Canes going back to Napier

first_imgPhoto by: GETTY IMAGE (Caption: First five-eighth Beauden Barrett put on an absolute clinic when the Hurricanes thrashed the Brumbies at McLean Park in April) Drainage issues have seen the Napier venue lose hosting rights for three New Zealand one-day international cricket matches, but it will continue to successfully stage Super Rugby games.The Hurricanes will come to McLean Park for their eleventh time, on April 6, when they meet the Sharks in a Friday-night round-eight clash. The team have won seven of their previous 10 games in Napier, including April’s 56-21 win over the Brumbies. That followed the previous season’s 56-20 thrashing of the Highlanders.”Over the past two years Hawke’s Bay has run a fantastic match-day experience at McLean Park and I know our players and coaches are already looking forward to returning in 2018. The Hurricanes will continue to take big matches to the regions and we are already in discussions with Manawatu about hosting a match in Palmerston North in 2019,” Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said in a statement.More than 13,000 fans attended this year’s clash with the Brumbies and Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union chief executive Mike Bishop was confident of a similar turnout against the Sharks.”The Hurricanes have a strong history of success at McLean Park with successive wins over the Bulls, Highlanders and Brumbies since 2014 and will be looking to build on that in front of their Hawke’s Bay fans in 2018,” Bishop said. “The game will be of special significance for the Magpies quartet of Ihaia West, Gareth Evans, Ben May and Jonah Lowe who will want to add to the rich history of Hawke’s Bay players making a big contribution to the Hurricanes brand.” The connection between the Hurricanes and Sharks is well known. Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree is a former Sharks player and head coach and he was assisted during that coaching tenure by Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd.The Sharks soundly beat the Hurricanes in Durban, during the 2016 regular season, before the tables were turned in the quarterfinals. On a wet and windy night in Wellington the Hurricanes won 41-0 and the two teams have yet to meet since.They came within a whisker of a clash this year, but the Lions just pipped the Sharks in their quarterfinal. A Sharks win would’ve set up a semifinal in Wellington but the Hurricanes instead went to Johannesburg, where their title defence came to an end.last_img read more

Ticket holders for Hunters game to enter through different gates

first_imgThe Hunters management announced that outer stand ticket holders will gain access to the stadium from the Port Moresby In-service College with eight queues.For the grandstand ticket holders, they will enter the stadium from the gate opposite Vision City. “The public is being advised to buy tickets from Stop-N-Shop outlets only to avoid counterfeit tickets sold on the streets as scanning devices have been upgraded for this game,” said the Hunters management.The gates will open at 11am with kick off scheduled for 2:30pm.Tickets for the game will go on sale tomorrow at all Stop N Shop outlets in Port Moresby.Grandstand tickets are going for K50 while outer stand tickets will sell for K25.last_img

Mourinho confirms that Son is low for the rest of the season

first_imgJosé Mourinho’s Tottenham accumulates problems in attack now that they are one point behind the Champions League positions in the Premier League standings. If a few months ago Harry kane He was seriously injured Now it is Heung-min Son who will be low for the remainder of the season, as confirmed by Jose Mourinho himself. And it is that the Korean was injured in the arm during the match against Aston Villa. After operating the arm, you must perform rehabilitation before returning to the playing fields. The player has 16 goals and 9 assists in the 32 games he has played this season. Tomorrow, the English club plays the first leg of the round of 16 against RB Leipzig. Steven Bergwijn Y Lucas Moura they will be the leading front theorists even without being pure nines. 7 That is why the Asian soccer player will have to go through the operating room this week. It is not known exactly how long it will be in the dry dock, although the club has issued a statement in which it says it will be many weeks. Mou has already said he will not play again in this campaign. Premier League* Data updated as of February 18, 2020last_img read more

Cold storm brings snow, hail to valley, mountains

first_img Los Angeles County fire Capt. Jim Bettencourt, stationed just south of Gorman, watched outdoors Friday as light snow fell. “It’s lightly snowing now,” he said at midmorning. “It’s not really sticking yet, but we’ll see.” Bettencourt has learned from experience to dress warm on days like this. “I’m wearing three layers – two pairs of socks and turnout boots,” he said. “I have gloves and a beanie – my blue beanie doesn’t look too professional with all yellow, but it works for me.” Bettencourt said his crew was out at 5 a.m., when a car had spun out on an icy Gorman bridge, and was stunned that motorists passed at 60 mph. “They’ve got to slow down when the weather’s like this,” he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The National Weather Service predicted that up to an inch of snow could fall today on the Antelope Valley, and 2 to 6 inches on the foothills around it. The snow level was predicted to be around 2,500 feet today, rising to 3,000 feet Sunday. Snow at 3,000 feet is still low enough to snarl traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway, which tops 3,200 feet at its highest point between Acton and Agua Dulce. Downtown Palmdale is at about 2,700 feet, central Lancaster about 2,400 feet and Pearblossom about 3,100 feet. A chance of rain or snow persists through Tuesday, the Weather Service said. Caltrans crews and city workers were on standby with little-used snowplows ready to be put into commission. To the west in Frazier Park, schools closed as 2 inches of the white stuff lay on the ground by midmorning, with much more to come. PALMDALE – Snow flurries and hail came and went Friday in the Antelope Valley as a cold storm blew into Southern California from the Gulf of Alaska. Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Mountains was closed overnight but reopened Friday morning with California Highway Patrol officers escorting motorists to make sure they didn’t drive too fast on the slippery pavement. CHP officers also escorted Interstate 5 traffic through Tejon Pass because of light snow. “At this point we haven’t really seen any significant increase in the amount of incidents,” CHP traffic management center Officer Francisco Villalobos said Friday. last_img read more


first_imgA young Dutch designer has won a major architecture award for her design based around the Old Church of Dunlewey.Andrea Roelofse visited Donegal and completely fell in love with its landscape, people and culture.As a Dutch interior architecture student she needed to find a church to make a redevelopment plan for her graduation project. “Being so in love with Donegal I chose the Old Church of Dunlewey. In the design process I struggled a long time in deciding what to do with the church since it’s already so perfect as it is.“It felt like everything I added to the church would ruin this perfection and so I decided to leave it empty and analyse what made the void and the experience it creates when you stand inside it, so strong.“These strengths and the quality of emptiness I’ve translated in a concept and designed several small pavilions in the surrounding landscape to emphasise the pure elements of the Irish landscape with minimalistic interventions.”But her passion and dedication won her the Dutch Association of Interior Architecture award with the project. She also came second at the International Design Awards category ‘Student – Architecture Conceptual’ last May.“I thought it might be even nicer to tell the people of Donegal about this project and how lucky they are to live in this amazing landscape,” she added.Explanation of the project:“The Old Church of Dunlewey is a small white marble ruin which sits by a lake, at the foot of a mountain in beautiful pristine Irish countryside. From the assignment to make a redevelopment plan for a vacant church in Europe, this was the perfect location for my project. After a long journey through the Irish hills, I got overwhelmed with the serenity and natural beauty when I first got there. The geometric shapes of the church created a strong contrast which emphasised the organic shapes and pure colours of its surrounding landscape. Standing in the ruin, this experience got strengthened by the void and openness of the now abandoned church. The open roof, windows and entrance gave nature a visual framing and accentuated parts of this picturesque landscape, a ‘passe partout’. This impressive image is something I wanted to cherish and so it became the base of my concept. “This experience of contrast and framing will recur in multiple places throughout the landscape with minimalistic architectural interventions, emphasising the elements: earth, water and air. When we walk through nature we are surrounded with a constant amount of impressions of the beauty and serenity of the landscape. The empty minimalistic spaces create a certain distance between the landscape and the viewer to emphasise only one element. This focus creates a stronger experience and a new perception on the elements.“Artists in residence can stay in the park for a period of three months, to create work and ultimately exhibit it in one of the spaces. Bathroom, kitchen, toilet and other facilities are incorporated behind the walls. The space can be transformed back into an empty, white (exhibition) room after the artists departure. Like this work which is inspired by, for example, the water element can also be exhibited in the room which emphasizes the experience of water.” FOR MORE ON THIS PROJECT SEE: www.andrearoelofse.nlDUTCH DESIGNER WINS MAJOR AWARD FOR DUNLEWEY CHURCH PROJECT was last modified: October 9th, 2015 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:architecturedonegalDunlewey Churchwww.andrearoelofse.nllast_img read more

Chase Center: Workers to spend Thanksgiving ripping out practice facility hardwood

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Less than three months after an NBA-ribbon cutting, workers will spend Thanksgiving Day and weekend tearing up and replacing the hardwood of the Golden State Warriors practice facility courts located below the Chase Center arena court.The work begins after the completion of Wednesday night’s home game against the Chicago Bulls, which begins at 7:30 p.m. An out-of state flooring company specializing in basketball courts contacted by this news agency reported it plans to deliver …last_img

Joining forces to beat crime

first_img3 August 2006Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula, speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, called on “all law-abiding citizens” in South Africa to join in the fight against crime.The minister’s appeal comes as the government moves to strengthen policing at station level throughout the country, and through this to draw in stronger community support for combating crime.Delivering the Department of Safety and Security’s budget vote to Parliament in June, Nqakula said policing in South Africa was being restructured in order to place more resources at local police station level.The previous four-level structure of policing is being reshaped into three levels – national, provincial and local – with the dissolution of the “area level” of policing and the shift of these resources to the frontline of crime.Area-level policemen and women are to be redeployed to local stations, and experienced detectives are to be promoted in a way that keeps them doing functional police work rather than shifting them into administrative and managerial positions.Specialised crime-fighting functions are also to be redeployed to station level “to ensure that crimes are investigated where they occur”, the minister told Parliament.Additional resourcesThirteen new police stations were built in 2005/06 and 25 new ones would be built in 2006/07, the minister said, while an additional 1 000 trained detectives would be added to the police service this year.The “station empowerment strategy” will enter its first phase in the last quarter of this year as the local police station becomes the “crucible” of the country’s fight against crime, Nqakula said.Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange also appealed to the public on Tuesday to report instances of perceived police failures to the various government or other authorities such as the Public Protector, saying that no civil servant in South Africa had “the right not to provide a service”.If people felt that they were not being assisted by police members, De Lange said, they should lodge a complaint with the authorities, who were obliged to take action.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

R1.8-bn sugar fuel plant for KZN

first_imgIn South Africa sugarcane is mostly grown in KwaZulu-Natal, with some farming operations in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image: South African Sugar Association)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialPrivate investors have injected R1.8-billion (US$200 000) into building a new sugar-processing facility in the rural area of Makhathini, in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal province, Engineering News reports.The project, which is a joint initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), local municipalities and sugar growers, aims to produce ethanol and other sugar by-products from raw sugarcane.Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an alternative fuel that can be blended with petrol to produce fuel with a higher octane rating and lower harmful emissions. It is produced by fermenting materials that contain starch or sugar.DTI director for agroprocessing Imamaleng Mothebe said, “The biggest advantage of the project is that it would justify investment in much needed critical infrastructure within one of the least developed regions of the country.“Once completed, the improved infrastructure in the area should generate more investments in areas other than just sugar. The role of the DTI is to facilitate investment into Makhathini.“The investment into the project is 100% private-sector funded through development financing institutions, as well as some members of the sugar industry and other private investors,” she added.Mothebe revealed that state-owned power utility Eskom, which generates 95% of the electricity used in South Africa, was one of the stakeholders in the Makhathini project.“There is work between Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Central Energy Fund around issues of cogeneration and ethanol.”DTI director-general Tshediso Matona said the project will play an important role in aiding rural development.“For South Africa, it is important that an appropriate policy environment be created that would establish real markets for renewable energy products,” he said.“This will not only improve our overall carbon footprint, but will unlock substantial further investments in the sugar sector.”South African Sugar Association chairperson Martin Mohale said the markets for sugarcane-based renewable energy will create major opportunities for the South African sugar industry.The Makhathini sugar-processing facility will be commissioned in 2011 and is estimated to create 1 800 direct jobs.SA sugar industryThe South African sugar sector comprises approximately 38 200 registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal, with some operations in the provinces of the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The industry produces an estimated average of 2.3-million tons of sugar per season.About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu), which includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. The remainder is exported to markets elsewhere in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Based on revenue generated through sugar sales in the Sacu region as well as world market exports, the South African sugar industry is responsible for generating an estimated average income of R7-billion ($700 000) a year.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at Related articlesGreen charcoal to save forestsSA delves into carbon storage 2009 – the Year of Natural FibresUseful linksSouth African Sugar AssociationDepartment of Trade and Industry Engineering Newslast_img read more

Nutrient losses from burning of corn residues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There have been a number of combine fires reported around the state this fall, which can easily turn into larger fires in the dry fields.When corn residue burns, how much nitrogen (N) just went up in smoke? N is volatilized and lost when plant material burns.Phosphorus and K remain and return to the ground with ash. However, P and K could be lost if ash is blown away from the field during or after the fire. Fire damage in a field is usually variable in scale. Not all material is completely turned to ash, and rarely is the entire field burned (from one end to another). Understanding what was burned and how much area was affected has an impact on the total amount of N lost. The amount of N contained in corn residue has been well documented from the late 60s and clearly delineated by John Sawyer at Iowa State ( To estimate how much N was lost, the grain yield level for the previous year must be considered. The harvest index (in corn, the ratio of grain weight to total plant dry weight) is another piece of information that must be known (if unknown — assume 0.5).  Providing a relatively accurate measure of the area affected is obviously important. Additionally, recognizing the residue remaining and adjusting the material burned can provide a more quantitative measure of the actual damage (if this is unknown assume 100%). The table below provides a simple estimate of N lost based on the previous year’s corn yield (assuming a harvest index of 0.5 and yield adjusted to 15.5% moisture). Remember, the N contained within the corn residue would not have been released and made plant available for next season’s crop. Yield  (bu/A) N  lost  (lb/A)12040 130 44 140 47 150 50 160 54 170 57 180 60 190 64 200 67Along with the loss of N, carbon contained in the plant material is lost as well.  It would have been incorporated into the soil organic fraction. This too has value. While there is no specific dollar amount tied directly to a loss of organic matter, an Iowa State University article recommends that one dollar per acre should be claimed. Unfortunately, the economic impact associated with the loss of residue cannot be fully realized until later, especially in fields with high erosion potential.last_img read more