Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Klay Thompson emerged from the trainer’s room and walked to the interview table at a brisk pace. The Warriors’ guard then offered encouraging news about his previously sore right knee and if he can play when the Warriors (44-20) host the Denver Nuggets (43-21) on Friday at Oracle Arena.“It’s good,” Thompson said. “Good to go. Just got to keep it moving. …
Code requirements for wood-concrete contact treat the symptoms of rot, not the cause Last week we talked about moisture meters, and I asked readers why the wood in the picture was wet. As it turns out, that photo was taken in the same house on the same day as the two pictures at right. Why is one bottom plate sitting on concrete “dry,” and the other one “wet?” I admit that this week’s top photo was taken in the basement and last week’s and the bottom photo were taken in the crawl space, but the location is not the cause of the different moisture readings. The reason is simple: sill sealer. The light blue sill sealer installed between the bottom plate and concrete (most likely for air sealing) in the top photo is closed-cell foam. It’s meant to be an air-sealing gasket, but it also is working as a capillary break because it keeps water in the concrete from wicking up into the wood. Both wood and concrete wick water well because they are porous materials. A “red light” moisture meter reading because of something this building assembly lacks.The real problem expressed in these photos: Building codes require wood that comes in contact with concrete to be pressure treated, rather than just saying that wood should not come in to direct contact with concrete. While the pressure-treated bottom plate won’t rot, it is still porous and can’t keep water from wicking through it and up into the end grain of the studs. In last week’s photo, we saw the moisture content at the bottom of the stud (not pressure treated) was above 17%. While we may not care if pressure-treated wood has high moisture content (it won’t rot), we certainly do care about the studs connected to the sill (they can). Pressure-treated bottom plates deal with the symptoms of the problem when a capillary break between wood and concrete deals with the cause. No direct contact, no need for pressure-treated bottom plates. A cautionary note about moisture meters and pressure-treated wood. Moisture meters use the electrical activity of the water in the wood to calculate moisture content. The salts used to treat lumber have a significant effect on this electrical activity; moisture readings for pressure-treated wood tend to run high, so take actual readings with a grain of salt (pardon the pun). The relative difference between the two readings in these two photos — both in pressure treated wood — is still useful. For more information on this effect, see “Effects of Wood Preservatives on Electric Moisture-Meter Readings” from the Forest Products Laboratory.
The 2009 Be Active Junior State Champs will be held at Lightning Park, Noranda, WA, from Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February 2009.Over 25 teams will compete in 5 divisions, including 10’s, 12’s and 15’s Mixed, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls. The 15’s Boys final will also be played on Sunday, with Northern Districts taking on Tompkins Park.67 games will be played over the course of the championships, with teams from Fremantle, Tompkins Park, Peel Districts, Brighton, Northern Districts, Goldfields, Southern Districts and Perth Brothers all competing. The first games will be played on Friday at 6pm, with round games to continue on Saturday and Sunday. Finals will commence at 10.40am on Sunday, with the 12’s Mixed final, followed by the 15’s Mixed and 15’s Boys at 11.20am, the 18’s Girls at 12.10pm and the 18’s Boys at 1pm. The Under 10’s presentation will be held at 11am, with the 12’s at 11.30am and the 15’s and 18’s at the conclusion of the 18’s Boys final.For further information, visit the Junior State Champs website:http://www.juniorstatechamps.com.au
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich defender Ben Godfrey grateful to Ferdinandby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City centre half Ben Godfrey is grateful to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand for his career advice.Godfrey has been quick to turn to Ferdinand whenever he needs some help or tips on defending.“In terms of being a centre back, there’s not been a better person to speak to for advice in however many years,” Godfrey, who is represented by Ferdinand’s New Era Global Sports company, told the Mirror.“Anything he says, goes really. He’s class and he helps me so much. He’s got a lot of time for me. He’s a top guy and it’s good to speak to him.“I will get my clips together after a game, send them to Rio and he’ll come back and say: ‘to be honest, I’d have done this or this…’ or tell me what I’ve done well.”I’m always trying to learn and improve and there’s no-one better to give me advice.”
MONTREAL – As it prepares to join the Metro grocery chain network, Quebec pharmacy company Jean Coutu Group Inc. anticipates some stability after years of provincial government intervention in a bid to lower generic drug costs.A ceiling on professional allowances paid to pharmacists by generic drug manufacturers such as Jean Coutu’s (TSX:PJC.A) Pro Doc will be restored to 15 per cent next week.And a new law limiting pharmacists to buying half of their total generic drug purchases from one generic drugmaker is expected to have little impact on its pharmacist owners.Most of Jean Coutu pharmacists already meet this threshold and will be able to maintain their current purchases from Pro Doc, which mainly supplies large volume generic drugs, chief financial officer Andre Belzile said Thursday during a conference call to discuss second-quarter results.“We don’t expect any additional reform so we should have a much better view on the impact on our earnings and the earnings of Pro Doc going forward now that we will have that stability for the next five years,” he told analysts.The Quebec-based pharmacy chain earned $47.8 million in its latest quarter, down from $51.5 million a year ago even as revenue improved.The drugstore retailer said the profit amounted to 26 cents per diluted share for the three-month period ended Sept. 2, two cents per share above analyst forecasts and down from 28 cents per diluted share in the same period a year earlier.It attributed the drop in earnings to a lower contribution from Pro Doc following a lifting of professional allowance caps in January.Revenue increased six per cent to $744.3 million, up from $701.2 million.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Jean Coutu’s outlook of stability is good for Metro shareholders.“Sustaining momentum as we move through the approval process for the proposed transaction remains critical, particularly in light of ongoing pressure on profitability of the generic drug unit,” she wrote in a report.Last week, Jean Coutu agreed to a $4.5-billion takeover offer from grocery store chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) that is expected to close in the first half of 2018.Jean Coutu shareholders are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share.Metro announced Wednesday that it expects to receive $1.55 billion in proceeds from the sale of more than 27 million shares in Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) to help fund the Jean Coutu purchase.Meanwhile, while some analysts fear that the liquidation of Sears will hurt other retailers during the busy holiday season, CEO Francois Coutu anticipates some longer-term benefits.“With the problems that Sears is having, I think this should benefit also all the retailers who will probably benefit from this clientele who will have to find other places to go,” he said.
VICTORIA – British Columbia is planning to introduce a pilot program that would give some residents a basic income in what will be part of a series of legislative strategies to fight poverty, the minister in charge said Monday.Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson said his government wants to test the effectiveness of providing people with a basic income to reduce poverty, improve health, employment and housing prospects.The NDP government is consulting with other jurisdictions that have similar programs.“We’ve been talking with the province of Ontario about their work,” he said at a news conference announcing the B.C. strategy. “We’re also talking to people in diverse places such as Glasgow, Scotland and Oakland, Calif., where they are doing this work, too. I expect to have more to say about how we proceed with that in the new year.”B.C. currently has the highest poverty rate in Canada based on the federal government’s Market Basket Measure indicator which includes the costs of food, clothing, footwear, transportation, housing and other expenses for a family with two children.Simpson said it’s estimated 678,000 people live in poverty in B.C., including 118,000 children.The NDP made poverty reduction one of its key election promises last spring after years of labelling the former Liberal government as cold-hearted for rejecting plans to reduce one of the highest child-poverty rates in Canada.Simpson appointed 27 people, including poverty advocates, academics and First Nations members, to an advisory group that will provide insights and guidance as the government prepares to introduce its reduction strategy and legislation next spring.He said the dates and locations for a series of public consultations will be announced shortly.“The end result of this, we hope, will be a complete poverty reduction strategy next year,” Simpson said. “I look forward to hearing from British Columbians who believe this is an issue that we need to challenge and who believe we need to reduce inequality, and reducing poverty is a fundamental step in that.”He said the poverty issue cuts across all communities and statistics indicate that 40 per cent of those in poverty have low-paying jobs.Dawn Hemingway, chairwoman of the School of Social Work at the University of Northern B.C., said she expects the government’s strategy will make a real difference in people’s lives.“I want to underline that as a human being and as a social worker, I firmly believe that it is a basic human right for everyone to have a good quality of life,” she said.Hemingway was appointed as one of the leaders for the advisory group.Simpson said the government has yet to decide how many people would be involved in the basic income project or the amount of money that would be provided to those participants, but it has already undertaken consultations with academics and other experts.He said a federal-provincial initiative in the 1970s conducted a basic income experiment in the community of Dauphin, Man. Researchers looking at the program, called Mincome, said it was stopped after four years when Canada fell into an economic recession.The Ontario government’s project is measuring how a basic wage helps people living on low incomes meet their needs for food, shelter, health and employment training.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,179.89, down 51.36 points)Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.58, or 9.69 per cent, to $40.51 on 10.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 45 cents, or 5.02 per cent, to $9.41 on 9.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 0.59 per cent, to $5.09 on 8.8 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $1.56, or 3.68 per cent, to $43.90 on 5.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 88 cents, or 4.61 per cent, to $18.20 on 5.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 54 cents, or 4.60 per cent, to $12.29 on 4.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Down $2.61, or 3.24 per cent, to $78.00 on 1.2 million shares. The Canadian auto parts company has signed a deal to buy Italian company OLSA S.p.A., a maker of automotive lighting products, for about $354 million.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up $1.08, or 3.36 per cent, to $33.24 on 517,872 shares. Maple Leaf has signed an agreement to buy two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms, a privately held company. The plants are in Bradford, Ont., and Drummondville, Que., and together process a total of about 32 million kilograms of chicken per year.