BRISBANE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Lendl Simmons emerged from his slump to stroke a small cameo as Brisbane Heat chased down a challenging total to beat Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder by six wickets in the Big Bash League here yesterday. In pursuit of 187 for victory at the Gabba, Heat reached their target with three deliveries to spare, with the right-handed Simmons carving out 34 off 25 balls. Simmons, who failed to score in his two previous innings, struck two fours and two sixes, putting on 72 off 55 balls for the first wicket with Jimmy Peirson, whose 40 came from 36 balls with six fours. Simmons was first to fall, caught at third man by Clint McKay off seamer Shane Watson. His dismissal paved the way for captain Chris Lynn, who slammed 75 off 32 deliveries with six fours and six sixes. Lynn put on a swift 62 off 24 balls with Ben Cutting (22 not out) for the fourth wicket, before becoming one of Russell’s two wickets. The right-handed Russell had earlier belted two fours and a six in scoring 20 off nine deliveries as Thunder reached 186 for five off 20 overs, after being sent in. Captain Mike Hussey stroked 56 from 43 balls with two fours and two sixes, while Watson hammered 46 from 31 balls with five sixes. West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree finished with one for 26 from his four overs.
Fuel/fare hikeThe Business Ministry (MoB) has finally met with officials from the United Minibus Union (UMU) to address pending issues affecting the transportation sector after calls had been made to increase the minibus fares following the recent hike in fuel prices.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin met members of the UMU and a representative of the Consumer Protection Division on Wednesday, and their discussions were centred on a proposal submitted by the union in regard to the fare increase.In its proposal to increase the fares for minibus travel, the Union highlighted a number of increases in the operating costs faced by minibus owners over the years. They added that in those instances, there had been no corresponding increase in minibus fares.Meanwhile, the quality of the service provided by minibus operators was also discussed. It was agreed that the MoB would undertake an analysis of the cost of operating minibuses along the various licensed routes for the purpose of assessing the proposal for a fare increase.To this end, the United Minibus Union provided data on various aspects of the sector, and agreed to provide additional data where necessary upon request.Additionally, the need for mandatory training for drivers and conductors as well as better enforcement of existing laws and regulations were also discussed.Officials from the MoB agreed to examine these matters and make recommendations for the consideration of Cabinet and the Union. The two sides would then meet again in one month’s time.Over the past weeks, the cost of gasoline has been significantly increased countrywide, and minibus drivers were protesting for an increase in fares. In some instances, the fares were even raised by the minibus operators, and commuters were left with no choice but to pay the amount of money that was demanded.= Notices were put up in the vehicles demanding fares be increased by as much as $40. However, UMU President Eon Andrews had expressed views against this act.While stating that he understood that drivers operate in a free-market system, he explained that this meant that persons were left with the decision of choosing whether or not to pay the increase. It was also communicated earlier this month that minibus operators are unwilling to lower the proposed fare hike of $20 or $40 even if the price for gasoline is decreased, because they are faced with many burdensome expenditures, which are compounded by the fluctuating gas prices.Desperate to get the attention they need, drivers blocked the Vryheid’s Lust access road along the East Coast Railway Embankment. Several tyres were burnt, and an old car was set on fire to garner the attention needed, with the hope of having the fuel crisis addressed.Several protests were also organised by drivers of the various routes subsequent to this incident. Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly, from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre.
0Shares0000On target: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was happy to give up the chance to claim a hat-trick on Sunday, preferring to see Arsenal strike partner Alexandre Lacazette convert a confidence-boosting penaltyArsenal defeated relegation-haunted Stoke 3-0 with Aubameyang scoring twice — a penalty and another from open play — with substitute Lacazette scoring the third, also from the spot a minute before time. Aubameyang revealed he passed up the opportunity to score a maiden Arsenal hat-trick — he had scored two for Borussia Dortmund this season before his January transfer — because he wanted to help Lacazette.The Frenchman had returned from injury for his first game since February 10 and accepted the gift gratefully.“I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence,” Aubameyang explained.Some managers do not allow anybody other than the designated penalty-taker to have a go from 12 yards but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made it clear he approved of the gesture.“That shows the state of our society — that when people are generous they are surprised,” he said.“Even more when it is footballers — and when it is strikers even more.“I wasn’t surprised because I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it can only make the team stronger. I think it’s great.”Meanwhile, Wenger’s opinion on Aubameyang’s new hairstyle remains unknown.– Hair’s to you –Hair’s to you: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicates his latest hairstyle to his grandmother who passed away last week © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODThe Gabon forward had the name Marina etched on to the side of his head.“It is my grandmother’s name,” he said. “She passed away last week so this is my dedication to her.”The win did nothing to alter the Gunners’ position of sixth in the Premier League table, and they are now concentrating on the Europa League, with CSKA Moscow due at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for a quarter-final first leg clash.But Stoke boss Paul Lambert was left fuming with the penalty decision on the first goal.A point would have been precious to second bottom Stoke and they were 15 minutes away from achieving just that when referee Craig Pawson awarded a penalty for Bruno Martins Indi’s challenge on Mesut Ozil.Lambert was convinced the penalty should not have been given as Martin Indi, although approaching from a position behind Ozil, had got enough on the ball.The Scot argued that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system — not yet used in the Premier League — would have seen the original decision overturned had it been in operation.“It was a game-changer because a couple of minutes earlier we had hit the post,” he said.“I know we have the benefit of replays and Craig doesn’t but for the big moments you have to be so precise.”VAR has courted plenty of controversy itself since trials began in the FA Cup earlier this season, but Lambert was a fan.“I’ve seen VAR work in Germany,” he said. “It worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all.“We bring it over here and it seems to be confusing but for this sort of incident? Absolutely. The referees need help for the big calls.”Wenger inevitably had a different view to Lambert, the Arsenal boss saying: “From the outside it looked a penalty. I don’t think that Ozil dived.”Stoke have managed just one win since Christmas and will have to conjure up some more points if they are to avoid relegation.Lambert remained bullish about their prospects however. “I’m 100 percent confident we will stay up,” he said. “I thought that when I came in and nothing has changed my mind.“I have won games here and come here and drawn and not played as well as that.“We never deserved a 3-0. The first goal was always going to be crucial. The one thing that’s missing from our game at the minute is Lady Luck.“I thought the players were brilliant. Performance-wise, I couldn’t have asked for more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Picking up where they left off in their record-breaking campaign last term, Pep Guardiola’s team took an early lead through Aguero, who rewarded City’s dominance with a second goal after the break.The last side to win the Community Shield and then go on to clinch the Premier League title were Manchester United in 2010-11.On this evidence, City could follow in their arch rivals’ footsteps at the end of the season.City’s German winger Leroy Sane was forced off injured at half-time, giving Guardiola a scare ahead of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on August 12.But that was the only sour note for City as they got back in the groove in impressive style.While the Community Shield serves as the curtain raiser to the new season, City and FA Cup holders Chelsea have very different ambitions for the Premier League campaign, which kicks off on Friday.City are favourites to defend the title and among the top Champions League contenders after becoming the first English top-flight team to secure 100 points last season.In contrast, Chelsea are starting from scratch after chain-smoking former banker Sarri was hired from Napoli as an antidote to his antagonistic predecessor Conte.But healing the wounds of Conte’s fractious two-year reign — which ended with Chelsea 30 points behind City in fifth place — won’t be easy for Sarri, as this spluttering performance underlined.Sarri and Guardiola are close friends and dined together on the eve of the Community Shield, yet this first experience of Chelsea’s reduced status must have left a nasty taste for the Italian.– Aguero milestone –Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored twice in the Community Shield win over Chelsea© AFP Ian KINGTONConsigning Conte’s favoured 3-4-2-1 formation to the bin, Sarri sent Chelsea out in a 4-3-3 system that malfunctioned from start to finish.Sarri has brought Italy midfielder Jorginho with him from Napoli to serve as the pivot for his manager’s attacking gameplan.But Jorginho made an underwhelming start, repeatedly giving the ball away in dangerous areas.Phil Foden drove at the heart of the Chelsea defence to set up City’s 13th-minute opener with little resistance from Jorginho or anyone else.Foden’s incisive run ended with a simple pass to the unmarked Aguero, who applied the finishing touch with a fine low strike from the edge of the area.It was Aguero’s 200th City goal — making the Argentina striker the first player to reach that milestone for the Eastlands outfit.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels the heat in the Community Shield© AFP Ian KINGTONFoden’s contribution was the highlight of an assured display from the 18-year-old midfielder that belied his tender age and showed why he is hailed by City staff as the ‘Stockport Iniesta’.After 10 appearances for City last season, when he also inspired England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph, Foden could be on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.In the absence of Eden Hazard, still resting after the World Cup, Chelsea unveiled a precocious talent on their own in Callum Hudson-Odoi.The 17-year-old winger gave a glimpse of his blistering pace and nimble footwork when he cut in from the left flank to bring City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into action with a stinging drive.Hudson-Odoi was a rare bright spot for Chelsea, with subdued Spain striker Alvaro Morata offering little evidence he can make amends for last season’s flop.Inspired by Aguero, City could have won by five but they settled for one more in the 58th minute.Aguero made a clever run to meet Bernardo Silva’s pass with a clinical finish that flashed past Willy Caballero as the champions showed Sarri the size of the task ahead of him.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Community Shield Manchester City are championsLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Sergio Aguero spoiled Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first taste of English football as the Argentine’s double gave Manchester City a stylish 2-0 victory in the Community Shield on Sunday.Blues boss Sarri, hired to replace the sacked Antonio Conte last month, endured a miserable debut in the prestigious friendly at Wembley as lacklustre Chelsea were swept aside by Premier League champions City.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia fullback Karim Nizigiyimana passes the ball during a training session at teh Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – Gor Mahia right-back Karim Nizigiyimana has opened up about the struggles and hard times he faced during his long injury absence and has admitted that at some point he thought K’Ogalo would drop him when he took long to recover.Nizgiyimana picked up an ankle injury in October 2017 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium, barely two minutes into the side’s 1-0 loss to the then relegation threatened Mathare United. He ended up undergoing surgery and he was not able to actively involve himself in football up to August this year when he returned to training with the 17-time Kenyan Premier League champions.“Were it in another team, I think I would have been dropped in mid-season. I thought at some point Gor would drop me because I was not going to play much because of the injury. But, the chairman was very supportive and even when I wanted to hurry myself back in, he told me not to do so but recover at good pace,” the Burundian told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia defender Karim Nizigiyimana turns away from Mathare United’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangu during a Kenyan premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I was receiving my salary every month and in time and the coach also supported me so much and always offered words of encouragement. The players were very supportive too and I felt a lot of love. To some extent, that helped me recover,” added Nizigiyimana.He joined Gor Mahia at the start of the 2015 season and his brilliance as a marauding right full-back saw him win love among the Gor faithful in his debut season, racking up the highest number of assists in the entire league.However, injury slowed him down last season but he managed to return just in time to see Gor’s season out, playing in the last two months of the campaign.“It felt so good coming back. It was such a trying period for me because as a player, I always want to be on the pitch playing. But now, I am so relieved. I have worked hard to get back into match fitness and I thank the coach for giving me some matches to get back on top,” he further added.Nizigiyimana played in some defining matches including the second leg Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC leopards where they won 2-0 to confirm themselves as KPL champions.Gor Mahia defender Karim Nizigiyimana attempts to go past Ulinzi Stars’ Geoffrey Kokoyo in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on July 2, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyThis was Nizigiyimana’s third league title in his four years at Gor.“It feels great for a player to come back and help the team win something. Though I came late, I thank my colleagues for ensuring the job was done early and winning my third title is so great. Gor Mahia is like home for me and I want to win more,” he further acknowledged.-National Team-Apart from playing a role for Gor Mahia’s successful season, the defender also returned to national team duty where he captained his side Burundi against Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, leading established teammates like Stoke City star Saido Berahino.Burundi played to a 1-1 draw with the hosts Gabon with Berahino putting the Eastern Africans in the lead on his debut for the Swallows before Aubameyang equalized late on.“It’s such an honor when you come back and then the coach hands you the armband for such a huge match. Playing against Aubameyang was something great and hopefully as Burundi, we can fight to qualify for the AFCON. That will be a good way to end my year,” an ecstatic Nizigiyimana exclaimed.Karim Nizigiyimana poses with Burundian teammate Francis Mustafa after Gor Mahia were officially crowned champions of the Kenyan premier League on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu-Plans for 2019-His plan for the next season which begins on December 8 is majorly to help Gor defend their league title and also do well in the CAF Champions League with eyes set on the group stage.He didn’t play a big role in Gor’s Confederations Cup journey that saw them reach the group stages for the first time ever, but he now wants to help the team do even better in the bigger stage, the Champions League.“We have proved that we are the best team in Kenya and by extension East Africa. Now we have to translate that to continental football and next season, we have to make it to the group stages of the Champions League. We have the ability because we have such a good team,” he further added.Gor finish their season against 2016 champions Tusker FC in Thika on Sunday and their next big focus now is the historic friendly match against English Premier League side Everton FC at their Goodison Park home-ground in Liverpool.Nizigiyimana hopes to play a role in the friendly match having been one of the Gor players that starred when the two sides clashed last year at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. He picked praise from ex-Toffees coach Ronald Koeman, currently the boss of the Dutch national team.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
CHICAGO — Shoeless Joe Jackson was roaming the outfield, Woodrow Wilson was in the White House and World War I was raging the last time the Chicago White Sox won a World Series. When those Pale Hose of 1917 beat the New York Giants in six games, winning the clincher at the Polo Grounds, who knew it would be the last championship for the team from Chicago’s South Side? Now the White Sox have a chance to undo a long history of frustration, just as the Boston Red Sox did a year ago when they foiled the “Curse of the Bambino’ and won their first World Series since 1918. “They didn’t go out there saying, /\x27/Let’s find a way to end the 86-year curse.” It’s a good story line, but it doesn’t carry over between the lines,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. But if the Red Sox could finally break through they were nearly on their way out before winning eight straight to beat the Yankees in the ALCS and then the Cardinals in the World Series why not the White Sox, who led the AL with 99 wins this season? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It would be comparable,” Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko said Monday as the teams got ready for Tuesday’s best-of-5 opener at U.S. Cellular Field. “They’ve been there, they’ve got experience and they know what it’s all about,” Chicago infielder Willie Harris added. “They won it last year, why can’t we win it this year?” But Konerko, a native of Rhode Island, is well aware of the historical perspective surrounding the Red Sox. “I don’t know if any team ever overcame so much baggage and so much bad stuff and also with their main rival winning so much in the meantime. What those guys did last year, without question in my mind, is the best story, got to be one of the best teams ever to overcome all the stuff they had to overcome,” Konerko said. “It would be comparable if we could ever pull this thing off, it would be a lot of parallel lines to what they have done,” he said. Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon characterized his teammates last season as a “bunch of idiots’ for the way various clubhouse characters and personalities meshed and won a championship. Damon also sees some similarities between the two Soxes. “They remind me of us last year,” he said. “They’re crazy, happy-go-lucky guys who got each others’ backs.” The Red Sox won the AL wild card Sunday and they got help from the team they must now beat to advance the White Sox, who swept three in Cleveland and finished the season with eight wins in their last 10 games, stopping a slide that had seen their once 15-game lead evaporate to 1. They led the Central wire-to-wire. Boston’s explosive lineup features Damon at the top and the powerful 3-4 combination of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, who combined for five homers in the seven games against the White Sox. Boston won the season series 4-3, but little of that matters and manager Terry Francona isn’t sure how much a factor experience will be. “This time last year we hadn’t won anything, so basically we’re in the same position,” Francona said. “We sold out every game. Everywhere we went was craziness. It feels as if we played 162 playoff games.” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he understands why the Red Sox are favored going into the opener, with Jose Contreras facing Boston’s Matt Clement in Game 1. Mark Buehrle opposes David Wells on Wednesday before the series shifts to Fenway Park. “We have to compete against the world champions. We never did as a White Sox organization in the last 80 years or whatever it is, we never did anything to earn that respect,” Guillen said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Story Links Buy Tickets Wednesday’s game will also be a ‘Whiteout’ at the Knapp Center with all fans encouraged to wear white to cheer on the Bulldogs. Drake students will receive a free white t-shirt courtesy of Drake West Village while supplies last. Wednesday is also Faculty/Staff Night with all Drake University faculty and staff eligible to receive up to four free tickets to the contest. The Shockers travel to Des Moines in second place in the league standings with a 9-1 conference record by virtue of averaging a league-best 81.6 points per game against MVC foes. The Bulldogs rank second in MVC scoring at a 75.2 points per game clip to sit at 5-5 in the MVC standings. Live Video Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – The two highest scoring offenses in the Missouri Valley Conference are set to clash Wednesday, Feb. 1, when the Drake University men’s basketball team hosts Wichita State in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. with the contest broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. The Bulldogs have won two of their last four games and five of their last six home games. The team is 4-1 in MVC home games this season and in their last six home games, the Bulldogs have averaged 88.2 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 41.0 percent from the arc. Live Audio The first time the Bulldogs and Shockers met, WSU rolled out to an insurmountable early lead in dispatching Drake, 90-65, in Wichita Jan. 4. De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) led the Bulldogs in the loss with 13 points and five rebounds while the Shockers were paced by five players in double figures including Markis McDuffie’s 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Drake Game Notes Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to make their annual trip to Peoria, Ill., for the first meeting with Bradley this season. Tipoff for the Saturday afternoon contest is set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version
The death of Jason Hairston, who aspired to a pro football career before founding KUIU, a successful hunting apparel company, was a suicide, according to a post on his company’s website.It read in part: “We are incredibly saddened to report that Jason Hairston, the visionary leader and founder of KUIU, was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018. He took his own life. The family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University …
SAN MATEO — Serra senior Daylin McLemore is a three-star recruit as a dual-threat quarterback, but the 17-year-old was a relatively unknown entering this season.He could’ve transferred as a junior to play elsewhere in order to increase visibility for college scouts. Instead, he opted to stay, even if it meant remaining under the radar as a backup QB.“I was just waiting for my time to come,” said McLemore, who sat out his sophomore year with a broken leg and used it as an opportunity to learn …
The problem is that when you choose a particular glazing for windows, you’re locked into very specific window performance properties. Tinted glass, for example, not only blocks solar heat gain, but also reduces visible light transmittance–making it harder to see through the windows. Blocking that solar gain may be fine most of the time, but even in warm climates there can be times, in the winter for example, when you’d like to bring in that extra solar heat.This lack of flexibility with the usual materials has led some companies to pursue technologies that would allow glazing properties to change, based either on user preferences or on conditions such as temperature. These are collectively referred to as “dynamic glazings.”There were a number of dynamic glazings being exhibited at Greenbuild. I was already familiar with SageGlass, from Sage Electrochromics. This is an “electrochromic” glazing that is normally clear, but it can be tinted by charging it with a small amount of electric current. When SageGlass is used in an insulated glass unit (with standard clear glass), a user can flip a switch, to tint the glass, dropping the solar transmittance from 62% down to 3.5%. It takes a small amount of electricity, about 0.3 watts per square foot, to switch it from clear to tinted (a process that takes 5-10 minutes), then somewhat less current, 0.1 watts per square foot, to maintain the tinted state. When the current flow is switched off, the glazing reverts to it default (clear) state.SageGlass is available as an (expensive) option with Velux skylights and about a dozen commercial glazing systems. The high cost of SageGlass can be offset to some extent, particularly in commercial applications, by eliminating the need for widow blinds, but it’s still very expensive—$50-75 per square foot.The new dynamic glazing product I saw at Greenbuild was from the start-up company RavenBrick. This is a passive, “thermochromic” glazing that changes from clear to tinted when it heats up, such as in bright sunlight. While SageGlass is a metallic coating on the glass, like common low-e coatings, RavenBrick uses an organic material sandwiched between two layers of glass. The actual thermochromic material is only eight microns thick.Clear in its normal state, when the RavenBrick coating is heated up it darkens to allow only 8% light transmission. The idea is that during a hot sunny day, the glass will heat up and activate the thermochromic material, blocking most of the sunlight, while on a cooler or cloudy day, the glass will remain clear. A big advantage is that it doesn’t take any electricity to activate or maintain the tinting, as is necessary with SageGlass, but the down side is that it isn’t controllable by building occupants.There may be times when you want sunlight in the building or views to the outdoors even when significant heat gain will occur. Also, there may be some weird results if there’s a shadow on a portion of a window, resulting in only part of the glass being darkened.The company claims that the product will become available in March 2010, and they are providing prototype glazing for an installation at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. As with SageGlass, RavenBrick will sell product to window manufacturers, rather than producing windows themselves. RavenBrick’s president told me that the cost will be about $25 per square foot—somewhat lower than SageGlass. It could be a great product; I’ll be watching the test installation carefully.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitter. Last week I wrote about one of the innovative building materials that I saw at this year’s Greenbuild Conference in Phoenix (phase-change drywall). This week, I’ll cover a very different innovation from the conference: dynamic window glazing.Windows provide some important functions in houses: admitting natural daylight, allowing views to the outdoors, letting in fresh air, and protecting against unwanted heat loss and gain. How effectively they do all this depends mostly on the glazings (usually glass, but sometimes plastic, or a combination of glass and plastic). Energy performance can be significantly improved by adding multiple layers of glazing separated by sealed air spaces, by using special low-emissivity (low-e) coatings on the glazing, by using tinted glass that blocks unwanted solar heat gain, or by using low-conductivity gas fill, such as argon and krypton, that slows the movement of heat through the space between layers of glass. Cutting-Edge Windows that Can Be Tinted on DemandSmart Glass Maker Opens New PlantGBA Encyclopedia: SkylightsGBA Product Guide: Wasco SageGlass SkylightsGBA Product Guide: SageGlass Insulated Glass Unit RELATED ARTICLES