Crouch on Ettalong Channel Issues: Community Demands Action

first_imgMore than 60 local residents attended a ‘Save Our Beach’ protest convened by Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Liberal Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, and Liberal councilors Cr Jilly Pilon and Cr Gale Collins last week.Mr Crouch said that the protest sent a clear message to the Central Coast Council that the community demands action. The councilors repeated their call for the council to take responsibility for the situation at Ettalong Channel.Mr Crouch said that the council has avoided responsibility and delayed any progress on this issue for far too long.“I call on the Labor and independent alliance of councilors to stop obfuscating and avoiding this issue, and start to work together to achieve a positive outcome,” Mr Crouch said.“Since 2011, funding has been available through the Rescuing Our Waterways program, which consists of a co-fund arrangement between local Councils and the State.”Cr Pilon also added that the need for dredging to prevent silting in the Ettalong Channel was not a new problem: “Indeed, as far back as 2009, a management study was written by an independent engineering consultancy and provided to council with options to fix this ongoing problem.”“I have raised this issue with my council colleagues on multiple occasions already, and I will continue to advocate for our community at every possible opportunity,” concluded Cr Pilon.Adam Crouch MP – Member for Terrigallast_img read more

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Thun Tankers Names Newbuild Pair in China

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thun Tankers Erik Thun Group & Thun Tankers BV have named two new product/chemical tankers in China.The naming ceremony for Thun Lidkoping and Thun London was held at the shipyard AVIC Dingheng on March 23.“It is a historic day for our company with the naming of both Thun Lidkoping and Thun London on the same day,” Alice Brax, the godmother of the tankers, said.The 18,650 dwt ships are the first two in a series of five newbuilds of the L-class. They are built to the design focused on energy efficiency, sustainability and new regulations.With a length of 149.8 meters and a width of 22.8 meters, the vessels have a capacity of 21,000 cbm.Expected to start operating during the spring and summer of 2019, the tanker pair will enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network upon delivery.Thun Tankers is part of Gothia Tanker Alliance, a European tanker network for coastal tanker owners, currently operating 23 intermediate tankers ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 dwt and 17 coastal tankers in the size range from 6,000 to 8,000 dwt.The company will take delivery of three small and six intermediate newbuilds during 2019-2021.last_img read more

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Formula One team helps develop breathing aid for virus patients

first_img Loading… Medical researchers and engineers have teamed up with Formula One outfit Mercedes to adapt a breathing aid for mass production that could keep coronavirus patients off much-needed ventilators. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing aid, developed in less than a week by mechanical engineers, doctors and the Mercedes Formula 1 team in conjunction with UCL University College London said UK regulators had approved its adaptation of the continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), which helps patients with breathing difficulties. A version of the equipment, which increases air and oxygen flow into the lungs, has already been used in hospitals in Italy and China to help COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections. Teams at UCL and Mercedes have reverse-engineered the device and say they can make them quickly “by the thousands” and provide hospitals across Britain, as pressure builds due to more confirmed cases. Reports from Italy indicated about 50 percent of patients given CPAP did not need mechanical ventilation, which requires sedation and a tube placed into the patient’s windpipe, UCL said. Clinical trials with 100 of the machines are to be carried out at University College London Hospital, it added in a statement on Sunday. “These devices will help save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the severely ill,” said UCLH critical care consultant Mervyn Singer. “While they will be tested at UCLH first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.” Read Also: Ighalo deserves new Man United deal – Arsenal legend With the season suspended due to the outbreak, they say they are well-placed to help because of their engineers’ expertise in rapid design, making prototypes, testing and assembly. Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, said: “We have been proud to put our resources at the service of UCL to deliver the CPAP project to the highest standards and in the fastest possible timeframe.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Britain’s state-run National Health Service currently has some 8,000 ventilators and the government has ordered 8,000 more. But there is concern there will be a shortage as the virus peaks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put his government on a war footing, appealing to major manufacturers and industry to repurpose their production, including for medical devices. Tim Baker, from UCL’s mechanical engineering department, said the process took days instead of years and improvements were made to the devices using computer simulations to help mass production. UK-based Formula One teams and their technology partners have been involved in a variety of schemes to meet medical needs in a partnership called “Project Pitlane”. Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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Collina primed for Polly test

first_img The four-year-old is set to have just her second try at 10 furlongs in the Group One event after finishing second on her first attempt in May. She subsequently reverted to a mile to finish second in a Curragh Group Three last time, but the longer trip holds few fears for Prendergast. Kevin Prendergast is anticipating a good performance from La Collina as she goes for glory in the Oxigen Enviromental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh next Sunday. He said: “She would be my definite runner. I’ve no concerns over the trip. She ran over a mile and two in the Blue Wind at Naas and it was just that the winner (Euphrasia) skipped away. “She had Dermot Weld’s good mare (Princess Highway) behind her and Rehn’s Nest, who was then placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas. “It’ll be a very hot race, although some of the better ones will have raced at Ascot and might not run, but she should run well. “She likes good ground and hopefully it’ll be good next weekend.” La Collina has not tasted victory since landing the Group One Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile back in 2011 and Prendergast would love to secure another top-level victory. He added: “She’s been great for us and solid as a rock. It would be great to get another Group One with her.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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D’Tigress Still Work in Progress, Says Otis Hughley

first_imgDespite a massive 133points to 33 victory against a selected women’s side, Head coach of D’Tigress, Otis Hughley believes his team is still work in progress.Speaking after their test match played on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos Hughley said he is not carried away by the final result because his team can still get better.The former assistant coach of Sacramento Kings revealed that the game gave the team an opportunity to notice some lapses as they continue their preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. “There are still a lot of things to work on. The practice session is just revelatory.“It revealed the things that we need to look at and fix and when we go back to practice, we will take our time. We will fix it in part and put it together and fix it as a whole”.Having been with the team for some weeks, he applauded the girls for the vast improvement and their ability to listen and implement his tactical and technical instructions.Otis said the team poised to make its World Cup appearance since 2006 is on a slow but steady rise.He assured that the current African Champions will be in good shape before their first game against Turkey.Nigeria is in group B alongside Turkey, Australia and Argentina.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse verbal commit Ginnetti uses baseball skills to excel as defensive lineman

first_img Published on September 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Brandon Ginnetti believes that baseball is a head game that requires him to posses more poise than power. Football, on the other hand, requires him to think and act fast to make a tackle on the ball carrier.They’re two different sports that demand two separate mindsets. And while Ginnetti acknowledges the differences, he also argues that the skills can be interchangeable. “I have both high intensity and I have self control,” Ginnetti said. “On the mound I have good composure and I have intensity. I’m able to balance both out between the sports.”But when Ginnetti enrolls at Syracuse to become a part of the Class of 2015 in the fall, it will be only as a football player. The three-star defensive end, according to Scout.com, said football could provide a simpler path to professional sports. And though it was apparent to Ginnetti that he’d play football once colleges started taking interest before his junior year of high school, baseball has and will continue to shape him on the football field. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a big strong guy, but he knows how to pitch,” said his high school baseball coach Joe Fontana. “That bulldog mentality does help, and he has that on the football field.”On the mound, Ginnetti blows away hitters with a fastball that comes in just less than 90 miles per hour. His 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame pays dividends on the defensive line, but also gives him a presence on the mound.As a 16-year-old last season, he pitched three shutout innings in an Under-16 National Team showcase, Fontana said.  After Ginnetti committed to Syracuse on June 18, Fontana asked him what his thoughts were on playing baseball in his senior season. Ginnetti said he hadn’t even considered sitting out his final year. “At the end of my sophomore year I was more focused on baseball,” Ginnetti said, “because I thought that was what I was going to play.”But after realizing his status as a high-level football recruit, Ginnetti changed his focus. He said he didn’t want to get drafted by a Major League franchise and risk spending his whole career in the minor leagues.He said he was getting offers from “big schools” for baseball, but that none materialized because he was quick to make it apparent that football was his path. “After my junior season, when I just started getting a bunch of offers,” Ginnetti recalled, “and I just said, ‘Football’s the thing.’”Even though Ginnetti now has a one-track mind, training for two separate sports helped him develop into the versatile athlete he has become. Preparing for football involved more lifting, bench pressing and speed exercises, said teammate and fellow defensive end Jason Criscio. Working out to be a pitcher meant more chest and leg exercises. But the differences complemented each other, making Ginnetti a well-rounded athlete.“Especially in the weight room,” Criscio said, “I’ve seen a huge improvement in the past few years from transition from baseball to football.” This summer, Ginnetti has put on 13 pounds in preparation to compete at the college level, he said. He’s changed his diet and lifted weights five times a week, sometimes twice a day. His mindset going into his senior season is to improve on his size, strength and speed. The next level for Ginnetti now though is solely Syracuse, and solely football. “Baseball’s not really going to affect (anything),” Ginnetti said, “because baseball’s not as serious anymore. “Football is the No. 1 thing.” Commentslast_img read more

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Greene embraces transition from QB to WR

first_imgMuch has been said about the relationship between quarterbacks and their wide receivers. Uniquely, the friendship redshirt freshman Jalen Greene  has with USC quarterbacks Cody Kessler  and Max Browne stems from the one thing they all have in common —playing quarterback. And that has made all the difference.“Cody’s really been great to me since I got here,” Greene said after practice Tuesday. “Our lockers are right next to each other, and I talk to him a lot. I can talk to him about anything and ask him about anything. He’s been a great older brother.”Greene converted to playing receiver at USC in response to all of the injuries at the position. But before then, Greene had always played quarterback.Additionally, Greene said he hadn’t played receiver since Pop Warner but admitted that all his time as quarterback has caused him to develop a distinctive feel for what his QBs wants him to do.“Playing quarterback helps me a lot, but it kind of bites me in the foot in practice sometimes because I understand what Cody is looking at, and I can see the zone,” Greene said. “So, sometimes I might overrun a route because I know he isn’t looking where he should be looking. At the same time, it really helps us out being on the same page because I am seeing the defense the same way he is.”The left-handed Greene graduated early and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2014. As a senior quarterback at Serra High School, Greene completed 134-of-229 passes for 1,544 yards with 33 TDs and six interceptions in 2013.  Though Greene has played receiver all season, he threw his first touchdown on a 75-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a trick play where he was lined up as a receiver.Greene added a few key catches that game and responded with two receptions in his first start of the season at wide receiver in USC’s huge win over No. 3 Utah.“It’s really fun seeing him. I mean he came in here as a quarterback, and I was working with him every day,” Browne said. “Now, watching him be a receiver and doing good things and making huge catches out there has been awesome. I think a guy like him, who works so hard, has developed every week. And it has been really huge for us.”Yesterday, interim head coach Clay Helton said the main reason why Cal’s Jared Goff is so successful is because of his “extraordinary” relationship with his longtime receiving corps that allow him to anticipate exactly where they are going to be, and what they are going to be doing. Similarly,   Greene said the connection he’s made with his QBs has resulted in his own success.“I think that I’m definitely improving a lot because I’m adjusting every game,” Greene said. “Just knowing how to see the game as a receiver. Just understanding how to fit in certain zones or get to certain blocks easier, or just running my routes quicker, and learning the things to get separations from my guy. That’s been huge.”Wide receivers coach Tee Martin, who coached Randall Cobb, a wideout who also converted from quarterback to receiver at the University of Kentucky in 2011, compared Greene’s ability to the now Packer’s Pro Bowl receiver.  He said that as quarterbacks, both players have a better understanding of the formations and schemes of the defense.“Jalen is supremely intelligent. He is a lot like Randall Cobb,” Martin said.  “So, we try to use all of those talents. He’s thrown the ball a couple of times this year, and he has shined as a receiver.”Martin said that the thing that has surprised him the most about Greene’s transition is just how physical he’s played this season —even as a quarterback. Martin additionally praised Greene’s improvement in his blocking and creation of separation from cornerbacks with his body.“The good thing about Jalen that shocked me is how physical he plays,” Martin said. “You would think that a guy playing quarterback, not saying that quarterbacks aren’t tough, might be soft. But he is playing really physical now. And as a wide receiver, that’s good to see.”While Greene largely played quarterback at Serra, he also ran for 1,209 yards on 155 carries with 14 TDs. Serra was 13-1 in 2013 and advanced to the CIF Western Division title game. Greene’s dynamic play making resulted in him making the 2013 Prep Star All-West, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team and All-CIF Western Division.Greene’s ability to utilize his speed to avoid defenders has certainly been applied by USC coaches.“I think why they put him at receiver in the first place was because he is just so athletic,” said senior wide receiver George Katrib, who has been a mentor for Greene since he switched to the position. “You’ve seen how athletic he is in the pass catching game with the plays he’s made these past couple games.”Katrib says that Greene is fitting in seemingly with the other receivers at this point in the season. And, that Greene’s commitment to hard work and the success of the team would cause him to excel at any position USC coaches decide to put him at next season — whether it’s at  receiver or quarterback.Helton, who was coincidentally Greene’s quarterback coach when he arrived at USC, said that he will not make a decision on the redshirt freshman’s future position until the season is over.Greene said has helped him grow both as a man and a football player, but added that  he will keep passing and working extremely hard until next spring so that he can eventually play quarterback again.“I love Coach Helton. He helped me out a lot and really taught me things about the defense that got me smarter and raised my football IQ,” Greene said. “He’s a tremendous coach. The whole team has rallied around him, and I hope we are able to keep him.”Greene added that he hasn’t talked about playing quarterback with any coaches yet because he is solely dedicated to his role as a receiver.Greene’s play-making ability at the wide receiver position similarly impressed USC legend Keyshawn Johnson, who watched USC’s practice from the sideline Wednesday.“From what I’ve seen here, and in the games, he really looks good and its been impressive to see him make the transition to playing receiver,” Johnson said. “I think that over time he’s going to continue to get better. I think that being a quarterback will help him understand how to run routes precisely, how he needs to come back on certain routes and intricacies like that.”last_img read more

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Women’s rowing taking advantage of nice weather

first_imgAs spring finally emerged across the University of Wisconsin campus this weekend – flowers began to bloom, the temperature rose and the sun peaked out from behind the rain clouds – women’s rowing coach Bebe Bryans and the women’s rowing team breathed a collective sigh of relief.No. 14 Wisconsin hosted its first regatta of the season on Lake Mendota, racing in a Big Ten double dual meet against conference opponents Minnesota and Michigan State Sunday – defeating both teams in five of the six races.“Yesterday was a pretty remarkable day for Badgers and for Wisconsin athletics just because we had such a fantastic day out at the Porter Boathouse,” Bryans said at her Monday press conference. “Just to be to able to have it be a spectacularly perfect day was an anomaly.”Nice weather hasn’t been the story for most of the season.Less than a month ago, the opening conference race of the season on April 13 hosted by Iowa had to be cancelled when heavy winds created lake conditions with 18-inch whitecaps too difficult to race in.Throughout the rest of the spring the Badgers have struggled to find a place to practice at times – forcing them to use more inventive methods.So far this season, the Wisconsin rowing team has already traveled to Iowa to practice prior to its cancelled meet April 13 and flew to California on two separate occasions to participate in three separate regattas on April 6, 20 and 21.Bryans said they were finally able to begin practicing on the water in Madison just two weeks ago.Once the ice finally broke and conditions became conducive to rowing, Bryans said the team has a variety of places to practice in Madison.“We have different options around Lake Mendota and on Wingra, where we can take our boats and row,” Bryans said Monday. “In fact, this morning … I was moving oars from Lake Wingra back to the Boathouse. … We transport our boats around the lake. We are inventive with what we can do to get them on the water.”When they couldn’t practice outside earlier in the season, the team was many times forced to practice inside on ergometers instead, which simulate the motions of rowing a boat.Fortunately, Bryans said having Porter Boathouse, which she described as “the best indoor training facility in the country,” helped reduce the problems the weather caused for Wisconsin’s training regimen this year.“We do line rowers up on things called sliders, so the ergs move together,” Bryans said. “We have a big enough facility that we can sometimes get eight people in a row so that we can put those boats together, and we do that.“Unfortunately for us, we’ve had to make use of [Porter Boathouse] a lot more than normal this year.”Beyond the expected problems that come with trying to simulate lake rowing inside, the sporadic practice schedule created new issues for a group of athletes that also has to deal with academic responsibilities during the semester.Bryans said she has been impressed with how the team has been able to handle the ups and downs this year and stressed the critical role communication has played in their ability to coordinate where practice will be held.“They are amazingly easy going with that,” Bryans said. “We’ve got good communication with them, and we say we’re going to be here tomorrow, be there or we’re going to be there. … Wherever we need to go, they’ll do anything to not have to erg anymore.”Moving forward, Bryans hopes being on the water throughout the next two weeks will put this highly-ranked Badger team in contention for a strong finish when Wisconsin heads to the Big Ten Championships May 19 in Indianapolis.Bryans believes the team’s mix of young talent and senior leadership has been what has kept it competitive despite its weather misfortunes.“I’ve got a great group of athletes,” Bryans said. “We’ve been on the water for about two weeks now, and yet we are two weeks away from the Big Ten Championship.“So to be optimistic at this point, which I am, I think is a testament to those women and the rest of the coaching staff in the job they’ve [done] getting us ready for the championships and beyond.”last_img read more

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Busy day for the Irish at European Games

first_imgAmong the rest of the Irish competitors in action today in Baku the Women’s 3×3 Basketball team – including Grainne and Niamh Dwyer from Thurles – face the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.And there are eight Irish swimmers competing on the third day of action in the pool. The Belfast Light-flyweight will be looking to claim Ireland’s first gold medal at the Games when he fights Russia’s Bator Sagaluev in this afternoon’s final, which is due to get underway at 2:45.In badminton the Mixed Doubles pairing of Chloe and Sam Magee will be first into action this morning in their final group match.Also this morning, Scott Evans faces a Bulgarian opponent in the last-16 of the Men’s Singles while Sam and Josh Magee will contest the Men’s Doubles Quarter-finals during the afternoon session.last_img read more

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Chelsea have loaned center back Daniel

first_imgPappoe to League One campaigners Colchester United for six months.The 19-year-old Ghanaian prospect – who has lived in London since an early age and has been in the Chelsea system since age 12 – is looking to put his injury troubles behind him and get his once-promising career back on track. With a couple serious knee injuries already part of his dossier, Pappoe is desperately in need of some consistent match time, a bit of luck, and some measure of success.His Chelsea contract, his first professional deal, expires at the end of this current season.“We’re getting the paperwork through and Daniel will be with us until January.”“He’s a player I’ve seen when I’ve been on the circuit and he’s a very assured centre-back who needs a breakthrough now. He gives us great strength, power and an opportunity to work the ball. He’s young and he reminds me a bit of George Elokobi, when he first came to Colchester.”Joe Dunne, Colchester United managerPappoe was all set for Ghana’s under-20 World Cup campaign this summer before swelling in the knee prevented him from training properly. The young defender is looking to put an injury plagued season behind him,which led to him being cut from the final team of Ghana’s Black Satellites.last_img read more

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