The Latest: Kvitova eased into 3rd round of US Open

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___2:05 p.m. Seventeenth-seeded Angelique Kerber is getting things started in the women’s bracket against Anna-Lena Friedsam, ranked No. 109 in the world. Former champion Naomi Osaka plays Wednesday night after a day off to rest a worrisome left hamstring.On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic tries to remain unbeaten in 2020 when he plays Kyle Edmund. Djokovic is 24-0 this year, has won 18 of his last 19 matches in Grand Slam tournaments and is heavily favored to pick up his fourth U.S. Open title.The weather could play a factor, given the chance of rain, especially through early afternoon. Temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) are predicted.___More AP tennis: and September 2, 2020 Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016.The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round.The women’s bracket also had an upset Wednesday. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes. ___The second round of the U.S. Open is underway with a cloudy sky and a chance of rain at Flushing Meadows. Associated Press The Latest: Kvitova eased into 3rd round of US Open Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that his been her most elusive.Kvitova beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes Wednesday, overcoming her nervousness in the first set. This is her 14th U.S. Open. It’s the only Grand Slam tournament where she has failed to reach the semifinals. She reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. She has two Wimbledon titles.___1:05 p.m.last_img read more

New Survey: Florida is the Nation’s Top Moving Destination

first_imgIf the roads across Florida seem more crowded, they are…and it is not just because of the snowbirds anymore.A new U-Haul survey reveals that more people are now moving to the Sunshine State than any other in the U.S.That spot had belonged to Texas for the past four years.The ranking shows that more moving trucks entered Florida than those which left.According to Miguel Caminos, president of U-Haul Company of Florida, “There’s an expectation of comfort for people moving here. They know there are jobs. Plus, there are tons of attractions, and our state is family-friendly. The weather is perfect, and no matter where you live, you’re less than an hour from the beach.”South Florida cities including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie were among those that showed the largest increase in truck arrivals. Bradenton, Sarasota, Kissimmee, and Ocala also saw a rise in the number of new residents from out-of-state.Texas ranked second on this year’s list, while North and South Carolina came in at number three and four, respectively.last_img read more

England trio bid for a solid Finnish

first_img13 Aug 2012 England trio bid for a solid Finnish England Golf is sending the experienced trio of David Booth (Rotherham, Yorkshire), Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire) to Helsinki Golf Club to compete in the Finnish Amateur on 16th – 18th August. Casey, 19, was the English under 18 champion last year when he finished third on the Titleist/FootJoy English Boys Order of Merit. He also won the Duke of York Young Champions tournament, was third in the Lagonda Trophy and fourth in the Fairhaven Trophy. This year, Casey has finished third in the Tillman Trophy and equal seventh in the Berkhamsted Trophy and is a member of the England ‘A’ squad. Booth, 24, who will be making his first foreign trip for England Golf, has recently completed his studies at Stirling University. He was a member of the Yorkshire boys’ team prior to going to university and has represented the Yorkshire first team when available. He was the only English member of the European universities team in the recent Palmer Cup victory over the American universities. Howard, 21 (image © Tom Ward), also representing England Golf for the first time, was the individual winner in this year’s Northern Counties Men’s Qualifying at Ponteland, having finished joint runner-up in the Selborne Salver and tied eighth in the Lytham Trophy.  A product of the Lancashire boys coaching, he is a first team regular and played for the Red Rose in last year’s County Finals at Ganton. The Finnish Amateur is played over 54 holes with a cut after two rounds, the leading 36 players and ties going forward to the third and final round.last_img read more

Car Thefts on the Rise Statewide, Residents Warned to Lock Vehicles

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN — Borough police are again advising residents to be sure to lock their cars and take their keys with them after a car was stolen this week and authorities report an upward trend in vehicle thefts.Det. Stephen Schneider said a 2013 Mercedes 2300 Class was stolen from a residence sometime late Thursday or early Friday.Following that incident, police sent both text and telephone messages to residents reminding them to secure their vehicles.There has been a trend – “a statewide problem, actually” – with high-end vehicles being stolen in the last couple of years, including Monmouth County, Schneider said.Many of the vehicles taken were unlocked, and many had key fobs left in them, as well, Schneider said. The fobs allow the owners to use a remote wireless entry system to open the door.Leaving the fobs in the cars allow car thieves to “drive right off,” Schneider said. “It’s a quick buck for them.”A number of communities around the county have seen a rise in stolen vehicles, though Fair Haven isn’t one of them. Prior to the theft of the Mercedes, the police had two reports of theft, about 1½ years ago – and both those owners had left the vehicles unlocked, Schneider said.The police department sent similar notices out before but decided to repeat it “to urge our residents so we don’t have an issue with it,” Schneider said.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Shypitka

first_imgThe rink won the zone earlier this year in Cranbrook.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to wish the rink best of luck with Team of the Week honours.Also playing in the championship is the Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar.The championships conclude Sunday at the Trail Curling Club with the final set for 2 p.m. Team Shypitka, with players from throughout the Kootenays, take to the ice Tuesday in the Tim Horton’s B.C. Senior Men’s Curling Championships at the Trail Curling Club.Shypitka, of Cranbrook, skips the team that includes third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschio Trail and lead Bill King of Fruitvale.last_img

Beware of signing MoU with T&T

first_imgDear Editor,I am very worried about Guyana signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) for “cooperation in oil and gas”, because the Guyanese people had enough bad experiences over the years to make them look with four eyes at any type of agreement with the twin island republic and other nations.T&T has been good to Guyanese. I have dear friends there, and my experiences when visiting there have all been good. But I am also aware that our relationship with T&T has not always been smooth sailing, and I think it would be wise to take a hard look at the troubling aspects of our relations with our sister CARICOM state before making any commitments.For example, I know that well qualified Guyanese, including doctors, have gone to T&T to get work, only to be turned away in disappointment because the authorities there made it quite clear that their people come first. This happened even as CARICOM was pushing for the free movement of skilled professionals across member states.I know this from personal experience. One of my nephews accepted a job offer at a hospital in T&T through that nation’s Ministry of Health. When the time came for him to commence his internship and start work, he was rebuffed and told plainly that he was rejected because he is Guyanese, and that T&T nationals come first.I also know of cases wherein Guyanese got seriously sick in T&T and were rushed to hospital, only to be denied emergency treatment because they were foreigners. By all the reports I got, the doctors did not even try to save them, and they died in their vehicles. They were willing to pay, but were not allowed in the hospital. In my opinion, the doctors and nurses deliberately allowed those poor Guyanese to die.Furthermore, from my own observation, T&T immigration officers have special benches for Guyanese arriving at various ports of entry. This could only be for discriminatory reasons. I also know of male immigration officers who deport pretty Guyanese girls and tell the girls to call them personally before they return, in order to make sleazy deals to facilitate their re-entry to T&T.It is also a known fact that during the height of the economic crisis in Guyana, persons in T&T were advertising for girls to work over there, but they wanted to see their photographs first. Girls lured by those ads were terribly abused, and many were forced into prostitution. There are media reports of many Guyanese who were abused in T&T, and some were even killed and buried in septic tanks.To my mind, these incidents– and many more that your readers would know about — show that there are very good reasons for us to be cautious as a nation, and that we should think matters through carefully before signing any MoU, contract, agreement, or other legal instrument with any nation that might not have our best interest at heart.I strongly believe that if, for any reason, Guyana decides to sign a contract with T&T to refine oil, or dealing with oil and gas in any way, there must be inserted a clause or some type of caveat that gives Guyana the right to get out of that contract — instantaneously, if necessary — if T&T does not uphold the highest standards of service or any other provision in the contract.Guyana has to proceed with the utmost caution when going into any agreement with T&T any other country or any multi-national corporation with regard to oil and gas. Such agreements must give priority to Guyanese employees in the industry, so that we are not flooded with foreigners while we are left with ‘wapia’, or ‘white mouth’.Our people must be given the same opportunities and training on equal footing with the Trinidadians or other foreigners that come to work or do business here.Also, if a large number of T&T nationals come to work in Guyana, similar numbers of Guyanese must be able to go to work in T&T, and get the same treatment Trinidadians get here, including the same wages and conditions that obtain for their own people.Let me make it clear that I am not an enemy of T&T. The people there have always been kind to me personally. I have good friends in T&T, maybe because I have developed a certain level of social class, and the atrocities tend to be committed on persons from more challenged circumstances. So I am not talking about the good people of T&T, only those institutions and individuals that abuse Guyanese.Also, I am not coming out against the Guyana Government, I will support and work with any democratically elected Government of Guyana; but I want to warn the Government that by signing a bad deal with T&T, our oil and gas sector could be compromised; in the long run, that Government would be impacted, whether they are in or out of power; and the whole of Guyana would suffer the effects of that mistake.Guyana’s oil and gas industry is so precious and so vital to our prosperity that we have to view with healthy suspicion every attempt by foreigners to engage us to make deals in this sector. They will always paint a bright picture of the deal and say it is for mutual cooperation and mutual benefit. It is up to us to read the fine print and make sure we are not being taken for a ride.I also support the wisdom of President David Arthur Granger’s call to strengthen the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) when he said in Barbados over the weekend that Caribbean people have to start thinking ‘regional’ rather than thinking ‘island’, and he invited the entire region to jointly explore investments in Guyana.I believe in “One Caribbean”, but there must be mutual respect. If we are to be the facilitators of this “One Caribbean”, the backbone and saviour of the Caribbean because of this newfound oil wealth, then the Caribbean people must understand that they must treat Guyana and the Guyanese people with the utmost respect.Oil and gas agreements must be on good footing for all parties to benefit. We had our bad times, but the tables have turned and we must not look for vengeance. Government must ensure — as I have preached in the past — that returns from such agreements are used for positive social change: teach people how to invest, save etc; and set up or enhance institutions to promote our people’s financial empowerment.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Hastings: forgotten hero of 1976

first_img15 June 2006The doctor interrupted his mid-morning tea break, rushed into the casualty section and was greeted by “a grisly scene”. Lying on the stretcher was the body of a young boy dressed in school uniform, his head covered in blood, a gaping bullet wound exposing his brain.The doctor, Malcolm Klein, describes what he saw: “A bullet wound to one side of his head, blood and brains spilling out of a large exit wound on the other side, the gurgle of death in his throat. Only later would I learn his name: Hastings Ndlovu.”Klein is now an anaesthetist living and working in Tampa, Florida. The boy, 15-year-old Hastings Ndlovu, is believed to be the first child to be shot in Orlando West in confrontations with the police on 16 June 1976, the day Soweto exploded in violent uprisings against the apartheid government.The day Hector Pieterson died“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture.” These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photo of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of 16 June 1976.Another boy, 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, has come to symbolise the day. The World newspaper photographer Sam Nzima was on hand to capture the unconscious Pieterson being carried by pupil Mbuyisa Makhubo, with Antoinette Sithole, Pieterson’s sister, running alongside. Pieterson had been shot by the police.The photograph went around the world, and today Pieterson’s sacrifice is acknowledged in the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial in Orlando West.In fact it’s most likely that Ndlovu was the first child to be shot, although it’s probable that Pieterson died before Ndlovu. Pieterson was declared dead when he arrived at Phefeni Clinic, while Klein puts the time of Hastings’ death at around noon or shortly thereafter, several hours after he was shot.But, for Ndlovu, there was no photographer on hand to record his shooting.This aerial photograph, taken from a police helicopter, shows children on the march on 16 June 1976 (Photo: Hector Pieterson Museum)Klein’s report, written in 2003, is now in the archives of the museum, which commemorates 16 June 1976. It records the events of that day from the moment pupils starting marching towards Orlando Stadium, where they planned to hold a meeting, to when they were intercepted by the police in Moema Street. Things quickly got out of hand, and the first shot was fired.The call was taken up around the country, and the uprising spread nationwide. By the end of 1976 some 566 people had been killed.Klein was dumbstruck as to how a school child, in the middle of the morning, was being admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital with gunshot wounds, and questions raced through his mind.Shot by police“Children with bullet wounds?” he wondered. “But how? And by whom? A robbery? By school kids? In the middle of the day? Where would the guns come from? Black South Africans are prohibited from owning guns.”The answer came: “They were shot by the police.”Klein says a quick survey in the casualty ward revealed that all except one child were shot above the waist: in other words, the police had shot to kill. Then his old high school friend and a neurosurgeon, Dr Risik Gopal, arrived and checked Hastings’ condition.Gopal confirmed what Klein had suspected: no one could survive such an injury. And indeed, a “short time later, Hastings was dead”, having been in a coma from the moment he was shot, Klein says.Klein worked in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for several years, and had been warned that it would be a “baptism in blood” – particularly on Friday nights. But after years of handling “grisly injuries” from assaults using a range of weapons, he thought “nothing could penetrate the emotional barriers I had learned to erect”.Not that day.The sight of “uniformed children riddled with bullets”, accompanied by their “terminal breaths”, left Klein feeling helpless and hopeless, and he could only watch in despair as life ebbed from the “fragile frame” of Ndlovu.The white hospital administrator walked into the ward and Klein told him to expect trouble that night in Soweto. The administrator replied: “Oh, no, by tonight everything will have blown over.”Klein, a coloured doctor who under apartheid ethos had no authority to shout at a white person, couldn’t contain himself. He yelled: “In Soweto, you do not shoot children and get away with it. There is going to be shit!” He walked away with tears in his eyes.Klein had to break the news of Ndlovu’s death to the boy’s friends and relatives, a difficult task not made easier by repeating the news to other relatives of dead children. “I remember the looks of disbelief, the anguish, the tears. And I remember my own grief welling up afresh each time I delivered the grim news.”Gopal, now the chief neurosurgeon at the hospital, said they stood at the window and watched police shooting children. Some of the staff members saw their own children being brought in with gunshot wounds. “There was a lot of emotion on the day. It was just chaos,” he says.Prohibition on assemblingBy late afternoon the government had prohibited blacks from assembling in groups larger than three. Workers, when they disembarked from trains and taxis, got together before walking home, wondering what was happening, unaware of the ruling.Police opened fire on them, expecting them to know about the prohibition, and they arrived at hospital asking innocently why the police were shooting at them.Others arrived at hospital with strange wounds, says Klein: small entrance holes in their upper bodies, with larger exit wounds lower down. One man said: “We were sitting in our kitchen, having dinner, when bullets came in through the roof and hit us.” Police were firing from helicopters overhead.And worse. Klein says he had earlier wondered if the police had been caught by surprise and had overreacted, “never intending to cause grievous bodily harm”. They were shooting at whoever they saw – men, women and children – in a situation that had got out of control from the moment Ndlovu and Pieterson were shot.Worse still, the police wanted to follow up all victims who were brought to hospital, and prosecute the survivors for “rioting”. So the administrator in charge of the casualty section, himself a doctor, instructed his staff to compile a list of all victims of gunshot wounds. The doctors refused to comply, says Klein.The police then issued instructions that the admission clerks were to compile this list. The clerks and the doctors then jointly decided to file the reason for admission as “abscess” and “drainage of abscess”.“In this way we protected an unknown number of patients from being victimised twice by police brutality,” Klein says.By the end of the day an unknown number of children and adults had been killed, and many more died from their wounds the next day.By nightfall the township was a brooding battleground with black smoke rising from government buildings, including schools, libraries and local community halls.The schoolchildren’s anger was finally being released as they torched the buildings, looting others like government bottle stores before torching them too. Smouldering cars littered every other street.It took the authorities months to restore the status quo; only by the end of the year had some semblance of normality been re-established.Re-awakeningThe day marked the reawakening of black resistance, stilled in June 1964 when the top echelons of the African National Congress – including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela – were tried for treason and sent to Robben Island for almost 30 years.The tide of resistance had begun, and was unstoppable. By the mid-1980s the United Democratic Front, a coalition of anti-apartheid organisations, was formed and continued pressure was applied. In 1990 the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress, South African Communist Party and other organisations were unbanned after almost 30 years of underground resistance.International solidarity movements had added to the pressure and helped bring about the end of apartheid.Many of the children who survived that day went into exile and never completed their education, only returning to South Africa in the 1990s when apartheid finally collapsed. Many of those who stayed dropped out of society and became the “lost generation”, with little education and no prospects for the future.Outcome of the uprisingThe spark for the uprising was the instruction to teachers that some subjects should be taught in Afrikaans, a language they would not be comfortable with, particularly in subjects like science and maths. Directly after the uprising Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was abandoned.More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants.And most importantly, urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Previously they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, often inferior pieces of land far away from cities and jobs.Klein emigrated with his family in 1985, three years after his daughter was born. “I could not imagine raising her in a society that would regard her as a second-class citizen.”Ndlovu’s father died towards the end of 2003. His two sisters went into exile shortly after 16 June but have subsequently returned to Johannesburg. It’s believed his mother died shortly after her daughters left the country.Ndlovu and Pieterson are buried at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What Should Be Done With This House?

first_imgIn this blog, Paul Eldrenkamp and Ken Neuhauser look at a range of houses and ask these questions: “If this house is to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem in the year 2050, what will it probably look like? What sort of master plan will get it there?” Paul and Ken will be presenting a workshop on this topic (“What should be done with this house?”) at the upcoming BuildingEnergy 16 conference in Boston. Paul Eldrenkamp is the founder of Byggmeister (Scandinavian for “Master Builder”), a remodeling company in Newton, Massachusetts. Ken Neuhauser is is a senior field project manager with the Building Performance Consulting group at CLEAResult Consulting, Inc. Ken provides building performance consulting to building owners, designers, developers, and builders. House #4: An old house with vinyl sidingLot size: 13,500 square feetHouse size: 3,000 square feetYear built: 1865Type: Mansard, with rear additionsLocation: North of BostonDistance to major services/transportation hub: 5 milesValue: $1.2 millionPaul: This house reminds me that we have three clients for each renovation project: the owner who’s hiring us; the house itself; and the community (and it’s up to each of us to decide where the boundaries of “the community” should be).The best investment for the homeowners depends on their timeframe in the house: If it’s 10 years at most, they should possibly leave it as is. If it’s longer, they should plan to pull off the vinyl siding and restore the exterior to its Second Empire glory. That’s what I would advise them. At one point, I would have advised them to add 4 inches of insulation to the exterior before re-siding. I’m not such a crusader for that level of exterior insulation now. I just think the cost per ton of carbon reduced is too high.It’s too expensive to try to fix all of our climate and energy issues just by retrofitting existing buildings. After getting an existing house to a certain level of carbon reduction, there are more cost-effective things the community can be doing with its collective resources, such as investing more in de-carbonizing the grid. If we had zero-carbon energy and transportation grids (indulge me for the moment), it wouldn’t matter what we did with this house.But it would be really great for the building to wrap it in 4 inches of foam — the architecture could be preserved, and the building would be all set for maybe a millennium or more. But it would be a big investment to save just one building.Ken: I agree that if the horizon is 10 years or less, it would be best if the owners did not make major changes to the enclosure (e.g. windows) or systems, as the changes made would likely not be aimed and the long view (would not support high performance) and these changes would then be baked in. As Brian Butler has pointed out to me, any change to a component (windows, siding, roofing, boiler replacement etc.) essentially inoculates that component against further improvement for many years to come.But it would be very important to keep up with preventive maintenance.Bad maintenance could significantly degrade the building during the current (presumed short) period of ownership and would certainly jeopardize the future of this building: In the photo I can see that the rain leaders need to be piped to drain away from the brick foundation — it is showing signs of damage. The basement window should be repaired to prevent water and pest entry and to control the infiltration of humid summertime air that would elevate moisture risks in the basement. The vinyl siding typically has features that act like gutters to concentrate water precisely at vulnerable parts of the wall. I would advise using an undersized air conditioner or dehumidifier in the summer to help the walls dry to the inside and to keep the heat up in the winter to promote drying to the outside. If there is a wet basement, that might be an area worth improving even in the short-term.Regarding the longer-term path, there seems to be some inconsistency in your suggestion to restore the exterior to its Second Empire glory but forego the exterior insulation because the cost for reduction of carbon this way is just too high. Really? How much carbon will paint and restored woodwork save? I’m glad you acknowledge that wrapping the building in sufficient insulation is one of the least energy-intensive things we could do to preserve the architecture. And putting more PV panels on the roof or on a landfill cannot do that. Another thing that PV can’t do is to make the interior of the home more comfortable. How about improving the sound control of the enclosure (an aging population will appreciate this)?It may be that gobs of insulation are not the cheapest way to reduce carbon footprint. But if we acknowledge, value, and count the investment we are willing to make for all these other benefits (comfort, sound control, preservation of the building, etc.), then the residual that we pay for the energy performance may not be that large.Perhaps there are more cost-effective things we can be doing as a society to reduce climate impacts. But I think achieving the most benefit for the money that we, in aggregate, are willing to spend requires that we capture every opportunity to leverage investments made for non-climate-impact reasons to also benefit climate impact.Yes, it is too expensive to try to fix all of our climate and energy issues by retrofitting existing buildings. But the need is too great and the resources are too scarce for us to ignore the opportunities presented by the remodeling and beautification that is done for non-energy reasons. House #8: A thermal disasterLot size: approx. 5,000 acresHouse size: 2,885 square feet finished area in the main house; 1,700 square feet in guest houseYear built: 1936-39Type: Mid-century modernLocation: Mill Run, PennsylvaniaDistance to major services/transportation hub: 10-20 milesCurrent value: Mostly sentimental value; the lot would be unbuildable under today’s regulationsPaul: I don’t see a lot of future for this house. It’s nothing but thermal bridges — single-strength glass and concrete cantilevers. A case could be made for wrapping it in rigid foam and Dryvit, but it would be hard to justify such a labor-intensive project.It’s in a very wet environment without a lot of drying potential. It’s not clear that the original architect, whoever that was, knew or cared much about structural engineering or durability.It’s a long ways from any transportation hub or services. I would tell the current owners to enjoy it while they can, and then let the house gradually crumble into the Bear Run Creek.Ken: Ah, Falling into Water! Or is it Water Falling through?Much as we might deride the hubris of this building and its complete disregard for hygrothermal management, it has attained a rarefied place in our culture/civilization such that it is no longer a home but a monument. (The Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty also have horrible thermal bridging, but I don’t think that negates their value).Paul interrupts: People were never expected to live in the Washington Monument or the Statue of Liberty. I think the Washington Monument would make for lousy living spaces, but I think the Statue of Liberty could be retrofitted with 2-3 luxury units pretty nicely. What a view! Get rid of that cheap copper and put some gold leaf on that sucker. Naming rights: The Statue of Trumperty.Ken aside: Great, it will be bankrupt in a month!Ken continuing: The bad hygrothermal performance (other modern architects created exquisite examples of atrocious performance) is a very important part of the architectural history. We need history (and architectural history) for the lessons as much as the inspiration it offers. If we don’t heed the lessons of these buildings, we are condemned to emulate them!It would be more useful to abstract this particular specimen to a more general type or situation. One possible type generalization would be a building that boldly eschews the forms and conventions that evolutionary process has determined are viable in this climate and for human needs. Sometimes, such a mutation can produce something really helpful that leapfrogs the painstakingly long evolutionary process. More often, the mutation doesn’t work out.So what do we do when the experiment produces something that comes to be a problem? Of course, where there is a will and infinite resources, the problems could be fixed. But, would it be better to receive gratefully the lessons learned and try again (i.e., start over)?Another way to generalize this building is as one that is all horizontal surfaces and mostly shaded glass. In the mid-century execution with concrete and plate glass, it is easy to conclude that this arrangement doesn’t work in a location where it rains or snows or where it gets cold. In other words, it seems that this type form is better suited to be inside a building than as a building. But, on the other hand, horizontal surfaces and lots of glass sounds a lot like what many of our high end and low-end commercial buildings look like (think office buildings and retail buildings).Managing water and providing really good insulation on a low-sloped roof is something we can do quite well with current materials and methods. The vertical glazing is something that could be remedied with really high-performance glazing systems. (We’re getting closer on that front.) We may need to consider external shading for glazing that is exposed to the east through south to west. The exposed elements between the glazing and the roof can usually be provided with an insulating and water protecting wrap of some kind (EIFS, insulation plus cladding) or re-built. The typical slab on grade will present a challenge. If we are willing to have a little bit of exterior excavation we could do a reasonable job of remediating the slab edge losses. Then we take advantage of the flat roof-to-floor area ratio for PV and vegetable gardening.Paul: I will admit that I slid this example in solely to bait any irony-impaired purists. But Ken turned it into a thoughtful discourse that offers hope that exquisite beauty does not need to butt heads with outstanding performance over time. So why do I still see so few examples of a satisfying balance between high design and high performance from our starchitects? What are the forces that allow them to claim to be green while anyone who uses actual performance data to question those claims is a philistine? Does this go back to CP Snow’s “Two Cultures” problem? House #6: A handsome Gothic RevivalLot size: 5,500 square feetHouse size: 3,500 square feetYear built: ca. 1870Type: Gothic RevivalLocation: BostonDistance to major services/transportation hub: ½ mileCurrent value: $750,000 (?)Paul: In 2050, hopefully this house will look just the same. It will probably have better insulation in the framing cavities. Maybe the basement will have been fully insulated and that space made inhabitable to increase the occupancy. Designer minisplits will have become available that look like vintage cast iron radiators, and this house will have one in each room. It’s possible to decrease the carbon footprint per capita that this house represents by putting more occupants in it. If we can find safe and neighborly ways to increase density by allowing more unrelated people to live in single-family homes, houses like this will have a solid future.Ken: I agree. People of the year 2050 should be grateful if preceding generations presented them a building that looks just like this.As you suggest, the way that this building contributes to the solution is through reducing per-capita carbon by increasing occupant density. Dividing into condos would be a knee-jerk market approach. I like the idea you hinted at of some kind of cooperative shared living environment. This may be slightly off-topic, but at some point we should see a reversal of the current trend to concentrate dependencies “elsewhere”, e.g., assisted living, group homes for developmentally disabled or physically challenged. By 2050 I hope we see a trend toward places that acknowledge and foster interdependencies among persons of varying abilities.The location is one that provides opportunities for low-carbon transportation. Increasing the occupant density of this house would have a double whammy of 1) reducing per-capita housing energy and 2) increasing the number of people with access to low-carbon transportation.Paul: So I would tell the owner of this house to do as little as possible until market forces have loosened zoning laws, Henri Fennell has taught more foam contractors how to do slow-rise cavity fill insulation, and minisplits are available in a faux Victorian option.Ken: I think one should also go over this building very thoroughly to make sure that the basic water management is in place to safeguard this building. Clearly somebody put a lot of attention into the aesthetics of this building. But did anybody make sure that the flashing sheds water away from rather than into the building? As with singers and news/weather reporters, I’m very skeptical when something looks this pretty. Designers, remodelers, and homeowners rarely think long-term. There are too many incentives not to. In this article, we hope to show ways to think about houses over extended time periods so that we can come up with short-term measures and solutions that fit into a longer-term context. This, we think, will help us become better stewards of the homes we are asked to work on.We’ll use a dialog format to discuss eight mini-case studies. A Socioeconomic Context for Ice DamsSustainability, Scandinavian StyleStrength in NumbersDisaster Responses House #1: A simple ranch in an expensive neighborhoodLot size: 8,000 sfHouse size: 1,100 sfYear built: 1948Type: Slab-on-grade ranch with detached garageLocation: Newton, MassachusettsDistance to major services/transportation hub: 2-3 milesCurrent value: $450,000Paul: By 2050, I think this house [see Image #1, above] will long ago have been torn down and replaced. A McMansion on that lot could sell for $1.2 million. I think the opportunity costs of saving this house are way too high, no matter how sentimental you are about small-house living. If it is indeed replaced with a McMansion, we’ll be replacing one kind of problem not with a solution but with a new kind of problem. Instead, I’d like to see this replaced with a moderate-income 4-unit multi-family. Maybe four 1-bedroom or studio apartments at 600-700 square feet each for a total of 2500-2800 square feet – the size of a McMansion. But zoning laws would have to change dramatically, and the neighborhood would fight that, and it almost certainly won’t happen soon — although it might by 2050. House #2: A gambrel with two additionsLot size: 60,000 square feetHouse size: 3,100 square feetYear built: ca. 1910Type: GambrelLocation: Metropolitan BostonDistance to major services/transportation hub: 2 milesValue: $750,000Paul: This was a nice gambrel on a large lot that borders wetlands, limiting the opportunity for much more development. It was a nice gambrel, at least, until someone chose to put on the two additions — the one-story space on the right and the 2-story addition with 1-story mudroom on the left. Whenever I look at a prospective client’s house, I often see past errors that need to be stripped away before we should do anything else. These two additions look, to me, like carbuncles that need to be surgically removed. The most elegant way to expand a Gambrel form is to extend the main roofline. The least elegant way to is to add a couple of boxes. I would advise this homeowner to remove the boxes and figure out a better way to add that square footage. If this house ends up being torn down by the year 2050 — which is very possible — it will be because of those two additions and not because of the original house. This should stand as a warning to remodeling contractors everywhere.Ken: With any luck, the growth on the left will fall off on its own (there are already signs of water damage visible below one of the windows). If insurance companies were smart enough to fix causes rather than symptoms of building problems, the next ice dam claim might prompt the insurer to insist that the piece on the front be removed.But while we disparage what we see as “errors,” it is worth considering that these things happened because somebody loved the building. And surely, the people who did this did not set out to make the building ugly and create a future burden. We should all keep this in mind the next time we set out to “improve” a building.So, if the building did not have these detracting appendages or if it had some complimentary appendages in their place, how long would we expect this building to be in service?Paul: I think this building would be in service indefinitely if the errors could be reversed. I think in 2050, without the carbuncles, it would be well insulated and air-sealed (possibly with exterior insulation, possibly not); it would have some sort of heat pump technology for space conditioning and domestic hot water; and it would have solar panels somewhere on the site. It would possibly be a bit bigger, but in a way that respects its architectural heritage rather than merely accommodates it. But for the most part it would not look all that different from when it was built in 1910 — nor does it need to.Ken: I would think that exterior insulation should (not that it would) be added in the next re-cladding cycle. I think the expectations of comfort combined with constraints of the existing space demand it. For the building to be served by a discrete system that can be accommodated within the existing space, the building will need to have a very low-load enclosure.Recladding will need to happen within the next 35 years if the building is to be in service indefinitely (at least as far as the horizon we can envision). The roof in particular would need some subtle reconfiguring if it is to be an enduring building (I am surprised that it made it this far without roof overhangs on the gable end – again, somebody must have loved this building).Given the size of the lot (almost an acre and a half) and the location so close to Boston (inside Route 128?), market forces will push for the absolute maximum value/building area that the (then current) zoning regulations would allow. I would not be surprised if the original gambrel building ends up as some kind of frontispiece for a larger addition (in tasteful compatibility with the original, of course). Being a mere shell or a face mask for a larger building might remove the constraints on heating and cooling distribution. But even so, the difference in comfort between the new and the old would be noticeable without a significantly improved thermal enclosure on the existing building.Also, if the building is to go the distance, its 100 year-old basement will need significant treatment.center_img So if the owner of this house were my client, I’d tell them to sell. If they instead wanted to live there for another 20 years or so, I’d tell them to put a 6 kW solar array on the roof and convert to minisplits. The minisplits are a 20-year technology (if we’re lucky) and the PV will pay for itself in 7 years or so. Otherwise, I think they should do next to nothing in terms of improvements to this house.Ken: It’s a shame that market pressures don’t tolerate small houses and diversity of housing opportunities for very long. The building looks as if it could provide an option for people who want to be in the community and either do not want a big house or do not have the resources to acquire and hold a big house. The cost/value of this property is in the address and not the building. Clearly, the market pressures demand higher value building on the surface area of the neighborhood. It may, in fact, be in the interest of the people in the neighborhood and the larger community to have a range of housing options and the range of residents this allows. Would it be possible to have higher value of buildings on the lot and also provide diversity of housing opportunities? Yes. It would be possible with higher density. But, as you point out, this would take a different zoning.If the owner of this house wanted to stay in the community and in this home, the switch to an all-electric platform with on-site generation makes sense. I would advise them to make modifications to the home that make the home more enjoyable to them in the present — as long as they understand that there will not be a return on investment in the home beyond their own enjoyment.I might also advise them to start a farm or a cemetery on the lot to limit property taxes. House #7: A six-year-old McMansionLot size: 11,413 square feetHouse size: 4,051 square feetYear built: 2010Type: McMansionLocation: Suburb of BostonDistance to major services/transportation hub: 2-3 milesCurrent value: $1.3 millionPaul: In 2050, this house will still be what it is. It was designed and built in a way that will make it hard to ever be anything but a large single-family home.Developers in this area don’t think farther ahead than the day the house is sold: the less they know about durability and long-term water management, the better, it seems. I see a lot of basic mistakes, like reverse lap flashing and no knowledge whatsoever of rainscreens. So the exterior cladding will have been replaced at least once by 2050, I predict. And maybe some of the Zipwall will need to be replaced, too — we’ll soon find out how well that material holds up to repeated wettings and limited drying. More aggressive energy codes in some Massachusetts communities have not considered that better-insulated wall and roof assemblies might need better drying mechanisms.The roof will have been replaced at least once by 2050, and maybe in the meantime we can come up with something that’s nicer than asphalt that doesn’t break the bank. (And maybe that produces electricity at a cost of less than $2 per watt, installed?)I predict that the heating and cooling system will have been replaced with something a lot more sophisticated than the brute-force-and-ignorance system of ductwork and air handlers that was installed when the house was built.Finally, it’s possible that by 2050 someone will have removed the two south-facing dormers that are preventing an 8 kW or so PV array to be installed on the roof (if cheap building-integrated PV roofs don’t materialize).This house replaced a slab-on-grade ranch that had lasted 60 years. Having observed how this house was built, I predict that it will be replaced in 50 years.Ken: Paul, you are awfully hard on builders. And unjustly so, I think. It’s the buyers or consumers of houses that are the problem. If this builder did proper flashing, installed the cladding over a rain screen, back-primed everything (etc.), would he or she get a penny more from the buyer? In our current environment, the spec builder who invests in quality is a fool.Things are different in the custom builder and remodeling contractor world. There we have known clients and the opportunity to establish the level of investment that the client is willing to make toward quality. A custom builder or contractor can establish her or his product/service offering around an idea of quality and performance. Doing so allows clients to self-select and self-screen based upon an appreciation of what it is the builder or contractor offers.If we want buildings to be better, the real challenge is getting people who buy and own buildings to both appreciate and recognize quality. Creating examples of good building to demonstrate good performance is a start. But I fear it is only a very small step in a long journey. Educating home consumers (and their agents!) to the fact that buildings can perform well might seed the demand for higher-performing buildings. For that demand to grow, buyers and agents will also need to be able to recognize quality.Paul: I think you’re blaming the victim by putting the onus on the consumer to learn basic building science before buying a house. There’s a fine line between “the spec builder who invests in quality is a fool” and “the spec builder who doesn’t invest in quality is a scam artist.” For a brief shining moment around about 2010, I thought we had learned a lasting lesson about the perils of basing our national economic prosperity on a steady supply of cheap, disposal housing. Although very expensive, this house is to me a good example of cheap and disposable. Sigh.Ken: I don’t see the homebuyer as the victim. If the homebuyer hired a disinterested third party (we do pay real estate professionals and home inspectors, no?) to assess the quality and performance relative to water control, durability, energy performance, comfort, etc. and if this homebuyer was misinformed about the quality, then, yes, the homebuyer is the victim. I think this kind of housing is a natural outgrowth of our consumer culture generally. It’s price, not quality that matters. Consumers want more for less, not better. That’s why most people would rather drive around in a big-assed GMC than well-built [fill in the blank]. (Everybody has her or his own taste).But there are plenty of people who are willing to pay more for less if that “less” is more better. House #3: A Victorian with a third-floor additionLot size: 8,700 square feetHouse size: 4,300 square feetYear built: unknownType: Modified VictorianLocation: West of BostonDistance to major services/transportation hub: 1-2 milesValue: $900,000Paul: When I look at this house, I always imagine that the third-floor addition was brought in from Kansas on a cyclone. I think this is another good example of the need to “strip away the errors” before making significant improvements to a house. Ken thinks it should be preserved, as is, to stand as a warning to anyone who chooses to add on to a house without hiring a good architect. But I’ll let him speak for himself.The problem for me is that “stripping away the errors” drastically adds to the cost of any improvements. I would tell the current owners not to do anything except the most basic health and efficiency measures until they — or a subsequent owner — can afford to take away that third-floor accretion.Ken: I think this would be a fantastic house to decorate for Halloween! Victorian houses always make a good backdrop for a creepy scene. In this case we have a house that is a Frankenstein monster — a mismatched mélange of parts. (But we should pity the creature rather than shun it, no?) I’m not sure that having an architect involved would have necessarily prevented this sort of thing. What’s needed is a respect and appreciation for what we have. If we are going to do something to contrast with the existing condition, we should do so in a respectful way, not in a mocking way as appears here.This might be another case where we have an interesting building on a site where the market conditions demand a higher value/higher density use. What we had in the original was a story-and-a-half where the “half” (in the mansard portion of the attic) would have been relatively unusable for modern tastes without a lot of air conditioning. I wonder if moving the thermal boundaries of this house might have allowed some clever reclaiming of space in the attic and basement.How we treat the basement to bring that into the thermal enclosure is relatively well understood and established. How we would treat the attic/roof is much trickier given the slate roof and the complexity of the roof line. But I have some ideas… Deep Energy Retrofits Are Often MisguidedFrom Designed to Built, Part 2: Three QuestionsLearn the Real (Hard) Work of Residential Design RELATED ARTICLES Example #5: A neighborhood of triple-deckersLot size: About 5,000 square feet per lotHouse size: Three units in each building, at 1,000 to 1,200 square feet per unitYear built: ca. 1910Type: Three-deckerLocation: Dorchester, MassachusettsDistance to major services/transportation hub: 500 feetCurrent value: $150,000 to $200,000 per unitPaul: Although I’m less and less convinced that wrapping a lot of homes with 4 inches of foam is a great idea, I think this block of three-deckers could be a place to do it. The geometry of these buildings is simple, and a good crew could really build up some momentum. Figure out some easy ways to detach and then re-attached the porches, strip the siding and roofing, wrap the houses, replace the windows, install one minisplit in each house and a simple HRV, and cover the flat roofs with PV — and you have a net-zero neighborhood, possibly within a 30-year payback. And it’s a neighborhood that could really use housing that’s well built, comfortable, conveniently located, and nearly free to operate. The trick is getting all those different landlords and homeowners to agree to such a plan.Ken: Paul, we don’t need to use 4 inches of foam. We could use rocks (fuzzy rocks)! In fact, in a location where wood-framed buildings are built this close and with so many peoples’ wellbeing depending upon buildings not burning down, adding stone wool to the outside of these buildings may not be a bad idea. (There I go with another non-energy reason to do something that addresses climate and energy).As with the gambrel we discussed earlier, a low-load enclosure will be essential to providing air-based heating and cooling without causing major disruption to these homes and without further detracting from the already-limited living area. (Caveat: If we are able to use a hydronic heating and cooling system — something definitely taking shape on the horizon — then it might be easier to fit heating and cooling distribution into the space. Still, it could be tricky in an existing home.)We may eventually have much less internal combustion engine noise in urban areas. For the foreseeable future we can expect vehicular traffic (and emergency vehicles, air brakes, and over-powered sound systems) to create urban environments prone to high noise levels. We could do a lot to reduce the amount of outside noise that gets to the interior of these homes with robust insulation and an airtight enclosure.And we could do all of this stuff with a material that has a low GWP (global warming potential) and with a process that is more labor-intensive than capital-intensive (read: more likely to also benefit the local economy — sorry, shareholders).We could also get some significant energy savings out of it. Getting really significant energy savings will mean getting control of plug loads. (No chance at zero net energy unless we can do really well at this). It will also require HVAC systems that are effective enough that people do not feel they need to open windows to be comfortable (or, if people do want to open windows, maybe we don’t have HVAC operating simultaneously!).Paul: A Swedish building engineer once told me, “In a well-designed building, you only open the windows for fun.” I thought that was a good summary of the goals of high-performance construction. Of course, the next Swedish engineer I talked to said, “In Sweden, we don’t do anything for fun.”Ken: Maybe it’s just that the Swedes take fun so seriously that they don’t call it “fun.”I also need to point out a very important consideration for multifamily housing. Operating from the outside allows us to make significant changes to the building performance with a minimum of disruption to people living in the building. Significant enclosure work from the inside would likely require that people be temporarily relocated. The cost of temporarily relocating residents can be an insurmountable financial hurdle for a renovation project. (The cost of temporarily relocating residents would make the cost of that additional 2 inches of exterior insulation seem trivial, eh?)Paul: I visited an apartment block retrofit in Stockholm where the owners calculated it would be cheaper to send all the occupants on a 5-week vacation to Turkey than to find them temporary housing in Stockholm while they did the interior portion of the retrofits. That’s a creative way to get tenant buy-in to a project like this.If a neighborhood-scale retrofit like this ever came close to reality (we can dream!), I would be willing to be a project manager on a pro-bono basis. This would potentially be the sort of retrofit project that could be a very satisfactory culmination to a career in retrofits. BLOGS BY PAUL ELDRENKAMP last_img read more

Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At least seven players left the game with injuries, including knee injuries to Arizona’s starting left tackle D.J. Humphries and the team’s leading tackler, safety Tyvon Branch. Both could be headed for injured reserve, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.Asked if Thursday night football is unsafe, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said “It’s a challenge.”“It’s a real challenge for our players,” he said. “Our guys did it and their guys did it. It’s a great event for everyone, but it’s very difficult and very challenging.”But should it be changed?“I don’t want to pay anything so I’m not going to comment on anything,” Carroll said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Players don’t like Thursday night football, and the injuries that hit the Seahawks and Cardinals are examples of why.It’s just too difficult, they say, to play that soon after Sunday.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 shutout“It’s kind of hard to get back out there and recover,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “That’s why you see so many injuries on Thursday night. You want to give the fans what they want, but also be able to protect the players as much as you can.“Sometimes I feel like Thursday night football doesn’t give them the opportunity to protect them.” Duterte mulling ban on plastic use PLAY LIST 00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks is helped off the field following the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 22-16. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPGLENDALE, Ariz. — Richard Sherman limped off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon, just one of a host of players knocked out of the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.“It’s a good division win, a good team win,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said afterward, “but it’s hard to truly appreciate it when you see a lot of guys go down with minor injuries, serious injuries.”ADVERTISEMENT The game featured loads of penalties and sluggish play with one of amazing escape by Russell Wilson in a 54-yard pass to Doug Baldwin.“He made a play that will probably go down in history,” Arizona inside linebacker Karlos Dansby said.The Cardinals sacked Wilson a season-high five times but couldn’t get him down this time.Retreating, spinning, slipping out of serious trouble, Wilson was on his heels when he threw to Baldwin.Defender Antoine Bethea went up to try to intercept, then slipped. Baldwin caught it and raced downfield to the Cardinals 2-yard line, setting up Wilson’s second touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.The Seahawks (6-3) bounced back from Sunday’s home loss to Washington to climb within a half-game of the first place Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. Arizona (4-5) has yet to beat a team that does not have a losing record.Here are some things to consider from Seattle’s Thursday night victory.WINNING IN ARIZONA: As usual, there were plenty of Seahawks fans in the sellout crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium and they watched their team, decked out in electric all-green uniforms, win again in the desert.The Seahawks are 4-0-1 in Arizona since Bruce Arians became the Cardinals’ coach.The only time Seattle didn’t win there was in last season’s 6-6 tie.Oddly enough, Arizona is 3-1 in its last four trips to Seattle. The teams meet again there on Dec. 24.PETERSON’S PROBLEMS: Adrian Peterson, playing four days after carrying a career-high 37 times for 159 yards in San Francisco, had a tough day. Defending champion Warriors get on roll with strong defense CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion He fumbled the ball away the first time he touched it and wound up with just 29 yards in 21 carries.“It was some missed opportunities on my part,” Peterson said. “They did a great job defensively of containing us. We just really couldn’t get into a rhythm.”KAM’S BIG PLAYS: Kam Chancellor was Peterson’s biggest nemesis. The Seattle safety stripped the ball out of Peterson’s hands and, later in the first half, tackled the running back in the end zone for a safety.Chancellor finished with nine tackles and one assist.FITZGERALD’S GAME: Ageless Larry Fitzgerald had another prolific outing with 10 catches for 113 yards. In the process, he topped 15,000 yards receiving for his career. At 34 years, 70 days, he is the second-youngest player to reach that milestone. The only younger one was Jerry Rice.PENALTIES, PENALTIES: Seattle did nothing to change its status as the most penalized team in the NFL. The Seahawks were penalized 12 times for 108 yards and have 28 penalties in their last two games. On Arizona’s 75-yard TD drive in the first half, Seattle had four penalties for 41 yards, all of them resulting in a first down. 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Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded compliment

first_imgWATCH: LaVar Ball shows up at WWE Raw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McEnroe gave the statement to NPR, in an interview in line with the release of his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious”.Williams lobbed back with a gracious response on Twitter:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017Netizens have since taken to Twitter to get behind the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time):ADVERTISEMENT Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017 Let John McEnroe win a major while he is literally creating new human life inside his evil body and then he can talk about Serena Williams.— 💜 ♿️✡️ Amadi (@amaditalks) June 26, 2017 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LOOK, SERENA WILLIAMS IS THE GOAT. SHE’S THE FACE OF TENNIS FOR BOTH SEXES. DEAL WITH IT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But any male pro would crush her. You may not like it, but it’s still true. There are differences between the genders.— Jason Faris (@quantummechbook) June 26, 2017Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsImage: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsBattle-of-the-sexes or none, it doesn’t detract that some athletes’ achievements tend to be downplayed because they are women. For instance, when a BBC reporter told Andy Murray last 2016 that he was the first person to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in tennis, he mentioned that Williams and her sister Venus already had four each.After a Wimbledon match last 2016, Williams was asked in a press conference what she thought about being called “one of the greatest female athletes of all time.”Her response: “I prefer… ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’” JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams asks McEnroe for respect after comparison to menTennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour Image: Screen grab via Instagram/@serenawilliamsRetired tennis player John McEnroe, considered one of the best ever to play the game, singled out Serena Williams as the greatest female player of all time.But against professional male tennis players, he claimed she wouldn’t stand a chance, and would place “like 700 in the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Interesting to see where he would have been today in the ladies’ ranking, considering his second serve…— Stefan Georgiev (@SteffiGeorgiev) June 26, 2017Canadian rugby player Jen Kish also spoke up:I can’t get over how insulting this quote is to not only @serenawilliams but to every female athlete. Strongly disagree #GFY 😠🖕😠— Jen kish (@jen_kish) June 26, 2017There were heated debates as well, with some defending McEnroe’s statements and pointing out that there are reasons why men and women are divided in sports: WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img LATEST STORIES Fact: Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time. Yes, she’s greater than Roger and Rafa. Accepting that won’t kill you.— King Quenchi (@MrQuenchiAdams) June 26, 2017 MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games — Cthulhu’s Prodigy (@CthulhusProdigy) June 26, 2017 What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ He apparently can’t generate this kind of press on his own or by positive, uplifting means. He doesn’t deserve an ounce of Serena’s shine.— Fiyah💜Angelou (@SweetKixx) June 27, 2017 View commentslast_img read more