Seven tips for effective incentive plans

first_img 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Higgins Mike Higgins is a partner at Mike Higgins & Associates, Inc. who has authored Filene research papers on measuring and managing credit union performance. His firm consults with credit unions … Web: Details Here is a list of seven things to consider when designing an incentive plan for your organization.Keep the plan results-based. Effort without results is meaningless; rewarding for effort without results is squandering of resources and sends the wrong message. Avoid the term “incentive” to describe your plan; refer to it as performance compensation.Establish a minimum (baseline) threshold of acceptable performance. There is a standard of performance that comes with base compensation. Don’t reward for what should be expected to begin with.Align the plan with your strategic objectives. Your operating plan (budget) should include the current year targets in your longer term strategic plan. Make sure everyone knows what you are trying to accomplish this year and align rewards with that.Make the size of the reward meaningful. At a minimum, it should be market-based. Failing to do so puts you at a competitive disadvantage to attract and retain talent. Paying above market base compensation in lieu of variable pay is a recipe for mediocrity.Make the reward pool self-funding. Share a percentage of the income generated in excess of the minimum threshold of performance in order to self-fund the reward pool.Don’t place a cap on the maximum amount of reward that can be paid. The key to realizing untapped human potential is to avoid artificial or arbitrary limits. If the reward pool is self-funding, then everyone wins no matter how great the performance.Use a balanced set of measures. There is tension among growth, profit, quality and productivity. An effective plan includes measures that serve as checks and balances. In financial services, a core set of balanced measures includes loans, deposits, margin, non-interest income, non-interest expense and asset quality.last_img read more

Tips for working from home with kids

first_img continue reading » In these unprecedented times, many of us are fortunate to be able to work from home. This can mean changes to our work schedules, but for many, it means sharing a space with children and other family members. Our Modern Family Engagement Resource Group put together these tips for navigating a busy and full home during quarantine.ScheduleArrange your schedule so it suits you. Block out times when you will be unavailable and openly communicate that schedule with your team.Be protective of your family time. If being available for an 8:00am meeting doesn’t work for your family, block it as Do Not Schedule. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jamarius Way began journey to NFL Draft chasing rabbits in ‘The Muck’

first_img Four years separated Jamarius and Robert. Jamarius calls Robert his mentor, though, like most brothers, there was rivalry as they were growing up.”It was definitely competitive,” he said. “We would always try to out-do each other. I really looked up to him, but I never let him know that he was my role model because I always wanted to be better than him. I used to always lose, I’m not going to lie, but he kept my head on straight. He was a mentor to me in the absence of my dad in my life. He’s a big part of where I’m at now.”Family bragging rights have tilted in Jamarius’ favor. Way is off to the NFL, having escaped the poverty and the fields and the other hardships that have enveloped so many other kids from the area. From the smoke and ashes, the latest to emerge is Jamarius Way. A receiver from South Alabama, Way hopes to follow in the footsteps of the dozens of “Muck City” residents who have reached the NFL, a list that includes Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson, running back Fred Taylor and receiver Anquan Boldin.”I’m not going to bash my city because I love my city,” Way said of his hometown of Belle Glade. “But, at the same time, it’s not someplace that I’d recommend someone to come stay because there’s not much to do. It’s a lot of motivation being able to play football and being able to go to college and get away from all of this. To be able to go to college and play and one day have a chance to go to the NFL, it’s all a big motivation. It’s part of the reason why we go play football — to help our families live a better life.”MORE NFL DRAFT:Best prospects by position in 2019 classGenerations of kids have gone to the burning fields to chase rabbits. It’s a tradition that is dying among the area’s athletes, said former Glades Central High School star Roosevelt Blackmon, a fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1998 and one of Way’s former coaches at Glades Central.Not with Way, who joined his older brother — former Bethune-Cookman linebacker Robert Way Jr. — and cousins in the fields before going rabbit hunting for the first time when he was about 14.”Growing up in Belle Glade, it’s a very small town. There’s nothing to do besides play football,” Way said. “When you’re playing football, you want to try to get speed. In order to get speed, during sugar-cane season, they burn the cane in the fields and all the rabbits come out, so we chase the rabbits just for fun, just to get fast. We eat them, too, but we chase them just to get fast.” The fertile fields of “The Muck” produce sugar cane and football players.Every year from October to April, sugar-cane farmers burn the leaves of the plants to expose the canes that produce the sugar you put into your cookies or morning coffee. During those months, plumes of smoke soar into the air around the Palm Beach (Fla.) County communities of Belle Glade and Pahokee. As long as the sugar-cane fields have burned, boys from the area known as “Muck City” have braved the heat and smoke to chase rabbits in pursuit of dinner, a few bucks and bragging rights. The scene during cane season defies description. “The Muck” is aptly named. The fertile ground is muck; dark and wet. The black smoke “will kill you,” Way says, and limits visibility. The kids stand downwind from the smoke and the flames and wait for the frightened rabbits to emerge from the fire and tractors.Then, the chase is on.With their speed and ability to veer this way and that, the rabbits have the advantage.”You try your best to trap them and corner them to keep them from running in between canes,” Way said. “Once you get behind one, you jump down and you grab them. Rabbits cut really fast, so it could help you with your agility.”MOCK DRAFT 2019:Cowboys, Bears trades pay off for RaidersGrowing up, Blackmon figures he was a veteran of perhaps 20 rabbit hunts. He laughs when recalling his experience: “There’s a trick to catching a rabbit. You don’t just get behind the rabbit and run and catch it. You hit the banks and you hit the side and wait for them to come out. You use a stick to catch a rabbit.”Whatever the technique, the cane fields have helped produce scores of athletes. Way, a late-round prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, is the latest. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Ellsworth Community College — “Cold. Very cold,” was Way’s description of Iowa Falls, Iowa — before landing at South Alabama. He caught 47 passes for 762 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 and 61 passes for 855 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018.Possessing size (6-3 1/2) that comes naturally and agility that was honed by chasing rabbits, Way will have overcome more than burning sugar cane to get to the NFL.”I had one of my closest friends get murdered three years ago,” he said. “That’s not the type of life that we’re supposed to be living. My friend was living a lifestyle he shouldn’t be around on the streets. I tried to talk to him and tell him, ‘Yo, this ain’t us. Come on, man. Come on the other side.’”That made me realize that life is too short. I’d rather go out with a bang than go out with nothing behind my name.” MORE: All you need to know about the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville”The crazy thing about all of that is it’s so scary,” Way said of the draft process. “You never know when your phone’s going to ring. You never know if your phone’s going to ring. It’s a scary process but, at the same time, it’s something that I’ve dreamed about.”I was always playing ‘Madden’ and wanted to get me on the game and created myself. Now, I won’t have to create myself. I’ll be on the game.”last_img read more

‘Belief still alive’, says Sunshine Girls head coach Reynolds

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls were in a militant mood yesterday, as they rebounded from the disappointment of their Pool B defeat to England in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia to dispatch Scotland 71-24 in a one-sided affair. The result meant Jamaica (four points) finished second behind England (six points) in Pool B. The two nations advanced to the second round (Pool E), where Jamaica played against New Zealand earlier this morning, and are to face Uganda and Malawi, with the top two moving on to the semi-finals. Australia, South Africa, Wales and England will contest Pool F, which will decide the other two semi-finalists. Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, told The Gleaner in a telephone interview that although the team was disappointed after their loss to England, the Girls remain resolute and are even more determined and focused on their goal. “The focus has remained the same although they lost to England. We were a bit disappointed at first, but they (Sunshine Girls) are still on a mission, so we bounced back against the Scottish,” she said. “They probably put more into the Scotland game because they wanted to prove to themselves that they are worthy contenders and that we can compete at our best at anytime,” she continued. A win over New Zealand this morning would put the Jamaicans in pole position to win their qualification group and set a likely semi-final date with England. That is if things go according to plan and Australia win Pool F. Prior to the match, Reynolds said they intended to win against New Zealand and top the group. “We are looking forward to New Zealand; we know it’s going to be a very tough game, but we are sticking to the task. Our attack will have to be penetrative, and we cannot stop at anything, we just have to be strong. “We want to win this game and all the games in the group. It’s important to win all your games, as winning your games only strengthens your confidence of getting to the final. So the objective is to win, and that is what is expected, and the Girls are looking forward to go out there, compete and win,” she continued. “The belief is still alive, the determination and the confidence is still there, and we are definitely going for gold, so we are going out to play our best, and we will be going very hard,” added Reynolds. In other matches yesterday, Wales beat Uganda 49-47, Fiji beat Zambia 59-51, South Africa beat Sri Lanka 89-17.last_img read more

Finding a place for ag in a mainstream science class

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a typical high school biology lab, microscopes, test tubes, beakers, and Bunsen burners are easy to find. Now thanks to Feed the World, an educational program designed to show science teachers how to use agriculture as a learning tool, an ear of corn will be part of the lab work as well.“In these workshops, we are introducing science teachers from all over Ohio to topics that we know connect to their science standards in biology, chemistry, environmental science and in agricultural science to teaching things about ethanol, understanding food production, biotechnology, water quality, soil science and corn and the value that commodity brings to the state’s economy,” said Jeanne Gogolski, Founder and CEO of Education Projects and Partnerships.The latest Feed the World workshop was held in mid-July at the University of Findlay. The teachers taking part — some with no farming background or agriculture experience — got a little dirty as they delved into the projects that included dissecting a corn stalk, which had been muddied by a very recent rain.“We want them to understand the corn plant’s root systems, growth stages for corn and looking at the inside of a plant is what you do in biology,” Gogolski said. “They also studied an ear of corn and got an understanding of how much corn is produced in Ohio.”That required some math on the teachers’ part as they were challenged to figure out how much corn it takes to make a bushel, how much corn one plant produces and how much an acre of plants can produce.“Many within the industry know that agriculture is Ohio’s No. 1 industry,” Gogolski said. “Our teachers are kind of surprised to hear that and when they get here they are amazed at how much science there is in agriculture.”Lessons taught within the Feed the World workshops are crafted with hopes that teachers will choose to add them to their own classroom experiments and then, in turn, the message of agriculture’s importance will be realized by their students.“In order to have a scientifically literate populous you have to go to the influencers and those influencers are teachers who may not know a lot about agriculture,” Gogolski said. “The comment that we hear over and over again is that these teachers had no idea that agriculture is so interesting and they just didn’t realize how it connects to their curriculum and how many different ways they can use agriculture to teach the things that they have to teach.”To make the experience of the Feed the World workshops less overwhelming to those teachers not-so-familiar with agriculture, teachers with more knowledge of the industry are peppered in to help the learning along. Adam Staley was among those lending his help. He is a vo-ag teacher at Clear Fork High School in Bellville.“There is a bridge between those that know about food production and how vital agriculture is to our society and those that don’t,” Staley said. “Over the years I have seen that bridge become longer and longer, even between teachers, that’s why I wanted to be a part of this program and why I feel it’s so important that we keep doing this type of teacher outreach.“As a teacher you don’t have to be an expert in agriculture to teach it, but if you simply introduce it to the kids, that might just spark an interest in them to be a part of the industry. It’s not all corn, beans and dirt. There are some brilliant minds out there that may have no farming background at all, but agriculture certainly needs them in the future.”Jeff Jostpille was also part of the Feed the World workshop in Findlay. He teaches biology, environmental sciences, botany and zoology at Ft. Jennings High School. After his first experience learning about agriculture’s role in the classroom, Jostpille made a few adjustments to his lesson plan.“I incorporate a lot more agriculture into all of my science classes, biology and environmental sciences especially,” Jostpille said. “Since I am from a rural school, the kids see agriculture in action, but they may not know some of the specifics of what the people in the industry are actually doing and now they do with the activities we are doing in the classroom.”The resources for teachers taking part in the Feed the World program aren’t limited to the workshops. The learning continues for the teachers and their students with a plethora of free downloadable lesson plans online. To find out more about the program, supported by Ohio Corn and Wheat, visit read more

Ventilation for a Very Small Home

first_imgHouses with very low rates of air leakage and heavily insulated walls and roofs don’t allow much natural ventilation. The whole point of building a high-performance house is to control the source and amount of outdoor air that gets inside. That’s why designers typically include some kind of mechanical ventilation, often in the form of a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator (HRVs and ERVs). But as LH has discovered, providing fresh air for a very small house can be a little more complicated, particularly when factoring in a clothes dryer that vents to the outdoors. “When we built our little home (720 sq. ft., basically 2 main rooms) 13 yrs ago, we made it very tight and well insulated, but we did not take into account the need for makeup air,” LH writes in a Q&A post. “The first time we ran our dryer, we had air pulling in through the electrical outlets!”RELATED ARTICLESFive Ways to Do Balanced VentilationZehnder Develops a Ductless ERVEuropean Products for Building Tight HomesAlternatives to Clothes Dryers LH’s solution was to leave windows open a crack, and to install a fan to pull outdoor air into the laundry closet while the dryer was running. Because LH lives in the Pacific Northwest, the fan brings in cold, damp air during the winter. Although wall and ceiling space is limited, LH wonders whether an ERV is a possible solution. In looking over the options, however, LH finds that advice on this issue seems to be appropriate for larger homes with forced-air heating systems. “One thing I would like to see on this site is more advice for those with small homes,” LH says. “Everything seems to be geared to having a forced-air furnace, which I don’t have. It wouldn’t make sense in a house this size, and I’ve never cared for the kind of heat they give.” Ventilation for LH’s very small home is the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. An ERV is probably not what you want Even in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor air may seem cold and damp but it’s usually much drier than indoor air in absolute terms, Dana Dorsett responds. So pulling in outdoor air doesn’t create an indoor humidity problem. It will, however, create an energy and comfort problem. One possible solution is to install an unvented heat-pump clothes dryer. Because it’s not exhausting a high volume of indoor, it’s not pulling in a high volume of outdoor air to replace it. Further, Dorsett says, LH would be better off with a heat-recovery ventilator rather than an ERV. The two systems both incorporate a heat exchanger to reduce energy losses, but an ERV preserves some of the moisture content of incoming or outgoing air. An HRV does not. “An ERV usually only makes sense in locations that have a fairly substantial latent cooling (outdoor humidity) problem in summer,” Dorsett says. “In the PNW the latent loads are almost always negative  even when it’s hot out. An HRV (sensible heat only) makes more sense in your climate.” Consider Lunos fans The ventilation standard published by ASHRAE (62.2) calls for about 40 cubic feet of fresh air per minute for a 720-square-foot, one-bedroom house and 50 cfm for a two-bedroom house, Dorsett notes. That’s about half or less the volume of air discharged by a clothes dryer. “But,” he adds, “if half the dryer makeup air is coming from the HRV it’s still better than pulling it through the electrical outlets (which is an indication of leaky house sheathing, by the way).” Building Science Corp. believes the ASHRAE standard is too high, he adds. It calculates the required ventilation differently, suggesting that a one-bedroom, 720-square-foot home should have about 22.5 cfm. This suggests that LH might consider through-the-wall Lunos fans, an option that GBA Editor Martin Holladay also suggests. (Holladay also noted, “HRVs, ERVs, and Lunos fans are not makeup air devices. They are balanced ventilation systems that exhaust the same volume of air as they supply. Manufacturers of HRVs and ERVs usually state this fact in their installation instructions, noting that these ventilation fans should not be used as a makeup air source.”) A pair of Lunos fans would provide adequate ventilation, Dorsett says, and  “would also provide a makeup air path for the dryer way better than what you have going now.” Passive makeup air Michael Maines has another suggestion: a Panasonic bathroom vent to exhaust air and a makeup air kit from Lunos that lets in fresh air when the building becomes depressurized. This is a tactic Brian P. uses successfully. “We run one of our bath fans 24/7 at 30 cfm for a 1300+ sq. ft. house and that seems like more than enough ventilation,” he writes. “For a small place like yours, I think anything over 30 cfm would be overkill. Your best options might be something from the Lunos product line: either one pair of the E2, and eGO or two, or even their low volume exhaust fan (if you don’t have a bath fan).” The products are available from 475 High Performance Building Supply. Brian P. installed four Panasonic passive air inlets in his very tight house to provide enough makeup air for the WhisperGreen fan running at 30 cfm. When the fan is boosted to 80 cfm, the exhaust fan will still depressurize the house. “We initially installed 2 passive air inlets because the specs say up to 18 cfm, but that is wrong,” Brian P adds. “The reality seems like they are only capable of 10 cfm. The Lunos makeup air kits look nice, but 4x the cost of the Panasonic.” Brian P. isn’t convinced the arrangement is the best idea in his cold climate because indoor air gets a little dry during the winter. “But,” he says, “it’s probably fine in the Pacific Northwest. If building again, I would go small HRV or consider Lunos.” Lunos and other potential choices Maines sees a gap in the market for balanced ventilation equipment for small houses, one that is currently filled only by Lunos. Although well-made and energy efficient, the Lunos fans may be a problem for light sleepers when used in a bedroom, Maines says, because they turn on and off every 55 to 75 seconds. “I don’t think Lunos would bother anyone in a living area, but inside a bedroom, sensitive sleepers can hear the fan change direction every 55-75 seconds (55 for thin walls, 75 for thick walls),” Maines adds. “They also put a hole in the wall, so if you have thick, cellulose-filled walls and triple-glazed windows, which block almost all sound, Lunos punch a hole in that envelope. I still think they’re great, just not for every situation.” Other readers doubt noise would be much of a consideration, point out that other options are on the market. Trevor Lambert, for example, doubts that fresh air would have to be brought directly into the bedroom in a house as small as LH’s. “If it was really deemed necessary, I would still default to a small HRV with ECM motors,” Lambert says. “Lifebreath has 5 speed fan controllers, so getting down to sub 20 cfm should be a trivial matter. My Zehnder’s ‘away’ mode defaults to about 18 cfm, and in that mode it would have to be completely silent in the room for me to tell if it’s on at all, or powered off from 3 feet away. Once I dialed it back to about 10 cfm. I literally can’t hear it run.” Lance Peters says Panasonic makes two ERVs that are worth considering. One of them, the WhisperComfort ERV FV-04VE1, has settings for 10, 20, and 40 cfm and can be installed much like a large bathroom fan. A second, the Intelli-Ballance 100, can be set to cycle on and off if 50 cfm is too much ventilation. That unit can run as little as 10 minutes per hour. Either of these would be “great choices” for a very small house, Peters says. Maines adds that he recently spoke with a Zehnder America representative and was told that the CA70 has been discontinued, and the ComfoSpot50 was never available in the U.S. market. Pros and cons of unvented dryers The possibility of installing an unvented dryer might be appealing, LH says, but a little research has turned up mixed reviews. “Long drying times, clothes coming out wrinkly, inability to lightly dry delicate items/clothes getting very hot, and frequent repairs are some of the complaints I’ve been reading about,” LH writes. Brian P replies that he has had an LG combo unit for more than three years, without the need for a repair. “I can’t say that wrinkles and drying delicate items have been an issue or something important to us,” he says. “We like it because it takes up less space than separate washer/dryer and didn’t require a big hole in the house for vent (and makeup air issues). Those benefits make it worthwhile compared to a normal setup. In your situation, it seems like switching to a ventless dryer (or combo unit) would be easier than making major ventilation changes.” Lambert says his Whirlpool WED99HEDW does take longer to dry clothes and also is “pretty noisy.” “If you can put it away from the living areas, it’s not an issue,” he adds. “We have it in our upstairs bathroom, and while I wish it were quieter, I wouldn’t trade it. A regular dryer isn’t exactly quiet either.” Aaron Beckworth says he has had an LG condensing washer/dryer for about 18 months. He can program wash and dry cycles before leaving for work in the morning, a plus, and clothes come out feeling soft without a static cling. But, he adds, there are some cons: “The dry cycle is very noisy. It’s not a constant rumble noise, but an intermittent ronking mechanical sort of noise. We are in a very small home. Therefore, we try to always start our laundry on our way out the door. Of course this doesn’t allow particular items to be removed between the wash and dry cycles. The clothes do tend to come out wrinkled, some more than others. Jeans are the worst!” Our expert’s opinion Here’s how GBA Technical Director Peter Yost sees it: It’s interesting that in really small airtight buildings even “small” pressures — such as that created by a clothes dryer exhaust — can pose problems. As Joe Lstiburek is wont to say: no good deed goes unpunished. Here are the options as I see them, with variables being cost, efficiency, efficacy, level of technology: Ventless heat pump dryer: Ventless condensing clothes dryers have been on the market for quite some time, but I have heard plenty of user complaints. For example, here is a detailed assessment of the Blomberg DHP24412W from an owner of a local Passive House-performance-level home: “I haven’t been thrilled with the dryer. There is no setting that gets the clothes really thoroughly dry, so you can’t just leave it to dry and walk away. When it’s signaled that it’s done drying (extra dry) the clothes are still a bit damp. If you catch it in time, you can do a second extra dry cycle to get them actually dry, but if you don’t, then they mildew… “Our motivation for not using an externally vented dryer was that we didn’t want to have to re-heat the makeup air, but I think the right way to solve this problem is to actually have the dryer pull the makeup air from outside, heat it, and run it through the clothes, rather than trying to do a closed-loop heat pump system. The closed loop system sounds good on the surface, but the results aren’t good. “… It appears that Bosch and Miele finally decided the American market was worth pursuing. I’d be curious to know if these dryers perform any better.” Hang-dry in the same space your new HRV is servicing: My wife and I like hang-drying our clothes, outdoors when weather permits and indoors when not. We have an HRV dedicated to our basement (our radon mitigation system), which acts as a dehumidifier in the winter. I measured how many pints/pounds of water are left in a typical h-axis load of clothing — about 4 — and then measured relative humidity in the basement when we hang-dry a load. Our HRV easily exhausts most of that latent load and is considerably more efficient to run — even for many hours — than our conventional clothes dryer. I just bump the fan speed up to high (200 cfm; about the same as the clothes dryer…). Admittedly, in your very small home, this might not be quite as practical, but maybe you can cycle your clothes-washer and hang time so that it does not interfere with household operations or hosting small parties… And, OK, Vermont wintertime moisture content of outdoor air is likely on average much lower than almost anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe you would need to plan your clothes cleaning operation around upcoming weather, which makes it more like drying clothes in the summer. Air inlets: The thing I don’t like about this approach is that all kinds of events can activate these inlets, especially in a small tight home. The thing about opening a nearby window is that it is event-based. Do your laundry someplace else: You need a bigger, leakier, building in which to dry your clothes — like a laundromat or laundry service. Of course, I offer this with plenty of tongue-in-cheek, but just sayin’…last_img read more

Lyceum targets finals berth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A win by the Pirates will give them a perfect elimination round record (18-0) and seed them straight to the Finals. It will also deprive the Lions of a twice-to-beat edge.Instead, San Beda will be the waiting team in a stepladder semifinal. The survivor of the grueling semifinal climb will face Lyceum in a best-of-three title showdown. Under a new league rule, the Pirates will no longer own a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda can claim the No. 1 seed with at least a six-point victory. A victory by the Lions regardless of the margin will put the traditional Final Four format in play, with the Top 2 teams having a twice-to-beat edge. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Malaysia leads Philippine Sr golfers by 2 MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9303:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9402:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum shoots for a finals berth against a San Beda team looking to preserve its own seven-year-old record on the final day of the elimination round of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It just another opportunity for us to inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, choosing to downplay the much-awaited rematch of their thrilling 96-91 win last July 14.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The Gloves Come Off

first_imgAkhil Kumar is known for his swift moves inside the ring but now the 29-year-old pugilist from Haryana is ready to don his dancing shoes for the fourth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. “Boxing involves a lot of footwork and it’s the same in dancing,” says Kumar,Akhil Kumar is known for his swift moves inside the ring but now the 29-year-old pugilist from Haryana is ready to don his dancing shoes for the fourth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. “Boxing involves a lot of footwork and it’s the same in dancing,” says Kumar who hopes to “glamourise the sport” in order to attract the youth. His inspiration? “Govinda and Prabhu Deva”. No harm in aiming high.last_img read more

Talking Touch – March

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Early Blitz Sets Up VictoryThe result of Friday night’s A grade women’s touch football grand final was in the bag after just five minutes. Minor premierships and red-hot favourites Boxsell’s Young Guns raced to a 3-0 lead over Central Summertimes and, while the Summertime girls were far more competitive for the remainder of the match, Boxsell’s secured back-to-back premierships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory. Elite Eight FinalsThe New South Wales Mets have dominated the Elite Eight, fielding a team in both the women’s and men’s finals. But a clash with the Scorpions ended a dream run for the men. New South Wales Dominates Touch TitlesNew South Wales dominated the Elite Eight Series at this year’s National Touch League championships played at Port Macquarie.The New South Wales Scorpions defeated New South Wales Mets seven to six, while the New South Wales’ women’s team also had a win. Win Elite Eight ThrillerIn a thrilling encounter at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, the NSW Scorpions defeated the NSW Mets by one touchdown in the Elite Eight men’s decider. Mets Capture Inaugural Women’s Touch Crown The New South Wales Mets captured the inaugural Elite Eight women’s touch title at the Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, defeating the NSW Country Mavericks 9-4. Cobras Strike Twice In NTLThe Brisbane City Cobras struck twice to claim the men’s and women’s open crowns at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday. Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link: Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today. Touched By Footy BugWHEN Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer took part in a “come and try” touch football session in 2004 she never thought it would lead to the sport’s biggest national stage. Simone Smith Steps Up On Elite StagePort Macquarie’s Simone Smith is ready to shine on home turf. The Australian representative will line up for the NSW Country Mavericks in this week’s inaugural Elite Eight tournament at the Regional Sports Stadium A Touch Of ClassEastern Courier (Adelaide)Seven South Australian Touch Footballers will be aiming to further their national team aspirations at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie, NSW, starting this week. The annual championships, from March 9-12, are the sport’s most prestigious national event and feature more than 120 teams from around the country. For the first time the titles will feature composite men’s and women’s sides – dubbed the Alliance – featuring the best players from SA, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. The “best of the rest” side will compete against teams from specialist touch football states NSW and Queensland. Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer and Golden Grove’s Kelly Rowe were selected for the Alliance in the Elite 8s – the top, eight-team division – while five South Australians, including Tusmore’s Georgia Brown and Urrbrae’s Melanie Johnson, made the men’s and women’s division one Alliance sides. SA’s Alliance co-ordinator Mark Jones said the top composite side, coached by national women’s youth coach Peter Bell, aimed to win the championships. “The elite team has got a lot of experience and good players in it so they should be very competitive I would think,” he said. “They want to try and win it. . . but it’s all a bit unknown because it’s the first year they’ve run this (Alliance) concept.” Jones said the division one Alliance teams were development sides from which the next crop of Elite 8 players would come. He said the championships would help to increase awareness of the sport in SA. Touch Footy SA will also send mixed open, men’s 30s and women’s 35s state representative sides to the championships.Port Hosts Touch Footy TitlesThe best Touch Football talent in the country will be on show this week at Port Macquarie.13 hotly contested divisions will be played during the four day National Touch League titles. Elite Eight New ConceptThe 2011 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL), which kicks off at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Wednesday, will introduce an exciting new concept this year. Alliance Selects Frizzell For National Touch Football ChampionshipsLa Trobe University Bendigo student Natalie Frizzell will represent ‘The Alliance’ at this week’s 2011 X-Blades national touch football championships. Frizzell, originally from Shepparton, was named as a shadow player in The Alliance’s Elite Eight squad, who will take on teams from New South Wales and Queensland. Territory Teams At National Touch LeagueThe Territory’s best Touch Footballers are taking on the rest of Australia this week at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast. Taree Players Dominate The Northern EaglesNorthern Daily LeaderTaree players dominate the Northern Eagles over 55 men’s side to play in the National Touch League starting next Wednesday in Port Macquarie. Mark Rutledge is coaching the squad while fellow Taree players Ted O’Neill, Gary Newman, Bruce Hood, Ian Northam and Rex MacKellar are also involved as is Robert Loadsman from Forster. “I think we’ll go pretty well,” Rutledge said. “We’ve been getting close to the full complement at training each week.”Taree’s Graham Goodwin is a member of the Eagles over 50s side with Linley Jones, Ashleigh Green, Sabrina Green and Sarah O’Connor in the open women. Mitch Bourke, Justin Doherty and Jake Putan will play in the open men.Grand Finals TonightYet another well supported and successful touch football season will come to a close tonight when 10 teams take the field all in the hope of being named premiers in their five respective grades. Unfortunately only one team can claim the premier title therefore some very close games are expected and the chances of some games going into extra time and a drop off are high if the past three weeks games are any indication. Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. Muswellbrook Juniors To Play For HornetsAfter returning from an intense training camp held at Bathurst, four Muswellbrook junior touch football players have been selected to represent the Hunter region in the Hornets team. Mixed Side Zooms Back Into ContentionOne team has only lost one match all year while the other has bounced back from a winless streak dating back to Christmas. But none of that will count when the mixed division one touch football grand final between WHK and Royal Zoom is played tonight. Touch Season Draws MoreTouch football is continuing to grow in popularity in Forbes, with 50 teams participating in the 2010/11 competition recently. The season came to a close on Friday, March 18, with grand finals of the adults divisions played at Botanical Gardens. Junior divisions were finalised earlier in the week. Cup Glory Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland. A Strong Mudgee Contingent For HornetsMudgee’s finest Touch Football players recently returned from the prestigious National Touch League at Port Macquarie, where they competed for the Hunter-Western Hornets representative side. The event was held over four days from March 9 to March 12 and attracts the best players from around the country each year. National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland. Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton touch football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June. Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries. Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Rain Doesn’t Dampen Grand FinalsFollowing a day of mixed weather the 2010/2011 Harden Touch Football grand finals were held on Thursday night with premiers decided in five grades. The first games of the night saw the E and D grade games with Touchfield taking out the E grade premiership. Jagged Edge Wins Summer Touch Grand Final Jagged Edge Hair Design defeated Lewis Quality Meats to claim the Wauchope Summer Touch A grade grand final at Landrigan Park on Friday night. The tense decider went down to a drop off which eventually saw both sides reduced to just three players each. Green Machine On FireThere is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a Touch Football and it’s a completely different story.After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011. If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to [email protected]last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Criticizes Coach K For Dillon Brooks Incident

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to [email protected] on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more