Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. “It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Tokyo governor won’t speculate on Olympic bribery scandal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, photo, competitors battle during a national lightsaber tournament in Beaumont-sur-Oise, north of Paris. In France, it is easier than ever now to act out “Star Wars” fantasies. The fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.It’s now easier than ever in France to act out “Star Wars” fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it’s still light years from becoming mainstream.The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers’ photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as Star Wars characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break.In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes.“We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer.Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don’t get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters “sudden death,” where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters.Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in Star Wars. Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace” that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay.Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024.But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try.Or, as Yoda would say: “Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,” Aubailly says. ”Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try.”And the young at heart.Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he’s had for the Star Wars universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977.He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green “because it’s the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master.”“I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT
Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — His place in PGA Championship history finally secure, Brooks Koepka draped both arms around the top of the Wanamaker Trophy and let out a deep sigh.The stress was more than he wanted. The satisfaction was more than he imagined.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Koepka already is the betting favorite as he defends his title for the second time. No one has won the U.S. Open three straight years since Willie Anderson in 1905.No one will doubt whether Koepka is capable the way he is playing.Johnson knew he was a long shot going into the final round — no one had ever lost a seven-shot lead in a major — and he still managed to make Koepka work for it.He came undone with a shot he thought would be perfect — a 5-iron from 194 yards, dead into the wind on the 16. It one-hopped over the green into thick rough.“Hit the shot I wanted to right at the flag,” Johnson said. “I don’t know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that.”Johnson now has runner-up finishes in all four of the majors, the wrong kind of career Grand Slam.“I gave it a run,” he said. “That’s all you can ask for.”It was more than anyone expected, especially when Koepka was six shots ahead with eight holes to play.The crowd sensed a collapse and began chanting Johnson’s nickname on the par-3 14th as Koepka went long and was headed for a fourth straight bogey.Koepka is a 29-year-old Floridian with an imposing figure, power off the tee and out of the rough, no obvious weakness in his game and the kind of mental fortitude that majors require. He needed all of it to win this one. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ “I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I was in shock of what was going on.”Bethpage has a reputation for being over the top, and it irritated Harold Varner III, who shot 81 playing in the final group.“I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke,” Varner said about the 14th hole. “That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that.”Koepka held it together at the most crucial moment. He piped his driver down the 15th fairway and two-putted for par. And he drilled another one into the 16th for another par. He kept it interesting to the end, three-putting the 17th as the lead went back to two shots, and pulling his driver on the 18th into fescue so thick it left him little choice but to lay up and scramble for par. Once his medium lob wedge settled 6 feet away, he could relax.Finally.Woods won the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years twice, in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Koepka was starting to draw comparisons with Woods for the way he obliterated the competition, much like Woods in his 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters and 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.Koepka tied the PGA Championship record by opening with a 63. He broke the major championship record for 36 holes at 128. He set another PGA Championship record with his seven-shot lead.In the end, just having his name on the heaviest championship trophy in golf was all that mattered. It wasn’t.And it didn’t help that a raging wind that gusted up to 25 mph turned Bethpage Black into a beast, with Johnson (69) the only player out of the last 12 groups to shoot par or better. Koepka’s 74 was the highest final round by a PGA champion since Vijay Singh (4-over 76) won in a playoff at Whistling Straits in 2004.“I’m just glad I don’t have to play any more holes,” Koepka said. “That was a stressful round of golf. I’m glad to have this thing back in my hands.”Koepka appeared to wrap it up with a gap wedge from 156 yards to 2 feet on the 10th hole for a birdie, as Johnson made his first bogey of the round up ahead on the 11th. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on.And then it all changed in a New York minute.Four holes later, Koepka walked off the 15th tee with a one-shot lead. He looked over to his left to see Johnson facing a 7-foot par putt on the 16th hole — the most difficult hole at Bethpage Black on Sunday because it was into the wind — to stay within one shot. The groan of the crowd told him Johnson had missed.“I felt like as long as I had the lead, I was fine,” Koepka said. “As long as I put it in the fairway, I was going to be all right.”Koepka, who finished at 8-under 272, returned to No. 1 in the world with a performance that defines his dominance in golf’s biggest events.He was the first wire-to-wire winner in the PGA Championship since Hal Sutton at Riviera in 1983. It was his third straight year winning a major, a feat achieved by only seven others since the Masters began in 1934 — Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Peter Thomson and Ralph Guldahl.Winning four of his last eight majors is a stretch not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 when he captured the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too That gives him four of the last eight majors he played and makes him the first player to hold two back-to-back majors at the same time. He won his second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills before a far less rowdy crowd.When his 6-foot par putt fell on the last hole, Koepka thrust his muscular right arm in the air and hugged his caddie hard.“Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was — how stressful D.J. made that,” Koepka said. “I know for a fact that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life there on 18.”Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win.This one should have been.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. Then he lost the brutal Long Island crowd, which began chants of “D.J.! D.J.!” as Koepka was on his way to a fourth straight bogey that allowed Dustin Johnson to pull within one shot.“It’s New York,” Koepka said. “What do you expect when you’re half-choking it away?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe responded like a player capable of piling up major championships faster than anyone since Tiger Woods.Motivated by the crowd turning on him, Koepka delivered the key shots over the closing stretch as Johnson faded with two straight bogeys. He closed with a 4-over 74 for a two-shot victory and joined Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it went to stroke play in 1958. Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York for Keith Thurman fight press tour Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Adam Silver reveals advice he’s given to Zion Williamson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spectators at Court Suzanne Lenglen cheered wildly for Wawrinka when he egged them on, cupping his ear or flapping his arms or even blowing a kiss. Tsitsipas’ electric, net-rushing style earned support, too, although he chastised himself early on for playing “like a freaking zombie!”The key, ultimately, was this: Wawrinka saved 22 of 27 break points, including 8 of 8 in the fifth set.“I was so close. So close. I gave him room to do whatever he likes, all those break points,” Tsitsipas said, pausing frequently between words. “So many break points. So many.”Nothing quite so riveting earlier, when Federer beat 68th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to become the oldest men’s singles quarterfinalist in Paris since 1971.Federer is back at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, when he lost to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. They’ve known each other forever, basically, and paired up to win a doubles gold medal for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.“I’m just happy for the guy that he’s back after his knee problems. They were severe, and that’s why I think he’s really happy he got sort of a second life on tour. Because I think for a while there, he wasn’t sure if he was ever going to come back again. It’s nice to see him pain-free and playing well,” said Federer, who didn’t face so much as a single break point Sunday. “I hope he’s not at the level of ’15, but we’ll find out, because there, he was crushing the ball. It was unbelievable.”Joining Federer in the quarterfinals, oddly enough by the same score, was 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was never troubled by 78th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina. Nadal next meets No. 7 Kei Nishikori or Benoit Paire, whose match was suspended because of darkness with Nishikori leading two sets to one.The two women’s quarterfinals established Sunday: 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens vs. No. 26 seed Johanna Konta, and No. 31 Petra Martic vs. 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova.Wawrinka had elbowed his way into the upper echelon of the sport — no easy feat in this era of Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic — with his trio of majors and a career-best ranking of No. 3, when he needed knee surgery in August 2017, a few months after losing in the French Open final.He then needed another procedure, and the path back has been arduous, including a first-round loss a year ago in Paris, shortly before his ranking slumped to 263rd. But he has climbed enough to be seeded No. 24. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — This is why Stan Wawrinka went through two operations on his left knee in the span of a month. Why he dealt with the rigors of rehabilitating that joint.Why he did all the work, on and off the court, required to get back on the grind, to raise his ranking from outside the top 250, to matter again in the sport he loves.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES When a reporter, perhaps trying to offer some hope, pointed out that Federer, 37, is the older man, Wawrinka smiled and responded: “Yeah, but he is much better than me, also. So never forget that.”The No. 6-seeded Tsitsipas was not in any mood to laugh: He said this close-as-can-be loss — he accumulated more total points, 195-194 — caused him to shed post-match tears for the first time in a long time.“Never experienced something like this in my life. I feel very disappointed,” said Tsitsipas, who upset Federer at the Australian Open in January en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal. “Emotionally, wasn’t easy to handle. I will try to learn from it as much as I can.”Asked moments later what lessons he might have gleaned, Tsitsipas looked blankly ahead and answered in a monotone: “I have no idea. My mind is so empty right now. I cannot even think, so I don’t know.”As the sun blazed, unobstructed by clouds, and the temperature soared toward 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius), Wawrinka and the diving-for-volleys Tsitsipas provided by far the best theater around the grounds.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “It’s never sacrifice when you love what you’re doing. For sure, last two years were tough, but again, I have been here before,” Wawrinka said. “I think I know exactly what I’m doing.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess So he could participate in, and win, matches like the 5-hour, 9-minute test of excellence, endurance and emotions that the 34-year-old Wawrinka barely claimed against the 20-year-old, caked-in-clay Stefanos Tsitsipas by a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 score Sunday at the French Open to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in two years.And so he could advance to what comes now: a matchup Tuesday against his friend and countryman Roger Federer, who hasn’t dropped a set so far in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s the reason why came back. … I love and enjoy to play in front of people, to play in the biggest tournaments you can play. Today was something really special,” said Wawrinka, who won the 2015 championship at Roland Garros for one of his three major trophies. “For sure, when I’m on the court, I try to enjoy and remember, also, everything I have done to be here.”Exhausted as he was by a match finally decided by a backhand that floated past Tsitsipas and landed on the outside edge of a line, Wawrinka still possessed the energy to joke about facing Federer, who has won 22 of their previous 25 meetings. View comments
“I had lost by a narrow margin in the semi finals and “I had lost by a narrow margin in the semi finals and knew at that point (when trailing 4-12) I have to use the technique on my own as the only way to win at that stage was by a fall,” said Yadav, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and bronze winner at the Asian Championships and the Incheon Asian Games last year – all secured in the 74kg class. Yadav said he was congratulated by Sushil after his bronze medal win, but was annoyed when asked whether he was keen to fight a bout against Sushil to decide who will go to Rio. “Yes, Sushil called me and congratulated me. But I am surprised why the media is harping Sushil, Sushil when a world championship medal has come the nations way and we should be celebrating it. Thats for the future, to be discussed only later. Its a big medal for me, but media is constantly asking me about who will be sent to Rio, I dont understand this.” Yadav said the fortnight-long training stint he had with all the other countries wrestlers in USA ahead of the Worlds enabled him to guage the opponents strong and weak points. “The 15-day training camp organised by the World Championship host at the Colorado Springs was very helpful as it helped me practice with the other wrestlers. I could find out about their strengths and weaknesses. They, too, would have found out about mine,” he said. “I had taken part in the 2012 London Olympics when I was not very experienced and did not do well. I had prepared well for this World Championship and was eager to win a medal and qualify for the Rio Games. I now want to do well in Rio and win a medal there, but I leave it to the Federation (WFI),” he added. “This was perhaps my last chance to make an impression. I have won medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games but winning a medal at a platform like the World Championship is something special. You get a lot of confidence from such an effort.” He also welcomed the reported plans of WFI to introduce IPL-style league in wrestling. “Its a very good move. People will know about rhe rules of the game, like they have now come to know about kabaddi after the Pro Kabaddi League, and players will also be financially rewarded. Except cricket, people dont know about the rules of other sports.” PTI SSR NP AH AH SDM
Sydney, Sep 18 (AFP) Australian cricket needs disgraced ex-captain Steve Smith and he is likely to be welcomed back with open arms, former skipper Steve Waugh forecast Tuesday, although it might be tougher for David Warner.The pair are serving one-year suspensions from international and state cricket over their part in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March, while opener Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.”We need him back in Australian cricket,” Waugh told Fox Sports Australia of 29-year-old Smith, who has played 64 Tests.”You can’t lose someone of his quality overnight and expect to replace it and he’s still only relatively young.” All three players accepted responsibility for the scandal that rocked the sport, with Smith’s tearful apology on his arrival back in Australia tugging at the heartstrings.Waugh said fans “still adore him”.”The Australian public, they are forgiving,” he said. “He (Smith) made a mistake and he’s paid a heavy price for it.”But if he gets back out there and plays with the same enthusiasm and passion, he loves playing cricket, he loves scoring runs, he wants to get back playing for Australia, I think Australians will move past what happened before.”They obviously remember it, but they’re big enough to realise you can make a mistake and grow from that and be stronger.” Warner, a dynamic batsman but a divisive figure in the game, may find it harder to earn acceptance again.He was charged by Cricket Australia with developing the plot to use sandpaper to alter the ball and telling Bancroft to carry it out.advertisementDespite this, Waugh said he hoped Warner would also get a second chance.”I hope so, you have to give guys an opportunity to redeem themselves. They’ve apologised and paid a heavy price,” he said, but warned it would not be easy for any of them to bounce back to the top.”It’s going to be a challenge for all of them to come back, it’s not going to be as easy as people think,” he said.”You’re out for 12 months, the game does move on, you lose that aura of invincibility a little bit, you become a bit more fragile, a bit of self-doubt creeps in.”So it’s going to be a real challenge for all three of those guys to come back strong.”(AFP) APAAPA
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd paid fortune to Alexis in bonusesby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez reportedly pocketed nearly £5m in bonuses from his dismal campaign last season with Manchester United.Sanchez was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan this summer after a dismal campaign for United which saw him score just two goals in 27 appearances.The Chilean forward joined United to huge fanfare in January 2018, signing as the club’s top earner on £400,000.The Sun says despite flopping last season, he picked up a whopping £4,920,011 in performance-related bonuses and image rights.That is the equivalent of a staggering £100,000 a week.Inter are currently paying half of Sanchez’s wages after United managed to offload the 30-year-old during the summer.
Harbaugh talked about Danna on his “Attack Each Day” podcast, raving about the upperclassman’s work ethic. Via MLive:“His work ethic has been outstanding,” Harbaugh said on his “Attack Each Day” podcast. “He carries himself like he’s on a mission — to make Michigan great and to make himself great. He’s got a lot of power. More than we thought. He’s underpromising and overdelivering right now.”Danna has the chance to improve his draft stock at Michigan, while also playing for a team capable of making the College Football Playoff.Even though Danna didn’t get an early jump on his move to the Wolverines, he is making the most of his reps with his new team.[Attack Each Day Podcast] MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – SEPTEMBER 1: Mike Danna #57 of the Central Michigan Chippewas sacks Ben Cheek #8 of the Presbyterian Blue Hose in the second half at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Expectations will be high for the Michigan Wolverines this year as Jim Harbaugh and Shea Patterson lead them into this fall. While the offense has stability due to several starters returning, the defense lost a plethora of playmakers to the NFL Draft.Michigan has huge holes to fill this season as it’s without Rashan Gary, Devin Bush and Chase Winovich. All three players were stars during their time in Ann Arbor.Luckily for Harbaugh, his most recent addition to the defense is already showing they can be an immediate contributor.Former Central Michigan defensive end Mike Danna joined Michigan this summer as a graduate transfer. He finished his redshirt junior season with 8.5 sacks and 65 total tackles.
World will miss Chris Gayle’s aura when he finally retires, say West Indies teammatesICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle had earlier announced his retirement from international cricket and the match against Afghanistan was his last World Cup match. The big-hitting star will play the home series vs India in August.advertisement Next Press Trust of India LeedsJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 12:50 IST Chris Gayle played his last World Cup match against Afghanistan (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle is likely to play ODIs and a Test against India at homeGayle finished his World Cup career with 1186 runs at an average of 35.93 in 34 inningsWest Indies cricketers heaped rich praise on Gayle for his impact on West Indies cricketWest Indies cricketers paid glowing tributes to retiring Chris Gayle after he drew curtains on his World Cup career, saying world cricket will badly miss the big-hitting opener’s aura when he hangs up his bat later this year.Gayle played the last match of his fifth and final World Cup against Afghanistan here on Thursday. The West Indies legend has decided to end his international career after playing the home series against India next month.Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope said it will be a sad day for world cricket when Gayle finally calls time on his illustrious international career.”Probably the whole world will miss him when he goes. It’s going to be a sad day for cricket,” Hope told reporters after West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in their last outing at the World Cup in England and Wales.Asked what he would miss most about Gayle, Hope, who was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 92-ball 77, quipped: “Probably sunglasses. There are too many things you can pick from Chris.”Gayle has amassed 1186 runs at a strike-rate of 90.53 and an average of 35.93 in 34 innings across five World Cups. He also took 16 wickets with his part-time off-spin.Paying glorious tribute to Gayle, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite said he didn’t understand the importance of the legendary opener when he initially came into the team.”I don’t think I really understood the magnitude of what Chris Gayle had done for West Indies cricket when I came into the team,” he said.”It’s one of my regrets over the course of my short West Indies career but being with him a lot more and sharing a dressing room with him in franchise cricket as well, you get to see the aura he has on and off the field.”advertisement”I now really understand what Chris Gayle means, not only for West Indies cricket but for world cricket as well. Whenever he decides to call it quits, world cricket will definitely miss him so from me to Chris, congrats on a fantastic career and congrats on pushing the game of cricket in the way you have.”Also Read | West Indies can follow England’s footsteps to build team for World Cup 2023: Carlos BrathwaiteAlso Read | Ikram Ali Khil breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s 27-year-old World Cup recordAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow west indiesFollow Chris GayleFollow retirement from international cricket
An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering 1. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 2. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 3. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 4. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 5. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 6. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 7. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 8. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept 9. Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Team Sky Concept Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views Editors’ Recommendations Two of the manliest things I can think of are A.) competitive cycling and B.) the sounds of the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe’s V8 exhaust bellows. Delightfully, the two have finally been combined into one stunning package.If, in your head, you’re debating the masculinity of a sport that requires men with virtually no upper-body muscle to ride around France in spandex, think again. It takes a real man to ride – on a carbon fiber saddle – for eight hours, averaging 40 mph over hill and dale.In order to make that manly pursuit even manlier, Jaguar has created the “Special Vehicle Operations Builds F-TYPE Concept”. Built for Team Sky, the F-TYPE R Coupe will support riders during the Tour’s July, Saturday 26th time trial (TT).This black-and-blue Jag is more than an F-TYPE R with special graphics – though, it has those, too. It’s also been fitted with “a new racking solution, which carries two of the team’s Pinarello Bolide TT bikes.” If that weren’t enough to satiate the needs of Team Sky, the Jag has also been fitted modified to include an additional power supply in the trunk area for charging of the team’s radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions, which support communications between Team Sky’s Sports Director and the rider.Also, Jag’s designers have carried in the black with blue racing stripe color scheme into the stunning cabin. There, occupants will find a mostly black interior, accented by bright blue on the seats and bits of the dash.I am a big fan of cycling, the Tour and of Jag. So, to say this car connects on all sprockets for me would be A.) a really lame joke and B.) an understatement.So, cheers, Jag. Thanks for finding a way to make me lust after the F-TYPE R Coupe just that much more.
Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today Wasp Turns Your Boring Drone Into a Flamethrowing Assault Copter We might not have flying cars or teleportation machines, but this is still a remarkable time to be alive, folks. Because this is the age … of space beer! In a follow-up to Elon Musk launching a Tesla into space, late last month BridgePort Brewing sent a bottle of its celebrated Original IPA into the heavens.Sort of. Technically, the IPA only entered the middle of the stratosphere, which occupies the space between 6 and 30 miles above the Earth’s surface. Outer space is generally considered to start at the Karman Line, a boundary at 62 miles (or 100 kilometers, which is a bit easier to remember, but this is America, so 62 miles). However, when you watch the video, it sure looks like space to us.This high altitude adventure celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the IPA’s release. However, Portland-based BridgePort isn’t the first brewery to dabble in space beer. Late last year, Budweiser launched a batch of barley into space (well, SpaceX took care of the actual launching), which will later be used to brew beer back here on Earth. The reason? Why, to prepare Bud to brew beer on Mars, of course.Another Oregon hotspot, Ninkasi Brewing, used yeast that had been aboard the International Space Station for a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout called Ground Control. With an ABV of 10 percent, Ground Control is enough to make anyone a temporary space cadet if enjoyed in quantity.What does BridgePort achieve by having launched a beer toward space? Really, it’s about the same as SpaceX and Elon Musk achieved by launching a car, albeit on a smaller scale. We’re talking about it, because why not? It’s interesting, it’s fun. We didn’t really need another reason to drink beer, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020
Nova Scotia Power and its unionized employees pledged to work together to keep their workplace safe today, July 6, in Sydney. “The province is leading efforts to reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace to make life better for workers and their families,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “Health and safety benchmarks show that workplaces are getting safer, but there is still room for improvement. “Our friends and partners at Nova Scotia Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers clearly understand the benefits of making their workplaces safer. We are heartened and encouraged by their success.” Last fall, Nova Scotia Power celebrated several safety milestones, including one million person-hours without a loss time injury in its customer operations and operations teams, and at the Lingan generating station. “I am proud to sign this charter with our partners at the IBEW,” said Rob Bennett, CEO, Nova Scotia Power. “This joint signing symbolizes the fact that our safety performance is the result of working together with our union partners to create a culture where safety is paramount across the entire organization. This commitment is shared by our employees and contractors.” The employer’s sentiments are shared by its employees. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said IBEW Local 1928 business manager Mike McDonald. “Every worker in the province has the right to a safe workplace and the best way to achieve this is through a shared commitment between the company, union, and every employee.” Last month, a novaknowledge report card said Nova Scotia saw a seven per cent decrease in injury claims to the Workers’ Compensation Board in 2009 or twice the national average. Last year was the first time in a decade that fewer than 8,000 lost time claims were registered with the board. The amount of time lost to workplace injuries and illnesses in 2009 was 22,000 days lower than in 2008. If the average worker is on the job about 220 days a year, that is 100 years of loss time avoided. The CEO Health and Safety Leadership Charter is an initiative that was officially launched in April, 2005 at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association Health and Safety Canada Conference. It has received international approval and has been signed by more than 250 organizations; this is the first time that an employer and a union signed the charter at the same time.
The former Clonmel Estate could have a date with the wrecking ball depending on what happens in the days and weeks ahead.Owner Lynnee Steffler raised the prospect of demolition this week after Norfolk council unanimously denied a proposal to build 36 townhouse units in the front yard near the intersection of Prospect Street and Tisdale Road in Port Dover.Many consider Clonmel the grandest old mansion in Norfolk County. For more than a year, Steffler has been trying to convince the county that she needs to develop the three-acre property to support the ongoing operations of the 12,000-square-foot mansion.“What do you do with a property like this?” John Ariens of IBI Group, a planning consultant retained by Steffler, said.“It just can’t be a home for Ms. Steffler. That would be a terrible under-use of this wonderful property.”Steffler’s pleas hit a dead-end Tuesday as council voted 9-0 against her proposal.Steffler is not finished because she has options.She said there are deep-pocketed developers on deck who like the property and want to take advantage of the strong residential real estate market in Port Dover.“If I sell to a developer they may knock Clonmel down and there’s nothing anybody will be able to do about it,” Steffler said. “They will build affordable housing and they won’t give a crap what the neighbours think.”Another option is taking council’s decision to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal – the successor panel to the former Ontario Municipal Board.Steffler says LPAT officials are sympathetic to her plan because provincial policy supports infilling in urban areas, seniors housing, and developments which foster a sense of community.If Steffler appeals, she would approach LPAT with a Norfolk planning staff report that supports her application. She also has a thick file of planning justifications as well as engineering reports and architectural drawings.The Clonmel proposal was one of two major planning applications at council Tuesday that proposed changing an R-1 (single-family dwellings) zoning to R-4 (high-density townhouses, condominiums). Council denied both because it thought the proposed housing was too dense and potentially incompatible with the neighbourhood.In both instances, neighbouring residents were mobilized and vocal in their opposition.For her part, Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin said there were too many unanswered questions about the impact Steffler’s plan would have on nearby residents and the historic character of the oldest section of the Port Dover settlement.Steffler says she spent more than $100,000 preparing her proposal for a unanimous denial.After casting her vote against, Mayor Kristal Chopp said the county needs to come up with an application process that doesn’t drain the bank accounts of people who want to invest in Norfolk.Chopp says there has to be a way for people with big ideas to gauge their chances before spending thousands of dollars on consultants, studies, reports and planning fees.Steffler has had a run of bad luck with Norfolk County since she won a “hotel” designation on Clonmel a few months ago.The hotel designation was needed so Steffler could operate the mansion as a nine-unit bed-and-breakfast.Since then, Norfolk’s building department has ordered Steffler to upgrade the electrical system, plumbing and install a sprinkler system as a public-safety measure.This week, Steffler says a Norfolk bylaw enforcement officer wrote her up for a zoning violation after the county learned that singer-guitar player Felicia McMinn of Port Dover recently recorded a live album at her home. Live at the Clonmel drops at a CD release party in Port Dover Saturday.Steffler said the bylaw officer explained that Clonmel isn’t zoned for use as a recording studio.The Barrett family of Port Dover built the Clonmel mansion in 1929 with an inheritance from a wealthy relative from Ireland.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“It’s a moment of great new opportunities but also some significant new challenges, and I think it’s important that the international community and partners maintain their interest in Somalia and increase, if at all possible, some of the resources,” Nicholas Kay told reporters in New York.Mr. Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), stressed that increased resources are vital for humanitarian efforts, for building up the Somalia National Army (SNA) and for the African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM. Regarding reports that the UN may decrease its presence in the country amid attacks by Al-Shabaab, the envoy noted that the group has targeted the UN in the past and he suspects that that it will continue to do so. “The UN has no intention to withdraw from Somalia,” he stated. “Quite the opposite, we are expanding our presence on the ground. As we speak, we have more UN people and more UN agencies present in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somali. I fully expect that that expansion of presence will continue. Our resolve is very, very strong.”Mr. Kay, who is at UN Headquarters along with AMISOM chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif for discussions with the Security Council, noted that the world body has a “unique collaboration” with the AU in Somalia, and “an extremely successful one” to date.“We are at a time of some significant and quite remarkable success being made on the ground, particularly on the military campaign against Al-Shabaab,” he stated. The SNA and AMISOM have been pursuing a renewed offensive against Al-Shabaab, which in 2011 was forced to retreat from the capital. The offensive, the most significant and geographically extensive military advance since AMISOM was created in 2007, has resulted in the Federal Government regaining access to 10 towns. “It is giving us the opportunity now to support the Federal Government to provide better lives for the people in these areas, 10 towns of which now have been made accessible,” said Mr. Kay. “And it is a significant opportunity to disable and reduce the capabilities significantly of Al-Shabaab to pose terrorist threats in Somalia and in the region.”At the same time, new challenges have arisen, the envoy noted. While the Government has control of 10 new towns across a geographically wide area, access is a challenge given that Al-Shabaab is blockading many of the road routes to the towns. As such, there is a great need for air assets, particularly helicopters, to reach these areas. AMISOM currently has no helicopters. Mr. Kay also cited a potential humanitarian challenge due to three factors: the blocking by Al-Shabaab of land routes needed to supply food to towns; the possible impact of the military offensive on planting and eventual harvesting; and unknown climatic conditions. Somalia had a terrible famine over two years ago in which half a million people died, the Special Representative recalled. “We are not in that situation yet, but we are watching very carefully the evolution of the situation over the next couple of months,” he said, stressing the need for greater humanitarian funding. To date only 12 per cent of the $933 million sought for humanitarian operations in the country has been provided.“If we were to face an acute food problem in the next few months, we do not have the money in the kitty to respond.”
A new year brings convenient new opportunities for the community to participate in Brock University events.University Tickets, an online ticketing platform, is now live and supports a simplified way to purchase tickets to Brock events.The initial roll-out of the platform will include tickets for the second half of the Brock Badgers varsity athletics season. Traditionally, tickets for Badgers games had to be purchased in person, but the new system allows for the online purchase of electronic tickets, which can then be scanned at the entrance to the games.“University Tickets supports our goal of engaging the community with an improved customer service experience,” says Emily Allan, Associate Director, Brock Sports. “We have a tremendous amount of talent on our teams and we want to invite the community to come take in a game. Between the new ticketing system and our free evening parking in Zone 1, it has never been easier.”Brock’s Ancillary Services will manage the University Tickets platform for Brock Sports events and events across the wider Brock community. Anyone on campus looking to use the ticketing software for events is encouraged to contact email@example.comTo purchase tickets for upcoming Brock Badgers games, visit brocku.universitytickets.com
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The crowning achievement of Google’s budding social network by far is the ability to communicate with up to nine other people across the world instantly, and for free. Since the arrival of Hangouts, Google+ users have done everything from communicate casually to conduct trans-continental business meetings. There’s no limit to what those nine people can do, or how long they can do it. To make things even better, users can even enter a Hangout from an Android or iOS device, be that a tablet or a phone.If you are an active Google+ user, you may consider how well your next device performs in a Hangout as a tie breaker when choosing your next gadget. Over the last week, we’ve gathered the top devices across manufacturers, operating systems, and mobile networks and put them all to the test. So, what is the best phone or tablet for a Google+ Hangout?NEON VS Non-NEONOn paper, most of the hardware required for a Hangout is the same across most of the smartphones capable of joining the Hangout. For the most part, you’d think that the better camera, or the higher quality microphone setup would be the qualities you would look for in terms of what would be best for a Hangout. At the core, what you are really looking for is a chipset that supports hardware acceleration, specifically for video. This architecture type is called NEON. A device with NEON architecture enhances video encoding or decoding, graphics in things like games, and image/speech processing. NEON devices will handle Hangouts much better than non-NEON devices.If you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, your device supports the NEON architecture. For Android devices, you’ll need to do some checking to see if it is supported. Using either a file manager on your device, locate a file called /proc/cpuinfo and open it. If you are unable to access this file from your phone, you can download the Android SDK and access the file using the Android Debug Bridge. If you see the word neon on the Features line, then your device supports NEON extensions.PhonesTo measure which device performed the best overall in a Hangout, each device was put through a series of tests. Each device was tested indoors and outdoors in a variety of situations including wind, conversations happening in the background, multiple people addressing the Hangout, and alone in a quiet room. Conversations in the Hangout were also measured for quality consistency. Each of the devices were tested individually, and each of them were tested in as similar a fashion as possible.This test yielded several interesting results. HTC and Samsung devices of the same generation performed almost identically, with a single exception. The results from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a Hangout were wildly varied. In some tests, the results would be great, while in practically identical situations the Galaxy Nexus was nearly unusable. Motorola’s two most recent devices, the Droid 4 and the Droid Razr, also showed a significant variety in results. Despite being the newest in their lineup, the Droid 4 was by far one of the worst performing devices in every situation.When comparing the iPhone to the Android batch, the iPhone 4S performed well above most of the Android devices, but struggled with noise cancellation in most situations. If there was wind or other people talking, the phone was often unable to handle the distortion and the audio would suffer. The phone that performed best out of the devices tested was the Samsung Galaxy Note. The high resolution of the screen allowed for a very clear and very large image of the other users in the Hangout, while the microphone placements on the device allowed for sound cancellation and external noise suppression.TabletsThe birth of the mobile OS inside a larger glass slab gives us access to devices that we can both set in a stand on our desk to admire, as well as take with us anywhere. Unfortunately, when it comes to hardware, most of these tablets really are just giant phones. Because of this, the Hangout experience on a tablet is typically the same as the experience on the phone. In most cases, the front facing cameras and the microphones are even the same as what is seen in their phone counterparts. Still, as more tablets are sold every day, it is important to know which delivers the best experience.As with the phones, the current generation of devices outperformed the previous generation, with a few outliers. The HTC Flyer, having recently been upgraded to Honeycomb, took a serious performance hit when the upgrade happened, leaving the device much slower and seriously affecting the quality of things like Hangouts. The Motorola Xoom running Android 4.0 would load the hangout quickly, but the quality of the video and audio made it seem like the tablet was constantly in a bathtub. The Xyboard and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 were the best of the Android Tablets, but neither handled background noise very well.The tablet that performed the best in every situation was the iPad 2. The lack of an LTE radio in the iPad 2 makes Hangouts outside less than great if the Hangout is full, though aside from not being able to filter out wind the iPad still outperformed the others by a healthy margin.Final ThoughtsWhether you are a casual user, or someone who has decided to make the service part of your daily routine, Hangouts will continue to play an active role in Google+. There are plenty of services out there that offer bits and pieces of what is being offered by Hangouts, but none so far have been able to compete with the stability and quality found in this service. Over the next year we will start to see faster processors, better front facing cameras, possibly even LTE for Apple devices, and that is going to further shape how Hangouts are being used. With that in mind, it is not hard to see when someone would want their next gadget to be “Hangout ready”.
It seems like you can’t walk down the street these days without some smartwatch startup jumping out of an alley and demanding you contribute to a Kickstarter campaign. Well, the folks from Central Standard Timing are taking a different approach with their Kickstarter watch project. The CST-01 is being billed as the world’s thinnest watch, and it’s getting a ton of attention.The CST-01 doesn’t have a bunch of wireless bells and whistles — in fact, it doesn’t even have an alarm. All this watch does is tell you the time, but it does so with style. The CST-01 is constructed on top of a 0.7mm thick stainless steel band, which is etched 0.5mm down. This groove is then filled with the scant electronics and E Ink screen that make up the CST-01. The final product is 0.8mm thick, which is pretty impressive.Because this watch is using E Ink and doesn’t really have any smart functions, it can run for at least a month on a single charge and should last for 15 years. It comes with a neat-looking inductive charging dock that can fill the battery in just 10 minutes. The dock is actually used to set the time in addition to charging the watch.Central Standard Timing is planning on making a white and black version of the CST-01, and you can still save your place in line. For $129 you can get a CST-01 watch and charging dock in either color. $229 gets you one of each color and one dock. The limited $99 “early bird” tier is already sold out, as is the $1,000 beta watch deal.The CST-01 just launched a week ago, but is already well past its $200,000 goal. Actually, it’s more than doubled that with about $445,000 in pledges so far. The Kickstarter will wrap up on February 22 with watch delivery estimated to happen in September.via Kickstarter
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:30 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Friday, the Superior Court of California rejected a lawsuit backed by SoccerCity promoters to remove SDSU West from the November ballot, declaring Friends of SDSU and its SDSU West initiative’s use of the San Diego State University name in its campaign is legal and appropriate. Friday’s ruling also affirmed the intention of the SDSU West initiative to empower the City of San Diego to sell the Mission Valley stadium site to San Diego State University at fair market value for a campus expansion including research facilities, a stadium and river park.The judge also affirms ‘Friends of SDSU’ as supporters and boosters of San Diego State University. The court ruling creates positive momentum for SDSU West ahead of the November vote. SDSU West steering committee member, Bill Hammett, was in studio Monday to tell us more about the court’s ruling. Posted: June 18, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney, June 18, 2018 Court affirms SDSU West initiative goal to grow San Diego State University Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney
RelatedPosts Load More He won’t leave the company completely however, with Gladstone set to move into another role once his successor as CEO is transitioned into the role.“While there will be a more appropriate time to formally thank Danny, I would like to state that he has been an excellent CEO for AGT,” said Ainsworth Chairman Graeme Campbell. “He has successfully driven significant international expansion and growth in recurring revenues.“Ainsworth is much stronger for Danny’s contribution. We are delighted he will continue to assist us in the future. A thorough and extensive search process will be undertaken to secure a new CEO who can lead AGT to the next stages of growth and profitability.”Gladstone most recently oversaw Novomatic’s purchase of a 52% stake in Ainsworth for AU$500 million. Lawrence Levy reports for duty as new Ainsworth CEO Ainsworth Game Technology CEO Danny Gladstone has announced that he will step down from the role as of 30 June 2019.In a filing with the Australian Securities Exchange on Monday, Ainsworth revealed that Gladstone had informed the company of his decision to depart the top job but that he would remain CEO for the next nine months in order to provide enough time to find a replacement and ensure a smooth and orderly transition. Genting’s Lim Kok Thay to take 20% pay cut after Malaysian gaming tax hike Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline
Large-scale logging on the Yukon River started about a hundred years ago, when steamships burned a cord of wood per hour to power their engines. Village residents clear-cut wide swathes of forest along the river, but the logging tapered off when ships switched to diesel. These days, villages like Galena are once again looking to the forest for an energy supply.But this time around, a new generation of loggers is thinking more about sustainability in how – and why – they harvest trees from around their communities.Listen now:Bubba Aloysius of Galena works from the cab of the dangle head processor. Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.The first sizeable timber harvest in decades is now underway just west of Galena, in low-lying cottonwood-dominated forest. It’s a patchwork of spindly, tangled undergrowth and scattered pockets of mature cottonwood trees.Bubba Aloysius is at the controls of a danglehead processor, plucking one tree at a time from one of these pockets. It is only his second day on the job, but he already talks like an old pro.“It’s your basic excavator controls as far as the boom attachment and all that, then you have you button controls which control the implement itself, grapple arms, the wheel, the measurement, the saw, the way it turns.”Bubba Aloysius operates the danglehead processor in the timber harvest area west of Galena. Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.It’s a far cry from the two-person whipsaws that were the tool of choice in the last logging boom a hundred years ago. The business end of this rig is a sort of Swiss Army knife of logging tools: a chain saw, grappling arms, and ferocious looking wheels with sharp teeth that can strip bark and snap off branches.Aloysius maneuvers the controls to grab a tree, and then cuts it down in just a few seconds.Aloysius has operated all kinds of heavy equipment on construction projects and oil field work, but feels like this job is different.“It’s something that has got to be done around here. It’s good for the future of Galena, and I wanted to be the man to do it.”The harvested wood is part of a plan to bring long-term economic stability to Galena, by switching the former Air Force Base from diesel heat to wood. The base is home to the Galena Interior Learning Academy – a boarding school and the major employer in town.Photo: Tim Bodony/KIYU.A new group called Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska is in charge of supplying the wood. But without any experience with industrial logging, the group had to bring in some experts like Shawn Champagne, who is involved with the biomass energy project in Tok.Champagne says a big part of his job is to teach experienced equipment operators to become responsible foresters.“Your job changes every day, and you feel like you’re doing a good job. You feel like you are helping Mother Nature. In the old times, fires redid everything. And now that we are stopping the fires, the forests are dying from being too old. So a good forester will tell you that logging is beneficial to the woods – if you do it right.”Tim Kalke is trying to make sure the timber harvest is done right. He manages the logging operation, and wants to make sure that his crew is picking the trees that will fit nicely in the wood chipper later on, but also choosing to leave some trees behind as habitat for birds and other animals.Kalke is also a high school teacher. He recently brought his natural resource management students out to the harvest site for a lesson on how logging can be sustainable.“I told them the other day that they were the last students to stand in that patch of trees. And they all looked at me with kind of a horrified look, because it was beautiful and it was nice. And then I said, ‘for about 45 years.’ And they made that connection, ‘…Wait a minute, you know, we are using this local resource, as a fuel, and it’s renewable, it’s gonna come back, if we do it right.’”Students in the school’s vocational program may also get some hands-on experience with turning local timber into finished products. Cottonwood is relatively soft and doesn’t splinter, making it a good choice for things like picnic tables and railings.Back at the rig, Aloysius spins the wheels of the processor and 30 feet of tree shoots out the other side.Then the chain saw quickly slices through the tree, and another stick of cottonwood joins the growing pile.Aloysius and his crewmates are trying to finish the timber harvest before Christmas… not that cold weather would bother him in the cab of the danglehead processor, which features a very nice heater, a comfortable seat, cup holders and a radio – even more stuff that loggers didn’t have a hundred years ago.