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first_imgThe exterior and cab front design produced by Design Triangle for Hong Kong’s Airport Express and Tung Chung line trainsets is to be adopted for the refurbishment of MTRC’s existing fleet. Involving 759 EMU cars, the programme is scheduled for completion in 2001 (RG 12.96 p786).SNCF’s blue and grey TER livery introduced with the prototype regional diesel trainset (RG 5.97 p288) was developed by MBD Design, following the award of a contract by competitive tender and MBD’s earlier work on the train design. The logo of the région which has purchased the rolling stock will be incorporated, displayed beside the entrance doors.Victoria Public Transport Corp has awarded a two-year EMU refurbishment contract valued at over A$6m to Goninan. At least 10 three-car units are to be refurbished each year at Bendigo workshops north of Melbourne, operated by Goninan since February 1996. Reader Enquiry Numbers:Design Triangle 104MBD Design 105Goninan 106last_img read more

DONEGAL GETS ITS OWN BACK ON PAT KENNY – JARLA’S VIEW!

first_imgDONEGAL GETS ITS OWN BACK ON PAT KENNY – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cartoondonegalJarlaPat Kennylast_img

Will Desktop Virtualization Be Relevant in the Era of Cloud Operating Systems?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud-oriented operating systems like Chrome OS, Jolicloud and Peppermint OS can run on low-end hardware and provide an alternative to desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI). Instead of running a desktop environment on a central server, the desktop is displaced entirely in favor of Web applications. This approach does away with the need to virtualize and can ease compatibility issues across platforms. The offline storage feature of HTML5 will solve the availability issue for Web applications.If cloud-oriented OSs catch on, will desktop virtualization still be relevant?Porting desktop applications to the Web a great solution to compatibility issues. But there are some situations when it’s not practical. Not all legacy applications can be ported to the Web effectively. And though modernizing old desktop-based enterprise applications is a great goal, it’s not always financially feasible. In some cases, it’s cheaper and easier to use virtual machines. In these cases, running virtual desktops that are accessible from the Web could combine the two paradigms.In some cases you might want to run Web applications within a virtual environment. Caching data locally, through HTML5 offline storage or by other means, can create security issues. You need to be able to encrypt and remotely wipe disks containing potentially sensitive data. Enterprise device management tools provide this capability, but there are some scenarios in which you may not want to wipe all the data on a device.For example, employee-owned devices are becoming more common in the enterprise. Consider this scenario: employees using iPads they purchased themselves to access company Web applications. They use secure connections, but cache data offline. What happens when someone decides to leave the company?You may want to wipe the employee’s device, but that would mean wiping all the personal data from the device as well as all the company data. Perhaps you could make it a company policy that employees who use their personal devices for work have to agree to having their personal information wiped if and when they leave the company. But this could be bad for morale, and discourage staff from bringing useful devices to work.If you’re running a VM on the device, however, you can remotely wipe just the VM and leave the rest of the data on the device intact. It may make sense then to use a VM even when only accessing Web applications, so that all cached data can be selectively wiped. In this case, you’ll want to run a local VM that includes features such as a VPN client and Web browser. VMware is working with LG on a solution along these lines.Desktop virtualization has many uses. Even as new devices proliferate and applications move to the Web, running local or remote VMs will remain a relevant technology for years to come.Photo by Yasunari Nakamura Tags:#Desktop Virtualization#solution-series A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts klint finleylast_img read more

What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

first_imgRELATED ARTICLES RELATED MULTIMEDIA THE REST OF THE STORY: GALep7-DeepEnergyRetrofitGBA1.mp3 I recently heard that a good blog is like a red party dress: long enough to cover the important parts, but short enough to maintain one’s attention.By that measure, the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast episodes are like royal wedding gowns with long trains that flow down the aisle. This is great if you like wedding gowns, but …Because we feel that many short dresses are better than a single long one, we’ve decided to divide our episodes into smaller, more manageable parts, and release them with greater frequency.(Time to switch metaphors…)This podcast is the first course in our three-course Deep Energy Retrofit meal:The Appetizer (served with a cocktail, of course), where we introduce and define the concept of the deep energy retrofit: What a deep energy retrofit is, and what it looks like.The Main Course, with the most nutrients, where we discuss how to deal with the building envelope: How to approach a deep energy retrofit and how to manage a client’s monetary expectations.The Dessert, consisting of HVAC systems, and a song for your studio (dinner music). Part 1: What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Part 2: Focus on the Envelope Part 3: The Energy Efficiency Pyramidcenter_img Exterior Insulation Retrofit at Window Sill Basement Insulation RetrofitOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris: Hey, everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast, I’m your host, Chris Briley.Phil: I’m your host, Phil Kaplan. Hi, Chris!C: Hi, Phil, how’re you doin’?P: I’m doin’ great today.C: Excellent. What’re we talking about?P: I’m glad you asked that. Today’s topic is deep energy retrofits.C: Excellent. I have to know, because we get listener mail—one day we’ll read the funny ones and the ones that point out how wrong we are at times…P: And at the very least, your responses are funny.C: Right. Well, actually I try to be, although I don’t really try too hard because it’s the middle of the workday… The farthest we’ve gotten so far is from Costa Rica, so we are going international.P: That is very cool. What does a deep energy retrofit look like in Costa Rica?C: Well, I don’t know. The gal who asked me that—I don’t have her name—anyways, she was talking about warm climates, and I said, ‘Hey, we’re not really experts in that,’ but she thought our lack of knowledge of Horchata was funny.P: So, you want to tell us this lovely drink you’ve made for us?C: Oh yeah, let’s get right to it. Now this is the sidecar. A sidecar is an old-timey sort of thing. No one knows the origins—actually, someone knows the origins, but I don’t. But apparently some bar somewhere made it for this guy who brought his date in the sidecar of his motorcycle. That’s the legend; I don’t know. Rediscover this drink everybody, because it’s great!P: I concur! This is my first—although, I must have had this before, but I don’t remember it.C: I’ve had a sidecar renaissance these last few months. I think it’s because spring is coming; I’m getting out the lemons. So here we go: My sidecar is 2 ounces of cognac… Actually, I just pour the stuff in the shaker at the proportions I think are right.P: You did it perfectly.C: But officially, it’s 2 ounces of cognac, half an ounce of cointreau, 1 ounce of lemon juice—fresh lemon juice, guys, don’t just… Get a real lemon, cut it up.P: Not one of those plastic things where you unscrew the top.C: Yeah, that’s like two years old and someone used it for fish once. Then you stick it in a shaker with lots of ice and shake that sucker. Make it really cold, then pour it in—it’s nice and foggy like a martini. But Mr. Boston says to use brandy and triple sec…P: Mr. Boston’s Official Bartenders and Party Guide!C: Phil’s lending that to me, right?P: I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t actually own a copy… Chris, remember where your Sweets catalog used to sit?C: Yeah, I’m going to order 12 volumes of that and just put it over there.P: Does anyone still use their Sweets? I’m serious, if anyone out there still uses their Sweets, email us! I’m very curious. I know they have a digital version now…C: And you can email us at [email protected] Like I’ve promised in every episode, one day we’ll have a real website, and a domain and all that jazz. The reason we haven’t jumped on it is because we found a nice home at Green Building Advisor, which is greenbuildingadvisor.com, so a shout-out to those people… We’re syndicated! We’re not sponsored, but we’re syndicated.P: That counts for something, doesn’t it?C: It does, it does.P: Those are good guys.C: They’re great guys. I’m honored to be with them. So, let’s get to it: the deep energy retrofit. Phil, what the heck is a deep energy retrofit?P: That’s a great question. You know, I wonder if this term has gotten out…C: It has.P: Enough?C: Well, we’re plugged in…P: We’re plugged in, but I don’t think the general public knows what a deep energy retrofit is. I think it’s coming, though. I think people are going to start hearing this more and more… People have heard weatherization—you know, you’re going to weatherize your home. It’s a great thing. This is beyond weatherization. This is taking it the next step; this is kicking it up two, three, four notches.C: I would dare say it’s being macho. We’re going to be macho with our renovation. We’re not just renovating, we’re not just adding something to something here, or we’re not just weatherizing—we’re saying, screw this oil. I’m seeing the future and it is high-priced oil. I’m going to invest in my house, and I’m going to do it in a smart way. I’m going to go deep energy, buddy. Deep.P: This is like B.A. Baracus…C: That’s right, pull up the van and we’re hoppin in! Can we put the A-Team theme in? All right![theme music plays]P: So, how do you define it? Well, people have not completely agreed about this. The percentage has been about 50%, which tends to be commonly talked about, and people say about 70% energy reduction…C: Right, energy reduction from what you’re using now, then you’re technically defined—well, not even technically—but you’re loosely defined as a deep energy retrofit. But basically—as architects, if our client comes to us and says, “I’m going to do it, guys, I’m going to not only retrofit or renovate, but I’m going deep into this thing,” then we sit down and talk about [unintelligible].P: Right. And one of the things they should realize is this is their energy—not just thermally speaking, but electricity, how they really have to change their living patterns, that they really have to think carefully about how they live; this is not just insulation. You really want to do it properly.C: It’s a journey, isn’t it? It’s a spiritual journey.P: It’s a commitment!C: It is a commitment.P: I don’t know about B.A. Baracus taking a spiritual journey.C: No, he’s not gonna do that. He’s just gonna load up and go, buddy. He’s going to turn the van into an armored thing—P: Filled with ammo.C: Filled with ammo, and they won’t hurt a single soul. But they’re going to shoot up a town, and everyone’s going to get out safely. All right, we’re role playing, and I’m the client, and I say, “Phil, I’m gonna go deep. What do I do, what’s my strategy? What’s the first thing I do?”P: Well, when we talk about deep energy retrofits, we’re still talking about doing the same thing as we do in new construction. It’s the big three.C: Oh, we’re doing that again?P: It’s the big three! You’re going to add insulation, air sealing, and doors and windows. It’s the same thing. But here’s the difference: It’s different every time in a remodel.C: Right. You’re dealing with what’s existing. So, your response to that guy is, “Well, that depends; what do you got?” Then you gotta sit down and figure out your goals. Like how much are you going to really do? How serious is this dude that you’re talking to who’s your client? And he’s like, “Oh, I’m going off the grid.” And you’re like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa buddy—are you already on the grid?” “Well, yeah.” “Dude, let’s not go that far, let’s work with what you got…”P: Right. Tell me how much you want to spend. What are your priorities here? And then there’s the big question: When does it make sense to do certain things? Or, there’s no turning back—you gotta do it now. Some things you can phase, you can do piecemeal; other things, it just doesn’t make sense. Bad investment.C: Like your foundation or your basement, or something like that. Or—I’m jumping all over the place—your siding, your envelope. If you’re affecting your envelope, you gotta seal it back up—well, here’s your chance, right?P: Well, let’s skip a little bit ahead cause I think that’s where we’re going. When it comes to cost and deciding what we’re going to do, when do you do a deep energy retrofit? Well, a great time to do it is if you’re going to replace your windows or your siding. You’re going to get one chance every 20, every 40 years in the best case. Once you do that, you’re not going to replace your siding again in a couple years, and you’re like, “Oh, I should I have done that before energy prices tripled again! I should have known!”C: I should have listened to those podcast guys, those clowns!P: Those geniuses!C: I thought they were clowns…P: And now you know better.C: So that’s the time you really do it; there’s no turning back. When one of those things happens—you have to replace your windows or your siding…P: It’s soul-searching time. I’m opening this up and I’m affecting the R-value. And now I’m investing, and how much do I invest?C: If we’ve decided that we’re committed to a deep energy retrofit, then we’re looking to get at least R-40 in the walls, probably, right?P: R-40 in the walls, R-60 in the roof. Same thing we’ve been talking about, Chris. Same thing in new buildings. R-40, R-60—in the slab, it’d be nice to get R-20, R-10 if you can. We’re talking about real cold climates here—we’re in Maine. You can knock it down a bit. Do your energy model. Don’t just listen to us.C: Exactly. And isn’t that the first step, even with a deep energy retrofit—maybe even especially with a deep energy retrofit. You’ve gotta deal with what you’ve got existing. In almost every case, we’re going to be renovating; you’re changing something for the better anyway, design-wise. You might be increasing a living room, or adding something-something, whatever. But we’re also going to examine how your house performs now and where it needs the most help—even though we know we’re going to be modifying some things. But we also can then—given the shape your house is going to have when we’re done, we can actually add R-values and calculate using an energy model what your consumption is going to be, and we can start playing the what-if game. Well, what if you had R-50 walls; how much does that save? Or what if you had R-60? Because, you’ll kind of hit a point of diminishing returns, or a point when you’re like, “OK, I’ve spent enough on this area.” Or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ll just go until you walk in and start sweating from your own body heat. Crack the window in the middle of winter…P: You’re absolutely right. Energy models open people’s eyes. When they see the blower door go in and they can feel air rushing through their house, and then they see it on paper. You mean if this thing proposed R-40—it sounds like a lot to me, but if you’re telling me I can save X number of dollars a year… I can feel the air rushing through these parts of my house; this is terrifying to me.C: And it should be!P: Yeah, it’s a really good tangible way to understand what’s going on and what we’re trying to do with a deep energy retrofit.C: And at that point you can sit down with the energy modeler—or the model if you do this step yourself— andyou can say to your clients, “Look. if we got your infiltration rate down to X and we got the R-value of your walls and your roof and your foundation down to X, then you’d be spending—and if gas or oil prices stayed at this level—you’ll spend X and you’ll save Y. And then, BOOM. Now it’s not like pie in the sky dreaming, it’s not greenwashing, it’s not….. we’ve taken all of the feelings out of it; it’s now science. Isn’t that great?P: It’s science! It’s not, “You have to believe me, I’m trying to sell my ideas.” There’s no selling. It sells itself. And we’re doing the right thing. It feels good. I gotta say, it feels good when you put it out like that. Always start with an energy model.C: You want to start talking nuts and bolts. How do we want to open up somebody’s house?P: Number one: Use neither nuts nor bolts.C: Dude, my nuts-and-bolts house, you don’t think that’s gonna market well? It’s a spec house made from nothing by nuts and bolts. And washers.P: That’s cool. You can disassemble it, so it can go back into the earth. It’s a wonderful thing. But the thermal bridging, Chris—how long are your bolts?C: Well, that’s a rather personal question, isn’t it? All right, Sheila’s blushing. Now she’s glaring.P: You still pay attention to Sheila’s glares? I don’t notice them anymore.C: She can be intimidating at times. Other times, she’s a ray of sunshine.P: She’s always a ray of sunshine.C: She keeps this thing together, or otherwise, we’d never meet.P: All right, there’s a couple of types of construction more difficult than others. Some are easier than others. Well, what I want to say is it’s incredibly important for us to understand our existing building stock and how to improve it. We know how to do the new stuff now. We know how to build the superinsulated—C: We’re done. We don’t need to talk about that now. Thank you very much, everybody, it’s been a great podcast… No, I’m sorry Phil. You were saying?P: I can’t remember what I was saying.C: Your building stock, so we’ve got different types…P: So, the most important thing we have to do is figure out how to use all these existing structures that we’ve got. That’s the greenest thing to do.C: Exactly. The act of architecture itself is not very green.P: Even if it costs the same. How about that? That’s kind of a risk to say. What, you’re going to take this old house and leave the old crummy guts of it? Well, maybe! As long as you get everything else comfortable and working really well. You don’t have to say it’s much cheaper doing it the other way, because I think there’s a lot of value in dealing with what’s there.C: Before we get too far into this, I want to dispel a myth.P: M-I-C: Dispel, not MISspell—the myth that a renovation is cheaper. You know how many times I’ve had clients, renovation-type clients think…P: …they’re saving moneyC: Yeah, I’m gonna save money. But I tell you, if you play the square foot cost game—which you don’t like to do—but if you did that, boy howdy, you’d blow your brains out. Wow, that’s graphic. Why’d I say that? You’d blow your mind is what I was going to say.P: You’ve still got the B.A. Baracus attitude.C: That must be what it isP: Remember, nobody gets hurt on the A-Team!C: I know. Helicopter’s somehow crashed in the mountains, and the guys, they’re fine; somehow they bailed out.P: No brains blown!C: No, thank goodness. Anyway, when you’re doing a deep energy retrofit, let’s be serious: We’re talking about incurring costs that are akin to new construction. I mean, you’re going to look at your house as your assets—as what you have that you can save and use, and use that to save money. You’re going to look at it that way, but the stuff you’re adding to it—you’re going to add about as much as you would for a new house. Sometimes it’s even more because you’ve gotta rip stuff off first and you have to adjust your design for field conditions. And for an architect, I have to go in and measure with precision what’s already there.P: Yeah, it’s a puzzle. We gotta think it, and thinking is hard.C: Oh darn!P: But we get paid the big bucks…So that’s it for this part of the episode. Tune in next week for more of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. A quick reminder, our music is Zelda’s Theme by Perez Prado. And our views and our drinking habits do not necessarily reflect Green Building Advisor. Thanks for tuning in, everyone, and keep up the good work. Remodel Project: Deep Energy RetrofitBest Construction Details for Deep Energy Retrofits Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy Retrofit OpportunitiesAn Old House Gets a Superinsulation RetrofitDeep Energy Makeover: One Step at a TimeCONSTRUCTION DETAILS How to Retrofit an Old Building to Be Energy Efficient and DurablePodcast: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers To listen to GBA Radio on your iPod, right click on the green “Download .mp3” words above, save “Link” to your desktop, drag the file into iTunes, and enjoy the show whenever you want to! last_img read more

Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Ishant shines as India take 34-run lead

first_imgA superb three-wicket burst by speedster Ishant Sharma, who grabbed career-best six for 55, helped India dismiss the West Indies for 190 in their first innings and put themselves into a comfortable position on the rain-affected third day of second cricket Test here. Score | PhotosIshant took the last three West Indies wickets off five balls for just one run to end the West Indian resistance in the post-lunch session to give India a slender 11-run first innings lead at Kensington Oval.India, who had scored 201 all out in their first innings, were 23 for no loss from 5.4 overs in their second innings when the stumps were drawn as only four deliveries were bowled in the final session due to rain and bad light. Tea was also taken 10 minutes earlier than scheduled due to rain.The visitors have now taken an overall 34-run lead with all their second innings wickets intact. Openers Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund will resume tomorrow on three and eight respectively.Altogether, 42 overs were played on Thursday, an improvement from the 25.3 on Wednesday.Ishant picked up the last two wickets off successive balls — Ravi Rampaul (0) and Fidel Edwards (0) — after dismissing West Indies captain Darren Sammy (15) in the earlier over towards the close of post-lunch session to keep India ahead in the Test.He added three more wickets on the third day to the three he scalped on the second day to grab his second career five-wicket haul in an innings.Playing in his 33rd match, the 22-year-old Delhi pacer completed his 100 wickets in Tests during his inspirational spell when he dismissed Sammy for his fourth wicket of the innings in the post-lunch session.advertisementWest Indies were marvelously served by returning batsman Marlon Samuels who remained unbeaten on 78 from 178 balls with eight fours.The home side were 189 for eight when the rains came in the post-lunch session and immediately on resumption, they lost their final two wickets for a mere one run.India though had to labour for wickets as the West Indies, led a resolute Samuels, denied them much success in the morning session.The visitors got just one wicket in the opening session in the form of Chanderpaul, who fell to rookie pacer Abhimanyu Mithun in the penultimate over before lunch.India struck at the fag end of the opening session to reduce the West Indies to 138 for six.Overnight batsmen Chanderpaul and Samuels batted resolutely for most part of third day morning whose start was delayed due to rain by adding 36 runs in 17.4 overs before India got the breakthrough by removing the former in the penultimate over before lunch.Rookie pacer Mithun claimed the scalp of steadfast Chanderpaul (37). Chanderpaul was unlucky to edge a pull off a delivery which did not rise and crashed into his stumps.West Indies, who resumed at 98 for five in reply to India’s 201 all out, added 40 runs from 19.3 overs possible in the morning session.Chanderpaul and Samuels added 77 runs for the sixth wicket which was the most resolute batting put up by the hosts in the series so far.Till Chanderpaul’s dismissal, West Indies had showed a rare batting resolve.Early showers once again delayed the start of the third day’s play by an hour but the West Indian pair lost little time in falling into their groove.Ishant Sharma steamed in and his new-ball partner Praveen Kumar showed his characteristic energy but the unruffled pair were determined to hang around at the crease.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

What A Crying Shame Vandals Deface Jackie Robinson Statue

Image by NEIL MILLERA Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island has been vandalized.The statue was spray painted with swastikas and racist slur that read: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”Brooklyn Cyclones team officials said they made the discovery on Wednesday morning.“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” said Billy Harner, the team’s director of communications. “We have video surveillance of the area, we’re looking at the tapes to investigate exactly what took place.”The sports organization had the slurs covered with duct tape as fans arrived at the park for the team’s 11am ET game. They also plan to remove the paint by using solution at a later time. Police are currently investigating the crime.“This is being treated as a bias crime,” detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct said in a statement. “Hate Crimes will investigate the incident.”The statue depicts teammates Robinson and Pee Wee Reese during the 1947 season.“The statue is a symbol of tolerance,” said Harner. “It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did.”The Brooklyn Cyclones are the minor league team of the New York Mets. read more

The Final Four Teams Are Clear Updated College Football Projections Final Weekend

Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2132% North Carolina 11-11091542%10% ▲ 211% Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2128% Clemson 12-015758%76% ▲ 2114% Stanford 10-2761148%7% ▼ 6a1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%>99% ▲ 2140% Ohio State 11-16230%7% ▼ 9a1% Stanford 11-27611100%6% ▼ 8a<1% Oklahoma 11-1351100%99% ▲ 2139% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Iowa 12-1415260%<1% ▼ 39<1% LIKELIHOOD OF BEING SEEDED… College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Includes completed games as of 8 p.m., Dec 5. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. UPDATE (Dec. 6, 1:03 a.m.): Despite all the articles FiveThirtyEight published about the different scenarios that could end the college football season, all that chaos never materialized. The playoff committee’s choice is clear: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State should be the four teams to make the playoff.In case you’re a visual learner, here are our model’s playoff projections: All that’s really unknown going into the final committee rankings on Sunday are the seeding it will give to the four teams. Our model projects those, too: RankingProbability of … Ohio State 11-16330%2% ▼ 14<1% Iowa 12-04142639%39% ▲ 213% Clemson92%9%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma<1<16632 Clemson has a 92 percent likelihood of snagging the top seed, a position they’ve held in every one of the committee’s rankings thus far. There’s an inertia to these things, and Clemson hasn’t done much to shake the committee’s faith. The 13-0 Tigers finish their season as the only undefeated FBS team, with impressive wins against Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina. (Phantom offsides calls presumably don’t factor into the committee’s seedings.)Alabama — the one-loss champions from the SEC — are next in line, fresh off a dominating win against Florida. Currently ranked No. 2 by the committee, the Tide have a 91 percent shot at the No. 2 seed (the most likely outcome), but could possibly leapfrog Clemson to be the playoff‘s top dog (a 9 percent chance). Either way, Alabama is in the top two.Where Oklahoma and Michigan State end up is less clear. The Sooners have been the No. 3 ranked team in the last two committee rankings, and despite an early-season loss to Texas, Oklahoma measures up well according to advanced metrics, like ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) and Chase Stuart’s Simple Rating System. It’s unknown, though, just how much the committee weighs these metrics, leaving Oklahoma with a 66 percent probability of landing in the No. 3 spot.Michigan State survived a thrilling challenge from Iowa in the Big Ten championship, capping an epic 22-play drive with a touchdown in the final minute. Michigan State has the opposite odds of Oklahoma — the Spartans are likely to be seeded No. 4, but could jump to No. 3 depending on the committee’s whims. Then again, the Spartans might not want the No. 3 slot — that likely means they’ll have to play Alabama instead of Clemson, and according to our metrics Alabama is better.If you take a look at that first chart again, you’ll see that Oklahoma is the favorite to win the national title at 39 percent despite likely being seeded third. The Sooners are the No. 1-rated team according to ESPN’s Football Power Index1FPI uses a slew of measures — such as game outcomes, margin of victory, strength of schedule, offensive and defensive team efficiencies — to predict outcomes. You can read more about how it’s constructed here, and why FiveThirtyEight uses it for our game simulations here., which our model uses to simulate game outcomes.2The FPI-based projections presented here may change. FPI rankings will be updated following Saturday’s games. The metrics are higher on the Sooners than the committee has been.One last note: Stanford fans: you may notice a 6 percent shot at the playoff. But that’s just the model being conservative. While the Cardinal played a tough schedule and easily won the Pac-12, it’s extremely unlikely they’ll make it into the playoff over Michigan State. There just wasn’t enough chaos this year. Ohio State<1<1<12 ORIGINAL POST (Dec. 5, 8:24 p.m.): The Tide are rolling into the College Football Playoff. After dominating Florida 29-15 to win the SEC championship, Alabama is a lock for the playoff according to FiveThirtyEight’s model — though you probably didn’t need fancy stats to tell you that.Below are our updated playoff odds following Alabama’s win but before the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games began. As we’ve outlined before, our model sees both Oklahoma and the winner of Iowa vs. Michigan State as shoo-ins. Michigan St.<1<13260 Alabama991<1<1 Michigan St. 12-15214100%93% ▲ 3211% Now it’s just a matter of where the Tide will be ranked within the top four. Last week they were placed at No. 2, but after winning against Florida, our model gives them a 45 percent shot at the No. 1 slot. If Clemson wins, that number gets much lower. The Tide are good, but the committee is likely to keep an undefeated ACC champion as the top team.The path for Stanford and Ohio State, meanwhile, just got much more treacherous. Both teams’ odds fell to 7 percent. Following Alabama’s win, they each need Clemson to lose against North Carolina later tonight; and, of course, the Cardinal need to win the Pac-12 championship over USC to stay in contention. But even then it’s no sure thing.Speaking of North Carolina, the Tar Heels are down, but in better shape than other underdogs because of that last game against Clemson. Because there’s only one playoff slot available to them (Alabama and Oklahoma are now locks, as is the Big Ten winner) the Tar Heels’ odds fell, but only by four percentage points, down to 10 percent. However, if they can upset Clemson and win the ACC, those odds rise to 25 percent. So a UNC playoff berth would still make for a surprise on Sunday, but there’s a chance the committee will smile upon their conference championship and big win against the former No. 1 team in the country.Then again, there’s also a 43 percent chance the committee will put Clemson in the playoffs anyway. We’re only a few hours away from knowing more! Check back in late tonight after the final games for our last predictions before the committee releases its final rankings. NO. 1NO. 2NO. 3NO. 4 TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Michigan St. 11-1541461%60% ▲ 217% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Stanford<1<1<15 Clemson 13-0147100%>99% ▲ 2320% For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as a methodology update from earlier this season. read more

Florida freshmen team up for Scarlet and Gray

Ohio State’s baseball team didn’t end the season how it wanted to, but it wasn’t a total failure going to Tallahassee, Fla., for the NCAA Regional.The Buckeyes lost to Florida State 37-6 in a game the team would like to forget.Recruiting visits in Tallahassee for the Buckeyes were more successful than the actual baseball playing. Manager Bob Todd was able to snag a right-handed pitcher and an outfielder, both from the same high school.Outfielder Hunter Mayfield and pitcher Cole Brown both decided to leave Tallahassee to go north to play baseball.For Brown, the decision to come to OSU to play baseball was a relatively easy one. Brown said Mayfield committed to OSU and then the coaches started pursuing him.“I came up here on a visit,” Brown said. “I just loved everything about OSU.”Mayfield may have not been the reason for Brown to commit to OSU, but he has been helpful. Brown said that he and Mayfield have been friends since middle school.Mayfield shared the same feelings, saying that it was nice to know at least one person at the start.The Buckeyes will be making a series of trips back to Florida for tournaments over the next month and a half, and both are looking forward to those trips.Unfortunately for Brown, playing time to start off the season will be limited. In his senior year of high school Brown only made two appearances because of an injury to his shoulder.“I’m doing good. I am back to 100 percent,” Brown said. “Now I just need to get my velocity back.”Todd spoke on Brown’s injury, saying he is going to bring him along slowly. Giving him the needed rest and rehab now, Todd is hoping he will be able to be used late in the season.On the other hand, Mayfield said he has been told he might see some playing time early in the season. If he isn’t able to play, Mayfield said he is fine with that. He just wants to do whatever to help the team.Whether the two see playing time or not, they have one positive thing to look forward to. With all the snow that Columbus received over the past few weeks, both are ready for warmer weather.Brown said in Florida they get to play outside throughout the year, while here at OSU they have had to stick to practicing inside. read more

EverBank Field Rating the sight of the Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It wasn’t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and it wasn’t the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., but the EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., site of the 2012 Gator Bowl, was the best bowl game location Ohio State football could do this season. The stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, holds more than 77,000 fans and was home of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The mostly-full stadium held 61,312 fans for Monday’s Gator Bowl, and The Lantern was there to cover the game, and rate the quality of the venue. Here is our rating of EverBank Field, should Buckeyes, Browns or Bengals fans find themselves there in the future. All categories were rated on a five-point scale, with a five being the highest. Sight lines/seating: One of the most important factors when shelling out big bucks for an NFL game or a college football bowl game is your proximity to the field and the sight lines. Luckily for those in attendance for Monday’s Gator Bowl, the Buckeyes’ and Gators’ sideline areas were narrow. The front row of seats was quite close to the playing surface. The stadium was not particularly tall, and the higher the row you sat in, the farther you were from the action, kind of like the Rose Bowl. Upper deck seats might not have been the best vantage point, but the expansive lower bowl would be well worth the price of admission. Lantern rating: 2 Access to stadium/location: Though the stadium wasn’t at full capacity, traffic to the game was manageable — a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Jacksonville. Public transit is an option, as is an elevated, light-rail train that runs right past the stadium. Very convenient. The stadium location is also quite nice. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, is a beautiful, red-brick ball field adjacent to EverBank Field. Lastly, and perhaps best of all, the stadium is located on the banks of the St. Johns River, which makes for a picturesque scene. Lantern rating: 4 Aesthetics of the stadium: EverBank Field is comprised mostly of large concrete ramps that run up to the upper levels of the stadium. It isn’t very colorful or particularly eye-grabbing. The open-air facility was very open indeed, and probably not conducive to allowing crowd noise to reverberate and bother the team you’re rooting against. Lantern rating: 1 Gameday atmosphere: There was a large tailgate party situated on a lawn outside of the stadium. Hundreds of fans attended, ate, drank and watched college football on a jumbo-sized television screen. The cost of admission to the tailgate was $10, but your “ticket” to enter was the official Gator Bowl patch — worn by both teams during the game — attached to a lanyard. The patch was a fine souvenir and the tailgate grounds gave fans the opportunity to meet and get pumped for the game. Lantern rating: 4.5 To visit or not to visit: All categories considered, EverBank Field garnered a 2.875. A trip to EverBank Field, which was built in 1995, could be justified for a college football bowl game. A trip to see the Jaguars, which finished the 2011 season with a 5-11 record, though? Probably not. read more

Emery Ramsey remains an important member at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery insists that Aaron Ramsey remains important to him, although he will not get involved with his contract talksThe 27-year-old midfielder’s current deal will expire at the end of the season with latest reports suggesting that a new offer by Arsenal has been withdrawn.The Gunners have also allegedly decided to part with Ramsey in the winter transfer window should no further progress be made at that point.Speaking ahead to Arsenal’s home game against Watford on Saturday, Emery gave his take on Ramsey’s situation at North London.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There are three elements, three aspects. One is the player and also the player with their family and representatives. The other is the club and the other is the squad. My focus is always on the team,” said Emery on the club website.“My focus is preparing with the players and only thinking about the match tomorrow.”Asked whether he considers Ramsey to be important, Emery replied: “For me, every player is very important with their relation with the team. I consider each player an important space in the squad.”last_img read more