Next Up BEAUMONT — So far, Tic Price’s second fall signing class for Lamar University men’s basketball has quite the local flavor.Price announced Wednesday that Beaumont Central swingman Tyrin “T.J.” Atwood and Dallas guard Cameron McGee will join Nederland alumnus and Lamar State College-Port Arthur forwared Colton Weisbrod as newcomers for the 2016-17 Cardinals season. Weisbrod will have a signing ceremony along with teammateJordon Harris, who is committing to Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday at LSC-PA.The 6-foot-6 Atwood led Central to the 5A state semifinals last season was ranked as one of the top players in the Houston area by RCSsports.com and among the top 50 in Texas by basketball.com. He averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists during a 32-4 campaign for the Jaguars, chalking up 26 points and 16 boards a game during the playoffs.McGee, who’s a standout at Newman Smith High, will join Dallas Showtyme club teammates Kevin Booze and Josh Nzeakor on the Cardinals. The 46th-ranked player according to TexasHoops.com, McGee shot 42 percent from three-point range and averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Newman Smith.Weisbrod transferred to LSC-PA after one season at one of Price’s former workplaces, the University of New Orleans. He is averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds in three games for the Seahawks.“We’re very fortunate that we found three guys that plugged some much needed holes,” Price said in a release. “Two of the three are from Southeast Texas. These are all guys who are capable of coming in and getting immediate playing time, but that is up to them. They have to come here and earn it, but that opportunity is available.”The 2015-16 LU team begins its season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center against Austin College of Sherman.
The club’s full allocation of 1,797 tickets for Saturday’s trip to QPR has now been snapped up. The same applies for all 2,100 tickets for the New Year’s Day trip to Aston Villa (kick-off 5.30pm).The club will receive no further allocation of tickets for either fixture.
(Reuters) – World number one Ash Barty’s expectations have not risen too high after she advanced to the second week of the Australian Open yesterday following a 6-3 6-2 third round victory over Elena Rybakina. Barty is arguably the best chance of ending Australia’s long wait for a home-grown champion at the year’s first grand slam, having held the world’s top ranking since last September and with the Adelaide International title under her belt.The 23-year-old made a stuttering start to the tournament on Monday but was imperious against the highly rated Rybakina, whose power hitting and big serve led to her first WTA title and propelled her into the top-40 last year.“I think today was probably my sharpest match that I played,” Barty told reporters after the one hour, 18 minute match on Rod Laver Arena. “I felt really comfortable moving around the court. I felt like I found the middle of the racquet a lot sooner than my other matches.“I felt like I could put the ball where I wanted to more often than not. Today (it) felt like it was cleaner than the other matches.”Supported by numerous fans wearing bright pink “Barty Party” t-shirts in the stands, Barty had a little trouble settling into the match. Neither player was able to hold serve in the opening four games but once Barty held in the fifth it was virtually one-way traffic from then on until she clinched the first set in 32 minutes.Barty’s ability to exploit pace, angles and depth on her returns had the 20-year-old from Kazakhstan scrambling to stay in the match.Despite Barty’s dominance, Rybakina did manage to highlight in the second set why she is projected to rise higher in the rankings. Two games lasted longer than 10 minutes, but Rybakina was unable to seize on her six break-point opportunities as the Australian established a 5-1 lead and served the match out.Barty will now face either 18th-seeded American Alison Riske or doubles partner Julia Goerges in the fourth round.While Barty felt she had taken her game to a new level against Rybakina, she was not prepared to buy into talk of expectations she could become the first Australian women’s champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978. “It’s all good, I’m fine. It’s about coming out here and enjoying it,” she replied when asked about whether she felt she could sense local expectations were increasing the deeper she went into the tournament.“I’m loving every minute. Trying to do the best I can. That’s all I can ask of myself.”
General Manager did a great job of assembling a solidgroup of candidates comprised of three players that are on rookie contracts anda veteran on a low-risk high reward one-year deal. The vet is formerfirst-round pick DJ Fluker who brings two of the most appealing attributes thatteam’s look for in a potential starter, actual starting experience at the NFLlevel, and great size. Having played on three different teams in the lastfour years, Fluker knows that the NFL can be shrewd business and that teamscould choose to go in a different direction at any position at any time for amyriad of reasons. This harsh reality has instilled in him the mindset thatnothing is promised, everything is earned and even if you do your job to thebest of your abilities at a proficient level, there’s no such thing as jobsecurity. Therefore he must treat every opportunity as if he were alreadyunemployed because that could be the case. “I watched Yanda for a long time. He’s a greatguard,” Fluker said on “The Lounge” podcast via the officialteam website. “Those are big shoes to fill. Yanda did his thing. That’swhat he was known for, being physical and tough. But what I can do is bemyself, be who I am. Be the person that comes out every single day, works hard,be physical, and impose my will on people. That’s me. That’s D.J. – alwayspassionate about football. That’s what I can give you.” Competing with Fluker for the starting right guardposition in training camp that is tentatively set to open in mid-July accordingto reports is rising sophomore Ben Powers who the Ravens selected in the fourthround of last year’s draft out of Oklahoma and started in the last game of theseason when the team rested several starters and a pair of rookies from thisyear’s class that includes third-round pick Tyree Phillips (Mississippi State)and fourth-round pick Ben Bredeson (Michigan). Phillips played outside at offensive tackle incollege, but projects move inside to guard at the next level. He has the sizeand physicality to become the next Kelechi Osemele who the Ravens drafted in2012 out of Southern Missouri, played left tackle and college, and became a ProBowl guard in the NFL. Bredeson is a quality depth option with the upside tobecome a starter in this league, is built like Yanda but slightly taller andheavier, and given the right coaching could become a technically soundhigh-level starter. “He’s like the modern-day Michael Vick,” Flukersaid. “I’ve never seen a kid so fast. That kid’s got some crazy, crazy talent.It’s going to be an awesome experience to play with him. He’s a smart player,he’s a great player, his teammates all love him. “A Super Bowl ring would mean the world tome,” Fluker said. “We’ve got something to work towards. We’ve got tofigure out how we’re going to do it. It’s all about winning and being a teamand having that bond. I’m excited to be a part of that.” “Yanda was a great player. He does things thatmost guys can’t do,” Fluker said. “But my thing is taking guys offthe ball. Moving guys to where they need to be. I move people. That’s what I’mgood at.” In addition to his incredible hulkish size andstrength, Fluker brings championship mentality to the table as well. While hehas yet to make it past the second round of the playoffs in his professionalcareer, as a member of the Crimson Tide from 2009-2012, he was a part of threenational title-winning teams during the birth of the Nick Saban dynasty. He isas motivated as ever to be apart of a championship-winning team at this leveland joining the Ravens who went 14-2 last season and are poised to be a topcontender again in this year is as great of a landing spot as he could ask for. If he were to win the starting guard position next toright tackle Orlando Brown Jr that would give the Ravens nearly 700 pounds ofmass on the right side of their offensive line that could flatten defenders atthe first and second levels of the defense while opening up semi-truck sizedrushing lanes on the ground and keep Jackson upright when he drops back topass.Please follow and like us: Almost every offensive lineman will admit that theyenjoy and prefer run blocking to pass protecting. With the former, they are theones on the attack and paving the way for their ball carriers whereas, with thelater, they are always retreating into their pass sets while quick-twitchworld-class athletes with herculean strength that come in a variety of shapesand sizes charge at them full steam ahead with momentum. Fluker is no expectation and relishes in theopportunity to impose his will on another superior athlete to clear rushinglanes for his running backs and in the case of the Ravens, his quarterback.Playing for a team that produced the most prolific rushing attack in leaguehistory, broke single-season records in 2019, and is still dedicated to arun-first philosophy makes a road grader like Fluker an ideal fit in theRavens’ downhill power running scheme. Powers had the inside track before Fluker arrived andis the most familiar with the offense since he has a year in the system underhis belt but after spending nearly a decade in the league and playing inseveral different blocking schemes for multiple teams, the veteran is moreadept to picking up new playbooks and learning them in a short period of time. He spent the last two seasons with the SeattleSeahawks and just barely 24 hours following his release on April 27th, theRavens pounced at the opportunity to bring in the prized veteran free agent ona one year deal on April 28th and the signing was made official on May 11th.The Seahawks drafted LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of this year’sdraft days before Fluker was released in a move that freed up $3.7 million incap space and the expectation for the rookie is that he will slide into hisspot in the starting lineup. Speaking of his new quarterback, the reigning league MVPLamar Jackson has been a magnet for veteran players this offseason who desireto be apart of the special journey that the Ravens intend to embark on thisseason. Every newly acquired Raven this offseason has expressed how much theyhave marveled at Jackson’s electric playmaking ability from afar dating back tohis Heisman trophy-winning days at Louisville and how they can’t wait to playand practice with him because they know that iron sharpens iron and that it’sbetter to be on the side that is wielding the dual-edged—or should I saydual-threat—sword that is the Ravens’ franchise quarterback on the receivingend. Experience can only be gained with time put in theleague and interior linemen play one of the roughest and toughest positions inthe sport. They define trench ware fare and rarely ever have a play where theirjersey doesn’t get dirtied. Fluker has started 88 games for three differentteams during his first seven years in the league since getting drafted 11thoverall by the then San Diego Chargers out of the University of Alabama. The competition to replace future Hall of Fame offensive guard Marshal Yanda who retired this offseason after 13 years of being one of the pillars of the franchise will be arguably the Baltimore Ravens’ fiercest position battle in training camp. “My job right now is playing like I don’t have a job,” Fluker said. “That’s my mindset every single season. Come in there, work my [butt] off. That’s what I do. I’m going to be in the lineup somewhere, hopefully.” He is listed at 6-foot-5 and 342 pounds, he’s twoinches taller and 37 pounds heavier than Yanda was listed at last season—he’sprobably 137 pounds heavier than what the eight-time Pro Bowler weighs now ifyou’ve seen any of his post-retirement photos. With great size, comes greatpower and strength and Fluker has both in spades to go along with his enormousframe and build. He’s a mauler in the ground game who moves incredibly well forsomeone his size and is a self-proclaimed “people mover”. “Maybe they wanted (someone) younger,” saidFluker, who has been training in Seattle during the offseason. “Maybe theywant a different type of player. I can’t speak for that. But I can come inhere, show what I am as a person and a football player. I’m going to be myself.I promise, you’re going to love watching me.
FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired. The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts. For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.Saturday Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends. The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia. Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage. Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors. Leisure trail riding, group and private classes. All levels of riders welcome. Over 100 horses and ponies available. Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya. Free shuttle service available. For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: [email protected]:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors. Parents can sit at the bar and watch. New champions needed! Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road. New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game. For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at [email protected] or 088-218-8148SundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton .The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players. Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course. Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email [email protected] to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School. Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm. For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club. All ages and abilities are welcome. 100 baht per person. Please email [email protected] to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting. No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: [email protected] (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at [email protected] or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.7:00 p.m. Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to [email protected]
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A witness who earlier testified the pilot in a deadly 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island was upset about flying in poor weather conditions was challenged during Friday’s cross-examination about that testimony being omitted from an earlier written statement.Bob Love, the lawyer for the defendants in this wrongful death civil trial, noted witness Donna Jean Olsen, 66, made no mention of pilot Wayne Price being upset or angry in her written statement to Transport Canada about the Jan. 17, 2004, crash that killed all 10 people on board.Olsen, who suffers health problems and memory issues after being diagnosed three years ago with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, told the lawyer there wasn’t anything unusual about Price being angry when forced to fly in poor weather.Earlier, while being questioned by Jerry O’Bien, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Olsen, a former ticket agent at the Pelee Island airport, shared details about another flight by Price to the island from Windsor roughly two weeks before the crash.Olsen remembered hearing an upset Price on the radio saying he was turning around and returning to Windsor because the visibility was so bad he couldn’t see the island.She testified Price called her after he landed at the Windsor Airport.“He was very angry,” Olsen said.She testified Price said Georgian Express, the pilot’s employer and the owner of the doomed Cessna Caravan, wasn’t going to do that to him again – force him to fly in poor weather conditions.“Knowing Wayne as I did, it’s twice that had happened to him. He was told he had to fly,” she said. “He knew he didn’t have a choice when it came to the 17th (the day of the crash).”London resident Paul Brisco, the brother of one of the victims Robert Brisco, is suing for aggravated and punitive damages on behalf of himself and his brother’s estate, which he administers.The defendants, including Georgian Express Ltd., the air carrier, and the Owen Sound Transportation Company Ltd., which contracted the charter to provide winter service for Pelee Island, have already admitted liability. The jury will determine what amount of compensation should be awarded for damages.Robert Brisco, 46, of Chatham, and friends were returning from a hunting trip when Georgian Express Flight 126 crashed through the Lake Erie ice near Pelee Island. The others who died included brothers Ted Reeve, 53, and Tom Reeve, 49, of Chatham, Dr. Jim Allen, 51, of Mitchell’s Bay, Ronald Spencler, 53, and Walter Sadowski, 48, both of Windsor, and Fred Freitas, 38, and Larry Janik, 48, of Kingsville.Price of Richmond Hill, whose estate is also named in the civil suit, died in the crash – one of the worst air disasters in Southwestern Ontario history – along with his fiancée Jamie Levine of Los Angeles.During cross-examination, Love also questioned Olsen on what she remembered about the weather conditions on the day of the crash.Olsen agreed with Love there was just a light snowfall and not a “hint of sleet” when she left the Owen Sound Transportation office near the island’s west dock just prior to the arrival of Price’s 4:20 p.m. flight from Windsor.Olsen, who helped load the hunters’ luggage on the Cessna for its return flight to Windsor, told Love she hadn’t noticed any ice on the plane. However, she did testify she noticed a change in the weather. Someone else, she added, said he hoped the pilot had de-icer for the Cessna.Olsen testified she only saw the freezing rain when she went to her pickup truck to leave for the day, shortly after watching the plane carrying the hunters take off.“It was a storm of freak nature?” Love said.“It was,” Olsen said.An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined that the pilot, Price, was under stress and sleep-deprived when he decided to take off in a plane that was overloaded with a number of husky men, hunting dogs and luggage and “contaminated” with ice.The plane, 576 kilograms over the maximum allowable takeoff weight, took off at 4:40 p.m. for the short flight to Windsor Airport. It crashed into the ice of Lake Erie a few minutes later.The trial continues Monday.
“The foundation for this relationship is all the more entrenched due to the two institutions’ critical developmental mandate both in South Africa and the region.” Fostering growth In a statement this week, AfDB vice president Mandla Gantsho underscored the importance of the development bank’s commitment to assisting its regional member states in improving their electricity capacity. “By supporting Eskom’s expansion programme, the AfDB will seek to address not only the energy problem in South Africa, but also the whole sub-region, as Eskom is expected to play an important role in some key regional programmes,” he said. SAinfo reporter In October, Eskom released a list of 23 national and international developers to be unconditionally pre-qualified to produce electricity under the utility’s multi-site base load independent power producer programme. Eskom is spending billions on rehabilitating South Africa’s electricity network and doubling generation capacity to support economic growth in the country and region. In September, Eskom began construction on the Kusile coal-fired base load power station near Witbank in Mpumalanga province, while work on the Medupi coal-fired base load power station near Lephalale in Limpopo province began in April. “The extent and timing of the AfDB loan reinforces the extent to which institutions based on the continent can provide support which fosters growth,” said Eskom finance director Bongani Nqwababa. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 11 November 2008 The first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. State power company Eskom has secured a 20-year loan for US$500-million (about R5.08-billion) from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund a capital expansion programme that seeks to increase South Africa’s electricity generation capacity and strengthen the country’s transmission and distribution grid. To date, AfDB has approved a total of nine private sector operations amounting to approximately $1.2-billion in South Africa, and two regional projects amounting to $105-million. The loan agreement, which was signed in Johannesburg this week, is the largest ever granted by the AfDB’s private sector operations division.