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Cassidy Barrios Crowned Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_img Imani Johnson* Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.36 Management Name School Class GPA Major Breanna Wright2 Abilene Christian Jr. 3.53 English – Teaching Dominique Golightly Abilene Christian Jr. 3.35 Elementary Education Chastadie Barrs*2 Lamar Gr. 3.53 Communications FRISCO, Texas – For the second-straight year, Nicholls guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Barrios, now a three-time All-Academic team selection, led Nicholls to their first-ever 20-win season as the Colonels rounded out the year at 20-12 overall and 14-4 in Southland play. The senior was named a first team all-conference and a Southland All-Defensive team selection in her senior campaign. Barrios averaged 20.6 points per game, while leading the Southland averaging 10.8 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she tabbed a conference-best 19 double-doubles, which ranked 11th in the NCAA. The Raceland, La., native was one of six Division I players to average 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds throughout the season and was the only player to also average 4.0 assists. Barrios registered 21 20-point games and became the Nicholls all-time leading scorer with 1,993 points. She was one of 30 NCAA Division I student-athletes to be nominated for the Senior CLASS Award and was a member of the Southland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.Barrios holds a 3.65 GPA and will graduate as a business management major.Houston Baptist’s Amanda Johnson is an automatic qualifier to the all-academic first team after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District and a second-team All-American selection earlier this season. Johnson is the sole Southland player to receive CoSIDA honors. The HBU senior holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology major and eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark against Lamar earlier this season. Johnson concluded her career with the Huskies logging 1,056 points.Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard join the first-team all-academic squad after claiming first team All-Conference honors following regular-season play. Barrs closed out a historic senior season for the Cardinals after becoming the NCAA all-time leader in career steals (648) in addition to being named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Barrs, a DeSoto, Texas, product, became the second player in NCAA history to complete a career with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 500 steals. The Lamar guard has been named to the Dean’s List and completed her undergraduate degree in 3.5 years. She currently holds a 3.53 GPA as a nutrition graduate student.Kinard also sealed a memorable senior campaign for the Cardinals, setting the NCAA single-game record for three pointers made (13) against University of Denver (Nov. 23, 2018). In that same contest, Kinard set the Lamar program record for points (58). She finished her Cardinal career setting the program’s record for career three-pointers made (230) and did so in three years of play. The New Iberia, La., native maintains a 3.50 GPA as a graduate Criminal Justice major.Stephen F. Austin’s Imani Johnson rounds out the Academic All-Conference First Team as an automatic qualifier following her First Team All-Conference appointment. Johnson paced the Ladyjacks with 98 assists this season for a 3.06 per game average. The senior led her SFA squad to Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearance following a 25-7 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Johnson, a senior, has sustained a 3.36 GPA as a management major.Abilene Christian joins Lamar as the only program with two selections on the All-Academic roster as juniors Breanna Wright and Dominique Golightly were named to the second team. The Wildcats’ tandem was crucial in ACU’s postseason run that resulted in a Southland Conference Tournament title and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr earns a second team all-academic bid as a general science major with a 3.53 GPA. Orr pushed the No. 8-seeded Sugar Bears to an upset over No. 5 Sam Houston State in the opening round of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. The senior guard led her UCA squad with 16.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.Shania Woods gains a spot on the second team after rounding out a stellar season for the Privateers, averaging 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Woods holds a 3.50 GPA in business administration, was Privateer Silver Scholar for the Fall of 2018 and was most recently named Third Team All-Southland Conference for her play.Northwestern State’s Victoria Miller rounds out the Southland All-Academic roster with a spot on the Second Team. Miller is academically classified as a graduate student and has compiled a 3.97 GPA in the sport management program after completing her undergraduate degree in 2.5 years. She logged the highest GPA among her College of Business peers and is now pursuing a master’s degree in sport management. Miller finished the season shooting 47.0-percent from the field and 33.3-percent from three-point range.The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Southland Student-Athletes of the Year. The award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for all-academic selection.CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees are automatically named to the Southland All-Academic First Team, as well as eligible first team all-conference selections.2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team Victoria Miller Northwestern State Gr. 3.97 Sport Management 2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team Automatic Selections:* – First Team All-Conference% – CoSIDA Academic All-Americancenter_img Shania Woods New Orleans Sr. 3.50 Master’s-Business Administration Moe Kinard*2 Lamar Gr. 3.50 Criminal Justice Amanda Johnson%2 Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Biology Kamry Orr Central Arkansas Sr. 3.53 General Science Cassidy Barrios*3 Nicholls Sr. 3.65 Business Management Name School Class GPA Major 2 – Two-time All-Academic Selection3 – Three-time All-Academic Selectionlast_img read more

The Leganés crosses again with a scourge called Setién

first_imgVisit the Leganés tomorrow at Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona in the Cup (19:00) and do it with an old enemy scanning the rival bench. Quique Setién maintains a long history of clashes with the pickles due to their humble origins on the bench Lugo. The history of friction with the blue and whites is also long. Strains that erupted in outrage almost a year ago, when, after his visit with the Betis (3-0 lost the verdiblancos), the coach now blaugrana was dispatched with some controversial statements that placed him almost as a non grata person for the parish of Bumper. The fact is that when he reached the press room, far from placating the spirits, Setién threw more firewood. “Everyone uses the style he has. Leganés this way of playing sometimes goes well and sometimes bad, that’s why they are down there. (…) Leganés knows what he has to do, four things he does spectacularly well to stay. But if they have to play like us, they can’t “said the technician. That was understood as a lollipop that did not like in the heart of the Leganés.Rods from Second BThat was not the first time that Setién angered the people of Madrid. The touch, indeed, came from Second B. Of 2011, to be exact. Then his Lugo (promoted) was measured to a Leganes in need to stay in the category. After losing in Butarque (2-0), the Cantabrian coach charged against the grass (in a horrible state) and showed that the Leganés, also a victim of that brownish meadow, He was interested in having the field in that stadium. It was the beginning of friction.Already in Second, on 14-15, the Leganés visited the Anxo Car at the beginning of the season. Those of Garitano, newly promoted, lost Alberto Martin in 59 ‘and they ended up entrenched in their area. The match ended 0-0 and with Setién again annoying: “It was clear what the proposal was. Nothing but a team has proposed to play”, position.Leganés jump to First He did not avoid these frictions, which were released with Setién on the bench Las Palmas. In the 3-0 with which the Blue and Whites began to sentence the permanence, Setién pointed out the Lega players for jumping and looking for a penalty that, finally, was struck. That match came just after a week of strong criticism from Madrid after a goal with the hand of Bakambu what in Villarreal, deprived them of a very valuable tie.“In the end they have been asked for the penalty that everyone wanted here to be beaten”, Setién began. “They have thrown three or four times in the area. They have thrown four or five times in other actions. The referee seemed to be very rigorous today with some things. Maybe it is normal. He is in a stadium of a team that is complaining for weeks. I will see if I complain this week too. I will complain and see if this way the next game they ask me for a penalty like this “, he said with sneer in the second to last chapter of this pique with the Leganés. Tomorrow, in Copa, who knows if this novel adds a new episode. In an interview in The uncheck, Setién affirmed that the players of Leganés they approached to congratulate those of Betis and himself for the style of possession game they displayed. He suggested that the pickles were envious. Both things (congratulations, envy) were denied in the blue and white dressing room, upset by those words. Also the local fans, that during the exhibition in Butarque, already with the 3-0 in the electronic, was dedicated to sing to Setién the already famous “Take possession.” The cameras of El Día After hunted the now coach of Barça laughing at the chants, maybe funny, maybe angry.center_img That Sunday morning, February 10 to be exact, Betis left the Avenue of the Eleven Lions with three blows bruising his soul. The thing ended 3-0 with a hat-trick of In Nesyri, now the main absence of the pickles after signing days ago for Sevilla, the eternal enemy of the verdiblancos. What things. The clash was already played with mockery and attacks on Setién for what he had said after the Betic victory (1-0) in the first round.last_img read more

Napa elated as Wangs Basketball-Letran off to a good start

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Everything we worked on, everything coach Jeff taught us on defense, we were able to do in the game,” said the 23-year-old guard, who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists in his debut with his new squad.For Batiller, the key for this easy transition is the team willingly welcoming newcomers like him, Fajarito, and Larry Muyang to the team — something which could only mean good things for Wangs Basketball-Letran this conference and with the Knights in the long run.“They accepted us wholeheartedly and they trust us that we can help the team. I think that’s the reason why we’re playing the way we were againts AMA,” said the transferee from University of the East.Napa, however, knows that the best is yet to come for the Couriers as players like Jerrick Balanza and Fran Yu are still on their way back from their injuries.But as always, regardless who is on the floor, the mild-mannered mentor only wants to see nothing but no-frills basketball from his wards.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m happy with how we played and I’m positive with this team’s potential. I built this team and no matter what happens, this will be the players I will lean in from now up to the NCAA season,” the mentor said in Filipino.Napa’s expectations were realized when his side bucked the nerves early in the game and slowly built the 12-point cushion, 38-26 in the second quarter, before pulling away and taking a 22-point lead, 81-59, at one point in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“In the start, I felt they were excited, but when we finally got our rhythm, we made a big run and everything went as planned,” he said.Batiller echoed his coach’s observations and was elated that all of the team’s hardwork in the offseason was paid off with the win. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LeBron James becomes seventh to reach 30,000 career points OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ “We just have to work on our defense so that we can play well in our games,” he said.Wangs Basketball-Letran returns to the court on Monday against Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESCoach Jeff Napa was proud to see his team’s hard work come to life as Wangs Basketball-Letran impressed in its season-opener against AMA Online Education on Tuesday.Newcomers like Bonbon Batiller and Christian Fajarito seamlessly blended in with Knights holdovers like Bong Quinto, JP Calvo, and Jeo Ambohot as the Couriers cruised to the 93-75 victory over the Titans.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Fernandez: You won’t see Gilas Cadets’ full capabilities this early

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Cadets’ 21-point loss to the Red Lions bumped their losing average to 15.3 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Playing villain role vs Ginebra, Johnson powers Rain or Shine to victory Read Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Gilas Cadets’ stint in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup did not start the way they hoped it would.In the three games the Cadets played, all have ended in defeats in one form and another.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gilas’ latest loss was against 22-time NCAA champion San Beda with the Red Lions humbling the Cadets 91-70 Sunday at Filloil Flying V Centre.Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez, however, showed no doubt on the Cadets’ capabilities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“You won’t see their strength and full capabilities this early,” said Fernandez, who once suited up for the Philippines back in the 90s.Gilas, which is at the bottom of Group A, first loss to Ateneo in the opener, 75-69, then dropped its second game against La Salle, 91-72, after blowing a 41-21 lead. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Protesters call out Granger over illegal Govt at GMSA luncheon

first_imgProtesters rose from their seats as caretaker President David Granger attempted to deliver his feature address during the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) luncheon on Thursday, voicing concerns over his illegal Government.Protest action inside the Pegasus Hotel, where President David Granger was delivering his speechThe event at the Pegasus Hotel was met by protesters waving placards and chanting for democracy to prevail in Guyana, which stumbled into an illegality on Thursday following the expiration of the constitutionally-mandated period for elections to be held after the passage of a No-Confidence Motion.After being greeted by a firm opposition, Granger was forced to discontinue his speech until the situation was tamed. This continued for several minutes as persons strongly rejected the non-adherence to constitutional deadlines as directed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which ruled that the Constitution of Guyana must be upheld. That ruling was made on June 18, 2019 which meant elections should have been held on or before September 18.The Police were called in and asked to escort the group of protesters from the room. However, another group of individuals were waiting in the lobby area of the hotel, voicing similar calls.Cognisant that protest actions were in progress outside the hotel as well, the President commented, “Apparently, the hooliganism has migrated from outside to inside.”However, moments later, Opposition Leader Jagdeo posited at his weekly press conference that the President would have been accorded the respect deserving of his position had he upheld the Constitution and not been in breach.Jagdeo admitted it was his party – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – which was behind the protest at the event, noting that they have nothing to hide.According to the Opposition Leader, such actions will continue to follow the Head of State until he complies with the Constitution and announces a date for elections.“We will target the person; he’s acting illegally and so Granger, wherever he shows up and wherever he goes, is going to be met with protests and disruptions that will say to him that we’re not gonna tolerate a dictatorship in this country… So Granger will get all the attention from us because he is the one who has to make the decisions. He will get all the love from the PPP side,” Jagdeo said.The Opposition Leader went on to reassure that these protest actions would not become violent or harm innocent people.To this end while being mindful of the responsibility of the Guyana Police Force, he said that the Police should in turn be cognisant of people’s right to peacefully protest.Meanwhile, Granger was then allowed to continue his speech, where he highlighted the importance of political stability in the business environment. According to him, apart from the protest action, there is no unrest in the country.“Political stability promotes increased investments, reduces risks and the cost of doing business, and boosts investor confidence in the economy. My Government will not condone violations of the law which endanger public order and public security. There is not political unrest in Guyana …The business community need not fear political violence and social unrest,” Granger indicated.Further, he attempted to reassure the business community that Guyana would head to the polls in the shortest possible time. This has been reiterated at several engagements with civil society and the Private Sector since the CCJ court ruling that the No- Confidence Motion was validly passed, but no concrete measures were announced by him about early elections.“My Government assures the business community of its resolve to ensuring credible elections at the earliest time possible. In terms of the economy, the manufacturing and services sector has been making significant contributions to national development,” he posited.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently reminded the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of its responsibility to prepare for conducting elections, noting that President Granger has been using its preparedness “as an excuse” to delay the hosting of early polls.Apart from the Opposition’s numerous calls, civil society has also taken to the streets in peaceful picketing exercises, calling on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government to resign. The Mass Action People’s Movement (MAPM) is one such organisation which had slammed the caretaker Government for what it believes is a violation of the Constitution. The group had said last month that it was ready to keep up the protests until the Government resigned.The Constitution of Guyana states that following the passage of a No-Confidence Motion, the President and Cabinet must resign and elections be held within three months. But Government had spent much of this time in court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.After delivering its ruling on June 18, 2019, the CCJ issued consequential orders stipulating that the Cabinet must resign and call elections in keeping with the constitutional deadline, that is, three months. Since this deadline had already elapsed from the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, the countdown had commenced on June 18, putting the deadline on September 18 of this year.This was backed by the Chief Justice Roxane George’s clarifications later that, indeed, a three-month deadline should be upheld when she corrected reports in the media. This was the basis of the picketing urging the President to make an early call for elections. December 21, 2019 will mark one year since the No-Confidence Motion was passed in the National Assembly after the historic ‘yes’ vote by Charrandas Persaud on the Government’s side.After that, GECOM had embarked on a House-to-House Registration exercise, which has since been halted.last_img read more

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea: Lallana at the double as rampant Reds silence Swans

first_img Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates his goal againt Swansea 1 Liverpool ended a yo-yo 2014 in fine style by rising just five points shy of the top four, as the Reds rekindled their flying form to sweep aside Swansea 4-1 at Anfield.Brendan Rodgers’ men have struggled to repeat the performances which saw the team finish Premier League runners-up last season, but against his former side the Reds mustered some of 2013/14’s brilliance to secure a morale-boosting victory.Alberto Moreno opening the scoring in a dominant first-half from the Reds, with Adam Lallana doubling their lead shortly after the break in fortuitous fashion, as goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s botched clearance deflected off the midfielder and into the net.Gylfi Sigurdsson then gave the Jacks hope by pulling a goal back from close-range minutes later, but Lallana’s brilliant second on the hour put the result out of doubt, with former Red Jonjo Shelvey’s own goal sealing a vital three points for the Merseysiders.The result leaves Liverpool, who have lost just once in seven games, in eighth position while Swansea slip to ninth.It was a high-tempo start from both sides but the Reds soon started to dominate proceedings, with Martin Skrtel producing the first save of the night from Fabianski with a bullet header from a corner five minutes in.Liverpool’s neat, short passing and bustling movement seemed too much for the Welsh outfit in the early stages, yet for all their effort the lack of finesse in the final third was telling, with Rodgers opting to start the game without a recognised striker.Nevertheless, the hosts continue to push forward – much to the delight of the Anfield crowd – with Raheem Sterling flashing Moreno’s low cross into the hands of Fabianski and, after Swansea failed to clear, Lallana firing the second attempt over the bar with a swivelled shot from 12 yards.And their persistence paid off when Moreno put the Reds deservedly in front on the half-hour mark from a really nice move.It was started and finished by the Spaniard, who passed to Lallana before shifting it to Jordan Henderson on the left, with the England international’s cross met by the sprinting Moreno who was left to tap past Fabianski.Phillipe Coutinho was lively on the left of Liverpool’s attacking trio – alongside Sterling and Lallana – and the Brazilian had three chances well saved by the Jacks goalkeeper.There were signs of life from Swansea moments before half-time, with Nathan Dyer forcing the retuning Simon Mignolet into his first save of the night with a straightforward header, but that was as close as they came.Mignolet has come under heavy fire from the press as well as the Anfield faithful for his performances this season, which led to Rodgers dropping him for a run of matches, but it was Fabianski who was guilty of a howler this time around, as his mistake saw the hosts double their lead just after the break.His hesitance to clear a back-pass was pounced on by Lallana, who rushed in and saw the goalkeeper’s punt cannon off his shoulder and loop into the back of the net.But from nowhere the visitors were back in it as Sigurdsson mustered an instant reply, the Icelandic star converting from close-range after both Wilfried Bony and Skrtel failed to connect with Wayne Routledge’s cross.Having pulled one back Swansea suddenly looked a threat, with Bony seeing a fizzing low drive saved by Mignolet, but their eagerness to find the equaliser left gaping holes at the back.Sterling went close to capitalising on their ropey back-four, running in behind to meet a perfect swinging cross from Henderson, but the starlet saw his first-time sidefooted effort clatter the post.The third goal did eventually come though, and it was a thing of beauty, as a neat backheel flick from Coutinho set up Lallana, who dinked past three defenders before nestling a clinical low finish into the bottom corner.And a fourth came just eight minutes later when it appeared Henderson had brilliantly found the net direct from his corner kick, though replays showed it was a slight tough off the head of Shelvey which took it past Fabianski.The ex-Liverpool man may find himself in trouble with the FA following the match having appeared to deliberately elbow Can in the head in the first-half, but he will not be the only one, with Sterling also fortunate to avoid a booking when he raised a hand to defender Federico Fernandez’s face.Mario Balotelli replaced the England youngster with less than ten minutes left and the Italian came close to his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in the closing stages, only to see his strong effort saved.Swansea substitute Bafetimbi Gomis also came close to a consolation at the death when his swerving shot beat Mignolet but hit the bar, but a consolation is all it would have been as the Reds closed out a superb victory.last_img read more


first_imgRosses ACWell done to all the North West athletes who competed in the Donegal Half Marathon and Marathon in Letterkenny at the weekend.On a tough course there was great numbers from the club and superb performances from all who ran on a good day for running, good organisation and a great atmosphere. It was brilliant to see a podium finish for Noel Diver, Meenaleck who had a great run to finish third with Kevin Mc Gee, Dungloe close behind in 4th.In the Ladies section, Roisin Diver, Meenaleck had a great run to finish 2nd making it a double podium finish for the talented Diver family from Meenaleck.This was the first time at a half marathon for a few and personal bests were achieved for others on the day.Overall great showing from the club, great support from people who went out to watch and overall a great day. Great credit to Letterkenny AC for a great event. Full Marathon: Helen Mc Cready, Anne Rodgers, Patricia O’Donnell, Brian McBride.Half Marathon: Noel Diver, Kevin McGee, Edward Harkin, Michael Logue, Paul Mc Gee, Denis Boner, Darrell Dunleavy, Aisling Diver, Owen Bonner, Owen Coyle, Michael Rodgers, Niall Griffin, Noel Boyd, Gavin Boyle, Fiona Mc Ginley, Trisha Gillespie, Kathleen Griffin, Mairead Gallagher, Cathy Breslin, Mary Doherty, Lorna O’Donnell, Grace Garvie, Valerie Mc Ginley.Upcoming races – Charlie McGuinness 10k road race in Glenties on Sunday 7th September with a 12:30 noon start.There is a group of athletes training in Gweedore each week which are focus mainly on marathon training towards Dublin but open to anybody in getting some distance training done.This group are meeting Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm at Euroflex, Gweedore Industrial Estate and then meeting for the Forestry Run on Sunday morning at 11 meeting at the Blue Bridge. There are different distances and paces to suit all.Anyone training for a Half Marathon or Marathon is welcome to come along.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC ATHLETES IN EXCEPTIONAL FORM AT DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

Saving Sustainably: Framing the First Floor

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. Plumb and line the wallsWith all of the first floor walls complete, it was neat to be able to navigate the rooms and get an idea of the feel of the dimensions of the house. Before moving on to the second floor, I needed to take some time to ensure that all of my framing so far is straight, level, square, plumb, and true. The subfloor on the second floor will tie everything together, so this was my last chance to make sure it was just right.A plumb bob helps the author make sure that walls are straight up and down.I started by double checking the lengths of the top and bottom plates and the lengths of the corner studs. Next, I used a plumb bob to ensure each of the corners was plumb. I used long 2x4s nailed diagonally and nail stakes in the ground to push or pull the end of each wall as needed to plumb the ends of the wall. I knew the foundation was level, so since the wall lengths were equal and plumb, I knew the walls were square and true as well.To check the middle of the walls, I nailed a 2×4 block to the top corner on each end of the wall and stretched a string tightly between them. Using a third block, I checked all along the wall to ensure this block fit snugly between the wall and the string. Where necessary I used additional bracing to make the wall straight.With the exterior walls (hopefully) perfect, it was time for the interior walls. I used a powder-actuated hammer tool to nail the bottom plates of the interior walls into place (see Image #6 below). This tool uses a .22-caliber explosive to drive the nail into the hard concrete.With this crucial step of straightening done, I was now confident enough to get going on the joists. Framing the interior wallsAdvanced framing will help me lower my heating bill by creating more space for insulation. However, insulating a house is just one of the ways to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat (or cool) a house. No matter how much insulation I put in the house, if I don’t control the air that is allowed to flow through the walls, it will be impossible to control the temperature.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of heating and cooling costs is due to lack of air sealing. One of the places where air can escape is in the tiny gap between the sill plates of the walls and the concrete foundation. While I did place sill gasket in that area, that was only to prevent water from wicking up the concrete and into the walls. The sill gasket is air-permeable, meaning air can pass through it. I needed to add an additional layer that was air-impermeable.The best time to do that work is now. After I frame the interior walls it will be nearly impossible to caulk the spaces where they connect to the exteriors.I also will be using a continuous layer of drywall to control air movement. This means that the drywall will slide in behind the wall framing for the interior partitions, resulting in fewer joints in the drywall and thus fewer opportunities for air infiltration (see Image #5 below). Drywall is installed later. For now, I cut small scrap pieces of 3/4-inch material and used them as spacers to ensure the gap was sufficient.I used standard framing instead of advanced framing for the interior walls since they don’t require any extra room for insulation. This meant spacing the studs at 16 inches on center instead of 24 inches, and capping the studs with a double top plate instead of a single. Additionally, I used 2x4s to frame most of the interior walls instead of 2x6s. (An exception is walls that house large drain lines and vent pipes.) RELATED ARTICLES The slab came out really well, but not perfectly. (This is my first solo build, after all!) There will be a few small areas of concrete that stick out a bit or don’t come out far enough (see Image #2 below). This is no problem at all structurally and visually it will be covered up by the siding, but in taking these measurements I was able to position the walls to minimize the problem as much as possible.The exterior walls will be framed with 2x6s. The first lines I snapped marked the inside edges of the bottom plates — 5 1/2 inches in from the edge. Once I had marked all the exterior walls, I grabbed the first sill plate from my pile of lumber and cut it down to 20 feet (most lumber yards give you an extra 1/2 inch or so). I lined it up on my line and marked out the anchor bolt locations, and then drilled them out. (Remember, the bolts were embedded in the concrete so just the top part stuck out) Then I set the bottom plate over the bolts and made sure it lined up just right. I repeated the procedure all the way around each wall until I had all four plates done.With the placement of the exterior walls now set, I was able to measure out the locations of the interior walls and snap those lines as well. It will be much easier to mark them now, and they will serve as a sort of map to where my interior walls will be going. The Pros and Cons of Advanced FramingGreen Encyclopedia: Energy-Efficient FramingStrategies and Details: Advanced Framing Drawing Fine Homebuilding Video: Framing an Advanced House Fine Homebuilding: Bring Advanced Framing to Your Job Sitecenter_img BLOGS BY MATT BATH Pouring the Slab Designing and Installing a Septic SystemFoundation FormworkAn Introduction Laying out the wallsI had to call a friend to help me carry the 32-foot-long laminated veneer lumber (LVL) top plate from the lumber pile over to the slab, and we set it on edge next to the bottom plate, which I had also turned on edge. I used some clamps to hold them together, perfectly lined up, and then used a tape measure to mark out the stud locations every 2 feet.I had ordered the studs precut so that saved me a lot of time. I just had to carry them from the lumber pile and then inspect and “crown” them. Lumber, being a product of nature, is never perfect. I set aside studs with significant bends or waves for later use. The straighter ones I will use now, but even the straighter ones have a bit of a curve or “crown” in them. I lined the crowns up all going in the same direction, which will make it easier to straighten them out later in the build.Once all the studs were laid out on my marks, it was just a matter of nailing them together. Building codes offer several different ways to satisfy nailing requirements, and the one I chose will be three 16d nails, top and bottom, to connect each stud to the top and bottom plates. I took my time and carefully aligned each stud to ensure that it didn’t stick out on either side. It is situations like these where even with my lack of experience I can guarantee I put together a better wall than 90% of the framing crews since they are focused on speed over quality.For the window openings, a larger piece of lumber must be used to carry the load around the opening to studs on either side. Again, building codes offer several ways to satisfy these header requirements, and for mine I chose a single 2×10. I will also be utilizing some metal hangers to carry the weight of the header instead of shorter studs called jack studs, although I did use jack studs for the entry door (see Image #3 below).Once all the lumber was nailed together, I unrolled some sill gasket and placed it on the slab where the wall would be anchored. I also nailed some long 2x4s to the top of the wall. As we raise the wall, these boards will swing out and brace it. The wall was very heavy but with a few friends we were able to get it airborne with ease. Once it was vertical, I staked down the bracing boards and then screwed the nuts down over large square washers on the anchor bolts. Using advanced framing techniquesTo an experienced framer, the work I have completed over the last couple of days would seem wrong. It is quite possible they would never have seen a house framed the way that I am framing mine. A few might even claim that I am violating building codes by not following “standard practice.”The fact is, I am utilizing a method of framing created in the 1970s in a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation. It’s commonly called advanced framing. The goal was to reduce the amount of wood used in construction, not only to save the lumber, but more importantly, to create more space for insulation and save on energy use. All of these small changes work to ensure the house will be net-zero.In traditional framing you have a single sill plate at the bottom of the wall connected to a series of studs spaced 16 inches on center, which are then connected to two top plates sandwiched together (see Image #4 below). Even more studs are used to anchor interior walls to the exterior. All of the wood used are 2x4s, leaving a stud cavity 3 1/2 inches deep for insulation.In advanced framing, on the other hand, only a single top plate is used, studs are spaced 24 inches on center and metal hangers are used instead of jack studs. On gable end walls, no headers are needed at all. “Ladder framing” is used to anchor interior partition walls, and 2×6 lumber is used instead of 2x4s, leaving 5 1/2 inches for insulation.The advanced framing system is cheaper because it uses 5% to 10% less lumber, and it is faster because it uses 30% fewer boards (although they are a bit bigger and heavier). More important, every single year more money is saved on energy costs because more insulation can be used.Okay, so what’s the catch? If advanced framing was added to the building code over 40 years ago, is cheaper and faster, and reduces energy bills every single month, then why isn’t it standard operating procedure for builders? How could I possibly be telling you that most builders don’t even know about it?Most houses are built by a massive team of contractors who under normal circumstances communicate very little with each other, if at all. These tradesman are managed by a general contractor who uses building plans that were probably drawn up by an architect and edited by an engineer.The changes in advanced framing may seem small, but they ripple right on down the line and affect every single person that works on the house. As contractors are paid by the job and not by the hour, they aren’t too keen on taking time to learn this new technique. The fewer that learn it, the fewer that are available to teach it, and the cycle continues…As I’m building solo, I have none of these issues. I designed the house myself from the very beginning with advanced framing in mind. Thanks to my mentor, who introduced me to advanced framing, I’ve never built any other way. I’m saving time, money, and materials. If you really want to save sustainably, advanced framing is the way to go. After spending the weekend spraying the new slab down with water every hour or so, I was finally ready to get the walls up. The process of “wet curing” concrete for three to seven days can add up to 50% in strength because it prevents the water inside the concrete from evaporating. While many contractors begin framing the house the day after the concrete is poured, without experiencing any problems, I played it safe and waited until the third day to get going.The first step was to snap lines on the slab where the walls would go. This will help keep the bottoms of the walls straight and square to each other. I took several measurements of the concrete, including the diagonal measurements from corner to corner, to decide where to start.last_img read more

Do You Look Like the Answer?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now More on a theme from the last couple days here.Your dream client is looking at you to decide whether you look like the answer to them as it pertains to helping them accomplish what they need to accomplish. You may want your dream client to look elsewhere for reasons to buy from you, and sometimes they may look outside of you, their salesperson, for reasons to buy—which is to say that you play almost no role in their decision.You may want your company to be the reason they buy. You love your company, and you believe deeply that it is better than your competitors and that you do better work. If your company is the answer, then you don’t need to create enough value to deserve to win the business on their desire to work with you on their challenges.If you want your product or services to the be the reason your dream client chooses to buy from you, you are also moving the focus and the value created from you to something else. In this case, it may be your product, which in all likelihood isn’t all that different from what they buy now—and maybe not worth firing their existing partner to change. How easy you are to business with and how good your solution is matters, but it’s also evidence that you are not the answer.You may want the return on investment, the tangible results, the outcomes you create or something else that happens to not be you to do the heavy lifting for you, but in a lot of complex B2B sales, none of things matters more than the salesperson—especially if they are going to have an ongoing relationship.As much as some salespeople want to place the burden of creating compelling, differentiated value worth changing for on something or someone else, many sales leaders are no better. They want the process, the methodology, the sales stack, and a dozen things that are not the salesperson to tip the balance to their company and their salesperson.Your dream client, however, is asking themselves whether you are the answer they have been looking for, or whether you are another person without the ability to help them make the changes necessary to producing better results.last_img read more

Meerut farmers yet to link bank accounts with Aadhaar

first_imgRamber Singh, a 52-year-old farmer in Meerut, was excited when the Uttar Pradesh government announced a farm loan waiver worth ₹36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers who had taken a crop loan up to ₹1 lakh till March 2016.Mr Singh owns an acre of farm land and he had taken a loan of over ₹1 lakh from cooperative societies. But there is one problem that may bar him from getting the loan.Lack of awarenessOwing to lack of awareness, Mr Singh has not linked his bank account to his Aadhaar number, which is mandatory to avail of the scheme. “I had no idea that I need to link my Aadhaar number with the bank account. Not only me, no one in my circle of farmer friends knows about it. Now that I am aware I will go and get my account linked with my Aadhaar number,” he said.“The problem is that no official knows what is happening as far as the farm loan waiver is concerned. They tell us that the government is yet to decide who can benefit from the decision,” he added.Mr Singh is not the only farmer who finds himself in this situation. A large number of farmers have not linked their bank accounts with their Aadhaar number, something that may adversely affect the implementation of UP government’s farm loan waiver.This lack of awareness is not restricted to Meerut district alone. In other districts such as Bareilly, only 10,000 of the total 60,000 farmers have linked their Aadhaar with their bank account.‘Organise camps’ But O.P. Badhera, the manager of a leading bank in Bareilly which is involved in the implementation of the loan waiver, said banks would soon organise camps in villages to ensure that all the eligible farmers complete the mandatory requirement.V.M. Singh, an activist, questioned the intention and honesty of the state government over the farm loan waiver. According to him, ₹36,359 crore was “grossly inadequate” to give relief to the distressed farmers of the State. He alleged that the “BJP government was only trying to fool the farmers.”“The government had said the waiver would benefit 2.15 crore small and marginal farmers. If that is so, the government needs ₹2,15,000 crore as farmers who have taken a loan of up to ₹1 lakh are eligible,” he said.“That is why ministers have now started saying only 86 lakh farmers will benefit from the loan waiver,” he added.last_img read more