Juve respect Fiorentina

first_imgJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic assured Juventus is full of respect for tomorrow’s Serie A opponents, Fiorentina.The Bianconeri travel to Florence this weekend, for what is sure to be a hostile atmosphere at Stadio Artemio Franchi, where they will face one of their most bitter rivals.”It’s a difficult place to go, so we’ll have to play a good game,” Pjanic said in the build-up to the highly anticipated clash. “It’s a game in which we want to take all three points. We know we’ll have to fight to the end, and it’ll be a game which comes down to the details.”We have a lot of respect for these opponents, so we need to be humble, but above, all we want to take home three points.Juve Coach Massimiliano Allegri complained that his side keep dropping in intensity, after coming close to throwing away the win against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia.concentration”We just have to keep our concentration. It shouldn’t be happening, we need to close out games earlier,” said the tactician. “We’re going forward, we’re working well and we’re getting results but there are some details which we need to correct.”Up until now the team has always been able to correct what we’ve been doing wrong and we want to do that in the coming games.”Pjanic, who has scored seven goals and created nine assists since joining Juventus from AS Roma in the summer, also spoke about his link-up play, particularly with striker Paulo Dybala and his general contribution.”The objective is always to find ourselves between the lines,” Pjanic explained.”Then we have the freedom to combine with each other and switch positions upfront. We find each other on the pitch very often, and it’s easy and a pleasure to play with him in the side.”We have so many good players and we respect that the coach tries to put the best team out on the pitch.”And as I’ve said, I make space for Dybala and he makes space for me. We combine, and now we understand each other’s movements well.”last_img read more

Read More →

Mesut Ozil linked with shock move to Turkish giants

first_img Latest Transfer News targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ozil has failed to impress so far this term with some supporters beginning to question his commitment to the Gunners.And, according to Turkish news outlet Fotomac, Fenerbahce are looking to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding the 29-year-old.The Turkish giants believe they can lure Ozil to Istanbul for around £42m but will face stiff competition from Manchester United among others.Ozil announced his retirement from international football – citing racism and disrespect from the powers that be in the German FA (DFB) – a move that has led to some backlash from manager Joachim Low. REVEALED RANKED Ozil has not made the best start to the 2018/19 campaign Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM LATEST targets IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce have emerged as shock frontrunners to snap up Arsenal star Mesut Ozil in January.The German’s future at Emirates Stadium has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, despite penning a new contract towards the end of last season. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Read More →

Froch ordered to face Groves in rematch

first_imgThe International Boxing Federation has ordered a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.It means Froch must defend his super-middleweight crown against the Hammersmith man within 90 days or risk being stripped of the IBF title.It comes after champion Froch, who also holds the World Boxing Association’s version of the championship, suggested he was likely to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in Las Vegas rather than face Groves in his next bout.Groves, 25, was almost immediately reinstalled as the IBF’s mandatory challenger – a position he held prior to his clash with Froch in November.Groves was on top before being stopped.That fight ended in a controversial defeat for the previously unbeaten challenger, when referee Howard Foster halted the contest in the ninth round in what was widely seen as a premature stoppage.Despite being an underdog going into that fight, Groves floored the Nottingham man in the first round and wobbled him on several occasions before Foster abruptly stepped in after a flurry of shots from Froch.Groves would be in line to fight another opponent for the vacant title should Froch, 36, opt to relinquish the belt rather than agree to a rematch.See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Groves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Read More →

Listening In on Building Science Discussions in Maine

first_imgEach month in Portland, Maine, a group of building professionals gathers for an evening of serious Building Science banter. The topic is either focused on a specific aspect of building science or opens up a lively discussion of what a Pretty Good House (PGH) would do in our cold climate of Maine. (For more information on the Building Science Discussion Group in Maine, check out the links in the “Related Articles” box, below.)There is usually no consensus and definitely no set of metrics etched in stone. Everyone seems to learn something and make good networking connections. Often, people leave with more questions than they came with, and a beer or two in their belly.I’m Jason Peacock of Maine Green Building Supply, and I’ll try to recapture a recent evening as best I can. MacBeth (and building science) doth murder sleepDan Kolbert ended the evening by saying, “Building Science is a good excuse to never sleep again.”In summary, Wayne was very grateful for the time and advice shared by everyone. I think (maybe) that he left with some definitive answers to some of his questions. But I’ll also bet that he left with more questions than he arrived with – and therein lies the devil of building science.Till next month… High school students will be building a modular homeThe next discussion topic was the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology’s Vocational School Rotary House Project 2013. (Images #3, 4, and 5, below, show some details and plans.)Essentially, the school provides educational opportunities to high school students who build a house over a two-year period. They have two houses going at a time, with each house having two modules. The house is sold on the open market, so when they start building the house, they have no idea who the homeowner will be or where the home will end up.Wayne Hapgood is the teacher. Wayne initially talked about the inherent constraints which determine the design and process:A modular home, with each module 12 feet wideHeight must be less than 13’6”The house is built outdoors and must continuously stay weathertightBuilding envelope details needs to reflect current building “norms”Budget is a major factorThe house is built by teenagers.Wayne acknowledged that he was very brave to bring this project to the Building Science Discussion Group, knowing how knowledgeable and forward-thinking the group was regarding wall details and construction processes. He said that he was here with an open mind and was excited to learn.He also mentioned that over the last twenty years, the more he learned about building science, the less he felt he knew.He shared his current set of plans. He wanted advice on what to do better. He mentioned that working with 17-year-olds on a construction project is challenging, and that lessons needed to be hands-on and easy to understand. A majority of the students in his class have parents and family in the trades, so what they do in this class will definitely be discussed at the dinner table with dear old Dad.He mentioned that he’d like to know more about air sealing. Choosing rigid foamLiz Newman stressed that they should be using Advanced Framing techniques — an approach that allows builders to eliminate a portion of the wood normally used in framing. This saves money and allows for more insulation in the wall.Chris Briley of BriBurn Architecture (formerly Green Design Studio) discussed the differences between XPS (with its questionable fire retardant chemicals) and Thermax (a brand of polyiso). He suggested considering two layers of rigid foam with taped, staggered seams. Since rigid foam almost eliminates drying to the outside, it’s important to facilitate drying to the interior.Someone mentioned that recycled polyiso can be purchased from the Insulation Depot in Massachusetts. There was a brief discussion about dew-point calculations, and Wayne mentioned that he was concerned about condensation in the wall cavity. Someone mentioned a standard of 1:2 ratio of outside foam to inside cavity insulation, and then Chris Briley mentioned that the correct ratio was a 2:1 outside foam to inside cavity insulation. This would hint that more foam should be used on the outside to avoid having the possibility of condensation in the wall cavity. (For more information on this topic, see Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.)Dan Kolbert recommended following the Airtight Drywall Approach. Wayne was very interested. I mentioned that it’s important to hang your drywall on the ceiling, mud, tape and paint, before you build your interior partitions.There was a discussion about trying to get more insulation in the ceiling by field constructing a proper vented channel in-between the rafters instead of having the foam on the face of the rafters. This would enable thicker amounts of insulation near the eves. Several people were concerned that during transport the foam to air seal the ceiling may crack. Siga tape may be a better option. Reports from the NESEA conferenceThe evening started with a round of introductions among the approximately 30 or 40 attendees. This was followed by a brief discussion regarding things seen at the Building Energy 13 conference in Boston the week prior. RELATED ARTICLES Steve’s GarageVisiting Energy-Smart Designers and Builders in MaineThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2The Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard? Pros Benefit from Building Science Discussion Group How many blower door tests?Liz Newman said that she recommends doing five blower-door tests during the construction process and that it is such a good educational tool to embed air sealing into their way of thinking.There was a discussion about street orientation, and Wayne again mentioned that the design is not that fluid because they don’t know where the house is going when they start to build it.One builder mentioned that he’d recommend spray foaming near rafter tails after all the ProperVents were installed to make sure that it was airtight. He thought that the spray foam would help stiffen up the whole module for moving.Regarding the cavity insulation, the group was unanimous on getting the fiberglass batts out and using something else like blown-in cellulose. Charlie Huntington of I&S Insulation offered to lend the project his cellulose blower. Many people agreed that this would still be within the students’ abilities and that the house would perform a lot better.Wayne mentioned that he’d built his own house just five years ago and that he wishes he knew then what he knows now. Dan Kolbert similarly said that he can’t bear to go to any house he’d build over six months ago, because things are progressing so rapidly now in high-performance building.It was recommended that they still have Panasonic WhisperGreen fans in the bathrooms to help mitigate moisture in addition to the ERV or HRV. And with that it was a wrap. Envelope and ventilation detailsThe proposed wall construction will be a 2×6 wall with fiberglass batts and 1 1/2 inch of exterior Thermax foam (because it’s cheaper and has a better R-value that alternatives). The wall has no vapor barrier so that it can dry to the interior. The home will have an ERV (energy recovery ventilator).The ceiling has a 1/2-inch layer of rigid foam that is sealed at the perimeters with a small hand-held foam gun. The wall is R-31 and the ceiling R-51. (There will be 13 inches of cellulose above the 1/2 inch of foam).The roof is vented at the eaves and the ridge. One additional note: the students don’t assemble the two modules together, the buyer does. That means that the quality of the final air sealing job will be uncertain.Dan Kolbert mentioned that if the buyer is responsible for assembling the modules, then they should be presented with a checklist for air sealing properly.Tim Spang of Spang Builders in Kennebunkport agreed that air sealing was very critical. Tim, along with his son Clayton and project manager Norm, are all graduates of Biddeford’s vocational school. He said that over the years he’s hired 30 to 40 students from this program. He mentioned that they are currently in the process of building a net-zero house, with the aim of achieving a blower-door test result of 1.0 ach50 or lower. He said that they learned a lot on their most recent house, but hadn’t really been keenly focusing on air sealing in the past. He stressed how important it would be for him when hiring new staff to know that they were learning what is cutting-edge for our future, not just the norm.Diane Milliken of Horizon Maine brought up the fact that Keiser Homes, a modular builder in Maine, has done a really impressive job of air sealing their homes. She also mentioned that she’s worked with Westbrook Vocational School, and their double-stud wall project almost achieved the Passivhaus standard. She felt that the students were more interested because they felt they were on the cutting edge.Jim Godbout of Godbout Heating and Plumbing offered to donate his blower-door equipment to make sure the air sealing was done effectively. Dan Kolbert, a builder and our usual moderator, mentioned that he’d listened to presentations on research on a variety of heating strategies for small spaces, and whether or not leaving the bedroom doors open or closed made a big difference. The recommendations focused on simplifying overall heating systems and delivery.Liz Newman, an architect, mentioned that she’d been to a presentation about net zero buildings. The presentation focused on the big picture: “scaling up” for net zero cities, and how the Passivhaus standard will play a more prominent role in construction in the next ten years.Steve Konstantino, our host and the owner of Maine Green Building Supply, mentioned that this year’s expo had more of a spotlight on building envelope products and less on solar energy than in past years. There seemed to be an abundance of triple-pane windows and products, like Siga tapes, to assist in achieving Passivhaus and net-zero standards. HRVs versus ERVsI mentioned that if they were planning on drying to the inside, they’d be better off with an HRV instead of an ERV, and that an HRV would do better mitigating moisture from the house. Their plan was to not have bathroom fans and have the ERV pull stale humid air from the bathrooms.The next few minutes felt like a highly contested Senate debate with finger-pointing protests and spit-flying disagreements. You could say that not everyone agreed with me, and that for some reason there are still plenty of people, who will remain nameless, that still use ERVs in our cold climate.Dan Kolbert (at this point acting like the Speaker of the House) said, “If I hear ERV one more time, I’m ending the discussion group.” Maybe the ERV vs. HRV debate will be our next BSDG topic. Let the rotten tomatoes fly!last_img read more

Read More →

I have been able to work successfully on my flaws: Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid was a satisfied man after his marathon innings of 191 and more so because he had been able to get rid of the few technical glitches he had developed in his batting of late.”I had not batted well against the left-arm pacers during the Australia series. (He was troubled by Doug Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson). So I went back to NCA and worked on my flaws with the coaches there and also spoke about it to Gary(Kirsten).”Basically, I was opening the face of the bat towards cover and that was causing trouble. So when Andy McKay was bowling, the idea was to play as straight as possible. That was one area I worked on,” said the hero of India’s third day’s play.His poor run before the New Zealand series came in for a lot of criticism but Dravid felt that there was no point thinking about that.”Look questions are bound to be asked if you are not scoring runs. It’s just that when you are 23 or 24, people ask different questions and when you are 37 or 38, they ask different questions. That’s part and parcel of modern day cricket and you have got to accept that. The best way to come back is to score runs.”As far as I am concerned, I have never really bothered about the questions. It’s always been about how I feel emotionally, physically and spiritually and whether I am giving my hundred per cent or not. These are a few boxes I always mentally tick before a series,” he told the reporters.advertisementDravid, however, felt that credit should go to the bowlers for dismissing New Zealand for 193. “New Zealand have batted very well in the series. We have scored excess of 450 quite often but it’s the bowlers who helped us in getting a big lead. The first session on Tuesday will be very crucial.”If we can get a few wickets till the ball is new and hard just like their bowlers did it today, it would be great. The pitch is still pretty flat and the ball isn’t turning much. It’s still a good batting track. Once the ball gets older it will be easier for the batsman to settle down and score runs,” Dravid assessed.Although seven among the top eight in the batting order got runs in the series with the exception of Suresh Raina, Dravid said the series in South Africa will be a different ball game altogether.”It’s always nice to have runs as it gives you the confidence. Having said that, we have to be aware that the conditions in South Africa will be completely different.”Dravid also said that one shouldn’t be too harsh on young Raina as this is a learning experience for him.”He is having a rough time but we all know that he is a terrific talent. Test cricket is a hard school and he will only learn from these experiences. We have all seen in ODIs how good he can be once he gets going. Hopefully, he will score runs in South Africa.”When asked how difficult it is to bat long hours at this age, he smiled and replied, “It’s always difficult to bat long hours irrespective of your age. It can physically and emotionally exhaust. Personally, I like batting for long hours because then only I can score runs.””Hope I can bat pretty more like Viru one day,” he said with a grin.Dravid also admitted that except Virender Sehwag, none of the Indian batsmen have been able to completely dominate Daniel Vettori.”Vettori has had control over Indian batsmen. Save Viru who has successfully attacked him, none of us have been able to dominate Vettori which has given him the opportunity to carry on bowling from one end and rotate the pacers from the other end,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Read More →

India cannot rely on heat alone in Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic: Anand Amritraj

first_imgDavis Cup campaigns in the past at home revolved around how best the grass courts would be prepared. Be it the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association complex or the lush green and wellmanicured lawns at the South Club in Calcutta (Kolkata now), the uncertainty factor played an important role.During the Vijay and Anand Amritraj era, the players liked the surface to be as close as possible to true bounce and once the baton was passed to Leander Paes, he ensured the court bounce was low and the ball would skid.The sensational ties which Leander figured in at home along with Ramesh Krishnan and later Mahesh Bhupathi were notable for how the surface was prepared.Times have changed. Since the time Leander stopped playing singles in Davis Cup and Somdev Devvarman started leading the campaign, hard courts were preferred. Unlike Leander, Somdev and Yuki Bhambri are more comfortable on the hard courts as they grind out point from the back court and mid court.Davis Cup non-playing captain Anand Amritraj has accepted this change as something natural. “Those days are gone….the serve and volley game has become a dead art all over the world. Our players also like that. Somdev is a counterpuncher, while Yuki is an aggressive baseline player. Like modern day players, they are not comfortable on grass,” said 63-year-old Anand from Chennai.Anand has fond memories of the DLTA complex where he and Vijay figured in many historic wins, the most notable one being the win against Argentina in 1987.advertisementNostalgia is fine but Anand is aware there is a mountain of a challenge ahead against the Czech Republic in the World Group playoff to be held from September 18 to 20.He is pleased the Indians are doing well in doubles at the US Open. And with Rohan Bopanna and 42-year-old superstar Leander Paes still in rock and roll mode, Anand is happy the doubles point could be in India’s favour in such a big tie.”As it is, I am happy to have Leander in the team. Both Leander and Rohan (Bopanna) are in good form and that is encouraging news,” he said.But Anand was quick to add winning singles rubbers was the main concern against the strong opponents to whom India lost in February 1997 in Pribram, near Prague, in a World Group first round tie.”If we trail 0-2 at the end of the first day, then all that the doubles pair can do is keep the tie alive till Sunday. I would think it is important we try and win at least one singles on Friday,” said Anand.The good news for India is World No.6 Tomas Berdych has pulled out as he wants to focus on his own career. But the rest in fray from Czech Republic are also strong. “Berdych’s absence could be a relief but we can’t call it a level-playing field. We remain the underdogs. They have two players in Jiri Vesely and Lukas Rasol, both of them figure in the top 100 in the world ranking,” was Anand’s assessment.Yuki Bhambri is ranked 145 and Somdev (Devvarman) is 152 in the ranking. Ideally, to play the World Group, a team should have two strong singles players, one in top 50 and the other in top 100,” said Anand, who commands huge respect from the players. “Unless we have two players like this in the squad, we would be forced to return to the zonal group (Asia Oceania) every time we reach the World Group play-off,” he said. Vesely is ranked World No. 48 and Rasol is 87.The weather would be a big factor as the heat and humidity will be energy sapping. “It would be very hot and that could be to our advantage. Starting at 10 am, the temperature should be around 32 or 33 degree. Later, the mercury would rise to 37 or 38 degree. The Czechs might not feel too comfortable with the heat and humidity. It is now up to us whether we can take advantage of it,” Anand [email protected]last_img read more

Read More →