Saints’ Sean Payton says 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo ‘clearly’ a winner

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. — Jimmy Garpopolo’s history with Sean Payton traces, of course, to their roots as Eastern Illinois quarterbacks.“I met him, he probably doesn’t remember it, but my freshman year. He came back and got his number retired at Eastern,” Garoppolo recalled.Has Garoppolo’s No. 10 jersey hasn’t gotten the same treatment at their alma mater?“No. No. I think I’ve got to do a little more, first. Ha!” Garoppolo said. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Jimmy …last_img

An Ohio 4-H Celebration

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio 4-H is focused on two celebrations this month: the birthday of a legend and some of the outstanding 4-H volunteers and members that contribute to the success of Ohio 4-H.Happy 150th Birthday, A.B. Graham!Albert Belmont Graham, known as the founder of 4-H, was born March 13, 1868 in Miami County, Ohio, where he eventually became a superintendent of schools in neighboring Springfield.On January 15, 1902, Graham founded the boys’ and girls’ agricultural club, which, by 1912, would be called 4-H to stand for “head, heart, hands and health.” The first clubs, called “The Tomato Club” and “Corn Growing Club,” had 83 members who planted experimental plots of corn, vegetables and flowers. Youth were encouraged to perform educational workshops, learn to keep records and work with their peers.Graham’s work within agricultural communities went far beyond the education of school children about the scientific study of agriculture. He promoted healthy agricultural practices, encouraged schools to teach agriculture and home economics as part of their curriculum, and helped to provide educational resources to students and the public.In 1905, The Ohio State University created the position of superintendent of agricultural extension for Graham. He served as director at Ohio State until 1914, then went to the New York State School of Agriculture to start a similar program there. In 1916, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work as chief of agricultural extension specialists for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Graham retired in 1938, returned to Columbus, and remained active in the community and 4-H until he passed away at the age of 91 on January 14, 1960.4-H has continued to grow since its start in 1902 and now includes roughly 6 million youth in more than 50 countries. In 2017, 71,000 Ohio youth participated in 4-H clubs and 22,000 Ohio youth and adults volunteered with Ohio 4-H.Although 4-H has grown from the traditional clubs to include 4-H camps, after-school programs, school enrichment programs and special STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, the core goals of 4-H have remained the same: to provide hands-on learning experiences for members and to encourage teamwork, leadership and community service activities in which 4-H members have a positive impact in their communities. Ohio 4-H WeekThe impact of Ohio 4-H is celebrated during Ohio 4-H Week, this year from March 4-9. During the week, Ohio 4-H will recognize its many youth, advisors and volunteers who have contributed to the success of the program over the years.Ohio 4-H Week ends each year with the Ohio 4-H Conference, which generally has around 1,500 participants and takes place this year on March 10.The 2018 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring 4-H teens and volunteers from across the state of Ohio together. It is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States“Our goal for the conference is for teens and adults to learn together and from each other in order to improve our ability to deliver Ohio 4-H,” said Allen Auck, program manager at Ohio 4-H. “We truly believe these educational sessions offer something for everyone.”The conference equips participants with resources, information and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences and much more.“We hope that attendees will enjoy themselves, forge new relationships, and take home some new ideas to implement in their 4-H club, program, or activity,” said Auck.In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, which highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of 4-H teens and volunteers. The Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 1977 during the 75th anniversary of 4-H with the enshrinement of A.B. Graham and the living charter members of the first 4-H club.The friends of 4-H who will be inducted into the 2018 Hall of Fame are Rita Allen of Van Wert County, Fred Deel of Gallia County, Ramona Stout of Delaware County, and Bobie Williams of Williams County. Inductees for the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame are Molly Bauman of Adams County, Noor Alshafie of Franklin County, Carson Fulks of Franklin County, and Kaytlyn Graver of Wyandot County.last_img read more

Resilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms

first_imgAlong with more intense rainfall events, we can expect stronger winds. Some of these winds will be from tropical storms whose intensity is magnified as their air masses pass over a warmer South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Others of the winds will be more localized thunderstorms that result from air masses over land warming and rising into intense cumulonimbus clouds.In coastal areas, sea level rise will play into this, as coastal storms increasingly cause storm surges — the situation that befell New Orleans in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Even a few inches of sea level rise dramatically increases vulnerability to storm surges. How quickly sea levels will rise depends on the ice mass on Greenland, and scientists are far more worried about this than they were just a few short years ago. RELATED ARTICLES Safe roomsIn parts of the country where tornadoes and hurricanes are most common, we should consider installing safe rooms to provide a safe haven in an extreme wind event. These are small bunkers in our homes or garages, anchored to concrete slabs and typically built of reinforced masonry block with steel-beam roofs.Such rooms are typically not connected to the walls of the house, and they should be equipped with battery-powered or wind-up radios, flashlights, etc. Excellent information on safe room design and construction is available from FEMA.— — —In this resilient design series, I’m covering how to improve the resilience of our homes and communities, including strategies that help us function well in the aftermath of a major storm or event that results in lost power, interruptions in heating fuel, or water shortages. We’ll see that resilient design is a life-safety issue that is critical for the security and wellbeing of families in a future of climate uncertainty and ever-present risk of terrorism.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages Anyone who was in Vermont in late August of this year and witnessed the raging floodwaters from tropical storm Irene gained an intimate view of the vulnerabilities we face from intense storms and flooding. Hundreds of miles of roadway were heavily damaged, dozens of bridges washed away, and some communities were cut off for weeks.Vermont is not alone. Throughout the Northeast, there was a 67% increase in heavy rainfall events (defined as the heaviest 1% of all rainfall events) from 1958 to 2007, according to the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program. Resilient designThe bottom line is that we need to change the way we build our houses and design our communities to protect us from such storms. This is an important part of resilient design — which is the subject of this and the series of blogs that will follow.There are a lot of strategies that come into play with storm-resistant construction. A few of these are described below.center_img Building to stringent hurricane standardsIn designing homes that will hold up well in strong winds, we should borrow heavily from he Miami-Dade County Building Code, which includes a wide range of provisions, including hurricane tie-down strapping or clips that provide a continuous structural connection from foundation slab to roof, minimum 2×6 framing in exterior walls, minimum 19/32-inch plywood roof sheathing with 6-inch nail spacing at panel edges and 4-inch at gable ends, and hurricane-rated shingles. Other wind-resistant strategies include hip roofs that deflect winds, avoidance of deeply overhung entryways, and outward-opening doors that are held more tightly closed in heavy wind.Note that some measures for ensuring structural integrity in intense wind events conflict with strategies to improve energy performance or reduce resource use. The Miami-Dade County Hurricane Code, for example, calls for 16-inch on-center 2×6 exterior wall framing, double top plates, and corners comprised of a minimum of three studs — measures in direct opposition to advanced framing. Control of wind-driven rainAdequate overhangs are key to keeping rain away from homes. I like at least 24-inch-deep overhangs, in some cases even more. Gutters are advisable to capture rainwater, with downspouts and horizontal lines to carry collected water away from the house.Basement drainage should include continuous perimeter drains that extend to the bottom of the footings. Foundation walls or the slab edge (with slab-on-grade construction) should be coated with a dampproofing layer, covered with a foundation drainage board, and backfilled with free-draining crushed stone. The perimeter drains should drain to daylight if topography permits. And the ground surface should slope away from the house.Walls should be designed with rainscreen detailing that allows trapped moisture to escape and provides a pressure break for wind-driven rain, while allowing any moisture that does penetrate the siding to drain to the base of the wall or evaporate and escape. With an adequate overhang, the siding won’t even get wet with most storms. Climate scientists tell us to get used to itAs the planet warms over the coming decades, precipitation will increase overall — due to greater evaporation from bodies of water and, thus, more water vapor in the atmosphere — though there will be significant regional variation. Even in areas that see a drop in precipitation (an expected trend in much of the western U.S., for example), the rain that does fall is expected to increasingly fall in deluges. So, we need to prepare for more Hurricane Irenes and the resultant flooding. Control of stormwaterMore intense rainfall events will mean greater volumes of runoff, or stormwater flow. This means we should be installing larger-diameter storm sewers and culverts. It also means that we need to do everything we can to provide for infiltration of rainwater where it falls — so that we don’t need to transport that water at all.The latter can be accomplished by minimizing impermeable surfaces, providing infiltration trenches (filled with crushed stone) between adjacent impermeable surfaces such as sidewalk and driveway, installing permeable pavement, avoiding curbs along driveways and roads, and providing grassy swales and infiltration basins that allow runoff to spread out and soak into the ground.Along any waterways, we need to consider erosion risk. As we saw so clearly with tropical storm Irene in Vermont, intense rainfall events — particularly if the ground starts out nearly saturated — can result in streams and rivers quickly overflowing their banks. We need to provide for this in our placement of homes and outbuildings. The right plantings can help to stabilize banks and resist erosion.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson defends his tactics for Chelsea defeat

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson defends his tactics for Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defended his tactics for defeat to Chelsea.N’Golo Kante struck the only goal of the game, with Hodgson admitting he wanted to keep things tight to the end.The manager said, “We couldn’t be more adventurous unless we wanted to get beaten 4-0 or 5-0. It wasn’t one of our better days technically so we could have opened ourselves up for 40 minutes and see them exploit the spaces, or we could try and do what we did and keep things tight and the keep the game under some sort of control until 20 minutes from the end and try to take our chances.“That’s what we did but it didn’t work as we didn’t score. It was the sort of game where we could have played better on the ball, and they were very, very good in terms of their organisation and structure, so it was going to be a tight game if we could keep it tight. That’s why we lost the game 1-0 and not by a lot of goals.”Reflecting further on the game, he added: “They were very good, but in the first half our discipline was very focussed and we limited their goalscoring chances, and apart from their offside goal I thought we did quite well.“After they scored the goal we missed two opportunities but we couldn’t get hold of the ball enough as they kept it too well and we weren’t able to get it from them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Cleverley delighted with straightforward Watford boss Sanchez Flores

first_img​Cleverley delighted with straightforward Watford boss Sanchez Floresby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley only has positive words for his new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.The Spaniard took over from Javi Gracia, who was sacked after a miserable start to the season.Flores has managed at the club before, and got off to a decent start with a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.”He’s not bombarded us with information,” said Cleverley to reporters. “He’s just got his ideas across, very black and white about the basics of how he wants to set up and play. It has been a good, positive week.”The most pleasing thing was how solid we were defensively in the second half.”It has been a problem of ours this season and we were really solid at the back in the second half, from a good shape and that helps us get numbers forward.”We need to be consistent with performances like that now and if we do that we won’t be long where we are now [in the table]. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott’s Mother Tried To Buy Ohio State’s Black Jersey With Her Son’s Number, But They’re Sold Out

first_imgOhio State's Ezekiel Elliot's mother tweets that she can't buy her sons number online.Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?last_img

ESPN’s Edward Aschoff Thinks The SEC Should Try To Get Rid Of Divisions

first_imgGrades for SEC teams from 2015 season.SEC GradesIf you’re a long-time college football fan, you know that it was the SEC that came up with the idea of having two different divisions and a league championship game – back in 1992. One ESPN writer thinks that the league should reverse course and actually get rid of them.Edward Aschoff has a radical idea for the conference – get rid of the two divisions, pick four or five “permanent” rivalry games and put the two best teams in the title game.Aschoff isn’t a fan of the current 6-1-1 format, and doesn’t believe that having Missouri in the East is helping anyone. He also thinks that doing away with divisions would allow older rivalries – like Florida vs. Auburn – to be reborn.The SEC should fight to abolish divisions in college football https://t.co/lX8xMBaktC— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) May 4, 2016Obviously, the SEC would need to petition the NCAA to do away with its current system or rules to make this happen. But it’s an interesting idea, for sure.What do you think? Would leagues be better off doing away with divisions and just having their best two teams meet in a league title game?last_img read more

Canada and South Africa announce codevelopment incentive at TIFF

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Toronto – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, announced today the signing of an agreement to establish a dedicated incentive for the codevelopment of audiovisual projects between Canadian producers and South African producers. The announcement was made at an event held during the Toronto International Film Festival, as part of 20th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Canada-South Africa Coproduction Treaty.To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under criteria from both organisations. Projects will have to be in the drama, documentary, or children and youth genres, comprising at least one product for exhibition on television, internet or on digital media platforms. Further details of the program, including key dates, will be announced in the weeks to come.“In the past 20 years, we’ve seen content produced between Canadian and South African creators hit international markets with great commercial success and critical acclaim. Through this incentive, we hope to develop strong partnerships between producers in both countries, enabling them to continue creating quality content that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “We are very pleased to have found in the NFVF a strong international partner with which we can foster our mutual objective of increasing coproduction opportunities.” Login/Register With: Facebook “This codevelopment incentive is a valuable initiative that will augment the existing audio-visual coproduction treaty between South Africa and Canada. The treaty has been instrumental in ensuring that South African producers have international exposure and produce content that is memorable and impactful. The incentive signifies the importance of partnerships and collaborations in our efforts to ensure that South Africa is recognised as a valuable player internationally. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with CMF,” said Zamantungwa Mkosi, CEO, NFVF.The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $40,000 or ZAR 200,000Finding an international partnerProducers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit www.cmf-fmc.ca.About NFVFThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. We do this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry. For more information visit www.nfvf.co.za Twitterlast_img read more

Behind the scenes of APTN Investigates

first_imgAPTN InFocusHave you ever wondered how an investigative news story comes together? How journalists get to the bottom of complex topics and uncover things that otherwise, wouldn’t come to light?On this addition of APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen sits down with the APTN Investigates team to discuss some of their favorite moments and the work behind the camera that audiences don’t get to see.Celebrating its 10th year on the air, APTN Investigates has continually dug deep into stories that mainstream media sometimes misses, or just ignores.The program has won 21 journalism awards in those 10 years, making it one of the best-performing investigative journalism units in the country.Producer, Holly Moore was working with mainstream news agencies when she decided she wanted to cover stories that were more meaningful and do work that would have an impact.“One of the biggest crimes in this country are crimes perpetrated on Indigenous people and there is really is a high level of accountability possible,” Moore said. “So I started to see that Indigenous investigative journalism — (APTN was) the only one doing it.”“You think about the content and my theory is if you’re going to be an investigative journalist in this country, this is where you should be looking for stories.” Moore said.” If you’re truly interested in holding powerful forces to account and you’re interested in giving voices to voiceless people, then everybody should be working”The work of an investigative reporter can be long and tiring. Tracking down leads, confirming tips and navigating government red tape.Christopher Read, the newest member of the investigative team, said it can be a challenge.“In terms of knowing how long to go down a certain rabbit hole before deciding it‘s not going to pay off, especially when you’re looking into a story that happened 40 plus years ago, you can spend a lot of time just calling every person with a certain last name in a phone book in a certain area, that kind of thing,” Read said, of how the process can be [email protected]last_img read more

America Has Spoken MLB Steroid Users Should Lose A Third Of Their

This weekend, only one batter — Houston Astros stalwart Craig Biggio — will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One major reason for the lack of swingers: The folks voting people into Cooperstown are (how can we say it?) skeptical of hitting records achieved during baseball’s “steroid era.”Spanning from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s, those juiced-up years saw a number of the game’s most treasured records assaulted by players who were later implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. And that presents a bit of a pickle: On the one hand, players set new milestones in America’s pastime; we can’t just ignore those, right? On the other hand, a lot of those people were injecting a cocktail of hormones and steroids into their buttocks to reach those milestones. Factor in baseball’s revered position in American society and the diversity of opinions about how severe said crimes against the game actually were, and you have an ethical/bookkeeping quandary of profound proportions.This issue is particularly thorny for folks like us, who use statistics to understand the game. We could strike the steroid-era records entirely, and then all of a sudden, the all-time top list is the same as it was in 1993. We could count all of them, but that won’t make them legitimate in the minds of many people. So, what to do?Mutually exclusive solutions — strike ’em or count ’em — make this a tough nut to crack. Alternatively, though, we could apply a discount — a penalty in percentage terms deducted from players’ individual statistics. That would then alter the record books, penalizing players who juiced.We asked SurveyMonkey Audience to run a poll asking Americans all about baseball, and one question was whether a player’s statistics — such as home runs — should be partially discounted for the purposes of records and leaderboards if he is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs (PED), and if so, how much of a penalty should be applied.In the survey results, there were essentially three camps:The first group — 41 percent of all respondents — thought no discount should be applied and the records should stand as-is.An additional 23 percent said the records of juicers should be stripped entirely — press ctrl-a and then delete.Finally, 36 percent of respondents took a more nuanced view, providing a percentage1Ranging between 1 percent and 99 percent. by which offending players’ statistics ought to be docked.The median voter suggested a 20 percent penalty for juicers,2For self-identified fans of baseball, the median was a 10 percent discount. while the average penalty was 36 percent. The strip-everything crowd drags the average up. But if you cut out the all-or-nothing extremists, the median increases to 30 percent.So what would baseball history look like if we applied a few of these penalties to the steroid-era stats3Docking all users for stats accumulated between 1993 and 2004 — the widely acknowledged duration of the PED epoch — probably casts too wide of a net in some cases, but it’s also impossible to make case-by-case determinations of when each player began juicing. of implicated players? (Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media.) Could we successfully penalize performance-enhancers without pretending that an entire era’s worth of great players didn’t accomplish a thing?Here’s how the all-time home run leaderboard would change if we applied discount rates of either one-fifth or one-third to the round-trippers mashed by PED users:The poster boy for steroid-fueled home run dominance, Barry Bonds would lose about 105 home runs under a 20 percent discount and nearly 174 if we dock users by 33 percent. The latter penalty would still land him in the top six for career dingers, but he’d also sit a distant 167 home runs behind Hank Aaron for the all-time lead. Also, Alex Rodriguez would go from fourth to 11th on the lifetime list; the quartet of Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield would drop by roughly 30 slots apiece; and Juan Gonzalez would fall by 73 spots.This process doesn’t have to be restricted to home runs. Here are the all-time leaderboards for position-player wins above replacement (WAR)4Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and Fangraphs. if we apply the same discount rates detailed above:Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5Ted Williams still ranks 10th under either schema, a product of his multiple military-related absences from the game.The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps somewhere in the middle.(Just kidding, this will never be settled and will remain a festering puncture wound to the game of baseball for generations to come. Play ball!) read more