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first_imgDOING IT ALL—USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talks with LeBron James during a men’s basketball game against Lithuania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 4, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Brian MahonyAP Basketball Writer LONDON (AP)—It’s a collection of superstars with MVP trophies, scoring titles and all sorts of impressive statistics. And it wasn’t until the U.S. men’s basketball team was finally challenged that it found its leader. Lithuania was on the verge of an Olympic-sized upset when LeBron James made four big baskets in the final four minutes Saturday, finishing with 20 points in a 99-94 victory that kept the Americans unbeaten but cracked their aura of invincibility.There’s one player who has done everything for the star-studded United States. Not surprisingly, it’s the NBA MVP.Through three games, James did little things that went unnoticed—played center, ignited runs and deferred to his teammates—as the Americans cruised to easy wins. James had more time to rest than shoot.Eventually a close game came, and James seized it.“He’s more important than me,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said recently.More than any of his teammates, either.James did it all for the Miami Heat during the playoffs and now is taking on the same responsibility for the Americans.Guard the opposing center? Fine.Pass the ball to the open shooters? No problem.“I’m not sure there’s ever been an international player like LeBron,” Krzyzewski said. “LeBron can actually play and defend all five positions, he’s incredibly unique. It’s really a luxury to have him.”Being a willing defender or passer is great, and James is one of the best in the world at both. A team going for a gold medal sometimes needs more, and James couldn’t wait to provide it.“I’ve been kind of doing everything else, which I’m OK with,” James said. “I’m here to do all the little things, do whatever this team needs, especially from Coach K’s perspective, but like I told you guys, I can also score. I’m blessed and happy that I was able to make a few buckets down the stretch.”James came in averaging just 6.7 points, content to let Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant handle the scoring load. Besides, he had other things to do, such as occasionally defend post players whenever Tyson Chandler, the only center on the U.S. roster, was out of the game.James was averaging 5.7 assists, tops on the team. But in jeopardy of losing in the Olympics for the first time in eight years, he kept the ball for himself.The Americans’ lead was one before he made a 3-pointer, then dunked after a turnover for a 92-86 advantage with 3:41 to play. He made two more baskets in the final 2:10, giving him nine of the Americans’ final 12 points.And to think, people question his play in the clutch.“For those people who say he doesn’t produce at the end of ballgames, for us he’s produced always at the end of the ballgame,” Krzyzewski said. “He was terrific, really made plays that needed to be made both offensively and defensively in the last three minutes and you can’t practice those situations. You can put them up on the scoreboard, but it’s not the same game pressure and to see him respond like that in this setting, that’s one of the great positives from the game.”The U.S. (4-0) had looked nearly unbeatable in thrashing Nigeria 156-73 last Thursday night while breaking several records. But the Americans were reminded that the path to a gold medal is loaded with traps and Lithuania nearly sprang one.“You want to get tested,” James said. “The best teams want to be tested.”James hadn’t really done much scoring since the Americans left the United States. In one of the only other times they’ve been challenged in recent years, they trailed by 10 points against Brazil before James brought them back, scoring 30 points in an 80-69 exhibition victory in Washington.An international rookie when the U.S. lost to Lithuania eight years ago, James is now the best player in the game, and now an NBA champion with the stature that makes him the guy players will follow. On Saturday, they needed more than leadership—they needed saving.James knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and after Chris Paul stole the inbounds pass, James took a feed down the right side and delivered one of his trademark dunks, a basket that brought the American players off the bench and seemed to restore world basketball order.Lithuania had lost to Nigeria last month in a qualifying tournament, but that hardly mattered once the ball went in the air.“It’s always a great game when we play against Lithuania,” Paul said. “We knew this was gonna be a dog fight and those guys played an unbelievable, unbelievable game.”James had been seeking one, never quite comfortable with all those easy blowouts after playing so many games that mattered this spring.“We love the competition,” he said. “I think we’ve got some of the greatest competitors in our league, in this world, so you want to have a game where you feel like you were tested, and we had that today.”Luckily for the Americans, they know they have James to pull it out.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bombers played Vernon close through the next 20 minutes of play but the Panthers put the game away by outscoring LVR 22-10 in the final period.Josh Matosevic scored 11 points to lead the Bomber attack with Robbie Dixon and Darian Johnson each adding eight points.Vinnie Watson had six points and Eamon Studer five.LVR shot 23 percent from the field and struggled from the three-point line, finishing the game with a six percent average.The Bombers now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney Friday at 6:45 p.m.LVR lost the opener of the tournament 68-36 to top-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver. The Vernon Panthers shot 36 percent from the field to defeat the L.V. Rogers Bombers 65-40 in consolation round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at the Events Centre in Langley.Ben Hladik scored a game high 18 points in a contest the Panthers took control early, building a 22-10 lead after one quarter.last_img read more

first_imgA former gang member turned graduate student and intervention worker was arrested Wednesday after police said they pulled over his car and found a pound of methamphetamine, officials said Saturday. Mario Corona, 30, was arrested on suspicion of transportation of narcotics, police said. Corona is director of job development for Communities in Schools, a gang prevention and intervention agency in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles police said in a brief statement late Friday that the incident occurred about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday when officers pulled over a vehicle in the 7000 block of Cherry Stone Avenue in Panorama City. As director of job development with Communities in Schools, Corona has tried to deter young people from the gang life by helping them find jobs and school programs. Longtime friend and fellow USC grad Maribel Romero said Saturday that she didn’t want to speak about Corona’s arrest – it was too sensitive. “He’s a great man,” she said. “I’m going to assist him in every way possible.” Calls to Communities in Schools directors were not returned Saturday. [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials said Corona was arrested after officers found a pound of methamphetamine on him. Officials confirmed the arrest Saturday, but had few additional details. Corona’s arrest came as a surprise to friends. Corona was honored last year as a model of success – a member who had turned his life around and decided to give back to the community by helping other gangsters. Once known on the street as “Big Spider”, Corona had been shot twice and served time in jail. But he always had an aptitude for school and sought to get out of the gang life through study. He worked his way through community college, undergraduate work and ultimately a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. last_img read more

first_imgThere were 17 categories in this year’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Dr Sam Motsuenyane, the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The winner of the Tourism Award, Ayanda Hermanus (middle) of Zazas Guesthouse and Spa, is flanked by guests Anthony Leeming (left), CEO Sun International and 2017 Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (right), at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. Sun International sponsored the awards’ Tourism Category. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanGauteng’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards (TEA) recognised 16 businesses out of 33 nominees chosen by judges in 2016 from more than 200 entries. Each nominee received R100,000.The awards are an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government and are implemented by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP). They were handed out in Johannesburg on 8 April 2017.Winners in the various categories received an additional R200,000 each.Aphiwe Madikizela of Ama X-Rays was named Entrepreneur of the Year; she also won the Services Award. She was awarded R500,000 for the overall prize and in total walked away with R800,000.The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Sam Motsuenyane. He is the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Motsuenyane’s family received the award on his behalf.On Twitter, a local newspaper shared Motsuenyane’s thoughts on how to grow entrepreneurship in townships:Dr. Motsuenyane says more black entrepreneurs need to be trained as well as training in land utilisation needs to happen. #teawards2017— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) April 8, 2017Watch why Motsuenyane is being honoured:“This campaign is a bid to revitalise the Gauteng City Region townships’ economy,” said Thenjiwe Dube, the GEP manager of marketing and communications. The TEA was a creation of the Gauteng Provincial Government under its department of economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development, she explained.“It is heartening to note that in the face of such adversity, townships still produce formidable business men and women whom we hold up high as models of resilience, tenacity and excellence,” said Lebogang Maile, MEC for economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.MEC says next year they will push towards the winner going home with a R1million ?? #TEAwards2017— T E Awards (@TEAwards17) April 8, 2017Brand South Africa spoke to the GEP’s Dube.BSA: What is the aim of the TEA?Thenjiwe Dube: The awards are aimed at entrepreneurship development, exposure to market access, and development of competitive mindset. It also encourages entrepreneurs in the townships to move from being labourers and consumers to being black industrialists and manufacturers.BSA: How do the awards work and what are the criteria for entry?TD: There are several requirements for entry. The business should be operating for a minimum of two years. Compliance documents must be up to date. Importantly, entrants must be South African citizens and must display a strong financial performance, based on their turnover and growth, among other criteria.Aphiwe Madikizela (left) of Ama X-Rays is the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. She is pictured with Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC of economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.BSA: How have the awards grown since last year?TD: Comparatively speaking, this year, the campaign created a lot of attention as a result of the television reality show TEA Business Battle This was done in partnership with e-TV.We had more than 200 entries last year, and a total of 33 were nominated. The judges followed the 33 nominees at their businesses premises and did the assessment and adjudication.Our focus was on the following sectors: food and beverages; tourism; creative industries; retail and financial; services; manufacturing; transport, automotive and components; construction, building and real estate; social and community; Entrepreneur with a Disability; Youth Entrepreneur of the Year; and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year.BSA: From what areas in Gauteng are the winners?TD: The winners are from five regions of Gauteng.The winnersStart-up Kwa Jerry Fast Food – Heremia MthombeniFood and beverages Goapele Bakery – Lerato Radebe and Itumeleng RadebeTourism Zazas Guesthouse and Spa – Ayanda HermanusRetail and finance Cool Apple Dude – Obedius NkunaServices Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaManufacturing Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaAgriculture Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneTransport, automotive and components Nyembe Waste ManagementConstruction, building and real estate Shirinda Trading and ProjectsCreative industries DV Nhlapo Productions – Daniel Vusi NhlapoSocial and community Ditshiamiso business Enterprise – Lucky Siwela and Lefa MolefeEntrepreneur with a Disability SKS Business Solutions – Petrus ZwaneYouth Entrepreneur of the Year Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaWoman Entrepreneur of the Year Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneEntrepreneur of the Year Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaCommunity Journalist of the Year Linda MnisiLifetime Achievement Award Dr Sam MotsuenyaneWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The debate continues next weekThis week, I’ll be interviewing Paul Francisco, the new chair of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. As far as I can tell, his views are more in line with Dr. Sherman’s, so if you’re looking for a more balanced look at the great ventilation debate, you’ll get your wish in my article next week. A note about Lstiburek’s air leakage credentialsJoe got his doctorate at the University of Toronto. His research was on the topic of air flow in buildings. You can download his dissertation from Building Science Corporation’s website: Toward an Understanding and Prediction of Air Flow in Buildings (pdf). He did a thorough review of the air leakage literature for his thesis. He also has a lot of experience with the Building America program, as he mentioned in the interview, and BSC’s many clients. Joe Lstiburek: Well, the rates are a huge reduction. A balanced system with distribution & mixing is going to be about 40 cfm whereas an unbalanced sys. w/o distribution & mixing is going to be about 90 cfm, so there’s a huge difference in rates. The dumb system is one that doesn’t recognize the effects of distribution, doesn’t recognize the effects of supply vs. exhaust vs. balanced so the dumb sys. is 62.2 not the BSC system.A.B.: Why is distribution such a big deal? Do you have experience from the work you’ve done or research papers?J.L.: There’s all kinds of research papers and work that we’ve done that’s going to be posted on our website shortly that shows that if you don’t have mixing you’re going to have high concentrations in bedrooms that don’t get the same amount of air so what happens is mixing reduces the high contaminant locations. This is not new. This is recognized by the experience that I had in Canada with R-2000 in the 1980s so the fact that this is even a question or a controversy is bemusing to me and disappointing to me.A.B.: Another question that came in the comments of my article was: Are we exchanging one set of guesses for another?J.L.: The answer is that we’re not. We know the following that are not guesses. We know that houses ventilated at the 62.2 rate lead to comfort problems in cold climates by drying out the building and drying out furnishings. We know that ventilating at the 62.2 rates in houses built to the Model Energy Code lead to part-load humidity problems. We know for a fact that these rates lead to humidity problems in the South and dryness and comfort issues in the North, so that’s not a guess. We know this from experience.We also know that millions of houses were constructed in the 1990s and 2000s that were between 3 and 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals with no ventilation systems and their air change rates are between 0.2 and 0.3 air changes per hour as tested by tracer gas work and that’s consistent with houses tested in the ‘70s and ‘80s as well. The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth. These houses had no ventilation systems in them at all and they’re not suffering from indoor air quality problems because nobody’s measured any contaminants. There’s no measurements.What we’re doing is we’re actually adding controlled ventilation to houses that have not had any so we’re reducing risk but not adding an excessive amount that’s going to cause these systems to be turned off. We learned in cold-climate housing with R-2000 that the high rates caused the systems to be turned off so we had to moderate them. These are not guesses. This is based on actual experience.A.B.: It sounded like you said that no matter if you have an old house with a really high blower door number or a newer house with a lower blower door number, the tracer gas results are about the same, 0.2 to 0.3 ACH. Is that correct?J.L.: I’m simply saying that the typical house built in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, the tracer gas work shows us that it’s between .2 and .3 air changes per hour. These houses are not…it’s a myth that we’re, oh my God, going to create all these problems by reducing the ventilation rate is just a myth because the ventilation rates have always been low. Max is going around and saying, my God, the ventilation rates are 0.5, 0.7, and 1. Well, that’s not true. He’s getting those numbers by taking his blower door numbers and applying his model to them. That’s bullshit. It’s just not true.The only true measure of air changes is tracer gas. I quoted a reference that showed that an Ottawa house studied by Tamura and Wilson in 1963 had a tracer gas measurement of somewhere between 0.2 and 0.3. When I was director of research at the home builders association and in charge of R-2000, I went to NRCDBR [Ed.: Canada’s Natural Research Council, Division of Building Research] and said, look, what is the typical air change rate of the house built in the 1970s, and they said, our tracer gas work says between 0.2 and 0.3. So I said, well, the ventilation rate if we build an airtight house should be 0.25. That’s where that number came from.The current code in Canada, if you read Gord Cooke’s comment [Ed.: He’s referring to a LinkedIn discussion in the Building Science Community group], is a very illuminating one. The Canadian code basically sizes the system at the rate of the 2010 62.2 but it’s operated at 40-50% of that which is exactly I had been saying for years. So we’re not guessing here. We have lots of experience.By the way, under the Environments for Living program under MASCO and the Engineered for Life program with Green Fiber, we put in probably half a million ventilation systems in houses that are operating at these rates which don’t lead to humidity under part-load and don’t lead to dryness in cold climates. We significantly improved the air quality because we provided mixing and distribution. So I’d like to know where all these dead bodies are, where all of these problems are. There’s no health science basis to the 0.35.A.B.: Where did the 0.35 come from?J.L.: It was in the old ASHRAE 62-89 standard but remember, nobody was ever following that standard, right? The building code said you could have operable windows so nobody ever used that. It was a number that came from the ‘89 standard because they guessed that that’s what the actual air change rate was. It turns out that it wasn’t.A.B.: You were talking about excessive humidity in the South, and I’ve seen some problems with positive pressure ventilation systems. What do you think about positive pressure systems? Do you think they’re better than exhaust-only systems, which you’ve talked about so much?J.L.: Well they’re better because you know where the air is coming from and you provide distribution, but they’re not as good as balanced systems. Right? The best system is balanced that has exhaust and supply plus mixing and distribution. The supply systems that are connected to the air handler provide mixing, distribution, but they do not provide balance. But the most important thing is they provide a known location of air.A.B.: As I understand it, the problems that have happened in humid climates with positive pressure systems is mostly they’re getting overventilated…J.L.: But it’s not a problem with the positive pressure systems. It’s a problem with exhaust systems that run at too high a rate. It’s a problem with supply systems that run at too high a rate. And it’s a problem with balanced systems that run at too high a rate. I’m irritated that you’re saying the problem is with positive pressure systems. It’s a ventilation system that runs a too high of a rate. If you ran an exhaust only system at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a part-load humidity problem. If you ran the positive pressure system—your outside air to the return—at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a problem. Same with the balanced system. The problem is the rate.A.B.: Speaking of rate, I want to clear something up that came up in our blog. You said that in the past, you were designing systems to 62.2, putting in 150% of the capacity, and commissioning at 50%.J.L.: That’s correct.A.B.: There was a discussion about whether you were talking about cutting the rate to 50% of 62.2 or running it half of the time.J.L.: The rate. Your guys explained it correctly. At the end of those questions, they did a better job explaining it than I had done. They got it right.A.B.: How do you see the new standard getting out there and getting adopted?J.L.: Well, it’ll be adopted by individual state building codes and programs.A.B.: Are you finding a lot of interest in BSC-01 vs. 62.2?J.L.: The phone has not stopped ringing and the emails have not stopped coming. People are not happy with 62.2. You can say that…look, they’re [Ed.: the ASHRAE 62.2 committee] tone deaf and some of them are arrogant. Some of them are not listening to the problems and some of them are arrogant enough to believe they’re the only game in town. So guess what? Now they’re listening. And they realize they’re not the only game in town.A.B.: What about combo systems where someone’s using a balanced system for part of the ventilation and an exhaust for the remainder to meet the requirements. I’ve seen this in some Habitat houses where they’re trying to do balanced with the Whisper Comfort, Panasonic’s ERV, and it doesn’t quite get them to the 62.2 level so they put controls on the bath fan.J.L.: Well, under my approach, they’re going to be able to meet it simply because they get mixing and distribution. So the numbers will be low enough they will be able to meet it.A.B.: So you see the Whisper Comfort, which is balanced but it doesn’t have distribution according to your definition, do you think that would count for distribution?J.L.: I’m assuming they’re going to have some kind of forced air as well, right?A.B.: Right.J.L.: So the mixing also provides distribution, right? They’ve got it all so they’re going to get the lower rate. That’s a phenomenal approach. So you basically put in that system and you provide a timer on an AirCycler to mix the air, that mixing gives you mixing and distribution. You get it all, and you’re going to get it at the lowest rate. To me, that’s the least expensive way to get everything. I think that’s a phenomenal system.A.B.: I wasn’t thinking that would count for distributed because it’s just a point-source ERV.J.L.: Yeah, it’s a point-source ERV and the distribution and mixing’s provided by the mechanical system with a timer. You get it all.A.B.: One thing that somebody brought up is about volume. So your standard and 62.2 are both based on square footage of conditioned floor area. Why not base it on the volume of the house if you’re circulating volumes of air.J.L.: The reason for that is you’re penalizing a large-volume houses where what we’re worried about is the contaminants actually in the occupied space, and the large-volume houses allow you to distribute more contaminants because they’re able to…emission rates and concentration are different with large-volume houses. If you have the same source strength, and you have a smaller volume, obviously the concentration is higher. If you have  the same emission rate and you have a large volume, they’re actually better so the larger volume houses should have a lower value, not a higher value.A.B.: BSC-01 is just for new homes. Do you have any plans to introduce one for existing homes?J.L.: The answer is yes.A.B.: Do you want to say anything about how that might look?J.L.: It’ll be very similar.A.B.: What about the issue of deciding when the house has crossed a threshold and needs ventilation and when it won’t do any good.J.L.: My feeling is that the magic number is 5 air changes at 50 Pascals.A.B.: So for existing homes, using a blower door to decide when you need ventilation can be a good thing and 5 ACH50 is your number?J.L.: That’s correct because we’re talking about averages but the blower door’s no excuse for [ignoring] combustion safety. In other words, the source control is much more important. It’s much more important to deal with combustion safety and the source control issues than anything else. It’s preposterous that we’re missing the most important thing.A.B.: So for existing homes, you think that if a house comes in at 5 ACH50 or lower, then you put in a ventilation system that’s going to have to meet, no matter where it is below 5, it’s going to have to meet the same number?J.L.: That’s right but the big thing is going to be the emphasis on combustion safety.A.B.: And no infiltration credit?J.L.: That’s correct. And it gets even better. You ready? The control is in the hand of the occupant. It’s preposterous to say that you have to put in this system that has to be run at this rate and it’s not up to you because the committee decided it. That’s preposterous.A.B.: So BSC-01 is formally going to be introduced at Summer Camp?J.L.: The Westford Symposium on Building Science.A.B.: All right.J.L.: There might be some interesting news with respect to the standard as to who’s adopting it.A.B.: Well, it’s going to be a very interesting Summer Camp.JL Damn right it is, Bubba. RELATED ARTICLES How Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Resistance May NOT Be Futile in the Residential Ventilation Wars ASHRAE 62.2 Committee Chair Defends Ventilation StandardAn Interview with Dr. Iain Walker on Ventilation Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthVentilation Requirements for Weatherized Homes Just Right and Airtight Unintended Consequences Suckcenter_img Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation is on a mission. The issue is residential ventilation. He contends that the residential ventilation standard, ASHRAE 62.2, ventilates at too high a rate, causing problems with humidity in hot or mixed humid climates, comfort and dryness in cold climates, and too much energy use everywhere. The 2013 version makes it worse.You can read the background in my last article, which covers the new ventilation standard he’s about to release. After I published that article, a number of questions came up that I thought would best be answered in an interview. I spoke with Joe last Thursday, and now present to you the transcript of our talk. Interview with LstiburekAllison Bailes: Somebody said that it looks like BSC-01 is a dumbed-down version of 62.2, the rates aren’t that different, so why do you think BSC-01 is a better standard? A clarification about air changesWhen I was transcribing the recorded interview afterwards, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a contradiction. For someone with a PhD in physics, I’m not very quick to connect the dots sometimes, so I sent another question to Joe by email.A.B.: You said that tracer gas shows that, “The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth.” If that’s true, is the emphasis on air-sealing a waste of time? If no matter how many holes there are, the ‘natural’ air change rate is 0.2 to 0.3, it would seem that’s the logical conclusion. But that doesn’t correlate with Blasnik’s contention [See the comments in my article about blower doors and ventilation.] that over the course of a year, the infiltration models are pretty good at predicting energy consumption from air leakage. What am I missing?J.L.: “On average” is the key point. During colder weather with the stack effect driver air changes are higher. Worst is spring and fall – or summer houses without ac. No air change at all.And it is not Blasnik’s contention, it is mine and was mine long before Blasnik, and I stole it from Handegord in 1982 who said that if you average things over a long enough time period you get the right answer. Just divide the ACH50 number by 10 or 15 or 20 and you get the right answer depending on the age of the house and the location. How is that for an infiltration model? Complicated eh? Why not use utility bill data to estimate infiltration? “The Blasnik Model”? Much better than the Sherman-Grimsrud model. You can quote me on that. Or use the Handegord model – “take the ach50 number and divide by a number….pick any number”.There is lots of other tracer gas stuff in the literature. I am putting stuff together and will present it at summer camp. I did all of this in 1982 the first time. I did it periodically during the 1990’s. Apparently I have to do it again.A bunch of stuff BSC has done is about to get released and posted that shows the effect of various ventilation system effectiveness on the same house using tracer gas analysis.If you take away the “peaks” you save energy. That is a good idea. Filling in the valleys during non energy intensive periods is also a good idea. But then raising the average year round is a dumb idea. I want to keep the two good ideas and nix the dumb idea.last_img read more

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, speaks to reporters at his basketball camp in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, California — A rich new contract in hand, Stephen Curry is more determined than ever to give back both his time and financial resources wherever he is needed in the Bay Area.The Golden State Warriors superstar has yet to make a major purchase for himself since finalizing the $201 million, five-year contract late last month.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to story lines and things like that from year to year,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”While Curry received his hefty new deal, Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept nearly the entire title team intact for another championship chase.“It’s huge because we have great potential and opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to kind of start over. I wouldn’t necessarily say rebuild, just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.”It’s another whirlwind summer for Curry, who made an impressive appearance in last week’s Web.com Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament before missing the cut in the tournament, which is one step below the PGA Tour.Two championships in three years is pretty special, and he never forgets that.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t want to get too deep into it but for the last couple years trying to figure out how I can make the most impact off the court on a consistent and impactful basis,” the 29-year-old Curry said Monday, going on two months after winning another NBA title. “Going forward and obviously keying in on the Bay Area specifically to hopefully leave a lasting impact for all the good that has happened in my life and my family here since I’ve been here the last eight years.“Obviously over the next five to really impact the community for the better and use my platform, not only just dollars but my platform and connections and ideas to make that happen. The contract puts more of a responsibility to make that happen and I’m obviously aware of that. And I have a great team around me that’s going to help me do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis week, the two-time NBA MVP is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select Camp with about two dozen of the top high school players at The John Muir Ultimate Fieldhouse before a showcase event Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. He dazzled the prospects with his shooting routine, provided coaching and even took part in some 3-on-3 right along with the campers.Curry said not much surprises him anymore when it comes to NBA drama such as Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded and no longer play alongside LeBron James. They won a championship together in 2016 before the Warriors won the June rematch. McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather LATEST STORIES “I think about it every day and it kind of helps me put things in perspective, how blessed I am to be able to do what I’m able to do on and off the floor, the opportunities I have to even run a camp like this. Because I used to go to the camps of guys who played before me and learn from them and just be kind of awe-struck and eyes wide open trying to learn as much as I could,” he said. “Fast forward to these last few years and now I’m on the other side of that equation giving back to the next generation of players. All of that is very surreal but it’s humbling just to be in that position. It actually helps me stay motivated to keep working because I don’t want the ride to end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.last_img read more

first_imgThe Argentinean superstar knows clubs from other countries are breaking into the football elite thanks to foreign investmentA not-so-long time ago, there were just one or two powerful teams in any of the Top 5 European leagues.And Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of them.But now, teams from countries like England, Italy, and France are starting to catch up to the Spanish La Liga giants.At least this is what Barca’s Lionel Messi believes has happened in the last years.“There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason,” he told ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Whenever the most money is, that’s where they end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”“Before everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything’s tighter and there’s not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians…”And because of this, he was asked about if he would ever leave Barcelona.“I am just thinking about the years that I can keep playing,” he said when asked about what plans he has for retirement,” he explained.“When the moment comes, I will decide. I want to finish the contract I have and then we will see if I continue or not. It doesn’t worry me right now. [But] the club can be calm [when I am gone] if they keep bringing players through the academy and making good signings.”last_img read more

Rangers boss laughs off suggestions of foul play

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Steve McLaren has laughed at suggestions that accused his team of using foul play to stop Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish, when both sides met on Friday night.QPR defeated Villa 1-0 at Loftus Road thanks to a first-half strike from Poland international, Pawel Wszolek, and despite comments from Villa boss Dean Smith that the London club’s players took turns to kick at Grealish, McLaren has come to the defence of his players.“I’ve got to say I wish we were that clever to rotate around to kick him,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Jack Grealish is a player we had to stop and I thought we did that to a certain degree.”“I don’t think they took turns, I just think we had to stop him. He’s just that good a player – you think you’ve won the ball and you just nick him.”Les Ferdinand: QPR dreaming of Premier League promotion Obinna Echi – November 27, 2018 QPR director of football Les Ferdinand reveals the London club has their sights set on returning to the top tier of English football next season.QPR…“They were all small fouls, not big ones. That really upset his rhythm, which we needed to do.”“I thought the officials were very good and handled the game well, with not too many yellows despite all the fouls.”“I’m proud of the players and the performance they produced tonight. This was a big win for us.”“Villa are a good team. Wow – the attacking options they’ve got are formidable and we had to be at our best defensively.”“I’m proud of my team for what they showed and for fighting for each other.”last_img read more