The participants of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Women’s Coaching Forum received a real treat on Saturday, with New South Wales Swifts ANZ Championships Netball coach, Lisa Beehag, teaching the participants about her experiences in coaching. Beehag presented to the forum about ‘managing people and personalities’ and spoke about her coaching philosophies with the group. Beehag says that it was a great opportunity to speak to some of New South Wales’ best up-and-coming female coaches and teach them a bit about what she has learnt along the way in her coaching career. “I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I’ve had a number of these opportunities to be the person sitting here and listening to some great coaches over the years,” Beehag said. “It’s nice to be able to give something back and to do it at a different sport is really good because you hear the different ideas and I think it also tells people that they are not alone. A lot of the things that are happening in Touch are the same things that are happening in Netball, are the same things that are happening in Football, it doesn’t change that much, so there are a lot of people that you can help.”The Women’s Coaching Forum is in its second year, having been aligned with the conference for the first time in 2011, and Beehag says that she thinks it’s a fantastic concept.“We do things differently, we are different to the men and I think it’s important that we acknowledge that and that the way we go about things may be different and we all get the same result so being able to just get some more ideas from each other is really important.”Beehag has played Touch Football in the past, having played with NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell and NSWTA and Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member, Stacey Black (Gregory) over the years. “It was very much a summer thing for me because of Netball in winter. It was great, it was more fun than anything else. I played with Stacey Gregory for many years and obviously she’s done pretty well in Touch so we played Netball together and a lot a Mixed Touch.”Related LinksWomen’s Coaching Forum
Update: The plane reportedly crashed into the TV tower of NBC’s Lubbock affiliate, KCBD. Getting reports that a plane hit the transmission tower of @KCBD11 and that their HDTV tower was severed in two. KCBD is in Lubbock.— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) February 5, 2015Just got word from our colleagues & friends at KCBD that everyone inside the station IS safe. We have a crew at downed plane now #Lubbock— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) February 5, 2015Earlier: The start of the Texas Tech-Kansas State men’s basketball game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been delayed. The cause of the delay: a small plane has crashed near the Red Raiders’ campus, knocking out the power at Texas Tech’s arena. We are unaware of the severity of the crash. A small plane just crashed near Texas Tech, temporarily knocking out power at the arena. Tip off will be delayed.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015For those familiar with Lubbock, the plane crash is said to have happened near Avenue Q.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Lights are back on at Texas Tech. Countdown clock indicates we are 8:30 away from tip-off.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Texas Tech and Kansas State were set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is extending its brand across the U.S. by renaming dozens of recently-purchased locations south of the border as CIBC Bank USA.The Canadian lender closed its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in June.Today, the bank announced it is replacing the U.S. company’s brand called The PrivateBank with the CIBC name on 36 branches and commercial banking offices.A soccer field and a theatre in Chicago have also been renamed as the CIBC Fire Pitch and the CIBC Theatre.CIBC bought the U.S. bank for approximately $5 billion US in a bid to secure its foothold in the country.The Canadian bank has said it hopes to one day generate a quarter of its earnings in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record. Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.