A slow start and decent score for Tiger’s return to Riviera

first_imgHe had little choice. Starting on the reachable par-4 10th, where one mistake can lead to big numbers, Woods played it perfectly with an iron to the far left of the fairway for the best angle into the green, a wedge to just under 10 feet and a birdie.His drive on the par-5 11th sailed to the right toward the trees. About 10 minutes later, a golf cart drove up to the tee with Woods in the passenger seat. He never found his ball, presumably swallowed up by the tree. There were questions that someone would have picked it up, but not enough evidence to suggest it was anything but lost.He made double bogey.Then, he lost his tee shot to the right, hit out of a greenside bunker past the flag and onto the fringe, and had to work for bogey.“I was 1 under early — first hole — and all of a sudden I went double bogey-bogey,” Woods said. “I was like, ‘Oh, man, here we go. I’ve got to somehow turn this thing around.’ And I was able to do that. Fought hard to try and keep that momentum going.”ADVERTISEMENT It turned out to be another step forward.Woods overcame a drive that apparently never came down from a eucalyptus tree, another tee shot that wound up on another hole and few careless mistakes with the irons to post a 1-over 72 in the opening round Thursday at the Genesis Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRiviera was at its best under full sunshine and greens that felt firm under the feet even in the morning. No one shot better than 67 from the early side of the draw.“I hung in there well and grinded,” Woods said. Woods wasn’t overly perturbed by the lost ball at No. 11 and can’t remember the last time it happened, suggesting Olympic Club when he was at Stanford.He answered with a perfect tee shot on the 13th and a 15-foot birdie putt, and he kept his round together with a series of putts from the 6-foot range for pars and birdies — a par save from the bunker on the 16th, a slippery birdie putt on the par-5 17th, a par save from above the hole left of the 18th green and a difficult two-putt birdie on the par-5 first hole from 50 feet that he rapped as though it were a 5-footer.He made more than he missed.“No one’s going low out there,” Woods said. “It’s too hard. The greens are starting to get a little bouncy, and those short ones are not easy.”His lament was two mistakes from the fairway — a wedge into No. 3 that went too long and over the green, taking away a good birdie chance; and pulling his approach on the seventh hole that went into a deep swale. Woods used his putter to get it up the hill, some 15 feet by the pin, and he missed the par putt.He finished strong, however, with an aggressive approach to a back right pin at No. 8 — anything long is a certain bogey — for a 3-foot birdie, and then an entertaining end to his round. He lost another tee shot so far right that it went into a bunker on the 10th hole. That bunker might be the toughest spot at Riviera, unless someone is playing the ninth hole. Woods hit a 9-iron just threw the green to set up a two-putt par.He last played Riviera in 2006 when he withdrew after making the cut because of the flu. This is his ninth time playing Riviera as a pro, the most of any PGA Tour course where he has never won.Being gone for so long meant big crowds for his return.“Just like the old days,” caddie John McLaren said as he walked toward the 14th tee and looked over at fans who stood six-deep watching Woods at No. 8. Geoff Ogilvy was coming down from the clubhouse toward the range after his round of 72 when a marshal told him to clear the area. Ogilvy showed the marshal his badge.“It doesn’t matter. Tiger is coming,” the marshal replied. Thomas (69) and Rory McIlroy (71) played with Woods, neither a stranger to big crowds, but rarely virtually ignored.“Everyone’s out here to see Tiger, but I’m definitely the third player in the group,” Thomas said. “So I had a couple times where I had a short putt, people are walking off, but that’s a part of it. But the coolest part is the same thing — there’s so many people and it’s a Thursday morning playing with two really good friends and people that I look up to and people that I’ve tried to model my game after for so long. It’s pretty cool to be grinding out here with them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Simmons, Mitchell and young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Tiger Woods tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)SLOS ANGELES — Three holes into his return to Riviera after a 12-year absence, Tiger Woods was 2-over par and bracing for the worst.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Support for the Liberia Research and Education Network

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Darren Wilkins — An Open Letter to His Excellency Dr. George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia“Mr. President, on the digital field of play, Liberia remains on the substitute’s bench even though she is a striker with unsurpassed talents and skills; like you were on the soccer pitch. Now is the time for Liberia to get in the game.” By Dr. Darren Wilkins | 0886703789\0777129092 | DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.ComDear Mr. President:I present my compliments and respectfully request the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) support in the establishment of a National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Liberia.Mr. President, before going further, please accept my profoundest thanks and appreciation for your unsurpassed support for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Liberia. Your recent embrace, approval and subsequent signing of the National ICT Policy 2019-2024 clearly illustrate your willingness to use ICT to catalyze the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). Furthermore, your decision to move Liberia to a digital economy is visionary. Most importantly, your decision to digitize the registration process at the University of Liberia (UL) has brought a colossal paradigm shift in the way students register their courses and how instructors enter students’ grades. To see students register and pay fees using their mobile phones is absolutely phenomenal. All of these achievements remain part of your legacy and will echo in eternity.Mr. President, one of the components enshrined in the National ICT Policy of Liberia 2019-2024, is a mandate for the establishment of a National Research and Education Network or NREN, to support higher education and research in Liberia. To implement this mandate, sometime in September of 2018, heads of several tertiary institutions and the telecommunications sector converged at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) to discuss the establishment of a NREN. Subsequently, on December 13, 2018 the same group met and signed an agreement for the establishment of an NREN which was later named, the Liberia Research and Education Network (LRREN).Mr. President, LRREN is a special purpose ISP primarily for tertiary institutions as well as other institutions that are involved in research and education in Liberia. It is expected to connect to other regional and international Research and Education Networks (RENs), to boost research and education in Liberia; an endeavor that ultimately enhances our national economic development initiatives. The establishment of the LRREN could not have materialized without significant assistance received from one of our partners; the USAID-Digital Liberia Project. Some of the support given to the LRREN by USAID-DLP include: the installation of a campus network at the University of Liberia (UL), the provision of training through the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) from the University of Oregon, and the provision of a consultant to support the University’s CIO on Information Technology (IT) governance, IT policy development and aligning IT to the strategic goals of a tertiary institution.Mr. President, upon its establishment, eleven tertiary institutions became pioneers of the LRREN. These institutions include: University of Liberia (UL), W.V.S Tubman University (TU), Cuttington University (CU), AME University (AMEU), AME Zion University (AMEZU), Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC), Bomi Community College (BCC), the United Methodist University (UMU), Starz College of Technology, Bluecrest University, and Stella Maris/Mother Pattern College.Mr. President, being cognizant of the fact that the concept of a NREN is relatively new to many Liberians, especially those outside of academia, the need to create awareness, accelerate acceptance, build the capacity of strategic stakeholders and identify mechanisms to ensure sustainability, became an imperative. Hence, USAID-DLP organized a five-day study tour of several tertiary and telecommunications institutions in the Republic of Ghana.Mr. President, during the latter part of October, an eleven person delegation from tertiary institutions and the telecommunications sector of Liberia flew to the Republic of Ghana to participate in a study tour. The “host” institutions included: University of Ghana, University of Professional Studies Accra, Valley View University, Ashesi University, the Ministry of Communications, the West and Central Africa Research Network (WACREN), CSquared, and Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The goal of the study tour was to enable strategic stakeholders obtain both administrative and technical knowledge of the structure, operations, possibilities and challenges of running a quintessential REN.  The study tour was also intended to help accelerate acceptance of Liberia Research and Education Network or LRREN, and help stakeholders identify ways to ensure the its sustainability.Mr. President, the study tour in Ghana was an “eye opener”. It allowed the delegation understand and embrace the importance of ICTs in education and its overall impact on economic development. It also allowed the delegation to understand the roles of major stakeholders, especially government, in sustaining NRENs. For example, the Ghanaian government provides support to Ghana’s Academic and Research Network (GARNET) through the country’s e-Transform project. A major contribution from the e-Transform Project was the payment of 275,000 Euros to WACREN (our regional REN), to enable GARNET connect to other global RENS and benefit from their services. Of course, support to GARNET also comes from its members and stakeholders such as the World Bank.Mr. President, NRENs provide a lot of benefits for the improvement of education and the achievement of national economic goals. NRENs play a role in closing the digital divide, especially the one between academic and research institutions in different geographical areas with different levels of ICT services. In addition, NRENs provide an opportunity for economies of scale as one single network entity procures connectivity services and applications from service providers. This also offloads the administrative and operational burden from individual members. NRENs support nations’ library systems by providing internet access and other services such as online libraries, online databases and journals, collaboration with other members, research opportunities and so on.  NRENs provide a medium for education, cutting-edge research, science and technology which are the key ingredients for sustainable social and economic developmentMr. President, academic and research networking are now regarded as an essential national infrastructure (public good) comparable to roads, water and energy services, due to its impact on learning, teaching, and research. Building a strong education and research community is a cornerstone for prosperity, societal development, stability and regional integration.Mr. President, the establishment and sustainability of a functional, robust and effective NREN in Liberia will require intervention of the GoL and other stakeholders. The GoL will need to provide budgetary allocation to ensure the LRREN is sustained. This could be done directly to the LRREN or through the University of Liberia, which has taken the lead in this endeavor. Support from our partners, both national and international is also desperately needed for the LRREN’s operations.Mr. President, the most immediate needs of the LRREN are as follows: funding for initial connectivity to WACREN which is estimated at 275,000 Euros, the renovation of the building that has been identified to house the secretariat, a Special Purpose ISP license, and the cost of taking internet capacity from Liberia to WACREN’s Point of Presence (PoP) in the Ivory Coast. The latter is being handled by the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL). A waiver of fees by both the LTA and the CCL would be a significant help to LRREN.Mr. President, on the issue of sustainability and as I mentioned above, budgetary allotment from the Government of Liberia is an imperative. LRREN’s revenue generation is also expected from tertiary institutions, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, research institutions, and other institutions that will benefit from its services.  Another source of revenue for the LRREN is the potential management of Liberia’s top level domain or should I say, the .LR domain, when it is turned over to Liberia. In addition, a robust capacity building program and proper remuneration (for retention purposes) of the LRREN’s staff are crucial to its sustainability.Mr. President, NRENs play a critical role in the development of critical network infrastructure and networked services for researchers and educators. NRENs are an asset for a country and a key component to national and international development. There is no doubt that Liberia needs a functional and sustainable NREN to facilitate learning, instruction and research, which ultimately bring about and/or leapfrog economic development. Establishing the NREN is one thing, operating and sustaining it, are other factors that we must be consider seriously.Mr. President, on the digital field of play, Liberia remains on the substitute’ bench even though she is a striker with unsurpassed talents and skills; like you were on the soccer pitch. Now is the time for Liberia to get in the game. Hence, supporting the LRREN will not only bring Liberia “in the game” on the digital pitch, but it will also allow Liberia to score, after receiving her first pass.Mr. President, I hope this request receives favorable consideration and I take this opportunity to renew assurances of my highest esteem.Sincerely,Dr. Darren WilkinsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 dead, 1 critical in Mahaicony, Linden accidents

first_imgTaxi driver Terrence Mc Donald of Lot 54 Bagots Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice became the latest road fatality yesterday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crashed it into a lorry parked on the Dantzig public road at Mahaicony East Coast Demerara.The vehicle involved in the Berbice accidentSaulita Malikish, a female passenger, sustained severe injuries in that accident and is currently a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital; while 19-year-old Gary Wilson, 43-year-old Wilfred Wilson, and 28-year-old Steve James were all treated for minor injuries at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital and sent away.Reports are that the car being driven by the 41-year-old Mc Donald with the four others as passengers was proceeding along the Dantzig Public Road at a fast rate; and as he negotiated a turn, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a parked lorry.Mc Donald and Malikish were pulled from the wreckage in an unconscious state, and were rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Mc Donald later succumbed to his injuries, while Malikish remains a patient at the medical facility.Deisa Mc Donald, a niece of the dead man, told Guyana Times that her uncle worked as a taxi operator ferrying persons from Georgetown to Rosignol. He left home at about 10:00h yesterday, and the family received information about the accident at about 13:00h. “The people at the Mahaicony Hospital called to say that my uncle was involved in an accident and he was at the hospital… His mother and other relatives were heading to the Mahaicony Hospital when they received a call to head straight to Georgetown, because he was transferred (to the GPHC),” she detailed.She noted that family members arrived at the GPHC to find her uncle being attended to by five doctors in the ICU, and he was slipping in and out of consciousness. At about 18:00h, relatives in Berbice received news of his death.Mc Donald had been working as a taxi driver for the past two years, prior to which he was involved in construction and masonry.The aggrieved niece remembered her uncle as a very loving and caring individual. He leaves to mourn his mother, wife, only daughter and other relatives.Police are continuing their investigations into this fatal accident.Meanwhile, Michael Simon, 59, of Amelia’s Ward, Linden died on Friday evening after he was struck by a sports car. The accident occurred at about 18:45h in the vicinity of Amelia’s Ward Highway. Reports are sketchy but Guyana Times was told that the driver is in Police custody assisting with investigation.last_img read more

Expectations on Liverpool to end long wait for league title

first_img0Shares0000Time for a title? Mohamed Salah will spearhead Liverpool’s challenge to Manchester City © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Jurgen Klopp is trying to keep a lid on expectations, but ahead of the new Premier League season, Anfield is brimming with excitement that Liverpool could finally end a near three decade wait to be crowned champions of England.Often outgunned by the riches of fierce rivals Manchester United and the oil-backed wealth of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent times, this summer Liverpool were the Premier League’s biggest spenders in a reported £170 million splurge ($219 million). “We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible,” said Klopp on Friday.The club’s business was also done early to give Brazil’s number one Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri time to bed in before their campaign kicks off at home to West Ham on Sunday.Just as importantly, unlike Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who were lured away from Anfield to Barcelona in recent years, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino signed new contracts as a statement of intent of what is to come for Klopp’s Liverpool.Despite not winning a trophy since the charismatic German coach took charge in 2015, the Reds are also building from position of strength.A run to the Champions League final in May before losing out to Real Madrid showed both how far Liverpool had come in his time in charge, but also where there was room for improvement.Missing piece? Liverpool shelled out a then world record fee for a goalkeeper on Alisson Becker © AFP / Paul FAITHTwo monumental errors by Loris Karius forced the club to bite the bullet and spend big for a top class goalkeeper.The 72.5 million euro ($84 million) fee paid for Alisson was a world record for a ‘keeper, but just a few weeks on seems reasonable compared to the 80 million euros Chelsea splashed out for the far more inexperienced Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.Madrid also outclassed Liverpool in midfield in Kiev, as they have done to most sides in winning three straight Champions League titles thanks to the talent of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.But the additions of Fabinho and Keita significantly improve Liverpool’s quality in that area of the field and crucially fit perfectly into Klopp’s high pressing system.Despite thrashing Manchester City 5-1 over two legs in the Champions League quarter-finals, Klopp’s men finished 25 points adrift of the record-breaking Premier League champions last season.“The champions are Manchester City; they didn’t lose any player and they brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so that doesn’t make them weaker,” warned Klopp, insisting Liverpool are still the underdogs.“We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more -– that must be our attitude.”But with such a tight turnaround with less than a month between the World Cup final and Premier League kick-off, Klopp’s preparations have also been far less affected than other sides in England’s top six.Salah and Sadio Mane were able to join the club’s pre-season tour in the United States are being knocked out in the group stages in Russia with Egypt and Senegal, while Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Keita, Fabinho and James Milner had the summer off.“Liverpool have waited 28 years. Not just for the league title, but for a pre-season where so many pundits and supporters believe they can win it,” wrote former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher in The Telegraph.Even the legendary Pele jumped on the Liverpool bandwagon on Friday in support of countrymen Alisson and Firmino.“I think it’s the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!” tweeted the Brazilian great.Liverpool have spent nearly three years surpassing expectations under Klopp. Now the pressure is on to meet them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Valuing Advent

first_img‘Tis certainly the season to be jolly, but also to experience the true joy, anticipation and preparation for the real Christmas presence.Christians are in the middle of Advent, the four-week period of joyful waiting for the birth of Jesus.To the Rev. Amy Aitken of California Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach, Advent is a time to pause, reflect and gather thoughts.“The season has been taken over by Christmas, that’s the reality,” Aitken said. “It’s taken over the whole notion there’s a season of preparing and watching. The time to slow down has been completely swallowed up by a culture that seems to start on Thanksgiving Day and go to Christmas in a supersonic mode.” Wilkerson said he used to struggle with preparations like everyone else – buying gifts and writing cards while keeping up with his church duties.“You get to the point where you want to walk the other way,” he said. “But then I think, ‘I love the season,’ and I take some time each day to center myself.”The prophet Isaiah spoke of the new world to come, a world of peace where enemies would sit down together, the bishop said. The Old Testament story is a reminder of the peace, joy and contentment as the world awaits God’s promise of a savior.“When I found out I could hang on to that that, I found I can approach these tasks in a different way,” Wilkerson said. “When I write Christmas cards – I have to send a whole heck of a lot of them – each person I send one to, it’s an act of love.“The same thing with buying gifts. I don’t want to go in the traffic and the crowds, but when I think I’m doing this out of love, it changes my whole outlook.”One symbol of Advent is the wreath – traditionally built around three reddish-purple candles signifying penitence as well as royalty in anticipation of savior’sof the savior’s birth; and one rose candle, lit the week of Christmas, to emphasize the joy of the Christ’s pending arrival.Some Protestant churches have switched to blue candles, symbolizing the night sky, to differentiate between Advent and the more solemn season of Lent, preceding Christ’s death and resurrection.Like many symbols of the season, the wreath, created in Germany in recent centuries, is an adaptation of a secular tradition: People of Northern Europe lit the candles during the cold, dark winter as they awaited the return of the sun.The adventAdvent calendar is another mark of the season, mostly for children. Crafted of paper, cardboard or fabric and artfully decorated, the calendar has tiny doors that are opened each day of Advent, revealing religious pictures inside.The four Sundays of Advent celebrate hope, peace, joy and love. This Sunday marks the celebration of Mary and her humility in answering God’s call to Christ’s mother, Aitken said.“This Sunday it’s Mary’s song – the greatness of the Lord for Mary as she paints this picture of God lifting the lowly and honoring the poor – those the world doesn’t necessarily care about,” she said. “She proclaims God is doing this wonderful thing in choosing a young woman to bring God into the world.”Karla Devine is the artistic director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, and will present an Advent and Christmas concert on Sunday. The Advent songs in the church hymnal are her favorites.“There are such wonderful hymns and they’re so overlooked,” Devine said.The entire Christmas season, she said, is somewhat skewed, with Christmas Day ofviewed as the end, rather than the first of 12 days of celebration.“I love the season of waiting and preparing our hearts for the birth of Christ and waiting for the second coming of Christ.”pat.aidem@dailynews.com661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAdvent traditionally begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day – this year it started Dec. 2 – and ends on Christmas Eve.“Advent” comingcomes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” or “arrival.” The focus is on the pending return of Christ while celebrating his birth.Bishop Gerald G. Wilkerson, who oversees the San Fernando Valley pastoral region of the Catholic Archidiocese of Los Angeles, said he, too, is troubled that Advent has been minimized by the hustle of the holiday season.But he’s also learned to use his preparation for Christmas as a time to reflect on his faith.“Yes, you can get very, very busy with all the things that go on, but it’s really up to the individual to make the difference,” he said. “You have to take charge of your life. Even though there are all these forces, you have to take control.”last_img read more


first_imgGAA fans from across the county may just be looking forward to a long summer on the road after Jim McGuinness’ team impressed once more again today.Donegal brushed aside the challenge of Cavan in poor conditions at Breffni Park on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.Just under 10,000 fans travelled to Cavan for the game with many still refusing to pay €27 for a covered stand seat. Now that Donegal are on a roll with wins over both Antrim and now Cavan, fans may get behind their side when they face Tyrone in the Ulster Championship semi-final in just two weeks time.However the big talking point of today’s game was the sending off of star forward Michael Murphy after just 13 minutes for allegedly striking his marker.Despite Murphy’s dismissal, Donegal stuck to their task and were value for their 1-6 to 0-3 lead at the interval.Although this was not a vintage Donegal display, there were several individual performances which suggest McGuinness is getting the formula right. Although many may have thought his best football was behind him, Colm McFadden again put in a fine performance taking five fine points.Goals from Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh and three points from Dermot Molloy made sure Cavan were never going to get back into this game.But despite going behind to an early Cavan point, it was Donegal who made all the headway.Cavan did try to rally a little in the second half with a goal from Brennan but they never had enough in the tank to trouble Donegal who also had plenty of strength on their bench.Tyrone will be a different kettle of fish come two weeks time. But post-match interviews had one notable thread running through them – nobody within the Donegal team was talking themselves up.Others might believe the hype, but McGuinness is keeping his team’s feet firmly on the ground.EndsNO HEATWAVE BUT MCGUINNESS’ MEN TURN UP HEAT IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACE was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Torres and Schurrle start in Istanbul

first_imgFernando Torres starts for Chelsea in their Champions League clash with Galatasaray in Istanbul, as does Andre Schurrle. Blues legend Didier Drogba starts up front for the home side. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Hazard, Schurrle; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Ba, Eto’o.Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles, Selçuk, Melo, Burak, Sneijder, Hajrovic, Drogba.Subs: Ceylan, Gulselam, Bulut, Kaya, Kurtulus, Colak, Sarioglu.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Half-time: QPR 0 Forest 0

first_imgNottingham Forest were the better side for much of the first half at Loftus Road, where QPR’s new signing Gabriele Angella was forced off just after the half-hour mark.Angella, making his debut along with fellow recent arrival Daniel Tozser, was replaced by Grant Hall after a bandage had failed to stem the bleeding resulting from an earlier arm in the face from Chris O’Grady.Striker O’Grady was involved in Forest’s best moment of the half when he cleverly exchanged passes right-back Eric Lichaj, whose shot was blocked by keeper Rob Green.And Rangers survived another scare when Ryan Mendes fired wide after turning away from James Perch.At the other end, Matty Phillips and Charlie Austin both sent shots well wide of the target.Midfielder Tozser was given a starting place because Rangers opted not to risk Alejandro Faurlin, who picked up a knock to his knee in training.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella (Hall 31), Konchesky; Henry, Tozser; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Gladwin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Doughty, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Beef Industry Update Meeting to be held in Morgan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting a Beef Industry Update Meeting Oct. 5, 2015.  OCA Allied Industry Council member, Multimin USA, is the title sponsor of the meeting. Their sponsorship will provide a complimentary New York Strip steak dinner to all of the attendees at the meeting.The October 5 meeting will be hosted by the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association. The meeting will be held at the Riecker Building Community Room, 155 E. Main Street, McConnellsville, Ohio 43756 at 6 p.m.The meeting is open to all beef producers and will feature Dr. Robert Gentry, veterinarian and researcher with Multimin USA, as the speaker. He will be discussing how to enhance your herd’s performance with Multimin USA’s trace mineral program. Prior to Dr. Gentry, there will be an OCA membership and policy update.Contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org for more information about the industry update meetings or to RSVP.The Beef Industry Updates are sponsored by Multimin USA.last_img read more

Solar Tax Credit, Passivhaus Conference, Vinyl Flooring, Office Ventilation

first_imgPassive House Network conferenceThe North American Passive House Network’s third annual conference and expo will take place next June 13 and 14 in New York City. The theme will be building strategies and components needed to make drastic cuts in carbon emissions by mid-century, “the #1 public policy goal of our time.”NAPHN said in a press release that in order to prevent the most damaging effects of global climate change, carbon emissions must be cut by at least 80% by 2050, and that Passivhaus building techniques represent one of the best ways of getting there.Among the topics that conference sessions will cover are urban, high-density, and high-rise buildings; low-rise strategies for rural areas; the integration of renewable energy systems; and construction with cross-laminated timber components as well as steel and concrete and wood-frame construction. Both affordable and market-rate multifamily projects will be featured.“Passive House applied to both new construction and retrofits can reduce heating and cooling energy by 90% and overall energy usage by 75%, effectively enabling wide spread application of net zero and energy positive buildings,” NAPHN said in a news release.The organization said it would announce exhibitor information and solicit presentations at a later date. The session will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Lumber Liquidators to drop some vinyl flooringFlooring retailer Lumber Liquidators will stop selling vinyl flooring manufactured with recycled plastics.A chemical reform advocacy group called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the company made the joint announcement in mid-November, according to a report at Plastic News.Vinyl flooring made with recycled content won’t be on the shelves at Lumber Liquidators when a new policy is phased in next year. (Photo: USACE via Flickr)The advocacy group said that the company will adopt new standards barring vinyl flooring suppliers from using reprocessed vinyl in flooring, and limit lead in flooring to less than 100 parts per million. The company previously began requiring suppliers to eliminate orthphthalates in the vinyl flooring they make.The new standards will be phased in next year.The concern with recycled vinyl is contamination with lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and phthalates, Plastic News said. These compounds are low or non-detectible in the upper layers of recycled vinyl, but are “absolutely off the charts” in the middle levels, a spokesman said.Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families said that it would encourage Home Depot and Lowe’s to follow suit by keeping recycled vinyl flooring off their shelves.Lumber Liquidators is trying to win back public confidence after damaging news reports about its operations. The company was recently fined $13 million for illegal wood imports and was accused in a 60 Minutes broadcast of selling Chinese-made laminate flooring containing 20 times the formaldehyde allowed by California safety standards. Solar installer says that the federal tax credit is not neededSunnova CEO John Berger says that the solar industry no longer needs the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit in order to grow. Sunnova, a company that arranges and finances residential PV system installation, is a Houston-based company with 300 employees.In a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, Berger said that the “continued health of the solar industry” did not depend on an extension of the credit, now scheduled to expire for residential projects at the end of next year and drop to 10% for commercial projects, the web site UtilityDive reports.“If the credit is allowed to step down as planned, the industry will remain more robust in both the long- and short-term,” Berger said, adding that the industry has had “ample time” to prepare.Berger’s comments come at a time when the trade group representing the industry, the Solar Energy Industries Association, has mounted a full-court press to keep the solar equipment tax credit on the books.center_img More fresh air boosts productivityA recent double-blind study found that stale air reduces the cognitive function of office workers by half. Now researcher say they can put a dollar value on the benefits of increased ventilation.A research paper published in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health says that doubling the standard ventilation rate in a typical office building increases productivity of office workers by 8%, the equivalent of $6,500 per year. The energy cost for providing more fresh air is between $14 and $40 per person, according to a summary of the report.The study was conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical, Syracuse University, and Carrier. It was supported by United Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, and AC equipment.Researchers estimated energy consumption and costs for office buildings in seven U.S. cities using three rates of ventilation: standard practice (20 cubic feet per minute per person), a 30% enhanced rate, and 40 cfm/person. They then paired the results of earlier work on cognitive function and ventilation and labor statistics to estimate the economic benefit of increased air flow.“Results: Doubling the ventilation rate from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers minimum cost less than $40 per person per year in all climate zones investigated,” says the report’s abstract.At the highest ventilation rate, adding an energy-recovery ventilator essentially canceled out the environmental impact of increasing ventilation (bringing it down to the equivalent of 0.03 more cars per building), but resulted in an 8% boost of productivity, along with reduced absenteeism and better health for office workers.last_img read more