Feltman set school record and leads NCAA in saves but not yet satisfied

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Durbin Feltman readies himself for the next pitch against Game 1 of the Super Regionals against Missouri State. (GoFrogs.com) Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Facebook Twitter Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleJared Janzcak a ‘foregone conclusion’ to start Game 1 against FloridaNext articleTCU shutout by Florida in CWS opener Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printTCU closer Durbin Feltman leads the nation in saves and became the school record-holder for saves in a season with 17.Yet, he feels there’s room for improvement.“Not the year I wanted,” Feltman said. “I always feel like I could do better.”Feltman closed out his first 18 save chances as a Horned Frog, nine as a freshman in 2016 and nine during his first games of the 2017 season. Trouble struck when he failed to finish an April 16 game at West Virginia. Six days later against Baylor, he allowed three runs in a non-save situation and was relieved. Feltman surrendered the tying run in the ninth inning against Texas May 5. A week later, Oklahoma hit a walk-off three-run home run against him in Norman.It’s those three blown saves against the Mountaineers, Longhorns and Sooners that leaves Feltman wanting more.“I’m not satisfied with it,” Feltman said after batting practice at the College World Series Friday. “I love being at the top save-wise, but I really just want to execute more quality pitches. I feel like that’s been kind of down this year.”Specifically his slider.“Just the ability to get the slider in the strike zone and working,” Feltman said. “I had trouble with that at the beginning of the year, but now I’ve got it back.” Since the three missed opportunities, he’s finished off five save situations, including one in the Big 12 tournament and two in the NCAA tournament.“It was heartbreaking, but you just have to get back out there,” Feltman said. “I kept itching to pitch, especially right after that (West Virginia) game. I wanted to get back out there the next Tuesday and pitch.”A sophomore from Conroe, Texas, Feltman stands at No. 2 on TCU’s career saves list with 26, just six behind the 32 Riley Ferrell converted from 2013 to 2015.“The more you get put out there, it’s going to happen sooner or later,” he said of the blowing saves. “I think it’s better that I did that early in the season, so once we get here, if it’s going to happen, I can learn from that. I’m glad it happened early in the season — I wish it had never happened at all, obviously. But I think it’s a good experience. I learned from that, learned how to come back, flush that, get rid of that.”TCU’s first College World Series game in Omaha at TD Ameritrade Ballpark is set for Sunday night at 6 against the Florida Gators. Linkedin Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food.last_img read more

La Canada Presbyterian Church to Offer Multiple Easter Services

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APA and Cooper Energy unite for sole term gas supply to commence and Orbost completion

first_imgThe Transition Agreement supplements the existing project documents, and sets aside potential claims and entitlements available to either party APA and Cooper Energy unite for sole term gas supply. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) APA Group and Cooper Energy announce execution of an agreement (“Transition Agreement”) which outlines terms for the parties to work together to complete the commissioning of the Orbost Gas Processing Plant (“OGPP”), and commence firm supply to Cooper Energy’s term gas customers as early as possible.The Transition Agreement supplements the existing project documents, and sets aside potential claims and entitlements available to either party. It also provides for the sharing of costs and revenue whilst OGPP commissioning proceeds towards completion. The Transition Agreement is subject to the support of Cooper Energy’s financiers.APA Managing Director Rob Wheals said “APA and Cooper Energy remain jointly focused on commissioning the plant safely and to a high standard of quality and operating performance. The Transition Agreement provides a practical commercial way forward for both entities to ultimately deliver much needed additional gas to south-east Australia.”Cooper Energy Managing Director, David Maxwell said “the Transition Agreement has cleared the table so the single focus of APA and Cooper Energy at Orbost is the start-up of firm gas sales from Sole as soon as possible, whilst preserving the incentive for increases in the Orbost gas processing capacity.“Commissioning has taken much longer than could have been envisaged. The Transition Agreement provides the basis for gas sales from Sole to continue and increase, and for firm gas supply to our customers to commence in advance of Orbost project completion and production at full rates.”Commissioning and production operations will continue, as set out under the heading “Current and expected work program” below. The parties’ near term objectives for the OGPP are:• completion of minor plant modifications later this month• execution of Phase 2 Plant works (scope currently being finalised) planned for the December 2020 quarter; and• establishment of a stable processing capacity that will enable firm supply from Sole.Root cause analysis to identify the cause of the foaming that has impeded completion to date is continuing (see “Background” following).BackgroundThe Sole Gas Project brings a new source of gas supply to south-east Australia. The project comprises two separate elements: an offshore project to develop and connect the gas field managed by Cooper Energy and an onshore project managed by APA to upgrade the OGPP to process Sole gas for supply into the Eastern Gas Pipeline.The upgrading of the plant to the required performance standards, and the processing and tolling of Sole gas by the OGPP, are provided for under existing development and processing agreements between the parties. The satisfaction of plant performance criteria enables completion of the Development Agreement (the “DA”), commencement of the Gas Processing Agreement (the “GPA”) and commencement of firm gas supply to Cooper Energy’s gas customers.As advised in updates provided to the ASX, the OGPP has yet to satisfy the plant performance requirements necessary for completion of the DA, one of which is a demonstrated capacity to maintain stable supply of 68 TJ/d. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

How today’s credit union leader can excel in a rapidly changing financial arena

first_imgWith a new crop of credit union leaders taking the helm of our industry, a myriad of leadership strategies and practices are quite the valuable commodity today. It only behooves our new presidents and CEOs to explore as much wisdom in this area as possible to keep our industry on its current profitable tack.That said, we invited Sensei Leader Jim Bouchard on the program to provide the same sage wisdom he doles out during his many credit union-focused keynotes each year. An accomplished black belt in martial arts, Jim looks at leadership as being extremely flexible in today’s ever-changing environment — being tough yet compassionate to weather any circumstance this industry can deliver. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why LIBTELCO Took The Initiative of Championing Cyber-security in Liberia.

first_imgDr. Darren WilkinsBy Dr. Darren WilkinsOn August 17, 2017, LIBTELCO and its partners hosted the Country’s first National Cyber Security Forum. Many questioned the authority of LIBTELCO to champion such a forum since it is the responsibility of the Chief Information Office(r).Others argued that this initiative should have been taken on by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Head of the Sector and Policy Maker). Are they serious? In today’s article I endeavor to provide clarity on the “motivation” or the “instrument” that authorized/authorizes LIBTELCO to host and champion the National Cyber-security Forum.  I will also provide some insight into the efforts we have made in building a cyber-security mechanism that can help us in mitigating cyber threats and combating-cyber attacks.In my speech at the conference, I articulated that tackling cyber threats require collective efforts to build resilient institutions  to mitigate or counter cyber attacks. I mentioned that over the years, there have been alarming reports regarding cyber-attacks and cyber crimes, not just in developed countries but also in under-developed countries such as Liberia.  I urged all Information Communication Technology (ICT) institutions and cyber security firms to be ready to tackle cyber threats in the country, should the need arise.The National Cyber Security Forum was attended by stakeholders from both the public and the private sectors. It was also attended by Liberians from the Diaspora, and was carried live giving Liberians in the Diaspora the opportunity to contribute to the forum. Professionals from the Ivory Coast and China were also present. The primary focus of that forum was to create awareness for cyber security and its impact on the public and private sectors, and of course, our society as a whole.Now, why should LIBTELCO champion cyber-security and not the Chief Information Office(r)?  First of all, enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 2007, is a clause that designates LIBTELCO as the “National Operator.” As the National Operator, the Corporation carries the responsibility of providing telecommunications or/and now ICT services to the Government and people of Liberia.Also, enshrined in the 2010-2015 ICT policy, is a mandate that LIBTELCO builds the Government Network (Gov.Net) as well as the national data center. These two tasks require maximum security to ensure that the country’s economy and digital infrastructure are secure from cyber threats and attacks. Of course, due to the lack of resources, both mandates have not been fully implemented.Protecting our digital infrastructure is a national security priority and a national economic priority. Over the past few months we have been advocating  the need for a comprehensive cyber security strategy that can guide us in  boosting our defenses in government, responding to threats , recovering from attacks  and more importantly, to prevent and disrupt them in the first place.LIBTELCO should be and must be one of the critical lines of Liberia’s cyber defenses.  For this to happen, we will need skilled men and women who can and will work around the clock, 24/7, monitoring threats, issuing warnings, and keeping Liberians safe.In this digital age our adversaries are getting more sophisticated and more determined, and more plentiful. Therefore, there is a need to be conscientious and frequently on the alert. Staying ahead of cyber attackers can be a challenge, but with the proper mechanism put in place, we can rest assured of mitigating cyber threats, as well as, having a robust counter response on the standby.Cyber security should not be seen as a government responsibility. The private sector needs to come on board as well. We also need to continue to invest in the education and skills of our IT Managers, and our cyber security professionals. The public too must be made aware of cyber security and the impact on society. This can be done jointly with the private sector, civil societies, donor agencies and the Government of Liberia.No doubt, cyber threats pose an enormous challenge for our country. It is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. Liberia may not be a country like other foreign governments that have their computer networks penetrated or hacked every single day. But I can assure you as we continue to develop our country, we might be one of the many nations that will be a target for consistent cyber attacks.Our critical infrastructure — our financial systems, power grids, pipelines, health care systems – are now running on networks connected to the Internet. So this is a matter of public safety and of public health. And most of this infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. So neither government, nor the private sector can defend the nation alone. It’s going to have to be a shared mission — government and industry working hand in hand, as partners.We will definitely need to inject cyber security into our new ICT policy. All of us can agree that this is a threat that has to be addressed, hence there is a need for a comprehensive strategy and mechanisms to be put in place before the worst occurs.Our law enforcement agencies will need to be equipped with the skills and tools to prevent, detect, and go after cyber criminals.  We must be able to make cyber criminals know that we are not vulnerable and that we have the proper mechanisms in place to deal with them.,Cyber security is a hard and complicated issue, thus the need to work together. But we must focus on concrete and pragmatic steps that we can take to boost our cyber security endeavors. , I am confident that our collective cyber security efforts will help secure our information, our networks, public health and public safety.The past attack on one of our service providers sometime ago was a painful reminder that we have no greater duty than the security of the Liberian people. The Government of Liberia will need to provide the necessary support to stakeholders involved with cyber security both in the public and private sectors.The dawn and ever-present use of the internet and its accompanying technologies have made it imperative for all of us to garner at least a basic understanding of cyber threats cyber crimes and cyber security.The Internet is a world market place where trillions transact business yearly, asserting that the internet has become widely accessible by smaller mobile and handheld devices as the global system for many nations. We live in a time of rapid technology and social changes. The uncomfortable and inconvenient truth is that the more we experience these technological and social changes, the more we are vulnerable to cyber threats.Meanwhile, LIBELCO will continue to work with all stakeholders to increase cyber security awareness in Liberia. The three-day National Cyber Security Training that followed the National Cyber Security Forum is evidence that LIBTELCO takes cyber security seriously.Finally, we must not ignore the significance of cyber security in Liberia. We have achieved a level of modernity that now necessitates a robust cyber security policy and strategy. I believe now is the time to begin developing policies and strategies for cyber security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA dead sheep has been allowed to rot in a stream in Letterkenny for the past two weeks.The carcass of the dead sheep rots away in the stream.A member of the public contacted Donegal Daily to say they spotted the sheep dumped in the stream at the IDA Business Park on April 8th.However despite contacting the county council, the person claims the carcass of the dead animal is still there. The person, who asked not to be named, said the stream is often used by children to play in.“On the 8th April, I called the County Council to report a dead sheep being dumped in a stream in the IDA Business Park in Letterkenny. “A council person took my report & assured me that the report would be given to the Litter Warden and I would be contacted as to the location of this carcass.“As of today (23rd April), the sheep carcass is still in the upper part of the stream in the Business Park. I made another call to the County Council office this morning and an official assured me again that someone would be in contact with me. I am still waiting,” claimed the person.Donegal Daily has passed on the person’s complaint to Donegal County Council and we are awaiting a reply.   SHOCK AS SHEEP ALLOWED TO ROT IN STREAM FOR TWO WEEKS was last modified: April 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carcassdonegalDonegal County Councilrotsheeplast_img read more

Traffic delays after two car crash outside Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgThere are traffic delays in and around Letterkenny University Hospital at present following a two-car collision.The accident happened at the main entrance to the hospital just before 1.30pm.It is not known yet if any of those involved in the crash have been seriously injured. Two ambulances are at the scene.Motorists should expect delays if driving in the vicinity.Traffic delays after two car crash outside Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VW SA wins multibillion contract

first_imgVolkswagen South Africa is to supplythe VW group with cutting-edge dieseltechnology. (Image: Volkswagen Group) Volkswagen vehicles on the assembly lineat the manufacturing plant in Uitenhage,Eastern Cape. (Image: Volkswagen SA,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.) A representation of a diesel particulatefilter for the Golf V.(Image: Volkswagen Group)Janine ErasmusEastern Cape-based car manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa is to supply the Volkswagen group worldwide with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for a five-year period. The deal, said to be one of the biggest export contracts for a single car part, is worth R12-billion ($96.3-billion). Volkswagen will partner with exhaust systems manufacturer Eberspächer South Africa to produce the component.The two companies will jointly invest about R55-million ($441.4-million) for equipment, as well as R26-million ($208.7-million) to establish a local supplier base, of which 80% is located in the Nelson Mandela Bay region – a hub of the South African car manufacturing industry. Bill Stevens, Volkswagen South Africa’s GM of communications, said the deal was important to the company’s strategy to localise the manufacturing of components.In addition to the financial investment, more than 100 new jobs will be created in the region and those recruited will undergo intensive training to ensure all parts meet international standards. Training will cover adherence to and understanding of quality standards, DPF handling and inspection criteria, problem solving, teamwork and all aspects of the production process.SA partnership sets global standardsMD of Volkswagen South Africa David Powels said the deal was a coup for the South African automotive component manufacturing industry. Furthermore, the local Volkswagen and Eberspächer plants would use the very latest DPF manufacturing technology, thereby setting the benchmark in the Volkswagen group.Eberspächer’s manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth focuses mainly on the production of catalytic converters and silencers for the export market. The company is also a supplier to local car manufacturers.Production begins in November 2008. Manufactured parts will be shipped to the Kassel plant in Germany where they will undergo final minor modifications and then be distributed to Volkswagen plants elsewhere in the world.According to Volkswagen South Africa, securing the contract proves that the South African operation is globally competitive in terms of pricing and technology in the DPF manufacturing industry.“The DPF technology is a rapidly advancing field of expertise and as global emission standards become more stringent, we will continue to be at the forefront as a provider of innovative exhaust gas treatment solutions with our global research and development teams,” said MD of Eberspächer South Africa Henry Eksteen.Eksteen added that this type of collaborative project would become more popular in the future, as original equipment manufacturers joined forces with specialists to bring in global business for their countries.Volkswagen worldwide produces several models that utilise DPF technology, including the Touareg, Eos, Polo, Touran, Passat and Golf. A retrofit option is available for older engines.‘Greener’ carsA diesel particulate filter is a revolutionary fuel system component that removes carbon particles from exhaust gas, making the vehicle more environmentally friendly. A diesel-powered car fitted with a DPF will not trail smoke from its exhaust.The Volkswagen DPF is a component of the cutting-edge common rail direct fuel-injection system used in new Volkswagen diesel-powered models. The device fulfils the same function as a catalytic converter by cleaning up exhaust emissions, but whereas a catalytic converter uses platinum, rhodium and palladium to convert the harmful chemical components of a car’s exhaust emission into harmless gases, the DPF targets soot particles in exhaust gas and removes them by physical filtration.Trapped particles are then disposed of in two ways: at normal speeds particles are passively converted into carbon dioxide, or in slower traffic particles are actively converted to carbon dioxide at a high temperature. The passive method uses a catalyst, while the active method uses technology such as a fuel burner, which heats the filter to soot combustion temperatures.A DPF requires more maintenance than a catalytic converter. The device is self-cleaning through a regeneration process that heats the filter to a temperature at which the soot is burned away. For this to happen certain driving conditions in terms of speed and engine revolutions must be met in order to raise the internal temperature of the filter, and drivers in cars fitted with a DPF are advised to adapt their normal routes and driving styles accordingly.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .Useful linksVolkswagen South AfricaEberspächer SADiesel particulate filterlast_img read more

EPA rule exempts farms from emissions reporting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms.“The rule announced today is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and which eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure,” said Jim Heimerl, president of the National Pork Producers Council, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “That bipartisan measure was approved because it was unnecessary and impractical for farmers to waste their time and resources alerting government agencies that there are livestock on farms.”The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM, Act fixed a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 EPA rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Commonly known as the “Superfund Law,” CERCLA is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component.The appeals court ruling would have forced tens of thousands of livestock farmers to “guesstimate” and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center and subjected them to citizen lawsuits from activist groups.EPA’s latest proposed rule would exempt farmers from reporting to state and local first responders under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) — an adjunct to CERCLA — that they have “hazardous” emissions on their farms.“The pork industry wants regulations that are practical and effective, but applying CERCLA and EPCRA to livestock farms would be neither,” Heimerl said. “Pork producers are very strong stewards of the environment and have taken many actions over the years to protect it.”As evidence: The pork industry and other livestock sectors are working closely with state and local emergency response agencies to ensure they receive information about farms that is useful, and yesterday Smithfield Foods announced new projects to help the company reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025.The world’s largest pork producer and hog processor is expanding its “Smithfield Renewables” platform — its industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts — to help meet that goal. It will implement over the next 10 years, for example, manure-to-energy projects at 90% of its hog finishing spaces in North Carolina and Utah and at nearly all finishing spaces in Missouri and convert existing anaerobic lagoons to covered digesters, or construct new covered digesters, to capture biogas.last_img read more

Don’t wait until the trip to the funeral home to discuss family farm transfers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt Buchenroth, Ohio Ag NetIt is so easy to put off tough questions about family farm transitions from one generation to the next, but those discussions are important to have before it is too late. Jolene Brown spoke at yesterday’s Farm Science Review (and will be talking at the event again today) about the importance of these  conversations prior to the trip to the funeral home.“Everyone knows brothers and sisters or aunts and uncles or other people who aren’t talking to each other. That’s because people didn’t do things when the times were good to have the tools and means in place when we get tested. Then, because they don’t have things clarified in writing and because they didn’t operate like a business, we have this big explosion on the way to the funeral home,” Brown said.Brown is a professional farm speaker and writes a column for Successful Farming and Pink Tractor.  She also farms with her husband Keith, in West Branch, Iowa. Brown’s presentations are being held in the Celebration tent just outside the west gate on the grounds. In her conversation’s with producers at the Farm Science Review, Brown is detailing 10 things that break up a family business.“These are things like a conversation is not a contract, money matters, and more,” Brown said. “But, the number one thing I’ll be talking about is what 95% of my calls are about. People are operating as a family-first business. That means they don’t rock the boat and make dad mad. We’ll just all get along and hope we can get farming.”Brown is going to help producers be what she calls a “business-first family.”“That doesn’t mean we’re going to put the business before the family. That just means if we love and honor you this much, we’re going to get the business right,” she said.Brown recognizes the extraordinary year, and how that can be even more of a stress burden on producers.“From Mother Nature, to low commodity prices and adding in tariffs and politics, it’s a heavy load. I don’t want our farmers going through this alone. They need to take care of themselves and not forget about their friends and neighbors either,” Brown said.As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to rural stress and Brown touts the prevention.“The reason I’m doing this talk is to make sure they have a good foundation built on good solid ground. Not on shifting sand. Then, when we’re tested, we have that foundation underneath us,” she said. “That’s what increases our profitability, productivity, and our peace of mind. Then, we can sit together happily at a holiday table.”Brown will be speaking at the Farm Science Review today from 10 to 11 a.m. She will also be around the grounds to talk with farmers who may have questions.last_img read more