Poet Valerie Mejer to visit campus for poetry reading

first_imgTags: creative writing program, department of english, mexican poet and painter, reading at bookstore, valerie mejer Mexican-born poet and painter Valerie Mejer will make an appearance on campus Friday to read from her works.The Notre Dame creative writing program and Department of English will sponsor the event.Mejer’s works “explore containment and fragility, layering loss and possibility over a once-familiar landscape,” according to the creative writing program’s website.Her works include poetry collections “Rain of the Future” (2013), “de la ola, el atajo” (2009), “Geografías de Niebla” (2008), “Esta Novela Azul” (2004), and “Ante el Ojo de Cíclope” (1999), as well as the novel “De Elefante a Elefante” (1997).Her artwork has appeared in Raúl Zurita’s “Los Boteros de la Noche” (2010), Forrest Gander’s “Ligaduras/Ligatures” (2012), and Antonio Prete’s “Menhir” (2007) and “L’imperfection de la Lune” (2007).Mejer said she chooses her topics of poetry or art “the same way you choose what is going to happen the next hour or day. A mix between intuition and destiny. A lot comes from the past, voices, pains. Like Charles Wright said, ‘All forms of landscape are autobiographical.’”Joyelle McSweeney, director of the creative writing program and associate professor of English, said Mejer’s work is contemporary, graceful, forceful and memorable.“As a Mexican poet and painter, she carries the traditions of both the Latin American surrealism associated with Frida Kahlo and the intimate, personal lyric of American poetry,” McSweeney said. “Hers is a poetry for every member of the Notre Dame and South Bend community.”McSweeney also said she believes Mejer’s dual roles of painter and poet complement each other.“Her ‘painter’s eye’ shows in her poetry, in that her poems are full of images at once dreamlike and forceful,” McSweeney said. “At the same time, her poetry is breathtaking for the fluid way each image gives way to the next. A poem elapses in time, while a painting is fixed in time.”Mejer’s visit comes in the wake of the publication of her first English-language translation of “Rain of the Future.” The work was published by independent press Action Books, which is run by McSweeney and fellow associate professor of English Johannes Göransson.“[The translation is] a tribute to Mejer’s brilliance, but it is also the product of many hands working together,” including American poets CD Wright, Forrest Gander, Sarah Denaci and Alexandra Zelman-Doring, McSweeney said. In addition, the collection includes a preface from Argentine poet Raul Zurita.“[The creative writing program hopes] students and faculty in many disciplines — creative writing, literature, visual arts, students of Spanish-language literature and culture, students of global affairs — will benefit from the chance to interact with this exquisitely talented poet and painter,” McSweeney said.McSweeney said she hopes Mejer’s work will show Notre Dame students the importance of the arts in international exchange.The event is open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Hammes Bookstore. A question-and-answer session will follow Mejer’s reading.last_img read more

Jade Roper Shares 1st Photo of Her, Tanner Tolbert’s Baby Boy

first_imgTolbert, for his part, told fans via Roper’s Instagram Story in May that he was “content” with two children and expanding their family was “not planned” at the time they discovered they were expecting. “But now this happens, so we’re gonna have three,” he shared. “I’m like, ‘What’s the difference between three and four?’”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Another little Tolbert! Jade Roper introduced the world to her and husband Tanner Tolbert’s third child together just hours after his arrival.“He’s here and he’s perfect,” the Bachelor alum, 33, captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding the baby boy on Saturday, November 14. The couple, who are also parents of daughter Emerson, 3, and son Brooks, 15 months, have yet to announce the newborn’s name.- Advertisement – Tolbert, 33, revealed via his Instagram Story on Saturday that Roper gave birth earlier that morning. “5:33 AM,” he wrote after sharing videos of the reality star in labor. “Mama and Baby Boy doing great!” She appeared to deliver the baby at home, as fans saw her sitting in an inflatable pool in the pair’s bedroom prior to the birth. (She notably had an emergency home birth with their second child in July 2019.)Roper hinted that her third child’s arrival was imminent on Thursday, November 12. “I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant on Sunday, and I have to say I’m so proud of my body for carrying this far!” she explained on Instagram. “I was so much more intentional this pregnancy with taking care of myself, and I feel like it paid off, because this is the most pregnant I’ve ever been! I’m full of so many different emotions as each night I wonder if we will be meeting our baby. Last night Emmy reached up, grabbed my belly and sweetly said, ‘It’s time to come out, baby.’ #soon #babywatch.”The duo, who wed in January 2016, announced their pregnancy news in May. She divulged via Instagram in June that she expects baby No. 3 to be their “last,” noting: “[I want] to soak up every moment (laughing at myself when I say this cuz our kids keep us crazy busy lol) and document everything since it’ll be the last of the firsts.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Conference SeasonReady: The successful future of Croatian tourism will be ensured by lifelong learning

first_imgTourism and hospitality are an important part of the European economy, especially in Mediterranean countries. Across Europe, 1,8 million companies employ 10,2 million people directly (16,6 million including indirect employment). The success of the tourism sector depends on the quality of the people who work in it – how they are recruited and managed, trained and educated, valued, rewarded and supported through a process of continuous learning and career development.On the other hand, the research shows that a significant number of seasonal catering employees do not have specific education and experience in the tourism sector and that investment in structured education in the workplace is low. Family hotels, small and medium enterprises do not have access to quality training opportunities for their staff. Also, the system of continuing vocational education and training for tourism and hospitality is not in line with industry requirements and is slow to respond to the needs of the sector.The topic of Vocational Education for Hospitality and Tourism and the Future of Croatian Tourism was discussed at a meeting held as part of the project “SeasonReady – learning in the workplace for seasonal tourism workers” funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union, experts from the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Employment Service , The Ministry of Science and Education, the Institute of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts.Renata Tomljenović, scientific advisor from the Institute for Tourism, started the meeting by concluding that all EU countries face the same problems in tourism and that the whole system needs to be transformed and that training and learning in the workplace is the answer to how things change quickly.Vlado Prskalo, Assistant Minister of Vocational Education from the Ministry of Science and Education, outlined some of the points that are crucial for the development of vocational education. The obsolescence of the program, the lack of learning at work and the lack of equipment for schools are just some of them, and the Centers of Competence are something to insist on: “Our goals are certainly, without much talk, to quickly change the quality of education with concrete results. “, concluded Prskalo.He also stated that education should not only be based on students and the workforce, but should also be provided to teachers so that they would be able to provide students in vocational education with modern knowledge and competencies.Jelena Pavičić, Head of the Department for Strategic Planning and Implementation of EU Programs and Projects, spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and commented on how there are investments in the field of tourism, but they are accompanied by major administrative difficulties that need to be addressed in the future. According to their research, 60% of employers say that their workforce is not sufficiently educated and that there must be a vision, and in all our projects and procedures we need to look at the long term. Let’s not forget that the human factor is the most important in tourism!”, She said.Kristina Alerić, head of the Employment Mediation Department at the Croatian Employment Service, pointed out that there is no economic growth without education. She emphasized that the CES is constantly working to connect employers and workers, and that such efforts are profitable in the long run. Research shows that over 50% of seasonal workers in tourism plan to return to the same employer, which shows that we are on the right track.Nevena Kurteš, expert associate in the Department of Education and Human Resources Development of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, emphasized in her lecture that the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is aware of the fact that students’ competencies do not meet the needs of the labor market. but also encourage older craftsmen to pass on their knowledge to younger generations. “Croatia lacks a culture of training and the only way to get started and succeed is to work together”Concluded Kurteš.The end of the meeting was marked by a round table discussion “Tourism is growing, are we growing too?” In which participants were joined by Zlatko Puntijar, President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers of the Zagreb Chamber of Crafts and Vice President of the Zagreb Caterers Association. Transferring his experiences of education with work, Puntijar concluded that it is necessary to change the perception of vocational schools, the system of student education and strive for lifelong learning, especially in specific sectors such as tourism.The conclusion of all participants is that changes are necessary that will bring long-term benefits to Croatian tourism and that with the cooperation of all stakeholders: from students and professors, through CES and employers, to the relevant ministries, Croatia can fulfill its full tourism potential.last_img read more

Mason scores twice to lead GSA boys’ soccer team past EHS

first_imgBLUE HILL — Nate Mason began practicing for the 2019 soccer season in an Ellsworth uniform, but his first game as a senior came wearing a different team’s maroon and white.Less than two weeks ago, Mason was getting his photo taken as an Ellsworth Eagle at team picture day and preparing for his senior year at Ellsworth High School. Yet after a last-minute decision to transfer, Mason took the field for the season’s first game playing against the Ellsworth boys’ team rather than for it.“It’s been an ongoing decision for the past couple years,” Mason, who now plays for George Stevens Academy, said of his transfer process. “I held myself back because I love those boys [at Ellsworth] so much and loved playing soccer there.”On Tuesday, there was no holding back for Mason or GSA. Opening the season against his former team, Mason delivered one of the best performances of his high school career.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMason scored a pair of second-half goals Tuesday to propel the GSA boys’ soccer team to a 4-1 win over Ellsworth in Blue Hill. His two goals in quick succession broke open a game that had been deadlocked much of the way and put the home team on course victory in the Battle of the Eagles.The game got off to a rather uneventful start with neither team offering much in terms of attack for the first 10 minutes. Then, at the 29-minute mark, GSA launched a strong counterattack and took advantage of an Ellsworth miscommunication in the back as Ezra Bramblett-Williams fired a shot into the top-right corner to give the home team a 1-0 lead.Ellsworth (0-2) had the chance to tie the game with 23:22 left after GSA committed a foul in the penalty area, but the ensuing spot kick went inches wide of the left post. Ben Osterlin would equalize for the visitors just minutes later, though, and Ellsworth survived a GSA offensive onslaught in the final minutes of the half to keep the score knotted at 1 going into the break.GSA’s Grayson Eaton (right) defends against Ellsworth’s Oscar Howe during the first half of a high school boys’ soccer game Sept. 10 in Blue Hill. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA (1-0) found itself on the back foot early in the second half, but that changed with 27:34 left to play when Mason scored from close range. Mason found the back of the net again three minutes later to give his team a 3-1 lead, and GSA would add one more with 10 minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt.“We had our fastest guys going forward, and we just ran hard and kept packing the [6-yard box] on throws and corners when we had them,” Mason said. “I had two really good chances, and I just converted them.”Clinical finishing was crucial for GSA as Ellsworth was well organized behind the ball throughout the game. Whether through Mason or his teammates, GSA found ways to capitalize whenever it had scoring chances.“I thought that Ellsworth did a good job of controlling the possession, and we had to have an answer for that,” GSA head coach Mark Ensworth said. “We finished really well and took advantage of the opportunities we had.”The decision to transfer was a difficult one for Mason, who was a top athlete in soccer and track and field in his three years at Ellsworth. Yet as the start of the school year neared, he felt GSA was the right place for his final year.“I had to make a decision for my future and for college and everything,” Mason said. “I found out the layout for my senior year this year would definitely have been better at GSA for my classes and all that.”GSA will be on the road at Mount Desert Island (0-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, before a home game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, against Houlton and another road game at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 17, against Bucksport. Ellsworth hosts Hermon (0-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday before playing on the road against Old Town at 4 p.m. Saturday.As for Mason’s old team, Ellsworth’s rematch with GSA is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Del Luce Stadium. After years of competing for Ellsworth on and inside the track, doing so for the opposing team will be different feeling.“It feels very weird looking and seeing all the old faces on the other team,” Mason said. “I love all of those guys over there; I wish nothing but the best for them.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Recipe: Vaca Frita (Cuba)

first_imgVaca Frita By Celina DeCastroLiterally translated to “Fried Cow”, this Cuban dish is usually served with rice, beans and fried plantains. Vaca frita will transport you to Havana without ever having you leave your home. Similar to Cuba’s Ropa Vieja, this dish has less tomato sauce and more of the natural crispy beef flavor that will leave you craving more.What you’ll need:1 1/2 pound of flank steak, cut into four pieces1 green bell pepper, cored and quartered2 large onions- 1 halved and 1 thinly sliced1 bay leaf2 smashed garlic clovesSalt1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of lime juice2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oilFresh ground pepperWhat to do:Combine the bell pepper, halved onion, 1 of the garlic cloves and bay leaf in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.Add just enough water to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil, add in the flank steak. Let it simmer over medium heat for about twenty to thirty minutes.Remove steak and other ingredients from stock.Once steak has cooled, shred the meatIn a large bowl add lime juice, shredded beef, and finely minced garlic. Toss the mixture and let it marinate for at least an hour.Heat a cast iron skillet or pan over high heat. Add oil and thinly sliced onions, cook until onions become translucent and browned at the edges.Add beef and cook until beef is browned and crispy. Here you can personalize the level of crispiness you would like for the beef.Serve immediately to hungry friends and family, don’t forget an extra lime on the side.last_img read more

The forgotten six: GMs, execs evaluate teams that have yet to reach NBA Finals

first_img2. ClippersThe Clippers are No. 2 now, but they could take over the No. 1 slot when July 1 rolls around. If they’re able to find a suitor for Danilo Gallinari, they’re seen as having enough cap space for two max-level superstars. And in their case, they have a stable organization to attract Leonard and one other difference-maker. Eat your heart out, Lakers.Owner: Steve Ballmer has a major presence at games and is often in the news for his business prowess. According to Forbes, he’s the richest owner of an American sports team, with his net worth estimated to be $41.2 billion. The good news is, he’s hands off when it comes to the Clippers’ basketball decisions and willing to go deep into his pockets.Front office: When it comes to the best and worst of NBA front offices, Los Angeles has the winners and the losers. Despite their history — they’ve been in operation since their days in Buffalo in the early 1970s and have yet to win a second-round series — the Clippers now have what’s considered one of the top front offices in all of basketball.Team president Lawrence Frank, GM Michael Winger and assistant GM Trent Redden have masterfully transitioned this team from the days of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to one of the most attractive destinations for the elite free agents. It also doesn’t hurt to have legendary executive Jerry West on hand to help recruit, as he did with Kevin Durant when he previously worked for Golden State.Coach: Doc Rivers comes off one of his best years as a coach, when he directed the Clippers to an eighth-place finish when they weren’t expected to make the playoffs entering the season. The fact he’s got a championship with the Celtics is seen as a big plus when the Clippers recruit Leonard.There has been speculation that Durant will consider the Clippers. A lot has changed since he met with them in 2016, and all for the better.Roster: The Clippers ended the season, taking the Warriors to six games, with super reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell leading them in scoring. They have good young pieces in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson and Ivica Zubac. All they need is a superstar or two, and they will be on their way, perhaps to their first Finals. 4. TimberwolvesYou want to see championship-level basketball in Minneapolis? Unfortunately, you missed it. The window closed way back in 1960 when the Lakers left town.The Timberwolves arrived in 1989-90 and have only one Western Conference finals berth to show for it. They come off another lottery season — their 14th in the last 15 years — and just getting back to the playoffs is looking like a long shot.Owner: Glen Taylor decided to blow it up and start all over when he fired team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau 40 games into last season. Only nine months earlier, Thibodeau was on the path to success, taking the Wolves to their first playoffs since 2004. But then the Jimmy Butler saga led to a major trade and Thibodeau’s demise.The question is often asked by league executives: How much does Taylor really want to win? With his latest house-cleaning, he’s putting his faith in two rookies to turn the team around.Front office: The executive now in charge is Gersson Rosas, who worked for 18 years in Houston and was No. 2 in command to Daryl Morey. Rosas also had a three-month stint as GM in Dallas in 2013, reporting to Donn Nelson, so he’s never been in charge of a front office.He’ll find out that, sometimes, the person in his chair has to go along with Taylor’s demands. Thibodeau found that out in October 2017 when Taylor decided to extend Andrew Wiggins to the tune of nearly $150 million over five years.Coach: Taylor was a huge fan of Flip Saunders, the late coach who led the Wolves to their greatest success, a berth in the 2004 West finals. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Taylor replaced Thibodeau on the bench with Ryan Saunders as the interim. The change didn’t work, with Saunders going only 17-25 and finishing in 11th in the West.No matter, though. Saunders, 33, got the job on a full-time basis and is now the youngest head coach in the NBA.Roster: Boy do these guys miss Kevin Garnett, the 2004 MVP who was all about working and winning.With 11 losing seasons in their last 12 after Garnett’s trade to Boston, people are also starting to wonder if Karl-Anthony Towns is one of these talented stars who can put up big scoring numbers but doesn’t impact winning as much as everyone expects. Wiggins has been a major disappointment, especially for the money he’s making.The good news: Jeff Teague’s remaining money ($19 million) finally comes off the books in 2020. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3b/6e/mike-conley-getty-051519-ftrjpg_1ls5o7997nmbg1v0ztu9mj3f7i.jpg?t=-1132377102&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/b3/kemba-walker-012017-ftr-gettyjpg_38in6il8iios1sjfr4rfg2h22.jpg?t=333781865&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/26/f6/nikola-jokic-jamal-murray-getty-051619-ftrjpg_goquzh0mdihl1h0bgaajcvchw.jpg?t=-1085007678&w=500&quality=80 1. NuggetsBy getting to within one win of a trip to the Western Conference finals, and having a player in Nikola Jokic who showed the stuff of a superstar in his first trip to the playoffs, the Nuggets edged out the Clippers for the top spot.The Nuggets have only two trips to the West finals in their history (1985 and 2009), but Jokic’s emergence is seen as the key to getting this franchise to its first NBA Finals in a few short years. A lot, obviously, also depends on what happens with the Warriors. But Denver is looked as anything but a one-year wonder.”Of the six,” said one GM, “they’re the furthest along. And Jokic has to be considered a top-10 player right now and future MVP candidate.”How the Nuggets break down:Owner: Stan Kroenke has his son, Josh, overseeing the operation. He’s been involved for a while now, helping to handle the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations with the Knicks in 2011. The Kroenkes have shown a willingness to spend money on players’ salaries. Unlike other owners in the Group of Six, they are not seen as impediments to getting to the Finals.Front office: The Nuggets recently prevented team president Tim Connelly from returning home to the Washington area to become the top executive for the Wizards. Connelly drafted Jokic with the 41st pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He also got another potential cornerstone player, Jamal Murray, with the seventh pick of the 2016 draft. You can’t talk about the Nuggets’ drafting without mentioning general manager Arturas Karnisovas, who has played a prominent role in helping to put together the roster.Overall, the Nuggets are seen as having a very solid front office, even though the team has chosen not to have a G League team, along with the Portland, that could aid in the development of players. Toronto’s rise to an NBA Finals team is partly due to the G League, where Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell started out. They are unprecedented successes in terms of G League impact.Coach: Mike Malone piloted his first playoff team, only to lose Game 7 at home to a more experienced Portland team with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Known for his intensity, Malone has few detractors.”But can he coach a championship team?” one exec said. “That’s an unknown right now.”Roster: Jokic is universally praised, while Murray still has some detractors. With Gary Harris, Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr., who missed his rookie season with a back injury, the Nuggets have several good young players who may be packaged to bring back a star.In some circles, they’re seen as the dark-horse team if the Pelicans trade Anthony Davis. Cap-wise, they don’t get relief for another two summers, and Murray will command big bucks for the start of the 2020-21 season. 3. PelicansLike the Clippers, the Pelicans have also never been as far as the conference finals, let alone the NBA Finals, and they’re coming off season from hell, when they missed the playoffs amid the AD mess.New team president David Griffin will try to sell the team’s franchise player on staying to pair with Zion Williamson, the consensus choice at No. 1 in this year’s draft. But Davis is said to be sticking to his stance of wanting out, with his preferred destination remaining the Lakers. Davis’ most successful season was when he took the Pels to the second round in 2018.Owner: Gayle Benson has deep pockets — she also owns the NFL’s Saints — but is said to be focused more on her football team. The Benson family has never been scared of paying their basketball players, sometimes approving what turned out to be bad contracts. But at least they’re willing to spend.Mickey Loomis, executive VP of the Saints, once had considerable power in the Pelicans’ operations. He was the one who fired coach Monty Williams after the team made the playoffs in 2015 and lost in the first round, one of only two trips to the postseason in the Davis Era. But Loomis now has yielded powers to Griffin.Front office: Griffin recently replaced Dell Demps, and that is seen league-wide as a significant upgrade. Over the last year, Griffin turned down a few jobs, including the Knicks and Sixers, before he accepted the Pelicans’ post with the understanding that he’s in full control.That was something both New York and Philly weren’t willing to give him, despite his success in Cleveland, where he assembled the Cavaliers’ championship team in 2016.”David runs the entire show,” one Western Conference exec said. “He doesn’t have anyone telling him what to do.” He’s got big decisions, starting with getting the best deal for Davis.Coach: Griffin goes back a long way with coach Alvin Gentry, when both were with the Suns in the mid-2000s. So it wasn’t a surprise when Griffin decided to keep Gentry, who was the Suns coach when they went to the conference finals in 2010.”Is Alvin a championship-level coach? You wouldn’t say that,” one rival GM said. “But that’s not a priority now. Getting the most for Davis is.”Roster: The Pelicans are expected to get a haul for Davis, with Boston seen as the favorites because the Celtics can offer Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, other players and attractive draft picks. Griffin will have other suitors to drive up the price, with the Lakers, Knicks and other teams expected to make offers for a three-time All-NBA player who is still only 26.In terms of getting to a Finals, though, the additions might not be able to get the Pelicans into the title hunt for a few years in the cut-throat West. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2f/9b/karl-anthony-towns-getty-121218-ftrjpg_1bwgwkri0bcb31s0vuk5tyzt4z.jpg?t=-1558893201&w=500&quality=80 By advancing to their first NBA Finals, the Raptors have removed themselves from one of the league’s more dubious lists: Franchises that have never reached the Finals.Toronto’s arrival in the promised land now leaves six franchises that have yet to play in a Finals series: the Clippers, Grizzlies, Hornets, Nuggets, Pelicans and Timberwolves. 6. HornetsWell, we know Michael Jordan isn’t the GOAT when it comes to NBA owners. So that’s a debate you’ll never hear. Jordan has built himself a mediocre lottery team as he heads into his 15th season in Charlotte, with the last nine as the majority owner. In that time, Jordan’s teams have only two winning seasons and two playoff berths ending in first-round exits.With some bad signings and poor drafts, it’s no wonder that Charlotte is still looking for its first trip to an East finals. Between ownership, the front office, coach and roster, the Hornets are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to ranking which of the six teams without a Finals berth breaks through to make its first championship series appearance.Owner: His win-loss record as an owner certainly doesn’t measure up to Jordan’s lofty standards when he led the Bulls to six titles in the 1990s. But he’s made a ton of money in recent seasons, after buying the Hornets for a paltry $175 million. This season, Forbes valued the Hornets at $1.25 billion.But Hornets fans want to see a playoff team. On that front, Jordan talks a good game. At this past season’s All-Star weekend, he reiterated his commitment to bringing Charlotte a winner.Front office: Mitch Kupchak just finished out his first season as GM, and things seem to be quiet on the front-office front. But there are rumors that Jordan is looking at bringing in the Sixers’ VP of player personnel, Marc Eversely, in some capacity. That is worth keeping an eye on.Coach: Kupchak’s first move was firing Steve Clifford, who wound up with the Magic and helped get them to the No. 7 seed in the East.In his first NBA head-coaching job, James Borrego had the team competitive for the final playoff berth. But they fell short with a disappointing 39-win season, when all it took the Nets to get to the No. 6 seed was 42 wins.Roster: The big decision involves Kemba Walker, who made an All-NBA team for the first time, qualifying for a max deal that could put the Hornets on the hook for $221 million for five years if they want to re-sign their best player on July 1.If he wants to join the Lakers or Knicks, two teams that would love to have his services, he’ll be leaving $80 million on the table (if Charlotte offers the full max). He’s eligible for a deal worth $141 million over four years. Some GMs say he’s not worth the full max, but that means the Hornets are in for a big rebuild if he walks. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/15/zion-williamson-anthony-davis-getty-052119-ftrjpg_1sqz277xoqg4i1pr042g7fa9yh.jpg?t=-604167294&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Ranking the best three-peat teams in sports historyWhere’s Sacramento? True, the Kings have never advanced past the Western Conference finals. But when they were based in Rochester, N.Y., in 1951, they won the title. Long ago as it was, they still proudly display the championship banner won by their ancestors. So we’re not putting them among the six.The same goes for Atlanta, which hasn’t been out of the second round of the playoffs in close to 60 years. But the Hawks’ franchise dates back to their days in St. Louis, when they were the West’s powerhouse in the late 1950s and early 1960s before the Lakers rose to prominence. St. Louis won it all in 1958 and reached the Finals three other times between 1957 and 1961, only to lose all three to the Celtics. So they’re not on the list of six.The Raptors are glad they’re off it, becoming the first franchise to make the big Finals breakthrough since LeBron James led Cleveland to its first NBA Finals appearance in 2007. So that leaves the Clippers, Grizzlies, Hornets, Nuggets, Pelicans and Timberwolves with the one gaping hole on their respective organizational resumes that the Raptors managed to close, thanks largely to Kawhi Leonard’s arrival.Which of the six has the best chance to make the jump to the Finals in the near future? We polled some NBA execs to get their input, with all considering the owner, the basketball executive in charge of personnel moves, the coach and the roster, including projected cap space and additional assets like future draft picks.Then we ranked the teams, from top to bottom, in terms of who is seen as having the best chance, down to who’s got no shot. Here are the results… 5. GrizzliesWith Toronto finally making the Finals, in their 24th season, it’s worth noting that the other team the NBA put in Canada at the same time, in Vancouver, lasted only six seasons before moving to Memphis. Since arriving, the Grizzlies have been to one West finals, in 2013.After winning only 55 games the last two seasons combined, owner Robert Pera made sweeping changes in April, demoting longtime GM Chris Wallace to a scouting role, firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff and putting his faith in the hands of 30-year-old Zach Kleiman, who has never run an NBA team and is younger than Mike Conley.Owner: Pera has been owner since 2012 and has largely been absent during his tenure. His execution of the latest change in the front office and with his coach was clumsy, at best. Bickerstaff was allowed to do player-exit interviews, then was told he was fired.”What’s Pera done to make fans in Memphis think he’s going to bring them a winner?” asked one GM.Front office: In only four years in the NBA, Kleiman was an assistant GM and the Grizz’s team counsel. Sometimes, age doesn’t matter. Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti was 30 when he was hired.To help with Kleiman’s development, the Grizzlies have brought in ex-NBA execs Rich Cho and Glenn Grunwald. They’ve got find a coach and also continue to look for trading partners for Conley, with two years and $67 million left on his deal.Coach: During Pera’s tenure he’s had Lionel Hollins, Dave Joerger, David Fizdale and Bickerstaff. So now he’ll be hiring his fifth head coach since 2013. The top NBA franchises don’t have this kind of revolving door.Whomever takes over, the roster isn’t nearly as good as the old grit-and-grind Grizzlies, headed by Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.Roster: The Grizz are still paying for some past drafting mistakes. In 2009, they had the No. 2 overall pick and could have had James Harden, Stephen Curry or DeMar DeRozan. But looking for defensive help, Wallace passed over those three and went with Hasheem Thabeet, a big man who flamed out after a season-and-a-half and had only 20 career starts.Kleiman is expected to try to move Conley and continue to build around Jaren Jackson, Jr., who showed some star potential as a rookie but played only 58 games due to injuries. This is not one of the NBA’s preferred destinations for free agents, so they’ve got to hit on trades and the draft.The Grizzlies’ good luck in the lottery should get them Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick overall. The former Murray State star is viewed by many scouts and execs as a future NBA star who will mesh well with Jackson.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fe/51/shai-gilgeous-alexander-getty-101718-ftrjpg_rzd5gq7rjyzd1h3aqlf61mk7l.jpg?t=-2103942418&w=500&quality=80 “It’s like, what do you do?” one exec said. “He’s not good enough to tie up a lot of your future cap space with, but if he goes, you have a roster that is just not very good.” The Hornets have a recent history of overpaying free agents (Nic Batum) and other players (Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller). None of their recent draft picks even remotely look like future stars.Listen to Mitch Lawrence on SiriusXM NBA Radio on The Starting Lineup, No Look Pass, NBA Today and NBA Weekend. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Lawrence.last_img read more

All four A’s infielders are Gold Glove award finalists

first_imgMore proof of the A’s remarkable transformation from baseball’s worst defensive team to one of its elite came Thursday when all four Oakland infielders were named American League Gold Glove award finalists.Joining no-brainer finalists Matt Chapman at third base and Matt Olson at first base are second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien.Only two A’s players in the last 28 years have been recognized as Gold Glove winners, but there’s every reason to believe at least Chapman, and …last_img

Google Could Lose 50% of iPhone Traffic to Bing

first_imgWe think that Apple could have a potential problem on their hands with some angry users if they go through with this switch. According to the data, out of nearly three million impressions, just 2,387 were directed at Bing. That’s compared to 1,464,173 for Google. Either that, or the move will force a whole lot of people to suddenly become Bing converts. A week ago, the cat was let out of the bag: Apple and Microsoft were in talks over replacing Google with Bing, and have been for weeks, as the default search engine on the iPhone. Immediately, there were questions over the implications of this move, both for the companies involved and the users.Today, online advertising network Chitika has released some numbers that show just how big of a move this could be for all parties involved. As things stand right now, Google accounts for just over 50% of iPhone traffic and it would like to keep it that way. As Chitika’s blog points out, this is likely a direct result of Google being the default search engine when text is entered in the the iPhone browser’s address bar. Tags:#Apple#web Bing barely registers on the search engine map, as do most others. Is this a case of the chicken or the egg? Do people use Google because that’s become the standard? Or is it because they’ve become used to it as the default choice? Another graph shows that, while less dominant, Google still remains the leader when we move away from iPhones to all traffic. Here, users have not only a choice of platform, but of browser and default search engine as well. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

California Fire Damage to Homes is Less ‘Random’ Than It Seems

first_imgLandscape management is not enoughWhile humans can’t really control as much as we’d like to believe when it comes to disasters, we do have the ability to control where and how we build. For decades, most wildfire education and enforcement campaigns have focused on creating so-called defensible space where landscaping vegetation is carefully selected and located on the property, as well as routinely maintained. This is not enough, however. Officials in California — as in other fire-prone states — need to help homeowners, local governments and builders to understand there also are specific, science-based steps that can be taken to make structures themselves less vulnerable to fire.Researchers recommend what is known as a “coupled approach” to home and building survival. This means the development and maintenance of an effective defensible space, as well as the careful selection of construction materials and correct installation to ensure that, for example, there are no gaps in siding or roofing that would allow embers to penetrate.Decision-makers also need to be willing to take on the most taboo topic of them all: recognizing that there are places houses simply shouldn’t be built, or rebuilt, at all. RELATED ARTICLES (Not) too urban to burnEarlier this year, California had the first strong winter rains after many years of drought. Now, after a typically dry summer, the state is experiencing a dry start to the rainy season, particularly in the south. At the same time, people have continued to build into places known to burn regularly. The result of this confluence of events has been fires deeply affecting many thousands of people up and down the state.California residents are largely aware that not all fire is bad, and that many of our ecosystems thrive on regular fire. It’s not something that we should, or ever could, hope to fully contain. Our only chance is learning, really and truly and finally learning, to live with it.In that vein, the state must look long and hard at some of the steps that have been the hardest to take — not building in places that are particularly fire-prone and matching building codes with a modern understanding of wildfire risk — if there is to be any hope of alleviating the human suffering these fires cause.We are being invited to free ourselves from the notion that wildfire destruction is random and unpredictable, and that therefore there is nothing to be done about it. As the fire season in California gets longer, the winds worsen and wildfires move into areas once deemed too urbanized to burn, maybe the knowledge about what makes houses burn can finally be put to good use. In the midst of the many wildfire emergencies that have faced California this year, it can often seem that the way houses burn, or don’t, is random.The thing is, though, it’s not. Firefighters and researchers alike have a pretty solid understanding of why some houses are more vulnerable to wildfire than others. The real challenge ultimately lies in whether those with the power to act on that knowledge will do so.It is commonly thought that it takes direct flame to spread a fire, but this isn’t always the case. Small embers are instead often the culprits that begin house fires during wildfires. These small bits of burning debris can be lofted long distances by the wind. They can then end up igniting landscaping materials like combustible mulch, or enter homes through vulnerable spots — gutters teeming with debris, unscreened attic vents, open or broken windows, old roofs with missing shingles. Once there, the embers smolder and can ultimately catch a house on fire.In California, iconic winds work to create ideal ember-driven ignition conditions. The Santa Ana winds in Southern California — known as the Diablo winds in northern part of the state — have generally followed fairly predictable seasonal and spatial patterns. “Red flag” fire warnings are often issued on dry days when the winds will be particularly fierce. California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterReeling from the California Wildfires Faith Kearns is the academic coordinator, California Institute for Water Resources, University of California. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Help for an Ailing Water Heater

first_imgPat Beurskens has been happy with his heat-pump water heater, but he fears the time is coming when it won’t be able to keep up with demand. He foresees the day when his young daughter will be using more hot water, and Beurskens is finishing out the basement of his Seattle home to be used as a rental. That, too, will increase hot water use. Against this backdrop, Beurskens’s GE Geospring, a model that has been discontinued, is showing signs of fatigue. “Lately,” he writes in a post at the Q&A forum, “the water heater has been maxing out after two showers. I’ll be retrofitting a 1.5 [gallon per minute] adapter, which will help, but I’m still nervous about having a tenant and running out of hot water.”RELATED ARTICLESBradford White Buys GeoSpring Rights and EquipmentDrainwater Heat Recovery Can Lower Your HERS ScoreAll About Water HeatersGet Ready for Heat-Pump Water HeatersDrainwater Heat Recovery Comes of Age In order to squeeze more capacity out of his system, Beurskens is considering a solar water heater and an electric tankless water heater. He’d prefer using the heat-pump water heater most of the time because of its high efficiency. He doesn’t want to replace it with a larger model because of the expense and because he’s not eligible for another rebate. He asks, “My main question is: Would it work to put the tankless electric heater in a series in front of the heat pump tank so that the tankless kicks on only when the tank starts dropping in temp?” That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. Avoid electric tankless heaters The best option would be to avoid an electric tankless water heater altogether, argues Dana Dorsett. “An electric tankless isn’t as sensitive to incoming water temps as fossil burners,” he writes, “but they are really abusive to the grid infrastructure, and one of the least green options there is.” Dorsett explains it this way: Assuming the incoming water is 52°F,  filling a tub with 110°F water at a a rate of 4 gallons per minute, would take 28,000 watts of electricity — a ginormous load, six times that of a standard electric water heater. That’s enough power, he adds, “to make the wires jump and the transformer serving your house heat up.” Even though the load is intermittent, and overall doesn’t add up to a lot of energy use, the grid infrastructure capable of delivering that amount of power has to be built and maintained. So, for those few minutes a week that the water heater might actually be needed, the fixed portion of everyone’s power bill goes up. Walter Ahlgrim adds that adding an electric tankless water heater as a retrofit in an existing house is “almost never a viable option.” The reason is that any unit that’s large enough to serve the whole house will draw more electricity than the existing panel can provide. “When you add the tankless water heater to the new electrical panel, with new meter base and heaver wires all the way to the pole, the number is more than most people will go for,” he says. Norman Bunn writes that he once had a tankless electric that required an additional 120 amps to operate. “Going this route may require you to not just upgrade the panel but get a larger feed from the pole,” he says. “That can be pricey.” Try a second standard water heater instead A better plan would be to install a second standard (tank-style) electric water heater in series with the heat-pump model, Dorsett suggests. The system would be designed so that the output of the heat-pump unit would feed the cold water inlet of the standard tank. Although the system would still suffer the standby losses common to all tank-style heaters, the auxiliary heater won’t be using much electricity until both tanks are nearly depleted. Consider drain-water heat recovery An even more attractive option would be install a drainwater heat recovery system — the “tallest and fattest” that will fit in the available space. These passive heat exchangers take the place of a section of standard drain line on a shower. Hot water going down the drain heats up incoming cold water, saving energy in the drainwater that is normally wasted. A 4-inch-diameter by 48-inch-long heat exchanger can save more than 50% of the heat that’s exiting the drain, Dorsett says. If the drainwater is 105°F, the 52°F incoming water is instantly heated to between 75°F and 80°F, depending on how quickly the water is moving. “That has two effects,” Dorsett says. “Less hot water is needed to mix with ~78°F water to get 105°F at the shower head, so less hot water is being drawn, and the water entering the water heater only has to be raised 27 F° rather than 53 F° by the water heater, which means a slower depletion time and a shorter recovery time.” That has the effect of increasing the effective capacity of the heat-pump water heater from 50 gallons to somewhere between 65 gallons and 75 gallons when someone is showering. (It won’t help when someone is drawing a tub.) Keep the new system simple Beurskens has heard enough to drop plans for an electric tankless and opt instead for a second tank-style heater, possibly with a recirculation pump. You don’t need a pump, GBA editor Martin Holladay tells him. Just install the new water heater downstream from the existing heat-pump water heater (HPWH) and set the new water heater’s aquastat 10 F° lower than the aquastat on the main water heater. A recirculation system would only increase the standby loss for a very small improvement in capacity, Dorsett adds. “Insulate all of the hot water distribution plumbing with R-3 foamy pipe insulation, including the 10 feet of cold feed nearest the HPWH, and the nearest 10 feet of temperature and pressure overflow plumbing,” Dorsett says. What about a new mixing valve? Beurskens suggests one other option. “Speaking of simplicity, and assuming the new hot water needs can be limited with flow restriction,” he says, “what are your thoughts on a Tank Booster mixing valve? Basically turning up the thermostat on the HPWH to increase load capacity. This would negate the need for any new tank.” A mixing valve could be used for those times when extra hot water will be needed, Bunn replies, but it wouldn’t be a good idea when the heat-pump water heater was capable of meeting the demand because that would mean more power consumption. Thermostatic mixing or tempering valves between water heaters and sinks and tubs are required by code in most locations, Dorsett says, although some pre-plumbed units can reduce flow significantly. “Turning up the storage temperature to 150°F or higher, and then mixing it down to 115°F with a thermostatic mixing valve can provide greater apparent capacity,” he says. “The down side to that is that a substantially higher storage temperature increases standby losses (not by more than adding a second tank, though), and lowers the heat pump’s raw efficiency.” The bottom line, Dorsett says, is that turning up the thermostat on the existing HPWH and using a mixing valve will be cheaper in terms of total energy consumption than adding a second tank. That’s because standby losses will be lower, and because the HPWH is more efficient than a standard electric tank even when set a higher temperature. Our expert’s opinion Here’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost has to add: Pat Beurskens has clearly done a lot of work and research to get the best domestic hot water he can configure for his situation. Here are some additional thoughts, particularly an extended one on drain water heat recovery. When a heat-pump water heater is in the basement, particularly in low-load homes, keep an eye on the temperature and relative humidity in your basement during the winter. The HPWH is removing BTUs from your basement air to heat water. Beurskens has a clever setup for his recirculating pump such that he decides when it runs. He has has set it up to manage energy and water efficiency for his most problematic draw, the most-used bath sink that shares a line with the shower. I sometimes worry that we are repeating the low-flow toilet debacle with showerheads. That is, reducing flow without making sure that performance is maintained. EPA WaterSense has added performance tests to its shower head spec (see EPA WaterSense Specifications Appendix A and B). But I still hear from plenty of consumers who feel that WaterSense-approved showerheads are not delivering enough water. In my own home, I resorted to purchasing a series of low-flow showerheads until my teenage daughter finally signed off. Long, thick hair seems to be the issue. It baffles me that given the difference in temperature between the tank water temperature and the air surrounding any tank water heater (let’s assume a 120°F tank temperature and 65°F air temperature in the basement — meaning a delta-T of 55 F°), that we don’t better insulate these tanks. See this ACEEE report indicating that an external insulation blanket can save approximately 28%. More on drain water heat recovery Mechanical engineer Dan Cautley, my close friend and colleague at SeventhWave in Madison, Wisconsin, who was my mentor in my first year at the NAHB Research Center in 1993, has done at least two research projects over the years on drainwater heat recovery, and he gave me this extended perspective on the topic: “A vertical pipe drain water heat recovery unit is a remarkably simple way to capture waste heat, and the ‘effectiveness’ (effectiveness is the fraction of available energy that’s captured through a heat exchanger) can be surprisingly high (50% and higher). But this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily cost-effective. “Horizontal pipe (sloped to drain) drain water heat recovery units may work fine, but are outside my experience. “Overall system heat recovery effectiveness will always be lower than rated heat exchanger effectiveness, mostly due to heat loss from the drain upstream of the heat exchanger. In my detailed study of three units in commercial buildings, measured overall system heat recovery effectiveness was generally 5 to 10 percentage points lower than the nominal effectiveness rating of the heat exchanger. Effectiveness also depends on flow rate – an issue that is probably beyond the scope of a short blog. “Dynamics (thermal mass) play a role. In general, thermal mass will reduce performance — think of taking a shower using 12 gallons of water, where it takes 3 gallons of flow to heat up the drain line and heat exchanger before reaching steady-state performance. (I found that it took about 6 gallons of flow to reach steady state in one system, and that wasn’t an extreme case.) This effect generally works against you – you don’t get full heat recovery instantly when the shower starts, plus you leave warm water in the heat exchanger when the shower ends, which is likely to cool back to room temperature. (And any cold water flowing down the drain will take this heat with it.) Thus the best application of a drain water heat recovery unit is where there are long episodes of hot water usage with simultaneous drain flow – a bank of showers in a fitness center would be ideal, while a residential shower is less so. “But that’s not the whole story. Dynamics can work to help heat recovery where there are short flows of warm drain water and cold supply water offset in time. We found surprisingly good performance in a restaurant in which a dishwasher filled, ran, and then drained, with little simultaneous flow of supply water and drain water. The thermal mass of the heat exchanger absorbed enough heat when the dishwasher drained to significantly heat the supply water passing through it a few minutes later. The water use in each dishwasher cycle was low — a gallon or so — which was an important factor. “Based on a 36-home study I did at the NAHB Research Center in the 1990s, my estimate of typical overall water heating energy savings in a residence is around 20%, but this will of course vary greatly with the specifics. “All this said, a drain water heat recovery unit will certainly increase the effective capacity of any storage tank water heater, i.e. allow longer showers, for the reasons that Dorsett mentions. The Dorsett claim does seem somewhat optimistic in terms of the size of this effect. “The bottom line: I love this simple, elegant technology, but it’s going to be really attractive only in limited applications. Here is a link to my report from the three-site study of commercial applications that I did 5 years ago. Take a look at page 34 of the report (page 38 of the PDF) for a list of criteria for selecting good applications. It’s written for commercial use, but the principles apply to residential use.”last_img read more