Roger Clemens has reportedly told a Texas congressman he has “no interest” in running for Congress in 2020, despite being mentioned as a possible candidate.ABC News reports that the legendary pitcher sent a message to Texas Republican Rep. Pete Olson that he would decline the opportunity to run as a GOP candidate for Texas’ 22nd district in the 2020 election, citing the current “climate in politics.” Olson, who has held the seat since 2009, unexpectedly announced his retirement last month. Astros injury updates: Carlos Correa (back), Aaron Sanchez (pectoral) heading to IL Related News The 57-year-old Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards during his 24 seasons, has donated to Republican causes in the past. He had reportedly been mentioned in recent days in both Texas and Washington as a possible candidate for the GOP-friendly district, although an aide to the National Republican Congressional Committee said that House GOP recruitment officials haven’t “spoken directly to him.””Roger Clemens would be a good candidate, but we don’t need a celebrity baseball player to win it,” the aide told ABC News. “It’s Texas. We have a huge bench down there.”Clemens is the second former Red Sox pitcher in recent days to be mentioned in congressional news. Curt Schilling told the Arizona Republic last week he is “absolutely considering” a bid for Congress in Arizona. President Donald Trump responded with a tweet, “Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!” MLB wrap: Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger for MVP? Don’t forget Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rendon According to the report, Clemens said he was “honored” that Olson “would consider me as a candidate to represent our great State of Texas in the 22 District, I have no interest in doing so.””The climate in politics at this time is much more than I would want to undertake along with my family considerations.” Chris Archer injury update: Pirates’ right-hander goes on IL with shoulder inflammation
Leaders from several municipalities sent sent a letter Wednesday to the mayor of Palm Beach County, in an effort to recoup costs spent so far this year battling the coronavirus.The group who signed the letter includes officials from various positions from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach. The letter explains that on June 10, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida counties that have already received payment from the U.S. Treasury should provide funds to their municipalities “on a reimbursement basis for expenditures eligible under the CARES Act.”The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic relief package that was passed by Congress in March. A portion of that money established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was designed to help state and local governments.In May, Palm Beach County officials said they were given $261 million in funds related to the CARES Act.Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson states in the letter to Mayor Dave Kerner that Palm Beach County has “already received direct payment from the U.S. Department of Treasury…” and the county “should be reimbursing municipalities for their eligible expenditures.”In the letter, Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson said his city spent more than $2 million on supplies and personal protective equipment related to COVID-19.Thomson said “we have not received any indication as to when Palm Beach County will be issuing these critical reimbursements” and “how such reimbursements will be processed.”In addition, the letter was signed by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings.
Motorsport ace and businessman Manus Kelly will be added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for this year’s local elections.The Glenswilly native will be included as FF launch a three-pronged attack for the new Letterkenny area.Last night at a Fianna Fáil party convention at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny, sitting Councillor Ciaran Brogan and former schoolteacher Donal Coyle were ratified as candidates. Following the withdrawal of Councillor James Pat McDaid last week, the party hierarchy was keen for another name to be added to the mix.As the close of nominations had passed, Kelly – who emerged as a late contender – could not be ratified at the Convention, Fianna Fáil HQ will this week give the three-time Donegal International Rally winner the green light.Like McDaid, who is stepping out of politics due to increased work commitments, Kelly is Glenswilly-based and his addition to the race throws a new light on the battle in the new area.Coyle was the principal teacher at St Bridget’s National School in Convoy and is the current Chairman of Bonagee United Football Club. Donal Coyle.Coyle was an Independent Fianna Fáil candidate in the former Letterkenny Town Council elections and has been the Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Fianna Fáil Comhairle Ceanntair.In the last local elections in 2014, McDaid polled 1,314 votes and was one of 15 new Councillors elected across Donegal.Sitting Independent Councillor Dessie Shiels – who polled 955 first preferences last time around – has opted out this time, meaning a lot of surplus votes are out there for candidates.Councillor Ciaran BroganSitting Sinn Féin Councillor Adrian Glackin will be confident of collecting a sizeable number of votes in his native Glenswilly, though the impending addition of Kelly will make things rather more interesting.Another Glenswilly man, Charlie McClafferty, is believed to have declined an approach from Fine Gael, but there is speculation he could go as an independent candidate. National Community Games President Gerry Davenport is being touted as a possible candidate for FG in Letterkenny, where Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh is already on the party ticket.The waters could become even more unclear should sitting Councillor Michael McBride declare in the Letterkenny area. McBride’s vote is evenly split between the Letterkenny-Milford areas and has something of a ‘stick or twist’ decision to make in relation to where he hangs his hat in the coming weeks.Letterkenny businessman Kevin Bradley, the owner of Highland Bakery, will be on the ballot paper as an independent, while Cathal McGlynn has already launched his campaign.Manus Kelly to steer into politics as FF go for three-pronged Letterkenny strategy was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Adrian GlackinCathal McGlynnCharlie McClaffertyCiaran BroganCouncillor Ciaran BroganCouncillor Michael McBrideDessie ShielsDonal Coylefianna failJames Pat McDaidKevin BradleyletterkennyManus Kelly
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Bruce Harley is a Vermont energy consultant and heat-pump specialist. To GBA readers, he is probably best known as the author of the Taunton book, Insulate and Weatherize — one of the best available books on residential energy retrofit work.As the recent Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, Harley shared a wealth of information on ductless and ducted minisplits. The title of his February 8 presentation was “Real-Life Air Source Heat Pump Performance Testing: Results and Reasons.”Since Harley left his longtime job at Conservation Services Group, he’s been working as an independent consultant. Harley told the audience, “Now 90 percent of my work is related to heat pumps.” Asian manufacturers have developed models for cold climates Until recently, North American homeowners’ opinions of heat pumps were strongly influenced by the unimpressive performance of U.S.-made forced-air units designed for warm climates.Harley explained, “Air-source heat pumps got a lot of bad press in the 1980s. Occupants noticed they cost a lot to run because of the electric-resistance heaters. Back in 2012, when I wanted to install a ductless minisplit at my house in Vermont, a contractor told me, ‘A heat pump won’t heat your house in Vermont. Maybe if you were in Texas in Oklahoma.’”Japanese engineers have revolutionized the market for heat pumps, however, by improving their units’ cold-climate performance. “Ductless split-system heat pumps have been in mass production for 40 years,” Harley noted. “The technology has made steady advances. Now they are optimized for cold weather. It’s a rapidly growing market. Most of these heat pumps do not have an electric-resistance heater. Lots of people are installing one in an existing home with oil heat to offset the high energy bills.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-piecesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits they need to do better at set-pieces.Chelsea were undone by Liverpool due to set plays.Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.”
meyer calls out camperWhen Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is speaking, you better have your eyes on him. Thursday, Meyer spoke briefly at a satellite camp in New Jersey, giving recruits advice on how to conduct themselves in front of coaches to impress them. Meyer wasn’t thrilled with one camper, who he claims was “looking all over the place” while he was talking.Here’s video, via NUC Sports. Meyer also pitcher his program, boasting about the team’s 50-4 record the past few years and its impressive NFL Draft. Meyer is one of the most respected coaches in the nation, so the players would be wise to listen.
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”The push to eliminate net neutrality has stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online. But the broadband industry has promised that the internet experience for the public isn’t going to change.The FCC vote is unlikely to be the last word. Net neutrality supporters threatened legal challenges, with New York’s attorney general vowing to lead a multistate lawsuit. Some Democrats want to overturn the FCC action in Congress.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”On Thursday, about 60 demonstrators gathered in the bitter chill of Washington to protest the FCC’s expected decision. Just before the vote, the hearing room was briefly evacuated and searched for unspecified security reasons.The FCC subscribed to the principle of net neutrality for over a decade and enshrined it in rules adopted in 2015.Under the new rules approved Thursday, the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world could slow down or block access to services they don’t like or happen to be in competition with. They could also charge higher fees of rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds. They just have to post their policies online or tell the FCC.Such things have happened before. In 2007, for example, The Associated Press found that Comcast was blocking or throttling some file-sharing. And AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services on the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency altogether, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.However, AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” He said the company won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have strongly backed net neutrality.Netflix said in a tweet it is “disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration “supports the FCC’s effort to roll back burdensome regulations. But as we have always done and will continue to do, we certainly support a free and fair Internet.”FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she said hurts small and large businesses and ordinary people. She said the end of net neutrality hands over the keys to the internet to a “handful of multibillion-dollar corporations.”With their vote, she added, the FCC’s Republican commissioners are abandoning the pledge they took to make a rapid, efficient communications service available to all people in the U.S., without discrimination.But Michael O’Rielly, a GOP commissioner appointed by Obama, called the FCC’s approach a “well-reasoned and soundly justified order.”The internet, he said, “has functioned without net neutrality rules for far longer than it has with them.” The decision “will not break the internet.”New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been investigating what appear to be large numbers of fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment period. He said 2 million comments were submitted under stolen identities, including those of children and dead people.___Associated Press Writer Chris Rugaber in Washington contributed to this story.
OTTAWA – The union representing 50,000 employees at Canada Post panned the latest contract offers from the corporation Thursday, calling them “disappointing” and keeping alive the threat of a work stoppage as the busy holiday online shopping season approaches.Two separate offers for rural and urban carriers included “very small movements” toward resolving some key issues, said the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.On a proposal directed at rural carriers, the union said, “We have a long way to go to achieve a negotiated collective agreement.”The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.But that initial deadline passed without any job action being launched, with CUPW saying it would stay at the bargaining table so long as there was progress in the talks.That position had not changed Thursday, said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.“Those are discussions that we’re having daily, based on developments,” he said.Job action could include a full or partial walkout, or a lockout, after a 72-hour notice period.The threat of a work stoppage over the holidays has forced companies that rely on Canada Post for parcel deliveries to make alternative plans to ensure their customers receive orders. However, it may be difficult to fill all of the service gaps in the event of a shutdown.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Utilities have also been urging their clients to register for online billing, reminding them that invoices must still be paid regardless of whether they are mailed out.Canada Post said its global offers to rural and urban carriers include improvements to pay, benefits and job security.But the job security proposals are limited, particularly for rural and suburban carriers, CUPW said in a statement on its website.“For those eligible to job security, Canada Post would be allowed to assign you or not to a vacant position within a 75 km radius from your installation,” the union said.“This is a very complex proposal and a substantial amount of clarification is required to fully understand its impact.”Canada Post also rejected demands that those same carriers get paid an hourly rate — and for all hours worked — and that the corporation guarantee minimum hours, said CUPW.For both rural and urban carriers, the post office offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent annually under a four-year contract — virtually unchanged from proposals tabled Sept. 7. The union is seeking a 3.5 per cent hike in pay.“The offers are disappointing,” said Palecek.“Canada Post still hasn’t addressed any of our major issues.”CUPW has been pushing Canada Post to offer banking services in communities underserved by the big financial institutions.The Crown agency’s latest offer proposes “a selected set of new financial services,” a move Palecek described as encouraging.But he noted that no details about what those services might involve or when they could be launched have been forthcoming.
The New York Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes are officially on life support. New York trails the Washington Capitals 3-1 in the series going into Friday night’s game, and the Rangers have just a 16.5 percent probability of advancing to the Eastern Conference Final if you calculate their odds using each team’s regular-season Simple Rating System (SRS) scores.The Blueshirts’ potential upset loss is particularly significant because they won the Presidents’ Trophy for the 2014-15 season, an award given annually to the team with the NHL’s best regular-season record. By definition, winning the trophy is an accomplishment reserved for great seasons, but there’s also a reputed downside to the honor. The widespread perception around the league is that the Presidents’ Trophy is cursed, its winner having only gone on to hoist Lord Stanley’s Mug eight times in the 28 full seasons since the Presidents’ Trophy was first awarded for the 1985-86 season.And you can change that record to 8-for-29 if the Rangers fall to the Caps.But hockey is a notoriously unpredictable sport. If the competing roles of talent and luck in a team’s record are roughly even over an 82-game regular season, randomness reigns supreme in the playoffs, where even great teams can be beaten in a best-of-seven series if the puck bounces the wrong way a few too many times. Luck may be hockey’s “bullshit dump,” but there’s also no denying that the game is, in many ways, built on a foundation of chaos.Given that, have the Presidents’ Trophy winners really won all that much less than you would expect from teams with their talent levels?As it turns out, not only have they not won less, they’ve actually won slightly more. Specifically, they’ve captured more Cups and more overall playoff series than we’d expect based on their regular-season SRS ratings after simulating the postseason brackets for every year from 1986 to 2014:In fact, Presidents’ Trophy winners have won more playoff series than expected in 41 percent of postseasons since 1986, matching expectations 23 percent of the time and falling short 36 percent of the time.Statistically, then, there’s no significant difference between how much playoff success you would expect Presidents’ Trophy winners to have based on their regular-season performance and how much they actually wound up having.In other words, there is no curse of the President’s Trophy.The Rangers might become the latest regular-season league-leading squad to fall short of the Stanley Cup. But that’s more a testament to their own play — and the chaos of playoff hockey — than any curse hanging over Madison Square Garden.
The final Subway Series contest of the 2017 season takes place this evening at Citi Field, and if you put on the game, you might get the impression that the Yankees and Mets have a big-time rivalry going. It’s not that way for most baseball fans, however. The numbers show that only a minority actually like one team but not the other, while far more people hold the same opinion of both teams (good or bad) or just don’t care about one or both. In other words, most fans will probably be fine no matter the outcome tonight.That’s according to data from a combination of two FiveThirtyEight-commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience polls conducted in June and July. SurveyMonkey asked baseball fans across the country how they felt — whether they had a favorable view, an unfavorable view or didn’t know enough to say — about each MLB team. Here, we’re examining a subset of that data, totaling 321 baseball fans who were asked specifically about the Mets and Yankees.Of those, many fans (29 percent) held a favorable view of both the Mets and the Yankees. It’s not just that a fairly high percentage liked both teams. It’s that if you like one team, it actually increases your chance of liking the other team. While just 49 percent of the overall subsample held a favorable view of the Mets, 66 percent of fans who viewed the Yankees favorably felt the same way about the Mets. And a similar story holds in reverse. Only 44 percent of the fans in our subsample held a favorable view of the Yankees, but that percentage jumped to 59 percent among fans who held a favorable view of the Mets.While the idea that someone could simultaneously like the Mets and the Yankees is unthinkable to this Yankee hater, it actually makes a lot of sense. Fans often root for the hometown team, whether it be in their city or even their state. So it’s not unreasonable to say you like both the Mets and the Yankees because they are both from New York. Indeed, among our subsample who live in New York state, the Mets and Yankees sport a 71 percent and a 67 percent favorable rating, respectively.At the other end of the spectrum, 21 percent of baseball fans dislike both franchises. So that means 50 percent of baseball fans either like both the Yankees and Mets, or dislike both — not quite what you’d expect from a heated rivalry where battle lines are drawn and allegiances sworn. In fact, disliking the Mets or the Yankees actually makes one less apt to like the other team as well. The Mets sport just a 41 percent favorable rating among those who dislike the Yankees, 8 points below their overall favorable rating. And the Yankees do even worse among fans who dislike the Mets, with a 33 percent favorable rating — far below their 44 percent favorable mark overall.Again, part of this may just have to do with disliking a city or a state. As an illustration of this, the Mets and Yankees sport favorable ratings of just 40 percent and 30 percent among our subsample that hailed from New England. New England, of course, is a natural geographic rival of New York.Still, there are some people who do like the Mets and dislike the Yankees, and vice versa. One-fifth (20 percent) of fans hold a favorable view of the Mets and an unfavorable view of the Yankees. Meanwhile, 11 percent of fans hold a favorable view of the Yankees but an unfavorable view of the Mets. These fans, however, total only about a third of our subsample. That’s not much more than the 20 percent of fans who hold no opinion of at least one (if not both) teams.Don’t tell that to the New Yorkers in the stands, jawing at each other about the two ballclubs. But the bottom line is that most baseball fans around the country won’t have much of anything on the line in tonight’s Subway Series finale.