TCU takes care of Texas Southern to win 16th straight game

June 13, 2021


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first_imgFacebook Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podell TCU forward JD Miller drives to the rim against Texas Southern. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podell Facebook + posts Garrett Podell Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Previous articleWomen’s basketball cruises to victory over Northwestern StateNext articleTCU Womens Basketball ends nonconference play on a high note Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier ReddIt Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas printThe Horned Frogs were given a scare at home Monday against Texas Southern, trailing the Tigers by as many as four with two minutes remaining in the first half, but TCU came alive in the second half, winning by 19, 91-72.TCU entered Monday first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in field goal shooting at 53.1 percent, but the Horned Frogs were hampered by shooting woes in the first 20 minutes, making just 15 of their first 35 shots and hit just one of its six first-half three-pointers.“These guys got away with using the zone on us early, we missed shots and didn’t get the ball inside enough,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Texas Southern, have so much respect for those kids, and they have the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country, pretty sure they’ll be in the NCAA Tournament again.”Another factor in the Tigers’ first-half success was point guard Demontrae Jefferson, who scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the opening 20 minutes.“We stepped it up defensively in the second half because we let Jefferson get going in the first half, which we didn’t want to happen,” TCU forward JD Miller said. The second half was a different story.Tied at 43 with just a minute gone by in the second half, TCU guard Kenrich Williams spearheaded a 10-0 run by the Horned Frogs, chipping in eight, including back-to-back three-pointers. The Horned Frogs never trailed again the rest of the night.Miller led all TCU players in scoring with 20, forward Vladimir Brodziansky chipped in 18 without shooting a three-pointer, and Kenrich Williams added 17 points before fouling out.TCU guard Kenrich Williams pulls up from the elbow against Texas Southern. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTexas Southern was TCU’s sixth straight opponent that was picked toward the top of its conference. The Horned Frogs have played against St. Bonaventure (2nd, A10), Belmont (1st, OVC), Yale (2nd, Ivy), SMU (4th, AAC), Nevada (1st, MWC) and Texas Southern (1st, SWAC).The Horned Frogs overcame the presence of the Tigers’ 7 foot 2-inch behemoth at center in Trayvon Reed to win the battle down low. TCU out-rebounded Texas Southern 51-29 and out-scored them in the paint, 52-30.“Their center is 7-2, but their four-man was undersized,” Miller said. “I tried to go at him as much as I could, which worked out for me.”TCU forward JD Miller finishes on a scoop shot against Texas Southern. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTCU has now won 16 straight games dating back to last season’s NIT Championship run as it won its eleventh straight contest this season. The 16 consecutive victories tie a program record set in 1998, winning 16 straight from Jan. 8 to March 5, 1998.The last time the Horned Frogs won like this to begin a season was when they won a school-record 13 consecutive games to open a season in December 2014.“I like our rotation and where we’re at,” Dixon said. “We knew Nevada and SMU were good, we played St. Bonaventure who has a high RPI. We expect to win. I didn’t have any games on this schedule that I expect to lose. It’s a good thing, records are good, that’s what we came here to do. “The Horned Frogs play their final non-conference game Friday at Schollmaier Arena against William & Mary. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ReddIt Linkedin Garrett Podell Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Twitter Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Satellite Experiments Simultaneous with Antarctic Measurements (SESAME)

May 9, 2021


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first_imgSatellite Experiments Simultaneous with Antarctic Measurements (SESAME) is one of the four ground-based programmes within the NASA/ISAS Global Geospace Science (GGS) mission, itself part of the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) programme. The scientific objectives of SESAME are carefully selected to make an invaluable contribution to the GGS mission by capitalising on the unique geophysical advantages of Antarctica for geospace research. These arise mainly from the large displacement of the geographic and geomagnetic poles. Specifically, SESAME is designed to study the ionospheric effects of merging at the magnetopause, reconnection in the geomagnetic tail and its relationship to substorms, mapping of significant geospace boundaries to ionospheric altitudes, plasma wave generation and propagation at high latitudes, and ionosphere-thermosphere interactions. The experimental programme is centred at Halley (76° S, 27° W) but also utilises automatic geophysical observatories located poleward of Halley. The suite of instruments provides an excellent image of the inner boundary of geospace and thus is complementary to the GGS spacecraft measurements. The data products that will be supplied askey parameters to the GGS experimenters on a routine basis are described. A brief review of previous results is presented, and some of the significant scientific questions to be addressed using the combination of ground-based and space-based observations are discussed.last_img read more

O.C. Battles Beach Erosion With Geotubes

May 2, 2021


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first_imgA geotube at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard, shown here in the background after it was exposed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, was credited with saving Ocean City homes. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) By MADDY VITALEIt is expected to stretch two blocks long, will look like a huge sock and will be filled with sand.What is it?Ocean City plans to bury another giant geotube in the dunes to protect the shoreline. Geotubes previously worked well in protecting other vulnerable spots in Ocean City’s beaches, including Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard.Now, the city wants to put a geotube in another area suffering from erosion – between Fourth and Fifth streets.“They basically work like a bulkhead – except bigger and stronger, and filled with sand native to the surrounding beach,” explained Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen on Wednesday.Mayor Jay Gillian said in his Mayor’s Message on Oct. 25 that during a City Council meeting the night before, Council members approved a bond ordinance that includes potential funding for the installation of geotubes on the eroded beach in the area surrounding Fifth Street.“I have instructed the city team to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection to see if it’s possible to use this technology there,” Gillian said in his message. “Geotubes are giant cylinders made of plastic fabric and stuffed with sand, then buried by more sand and dune grass.”He also described how well the geotubes work under the dunes along East Atlantic Boulevard.“They were the only thing that saved many north-end properties during Superstorm Sandy in 2012,” he said.At the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato told the Council members that the city wants to piggyback on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project to install a large geotube that would help protect the shoreline between the areas of Fourth and Fifth streets.Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Strathmere are part of a $32.5 million Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project that will deposit a total of 2.4 million cubic yards of fresh sand along the eroded shoreline of all three towns.The project is expected to get underway this fall and be completed in time for the 2020 summer tourism season.Cliff Cole, of Nebraska, likes to surf in Ocean City, and Fifth Street is his favorite spot, but erosion is always a concern.The bond ordinance that was approved for a series of public improvements in Ocean City includes $3 million to help the city pay for its share of the beach replenishment project. Some of that funding would go to the proposed geotubes.“The scope, cost and timing of any potential project is entirely contingent on acquiring federal and state permits. But Frank (Donato) designated $1 million in the pending bond ordinance for geotubes in the area near Fourth Street and Fifth Street,” Bergen noted.When asked why there are certain areas of the city’s beaches that get hit the hardest from storms, resulting in dramatic erosion compared to other beaches, Bergen pointed out that it has a lot to do with the shape of the island.“The beach in the blocks around Fifth Street is the most exposed to waves and currents,” he said. “It’s no coincidence that the same stretch is home to some of the best surf in Ocean City.”The results of using a geotube at the Waverly beach were positive, Bergen said.In one of the photos provided by Bergen from Oct. 30, 2012, the morning after Superstorm Sandy, it shows the Oct. 29, 2012, storm flattened the dune at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard.“The geotube was the only thing holding back the ocean,” Bergen pointed out. “The geotubes definitely saved a good bit of north-end property.”Since then, the shoreline there has dramatically improved.“At Waverly, the dunes and beach have grown substantially over time, and the geotubes have not been exposed since Sandy,” Bergen said. “But it’s nice to know they’re there as an insurance policy. The city would hope for the same at Fifth Street.”On Oct. 28, 2012, as Superstorm Sandy approached Ocean City, a healthy dune was beginning to erode enough to slightly expose the geotube at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more

West Indies v India, 4th Test, Port of Spain …

September 19, 2020


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first_imgRain-affected day sees Windies lose two wickets(ESPNCricinfo) – India’s hopes of retaining the No.1 Test ranking going into the home season suffered a setback as only 22 overs were possible on the first day in wet Port of Spain. Forecast for the second day wasn’t great either, and the facilities at the ground came under scrutiny too. The first day’s play began half-an-hour late despite no rain since the evening before the Test, and it was called off as early as 14:00hrs. There is no super sopper at Queen’s Park Oval.Any team will be a tad disappointed with losing two wickets in the first session after choosing to bat on a slow track, but such has been the state of the West Indies batting that they might take this, with the rain being the bonus. Only once in the series have they lost their third wicket after reaching three figures.Kraigg Brathwaite, who has shown the willingness to buckle down, did that job, but he will be disappointed that they lost two wickets especially after he and Leon Johnson had seen off the first spells of the opening bowlers.West Indies will be all the more disappointed because the pitch was really slow, after having spent a lot of time under covers because of rain, leading up to the Test. It had left the outfield wet enough to delay the start of the Test by half-an-hour.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had cracked open the last Test for India, wasted little time, though, in creating opportunities. In his first four overs, he hit the outside edge of Brathwaite’s bat four times: twice the ball fell short, once it travelled in the gap in the slip cordon, and once Virat Kohli dropped it at second slip, seeming to suggest he expected third slip KL Rahul to go for it.That wasn’t the first disfavour he had done his bowlers: he had decided to play just the four bowlers so that both Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma could be included. Also he dropped Shikhar Dhawan for M. Vijay after an uncertain batting line-up had been reduced to 126 for 5 in the previous Test.After seeing off Bhuvneshwar and Mohammed Shami for a partnership of 31 runs, Johnson fell to the first ball bowled by Ishant Sharma. This was his second straight dismissal to short leg, and again straight off the bat. Ishant got it just high enough into the ribs, but Johnson could have left it alone.The second wicket didn’t take so much co-operation from the batsman. After Darren Bravo had picked R Ashwin for a two and a four at his home ground, the next ball was just a bit shorter, creating the distance between the pitch of the ball and the bat. Then it had enough time to turn from middle and leg and past the outside edge to hit the top of off stump. That in the first session of a Test is excellent for a spinner.Brathwaite, though, remained solid and in partnership with Marlon Samuels took West Indies to within 15 minutes of early lunch when rain brought them early relief for them. As it turned out steady rain for the next hour or so was all it took for the day’s play to be called off.last_img read more

Public Invited to Open House on Proposed US 101 Ramps in…

August 6, 2020


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first_imgSubmitted by The City of Olympia New highway access ramps are planned at two locations on US 101 to provide better access to the west side of Olympia. The ramps would reduce traffic congestion at the intersection of Black Lake Boulevard and Cooper Point Road, improve access to medical facilities, businesses and residential areas, and provide route options for all travelers in the areaThe public is invited to an open house and environmental scoping meeting on Wednesday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Puget Sound Community College Student Union Building (Building #27) 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. The meeting will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the proposed improvements, share suggestions about what environmental topics should be evaluated and help identify potential environmental impacts and benefits of the project. A presentation will kick off the event at 6 p.m., and informational materials will be available on a drop-in basis. Information will also be available on the City’s website.BackgroundIn 2010, the City of Olympia and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) partnered on a West Olympia Access Study to evaluate the street and highway systems on Olympia’s west side. The study evaluated how well the street network supports the diverse transportation needs of the west side now, and what changes will be needed in the future. The study recommended new ramps be constructed to/from US 101 at two locations:Kaiser Road: a westbound off-ramp and eastbound on-ramp.Yauger Way: an off-ramp extension in the westbound direction at Black Lake Boulevard that would connect to Yauger Way.Recent analysis identified a more cost-effective design variation that could reduce original project cost estimates by about half. This variation maintains the same connection points at Kaiser Road and Yauger Way, but eliminates a previously proposed bridge structure.Next StepsSeveral steps must be completed before the project can be designed and constructed:Environmental Assessment – Analysis of potential impacts to the environment associated with construction of the improvements, expected to be complete in early 2016.Interchange Justification Report (IJR) – Report documenting the traffic analysis, environmental impacts, and preliminary design of the improvements, also expected to be complete in early 2016.Project Funding – Construction of the planned improvements is currently not funded.  Following approval of the IJR and Environmental Assessment, the City will seek funding to prepare final design plans, purchase additional right-of-way, and construct the improvements.  Preliminary cost estimates based on the design variation indicate the project will require about $40 million in 2015 dollars to complete.  Construction of the improvements may be as much as ten years in the future due to the significant project cost.More InformationFor additional information, visit the City of Olympia’s website or contact Project Manager Randy Wesselman, Olympia’s Transportation Engineering and Planning Manager, [email protected] or 360.753.8477. Facebook172Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Temperatures Climb As Residents Seek Relief

August 4, 2020


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first_imgStory and photos by Joseph SapiaDAN DUFFY DID not have to step outside or look at a thermometer to know it was heat-wave hot outside.He could tell by the food he was selling at his Cracked Olive Market in Holmdel Village – “a lot more fruit, fresh salads,” he said. Not, say, the thick sandwiches or the hot soup he would sell on a normal day.“Everybody’s a step slower,” Duffy said. “The last thing you want is a heavy meal. That slows you down as well. You think of Thanksgiving, everyone wants that nap.”No wonder, the area last week was in the midst of a heat wave, which the National Weather Service defines as “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather.” During the Wednesday, July 6, to Friday, July 8, period, temperatures were in the 90s with humidity levels nearby.“If you have high heat and high humidity, the body loses its ability to cool,” said Mike Hudson, a paramedic who is captain of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue.Mike Applestot, who works for the Monmouth County road department, was cutting roadside grass in Holmdel. He had the cab windows of his tractor open.“There’s no air conditioning, killing me,” said Applestot, 49, a Keansburg resident. “It gets tough.”So, Applestot dealt with the heat by “drinking a lot of water” and taking breaks in cool places. “Days like this, they don’t want you to not take breaks,” Applestot said.And for lunch?Watermelon from the Cracked Olive.“That’s the way of coping,” Applestot said.A woman walks along the Atlantic Ocean in MonmouthBeach, while others are in the surf.“All the guys working outside, they’re all trying to get started as early as possible or as late as possible, because that middle of the day is brutal,” Duffy said. “The people in offices are only complaining if the air conditioning isn’t working.”At the Cracked Olive, not only was it hot – about 90 degrees on that late Friday morning – but the air conditioning was being repaired because it was not working properly.But for some, working in the heat was a breeze.In Monmouth Beach, Special Officer James Courtney was winding down a shift at mid-day of helping pedestrian beach traffic cross the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Valentine Street.“Today, six hours,” said Courtney, who lives in Middletown. “Yesterday, I was out for 13. I get a break as needed.”But, in between helping pedestrians, he had a chair under an umbrella that provided shade. He drank water and kept his hat wet with water.“I eat light, you’ve got to eat light in this weather,” Courtney said.“There’s a breeze,” Courtney said. “It’s easy to stay cool.”Some had to be in the heat, perhaps because of their jobs. Others chose to be in the heat, not letting it ruin their day.Greg Santollo, 31, and Keith Renfroe, 42, both of Atlantic Highlands, were on a long bicycle ride. They had already ridden from Atlantic Highlands to Asbury Park, then back north through Colts Neck and into Holmdel.“We’re 60 miles in,” said Santollo, as they took a break.“Three water stops,” Renfroe said.They also were taking sodium and potassium supplements. They were planning to continue, heading back to Colts Neck, before heading home.“It’s probably going to be be 85, 90 (miles),” Renfroe said.Karen Josselyn of Oceanport was headed to the beach.“We go to the beach every day,” said Josselyn, 49. “And I love the heat. I ran on the beach this morning. The summer brings back the best in me.“You just have to stay ahead of the heat,” she said. “Drink fluids, take cover if you have to.”Despite the heat, there did not seem to be major problems, so people apparently were taking care of themselves. “We’ve had a couple of heat emergencies (in Sea Bright) over the last couple of days, but nothing of (a) critical nature,” Hudson said. “The heat coming off the sand is hotter than the ambient temperature.”Hudson said the heat incidents he had dealt with were minor heat exhaustion.“Stay hydrated, keep in shade,” said Hudson.Heat likely will have a greater impact on infants, the elderly or those with underlying medical problems, Hudson said.“Alcohol and drugs play a big factor in any environmental emergency,” Hudson said.Like it or not, more heat is expected. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures hitting around 90 degrees at the end of this week.“I’ll never complain about the heat,” Josselyn said. “Eighty-five and 90 (degrees) and sunny is perfect for me.”Of course, people do complain about the weather.“If they’re not complaining about the heat, they’re complaining about the cold,” Duffy said. “I feel it wasn’t that long ago we were complaining about the cold in February.”last_img read more

Oh what a feeling — Kinrade sips from Calder Cup

August 3, 2020


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first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsMinor hockey players spend early years dreaming of scoring that game-winning goal during the Stanley Cup Final.Hoopsters emulate on the outdoor court sinking the final shot that earns their team the title at the buzzer — from center, no less.And baseball stars fantasize knocking home the game-winning run with a blast over the fence with two outs in bottom of the ninth.Not many though think about making the big catch in center field, blocking the game-winning attempt with the clock running out or making the key defensive play that preserves the victory in the dying seconds.Geoff Kinrade probably didn’t think about making the game-saving block, with goaltender Robin Lehner out of the net, in the final minute of the Calder Cup clinching victory.But he did.Kinrade joined forces with his Binghamton teammates to perform yeoman duties that allowed the B-Sens to capture the 2011 American Hockey League Calder Cup title earlier this month over the Houston Aeros.“It was a relief we finally did it,” the Binghamton Senators rearguard told The Nelson Daily during a brief stop back in his hometown a few weeks after skating around the Toyota Centre in Houston with the Calder Cup hoisted above his shoulders.“Everyone was pretty banged up and tired, myself included,” the 25-year-old Nelsonite added. “There’s no way we wanted to take it to a game seven because we all know it’s a coin toss and anything can happen.”Kinrade admits there were many key moments in the final.Ryan Keller’s game-winning power play goal that snapped a 2-2 tie with nine minutes gone in the final frame may have been the turning point.Lehner’s solid play during game six, and throughout the playoffs, that earned the Binghamton backstop MVP accolades.And his game-saving stop was just one part of the total team victory. “The rebound went right to (Aeros sniper Patrick) O’Sullivan,” said Kinrade. “I saw the our goal (Robin Lehner) was out of the goal so I just dove in front and the puck hit my arm and went out of play.”This was Kinrade’s second kick at professional hockey for the Ottawa Senators farm team after spending four successful seasons at Michigan Tech University on scholarship.During year one the B-Sens failed to make the playoffs. However, Kinrade had an inkling this 2011 team was something special. “I had an idea we had the team to do it but it was definitely a surprise we kept on winning,” said the 6-foot, 207 pound defenceman, playing in all 23 playoff games for Binghamton.Kinrade was surprised because Binghamton had missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons prior to entering the 2010-11 campaign. He was surprised because this was the first championship for the B-Sens in 29 years of hosting an American Hockey League franchise.And a surprise because after falling behind 3-1 during round one of the playoffs against a very good Manchester Monarchs team, Kinrade & Company rallied back to win the series with three overtime victories.“That series was the toughest series because we had a couple of guys come back (from injury) and new guys filling spots,” Kinrade explained. 
 “We didn’t have any chemistry yet and guys were still feeling each other out . . .. And Manchester was a real good team.”Part of that chemistry was the emergence of Kinrade into a fine second year defenceman who joined teammate Andre Benoit to anchor the blueline core throughout the playoffs.“Andre and I played the most games in the playoffs of any of the defencemen on our original team but we couldn’t have gotten this far without Mark Borowiecki or Jared Cowen (of the Spokane Chiefs) as well as a few East Coast (League) call ups.”“And then there was the clutch plays of forwards (team captain) Ryan Keller and Ryan Potulny,” Kinrade adds. “Every time we needed a big play these guys stood up.”The Calder Cup is the next best thing to winning the Stanley Cup for professional hockey players.After the final buzzer sounded the players flocked to Lehner to celebrate the title.Every player on the B-Sens skated with the Calder Cup, hoisting the AHL trophy over their heads.However, Calder Cup title almost played second fiddle for the players and coaches on the team. Prior to game six it was revealed that Sens assistant coach Steve Stirling suffered chest pains and did not make the trip to Houston.Once the Cup was in the bag the players hustled their way back to Binghamton to visit Stirling in hospital.“We went to the hospital right after we got off the plane,” Kinrade said.For Kinrade the end of the post season gets the free agent rearguard thinking about his future.In two seasons with the Ottawa Senator farm team Kinrade has shown plenty of improvement, but no call up to play with the NHL club.So is there a change coming in the future for Kinrade?That decision will wait while the Nelson Leaf product celebrates his first title since capturing a Bantam Rep Provincial Title during his minor hockey days in [email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Glacier Gymnastics Club Team

August 3, 2020


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first_imgThe team includes Atlyn Proctor, Neeva Marechal, Macy Weston, Tabia Hartikainen, Molly Anderson, Kallie Badry, Chloe Proctor, Fernanda Hartikainen, Tia Berens, Gabby Patterson, Tiia Brackett and Georgia Shuel-Plouffe. The 2016 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships were held recenlty at the Glacier Gym Club.And the local club did not disappoint as the Glacier athletes reached new levels against teams from Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations by naming this group of Glacier athletes, Team of the Week.last_img read more


August 2, 2020


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first_imgGary Stevens6811111216%$938,820 PROSPECT PARK DRILLS FOR SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE            Bud Collier should have been at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning.While he wouldn’t have hosted “Beat the Clock,” he could have emceed “Beat the Rain,” as workers were out in droves in an effort to overcome wet weather forecast to hit Santa Anita early Saturday morning, possibly jeopardizing scheduled works that day.There were 302 recorded works Friday on the main track.Impressive maiden winner Prospect Park was one of the Triple Crown hopefuls who worked, going five furlongs in company under Kent Desormeaux for Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.Prospect Park and workmate Big Tire, trained by Mark Glatt, were clocked in 1:01.40.“He looked good,” trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said of Prospect Park, a son of Tapit owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod. “I got him coming home the last quarter in 23 and two.”Firing Line, runner-up by a head to unbeaten Dortmund in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, went five furlongs in 59.60 for trainer Simon Callaghan, who is contemplating either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher.“I’m really happy,” Callaghan said. “He galloped out in 1:12 and he looked really fluid. So far, so good.”Under Martin Garcia, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014 American Pharoah worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:23.80 for his 3-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 14. It was the fastest of seven drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:26.85.“He’s doing good,” Bob Baffert said. “I was happy with it.”Another Baffert trainee, San Vicente winner Lord Nelson, worked six furlongs for the San Felipe in 1:13, in company with Chasintheaces, who was clocked in 1:12.80. Bolo, also under consideration for the San Felipe, worked six furlongs for Carla Gaines in 1:13.80.Pain and Misery, yet another ticketed for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 for Richard Mandella under Flavien Prat, who rides in the San Felipe.Mandella also sent two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder five furlongs in 1:00.20 as she gets closer to her 5-year-old debut. “She’s coming along well,” Mandella said.Big Macher, who has been invited to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 28, worked five furlongs for Richard Baltas in 1:00.20.At Los Alamitos, Horse of the Year California Chrome worked five furlongs in a minute flat, according to track clockers, while trainer Art Sherman caught the son of Lucky Pulpit in 59.60 with a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:13.60. Exercise rider Anna Wells was aboard.“Really nice,” is how Sherman described the move. “It was just what I wanted. He’ll have two more works here before leaving for Dubai on March 17.”How busy were Santa Anita clockers Friday morning?Put it this way: “Even if the track’s open tomorrow,” said private clocker Gary Young, “I don’t think there are any horses left to work.” Mike Smith7315151121%$1,349,491 ‘CONQUEST’ IN STEP FOR GRADE II SAN CARLOS STAKESConquest Two Step had been a candidate for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, until trainer Mark Casse called an audible and decided to remain stateside.Next up for the Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa is next Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs.“I like how his numbers keep improving,” said Randi Melton, assistant to Casse for the past five years, referring to Conquest Two Step’s Beyer increases from 81 to 98 to 105 in his last three races, including a 1 ¼-length win in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 31.“Just weigh the options,” Melton said. “If the horse goes to Dubai and everything goes absolutely perfect, we lose two to three months, realistically, with everything going right.“He’s doing fantastic here, he loves it here, so we’ll keep him home.” MIKE LUZZI 2015 GEORGE WOOLF WINNERMike Luzzi, America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.A 45-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware, Luzzi has stood the test of time and has enjoyed a highly successful career riding primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland and New York. It is expected that Luzzi will travel west to Santa Anita to accept the award in March or April.Sidelined due to a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi outpolled four other finalists: James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Born Oct. 27, 1969, Luzzi was raised in part by his grandfather, legendary trainer Virgil “Buddy” Raines, who also trained one of Luzzi’s biggest early stakes winners–Timely Warning, with whom Luzzi won the 1991 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico and the Grade I Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. Luzzi was also the winner of New York’s prestigious Mike Venezia Memorial Jockey Award in 2001.With 26,540 career mounts, Luzzi has won 3,420 races. His mounts have generated purse earnings of $108,218,039.Luzzi and his wife Tania reside in Floral Park, New York, and have a daughter, Larue, 14, and a son, Lane, 16, who is preparing to become a jockey.The Woolf Award was created to honor and memorialize legendary jockey George “The Iceman” Woolf, who was regarded as one of the greatest big-money riders of his time.  Woolf died following a spill, which has often been attributed to the effects of diabetes, on Santa Anita’s Club House turn Jan. 3, 1946. The Woolf trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.The inaugural Woolf Award winner, which was determined by a vote of the Racing Press, was Gordon Glisson. Last year’s Woolf Award was won by Corey Lanerie.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, scheduled to run in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4, is now due to return to Keith Desormeaux on March 7 rather than March 1 after undergoing swimming rehab for an abscessed foot. “That gives us time for three works before the Derby,” the trainer said . . . Services will be private for former top jockey Jerry Lambert who died Monday at the age of 74. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Lambert’s name to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund . . . Assistant starter Huey Barnes reports that Eugene “Snake” McDaniel, the groom for 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack and a former employee of Charlie Whittingham and Ben Cecil, was scheduled to head home today from Country Villa Rehab in Arcadia where he underwent amputation of his right leg due to a blood clot. “He used to rub Ack Ack,” Cecil said, “and he kind of retired 10 years ago, but he didn’t stay retired for very long and came back and helped out around the barn. I went to see him a couple of times and he was in good spirits, but it’s going to take a bit of adjusting.” . . .Due to expected inclement weather Saturday, the Seabiscuit Movie Night in the Paddock following tomorrow’s races has been cancelled . . . There were 403 winning Late Pick 5 tickets sold Sunday, worth $979.50 each . . . Charlie Stutts took a philosophical approach to running 6-year-old gelding Crimson Giant, winner of only a maiden race from 66 starts, in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap next Saturday: “If he gets beat,” the trainer said, “10 minutes later they’ll forget all about him. If he wins, he runs into immortality.” Michael Pender3064220%$159,080 Jeff Bonde2690335%$321,280 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella4287719%$418,586 Peter Miller1001820818%$1,036,136 John Sadler798151210%$607,976 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 26) Martin Garcia9418131219%$1,298,560 Mark Casse4385519%$633,598 Flavien Prat81109812%$516,286 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 Fernando Perez1191114109%$523,662 Philip D’Amato48118723%$507,670 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 NEWCOMER STELLAR WIND STARTS IN SANTA YSABEL            Recently acquired Stellar Wind makes her West Coast debut Saturday when she runs in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.The daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin won by nearly nine lengths in her last start at Laurel on Dec. 18.“We got her after that race and this will be her first in California,” said John Sadler, who trains the chestnut filly for Hronis Racing, LLC. “I’ve worked her three times and she’s doing real well, so we’re looking forward to getting her started.”Sadler was unconcerned about the forecast of rain this weekend. “Mud won’t bother her,” he said. “The Curlins can handle it.”The Santa Ysabel: Enchanting Lady, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Achiever’s Legacy, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Rainha Da Bateria, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Stella Wind, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; and Glory, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1.Danette and Curlin’s Fox were scratched. SANTA ANITA WORKS ACCELERATED TO BEAT THE RAINSTELLAR WIND MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT SATURDAYCONQUEST TWO STEP STAYS HOME FOR SAN CARLOSLUZZI WINS SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD Tiago Pereira83981211%$312,384 Rafael Bejarano16842252225%$1,882,414 Tyler Baze18524202013%$1,383,604 Brice Blanc3262319%$239,512 Edwin Maldonado801151014%$403,676center_img Jerry Hollendorfer11022151620%$2,128,718 Mark Glatt4778715%$371,574 Mario Gutierrez744965%$264,900 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Brandon Boulanger925585%$163,336 Martin Pedroza1211118159%$513,034 Kent Desormeaux12124221520%$1,367,150 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Drayden Van Dyke13315151811%$817,406 Corey Nakatani841581218%$744,118 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS James Cassidy4575916%$270,050 Santiago Gonzalez6156118%$192,454 A. C. Avila2362326%$156,974 Victor Espinoza12022241418%$1,384,308 Peter Eurton57118819%$550,318 Elvis Trujillo14316171111%$1,005,122 Doug O’Neill10510101510%$579,036 Richard Baltas46107322%$394,918 Felipe Valdez3676719%$197,218 Bob Baffert671414921%$1,266,198 Joseph Talamo15317162611%$1,186,842 Mike Puype6251088%$278,896 Carla Gaines3154216%$317,105last_img read more

Kusile power station to go ahead

December 18, 2019


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first_imgKusile is being built in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. (Image: Eskom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki Khumalo Communications Department of Energy +27 82 773 2388 or +27 12 444 4256 RELATED ARTICLES • Power supply for World Cup ‘guaranteed’ • Deal to boost Africa’s power • Eskom gets $500m for upgrade • SA’s power plan surges aheadBongani NkosiConstruction of the coal-fired Kusile Power Station will not be cancelled, as previous media reports stated, because the facility is much needed to meet South Africa’s growing electricity demands, the government has said.This is according to a statement made by Department of Energy spokesperson Bheki Khumalo, who was responding to the inaccurate reports. “There is no viable option … to replace Kusile,” he said.“The department wishes to state categorically and without equivocation that Kusile Power Station is on the table,” Khumalo added.Kusile means “it has dawned” in local Nguni languages.Construction began in 2008 at Emalahleni, formerly known as Witbank, in Mpumalanga province – which has the richest coal reserves in the country.Upon completion the station will be the “second most advanced coal-fired power plant” in South Africa after the Medupi power station, which is currently under construction in Limpopo province, according to power utility Eskom.Eskom secured a loan of R28-billion (US$3.7-billion) from the World Bank on 8 April 2010 to finance the construction of the 4 800MW Medupi power plant. Once operational in 2013, it will be the country’s biggest generator of electricity.This will be a welcome addition as electricity reserves are low, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters has stated, and failing to address this now will undoubtedly lead to a repeat of 2008’s load-shedding and widespread blackouts – which were crippling to the economy.Medupi is being built near the currently operational 3 990MW coal-fired Matimba power station.Kusile part of SA’s power planSome 5 200ha have been set aside for Kusile, which will be positioned close to the existing 4 116MW-capacity Kendal power station. The site on which Kusile is being built was previously used for agriculture.Kusile is part of the government’s plans to ensure South Africa has enough power for the future, Khumalo said. “In the absence of Kusile, there will not be enough power to feed into the South African electricity grid,” he added.The entire Kusile plant is set for completion in 2017, but the first unit will be finished and ready for commercial operations by 2013. Eskom said in 2008 that the plant would cost an estimated R80-billion ($10.8-billion) to build.Anglo Coal South Africa, through its black economic empowerment subsidiary Anglo Inyosi Coal, will supply Kusile with 17-million tons of coal over a period of 47 years.According to Eskom, Kusile will be the first power station in South Africa to use Flue Gas Desulphurisation technology, which will reduce the plant’s harmful sulphur dioxide emissions.Hydro power from Ingula plantEskom is aiming at generating 12 300MW more power to feed into the national grid by 2017, as it’s estimated that South Africa will need about 40 000MW of electricity by 2025.The state-owned utility has also reached an agreement with independent power producers, who are expected to add about 400MW to the grid in the future. Eskom is also constructing the multibillion-rand Ingula power station, whose first unit is set to be commissioned in 2012. Ingula, a hydroelectric plant, is being built on two dams on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provinces.It will comprise four hydroelectric turbine units, each generating 333MW of power. The plant is one of the biggest environment-friendly projects Eskom has ever initiated.last_img read more