first_imgTo start his first official day on the job as the Kings’ pied piper, the day players reported to El Segundo for physicals, Jeremy Roenick talked himself and his Porsche into an executive parking lot. Roenick doesn’t know whose spot his car occupied. One team employee said it belonged to Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Told this, Roenick debated that part of the story for a moment, but ultimately shrugged. Then there’s Roenick. In his brief Kings career, he already has done television segments with Carson Daly and former Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy, hung out with the crew on Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show Period and done a segment locally with KTLA Channel 5. That’s more publicity than most Kings get in their careers, and Roenick hasn’t played a regular-season game here. “I love the guy; I think he should have been in L.A. 10 years ago,” Luc Robitaille said. “He’s entertainment. If you think of the Lakers when they had Magic (Johnson), it was pure entertainment. That’s what JR brings to our team. On top of being a hard player, he does entertaining things.” Like say, perhaps, disco-dancing on the ice? During the Kings’ preseason game in Las Vegas, one of the Plexiglass panes became dislodged. Ever impatient, Roenick skated over to offer advice to the rink crew, and during the break, music was played to keep the fans entertained. Roenick began to groove a bit, and an astute rink employee shined a spotlight on him, which was a huge invitation. Roenick began a full-out disco routine, pumping his arms as he skated back to the bench and the crowd roared its approval and smiling players looked on. “Too many people in this game, they’re strictly about, /\x27/Play hockey, play hockey, play hockey, don’t smile, pay attention to hockey, concentrate, play hockey, play hockey, play hockey,” ‘ Roenick said. “This is entertainment. Yes, it’s a business, but we’re also in the business of entertaining. “The lockout hurt us, and we need to find ways to entertain the fans. It doesn’t have to be your actions on the ice. It can be the things you say, whether it’s talking with the fans or just acting stupid sometimes. That can’t be taken as a lack of concentration or a lack of competitiveness.” And therein lies the rub with Roenick. The Kings lost the Disco Night game, and although it was just a preseason game, Roenick knows that some around the league would be critical of him goofing around in a game his team lost, a game in which coach Andy Murray wasn’t happy with the team’s effort. Roenick has dealt with this before, the perception that he puts himself before the team, that personal attention and accomplishments are more important to him than team goals. Roenick strongly disagrees. “Certain things might not seem beneficial, like dancing at center ice,” Roenick said. “When you lose a game 2-1, there are individuals around the league who would point to that. /\x27/Aw, he wasn’t ready to play. He’s too busy trying to entertain and fool around and bring attention to himself instead of the team.” “That’s just a cop-out. That shouldn’t be a problem. Not everybody can separate those two sides, but I’m a guy who has shown he can separate it, which is important.” Roenick has had his share of management run-ins in previous stops. Most recently, in Philadelphia, he was suspended for throwing a water bottle at a referee and once referred to coach Ken Hitchcock as a “control freak’ because Roenick was unhappy about Hitchcock changing line combinations. But Roenick also is the guy who returned after 19 games from a broken jaw and a concussion after being struck in the face by a puck. He is the guy who has never missed the playoffs in 16 seasons. “He’s a really good friend and teammate, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters,” Hitchcock said. “The people around him understand that. He just enjoys every aspect of sports and entertainment and certain people see that as attention-grabbing, but Jeremy is a very competitive person. “We had a very good working relationship. He never detracted from the team and never cheated the team. The rest of the stuff made it interesting and kept you on your toes.” That’s something coming from Hitchcock, as old school as they come. But then again, so is Kings coach Andy Murray, who already is on the record as saying that he doesn’t mind “if players talk, as long as they back it up.” That theory surely will be put to the test by Roenick. Roenick drew the most attention of any player during the lockout when he said a segment of fans could kiss his backside. Roenick later clarified those comments, but they were a good example of what can happen anytime he’s face-to-face with a microphone. And it’s not an act. What you see is Roenick, as he is, for better or worse. “I’m the same way at home,” Roenick said. “My kids look at me sometimes and they bow their heads, like, /\x27/Oh my God, Dad.” I’ll dance in the car, sing in the car. I’ll be around my kids’ friends and do something wild and crazy and my (11-year-old) daughter goes, ‘Dad, stop it, you’re embarrassing me.” I say, ‘What do you have to be embarrassed about?” ‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That’s OK. I had a heavy bag and I didn’t want to carry it all the way in from the main parking lot,” Roenick said. “I figured, I’m a new guy, just let me use the spot for the day. It was a welcoming gift. “I met Phil (two weeks later) and he didn’t say anything, so I guess I’m OK.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Welcome to JR’s world. It’s a world easily misunderstood, one where the words subtle, discreet and restrained have no significance. So for the Kings, Roenick isn’t just a first-line center; he’s a personality on a team desperately in need of one, the face of a franchise too often anonymous in its own city. Roenick isn’t all talk, but he’s big on it. The Kings acquired him in August from Philadelphia, hoping that at age 35 and with a history of concussions, he still has something left. But arguably, Roenick’s bigger role will be off the ice, in helping the Kings regain a presence after the nightmare of last year’s lockout. Whether he is talking about fellow players, coaches, the collective-bargaining agreement, fans or the baseball playoffs, Roenick has opinions on every subject, and isn’t afraid to share. “With JR and the profile he has, it’s already been very helpful to us,” general manager Dave Taylor said. “There’s a lot of competition for the sports dollar in L.A. and he’s helped raise awareness for our team.” Even in the heyday of Wayne Gretzky, the Kings never saw anything like this. Gretzky, while immensely talented, often had the humility of a fourth-line checker. last_img read more

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first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Much as they try to evolutionize religion, scientists recognize that Biblical values are essential for science.WorldviewPhysOrg presents a case that atheism is as natural to humans as religion. “People in the ancient world did not always believe in the gods, a new study suggests – casting doubt on the idea that religious belief is a ‘default setting’ for humans.” The “study” is by Tim Whitmarsh of Cambridge. So what is new? Rampant unbelief is exactly what the Bible presents about fallen mankind. Whitmarsh mistakenly lumps the Judeo-Christian monotheistic Creator god with the capricious, glorified supermen and superwomen of the Roman and Greek pantheons. It’s no wonder that many thinkers had qualms about believing the myths about them and their bizarre antics. Those gods, however, evolved from the void; they did not create it ex nihilo. Christianity was so different to the Romans that they accused Christians of atheism. This shows that atheism can be defined as doubts about a culture’s gods, or doubts about a real Creator. Whitmarsh confuses the two definitions. Whether atheists are “moral” or not is also beside the point. Sure, many are. The question should be whether they have philosophical grounds for morality if matter is all there is. Without morality, though, it is impossible to have science (see 2/08/16).ValuesAnother PhysOrg piece investigates what values and virtues scientists have in common. Two that stand out from a survey undertaken by Michigan State are honesty and curiosity. Of the contenders (attentiveness, collaborative, courage, curiosity, honesty, humility to evidence, meticulousness, objectivity, perseverance and skepticism with regard to their importance for scientific research), those two were considered the most essential. Most surveyed agreed that inculcating those virtues in the next generation of scientists is as important as teaching content. The researchers feel they uncovered a “tacit moral code” that, unfortunately, is being eroded as shown by recent scandals.Science is a truth-seeking enterprise. Based on this study, researchers violating this unwritten code of conduct may not be scientists in the truest sense, [Robert] Pennock said.“Researchers who commit such misconduct are not merely violating some regulatory requirements, but they also are violating – in a deep way – what it means to be a scientist,” he said.The Roman and Greek gods did not reward mortals for their curiosity or honesty. More likely than not, those traits were punishable by death. The priests of polytheistic societies seem more interested in getting paid in sacrificial gifts. The Creator God of the Hebrews, by contrast, exalted truth, and commanded honesty, faithfulness, and loving one’s neighbor. As for curiosity, Psalm 111:2 was a frequently-quoted inspiration to the early giants of modern science: “Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them” (see verses 1-4). That’s one of many Bible passages that portray investigation into the works of God as honorable, because the Creator is good and his works declare His glory.PurityIt goes without saying that scientists need to cooperate to get research done. Science Daily reports on another study that concludes, “Purity is the moral foundation that drives people apart — and a glue that keeps them together“.  The researchers tried hard to remain noncommittal about moral values. Ostensibly, they just wanted to identify the factors that unite and divide people:The study, led by USC researchers, combined computer science, moral psychology and sociology of networks research techniques to determine how five basic moral concerns — care/harm, fairness/cheating, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion and purity/degradation — may widen or narrow the social distance between people.They found, however, that “the rhetoric related to the moral concern of purity, out of all the moral values, was the best predictor of distance between two people.” Scientists are not immune from these concerns. Would a scientist, for instance, want to collaborate with a peer who thinks it’s OK to kick a dog? That’s one of the morality questions the participants were asked about: “the immorality of kicking a dog.” No wonder the answer given would predict what kind of companions the participant would wish to hang with. Scientists who kick dogs are unlikely to treat their peers in a cooperative manner.Incidentally, there’s a scandal going on about sexual harassment in scientific research groups, leading to some mighty righteous editorializing by journals (see Science Magazine). It’s just like the USC study said; purity is a moral foundation that can drive people apart or keep them together. Such recent “scientific” findings sound familiar; where have we heard that before?JudgmentScientists cannot deny the role of faith in a just God for building a constructive society, no matter how hard they wish to attribute it to evolutionary forces. Another paper in Nature concludes that “moralistic, knowledgeable and punishing gods promotes cooperation with strangers, supporting a role for religion in the expansion of human societies.” Without doubt, some cultures invent myths or abuse gullible people about punishing gods to get their cooperation. But instead of this being a complete ruse, the universal effectiveness of such beliefs could reflect the reality of conscience; it presupposes a core concept of morality shared by all. If capricious gods punished people for no good reason, everyone would run from pillar to post not knowing what to expect. Furthermore, belief in a “moralistic” god capable of punishing violators implies a moral code accepted by everyone in the peer group. It’s not like everyone could invent his or her own morality. Any shaman violating the code would be obvious to the others and culpable.The researchers try to argue that group faith in a moralistic [righteous], knowledgeable [omniscient] and punishing [just] god or gods is adaptive in some evolutionary sense. If they really believe this evolved, though, they would have to conclude that faith in such a God (like the Creator presented in the Bible) is adaptive, making it the best option for scientists, too. The converse—atheism—would be maladaptive. To admit such, though, would put them in a self-refuting conundrum; why would evolution put scientists in a position of denying what is good for them? It’s interesting that Science Daily‘s coverage of this paper leads with a photo of a man kneeling and worshiping at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. What other culture presents a righteous, omniscient Judge like the Judeo-Christian Scriptures?Wandering from God into philosophies that deny the Creator and the very real God-given conscience we all know by experience is like walking south from a north-facing compass with a rubber band tied to your waist. You can only go so far before reality snaps you back. Keep pulling, and the rubber will snap, hurtling you over a cliff. For a parable that illustrates this, read C. S. Lewis’s short novel, The Pilgrim’s Regress.If you are an evolutionist and respect science, consider what these studies all conclude. Your best option is believing in a moral, just, and powerful God who commands honesty and punishes evil. That is “adaptive” in the terms of your own theory. In fact, the theory of evolution is the very thing that is pulling you away from that. Darwinian evolution, therefore, is maladaptive by definition. So cut the cord from Darwinian thinking and become a creationist. Your own theory demands it.last_img read more

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first_img28 May 2012South African and international police are working together to curb a suspected international drug smuggling unit following the seizure of 1.1 tons of narcotics with a street value of R36-million in Tulisa Park outside Johannesburg on Saturday.The seizure was made during a joint operation between elite police unit the Hawks, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Intelligence, and customs officials from the South African Revenue Service.The narcotics were packaged in fraudulently labelled packs, including pet food cans, tobacco and coffee packages, said national police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao.It is believed that the consignment of drugs was destined for international markets.Initial tests conducted at the scene indicated that the drugs were hashish.“The success of this seizure was attributed to information received from a member of the public and weeks of investigations, which identified the storage facility where the narcotics were being stored,” Adriao said.“The storage facility … was part of a freight service that stores consignments and then also dispatches the freight to various parts of the country and overseas.”Police also found a large tortoise, which was identified by the NSPCA Wildlife Unit as a leopard tortoise – an approximately 50-year-old female.“The tortoise didn’t have any food or water and was being kept together with the narcotics consignment. We believe that the tortoise could have been destined for the international markets as well, especially the Asian countries.”No arrests have been made as yet, but the Hawks were still following up on information, Adriao said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. red meat exports posted solid results in July, with volumes for both U.S. beef and pork trending higher than a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef export value was down from last July, but pork export value increased significantly.July beef export volume increased 8% from a year ago to 99,341 metric tons (mt) — the second-largest monthly total this year – while export value was $526.7 million, down 5%. For January through July, export volume was up 4% to 640,888 mt, while value fell 10% to $3.44 billion.Exports accounted for 14% of total beef production in July and 11% for muscle cuts only – each up about a percentage point from a year ago. For January through July, these ratios were 13% and 10%, respectively, steady with last year. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $263.89 in July, down 5% from a year ago, and $251.82 for January through July, down 13%.Pork exports reached 180,547 mt in July, up 8% from a year ago, while export value increased 11% to $491.9 million. For January through July, pork export volume increased 3% to 1.29 million mt, while value was $3.27 billion — still 2% below last year’s pace.Exports accounted for 27.5% of total pork production in July and 23% for muscle cuts only — an impressive jump from a year ago when these ratios were 23.5% and 21%, respectively. For the first seven months of the year, exports accounted for 25.5% of total pork production and 21.5% for muscle cuts — each up slightly from a year ago. Export value per head slaughtered was $56.14 in July — up 19% from a year ago. For January through July, per-head value averaged $49.37, down 2%. Beef exports shine in Japan, Korea; Taiwan remains steadyJapan and South Korea continued to be top performers for U.S. beef in July, driven by strong demand for chilled beef. Exports to Japan climbed 10% to 23,042 mt, while value was steady with last July at $129 million. Through July, beef exports to Japan were up 12% from a year ago in volume (145,358 mt) and 4% in value ($836.2 million). Chilled beef exports to Japan were up 40% to 59,783 mt.In Korea, July beef exports soared 37% to 16,459 mt, valued at $94.5 million (up 27%). For January through July, exports to Korea climbed 23% in volume (90,401 mt) and 7% in value ($531 million). Chilled beef exports to Korea were up 42% to 12,249 mt.Chilled U.S. beef is also in high demand in Taiwan, where July exports held relatively steady year-over-year. Through July, exports to Taiwan totaled 20,907 mt (up 3%) valued at $173.2 million (down 6%). Chilled exports were up 13% to 8,320 mt and the United States holds more than 65% of the chilled beef market in Taiwan — the highest share of any Asian market.Highlighting the need for more destinations for beef variety meat, exports to Egypt continued to slump in July — dropping 26% from a year ago in volume (6,753 mt) and 50% in value ($6.4 million). While Egypt remains a leading destination for beef variety meat, January-July exports to Egypt were down 3% from a year ago in volume (52,136 mt) and 31% in value ($57.3 million).On a positive note, total U.S. beef variety meat exports increased in July, pushing January-July exports up 6% from a year ago to 185,722 mt, valued at $491 million (down 1%). Growth has been led by Japan (27,779 mt, up 29%), Korea (7,442 mt, up 47%), and a slight uptick in Mexico (63,760 mt, up 2%), but also the ability to ship to South Africa, where exports reached 2,386 mt. Variety meat exports also trended higher to Chile and Colombia, and to the Caribbean and ASEAN regions.“We are pleased to see demand for U.S. beef variety meats increasing in other markets, and helping to offset the slowdown to Egypt,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “It is a top priority for USMEF and our beef industry partners to expand the reach of beef variety meat exports and build demand in alternative destinations, and those efforts are paying off.” China/Hong Kong continues to drive pork exports; chilled pork strong in JapanJuly pork exports to China/Hong Kong were the smallest since February, but volume was still up 73% year-over-year to 47,701 mt, while value climbed 60% to $94 million. For January through July, exports to the region were up 79% in volume (332,601 mt) and 63% in value ($634.5 million).Pork export volume to Mexico dipped in July (54,805 mt, down 6%), but value climbed 15% to $113 million. This was the highest monthly value total of 2016, with unit values up 22%, reflecting a notable improvement in ham prices. For January through July, exports to Mexico were down 8% year-over-year in volume (379,550 mt) and 5% in value ($679.1 million)U.S. exports of chilled pork to Japan remain on a record pace at 126,394 mt, up 12% through July. So although Europe is dominating Japan’s frozen pork imports for further processing into ham and bacon, U.S. exports of high-quality chilled pork have fully rebounded from the West Coast port issues of 2015 and are reaching new heights. Total U.S. exports to Japan slowed again in July to 30,479 mt (down 6%), putting the year-to-date total at 223,341 mt, down 12%. Export value to Japan was $879.5 million through July, down 10%.Led by strong demand in Honduras and Guatemala, exports to Central America continue to shine in 2016. Through July, exports to the region increased 16% from a year ago in volume (36,536 mt) and climbed 8% in value ($85.7 million). Exports to the Dominican Republic were also strong in July, pushing January-July volume up 3% from a year ago to 15,008 mt, while value was down 3% to $32.1 million.July was also a strong month for pork exports to Canada, pushing January-July totals ahead of last year’s pace in both volume (113,694 mt, up 2%) and value ($454.3 million, up 1%). Exports to Australia also remained above year-ago levels in July, pushing the year-to-date total to 39,010 mt (up 9%) valued at $106.5 million (down 3%).“While it is encouraging to see the strong results in China/Hong Kong continue, the reality is that China’s domestic pork prices have fallen and import demand has slowed,” Seng explained. “That’s why it is so vitally important that we defend U.S. pork’s market share and further expand demand in markets around the world. The competitiveness of U.S. pork is also improving, and this should boost exports through the end of the year.” July lamb exports show improvementWhile still down from a year ago, July lamb exports were the largest since March at 682 mt. July export value was $1.5 million, up 3% year-over-year. July was a strong month for exports to Hong Kong and the Philippines, while Bermuda continued to trend sharply higher than a year ago. For the first seven months of 2016, lamb exports were down 9% in volume (5,012 mt) and 11% in value ($10.2 million).last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plenty is happening at the 2018 Farm Science Review, running through Thursday, September 20th.Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal has several videos to see from FSR. Take a look here.last_img

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first_imgRecessed lightingRecessed light fixtures are airtight, IC rated and sealed to drywall unless fixtures are in conditioned space. FireplaceFireplace walls include air barrier. Electric/phone box on exterior wallAir barrier extends behind boxes or air-sealed-type boxes are installed. Ceiling/AtticAir barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit is substantially aligned with insulation, and any gaps are sealed. Attic access (except unvented attic), kneewall door, or drop-down stair is sealed. ComponentCriteria Rim joistsRim joists are insulated and include an air barrier Crawl space wallsInsulation is permanently attached to walls. Exposed earth in unvented crawl spaces is covered with Class I vapor retarder, with overlapping joints taped. WallsCorners and headers are insulated. Junction of foundation and sill plate is sealed. Significant changes in the energy provisions of the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) include air-sealing measures. Section N1102.4, “Air Leakage,” has been completely rewritten to include detailed prescriptive air-sealing measures.The builder has two options to demonstrate compliance. One is commonly known as a blower-door test, ostensibly be performed by a third party who would issue a report to the builder to pass on to the inspector. The test ensures that air leakage is less than 7 air changes per hour (ACH) with a pressure of 50 pascals (0.007 psi).The second option is a visual inspection (by an inspector) of several air barrier criteria and insulation. Table N1102.4.2 breaks down what is required for each component: Air barrier and thermal barrierExterior thermal envelope insulation for framed walls is installed in substantial contact and continuous alignment with building envelope and air barrier. Breaks or joints in the air barrier are filled or repaired. Air-permeable insulation is not used as a sealing material. Narrow cavitiesBatts in narrow cavities are cut to fit, or narrow cavities are filled by spray sprayed/blown insulation.center_img Shafts, penetrationsDuct shafts, utility penetrations, kneewalls and flue shaft opening to exterior or unconditioned space are sealed. Garage separationAir sealing is provided between the garage and conditioned space. Plumbing and wiringInsulation is placed between outside and pipes. Batt insulation is cut to fit around wiring, and plumbing or sprayed/blown insulation extends behind piping and wiring. Shower/tub on exterior wallShowers and tubs on exterior walls have insulation and an air barrier separating them from the exterior wall. Common wallAir barrier is installed in common wall between dwelling units (condo or townhomes). Windows and doorsSpace between window and door jambs and framing is sealed. HVAC register bootsHVAC register boots that penetrate building envelope are sealed to subfloor or drywall. Floors (including above garage and cantilevered floors)Insulation is installed to maintain permanent contact with underside of subfloor decking. Air barrier is installed at any exposed edge of floor. In addition to these measures, this section also adds a few extra requirements:New wood-burning fireplaces have gasketed doors and outside combustion air.Windows, skylights, and sliding-glass doors have air infiltration rates of no more than .3 cubic feet per minute (CFM).Recessed lighting installed in the building thermal envelope must be IC rated and sealed to prevent air leakage.last_img read more

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first_imgTNT’s Danny Seigle blocks San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGrand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer is off to what coach Leo Austria said was its best conference start after a championship.The Beermen hope to keep Austria smiling when they slug it out with TNT KaTropa, the very same side they ripped last conference, as the two traditional powerhouses part ways in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy, who will see action for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia, and Troy Rosario, who will be suiting up in the Southeast Asian Games, are all going to play for the Texters to be in full force.June Mar Fajardo, meanwhile, will continue to lead the Beermen as he can still come up with a dominant conference and hopefully salvage a fourth straight MVP.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for a second straight win when the Gin Kings tangle with winless KIA Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Pirates sail to best start National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tip-off is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and both the Beermen and the Texters will be picking up the intensity as they clash for the first time since San Miguel posted a 4-2 ripping in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals just more than a month back.After a 118-93 win over shorthanded Blackwater last week, Austria was able to say something he never had a chance to after five championships in less than three seasons as coach of the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” Austria said after the win off Blackwater. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”There is a lot riding on how the Beermen perform—and finish—in this conference as the league’s sixth Triple Crown sweep is well within reach. It will also be the second Grand Slam for the franchise, if ever, and with a solid local core and management support, everyone’s expecting them to go all the way. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Powerade Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) got underway in chilly conditions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 8 June 2007.Most players were a little rusty after a long hiatus since their last high level playing involvement at the National Touch League in March, but after thawing out, running around with purpose seemed an enticing option as much to beat the ‘Titanic’ chill factor, as to get their clubs off on the right foot in the opening round of games for season 2007.Exciting games, earnest efforts, and impressive performances punctuated the start of a season that featured the debut of many new players for various clubs at this level, and a few new teams adding to the flavour of the ten-week lightning Winter season.In Women’s Open action Uni-Rebels, Colts, and Dodgers got their seasons off to a good start with first up victories.Dodgers produced an emphatic display to defeat Country Club United 5-1 in the early game at 7.20pm on Field seven.Uni-Rebels got home narrowly over the Southern Storm with a dour 2-1 scoreline in the 2006 PowerAde Isotonic Women’s Open Grand final replay match of the round.Colts conjured a 4-0 victory over Crushers after a tight first half in the late game at 9.00pm on Field seven.In the Men’s Open division, the opening round produced some high quality clashes.Country Club United and Southern Storm produced a thrilling 7-7 draw in a high scoring end-to-end game on Field 1 at 7.20pm.The scores were locked at 3-all at half time, with the teams trading touchdowns right up until the full time siren sounding with a 7-7 result.Uni-Rebels put together an impressive 7-2 scoreline against Tigers at 8.10pm on field seven to put all teams on early notice of their bonafides as premiership contenders in 2007.Dodgers prevailed 6-5 over a fast finishing Caboolture Colts outfit on field one at 9.00pm in a highly entertaining game to kick start the season for both these clubs who will surely be a force this year. Division 2 and 3 action in Men’s and Women’s also got underway with several close and exciting contests across the divisions.Round two of the Power Ade Isotonic SEQTL will feature some fantastic games and as players settle into the season after the opening few rounds there is sure to be a sharp increase in the standard and quality of Touch Football on offer.In Round Two of the PowerAde Isotonic Men’s Open SEQTL on Friday night 15 June 2007,Uni-Rebels will play Dodgers at 7.20pm on Field one, Southern Storm take on Colts at 8.10pm on Field seven, and Tigers clash with CCU at 9.00pm on field one.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round two action this week, Uni-Rebels and Colts go toe to toe at 7.20pm on field seven, Crushers play Dodgers at 8.10pm on field one, and CCU meet Southern Storm in the late game at 9.00pm on field seven.First games get underway at 6.30pm and for full results and draw go to the BMTA web site at: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgStanton will be under center Sunday as the 9-3 Cardinals host the 7-5 Kansas City Chiefs at 2:05 p.m. The game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jaworski said he’s seen Stanton makes some fundamental missteps in the veteran’s latest round of starts for the Cardinals.“I saw some mechanical breakdowns in the game (against Atlanta), which always bother me — when you feel pressure and start drifting back, when you’re not staying on your back leg and driving the football, when you’re not finishing your throws because you sense defensive linemen around you,” said the analyst, who played quarterback for four teams over 15 NFL seasons. “Those are the little things that bother me about quarterbacks. The one thing you have to do is be tough. You’ve got to hang in the pocket; you’re going to get hit if you complete it or not, and you’d better make sure you complete it.“But you can’t have mechanical breakdowns — and fundamental breakdowns in those mechanics. And I’m seeing too much of them from Drew Stanton.”Even though Jaworski thought Stanton looked rattled in the Cardinals’ most recent game, the analyst agreed that getting Larry Fitzgerald back from an MCL injury could help the signal caller regain some confidence.“Every quarterback likes that security blanket: the guy he trusts (and) he knows where he’s going to be,” the ESPN football expert said. “And Larry certainly is that guy. And there clearly has been that communication issue, I believe, as I watch these routes develop with the timing of the quarterback and the wide receivers. And when you have a Larry Fitzgerald, he certainly is a guy that Drew Stanton is going to look for because he knows where he’s going to be.” “We’ve known this all along: When Carson Palmer went down, this offense would become very pedestrian, and it has been since,” Jaworski said Thursday on Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Bruce (Arians) tried to sell everyone real hard that Drew Stanton could lead them to the Super Bowl. Well, it was a good sales job, but I told you three weeks ago I wasn’t buying it. This team was going to have to win other than the quarterback making plays. Yeah, (Stanton) made some plays, but not enough where this team is going to challenge to go deep in the playoffs.”The 30-year-old Stanton threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in his first full game since Palmer was placed on injured reserve, helping Arizona to a 14-6 home win over the Detroit Lions. However, the seven-year quarterback also threw two interceptions in the Nov. 16 win, and he tossed three picks over the next two games before recording a passing touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Atlanta. On the season, Stanton has completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,363 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s already seen more action this year than in any other campaign. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton filled in adequately when Carson Palmer missed three games early in the 2014 campaign.But now that Palmer is out for good and Stanton once again has the keys to the offense, the fanbase may be getting a little restless, especially in light of the team’s first back-to-back losses of the season.Even though Arizona’s defense shares a good portion of the blame for a 29-18 loss in Atlanta last Sunday, ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski said he was never convinced the Cardinals could keep up their winning ways without their starting QB.center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst last_img read more

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first_img Allison Paul, a workshop participant, chose to do her workshop in Agriculture to learn more about organic farming. [Photo: yy and text: laura manville] All agriculture at Arcosanti is organic and locally-focused; the manure came from a farm nearby. [Photo: yy and text: laura manville] April 11, 2005 Kelley McLaughlin, a volunteer in the Agriculture program, shovels deer manure to fertilize the peach trees in the orchard. [Photo: yy and text: laura manville] last_img

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