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Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

first_imgChristian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph LeongsonChristian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Here’s something you don’t see everyday. @CStandhardinger shooting one-handed free throws. pic.twitter.com/xE4W1HvCDG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges View comments “I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”Here’s some proof that @CStandhardinger can make those one-handed FTs! pic.twitter.com/7Nd5E1fl64ADVERTISEMENT READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBIn Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? For weeks ahead of the 2018 playoffs, the Warriors hardly looked like that super team that dominated through the previous postseason. They lost their final regular-season game at Utah by 40 points.Yet Kerr and his players insisted all along they would find another level when there was something bigger to play for.Kerr was forced to use a mindboggling 27 different starting lineups to get through the regular season and wind up a No. 2 seed behind Houston, with the Western Conference finals marking the first time the Warriors had to open a series on the road since 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr encourages his team during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure.Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended that something would get done quickly once they began formal discussions. Kerr had one year remaining on his original $25 million, five-year contract. Details of the extension were not announced Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES James offered a shoutout to Kerr during the finals.“I could sit here and say today — ‘Listen, Golden State is a great team …’ — I didn’t even mention their head coach,” James said. “Their head coach is the one who kind of puts it all together, makes it all flow. To be able to put egos and the right position and spot on the floor where everybody feels good about the outcome and things of that nature — when it comes to team sports, that’s something that you would hope that you could be a part of.”Kerr owns a 265-63 record (.808), guiding the Warriors to a record 73-win season in 2015-16 before a runner-up finish to the Cavaliers. His Warriors then went a record 16-1 during the 2017 postseason on the way to another title.He was tested more as a coach this season, aside from his 43-game absence to begin the 2015-16 season when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Luke Walton led the Warriors to a record 24-0 start and 39-4 mark before Kerr’s return to the bench.Late in the regular season this year, Golden State lost seven of 10 during one noteworthy funk for a team that when healthy starts four All-Stars and can score in flurries with a pass-happy offense that racks up assists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 52-year-old Kerr has said he hopes to coach at least another decade and perhaps 15 years. His Warriors swept LeBron James and Cleveland in the fourth straight NBA Finals matchups between the rivals.Kerr stayed healthy and on the bench while continuing to deal with symptoms such as headaches and dizzy spells stemming from a pair of back surgeries following the 2015 title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Warriors marked themselves as a dynasty with their latest crown. They joined Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.Golden State captured the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15, with Kerr as a rookie head coach. Now, the Warriors are gearing up for one more season in Oracle Arena before opening their state-of-the-art Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood in August 2019. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Cup winner Mbappe donating bonus of about $350,000 View commentslast_img read more

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Cash-strapped M&CC $20M celebrations ludicrous

first_imgDear Editor,The very thought that the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown is even considering splurging $20 million on itself under the guise that it is hosting a week of activities to celebrate its anniversary is just revolting.The members of the administration and/or the committee that came up with such a reckless proposal are evidently demented and not in touch with reality. They should be ashamed of themselves, and be condemned by those in authority at City Hall.How on earth could a municipality that is bankrupt; that is supposedly penniless; that constantly runs to Central Government for bailouts and other forms of financial assistance; that owes, as they say in Guyana, ‘Tom, Dick and HarryLall,’ even conceptualise such an idea. It is at best ludicrous.But the real question to be asked is: What does Georgetown have to celebrate? The collapsed wharf at Stabroek Market? The clocks at the various markets that do not work? The fact that the iconic City Hall is crumbling and falling apart? The rise in crime around the municipal markets? The non-completion of the Kitty Market? The statutory rape of a minor and killing of a mentally ill man whilst he was in the custody of the City Constabulary? They have done absolutely nothing to rejoice about.It would seem that the only validation and rationalisation that the Mayor could advance for the hosting of this ostentatious merriment is that the event is something which was held in the past but had been stopped, and that the event could be likened to that of the annual town weeks of New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden. This reminds us of the pidgin-style saying: ‘Monkey see, monkey do’, which implies the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern for the consequences.How pathetic! Do the New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden municipalities fail to remit workers’ contributions to the Guyana Revenue Authority or the National Insurance Scheme, leaving their workers without any sickness, injury or maternity benefits?Sincerely,Modi Sankarlast_img read more

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Judge Paegar’s Delayed Ruling Questioned

first_imgThe delay by Judge Chan-Chan Paegar, on the three judge panel at the Commercial Court, to make available his final ruling on trademark infringement of “pop drink” has caused one of the parties to write a complaint against his behavior to his colleagues.Judge Paegar, without a written document, on August 5, 2016, gave a three minute ruling in the case against H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese owned business by BAF Trading Corporation, and promised to have hardcopies available on Wednesday, August 10.However, when he spoke with the Daily Observer on Tuesday, August 23, he admitted to the delay saying that it happened as a result of a serious medical situation. BAF’s lead lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, has complained about the delay to the other judges on the panel.The release of the final ruling document would have enabled BAF to file its ‘Bill of Exception’ to the Supreme Court within ten days to announce an appeal against Paegar’s decision.Without that instrument, H.K. Enterprise could take the opportunity to communicate with the Supreme Court to dismiss any appeal filed to it on the matter on grounds that the ten-day period had expired.In his client’s letter of complaint, Cllr. Gongloe said he requested for a copy of Judge Paegar’s written ruling and final judgment pronounced on Friday, August 5, when the Judge informed the parties that the written ruling and judgment would be ready on Wednesday, August 10.The letter dated August 15, further read: “Monday, August 15, was the tenth day since Judge Paegar announced the judgment against the petitioner, BAF, yet the record of this case showed that Judge Paegar’s written ruling and judgment is not ready.”The letter asked Judge Paegar to do everything humanly possible to make available his ruling and final judgment in order to enable his client to file a ‘Bill of Exception’ as required by law.Judge Paegar ruled that both BAF and H.K. Enterprise did not have the legitimate right to import the product into the country, because they don’t have permission from the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO), a party to the case.He said the parties did not obtain licenses from LIPO for the trademark to import pop drink for the Liberian market – although BAF was licensed in 2010 for ten years to import the product, while H.K. Enterprise also obtained a license from LIPO in 2014 to import the same product.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bayern striker reveals Chelsea, Man City and United target is heading to the PL

first_img1 Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes outgoing manager Pep Guardiola will improve any team he chooses to take over in the Barclays Premier League.Last month the Spaniard confirmed he would be standing down as head coach at the end of the campaign after three successful years in the Bundesliga, suggesting that he would pursue a career in England.Manchester City are thought to be leading the chase for his services, while Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the Catalan.And Lewandowski thinks Guardiola has already made up his mind and backed the 45-year-old to succeed in England’s top flight.“I know Pep can improve a team in England,” the Poland international told the Mail on Sunday. “I think he knows where he’s going and he knows what he needs to do with the team he’s going to, so that they play much better.“He will focus on technique and perhaps more possession than is the norm in England. But Pep knows the Premier League is different from the Spanish league or the Bundesliga. I’m sure he can do something new in terms of tactics and technique.”Guardiola took over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer of 2013 on a three-year contract and has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern, as well as the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.That haul is looks certain to be added to this season, complementing an impressive trophy collection that includes, among others, two Champions League and three Primera Division titles from his time at Barcelona.Lewandowski, who was a key cog in last season’s Bundesliga triumph, has already scored 17 goals in the league this term and is desperate to finish the campaign off in style.“The first time I heard Pep’s decision I thought it was a shame,” added Lewandowski. “But after that, I knew I’d to come here to train and play and I’m sure we’ll carry on in the same direction with Pep right to the end of the season.“It’s important for me to have a good second half of the season. And if we do win something then we will celebrate with Pep.“Pep thinks about football 24 hours a day. He covers every angle to the smallest detail and he always demands 100 per cent in training and in games.” Bayern Munic striker Robert Lewandowski and manager Pep Guardiola last_img read more

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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe confirmed to play against Liverpool

first_img RANKED 2 Paris Saint-Germain stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. huge blow REVEALED 2 ADVICE REPLY Latest Football Stories MONEY no dice But Tuchel revealed both will be available and told a press conference: “Neymar is 100 per cent fit, as is Mbappe, and they will be in the line-up tomorrow.”Even though he has his own impressive forwards, the German is also wary of Liverpool’s attacking options.“We need to defend well against (Sadio) Mane, (Mohamed) Salah and (Roberto) Firmino,” Tuchel said. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday evening – live on talkSPORT, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.Neymar and Mbappe were both injured during the last international break with the Brazilian forced off with a groin injury during Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Cameroon in Milton Keynes, while the French wonderkid sustained a shoulder injury landing awkwardly during in their 1-0 win over Uruguay. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Liverpool’s Firmino, Salah, and Mane are one of the best attacking trios in European football “Firmino may play any position in attack so we have to adapt. What is key for us is to play with confidence and we play to win. A key thing for us is to pass the ball very fast and make swift decisions.”Tuchel insists his side, third in Group B, a point adrift of the Reds and Napoli, are ready for the challenge against Jurgen Klopp’s side.He said: “This is a challenge because Liverpool are one of the greatest teams in Europe. I think we are ready. If they [Neymar and Mbappe] were not fit they could not play, but they have trained and not complained.“There are still big steps for us and we have to make a big step tomorrow. Liverpool play as a team in every single game and you can see the influence of Jurgen. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “There is a possibility we don’t win, but it is very important tomorrow we focus on winning. The bigger the game, the bigger the pressure, the more important is the focus.”last_img read more

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MACLOCHLAINN: HALT STATION CLOSURES AND INCREASE GARDA RECRUITMENT

first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has again called on the government to halt Garda station closures and to increase Garda recruitment.Speaking on the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015, Deputy Mac Lochlainn welcomed its targeting of serial offenders.But he pointed out that the structural causes that give rise to the problem of burglaries are a result of the direct decisions made by this government, particularly the closure of rural Garda stations. Speaking in the Dáil today, the Donegal Deputy said:“It is this government’s austerity agenda that creates the environment in which crime is increasing: a lack of resources available to people is well known to increase cases of theft and burglary. Similarly misguided decisions to close Garda stations in order to make small savings to the exchequer merely increase the opportunity for criminal activity and add to the uncertainty and fear that the citizens in this state are already experiencing under seven years of austerity.“As always, it is the poor, the isolated and the vulnerable that suffer most under this government and this Bill, while welcome, does not address the root causes of the increase in criminal activity and the negative social consequences of austerity.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn also called for an increase in Garda numbers back over the safe threshold of 14,000 and keep the numbers there with ongoing recruitment.MACLOCHLAINN: HALT STATION CLOSURES AND INCREASE GARDA RECRUITMENT was last modified: October 1st, 2015 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:MACLOCHLAINN: HALT STATION CLOSURES AND INCREASE GARDA RECRUITMENTlast_img read more

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Omnia, IFC in carbon credit deal

first_img28 March 2008South African chemical, mining and agricultural company Omnia has entered into an agreement with the International Finance Corporation to sell up to one million carbon credits over the next five years, in a deal worth some €15-million (about R188.5-million).The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will purchase the carbon credits, known formally as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), from Omnia Fertilizer and sell these on to international buyers.“The IFC has committed to purchase a minimum 50% of all Omnia’s CERs for the next five years and will guarantee the delivery of the credits to potential buyers,” Omnia said in a statement last week.The Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol has established CERs as an asset that can be traded in global markets and aims to decouple economic growth from greenhouse growth.“IFC places a strong emphasis on environmental and social sustainability and is eager to work with companies who want to undertake climate friendly projects and commercialize carbon assets,” said IFC Southern Africa manager Saleem Karimjee. “We hope that Omnia’s move will encourage other companies in Africa to also reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”Clean Development MechanismOmnia Fertilizer will generate approximately 420 000 CERs per annum at its Sasolburg plant, through the installation of a nitrous oxide destruction facility at its nitric acid plant, which will significantly reduce the plant’s nitrous oxide emissions.Greenhouse gas emissions, including nitrous oxide, are believed to be the cause of global climate change.Omnia announced the approval of the Clean Development Mechanism plant in August last year, and the plant, which uses German-developed Uhde technology, is now fully operative.The carbon credits Omnia’s plant will produce are expected to add R60-million to the group’s revenue annually, based on the current price of CERs, which is currently approximately €15 per ton.“The construction of our nitrous oxide destruction facility underlines Omnia’s commitment to sustainable development and reflects the group’s focus on improving all areas of our environmental management,” said Omnia Fertilizer MD Trevor Grant. “We believe IFC, with its AAA-rating and experience in the carbon trading market, is an ideal partner to assist us in generating strong revenue from the carbon credits we will generate.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Oooh, Shiny Stuff! — Radiant Barrier Fundamentals

first_imgThe heat is conducted from the shingles to the sheathingThe part we’re concerned with here is the sunlight that’s absorbed by your roof. Once the roof sucks up those rays, it gets hot. That heat at the absorbing surface (shingles on most residential roofs) then does what the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells it to do — it looks for cooler places, so it starts conducting down through the roofing materials. When it finds the underside of the roof deck, it then can radiate down into the attic. Typical roof decking materials — plywood and oriented-strand board (OSB) – are pretty good radiators, so everything they “see” in the attic starts getting hot, too.You can see the heat transfer I just described in the diagram labeled Figure 1 below. Here’s the basic process:Radiation hits the roof.The radiant energy is absorbed by the roofing materials.The thermal energy conducts downward.Heat radiates from the roof deck to everthing in the attic. The heat radiates into the attic from the underside of the sheathingSo, the dominant form of heat gain in an attic is from radiation, which heats up all the solid materials it finds — framing, ductwork, insulation, all those boxes of Christmas decorations, and dead squirrels. That’s one reason powered attic ventilators aren’t a good solution. They’re going after the air, but the air is hot only because all the solid materials are hot.A better way to reduce the attic temperature is to go after the source — the radiation constantly blasting the attic from the bottom of the roof deck and rafters. Plywood and OSB are good radiators. In physics language, they have high emissivity, which means they’re good at emitting radiant energy.That’s where radiant barriers come in. These are materials that have a low emissivity. When the underside of the roof deck has a radiant barrier installed, the heat still travels through the materials, but once it hits the radiant barrier, it’s come to a dead end. Little of that heat then radiates to the attic.The radiant barrier gets hot. If you go up into the attic and touch it, you’ll see that the heat’s still getting there. But like that stainless-steel playground slide shown at the top of this article, when you hold your hand near it without touching, it doesn’t feel like it’s hot. The magic of low emissivity! Today just feels like a good day to talk about shiny stuff. Radiant barriers are a green building product with a lot of sex appeal, if that’s possible for construction products. People get really crazy about attics, though. (Don’t get me started about powered attic ventilators!) Maybe brains have a tendency to overheat when discussing them. The general category of radiant barriers is an area of great hype and misunderstanding, so I’ll tell you what I know, explain the basic physics, and give you a couple of links to some great resources for more information.OK, first of all, a radiant barrier is something that can keep your attic cooler. Unlike powered attic ventilators, they actually go after the source of the problem rather than treating a symptom — but first, let’s look at the physics.Attics get hot because the sun is beating down on them all day. The heat from the sun comes in the form of electromagnetic radiation. When this radiation hits a surface, it can do one of three things: It can be (i) reflected, (ii) transmitted, or (iii) absorbed. How much of each you get depends on the wavelength of the radiation and the properties of the material it hits. Radiant barriers need an air gapIn case you’re wondering, the answer is yes, this is the same thing that makes low-e windows so good. Also, if you’re wondering how hot the shingles get, the Florida Solar Energy Center has done research on that, which I wrote about a while back.OK, so if the radiant barrier doesn’t feel hot when you hold your hand an inch away but it can burn you when you touch it, what does that mean for installation? You got it! You have to have an air gap next to the radiant barrier. If you spray foam insulation right on the radiant barrier, you’ve wasted your money on the radiant barrier. Heat will conduct right through the radiant barrier because generally, materials with low emissivity have high conductivity. More resourcesThere’s so much more to say about radiant barriers, but let me wrap up this article and give you a couple of resources where you can read more about how they work, how to install them, how much they might save, and why you probably don’t want to install one in Pennsylvania or other cold-climate locations. The first is the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). They have a bit of radiant heat gain in attics down there and know a thing or two about this topic. Here’s a good Question and Answer Primer that’s got a lot of good info.Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which does a lot of great building science research, has several good pages about radiant barriers, too.Another great study is the Houston Home Energy Efficiency Study (pdf). This was a study done by Michael Blasnik and Advanced Energy, and among other things, they looked at the cost-effectiveness of radiant barriers. What they found was that in Houston, Texas, radiant barriers reduced the cooling consumption by about 3%. The paper is well worth the read, in case you don’t already have a copy. (Oh, yeah…it’s free!)Finally, here are a couple of good resources that address the question of if or when you should install a radiant barrier. Martin Holladay wrote Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem a couple of years ago here at Green Building Advisor and included a lot of great info on the topic. Also, a new website called Radiant Barrier Truth tackles the issue of radiant barriers in cold climates.I’ll come back to this topic and write more another time, but for now, let’s not forget what my friend Mike Barcik says is one of the most appealing features of radiant barriers: People like shiny stuff!last_img read more

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A-Rod Used Most Potent Drugs

first_imgIf Anthony Bosch were still in business today, bet on this much: His phone would be buzzing nonstop with athletes trying to order the Alex Rodriguez treatment.The self-taught doping guru whose testimony and records brought down Rodriguez sounded at times like a snake-oil salesman while detailing the down-to-the-minute regimen of performance-enhancing substances he delivered to the disgraced baseball star.Included were concoctions called “gummies” and “liquid soap,” ”pink cream,” ”blue cream” and even “PM cream” — each with varying doses of testosterone delivered in different ways throughout the day.Silly as those sound, don’t laugh. Elite athletes would gargle with antifreeze if they believed that would improve performance without tripping a positive test.And unlike the deer-antler spray and the other crackpot cures (holographic stickers, negatively charged water, underwear exposed to radio waves) that NFL linebacker Ray Lewis tried to explain away at last year’s Super Bowl, nearly all of what Bosch was providing A-Rod for $12,000 a month actually worked.Peel away the pseudo-science and Bosch’s bragging and what remained was “probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we’ve ever seen,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said.“No one who cares about clean sports likes to hear it,” Tygart said in an interview with The Associated Press. “And don’t just take my word for it. Look at the findings of an independent arbitrator who saw all the evidence, sat through the testimony and laid the whole conspiracy out.”Tygart said Bosch’s regimen included dozens of blood tests to see how the drugs were metabolizing and which doses to use when. It included peptides and female fertility drugs to supplement testosterone, human growth hormone and an insulin-like growth factor.“At the end of the day,” Tygart added, “this was a potent cocktail of sophisticated PEDs stacked together to deliver power, aid recovery, avoid detection and create a home run champion.”Added Dr. Gary Wadler, past chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance committee, “It was illegal from start to finish and not all of it was scientific, but let’s be honest — this guy Bosch knew an awful lot of what he was talking about.”Tygart takes some consolation in knowing that improvements to MLB’s drug-testing program make it unlikely a player could avoid detection employing the same regimen today. What troubles him, though, is that much of the discussion in the wake of Bosch’s “60 Minutes” TV interview has focused on those substances with catchy nicknames like “gummies” and “pink food,” but actually did little to improve performance.Instead, Tygart said the real threat was the sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge about a doping regimen that Bosch — who was not a licensed physician — was able to acquire and deploy.Bosch faces potential charges stemming from the investigation into his Biogenesis clinic in south Florida.Tygart referred specifically to an exchange in which Rodriguez told Bosch he had an important game coming up and asked whether he should take “gummies” — a lozenge dosed with testosterone — at 10:45 a.m. in case he wound up being required to take a drug test postgame. Bosch replied “10:30.”“Look, no one can say with that much certainty how long the window (to avoid detection) would be open,” Tygart said. “And most people know that tiny dose, even fast-acting testosterone, won’t provide much of a boost. But look at it as part of an overall (PED) program, while in-season testing is taking place. It’s more like maintenance; it’s going to be hard to find, plus it makes the other drugs you’re using more effective. …“Another point that may have gotten missed,” Tygart added, “is that insiders like Bosch want to give the perception they know. It’s part of the pitch, how you market to pro athletes. So saying 10:45 instead of 10:30 makes the athlete think, ‘Hey, this guy really knows his stuff.’”In Bosch’s case, that was largely true. So much so that anti-doping experts like Tygart and Wadler have broadened the scope of their investigations to include many of the same tactics law enforcement agencies use to pursue suppliers of a wide range of illegal drugs.“How many guys will take (Bosch’s) protocols and adopt them?” Wadler asked. “Plenty. Enhancing performance is tied up with a lot of things, legal and illegal, but the bottom line is always money. … When we look at this case, it’s troubling in a very real sense because most of the science passes muster.“What I’d stress is not the part about it being good science, but that it’s illicit science,” he said finally. “And quite possibly, dangerous at some level, too.”(Jim Litke, AP Sports Columnist)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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