Cardinals’ Flaherty edges out Giants’ Rodríguez in matchup of 2018’s top rookie pitchers

first_imgST. LOUIS — If you spent the last 365 days living under a rock and happened to come up for air on Tuesday, it would have been no surprise to see Giants right-hander Dereck Rodríguez and Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty locking horns in a pitchers’ duel at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.At this time last year, Rodríguez, Flaherty and Dodgers flamethrower Walker Buehler were chasing Ronald Acuña, Jr. of the Braves and Juan Soto of the Nationals in an epic Rookie of the Year race that ended with the …last_img read more

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Air France bomb threats

first_imgTwo Paris bound Air France flights from the United States were diverted Tuesday night due to bomb threats.Both flights – an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 777 – landed safely.Air France Flight 65 a 500-seat A380 was operating from Los Angeles to Paris and was diverted to Salt Lake City after the threat was received according to a US government spokesman.Shortly afterwards, Air France Flight 55 a Boeing 777 with 298 passengers a crew operating from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia also due to a similar bomb threat.Salt Lake City FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer told CNN that “several law enforcement agencies are working to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert.”However no US military aircraft were scrambled.CNN’s national security analysts Juliette Kayyem said that “diversion of flights is the most draconian response to a bomb threat.” “I think right now we take this seriously until we hear some explanation to the validity of the bomb threat,” Ms Kayyem said.However one safety analyst who spoke to warned that this could be new phase in the terrorism war by ISIS.“They [ISIS] could cripple aviation with hundreds of bomb threats,” the analyst warned.Separately Russia has said that a bomb brought down Metrojet Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh to St. Petersburg (Russia) which crashed on Saturday October 31 killing all 224 on board.last_img read more

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Green Home Programs

first_imgAmong other endeavors, I have been certifying LEED homes as a provider representative for about two years now. In order to continue doing this work after next year, USGBC and GBCI have decided that I must become certified as a green rater. After looking at my various options for obtaining this designation, I elected to take a two-day training class in advance of the required test. Not uncharacteristically, I bristled at the thought that I would have to spend my time and money learning something I was already doing. To my surprise, the class, taught by Laura Capps and Kevin Stack, was both informative and engaging. I picked up on a lot of small details about the program and believe that I gained additional knowledge that will help me do a better job certifying homes under the program.OK, enough praiseAs these thoughts drifted in and out during the class, a question occurred to me: if you are insane, can you be aware of it? I think that some green building programs in general don’t always have a firm grasp on reality and are veering off into their own versions of insanity. Two days of training on the intricacies of LEED for Homes, while answering many questions, also raised more. The program continues to get more complicated rather than less, which I believe is the wrong direction. We need to make green building simple while not watering it down, something that many people believe is possible.Roadkill reduxThe industry and the general public are wrestling with about 100 different programs representing cities, counties, regions, and the entire country. As I discussed in an earlier post, various programs are fighting each other for market share, causing confusion for everyone including the general public, the building industry, and green building experts. I am concerned that the combination of too many competing programs and their increasing complexity may lead to a backlash from consumers before the market settles on one, or a few “winners.” On top of this, the 2009 IECC and Energy Star 2011 are coming down the pike, creating conflicts with various programs that need to change just to keep up.Is anyone listening?While I have my issues with all green certification programs, including LEED, I appreciate that as a group they are continually raising the bar on home construction and renovation, in addition to providing me with ongoing work and income. But have they lost their way and become stuck in their own realities, or unrealities, as the case may be? I don’t believe that these programs need to be as complicated as they are. I think sometimes that program developers are sadists who sit in underground rooms conspiring new and different ways to torment the people trying to certify buildings. All I can say is, I hope those people are reading this and taking my plea to heart.last_img read more

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Is Your House Too Leaky Because of Fiberglass?

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESInstalling Fiberglass RightShould Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?Batt Insulation is Still Making Me BattyGrading the Installation Quality of Insulation Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturer Tackles Installation QualityGBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket Insulation I read a lot of stuff online about insulation and air barriers and other building science topics. I see a fair number of articles bashing certain products or materials. Sometimes it’s because the author sells a competing product. Sometimes they just don’t like a product. Take fiberglass insulation, for example. What thoughts just went through your head?Those who have some building science training will look at the photo on the right and immediately see the symptom of a problem. The places where that formerly yellow fiberglass insulation has turned dark grey are places where air is moving through the fiberglass.Some people will jump from that symptom straight to a guilty verdict for fiberglass. Sometimes they’ll even deridingly call it “filterglass” because it doesn’t stop the air from moving through it.But is the type of insulation really the source of the problem here?What about the next photo (Image #2, below)? It’s another case where the light-colored insulation has turned dark by picking up dirt from the air moving through it. Is the problem that they used an air-permeable insulation material?Or could it be that there’s a huge hole in the ceiling? Seal the hole and the fiberglass will perform a lot better. When you think in terms of building enclosure control layers, it’s a lot easier to assign the blame correctly. A good building will have control layers that control the flows of heat, air, and moisture. Just because a failure in the air control layer (air barrier) shows up in the heat control layer (insulation) doesn’t mean it’s the fault of the insulation.Hey, I’ve bashed fiberglass in the Energy Vanguard Blog. I wasn’t condemning it as a product, though; the way it often gets installed is what irked me. (I heard from one of the manufacturers about that article, but that’s a whole other story.)But fiberglass and other air-permeable insulation can work just fine. It can be installed well, too. The last photo below is a perfect example of a Grade 1 installation I saw in Nashville a few years ago. When put in contact with a good air barrier, it will work just fine.Everyone has their preferences, and that’s OK. But if you’re going to argue against a product, make sure you’re using valid arguments. Dirt showing in fiberglass insulation isn’t a valid reason to convict fiberglass. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearing

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson.— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

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New AP Poll: Buckeyes Remain Unanimous No. 1

first_imgWeek two of the new AP poll.Week 2 AP Poll Lee Corso College GameDayTwitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.last_img read more

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Rep Hauck votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of ecigarettes

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News 17May Rep. Hauck votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigarettes State Rep. Roger Hauck this week voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Hauck, of Union Township, said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, prompting parents, teachers and law enforcement officers to reach out to him with concerns. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.“We cannot let this trend continue to grow,” Hauck said. “This plan will make it harder for kids to get their hands on vaping products and give local school districts the tools they need to keep these items off school grounds.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools.According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.Senate Bills 106 and 155 received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration.###last_img read more

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