Study projects sharp growth in solar generation across southeast U.S. through 2022

first_imgStudy projects sharp growth in solar generation across southeast U.S. through 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press:Solar power generation is projected to more than double across the South by 2022 from last year’s level, but one of the early leaders in turning to the sun a generation ago won’t be one of the major players, according to a new study of solar power in the Southeast.In its second annual study on solar power released Thursday, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) projects electric utilities in the seven states of the Southeast will boost solar generation above 10,000 megawatts this year and should reach 19,000 megawatts by 2022.“As solar continues to improve, we’re very bullish and excited about the growth of solar generation,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which compiled the figures from industry and utility data across the region.But the Tennessee Valley Authority, which was an early promoter of solar power in the 1970s and ’80s with its Green Power Switch and other research programs, is lagging most other Southern utilities, with its solar power output totaling only 81 watts per customer last year. That represents a mere 30 percent of the average solar power wattage provided per customer by all utilities in the Southeast in 2018, which was 269.States and businesses are pushing utilities in much of the South to turn to more renewable sources for energy, which should continue to get cheaper, even with the phaseout of federal investment tax credits, SACE officials said. “Corporate procurement is driving a lot of solar,” said Bryan Jacob, solar program director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, who helped author the 39-page report.Five major corporations — Facebook, Google, Target, Walmart and Johnson & Johnson — are collectively projected to account for more than 1 gigawatts of solar generation, including 675 megawatts of solar in Tennessee and Georgia.More: Although solar power generation is expected to double by 2022 in the South, TVA is still a ‘solar blocker’ in the region, study sayslast_img read more

From the summer of 2, Jet2020 will also fly to Zadar

first_imgSteve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said that “The UK government has confirmed that flights to destinations within the European Union will continue as before, regardless of the outcome of Brexit, and tourists can continue to book flights with confidence. We are also delighted to take this opportunity to announce a summer program for 2020 that will give tourists and travel agencies even more choice and flexibility than ever before.” Tickets for Zadar in the period from May to early November 2020 have already been put on sale, and flights are from London Stansted and Manchester airports. 30 seats are expected for Zadar in that period. Jet2holidays.com The third largest airline in the UK and the second largest travel organizer, budget airline Jet2, has announced on its website two new destinations for the summer of 2020. It is about the Greek Preveza and our Zadar. The announcement in which they represent Zadar is transmitted in its entirety: “Zadar is located on the spectacular Dalmatian coast. It is one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in Croatia, and in it you can find Roman and Venetian ruins, religious buildings and churches, beautiful promenades, magnificent bays and large monasteries. Also, around Zadar there are many islands and some of the most famous Croatian national parks and resorts such as Petrčane, Biograd, Šibenik and Vodice.” TOURISTS FROM THE UK WILL NOT NEED EU VISAS AFTER BREXIT Namely, there are already lines to Dubrovnik, Split and Pula. With this expansion of Croatian destinations, 400 seats with over 50 flights a week will be on sale during the peak season. The important news is that British citizens will be able to enter the European Union without visas even after the country leaves the EU, but only for short trips, but also under the condition that EU citizens can enter the UK without visas, he made a decision a couple of years ago. days European Parliament. More attached. From the summer of 2, Jet2020 planes will fly to as many as four destinations in Croatia. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor

first_imgGE must come back to SchenectadyIn the 1940s during World War II, Schenectady’s population was 30,000. General Electric employed 50,000. After the war, GE kept other companies from moving to Schenectady because they didn’t want employment competition.During those years, GE took care of their employees and Schenectady was prospering. We were called the Electric City.Somewhere in the 1960s, GE changed from industrial to financial. GE was doing so good in the finances, it started to cut its industry market. It started to move out of Schenectady and go south.After Schenectady workers made GE billions, the company left us flat. Our taxes went up, we received less in our pensions, and GE got rid of our health insurance. GE took our best years and gave us nothing in return. Dems to blame for immigrant violenceThe Democratic leaders in Congress have blood on their hands. How many more American citizens have to die at the hands of illegal immigrants? The Democrats have refused to accept the fact that President Trump won the election. Well he did. Get over it.Lowell MontgomeryMayfieldMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Take a look at some of the presidents we had and how bad they were. The Democratic Party isn’t what it used to be.They were good for the country and the people – not anymore.  They fight Trump on closing the border. Do you know that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in this country who have jobs? These jobs are taken away from good citizens of this country.Take a good look at this last election. In New York, it’s all Democrats. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give criminals a college education and the right to vote and also believes in abortions. Paul Tonko helps illegal immigrants. Wake up. Have respect for our president and the ones who fought for this country. Let’s build the wall. Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Schumer and former President Obama – all Democrats — are just looking for the votes to control the country. God help us.Vincent BelardoAlbany Schenectady was their gold mine, and they deserted us. We built the best turbines gas and steam generators in the world and taught Japan and China how to build them. Then GE moved there. Schenectady was a parts supplier. The only way GE will recover is to come back to Schenectady where it had the best of the best employees. Schenectady has to be its priority in employment.New York has to give GE a tax break, along with Schenectady. President Trump has done his part for tax breaks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has to follow suit.My dad put in 41 years with GE. I had 20 years with GE and was a union rep. General Electric will rebound.Claude Rizzicone Jr.Schenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems, not Trump, are the big problem  I was a registered Democrat, and as a 100 percent disabled veteran of World War II, I can’t see how you keep bashing President Trump.How can you listen to all this garbage the Democrats put out? All this Russian investigation is a waste of money. Why bring up what happened before he became president? Let him do what he said he would do if he won. He’s not a politician. He’s a street person with more brains than the politicians we have now. Do you believe that Russia can tell you how to vote?last_img read more

Late goals see City come from behind and sink Watford

first_img A powerful header just over the crossbar from Fernandinho served as a reminder of the quality City possess and how quickly they are capable of changing a game, but almost immediately after – in a demonstration of why that quality alone cannot always be relied upon – Watford took the lead. Taking an inswinging corner from the left, Ben Watson’s accurate delivery troubled City’s defence, evading everyone except for Kolarov, whose header served to help it into the back of the net. It was recorded as an own goal, even if it was already going in, and again highlighted the damage caused by the absence of City’s authoritative captain, Vincent Kompany. Toure, so often decisive, soon struck beyond the crossbar from the edge of the area, and Kevin De Bruyne forced a routine save from Gomes – but Watford’s discipline meant only a moment of quality looked likely to rescue them, and so it ultimately proved. The midfielder has this season occasionally looked in decline, but when Kolarov sent in an 82nd-minute corner from the left, Toure casually and classily volleyed into the top left corner to equalise. Their winning goal came just two minutes later. From space on the right wing, Bacary Sagna curled a superb cross towards Aguero, and under little pressure the forward headed beyond Gomes and into the back of the net, improving City’s title prospects in the process. TWEET OF THE MATCH @RodneyMarsh10: “Harsh on Watford but that’s what happens when you have world class footballers.” PLAYER RATINGS Watford Heurelho Gomes: 7 Allan Nyom: 6 Miguel Britos: 7 Craig Cathcart: 7 Jose Holebas: 6 Almen Abdi: 7 Etienne Capoue: 7 Ben Watson: 7 Jose Manuel Jurado: 7 Troy Deeney: 7 Odion Ighalo: 7 Subs Adlene Guedioura: 5 Manchester City Joe Hart: 6 Bacary Sagna: 7 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Eliaquim Mangala: 6 Aleksandar Kolarov: 7 Fernandinho: 6 Yaya Toure: 8 Kevin de Bruyne: 6 David Silva: 6 Raheem Sterling: 5 Sergio Aguero: 7 Subs Jesus Navas: 6 Wilfred Bony: 6 Martin Demichelis: 5 STAR PLAYER Yaya Toure. He may no longer be capable of exerting the same consistent influence that has long been crucial to City, but he retains the ability to produce moments of quality that could yet define their season. His goal came from nowhere, but was exceptional, and ultimately changed the game. MOMENT OF THE MATCH In the first half, Jose Manuel Jurado chipped a masterful, scooped pass when under pressure with little space on the left wing. It was a delightful moment of quality and spontaneity, and showed why he may just be Watford’s most naturally-talented player since John Barnes – Ashley Young included. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Manuel Pellegrini’s overriding emotion at victory is likely to be relief. His City team, rather inexplicably given their exceptional quality, continue to disappoint, and he will know they only won because of that quality, and not through any substitutions he made. Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores will know his team deserved better. Their organisation showed throughout, and but for two fine players they would have earned a good draw, if not an outstanding win. MOAN OF THE MATCH Raheem Sterling’s performance. His £49million summer transfer to City from Liverpool was supposed to inspire him to a greater level, and help inspire City to further success. He, and City, look little better than last season. Surrounded by such quality, he should be thriving, but he looked disinterested and frustrated, and was substituted on the hour mark. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Newcastle (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Everton v Manchester City (Capital One Cup, Wednesday, January 6). City boss Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports 1: “I’ve always said this team has character, we never give up. “I think tonight we were unlucky to be losing the game. It wasn’t a corner and then it was an own goal. “But we kept our minds and made some changes, always thinking we are able to turn the corner – and we did. “It was a very close game and tough for both teams but if you see the statistics we deserved to win, we had more shots on target and possession.” On Aguero’s goal, his first since returning from injury, the Chilean added: “A goal is important for a striker and he had better movement than the last game. “We are not sending messages to anyone – we go game by game and we must stay focused.” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “I know we’re capable of doing that but the Stoke game and this one gave me a bad feeling when I’m in goal. I was hoping and praying we would put it together and we did. “Six on the road without a win is not championship-winning form … but we’ve got all the big boys to come to us and big cup games coming up, which our focus now turns to. “We’re not where we want to be – but we’re close.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores bemoaned missed chances, saying: “I think it is very hard to accept. “We played really well and had a good opportunity to win – but that’s football. “We will learn the lesson for the future, remember what we did well and think of the next match. “But it’s hard because I think the players deserved more.” The expensive, uncertain, yet talented central defensive combination of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi clearly needs longer to adjust to the demands of English football. In that context, City manager Manuel Pellegrini must have been concerned about the potential impact of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Both Watford strikers have thrived this season through employing physical tactics – and against more experienced opposition – and it would have come as little surprise had they again targeted City’s inconsistent defence. As early as the second minute Deeney showed his confidence with a run that led to Almen Abdi sending a promising 25-yard shot both high and wide, and shortly after Ighalo first encountered the £32million Otamendi. In this instance the Argentinian defender impressed when, with Ighalo in space in the area following Abdi’s through-ball, he read the striker’s shot to lunge and deflect it out for a corner. Ighalo swiftly threatened, again having been played in by Abdi – but when he produced a nice turn to beat Otamendi, City goalkeeper Joe Hart reacted to rush out, dive, and smother his shot clear. City’s response came through strikes from Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho, both of which Watford’s Heurelho Gomes comfortably saved, but beyond Aguero’s runs and a 25-yard, swerving shot from Kolarov which went just high and wide of the left angle, they rarely looked like scoring throughout the first half. Watford similarly began the second half with greater promise. There would have been a time when, particularly while comparing their resources with City’s, 0-0 would have been an encouraging scoreline but manager Quique Sanchez Flores has quickly organised them into a strong team that has little reason to be intimidated. Manchester City rescued their Barclays Premier League title hopes with a late comeback in a 2-1 victory at Watford. On an afternoon when wins for rivals Arsenal and Manchester United made a positive result even more crucial, Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal appeared to have given Watford their latest win. However, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero rescued City with two fine goals in the final 10 minutes to keep third-placed City within three points of leaders Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Avram Grant hopes Thomas Partey can prove himself for Black Stars

first_imgGhana coach Avram Grant is hoping debutant Thomas Partey can prove himself for the Black Stars after giving him his first call up.The Israeli coach confirmed the youngster had been on his radar for some time and felt it was time to give Partey a chance to prove his worth.After completing his first training session with, Grant was adamant he was not going to judge the midfielder but hoped he can excel for the team.“We don’t judge a player after one training even if they are good or bad,” Grant told reporters after the game.“I have followed Partey for a long time. He is a young player who did well for Atletico anytime he played and Atletico is a good team.”“We followed him and deserved to be in the national team. We hope he can prove himself.” “He is developing as a footballer all the time and, although young, has strength, movement and can play between the lines.”Partey made 13 appearances last season for Champions League finalists Atletico, making three starts.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott says he should have won more NBA titles as a player

first_imgThe Lakers won five NBA championships during the Showtime Era, with Scott experiencing three of those runs in 1985 and 1987 against Boston and 1988 against Detroit. Scott believed the Lakers defeated Boston in six games in the 1985 Finals after learning how to match the Celtics’ bruising style.“It’s amazing how the next year when we beat them, (the Celtics) were complaining about how physical we were,” Scott said. “We got more physical. But we were saying, ‘We’ll still do what we do and play just like they play. We’ll be a physical team just like they are and still play Laker basketball.’”Yet, Scott conceded “it’s human nature” that he often thinks about the Finals appearances that did not end in a championship parade. “When you’re a winner and have been in this organization,” Scott said, “you’re never satisfied.”A passing grade?Scott has considered all sorts of starting lineup combinations for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. But Scott said he has not yet thought about bringing shooting guard Wayne Ellington off the bench. He has averaged 13 points on 42.4-percent shooting in 20 games as a starter, most of them happening once Bryant suffered a season-ending injury to his right shoulder last month. “Wayne was basically, the last few years in this league, thought of as a catch-and-shoot guy,” Scott said. “He’s worked extremely hard on being able to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot.”The 27-year old Ellington signed with the Lakers before training camp to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth $1.1 million after spending his six NBA seasons on five other teams. Scott likes Ellington after also coaching him with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012-13. But Scott did not reveal if Ellington fits in the Lakers’ long-term plans. “You can tell he worked a lot on his game,” Scott said of Ellington. “The next step for him is to get to the basket a little bit more and get to the free-throw line. If he can do those things, he can be a good player for a long time in the league.” The memories still frustrate Lakers coach Byron Scott, even when he counts the three NBA championship rings on his fingers. Kobe Bryant told NBA TV recently he should have won seven NBA championships instead of five, the NBA Finals losses in 2004 to Detroit and 2008 to Boston still bothering him. Scott said, “I know exactly how he feels,” arguing the Lakers’ 1984 Finals loss to Boston and 1989 Finals loss to Detroit also should have turned out differently. “I think about it a lot. You can’t get them back. I was blessed and lucky enough to win three,” Scott said before the Lakers hosted the Celtics on Sunday at Staples Center. “But I should have five.”Scott believed the Celtics won three of the last four contests in the 1984 Finals because the Lakers reacted poorly to Kevin McHale’s clothesline on Kurt Rambis in Game 4. “We got so caught up into being physical and aggressive with them because of the way they were playing,” Scott said. “It took us out of our game. In my mind, the best team didn’t win that series.”Scott also argued the Pistons would not have swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals if not for his hamstring injury before the series as well as the one Magic Johnson suffered in Game 2. Scott declined to blame his hamstring injury on former Lakers coach Pat Riley having a mini-training camp prior to the Finals. But Scott believed the Lakers could have avoided that workload had Detroit not needed seven games to defeat Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Lakers won all 11 of their playoff games leading up to the 1989 Finals.“You wish we either didn’t run through the West or they didn’t take so long that we wouldn’t have to go to Santa Barbara and have a mini camp,” Scott said. “From a coaching standpoint, I knew exactly what Riles was doing. He wanted to keep us focused and ready.”Usually, the tactic worked. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

About Town

first_imgRUMSONThe Rumson Country Day School will hold its 44th annual rummage sale, A Whale of a Sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the school, located at Bellevue Avenue and Ridge Road.Each year, parents and many of the students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and friends work together to collect, sort, and display a huge assortment of items in the school’s Blake Gymnasium. The job is such a large undertaking that collection of the items for sale often begins months in advance.The rummage sale is one of the most important fundraisers at The Rumson Country Day School, as all proceeds of the sale are devoted to the financial aid program, providing financial assistance to many children who attend the school. The best selection and bargains will be found on Saturday, April 20. Those attending on Sunday, April 21, will be able pay one price and fit all they can into a bag provided by the school.During the week prior to the sale, the gymnasium becomes a beehive of activity as trip after trip is made to stock the gym with donated items. The donations are carefully sorted to cull the best items for the special boutique sections of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. In addition, the silent auction area is stocked with furniture, antiques, china, crystal and collectibles.Not to be missed is the wide assortment of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing at incredible bargain prices. Particularly popular is the sporting goods section where the selection often includes golf clubs, ski and hockey equipment, and exercise apparatus.Like any good rummage sale, there is also a huge selection of home furnishings, kitchenware, general home goods, bric-a-brac and toys. There will also be a large book section where attendees can stock up on current novels, cookbooks, children’s books, how-to books and more. The Community Foundation of New Jersey has announced that The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship, which it administers on behalf of members of the Red Bank Regional High School (RBRHS) Class of 1966, is accepting applications for the fall 2013 term.The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship is open to all RBRHS juniors and seniors who plan to continue their education at an accredited 2 or 4-year college immediately following their graduation.Scholarships will be awarded to students exhibiting exceptionally high levels of written proficiency, creativity, and originality, as well as an interest in local or national environmental causes, journalism or creative writing.The scholarship award is $5,000.Maslow, a 1966 graduate of RBRHS, was an accomplished author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, naturalist and environmentalist.  At the time of his death in 2008 he was an editor and columnist for the Herald News in Paterson. His accomplishments as a journalist and his commitment to his community are reflected in the many awards bestowed on him, including The New Jersey Press Association for Responsible Journalism and the Joseph M. Sklenar Editorial Award.Never one to shy away from a challenge, Maslow covered civil strife in Central America, helped save a library in the City of Passaic, fought vigorously to help clean up the Passaic River and championed efforts to make politicians accountable for their actions.Any student wishing to obtain an application may do so at www.cfnj.org.The deadline for applications is April 13.For more information or with questions, please contact Faith Krueger at the Community Foundation of New Jersey at 973-267-5533. MIDDLETOWNThe Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, by professional photographer Michael Dellert at the Middletown Public Library, New Monmouth Road.Dellert will discuss and show his professional photography techniques and answer any questions. He’s a graduate of Penn State School of Fine Arts.Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. WEST LONG BRANCHMonmouth University’s Jewish Cultural Studies Program presents the Honorable Daniel Kurtzer from 7:45 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Wilson Hall Auditorium.Kurtzer served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005 and as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997-2001. Currently a professor of Middle Eastern Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Kurtzer will discuss the current situation in Middle East.The event is free of charge and open to the public.Organized by the Jewish Cultural Studies Program and the Office for Global Initiatives, the event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County.For more information please contact 732-571-4474.Monmouth University appreciates the generosity of a group of Hollywood Golf Club members who enable multiyear support for the Monmouth University Jewish Cultural Studies Program. Middletown Lions ‘Roar for the Shore’ with DonationMembers of the Middletown Lions Club recently presented a check for $2,000 to officials for the township’s disaster relief fund. The money was the proceeds from the organization’s annual pancake breatfast, held just before Super Bowl Sunday last month.Middletown Lions Club President Larry Caminiti, left, presents a check to Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, center, and Committeeman Tony Fiore for the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund. The money was raised through the Lions’ annual pancake breakfast.The Lions, appropriately, decided to ‘roar for the shore’ and support the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, a charitable organization started by former mayor and current Township Committeeman Tony Fiore to assist Middletown residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy. Event Chair Lion John Giordano said the Middletown Lions Club has a long-standing tradition of responding to the immediate and urgent needs of the community.“In light of the destruction caused by the storm, the club did not question that the funds from the breakfast should be dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors in Middletown this year,” Giordano said. “We want to do whatever we can to help residents restore their lives and their homes.”The check was presented to Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger for the disaster fund during the township committee’s Feb. 19 meeting.“The Middletown Lions Club is always there for the community,” Scharfenberger said.Information on the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund is available at www.middletownnj.org and mwww.middletownrelief.com or by calling the mayor’s office at 732-615-2024.The Middletown Lions Club, chartered in 1946 through Lions International, is a volunteer service organization consisting of men and women who help the community through charitable service projects and fundraising initiatives and programs. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For more information, visit the website at www.mlions.org.center_img * * * * *A few years ago a group of dedicated volunteers began getting together to tend to the rose beds at Riverside Gardens Park on Front Street.The rose beds had suffered from years of neglect and volunteers spent hours cutting back the roses, removing dead wood, weeding, and digging out invasive vines. Scouts, high school students and community members have worked at the gardens dozens of times throughout the growing season.All this hard work pays off and the roses flower beautifully every spring and summer for months on end.The friends of Riverside Gardens will meet at the park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, for the first time this year. All members of the community are invited to join in helping to maintain and improve this valuable public treasure. Participants are asked to wear warm clothes and work gloves. Bottled water will be provided.The rain date is March 16. For more information, contact Bob Hespe at [email protected] RED BANKAs part of its Community Haiti Response Initiative, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family Program to feed families in the community of La’Cajou, Haiti.A donation of $250 means the sponsor can provide a 50-pound bag of rice and fuel every three months for a year to a family in need in Haiti.The church’s Haiti Response Initiative has partnered with Aslan Ministries, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and the Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association to facilitate the program.Sponsorship registration forms and additional information is available by calling 732-747-2343. Scholarship Opportunity Available for RBR Studentslast_img read more

DeGroot proves he belongs with top-25 finish at High School Championships

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt didn’t matter if the opposition was from the East or West Kootenay this season Shawn DeGroot has managed to overcome roots, rocks and mud to finish ahead of the pack.So obviously the next test was a trip to the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships.DeGroot, 16, did not disappoint his followers as the LVR runner finished 24th overall at the recent championship event at Beaver Lake near Victoria.“Ya, I’m happy with the result,” the Grade 11 DeGroot said when asked about his finish. “I did a lot of training for provincials and it paid off.”“My goal was to finish in the top 25, so I guess I just barely achieved my goal,” he added.One of biggest supporters of DeGroot is coach Jon Francis, who was definitely impressed with the top-25 result.“It’s the best Kootenay finish since I started coaching in 2002,” said LVR and Salmo coach. “(Shawn) had an incredible race.”When DeGroot runs in the Kootenays the field generally consists of 20-30 racers. At the provincials, there were more than 300 runners at the start line.“It was crazy at the start,” explained the 5’9”, 140-pound DeGroot. “There were about 300 runners in mass start that narrows down about 50 meters away. I didn’t really have that great of start and got sandwiched in the pack.”DeGroot found the going tough stuck in the middle for the first lap of the 6.5 kilometer race.However, during the second lap the pack thinned out allowing DeGroot to put the feet in overdrive.“Eventually I made my way up where I wanted to be,” said DeGroot, having to run in cool, drizzly conditions over a muddy track. “The first kilometer I couldn’t move anywhere.”DeGroot posted a 51st place finish in 2009 along with an amazing sixth-place spot in 2008 in the Junior Boy’s race.The provincial meet concludes the cross-country season for DeGroot. But the competitive season doesn’t end there.DeGroot simply shifts gears from muddy ground to ice white snow as a member of the B.C. Nordic Development Team.“Hopefully the snow will fall soon so I’ll be able to start training,” he said.DeGroot’s goal this season is the Canadian Nationals set for Canmore, Alta., in March.Results of other racers from West Kootenay School include:Lukas Smith, J.V. Humphries, Kaslo, 142; Steven Hernandez, Mount Sentinel, 158; Hunter Stanway, JVH 202; Luca Stattler, L.V. Rogers, 214; Eli Bukowski, JVH 222; Eli Cogswell, JVH 251; Tyler Exner, LVR 260; Young Jinyu, LVR, 261; Nico Boelter, LVR 263.Girl’s results had Ellie Hewat, JVH, 170; Kiraya Spencer, LVR, 193; Darya Huser, Salmo, 240; Danica Long, LVR, 243; Kia Weir, Mt. Sentinel [email protected]last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels to UNI

first_img ESPN3 UNI has five wins in its past six contest since the loss in Des Moines. Kennedy Kirkpatrick is the Panthers’ top scorer at 10.7 points per game. Sophomore Megan Maahs leads the league in double-doubles this season with nine and is almost averaging a double-double with 9.3 points and a league-best 10.0 rebounds per game. Story Links The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 road trip to Indiana with blowout wins over Evansville and Indiana State. Drake shot 69.1 percent against Evansville, made a school and MVC record 20 three-pointers against the Purple Aces and followed that with a 56.9 shooting clip versus Indiana State. The shooting performance in Evansville is the second highest single game mark in program history. Both performances helped Drake rise to No. 6 in the nation in team field goal percentage at 48.8.   Beginning with its Jan. 28 win at Bradley, Drake has had at least five or more score 10 or more points in every win. In eight games this season, Drake has had at least five record double digit points, including having six finish with 10 or more points in the win at Evansville. Drake (18-7, 13-0 MVC) visits UNI (13-11, 9-4 MVC) in its only game this week. The Bulldogs beat the Panthers, 81-64, in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 19 at the Knapp Center. Friday’s game will be the 85th all-time meeting between the longtime rivals who first played each in 1975 and have played at least twice every season since the 1984-85 campaign.Drake leads the all-time series, 60-24, and holds a slight edge in the past 10 meetings, 6-4. Drake Game Notes Following Friday’s road game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to host Bradley Feb. 23 in the annual Pink Game presented by Mercy. Tipoff with the Braves is set for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Live Audio CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team ends its three-game road trip Friday when it travels to UNI in Missouri Valley Conference action. Tipoff with the Panthers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the in-state rivalry game will be the MVC’s Game of the Week on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats last_img read more

Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site

first_imgGardai are investigating the cause of a fire at a derelict council site in Letterkenny.The fire brigade attended the scene of the blaze at Pearse Road in the early hours of Sunday morning around 3.30am.THere was damage to the yard but nobody was injured as a result fo the blaze. Gardai in Letterkenny have appealed for anybody with information on the blaze to contact them.Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site was last modified: October 14th, 2019 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:blazecouncilfireletterkennyyardlast_img read more