Injuries strike as Raiders edge Panthers

first_imgNew recruit Aidan Sezer starred for the home team, scoring two tries and stepping up in the absence of Blake Austin who was forced off the pitch midway through the match with a medial ligament injury.Played in 36-degree temperatures, the game was always going to be won by the team with the most mental toughness, and that was the advantage the Raiders had in the dying moments.A final-play try to iron man Shaun Fensom sealed the deal after a tense final 20 minutes, which saw both teams locked up late in the game.The Panthers played tough and scored some nice tries with silky smooth passing, particularly on the edges where the skill of their back row was obvious.Trent Merrin, the game’s other star recruit, was great for Penrith, doing plenty of the tough stuff in the middle and scoring a nice try.However it wasn’t enough for the visitors, the Raiders holding out late thanks to Sezer and a dominant forward pack. The Panthers opened their account with a penalty from in front, but the Raiders hit back soon after, and their first try of the season had Blake Austin written all over it. The star five-eighth showed up a number of times in a movement that ended with Edrick Lee sneaking over in the corner after a late Josh Papalii offload.The Canberra pivot was at it again in the 18th minute, starting off a length-of-the-field movement with a half break earning a penalty, before finishing off the set with a tough try down the other end of the field. Skipper Jarrod Croker again converted to take Canberra out to a 12-2 lead.Midway through the first half it was looking like the Raiders could run away with it, but a long break from Penrith flyer Will Smith sparked a fight-back. Just 22 minutes into his Panthers career, Merrin put the Panthers back onto the scoreboard, diving over after a superb short ball from James Segeyaro. Sezer then hit back for the Raiders, combining brilliantly with Papalli and Jarrod Croker to get his first try in the lime green. And the scoring see-saw ride continued, Peta Hiku the next recruit to cross the line late in the first half after some silky smooth passing down the left edge Penrith attack.That score and Jamie Soward’s subsequent conversion and late penalty had the game locked up at 16-all at half-time. The Raiders couldn’t have started the second half any worse, conceding a number of penalties before allowing in a try and seeing their star player Austin limping from the field. The Panthers scored through Josh Mansour after keeping the ball alive nicely, but the knee injury to Austin was a more disastrous blow to Canberra. The Raiders brought on Kurt Baptiste to cover for their playmaking loss and over the ensuing 10-minute period the Raiders covered nicely for Austin. Sezer was forced to step up and that he certainly did, dragging a number of opposition players over the line to bring the Raiders back level with half an hour remaining. That score would be a double blow to Penrith with star hooker Segeyaro forced from the field with a fractured arm. Both teams engaged in an arm wrestle, as well as some push and shove over the next few passages before Croker broke the deadlock with a couple of penalty goals to take the Raiders out to a four-point lead before Fensom’s try finished off the contest.  Canberra Raiders 30 (Sezer 2, Lee, Austin, Fensom tries; Croker 5 goals) defeated Penrith Panthers 22 (Merrin, Hiku, Mansour; Soward 5 goals) at GIO Stadium. Crowd: 11,297.last_img read more

NBA: Derrick Rose ‘fine’ with veteran’s ‘bargain’ salary with Cavs

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The Cleveland Cavaliers appeared to have gotten a massive bargain after signing Derrick Rose to a one-year $2.1 million salary this off-season.Rose, after all, holds the distinction as the league’s youngest Most Valuable Player winner,  capturing the prestigious award at 22 years old in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He’ll also receive plenty of opportunities to shine, as the Cavs’ newly obtained point guard, Isaiah Thomas, won’t be back until the All Star break.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemptionADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile go out Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After suffering multiple injury setbacks over the years, which have visibly sapped his prized athleticism, the now 29-year-old guard sees the massive pay cut as a chance to prove himself again.“I get a chance to reintroduce myself back to the league. I get to bet on myself,” Rose told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “That was one of the reasons I came here: I get to bet on myself. And I’m from Chicago, I’ve got that hustling side; it’s in me, man. Next time you’ve got to pay me, you’ve got to pay me double, so it’s fine with me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLast year, Rose came up with his most productive season in years, averaging 19.5 points while suiting up for 64 games for the New York Knicks.Another healthy and fruitful showing could raise his stock among NBA teams again, as he enters free agency after this season. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Shooting for immortality

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That’s how things are when the Beermen take the first of three tries to claim an unprecedented fourth PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night in squaring off with the desperate Hotshots in Game 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Save for their fourth quarter collapse that led to a 105-103 Game 1 loss, the Beermen have been in cruise control in the best-of-seven series, where the Hotshots have yet to find an answer to their incredible firepower.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos have been steady, but the likes of Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot have had their turns in giving the Hotshots problems, particularly in Game 4 on Wednesday.Reserves like Matt Ganuelas Rosser and Brian Heruela have also stepped up for the Beermen, giving Austria more weapons and making Magnolia’s task of pulling off an upset highly improbable. “Their backs are against the wall and I’m sure they’ll come out very hard (in Game 5),” said Austria of the Hotshots in Filipino. “They’re hurting and you know they would want to fight back. This series is far from over.”Santos is looking forward to a celebration on Friday night as the Beermen look to collect a league-high eighth all-Filipino crown.“We just want to win and celebrate and reward ourselves for all the sacrifices that we’ve made to get to this point,” Santos said in Filipino.The Hotshots came up with a gallant stand in Game 4, only to fall short in the endgame when Mark Barroca committed a critical turnover that led to Santos’ game-clinching free throws.“We’ll just try to live another day, we’ll just try to find ways to win on Friday,” Victolero said in his postgame talk in the press room. “Being 3-1 down is a big deficit, but I’m still positive. Anything is possible.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of another crown, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria remained cautious.On the brink of a failed title bid, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero stayed defiant.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Only two teams have fought back from such a deficit in a best-of-seven series to win, with San Miguel pulling off the feat two years ago. The Beermen actually rallied from 0-3 down to win over Alaska.Victolero is taking plenty of encouragement from the Game 4 loss, saying it was their best game of the series.“It’s a defensive game and that’s our game,” Victolero said, noting how his team held the Beermen to just within 80 points. “We cannot dominate San Miguel because of their firepower, we’ll just try to stay close, stay in the game for 48 minutes for us to have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arcilla’s experience vital to PH Cupperslast_img read more

Experts urge Govt to take proactive steps in combating effects

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanClimate change and the natural disasters that usually accompany it have the potential to not only claim lives and property, but to also cripple the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of small economies.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw GriffithAs such, experts are of the view that more needs to be done by the Government to mitigate the effects of climate change here in Guyana.Some of these very experts formed part of a panel at the 10th edition of the University of Guyana’s (UG) Turkeyen and Tain Talks, at the Pegasus Hotel on Thursday.The panellists included Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UG, Dr Paulette Bynoe; Presidential Advisor and retired Rear Admiral of the Guyana Defence Force, Gary Best; Climate Change specialist Martina Duncan; Engineer Amir Dillawar, and Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat Energy Expert Dr. Devon Gardner.In outlining what lies in store for Guyanese residing on the coast, UG Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith drew a dire picture. The panellists established that Guyana, as part of the region, resides in the most vulnerable part of the world when it comes to natural disasters associated with climate change — like hurricanes.Climate change formed the focus of the tenth series of talksReferring to climate change as a clear and present danger, Professor Griffith spoke of the need for planning in case coastal defences were to be breached. He read an excerpt from a presentation by an economist, entitled ‘Petroleum and Climate Change in Guyana’s future.’“The warming of the Earth’s atmosphere means that, with the passage of time, Guyana will have to deal with the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. These events will create water management problems that are beyond the capabilities of the water control systems,” Griffith read.Referring to the presentation, Griffith noted that if the sea defences were to be breached, the inflow of water could undermine current infrastructure. He noted that not even the mangrove forests can withstand the full force of the ocean.Griffith also spoke of the need to examine the possibility that oil revenues from production after 2020 could be used towards adjusting citizens to the effects of climate change.Referring to his notes, he posited that this can include developing the hinterland and resettling away from the coast.Meanwhile, Dr Bynoe pointed out that with the increase in harmful gases, an imbalance has been created in the greenhouse effect. According to the specialist, any efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change must take into account safeguarding the agriculture sector.“We’ve had changes in many extreme weather and climate events, and many of you can testify that you have experienced a number of warmer nights. And it’s very likely that all nine regions will experience heavy precipitation (rainfall) events.“How are humans responsible? We have changed the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Without the greenhouse effect, you and I would not be alive here. But the concentration of greenhouse gases would have led to the enhanced greenhouse effect. There are three culprits: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.” She explained.AdjustingClimate change specialist Duncan, who works with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), spoke of the importance of the Government adapting its policies, mitigating contributing factors, and sharing information in order to combat climate change.Panellist Gomin Comacho urged that Government needed to stay 10 steps ahead of the climate change fight. Her fellow Panellist, Dillawar, advised that the University take the talk out of the academic circles and into the communities.Energy sectors and the fossil fuel used in electricity production constitute a major culprit in the global rise of greenhouse gas. Despite commitments to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, the coalition Government has turned its back on the 165 MW capacity Amaila Falls hydro power project.Instead, the feasibility of hydro power sites at Kumu and Moco Moco falls are being examined. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had also signalled its intention to grant an interim one-year authorisation to Tumatumari Hydro Inc (THI). This brings the special purpose private company closer towards its planned rehabilitation of the Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Tumatumari power plant.In terms of funding, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has stated publicly during an engagement with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) that the money set aside by Norway for renewable energy development is not sufficient for its plans.In fact, Jordan had spoken of difficulties being faced to access the funding. Government has been assuring, however, that funding from Norway is still on the table.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNo one else was involved in the accident, police said. Fundraiser honors victims of crash WHITTIER – Friends of local residents killed in a car crash this week will hold a fundraiser at 7:30 a.m. today at California High School, 9800 S. Mills Ave. The event is in memory of Joshua Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera and Albert Valasquez, 19, of Whittier. They were killed Tuesday when the 2006 Toyota Scion they were riding in went out of control on Colima Road, just north of Mar Vista Street. The car hit a tree and was torn in half. WHITTIER – A Whittier man who police said fell asleep at the wheel drove his car up a sidewalk Friday and crashed into a brick wall on Greenleaf Avenue, near Banco Popular. Marcel Choiselat, 26, and his two children – a 6-year-old girl and an 8-month-old boy – were not injured, police said. He said he was driving his 2002 Volvo S60 north on Greenleaf shortly before 8:30a.m., when he hit and knocked down a traffic signal. The car jumped onto the sidewalk and came to a stop when it crashed into a brick wall outside Banco Popular. “He fell asleep after working a long night shift and he woke up when he hit the light pole,” Whittier Police Department Officer Jeremy Rounds said. Also killed was Jennifer Unzueta, 18, of Whittier. Driver Xenia Guerra, 18, and another passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, both of Whittier, were injured in the crash. All money raised today will go toward funeral expenses for the boys, organizers said. For more information, call Alexandra Harris, (562)665-0502, or Beatrice Jimenez, (562) 587-7990. County to hold Easter egg hunt WHITTIER – Officials with the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation will host a free Easter egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m. today at Amigo County Park, 5700 Juarez Ave., for children ages 1 to 10. There will be free face-painting and refreshments, as well as arts and crafts and raffles. For more information, call (562)908-4702. Sunrise service set for Sunday WHITTIER – Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary invites local residents to its Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Sunday at 3888 Workman Mill Road. Guests can enter through Gate 1. The event will be hosted by several pastors from Whittier-area churches and will include scripture readings, hymns and prayers, as well as a traditional Easter message. Organizers have also slated a special collection to help the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center’s Child Abuse Prevention Campaign. For more information, call (562)692-1212. Health care volunteers sought LA MIRADA – Officials at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., are looking for volunteers to provide free information and assistance on Medicare and related health-care issues. Volunteers will provide information on counseling and advocacy on Medicare coverage, claims costs and appeals, health maintenance organizations, Medicare supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance and the rights of health care consumers. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program will provide training for all of those interested in volunteering. For more information visit – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fun and games as Kenya’s Twiterrati enjoy #KOT5Aside

first_img0Shares0000Part of the action from the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4- Even Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama could not desist the allure of spending a few hours off his four-week holiday watching some of Kenya’s Twitter faithful battle it out in a mini-tournament christened #KOT5Aside.The tournament which culminated at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day saw over 16 teams battle it out for pride with Thika’s Twitter legion carrying home the bragging rights after beating Milimani 3-2 in a tense final. Wanyama, a ‘Twitter bigwig’ himself with 347,000 followers was seemingly elated with the ‘talent’ on show in the final as he giggled the evening away watching proceedings from the sides.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama joins other fans in enjoying action from the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyApart from the competition on the 3G seven-a-side turf, it was an afternoon of fun, banter and a bit of networking as the country’s ‘keyboard warriors’ dropped their phones and tabs for a while in exchange of boots, shorts and balls.It started off as just any other hang-out idea, but the response it gathered not only attracted a huge number of teams and fans but the eye of corporate as well, eager to bite a pie off what trended on social media space for almost three days“KOT5Aside was basically a tournament for all Kenyans on twitter to come together and have fun through playing football. I am happy it was a success. Many thanks to all the teams and fans who took part in the 5 hour tournament,” tournament organizer Alex Muange told Capital Sport.Part of the action at the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyThe tournament was initially scheduled for the Arena One 3G turf in Nairobi’s Valley Arcade Estate, but a huge turnout meant that the 8-10pm schedule spilled over and thus could not culminate to the final.“Initially, it was just a one off thing. We happened to be playing with some friends at the launch of Road to Brazil tournament but it was disrupted by rain so we decided why don’t we just come back and play for fun. I didn’t know the response would be this huge when I shared a tweet asking if guys would show up. I expected five to six teams but we ended up registering 16 teams,” Muange further explained.The spill-over went into Madaraka Day where the rest of the games were played with Thika winning. Zacharia Muracia, Kennedy Njore and Fredrick Muiruri scored for the side that arrived for the tournament in style with their ‘Kenya Mpya’ ‘team-bus’.“The tournament was well organized despite the short notice. Turnout was huge. We hope the tournament continues and hopefully becomes a national event. We are glad we won despite coming in as underdogs,” Thika skipper Erick Ng’ang’a said after his side’s conquest.Daycare FC’s Rama Oluoch (white) in action at the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyEnroute to the final, Thika dismissed fan-favorites Daycare FC 2-0.“The tournament turnout was great. The support, the organization was great. Daycare FC has everything except oxygen in our lungs. For a start I would say it was a success and I’m looking forward to the next one. Hopefully the team will have trained together a couple of times before then,” Rama Oluoch, Daycare’s captain said after his team was run rugged by Thika.The girls were also not left behind with some of Twitter’s active girlies swiping off their make-up to drench in sweat and have some fun.The girls hurdle together for a group photo during the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin Lexxy“It was a fun-filled tournament and more so with the number of people who showed up after the first tournament ended abruptly. It was also great to see the likes of Wanyama gracing the event to show support and also seeing the girls play was great,” Ednah Onyancha commented.Muange has meanwhile said there are plans to make the tournament ore competitive and more-so a regular event and with corporate scrambling to have a sip of the online craze, he believes it will only get better.Among the corporates that chipped in towards the event included Red Bull, Tuborg as well as betting firms Betika who kitted DayCare and BetIn who kitted Chuom FC.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reports – Liverpool flop facing uncertain future

first_img1 Alberto Aquilani Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani could be forced to leave Fiorentina after contract talks stalled, according to reports in Italy.The 30-year-old has just one year left on his deal and the club has been hoping to tie him to a new long-term contract.But Italian website Calciomercato reporst that talks have broekn down and are not scheduled to restart in the immediate future.That could mean another new club for Aquilani, who failed to shine at Anfield following his £20m move from Roma in the summer of 2009.The Italian made just nine Premier League starts in three years before moving to Florence two years ago.last_img read more


first_imgThe people of The Rosses are getting ready y to rock – or jive rather!As part of their ambitious development plans which include match standard Floodlighting at their home field in Kincasslagh, Naomh Muire GAA Club of the Lower Rosses have announced early details for Jive Alive 2013 as part of their fundraising.With jiving enjoying a phenomenal comeback across the Nation, the Club are calling on local Jivers to get involved in the Big Night in April at a venue big enough to hold the crowds in West Donegal. One name already confirmed is Anne McElaney, mother of Eamonn, Neil and Peter McGee who although all members of Gaoth Dobhair GAA Club where Anne herself is heavily involved, there is a historic family connection with Naomh Muire.Other names are starting to emerge but auditions and contracts are at too early a stage to reveal these great characters.A spokesman for the forward thinking GAA Club, JC Gillespie said ” The interest in Jiving has caught us all by surprise and following the success of our Jigs n Reels last year, we were bombarded by requests to run the Jiving Night.“We hope to confirm the April date and the venue this week and at the minute we are concluding the long week of auditions as well as taking names of those who wish to be involved” . Naomh Muire are erecting Thorn EMI Lighting , which is an international standard match ready system as well as erecting additional dressing rooms and a fitness room to add to their already impressive Clubhouse and facilities at the Banks, Mullaghderg.Recent years has seen their fundraising through outstanding entertaining nights put them in a strong position to carry out this work. As well as this, the Club donated over €12,000 to Donegal Charities such as the Oncology Ward at LGH, Patients comfort fund at Dungloe Hospital and several local causes.Jive Alive 2013 – watch this space!THEY’LL BE JIVING AT THE CROSSROADS IN MULLAGHDUFF SOON! was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Jive NightMullaghduffNaomh Mhuirelast_img read more

Women’s Golf in First Place at UNI Women’s Invitational

first_img Player Leader Board Round 1 UNI Women’s Invitational Drake, which was originally scheduled to play at Bradley’s home tournament this weekend but it was cancelled due to weather forecast in Peoria, Ill., has a five-stroke lead at 312 (+24) over second-place and host UNI at 317 (+29). Team Leader Board Round 1 UNI Women’s Invitational Individually, three Bulldogs, Haeri Lee, Aimee Gerschke and Kristen Giles, are in first, second and third place, respectively with 18-hole scores of 75 (+3), 77 (+5) and 78 (+6). Sam Paulak is T-4th at 79 (+7) and Grace Dunn and Erica Olberding at 82 (+10) are T-13th. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir and Reilly Krohe round out the group with scores of 83 (+11) and 87 (+15) at T-15th and T-24th, respectively. Story Links CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team is in first place after the first day of play at the UNI Women’s Invitational at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. “I’m so proud of the team’s effort today,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “We knew it was going to be a grind with low temperatures and high winds all day. They kept good attitudes and took everything in stride. Haeri continued her steady play with a fantastic round of 75. Aimee, Kristen and Sam also had solid rounds in the 70s. Overall, everyone held it together in very very tough conditions. I look forward to seeing us take on the course tomorrow with less wind.”The tournament closes Sunday with 18 holes at Pheasant Ridge. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Trade Contractor Management — Part 5

first_imgThe most time-intensive part of creating a trade contractor management program is creating your company’s specifications for each trade which, in turn, provide you with the information to include in your checklists. To get started, assemble any and all material you have that includes standard specifications. Plans and spec books from previous jobs, your own subcontracts, trade contractor management books and programs, and your own experience are good places to start.Most architectural specifications are created more for legal than performance reasons, and, like most legal documents, are not particularly concise or easy to read. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find some useful information in them. Review previous contracts with trade contractors, pulling out any good points. Finally, there are several books on the subject that can help get you started.Regardless of what you can find, you will likely need to spend some serious time customizing your own lists to work effectively in your business. RELATED ARTICLESTrade Contractor Management (1)Trade Contractor Management (2)Trade Contractor Management (3)Trade Contractor Management (4) List of listsThe first step is to figure out how many distinct trade contractor categories you have. In some cases you may have a single company working on multiple trades, but that may not always be the case, so you should identify categories of work by their construction sequence and create separate specifications for each.As an example, you may often use the same subcontractor for framing, windows, siding, and exterior trim, and decks. Some projects may only include one or two of these categories, or you may sometimes use different contractors for them on a single job. If you combined all the specifications for these trades on a single checklist, then it would be difficult to separate out responsibility when multiple trades are on a project.We ended up with a list of twenty-four individual checklists. It’s not likely that many companies will need the exact same set of lists, but here is ours, in alphabetical order:• Bath Accessories• Building Envelope• Cabinet Installation• Concrete Flat Work• Countertops• Decks• Demolition• Drywall• Electrical• Foundation• Framing• Garage Doors• HVAC• Insulation• Interior Trim• Masonry and Stucco• Paint• Plumbing• Resilient Flooring• Roofing• Siding and Exterior Trim• Site Work• Shop Built Staircases• Wood FlooringThese categories align closely with our estimating and budget categories. Project managers were provided with subcontract budgets for each category, simplifying the process for negotiating the work with each trade.BrainstormingOnce you have defined your trade categories, the real work starts. We scheduled meetings with all our field staff as well as some key trade contractors to create our specifications. We use a common corporate technique known as brainstorming. Everyone gets in the same room for a set period of time, say an hour or two, cell phones off, and a facilitator works a flip chart with a marker.The key to brainstorming is that no ideas are censored. Everything is on the table at the beginning, and no one is allowed to criticize a suggestion. Some of the best ideas may sound foolish initially, and you don’t want to stifle any creative thinking.Everyone has to contribute. One of the best ways to do this is go around the room and have each person give one idea, all of which are written on the flip chart. After a few rounds, then you open it up to everyone.We came up with things such as how far out of level a run of cabinets is allowed to be (3/16” in 10’), how much lippage was allowed on ceramic tile floors (1/16” maximum), and clearance between siding and roof (1” or manufacturer’s recommended distance). I’m sure we left some things out, but we got in most of what we needed.Invite your trade contractors to helpProbably the best thing we did was bring in trade contractors that did our best work to help us establish our specifications. We figured that if we liked a particular company’s work, then they could work with us to set goals that we liked and they could meet. We worked with framers, trim carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and others in a series of meetings to create our specs.Once you have a big, long list of suggested specifications, you then need to narrow them down to a manageable list. In looking over your list, you’ll find that there are probably duplicates and some that are so similar they can be combined. Some will end up on the cutting room floor because they are wrong, inappropriate, or sometimes just silly.Following the brainstorming meeting, one person, or a small group, need to take responsibility to edit the list and prepare a set of specs for the whole group to review. Sending out these lists, making sure everyone reviews and comments on them, and assembling the comments and suggestions into a final list of specs is a big job, one that can easily fall through the cracks if you don’t dedicate the time to work on it.Time well spentAs I mentioned in the first post on this subject, it takes time and effort to create programs and specifications, but once you do it, they are the gift that keeps on giving, saving you time and energy forever.I know that everyone is working hard just to keep up with their day-to-day work, but you should trust me on this. If when you take the time to put together effective systems in your business, it will, in the long run, save you time and money. It is always worth the effort to take some time to work on, instead of in, your business.If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, use this link to download the full set of checklists. The set includes 24 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit.last_img read more