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Rugby Statistics: The role of Ireland’s kicking in the Six Nations

first_imgBeing turned over: France concede a penalty against ScotlandIreland’s tactics play to the strength of their available players, the conditions and crucially the way the game is officiated. It is a style that has looked to negate potential issues in the scrum, speed of ball returned from the breakdown and how the offside line is patrolled. If tries are the worry, then Ireland average 2.8 a game over the previous 10 Tests – compared to 2.3 from Wales, 2.2 England, 2.1 Scotland, 1.5 France and 1.3 Italy. That doesn’t account for factors such as strength of opposition or venue, but then again there has been little in the way of that mitigation, when Ireland’s play has been criticised.There can be a tendency to assess teams and players by results instead of performances. Along similar lines, the decision to kick for a lineout or posts is often judged by the outcome, with the quality of the thought process for the call and subsequent execution, ignored. If there is now a requirement that a win must also be achieved in an attractive manner, will allowances be made for a losing team that has played the ‘right’ way? That is unlikely and indeed the opinion would probably be that the beaten squad were lacking smarts. The debate should perhaps centre on why territory is now more valuable than possession and what can be done to alter that (if desired) rather than complaints about how Ireland have made the best of the situation. After Ireland’s 19-9 win over England, Stuart Lancaster made reference to the amount of Irish kicking in the match saying: “I think 44 kicks in open play tells a story. But it’s effective.” When Ireland beat Wales 26-3 in 2014, Warren Gatland remarked that he couldn’t remember any occasions when the victors moved the ball through the backline and that they “kicked the leather off it”.It isn’t uncommon for a losing coach to highlight a perceived lack of adventure in a winning team’s tactics, with kicking the regular complaint. The inference perhaps being that the opponent has won ‘ugly’ and forsaken a desire to entertain. But those are specific rugby statistics. What story does the number of kicks in isolation really tell?Against England, Ireland kicked the ball 38 times with that original figure of 44 recalculated by Opta. Going back to the 2009 season of the Six Nations – a sample of 99 matches, it can be seen below that a total of 38 kicks is the 21st highest in that period and the same number that England recorded against Wales last year.Ireland have kicked more than their opponent in 19 consecutive matches in all competitions, with an average of 14 more in their previous three games. However, they also tend to pass and run more than their opposition too, an element of the story that has received less attention.Taking that recent third round win over England as an example, Joe Schmidt’s team made 135 carries to England’s 124 and 156 passes to 120. If use of the ball is split into those three actions, then Ireland kicked 11.6%, ran 41% and passed 47.4% in contrast to 8.6%, 46.4% and 44.9% respectively by England.Below is a look at the average number of runs, kicks and passes made by each team per match in the current Six Nations tournament, as recorded by Opta and then the average split of how the ball has been used.Criticism of Ireland’s tactics has usually revolved around a view that they place too much emphasis on the kicking game. Allowing for the small sample of just three matches in 2015, it can be seen that they really aren’t that different to Wales or England though when it comes to how often they opt to run, kick and pass. Here is a view on how an average Ireland performance in this year’s Six Nations compares with the competition average for all teams, over the previous seven years.In 2009 and 2010, teams gained an average of 4.2 metres per carry and kicked the ball around 33 times a match. Both of those figures have declined in the five subsequent seasons with an average of 3.3m a run and 24.5 kicks a game from 2010.It can be seen that Ireland are only making 2.3m per run this year, which is on course for the lowest average gain of all teams since 2009. It is worth noting that Ireland have traditionally been below this average every year in this period (except 2012) and that the average itself has dropped in 2015, to 3.04m.Only Italy in 2013 (122.2 carries a game) and England last year (129.8) have averaged more than 120 runs per match in this sample of matches. In that context, Ireland’s figure of 128.6 runs per game doesn’t really reflect a side that has ‘no running rugby’ – an accusation levelled at them recently. It is more the case that their kicking has proved more effective than their attacks with ball in hand.In five of the previous six seasons, the winner of the Six Nations also had the lowest penalty count. Last year that was Ireland with 7.2 and again in this campaign they are the best disciplined side with 8.6 conceded a match – with the next sides, England and France having 9.6.A desire to keep errors, be they penalties or turnovers, to a minimum would also be a factor for the low rate of Irish offloads. France are averaging 16 offloads a match this year but also 16 turnovers conceded. For Ireland it is 4 offloads a game and just 8.6 turnovers. Kicking the habit: Jonathan Sexton kicks against England LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Exeter Chiefs prop Marcus Street

first_imgThis front-rower stood out in his teens and is on track for the top LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Chiefs focus: Marcus Street gets ready for action with Exeter (Getty Images) Exeter Chiefs prop Marcus StreetDate of birth 6 February 1999 Born Exeter Position Prop Club Exeter Chiefs Country EnglandWhen did you first start playing? Around U12s at Cullompton. I mainly did it to lose weight. I wasn’t the biggest fan for the first year, but I really enjoyed the last game of the season and carried on with it after that. I also started playing for my school, Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton.Have you always been a front-row? I’ve played a bit at No 8 and sometimes the school threw me into the centres – but I’ve generally always been a front-row. I love it there – scrums are the best thing.What are your strengths? I enjoy all the contact parts – scrummaging, set-piece, breakdowns. Tackling didn’t used to be my strongest point but I’ve done a lot of work on that, got better and think I’ve turned it into a strength of mine.You’ve progressed quickly – are you a fast learner? I think so. I ask a lot of questions! When I fully understand something, I’m then able to do it the best I can – that’s probably why I ask a lot of questions.I’ve got a good amount of experience but there’s always more to learn. Scrummaging is the hardest thing to get right and it’s hard to practise. You can do passing on your own but scrummaging you need eight versus eight.What age-grade honours do you have? center_img I played for England U18 and U20. I was the right age for the U18s but played U20s a year or two early, which helped me at U18s because it gave me confidence. The experience just helps.It’s the same at Chiefs and learning from mentors at the club like Greg Holmes, Alec Hepburn and Ben Moon.The best advice you’ve received? At Exeter College we spoke about the ‘no talent’ battle, how you might not be the most skilled player but if you work harder than other people it’s going to show.What are your goals? This season has been good and the Chiefs have given me opportunities. I’ve ruptured ligaments in my toe, so I don’t know how much more I’ll play this season. My biggest goal is to push for a Premiership or European start.How do you switch off from rugby? I enjoy coaching, although that’s still rugby! I’ve started working with Exeter Uni and have been doing bits with Crediton U14-15. I’d love to go into coaching.RW VERDICT: Street’s talent was obvious from an early age, making Exeter’s set-up in his early teens and playing for England U20 at 18. He’s already amassed over 30 appearances for the Chiefs and – post-injury – his rise is set to continue. This article originally appeared in the April 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Lotus House / MW archstudio

first_imgCopyAbout this officeMW archstudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookHue CityVietnamPublished on June 16, 2020Cite: “Lotus House / MW archstudio” 15 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2019 Houses Design Team:Nguyen Phuoc Quoc Thang, Le Thi Thu HuongClients:Tran Phuong LienEngineering:Le Van HungCity:Hue CityCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. Lotus house, a duplex apartment was built on a 12.6m (west-facing) x 20m (south-facing), in Hue city, Vietnam, bears a very different story. There are 3 family members living in this house: a 90-year-old father with cerebral atrophy for more than 10 years no longer has the cognitive ability, a nearly-90-year-old mother with poor health condition and their over-60 -year-old daughter – Miss Lien, whom they depend on. She is the main wage-earner working as a Japanese teacher. It is worth mentioning here that Miss Lien also has difficulties in taking care of herself because of her disability and having to travel in a wheelchair since childhood.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiFor people with disabilities in general and the disabled using wheelchairs in particular, the two-way interaction including the attitude of society to disabled people, and vice versa, is extremely important to their psychological, quality of life, or the opportunity to contribute and mingle with the community. In modern society, although the interaction of the community to the disabled is more active, it is not a common case and the desired results are still out of reach. Many problems remaining in this two-way interaction can lead to a negative mentality of disabled people, make them withdraw into themselves, as well as self-isolate from society. Despite living in muddy ponds, Lotus, a typical flower in Vietnam, still blooms with its own beauty and aroma.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiAdditionally, the Vietnamese considered this kind of flower as the symbol of bravery, pride, and determination to overcome difficulties. In Vietnamese, this flower is called by another name – Lien – as the name of the daughter and it also represents one of her characteristics: so courageous that she can rise above hardship to live a beautiful life and contribute greatly to the community. From the idea of ​​Lotus or Lien, most of the disabled always want to actively and independently control all the activities of their own lives. They deserve the social equality, the right to survive and enjoy lives like others. Based on these positive meanings for disability community in general and Miss Lien in particular, the design team took this inspiration to design this house.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiSave this picture!Slope SectionSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiDue to the special geographic location of Hue, the temperature is extremely high in summer and long-lasting freezing rain in winter. Located in this climate, the house with its two facades is surrounded by a buffer zone stretching along both fronts of the house. This zone is a combination of green hedges (helping filter air, reduce noise and heat absorption from outside) and trees (tall trees, medium-tall trees and low shrubs). All of these combine to form a multi-layered garden with different heights and depths. Thanks to this garden – the transition between the internal and external zones, the problems of heat, wind, and noise from outside have been minimized.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiA system of iron balcony grill surrounding the second floor with lotus patterns aims to not only strengthen the security but also become the shield that restricts the sunlight into the house. The sunlight when going through the green trees on the balcony and this grill can create interesting shade effects on the walls and floors. These vivid pictures change continuously during the day according to angles of the light. Also, there are some voids with small gardens in the house. Apart from aesthetic functions, these voids are combined with the front door system to form important ventilation and air convection for this apartment. Voids and proactive opening and closing doors guarantee that sunlight is distributed reasonably enough for the house to receive enough light during the day without lighting system. Therefore, the house can take advantage of natural, fresh energy instead of depending heavily on artificial energy.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiNo stairs are available but a ramp system for the disabled is installed from the front gate to the first floor, and from there to the second one. Many parts of this ramp are running through the garden before getting inside and upstairs. Besides ensuring Miss Lien’s movement in a wheelchair around the house, the ramp system also demonstrates her sense of initiative (or of the disabled in general) through taking care of the garden and other activities in every corner of the house on her own. Classes are daily opened, multi-layered trees in the gardens are growing every day. All activities of the house are running smoothly with the companion of a woman in a wheelchair. This house is a message for the disabled community through the above-mentioned positive meaning as the name of the house: Lotus.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse H / HAO DesignSelected ProjectsDanilo Paint Showroom / Jingu Phoenix Space Planning OrganizationSelected Projects Share Year:  Lotus House / MW archstudioSave this projectSaveLotus House / MW archstudio Vietnam CopyHouses•Hue City, Vietnam Photographs:  Hiroyuki Oki Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: MW archstudio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  257 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki+ 39Curated by Hana Abdel Share Manufacturers: AutoDesk, INAX, Galaxy lighting, Trimble ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Projects Le Minh Quang, Nguyen Ái Thy “COPY” Lotus House / MW archstudio Lead Architects: ArchDailylast_img read more

New leadership programme launches for Hull & East Riding social & cultural leaders

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  126 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: leadership Training Yorkshire New leadership programme launches for Hull & East Riding social & cultural leaders Clore Social Leadership has announced a leadership development programme aimed at social and cultural leaders in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.The year-long Hull Social Leadership Programme will start in 2018, and has been developed with the support of the Big Lottery Fund, The Rank Foundation and Arts Council England. It is aimed at established, emerging and new leaders as well as trustees and will build on the Hull Community Development Project and Hull’s status as the UK City of Culture in 2017. It aims to develop a pipeline of leaders who can maximise these and other local opportunities, as well as effectively navigating their organisations through the challenges of working in the voluntary sector.A steering group of sector leaders and stakeholders in Hull and East Riding will provide oversight for the design and execution of this unique ‘place-based’ leadership programme, and Clore Social Leadership is currently recruiting a locally based Programme Manager to head it up.This autumn, Clore Social Leadership and its local partners will assess the current capabilities and needs of leaders in Hull and East Riding, led by the soon to be recruited Programme Manager. This will feed into the design of the programme as part of the place-based approach, with applications for the programme opening in late 2017.Shaks Ghosh, CEO of Clore Social Leadership, said:“We’re very excited to be working with a wide-range of partners in the Hull and East Riding area on this initiative. Everything about the programme, from its inception to delivery, is focused on a collaborative approach to strengthening leadership capability across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.”The deadline to apply for the part-time Programme Manager position is 18 September, and the successful candidate will start mid-October. Those interested in applying can do so on the Clore Social Leadership’s website. Advertisementcenter_img  125 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 6 September 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Loss Prevention Program for D.C. Homeowners Re-launches

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 17, 2021 865 Views A Washington, D.C. program founded during the foreclosure surge that stemmed from the Great Recession has re-launched, in an effort to help homeowners experiencing COVID-related struggles.As part of the effort to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) has reopened its HomeSaver foreclosure prevention program.Through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) the Agency has approximately $4 million available to relaunch the HomeSaver program. The agency will use funds to aid eligible D.C. homeowners that have fallen behind on their mortgage payments due to unemployment, underemployment, or have endured a financial hardship of which a lump sum payment will make the homeowner’s expense current.”As the COVID-19 pandemic nears the one-year mark, DCHFA continues to pursue solutions to alleviate the financial hardships many District homeowners are experiencing,” Christopher E. Donald, Acting Executive Director/CEO said. “The HomeSaver program was a successful resource in previous years and by reactivating the program, the Agency provides a resource to help D.C. residents retain ownership of their homes.”DCHFA launched HomeSaver in 2010 as a part of the HHF initiative to provide funds to unemployed and underemployed District homeowners that were facing foreclosure.The HomeSaver Program will offer lump-sum assistance and/or ongoing monthly mortgage payments to eligible District homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The maximum assistance amount is capped at $60,000 per household.Here is how the program is divided:The program’s unemployment and underemployment assistance component provides assistance to currently unemployed and underemployed homeowners through a one-time payment of up to 16 months of mortgage and/or condo fee delinquency in order to bring the mortgage current.This component will also provide up to an additional 11 months of mortgage and/or condo fee payments going forward (total not to exceed 24 months payments) in order to keep the homeowner current. In December 2021 all final payments will be disbursed for those customers still enrolled in the program.Its restore assistance component will be available for homeowners who have suffered a financial hardship and who need a lump sum payment to catch up on arrears, but who have sufficient resources to continue making their regular payments going forward. Restore Assistance may cover any property-related payments necessary to cure a default and prevent foreclosure, including but not limited to mortgage payments, property taxes, hazard insurance, late fees, condo fees, homeowner’s association fees, and legal fees.For applicants, whose delinquency involved an inability to pay property tax charges, non-escrowed property taxes, such as in the case of a reverse mortgage, can be pre-paid through the remainder of the fiscal year at settlement.Homeowners interested in applying must first complete an intake package and have it approved by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling agency and then forwarded to the HomeSaver Program staff at DCHFA for final approval.More details and applications can be found at Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Previous: Fitch Ratings: RMBS Market Faces Uncertainty Next: New Tool Tracks Property Flood-Risk Data Home / Daily Dose / Loss Prevention Program for D.C. Homeowners Re-launches Share Save 2021-02-17 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Loss Prevention Program for D.C. Homeowners Re-launches About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Holohan urges vigilance as Level 5 restrictions are lifted

first_img Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – December 1, 2020 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Pinterest Shops, gyms, hairdressers and places of worship are open again today as level 5 coronavirus restrictions are lifted across the country.People are still being advised to work from home if they can, and not to mix with other households.From today, there’s also a recommendation to wear a face mask outdoors on busy streets.Restaurants and pubs serving food will have to wait until Friday to welcome customers back.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says it’s important everyone keeps following public health advice as the country re-opens………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article“Bird Flu poses a risk to poultry flocks” – McConalogueNext articleStrabane man’s dying message relayed to NI Assembly News Highland Holohan urges vigilance as Level 5 restrictions are lifted Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Camp Discovery ends at BUMC

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 18, 2015 Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Camp Discovery ends at BUMC By Secrets Revealed You Might Like Four-percent lodging tax increase enacted for county A 4-percent increase in Pike County’s lodging tax has been passed by the Legislature and approved by the governor. The… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Next Up“The stories were interactive and the kids really got involved,” Outlaw said. “Things that we collected from nature were used for the arts and crafts projects that went along with the camp setting.”Outlaw said the music for VBS had a different twist to it.“The songs were the traditional hymns, like ‘Oh, How I Love Jesus’ but were up-tempo music that kids like,” Outlaw said. “They learned several of the old hymns but with a little rap or hip-hop to them.”This year’s VBS, at Brundidge United Methodist Church brought kids of all ages together for selected activities. Print Article Email the author Campers at Camp Discovery at Brundidge United Methodist Church discovered that sometimes shading one’s eyes often gives them a clearer few of God’s wonderful creations. Pictured are Elsie Claire Coppage, front, and Emily Bryan.MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLCamp Discovery at Brundidge United Methodist Church broke camp Wednesday night, but they left with plans for many more exciting adventures ahead.The culminating activity for BUMC Vacation Bible School brought visitors to Camp Discovery for a night of stories, songs, fellowship and fun.“The theme for VBS was ‘Jesus at work through us’ and we discovered many different ways that we can show the love of Jesus to others,” said Allyson Outlaw, VBS director. “Dylan Hollis designed a camp set for Bible school and the kids loved it.”The campfire was a perfect setting for storytelling. Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “This worked out really well because the older kids helped with the younger children,” Outlaw said. “The young children and the older kids got to know each other in a way that they probably would not have otherwise. Getting to know one another will help build bonds that will strengthen our church family.”Camp Discovery was a place for great discovery. The kids discovered God in many different places and found ways they can be of service to others. They looked for and discovered ways the Jesus can work through them to make the world a better place, Outlaw said.“Camp Discovery is a great place where we can continue to get together and make plans for other adventures,” Outlaw said. “We already are planning to spin off and do a musical ‘Down By the Creek bank’ sometime next spring. But before them, we are thinking about a real camping trip. VBS 2015 will continue in a lot of different ways and we are looking forward to discovering more ways to serve others through Christ.” This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s…last_img read more

Flooding threat for Midwest, record heat in the East and South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — In the last 36 hours, 4 to 5 inches of rain fell from New Mexico all the way to Michigan producing areas of localized flash flooding. Des Moines had a rainfall record Tuesday of more than 3.5 inches of rain while flash flooding was reported in parts of the city and elsewhere in Iowa as well. Additionally, three tornados were reported in Iowa but no major damage was reported at any of those locations.On Wednesday, the heaviest rain will continue from the Plains into the Great Lakes where Flood Watches will be in effect.An additional 3 inches of rain is possible from Illinois to western Texas over the next 48 hours and more flooding is expected. Elsewhere, record heat will be affecting much of the Southeast United States Wednesday.In fact, parts of 18 states broke record highs Tuesday. At least 52 all-time October record highs were tied or broken Tuesday from the South into the Midwest. Some of the all-time October record highs Tuesday included: Cleveland 93, Columbus OH 95. Syracuse NY 88, Erie PA 89, Atlanta GA 95, Louisville KY 97, Pensacola FL 96. More record heat is expected Wednesday, and with humidity it will feel like 100 Fahrenheit or even more in some areas.If New York City or Philadelphia reach 90 degrees Wednesday this would not only tie a record for the day but would be the first 90-degree day in the city in October in 78 years. Additionally, if Washington, D.C. reaches 96 degrees, it would tie for the hottest temperature ever recorded in the city in the month of October.However, a major cool down is expected throughout the Northeast by the end of the week after many of these record highs.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UC Davis offers students money to not travel during spring break

first_imgJuanmonino/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(DAVIS, Calif.) — As universities vie to keep students on campus over spring break amid concerns about travel during the coronavirus pandemic, one institution is offering a financial incentive.The University of California, Davis is providing $75 grants to students who stay in the northern California college town during its spring break later this month.“UC Davis asks everyone in the university community to avoid all nonessential travel during spring break,” Chancellor Gary May wrote in an update to the school community last week that highlighted the city-campus partnership.The first 750 students who qualify will receive the $75 grant, which can be redeemed at select Davis businesses during the school’s spring break, from March 22 to 26.Applicants must be current registered UC Davis students who live full-time in Davis. They also must be staying in town for the entire spring break and have a scheduled COVID-19 test during it.Students have until 5 p.m. PST Wednesday to apply for the grant.The response so far has been “overwhelmingly positive,” UC Davis spokesperson Melissa Blouin told ABC News. The school will have more information on how many students applied after the deadline, she said.There are about 5,900 students on campus.UC Davis students and staff are urged to avoid all non-essential travel in general. But for those who do choose to travel during spring break, the school has advised that they get tested for COVID-19 every three to four days during the two weeks before their departure date and after they return. Students who go out of state also would need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon returning, per state guidelines.“It is critically important for symptom-free students, especially those who have traveled, to get tested regularly,” school officials said.The “staycation” incentive comes a few weeks after Yolo County, where UC Davis is located, moved into the less-restrictive “red tier” of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan, allowing some nonessential businesses to reopen with modifications.Some schools have eliminated spring break altogether this year in an attempt to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread on their campus and in the surrounding community.A study last year on COVID-19 spread backs up travel concerns. Looking at GPS smartphone data of more than seven million U.S. college students, a June study by Ball State University and Vanderbilt University found that spring break travel may have helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus back in March, when the pandemic was ramping up in the United States.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USS Monterey’s Sailors Conduct First VBSS Mission

first_img View post tag: first View post tag: piracy Share this article View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Monterey’s Sailors Conduct First VBSS Mission Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) successfully conducted their first Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) mission, May 19.After determining that the unidentified radar contact was a dhow, the VBSS team was called to perform an approach and assist mission. The purpose of the visit is establish friendly relationships with local mariners while gathering and sharing information that leads to a safer and more secure operating environment in the Arabian Gulf. “My VBSS team responded quickly and efficiently,” said Ensign Cesar Ramos, the VBSS team’s leader. “We were on alert and completely ready to take part in this mission.”The VBSS team approached and made contact with the crew of the dhow who identified themselves as fishermen. “We had no suspicions that anything out of the ordinary was occurring on the vessel,” said Ensign Brandon McDowell. “We were simply conducting our mission of building positive relationships with local fisherman. We want to make sure they understand we are here to help and that we are available if they need assistance.”After making initial contact and sharing information, the master of the dhow invited the team to board his vessel. Members of Monterey’s VBSS team moved onboard the dhow and continued their conversation and exchange of information. “The VBSS team had a positive meeting with the crew and even enjoyed some tea together,” said Ramos. “We exchanged small gifts and made a great first step in developing a good relationship and reputation with the local fishing community.”“Monterey’s current mission in 5th Fleet is maritime security operations,” said McDowell. “A big part of that mission is to meet and greet local fishermen to get a good understanding of the activities, both legal and illegal, in the area. We had a good first visit, and have proven that our VBSS team is capable of safely and effectively carrying out our mission in the area.”Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, May 31, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Montereycenter_img May 31, 2013 View post tag: USS View post tag: Mission View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime USS Monterey’s Sailors Conduct First VBSS Mission View post tag: Security View post tag: VBSS View post tag: conductlast_img read more