Hybrid Working and the Next Normal: My Thoughts on Poly’s New Study

first_imgI received an email last week telling me about Poly’s (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) latest virtual event, introducing its study on the market. The report, dubbed “Hybrid Working: Creating the ‘Next Normal’ in Work Practices, Spaces and Culture,” was made to “highlight the shift in focus from place of work to purpose of work as businesses redesign operations and reinvent ways of working in response to COVID-19.”It piqued my interest immediately, but I felt as if I could nearly make predictions for what this would tell the AV community: Yes, the place in which you work is important because who can focus on work when you’re not in an ergonomic setting? BUT — does that ergonomic environment have to be in an office? We’ve been in the midst of a pandemic for going on five (?) months now, and the vast majority of us (save for AV installers/integrators) have been working from home. I can tell you that a good work space can be set up just about anywhere given it’s a distraction-free environment.Obviously, companies are seeing that this type of work-from-home, Zoom-calls-to-check-in-and-make-sure-nobody-is-watching-“Friends”-on-HBO-Max-all-day method can work! So, are your CEOs going to rush you back to the office post-COVID when they can save money by keeping you at the house without risking productivity? Probably not, folks!Be that as it may, I see the purpose of Poly’s report. Without solid numbers from a study to back up my findings (gleaned entirely from personal experience) above, it’s just speculation. Speculation isn’t what drives an industry forward, and it also isn’t what supports company-wide decisions. However, a study will.So, without further ado, here’s a little bit about the nitty-gritty numbers and what I learned from Poly’s virtual event that helped break this down a little bit.What even is a workplace?Darrius Jones, EVP of strategy marketing and innovation and acting CMO of Poly, began the event by talking a little about some of the new perspectives Poly gained from this study.“Whether you’re a factory worker or in the office, everyone’s definition of the workplace has changed,” Jones said.But when it comes to working from home, change isn’t necessarily a bad thing — as long as it’s not making workers unproductive.Note the whole 74% of CFOs are into permanently moving to this working-from-home thing, distractions and all. But — the way to best navigate those distractions is by reinventing, responding and redesigning work-from-home culture. More on that later.Jones mentioned how he has struggled with building an ergonomic, functional workplace at his home. He said he knows it’s hard — and mentioned that his kids complained that he would always take his calls on speakerphone, and that they could hear every word.Basically, the moral of the story: Distractions exist when we work from home. It’s one of the biggest problems. But is it worth giving up the flexibility remote workers have right now?“Whether I have a cold or COVID-19, I should have that same flexibility,” said Jones.Not that I would be trying to work if I (Steph) had COVID, but I get his point. If someone calls me in a tizzy over something at work, I should have the flexibility and opportunity to help from home if I’m not feeling my best! No need to potentially infect a whole office of people.Mastering the environment (how????)What we have learned so far: Working from home is working a lot better than people thought it would. Company higher-ups are considering making this a permanent change even after the pandemic runs its course. But how can tech, and specifically AV tech, help?“Tech is going to give people the confidence to do what they need to do no matter where they’re at,” Jones said.He paused for a moment to discuss ways that we are not taking advantage of what’s available to us. He first pinpointed that, when on a Zoom or other video call, it’s important to actually be on video. Why? In his personal experience, Jones has found his messaging was more effective when people could actually see what he was saying.But on the other hand, it’s difficult to incentivize people to get excited about more virtual meetings. The fatigue is real.How we rectify that, Jones added, is by shifting the culture and by “bringing people in from disparate workforces in meaningful ways.”So, next question: What will the new environment look like?According to this part of the study, contributed by Sarah Susanka of Susanka Studios, the new environment looks like a hybrid of working from home but with memberships to things like co-working spaces and satellite offices for use when needed. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but companies are overwhelmingly seeing how smoothly operations can go even as work mostly takes place from the comfort of people’s homes.Hybrid working can take many forms, though, so it can be best thought of as an umbrella term. See the below:Things that will be ~trending~ in the next yearEvery great market report comes with not only hard data but also predictions gleaned from said data. Poly’s report concludes with a few trends we may expect to see from this shift to hybrid working over the next year.These are the pockets that Poly argues are going to change the game when it comes to building technology to fit this new workforce. Is our industry doomed? No. In AV, every great product starts with a problem that needs technology to solve it. And the above are the problems: not-great audiovisual quality from our laptops, huddle rooms that weren’t created with today’s health regulations in mind, shared office solutions that require touch and products that don’t learn our habits and respond to them. The solutions to these problems are going to include the AV products that push us forward.Here is a link to Poly’s full study, in case my high points weren’t good enough for you.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: More chick-linked Salmonella cases, malaria in Greece

first_imgAug 24, 2011Salmonella cases tied to chicks, ducks climb to 92The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that it has linked 21 more cases to a two-strain Salmonella outbreak connected to chicks and ducklings sourced from the same national chain store and mail-order supplier. Since the CDC’s last update on Jun 29, it has received reports of 16 more Salmonella Altona illnesses from four more states and 5 more Salmonella Johannesburg infections from three more states. No deaths have been reported. The latest reported onset for the Altona infections was Jul 30, and the latest onset for the Johannesburg infections was Jun 28.Aug 23 CDC outbreak updateGreece reports locally acquired malariaGreece’s public health system has detected six local acquired Plasmodium vivax malaria infections since June, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said yesterday in a risk assessment. Four of the infections were reported from Evrotas, an area in the southeastern part of the country that has reported sporadic cases of locally acquired malaria infections in the past 3 years. Two cases detected in July, however, occurred in the Evoia area northeast of there, where autochthonous cases haven’t been reported. The ECDC said the risk of transmission to other EU countries is low and that more research is needed to determine if the source of local transmission is an imported case that involved onward spread by local mosquito vectors or if an established human reservoir of P vivax in the area is contributing to annual clusters.Aug 23 ECDC risk assessmentIn a related development, the CDC announced on Aug 19 that it has received a report of a P vivax malaria infection in a person who traveled to southern Greece at the end of July. Because of the limited number of cases in Greece and because the country has instituted control measures, the CDC said it is not recommending that travelers to Greece take an antimalarial drug. However, it is urging them to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.Aug 19 CDC announcementlast_img read more

Penguins sign goalie Murray to 3-year extension

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray’s breakout performance in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise.The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season.Murray helped the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth championship last spring after taking over for injured Marc-Andre Fleury then held onto the job once Fleury returned from a concussion. Murray went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in the postseason. He would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season. The new deal will keep him in the fold through 2020.“Anybody in their right mind would want to be here,” Murray said. “It’s awesome and I’m really thrilled.” The team approached Murray about a month ago and wasted little time ironing out the details. General manager Jim Rutherford called it a good deal for both sides. Murray will receive a significant bump from the $600,000 he’ll make this year but also doesn’t leave the club cash strapped should things not pan out. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot by San Jose Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi (27) during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar AP Photo “It’s why you do the bridge contracts,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re not. We have a young goalie that’s had a very good career, he’s won a Stanley Cup, played extremely well and we feel has a bright future ahead and a long future ahead.”Murray has yet to play this season while recovering from a broken hand suffered while playing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey. While there’s no timetable for his return, he practiced for a second consecutive day on Thursday. He called the fact he woke up on Thursday without any lingering pain from Wednesday “a good sign.”“I’m just trying to push myself in practice and see how it feels,” Murray said.The extension will likely push the Penguins to make a decision at some point on who exactly is their franchise goaltender. Fleury, 31, is the winningest goalie in franchise history and is in the second year of a four-year extension he signed in 2014 that has an average annual value of $5.75 million. Rutherford, however, is in no hurry to reach a crossroads.“Let’s let this play itself out first,” Rutherford said. “Let’s not just presume that Marc is automatically out. He’s been the franchise goalie here. He’s a terrific person. He’s a terrific player. That assumption (that he’ll be moved), we’re getting ahead ourself.”Fleury will start on Thursday night when Pittsburgh hosts San Jose in a rematch of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Fleury is 2-1-1 with a 2.94 goals against average so far this season.center_img “It’s why you do the bridge contracts,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re not. We have a young goalie that’s had a very good career, he’s won a Stanley Cup, played extremely well and we feel has a bright future ahead and a long future ahead.”Murray has yet to play this season while recovering from a broken hand suffered while playing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey. While there’s no timetable for his return, he practiced for a second consecutive day on Thursday. He called the fact he woke up on Thursday without any lingering pain from Wednesday “a good sign.”“I’m just trying to push myself in practice and see how it feels,” Murray said.The extension will likely push the Penguins to make a decision at some point on who exactly is their franchise goaltender. Fleury, 31, is the winningest goalie in franchise history and is in the second year of a four-year extension he signed in 2014 that has an average annual value of $5.75 million. Rutherford, however, is in no hurry to reach a crossroads.“Let’s let this play itself out first,” Rutherford said. “Let’s not just presume that Marc is automatically out. He’s been the franchise goalie here. He’s a terrific person. He’s a terrific player. That assumption (that he’ll be moved), we’re getting ahead ourself.”Fleury will start on Thursday night when Pittsburgh hosts San Jose in a rematch of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Fleury is 2-1-1 with a 2.94 goals against average so far this season.,PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray’s breakout performance in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise.The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season.Murray helped the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth championship last spring after taking over for injured Marc-Andre Fleury then held onto the job once Fleury returned from a concussion. Murray went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in the postseason. He would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season. The new deal will keep him in the fold through 2020.“Anybody in their right mind would want to be here,” Murray said. “It’s awesome and I’m really thrilled.” The team approached Murray about a month ago and wasted little time ironing out the details. General manager Jim Rutherford called it a good deal for both sides. Murray will receive a significant bump from the $600,000 he’ll make this year but also doesn’t leave the club cash strapped should things not pan out.last_img read more

Barcelona v Real Madrid: Our experts answer five key questions for El Clasico

first_img ***Marcos Lopez: What has changed at Barcelona after they lost the first Clasico? If Barcelona impose their authority, it will be a huge injection of confidence for Luis Enrique’s team. In the case of Madrid, a good performance at the Camp Nou will end the crisis which has been taking place at the Bernabeu, and this would be very dangerous. CET ***Abel Rojas: What has changed for Madrid since then? Whatever the result is, I don’t think the league is finished with 10 weeks to go until the end. The maximum difference between the sides can be Barcelona four points up on Madrid; that’s not a buffer solid enough when you consider they have to travel to Sevilla, Atletico and Espanyol, while hosting Valencia.  Without Busquets, Barcelona are different and it’s not better. Mascherano is the king of anticipation, but his style of constructing play is different. He drives the team in a different way to busquets, and if he’s a central midfielder we miss the speed of reaction, like Puyol brought, in defence.  However, circumstances added up – good performances from opponents, increased tension, injuries, Copa del Rey failure… – and in January and February they started to get bad results. At the moment they play without belief, which is difficult for Carlo Ancelotti to solve.  Everything has changed at Barcelona. It’s not the same team and they don’t play the same way. Messi, in particular, is different. It’s better today than before. Barcelona’s shift to a more vertical style of play has made both teams seem more similar and share some weaknesses.  The same for Madrid; they will be one point behind Barcelona with a draw, or two points in front if they win. Madrid have, probably, an easier calendar between now and the season’s end, but they have to go to Sevilla and host Valencia as well. More important for me, is the way the teams feel after the game.  The full-backs can be a problem for both teams. In the Bernabeu, Real Madrid took apart Barcelona on the wings, generating constant superiority, thanks to the little defensive work done by Barcelona in these areas. Both players inspire confidence and create moves. Normally they wou;dn’t be considered decisive because their actions take place at the start and not the end of plays, but whether they are on the pitch or not will change the face of their respective sides.  Upd. at 14:01 ***Santi Gimenez: How decisive will the result of the Clasico be? The team is worse in a few aspects, in terms of stability and balance. There are peaks of madness raised by the vertical style of play, shaking the hearts of fans who, over previous years, are accustomed to patience and tranquility.  ***Marti Perarnau: How will Busquets’ injury and Modric returning affect the game?  ***Didac Peyret: What is the point of weakness for Barcelona, and Madrid? The Italian, knowing the profile of his squad (lots of attacking ability, little defensive) designed a system of play that, when they don’t have the ball, protects their weakness, trying not to let their opponents out of their half.  Barcelona have improved because they have taken on board the plans of Luis Enrique and above all, because Messi, on the right flank, is exercising an almost monsterous influence. It is intimidating to watch.  Modric is the lynchpin of Real Madrid’s midfield and has been for a year and a half. He is someone who generates confidence and balance in his team-mates. His injury has been crucial in Madrid’s drop in performances, and his return is hugely important.  Numerically I don’t think it will be decisive. But another thing is the sensations which will follow the game.  From the instant in which Madrid lost confidence, and stopped doing that, the structure crumbled, and has shown up the deficiencies of the group, the defensive sloppiness of their forwards, the physical deficiencies in the core of the team, etc. Today Madrid are worse than when they first faced Barcelona, in each of their respective departments, in each of their phases of play. Without exception.  After beating Barcelona 3-1 at hte Benrabeu their confidence and happiness rose and they enjoyed a record string of victories. 22/03/2015 Barcelona and madrid have the type of players in midfield that suffer when they have to go after tha ball. This is partly because the defensive work of the forwards is completed only on occasion. last_img read more

Driver takes a wrong turn

first_imgBy Bridget CookPOLICE arrested an 18-year-old driver yesterday morning following three separate high-speed pursuits through Pakenham, Berwick and Beaconsfield. In…[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

Weekend Galway GAA Results

first_imgFOOTBALL RESULTS Senior Football ChampionshipSt Michael’s 0-15 Barna 1-9Mountbellew Moylough 0-17 Killanin 1-12Corofin 2-20 Carna Caiseal 0-8Tuam Stars 2-12 Cortoon Shamrocks 2-11 AETAn Cheathru Rua 1-16 Leitir Mor 1-8Milltown 2-7 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-8St. James 3-9 Caherlistrane 1-14Micheal Breathnach 5-10 Killererin 1-10Moycullen 1-16 Kilconly 0-8Caltra 2-13 Annaghdown 0-9 Intermediate Football Championship Headford 3-14 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 2-13 AETClaregalway 2-17 Glenamaddy 0-11Oughterard 1-15 St Brendan’s 1-8An Spideal 1-18 Monivea-Abbey 2-15 AETOileain Arainn 2-13 Clifden 1-8Williamstown 0-15 Menlough 1-12 AETDunmore MacHales 2-12 Corofin 1-13Division 4 football LeagueClonbur 1-13 St Gabriel’s 1-11Division 6 football league (West)Killanin 2-15 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-15Division 7 football league (West)An Cheathru Rua 2-13 Micheal Breathnach 2-9Division 8B football league (North)Mountbellew/Moylough W/O AnnaghdownHURLING RESULTSSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Beagh 1-16 Kiltormer 0-6Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Clarinbridge 0-13 Mullagh 0-13Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U16 B Hurling ChampionshipArdrahan 4-16 Tommy Larkins 2-3Junior A Hurling Championship – Group A Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-16 St Thomas 1-10Junior A Hurling Championship – Group CCraughwell 2-14 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-12Junior B Hurling Championship – Group CPadraig Pearses 6-19 Oranmore-Maree 4-11U21 A Hurling Championship semi finalsLiam Mellows 2-21 Loughrea 4-14Turloughmore 2-21 Ardrahan 1-8U21 B Hurling Championship – Group CKillimordaly 7-16 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-16Killimor 4-17 Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-17print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Races – Day 3 preview and selections

first_imgGalway Races – George McDonagh’s Wednesday Selections3:00 No 10 Silver Concorde3:35 No 10 Sweet Cherry and No 11 Crystal Pearl4:10 No 8 Star Counsel and No 14 Seelight4:45 No 6 A Shin Kildare5:30 Galway Plate –  No 20 Killer Crow and No 10 First Lieutenant (both e/w)6:05 No 2 So Sensible and No 14 Serefell6:40 No 4 Aspen Mountain7:10 No 6 New Crossprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Plate+Preview.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Tote.com Galway Plate at 5.30 is the highlight on day three of the Galway summer festival and Road To Riches, bidding to win the race for the second time, will attract massive attention. Looking forward to the big race is Denis Kirwan…last_img read more

Quinn Roux to Captain Connacht on his 100th appearance for the province

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ireland international Quinn Roux will Captain Connacht as his side face Munster in the Guinness Pro14 in the Sportsground on Saturday (Kick off 5:15pm). With just one point separating the two sides at the top of Conference B, the top of the table clash takes on extra significance for the second row as he is set to make his 100th appearance for the province.Connacht also go into the game boosted by the news that Tiernan O’Halloran has returned from injury and will start at full back. He is part of a back three with John Porch and Kyle Godwin on the wings.In the Connacht midfield, Tom Daly has forced his way into the starting team alongside Bundee Aki. While Conor Fitzgerald continues his half back partnership with Caolin Blade, who has now featured in all 11 of Connacht’s games so far this season.In the forwards, the tight five has a very familiar look; props Denis Buckley and Finlay are included in the starting team as is hooker Dave Heffernan. While Ultan Dillane will line up alongside Roux in the second row.In the back row Eoghan Masterson and Paul Boyle are named at blindside and openside respectively with Eoin McKeon at number 8. Captain Jarrad Butler has been ruled out due to illness.Commenting ahead of the game, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Saturday is another big occasion in the Sportsground. All players want to be involved in these interpro games and with Munster in our conference it takes on extra significance. We take pride in our home record and last season Munster were one of the few teams to beat us in the Sportsground so we know the challenge we will face tomorrow”.“It will be a proud day for Quinn Roux and his family. Making 100 appearances for Connacht is a great achievement and it is fitting that with Jarrad out, Quinn will captain the side. He has been a real leader for us this season and has been driving standards among the player group”. Connacht Matchday Squad V Munster (Sat 21 Dec, 5:15pm)(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, John Porch, Tom Daly, Bundee Aki, Kyle Godwin, Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade (1-8): Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux (Capt), Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Eoin McKeon.Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Conor Kenny, Dominic Robertson McCoy, Joe Maksymiw, Robin Copeland, Stephen Kerins, Jack Carty, Stephen Fitzgerald.  last_img read more

Baseball: Feb. 21 Scoreboard

first_imgThe last time that the Pokes were shut out in consecutive games occurred nearly 23 years ago when Southwest Texas accomplished the feat in a doubleheader against McNeese on April 18, 1992. Johnson earned the win, scattering one unearned run and three hits over seven innings of work. The junior from Salina, Oklahoma, walked three and fanned a pair of batters. Hammerly was tagged with the loss. Zach Hobbs (0-1) took the loss for UTA (3-4), allowing a run on three hits in 1.2 innings. Starter Reid Petty allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in 4.0 innings. Daniel James shut the Huskies out over the final 3.1 innings, allowing two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Because the contest officially ended in a tie, neither pitcher received a decision. The Cardinals will continue the Irish Alamo Invitational on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against Villanova at Wolff Stadium. After 14 straight scoreless innings to start the weekend, designated hitter Dylan Ebbs and third baseman Jake MacWilliam got the Bearkats on the board in the sixth inning of game one. Center fielder Colt Atwood led off the inning with a single and first baseman Spence Rahm walked with one out. – Return to top – UIW 7, Villanova 4SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Garret Cooper (Round Rock/McNeil HS) pitched eight innings of one run baseball to lead the Cardinals to a 8-1 win over Northwestern University on Friday night at Wolff Stadium in the Irish Alamo Invitational. Belicek tossed seven innings, allowing five runs and striking out six. Nolan Holland shut out the Tigers (6-1) during their final two outings, striking out two in the process. – Return to top – The Privateers added another run in the third as Coco came up and provided a key two-out hit, lacing a single past the left side of the infield. Ryan Calloway scored on the play and the Privateers quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead after three innings. The game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM, online and either the KSLU or TuneIn Radio smartphone apps. Fans can keep up with the tournament through live statistics or by following SLUathletics on Twitter. Links for audio and stats are available on the baseball schedule page at www.LionSports.net. Byers, Crites, Midyett and Julian Service each picked up a pair of hits. Byers joined Cuccia in plating three runs. Crites drove in a pair. Houston Baptist 2, UT Arlington 1ARLINGTON, Texas – HBU junior lefthander Matthew McCollough hurled his first complete game and struck out a career-high 10 as the Huskies claimed a 2-1 victory over UT Arlington in the UTA Hilton Invitational Saturday night at Clay Gould Ballpark. Missouri 5, A&M-Corpus Christi 1                  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Kyle Danford hit the first home run of the year for the Islanders, but it was not enough as Missouri picked up a 5-1 win to give A&M-Corpus Christi its first loss of the season. Senior Trevor Belicek suffered the loss while Tanner Houck picked up the victory for the Tigers. Eric Foshee (1-1), who pitched in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader, was lights out in his second career start, and worked six innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Will Hibbs (1-0) allowed earned one run in five innings of work in the first game; he gave up four hits and four runs and struck out seven. The Boilermakers appeared to be out of the inning but the center fielder dropped a pop up that would have been the third out of the inning. Two Bearkat runs came in to score on the play and extend the lead to 6-2. From there, Lamar would score one run every inning until the game ended. Santana scored in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Mason Salazar, Eckols in the sixth inning on a double to left center from van der Meer, Brendan Satran-who pinch ran for McDowell- scored in the seventh on a single to right field from Moore and Jake Nash- who pinch ran for Provost- scored in the eighth on a single to left field from Satran. Kalousdian led off the third inning with a double to centerfield, and again Hibbs was very close to getting out of the jam with a groundout and popup, but MC timely hitting scored him and later scored Mikey Miranda who tripled after the popup. Lamar answered in the bottom of the third inning with a lead of walk from CJ Moore followed by Justin Eckols getting pegged by a pitch from Jasper starter Joe Jacques (0-1), who pitched only four innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk. The second game was not near as complicated, but all started with a controversial play in the fourth frame. With no score and van der Meer at third base and two out, Kyle Markum lined one down the third base line that fielder Michael Pfenninger was able to corral throw out Markum. McCollough (2-0) allowed one run on six hits and did not give up a walk. He surpassed his previous high of eight strikeouts, which came last Saturday against Prairie View A&M. – Return to top – Senior reliever Cory LaPeze entered the game in the eighth inning and tossed a scoreless inning while senior Tyler Erickson and sophomore Collin Kober shared the final scoreless and hitless frame. For updates throughout the season be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and Facebook (Islanders Baseball). Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Islanders Front Row App at goislanders.com/frontrow. Texas-Pan American 5, Abilene Christian3 EDINBURG, Texas – The ACU baseball team fell to 0-5 on the season Saturday night as Texas-Pan American freshman pitcher Ryan Jackson silenced the Wildcat offense in a 5-3 Bronc victory at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.The Wildcats will try to get their first win of the season Sunday at 9:30 a.m. when the teams complete the three-game series. The game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, but was moved up several hours to try and get ACU on the road before anticipated poor weather hits the Abilene area.Jackson  – 1-1 and the reigning Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week – pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out four while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. For the second straight start, he did not issue a walk.The Broncs (4-2) gave Jackson all of the support he needed in the third. Senior Jesus Garcia drew a one-out walk from ACU starting pitcher Joe Gawrieh and scored on a triple by Manny Loredo. After Victor Garcia Jr. was intentionally walked to set up a double play, a passed ball by ACU catcher Alex Copeland allowed Loredo to score to make it 2-0.Jacob Huckabay and Cole Loncar then followed with singles to make it 3-0 before Logan Landon singled to load the bases. One out later, Correy Davis hit a ground ball to freshman third Brayden Gomez, who fielded the ball, but threw high and over first baseman Russell Crippen for an error that allowed two runs to score to make it 5-0.The Wildcats scored their only runs against Jackson in the seventh as they were able to cut their deficit to 5-2. Colton Hall got it started with a leadoff home run to right field to make it 5-1. After Russell Crippen popped out, Heath Beasley reached on an error and went to third on a Kyle Carroll double that chased Jackson from the game. Beasley immediately scored on a wild pitch thrown by Johnny Gonzalez to make it 5-2. But after issuing a walk to Tyler Eager, Gonzalez retired pinch-hitter Garrett Hale on a line out to centerfield.Trailinig 5-2 going to the ninth, UTPA closer Andrew Padron came on and got Copeland to ground out to shortstop to lead off the inning before giving up a solo home run to Crippen, making the score 5-3. But Padron needed just four more pitches to retire Beasley and Carroll to end the game and earn his second save.Gawrieh – one of four ACU pitchers in the game – was tagged with the loss as he falls to 0-1. Nate Cole again pitched well in relief, giving up just three hits and one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of work. Weather permitting, Nicholls will take on Troy at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday before returning to Louisiana for a battle with Southern University at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on KNSU 91.5 FM and air on Cox Sports Television. One of the risks taken was well worth it as senior outfielder Andrew Guillotte collected his 60th career stolen base, allowing him to pass Lee Orr for fifth place on the all-time stolen bases list. Guillotte now needs two more to pass Jason Alleman for fourth place. Right fielder Case Muson delivered for Mizzou in the seventh, blasting a high-flying homer to left field, scoring Zach Lavy who reached on a single earlier in the inning to make it 5-1. In the second game the Kats allowed three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 9-7. Van der Meer led the charge with four hits in 10 tries with three runs scored and three knocked in. Markum had four runs scored and three driven in on a 3-for-10 day. Reed Seeley was 5-of-9 on the night with a run scored and driven in. Chris Kalousdian reached first base on a leadoff Cardinal error and stole second before Jose Carrera drew a walk to put Jaspers on first and second with no outs. Hibbs almost worked out of the jam with a punch out and groundout, but Joe McClennan punched a two-out single to right field and knocked in both base runners. UTA tied it up in the third when Tate led off with a double, then Hollie striped a two-out triple down the rightfield line. UM’s Jack Ring started the ballgame on base via a hit-by-pitch before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Brett Peel then doubled in the next at bat to put both Ring and himself in scoring position. Two batters later, Ryan Howard doubled and scored both runners to give the Tigers the early advantage. Kingsley (1-1) threw the longest outing of any McNeese pitcher so far this season as he registered another quality start after having gave up just four hits and two walks along with an unearned run. He fell three strikeouts short of his career high with eight punch-outs on the day. In the second game the Kats jumped out to a 7-2 lead before allowing three runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and three more in the ninth. Manhattan (0-4) used an early error in the first inning to jump up 2-0 and then scored another couple of runs in the third frame to take a 4-0 lead. The Lions responded with three runs in the bottom half of the first. Huskies’ starting pitcher Brandon Hammerly (1-1) issued back-to-back two-out walks to Daniel Midyett and Kevin Carr. Crites singled up the middle, driving in Midyett to tie the game. Carr took third base, and Crites followed him into second, after HBU center fielder Zach Nehrir misplayed the ball. Ryan Byers singled up the middle to drive in both Carr and Crites. Saenz singled past the shortstop with one out in the sixth, but was forced out at second when Alvarez reached on a fielder’s choice. After an infield single by Monsour, Morones ripped a doubled to leftcenter to put HBU ahead, 2-1. The Cardinals’ (3-3) biggest inning offensively was the third inning when they scored four runs. After the first two Cardinal hitters were retired, Matt Morris (Scottsdale, AZ/Saguaro HS) worked a two-out walk and Jesse Hoover (Marion/Marion HS) followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Austin Hoffman (Goodyear, AZ/Millennium HS) then hit a single to center field to bring in Morris.  Ethan McGill (Penn Valley, CA/Nevada Union HS) brought in two runs with a double down the left field line and Christian Divelbiss (Yuba City/Yuba City HS) capped the two out rally with an RBI single through the left side. Johnson walked to lead off the fourth, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a throwing error. He then scored on a wild pitch for the Bearkats seventh run of the game. Shortstop Miles Manning walked to lead off the bottom of the second and was sacrificed to second base. The junior transfer then stole third base and scored on an infield single by Colt Atwood to make it 3-0. The Tigers scored another run in the fourth, when Brett Bond delivered one of Mizzou’s two homers of the game. Bradley scored the only run of the game in the second inning as first baseman Paul Solka’s leadoff single turned into an advance on a sac bunt followed by a McNeese error that helped him reach third. On the next play a passed ball abled Solka to score at home and give the Braves a one run lead that would never be relinquished. Lion starting pitcher Jake Johnson (2-0) walked the right fielder Thomas Clay to open the game. Following a throwing error by shortstop Carson Crites, Clay scored on a ground out by HBU third baseman Curtis Jones. The Cowboys only managed five hits in the game as Bradley’s starter, Steve Adkins, tossed 6.0 innings, giving only four hits and two walks along with four strikeouts. A pair of Braves relievers limited McNeese to just one hit and a walk in the final three innings. Sam Houston went right to work in the second game of the double header. Right fielder Travis Lee was hit by the first pitch of the game, moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bryce Johnson dropped a bloop single into shallow right field to score Lee from third base. Reed Mason went five innings for the Wildcats and took the loss on the mound. Justin Yoss finished the game with three innings of work and giving up only one run. Big Red used three pitchers in the last three innings of the contest. Enrique Oquendo worked on frame and gave up a hit and had one strikeout. Joe Farley pitched an inning and struck out the side, and Derek Wade finished it off with one walk allowed. Billy Love made his first appearance on the bump for Lamar and pitched two hitless innings and struck out three. Galen Andrews finished the game with three runs allowed in two innings on three hits and two walks. The Lions scored six more runs in the seventh, the final three crossing the plate on a home run of the bat of Cuccia. It was the first collegiate homer for the freshman from Slidell, Louisiana. Lamar 11, Manhattan 7 & Lamar 12, Manhattan 0BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar baseball team used 11-7 and 12-0 wins on Saturday to complete the four-game sweep of Manhattan in another gusty day a Vincent-Beck Field in nonconference action. Nicholls 1, Southern Miss 1 PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Nicholls State University baseball team was forced to end its game with Southern Miss in a 1-1 draw on Saturday night after over an hour of weather delay. James McMahon threw six innings, surrendering one run on two hits with eight strikeouts. Houck had a no hitter going all the way to the sixth inning before Casey Thomas beat out an infield single on a liner to third base. Thomas finished with two hits in the game. Eric Tate went 2-for-3 with a double and scored the Mavericks only run. Christian Hollie had a triple and drove in UTA’s run. The Boilermakers tied the game up 2-2 in the seventh after reliever Juan Cortina allowed a one-out double to score on a single to left center. Alex Bisacca came out of the bullpen and gave up a single to load the bases but Miles Manning made a great play at shortstop to get out of the inning and keep the score 2-2. The Kats kept the inning going with two outs. After first baseman Spence Rahm lined a single into right-center field, third baseman Ryan Brinley smoked a liner into center field that scored Johnson from third to make the score 2-0. Trevor Hardee (Alvord/Alvord HS) came in to relief Cooper in the ninth and completed a perfect inning with a strikeout and needed only nine pitches to retire the side.center_img – Return to top – The Cardinals will be on the road for the first time in 2015 when they travel to Texas Pan-American for a three-game set that starts on Friday. Southeastern added an unearned run in the fourth. Catcher Nico Cuccia reached on a one-out fielding error by HBU shortstop Louie Payetta, one of his three miscues in the game. After moving up to second on a ground out, pinch hitter Brooks Morse singled Cuccia to third. Cuccia would swipe home as part of a delayed double steal attempt. Bradley 1, McNeese State 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – Junior hurler Bryce Kingsley turned in another solid performance on the mound, churning out seven solid innings of one-run baseball, but the McNeese State baseball team was unable to get anything going and dropped a 1-0 decision to Bradley on Saturday at Cowboy Diamond. For the second straight game Sam Houston was beaten on a walk-off. Purdue used a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th inning to top Sam Houston 4-3 in the first game of the doubleheader. The islanders stranded six runners on the night, compared to the Tigers’ three. From there the flood gates opened for a six-run inning that started with van der Meer’s score on the play. Santana followed Markum with a walk, and was followed by five-straight singles from McDowell, Nash, Sullivan, Moore and van der Meer. The Mavericks threatened to tie the game in ninth as Travis Sibley led off with a single and RJ Williams smacked a two-out single up the middle to put the tying run in scoring position. McCollough regrouped and struck out Darien McLemore on three pitches to end the game. Southeastern’s final game of the tournament, against Michigan State (2-2), has been moved up an hour because of impending bad weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. First pitch against the Spartans is now scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. Four different Pokes recorded hits in the game including junior Lewis Guilbeau who collected his second multiple hit game on the season with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate. Seniors James Cantu and Connor Lloyd as well as junior Connor Crane each got a hit in the game. PU decided to go to the bullpen and Ebbs greeted reliever Shane Bryant with an RBI single up the middle. MacWilliam followed with an RBI single to center field to make the score 2-0. Junior second baseman Justin Monsour went 2-for-3 and added a sacrifice bunt for the Huskies (5-2), while junior designated hitter Austin Saenz went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Senior third baseman Curtis Jones went 2-for-5 and junior leftfielder Brandon Morones doubled and drove in the game-winning run. Including both games on Saturday, the Cardinals (6-2) scored 39 runs and only allowed nine, even though winds continued to gust in to hitters throughout the two days, four games. Southeastern La. 10, Houston Baptist 4Lamar 11, Manhattan 7 & Lamar 12, Manhattan 0New Orleans 4, Southern 1UIW 7, Villanova 4Houston Baptist 2, UT Arlington 1Bradley 1, McNeese State 0Purdue 4, Sam Houston State 3 & Purdue 9, Sam Houston State 7Missouri 5, A&M-Corpus Christi 1                  Texas-Pan American 5, Abilene Christian 3 Nicholls 1, Southern Miss 1 Ryan Brinley took the loss in both games. He allowed runs in relief for the first time in his SHSU career. Saenz and junior first baseman Andrew Alvarez led off the second with back-to-back singles, then Monsour moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. After Morones struck out, senior rightfielder Thomas Clay reached on an error, which allowed Saenz to score and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Purdue 4, Sam Houston State 3 & Purdue 9, Sam Houston State 7CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Bearkats dropped two more heartbreakers as they were swept in a doubleheader against Purdue Saturday at Whataburger Field in the Kleberg Bank College Classic. Smith picked up his first win of the season, going five innings and striking out five batters. The bullpen, which used three pitchers on the night, combined to hold Southern to three hits in the last four innings to preserve the victory. New Orleans 4, Southern 1NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (3-3) got early offense including their first home run of the season in a 4-1 win over the Southern Jaguars (0-2) on Saturday evening at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark. With the tying run aboard and runners on the corners, Seth Laigast entered with one out. An unsuccessful bunt attempt kept the lead runner at third and Laigast followed by getting a line out off the bat of Jose De La Torre to get out of the jam. Purdue got a run back in the next half inning. The Boilermakers started the frame with a walk and a double to put runners at second and third with no outs. After a strikeout, Purdue broke up the shutout with a sacrifice fly to center field. A&M-Corpus Christi had their shot though in the fourth. With Jordan Lee reaching base after being hit-by-pitch to leadoff, and Tyler Ware drawing a five-pitch walk, the Islanders were primed to put pressure on Houck, who had retired the last nine Islanders he saw prior to the inning. After falling behind in the count early, Danford sent a sharp liner right at the center fielder who made a great play on the ball to record the second out. Frankie Salas, in the next at bat, lined a rocket into right center but the wind pushed the ball toward Ring who made the catch to end the threat. – Return to top – Knight led Nicholls offensively, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Morales registered the only run for the Colonels. R.J. Watters collected the only RBI for the Wildcats (0-5) with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning. Reid Hunter had a good night for Northwestern with two hits, a run and a walk while Zach Jones added two hits and walk. Designated hitter Hayden Simerly walked to lead off the bottom of the third and went to second on a balk. With two outs catcher Collin Yelich legged out an infield single and the throw went wild, allowing Simerly to score from second base. Markum scored again in the fifth inning to make it 7-0 on a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Sullivan, and Satran scored a run in the seventh on a double down the right field line from McDowell. – Return to top – Starter, Alex Smith coasted through the early going and got out of some tough situations in his time on the hill, delivering five innings and allowing just one unearned run. The Privateers went to the pen, which had to get out of a tough spot in the seventh. The Jaguars got their only run on a two-out opposite field single from Marcus Tomlin. The Privateers added a little more insurance in the eighth inning. After Coco reached on a fielder’s choice, Santana lined a double to the gap in left-center that scored Coco making it 4-1. Laigast allowed a two-out base runner, but finished it off by inducing a fly out and recording a 2.2 inning save. Jonathan Santana got the scoring started in the third inning for the Privateers. After Jonathan Coco coaxed a lead-off walk, Santana came up and hit a towering shot to deep right to clear the bases for New Orleans’ first home run of the season and a 2-0 lead. Seth Holbert tossed two scoreless innings of relief to keep the Bearkats in front of the Boilermakers. Cooper scattered nine hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out three in his second win of the season. He pitched seven innings in his win against Northeastern last weekend. Borne tossed seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and fanned five Southern Miss batters. The Huskies return to action when they travel to face No. 15 Texas A&M Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas. The audio broadcast can be heard on HBUHuskies.com, beginning with the pregame show at 6:20.   – Return to top – While the field was clearing, the umpiring crew convened and decided that the throw pulled first baseman Vin Teixeria, who was laying on the ground to catch Pfenninger’s toss, off the bag. Durst went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Golden Eagle offense and Barron scored one run for the squad. Van der Meer rolled over a pitch and reached on a fielder’s choice, which put Cardinals on first and third with one out before Reed Seeley singled through the right side to score Moore. Two batters later both van der Meer and Seeley scored on a two-out double to left field by Kyle Markum. Markum tied the game with his run on a single and error in Kevin Santana’s at-bat. The Cardinals used five hits from Markum, Satran, Seeley, Sullivan and Joe Arechiga and two walks to Nash and van der Meer to push across four more runs in the eighth inning. The Cowboys got runners on base in seven of the nine innings during the second game of the weekend bout but were unable to capitalize on a big play to drive in their first run in nearly 19 innings of baseball. Big Red poured on three more runs in the fourth inning on a three-run double from Brandon Provost. He scored Moore, who reached on a single, Eckols, fielders’ choice, and van der Meer, single. The Islanders will wrap up the Kleberg Bank College Classic Sunday when they take on Sam Houston State in nonconference action. The Islanders and Bearkats are schedule to start at 3 p.m. at Whataburger Field. – Return to top – Bisacca would then retire the next 13 batters he would face. He tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out two batters and didn’t issue any walks. Southeastern La. 10, Houston Baptist 4ARLINGTON, Texas – The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team rebounded from a tough pair of games with a 10-4 non-conference win Saturday over fellow Southland Conference foe Houston Baptist at the UTA Hilton Invitational. Sam Houston will play one final game in the tournament, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Southeastern (5-2) had dropped its last two games coming into Saturday’s contest, including its first game of the tournament. HBU (4-2) looked to continue the string, scoring an unearned run in the first inning. The Golden Eagles (3-3-1) got on the board early when Matt Durst notched a single to center field, bringing Connor Barron home in the top of the first inning. The Colonels (4-1-1) answered in the third frame when Darius Knight singled to center, scoring Joey Morales. The two teams battled through three scoreless innings before Mother Nature took a stranglehold on the contest. In the top of the seventh, Grant Borne tagged Chuckie Robinson in a rundown after a pickoff attempt, earning the first out of the inning. Borne proceeded to strike out the next two Golden Eagle batters. On the final pitch of the inning, with rain streaming down on the field, Breck Kline struck out swinging, lost his grip on his bat in mid-swing and sent it flying into the stands narrowly missing two spectators. Moments later the game was postponed and eventually called after rain continued to pour onto the field. – Return to top – Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the weekend series finale has been pushed up with first pitch slated for noon. The game will be featured on Cajun Radio-1470 AM in Lake Charles and online at cajunradio.com. Tom Hoefer will provide the call for the game.  Fans can keep up with in-game updates and other information by logging on to Twitter @McNeeseBaseball. Next up for the Privateers is the first of a home-and-home against Tulane on Tuesday night at Maestri Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Junior left-hander Kyle Cedotal (1-0, 1.29) draws the starting nod for Southeastern against Michigan State left-hander Anthony Misiewicz (0-0, 0.00). – Return to top – Hoover, McGill and Will Triebes (Pflugerville/Hendrickson HS) all collected two hits apiece while McGill, Hoffman and Morris brought in two runs each. Leadoff hitter, Mark Whitehead (San Antonio/Johnson HS) did his job well by getting on base four times in five plate appearances. He got a hit, walked twice and scored two runs for UIW. Missouri was about as efficient of a team could have been against Belicek, picking up five base hits and scoring five runs. Mizzou lit up the scoreboard early, scoring two in the first inning of play.last_img read more

Public invited to consult on Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme

first_imgIrish Water is to host a public information evening to respond to queries about the Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme on October 15th. At present the towns of Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan have no (Ramelton and Rathmullan) or substandard (Milford) wastewater treatment and are discharging untreated or partially treated wastewater into the environment at these three separate locations.“The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is unacceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem,” the company said. “The proposed project will involve the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that will deal with the wastewater from the three areas whilst safeguarding the environment and protecting human health.“During this information evening members of the project team will be available to answer any questions and take feedback in relation to the project.”The Public Information Evening will take place at The Chamber, Milford Public Services Centre on Monday 15th October from 5.30-7.30pm to present plans for the Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullen Sewerage Scheme.Public invited to consult on Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish WaterMilfordRameltonRathmullanlast_img read more