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Forest Herbicide Workshop

first_imgForesters, forest herbicide applicators, land managers and landowners interested in maintaining effective forest herbicide programs are encouraged to attend the University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources’ Forest Herbicide Workshop. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 19, at the Tift County UGA Cooperative Extension office.Forestry faculty — David Dickens and Dave Moorhead from the Warnell School; Gary Burtle from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and Andy Ezell, representing Mississippi State University’s Department of Forestry — will discuss topics related to forest herbicide applications.”This is a prescription course at which the attendees will learn how to make prescriptions for applications of herbicides. These treatments are all based on the type of plants you’ve got to control, the type of forest stands you’re trying to manage and soil factors,” Moorhead said.Topics covered during the two-day conference include forest herbicide safety, herbicides for aquatic vegetation control, integration of herbicide use in site preparation, and control of invasive, exotic plants in forest stands.Dickens, a Warnell School professor of forest productivity, believes herbicide applications are an essential tool for forest management.“Properly applied forest herbicides at the right time and the right dosage can have long-term crop tree growth benefits, depending on the tree species, compared to mechanical treatments like disking or harrowing, chopping, or mowing alone,” he said.Herbicide application can improve pine growth by 1 ton per acre per year or more for 10 to 20 years, according to Dickens. Herbicide and application costs are relatively low, between $30 and $120 per acre in most cases.The registration fee for the course is $210 and includes lunch, refreshments and instructional materials. A $25 discount will be applied to registrations received by Wednesday, July 5.Those interested in attending the workshop can also register online at www.conted.warnell.uga.edu. Full attendance is mandatory to receive continuing education credits.According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, $19.2 billion in total revenue was generated by the forest industry in 2015.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) finished an assist shy of a triple-double in just three quarters of the Nuggets’ 127-99 blowout over the Trail Blazers. Jokic had 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Nuggets improved to 8-0 against Northwest Division rivals this season. Portland guard Damien Lillard had scored at least 30 points in eight straight games before Gary Harris helped Denver limit him to 21 on 8 of 23 shooting.NBA-NEWSKnicks dump presidentUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are changing team presidents once again.The Knicks have dismissed Steve Mills with the team about to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Mills took over the post less than three years ago following Phil Jackson’s three-year run at the helm. The move came two days after the NBA trade deadline, and two months after head coach David Fizdale was dismissed. In other top-25 men’s basketball action:— No. 9 Maryland trailed by five before opening the second half on a 14-4 spurt to pull ahead in a 56-51 victory against Rutgers. Jalen Smith had 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins move to 13-0 at home. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17, including three free throws that put the Terps ahead, 52-49 with 2:12 remaining.— Samir Doughty dropped in 23 points, including hitting two free throws in the final seconds of overtime, to send 11th-ranked Auburn past Arkansas, 79-76. The Tigers closed the second half on a 15-4 run before improving to 16-6. The Razorbacks lost despite Mason Jones’ 40 points for the Razorbacks.— Nick Richards poured in a career-high 27 points and Immanuel Quickley added 21 as No. 15 Kentucky beat Mississippi State, 80-72. The Wildcats never trailed and led by as many as 14 in the second half of their 14th straight win over the Bulldogs. Richards and Quickley closed the victory by combining to make 14 free throws over the final 2 ½ minutes.— Lamar Stevens had 24 points and Myreon Jones made a career-high six 3-pointers while scoring 20 points as No. 22 Penn State earned a 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State. Stevens hit five free throws over the final 16 seconds to help the Nittany Lions wrap up their fifth consecutive win. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored 25 points but could not convert on chances to pull into a tie twice in the closing seconds. Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019.Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse.Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately. Khris Middleton had 20 points for the Bucks, who took control by outscoring the Pelicans 42-24 in the third quarter.The outcome leads Milwaukee with an NBA-best 42-7 record.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James poured in 36 points and the Lakers shot a blistering 58.8% in a 129-102 romp over the Spurs. James was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with nine assists and seven rebounds. Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) added 18 points and 12 boards as Los Angeles improved to a Western Conference-leading 38-11.— James Harden’s 40 points, 11 assists and nine boards carried the short-handed Rockets past the Hornets, 125-110. The Hornets led early in the fourth before the Rockets used a 15-2 run to take control. Daniel House had 20 points for Houston, which played without Russell Westbrook and Clint Capella due to injuries. — Jacksonville announced that it will play consecutive home games in London next season. The Jaguars have played a home game at Wembley Stadium every year since 2013 and expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020.— The NFL has suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORTurner resigns as Vanderbilt ADNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job. — The Blue Jackets have a nine-game point streak after beating the Panthers, 1-0 on Zach Werenski’s goal against former Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) 1:54 into overtime. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) had 32 saves in picking up his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Jackets move to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The Panthers lost for just the second time in their last nine games.— Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) capped his two-goal night by scoring 2:52 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win over the Stars. Dallas led 3-2 until Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) notched a power-play goal late in the third period. Kieffer Bellows made his NHL debut and registered an assist against the team his father, Brian, spent most of his career.— Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 30 shots and the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win versus the Oilers. Conor Garland and Lawson Crouse scored two minutes apart in the second period to support Raanta’s 13th career shutout. Edmonton scored 26 goals in winning its previous five games.— Mikael Granlund scored 71 seconds into overtime to complete the Predators’ 2-1 verdict over the slumping Jets. Nick Bonino also scored and Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohz) turned back 33 shots in Nashville’s third win in four games. Winnipeg is 1-6-1 in its last eight contests.— The Wild got a goal from Matt Dumba at 2:21 of OT to beat the Blackhawks, 3-2. Kevin Fiala (fee-A’-lah) scored twice before Dumba hit the net for the first time in 34 games. Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) handled 27 shots as Minnesota handed Chicago just its second loss in eight games. UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn.Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season.Lynn had one year left on his contract.The Chargers also say Shane Steichen will remain the offensive coordinator after taking over midway through the season.In other NFL news: — Joe Thornton reached the 1,500-point plateau by setting up goals by Brent Burns and Kevin Lebanc in the Sharks’ 3-1 victory at Calgary. Evander Kane netted his 20th goal of the season and Aaron Dell made 30 saves for the Sharks. Dell blanked Calgary after Johnny Gaudreau’s power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period.— The Canadiens erased a 3-0 deficit and knocked off the Devils, 5-4 on Ilya Kovalchuk’s (KOH’-vul-chuhks) shootout goal. Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren had 20 saves filling for an ailing Carey Price. Kyle Palmieri scored two-power-play goals for New Jersey, including the game-tying tally with 20 seconds left in regulation.— Shootout goals by Ondrej Kase (KAH’-shah) and Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Ottawa. Kase also scored in the second period and Rakell assisted on Nick Ritchie’s first-period goal.COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSMichigan State’s Dantonio announces retirement Milestone win for Coach KUNDATED (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) has hit another milestone in his Hall of Fame coaching career.Krzyzewski picked up his 500th ACC victory as Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Duke to a 63-55 win at Boston College. Carey made a layup and then hit two free throws with about six minutes left during a 10-0 run that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay.Tre Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help Krzyzewski improve to 500-200 in all ACC regular season and tournament games.Duke missed its first 10 shots in allowing the Eagles to race out to a 12-2 lead. — Outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson are among four players signed by the Diamondbacks to minor league contracts. Arizona also worked out minor league deals with John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks down PelicansUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s reigning MVP got the better of the league’s No. 1 pick last season.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting and had 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks topped Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, 120-108. Williamson finished with 20 points, but he shot just 5-for-19 and had seven rebounds in his first meeting with Antetokounmpo. Associated Press Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Bosox have agreed to send the 2018 AL MVP to Los Angeles. The Red Sox would also send away left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save Boston tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball’s luxury tax threshold.The Dodgers are sending outfielder Alex Verdugo back to the Red Sox in a deal that also involves the Minnesota Twins, who are getting right-hander Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) from Los Angeles and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.In other Major League Baseball news:— An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.— Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings. NHL-SCHEDULEOvechkin leads Caps’ comebackUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) is two away from becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals.The Washington Capitals trailed 2-1 with just over six minutes left before the left winger scored three times in leading a 4-2 triumph over the Kings. Ovechkin tallied twice in a 70-second span to put the Caps ahead before completing his 27th career hat trick with an empty-netter.John Carlson scored a goal and set up two others, giving him league-highs for defensemen with 51 assists and 65 points. The Knicks entered Tuesday with the NBA’s fourth-worst record at 15-36. They’ve lost at least 50 games each season since 2013-14.General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations while the team seeks a permanent replacement for Mills.Also around the NBA:— The league is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSBetts goes to Dodgers in blockbuster swapUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have parted with Mookie Betts by sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster deal. UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s winningest football coach has stepped down.Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as the Spartans’ coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He won at least 11 games five times in that six-year span — the first time a Big Ten coach had done that.The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.NFL-NEWSChargers’ Lynn gets extension Update on the latest in sports: Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his third shutout of the season and 48th of his career by making 25 saves in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist as Boston earned its fourth straight win. Brad Marchand, David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) and Karson Kuhlman (KOOL’-muhn) also tallied for the Bruins, who remain one point behind the Capitals for the top total in the Eastern Conference.— The Blues won for just the second time in seven games as Brayden Schenn (shehn) provided two goals and an assist in a 6-3 victory against the Hurricanes. Colton Parayko (pah-RAY’-koh) and Sammy Blais (blay) also scored to back Jordan Binnington’s 25-save performance. Petr Mrazek (mah-RA’-zehk) stopped just 20 of 26 shots in Carolina’s fifth straight road loss.— Steven Stamkos tipped in his 24th goal of the season in the third period to send the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO’-lihn) in 2002-03. Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had two assists for Tampa Bay.— Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) collected a career-high four points on one goal and three assists as the Avalanche mauled the Sabres, 6-1. Burakovsky tied a career high with his 17th goal and ran his point streak to five games. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn) had a goal and two assists for Colorado, which scored six times on its first 14 shots. February 5, 2020last_img read more

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Henry David Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin Led to Loss of Belief in God

first_imgFor a thoroughly-documented yet disturbing tableau of the pernicious effects of Darwinian thinking on all aspects of society, we recommend one of Dr Bergman’s most recent books, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality (2017).(Visited 848 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The effects of Darwinism go far beyond biology. On the bicentenary of Henry David Thoreau, a historian traces his fall from grace into Darwinian materialism.by Dr Jerry BergmanNovels and literature can be critically important avenues for changing Western culture. Most surveys find that more people read fiction and stories in general, such as historical fiction and romance, than nonfiction of all types. Fiction has a huge impact on our beliefs for this and other reasons.What is nature? A product of design, exalting life, or chance, demeaning it? Photo by David CoppedgeIn Concord, Massachusetts this year, on July 11, a bicentennial celebration will be held for Henry David Thoreau, a giant American literary figure known for advocating the romantic ideal of a simple life surrounded by the beauty of nature. In an article in Nature, Randall Fuller traces Thoreau’s debt to Darwin after Walden, watching him fall from the grace of nature’s sublime design to a material world of chance.Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was one of the most important American writers. He is best known today for his book Walden, that stressed the benefits of simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for disobeying unjust actions of government. He was a prolific author whose works have been a staple of American education from high school to college for decades. Along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott (the father of Louisa May Alcott), Thoreau and his circle of friends were writers with wide influence. But another writer would come to heavily influence them all: Charles Darwin.[i]For example, up to this time Thoreau accepted transcendentalism, the view that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material. But then, his reading of Darwin’s Origin began to severely challenge this worldview for which he was best known, Fuller says.[ii] Many other leading early American writers and clergy, after they understood “Darwin’s theory of natural selection … discover[ed] that it also posed enormous threats to their other beliefs, including their faith in God and their trust that America was a country divinely chosen for the regeneration of the world.”[iii] Thoreau had to face these issues head on just five years after he had published Walden in 1854. (He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at age 45, three years after Darwin’s Origin had arrived in America.)This process can be wrenching; it leaves people trapped between two ways of thinking and believing, stranded between two existences.Due to the influence of Darwin, Thoreau moved “close to Darwin’s position. He assumed the universe was governed by laws, but he also believed that the products of those laws occurred in a more or less random way. He hovered between design and chance, between idealism and materialism.”[iv] In the end, Thoreau rejected the transcendentalism for which he had been famous, and placed the mystery and wonder of life within the worldview of materialism. Nonetheless, Thoreau realized that empirical knowledge is finite, and afterwe have exhausted its limits, we are still left with speculation, supposition, and hypotheses. And those are invariably influenced by belief in some ordering principle. For many people, that principle involves a divinity inherited from four thousand years of tradition.[v]He was speaking, of course, of the influence of the Bible as the “ordering principle” that influenced “many people”. But for himself? He was raising questions and having doubts. Even Darwin had faced similar doubts as he discussed the implications of his theory with a close friend. For example, in an early draft of his Origin of Species, Darwin wrotethat nature was composed of “laws ordained by God to govern the universe.” Soon after sending his book to Asa Gray, he wrote, “I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance.” (Within a year or so he would abandon the idea of design entirely; it was unnecessary, he realized, for his theory.).[vi]Darwin’s dangerous idea led to the two camps still existing today, namely those who advocate Intelligent Design and creationism, and the other camp that has chosen Darwinism as the explanation for all living things, and thus dispenses with any need for design or guiding intelligence to explain the origin and development of life.Fuller says that Darwin’s theory of natural selection maintains that all life evolves largely as a result of the environment, “thriving or dying as a result of their ability to adapt. This process can be wrenching; it leaves people trapped between two ways of thinking and believing, stranded between two existences.”[vii]  He concludes that, in the end, Darwin’s theory has “remade the world” from the Christian era to the Post-Christian world.[viii]Darwinism had a major influence on America not only through his own writings, but through other influential writers like Thoreau who converted to Darwinism after reading Darwin’s Origin of Species. Because Darwin had raised fundamental questions about the nature of life, his influence permeated novels and other works of literature, converting the man best known for transcendentalism and the sublimity of nature into a materialist seeing his formerly-sublime world as the product of mindless chance.In summary, Darwin’s 1859 book was “the single most important idea of the nineteenth century,” Fuller says. “It is also an account of issues and concerns that are still very much with us, including racism, one of the most intractable problems in American life, and the enduring conflict between science and religion.” [ix] And that was the very book that turned Thoreau into a Darwin disciple. Thereafter, his tainted pen helped spread Darwinism to the masses.For more on Randall Fuller’s research into Darwin’s influence on Thoreau and the Transcendentalists, see Evolution News & Science Today.[i] Randall Fuller “Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin.” Nature. June 15, 2017. 546:349-350.[ii] Randall Fuller “Thoreau’s Debt to Darwin.” Nature. June 15, 2017. p. 349.[iii] The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, by Randall Fuller, New York: Viking. 2017. p. x.[iv] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[v] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[vi] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. pp. 193-194.[vii] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.[viii] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.[ix] Fuller. The Book That Changed America. p. x.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, scientist, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. For more of his writings, see his Author Profile.last_img read more

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The Best Way to Insulate a Foundation

first_imgChoosing rigid foam insulationA consideration of several types of rigid insulation — polyiso, EPS and XPS — inevitably brings up a discussion of blowing agents they’re manufactured with. EPS and polyiso both are made with pentane, a hydrocarbon, while XPS is made with a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).“XPS is one of the least-green insulating materials out there due to its HFC-soup blowing agents, the predominant component of which is HFC134a (automotive AC refrigerant), which has a global warming potential about 1,400 [times that of] CO2,” Dorsett says. “EPS and polyiso are blown with pentane, at 7 [times] CO2.”Manufacturers’ claims their insulation won’t damage the atmosphere’s ozone layer are another, unrelated topic, Holladay says. Ozone-damaging blowing agents have been been illegal for years.Not interested in a discussion of blowing agents, Ealy says, just the problem at hand.But the topic is germane, Dorsett replies, because blowing agents affect performance of the insulation over time.“The blowing agent is a long term-performance issue, not just an environmental discussion,” Dorsett says.XPS loses its blowing agent over a span of 40 or 50 years, he says, so that its performance gradually drops to that of EPS of the same density. On the other hand, foams blown with pentane lose all of their blowing agent in a matter of weeks, and they’re labeled at the “full depleted R-value, which is stable over time.” The foil facing of polyiso slows the process somewhat.“EPS in thicknesses of a few inches will be fully depleted in the first year after manufacture, maybe even the first month,” Dorsett says. “Thick blocks of EPS manufactured at a few feet of thickness are something of a fire hazard in the first months, since they are still outgassing significant quantities of pentane. Type-II (1.5-lb. density) EPS is usually cheaper per R than 1.5-lb. XPS, too, and in applications where you don’t need the lower vapor retardancy or thinner profile (such as under slabs) it’s perfectly reasonable to substitute EPS where XPS was specified.”Polyiso, however, should not be used under slabs or in contact with soil because it will absorb groundwater over time, resulting in lower performance. Does the footing have to be insulated, too?One of Ealy’s questions is whether the lack of foam insulation around the footing makes a significant heat-loss difference in the design. Dorsett thinks not.“The XPS stopping at the top of the footing does leave a thermal bridge, but it’s between the ground temperature and interior temperature, not the outdoor extremes,” Dorsett says. “Extending it down the side of the footing doesn’t change it much. But the full foam under the slab that turns the corner isolating the slab from the footing is a significant thermal break, and if that’s continuous with continuous interior wall foam it’s pretty good.”One area not to overlook is the strip of concrete between the edge of the mud sill and the inside of the foundation wall. Any rigid insulation on the interior should go up and over the top of this ledge, while the inside of the band joist also needs insulation. RELATED ARTICLES CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Building Plans for Energy Efficient Basement RemodelingFoundation Strategy Checklist How to Insulate a Basement Wall Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationGreen Basics: Rigid Foam InsulationInsulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsFoundation types The plan for interior insulation is not the bestAn obvious problem with the plan to add 2×2 studs and 2 inch foam on the interior of the foundation is that the foam is thicker than the studs by 1/2 inch, Dana Dorsett points out. But even if the foam and studs were of the same thickness, this approach still has a big weakness: thermal bridging.“It would be a waste of foam anyway,” he writes, “since its performance is severely undercut by the thermal bridging of the framing.”A better plan would be to add 1 1/4-inch-thick sheets of polyiso foam whose seams are sealed with foil tape between 1 1/2 inch and 2 inches wide. The foam would be held in pace by 1×4 furring strips, attached with concrete screws driven into the foundation wall.“That way you’d have an unbridged layer of R-7 between the furring and the concrete, keeping the furring warm and dry (no need for pressure-treated), and the air gap between the foil and gypsum adds another ~R-1 of thermal performance, from the radiation barrier effect and trapped air films.”Polyiso 1 1/4 inch thick should be available from a number of vendors, he adds, even if it’s not typically available in big box retail stores. Foil-faced polyiso also is much safer to use on the interior than either XPS or expanded polystyrene (EPS) in the event of a fire.The other issue to consider, Dorsett says, is the potential for the wall to wick up water from the concrete. A 2×2 applied directly to the foundation would be able to absorb water from the wall and transfer it to the drywall on the interior. That problem goes away when the insulation is held against the concrete with furring strips and concrete screws. “The amount of moisture you’d wick with TapCons is near zero,” he says. Those are the issues for this Q&A Spotlight. Applying foam to the foundation exteriorEaly writes that he has been able to pick up enough 2 1/2-inch graphite-coated EPS, a product called Insulfoam Platinum GPS, to do the entire house. But getting the insulation to stick to the concrete is proving to be a problem.It looks like he’s sticking with the plan to use the Colphene membrane over the insulation, so the issue is getting the EPS to adhere to the foundation wall long enough to allow the application of the Colphene and then backfill — a matter of a couple of days.He’s tried a water-based adhesive; it took 1 1/2 tubes of the stuff to get a bond, and that would be too expensive to be used on the entire foundation. He’s now considering large plastic washers helped in place with concrete screws, although it’s more work than he’s like to invest.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests a specialty fastener, such as Hilti IDP insulation anchors or Rodenhouse Plastic-Grip PMF fasteners. Nethaniel Ealy, a builder in Idaho who’s about to pour a concrete basement foundation, is trying to come up with insulation and waterproofing details that will be effective and within the budget.The current plan is to place 2 inches of extruded polystyrene (XPS) on the outside of the foundation walls. At some point in the future, the homeowners would place another 2 inches of foam on the inside of the foundation walls between 2×2 studs, and then apply drywall over the studs.When it comes to waterproofing, Ealy has a couple of choices. One is a water-based sealer applied directly to the concrete. The other is an elastomeric membrane called Colphene ICF that’s typically used over insulating concrete forms. The peel-and-stick membrane would be applied over the foam, not on the concrete.The Colphene will add another $1,000 to construction costs, Ealy adds in this Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. Is it worth it?He also wonders about the overall approach to insulation.“Since the exterior XPS just terminates on top of the footing in this design and does not encapsulate the footing, how much of a benefit does it actually pass on in terms of insulation?” he asks. “Would it be better to just install 4 inches of XPS (or comparable) on the interior and forgo the external XPS layer? If so, I would also plan to skip the Colphene and just seal my foundation with a water based coating. Any flag going that route?” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost thinks:A number of interesting issues have been raised here, and I’ll address them one at a time.1. Placing insulation on both sides of the foundation basement wall. If you place insulation on both sides of a concrete foundation wall (as in insulated concrete forms), the interior insulation dampens the thermal mass impact of concrete.In general, I like to pull any structural wall to the inside, including concrete, to take advantage of the thermal mass but also because continuity of the air and thermal barriers is always easier from the exterior. But, of course, exterior foundation insulation introduces two other issues: dealing with the planar difference with the above-grade exterior wall and how much more susceptible the exterior insulation is to damage, both during construction and occupancy.There is really nothing wrong with insulation on both sides; it just irks me when proponents of this approach claim benefits from the thermal mass.2. Foundation walls and the difference between the above-grade and below-grade portions of the wall. There is considerable debate, particularly in the Passivhaus community, about just what level of insulation should be achieved for below-grade assemblies, including down at the basement floor, generally at least 6 feet below grade.There is no doubt that the portion of the concrete wall that is above grade should be insulated to the same levels as any above-grade wall. But there is a changing temperature profile as you drop from grade, even in the winter, which means that by the time you are 6 feet under, the temperature difference between the inside (the home) and the outside (the soil) is about 15 F° at most (see the photos below).The real reason to insulate the total depth of the concrete exterior wall and underneath the basement slab is comfort and interior air quality. Elevating the surface temperature of the lower walls and floor reduces opportunity for biological growth (primarily mold and dust mites) and increases thermal comfort (due to the higher mean radiant temperature and higher floor surface temperature).Insulating the footing just does not prove to be worth it for energy efficiency, thermal comfort, or air quality.3. Waterproof the most durable component of the wall — the concrete. Keeping the foundation wall dry, given that you are burying it for the life of the building, means waterproofing — not dampproofing — the concrete foundation wall. Waterproofing materials — defined by ASTM standard as elastic enough to span cracks and keep water out under a head of water equal to 8 feet — is more expensive than dampproofing, but this is not the place for reduced performance driven by reduced cost.4. EPS and pentane as a blowing agent. I checked in with the technical team at Atlas Insulation on this one: just about all of the pentane used as the blowing agent in EPS insulation leaves the insulation during manufacture and is recaptured in the factory for use as a fossil fuel for space heating or other needs.last_img read more

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Cook, Bell guide England into commanding position

first_imgAlastair Cook continued to plunder the Australian bowling on Wednesday, becoming the most prolific English run scorer in an Ashes series in eight decades and guiding the visitors into a series-winning position in the fifth Test.Alastair Cook after his century in Sydney. AP PhotoThe 26-year-old opener scored 189 and shared a 154-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ian Bell, who survived a dropped catch and a controversial umpire overrule before notching his first Test century against Australia and helping England reach 488-7 at stumps on the third day, a first-innings lead of 288.England have an unbeatable 2-1 lead and needs only a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to claim its first Test series victory in Australia since 1987.Cook had some contentious moments on 46 and 99, both against left-arm spinner Michael Beer, but passed 5,000 career runs and lifted his series tally to 776 runs at an average of 127 with another commanding innings.The 26-year-old Cook scored an unbeaten 235 in the first Test and has only been out five times in the series. He surpassed Herbert Sutcliffe – who scored 734 in the 1924-25 series in Australia – as England’s second-highest scorer in an Ashes series. Only the great Wally Hammond has scored more for England in a series, accumulating 905 in 1928-29 at average of 113.Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman holds the record with his 974 runs in 1930 series in England.Cook was out soon after the tea interval, caught by Mike Hussey off Shane Watson’s bowling to make the England total 380-6.Bell continued to score his maiden century in Australia, but it will remain contentious. He challenged umpire Aleem Dar’s decision when he was caught behind on 67 off Watson’s bowling. The TV umpire Tony Hill ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence that Bell got an edge on a Shane Watson ball that went between bat and bad. But later television technology indicated Bell did snick the ball and Dar’s decision should have stood.advertisementThe English No. 6 was also dropped on 84 when legspinner Steven Smith put down a regulation return catch.Still, after 11 half centuries against Australia, he finally reached three figures. He was caught by Michael Clarke at second slip to give Mitchell Johnson a third wicket six minutes before stumps was called due to bad light.Bell shared century stands with Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who hit a classic straight six and five boundaries as he raised 50 from 54 balls. He was not out on 54 when play was stopped six overs before the scheduled close.Cook’s innings wasn’t without its anxious moments.He was four runs short of a half century when he appeared to be caught out off Beer’s bowling late on the second day, only for umpire Billy Bowden to refer the decision to the TV umpire, suspecting a no-ball. The third umpire confirmed Beer had overstepped the crease.On 99, Cook clipped a Beer delivery to bat-pad, where Phil Hughes claimed a catch at ground level. But Cook stood his ground despite loud and sustained appeals from the Australians, and got the benefit of the doubt when video replays seemed to show the ball touching the grass millimeters before Hughes got his fingers under it.But otherwise, his eight-hour, 342-ball innings was full of confident, well executed strokes and contained 16 boundaries.England resumed on Wednesday at 167 for three in reply to Australia’s 280 and only lost four wickets in three sessions, including night watchman Jimmy Anderson – bowled by Peter Siddle for seven – and Paul Collingwood – caught for 13 stepping down the wicket to Beer in the morning.last_img read more

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Rajeev Shukla may become interim BCCI president

first_imgWith the sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday evening, the seat of BCCI president has been left vacant and Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla seems the most likely candidate to take over, at a Special General Meeting to be called by secretary Anurag Thakur.According to the BCCI constitution, Thakur needs to send out the notice for the SGM by October 5 and the meeting needs to take place within three weeks of the notice when an interim president will be picked.A senior BCCI official told Mail Today that Shukla and Sharad Pawar are the two contenders for the top post at present. Shukla is said to have the backing of the BJP top brass while those very people aren’t too keen on having Pawar back in the hot seat, even though the Maharashtra strongman has shown keen interest and was also likely to contest at this year’s Annual General Meeting.”One has to calculate well and according to the current situation, Shukla is the most favoured candidate. He is not only on good terms with Thakur, but also has the backing of top BJP officials.Keeping those equations in mind, one must realise that Pawar doesn’t really have that support. “Also, it is East Zone’s turn to nominate the president and it is clear that Shukla is trying to work that angle in his favour. But relations change overnight in the BCCI,” he said.last_img read more

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Kutxa Clubs Panathinaikos, 84-68

first_imgThird quarter: Adams pours in 12 points as difference soars to 20sPanathinaikos got a great start to the second half with a basket from Calathes. The same player’s steal soon led to a Williams slam. However Hanga and Adams scored at the rim – and Adams added a bonus free throw – to make it 44-32. Calathes added a jumper, but Hanga’s triple further extended the difference. Laboral dominated the offensive glass with Planinic finishing a four-chance possession. Tillie’s tip in was followed by a wild Adams three that bounced high off the back rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run for a 20-point advantage. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Calathes fed Gist for an alley-oop, but Bourousis countered with free throws and Hanga rejected Gist as the hosts remained in total control. After a put-back by Kuzmic, Adams and Haynes traded threes. Adams scored again and tacked on a free throw after a technical on the Greens’ bench for a 62-42 lead. After Bourousis free throws, Haynes made his second triple and Hanga limped off the floor. Baskets by Pavlovic on the offensive glass and Williams at the buzzer made it 64-49. Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos run proves too little, too lateAdams stayed hot with his fourth three at the start of the fourth quarter and James threw down a ferocious two-handed slam to restore a 20-point difference. Raduljica finally scored his first basket of the second half with a fast break layup. Tillie netted a triple and James rejected Calathes as Laboral remained in charge. Calathes set up Raduljica for another basket inside, but the Greens did not appear to have the urgency needed to fight back from a 20-point deficit. Caalthes sent a behind-the-back assist to Hunter on the break. Calathes set up Hunter for another dunk and Haynes hit a baseline jumper to make it 73-60 and give the visitors some hope with five minutes to go. James responded with a big three. Haynes added another jumper, but time was not on the Greens’ side. A three-point play by Bourousis with 2:40 to go all but sealed the outcome at 79-62. Hunter finished another alley-oop and James Feldeine finished a tough layup, but the local fans were already celebrating the victory.TweetPinShare0 Shares Laboral Kutxa set the tone in its playoffs series against Panathinaikos Athens with an 84-68 victory on April 13 at home in Spain.The visitors led early, but Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench to help Laboral to a slim lead after 10 minutes. That difference grew to double figures in the second quarter before Darius Adams took charge with 12 third quarter points, including a wild three that bounced high off the rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run as the difference grew to 20. Panathinaikos fought back in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the outcome. Adams finished with 20 points and Bourousis scored 15 for the winners. Mike James added 11 points and 6 assists, Adam Hanga netted 10 and Kim Tillie collected 11 rebounds. Miroslav Raduljica led Panathinaikos with 21 points, but scored just twice in the second half after dominating early. MarQuez Haynes added 11 points and Nick Calathes dished 11 assists in defeat. First quarter: Bourousis sparks hosts off the benchElliot Williams got off to an ideal start by drawing a foul from Tillie on his first touch and draining a deep three on his second. Adams evened it with a triple before Raduljica overpowered Ilimane Diop inside. After the Panathinaikos center split free throws, Hanga used his speed to blow by defenders and get a layup. Raduljica added more free throws and sent Diop to the bench with 2 fouls in less than three minutes. Adams kept the hosts close with a layup, but Raduljica sank a hook shot. However a Davis Bertans three tied it at 10-10 and a Tillie tip-in gave Laboral its first lead. James Gist’s turnaround jumper and Ognjen Kuzmic’s hook over Bourousis came on Calathes’s fourth assist. Hanga rejected Antonis Fotsis on the break as neither team found the basket for more than two minutes. Bourusis ended the drought with a basket-plus-foul, but free throws by Raduljica put Panathinaikos ahead again. Bourousis’s triple with 13 seconds left in the quarter gave the hosts an 18-16 advantage. Second quarter: Blazic’s threes help Laboral to double-digit leadRaduljica extended his strong start with another hook shot. A three by Jaka Blazic gave Laboral the lead once more. After the unstoppable Raduljica added a tip-in, Hanga nailed a triple for a 24-20 Laboral lead. James added a three with a hand in his face and Alberto Corbacho followed on the fast break to score after Sasha Pavlovic rejected Blazic. Down 9, the Greens turned to Raduljica, who scored with another hook. Darko Planinic came in for Bourousis and took a dish from James for a layup and a 31-22 advantage midway through the quarter. Blazic connected from downtown as the hosts took a double-digit lead. Raduljica attacked the glass for a put-back slam, but Planinic netted 3 free throws over two possessions as the lead grew. Vince Hunter came off the bench to make an impact at both ends with an offensive rebound and a blocked shot, but also missed twice from the line. Gist used a spin move to bring the Greens within 37-27 with a minute left in the half. Bourousis countered with a pretty move of his own. Gist split free throws to end the half with the visitors trailing 39-28.last_img read more

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What If Tom Brady Missed Four Games Every Year

201411 201325Bye 200711 200644 20093T4Possible playoffs 201111 This one looks a lot worse. If you took one win away from every Pats team since 2001, not only could they have missed the playoffs two more times (depending on whom they lost to), but they would also lose a playoff bye at least twice and possibly four times, again depending on which game they lost and by how much. It’s also probably worth noting that the 2008 Patriots, who had Brady for less than one quarter of one game, would have been a No. 3 seed if they could have squeezed out one more win, or even been a bye team if they managed two more wins. Instead, they missed the playoffs.More importantly, losing one more game would have had negative effects on New England’s playoff position in three of its four Super Bowl-winning years. And that’s why four games of Brady might be even more valuable than the draft pick — to the Patriots. For most teams, a first-round draft pick is probably worth more than a single win. But if that one win is crucial to your Super Bowl chances, you take it. 200422 20031T1Possible home adv. 20012T4Bye 20132T2Possible bye 2002outout YEARSEEDSEED W/ ONE FEWER WIN IN FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 2008outout 20054T4Possible playoffs But that version of this examination is probably too granular. In the Patriots’ four games without Brady, there are only so many outcomes — they can only win zero, one, two, three or four games with or without Brady. While technically every swing has some probability (they might have won zero games with Brady but now win four games without him), the most likely effect is that the Patriots drop zero or one games — that’s the outcome the 7-point estimate produced in 10 of the 12 years in which Brady played in all of the season’s first four games. That is, if they would have gone 3-1 with Brady, without him they’d probably stay at 3-1 or drop to 2-2. Now let’s focus on the most likely negative scenario. What would happen if we just took one teensy-tiny win away each season? 201011 2008outout 201223Bye 2002outout 201011 20111T1Possible home adv. Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP; Tom Brady, NFL icon; Tom Brady, scofflaw. The Deflategate punishments have been handed down by the league office, and the official report on the incident refused to speculate about whether the New England Patriots got any advantage from their deflated balls, saying: “It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was.” But suspending Brady (and taking away draft picks) is almost sure to have an effect.The Patriots owe the league $1 million, one first-round draft pick in 2016, and one fourth-round draft pick in 2017. All of that for “violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.” Meanwhile, for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” Tom Brady — the Patriots’ reasonably well-known quarterback — received a 4-game suspension, which he is planning to appeal.The best spin on this news for Patriots fans is that Brady’s value is relatively unknown. While he has a history of great accomplishments and stats, QB success is much more of a team accomplishment than an individual one. Unlike certain other quarterbacks who have played for multiple teams and multiple coaches, Brady has only played for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. We don’t know if the Patriots would collapse without him — the one season where he missed significant time (in 2008), the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center.1I certainly look forward to some empirically significant games next year if Brady’s appeal fails. The Patriots’ backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, actually had a higher passer rating than Brady last year, though he only had 27 attempts and was sacked five times.But while I don’t know what Brady is really worth, I can lay out a couple of estimates and see what the effects of his suspension might be. Let’s use history as our guide and look at the past 14 years to see what might have happened had Brady been forced to sit the first four games of each season.While I’m not always in love with how Vegas values QBs, it’s a decent place to start: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the betting line in the Patriots opener against the Steelers has shifted by about 5 points, though Bell claims gamblers usually consider Brady’s value to be closer to 7 points. So for this first test, I took each game that Brady played for the Patriots in the first four team games of each season and took away 6.5 points. In other words, if the Patriots won by 7 or more, I assumed that they would have won even without Brady, while if they won by 6 or less I counted it as a loss (if he didn’t play, I left the result as is). I then re-jiggered the playoff standings to see how the Patriots’ new record would have affected their playoff position each season. This recalculation cost the Pats eight wins since 2001, knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2009, and cost them a first-round bye in 2013.2Assuming everything else had played out the same — which is unlikely, but counterfactuals are pretty much always just mind candy. However, it also leaves all of their Super Bowl-winning seasons unscathed: 20054outPlayoffs 20093outPlayoffs YEARSEEDSEED W/ BRADY OUT FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 200644 20141T2Possible bye 200422 200711 201222 200122 200311 read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out toward the field during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Despite not playing a game on Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State consumed much of the headlines in the college football universe after news broke that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett had been suspended for the Buckeyes’ upcoming game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media for his weekly press conference in which he discussed the Barrett situation and looked ahead to the game against Minnesota.Here are three notes from his presser.J.T. Barrett As expected, the majority of Meyer’s time at the podium was spent discussing the situation surrounding Barrett.Probably the most interesting wrinkle that came to light is that Barrett will have his summer aid revoked, Meyer announced.Initially, the thought was that the Wichita Falls, Texas, native was having to pay for his fall or spring semester — which would have been a hefty payment since Barrett is from out of state.An OSU spokesman later clarified that it is Barrett’s summer aid that is being rescinded.This precedent was set in 2012 when former offensive lineman Jack Mewhort was involved in an alcohol incident. The same punishment was handed out to now-redshirt sophomore tight end Marcus Baugh in 2013.One thing that Barrett has not lost, at least yet, is his role of being a team captain. Meyer said the possibility of removing the hypothetical ‘C’ from the redshirt sophomore’s uniform has been tossed around among the team, but as of now, it will remain.“I visited with some older players about that,” Meyer said. “My initial reaction was that he might but we just talked to some guys but it was very strong with the leadership on the team to (not take it away). I’m still in my own mind going through that. But as of now, no.”For many fans on Saturday, the news of Barrett’s citation greeted them when they awoke from their Friday night slumber. The same was true for OSU’s coach.“(I found out through) a text message at 6 a.m.,” Meyer said. “ I called the person who texted me and said, ‘is this right?’”After getting the message, Meyer said he went about dealing with it, considering all the facts and consulting with athletic director Gene Smith before settling on the one-game suspension.Later in the day, the coach said, Barrett came over to his house “blown away, devastated” by his actions. Meyer stressed that the redshirt sophomore was distraught over the possible harm his mistake would place on the team.Meyer said he is “disappointed it happened” but the team is set to turn the page on the issue.“We did what we did and we’re moving forward,” he said.Braxton MillerRedshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones will reassume the role of starting quarterback, which he occupied for the season’s first seven games. This Saturday, however, Barrett will no longer be backing him up.So who slides into that spot in case something, like an injury, were to happen to Jones during the game?Is it redshirt freshman Stephen Collier who has seen the field in garbage time once already this year? Or is it a certain former two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?The latter.“As of right now, it would be Braxton (Miller),” Meyer said of the backup role. “There is no question he is our No. 2 quarterback.”Even if the situation where another quarterback would have to come in for Jones in case of injury fails to materialize, there is a chance that Miller still may be used in some capacity as quarterback, specifically in the red zone.In the first seven games with Jones at the helm, red zone efficiency was an area of concern for OSU. To strengthen that weakness, Meyer capitalized on Barrett’s added dimension of running the football inside the red zone for two games before promoting him to full-time starter.Now, potentially, Miller might assume Barrett’s old role.“We’re not there yet, it’s still early in the week so we’re having those conversations right now,” Meyer said.Wide receiver depthContinuing with the discussion of the offensive side of the ball, Meyer talked about the hobbled state of the wide receiver position for the Buckeyes.The coach said that junior H-back Dontre Wilson, who was been in and out of the rotation this season, is questionable for the Minnesota game after having a procedure on his foot.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell has seen the field sparingly in 2015 because an array of minor injuries, which continue to affect him into this week. Meyer said that the Akron native is also listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.Johnnie Dixon, a redshirt freshman, was a player that appeared to be poised to fill at wide receiver in the beginning of the season. But like Campbell, injuries have plagued the Palm Beach, Florida, native, limiting him to just one catch for 29 yards in the season opener against Virginia Tech.Meyer said that Dixon has a microfracture right below his patella in his knee that will keep him out a couple of weeks.All of this means that redshirt senior Jeff Greene and redshirt sophomore James Clark will most likely spend meaningful time on the turf against the Golden Gophers.Both the said players saw most of their action this season on special teams, but in OSU’s game against Rutgers on Oct. 24, Greene and Clark both were in at wide receiver before garbage time arrived.The duo received champion grades from Meyer mainly for their effort in perimeter blocking, although Greene did have one catch for 10 yards.With the availability of Wilson and Campbell up in the air, Greene and Clark should be split out wide at some point on Saturday, as OSU and Minnesota are set to kickoff at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Puel says Leicester should focus on honoring Srivaddhanaprabha

first_imgThe Foxes manager believes the result against Cardiff City on Saturday is irrelevant and that his club only needs to remember his former ownerLeicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tragically died in a helicopter accident last weekend.And his club will not pause its participation in the English Premier League, as it will continue with its scheduled match against Cardiff City on Saturday.For the Foxes manager Claude Puel, the outcome doesn’t matter.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The result is the second thing but I think about our condition, our focus,” he told Sky Sports.“We will be ready but I hope we can find a good balance between conviction and emotion in this game because if we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult.”“But I am confident after seeing my players at a training session that they can give their best for a few minutes and I hope we can have this feeling just for the game. Before and after, we cannot forget,” he added.“I think we have a responsibility to continue this way and I think all the players are ready to compete.”last_img read more

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