HBU’s Hinojosa, Okeke Crowned Inaugural Southland Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week

first_imgThe Huskies took No. 13 South Carolina to five sets and were outdone by Tampa 4-1 on Sunday before shocking the Hatters in their second match of the day. HBU, who received votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, plays three matches at the Tiger Beach Challenge this weekend, beginning with No. 2 LSU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Pair of the Week – Tori Hinojosa – Senior – San Antonio, Texas / Danielle Okeke – Freshman – Wichita Falls, TexasHinojosa and Okeke overcame a first-set loss in their season opener against Spring Hill, winning the final two sets as the Huskies swept the Badgers. The pair picked up another victory at the top flight against No. 13 South Carolina, and the duo swept its counterparts in the team’s 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stetson. The twosome went 3-2 during the opening weekend as the Huskies’ time in the Sunshine State was highlighted by a 3-2 upset of No. 9 Stetson, the first team win over a ranked opponent in program history. HBU blanked Spring Hill 5-0 in the season opener but fell to No. 2 Florida State by the same margin in the first of three matches against ranked teams. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Tori Hinojosa and Danielle Okeke are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.center_img Honorable Mention: Veronica Corcoran/Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Iris Fletcher/Corin Evans, SFA. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

LIBA Boss Wants Liberians to Take Control of Economy

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), Dee Maxwell Kemayah, has admonished Liberians to take ownership of their economy in order to make Liberia a middle income country by 2030.Kemayah said though he welcomes foreign direct investments or foreigners participating in the economy, Liberians must be at the core of their economy because they are the owners of the country’s natural resources.He warned that if this is not done, Vision 2030, which was crafted to create a middle-income Liberia, will not be actualized, adding: “There is no country in the world that can enhance economic growth without empowering its citizens.” Mr. Kemayah made the call in Gbarnga recently during the constitutional review meeting, organized by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to the amend portions of the 1986 Constitution.He believes that the continuous dominance of the Liberian economy by foreigners, “is seriously strangulating growth and development” urging delegates to vote in favor of the proposition to bring sanity to the economy.Kemayah observed that the only empowerment for Liberian businesses in recent times is the loan scheme initiated by Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), which has been criticized and condemned by some individuals in the public sector.He called on policy-makers and other stakeholders to buttress the effort of the CBL by empowering Liberian businesses to ensure that they have a stake in the economy to benefit from its wealth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New GGMC Board of Directors approved

first_img…Stanley Ming returned as ChairmanWith Guyana preparing to enter new and uncharted waters in the extractive sector, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has had a new Board of Directors installed to steer the ship.GGMC Chairman Stanley MingAt the head of this Board is incumbent Chairman Stanley Ming. Also on the Board are Derrick Lawrence; Tom Dalgety; Euliene Watson; Vanda Radzic; Camilla Edwards; and the Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison. A representative from each of the following organisations will be selected and added to the Board at a later date: the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), the Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), the National Mining Syndicate, the Guyana Gold Board, the Guyana Forestry Commission and a worker’s representative from the GGMC.The Board is also expected to include in its membership representatives from the National Toshaos Council (NTC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), as ex officio members. The Board members will serve from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.These appointments come at a time when total gold declarations for last year amounted to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than 2017 – 653,754 ounces were declared in 2017.Lowered expectationsGovernment had initially set a target of 720,000 ounces for 2017 but at the end of 2017 was only able declare 653,674 ounces, prompting Finance Minister Winston Jordan to dub the performance disappointing.An ambitious 800,000 ounces’ target was set for 2018. The foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and itself at the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) came to US$443,961,666.The appointments come at a time when a major gold company will be branching off into underground miningIt is understood that gold dealers Mohamed’s Enterprise, and El Dorado Trading finished first and second respectively in total declarations and exports of gold. Other dealers that contributed are: Pure Diamond, Dinar, Excel, Adamantium Metals, GBTI Property Holdings Inc, and Gold Bar Development.The appointments also come at a time when Canadian owned Guyana Goldfields is looking to branch off into underground mining. Last month, Goldfields was issued a permit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to construct the underground mine.It is currently awaiting further approvals from the GGMC. In fact, Guyana Times observed equipment assembled at the site, waiting for the go ahead, during a recent visit.So far, Guyana Goldfields has invested US$300 million into its local operations. The underground mine is expected to cost US$25 million in the initial exploration stages. A further US$100 million is likely to be invested over the next 10 years of production.RevenueBut the company is optimistic of more than recovering that investment. Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell, had been optimistic of the underground mines surpassing their previous operations. According to Caldwell, the underground well is likely to be a game changer when it comes to revenue.When asked about the application, Commissioner Dennison explained that the GGMC is in possession of Goldfields’ application and will soon know whether anything else is needed. He had made it clear that GGMC has no intention of delaying the process, but was only exercising its due diligence for such a venture.“From what I am aware, they have submitted [the documents]. I am of the view that we are in good way to be conducting the examination to determine whether we need anything more.”“To the extent that we ascertain that what is therein is sufficient representation of what they plan to do, and it is in keeping with our regulations and what we consider typical practices for these types of activities, we would then issue the permit,” Dennison said.last_img read more

ExxonMobil still to make final investment decision

first_img… awaits approval of commercial licencesSeveral months after major oil discoveries were confirmed offshore Guyana, US-based ExxonMobil is still awaiting approval of their licences from local regulatory agencies to prepare for drilling.This disclosure was made by outgoing Country Manager for ExxonMobil, Jeff Simon, who told members of the local media on Tuesday that the company is yet to make a Final Investment Decision (FID).Outgoing Country Manager, Jeff Simon explaining for ExxonMobil’s operations which will take place offshoreAccording to Simon, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is being reviewed, while the production licence has to be granted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).While explaining that the company has been engaged in discussion with the authorities regarding the approval of these licences, Simon said Government in reviewing the application for the permits has sought additional information from ExxonMobil.“I think they have engaged some additional help and those parties have come back to us for a lot of additional information so it is still being analysed,” he said on Tuesday.In highlighting the enormousness of the investment that has to be made before the actual drilling commences, the country manager explained that there is need for some level of certainty that must be exercised on the part of the Government of Guyana in granting the licences and approvals.Simon said not only has ExxonMobil been engaged in a number of preparations, but its partners have also made steps to get prepared, explaining that once the FID is approved, the company would spend about US$5 billion before beginning production.Government has secured the services of overseas experts to review the applications submitted by ExxonMobil.Since 2015, ExxonMobil has announced three oil finds in Guyana’s offshore area. The most recent discovery came in April, 2017, when the company found 25 meters of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs at its Snoek well in the Stabroek block.The company has also hit oil at Stabroek’s Payara and Liza fields. The latter is estimated to contain up to 1.4 billion barrels of light oil. According to the company, by the mid-2020s daily output from Stabroek could reach 450,000 barrels.At present, tenders are out for local suppliers and contractors that are able to support a number of projects for the company’s operation.last_img read more

Cal State needs help to play host to regional

first_imgThe Coyotes (20-5, 16-4) are a solid second. The teams split regular-season meetings, with each winning on its home floor. Cal State closes out play at Cal State Bakersfield (14-13, 13-7) tonight and at Cal State Los Angeles (10-15, 7-13) on Saturday. The only game that matters is the second one. With Bakersfield transitioning to Division I, that game does not count toward a regional ranking. Humboldt, 14-0 at home and 9-3 on the road, won at Chico (7-19, 5-16) on Thursday and will play at Stanislaus (13-15, 9-12) on Saturday. Oliver concedes that if both contenders win out as expected, Humboldt likely would get the nod, despite the logistical nightmares that come with having a tournament there. Travel into Arcata – 40 miles south of the Oregon border – is difficult. Flights are limited and that could be a problem with teams possibly coming from as many as five states. Hotel space is limited, East gym is small and antiquated and there is no parking available at the venue. Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver might want to send some positive karma to Cal State Stanislaus. If the Coyotes are to earn a share of their seventh CCAA title in eight years or have a shot at hosting the West Region tournament, that is the team that can help them out. The curtain comes down on conference play this weekend. The NCAA committee will meet Sunday night to announce pairings and host schools for each of the eight regionals. Humboldt State (23-3, 18-3) has the inside track. The Lumberjacks have been first in the West since Cal State’s loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 6. center_img “They can’t take it away from them if they have earned the right to host,” Oliver concedes. “The problem would be if teams can’t get in and out of there.” In that case the committee could leave Humboldt ranked first in the region, but still award hosting rights to the No. 2 seed. Cal State, which is 12-1 at home and 8-4 elsewhere, has a far better strength of schedule. Its nonconference foes are a combined 59-41 including wins over GNAC leader Seattle Pacific (17-9) and Pacific West frontrunner Grand Canyon (18-7), who are fourth and fifth in region. Humboldt’s foes are 47-57. Oliver admits his team just has to go out and win and hope for the best. “There is only one thing we can control and that’s how we play,” he said. “We have to take care of that first.” UC San Diego (21-4, 17-3) is No. 1 on the women’s side with Chico State (21-4, 17-4) next. Cal State (16-9, 12-8) is in position to make the field at No. 7 and did not drop this week despite two losses last weekend. Six of the top eight schools are from the CCAA. Even if the Coyotes win, they still could fall out of the top eight, pending the outcome of other games. Their strength of schedule will drop considerably because they play Los Angeles (3-22, 1-19). The Cal State women last qualified for the regional in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Plan for cruise ship terminals gets a cool reception at forum

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alternate plans distributed by Knatz at the Tuesday forum sponsored by the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council juggle the number of berths and parking spaces at both locations. However, an impromptu vote called by one resident showed that none of the more than 30 people attending the forum supported putting terminals in the outer harbor. Attendees voiced concerns about the extra pollution, traffic, noise and light that more ships would bring, and noted that downtown merchants would suffer if tourists went straight to the outer harbor. Knatz said there is support for the terminal from some San Pedrans and that expanding the cruise terminals is the only way to deal with new, larger cruise ships, which have difficulty backing up or turning around in the inner harbor. When one resident asked if other waterfront projects ? such as a redeveloped Ports O’ Call ? would go forward if a new cruise terminal did not, Knatz said the improvements are “not tied to a cruise terminal at all” and that construction on the waterfront could begin in 2008. Another topic of contention was the Clean Air Action Plan and how it will be implemented. Many residents said they want to see new requirements for trucks, which contribute to the pollution around the port. Knatz acknowledged that their plan for low-sulfur fuel requirements was supposed to be adopted a few weeks ago, but faced opposition from the trucking industry. “Industry sued the California Air Resources board on their low-sulfur requirements,” Knatz explained, noting that the trucking industry won the suit. She announced that on Thursday, the port will be adopting a tariff measure that will implement some provisions of the Clean Trucks Program portion of the CAAP, and that she plans to work with the trucking industry to make it cleaner. “I don’t see any value in spending years in court fighting over the program. … It has to be sustainable,” Knatz said. Bruce Horton of the Coastal neighborhood council told Knatz that people are dying from pollution as they debate how to decrease it. “You tell those truckers and companies that when they have a plan that will stop people from dying, you’ll talk,” he said. Knatz encouraged residents who have strong feelings about the cruise ship terminals and the CAAP to make their feelings known to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which makes decisions about port policy. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER A proposal by the Port of Los Angeles for new cruise ship terminals on the San Pedro waterfront drew concern from many attending a public forum earlier this week. The proposal, presented by port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, involves two cruise terminals in the inner harbor near Swinford Street and two more in the outer harbor at the end of Miner Street. last_img read more


first_imgA funding call has gone out by a charity who has recently acquired a house in Letterkenny to treat people with Acquired Brain Injury.Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Ireland is an Organisation that provides services for victims of a Brain Injury nationwide.It started in Donegal in 2005 with the opening of a residential rehabilitation service which cares for 4 people. In 2006 the home and community rehabilitation started where they support people in their own homes with everyday things that we take for granted i.e. Washing/dressing practice, learning to read/write, community integration, shopping, cooking, social outings etc.Each person is assisted to develop their own rehabilitation plan and each plan is individual to the person.ABI run day rehabilitation groups where clients can go once a week for a couple of hours to develop their skills, the groups are very much focused on rehabilitation and they try to re-learn and adapt skills that may have been lost when the brain injury was sustained.ABI are dependant on private fundraising just like the coffee morning in The An Craoibhin, Termon on the 4th of October (11am-4pm). This will help them to expand their services within Donegal, like the development of the new Acquired Brain Injury house in Letterkenny.People that sustain or are affected by Brain Injury are quite vulnerable and rely heavily on the support of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland to be able to live life again, whether they stay in the ABI house or get care at home.It is a vital service within Donegal to many people and this is why we need to rally behind them and drum up as much support and funds as possible to aid the development of the new ABI house.FUNDING DRIVE IN PLACE FOR NEW ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY HOUSE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Acquired Brain Injurycoffee morningdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Trains slated for tech renewal

first_imgPartly in response to this year’s fatal crash in Glendale, Metrolink will be the first commuter rail system nationwide to use technology on cab cars designed to reduce the severity of collisions, which could become required for all commuter trains. The technology, known as crash-energy management, is designed to spread the force of a crash throughout the train so the front of the cab car doesn’t absorb the brunt of the impact. Transportation officials said they believe it will prevent passenger injuries and reduce derailments. “It’s like giant shock absorbers,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. Metrolink will begin selecting new cars in January, but with the new system still in the testing phase, it could be years before crash-energy-management-enabled cars hit the tracks, Tyrrell said. Metrolink will buy more than 40 new cab cars, replacing its entire fleet. Each car could cost between $2 million and $3 million, Tyrrell said. Officials said they believe the system will add protection for trains that use the controversial push-pull method, where the train is pulled by a locomotive in one direction but pushed by the locomotive in the opposite direction. Although railroad officials believe the push-pull method is safe, critics argue that a cab car in the front of the train is more likely to derail than a locomotive. Those critics were vocal in January, when a Metrolink train being pushed from behind collided with a sport utility vehicle left on the tracks in Glendale, killing 11 people, Metrolink’s deadliest crash. “An experience like that makes you look at everything,” Tyrrell said. The Federal Railroad Administration is expected to approve the technology in early 2006 and could require commuter railroad trains to incorporate it. “What we are intending to do with crash-energy management is to improve the overall passenger rail safety regardless if it’s operating in push or pull mode,” FRA spokesman Steve Kulm said. The FRA has been studying crash-energy management since 2003 and already has staged five test crashes. In the tests, a cab car using conventional equipment crumpled more than 20 feet – well into the passenger section of the car. A cab car using the new system crumpled just three feet, Kulm said. The system includes four components designed to increase passenger safety – a connector that recedes into the train to help prevent derailments, structural changes designed to act like a car’s bumper and strengthen the front of the car, and energy absorbers that create crush zones away from passenger areas. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that matters

first_imgSouth Africa’s African Mining Indaba, held annually in Cape Town and now in its 20th year, is the world’s largest mining investment conference. (Image: Mining Indaba)South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town today.The workshop, co-hosted with the departments of mineral resources, trade and industry and science and technology, showcased South Africa’s competitiveness in mining, geosciences, science and technology, as well as the strength of its financial and regulatory environment.Presenters included Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola, trade and industry’s Yunus Hoosen, Imraan Patel of the department of science and technology, Martha Mokonyane of mineral resources, Mxolisi Kota of the Council for Geosciences, Matlou Mabokano of the Technology Innovation Agency, Declan Vogt of the CSIR and Peter Craven of Mintek.They made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should take South Africa seriously as an investment destination. For example, prudent monetary and fiscal policy has allowed the country’s economy to grow in value from US$80-billion in 1994 – the year apartheid ended – to $400-billion today. And it continues to grow, despite the uneven global economic recovery.“South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and an emerging market that matters,” Brand South Africa’s Matola said.From mining to financial servicesThe global economic crisis and disruptions at home have had their impact on South African mining, but the sector remains a significant contributor to the economy. Recent research presented at the workshop shows that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% to revenue, and 84% to employment.Research also shows that the South African economy has diversified in the past 20 years. The contribution of banking and real estate has risen from 12.5% to 24%, a good sign that the country is on its way to a knowledge economy.South Africa also remains a reliable destination for international investors. Foreign direct investment projects grew at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 and 2012, making the country the top investment destination in Africa.The workshop also discussed the joint commitment by government and business to the rollout of the National Development Plan, the vision for what the country will look like in the year 2030.Key components of the plan include:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructureIncreasing the pace of job creation, especially for young job-seekersEncouraging the expansion of businesses and the development of new enterprisesTransforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport systemProviding policy certainty to encourage long-term investment in mining and other key sectorsIncreasing economic integration within sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production, finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure and customs administrationThe Mining Indaba ends on Thursday 6 February 2014.last_img read more

Using Your Heating System to Heat Water

first_imgContinuing our series on water heating, this week we’ll look at two options for heating water with the home’s central boiler. First some terminology: boilers heat water or produce steam for distribution in baseboard units or steam radiators, while furnaces heat air for distribution through ducts and registers. Integrating water heating with a standard hot-air furnace is not possible; if you have a furnace, you have to stick with a stand-alone water heater.There’s a lot of appeal to the idea of using your boiler to also heat water. You can get by with just one burner for both heat and hot water, so there’s less to maintain or to go wrong, and when you’re heating the house anyway, it doesn’t take all that much extra energy to heat water also.There are two common options for using a home’s boiler for water heating. The most common is referred to as a “tankless coil.” This is a relatively small heat exchanger that fits into a gas- or oil-fired boiler. These are popular for people with hot-water baseboard heat because they’re inexpensive options or retrofits for standard boilers. A copper-coil heat exchanger extends into the boiler, and water is heated as it flows through this coil. It is very much like the “tankless water heater” described last week, except that the heat source is your boiler.The problem with tankless-coil water heaters is that the boiler has to be hot to produce hot water. In the winter in a cold climate, the boiler is hot much of the time and may not even need to fire up to supply hot water (due to residual heat in the boiler). But during the summer the boiler is less likely to be hot, and the on-off cycling to heat water wastes a lot of energy. It is not unusual for water heating using an oil-fired boiler and tankless coil to use 200 to 300 gallons of oil during the summer months, and the average efficiency during that period may be as low as 25%. Thus, tankless-coil water heaters can make sense in the winter months, but they aren’t a good idea in summer.The other primary option for using a heating system to produce hot water is to install an “indirect” or “indirect-fired” water heater. This is a separate insulated water tank that is heated using hot water from the gas- or oil-fired boiler. The indirect tank is usually plumbed to be a separate “zone” on the heating system. One advantage of this option is that during the warmer months the boiler only has to fire up occasionally to heat water in the indirect tank. Because water in the tank remains “thermally stratified” (with the hot water at the top, where it is drawn off to supply your shower or dishwasher), you can draw hot water from the tank multiple times before the boiler turns on to heat water in the tank.Another plus is that because there is no burner on the storage tank, you can wrap it with extra insulation without having to worry about an air supply or venting (as you do with a gas-fired, storage-type water heater).The downside to indirect water heaters is the cost. A good one will likely cost over $1,000, including installation of the additional zone on the heating system. This is much more expensive than a tankless coil or a conventional gas or electric storage-type water heater.Interestingly, both kinds of integrated water heaters can help to keep your boiler in good working order. If your boiler is in a basement that stays fairly damp during the summer months, having it fire periodically—as will occur with either a tankless-coil or indirect water heater—is recommended by many heating contractors as a way to minimize corrosion. That was one of the reasons we put in an indirect water heater when we installed a Buderus boiler at our home ten or twelve years ago. Otherwise, I would likely have stuck with the stand-alone electric water heater that we had operated using off-peak electricity prior to installing a central heating system (more on off-peak electric water heating in a future column).Some people choose to use a tankless-coil water heater during the winter months and then switch over to a stand-alone electric or gas-fired water heater during the summer. Except for possible boiler corrosion problems in damp basements, this can be a good compromise. Ask your heating contractor or plumber for advice on these different options for your particular situation.last_img read more