DeGale return is “make or break” – Warren

first_imgPromoter Frank Warren has warned that James DeGale’s European title challenge against Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski is a “make or break fight” for the former Olympic champion.DeGale will face Wilczewski next month in his first bout since losing the British super-middleweight crown – and his unbeaten record – to fellow west Londoner George Groves.Wilczewski, who won the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles in March, has lost only once in 30 fights.DeGale’s defeat against Groves – a bitter rival from the pair’s amateur days – means he badly needs to a victory to get his pursuit of a world title back on track.“This is a make or break fight for James,” Warren declared.“He’s now got a big opportunity in front of him and has to go out there and deliver the goods, and show the fans what he can do.”Since losing to Groves on a split decision, DeGale has insisted he has no plans to replace trainer Jim McDonnell and is set to sign a new three-year deal with Warren.“He (Warren) brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout to a world title in only three fights, so I know he can do it for me,” said DeGale.last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz: The West Ham connection

first_imgQPR and West Ham could be in the same division again next season. Test your  knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-31]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

A’s Stephen Piscotty won’t be on wild card roster, Mike Fiers will; Khris Davis will be in lineup

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Stephen Piscotty, who was on the IL with a high ankle sprain starting back on August 26, was reactivated on Thursday in Seattle and played his first game in the regular season’s finale. He won’t be on the wild card roster, Melvin said.“I feel bad for him,” Melvin said. “He worked hard to come back from this…but you have to look at some of the other intangibles, as far as the others on the roster, and …last_img

Cracking the Code

first_imgIt’s complex and hard to read… That’s why they call it a Code!If you’re going to build green or otherwise, you’ll need to crack the code. The process begins with a permit and you’ll pass a series of inspections. Here’s a primer of the code, but it’s worth getting a copy to read as well.The International Residential Code (IRC) is more than likely the code that will regulate the work to build a green home, an addition or even remodeling project. It is adopted in some fashion in 48 states. Verify your community’s code here.The IRC is a comprehensive design and construction documentThis stand-alone document includes all aspects of construction including architectural, structural, energy, plumbing, mechanical and electrical installations. It is published by the International Code Council (ICC), a non-profit organization that includes City and County Building Officials, Builders, Architects, Engineers, Firefighters, Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors and similar professionals across the country. This group follows a systematic process for continual improvement that results in a new published code book every three years (2006, 2009, 2012, etc).This code is divided into nine parts (I–IX). Each part may have several chapters lumping all requirements that are correlated together. Here’s a brief rundown of the parts and their chapters:I. AdministrationDuties and powers of the Building Official, permit requirements, construction documents, fees, inspections, certificates of occupancy and violations. Most jurisdictions (States, Counties and Cities) will delete this chapter in favor of one written by them.II. DefinitionsBecause a code has the force of law, misinterpretations in word definitions can be costly in many ways. One example is the story limit of a building: the definition is based on height of building, grade plane, grade as well as story height. These definitions narrowly define a condition where a structure with four levels (3 stories and a basement) can still be regulated with the IRC when the initial scope says it is limited to three stories…above grade.III. Building planningChapters 4-10 cover foundation design, floor, wall, and roof construction, exterior and interior siding, roofing, chimneys and fireplaces. Within each chapter, only a few material types are referenced with their minimum design standards. But the code does not limit your choices to only these materials. Section 104.11 allows substitutions, and in subsequent articles, I will expand on this subject. For now, just know that the option exists and the intent of the code is not to exclude any new innovation of alternative construction material of method of building.IV. Energy conservationChapter 11 offers you one of two approaches to meet the minimum standards: you can either meet the requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code or meet the requirements of this chapter. The choices are prescriptive and performance — see “When You Come to a Fork in the Code, Take It” .V. Mechanical installationsChapters 12-23 cover HVAC equipment, ducts, vents and exhaust. These chapters regulate the safety of heating, cooling and conditioning of air in your home.VI. Fuel gas appliances such as natural gas appliances.VII. PlumbingChapters 25-32 cover drain, waste and vent piping as well as water supply. Typical regulations include quality and size of pipe, water temperature and pressure, cross connection control and water heaters.VIII. ElectricalChapters 33-42 covers electrical installations such as service size and type, wire type and overcurrent devices (Circuit breakers), grounding and bonding.Each of these chapters delineates the minimum requirements for these various utility installations.IX. StandardsStandards are different from code. Standards generally establish the baseline for material quality or installation methods whereas codes establish the minimum installation conditions for those same materials or products. It’s basically, minimum standards of practice that as a professional, you should do vs. the law. If you don’t follow the standards of practice, you’re negligent, but you’re not breaking the law unless the code specifies compliance as a requirement.The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) has developed a standard for the Design and Construction of Plain and Reinforced Concrete Masonry and Basement and Foundation Walls with the identification number of TR 68-A—75.Concrete and masonry foundation walls shall be selected and constructed in accordance with the provisions of Section R404 or in accordance with ACI 318, ACI 332, NCMA TR68–A or ACI 530/ASCE 5/TMS 402 or other approved structural standards.Section R404.1Notice that the code uses standards that include several standard developing organizations, including NCMA. This allows the builder to shop for a material that complies with at least one of these standards. So the code sets one or more standards as the baseline for material quality or installation conditions.The rest of the IRC is appendices with optional methods that are used in rare instances such as gas piping, venting, gas appliance inspection, manufactured housing, radon mitigation, swimming pools, patio covers, private sewage disposal (septic tanks), existing buildings, sound transmission, permit fees, home day care, plumbing venting alternatives, gray water systems, and residential sprinkler standards.Normally, when a code is adopted, the appendices must be specifically referenced in the adoption process or they do not have the force of law. These provisions are in an appendix chapter instead of the body of the code because a jurisdiction would typically would need to decide if any particular installation was appropriate for their community or not.——————–How does the IRC relate to you as a Green Builder?You may be reading this because you’re concerned about how the code will limit your ability to build green. Please put those fears aside. The code development community is keenly aware of your concerns and is making huge strides toward helping you build green. go to www.iccsafe.org and notice the plethora of focus on Green Building.ICC is leading the way on green building, and building officials nationwide are hearing your message. In the past few years, ICC has worked together with the National Association of Home Builders and several other stakeholders to develop the first ANSI-accredited green-home building standard , the ICC 700. ICC continues to embrace green initiatives, and more and more of that language is moving into the code. For example, the use of gray water systems or insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is now a prescriptive option for builders.In future blog postings, I will address the use of alternative materials and methods of construction, modifications to the building code, and how to talk to your inspector to increase your understanding of the regulatory world.last_img read more

Behind Enemy Lines: West Virginia Defense

first_imgWe already looked at WVU’s offense. Now let’s look at the driving force behind its 6-0 record thus far: A surprisingly elite defense halfway through the season.DefenseCoach Gundy mentioned Monday that the defense is “playing as good as anyone in the conference, maybe comparable to the top ten teams in the country defensively.” This unit will be Rudolph’s toughest test to date as they rank second in the league in scoring defense and is third in yardage allowed, holding the potent offenses of TCU and Texas Tech to just 27 combined points over the last two weeks.They uniquely run what’s called the 3-3-5 stack, with five defensive backs on the field. They’re very aggressive, blitzing a lot and throwing off opponents with how different the fronts look in a defense that’s uniquely built to slow down the spread attacks of today.One of the opportunities the Cowboys will have is when they blitz, they’ll often put their secondary in what’s called cover zero, leaving a lot of one-on-one matchups that appeal to the likes of James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. The trick will be getting Mason enough time to get the ball downfield, let’s take a look at who will be putting some pressure on him.The leader of the defensive front (and perhaps that side of the ball) is dominant end Noble Nwachukwu. All-Conference caliber end Nwachukwu leads the Mountaineers in sacks and has five tackles for loss and provides the consistency needed when you only have three down linemen. This season has seen nose tackle Darrien Howard emerge, leading defensive linemen with 23 tackles and four tackles for loss.     At linebacker, redshirt freshman David Long has surfaced after taking the starting spot from a redshirt senior in conference play as a very physical player that alters the opponent’s run game. Former walk on Justin Arndt leads the team in tackles and seems to be all over the field.The defensive backfield took a strong hit when it’s only returning starter (and who Coach Holgorsen called their best player) Dravon Askew-Henry was lost to injury before the season started. In stepped five new starters, some as junior college players (corner Rasul Douglas, safety Kyzir White), grad transfers (Antonio Crawford from Miami, Maurice Fleming from Iowa) and players who have been in the program for a good while (seniors Jarrod Harper and Jeremy Tyler).The rotation has been solid, good for fourth in the conference in pass defense. It’s going to take a big day from Rudolph and The President to give the Cowboys a fighting shot at pulling the upset against this secondary. OSU averages 41.1 points per game and should be their best challenge to date.Some keys to this game will be if the opportunistic Cowboy defense can force some turnovers against an offense that doesn’t turn over the ball often (only eight turnovers on the season, good for 20th in the country) and the Cowboys can keep pressure off QB1.Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman said it best that “OSU needs to protect Mason Rudolph. That’s the key to the game. WVU has a great blitz package. It runs a three-man line, so it can drop eight and confuse a QB. But it also can blitz from all kinds of places and confuse a QB. Rudolph is under the gun.” If Justice Hill and Chris Carson can take some pressure off of no. 2, that could go a long way. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Poll Results: Most OSU Fans Fine With Rudolph (Hypothetically) Leaving After Bedlam Win

first_imgI thought this was a brilliant question which I’m allowed to say because I didn’t actually come up with it. Robert Whetsell did. Send your ire and angst his way.The hypothetical I presented (which I think the hypothetical part of that actually confused some people): Which would you rather happen out of these two scenarios? OSU wins on Saturday and Rudolph jets or OSU loses on Saturday and Rudolph stays? Nearly two-thirds of you voted that you could swallow Rudolph leaving in exchange for a Big 12 title.Poll question today: Which scenario would you prefer for this weekend?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016I’m in the minority here. I’d take the L on Saturday for Rudolph to return. This is the slow play. Not immediately satisfying but could result in OSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance PLUS a Big 12 title next year. If Rudolph leaves, you get the Big 12 title, but you don’t get anything else (Keondre Wudtee is not winning the conference next season … I don’t think).I totally understand why the majority voted for a win this Saturday — I actually came close to this for the reasons Nate mentioned in the comments below. This sums up the reasoning behind what the majority picked (and it is not poor reasoning):”a conference championship in the hand is worth a CFP in the bush,” or something.— Zach McCoy (@ZachMcCoy371) November 29, 2016 Tough one, but conference championships don’t come around very often. Gotta get ‘em while you can.— RyanHartwig (@jryanhartwig) November 29, 2016But that offense next year with all those receivers, an established RB1 and an offensive line that has seemingly figured out its problems? Whoooooo boy. OSU would probably be the Big 12 favorite and frontrunner in the conference to get in the playoff (even if it has to go 12-0 and win every game by 65 to do so).On to the comments …Big O: Rudolph is great, but this doesn’t seem like a very compelling question. How could someone choose other than to win a conference championship and play in the Sugarbowl? It would pay long-lasting dividends in terms of recruiting. We’ve also got a very intriguing QB in Woods coming up behind Rudolph.Nate: As much as I love Mason and want him back, wins over OU, especially in Norman, are sacred. Give me the W this weekend.JG: Who in their right mind would want to lose to OU this year to keep Rudolph? Nothing is guaranteed next year, give me the win this year and the sugar bowl.This one might have made me laugh the hardest.What is the point of having a good player if we lose?— joe turk (@joeturk182) November 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tramonda Moore Talks Recruitment, Renewed Oklahoma State Interest

first_img2016 Oklahoma State signee Tramonda Moore, who is spending the season in the junior college ranks at Independence Community College, took some time to answer some questions regarding his recruitment, Oklahoma State’s renewed interest and more.Of note, Moore confirmed that his classification, officially is 2018. So he is a ways away from making a decision on where he will sign at his next school.KB: So are you planning to classify as a 2017 player?Tramonda: No sir. Fall of 2018. I really want to take my time with making a decision.KB: So when you say you want to take your time with your decision — what are you looking for in a school this time around?Tramonda: Less depth. Not saying I am afraid of competition, but I want to go somewhere I can make an immediate impact.KB: Have you narrowed a list of top schools yet? If not, where does OSU stand?Tramonda: Well .. I honestly don’t have a top school at this point. I am still waiting and observing. Oklahoma State will always be home. But at the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me and my future / career!KB: So you stay in contact with Coach Adkins (offensive line coach)?Tramonda: Oh yeah we are really close!! We talk almost everyday.Tramonda confirmed his current offer sheet includes Oklahoma State, Iowa State, UCLA, UTSA, and Mississippi State.When he signed the last time around, he took his decision down towards the end before committing late in the process and signing with Oklahoma State.He made it clear he wants to take his time again on this one. He will be available to sign and play in the fall of 2018 at his next school — so I would expect his decision could come at some point in 2018, if I were guessing. But he still has not made his decision on that, and it’s a long process in recruitment. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Cornerback Graduate Transfer Sets Official Visit to OSU

first_imgClemson cornerback transfer Adrian Baker has been in contact with a number of schools interested in landing his services — and OSU is one suitor who has caught his attention.Baker, who tore his ACL last spring, sat out the 2016 season with the Tigers because of the injury. He is set to graduate this spring and will be eligible to play immediately wherever he chooses to transfer, according to the NCAA graduate transfer rule. A rule OSU has become familiar with in the past several years, using it to land cornerback Lenzy Pipkins a season ago.According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Baker has scheduled two official visits: to OSU and to Texas Tech.The Cowboys will host him on March 4. Texas Tech will host him a week later on March 10.With OSU losing Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins following the 2016 season, playing time is immediately available in Stillwater. That in itself might be a promising factor for a prospect looking to end his career on a high note as several others have done in Stillwater in recent years.Wherever he lands in the process will be a new start for a once promising prospect who sunk on the depth chart and had unfortunate injuries unravel his undergraduate career. Baker’s time at Clemson would have likely ended in a more prominent role in 2016, had it not been for the injury. And now Baker could be next in the long line of graduate transfers at Oklahoma State at a position that desperately needs bolstered before the 2017 season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Four-star RB Daniyel Ngata Names Oklahoma State in Top Five Schools

first_imgOSU is still searching for its running back in the 2020 cycle and Ngata would be as big as OSU could get in the way of a commitment. Here’s what he told 247 about OSU after trimming his list:“Oklahoma State is a program on the rise,” he said. “I have a great relationship with a few of the coaches. And they have a good deal with the running back position.”Ngata’s brothers Joe and Arial both played at Washington, so staying on the West coast seems an option, but for now the 247 crystal ball reads 100 percent in favor of Texas A&M for now. OSU has time to sway him one way or the other, though, and with an opening and potential early playing time to offer he could be a guy to keep tabs on into the fall. Oklahoma State is in the mix to land the No. 2 running back prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.Four-star prospect Daniyel Ngata included the Pokes in his top five this past week along with Texas A&M, Clemson, Utah and Arizona State. Ngata is from Folsom, California, who whittled his list from 24 to 5.“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalms 32:8 Top ✋🏿Texas A&M #GigEm Clemson #ALLIN Utah #GoUtes Oklahoma State #GoPokesASU #ForksUp Commitment Next…😁— Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) July 13, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Alberta Metis sign agreement to negotiate as a nation

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsAfter decades of lobbying, the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) will finally have a distinct voice heard within the federal government.The MNA signed an agreement with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett that will allow it to negotiate with Canada as a Nation.“We the Alberta Metis are a part of this countries fundamental roots,” said MNA President Audrey Poitras. “Our collective cultures are bound. After decades of persistence, we have secured a formal means to the beginning of a new relationship with the Government of Canada.”The agreement states that in one year, there will be concrete action to assist the MNA and its membership.“Negotiations will cover a range of important topics including Metis self-government, lands, rights, and a proper consultation protocol,” said Bennett.Bennett said the agreement is long overdue.“Today, we send a message loud and clear. The status quo is no longer acceptable. The Metis are no longer in the shadows. No longer the forgotten people. For generations, you have sought true and meaningful reconciliation with Canada.“It is time for fairness and justice for all people of the Metis Nation.”Poitras said there will be tangible benefits for the MNA’s nearly 100,000 members.“A mutually agreeable arrangement allowing no-fee access for MNA citizens to National Parks in Alberta,” she said. “An agreement establishing terms of reference with a view to settling outstanding claims on the Metis Nation within Alberta.“And an engagement with Indigenous Affairs Canada and Canada and Mortgage Housing Corporation in order to ensure the unique needs of the existing structures dealing with Metis housing in Alberta.”last_img read more