Jeff Van Gundy: Warriors feel ‘picked upon’ and so do NBA referees

first_imgThere’s a storm a’brewing says Jeff Van Gundy. Between the Warriors and NBA referees. Between NBA referees and the Warriors. Between NBA referees and the league’s rank and file.“I do think the Warriors right now feel as they’re being picked upon,” Van Gundy said on a recent appearance on the Joe, Lo and Dibs show on 95.7 The Game. “And I think the NBA officials think that they’re being attacked, not just by the Warriors, but throughout the league.”To illustrate the dynamic, we return you to …last_img

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Corn Harvest Cab Cam — Schmitmeyer Farms, Mercer County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew visited the farm of the Schmitmeyer family for the first week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall 2016 edition. Corn harvest had just begun on their Mercer County farm south of Celina at the time OAN’s Joel Penhorwood visited with Pat Schmitmeyer about their yield, operation, and more.last_img

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Can This Panelized System Solve Your Enclosure Problems?

first_imgIf you want to build a superinsulated, airtight house, you run into some difficulties. How do you deal with the extra thickness of your walls and ceilings when you add all that extra insulation? What’s the best way to ensure you hit your airtightness goal? And how do you do all that while keeping the process manageable and the cost affordable?The new Build SMART panelized system has some answers.I saw it in Philadelphia, twiceAt the 2016 North American Passive House Conference in Philadelphia this past September, Adam Cohen presented on his new panelized building system. His goal, he said, was to develop a way to make it easier to achieve Passive House level building enclosures. He also wanted to make it affordable. Over the past few years, he tried out his ideas and found a system that worked. Cohen then partnered with Prosoco to take it to market it and make it scalable. Thus was born Build SMART. RELATED ARTICLESPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House BuildingMaking the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy HomesThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckWhat’s Different About Unity Homes?Factory-Built Wall PanelsPlacing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationFoam Under FootingsPrefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations “On PHirm Footings: A Survey of Passive House Foundations in North America” Last month I took another little trip to Philadelphia to see the Build SMART system being installed. Rob Leonard, who’s been working with Cohen for 15 years and is the field technical manager for Build SMART, met me ahead of time and gave me some background on the company and briefed me on the project I would be visiting.The next day, Rob and I met up with Tim McDonald, a builder, architect, and Certified Passive House Consultant. The two were giving a tour of McDonald’s project and the Build SMART system. McDonald is building a really neat four-story apartment building in the heart of Philly. The project is going to be Passive House certified and was well underway. They had the first three floors already done and were about to start the fourth floor.Here’s a little of what I learned on the tour and from my other reading and discussions.Build SMART wall constructionWhen you want to build a superinsulated house, you have several choices on how you increase the walls’ R-value. These choices all result in thicker walls. Some methods use all one type of insulation in one place, as in double-stud walls. Most methods have insulation in two places, sometimes with different types of insulation in different places. An example would be framed walls with insulation in the cavities along with more insulation (e.g., foam board or mineral wool) on the exterior.The Build SMART system is the latter type. Image #2, below, shows a small sample of what a panel looks like. It includes a framed wall on the interior (left), OSB sheathing in the middle, then a layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS), and Huber’s Zip sheathing on the exterior (right).The panels come in four types:Straight panels (like the sample shown in Image #2)Corner panelsWindow panelsDoor panelsThe options are currently limited to a few configurations for each type to keep the process simple and affordable. Some architects may feel too constrained by that, but McDonald sees it as an opportunity to be more creative with the design. For this project, he’s working on some cool ideas with LED lights that make a statement about the energy use of the building.Assembling the panelsWhen you’re ready to start assembling the walls, you put everything together in a way similar to doing a structural insulated panel (SIP) building. The first step is staging. You get all your panels moved to where they need to be. In Image #3, below, you can see all the pallets of panels waiting to be installed.Once you’ve got the panels staged, you start at one corner and keep adding panels. Each panel gets attached to the one you did just before (see Image #4). When you’ve made it all the way around and are back at your starting point, you’re ready to build the next floor above or put the roof over it.A critical part of the assembly is making sure you get the air barrier all sealed up. In this case, the primary air barrier is the OSB in the middle of the panel. The photo at the top of the article shows a worker installing sealant (Prosoco’s R-Guard Joint & Seam Filler) with a sausage gun.The water-resistive barrier (WRB) is Zip sheathing and that gets sealed up, too. Huber makes both a tape and a fluid-applied sealant for the seams, and Build SMART recommends that builders opt for the fluid-applied sealant. You can see in the photos that McDonald followed their advice.Benefits of the Build SMART systemIn his presentation during the tour I attended, McDonald said, “The best thing about this system is that the panels come with windows installed.” (See Image #6.) This is a big deal. Most water and air leakage problems in walls occur at windows. It’s not easy to get the flashing details and air sealing done properly with a site-built house. (If you doubt that, just ask anyone who repairs existing homes.)Yes, if you’re a custom builder and have a stable crew, you can get good window installations consistently. When the windows and doors come factory-installed, however, your job on the site becomes a whole lot easier. And faster.Another thing McDonald emphasized was how quickly he could finish a project. The Capital 2 project he’s working on is going up at the rate of one story per week. That’s about 5,000 square feet of floor area dried in, insulated, and air-sealed in one week.They do foundations, tooAnother thing the Build SMART team has developed is a form for slab footings. Image #7, below, shows a section of it. It’s a hunk of EPS lined with a vapor barrier. You put rebar inside, fill it with concrete, and voilà — you have an insulated, watertight foundation footing or slab edge.Is Build SMART the answer?Well, nothing is the answer that solves all our construction problems. There’s no silver bullet. But the Build SMART panelized system sure does help you get a nice, superinsulated, airtight building that can meet the rigorous standards for Passive House certification.It’s a new system, and as such, they’re still improving it. When I posted a photo from my visit to Philly on LinkedIn, Professor John Straube made a good observation about air barriers. He said the system looked nice but his “only caveat [is] to add is that you also want the air barrier to be inspectable during construction in a perfect world.”With this system, the air seal between panels is hidden behind the framing on the interior. If there’s enough of a gap and the exterior hasn’t been sealed yet, light coming through will show places that got missed. There’s not always enough of a gap, though. If a missed seal is behind framing that doesn’t have a gap, you won’t be able to see light coming through. This is far from a fatal flaw, and I expect the Build SMART team to come up with ways to overcome it. For now, make sure the crew putting the panels together understands the importance of sealing every joint and seam and that there’s a good quality control process happening concurrently.I look forward to seeing the Build SMART system’s evolution. I was really impressed with what I saw of it at the Passive House conference this year. I was even more impressed with what I saw in the field. In fact, I’m even dreaming of building my next house with Build SMART panels.It may not be the answer, but it certainly helps move high performance building forward. McDonald’s perspective is that Build SMART is “one answer to ‘scaling’ affordable multi-family Passive house and Net-Zero-Energy buildings in this country.” Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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VLE #MFLNchat recap

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonThe Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event, held June 2-4, featured daily Twitter chats focused on the topics discussed in that day’s webinar. The webinar speakers were on hand to answer questions and to dig deeper in to the topics discussed in the 90-minute sessions. Here, you can view all the tweets shared during these daily chats, including great discussion on promoting positive financial behavior change and resources to share and use with clients.last_img

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NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfall

first_imgHeavy rains have led to flash floods in Vadodara, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were deployed to rescue stranded civilians. People are facing several problems due to the heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review torrential rain situation in the city. He deputed two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to provide guidance to the local administration.last_img

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How Jordi Alba became Messi’s main wingman

first_imgUEFA Champions League Barcelona’s new Dani Alves: How Jordi Alba became Messi’s new main man Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 17:10 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona Getty Images UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi Barcelona v Sporting CP Barcelona Sporting CP Opinion The Spain left-back has struck up a great understanding with the Argentine in 2017-18 which is reminiscent of the forward’s link-up with the Brazilian Lionel Messi has a new assistant. For so many years, the Argentine’s association with Dani Alves was a big feature of Barcelona’s play. This season, however, he has found an ally on the other side: Jordi Alba.Alves left Barca in the summer of 2016 after eight seasons at Camp Nou, but the Brazilian (who is now at Paris Saint-Germain) remains the player with the most assists for Messi at the Catalan club (42).For much of that time, Messi operated down the right and it was on that flank where he and Alves built up a memorable rapport, which carried on even when the Argentine moved into a central role. And the two men would warm up together before games in a routine which became a favourite for fans arriving early. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Over on the other wing, Alba’s role has always been to attack as well as defend. The Spain full-back was signed by Barca (where he had come through the youth system years earlier) from Valencia and his forays down the left are a weapon for both club and country.This season, though, Alba is more of a protagonist than usual. The 28-year-old has more assists than any other Barca player in La Liga (five) and four of those have been for Messi. The other one was against Celta on Saturday, when the two men combined to set up Luis Suarez for their side’s second in the 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.Jordi Alba assists for MessiIn the previous round of the Primera Division, Messi also picked out Alba’s advanced run down the left and the Catalan produced a fine finish on the volley to secure a point for Ernesto Valverde’s side at Mestalla.Prior to that goal, Alba had only been assisted twice previously by Messi: against Elche in the Copa del Rey in 2015 and versus Sevilla in the final of the cup competition at the Vicente Calderon in 2016.In the meantime, the left-back had provided only six assists for the Argentine before the current campaign, all of those in La Liga. And the last of those was a very significant one indeed as it led to Messi’s last-gasp winner at the Santiago Bernabeu in a memorable 3-2 victory over Real Madrid last April.Neymar missed that match through suspension and the Brazilian left Barca over the summer to join Paris Saint-Germain. In his absence, Alba is afforded extra space to attack down the left – especially with Barca playing 4-4-2 much of the time this season and summer signing Ousmane Dembele currently sidelined.”Neymar is a great player, but due to circumstances or feelings, he decided to leave in the end,” Alba said last month. “But I am thrilled with the players we have here. I have more of the wing to attack [now]. Honestly, for me it is much better.”Messi Jordi AlbaMessi Jordi AlbaAlba is also happy to be working with Valverde following friction with Luis Enrique when he was left out of the team for a run of games last season and he said: “I am delighted with him. His communication with the players is excellent and that helps us to all play together as one.”However, part of collective success includes individual brilliance and also little link-ups and partnerships all over the pitch, like his with Messi.”To build an understanding with the best player in the world is easy,” Alba said. “His profile with his left foot is good for me. Ever since I arrived, we have looked for each other [on the pitch]. It’s a privilege to play with him and let’s hope there are many more passes and connections.”For his part, Valverde said of the pair’s link-up: “Jordi is a player who reads the space and Messi has a peripheral vision that is out of the ordinary, to be able to find him with the ball when he gets into position. We are taking advantage of them and it is one of our strengths.”He is right about that and Alba’s attacking qualities have helped Messi and the team to create and also score goals this season. So while Neymar and Alves may both be at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi has another main man these days – and Barcelona, leading La Liga and unbeaten in the Champions League, are doing just fine.last_img read more

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Illegal Immigrant detained by Border Patrol on suspicion of organizing transnational criminal

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter John Soderman, Illegal Immigrant detained by Border Patrol on suspicion of organizing transnational criminal smuggling operation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — An illegal immigrant living in National City was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of being an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County.Cellphone video, that has since gone viral, shows Perla Morales-Luna being detained by Border Patrol agents in front of her three daughters Saturday, March 4.Morales-Luna was arrested as a result of a targeted operation on March 3 in National City for being in the country illegally, according to Michael J. Scappechio, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol.Morales-Luna is currently in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to ICE for removal proceedings.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Woman-deported-video-1.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Woman-deported-video-1.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. John Soderman center_img Updated: 4:15 PM Posted: March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018last_img read more

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