People / Röhlig brings in K+N veteran Ludovic Jouval to lead contract logistics

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 18/12/2019 Röhlig Logistics has appointed Kuehne + Nagel veteran Ludovic Jouval as its new global contract logistics director.Mr Jouval, who started his new role on the 1 December, is responsible for Röhlig’s global warehouse capacities and will report to Hylton Gray, chief executive sea freight, air freight, contract logistics and member of the global executive board.Mr Jouval has been with Kuehne + Nagel for more than 14 years, most recently as senior contract manager – ecommerce – Europe.“With Ludovic Jouval we have gained an internationally experienced logistics expert who will steer our centralised contract logistics business unit,” said Mr Gray. “His focus will be on bringing efficiencies to our current setup and to further strengthen Röhlig Contract Logistics capabilities, to the benefit of our customers.”Mr Jouval added: “Our plan is to expand Röhlig Contract Logistics portfolio with our customer’s needs in mind. We will develop pragmatic and scalable solutions, to allow consistency across the globe, fast implementations and excellent operational performance. Data driven operations, analytics and team training will be key tools to achieve our goals.”The Röhlig Group has warehouse capacities in Germany, France, UK, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the US.last_img read more

GMS Racing announces 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series lineup

first_imgStatesville, N.C. – GMS Racing officials announced today that Brett Moffitt and Sheldon Creed will compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for GMS Racing in 2020. 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Sam Mayer will return to the team with an expanded Gander Trucks schedule in 2020 as well as competing for ARCA Racing Series championships.Moffitt, the 2018 Gander Trucks Champion is currently in his first full-time season with GMS Racing. Moffitt currently has four wins and three poles this season with 12 top-five’s, 15 top-10s and 369 laps led. He also leads the Gander Trucks playoffs standings with a 45-point cushion above the cut line. With eleven career Gander Trucks wins in his first 54 starts, Moffitt was the fourth quickest to reach eleven wins.“I can’t thank Mike (Beam, team president) and Mr. Gallagher (team owner) enough for the opportunity to compete full-time with GMS Racing in 2020,” said Moffitt. “It’s been awesome to work with this organization this year and we’ve been competitive each and every week. We’ve earned four wins so far this season and held a steady lead throughout the playoffs. Having next year locked down allows us to focus completely on competing for a championship this year. Returning with the same teammates as well will be really cool. We already know how to work together and help each other while maintaining a bit of that competitive edge. I can only imagine what we will be able to accomplish in 2020 building off the momentum from this season.”Creed, the only full-time Gander Trucks driver in the Drivers Edge Development program has scored two runner-up finishes so far this season and currently has four top-five’s, 10 top-10s and has led 164 laps. With a background in off-road racing, Creed was the youngest driver, at age 18, to compete in the world-famous Dakar Rally. He is currently the winningest driver in Stadium Super Trucks history, with 36 victories, two championships, and a gold medal in Stadium Super Trucks at X-Games Austin.“I feel very confident going into next season with GMS Racing. I know I have the best group of people around me and the best organization to go out next year and compete for wins and hopefully the championship,” Creed stated. “I’m thankful to Mike (Beam, team president) and Maury (Gallagher, team owner) for the opportunity and continued support. The beginning of this season was a bit of a learning curve for me, but we found our groove and I’m excited to go out and compete for wins and build momentum for next year. It’ll be great to have my teammates back with me as well.”Mayer won the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship for GMS Racing as a member of the inaugural Drivers Edge Development program. The Franklin, Wis., native will compete in six Gander Trucks races while competing for the ARCA Racing Series Showdown Championship and looks to defend his ARCA East Championship. Mayer holds the honor of being the youngest NASCAR champion in any national series, earning his title at 16 years, three months and eight days. Mayer earned four wins, three poles, 11 top-five’s, 11 top-10’s and led 497 laps in K&N East competition in 2019. He has earned seven top-five’s and led 26 laps in eight ARCA starts this year.“I am excited to be returning to GMS Racing in 2020,” said Mayer. “We are being very aggressive with my schedule next year, and I think that will help challenge me and help me grow even more in my career. We are doubling the number of Gander Trucks races from what I am running in 2019 and once the ARCA series is finalized, I should be running more races than the entire truck schedule. I’ve been able to accomplish a lot this season with the support from GMS and I can’t wait for next season.”“To have all three of these talented young men back with our organization is a blessing,” said Mike Beam, team president. “They have all brought a lot to the table for GMS in 2019. Mayer winning the K&N East Championship, Moffitt being in the hunt for GMS’ second Truck championship and Creed with multiple runner-up finishes, needless to say, that they have represented GMS well in 2019 and I have no doubt that success will continue in 2020.”last_img read more

Vermont receives USDA $88,500 grant to boost agricultural and culinary tourism

first_imgThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM) as the recipient of an $88,500 matching grant under the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), one of the largest awards for the highly competitive 2013 program. VAAFM, in collaboration with Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM), University of Vermont Extension, Shelburne Farms, and Vermont Agricultural and Culinary Tourism Council (VT-ACT), will utilize this funding to amplify the economic impacts and mitigate risks of agricultural and culinary tourism for Vermont farms. The grant will fund capacity development and risk management for producers offering on-farm experiences, with attention to research and evaluation of economic impacts and farm profitability from engaging in agritourism activity.  VAAFM and VDTM will utilize grant funds to implement coordinated marketing campaigns to drive visitors to farm and food businesses offering authentic agricultural and culinary experiences. Additionally, the grant will fund leadership and network development for VT-ACT to ensure the sharing of best practices and reinforce strong statewide agricultural organizations. ‘Agritourism is an important strategy for promoting agricultural diversification and farm viability,’ Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross said. ‘Vermont is a leader in community-based agriculture, and this represents yet another way that we are promoting agricultural literacy among visitors and Vermonters alike.’ In 2013, FSMIP Projects total funding is $1,234,690 with average grant allotments of $68,594. Overall, 18 FSMIP projects will be represented across 15 states. ‘The joint efforts between the Agency of Agriculture, statewide agricultural organizations and VDTM have reaped a significant award for the future of Vermont agritourism,’ Megan Smith, Commissioner of VDTM said. ‘Especially when compared to the grants received by larger states, this funding is yet another testament that Vermont is a leader in this field.’ VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. Visit is external) VDTM works to promote Vermont’s travel, recreation, cultural and historic attractions, as well as the state’s goods and services, in coordination with public and private sector partners and to market to a global audience in a manner consistent with the values and traditions of the state for the economic benefit of all Vermonters. Find industry information at is external) and traveler information at is external). Since 1976, USDA’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program has partnered with states across the country to support 943 projects that exemplify marketing innovation. Visit is external) for a complete list of this year’s projects.last_img read more

Lose your license, lose your ability to e-file?

first_img Lose your license, lose your ability to e-file? Florida Bar members who lose their status as members in good standing could immediately lose their ability to file court documents as lawyers through the state court system’s statewide e-filing portal, under a plan discussed by the Florida Courts Technology Commission. The FCTC, at its August 19 meeting in West Palm Beach, took no vote but referred the filing issue to The Florida Bar Board of Governors to explore. John Stewart, who serves both on the FCTC and the Board of Governors, said concerns were raised about disbarred, suspended, or inactive lawyers still having the ability to file or access records through the portal as attorneys. (The portal also allows pro se parties to file personally on cases in which they are parties.) “It’s worthy of discussion by the Board of Governors’ Technology Committee and then the board,” said Stewart, who chairs the Technology Committee. He noted the portal is already connected to the Bar’s computers in that it verifies those who register as attorney filers are active Bar members in good standing. Beyond that, “there are a number of matters to be considered,” Stewart said. “The systems could talk to each other once a day, but the question is really do you want to have that happen every day? What if The Florida Bar system is down for a couple of days and during that time someone [who was suspended] is cleared to return to practice?” Another consideration, he said, is Bar members who are late in paying dues or in meeting or reporting CLE compliance are technically not in good standing, but the Bar generally grants a grace period to correct those deficiencies before suspending such members. Another FCTC member, 13th Circuit Judge Scott Stephens, said he was concerned about an automatic system that would refuse filings, noting clerks generally aren’t empowered to reject filings. He said a suspended lawyer may need to file a notice with the court about his or her suspension and could be blocked from doing that. “I would like to see an example of a problem this policy is designed to solve before we create a solution that might cause more problems,” Stephens said. Lose your license, lose your ability to e-file? September 15, 2016 Regular Newslast_img read more

Manning up: Study confirms men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened

first_imgThe study found that male college students who were given falsely low results on a handgrip strength test exaggerated their height by three-quarters of an inch on average, reported having more romantic relationships, claimed to be more aggressive and athletic, and showed less interest in stereotypically feminine consumer products.By contrast, men who received average score results, and whose masculinity was therefore not threatened, did not exaggerate those characteristics. The findings, researchers say, underscore the pressure men feel to live up to gender stereotypes and the ways in which they might reinstate a threatened masculinity.‘We know that being seen as masculine is very important for a lot of men,’ said lead author Sapna Cheryan, a UW associate professor of psychology. ‘We discovered that the things that men were using to assert their masculinity were the very things that are used as signals of identity.’The research involved male students at Stanford University, where Cheryan received her doctorate in psychology. The students were told they were participating in research on how exertion impacts decision-making and were asked to squeeze a handheld device with each hand.Researchers marked their scores on sheets that showed bogus bell curves representing male and female results, with the female curve clearly lower than the male one. Participants were scored either in the middle of the female or the male curve, suggesting that their grip was either weak or average.They were then asked to fill out a questionnaire asking about their height, number of previous relationships, various personality traits and their interest in products that skewed male or female, along with ‘distracter questions’ about things like college major that were intended to allay potential suspicion about the study.Cheryan said the consistent exaggeration about height among the group who thought they scored lower was particularly surprising.‘Height is something you think would be fixed, but how tall you say you are is malleable, at least for men,’ she said.Though the study focused exclusively on men, Cheryan noted that women also feel pressure to live up to gender ideals of femininity, such as being people-focused and nurturing. If women believe they are falling short of those expectations, Cheryan said, they might make choices with potentially negative consequences to demonstrate that they fit gender norms — for example, avoiding classes in traditionally male fields such as science and technology.Cheryan got the idea for the experiments from a men’s fitness magazine she was reading while working out at the gym several years ago. The magazine had a feature that asked men on the street how much they could bench press and then brought them into a gym to put their statements to the test.Most couldn’t bench what they claimed they could, and that got Cheryan thinking: What would those men do, she wondered, now that their masculinity was threatened? Would they acknowledge that they weren’t as strong as they perhaps thought? Try to bolster their manliness in response?So Cheryan devised the handgrip experiment and a second one that required a male group of students to take a computer-based masculinity test with multiple-choice questions about consumer preferences and personal attributes.In the second experiment, the participants were told the median score on the test was 72 out of 100, with 100 being ‘completely masculine,’ and were randomly given a score of 26 or 73. They were then asked about a range of products they could receive as compensation. As with the handgrip experiment, the participants who thought they scored lower were less interested in more feminine consumer products.‘This research shows that men are under very strong prescriptive norms to be a certain way, and they work hard to correct the image they project when their masculinity is under threat,’ said co-author Benoît Monin, a professor of organizational behavior and psychology at Stanford UniversityThe findings might seem amusing, but other studies have found that men compensate for a lack of masculinity in ways that aren’t as innocuous. Men with baby faces, for example, were more likely to have assertive and hostile personalities and commit crimes than their more chiseled counterparts. Men who were told they scored low on masculinity tests were more likely to act aggressively, harass women and belittle other men.Additionally, unemployed men were more likely to instigate violence against women, and men who were not their household’s primary breadwinner were less willing to share in housework duties.Identifying the various strategies men use when their masculinity is threatened, Cheryan said, can help with understanding male behavior in real-life situations.‘Men have a lot of power in our society, and what this study shows is that some decisions can be influenced by how they’re feeling about their masculinity in the moment,’ she said.Other co-authors are Zach Katagiri and Jessica Schwartz Cameron of Stanford University. Pinterest Share on Twitter From the old Charles Atlas ads showing a scrawny male having sand kicked in his face to sitcom clichés of henpecked husbands, men have long faced pressure to live up to ideals of masculinity.Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful. And new University of Washington research finds that men who believe they fall short of those ideals might be prompted to reassert their masculinity in small but significant ways.Published last week in Social Psychology, the research sought to understand how men respond when their masculinity is threatened, and looked at two specific strategies they might employ: playing up their manliness and rejecting feminine preferences. Sharecenter_img Email Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

Review: ‘People Like Us,’ a drama in action style

first_img This film image released by Disney/Dreamworks II shows, from left, Chris Pine, Michael D’Addario and Elizabeth Banks in a scene from “People Like Us.” (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, Zade Rosenthal) At one point, I was sure the dramatic opening of a door was going to reveal a Klingon, not complicated memories of a deceased parent.That’s not a coincidence: “People Like Us” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci (along with Jody Lambert). Kurtzman and Orci are the same duo that wrote the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, as well as the blockbusters “Mission: Impossible III” and “Transformers,” and the TV series “Alias” and “Fringe.”If, in their knack for suspense, they imbue “People Like Us” with impatience, they also keep it entertaining, rendering a familiar, heart-rending melodrama as a gauzy and mostly pleasant diversion.Sam (Chris Pine, who played Capt. Kirk in “Star Trek”) is a slick New York deal-maker, specializing in bartering excess goods between companies. But trouble (and a federal trade investigation) loom after he ruins a shipment of tomato soup by cheaply skimping on transportation. His emotional remove is clear when his girlfriend, Hannah (the striking but underused Olivia Wilde), informs him that his father has died, and he replies: “What’s for dinner?”Hannah drags Sam to the Los Angeles funeral, where his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) greets him with both a hard slap to the face and directions to the linens. It’s a rare return home for Sam, who ignored his mother during his dad’s illness and harbors a long festering anger for his uninterested father, a 1960s record producer.The lawyer executing the will (Philip Baker Hall) informs Sam that he’s inherited his father’s extensive vinyl collection, with the advice to, “Get your groove back.” He’s also given a shaving kit stuffed with $150,000 and instructions to give it to an unfamiliar name: Josh Davis.The reveal is that Sam’s father had a secret, second family, of which is now left his daughter, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and her sarcastic mop-head 11-year-old, Josh (Michael Hall D’Addario). She’s a recovering alcoholic working as a bartender and trying desperately to keep their lives together, a feat made harder by Josh’s troublemaking at school.Sam first shadows Frankie and after a few encounters (he feigns a fellow Alcoholics Anonymous member), he quickly becomes a close friend to Frankie and Josh. He’s reluctant to confess their shared father or bequeath the money, a suspense prolonged artificially.“People Like Us” (a generically meaningless title) owes much of its charm to Banks. She enters the film like a powerhouse, striding in heels and a black mini-skirt to the principal’s office to pick up her son, while chastising a pair of ogling students: “I know your mothers,” she says. As a working single mom, she plays Frankie as heavy with the bitterness of being abandoned by her absent father.There’s little reason Banks shouldn’t be a top star in Hollywood: She’s funny, sexy and sharp. The movies haven’t always lived up to her talent — TV’s “30 Rock” is still the best example of her capabilities.Pine is a more standard protagonist, with a handsome if bland swagger. Still, he keeps the film grounded. The weakest hinge to the film is Pfeiffer, who has little motherly chemistry with Pine and whose character feels underwritten.“People Like Us” is partly based on the life of Kurtzman, whose father was Dennis Lambert, a producer for the Commodores and others. The film, Kurtzman’s directorial debut, is too shiny and drenched in California glow to feel very personal. It grows increasingly sentimental, and by the end, lays it on especially thick.It works best in its moments of humor amid the soapy plot: the discovery and awakening of a sibling relationship, forged as much over tacos as through blood.“People Like Us,” a Touchstone Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for language, some drug use and brief sexuality. Running time: 114 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:G — General audiences. All ages admitted.PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.NC-17 — No one under 17 admitted. This film image released by Disney/Dreamworks II shows, from left, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michael D’Addario in a scene from “People Like Us.” (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II) This film image released by Disney/Dreamworks II shows Chris Pine, left, and Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene from “People Like Us.” (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, Zade Rosenthal)center_img This film image released by Disney/Dreamworks II shows, Michelle Pfeiffer, left, and Chris Pine in a scene from “People Like Us.” (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II) NEW YORK | “People Like Us” is that increasingly rare kind of film: an adult drama. The filmmakers seem so nervous about this prospect that they fill the movie with action-film editing and a camera that moves so restlessly through domestic life that you’d think it lost its keys.last_img read more

THE MIX: Top entertainment for Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 in…

first_imgAROUND TOWNFirkin Saturday at Dry Dock 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Dry Dock Brewing Co. North Dock, 2801 Tower Rd. Entry is free. Call 303-400-5606 for more information.Just when you thought there would never, ever be a decent reason to schlep out to Tower Road and I-70, the folks at Dry Dock had to brew a horribly delicious chocolate orange imperial stout. Damn you, DeLange. Though it’s a bit of hike from most civilized swaths, the brewery’s newest facility — a 30,000-square-foot behemoth — is a pretty impressive operation worth checking out. And an insiders trivia tidbit: the building was the former storage facility of the Boy Scouts of America Aurora chapter’s fleet of canoes, and the Dry Dock team still honors the nickname “The Canoe Room” to this day.Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily through Sept. 7, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Free with museum admission. Call 303-370-6000 for more information.Finally. We’ve been waiting for an appropriate place to wear our officially sanctioned Game of Thrones cosplay outfits for years, and now, by some miracle, it’s here. A whole exhibit dedicated to Khaleesi’s best buds is (and has been) on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and it’s absolutely ripe for a couple of capes/cloaks/cool cosplayers to come traipsing through. We don’t think swords will be very much appreciated, but, hey, to each his or her own. And be sure to hurry in fulfilling this sweet, sweet fantasy — the exhibit only runs through Sept. 7.Behind The Badge: Public Safety in Aurora 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Free. Call 303-739-6660 for more information.Eat your heart out, Roger Moore. From life-saving ash trays to early flame retardant suits that put the former James Bond’s “Moonraker” garb to shame, one the newest exhibits at the Aurora History Museum highlights the evolution of Aurora, and those who have worked to protect it for over 100 years. But even with the pizazz of artifacts that could make Ian Fleming squirm with delight — like a tricked out Honda dirt bike originally ridden by members of the Aurora Direct Action Response Team — “Behind the Badge: Public Safety in Aurora” centers on the people and anecdotes behind each neatly pressed uniform and crime fighting gizmo on display. With only three weeks left in its run, don’t miss this chance to peep into myriad touchstones of a bygone era. The exhibit runs through Sept. 13.Free Mulch 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 142-1 E. Hampden Ave. Free. Call 303-739-7177 for more information.Last one of the season!  City staff there to help load for you. Alright, we admit that a giant mound of dirt isn’t exactly sexy or exciting. But getting a few cubic feet of mulch from Home Depot can lead to forking up a hefty stack of green backs, and let’s face it, nobody likes paying for, well, dirt. So, dig into Aurora’s free mulch pile this Saturday morning and turn that backyard palace into a certifiable Garden of Eden this fall – without having to live off of hot pockets and the dollar menu to get you back in the black. Bring your truck or trailer and city staff will help load up on as much of the good stuff as you need to turn your suburban plot into a Better Home & Gardens cover. Or, you know, pretty close.MUSICDragondeer concert & Keg tappingAround 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, Coda Brewing Company, 2101 N. Ursula Ct. Entry is free.Ah, yes, the age-old dilemma of which came first: Dragondeer’s album art for “Don’t That Feel Good” or the homemade-animal-mask-human-sacrifice plot line in the first season of True Detective? Well, maybe it’s not that much of a quagmire: True Detective beat out the Denver darlings by about 7 months. So, ensue copyright litigation. Regardless of the group’s taste in CD sleeve aesthetics, the homegrown quartet will be lighting up one the suburbs’ best suds slingers this weekend with a brand new brew all their own. The fermentation scientists over at Coda Brewing Co. will be serving up a tart strawberry saison of sorts in honor of Woody, Matthew, and the gang swinging by. Well, maybe not exactly, but the actual group will be churning out a classic flavor of Blues painted with thick brush strokes of harp, wa-wa pedals and traditional progressions nonetheless. But, fingers crossed.last_img read more

Charges keep council moving

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN SEALING and upgrading Cardinia shire’s road network is impossible without the financial support of residents. At a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Canucks Defeat Coyotes 2-1 by Shootout in Dull, Boring Affair

first_img Hodgson nearly brought the crowd to its feet when he split the D in the first period before being stoned by LaBarbera.  Hodgson is showing improvement almost every time out. Virtually no Canucks stood out today.  Booth was the most noticeable and was named the game’s first star. The Canucks continued their physical play, outhitting Phoenix 28-20. The power play again looked better, but finished 0 for 3, including an almost four minute man-advantage in the first period.  The Canucks weren’t credited with many shots in that stretch, but did create a few chances. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Phoenix Coyotes came to Vancouver on Monday night hoping to increase their slim lead in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.  They were able to do so after earning a single point in a listless, dull affair eventually won by the Canucks in a shootout by the score of 2-1.The game tonight was one of the worst examples of NHL hockey I have ever had to lay eyes on.  Dull, boring, and tight-checking, the two teams almost choked the life out of each other before the Canucks finally won in the sixth round of the shootout. The Canucks had goals from Cody Hodgson, Alex Edler, David Booth, and Ryan Kesler in the skills competition, while Phoenix saw success from Ray Whitney, Gilbert Brule, and Mikkel Boedker.  Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo stoned Coyote shooter Boyd Gordon to seal the win.The Canucks only goal in regulation came off a nice play by David Booth, who took the puck around Keith Yandle after a deflected dump-in and was able to deke Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera and slide the puck home midway through the second period. Phoenix pressed a bit in the third period, and after a series of gaffes in the Canucks’ end, Yandle atoned for his mistake by surprising Luongo with a weak wrist shot that should never have found its way into the net.  The overtime was as uneventful as the rest of the game.It’s easy to blame Luongo for this one – he let in a horrible goal with only a couple of minutes left.  But even with this fact, he’s relatively blameless tonight.  It was like the entire team was put to sleep, and certainly you’d expect your offense to provide more than one goal.Perhaps the most telling statistic was the Canucks’ shot count:  four in the first period, a reasonable 13 in the second, and a farcical two in the third.  Neither team was able to generate much in the way of offense, as they continually broke up each other’s passes and plugged up the neutral zone.  While the ice generally isn’t too bad in Vancouver, the puck was continually bouncing around and being swatted at by both teams, it reminded me of my high-school intramural lunchtime floor hockey (i.e. no talent).  It was downright ugly hockey to watch.  If you missed this game, do not feel bad about it. IT’S NO WONDER NOBODY SUPPORTS HOCKEY IN PHOENIXThe most overriding thought I kept having was that it was no mystery why hockey isn’t surviving in the desert if this is the product that gets trotted out on the ice in a night to night basis.  Phoenix coach Dave Tippett is the new-age Jacques Lemaire, his defensive teachings imperative if his talent-challenged lineup is to have a chance to win games.The Canucks had decent stretches in the game and were able to sustain pressure on the Coyotes at various times – early in the first period, and throughout a good portion of the second.  However, in the third, they completely got lulled to sleep by their opponents. center_img It became a game of “chip the puck off the boards and out”, only to have it hammered back in deep.  Eventually, the Coyotes’ “strategy” (if you use the term loosely) worked out, with a couple bad plays in the Canucks end led to the tying goal.There were large stretches where the Canucks struggled to mount any offense, especially in the third period.  The Coyotes outshot the Canucks 7-2 in the final period.  It’s very common for the losing team to outshoot and outchance the frontrunner in the third period in the NHL, and tonight’s game was an example of this. That said, the lack of quality scoring chances by the Coyotes was astounding – for a team that was “pressing” to tie the game, their offense was almost nonexistent.Hockey is a tremendous sport and when played at its highest level, it can be a treat to watch.  Teams like the Coyotes are the antithesis to this, dumbing the game down to its basest levels.  They had reportedly been scoring more goals of late, especially during their recent five-game winning streak.  There was no evidence of this tonight. CANUCKS STRUGGLE TO CREATE OFFENSE – IS THIS MEANINGFUL?Vancouver struggled to mount much offense for large stretches of the game, and my immediate concern was “what would happen if we had to play them in the playoffs”?  It seemed like a potential recipe for disaster.However, there are reasons why a team like this would post a minimal threat to any of the top teams in the playoffs. While Phoenix excels at stifling the opposition, eventually the talent disparity would prove too much to overcome, especially over a seven game series.  All the top teams in the league can shut down and play stifling defense as well, when required – tonight’s game was evidence of that.Phoenix saw success on the penalty kill tonight by employing an extremely aggressive approach, not giving the Canucks any time to make plays.  Clearly this worked in a one-game situation, but I am comforted knowing that as soon as the twins figured this out, it would be very easy for them to find the weak spots and pick them apart.  I’m pretty sure that over a longer series, that style of PK would not be successful against the Canucks.The Canucks were only able to score once tonight, but I have a hard time believing they would be kept down for an entire series against a team like this.  For that reason – I just don’t see how a team like this would pose much of a threat. PARTING SHOTSQuick comments:  The most entertaining moment of the game occurred when late in the third period, after an icing call, Bieksa attempted to shoot the puck off the boards and catch it behind his back to give to the linesman.  I’m not kidding, that was the most entertaining play of the game. Coach Vigneault had Cinderella story Byron Bitz on the ice in the final couple minutes (good), but his was the final error that led to the Phoenix goal (bad) – tough luck for the big guy.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  One of John Shorthouse’s most annoying traits is his misuse of the phrase “throwing it up the middle”.  Every time someone makes a play in their own zone to the middle of the ice, he refers to it as “throwing it up the middle”. Risky passes from deep in your own zone, up the middle, should be referred to as that.  However, making a good play from the side boards to a forward with speed in the middle of the ice is a staple of a great breakout, which the Canucks have. They are very different things, and referring to each of them as the same thing (and insinuating that a good play is one fraught with unnecessary risk) is misleading to the viewer, and I wish he’d cut it out.Looking ahead: Vancouver hosts the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night in the Canucks’ third consecutive game against a team vying for the eighth and final playoff spot. Luongo played solid all the way through until the last goal.last_img read more

Basketball Ireland Preview: March 25th

first_imgBasketball Ireland Champions Trophy Final, LYIT, 16.00 THE chime of the clocks changing this weekend signals the business end of the Irish basketball season, as the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Men’s and Women’s national leagues officially get underway. Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Play Off Final:ITC Basketball/Ulster Rockets vs UL Huskies/Marble City Hawks, LYIT, 14.00 Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Play Off Final:Ambassador UCC Glanmire/Pyrobel Killester vs DCU Mercy/Courtyard Liffey Celtics, LYIT, 20.00 Basketball Ireland National League Finals Schedule April 1st and 2ndPlease note, the venue for all of the senior games listed below is LYIT, Letterkenny.If you wish to attend these games, please apply for media accreditation to [email protected] no later than 12pm on Thursday, March 30th.Please note, that the Under 18 Men’s and Women’s Shield finals will also take place next weekend at Oblate Hall, Inchicore (fixtures below). Saturday, April 1stBasketball Ireland Men’s League Cup semi-finals:Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian vs BFG Neptune, LYIT, 12.00Maree/Garvey’s Tralee Warriors vs Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin, LYIT, 14.00 Basketball Ireland Fixtures – March 25thSaturday, March 25thBasketball Ireland Champions Trophy and League Cup quarter-finals:Ulster University Elks v UCD Marian, Methodist College, 15.00Maree v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Calasanctius College, 19.00 Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Play-Off semi-finals:ITC Basketball v Ulster Rockets, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 13.30UL Huskies v Marble City Hawks, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 15.30 Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Play-Off semi-finals:Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Pyrobel Killester, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 17.30Courtyard Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 19.30 Sunday, April 2ndBasketball Ireland League Cup final, LYIT, 12.00 Basketball Ireland Under 18 Shield Finals April 2ndBasketball Ireland Under 18 Women’s Shield final:Oblate Dynamos v UL Huskies, Oblate Hall, 13.00 For Ambassador UCC Glanmire, this weekend marks a significant step in their season as they bid to not only move one step closer to a memorable three titles this year (having already scooped the Cup title and the Regular Season title), but they also hope to defend their play-off crown, one they have held for the past three years.“The pressure is all on the other teams to try and knock us off our perch,” said Head Coach, Mark Scannell. “We worked hard all year to try and win the Regular Season and get the number one seed and we did that, so now all our focus is on this weekend.“We got a good win against Killester in Dublin a few weeks ago, but we know games like this are different so we will approach the game like we always do, with big respect for the opposition. The bottom line is that we have a good team – a very good team – who are hungry for success and work very hard to achieve it. It comes down to one match though, and if we lose, our season is over and we don’t want that.”Killester Head Coach, Karl Kilbride, meanwhile is also hoping that his side will be able to stretch out their season for another week, and avenge their recent loss to Glanmire.“We’re excited for the play-offs, it’s where we want to be. Obviously, the last time we didn’t get the performance we wanted against Glanmire and we’re ready to go out and make amends for that. They are regular season winners for a reason and are very successful, very consistent over the last five or six years, so we know what we have to do. We’re looking forward to having some good trainings and going out and hopefully getting a win on Saturday.”The second Super League semi-final on Saturday meanwhile pits Courtyard Liffey Celtics against DCU Mercy in what is set to be another close and competitive affair.“We’ve had three close games against them this year,” said DCU Head Coach, Mark Ingle. “But it doesn’t matter now what went on during the year, it’s about this game. The season is almost over, so we’ve nothing to lose. Our younger girls have been stepping up for us the last few weeks and have been getting some good minutes and coming in and doing the job. They are a strong side with two very good Americans too so we’ll have to be at our best to win the game.”Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne, was also looking forward to it: “It’s great to be in the play-offs – this is where we want to be as a team. We’ve had three great games against DCU, they’re a good strong team, and we’ve big respect for them. We’ve nothing to lose now – we’ve already had a great season, so this weekend is bonus territory.”The Women’s Division One semi-finals meanwhile will also tip off in Waterford this weekend, with ITC Basketball taking on Ulster Rockets in the first game on Saturday, while UL Huskies and Marble City Hawks do battle for a spot in the final in the second game. The finals of both the Women’s Super League and Women’s Division One will be held in LYIT, Letterkenny on April 1st and 2nd.Meanwhile it’s a busy weekend of action in the Men’s league as well, with the quarter-finals taking place in Galway and Belfast this coming weekend. This Saturday’s games sees a crossover between the leagues as Super League teams Garvey’s Tralee Warriors and UCD Marian will do battle against Men’s Division One sides, Maree and Ulster University Elks.First up, Men’s Division One Regular Season runners-up, Ulster University Elks, will welcome UCD Marian to the Methodist College in Belfast. Elks had a rollercoaster of a ride in the Men’s Division One top four classification games last weekend, overcoming BFG Neptune on Saturday before falling at the final hurdle against Maree. They will be hoping they can do enough this weekend to topple UCD Marian, who finished fourth in the Men’s Super League.The second game of the day will see all eyes turn to Oranmore, Co. Galway where Men’s Division One Regular Season champions Maree will welcome Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. Maree had the better of both Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin and Ulster Elks last weekend to be crowned champions and will be hoping that they can continue this impressive form in the face of third-placed Super League side, Tralee.The winner of the Maree/Tralee game will go on to face Griffith Swords Thunder in the Champions Trophy semi-final the following weekend, with the runner-up facing off to Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in the League Cup semi-final. The winner of the Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian game will face Super League Regular Season champions, Templeogue in the other Champions Trophy semi-final, with the runner-up going head-to-head with BFG Neptune in the League Cup semi-final.The semi-finals and finals will be held in Letterkenny on the weekend of April 1st and 2nd. In the Women’s league, all roads lead to Waterford this weekend for the clash of the top four in each division, as Ambassador UCC Glanmire face off to Pyrobel Killester in the first of the Women’s Super League play-off semi-finals, with Courtyard Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy going head-to-head in the second semi-final in a much-anticipated repeat of this year’s Hula Hoops National Cup semi-final. Basketball Ireland Men’s Champions Trophy semi-finals:Templeogue vs Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian, LYIT, 16.00Griffith Swords Thunder vs Maree/Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, LYIT, 18.00 Basketball Ireland Under 18 Men’s Shield final:Maree BC v Moycullen, Oblate Hall, 15.00print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more