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The Junior Bombers, one of two teams entered from LVR, dominated the West Kootenay finals in Castlegar, with 5-0-1 record.The Bombers posted wins over host Stanley Humphries Rockers, Lucerne Lakers of New Denver, Grand Forks Wolves, Salmo Falcons and J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail before defeating the Wolves for a second time 25-23, 25-21 in the final.Great job winning the zone title girls and congrats on being selected Mallard’s Team of the Week.The team includes coaches Megan Rushton and Jen Kidd and players Jessica Kidd, Caitlyn Maida, Annette Augsten, Laurel Halleran, Isobel Morely, Morgan Livingston, Megan Poetsch, Megan Tennant, Emma Willow, Maddie Sternloff, Avery Archambault, Kaylin O’Connor and Elena Gustafson. The future looks bright for girl’s volleyball at L.V. Rogers High school after the Bombers captured the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Championship recently.
Even @rogerfederer needs his accreditation 😂#AusOpen (via @Eurosport_UK) pic.twitter.com/oZETUaygSE— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Roger Federer isn’t as famous as we thought.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rules are rules, after all.So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park … the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all … a man who’s spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other … and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet?A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement.In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.Federer didn’t argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That’s when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion D’Angelo Russell explodes for 40 as Nets come back to beat Magic LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park.He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he’s try to go at the Australian Open. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.
WASHINGTON – U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that production fell in wood products, aircraft and a category including concrete and glass. Yet factories also cranked out more cars and computers.Manufacturers posted a solid year in 2017, expanding production and adding nearly 200,000 jobs. A cheaper dollar and healthy economies overseas boosted exports, while stepped up consumer spending in the U.S. lifted domestic sales. The past two months’ readings suggest, however, that factory production has slowed in the new year.Overall industrial production, which includes mines and utilities, slipped 0.1 per cent. Mining production fell 1 per cent, while utility output climbed 0.6 per cent.Other recent data point to healthy manufacturing growth, a sign production may turn up in the coming months. A survey of purchasing managers found that factory activity expanded rapidly last month, though at a slightly slower pace than in December. New orders and production rose, but also more slowly than in December.And a separate government report showed that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods, such as autos and appliances, jumped in December.The Fed’s report also sheds light on whether manufacturers are running at or above their normal capacity. When that happens, they may feel compelled to raise prices to cover the cost of overtime work or other extraordinary expenses. That can feed higher inflation.For now, there is little sign that this is happening: Manufacturing plants are running at 76.2 per cent of capacity, the Fed said, the same as last month but up from 75.4 per cent a year ago. That is about 2 percentage points below its long-run average.Once manufacturers run up against capacity limits, they may also invest more to expand their facilities and equipment, which can spur greater economic growth.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.“There are a lot of people with needs,” said Levid Ortiz, operating director of PR4PR, a local non-profit that helps impoverished communities across the island. “It shouldn’t be like this. We should already be back on our feet.”Some 250 Puerto Ricans formed a line around him on a recent weekday, standing for more than two hours to receive bottles of water and a box of food at a public basketball court in the mountain town of Corozal. Many of those waiting were still without power, including 23-year-old Keishla Quiles, a single mother with a 4-year-old son who still buys ice every day to fill a cooler to keep milk and other goods cold amid rising temperatures.“Since we’re a family of few resources, we have not been able to afford a generator,” she said. “It’s been hard living like this.”Crews already have restored water to 99 per cent of clients and power to 93 per cent of customers, but more than 100,000 of them still remain in the dark and there are frequent power outages. Justo Gonzalez, former interim director for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said he expects the entire island to have power by May, eight months after the Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system — and just as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.Gonzalez was replaced on Tuesday by Walter Higgins, former president of a power company that provided electricity in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.Officials in Puerto Rico have pledged to inspect dozens of wooden and cement poles still leaning haphazardly across the island after a wooden telephone pole fell on a car. It killed an elderly couple on Sunday as they returned from a town fair in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. The deaths of Luis Beltran, 62, and Rosa Bosque, 60, have angered Puerto Ricans and raised concerns about the safety of people as they recover from the hurricane.“It worries me because … it can happen anywhere,” Mayor Edwin Soto told The Associated Press, adding that crews were going to inspect poles across the mountain town of Las Marias to ensure they are in good condition.Beltran’s youngest sister, Migdalia Beltran, said her brother was living in New Jersey when Hurricane Maria hit, but that he moved back three months ago to be with family.“He was No. 1,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry. “He was the one who gave me support to keep going.”The storm caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Rico’s government.In the six months since the hurricane, more than 135,000 people have fled to the U.S. mainland, according to a recent estimate by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York.More than 40 per cent of them settled in Florida, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the study found.Meanwhile, those who stayed behind say they need more help.The AP recently found that of the $23 billion pledged for Puerto Rico, only $1.27 billion for a nutritional assistance program has been disbursed, along with more than $430 million to repair public infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency also has spent more than $6 billion from its standing emergency fund.Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico would soon receive another $10 billion for various restoration efforts.“We’re going to redouble our efforts to work as fast as we can on their behalf,” he said of Puerto Ricans during a three-day visit to the island. However, he said the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rossello needs to come up with a plan on how to rebuild a stronger power grid and create financial accounting methods to ensure federal funds are being appropriately spent. “It makes no sense for the people of the United States to continue to pay money for repetitive loss in these disasters.”He also said federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have exceeded his expectations.“That doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. It doesn’t mean the president is satisfied,” Bossert said. “We still have some challenges.”Meanwhile, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources issued a letter on Friday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it is reducing the number of crews helping restore power when there are still people who remain in the dark.“While we recognize that much progress has been made in restoring power to the majority of customers, the job is not done,” the letter stated.Col. Jason Kirk, who is overseeing power restoration efforts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s power company will be primarily responsible for restoring electricity to remaining customers.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Algoma Steel Inc. says it has emerged from three years of creditor protection.The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., company said Friday that it has purchased the assets of Essar Steel Algoma Inc., and is a stronger, more sustainable Canadian steelmaker.In operation since 1901, Algoma Steel employs more than 2,900 workers and is in the process of hiring.It has a capacity to manufacture 2.8 million tons of hot and cold-rolled steel sheet and plate products that are sold in Canada and abroad.The company says its has financial stability with a healthy balance sheet and substantially less debt and three defined benefit pension plans that are secure.It says the new owners are committed to invest $300 million to expand capacity and grade capability to make Algoma Steel more efficient and competitive to meet demand from industries like shipbuilding, auto manufacturing, energy, mining and defence.“When we take a look around at the domestic and international steel markets, what we see is a lot of room for growth for Algoma Steel,” CEO Kalyan Ghosh said.The Canadian Press
The University of Alabama at Birmingham knew its football team was going to have to battle for survival from the start. In 1996, its first year of Division I-A ball, the team’s slogan was unusually defensive: “We’re here to stay,” the omnipresent banners and billboards around Birmingham read. Less than 20 years later, the team is gone.On Tuesday UAB President Ray Watts announced he was shuttering the football team, citing a study from an outside consulting group that determined the program would need to dramatically increase its operating budget in order to remain competitive. “We have considered many options to fill this financial gap, including through philanthropic support; but our informed analysis of current and past support and interest concluded that the gap is simply too wide,” Watts wrote.UAB faced two major problems, one of which was specific to its circumstances, and one of which is staring down all universities that have recently tried their hand at big-time football.The University of Alabama never wanted UAB to be a competitor, making life difficult for UAB even before a team arrived. Even though the two institutions share a board of trustees and a medical school, Alabama has been leery of UAB’s foray into major sports since Gene Bartow left his job as UCLA’s head coach to found UAB’s basketball team in 1978. Citing a range of grievances over recruiting and fan support, Alabama has refused to engage UAB on the court or on the gridiron. The Tide have faced the Blazers only once, in basketball, when they were pitted against each other in the National Invitation Tournament. UAB didn’t help matters by winning 58-56.In 1989, Bartow, UAB’s athletic director, started to put together a football team. Alabama’s athletic department was not happy. Its head coach, Bill Curry, was particularly adamant: “Not only would we not play them, we don’t understand why they are talking about bringing another football team into the University of Alabama system,” he said at the time. “I’m the only [football] coach in the University of Alabama system. We don’t need another football team at one of our other campuses.” In 1991, Bartow sent a letter to the NCAA accusing former and current Alabama coaches — including Bear Bryant — of recruiting violations.The system’s board of trustees has tended to represent Alabama’s interests over UAB’s, perhaps because the large majority of them are alumni of the Capstone. (Trustee Paul Bryant, Jr., for example, is the son of the legendary coach.) They’ve blocked UAB’s attempts to move out of the cavernous and decaying Legion Field and into a new stadium, and they nixed a deal for UAB to hire Jimbo Fisher, who would go on to win a national championship with Florida State.But even if the Blazers hadn’t been undercut by their own trustees, they still would have had a tremendous hill to climb, one that’s getting steeper every year as the gap between the haves and the have-nots of football continues to grow. UAB was in the vanguard of a recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program. Nine other universities that are in or are about to join the Football Bowl Subdivision have started football programs since UAB did, and they share several commonalities.All of them are based in the South, and all of them felt they had a chance to succeed because of the prestige of the game and the fertile recruiting grounds in the region. But they’ve found it incredibly expensive to field a competitive FBS program. They all have losing records against fellow FBS schools, and they all receive substantial subsidies in order to keep their athletic departments afloat. They’ve had trouble attracting supporters, perhaps because most football fans in the region are already loyal to other teams. And as the Big 5 power conferences start to crank up the financial pressure — both with lavish spending on facilities and upcoming allowances for players — it’s possible that some of these programs could join UAB on the sidelines.Only one of the new teams looks like it’s making the leap to sustainability. South Florida not only has the highest attendance and lowest subsidy percentage of the bunch, it’s also the only school that’s made it out of the C-USA and Sun Belt Conference dregs and into the relative comfort of the American Athletic Conference. (That said, the team has regressed recently, winning only six games in the last two years.)The rest of the teams look a lot like UAB with slightly better attendance. They bring in far less than the average FBS athletic department, and all their athletic departments receive at least 60 percent of their revenues in subsidies — meaning that a combination of student fees, institutional support and state funding are used to cover the majority of their expenses.In his letter to UAB faculty about the shutdown, Watts specifically cited the huge subsidy as a reason the football team had to go, along with an unwillingness to shell out even more cash for upgraded facilities. If that’s actually the case, and cold numbers rather than system-wide infighting cost UAB its team, then there are plenty of other programs facing similar deficits.Watts claims the UAB athletic budget will stay the same even after the football program folds, meaning that more resources can be put toward other sports, including the basketball team, which has recently fallen on hard times after years of winning seasons. Perhaps UAB can look to the success of Virginia Commonwealth University, its former Sun Belt Conference foe, which eschewed the lure of football to focus on basketball. The Rams now play in the hoops-centered Atlantic-10 and regularly make deep runs in the NCAA tournament.Making the Blazers’ basketball team into a powerhouse won’t be a simple task. But it will certainly be easier than the existential struggle its football team just lost.CORRECTION (9:30 a.m., Dec. 8): An earlier version of this article misstated the year that Gene Barlow started UAB’s football program; it was 1989, not 1991.
Reports suggest AS Roma Alisson Becker passed Liverpool medical today in an attempt to sign a deal with Liverpool.However, the expected arrival of Alisson raises questions about the future for Liverpool’s existing goalkeepers like Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet.Karius started Thursday’s friendly at Blackburn in goal, while Simon Mignolet is still resting from World Cup duty with Belgium.Report: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…However, Wales international goalkeeper Danny Ward sets to exit Anfield for Leicester in a £10m deal, and ex Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland feels the King Power is the ideal place for the 25-year-old to launch his Premier League career.“He [Ward] had a great season at Huddersfield when they got promoted. He came back to Liverpool and he’s not really been involved,” Kirkland said, according to Sky Sports.“I’ve seen him a few times for Liverpool’s U23s and he’s done superbly but he needs to be playing. If that [switch] to Leicester happens he will be a big loss to Liverpool, but for Danny, it is a fantastic move.”