Red Bluff >> Westyn Hughes knows where he belongs, and it’s in the winner’s circle.The Caldwell, Texas cowboy secured the tie-down roping title at the 96th annual Red Bluff Round-Up on April 23 with the average win, the fastest times combined on four runs. His time of 40.9 seconds on four head was nearly two seconds faster than the number two man, Cimarron Boardman, of Stephenville, Texas.Tie-down ropers Luke Landry, Leesville, La. and Ryle Smith, Oakdale, who trailed Hughes going into the …
For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard. OAKLAND — After Matt McCrane kicked a 29-yard field goal Sunday to give Jon Gruden his first win in more than 10 years, the head coach made his way across the Coliseum infield dirt to shake hands with Hue Jackson and the other Cleveland coaches.Then he turned around and made his way back to the tunnel leading to the Raiders locker room.Thi … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.
For mechanical engineer Jon Iliffe and homebuilder Baden Brown, who both live on New Zealand’s North Island, the urge to create a line of high-performance homes began percolating about a decade ago. They kept talking as the years went by, until Iliffe returned from an 18-month stay in Europe, where he did contract work for Rolls-Royce and had an opportunity to study Passivhaus design and see homes built to the standard.Iliffe and Brown, joined by their wives, have since channeled their enthusiasm for energy-efficient homes into the launch of a development company called eHaus that recently commenced construction on a 2,422-sq.-ft. prototype home in Wanganui, on the North Island’s west coast. Iliffe told GBA that the four-bedroom, two-bath house will not quite meet the Passivhaus performance standard, “but the build will be pretty close.” (Both men are training in Passivhaus design at Unitech Institute of Technology in nearby Auckland.)Creating a new marketThe exterior walls of the prototype feature ECO-Block insulating concrete forms along with double-glazed, argon-filled aluminum-frame windows from Open Building Solutions, a New Zealand company. The windows – which were pressure tested at 50 Pascals before they were installed – feature a thermal barrier, sandwiched between the outer and inner sections of the frame, that is designed to prevent both heat transfer and condensation. Much of the window coverage is, of course, on the north side of the house, where passive solar gain from the Southern Hemisphere sun can be maximized.The house will be equipped with a heat-recovery ventilator, a solar hot water system, and accommodations for a photovoltaic system. Weather conditions in this part of New Zealand tend to be relatively mild, with a mean temperature, on the Fahrenheit scale, of 54, a high of 90, and a low of 27. Annual rainfall averages about 34 inches. The eHaus prototype will include a water recycling system designed to meet all of the occupants’ water needs except drinking and cooking.Iliffe told the Wanganui Chronicle, a local newspaper, that he and his partners understand eHaus will be catering to what is, at the moment, a niche market, but that stringent energy efficiency standards such as Passivhaus suit their personal philosophy about energy conservation.“Making money isn’t the be-all and end-all for us,” he said. “Building low-energy houses really fits with who we are as well.”
In the third edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Oscar Sanft, who is playing for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Australian 18’s Boys squad member Oscar Sanft is back in the Brisbane City Cobras team after playing for QSST in the past, and he is very excited to be back. He is now hoping to guide the Cobras to the finals in his last year of the championships. “I think I’ve played for Queensland for the past five years so to be back in the Cobras is overwhelming, especially for my last year, it feels good,” Sanft said. “I’m confident that we’ll be up the top, we’ve got a lot of kids with real potential and it’s going to be a long week as well. I’m very confident that we will do well and hopefully get to the finals.”The Cobras team has a mixture of youth and experience and Sanft is hoping to pass on some of his knowledge to the younger members of the team.“We are trying to develop them to become Open’s players but the senior boys are doing well, looking after the young guys. But it’s not like there is a difference, we are a good team so you can’t really see the difference in the developing players and the senior players.”Sanft and his Cobras team had the chance to play his former side on Friday morning, and in the lead up to the game he said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I’ve been thinking about that game ever since I saw the draw. As much as I love Queensland, as soon as I step out of it I have to give them so much pressure and aggression. I’m looking forward to it,” Sanft said. As well as being his last National Youth Championships, it is also Sanft and his fellow Australian Youth Squad player’s last chance to impress in the lead up to the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series to be played in Canberra. Sanft was part of the 20’s Mixed team at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and is hoping to be included in the team again this time. “That’s always on your mind. I try to keep humble about it, not trying to think that just because I’ve been there before it’s going to happen again so I’ve just got to knuckle down.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jeison Murillo: I must convince Barcelona to buy me outrightby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona signing Jeison Murillo says his aim is to make his deal permanent.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan from Valencia.“My dream is to convince the club with my performances and keep defending this shirt. “I have to show that on the pitch,” said the Colombian centre-back at his presentation.“I am very happy with this opportunity. God opened the biggest door there is for me in football, it’s a dream come true. I am grateful too to the club and now I only have to work to make the coach decide (if I should play) in each game.“My dream is to keep wearing this shirt but I have to show it on the pitch.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do betterby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn’t pleased with their performance for the 2-1 win over Champions League opponents Inter Milan.Luis Suarez’s brace saw the hosts complete a second-half comeback after going behind to a Lautaro Martinez strike within the first two minutes.”[Lautaro’s goal] really put the game in their favour and strengthened their situation a lot,” Valverde said.”They’re a powerful team, they’re first in the Italian league [after] winning all their matches. They made our lives difficult, but we were better in the second half.”Barcelona struggled to create many chances in the first half but that changed during the second 45 minutes.”We needed to transform the match going forward,” Valverde noted.”We controlled the play with [Sergio] Busquets, Arthur [Melo], [Frenkie] De Jong, but we didn’t have any space to play.”We needed to be more of a threat in their area and be more decisive in the final third.”They kept us far away from their goal and we were able to come back.”
Barcelona coach Valverde: I don’t care about Koeman rumoursby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed rumours linking Ronald Koeman with his job.It’s emerged the Holland coach has a break clause in his contract should a club of the status of Barca express interest.The situation has immediately seen Koeman linked with a return to the Nou Camp.But Valverde says: “I do not know the situation of other coaches.”When we coach Barça, we still have a lot of rumors, but this does not mean anything to me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: A constable with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and a pantry staffer were arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly stealing Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 1.5 crore from the central agency’s strongroom. The matter came to light when NIA officials scanned CCTV footage. The NIA subsequently lodged an FIR with Delhi Police against the accused. The counterfeit currency was seized in May this year during a raid conducted in Gurugram. The recovery was reportedly made in the form of wads of Rs 2,000 currency notes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Incidentally, a superintendent-rank officer, who led the team in seizing the fake currency notes from Gurugram, is facing an inquiry in a case of extortion. The NIA has repatriated the officer to the parent cadre. The officer is accused of extorting from a businessman. An enquiry is underway in the case. “It seems that the accused constable mistook the fake notes for genuine currency notes and thought of picking them up without anyone noticing,” said the sources. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A source said that an attempt was made to enter the strongroom through an air-conditioning vent. Officially, an NIA spokesperson said, “An exhibit containing fake currency was stolen from NIA Malkhana last week by one constable and a pantry staff. The stolen exhibit was recovered soon thereafter.” “Appropriate legal action was taken in the matter. Delhi Police has registered a case and arrested both accused,” said the spokesperson. A top government official said the Ministry of Home Affairs is also seized of the matter.
Canadian Blood Services says its Saskatoon Blood Donation Clinic has been over capacity since Saturday, as donations have doubled in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15.Calgary received 117 units of blood on Saturday, while normally our city would see 90 units donated.Spokesperson for the Canadian Blood Services Jhoanna Del Rosario said it’s times like these the organization and the community has to step up.“We are losing more during the response efforts in Saskatchewan so we want to make sure that we have enough supply of blood and blood parts, for those that are affected in the collision,” she said.She said a lot of blood is needed for one person who is severely injured.“You will need about 50 units, that’s about 50 donors needed to save one patient in a car accident,” she said.Anyone interested in donating blood can download the Canadian Blood Services app, or head to any blood donation clinic to sign up.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four communities in Northeast B.C. will be receiving funding for various projects from money collected by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.The provincial and federal governments, along with the Union of B.C. Municipalities announced that five community projects in the Northeast have been approved to get a total of $3.2 million from the Gas Tax Fund. 108 projects across the province have been for nearly $193 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund.The City of Fort St. John will be receiving $105,000 for a long term water supply plan. The City has been looking at the issue since at least 2015, when it struck a tentative deal with BC Hydro to withdraw water from the Site C reservoir without charge. Three years ago, a report from Urban Systems looking at a 50-year growth plan for Fort St. John said that the city could be home to anywhere between 46,000 and 84,000 residents by 2065. The report also warned that the City, which currently draws its water from the Peace River through a series of groundwater wells, would experience a severe shortfall in its water supply without upgrades or a new water source in place by this year. According to the report from three years ago, the City’s water supply was built to serve only about 17,800 people.Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will also be getting money from the Gas Tax Fund to support projects in their communities. Taylor will be receiving $39,450 for phase one of its Asset Management Plan, Tumbler Ridge is slated to get $80,000 to develop a Parks and Rec master plan, while the NRRM will be getting $82,500 for an economic strategy and $2.9 million for a renewal of its wastewater treatment plant aeration system.