Conte on his and Batshuayi’s future, Moses, Hazard’s injury and dealing with West Ham

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Monday’s game at West Ham. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. On whether he has received an offer from Inter Milan“Me personally? No.” On his futureEmbed from Getty Images“I think the situation is very clear. I have a contract with Chelsea and we are trying to do something important with the club for the present and for the future.“The only problem for me is that the family is missing me for sure.“They stay in Italy and I am working for the future to try to bring them here and to stay together, because my family is missing me.“The story (that he could leave) tells this, but I am not worried.“With my players I want to work very hard and I think we have to continue in this way to do something important this season, because we are in the right position.” On Eden Hazard“We have a little problem for Eden. In training on Wednesday he got a kick, but I think it’s nothing serious. Everyone else is fit.” On facing West HamEmbed from Getty Images“I think that we must pay attention in the whole squad and team because in the cup they beat us (in the EFL Cup).“The result wasn’t good. For sure we want to take three points in this game. It is a difficult game because we all know the difficulty in this type of game – a derby against West Ham.“We are preparing very well in the right way with the right commitment and focus.“It will be tough. It will be pressure, positive or negative pressure, but we are ready to to play this game and to try to do better than the last game.” On dealing with Andy CarrollEmbed from Getty Images“For sure Andy Carroll is a really good player, very strong physically and we must pay good attention.“We are preparing different solutions to try to limit the strength of our opponents but it is important for us to play our football, with our philosophy to try to play, to try to score and defend very well with high intensity.” On whether Michy Batshuayi has a future at ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images“The most important thing is the present. To work hard in the present and then at the end of the season we will see every situation with every single player.“Now he is working very well for us. He must continue to work and everything can happen.“If he shows me he deserves to play I am ready to put him in the starting 11. If this doesn’t happen then we will continue this way.” On Victor Moses’ new contractEmbed from Getty Images“It is right that Victor Moses deserves a new contract. He is a really good guy and a good player with a good technique and a great desire to fight. I think he deserved this.“When I saw him during pre-season I was very pleased with him to stay here for the whole season. He told me he was very happy to try to prove himself.“He said ‘I am ready to play for Chelsea’. I am pleased for him.”See also:Conte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing Spurs   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Political Correctness Blinds Science to Common Sense

first_imgThere’s been a rapid rise in transgender cases lately, and researchers at an ivy-league college can’t figure out why.The latest PC craze, bouncing off identity politics, is transgenderism. According to the leftist totalitarians in the media, denying your biology is cool, and nobody is allowed to question it. Big Science and Big Media—slaves to political correctness—are caught in a dilemma. On the one hand is scientific objectivity and common sense. On the other hand is the wrath of the PC enforcers, who must not be challenged. This can lead to ridiculous, even humorous, lapses in logic.Case in point: there has been a rapid rise in “gender dysphoria” cases, where individuals express confusion about what gender they are. The answer could be as simple as looking inside their pants, but PC enforcers have severed the common sense bonds between biological sex and gender “feelings,” leading to dozens of new kinds of genders. Each new gender comes with obligatory pronouns that compliant PC followers are supposed to learn under penalty of discipline— even to the point of being fired.Accompanying the confusion usually comes new PC terminology. For instance, we notice that scientific papers about ‘gay sex’ (yes, there are researchers who dig into this) have dropped the word “homosexual” entirely, using the convoluted mouthful, “men who have sex with men.” In the transgender world, new terminology has also arisen. Science Daily reports an alarming rise in “rapid onset gender dysphoria.” This refers to teens who are suddenly switching genders with no prior evidence of gender discomfort. Scientists at Brown University are completely baffled by this trend, because the need to be politically correct has put blinders on their common sense.Until recently, it was unusual for a teen to report initial feelings of gender dysphoria during or after puberty without childhood symptoms. Clinicians have reported that this kind of gender dysphoria is on the rise, particularly for patients whose sex was observed to be female at birth. Additionally, the numbers of adolescents seeking care for gender dysphoria has increased dramatically. It is unknown why these changes are occurring.This month, a Brown University researcher published the first study to empirically describe teens and young adults who did not have symptoms of gender dysphoria during childhood but who were observed by their parents to rapidly develop gender dysphoria symptoms over days, weeks or months during or after puberty.Image by Nikolay LammThe reasons for this trend become obvious as one continues reading— obvious, that is, to all but PC scientists, who could not reason about facts that were staring them in the face if their careers depended on it:Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both.Clearly, the media have laid the groundwork for this trend, which the article says is “a rate that is more [than] 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.” Do these researchers, most of them Darwinians, believe that teens are evolving that fast? They should hope not, or else the human race is bound for extinction.Conveniently for Big Science, the situation may lead to more research opportunities.Littman added that more research is needed to determine the prevalence of rapid-onset gender dysphoria, whether adolescent-onset gender dysphoria and rapid-onset gender dysphoria are temporary or likely to be long term, and how to best to support individuals with rapid-onset gender dysphoria and their families.Funding is bound to forbid common sense so that any conclusions can appear scientific. You can be sure that the conclusions will never dare suggest that transgenders should go back to their biological reality.You, dear common-sense reader, have undoubtedly figured out what’s going on. Transgenderism has become trendy! The PC culture of our day has glorified the brave souls who switch genders, giving them all kinds of new attention and praise. It’s easy to visualize teens gathering about the latest star in class who transitioned and is now getting all the attention. She tells how easy it was to become a boy, or a whatzit, and how she/he/zhe/it is getting offers for TV and radio to tell how victimized it felt being trapped in another person’s body. Everybody bows down to it now, careful to use the right pronoun, apologizing for any slip. It is now a celebrity! It explains to all its non-transitioned friends on Facebook how to do it, and all its friends imagine themselves as something else, thinking of the times they have felt victimized by their biological gender expectations. The boy athlete who kept losing against his peers envisions himself winning all the girls’ athletic events, knowing that nobody will dare complain.Big Media and Big Education put fuel on the fire, glorifying the T in LGBT. How bad is it? Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program recently told about a library that was offering readings to 3-to-6-year-olds by drag queens. Schools bring in T celebrities to talk about their experiences as victims, and how they were liberated by transitioning. Teachers warn their students against using wrong pronouns for the new class royalty, the T’s. Infractions are punished severely. High schools let biological boys be prom queens and biological girls be class kings. Lusty boys learn how to enter the girls’ bathrooms. T is trendy. Glorify transitioning, and you will find a sudden rush of “sudden onset gender dysphoria” supported by Big Media, Big Education, Big Law, social media and student gossip.That was easy, wasn’t it? Don’t ask the Science Experts. They will say, “It is unknown why these changes are occurring.”If you are struggling with gender identity, please read Nancy Pearcey’s new book, Love Thy Body. There is hope. 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Serenbe: a Green Town in the Making

first_imgBiophillic featuresNygren appreciates nature and wants to facilitate greater appreciation of our outdoor environments. He is creating at Serenbe an institute focused on biophilia to promote and teach about biophilic features of land use. (Biophilia, a termed coined by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson, is the innate affinity — or love — that humans have for nature.) Much of the landscaping in the development reflects this priority. I spent a while Friday afternoon photographing swallowtail butterflies on some gorgeous plantings of butterfly bush by the Inn at Serenbe and the Farmhouse Restaurant.Many of the traffic-calming bump-outs (extensions of curbs into the streets to slow traffic and demark on-street parking) are planted with edible landscaping. Nygren told me that the blueberry bushes and fig trees are favorites for the students who attend the Montessori school next to the Bosch Experience Center. Fruit trees that have been planted there will become popular as they reach fruit-bearing age. Naturalized wetlands for sewage treatmentBefore my presentation Saturday morning I explored some of the wild areas at Serenbe — or at least I thought they were wild. When I later talked with Nygren, he explained that part of the area I had walk through is actually an extensive constructed wetland for wastewater treatment. RELATED ARTICLES Green Neighborhood in North CarolinaAn 11-Home Community Built for Energy EfficiencyA New Net-Zero CommunityA Cohousing Community Readies for ConstructionA Net-Zero Energy Apartment Complex Opens in San DiegoA Net-Zero-Energy Community Near BoulderNew, Affordable, and Green in a Historic Neighborhood Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Michael Ogden, of Biohabitats, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, whose work I have long admired, designed this system, which will be able to treat the wastewater from all 220 homes and townhouses once build-out is complete, along with two schools and significant areas of commercial development. Rather than being cordoned off with chain link fences, as one might expect with wastewater treatment, this sewage treatment area hosts a network of trails and a boardwalk for all to enjoy. New Urbanist development patternsConventional development today is sprawling, with each home served by a driveway and usually a garage facing the street; most houses are on cul de sacs, which discourage walking. At Serenbe, the houses are located right along the streets, with on-street parking in front and, often, alley access behind. Townhouses provide greater density and more urban feel in the town centers of the community.Saturday afternoon, as I was leaving for the airport, a “tailgate party” of Georgia Tech football fans with a live band on one of the homes’ porches, had spilled out into the street as an impromptu block party — something the community is designed to encourage.Many of these buildings feature live-work arrangements with commercial or retail space on the street level and apartments above. I stayed in a very pleasant in-town apartment that is managed by the Inn at Serenbe. After working on my presentation in my room Friday night, I walked downstairs and down a few doors on the sidewalk to discover a musician performing at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery Café.I bought a beer and joined the 20 or so others enjoying the music. It isn’t quite East Village, but I can see how this will become a more and more vibrant area as the build-out continues.Serenbe is different from Seaside, probably America’s most famous New Urbanist town (on Florida’s panhandle). Serenbe is more spread out, with a lot more open space that separates the higher-density neighborhoods and three town centers (the construction of one of which has yet to begin). To get from one neighborhood to another some people drive (either by car — 15 mph speed limit, controlled by rather robust speed bumps — or electric golf carts, which are very popular). An extensive network of trails also connect these areas.As more of the development is completed at Serenbe, I think it will gain more of a “critical mass” feel. Nygren pointed out places where clusters of additional homes will be built, along with several hundred thousand square feet of commercial space, including retail shops, offices, a hotel, and (notably) a brew-pub. Farming at SerenbeIt was partly out of an interest is supporting local agriculture and farm-to-plate initiatives that Serenbe was first created. Currently eight acres of land are being actively farmed in a certified organic and Biodynamic operation, and 25 acres are set aside for farming. The farm is managed by Paige Witherington with several interns, and it supplies food to a 125-person CSA (community-supported agriculture operation), the Saturday farmers’ market in one of the town centers, two acclaimed restaurants at Serenbe, and the Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakery.There are also horse pastures and stables, with trails extending through the undeveloped portions of the property.Next week I’ll cover some of the energy features at Serenbe. I’m just back from Atlanta, where I spoke on Saturday at the new Bosch Experience Center located in the unique Serenbe Community thirty miles southwest of Atlanta.I gotta say, I was impressed!Serenbe is the creation of Steve Nygren, who was kind enough to show me around and point out some of the community’s green features after my presentation. It is a 1,000-acre new town development that is one of the best examples in the country today of what a green development can be.For starters, the larger area — about 62 square miles — was incorporated by Nygren and some other developers as its own municipality, the City of Chattahoochee Hills, allowing them to establish some highly unusual zoning regulations. For example, at least 70 percent of the land in any development must remain as open space, which can include agriculture, recreation, or natural area.last_img read more

Boston Mulls a New Template for Urban Housing

first_img RELATED ARTICLES A Boston startup is proposing a new housing model designed to solve a fundamental problem with urban apartments — they’re too big.The company, Livelight, and architect Tamara Roy developed a model for very small modular apartments that can be racked in steel-framed exoskeletons on small infill lots, expanding housing opportunities for one- and two-person urban households. The project also had the backing of the Boston Society of Architects.Livelight founder Addison Godine said he was approached by the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab and asked to design a micro-apartment on wheels. He and Roy, then the incoming president of the Boston Society of Architects, rolled up their sleeves and developed a prototype called the Urban Housing Unit, or uhü, and submitted the design in a competition for development of a city-owned lot in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.“Among many initiatives one of their interests was compact living spaces as a potential partial solution to the housing crunch that was happening in Boston,” Godine said of the Innovation Lab in a telephone interview. “There is a great mismatch between the housing stock and the citizenry — 17% of the housing stock in Boston is studio and one-bedrooms but 67% of Boston city residents are one- and two-person households.” Cities Think Small to Ease the Housing CrunchTiny Houses Join the Building CodeBuilders Aren’t Jumping on the Tiny House BandwagonLumber Store Chain Now Offers Tiny Houses Their 385-square-foot prototype, built at a modular factory in Pennsylvania, was parked for its introductory exhibition at City Hall Plaza last August and has since been trucked to eight different sites around Boston. Thousands of people have taken the tour, and sometime this spring, the city is due to decide whether Godine can move forward with a proposal to rack seven units on the Roxbury property and put them on the market.Boston is one of a number of cities looking at very small dwelling units as a way of making affordable housing more available (see “Cities Think Small to Ease the Housing Crunch” in the sidebar below). What comes in the packageThe uhü is 13 feet 10 inches wide, 33 feet long, and 11 feet tall — something like half of a conventional single-wide manufactured home. Including the trailer, it weighs 20,000 pounds.Exterior walls are framed with 2x8s and insulated with R-31 fiberglass batts. Both the floor and the roof are framed with 12-inch I-joists and insulated with fiberglass. (The roof also has a layer of rigid foam insulation.) Godine estimated nominal R-values of 40 in the floor and between 50 and 55 in the roof. Windows are double-pane Marvin Integrity.Cladding for the prototype is a translucent polycarbonate material called Polygal, which allows the uhü to glow at night. If it were ever to be put into production, Godine said, it could have siding more appropriate for an urban property — something like fiber cement.The uhü is heated and cooled with a single-head Mitsubishi Hyper-Heat ductless minisplit with a rated capacity of 18,000 Btu. Godine said the unit is capable of producing heat with outside temperatures as low as -23°F. It also comes with a Nest thermostat, just so residents don’t squander the chance to save energy.The design also includes Intello, a membrane used for airtightness and vapor control. There was, however, no money in the budget for a blower-door test.It cost $85,000, including the trailer, all furniture, and all appliances. Godine would like to see the cost to drop to between $40,000 and $50,000. People needed to see the real thingThe city had been touring neighborhoods to talk about the potential of more compact housing and micro-apartments, Godine said, but more often than not the reaction was a blank stare. Staffers from the Innovation Lab tried marking the outline of a micro-apartment on a gym floor with blue painter’s tape, for example, in order to give prospective tenants an idea of what living in one would be like. It just wasn’t clicking.“It didn’t really communicate what a space could be like,” he said, “so they said what we really want to do is build a real one.”He and Roy were both familiar with little houses. Godine managed the 2011 Solar Decathlon team while a student at Middlebury College, a role that encouraged the study of small, unconventional residential spaces. Later, he worked for a company called Getaway that placed tiny houses in rural settings and rented them to city people. Roy had lived in a 300-square-foot apartment in the Netherlands with her husband and their baby while earning her master’s degree, and has become a widely known advocate for micro-apartments since then. She’s now a principal at Stantec, where her bio says she’s been nicknamed the “mother of the micro-unit.”Once Roy knew she was in line to take over the Boston Society of Architects, she saw an opportunity to promote a favorite theme.“I knew that I had this once-in-a-lifetime chance to put some of the ideas we have for making more efficient smaller units and getting the word out there that they weren’t going to be tenements or old boarding houses,” she said. “We could show it was really a solution that was going to meet the demand that people in smaller household sizes have in Boston.”She lined up a meeting with Godine, and they soon decided to join forces and respond to the request-for-proposal from the city. The pair decided modular made the most sense for the apartment prototype, and they contacted a number of factories before settling on PennKraft Building Systems in Pennsylvania.Once the uhü was delivered, the tours began. What the 3,000 or so visitors saw was a long, boxy structure with a kitchen, a code-compliant bathroom, a sleeping alcove, a living/dining area that could seat six for dinner, and a variety of storage shelves and lockers — all in a package much better insulated and air-sealed than a typical city dwelling.A video narrated by Roy at the Livelight website runs through the basics.According to Godine, only 2% of those who toured the uhü said it wasn’t for them or wouldn’t fit in their particular neighborhoods. Others expressed “some range of bewilderment” about the project but not necessarily a negative view. A number of visitors said they were familiar with the idea of micro-apartments because of television coverage of tiny houses. Reaction ‘mixed’ at neighborhood roll-outGodine’s plan, should he win the city’s OK, would be to stack a total of seven units in a three-story steel rack on the Roxbury lot (see the second to last image below) and put them up for sale. The studios would sell for $149,000 and the two-bedroom units — expanded versions of the prototypical uhü 52 feet long and measuring 621 square feet — would sell for $199,000.The steel rack is what Godine calls pallet rack framing, just as you’d see in Home Depot or any distribution warehouse. “The idea,” he said, “is you can slot in your uhü or whatever, much like boats slot into a marina.”One problem yet to be overcome is the city’s current minimum size requirement for dwellings. Studio apartments must be a minimum of 450 square feet; one-bedrooms must be 625 square feet.“You have to get around that somehow,” Godine said. “My company thinks you shouldn’t have to get around it. You should just be able to build this small because, really, there’s no problem with it.”Another potential problem is public acceptance of a design that’s more contemporary than its surroundings. Godine said the Roxbury proposal recently was the subject of a public presentation in the neighborhood and got a “mixed” reaction.“The question is whether they want this kind of design in their neighborhood at all,” Godine said. “It’s a fairly conservative neighborhood, and this many be rocking the boat with something contemporary looking.”last_img read more

‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.center_img #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more