Syracuse hires Allen Griffin as assistant coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After rumors swirled earlier this week about a new coaching hire, Syracuse officially announced Allen Griffin will join head coach Jim Boeheim’s staff as an assistant coach.Griffin filled the vacancy left open by former head-coach designate Mike Hopkins, who left to become Washington’s head coach. Like Hopkins, Griffin will coach the centers. He spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Dayton, but returns to the school where he played from 1997-2001 and served as an administrative assistant in 2003 and 2004.“We are fortunate to be able to add someone of Allen’s caliber to our program,” Boeheim said in a press release. “In addition to the great familiarity he has with Syracuse basketball, he owns valuable experience gained coaching with other programs.“… Allen’s a proven national recruiter and he coached the big men at Dayton. He is a great fit for our staff.”CBS Sports reported that Griffin would be hired as SU’s newest assistant on Sunday afternoon. Later that evening, Syracuse said that it hadn’t made any hires yet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his senior season with the Orange, Griffin averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 assists per game as a captain and starting point guard. After leaving his post as an administrative assistant to Boeheim, Griffin took his first coaching job as an assistant at St. Francis (New York) College in 2005. He then coached at Providence and Hofstra before joining Dayton’s staff.“I can’t express how excited I am to be back at Syracuse,” Griffin said. “It was a real honor to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Coach Boeheim and I feel the same way about being a member of his staff.“I love Syracuse. I’ve enjoyed the places and people I’ve worked with in the past but I’ve always hoped I’d get the opportunity to come back. It’s like home to me.” Comments Published on April 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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The Basics of HVAC Zoning

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESThe Achilles’ Heel of Zoned Duct SystemsThe Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignUsing Total Effective Length in Duct DesignConverting Heating and Cooling Loads to Air Flow NeedsThe Two Main Reasons Your Ducts Don’t Move Enough AirI’ll look at some of the other issues in future articles, but today I’m going to focus on zoning.Should you zone the house?This is a question you can address when you look at the house plans but you can’t answer it fully until you’ve done the heating and cooling load calculation.  ACCA’s Manual J (the book, not just the protocol) has a nice section called “Procedure for Evaluating Zoning Requirements” (section 11-21 in my copy) that can be helpful if you’re trying to figure out if you should zone and how to do it.  The procedure includes five steps:1.  Evaluate the architectural features.  Of course the house design is the first thing to look for.  Because warm air rises, for example, you’re going to want separate zones for separate floors.  Manual J lists twelve factors that help you determine the need for zoning:Number of levelsHow much the house spreads outDwellings with limited exposures, as in apartments or condosRooms with a lot of glazingBasement roomsAttic roomsBonus roomsRooms on a slab-on-gradeRooms over exposed floorsRooms that will get used by a lot of occupants (Party!)Hot tub or swimming pool rooms  (Have a dehumidification design, too!)Sunrooms, solariums, or atriumsThe basic idea here is to look for parts of the house that might have significantly higher or lower loads than other parts.  In addition to separate zones for separate floors, another common example is putting bedrooms and common areas in separate zones.The schematic reproduced as Image #2 (below) is a house we divided into three zones. The master suite is on the left, the common areas in the middle, and the other bedrooms on the right.2.  Evaluate time-of-day load patterns.  The zones in that design below also factor in time-of-day patterns.  The common areas are used mainly during the day, while the master suite and bedrooms are used more in the evenings, night, and mornings.  Another consideration for time of day is the amount of solar gain a room or zone gets from the windows and skylights.3.  Evaluate air flow ratios.  Balance is a good thing.  If you’re using the same ducts for heating and cooling, it’s nice when you end up with ducts that deliver the right amount of heating in winter and the right amount of cooling in summer.  One way to do that is by looking at the ratio of cooling air flow to heating air flow for each room in the zone.  Here’s the guidance on that from Manual J:Ideally, the C/H ratios of all rooms in a zone are within 15 percent of the C/H ratio of the room that has the zone thermostat.What if you have a room that’s outside the 15% recommendation for any zone you could put it in?  If there’s still time to make changes to the house design, you could try adjusting the insulation, window shading, or glazing area to get the C/H ratio closer.  If you can’t do anything to change the ratio, it may come down to the occupants having to make seasonal adjustments to the supply vent louvers.4.  Evaluate room-to-room openings.  The more open the rooms are to other rooms in a zone, the more resilient the zone will be to imbalances in loads, time-of-day patterns, and air flow ratios.5.  Finalize the zoning plan.  Take stock of all the things above to figure out the best way to divide the house into zones.  The goal is to create zones that lessen any imbalances in heating and cooling the rooms in that zone.The two types of zoningThe term “zoning” can be confusing because it’s used two different ways.  What I’ve been discussing up to this point is dividing a house into separate zones, each of which will have its own thermostat.  But sometimes that term refers to setting up a single system to deliver heating and cooling to multiple zones.  It’s usually clear from the context what’s meant when you see the word.In the schematic below, the house has three zones served by a single system that’s zoned.  When you’re designing a duct system that matters a lot.  If the three zones were served by three systems, we’d have three air handlers, probably located near the zones they serve.  That should result in lower total effective lengths.  With a zoned system serving the three zones, you have more total effective length and it’s not so much because of the greater distances as it is the increased number of fittings. To get all the way across the house, you have turn the air more.  Plus, you have the zone dampers and their pressure drops/equivalent lengths.Zoning issuesHere are some things to keep in mind regarding zoning:One zone for a whole house?  It’s certainly possible to do a whole house on one zone.  You usually end up with less balance in the heating and cooling but if the house doesn’t have any large loads from windows and the house isn’t too big, a single zone can work fine.  The more disparities you have in the room-to-room loads and the more spread-out the house is, the more the house might benefit by zoning.Single room zoning.  Of course, the ultimate zoning would be to have each room as its own zone.  In houses without cooling systems, you get close to that sometimes with the old radiators in each room, if they’re individually controlled.  With heating and cooling, the closest we can come is to use ductless minisplit heat pumps but they don’t come in small enough sizes (or low enough cost) to be used in ever single room.Small zones with minisplit heat pumps.  The next step up would be ducted minisplit heat pumps, which let you create small zones that include only a few rooms each.  We’ve done ducted minisplit designs where a house the size of the one below might have five or six zones instead of just three.  Because minisplits come in smaller sizes, each zone in the house would have its own system.Some rooms need separate equipment.  If you plan to heat or cool a garage, it must be done with a separate system.  The same goes for indoor swimming pools.Zoning an HVAC system.  With conventional equipment, you divide the air up with separate trunk lines that carry the air to each zone.  A zone damper opens and closes based on what the thermostat tells it to do.  But what happens if just one of three zones is calling for air?  With a fixed-capacity, fixed-speed system, you’ve got to find a place to send the excess air.  One common solution has been to install a bypass duct, which is generally a bad idea.  Better would be to use a variable-capacity system with a variable-speed blower when you do zoning.  That way the air flow adjusts to what’s needed (within the limits of the system chosen).So now you have a little education on zoning a house and zoning an HVAC system.  The ACCA manuals have a lot of information on this topic if you want to go deeper, but the basic idea is that you look at the features of the house to determine if you need to create separate zones.  Then you figure out whether to heat and cool those zones with separate pieces of equipment or with one zoned system. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Last year I wrote five articles in a series on duct design and ever since, I keep getting requests to continue it.  Here’s a link to the first article in the series so you can go back and read them first if you’d like.On GBA, I also published a revised version of the one on total effective length.I’ll do a quick recap by saying that the focus in those first articles was the physics of air flow that went into determining how big the ducts need to be. We looked at the pressure from the blower that moves the air, the various pressure drops, and how total effective length is a measure of pressure drops, then used that information to calculate friction rate, which determines the duct sizes.Getting our heads out of the ductsNow let’s crank the series back up with a look at the bigger picture. One of the main points in the earlier articles was that sizing depends on the total effective length of the most restrictive run in the duct system. The equivalent lengths of the fittings matter more than the straight runs of well-installed duct (hardpipe or flex), so you’ve got to choose your fittings well to reduce the pressure drops.The layout of the system determines what fittings you need and thus the total effective length.  When we’re working on a duct design, we consider a number of factors that affect the layout:  the client’s preferences, location of the air handler, framing issues, zoning, and location of the vents.last_img read more

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Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

first_img“It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnce a far-flung dream for young hopefuls, technology is giving scouts greater access to international talent, while an elite junior program is putting promising Australians at the forefront of the game, with courts Down Under proving fertile ground for US recruiters.Australia’s national side “the Boomers” were earlier this month crowned FIBA Asia Cup champions despite fielding a second-string side because their top international stars were unavailable. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifierscenter_img (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENT The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added. 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Zardari writes to Manmohan, welcomes revival of cricket ties

first_imgPresident Asif Ali Zardari has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing the hope that the resumption of cricketing ties after five years will be a confidence building measure.Zardari on Wednesday sent the letter to Manmohan Singh welcoming resumption of cricket relations, reported Dawn.The cricket board on Monday invited Pakistan to play three One-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals in December-January, a move that would see the arch-rivals clashing in a bilateral series after a five-year gapThe resumption of cricket matches would add to positive atmosphere witnessed by the two countries, said Zardari.The letter said: “You would recall that in my recent visit to India, we discussed resumption of cricket ties between Pakistan and India. I am glad to learn that the cricket boards of Pakistan and India have agreed to resume cricket matches after a gap of five years.””I am sanguine that cricket matches between our two countries would prove to be a formidable confidence building measure and a way forward towards encouraging people-to-people contacts,” it added.last_img read more

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Asian Games Village a big hit among athletes

first_imgS. KannanThe Games Village is the heart and soul of any major multi-discipline sporting extravaganza.In 2010, when New Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, the media had to focus on the negatives.From seepage in rooms to broken toilets and stinking upholstery, there was heavy criticism for the organising committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi.Here in Incheon, which is all set to host the high profile Asian Games, the Village is situated half an hour away from the main city. The area is known as Guwol-Dong and, as you near the complex, the security arrangements impress you. Unlike China, which hosted the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the Asian Games in 2010 Guangzhou, cops here are careful not to make the guests feel unwanted.A delegation of Japanese athletes enters the Village on Wednesday.For that matter, if you want to soak in the Village atmosphere as a visitor with a valid accreditation card, you need an official to check you in. The consensus among athletes, coaches and officials was that Incheon has taken great pain in providing top-class comfort.Food is a major concern in South Korea for an outsider — especially for vegetarians, who have a very tough time. The language barrier is also very hard to overcome and sign language may not always be the best option!Yet, inside the Village, there are translators attached to every team and volunteers have been provided to take into account the multitude of languages spoken in the competing nations.One smart young man from India now studying management in Japan decided to sign up as a volunteer for the Games. Hari Shambu hails from Allepey in Kerala and speaks good Japanese. Yet, when he decided to volunteer in Incheon, he did not know he would be attached to the Indian contingent. He has also learnt Korean for the Games.As a schoolboy, Shambu played badminton.advertisementSo when he met Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap for the first time this week, it was dream come true. When the Indian flag formally goes up in the Games Village on Thursday, Shambu will be carrying the placard with the ‘India’ name. “I heard they were looking for a young girl to do this job. I told them to consider my case as I am helping out the Indian teams,” said Shambu.If Shambu’s dream has come true in a way, for many others who get to live in the Village, it’s a fascinating experience. Special attention has been paid to cleanliness.For a city where the number of smokers is quite high, the high rise Village buildings have been declared a no-smoking zone. If at all anyone wants to smoke inside, there are designated areas. FOR those finicky about food, a wide range of options including western, halal, Asian and Korean delicacies are available, as is Indian “khaana”. This is a 24-hour service and teams shuttling between the Village and training arenas can order packed lunch boxes in advance.In an age when stress is so high for athletes, there are prayer halls which provide for most religions. These minute details go a long way in boosting the image of the host city, something Incheon is striving for. There is a laundry service handling thousands of soiled clothes daily to keep the athletes who put their heart and soul into training tension-free.In the event of any niggle or injury, the medical facilities are top class. From common cold to dental trauma and urgent care for any eye infection, specialists are there to help. Those working in the Games Village rarely get credit but, till now, stories emanating from Incheon have been positive. Hopefully, we won’t hear ‘unsuitable food’ used as an excuse for non-performance from Indian [email protected]last_img read more

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9 months agoAinsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ainsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAinsley Maitland-Niles sees his future at Arsenal on the wing.The Gunners and England have high hopes for Three Lions’ U21 prospect.”I’d like to be a winger,” Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports. “I feel comfortable there and I’ve been playing there this season.”I was a striker growing up. Thierry Henry was the perfect role model at the time.”Then everybody started growing but I was still a bit short. As I was still quick, direct and could run at players they thought they would put me on the wing. So up until the age of 16 I was a winger.” last_img read more

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9 months agoTottenham chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong

first_imgTottenham chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jongby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. The Mirror says Tottenham have entered the race to sign Ajax’s brilliant youngster De Jong — as Real Madrid prepare to launch a £100million bid for his fellow midfielder Christian Eriksen.De Jong will be sold to the highest bidder at the end of this season.Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position, after telling Ajax they will pay £67million.But Madrid have made Eriksen a top summer target as they look to revamp an ageing squad, and Spurs have responded by contacting De Jong’s agent, Ali Dursun, and giving him guarantees that will match the current highest bid for his client. De Jong, 21, looked destined for Manchester City late last year, only for the Premier League champions to request that the deal for him was put on ice. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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January 14 2015There is a whole series of reports

first_imgJanuary 14, 2015There is a whole series of reports on all of the different steps in the upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area, starting with the plans in our report from August 15; the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 9/26, 10/1 – 10/6, 10/22, 10/24, 12/3, 12/12 and 1/5 – 1/12/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Workshop participant Jason Green learned how to correctly connect a utility line.Here is Jason helping to install new set of power boxes on the northwest wall of the East Crescent keystone. This is just a small glimpse of some of the activities that a workshop participant might become part of.More to come.last_img read more

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