Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. David Goffin of Belgium celebrates winning match point against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their ATP World Tour Finals semifinal tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — A set up against a man he’d never lost to, Roger Federer looked to be cruising toward a shot at a seventh ATP Finals title. David Goffin had other ideas.The Belgian rallied in the semifinals on Saturday to claim the biggest win of his career and stun the favorite 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ However, neither the loss to Goffin nor the fact he finishes the year second, behind Nadal in the rankings, will prevent him from being favorite for the Australian Open in January.“It’s been an amazing year for me,” Federer said. “Been so happy that I was playing at this level from the beginning till basically the end, till today.”The match was typical of Goffin’s inconsistent week on his full debut at the tournament, after he played one match as an alternate a year ago.After defeating a wounded Rafael Nadal in his opening match, he was thrashed in just 74 minutes by Dimitrov, and qualified for the semis with a comfortable win over Dominic Thiem.“Both are really special,” said Goffin, after becoming only the sixth man to defeat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament. “It was the first time against Rafa. Then the semifinal for the first time for me here, and to beat Roger for the first time here in such a big event, big tournament, it was the perfect moment.”Dimitrov ensured he’ll end the year at a career-high No. 3 after coming from behind to defeat Sock.Having won his previous two matches for the loss of just four games, Dimitrov’s title credentials were given a far more rigorous examination by the American.Dimitrov is the first debutant to reach the final since David Ferrer in 2007.Goffin will be the underdog again after winning just two games against Dimitrov on Wednesday.“It will be something different hopefully,” said Goffin, who can move to a career-high No. 5 if he claims the title. “I hope to play the tennis I played today. I’ll try to be more aggressive, also go for the shot, and yeah, go for the trophy.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES 3-time Olympic champion ‘Pocket Hercules’ dies at 50 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img “It is the best win of my career, for sure,” said Goffin, who lost all six of his previous encounters against Federer.“I started to feel the ball better at the end of the first set, so I wanted to be more aggressive. It paid off. I started to serve well. My forehand was going much better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHis opponent on Sunday in the final will be Grigor Dimitrov after the Bulgarian defeated Jack Sock 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.With Federer having lost just four times during a season that saw him claim his 18th and 19th Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, it looked ominous for Goffin when the six-time champion broke twice on his way to winning the first set. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ However, Federer wasted two game points in the second game of the second set. Goffin produced a forehand passing shot to take his first break point of the match.“It was a tough game to get broken at 1-0,” Federer said. “I had I think multiple game chances to get out of the game and go 1-1, keep the pressure up. Things really turned around for him at that moment.”The winners flowed from Goffin’s racket, unsettling Federer, who coughed up uncharacteristic errors.Goffin needed just the one break in both the second and third sets and displayed a previously unseen grit to deny Federer his lone break point opportunities in either set.It was testament to the remarkable season Federer has put together that his loss came as such a major surprise.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Pension Fund report laid in Parliament

first_img– contributions on the rise; income hikes to $338 millionBy Jarryl BryanFar from being mired in financial trouble, the Ministry of Finance-managed Dependents Pension Fund has seen an increase in contributions, and thus a hike in revenue as of 2017. This is according to the latest report from the board of directors.According to the report, which was laid in the National Assembly on Monday by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, the Fund has seen a hike in total income to $338.7 million. This is $169.6 million more, a feat that may have something to do with an increase in contributions.Under restated income, the report notes that contributions from members increased from $111.7 million in 2016 to $277.6 million last year. According to the report, administrative and general expenses did increase.“The investments held on behalf of the fund amounted to $27 million at the end of the year. The value of the securities of the Guyana Government and other investments, including mortgages, totalled $107.1 million, representing 5.3 per cent of the total assets of the Fund. In addition, the Accountant General held a net sum of $1.561 billion at the end of 2017 on behalf of the Fund,” the report states.The entity’s total assets stood at a total sum of $1.983 billion; an improvement from last year, when it was listed as $1.655 billion. Excluding the amount held by the Accountant General, $146.6 million of this sum is in receivables and prepayments, and $159.1 million in non-current assets.Comparison to SWFThe Chairperson of the Fund, Jennifer Chapman, also happens to be the Accountant General. The directors include Professor Harold Lutchman, Lance Baptiste, Patrick Yarde, Lincoln Lewis, Amanda Hermonstine and Gillian Rockliffe.At the end of last year, there were 25,072 active contributors to the Fund. On the other hand, there are 2,498 pensioners on the Fund’s Pension Status Report at the end of 2017.Though it exists on a much smaller scale to what one expects from a Sovereign Wealth fund (SWF), there are similarities in their operations. And with the SWF green paper expected to be laid in Parliament shortly, sources have opined thatThe Dependents Pension Fundlessons ought to be learnt from this Fund.Both funds are financed by a primary revenue stream. In the case of the Dependents Pension Fund, the primary revenue stream is contributions. In the case of the SWF, it will be oil. In theory, both also make investments in order to maximise that revenue, with the Dependents Pension Fund making money off investments’ interest, including mortgages in practice.Minister Jordan had informed reporters on Friday last that the Green Paper – a report on Government’s proposals – was presented to Cabinet to be reviewed. According to Jordan, a second review will be done at the next Cabinet meeting on July 31.“We will revise the paper in time for presentation to the last Parliament, which is on or before August 10, 2018,” he explained, adding that the draft legislation for the Fund is with the Attorney General’s Chambers.“Once the AG’s Chambers are finished with that bill, it will get its review at Cabinet, and then we will put it out for consultations. We will take back whatever comments and then we will revise the bill and make it ready for Parliament,” he had explained, adding that the bill will be laid in the National Assembly by the year’s end.last_img read more

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Dunk a cop this Canada Day (for a good cause)

first_imgFrom noon to 5 p.m., uniformed officers will be taking turns, and all proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society for pediatric research and Camp Goodtimes, a summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens with cancer and their families.“Your contribution will help support the local Cops For Cancer events meet or surpass its fundraising goal and build excitement throughout the Peace Region,” says Constable Greg Hall of the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment. “Come out, dunk a cop and help an amazing cause!” This year Constable Greg Lake, Constable Leo Corcoran, and Corporal James Rutledge of the Dawson Creek RCMP will be taking part in the Tour. This year’s Tour de North will run from September 13 to 19, between Dawson Creek and Williams Lake.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP investigates various thefts in same night

first_imgThese incidents remain under investigation. The Fort St. John RCMP detachment is looking for more information about two thefts that occurred during the same night in November.A 21′ Valco jetboat and a Karavan Boat Trailer with the BC Marker ‘WAE35E,’ were stolen overnight between 9 PM and 8 AM of November 21st and 22nd, while parked near the intersection of 92A st. and Alaska Road North.In Wonowon, thieves stole a Caterpillar D9 Dozer from Hall North Construction the same night.- Advertisement -Police say it was driven across the highway and in behind the Wonowon Horse Club, causing damage to fences and agricultural land.The dozer itself had $40,000 worth of damages to it when was abandoned in a lagoon behind the Wonowon Esso.No suspects or witnesses are known at this time, and the Fort St. John RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in providing any information related to the whereabouts of the stolen and damaged property.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Thursday, June 22

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy and friends for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.Highlights include fan calls on Liverpool’s signing of Mohamed Salah, plus the lads were joined in the studio by Dan the Magic Man and there was the latest Truth or Lie feature!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

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Liam Payne, Olly Murs and Rick Astley do talkSPORT’s World Cup Q & A

first_imgListen to new single ‘Empress’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist Listen to new single ‘Barbed Wire’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist 14 Former player Chez Davis is tipping France Listen to their new track ‘Hank’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist Which round will England reach and why?I’m hoping the quarter-finals at least and then as a nation we can see what happens. That’s the minimum requirement we all want – not just the fans, but the players, too. We have a very young side this time, and I believe we can get there – but we need to see some fight from our squad ’till the very end.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Poland are my choice – over the years I think they’ve got stronger and stronger. They are a great team, and with Robert Lewandowski up front they are always a danger.Favourite World Cup moment and why?Obvious choice would be 1966 for any England fan, but my personal favourite has to be France ’98 – the Argentina v England game. Yes we lost, but I vividly remember the build up to the game that year. The goals, the sending off with Beckham – it just brings back so many memories. Even with us losing, I think we played great that year and even when they came home, we all felt proud of them.Listen to classic track ’Wrapped Up’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist  14 Listen to the band’s World Cup song on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist THE KOOKS Listen to new single ‘Familiar’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist OLLY MURSWho will win the World Cup and why?I’m going with Argentina. I think Messi will want to come out and prove a massive point on the big stage, and I feel he will replicate what Ronaldo did with Portugal at the Euros. There’s raging World Cup fever in Bastille. No doubt from listening to talkSPORT Japan and South Korea in 2002 was class, according to Taka BASTILLE (Drummer Woody)Who will win the World Cup and why?England. Because my World Cup fever is raging.Who will win Golden Boot and why?Olivier Giroud.  We all enjoy seeing him skip around like a plonker when he scores.Which round will England reach and why?Final. That’s where winners live.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Peru. They’re savvy operators.Favourite World Cup moment and why?Michael Owen’s goal v Argentina in 98.  It reminds me of when we were genuine contenders. 14 RICK ASTLEYWho will win the World Cup 2018 and why?England! England! England. Brazil.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?Neymar. It’s his time, but I hope Sir Harry Kane.Which round will England reach and why?Germany in the quarter-finals because we always do.Surprise team of Russia and why?Russia. Home team counts for a lot.Favourite World Cup moment and why?The whole of Italia 90, best music and a real reason to be proud of the England team. FEEDER (Taka Hirose)Who will win World Cup 2018 and why?Brazil. They have been playing pretty consistently recently. And we don’t want Germany to win again, do we!? Spain could be but they haven’t got many quality players like they used to at the moment.Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?If Brazil would do well as I’m expecting, it’d be Neymar with his quality. That’s not what I’m hoping but he is getting better and better.Which round will England reach and why?England somehow would go through to the knockout stage and lose straight away. I do hope that England young players show their qualities and play well out there but I can’t see that they are solid as a team.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?I don’t know if they are a surprise but Belgium could be the one. Everyone has been talking about Belgian players individual qualities for sometime but they haven’t shown that quality as a team yet. This World Cup could be the one for them!?Favourite World Cup moment and why?When my home country Japan and South Korea hosted World Cup 2002 I could feel the huge excitement over there in Japan (I’m sure that S.Korea was, too). I was in London and it was pretty hot in most of June. Just because of the time difference between here and over there, the pubs in UK opened from the morning for the games and were packed! People were happy, excited and also disappointed from the morning. Though both Japan and England lost at the first knockout stage, there were good teams and unexpected teams like USA, S.Korea and Turkey with so many great players were still fighting to the final on that year. It was such a fun and had a good vibe in London with that World Cup. Listen to new single ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist JAMES (Jim Glennie)Who will win World Cup 2018 and why?I’d go for Brazil. I know they were rubbish four years ago but they have the quality and experience to go all the way.Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?Messi or Neymar? I see Brazil winning the cup, and that means Neymar potentially getting more games than Messi. So Neymar.Which round will England reach and why?England need to start well and build some confidence. If they do, then who knows. But reality tells me they may squeak into the knockout stages and then indeed get knocked out.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Not much of an outsider but Belgium. They have an amazing team: De Bruyne, Kompany, Hazard, Lukaku but they have to start delivering. Maybe this is their timeFavourite World Cup moment and why?Anything involving Johan Cruyff. He introduced an artistry and intelligence to the game that changed it forever. 14 Olly thought long and hard about it Rick is never going to give up on England THE MANOR (Scotty Stacks)Who will win the World Cup 2018 and why?Brazil for me. They destroyed the South American qualifying group, have ridiculous strength in depth and need to make amends for losing 7-1 to Germany in their backyard at the Maracana last time around.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?Backing Gabriel Jesus to become I think the youngest player to ever win the boot. He’s the main man up top through the middle for them now, and should be fairly fresh as he spent a while injured last season. He’s looked sharp since his return but Neymar is in a similar position so one of those two.Which round will England reach and why?I was looking at the fixture map the other day. England finish second in their group, beat Poland in round 16, beat Germany in the quarters on pens, but then lose to Spain on a moody VAR decision in the semis.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?The surprise team will be England! Especially after we beat the Germans on pens. But aside from England I fancy Saudi Arabia to sneak through group A (yes, the lost the first one). Watched them against Germany recently and they looked decent and missed a sitter at the death which would’ve earned them a 2-2 draw.Favourite World Cup moment and why?World Cups in my life time have been nothing but disappointment as an England fan if I’m honest. But I was sat in the Chile end at the Maracana in 2014 when they beat Spain who were the reigning European and World Champions. That was special. The Chileans were really cool people and the atmosphere was absolutely insane.Listen to new single ’Tyson Fury’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist 14 14 Listen to new single ‘Beautiful Life’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist Listen to classic single ‘Come Back Around’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlistcenter_img SNOW PATROL (Gary Lightbody)Who will win the World Cup 2018 and why?Germany. They have the most balanced team. It’ll be a Germany v Brazil final most likely and I think Germany will edge it. Although revenge for Brazil’s thumping at their hands last World Cup does seem like it would be written in the stars, so I’m still going with Germany to win it.Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?Neymar. Brazil will likely get to the final, so he’ll have more games than any of the other likely contenders such as Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Salah.Which round will England reach and why?Maybe the quarters. At least the last 16. Tough one. I’m gonna go with the quarters. Depending on whether they win their group or come second I think they have to get through either Germany or Brazil in the quarters and that’s gonna be too tough I think.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?I don’t really see that many surprises happening after the group stages. Hope there is though. Maybe Belgium reaching the semis (but they’d have the same predicament as England to likely have to get past either Brazil or Germany). Maybe Senegal might get to the quarters. It would be good for football if an African nation does well at this World Cup.Favourite World Cup moment and why?Spain ’82. Northern Ireland v Spain. Gerry Armstrong scores and we win one nil to win the group. Armstrong becomes Norn Iron legend forever! You don’t like Johan Cruyff? Oh, sit down 14 Gary from Snow Patrol is remembering when Gerry Armstrong became a Norn Iron legend 14 Listen to new single ‘Echoes’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist LOCADIAWho will win the World Cup 2018 and why?I think the winner will be Brazil or France. Both teams are strong and very talented. Both squads are made of great players.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?I think the Golden Boot winner will be Neymar. I mean it could be anyone this year; Harry Kane, Higuain, Messi. There are more players who could end up and win the Golden Boot! May the best player win.Which round will England reach and why?To be honest, I hope England will reach the last eight. But under this kind of pressure they have failed so many times. So I hope they are ready to perform.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Surprise team could be Morocco. They have so many good players but the question is if they are able deliver during the tournament. If they can… they have the opportunity to surprise the bigger more established nations.Favourite World Cup moment and why?Holland reaching the finals. That was a special moment. The whole nation was united! Lao Ra hope England do well. Just not at Colombia’s expense Who will win World Cup 2018 and why?Brazil. Why? Because they have the greatest World Cup song in mas qui nada.Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?Antoine Griezmann because France have a great chance of winning.Which round will England reach and why?Quarter-final for sure at least.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Uruguay they are good but this could be their momentFavourite World Cup moment and why?Carlos Alberto goal of the century – easy.Listen to new single ‘No Pressure’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist Who will win the World Cup? It’s the question everyone wants to know the answer to.So to find out, talkSPORT.com entered popworld – it’s a real place – to ask some of the biggest names we could find what they think. The Kooks are big fans of Brazil’s World Cup anthem Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?Messi again for me. I truly believe this is his tournament. It will no doubt also be his last one, so I think he will come on firing on all cylinders. Tom has a bet on Marcus Rashford to win the Golden Boot CHELCEE GRIMESWho will win the World Cup 2018 and why?I’m going to go with Germany. They are the favourites, I know, but they are just always so solid. They work like robots and I just can’t seeing them rolling over for anybody.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?I’m going to say Ronaldo. He always delivers when he needs to and I think he will be wanting to win this as it could be his last chance in peak condition so he will give it all he’s got.Which round will England reach and why?I’m going to say quarter finals, even though I want to be optimistic and say the final. I just don’t think we have the depth in the squad to go all the way this year.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Belgium. They have some quality players, if they all perform on the day – anything can happen.Favourite World Cup moment and why?The Zidane headbutt was pretty iconic.Listen to new single ‘Just Like That’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist LIAM PAYNEWho will win the World Cup and why?I really hope England do, but I think Brazil. I’ve just come back from there and I love their flair and passion for football.  I think they’ll do it this year.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?Neymar Jr. I saw his goals in the recent friendlies and he’s on fire at the moment.Which round will England reach and why?I would love to see them go all the way, but there are some strong teams in the tournament this year. So I’m going to say the quarter-finals.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?I think Croatia will do well this year; they’ve got a lot of good individual players. I’d also like to see Nigeria do well just because of their kit!Favourite World Cup moment and why?I know it wasn’t at the World Cup, but it’s when David Beckham scored that free-kick against Greece to send England to the 2002 World Cup. I still get goosebumps! If I can’t have that, then I have to go with the Zidane headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final. Manor reckon Belgium are well set for glory 14 TOM GRENNANWho will win the World Cup and why?Obviously I want to say England, but I think Germany will win the World Cup because as a side they just look like the strongest team. Kroos, Ozil, Muller always turn up for games for Germany. The back four just look solid as well and and also, the three of them coming from Bayern means they know each other and have been a unit all season.Who will win Golden Boot and why?It’s anyone’s really, but I’ve got a bet on that Rashford will get the Golden Boot so I’m not gunna jinx anything!Which round will England reach and why?I don’t think England will win the group as Belgium look amazing, but again I think they’ll get to the last 16. All the England boys are young and I think don’t have much pressure on their shoulders so they could surprise everyone.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?I’m going to say Denmark. They have a wicked young player called Pione Sisto who I think will shock a lot of players and could surprise a lot of fans.Favourite World Cup moment and why?My favourite World Cup moment has to be Beckham’s free-kick that goes straight into the top corner. All the English fans went mental and I remember always trying to replicate that. Y.O.U.N.G. (Chez Davis)Who will win World Cup 2018 and why? I think France this time, at least a strong contender, great players in every position and they’ve got pace to burn which always makes them dangerous.Who will win World Cup 2018 Golden Boot and why?I’m gonna go for Germany’s Timo Werner. I like the look of him & I always score sick goals with him on FIFA.Which round will England reach and why?Quarter-final elimination, I think we will do better than recent years but for me the other teams are far stronger this year, but you still gotta believe aye! There could be a chance you never know.Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?I’m really surprised to see Egypt in there never thought I’d see that, but I’m glad, and it gives Salah a real chance to show off his skills again on the big stage.Favourite World Cup moment and why? Zidane flying headbutt, just because ICONIC. 14 LAO RAWho will win World Cup 2018 and why?Brazil – sick team – they got like twelve points ahead in the South America qualifiers which are the hardest of them all. Also they want to redeem themselves after the failure four years ago.Who will win the Golden Boot and why?Ronaldo – he’s by far the best player right now and his major ambition is to be that player for Portugal. It’s the only thing he’s missing and even though Messi has a better team, he lacks Ronaldo’s ambition, and the World Cup is all about ambition.Which round will England reach and why? Best 16 or however you say that in English. They’re gonna come up second in their group then they’re gonna play Colombia and lose. ‘Cos Colombia is better! And we’re hungry!Surprise team of Russia 2018 and why?Senegal!!! Because of Sadio Mane. He’s too damn good! His game during the Champions League final was another level.Favourite World Cup moment and why? James’ goal on against Uruguay in 2014! I cried and lost my voice that game.Listen to new single ’No Pressure’ on the talkSPORT World Cup Playlist Liam asked talkSPORT.com if we’d liketo see his Fabrizio Ravanelli impression. We said yes. 14 14 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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Whittier Chr. 20, Campbell Hall 19

first_imgWHITTIER — Quarterback Joe Villa connected with Taylor Redmond in the right-back corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown with 49.6 seconds left as the Whittier Christian High School football team stunned Campbell Hall at Whittier College on Friday. The Vikings took the lead with 1:54 left on Elliott Battle’s 20-yard touchdown run. Battle had given the visitors good field position with a long kickoff return to the Heralds 44. The Vikings held the Heralds to 27 yards of total offense in the first half en route to a 13-0 halftime lead. But Esteban Camarillo scored the first points against the Vikings in more than quarters when he scored on a 31-yard run in the third quarter. He added a 3-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter and Zack Metzner’s conversion kick gave the hosts a 14-13 lead. The Heralds, ranked fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Division XIII, improved to 5-0 overall. The Vikings, top-ranked in Division XIII, dropped to 5-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Richard Montez last_img read more

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Williams’ execution urged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Cooley disputed Williams’ assertion of innocence and his claims that he has turned his back on the Crips street gang he co-founded. In terse language, Cooley demanded Williams’ death and asked the governor “not to allow Williams to usurp the compassion that is due” his four victims. Williams, 51, is in line to become one of three California condemned inmates to be executed within months. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection at San Quentin on Dec. 13. He was condemned in 1981. Williams claims fabricated testimony sent him to Death Row and also says Los Angeles County prosecutors violated his rights when they dismissed all potential black jurors from his case. The California Supreme Court, the federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court have already ruled against him. Williams last week asked the California Supreme Court to reopen the case, saying faulty forensics linked him to three of the murders, assertions Cooley disputed Thursday. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley strongly urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday not to spare Crips street gang founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams from being executed next month for murdering four people. “Stanley Williams does not deserve your sympathy, leniency or mercy,” the district attorney wrote in a lengthy letter that included gruesome details of the murders and bloody pictures of the dead. The letter said the 1979 Los Angeles murders were “truly horrific,” and added that a jury determined that “Williams suffer the penalty of death for his crimes.” The district attorney was responding to Williams’ plea to Schwarzenegger 10 days ago, in which Williams asked Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency and commute his sentence to life without parole. Williams says he is innocent, that he has turned his life around behind bars, and is doing good deeds such as preaching peace to gang members from an Internet site from San Quentin State Prison’s Death Row. Williams was convicted of killing Albert Owens, a 7-Eleven clerk during a robbery; and Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang and Yu-Chin Yang Lin. Those three were gunned down two weeks after Owens when their motel was robbed. While in San Quentin, Williams has been nominated five times for a Nobel Peace Prize and four times for the Nobel Prize for literature for his series of children’s books and international peace efforts intended to curtail youth gang violence. Cooley, in urging Williams’ death, told Schwarzenegger that Crips “gang warfare has been responsible for literally thousands of murders in Los Angeles County alone.” He said Williams threatened jurors in the courtroom when he was convicted, and also plotted an escape from jail. The district attorney included letters from the victims’ families, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton – all urging Williams’ death. Prison officials also maintain that Williams is still a gang leader whose “minions” carry out his objectives. Cooley submitted a laundry list of reports of misconduct by Williams while in prison, one of which included Williams throwing a chemical substance in the face of a guard. His last mix-up in prison, Cooley said, was in 1993, when Williams was involved in a fight with other inmates. Schwarzenegger has the constitutional authority to commute Williams’ sentence, but has declined to do so for two other Death Row inmates who have requested it. The governor, who is traveling in China, has not said when he will make a decision. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Next for 49ers’ Garoppolo is an ‘eerie’ return to Kansas City

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo can retrace his infamous steps Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, the scene of the crime, where his season got robbed and his career trajectory suddenly became dependent on his left knee’s reconstruction.Coach Kyle Shanahan plans to play him the first half at Kansas City, allowing Garoppolo ample time to rediscover his offensive rhythm and attain any mental catharsis.“It definitely will be a little weird getting back there,” Garoppolo said Thursday, “but I’m just …last_img

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How Much Will Shading Your Air Conditioner Improve Its Efficiency?

first_imgRELATED ARTICLES Does an AC compressor located in full sun work harder than one located in the shade?Stupid Energy-Saving TipsThe Magic of ColdAir Conditioner Basics The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save Energy I got a question this weekend that’s often asked — and, I’m sure, wondered about — by homeowners: “Will my household AC system run more efficiently (perhaps cycle on/off fewer times, or the compressor won’t have to run as long when it cycles on) by shading the compressor?”I’ve written about the outdoor unit of air conditioners and heat pumps a few times, but I’ve never tackled this question directly. Let’s change that now.Why this is a natural question to askFirst, a little explanation about air conditioners. If you have a split-system air conditioner, that metal noisemaker that sits out in back or on the side of your house is called the condensing unit. The compressor is one component in that box, but the condensing coil and a few other parts are there, too. (To understand how an air conditioner works, see my article, “The Magic of Cold.”)The condensing coil’s job is to dump the heat picked up inside the home to the outdoor air. (If you have a ground-source heat pump, that heat gets dumped into the ground rather than the air, and you won’t have an outdoor unit like the one shown above.) The hotter it is outdoors, the harder it is to dump that heat and the more you’ll spend keeping your house cool. Hence the question: Can shading your air conditioner’s outdoor unit provide significant savings? The answer is yes and no. It depends on what type of shading we’re talking about, but for the type of shading most people are thinking about when they ask that question, the answer is no.Why the answer is mostly noShading the outdoor unit with a structure as shown in Image #2 (below) will reduce the direct solar gain from insolation but won’t do a whole lot for the air temperature around the unit. That photo is from a study done the Forida Solar Energy Center on the effectiveness of shading air conditioner condensing units.Caution: The unit in the photo exhausts from the side, so the shading structure doesn’t interrupt the air flow. Most AC outdoor units exhaust from the top and that structure would reduce the air flow and perhaps cause serious damage to the unit. Don’t try something like this unless you have a good understanding of air conditioners.In the “Discussion” section at the end of their report, the FSEC authors explain why small-scale shading like this doesn’t work. The temperature of the surrounding air has a much bigger effect on cooling efficiency than direct solar gain, and the volume of air pulled in by an air conditioner is huge.A typical 3-ton air conditioner condensing unit might pull in 2,800 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of outdoor air. If it ran continuously for an hour, 168,000 cubic feet of outdoor air would move through the outdoor unit. Since your air conditioner is probably oversized, it won’t run the full 60 minutes. My oversized AC, for example, runs about 30 minutes an hour at design conditions. Even at 30 minutes per hour, though, the outdoor unit pulls in 84,000 cubic feet of outdoor air.To put those numbers in perspective, 84,000 cubic feet is about three times the volume of a typical house being cooled by that 3-ton air conditioner. It would take a lot of shading to cool that much air.The FSEC study sums it up this way:We conclude that any savings produced by localized AC condenser shading are quite modest (<3%) and that the risk of interrupting air flow to the condenser may outweigh shading considerations. The preferred strategy may be a long-term one: locating AC condensers in an unobstructed location on the shaded north side of buildings and depending on extensive site and neighborhood-level landscaping to lower localized air temperatures.If you’re building a new home or siting a new air conditioner, it’s worth considering the location of the outdoor unit. If you could save even a little bit just by putting it on the north side of the house, that might be worth doing. I say “might” because you also have to consider the effect on the length of the refrigerant lineset and whether or not it’s in a high-use area of the yard. If you’ve got an existing home, however, trying to figure out a way to shade your outdoor unit isn’t the best strategy. You might even make things worse if you obstruct the air flow.A question related to the question about shading the condensing unit is about saving money by spraying a mist of water on the unit, especially with the recent launch of the Mistbox. I wrote about that topic a couple of weeks ago, and again, the answer is that you’re better off looking elsewhere.If you really want to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, your opportunities are much greater if you look to your duct system. By fixing disconnected ducts, flacid flex, uninsulated boots, and more, you may be able to cut your air conditioning bill in half, depending on how bad your particular ducts are. And they most likely are bad. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. 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