Scott Smith, JCD Girls Basketball

first_imgScott Smith, the girls basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, has 18 years of coaching experience.  He has coached the 8th grade boys, the JV girls, and even boys golf on his way to becoming the head coach of the Lady Eagles culminating with a state title in girls’ basketball!  The Lady Eagles are the only area girls team to win a state title.Scott was a Jac-Cen-Del graduate in 1983, and he played basketball for the Eagles all 4 of his high school years.  He is a member of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame!  Coach Smith went to Ivy Tech Southeast and played basketball there for 2 years.  He also went to Northern Kentucky University.  He is now the CFO of Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction  in Batesville.Scott and his wife of 35 years, Vickie, have a son and daughter and 2 grandsons, Brody and Charlie.last_img read more

Berbatov on form as Cottagers win

first_imgDimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham’s six-game Barclays Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw off Aston Villa 2-0. Should Berbatov sustain the form shown in the first half here, new boss Meulensteen’s chances of dragging Fulham clear of relegation danger will increase dramatically. Berbatov’s astute pass sent Alexander Kacinklic haring clear, and he lured Leandro Bacuna into a robust challenge that brought the penalty. It was a shocking mistake from the Villa full-back that condemned Paul Lambert’s men to a miserable 2-0 half-time deficit. The Midlanders were never able to find their stride, eventually suffering their first defeat in six league matches. Before this clash Lambert’s men held the second-best run of Premier League form behind Everton. Now they are left to rue the continued indifferent form of striker Christian Benteke, whose barren run stretched to nine games. Fulham recorded their first clean sheet since the 1-0 Stoke victory on October 5, holding out under what precious second-half pressure Villa could muster. Wherever Berbatov ends up by February, he proved his short-term Fulham commitment at least in an engaging first half. Both focal point and defence opener, this was the former Manchester United striker at his best. Just eight minutes in he nodded in a smart header that Brad Guzan had to touch on to the bar. Berbatov had fallen as though pole-axed moments earlier, rightly unsuccessful in a penalty shout. Even before that Giorgios Karagounis’ chipped pass was cut out, and Scott Parker’s through-ball nearly set John Arne Riise clear. Fulham had Villa pegged back into their own half for the opening 10 minutes, but Lambert’s men were always going to be dangerous on the break. Villa cut clear almost on cue, only for off-colour striker Benteke to head a fine chance wide. The Belgium forward hit the target after 20 minutes with a rasping shot from the edge of the box, but it was straight at Maarten Stekelenburg and the Fulham stopper parried with ease. That spurred the home side back into action, with Ashkan Dejagah racing clear, but unable to pull the trigger. Kaciniklic’s resulting effort was cleared off the line as Fulham cranked up the pressure. And then Meulensteen’s men struck. Berbatov’s cushioned header allowed Dejagah to send the onrushing Sidwell into the box, and the recalled midfielder clipped into the net at full stretch. If Villa were stunned by their inability to gain a foothold, manager Lambert would have been furious with Bacuna for conceding a soft penalty just before the half-hour mark. Berbatov sent Kaciniklic clear with a superb ball, but Fulham’s number 11 ran slightly too wide for a clear shot at goal. Well aware of his error, Kaciniklic delayed long enough for Bacuna to race in, and bundle him to the turf. Referee Mike Dean awarded the spot kick, and Berbatov delivered with a calm side-foot finish. Agbonlahor wasted a fine opening for Villa right at the start of the second half, letting a neat square ball stray across his path when he should have struck it first time. Philippe Senderos struck a firm header goalwards after a well-worked Fulham corner, but Guzan was equal to the effort. Riise was forced to nod round the far post in defence after an Agbonlahor cross, but it was slim pickings for Villa. Norway full-back Riise then headed against the post from a smart Karagounis cross. Back in the ascendancy, Fulham sought a third to kill off the contest. But Sidwell was unable to put even a toe to Dejagah’s low right-wing cross. Villa never found fluency in this tie, Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann’s near-collision in the Fulham box summing up a galling day. Fulham will simply not care though, buoyed hugely by three crucial points and lift-off for the Meulensteen era. Press Association Berbatov laid on Fulham’s first, Steve Sidwell’s third league goal of the campaign – before coolly side-footing a penalty he helped secure. The spot-kick finish was just Berbatov’s second league goal in 13 appearances this term, and it secured Rene Meulensteen’s first win in sole charge. last_img read more

Body of missing engineer found at Land of Canaan

first_imgOne day after an engineer attached to the JSB Investment Stone Yard and Wharf at Block R Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was reported missing, his body was retrieved from the Demerara River.Dead: Neil SookramDead is 34-year-old Neil Sookram, also called “Doujohn”, of Lot 18 Caines Street, Meadow Bank, Greater Georgetown. He was last seen at the work site about 00:30h on Monday last.Guyana Times understands that he was last seen entering the boat, “Christopher B”, reportedly under the influence of alcohol. At the time, the boat was docked at the said location.Preliminary investigations revealed that a colleague, Marcini Grosvenor of New Amsterdam, told investigators that the victim went onto the boat and requested that they go and have two more bottles of beer, but he refused.As such, Sookram reportedly left the cabin and was not seen until his body was discovered on Tuesday morning at Land of Canaan, EBD. The body was examined by detectives, but there were no visible marks of violence seen on the body. Attempts to contact his aunt, Annette Sookram, proved futile.His body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem examination. The Police are conducting their investigations.last_img read more

Spray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic Bullet

first_imgI have inspected projects for LEED, EarthCraft, and other certifications where neither the insulation installer nor the contractor realized that the average installed SPF was several inches thinner that specified, had significant gaps, and in some areas, was missing entirely.When I inspect homes, I stick a metal ruler in the foam to check the depth, pointing out the areas that are insufficient. More often that not, I see ½-pound open-cell SPF installations that average about 4 inches in rooflines and less than 3 inches in exterior walls. With an R-value of between 3.5 and 4 per inch, that means the installed R-value doesn’t even meet the energy code minimum.Not unlike the contractors who install batt insulation, there is far too little supervision or quality control over SPF in the field, and the contractors who are paying for it don’t know enough to evaluate what they are buying. RELATED ARTICLES Spray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-AllGetting Spray Foam RightGBA Encyclopedia: Spray Foam InsulationJoe Lstiburek on Spray FoamSpray Foam in Cold ClimatesAir Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamIt’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene Says Quality control needs helpWhile there are plenty of installers who have good quality control, in many cases, SPF has become yet another commodity product. Inexperienced contractors don’t understand that installation quality varies, and they often don’t know enough to evaluate the work they get. Is spray foam for lazy people?While I acknowledge that SPF is often the best solution for some building conditions such as floors over crawlspaces that must be vented, it is a petroleum product full of chemicals with significant environmental impact. I see it used in exterior walls where blown in fiberglass or cellulose, combined with sealing the exterior sheathing would work just as well.Complicated building volumes, particularly vaulted ceilings and cantilevered floors are difficult to insulate and air seal with traditional materials, so builders resort to SPF, when simpler designs would allow them to use less expensive materials.Even though SPF does solve a lot of problems with other insulation products, it isn’t magic and most of what it does, with some good planning and design, can be done just as well by alternative materials, often at a lower cost. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been pretty hard on batt insulation in the past. I feel that my complaints and concerns are well justified, but no matter which insulation product is chosen, it has to be installed properly or it just doesn’t work.Many people mistakenly believe (myself once among them) that spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is the perfect product, is always installed right, and tightens up homes every time.This is simply not the case. In fact, I am seeing more and more poorly installed SPF than ever before. Demand for SPF has increased, bringing more installers into the market, many without the necessary experience or quality control to provide consistent quality installation. SPF, and open-cell foam in particular, is frequently installed with large gaps where the fast-curing material folds over itself, leaving both exposed and hidden unfilled areas. Mix and temperature problems can affect its ability to adhere to framing. Cured insulation often pulls away from framing members leaving large gaps. Insulation is installed too thin. And finally, installers can miss whole sections, leaving large gaps in the air barrier that the insulation is supposed to provide.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 available in India at Rs 41,500

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S III is now available with 32GB in-built memory capacity in India at a price of Rs 41,500 via Samsung’s eStore. So far, only the 16GB variant of Samsung Galaxy S III was available in the country. The 16GB S III was launched at Rs 42,500, but is now available for Rs 38,400 in the market.Samsung recently announced a 64GB variant of the S III as well, but no price or India launch date of the device was mentioned. It may noted that Samsung on its official Facebook page had announced “Samsung Galaxy S III is now available with 32GB in-built memory capacity.” The Samsung Galaxy S III is successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which was one of the most successful smartphones of 2011. The S III, which boasts of a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x 720 pixels, runs on Google Android 4.0.4 OS. It is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM. The Samsung has also launched its London Olympics edition. The limited edition phone, which was introduced during the worldwide sporting event, featured four designs. The rear covers sport adorable designs of a soldier from the royal army, two designs of the British flag and a red and blue lion’s head. According to reports, the blue version of the phone features a union jack printed across the back of the phone. Both the white and blue Samsung Galaxy S3 phones incorporate the Olympic rings and the Team GB logo panel. The smartphone is made available exclusively at UK tech distributor Carphone Warehouse, which will start selling it on August 1. With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer believes new coach Mick McCarthy is capable of securing Declan Rice’s commitment.West Ham utility Rice also qualifies for England and is weighing up his commitment.McAteer told the Irish Independent: “Knowing Mick as I do, it wouldn’t surprise me if Declan Rice decided to represent Ireland now.”However, the way they’re moving, Declan possibly thinks England. Gareth Southgate is doing a really good job and he might want to be a part of that. England have a better chance of winning a World Cup. “But I don’t think he’d play a great deal of football for England. There are four of five midfielders that maybe come before him.”For Ireland, he’d be a key player. He could be a star for us.”Jason McAteer, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM to apologize Nov 24 for residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It was described as a “double dagger to the heart” when former residential school students from Newfoundland and Labrador were shut out of a national apology in 2008.They’re to be included at last when the prime minister visits Labrador on Nov. 24, his office confirmed Friday.Justin Trudeau will be in Goose Bay to offer an apology that will be crafted with input from those abused in the now defunct schools.“The vast majority of our clients are just happy that finally they’re going to be recognized as having gone through the same trauma,” said Steven Cooper, a lawyer for several plaintiffs who sued for compensation.It was a devastating step backward when aboriginal students from four residential schools in Labrador and one in northern Newfoundland were excluded from then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s apology in 2008, Cooper said.“This is going a little ways to healing that wound.”Cooper said the event is still in the planning stages but is expected to include at least 300 people.About 1,000 class-action members accepted a $50-million package last year from the Trudeau government to settle claims of sexual and physical abuse along with language and cultural losses.Harper left out Newfoundland and Labrador’s former residential schools from his apology and a related compensation package. His Conservative government argued they weren’t “akin” to institutions established under the federal Indian Act and therefore didn’t qualify.Cooper called the exclusion “a double dagger to the heart” that left many of his clients feeling abandoned and disbelieved.He was among lawyers who argued over a nine-year legal battle that Ottawa owed the same duty of care to those students once the province joined Confederation in 1949. More than 100 class members died waiting for a resolution and to hear someone say they’re sorry.Danny Pottle, who lived in a Labrador school dormitory in North West River, said last year an apology was more important than any cash settlement.“I think those experiences have to be validated by Prime Minister Trudeau on behalf of everybody in Canada,” he said in an interview. “To me, that’s the most important thing, and that’s what other people have told me all along.“That apology is first and foremost.”The $50-million settlement was approved by a judge in September 2016. Aboriginal students who attended the schools after the province joined Confederation in 1949 were eligible to apply for compensation so long as they were alive as of Nov. 23, 2006 — one year before litigation began. The estates of those who died since the 2006 cutoff could also apply.Students who lived in school residences for less than five years were eligible for $15,000 in general compensation, while those who lived there five years or more could receive $20,000. Approval was based on a streamlined, trust-based application process overseen by a judge.One in 10 applications are to be randomly audited.Cooper said Friday that about 965 people applied for general compensation and that cheques went out in June.Compensation for sexual or significant physical abuse, based on sworn testimony, could be up to $200,000. Those matters are expected to wrap up this month, Cooper said.The schools were located in North West River, Cartwright, Nain and Makkovik — all in Labrador — and in St. Anthony, in northern Newfoundland. The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian missionaries ran the other two.Lawyers from three firms who worked on nine applications over most of a decade were to receive about one-third of the $50-million settlement. Several students who attended a related briefing last year in St. John’s said it was fair payment.“It’s the most important case I’ll ever work on, and I’m 54 and 30 years in as a lawyer,” Cooper said.“It’s so important for survivors in these situations, I’ve learned over the years, to be heard and believed.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Oriental Bank logs Q4 net profit of Rs 202 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Public sector Oriental Bank of Commere (OBC) Monday posted a net profit of Rs 201.50 crore for the January-March quarter of the last fiscal, helped by fall in bad loans, arrest of fresh slippages and a healthy growth in retail loan portfolio. The bank had clocked a loss to the tune of Rs 1,650.22 crore in the corresponding period of the fiscal ended March 2018. Total income grew to Rs 5,711.92 crore in the March 2019 quarter from Rs 4,689.12 crore in the same period of the preceding fiscal. On a yearly basis, the bank managed to return to profit after two fiscals by registering a net profit of Rs 55 crore for FY 2018-19. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe lender had posted a loss of Rs 5,872 crore in 2017-18 and of Rs 1,094.07 crore in 2016-17. For FY 2018-19, total income stood at Rs 20,536.77 crore as against Rs 20,181.25 crore in the previous fiscal. On the asset quality front, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) came down to 12.66 per cent of gross advances at the end of March 2019 from 17.63 per cent in March 2018. Net NPAs or bad loans were also trimmed to 5.93 per cent from 10.48 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We have been making profits for the last three quarters. We are very confident that we will sustain the profit in the times to come year after year, quarter after quarter…,” the bank’s MD and chief executive, Mukesh Kumar Jain, told a news conference at its headquarters. “Earlier we were having more than Rs 12,000 crore slippages (for) the full year, now this is contained to around Rs 7,000 crore. Recovery and upgradation (of loan accounts) … has increased from Rs 3,161 crore to Rs 6,597 crore now,” he said. So these things are basically contributing to the turnaround, Jain said. Further, he said that the bank is confident of bringing down the bad loans to below 5 per cent on a net basis by the next fiscal and the gross NPAs less than 10 per cent on account of focussed strategy on arresting slippages, speedier recovery process and constant monitoring. “Our main focus is on recovery and upgradation only. We have even posted six general managers in the field for only with the responsibility of recovery and upgradation (of loan accounts). And we have been seeing good results also,” he said. On asked about bank consolidation and prospects of merger into some bigger, Jain said being a mid-sized bank Oriental Bank can equally acquire some other lender/s as well because of strong fundamentals. “We can think of acquiring some other banks also. Yes, if some opportunity is there as we are in profits, good credit growth is there, net interest margin of about 2.73 per cent. All these parameters are quite healthy and we are open to acquire other bank as well,” he added.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State ahead of schedule going into next season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann yells onto the court after a Buckeye turnover in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEntering his first season as Ohio State men’s basketball head coach in fall 2017, Chris Holtmann went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a preseason college basketball preview from a local publication. To his surprise, no Ohio State players were featured on the cover.“To me, that was a statement about how relevant the program was at the time,” Holtmann said.Now, going into his third season with the Buckeyes, Holtmann and the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class have been top 10 selections in both ESPN and Sports Illustrated’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25 rankings for next year.“I think we’re ahead of schedule,” Holtmann said. “I wasn’t sure, this quickly, we would be in a position to where we would have guys that have had early tournament success. Both getting there and competing.”Finishing 20-15 overall and just 8-12 in the Big Ten, Ohio State squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed, but still managed a victory over No. 6 Iowa State in the Round of 64.That upset was an impressive feat for a team without any All-Big Ten performers. To get there, it survived a five-game losing streak and a three-game suspension for sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Still, Ohio State will be without a couple key pieces come next season.Senior guard C.J. Jackson was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game and senior guard Keyshawn Woods nearly doubled his average of 8 points per game in four postseason games for the Buckeyes this year.Taking their place, however, are three top-50, four-star recruits in DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.The highest rated of the bunch is Carton, an athletic point guard hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa, who Holtmann said is “hard-nosed.”Gaffney, a forward standing at 6-foot-9, adds height to a team that sorely missed it in stretches this past season with no player on the team being taller than 6-foot-9 in 2018-19.Holtmann said Liddell brings versatility and a winning pedigree to the Buckeyes, having won two state championships in Illinois.The expectation is that these three will play heavy minutes right away, which is a prospect that Holtmann said is exciting.“What you really hope is the youth we played this year and the youth that we’ll play this coming season will provide benefits for us here moving forward,” Holtmann said.One young player that Holtmann said made significant strides this year was Wesson, who led the team in points at 14.6 and rebounds with 6.9.Wesson entered his name in the NBA Draft last Wednesday, but the current rules allow players to retain college eligibility if they go undrafted.Without Wesson this past season, Ohio State was a shell of itself, losing all three games and nearly its chance at an NCAA Tournament berth during his suspension, including a 35-point demolition by Purdue.Wesson is expected to return for his junior season, and Holtmann said the team needs a backup for down low. That need became even greater with freshman forward Jaedon LeDee’s intention to transfer out of the program.Holtmann got his wish Sunday, as 7-foot center Ibrahima Diallo out of Senegal committed to Ohio State.The four new commits give Ohio State its best recruiting class since 2015, but Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff will spend the next several months trying to duplicate that success with the class of 2020.“It’s always a challenge when you have a good recruiting class, in some cases a really good recruiting class, and then back that up with another really good recruiting class,” Holtmann said. “That’s what we need to do. That is absolutely what we need to do.”Ohio State will be doing so without assistant coach Mike Schrage, who took the head coaching job at Elon on April 5. Schrage coached for Holtmann in his last year at Butler before following him at Ohio State for the past two seasons.Holtmann said special assistant Mike Netti and director of recruiting and player development Scoonie Penn are among his top candidates to fill the open position for next season.For the past two seasons, Holtmann and the Buckeyes have overachieved.With the early hype already rolling in for next season’s team, however, Holtmann knows the bar will not be set as low.“I didn’t get into coaching at the highest level of college basketball to be fearful of expectations,” Holtmann said. read more

Simone Inzaghi refuses to blame players

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi has refused to blame any of his players following their shock exit from the Europa League against RB SalzburgFollwing their 4-2 victory in the first leg last week, Lazio were in a promising position to progress with Ciro Immobile putting them in the lead at the Red Bull Arena.Yet Munas Dabbur’s goal afterwards appeared to have stirred a comeback in Salzburg with the hosts scoring three goals in the space of just four minutes to win the second leg 4-1.The result of the return leg ensured that it would be Salzburg, not Lazio, who progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 6-5 aggregate win over the Italian side.But Inzaghi, brother of the legendary AC Milan star Filippo Inzaghi, refused to hold any of his players accountable for the defeat and instead hopes that it will be a valuable experience for the young squad.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“The difference is that we had the same number of shots on goal today, they scored four and we got one. We’ll learn from this and it’ll help us to grow.”said the 42 year-old, according to Goal.“It was an emotional journey. It’s a shame we couldn’t give them this semi-final, which was right there in front of us.“I don’t think we were defensive this evening at all. We had the scoring opportunities and simply didn’t take enough of them. The two goals they scored in Rome were also somewhat fortuitous, but we move on.“I am sure it’ll be another step in the growth experience, as let’s not forget we have many young players in their first European campaigns.”Lazio will now return their focus to the Serie A with Inzaghi’s side being involved in a tight battle for a spot in the top four. Currently the capital club are in third place in the Serie A standings ahead of rivals Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan.last_img read more