Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020

first_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleAppeal for information following robbery of woman after mass in Laois villageNext articleFr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Pinterest TAGSDeaths in Laois RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Teresa (Winifred) DoylePortlaoise, Laois / Artane, DublinDoyle Teresa (Winifred), (Portlaoise and Artane) – December 20th, 2020 – (peacefully) at the Mater Hospital, following a long illness; loving mother of Roseanne and cherished gran to Calum. Sadly missed by Roseanne’s partner Richard, sister Roisín, brother Peter, sisters-in-law Dolores and Mary, cousins, nephews, nieces, Chester, relatives and friends.A private family funeral will take place due to Government advice regarding public gatherings. Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but cannot due to current restrictions, may leave a personal message in the section “condolences” below or on www.kirwans.ie. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.“May she Rest in Peace”Martin (Bunny) CarrollMarian Avenue, Portlaoise, LaoisPredeceased by his mother and father, brothers Bill, Henry and Ned, sister Shiela. Martin died, peacefully, in the loving care of his wife Chris, and daughters Sinead, Louise and Karen. Deeply regretted by his wife, daughters, brothers Michael and John, sister Mary, grandsons Jamie, Jack and Aaron, son-in-law Peter, his uncle Peter, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Due to present circumstances, a private family funeral will take place. Requiem Mass for Martin will take place on Monday at 2pm in St. Peter and Paul ‘s Church, Portlaoise and will be live streamed on https://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/webcam/ Interment afterwards in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Dermot McGannStradbally Rd, Portlaoise, Laois/Athenry, GalwayMc GANN Dermot A.J (Derry). (Portlaoise and formerly Attymon Co. Galway) December 18th 2020, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the Blackrock clinic. Loving husband of Miriam (Daly), brother of Nuala and adored Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad.Predeceased by his son Niall, brother Cyril and sisters Fidelma and Cora. He will be very sadly missed by his wife Miriam, daughters Marisa, Susan, Olga, sons-in-law Diarmuid, Bernard and Martin, Grandchildren Aisling, Ruth, Niall, Síofra, Stephen, Ella, Jack, Niall, Conor, Grainne and his Great Grandchildren Eddie and Timmy, Siofra’s husband Brian, Aisling’s fiance John G, brothers-in- law Dom Kevin Daly and Michael, Sisters- in- law Brenda, Mary, Deirdre and Madeleine, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and former colleagues in Telecom Eireann.Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu to The Irish Kidney Association.His caring character and quick wit will be remembered and missed.Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.Given the current exceptional circumstances and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew him , a private funeral, with immediate family only, will take place at 12 noon on Monday in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise and will be streamed on the webcam http://www.portlaoiseparish.ie/web-cam/. Burial will follow in Deans Grange cemetery at 11 am on Tuesday morning.The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 22, 2020 By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterestlast_img read more

New Poll Shows Broad Support for Laws to Protect Against Misleading…

first_imgTwitter Pinterest Facebook Email Share TAGSfeaturedWine Origins Alliance Linkedin AdvertisementGlobal wine alliance calls on U.S. lawmakers to heed consumers’ demand for accurate and clear wine labelsNEW YORK – The Wine Origins Alliance today released the results of a new poll that finds 94 percent of American wine drinkers support laws that would protect consumers from misleading wine labels. The results, announced at Vinexpo New York, underscore the importance location plays in wine. The Alliance also called on U.S. lawmakers to heed consumers’ demand for accurate and clear wine labels, and outlined plans to meet with members of Congress.“This survey reflects what we already knew: consumers want wine labels to accurately reflect the contents of the wine bottle,” said Anthony Sannino, president of the Long Island Wine Council. “In two days, we will be meeting with members of Congress to urge them to heed consumers’ growing demand for accurate and clear wine labels. Our current laws are not enough to protect and inform consumers.”The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, also found that 70 percent of American wine drinkers believe that allowing American producers to misuse foreign wine region names on their labels is deceptive to American consumers, and 70 percent believe that allowing American wine producers to misuse region names makes it harder for U.S. wine regions to protect the misuse of their name on foreign labels. It also found widespread consumer reliance on information about where a wine is from: 79 percent of consumers consider the region an important factor when buying a bottle of wine.“We represent some of the world’s leading wine regions that have taken a clear, collective stand to ensure wine region names are protected and not abused or miscommunicated to consumers,” said Linda Reiff, president and CEO of the Napa Valley Vintners. “But here in the United States, some wine region names are not protected. This makes it hard for Napa and other U.S. regions to protect their names around the world when their very own government doesn’t extend that same protection to others.”In the European Union and Australia, wine region names are protected through a registry of geographical indications. In the United States, they are protected through well-established federal and state laws that protect American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs, for the wine industry inside its borders. However, the U.S. permits the use of wine region names like Champagne, Chablis, Chianti, Port and Sherry on labels of wines that do not originate in those European regions.“Texas has been making wine since the 1600s. Its distinctive climate and land has influenced the winemaking process. Thus, the Texas name should not be used on labels if the wine wasn’t produced there,” said Carl Money, founding member of Texas Wine Growers. “The same should be true for Long Island, Napa Valley, Champagne, Sherry, Chablis, Chianti Classico, Bordeaux and all other wine-growing regions.”Since 2005, the Wine Origins Alliance has been a unified force in the global winemaking industry working to raise awareness about the importance of location to winemaking and the need to protect the integrity of wine region names around the globe. Its members include 23 winery and grape-growing organizations in nine countries spanning North America, Europe and Australia. During Vinexpo, the Wine Origins Alliance released a short film featuring wine producers around the world talking about the importance of location to the wine they produce. The full film can be viewed here.“While we may compete in the marketplace, there is consensus among us that when one of our wine region names is misused, the credibility of the industry as a whole is diminished and leads to consumer confusion,” said Allan Sichel, president of the Bordeaux Wine Council. “Consumers have the right to know where their wine comes from. That is in the best interest of the consumer, the vintner, the regions and the wine industry.”About Wine Origins AllianceThe Wine Origins Alliance, previously known as the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & Origin, works to ensure wine region names are protected and not abused or miscommunicated to consumers worldwide. Members represent the regions of Barossa, Bordeaux, Bourgogne/Chablis, British Columbia, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Long Island, McLaren Vale, Napa Valley, Oregon, Paso Robles, Porto, Rioja, Santa Barbara County, Sonoma County, Texas, Tokaj, Victoria, Walla Walla Valley, Washington state, Willamette Valley and Western Australia. For more information, visit origins.wine or follow the Alliance on Twitter and Facebook. Advertisement Home Industry News Releases New Poll Shows Broad Support for Laws to Protect Against Misleading Wine…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessNew Poll Shows Broad Support for Laws to Protect Against Misleading Wine LabelsBy Press Release – March 5, 2018 53 0 ReddIt Previous articleAbe Salt Appointed as CEO of Villa MariaNext articleAfternoon Brief, March 5 Press Releaselast_img read more

LAX Video: Crowds Running from Terminal

first_imgLos Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic LOS ANGELES (MyFoxLA) – Video from the LAX cam shows the chaos of the crowd of passengers running out of the terminal about six minutes after the initial reports came in on the shooting Friday morning.LAX is sealed off following this shooting at Terminal 3. A suspect believed to be armed with an assault rifle opened fire in the terminal and several people were hit.last_img

Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate

first_imgThe New York Times:NORMALLY, I would have finished this column weeks ago. But I kept putting it off because my New Year’s resolution is to procrastinate more.I guess I owe you an explanation. Sooner or later.We think of procrastination as a curse. Over 80 percent of college students are plagued by procrastination, requiring epic all-nighters to finish papers and prepare for tests. Roughly 20 percent of adults report being chronic procrastinators. We can only guess how much higher the estimate would be if more of them got around to filling out the survey.But while procrastination is a vice for productivity, I’ve learned — against my natural inclinations — that it’s a virtue for creativity.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Songa Offshore, DSME in dispute over cost overruns

first_imgSonga EquinoxSonga Offshore, an offshore drilling contractor, and South Korea’s shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) are in a dispute regarding a construction contract for the Songa Equinox drilling rig built by DSME. Songa Offshore took delivery of Songa Equinox, the first rig in a series of four Category D rigs specifically built for and contracted to Statoil, in June 2015  and the rig arrived in Norwegian waters in October.Offshore Energy Today reported in July 2015 that Songa Offshore had received notices of arbitration from DSME in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs. However, at that point DSME included no details regarding the dispute.On November 16, 2015, Songa received claim submissions from DSME related to Songa Equinox in which DSME asserts a claim of $179 million, along with a request for repayment of liquidated damages in a total amount of $22 million. Songa says the claim that is asserted relates to alleged cost overruns and additional work in relation to Songa Equinox rig due to what DSME alleges were inherent errors and omissions in the design documents (often referred to as the FEED package).“Songa Offshore has performed an initial review of the claim and does not consider that there is any substance to the claims asserted by DSME,” the company said on Tuesday.Songa also said it was confident of its position, and added it was of the view that DSME was responsible for the delays and any attempt to recover cost overruns was of no merit due to the “turn-key” nature of the construction contract.“Songa Offshore has obtained legal opinions from highly reputable law firms in the UK and Norway and from a Queen’s Counsel all of which confirm the company’s position,” the drilling contractor concluded.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Universities invest in campus creameries for the future

first_imgThe following facility upgrades include university upgrades since 2013.advertisementadvertisementUniversity of Wisconsin – MadisonThe University of Wisconsin – Madison Babcock Hall Dairy Plant opened in 1951 and since then has supplied bottled milk, ice cream and cheese to the campus population. The 9,000-square-foot plant contains freezers, batching tanks, storage, bottling equipment and cheese rooms.The plant is currently producing 400-pound batches of cheese during student classes. The UW – Madison Center for Dairy Research recently decided to completely overhaul the entire facility to meet modern education and processing needs.“We are currently in the final planning stage, and we hope to be fully operational by 2018,” says director John Lucey.The new 60,000-square-foot plant will include renovations to the old plant along with a second processing and teaching building.“One of the most exciting parts of the plant will be the nine ripening rooms, complete with temperature and humidity control,” Lucey says. These rooms will be used to produce specialty cheese with surface growths such as blue cheese and Camembert.advertisement“As far as I’m aware, this will be the first university facility of its kind in the U.S.,” Lucey says.Apart from 150 undergraduate students and 35 masters students, 1,500 industry course participants will use Babcock Hall plant each year.“Our industry colleagues are also interested in the area of aseptics, like UHT products,” he says. “It’s an exciting prospect to be able to teach and research these products on campus. The Asian and North African export markets often have poor refrigeration, so developing more UHT protein drinks, creamers, etc., will boost our industry, farmers and our university.”Cornell UniversityIn 2010, Cornell University demolished its campus creamery built in the mid-1900s. The brand-new plant, which opened in 2013, handles 397,000 gallons of milk annually.“The new plant is fully computerized – from intake to processing to packaging,” says Tim Barnard, Cornell University dairy plant manager. The plant contains two raw milk silos, three mixing tanks, a complete blend system, HTST pasteurizing (high-temperature short-time), five finished product tanks, two rotary fillers and mix-proof valve technology.The plant is used for research and extension work, with interns working alongside the regular staff.advertisementYogurt and ice cream are manufactured for sale on campus, with some cheese made in the pilot plant.The pilot plant contains cheese-making equipment, micro-filtration, an ultra-pasteurized unit, freeze drier, yogurt separator (used to make Greek yogurt) and whey powdering equipment.“The plant is industry-spec, which allows us to run 12 industry workshop courses each year,” Barnard says.University of ConnecticutThe University of Connecticut has had sporadic production of fluid milk, cheese and ice cream since its campus plant opened in 1955. In the late 1990s, the plant was fully shut down except for a small section of ice cream production.Since 2013, the plant has steadily grown in size and production due to continued refurbishment and building extensions.UConn students manufacture many cheeses, such as short- and long-aged cheddar; however, their specialty cheese is juustoleipa.“It’s an old recipe from northern Finland,” says UConn dairy science professor Dennis D’Amico. “The cheese is baked in an oven to give it a crispy coating, which stops it from melting when cooked on a grill.”Recent improvements to the plant include replacing an ice-builder unit with a glycol chiller and second freezer, and a new cheese line complete with an industrial oven.In the past, the juustoleipa cheese was cooked individually in a pizza oven, but the new industrial-size capacity oven has lowered labor needs and increased output. The plant upgrades have also allowed more space for dairy research.“Our undergraduates have done some interesting research with the engineering faculty on heat transfer and dynamics of ‘no sugar added’ products,” D’Amico says.D’Amico himself has also researched and developed a new queso blanco cheese (in chili and plain flavor), which won an American Cheese Society Medal.“We’ve already made great progress from producing 16,000 gallons of ice cream in 1999 to 43,000 gallons in 2014, and our expansion will continue in the near future. It’s an exciting time for the University of Connecticut,” D’Amico says.University of OregonHaving closed down during the 1960s, the University of Oregon’s campus creamery reopened three years ago and is now producing cheese and ice cream for retail sale.The project was part-funded by industry and also received an endowment from retired industry member Paul Arbuthnot. “These funds were crucial to building a new modern-standard facility,” says Lisbeth Goddik, dairy processing professor and extension specialist at the University of Oregon.The 1,500-square-foot building is equipped with specialized cheese vats for hard and high-moisture cheeses, a temperature/humidity room for aging cheese and an ice cream line. Further upgrades, including a cheese slicer and an auto-filler for ice cream production, are planned for the near future.An industry-standard dairy lab has also been built that allows students to learn about antibiotic testing, milk and cheese composition and product microbiology.Apart from teaching students, the plant is also used for research projects. Goddick and her team are currently researching milk “terroir.” Terroir, a French word meaning land, refers to the unique flavors associated with products from a certain region.“Terroir is not just a marketing tool to say that a product from a certain region is unique, like champagne from the Champagne region,” Goddick says. “Our research proves that milk from certain areas of Oregon has scientifically proven unique flavor compounds.” These compounds occur naturally to the specific environment of an area and can influence the taste of the final product of cheese or ice cream.Goddick says the most important benefit of the new plant is the increased interest in dairy science from the 230 agricultural students.“The entire plant is student-run, apart from a managing supervisor,” Goddick says. “Because of the student involvement, we have more involvement from industry employers at our career days, since more students are studying dairy [food] science.”Washington State UniversityRuss Salvadalena, Washington State University creamery manager, is currently overseeing a whey processing upgrade of the campus creamery.“We used to wash whey down the drain, but due to the high biological oxygen demand of whey in our city’s wastewater plant, we switched to hauling it back to the farm lagoon,” Salvadalena says.A second tanker truck was purchased to haul whey to the lagoon six times a week. The growing importance of whey in the processing industry encouraged WSU to find an alternative to their whey management.“Nowadays, cheese is the byproduct of whey, as opposed to the other way round,” Salvadalena says. “To meet our students’ need for whey processing education and research opportunities, we are currently designing a two-story, 2,000-square-foot processing building.” The project is in the final design phase, and building work will begin this fall.The ground floor of the plant will contain a receiving area and cheese processing area. The second floor will have classrooms, a viewing area and changing facilities.A reverse osmosis membrane, which uses pressure to extract water through the membrane from the whey solids, will remove two-thirds of the whey water content.Reducing the volume of waste whey will minimize the number of truck loads sent to the farm lagoon. In time, the university hopes to manufacture the whey into value-added products.“Our industry participants and full-time students have always appreciated our cheese workshops, and this new plant will offer the first steps toward a comprehensive whey workshop program,” Salvadalena says.  PDMichael Cox was a 2015 Progressive Dairyman editorial intern.PHOTO 1: A new cheese plant at UW-Madison will include nine ripening rooms, complete with temperature and humidity control. Photo provided by John Lucey.PHOTOS 2-6: Improved equipment and building extensions at the University of Connecticut have allowed the creamery to win national awards including the Green Chile Queso Blanco winning third in its category at the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition. Photos provided by Dennis D’Amico.PHOTOS 7-9: The team at University of Oregon is currently using improved facilities to research milk “terroir,” the unique flavors specific to milk from Oregon cows. Photos provided by Lisbeth Goddik. Milk processing is a vital value-added link in the dairy production chain from cow to carton. Due to the industry’s high demand for skilled graduates, many universities have recently upgraded their campus creameries to provide the best learning environment about processing milk for their students.last_img read more

KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia Grand Finale 2014 @ Sepang International…

first_img–Ads– Sights and sounds from the inaugural KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia Grand Finale races held last weekend in the Sepang International Circuit. The first ever KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia one-make challenge came a climactic and surprising conclusion during its Grand Finale races last weekend. As always, the series was held as a support event to the weekend’s KBS-MAM Kapcai Endurance Series that held its Grand Finale last weekend as well.Two races were held, one on Friday after qualifying and practice, followed by a second race on Saturday afternoon just before the KBS-MAM Kapcai Endurance Series race. This time round, 16 participants, comprised of top two winners from the previous seven state-level rounds plus one special media race, all vying for the crown challenge’s crown and grand prize.Up for grabs is the grand prize of a brand new KTM 200 Duke (non ABS) naked bike, followed by a RM2,000 KTM PowerParts and PowerWear voucher for the runner up, and a RM1,000 KTM PowerParts and PowerWear voucher for the second runner up. More importantly, the weekend’s winner will claim the title as the first ever KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia champion.To make things even more interesting, our friends at KTM Malaysia CKD took some time last week to retune their fleet of 390 Duke Battle bikes for the 5.5km-long Sepang International Circuit. From what we understood, the bikes have been re-optimised for the long circuit, having its sprocket and suspension settings altered slightly for Sepang’s full course. Though each race lasted just 7 laps each, it proved to be a perfect incubator for some action-packed and close racing action.Race 1 on Friday was made even tougher following a late-afternoon thunderstorm. Nevertheless, all 16 riders took to the grid for what would become a very intense first race of the weekend.Winning the first race was rider Mohamad Kanafi Kamarudin, with seasoned semi-pro Abdul Wafi Bin Hassan taking second just 2.623 seconds behind. Rider Muhammad Imran Zulkafli claimed the final podium spot.Race 2 on Saturday afternoon was held under perfect weather conditions, but the racing intensified further here. Whilst Race 1 had no riders crashing out, Race 2 saw riders Mohd Hanif Zakariah and Muhamad Ariff Rosli crashing out on lap 6 and lap 5 respectively – a real shame given their top performance in the lead pack during the race.Mohammad Khairi Zakaria claimed victory in Race 2 instead. Just 0.101 seconds behind in second was Muhammad Imran Zulkafli, whilst the final podium spot as claimed by rider Vinod Dhanabala Singham with just 0.139 seconds separating him and winner Khairi.With his double podium and closest rival Wafi faltering, the overall win was claimed by non other than Muhammad Imran Zulkafli. Fondly addressed as ‘Uztaz’, the holy man and hobby rider initially couldn’t not believe that he won the title as the first ever KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia champion.“I did my solat hajat just before the race and Alhamdulillah, this was the result Allah granted me with. I am very grateful,” said the 30-year-old Kedah native. Imran’s journey towards the title began after he took second overall in the series’ second round held in his home state earlier this year.Shortly after the podium ceremony, a small hand-over ceremony was held on the podium where Uztaz Imran received the KTM 200 Duke naked bike grand prize from KTM Malaysia CKD executives.The celebrations also continued for riders Vinod Dhanabalan and Muhammad Fairuz Zain Salleh. Despite missing out on the podium finishes, Fairuz Zain was took third overall for the weekend based on the points he collected from finishing 5th in Race 1 and 4th in Race 2. Vinod, on the other hand, took second overall after finishing 4th in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2. Both Vinod and Fairuz came home with KTM PowerWear and PowerParts vouchers worth RM2,000 and RM1,000 each.Full results can be viewed in the gallery below, as well as more pictures from the weekend. Don’t forget to check out our report of the KBS-MAM Kapcai Endurance Grand Finale as well held during the weekend.KTM 390 Duke Battle Malaysia Grand Finale 2014 @ SIClast_img read more

Yorkhill makes return at Clonmel

first_imgTwo-time Cheltenham winner ‘Yorkhill’ makes his return to action this afternoon.After over 9-months out, the Willie Mullins-trained 9-year old will go in the Suir Valley Chase at Clonmel.That is one of seven-races at the Tipperary course today, with the first off at 2.20. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Ravens back together on field for first time since AFC Championship loss

first_imgThe most painful reality of an NFL season coming to an end is knowing that particular team will never be together again.When the Ravens walked off the field in Foxborough following a gut-wrenching loss in the AFC Championship, they had not only narrowly missed out on a trip to the Super Bowl but they knew they would be saying goodbye to important components of a division-winning team.Though a handful of veterans — Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata, Matt Birk, and the injured Terrell Suggs — were absent this week, the Ravens took the practice field in Owings Mills as a team for the first time, welcoming fresh-faced rookies and other newcomers while missing former teammates such as Jarret Johnson and Ben Grubbs — defensive tackle Bryan Hall has taken No. 95 while rookie Gino Gradkowski now wears No. 66.The inevitable question was asked, especially after a difficult off-season in which the Ravens lost several key players in free agency and the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year for at least the first half of the season due to a partially-torn Achilles tendon.After such a disappointing finish to their 2011 season, are the Ravens worried about a hangover in 2012?“I would probably not use that term. Take two Aspirin, that’s what you usually do, right?” said coach John Harbaugh, drawing laughs from the media. “I don’t think we have that problem. I don’t think it’s an issue. You go back to work; it’s a new season. Our guys, they’re in great spirits, so we’re excited. We’ve got lots of things to accomplish, things that we have yet to accomplish.”The off-season has been anything but smooth with Rice and quarterback Joe Flacco seeking long-term contracts and Reed recently questioning whether he was 100-percent committed to playing this season. In addition, a limited amount of salary cap room led to only modest additions to the roster, leaving uncertainty at vacated spots at left guard and linebacker. In reality, returning to the field might be the perfect remedy to block out all other distractions.And to move past the pain of the most disappointing loss in the careers of most players on the team.“Obviously, it hurts and it stings, but you have to get back out here,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “We are all tough guys and understand that that kind of thing happens sometimes. I think time is one thing, and getting back out here and running around and realizing that it’s not the end of the world. We have to come out here and we have to become ready to play so that we can get right back there and have the same opportunity next season.”No one fazed with absences of Rice, ReedWhile the absence of Rice was expected considering the Pro Bowl running back has yet to sign his franchise tender and is not under contract, plenty of questions were directed toward Harbaugh and Rice’s teammates on how his absence would impact practices.Rookie Bernard Pierce and second-year backs Anthony Allen and Damien Berry all saw action with the first-team offense with Rice nowhere to be found in the first week of OTAs. Rice recently expressed confidence that he will be in optimal playing shape whenever he does report to the Ravens — which may not occur until training camp if a long-term agreement isn’t reached by July 16.“I know we have a lot of good, talented guys that are working hard that are very good players,” Harbaugh said. “Who’s the next great player? We never heard of a lot of stars before they came out and became what they are. A lot of these guys that you don’t really know about right now are going to become great players. That’s just all around the league.”Given the voluntary nature of the OTA, the 33-year-old Reed being absent shouldn’t be surprising, but the timing of his interview with Sirius XM led to questions about the All-Pro safety’s desire to continue playing. Considering Reed has made similar comments in the past and immediately backtracked in the hours following the interview, the Ravens fully expect Reed to be ready for his 11th season.“Ed is a guy that I really trust and really, really care about and believe in,” Harbaugh said. “There has been no indication that he’s not going to play this year, as far as I am concerned. I don’t worry about Ed.”Considering only seven players were missing from this week’s workouts — the six veterans and fifth-round pick Asa Jackson since Cal Poly still has classes in session — the Ravens were pleased with attendance, but Flacco downplayed the significance of such key contributors being missing this week.After last year’s lockout prevented players from working out at the team’s facility and wiped out the OTA schedule, the Ravens never missed a beat on their way to a 12-4 record and their first AFC North title since 2006.“We’re professional football players. No matter what, we know how to play football,” Flacco said. “These [OTAs] are good for us, no doubt. We get a lot of work done. We have a lot of young guys, and that’s who it is really critical for. The young guys we had last year weren’t able to get that.”Eyes on outside linebacker, offensive lineFourth-year linebacker Paul Kruger and rookie Courtney Upshaw lined up as the starting outside backers, but the two were lined up in the opposite way that many anticipated.Kruger told reporters he has worked primarily at rush linebacker while Upshaw worked at strongside linebacker. Though Upshaw played a position at Alabama with responsibilities very similar to those of Suggs in the Baltimore defense, he will be asked to set the edge and drop more in pass coverage to fill the void left by the veteran Johnson.“He’s a very smart player – very football-knowledgeable guy,” Harbaugh said. “He has been very well-coached down there. He understands the game, he works hard. He has been everything that we anticipated he’d be so far.”There was even more movement along the offensive line as Gradkowski and Justin Boren took reps at center with Birk absent and 2012 second-round pick Kelechi Osemele took an overwhelming majority of the work at left guard. However, offensive lineman Jah Reid told reporters he played extensively at left guard on Tuesday as the two are expected to compete for the job in training camp.The Ravens used Reid at right tackle on a few occasions with the starting offense, shifting Michael Oher to the left side, but Bryant McKinnie received most work at left tackle.With the selections of Gradkowski and Osemele back in April, the Ravens opted for versatility on the offensive line with players capable of playing more than one position.“[You] just play where the coaches tell you to play, obviously,” veteran right guard Marshal Yanda said. “When you’re a young player, any way that you can get out onto the grass and get out and start in the NFL, you want to play wherever they put you and where there’s a spot open. Left guard is open right now, so obviously, those guys are going to be plugged in there and see what they can do one day at a time.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Bernard Pollard, Terrence Cody, Marshal Yanda, Torrey Smith, Billy Cundiff, Anquan Boldin, and Brendon Ayanbadejo HERE.last_img read more

Ferrer ready for whatever role Cone gives him

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ferrer believes that whatever reputation he had built in UST and in the amateur level should be thrown out the window as he eyes to make a name for himself in the pros.But now, he still has a long way to go as starting with regaining his conditioning back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Syempre kailangan ayusin yung conditioning. Yung defense ko din naman, nanggagaling din sa kundisyon ko. Medyo nangangapa pa, pero tiwala naman ako na unti-unti lang, aayos din ang lahat,” he said.Ferrer witnessed first hand how coach Tim Cone works, meeting the team for the first time for its preparation for the 2017 Philippine Cup before having a walkthrough of Ginebra’s basic plays. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town With veterans guiding him, the lengthy forward thinks that it wouldn’t take him that long before he finally fits in with the team.“Nakukuha ko na rin naman yung plays. Sana mas makuha ko pa yung sistema ni coach sa mga susunod na araw,” he said. “Gagawin ko lang yung laro ko at kung ano mang role ang ibibigay sa akin ni coach Tim.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Barangay Ginebra picks Kevin Ferrer in the special draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer knows that it would take more than just his talent to succeed in the PBA.“Iba na dito. Kailangan mo talaga mag-mature,” Ferrer said after attending Ginebra’s first practice session on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Prized recruit Akomo brings hope to UST after forgettable season 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more