NCS Playoffs: St. Bernard’s volleyball opens with straight-set win over Patten Academy

first_imgEUREKA >> The postseason run has begun for the senior-heavy St. Bernard’s volleyball team, and its quest to make it back to the Division VI state tournament has taken a step in the right direction.The Crusaders swept Patten Academy of Oakland in straight sets (25-8, 25-16 and 25-23) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division VI playoffs at Crusader Gymnasium on Wednesday night.For one of seven seniors, middle hitter Betsy Brown, just being in the playoffs in her last year of high …last_img

A healthy dose of ‘Mad Maxx’ may have been these Raiders’ secret

first_imgOAKLAND — Jon Gruden wasn’t concerned about Maxx Crosby’s small sack total heading into Sunday’s game. That number isolated, Gruden attests, is far too perfunctory to properly assess the rookie’s instant impact on these Raiders.Crosby had a handful of tackles — six solo, five for loss — and two forced fumbles. His total of 2.5 sacks were collected over three games (one against Chicago, one against Green Bay and a half against the Chargers). That wasn’t why they call him Mad Maxx.Perhaps …last_img

Sweating Blood Can Be a Disease or a Response to Stress

first_imgBlood oozing out of the skin can have more than one cause, say scientists.A young woman in Italy has a “rare and mysterious condition that causes her to sweat blood,” reports Live Science. The condition, called hematohidrosis, appears to be due to a blood disorder, because it occurs spontaneously without a known trigger.The Italian woman said that there did not appear to be a single trigger to her bleeding — it could occur while she was asleep, or while she was exercising or under stress. She said that she had become socially isolated as a result of her condition, and she experienced symptoms of depression and panic disorder, the report said.Tests showed that it was indeed blood on her face, and not “colored sweat,” which can occur in certain conditions. An analysis of her skin under a microscope showed normal skin tissue, the report said.Reports of “sweating blood” go back to ancient times, but until 1600, no eyewitness accounts were recorded, the article says. Nevertheless, doctors examining this woman no longer doubt the reality of the condition.But after conducting a review of recent cases of hematohidrosis — 28 cases in the last 13 years — Duffin concluded that the condition really does exist. “Credible, though scant, observations of sweating blood persist” in the medical literature, she wrote in her commentary. “This collection of well-documented observations commands respect and acceptance,” she said.However, nobody knows what causes the condition. Some researchers have hypothesized that increased pressure in blood vessels leads to the passage of blood cells through the ducts of the sweat glands, according to GARD. Others speculate the condition may be the result of activation of the body’s “fight or flight” response, which generally occurs when people experience sudden fear or stress. This response triggers the release of certain hormones that make a person more alert. But in rare cases, it may also cause the rupture of small blood vessels, resulting in bleeding, according to Healthline.Reports of Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane come to mind. Luke recorded in his gospel (Luke 22:44), “his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Being a doctor, Luke must have noted this as highly unusual. Since this was a unique incident in the life of Christ, who was vigorous and healthy through his many travels and ministry activities and healed many others, this was not a genetic abnormality. It must have been from extreme stress the Bible describes as “agony.”No human can imagine the stress of having to bear the weight of the world’s sins on the cross (just hours away as He prayed), and knowing that it would mean the Father rejecting the Son (“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” —quoting Psalm 22:1). Knowing in advance that this would mean enduring the hell that all human sinners deserve, the physical stress at that moment is incomprehensible. No wonder it brought on an episode of sweating great drops of blood. After angels ministered to Him, Jesus stood and faced the inevitable. For “the joy that was set before him [He] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). His followers should take the Savior’s fortitude as an example: “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted,” the next verse says. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Yet many have, as the writer of Hebrews detailed in the end of the previous chapter, and many persecuted Christians suffer today around the world. No man’s sufferings can compare with what Christ endured. Let us be thankful that Jesus went the distance, and now reigns as our intercessor. If you are a Christ follower, your sins were nailed on the cross with Jesus (Colossians 2:13-14). He took your pain. Let Him have your life—the reasonable response (Romans 12:1-2).(Visited 294 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sasol’s synthetic fuels go global

first_img16 March 2007South African petrochemicals group Sasol is taking its synthetic fuel technology global. With gas-to-liquid ventures up and running in Qatar and approaching fruition in Nigeria, the company is pursuing major coal-to-fuel opportunities in China, India and the United States.Sasol, the world’s biggest producer of liquid fuel from coal, was the first company – way back in 1955 – to commercialise the Fischer-Tropsch method of converting coal to liquid fuel and chemicals. More recently, it started converting natural gas piped to South Africa from Mozambique, using a new technology based on the Fischer-Tropsch method.Sasol’s plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga produces around 150 000 barrels of synthetic fuel a day, providing about 28% of South Africa’s annual fuel needs. It is the only commercial coal-to-liquid plant in the world – but that could change by as early as 2012.Gas-to-liquid joint venturesThe company’s gas-to-liquid plant in Qatar – a joint venture with Chevron in partnership with Qatar Petroleum – started producing the world’s first commercial supplies of gas-derived fuel outside South Africa in 2006.According to Business Report, a second Sasol Chevron plant, in Nigeria – in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company – is expected to start operating in 2009, and the joint venture partners are also conducting a feasibility study for a gas-to-liquids facility in Western Australia.Coal-to-liquid prospectsOn the coal-to-liquid front, according to Business Report, Sasol has started feasibility studies for two plants in China which would produce a combined 160 000 barrels of fuel a day and could be in operation by as early as 2012.The group is also eyeing coal-to-liquid opportunities in the three US states of Montana, Illinois and Wyoming, the newspaper reported last week, and has identified coal deposits in India that could support a coal-to-liquid plant.“All three countries are engaged in discussions with Sasol, at different stages of advancement, with a view to developing coal-to-liquid plants that will lessen their dependence on oil imports,” Sasol chief executive Pat Davies said in the group’s 2006 annual report, released in November.Sasol’s benchmark for an international coal-to-liquid plant, according to Business Report, is 80 000 barrels a day, requiring about 60 000 tons of coal a day and costing between US$5-billion and $7-billion to build.With such high costs involved, Sasol is looking to the respective governments to provide suitable incentives, including loan guarantees, to make it possible for the company to secure finance for the plants.Davies said in his annual report that Sasol was “very upbeat” about the prospects for the two planned plants in China.He said the group foresaw “a rebirth in coal utilisation in some of the world’s coal-rich regions. This case is particularly strong in those countries that have insufficient or no oil reserves, such as Australia, India, China and the US.”China, the US and India together hold a large part of the world’s coal reserves. According to Business Report, China’s reserves are estimated at one trillion tons, while Montana, Illinois and Wyoming together account for some 267-billion tons, about 56% of total US reserves.Davies has said that processing just 10% of China’s coal reserves could produce as much liquid fuel equivalent as that produced from the world’s proven oil reserves.And the world’s gas reserves, he said in his 2006 report, were estimated to have an oil equivalent of at least a trillion barrels, which “could meet human needs for at least another 60 years.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

International flavour at 2014 X-Blades National Touch League

first_imgYou can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksWorld Cup 2015 By BEN HARRISWith a little over 400 days until the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup, preparations for the sport’s premier event have been stepped up.The 2014 X-Blades National Touch League is an opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their skills before the April 29 to May 3, 2015 event at Coffs Harbour.Players try to impress Australian selectors, referees want to get notice and international teams look for an edge.Two of the visiting nations that will feature at the World Cup are Japan and Papua New Guinea (PNG).The international sides are playing at this week’s NTL championships to get experience and to prepare themselves the best way possible.Both countries have sent a couple of teams to Coffs Harbour this week to play.Japan has sides in the mixed open, men’s T-League and two teams in the women’s T-League divisions.PNG teams are playing in the men’s and women’s T-League competitions.It has been a learning curve for both countries but that is what this endeavour to the NTL was all about.“We are preparing for the World Cup next year and the NTL is at the same field, the same place and the same stadium [as the World Cup],” Japanese mixed open’s coach Satoru Ozawa.“Most of the players in the Japanese team don’t have any international experience so this is about getting that experience.”The mixed team have yet to win a game while it is more promising in the T-League competition.Japan has won three matches in the men’s and women’s T-League divisions.PNG has also found success in the young division with the men’s side beating South Queensland Sharks (B), Victoria and South West Queensland Swans.The women’s team have pushed their rivals all the way.For developing touch football nations like Japan and PNG, Ozawa said it was hard at times.“In Japan, we have no mixed competition at all so they don’t have any experience,” Ozawa said of his team.“Everyone is excited. Of course we want to win more games.“I want to challenge teams.”last_img read more

2015 NTL Finals Day Update

first_imgPlease find attached the finals draw and finals structure for finals day of the 2015 National Touch League. To view, please click on the attachments below.Related Filesmodified_draw1-pdfmodified_draw_structure_and_format1-pdfRelated LinksModified Finals Drawlast_img