Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed “a perfect week” for Tottenham after victory over Crystal Palace, but believes Harry Kane needs help to rediscover his goal scoring touch.Speaking to talkSPORT after our live commentary match at White Hart Lane, with Kane’s barren spell now two goals in 14 Premier League games, Pochettino said: “We need to help [Kane], to take away the pressure, not to say it’s 14 [games], 15.“I think Harry is calm, he works really hard in training, to try to score again. I have no doubt he will start to score again.”Aside from Kane, Pochettino praised Tottenham’s endeavour following the Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday night.“I am happy with the performance and the effort, because it’s always difficult after the Europa League to play again and show the effort we made today.”‘FINALLY TOTTENHAM HAVE SIGNED A TOP PLAYER FOR TOP MONEY’ – SEE HOW SPURS FANS ASSESSED THE 1-0 WIN OVER PALACE
On-loan Tottenham youngster Alex Pritchard returns to the Brentford starting line-up for the game against Reading, with Toumani Diagouraga dropping back to the bench. The visitors make three changes, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming in along with Aaron Kuhl and Ryan Edwards.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas; Odubajo, Judge, Pritchard, Jota; GraySubs: Bonham, Dean, Tebar, Toral, Diagouraga, Betinho, ProschwitzReading: Reading: Federici, Gunter, Obita, Hector, Pearce, Norwood, Kuhl, Robson-Kanu, Blackman, Edwards, Murray.Subs: Andersen, Long, Cooper, Taylor, Mackie, Cox, Pogrebnyak.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Melt patternsThe patterns that develop as snow melts on the roof are another clue. Check out the photo of my house at the top of the page; it was taken part-way through my efforts to air seal and insulate the house. I had blocked and sealed the tops of the kneewalls, but everything below the blocking was uninsulated.Melt patterns can reveal a great deal about leaky chimney chases, unsealed vents, or recessed lights. (All of which are features which I don’t like.)When you see signs of snow melt, you should ask this question: Where that heat is coming from? Melt patterns are often evidence of issues with air sealing and insulation. BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH Spray Foam in Cold ClimatesProblems with Crawl SpacesHow to Avoid MoldSealed-Combustion Appliances and Hot Tub PartiesDoes More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Costs? When my wife and I bought our current house, one of the home’s appeals was that it was largely uninsulated. Given the choice between somewhat insulated and uninsulated, give me the blank slate every time.We moved in in September, and because of a super-busy energy audit season and the need to unpack, any desired home-improvement projects were temporarily back-burnered.We had our first big snowfall in December, and I soon saw just how leaky and poorly insulated our house was. The snow on the roof melted very quickly and soon formed 4-foot icicles obscuring the street view. For the balance of the winter, I kept a ladder, shovel, rake, and hatchet on the ready for snow, icicle, and ice dam removal.Over the course of the winter, patterns emerged. We live in a Cape Cod home, with all of typical air-sealing and insulation problems for which Capes are famous. After blizzards, the snow would first melt around the chimney, and then from the roof over the kneewall crawlspaces.The front of the house wasn’t soooo bad, as there is a high level of sun exposure. The rear was considerably worse. All told, the snow melt showed where the house had issues — and some pretty bad ones at that. How fast is the snow melting?If I have a few hours, sometimes I will drive around neighborhoods and check out the snow on roofs. If one house has loads of icicles and ice dams, I’ll drop off a few business cards and brochures.All snow will melt eventually. (Sitting on a dark shingle roof under direct sunlight is not conducive to a long frozen life.) However, comparing how quickly the snow is melting compared to other houses with similar construction and solar orientation can highlight those with more prominent insulation and air leakage issues. RELATED ARTICLES Drive-by Energy AuditsPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to HeatSolving Comfort Problems Caused by Attic KneewallsKeeping Cool in a Two-Story House Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls Snow melt as an audit toolWhat I experienced first-hand and witness every winter day while driving is how snow melts and what it says about the house.How fast did the snow melt? Is it freezing on the eaves and forming icicles? Is it forming ice dams? Is there a particular pattern to the snow melt that reveals clues about the house’s insulation? How does it compare with the neighboring houses (as they were likely built in the same era)? Is the snow on the ground melting away from the foundation?So many clues, so little time. Icicles and ice damsIcicles and ice dams are indications of snow melt.Ice dams form when snow higher on the roof melts then refreezes on the edge. If a house has heavy icicles and a nice thick ice dam, odds are very good that there are attic insulation and air sealing issues. Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog.
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Is regular exercise not helping much in managing your weight? Perhaps you should cut down on the time you spend on the couch.A recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analysed the link between increased time spent in sedentary activities and obesity. According to the report, one recent study, in fact, showed that increasing total sedentary time increased weight gain in women-regardless of how much physical activity they got or how many calories they consumed.While research on how to best mitigate the effects of sitting is needed (is getting up for 5 minutes every hour enough to make a difference?), you can still get up whenever you can.Stand up while talking to a colleague or on the phone, get your own coffee from the vending machine, walk to the office laser printer? you get the drift, right?-Kathakoli Dasgupta