Taylor, Dottin set for Super League

first_img LEADING BATSMAN LONDON (CMC): Marquee West Indies women’s players Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are among 18 overseas players set to highlight the inaugural Women’s Super League bowling off here this summer. Both players played key roles earlier this month in helping to fire the Caribbean side to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title, with a win over three-times defending champions Australia Women a fortnight ago. Jamaican Taylor, the Windies captain, has signed on for Western Storm, while Dottin, a Barbadian, will play for Lancashire Thunder. The six teams – also comprising Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Stars, Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds – will do battle in the Twenty20 campaign under a round robin format from July 30 to August 14, with the final set for August 21. Taylor is one of the leading batsmen in the women’s game in both shorter formats, and was voted Player of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup for her 246 runs an average of 40. She will line up alongside South African Lizelle Lee and New Zealander Rachel Priest, with top England players Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson all included. General manager Lisa Pagett said Taylor would be an asset to Storm. “We are really excited to have Rachel, Stafanie and Lizelle playing for Western Storm this summer,” Pagett said. “They are exciting cricketers and potential match winners in their own right. To have players of this calibre playing alongside Anya, Fran and Heather makes for a really exciting Western Storm line-up.” Dottin, meanwhile, will arrive with quite a reputation. She was the first woman to score a T20 hundred – off just 38 deliveries – back in 2010 and was also excellent with both bat and ball in the recent World Cup. Both Taylor and Dottin also played in the Women’s Big Bash League last December.last_img read more

“Independent Power Producers, An Opportunity to Address Demand Gap”

first_imgMonie Captan, LEC Board member and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Liberia)LEC board member Captan suggests, links power theft problems to shortage of materials need to expand gridAuthorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said it is losing 62 percent of its revenue to power theft, amounting to US$4.26 million monthly, Monie Captan, LEC Board member and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Liberia) has told a local development conference in Monrovia. The conference, according a release, was organized by the United states Agency for International Development (USAID).Captan said the theft problem is compounded by a lack of connection materials that limits the corporation’s capacity to expand connections and generate the needed revenue, to sustain itself as a viable public utility.According to the release, in spite of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power plant and the generation of 88 Megawatts, transmission and distribution is still limited.Mr. Captan said independent power producers that will be registered and licensed by the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) will present an opportunity to address the demand gap.The Electricity Law of 2015 created the LERC as the regulator of the electricity sector that will receive applications, screen, register and license private companies that apply to provide power.LERC executive director, Augustus Goanu, said the private sector had historically provided more access to electricity than the LEC.Goanu said the electricity sector needs to be privatized so that Liberia generates more revenue, to ensure effective service delivery.He said an independent resource plan is needed aside the donor support as a basis for sustainability.“Additional connections are expected to be done under the Regional power pool, renewable energy, mini-grid and cross border power supply as additional opportunities for increasing access to electricity in both rural and urban regions,” the release said.To ensure growth and sustain the expansion, Mr. Captan said donor partnership will be needed to expand the national access and shifting generation source to more renewable  energy.According to Captan, the lack of access to more reliable and affordable electricity is one key constraint to improving the economy of Liberia and reducing poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Letterkenny Babies’ Christmas party to raise funds for the Coombe

first_imgThe Letterkenny Babies community are all set to host another festive fundraiser on Saturday 8th December – and everyone is welcome.For the past three years, the team behind the parents’ Facebook group has organised a Christmas Jumper party for families to meet, spread Christmas cheer and raise money for an important cause.This year’s party takes place on Sunday 8th December in Letterkenny Community Centre 3 – 6pm.All proceeds will go towards the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Coombe on behalf of baby Odhrán Johnston. Baby Odhrán from Carndonagh’s life was saved in June thanks to the amazing medical team at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. Read more about his incredible journey here: www.donegaldaily.com/2019/12/02/a-happy-and-healthy-christmas-for-miracle-baby-odhran/And so much has been organised to make the Christmas Jumper Party an unmissable event!Highlights will be a giant bouncy castle, music from DJ Vinny, Art and Soul by Lynnette face painting, elves to play with the kids and lots of sweets.Plus, there will be a quiet room with Christmas stories, arts & crafts.Michaela Bradley Photography will be there taking photos of all the special moments.Letterkenny Babies Christmas Jumper Party 2018. Photo by JDB PhotographyCost of entry to the party will be €5 per child and one euro for every subsequent child thereafter – €6 for two, €7 for three, etc. There will also be donation buckets for the face painting and treat stands and a raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses.Anyone wanting a raffle sheet or willing to donate a raffle prize can message the Letterkenny Babies page.Letterkenny Babies is one of the town’s most active online communities. Through sharing events, offers and questions, the group has helped countless parents in many ways.Everyone is welcome to the festive fundraiser this Sunday – and don’t forget to get the festive jumpers out for party season again!‘Letterkenny Babies’ Christmas party to raise funds for the Coombe was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Christmas Jumper partyletterkenny babieslast_img read more

Kime siblings gun for Non-Stop Dusi glory

first_img26 February 2014 Lance and Robyn Kime, the 2013 men’s and women’s Dusi K1 (singles) champions, will be among the leading challengers for the men’s and women’s titles when the Non- Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon departs Pietermaritzburg for Durban early on Friday morning. For Lance, the extremely tough one-day, 120 kilometre race, will be about trying to reverse the ill fortune that scuppered his chances of victory in the Dusi early this month, while Robyn will be aiming to win the event for a second time in a K1.Emulating last year’s winners Lance Kime will be aiming to emulate last year’s winners, Sbonelo Zondi and Andy Birkett. The pair finished third and fourth respectively after incidents ended their title hopes, but then teamed up to set a Non-Stop record, followed by victory in the 2014 Dusi. Kime led the K2 finishers in the Non-Stop Dusi in 2012 with Kwanda Mhlope, and will again team up with his Dusi partner, Thulani Mbanjwa, who has four Non-Stop titles to his name. The pair were among the favourites for this year’s Dusi, but a freak accident mere kilometres from the start put paid to their chances of victory; their boat was sliced open by another’s rudder and after repairs they were left in 17th place after the first day. They went, with an astonishing effort, to finish fourth.‘A goal for us’ “Non-Stop Dusi had always been a goal for us and so we’ve been planning for it since we started paddling together a few months ago,” Kime said in a startement on Tuesday. “Non-Stop is obviously a little more important now, though, after our disappointing Dusi, and so we’re definitely looking to go for the win on Friday. Dusi didn’t quite go our way, and that’s how it goes sometimes, but we’ve got a little bit of unfinished business to attend to at Non-Stop,” he added.Water releases The organisers have arranged for water releases from the Henley, Nagel and Inanda Dams, which is something that excites Kime. “If I remember correctly in 2012 it was really low by the time we got to just above Inanda Dam, so the water releases sound fantastic,” he said enthusiastically.Development challengers Kime and Mbanjwa will face a stiff challenge from paddlers from the Computershare Change a Life Academy, which is under the mentorship of seven-time Dusi and six- time Non-Stop Dusi champion, Martin Dreyer. During this year’s Dusi, former Academy member Sbonelo Zondi teamed with Andy Birkett for the win, while current Academy members Kwanda Mhlope and Zonele Nzuza came home in fifth place. “Sbonelo winning was the completing of a dream for me,” Dreyer admitted. Looking ahead, he continued: “Kwanda and Mmeli will be an exciting pair to watch at Non-Stop. Thomas (Ngidi) and Shongweni’s Banesti (Nkhoesa) are still unproven, having never really raced together before, but I’m sure they’ll be gunning for the podium.” With Andy Birkett have ruled himself out of the Non-Stop Dusi because of a foot problem, Sbonelo Zondi has committed to paddling the race in a K1 kayak. He is a three-time winner of the Non-Stop, including with Thulani Mbanjwa, but will be aiming for a first ever victory in a K1. Women’s race Kime’s sister, Robyn, who won her fifth Dusi title with Abbey Ulansky, was set to leave on the adventure of a lifetime shortly after the iconic three-day paddling adventure, which would have seen her spending much of the next 12 months sailing to and hiking and mountain climbing around South America. Last-minute changes, though, ended her adventure travel ideas temporarily and so she signed up for the Non-Stop Dusi. Once again, her main challenger will be Abby Adie, who claimed the honours in the Non-Stop with Hilary Bruss in 2013. Adie was also second in the Dusi with Czech star Anna Adamova.‘Really excited’ This time around she will be teaming up with her sister Alex. “I’m really excited to be paddling Non-Stop with Alex,” she said. “Anna decided Non-Stop would impact on her sprint season preparations too much and so I was really excited when Alex said she was coming back (to Durban from Cape Town where she works) for Non-Stop. “Alex also worked really hard on her own in Cape Town before this year’s Dusi and has really improved a lot since we last paddled together in the 2012 Dusi. We haven’t paddled Non-Stop together ever before, so I’m really looking forward to getting into a boat with her again,” she added.last_img read more

Updated John Deere T670 Combine offers improved capacity, uptime

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For model year 2017, John Deere T670 model walker combines will have significant enhancements to boost productivity, threshing capacity, and straw quality for baling while making service and maintenance much easier and less time consuming. These are all benefits that U.S. and Canadian small grain producers will appreciate when it comes to harvesting during often tight windows and tough conditions.According to Terry DeMay, senior marketing representative for John Deere Harvester Works, the newly updated T670 Combine will lead the industry with several new features, helping to make it the most productive walker combine available.“The new model year T670 combine has one of the largest active separation areas and largest cleaning shoe of any walker combine on the market today,” says DeMay. “We’ve increased productivity by 15 percent in wheat and increased unloading rates by 50 percent. We’ve also made it easier to switch between small grains and canola, and improved the service points to allow producers to spend more time harvesting and less time waiting.”For customers harvesting both canola and small grains, the new T670 has a new swing-in Booster Bar that makes switching between crops easier and faster – often in less than 5 minutes – and easier to adjust as crop conditions change.In addition, John Deere has increased the size of the overshot beater, concaves, separator drum and grate, and walker area as part of its updated T-concept solution. These are all designed to improve threshing speed, throughput, and straw and grain quality during harvest while making it easy to change over to other crops and optimize harvesting performance.Greater throughput and capacity means operators need more speed to unload. As a result, the T670 with its Xtra Fast System can offload grain at 3.3 bushels per second.The new T670 Combine has optimal maintenance intervals with easier access to those service areas and fewer filters to check and replace. To make servicing and cleanout more convenient, the new T-series comes with an optional factory-installed 16-gallon air compressor with 33-foot hose and three quick-coupler points to access different areas of the machine.Like its predecessor, the new model T670 has a spacious, comfortable and quiet Premium Cab, and transmission options.“Compared to the previous model T670 combine, this new model offers significant improvements that customers will quickly see and appreciate,” DeMay says. “When added up, these enhancements help producers harvest more acres per day and spend more time being productive.”The newly redesigned T670 Combine from John Deere is available for model year 2017.  To learn more about this industry-leading walker combine for the producer that wants more productivity and consistent, high-quality straw, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/ag.last_img read more

Geocachers Deep Clean Mother Nature

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Geocache Type that Cares – CITOAugust 18, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”You’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Get Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out” So, your TV stops working. Just stops. What do you do? You take the 42″ TV to your pristine local park. You quickly swivel your head around. There’s no one there. Then you clumsily dump the TV in the deep brush. Done. Maybe it’s biodegradable?!?!Wait. Wait. Wait. That’s not YOU. You’re the person who’s waist deep in thorny brush pulling out the battered (and NOT biodegradable) TV. And there’s also a lawnmower and another TV and even more trash. Whew.Carnation, WA USA – COWWS CITO EventYou’re not alone. Thousands of Geocachers around the world took the weekend of the April 24 th and 25th to clean their local parks and trails. It’s called Cache In Trash Out (CITO). It’s a little payback for what has been a couple pretty rough centuries for ol’ Mother Nature. And we’ve seen what happens when Mother Nature doesn’t get the respect she deserves – cue the volcano.Good choice in helping cleanup the place. If you didn’t help yet, don’t fear the volcano. CITO events happen throughout the year. Find your opportunity here. If you did a CITO let’s see some of your pictures and video on Facebook. And Thank YOU!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. read more

Football Binjimen Victor takes his turn in the spotlight

Ohio State junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith a 26-14 deficit to overcome with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Ohio State wide receivers knew they had a job to do. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had trouble getting the ball downfield against the Penn State secondary, completing 15 of 29 pass attempts for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the first three quarters of the game. With a veteran group, the receivers did what their goal has been with the first-time quarterback all season: to have his back. With a 12-point deficit and no momentum, it was not a matter of when it would happen. As a group, they said they knew it would happen. It was a matter of who. That’s when Binjimen Victor came into the picture. Haskins trotted onto the field for the second drive of the second quarter, quickly recorded completions to two wide receivers, senior C.J. Saunders and junior Austin Mack. After an incompletion to Mack, Haskins saw something in the Penn State defense he had been preparing for. “I look back and if we got a certain pressure, which we did get that pressure, we were going to change the play and I look back and Coach [Ryan] Day said ‘Run it,’” Haskins said. “I see it coming and I don’t know what to do, so I snap the ball, I see it coming, I pulled up and I see Ben and I was like, ‘I have to make a play.’” Victor said he was running through the middle on a dig route and was not even the primary receiver on the play. The junior receiver had to look back to him to see if a play could be made. However, as the ball came to him, Victor felt as though his time had come. “I just had to make a play for my team,” Victor said. “I just felt I had to put it on my back.” Victor caught the overthrown ball in the air with a defender draped on his leg, trying to bring him down, The receiver shook him off and, according to Victor, all he saw was green grass, and took off. However, it wasn’t all green grass for Victor. With defenders coming after him in the open field, redshirt senior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell each picked a man and kept him away from their teammate. For Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, the combination of the catch and the block brought life back into the Ohio State sideline. “It gave the whole sideline hope,” Meyer said. “Defense gets the ball back to the offense, even though it’s way down deep in there and then one of the great drives in Ohio State history.”Victor scored on the 47-yard play, bringing Ohio State within one score halfway through the fourth quarter.The Buckeyes would eventually beat the No. 9 Nittany Lions 27-26, with Victor’s play standing out as the key moment in the comeback. Meyer said it was nothing new. The head coach called Victor a very good practice player, saying the junior has never really lived up to his potential, never really had his turn in the spotlight. For Haskins, these are the kinds of catches he and Victor practice on a daily basis. “He’s a freaky athlete,” Haskins said. “Every Sunday, we work on 2-minute drills and situations like that. He makes those catches every day, so this is the time to do it in the game and it really came up big.” Victor knew someone had to make a play. It came with many parts, but instead of him making the blocks, leading the way for another receiver’s highlight, it was his chance. “You know, when I got a chance, you only get a couple,” Victor said. “You just have to make it pay.” For Meyer, that play is not only game-altering, keeping Ohio State on the path it was initially scheduled to be on. He thinks Victor’s catch could be career changing. “That’s the biggest play of anybody’s career, that one,” Meyer said. read more

Andreas Christensen admits Chelsea future is uncertain

first_imgChelsea defender Andreas Christensen concedes that things aren’t looking good for him after slipping down the pecking order at the clubThe Denmark international is yet to make a single appearance in any of Chelsea’s opening eight Premier League games this season under new coach Maurizio Sarri.The Italian has started Christensen in Chelsea’s Europa League and Carabao Cup games, but the 22-year-old admits that his patience could be tested further down the line.“Right now, it’s not a good season for me, but I have to find some way to get back on. How? I do not know, but it’s up to me to figure that out,” Christensen told BT.“But right now it looks hard. We have good results and we play super football, which only makes it harder. It’s hard for me personally, but for the team, it looks great.”Christensen had to wait for a chance in his two-year loan spell with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach and has been touted for another loan move in January.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.He added: “I cannot show so much patience again. I’m 22 years old and I really want to play.“In the last three seasons I’ve played a big role for the teams I have been with, so it’s clear that I cannot see myself staying if my current situation continues in the future.“It’s too early to talk about change for now, and when that might happen, but it’s clear that this is not a good situation for me.”Christensen had a breakthrough campaign under former coach Antonio Conte last season at Chelsea and made 40 appearances in all competitions.The Dane was awarded the Blues’ Young Player of the Year award.last_img read more