55, of Bayonne, passed away on May 5, 2017. He was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Tom was an electrician by trade and most recently a general handyman in the Bayonne area. Tom is survived by siblings Peter, George (Georgiana), Jerry, and Michele (Tom) and aunt, Sr. Jane McKenna SSJ. He was predeceased by parents Mary Jane and Peter Paril. Funeral arrangements by SWEENEY Funeral Home, 857 Kennedy Blvd.
Super Eagles defender Chigozie Awaziem and Leganes shot-stopper Cuéllar gifted Valladolid’s Enes Ünal as early goal during their 1-2 La Liga defeat on Saturday.The encounter which took place at Butarque saw the away side net the opener in the first few minutes of the match courtesy of the huge mistake between the pair.Leganés started the resumption after a three-month break in the worst way. They saw Valladolid go in front in the 2nd minute after a huge defensive mistake.It was a passage of play from Valladolid with no apparent danger. A ball towards the back which Awaziem got to first with a clear advantage, as well as a Cuéllar who came out his own box to clear.The Leganés defender and goalkeeper didn’t understand each other, who this time couldn’t blame the excessive noise. The defender did so with a hand signal to the goalkeeper and then touched the ball with his head towards the area. Read Also: Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penaltiesThe problem came when he didn’t see that Cuéllar had come out to clear the ball. Ünal caught up and went for the ball in a race while the goalkeeper had a head start.The Real Valladolid forward only had to tap the ball in as neither Awaziem nor Cuéllar were able to catch him in the 2nd minute of the match. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsStunning Wedding Looks From Around The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Who is behind the Aros?Two names are important: Quirky, a company that helps bring ideas to market, and Garthen Leslie, PhD, the person who had the idea of the Aros smart window air conditioner. The former is another crowdsourcing company that acts as a sounding board for people from all over to develop their ideas and see if they can bring them to fruition.The latter is a 63-year old Washington, D.C. man with a background in computers and management. Although the Quirky website says he “spent time at the Department of Energy helping to cut costs and conserve resources,” his resume on LinkedIn and yatedo.com doesn’t mention the DOE at all. His degrees and career have focused on computers and management, not energy or building science.And that’s fine. Good ideas can come from anywhere. If a management guy can come up with an idea to save energy and make people more comfortable, more power to him. Somewhere along the way, though, I would hope someone who knows not just HVAC but the broader subject of building science would be involved to make sure the idea has merit and is developed properly.According to Quirky, the idea came to Leslie as he looked at all the window air conditioners in apartment buildings in the DC area and wondered how much energy they were wasting as they ran all day long. So, Dr. Leslie posted his idea to the Quirky website, and a month after they decide to go with it, they had a product that’s manufactured in China. GE is a partner in the project, presumably to add the technical punch that the Quirky innovators lacked. You can read more about it and watch videos on their site.It’s a great story, and Dr. Leslie is reaping quite a reward for his idea. He’s already received a check for $100,000 and is expected by the Quirky team to end up with perhaps ten times that much from Aros sales. Building enclosure firstNow here’s one of the most important principles of efficient air conditioning: Your air conditioner is the faucet; the building enclosure is the cup. You don’t want a leaky cup. Building enclosures can leak heat in more than one way: through air leakage, by conduction, and by radiation. This is building science 101. You stop those leaks by air sealing, insulating, and minimizing the amount of heat gain through windows.The absolute truth is that you’re better off with an air conditioner that has the minimum efficiency allowed by law and a really good building enclosure than you are with a 30 SEER ground-coupled, water-to-air model with a thermo-turbo encabulator max and a crappy enclosure. Or similar, since you’ll probably never find such a device, if you know what I mean. The point is, if you have any control over the building enclosure, it’s best to work on that before doing anything with the air conditioner. They do have their drawbacks, however. The main one is noise. With the compressor sitting right there, separated from you by a little bit of plastic, metal, and filter, you won’t be listening to the birds sing outdoors. In fact, you may not hear the birds sing indoors, unless you have a really loud parrot or get really close. (But who keeps birds in their house anymore? I don’t think I’ve been to a home with birds in decades.)Another drawback is the loss of use of the window you install the air conditioner in. You can no longer use it to cross ventilate for natural cooling, and it blocks natural light as well. You need coolingSometimes, though, the drawbacks just don’t matter. You need cooling. Baby, I’m not fooling. I’m gonna send you, Back to schooling.Ah, there goes my secret. Yes, I was a teenage boy in the ’70s. In fact, I recall listening to Led Zeppelin II one evening in the summer of ’77 on my 8-track tape player at my grandparents’ house as the window air conditioners were humming in the other rooms. (They had three.) I was writing a letter to no one in particular — and which, by the time I was done, I wanted no one to see. But that’s another story.These days, most single-family detached homes have central air conditioning. Even my grandparents’ house got it in the ’90s. Window air conditioners are more often used in big condo and apartment buildings at latitudes higher than where I’ve lived all but 7 years of my life (south of 39°). The DC area and north are where they prevail here in North America.In a big building, it can be difficult to run refrigerant lines to install any kind of split system air conditioner. Locating the outdoor unit might be difficult or impossible as well, so if you want cooling, the window air conditioner is your answer.Martin Holladay wrote a comprehensive article about window air conditioners a couple of years and concluded that they can save energy when used instead of central air conditioners. That’s debatable for us here in the humid Southeast, where it’s not all about cooling but controlling the humidity as well. Anyway, Martin discussed a lot of good stuff, including efficiency ratings and the difference between SEER, which is used for central air conditioners, and EER, used for window units. I recommend reading it. RELATED ARTICLES Window-Mounted Air Conditioners Save EnergyThe Magic of ColdThe Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersAir Conditioner BasicsHot-Climate DesignCalculating Cooling LoadsUsing Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without ACKeeping Cool The story of window air conditionersIn the middle of the twentieth century, homes went from having no air conditioning to getting window air conditioners. The whole plot of the 1955 Marilyn Monroe movie, The Seven Year Itch, in fact, revolved around a window air conditioner. (And here’s a bit of trivia for you: It was in this movie that Marilyn Monroe had that famous subway breeze blowing her skirt up.) I experienced this myself when my grandparents first installed window units in their Leesville, Louisiana home in 1970.Window air conditioners are perfectly fine in many respects. They allow you to do zone cooling in your home without worrying about pressure imbalances and bypass ducts. They can be less expensive to operate than a central air conditioner because you don’t have to keep the whole house at the same temperature. The many duct problems I’ve written about in this blog aren’t an issue because they have no ducts. And they’re a lot less expensive to install. The IT world invades home performanceWhat bothers me the most about this is the disturbing trend I see: The disruption-obsessed, IT starter-uppers are looking everywhere they can to figure out how to make money with another app. Nest was so successful with their learning thermostat a couple of years ago that all eyes are now focused on the home energy efficiency market. There’s a lot of stupid money out there, and these folks are good at gobbling it up.This doesn’t have to be a bad thing — if they do what Nest did and bring in some building science experts. (Michael Blasnik consulted on the Nest thermostat and is now a Nest/Google employee.) The folks at Quirky could benefit from some of that, I’m sure. Their product isn’t bad, though. They’re just adding new features to a product that already exists and for which there’s a need.Recently I saw a scary product idea that exists only as a Kickstarter project right now. If it gets funded and finds its way into the marketplace, it will be worse than that compressor-killing outdoor unit cover I mentioned at the start of this article. I’ll tell you about that one soon. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The Aros smart window air conditionerNot everyone has such control, however, least of all those people living in big apartment or condo buildings. So window air conditioners have their place. If you’re in the market for such a device and want to get an efficient model, there are a lot of choices. The EPA website provides a list of all Energy Star certified room air conditioners, and I encourage you to download their spreadsheet to aid your search. You may also run across the Aros, billed as a smart window air conditioner.A “smart” air conditioner? This buzz word is one that I’ve grown weary of in recent years, as it usually means there’s a smartphone app associated with it. As you can tell from the photo below (Image #2), that is indeed the case here.In this case, the app gives you similar control over the Aros to what the Nest thermostat provides for your central heating and air conditioning system. And it goes even further. It connects to the GPS in your phone to turn the Aros on and off based on your proximity to home. Their website says it does so “in a non-creepy way,” though, so it must be OK.As far as the air conditioner itself, there’s not much new here. They do something a little different from most with the air flow by directing the conditioned air upward. Otherwise, it works like any other direct expansion air conditioning system.Repeat: There’s nothing really new about the Aros except that it can be controlled with a smartphone app. It’s not a new type of air conditioner. When it comes to air conditioning, there are a lot of bad products and bad ideas out there. Here are a few: You can buy a cover for your condenser that could kill your compressor. Some people don’t think the outdoor unit really needs to go outdoors. (They’re wrong!) And then there’s the strange notion that attaching a kraken to your air conditioner is a good way to distribute the air. Today, though, I’m going to look at a product that’s not terrible.Yes, I’m talking about the window air conditioner (also known as the room air conditioner or window shaker). I’ll discuss them in general first, but then I’ll take a look at a new product on the market, the Aros smart window air conditioner. The Aros isn’t a silver bulletThe Aros isn’t a bad idea. It may even save some energy and help people be more comfortable. Since the target market is people who live in big buildings and don’t have central AC, this may be one of the main things they can do to save energy.The ideal scenario is someone who lives in a big building, goes to work in the morning, and leaves their window air conditioner on all day so the place is cool when they come home. If they’re looking to upgrade to a new window air conditioner that doesn’t have to run all day, the Aros is one possibility. But is it the best choice?Plenty of window air conditioners have programmable thermostats. If you have a regular schedule, those will do what you need as well as the Aros. And if you go with an Energy Star certified model, you’ll probably find one that’s more efficient. At 10.9 EER, the Aros is in the bottom third of Energy Star room air conditioners.Judging by the reviews on Amazon (as of 15 July 2014), you’re better off waiting until they get the kinks worked out if you’ve got your heart set on a new Aros. The most common complaint is that it’s loud. Others are that the display is really bright and doesn’t go off (that may be fixed now) and that the app is a bit, shall we say, “small q” quirky.My advice would be to get a good Energy Star model that’s programmable. I’m not as down on the Aros as Lloyd Alter of Treehugger is; I just don’t think it’s the best choice. Maybe future generations of the Aros will be better, but for now, I’d say stick with the tried and true.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City hesitate on making January acquisitionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are hesitating on transfers this winter.The Citizens are facing some issues in the team, especially with Fernandinho injured.They have lost three of the last four league games to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.But The Times claims that City are not going to invest in the team this winter.The board and coaching staff believes that City can catch up to the Reds with the squad they have.It is known that manager Pep Guardiola wants a central midfielder to compete with Fernandinho.But it appears he will have to wait until the summer to get that player
Twitter/@Charlie_BurrisThe Texas Longhorns are in full meltdown mode. Following back-to-back awful losses due to special teams gaffes, the Longhorns are losing to TCU 50-7 late in the fourth quarter. During halftime, freshman cornerback Kris Boyd retweeted a message about transferring to Texas A&M, and now the Texas Rangers are jumping on the “Fire Charlie Strong” bandwagon. Or, at least one rogue social media manager is upset about the game, and was on the wrong Twitter account.Hey, what did I ever do to you @Rangers? pic.twitter.com/5OgWkUOVMi— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) October 3, 2015The tweet was deleted very quickly, but not before the internet captured it for all of eternity. There have been better college football Saturdays in Austin, that’s for sure.
The Elders met His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday 6 November to express their appreciation and support for his work on global peace, refugees and migration, and climate change.Lakhdar Brahimi, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Ricardo Lagos meet Pope FrancisCredit/Copyright: Servizio Fotografico L’Osservatore Romano Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ricardo Lagos and Mary Robinson spoke with Pope Francis about a wide range of international affairs at his private residence.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Pope Francis has shown great moral leadership on the crucial issues of our time. His assertion of the values of peace and human dignity resonates with people of all faiths, and those of none. The Elders are proud to stand in solidarity with him today and in the future as we work for justice and universal human rights.”
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin.
Twenty seconds remained in the 2006 Rose Bowl. A fourth-and-5 was all that stood between Texas and a national championship; between Vince Young and college football immortality.A few seconds later, Keith Jackson said, “He’s going for the corner, he’s got it.”Vince Young disappeared into an assembly of media and photographers with the same confidence he possessed when he showed up on the Rose Bowl stage 368 days earlier. Longhorn fans relished a national title celebration. Young relished the knowledge that he would go down as one of the biggest heroes in Rose Bowl history.Two-time defending national champion USC scrambled to win its third title, but Vince Young’s 9-yard touchdown run and almost unheard-of individual performance had already shattered that dream. On Saturday, when the oldest member of the Buckeyes, Devin Barclay, kicked OSU into the “Granddaddy of Them All,” it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out this fact: Vince Young played in the Rose Bowl his sophomore season, too.Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has often been compared to Vince Young since the Longhorn’s dominating performances in the Rose Bowl in ‘05 and ‘06, will be a sophomore, as well.The comparisons have come from everywhere, including Pryor’s former high school coach Ray Reitz and Young’s college coach Mack Brown.“Before he leaves Ohio State, he’ll lead them to a national championship,” Brown said earlier this season of Pryor. “He’s that kind of player.”Brown saw Young up close for four seasons at Texas. After redshirting his first year, Young split time as a redshirt freshman before starting as a sophomore and junior.His blend of size, speed and athleticism had never been seen at the quarterback position. And for the most part, it hasn’t been seen since — until Pryor.Although both Young and Pryor managed to lead their teams to a Rose Bowl in their sophomore seasons, struggles didn’t go unnoticed.Against Purdue several weeks ago, Pryor committed a career-high four turnovers in the Buckeyes’ shocking loss. His lackluster effort against USC earlier in the season also gave doubters reason to grumble.Young faced similar hardships in his sophomore season. Against rival Oklahoma, the quarterback was eight of 23 for 86 yards, and his Longhorns were shut out for the first time since 1980. Young’s critics were in full force after a 12-0 loss.His season stats, like Pryor’s, weren’t gaudy. Young threw one less interception than touchdowns on the season and also did his fair share of scoring with his legs.The shutout loss, however, would be the last of Young’s college career, and he would still manage to get his one-loss Texas team into the Rose Bowl against Big Ten champion Michigan.His first of two Rose Bowl appearances would mark the beginning of the end of one of the most brilliant college football careers in recent history.On the grandest stage of all, Young did not disappoint. The Wolverines had a star-studded defense, but nothing stopped Young when the bright lights of California shined their brightest.Young brought his Longhorns back from a 10-point deficit in the second half. He had touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and ran for a total of 192 yards total on the day. Young was equally efficient at passing, throwing a touchdown, and completing 16 of 28 for yards.When the Longhorns won on a last-second field goal, Vince Young had officially broken onto the national scene, making his name known as one of the best quarterbacks in college football.The following season would be even better for the junior quarterback. Leading his team to an undefeated season and a berth in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, Young’s stats sent him to New York, where he finished runner-up to Reggie Bush for the Heisman Trophy.In the national championship game against USC and its two Heisman winners, Bush and Matt Leinart, Young again put on a display of how to will his team to victory.With the world watching, Young ran all over the Rose Bowl, leaving USC defenders with nothing to tackle but air. Running for three touchdowns and 200 yards, Young led Texas back from a 12-point deficit to a 41-38 win.Young’s arm was also on display, going 30 of 40 for 267 yards. His combined 467 yards of offense is a Rose Bowl performance that might never be matched.But Pryor will get his chance to live up to the Rose Bowl legend of Vince Young; at least, his legend as a sophomore, when he led his team to a Rose Bowl victory. As for the legend of Young’s junior season, when he led his team to a national title, Pryor will have to wait to claim it next year.
Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball during a game against South Florida at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 27. Wisconsin won, 27-10.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhile the Ohio State football team has lost a Heisman Trophy candidate to injury, it must prepare to take on another candidate in the biggest game of the year.Redshirt-junior Wisconsin running back and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Melvin Gordon is on many people’s shortlist for the Heisman, as he leads the country in rushing yards with 2,260 to go along with 26 rushing scores.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that while he doesn’t know much about Gordon, he has heard nothing but good things about the Badger running back on and off the field.“Obviously we understand there is another Heisman guy going to be on the field, Gordon, who (Wisconsin coach) Gary (Andersen) tells me the best thing about him is he’s a wonderful young man, too,” Meyer said Monday. “So that’s good for college football.”OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said gearing up to stop Gordon will not be an easy task.“This is as good a running back they have had, and they have had some great ones,” Fickell said Monday. “Montee Ball, James White and heck, go all the way back to Ron Dayne. I don’t know that they’ve had one as electric as Gordon. Most importantly, you can’t let him get going. We have seen, you get some of those guys going, it’s hard to get them down.”Those guys Fickell talked about include junior Indiana running back Tevin Coleman and senior Minnesota running back David Cobb who combined to rush for 373 yards and six touchdowns against the Buckeyes this season.In one game this season, Gordon managed to rush for 408 yards in a win over Nebraska, which at the time broke the NCAA record for rushing yards in a single game.Despite all his success, Gordon said there is something he has yet to accomplish in his time at Wisconsin that he is hoping to achieve on Saturday.“Since I have been at Wisconsin, I haven’t had a chance to beat Ohio State yet,” Gordon said during the Big Ten players teleconference Monday. “It’s a tough team to go up against and it would be good to have my first win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.”Gordon, who first played for the Badgers as a redshirt-freshman in 2011, exploded onto the national scene during the 2012 Big Ten title game when he rushed for a game-high 216 yards on just nine carries, outrushing both Ball and White.While he was successful in that game, Gordon said his eyes are on the task at hand.“We can’t think about that game because it’s not Nebraska, it’s Ohio State,” Gordon said. “It’s a different team, different players, different coaching staff, we got to think about this game because it’s completely different.”Gordon added that he has watched the Buckeyes on multiple occasions, and complimented the OSU defense’s style of play.“I follow Ohio State … they are one of the best teams in the nation. They love to play physical, they don’t shy away from contact,” Gordon said. “The linebackers, they speak for themselves. They always have great linebackers there.”The man who coaches the OSU linebackers, Fickell, said the Buckeyes must not only focus on Gordon, but other aspects of the Badger offense.“The thing that they still do is they are not just one-dimensional. You still got to know that the most important thing, they are going to rely on him,” Fickell said. “They are going to run the football. He can be one of those guys that beats you. They are good enough up front to be able to give him the opportunity to do those things. It poses a lot of problems.”In last year’s matchup in Columbus, Gordon was bottled up for just 74 yards rushing on 15 carries and was held without a touchdown.The Buckeyes did, however, give up 295 yards passing to now-redshirt-junior Joel Stave, who has yet to throw for more that 220 yards this season.The Buckeyes and Badgers are set to square off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 8:17 p.m. on Saturday.