Hauled Out

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK – Labor Day is now long gone, kids are back in school and the air has taken on a distinctly autumnal nip. That means boat owners, who may have been putting off the inevitable, are thinking about the coming winter and their crafts.“The first cold snap, that’s what wakes everybody up,” said Don Kimber, service manager at Irwin Marine, located in Marine Park.Mechanics at Irwin Marine prepare a boat for winter stoarge.“Everybody kind of forgets about their boats,” as they think about everything else going on like getting the kids settled in school and other responsibilities, he said. “But it’s better to get it done now,” before the severe weather gears up.As the temperature drops, people’s boats, like their homes or cars, can face damage if not prepared. Irwin likened the larger cabin cruisers he sees to small condos. It’s important to drain water and oil and drain and replace the propylene antifreeze (a more environmentally friendly cousin to what is used in cars) to get it ready.“A boat’s a big investment,” Kimber stressed. “Like anything, you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.”Irwin Marine provides the services needed to haul boats out of water and then store them indoors or out. Other options include putting them on trailers or keeping them in the water.If boats are taken out of the water for the season, Kimber said, they get power washed, the engines are winterized and – importantly – the oil and filters are changed. “Oil as it breaks down is corrosive. So you want all of that out of it,” he said.Many owners ask Kimber and his crew to apply shrink-wrap to their boats that are being hauled out of the water. The work, which provides an airtight seal, is done using propane torches. Mechanics also can apply the wrap to boats that will remain in the water. However Kimber said he tends to “shy away from doing it” because it’s really difficult to get a good tight fit that way.Many boat owners decide to keep the vessels in the water over the winter, and that is all right, too. The key is the prep work, Kimber said. Irwin can provide an additional service to protect the boats by pumping warm air through a series of lines just below the surface, surrounding the boats, when the air temperature begins to dip below 32 degrees.Kimber has some recommendations for owners before they bring in their the boats. He has noticed that many people don’t do enough to protect the craft’s exterior, which can take a beating over the summer and winter.“The UV rays just bake it,” he noticed.Owners should also top off the gas tank, but not completely fill it, leaving a little room. Boat fuel in this state has about 10 percent alcohol, which tends to absorb moisture. “If gasoline isn’t prepped properly,” he advised, “your fuel system just gets contaminated.”This week Kimber has begun fielding more calls from owners looking to winterize their boats. The calls were not unexpected.“It’s getting busier and busier,” he said.Last year Irwin serviced about 150 boats, ranging in size from 11 feet to about 47 feet; many of those had spent the summer docked at the Marine Park marina. He expects about the same number this year.Irwin charges $50 a foot for the winterizing service, and offers an a la cart menu of services and charges accordingly.Kimber has been working nearly 30 years at Irwin, which has been in business and run by the Irwin family since 1884. He expects to be busy servicing the boats until the holiday season.Just a few short months later, beginning in March, it all starts up again. That’s when “we’re putting people back in the water,” he said. RB business sees sure seasonal sign as boats come out of the waterlast_img read more

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Cats dig down to win one for Coach D, capture West Kootenay Hoop Crown

first_imgJohnny Johnson and Oliver Cougur combined for 26 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to an emotional 42-38 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers the final of the West Kootenay High School Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships Friday at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium.The win was the first time that most people can remember that a junior boy’s team from Mount Sentinel has defeated its district rivals to win the West Kootenay crown.“The team was carrying a heavy heart and feeling a lot of pressure to perform to the best of their ability in front of the school community in order to deliver on a promise to win this game for Coach D,” Mount Sentinel principal turned coach Glen Campbell said after the victory.Campbell along with Ken Wiens skippered the team after coach Blair D’Andrea died suddenly.A Celebration of life was held for D’Andrea at Mount Sentinel Thursday and Friday, after the WK tournament, at the LVR Hangar.“The difficulty for any team in this situation is being able to keep your mind focused on the task at hand as opposed to the outcome and the constant reminders of their beloved Coach,” Campbell added. The pressure was evident on the faces of the Wildcats early in the game as the visiting Bombers built up an early 23-7 lead in the second quarter.However, Mount Sentinel began chipping away at the margin and, once the hosts gained the momentum, there was nothing that was going to stop this juggernaut.“Filling in for Coach D was friend and colleague Ken Wiens who did a great job at keeping the guys settled down and focused on the moment so that a comeback was possible,” Campbell explained.“It finally materialized with about two minutes to go in the game before Mt. Sentinel took the lead for the first time and held on for a four point margin of victory.”Johnson topped all scorers with 16 points while Oliver Cougur added 10.Replying for the Bombers was Avery Kusher with 10 and S. Wang with 11.“In my 25 years of coaching experience in high school sports this will go down as one of my most rewarding days because the selfless gift that coaches give of their time felt like the team was able to pay that back a little in memory and tribute to Coach D and his Family,” said Campbell, who spoke on behalf of coach Blair D’Andrea during Friday’s Celebration of Life at the Hangar.“We all needed a feel good moment given the difficulty of dealing with his sudden loss to us all.”last_img read more

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Grizzlies 132, Warriors 117: Kevin Durant explains what led to his 16th technical

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS -– Kevin Durant shook his head repeatedly with dismay.The Warriors’ star did not say a single word to any official. Yet, official Karl Lane issued Durant a technical. The Warriors’ 132-117 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in their regular-season finale on Wednesday proved inconsequential after already locking up the No. 1 seed earlier this week. But this …last_img

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Takeaways: A’s 3, White Sox 2

first_imgMatt Chapman had just executed a Matrix-like side-belly slide, evading White Sox … Oakland Coliseum’s vast foul territory has its pits and perks.Sunday afternoon, the A’s home turf helped deliver the team a 3-2, walk-off win to seal a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox.Here are three takeaways.Unfavorable challenges and redemption inningsThe moment crew chief Larry Vanover took off his headset and pumped his fist out, it looked like the A’s hot streak would trip over a blip.last_img

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Will IoT-driven brand experiences keep the taps flowing?

first_imgInstead of simply quaffing booze, beverage companies want partiers to experience brands, and are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to introduce drinking 2.0.Marketing Week reports that drinks maker Pernod Ricard is increasingly using IoT in its marketing efforts for its products.And while talking to your drink at the bar was previously a warning sign, Pernod Ricard wants to use IoT to let drinkers have an “ongoing conversation” with their tipple of choice.It is doing this by augmenting 40,000 Malibu brand bottles into “digital touchpoints.” The bottles give consumers exclusive content by tapping their smartphone against the bottle. Hopefully gently.“Someone scanning the bottle is not the end of the journey. It brings the product, experience and consumer all together,” said Pernod Ricard UK’s Denis O’Flynn. “We do see [the technology use] becoming broader, where we can incorporate messaging about the product, health guidelines, how to mix and serve it – all that information will be required in future, and will be done through some sort of smart technology.”Digital tech a booming part of media spendingThe company is increasing its media spending in this area, boosting total digital expenditure in 2016 from 31% to 40%.“When it comes to the IoT and [our bottles], clearly we are working on it a lot,” said Pernod Ricard’s managing director of finance and operations Gilles Bogaert. “More and more it will be focused on consumer engagement.”And as beverage-makers get hip to the latest connected technology, they see IoT as a useful technology in boosting consumers brand experience. These being experiences other than getting inebriated.“Potentially it could even help not only to be something passive where consumers can read the scanning but to create an experience for the brand,” said Bogaert.“That’s something we’re looking to do more of in the future. To be able to create more experiences around the brands, including when people are at home organizing parties for instance.”This comes as entertainment and lifestyle companies are increasing turning to connected technology to enhance customer experiences in stadiums and elsewhere. Tags:#branding#Internet of Things#IoT#Malibu#Pernod Ricard Related Posts Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

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Previewing: Oklahoma State-Kansas State

first_imgOklahoma State will undoubtedly face their biggest test this weekend as the Kansas State Wildcats come to town.What to expect from KSULike the Cowboys, K-State has yet to lose a game, playing a similarly weak schedule. The Wildcats opened up with a shutout against an FCS opponent (South Dakota), cruised past UTSA and needed three overtimes to sneak past Louisiana Tech at home two weeks ago.The Wildcats struggled to defend the pass in that game, letting former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel carve them up for 312 yards. Bill Snyder’s team showed a weakness for the first time all season after cruising past two lowly opponents. The season got off to a rough start for K-State as starting quarterback Jesse Ertz was lost for the season only two plays in.Joe Hubener has stepped in admirably, throwing for four TDs and no interceptions. Hubener isn’t as mobile as you expect from a quarterback in a Bill Snyder offense, but he’s still a pretty decent runner. For injury purposes (that is, lack of depth), they haven’t let him run as much as normal. The 6-foot-5 junior has only rushed for 105 yards in three games.Kansas State’s passing offense is somewhat limited with Hubener, featuring a lot of balls thrown less than 15 yards. The Wildcats no longer have an elite-level receiver like Tyler Lockett who can stretch defenses. The best thing they have has been Kody Cook who leads the team with 148 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Silmon is averaging 5.8 yards per carry, but like the rest of the Wildcats offense he’s nothing flashy. Mason Rudolph’s turnovers accounted for 14 points being scored by Texas last weekend, but the defense only gave up 13. K- State does not have the type of offense that can put up 50+ points like some Big 12 teams are capable of. I’d be surprised if the defense allows more than 20 points. They should cook up a few more TOs, too.“We say in the locker room that we not only need to keep getting turnovers and continue to do that, but also start scoring off of them,” said DT Vincent Taylor this week. “I think we need to keep doing what we’re doing each week and start getting points.”What about OSUNow to the million dollar question: How will golden-boy Mason Rudolph rebound from his first rough game?Rudolph threw two ugly interceptions against Texas and another clumsy fumble resulting in two defensive touchdowns. Turnovers cannot continue to be a trend if the Cowboys want to improve on last year’s 4-5 conference record.Rudolph will be challenged against a defense that has not given up very many points. However, even against two small schools in the first two weeks, K-State has let each of its three opponents complete at least 60 percent of its passes. The Wildcats also have not yet intercepted a pass in the 2015 season.With Rennie Childs likely out and Chris Carson also banged up, the starting running back duties could be Jeff Carr’s. The freshman has shown good quickness and the ability to catch passes out of the backfield on occasion.However, K-State has been incredibly stout against the run this season, allowing only 2.37 yards per carry. The Cowboys are only averaging 4.12 yards per carry with Childs and Carson, without them could be even worse with some legitimate questions about the offensive line having not been answered yet.How will the game be decided?The strength of K-State this season has been solid run defense and the ability to control the ball on offense. It may take more than on offense for KSU to win this game. Hubener has a strong arm, but he has yet to show it. If he can finally start to stretch the field then K-State has a chance, but a conservative offense will not go into Boone Pickens and win.I think it will be very obvious that OSU will be one-dimensional on Saturday, but Rudolph does have a chance to expose the weakest unit on the field for the Wildcats. If Yurcich’s play-calling gets predictable and KSU can stuff the running game it could be a long one, but I don’t anticipate for struggles for QB1. Ultimately, I don’t see the Cowboys losing this game at home. The Wildcats don’t have an offense that can put up enough on points on Glenn Spencer’s unit, period. That should be the deciding factor in a low-scoring win for the Cowboys. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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9 months agoJuventus lodge new appeal for 2005/06 Serie A title removed from Inter Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus lodge new appeal for 2005/06 Serie A title removed from Inter Milanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have lodged a new appeal to have the 2005/06 Serie A title removed from Inter Milan.During the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, Juve had two Scudetti revoked – the 2004/05 title went unassigned, while the 2005/06 title was handed to third-place Inter.This was due to AC Milan, who had finished second, also being docked points in the trial, along with Lazio, Fiorentina, Reggina and Arezzo.Juventus have had several appeals rejected to have the titles returned, or at least the later trophy taken away from Inter.On Saturday, Juve formally lodged another appeal with the Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport tribunal. last_img read more

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9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola tells cheeky Ederson: Don’t change!

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola tells cheeky Ederson: Don’t change!by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was happy with a cheeky piece of play from Ederson during victory over Wolves.The Brazilian registered a clean sheet against Wolves during City’s 3-0 win at the Etihad, but it was a moment in the second half which grabbed the attention of the crowd…Ederson journeyed into midfield just minutes before full-time, passing a number of times coolly and calmly as ever.Speaking after the clash, Pep said: “I’m so pleased because he lives high on the pitch and defends with our back four.”(Adama) Traore is one of fastest payers I’ve ever seen in my life so handle the risk is not easy, our build-up was better and it is what it is.”We love Ederson the way he is!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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21 hours agoLiverpool make January transfer window call

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool make January transfer window callby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool expect to have a quiet January transfer window.The Reds have enjoyed a flying start to the new Premier League season, currently sitting six points clear of Manchester City having won eight of their nine matches so far.Liverpool are also on course to make the knockout stages of the Champions League having breezed past Genk with a 4-1 win on Wednesday night.With Jurgen Klopp’s side flying high, the Liverpool Echo says it’s unlikely the Merseyside giants will splash the cash when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.It’s claimed that it will take a ‘huge unforeseen struggle’ for Klopp to delve into the market. last_img read more

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Resource firm planning new NB wells if Tories lift fracking moratorium

first_imgFREDERICTON — A major player in natural gas development in New Brunswick is making plans for new wells if the province’s new Tory government follows through on a pledge to lift a moratorium on fracking.Corridor Resources currently has 32 producing wells in the Sussex area and operates a 50 kilometre pipeline, a gathering system comprising 15 kilometres of pipe, and a natural gas processing facility.The company wants to expand but the previous Liberal government imposed a moratorium in 2014 that prohibits hydraulic fracturing — a process that involves pumping water and chemicals at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release gas.The new Tory government has proposed lifting the moratorium in specific areas, like the Sussex region, if there is public support.In a corporate presentation the company says, if the moratorium is lifted, they would drill five vertical evaluation wells, complete three existing wells, identify “sweet spots,” and drill a second round of up to five horizontal wells.The company says with the impending end of Nova Scotia’s offshore production, natural gas will have to come from outside the Maritimes if the New Brunswick deposit is not further developed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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