Weather update:Ophelia becomes a tropical storm again

first_img Share Share LocalNews Weather update:Ophelia becomes a tropical storm again by: – September 28, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Image via: amild-us-blogspot.comAt 11 am, the center of tropical storm Ophelia was located near latitude 18.7 north…longitude 59.9 west or about 240 miles north northeast of Dominica. Ophelia is moving toward the north-northwest near 3 mph…6 km/h…and this motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. Data from an air force reserve unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph…85 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles…140 km…mainly to the east of the center. The minimum central pressure reported by the hurricane hunter aircraft is 1002 mb…29.59 inches.Ophelia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches mainly over the northern Leeward and Windward Islands. Rainfall and thunderstorm activity is expected to continue to affect Dominica today. Residents in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise caution.Moderate to rough sea conditions are expected to affect the island as tropical storm Ophelia moves north of the Leeward Islands. Small craft operators and sea bathers especially on the northern and western coast are advised to exercise extreme caution.At 11 am, the center of tropical storm Philippe was located near latitude 16.4 north…longitude 38.8 west about 1500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Philippe is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph…19 km/h…and a general west-northwest or northwest motion is expected for the next two days. On this track, Philippe is forecast to remain over open water and away from land. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph…65 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected and Philippe could become a tropical depression by tomorrow evening. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles…280 km from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb…29.71 inches.Forecast for Today and Tonight: Generally cloudy to overcast at times with showers and thunderstorms.Sea Conditions: Moderate to rough in open water.Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and seabathers are advised to exercise caution.We will continue to monitor the progress of these systems and keep you updated.Dominica Meterological Service 8 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Volleyball: Dolgner family affair

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoFor sophomore outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, volleyball is a family affair. Both of her older sisters played at the collegiate level, and now, her younger sister has stepped into her shoes as the left outside hitter at Waupun High School in Waupun, Wis. “She is still trying to catch up to me, which is really cute,” Dolgner said.The family tradition of playing volleyball is what attracted Dolgner to begin playing in fourth grade. She said going to her older sisters’ high school matches and seeing the energy the crowd brought to the game is what made the game exciting and interesting for her.“I loved watching it, loved going to state and loved traveling,” Dolgner said. “I just loved the game.”Dolgner, who led Waupun High School to four consecutive state titles, is long gone from her prep glory days. Last year, Dolgner became the first freshman in Wisconsin history to be named All Big Ten. She also led the team in kills with 461, averaging 4.12 per game.This year, she leads the eighth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team and the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.84 per game. She has stepped up her pace during an eight match double digit kills streak, averaging 5.39 kills per game. Against No. 2 Penn State, Dolgner notched 27 kills. “Brit is an awesome athlete,” co-captain Taylor Reineke said. “She jumps through the roof.”Dolgner came to Wisconsin as one of the highest recruited players in the state. She was a three-time Mizuno All-American and 2005 PrepVolleyball.com player of the year. But she said there was no real external pressure to perform.“It was all for myself because I had high expectations and I wanted to do well,” Dolgner said. “Coming in, I didn’t want to let my team down and let my family down.”As a freshman, Dolgner made 31 starts in 33 matches and played in 112 games. Though she started right away, she had to adapt to the speed of the college game. “The first game I out, against Texas, I was terrified,” Dolgner said. “But I came out, made a couple of digs, and I’m like: ‘I can do this; this isn’t so bad.’”Now more than a year removed from her Badger debut, Dolgner says her goal is to become a well-rounded player; she wants to become a better blocker and get more digs per game, which she said comes with time and watching older teammates.“Taylor [Reineke], Audra [Jeffers] and Jackie [Simpson] are great blockers, and [I have to] just watch their fundamentals and techniques,” Dolgner said.Head coach Pete Waite agrees that she needs to improve on her blocking and defense but says her offensive ability is great.“She finds ways to score in the front row and the back row,” Waite said. “And there have been times this year when she has carried a big load for us.”So far this season, Dolgner is on pace to not only have more blocks this year, but also to have more kills. Halfway through the season, she already has 295 kills and 40 blocks.Dolgner attributes her improvement to the support of her teammates. She said even when she makes errors in games or in practice, her teammates tell her not to worry about it and move on to the next play. According to Waite, she works hard in practice, but is also able to enjoy the game.“Especially match time, she really cranks it up a notch,” he said. “Some players are going hard all the time, but they don’t have another level to take it to. She is able to, and really elevate above the rest.”It is Dolgner’s temperament and attitude toward that game that has made her successful and a great teammate.“She’s just funny and goofy, and she makes you laugh,” Reineke said. “It’s easy to feel comfortable around her. I think that’s important in a teammate.” Dolgner’s personal performance is not only important for the team now, but for the future as well. She is part of a sophomore class, which includes outside hitters Caity DuPont and Katherine Dykstra, that will prove to be the nucleus of the team in years to come.“We are glad they will be around for a while because we will be losing a lot of players out of this senior class,” Waite said. “They will really have to step up next year and lead the team.”They already have shown great promise, as Dolgner, Dykstra and DuPont account for almost half of the team’s 1,102 kills and half of the team’s 220 total blocks. For now, though, Dolgner does not have to worry about taking charge. Instead she can concentrate on being a contributor to the team and, more importantly, tending to family matters like helping her younger sister, Brandi, become yet another star Dolgner on the court.last_img read more

2019 AFCON: D-Day as Cranes face DR Congo

first_imgUganda          0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0 P     W     D      L      G      A     GA     Pts DR Congo      0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0 Egypt             1      1      0      0       1      0      0         3center_img Uganda Cranes via @OfficialFUFAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Cranes start their 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign against a tricky Democratic Republic of Congo side in a Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday.Coach Sebastien Desabre’s side will be cheered on by a couple of Ugandan fans who have traveled to Cairo including 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja (representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) and Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda among others.The Cranes will be all out to make a perfect start just like the hosts Egypt who defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening game that ended this morning.Assistant captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda told URN that although they know DR Congo are a very physical side, the Cranes have what it takes to prove a point in this game. “We need to play as a team and take our chances because every game counts,” added the experienced Mawanda.   Going into the game the Cranes have been camped in Abu Dhabi for three weeks where they also played two international games drawing goalless against Asian side Turkmenistan and a 1-0 win against former African Champions Ivory Coast.Skipper and goalkeeper Denis Onyango is expected to command his troops from the back, while Murushid Juuko and Godfrey Walusimbi marshal the backline. Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi are expected to start at the front, while Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Khalid Aucho handle the midfield.For the two time AFCON Champions DR Congo they are expected to come all out to try and snatch maximum points. Their coach Florent Ibenge who is leading them in their third AFCON said they should make it to the next stage looking at Egypt as their main obstacle in the Group.Yannick Bolasie who features for Everton FC in the English Premier League together with veteran Tresor Mputu and Youssouf Mulumbu are expected to play key roles for the DR Congo Leopards.Group A table standing      Zimbabwe      1      0      0      1      0       1     -1        0*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more