London 2012: Uruguay’s Rodolfo Collazo hopes to leave a mark

first_img MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Sacrifice defines the relationship between Rodolfo Collazo and rowing. The 29-year-old physical education teacher is about to compete in his third Olympics, in the lightweight double sculls category, with Emiliano Dumestres, 25. Since rowing is an amateur sport in Uruguay – making it impossible for an athlete to earn a living off it – Collazo had to find time to train after the school day. “Rowing takes a lot of initiative,” said Collazo, a resident of Colonia who will carry the Uruguayan flag at the Opening Ceremony on July 27. “Though we now have support from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Municipality of Colonia and the Uruguayan Olympic Committee, it only covers specific competitions. We don’t receive ongoing support or have a deal with a sports brand that would sponsor our training for the rest of the year.” Collazo qualified for the London Games by winning the bronze medal at the Latin American Olympic Qualification Tournament this past March in Tigre, Argentina. Collazo also took home gold medals at the South American Games in Buenos Aires (2006) and Medellín (2010). The men’s lightweight double sculls event involves a two-person racing scull, with each rower – who can weigh up to 70 kilograms (154 pounds) – using two oars. Rowing is the sport that has earned Uruguay its highest number of Olympic medals – three bronze (1932, 1948 and 1952) and a silver (1948). Since Dumestres lives 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Colonia, they had to travel to train together on the Arroyo de las Vacas in Carmelo, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of Montevideo. Collazo’s goal in London is to beat the teams competing at the same level as Uruguay, such as Argentina, Hong Kong, Egypt and Japan. “Bringing home a medal would be great, but we have to be realistic – we’re a long way off,” he said. “We’ll be competing against ourselves and trying to place first in Group C (composed of the 13th to 18th place finishers) or even make it into Group B (composed of the sixth to 12th place finishers).” Collazo will be competing in his third consecutive Olympics with different partners. He competed in Athens 2004 with Joe Rebolledo, finishing in 18th before placing 15th with Javier García four years later in Beijing. Collazo’s experience led to him being named his country’s flag bearer, according to Uruguayan Olympic Committee (COU) President Julio César Maglione. “[I accepted being the flag bearer] with a great deal of happiness and joy because it feels similar to qualifying for the Olympic Games,” he said. “I made a lot of sacrifices and gave up a lot in order to achieve my goals in sports. Receiving an honor like this is a cause for celebration, because it’s a way to reward the efforts we make every day. To be the flag bearer for a nation is not something many people get to experience and the fact that I was granted this responsibility makes me extremely happy.” By Dialogo July 27, 2012last_img read more

Champions Chelsea bounce back in the Premier League with victory over Arsenal

first_img Saido Berahino scored for the winner for West Brom in their midlands derby with Aston Villa less than three weeks after he stated he would never play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace again. The 22-year-old made that declaration during a Twitter rant after a deadline-day move to Tottenham failed to materialise. However, after coming on in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Southampton, he started at Villa Park and struck in a 1-0 win just before half-time, deflecting James Morrison’s effort beyond goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Newcastle, Sunderland and Stoke’s winless streaks were all extended to six games as none of the trio were able to move out of the relegation zone. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri had promised pizza to his side if they kept a clean sheet at the Britannia Stadium, yet that incentive did not stop Potters forward Bojan Krkic, starting a league game for the first time since January, and Jonathan Walters finding the net inside 20 minutes. Ranieri’s side staged a come-from-behind victory against Aston Villa last weekend and six days on they fought back again to draw 2-2, Riyad Mahrez converting a penalty for his fifth of the season before Jamie Vardy levelled. Sunderland prop up the division as they were undone by a two-goal blitz inside the opening nine minutes in a 2-0 loss at Bournemouth. Callum Wilson scored for the fifth time in this campaign and Scotland international Matt Ritchie then scored a brilliant second, chesting and volleying in after a semi-cleared corner had reached him 25 yards out. Black Cats defender Younes Kaboul was then sent off for a pair of cautions on another dismal afternoon for Dick Advocaat’s side. Odion Ighalo’s brace in the first 28 minutes gave Watford a 2-1 away triumph at Newcastle. The Nigeria international claimed the winner against Swansea last weekend and his good form after signing a new deal continued in the north east, where Daryl Janmaat managed to pull one back in the second period. In the other 3pm kick-off, the spoils were shared in south Wales as Everton boss Roberto Martinez’s return to old club Swansea resulted in a goalless stalemate. Toffees forward Kevin Mirallas picked up the fourth red card of the day for a wild lunge on Modou Barrow that came less than two minutes after he had been introduced as a substitute. In the late kick-off, leaders Manchester City dropped points for the first time this season in losing 2-1 to West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. City had not conceded in their opening five contests but Chelsea loanee Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho put the ball past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the opening 31 minutes. Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne pulled one back on the stroke of half-time on his full debut, but the Hammers withstood second-half pressure to record another impressive away victory having already defeated Arsenal and Liverpool on their travels this term. The win moved West Ham up to second, three points behind City. Gunners central defender Gabriel was dismissed following a series of running battles with the combative Diego Costa before midfielder Santi Cazorla also received his marching orders after being awarded two yellow cards. Kurt Zouma headed home the opener in between the red cards and Eden Hazard’s effort deflected off Calum Chambers late on as Jose Mourinho’s impressive record against rival boss Arsene Wenger continued. Arsenal had two men sent off at Stamford Bridge as Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea recorded their first home league triumph of the season in a 2-0 success. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dow’s Solar Shingle Technology Finds a New Home

first_imgThree years after Dow Chemical dropped out of the solar shingle business, a reinvented version of its Powerhouse shingle is back on the market under a new license holder. RGS Energy, a company that started selling solar panels in Mendocino County, California, in the 1970s as the Real Goods Solar Company, now holds the license to produce the shingles. The low-profile shingles — called building-integrated PV, or BIPV— are applied directly to the roof deck and can be mixed with asphalt shingles, an installation designed to be less obtrusive than conventional racked solar panels. Dow based its design on thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) cells, but the new “3.0” version of the Powerhouse uses silicon cells, according to the company’s website.RELATED ARTICLESTesla’s Solar Roof Has a CompetitorTesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order NowRooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreCalifornia’s Solar Panel EdictGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Market Earlier this month, the shingles were named the best energy-efficient product at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, one of the largest building materials trade shows in the country. Dow faced an uphill battle in its efforts to sell the Powerhouse. The thin-film cells that Dow used weren’t as efficient at generating electricity as silicon-based cells, and the shingles cost more on a per-watt basis than conventional solar panels. Those two problems may have done in Dow’s solar shingle gambit, and RGS could be banking on the greater efficiency of silicon cells to help it get a toehold in the market. There aren’t many companies in the BIPV business. One competitor is CertainTeed, whose Apollo II shingles use monocrystalline silicon cells. Another potential rival is Tesla, but it has been very slow to roll out its glass-topped solar tile after a glitzy launch in October 2016. GAF, the roofing manufacturer, introduced low-profile solar panels called Deco Tech in 2017. RGS touts lower cost In a fact sheet, RGS compared the installed cost of a 4-kW rooftop  system with a conventional rack system and the Tesla Solar Roof. The comparison listed the cost of the Tesla roof at $8.14 per watt and the cost of a conventional rack-and-panel system at $4.29 per watt. RGS lists its total cost per watt at $3.89. In the end, the company said, the cost of solar plus roofing would be $23,212 for the RGS system, $27,229 for a rack-and-panel installation, and $55,520 for the Tesla roof. In a written statement, RGS said Dow had selected the company in part because it had been servicing its portfolio of 1,000 solar installations of earlier versions of the Powerhouse. The RGS license runs until 2034. The shingles consist of a base plate and a monocrystalline PERC  insert, a design the company said would allow homeowners to easily update the solar laminate with newer technology in the future. The shingles come in two versions, 55 watts and 60 watts each, with efficiencies of 15.6% and 17.1% respectively. The base plate is made in the U.S. and the solar laminate is manufactured in China. Dow had originally hoped the CIGS thin-film collectors would overtake silicon “as the next big solar cell.” But manufacturing gains that would bring the cost down didn’t materialize. By using silicon in the design, RGS hopes to take advantage of improving efficiencies and the benefits of higher volume production. Asked how RGS will succeed where Dow did not, the statement said, “We know the solar industry and have support systems in place, such as sales support and marketing support. We have plans to invest significant dollars in the Powerhouse brand in order to help support our network of customers and generate business with the goal of making Powerhouse a household name.”   This post has been updated to correct the RGS market area for the Powerhouse shingle. The company is marketing them in all 50 states and Canada.last_img read more

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Drivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Tells David Letterman About The Tattoo He’s Getting

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansA ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska’s Mike Riley Brags About The Huskers Dominating “On & Off The Field”

first_imgNebraska coach Mike Riley walks onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.last_img read more

Service Changes to BC Bus North

first_imgPrince George – Valemount: departs at 8:30 (not 7:00) and arrives Valemount 12:25 (not 11:05)Valemount – Prince George: departs Valemount at 1:25 p.m. (not 3 p.m.) and arrives at 5:20 p.m. (not 7:05)Prince George – Fort St. John:o   Schedule times are in Mountain Standard between Fort St. John and Chetwyndo   Fort St. John terminus moves from 100 Ave at 100 Street to 99 Ave at 100 Street;o   Departure times at most points en route are earlier, reducing overall travel time by a one-half hour.Dawson Creek – Fort Nelson:o   Schedule times are all Mountain Standard Time, and departure times are earlier.o   Fort Nelson terminus moves from Phoenix Theatre to the Recreation Centreo   Fort St. John stop moves from 100 St. and 100 Ave., to 100 St. at 99 Ave. Reservations are required on BC Bus North. Book online at or call toll-free: 1-844-564-7494. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Changes are being made to the B.C. Bus North for passenger safety.Passenger safety in winter conditions will be increased with schedule changes that give drivers as much available daylight to transport passengers to their destinations.Travel days during the week remain the same, but changes taking effect November 5 include:center_img Prince George – Prince Rupert:o   leaves each end at 8 a.m, which is unchanged, but arrives at 7:25 p.m., 25 minutes earlier.o   Some departure times en route are earlier.o   The stop in Telkwa moves from the Post Office to the One Stop ShopMany changes have been made to the new schedule, so customers should visit for the changes that affect them.last_img read more

ECA and sports trials to be more student friendly at DU

first_imgNew Delhi: Starting this year, student who wish to apply at Delhi University under the Extra Curricula Activities (ECA) category and sport trials would witness a change in the admission process in the academic session 2019-20. In fact, the administration is preparing to make the quota admissions more student-friendly, that even before the start of the session, said an official. Moreover, the announcement has already been made by the admission committee that this time the trial of these quota will begin from May 20. “And the aspirant of this quota will not have to wait for cut-off,” he added.Earlier, only after the cut-off was released in the DU for past year, student can apply for ECA and sports but this time aspirant will undergo through the trial from the third week of May. However, in the last year of the DU, 60 per cent of the sports quota admission and the weightage of 40 percent of certificate was considered. And this time there may be a change in this also,” he added. Moreover, the discussions on how to keep the weight of the trial and certificates are still going on, he said. By 2017, students had to upload only one certificate for sports, but arrangement had been made to upload three certificates last year but this time committee is discussing that if administration would continue the previous year arrangement or implement the 2017 system to upload the certificate. “In short, the administration is all set to prepare to make ECA and sports trials more students friendly than earlier, so that the process will be simple and hassle free for both students and the DU administration,” official added. Mpostlast_img read more