first_imgBILL NEAL:10—The hardest losses to take are the ones you should have won!  Pitt should have beat Iowa. Matter of fact, they did beat them…in the first half.  But you gotta play that second half and Pitt didn’t show up for that part.  There’s a lot that can be said about the loss and I’m sure there will be.  No sacks. No pressure on the QB.  Predictable offense and horrible D-Back coverage. But the good news is this. They’re 3-1 and they’ve got the #1 rusher in the nation in James Conner. And a side note for ya — I met “Mr. Conner” at the Fed-Ex office in Oakland and trust me when I tell ya, he’s the beast you see on the screen. Every bit of 6’2” and 250 lbs.:09—Don’t lie. You had them written off after the death march last week in Baltimore, but last night your Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back to show the nation they are in fact the 11 and 5 playoff team I said they would be.:08—Speaking of the Steelers, and I was, all you Coach Tomlin haters, be you Black or White (Yeah, there are some of both) put the bus ticket back in your hip pocket.  He ain’t going no-where!!!last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonWALL – For the veterans who are working to restore a Vietnam–era combat helicopter, the experience is bringing back strong emotions and memories.Carl Burns, veteran helicopter pilot and volunteer on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation’s Huey project, holds the tail section cover, signed by all the volunteers, that will be part of the Huey when it is installed next May at thefoundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel.“You’re talking about a pretty intense part of my life,” said Ken Gurbisz, a former U.S. Army warrant officer who flew a similar helicopter in-country more than 40 years ago.Gurbisz was on hand Monday in a hangar with about 15 other veterans at Mon­mouth Executive Airport, Highway 34.The veterans, mostly from the Vietnam War – two served in Afghanistan – are working to restore a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, which is usually referred to as a “Huey.”They have been working since winter to put back into reasonable shape the helicopter that for them – and probably countless others – holds emotional significance.The type of helicopter is “not only a physical symbol of the Vietnam War,” said volunteer Carl Burns, but it is also “an emotional symbol.“The sights and the smells” of the craft have brought back all sorts of thoughts and feelings for those working on it, acknowledged Burns, a Manalapan resident who flew one as an Army captain in 1966-67.The volunteers “all had tears in our eyes,” when they first saw it, even though it was nothing but a hollowed shell at the time, Gurbisz said.A large group of Army veterans are volunteering their time to restore a deactivated Hueyhelicopter that served two tours in Vietnam. Sarah Hagarty (front) is the program director for the memorial foundation.In January, the New Jersey National Guard offered the helicopter to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation for its permanent display at the foundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center, located on the grounds of PNC Arts Center, Holmdel.The craft, which served two tours of duty in Vietnam, first from October 1966 through September 1967 when it was assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company and then from November 1968 to February 1970 with the 25th Infantry Division. While with the 25th, it was located at Cu Chi, which was 30 miles northwest of Saigon, said Burns, who also served in that area with the 25th during his tour.The helicopter was seriously deteriorated.“You have to remember it sat in a field for 20 years,” at Fort Dix, Gurbisz said. “We had many bird’s nests and hornet’s nests to get rid of.”The volunteers all have connections to this style of aircraft. That “has been great, because they know how to work on them or know how to fly them,” said Sarah Hagarty, program director for the memorial foundation.So far the group, which meets every week at the airport hangar to work on the project, has spent a collective 1,500 hours to restore it, Hagarty said.Volunteers restoring a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, commonly known as a Huey, clean it in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport.The project began with removing the Desert Storm-era tan camouflage, to restore it to its original olive drab exterior. “That was a lot of sanding,” Gurbisz said. After­ward, the work has been cleaning and refurbishing to make the interior presentable for what will be an authentic, fixed display for visitors, especially for the school-age children, who visit the memorial and museum.The group has been collecting spare parts from wherever it can get them, Hagarty and Gurbisz said.It looks as though there will be enough parts to sufficiently restore the craft’s cockpit to allow visitors to sit in it. The volunteers hope to be able to raise enough money to restore it and have it ready for an unveiling on May 7, 2014, which is the state Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. The group also hopes to also be able to afford to install a simulator in the cockpit to give visitors a realistic appreciation of what it was like to fly in such an aircraft.“It’s a pretty tall order,” Hagarty said about the work that needs to be done.While the project has received some support with organizations and individuals contributing funds and parts, the overall project will cost between $150,000-$200,000, according to Hagarty.This week the museum is beginning its KickStarter campaign to assist in fundraising efforts for the project’s completion.For these guys – the group of volunteers is all male – this is an important project in terms of the nation’s history and their own.“When I first saw this, it was a ton of flashbacks,” Gurbisz said. “I was one of those 20-year-old warrant officers” assigned to Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, flying Hueys on rescue and recovery missions.Burns, who authored the memoir Centaurs in Vietnam: Untold Stories of the First Year, remembered how he was flying a Huey during his tour of Vietnam when he, his crew and the craft started taking on enemy fire.“They were in their spider holes firing – ping, ping, ping,” went the shots as it hit the helicopter shell, Burns said, noting his crew was operating the helicopter’s machine guns, strafing the area. Enemy fire then caught the tail rudder and the craft began twisting, eventually crashing in a rice paddy. Thankfully, he and the four-member crew all survived, he said.There were about 3,000 of these helicopters at any given time operating in Vietnam, playing a vital role in that conflict, Gurbisz said. There were a total of roughly 14,000 in use over the course of the war of which about 6,000 didn’t make it out, Burns said.“I left one there,” he said.Young visitors to the museum will “get a sense of the war,” and its significance from the site’s multimedia presentations and existing displays. “But, they don’t really understand the role of the helicopter, the magnitude of it,” Gurbisz. “It brought guys in. It carried them out. It brought supplies” and transported the wounded during its active combat role, Burns said. “It brought them beer,” he said with a slight smile.“It was part of you,” for that time in their lives, Burns said.For more information about the project, visit read more

first_imgWestern Bureau:Double ISSA Western Conference High School basketball champions Herbert Morison Technical are in pole position after Game One of their best-of-three finals on Wednesday, outlasting a spirited Cornwall College in both the Under-16 and U-19 categories at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison stopped Cornwall College by a comfortable 65-50 margin to win the senior match-up.But they were made to work much harder in the junior section by a Cornwall College side that was bent on turning the tables on the Herbert Morrison juggernaut. Herbert Morrison ultimately prevailed by a narrow 53-50 margin for the advantage heading into Game Two of the series.The reliable shooting guard, Ralique Grant, was in awesome form for his team, ending with a game-high 34 points.Grant, who is in line for the season’s MVP award, also had three rebounds, six steals, and three assists.Fellow guard Tafari Vassell added 12 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort for Herbert Morrison as Herbert Morrison sped off to a whirlwind 13-point lead (18-5) after just one quarter.Cornwall College rallied through Antonio Spence, especially in the second quarter. Spence eventually ended as his team’s top scorer with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.But it was the defending champions all the way as they dominated all quarters, except in the fourth, as Spence and Leonardo Friginette threatened to wrest Game One from them. Friginette also recorded a double-double, hitting 15 points and 13 rebounds.In the end, Herbert Morrison had enough to post the victory, after posting (18-5, 15-12, 16-11 and 16-22) quarterly returns.It was not so comfortable for them, however, in the Under-16 category as Ojay Marshall and Alwade Thompson of Cornwall partnered superbly in trying to secure the much-needed win.Marshall’s 17 points and three rebounds and that of Thompson (12 points), propelled Cornwall College to within touching distance of a victory, but Herbert Morrison’s star shooter, Shaqueal Benti’s 17 points output, led the way.Benti was supported in the win by Ryheem Barrett, 13 points, while Davaughn Campbell chipped in with a useful 10 points, four rebounds, and eight steals.last_img read more

first_img “The platform was laid for a person like me with a little bit of power,” said Powell. “What I did therefore was to just take a few balls first and get going, and then after get going I could explode and go big.” Entering the fray with the Scorpions well-placed at 269 for two in the 36th over on the back of a record-equaling opening wicket stand of 174 between Chadwick Walton and Steven Taylor, and joining the then on-the-go Jermaine Blackwood, Powell went on to slam nine sixes and six fours in his electrifying act. The recent West Indies one-day debutant then returned to bowl with accuracy and variation to bamboozle the Red Force. The 31-year-old Walton topscored with 117, Taylor got 88, and Blackwood, an unbeaten 108. “The wicket kind of suited me,” he said of his bowling.” It was a not a fast wicket, and once the wicket is not fast, medium pacers, who bowl a lot of cutters and use their fingers on the ball can get a lot of assistance. I,therefore, just went out there to execute. He added: “I also would like to do same in the final, as the team is peaking at the moment, and I would like us to return home with the trophy.” The final is set for a 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time start, and is scheduled to be aired on cable television network, ESPN. -J.L. PLATFORM LAID Enterprising all-rounder Rovman Powell says execution was the order of the day for him against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-finals of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament and come today, he hopes to replicate this against Barbados Pride in the final at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda. A revelation for Jamaica over the past two seasons, the 23-year-old Powell smashed a whirlwind career-best 95 off a mere 45 balls, and claimed a career-best five for 36 off eight overs to help guide Jamaica to a record-breaking 292 runs win over the dethroned champions. The Scorpions batted first and made 434 for four before dismissing Trinidad for 142.last_img read more

first_imgLiberia’s football chief Musa Bility has outlined plans to improve football in the country with the support from the Liberian government.Mr. Bility, in his 2nd term’s inaugural address on Saturday, pointed out four main developmental pillars that if achieved could move the game to another level.He said the first pillar will be the building of 13 technical centers in 13 counties, and has therefore written to the Counties’ Local Administrations and Legislative Caucuses for 10 acres of land in each county for the project.He said Bong, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties have so far donated theirs lands, while six counties have consented to give theirs.Mr. Bility said the Grand Gedeians have beseeched the LFA to name it in memory of Liberia’s 21st President, the late Dr. Samuel K. Doe.He stated in an elated tone that the LFA has agreed to name it ‘The Samuel K. Doe Technical Center.’“We are working closely with Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor to dedicate the first leeward county’ technical center this year June,” Bility said.He said the second pillar is the petitioning of the National Legislature to mandate every County’s Local Administration to turn over every football facility to the Liberia Football Association.He stated that the fields would be used to effect the decentralization of football in the counties through youth and grassroots football.The football chief said the third pillar is the resolution to change the mandate of the Edwin M. Snowe’s Mobilization Committee from begging for money for the support of the national football teams (the Lone Star, Satellite, and Starlets) to lobby for a huge budgetary allocation.Mr. Bility said a ‘huge budgetary allotment’ would help boost the game in the country.President Bility said the fourth pillar is a recommendation to the Ministry of Youths and Sports to restrict the ages of players in the National County Sports Meet to U-17, and only players who are in schools should participate in the tournament.He added: “We would also suggest for the inclusion of Women Football in the County Meet.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA gardening event is encouraging residents to begin growing their own food and learn about the benefits of gardening.The Fort St. John Community Food Security Committee will be holding the “Come to the Table” event on Saturday.- Advertisement -Although the community garden is new to Fort St. John, having only begun last summer, Beth Thompson, one of the committee’s members, told Issues and Answers on Wednesday that the committee wants to encourage people to get involved in gardening in various ways.[asset|aid=3493|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=abde288bc099d133cd012df8c2565324-Thompson 1_1_Pub.mp3] Thompson says some of the benefits people have in growing their own food is that they know just how healthy their food is and exactly where it came from.Emily Goodman, another of the committee’s members, says the committee hopes to get various individuals involved in gardening, even if they do not have their own garden access.Advertisement [asset|aid=3494|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=abde288bc099d133cd012df8c2565324-Goodman garden 1_1_Pub.mp3] The event will include hands-on activities for all ages and gardening skill levels. Some of the booths at the event will allow residents to learn about doing yoga in their gardens, literacy promotion through gardening, composting and getting children involved in gardening.The event will take place on Saturday at the North Peace Cultural Centre from 12 until 5 p.m. and the committee will be handing out tomato seedlings to the first 200 residents that attend the event.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: –  Highway 97, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Beatton Airport Rd and Aitken Creek Rd for 13.2 km (40 to 27 km south of Wonowon). Single lane alternating traffic at 10:15 AMUPDATE: CVSE is on the scene.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Traffic is stopped on Hwy 97 at approx Mile 76 due to a vehicle on fire.- Advertisement –Motorists have reported a Ford Pick up towing a boat is currently on fire.If you have any more information on the incident, email us at and we will keep the story updated.last_img read more

first_imgWith Hurricane Wilma expected to arrive with potentially devastating force in Florida this weekend, school and Atlantic Coast Conference officials postponed Saturday’s game between Georgia Tech and sixth-ranked Miami. No. 20 West Virginia’s trip to Tampa to face South Florida also was postponed. The Big East will wait until today to announce when the Mountaineers and Bulls will play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Meanwhile, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins were taking a wait-and-see attitude and monitoring the storm’s path. The Dolphins are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. TENNIS: Andy Roddick blew a match point and lost 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3) to Ivo Karlovic in the second round of the Madrid Masters in a contest between big servers. “For two sets, I don’t think I could have played better,” Roddick said. “It was the highest quality match we’ve played.” Pittsburgh Penguins top draft pick Sidney Crosby is among the 81 potential players for Canada’s hockey team at the Turin Olympics in February. The list, released by Hockey Canada on Tuesday, includes nine goaltenders, 23 defensemen and 49 forwards. A player has to be on the preliminary list to be eligible for the 23-man roster for the Olympics. Georgia Tech will play at Miami on Nov. 19. Miami’s scheduled trip to Wake Forest on Thursday, Nov. 17 will now be played on Saturday, Nov. 12. Tulane will play Central Florida on Friday instead of Saturday to avoid Wilma, which is expected to hit central Florida on Saturday. center_img Forwards Jason Spezza, Eric Lindros, Paul Kariya and defenseman Bryan McCabe are among the players also named who weren’t among the 37 players invited to Team Canada’s summer camp. HORSE RACING: Jill’s Sky beat Element K. by 1 lengths to win Wednesday’s $45,000 feature at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting. SOCCER: Four-time defending French champion Lyon remained perfect in the UEFA Champions League, rallying for a 2-1 victory Wednesday over Olympiakos. Also 3-0-0 in the group stage of Europe’s top club competition are Arsenal, which received two goals from Thierry Henry in a 2-0 victory Tuesday at Sparta Prague, and Bayern Munich, which edged Italian giant Juventus 2-1 Tuesday. Inter Milan suffered its first loss (2-0 at FC Porto), and two other title contenders – Chelsea (4-0 over Real Betis) and Real Madrid (4-1 over Rosenborg) – won big. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was joined by PSV Eindhoven midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Kasey Keller as finalists for the Honda Player of the Year award, presented annually to the top U.S. male soccer player. The winner will be announced Nov. 30. Galaxy players Herculez Gomez (Comeback Player of the Year) and Tyrone Marshall (Defender of the Year) were among MLS awards finalists announced Wednesday. The MVP will be scoring champion Taylor Twellman of New England, runner-up Jaime Moreno of D.C. United or assist leader Dwayne De Rosario of San Jose. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDonegal businesses are cashing in on the strength of sterling with a jump in visitors from across the border.Letterkenny is noticing a lift in shoppers from across the border due to the strength of sterling.Sterling is now at a two year high against the euro at €1.28 to £1.The situation means that consumers from across the North are now shopping, taking breaks and even having their weddings in Donegal. Toni Forrestor, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, said there is a definite increase in the amount of business coming from across the border in recent months.And she says it’s a win, win situation for the local economy.“Letterkenny businesses have always offered good rates to our Northern visitors.“But the jump in the strength of sterling means that they are getting even more buying power. “We have certainly noticed the number of visitors from the North has increased in recent months.“It also means that some local sectors who would have traditionally went into the North for grocery shopping are staying local and finding good value here.“All in, it’s very good news for the local economy in Donegal,” she said.Some of the larger retailers such as Penneys have also reported large volumes of sterling passing through their shops as they offer favourable rates. SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:donegaleuroletterkennyshopperssterlinglast_img read more

first_imgThe names of a selection of South African products are now protected under a new agreement with the European Union (EU). It follows from a bilateral protocol on geographic indicators negotiated between the republic and the EU.South Africa said 102 wine names would be protected under the agreement and three agricultural product names, namely rooibos, Karoo lamb, and honeybush tea.In addition, an economic partnership agreement between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and EU has been negotiated.#PostCab New agreement with EU will see 102 wine names, Karoo lamb, rooibos and honeybush (teas) names protected GD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 26, 2016It allowed a single trade regime with the EU, said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, and “would enhance the preferential access of some products to the EU such as sugar, ethanol, wine, fish and fruit”, reported news website Business Day.“[The agreement] further demonstrates that our country is on a path to recovery and continues to be a viable investment destination,” the Cabinet said. “It ensures in line with the National Development Plan’s objectives that South Africa advances industrialisation and promotes South African exports into the EU market.”The agreement also promotes the development of regional value chains in Africa, contributing to regional integration.South reporterlast_img read more