promotion programs.The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was pleased with funding and authorization for a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank important conservation programs. American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall pointed out the benefits of the bill for all Americans.“Today’s passage of the 2018 farm bill by the House of Representatives, and the Senate’s approval yesterday, is welcome news to America’s farmers and ranchers and the consumers who depend on them for our food, fiber and energy crops,” Duvall said. “Passage means we are one signature away from renewal of risk management tools, foreign market development and environmental stewardship programs that farmers and ranchers need to survive a prolonged and painful downturn in farm income and be sustainable.“Americans from all walks of life will benefit from this farm bill, including consumers, low-income families, seniors and military veterans.”
The journey of geocaching becomes a metaphor for love stories and a vehicle for marriage proposals. See the couples who have fallen in love while treasure hunting and popped the question at a geocache.Geocaching Love StoriesGeocaching.com introduces you to two such couples, with proposal and wedding snapshots from many more.Some couples even decide to use geocaching as the theme of their wedding.Share your geocaching love story in the comments below.Explore even more adventures of geocachers in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found gallery.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: Love StoriesFebruary 14, 2012In “Community”10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record AttemptOctober 6, 2010In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”
If your house has an exhaust-only ventilation system, does it need passive air inlets — that is, holes in the wall to let in outdoor air? In most cases, the answer is no. Unless your house is very, very tight — close to the Passivhaus standard of 0.6 ach50 — your building’s envelope is almost certainly leaky enough to allow for the smooth operation of a bathroom exhaust fan rated at 50 cfm or 100 cfm.What’s wrong with passive air inlets? As I wrote in my 2009 article, Designing a Good Ventilation System, these aren’t “smart holes.” They’re just holes — and they’re just as likely to let air escape from a house as they are to let air in. The forces determining whether air enters or leaves these passive air inlets (also known as trickle vents) are the stack effect and wind, not the operation of a bathroom exhaust fan.These facts were recently confirmed by Sean Maxwell in an article called “Ventilation: The Only Way That Passive Vents Will Work” (Home Energy magazine, January / February 2016). Maxwell formerly worked as a senior energy consultant at Steven Winter Associates in Norwalk, Connecticut; he now lives in Australia.In his article, Maxwell describes the results of a research project he was involved with that looked into the efficacy of passive air inlets in multifamily apartment buildings in the U.S. Maxwell is one of three authors of the report, “Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings,” describing the research project. (His co-authors were David Berger and Marc Zuluaga.) The research was funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of the Building America program.While the researchers focused on apartments in multifamily buildings, many of their conclusions… 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 Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Learning how to properly clean and take care of your lenses is key to keeping them ready for any shoot at a moment’s notice.Cover image via Shutterstock.Lenses can be one of your biggest investments as a filmmaker, so protecting your investment means keeping your equipment clean. Effectively cleaning a lens requires some specific tools and products. (Fortunately, these tools are rather affordable.) While there are many tools on the market to clean a lens, I will break down the favorites of top cinematographers and rental houses.Manual BlowerMost often, the dust you see on your lens is typically just loosely resting on the front glass element. Using a simple manual blower will clear away most of this debris. You will also see people using canned air in this scenario, which is sometimes necessary, but canned air can emit freeon, which can damage the lens. To protect your costly investment, it’s wise to start with a manual blower.Image via Shutterstock.Lens PenA lens pen is the second best tool to help clean your lens. The brush end will clean any debris the blower could not get. (By using very gentle sweeping motions, you can minimize the amount of contact the brush has with the lens.) Even though the brush is specifically for camera lenses, it’s always best to try to minimize the amount of contact between the lens and the brush.Image via Shutterstock.KimwipesKimwipes may be the most surprising lens cleaning tool. At first glance, Kimwipes may seem like something that you typically see in a science lab. That’s because you do. Kimwipes are delicate scientific wipes that are perfect for cleaning a cinema or photography lens. Yes, at first touch they seem rough, like something you’d want to keep away from your lens; however, they are specifically engineered for this task.Pancro SprayPancro spray is the industry standard for cleaning a lens. If you walk into any major rental house, they will be using Pancro spray to clean all of their lenses. When using any spray, it’s very important to note that you never spray directly onto the lens. Instead, when using Pancro, it’s important that you always spray first onto the Kimwipe to avoid any unwanted spray affecting the lens.Once you have sprayed the wipe, you’re ready to clean the lens. Gently wipe any smudges away with the damp portion of the wipe. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your lens, you can use your manual blower again to get rid of any remaining debris.Learning how to effectively and professionally clean your lenses is a great skill to have. Utilizing these techniques will help to ensure that your lenses remain in top shape for any shoot, no matter where you are.
France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the first quarter-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Nizhny Novgorod to book a last four berth after eight years.France were world champions in 2002 and reached the final in 2006 which they lost to Italy. On paper, France were the most balanced team before the start of the 2018 World Cup and they came to their elements during a 4-2 annihilation of Argentina in the round of 16.On Friday, France were the favourites despite Uruguay’s superior head-to-head record. After a drab opening half-an-hour, the game suddenly came to life as both sides tried to take the advantage ahead of the first whistle.The French took the lead in the 40th minute after Raphael Varane headed in into the net in the 40th minute.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURESHowever, it could have been a different story in the first half.Uruguay, without injured striker Edinson Cavani, had started full of running and were close to equalising with a great header by Martin Caceres.There was still a chance for Uruguay to stage a comeback in the second half but Fernando Muslera’s costly error put paid to the two-time world champions’ hopes.LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPAntoine Griezmann shot from the edge of the penalty and Muslera was unable to stop the ball from rolling over inside the net. He tried to parry the ball away when he could have simply caught it: an uncharacteristic error from a goalkeeper who was appearing in his 102nd international.advertisementThe match was not without some spice. Eight minutes after the second goal, Kylian Mbappe and Cristian Rodriguez were involved in an ugly altercation, Uruguay skipper Digeo Godin also got involved as the situation looked like exploding out of control.However, the referre quickly diffused the problem but booked Mbpappe and Rodriguez.France will meet the winner of the Brazil vs Belgium match in the semi-finals.