TCU and Paschal communities celebrate the life of incoming TCU baseball player

first_imgFacebook Garrett Podell Facebook ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett Podell TCU Head Baseball Coach Jim Schlossnagle and TCU Baseball Player Luken Baker attended Drew Medford’s vigil at Paschal High School Thursday night Twitter Garrett Podell printBoth of the school communities on Berry Street, TCU and Paschal High School, came together Thursday night to celebrate the life of a 2016 Paschal graduate and incoming TCU baseball player.Drew Medford died in a one-vehicle crash on the Chisholm Trail Parkway early on Thursday. The wreck occurred around 2:30, near the Interstate 20 exit, according to a statement from Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Highway Patrol Staff Lieutenant Lonny Haschel.Medford, who was set to pitch at TCU next season, was the MVP of District 4-6A, Paschal baseball head coach Darrell Preston said.However, Medford was more than just an athlete, as friends, family, Horned Frogs and Panthers alike remembered Medford in a vigil on the Paschal practice football field around 5 p.m.“He had one of the biggest hearts in the world,” Zach Shaw, one of Medford’s close friends from high school, said. “Drew Medford was the one of the most genuine, most kind, and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of encountering.”Medford was known for his ability to make people smile. “He just made everybody laugh and was such a great guy to be around,” said Lauren Callaghan, an incoming TCU freshman.Almost the entire practice football field was full, as it was nearly impossible to see the grass with so many people coming to pay their respects.“This is amazing,” Preston said. “I look out here and all I see is nothing but love for Drew Medford, and I think its fitting that it’s raining, just like all the tears that are falling right now because he was such an unbelievable person.”Despite the downpour, the entire crowd stayed throughout the entirety of the vigil. Medford’s friends and family displayed the traits he was most known for: his spirit.“Drew Medford taught us something: how not to quit,” Preston said. “Drew Medford won, I see it looking at all of our faces, and he’s looking down at us today and always will be.”Paschal head football coach and assistant baseball coach Matt Miracle also praised Medford for his never-give-up attitude.“We have a strong community here at Paschal, and we don’t stay down, we get back up and keep pushing forward,” Matt Miracle said. “We all know that’s what Drew would want us to do.”Many TCU athletes attended Medford’s vigil, including TCU head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle and TCU baseball players Luken Baker, Brian Howard and Michael Landestoy, among others.Schlossnagle issued a statement on Medford’s passing Thursday morning.“Our program lost another teammate this morning in Drew Medford,” Schlossnagle said. “We ask that you please keep the Medford family in your thoughts and prayers.”Some TCU volleyball players were also in attendance, as well as TCU basketball player Karviar Shepherd.Paschal and TCU students and alums alike all agreed that Drew Medford made an impact on their lives.“This right here, all of these people, just goes to show the impact that he made,” Shaw said. “Each and every one of you knew him, and he grew on all of us every day.”Paschal principal Terri Mossige summarized a theme of Medford’s vigil: unity. “Never ever underestimate the spirit of a community,” Mossige said. “We stand together.”It’s undeniable that Medford had an ability that only a select few in the world of sports possess — the ability to bring people together.“He was more than just an athlete, he brought all of us closer,” Shaw said. “There’s not enough to say about him.” Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Twitter Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt TAGSphotos Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Previous articleWomen’s golf: Striving to be the bestNext articleRain doesn’t stop Chancellor’s Assembly salute to Class of 2020 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedinlast_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Europa 2’s cold ironing certified by DNV GL

first_img This is the first time a cruise ship has been using cold ironing for a long period of time, according to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Europa 2, a cruise ship operated by Germany-based cruise line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has had its cold ironing connection certified by the classification society DNV GL.  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: The End of Heavy Fuel Oil Era in Expedition Fleet The cruise vessel has been successfully using cold ironing at the Cruise Center Altona in Hamburg for the past 30 days and was able to save a total of 600 tons of carbon dioxide. All new ships in the company’s fleet are equipped for cold ironing. “We are glad that we have been able to make such valuable use of this forced break by driving forward cold ironing and the certification of the Europa 2. The fact that a cruise ship has used cold ironing over a long period of time in Hamburg is an important and unprecedented experience,” Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Posted: about 1 year ago Furthermore, all routes are carefully planned with an environmentally efficient average speed not pushing the vessels to go as fast as possible, reduces consumption by 30% and also lowers the emissions, the cruise line added. The luxury ship Europa 2, with a maximum of 500 passengers requires 2.2 megawatts of power per hour during its laytime. This reduces the ship’s emissions to practically zero. The electricity used is being supplied by Hamburg Energie and comes from 100% renewable resources, which means that the operation of the Europa 2 in the port is practically climate-neutral, the company said. The compatibility of the cold ironing connection at the Cruise Center in Altona was adjusted by the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), as the small Europa 2 requires a lower voltage than the other cruise ships that are using cold ironing there. The settings can be easily duplicated any time the luxury ship makes a stop at the port in the future. center_img “Successful use of cold ironing is another important part of our environmental strategy. We use marine gas oil with a low 0.1% sulphur content in the whole fleet, all over the world, thereby going beyond the legal requirements.” As explained, the certification is a result of testing its undisrupted use and compatibility of cold ironing. Categories: Business & Finance By using the low-pollutant fuel marine gas oil with a sulphur content of 0.1%, the sulphur emissions of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet will be cut by 80%. The switch to marine gas oil also means a reduction in soot and particulates of up to 30%. Posted: about 1 year ago Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd Cruiseslast_img read more

Millions sought for Procurement Commission

first_imgFinancial paper No 2– as Cabinet continues to grant ‘no objections’ to contractsThe Government has moved to the National Assembly to seek some $54.1 million in supplemental funding for the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). The money is intended to pay the salaries of the Chairperson and other officials,From left: Carol Corbin; Sukrishnalall Pasha; President David Granger; Ivor Burnette English; former Labour Minister, Dr Nanda Kishore Gopaul and Emily Dodson at the Ministry of the Presidency when the Public Procurement Commission was sworn in last yearamong other expenses.This was revealed when Finance Minister Winston Jordan laid Government’s financial paper Number Two in the National Assembly on Thursday last. The requests form part of the schedule of supplementary provisions totalling $2.5 billion for January to December 2017 and come under line item three of the current estimates.An examination of the financial paper reveals that funds are being sought to pay the salaries of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and three Commissioners. A request was also made for funds to pay auxiliary staff, including those from the accounting and engineering sections.Requests were also made for funding to cover expenses related to the rent, security, telephone, electricity, water, materials, equipment and supplies incurred by the Commission.Fuel, local travel and subsistence, as well as vehicle spares, janitorial and cleaning supplies, equipment maintenance and cleaning, extermination and training for the months August to December 2017 also factor into the request.According to the financial paper, the PPC was in the process of being established during the 2017 budget preparation and was not functional at the time.Procurement ActThe PPC was established last October. It is tasked, as set out by the Procurement Act, to “monitor and review the functioning of all procurement systems to ensure that they are in accordance with law and such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly”, among other duties.It is also tasked with promoting “awareness of the rules, procedures, and special requirements of the procurement process among suppliers, contractors  and public bodies, and safeguard the national interest in public procurement matters, having due regard to any international obligations”.The Act also stipulates that “it will, as well, monitor the performance of procurement bodies with respect to adherence to regulations and efficiency in procuring goods and services and execution of works; approve of procedures for public procurement, disseminate rules and procedures for public procurement, and recommend modifications thereto to the public procurement entities”.Specifically, section 54(6) of the Procurement Act, Chapter 73:05 states, “Cabinet’s involvement under this section shall cease upon the constitution of the Public Procurement Commission except in relation to those matters referred to in subsection (1) which are pending.”The members of the Commission currently are Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, Ivor English, Nandkishore Gopaul and Sukrishnalall Pasha. When the Commission was installed last year, President David Granger had said, at that time, that it would take the brunt of work off the shoulders of Government Ministers. The Alliance For Change (AFC) has been vocal against Cabinet continuing its no-objection’ arrangement.However, although the Commission has settled in, Government continued to grant its no objection to contracts. When he was asked about the situation earlier this year, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said the group had indicated that it was not in a position to begin its work.“The Public Procurement Commission indicated that some time in January they will be ready to execute their mandate. Right now, they are not ready, because there are still some critical appointments to be made in the Commission and, therefore, the role of granting no objection to contracts remains with Cabinet,” he told the media.In an about-turn soon after, however, the PPC had indicated that a literal interpretation of the Constitution would not allow it to take over the Cabinet’s function in giving approval to contracts. It had zeroed in on Section 54 of the Act.“A literal interpretation of this section directs the immediate cessation of Cabinet’s role once the PPC is constituted. (It does not), however, provide for the PPC to take over that function from Cabinet. The role of the PPC is limited to approving the format of the streamlined report to be sent to Cabinet and if all of Section 54 (1) is to prevail, reviewing the threshold of the value of contracts to be reviewed by the Cabinet,” it had said in a statement.“Based on the foregoing, the Commission is not empowered by the Constitution or the Act to grant no objection or to award contracts. The awarding of contracts is the responsibility of the Procuring Entities and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board. These agencies are responsible for the public advertisements of contracts, evaluation of bids and ultimate approval and award of contracts.”last_img read more

Eriksson: England will never win World Cup

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.Sven-Goran Eriksson GFX“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”last_img read more