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Enel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India

Enel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India

first_imgEnel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:With British fossil fuel giant BP having committed to invest in Indian renewables, another signal the nation’s solar market is ready to attract big foreign investment has arrived with a statement of intent from Italian utility Enel.Italy’s biggest power company already owns and operates 172 MW of wind generation capacity in Gujarat and Maharashtra and landed its first solar project in the country with a 300 MW slice of the latest round of the national tender program conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). With Spanish developer Solarpack having set a new record low price for Indian solar of Rs2.36/kWh in that procurement exercise, Enel was among five overseas-financed developers to lodge successful bids in a 2 GW tender which set a maximum solar tariff of Rs2.38.The utility, in which the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance holds a controlling stake, yesterday announced it has signed a long-term agreement with the state-owned Norwegian Investment Fund (Norfund) to develop more renewables capacity in India.Under the terms of the agreement, the Enel Green Power India subsidiary of the power company will develop clean energy projects in which Norfund will have the option of investing in return for an equity share. A press release issued by Enel yesterday to announce the arrangement did not set any capacity targets or specify a timeline for the commitment, however.“This agreement gives us the opportunity to expand and strengthen our presence in India, after recently scoring our first win in a solar tender in the country,” said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of the utility’s Enel Green Power division. “By joining forces with an important partner such as Norfund, which shares our commitment towards sustainability and decarbonization, we will leverage on our technical expertise to harness the significant renewable growth potential of India, while contributing to the achievement of the country’s sustainable energy targets.”Historically-low interest rates set by central banks in Europe and the U.S. have been further depressed by the need to drum up investment to aid the recovery from Covid-19 in many nations. With solar developers from France and Germany among the successful bidders in the recent SECI tender – and two of the three Indian bids backed by U.S. private and U.K. public money – it appears the business case for Indian solar may have reached a level sufficient to unlock big volumes of foreign direct investment as the nation chases an increasingly distant-looking 100 GW of solar generation capacity by 2022.[Max Hall]More: Enel joins the Indian solar gold rushlast_img read more

The Slatyfork Enduro, Why You Need To Be Here

The Slatyfork Enduro, Why You Need To Be Here

first_imgMark your calendars and join us, Pocahontas Trails (Poca.Trails), August 11-12 for our 4th annual Slatyfork Enduro as part of the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association Enduro Series!Established in 2013, Poca.Trails is an IMBA Chapter trail organization based in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, and our members are passionate about preserving the hand cut, technically-rugged, cross-country designed trails the region is known for. And in case you haven’t heard, Slatyfork is home to old-school, world-class, root, rock, and mud-slinging singletrack that’s sure to rattle the chamois off any experienced rider. If you’ve ridden here then I’m sure you have stories to share, but if you haven’t we’re going to tell you why you need to grab your gear and head our way, but first, a bit of local insight.Just a few minutes drive from Slatyfork is access to miles of technical and unrefined trails within the Monongahela National Forest. Back in the “early days” when bikes were fully rigid, or offered 2-inch travel elastomer forks at best, word got out that Slatyfork was the place where gnar was created. Riders from around the country flocked to the area looking to test their skills, and during the area’s prime it became home to legendary xc-races races Fat Tire 50 Festival, Wild 100, and the iconic Gauley Headwaters IMBA Epic Ride.Slatyfork became an ultimate mountain bike destination, but with time the style of mountain biker changed, so did the bikes and the terrain riders were seeking. By the mid-nineties, long distant grinds over roots and rocks were out, downhill flow trails were in, and the old-school ways of xc-riding became a thing of the past. With lack of interest came neglect, and endless miles of singletrack were eventually taken over by dense brush that would eat your handlebars, windfall that made trails impassible, and severe erosion that made old rail grades mud sucking booby traps.Fortunately Poca Trails was established and came to the rescue with mattocks, shovels, and rakes in hand! Mile by mile thanks to a continuous working agreement with the Monongahela National Forest, we’ve cut, cleared, and dug out miles of forgotten trail systems. Go ahead, call us old school, but we believe the technique of sustainable, hand-cut trail design is the preferred method as the use of machinery to restore singletrack is becoming a common practice.It’s not just our slice of Nature’s playground that makes Slatyfork a place you need to visit, the local community and businesses are something special too. We’re tight-knit and without communal support Poca. Trails would cease to exist and there would be no Slatyfork Enduro. We have the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to thank for funding trail maintenance, and for actively promoting the sport of mountain biking in the region; Snowshoe Mountain Resort for providing us with race shuttle operations, financial support and generous prize donations; and local businesses for contributing additional funds.The Slatyfork Enduro is more than just a gravity fed bike race, it’s about bringing together and creating a supportive trail community. The event is also Pocahontas Trails primary fundraiser to help with purchasing tools, insurance, and local area promotions. So when you make the decision to register, you’re not only making a commitment to get outdoors, have a great time, and experience a day of riding like no other, you’re also supporting our local trail efforts and community. So get registered, grab your gear and family, and encourage others to do the same!To view the schedule of events and more details visit:  Poca Trails Slatyfork Enduro; for race registration: webscorer; and for the overall series: WVMBA Enduro Series.The weather can be unpredictable and temperatures are likely to be ten to fifteen degrees cooler than wherever you are. Spectators are encouraged to hike and enjoy the vistas along the race course, but please be mindful of racers on the course. While you’re in the area visit the counties other attractions including: Snowshoe Bike Park, Cass Scenic Railroad, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO,) bike or paddle the Greenbrier River Trail, trout fishing, the Scenic Highway, Cranberry Glades and more. Check Pocahontas County CVB for all the fun options.Race DetailsRace length is 22 miles, and includes two shuttles, food, music, and a great prize table and cash payout for the elite categories. Review the course profile map, then take a couple of minutes to watch the course preview. If you’re wondering, “it’s an Enduro, why two shuttles?” Without a shuttle the only other way up from the bottom of Turkey Point Connector or the Tea Creek Mountain trail is grinding up asphalt, and that seems to take the fun out of it, although a few hardy souls always choose to do the grind just because. Check out the course preview, it says 2017, but we did not change anything since it is so much fun.Stage 1 The race starts on Mine Road at the landing across from FR 844 (this is near the top, about a ¼ mile from Gauley Mountain Trailhead). Racers Meeting at 8:30, start at 9:00. From there a short warm up to Tea Creek Trailhead and gentle climb to the start of Stage 1. Though short, this stage is a blast, ¼ mile or so of rolling grade to the shelter and then turn it on – single track, natural berms, and root and rock stair steps to the finish. That takes you to the Gauley Connector, a slight grade (old logging railroad) with more roots, rocks, and ancient RR ties onto Gauley Mountain Trail to the climb up Bear Pen.Stage 2 starts at the rock chair, a short climb above the shelter. This stage is a bit longer – double track, baby rock garden to single track and then open it up on a skid grade, just over a mile of fun. The climb up Boundary is next, pretty easy up to the final push up at the spruce thicket. At the intersection, you jump on Turkey Point / Saddle Loop. This is really fun, transfer rolls / flow / short downhill.On your way to Stage 3 stop at the intersection of Boundary and Turkey Point for a short 100 ft hike to a vista of Tea Creek, Right Fork, Red Run and the surrounding mountains. The view and wilderness are breathtaking.Stage 3 starts with a bang – rock garden, short peddle to a left hand entry to an off camber skinny rock garden, then hang on for a mix of double track / single track rock and roll descent. The stage stops short of Bannock Shoals which is the transfer to the Tea Creek Campground shuttle staging area.Stage 4 After a quick shuttle up the Scenic Highway to the Tea Creek Mountain trailhead, there is a bit of a climb to the famous rock garden on Tea Creek Mountain – the start of Stage 4. This is the fitness stage – nail the rock garden, peddle some flow, and drop in. Pick your line and it is not butter, but pretty smooth.Stage 5 One more climb on Tea Creek Mountain to the final stage at the big boulder at the start of the final descent. Pure single track, downhill delight. Depending on how far back in the lineup you are, you will probably smell some hot brakes about midway down. Just when the arm pump sets in, you get to the last 1/3, a bit more technical and just as steep, watch for the babyheads – they have teeth. The finish is on the Williams River Trail. Then a short peddle to the river – pick your wading line, we lost the bridge in the flood. Shuttle back to the top (last shuttle at 4:00 pm). Head through the field on Right Fork to the Connector (short, but a joy to ride) to Gauley Mountain Trail to the landing.Thanks to our sponsors, and a huge shout to the Monongahela National Forest for the special use permit and all the hard work on the trails, Snowshoe Mountain Resort for shuttle service, the local community for support, WVMBA, and our volunteers and most of all the racers.Pocahontas Trails is an equal opportunity provider and employer.Pocahontas Trails is a Permit Holder of the Monongahela National Forest. Operating under a Forest Service special use permit.last_img read more

Trail Mix – The Brother Brothers

Trail Mix – The Brother Brothers

first_imgMy Best Albums of 2018 list begins and ends right here.Boy, howdy. Some People I Know, from The Brother Brothers – David and Adam Moss – is a stunner. It now sits atop my list of records released in the last twelve months after just one listen.Barely two songs in, I knew. Adam and David have found it, that special something, that indelible bond, that only forms between siblings making music together.David and Adam – identical twins – are poised to ascend to stardom on the contemporary folk music scene. This new collection of songs is awash with cello, fiddle, hollow body guitar, and brilliant harmonies reminiscent of the height of the sixties folk revival.I recently caught up with the Moss brothers to chat about the new record, New Years Eve plans, and what it’s like making music with your sibling.BRO – Was there a song or album that you guys connected over that really got you thinking you could make music together?TBB – David and I have connected over a lot of music. However, when we really started digging into the Delmore Brothers and Jim & Jesse, we knew we could be a brother band ourselves.BRO – In five words or less, finish this statement: The best thing about making music with my brother is . . . . . TBB –  . . . . it’s easy to communicate aesthetic.BRO – We are featuring “Frankie” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?TBB – David worked at the wonder Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and during his time there, he watched the people who make that neighborhood so special slowly disappear from their barstools due to the real estate investment. Those who gave the community its true value could no longer afford to live there. The song is a reflection of conversations and experiences with these people, the ones who gave their hearts to a place, only to watch money take so much of it away.BRO – Got a favorite band of brothers?TBB – Well, to be honest, we seriously love The Secret Sisters. Their harmony and stage delivery is something to be seriously admired. But, if we had to say brother band, we’d say The Delmore Brothers. However, that isn’t to say we don’t seriously love The Louvin Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and The Barr Brothers. Those dudes are modern awesome.BRO – New Years Eve among the family and friends in Upstate New York. Anything fun planned?TBB – We’re playing first night in Saranac Lake. It’ gonna be a hell of a time. I hear our good friend Miss Tess is gonna be there, and we can’t wait to do some dancing and ringing in the new year with her band!The Brother Brothers’ tour schedule is pretty quiet through December until that New Years Eve get down on Saranac Lake.My suggestion, in the meantime, would be to grab a copy of Some People I Know and soak in the vintage harmonies as the weather grows colder and the days darken earlier. This record is the perfect companion for the onset of winter.For more information on The Brother Brothers, when they will hit a stage near you, or how you can grab a copy of the new record, be sure to check out their website.And be sure to take a listen to “Frankie,” along with new tracks from William Elliot Whitmore, Granville Automatic, Belle Plain, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Experience Charlottesville and Albemarle County at Its Natural Best, No Matter the Season

Experience Charlottesville and Albemarle County at Its Natural Best, No Matter the Season

first_imgWhen it’s time to rest up after your outdoor adventures, our area boasts the full range of lodging options, from resorts and boutique hotels, to remote bed and breakfasts and everything in between.  Enjoy the outdoors at an easy pace along a riverside trail, on a hike to a ridge or peak, from the seat of a bike, afloat on one of our rivers, relaxing comfortably in the shade at a winery with a clear view of a sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains… however you’d like to appreciate our spacious countryside, we can point you in the right direction. In an effort to ensure the safety of all, wearing a face covering is now mandatory in all public spaces. Local restaurants, shops and attractions have implemented comprehensive plans to ensure that your visit is both exceptionally enjoyable and appropriately responsible. Visit by car in order to maintain a comfortable social distance and maximize mobility for the duration of your trip: everything mentioned above and detailed below can be enjoyed within a 25-minute drive of downtown Charlottesville. Our part of Virginia has safely reopened. Join us when you can! This video, produced in May 2020, features must-see local landmarks and a socially distanced performance of “Space for Days” by Kendall Street Company (a Charlottesville-based band). The most spectacular season in our part of Virginia in terms of natural beauty has to be fall. Leaves near the peaks of the mountains begin to change in late September. Peak fall color usually arrives in mid to late October. Visit Carter Mountain Orchard, from which you can see the entirety of downtown Charlottesville below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west in all their fall splendor. And, of course, for the ultimate perspective on the area, float overhead in a hot-air balloon.  Be sure to spend some quality time in our parks and natural areas during your visit. The highest and most iconic trails can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Try the Humpback Rocks Trail, a steep, short hike to a 360-degree view atop the rocky peak. There you’ll see as much of the Shenandoah Valley and the mountains of Albemarle County as you would out of the windows of a private jet. The ever-popular Saunders-Monticello Trail, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Carter Mountain Orchard, is another excellent place for a hike, no matter the season. Put the Rustic Highland Trails at nearby James Monroe’s Highland high on your list for consideration as well. Kayak, tube, raft, or paddleboard on the James or Rivanna Rivers. The Rivanna is calm and wide, lined with shaded rocky banks, and close to the heart of downtown. The James, broad and beautiful, is our biggest river. On your way to or from the James, stop by Scottsville’s quaint, historic downtown for a drink or a bite to eat. From the Rivanna, try the pedestrian mall in the heart of Charlottesville, an eight-block stretch of shops, restaurants, cafes and public art. It’s a great place to enjoy a socially-distanced outdoor lunch, dinner or morning coffee. Don’t worry about bringing your own equipment to either river. Look to the Rivanna River Company at the Rivanna, and James River Runners or James River Reeling and Rafting near the James for any rentals you may need. Tubing on the James River Carter Mountain Orchard Cover Photo: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Sunset at Humpback Rocks Should you have any questions when planning your visit, give us a call, visit our website, or stop by one of our visitor centers to speak with our knowledgeable travel specialists. Plan your trip today at www.visitcharlottesville.org. The USA Cycling National Team trained here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County prior to the 2015 UCI Road World Championships for a reason. Scenic and hilly, our roads make for perfect training grounds. The southern end of Skyline Drive, the road at the center of Shenandoah National Park, meets with the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway just west of Albemarle County, and either route is perfect for an intense bike ride. Find flatter, breezier trails and roads closer to the city. The roads and trails in and around downtown Charlottesville are excellent for biking, running, hiking and walking with friends or family.  last_img read more

12 green living habits that will save you money every month

12 green living habits that will save you money every month

first_imgAnother Earth Day is just around the corner. Let’s get a head start on saving the planet with these eco-friendly lifestyle tips that’ll also save you moolah every month. (See also: 11 Ways the Government Pays You to Live Green)1. Take Advantage of Natural LightI try to keep the lights off in the house as much as possible, even when I go to the bathroom late at night (I use my phone as a flashlight instead) to reduce my overall energy costs. As an alternative to the artificial lights in my house, I take advantage of natural light from the windows during the day (open your doors and blinds) and sometimes candles or other secondary light sources (like my devices) when the sun goes down.2. Plug Drafts to Reduce Heating CostsIf there are drafts coming in from holes and crevices around your house, the climate-controlled air for which you pay is escaping. Resolve this costly problem by plugging drafts yourself (if you’re able to identify the draft location and capable of doing the work) or hiring someone to help you out. Many times, however, the solution to the problem is as simple as putting a towel or blanket in front of doors and wrapping windows and A/C units for the winter. continue reading » 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 ways you can boost your savings

3 ways you can boost your savings

first_imgIf you didn’t have a job when you were in high school or college, you probably found saving money to be a challenging task as you became an adult with a “real” job. When you’re young, it’s fun to spend money and retirement seems like a lifetime away. But as most veteran professionals know, the years can creep up on you fast. The last thing you want to do is find yourself trying to play catch up with your savings. Whether you haven’t been saving like you know you should or you’re just starting out in your first job after school, here are three easy tips from Capital One to boost your savings…Automate: Set up an automatic savings plan to move money from your checking account to your savings on a regular basis. No matter how much or how little you can spare, every little bit helps. Most personal finance professionals recommend starting out by saving 10-20 percent of your net pay and increasing that number as you feel more comfortable.Let direct deposit help: You can’t miss money that you never see. It can take a lot of discipline to move extra money from your checking to your savings, so why not let your direct deposit do the work for you? Let your employer know how much to put into your savings account each month, and once you’ve set it, you can forget it.Change it up: There are a lot of options available these days that will put your change to work for you. Acorns is an app that rounds up your payments to the nearest dollar and puts that change to work for you. Just spent $28.54 at the grocery store? Acorn will then take $0.46 (to basically make your transaction $29) and use that money to invest in a portfolio of your choosing. Not a bad use of your spare change, eh? 547SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

first_imgTopics : But in a country where nearly one in three workers was unemployed at the height of its economic crisis in 2013, and still had the eurozone’s second highest unemployment rate — 14 percent — after Greece, anxiety is mounting.Half of all Spaniards fear losing their job because of the outbreak, according to a recent survey published in the daily El Pais. Speaking after the cabinet approved the decision to impose the work ban, Budget Minister Maria Jesus Montero said this economic “hibernation” was needed to fight the pandemic which has so far claimed 7,340 lives in Spain.Spain’s main business lobby group, the CEOE, immediately warned of an “unprecedented impact on the Spanish economy”.The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy was already largely at a standstill due to the lockdown, with production in Spain’s car plants already halted for example. Spanish bank BBVA had already forecast the country’s economic output would drop by around 4.0 percent before this new measure, which should not lead to “big changes” in its economic outlook, said Nuno Fernandes, an economist at the IESE business school. Spain, already struggling with high unemployment and debt, is bracing for the impact of the government’s decision to put the country’s economy into “hibernation” to fight the spread of coronavirus.Grappling with Europe’s second-worst outbreak of the disease after Italy, the government on March 14 imposed a lockdown and on Sunday it went even further, banning all non-essential work for two weeks in the nation of around 47 million people.The measure targeted especially the construction and manufacturing sectors, such as Airbus which was forced to stop production in Spain.center_img Job loss fears Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s leftist government on Friday banned job dismissals during the pandemic, a step demanded by unions which warned that up to one million people risked losing their jobs.”If there are not revenues but there are expenses and we can’t fire… the only option left is to close,” the head of the country’s main business group, Antonio Garamedi, said Monday during a radio interview.The government had pledged up to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) for loan guarantees to businesses to cushion the economy from the damage caused by the pandemic.But the business lobby group predicts 300,000 jobs could be lost if the crisis lasts over a month, especially in hotels, travel agencies and the textile sector.”Spain is a country where, if economic activity stops, more jobs are destroyed than in other countries,” said Pedro Aznar of the ESADE business school.This is because nearly 30 percent of all workers have temporary contracts, the highest rate in Europe, especially in the key tourism sector, and a 2012 labor market reform made it easier and less expensive to fire workers, he added. ‘Fewer resources’ The tourism sector, which accounts for around 12 percent of Spain’s GDP, has been especially hard hit by the pandemic.The UN World Tourism Organization predicted Friday that international travel will likely fall by 20 to 30 percent this year due to the disease.The global recession, which the virus will spark will also hit car sales, more bad news for Spain, Europe’s second-biggest car producer after Germany.With companies stopping their activity, “tax revenues will be very bad and the government will have fewer resources while it will have more expenses,” Aznar said.He said this explains why Sanchez “insists so much” on a proposal made by Spain and eight other European Union member states that the bloc borrow money to finance the fight against coronavirus by issuing joint “coronabonds”, he added.Germany and the Netherlands have opposed the idea.Spain has much less margin to maneuver now than it did when the global finance crisis struck in 2008.The country’s public debt currently stands at over 95 percent of its economic output, compared with less than 37 percent in 2007.last_img read more

250 youth empowered to fight HIV through tennis sport

250 youth empowered to fight HIV through tennis sport

first_imgOrganisers pose for photos with semi finalists and winners of the youth tennis tournament.Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  250 Ugandan youths have completed a program designed to empower youth through the sport of tennis while also providing HIV/AIDS education.  Dubbed the Arthur Ashe Tennis Program, the initiative was implemented by the U.S. Mission in partnership with the Tartan Burners Athletic Club, the Uganda Tennis Association (UTA), and the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV&AIDS (UNYPA).  The Program provides HIV/AIDS education and awareness, in honour of fallen African American tennis player, Arthur Ashe, the first and only African American male to win the U.S Open and Wimbledon singles titles. Ashe was the world number 1 tennis player in 1968.  Ashe learned in 1988 that he had contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and became an HIV/AIDS activist. He started the Ashe Arthur Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. In 1993, Ashe died of AIDS-related pneumonia.  The US Embassy holds the youth tennis program annually to honour his legacy of “fighting for racial equality and HIV awareness.  The program sponsored tennis clinics and HIV/AIDS education in Hoima, Gulu, Arua, Jinja and Fort Portal, where Tennis instructors teach tennis skills to the youth aged 13-18, and Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV&AIDS holds sessions on HIV/AIDS education.  This climaxed with a Grand Finale at the Lugogo Tennis Court in Kampala, where the US mission organized a youth tournament final and exhibition doubles match between Uganda and USA players on Saturday afternoon.  Christopher Krafft, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala explains that the Mission launched the Arthur Ashe Tennis Program to coincide with the US celebration of Black History Month, a period to commemorate the contribution of various African Americans in various disciplines.  Krafft says that HIV is still a significant health problem and that everyone must take personal responsibility to reduce the spread of the disease. It is estimated that 1.4 million Ugandans are living with HIV.  Some of the youths who attended the grand finale of the program told Uganda Radio Network-URN that the program was empowering and that they are prepared to lead campaigns for an AIDS-free generation. Jovas Natukunda and Karen Namatovu lauded the US Mission for sponsoring the program while Reagan Odongkara, who is a student of Gulu High School says that he will encourage his peers to abstain or use condoms in order to avoid HIV infections.    During the event, Moses Nsubuga alias Supercharger shared his journey, loving with HIV and leading a positive, inspirational life since 1994.  Meanwhile, one Shakira, a young girl born with HIV asked youths to take charge of their lives by living responsibly. She says that much as they encourage infected persons to take their medication among other tips, it is best not to contract the virus. Phil Dimon, the Spokesperson of the US Mission says that he hopes that the program will be held annually and also spread beyond five districts in the near future. He however says that the continuity of the program will depend on the availability of funds.  The US Mission allocated 92 million Shillings for the inaugural Arthur Ashe Tennis program which catered for the tennis clinics and activities for the grand finale. *******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Silver the medal of the day for Neptune swimmers at the Kootenay Regionals

Silver the medal of the day for Neptune swimmers at the Kootenay Regionals

first_imgMatthew Holitzki in Division two boys won silver in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 47.13) and bronze in 50-meter backstroke (time: 51.61).Madeline Holitzki, swimming in Division one girls, won silver in 100-meter IM  (time: 1:47.62), silver in 50-meter butterfly (time: 50.23), silver 50-meter backstroke (time: 51.10) and gold in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 47.13 PQT).Sage Cowan, competing in Division four girls won three gold in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:22.53) and 100-meter freestyle (time: 1:12.69) and 200-meter IM (time: 2:51.14) before finishing with silver in 50-meter freestyle (time: 32.71).Olivia Cowan, in Division three girls won silver in 100 meter IM (time: 1:26.54).In Division five girls, Emma Borhi won silver in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:21.38) and two bronze medals in 200-meter IM (3:05.98) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:34.35).Joanna Blishen in Division four girls won silver in 50-meter butterfly (time: 38.66) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:36.44).Coach Afford, in Division seven girls, took four silver medals in 200-meter IM (time: 2:51.50 PQT), 50-meter freestyle (time: 30.48), 50-meter butterfly (time: 34.86) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:25.37 PQT).“It was a really rewarding experience for me to see how the work that we have all put in resulted in some outstanding races and such great improvements in their swimming,” Afford explained.“Elissa Centrone swam fanatically this weekend taking 6.24 seconds off of her 100m freestyle, 5.54 seconds off of her 50-meter breaststroke, and 10.64 seconds off of her 100-meter IM.“Jaylen Ruston also got a great best time taking 4.69 seconds off in her 100-meter IM and broke the regional record but was unfortunately was disqualified.”The Neptunes are nowhere near the team that dominated the Kootenay swim scene for years.However, Afford was able to get the best out of the small numbers that signed up for the program in the spring.And she the season prepares the swimmers for their future. If the price of silver continues to rise as metal experts predict, then there’s going to be some pretty happy Nelson Neptune swimmers.The local swim team took home more than 15 medals of the silver variety at the Kootenay Regional Swim Championship Sunday in Colville, Washington.The results mean Neptune swimmers have the opportunity to compete in at least 15 events at the upcoming B.C. Swim Championships later this month in Nanaimo.“This meet was not only a great weekend to end the season for most of the swimmers because of the times that they were swimming, but also they had a really great time racing and spending time together as a cohesive group,” Nelson coach Rebecca Afford said of the small by numbers but big in heart Neptune squad.“We had a small turn out which made it possible for us to go out for dinner as a team which we never really get the chance to do especially at meets.”The Regional Championship is run in a slightly different way than regular season meets.Top three medals are awarded for each race and those swimmers earn spots on the regional team that will compete in Nanaimo August 17-19.Jaylen Rushton in Division one girls captured gold in the 50-meter butterfly (time: 48.78 PQT), silver in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 53.91PQT), and silver in the 100-meter freestyle (time: 1:34.67)(PQT stand for “provincial qualifying time” which is the time that is faster than the average eighth place finish time over the last five years at the provincial championship meet.)In Division four boys, Samuel Matthew captured silver in 200-meter individual medley (time: 2:46.11), silver in 50-meter butterfly – (time: 35.13), silver in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:21.15) and silver in 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:23.57 PQT).last_img read more

Mount Sentinel coach likes what he sees as Cats finish second at Crowe Invitational

Mount Sentinel coach likes what he sees as Cats finish second at Crowe Invitational

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats failed to land the championship, but that doesn’t seem to bother head coach Joe Moreira.The Cats coach is very pleased at the early season progression of the Cats after the squad lost 25-22, 25-18 to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in the final of the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the Silver City. “This is very encouraging from a team with no grade 12’s,” Moreira said. “We graduated five players from last year’s team, returning three players and introducing nine players.”The Cats finished the round robin in top spot after splitting with Selkirk.L.V. Rogers Bombers finished third, edging Golden Eagles for the bronze medal.”The loss is neither a huge surprise or loss,” Moreira said. “Selkirk is a very strong team with considerable experience. The loss provided us with important technical pieces to work on.”The Wildcats head right back onto the competition trail, travelling to Kelowna to compete in the Immaculata Invitational Friday and Saturday.Mount Sentinel then returns home to host the Kootenay Classic September 27-28 at the South Slocan based school gymnasium.last_img read more