Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Editor’s note: Before his retirement in 2017, Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy reflected on Giants legend Willie McCovey.How incredibly sad to hear that Willie McCovey is no longer with us. His death Wednesday at age 80 was not unexpected. It was still crushing news, for all who loved and admired him. And that was a big club.Yet I do feel good about one thing. McCovey died knowing he will never be forgotten in the …
Inspectors making unreasonable demandsInside, the framing was clean and matched up to the full set of documents and the cut list that the owner/architect prepared. They incorporated some good advanced framing techniques, including header hangers instead of jack studs, right-sized headers, and 19.2-inch-on-center framing.They also used open corners and eliminated excess cripple studs under windowsills. Unfortunately, they were thwarted by an uninformed building inspector who made them install the unnecessary lumber in these locations. Apparently no amount of persuasion or letters from their engineers could change the inspector’s mind.This is the first house I have worked on to use mini-split heat pumps for space conditioning. They are using the ducted cassettes, with two in the crawlspace and two in the attic for good zone control. Incorporated into all the duct systems is a central dehumidifier that will also provide whole-house ventilation – a good option in this relatively mild but humid climate. Location, location, locationThis house is right-sized, well conceived, and carefully built – things that I see to rarely in my work. The only thing that raises some concern is the location. At the edge of a recently developed subdivision, it isn’t in a walker-friendly area, and while there is a school nearby, all other amenities require driving (or unpleasant walking).The location also raised another issue that doesn’t seem to come up in green building certifications. As the green rater on projects, I often drive as far as five hours to inspect my projects. Although I only visit a site a few times during the process, these long distances come with an environmental impact – one at least as important as the location of materials used in projects.Is it time to consider travel distances into environmental impacts of LEED and other green-certified projects? I haven’t yet taken on any truly long-distance or international projects, but more distance means more transportation energy, and additional overall environmental impact on the job. I know that this issue isn’t addressed in the current or next version of LEED, but is it something to consider down the road? I recently completed the green rater’s pre-drywall inspection on a LEED for homes project about a 1½ hour drive from where I live. It’s a very well done, modest house designed by an architect for his own, rapidly growing family. They are expecting their second child soon and look forward to moving into their new LEED home shortly after the new arrival.My first impression on arriving at the job site was the flurry of activity – there were at least eight workers plugging away at siding, masonry, and building a deck on this fairly small house. A close look at the work they were doing made it clear that the builder runs a good operation. The jobsite was clean, workers cutting the fiber-cement siding were wearing appropriate protective gear, and the level of detail and quality of installation on the exterior trim were top-notch.
Brighton boss Hughton says Duffy ready for Aubameyang showdownby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says Shane Duffy will be up for his clash with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Irish central defender is back from a ban in place of suspended partner Lewis Dunk against Arsenal at the Amex today.Hughton told The Argus: “One thing that hasn’t changed about Arsenal is they can score goals and have got plenty of goalscorers.”Offensively they are a very good team and playing in a style that gives them very good possession.”But that’s what it’s about. If you are a defender, although very conscious it’s going to be a very difficult day for you, you want to play against the best players.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lucas Digne full of pride wearing Everton captain’s armbandby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Digne was full of pride wearing the captain’s armband for Everton yesterday.The fullback led the Blues to victory over West Ham.Digne told Canal Plus: “Our captain was suspended and Gylfi (Sigurdsson) was not starting, so I knew I was going to be captain. “The coach had spoken to me. I took it with a lot of pleasure. It’s an honuor to be captain of this team because they are great guys, it’s a big club. It’s a big responsibility. “The coach gives me confidence and I can be proud.”
dan patrick texas shaka smartThis past Thursday, Texas officially hired Shaka Smart away from VCU to replace Rick Barnes, who spent 17 season in Austin. In the days since, Smart has been on a bit of a media tour to talk about the move, along with how he plans to turn the Longhorns into an elite squad. Monday, he joined Dan Patrick to chat about his experience so far.In the below clip, Smart talks about how he was offered the job, how he plans on succeeding at a “football school”, and how he’s willing to eventually develop a hatred for Oklahoma. Check it out:Smart inherits a team that underachieved a bit this past year, so he’s going to need to restore faith in the program. It sounds like he’s up for the task.
Video: Memphis Ties Game Against Bowling Green With Ridiculous Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Touchdown
Twitter/@Tom_Schad The early games of this college football Saturday haven’t been great, but group of five powers Memphis and Bowling Green are putting on a show. With BGSU up 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drew up a double reverse flea flicker for a game-tying 50 yard touchdown pass. You’ll want to watch this one a few times.Memphis and Bowling Green are trading TDs on @ESPN3 (41-41!). None prettier than this incredible flea-flicker. WATCH: http://t.co/7lOOFLAhzS— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2015Memphis’ double-reverse-flea-flicker: pic.twitter.com/wICN50r7au— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) September 19, 2015Memphis has tacked on a go ahead field goal, and leads Bowling Green 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter. This could go down as the day’s best game.
Michigan State Joel Klatt Best ProgramOhio State is the reigning national champion, and Alabama is the hands-down most successful college football program over the past decade. But according to Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt, Michigan State is the best program in college football right now. Klatt joined Colin Cowherd Thursday and told listeners that he voted the Spartans No. 1 in the country because he thinks they’ve “earned” it. He also praised the job that head coach Mark Dantonio has done in East Lansing.We imagine that this won’t go over very well in Columbus, Tuscaloosa, and a few other big college football towns.Michigan State has certainly had a stellar run, posting a 24-3 run over the last two years. But the Spartans might need to win a national title before others start to agree with Klatt.
zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping major A.P. Moller – Maersk has decided to join its counterparts CMA CGM and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) as a key shareholder and customer of Traxens, a provider of container tracking solutions.As informed, Maersk will invest capital in Traxens and have similar shareholder rights as CMA CGM and MSC in the company.Maersk will also order up to 50,000 Traxens devices, a similar order to those placed earlier by CMA CGM and MSC.Founded in 2012, Traxens has been developing solutions for the cargo logistics arena and has created a container monitoring and coordination solution. CMA CGM first invested in the startup in 2012 and was later joined by MSC in 2016.With the new investment, Traxens said it can now focus on strengthening its solution and drive interoperability based on non-proprietary technologies and open standards. The development of Traxens as an open industry solution is expected to benefit the strategic ambition of digitizing the container shipping industry, the company explained.“Having three of the world’s largest shipping companies now supporting us, this will help accelerate our international development and contribute to our solution becoming a global market standard for the entire supply chain,” Jacques Delort, General Manager of Traxens, commented.“Creating visibility into the condition and location of containerized cargo is bringing Maersk’s strategy to offer digital end-to-end solutions to life. Having pioneered IoT-technology in our reefer fleet, we are excited to join Traxens and collaborate on the huge potential within connected containers. With this investment we look forward to working with key industry players to advance a … solution within connected products and technologies for high value cargo,” Ingrid Uppelschoten Snelderwaard, Vice President, Head of Equipment at Maersk, said.Now counting among shareholders three of the world’s leading shipping lines, operating nearly half the global container fleet, Traxens offers the logistics ecosystem an interoperable smart container solution.The solution addresses key challenges in the shipping industry faced by both vessel and cargo owners. With the combination of telematics and smart data processing, vessel owners can control costs and develop more agile business problem solving, while cargo owners can easily keep track of their containers, bringing improved business processes and decision-making capabilities.
SURREY, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he hopes the retirement of the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms will mark a turning of the page for the institution after allegations of misspending were first raised almost a year ago.Gary Lenz, who was embroiled in the spending scandal, announced Tuesday he is retiring, saying the damage to his reputation can no longer be fully repaired after he was placed on administrative leave last year.Horgan says Canada and the province have strong democratic institutions and although those working at the B.C. legislature have had a cloud hanging over them for the past year, he has confidence in those who work there. Former clerk of the house Craig James announced his retirement in May after Beverley McLachlin, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, released a report into overspending allegations against him and Lenz.She concluded James improperly claimed benefits and used legislature property for personal reasons, but Lenz did not engage in misconduct.Both Lenz and James have denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Press
Ohio State senior midfielder Johnny Pearson attacks the offensive zone against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Massachusetts 8-7 for the first time in school history on Saturday.Tied at six entering the fourth quarter, sophomore attackman Tyler Bogart scored for the Minutemen to take the lead. However, the Buckeyes were resilient, scoring less than a minute later to tie the game on the man advantage. Then, 13 seconds later, senior midfielder Jake Withers won the faceoff and found freshman defender Jeff Henrich who dashed downfield and scored the game-winning goal with 10:39 remaining.Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh scored the tying goal at seven for OSU.“(This game) shows what we’re capable of,” said senior midfielder Johnny Pearson. “It’s reflective of some of the plays on the field weren’t going our way, but we really rallied behind some of the momentum we got there late and really just proven what we can do.”UMass sophomore midfielder Ben Spencer flustered the OSU defense, earning his first career hat trick with the Minutemen. Spencer scored his final goal in the third quarter, followed by a strike from junior midfielder Jake Lisauskas to take a two-goal lead.But OSU countered again. Pearson and junior attackman Colin Chell scored for the Buckeyes to tie the game at six before the end of the quarter.Pearson had two goals on Saturday and leads the team with six through three games.OSU coach Nick Myers substituted junior goalie Matthew Smidt for the starter, redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey, at the start of the second quarter. Smidt made 11 saves on 15 shots, including two critical ones in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.“In nine years I’ve only made one or two goalie changes,” Myers said. “It’s not something I like to do, but I think it’s a gut feeling. He had a really good week. He made some big stops and I’m excited for him.”OSU trailed at three different points in the match, but not when it mattered when the horn sounded. Smidt was a key component to the comeback victory. He said the moment was not a surprise to him. “I was prepared to start the entire week,” Smidt said. “The coaches knew that I was going to get the opportunity to go in and I made the best of it. And it’s tough staying in that goal, but I think I executed good and I prepared myself to have a good go.” The Buckeyes were 12 for 19 overall in the faceoff circle and outshot UMass 39-29. However, of the 39 shots, only 18 were on frame compared to 19 of the opponent’s 29 shots. Myers said the offense was not the best today, but he’s glad the defense stepped up.“We know we did a lot of things offensively that were out of character for us and you know it was one of those days,” he said.The 3-0 Buckeyes will face the 0-2 Jacksonville Dolphins next Saturday at noon.