Ex-Raider ‘He Hate Me’ found safe in South Carolina

first_imgFormer Raiders running back Rod Smart, best known for wearing an XFL jersey with “He Hate Me” on the back, was found safe in South Carolina Tuesday evening after being missing for a week, according to police.The 42-year-old Smart, whose short NFL career ended when the Raiders cut him at the end of the preseason in 2006, was located after authorities reached out to the public for assistance in finding the ex-NFL player who was last seen Wednesday in Indian Land, S.C.“It is unusual for him to …last_img

Help for an Ailing Water Heater

first_imgPat Beurskens has been happy with his heat-pump water heater, but he fears the time is coming when it won’t be able to keep up with demand. He foresees the day when his young daughter will be using more hot water, and Beurskens is finishing out the basement of his Seattle home to be used as a rental. That, too, will increase hot water use. Against this backdrop, Beurskens’s GE Geospring, a model that has been discontinued, is showing signs of fatigue. “Lately,” he writes in a post at the Q&A forum, “the water heater has been maxing out after two showers. I’ll be retrofitting a 1.5 [gallon per minute] adapter, which will help, but I’m still nervous about having a tenant and running out of hot water.”RELATED ARTICLESBradford White Buys GeoSpring Rights and EquipmentDrainwater Heat Recovery Can Lower Your HERS ScoreAll About Water HeatersGet Ready for Heat-Pump Water HeatersDrainwater Heat Recovery Comes of Age In order to squeeze more capacity out of his system, Beurskens is considering a solar water heater and an electric tankless water heater. He’d prefer using the heat-pump water heater most of the time because of its high efficiency. He doesn’t want to replace it with a larger model because of the expense and because he’s not eligible for another rebate. He asks, “My main question is: Would it work to put the tankless electric heater in a series in front of the heat pump tank so that the tankless kicks on only when the tank starts dropping in temp?” That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. Avoid electric tankless heaters The best option would be to avoid an electric tankless water heater altogether, argues Dana Dorsett. “An electric tankless isn’t as sensitive to incoming water temps as fossil burners,” he writes, “but they are really abusive to the grid infrastructure, and one of the least green options there is.” Dorsett explains it this way: Assuming the incoming water is 52°F,  filling a tub with 110°F water at a a rate of 4 gallons per minute, would take 28,000 watts of electricity — a ginormous load, six times that of a standard electric water heater. That’s enough power, he adds, “to make the wires jump and the transformer serving your house heat up.” Even though the load is intermittent, and overall doesn’t add up to a lot of energy use, the grid infrastructure capable of delivering that amount of power has to be built and maintained. So, for those few minutes a week that the water heater might actually be needed, the fixed portion of everyone’s power bill goes up. Walter Ahlgrim adds that adding an electric tankless water heater as a retrofit in an existing house is “almost never a viable option.” The reason is that any unit that’s large enough to serve the whole house will draw more electricity than the existing panel can provide. “When you add the tankless water heater to the new electrical panel, with new meter base and heaver wires all the way to the pole, the number is more than most people will go for,” he says. Norman Bunn writes that he once had a tankless electric that required an additional 120 amps to operate. “Going this route may require you to not just upgrade the panel but get a larger feed from the pole,” he says. “That can be pricey.” Try a second standard water heater instead A better plan would be to install a second standard (tank-style) electric water heater in series with the heat-pump model, Dorsett suggests. The system would be designed so that the output of the heat-pump unit would feed the cold water inlet of the standard tank. Although the system would still suffer the standby losses common to all tank-style heaters, the auxiliary heater won’t be using much electricity until both tanks are nearly depleted. Consider drain-water heat recovery An even more attractive option would be install a drainwater heat recovery system — the “tallest and fattest” that will fit in the available space. These passive heat exchangers take the place of a section of standard drain line on a shower. Hot water going down the drain heats up incoming cold water, saving energy in the drainwater that is normally wasted. A 4-inch-diameter by 48-inch-long heat exchanger can save more than 50% of the heat that’s exiting the drain, Dorsett says. If the drainwater is 105°F, the 52°F incoming water is instantly heated to between 75°F and 80°F, depending on how quickly the water is moving. “That has two effects,” Dorsett says. “Less hot water is needed to mix with ~78°F water to get 105°F at the shower head, so less hot water is being drawn, and the water entering the water heater only has to be raised 27 F° rather than 53 F° by the water heater, which means a slower depletion time and a shorter recovery time.” That has the effect of increasing the effective capacity of the heat-pump water heater from 50 gallons to somewhere between 65 gallons and 75 gallons when someone is showering. (It won’t help when someone is drawing a tub.) Keep the new system simple Beurskens has heard enough to drop plans for an electric tankless and opt instead for a second tank-style heater, possibly with a recirculation pump. You don’t need a pump, GBA editor Martin Holladay tells him. Just install the new water heater downstream from the existing heat-pump water heater (HPWH) and set the new water heater’s aquastat 10 F° lower than the aquastat on the main water heater. A recirculation system would only increase the standby loss for a very small improvement in capacity, Dorsett adds. “Insulate all of the hot water distribution plumbing with R-3 foamy pipe insulation, including the 10 feet of cold feed nearest the HPWH, and the nearest 10 feet of temperature and pressure overflow plumbing,” Dorsett says. What about a new mixing valve? Beurskens suggests one other option. “Speaking of simplicity, and assuming the new hot water needs can be limited with flow restriction,” he says, “what are your thoughts on a Tank Booster mixing valve? Basically turning up the thermostat on the HPWH to increase load capacity. This would negate the need for any new tank.” A mixing valve could be used for those times when extra hot water will be needed, Bunn replies, but it wouldn’t be a good idea when the heat-pump water heater was capable of meeting the demand because that would mean more power consumption. Thermostatic mixing or tempering valves between water heaters and sinks and tubs are required by code in most locations, Dorsett says, although some pre-plumbed units can reduce flow significantly. “Turning up the storage temperature to 150°F or higher, and then mixing it down to 115°F with a thermostatic mixing valve can provide greater apparent capacity,” he says. “The down side to that is that a substantially higher storage temperature increases standby losses (not by more than adding a second tank, though), and lowers the heat pump’s raw efficiency.” The bottom line, Dorsett says, is that turning up the thermostat on the existing HPWH and using a mixing valve will be cheaper in terms of total energy consumption than adding a second tank. That’s because standby losses will be lower, and because the HPWH is more efficient than a standard electric tank even when set a higher temperature. Our expert’s opinion Here’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost has to add: Pat Beurskens has clearly done a lot of work and research to get the best domestic hot water he can configure for his situation. Here are some additional thoughts, particularly an extended one on drain water heat recovery. When a heat-pump water heater is in the basement, particularly in low-load homes, keep an eye on the temperature and relative humidity in your basement during the winter. The HPWH is removing BTUs from your basement air to heat water. Beurskens has a clever setup for his recirculating pump such that he decides when it runs. He has has set it up to manage energy and water efficiency for his most problematic draw, the most-used bath sink that shares a line with the shower. I sometimes worry that we are repeating the low-flow toilet debacle with showerheads. That is, reducing flow without making sure that performance is maintained. EPA WaterSense has added performance tests to its shower head spec (see EPA WaterSense Specifications Appendix A and B). But I still hear from plenty of consumers who feel that WaterSense-approved showerheads are not delivering enough water. In my own home, I resorted to purchasing a series of low-flow showerheads until my teenage daughter finally signed off. Long, thick hair seems to be the issue. It baffles me that given the difference in temperature between the tank water temperature and the air surrounding any tank water heater (let’s assume a 120°F tank temperature and 65°F air temperature in the basement — meaning a delta-T of 55 F°), that we don’t better insulate these tanks. See this ACEEE report indicating that an external insulation blanket can save approximately 28%. More on drain water heat recovery Mechanical engineer Dan Cautley, my close friend and colleague at SeventhWave in Madison, Wisconsin, who was my mentor in my first year at the NAHB Research Center in 1993, has done at least two research projects over the years on drainwater heat recovery, and he gave me this extended perspective on the topic: “A vertical pipe drain water heat recovery unit is a remarkably simple way to capture waste heat, and the ‘effectiveness’ (effectiveness is the fraction of available energy that’s captured through a heat exchanger) can be surprisingly high (50% and higher). But this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily cost-effective. “Horizontal pipe (sloped to drain) drain water heat recovery units may work fine, but are outside my experience. “Overall system heat recovery effectiveness will always be lower than rated heat exchanger effectiveness, mostly due to heat loss from the drain upstream of the heat exchanger. In my detailed study of three units in commercial buildings, measured overall system heat recovery effectiveness was generally 5 to 10 percentage points lower than the nominal effectiveness rating of the heat exchanger. Effectiveness also depends on flow rate – an issue that is probably beyond the scope of a short blog. “Dynamics (thermal mass) play a role. In general, thermal mass will reduce performance — think of taking a shower using 12 gallons of water, where it takes 3 gallons of flow to heat up the drain line and heat exchanger before reaching steady-state performance. (I found that it took about 6 gallons of flow to reach steady state in one system, and that wasn’t an extreme case.) This effect generally works against you – you don’t get full heat recovery instantly when the shower starts, plus you leave warm water in the heat exchanger when the shower ends, which is likely to cool back to room temperature. (And any cold water flowing down the drain will take this heat with it.) Thus the best application of a drain water heat recovery unit is where there are long episodes of hot water usage with simultaneous drain flow – a bank of showers in a fitness center would be ideal, while a residential shower is less so. “But that’s not the whole story. Dynamics can work to help heat recovery where there are short flows of warm drain water and cold supply water offset in time. We found surprisingly good performance in a restaurant in which a dishwasher filled, ran, and then drained, with little simultaneous flow of supply water and drain water. The thermal mass of the heat exchanger absorbed enough heat when the dishwasher drained to significantly heat the supply water passing through it a few minutes later. The water use in each dishwasher cycle was low — a gallon or so — which was an important factor. “Based on a 36-home study I did at the NAHB Research Center in the 1990s, my estimate of typical overall water heating energy savings in a residence is around 20%, but this will of course vary greatly with the specifics. “All this said, a drain water heat recovery unit will certainly increase the effective capacity of any storage tank water heater, i.e. allow longer showers, for the reasons that Dorsett mentions. The Dorsett claim does seem somewhat optimistic in terms of the size of this effect. “The bottom line: I love this simple, elegant technology, but it’s going to be really attractive only in limited applications. Here is a link to my report from the three-site study of commercial applications that I did 5 years ago. Take a look at page 34 of the report (page 38 of the PDF) for a list of criteria for selecting good applications. It’s written for commercial use, but the principles apply to residential use.”last_img read more

Ind in Eng: Dhoni & Co must get their act together

first_imgOn December 6, 2009, India became the World’s best. It was the team which was at the pinnacle of Test cricket, but all the hard work to get to the top may go down the drain. India’s mission to dominate in whites looks set to come to a grinding halt.  India’s meek surrender at Trent Bridge in the second Test will convince few about the team’s invincibility and consistency. Former captain Sourav Ganguly says, “I’m fed up of hearing the time-to-recover theory. You don’t play for Indian then. Everyone knew what the series meant. It was an important series, the marquee series to decide the number one side in the world.” On paper, India may still be the No 1 side in the world. But where it matters most, on the field, India’s mission domination has come a cropper. As things stand now, India’s dubious No 1 status is fast slipping away if they don’t get their act together. If England win the current series 2-0, India will be displaced from the number one spot. They will just about manage to hold on to their number one spot if England win the series 2-1. However, a 3-1 defeat will mean the hosts will become the new number one Test side in the world. If MSD’s men miraculously come back to level the series 2-all, India can maintain their number one status. “Winning the WC, playing well in South Africa, winning in England in 2007 and the win against West Indies, it will all go down the drain. People will start saying you guys are not the number one side in the world. When there are tough conditions, when the ball swings, we are not good enough,” says Ganguly. The uncomfortable truth is that this Indian team just doesn’t seem to have the strength of character that merits their position at the top. Bad planning  Here’s an incisive look at how Dhoni’s men are paying a heavy price for some injudicious planning. The seeds of defeat were planted right at the planning stage. With Virender Sehwag declared unfit for at least the first few tests, K. Srikkanth & co never thought of including a third specialist opener. Abhinav Mukund has looked like a fish out of water against the English pace attack and with Gautam Gambhir injured, India sorely missed a third specialist opener. Rahul Dravid was pitch-forked into the role and though he tried his very best, for someone as meticulous as him, the deviation from regular slot of No.3 was hugely disruptive. Therein lies the baffling selection of Wriddhiman Saha. With him unlikely to play any part why wasn’t someone like Parthiv Patel, who has opened the innings and is more than a decent wicketkeeper, not included? On the bowling front too, an off-colour Harbhajan Singh has been persisted with. Harbhajan has so far picked just two wickets in two matches at an average of 143.50. So, why wasn’t Amit Mishra included in the playing XI. Mishra is an attacking leg spinner and certainly would have provided more variations. Munaf Patel was another choice waiting to be made. The 28-year-old bowled beautifully in the Caribbean and would certainly have proved more handy than Bhajji. So it’s not just a coincidence that England have looked more hungry, sharp and ready. They have planned well whereas India seem to have taken their No.1 spot for granted. Senior cricket journalist Sharda Ugra told Headlines Today, “You are not prepared?for a major series. Is this the way you go to Australia?” The English summer of 2011 could very well spell the doomsday for Indian cricket, because MSD & Co. are losing battle after battle without any solution in sight and that’s got to do a lot with the mentality of the team. While at Lord’s, they let England off the hook in the second innings letting the hosts progress from 62 for 5 to 269/6, at Trent Bridge, no lessons were learnt and from 124/8, England were allowed to make 221 in their first innings. The bowlers and the captain let the foot off the gas pedal which backfired in both the tests. But as far as the batting goes, well, the less said the better! The ever-so-mighty, fabled Indian batting line-up never really looked like a solid batting unit. Barring a few individual highs, the Indian guns have only fired a blank. Instead of being ruthless, the players are just going through the motions. The Ian Bell chapter just goes on to show that the Indians are not strong mentally. Why appeal in the first place if you are only going to withdraw it later? The Indians clearly need to learn the art of learning to play like a champion team. That’s why the Australians were at the summit for so long and were so good at it. It seems that the number one crown is proving too heavy a burden for Team India and the architect of so many of these triumphs, Captain Cool M.S. Dhoni, is not so cool anymore. No wonder the excuses are coming thick and fast. “For some of us this is like a seven-match series. We play three matches in WI and are playing four matches here without any real gap.” Halfway through what is perhaps the biggest series of India’s reign at the top, the team is tired. Test cricket is certainly the most demanding format of the game, but one expects the number one team to embrace that challenge, not hide behind it. “Dhoni shouldn’t make excuses by saying the team is tired. They are playing for India. Players are of age between 25-27-29. Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. have played so many Tests, but they aren’t tired. Dhoni shouldn’t belittle himself by giving this excuse,” says Ganguly. Fitness woes feature high on Dhoni’s list of excuses as well. “You have to look at the resources we had. We had to work with three bowlers,” says the skipper. With Zaheer out in the first Test and Harbhajan being hit by a mysterious stomach strain in the second, there’s no doubt Dhoni’s resources in the bowling department were depleted. But does that justify the poor show from the rest of the bowlers? Tired, hurt and two nil down and with no respite in sight, it seems very likely that Dhoni might just be making some more excuses for the rest of this miserable English summer. In fact, so shameful has been India’s batting performance that England’s bottom five have averaged almost 18 more runs that India’s top 7 and that too at a much better strike rate.  In fact, Team India has crossed 300 just once over the last five Test matches with their highest being 347 in the third Test against West Indies. It’s important to score runs and put them on board. India lack that from last series. The old failing against the short ball continues to dog players, who India claims are among the best in the world. But what makes it worse is that the captain was defending them.  “There will be days when we will be caught with short pitch stuff. We have done well in Perth, Durban and Barbodos,” he says. The likely return of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir should reinforce the batting unit. But the solution to India’s batting debacle isn’t that simple, what with Indian bowlers getting trounced by England’s tail – a bowling show that can best be described as lack-lustre, inconsistent and downright embarrassing.   Trent Bridge’s track was believed to have been bowler-friendly. However, unlike their English counterparts, the Indian bowlers failed to extract any support, resulting in a crushing 319 run defeat for the visitors. Listless bowling After troubling the opposition batting in the first innings, the expectations were high from the Indians. But the way they surrendered, especially to the English tailenders has taken everyone by surprise.  Praveen Kumar picked up four English wickets in the second innings, but ended up giving 124 runs at an economy rate of 3.44. His new ball partner Ishant Sharma also proved out to be a huge disappointment.  India’s most successful bowler this season was expensive, giving away 131 runs at an economy rate which he surely wouldn’t feel proud of. However, the biggest failure was Zaheer Khan’s replacement and India’s hero from the first innings S. Sreesanth. The Kerala express was most uneconomical of the lot, giving away 135 runs at a rate of five runs per over.   In the absence of their premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan, the Indian pace battery was completely outplayed by the opposition batsman, while Harbhajan Singh’s fitness issues didn’t help India either. Clearly, the listless bowling attack proved to be a complete failure.  With England gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, the Indian camp now have a formidable task ahead of their next battle at Birmingham. The only consolation being that Zaheer Khan could make a comeback to help the struggling bowling unit.    But, the big question is whether Indian bowling has the firepower to stop the English onslaught. Can Dhoni’s bowlers really help India script a historic comeback?advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Matt Mooney’s college odyssey ends with Texas Tech in title game

first_img1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Mooney had trouble adjusting to the rigidity of military life, and he loathed the harsh way the upperclassmen set the tone. He ultimately decided to transfer, and later caused a stir when he accused the academy of promoting a culture of “bullying” that left him feeling depressed.The academy disputed his claim, and Mooney has since apologized for the accusation. But it didn’t change the fact that he needed a fresh start, which Mooney found at lower-rung South Dakota.For two seasons, he averaged 20 points a game and led the Coyotes to a pile of wins.But they never reached the NCAA Tournament, always a step behind mid-major star Mike Daum and rival South Dakota State. So when Mooney realized he would graduate last May, he once again began looking at transfer options. He settled on an unlikely fit in Texas Tech, the kid who’d chafed at authority making the decision to play for a program whose pillars are structure and defense.Then again, maybe he chose Chris Beard as much as he chose Texas Tech.The Red Raiders coach has been on an odyssey of his own, cutting his teeth at junior colleges in Kansas and Florida, low-level schools McMurray and Angelo State, even the semi-pro ABA, before and he got his big break at Arkansas-Little Rock and parlayed one year of success into the Texas Tech gig.Turns out Mooney and Beard were a match made from basketball morass.“This guy just loved the game,” said Beard, who fondly recalled visiting Mooney’s bachelor pad apartment with its sagging couch and his inquisitive roommates while trying to lure him away from chilly Vermillion, South Dakota. “This guy just loved basketball like I do.”Now, the kid nobody wanted and the coach nobody gave anything to have embraced the chance of a lifetime. After winning a share of the regular-season Big 12 title, they have marched their way through the NCAA Tournament, dispatching Michigan State in the semifinals with cold, cruel efficiency.It was Mooney that had to lead the way. With star forward Jarrett Culver struggling and Owens hobbling toward the locker room, Mooney began to rain down 3-pointers. On defense, he locked up Spartans point guard Cassius Winston, forcing the Big Ten player of the year into his worst game of the season.“When he gets in that zone,” Culver said, “it’s hard to stop him.”Yes, the Red Raiders triumphed because he was in the zone. Will he still be Monday night? Virginia boasts one of the nation’s top defenses, and shutdown guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy will likely share the challenge of stopping him. And any chance Mooney had of getting overlooked is long gone.Regardless of what happens, though, he promises to enjoy one last night under the lights.The final stop on a memorable voyage through college basketball.“I always thought I could play at this level,” Mooney said before one last practice Sunday. “So what I would say to everyone is, ‘Chase your dreams. Pursue your dreams.’ I never thought I’d be in this situation. I’ve had so many people along the way who have helped me out.” Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney reacts to fans after a semifinal round game against Michigan State in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)MINNEAPOLIS — Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the rough-and-tumble Big 12.Now, under the searing spotlight of the Final Four, Mooney has been simply money.ADVERTISEMENT Mooney grew up in the small Chicago suburb of Wauconda, Illinois, and fell in love with the game at an early age. By the time he reached high school, he’d make a 90-minute trek to Notre Dame College Prep to play under longtime NBA player Jim Les rather than attending the local high school.Mooney figured it would best prepare him for college, yet few coaches seemed to notice — they were probably too busy watching nearby Simeon Career Academy and the jewel of the 2013 class, Jabari Parker, who would star at Duke before becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.The only Division I scholarship offer Mooney received came from Air Force, and he swallowed the idea of a five-year commitment to the military for the chance to play high-level hoops.Things went fairly well on the court, too. Mooney averaged 6.9 points as a freshman, sharpened his game and proved to a whole lot of doubters he could cut it in Division I basketball.Off the court was another matter.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The self-described “short, skinny” kid nobody but the Air Force Academy wanted, who starred for two years at South Dakota before transferring to the wind-swept West Texas plains, etched his name in Red Raiders lore Saturday night with a virtuoso performance in the national semifinals.Mooney poured in 22 points, including a spurt of three 3-pointers in a 2 1/2-minute second-half barrage, sending Texas Tech to a 61-51 victory over Michigan State and into a title tilt with Virginia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m happy for Matt, man. This is what we came here for,” said Tariq Owens, himself a transplant from St. John’s. “He had the biggest game of his career on the biggest stage.”Yet the road was long and winding, filled with crisis and controversy, doubt and despair. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

first_imgThere are plenty of aspects about Touch Footy that are unique and one of those is the way that our state and national competitions cater for the masters of our sport. One of the most encouraging sights at the Queensland State Cup and also the New South Wales State Cup is the number of senior players who have traveled to the event. It’s fantastic to see the experienced players, still fit, fast and strong, out on the fields, showing their skills and smarts. Many of these seniors are here because they’ve always been good players. They’ve kept involved with the sport not only because they love it, but because it’s a way to stay fit and healthy, they can catch up with old friends and they can take part with their families. Others are involved because they desire to keep representing their region, state and nation at competitions, including recent international competitions such as the All Nations Championships or the NTL. With so many of our elite Open representatives heading towards their early 30’s, the number of male and female players eligible for the over 30’s is rapidly rising and ensuring that our 30’s sides could just challenge the caliber of our Opens sides. The other great aspect of seeing these senior players still dominating the sport is the experience they pass on to their younger counterparts. Neil Ward, past Australian Mens Open captain, is here in Queensland playing for the Toowoomba Mens Open side. The invaluable experience, leadership and knowledge he brings to their side will no doubt help them through to the finals series. Scott Notley is also here with kids in hand and a leading role in the Ipswich Mens 35’s side. Angela Barr, one of Australia’s most capped representatives, has played at 4 World Cups and in countless other Australian sides and tours and still carves up the Womens Open competition here at Kawana. Playing alongside current Australian Womens Open Captain Sharyn Williams, Angela is no doubt passing along incredible knowledge to the many young players in the Sharks Womens Open side. In New South Wales the situation is no different, with Mark `Bus’ Boland continuing to increase his legend status as he is back for his 20th year competing in the Mens Open competition. For the Penrith Mens Open side, coach David Collins is well aware of how these senior players can positively influence their side’s success. David Cheung has represented Australian senior sides on several tours, including the recent All Nations tour and the 2003 World Cup and is playing alongside youngster Ben Moylan, just 16 years old and recently selected in the Australian 18’s development squad. In both NSW and Queensland there are countless past and present Australian Open and Senior representatives. All I have done here is list just a few. It’s fantastic for the development of our future starts to be playing with and against, or even just watching, these players who have been such important members of past Australian Open teams and recent senior teams and will continue to play such a crucial role in the development of our sport. By Rachel Grantlast_img

8 days agoAgent sets return date for Juventus captain Chiellini

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent sets return date for Juventus captain Chielliniby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini hopes to be playing again in the New Year.The 35-year-old defender was ruled out for at least six months by a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the end of August.“His recovery is progressing positively and the man has this magnetic positivity,” Davide Lippi told TMW Radio.“It’s incredible. He works so hard every day and when I call him up, he’s the one who reassures me. He is making giant leaps forward.“I don’t know the precise date of his comeback, but it will certainly be in the New Year. It might be the end of January, February or March, but he will certainly be there for the final part of the season.” last_img read more

Ohio St QB Cardale Jones Has To Make His Stay/Go To NFL Decision Today, What Are People Saying He Should Do?

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Cardale Jones has until 11:59 p.m. E.T. to decide his future as a college football player. Will the redshirt sophomore declare for the NFL Draft or opt to return to Ohio State for another season? It’s one of the most intriguing decisions we’ve ever seen from a college football player. Jones has started just three games at the college level, but they were three incredible starts – wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon – leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. If he decides to return to Columbus, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starter for Urban Meyer in 2015 – J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller could both be back, too. Jones is 22. Age wise, he’s ready. Physically, he’s probably ready, too. But is he ready mentally? Does that even matter? ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Jones could be a second-round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential to be a top-five pick and the No. 1 QB taken in 2016 if he returns to school, wins the starting job and improves. Here’s what people are saying the Ohio State quarterback should do: Cardale Jones should declare for the NFL draft. His stock can’t get any higher. He would be perfect as a backup for Big Ben for example.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 15, 2015If Cardale is leaving he has to say so by 11:59 tonight. But he’ll still have 72 hours to change his mind, return. pic.twitter.com/pbA8nzOoC7— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015In my opinion, Cardale Jones should declare for the draft just to get the extra three days to think about it. If you don’t, it’s done today.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015Our http://t.co/hoxCxP0Plk poll on whether Cardale Jones should go to NFL or stay at Ohio State: 65% go, 35% stay http://t.co/6ccP1lRUFU— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 15, 2015Today is the day Cardale Jones must decide if he should turn pro or stay. His stock never will be hotter–but he could use more seasoning.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 15, 2015So many in NFL think Cardale Jones should/will come out. Decision today. True overnight (or three game) sensation— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 15, 2015http://t.co/2EljtaiDgP‘s Rob Rang has Cardale Jones rated as high as the second round, right after Winston-Mariota. http://t.co/CF94WLgmPb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 15, 2015Cardale Jones has an unprecedented, complex choice between school and the NFL. “If it’s my son, I’d tell him to go.” http://t.co/n3YYI1QNww— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 14, 2015What would you do if you were Jones? Stay or go?last_img read more

Port Industry Stakeholders Consult on Improving Efficiency at Kingston Container Terminal

first_imgAs part of its strategy to improve service delivery at the Port of Kingston, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and other key industry partners participated in discussions on improving port efficiency on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the JCA’s Newport East Office in Kingston.The meeting was chaired by the President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley and engendered a spirit of cooperation by the players to ensure a speedy and smoother flow of containers for the domestic market for the Christmas Season and beyond.In addition to the JCA, other key participants were the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), the Port Trailers Haulage Association of Jamaica (PTHAJ), the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ) and the Jamaica Society of Customs Brokers (JSCB) who all committed to making the necessary adjustments for greater efficiency in port operations.Several commitments were made by KFTL and many solutions were put forward including; further extension of opening times at KFTL, from two to five days, as well as on alternate Saturdays until December 8, 2018, to allow truckers to receive containers, thereby reducing the back-log that has occurred at the port in recent months. Haulage contractors and truckers are being reminded that the extended opening hours up to 6pm is to facilitate gate-in activities only.In the light of the approaching Christmas season, the JCA will continue to collaborate with its partners in reviewing port operations in an effort to ensure operational efficiency.Contact: La Donna ManningDirector, Public Relations & Customer ServicesTelephone: 876 -922-5140-8; 876 550-9600last_img read more