Weekend Pick: Inaugural Pisgah Bike Omnium

first_imgHappy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! The rain has been brutal all this week, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that the sun pops out and shines a light on what should be a full day of grilling, feasting, and yard-game-playing with friends and family. Hopefully, you have a four-day weekend to celebrate/recover. As temps climb into the 90s, it is a good time to reflect on those great summer traditions: tubing, baseball, running through the sprinkler, music festivals, the Tour de France, riders getting busted for doping at the Tour de France, etc. Yes, it’s true, despite itself, pro cycling is still a fun spectator sport, and we even have some regional talent in the Tour field this year. Watching the best riders in the world on tv half a world away can be a good time, but that means spending it inside looking at a screen. If you want some action packed cycling action a little closer to home, and little less indoors, head for western North Carolina this weekend for the Inaugural Pisgah Bike Omnium presented by Hunter Subaru.We here at BRO love to support awesome new events, and the Pisgah Bike Omnium certainly looks like it is shaping up to be just that. The Omnium is comprised of three events designed to test riders in different disciplines. The Stage One Etowah Time Trail is Friday and consists of a flat 20k beginning at 4pm. The Stage Two Brevard Criterium is Saturday in downtown Brevard starting at 8am, and the culminating Stage Three Hedersonville Road Race is Sunday starting at 8am at the intersection of US225 and Green River Rd. There is over $15,000 in cash prizes, preems, and awards up for grabs, so if you are up for it there is race-day registration. If you just want to take in the fast-paced pedal action, we suggest taking in the always fun criterium in Brevard on Saturday, which should be the most spectator friendly of the events, and also the most rowdy. Along with the racing, there will be a “After Crit Party” at Oskar Blues from 7:30-10pm with live music and 10 percent of all beer sales will go to the Pisgah Cycling Club.So get out and catch some regional talent race in the streets this Independence Day weekend, drink some beer, and support your local outdoor organizations, because isn’t that what America is all about?View Larger Maplast_img read more

Eurotunnel launches freight shuttle safety upgrade

first_imgINTRO: Richard Hope explains why enclosure of open-sided wagons has been ruled outRESTORATION of freight shuttle services by mid-June was announced by Eurotunnel on April 3, subject to the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority approving a package of additional safety measures. No lorries have been carried since the major fire of November 18 1996, which has necessitated two-way working in the middle section while repairs to the south running tunnel are completed (RG 1.97 p21).The damaged lining has been repaired, and electrical and mechanical systems are being installed, putting Eurotunnel on course to restore normal working from May 16. At present, passenger shuttle and Eurostar trains are limited to two an hour in each direction. Despite this constraint, most of the demand for road and rail passengers, and for rail freight, is being met.A summary of Eurotunnel’s internal inquiry report stresses the absence of serious injury to 31 passengers and 3 crew aboard the freight shuttle, on which a lorry of cornflakes caught fire. However, Co-Chairman Patrick Ponsolle said there had been ’avoidable delays’ in getting them into the service tunnel; as a result of changes recommended in the report ’evacuation should be completed within 5min’ of a train stopping. The Safety Authority is expected to produce its own report later this month, and a French judicial inquiry into the cause of the fire is proceeding; sabotage has not been ruled out.The train stopped at 21.58 with the club car opposite the door of a cross-passage into the service tunnel, but the passengers could not escape for 25min because the loco and club car were enveloped in dense smoke. This entered the club car through small openings, and when the Chef de Train opened an external door briefly.The reasons for the delay were failure by the Railway Control Centre at Cheriton to interpret complex smoke management rules correctly, and the inability of the train crew to identify precisely which cross-passage door the club car was opposite so that the RCC could open it. When it was finally opened at 22.21, a ’bubble’ of fresh air cleared smoke from around the door exactly as intended.On receiving a confirmed fire alarm, Piston Relief Ducts connecting the two running tunnels were closed by the RCC. The massive longitudinal doors which isolate the two running tunnels at the crossover caverns were also commanded to close, but one door in the French cavern stopped short leaving a gap of up to 20 mm. The door failed because PRDs in the area which should have been left open were closed, and trains in the north running tunnel were instructed to drive out at 100 km/h instead of slowing to 30 km/h near the crossover. The door drive mechanism is not strong enough to overcome forces exerted by a difference in pressure in the two running tunnels. The ’closure not confirmed’ door indication in the RCC was a key factor in delaying the full use of the Supplementary Ventilation System to blow smoke away from the club car until 22.30.The obvious conflict between equalising pressure across the doors and closing PRDs quickly to isolate the two running tunnels has been largely resolved by a decision to keep the doors closed when the crossovers are not being used.Once evacuation was complete, and the French team of back-up firemen had arrived, they remained in the service tunnel and took no action to fight the fire for more than an hour. By now the SVS was fully operational, as formally required, blowing fresh air towards the rear of the train to enable firemen to attack the blaze from the front.It was during this time that most of the damage to the train and the tunnel lining seems to have occurred, with the fire being supplied by the SVS with oxygen for combustion. Not until the belated arrival of the British ’second line of response’ fire fighting team, 2h after the train stopped, was any attempt made to suppress the fire. No water was drawn from the fire main until just after midnight, and the fire was reported as largely extinguished at 05.00.Enclosure rejectedThe major decision facing Eurotunnel has been whether to enclose the lorry carrier wagons, or stick with the semi-open design finally approved by the Safety Authority in 1993 after a six year struggle to demonstrate that they were not unsafe. This serious fire demonstrated dramatically that, in Ponsolle’s words, ’the Channel Tunnel is one of the safest transport systems in the world.’ As Co-Chairman Robert Malpas pointed out, this is due to the ’unique pressurised service tunnel costing £1bn’ which ’functioned perfectly’.Eurotunnel has therefore reached the firm conclusion that no structural change to the wagons is necessary, given the extra measures proposed which will cost £20m to implement and add £1m to £2m per year to operating costs.However, the policy of stopping a freight shuttle instead of driving out does increase the risk of damage to the tunnel and consequential loss of revenue – the total insurance bill is expected to exceed £200m. The decision of the firemen to let the train burn for over an hour has deeply alarmed Eurotunnel and its insurers. The main benefit of enclosure would be reinstatement of the ’drive-out’ policy, but detailed technical analysis has confirmed earlier conclusions that it is not viable.Enclosure of the existing wagons would be ineffective without drastic restrictions on the weight and height of lorries. While it might be technically feasible to build new six-axle enclosed wagons with on-board fire suppression capable of carrying 44 tonne lorries, extra internal height would be required for roller shutter end doors. Even more vertical clearance would be necessary to avoid damage from over-height trailers that hit the existing wagon portals occasionally.In all, the floor must be lowered by as much as 300mm. Reducing the wheel diameter by this amount has serious implications for maximum speed, axleload and maintenance. Buying 300 such wagons could cost £400m, but losing freight shuttle revenue for three years while they are developed makes the price tag for enclosure nearer £1bn, far in excess of any conceivable safety benefit.Instead, Eurotunnel proposes to install six fire suppression stations within each running tunnel where a burning freight shuttle will stop, if possible, for immediate evacuation. The idea is that water sprays controlled by the RCC will cool the fire and stop it developing long enough for fire fighters to arrive. o’The Channel Tunnel is one of the safest transport systems in the world’Patrick PonsolleTABLE: Table I. Changes made or proposed by Eurotunnel because of the shuttle fireTABLE: Fire detection and suppression:last_img read more

Cricket News Martin Guptill century vs Bangladesh puts him in special list among New Zealand batsmen

first_imgMartin Guptill hit his 16th century in ODIs.New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets.New Zealand have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match series. New Delhi: Martin Guptill continued his purple patch in the series against Bangladesh as he slammed his second consecutive century to help New Zealand win the second ODI by eight wickets and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Guptill, who blasted 117* in the first ODI in Napier which New Zealand won by eight wickets, was in great touch at Hagley Oval after Lockie Ferguson’s 3/43 and a couple of wickets from Todd Astle (2/52) and James Neesham (2/21) restricted Bangladesh to 226 all out. In response, New Zealand lost Henry Nicholls for 14 but Guptill was joined by Kane Williamson and the dup scored at over six runs an over. Guptill, in particular, was severe on offspinner Mehidy Hasan as he launched him for two sixes.The right-hander slammed four boundaries in Mashrafe Mortaza’s two overs as he reached his fifty off just 33 balls. Williamson gave him good company and Guptill raised the tempo after surviving a review. A six and a four off Sabbir Rahman followed by another six off Mahmudullah helped Guptill near his century and he notched it up by tucking a short ball from Mustafizur Rahman to the fine leg fence. Although Guptill fell for 118, Williamson’s 37th fifty ensured New Zealand sealed the win.Guptill’s 16th century tied him with Nathan Astle in the second spot among New Zealand cricketers with most centuries. Astle took 223 matches to hit 16 centuries while Guptill has achieved it in just 168 games. Ross Taylor heads the list with 20 ODI centuries in addition to 46 fifties, which are the most by any New Zealand player. Guptill’s back-to-back centuries against Bangladesh will be a welcome relief for the player who struggled in the ODI series against India. In four games, he was out in the power play managed just 47 runs at an average of 11.75 as New Zealand lost an ODI series against India for the first time in 10 years. With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup coming closer, Guptill will be aiming to seal his spot with another great show in the final ODI which will be held in University Oval, Dunedin on February 20. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The herd takes over Pardee Plaza

first_imgOn the eve of the USC-Colorado showdown, Colin Cowherd made his annual trip to USC, where he produced his national radio show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” in Pardee Plaza. Cowherd’s show brought up several different topics including Rex Ryan and the Jets, Jameis Winston and his autograph scandal as well as student attendance at college football games.Cowherd started his show off talking about the New York Jets and their close loss to the New England Patriots. He blamed Rex Ryan for the Jets being in last place by stating that he has been complacent with the defense and that his team lacks talent. Cowherd is right that when a team is losing as a bad as the Jets, people can blame the head coach but not because of the lack of talent.The lack of talent of this team is not the fault of Rex Ryan but of the general manager John Idzik. Ryan during the draft process, is the guy who always want to bulk up a defense while Idzik and the rest of the Jets staff have full reign of the offense. Being in New York where there is a lot of scrutiny, the Jets have reached on several draft picks and it has cost them.Idzik, being in his second year as the Jets general manager has so far underperformed. During last year’s draft, Idzik drafted Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who can’t say healthy, and struggling quarterback Geno Smith. Even though Idzik hasn’t been with the Jets organization long, he should be fired well before the more popular Rex Ryan.Cowherd continued his rant by touching upon the Jameis Winston saga involving autographed memorabilia. Cowherd described his situation as a 19-20 year old living in the Garden of Eden and not being able to grab the fruit. Even though Winston has been in trouble with the law and the NCAA, eventually college athletes making money will be a thing of the past.In a time, where prices are increasing and living expenses are getting to be astronomical, Winston has every right to sell his likeness. Florida State and the NCAA receive money from Winston’s likeness and there isn’t any reason that Winston can’t do the same thing.Stipends are far from coming down the NCAA pipeline and while athletes wait, they continue to fall deeper and deeper into debt. Their tuition and books are covered but off campus housing is not and neither is their food if they want to go out to eat. In Winston’s situation, he did not come from a rich family and he struggles to get by on what Florida State gives him.There is nothing wrong with making a few extra dollars to support yourself if you have the opportunity to do so. Athletes have to keep hiding in the dark from the NCAA when they sign those autographs. Until, the NCAA is out of the picture and athletes are getting their stipends, will public autograph signing be okay.In Cowherd’s last segment, he spoke about improving the football environment at college’s to bring students back to the game. He stated that universities should allow a beer garden and make the tickets free instead of making students pay even more. This statement is spot on, especially at USC.Students around the country make a statement about their team and how they were performing by not showing up to the game. USC experienced this at the beginning of last season when Lane Kiffin was still the head coach. Not only did USC have a tough start to last year but they also had the Coliseum at half capacity.Cowherd presented good ideas that are plausible and it would allow many more students to attend the game. With roughly three sections to fill in the Coliseum, USC needs as many students as possible and sometimes 35 dollars to a broke college student is a lot.Paying 42,000 dollars in tuition and then spending 175 more dollars to get football tickets is outrageous. If tickets were free, it would remove the secondary market for student tickets and make them more available to kids who actually have passion for their football program.The idea of having beer in the Coliseum would increase revenue tremendously even though the PAC-12 will never allow it. All of the PAC-12 schools agreed not to sell alcohol at their stadiums but they continue to miss a large revenue stream. With USC not allowing beer, students who want to drink would rather go watch the game at the 901 Bar and Grill instead of going into the Coliseum.Near the end of Cowherd’s show, he showed his love for USC by picking the Trojans to defeat the Buffalos in a lopsided affair. Cowherd also announced that he will be writing another novel, which will be released sometime next year.last_img read more

Uganda versus Zimbabwe

first_img06 Dec 2011Zimbabwe v UgandaW0-1CECAFA Cup 06 Jun 1982Zimbabwe v UgandaL2-1International Friendly 22 Aug 2004Zimbabwe v UgandaL2-0International Friendly 06 Dec 1989Uganda v ZimbabweD1-1CECAFA Cup 04 Dec 1984Uganda v ZimbabweW4-1CECAFA Cup 22 Jul 1984Zimbabwe v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 13 Jun 1982Zimbabwe v UgandaD1-1International Friendly 23 Nov 1983Uganda v ZimbabweL0-1CECAFA Cup LOOKING GOOD : (FRONT L to R) Michael Azira,  Godfrey Walusimbi, Farouk Miya, Lumala Abdu,Patrick Kaddu; (BACK) Bevis Mugabi, Murshid Juuko; Emmanuel Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Onyango. PHOTO AFPWEDNESDAY: Uganda  vs Zimbabwe  8pmCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | Victory for Uganda today will see them make it to the next round and condemn Zimbabwe to an early exit in the Nations Cup. Uganda go into the game with three points after humiliating DRC 2-0, while the Zimbabwe Warriors will be seeking to get their first points, after being seen off 1-0 by hosts Egypt in their opener.The two nations have not played each other before at a competitive level in African or World Cup qualifying matches, which makes it an unpredictable encounter today. 16 Dec 1987Uganda v ZimbabweD2-2CECAFA Cupcenter_img 16 Dec 1987Zimbabwe v UgandaD0-0CECAFA Cup 20 Nov 1981Uganda v ZimbabweD0-0CECAFA Cup DateMatchResultScoreCompetition 08 Nov 1988Uganda v ZimbabweD0-0CECAFA Cup 31 May 2016Zimbabwe v UgandaL2-0International Friendly 20 Nov 1982Uganda v ZimbabweD1-1CECAFA Cup The head-to-head record in the matches played so far favours Uganda, but the very last enounter between the two countries ended in a Zimbabwe victory. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Conservation on the Calendar for 2016

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiThe Monmouth Conservation Foundation is expanding its outreach in 2016 to more inclusively reach all ages and more towns with its message of preserving and enjoying our shared natural habitats and the creatures therein. New acquisitions are also in the works to increase and secure the county’s dwindling green space.Founded in 1977, the 501(c) 3 Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) has saved over 22,500 acres of open space, farmland, woodlands, and wetlands at 63 sites countywide. While long successful in getting concerned citizens with deep pockets to attend high profile events and support the MCF’s activities, the organization is placing increased emphasis on instilling understanding of and respect for the environment on younger citizens.In 2013, the MCF initiated its Kids for Conservation Program for preschool and kindergarten students. The academic enrichment program teaches youngsters about the environment with an age appropriate curriculum focused on land and wildlife protection and conservation. Lesson plans are provided to schools to help students create related art projects. The MCF awards prizes to schools based on creativity and how the class demonstrated what they learned.“Kids for Conservation is expanding to include high school and community groups through planting pollinator gardens, so it’s not just the youngsters anymore,” said MCF executive director since 2012, William D. Kastning. “We are expanding environmental outreach in 2016 with the introduction of an awareness campaign, ‘Project Pollinator’ about the importance of protecting pollinator species such as butterflies, birds, bats, and bees.”The project’s goal is to inspire the creation of habitats in schools, community, and private gardens while increasing awareness of environmental threats pollinator species face. The foundation is partnering with Monmouth University and other educational institutions to develop curriculum for participating schools. Some schools will be visited by a Monmouth University student teacher who will lead the class in interactive exercises about pollinators. More details on the program, expected to launch this spring, will be available at the MCF website: monmouthconservation.org.Monmouth Conservation Director William Kastning“We are expanding our focus to be more outreach-oriented and our children’s programs are a big part of that,” Kastning said. “Project Pollinator will have a new urban focus and will include Red Bank, Long Branch, Freehold and Asbury Park kids.”Asbury Park youth have already been engaged through the MCF’s successful fundraising campaign to help bring that city’s 1.3-acre Springwood Avenue Park to fruition. Stepping out of its image as an organization largely interested in rural and more upscale communities, the MCF made headlines when its board of trustees decided to join Asbury’s Interfaith Neighbors, local and county government, and other funding sources in raising and contributing funds to build the park on Asbury’s west side.To support it, the MCF held “hugely successful” events at two popular Asbury Park restaurants that raised $67,000, Kastning said. Afterward, the board added $100,000 to the effort. The project, once empty lots, is scheduled to open this spring.“The board decided to follow the county’s lead with its open space preservation grants, paying after the fact once all is OK to ensure the money is being wisely and well spent,” Kastning said, adding donors welcomed the new urban focus.The foundation does not own any land, but holds conservation and agriculture easements to protect sensitive environments in perpetuity. The binding easements allow landowners to retain ownership while giving up certain rights such as development. In addition to acting as a facilitator in land acquisitions, the MCF stewards the easements and ensures restrictions are upheld.As part of the foundation’s strategic plan, Kastning said 40 properties are currently at various stages in the acquisition process. Working in tandem with the county this year, the MCF will engage with landowners to increase existing parks and target properties for preservation. In Keyport, the 62-acre Aeromarine site, formerly home to military aircraft manufacturing, is being converted to parkland. In Atlantic Highlands, the MCF has been working to remediate and turn a former oil facility with seven bay front acres into a recreation area, preventing 20 homes from being built there. Near the new bridge connecting Red Bank and the River Plaza section of Middletown, the waterfront Swimming River Park will soon be transformed into park featuring passive recreational options including a boat launch and sledding hill.Kastning said MCF’s first annual community meeting will be scheduled in February, open to those seeking to learn about land preservation issues and projects, provide input, and get involved in numerous volunteer opportunities, including Project Pollinator. The nationally recognized and accredited Monmouth Conservation Foundation was founded by the Michael Huber and Judith Stanley Coleman.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Mt Sentinel Wildcats Girl’s Volleyball Team

first_imgAfter a less than impressive performance in 2013, the Mount Sentinel Wildcats, led by five seniors, rallied to grab the bronze medal at the BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships in Kelowna.The Wildcats held off a pesky team from Southridge to capture the medal in three hard-fought sets.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to toss in another honour for the squad with Team of the Week selection.The team includes coach Joe Moreira, Allison Perepelkin, Malin Chernoff, Lauren Spurge, Madia Rehwald, Teya Makortoff, coach Bryce Moreira, Maya Mierau, Kyra Makortoff, Lexi Tarasoff and Victoria Peebles. Sometimes good things do come to those who wait.last_img

Chasing history! – Portmore hunting RSPL record

first_imgNever in the history of Jamaica’s football has a promoted team rose from the lower league to the summit of top-flight football in successive seasons.However, former winners Portmore United are hoping to rewrite the record book as they prepare to take on Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) semi-finals, starting tomorrow, and coach Jeffrey Hewitt said it would be “special” to accomplish such a feat.Portmore were relegated from the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season, but after battling their way back to local football’s premier competition last year, no one expected the season the St Catherine side has delivered.They topped the preliminary standings on points to take the $1-million prize and Hewitt said winning the play-offs would be the added bonus.”Definitely, it would be something special (to come straight up and win the league), but our objective is not really based on that. Our intention is to make sure we are champions of the league, but that (coming up and winning) would definitely add to it,” he said.Hewitt said that prior to the start of the season, they were confident of doing well on their return, however, as the team performed above expectations, he said their objectives also changed.EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED”We surpassed it (expectation) and our objectives changed along the way. Coming into the season, we played some practise games against Premier League teams and, based on what we saw, we knew, for a fact, we were going to finish high up the table, but as the season progressed, we realised we could push further and we kept pushing and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we will be on top.”We have been putting in a lot of work, and it’s definitely about the backroom staff. We have been working very hard with this team and credit must go to (technical) director (Andre) Waugh who set the programme. He knows what he’s about and what he wants and the guys have fallen in line and as it is we are getting there,” he continued.To achieve this dream, Portmore must first get by arch-rivals Humble Lion in their two-leg semi-final and Hewitt claim things are looking good for them as they head into tomorrow’s first-leg clash at Effortville.”Finishing on top of the league ahead of Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay is a good feeling. We are really proud of what we have achieves so far and our ambition is to go all the way. The job is not yet done, we just have to keep on working, as our focus is on getting through these two semi-final games and try to advance to the final.last_img read more

Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises over $24,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

first_imgOver $1,700 of that came from top fundraiser Morgan Armstrong, along with a silent auction for two airline tickets anywhere WestJet flies, that raised an additional $1,500. Bert Ambrose won the school challenge, having raised over $2,800, and Moose FM won the media challenge, raising $1,200 through its “Rent a DJ” campaign. All the money raised through the fun bowling event will go towards core operating costs for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters.- Advertisement –last_img

Video: New light on human origins

first_img“A new discovery sheds light on where we as a species have come from; a discovery so big it will change the way we view our distant past …” Watch the video tracing the uncovering of what scientists are calling a new species of hominid at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.‘New hominid species’ at the CradlePosted on SouthAfrica.info on 9 April 2010.last_img