Jovie exit won’t affect drive vs drugs – BCPO

first_imgFor the mean time, Biñas said,Lieutenant Colonel Levy Pangue, BCPO deputy city director for administration,will supervise the position vacated by Espenido as well as the City DrugEnforcement Unit. Last week, Espenido was relievedfrom his post for still undisclosed reasons – only four months after PresidentRodrigo Duterte sent him in this city. “Even with Espenido or withoutEspenido, we are still working,” Bacolod City Police Office director ColonelHenry Biñas said. BACOLOD City – Police officers herevowed to be relentless on the campaign against illegal drugs even in theirabsence of controversial cop Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido. On July 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s MayorReynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killed in a shootout led by Espenido whowas serving search warrants at Parojinog’s properties in barangays Baybay SanRoque and Baybay Santa Cruz. Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido. ABS-CBN NEWS Meanwhile, the Negros OccidentalPolice Provincial Office (NOCPPO) also vowed to continue the aggressivecampaign against illegal drugs in the province despite Espenido’s departure Espenido was the police chief ofOzamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment. He assured the people of BacolodCity that policemen uphold the rule of law and are true to their mission toserve and protect the public. But he won’t promise a bloodless drug war. NOCPPO deputy administration director,Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Acollador, insisted, even before Espenido wasassigned to BCPO, they were continuously going after illegal drug suspects.He also denied rumors claiming Espenido’s removal stemmed from “ninja cops”within the BCPO, or police officers that allegedly take seized drugs and resellthem, pointing out, Espenido was reassigned directly to the Office ofPhilippine National Police director, Police General Archie Gamboa.Acollador also challenged recently-arrested drug suspects in the provinceclaiming evidence was “planted” against them to file a case to prove theirallegations. In November 2016, Espenido was alsothe police chief of Albuera, Leyte when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., waskilled in a shootout as police were attempting to serve a search warrant. Both Parojinog and Espinosa werelinked by President Duterte to illegal drugs./PNlast_img read more

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Kipketer hails ‘amazing’ Champs

first_imgFormer 800 metres world record holder Wilson Kipketer, here in Jamaica for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships as a guest of his and the event’s sponsor Puma, was left amazed by the experience, as he welcomes the chance to work with Jamaican youngsters. The three-time World Champion, who is also visiting Jamaica for the first time since a stop in 2010 at the Gibson Relays, said while the times registered at Champs in his pet event could have been better by international standards, he understands the nature of the championships has a great effect. “It’s really impressive, the performances and atmosphere here is really amazing,” said the Kenyan-born former Danish athlete in reference to his impressions of his first Champs experience. “This is not something you see anywhere else in the world and in my opinion, there should be a World Juniors or something here every year here in Jamaica. “I was here for the 800m and 400m and I think there is a lot of potential. It’s all about the right training and technique and with that I think the youngsters here can develop and run very well,” Kipketer said. “They can run faster times here at but of course a big focus here at these championships is to win points. “It’s going to be difficult because a lot of the athletes are doing three events and so  they are tired and are going for points but the potential and really raw talent is there that can be developed,” he added.last_img read more

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Blues see off Liverpool, United and City and agree deal with youngster – report

first_imgChelsea have agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with highly-rated teenager Conor Hunte, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were ready to snap-up the 16-year-old midfielder had he not decided to stay with the Blues.The Sunday Mirror also say Chelsea are ‘on alert’ amid reports Real Madrid’s former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric is keen to return to England. Both Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old, who was a target for Chelsea prior to joining Real.Chelsea are poised to sign Malaga midfielder Isco, 20, either this month or in the summer, according to the Sunday People.The Daily Star Sunday claim QPR boss Harry Redknapp was hoping to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea prior to the forward’s move to Liverpool and that Yossi Benayoun could join Reading from the Blues.And a number of papers report that Chelsea are in contract talks with Frank Lampard despite initially indicating that he would not be offered a new deal.QPR want Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed Aston Villa are also interested and that Swansea would like to take him on loan.Redknapp has been put off by Tottenham’s apparent £7m valuation of Tom Huddlestone but is hopeful of negotiating a deal for the midfielder, according to the Mail on Sunday.The Sun on Sunday say Robbie Keane has turned down a loan move to Loftus Road from LA Galaxy.Related West London Sport story: QPR boss rules out move for duo (December 29)The People say both QPR and Newcastle are sending delegations to France to try to clinch the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A Passivhaus Rebuttal: In Defense of the Standard

first_imgMisstep #7: The standard doesn’t distinguish between energy sourcesI agree up to a point, however PHPP does distinguish between energy sources for source energy (there are utilization factors for electricity/pellet/natural gas/etc) — it just doesn’t offer a “credit” for utilization of PV or wind. And again, this speaks more to the 120 kWh/m²a as a CO2 limit than anything else. By Mike EliasonTo preface: these thoughts are my own and draw from the Certified Passivhaus Consultant training, studying European Passivhaus projects (occasionally documented on our blog), modeling projects and dissecting PHPP with my brute force collaborative cohort, Aaron Yankauskas. They are in no way endorsed by PHIUS, PHnw, PHA or the PHI in Darmstadt…Martin gave the kickoff address for the 2nd Passive House Northwest (PHnw) Spring Event. Unlike most kickoff addresses, his pointed out missteps of the North American Passivhaus movement. Amazingly, instead of deflating all 170 attendees, reactions were varied — agreement, disagreement and probably even a little rage! Attendees were discussing aspects of his address well beyond the meeting — a testament to issues with which many have struggled. There was a brief question and answer period, but no one successfully challenged Martin.After the event, I was cornered by Martin to discuss my thoughts. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately…) my carpool was antsy to leave, so we weren’t able to get into as deep and fruitful a discussion as warranted. However, Martin has generously permitted me to address my thoughts on his thesis for the benefit of GBA. What follows are the central themes of his address and my own “musings of a design geek” for each. Like everyone at the meeting, I’ll probably be highly unsuccessful in challenging Martin, but appreciate the opportunity to expand the dialogue.Martin began his address with what he likes about Passivhaus: that it stands on the shoulders of North American giants, sets a high bar for airtightness and has created a significant buzz that “energy nerds” haven’t seen in a long time (or maybe ever). He then proceeded down his list… Misstep #1: “Passive” is a problematic term and the direct translation “Passive House” is confusingPassivhäuser (Passive Houses) employ active mechanical ventilation and require active heating components (albeit very small). If comfortable with a lower setpoint, throwing a dinner party or borrowing the neighborhood kids — it’s entirely possible to forgo any active heating and live in an entirely passively heated house. The term isn’t completely accurate, but at this point changing the terminology would only create additional problems.I abhor the direct translation of Passivhaus! Whenever I talk to someone about Passive House (Passivhaus) – it devolves into a discussion of something tried in the ’70s, or a semantic argument with passive solar house designers. Every Passivhaus consultant knows this story, and that alone should warrant reconsideration. In German, Haus is slightly more nuanced than House — and non-residential buildings offer greater energy savings than residential projects. Plus, we don’t call the Volkswagen the Public’s wagon (although we happily obliterate Köln as Cologne!). Fervent discussions continueIn the end, everyone was (is) discussing Martin’s address with fervor — and it was stimulating to talk to those that agreed or disagreed and determine why. A lot of the things Martin and others see as issues or missteps — I believe to be misconceptions. I think as we become more familiar with the nuances of PHPP, a lot of these issues will sort themselves out. And hopefully, Aaron and I will have the opportunity to show that in the near future. If we do, you’ll find it on our blog. Misstep #5: There is a lack of cost-effective feedback loops within PHPP, so Passivhaus designers just keep adding insulation — even if it’s beyond the cost of photovoltaicsYes, there are people building excessive assemblies. Strangely, they would rather add insulation to their PHPP model than evaluate if the form, windows, openings or orientation need to be adjusted – even if doing the latter optimizes their assemblies. I don’t think this is a Passivhaus misstep, but a user one – PHPP is simply a spreadsheet and adding additional pages is not difficult. We’ve already seen ‘control panels’ allowing rapid study of assemblies and form. Much like the proliferation of cell phone applications – I imagine (hope?) we’ll soon see PHApps (Passivhaus Applications) – PHPP add ons for rapid testing, cost analysis, etc. Additionally, any designer could do a quick takeoff and check against cost of photovoltaics at any point along the way if so motivated.Regarding insulation versus the cost of PVs — it seems PHPP doesn’t reward the use of grid-tied photovoltaics because this still leads to CO2 emissions through transmission losses over the course of the year. This can be seen in the energy utilization factors counted against the 120 kWh/m²a max. The specific primary energy demand is really a metric for reducing CO2 emissions of the building to levels agreed upon at the 1992 Earth Summit. To take this a step further — our interest lies in adding PVs that exceed net zero, resulting in carbon reducing/plusenergie buildings. Misstep #4: 15 kWh/m²a (4.75 kBTU/ft²a) is too difficult and arbitraryAs was relayed to me recently, the 15kWh/m²a heating limit is the point when traditional heating systems could be eliminated and the cost of implementing Passivhaus became affordable. This limit wasn’t arbitrary for central European climates at the creation of the Passivhaus standards, but that point on Dr. Feist’s graph may shift in North America. After dissecting PHPP — that limit could very well be lower compared to Europe.The argument that achieving the specific space heating demand is too difficult rings hollow. By keeping the standard difficult, it will push product innovation, designer innovation and maybe cause people to rethink whether building single family homes makes sense in certain climates. Who wants to wait 10 years for North American manufacturers to catch up to where E.U. manufacturers are now?!?Regarding the extreme R-values — there are only a handful of built Passivhäuser in North America, and several were shoehorned through PHPP after being designed, resulting in absurdly high R-values. Basing the difficulty of achieving the specific space heating demand on these first projects is a biased sample. One of the pursuits of brute force collaborative is the utilization of normalized wall assemblies to meet Passivhaus. This means compactness, glazing, orientation, opening sizes, etc. are constantly being tested to ensure R-100 assemblies are only needed in Fairbanks. Don’t ask me why other people don’t work this way – we just enjoy geeking out with PHPP.Over the last year, I’ve been combing European Passivhaus projects and have yet to find an envelope assembly greater than R-80 — even with climbing huts high in the Alps or smaller houses in regions that get little sun. PHPP consistently shows that it’s actually easier to achieve Passivhaus in the United States. Figure 2 (see below) shows the resulting specific space heat demand across different cities by HDD. The blue line is Katrin’s house modeled in CPHC training and migrated to North American cities; the red is Katrin’s house migrated through Europe. For comparative HDD ranges, the EU numbers trend significantly higher than North America.What this says to me is designers and consultants in North America need to get creative and test the limits of PHPP. European designers don’t seem to have this problem, even though they are at a solar disadvantage. To further illustrate my point, the Österrichhaus in Whistler, B.C. (HDD: 8,000+) has no envelope assembly higher than R-54. That speaks volumes on how an integrated and oft-tested approach makes a significant difference. Misstep #6: Small house penaltyOn the “difficult to achieve”-iness of really small homes: I believe Alex Boetzel summed it up best: the German mindset regarding the difficulty with small houses is maybe you should build a multifamily house instead. There is a lot of truth to that — and maintaining the difficult standard might force the owner to determine if that is really the most efficient use of resources. We already know that EUI (Energy Use Intensity) is a decent metric for comparative analysis of non-residential typologies and that it’s horrible for residential ones. Martin mentioned a preference for per person energy limits — which actually makes sense, but seems very difficult to enforce and may cause issues for growing families. In training, we were told that houses over 4,000 sf would get the Mantle treatment (*) — although on a certain level, I believe this should apply to second and/or rural homes as well, and maybe that asterisk should be closer to 3,200 sf. Misstep #3: Space heat delivered through ventilation ductThere is no requirement for space heating to be delivered through the ventilation duct – though this was the classic definition, which was apparently altered to appease the Scandinavians. If towel warmers, localized radiant heating or mini-splits are preferable to deliver space heating – they’re all acceptable forms. I’m not an engineer, but am really drawn to the decoupling of ventilation and heating as championed by Kiel Moe and Transsolar. Read Martin Holladay’s address: Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary? Misstep #2: Häuser ohne Heizung (houses without heating) is a false statementThere has been a lot of inconsistency in the way Passivhaus projects have been represented online and in print – though this isn’t the fault of the PHI, and I think there are other contributing factors. First, I believe this is another case where direct translation fails – Heizung could mean radiator and Passivhäuser simply don’t need them. Second, many Passivhaus owners just never utilize their heating systems. However, most require some degree of space heating, and it would certainly be better if consultants were honest about this and persistent in correcting media errors. Misstep #8: Change the standard for North America like was done in AustriaMartin stated the Austrian government changed the standard, although with my broken German it appears this is only partially correct. In Austria, there are two routes to Passivhaus certification, through the Passivhaus Institut, or through a state run program which appears slightly harder than the first route. For the state-run option, the project needs to meet 10 kWh/m²a based on bruttogrossflaeche (gross square footage) instead of the PHI’s 15 kWh/m²a, based on Treated Floor Area. I’ve yet to see a house with that large a difference between the two reference areas.Martin also advocates for climate specific standards – and when cornered, I jokingly stated, “the standards are climate specific – it just so happens that the standard is the same across all climates!” Semantics… Sure. But it’s also because I believe given the right orientation, envelope, designer, etc. – it is possible to achieve the specific space heating demand in Minneapolis, Vermont or Miami – without needing an assembly over R-70. The Bagley Nature Center in Duluth came pretty close with an R-85 roof. It even utilized North American windows and Cardinal 179’s triple pane — I would love to use this glass, Cardinal just needs to improve the U-value and SHGC by about 10%. Changing the standard to be easier in colder climates would effectively be a bonus for living in a location that requires more energy – and given our research, that’s not something I believe to be necessary.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Zou powers team China to gold in artistic gymnastics

first_imgA dazzling all-round performance led by Zou Kai powered defending champions China to the team gold in the artistic gymnastics here at the Olympics on Monday. China won with 275.997 points. In a controversial decision, Japan won the silver in a dramatic last-ditch appeal on 271.952 points while Great Britain took bronze with 271.711.China went into the last rotation nearly three points ahead, and strong pommel horse routines from Chen Yibing, Guo Weiyang and Zhang Chenglong dispelled any doubts about them.Zou, 2008 Beijing Olympics champion in the floor and the horizontal bar, put in near flawless performances on the same apparatus to put his team firmly on course to victory.”In the qualification, everyone had confidence in me. The team cohesion helped a lot,” Guo said.”We made sure our ability is good enough to make the gold ours. Beating our own goals is our happiest achievement.”But the main drama of the evening came on the final rotation, when Japan only needed two average scores on the pommel horse for silver.After one gymnast slipped, Kohei Uchimura fell on the dismount to allow the British into second and Ukraine into third.The Japanese, led by brothers Yusuke and Kazuhito Tanaka, headed the competition early on before China clicked into gear.Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas put Britain in a position for silver with scores of 15.166, 15.533 and 15.433 scores on the floor.They thought they had the bronze in the bag when it turned out they had outscored Ukraine, who hit 15.33, 15.233 and 15.433 through Oleg Stepko, Mykola Kuksenkov and Igor Radivilov.advertisementBut the judges took their time in scoring Uchimura, after which it emerged Britain had done enough for silver.Later the Japanese coaching staff appealed, arguing Uchimura had been penalised incorrectly for failing to dismount entirely, rather than a poor dismount. The judges agreed, returning the 0.5 points the Japanese needed for second place, pushing Britain for the bronze and Ukraine off the podium.”I wasn’t credited with the full difficulty start value for my routine. My coach lodged a protest and thats why the score was raised,” Uchimura said.For obvious reasons, the Ukrainians weren’t happy.”We’re not blind. Everybody has their own opinion, their own vision,” said coach Yuliy Kuksenkov when asked if handing the silver to Japan was a mistake.The British, meanwhile, were ecstatic with winning a medal, even though it was relegated to bronze at the death.”The whole situation hasn’t sunk in,” said gymnast Louis Smith.”Despite that protest and the score change, for us, this is a dream come true. To get a bronze medal is a miracle.””Silver, bronze, it doesn’t matter. We really look up to the Japanese and they deserved the silver medal. We are still happy.”The British got an early boost with Thomas landing a difficult vault in the third rotation, but a slip by Sam Oldham on the high bar put Ukraine in the bronze position going into the final round.A failed vault from US gymnast John Orozco dashed American hopes of a medal on the fourth rotation.Orozco planted his hands too early and landed on his rear end, leaving him in tears on the bench.”I do not have the best technique on vault and I was a bit worried because prelims was the first one I landed,” Orozco said.The Americans qualified in first and were expected to put in a stiffer challenge, ending up fifth.Russia’s outside hopes for a podium place were hit by Alexander Balandin’s fall on the parallel bars in the penultimate rotation.last_img read more

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Ramon Richards Sets Phone Alarms To Remind Himself How Good He Is

first_imgRamon Richards is an interesting cat. Richards is the renaissance man of this Oklahoma State football team. He breaks down the squirrels on OSU’s campus and claims he could rock a mullet better than Mike Gundy himself.According to a recent interview with ESPN, he also sets alarms on his phone to remind himself of his own greatness (what’s with OSU cornerbacks and setting alarms?)“I have alarms at the top of every hour,” Richards told ESPN. “You know, we wake at 6 or 7 in the morning. So I have an alarm at 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, every hour until 10 at night.“It’s different things. In the morning, it’s just about being great, those are my messages from like 8 to 10. Then I have ‘You’re a Thorpe Award defensive back,’ ‘You’re an All-American defensive back,’ ‘You’re the best defensive back in the country.’ And then ‘Thank God for another beautiful day,’ those come later on in the day. Then at night it’s ‘You’re great, keep being great,’ stuff like that. It changes up throughout the day.”Maybe it’s working. Richards has two picks and has sealed the deal on multiple games this season with turnovers. On the other hand … maybe not. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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WHY THE KIDS LOVE TOUCH

first_imgIt was the year of expansion and of the Bulldogs in the ARL, The year a bunch of young schoolboy rockers from Newcastle shot to stardom, The year that Mel Gibson told us that “They could take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom”, and the year of redemption for us long suffering Queenslanders as we finally broke a 102 year-old hoodoo and won cricket’s Sheffield shield for the first time ever. 1995 was also a land mark year for Touch with Australia dominating at the World Cup in Hawaii and the birth of the Inaugural State of Origin Touch Series which brought Touch out of the backyard and into our lounge rooms. 1995 was also the birth year of the First Primary Schools Sport Touch Exchange, the year the first Qld Primary School Girls Touch Team played in an Interstate Challenge. Qld took on Northern Territory in a series hosted by the Peninsula region in Queensland’s North. Missy Shaw, then a shy twelve year-old from the Gold Coast, was honoured to be selected in the Inaugural Qld Primary team, so much so that alongside her `treasured’ 90210 T-shirt from her favourite TV show that year, sits her # 4 Qld jersey she wore in her very first State Touch team. The program for this week’s Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament sports a photo of the very first Qld Primary Girls Team, and there, standing at the back, is the diminutive Missy Shaw. “How ordinary is my hair?” remarked Missy on first glance at the blast from the past. “I’ve been getting crap from people all week – it’s (she screws up her face) fluffy!” Bad hair days aside, Missy is in pretty good company in the Inaugural team – Sarah Hillier who is holding the ball in the photo, like Missy, actually played in every Qld and Australian side selected from Primary girls through to 15’s and Open School girls. The talented duo actually co-captained the Qld Open Schoolgirls in Year 12 after playing in the first Qld Primary team together. Sarah no longer plays, but her younger sister Ashleigh is tearing up the fields as I write, starring for Qld in the 15 Years Girls team at this tournament. Kate Mc Shae, another team mate in the Inaugural Qld team, made a name for herself as well, not in touch, but in soccer, playing for the Matilda’s at this year’s Olympics in Athens. Missy is at the Gold Coast Touch Association this week helping at the canteen at the Combined Tournament -the majority of patrons blissfully unaware that the friendly girl greeting them and serving up their food and drinks is one of the best young talents in our game. Missy, at 21, is a current Australian Open Women’s National Training Squad Member and is the eldest of three Touch playing Shaw sisters who have represented Qld at Primary Level in Touch in the last decade. Katie is 19 and is a current Junior World Cup Under 20 Mixed player, and Jess, 13, is a talented young player who has already represented the SQBD Sharks in the ATA U 18 NTL in 2004. Amazingly, in the last ten years, Qld’s 12 Years Girls have amassed an exceptional record in winning every National title in the division since it’s inception…. that’s an amazing stat in anyone’s language! The school system in both Qld and NSW has already produced a lineage of schoolgirl super stars that have gone on to represent their respective States and Australia at Open level over the years. When Representative Touch began in Secondary schools in Qld in 1985 committed teachers such as Peter Bell, Graham Herlihy, Anne Mc Carthy, Graham Lowry, Dave Kirby, Ken Jackson, Ken Murdoch and Ray Grieshaber realized the tremendous potential and possible links for schools with affiliated Touch. Dave Mayfield, Phil Evans, Mick Kelly and a host of other quality teacher’s were to come on board later. The growth and popularity of Touch in schools was quite dramatic in the mid to late eighties and has continued to grow with the popularity of tournaments such as the Qld Secondary All Schools Championships, and the QSST State Championships. The progression of State and National junior representatives into our mainstream elite level representative teams has been achieved almost with assembly line precision. The winning Qld Women’s Open team at the 1993 ATA National Championships contained no less than 11 Qld Open school girl graduates, and many of these players went on to form the nucleus of the National Women’s Squad for the next decade. Peter Bell has been instrumental in this process and it is obvious how successful the link between the schools and affiliated elite participation has become. This progression from Secondary school Qld representatives to Open Women’s level has become almost a rite of passage for budding player’s who aspire to make it in the game, and very rarely has the talent net at school level allowed gifted player’s to float by unheralded. Now we are seeing the first group of Primary school super stars emerging as they make their way through the Primary Rep. Scene, into Under 15’s, then Open School Girls, Under 18’s & Under 20’s, then finally to Women’s Open. This has been the path of Missy Shaw who is one of the first of a young crop of Queenslanders who will progress through this system. North Qld sensation Kelly Mc Gennity is another and a host of young stars including Emily Hopkin, Roxy Winder, Kate Shaw, and Alyce Hulbert have represented Qld at Primary level, 15 Years, and Open School girl level and made Junior National squads. Missy says that her first experience under two of the pioneers of Primary Touch, current National Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, and fellow long standing junior coach Kathy O’Brien, helped shape her for future experiences in the sport. “The coaches made playing Touch awesome, they made learning the game easy, and importantly in that first Qld team we all got on great – which is the thing I enjoy most about the game still – playing with your friends.” Incredibly, from that first exchange with Northern Territory almost ten years ago, Missy befriended a young girl from Darwin, Tamara Appo, who all these years later is a close friend and team mate in club sides Tigers (Gold Coast) Uni-Rebels (Brisbane), the Sharks 2004 NTL Open Women’s Champion team and the Qld Women’s Open State of Origin Team. Inaugural Coach of the Qld Primary Girls Kerry Norman believes the secret to Qld’s winning streak has been the dedication and willingness of Primary Teachers all over the State to contribute to the development of the game at grass root level. “Our teacher’s have been excellent, introducing kids to the game and then allowing us to develop a lot of them to a higher standard.” When pressed on the changes the Girl’s game has gone through at Primary level in the last ten years Kerry offered the following comment. “The girls are much more aware of defence and different strategies now. Ball skills are much better and the fact that the Primary kids get to play in the Combined tournament and see the 15’s means they have role models immediately above them and they can aspire to the standard and learn.” “Also there are plenty of good coaches around offering plenty of development…. the current Qld Girl’s Coach is a good example – Evan Willis is from the country, but he has spent a lot of time building up his knowledge to assist player’s in his region and develop his own coaching and it’s great recognition for his dedication, and hopefully an inspiration to coaches in similar positions who aspire to coach at this level. So, now to the man in the hot seat, Evan Willis, the guy who has the pressure of delivering Qld’s tenth title in a row…how’s he feeling and how’s the team travelling under the weight of expectation? “Mate, to be honest, the kids are going better than me! Of course it’s in the back of your mind, but we just keep working on the job at hand – we focus and concentrate on what we have to do…keep it simple and go from there, if we follow through I know we can do it, we’ve prepared well enough…it’s sort of a duty, but also an honour to try and keep the Qld domination going” “To be a Country Coach and score a job like this is great, but a lot of people like Kathy O’Brien, Peter Bell and Bruce Hurford have really encouraged and helped me along the way…Belly actually taught me at school.” That is perhaps Peter Bell’s and the dedicated band of teacher’s in Qld Primary and Secondary school’s greatest gift, imparting the love of learning and the art of passing knowledge on. You get the feeling with these sorts of quality people involved in Qld School Touch the State will continue to hover close to the top of the Touch tree and that there may well be a winning record to protect for some time to come…. after 102 years waiting for the Sheffield Shield we’re entitled to feel good about racking up a few wins over the rest of Australia. By the way, Missy Shaw’s Mastercard moment would go something like this: A vintage ’95 Beverley Hills 90210 shirt – costly …the Qld jersey of the same year – expensive… the fluffy hair – priceless! Written by Karley Banks 27th October 2004last_img
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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League. last_img read more

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Video: Penn State DT Anthony Zettel Tackled A Tree To The Ground

first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.last_img read more

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