Some of the Pramerica Team!DONEGAL-based Pramerica Systems Ireland has been named among Ireland’s Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work® Ireland.Pramerica, with 1,100 employees in Letterkenny, earned the Number 14 spot in the category ‘Best Large Workplaces.’“So much of being a “Great Place to Work” comes down to an organisation’s people. It’s the talent and commitment of our team that strengthens our work environment and defines our success as a company,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer in Letterkenny. “I’m proud of this recognition. Our culture of mutual respect and teamwork means that we celebrate our professional and personal accomplishments together, and this award is shared by everyone in our organisation.”The Great Place to Work® study identifies and recognises the finest employers – and therefore the most satisfied workforces – in Ireland and throughout the European Union.Employees in each participating organisation complete a confidential questionnaire, rating their employers on almost 60 elements covering credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workplace.Surveys are returned to the Great Place to Work® Institute by each individual employee to ensure confidentiality and honesty. More than 90,000 employees in over 100 Irish companies participated in the survey. John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland said: “These companies have proven the clear link between high trust and high performance. They are ahead of the rest because they don’t deliver mere platitudes about the importance of their employees to their business; rather, they create a rich culture supported by people practices that ensure higher levels of collaboration, greater input into strategy development and vision shaping, and distributed decision making throughout their population – making sure that the people with the most relevant knowledge are tasked with making those decisions.”Pramerica Systems Ireland provides essential computer-technology and client-contact services to PFI businesses around the world. Its Information Technology Group develops software and other systems solutions for PFI business groups and its Operations Group functions as a back-office contact centre for PFI business group.The Essential Guide to Corporate Ireland has named Pramerica Systems Ireland the largest software operation in Ireland outside Dublin and Cork and one of the largest in Ireland. PRAMERICA NAMED ONE OF BEST PLACES TO WORK IN IRELAND was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:IrelandletterkennyPlaces to Workpramerica
Keeping the old traditions alive at the Kerry Vintage Show. All pics by kind permission of Mary Whoriskey. Some happy faces down Kerrykeel way. KERRYKEEL VINTAGE SHOW BRINGS OUT ALL THE CHARACTERS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 15th, 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:donegalKerrykeel Vintage Show
As a symbol of the brutality of South Africa’s apartheid past and of the immense courage of those who fought for the country’s freedom, Robben Island, about 12km offshore from Cape Town, is a pivotal beacon in the history of South Africa.(Image: The Robben Island Museum)Brand South Africa reporterThe island was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1999.In its description of the site, Unesco writes: “The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history, and at the same time symbolise the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”‘Unwanted’ peopleAlthough people lived on Robben Island thousands of years before the sea separated it from the Cape mainland, it was used as a place to house “unwanted” people – mostly prisoners – from the mid-1600s, when the Dutch colonised the Cape, to the late 20th century. It was also used as a military base during the Second World War.Those who fought against Dutch colonisation in southern and eastern Africa, religious Muslim leaders, opponents of British empire building in Africa, prisoners of war, criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally ill patients, and more recently opponents of the apartheid government, were all packed off to Robben Island.As author Lawrence Green wrote: Robben Island was “an island of exiles”.The windswept island, with its astounding legacy of confinement and brutality for those exiled there – and its paradoxical existence as a sanctuary for bird and animal life – is a place of mystery and amazement to the many who visit it.Memories of brutalityFor the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimisation.But the island is remembered just as much as the site where anti-apartheid activists honed their principles of non-racialism and human rights, where they educated themselves – and their prison warders – and strengthened their resolve to attain freedom.As African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada remarked around the time of Mandela’s release from prison: “While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument to our hardship and suffering. We would want Robben Island to be a monument . reflecting the triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of non-racialism over bigotry and intolerance. A triumph of a new South Africa over the old.”Kathrada’s wish has been realised. On 1 January 1997, Robben Island became the home to the Robben Island Museum, a national museum and monument that displays its astounding history to the many tourists who flock there in search of more information and understanding about South Africa’s past.Website: www.robben-island.org.zaA place to learn about SA’s democracyThe museum is also a place of learning, with workshops, tours and camps for children and adults keen to learn about both historical and modern-day South Africa and its embracing of a culture of human rights and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.Daily tours are offered, weather permitting, leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The tour is three-and-a-half hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. It is a good idea to pre-book your ticket through the website.Visitors can expect an enriching experience. There’s plenty to see on the island: from the maximum security prison that held political prisoners, to the memorabilia of prisoners incarcerated there, to the quarry mines where prisoners were forced to dig, to the church, to the many buildings dating back to the Second World War. There’s a small village where the island’s main centre is located.Bird sanctuaryRobben Island generates its own electricity and is involved in a research initiative to draw electricity from the strong waves that pound its shores. It also gets its water from nine boreholes.The island is a natural sanctuary for bird life – the northern part is a bird sanctuary – and has about 132 bird species, some of which are endangered.Many birds use the island for breeding purposes, including the Crowned Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Herons that flock to the island in numbers. The African Penguin, once close to extinction, also breeds prolifically on the island.Plant life also thrives on Robben Island, but farming and the introduction of exotic species have upset the natural fauna to some extent. The spectacular veld flowers typical of the West Coast also occur on the Island during spring.There are 23 species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbok, steenbok, fallow deer and eland. Ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and tortoises also call the island home.Marine life around Robben Island is also rich, and the ferry trip offers tourists a chance to spot Cape fur seals, southern right whales and dusky and heavyside dolphins.Source: South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
How’s this for a dicey scenario: Arlene DiMarino is a homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives a couple of blocks away from an EPA Superfund site.“I am aware of a toxic plume of underground water that is close by,” she writes in a Q&A post. “I am concerned that these VOCs can permeate the cement floor and foundation.”She plans to pour another layer of concrete over the existing basement slab. This will give her an opportunity to insert a vapor barrier to block any toxins from migrating into the house. But what’s the best product to use?Alternatives to 6-mil polyAs GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, concrete itself is a good air barrier, as long as any cracks that develop are sealed with caulk.But, he adds, it’s important to install a vapor barrier — typically 6-mil polyethylene with taped seams — under any concrete slab. Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier? (podcast)RELATED ARTICLES 7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 1. The BasementVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Radon and Air TightnessGreen Basement Renovation: Adding Under a HomeGreen Basics: Foundation Drains Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?CONSTRUCTION DETAILS RELATED MULTIMEDIA Other points of view are quick to emerge, like this flat statement from Robert Riversong: “I would never use standard 6-mil polyethylene under a concrete slab.”Instead, Riversong recommends a product called Tu-Tuf, a robust, cross-laminated, 4-mm-thick plastic that’s advertised as free of pinholes. (It’s made by Sto-Cote Products and sold widely over the Internet.)David Meiland suggests a product called Stego Wrap, which is 15 mils thick and said by the manufacturer to resist tears, splits, and punctures.There’s also something called SlabShield, writes Andy Ault. SlabShield combines two layers of polyethylene and one of aluminum. The polyethylene sandwich protects the aluminum, a highly effective vapor barrier, from lime in the concrete. The manufacturer also claims that SlabShield provides a thermal break.Ault says he used SlabShield on a Habitat for Humanity LEED Platinum project and was pleased with the result.“It is much stronger than typical 6-mil, so it is designed for that type of rugged application that Robert alluded to,” Ault writes. “We had volunteers walking on it, and it never missed a beat. The ship-lap edge design also gave us a high comfort level that the taped seams will perform well.”Yet another possibility, writes Craig, is Red Guard, a waterproofing and crack-prevention membrane made by Custom Building Products.“Typically it is used under tile, and it is being used in some applications as a shower pan liner,” Craig says. “It seems perfect for a situation between slabs because it acts as a crack isolation membrane and vapor barrier, so it should seal any cracks in the original slab and prevent any new cracks from leaking vapor through. “A building scientist disagreesAs posters recommend tougher and tougher vapor barriers, Garth Sproule points to a conversation with Joseph Lstiburek, who couldn’t care less if a sub-slab layer of plastic has a few holes in it.Even if Arlene were to don a pair of golf spikes and walk all over her plastic vapor barrier, it would still do a pretty good job, Lstiburek says in a Green Building Advisor podcast. “So what’s the total surface area of the punctures compared to the total surface area of the plastic?” he says. “If I’m there for about two hours, maybe it’s 10 percent. So I basically have reduced the vapor control layer effectiveness of that plastic sheet by 10 percent.”When the barrier is topped by four inches of concrete, she’ll have a very effective air barrier and “a darn good vapor retarder.“So I haven’t increased, even from a measurable perspective, the amount of water vapor transmission from the ground into the floor with the ripped and torn plastic sheet,” Lstiburek says. “That’s why I always laugh at the people that say, ‘Well, you gotta tape the joints and you gotta be careful not to puncture it.’ Give me a break!”Replies Riversong: “I disagree with Dr. Joe. With a good sub-slab radon-mitigation system that effectively depressurizes the soil, an intact concrete slab might be good enough. But, if there is any positive soil gas pressure, then no concrete slab will be tight enough to prevent radon intrusion, which can pass through a crack too small for the eye to see.”What about a real radon-mitigation system?In new construction, the area beneath the basement slab is often vented to the outside, giving radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, a way to escape. The vent can be passive or powered by a fan.This is the retrofit measure recommended by Riversong, who suggests removing the existing concrete slab, and adding a layer of crushed stone and a perforated pipe connected to a roof vent.Others agree. “Pulling everything existing and starting from scratch is never a bad strategy,” writes Ault, “but that will at least double your cost (if not more), so you need to be sure that the cost/benefit ratio makes sense for you.”As Ault points out, ceiling height also is a concern. If a new slab lowers the basement ceiling height to less than 7 feet, it could be a code problem should Arlene or a future owner want to make the basement a living space.Our expert’s opinionHere’s GBA Technical Director Peter Yost’s opinion:Looking at Arlene’s basement problem from the radon perspective is a good one, in my bookIn my own home, with a leaky basement floor and no spare head height at all, and a radon problem exacerbated by the installation of spray foam insulation on the basement walls, I tried a variety of ways to air seal the radon out, to no avail.If you can’t keep it out, flush it outAnd when I called a local radon technician to see about a sub-slab depressurization system solution, he let me know that it was unlikely that he could pull hard enough with even two fans to depressurize such a leaky slab. So our solution was a heat-recovery ventilator servicing just the basement.But exhaust fans use energyThe HRV drove the radon concentration well below the EPA threshold of 4 pico-curies per liter. It was a practical, easy solution to a soil gas problem, albeit with a steady energy penalty (our FanTech HRV pulls about 1 watt per cfm on any of the three 100/150/200 cfm settings).If you can’t give up the height, and you don’t have the stomach to completely redo your basement slab, I would go after any potential or actual soil gas problem with some sort of exhaust strategy, purchasing the highest-efficiency fan your money can buy (there are HRVs in the GBA Product Guide with efficiencies up to more than 5 cfm per watt).One way to offset the extra energy useOne last note: I reduce the energy penalty of our HRV in the late fall/winter/early spring by hanging our wash in the basement. The HRV easily handles (by exhaust exchange) the 4 pounds of water left in a load after our horizontal-axis washer is done with it. And I’ve checked the interior relative humidity in the basement to verify that this approach is not a problem; it barely bumps the interior RH. Sub-Slab Retrofit for Radon VentUnderground Water Barrier Retrofit (Rubber Membrane)Underground Water Barrier Retrofit (6-Mil Poly)
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Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Abueva led the Fuel Masters in their cardiac 92-90 win over the Beermen in Game 3 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and he said their added motivation was due to watching the usually calm Alas get lash out.“Actually, we were rattled after Game 2 because coach Louie was angry at us,” said Abueva in Filipino. “He was livid so when we arrived for practice [the next day] we worked harder and he was okay with us once again.”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“We didn’t think about anything else except this Game 3.”One of the things that irked Alas in Game 2 was the Fuel Masters got outscored, 29-19, in the fourth quarter. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Phoenix struggled late in the fourth quarter for the second straight game after it squandered its seven-point lead, 80-73.Only this time, the Fuel Masters escaped after Chris Ross missed what could’ve been the game winning 3-pointer for the Beermen.Abueva finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and two steals as the Fuel Masters trimmed the series deficit to 2-1.“We all know that they’re a strong team and that they can win this Game 3 but of course we wont be deterred and we will fight until the end,” said Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva is usually the one bringing the fire for his team, and seeing someone else show off that intensity was a bit of a new experience for him.Phoenix’ do-it-all forward said he saw Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas blow his fuse after their 92-82 loss to San Miguel in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals and that lit the fire in them to take it to the conference’s defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Phoenix hangs on in Game 3, cuts SMB lead to 2-1 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Transfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Reds lower Sturridge price Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Liverpool lower Sturridge priceLiverpool have lowered their asking price for striker Daniel Sturridge, who is being chased by Inter, reports sportitalia (via insidefutbol).The report claims that Liverpool now want just €1 million for a loan fee, with a €20m option to buy.Liverpool set to sign Falkirk defender Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool are set to sign Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher, report the Scottish Sun .The 18-year-old has spent the week on trial at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned a bid worth £200,000, which Falkirk have accepted.Gallacher has won caps at three Scottish youth levels – Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.Reds to miss out on Inter starletLiverpool are set to miss out on Inter youngster Zinho Vanheusden, with the club set to loan the centre-back to Standard Liege, according to Sky Italia (via Inside Futbol).The Serie A side are not ready to let the 18-year-old leave for good, preferring to loan him out and let him develop. West Ham bid £12m for Norwich starWest Ham United have made a £12 million bid for Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, according to The Guardian. The 21-year-old has been linked with several Premier League sides, with Liverpool and Tottenham also credited with an interest.Norwich will likely reject West Ham’s bid, hoping to generate a higher fee for Maddison. Liverpool consider RondonLiverpool are considering a move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to The Sun.The Venezuela international has just 18 months left on his contract at The Hawthorns, though he is keen to remain with the Baggies.Should Jurgen Klopp’s side make their move for Rondon, they are likely to be competing for his signature with local rivals Everton, who are also keen on the former Zenit forward.Spartak want Liverpool wingerSpartak Moscow are interested in signing Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, reports the Liverpool Echo.Markovic hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season, and was wanted by Fiorentina during the summer transfer window.Watford and West Brom have been linked with January bids, and now Russian side Spartak are making a move to sign the Serbian.Liverpool not in Luan talksLiverpool are not in talks to sign Gremio striker Luan, according to the Liverpool Echo.Reports had suggested that, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool had opened discussions to bring in another Brazilian, with Luan having an €18 million release clause in his contract.However, there are reportedly no talks taking place to sign the South American Footballer of the Year, who has also been a target for Arsenal and Barcelona.Liverpool could loan out youngstersLiverpool could allow more youngsters to head out on loan before the January transfer window closes, reports the Liverpool Echo.The likes of Matty Virtue and Corey Whelan have gone out on loan recently, and they could be joined by Harry Wilson, Ovie Ejaria and Lloyd Jones.The club’s Under-23 coach Neil Critchley said: “More loans is a possibility. You look at Harry, Ovie and we still have Lloyd with us at the moment. They would be the three who would come under the radar of other clubs.”Inter favourites to land SturridgeInter remain in pole position to land Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, reports the Liverpool Echo.Sturridge is not in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans, and is keen to secure a loan move for the remainder of the season. Inter’s interest, however, remains the only concrete offer on the table so far for the striker, who is reportedly reluctant to move to Serie A.Sevilla can’t agree Vidal feeSevilla are struggling to agree a fee with Barcelona to bring Aleix Vidal back to the club, according to Mundo Deportivo.Vidal signed for Barca in the summer of 2015, but will be allowed to leave Camp Nou in January, with Sevilla leading the chase for the right-back.However, Barcelona want €12 million for the 28-year-old, with Sevilla hoping the price will be dropped after offering €8m up front plus €2m in add-ons so far.Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with an approach for Vidal, but only a huge financial offer is expected to tempt him to the Premier League.Man Utd push for Seri dealManchester United will aim to follow up the signing of Alexis Sanchez by agreeing a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, claims The Sun.Alexis completed his move to United from Arsenal on Monday, and now Jose Mourinho wants an agreement in place to sign Seri, either this month or in the summer.Seri is also an option for Manchester City, although the Ivory Coast international is viewed as a back-up to prime target Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have all previously shown an interest in Seri, but Mourinho hopes United can beat their rivals to the signing of the 26-year-old.Sturridge to snub Serie A for ValenciaLiverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is not interested in a move to Serie A, TuttoMercato reports.Inter and Roma are said to have been monitoring the England international, but Sturridge has informed Liverpool that he’d prefer to sign with Valencia.Revealed: Top 20 richest clubs in the worldThe 2016-17 Deloitte Football Money League rankings have been announced, with Manchester United retaining top spot. But who else makes the top 20?Read the full story on Goal right here!
ESPN.Alabama is the favorite to win it all this season, according to nearly every sportsbook out there. Nick Saban disagrees with the oddsmakers. Who does the five-time national champion head coach think should be favored to win the national championship? The team his program defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff title game: Clemson. “How can they not pick Clemson?” Saban said during his appearance at ESPN today. “Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton.”Bama 5/1 fav to win nat’l title. Nick Saban: “How can they not pick Clemson? Deshaun Watson is most dominant player in CFB since Cam Newton”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 19, 2016Coach Saban starting the morning off in Bristol on @SportsCenter #RollTide pic.twitter.com/taAVky2Ohs— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2016This is just Saban trying to lessen the expectations for his team, but Clemson’s path to the national championship game is clearer than Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide are probably a more-talented team, but their quarterback situation is unclear and the schedule is pretty brutal. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a Heisman Trophy contender behind center and a more manageable schedule. Who are you betting on to win it all this year?
Members of OSU womens volleyball team celebrate after a play during a game against Florida State on September 6 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to capture its second tournament win in a row this weekend as it heads to Brooklyn, New York, for the Blackbird Invitational.OSU (5-1) is set to take on host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the tournament. The No. 15 Buckeyes are then scheduled to take on two currently undefeated teams on Saturday, playing Syracuse (5-0) at 10 a.m. and No. 13 Arizona (6-0) at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes are riding a five-match winning streak and are coming off a tournament win on their home floor at St. John Arena, defeating then-No. 14 Florida State twice and Northern Illinois once.Coach Geoff Carlston was happy with the way his team stayed steady and worked together, and said he hopes it carries over to this weekend.“I thought we really played well as a unit this weekend,” he said. “Everyone impacted our team and our wins. In that sense, I think we feel really good about the culture we’ve created.”Carlston said his team has confidence after sweeping the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, but his players are trying to remain grounded as they prepare for conference play.“We really try to stay so in the moment because you’re going to have big wins and big losses in the Big Ten,” he said. “Then the next day, you have to be playing another top 25 team.”Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer echoed the sentiments of her coach when she described the team as confident but focused as it heads into another important set of games.“Two undefeated teams are coming into the tournament, so we’re going to have to play our best again,” Schirmer said. “We can’t let our confidence overcloud how hard we’re going to have to work.”Keys to victoryHeading into the Blackbird Invitational, senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said the key will be the intensity of the back-row defenders.“I thought our back-row defenders did a great job of scrapping,” she said. “I mean, they picked up everything that you could possibly throw at them.”In the D.C. Koehl Classic, junior libero Valeria León had 58 digs en route to a second straight all-tournament performance, while sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree added 24.Mitchell also said the presence of the team’s middle blockers was huge for the OSU offense last weekend and she hoped they continue their high level of play.“Having the middles as a constant presence makes the other teams worry about them a little bit more than they usually do, and that opens up our offense,” she said.Sandbothe earns more honorsOne of the middle blockers to whom Mitchell was referring is junior Taylor Sandbothe, who was named a Big Ten co-player of the week alongside sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Washington of Penn State.“She played at another level this weekend and that’s what I talked to her about,” Carlston said. “And it wasn’t just the game, it was her persona, her personality, how she played the game.”Sandbothe was also named the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament MVP after picking up 42 kills on a .521 attack percentage, along with 16 blocks and three aces.What’s next?OSU will wrap up its nonconference schedule by playing in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, on Sept. 18 and 19.
The Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.