Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Yoeli Childs Written by November 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Childs scores 28 points; hot-shooting BYU beats Rice 105-78 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Yoeli Childs scored a season-high 28 points and BYU rolled to a 105-78 victory over Rice on Wednesday night.BYU (5-1) has won five straight, all at home, after losing its opener to then-No. 7 Nevada.Childs was 13 of 18 from the field and had seven rebounds and five assists. Jahshire Hardnett added a career-high 20 points and TJ Haws had 18 for the Cougars, who shot 39 of 70 (56 percent) and made 10 3-pointers. Hardnett and Haws each made three shots from long range.Ako Adams had 17 points to lead Rice (3-2).BYU built a nine-point halftime lead and pulled away early in the second half with a 19-5 run. Childs capped the surge with a dunk and a 3-point play, and the Cougars led 79-57 with nine minutes left. Associated Press
Tags: All-American/Eric Weddle/Louie Sakoda/Luther Elliss/Matt Gay/Mitch Wishnowsky/Tom Hackett Written by December 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Punter Wishnowsky makes another All-American Team Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWACO, Texas-Wednesday, Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky was named to a third major All-American team as he was selected to the second team of the American Football Coaches All-American squad.The senior from Perth, Australia ranks ninth nationally in punt average at 45.1 yards per boot.He has also made the Utes the #15 team in the land in net punt average at 40.65 yards per kick.He has placed 22 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine punts at or inside the 10-yard line and has 19 punts of 50+ yards.Other Utes to earn AFCA All-American honors include defensive lineman Luther Elliss in 1994, defensive back Eric Weddle in 2006, kicker Louie Sakoda in 2008, punter Tom Hackett in 2014 and 2015 and kicker Matt Gay in 2017.
October 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Four-time cancer survivor sees dream come true, plays in college football game Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — After his cancer diagnosis in high school, Casey O’Brien had been told that his football career was over. O’Brien, of St. Paul, Minnesota, had spent his entire childhood playing different sports, including football, but then he got a pain in his left knee that would not go away, he said during a speech, according to ESPN.In December 2013, when he was a high school freshman, O’Brien was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer.He’d go on to beat cancer four times, even as he joined the University of Minnesota’s football team as a walk-on placeholder for the Golden Gophers.In all, O’Brien underwent chemotherapy and 14 surgeries, including a knee replacement.On Saturday, though, he was able to prove that determination breeds success when he stepped foot on the field in Piscataway, New Jersey, as a Golden Gopher wearing No. 14. It was a moment the college sophomore had been waiting for.During Saturday’s game, he took the field for the first time and held the ball for an extra point in the fourth quarter.“There’s been so many ups and downs and nights in the hospital and surgeries … that has gone into this moment. … This is what I’ve dreamed about and tonight it got to come true,” he told the Big Ten Network on Saturday.Afterward, he got hugs from his team and then was seen giving an emotional embrace to University of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck.“It was a special moment with Coach Fleck. I mean there’s one coach in the country that took a chance and gave me a spot to walk on. And I just thanked him. … He means the world to me,” O’Brien told the Big Ten Network.Fleck told the Big Ten Network after the game that “when you think courage, you think Casey O’Brien.”“He’s an unbelievable person and he’s been through an awful lot. … No one can ever take away that he played college football in the Big Ten. … It was pretty emotional,” Fleck said.The Gophers went on to seal their win against Rutgers, 42-7. After the game, O’Brien was seen running over to share the moment with his parents.O’Brien shared some advice to others who watched him take the field against incredible odds.“Don’t give up because you can make it happen. … Go Gophers!” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has announced the addition of Szymon Zapala to a National Letter of Intent, joining the Aggies for the 2020-21 season. Zapala, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center played for the Poland National Team at the 2019 U18 FIBA European Championships.At the tournament, Zapala led Poland to the finals, averaging 7.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game as his team finished second. Zapala scored in double figures in two games during the championships, logging a tournament-high 16 points against Estonia on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Zapala also added 10 points in the semifinals against the Czech Republic, finishing the tournament shooting 61.0 percent (25-of-41) from the floor.Nationally, Zapala played for Trefl Sopot in the U20 Polish Cup, helping his side to the championships and earning MVP honors. At the high school level, Zapala averaged 17.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 assists per game for SMS PZkosz Wladyslawowo. Zapala’s rebounding numbers included 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from behind the 3-point line.“We are thrilled to announce Szymon will be joining the Aggie family. Szymon has the unique combination of being an absolute warrior on the floor and a borderline nuclear physicist in the classroom,” Smith said. “Szymon is 6-11 and 240 pounds, and possesses great skill, physicality, and has a high IQ for the game. He has played at an extremely high level, representing the Polish National team. He has also been very well coached in Poland. Above all, he is a tremendous person with a great attitude that leaves a positive impression on everyone that he is in contact with.” Tags: Szymon Zapala/Utah State Aggies Basketball May 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Signs Polish National Szymon Zapala Written by
Tags: MILB FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Per numerous sources, Tuesday, Minor League Baseball canceled its 2020 season.Their statement is as follows:pic.twitter.com/XEDFmfHTmI— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 30, 2020This means the Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A) and the Ogden Raptors and Orem Owlz (Pioneer League) will not be playing this season.It is uncertain at this stage if a 2021 season will be played or not, but as the statement attests, there is hope that it can return next season. June 30, 2020 /Sports News – Local MILB 2020 Season Officially Canceled Written by Brad James
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCONWAY, S.C. (AP) — CJ Marable rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and No. 14 Coastal Carolina continued its perfect season, stopping BYU’s Dax Milne at the 1-yard line as time expired to beat the eighth-ranked Cougars 22-17 in the showdown of 9-0 teams Saturday night.The Cougars were a late-week, fill in, traveling more than 2,200 miles to the South Carolina coast eagerly stepping in Thursday after No. 25 Liberty had to back out of the game due to COVID-19 concerns.And Coastal was more than up to the task of slowing BYU’s potent offense to a season low in points. Associated Press Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Written by December 5, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local No. 14 Coastal Carolina holds off No. 8 BYU 22-17
Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Fardaws Aimaq posted 13 points and 13 rebounds to lift Utah Valley to an 87-72 win over Dixie State in the first game of the weekend series Friday.Trevon Allfrey led the Trailblazers with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.In game two on Saturday Hunter Schofield had a season-high 31 points as Dixie St. edged past Utah Valley 93-89.Trey Woodbury led the Wolverines with a career-high 27 points. Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC Written by February 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State, Utah Valley split weekend series
The study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work Image: Crondall Energy has partnered with Pharis Energy. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver the Concept Select study for the operator’s heavy oil Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea.Pharis Energy hopes to become the first operator in the world to use steam flooding in a major offshore project – one of the concepts to be explored as part of Crondall Energy’s Concept Study.The study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work. Crondall Energy’s engineers will develop and assess facilities and subsea configurations as well as various oil separation and artificial lift technologies to determine an optimum solution for the development.Crondall Energy’s Group Managing Director, Duncan Peace, said: “We are very pleased to continue our work with Pharis Energy on this exciting project and we welcome the confidence shown in our engineering teams to develop a commercially viable concept for the project. The breadth and complexity of this development play to the strengths of our multidisciplinary team and we look forward to progressing the study.”The Pilot field is located in block 21/27a of the UK central North Sea and is estimated to contain 230 MMbbls of proven plus probable oil-in-place, of which around 60 MMbbls will be recoverable in a waterflood scenario whilst 113 MMbbls could be expected to be recovered in a steam flood.Stephen Brown, Pharis Energy’s CEO, added: “We are delighted to be progressing the Pilot project and continuing our good working relationship with the folk at Crondall Energy. The Crondall Energy team not only know the theory of how to go about developing offshore oil fields but also really understand the practicalities of weaving the development concept together with the team of engineers, contractors, rig and vessel owners, consultants and suppliers, into a financeable project.”Crondall Energy previously supported the project by reviewing the CAPEX for the development. Source: Company Press Release
Source: Company Press Release The European Commission acknowledges the growing momentum for renewable hydrogen as an essential energy carrier for the decarbonisation of our societies.In July, the European Commission presented a EU Hydrogen Strategy, underlined by the launch of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.Vattenfall will be one of the members of this network, which currently includes more than 250 members.Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President Business Area Wind and Vattenfall’s representative in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance:“As a fully integrated European utility, Vattenfall is investing in the growth of renewable energy sources, in particular offshore wind, in various European markets. With wind energy as a crucial source for renewable hydrogen projects we are aiming to further implement hydrogen technology in collaboration with industrial partners in various sectors to thereby help achieve climate neutrality in Europe. Being part of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is a great opportunity for us to use our experience, expertise and strengths to actively contribute to the creation of a European hydrogen market.”The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is set to facilitate the implementation of actions of the recently published EU Hydrogen Strategy. By building up a clear and concrete pipeline of renewable hydrogen projects and investment plans, the Alliance will play a crucial role in achieving the commitment of the EU to become carbon-neutral by 2050.Vattenfall’s view on hydrogenFollowing the goal of enabling fossil-free living within one generation, Vattenfall sees an important role for renewable hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the so-called hard-to-abate sectors. These are areas where direct electrification is not possible, such as the steel industry, refineries and heavy-duty transport.Vattenfall’s accelerated renewables growth is an important pillar for reaching this goal. In particular investments in large offshore wind projects such as the Dutch 1.5 GW project Hollandse Kust Zuid can help trigger the large-scale development of renewable hydrogen use cases. Thanks to its high number of full-load hours, offshore wind is well suited to fuel electrolysers with renewable electricity for the production of hydrogen.This goal does not only hold true for Vattenfall’s own energy production. Instead Vattenfall is also actively supporting the transition of a number of other (industrial) sectors, that account for a high degree of CO2-emissions. Against this background, Vattenfall is cooperating with industrial partners to enable the decarbonisation of industrial processes making use of renewable hydrogen, e.g. HYBRIT, the fossil free steel project run by Vattenfall together with SSAB and LKAB.About the European Clean Hydrogen AllianceThe European Clean Hydrogen Alliance aims at an ambitious deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030, bringing together renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production, demand in industry, mobility and other sectors. Until today, about 250 companies, branch organisations and public authorities have joined the Alliance, and the European Commission expects more applications in the next months.The Alliance will play an important role in facilitating and implementing actions of the new EU Hydrogen Strategy. Divided among six round tables, e.g. ‘hydrogen in the industry’ and ‘hydrogen in the energy sector’ the high-level representatives will develop a concrete pipeline of hydrogen projects and investment plans. Hydrogen will be important for the next phase of the European energy transition. Vattenfall, who drives innovative projects such as HYBRIT, now also joins the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance Vattenfall wind business area senior vice president Gunnar Groebler. (Credit: Vattenfall AB.)
Home » News » Shelter calls for ban on letting agent fees in Wales previous nextRegulation & LawShelter calls for ban on letting agent fees in WalesMystery shop of 85 letting agencies shows “widespread disregard for the law”.The Negotiator9th August 201601,131 Views Shelter is on the warpath again, reporting on its findings in a ‘mass participative mystery shop ’ of 85 lettings agents in Wales.The report, published on Friday, says that “Setting up a tenancy can be eye-wateringly expensive. Not only must new tenants find thousands of pounds upfront for tenancy deposits and rent in advance – they also have to pay fees to letting agents, which often cost hundreds and are difficult to compare in the marketplace.”Between January and March 2016 they reviewed websites and rang agents to find out what fees they charged and how they displayed them.“What we found amounts to a widespread disregard for the law. More than half of the agents we mystery shopped are not following legal requirements to display their fees clearly. Many agents gave information about fees over the phone that contradicted what was on their websites, while some appeared to be making up fees on the spot.“Overall, the highest fee was 12 times as high as the lowest.”Shelter says that this is “an uncompetitive market which is failing to drive down prices for the growing number of individuals, couples and families in Wales who rely on private rented housing. This needs to change.In the face of these realities there is only one realistic solution – to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants to establish a tenancy.”Displaying fees The Consumer Rights Act 2015 requires agents to display a full list of fees in the office as well as on a website if applicable. However Shelter reported that more than half (52 per cent) did not display a clear list of fees on their website.Of these many mentioned that ‘a fee’ is required to begin a tenancy, but did not provide an actual price, or provide a way to calculate the amount of fees.“Not only does this mean that more than half of the agents we mystery shopped aren’t adhering to duties under the new law – it also means that people searching for a new home won’t be able to work out the full cost of moving until they contact the agent directly.“One letting agent actively refused to reveal any information to the mystery shopper, stating that no information on fees would be disclosed until prospective tenants register with the agent online. “Of the letting agents that offered enough information online to make a comparison with the information offered over the phone, Shelter says that more 55 per cent offered contradictory information.One agent’s website stated that its administration fee included a £100 registration fee for the first tenant plus £80 per additional tenant plus VAT. However the information offered over the phone by the same agent was £100 for one person or £125 for two people.Another letting agent’s website claimed an administration fee of £120. However the fee given over the phone was explained to vary between £150 and £295.Late payment feesMany agents apparently stated that as long as rent is paid within a few days of the due date then no action would be taken. However, “18 per cent of agents admitted they didn’t know if they charged a late fee, and some appeared to be making up a fee on the spot. For example, one agent stated that ‘nothing is set in stone’ and another said they ‘may charge for the hassle of chasing’.”52 per cent of agents are not displaying fees on their website as they are required to do by law.18 per cent said they didn’t know if they charged a late fee.Of the agents that did display fees online, more than half 55 per cent gave different fees over the phone.In response to the survey, Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) said, “We want a better, fairer, private rented sector for all, but banning letting agent fees in Wales is not the answer. Access to any form of housing tenure comes with associated costs, and renting in the private sector is no different. Letting agents are running businesses, and should be able to reasonably charge for the work they do in setting up a tenancy.“There are many letting agents across Wales who provide an excellent service, and stick to the rules, but the rogues need to be driven out. Trading standards and local authorities are responsible for enforcing the law on letting agents, and they must come down hard on any agent not displaying their fees.”letting agent fees ban on letting agent fees in Wales Shelter August 9, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021