World champ to return for MTB World Cup opener

first_img26 March 2014After undergoing surgery on his left knee late in 2013, three-time MTB downhill world champion Greg Minnaar returns to the UCI World Cup circuit at the Cascades MTB Park in his home town of Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 13 April.Minnaar, a legend of downhill racing, will be the star attraction at the season- opening event, especially considering his superb record on the Cascades MTB Park downhill track, which includes two World Cup victories, a runner-up finish, and a successful defence of his world champion’s title last year.Minnaar, who splits his time equally between his base in Pietermaritzburg and San Francisco, is happy to be competing in front of family and friends again.‘Always important to me’“Being home and competing at home is always great and being ready to race here is always important for me,” the Santa Cruz Syndicate star said in a statement on Tuesday.“I always want to do as well as I can for my friends and family that are watching and I’m working as hard as I can to be ready for the World Cup this year.”After his knee operation, Minnaar spent a long time off of his bike, but he nonetheless made a winning return to competition when he won the first leg of the SA MTB Cup Series at Cascades two weeks ago. He admitted afterwards, however, that he is not yet feeling in the kind of shape he needs to be in to be competitive in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg.Pressure“I feel that there is always a bit of pressure on me when I race at home, but I think that the majority of the pressure comes from myself, and always wanting to perform well at home adds that little bit of tension,” he explained.“Knowing that I am not going to be 100 percent for the first half of the season is never ideal, but I will be trying my hardest at home.”RehabilitationIt has been a long road to recovery for the downhill great, who has been working hard with physiotherapists and biokineticists in Pietermaritzburg to get him ready and riding in time for the start of the 2014 season.“I have a great team of physios and bios here,” he said. “With some great gyms around, I have been working to get fit and being in training for six hours a day means that I have been going flat-out trying to prepare.“Being back in my comfort zone here also means that I don’t have to drive anywhere to ride. It is one thing I can’t stand and in Pietermaritzburg I can just ride from home,” he added.GoalThe 32-year-old Minnaar, who has more World Cup podium finishes than any other rider in history, is aiming to create more history. “I have set myself the goal to get two more World Cup wins because if I can get them then that means I will have won the most World Cup titles and that in itself is motivation enough to keep going,” he revealed.“I have a plan that I am going to go for another five years, but we will just have to see.”Big crowds expectedThousands of cheering fans are expected to turn up for the event in mid-April and a warm, supportive crowd in Pietermaritzburg is something Minnaar is looking forward to.“It is a really exciting event and you rarely see such emotion from other events when the riders come down the hill,” he enthused“The event is also a whole day activity with people being able to walk up into the hills to watch some of the earlier guys riding at the top and then head down to the finish for the final few riders. Recently, after I got injured, I was able to be in the crowd myself and it really was quite special,” he concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Occupant Behavior Makes a Difference

first_imgEnergy experts often repeat the cliché, “There’s no such thing as a zero-energy home — just zero-energy homeowners.” Energy monitoring data from two well-publicized Massachusetts homes — the so-called Montague Urban Homestead house in Turners Falls and the home of Matt and Laura Beaton in Shrewsbury — prove the cliché to be true.Energy-use data for the two homes were shared in a presentation by Mike Duclos and Paul Panish at the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 8, 2012. Duclos and Panish are energy consultants at the DEAP Energy Group in Newton, Mass.The first of the two houses, the Montague house, is owned by Tina Clarke and Doug Stephens. It has won at least two awards: the $25,000 Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge, and NESEA’s $10,000 Zero Energy prize. Energy-use data from the Montague house show that the homeowners used far less energy than predicted by energy models.The other house discussed by Duclos and Panish, Matt Beaton’s house in Shrewsbury, is the first certified Passivhaus in Massachusetts. Energy use data from the Beaton house show that the homeowners used far more energy than predicted.The key factor in both cases was occupant behavior.The Montague house was built by Bick Corsa with help from the homeowners. Construction was completed in 2009.Here’s a snapshot of the house:Energy modeling (using REMrate software) predicted that the homeowners would consume 5,479 kWh of electricity per year; in fact they used only 1,959 kWh — that is, only 36% of the projected usage. Average consumption was 163 kWh per month.The home’s PV array produced 4,892 kWh during the first year — two and a half times as much electricity as the owners consumed.Of course, there is no secret to low energy use. We all know how to do it: don’t use much hot water, only… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Mehbooba betrayed mandate by allying with BJP, says Omar

first_imgAs the National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, 81, filed his nomination for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on Monday, the party vice-president Omar Abdullah said the Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti “betrayed” the people of J&K by allying with the BJP in 2015.“Dr. Abdullah is a four-time Chief Minister and represented J&K in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha many times. The principal task ahead of the State is to protect its special status,” said Omar Abdullah, who accompanied his father when he filed his nomination for the Srinagar-Budgam seat. The NC vice-president said the PDP “berated and belittled the mandate of people in 2014 by joining hands with the BJP”. “The PDP joined hands with the same BJP, given the fact that our party had extended unconditional support to them to keep the BJP out in 2015. But late Mufti Sahab declined our offer saying that they are joining hands with the BJP to forge friendship with Pakistan, remove AFSPA, bring back power projects and usher development in the State. We ask them what they were able to achieve,” he added.Disqualification soughtIn a separate development, BJP State spokesman Altaf Thakur on Monday wrote a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, and sought disqualification of the NC candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency, Muhammad Akbar LonePro-Pak slogan“It is to bring to your kind notice that Mr. Lone through his speech resorted to ultimate disrespect of the country by raising pro-Pakistan slogan — ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, which has hurt the sentiments of people of not only Jammu & Kashmir but also the people of entire India,” the letter reads.Mr. Thakur asked the CEO to take serious note of Mr. Lone’s speech. The complaint comes a day after a video surfaced online showing Mr. Lone praying for the welfare of Pakistan and raising slogans. “Please disqualify him from the candidature of Barmulla so that peace and harmony is maintained in the country and J&K,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Lemina admits Champions League plans: But in England

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Lemina admits Champions League plans: But in Englandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina admits he’s enjoying his football in England.Having also played in France and Italy, Lemina says the Premier League is where he wants to stay.He said, “I definitely prefer playing in an English club. Which? I would rather play in an English club (smile), it’s true that the English championship really pleases me, I really bloom in England, my family is also flourishing so it’s really important for me. “After a big club abroad too, why not, I’m ready for all the challenges in any case, and my wish is really to find the Champions League, to play in it again and to really show that I have changed and I’m not the same player as before.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoBorussia Dortmund fullback Hakimi hits back at Zidane critics

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund fullback Hakimi hits back at Zidane criticsby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund fullback Ashraf Hakimi has hit back at the critics of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Hakimi is in the second of a two season loan from Real.He told AS: “Sometimes I find the criticism addressed to Zidane and the players unfair, they brought many things to the club with the Champions Leagues and other trophies too. “And above all, they improved the club, I do not think they deserve this treatment, they are club legends, they deserve a little respect. I think Zidane is ideal for Real Madrid, there is no coach who has won three Champions Leagues in a row for the same club. He is the ideal person and he has already proved it.” last_img read more

HOW BIG SHINY TUNES LEFT A MASSIVE CULTURAL IMPRINT ON CANADA

first_img“Big Shiny Tunes left a massive cultural imprint on Canada,” claims Mark Teo in his new book, SHINE: How a MuchMusic Compilation Came to Define Canadian Alternative Music and Sell a Zillion Copies. While Teo provides extensive interviews, examples and criticism to prove this point, all any Canadian of a certain age needs do to confirm his assertion is reflect back on the period of time when the ’90s were “the ’90s,” and the 2000s were, too.In this excerpt from the book, Teo writes about the alternative music compilation’s success, not just in terms of sales, but in the strange sentimentality Canadians feel for the first record in the series, today. He suggests that the album’s centrality to a very specific audience has helped make it an unlikely Canadian cultural cornerstone.— Dustin Parkes, arts editor The very first Big Shiny Tunes – MuchMusic Login/Register With: Advertisement When most of us think about Big Shiny Tunes — if we do at all — it’s through the dual lens of sepia-toned nostalgia and bashful Canadiana. Like Modrobes flood pants, Prözzak, or Rick the Temp, the series belongs to the post-grunge ’90s (never mind the fact that the 14th, and final, iteration of Big Shiny Tunes landed in 2009). Like Due South-era Paul Gross, the bits of Kids in the Hall that hold up terribly and pre-scandal Jian Ghomeshi, it’s a cultural cornerstone countless Canadians have partaken in, if somewhat sheepishly. And the combination of these factors has led to a cheese-curd-and-gravy-slathered nostalgia bomb.Buzzfeed Canada, the de-facto hawkers of misty-eyed, maple-scented viralism, have written two pieces about the compilation, both released in 2015 (“How Well Do You Remember Big Shiny Tunes 2?” and the aforementioned “It’s Time to Decide Which Big Shiny Tunes Album is Best”). Prior to that, Vice released a track-by-track review called “Does Big Shiny Tunes 2 Hold Up in 2013?” CBC Canada also wrote a so-called definitive ranking of the entire series in 2014.And that’s only the media. Musicians, too, have gotten in on the act. In Ontario, the Big Shiny Tunes Squad is a cover band whose mandate, according to their Facebook page, is to play “your favourite hits from the golden years, 1995-2005.” And in Calgary, the Sled Island Music Festival teamed up with CJSW-FM to create the aforementioned Big Shiny Tunes-themed Halloween event featuring, among others, Pakistani R&B duo Shaani Cage covering Matchbox 20 and Kris Ellestad taking on “Paranoid Android.” Everyone, of course, knew the words. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Wrestling No 6 Ohio State defeats No 7 Nebraska 2112 on senior

No. 1 Myles Martin of Ohio State scores a single leg takedown on Mason Manville of Penn State in the 184-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Martin won the bout by major decision, 18-6. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, remained undefeated with a pivotal win to seal the team victory on senior day for the Buckeyes.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Nebraska (11-5, 5-4 Big Ten) 21-12 on Sunday. In a highly anticipated match, Martin won by decision 12-5 against Nebraska fourth-ranked redshirt sophomore Taylor Venz.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan was happy with the physicality the team showed against Nebraska.“The biggest [issue] with the [Buckeyes] is grittiness and toughness,” Ryan said. “Overall there was progress.”Ohio State finished the duel with six wins in 10 bouts against the Cornhuskers.Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, won by sudden victory, improving his record to 15-1. The home crowd went into an uproar as Moore took down Nebraska 11th-ranked redshirt sophomore Eric Schultz, in overtime to win 7-5 giving the Buckeyes a 18-12 lead going into the final bout.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 149 pounds, won his last home match in big fashion. Jordan won by technical fall 22-7 over Nebraska redshirt junior Jordan Shearer. Moore said Jordan’s big-time victory was well deserved on senior night in front of a home crowd.“I love watching him wrestle. He just hits some really slick stuff and is always attacking,” Moore said. “To see him win and go out with a good dominant win like that was awesome.”Ohio State redshirt freshman Chase Singletary, the No. 18 wrestler in the country at heavyweight, pulled off the upset against Nebraska seventh-ranked redshirt junior David Jensen, as time expired in the third period to win 7-5.Singletary took contact to the face that resulted in blood time, but he said that gave him what he needed to pull off the upset.“I felt amped, when you are in a tough match and you feel blood it just gets me going a little bit,” Singletary said. “I don’t know why but it was fun.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, won his final home match of his career. McKenna won by decision 7-3 over Nebraska redshirt sophomore Chad Red.After the Buckeyes fell to a 3-0 deficit, Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, put the Buckeyes on the board. Pletcher won by major decision 13-4 over Nebraska true freshman Jevon Parrish.Ohio State true freshman Malik Heinselman, lost by decision 8-5 to Nebraska redshirt sophomore Zeke Moisey, No. 14 wrestler in the country at 125 pounds.Despite Heinselman losing his match Ryan was very impressed with the true freshman.“I was really happy with [Heinselman] overall,” Ryan said. “He really out wrestled [Moisey] most of the match.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, lost a hard-fought battle by decision 4-2 to Nebraska junior Isaiah White, No. 6 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, improving his record to 15-5. Nebraska redshirt senior Tyler Berger, No. 2 wrestler in the country at 157 pounds, improved to 21-2 on the season. Berger won by decision 10-5 over Ohio State eighth-ranked redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes.No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York. read more

Allardyce on Man City success £350m – that will have a

first_imgEverton manager Sam Allardyce believes that the level of spending that Manchester City have made has been a factor in their success this seasonEverton are set to host the Premier League leaders on Saturday with City looking to take another step closer to the title by adding another three points.While Pep Guardiola has been receiving much praise for the results he has accomplished, while installing his style of play into the squad, Allardyce believes that the amount of spending that the club did can not be ignored.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“And £350million – that will have a bit to do with it! In all fairness, the money’s been really well spent, hasn’t it?” said the former England coach, according to talkSPORT.“It’s a lot of money but it’s been spent on quality players over his short period there and I think those players have brought so much more to the team overall.“The average age of the player has been reduced. Certainly the confidence has grown where they believe every game they walk out on they are not going to get beat. That grows and becomes another force before that even start. We can’t be intimidated by that.”last_img read more

Belgiums victory will motivate next generation

first_imgBelgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his aim of winning third place play-off against England, isn’t only to get a good place in the 2018 FIFA world cup, but also to inspire their next generation of Belgium football players.“Belgium football is very strong and the concepts that we have is something we want to inspire in the next generation… You have to be very, very good at what you do in order to win, but for us the way you play is essential… We want to develop the younger players in the same manner that’s why it is essential for us to perform tomorrow in a typical Belgian way and make sure we do that at the high performance [level],” Martinez told journalists as quoted in Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Belgium team in the semi-finals lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday leaving them to battle with England for third place of the FIFA 2018. This, however, isn’t their first meeting in this world cup, as they beat England 1-0 during the group stage.“This will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the sides, I think there is clarity of how England has been successful in this tournament. I think they are very dynamic, very quick, you can see the pace of players like [Raheem] Sterling, Harry Kane… This will be a challenge for us, we have to have concentration, be able to cope. But I don’t think this will be a surprise [comparing to] the group [stage],” the head coach said.last_img read more

Cassano clashes with Wanda on Live TV over Icardis wrangles

first_imgMauro Icardi needs to return to Inter’s dressing room and clarify things, according to Antonio Cassano to the wife of the player Wanda Nara on live TV.Wanda who is the agent of Icardi defended the player’s position after losing the captaincy two weeks ago, during Sunday’s transmission of Tiki Taka.“In football, there are so many injustices like this penalty, Perisic’s attitude and keeping Icardi at home, someone who gave everything to Inter but is now being painted like a monster, which he’s not,” she said as cited on Football Italia.“We all saw Perisic’s penalty sitting here, but his gesture didn’t give out tranquillity. It takes respect to be a captain and Mauro has it for everyone at Inter, their colours, and their jersey.Politano’s celebration looking like a mock of Icardi’s celebration🤔 Perisic trying to diffuse it is an example of another club that is in a bit of disarray that is going on behind the scenes #SerieA #Icardi #Inter pic.twitter.com/OF1h0QxPau— Soccer Report (@ReportFootball2) February 24, 2019“Mauro must go to the dressing room to resolve problems? Enough of this rubbish. What is it, the dressing room, physiotherapy?“He’s done nothing. It’s all non-existent drama.”That prompted Cassano, an ex-Nerazzurri forward to weigh into the matter: “They’re playing for third place while waiting to get back Icardi…Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“They need his goals. He needs to go into the dressing room and clarify his position with the players until June for his own sake.“I say it as an interista: he needs to talk to those who have problems with him, shake their hands and in June what will be, will be.“If they took the armband off me? I would’ve gone crazy, but he doesn’t have to stay out of the team until June.“Neither the club nor Spalletti are crazy. There were some problems, but they’ve clarified them for the good of Inter.Per chi si fosse perso il battibecco tra Cassano e Wandita… 😉 pic.twitter.com/IsM7AJuVbh— dondiego (@dondiegotheone) February 24, 2019Cassano also defended Perisic’s action after suggesting Icardi isn’t in good terms with a section of the players.“There was nothing in Perisic’s gesture, but I think Icardi has problems with the Slavs in the squad.”Inter managed to secure one point from the tie (3-3) after blowing away a two-goal lead.last_img read more