Australia fall for 60, England set to regain Ashes

first_img Broad, who delivered the ball, came to a standstill halfway down the wicket, put both of his hands to his face, and gaped in astonishment. It amounted to humiliation for Australia. Three of the top order – Chris Rogers, David Warner and the recalled Shaun Marsh – were out for ducks. The crowd gave the beleaguered tourists a standing ovation when they reached 50. Extras top-scored with 14, another Ashes first, on a day when only two Australian players reached double figures. England pressed home its advantage in the reply. Typically, it was Root leading the way, hitting 19 fours and a six in his second century of a series in which he is the top scorer with 437 runs. No match in this oscillating five-Test series has gone five days, and it’s unlikely this one will either. England started the series as the underdog, but lead 2-1 and can wrap it up with a match to spare. Clarke’s captaincy and place in the Australia team already was under scrutiny and he will be feeling under even more pressure now. He gave away his wicket by swiping at a wide delivery by Broad and edging to first slip, a rash shot and a sign of a man bereft of confidence after 104 runs in seven innings in this series. EXTRAORDINARY MORNING NOTTINGHAM, England (AP): England were on course to regaining the Ashes after dominating a record-shattering opening day of the fourth Test, illuminated by Stuart Broad’s 8-15 that skittled Australia for 60 in the shortest first innings in Test history. Seeking a victory to clinch the series and take back the urn, England were 274-4 at stumps yesterday with Joe Root unbeaten on 124 after a fourth-wicket stand of 173 runs with Jonny Bairstow (74). The lead was 214 runs. “That’s as tough a day as you can have as a player,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said. “Nothing went right at all.” Broad, playing on his home Nottinghamshire ground, compiled the best figures by a pace bowler in Ashes history in an unbroken spell of 9.3 overs in which all eight of his dismissals were catches in the slip cordon. He completed the fastest-ever five-wicket haul, in just 19 deliveries. Australia’s innings was characterised by dreadful shot-making and poor technique against the swinging ball under a cloudy sky, and was over after 18.3 overs – 20 minutes before lunch. England’s catching was ruthless, especially the diving, one-handed take by Ben Stokes at fifth slip to remove Adam Voges (1). HUMILIATION FOR AUSTRALIA “You live by the sword, you die by the sword,” Clarke said. England began an extraordinary morning by winning a crucial toss and choosing to bowl in overcast, thoroughly English conditions which Clarke said were the most difficult he has faced in his career. Within eight deliveries, it was largely forgotten that the hosts were playing without their leading fast bowler, Jimmy Anderson. Anderson watched from the dressing-room balcony as Broad, from round the wicket, enticed an edge from Rogers to Cook at first slip off the third ball. It was Broad’s 300th Test wicket and Rogers’ first Test duck. Steve Smith (6) was squared up by Broad, and Root took the catch at third slip. Warner got an inside edge off a beauty of a delivery by Mark Wood, Anderson’s replacement. Australia was 10-3 off eight balls, and Marsh became the fourth batsman to go in just 14 minutes of play when he edged Broad to Ian Bell.last_img read more

Supporting cast ready to take over

first_img After making her senior debut at the World Championships last year, where she finished a close second for silver in the women’s 200m, the Stephen Francis-coached Elaine Thompson made a big statement at the highest level that she is now the queen of sprinting, after amazing performances in winning the 100m and 200m, plus the silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team. In so doing, she became the country’s most successful female athlete at the Games. Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod became the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at these Games by capturing the men’s 110m hurdles, while Shericka Jackson, like she did a year ago at the World Championships, captured bronze in the women’s 400m, and defending 100m female champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who despite competing under severe circumstance with an injured toe, secured bronze in the women’s 100m. While Jamaicans are celebrating the success of our athletes, there is a major concern, however, as in four years Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who have been our most successful athletes at the past three Games, will not be in Tokyo. The million-dollar question is who will take up the mantle? Thompson’s rise The country’s athletes gave another sterling performance at the Olympic Games, winning 11 medals – six gold, three silver and two bronze – a repeat collection of the 2008 Games in Beijing, China, where the medal haul and colours were the same. In China, the country finished fourth in track and field medal-placing. This time around, the Jamaicans were third overall, being edged out of second spot on Sunday’s final day of competition by Kenya, whose Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s marathon to give his country its sixth gold. Thus, they finished second with 13 medals – six gold, six silver and one bronze. The United States, with 32 medals – 13 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze – finished atop the track and field medal table. Despite failing to overhaul the 12 medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) gained in London four years ago, it was another proud moment for Jamaica’s track and field. Undoubtedly, the star was Usain Bolt, who proved once again that he is the best in the business as he became the first ever to win triple titles at three consecutive Games, defending titles in both the 100 and 200 metres, plus anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to victory. Good signs On the female side, the emergence of Thompson and Jackson, and on the male side, Yohan Blake – who was not at his best after coming back from injuries – and McLeod, are good signs. But who else will be stepping up to the plate? Winning 11 medals in Rio was no surprise. The only surprise among the medals was the men’s 4x400m relay, as they were not given a chance to be among the medals after pathetic performances all season, with Javon Francis being the only sub-45 second man. Francis ran an intelligent anchor leg, plus their path was made easier as Trinidad and Tobago and Great Britain, who were ranked ahead of Jamaica, were disqualified in the preliminary round. Here, young Nathon Allen must be commended for his brilliant run in both the preliminary round and the final, as he made it easier for Francis on anchor. Now, the Selection committee of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) must send a strong message to athletes. Why are they taking athletes who barely make the qualifying standards? It is said that most of these athletes were taken for experience, but this is Jamaica, a powerhouse in track and field, and we should not take athletes to just participate, as many of these athletes could not get past the first round. If they continue to select them for just barely attaining qualifying marks, these athletes will be very comfortable and won’t make an effort to improve as they know they will be selected nonetheless. In his final assessment, technical director Maurice Wilson said he hoped the authorities will not just dwell on the success of our athletes in Rio, but build on it to ensure that the legacy of Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown continues. Based on what happened at the World Under-20 Championships recently, I am confident that this will continue. The likes of Christopher Taylor, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dejour Russell among the males, along with Tiffany James, Junelle Bromfield, Shannon Kallawan and Rushelle Burton, among the females are waiting in the wings. Add to these the talented Akeem Bloomfield and Natalliah Whyte, who once they get over injury problems, will be a force to be reckoned with at the highest level.last_img read more

Celtics Irving may miss date with Raptors over fracture

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Irving suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday’s game at the Boston Garden, when he took an accidental elbow to the mouth from teammate Aron Baynes. After the hit, Irving fell to the floor holding his face.Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face. He was also checked for a concussion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think this team has a chance to be one of those teams that just kind of fights through adversity all the way,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.Backup point guard Shane Larkin could be pressed into duty if Irving is out Sunday. /cbb Alab + Puso View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team personnel assist Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Irving took an elbow to the face and left the game. APBOSTON, United States — Boston’s Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a facial fracture and could miss Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, where the Celtics will be seeking to win their 12th straight game.The minor fracture to Irving is just the latest health problem for the Celtics, who are one of the hottest teams in the NBA despite the rash of injuries. The loss of Irving means Boston is without all of its Big Three which also comprises Gordon Hayward (out for season) and Al Horford (concussion). Rookie Jayson Tatum is nursing a sore ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 awardlast_img read more

UAAP volleyball Final Four keys to victory: FEU-Ateneo

first_imgChe’Lu-San Sebastian rallies from 19 down, books D-League Finals ticket Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There’s no doubt that Bernadeth Pons has one of the best supporting casts in the UAAP this season.Backing up Pons throughout the whole season are Celine Domingo, Toni Rose Basas, Heather Guino-o, and Jeanette Villareal.Pons has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws, averaging 15.35 points a game that put her as the fourth-highest scorer in the league.Basas and Domingo were dependable second options for FEU as they averaged 11.71 and 11.14 points, respectively, while Villareal and Guino-o combined for more than 12 points per outing.Although those numbers are fairly decent in the eliminations, the Lady Tamaraws could do better in the Final Four where they have a chance to send the Lady Eagles packing after just one game.CharacterApart from the obvious championship, the Lady Tamaraws want nothing more than break the six-year string of Ateneo-La Salle finals.FEU head coach George Pascua believes it’s high time for them to take a crack at the title and his players have mirrored that desire. The Lady Tamaraws are heading into their 21st Final Four stint hell-bent on breaking the finals duopoly that Ateneo and La Salle have held for six years running.FEU has a chance to walk its talk on Saturday when it faces Ateneo in the first Final Four matchup of Season 80.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 crownMomentum LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Apart from De La Salle which has an eight-game winning streak, FEU is the hottest team in the UAAP riding a four-game unbeaten run going into the semifinals.The Lady Tamaraws used that winning streak to finish the eliminations with a 10-4 record and edge out Ateneo for the second seed.On the other end of the table, the Lady Eagles missed out on their last two games and slipped to a 9-5 card for the third seed.And although both FEU and Ateneo waited until the last day of the eliminations to determine what seeds they got, the fact of the matter is the Lady Tamaraws have the distinct advantage when it comes to momentum.The Lady Eagles bowed to University of the Philippines, a team whose nearest point to the Final Four was contending for the fourth spot, in their game prior to their three-set humbling against De La Salle while FEU has been nothing short of dominant in its last games.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ “The pressure is always there, we’re always reminded that we should always breath in that pressure because if we don’t we will be thrown off track on what we should be doing,” said Pons in Filipino.“We’ll just use that pressure in a positive way so we won’t have a hard time playing,” said Basas.“We can’t waste this opportunity because we’ve already started on this journey, we should work doubly hard if we want to get into another level,” said Guino-o in Filipino. “We just have to think that the pressure will help us, we’ll handle it the right way so it can help us reach our goal.”As for Ateneo, giving up is not an option.Despite the back-to-back losses that hampered their journey to the Final Four, the Lady Eagles remained steadfast on the task at hand.“We’re going to be confident despite the loss,” said Madayag. “We just need to play happy. Everyone has their bad days and I’m sure my teammates and I will bounce back and these losses aren’t something that would bring us down. If not, this will be encouragement for us to do better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag believes they can turn things around in the Final Four as they attempt to force a third game between them and the Lady Tamaraws.Ateneo last entered the Final Four without a twice-to-beat advantage in Season 76 during the Alyssa Valdez era and the Lady Eagles stunned La Salle in the championship round to win their first UAAP women’s volleyball title.“This is not unfamiliar territory for us because we’ve been here during Season 76,” said Madayag in Filipino. “Of course we can’t be complacent because FEU is a really strong team right now.”Low altitudeIf Ateneo plans to get back in to winning shape, one Lady Eagle has to step up big time.Jhoana Maraguinot was crucial for Ateneo in the first 12 games of the season as she averaged 15.83 points, but the fourth year hitter practically became an  non-factor for the Lady Eagles in their last two games.In the moment Ateneo needed her the most, Maraguinot virtually disappeared as she scored just 13 points combined in the final two games of elimination.This left Kat Tolentino to single-handedly carry the Lady Eagles on her shoulders as she averaged 15 points a game in the two losses against UP and La Salle.Out of the shadows Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding This is the Final Four rematch from a season ago, but the odds have drastically changed after one year.Far Eastern University now holds the twice-to-beat advantage over Ateneo in the matchup of the second and third seeds of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

GAA NOTES: NAOMH ULTAN

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 29/04/2012 were 5, 8, 12 & 19. There was no winner, consolation prizes went to Robert Cassidy, Corkermore, Willie Gallagher & John O’Shea. Bingo in Dunkineely on Friday night at 9pm.We have now changed the books from 10 page to an 11 page book, which means a further two chances to win. Prize money of €1170 paid out, 2 of the panel prizes at €100, one at €120 & one at € 70. Three of the line prizes at €40. The additional prize for checking on the magic number on the last panel, has now reached €1,460.The Take you Pick Jackpot of is €160. The Club sincerely thank everyone who supports our weekly bingo, our Royal Flush Draw and all our Fundraising activities. Club Donegal is one again on offer this year and its especially beneficial to those who attend league and championship games throughout the county, as it gains free access to all fixtures. The cost for the year as set by the county board is €200 but the club are offering it to general members for €100, the same price as previous years. which includes membership, for playing members it will cost €130, which will include their membership also. The next monthly meeting takes place on Monday 14th of May at 8pm. There was plenty of footballing action over the course of the last week. On Wednesday night both our U14 and Minor sides were playing, the under U14 side lost out to Kilcar after a good fight on a scoreline of 3-2 to 3-11. The St. John’s team put in another good shift and came out convincing winner, the score was 2-8 to 0-8.The U16 Killybegs side, which is represented by a number of Naomh Ultan players, lost out in the U16 Division 1 Southern League Final after a very entertaining fixture in Dunkineely, the final score was Killybegs 3-7 to 2-12. Both Senior and Reserve teams were also in action over Sunday afternoon last, first up was the reserves in what turned out to be an easy run out for the lads.Playing a weak Moville side they notched up a score of 5-17 to 1-9. Scorers were Adrian Nesbitt (3-2), Kevin O’Donnell (0-3), Martin Shovlin Jr, Matthew O’Donnell (1-1) Liam Kennedy (0-2), Paul Murrin, Martin Shovlin, Jonathan Cassidy, Donal Kelly, Kieran Battles & Colm Shovlin (0-1). Its also worth noting that was Ardian Nesbitt’s second hat-trick in as many games, a formidable feta to say the least. The Senior side, still missing a number of vital starters, lined out against Moville in a must win game after losing three games on the trout. At half time Moville had a convincing five point lead but the boys never gave up and fought hard until the end, which very much so prevailed as they took the two points on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-14. Scores came from Alan Lyons (1-2), Dermot Gallier & Cian Kennedy (0-4). Aiden Duddy (1-0), Aaron Byrne (0-2).Mentions also must go to young Micheal McGlynn and Joseph Alvey, each of them still only sixteen years of age, they both started for the senior team for the first and second time respectively. GAA NOTES: NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Ultan GAA noteslast_img read more

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: BONAGEE UTD 3, SWILLY ROVERS 3

first_imgBonagee & Swilly Share Six GoalsBonagee Utd. 3Swilly Rovers 3 Bonagee took the lead on sixteen minutes when a cross from the right into the box by Glen Rainey was headed home from ten yards by Aiden Mc Laughlin. Swilly came close on twenty minutes when Ryan McDaid saw his effort on goal cleared off the line by the Bonagee defender. Anthony Appiah came close for the home side on the half hour but he shot wide from ten yards. Swilly should have levelled the game on forty minutes when a great ball in from the left by Cormac Toland was headed over from six yards by Blane Curtis. Blane Curtis levelled the match on fifty three minutes when a long ball into the Bonagee box beat the defence and he tapped home from five yards. Swilly took the lead on sixty five minutes when the ball fell to David Fisher on the edge of the box after a poor clearance he hammered home to the corner of the net. Bonagee made it two each on Seventy five minutes when Sam Murphy was brought down in the box and Greg Mc Gee made no mistake from the spot. Mc Gee got his second of the game three minutes later again from the penalty spot after a hand ball from an Aiden Mc Laughlin cross. Laurence Toland made it three each on eighty seven minutes when he scored from a free kick on the edge of the box. Team effort by both sides. Referee Vincent Mc Laughlin. ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: BONAGEE UTD 3, SWILLY ROVERS 3 was last modified: October 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SWILLY ROVERS 3ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: BONAGEE UTD 3last_img read more

Gareth Bale makes decision on Real Madrid future, with Man United lurking

first_img IN DEMAND Latest Transfer News targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on REVEALED With the Portugal captain completing a £99.2 million move to Juventus, Bale looks set to enjoy his time in the limelight having been in Ronaldo’s shadow for five years.Bale admitted his future may lie away from the Bernabeu after Real’s Champions League victory over Liverpool back in May.Scoring twice off the bench in Kiev, Bale put himself in an excellent bargaining position. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img LATEST Gareth Bale is set to remain as a Real Madrid player, despite interest from Real Madrid.The Wales international, who endured problems with form and fitness in the Spanish capital last season, looks set to try and fill the void made by Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale celebrates against Liverpool in the Champions League final But then Zinedine Zidane sensationally left his post as Los Blancos boss just days later, with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui announced as a success.As a result, Bale looks set to try and cement himself in the first team and has already met with Lopetegui.The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United since 2013, the same summer in which he left Tottenham Hotspur for the LaLiga side.However, the move has never progressed further than just talks and now seems improbable given Lopetegui wants to use him more frequently.The reigning Champions League holders continue to be linked with Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who admitted his time at Stamford Bridge could be up. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets last_img read more

DONEGAL PUNTER WINS €140,000 WITH LUCKY 50 CENT BET!

first_imgAn anonymous Donegal punter has scooped almost €140,000 after picking six winners at various horses races.The punter placed the 50 cent Lucky 63 bet online with bookmaker Paddy Power.The bet, which totaled €31.50, consisted of six different race meetings. The winner scooped a total of €139, 754 and wishes to remain anonymous.Paddy Power wished the punter all the health and happiness following their New Year win!   DONEGAL PUNTER WINS €140,000 WITH LUCKY 50 CENT BET! was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:betDonegal punterPaddy POwerwinlast_img read more

How Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes?

first_imgWhat health problems does asbestos cause?The big three diseases listed on all the asbestos web sites are:AsbestosisMesotheliomaLung cancerAll of them result from asbestos fibers getting into the lungs. Asbestos occurs in six mineral types, and all have fibers that are harmful to lung tissue, getting embedded in lung tissue and causing inflammation, scarring, and eventually tumors. Image #2 (below) shows the fibers of the chrysotile type, which makes up about 90% of all commercially available asbestos.Asbestosis is an inflammation leading to shortness of breath, coughing, and other breathing problems. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the protective membrane around the lungs. Lung cancer is well known because so many people succumb to it each year, mostly from smoking. (Both of my parents died of lung cancer; both had been smokers.)The World Health Organization says that asbestos exposure leads to these three diseases killing more than 107,000 people worldwide every year. That’s a big number. In addition, many more people die of other asbestos-related diseases or suffer various levels of disability.The problems with asbestos have been known for a long time. The ancient Persians and Romans used the stuff and may have noticed health problems associated with its use. In 1902, asbestos was added to a list of harmful industrial substances in England. Nellie Kershaw, who worked in a factory spinning asbestos fibers into fabric, was the first officially diagnosed case of asbestosis. She died in 1924. (See the “Discovery of Toxicity” section in the Wikipedia article on asbestos.)The consensus in the medical community is that asbestos is dangerous, which is why it’s classified as a known human carcinogen. There’s no debate on that point, and the lawyers have had a field day litigating asbestos health problems. What should you do about asbestos in the home?If you do find something in your home that you think may contain asbestos, rule number one is: Don’t mess with it!If you see white tape on your ducts, as shown in the photo above, or vermiculite insulation in your attic, as shown in Image #3 below, it’s probably not causing a problem as long as it’s undisturbed. (Vermiculite insulation, which may contain the tremolite types of asbestos, is a big enough topic that I’ll write a whole article about it later.)Asbestos isn’t like radioactivity, which can be a hazard because it constantly emits radiation. Asbestos only becomes a problem if it becomes airborne and gets into your lungs at a high enough dose.If you’re concerned about a particular material in your home, you can call an asbestos inspection company to come in and have the material tested. They’ll take samples using the approved protocols and send them to a lab for testing. When you get the results back, the company you hired can help you decide what your next steps should be.As long as you’re not planning to make changes to the home that require disturbing it, it might be best just to leave the material alone. If the suspected asbestos-containing material is friable, encapsulating or enclosing the material can help prevent the fibers from getting into the air. But this’s not a job to be taken lightly, so you should hire a pro. The Environmental Protection Agency has a good web page for homeowners on what to do if you may have asbestos in your home. A word to the prosFor those who work in the fields of HVAC, insulation, plumbing, home performance, or remodeling, and who deal with older homes, you’re likely to come across many homes with materials that may contain asbestos. You owe it to yourself and your family to take all the proper precautions when working with these materials.You may not have the exposure that killed Nellie Kershaw after only seven years of spinning asbestos fibers into fabric. You may not even get enough exposure over a career to cause problems. Still, do you want to take that chance? I can tell you from my experience with asthma as a child that having difficulty breathing is no fun at all. And from seeing both of my parents die of lung cancer, I can tell you that’s not a nice way to go.If you spend a lot of time in the attics, basements, and crawl spaces of older homes, don’t mess around with materials that may be dangerous. Whether you’re an employer or employee, check out the OSHA page on asbestos and be safe. Asbestos in the homeOne of the places you might find asbestos in a home is the duct system. The white tape you see in the photo (above right) is of the type that often contains asbestos, although you don’t really know without sending a sample to be tested in a lab. If you have an older home with rigid metal ducts, as shown above, it might have white fabric tape like the tape in the photo.The video below, from the 1920s, shows two workers applying a thick insulation material to the boiler and ducts in the home. (Skip to the 6:20 mark to see that part.) That stuff probably had asbestos in it.Other places you might find asbestos are:Floor tilesCeiling tilesVermiculite insulation in attics and wallsRoofing and sidingArtificial ashes and embers in gas fireplacesTextured paint and patching compounds (banned in 1977) Are you at risk?If you live in a home built before 1980, there’s probably some asbestos in it. The stuff was used in a lot of different building materials. But here’s the good news for homeowners: The people who get asbestosis, mesothelioma, and asbestos-related lung cancer are almost always people who fall into one of these groups:Asbestos mine, mill, or transportation workersAsbestos product workers (e.g., shipbuilders, construction workers, pipefitters, auto mechanics)Families of asbestos workers (because of fibers brought home on clothes and in hair)People who live near asbestos mines or millsAnother group being watched because of high asbestos exposure are the people involved in the rescue and cleanup efforts in New York City after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It’ll be a while before we know how bad it really was because it generally takes 10 to 40 years for symptoms to appear.Asbestos in some form is in millions of homes, but I haven’t been able to find statistics on the health effects of asbestos exposure in the home. That doesn’t mean they aren’t there, but the cases of health problems from occupational exposure dominate. The only mention of health problems from exposure in the home that I could find are related to people living with asbestos workers or living near asbestos mines or mills.That doesn’t mean you have nothing to worry about, but I think that the National Cancer Institute’s view is one to keep in mind:Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.In other words, don’t panic. Use cautionWe humans are a curious and ambitious lot, always striving to understand the world around us and improve our circumstances. If a material exists anywhere near the surface of the Earth, we’ve found it and exploited it for its useful properties. Like the toddler touching the hot stove, though, we often don’t discover the harmful properties until after the damage is done. That is also true of asbestos.The stuff is out in the world now, and we must deal with it. The key is to use caution and know what you’re dealing with. For more information, see the web page on asbestos in the home at the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Asbestos was a popular material for most of the twentieth century, mainly because of its ability to insulate and act as a fire retardant. In fact, it’s still used heavily in some parts of the world, such as India and China. We know enough about the risks now, though, that it’s banned outright in more than 50 countries and banned for some uses in the U.S.But how worried should you be if you find it in your home? More InformationWikipedia asbestos pageEPA asbestos pageOSHA asbestos pageNational Cancer Institute pageWorld Health Organization pageAsbestos.com – Contains a good description of the six types of asbestos minerals. RELATED ARTICLES Air Sealing an Attic(At Least) Six Things Are Wrong With This Crawl SpaceSafe Encasement SystemsQ&A: Asbestos on forced-air ductingQ&A: Cover damaged asbestos sheet flooring or remove it?last_img read more

Bengal BJP leaders go all out to rein in flock

first_imgIn an attempt to prevent further embarrassment for the party, BJP leaders on Thursday visited the homes of workers, who had hosted party national president Amit Shah during his ‘Booth Chalo Abhiyan’ in Kolkata last week. The development comes a day after Geeta and Raju Mahali, who had hosted lunch for Mr. Shah at Naxalbari in Darjeeling, joined the Trinamool Congress.BJP leader Locket Chatterjee visited Sandhya Mondal and others in Chetla and Bhawanipore area and shared sweets and buttermilk at their home. She also asked if there was any pressure on the family members. “We are concerned about their security. If TMC can carry out such a heinous act in north Bengal, then they can repeat it in Bhawanipore also,” she told journalists. ‘Police involved’Meanwhile, protests were organised by the BJP across the State on Thursday alleging that the Naxalbari couple had been “kidnapped and forced” to join the Trinamool. BJP national secretary Kaliash Vijayvargiya came to the city to participate in a protest rally. “When the couple went missing, our party activists went to lodge a police complaint. The police are involved and they also pressurised the couple to join the Trinamool,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said. Countering the allegations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of “maligning” Bengal and “using obscene language” against her.In an obvious reference to Mr. Vijayvargiya, she said, “A few BJP leaders from outside, who neither have an idea of the State nor its culture, are trying to disrupt the harmony in Bengal.” (with inputs from PTI)last_img read more