Players must tackle to wave Ghana flag

first_imgGhana coach Kwasi Appiah has told his players not think about playing in the knockout stages if they are not prepared to battle against Niger.As the 2013 African Cup of Nations gradually nears second round, Appiah is aware that some members of his squad are on bookings ahead of their last Group B match on Monday but he wants them to be competitive as they come up against a very physical side.The Black Stars already have Mubarak Wakaso ruled out through suspension after he was booked for lifting his shirt to reveal a message when he scored in the 1-0 win against Mali.“Once you wear the jersey, you need to give off your best,” Appiah said on Saturday at his pre-match conference.“There are some things like taking off your shirt when you score, when you do that you will get a yellow card, you will be cautioned.“But as to going in for tackles, as a midfielder you just have to do that to make sure that you defend the flag of Ghana.” The Black Stars coach is however quick to point out that his players will be warned about not rushing into tackles.“They will all be cautioned as how you they go into tackles but for me having a yellow card does not mean you should go out there and relax. In that aspect, then it’s better you sit on the bench.”Ghana, tops the Group B standings with four points from their opening two matches ahead of their final group game in Port Elizabeth.last_img read more

“Egregious” Behavior Gets Two Miami Police Officers Fired

first_imgA police chief in Miami-Dade County said she recently released two of her officers from the department for “egregious” behavior.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt explained Wednesday that the two men, identified as Jaiver Castano and Jordy Yanes Matel, are under a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. One of the officers is accused of physically attacking a suspect’s acquaintance. Meanwhile, the other officer is accused of trying to cover up that act by not downloading his bodycam footage, which is officers are required to download after every shift.Records show the Miami Gardens Police Department hired Castano in August 2018 and Yanes Matel in October of that year.According to the victim in the case, the beating happened on March 21 at the RaceTrac gas station located at 19100 NW 2nd Ave., in Miami Gardens. “I terminated the officers because the behavior was egregious and will not be tolerated at the department,” Noel-Pratt added in a statement.center_img The firings took place due to a beating that was caught on several videos.last_img read more

COVID-19 Update: Self-Swab Tests Will Soon Be Available At Some Walmarts

first_imgBy Allison Perrine “We know this is an important step for our dealerships and bike shops and New Jerseyans who need access to transportation,” said Murphy. “We will continue to responsibly and deliberately give different sectors a green light to open in a manner that is consistent with public health.” “We’re going to continue building the partnerships necessary for us to keep building out our testing program. More testing means more people will know their health status and that means more peace of mind,” said Murphy. “More testing creates more data, and more data allows us to take more steps forward.” “I just want to make sure everybody knows that we are constantly war-gaming this,” said the governor. “I want to get a haircut as much as the next guy, but you’re in very close proximity and you’re sitting there. I want to open up dining as much as the next guy on the inside, but you’re sitting there, in close proximity. It’s a challenge indoors with faith.” New Jersey residents will soon be able to get self-administered COVID-19 testing at certain Walmart stores throughout the state. Expanded testing is a requirement for reopening restaurants and businesses in the area. Deciding when and how to reopen other nonessential retail shops will continue to be a challenge, Murphy said Tuesday in a press conference. The car and bike model “may have some legs” for other venues, he said. The article originally appeared in the May 21 – 27, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. As of Wednesday, May 20, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state reached 150,399, an increase of 1,670 overnight. Of that total, there have been a reported 10,747 deaths, which Murphy called “almost unfathomable.” But despite the numbers, new hospitalizations and patients in hospitals on ventilators and in ICUs, are down significantly since the peak of the virus mid-April. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Murphy announced an order to reopen in-person car and motorcycle sales, allowing dealerships, boat dealerships and bike shops to reopen by appointment only using social distancing measures. The order took effect Wednesday morning. center_img After working with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics over the past few weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that, in the coming days, New Jersey residents will be able to take these tests by appointment only at seven drive-thru locations outside of select Walmart stores in Howell, Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington and Mount Laurel. There will be no testing inside the physical Walmart stores. “No one deserves, ever, to be relegated to just a statistic, and certainly not at a time like this,” said Murphy. Tests will be accessible from 7 to 9 a.m. next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Then, beginning June 1, tests will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Results should be available about two days after taking the test. “Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing throughout New Jersey during this unprecedented time,” Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart public affairs director for New Jersey, said in a press release. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to Quest Diagnostics and local officials as we work together to open these sites and help our community.” The test kits will be provided by Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers. Those looking to take the test will be required to follow specific safety protocols. Anyone interested can visit My-QuestCOVIDTest.com to schedule an appointment. NEW JERSEY – Residents will soon be able to take self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 tests at various Walmart stores throughout the state to see if they test positive for the virus. “We’re proud of the work our team has put in to create the partnerships that will get us to our goal. This is an all-hands-on- deck ef for t from the people within our administration,” said Murphy. last_img read more

Nelson City Soccer prepares for summer hiatus

first_imgThe Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen were declared first half regular season winners as Nelson City Soccer begins its month-long summer hiatus. Innkeepers, defending league champion, hold a commanding 10-point advantage over West Kootenay United in the Leo’s Men’s Open League as teams head into its final games prior to the break.The Innkeepers meet third-place The Action while West Kootenay United play Kootenay Co-op.Wednesday, Kootenay Co-op is up against The Action.Kootenay Co-op and The Action are tied for third spot, each with 12 points beginning the week.Meanwhile in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Dirty Dozen concluded the first half with only one blemish on the record to claim the title with 27 points.Lily Whites finished second with Red Dog third.Defending champion Finley’s Jiggers finished in fourth spot, one point ahead of Selkirk Eyecare.Both leagues resume play following the Labour Day Weekend.Jackson’s, Bia Boro deadlocked heading into final gamesJackson’s Hole and defending league champ Bia Boro are tied heading into the final games of the first half of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League.The teams have identical 9-1-1 records, 13 points in front of third place Club Inter.In the final games Thursday before the summer break, Jackson’s Hole meets fourth-place Real Nelson while Bia Boro is up against Club Inter.In the other game on the schedule, Ted Allen’s plays Red Dog.Jackson’s Hole was the first-half winner in 2010.The Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters league resumes Thursday, September 1 with a full slate of [email protected]last_img read more

KIJHL assured by Nitehawks security breach fixed rest of playoffs

first_img“It’s in the (league) constitution that security is the responsibility of the home team and whether Beaver Valley needs more security people or more local RCMP attending games, that is up to them,” Ohlhausen added.Beaver Valley leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 3-1 with Game four set for Thursday in Fruitvale.A win by the Hawks eliminates the Leafs from post-season play.Should Nelson post the victory, the series would return to the NDCC Arena for Game six Friday.If a seventh game were necessary, it would be played Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest in Fruitvale.Camer rewarded for his special play on the iceRobson Cramer is in his final season with the Nelson Leafs.After two seasons with the Green and White, the Summerland native has made his final campaign one for the franchise history books.Cramer, 20, was rewarded for his fine play on the ice before Tuesday’s Game four at the NDCC Arena by KIJHL vice-president Bill Sheard.Sheard presented Cramer with two KIJHL awards — top defenceman in the Murdoch Division and top defenceman in the entire league.Cramer has sign a commitment letter to play next season in the BC Intercolligiate Hockey League with Simon Fraser University.Braves/Rebels locked in best-of-three seriesSpokane Braves tied their series with Castlegar after posting a 6-0 rout of the Rebels Tuesday in the Lilac City thanks in part to the stellar netminding of Jon Manlow, who stopped all 43 shots.The win sent the Braves back to the Sunflower City for Game five even in the best-of-seven series 2-2 with the favour Rebels.Paxton Malone scored twice while Jonny Marzec, Lance Noomen, Sean Collins and Kyle Davis added singles.Game six is Friday in Spokane. If necessary, Game seven is to be played Saturday in Castlegar. The crowd of Nelson fans lining up to complain about security at the Fruitvale Arena should be relieved hear the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is dealing with the problem.KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the league had contacted Beaver Valley Nitehawks franchise about the incident that happened during the second-period intermission of Saturday’s Murdoch Division playoff game between the Leafs and Hawks.Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily he believes security will be improved for the rest of the playoffs.“They are to have a meeting to set up a committee with the RCMP and municipality to fix up the entrance onto the ice for the visiting team,” Ohlhausen said.“I had a call with Dennis (Bedin) and he told me (Hawks) are trying everything they can to stop any further incidents from happening.”The incident occurred when the Leaf were leaving the ice following the second period.A fan became involved with some of the Leaf players as the team walked from the ice to the dressing room.The Nelson Daily has fielded many Facebook and text messages complaining about the security at the Fruitvale Arena during Hawks’ games.Leaf president Larry Martel, not in attendance at Saturday’s game, also spoke with the league after accepting several cell phone calls from irate Nelson fans.However, Ohlhausen believes the issue will be addressed and fans can go on cheering for their respective teams without any concerns.“Overall, I don’t think big problem,” said the KIJHL president.“I think it’s just two or three or four people causing all the trouble.”last_img read more

Leafs continue to make moves, land Sawyer Hunt from Kimberley Dynamiters

first_img“(Sawyer) is a local kid and one of the top players in the league.”Hunt is also the brother of Dryden Hunt, who was named the WHL Player of the Year in 2016 after putting a stellar season together with Moose Jaw Warriors.”(Sawyer) is a power forward and has the potential to be a top forward in the league,” Dooley said.”He’s a gritty player that plays well at both ends of the rink and can put the puck in the net.”In a separate deal Dooley said the Leafs also moved goaltender Patrick Ostermann to Creston in a cash deal.”(Coach) Mario (DiBella) and I have been working hard recruiting and we’re adding what we believe are the key pieces to having  successful season,” Dooley said.”We’re definitely trying to change the culture from what we had the past two seasons,” he added.”Mario and I are on the same page when it comes to what we look for in our players and what kind of team we want to build.”We also want to get back to the days of development on and off the ice . Education, community involvement and putting a winning product on the ice.”Nelson, struggled to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before getting ousted from post season by Beaver Valley, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena.The deal comes on the eve of the KIJHL AGM June 24-25 in Osoyoos. Nelson brass continues to do its best to change the culture of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise as management completed its second major deal in less than two weeks Tuesday.Leafs acquired power forward and playoff standout Sawyer Hunt from the Kimberley Dynamiters in exchange for forward Nick Ketola and future considerations.The move comes 12 days after the Leafs sent Austin Lindsay to Ridge Meadows of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for forward Dale Howell and netminder Jay Sandhu.Hunt, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, comes to the Leafs from a Dynamiters team that has spent the past two seasons at the top of the KIJHL — winning the league title in 2015 and finishing second to 100 Mile House Wranglers in 2016.In 89 games spanning three seasons with Kimberley, the 5’11”, 175-pound Hunt scored 20 goals and had 32 assists for 52 points.Hunt was a standout for the Nitros in the playoffs, especially this past season, as the power forward finished five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 19 games.”We have a few more guys in our sights, but the deal for Hunt was one of our main targets this summer,” said Leafs coach Sean Dooley.last_img read more

Digicel congratulates ICC U-19 World Cup champions

first_imgDigicel congratulates ICC U-19 World Cup championsPeople usually remember the extraordinary ones – the hard workers and inventors, the movers and shakers. But most of all, they remember the history-makers.Digicel congratulates the members of the West Indies Under-19 cricket team, who have now joined the ranks of the history-makers with their outstanding performance at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.For the past few weeks, the entire region has been focused on the team’s progress throughout the tournament, and its momentous performance has indeed been a source of inspiration and motivation for everyone.In our support for youth and sport development, we constantly repeat the mantra, ‘from grassroots to greatness’, to encourage our young athletes to aim for the highest in all their pursuits. We are sure that this achievement by the team will also serve as encouragement for Caribbean youth who aspire to cricket beyond national borders.On that note, we also extend the heartiest of commendations to our local players Michael Frew, Shahid Crooks and Odean Smith for their outstanding performance, while representing Jamaica. We are especially delighted to see the growth and development of Michael Frew, who was a member of the winning team in the Digicel/ISSA T20 Tournament last year.The success of the team has no doubt set the stage for the exciting 2016 Caribbean Premier League season, which is fast-approaching. This accomplishment has helped to create renewed passion and pride in the sport for Caribbean people and promises a bright future ahead for West Indies cricket.last_img read more

Letterkenny Shopping Centre awarded for making the big switch

first_imgA bright idea has led the Letterkenny Shopping Centre to win a Green Jersey Award from Rayal Energy.The popular shopping centre, which is part of the Harcourt Shopping Centre group, has earned praise for making the switch to LED lighting. The results have been immediate and extremely cost effective.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is committed to being as energy efficient as possible and the conversion to LED has vastly reduced the centre’s energy consumption. Ed McCulloch, the property manager who received the award at the recent FM show in Dublin’s RDS on behalf of Letterkenny SC and the other Harcourt Centres said: “Harcourt Developments are proud to receive the Green Jersey award from Rayal Energy for saving 642,401 kg of CO2 by making the big switch to LED. “All six Shopping Centre’s in the Harcourt Group have now completed LED lighting upgrades which use significantly less energy than fluorescent fixtures, while increasing lumen output to make our Centre’s brighter. On average the upgrades have provided energy savings of approx. 40%, so great for the planet and our tenants,” Mr McCulloch said.Tom Hefferon (CEO) Rayal Energy, Ed McCulloch (Senior Property Management Surveyor) Harcourt Developments, Michelle Shirley (Sales & Operations Director) Rayal Energy.Letterkenny Shopping Centre awarded for making the big switch was last modified: April 5th, 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:harcourt development groupled lightingLetterkenny Shopping Centre.rayal energylast_img read more

Barn to Roam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel ReichenbergerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorThere’s so much more now than there was — more people, more traffic, more buildings — but Glenn Arnold, 84 years old, stands on a ridge above his family’s old homestead in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and can only focus on what is gone.“On the corner, that’s where our house was,” he said on a cool afternoon in autumn, pointing to the edge of a nearly empty parking lot. “There was a small stone building that was a milk house and a couple of cowsheds.”There was a granary, a corral, two chicken coops, and a barn, a towering wooden structure with a green-painted tin roof. It was his family’s pride when it was completed in 1928, built by his father, Walter Arnold.Now, there’s a ski resort less than a mile from where the Arnolds’ old front door opened, and the spot is surrounded by condos, vacation homes and skier parking. Glenn left to find work in 1958, and, ready to retire after a lifetime battling the Rocky Mountain winters, his family wasn’t far behind. His parents sold the land to the burgeoning resort in 1961.Those old farm buildings eventually vanished. The farmhouse was dismantled, and, soon, the milk house, the cowsheds, the fences and everything else were gone, everything but the barn, which slowly deteriorated as the city and resort expanded and surrounded the lingering reminder of the area’s agricultural heritage.The tin roof began to peel up, and the snow and rain crept inside. Rotting wood fell away from the building’s flanks. For a decade, the structure seemed one snowstorm away from collapse.But, it still stood last autumn when Arnold made his observations, and, thanks to a major local preservation effort, it will continue to stand, not on its foundation of 90 years but 1,000 feet up the road on ground the family used to farm. Now, it will serve as an iconic entryway into the resort.“Unbelievable,” Arnold said after watching crews hoist the barn on a trailer and drive it oh-so-carefully up the road to its new home. “I couldn’t have ever imagined this.”WORTH SAVINGA battle to preserve barns is being waged across the country, though measuring the size of the fight is difficult. There’s no practical way to count “old” barns, said Jeffrey Marshall, vice president of the National Barn Alliance. Among the thousands that surely do exist, there are no reliable metrics to use in deciding which may be historic and which forgettable.“The first thing we look at is whether or not the structure is no longer of the current style of what’s being built, and, therefore, can it tell us something about our past?” Marshall said.The National Register of Historic Places lists 656 entries under “barn,” including nine in Colorado. To make that list, someone first has to nominate a building, and, generally speaking, it needs to be roughly 50 years old or older. The structure’s story can mean much more than its age, however.Did something significant happen in the barn? Was it a local landmark or otherwise relevant to the local community? Was it built by a noteworthy craftsman or architectural master? Did George Washington sleep there?Even without any of that history, a structure can still be important.“These buildings are a part of a cultural landscape,” said Marlin R. Ingalls, an architectural historian with the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa. “So many people put up steel buildings now, but they don’t mean anything. Barns were handmade.”But, catching the interest of a barn enthusiast isn’t enough to save a barn. Most are on private property, and even basic restoration or preservation work can be expensive. Often the land could be put to more efficient use.“I’ve learned the hard way it’s very hard to justify spending the money on a building that’s just a big lawn ornament,” Marshall said.ROLLING TO RESTORATIONThe Arnold Barn in Steamboat Springs is not on a list. The Arnold boys — Glenn, and his two brothers, Harold and Gerald, both deceased — spent many hours hauling their farm’s milk into town to be dropped on the front stoops of houses, but the barn didn’t play an overly significant role in the region’s history.It’s not even the only notable old barn in town within half a mile. There are two others, both well-preserved. Still, the community would miss it, said Arianthé Stettner, co-chair of the City of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission and a leader in saving the Arnold Barn. Barns of such an age are vanishing both nationally and in the region. Locally, one collapsed in a 2018 windstorm, and fires destroyed two more during the summer.“And, we nearly lost this one, too,” Stettner said. “It’s so wonderful we were able to preserve it.”She helped bring together public and private interests for the cause. Ownership and responsibility of the barn had fallen into legal limbo but was transferred back to the resort in 2017. Private donations and some public money helped first stabilize the structure then facilitate its move, made necessary as development had turned its original location into a marshy wetland.On regular trips back to Steamboat Springs, Glenn Arnold watched his old family farm slowly disappear. Someday, he assumed, the barn would be gone, too.He never imagined he’d see the nearly century-old family treasure lifted from its foundation and trucked up the road. In a perfect world, maybe it would have been preserved in its original spot, where the Arnold family milked their cows, but their barn is still standing, and in the world of old barns, that counts as a victory.PRESERVATION PRACTICESWant to save your barn? The experts have some advice:— Put any money available into the roof. Nothing will lead to deterioration faster than letting in the rain and snow. “The roof is the building,” said architectural historian Marlin R. Ingalls.— Consider getting it registered. Many states have barn-preservation organizations, but few have any money. It’s not easy getting a building added to the National Register of Historic Places, but that avenue at least allows the potential for grants.— Find a use. It’s hard to justify keeping an empty, useless building standing, but if that building is generating revenue, it’s a different story. Perhaps the neighbor needs to park a boat for the winter? Or, someone is looking for general storage? Check zoning in the area, and, with some refurb work, a barn can be everything from a house to a wedding venue.(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

No Reason to Delay Efficiency Standards

first_imgBy LAUREN URBANEKThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued delay notices in mid-March for two energy efficiency standards and three test procedures, which does nothing but create uncertainty for manufacturers and industry where there should be none. Taken together, these standards (including the standards supported by the test procedures) will save consumers more than $28 billion over 30 years of product shipments. Lauren Urbanek is a senior policy advocate in the energy and transportation program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC’s Expert Blog. Unnecessary and unacceptableThe DOE claims that these delays were “necessary to give the newly appointed Secretary of Energy (Secretary) the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations.” Delaying the effective date of these rules is unnecessary and unacceptable — there is nothing more that needs to be considered for any of these rules.The DOE has set the standards at reasonable, cost-effective levels. All of the standards and test procedures affected by this decision were established through the DOE’s longstanding rulemaking process, which includes ample opportunity for stakeholder feedback and for the DOE to make changes to the rules. In fact, the test procedures for central AC and heat pumps and walk-in coolers and freezers were developed through a consensus rulemaking, which means that industry representatives, efficiency advocates, DOE, and others all jointly developed the procedures.Every one of these rules, for both standards and test procedures, have already been published in the Federal Register. For the standards for ceiling fans and federal low-rise residential buildings, this means that they are subject to anti-backsliding provisions — the DOE may not revise or change the standards during the delay to be any less stringent than the published rule.Furthermore, the DOE has not followed proper procedure in issuing the delays. Courts have ruled that it’s not OK to delay the effective date of a rule without notice and an opportunity for public comment, and that wasn’t done here. The DOE’s process for setting standards and test procedures is robust and well-established, and produces great results. The DOE has done its due diligence on all of these rules and there is no reason for further delay. The delays do not affect the compliance date for each of the rules, which come after the effective date. In the case of appliances and equipment, the compliance date is when manufacturers can no longer sell models that don’t meet the new standard, or must begin testing using the updated energy consumption test procedure for that appliance or piece of equipment.Compliance dates for these rules range from summer 2017 for the test procedures to 2020 for the ceiling fan rule. While it is possible that the compliance dates may remain unchanged, delaying the effective date creates uncertainty for the product manufacturers and their supply chains. Rather than proceeding with confidence that the standard is in effect and will require compliance at a certain date, manufacturers may find it prudent not to begin investment in product or facility updates until after the new effective dates have passed.At best, this means manufacturers have less time to comply with the rules, which can prove costly. RELATED ARTICLES What do these delays do?The DOE’s latest action delays the effective date for energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans and the design and construction of new federal low-rise residential buildings, and for test procedures for measuring the energy use of central air conditioners and heat pumps, air compressors, and walk-in coolers and freezers.Efficiency standards set the maximum amount of energy a product can use, and test procedures provide a uniform method for manufactures and the DOE to measure the product’s energy use. The effective date delays range from three to four months for the test procedures, to more than six months for the standards for ceiling fans and federal buildings. New Rules for Ceiling FansNew Energy-Saving Standards from Barack ObamaShould the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?Government Orders More Efficient Furnace FansRefrigerators Get New Efficiency StandardsNew Efficiency Standards for ‘Wall Warts’Water Heaters Get an Efficiency MakeoverNew Rules for Fluorescents and Gas FireplacesGreen Basics: Applianceslast_img read more